Rahsaan Patterson (Early Show)
IFe', Antone' "Chooky" Caldwell
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
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Soul vocalist and songwriter Rahsaan Patterson is another in the line of new-school R&B singers (Maxwell, Erykah Badu) who displayed a bit more integrity than most of the chart-toppers during the 1990s. After singing in church from the age of six, Patterson moved with his family from New York to California to star in the children's show KIDS Incorporated. He later moved back to the East Coast, resuming his career with small TV roles and assorted commercials, but returned to Los Angeles in the early '90s to record demos and contribute backing vocals to albums by Martika and Brandy, among others. Patterson proved himself a more than competent songwriter as well, penning hits like Tevin Campbell's "Back to the World" and Brandy's "Baby." Those successes finally earned him a recording contract with MCA, which issued his self-titled debut album in early 1997. Love in Stereo followed two years later. After a hiatus from the performance spotlight, he released After Hours in August of 2005 and Wines & Spirits in September 2007. These two albums placed him near -- or at -- the top of the R&B underground. The sprawling Bleuphoria, issued nearly four years later, was his most eclectic and creatively ambitious album.
She's being called, "A young Sade meets Lena Horne for the new millennium, " but, the enthralling singer/songwriter with a sound and style all her own, writes and performs music that fuses R&B and Pop with elements of Jazz and Hip Hop that create melodic gems that are hard to forget.
The Seattle native grew up studying musical theater, and began honing her raw skills singing in various choirs before going on to study voice in college. During her undergraduate studies in Washington, D.C., Ifé began working as back up singer on the burgeoning music scene, but, it was while studying abroad during her senior year that she began focusing on adding songwriting to her artistic career path. "I think it was the culture of London mixed with the cold weather and lots of time spent on the trains traveling throughout the UK that inspired me in a different way," she says. "I was always a writer in general, but living and studying in another country is what made my words on paper start to shape into verses and melodies. I felt like the singing and songwriting could really go together."
Deriving inspiration from a diverse set of influences as artists such as Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Lionel Richie, Angela Winbush, and George Michael to name a few, Ifé's sound is clearly soulful, but don't call it neo-soul--she doesn't consider herself to be a part of that early 90s movement. "I never liked that title because there's nothing 'neo' about soul music...it's been around as long as music has existed, and I'm not going to be boxed into that. That whole wave produced some of my favorite artists, but what makes each of them great is that they're just purely themselves. They create and express from their hearts and that's what comes out in the music. It's not about a brand or category, it's about being genuine."
After years of honing her craft developing her live stage show, style and approach, Ifé’s current release is debut EP, "CRESCENDO," an eponymous five-song collection is just a taste of the chanteuse's musical offerings. Her new album is set for a fall 2012 release, along with two new innovative videos.
Following in the footsteps of her idol Quincy Jones, Ifé isn't just limiting herself to utilizing her musical talents. Her vision encompasses various parts of entertainment, branching out into business world. "My company, CRESCENDO ENTERTAINMENT, is going to be the conduit through which I not only create and produce various projects that I've been wanting to bring to life, but also will allow me to use my creative expression to help uplift people in their lives. It starts with music, but that's really only the foundation; it's my platform to share my gifts with the world."
Ifé can be seen performing at some of the hottest spots in the country with her live band and has been featured on at major venues including, SOB’s with Eric Roberson, BB King’s, The Key Club in Los Angeles and heard on Stevie Wonder’s KJLH radio station in Los Angeles. Ifé’s singles, “Aim to Please” is in rotation in several radio stations across the country, online and her global presence is being felt in countries like the U.K., Spain and Nigeria. Her music can also be heard on Sirius XM radio, and a growing list of online outlets. Whether it's an unplugged acoustic set or up to a full 8-piece accompaniment, her sultry stage show is always captivating and sonically engaging. Ifé is one of music’s superstars in the making: one to watch and on the verge.
Antone' "Chooky" Caldwell
Antone “Chooky” Caldwell a Washington, D.C. native is one of the music industry’s most respected Bassist’s and has worked with a variety of national talents and professionals. A master of not only the bass guitar but three additional instruments and the drums – Caldwell’s musical aptitude transcends the limitations of musical genres and has afforded him the opportunity to work Heather Headley, Macy Gray, Sisqo of the group Dru Hill, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, The Pussycat Dolls, Rahsaan Patterson, London based recording artist, Ali, Andrae’ Crouch, and Shirley Caesar. In addition to music chartings and rave reviews, Antone “Chooky” Caldwell received two Grammy nominations in 2009 for his work as a Producer and Engineer on Ski Johnson's album New Beginnings, which topped Billboard for three weeks. Caldwell has released two other projects to date, The Eargasmic Reincarnation (2002) andBassically Chook (2011).