June 24, 2019, 8:00 pm at City Winery, 650 North Avenue Northeast, ##201, Atlanta, GA
Russell Taylor has been labeled as a "sanger" not to be confused with an ordinary singer. Simply put, when he sings he feels it from the deepest, most soul-saturated part of his being. So does anyone who is treated to the Rt! experience. It's really real. He isn't singing for social media likes or trappings. His has a true passion for the craft. His loyal fan base, loving dubbed #Souljers, will gladly second this emotion.Growing up amidst the rich musical legacy of Philadelphia, Russell absorbed the sounds and style of the artists that came before him as well as his contemporaries. From Gamble and Huff to Jill Scott, Russell has been inspired by the authentic musicianship of fellow Philly artists.Fresh off the heels of the critically acclaimed War of Hearts, Russell is set to release his 4 th studio album in the Fall of 2017. War of Hearts captured the attention and hearts of music lovers, leading to sold out shows at the Apollo and Blues Alley, a video for NPR's Tiny Deskand multiple media appearances in major cities across the U.S., not including the enormous amount of attention he has received from the VH1 franchise. After being voted one of the network's You Oughta Know Artists in its first ever crowd sourcing contest, Russell's music stayed in heavy rotation on the network. He was also featured on VH1's The Morning Buzz Live and the 60 second mini-performance segment Stop/Watch. Music fans may have also heard War of Hearts on television shows like The Fosters, Degrassi the Next Generation, Atlanta Exes and Black InkCrew. Russell says, "I live a life of gratitude. I am grateful for this God-given ability and that I have been so well-received for so long. I am grateful for all that we have achieved with War of Hearts and to all of the people - my team, my friends, my followers - who continue to support me on this journey. And it is a journey. It's a marathon not a sprint!"The lead single from the new album is Thrill, which without a doubt foreshadows the tone and tenor of the album - a cerebral yet soulful thrill ride that will weave in and out of genres, mixing, matching and defying categorization. It will be an atypical delight for the music enthusiast! Russell will perform Thrill for the first time at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, which will also be his first appearance at the famed convocation. "These past few years have truly been magical. I have experienced exponential growth as an artist. This is what I want -- to keep stretching, pulling and pushing past personal boundaries. We hope to build on the momentum and climb to higher heights with the release of Tin Man. You will hear a bit of everything from upbeat dance tracks to social justice commentary. I write all of my songs so each and every track is a personal testament and personal promise to present high caliber music from thoughtful lyrics to well-crafted production to vocal delivery." Listeners can expect collaborations with good friends Lalah Hathaway. Thrill can be purchased on iTunes and downloaded on Spotify.Grammy nominated, East Harlem, N.Y. born and raised Monifa Carter, was a little girl with a big voice and a west-African name. After being"discovered" by her second grade teacher. Monifah became a professional at the tender age of seven, possesing formidable talents as both a vocalist and actress. She appeared as a principal in the national, first Hi-C Drink Box commercial and can be credited with several other national commercials.As a child actor/singer, Monifa worked in theatrical productions alongside James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman, Charles Dutton and the late Gregory Hines. She's sung "oohs " and "ahhs" around the world for reggae superstar Maxi Priest. Monifah was accepted into both the Vocal and Drama departments of N.Y.'s Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of the Performing Arts, where she made the arduous choice to technically study her first love...music.In 1996, Monifah's debut album, "Moods... Moments", executive produced by the late Dwight "Heavy D" Myers was released. She had immediate success with the radio hit, "I Miss You (Come Back Home)". The album also featured the hits, "You" and "You Don't Have To LoveMe", all of which received heavy rotation on BET and donned heavy hitter producers, Vincent Herbert and Trackmasters. "Mo'Hogany", was released in 1998.It featured the international club banger, "Touch It", which peaked at #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and crossed over to stay at #1 for sixteen consecutive weeks on the Hot Dance Club Play Chart (RIAA certified double Platinum). Monifah's album "Home", produced by Teddy Riley, debuted the single, " I Can Tell" and video directed by Monifah & Sanaa Hamri. BET refused to air the "contraversial" ending andedited it for rotation on the network.In 2012, Monifah became an inaugural cast member of TVOne's record-breaking docu-series: "R&B Divas: Atlanta", for three consecutiveseasons. The final season of the show was a catalyst and colorful backdrop for a personal milestone. Monifah and wife Terez were the recipients a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program, for their historical wedding episode in which they became the first African American, same-gender couple to have their nuptials televised on a national platform, to a first-run viewership of 62 million households.Monifah is dedicating her creative focus on her acting, producing and directing. In 2016 Monifah produced her first short film "Gurl Talk". She'scurrently writing her one-woman production "Torch". 2019 is big year for Monifah creatively. She's crafting a lane all her own, as she's alwaysdone and as only MONIFAH can.