QUISHA WINT

This phenomenal and expressive vocalist proves that you can live out your dreams through inspiring others. Quisha Wint is an accomplished songstress/performer/arranger/songwriter who unleashed her debut CD entitled “The Journey” in April 2012.

Quisha was born to sing and entertain. She grew up in a Jamaican/Canadian home listening to Reggae, Motown, Gospel, R&B, then expanded to jazz when she entered the well-known jazz program at Humber College in the mid ’90s. From there she embarked upon her dream of performing with well-known musicians, which took her to exciting overseas hotel engagements. Since then, Quisha has sung in many parts of Asia, Europe, North America, and Caribbean, leaving her audiences applauding and wanting more of this dynamic performer.

As one of Toronto’s sought-after session vocalists, currently living in the GTA, Quisha is a rising star in the tight-knit music industry thanks to her bright personality and strong emotive vocal abilities.

One of her extensive career highlights was when she was asked to sing with Jane Sibbery on her hit song “Calling All Angels” in the 2000 film “Pay It Forward” which stared Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment.

In 2003, Quisha made it all the way to the Top 30 finalists of Canadian Idol’s first season and shortly after received a phone call from Jacksoul’s lead singer, the late Haydain Neale, to become his new backup vocalist. While on the road with Jacksoul, fans embraced her as her energy swept through the sold-out crowds. Quisha has also sung backgrounds for top artists JRDN, Kelly Lee Evans, Jarvis Church, Justin Hines, Matt Dusk, Maestro, Snow, to name a few.

You may have heard Quisha’s versatile chops on the Frosted Mini Wheats commercial singing "Stuck in the Middle with You" as the voice of Blueberry.

Another one of her career highlights was at this years Canada’s Walk Of Fame Awards Show (September 2012) performing with Canadian Icon Paul Shaffer and at the 2012 Junos performing with Canadian International superstar William Shatner also known as “Captain Kirk”.

She has also embarked on an acting career and received her first role in Robin Givens (American actress) playwright entitled “Joy In The Morning” in October 2012.

Quisha has graced the stages at the 31st Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards and the ABLE Scholarship Awards recently and continues to sing for various events throughout the city of Toronto.

This beautiful and talented artist is a breath of fresh air in an industry over-saturated with pop culture. Quisha’s voice is mesmerizing and captures the soulful sounds of the legendary artists (Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin) who’ve paved the way before her.

While Canadian fans have received her debut CD with high acclaim, the world will soon follow suit because Quisha Wint is worth the wait!

SHAMAKAH ALI

Shamakah Ali music career began in his hometown of Memphis Tennessee, when he started playing drums with various local Blues artists on the world famous BEALE STREET at W.C Handy Park, he says back before the Blues Foundation was formed.

Shamakah's first recording band The SKWARES debuted on Atlantic Records Cotillion label in 1983, The Skwares 2nd album was released in 1987 on Poly Grams Mercury label. CHARLIE WILSON of the GAP BAND produced. Shamakah continued to perform across the U.S. until 1980.

For the next few years Shamakah consistently toured in the Far East; including dates in Japan, Guam and Korea. Upon returning to the U.S.A, Shamakah began touring with the legendary Soul & Gospel singer, AL GREEN. Shamakah also toured with Blues legend ALBERT KING, until he was offered a full time position with THE BARKAYS, the late OTIS REDDINGS backing group led by surviving member JAMES ALEXANDER. Shamakah played drum on two albums with The BARKAYS: '48 Hours' on the BASIC label and "The Best Of" on K-Tel Records. The commercial success of the recordings resulted in a major tour across the U.S. and Japan. In 1994, Shamakah joined the 80's soul/crossover group THE S.O.S. BAND. spending three dedicated years as an essential part of the revitalization of the trademark S.O.S. SOUND.

Shamakah was requested to drum for ISAAC HAYES Birthday Bash held at the COPACABANA in New York City in 2000. That evening he backed up the legendary CHAKA KHAN, EDDIE FLOYD and HOWARD HEWETT. Shamakah also was requested to perform at a birthday bash held at the HOLLYWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB in honour of respected music producer/arranger MIKE POST.

Shamakah's trademark funky beats landed him a seat playing with THE UNITED WE FUNK ALL STARS consisting of: THE BARKAYS, THE SOS BAND, CONFUNKSHUN, SWITCH, THE DAZZ BAND, CHARLIE WILSON of the GAP BAND, REGINA BELLE, LENNY WILLIAMS of TOWER OF POWER, and GEORGE CLINTON of P. FUNK fame. Shamakah also has backed these artists when they performed as solo acts. As part of the BARKAYS and DAZZ BAND he has been a regular player at the Official GRAMMY AWARDS after-parties held in Los Angeles. He has been invited to perform at the annual BLUES BALLS in Memphis Tennessee, sharing the stage with the legendary JERRY LEE LEWIS, ISAAC HAYES, and AL GREEN.

