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Chaka Khan

Dana Elaine Owens (born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often cited as the Queen of Funk, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide

In 1984, Chaka Khan released her sixth studio album, I Feel for You. The title track was the first single released. Originally written and recorded by Prince for his eponymous follow-up to his debut album in 1979, it had been previously recorded by The Pointer Sisters and Mary Wells. Khan's version featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder and an introductory rap by Grandmaster Melle Mel. This version of the song became a million-selling smash in the U.S. and United Kingdom, and it helped to relaunch Chaka Khan's career. I Feel For You topped not only the U.S. R&B and dance charts, but achieved great success on U.S. pop charts, and reached number one in the United Kingdom as well. The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1984, and remained on that chart for 26 weeks, well into 1985. It was listed as Billboard′s number 5 song for the year 1985, and netted Prince the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. In addition to the song's successful radio airplay and sales, a music video of Chaka Khan with break dancers in an inner-city setting enjoyed heavy airplay on television and helped to solidify Chaka Khan's notoriety in popular culture.

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Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau

Alwin "Al" Lopez Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American jazz singer. Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the fifth of six children. His website refers to Reservoir Avenue, the name of the street where he lived. His father was a Seventh-Day Adventist Church minister and singer, and his mother was a church pianist. He and his family sang together in church concerts and in benefits, and he and his mother performed at PTA meetings.[

He has toured and performed with numerous musicians, including Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, and George Benson. He also performed the role of the Teen Angel in a 1996 Broadway production of Grease. On March 6, 2001, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. Al Jarreau appeared in a duet with American Idol finalist Paris Bennett during the Season 5 finale and on Celebrity Duets singing with actor Cheech Marin. In 2010, Al Jarreau is a guest on the new Eumir Deodato album, with the song "Double Face" written by Nicolosi/Deodato/Al Jarreau. The song is produced by the Italian company Nicolosi Productions. On February 16, 2012, he was invited to the famous Italian Festival di Sanremo to sing with the Italian group Matia Bazar.

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Becky G

Becky G

Rebbeca Marie Gomez (born March 2, 1997), known better by her stage name Becky G, is a Mexican-American hip hop singer, rapper, songwriter and dancer from Inglewood, California. She began to gain recognition in 2011, after she posted several videos of herself performing remixes of popular songs on YouTube. Becky later compiled these covers into her first full-length project, a mixtape entitled @itsbeckygomez. She wrote the song Oath performed by Cher Lloyd and was asked to perform a verse by the singer in the song, "Wish U Were Here" by Cody Simpson, and a remix of "Die Young" by Ke$ha. Becky released her debut single "Becky from the Block" in April 2013. The music video was released on April 8, 2013.

September 13, 2012 she released a music video for the single. On November 23, 2012 American Singer Ke$ha released a remix of her hit single "Die Young" which features Gomez alongside Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa. She started working on her remix "Becky from the Block" from JLo's album known as "Jenny from the Block" and shot the music video. On May 6, 2013 Gomez released the video for Play It Again which serves as the next promotional single of her career and first taken from her upcoming debut studio album, still untitled, that’s scheduled for release on spring next year. Gomez released her new EP "Play It Again" on July 16, 2013. It features four previously unheard tracks - "Can't Get Enough", which features Pitbull, "Built for This", "Zoomin' Zoomin'", and "Lovin What You Do." Becky G appeared alongside American singer Jasmine V, on the cover of Latina magazine's February 2014 issue.

