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Pinmiloye Adekunle Joshua PhD. is popularly known as Ksticks: B.A Music, M.A Music, PhD Music, Post-Doctoral certificate in Audio Engineering from Musician Institute, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. Ksticks is an award winning International Musician, Professional Drummer, Drum Instructor, Music Lecturer, Music Producer, Choir Trainer and a world class Music Director with 3 decades of rich and awe-inspiring multi-cultural experience in music performance. In 2010, Ksticks conducted drum workshop and African music lectures at the University of Texas Arlington and Folley high school, Dallas. In 2013 and 2014, he conducted drum clinics at the Musician Institute Hollywood, one of which he performed alongside Aditya Kalyanpur; an internationally acclaimed Tabla player from India. In the same year, he conducted Festival Of Live Conference (FOL) involving all the RCCG choir in the West Coast of The United State of America. He has also had stint as the Music Director and Choir Trainer at Faith Life Ministries International Durban, South Africa, RCCG Praise Sanctuary Dubai UAE, RCCG Jesus Embassy Los Angeles California, RCCG Jesus Palace Baltimore Maryland, RCCG Family Praise Chapel, Decatur Atlanta Georgia, Rhema Word Church Los Angeles and many more music groups in the US. Dr Pinmiloye lectured music for 9 years at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Nigeria. He was the first drummer in Nigeria to specialize in drum performance from OAU, 1st degree to PhD level. He was the 1st Prize Winner of MUSON debut talent competition award and also, the 1st Civilian in Nigerian to perform with the Nigerian Navy Orchestral (Concert Band) He has been awarded several Awards and Distinctions. Ksticks, is the Leader of the quartet Band “Ksticks and the African Master Drummers” a.k.a AMD. The African Master Drummers is a group of professional West African Drummer/percussionist renowned for their high energy and electrifying fusion of traditional West African and Contemporary Western music In 2014, He launched a drum DVD titled “Insight into African Drumming’’. The first educational and instructional video on Drums in Nigeria. Dr. Pinmiloye is the CEO of Ksticks Global Resources, a music consulting outfit that specializes in providing high quality music consultancy for church music, choir trainings/workshops, live and studio performances and music production.
Aretha Harden, was born February 23, 1971 in Las Vegas,Nevada, and started her gospel singing career at the age of 6 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist church, when there was a call for someone to lead a song, and no one else would volunteer. Needless to say, she shocked parishioners and family alike with her powerfulvoice. As a lifelong member of Victory Missionary Baptist Church she continued to sing in the choir until the following year at age of 7, when Aretha was the only black child singer invited to sing with the choir at UNLV, which choir was comprised ofvarious professional singers and educators from across the United States. At the age of 14, she sang a solo for Black History month at Chaparral High School, and continued to sing locally, until she gained notoriety at 16 when she sang the National Anthem at the COMDEX Convention in Las Vegas. Again that same year, she was requested to sing a solo gospel selection for the National Black Attorneys Convention at their Gospel Evening, and to again perform the National Anthem for the convention opening. After graduating high school, Aretha sang as the lead artist
for the gospel group F.A.I.T.H. (For Always In Truth and Honesty) and recorded her first album entitled with the same name. Sales of the album continued for nine years, during which time sheparticipated as one of the Section Leaders of the City-Wide Youth Choir in Las Vegas for 20 years; was engaged in local performances; performed studio singing for various gospel artists;and participated in the Gospel Music Workshop of America Choir/Las Vegas Chapter. Aretha then continued her singing career shortly thereafter with the gospel group Futrell, opening a concert which featured Commissioned and Yolanda Adams. Later, she opened for Brian Duncan, Commissioned, Darryl Coley, and the Dynamic Twins. She also opened several shows at Mandalay Bay Casino/Resort’s House of Blues Gospel Brunch. Aretha Harden Aretha Harden
In 2004, Aretha got an invitation from James Smith, Director,of Las Vegas Mass Choir (LVM) to join the choir as a member, Section Leader, and later a Board Member. When the choir launched their debut project entitled Mass Appeal, Aretha was the lead singer on the track entitled New Life. LVM was designated “Choir of the Year” by the 4th Annual Hollywood Gospel Insider Awards in Hollywood, CA. Since then, Aretha, together with LVM, has performed on several television shows, including “I Gospel,” in Charlotte, N.C., “Jeff Majors Gospel of Music,” in Los Angeles, “Bobby Jones Summit” in Nantucket, Conn., Gospel Music Workshop of America, House of Blues Gospel Brunch, and “Heavenly Sent” on the WORD Network in Las Vegas. In 2006, they received the Las Vegas Black Music Award for Best Performance by a Choir. LVM are proud supporters of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and World Vision which provides relief support to children in Africa. LVM also traveled to Melbourne, Australia to participate in the Melbourne Jazz Festival. In 2014 and 2015 Aretha was the featured artist at theHouse of Blues Kirk Franklin Gospel Brunch, appearing four to five times each year. She continues to be an exceptional gospel performer in the Las Vegas area, as well as throughout the United States.
