“…but MY crew is the BEEEST!” © ODB

So…. I got a text a last night from my former WKU college roommate and teammate with a picture of his daughter….. And what she wore to school yesterday. Young Madelyn then informed him that she… “was representing”.

THAT’S what I’m talkin about!! The young ones know what sounds good AND they’re riding for us!!…

Never forget, +FE Music is for the children.

Shouts to Kevin and Holly… and hugs to Madelyn for “representing” well!

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To see your picture here… Send an email of yourself in a Zo! T-shirt to

C3V5Music (at) gmail (dot) com

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On Stage With The Foreign Exchange @ The Art Of Cool Festival – Durham, NC (04.26.14)

It went down this past Saturday with The Foreign Exchange at the Hayti Heritage Center (Durham, NC) at The Art Of Cool Festival… Here are a couple of shots from it.

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Photo by @FVaral

(L to R)
Jeanne Jolly – Vocals
Zo! – Keyboards
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Darion Alexander – Bass
Phonte – Lead Vocals
Nick Baglio – Drums
Chris Boerner – Guitar
Nicolay – Keyboards

“We Are On The Move” Debuts on Vh1 Soul!!

It feels pretty good to now have two videos from ManMade in rotation on VH1 Soul now (“Count To Five” being the first)… “We Are On The Move” is definitely my most popular video to date and I’m happy to see that it’s finally getting a bit of television shine… Click the picture to see the video.

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Visuals from Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers in Detroit • Photos by Abby O. Photography (04.13.14)

Visuals from…

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers
+ SaxAppeal & Collective Peace
+ B. Williams
at The Shelter in Detroit, MI
April 13, 2014

Photos by Abby O. Photography

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys & “That Boy Good” shirt
Carmen Rodgers – Saingin’
SaxAppeal – Saxophone, of course
Kamau Inaede – Bass/Keybass
Marcus Douglas – Drums
Brandon Williams – Guitar
D-Love – Percussion
Kristopher Jahi Crosby – Keys

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+FE Music Is For the Children… Part II

I was sent another video today, this time by Lisa of Dallas, Texas… Allow me to introduce you to 11-year old Morgan who was riding in the car and rockin’ out to “Greatest Weapon Of All Time” (I was told that this is the song of choice for the morning commute to school). I love it!!

Much love to Lisa and my young fan Morgan for this video… it has truly made my weekend.

Zo! Interview with Ixiti.com (Detroit)

Detroit Native Zo! Mixes Influences from Motown to Dilla

Author: Veronica Grandison
Source: Ixiti.com

Detroit-native Lorenzo “Zo!” Ferguson never stays away from the Motor City too long. In fact, the indie R&B/hip hop multi-instrumentalist/producer has two stops planned here within the next month.

First, Zo! plays a solo show April 13 at The Shelter. Then, in May, he’ll return as part of the collaboration The Foreign Exchange for a show at the Magic Stick. And, he was just here last year to promote his 13th LP, “Manmade.”

Grown in Detroit

As a multi-instrumentalist (he plays the keyboard/piano, bass guitar, drums, and guitar), Ferguson is a master at blending all types of sounds to find the right chemistry. His music crosses a multitude of genres from R&B to soul, funk, jazz and hip hop, all of which he was exposed to by his parents growing up on the Westside of Detroit.

“My mother gave me the R&B and Motown side, and my father gave me more of the funk, the jazz, the bluesy side, so I was able to hear a wide spectrum of music growing up,” says Ferguson from his home in Silver Springs, MD.
 “That’s how I developed my ear, and once I started listening to hip-hop, that became my muse, so taking all these genres of music and being able to fuse it into an influence.

“I don’t look at it as a genre, I look at it as me just making good music.”

Even though he took piano lessons as a kid, music was not something Ferguson was passionate about. Ferguson had intentions of becoming a pro-baseball player and even earned a full athletic scholarship to Western Kentucky University. When his baseball career didn’t pan out the way he wanted, Ferguson began transferring all of his time and energy into playing music, practicing the piano and keyboards every day.

He released his first LP “Zo! Presents…Ablyss” in 2001, and since then has released 13 solo projects.

READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE