The child phenom turned talented professional, Tony Royster Jr. is a drummer without peer. Performing all over the world, Tony Royster Jr. has racked up numerous endorsements and a legion of fans.
Tony Royster Jr. is only 24 years old and has been playing drums since the age of 3. Often referred to as a "prodigy" by his fans, he has participated in numerous drummer events and contests worldwide including the 1995 Guitar Center National Drum-Off competition in Hollywood, CA which he won at the ripe old age of 11!
Tony Royster Jr. was voted #1 Up and Coming Drummer by Modern Drummer magazine 2000 readers' poll and has been voted #2 in the UK 2001 readers' poll. He has appeared on the cover of the millennium issue of Modern Drummer magazine with Dennis Chambers and continues to receive high marks that earn him endorsements with companies such as DW Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, LP percussion, Drumframe, Shure microphones, Warner Bros. Publications, HQ percussion products, Drumometer, and Specialty Cases.
Tony's talents have carried him across the globe to Europe, Japan, and Asia but in 2001 he achieved substantial international acclaim with the Warner Brothers video release of, "Common Ground", featuring Tony with his mentor, and favorite drummer, Dennis Chambers.
Most importantly, Tony is a positive role model for all kids. His motto is "Be cool, stay in school" and he sets the standard for personal achievement among his peers.
Tony is becoming accustomed to high-profile performances that include TV's Nickelodeon House Band (lead by Paul Shaffer of the David Letterman show), the Jenny Jones show, the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards show, and an international tour in 2001 as the drummer for #1 selling Asian artist, Hikaru Utada. Additionally, he is regularly invited to perform at prestigious events worldwide such as PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), Modern Drummer Festival, the Montreal Drumfest, and the Florida Drum Expo.
Proficient in numerous styles, Tony excels at Funk, R&B, Latin, Rock, and Jazz. He has performed alongside such notable drummers as Dennis Chambers, Billy Cobham, Steve Smith, Sheila E., and veteran drummer Chester Thompson. He has also graced the stage with legendary musician's Branford Marsalis, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, among others.
He has played with Imajin, Lazyeye, New Flava, and En Vogue. He performed on the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards show at the age of 15, and an international tour in 2001 backing #1 selling Japanese artist Hikaru Utada as well as performing with Paul Shaffer (of The David Letterman Show) in the Nickelodeon House Band. Right now he's also playing with Francisco Fattoruso, Jay-Z and his own band. He also came out with a new video called Pure Energy on his first solo drummer video explaining everything he learned and his band playing along on some of the tracks.
He is currently on tour with rapper Jay-Z as the band's drummer.
Jay-Z Goes Back To School With College Arena Tour
September 9, 2009
JAY-Z, undeniably one of the most powerful voices in music today, a multiple Grammy Award winner and influencer that has resonated with a generation of music fans, is officially announcing his fall tour. With 21 dates confirmed, the tour will make stops at a mix of college campus arenas and traditional venues across North America starting at Penn State University on October 9th. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning on September 11th at LiveNation.com.
Prior to the tour kickoff, JAY-Z will hold a charity concert at New York's legendary Madison Square Garden on Friday, September 11th in support of the New York Police & Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund. For this live event, 100% of the proceeds from tickets sales and concert merchandise will go directly to the charity. For more information please visit www.answerthecall.org.
JAY-Z's highly anticipated new album, The Blueprint 3, will be released on September 11th. The fall tour is the follow-up to the historic "Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z: Heart of the City" tour where they performed for more than 600,000 fans and received rave reviews at every stop. The 28 date trek grossed more than $35 million.
Beginning September 4th, fan club members will have an opportunity to buy pre-sale tickets for select cities. A pre-sale for CITI card holders in select cities will begin on September 8th through CITI's Private Pass program, for complete details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets are available to the general public in select markets beginning September 11th at www.LiveNation.com. The North American tour is being produced by Live Nation. For additional ticket and tour information please visit LiveNation.com. Jay-Z Fan Club information is available at http://jayz.tickets.musictoday.com. Additional dates to be announced soon.
Dates, cities and venues for the JAY-Z Tour are below. Dates and venues are subject to change.
Date City Venue On Sale
Oct 09 State College, PA Penn State/Bryce Jordan Center Fri. 9/11 @ 12 Noon
Oct 10 Cincinnati, OH N Kentucky U/Bank of Kentucky Center Sat. 9/12 @ 10 AM
Oct 13 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Oct 14 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Oct 15 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Oct 16 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Oct 17 Seattle, WA KeyArena Sat. 9/12 @ 10 AM
Oct 21 Ypsilanti, MI Eastern Michigan U/Convocation Center Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Oct 23 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center (Powerhouse) Fri. 9/11 @ 12Noon
Oct 24 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center Sat. 9/12 @ 10 AM
Oct 25 Amherst, MA U of Mass/Mullins Center Fri. 9/11 @ 12 Noon
Oct 27 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Oct 28 Columbus, OH Ohio State/Schottenstein Center Fri. 9/11 @ 11 AM
Oct 29 London, ON John Labatt Centre Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Oct 30 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Fri. 9/11 @ 12 Noon
Oct 31 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Nov 01 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Nov 12 Champaign, IL University of Illinois/Assembly Hall Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Nov 19 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum Sat. 9/12 @ 10 AM
Nov 20 El Paso, TX U of Texas at El Paso/Don Haskins Ctr Fri. 9/11 @ 10 AM
Nov 22 Austin, TX U of Texas at Austin/Frank Erwin Center Sat. 9/12 @ 10 AM
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Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: UNWRAPPED™
Give The Drummer Some!
Featuring Tony Royster Jr.
Hidden BeacH RecoRdings is back with UNWRAPPED™ VOL. 6: GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME!
The acclaimed “UNWRAPPED” series continues its legacy and returns after
last years blazing Vol. 5.0 release produced by colliPark studios with the announcement
of the new release of Vol. 6 to be produced by its latest partnership with drummer
extraordinaire—Tony Royster Jr. Tony is just 24 years old and already plays like
someone twice his age! Starting at the age of 3, his prodigious talent helped him
become proficient in the styles of Jazz, Rock, Latin, and Funk. He has already had the
opportunity to share the stage with such notable drummers as Dennis Chambers, Billy
Cobham, and Frank Briggs, currently touring with Jay Z and has played with prestigious
artists such as P. Diddy, T.I., Jay Holiday, and en Vogue.
Vol. 6 continues the UNWRAPPED legacy of yet another jazzy, hit-packed collection
of the best known hip hop, rap and R&B hits made popular by Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy,
T.I., Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, and many more!
VOL. 6, features 10 smash hits UNWRAPPED, including “Lollipop” which alone
fueled over 3.0 mil. albums for Lil Wayne, and is one of four #1 hit singles to include
“Best I Ever Had” – Drake, “Blame It” – Jamie Foxx and “Live Your Life” – T.I.
The Vol. 6 collection of hits yielded tens of millions of sales and over 280 million views
from YouTube and over 8 million Facebook followers alone! These songs are popular—
appealing to a broad range of consumers both young and old.
1) LIL WAYNE – “LOLLIPOP”
2) DRAKE – “BEST I EVER HAD”
3) SOULJA BOY – “TURN MY SWAG ON”
4) JAIME FOXX – “BLAME IT”
5) T.I. – “LIVE YOUR LIFE”
6) YOUNG MONEY – “EVERY GIRL”
7) KERI HILSON – “TURN ME OFF”
8) BEYONCÉ – “SINGLE LADIES”
9) DE LA SOUL – “ME, MYSELF, AND I”
10) CRAIG MACK – “FLAVA IN YA EAR”
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N'dambi's debut Stax Records release, "Pink Elephant" in record stores and on internet NOW.
N'dambi (meaning most beautiful) is a singer/songwriter/musician from Dallas, Texas. She has who has three independent albums; Little Lost Girls Blues, Tunin' Up & Cosignin and the Japanese album A Weird Kinda Wonderful. N'dambi has performed throughout the USA and Europe as well as in Japan and East Africa. Her press features include top publications including Vogue, Elle, Vibe, Essence, Harper's Bazaar, etc. Look for N'dambi's upcoming debut Stax Records release, Pink Elephant in 2009.
