... a saxophonist living in San Antonio Texas, he has been performing since the 80's. His musical roots run deep, having his earliest musical experiences in Blues, R & B, Reggae, Latin, Tejano and Country bands. It's his love for music that keeps him grounded and his love for jazz that keeps him performing. Soon after academic life, he pursued many different avenues in the field of music; at times as a sideman for many local artists and other times as a studio musician.
BillyRay is one of the first call smooth jazz performers in the San Antonio area, having shared his talents on stage with notable genre stars Steve Oliver, Peter White, Adam Hawley and Will Donato. He's also performed with Roy Hargrove, Julio Iglesias, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more. With his saxophone's rich, warm, soulful tone, he has made a name for himself on the local and national music scene. In November 2017, BillyRay released his debut CD entitled "Silk", co-written and produced by guitarist Steve Oliver. The album contains the single "Heels and Pearls" which has reached the TOP 20 airplay chart on smooth jazz radio.
Special Guest Artist Althea Rene
...was born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan and began her musical journey at the tender age four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father (one of Motown's original Funk Brothers) Dezie McCullers. She has since developed her own creative style.For more than 10 years she was employed as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (Detroit, Michigan). Today, she is a full-time performing/recording artist and some regard her as a "master of her craft" and one of the world's most exciting solo improvisational flutists. In May 2013, she released her fifth project "In The Flow". Collaborating with Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening, (producer for legendary icons George Benson and Paul McCartney) she cowrote the title track. That single became her biggest hit and reached number one ranking on both the Billboard Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. Althea René made history by becoming the first flute player in the history of Billboard Chart to reach the number one spot. In April 2017, Althea René, in collaboration with award winning producer Lew Laing, delivered another solid tour de force. “Gypsy Soul” is the first single release from her powerful, scorching hot CD “UNSTOPPABLE”. Althea Rene also launched her first book in June 2018 entitled "Becoming Chocolate Barbie - a guide for professional women in the music business."
R&B Crooner Mr Houston - Kiland Lee
...is one of the most phenomenal artists of the 21st Century. This gifted and powerful author, singer, songwriter and poet of truth captures his Audience of all ages whenever he performs.
Kiland has performed and produced with such music Legends as Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Johnathon Butler and Smokey Robinson. To date he has written over 400 songs, jingles, and produced numerous projects. Early in his music carrer he was selected out of 800 national entries and presented the Sony Innovators Award for his vocal and composition skills by the Sony Corporation, since then, he has produced numerous Television, Broadcast and Theatrical productions including the “Debra Duncan” talk show for ABC Channel 13 KTRK in Houston, TX .
Kiland currently performs to SOLD OUT Venues and captures his listener with his smooth voice and passionate orchestrations. Not only is he a vocalist, pianist, guitarist, composer, producer and arranger but a father as well. He writes, arranges, and produces his own music. His talent is forthcoming and can be compared to Luther Vandross, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder. His musical influences are mainly jazz and classical. He is a self-contained Artist with a classic stage presence