Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist & Actress
Leslie Nelson, lead singer for the band NOTORIOUS, is a native Detroiter with over 20 years of studio and stage experience. Throughout the years, Leslie has had numerous entertainers request her musical involvement. The music including, but not limited too, R&B, Pop, Jazz, Gospel, Country and Western has established Leslie as one of the most sought after personalities and performing artist. She has combined her unique singing talents and stage persona to sincerely sell a song.
Performing weekly around the Metro Detroit area at local renowned nightclubs and supper clubs like “Floods Bar and Grill”, Andiamo’s, Bert’s Motown Room and many corporate and private functions has provided an array of listening audiences. The list of top-notch entertainers and business professionals demand her musical performances for special occasions and special events.
Leslie’s musical history includes, appearing on the “Oprah Talk Show” singing background for Aretha Franklin (“The Queen of Soul”), to performing with or as the opening act for major musical artists ranging from Stevie Wonder, The O‘Jays, The Time, Craig T. Cooper and The Spinners. Recording with the likes of Oleta Adams, Jerald Daemyon, Aretha Franklin, The Modern Tribe, Lynn Roundtree and most recently with Notorious. These few facts are merely a small portion of her successful achievements.
GWEN FOXX consolidates Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Classical standards. An exhilarating song stylist, and captivating actor, GWEN FOXX is one of the hottest talents in the entertainment industry. She’s your favorite chocolate candy, a beautiful sunset with your lover; a stroll in the moonlight, a bouquet of roses that will have your eyes dancing with her sensuous and rhythmic movements. Spellbound and breathless, you await the next intensified explosion of excitement from stage.
As a featured vocalist, FOXX has performed at the “Gospel Mega Fest” with T.D. JAKES, Atlanta, Georgia CNN Conference Center with KEM (KEMISTRY), the Blue Note Lounge with CHAKA KHAN, Aretha Franklins Annual Christmas Celebration, the “Essence Music Festival” with Luther Vandross. FOXX was the vocal director for Hip- Hop Diva Mary J. Blige’s “SHARE MY WORLD TOUR”. Opening concerts for Will Downing, Brian McKnight, Bob Baldwin, Tom Brown, and countless others over the span of her blessed and exciting career.
GWEN FOXX theatrical credits include; acting and singing in Michael Mathew’s production of “Mama Don’t” with Jennifer Holiday and the Clark Sister; David Payton’s “A Good Man is Hard To Find”; Angela Barrow’s “Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys’ and Barrow’s production of “Real Men Pray”; and Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” with Stephanie Mills produced by the Grammy Award winner, George Faison.
The powerful, sultry and sophisticated voice of female vocalist Ms. GWEN FOXX delivers an undeniable sound of smoothness that is all her own, and leaves you to believe she is one of Motown’s rarest jewels.
Ms. FOXX solo debut CD “Quiet Storm” on MILAN RECORDS represents a beautiful mix of velvety jazzy R&B, tinged with a Hip-Hop Flava! “Quiet Storm” is where Gwen’s talent as a writer and producer are evident and showcases her best performance to the music industry. Each track is a musical treat for the listener and has something for everyone. The title track “Quiet Storm” a mid-tempo delight pulls at your heartstrings, because her voice truly guides you through a quiet storm. One should definitely not miss “Is It A Crime”. GWEN does a beautiful job of taking this song and making it her own. It’s filled with unrivaled passion and conviction; you’ll want to listen to it again and again.
GWEN FOXX, hear and feel the sensation, style passion and desire expressed through her voice. “Quiet Storm” is sure to bring the listener a Special treat and provide a magical, musical journey that is well worth the trip.
GWEN’S favorite words are “GOD IS GOD” and yes our savior saw favor in her. Ms. FOXX is definitely here to stay!
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This statement exemplifies strength, charisma and an amount of motivation and determination all compiled into this amazing project. Jaki is definitely a mountain mover. From a very early age Jaki has been initiated in the well-respected music, dance and theater community. Initially Jaki focused on a career in dancing and devoted her attention to choreographing and performing with such names as B.B. King, Della Reese, Rudolph Hawkins, James Baldwin, and Marcus Belgrave.
