PAUL KNIGHT
VOCALIST

At an early age, Paul Knight showed a keen interest in music. He began developing his talent by learning to play both the saxophone and flute. However it was not until high school that he took up singing seriously and pursued vocals as if his voice too was a musical instrument.

He continued his studies by enrolling in the acclaimed Humber College Jazz Program, majoring in instrumental and music theory. His initial acceptance gave him the confidence to start performing in a variety of R & B revues around Toronto where he has sung with and backed up such talents as Earth, Wind & Fire, Glenn Lewis, Devine Brown and most recently Dione Taylor of Soular.

In 2003, Paul Knight’s vocals were featured on three tracks from the ‘R & B City’ Series 1 CD produced by Eddie Bullen and written by Mark Webster. The song ‘A Second Look’ ended up becoming a Smooth Jazz classic in Canada where it is still regularly played on such radio stations as wave.fm.

He next appeared on the ‘Urban Launching Pad’ compilation where two tracks were played on smoothjazz.com. Currently he is recording a number of singles for Merchant Murango Records at Thunder Dome Sounds Toronto. ‘Irreconcilable’ is his first single release for the label.

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MARK WEBSTER
SONGWRITER

Music has always been the most influential force in Mark Webster’s life starting when he first took piano and theory lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Hamilton. His desire for a more rounded background led him to the University of Guelph where he graduated with a degree in Arts.

He then moved to Toronto and worked as a copywriter with a succession of Advertising agencies. This was when he first gained experience in the recording studio by being involved in the production of numerous radio and television commercials. However, 30 second commercials were limiting for what Mark really wanted to do which was to write songs and hear them on the radio.

In the mid eighties, he left the corporate world behind and
decided to strike out on his own as a songwriter armed with a
Spanish guitar and a chord chart. He first started recording
demos of his songs at Studio 92 with different session singers.
However, it wasn’t until he hooked up in the early ninties with
producer Eddie Bullen at Thunder Dome Sounds that Mark really began
to take songwriting seriously.

His first release was a compilation entitled ‘Friday Night On The
Moon’ which spawned a minor hit in ‘Twice Free’ and ended up being
in Canada’s top 10 for airplay in 1997.

In 2003, his second release ‘R & B City’ found a home on
Canadian Smooth Jazz radio where two tracks he had written
‘A Second Look’ by Paul Knight and ‘Time for a Holiday’ by Sacha
Williamson have been in light rotation on
Wave.FM in Hamilton and Groove FM 99.1 in Winnipeg ever since.

With the 2011 release of ‘Urban Launching Pad’ Series 1, he
believes this is his best work yet as a songwriter. ‘If I could have found a
CD anywhere that I liked as much, I would have bought it,’ he says.’ Since
I couldn’t…I decided to go out and produce it myself.’

Mark Webster is the president and founder of Merchant Murango Records.

 

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SHAUNE ANN FUEZ
VOCALIST

A musical journey that began 20 years ago and influenced by such divas as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sade & Diane Reeves. Shaune Ann Feuz knew her destiny belonged in music. She is a dynamic singer and performer with a voice that is powerful, sultry and velvety smooth. Shaune Ann’s unique blend of music unites the sounds of Contemporary/Pop with the cool undertones of Jazz.

With over 400 TV and Radio jingles under my belt, and ten years of experience performing R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance & Disco in the local scene, I decided to move To LA to pursue my true ambition.To be a world renowned singer songwriter. Since arriving in LA, I’ve worked on and off camera including a brief stint as an actress in “What Women Want” starring Mel Gibson & Helen Hunt; you will also hear my vocals on the score of “Sinbad”, an animated feature by DreamWorks. My personal passion is to write & sing beautiful soulful jazz ballads, and my goal is to record a new album.”

 

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TYRONE GABRIEL
VOCALIST

Tyrone Gabriel has one of the sweetest voices in the business. Whether he’s singing a “Nat King Cole” standard or a “Luther Vandross” ballad, Tyrone captivates his audience. He can also get the crowd moving and grooving to the upbeat sounds of “Motown”.

At the age of nine, Tyrone’s introduction to performing was at “The Copa” with renowned recording artists, Crack of Dawn. The following year he opened for Barry White at Massey Hail, where the Toronto Star made special mention of this dynamic performance.

During his teen years, Tyrone performed at such clubs as Club Bluenote and El Mocambo. Attending Humber College and the University of Toronto, he studied voice, theory and piano. During a two year hiatus from school, Tyrone performed throughout Europe and shared the stage with the legendary Tina Turner, David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, and Billy Ocean.

In the Toronto area, Tyrone has appeared with such artists as Jackie Richardson, Liberty Silver, Jeff Jones, Salome Bey, Joe Sealy, and his mother, Jackie Gabriel. At a special tribute to Toronto Blue Jays coach, Cito Gaston, Tyrone brought the house down with his melodic rendition of “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”. He was honoured when invited as a guest artist for Jodie Drake at her “Aloha” party at the Top o’ the Senator.

Most recently Tyrone performed a lead role in the cabaret theatre production of Leiber and Stoller’s “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”. He also performs as lead singer with the rhythm and blues group, the “Beat Kings”.

 

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JENNY JAMES
VOCALIST

Jenny James was born in Davao City, Philippines in 1985. In 2001 Jenny James suddenly lost her mother and in addition to religion, turned to her music as an outlet and an inspiration.

