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Christina Bell is an actress and singer from Shreveport, Louisiana. Christina initially found success in the gospel music world as the lead singer of the group Zie'l. Christina is known for her impressive contralto range and her unique rich sound that incorporates traditional gospel, R&B and soul.
Christina Bell emerged as a solo artist in 2016 and issued a soulful, seven-song independent project called "Just Believe”. She's toured and shared stages with Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin and Kirk Franklin. In 2018, Christina released a single entitled "Going" a reminder of God's never ending mercy. The inspirational song hit top 20 on Billboard radio charts. In 2020, Bell secured her first Stellar Award nomination as a solo artist for Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year.
The powerhouse singer is also an entrepreneur which was birthed from her passion for helping others. She launched VocalBells, a venture where she serves as a vocal coach focusing on vocal performance, care, and artistry.
From the stage to television, Christina was tapped to star as the legendary gospel singer/songwriter Twinkie Clark in the highly anticipated biopic, "The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel". The original Lifetime movie was produced by Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah. The film marked the highest-rated original movie for Lifetime in four years. Hollywood veterans sang praises loud and proud for Christina’s acting debut. Actor and singer Jamie Foxx stated that Christina Bell’s performance in the film “moved him to tears.” The rising superstar is on the path of becoming one of the most successful and respected talents of our time.
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Jay Williamson is a singer and play writer from Shreveport, La. Jay began his musical journey singing and playing piano at the early age of 4. Jay has always played for and been faithful to his local church.
Jay started a local group “Jay Williamson and One Voice”. Though the group sang together locally, Jay took time as their leader to train their vocals properly. Today most of those singers have pursued solo careers and continue to enhance their vocal ability through Jay and his endeavors as a vocal coach.
Jay Williamson received national success from the BET stage as a top 10 finalist on BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 7. Jay’s audition, which was said to be “one of the best auditions in Memphis, Tennessee”, landed him a spot on the top rated national TV show.
Since the airing of the show, many doors of great opportunity have been opened for him. His new single is set for release for late Fall of 2020 and his new album set for release of 2021.
He has shared the stage with some of gospels greatest national recording artists such as Kim Burrell, Donnie McClurkin, Leandria Johnson, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Kirk Franklin just to name a few. While focusing on his career in music, Jay also continues to successfully train vocalists and pianists and also focus on his company JMACS Enterprises where he is the Founder, CEO and writer of all stage plays. One of Jays favorite quotes is by Billie Holiday quoting “If I’m going to sing like someone else then I don’t need to sing at all.” “Because having your own sound helps you stand out and shows your creativity,” says Jay.
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Jasmine Arielle Barnes is a Baltimore Native, Dallas Resident, composer/vocalist/instrumentalist who has performed and has had her music performed all over the world. She is a multifaceted composer who embraces any writing style of music using a variety of instrumentation and specializes in writing for the voice. She proved her musical prowess in her debut composition concert entitled "Reality Race and Religion" that took place on May 9th, 2018 in the Gilliam Concert Hall of the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center. She was the very first composition major of Morgan State University, thus hosting the first composition recital, setting the bar high for those to follow. As a student in the Morgan State University Choir, she was privy to showcasing her work through the choir, who has performed her music in three of the seven continents and all over the United States. She has held the privilege of being commissioned by numerous organizations such as The Washington National Opera, Bare Opera, Resonance Ensemble, City Works Cleveland, LyricFest Philadelphia, Baltimore Choral Arts, Burleigh Music Festival, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Symphony Number One, Baltimore Musicals, The Voic(ed) Project , amongst others. Jasmine is beginning to be noticed for her work. Her 10 minute opera entitled "The Late Walk" commissioned by Bare Opera as a part of the Decameron Opera Coalition has been archived in the Library of Congress. She was named a winner of the Black Brilliance award by The Pleiades Project. Outside of commissions, her work has been performed by numerous High Performing Artists and Organizations such as Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, Karen Slack, Leah Hawkins, Marquita Lister, Gabrielle Gilliam,Tennessee State University Meistersingers, University of North Iowa, University of Memphis, Indiana University (graduate song literature class), Alexandria Crichlow, Christian Simmons, among other emerging and established artists and organizations.
Jasmine is not only a composer/vocalist/instrumentalist, but an educator. She is the Head of Compositional Studies and Jazz Voice Studies at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. She holds her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. Her Master of Arts in Music was earned as a Composition student studying under Dr.James Lee III. She held the esteemed pleasure of being a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching Music Theory and Aural Skills to students of Morgan State University which prepared her well for teaching various levels of Music Theory including AP Music Theory in her current position. Her professional career in teaching has lead her to educator honors such as National Young Arts Foundation Educator (5x recipient), Teacher Recognition award recipient from American Composer's Forum; NextNotes High School Music Creator Competition, as well as partnering with AT&T Performing Arts Center in creating a composition competition for her students to compose an original piece for the acclaimed chandelier in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX, home of the Dallas Opera.. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated as well as Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Inc. One motto of Sigma Alpha Iota that Jasmine holds true to her life as an artist is "Vita Brevis, Ars Longa" which translates from Latin to English as "Life is Short, Art is Long". She believes that giving your all to music, contributing to the art, and teaching what you've learned is truly upholding Art and being a true musician.
Jasmine Barnes, Composer
Music Theory , Aural Skills, And Vocal Instructor
Morgan State University MA in Music 18
Morgan State University BA in Music 15