SOULFUL ONES

Artist Highlights

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KENNEDY THOMPSON

BGVS/PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Kennedy Rayy is a dynamic up and coming performer and recording artist in Chicago and it’s surrounding areas. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Musical Theatre Performance; Kennedy Rayy shows versatility in multiple genres ranging from R&B to Rock & Roll and is well equipped for anything the industry has to throw at him.

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MARIO BOSCA

MUSIC DIRECTOR/BASS PLAYER

Mario Bosca serves as Musical Director and bassist of Tyriq and The Soulful Ones and is an electric and contrabassist, producer, sound designer and audio engineer based in Chicago. Having performed with artists including Kenny Barron, Anat Cohen, Jonathan McReynolds, Isaiah Sharkey, Louis Hayes, Susana Santos-Silva, CaroMia, and Hasan Abdur-Razzaq he is a versatile bassist comfortable in any style across the genre spectrum. When not with The Soulful Ones, Mario works with artists in the role of record producer, is scoring and mixing a film, and releases solo music and multimedia works under the name @okay_mario.

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AMBER DENAE

BGVS/MARKETING ASSISTANT

Amber Denae is an energetic songwriter, creative, vocalist, rapper and arranger from the west side of Chicago. Known for her soprano range and expressive whistle tones, she has performed at various mediums such as millennium park , WGN news, and Inspiration 1390. She is also a part time assistant and caregiver  and just graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in music. She enjoys collaborating with other artists, whether that’s blending as a background vocalist or working as an extra on a video shoot. Her audience is captivated by her openness and the connection she has with the message in the music. Her live performances are centered around gliding through all stages of her current life.

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SHANNAN NICOLE

BGVS/BRANDING ASSISTANT

Shannan Nicole is a digital marketer and singer/songwriter based in Chicago, IL. She is currently a Digital Marketing Associate at a world-renowned opera house. In her free time, Shannan likes to read, write and record music, and binge-watch a good Netflix show. She’s currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Critical Ethnic Studies at Depaul University. Shannan plans to leave the world better than how she came.

 
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BREONTE BROOKINS

DRUMMER

Bre’onte Brookins is a drummer that has been passionate about the drums since the age of one. He Started off playing for his family church and in high school then in college at SouthEastern University in Florida where he studied music business. He plays a variety of genres such as; Gospel, Contemporary gospel, R&B, and Pop. He now plays for many churches and artists around the Chicagoland area and is continuing to grow and achieve more as a musician.

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TAMAR MITCHELL

KEYBOARD PLAYER

My name is Tamar Mitchell, I am a highly motivated musician with a comprehensive background in performance, music composition, and arrangement. I have experience as a soloist, for over a year, in a variety of churches and events. I’m striving to better myself, not only as a musician but as a person who is very eager to experience and learn throughout life. I plan to mold hearts and minds to see brighter sides of things, withstanding any situation that could arise in a person's life. Through my music, I will express lively things that many people can relate to.

 
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MAURANDA OWENS

BGVS

MO is a singer songwriter from the south suburbs of Chicago. She got her start singing in church with her sisters as a young child, and singing for friends and family. As she got older she began singing in her school choir where she met her mentor Dorothy Canidy who began to nurture her talent for singing, and train her voice. That traning led her to Lawrence University where she went on to study English along with jazz vocal performance. While in school she spent time stidying and making time for  performing with friends at various on and off campus events. Today, she resides in west town Chicago and continues to sing and write in hopes of sharing her voice and one of her greatest joys with the world.

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ALINA MARKINA

FILM PHOTOGRAPHER/EDITER

Originally from Far East Russia, Alina Markina is a photographer influenced by film photography of the late 70s. Her previous projects range from experimental videography to audio-video installations.