William Smith and Steve Kennedy and Smith had been playing together with Eric Mercury and Diane Brooks in a Toronto band called the Soul Searchers that Mercury and Brooks fronted as lead vocalists. After the Soul Searchers broke up, first Kennedy and then Smith joined a group called Grant Smith And The Power which also featured David Clayton Thomas. They formed Motherlode in 1969 and relocated to Ontario where they struggled and stayed with friends. They finally got a break following their debut at the Image Club when Mort Ross signed them to Revolver Records that same year.
Wynter Gordon (born Diana Gordon; August 25, 1985) is an American singer and songwriter. Wynter was born in New York and was brought up in a poverty stricken neighborhood in Queens. As the middle child of seven living in a two bedroom house with an abusive and largely absent father, her childhood was difficult. Wynter discovered her talent for singing and dance at an early age. As a teenager, she was accepted to the famous LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. There, she was nurtured in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment.
Mavis Staples (born July 11, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues singer. Most of her career has been as lead singer for The Staple Singers. She first recorded solo for the Stax subsidiary Volt in 1969. Subsequent efforts included a Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack on Curtom, a nod to disco for Warner Bros. Records in 1979, a stab at electro-pop with Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1984, and a collaboration with Prince in the late 1980s and early 90s (producing the two solo albums Time Waits for No One in 1989 and The Voice in 1993, and various other collaborations).
Chocolate Strings have been described as one of Brisbane’s finest purveyors of grooved out dub. Their soulful tracks and bangin' party tunes have captured the attention of people from many. A range of diverse backgrounds and influences give them a smorgasbord of sounds, a veritable buffet of fresh beats, bass and acoustic grooves to please the most discerning appetite. From the rich deep Polynesian vocal harmonies of female vocalists Ofa Fanaika...
Janelle Monáe Robinson (b.1985) is a U.S. pop, R&B, and soul singer-songwriter, dancer, producer, and performer signed to her own label Wondaland Arts Society and Diddy's Bad Boy Records. Born on 1st December 1985 in Kansas City, Kansas) she moved to New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her original plan was to pursue a career on Broadway, but she soon changed her mind and returned to music. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2003.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, United States) is an iconic Grammy award-winning, and Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. The youngest of the Jackson family, she initially stepped into the limelight in the family's 1974 Las Vegas production, 1976 television show, and later on her own as a television actress. At age sixteen in 1982, she signed a recording contract with A&M, releasing her self-titled debut album Janet Jackson that same year, followed by Dream Street (1984).
UK BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ playing an eclectic mix of soulful electronic jazz beats and breaks.
Forming in february 2011, The Rubens are a four piece blues and soul band from a small town south of Sydney. Taking influences from The Black Keys, The Rolling Stones and the Jimi Hendrix Experience among others, the band consists of three brothers and a childhood friend.
Members include Zaac Margin on lead guitar, Elliott Margin on keys/vocals, Sam Margin on guitar/vocals and Scott Baldwin on drums.
Ta-Ku is a sample based hip-hop producer from Perth, Western Australia. He has several free beat tapes available:
letlive. is a progressive post-hardcore band formed in Los Angeles in 2002. They have released three albums, the latest of which, Fake History, was recently re-released under Epitaph Records and has propelled them to the forefront of the hardcore scene, being called "a post-hardcore album fit for many of 2010's best-of lists" and representing "their exhilarating brand of progressive hardcore". letlive is also notorious for their very intense live shows in which vocalist Jason Butler involves the whole audience in his antics and raw vocals.