Brandon James is a Chicago based powerhouse vocalist that is not only sultry, but grips you with waves of raw emotions featuring a contemporary soul and R&B Pop sound. Exposing you to tingles of both Stevie Wonder & John Legend, he leaves his own mark with unforgettable performances at venues such as UIC Pavilion, House of Blues, Reggies and HVAC where he’s opened up for acts such as Ryan Leslie, Method Man, Ghost Face, Bubba Sparks & the iconic Earth Wind & Fire.
BARRY AND THE FOUNTAINS
Barry J. Fontenot is a Louisiana-born, Chicago-based soul musician with a love of pushing boundaries and a flair for the dramatic. Raised in the “Deep Soul” and “Delta Blues” musical traditions, Barry’s vocal style brings to mind the strong, rich tenor notes of legendary singers such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. In his original compositions, however, Barry reveals the eclectic influences that have followed him throughout his musical journey—he strives, in his own words, to “write em’ like Jazz songs, play em’ like Rock songs, and sing em’ like Soul songs.”
Originally a Classical Tenor specializing in choral music, Barry decided to return to his musical roots in 2013, forming a Soul Band called “Barry Fontenot and the Hurricanes,” which performed mostly covers of the great Motown performers who had so inspired him in his youth. In 2014, while drunk and bleeding in Mexico, Barry wrote his first original song, “Desiree.” While the circumstances surrounding the song’s writing were less than glamourous, as Barry himself often explains (at-length) on stage, the experience of writing and performing original music was one that affected him to the extent that he now performs primarily his own songs, and has written upwards of three hours of performance material.
Upon moving to Chicago, Barry met The Fountains members, together they created a solid bond, smoothly complementing Barry’s voice and songs. Barry and The Fountains performing regularly in different venues and events around Chicagoland. Their debut single is about to be released soon.
Aries; Eastern Star; Woman of God; Mother of 4; Singer; Songwriter; Composer
KING KONTRAVERSE & DIVERSE
King Kontraverse is an artist from Chicago, IL. He has been blessed to perform at Sxsw music festival, interview with Uic, and open up for Chief Keef, Lil Durk, King Louie, G Herbo, Saba , Noname, and Smino in the past few years. King Kontraverse has 3 projects out: Birth of A King, Long Live Migo, quarantined, divorce before marriage, and the self titled album King Kontra available on all streaming platforms.