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Alex Vaughn

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Alex Vaughn [Al-ex Von]

Recommended if you like: Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Adele, Alicia Keys

Story behind your band/artist name: Birthname is Alexandria Von Wallace. So she changed the spelling of Von to Vaughn and thus you get Alex Vaughn

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What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : P.G. County

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Has performed at The Birchmere and The Howard Theatre with Goapele
Classically Trained at Suitland High school
Her Father was the drummer in a top gogo band

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Official Website URL:

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/whoisalexvaughn

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/375ujb

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/24S5IyzXICyGscL4vYshdq

Other Links: https://twitter.com/whoisalexvaughn
https://www.instagram.com/whoisalexvaughn/

Main Genre: R&B

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Alecia Renece

Alecia Renece DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Alecia Renece (Uh-LEESH-Uh Ruh-NIECE)

Recommended if you like: Lianne La Havas, India.Arie, Corrine Bailey Rae,

Story behind your band/artist name: It's my first and middle name.

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What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I was born in Virginia Beach, VA and raised in Upper Marlboro, MD. I recently got married and now reside in SE Washington, DC with my husband!

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. I have a degree in Deaf Studies (Fluent in American Sign Language)
2. I am a photographer and writer.
3. I was a vocalist in "Christmas in Washington" and got the opportunity to sing to the President of the United States. We also got to sing with Ne-Yo, Heather Headley, Andrea Boccelli and Vanessa Hudgens. It was really cool.

***Bonus*** I have the most wonderful and supportive husband in the WORLD!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I founded a non-profit called "The Full Well Project". 

The mission of The Full Well Project is to inspire people to love God, love themselves and to love others. We shed light on and discuss issues in the Christian community through photography, blogging, videos and podcasts.

We seek to encourage others to see themselves as God sees them, while spreading the love and the message of Jesus Christ through media, merchandise, service, and events.

Official Website URL: http://aleciarenece.weebly.com/music.html

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/Alecia-Renece-The-Artist-812539082197393/

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/JOPRib

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2WO0BqhWzFinzIKPv1Cwvd

Other Links: https://aleciarenece.bandcamp.com/

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Soul, Jazz, Vocal, Gospel, Inspirational,

Aaron Abernathy

DC Music Rocks Aaron Abernathy

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Band/Artist Name: Aaron Abernathy

Recommended if you like: Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, D'angelo

Band Members: 

--Aaron Abernathy

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : 

--Howard University, Northeast

Official Website URL: www.aaronabernathy.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/absthename

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/monologue/id1148333423

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0U2CaFRICn6yg9RsxGgEZl

Other Links: www.instagram.com/aaron_abernathy

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Soul, Funk

Julian Coles

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Julian Coles, Ju-lee-in Coals

Recommended if you like: Usher

Story behind your band/artist name: I recorded as a solo artist in the studio, but I wanted my live perfomances to be with a live band, so I brought together some friends who formed The Difference.

Band Members: Leander - Drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I currently reside in Lorton, VA.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Debut EP release at Jammin Java to sold out audience
Live band and background singers all from the DMV, some known since kindergarten
Started singing a cappella in local high school - St. Stephens St. Agnes Alexandria

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: https://www.juliancolesmusic.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/juliancolesmusic/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/julian-coles/id1244952861

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0asPjZi9cvMwRkkGNbp2W7

Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/juliancolesmusic/
https://twitter.com/JaiSwag27?lang=en

Main Genre: Pop

Other Genres: R&B

Jae Alexander

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Jae Alexander (Jay-Alex-and-er)

Recommended if you like: T-Pain, Usher

Story behind your band/artist name: Jae is actually my full name initals. Alexander is my middle name.