Gospel – Best Female Performer Black Music Awards – Las Vegas Christian Artist Convention, JOPLIN, MO (with F.A.I.T.H.) Small Group Award (First Place and Grand Prize) Gospel Choir of the Year (with Las Vegas Mass Choir)4th Annual Hollywood Gospel Insider Awards
Stevie Wonder,New Kids on the Block, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams, Stephanie Mills, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Michael McDonald, R. Kelly (Help song benefitting Katrina victims), Clint Holms (9/11 Tribute song to Firemen), Memorial for Danny Gans, The IBG Company (Oh Happy Day), Percy Gray, Crystal Akins, Sharra Addison, Tremaine Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Angela Spivey, Andre Crouch, Bobby Jones, Jeff MajorsYolanda Adams.Neil Diamond, Rhianna, Black Eye Peas, Beyoncé,Neo,David Foster, Earth Wind & Fire, Babyface, Ruben Studdard, Natalie Cole, LL Cool J, Jack Yates, Donna SummerAll for One, The Canadian Tenors
An extraordinary artist who continues to invent impactful and expressive Christian and Gospel compositions, IYANU LIVE! is becoming a stunning global phenomenon.
An incredible professional musician and an outstanding cyber-security expert, IYANU LIVE! continues to attract worldwide praise and attention owing to his inimitable tonal variation, vocal brilliance, and supreme dexterity in composing and performing music.
Idowu Francis Kayode-Ojo, better known by his artistic identity IYANU LIVE! is the founder and lead of the eclectic IYANU LIVE! band and a proficient cyber security policy specialist IYANU LIVE! was born in Nigeria in West Africa and has always been fueled by a passion to discover his musical tastes and styles.
The artist’s rich experiences have contributed to his multilingual proficiency in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Castellano, in addition to distinctive native African dialects.
With expert Cyber-Security engagements, Idowu Francis Kayode-Ojo is a Senior Management Consultant for two leading Fortune-500 companies in the world and is involved in Business and Technology Consulting Management for the Federal Government. He was previously involved with IBM before joining Booz Allen Hamilton Organization, where he is currently employed as a Senior Cyber Program Project Manager.
A talented professional with the capacity for multitasking, Idowu Kayode-Ojo is the Music Director at the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Garden of Praise Assembly in the United States and the Deputy Choir Master of the C.A.C. North America Mass Choir. He also serves as the Choir Master for the Washington District Coordinating Council (WADCC) and the Director of Music for the Interdenominational Ministers and Workers’ Fellowship (IMWF) in the D/M/V. Additionally, Idowu Kayode-Ojo is also an ordained pastor at the Christ Apostolic Church in the United States and a minister of the gospel.
