Born Arnet Jerome Diggs on June 5th 1956 to Eula Mae Johnson &William Kessler Diggs in Philadelphia, Pa., I learned music at an early age. In this family of 10, all of my brothers and sisters either sang or played an instrument. Inheriting love for gospel, jazz, R&B and entertaining from mom and dad, I started a musical journey that hasnt waned even though its taken all of the changes in direction that musicians take.
I took violin lessons in the 3rd grade only to find that the cello squeaked a lot less. I played cello all through my school years, became a music magnet student and was good enough for All City Orchestra in high school. Also during that period, I had practiced long and hard enough to learn bass, guitar, drums, piano, theory, composition and acoustics.
Over the years since school, my influences had grown from the Mozart through Motown through Miles eras to the more prevalent sounds of the electronic generation and virtuosity. I began to listen to Hendrix, Billy Preston, James Taylor, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Isaac, Curtis, Quincy Jones, Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke and you get the picture.
I was fortunate to survive a military period, marriage and becoming a single parent to a mildly disabled son. Ive performed with many national and international artists,(i.e. The Blue Notes, The Dreamlovers, and Bill Pinkney and The Original Drifters) and when called upon, play for icons like William Bell, & the legendary Barbara Carr.
My current cd, Already In Progress is still making moderate progress in the beach and blues markets and is available on itunes, amazon , soundclick, myspace and of course from me.
You can expect a new cd from me soon and Ill see you @ the show.
PEACE & PROSPERITYAJ
The current unit consists of myself on all lead vocals,Electric and Acoustic guitars and everything else you may hear on my recordings. (Except where indicated.) The other members or additional personel will be announced.
I play live and lately i've been doing a lot of work with blues artists in the Greensboro, NC area. There are a number of blues venues between NC,SC,GA, Fla and beyond. So far, it's always a special moment on the many stages. This year has put most bands to the test of survival but I can safely say, my crew and I have survived and are looking forward to performing for you.
Growing up in Philly,it goes without saying that I listened to a lot of MOTOWN, the local groups like The Delphonics, Blue Magic, The Intruders and the legendary SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Billy Paul, The O'Jays, Dexter Wansel, along with Sly and the Family Stone,The Iron Butterfly, Cold Blood, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Isaac Hayes & STAX/VOLT, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith,, George Benson,and even Sinatra.Through other entertainment mediums(i.e.radio,tv,etc),I got familiar with QUINCY JONES, CHICK COREA,
LALO SCHRIFIN, MIKE POST and the art of scoring which is really what I aspire to do ultimately.I also learned Jazz and Gospel, which were also prevailent in my musical upbringing. Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Prince, Steely Dan, Phil Collins, Led Zeppellin,The Beatles and the late greats Jimi Hendrix, Barry White, Ray Charles, Jaco Pastorious, Otis Redding, Grover Washington, Luther Vandross, Tyrone Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Roger Troutman, Michael Jackson &n Marvin Gaye are still staples of my daily regimen.
I use Ibanez, Fender, and Alverez guitars and an Ibanez TBX150R amp... The Tobias 6string along with a Fender Precision Active 4string and modified Squier 5 & 4string jazz basses with the FENDER Rumble and LINE6 aplifiers. SHURE SM57 & SM58 Mics....yeah..."Old School"
CHECK OUT WHAT I DO.I DON'T USE DIGITAL BUT I'M LEARNING TO. I DON'T LOOP CUT &/OR PASTE! I DO MOST OF IT ALONE AND I'M ONE OF THE BEST I KNOW IN THIS BUSINESS. IF YOU CAN NAME 100 TOP 40 TUNES FROM "THE OLD SCHOOL",I CAN PLAY THE ENTIRE RHYTHYM TRACK TO AT LEAST 85 OF THEM. I'VE LEARNED MY LESSONS WELL AND I AM MORE THAN WILLING TO SHARE WITH THOSE THAT FEEL THE NEED TO KNOW. THERE ARE MANY SNAKES STILL IN THE PICTURE AND I'VE BEEN PRACTICING FOOL-PROOF METHODS OF RIDDING THE BUSINESS OF THEM. I DO THIS FOR A LIVING AND I LOVE IT!
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