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EARLY INFLUENCES & EDUCATION: Earliest memories and influences of music include a wide variety of genres such as Motown’s Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Jackie Wilson, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman. Armsted credits his mother Alma, for introducing him to singing. Works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ravel, as well as Jazz notables Miles Davis, John Coltrane, James Moody, Archie Shepp, Gil Evans, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, had a great impact on his appreciation for improvisation and song stylization.


Najee in his international touring a lead and background vocalist, keyboardist, percussionist, and sax and flute player were employed, adding a new dimension to the sound of the band for five years.
Will Downing ~ 10 years as co-writer and vocalist/musician.
‘Peaceful Flight’ - original band for over 25 years.


Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center in New York, The Fox Theater in Detroit and Chicago, symphony Hall and The Newport Jazz Festival in New England, the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Royal Albert Hall in London, England.


Diana Ross, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin, Will Downing, Roberta Flack, K D Lang, Regina Carter, Paul Simon, Gloria Estefan, Phil Perry, Najee, Gerald Albright, Boney James, Angela Bofil, Phyllis Hyman, Freddie Jackson, Gerald Veasley, Gabrielle Goodman, Jonathan Butler, Marion Meadows, Special EFX, Chieli Minucci, Michael Brecker, Marc Egan, Regina Belle, Peabo Bryson, Jeffery Osborne, Vesta Williams, Alex Bugnon.


Co-writing songs for his albums. “Deep Inside Your Love” and “Joy”co-written with Najee on the "Just An Illusion" and "Share My World" CD’s, were well received by the international community and were rewarded by Gold Album status as a result of their popularity. Co-writer with Will Downing and Rex Rideout and on his first big hit single, “Sorry I”, which won him a SESAC Songwriter of the Year Award for Best Adult Contemporary Song of 1999.

Armsted continued to tour and write with Will Downing and Rideout and continued to get recognition for his work. Recorded a song on pianist Bob Baldwin’s CD “Bob", called “Being With You” co-written with Bob Baldwin and Will Downing. As well as celebrating his own CD “The Wave Is Coming” on SIAM Records. Co-written and produced two songs on internationally known recording artist, Gabrielle Goodman’s new CD entitled “ANGEL EYES” on the Goodness Music Label. His writing credits are featured on internationally acclaimed saxophonist/vocalist Walter Beasly. The song “DON’T SAY GOODNIGHT”, is on the CD “FOR HER”. Mo Pleasure's debut CD "Elements of Pleasure" co-wrote "Now That I Found You".


Starring role as a cast member of the hit musicals “Dancin’ In The Street”, choreographed by internationally renown director Billy Wilson, whose works were featured in the Alvin Ailey Ballet Company of New York, and “BoBo’s” written and directed by famed #1 Best Selling author, journalist, and musician/songwriter, James McBride.


Won a national contest that showcased his band ‘Peaceful Flight’ in Chicago’s Budweiser Songwriter’s Showdown, a nationwide televised event hosted by Lou Rawls and Jayne Kennedy. SESAC Songwriter of the Year Award for Best Adult Contemporary Song of 1999 for Will Downing and Rex Rideout and on his first big hit single, “Sorry I” in 2002, Armsted was co-nominated for a Grammy Award along with Will Downing and Rex Rideout on their collaborative effort on the Will Downing album “All The Man You Need”. In 2003, he was once again rewarded with a SESAC Award for songwriting in the Adult Contemporary Category, with the songs “Almost Like Being In Love” and “Home”. Armsted has collectively written on four of Will Downing’s albums, two of Najee’s, not including a rap single called “Cruise Control”. He was recently nominated for a Grammy for the 2nd time in 2009 for his vocal performance on Julius Williams’ composition, “Somewhere Far Away”.


PBS documentary film entitled “House On Fire. Co-writer thematic music for the world famous, long running, daytime soap opera, “The Guiding Light”, which was also featured as the lead vocalist.


Participating in the developing of new areas of discovery in music and the spoken word. completing a very powerful work of original poetry, which is to be published and released by his own company Nactivity Publishing Company in 2010.


Presently in production on a new album, combining traditional and contemporary jazz. He is also writing a cantata for two soprano vocalists and a symphony, which he anticipates completing and previewing in the year 2010.

DEGREES: Graduated from Berklee College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition.

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At 11:05am on January 6, 2011, Qasim Coleman said…
I need to do some maintenance on vocals,,cant go from 0-60 anymore
At 7:32am on October 11, 2010, Russell A. Worrell said…
Hey Armsted...thanx so much for sharing these wonderful compositions of yours....wishing you continued success with ur career...keep doin great things!
At 10:44pm on May 23, 2010, Robyn Lee said…
Happy Birthday Armsted and may you have many more. Stay blessed!
At 5:51am on May 21, 2010, JO TONGO said…

At 4:39am on May 21, 2010, Simona Arones said…
Happy Happy Birthday to you
what a great musician u r

All the best

Simona Arones
At 2:04am on May 21, 2010, Henk de Laat said…
Happy Birthday Armsted! Have a wonderful day, love your music


At 10:04pm on May 20, 2010, Mike Johnson said…
Happy Birthday Armsted! You are Gifted and I really enjoy listening to your music...I can truly feel it!
At 6:12pm on May 20, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Happy Birthday Armsted! May great joy touch your soul this day.

At 1:07pm on May 12, 2010, Walter Beasley said…
Thanks so much my Brother. I love this. Actually my first day on :) :)
At 8:56pm on April 1, 2010, Greg Manning said…
Hi Armsted,

Thanks for the add! Best, Greg

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Where are you located?
New Bedford, Massachusetts
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Spoken Word Artist, Promoter, Publisher, Educator, Music Director, Arranger, Composer, Business Manager, Jazz Presenter, Production Coordinator, Author
Tell us a little about your background...
I am a native New Yorker, who moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music in 1974-78. I am married and a father of 5 children and one grandchild, and thank God for my amazing family. I have also been blessed to be a part of a non profit organization: The Armsted R. Christian Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research and Education. I am grateful to all of my foundation members for their continued support and hard work, and I must say a special "Thank You" to my SVP, Mike Monteiro for all of his dedication, insight and committment to our vision. I would not be able to do any of the work thus far without his beautiful spirit and help. I have a degree in Music Composition and have been a touring musician for 35 years.

I love people, art, music of course, and great food. I am grateful to God each day for the life He provides and the love He shares with me.

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Morris Pleasure
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Vocalist, Piano, Percussion, Saxophone, Other
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