Black History Month - Influences on Michigan Musicians, Pt. 2

posted by Jess Martin on 02/23/2021

We have many talented artists in Michigan and they all bring their own unique sound to the community, so this month we wanted to hear a little more about what black artists/musicians have influenced them. Some of our respondents chose to reflect on who they listened to growing up and others wanted to highlight some of the fellow musicians they see making an impact in Michigan!


Let’s take a look at the second round of responses:

Jordan Hamilton

What black artists/musicians influenced your own developmental interest in music?

Sly and the Family Stone, Bill Withers, Jay-Z, Dipset, Kanye West, Earth Wind & Fire, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Young Jeezy, Quincy Jones, Brahms , Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Bobby McFerrin, Eurythmics

What current black musicians/artists are inspiring you?

John Orpheus, Minor Element, Compose the Way, Benna, Basic Comfort, Jay Jackson, Tyler Robinson, Jessica Ivey, The Urban Cellist, 99 The Producer

What are you/your band up to these days?

At the moment I have been focusing on recording, teaching, and launching a new performance Series called "The Green Room" (Happens on the last Sunday of every month.)

Looking forward to releasing the following things:

-The next Green Room series Livestream with Jordyn Davis on 2/28

-a new solo instrumental record called "Vibrations."

-a new album by Last Gasp Collective called, "ODB"

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Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions

What black artists/musicians influenced your own developmental interest in music?

Sam Cooke, The Temptations, Charles Moore (my first vocal coach).

What current black musicians/artists are inspiring you?

Michael Kiwanuka, Tobe Nwigwe, Kaia Kater

What are you/your band up to these days?

Planning our third album’s release (coming June 2021), enjoying time with my newborn daughter, and continuing to write.

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Wuzee / Samil (Response from Wuzee)

What black artists/musicians influenced your own developmental interest in music?

Prince, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, and MF DOOM.

What current black musicians/artists are inspiring you?

Roc Marciano.

What are you/your band up to these days?

Currently finishing up a few projects. Planning on dropping 3 this year.

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Sandra Effert

What black artists/musicians influenced your own developmental interest in music?

Lianne LaHavas, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Prince, Corinne Bailey Rae

What current black musicians/artists are inspiring you?

H.E.R, Lianne LaHavas

What are you/your band up to these days?

Mostly recording videos for Youtube


Stay tuned at 88.1fm WYCE for more!

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