Soul music has produced some serious truth tellers in its most glorious past. Finding the conviction to pursue our fondest dreams and the courage to face-up to our darkest truth is perhaps the artist’s greatest challenge. Pink Elephant, the long-awaited Stax Records debut from stirring soul singer N’dambi, explores the art of revelation. “I want to write about the elephant in the room,” she explains of her third U.S. release. “They see her but refuse to acknowledge or talk about her, let alone confront her. That’s why I’m here.”
Pink Elephant was recorded in Santa Monica, California, with producer Leon Sylvers III, whose credits include work for Shalamar, Blackstreet, Gladys Knight, The Whispers, Lakeside and many more. N’dambi insisted the record have a modern sheen yet adhere to the sturdy influence of classic R&B and soul artists like Slave, Heatwave, Michael Jackson, Betty Davis, Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson, and The Sylvers. That led her to The Sylvers’ famous producer, big brother, Leon. Working in the studio with the veteran producer forced her to dig deeper than she had before, pushing her voice into a higher register on some tracks while layering her molasses-drenched vocals into cushy multi-part harmonies on others.
N’dambi’s purposeful songwriting offers the listener detailed lyrical snapshots largely created from observations, rather than her own life. “Sometimes I write from my experience, but mostly I use my imagination to express myself through story telling,” she explains. “I think of the place, the time, the setting of a story, and invent a situation that shines a light on a particular issue or theme. They are rarely from my own life. More often, they’re someone else’s story.”
The striking singer’s storytelling skills are at peak form on Pink Elephant with tunes like the Rod Temperton, ‘80’s hip-hop flavored “Nobody Jones,” the story of a girl with big dreams who won’t let her humble beginnings stop her, and the delicious “L.I.E.,” a tale of a man living a double life along New York’s Long Island Expressway. Delusions of love spring up in the old school, love-gone-wrong melodic funk of “Daisy Chain”; “Ooo Baby,” is the smooth-grooving tale of reconnection with a former lover; while the blues-inflected “Imitator,” finds a young woman suffering over the collapse of her lover’s promises. “You’re not the man I used to know, you’re an imitator,” she sings on this mid-tempo urban gem. The hope of true love cries out in “The One,” a disarming jazz-tinged ballad kissed with a touch of classic Stax.
The album’s lead single “Can’t Hardly Wait,” is a biting chunk of scorching sarcasm delivered in the commanding singer’s rich tone. Her opening complaint, “I don’t know why I keep f***in’ wit you,” perfectly expresses the inability to turn a listless love loose. “It’s about being in a relationship that has gone awry,” N’dambi explains. “She knows good and well way before now that it’s no good, but she can’t get over the hump enough to get out of it.”
“Mind Blowin’,” a love song to the art and craft of music itself, features elements inspired by Isaac Hayes’ 1974 classic blaxspoitation film Truck Turner, primarily channeling the supreme swagger those films represent. She sings and performs her own drum beats on the irresistible “The World Is A Beat,” a percussive and pointed lament about the current state of the music business.
The daughter of strict Baptist ministers in Dallas, Texas - only two kinds of music were allowed in N’dambi’s house – gospel and country. Church was the center of the family’s life in every way and there was no middle ground. Secular music was forbidden, but its irresistible allure eventually trickled into her life and began impacting the maturing young singer. Blessed with a deep contralto, N’dambi became especially enamored with the male singers from the ‘70s and ‘80s she’d heard and identified with while hanging out with cousins and friends. The funky soul of Bar-Kays’ Larry Dodson, the sophisticated syncopation of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White and the notorious abandon of the Ohio Players’ Sugafoot influenced her heavily. Later, the mysterious, uninhibited imagination of Nina Simone and Mahalia Jackson also became musical and cultural touchstones.
Her independent streak led to college and a degree in English and creative writing from Southern Methodist University. Her developing, expressive voice, the poetic irony of her skillful writing ability and her musicianship as a classically trained pianist spurred N’dambi’s musical ambition. N’dambi sang back-up and collaborated with another rising soul seeker, Erykah Badu all the while honing her artistry and slowly building a fiercely loyal fan base that resonates with the organic, authentic approach to her life and music.
