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GLORY GOSPEL SINGERS
THE GLORY GOSPEL SINGERS BEGAN IN 1995; FOUNDED AND MANAGED BY VISIONARY PHYLISS MCKOY JOUBERT, CEO OF D&P JOUBERT LLC.
WITH YELLOW ROBES AND THE WWRL LOGO, THIS GROUP BEGAN TO SING IN GERMANY IN 1996, SOUNDING SO GOOD THAT AUDIENCES DEMANDED A FULL-YEAR ROUND SCHEDULE OF GOSPEL CONCERTS THAT HAS GROWN INTO 18 COUNTRIES TO DATE.
THE GLORY GOSPEL SINGERS HAVE PERFORMED AT SOME OF THE GREATEST HALLS AND VENUES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING:
CARNEGIE HALL, CAMI HALL, AVERY FISCHER HALL, LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, THE LAMBS THEATRE ON BROADWAY, THE GEWANDHAUS OF LEIPZIG, THE DOM OF FRANKFURT, BERLINER DOM, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN THEATRE NYC, THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THEATER DER STADT OF HEIDELBERG BERLIN PHILHARMONIC, CITY ARTS OF BERLIN, THE APOLLO THEATRE IN HARLEM, THE BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC, THE HELEN HAYES THEATRE NYC, AICHI ART CENTER (JAPAN), KOBE INTERNATIONAL HALL (JAPAN), YOKOSUKA ARTS THEATRE (JAPAN), THE HECHSTER THEATRE, ST. MICHAELS OF HAMBURG GERMANY, THE NEW JERSEY NETS STADIUM, JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT THEATRE, ST. PATRICKS CATHEDRAL, CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, CHICAGO GOSPEL FEST, THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE NYC, ERFURT CATHEDRAL OF DEUTSCHELAND, ST. MARIENDOM OF BREMEN, NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, CASTLE FESTIVAL OF SCHWERIN AND THE HEIDELBERG CONCERT HALL
THE GLORY GOSPEL SINGERS HAVE APPEARED WITH:
DIANA ROSS, WHITNEY HOUSTON, JAMES CLEVELAND, CLIFTON DAVIS, EDWIN HAWKINS, ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE NEW JERSEY NETS, SHIRLEY CAESAR, THE WINANS, YOLANDA ADAMS, QUINCY JONES, KIRK FRANKLIN, DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW, DRESDEN TELEVISION AND CHEMNITZ GERMANY
AND MANY MANY MORE.
THE GLORY GOSPEL SINGERS HAVE PERFORMED IN:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FRANCE, GERMANY, LICHTENSTEIN, BELGIUM, DENMARK, SWEDEN, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, NETHERLANDS, LUXEMBOURG, HUNGARY, ENGLAND AND JAPAN.
THE GOSPEL ACTION PACKED CONCERT KEEPS THE AUDIENCES STANDING ON THEIR FEET AND SINGING ALONG, WITH CLAPPING AND DANCING.
MANY WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED WITHIN EUROPE (SOEST, POSSNECK, WALSRODE,) AS A PLATFORM FOR THE GLORY GOSPEL SINGERS OF HARLEM TO MAKE FRIENDS AND ENABLE OTHERS TO SING GOSPEL MUSIC.
CHEMNITZ TELEVISION, KOLN RADIO, AND OVER 150 PRESS HOUSES HAVE COVERED THIS EXCITING GROUP, THAT NEVER GETS TIRED……
THEY HAVE RECEIVED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION FROM:
SOEST WORKSHOP, POSSNECK SCHOOL, THE BREMEN CONCERT, MINISTRY OF MUSIC FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, 100 BLACK WOMEN, HOSPITAL IN WALSRODE GERMANY, AND MANY MORE…
THE GLORY GOSPEL SINGERS HAS BEEN AWARDED MANY AWARDS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS OF WHICH THEY INCLUDE WITHIN THEIR SCOPE OF TOURING. THEY MAKE FRIENDS, SING TO THE SICK, AS WELL AS TO THE HEALTHY AND BRINGS THE BEST OF GOSPEL MUSIC ALL AROUND THE WORLD FROM ITS HISTORICAL CONCEPTS AND BELIEF IN THE NEGRO SPIRITUALS AND TRADITIONAL GOSPEL MUSIC THAT BRINGS MUCH HAPPINESS TO THE WORLD….
