Mykal Kilgore’s artistry cuts through traditional barriers and represents the hope of gospel, the soul of R&B, and the vulnerability of country. His debut release, A Man Born Black, is an exploration of faith, loss, the stumble and spills on the way to maturity, and the beauty of hope and love.
A born and raised Floridian, Mykal moved to Nashville, TN as a hopeful singer and songwriter after attending Florida State University. Eventually his voice caught the attention of Tony® and GRAMMY® Award winner, Billy Porter while singing during an audition. Porter’s careful mentorship opened lanes for Kilgore to move to New York City and to enter the Broadway world. To date, his credits include Motown the Musical, The Book of Mormon and Hair. Mykal has consistently chosen roles that elevate positive representation of people of color including The Wiz Live! (NBC) and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC). Most recently, he appeared off-Broadway in Songs for a New World and in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Also known for making bold political expressions, he became a viral sensation for his gospel-themed song “Reclaiming My Time” based on the statement made popular by famed Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The video garnered over 10 million views in one-week and landed him an appearance with the legislator on ABC’s The View.
With the release of A Man Born Black, Mykal is now stepping into the forefront to share his unique perspective with the world. His multi-octave ability is powerful and elegant – and stretches across music genres, while his lyrics color the outlines of each of our personal experiences. His instrument is guaranteed to educate, entertain and elevate the lives of all who have the luxury of experiencing his unmatched sound.
Jamison Ross is a singer and drummer that delivers messages of humanity through the medium of jazz. His second album [untitled] on Prestige Records (formerly Concord Jazz) is slated for release Fall 2017 supported by a U.S. tour. “This record is an expression of my concept of the many shades of love that the world needs, said Jamison.”
The Jacksonville, FL native realized his love for music growing up in his grandfather’s church. His love for jazz came sometime later during high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He continued his study of the genre at Florida State University (B.A.), where he met his current band members and at University of New Orleans (M.M.), in the city where he currently resides. In 2012, Ross’ career began to take shape after winning the Thelonius Monk Jr. International Jazz Competition for his drumming. This achievement afforded him a recording contract with Concord Jazz. Jamison remembers, “at the time, people knew me as a drummer; they didn’t know I could sing. I wanted to merge my gifts.”
His 2015 debut release, Jamison, introduced the world to his concept of rhythm and melody and also garnered a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. His sophomore release takes the audience a level deeper into Jamison’s ethos. It is rhythm and melody, it is honest and it is love.