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Gay Paris

“We're bringing art back to music and rock back to rock n' roll. We're putting the Devil in a sweet red dress and heels made for cloven hooves and makin' God dance with him until they put their differences aside and make sweet, blasphemous love in plain sight. We know what the people need even if they don't want it yet.”
Yep, that's right folks. WH Monks is at it again. When Gay Paris formed a year ago, they were telling anyone in earshot that that they were too sweet for the Devil to lick and too damn hot for God to dance to.

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Mary J. Blige

Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971 in The Bronx, New York, United States but grew up in Yonkers, New York) is a Grammy award winning singer, rapper, model and actress. She released her debut album, What's The 411?, in 1992 to critical acclaim, and has since released eight more chart topping albums. Her ninth studio album, Stronger With Each Tear, was released on December 21st, 2009. When her debut album, What's the 411?, hit the street in 1992...

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Ladi6

Ladi6 is one of New Zealand's premier vocalists and MCs. Starting her musical career in Christchurch, Ladi6 was part of the all-girl hip-hop group Sheelahroc. Sheelahroc had the hit track "If I Gave You The Mic" and Ladi6 was nominated for Best Vocalist/MC at the 2003 bNet music awards. Ladi6 then moved to Auckland with her band Verse Two who quickly gained a reputation as a top New Zealand live soul/hip-hop group. They won the bNet best new act award in 2004, toured New Zealand with packed shows and supported international acts such as The Roots and De La Soul.

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Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster is an American singer/songwriter of blues and folk music. She is from Gause, Texas and from a family of gospel singers. She studied music at McLennan Community College and then worked in the US Navy, where she started performing. Her debut was released in 1997 and she has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. She has often been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

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James Blake

James Blake is an electronic musician from London, England. James began his final year at Goldsmiths in September 2009 studying popular music while recording songs in his bedroom. Blake attended The Latymer School and released his debut 12" "Air and Lack Thereof" on Hemlock Audio in July 2009. It was a firm favourite with Gilles Peterson from BBC Radio 1. James was invited to do a special mix on Gilles Peterson's worldwide show which included an exclusive Mount Kimbie track.

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Kool and the Gang

Kool & the Gang are an American jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco group. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. in 1964. They went through several musical phases in their career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, becoming practitioners of R&B and funk, progressing to a smooth disco ensemble, and ended the successful period of their career producing pop/R&B crossovers. They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide.

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Simply Red

Simply Red are an English pop band, formed in the mid 1980s. Simply Red's roots originate from the notorious 1976 Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester. Manchester art student Mick Hucknall was one of the many young music fans present (along with original members of The Fall, Joy Division, The Smiths and Buzzcocks) who was inspired to form a band after witnessing that gig. The first incarnation of the band was a punk group called The Frantic Elevators.

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Loose Change

There are six known bands called Loose Change. 1.) Sydney, Australia based hiphop crew
2.) A hardcore punk band from Ukiah, California.
3.) Virgil Donati's band
4.) Olympia band
5.) A Southern Blues-Bluesrock Band from Macon, Georgia. (See Chris Hicks: <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Chris+Hicks">http://www.last.fm/music/Chris+Hic...)
6.) Wollongong, Australia based punk band. 1.) Sydney, Australia based hiphop crew consisting of <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/P+major" class="bbcode_artist">P major</a> (beats), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Ellesquire" class="bbcode_artist">Ellesquire</a> (lyrics), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Rapaport" class="bbcode_artist">Rapaport</a> (lyrics), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Sam+Z" class="bbcode_artist">Sam Z</a> (cuts).
Sydney based hiphop crew, Loose change release their debut album of laidback, infectious beats and honest, soul soaked raps.

Leon Thomas

Amos Leon Thomas Jr (born 1937, died May 8, 1999) was an American avant garde jazz singer from East St. Louis, Illinois. He changed his name to Leone in 1974. Thomas is best known for his work with Pharoah Sanders, particularly the 1969 song "The Creator Has a Master Plan" from Sanders' Karma album. Thomas's most distinctive device was that he often broke out into yodeling in the middle of a vocal. This style has influenced singers James Moody and Tim Buckley,among others.

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