|Mon, October 18, 2021 at 1:27 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Born in 1986 in Birmingham, AL. Young Skoolz aka Samuel Bonner Jr., grew up around music in the church as well as playing the alto saxophone in the school band by 8 years old.
With a deep connection with music and writing he had his 1st poem published in the 4th grade. He continued advancing musically and lyrically up into high school.
His eldest brother introduced him to hip-hop by letting him hear Nas for the first time. This was when he fell in love with hip-hop music and culture. His brother showed him how to integrate the poetry he wrote and musical knowledge he had into making his own hip-hop music.
Then put him into his first home studio where he fell in love with the recording process. By the age of 15, Skoolz got his first song on the local radio station in Birmingham, Alabama 95.7 Jamz. Before graduating high school he had 4 songs on the radio. During college, his sound as well as ambition continued to evolve.
By 23, he founded his own record label called Blakk Sheep Entertainment. After securing a building and increasing his local notoriety, he proceeded to build a brand from the ground up by hosting showcases and open mics for local artist.
Being that he was young and inexperienced in business it all ended in a less that ideal way. When he finally graduated college, he decided to go in a different direction by pursuing his career in robotics.
For 6 years he traveled all over the US and Canada as a private robotic engineering contractor. He was very successful and built a business and platonic with people all over the world.
In the midst of his success, he felt an emptiness that he was unable to fill. He realized that his passion, music, was missing. While on a contract in Detroit, Michigan he connected with a talented recording engineer and recorded his first EP in over 6 years entitled Chameleon.
It received a lot of positive feedback and that only confirmed for him that this is what he should do with his life. Since that EP release, he's made multiple videos and started his own songwriting and artist development company YS Inc.
He is now the exclusive songwriter for one male R&B artist in Atlanta, GA as well as two female vocalists in Birmingham, AL, He plans to continue to expand his roster as well as break into other genres and demographics. His second EP Royalty will be out any day now
|Wed, August 11, 2021 at 10:52 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Musicians don't come more stellar, multi-faceted and gifted than Randy Hall, an ace guitarist, vocalist, composer,arranger and performer. The Chicago-native has been a highly coveted musician for several decades and a chart-topping R&B star as well as a supporting player for an impressive, genre-defying resume of artists that began withThe Staple Singers at age 15, The Dells, Ramsey Lewis, Roberta Flack, Diana Ross, Snoop Dogg, Dave Koz and - most definitively - the man who launched Hall as an international player with whom to be reckoned: the legendary Miles Davis. Now in 2020, after decades away from recording his own music, Randy Hall has made an astounding return with two runaway hit singles on the U.K charts. For a follow-up, Randy came back with another song entitled "A New Way of Love. It too flew to #1 on the international charts, prompting Randy to set his sights on the American market.
A strategy to conquer America became even more of a necessity after another vault song he dusted off, "I Love What We Make Together," became a key component of the 2019 Miles Davis project, Rubberband, that also shot up the charts - this time on the jazz side. This was with Davis that Randy first sprang to international attention. First, Randy was a co-writer and player on the 1981 instrumental "Shout," the first song to reintroduce Davis after 6 years away with a splashy funky flair. Then Randy was the lyricist and vocalist of the album's mood-drenched title track, The Man with The Horn, a welcome back tribute to the legend that became a jazz and Quiet Storm radio classic. It was quite an accomplishment because Hall was only 21 when that album was released by corporate giant Columbia Records.
The 2020 success of "I Love What We Make Together" (originally written with the late Al Jarreau as its intended singer), as well as additional Rubberband songs that feature Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi, all bring Randy back full circle to his roots. Right after his tremendous success with Miles Davis on the aforementioned The Man with The Horn, Randy was briefly a member of the highly respected Seattle launched funk-jazz band Pleasure for the album Give it Up (RCA - 1982) featuring the Top 30 single "Sending My Love." A move to Los Angeles and connecting with Ray Parker Jr. resulted in Randy being signed to MCA Records for which he recorded two albums: I Belong To You(1984) which garnered the Top 20 R&B hit "I've Been Watching You (Jamie's Girl)" followed by Love You Like a Stranger (1988) which contained the Top 40 single "Slow Starter."
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