Soul vocalist Lee Drakeford led the New Jersey quartet Today through several Top Five R&B hits during the late ’80s. After the group split in the early ’90s, Drakeford began a successful solo career recording as Big Bub. His debut album, Comin’ at Cha, earned Top 40 entries for the singles “I Don’t Mind” and “Tellin’ Me Stories,” and Drakeford began producing and working on sessions as a background vocalist. He later signed to the nu classic soul label Kedar Entertainment, also the home of Erykah Badu. His sophomore album Timeless also did well on the R&B charts. His third release The TakeOver appeared in 2000.
Eric Nolan Grant
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Eric Nolan Grant, singer who is a member of the famed, multi-award winning R&B group, The O’Jays. He joined the group in 1995. In 1997 Eric performed on his debut O’Jays’ album ‘Love You To Tears’ which hit the R&B charts. In 2001 the O’Jays released their “For The Love” album which was a chart-topper that received a Grammy nomination in 2002. In September 2003, Eric appeared in his debut film “The Fighting Temptations” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.and Beyonce Knowles receiving a Gold Record Award for his contribution to the movie’s soundtrack. Later in 2003, Eric received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. In 2004 The O’Jays recorded the album ‘Imagination’ under the Music World label. In 2004, Eric as a member of the O’Jays, was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon, Pa. and in 2005 the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. “For the Love Of Money” became the theme song to the hit reality TV show “The Apprentice”, starring Donald Trump, which Eric performed live at the taping of the show’s season finale. In 2006, the O’Jays performed at the ESPY awards, hosted by Lance Armstrong. In 2008, Eric appeared on the PBS Special (also published as a DVD) ‘Love Train: The Sound Of Philadelphia” as the O’Jays performed in the artist showcase. In 2009, Eric as one of the O’Jays; was awarded BET’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, performed at the ‘US Open: Opening Ceremony’ and toured in South Africa. On January 29, 2011 The O’Jays received the “Trumpet Lifetime Achievement Award”. Some of Eric’s most notable television appearances also include: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The David Letterman Show, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The View, BET Awards Show, The Monique Show, Unsung, PBS Capitol on the 4th as well as many others including appearances on news shows around the country. Some of the major performances/venues include; The Essence Music Festival, The Jamaica Jazz Festival, The Macys Music Festival, Capitol 4th Concert, Kentucky Derby, Kodak Theater, Waldorf Astoria, The Apollo Theater, Democratic National Convention to name a few.
Sweet, Soulful, Songstress Lacee has captivated audiences far & wide with her powerfully melodic vocal abilities. With a prowess for performance matching the likes of a well versed veteran; Lacee’s talents are matched only by her magnanimous voice.
Born Lacy Yvonne Reed, in Memphis, Tennessee, the American Soul, R&B artist is the only child born to Reverend Joe Reed and Joann Reed. First introduced to what would soon become her life’s passion; Lacee like many successful artists before her, began her journey towards superstardom in the church. Raised in the Deep South, and singing with her mother in church, Lacee is the epitome of a true Southern Belle, with all her charms. Her voice resonates with a classic elegance infused with a flair for today’s R&B chic; paired with Lacee’s boisterous & lively persona and you have a formula fit for food to the soul. Her influences in music come not only from home, but also from the likes of Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight & Aretha Franklin.
After signing with Advantage/Soulful Sound IMG Recordings, Lacee released her first studio album, “Songstress” in May 2006 which was met with enthusiastic reviews. Despite, her tumultuous performance schedule, Lacee was eager to get back into the studio and immediately began working on her follow up album, “Lacee’s Groove” released July 2009. Jumping from one project to the next, Lacee always finds time to pay tribute to those who have inspired her musically and covered Aretha’s “Dr. Feel Good” in homage to the Queen of Soul all whilst placing a new spin on a classic hit.
Having begun her musical journey in the church, Lacee’s talent has remained true to its roots as she was blessed with the opportunity to share the stage with gospel legend Shirley Caesar and Singer-songwriter Smokie Norful. Her powerful voice carrying her across the nation, she has also performed alongside notable legends such as Bobby Womack, Glenn Jones, Howard Hewitt & Lenny Williams. More recently, Lacee was given the opportunity to share the stage with Tyrese, Lebrado and R&B Prince of Soul Calvin Richardson.
Currently working on completing her latest project “Beautiful”, Lacee is prepping for the official release its first single “Call Me”. With the highly anticipated project on the cusp of its release date, Lacee is set to tour throughout the Southeast beginning early 2015 until the summer. With her commanding voice that has the impeccable ability to appeal to a multi-genre audience, she is a versatile artist with an equally diverse fan base. Lacee is a soulful songstress… with the heart and depth to captivate the soul of the listener.
LeVelle aka LB is a R&B/ Neo-Soul artist and songwriter from Kansas City. He has dedication and drive for his music career. The development of his unique style is a result of his musical influences and life experiences. Growing up in a talented musical family meant LB was always surrounded by different forms of music.
LB’s charismatic personality magnified by a voice that personifies the sound of true soul music. He started singing at a very young age. LB has a rich range of Soul, R&B and Gospel influences, LB’s voice is reminiscent of some of music’s greatest artist such as: Sam Cooke, Al Green to Gerald Levert. Additional artist he admires are Avant, Musiq and Anthony Hamilton & Dave Hollister. LB has been mesmerizing hometown fans for years with his rich sound and passionate performances.
LB has graced the same stage as R&B crooner Charlie Wilson, Anthony Hamilton, Dave Hollister, Avant, El Debarge, The Barkay’s, The Dazz Band, Al Green, Temptations, Robin Thicke, After 7, Tony Terry, Trey Songz, En vogue, SWV and Shanice, Tank, Silk, Dru Hill, K-Ci & Jojo, Frankie Beverly, Fantasia, Big Bub, Howard Hewett, Calvin Richardson Eric Benet, Ginuwine, Marcus Houston, Cedric the entertainer and several others.
LB has just completed his debut album called “Le Velle My Journey”. This album portrays his strong appreciation for women in general and the women who have greatly influenced his life. After honing his R&B/ Neo-Soul sound over recent years it has allowed him to develop as a person and has in turn profoundly aided his musical development. He has tremendous support from hometown. The anticipation of his next performance is overwhelmingly sought after. With the album expected to be a success and fame imminent, the exciting sound that he has made is certain to gain interest from across the world. Audiences worldwide are in store for a musical treat that will only leave them clamoring for more.
My Journey is truly a labor of love, and those long hours in the studio resulted in an album that is sure to be deemed an instant classic. From the 70’s soulful “Bring back the love” to the hip hop-heavy “Get Involved” LB glides effortlessly between styles and provides a track for everyone to groove to. Audiences from all walks of LIFE reminisce on the feel GOOD music from the 80’s and 2000’s, while sharing in the JOURNEY of LB.