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Timbaland

Timbaland

Timothy Zachery Mosley (born March 10, 1972), better known by his stage name Timbaland, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper. Timbaland's first full credit production work was in 1996 on Ginuwine...the Bachelor for R&B singer Ginuwine. After further work on Aaliyah's 1996 album One in a Million and Missy Elliott's 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly, Timbaland became a prominent producer for R&B and hip-hop artists. As a rapper he initially released several albums with fellow rapper Magoo, but later released his debut solo album Tim's Bio in 1998. In 2007, Timbaland released the first album in his Shock Value series, Timbaland Presents: Shock Value. In 2009, Timbaland Presents: Shock Value II was released. His work ranges from Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, as well as other R&B artists of the mid-90's, to Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Ludacris, and other hip-hop artists of the early and mid-2000s. In 2006 he produced Justin Timberlake's album FutureSex/LoveSounds, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide and spawned hits such as "SexyBack", "My Love" and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". In 2006 he produced Nelly Furtado's Loose, which also sold 10 million copies worldwide and had hits such as "Promiscuous", "Maneater", and "Say it Right". In 2006 and 2007 alone, Timbaland was responsible for 16 Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles.

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Ernie Isley

Ernie Isley

Ernest "Ernie" Isley (born on March 7, 1952) is a member of the iconic American musical ensemble, The Isley Brothers. Ernie was born in Cincinnati, where his older brothers formed The Isley Brothers, first as a gospel group, then as a secular singing group. In 1960 his family moved to Englewood/Teaneck, New Jersey. He currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ernie is a prolific songwriter, penning such Isley classics as "Fight the Power", "Harvest for the World", "Voyage to Atlantis", "(At Your Best) You Are Love", "Footsteps In the Dark", "Brown Eyed Girl", among others, and "That Lady" (co-written with brother-in-law Chris), "Between the Sheets" (co-written with brother Marvin and Chris)", "Take Me To The Next Phase" (co-written with Marvin and Chris), among other songs. His signature guitar riffs are easily recognizable on classics such as "Summer Breeze", "That Lady", "Voyage To Atlantis", "Choosey Lover", and others. In 1984, Ernie, Marvin and Chris formed the group Isley-Jasper-Isley, scoring with their number one album Caravan of Love. In 1990, Ernie released his first solo album, High Wire. In the same year he recorded a cover version of The Cars' "Let's Go" for the compilation album Rubáiyát. In 1991, he rejoined Ronald and Marvin on tour and in the studio. In 1996 they scored with their platinum CD Mission to Please, and again in 2001 with "Eternal", the lyrics to the title cut written by Ernie.

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LeToya Luckett

LeToya Luckett

LeToya Nicole Luckett (born March 11, 1981), known professionally as LeToya, is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She was an original member of the R&B group Destiny's Child, with whom she won two Grammy Awards and released many successful commercial recordings. She began her solo career after signing a record deal with Capitol Records. Her solo debut album, LeToya (2006), topped the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart in July 2006, and was certified platinum by the RIAA in December 2006. The single, "Torn", achieved records on BET's top ten countdown show 106 & Park. She was also named "One of the Best New Artists of 2006" by AOL and the "Top Songwriter of 2006" by ASCAP.[4] Luckett released a second solo album, Lady Love on 25 August 2009, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and also as No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

Luckett has also made a name for herself as an actress. She was the star of the movie Preacher's Kid. She's part of the cast of the feature films Killers and From the Rough and had a recurring role on the second season of the HBO TV series Treme, and on the third season of the VH1 TV series Single Ladies.

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Park Bom

Park Bom

Park Bom (born March 24, 1984), is a South Korean idol singer.[1] Born in Seoul, South Korea, she eventually moved to the United States where she learned English. She is the main vocalist of 2NE1 which is signed to YG Entertainment. Starting in 2006, Park recorded with labelmates Big Bang, Lexy, Masta Wu and starred with Lee Hyori in her CF, "Anystar" as a co-actress. Later in 2008, she starred as the lead actress in Kim Ji Eun's music video, "Tell Me Once More". In 2009, she debuted with 2NE1 as the main vocalist. Up until now, Park has released two solo singles, namely "You and I" and "Don't Cry". Both singles reached number one on the Gaon Chart, the national music chart of Korea. "You and I" also won "Best Digital Single" the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2010.

