Alumni NEXT Artist

At NEXT...we showcase four amazing artists every season...artists on the brink of stardom

 

Artist: Daysahead, musicians

Bio: Formed in 2003, by guitarist/producer/songwriter Steve Wright and vocalist/lyricist/songwriter Kim Leachman, Atlanta-based Daysahead continues to chart an innovative musical course that weaves jazz, rock, and soul into a unique, melodic and at times hard-driving sound coined as “Jazz-n-Roll.”The band was nominated Best Duo/Group of the year by SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards, and Best Band & Best Album of the year by RockWired Awards and was featured on BET J “Soul Sessions”and TBS “STORYLine Soundstage” series.

To learn more: www.daysaheadmusic.com 

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Artist: M. Ayodele Heath, spoken word artist

Bio: This native Atlantan wordsmith has been sharing his word music in Atlanta and beyond for over a decade. Ayodele has been a featured performer at the National Black Arts Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, TurnerSouth's My South Speaks television campaign and festivals and educational institutions up and down the East Coast. His awards include. His awards include: Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta Best Spoken Word Artist and Caversham Fellow for Writers & Artists in South Africa. Published in dozens of anthologies and journals, he holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New England College.

To learn more: www.ayospeaks.com.

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Artist: William Jelani Cobb, Ph.D., author

Bio: William Jelani Cobb is an Associate Professor of History at Spelman College. He specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. He served as a delegate and historian for the 5th Congressional District at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. Dr. Cobb is also the author of To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic--a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays .

To learn more: www.jelanicobb.com.

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Artist: Shannon McCollum, Photographer

Bio: Considered the Gordon Parks of Hip-Hop, Shannon McCollum has photographed Dead Prez, Goodie Mob, Brian McKnight, Jermaine Dupri, P. Diddy, Wu Tang Clan, Coretta Scott King, Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Roy Jones Jr., to name a few.

To learn more: www.shannonmccollumphotos.blogspot.com

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