Artist Links

Cecili

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Link to her single “VHS” and her website.

Perhaps it’s having been born in Germany that led Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Cecili to develop such versatile music tendencies. Or, maybe it was her early developed cross-cultural perspective from growing up an Army brat that would birth an idea of “crossing-genres” subconsciously in music. Cecili describes her own music style as “alternative music for eclectic souls.”
Hers is a sound stemming from a firm foundation in jazz, funk and soul laid via her father’s record collection, blended with her own self described “musical discovery period” of primarily punk, post punk, grunge and hip hop genres among others. She cites a few of her influences as Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Bjork, Dolores O’Riordan, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Tracy Bonham, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, although she admits her influences are so vast it’s “..impossible to list them all.”  Currently, Cecili is hard at work recording her first solo guitar driven EP which has yet to named.
A natural-born vocalist, Cecili began singing at the age of 3 in school plays, and was an early choice for her schools gifted and talented music program that would take the budding songstress to various conventions, events around San Antonio to sing with others in her age group. This would inspire her to develop a love for the arts, and she went on to pursue acting and singing throughout her school years as constant in her often ever-changing, school and home life as the daughter of a US soldier. After college and honing her skills as a session/event/backup singer, Cecili fulfilled a lifelong dream and followed her passion to New York city to study acting and pursue a career as an actress.
While working as a waitress in New York City, and during her intense work on the craft of acting in the rigorous training program at William Esper Studio, Cecili would finally realize music to be her first and true love. This epiphany would also lead to her develop various bands to support performing her own original music in and around the NYC area at various venues such as Ashford and Simpsons’ “Sugar Bar” and the historic “Bitter End” on the very same stage as artists like Lady Gaga, Patti Labelle and Bob Dylan..and many others. “It was then that I decided to give attention to playing guitar, in order to add a level of versatility to my style and to develop a deeper relationship with the creation of my music.” -Cecili
Over the years, she has worked as singer-songwriter for various producers across the globe on electronic projects. She also fronts Atlanta-based electro-alt-soul band, Mr. E. Worldwide as singer-songwriter.

Jeffrey Tonnesen

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Jeffrey is the Featured Artist at the 2013 Savannah Urban Arts Festival.

Rising from the hippest rooms in downtown New York and the fashion runways of the world, Jeffrey Tonnesen has built a name for himself as an up-and-coming dance music producer and big room house DJ. His unique style and tailored sound have caught the attention of international recording artists, yielding remixes with Cobra Starship, Nina Sky, Dev and Enrique Iglesias.

Tonnesen is nonetheless staying true to his NYC roots: while traveling frequently to destinations like Las Vegas, Hong Kong, and the South of France, he retains his 2012 weekly residencies at Lavo, Avenue and PH-D. His career began with high profile fashion events including the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, the Bienalle in Venice, a Prada show in Tokyo, and fashion shows for ACNE, DVF, and Rag & Bone, but has now expanded to a wider audience as he entertains clubgoers around the world. Tonnesen’s greatest pleasure and constant goal is to be known for his ability to play the perfect song for the perfect moment time and again.

Artist Website

Lyrical A.J.

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Links
Official Website: www.LyricalAJ.com
Twitter: @LyricalAJ

Originally from Indianapolis but residing in Atlanta, GA, Lyrical A.J. is on a mission to change the lives of his fans through his music. With his witty delivery, energetic performances, and relatable subject matter, A.J. is continuing to make a name for himself by putting on live shows that resonate with his audiences.

The release of his third project, rightfully named Not Your Average Mixtape (N.Y.A.M.) gained him notoriety including a 5-star rating from Coast to Coast Mixtapes and enabled him to perform at popular venues in Atlanta such as Masquerade, Apache, I Am Music and Morehouse College. Recently, A.J. released another project “C.K.Season”, booked his second College tour in Indiana and given the opportunity to be an artist in social media hub Play Pro Media’s TARSTE II Music Expo.

