Ever so often, time repeats itself by giving us a singer reminiscent of the greats before. Hailing from Manchester, Jamaica, E.D.Smooth reignites the same kind of emotion one gets while listening to Sanchez, Beres or Luciano.
Starting to sing since the age of ten, he gained recognition and popularity early on throughout school and within the community.singing on force five band and sound system like Super Soul and Ray Phonic.and At community functions. At that age his talent led people to refer to him as “Little Song Bird” and that was the humble beginning of his musical career.
As one of twelve kids growing up in Jamaica, E.D. Smooth learned early on what it truly means to work for what you want in life. While doing his chores before and after school singing became his company. He says when he sings he would feel a soothing spirit come upon him. This is the same kind of feeling you get when you listen to his music.
He takes all of his experiences growing up, as well as what he sees and feels today and expresses himself through his music. When you hear him sing you will be able to hear and feel a high level passion, pain and love brought to a nice balance which we all experience as human beings on a day to day basis. Inspired by the Almighty. his mother and two kids he finds himself thinking of them while performing which brings him lots of joy.
Currently residing in Boston, he is beginning to gain recognition throughout Boston and New York City. Opening for acts such as Junior Reid,Junior Demus,Fantan Mojah and Vybz Cartel has been giving him the notoriety he deserves. He wants people to know through his music that despite your current situations you can and will achieve your hearts true desires, no matter what it is, just never give up.
As he continues to perform, he is constantly creating new material and thinking of ways to top what he did last. Currently ,working on his new album.he looking forward to spreading his message of love, unity and the spreading of good vibes. E.D. Smooth is undoubtedly on his way to the top of the charts. Look out for him as I am sure he will warm his way into your heart
Wanna Marry You E.D.Smooth (Live)
Reverend Doctor D
“The Right Reverend, Doctor D”, Chicago blues veteran with an imposing 7-foot frame. He’s destined to become a legend, if he isn’t one already.
Ivankovich understands what it’s like to be the underdog. Achieving All-State and All-American honors as a hoops baller and shot-caller, Ivankovich was one of the most highly recruited players in the States. With over 500 scholarship offers, he decided to play for Northwestern University while working towards his BSM/MD in the prestigious Honors Program In Medical Education. Then . . . disaster. A horrific knee injury ended his dreams of playing for the NBA and the Yugoslavian Olympic team.
With newfound time on his hands, he listened to his heart and turned to music for inspiration, transitioning from classical violinist to fire-breathing blues guitarist. Within months, he was playing on-stage with some of his musical heroes. Ivankovich went right to the source of the blues on Chicago’s South Side. He jammed, performed, and recorded with Chicago legends, Eddie Taylor, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Dollar, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Dion Payton, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Including a stint as bandleader for legendary bluesman, Otis Rush.
At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Names like “Killer” Ray Allison, Jerry “Bam-Bam” Porter, Johnny B. Gayden and Roosevelt “Mad-Hatter” Purifoy. While a student at Northwestern, WNUR-FM, one of America’s premier non-commercial stations broadcasting from the University, took note. While trying to find the classroom for “Intro to Geography”, he took a wrong turn. It turned out to be all too right, bringing him to the door of the WNUR on-air studios. The music director lamented that the Blues Show needed a host or faced cancellation. Fate dropped that opportunity right in his lap.
The name, Daniel Ivankovich, didn’t have the right ring for Chicago blues, so he created the on-air personality, The Right Reverend, Doctor D. “Out Of The Blue” became the premiere Chicago blues program and was syndicated in over sixty markets. This led to on-air stints at commercial outlets WCKG-FM in Chicago and WQHT-FM in New York. He worked as producer and program developer for MJI Broadcasting in New York. He strides into hospital lobbies in a sweet black leather cowboy hat and goatee. He understands the pain his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself. Because of this, a unique ride was necessary for comfort as well as street credibility while navigating the rough & tumble streets of the ‘hood’.
