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Spotlight Sound | Kenny Wesley, the Soulful Nerd

I created this Spotlight Sound section to shine the light on some artists that are brought to my attention, and sadly I haven’t had the chance to spend time working on it. But now that I’m done with classes for the summer, I want to make sure I keep my promise and showcase the artists that I had promised to showcase. And for any artists out there (or even designers and filmmakers) that want to be on my blog, remember you can always contact me at askmethink25@hotmail.com or on Twitter @thinksoul25.

Whew, so now that I got that information off my chest, let’s dive into some great music from a soulful nerd named Kenny Wesley. I’m referring to him as a “soulful nerd” becomes that is the name that I saw on his Twitter (I ran across one of his Tweets) and he does have the characteristics of a nerd; exceptional ability to succeed.

Singer, songwriter, and pianist Kenny Wesley can sing + write songs in fluently in three languages and he has a beautiful four-octave range. This soulful crooner has the ability to capture audiences with his soulful sounds, and his songs have even been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The View,” “Music Choice” and a wide variety of other media outlets. So you see, he’s already got quite the buzz going for himself. :)

When I listen to his music I’m immediately taken back to the days of oldschool R&B. He sings with such a pure conviction that is undeniably soulful, and his music has the ability to be timeless. And his roots form Jacksonville, North Carolina attribute to the slight southern characteristic you hear in a few of his tracks.

My fellow neo-soul lovers that are fans of Kindred, Eric Roberson, Phonte (The Foreign Exchange,) N’Dambi, and Leela James will surely love Kenny Wesley; he’s shared the stage with the aforementioned artists and so many more, including Gordon Chambers.  

When I was reading his bio and saw the name Gordon Chambers, I was quite impressed. The grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/producer had great words to say about Kenny and his musical prowess.

He said, “Kenny’s tenor is Hathaway deep, Luther warm and, in terms of color, could only be described as golden. Truly an anointing moment whenever he and a microphone cross paths.” Wow, such high praise from a legendary singer/songwriter/producer.

What more is there to say? This soulful nerd has received quite the acclaim and I’m proud to share his music with my beloved readers. He is currently working on his forthcoming project The Real Thing and his hits “Won’t Let It Go” (featured on SYTYCD) and “The Window” can be heard today!

And if you want to get in contact with Kenny Wesley, then show him some love on his Facebook and Twitter.

Featured on SYTYCD, “Won’t Let It Go”

 

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Reflective Post: Life After Reality Television

As I approach the final two weeks of summer classes, I’ve begun preparation for my documentary. I’ve chosen to do a documentary about my brother Jamile McGee and his life after being on “So You Think You Can Dance?” In 2005 he wowed audiences with his amazing dances moves on the first season of SYTYCD and six years later he has a wife, a passion for choreography, and a dream to live a stable yet exciting life.

I found this subject interesting because many people over the years have always asked me about his career and what it’s like having a brother that is rich. Whenever people find out my brother was on SYTYCD, they always assume his must be rolling in money. The life of a dancer is one that has it’s up and downs; the glitz and glamor of reality television don’t ensure riches.

I personally know a lot of my subject for my documentary; I mean come on now, I am his only sister. I’ve helped him out a great deal. From managing his social media sites, networking, helping him with his website, and just being a support system; I’ve been there through all the years.  Within the allotted time I will inquire about life after reality television and show my audience that reality tv doesn’t guarantee fame or happiness.

This documentary is going to be concise. I have done some research about life after reality tv and also this obsession with desiring fame. So many people want to be in the public eye and be famous, but it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. Reality television sucks. It’s fun to watch but the aftermath is brutal. The great thing about Jamile is the fact he never planned on being on reality television. He just happened to audition and from there things took off. He doesn’t like to live off his “So You Think You Can Dance?” days, he prefers to make a name for himself as a choreographer, husband, and a normal guy that loves to dance.

