Geechee / Various
PHILLIP BALLOU One of New York's top background session singers throughout the 70's, 80's, and 90's. He has recorded and toured with some of the music industry's top legends. This list includes: James Taylor, Luther Van Dross, Ashford & Simpson, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, James Cleveland, and Tremaine Hawkins to name a few. Moreover, always mindful of his sanctified, Pentecostal church roots. He has recorded several solo gospel albums and other projects as well. We regret to announce the untimely passing of Mr. Phillip Ballou in March. Our prayers are with his family and love ones and we know that his music and spirit is still with us! 'GOD BLESS HIS SOUL' RIP Look for him on 'My Love Is All Power' and a few others as well. LAURELEI DOWE This wonderful singer started at the very tender age of 3 years old. Won two talent contests, including the prestige's 'Mary E. Licht Medal' for best vocals, coming in at first place. She's performed at Gracy Mansion for former mayor Ed Koch. She gave an unforgettable performance at the United Nations in a ceremonial tribute to the honorable late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in 1986. While with the Martin Luther King Jr. High School Choir, she got the attention of major radio and television, including 98.7 KISS FM. And WBLS radio stations. Also, added to her list of credits is a 'Single' she dropped for 'On The Loose Productions., entitled, ' If You Love Me'. Look for our Diva performing a number of songs in this CD, including, 'Trust In Me'. PRECIOUS LENNARD The youngest of our artists, only 20 years old, performed as singer Patty Austin's daughter in a video entitled, 'Maybe'. She was also featured in Jay-Z's video, 'Hard Knock Life'. Not to mention Bee Bee Wynans's video called, 'In Harms Way'. She even won first place in the 'All Stars Talent Competition', Organized, as well as, performed in her very own 'Gospel Concert' at the 'Second Providence Baptist Church'. These are just a few of her accomplishments to date. Listen for her sexy voice on 'Where Were You When I Tried To Stop The Rain', among other selections. DAVID S. SAMPSON SR. Musician & Singer/Songwriter/Producer EDUCATION: Music Major at Bronx community college. Music teacher at The Fanny Lou Hamer High School. IN CONCERT WITH: The Main Ingredients, The Manhattans, The Staple Singers, Johnny Kemp, Mable King (The Wiz) Kurtis Blow, The Delfonics, The Persuaders, The Intruders, Major Harris (Love Won't Let Me Wait), G.Q. (Disco Nights) Actress/Singer -Sandra Reaves (Lean On Me), Willie Colon, Secret Weapon (Must Be The Music), Jose Feliciano, Ray Goodman And Brown, Joe Bataan, Gil Scott Harren and Leon Thomas. TOURED AND PERFORMED WITH: Both, The National Black Theatre (NBT) Touring- Company, and it's 'In House Productions', The Ross Carnegie Orchestra, Wilbur Brown & The Groove Makers, Metro, Nightcast, Lee Green & The Soul Sound Band, Robert Harrison & The Excels. Sammy Gordon & The Hip Huggers, Jimmy Sigler, Third Rail, Sticks Evans, On Point, The Fantastic Soulernaires and a number of Church Groups. Also showcased at the major nightspots in and out of the Tri State area. Entertained at dances, weddings, and benefits. MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR: Wilbur Brown & the Groove Makers, The Persuaders, Sudan, 100%Pure, and a Church Youth Choir. COMPOSED: Well over 400 songs. Composed music for Garret Morris' (Martin, Saturday Night Live) play, 'Why Don't You Change your Mind Brother'. Collaborated with Leroy Berges (Black Ivory) on a recording project. Composed music and some lyrics on new recording project for Geechee Records. THEATRE/TELEVISION: Studied Acting at NBT. Played the roll of Deputy in College-Theatre Workshop production of Fay and Michael Kanin's play 'Rashomon', and acted in Off- Broadway play 'You Gotta Begin Somewhere'. Did televised-benefit with Osie Davis & Ruby Dee, with Tony Randall (The Odd Couple) at Lincoln Center For The Arts. INSTRUMENTS: Voice, Guitar, Keyboard and bass. PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: ASCAP and Songwriters Guild of America. CEO and Founder of MIDI ISLAND PRODUCTION CO. Partner and senior producer of GEECHEE RECORDS, LLC.