Stephen James Walker was born into a large family of preachers, teachers and musical talent. His father Lawrence A. Walker Sr.,was a Bishop at Beth Israel Church of God and Christ. His mother Belinda Magee was a missionary who sang in the choir. Stephen is one of five children who all played music. As a youth, he played piano, clarinet,organ and trombone at his father’s church. Attending Francis W. Gregory Jr. High School on trombone, also becoming a drum major in his last year.
He then attended John F. Kennedy high school and NOCCA focusing on Trombone, moving onto to Delgado Community College. He has been on the road ever since. Stephen Walker has a musical vision that continues to expand to bring joy to his listeners.
Jentleman Sharp is a native of New Orleans. As a full-time artist, he pulls from many influences while working across multiple genres as a songwriter, performer, producer, and director. A classically trained pianist turned funk star, J ( as he’s called) has studied with many notable local, national and international jazz educators such as Kidd Jordan, Clyde Kerr Sr, Frank Mantooth, Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd and many more. As a competing youth, he often placed high if not first and enjoyed challenging himself while studying at NOCCA, Skidmore Summer Jazz Camp, and The Jazz and Heritage School, etc. He’s also enjoyed much travel while playing such venues as a sold-out Apollo Theater, Blue Note NY, castles in Spain and hot clubs in Germany as well as Russia to name a few. He’s a former principal songwriter and performing member of Water Seed.
Billy Frank (Guitarist)
Billy Franklin was raised in New Orleans, La. He began playing guitar at age 14, and 9 months later was accepted to New Orleans Center For Creative Arts (N.O.C.C.A) After receiving his diploma in Jazz Studies at NOCCA, he went on to received his degree in Jazz Performance at the University of New Orleans. While at U.N.O, Franklin studied under the direction of Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowksi and Harold Batiste among others. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he took to the road and toured over 100,000 miles with multiple projects over many years. Since his move back to New Orleans in 2008, he has been a consistent presence in the New Orleans music scene.
Gary Washington (Bassist)
South Carolina native, Gary Washington, is a multi-instrumentalist based in New Orleans, LA. His music pulls inspiration from hip-hop, jazz, and funk. He has performed throughout the country on bass and cello.
Marius Tilton (Bassist)
Marius Tilton, a New Orleans native was exposed to music at a very young age. He knew very early the impact it would have on his life. He polished his musical gift at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts during his high school years. He then went on to perform and lead bands professionally while earning a B.A. in Music Education from Southern University at New Orleans. Marius has toured extensively around the United States with such acts as Digable Planets, George Clinton and the Parliament, ... Bill Summers to name a few.
Edward Lee Johnson Sr. (Drummer)
Edward Lee Johnson Sr. was born to the parents of Elmer Lee Johnson and Gwendolyn R. Johnson (Willis). At the age of eight he received his first drumming job where he later became the main drummer at the age of eleven. He attended Sarah T. Reed Sr. High School where he played football and played in the marching band. After graduating, Edward continued playing for the local churches and doing gigs around the U.S. He made the decision to attend college at Southern University at New Orleans where he started his studies in music.