Southern Vanguard Radio Interview – Interview Sessions: Zo!

Last week, I sat down with my good friend and former WKU classmate, DJ Jon Doe last week and ended up going into an in-depth two hour interview that covers everything from our college days, to why baseball didn’t work out, to the time I randomly met Dilla…. to my history with +FE Music. Take some time to listen, download…. and most of all, enjoy!

Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers “Studio Campfire Stories: LIVE” in Detroit, MI – April 11, 2015

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Studio Campfire Stories – LIVE

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers

Saturday, April 11, 2015 – Detroit, MI
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
GM Theatre
315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 | (313) 494-5800
Doors: 8p | 18+
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Studio Campfire Stories, an original concert series where songs from Zo!’s ManMade and Carmen Rodgers’ Stargazer albums come alive in an intimate setting via colorful stories behind all of the music played as told by the artists themselves. 

Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers “Studio Campfire Stories: LIVE” in Chicago, IL – April 9, 2015

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Kwest_on Presents

Studio Campfire Stories – LIVE

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers

Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Chicago, IL
The Promontory
5311 South Lake Park Avenue West, Chicago, IL 60615 | (312) 801-2100
Doors: 7p | 21+
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Studio Campfire Stories, an original concert series where songs from Zo!’s ManMade and Carmen Rodgers’ Stargazer albums come alive in an intimate setting via colorful stories behind all of the music played as told by the artists themselves. 

Hyde Park’s own Kwest_on (Freedom Party, We Love Soul) presents two of the most exciting artists in contemporary R&B music. Zo!, known for his work with The Foreign Exchange, is joined by the lovely Carmen Rodgers for a night of progressive neo-soul and musical magic.

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith return to the UK!! (March 21 & 22)

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 – Birmingham, UK
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith
HMV Institute (Temple, The Institute)
78 Digbeth High Street,, Digbeth, Birmingham, United Kingdom B5 6DY | +44 121 643 0428
6:30p | 18+
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Sunday, March 22, 2015 – London, UK
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers + Sy Smith
Jazz Café
5 Parkway, Camden, London, United Kingdom NW1 7PG | +44 20 7485 6834
7p | 18+
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Visuals from the Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers | New Year’s Eve at Hayti Heritage in Durham, NC – (12.31.14)

Visuals from…

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers
at Hayti Heritage in Durham, NC
December 31, 2014

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys & Shit Talking
Carmen Rodgers – Lead Saingin’
Phonte – Special Guest Saingin’ & NYE Toast
Tom Browne – Guest Trumpet & Rap on “Funkin’ For Jamaica”
Zach Cutler – Electric Six-String
Darion Alexander – The Low End Theory
LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Take a guess…
Jon Laine – The Kit

Photos courtesy of Artige Photography, The Art of Cool Project and Cathy Foreman

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2014 in Pictures

2014 was a year I spent on the ROAD. Shall I even attempt to list all of the cities?! ….Hell, why not. This year I hit up Amsterdam, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham (Alabama and United Kingdom), Boston, Brooklyn, Cape Town, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Cologne, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Durham, Fresno, Houston, Johannesburg, Kansas City, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, Paris, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, Rotterdam, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Seattle, St. Louis and right down the street…. Washington D.C.

I got to hear music that I worked on every single week on Adult Swim’s animated series, Black Dynamite, saw myself on TV one day and decided to make a change by dropping off 35 lbs in the first few months of the year, traveled and saw some of the world with The Foreign Exchange and solo with Carmen Rodgers, started working on an EP with 1/2 of +FE, Nicolay, rocked an NPR Tiny Desk with +FE, began scoring a documentary, began a storytelling series, “Studio Campfire Stories: LIVE” that started on the right foot with a sold out show in Atlanta, and released one of the more talked about videos of the year (in my eyes anyway haha)..

Here’s to a helluva 2015 and much love to everyone riding with me throughout this musical journey… *raises glass of brown likkuh* Cheers!!

Favorite Moments of 2014: Bass Battle in Richmond

After a tiny bit of trash talking throughout the show, my bass player Darion Alexander and I finally decided to go ahead and engage in a heated battle of the low-end, stringed instruments on stage at my show in Richmond, VA back on August 23rd with Carmen Rodgers. With Jon Laine on drums providing the rhythmic backdrop we needed, I came off of the keys briefly after accepting the challenge and we went in. Here’s a clip of what transpired…


Video shot by James Harris