Michael Coleman, Adjoa Skinner, Kwesi Kankam

Michael Coleman

It is almost impossible to categorize the musical style of Michael Coleman. Often compared to everyone from John Legend to Dave Matthews, Michael brings a refreshing sound to the Charlottesville scene. Having built up a buzz over the last two years opening for international touring artists such as Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Ben Taylor, Michael caps it off with the long awaited release of his first album, Precious Time. Recorded in early 2012, Precious Time promises old favorites and never before heard songs that highlight Michael’s acoustic stlyings. Look for a release late May to iTunes, Amazon and all other online music platforms.

Adjoa Skinner

A Vaudeville Singer-songwriter Adjoa Skinner from Buffalo, NY who after spending two years working in Africa decided to pursue her career as a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles. Soon after moving there she was discovered by Grammy Award Winning Producer Charlie Peacock. Classically & Jazz trained with over 20 years of professional experience in music, Skinner has performed on 3 different continents and is a sought after performer, teacher, session vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. She has opened for Grammy Award Winners The Civil Wars, Charlie Peacock, Amy Grant, Beth Hart, Reeve Carney (Spiderman The Musical), Daniel Bedingfield, The Voice’s Tony Lucca, American Idol’s Jackie Tohn, The Jonas Brothers.

Adjoa is performing worldwide with the release of her new album “Songs For Tall Women & The Short Men Who Love Them” with guest Artists Tap Dancer Andrew Nemr, Sister group SHEL and Norwegian Tenor Torstein Sodal. Adjoa released her new EP “The Sun” and acoustic album “Unfinished” this past January 2013. Skinner is also a finalist in the Grammy Museum’s Be Heard Showcase this April 2013 and is currently a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. All in all, Adjoa is the total package and is moving not only herself but everyone she is connected with towards their destiny.

Kwesi Kankam

Searching for his path, and with a talent for athletics, his road East and out of Ohio was paved by a football scholarship to Lehigh University.

Soulful music runs through our life like water. It feeds a hunger, satisfies the heart, and reaches out for connection. Joy, passion, peace and pain are lifted through sound, creating a touchstone of emotion. For some, that well runs deep & wide; with the potential to transcend the moment. Kwesi Kankam's voice is a vehicle for that emotion; as clear as a running stream and as expressive as his story suggests.

Born within the glow of the northern lights of Anchorage, Alaska, Kwesi has seen much in his young life and time. From a West-African father of Ghanian descent and a mother from Ft. Wayne Indiana, his music is a tapestry of relaxed grooves and melodic hooks that stay true to his world view and artistic nature.

Raised in Ohio, Kwesi soaked up sounds from his older brother's cd collection – folk, soul, rap, alternative and rock, setting the stage for his musical journey. Lucky to have a sibling employed at a record shop, he would regularly co-op his brothers' discs, absorbing the styles of Dave Matthews, Boyz II Men, Rob Thomas and Alanis Morrisette in the process. From Disney soundtracks to 90s Hip hop, traditional Ghanian gospel reggae and his father's 70s and 80s soul music, it created a gumbo for Kwesi's early musical experience.

Searching for his path, and with a talent for athletics, his road East and out of Ohio was paved by a football scholarship to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Within the first year and a half however, his artistic nature took hold, as Kwesi put sports in the rearview, committing his energy and vision to photography, as well as writing and performing songs with friends at local coffee houses.

This creative shift, aided by his gypsy spirit, propelled him to Europe where he fell in with the bohemian life. As he explains, "I wanted to get out of town for a while so I studied abroad in Barcelona. I had been playing guitar more frequently, so I decided to bring it along with my camera. I fell in love with the Spanish-European culture. I learned the language, avoided all Americans, and documented the whole trip. When I eventually ran out of money, I started busking with my guitar. One day I found myself writing on the side of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, when I realized I wanted to, and could possibly become a songwriter."

" I like to sing for people, and feel that I can be a representative – a voice – for whatever situation I'm talking about or finding others in"

Blessed with a visual eye and an understated vocal presence, Kwesi Kankam speaks with a cool, clear voice in a world evolving at the speed of light. Bringing a 'less is more' approach to his art and music, Kwesi is beginning to make a name in the alt- indie genre with an acoustic /electric blend that is at once, compelling and relaxed, melodic and rhythmic, and ultimately can't be denied.


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