Shamakah’s ability to play many styles had him drumming on the National tour Just the 4 of Us backing Jazz vocalist PHIL PERRY, HOWARD HEWETT of SHALAMAR, GLEN JONES and TONY TERRY. Shamakah also backed LIONEL RITCHIE when he performed on Toronto's morning show CANADA A.M. and CANADIAN IDOL.

He has several movies to his drumming credit including the soundtrack of RUBYS BUCKET OF BLOOD starring ANGELA BASSETT.

Shamakah has appeared at several Charity Events, Award shows and outdoor events and the Annual Cavalcade Of Lights held in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto backing up Canadian artists Matt Dusk, Steven Page, Keisha Chante, Sean Desmond, Sara Sleen, Divine Brown, Carvin Winans and many others.

Shamakah, both on stage and record, could best be described this way: “Like a powerful Mac Truck cruisin’ down the road!”

ROGER WILLIAMS

ELECTRIC/ACOUSTIC/SYNTH BASS

For a 7yr period supported major production shows while sailing aboard Costa Cruise Line's flag ships in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America, Africa and Europe. Many lengthy engagements at hotels/casinos in Las Vegas, Arizona and Okinawa Japan. Numerous Breakfast Television, Bravo performances and music videos.

Performed with Canadian R/B artists GLENN LEWIS, JULLY BLACK, RAY ROBINSON, TOYA ALEXIS, CARLOS MORGAN, BILLY NEWTON-DAVIS, LORRAINE SCOTT, DEVINE BROWN and IVANA SANTILLI.

Opening act for TITO PUENTE and THE ROOTS with IVANA SANTILLI, TOOTS AND THE MAYTELS, THE SATELITES with THE ARSENALS. In 2007 performed at the 9th International ARTS FESTIVAL in SHANGHAI CHINA over a 12 day period with Juno Award winner ROBERT MICHAELS. Performed with internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist ERNEST RANGLIN and R/B sensation MELBA MOORE in the summer of 2007.

Toured with 2008 Juno Award winner JULLY BLACK where we shared various stages across Canada with the likes of disco icon GLORIA GAYNOR, FERGIE (BLACK EYED PEAS) and British soul-stress NATASHA BEDINGFIELD.

Currently working with SHAKURA S'AIDA, 2013 JUNO NOMINEE and MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER 2011.

MICHAEL DUNSTON

“Michael is someone who channels the whole history of male R&B vocals when he sings,” elaborates Andrew Scott. “This is someone who can light up a room like almost no other performer. I’ve seen him energize a crowd in the thousands with his enormous talent and boundless energy.”

Given Dunston’s pedigree—a veteran of the club scene, a man who recorded for the legendary soul label Atlantic Records, played Bo Diddley in the film Mr. Rock n’ Roll: The Allan Freed Story and who grew up singing in the churches of North Carolina—such well-honed talents are, perhaps, not surprising.

Michael has been called a “ballad’s best friend,” and the performance he renders demonstrates exactly why this is the case.

CARLOS MORGAN

Carlos Morgan, multi award winning singer, songwriter, producer and performer is ready to break out on a global scale. Morgan, who has achieved recording success in his home country of Canada, is ready to show the world his gifts and talents of music and his love for performing.

The awards Morgan has received include the Juno Award (equivalent to The Grammys), MuchMusic Video Award (equivalent to The MTV Video Awards), 2x Canadian Urban Music Award (equivalent to The Soul Train Awards) and the SOCAN Music Award (equivalent to the ASCAP/BMI Awards) for both talent and pioneering efforts to bring notoriety to the many gifted urban music artists in Canada. In 2002, Morgan had the repeated distinction to be included in the Canadian Who’s Who - Canada’s oldest and most complete who’s who publication. “Those included are selected based on merit alone, judged on the contribution they have made to life in Canada.” - Elizabeth Lumley, Editor. Morgan recently won the 2013 John Lennon “Gots 2 Luv U” Songwriting Contest for Best Song.

Morgan released his sophomore CD, “The Compilation”, on his own label, Solroc Music, in 2012. “The Compilation” features new songs written and produced by Morgan, Colin Munroe, Peter Natale, Earl Torno, Perry Alexander and Tyson Kuteyi. “The Compilation” includes the singles “Just Jane”, “Forever For You” (Soul Mix) and “Sweet As You Are”.

Inspired by James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince, Usher and Chris Brown, Morgan is known to be one of Canada’s energetic and dynamic live performers. The stage has always been where he comes alive and feels most at home. “If you’ve never seen this guy live, you have to check him out. He tears it up!” - Tony Young, MuchMusic. His commanding interaction with the fans, his high energy and heat generated during his soulful jams have combined to earn Morgan the reputation of being one of the few artists who can deliver live that which his recordings embody. Reviews such as “Toronto based crooner Carlos Morgan puts the boots to the notion that Canada can’t produce slick, sexy urban music.” - SOCAN Words & Music; “Top R&B vocal stylist.” - Billboard Magazine; “One of the best practitioners of R&B music in North America let alone Canada.” - Mike Bullard, CTV & The Comedy Channel; “Morgan is one of those artists that many watch but few are as captivating as Morgan is”. - The Bridge.