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Blues and Soul at the GMA
July 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm$45
Soul Searching Entertainment presents “Blues and Soul at the GMA”. Save the date and come enjoy your Saturday night with a great BLUES & R&B Concert with THE SOULFUL RECORDING ARTIST TK SOUL & SWEET ANGEL aka “REDBONE WITH A SAXOPHONE”. You do not want to miss the live performances from these two great artists!
Contemporary soul singer T.K. Soul has built a loyal grassroots following for his music that mixes R&B traditions with modern-day attitude and hip-hop accents. T.K. Soul was born Terence Kimble in Winnfield, Louisiana on August 26, 1964. From a young age, Kimble had a keen ear for music, and soaked up the influences of soul, funk, and R&B artists ranging from Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, and Al Green to Maze, Rick James, and Prince. When he was ten years old, Kimble picked up a guitar, and discovered he could easily play it by ear. Before long, Kimble was also playing keyboards, drums, and bass, and by the time he was in junior high, he had already been recruited to play in the local high school’s band. Music became the dominant force in Kimble’s life, as he juggled gigs with school bands, church choir, and local R&B acts. After a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Kimble began writing songs, and while DJ’ing at clubs and parties, he began singing his own songs during breaks. Kimble began looking for a record contract, but his inexperience in the music business kept him on the sidelines for close to a decade. Kimble began touring with R&B and funk acts as a sideman, and while performing with the band Under 21 (who would later record for Motown under the name Profyle), he was scouted by the manager of the successful Houston-based vocal group H-Town. Kimble signed on to play keyboards with H-Town, while writing songs in his spare time.
After his run with H-Town ended, Kimble went back to the church for a few years, serving as a musical director at a house of worship. Kimble returned to the road when he was hired to play keyboards for soul-blues singer Willie Clayton, and soon Clayton was recording some of Kimble’s material, including “Wiggle in the Middle” and “Party Like We Used To.” After five years with Clayton, Kimble decided it was time to strike out on his own. Adopting the stage name T.K. Soul, he cut his solo debut, 2002’s One Woman Man, and released it through his own label, Soulful Records. One Woman Man and Soul’s 2003 follow-up, The Bad Boy of Southern Soul, helped generate a buzz about T.K. on the soul-blues circuit, and 2004’s Love Games was a breakthrough that generated several regional hits for him, including “Cheating and Lying” and “You Ring My Bell.” His next album, Undisputed, rose to number 85 on the R&B and hip-hop album chart, and peaked at number nine on the blues album chart. The Evolution of Soul followed in 2009, as Soul continued to fill nightclubs and play festivals and theme cruises as a powerful live act. Soul also expanded his Soulful Records label, signing other artists such as Magic One, Nikita, and Rhomey. Despite his busy schedule, T.K. remained prolific in the 2010s, releasing Ghetto Superstar in 2013, Life After Love in 2014, and The Legacy in 2016.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Sweet Angel is one of few who did not get her launch singing in church. Sweet Angel has been compared to Millie Jackson, the late Denise LaSalle and Jackie Neal.
Sweet Angel’s love and appreciation for good music though, stemmed from her childhood. Her mother loved listening to the Blues on Saturday mornings and her father sung gospel in the church choir. Never considering a career in music, Sweet Angel worked in corporate America as a mortgage banker and real estate agent until as fate has it, she became acquainted with her now husband and personal manager, Mac “Mike” Dobbins.
In elementary school, Sweet Angel was part of the Orff Music Program. There she sung with the chorus and learned to play the xylophone. In middle school, she broadened her musical abilities when she learned to play clarinet in the band. She excelled in music and won top seats in the All-City Band and All West Tennessee Bands. She later began playing the tenor saxophone because of its shiny appeal. She honed her skills further by not only playing in the marching band, but also the jazz band. In the late 80’s, Sweet Angel played alto saxophone at Libertyland in Memphis, Tennessee with the unit that played for the Elvis Presley impersonator, Andy Childs. Sweet Angel fluently plays over 15 different woodwind instruments.