He may have toured all over the world, petted lions, eating fine cuisine and stayed in luxury hotels, but he is still a normal person. Jamile doesn’t have a lingering desire to be famous or on a reality show again, he just wants to make money and build a life for him and his wife.Now that’s reality.

©Jasmine McGee

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Putting the Running Man on the Map: LMFAO “Party Rock Anthem”

I love LMFAO! I’ve been listening to their music ever since they came on the dance music scene. These guys are known for their crazy hair and their bright clothing and super skinny jeans. Their hit song “Party Rock Anthem” does a great job of putting the Melbourne shuffle on the map. Essentially, the Melbourne shuffle is just a faster and pumped up version of the running man. I first heard about the Melbourne shuffle when my brother got back from being on tour with Wayne Brady. He went to the Ministry of Sound Australia; him and a few other dancers on tour began cracking up while all the people in the club began doing this version of the running man on drugs.I love hearing him tell the story and watching him shuffle around the house; it’s a fun and easy dance that anyone can do, but it’s hilarious seeing my brother who has danced all around the world and is trained in so many styles sit back and do the running man. Such a sight!

If you’ve ever been to a rave or a nightclub that plays dance/electronica music, then you’ve probably seen the Melbourne shuffle. I saw their performance of “Party Rock Anthem” on the Jay Leno show ending (I was waiting for Jimmy Fallon to start, Jay Leno ran late) and I noticed Ryan and Hawk. Ryan Confidero and Hawk are from the Quest Crew, the guys who won America’s Best Dance Crew season 3. But not only are they from that show, they happen to be really good friends with my brother Jamile McGee. Ryan and Jamz where on season one of “So You Think You Can Dance?” together, so I recognized Ryan immediately.

The performance on Jay Leno was so funny to watch and Ryan was shuffling so hard. The best part of that performance was then the Shuffle Bot came out and started dancing. I just watched the video for “Party Rock Anthem” and of course Ryan, Hawk, and other members of the Quest Crew are in the video wearing crazy bright colored outfits and doing the running man Melbourne Shuffle.

If your a fan of LMFAO and the running man/Melbourne shuffle, then check out this hilarious and fun video for the “Party Rock Anthem.” Sometimes you got to party hard and keep shufflin. Everyday I’m shufflin! LOL LMFAO rocks!!!!!

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I really want a Shuffle Bot. I would party every single night if my crew had a Shuffle Bot. That’s so effin’ cool!

©Jasmine McGee

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http://thinksoul25.com

DMV Welcomes Back Jamile McGee

Jamile8*It’s great to finally have my brother back in the DMV*

From dancing beside Rihanna, gracing the floor with Beyonce, working alongside Chris Brown and sharing laughs, Jamile McGee has danced with top names in the entertainment industry. Following his days on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance?” season one, as third place finalist Jamile has had a successful career as a dancer and choreographer.

Jamile’s love for dance has been alive since a very young age. At the age of four Jamile was always dancing around the house, mimicking the famous dance moves of Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Fred Astaire. The dance moves weren’t just a fun child hood pastime but an imprint on his soul that laid down the foundation for his destiny. But sadly at the age of nine Jamile was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and told that he was going to never walk again or live out his dream as a dancer. Unbeknownst to the doctors, it was Jamile’s destiny to dance around the world and fate had a different plan for his life. He was miraculously healed and decided to devote his life to dance.

His love for dance was molded at Wright State University, where he studied ballet, modern, lyrical, and jazz. His versatile background in dance can be attributed to his success on “So You Think You Can Dance?” a show in which dancers are taken outside of their comfort zone and every week learn new dance routines. With such an extensive background in all styles of dance, including some salsa, and years of mimicking Fred Astaire, Jamile was well prepared for any challenge that was thrown his way. During that time, his ability to dance any style was tested and proven on the highly rated national Fox TV show. He amazed the crowd with his spirited come back every week with highly energized, outstanding freestyle solos.Jamile11

The show may have put Jamile in the public eye, but it didn’t define him as a dancer. Jamile McGee taught his first master class at the age of 16 at the Peabody Conservatory for Dance and since then has had a passion for spreading his love of dance to the world. Now at the age of 26, Jamile has danced into to hearts of those throughout the US and abroad. While on tour with Wayne Brady last year, Jamile had the chance to travel the world and had exposure to culture and the arts abroad.