YG Entertainment announced that the new group would consist of four members and debut sometime in May 2009. The company stated that the group had trained for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM's leader, Teddy Park and G-Dragon of Big Bang. 2NE1 debuted in SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed their digital single Fire produced by Teddy Park of 1TYM. With the release of their first self-titled extended play, the group started the promotions of their title track I Don’t Care. Their EP hit the no. 3 spot at the Hanteo's "Best-selling Album of 2009" with over 100,000 copies sold.

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Cheryl James

Cheryl James

Cheryl R. "Salt" James (born March 28, 1966) is an American rapper and actress. She is a member of the rap trio Salt-n-Pepa, which also includes Pepa (Sandra Denton) and Spinderella (Deidra "Dee Dee" Roper). Salt starred in The Salt-n-Pepa Show, a reality TV series focusing on reforming the group.

Cheryl James and Sandra Denton formed Salt-n-Pepa in 1984 and Deidre Roper joined in 1986. They released five studio albums: Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986), A Salt with a Deadly Pepa (1988), Blacks' Magic (1990), Very Necessary (1993), and Brand New (1997). Salt also co-starred in the 1993 motion picture Who's the Man? (1997). In 1997, she recorded the song "Stomp" with gospel artists Kirk Franklin and God's Property for their album God's Property, one of the best-selling albums in gospel music history. They were the first female rap act to have gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums, and the first female rap act to win a Grammy. The group disbanded in 2002 but reformed in 2008.

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Sly Stone

Sly Stone

Sylvester Stewart (born March 15, 1943), is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone, a band which played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and '70s. In 1993, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Along with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly and the Family Stone were pioneers of late 1960s and early '70s funk. Their fusion of R&B rhythms, infectious melodies, and psychedelia created a new pop/soul/rock hybrid the impact of which has proven lasting and widespread. Motown producer Norman Whitfield, for example, patterned the label's forays into harder-driving, socially relevant material (such as The Temptations' "Runaway Child" and "Ball of Confusion") based on their sound. The pioneering precedent of Stone's racial, sexual, and stylistic mix, had a major influence in the 1980s on artists such as Prince and Rick James. Legions of artists from the 1990s forward — including Public Enemy, Fatboy Slim, Beck and LL Cool J's popular "Mama Said Knock You Out" along with many others — mined Stone’s seminal back catalog for hook-laden samples.

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Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (born March 9, 1930, Fort Worth, Texas) is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s. Coleman's timbre is easily recognized: his keening, crying sound draws heavily on blues music. His album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music.

Even from the beginning of Coleman's career, his music and playing were in many ways unorthodox. His approach to harmony and chord progression was far less rigid than that of bebop performers; he was increasingly interested in playing what he heard rather than fitting it into predetermined chorus-structures and harmonies. His raw, highly vocalized sound and penchant for playing "in the cracks" of the scale led many Los Angeles jazz musicians to regard Coleman's playing as out-of-tune. He sometimes had difficulty finding like-minded musicians with whom to perform. Nevertheless, pianist Paul Bley was an early supporter and musical collaborator.

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Robert Pileggi

Robert Pileggi

If you get a chance can you please check this story below…it could be the one…. It involves the Fukushima tsunami, Hawaii, A Japanese Rock Icon, Bruddah Iz’s successor Baba B, and a song of hope and peace, “Another Rainbow,” that ties it all together…
With the upcoming 70 anniversary of the end of the Japan-American War this could be a great story to report… Another Rainbow
Fukushima Documentary

