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I Love Music, Any Kind of Music!

I am a music lover! R&B, jazz, gospel, the blues, country, pop and sometimes even a little rock and hip-hop, I like them all. I grew up strumming my acoustic guitar and singing Carole King, Al Green and Roberta Flack songs. But I’ve “cut a rug” on the dance floor to Earth, Wind and Fire, The Ojays, The Spinners, The Commodores and LTD. I guess you can say my taste in music is a bit eclectic, but if you think about it, most of us enjoy a variety of music genres, depending on the mood we’re in.

In this edition of IMARA Woman Magazine, we’re profiling several South Carolina musical talents who are taking their music to new heights here and abroad. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing each of them perform and they are awesome! Their talent and love for their craft are evident in every note. If you enjoy R&B old school, then the Retro Players band is a blast from the past that’s making old school cool again to a whole new generation. (page 14)

Cheri Maree is a songstress with a sound that is truly unique. She sings it all and does it oh so well. My husband and I caught her performance at the kick off of her “Enchanted Love Tour” and she was fabulous! (page 18)

The first time I heard Kaize Adams sing, it was in a small church not far from where I live in Hopkins, SC. He stepped up confidently to the microphone and belted out an old gospel song that he said was one of his grandmother’s favorites. He set that church on fiyah! Now he’s singing gospel in concert for audiences in London. (page 21)

And then there’s violinist Daniel D. who knows how to rock a room with his upbeat renditions of everything from classical music and contemporary gospel to R&B and hip hop. To be honest with you, I’ve never heard anyone play the violin the way he does. If you haven’t heard in him concert, you’re missing a treat. (page 25)

No matter what part of the world you find yourself, music is a universal language. It has the power to heal, soothe, inspire and empower. So kick back to your favorite tunes and let the music move you! We hope you enjoy this edition as much as we enjoyed bringing it you.

Be blessed!

Wendy C. Brawley