Marcus Johnson is an internationally-acclaimed, Billboard-charting jazz pianist, and founder and CEO of FLO Wine, LLC. Marcus has not only performed his music around the world, but is also an insightful and dynamic speaker, who is regularly invited to engage audiences around the country. His speaking engagements have included the Microsoft Small Business Weekly Conference, the AARP Life Reimagined Conference, the EPA, American University, Copyright Alliance, Black MBA Association, and Harvard University Law School. Marcus has also had the opportunity to teach at Georgetown University, Bowie State University, and Elmira College. He has been featured in The Washington Post and USA Today. In 2016, Marcus will publish his first book entitled For the Love of. As a musician and independent artist, Marcus has released 18 studio albums (seven of which have appeared on Billboard’s Top 10 Contemporary Jazz chart), garnered a NAACP Image Award nomination for Jazz Album of the Year, and has toured the world, performing at various music festivals and venues both domestic and abroad, including shows in Paris, Ghana, St. Lucia, and Bermuda. Marcus earned a JD/MBA from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from Howard University. His educational background coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish two successful companies. As a graduate student, he created Three Keys Music, an independent record label that produced over 25 albums by several nationally-known artists. His current venture, FLO (For the Love of) Wine, LLC, has enabled him to combine his passion for music with his love of good wine. FLO Wine is available around the country at retail outlets, including Wal-Mart, Costco, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Jewel-Osco, and Giant Foods. USA Today recently included FLO Wine on its list of Top 10 Celebrity Wines. As a result of his business pursuits, Marcus was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Small Business Administration in 2004. Whether in a university classroom, at a speaking engagement, or from his “keyboard pulpit” in music venues around the world, Marcus motivates and inspires his audiences. He speaks on several topics, including entrepreneurship, the music industry, spirituality, and community. Regardless of the topic, the message is the same. He has said, “I am committed to using my talents to help artists and others create and protect the rights in their passion. Furthermore, my goal is to use my “keyboard pulpit” to spread the word about faith and the fact that all things are possible through dreaming, planning, executing, listening, and learning.”
Sylver Logan Sharp
Voice of the Future, Sylver Logan Sharp, is poised to top the charts again with her latest CD, THE GROOVEMENT, recorded LIVE in Stockholm, Sweden! Soon to be released, THE GROOVEMENT CD was created and producedin collaboration withSylver,impresario, producer/pianist and music director,Daryl L.A. Hunt and a little Swedish help from Jesper Wikstrom.The first single, Little Thingsis now available on www.itunes.com. This CD project features acclaimed Swedish artists, French harmonica genius, Frederic Yonnet and several of Sweden's and Washington DC’s premier musicians. THE GROOVEMENTis a journey through timeless melodies and pocket grooves with a “LIVE at the show” feel and edgy stamina.
A stellar reputation on the international stage as lead singer of the legendary group, CHIC, Sylvertoured the US, Europe, Japan, the UK and performed at Night of the Proms with the orchestra, Il Novencento, in Antwerp, Belgium. She graced the stages of Stravinsky Hall at Montreux, Hollywood Bowl in California, Constitution Hall in DC, The Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Budokan, Osaka Jo Hall and every Blue Note in Japan!Her CHIC discography includes: CHIC-ism, CHIC, Le Freak and More Treats, CHIC, the Definitive Grove and the DVDs, CHIC, Live at The Budokan, CHIC, Live at Montreux and CHIC, Live in Amsterdam and Carlos Santana’s Hymns for Peace.Her TV appearances include VH-1 Storytellers, Larry The Cable Guy’s Christmas SpecialandEllen with Kid Rock as well as numerous entertainment shows in Italy on the Rai TV network and Norway. Most recently Sylver appeared on The Malou Van Sivers TV Show, TV4’s Sommerkryset TV Show as a featured artist and performed a duet with Swedish music royalty, Magnus Carlsson. She ROCKED and at acclaimed jazz venue,Fasching, in Sweden and debutedLittle Things at the Juu Jaab Music Festival in Estonia July 2013
Crossing many genres, R&B, pop, jazz, gospel, blues,Sylver is also known for her amazing a cappella magic in the moment. Her “Duke Ellington School of Arts” classical training combined with a natural ear for harmony creates a special brand of soulful sweetness sealed with edgy excitement that emotes "something we can feel". Sylver topped the dance music charts with her #1 Billboard Hit - AllThis Time, produced by Jonathan Peters.
Sylver's voice and namesake jewelry line, SYLVERWEAR, keep her in the company of "who's who". She has performed and/or recorded with Yolanda Adams, Patti Labelle, Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, Ledisi, Whoopi Goldberg and Pino Danielle to name a few.
Her SYLVERWEAR clients include Omar Hakim, Nile Rodgers, Sir Elton John Chaka Khan, and Donna Summer to name a few more.
A visionary songwriter, Sylver’sfirst solo cd, Place To Begin, is an inspired collection of Love Lessons that can move us to dance or to tears on any given day. Co-produced and co-written with Daryl L.A. Hunt, this blend of musicality and funk is an independent masterpiece.
Sylver’s music is forever and RIGHT NOW!
Stay Tuned . . . for THE GROOVEMENT.