LYNNE WATSON & POSITIVE N-ERGY
Lynne Watson is an all inclusive music enthusiast. A graduate of the famous Music and Art High School in New York City, she has continued to hone her music skills and experiences through a diverse range of activities. Studying with renowned Choral Director and Maestro John L. Motley, Lynne was a long time member of the All-City High School Chorus and Concert Choir - performing in numerous venues and for various showcases. Her performances and collaborations include many varied and different New York locales; at the Inaugural Celebration for former Governor Cuomo; with Opera Ebony- an African American Opera performance company; at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center; during the Centennial Celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge; front and center for the Re-dedication Ceremony of the Statue of Liberty; at Symphony Space; Carnegie Hall and even at the New York City Mayoral home Gracie Mansion.
As a member of the only African American Drum and Bugle Corps on the East Coast – the Warriors Drum and Bugle Corps– in the 1980’s, she toured and performed in numerous competitions. Lynne has also performed in Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival on the only musical instrument invented in the 20th Century - the Steel Pan. Additionally as a vocal artist, she has shared the stage with such greats as Jazz/Blues pianist Valerie Capers, the late Dizzy Gillespie and Phyllis Hyman, entertained in the Bahamas at the Crystal Palace. and has done marketing radio spots for business school training for the Board of Education.
As the founder of the Funk, Jazz and R&B Soul Band ‘Positive N-ergy’, Lynne has jump started her love of live band music. She has performed numerous times at the world renown Ashford and Simpson's SUGAR BAR in new York City, as well as many other venues in the Tri State Area such as Chesterfield's, Groove NYC, the Baggott Inn, Kenny's Castaways, The Underscore, Sessions 73, and The Red Lion.
Live music is and will always be a major force in her life, and with the creation of RSL Entertainment, not only has she been able to continue her love of performance, she has been able to work with other bands and musicians to bring quality live music to the listening public. Not only dealing with R&B/Soul and Funk, but branching out to more genres such as Rock and Gospel too! Music all around! 'Positive N-ergy' performs at all types of live events, and is also available for private/corporate shows and parties! So let us know when you wanna jam!
THE NOTORIOUS MSG
Blasting out of the streets of Chinatown, THE NOTORIOUS MSG have arrived with a vengeance. Serving up deep-fried beats straight from the Chinese ghetto, they will not stop until they achieve complete world domination.
This is the story of three renegade restaurant workers from the hardened streets of Chinatown, New York City. Pursuing their dreams of rap superstardom, Hong Kong Fever, Down-Lo Mein and The Hunan Bomb fled the harsh ghettos of Asia only to face more hardships as second-class citizens in America. They struggled to earn a living, toiling in the kitchens and risking their lives as Chinese restaurant delivery boys. Facing robberies and beatings on a daily basis, their fight for survival came to a head when an unknown assailant killed one of their original band members, Funky Buddha. This was the last straw; it was time to fight back.
Rising up with a fury, the trio were reborn and The Notorious MSG exploded onto the NYC music scene with a new calling. Once only fighting to defend themselves, they renewed their fight, this time for all their brothers and sisters in the Chinatown ghettos who would never get the chance to realize their dreams.
Facing discrimination as Chinese delivery boys, The Notorious MSG are prepared for the same battle with corporate America. Today, The MSG rises again to challenge yet another foe, the music industry. Seeing how Asians have yet to be accepted as a force in the American music scene, they will continue to unleash their blistering musical buffet and flaunt their unique Asian-American flavor with no apologies.