N’dambi delivered her debut solo CD Little Lost Girl Blues in 1999. Since then she has released the two-disc set Tunin' Up & Cosignin', and the 2005 set A Weird Kind Of Wonderful, which was released only in Japan. On Pink Elephant, N’dambi ingeniously distills soul-deep inspiration into a sensual style of elegance and power, making her a fundamental new addition to the Stax legacy.
Learn more about N'Dambi at www.ndambionline.com or www.myspace.com/ndambi
Aug 17 2009 9:00P
Busboys & Poets (In the Artist’s Studio)
WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Aug 31 2009 8:00P
Sep 4 2009 7:00P
Majic 1075/975 Outdoor Concert Series in Suwanee
Oct 30 2009 8:00P
Muse Café Theater- Black Academy of Arts and Letters
Oct 31 2009 8:00P
Muse Café Theater- Black Academy of Arts and Letters (2nd show)
LIST OF HOT NEW RECORDS ON THE NEW CD
1. L.I.E. 4:43
2. What It Takes 3:30
3. Nobody Jones 4:18
4. Ooo Baby 5:10
5. Mind Blowin' 3:34
6. The One 4:48
7. Take It Out 4:10
8. Daisy Chain 3:52
9. Can't Hardly Wait 4:26
10. The World Is A Beat 4:08
11. Imitator 4:56
12. Free Fallin' 3:20
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Christopher Bonner began his singing career at the tender age of ten at the “Artistic Studio School for Performing Arts”, with the assistance of his mother (Gwendolyn Bonner). While at this facility he trained in the following areas, vocal performance, Hip-Hop dance, and Acting. He has performed several places and has done several “None Profitable Events” that involved raising money for various organizations such as Race for the Cure and S.C.A.N. (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionist of America). Currently a member of the Black Reparatory Company, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, also known as “The Little Theater” in December 2006 he deputed in the nationally acclaimed musical entitled “The Black Nativity”- by Langston Hughes, under the direction of Mabel Robinson- (Black Reps Artistic Director- resume includes assistant choreographer for 1978 movie The Wiz) which was truly a success, Mr. Bonner also debuted in Broadways longest running musical nationally and internationally acclaimed “Smokie Joe’s Café-2007” as Michael, under the direction of Mitchell Sommers- Theatrical Director of CTG (Community Theater of Greensboro). Mr. Bonner dazzled the audience with three –months, ninety shows of his smooth dance steps and melodious, soulful voice. While working hard at his academic endeavors at “Winston-Salem State University” as a fourth year Music Business Management and Merchandising major with a concentration in Vocal Performance, Bonner plans to soon become a professional vocalist, song writer, and composer. Mr. Bonner is currently interning for Hidden Beach Records, a label that host artist such as Jill Scott and BeBe Winans. At Hidden Beach, Mr. Bonner works in the Artist & Repertoire department with event planning, strategic marketing and much more. Mr. Bonner has already made an impact in the Triad area and abroad with his Debut CD entitled “I’m Ready” not to mention his recent return from Carnegie Hall as he and other members of the WSSU choir performed John Rutter’s- Requiem. He’s currently writing his own lyrics and music to fabulous tunes such as “I Wanna Be”, “Everything”, and many more. He has appeared in the “Winston-Salem Journal” and “The Chronicle” on numerous occasions for his soulful singing. His main goal is to continue to allow God to mold, shape and brake him so that he may remain focused with his career endeavors.
Most recent performances:
Black Nativity-2008, North Carolina Black Reparatory Company, Mabel Robinson- Director
Carnegie Hall-2008 DWalla Simmons Burke-Choral and Vocal Director
Winston-Salem Symphony- Gospel Extravaganza- 2008 DWalla Simmons Burke-Choral and Vocal Director
Smokie Joes Café-2007, CTG (Community Theater of Greensboro)- Mithchell Sommers-Director
Dont Bother Me I cant Cope 2008- North Carolina Black Reparatory Company, Mabel Robinson- Director
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