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MARC STAGGERS "ANOTHER KING OF SMOOTH R&B & SOUL"

MARC STAGGERS "ANOTHER KING OF SMOOTH R&B & SOUL"

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Marc Staggers—a talented Washington, D.C. native— is releasing his new album “Let’s Go Out Tonight” on MarReg Records, much to the excitement of many of his supportive fans. This album continues the soulful musical journey that started with the release of his debut R&B album “Then and Now” in 2009. His vocal style, often compared to famous soul singers of the past and present, will certainly captivate and continue to generate fan interest across the world.

The development of his unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence, including the late Luther Vandross. Marc started singing in the church choir and studied voice as he was growing up. Marc's Television appearances have been featured on the Maryland Public Television (MPT) program "Artworks This Week," with Nate Howard; ABC Channel 2 News, with Terry Owens; ABC Channel 2 "Grace & Glory," with Lee Michaels; PAX Cable Television show "Life Styles," with Deborah Britt; and the cable program "Glorify His Name," hosted by James McCollum.

Marc’s soulful voice has carried him into many venues in New Mexico, Atlanta GA, Dallas TX, San Antonio TX, Houston TX, Washington DC, Maryland, and New York that has included appearances at world renown jazz clubs like Blues Alley and Bethesda Jazz Blues. 

After many years of pursuing gospel music, Marc felt that his true heart’s desire was in producing music that was reminiscent of the type of soul music he listened to while growing up. This led to his debut CD “Then and Now,” which had topped the UK’s “Sweet Rhythms Chart,” for three weeks at the number one position. The album has received critical acclaim from music critics from around the world. The album has also made inroads into the U.S. radio market, thanks in part to independent Smooth Jazz/R&B promoters “Gorov Music Marketing”.

In 2011, Marc released a summertime single entitled “Soul Summer Love” that reached #13 on the U.S. jazz charts, and still continues to be played in regular rotation on a number of stations. “Soul Summer Love” is included in Marc’s new album “Key to My Heart,” which features such talented artists as musical composer and arranger John Stoddard; world-renown Saxophonist Kirk Whalum; and versatile Soprano Adoree Johnson, who appeared on the U.S.-version of American Idol.

From 2015 to 2016, Marc recorded a series of #1 soul stirring hit singles released on DiscoSoldGold Records (Gary Van Den Bussche) that included: “Bring it Home to Me”, “Keep Those Fires Burning” and “Let Me Be The One”, written and produced by the talented Nigel Lowis.

 

In 2015, Marc released his “Dream Catcher” CD and in 2017 he released “Cruising”.  Both CD’s were praised for their reminiscent soulful appeal.  

On past visits to the United Kingdom, Marc has been interviewed by Solar Radio's Deejays Dave Brown, DJ Bigger (now on Starpoint Radio), and Gary Spence. Marc also performed at Solar Radio's 20th Anniversary celebration and at Smooth FM's (now known as Smooth Jazz) TSOP event in Prestwich, which was hosted by DeeJay Richard Serling. 

Marc is now working on new music under the direction of Producer//Songwriter Herb Middleton who appreciates Marc's sound often compared to that of the late & great Luther Vandross, but  is focused on bringing out Mr Stagger's  individuality ,originality with top ten Soul & R&B and Popular music. 

GET TO KNOW JULIA HUFF

JULIA HUFF ... ASTRONOMICAL TALENT

HERB MIDDLETON

JULIA HUFF ... ASTRONOMICAL TALENT

HERB MIDDLETON

When a gifted singer spends well over a decade honing her craft, all the while wrestling with the sweet-n-sour sauce of life, it makes an exceptionally stunning talent to experience.. The Chicago-based chanteuse sacrificed a budding career as a hard news journalist to return to the path of singing. She was born to strut with high favor and love power. With music produced, arranged and largely composed by the legendary Jerry Peters (Phyllis Hyman, Earth Wind & Fire), Meet…Julia Huff introduces the listener to a 5-star talent as comfortable with cabaret jazz as she is with high gloss soul-pop. Make no mistake – Julia Huff is a singer whose time has finally arrived.

Julia Huff has been steadily and faithfully working what’s left of the fabled Chicago nightclub circuit 3 to 4 nights a week gigging the old fashioned way with her group Julia Huff & The Company Band. She’s played every venue from the sadly closed Jilly’s and The Back Room to festivals such as “Taste of Chicago” and the Main Stage of “Juneteenth,” to headlining a host of private V.I.P. receptions and corporate industrials. She also made Detroit a home away from home with frequent visits to all of its casinos and, of course, Baker’s. She is best known for her loving “A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman” which packed houses in many cities. Ms. Huff also took her act overseas for acclaimed extended engagements.

“I’ve played prestigious clubs in Russia, including Moscow, promoted with radio and television interviews,” Julia shares with pride. “Before that, Japan was my first time out of the country. I was in Gion and Kyoto at Select Repos where I played for a month…amongst the real geishas! I had everybody from a big time Sumo wrestler to the President of Toyota in attendance to see me.”

Singing began for Chicago-born Julia Huff when she belted out The Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun”…at her kindergarten graduation! From that point until college, she sang everywhere from church to talent shows. Once at university level, however, Julia pursued another burning dream to be a news journalist. After earning her broadcasting degree, she landed at City News Bureau, covering many top local and national political stories, and was also an on-air reporter at NBC affiliate WICD-TV in Champaign, Illinois. But the reality of that grind had Julia rethinking her career. Besides, the Chicago nightlife was calling…one of the last cities a girl can make a living in singing.

“It was a hard choice but I decided to make the arduous journey back to performing,” Julia shares. “I don’t play an instrument and don’t have a degree in music, but I went ahead and started singing in clubs anyway.” Starting as a featured singer with The Gentlemen of Leisure (a.k.a. The Gents), Julia did shows and industrials at key spots across the country, including Las Vegas. The last of these types of ensembles for her was The Steve Edwards Orchestra with whom she still sits in occasionally. She eventually started her own group then hit upon the idea to do a show based around the music of Phyllis Hyman.

“There were several singers that influenced me but Phyllis had a tremendous impact because my father was a huge fan. When he passed away 5 years ago, I decided to do the tribute shows…to Phyllis and in his honor. Over two sets I sang 25 songs with a 13 piece band, background vocalists, costume changes, some narrative – the whole thing. I started out doing the tributes as V.I.P. receptions with dinner on Mother’s Day at the Dusable Museum. They completely sold out. So I started doing them at different spots all over town.”

Jerry Peters recalls, “When I first went to hear Julia, I saw this girl lugging in all this equipment herself – a real do it your self-er. I could tell she’d paid a lot of local dues and had a lot of local fans to show for it. I was impressed. She sang a myriad of songs –from Michael Jackson to standards – and she was quite adept. For her record, one of the challenges we met was carving out her own projection of identity. It was clear she established her initial direction as a student of jazz vocals but I was amazed by how many dresses she could pull off the rack of her musical dress shop that fit just perfectly. I was trying to create the right garment for her based on where her life was at this moment. Songwriting was my entry into this business (via The Friends of Distinction’s 1969 soul classic ‘Going in Circles’ with lyricist Anita Poree). A lot of my music had not been heard. My philosophy:

When Julia met Jerry, she was coming out of a very heavy time. “I had been divorced 6 months… still a very emotional time for me. Jerry and I talked about where I was in my life and career then he pulled some songs from his stash. One was ‘I’ve Come Too Far to Turn Around’ which I embraced as all about my journey in music, stepping out on faith. ‘All Because of You’ was originally a gospel song before they gave it to me – Lord before boy. I like the music and the way I sang it. Then ‘Who’s Gonna Hold Me Now’ has that Chicago steppers beat. It feels good to have a song that associates me with the city in which I got my start. I’ll never forget how much love these people have given me…the peace, joy and happiness of using the gifts God has given you for a living is awesome.”

Interestingly, Jerry originally wrote “That’s Not Gonna Get It” years ago for Anita Baker but it never got to her. “Julia is a 2nd soprano with a deep round sound,” Jerry explains, “so you hear a lot of Sarah Vaughan inspiration who, in turn, inspired Anita Baker. Now, Julia Huff may be added to that list.” For her debut’s one cover, Julia picked the great Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Brazilian ballad classic “Dindi.” “I’m a frustrated jazz vocalist,” Julia laughs. “I mean I am that girl! I’ve always been a fan of Latin rhythms…Latin everything! And ‘Dindi’ is simply a beautiful song. I love Carmen McRae’s version and what El DeBarge did with it. And every time I perform it, I get an amazing response.”

She wants to introduce herself slowly and surely. She’s continuing to hone her vocal skills with A-1 singing coach Stephanie Spruill. And Julia’s immediate goals are to travel farther and wider – perhaps as the opening artist for a major artist – and expand her brand by spreading love through song.

The Chi Town based star is now working with the 90's Baby himself, Producer, Songwriter & Arranger Herb Middleton who says that Julia Huff has so much potential that it's scary, but I'm up for the job of exposing this "musical gem" to the world through HMM and other company affiliates. Herb has said that he believes that the late Phylis Hyman who he had the honor of producing music for passed Julia Huff a baton.  

 

 

COMING 2020 "MAKE UP ON THE FLOOR" A NEW SINGLE BY JULIA HUFF PRODUCED & WRITTEN BY HERB MIDDLETON

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