A.J. is actively engaging with his audience through live shows and social media continuing to build relationships with his fans. He’s started a special group, appropriately titled his “Family List,” where he reaches out with inspirational posts, comments, and emphasizes feedback in order to provide material fans actually care about.Presently, Lyrical A.J. has achieved ground level recognition and is preparing to expand his growth to gain sponsorship, build upon his fan base, and book shows in new territories. He’s currently working on his first solo album, CINEMATIC: The Pursuit of Happiness, which reiterates his theme of being “Beyond Average.” Lyrical A.J. is on the verge of garnering major attention all that’s needed is the right opportunity.

Dynasty

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Stay Shinin’ ft. Talib Kweli
Epic Dynasty (w/ DJ Premier)
http://youtu.be/YNjZVoBAXOg
Live at Funkfest w/Erykah Badu and Fantasia
http://youtu.be/9oGXhHSYdIs

Live at Straz Center with Mos Def and Talib Kweli
http://youtu.be/I4UlRNk_B5A

The world hasn’t seen an emcee like Dynasty before. It’s rare when an artist combines heartfelt storytelling, commanding stage presence, and a deep and palpable audience connection. The soul of Lauryn Hill, and the ruff neck swagger of MC Lyte, all appropriate descriptions for D.Y. It’s easy to make comparisons when you start talking about female emcees. D.Y. herself says “I’m complimented by comparisons to Lauryn” but one look at her live and you’ll see that she truly holds her own in this game.

The soul of a dreamer, and the fearless determination to follow that dream wherever it might lead, her presence on stage is a guaranteed, take no prisoners, always leave them wanting more, show stealer. D.Y. has lit up shows opening for Erykah Badu, The Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def, Fantasia, Redman and Method Man, Talib Kweli, KRS One and more. A Wu-Tang Clan crowd will not stand for anything less than ruff, rugged, and raw, so you know she has skills. She also did the Florida leg of the Duck Down 15th Anniversary tour along with the entire roster including Sean Price and Pharoahe Monch. But it’s her performance on records that truly sets Dynasty in a class all her own. While she has an affinity for hard beats and raw hip hop artists such as MOP and Slaughterhouse, she often finds inspiration from artists on the opposite side of the spectrum like the soulful Erykah Badu and the timeless, Ella Fitzgerald.

Along with her DJ, DJ Sandman, Dynasty has been making a name for herself, turning heads locally and all over the world thanks to a co-sign from DJ Premier who put her last single “Femcee” on his “On Tha Road Again” mixtape. The following year, he gave her the ultimate cosign by producing a song for her. “Epic Dynasty” was placed on his compilation album, Get Used to Us. The legendary DJ even appears alongside DY in the video for the song. Dynasty set off 2013 with a career high, releasing a song with one of her favorite artists world renowned Talib Kweli, Stay Shinin’.

All of that considered, one of her most favorite things is performing for and working with youth. She frequently visits juvenile detention centers and other youth programs to speak with teens about following their dreams. While she has so many things to be excited about, she finds the most joy and satisfaction in using her gift to encourage and inspire teens.

Her passion transcends the stage; her mass appeal transcends all boundaries. There is no “set demographic” for D.Y., no gimmick, no crafted agenda aside from making beautiful music. She rocks for the grown folks, the kids and people from all walks of life. Rightfully so, soul music touches the world.


MJ Baker

MJ BakerMy heart is stirred by a noble theme, as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. - Psalm 45:1
These are the words and mantra that MJ Baker lives by.
Equipped with an angelic voice, thought provoking lyrics and her signature pink guitar, MJ is a prolific singer, songwriter, musician, and poet that takes you on a journey telling a story of life, love, loss and much more.
Her musical inspirations include India Arie, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Billy Holiday and Taylor Swift. She says also that life, itself, is an inspiration to her in the way we live it, the decisions we make – for better or worse – and the consequences of those decisions. She also cites her mother as a huge inspiration saying  she’s “76 and funny as hell”.
Music isn’t the only passion that MJ has, however. She has been active within the Jacksonville community as a youth counselor for the past 15 years. Along with two other local artists, Yolanda Webster and Taryn Wharwood (known better by her stage name Love Reigns), she is developing a non-profit organization to benefit troubled youth in the Jacksonville community.

