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soundsofblackness3This is the third in a series of artist biographies aimed at illuminating the depth of talent, creative and productivity Minnesota artist bring to their craft and to our community and culture in the broadest sense. Again we focus on three more incredibly talented members of Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness.

Andrea Tribitt
Andrea Tribitt has traveled the world as a melodious messenger of good news believing that music heals, enlightens, and transcends cultural and language barrier’s to penetrate the very essence of one’s soul manifesting hope.

She is a singer, actress, writer, educator, performance coach, and Co-Owner of FlexSound Studios. Tribitt has been featured in a Walmart commercial, she has been awarded many accolades for her dedication to excellence through song and she has appeared in several stage productions. She performed at the 2010 National NAACP Conference held in Kansas City, and she is the 2009-2010 voice of IDVAAC singing, “Path of Healing”.

She is sought out as a consultant for many church organizations of all faiths to teach and instruct workshops on praise and worship. She has established praise and worship teams throughout the years in the Midwest and has taught music abroad. You can find her unique voice on Hawkins Music & Arts seminar recordings and other various sound recordings.

As a member of the Sounds of Blackness, Tribitt has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the biggest names in show business. In 1999 she performed at the White House for the Millennium celebration bringing in the new decade with President Bill Clinton and a host of celebrity’s for this grand historical event.


Guitarist Deevo
Guitarist Deevo brings a wide array of musical background to any gig he's on, with performance experience ranging from R&B, jazz, reggae, funk, rock, gospel, and blues. Born and raised in Chicago, he has come along way from the boy who used to walk to his music lessons a mile and half away while carrying his guitar in a Hefty bag. He is now based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Currently he is performing with Grammy Award winning group The Commodores. Also he performs with Grammy award winning The Sounds of Blackness, The Steeles, Sara Renner, TKO, AGAPE, Dan Kusz, Big Walter Smith, R-Factor, Fred Steele, JD Steele, Mallia Franklin, PKG, Wain McFarlane(IPSO FACTO), Smokey Joes Cafe Musical, Always & Forever Musical, Birmingham Musical, Bella Diva, Diane Martinson, Rebekka Fisher, The Fonky Baldheads, GeVonne Ford, Gwen Matthews, Les Exodus, Innocent, Jodie Sellers, Best Kept Secret, The Kenni Holmen Quintet, Yolanda Bruce, NorthCoast, Ryan & The Rule, Woodland Hills Church, Calvary Lutheran, New Hope Evangelical, Speak the Word Church, Barbara Leshore, Best Kept Secret, as well as Producers Ben Obi, Kirk Johnson, Matt ..Dr.. Fink, and Ricky Peterson.

Deevo also works as a producer and songwriter. His career highlights include performances with Prince, Tramaine Hawkins, Tab Benoit, Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel and Cap..n Jack McDuff. Among his awards and honors are the 2006 LA Music Awards for Best Smooth Jazz Group and Best Smooth Jazz Single (with The Dan Kusz Band), Black Music Award's Best R&B Group in 1996 (with The KAJ Orchestra); nominations by the Minnesota Music Awards for The KAJ Orchestra also in 1996; Les Exodus (Best Reggae Band Category in 2000); as well as for Big Walter Smith for Best Blues Band in 1992 and 1996. Currently Deevo is featured in his own group of trusted friends and colleagues, BluPrint!


Larry (Section) Sims
Larry (Section) Sims, trumpeter for Sounds Of Blackness was born in Detroit, MI. He’s been a member of Sounds since 1983. Larry’s initial music endeavor was back in the Disco Era when he co-founded the musical group Brainstorm. There hits were “Loving Is Really My Game” and “This Must Be Heaven.” Sims has participated as an Artist in Residence with Phillip Brunelle’s Vocal Essence-Witness program. Larry is involved with a plethora of musical bands and groups here in the Twin Cities and is the bugler for “The 29th Infantry Colored Troop” Civil War re-enactment group out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

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