Dan Ivankovich is a well-known public figure. In March 2010 he was featured on the American Spirit segment in Katie Couric’s CBS evening news in addition to numerous segments in both print and broadcast media. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, he traveled to Haiti on his own expense to treat the countless victims pulled from the rubble, taking special interest in the spinal cord injured patients he found laying in makeshift tents. Through a series of miracles and moxie, he cut through mountains of red tape and personally escorted two such patients, Bazelais Suy and Josette Delisca, back to the States for top-notch care, a feat that was covered by newscasts all over the country and will soon be documented in an international story by the Associated Press.
Several documentaries are currently in the works chronicling his life story and humanitarian missions. With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. Whether squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues, or wielding a scalpel with skill and precision, the street rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich does it all with a street-savvy hipness and honesty, integrity that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.
He’s bluesman, healer, shaman & philosopher, and, as Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich’s blues alter ego, The Right Reverend, Doctor D, “one of the craziest %$#@! I’ve ever met. He ain’t from this planet.”
Laurie Miller is a recording artist, bass player, singer/ song writer, piano player, composer and music teacher
* A percentage of all music sales will go to NCADV – Helping Women who have been abused by domestic violence – http://www.ncadv.org/
Laurie’s original bands -
Missing Children, and Laurie Miller band-
Played – The Rock Candy, Off Ramp, The Central. Played music festivals including Rainbow Valley, etc. Music videos were played on Rock Hard TV, and Fox 13 weather.
Missing Children’s CD -’Wants & Needs’ was nominated as best Funk album.
Laurie Miller band played – The Knitting Factory in LA
Played University of Santa Barbara – ‘Take Back the Night’ festival University of Santa Barbara- musicians backing me – Joel Taylor (Alan Holdsworth drummer) Paul Pesco – guitar ( J. Lo musical director, Hall & Oates, Wayne Brady), Sal Marquez –trumpet (Buddy Rich, Frank Zappa, Jay Leno)
Played Power Box Festival (Vixen, Iron Maidens, Laurie Miller band)
Has played with: Cool Papa (wrote songs for John Lee Hooker), Larry James (Johnny Otis guitar), Mark McGee (Greg Alman’s guitar player), Ricardo Scales, Narada Michael Walden, Brian Young (Fountains of Wayne), Buddy Miles, Eddie Degenaro, Alameda All stars (Brad Gillis – Night Ranger, Ozzy ), Randy Hansen, Scott Rosburg (Striker), Rick Spano, Brian & Kevin Wood ( played bass on -Malfunkshun soundtrack), Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains), Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf), Mike Braun (drummer Hall & Oates), Joe Vitale (Alabama)
Laurie also has 5 CD released, and has licensed music for commercial use.
Tours – Played bass for the Jimi Hendrix family foundation Electric Guitar Competition – 1999 – BB Kings – Memphis, TN, etc.
‘I Like You’ & ‘Crawling’ – Billboard songwriting Honorable Mention
‘Have a Nice Day’ – Song of the Year Finalist and honorable mention
‘Just a Frog’ – Song of the Year – Honorable Mention –
‘Boring’ – Unisong – Honorable Mention, and
Song of the Year- Honorable Mention
‘Loser Magnet’ – Song of the Year – Honorable Mention
‘You Really Chose’ – included on several compilation CDs promoting prevention of domestic violence
Played NAMM showcases
THE TIME BOMB
CHECK OUT MY NEWEST SONG KISS ASS MAN!!!
I am the Time bomb! My real name is Louie D, I’m about to explode with a bunch of new origionals and music videos!
I write songs,I direct videos, and I’m a little crazy, but I have alot of fun!
Psycho woman is about some experiences I have had in the past! Crash of thunder is about a dream! A Hole is about a guy that kept coming around even though he wasn’t wanted! I have alot of new songs coming, you will hear them SOON!
Check out my videos below!
The Time Bomb!!!