Band Members: Jae Alexander

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Waldorf, MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: http://www.thejaealexander.com

Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/thejaealexander

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jae-alexander/189152159

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4PwgfYanMMng3XbdBZkIjp?si=39K9E937Tci1mabVckURYw

Main Genre: R&B

Kia Bennett

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Kia Bennett

Recommended if you like: Zhane, Sade, Badu, Roy Ayers

Story behind your band/artist name:

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What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Northeast, Aquatic Gardens/Kenilworth

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: A native of Richmond, Virginia and a product of Howard University, Kia made her introduction into the entertainment world while singing with former Washington D.C. group "Entyme" along with other respected soul artists Geno Young, Sy Smith, and Yahzarah. Kia is a member of the new school RAMP (Roy Ayers Music Production) whose musical contributions provided the world with samples for hits like A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum", Mary J. Blige's "My Life" and Erykah Badu's "Amerykah's Promise". Ms. Bennett is best noted for her background vocals which supported international recording artists D'Angelo, Ledisi, Russell Taylor, Michael Bolton, Angela Stribling, Julie Dexter, and Deborah Bond.

In 2015, Kia made her debut performance at the famed Bohemian Caverns Jazz Club and the legendary Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club in Washington, D.C. These two lovely evenings were welcomed with four sold out performances. Kia performed in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia through The Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educator Series, where she gave two sold out shows as well. Kia has graced the stages of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, The Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educator Series, The Richmond Jazz Festival At Maymont, Drom, The Shrine, Gin Fizz, Silvana, LeftField, and The Bitter End in New York.

Kia was nominated as 2012 Best New Artist and 2017 Song of The Year (A Beautiful Forever) for SoulTracks Readers Choice Awards. Kia is also a Board Member and Governor of The Washington D.C. Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammys) and currently serves as head of The Richmond Committee. She currently has an EP entitled, Duet of Daffodils and is currently working on her full length album.

Official Website URL: https://kiabennett.bandcamp.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/KiaBennettMusic

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kia-bennett/506761145?app=itunes

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1U9u1vGvCWL36YW1d30aAe

Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/enchantress76/ 

https://www.instagram.com/rampmusic77/

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: soul, R&B, funk, jazz, dance, electronica, soulful house, broken beat

Killer Deluxe

KILLER DELUXE DC MUSIC ROCKS

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Band/Artist Name: Killer Deluxe

Recommended if you like: Dual lead vocal duties are handled by Chris and Andy in the same “trading lines”, Blues Brothers-style

Band Members: Andy Waldeck and Chris Reardon. Lead Vocals, Nate Brown – Drums and back ground vocals Mike Tony Echols – Bass and background vocals, Matt Miceli – Guitar ,Tommy Gann – Keyboards and background vocals, Ken Francis Wenzel – Saxophone and background vocals, Daniel Davis – Trumpet

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Virginia

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Chris and Andy decided it was time to try this new creation out in a live setting. Jammin Java being home turf, it was the obvious choice for the debut live performance of KILLERDELUXE!

This dynamic duo of multi-instrumentalists and singer/songwriters has been producing and songwriting together since the late 90’s when their groundbreaking modern rock quartet, Earth To Andy, was lighting up stages around the country

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: http://killerdeluxe.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/killerdeluxe/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/killer-deluxe/id1077474842

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/0bzoDVyXXhUvdZjlja325T

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Main Genre: R&B

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Nia Simmons

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Band/Artist Name: Nia Simmons

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Story behind your band/artist name:

Band Members: Nia Simmons - The Songbird

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Maryland

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award grant recipient (category Non-
Classical Music: Solo Performance)

Official Website URL: https://www.niasimmons.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/niathesongbird

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/P0D09

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7F2RfKdH0VfZ9gMIePgVjC

Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/niathesongbird/
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Nia_Simmons_A_Songbird_s_Journey?id=B7ikgym3pitbre5zprhhh3es7du
https://www.amazon.com/Songbirds-Journey-Nia-Simmons/dp/B014VWCHGM/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1489031206&sr=8-10&keywords=nia+simmons

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Soul, Jazz

Pebble to Pearl

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Pebble to Pearl

Recommended if you like: A mix of Prince, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Tina Turner

Story behind your band/artist name: The name originated from a song by one of my favorite eclectic artist, Nikka Costa. It is a perfect description of our band, we come from humble places but we shine like no other.

