Grammy Winning R&B Star
Aaron Camper, Spank - George “Spanky” McCurdy's trio, DJ Nefertiti
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Just like powerful music itself, the two-time Grammy Award winner Melanie Fiona exudes soulful charm, wit, and a genuine story-telling ability that expresses both vulnerability and strength. Her distinctive voice has captivated the hearts and minds of countless souls. The Toronto native, who is signed and managed by Title 9 Productions and co-managed by Roc Nation, is creating new awe-inspiring music that promises to infiltrate the psyche of her fans.
Melanie’s 2009 debut, The Bridge, was the formal introduction of what would become her bluesy, soulful signature: melodic tales of empowering emotional rollercoasters. The New York Times named The Bridge one of 2009’s best R&B albums. Her songwriting is braided with sad truths and balanced by glimmers of fulfilling romance; something the young woman firmly believes exists in this crazy world. The album’s breakthrough ballad, “It Kills Me,” topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for nine weeks and earned Fiona her first Grammy nomination in 2010 for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.
Her first album was remarkable; and The MF Life, released in 2012 was the perfect follow-up. The MF Life, which features artists such as Nas, John Legend, J. Cole, B.o.B., and T-Pain, exhibits an admirable blend of artistic confidence and emotional vulnerability, while simultaneously illustrating her outstanding versatility as a singer-songwriter. The album reached #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. "Wrong Side of a Love Song”, written by Melanie, received a nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Following two Grammy wins in 2012 for Best Traditional R&B performance and Best R&B Song for Cee-Lo collaboration “Fool For You,” the songbird reached new plateaus in music, reinforcing the longevity of her career and continiuously keeping the public intrigued by her ability to pour her heart out over the guitar riffs. Since her debut, her artistry and hustle have not gone unnoticed. Melanie Fiona has received several awards, nominations, and honors including being named ELLE Magazine’s Top 25 Artists to Watch and iTunes’ Best New R&B/Soul Artist of 2009. She won the trophy for Best New Artist at the 2010 Soul Train Awards, as well as picking up four nominations at the 2010 BET Awards, plus a 2010 NAACP Image Award nod for Outstanding New Artist, a 2010 Juno Award nomination for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, and a 2011 Grammy nomination in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her guest appearance on “Wake Up! Everybody” by John Legend and The Roots featuring Common. Moreover, she was nominated for a 2012 NAACP Award for Outstanding Song and won a 2012 Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for “Gone and Never Coming Back”. Melanie has had the privilege to tour with acclaimed artists including Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, Mary J. Blige and D'Angelo, in addition to headlining festivals in Europe.
Her sophisticated blend of R&B, hip-hop, jazz, reggae and classical flavors is ever evolving. While her sound is certainly contemporary, her approach reminds listeners of classic recording artists who were more concerned with making art than making money. One can feel the authenticity of her music while perceiving its freshness, as she mixes the old with the new. The songstress is currently working on her third studio album, “Awake,” due out in 2016.
Aaron Camper possesses the right amount of sexy and smooth but, with a bit of grit and grunge. He burst on the scene with his track “Hypnotizing” off the debut EP, “Blow”, which has over 20M streams and counting. At the end of this year, we'll see Aaron releasing a debut full length album post his current EP, HI-DEF, which released earlier this month. Aaron is a prolific songwriter/performer who has written for artists such as David Guetta, Jill Scott, Diddy and has shared the stage with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Common, Chris Brown and is now carving out his own lane as one of the most talented and diverse artists in music today. His music takes high and lows, and while its just straight up good R&B, Aaron’s spin on it has given him countless viral tracks of mention, “High $ Habit” and ‘Commandments’ off Hi-DEF. Aaron has been featured on Billboard, GQ, REVOLT.
The sunkissed earworm fuses Camper's soulful croons with a
groovy bassline, ripe with psychedelic guitar riffs
reminiscent of old school funk melodies. -- BILLBOARD
“...promising new voice in r&B...” -- Okayplayer
“Aaron Camper Brings Chill Summer Vibes” -- VIBE
Spank - George “Spanky” McCurdy's trio
George "Spanky" McCurdy is a world-renowned drummer and up-and-coming producer who is well-versed across a broad spectrum of musical styles. A proud native of North Philadelphia, Spanky has performed with the likes of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, and Kanye West. He has also collaborated with Brandy, Queen Latifah, Nas, Q-Tip, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Tye Tribbett.
For 6 years, Spank served as the lead drummer for Lady Gaga, including during her incredibly successful “The Monster Ball Tour,” which grossed close to a quarter of a billion dollars. He also performed with Lady Gaga at the 2016 Oscars, during her ground breaking performance. In May 2013, Spanky and Hudson Music released an instructional DVD on drumming called “Off Time/On Time”. Spanky was featured on the December 2013 cover of Modern Drummer Magazine.
Spanky’s unique musical aura was fostered at an early age. He grew up watching the choir director at his local church, and funneled the passion of gospel music towards cultivating his own fearless approach to drumming and producing. Spanky’s first self titled album Circa LXXXI debuted at #68 on the iTunes R&B Soul Charts. His dynamic style, on and off kit, have given Spank the title as one of the top musicians today.
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