The Soul Factory 1yr Anniversary with AARIES, F.L.O.W. & Louie Bello
85 Avenue A
(between 5th St & 6th St)
New York, NY, 10009
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
In a world where miraculous vocals and incredible harmonies come few-and-far-between, wouldn't it be nice to be able to double the ear-pleasing sounds? Enter Philadelphia-based sister duo Ayana and Ayinke Hipps -- formally, and collectively, known as AAries... For Ayana and Ayinke, growing up in the Baptist church meant beginning to sing at an early age, and before the pursuit of a musical career even entered their minds, the two were already no strangers to gospel or classical music. Throughout their teens and early twenties, they worked steadily on Philadelphia's "new jack" circuit, finding themselves becoming fast musical soulmates with the likes of fellow Philly artists Jill Scott, The Roots and, of course, Musiq. "We started at Blue Funk and we participated in all the Philly venues," says Ayana.
"Everyone was just giving off what they had to give, so we were a part of that same class, continuing the tradition of soul music." In 1998, the duo's management team, Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps (aka/Mama's Boys), began a more intense working relationship with Musiq -- so much so that, by the time Musiq released his debut album Aijuswanaseing, AAries had already been touring with him as back-up singers. With their distinctive songbird vocals, AAries were subsequently featured on Musiq's hit, "Girl Next Door" -- a twist of fate that further led to Ayana's stunning, on-screen cameo appearance in the video version of the song. "Working with Musiq was just kinda natural," offers younger sister Ayinke, "and, doing 'Girl Next Door' was a blessing in disguise, because it opened the door for people to inquire about who we were." That open door not only led to both the start of work on the duo's official debut album "Always Remember," but also, the subsequent inking of a deal for the album with Atlantic Records. In-house, co-executive "Always Remember" Producers CarMuI -- (an acronym for the team of Carvin Haggins, Musiq and Ivan Barias), who are also managed by Mama's Boys -- have been an integral force in the overall creation of AAries as well.
As Ayinke herself tells it, "Mama's Boys is a production label and management company where everything is very home grown -- we even have our own production studio called Home Cooking." As for the album Always Remember itself, the smooth grooves offer any RnB buff his/her own personal musical memoir. For the first official single from the album, the ladies have chosen Strangers to Lovers to debut their work to the world. The track is a veritable walk down Lovers Lane, with AAries vocally sashaying their way through the jazzy track, complete with warm background vocals. "Strangers to Lovers," seems guaranteed to glide its way across the airwaves to listeners' ears everywhere.
Sister and brother Khadijah and Talib Mohammed - the talented duo behind songwriting team, The F.L.O.W. - have gone back to their home town of Asbury, NJ, to form a new band, also named The F.L.O.W., which has been wowing audiences up and down the Jersey Shore. Although both love working in the studio, Khadijah and Talib were longing.
To show their audiences their stage personalities and to reconnect with their live music roots, which is at the heart of their careers. As a singer, Khadijah Mohammed has worked with the music industry's finest, both in the US and internationally. She spent several years spent touring the world as an indemand back up vocalist for major artists including Lenny Kravitz, P Diddy, R&B singer Sunshine Anderson and the legendary Luther Vandross. Mohammed's sultry vocals feature on Dance With My Father, Vandross' last album. Fuelled by a love of music and inspired by his sister and his father, who was also a musician, Talib - the other half of the team - started performing in talent shows around Central Jersey while in high school. After graduating in 2001 he began a life in theater, performing around the country from Washington D.C. to off Broadway. He too has also sung also background vocals for Sean "P Diddy" Combs. Their band, which also features three other members on DJ, drums and keys, aims to reconnect audiences with great live music and show fans that The F.L.O.W. is a multifaceted group, able to perform as well on stage as off. Sets include original songs as well as covers. As songwriters, singers, artists and band members, Khadijah and Talib Mohammed are showing the world that beyond the synthesized sounds that many have become used to, true, great musicians still exist.
Louie is one of the best unsigned singer songwriters the world has seen and people have proclaimed him the King of Hustle and The King of The Pen because of his unstoppable drive to market himself and take over the entertainment industry. Louie is sought after for his creative melodies and cutting edge lyrics. He has an incredible stage show and surrounded by some of the best live musicians in the business. With comparisons to Sinatra and Motown all in one breath, Louie is destined for greatness.