My first debut extended play CD was created to be inspirational while giving you something to groove to. I pray that "Never Alone" ministers to your mind, body, and soul. Enjoy!
Alicia Bell was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington where she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Social Work. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alicia is a Licensed Minister, prayer warrior, seer, songwriter, and an anointed psalmist. She has been singing since the age of 6. In the Fall of 2015 debuted her acting skills in the role of Aunt Faith in the gospel stage play "Sleeping In a Dangerous Hour." This is her first contemporary gospel EP CD titled: Never Alone.
A unique presentation blending traditional gospel hymns with modern jazz arrangements.
The musical duo of Jamal Mathis (piano) and Ryan Smith (violin) is bringing to the world a unique fusion of jazz and classical music. Though they have performed together for a number of years, they have finally released their first album together: "Faith, Hope & Love". The project grew out of a shared Christian faith and a love for jazz music. Jamal Mathis and Ryan Smith met while attending classes at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas and were soon performing together. Both musicians had a strong classical background, but were also interested in persuing jazz. Mathis holds a Bachelor's degree in piano performance and studied under Arlington "Ollie" Jones (pianist for sax player Thomas Braxton). He has also released a CD entitled "Music In The Mix" and has appeared on numerous concerts, radio and television programs. Smith holds a Bachelor's degree in music/media from the University of Texas at Arlington and studied violin with Scott Conklin. He interned under Emmy Award winning audio engineer David Boothe as well as studying, performing, and working with Grammy-nominated jazz musician Mike Bogle. He was also Assistant-Engineer for Bogle's top 30 jazz album "Eternal Family". Bringing together their collective strengths of arranging, audio-engineering, and performing, Mathis and Smith have worked to bring some of the timeless hymns into a new light and have both contributed original compositions to the album. Ultimately, their aim is to bring glory to the God who gave them their talents and enjoyment to their fellow man through music.
This album consist of an instrumental trio playing a variety of genres from swing and blues, to pop, rock, funk, samba, and salsa in a jazzy style with improvised solos on piano, bass, and drums.
Jamal Mathis's debut album MUSIC IN THE MIX is a title that lives up to its name. Each tune is different in style and form and has a memorable melody that you can sing to, smooth changes that will relax you, and groovy beats that will make you dance. This album can be used for party music, background dinner music, romantic evenings, and special occasions. If you are cruising in your car, jogging down the block, or just need to refresh yourself with a quiet melody, this album is the one for your mood. Get upbeat and energetic with tunes like: What’s Poppin’?, Codonnah, Just Jammin’, Envocus, Funky Blues, and Everyone’s Tune which will leave you jumping and wanting more. Get into the calm and relaxed mood with tunes like: Get Into It, Cobra Dance, Chillin’ In The Moonlight, Midnight Dreams, Mr. Attitude, and Memories which will soothe your soul, and uplift your spirit.Official Biography
Jamal Frank Mathis, an active Pianist/Composer/Producer grew up in Dallas, Texas. He is the second born child of Willie and Alice Mathis. He has two siblings: Jemilah and Kamila Mathis. His interest in music began at the early age of ten. While taking piano lessons, Jamal performed in eight annual piano recitals and was awarded for completing the John W. Schaum Piano Course from Jan Thompson Music Studio in April of 2002. He never knew that playing the piano would have a powerful effect on him. As a result, he performed in various events, private functions, weddings, and banquets. He has been given numerous awards for his achievements and dedication to his church (City Temple S.D.A. Church) where he serves as the accompanist for Young Praise Choir. By age sixteen, his skills and repertoire increased when he discovered the art of composing music. During his discovery, Jamal composed samples of tunes and melodies on his own, and wrote them down in his music notebook. His first composition was "MEMORIES" (the last tune on his debut CD: MUSIC IN THE MIX). His music is described as memorable in melody with aesthetical harmonies and groovy dance rhythms. In other words (entertaining, uplifting, upbeat, energetic....). In composing, he always had a story to tell. Each one of his compositions has a unique history or story behind it. Most are inspired, but the majorities are true stories or events in his life. When Jamal performs, he makes the piano "sing". He captures his audiences' emotions with every pluck, lick, and touch on the keyboard whether he's playing solo, or with other musicians. In every performance, his purpose is to leave his audience wanting more and shouting "ENCORE, ENCORE, ENCORE!!!".
His love for performing and composing led him to study jazz and music composition at Cedar Valley College. He earned a Certificate of Completion for Performing Musician in Commercial Music on December 12, 2002. He later transferred to Andrews University and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance on August 6, 2006. Jamal's influences are: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Francis Poulenc. He also listened and was influenced by artists like Scott Joplin, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Duke Ellington, James Brown, B.B. King, and Ramsey Lewis, to contemporary artists like Arlington Jones, Joe Sample, Jeff Lorber, Kirk Franklin, and Yolanda Adams. Being acquainted with various styles of music from his background and influences is one reason this native from Dallas is a "soon-to-be" legend. Now and in the future, Jamal wants to work with various musicians and help new and up coming artists entering the music industry. He joined ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) as a publisher in 2006, and as a writer in 2007. Jamal gives God all the credit and glory for his success and accomplishments.
"I want to encourage every musician to be versatile and play in all styles efficiently; therefore, they'll have no limits." -- JAMAL MATHIS