Sweet Angel’s first album (2007) was “Another Man’s Meat on My Plate” which included singles she is still known for today: ‘Another Man’s Meat on My Plate’, ‘I Must Be Crazy’, and ‘Right Street, Wrong Way’. Recorded initially under an independent label formed by her and her husband, the album received favorable recognition. In 2008, this album was the key to Sweet Angel winning the Jus’ Blues Music Awards – Best New Southern Soul Female. ‘Another Man’s Meat on My Plate’ remains the singer’s signature song.
Sweet Angel’s music is currently classified in the Southern Soul genre. Although her music doesn’t sound like any other Southern Soul being produced. This has been the fact since her very first album in 2007. Daddy B. Nice states, “The jazz and pop hints that made Dinah Washington a crossover star are there in Sweet Angel’s delivery. It’s what gives the songs their power. It’s also what makes Sweet Angel’s songs sound suspect to the Southern Soul ear. At this point in time she represents the urban diva of Southern Soul from the northern and urban point of Southern Soul’s world: Memphis.” Sweet Angel’s “fierce articulation and her knife-edged vocal timbre make almost everything she sings sound emotionally focused and suffused with hard-won, life-affirming power. [Living Blues]”
In 2008, Ecko Records released Sweet Angel’s second album ‘Handle Your Business’. The title cut received some attention along with ‘Guilty as Charged’.
In mid-2009, her third album, a gem of an album, was released entitled ‘Bold Bitch’.
There’s a lot to be said about Sweet Angel. She sings with a big, bold voice and can hold her own with her alto saxophone. In March of 2010, this Memphis, Tennessee raised blues and R&B vocalist won her first national award. The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame & Awards Show 2010 presented her with R&B Female Artists of the Year on ‘Don’t Let The Clean Up Woman Pick up Your Man’.
Sweet Angel released her fourth album with the Ecko Records label in August of 2010 entitled “A Girl Like Me”. This album achieved a fresh-sounding, aurally-perfect, luxurious kind of soul from Sweet Angel. Sweet Angel’s vocal quality retains a subtle umbilical cord, and that is the secret to her uniqueness. The title song, ‘A Girl Like Me’, is mostly spoken and tells the very entertaining story of how Sweet Angel was desirous of being one of the Legendary Bobby Rush’s dancing girls. On this album, Sweet Angel depicted an uncompromising lady, and it definitely paid off, because music-wise this has been her strongest album to date.
Sweet Angel decided to go back as an independent artist in 2011 as she felt being on a label that is known for Southern Soul, she would be less likely to crossover.
In 2011, Sweet Angel put her own twist on and released ‘Purple Rain’ as a single. It showcases her soulful voice and also her powerful saxophone talents.
Sweet Angel released her 5th album in May of 2012. This independent release has brought Sweet Angel even more notoriety. Featuring the title cut ‘Mr. Wrong Gonna Get This Love Tonight’ – per Daddy B. Nice (www.southernsoulrnb.com); “Sweet Angel does her sumptuous thing in a way she’s never done before. If silk sheets could make a record, it would sound like this.”
Sweet Angel has a style that is memorable and innovative – the superlative layout and her razor-sharp diction creates an addictive musical composition. She recently released three (3) new singles “Still Crazy For You”, “Ride It” and “Steps To Love”. Sweet Angel has a diverse repertoire and this release etches another monumental moment in her musical career. She has been compared to many Soul and Blues Greats; but it is evident that she has a style that is unparalleled. Since 2007, Sweet Angel has been honing her musical talents and this new single advances her into mainstream music.
Sweet Angel is working at the top of her art, fulfilling everything anyone expected of her and more. She is a skillful solid indubitable entertainer. She has shared the stage with such notables as Keith Sweat, Syleena Johnson, Latimore, Avant, KeKe Wyatt, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Clarence Carter, Bobby Rush, the late Denise LaSalle, Willie Clayton, the late J. Blackfoot, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, the late Floyd Taylor, Jeff Floyd, the late Mel Waiters, Dorothy Moore, The Manhattans, T. K. Soul, the late Bobby Blue Bland, Ms. Jody and many more.