GiGi Buscaglio - actress/dancer/singer, a native Washingtonian, has performed and taught theater arts in DC area for many years. Gigi received her B.A. from Catholic University in Speech and Theater. She toured nationally in repertoire with the National Players Acting Company in the Boys from Syracuse, The Miser and Richard III. She also toured internationally, entertaining U.S. troops in Germany and Italy, singing and dancing in a rock 'n roll review. Gigi is a director, choreographer and a theatre/dance educator (tap and jazz), perpetuating performance arts for children at the Woods Academy, Holton-Arms Academy, the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts and any other group that would be interested in learning aspects of performance.
Laurie Delk - singer/songwriter/producer who speaks fluent Japanese. Laurie lived and performed in Japan for many years. Laurie performed throughout the United States, and spends considerable time in Nashville, Tennessee. She performs at area government ceremonies, corporate and private events. Laurie began hosting a radio talk show in Virginia in 2004 and continues to wow audiences with her powerful voice, original music, and showmanship.
Denva Drummond was born and raised on a farm in Moreland Hill, Westmoreland, Jamaica. He began singing in school and church. He is a singer/songwriter and has 100 compositions to his credit. He performed in concerts in Jamaica in 1985 and various hotels before coming to the United States. Denva performs only original songs that he composes -- reggae, love songs and other up-tempo songs that come from divine inspiration. Denver's voice carries with it the charisma of his charming and graceful personality, while the messages in his music is right on time as it addresses the issues of the world, as we know it today. Reimi Azemoto graduated from Tokyo Senzoku Music conservatoire in piano and voice. She studied music at Hawaii University. She's performed throughout Japan, with a concentration in Tokyo and Yokohama City. Reimi attended Keyboard-pedagogy at Columbia University in New York. Reimi teaches piano and voice. She is a member of the Springfield Music Club, Virginia Federation of Music Club and National Federation of Music Club.
Kitty Hawk is a singer/songwriter/performer. She has written over 60 songs with lyrics and music composition. Madeline performed in New York, Montana, Nashville, Virginia and Maryland. Madeline's "off the cusp" lyrical songwriting style transforms the words, into songs that will invoke feelings that touch your heart.
Nat Mathis was christened "Nat the Bush Doctor" in the late 1960's, and is a legendary entrepreneur with 40 years in the beauty/barber industry and is still going strong. He styled hair for Muhammad Ali, Morgan Freeman, Whoopie Goldburg and many others. In 1981 Time Magazine called Mathis "the Mahatma of Hair." The Smithstonian's Museum of American History has a permanent exhibit recognizing Nat's contribution as a hair icon. In 1960, Nat formed a singing group, the Stereophonics, that toured nationally.
Presently, Nat is performing as a soloist. He collaborated with Al Johnson and Gerald Patterson to create his new nostalgic CD. Nat has appeared in many area productions and will appear in a production at the Lincoln Theater this winter. Joyous Voices & Jazzapella East - Since 1996, this strolling carolers, dressed in Dickens-era gowns, tails, top hats and bonnets, or other seasonal decor, have delighted audiences at venues from southern Pennsylvania to Northern Virginia. They have performed at the Baltimore Symphony Holiday Gala at the Cloisters, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, White Marsh Holiday Parade, Omni-Shoreham Hotel, First Night Annapolis, etc. Their broad range of music includes Christmas standards, jazzy treatments of seasonal classics, and Chanukah selections. These carolers boast credits from the Baltimore Opera, Baltimore Symphony Chorus, New Orleans Symphony Chorus, Theater Works USA, Laurel Oratoria Society, Phoenix Choir of Baltimore, the Philadelphia Opera, and much more. This group provides exciting, lively, seasonal music.
TW2 - Kashawna Griffin and Angelica Price - For the past 5 years, these 17 year old cousins have been writing and singing their original music. They've choreographed some hot dance moves to accompany their original tunes
Monique & Mario Blyther - This sister and brother duo is a mixture of old school hip/hop, with new school R&B, Rhythm & Soul. The collaboration of the two creates a different vibe and appreciation of music with Mario's rhythmic beat box to Monique's soulful voice. In 1999 Monique played Aunt Em in the Wiz; August 2000 played a minor role in The Phantom of the Opera, in the 2000 National Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; June 2001 played Arzulie in "Once on this Island"; 2004 performed in Rome, Italy.
Rusty Mason - Rusty's polished, easy to listen to style, is the result of many vocal lessons from prominent voice instructors and extensive experience with "big band" groups such as the Ted Jenkins Band, Piazzz Band, and the Richard Bray Orchestra. Rusty also performed with the Victory Julilee, the Navellia Olttey Singers, The Alexandria Singers, the Vienna Singers, and Paul Hill Chorale. He currently performs with his group, Port City.
Rusty's other performances include the East Coast Jazz Festival, B'nai B'rith Klutznick Museum, Twins Restaurant, J.W. Marriott Hotel, West Park Hotel, Annapolis Yacht Club, the Sheraton Hotel and many charity events and weddings.
Danielle Hargis - Danielle has performed up and down the East Coast, and won numerous talent competitions. In February, Danielle appeared at the Hard Rock Cafe. Her preferred genre is country music and she delivers it with passion and style.
Yvette Barnes - Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist - Yvette is a sultry folk songwriter who takes your heart and mind to all levels of life. She gives you the real deal in singing a song from the heart while playing guitar to give you the mood of folklore and urban music. In expressing her songwriting, she writes of love, religion, and the hard times many of us have gone through. Yvette believes in keeping it real in her style of music.
Yvette toured and performed throughout Germany (Frankfurt, Heilbronn, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Karlsrule and Lampertheim) and Mons, Belgium. In the United States, she performed throughout Kentucky, Virginia, Washington and Maryland. Yvette is known to give the vibe of Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, and Tracey Chapman, all in one with her style of music.
SONODARA - Nicole Swann and Mary Mayer Sonodara - Nicole Bowers (vocals) and Mary Mayer (keyboards) met in college and discovered that not only did they have the same taste in music, but they were also cousins. All the songs on their CDs are original-Nicole writes the lyrics while Mary composes the music. Their unique blend of music, as well as their distinctive look and sound, has brought a following to all their shows in the Maryland/DC area. Nicole's wide vocal range, from years of opera singing, and Mary's composition skills, aquired while taking composition lessons at Towson University, truly make Sonodara a duo to remember.
Mary's background as a composition major shows in the way she writes and arranges the songs and successfully brings the instrumentation to life. Nicole writes the lyrics and melodies to the powerful songs their followers have come to recognize as the unique sound of "Sonodara." Sonodara is the breath of fresh air that the music industry is waiting for.