Syl Johnson (b. July 1, 1936) is an American blues and soul singer and music producer. Born Sylvester Thompson in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and Howlin' Wolf in the 1950s, before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal, a subsidiary of King Records of Cincinnati, backed by Freddie King on guitar.
Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas) is an American R&B/hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. She is best known for her singles "You Got Me" her collaboration with The Roots, as well as her own songs "Tyrone", "Love Of My Life", "On & On", "Bag Lady", "The Healer", "Honey" and "Soldier". Her lyrics are highly personal urban philosophy which throw emotional challenges in the face of the listener. She weaves unusual musical influences together creating a rich texture of sound.
Taio Cruz (pronounced Tie-oh Cruise) (born 23 April 1983) is a Brit Award winning and MOBO-nominated English singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and music producer. In 2008 he released his debut album Departure which he arranged and produced himself. In October 2009, he released his follow up album Rokstarr which includes his number one single "Break Your Heart". In between the two albums and at present, Cruz has been working on productions and writing songs for Cheryl Cole, Brandy and the Sugababes.
DEVIN is a rock singer-songwriter musician from Brooklyn, New York. Devin’s “You’re Mine” EP was released November 15, 2011 through Frenchkiss Records. The 3-song digital EP is available from online retail stores and a 2-song 7” vinyl record is available from the Frenchkiss online boutique. The single "Masochist" was released in the UK on April 23, 2012 through No Evil Records. His debut album ROMANCING was released in Australia on April 6 through Inertia Records, in the U.S on April 10 through Frenchkiss Records and in the UK/EUR on April 30, 2012 through No Evil Records.
Faheem Rasheed Najm (born September 30, 1985 in Tallahassee, Florida), better known by his stage name T-Pain, is a prolific American Cyborg. At the age of ten he turned his bedroom into a small studio with a keyboard, beat machine and four-track recorder, and he began his career as a rapper in the group Nappy Headz. In 2005 he released his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga, and has since released 2007's Epiphany and 2008's Thr33 Ringz.
Michael Kiwanuka is a British musician of Ugandan heritage who writes songs combining soul and rootsy folk influences and sings them with a deep, husky soulful voice. The Home Again Songfacts says that after signing with Communion Records, Kiwanuka recorded his debut EP, Tell Me A Tale, with the help of Paul Butler from The Bees, who took the Muswell Hill, London native to his Isle of Wight studio to record the songs.
Kimberly Denise Jones (born July 11, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York), better known as Lil' Kim or Queen Bee, is a Grammy Award winning American rapper and actress signed to <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Jay-Z" class="bbcode_artist">Jay-Z</a>'s Roc Nation label. She is known for her sexually explicit lyrics and for being one of the most prominent female rap artists of her time. She began her career with <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Junior+M.A.F.I.A." class="bbcode_artist">Junior M.A.F.I.A.</a>, whose album Conspiracy generated three hit singles.
Miguel is an RnB / Neo-Soul singer-songwriter signed to Jive. Miguel comes from San Pedro, CA and is now recording in L.A. In 2009 he released a free mixtape online "Miguel-Mischief the Mixtape"
Miguel is also a finnish rapper, hailing from Kouvola, Finland. His debut album "Timantin Palasia" was released in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/miguelmusiikki (In finnish).
Miguel is also a Birsbane swing band.
Jason Desrouleaux (born September 21, 1989 in Miami, Florida, United States), known more simply as Jason Derülo, is a Haitian American singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, producer and actor signed to JR Rotem’s label Beluga Heights. He has been writing hit singles for acts such as Lil Wayne, Pleasure P, Pitbull, Stat Quo, Iyaz and Birdman since 2007, and released his eponymous self-titled debut album in March 2010.