While the MSG Revolution is only just beginning, the three unstoppable Chinatown Bad Boys have already developed a presence both nationally and internationally. Their song Dim Sum Girl was downloaded 7,500 times within 48 hours of introduction. Their music video, .Straight Out of Canton,. was downloaded 92,691 times in the first two weeks following their licensing deal with Comedy Central.
The boys are presently overthrowing New York City with their fiery street anthem "Chinatown Hustler," the hot single off their upcoming full-lenth debut album, soon to be released. The new release will also include a new music video featuring an appearance by DJ Cipha Sounds of MTV's Direct Effect and Hot 97 New York. The Notorious MSG have also made appearances on MTV, MTV Chi and Shade 45 Radio with DJ Cipha Sounds.
A native of Osaka, Japan, Yasuyuki Takagi (call him Yaz) was influenced by the sounds of jazz at a very early age. As a child, Yaz listened to both the music of his native homeland as well as his father's jazz collection. Looking back on his childhood, Yaz always felt that the presence of his father's records had a big influence on his musical development. And though he admits that he didn't know what it was he was listening to back then, it had enough of an impact to shape his musical direction for the rest of his life.
As a student, Yaz listened to artists such as Bob James, Dave Grusin, The Crusaders, Earth, Wind and Fire, Grover Washington Jr. and other American jazz artists. And while his friends were listening to the energy and power of rock 'n roll, it was David Sanborn's music that led him to pursue the saxophone as his instrument of choice. Subsequently, upon entering Japan's Kochi University Yaz began to study the saxophone while earning his Bachelor's Degree in Education. And although he started to listen to and collect more of the same albums which he heard as a child in his father's house, he never dreamed that one day he might go to the United States, New York in particular, to pursue a career as a professional musician.
After graduation, Yaz worked through the day as a social worker in Osaka while studying saxophone with Tetsuyuki Miya and theory with Sadayasu Fujii. As his passion for jazz grew stronger through time; He began to play with jazz groups and also sat in on some of teacher's gigs, as well. At this point Yaz decided that he wanted to continue his jazz studies abroad and moved to New York in April, 1992.
However, after moving to New York, Yaz was impressed with the higher level of musicianship and began to lose confidence in his own abilities. Feeling that his own ability was inadequate to pursue a career as a professional musician in New York, he decided to return back to Japan. However, with only a month left in N.Y. before his scheduled return home, he met a fellow saxophonist, Rob Scheps, while practicing at central park He told Yaz "why don't you try this fingering for that scale?". This revolutionary meeting with him convinced Yaz to stay in New York.
He took lessons with him while working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant. As time passed, his abilities (and confidence) improved as his continued to work at night and practice during the day until soon he was able to switch to a day job, thus leaving his evenings open for music.
As Yaz began to play with more and more groups and jam sessions, his abilities came to the attention of some N.Y. area local bands, such as Joy Ryder and the New York Rhythm All Stars, the smooth jazz group Since When?, The Sly Geralds Band, to name a few. When he lost his day job as the result of the September 11th, tragedy, Yaz became a full time musician, formed his own group (The Yaz Takagi Group) and became a regular feature with the New York City Transit Authority's "Music Under New York" series.
Andes Fusion is lead by Juan Castillo from Ovalle, Chile. The blending of the rhythms and sounds from their varying countries of Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia make for a lovely and unique sound belonging to them alone.
The group has many wonderful credits to their name. They have played for the First Lady Hillary Clinton; they have also performed for the United Nations “Earth Day” for former President Jimmy Carter. They had the privilege to play with Simon & Garfunkel in New York City as well as recording and performing for various television commercials that sought to incorporate their melodious sounds into their commercials. They were invited to be an official group to perform at the Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia. Andes Fusion won the coveted award known as the “MUNY” the Music Under New York award for their performances.
Having toured all of South and Central America Andes Fusion is now making their home in New York City. Having found a new home here in the United States.