How long been playing/singing: Been playing over 40 years
Who inspired you musically: I was inspired to play from Peggy Wedlow (Choir Director) at my church encouraged me to play – while I was in college
Favorite Artist/Group: My music idol – the late George Duke
Favorite song: I like playing songs from various genres (R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock, Country, Gospel, Blues) anything that makes people smile and tap their feet
What I like most about LSB: We play for the love and fun of music in general. Yes, we like getting compensated but it’s not a requirement, at least not for me. Being a ‘Family’ band – huge with me
My biggest asset I bring to LSB: I love all people and can relate well no matter what culture, social or economic status. I try to build relationships that go beyond music performance.
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Birth Month: June
Talent: Bass Player
How long have you been playing: 15 years
Who inspired youmusically: My dad was a piano player. He purchased a bass for me in high school. I won a spot in high school jazz band. My equipment was later stolen. I did not play for 30 years until my now wife bought a bass for me to play.
Favorite Artist/Group: I don’t have a favorite artist or group but I like all artists from the 60s through the 90s. I like jazz, R&B, jazz and fusion.
Favorite Song(s): None
What I like about LSB: LSB members have a passion for one another and a love for everyone no matter what!
My biggest asset I bring to LSB: A passion and desire to improve my skill and help make LSB better.
Nickname: The Balladeer
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Birth Month/Day: January
How long have you been playing: Been playing and singing for 42 years
Who Inspired me musically: I was 12 when I saw a drummer playing the drums at my childhood church. He inspired me to pursue drumming. He was unaware the impact he had on my life. As for singing, I was a fan of Luther Vandross. I admired his approach to the quality of sound, pitch, and audience relatability. Qualities I now used to help improve my presentation.
My favorite Artist/Group: My favorite artist is Luther Vandross. My favorite groups are Cameo and Earth, Wind & Fire
Favorite Songs: What You Won’t Do for Love, Saturday Night, Baby Come Back, Shake Your Pants
What I like most about LSB: We are collection of musicians who love to play and enjoy touching the hearts and minds of those lovers of old school music.
My biggest asset I bring to LSB: Business and organizational skills. I enjoy working to help things flow.
Astrological Sign: Leo
Birth Month: August
How long have you been singing: 20 years
Who Inspired you musically:
Favorite Artist/Group: My Husband. Richard Smallwood, Fred Hammond, Jill Scott, Maysa, Incognito, Isley Brothers, Kem, Ohio Players, Will Downing and Cameo just to name a few, lol.
Favorite Song(s): Thank You and Morning Breaking Richard Smallwood. Golden, Jill Scott. Heaven Must Be Like This, Ohio Players. All I Need Is You, Will Downing. Dinner and a Movie, and It's a Disco Night, Isley Brothers. As Long As It's You, and Deep Waters, Incognito.
What I like about LSB: LSB gave me the opportunity to do what I have been dreaming of doing and that is singing. I have grown a lot as a singer. I have been able to perform in many venues that I once would go to see other artist perform. I also love the fun we have as a group.
My biggest asset I bring to LSB: Business savvy and organizational skills.
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Birth Month: September
How long have you been singing: 14 years
Who inspired you musically: God Almighty and my dad, Leon
Favorite Artist/Group: Tracy Chapman, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Anita Baker
Favorite Songs: all My Life, by KC&JoJo; Love is the Key, by Tuck&Patti; Kashmir, by Led Zepplin, Ribbon in the Sky, by Stevie Wonder
What You Like about LSB: The joy in the heart of each band member when we perform. LSB pushed me to get over stage-fright
My biggest asset I bring to LSB: Operate LSB’s marketing and social media.
What is you sign: "Leo"
Birth Month: August
Talent: Hand Percussion
How long have you played percussions: 50 years
Who inspired you to play: My relatives. Pete and Coke Escovedo, Cal Tjader
Who is/are your favorite artist/group: “E” Family
Which are your favorite songs to play/listen to: Latin, Jazz and Funk but I enjoy listening to all genres
What do you like about LSB: It’s a “Family”. We respect each other’s musicianship and professionalism
My biggest asset I bring to LSB: Positive energy
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Birth Month: June
Talent(s): Drummer, Bassist, and Guitarist
How long have you a musician: Since the age of 45 years old.
Who inspired you musically: My dad. My dad has been working in the music business my entire life. My first exposure to music was when my parents moved into their new home. There was a piano in the living room left by the previous owners. My dad was managing Curtis Mayfield and his former keyboardist, Donny Hathaway.
Favorite Artist/Group: Too many to mention
Favorite Song(s): Too many to mention
What you like about LSB: Family oriented-group. I love the humor and jokes shared when we are together.
My biggest asset I bring to LSB: Diverse musicianship as well as music industry experience and professionalism.