His love for African music, house, indie dance styles, foreign fashion, and different cuisines were cultivated while jet setting from the edges of the Australian outback, to Amsterdam, South Africa, London, New Zealand, Greece, and Malaysia. Being on tour gave him the opportunity to network with legends in the entertainment industry and birthed in him an intense dedication to becoming the best dancer and choreographer.

61972_151072384926016_132542523445669_309030_5582810_nRecently Jamile had the pleasure of choreographing for Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die” video featuring Wayne Brady, Mike Tyson, and Bobby Brown. The video was a viral success and quickly became one of the most circulated videos on the web in 2010. When asked about working on the video and the experience, Jamile said “As a choreographer on this job, I had to watch Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step I Take” music video over and over again to prepare my mind for shoot day. I wanted to be prepared mentally to teach the steps to the guys. Overall the job went viral and it was a huge hit! It is one of the biggest video’s on the internet and still is. It IMG00018-20100915-1734was cool seeing my face on Larry King Live. It was such an honor to work with entertainment legends and the boxing champion Mike Tyson, it was a rewarding experience”

Working with Mike Tyson and Bobby Brown was a big moment in Jamile’s career, but his love for dance has given him the opportunity to work with other popular artists. In the past Jamile has worked with entertainment superstars such as Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, and many more. His love for dance has reached a huge fan base and has opened up doors for him to work with the dance industry’s biggest choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Lavelle Smith Jr., and Laurie Ann Gibson.

Jamile has choreographed routines for numerous shows and competitions across the nation, but now he has left Los Angeles returned back to his hometown of Maryland to spread his love for dance and build a dance haven for those throughout the Greater Washington DC Metro. The DMV, which stands for the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region, welcomes back Jamile McGee into their hearts. A week before moving back Jamile was honored to perform at the United States Air Force Band “Guest Artist Series” and was anxious to return back to the region responsible for his success.Jamile McGee and his wife Angie, who are now back in the DMV area to stay, are looking to open up their own dance and choreography studio. Along with looking for qualified dancers to start a dance company, Jamile McGee hopes to spread his love for dance throughout the region and give back to the community a love for dance.

He presently is teaching a Joy and Motion to develop a following. He will also be teaching master classes and workshops at a studio to be announced soon within the month of April. For more information contact him on Facebook or his blog to attend classes and for him to teach workshops at your college, studio, facility, or for special events and performances. The DMV welcomes back Jamile McGee and is honored to claim one of the nations talented dancers and choreographers. Welcome home Jamile McGee!

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Jamile McGee Teaching in the DMV

Be sure to pass this along to all those in the DMV dance community!

To all who are interested in bboying, popping, and advanced hip-hop Be Sure to go to Jamile McGee’s class tomorrow. He is Teaching tomorrow at at Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas Performing Arts. Intermediate /Advanced Hip Hop 11:30am-1:00 1333 H Street Northeast, Washington D.C 3/27/11 Come get down and sweat!!!

Other Days Teaching at Joy of Motion:

Tuesday- 6:30-7:30pm- Beg Hip Hop- Bethesda

Tuesday- 7:30-9pm- Low Intermediate Hip Hop- Bethesda

Sunday- 11:30am-1pm- Inter/Advanced Hip Hop- Atlas

Stay tuned for dance workshops and look for Jamile McGee in the new movie Lemonade Mouth Coming out April 15th in theatre’s across the nation

©Jasmine McGee

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