A Los Angeles-based singer and writer of eclectic roots-inspired songs, Shaun Cromwell uses his guitar, banjo, and voice to weave tales of intrigue and epics of sorrow. He draws heavily from the pantheon of American roots traditions, but his penchant for the contemporary results in a musical blend that is all his own.
World-renowned blues, jazz, rock violist, and singer, Jimbo Ross has been mesmerizing audiences with his creative artistry for three decades. Jimbo sings with committed, soulful blues passion, and plays electric viola with blazing virtuosic fire never heard before, transporting his listeners with him into blues bliss.
Brutha Gimel's connection to the world of poetry is paralleled by a skill of turn-tablism, which is the actual talent that led to the spoken word, and poetry arena. His attention to the word and tone of poetry pieces allows him to pick some of the perfect songs to wrap up the poets emotion.
Kevin Sandblood uses his musical prowess to advance social causes like economic justice and environmental consciousness, while bringing a fresh sound to an industry weaned on Auto-tune without being retro or dated.
An award-winning poet (but only because of the $2 prize he won in a city-wide poetry contest at age eight), Donny Jackson has been featured as a spoken word artist throughout southern California and the northeastern United States, and is currently a featured performer on Tshaka Campbell's just-released spoken word album, Skin, and the YouTube spoken word street series, Commoners and Kings.
Los Angeles based rapper, actor, writer, host, teacher and award winning spoken word artist, IN-Q, is a fresh new voice in performance art.
One-fourth of critically acclaimed LA band The Rescues, singer-songwriter Kyler England strikes out into bold new territory with Electric Hum, a solo collection of 10 emotionally charged songs and a vivid sonic palette equal parts organic and electronic. She has toured the country many times, opening for Sting, Annie Lennox, Avril Lavigne, and Kelly Clarkson.
The Andy Rau Band is a progressive bluegrass band which seamlessly blends folk, rock, and pop influences into their original, inventive music. The band was formed 20 years ago with the intent of showcasing new material, illustrating the versatility of the 5-string banjo, and breaking the mold of the homogeneous music that was being played with folk instrumentation. The four-piece group brings thoughtful lyrics alive with Andy Rau on banjo and guitar, Les Johnson on guitar and slide guitar, Evan Anderson on mandolin, and George Boravich on bass.
Keaton Simons truly shines when performing his own songs, whether in the studio, alone on acoustic guitar, or electric with his full band. The energy and passion that Keaton brings to his work is as infectious as his lyrics and as soul stirring as his melodies.
DJ Mona-Lisa supported various DJs and musicians in the Los Angeles area as a music promoter and a fan before taking her love of music to the turntables.
Jaha Zainabu is a poet, painter, and photographer from Long Beach, California who has published two books and three poetry CDs.
Thea Monyee’s words resonate in the ears of her audience long after her performance. From HBO’s Def Poetry Jam in New York, to Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, and countless colleges and universities in between, Thea Monyee uses poetry, motivational speaking, and written word to inspire any audience open to listen and share.
Paul Mabon has earned roles in plays, sketch comedy troupes, television shows, and national and international television commercials. One of his most meaningful accomplishments was becoming a member of the prestigious Actors Studio.
Calé creates an intimate relationship with their audience, connecting almost immediately with deep, guarded places in the soul. Calé’s recently released CD, Noches de Mala Vida, is a mixture of fresh Latin and Flamenco rhythms with pop, rock, funk, and electronic elements creating a wide musical menu, ranging from instrumental songs to contagiously dancing rumba songs.
S.O.U.L.- O (born Odwaun Dandridge) is a widely admired multi-genre music producer, turntablist, and MC from Long Beach, CA., whose musical career spans 20 plus years. An absorber of sound and inspired by all music styles, S.O.U.L.- O specializes in the art of making music and is recurrently sought-after for eye-catching turntablism, original music production, reworks, remixes, and live DJing.
Lynette White is committed to her desire to create positive, uplifting music that appeals to multi-cultural people such as herself. This desire came to fruition in 2004 with the independent release of her first solo LP entitled, I Will Lift My Voice. Lynette has received numerous Marlin Awards nominations and a Hopeton Lewis CGMA award.
Rodrick Freeman is a spoken word artist, world traveler, student and teacher.
E. Amato is privileged to perform her words around the world. Her first poetry collection, Swimming Through Amber, was published in 2010 by Zesty Pubs. In 2011, she competed as a storm poet at WOWps and is a member of the Los Angeles Slam Team.
Matt Gamin, also known as Maestro Gamin, is relatively new to the Los Angeles spoken word scene. A mainstay at such venues as Natural High and the Speak Easy open mic in downtown L.A., Maestro captures and mesmerizes listeners, taking them through a study in syncopation and feeling. His “word rhythms” have been said to be “uplifting” and inspiring amongst his fellow poets.
Bonne Musique Zydeco (BMZ) is a 6-member band specializing in the Creole music of Louisiana and east Texas. BMZ draws upon the style of traditional Cajun and Creole musicians, and the influences of the blues and New Orleans artists of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s to create a blend of music designed for dancing.
Haroula is a Chicago-born, LA-based recording artist and performer. Her five song EP Someday was released in 2009 and her debut LP These Open Roads, produced by Andy Lemaster, was released in 2011 to much acclaim. She recently released another EP in April, entitled So Easy.
3rd Scenario is the veteran collaboration of two of L.A.'s most promising jazz, funk, and R&B visionaries. Scott "Bugs" Allen, 2005 N.A.A.C.P. Theatre award-winning musical director, met multi-talented guitarist, vocalist Earl "Tee" Harris twelve years ago at an audition. Now in their second decade of existence, 3rd Scenario is still blazing new trails in Funk-Jazz and can now add "Spectra Jazz Recording Artists" to their long list of musical credits.
"The Dynamic duo" blends jazz sophistication, cool vocal harmonies and old school funk into a smooth soulful gumbo!