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Tawatha Agee is an American background singer and songwriter. Her voice has been described in The New York Times as an "acrobatic, gospel-charged soprano." She was the lead singer of the soul/R&B band Mtume; her soulful lead vocals are featured on their 1983 R&B hit "Juicy Fruit".
Agee has worked consistently as a backing singer from the mid-1970s to the present day, predominantly with James Mtume, who produced her one solo album, Welcome to My Dream, for Epic Records in 1987. She is also a part of "the Lovely Ladies" trio, who tour with the Dave Matthews Band.
Roberta Cleopatra Flack is GRAMMY® Award winning singer and songwriter. She is known for her No. 1 singles "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song", "Feel Like Makin' Love"; and "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You", two of her many duets with Donny Hathaway.
Flack was the first artist to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in two consecutive years: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" won in 1973 and "Killing Me Softly with His Song" won in 1974.
Naomi Judd is a GRAMMY® Award winning country music singer and actor. Hailing from the Appalachian foothills of Ashland, Ky., mother and daughter duo, The Judds, were first discovered by RCA label head Joe Galante in 1983 after landing a spot on WSM-TV’s “The Ralph Emery Show.” They made their chart debut by the end of the year with “Had A Dream (For The Heart),” and the two were on their way to becoming one of the best-selling duos of all time. For the rest of the 1980’s, each single from The Judds released by RCA went to the Billboard Top 10, with 14 hits going all the way to number one. The Judds swept the CMA’s Vocal Group/Duo category from 1985 to 1991 and garnered six GRAMMY® Awards.
Valerie Simpson is a GRAMMY® Award winning songwriter and singer. Along with her husband Nickolas Ashford formed a songwriting-production team, often credited on releases as Ashford & Simpson. Ashford & Simpson's best-known songs included "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "You're All I Need to Get By," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." Ashford and Simpson wrote many other hit songs, including Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" (1978) and Teddy Pendergrass's "Is It Still Good to You?"
As performers, Ashford & Simpson's best-known duets are "Solid" (1984) and "Found a Cure" (1979). The duo were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. They are also recipients of The Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award, ASCAP Founders Award, and the Grammy Trustee Award. Rolling Stone ranked them No. 19 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.
Klymaxx is an American all-female pop/R&B band from Los Angeles, California. Still going strong their music is a staple on the radio and in dance clubs around the world. Belting out hits like, “The Men All Pause” and “Meeting in the Ladies Room” the group’s name is synonymous with classic women’s anthems. Their beautiful ballad, “I Miss You”, was Billboard Magazine’s #3 song of 1986 and still to this day is played when love is in the air. Continuing into the 90’s with the #4 R&B hit, “Good Love” followed their sultry Neo-Soul groove entitled, “Private Party” showed evident that they could flow with the changing music trends.
Mary Chapin Carpenter is a GRAMMY® Award winning singer-songwriter. Carpenter's most successful album to date remains 1992's Come On Come On, which yielded seven charting country singles and was certified quadruple platinum in the US for sales exceeding four million copies. She followed it with Stones in the Road (1994) and A Place in the World (1996), which both featured hit singles. Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards and is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, which she received from 1992 to 1995. She has sold more than 12 million records worldwide.
Deniece Williams is a GRAMMY® Award singer, songwriter and producer. Williams has been described as "one of the great soul voices" by the BBC. She is best known for the songs "Free", "Silly", "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" and two Billboard Hot 100 No.1 singles "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" (with Johnny Mathis). Williams has won four Grammy's with twelve nominations altogether.
Bunny Hull is a GRAMMY® Award songwriter, musician, and author. Her catalog includes music, film and television projects. She is a recipient of 20 Gold and Platinum Certifications, a Grammy Award, an Emmy nomination, a GMA Dove Award, a BMI Performance Award, and multiple Parents' Choice Awards
Dawnn Lewis is a GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film actor, and a Series TV creator/producer. Lewis has recorded with or composed for various artists including: Quincy Jones, Everett Harp, Patrice Rushen, Vanessa Williams, Nancy Wilson, Take 6, Wayman Tisdale, and Grover Washington Jr to name a few. She also gives voice to animated characters for various TV series and her record label, Morning Jewel Music, released her successful solo CD Worth Waiting For; which is featured in Disney movie soundtracks worldwide.
The Go-Go's are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978. Credited as simply Go-Go's on all of their US releases, the quintet rose to fame during the early 1980s. The band's 1981 debut album, Beauty and the Beat, entered Billboard's Top LPs & Tape chart in the issue dated August 1, 1981. The album yielded two of the Go-Go's three biggest Hot 100 hits – "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat". The group was nominated for the Best New Artist award at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards and have sold more than seven million records worldwide.
Dr. Veryl Howard, founder of Faith Management & Talent Casting is recognized as one of the most successful managers and promoters in the world of Christian and Gospel music. She serves as a spokesperson for "Preach the Word World Wide TV Network" and is affiliated with several networks in addition to casting guest for five radio stations. Dr.Howard is associated with clients such as David & Tamela Mann of “The Browns", James & Cheryl Fortune, Dorinda Clarke Cole, Lucinda Moore, Casey J, Isabela Davis, Tim Bowman, Ruth La’ Ontra, Pastor Wess Morgan, Shekinah Glory Choir, Rapper FLO RIDA, Marvin Winans Jr., Cee Cee Winans, Kirk Franklin, Bishop TD Jakes, and much more.
Jekalyn Carr is a GRAMMY® Award nominee, Stellar and GMA Dove Award-winning recording artist. She is a profound speaker, radio and conference host, entrepreneur, actress, and author. She has spent nearly a decade at the top of gospel music charts. As a top selling independent recording artist, Jekalyn Carr has earned several Billboard #1’s before the age of 21, which includes her hit singles, “You’re Bigger” and “You Will Win”. She burst onto the scene with incomparable vocals and a distinguished grasp of wisdom well beyond her years, with her breakout single, “Greater Is Coming”, at the age of 15. Ever evolving, Jekalyn made her television acting debut with a featured role on the OWN Television Network series “Greenleaf” and expanded her acting experience in the feature film, “Never Heard”. Her entry into the literary marketplace was heralded by her debut release “You Will Win!: Inspirational Strategies To Help You Overcome”. In “You Will Win!” Carr shares some of her most poignant and riveting exhortations, inspirational messages, pointers and strategies to promote a victorious Christian life. Jekalyn is one of the youngest to host a major conference, that works to build and uplift people in faith, family, and the marketplace. The You Will Win conference is another platform that she uses to inspire people.
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