Artist Profiles

Nate Mitchell

"A Soulful Jazz, Funk, R&B, Contemporary, Neo-Soul, Christian/ Gospel Jazz Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist..." Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, and Singer Nathan Mitchell aka “Nate” is becoming one of the most sought after talents on the National Smooth Jazz Market. Since his 2011 entrance in the smooth jazz industry as a premier keyboardist, organist, and vocalist, he has performed with a widely diverse list of some of the biggest artist(s) in the music industry, including grammy nominees/winners and billboard chart toppers such as: Jessy J, Paul Brown, Gerald Veasley, Mindi Abair, Marcus Anderson, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Shaun LaBelle, Jaquiem Joyner, Nick Colionne, Will Donato, Nate Najar, and Jonathan Fritzen; as well as stars from many other genres like Chico DeBarge, Chris Tucker (Comedian), Thomas McClary (The Commodores), as well as, many other acclaimed artist(s). After experiencing the tragic lost of his wife in 2010 from a 5-year battle of Cancer, Nate has been actively driven to make every dream a reality for the betterment of his 3 children, legacy of his wife, and personal well-being. Through his musical gifts he has seen restoration and healing come into his life and has encouraged many, through his music, to live there lives based on there God given passions. Currently, Nate is working with guitarist Nick Colionne, along with the national talent roster of Mighty Music Group (a New York based booking and management company). Recently, he signed a recording deal with Woodward Avenue Records and will be releasing his debut single, “For All Eternity” in 2013 featuring national acclaimed (saxophonist) Marcus Anderson and (guitarist) Nate Najar. This single has already taking the jazz industry by storm and has been recognized by the grammy award winning producer and artist; Paul Brown, whom has taken the task of mixing and mastering this passionate and soulful dedication song. The passion of Nathan Mitchell’s music is soul stirring and powerful. Once you have experienced the pureness and passions of his musical sounds, your life is guaranteed to be changed forever. Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare for live, love, and passion as you watch and listen to the heartbeat and inspiring sounds of Nathan Mitchell.

Marcus Anderson

One of the premiere saxophonists in the world, Marcus Anderson is not only a sought after solo artist, with eight albums to date, who performs to audiences all over the world, and who accompanies other great artists such as CeeLo Green and Judith Hill, but he is also known as being a featured saxophonist with the late Prince's New Power Generation. In addition to being a sax maestro, Marcus plays the flute, sings, writes, dances, produces and arranges music; his talent is undeniable to most audiences and to his peers. As if that wasn't enough, his recent accomplishments include ranking #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and SirusXM Radio Watercolors. Marcus recently became a key contributor to CeeLo Green's tour band, traveling internationally with the Love Train Tour. Marcus is no stranger to notoriety touring often with his own band both as a recording artist and performer. Marcus' eight albums to date include his three produced in the past two years. The "Marcus Anderson Xperience... M.A.X. Live in Concert" is a limited edition CD celebrating Marcus's tenth anniversary performing and recording as a solo act. The CD, AND Coffee, is an ode to and for coffee lovers, celebrating the launch of Marcus's recent coffee brand of the same name The single, "A Cup of Joe," received the highest honors as #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and #1 on SirusXM Radio Watercolors. Recently, Marcus released, My Inspiration, his first solo inspirational CD. Marcus has played with several headliners during guest appearances on well-noted shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Arsenio Hall Show, Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. He is a veteran and audience favorite at such notable festivals as the Essence Music Festival, Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, and more. Marcus has a strong international presence and his 2015 MAX Tour - London performances were received to rave reviews. The package Marcus brings on stage, with his showmanship and sheer jubilance, electrifies audiences everywhere. In a note, Marcus has taken his traditional smooth jazz roots and infused his music with R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin and funky grooves. Marcus studied with Branford Marsalis, Dr. Ira Wiggins and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years. He achieved many accolades along the way, including a North Carolina Gospel Announcers' Prestige Award for Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year, thus displaying his musical diversity. He has performed for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson, amongst other dignitaries. He has also toured with Judith Hill, Sheila E, Liv Warfield and Anthony Hamilton. As a solo artist, Marcus has been honored to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Esperanza Spaulding, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin, Jennifer Holiday and The Sax Pack.

Isaac Byrd Jr.

Taking what he calls an unorthodox approach to the trumpet, Isaac Byrd Jr. plays changes in a unique way and uses his instrument to paint a picture and tell a story. Playing what he has branded as “the sultry trumpet like no other”, the versatile, multi-talented Jacksonville, FL based artist finds a compelling, groove centered and ultra melodic way to chronicle and celebrate Life on his new CD. Byrd has a wide spectrum of emotions to share, including the joy he’s feeling as a newlywed. He was married in December 2013 to Shmeka, whose nickname is “Meek” – which is also the title of one of the album’s infectious focal tracks. The soulful and romantic, easy shuffling tune was played at their wedding as “Meek” walked down the aisle. Explaining of the inspiration behind the writing and recording of the twelve tracks of Life, Byrd says, “It’s basically about the changes that go on in life, written from a personal perspective of what I see in the world today, as well as my own personal experiences as I have made transitions through relationships and breakups, and then started over again and at last found fulfillment. It’s about the wild ups and downs, emotionally, economically and in many other ways. While I like the songs on my first album, I had a tendency before to be a little more of a perfectionist and now am more comfortable drawing from my emotions. As people have become more encouraging over the years, I feel I am more comfortable now sharing my gift, and my musical heart and soul with people.” Byrd brings a rich and dynamic history as a jazz performer to his emergence in the contemporary urban jazz world. While he was influenced by trumpet greats like Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard, he draws his rhythmic flair from the pianists and saxophonists he grew up admiring, from John Coltrane and Charlie Parker to Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. While attending Florida State College at Jacksonville, he started a band called Project Funk, for which he was the drummer. The group, which toured regionally, had a unique funk-fusion spin on jazz standards. When this ensemble evolved into the more crowd pleasing, pop/R&B oriented Tribe Judah, Byrd chose his other instrument, the trumpet, as his lead voice. Tribe Judah made a regional name for itself playing live with Keni Myles, PJ Morton and Laura Izibor, and Byrd – who was part of the IAJE All-Star Big Band during college - played on recordings by Lisa McClendon, Leon Timbo and Merlon Devine. He later performed with Bobby Shew, Joe Lovano, Chase Sanborn, Chris Vidale, Jaguar Wright and others. Another highlight was sharing the stage with his trumpet mentor, Teddy Washington. While the trumpet is his voice as an artist, Byrd, a member of the Jacksonville Jazz Society, still plays drums in the worship band at Builders of the Faith Christian Center, a non-denominational church in Jacksonville.

