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Cashmere Williams is a seasoned professional with over seventeen years profession-al experience in the music business, he started in church at the young age of seven years old. At eight years old, he won his ﬁrst talent show playing an old gospel song his uncle taught him later winning a partial scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1999, Williams stepped out as a full-time musician entertaining at corporate events, private parties and the occasional jazz festival , he knew then that’s what he wanted to do for a living. In 2003, he got the call to back American Idol winner Ruben Studdard from Birmingham, AL, they toured the nation and performed on shows like :The David Letterman Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The View, The Jay Leno Show and many more. After three years on the road, Cashmere recorded “New Birth”, a dedication to his daughter Harmonie which debuted on the “Smooth Jazz Top 20 Charts” Recently, Cashmere was honored by his fans and voted “Best Male Jazz Artist” two years in a row for the years of 2016 & 2017 in addition to a recent nomination this year 2018! In a world where talent is an ingredient for success, Keith D. Robinson is ahead of the game. He is a true triple threat as the talented actor continues his pursuit as an all-around entertainer. His latest release “The Love Language” Remix Featuring Edley Shine is just in time for Valentine’s Day.“Love Language” is the latest project from Keith D. Robinson as the talented actor continues his pursuit as an all-round entertainer. The actor is also set to release a new album titled “Love Episodic 2” this summer in conjunction with Season 5 of Saints and Sinners. The single is currently available on all social media platforms. It is also featured in his latest movie which he stars alongside veteran actress Essence Atkins in the romantic thriller entitled “Open,” which premiered to rave reviews this past March during the quarantine that tackles the subject of open marriage. He also just completed filming the “Life Story of Mahalia Jackson” staring alongside Grammy Award winning sinner Ledisi and veteran actor Columbus Short.Keith has been able to establish himself as a face to watch in the entertainment industry for quite some time, starring in popular works like “Dreamgirls,” “This Christmas,” “Four Seasons,” “Fat Albert,” “CRU,” “Saints and Sinners,” which is gearing up for it’s 5th season on Bounce TV. A Houston area native, Pat Williams has been playing drums for over 30 years. From the first time he picked up a pair of sticks, he has been constantly improving his abilities, and establishing himself as a competent and professional musician. As the product of famed Trumpeter, the late Pat Williams, Sr. and former Jazz and R&B vocalist, Rita Benson, at an early age he developed a love for listening to and playing all genres of music, which has made him one of Houston’s most versatile and sought-after drummers. He can step into any musical situation and provide exactly what’s expected of a professional musician. Pat has performed with a variety of different bands/artists across various music genres, including Joe Sample, Bob James, Warren Hill, Eric Darius, Alex Bugnon, Mike Phillips, Tony Terry, Bobby Lyle, Regina Belle, Gerald Albright, Sy Smith, Everette Harp, Althea Rene, Kurt Carr, and numerous cover bands in the Houston area. Pat’s experience in the music industry has been much more than sitting behind a drum kit. From starting his own band, The Pat Williams Group, in 2013; to being the Music Director for national and international recording artists; to curating live music events; and most recently, releasing his debut solo EP ‘INCLUSIVE, VOL. 1 in 2021. Pat is still one of Houston’s few percussionists who is both comfortable and confident in not only working alongside other professional musicians, both live and in the studio, but also working as a mentor, teacher, and consultant to many up-and-coming young musicians. Jeff Bradshaw’s story began at a dusty floored church in North Philly, where brass bands are the main attraction. He was born and raised in church and that is where he had his first musical experience. The first instrument he began playing was the snare drum. Following that Mr. Bradshaw began playing the baritone horn and sousaphone. He recalls one very powerful day in high school when everyone was asked to stand in front of the instrument they would like to play. Of course, there was a crowd surrounding the drums, guitars, saxophones, trumpets, percussion, and woodwinds, but not one person was standing near the