Lara George is a multiple award-winning Nigerian-American female contemporary artiste whohas won the hearts of her audiences all across the world with her soulful, intense and lyricallyadept inspirational style delivered with the finest vocal expertise. Perhaps the most uniquething about her is the enigmatic mix of qualities that her songs have- passionate, fun,insightful, exhilarating and classic – all at the same time, yet always centering on the themeof Godly living.Singing professionally since the year 1997 with the popular inspirational group KUSH (thefirst Nigerian Gospel group with an international record deal : US-based record label DKGMusic), Lara George began her solo career after the group’s disbandment, with the 2007release of her debut album titled ‘FOREVER IN MY HEART,’ and with wildly acclaimed hitsingle ‘Ijoba Orun.’ Lara George has since gone on to release many award-winning albumsfeaturing multiple hit tracks (see discography below.)Lara George’s awards include:• Gospel Artist of the Year, Nigerian Entertainment Awards NEA USA (2-time recipient)• Best Female Artiste, Hip-Hop World Awards (Nigeria’s foremost industry-wide awardsshow now known as the Headies Awards)• Best Female Gospel Artist, Africa Gospel Music Awards AGMA, UK• Trailblazer of the Year, Africa Gospel Music Awards AGMA, UK• Gospel Artist of the Year, Ben TV Awards, UK• Best Gospel Artist of the Year, City People Awards, Nigeria• Voice of the Year (Female), Nigerian Music Awards• Best Female Artiste, National Gospel Awards, Nigeria• Best Gospel Song, Nigeria Gospel Music Awards• Best Female Gospel Artiste, Nigeria Gospel Music Awards• Female Gospel Artist of the Year, Bimbo Odukoya Foundation Award• Female Vocalist of the Year, Crystal Awards, NigeriaAs a testament to her contributions to music, she has additionally been recognized on aninternational level by her induction into the BET (Black Entertainment Television network)Voting Academy – the music professionals who vote on award winners for the BET awards,specifically for the Afrobeats category.As an artist who is passionate about not only the music, but the success of its practitioners,Lara George is also a music entrepreneur. Together with her husband, she is the co-founderof SoForte Distribution and Large Entertainment: start-up companies committed tocontributions towards ensuring structure within the music industry.
Lara George holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Lagos. She ishappily married to Gbenga George- a legal practitioner and IT entrepreneur- and they havetwo children.
Jumbo, the Nigerian American based multi-talented Gospel recording artist and producer, His influences are varied and wide ranging from classical, funk, soul to Jazz music which he deems his favorite.
Through continual practice, his musical creativity as a Trumpet player, Song Writer and vocalist, has yielded great projects such as Worship4Ever, Graceful, Jesus Now and Pages with popular songs like IMELA, KOSI, HOSANNA, YOU ARE, Running, Anchor, Okaka and many more.
Jumbo has shared platforms with a lot of prominent and talented Artist.
In Jumbo’s life, Gospel music is not just performance outlet but it’s a vehicle to be a blessing.
OLUWATOSIN JEDI AYO, commonly called “The Well Fed Comedian” is a hilarious entertainer whose name has become a household name in the entertainment industry from Nigeria. He is also known as an accomplished Master Compere, A successful Stand Up Comedian with a number of Stand Up Comedy Specials to his credit. An Event Producer with record of successful comedy shows and concerts. An Actor, a speaker and An Entrepreneur.
He Studied Microbiology at the Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria and also got certified at the NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY, Los Angels CA, USA for the Course ‘Acting For Film’.
He has produced Events such the biggest North American Comedy Show tour tagged LWKMD an acronym for ‘LAUGH WAN KILL ME DIE’ (A Nigerian Lingo language for LOL) from 2010 to 2016.
He’s also hosted GRATEFUL HEART which is frequently hosted Thanksgiving concert. This successful event, with testimonies have been held in cities like Dallas, TX, Hosuton TX, DMV, Lagos Nigeria.
In addition, he produced RHYTHM N’ LAUGHTER series which the successful CHRISTMAS EDITION was done in Maryland, USA and SPIRITUAL EDITION was done in Houston TX.
He is the Host of the ONLINE TV SHOW – IN YOUR VICNITY WITH JEDI showing live on his YouTube Channel: OLUWATOSIN JEDI AYO
He has also successfully used these platforms to showcase a lot of talents within the African American Community which has helped built numbers in the Demographics.
He is married and blessed with a beautiful Daughter.