Founded in 1992 as "14K Harmony," the group, discovered by manager Kevin Peck, evolved to become "Dru Hill" in 1996, engraving itself into the legacy of R&B music and bringing a dynamic sound to the ever-changing industry. Known for hits like "Tell Me," "In My Bed," "Never Make a Promise," and "How Deep Is Your Love," the group has given the world music for the ages. As the dynamic quartet gears up to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, it’s clear that they’ve just gotten started. In celebration of their journey thus far, the group has exciting surprises in store for its expanding fan base everywhere. Recording new material and continuously performing at sold-out venues around the globe, Dru Hill continues to solidify its legacy as one of the greatest groups of all time.
New Orleans-based gangsta rapper Juvenile was born Teruis Gray. Juvenile is recognized as hip-hop royalty, and is one of the pioneers of hip-hop music in the South. He is known for his distinguished voice, and his unique delivery of hip-hop lyrics. Known for his hits "Bounce For The Juvenile," "Ha," "Back That Azz Up," and "Slow Motion" he still remains at the top of the music scene, after touching and inspiring generations of fans. He is a brand that has demonstrated longevity as he goes down in history as one of the world’s premiere recording artist.
Ty’ahna Maray is a R&B artist,singer/songwriter, who is vibrant, inspirational and full of talent. Born in Chicago, Illinois, then raised in North Carolina and Georgia, Maray is resilientand diverse with culture. Shehas been singing since the age of two! By the age of15, she had been on a ten city tour opening for Diggy Simmons, performedlive for her own shows and recorded her first single “So Deep”. Following therelease of “So Deep”, Maray released another single, “Rock With Me” when she was16.
NC native and Grammy Nominated Imani Pressley is an accomplished songwriter, producer, artist who caught the ears of recording artist phenoms Prince, Timbaland, and Ceelo Green. Her sound is a fusion of Pop, R&B, and European synth that adds an eclectic flare to her sound. To date, she has released the following projects: “Introspection,” “Point of View,” and “Feelings Like These.”
JL Regal is a singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer from North Carolina. With his original and creative point of view, his music sonically is a brand new experience to anyone listening. JL Regal is inspired by a number of diverse artists from Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, to Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino. He aims to bring people together through his music regardless of their age and/or skin tone.
Sahara has livened-up various events in Greensboro and its surrounding areas for a few years now and continues to develop a strong following. This talented group of musicians demonstrates a versatility that caters to various age groups; a trait that can be attributed to their combined years of musical and entertainment experiences. "Sahara Style" is what they fondly call their musical flair, and what a style.
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RaDivine is a talented lyricist springing from Durham, NC. He grew up in an Afrocentric household and the music that he heard in the House ranged from Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop, etc. This played a major role on his particular style of music. His goal is to give his listeners a nostalgic sound that has long been needed in Hip Hop.
Sh8kes the Poet
Born and raised in Durham, NC. Robin “Sh8kes” Williamson is a Music Artist Manager, Poet, Writer, President and Cofounder of Evolution Camp Music Company who partners with CEOs, artists, businesses and solopreneurs to grow awareness of small businesses, the power of dedication/hard work, and the importance of following dreams. After spending nearly a decade working in the fields of communications, music as well as the community, Sh8kes knows what truly drives, sold-out shows, successful interviews, gaining respect, and giving back. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate with. Sh8kes has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the world, including Jet Magazine, XXL, The Source, and HipHopDX to name a few.
Empower Dance Studio
Empower Dance Studio is a dance studio that nurtures and fosters natural beauty, instills self-confidence, and reinforces positive images of dancers from all backgrounds. Empower offers weekly classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical for children ages 2-17, and classes for the young at heart, with unique adult classes with a different theme every month.
Trez Falsetto is a Durham born National Recording artist that sings R&B/pop/trap R&B. He is a graduate of Hillside High School and North Carolina Central University. Trez has performed all over the country in some of the Biggest arenas and biggest crowds with some of the biggest names in music including Cardi B, 2 Chains, 21 Savage, R Kelly, Ginuwine, Tank, Bobby Valentine, New Edition to name a few. He has toured with Tank and R Kelly and done a few college tours. Trez has sung the national anthem for colleges, the Ciaa Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte and the McDonalds Battle of The Bands. His single, "Blow" was in rotation in North and South Carolina and could be heard all over the airwaves. He was voted Carolina Music Award winner for Best Male R&B artist in 2017. This past September he was selected to the Salvation Army Boys and Girl Club Hall of Fame for his charitable service in the community including toy drives, Turkey drives, coat drives, and back to school supplies drives. He is constantly putting on for his city and community and is a great representation of the Bull City. Trez is signed to Five Star Empire Record Label, an independent label located in Charlotte, NC.
African American Dance Ensemble
The mission of the African American Dance Ensemble is to preserve and share the finest traditions of Africa and African American dance and music through research, education and entertainment. With the motto, “Peace, love, and respect for everybody,” the ensemble celebrates traditional African culture, aesthetics and values as well as interracial cooperation, cross-cultural understanding and societal analysis. Dramatic staging, exciting rhythms, masterful choreography and colorful costumes combine with an enthusiastic audience to create a memorable artistic experience.
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Sonofsimba (Live Artist)
LA Chesson, also know on the stage as Sonofsimba, is an American artist from Ahoskie, NC. Now based in Durham, NC, LA uses spontaneous brush strokes and dance moves to manifest live works of art. All live art can be purchased upon request.