FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWTIMES: 7:30PM & 9:30PM. It’s hard to imagine becoming a professional singer by the age of 9, but Vivian Sessoms can tell you firsthand about life as a wunderkind. Her first professional performance as a kid was opening for the legendary Marvin Gaye, who praised her big voice and claimed she was destined to become a star. The truth is, Sessoms is more than just a singer; she’s a master performer both onstage and off. Known for her soulful and powerful voice, Sessoms displays an effortless command of the stage that truly resonates with audiences. And with a voice hailed by both Rolling Stone and Billboard as “exquisite”, it’s no wonder she’s performed all over the world, with the biggest names in music,
Born in Harlem, New York to a family of notable musicians, her father was a percussionist for James Brown, while her mother was a highly sought after jingle, and session singer. Under her mothers tutelage, singing jingles is where she got her start. Since then, she’s recorded jingles for over 100 brands including Adidas, Burger King, Calvin Klein, Coca Cola, Scotch Tape and Hershey’s.
A seasoned performer who not only sings in English, Ms Sessoms also performs songs in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and French, and has made appearances on several television shows such as The Tonight Show, The Today Show, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Ellen DeGeneres, and The View.
Over the years Sessoms has worked with several high profile artists in the music industry, including Michael Jackson, Cher, Rob Thomas, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Joe Cocker, Pink, Michael Bolton, Chris Botti and P. Diddy to name just a few; and has graced the stages of landmark venues in over 60 different countries across the globe, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, Feinsteins, Cafe Carlyle and Carnegie Hall.
Lawrence Buckner (Bass)Lawrence Buckner has performed, recorded and/or written for several world renowned artists including Nat Adderly, Branford Marsalis, Mark Farner *(Grand Funk Railroad), Melba Moore, Gerald Alston, Glen Jones, Sam Moore *(Sam and Dave), Jean Carne, Russell Malone, Richard Smallwood, Yolanda Adams, Ulysses Owens, Vincent Gardner & Marcus Printup *(Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Scottie Barnhard *(Count Basie Orchestra), Louie Belson, Chantae Cann, Vincent Herring, Shirley Scott, Wallace Roney, Bunky Green, Doug Carn, Bill Prince Jr., Sam Rivers, among others.He was the musical director/conductor for Don’t Miss a Beat Community Art Center as well as the Ritz Theater where he established and directed the Ritz Jazz Orchestra. He was also an instructor and clinician with Art Life Productions.
Jarvis Brown (Keys)Jarvis Brown has traveled nationally and abroad as a pianist, composer, arranger and clinician. Originally born in Miami, FI, he studied music at Florida A & M University. Currently he resides in Orlando, where continues to write and produce music for various artists and media.
Will Montgomery II (Drums)Born in Queens, New York and raised in St. Augustine, Fl., Will Montgomery grew up mastering the drum set at an early age with his church family, and his father, a well known DJ in the 70’s, who inspired him.Because of their young ages, Will and two church friends became the “talk of the town” due to their immense talents, and their abilities to master diverse selections of music. Will later began playing the keyboard and eventually the bass guitar, quickly becoming proficient in all genres on each instrument. Will also composes and produces music, and conquered Jacksonville with a local project known as The Band Be Easy, all while playing with other major artists at the time. Determined, to reach the next level in his music career, Will set his sights on Atlanta, and within only a few months became a much sought after, player, who has gone on to perform and record with several well-known artists and musicians throughout the Atlanta area. Will is currently recording and touring with the conscious rap collective Arrested Development.