Some of the other projects in which she is currently and actively involved include singing and writing her first solo album, due out late 2013 and her first Mixtape, due out Summer 2013. Both projects are being executive produced by Mr. Al Pete of Grown Folk Entertainment, Inc. (GFE).

She hopes that through building her brand, it will inspire those who don’t believe in themselves to move forward. She wishes, (in her own words):
“To motivate people who fear the unknown to pursue even in the midst of their fears. To trust that the Creator would not have given us such amazing gifts and talents if He didn’t want us to use them. As we discover the weird, the awkward, the mysteriousness within, that we would accept it, cultivate it and share it with the world.”

Teen Wolfe

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“Check the Rhymes”
Joel, a native of Brunswick Georgia, grew up singing in church and performing in local talent shows. Joel is the front man and matriarch of the band that blends distinctive flows, acoustics, dense piano and tranquil melodies to paint a rembrandt with his rhymes. Joel, with his eclectic swag, becomes one with his audience and pushes to reinvent the wheel of hip hop. He stands equipped to share his gift of music to the world. You can live today; say goodbye tomorrow but love, life and music will always ease future sorrow.

“Guitar Hero”
Gavin MacDonald, the guitarist from the windy city, brings a unique edge and component to the group. His style of charismatic play and riffs brings balance to TeenWolfe. With the guitar, MacDonald is experienced and confident; similar to a sword being yielded by a fierce warrior. He plays to the knowledge that Joel expels from his southern native tongue of Georgia. This results in a relationship that is melancholy, fresh and adds a uniqueness and distinct feel to the band.

“On the Ones and Twos”
Tommy Hart aka DJ Hartbreak is the man in the middle and is a major ingredient in this mélange. Also a native of Georgia, he’s had a passion for music since the age of 10. Hartbreak is a skilled artist that is accustomed to playing many types of instruments; such as the saxophone, guitar and drums. He brings the right amount of zest to group and has the power to captivate the audience. His energy is absorbed and reciprocated by the crowd with each performance.

“Bring the Noise”
Rounding out the group is Brandon (Bronzze) Mcleod from Florence, SC. Mcleod is the percussion specialist that brings the pulsating thump to the band. A music lover, experienced drummer and entrepreneur that recently joined the group in August of 2012; his aspirations include combining the art of dance with music and entertainment. He completes the puzzle and is the final piece of this nucleus.

RJ & The imagiNATION

RJ and The imagiNATION is the first urban animated band ran by African Americans, blending 30s cartoon style flavor with progressive hip hop and neo-soul. The main band members are:

RJ AKA Gadget: Lead Vocals, Keytar

DraguhTrak: Synth Bass

Rudy Rock: Piano and Synthesizers

Drumm Kidd: Drums (what else :-)

The band consist of a 2D Character on a screen, Animatronic Puppet on percussion, and real musicians! They have a new single entitled “Little 1s” to release this May along with a music video. The album is to release this summer.

Facebook: facebook.com/rjadntheimagination

Twitter: @rjandtheimagination

Website: rjandtheimagination.com

 

Jasonplusone

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“Don’t you think it’s time we think about the future? Whether our children are gonna be winners or losers?” – excerpt from The Mind by KRS-One

