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TAPPESTRY

Country | Disco | Funk | Instrumental | Jazz | R&B | Soul | Swing | Vocal

   

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TAPPESTRY is more than the sum of its parts. It is a collage of talent dedicated to the art of entertainment. They perform an eclectic mix of covers, artist tribute segments, contemporary top 40, R&B, original compositions, and standards from the 50’s up to today. Slick vocal arrangements and well-crafted musicianship leave the listener wanting more. Tappestry is the backing band for The Hues Corporation. When it’s all said and done you will know that Tappestry did “Put some sauce on it.”

Live Music and Entertainment is our Aim. We Are Now!

Tappestry members are Wendell Anderson, Sr., Jinnerva Shelery, Carrie Taylor and CJ Thompson out front, musicians Gideon “Guitar” Watson on lead guitar, Michael Davis on drums and guest musicians on keyboard and bass guitar creating a sound of their own.

Wendell E. Anderson, Sr. – At the age of five, Wendell and his family sat around a small black and white TV. The family would watch Uncle Melvin, the first African American to perform on ‘The Ted Mack Amateur Hour.’ After watching Uncle Melvin, Wendell said, “I don’t know how he got in that box but that’s what I want to do-sing.” Wendell’s early years were spent singing in his church choir and neighborhood singing groups. He became a pro at starting singing groups. Wendell experienced his first recording opportunity singing with The Bells of Liberty, his church choir as they recorded an album. Wendell, his brother, Sonny, friends, Kevin McDowell, and Kenny Goodgames regularly sang at Hughes High School’s talent show, The Merry Go Round. At the age of 16, the singing group would soon have a life-altering event. The singing group along with their parents would await a meeting with their agent, to sign a recording contract with RCA. The agent, who had received advancement for the deal never showed up. Devastated but not deterred, Wendell continued to pursue his dream of performing.

Wendell served in the U.S. Air Force, from 1977 – 1985. In 1979 he competed at the Base level competition for Tops In Blue. He would compete at three more levels winning the Male Solo Vocal category for the 1979 tour. Wendell toured with and worked for Air Force Entertainment Tops In Blue (TIB) worldwide from 1979 - 1983. After leaving the Air Force, he would go on to perform in the Catskills as the opening act for Jackie Mason and other national acts. Wendell reprised the role of “Daddy Brubaker” Leader of the “Rhythm of Life Church” in an Off-Broadway adaptation of “Sweet Charity”, Kingston NY. He kept acting with parts in several sitcoms, ‘A Different World’, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and ‘Martin.’ Wendell received his first television song writing credits for performing live on camera with Robert Guillaume on “Pacific Station.”

In 1989, Wendell became and remains the lead singer with The Hues Corporation. Their biggest hit single, “Rock the Boat” is the most played single from the 70’s. A singer/songwriter, Wendell has three incredible songs available online; “America, There’s Only 1”, “Without You”, and “This Christmas Song’s For You”. All produced with a superb team of musicians based in the Kingston, NY area. In 2010 Wendell began building Natty Records Entertainment and Media LLC signing to the Natty Records label iconic artists, The Hues Corporation. In late 2018 he started his new band, TAPPESTRY. Wendell is proving that your musical journey continues as long as you do. Bon Appetite Everyone.

Jinnerva Shelery is an accomplished singer, dancer, and actress; she is considered a triple threat. Jinnerva fell in love with music at a young age singing in the Jerriell Baptist Church choir. She went on to graduate from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in Cincinnati Ohio. She performed as an entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines during the 90’s. Jinnerva played the role of Sarah Vaughn in the musical, “100 Years of Divas in American Music” and Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”, to name a few. Jinnerva was a member of a quartet that performed in a music video for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Jinnerva is a member of The Hues Corporation performing all over the country and on cruise ships.

Carrie Taylor, a force to be reckoned with. When talent and passion drives you there is no limit to what you can do. Carrie graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio where you studied and honed her craft as a singer and dancer. She went on to pursue her degree in Music Education. Carrie has sang background for Patti LaBelle, The Clark Sisters, and many other well-known artists. She sang with local gospel group, Kenny Smith and Visions. There are great singers but few who have the range that Carrie has. She is eager to begin singing again in her hometown, Cincinnati.

CJ Thompson, born as Craig Thompson, Jr. hails from Cincinnati, OH. CJ started singing in church at a young age. He was also involved in modeling and acting with Heyman Talent. He performed in musicals with the Cincinnati Children’s Theater Company, and had a breakthrough performance with the Cincinnati Black Theater Company in their production of “A Tribute to Motown”. He portrayed a young Stevie Wonder and a young Michael Jackson.

After high school, CJ started college in 2014 and spent 4 years at Tiffin University studying Arts Administration with a focus in the Music Industry. In 2015, he even started creating his own self-produced, engineered, and mixed demos under the name Chocq. T. As a solo artist he released his debut single, “Masquerade” on October 1st, which was produced, engineered, written and mixed all on his own. CJ strives to bring a new and revived sound to the industry. He calls it Neo-Nostalgic Soul. Music is about creating moments between the message and the listener, connecting on as many cylinders as possible and CJ plans to do just that!

Gideon “Guitar” Watson, a Cincinnati native that has been playing the guitar professionally for over 30 years. He has played at the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church for over 30 years. Gideon is the lead guitarist for the late Grammy Award Winner, Dr. Charles Fold and The Charles Fold Singers. He has also played for renowned gospel singers, The Late Rev. James Cleveland, Dr. Cheviene Jones, Dr. Mark Williams, Dr. Joe Pace, and Dottie Peoples. Gideon has played for many local groups over the past 30 years including the well-known gospel jazz band, The Muzic Company, that has opened up for Fantasia, The Whispers, Babyface, New Edition, just to name a few.

Michael Davis started playing drums at an early age. He played during high school with various bands. They regularly performed in the Hughes High School Merry-Go-Round. The Merry-Go-Round was one of the most popular public high school talent shows in the Cincinnati area. Many artists that performed in the Merry-Go-Round went on to have national and international careers. After high school Michael performed with local bands at various clubs and opened for reclaimed artists. Michael is a professional jeweler and photographer but they are no substitute for his love for playing the drums. 

Kevin Wilder, an extraordinary musician. Kevin stated that “One of countless blessings I’m so thankful and so humbled for is the opportunity to TRAVEL!”  Kevin has an appreciation for music that makes him selected in what and where he performs. He has travelled all over the world playing the keyboard. He has played with numerous musicians and artists over the course of his life. Kevin is a guest keyboardist for Tappestry and we are extremely glad that he is. 

Tappestry looks forward to entertaining you. We can customize our show for your event and include songs of your choice.

To book Tappestry call or email Sarah 513-800-3186 or nattyrecords60@gmail.com.

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