stack of trombones in the corner. Mr. Bradshaw believes that was the day the trombone was to begin its trek to becoming the coolest instrument in mainstream music, not just jazz. Mr. Bradshaw was determined to make the trombone hip, and not just an instrument for nerds in the high school band. As he transitioned into adulthood, Mr. Bradshaw began altering the plans for his future, realizing he wouldn’t be afforded the opportunity for college. The finances weren’t there for him to continue his education, so he bounced from job to job trying to buy time, until his (right time, right place) moment came. Unfortunately that moment wouldn’t come for another seven years. In 1994 Mr. Bradshaw began to meet the who’s-who of what is now the hierarchy of the Philly music community. People like James Poyser, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ahmir ”Quesluv” Thompson, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of the Legendary Roots Crew, DJ King Britt, Keith Pelzer, Darren Henson, Ivan Barrius, Carvin Higgins, and many others. It was because of these people that Mr. Bradshaw arrived into the real world of major recording, with artists like Eryka Badu, Jill Scott, Floetry, Darius Rucker, Musiq, The Roots, Earth Wind Fire, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. It wasn’t until one night at a popular live music spot in downtown Philly called Wilamina’s, that he got his chance to step to the front of a very popular band that he played “side man” in. The leader of the band was Mr. Bradshaw’s dear friend, trumpet master, JafaR&Barron. This particular evening Mr. Barron was having personal difficulties and the band would not have had a leader for the rest of the night. So Mr. Bradshaw stepped up to the front with a trombone and began to lead this hip hop soul band as if he had been waiting for that opportunity all his life. A few years after that experience, the beautiful Jill Scott had begun to record her first album and Mr. Bradshaw was invited to become a part of that. He enjoyed every bit of recording on that record, and before he knew it, they were on the road showing the world who Jill Scott was. It wasn’t until the launch party of Hidden Beach Recordings (which was full of celebrities like Bill Duke, Carl Payne, Lenox Lewis, and many others) where Mr. Bradshaw met the man who would forever change his life, Steve McKeever (the CEO of Hidden Beach Recordings). He was a bright smiling music lover of epic proportion, but it wouldn’t be until 2002 when Mr. Bradshaw took advantage of a break taken by Ms. Scott. Mr. Bradshaw had begun to record some original material with a producer that he’d met at Wilamina’s, named Will Brock (Can You Come Over, Little One). This marked the beginning of a nine-song d o CD that landed Mr. Bradshaw his record deal with Hidden Beach Recordings. Mr. Bradshaw explained to Mr. McKeever that they could change what people thought should be a lead instrument in mainstream music. Join us for an electrifying episode of the Hot Pepper Show, hosted by Pepper Thomas, on Monday, August 28th at 7 PM. Our next guest is none other than the captivating artist Dani Ella. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Dani Ella’s soul-stirring vocals, poetic lyrics, and emotive musicality paint a vivid picture of her extraordinary talents. Having ignited her creative journey in Mansfield, Ohio, Dani Ella’s passion for writing blossomed in her early years, eventually leading her to compose and record her own music by the age of 15. With an impressive discography comprising three unique musical projects, she has garnered a global fanbase that resonates with her distinctive lyrical finesse and velvety voice. Formerly recognized as Ella Starr, Dani Ella has triumphantly made her comeback to the music scene with her first releases since 2014. Embarking on a fresh chapter as a singer-songwriter, she has unveiled two sensational singles: “Unbothered” and “Personal.” The anticipation builds as we eagerly await the release of her upcoming album, “Still Breathing,” slated to debut on June 29th. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of Dani Ella on the Hot Pepper Show, where conversations and melodies collide. The multitalented Savvie Hue, is a true powerhouse in the world of hip-hop and fashion. Known for his dynamic roles as an MC, CEO, Producer, Photographer, Entrepreneur, and Fashion Guru at HUE Republic, Savvie Hue’s influence spans across various realms of creativity. As the quintessential MC of iconic groups such as H.I.S.D and The HUE, Savvie Hue is a true advocate for the culture of hip-hop and fashion. He’s also the visionary behind Peace Uv Mine Records, a platform that resonates with his dedication to artistic expression. Hailing from the vibrant hip-hop scene of Houston, Texas, Savvie Hue’s contributions have left an indelible mark. His debut solo project, “The Hueston Chronicles,” garnered rave reviews within the hip-hop community, cementing his position as a respected figure. A graduate of Prairie A&M University, Savvie Hue is also the co-host of the captivating podcasts “New Slaves” and “Gentlemen’s History Hour.” Introducing “RC & The Gritz”: A captivating and genre-blurring super-group that transcends the boundaries of traditional hip-hop bands. Often recognized as the renowned backing band of the legendary Erykah Badu, the group’s musical essence is curated by the visionary Band Leader RC Williams, Jr. Formed in 2004, the ensemble is a harmonious fusion of Texas’ diverse musical talents, resulting in a vibrant tapestry of sounds spanning R&B, Hip-Hop, and Soul. At the helm of this musical journey is none other than Grammy Award Winner RC Williams, Jr, a mastermind revered for his unparalleled musical prowess. “RC & The Gritz” isn’t just a band; it’s a dynamic force that brings to life a kaleidoscope of sonic influences, captivating audiences and leaving an indelible mark wherever their rhythms resonate. With a commitment to pushing artistic boundaries and creating an unforgettable experience, RC & The Gritz continue to redefine what it means to be a musical powerhouse. Singer, Songwriter, Lynne Fiddmont has been living the dream. Coming up in St. Louis, the thought of actually working with musical legends, doing the Super Bowl Halftime show, performing at the White House, or the Grammys, seemed so farfetched, like some wild dream. And yet, this is only a taste of Lynne’s exceptional reality, a reality that surpasses Lynne’s wildest dreams. “It’s almost easier to name people I haven’t worked with” The astounding array of artists that decorate Lynne’s resume include, but are not limited to; Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Bill Withers, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Nancy Wilson, Madonna, Burt Bacharach, Elton John, B.B. King, Kenny (Babyface) Edmonds, The Crusaders, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock, Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Sheila E, Dave Brubeck, Bobby Womack, Steve Tyrell, Usher, Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, Timothy B. Schmit, James Ingram, Kenny Loggins, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Ray Charles, Stanley Clarke, Annie Lennox, George Benson, and more. LYNNE FIDDMONT “I’m amazed every day at the fact that I have sung with my actual musical idols. Almost every one of them.” A real highlight, besides the Super Bowl with Stevie Wonder was performing at the Obama White House for the Gershwin Awards. This year at the Musicares Grammy event honoring Smokie Robinson and Berry Gordy, Lynne was asked to sing a duet with John Legend. “That’s a new highlight” There’s more…Lynne has released 4 self-produced CDs, featuring many of her own compositions. She is currently the vocalist of the Azar Lawrence Experience and recently was an integral part of the new, grammy award winning project “Daddy’s Home by St. Vincent. With amazing career that spans almost four decades, Lynne continues to perform, record, produce and teach. Lynne has appeared on the Oscars, The Grammys, BET Awards, Billboard Award,. American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Oprah, Regis and Kelly, David Letterman, MTV Unplugged, Good Morning America, Motown Live, Ellen Degeneres and more. She has performed in Africa, Australia, South America, North America, Asia, The Middle East, Europe, and the United Kingdom She received her B.S. in Public Relations at Boston University and was the recipient of the Sarah Vaughn Jazz Masters Award during her post graduate studies at Berklee College of Music. A distinguished gentleman, Cleveland P. Jones is a singer/songwriter and native of South Carolina. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Berklee College of Music where he prepared diligently for the stages of the world. He has toured internationally, collaborated with notable artists and opened for the soul legend Chaka Khan. Past winner of Soultracks.com New Artist of the Year, Cleveland has released two albums and is currently composing new music to spread love and healing one song at a time. B Golden is a product of Cleveland, Ohio. He has always been natural when it comes to music. With roots in the church B Golden with the help of his father taught himself to play drums, piano, organ, and bass. B Golden has the ability to capture a room with his voice and his musicianship. B. Golden has a musical style influenced by Marvin Gaye, Prince, D’Angelo, Raphael Sadiq, and many other vintage soul artists. In 2018, B Golden released his first R&B album titled Love Chronicles which had singles, When I see you Smile and Natural Woman. Which was followed up with the release of singles Sweet Angela (2019), and Superstar (2019) which landed #1 on a UK Soul chart . B Golden continues his musical ventures writ ing and producing himself and other artists. In 2020 B Golden put out a new EP entitled The Hopeless Romantic which includes “You Got”, “Dance with Me” which landed as #2 on the UK Soul chart,and “In My Dreams.” In 2020 he also released the sensual single “Nights in London” and followed it up with “Skin” which was written and performed by BGolden, Sunny Jones, and national recording artist Conya Doss. The song wasinspired by the tragic death of George Floyd. The song earned all 3 artists the2020 Groundbreakin Blackout Soul Award for Best Group of Duo. B.Golden hasalso worked with national recording artist and member of Men at Large JasonChampion. In 2021 B.Golden, has recently worked with national recording artist Conya Doss and is featured on her latest single entitled “Wishful Thinking.” This hot single has garnered lots of attention and airplay on UK radio. B. Golden’s latest single is “When You Touch Me.” Naneezy: I currently write songs to Youtube beats. I am working on making beats and producing my own music! I am really excited for this journey. Listen to music by Naneezy on Apple Music. Find top songs and albums by Naneezy including Dying Dreams, Watcha Know? and more. Carl Brister: Carl Brister is an international recording artist and accomplished singer/songwriter who has been featured on NBC’s Access Hollywood, ABC’s Here and Now, BET, Aspire Network, and more. Carl’s passionate lyrics and multi-range vocal stylings tell stories that connect with listeners around the globe. His break-out rendition of superstar Janet Jackson’s classic “Let’s Wait Awhile” showcases his smooth yet dynamic vocal range and approach. The cover is making its own mark on Adult R&B / Soul radio stations and playlists worldwide. “My hope was to continue the conversation that Janet began by adding my own voice from a male point of view. Carl explains. “I hope it helps everyone know that it’s ok to wait and for each person to decide when the time is right.” Carl is also the founder of The Love+Unity Music Fest which he began in 2016 as the nation became increasingly divided by incidents of racism and police brutality. The event is hosted by Music Village, a non-profit organization that Carl founded in 2019 that also provides music and arts scholarships for talented students in need of financial support. Effervescent, magnetic charm and charisma are all synonymous descriptions of singer Jarvis Jacob. His hair-raising vocals are malleable enough to encompass several genres of music. The Lake Charles Louisiana native began singing in church at 5 years old and after professionally. In his own words “I do what I do because I love it with a passion. I could never grow tired of the process of creating music and writing songs. It is awesome that I get to connect and touch the hearts of so many people through my music. Be it singing to a small bunch of people or if I am in a huge area in front of thousands I just live and breathe the melody and lyrics of a good song.” Jarvis was musically inspired by everyone from Tank, George Clinton, Luther Vandross, Jamie Foxx, and Zydeco icon Keith Frank. That influence has helped him to publish four albums since 2008 including, “In the Studio,” “Rouge,” “Geaux,” and his latest “2 Geaux Plate.” These four albums have produced radio singles including “Go Girl,” “So Stuck,” and “Calling My Name.” These singles have been featured on radio stations throughout Louisiana and Texas and in major radio markets like Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; and Chicago, Illinois. The R&B crooner has opened for an array of R&B and Soul artists including Tank, Ginuwine, Avant, Fantasia, Joe, Carl Thomas, Monica, Lloyd, and Mario. Clearly, he’s learned from opening for these iconic performers because the Jarvis Jacob live concert is absolutely electrifying from start to finish. Currently he along with his band “The Gents,” can be seen every Sunday at The Golden Nugget Casino’s Blue Martini Lounge in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Recently he took a crack at acting starring in the web series “Black Blood” which can be viewed on YouTube. Moving