It really is bigger than Hip-Hop for Jacksonville, Florida’s aspiring emcee, songwriter and recording artist, Jasonplusone, who is out all of the hats that he wears a child of God, father and educator, first. The Florida Memorial University graduate’s aim is to combine his passion for educating today’s youth with his love for music and Hip-Hop culture, to create a sonic explosion that reaches far beyond the inner-city high school classroom that he teaches in every day. This desire was evident in his release of the Ghost of Trayvon Martin, in memory of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old African-American teen, who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch vigilante in Jasonplusone’s home state of Florida. As an African-American man, with a young son, the emcee was especially affected by the murder and has been vocal in his call for justice. Jasonplusone’s ultimate goal is to use music and education to build a network of academies that would allow minority and inner-city youths to discover and hone their artistic skills, utilizing primary academics, while correlating it to Hip-Hop culture. He also envisions entering the political realm to advocate on behalf of said youths to effect change for generations to come. Jasonplusone’s passion and dedication to educating future generations stems from his upbringing in Jacksonville, Florida, having been educated at an HBCU, where he received a Bachelor’s in Education and the social ills and inequities that he has been exposed to growing up and as a math teacher at a inner city high school.

Fittingly, the words he lives by is, “Do the math, add it up. Everything happens for a reason.” Which is not only pertinent to his profession, but to life. As an emcee, Jasonplusone mixes raw, witty and thought provoking rhymes over beats from some of Southeast Florida’s dopest producers and beat makers. He is inspired by a wide range of Hip-Hop emcee’s and artists and counts Stalley, Big KRIT, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Paten Locke and Stillwater as some of his favorite artists. He is also a proud member of The Black Chain Gang (BCG) collective of artists which includes, Alias, Jay Kai and Mr. Al Pete, just to name a few. In 2011, he released the critically acclaimed single Dazed & Perks with producer, Absalom. And he is currently working on his debut album, First Coast Flights as well as BCG collaborative efforts, The Same Old Different Mixtape and Born Better. Jasonplusone has graced the stages of some of Jacksonville’s premier venues like Poppy Love Smoke and Lomax Lodge and is set to make his first appearance at the Savannah Urban Arts Festival in Savannah, Georgia in April of 2012.

Twitter: Follow @JustJasonPerry

For more contact and booking information for Jasonplusone visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/jasonplusone

Kimberly Gunn

Kimberly Gunn is an awesome and unique gift to the
body of Christ. Her music has the power to heal as she
takes her listeners on a spiritual journey with Christ. A
native of Waynesboro, Georgia, Kimberly began singing
at the age of three. Music became her therapy as she
faced season of discouragement and despondency.

As a result, her music ministry, Kimberly Gunn Music,
was birthed. Through her ministry, she has been able
to minister to people from all facets of life. She has
had the opportunity to share and bless the stage with
some of gospel music’s finest like Anne Nesby, Kim
Burrell, Canton Jones, andTamela Mann to name a few.
She enjoys spending her time and talents to minister
to those who are less-fortunate, homeless, broken,
and battered in her community fulfilling the Great
Commission (Matt. 28: 16-20).

Her passion is to serve God and share the love of
Jesus. Kimberly Gunn currently serves at the Temple
of Glory Community Church in Savannah, Georgia
where she serves in the music ministry. Kimberly
received a Master’s Degree in Worship Studies with a
concentration. in Leadership at Liberty University in
Spring 2011.

Watch the video for her song “Hold On

Web: http://www.kimberlygunn.com

Loop It Up Savannah

I Am the Beloved Community: Story Quilts of Our Savannah


Experience a collection of neighborhood story quilts made by the children of the West Broad Street YMCA, the Kayton Homes Boys and Girls Club and the seniors of the Hudson Hill Golden Age Center.

Get a window into the making of the quilts with Digital Story presentations by students from the Savannah College of Art and Design ESL Department. Visit the SUAFilm page for screening times.

Find your place in the Beloved Community with Tina Hicks of the Hudson Hill Golden Age Center, Molly Lieberman of Loop It Up Savannah of the West Broad Street YMCA and the Beloved Community Story Quilters!

Exhibit information:

Whats on display:

8-3×4 foot quilts

Photography-Large format photos of the quilt making process and experience of community members.

Refreshments will be provided by the Sentient Bean.

Prints, notecards and catalogues will be available for sale.

Cost: PASS THE HAT FESTIVAL EVENT-PLEASE DONATE