Fred Johnson

Fred Johnson has spent the past 25 years presenting international seminars on the power of creative expression as a tool for personal wellbeing and healing. He is an accomplished vocalist and percussionist and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s greatest vocal jazz improvisers. He has performed on stage with or as the opening act for such musical greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderly, Joe Zawinul, David Sanborn, Richard Elliot, Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle, Patti Austin, George Benson, BB King and many others. As a student for 9 years of a master teacher from the West African natural healing indigenous music traditions, he brings to the contemporary world a fusion of ancient sound traditions coupled with 21st century science on the power of the vibration universe. Johnson has been involved in the development of global programs in America, Europe and the Middle East, bringing people together from diversified spiritual and cultural backgrounds to create artistic forums for learning, sharing, reconciliation, vision and hope. A highly regarded artist, visionary and spiritual teacher, Johnson inspires people to be conduits of justice, joy, truth and creative potential. His years of experience as a spiritual counselor and personal relationship mediator, provides a foundation of understanding that enhances his ability to serve both the family and the global business community. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of The National Academy for the Performing Arts, The School of The National Mime Theatre, The Mediation Institute of The University of South Florida and The American Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. He resides in St. Petersburg Florida and shares his unique “Spirit Experience” with the world. He is the host of “Spirit Nation” on Rhino on Air Radio, which airs 12:00 pm Eastern time on Tuesdays.

Chris Godber

Chris Godber (God - brrr) isn’t just another sax player. When Godber performs his goal is not just to entertain, but to inspire. Despite being told by doctors he wouldn’t be able to play the saxophone due to of the severity of his asthma, Chris Godber took to it anyway. Picking up the sax in middle school band at age 12, Godber has been leaving others breathless ever since. He was first drawn to the sound of the saxophone while living in Germany. His family was military and while being stationed overseas the majority of their entertainment came from music as they only received one channel on their television. As Chris recalls, “I was a product of the 80’s and Kenny G was getting pretty popular around that time. My parents were Big Kenny G fans!” No doubt it had some influence; however, Godber definitely has a sound all his own with a bit of the R&B / Gospel vibe showing through. "Bringing a refreshing sound with a distinctive gospel/R&B twist to the genre, Godber is a master at weaving addictive melodies on soprano and tenor with funky, driving grooves” –Jonathan Widran / Godber’s latest album, STARTING OVER has taken the airwaves by storm. The first two singles, "Rain" and "Chill" landed him on the Top 50 charts of Rain hit #6 on Groove Jazz Music Charts; both can be heard on SIRIUS XM's Watercolors where they receive steady airplay. His performance is invigorating and inspiring. As Chris put it, “God blessed my playing and gave me the ability to play even with my asthma, so all Glory goes to Him. I tell my story everywhere that I play because I want it to resonate with people just as much as my music. You never know who’s out there listening and who needs to hear that the message of God’s grace, hope and healing. That’s why I do what I do.” Godber takes that passion with him even off the stage where he is also a Respiratory Therapist. He’s even been known to bring his sax to work and play for the patients. Most of those patients would have no idea that their Respiratory Therapist plays National Jazz Festivals; that he's performed for the cast of Dancing with The Stars as they toured and shared the stage with artists such as Mindi Abair, Snarky Puppy, Gerald Albright, Marcus Anderson and Tower of Power. No, Chris isn’t the type to brag, he’s about as laid back as they come…until you give him a saxophone, then sit back and prepare to be blown away!

Jazmin Ghent

This buzz about saxophonist Jazmin Ghent is getting strong and stronger… The talented, rising star has catapulted from her first recording, a critically-acclaimed 3-song EP, released in early 2015, into a full album early summer recording, featuring mostly originals. Her live appearances schedule continues to grow as she tours with her own band and the popular Jazz In Pink all women ensemble! She’s also performed with Brian Simpson, Kim Scott and.Ben Tankard. Ms. Ghent has already enjoyed her first taste of airplay charting success this year with the EP single, “Boss,” which she rolled over as the title of this exciting full album debut! There’s no question as to why people are responding to Jazmin Ghent the way they are, her saxophone tone is rich and that of an old soul, while her songs are fresh and creative and her appearance is vibrant and glowing with a small yet mighty stature! With a full scholarship, Jazmin received a full scholarship offer to Berklee and Florida State University, she attended the latter at received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, then earned a Masters Degree from Tennessee State University. This extraordinarily hot, new sensation is moving so fast that her feet are barely hitting the ground!”