On March 11, 2011 the world literally stood still and focused their attention as Japan was being hit by one of the most devastating earthquakes (9.1 magnitude) in the county’s history. Following the earthquake, a 68 foot savage tsunami was unleased, causing death and damage to the cities of Fukushima, Sendai and Iwate disaster areas. In this prefecture, as many as 18,000 people have died and 2,000 people are still missing. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant had also experienced a level 7 meltdown which is still leaking nuclear waste into our oceans. This will take an estimated 40 years to fully repair. Three years later, the survivors of these cities are still suffering from their loss of family members, extensive property damages and challenges in the governments relocation of their homes and families. The city of Fukushima is known as the “Kingdom Of Fruits,” as well as a “family oriented” vacation spot resort area in Japan. What was once a coal mining town has now become a center for the Hawaiian culture in the Spa Resort Hawaiians. In this Disney-like Hawaiian themed complex of hotels and recreational facilities one can experience the life, the food and the culture of Hawaii without ever travelling to the islands some 3,500 miles away…The Spa Resort Hawaiians was created through the vision of the coal mining companies VP, Mr. Yutaka Nakamura in 1964.  Fifty years later you can visit Hawaii and her culture in Fukushima, Japan. In recognizing the connection between Hawaii and Fukushima, the producers and directors of TV Asahi Create in Tokyo had ingeniously come up with the  idea of creating a documentary of compassion and awareness for the world and the families, victims and survivors of this tragic day. They had put together a two hour program including a Hawaiian recording artist by the name of Baba B. and  a song of hope and peace from Hawaii entitled, “Another Rainbow.” The  host of the program, Mr. Sekiguchi is from the group, the Southern All Stars; one of the biggest rock groups in Japan’s recording history.  

The documentary was entitled; Kazuyuki Sekiguchi / Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii The Heart of Aloha tied by the Song of Rainbow*
〜 The Miracle Collaboration with Hula Girls〜 

That “Song of Rainbow” is an ASCAP title and is one of the greatest world peace songs ever written in this millennium from Hawaii entitled, “Another Rainbow!” Mr. Sekiguchi is from the group the Southern All Stars who are the equivalent to the BEATLES of popularity in Japan. They are an extremely famous rock group and have sold over 80 Million CDs in Japan; the second biggest music market in the world. Their fan base is loyal, constantly growing and millions strong! The documentary is about the suffering people of Fukushima, Sendai and Iwate disaster areas and how the country of Japan is dealing with it.  Within this documentary, Mr. Sekiguchi had started a campaign of awareness for this ongoing situation. Through Sekiguchi’s noble efforts of compassion for the loss and devastation areas he first goes to Hawaii to find and experience the “Hawaiian Culture of Healing through Music.” Then he returns to Japan and introduces the song, “Another Rainbow,” as a gift from Hawaii to Japan….in the form of a diplomatic anthem, a miracle song of inspiration and an offering of healing wishes to those in need. In the documentary Baba B. is being introduced as the “Reincarnation of Brudda Iz, the next generation,” and the song “Another Rainbow,” is the new millennium’s version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow!” Baba speaks from the heart and moves everyone with his insight and aloha for Japan. “Another Rainbow,” has become a “diplomatic anthem” of healing and hope between the two sister islands in the Pacific; Japan and Hawaii that are connected by the spirit of the rainbow and aloha. This documentary’s storyline is a must see and a must hear for all nations who care about humanity.   Just about everyone who has seen this documentary has cried  from the emotions shared by these two beautiful cultures working together to try to understand what had happed and somehow try work it out; all in the name of music…In these days of turbulent times, the world really needs to read and see more positive examples of stories like these… In this case, we share a story about  people who come from different countries and different cultures that work together in the name of love, rather than fighting with each other in the name of hate! We are contacting you today in regards to your  station possibly considering on writing a story about this great act of humanity and one’s love for one’s neighbors.

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Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970),[2] better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show hostess. She has long been considered one of hip-hop's pioneer feminists. Her work in music, film, and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination.

From 1993–1998, Latifah had a starring role on Living Single, the FOX sitcom, which gained high ratings among black audiences; she also wrote and performed its theme music. Her mother Rita played her mother on-screen. She began her film career in supporting roles in the 1991 and 1992 films House Party 2, Juice and Jungle Fever. She had her own talk show, The Queen Latifah Show, from 1999 to 2001. She also had recurring roles during the second season (1991–1992) of the NBC hit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She made a guest role as herself on Hangin' with Mr. Cooper in 1993. Latifah appeared in the 1996 box-office hit, Set It Off and subsequently had a supporting role in the Holly Hunter film Living Out Loud (1998). She played the role of Thelma in the 1999 movie The Bone Collector, alongside Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

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