Singer-songwriter-producer and recording artist Gordon Chambers is no stranger to the music industry. His solo albums have been nominated for Independent Soul Album of the Year by Soultracks.com and have been among CDbaby's top R&B sellers. His #1 hits as a lyricist include: Anita Baker's Grammy- winning hit "I Apologize", Brownstone's Grammy-nominated "If You Love Me", Angie Stone's "No More Rain (In This Cloud)", the Grammy-nominated theme of Set It Off “Missing You” (performed by Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan). Yolanda Adams' "Someone Watching Over Me" and The Isley Brothers' recent comeback smash "Just Came Here To Chill." In fact, he has written for over 75 recording artists, including household names Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Brandy, Trey Songz, Usher, Jamie Foxx, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle and Marc Anthony. He is the winner of 8 ASCAP songwriting awards and four Dove nominations. His songs have been performed at the ESSENCE Awards, The American Music Awards, The Goodwill Games and The White House.
Since 2005, Chambers has been performing up a storm in all over the world promoting his debut album Introducing Gordon Chambers (which features special guests Carl Thomas, Glenn Lewis, Sara Devine, Roy Hargrove and Mike Phillips), his sophomore CD Love Stories (which features four-time Grammy nominee Ledisi) and his third album Sincere (which includes tributes to his idols and mentors Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman and Gerald Levert). His prestigious appearances have included the Essence Music Festival, The Congressional Black Caucus, The Apollo Theater, Carngie Hall, The Kennedy Center and B.B. Kings—as well as European and Japanese tours. His Grammy-nominated 17-year-old protégée Karina Pasian was recently signed to Island Def Jam records. Her song “Slow Motion” which Chambers wrote and produced has had over 2 million Youtube views.
Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter, Wayna has a voice as pure as it is passionate. Stevie Wonder says "she's incredible." Essence Magazine says "Wayna is one to watch," and Billboard Magazine calls her "a stand out on the indie front." With two Billboard chart-topping singles from her sophomore LP, Higher Ground, and a coveted Grammy nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Category for her remake, “Lovin You (Music)" featuring Kokayi, Wayna's star is on the rise.
"The Expats" is the third and latest LP from this innovative artist. The album, which The Washington Post calls "brilliant," represents a new and daring departure from her previous work. Drawing from diverse cultural influences, Wayna and her Toronto-based backing band create a unique blend of African and Reggae-inspired soul, fused with classic and alternative rock -- Sade and the Police meets Lauryn Hill and Radiohead.
"I've always been a bit of an Expat," says Wayna "feeling different culturally from most of the people around me. For years, I tried to minimize those differences, but one day, I realized they make me who I am. I want this album to be about exploring and expressing all the ways in which I and every one of us are unique, culturally or otherwise, and to celebrate those differences unapologetically."