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Back In The Day - Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu- Jazz Singer

Erykah Badu, the jazz singer, was born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas on February 26, 1971. Her mother raised her, her brother Kevin, and her sister Nayrok alone after their father, William Wright Jr. and she separated.

To provide for her family, the children's maternal and paternal grandmother's often helped to look after them. Badu had her first taste of show business at the age of four, singing and dancing at the Dallas Theater Center and THE BLACK ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS under the guidance of her Godmother Gwen Hargrove and uncle, and founder of TBAL, Curtis King.

By the age of 14, Badu was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove. In her youth, she had decided to change the spelling of her first name from Erica to Erykah, as she believed her original name was a "slave name".

Erykah Badu Music Collection

The term "kah" signifies the inner self. She adopted the surname "Badu" be…

Jaheim - Finding My Way Back

Jaheim - Jazz Singer

Jaheim, the jazz singer, was born in the Memorial Parkway Homes public housing. His father died in 1981 when he was only three years old. His grandfather sang with many top groups, including The Drifters, and their family reunions were big songfests.

Singing at family reunions and local talent shows preceded a successful tryout at the Apollo Theater's talent show. He won the contest three times when he was fifteen.

Two years later, he experienced tragedy when his mother died. Four years after her death, he recorded a tape that led to a deal with Divine Mill Records (a division of Warner Bros. Records). Hoagland received good reactions from two singles "Could It Be" and "Lil' Nigga Ain't Mine" on BET video shows. Appearing with Hoagland on his first album was RL (from Next), Blackstreet, and Darren and Cliff Lighty.

His second album, Still Ghetto, was released on November 5, 2002. Another Top Ten hit, it placed two singles in the To…

Phillip Bailey - Children Of The Ghetto

Phillip Bailey - jazz singer, songwriter, percussionist

Philip  Bailey, the jazz singer, songwriter, percussionist (born May 8, 1951) is an American R&B, soul, gospel, and actor, best known as an original member, and one of the two lead singers (along with group founder Maurice White) of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.

Noted for his four-octave vocal range and distinctive falsetto register, Phillip Bailey has won seven Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire. Bailey was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his work with the band.

 Bailey has released several solo albums. Chinese Wall from 1984, which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, included the global hit, "Easy Lover", a duet with Phil Collins. "Easy Lover" won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985 and was Grammy nomin…

Al Jarreau...We're In This Love Together

Al Jarreau...Jazz Singer

Al Jarreau, the Jazz Singer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 12, 1940, the fifth of six children. The Jarreau website refers to Reservoir Avenue, the name of the street where he lived.

Jarreau's father was a Seventh-day Adventist Church minister and singer, and his mother was a church pianist. Jarreau and his family sang together in church concerts and in benefits, and he and his mother performed at PTA meetings.

 Jarreau was student council president and Badger Boys State delegate for Lincoln High School. At Boys State, he was elected governor. Jarreau went on to attend Ripon College, where he also sang with a group called the Indigos.

He graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Two years later, in 1964, he earned a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa. Jarreau also worked as a rehabilitation counselor in San Francisco, and moonlighted with a jazz trio headed by George Duke.

In 1967, he …

Grover Washington Jr...Mister Magic

Grover Washington Jr - Jazz Musician

Grover Washington Jr., the jazz musician, was born  (December 12, 1943 – December 17, 1999) was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist.

Along with George Benson, John Klemmer, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Dave Grusin, Herb Alpert, and Spyro Gyra, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre.

He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Washington made some of the genre's most memorable hits, including "Mister Magic", "Reed Seed", "Black Frost", "Winelight", "Inner City Blues

Oueen Latifah-Simply Beautiful

Queen Latifah - Jazz Singer,songwriter,actress



Queen Latifah, the Jazz Singer was (born March 18, 1970), known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actress, model, television producer, record producer, and talk show host. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen the same year, featuring the hit single "Ladies First".


Nature of a Sista (1991) was her second and final album with Tommy Boy Records. Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single, from 1993 to 1998. Her third album Black Reign (1993), spawned the single "U.N.I.T.Y.", which won a Grammy Award and was successful on the Billboard Hot 100.



She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, in 1998, with Motown Records. Latifah gained mainstream success and acclaim with her performance in the film Chicago…