Ro James

REVOLT Presents

Ro James

Kevin Ross, Candice Boyd, Major Myjah

Fri · March 3, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$23 ADV $26 DOS

This event is all ages

Box Office is open Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm and All Show Nights, 410-244-0057. Unless otherwise noted Maryland State's 10% Admissions and Amusement Tax is included in the ticket price.

Ro James
Ro James
Ro's funky, individual style radiated wherever he ended up, so when he got back to New York City, where individualism for many is more of a lofty goal than an actual character trait, Ro found himself fitting back into the NYC party scene very easily. Within a year after moving in with his grandmother in Queens, the young singer was out doing shows around NYC. "I can't say the beginning was a struggle," says Ro. "It became a struggle when I knew the music I wanted to do didn't sound like popular music."

The music Ro wanted to do is the music you can hear on his EP series Coke, Jack & Cadillac's. On it, you can hear the unique sound created by his concoction of influences, which range from Lenny Kravitz to D'Angelo to Johnny Cash to Prince and the gospel music he grew up singing in his dad's churches. But just as important as Ro's sound is his story, which can be traced in the series title.

The first installment, COKE, contains the patriotic love song "Pledge Allegiance" which shows the elasticity in Ro's voice, as he easily moves between a confident falsetto and an aggressive tenor to declare his devotion to the woman he loves.
On, JACK, there's the gut-wrenching ballad "Indiana Jones," a song about his aforementioned first love in Indiana. Don't be fooled by the sultry slithery guitar strums and synths. Ro pours his heart out here, confessing his frustrations with a love he just can't get right.

CADILLACS has songs like the soulful, gospeldelic cut, "XIX." Here Ro is reminiscing on the shenanigans he'd get into while driving the El Dorado Cadillac his father gave him. His voice is confident, but a vulnerability skims the surface as he exposes his naivete during his younger years.

With the Coke Jack, & Cadillacs collection, Ro's sound is sure to become the next industry standard. Already it's caught the attention of influential publications like VIBE and the tastemaker blog, Complex. He has also received cosigns from those in his peer group, known as 'The Jackets', which is comprised of Luke James, Miguel, Leah Labelle and Bridget Kelly among others. But one listen and the various comparisons Ro has been receiving amongst his cult-like following will make sense. As he likes to say, all he has to do is get people's attention and keeping it will be easy.

"With my story and the places I've been, my work is completely different from everything else that's out there," says Ro. "We're all inspired by the same things, things like love, but Coke, Jack, & Cadillac is going to be a different experience, an original experience."
Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross had never felt more alive. The singer had gone from performing once every three months to opening for neo-soul legend Maxwell five times a week, and his nostalgia-flecked, soul-drenched repertoire resonated with audiences. In demand, he swiftly released an EP boasting features from Ne-Yo and T.I., penned a song for a national commercial and was tapped for a spot on Ne-Yo’s sold-out tour—all in the same year. He’d been praying, asking if he should really be an artist, and the answer seemed to be a resounding “yes.”

And then suddenly, Ross found himself in a career desert.

“It felt dry and dismal to have this great peak, then sink again. I didn’t know what was next. Was this the end for me?” the Washington, D.C. native says now. “But someone told me that to be great, you have to go through great things—not just great wins, but great tragedy. It’s about getting back into the fight no matter how dinged up you feel.”

In the wake of that struggle, Ross has emerged stronger and more determined than ever.

He co-wrote Trey Songz’s certified gold single “Touchin, Lovin” and has been featured everywhere from NBA spots to Grey’s Anatomy. Praised by ABC as having an “expansive, entrancing and enigmatic modern R&B style,” the singer was named “Best New R&B Artist” of 2014 by AOL and was the ASCAP’s 2016 Rhythm and Soul Award Winner. “Long Song Away,” a love song that’s kissed by Ross’ sweet vocals and just begging for a slow dance, quickly racked up almost half a million views on Youtube and became the most added song on Urban Adult Contemporary radio. And he shows no signs of backing down: To the delight of his 65,000+ followers on Instagram, this year he’ll head back out on tour with another one of R&B’s most promising ones-to- watch, Ro James.

Growing up, the “hustle mentality” of D.C. was impressed upon him as his father’s side of the family was full of singers. Still, there was plenty of fun injected into the fray, and Ross’ house constantly swayed to the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince and Patrice Rushen. “If it felt good, it was played,” he says.

After covering a medley of Stevie Wonder’s hits for a Motown Tribute his sophomore year of arts high school, Ross realized his destiny. He won a partial scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and by age 18 was already trekking into New York City to audition for background singing slots for Alicia Keys and Usher. He wasn’t chosen, but instead of defeating him, the rejection sharpened him.

“’Man, I must suck!’” he remembers thinking. He chuckles. “But I learned you have to be able to build your own world, like Steve Jobs said. So I started to fuse my love for jazz and hip hop and soul and create a nostalgic feel that moves music forward. I’m a bridge between the old and the new.”

Moving to Atlanta, he spent his first year after college pinging back and forth from studio to studio. It was hard, he says, but it paid off—within the year, he scored his first big placement with Jamie Foxx. Signing with Motown Records, he released his solo debut, 2014’s Dialogue in the Grey, and reached the pinnacle of his career—or so he thought.

With his soulful major label debut, The Awakening, due in March, Ross is poised to introduce himself not as a star streaking across the sky, but as an artist making timeless music with timely appeal, a modern-day Donny Hathaway. Armed with hard-earned knowledge, he strips away social media posturing and obsession with material things and speaks to what really matters in life.

“People get so obsessed with money or the look of it. We forgot about truth. We forgot people hurt, that they want to feel something. We can’t just have two songs a year that make us feel,” he explains.

“It’s my audacity to say, I will make it. I made it past step one. So now I can’t stop,” he continues. “If you’re given a gift, you gotta use it.”
Candice Boyd
Candice Boyd
Major Myjah
Major Myjah is a 17-year old multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician and actor signed to Warner Brothers Records. Major's new and eclecticsound is inspired by influences asdiverseasColdplay, the Beatles, Kendrick Lamar, Eminemand James Fauntleroy.

Major's dedication to his artistry and acumenas a songwriterhas led to collaborations with acclaimed artists, songwriters and producersvery early in the teen's career. Some of the industry heavyweights with whom Majorhas collaborated withinclude Afrojack, Asher Roth, Rey Reel, Jerry Wonda, James Fauntleroy, Angela Hunte, Ryan Toby, Kevin Cosom, The Runners, Busbee, Supa Dups, Don Corleon, Mozella, Prince and The Messengers.

His deubt single"Cry" was released in November 2014 and his debut album will be released in the spring of 2015 on Warner Bros. Records.
Venue Information:
Baltimore Soundstage
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202