Of The Streets by
the business minded, laid back brother of the bunch who could flow
the water out of the pacific easily!!
is a contradiction to what has been experienced in hip hop over
the last decade and what we've gotten used to as the norm...
He is no gangster, yet he speaks to and of gangstas. His name is
Yet he is at times cruder than Dave Chappele drunk at a batchelor
party and fully admits that he himself is not a religious person.
So he can't be a concious M.C? Right? Wrong.
is defining what is to be a God fearing black man growing up in
the inner city workings of the ghetto.
Raised in one of Montreal's grittiest neighborhoods during
the coke rush of the 80's, Preach
has a different understanding and respect for street life and maintains
to relay positive messages within his music.
Blending hip hop, soul and his west indian roots, Preach
brings about a flavour in his music that
people of many different backgrounds have a hard time not moving
Writing from his heart about topics that are close to his heart,
such as single parenting, killings among the youth, domestic violence,
sucicidal teens and most of all, his hood, Preach
is poised to rremain as artistic as possible.
is a seasoned performer who always captivates his audience with
his charming personality, energetic movements and his unique commanding
performs regularily with a range of live bands in Montreal including
Kalmunity Vibes Collectiv, an organic
hip-hop/funk/afro beat collective of musicians, poets, singers and
M.C's from his native city, who has allowed him to perform alongside
such acts as Zenzile
from France, Kali of Kali
& Dub , Lillian
Allen and The
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble which Preach
recalls as his most trying yet fulfilling performance " they held
a spontaneous on-stage workshop with the whole band in front of
a filled concert hall... it was nerv racking at 1st, but seeing
where they led us and the dynamics they thaught, in the end it was
all worth it".
is also a member of 2) The
Soapbox, which is a performance poetry
theatre created by Stephen
Thomas, geared towards challenging and promoting lyricists,
singers and musicians in a improv/spoken word setting and 3) S.H.A/R.(O).N
Brooks, who has allowed him to share
the stage with her at such venues as the THE JELL-O BAR, Sofa Lounge,
Bourbon Street West, Torontos Revival, The recent Funk Soul Festival Club.
can also be heard on S.H.A/R.(O).N'S,
upcoming LP "Defining Me" getting a chance to say his piece on S.H.A.R.(O).NS'
1st single Booty
Call, and the definitive R&B JAM
"Sweet Kisses". Preach
has also worked with Stephen
Thomas writing and "singing"
the hook on "Puff of Smoke". He has also shared studio sessions
with such producers as James Disalvio of Bran
van 3000 and French superstar Jean
has been meticculously working on his solo album "Voice of
the Streets" which still has no definite release date, but
will be ready by mid 2006. In the meantime he has released his crews
debut album Lasalle Chronicles Chapter One,
currently only available via internet at -WORLDPHONIC.COM-
and peroral sales.
is the future of hip hop muzik.
Lie a Little by Muddy
guitar found it's way into Muddy Fraser's hands when he was 11 years
old and living in Ottawa,then Muddy found his way into the guitar,
and it's the Vancouver Blues scene that's all the richer for it.
Beginning in his early career playing the usual round of high school
dances and local functions, it didn't take long before the young
guitar player/singer was setting up his gear on more visible stages.
At the age of fifteen he played Ottawa's L'Hibou coffee house where
he could sit and listen or sit in with blues heroes like Howlin'
Wolf,Otis Span,Taj Mahal and James Cotton.
there had ever been any question as to which direction Muddy would
venture musically, those auspicious meetings laid any doubts to
rest. Some people are born to play the Blues. Whether he knew it
at the time or not, Muddy Fraser was one of them. At age 20, Muddy
was playing in The Take It Easy Blues Band with the drummer from
Howlin' Wolf's band, who hailed from Chicago. The other guitar player
in that band, Jim Prophet, got Muddy into B.B. King's music and
Chicago blue-style guitar. Armed with that inspirational honing
skills on guitar, blues harp and vocals, Muddy and his band toured
Canada and the United States playing the coffeehouse and college
1975, it was Vancouver's turn to discover Muddy when he moved to
the West Coast. It didn't take long for the tall man with the Les
Paul and the soulful voice to make fans and musicians alike sit
up and take notice. He became a familiar presence at Vancouver's
premiere blues club, The Yale Hotel, playing with co-founder and
bassist for the Powder Blues band Jack Lavin, in the bar's backup
band. Together, they supported such established acts as Pinetop
Perkins, Taj Mahal, Big Joe Duskin, Guitar Shorty.A.C. Reed and
countless other blues greats. " We hosted the jams. We did one on
Saturdays and a double on Sundays. Any body that was in town playing,
recording or filming would drop in to listen or sit in. I did a
few tunes with Gary Busey one time and got to jam with Jimmy Page
once. That place meant a lot to me." Muddy recalls fondly.
1983 and 1985, Muddy recorded two independent albums with his own
band, The Muddy Fraser Band. A credit to his song writing skill
that combine traditional blues elements with inspired new material,
both albums boast an impressive selection of original tunes. In
demand by other local blues musicians, Muddy's contributions can
also be heard on several notable recordings. Russell Jackson, who
played bass with B.B. King for seven years, made use of Muddy's
talents both as a writer and player on his 1993 album,The Alley
Man. Muddy's harmonica playing is featured on local artist Tim Hearsey's
recently released CD, Close Calls, and he can also be heard on Best
Kept Secret,a harp compilation album recorded live at The Yale and
distributed by Thumbs Up Music. Currently, Muddy is busy fronting
The Muddy Fraser Band, and bringing his own brand of soul satisfying
blues to the Vancouver-area clubs. He also spends his time teaching
and has recently been making inroads to the film industry, with
appearances in several locally shot movies.Muddy has received a
diploma in internet development and spends a lot of time making
web sites and graphics for c.d.covers.