Michael Muse and The Walker Redds Project In Concert at Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Michael Muse embodies the best traditions of R&B and Soul music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. His velvet voice is unique and mesmerizing, captivating audiences across the globe. It was inevitable that Michael Muse’s talent would capture the world since his gift was discovered at the age of five and since he is the son of the legendary New York Jazz Musician “Chuck Henley.” A native Washingtonian, Muse started his professional career as the lead vocalist for Rare Essence at the ripe age of 16 and penned their second single release “Back Up Against The Wall” in 1983. Muse is also known in the DC music community as one of the most prolific vocalist in Go-Go history, paving the way for most vocalist in Go-Go today. Muse studied under the direction of Dr. Leroy Dorsey, who taught Donny Hathaway and Robert Flack at the historical Howard University.

Thousands have been entranced by Michael Muse’s superb Falsetto and natural smooth tenor that make him an extraordinary balladeer. Now with the support of four close friends; Keith Busey (Bassist and former Music Director for The Stylistics), Marc Foster (Keyboardist), Larnell Carr (Percussionist), and Jocque Johnson (brother of the talented Meshell Ndegeocello on Guitar and musical arrangements), they are on a mission as a band to flood the airways with a unique smooth sound with a slight touch of homegrown Washington DC sound infused in the mix.

The Walker Redds Project is a unique blend of Contemporary Jazz, Rock, Neo Soul, R&B Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Gospel and Top 40 Music. The Project captivates its audience with their sound. The musicians are: Chris “Walker Redds” Walker – Percussionist/Manager, Wesley “Wes” Watkins – Drums, Jerel Abraham – Bass Guitar, Keith Hammond – Lead Guitar, Branden Jacobs – Keyboards, Producer, Compose, and Lakindra Shanea – Lead Vocals.

In addition to their own touring, the members of the ensemble have performed with Carolyn Malachi, Richard Smallwood, Marcus Johnson, Frank Sirius, Lil Mo, Roberta Flack, Dawn Robinson, Kim Burrell, Israel Houghton, Martha Munizzi, Bryon Cage, Marvin Sapp, and Vickie Winans. Chuck Brown Band, The O’jays and Gerald Levert, Mya and a host of others.

Their influences include Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce’, Raheem DeVaughn, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, Lee Ritenour to Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Tito Puente, Sheila E, and Giovanni Hidalgo and a host of others.

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