University United Festival 2022 Lineup

SATURDAY ARTISTS - June 11, 2022

EMCEED BY COMEDIAN GARY WALLACE

FEATURING PERFORMANCE BY CAMI CLUNE FROM NBC'S "THE VOICE"

Bobby V

Bobby Marcel Wilson (born February 27, 1980),[3] better known by his stage name Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino), is an American singer and songwriter. He was first a member of the R&B group Mista in 1994, before signing to rapper Ludacris through his label imprint, Disturbing tha Peace under Def Jam Recordings in 2005. Bobby V's first single as a solo artist, "Slow Down", released in February 2005, peaked at number 8 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The single was certified gold by the RIAA and became the lead single for his eponymous debut album (2005)-which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and had a follow up single, "Tell Me" (featuring Lil Wayne).

His next album, Special Occasion was released in May 2007, and warranted success from its second single, "Anonymous", which was produced by and featured a guest appearance from producer Timbaland. He has charted three No. 1 albums on Billboard's U.S. Top R&B Chart since 2006.

Mýa

On February 14, 2018, Grammy Award Winning Artist Mýa will celebrate 20 years in the music industry as an internationally known, respected singer, songwriter, producer, musician, dancer/choreographer, actress, activist and philanthropist. Washington, D.C.- native Mýa released her self-titled, double platinum, debut album, Mýa, in 1998. The album launched the then 18- year-old Mýa into the fabric of pop-culture. Mýa featured the massively successful singles "It's All About Me," "Movin On" and "My First Night With You" "Ghetto Superstar" & "Take Me There." In 2000, Mýa released her second double platinum album, Fear of Flying, featuring the hits "Case of the Ex", "Free" and "Best of Me." In May 2001, Mýa collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, P!nk and Missy Elliot on a remake of LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade", which is featured in Baz Luhrman's "Moulin Rouge." Selling over 5.5 million copies, it became the most successful airplay-only single in history and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration and went on to collect numerous awards.

The Whispers

One of R&B music's most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers, began their legendary and timeless career in 1963. Twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott joined with friends Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon to form a local singing group. They perfected their tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. They began singing together as "the Eden trio" created by Nicholas Caldwell and Marcus Hutson. Later, they were renamed "The Whispers" by Lou Bedell of Dore Records. The group recorded nine singles for the Dore label between 1964 and 1967. Their fame grew in the Bay Area while performing in a series of what was known as "The Battle of the Bands" where they competed against other local acts for their fans appreciation and affection. In 1969 they released "The Time Will Come" for a small L.A. based label Soul Clock Records, and subsequently recorded their first Top 10 R&B hit, "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong," in 1970 when the group switched to Janus Records. By 1971 Gordy Harmon decided to leave the group and was replaced by Leaveil Degree who had previously sung with "The Friends of Distinction". The Whispers produced a string of hits over the next two decades and emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits throughout the seventies and eighties.

Joe

Joseph Lewis Thomas (born July 5, 1973), known mononymously as Joe, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer. Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, he later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and he signed a record deal with Polygram Records in 1992. He rose to prominence after releasing his debut album Everything the following year. He followed it with a series of successful albums under Jive Records, including All That I Am (1997), the international bestseller My Name Is Joe (2000) as well as the multi-certified albums Better Days (2001) and And Then... (2003). Several songs from these albums became hit singles on the pop and R&B record charts, including the number-one hit "Stutter", the top ten entries "All the Things (Your Man Won't Do)", "Don't Wanna Be a Player", and "I Wanna Know" as well as his collaborations "Faded Pictures", "Thank God I Found You" and "Still Not a Player".

SUNDAY ARTISTS - June 12, 2022

EMCEED BY REV. DARIUS G. PRIDGEN and PASTOR D'MOTT

Darcel Blue

Born into a musical family, I guess you can say that it was destined that Darcel would sing as well. It's been shared more than once, the many times, and hours spent on the hip of her mother, as she directed the choir. Somewhere around the age of 10, it was decided that Darcel would audition for Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts, a school specializing in the Arts. Darcel attended, from 6th to 12th grade, graduating with a Music Arts Diploma. In the midst of High School, Darcel entered various contests, and music showcases. It was an amazing experience, and caused her to grow and learn a lot more about the art of singing, while meeting so many awesome people along the way. After High School, Darcel continued singing, mostly in her home church, Pastored by her grandfather, the Late Great Pastor Glenn H. DuBois. There, she held many positions in the choir, did some directing, and started significant Christian development. Now singing for God, had a new meaning. It was much more than just a melody, but a message! Today, Darcel continues to sing at many weddings, and special events like The Black Achievers Ball, and has been the special guest vocalist at Roswell Parks Black History Program, Children's Hospital, Boy Scouts of America and more. Darcel works as a session singer and serves at 4 area churches, as Minister of Music, Worship Leader, and youth choir director. She loves what she does, and prays that God continues to bless her, and keep her voice strong. Her goal is to encourage and lift the mood of the listeners, To show them that God loves and cares for them. To forget about their worries for awhile, because music can heal. She believes that God has been her strength, every step of the way, and she will never stop giving him praise.

Le'Andria Johnson

Gospel and praise & worship singer Le'Andria Johnson's journey to a recording career almost ran like the plot for a made-for-TV movie of the week as she overcame obstacles, hardships, and personal disasters to get there. Born on January 23, 1983, Johnson was the twice-divorced single mother of three children when she fell on hard times, losing her home to foreclosure the day before a friend convinced her to drive to New Orleans in a borrowed car to audition for the cable TV show Sunday Best. The daughter of a preacher, Johnson had sung in front of her father's congregations since she was two years old, but she had hardly considered a professional career as a gospel singer. She arrived at the TV audition with little time to spare, and wearing flip flops and the clothes she drove there in, she was amazed to be selected as a contestant.

Fred Hammond

For more than 35 years, music lovers around the world have known Grammy Award Winning artist Fred Hammond as a gifted vocalist, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger. But as his peers and supporters alike have so reverently declared, he is without debate the architect behind the creation of a phenomenon in Gospel music, Urban Praise & Worship-a genre of gospel music that did not exist prior. As a result, Fred Hammond has become one of the most respected names in the music industry! In fact, Essence Magazine (2017 Collector's Edition) names Fred Hammond in the esteemed list of the 50 Greatest Male Singers of All Time! Fred Hammond has been hailed as an Inspirational Music Icon whose music STILL reaches people from all walks of life. Chance the Rapper recently performed his remake of Hammond's hit song "Let the Praise Begin" (entitled "Blessing/Are You Ready?") on The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon. Jamie Foxx performed Hammond's signature anthem "No Weapon" during his acceptance speech at the NAACP Awards and elaborated during an interview (on Jimmy Kimmel Live) about how the song had such an incredible impact on Quentin Tarantino, Kerry Washington and the cast of D'Jango as they were shooting some of their most intense, heart-wrenching scenes.

Our KIDS ZONE will have attractions for kids of all ages! There will be a Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Airbrush Tattooing, and more!

The University United Festival KIDS ZONE is sponsored by KeyBank.