Zucchero is one of Italy's biggest pop exports, an international star whose style has more to do with American music than with the musical traditions of his own country. Zucchero, (Italian for "sugar"), was born Adelmo Fornaciari in 1955. Heavily influenced by American blues, soul, and rock, he embarked on a singing career in the '70s, but he first became known in Italy through other artists' versions of his songs. In the '80s he became a star in his own right, and he crossed over to the UK market in the early '90s via a duet with Paul Young.
In his career, spanning four decades, Fornaciari has sold over 40 million records around the world and has achieved numerous awards, including two World Music Awards, six IFPI Europe Platinum Awards and a Grammy Award nomination.
Over the years, he's recorded and toured with Eric Clapton, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Sting, and Solomon Burke to name a few.
Ruby and the Rogues
This trio’s unique instrumentation and individual styles create a refreshing and accessible musical experience. The members reconnected as Ruby & The Rogues during 2013 and produced their debut album the following year. This led to their 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage performance. In prior years they opened for such major acts as Heart, Tim Reynolds, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and Bonerama. This New Orleans based band continues to perform regularly in local clubs and venues.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist, Ruby Rendrag, was born at Ochsner to a Houma Indian Mother and a banjo playing, West Virginian Father. Ruby has been a part of the New Orleans music scene for 15 years performing as a solo artist and as a side woman with many local acts. She lives a life immersed in music. As manager of Music Shed Studios, she helps local, national and international artists plan and execute their recording projects. She infuses Ruby & The Rogues with lyrical immediacy, a percussive guitar style, and her bluegrass-Led Zeppelin-80’s underground influences.
Percussionist, Michael Ennis, sits on a box called a "cajon" with shakers strapped to his shoes surrounded by cymbals, a djembe, congas and an assortment of other “bells and whistles”. With the power of a rock drummer, Mike constructs the backbone for the trio using finesse, space, intensity and color. This ex-bull ridin', motorcycle trekkin', blue-eyed Texan has called New Orleans his home for 33 years.
Cellist, Suki Kuehn, an LSU graduate, was born in Japan and has lived throughout the US. After serving in the US Navy submarine force, he settled in New Orleans in 1991. He plays an old cello bought from a lady in a dark alley in the French Quarter. Using a few choice effects, Suki creates prosodic phrases that "sing" between the lines, echoing or responding to the lyrics and exposing the depth of those unspoken sensibilities within the songs.
New Orleans’ Soul Vocalist showcases versatility, sensuality and bravado.
New Orleans— Mississippi-born, Louisiana-raised singer-songwriter and soul artist Tonya Boyd-Cannon is no stranger to the music scene. The daughter of a preacher, she has been singing since she was a child. Although most of her musical training came by way of high school and middle school band directors, auditory and observation, Boyd-Cannon is a classically trained vocalist studying vocal performance in college. She says of her musical background, “I love to sing. Whether I’m singing jazz, funk, classical, rock, gospel, reggae or neo-soul, I perform like it’s my last time. I try to use all my gifts to my fullest potential.” She continues, “I believe I have grown so much as an artist. My songs are really about me sharing my love of music and my soul with other music lovers. I am extremely excited and dedicated to music and musician-ship.” As an artist, Boyd-Cannon plays piano, organ, drums and saxophone.
Boyd-Cannon got her professional start as a background vocalist for Jean Knight, best known for her 1970’s hit single, “Mr. Big Stuff”. Boyd-Cannon’s professional career also includes work as a music vocal coach, educator, creative arts teacher and minister of music. Additionally, Boyd-Cannon is credited with creating the first, combined male and female mass choir in the Orleans Parish prison. She states, “In working with inmates I made it clear, ‘I’m not the judge and jury. I’m not here to convict you or condemn you. I’m here to help you and to revitalize you.’” Clearly, these words of inspiration are strongly reflected in her artistry as a performer, composer and writer.
Boyd-Cannon’s fairly rare contralto voice, almost identical to that of a countertenor, pushes the envelope with amazing musical arrangements and jazzy lyrical content. Her current single “No Approval” is the self-validating anthem for the new millennium. Boyd-Cannon states, “This is a song of self validation! I lived my life for everybody else. I took their opinions over mine. The decisions that I made were theirs, not my own and now I’ve found myself. I loved myself. I approved of myself and put the stamp of approval as Tonya Boyd-Cannon.” Her international single “In New Orleans” captures the true heart of the city. The catchy chorus is in your head long after the song is over. Even if you have never visited New Orleans, Boyd-Cannon brings the personality of the city to life by using her sultry voice in every description.
Boyd-Cannon’s delivery is sharp yet inspirational; contemporary and authentic. From the first note of “I Wish You Well”, Boyd-Cannon captures your worst memories of love lost, but it’s a journey the listener cannot refuse. This haunting ballad is reminiscent of Nancy Wilson or Etta James. Melodic and melancholy at the same time, “I Wish You Well” is classic R&B. If there is a meaning for the word music, “Music All Over the World” is the definition. Boyd-Cannon’s combination of sounds and instruments is a kaleidoscope. She strategically blends creative vocals and instrumentation into a fusion of musical gumbo. In 2006, Boyd released her CD Rise My Child. The self-titled single is delivered with innocence and surrender. Boyd-Cannon shows her soulful vocal range, including fresh lyrics and robust harmonies.
In 2010, Boyd-Cannon was crowned winner of “Budweiser’s: Battle for the Crown” contest. The win gave her the opportunity to open for R&B heavyweights: Anthony Hamilton, KEM & Jaheim. This achievement, also catapulted her to national prominence, with performances in showcases and festivals around the country. In 2011 and 2012, Boyd-Cannon performed in Alabama’s Bayfest, where she stopped the crowd in their tracks, when she belted Journey’s ballad, “Lights.”
In 2012, she performed with the Stooges Brass Band at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Essence Music Festival. Her appearance at Essence Fest, led to an onstage performance with Grammy-Award winning rapper-songwriter, Eve. Boyd-Cannon has performed with Cassandra Wilson, Rhonda Richmond, Danny Glover and many others.
Most recently, she returned home to New Orleans after ranking in the TOP 20 on NBC’s Emmy-Award winning show, The Voice, where she was on Adam Levine’s team. Not only did Tonya move the world with her voice, but she also wowed her coach, where he told others on her team to “Do what Tonya does!” Today, she continues to bring her distinctive style to the stage as she shares her musical quest. She states, “Music is a healer. It has allowed me to heal myself and bring vitality and happiness to others. I don’t care which genre it is. It can be the hardest metal rock to the most heart-wrenching ballad; with each lyrical and melodious piece, I will find a peace in the music.” Boyd-Cannon incessantly states, “I love performing for and connecting with people, no matter where I am. I just sincerely hope my fans enjoy the music and the journey we are embarking on together.”
The singles “No Approval”, “In New Orleans” and “Rise My Child” are available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, CD Baby, and Googleplay.com.