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Meet The C.I.T.Y.

  • RaShard

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    Full Name: Ryan RaShard KnightNick Name: RaShardInstrumentation: Singer/Songwriter

    Artist Bio

    On October 10th in the city of Texarkana, Tx Eva and Rev. Howard Knight, Jr were blessed with a baby boy named Ryan RaShard Knight. Needless to say church was not an option and here would be where he first developed his love for music. His grandfather the late Kasey Hill was once quite the entertainer and founder of the family based gospel group “The Southern Bells of Harmony” that sang all throughout the southern region. This could be the seed for RaShard’s dream of being an entertainer and what led him to began singing in church at the age of 4. His raspy, soulful southern sound is a direct result of his small southern church roots. Always having an imagination later in middle school he developed a passion for writing and thus the idea of being a singer/songwriter was introduced. He wrote and sang original songs in various R&B groups throughout grade school but it was not until he attended Prairie View A&M University the vision of being a part of an actual self-contained band was realized. Here his love for music even drove him to become a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Musical Fraternity (Omicron Zeta chapter). Influenced by artists such as Frankie Beverly, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Glen Goins, R. Kelly, Raphael Saadiq and John Mayer just to name a few RaShard now strives to be the total entertainer ranging from singer/songwriter/performer. Whether he’s rocking the stage, writing a song for other artists or lending his unique tone of voice to a track RaShard has and forever will be in love with music.

    QuickSticks

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    Full Name: D'Andre GoseyNick Name: QuickSticksInstrumentation: Auxiliary Keys / Drummer/ Musical Director

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    Born December 18th in Houston, TX D ‘Andre "Quicksticks" Gosey has left audiences all over the world in awe with his lightning fast stick work and his infectious grooves. He is equally at home playing straight ahead jazz or laying down a heavy Hip Hop beat. He is a 2014 Guitar Center Drum-off Finalist. Out of 5000 that began the competition D ‘Andre performed as one of the top 5 drummers in the nation. D ‘Andre has shared the stage with Jazz Greats such as Joe Sample and Horace Alexander Young among others. He completed a Bachelor of Music Degree from Texas Southern University and currently is a music Educator in the Houston Area. In addition to drums D ‘Andre is proficient on Electric Bass, Keyboard, and Organ.

    Dero

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    Full Name: Deric AndersonNick Name: DeroInstrumentation: Lead Guitar

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    Born September 5th in Houston, TX Deric Anderson didn’t always have dreams of being a guitar hero. His interest in guitar started when he was in the 8th grade. It was sparked by (3) videos that were in regular rotation on MTV at the time: Limp Bizkit – Nookie, Korn- Freak on a Leash, and Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away. Wes Borland (of Limp Bizkit) , Lenny Kravitz, and Korns guitar players ( Brian Schaffer and Munk looked like they were hype and feeling the music which quite naturally made him as the listener want to do the same. It went from watching them, to wanting to play like them, which eventually led to “Mom I want to play guitar, could you get me one”. The rest is history. Major guitar influences: Wes Borland, Steve Vai, Buddy Guy, Kirk Hammet, James Hetfield, Carlos Santana, Mike Einziger, BB King, Brian “Head” Welch, James “Munky” Shaffer, Johnny Guitar Watson, Bootsy Collins (Bass) and Jimi Hendrix.

  • CNote

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    Full Name: Charles ThomasNick Name: CNoteInstrumentation: Saxophone

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    Charles Thomas born August 10th in Houston TX. Musical journey on saxophone began at age 12 in Thomas middle school beginner band, under the direction of Yvette Scott. Continued onto Ross Shaw Sterling high school and performed in the Raider marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, and saxophone quartet while under the instruction of Joseph Woodson. After graduating high school served 4 years in the U.S. Navy and attended Texas Southern University. While there performed in the Ocean of Soul marching and symphonic bands as well as the Texas Southern Jazz Band under the directions of Prof. Richard Lee and Prof. Horace Alexander Young.