forward, his music goal is to continue to bring people together through the art form of music. Billie Lennox, also known as Fanatic, is a celebrated record producer and Grammy Award winner. With an impressive discography that includes iconic artists such as Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Lil Kim, Biggie, Boyz to Men, Will Smith, Ma$e, and Anthony Hamilton, Fanatic has left an indelible mark on the music industry. Now, embracing a new chapter in his career, Fanatic has taken on the persona of Billie Lennox as a solo artist. With a passion for creating their own music, Billie Lennox is fully immersed in the artist space, ready to captivate audiences with a fresh and unique sound. After years of longing for this transition, the time has finally come for Billie Lennox to make their mark on the music scene and deliver something exciting and innovative. R & B Artist GREATHOUSE is an up and coming artist out of the great city of Houston. GREATHOUSE, as he is affectionately known by the music community, is not a new voice to the music scene. With a great sound and style GREATHOUSE delivers melodic R&B with a style that is all his own. GREATHOUSE, the crooning giant has graced the stage singing background for many artists such as Kelly Price, New Kids On The Block (World Tour), Kurt Carr, Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell and the legendary Tramaine Hawkins. In addition to providing great background vocals GREATHOUSE has garnered the spotlight in Dancin’ In The Streets Motown and More Revue as well as numerous stage plays.. This multi-talented artist received formal training in his craft at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City. Singer/Musician Claudia Melton, born in Corpus Christi, Texas to a family of vital influencers of South Texas music, Claudia began playing violin at the age of four, piano at eight, and saxophone at 11. In addition to her widely respected career as an emerging new vocal talent, Claudia is a music educator. She just released her debut album entitled “A Land Called Love”. Claudia has sung alongside and opened for a plethora of talented artists, including Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones, Robert Glasper, Common, Boyz II Men, Erykah Badu, Eric Roberson, Emily King, Dave Hollister, RL of Next, Anthony David, N’Dambi, Case, Choklate, Wayna, Carl Thomas, Rahsaan Patterson, Liv Warfield, Lyfe Jennings and more. Maysa has a voice that is recognized around the world! Fans of good soul music and music that is good for the soul have known and appreciated Maysa Leak for 30 plus years. Maysa’s voice is sultry, jazzy and soulful! Sit back and enjoy the person behind the voice! Alvin Frazier is gifted and versatile, that best describe the singer, songwriter, musician, producer, composer actor & director. He is also a self taught musician whom plays 5 instruments: piano, guitar ,bass, drums & percussion. Alvin has build a reputation for being a dynamic performer and entertainer who leaves his audiences spellbound. Sit back and get to know Alvin Frazier. Deborah Bond is a voice that has a beautiful tone and yet angelic! If you have never heard of her, here is your time to get to know who Deborah is. Delite aka The Slow Jam King, whose real name is Darrell Allamby, is a Panamanian-American musician known for his outstanding contributions to the R&B and Hip Hop music scene of the late 90s and early 2000s. He has worked with L.S.G., Silk, Gerald Levert & Busta Rhymes to name a few! Sit back and enjoy this journey of your favorite SLOW JAMS!!! Introducing Rhyan Avery. He’s a singer/songwriter based out of the Houston area. He’s been doing music all his life but decided to take it serious in 2020. Inspired by The Frank Oceans, The Anderson Paaks, and the genuine creators of the world he steps out to leave his own trail. Whether you’re going through rough times or High on life he’ll have something you can relate to. We are about to go to the world of Dmo! Yes he wears many hats: Singer, Songwriter, Performing Artist and Beard Enthusiast…I know I have some questions for that! LOL We will be showcasing music from his latest project entitled “Also known as”. So if you don’t know him, here is your chance to become acquainted with Dmo! When I think of Conya Doss, what comes to mind is her sultry, silky smooth voice. I have been a fan since 2004, YES that’s how long. She has been true to her gift and makes you just sink into whatever groove she is delivering to you. Sit back and relax, because she’s about to take you on a journey of smoothness! Antonio McLendon is an accomplished R&B/Soul singer, songwriter and