ABOUT KIM WATERS
Saxophonist Kim Waters has made a career of writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. This formula has catapulted him to the top of the charts time and time again and prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare, “Waters is simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists.” Instantly recognizable for his keen melodic sensibilities and soulful approach to his saxophone, The Washington Post has likened Waters to “A romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll.” The prolific saxophonist, composer and producer has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare. Waters’ Zen-like approach to his life and artistry is simple. “My motto is to try and live in a way where I am not stressing about anything. What’s going to be is going to be. I strive to be happy because life is short.” It is with this pointed and in the moment approach that Waters’ delivers his most enjoyable solo effort yet, Rhythm and Romance. The album is dedicated to his inspirations – Kayla and Kimberly. “My daughters are my everything,” beams Waters. “They are smart, talented and focused. I am proud that they see me as a role model.” Rhythm and Romance showcases Waters’ compositional prowess and features seven dynamic originals and three re-workings of hits by Janet Jackson, Sam Smith and DeBarge.
A Harford County, Maryland native from a musical family, Kim’s primary influences are jazz icons Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Paul Desmond, and Cannonball Adderley. His first instrument – at age 8 – was the violin (“That didn’t go over well with the fellas” says Waters) and within five years he found his true calling on the alto and soprano saxophones. Subsequently, KIM WATERS shared stages with many of the best including Ray Charles, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman and Grover Washington, Jr., to name a very few.
About CARRONNE JONES
An award winning National Recording artist. CARRONNE JONES−Recording Artist and DMV Christian Music Award Winner truly believes in “Singing for the Soul.” Like many other artists, her musical career started as a child singing in her church’s choir. Coming from a musical family allowed her to learn from and be exposed to some of the best musicians, producers, and National Gospel Recording artists. It can truly be said that the musical expressiveness and creativity around Carronne ignited a fire in her that exist to this day.
A graduate from Morgan State University (Baltimore, Md.), Carronne has been gracing venues with her Soulful sound, leaving her audiences inspired and uplifted. Carronne is committed to sharing the good news locally and abroad. Her musical influences are defined in her vocals, lyrics, and tracks.
She is currently promoting her new album, “The Best in Me”, which have been making rave reviews locally and abroad.
About THE WOMEN’S CHALLENGE, iNC. (“TWC”)
Since 2009 TWC has made a concerted effort to support women. With this goal close to our hearts, we are acutely aware that they may need more than moral support and a listening ear. With each fundraiser, we endeavor to earmark funds to support, encourage and uplift women in our community.
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