The International Soul Music Summit recently held in Atlanta Georgia ( Sept. 12-13) was a huge success. Upon arriving at the Atlanta Renaissance hotel I knew we were in for a first class conference. If you are ever in town I suggest you stay there. Its a cool, sexy place with great location, amenities and views of the city. The event included soul music artists and taste makers from around the world.
Once again I had a chance to hear great artists like soulster Kaye Ree from Frankfurt Germany, the talented Jon Bibbs, Abby Dobson, Rhonda Thomas, LaSonya Gunther and many more. I got down with my Soul Kitchen family members Vinx, Chanda Leigh and Brodie onstage. I hosted that show at Apache Cafe and had a great time..Big ups to my main man Paul Bunn on keys and the brother Tai on percussion. The brother Shaka Hasberry (Cleveland Oh) put it down with fellow FAMU alum TUT.. ("Man Down" is a great song, brother!) My long time friend Heston did his thing- showing why he has been nominated for two Soultracks.com awards. (I voted for you man!) I got a chance to hear some other great performers that I suggest you keep you ears open for: Wayna, Von, Collette and Chimere are some great vocalists that you will surely enjoy hearing (and seeing) onstage..
Great performances aside the panel discussion and networking was second to none. I learned so much listening to brothers like Daddy O from Stetsasonic, Eric Roberson, DJ Barry King, D-Maurice, Monica Tyson (Yoruba Records, Greece/Italy) Mike Ashley (Life and Soul, UK), Dan Dodds (Soul Jones, UK) and Thornell Jones (Hidden Beach).
some other notable attendees were celebrities, Rafael Saadiq, Joi, Leon, Detroit promoter Drake Pfifer (Urban Organic), Funk Jazz Cafe founder Jason Orr and producer Nicolay whom I had the pleasure of sitting on the Producers panel with, also in attendance was April Hill, Waterseed, Moods Music, Melika Miller, Cloud 9 and Rhythm and Soul radio doing a live internet remote.
I know I am forgetting whole lot of folks and I am really sorry for that in advance. (Shoot me something I can advertise for you)..I received some Great new music and a gazillion business cards, the proof that this event was well worth my time and money. If you missed it STOP SLEEPING on this soul music movement and STOP COMPLAINING about commercial nonsense. The real music is here..
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Urban Organic 7 year Anniversay November 14-15
Thanks for reading, see you around...TD