producer who was raised in a family fiercely rooted in gospel music with a well established musical lineage. When I first heard his voice I felt like Commissioned had returned. Antonio’s spirit, voice & personality is what the world needs right now. His father Elder Goldwire McLendon is a well known name, who competed on BET’s Sunday Best 2010 and was #2 runner up. Antonio also is very proud to have a daughter, Samara Joy whom just received 2 Grammy Wins (2023), and a proud dad he is. If you don’t know who he is, you are about to find out and i guarantee you that you’re about to become a fan and lover of his music! So join us! If you love Jazz, Ace Livingston is your guy! He has worked with the best of the best in the music industry. Ace just released his NEW project “Next Chapter”. So sit back and enjoy! Detroit-bred Brandon Williams’ life has always included music in some capacity. First as a listener, then as a musician, and ultimately, as a producer. He is a musical architect that is quickly making his name and stake as a front-runner in the music industry with the release of his 2014 debut album entitled XII featuring Robert Glasper, Jean Baylor (formerly of Zhane’), Frank McComb, Nicholas Payton, Choklate, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and more. The album has received high praises from musical luminaries such as Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick (Incognito), Chuckii Booker, Maysa Leak, Ledisi, Rahsaan Patterson, Marion Meadows, Dianne Reeves, Sinbad, Will Downing, Jill Scott and many others. He has also been personally endorsed as a great producer by the legendary Quincy Jones. Chris Crain has a most impressive resume as a performing artist, musician, music educator, songwriter, producer, business owner and artist with over 25 years of experience. You are about to hear and learn about how Chris does it all. Sit back and join us. The Force MD’s embodies the spirit of classic eighties Hip-Hop, R&B and Soul. They are known for their classic “Tender Love” and to this date, they are still passionate and determined to giving you their best. Sit back and enjoy the journey we are about to go on. Kameron Corvet is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist whom I consider to have the whole package. You will be attracted no only to his many gifts but his spirit. So join us! When you hear the voices and harmonies behind The Ton3s, they can’t help but catch your attention in asking “Who is that?” If they sound familiar to you, that’s because they were previously known as The Hamiltones which established roots and collaborations with Grammy Award winning artist Anthony Hamilton. Sit back and enjoy! SUCH has a powerhouse of a Voice that should be heard. We will talk about when she was a contestant on American Idol, and she was in the top 10. Also she has a new single entitled “I can’t stop loving you” that you are sure to enjoy. Sit back and relax, about to take you on a journey. Pepper is at it again. This time with Jamison Ross, who is rising to new heights. Check out this one, I know you’ll love it like the rest of us! Pepper and Frank create magic in this wide ranging interview. Get to hear about a stellar career and listen to some incredible songs! Hmmm, that’s the sweet sound of Pepper Thomas sprinkled with the smooth and vibrant sounds of Glenn Jones – yes, that Glenn Jones. Check out Pepper as she interviews the man with voice and songs you just cannot forget. Carol Riddick has a voice that speaks to your SOUL! You might know her from being on stage performing with Will Downing, but there is so much more that awaits your ears!!!! We are about to go into this sisterhood of ours that we have formed over the years and share with you who Carol Riddick really is. So join us! LeVelle chops it up with our girl Pepper Thomas host of the Hot Pepper Show. Don’t miss this exciting interview and memorable music! The Hot Pepper Show – the Livestream ON Neo Soul Cypher! Check out the incomparable Pepper Thomas interview our boy Bradd Marguis – the Dope Soul Singer and true bell ringer. That’s right Pepper and Bradd Marquis have joined the Neo Soul Cypher Movement, how about you? Hotness comes to the NeoSoulCypher platform! Check out Pepper Thomas and the Hot Pepper Show powered by NeoSoulCypher.com as Pepper interviews our boy J Lake. Fun, engaging and straight entertaining, Pepper explores J Lake’s career and music. Come along for the ride! This is a truly special moment in music history. Pepper Thomas interviewing the legendary Lenny Williams. Don’t miss the vibe, the music and the tea! 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