Genre: R&B

Annika Chambers Deslauriers & Paul Deslauriers

2019 SOUL BLUES FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR ANNIKA CHAMBERS~~~The dynamic monster vocalist from Houston Texas along with a host of talented musicians continue to shock and amaze many blues lovers who have the opportunity to hear their music. With a variety of soulful, heartwarming and ground stomping tunes, Miss Chambers is sure to rise above and beyond your expectations. 

The beautiful and talented Annika Chambers hails from Houston, Texas. And, like many of the great soulful singers of the past, she started singing in church at a young age. She always wanted to sing, but her dreams of enlisting in the Army and attaining a degree in radio and TV broadcasting took her in that direction. However, that path would start her on her musical journey. While serving in Kosovo, her first deployment, Annika entered a talent contest on base and sang lead in a song. Right after the competition, a guitar player approached her and introduced her to the blues. She’s been in love with the Blues ever since. Annika describes her style as a little bit of Aretha, Etta, Koko and Shemekia and includes as influences – Otis Redding, Shemekia Copeland, Joan Osborne, Robbin Ford, Adele, Etta James, Eryka Badu, Bobby Blue Bland & James Brown

Since completing her 7 1/2 year term with the US Army, Annika has been blazing the Houston blues music scene. With her self-motivated career taking the city by storm, Annika has had the opportunity to work with many of the well-known talents in the area such as Brad Absher, Paul Ramirez, The Mighty Orq, and many others. In the fall of 2012, Annika along with The House Rules Band entered the International Blues Competition. Although they did not proceed past the final round, she has had numerous opportunities to showcase her talent. After the city-wide competition, Annika took advantage of an opportunity to create a demo CD with Larry Fulcher of the Phantom Blues Band and Richard Cagle, both of whom were judges for the IBC Competition. To everyone’s surprise, this has turned into what will be a professionally produced album from Cagle’s ‘Montrose Studios’. The album “Making My Mark” features numerous Grammy Award winning musicians and artist who graciously offered their time and patience to make this project a success. With the album still in the works, Annika has gained a large amount of publicity, allowing her to host a listening party with most of the musicians from the album, prior to the album release for purchase. There is nothing that can prepare the world for the debut of Annika Chambers’ “Making My Mark”, so take a moment and enjoy the Annika Chambers experience and make sure you do what she says when she says…”Shake it for Me”.

Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell

The Whole band is a mix of many of the Sarasota area’s most talented musicians.  Quickly gathering a large local fan base, they have just released their first CD:  “The Whole Band: Live at Blase’ Cafe“. 

Their live show is something to behold, with an amazing blend of original music and mind-blowing versions of covers that showcase the exceptional vocals and musicality of the Whole Band. Their roots are wide, weaving in Americana, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and R&B.  With super tight three-part harmonies, poignant original lyrics and a groove all their own, they always leave listeners with a smile and a natural high. 

Lead singer, Callie Chappell is an award-winning songwriter with a soulful, soaring voice that goes right to the heart. On super-smooth lead vocals and adding incredible guitar skills and songwriting is Kevin Thompson.  Add the young prodigy, Zack Yoder (he can play and sing anything) to the mix and the blend is complete and heavenly!

Dave Peirce is a world-class pedal steel player that can play any style the band throws at him.  Master of the groove, J.P. Coley plays stand-up bass and electric bass guitar.  Finally, keeping it all together is the very much in demand and versatile Steve Apostoli on drums and cajon.

Fans have described the band as “magical”, “amazing”, “the best band around”, “tight”, “a love fest” and “fun”!

Brenda Watty & Her Peeps

Brenda Joyce Watty was born in Baltimore, Maryland.  She began singing in Gospel Choir at a young age and later moved to NYC to study voice where she joined other musicians in the music business. Brenda studied under the direction of June Monterio, a nationally recognized vocal coach. 

After her studies she began to sing with the girls group The Toys which had the hit song “A Lovers Concerto.”  Now discovered, Brenda began performing with  The Marvelettes that had the hit single “Please Mr. Postman.” Her career now blossoming, Brenda went on tour with groups including: The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Crystals, Bo Didley, Ricky Nelson of the Ozzie And Harriett show, Desmond Wilson of the Sanford and Son show and many more.

Ms. Watty, now living in Sarasota, travels and performs in her one Women Show “It’s My Time” and sings with local groups in the Jazz, Pop, Dance and R&B genres.

In 2018 Brenda released her Solo Album “Its My Time”with the hit single “Girls Night Out.”  In June 2019 Brenda returned from performing in Europe after promoting her solo album where she was showcased at Midem Festival at the Cotton Club in Cannes, France.  Presently, Brenda is rehearsing with her band Brenda Watty & Her Peeps for a US tour.

Hooten Hallers

The Hooten Hallers are a high-energy blues-rock band known for wild live shows.  Based out of Columbia, Missouri, the myriad of influences in their music incorporates elements of R&B, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. Their live performances take the listener on a seamless journey from unapologetically raucous blues on the lap steel and bass sax, to a sweet three part harmony country ballad, to a romping dance number.

2017’s self-titled album ‘The Hooten Hallers’ on Big Muddy Records, is the culmination of their experiences from a decade of performing and traveling together. Their latest effort showcases their evolution as musicians and songwriters. It garnered attention by Vice’s Noisey – “This is a band that really understands and exudes the history of rock and roll”.

Listeners often detect hints of George Thorogood, Morphine, and Tom Waits, but anyone who has seen The Hooten Hallers live knows that this power trio is unlike anything they’ve experienced before.

John Randall’s demonically-tinged vocals and manic guitar, and Andy Rehm’s screaming falsetto vocals and steady, pounding drum beat keep the band focused on their unique blend of deep blues and country punk. Kellie Everett brings the power with the deep rumble of her baritone and bass saxophones. When The Hooten Hallers come to town, you know it’s gonna be a party!

Black Honkeys Band

The Black Honkeys, founded in 2001, has become an integral part of the Tampa Bay music landscape, having been voted the “Best Local Band in the Tampa Bay Area” 3-years running and Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” Readers Choice Award.  They play the range from R&B, Funk, Soul to Rock.  They recently released a new music video from their CD entitled “Icebreaker“.

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