    BIG KEYZ

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    Full Name: Jerell RobinsonNick Name: BIG KEYZInstrumentation: Keyboard/Piano

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    Born in Galveston, TX, on April 17th JazzMond Robinson's childhood dream was not to be a jazz pianist. He began playing trombone in elementary and continued throughout high school. By the time he was 12, he was learning piano from his grandfather the late Charles Johnson. He learned gospel in the beginning but soon found an interest in jazz. He started listening to jazz pianist such as Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Hank Jones, Fats Waller and many more. It wasn't until his senior year of high school that he decided he wanted to become a jazz pianist. While attending Texas Southern University Robinson formed his jazz trio known as Distinguished Gentlemen. Robinson has performed with many artist such as Latonya Earl, Shawn McLemore, Disney's Regina Belle and many more. He had the honor of performing for Governor Rick Perry and 30,000 spectators during The National Day of Prayer in 2011 at the Reliant Stadium. He has opened for many musicians such as Spyro Gyra & Lee Ritenour and was the pianist for jazz pianist the Late Joe Sample and The Krusaders 2.0. He has composed a numerous of pieces from "100 degrees in the Snow" to "Creeping" all which have a high complex of style and rhythm. He is known for his big chords and fast fingers.

    AG

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    Full Name: Allen GuilloryNick Name: AGInstrumentation: Drummer

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    Allen T. Guillory, Jr. was born October 28th In Houston, TX he attended Texas Southern University for 2yrs. where he played football. Being a musician has always been his passion, and he prides himself in making beats and being a great artist. He’s played for many churches in Houston but Starlight MBC is where his talent was discovered under the great Pastor Allen T. Guillory Sr. He went on to play with gospel artist Shawn McLemore, George Scott & Pure Worship as well as Miracle Land. He continued his journey to play for New Frontier Church with an awesome Pastor William Deleon, and he now has the privilege to play for New Covenant Fellowship Church with some awesome musicians. Music and family are his life, he loves and enjoys every moment.

  • G Williams

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    Full Name: Givanta WilliamsNick Name: G WilliamsInstrumentation: Bass Guitar

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    G. Williams is a a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and bassist. Born June 8th in Dallas, TX, Williams was a byproduct of a very musical family. He began his musical career by singing and performing at the age of 6. With his father being a gospel recording artist and his mother singing in choirs, Williams was no stranger to the stage. Singing at school events, Williams was eventually awarded a full music scholarship to Texas A&M University-Commerce where he studied vocal performance and really honed in and perfected his producing and arranging skills. Though Williams had his sights set on being a singer, he began playing the bass guitar his junior year in college after his crush suggested he try it out. Falling in love with the bass guitar, Williams has been granted the opportunity to share the stage with many accomplished musicians and artist such as Kevin Williams, Dottie Peoples, Kierra “KiKi” Sheard, Shawn MacLemore, Tishany, Genesis Blu, The Harlem Gospel Group, and many others. Williams accredits his faith in GOD to be his motivation.

    The C.I.T.Y.

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    Full Name: Completely In Tune w/ YourselfNick Name: THE C.I.T.Y.Place Of Birth: Houston, TX

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    When you say Funk, Soul, Rhythm and Blues you must be talking about The C.I.T.Y. This vibrant and boldly fresh conglomerate of artistically talented young men brings hard work and a downright gift to take over a stage. They have an appeal backed with personal works of music that define the band and their artistic direction. This group is high energy to the third power and have worked their musical magic together for the last nine years. While doing so, they have aptly displayed their brand as visionary songwriters, composers, entertainers and skilled musicians.

    This Houston based group has performed locally at venues such as, Indigo Midtown, The House of Blues, Warehouse Live, Last Concert Café and Alley Kat Bar and Lounge as well as gracing stages in Dallas, Austin (SXSW), New Orleans, Atlanta, and LA. Like George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Mint Condition and Frankie Beverly & Maze all rolled up in one, they will make you beg for an encore each and every show, validating their coined slogan, "THE C.I.T.Y., We Party". They are a breath of fresh air for live music, delivering funk in increasing levels.

    They will take you on a musical voyage of Funk, Hip Hop, Soul, R&B and more. They are what the future holds for live music lovers as well as those that walk their own path "unapologetically". It says it in the name, Completely In Tune w/ Yourself.

    Welcome to THE C.I.T.Y.