Tone Malone’s sound is real. You can hear and feel a grown man’s experiences in life with his voice. Tone Malone has burst onto the scene as a man with a raspy voice, a conscious mind, and a past that was flanked with struggle and lessons learned the hard way.
Antonio 'Brotha' Malone hails from Oakland California, raised in Stockton California and has found a home in Sacramento California. Currently crowned as the “King of Sacramento,” Tone has opened for greats such as Goapele, Lala Hathaway, Faith Evans, Lauryn Hill, K-Ci & JoJo, Jagged Edge, Lucy Pearl, and Dwele. He makes soulful music that always makes you feel something, no matter what that feeling is. In a time when a lot of music is packaged for the masses that lack depth, Tone continues to find ways to convey his life to us, and his passion for the stories he tells is undeniable.
Tone Malone has performed and recorded with Al Green, Cher, Rod Stewart, Jodeci, Jagged Edge, Doey Rock, Keysha Cole, Razz B, Ron Artest, Mr. FAB, Keek, Bueno, Staci and Adrian, Mark Knoxx, Dwele, Anthony Hamilton, Ruff Endz, Chico DeBarge, Tower of Power, Confunction, Mercy Me Band, Jimmy Malone and many more. Tone Malones style reaches a broad audience from his roots of Gospel to Blues, Soul, Hip Hop and R&B. Even Jazz has played a role in Malone's vocal arrangements.
Frinly The Chosen
Frinly was born in Hattiesburg, MS on April 11, 1979 to his mother Ida Mae and father Henry Nelson Sr., whom he was then named after. He was raised in Columbia, MS in a small town called Hub. While music always played a major role in his life, it was the streets and his love for baseball (one of his many God given talents), that would shape his life and mold him into the artist he is today. Hub is a small town, which many would say was populated by the poverty stricken, where drugs ruled and was every body's main focus. Frinly's father, Henry Sr., to call him a "Bos" in those streets would be an understatement. It was only natural for Frinly to test the waters that his father had wade for so much of his life. Following in his father's footsteps came easily, but it wasn't long before he seen the prices that would be paid on money made so easily. Immediately after high school he enrolled into a local community college, to pursue his dreams of being in the Major Leagues. He tried to bring the street life to school with him, not wanting to give up the life style he had accustomed himself to. Not long into his freshmen year Frinly was kicked out for having large sums of marijuana stashed in his room. Not wanting to give up on baseball so easily he moved to Chicago, it was here that music (his first love) resurfaced itself after the re release of "Reasonable Doubt". In '98 he was back on his grind and back in the familiar streets of Mississippi.
By the Spring of '99 he formed a group, formerly called "Cheeky Boys", which included himself and 4 of his childhood friends. They began recording and doing shows all over the MS area. It wasn't long after dropping their first album "These Times", that the fellas started building a buzz and became neighborhood superstars. Opening shows for Southern mega hitters and getting lots of love from local radio stations, it seemed like super stardom for this group of 5 was right outside their front door. But like so many of our great artists, that door seemed it would never open, when their manager turned his back to the group and with no notice, left the guys to fend for themselves. Not knowing where to go from there, the group started to fall apart. Back to the streets, back to hustling, something that runs through his blood, Frinly went back to something he knew would work for him. He never stopped writing, he kept music held tightly to him, because he knew he had everything it took to be an elite artist and a true value to the South's Hip Hop community.
Later he hooked up with his big homie, Guy Williams, and together they formed "Lifeguard Network", their independent label. In '05 they dropped Frinly's solo album "Mississippi's Only Hope". With his single "Gone Bout Cha Business" Cds sold, his fan base grew and everybody including himself knew that he had something special. Standing out from other local talent Frinly did shows with people like Lil Boosie, 8Ball&MJG, the late Pimp C of UGK, Webbie, Gucci Mane, Jagged Edge, and Ludacris, just to name a few. Featured on local mix tapes and doing features for local artists, he tried to escape his past life through his music. Seeing that his talents could take him so much further than the streets alone could, he moved to the West Coast. Now...he's writing everyday, banging out the studio, while landing a major record deal. Making in this game is NOT an option. Its mandatory. He's doing this for the new generation growing up in the same streets he knows so well, so that they can see that with some motivation, determination, and a whole lot of hustle they too can have all they dreamed .
Baby Jaymes from East Oakland, California creates "Ghetto Retro", a combination of Tony! Toni! Tone!, Macy Gray, Prince, and Outkast. Rarely does one chance upon material so raw yet refined, hip but conscious. Baby Jaymes' imaginative Ghetto Retro encompasses pure musical revelation.
Born and raised in Oakland, Baby Jaymes embarked upon his musical journey in the style of a true hustler-at the age of 13 he snuck into the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards and recognized music as his life's passion. From that moment on his collaborations with his mentor Raphael Saadiq, and funk legend George Clinton constantly encouraged his persistence for perfection.
Bridging the gap between music and Hollywood, Baby Jaymes has had songs credited to motion pictures, recording a duet with actor Jamie Kennedy for the hit film "Malibu's Most Wanted", Nicole Kidman thriller "The Invasion", the urban comedy "My Baby's Daddy" and "Any Given Sunday" by special request from the director himself, Oliver Stone, who was so impressed after hearing Jaymes' socially aware lyrics.
Current lifestyle and events underlies his creative definition of music. A self taught lyricist who embarks upon a quest to change the status quo as well as a revolutionary in the early stages of a revolution that brings true artistry and talent to the forefront of popular music today. Baby Jaymes is the future of music. Dedicated to his audience, Baby Jaymes' creative inspiration flows instinctively.
Victimized by tepid songs we hear on the radio today, Baby Jaymes forged ahead bringing us Ghetto Retro-offering a pure alternative from the manufactured sound widely accepted. The world of Baby Jaymes literally channels early Prince (yes, jammin' gutar riff is prevalent) along with evenly blended, laid back delivered Sly Stone lyrics. Experience what baby Jaymes defines as "more power to the pen" while listening to "society conscious" single "Ghetto Life". Shades of geniuses like Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye come to mind throughout the Baby Jaymes experience, because of their personal reflective lyrical energy. Baby Jaymes solidifies the modern old school soul sound. Frank content is always present.
One may wonder what he prefers for his personal entertainment. When the answer is music, only then does the drive of this native of Oakland come to be understood.
Bringing lyrics to the forefront of song, Baby Jaymes stresses it's importance in music. He proves he is an artist capable of successfully capturing his expression/vision crossing all genres. There are three words that describe music written and performed by Baby Jaymes. We want more!
"Old school funk flavors and the hyper syncopations of hip-hop have seldom converged as seamlessly as they do on Baby Jaymes' brilliant 16 song-song debut CD...GHETTO RETRO is the most auspicious Bay Area R&B maiden voyage in recent memory."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"GHETTO RETRO"...a fully realized masterpiece that imaginatively weds some of the best elements of old-school R&B with contemporary hip-hop energy."
-The SF Bay Guardian
"Baby Jaymes'GHETTO RETRO represents a new style and language that's gaining currency within hip-hop...interwining social issues and interwining bodies."
-East Bay Express