Musical Artist, Vocalist, Consultant, Promoter, Music Director, Arranger, Business Manager, Accountant
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Born and raised just outside the "Town of the Big House" ... which means Baltimore, the 2nd leading port of entry for immigrants during the 1800s, created one of the most eclectic cities in terms of culture. Many world renowned performers grew up in Baltimore and its surrounding areas. Tori Amos, (singer, songwriter and pianist), Cab Calloway (singer and bandleader); Billie Holiday (singer); Mario (singer); Jada Pinkett-Smith (actress and singer), Jada and I share the same alma mater; Sisqó (singer); Frank Zappa (singer, guitarist, composer and satirist); and although sometimes we claim D.C. as well, Raheem DeVaughn (composer and singer); and then there is Simply An-G, ...me.
I have loved all forms of fine art all my life. But more than anything -- the performance, that is where my passion lies. Listening to everyone from Rev. James Cleveland (when my dad woke up the whole neighborhood with probably the 1st surround sound system throughout the house and on the front porch) to Giacomo Puccini, and everything in between; music is the way I live. I keep a song in my heart for every phase of my life.
As you will see here, Teena Marie is my favorite, followed by Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Leontyne Price, Stephanie Mills, Aretha Franklin, Mahilia Jackson, Valerie Simpson (of Ashford and Simpson), and Sheena Easton. I cannot leave out two very important people. Charles Thompson, my first high school choral instructor and Rosemary Fetter, my vocal instructor at Baltimore School for the Arts. The two convinced me (unknowingly) that you can find elements in music that can be inter-laced, used across genres and really enjoy performing all of them. These are the people that influenced my taste in music; but, more important than that-taught me that theory, control and technique is important when trying to master the song.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to sing everything from the sweetest arias, perform in musicals globally, such as The Wiz, Grease, Purlie, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz, and a few more; as well as perform internationally in military shows. But I must admit, the most fun I've had, was doing my favorite cover songs with "Ice" while in South Korea and "Speak Easy" throughout the southeastern U.S.
My channel will be a reflection of all that is me. I will begin by sharing excerpts of music that I have loved over the years. Then we will melt into some original arrangements to give you an idea of the result of my influences. I will also share with you elements of what it takes to do what we do -- as musicians. Hopefully, as I learn form others, you will learn from me as well.
So, let's "stir it up" -- a little flavor from Chaka added into some Mary J; or if your taste calls for some Gladys, sprinkled over Jill -- yes -- those are the flavors I love. Or, is it the brilliance of Teena's music today -- go ahead, I dare you... allow yourself to be influenced by the youth of today. Because... If you "Stay Young... You Stay Neo"
... and you never grow old.
LOL, Simply An-G
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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