What instruments can he play: Devon plays the piano, guitar, bass, drums, brass and percussion, let us just say all of them! He even cuts it up on the turntables! Devon sings like a bird and is even a serious rapper.
What styles does he play: Devon plays a wide range of genres such as R & B, Pop, HipHop, Jazz, Rock, Reggae, and Gospel and believe it or not, even Country! He writes for himself and other artists as well. He has written songs for the likes of Mario, Raz-B, Brandy and the G-Unit.
Influences: Prince, Usher, Joe, Donnell Jones, R-Kelly, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and P-Diddy.
Where has he Performed: Devon performed on B.E.T. “The Way We Do it “with Ricky Smiley. He performed at the Urban Summit Music Conference in Palm Springs, CA in 2006.He performed on the Moore Entertainment Tour in Cancun, Mexico with legends Naughty by Nature, Silk and Luke.
Devon ‘s Future Plans: To exceed to a level of greatness in the music industry and become a well-established artist and producer. To later help establish future talent and develop them for the Strawesome Record label. Devon also aspires to show the world the acting skills he possesses.
Television Appearances: “The Way We Do It” “Rhythms” “Star Trek Voyager” Co-Star at BET , Co -Host at KPBS, Kingston Warrior , Budweiser, ABC, McDonalds , and The “Theatrical show Live Fast Die Young “, “The Last Drop” , “Vincent the Player “ and “Jack Diamond”.
Special Skills: Singing, Dancing, Modeling, Impersonations, Dialectician, Comedy, Tae kwon do, All Sports, Fast Car Driving, Swimming, Street bike Riding, Get Ready for Devon Stallion!!!!
The group was featured on American Bandstand, Soul Train and television shows hosted by Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, and Mike Douglas. Billed as the next-generation Supremes, they worked with noted artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson.
Vernessa’s solo debut album, “Higher Ground”, was released in 1985and quickly established her as a singer’s singer. The title cut on the project garnered Grammy and Dove Award nominations. The 1987 follow-up album, “On A Mission”, which included the hits “Stand Up and Be Counted” and “Someone Loves You” was much anticipated and built upon the success of “Higher Ground” and her critically acclaimed live performances that included Presidential Inaugurations and Salvation Army youth crusaders. However, it was her 1992 release, “Destiny”, which won the hearts of urban audiences throughout America and gained the attention of Dick Clark Productions and The Christian Athletic Association. “Destiny” acquired crossover success as its driving urban tone aggressively crossed religious barriers. Hits such as “Reap” and “You Took My Life” caught the ear of renowned DJ, Junior Vasquez; and were remixed–becoming anthems within major urban clubs throughout the United States, Europe and South America.
Vernessa’s voice became a soaring instrument of hope and joy as her music climbed the Billboard charts. Singles such as “Took My Life” which peaked at number one on the Dance Music/Club Play charts and “Love Will Find A Way” peaking at number five, were followed by more than a dozen singles that dominated the dance charts from 1999 to 2010. Her single, “This Joy,” went triple platinum and was declared to be the most influential dance song of 1999.Artist...vocalist...minister, and friend...each describe what audiences around the world have felt about Vernessa, but there is so much more. Those who have been touched by her life and music will attest to such. Many are gifted, but few are a gift freely presented to the world.
Kwanu Umanu also brings a message of love for oneself and others. His current project echo’s the words of Christ, to work, while a driving tune entitled Repatriate, a call for the children to return to Africa.
Some of his highlights in music were a Northeastern tour with Mikal Rose from Black Uhuru, with the Band One Drop, he was also a part of the backing band for A.J. Brown in Las Vegas and on tour with Beverly Vaughn in Holland representing America in the Gospel Concert.
Kwanu Umanu will bring a rich and new sound to Reggae music with an inspirational twist. His sound is smooth, and he is amazing on bass guitar. His tunes will inspire the world.