Diane Mathis was born in the city of Detroit. She knew at an early age that she wanted to entertain. At the early age of fourteen she signed her first recording contract with Golden World Records as the lead singer of the Debonaires. Her first recording with Golden World Records How’s Your New Love Treating You charted at number 12 on the national charts.
In 1968 Diane went solo with Capital Records and recorded two single How Does it feel and Love is all around. She went on to sing background for various artist such as Issac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor and Donald Bird. Diane has performed for the 70’s PBS Special K.C and the SunShine Get Down Tonight singing back ground for such artist such as Wild Cherry Bonnie Pointer, Leo Sayers , and Chic.
The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston are excited about their new CD entitled The Legacy Continues. As always, Gerald’s voice is strong, smooth, and sophisticated along with the powerful sounds of Troy May and Dave Tyson. This project is a family affair produced by Curtis Dukes and played on by the East Coast connection mixed by our own Andre De Bourg and Mastered by Herb Powers Jr.
Label: IZIPHO SOUL Records Catalog: ZP56 Release Date: 29th January 2021 Format: 7”
KISS OF FREEDOM: The All Star Indie Soul & Jazz collaboration, fronted by writer/producer J.D’s Time Machine features some of the most currently talked about, new and celebrated artists, including Cleveland P Jones, AgapeSoul, & U-Nam. Within this live arrangement are singers and musicians on loan from amongst the biggest Grammy Award Winners & Nominees today, including Lalah Hathaway, Snarky Puppy, and Ledisi.
Label: Tesla Groove International / Cannonball Records / 4Quarti Catalog: CBLL034 Release Date: Early March 2021 Format: 7” – 45rpm – Core Black Vinyl – Limited Edition 250 + 20 TP’s
It all started when Herman “Butch” Slaughter whose technical training in music came from being First Chair/First Chair Baritone in a few school choirs. He had several attempts at putting a group together eventually leading to the creation of The Words of Wisdom with Karen Slaughter, Robert “Buck” Vaughn, Rosa Lunderman and Mabel Heart.
Acid Jazz presents a dynamic live recording capturing the energy & pure joy of The Brand New Heavies live in 1992.
1991 was a momentous year for The Brand New Heavies. They started it without a singer and were second on the bill to The James Taylor Quartet but by the end of the year they had a Top 3 US hit and were about to embark on a run of 16 Top 40 hits in the UK. N’Dea Davenport was by this point fronting the group as their guest singer, and the brilliant string of singles from their debut album were becoming locked in the minds of an ever-growing fan base.
Label: Tidal Waves Music Release Date: 16th April 2021
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie is an American drummer that needs little introduction. At an early age he began hitting cans with sticks and learned the elements of drumming techniques from overhearing lessons being given. Considered an influential and innovativesoul-jazz-funk musician, he is known for his precise musical time keepingand his signature/unique drumming techniques… consideredone of the greatest drummers of his generation, in 2013 he was inducted into the ‘Modern Drummer’ Hall of Fame.
“It’s Time – Purple Mountain Majesty”/ “Purple Mountain Majesty”
Catalog: AJX5646 Release Date: 5th February 2021
“10 years since we released his last magnificent northern soul classic the legend (and there’s not really many people who deserve that epithet) Dean Parrish is back with possible the best record of his career. Controversial I admit, but listen to it first before you disagree with me!” Eddie Piller