GOSPEL AND JAZZ MUSICIANS
John Paul Redmon is an American recording artist, a Louis Armstrong impressionist, and both a gospel and jazz musician in Colorado.
In 1994 he became founder, president and CEO of Reaching Records — a Christian, independent record label whose purpose and motto consequently was “to reach and touch hearts around the world”. He was 18 years old.
Thomas J. Dawson. Jr.
Thomas J. Dawson, Jr. is a rare blend of raw talent, musical genius and humility. He’s a family man, a business man, an educator, an accomplished gospel and jazz musician, producer, composer, mentor and friend. He’s been married for over 35 years to his sweetheart Roslyn and has adopted sons and daughters all over the globe.
Notably, Dawson has been the gold, platinum and Grammy-award winning Commodores’ music director and lead keyboardist for over 30 years. He has co-produced many of their songs and CD’s. He has performed on stage with internationally renowned artists such as Kelly Rowland, Eric Benet, Howard Hewitt and The Winans. His credits include projects with music icon Beyonce and J-Lo. Thomas has produced several projects of his own with the jazz group Finger Roll. The first of these projects won the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Jazz Discovery competition.
Linda Purl is a talented actress and jazz artist based in Colorado who has released several jazz recordings. In fact, her solo albums include Midnight Caravan, Alone Together, Out of This World- Live and Up Jumped Spring. The latter being produced by Thomas J. Dawson, Jr.
Past concert venues include Catalina Jazz Club, Feinstein’s at 54 Below, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Crazy Coqs (London), Club Raye (Paris), and Satin Doll (Tokyo).
Charles Buie is a musical phenomenon and quite possibly the eighth wonder of the world. An incredible Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong impressionist himself, Buie is an outstanding jazz vocalist, a gifted multi-instrumentalist, notable composer, producer and arranger whose musical contributions have opened the doors for television commercials, a platinum record and a Grammy Award.
Fresh Start Baptist Church Male Chorus have been singing and worshipping together for over fifteen years. Comprised primarily of church deacons and retired military, these brothers are known for joyfully ministering the word of God through testimony and song in their home church and other events throughout southern Colorado.
Phil and Brenda Nicholas (pictured with their daughter Jennifer) have been a gospel music force to be reckoned with for over 30 years. They’ve been guilty of motivating, inspiring and challenging audiences and congregations throughout the world. Furthermore, their recordings have won and been nominated for numerous awards including Grammy, Dove, Excellence and Stellar awards.
Committed is an a cappella singing group comprised of five educated, young men who love creativity, music and God. They began their musical and educational journey together in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, FL and continued to Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.
Committed was featured on the second season of NBC’s musical competition The Sing-Off. Consequently, they won the title on the finale broadcast on December 20, 2010…