Jenny James started performing at age 5, singing, playing guitar and piano. She has always had a passion and an acute ear for music. Her natural talent was further developed in 2003 when she joined a band.

She has been the lead vocalist in more than 10 bands while still
performing her solo venues. Jenny James has performed internationally at various 5 star hotels such as Movenpick, Grand Regal, Belleview, and Waterfront. In 2007, her solo career became her primary focus.

With a diverse vocal range, she is able to perform in these popular musical styles: Latin, R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, and Smooth Jazz . Jenny James has performed on stage with many famous celebrities and bands; such as Leo Martinez, Sponge Cola, Parokya ni Edgar, Cueshe, Noel Cabangon, King, Wally and Jose from Eat Bulaga.

In 2012, Jenny James released her first solo album entitled ‘Aspiring 2 Be Me’. Also produced by Eddie Bullen. For more information visit her website at http://www.jennyjames.com/fr_home.cfm

View her video for track #5 ‘The Best Thing’ by visiting YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3sQU_pMetM

 

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JASMIN BAILEY
VOCALIST

Jasmin Bailey, fully, Stacy Jasmin Bailey Beckles, derived from the roots of soulful musicians that inspired her to evolve into an amazing vocalist and performer. She was born in Montreal on the 18th of August.

She started singing gospel music at the age of five at a Baptist church. When she was twelve she formed a couple small, all girls gospel groups. One was called the SB3 which include her two younger sisters, and the other was called Gospel sisters. Her jazz influences came from her late mother Maureen Bailey. She has graced some of Toronto’s best live musical venues, such as The Home Smith’s Bar at the Old Mill, 1055 on Yonge Street, the Distillery District, In The Mood, Alleycatz and continues to perform at various corporate functions. She’s also very much sought after by songwriters in Toronto.

In 2005 she was featured on at least 12 tracks on six different projects. She’s been a guest vocalist on many independent c.d. projects over the last year. Her band is well received by fans and music lovers throughout Canada.

Her songs ‘Deep In My Soul’, and ‘If I Could Find A Way’ from ULP are currently being played on SmoothJazz.com and college radio in the United States. She is also releasing her second solo album in 2012.

Jasmin is currently recording a number of singles for the newly formed Merchant Murango Records label.

For more information, visit her fan site at www.jasminbailey.com

 

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EDDIE BULLEN
PRODUCER

Pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer Eddie Bullen is, in every way, a standout amongst the latest generation of multi-talented artists. Eddie’s lengthy career has yielded an abundance of awards and recognition for his outstanding talents. From his first album, ‘Nocturnal Affair’ to his most recent ‘Desert Rain’, Eddie gives his audience a taste of contemporary jazz, flavoured with Caribbean and Latin rhythms.”

“Eddie Bullen keeps audiences in Canada and throughout the Caribbean on their feet and begging for more with his distinctive style. His compositions are audacious and sexy, titillating the senses….
New York Daily News

• Artistic Director for 2008 International Performing Arts for All (IPAFA), an international group of artists, olympians, paralympians and producers dedicated to actualizing the potential of the arts to effect positive change in the global village. A series of concerts were held across China. The tour, which was initially designed by the IPAFA committee to build a bridge between the Olympics and the Paralympics, featured internationally renowned artistes sympathetic to the cause, namely Sheila E., Justin Hines, C.O.E.D, Tony Debois and celebrated pianist Oliver Jones.

• Juno Award for Liberty Silver’s hit single, Lost Somewhere Inside Your Love.

• Performer, arranger and producer on Sway’s Juno Award nominated Hands Up which, as theme music for Club Med’s highly successful TV commercial, went on to garner Gold for Bullen.

For more information visit http://www.eddiebullen

For studio and production visit www.thunderdomesounds.com

 

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SACHA WILLIAMSON
VOCALIST

Music is not only a vehicle of expression for singer/songwriter Sacha Williamson; it is a way of life. From an early age, Sacha spent hours creating, learning, and expanding her musical instrument. Today, Sacha continues to do just that. An alumni and now educator of Jazz vocal music at Toronto’s York University, Sacha has created a space to constantly challenge herself musically while inspiring other vocalists to develop and challenge their own voice.

Inspired by such legends as Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Andy Bey, Doug and Jean Carne and Chaka Khan, Sacha stays true to her roots and belief in bringing the soul back into jazz. Sacha’s passion for jazz as well as other music from the African diaspora is what influences her distinct sound which can be heard in her live performance and recordings. For Sacha, the stage is her canvas for which to paint her pure soul expression.

From performing at intimate jazz settings to large audiences, Sacha is no stranger to the stage. She has performed at Toronto’s famed Hummingbird Centre, Revival, Lula Lounge, The Mod Club, El Mocambo, N’awlins jazz bar, Old Bamboo, Rivoli, The Supermarket, The Guvernment, and at soul, latin, and Indigenous music festivals held at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Sacha has also recorded for and worked with Trinidad’s Calypso veteran David Rudder and record labels such as NRK (UK), V2, and Virgin Records. Currently, Sacha is completing her debut solo album and collaborating on various recording projects internationally and in Toronto, including a jazz release with Do Right Music slated for March 2007.

With a lifetime of music within her spirit, Sacha is intent on being around for a long time. She persists to bridge the gap between genres, defying musical boundaries to obey the truth of her soul. To listen to this melodic storyteller is to embark on a diasporic journey of the rich and powerful voice of Sacha Williamson.

 

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