Band Members: Dari J- Lead Vox, Genny Jam- Guitar, Dece-Bass, Nikki T- Support Vox, Panda-Drums, Araya-Keyboards

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : MD/VA area

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Dari J trains dogs and has her own business. 
Panda is getting married this week!
Genny Jam is our tattoo guru, lotso tattoos.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: Www.pebbletopearl.com

Facebook URL: http://facebook.com/pebbletopearl

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/pebble-to-pearl/id640858231

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VeZTU2vZVPQq3Bp8bjvmQ

Other Links: http://www.imgrum.online/tags/PebbletoPearl

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Funk,Pop Rock, R&B

SoundProof Genie

DC Music Rocks SoundProof Genie

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Band/Artist Name: SoundProof Genie

Recommended if you like: Fugees, Sly and the Family Stone, Bilal, Marvin Gaye, Public Enemy

Story behind your band/artist name: "SoundProof Genie" brings to mind the image of a powerful energy in a bottle ready to explode. It's also a play on words as the "proof" is in the "sound". We have a female singer so Genie also could be heard a woman's name "Jeanie". There is also a bit of a nod to Bowie/Ziggy there.

Band Members: P.Script - Keyboards, Bass, Raynita J - Vocals, Bala Harper - Drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : P.Script and Raynita J are both born and raised in the DMV. P.Script has played reggae, jazz, and neo soul at venues all around DC. Raynita J has sung in various groups from Baltimore to Woodbridge. Bala, originally from New York, spent his adult life playing drums for reggae and funk bands around the DC scene.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: P.Script has always admired and wanted to grow up to be a great bassist. So instead he plays the bass on the bottom keyboard of a two tier setup.

Raynita J once sang at the Apollo, which she says is the scariest performance of her life, but managed to survive the sandman.

Bala Harper (also a sound engineer) is the soundman of choice for famous jazz pianist Monty Alexander and has the largest Monty bootlegs in the world

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: SoundProof Genie is a fusion of nu soul with influences of jazz, psychedelic funk, hip hop, and emotively captivating lyrics. They have been consistently creating an original lane in music with each new song. It is rare to find a band with this mix of powerful creative lyrics and hard soul. These musicians have been playing live music in and around the East Coast for all of their adult life. They have recently joined forces to drive music, lyrics and vocals in new directions. The band is supported by two full Albums:

Evidence of Life (2018)
Remote Control (2017)

Featuring powerful introspective and soulful lyrics, music and vocals, SoundProof Genie is attempting to lace the best of various genres to reach a wide audience looking for a unique vibe. SoundProof Genie endeavors to be recognized for quality songwriting and performance appreciated by a wide audience.

Official Website URL: http://www.soundproofgenie.com/

Facebook URL: http://facebook.com/soundproofgenie

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/remote-control/id1154260035

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/album/3wTOyKbLmArW4EfQ8JIOjU

Other Links: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6UuAifkIrO-TfuHONRV-oQ
http://sonicbids.com/soundproofgenie

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Neo Soul, Psychedelic Funk

Sydney Franklin

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Sydney Franklin (Syd-Knee Frank-lynn)

Recommended if you like: Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin

Story behind your band/artist name:

Band Members: Brendan - Drums, Frankey - Bass, Brandon - Keys, Kel - Guitar

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: When you look at me you don't expect me to sound like I would!

If I wasn't in the R&B/Soul world I would definitely be in the country scene!

Facebook Full URL: https://www.facebook.com/sydneyfranklinmusic

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sydney-franklin/1119901459?mt=1&app=music

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0FVBV0tOAo6AWz8ecbKjY7

Twitter Handle: @sydney_franklin

Instagram Handle: @sydneyfranklinmusic

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Soul, pop, neo-soul, jazz