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An eclectic mix of Funk, Jazz, R & B, Hip - Hop, Reggae, House and Soul.
Founded in 2002 The Urban Gypsies are a band with music as its mission playing a variety of styles. This band has as its members: GX3, founder, producer, singer, writer and sax man. Maurice (The axeman) Mackie, associate producer, writer, guitarist and singer, DeDara Moore, songstress, writer & producer, Shawnese Jennings, singer & songwriter, Keenan Pinson, Bass and James Stewart, drums and vocals, Monique " Monachere'" Howard, singer & songwriter. We also have the Gypsy Singers including but not limited to: Monique "Mona Chere'" Howard, Dedara "De Dara" Moore, and Shawnese Jennings We also have the Young Gypsy Drama Crew (YGC), which includes both rappers and singers: Mel "Black Mel" McCoy, Quentin "QB" Bradley, Monique "Mona Chere'" Howard, Rayvin " Tu Tu " Caldwell, and David "Blak" Caldwell, Tony "Baby Huey" Spurill.
Band/artist history
The Urban Gypsies are a group of musicians dedicated to R.A.I.S. Music or Rhythm And International Soul. Formed by the collective thought of Bernie GX Gresham III, Felton Maurice Mackey, Marcos Rivera, Jeff Fields, and Chyse Smith, and Norris Old Mac McKinley the band was formed in the summer of 2004. Since its inception the band has had a number of members; some of whom, have left and returned; some of whom have gone on to different projects. They all are still considered Gypsies. Current Roster: GX3, De Dara, Shawnese, James, Maurice, and Keenan; Part timers- Marcos Rivera, Greg James, Dwight "White" Murden, Takee & Los
Have you performed in front of an audience?
We have performed live at a number of venues including; The open house for the Chicago Communicator Newspaper, The Black Law Student Association Alumni Dinner, EXposure Restaurant, Cafe' Society Restaurant, and most recently at the African Carribean Festival of Life.
Your musical influences
George Clinton, James Brown, Bob Marley, Quincey Jones, Led Zeplin, Pink Floyd, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, John Coltrane, Teena Marie, Prince, Notorious B.I.G., Tu Pac, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Ray Cahrles, The Cookies.
What equipment do you use?
Pro-Tools, Reasons, Fruity Loops, Ableton Live
Anything else?
If you are interested in promotional materials: T-Shirts, or Posters please contact Bernie Gresham III (773) 946-2302.
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