Jaki then expanded her scope and continued her training with classical ballet master Jacob Lascu, where she auditioned and won a full scholarship to Alvin Aileys American Dance Theater in New York.
After four years of successfully working and performing as a dancer, she began to focus on developing her vocal and writing skills. Because it came so naturally, this turned out to be a smooth transition. Jaki & rsquo;s image and vocal ability was immediately accepted and she began performing with the musical group M.A.S., which have garnered rave reviews from around the country.
In 2002, Jaki was introduced to Frankie Fultz, a Detroit producer with a strong background in house and techno music. After hearing Jaki & rsquo;s song, & ldquo; The Spirit of Detroit & rdquo;, Frankie immediately began creating tracks to complement her sound. Frankie & rsquo;s sound and Jaki & rsquo;s voice meshed perfectly to create an amazing project.
Jaki is a force of skill, talent, class, personality, and sheer down to earth charm that will enhance any stage or performance space.
She is definitely ready to move mountains.
Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist & Actress
For over fifteen years this multi-talented native Detroiter has graced and dominated Michigan’s most attended events. She has performed over two hundred shows a year with grace and stamina. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more.
She first gained attention in 1987 when she became back up singer for the Detroit soul band “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. Shortly after, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to “The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis”.
In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album “Sunday Morning Music” on the Seattle based label “Sub Pop” which received a rave revue in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. The song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit cable drama “The Sopranos”.
Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more…her history is extensive and her performances are memorable…like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster (queen of the swamp boogie) for an encore song which received a standing ovation.
In 1999 Thornetta brought down the house with her astounding performance at the”Lillith Fair” at Michigan’s Pine Knob Music Theatre hosted by Sarah Mclachlan…that same evening she attended the “Detroit Music Awards” where she proudly accepted 2 of the over 20 Music Awards that she has won over the last 15 years for “Best R&B/ Blues vocalist” and “Best R&B Group”.
In 2000 Thornetta opened the VH1 Vogue fashion awards at Madison Square Garden with Detroit phenomenon Kid Rock. New York’s star-studded event captured Detroit’s “Princess of the Blues” in all her glory!
In 2001 Thornetta Davis is inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame! Thornetta performed on Wednesday nights for 7 years at one of Detroit’s favorite live music venues “The Music Menu” located in Greektown in downtown Detroit until it’s closing in 2003. Three years before that final Wednesday, Thornetta recorded a live performance on one magical night at the “Menu” and called it “Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu”. This CD is a collection of Thornetta’s most requested cover tunes. The magic comes through and touches you and makes you feel like you’re right there watching her as she takes you on a spiritual journey to the depths of her soul.
“Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu” won “Best R&B/ Blues Recording” at the Detroit Music Awards 2002.
Thornetta Davis has appeared on the covers of Living Blues Magazine and Big City Blues Magazine.
Thornetta has also performed background vocals for artists such as Bob Seger on his album “The Fire Inside”, The Little Steven VanZandt produced U.S. debut of Nigerian reggae artist Majek Fashek, on “Spirit of Love”, Sub pop recording artist “alternative rock band” Big Chief on the album, “Mack Avenue Scull Game”, and Kid Rock on his self titled 2003 CD “KID ROCK”.
Thornetta also performed on the sound track for the film “Osmosis Jones” starring Bill Murray. Her powerful singing voice has been heard on the hit television show Xena Warrior Princess. Her Cadillac commercial aired for the first time during the 2001 Academy Awards
Thornetta was also chosen to represent the DETROIT PISTONS 2001-2002
If you’re from Michigan you are sure to have seen Thornetta in the Michigan State Lottery commercials. Coca-Cola selected Thornetta to revive the late 1960’s “I’d Like to teach the world to sing” commercial. Pizza Hut loved our blues diva enough to “twist and dip”
It’s clear that the Motor City knows just who Thornetta is and now it’s time the rest of the world found out. So we would like to introduce to you in all her splendor a Detroit talent as original as her name…