Our Artists

Player A

Player A features some of the top session players and producers in the Nashville area. Conceived and produced by Eric Copeland for Creative Soul Jazz, Player A celebrates the professional session and stage players, as well as all players of music instruments everywhere.

Their first single "Coming On" broke into the top 30 of the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts in 2011, and they have begun their special "Player A Creative weekends", starting in March, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA.

Their debut album, "Our Own Devices" has received rave reviews and was featured in the Fall issue of JAZZIZ.

Find out more at PlayerAJazz.com

Kerensa Gray

20th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition winner Kerensa Gray is often compared to the likes of jazz royalty - Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald and contemporaries such as Diana Krall and has shared the stage with artists such as Stellar Award Winner Isaiah Thomas and opened for Grammy and Dove award winners CeCe Winans and Vickie Winans and has served as guest vocalist for the Drew Davidsen Band.

Finding her voice first in string studies as a gifted violin student, Kerensa began working with Frostburg State University orchestra while still attending middle school. These early years fostered an unquenchable love for music and encouraged a budding artist to discover the music of her own soul. As a gifted songwriter, this dynamic vocalist brings fresh insight and infectious energy to her approach of beloved classics and a transparency in her songwriting that speaks to that for which we all yearn - truth without compromise. Kerensa’s music finds balance in her ability to skilfully interweave melodies of jazz, blues and folk music into a sound that is undeniably and uniquely her while her talent as a gifted vocalist unearths yet unseen perspectives into the standards that are the soundtracks to our lives.

Find out more about Kerensa here...

Ronny Smith

Introducing Ronny Smith, a smooth jazz guitarist and veteran of the Baltimore jazz scene. Ronny considers his early influences to have been George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass. One can hear touches of each of those greats in his CDs, "Long Time Comin", "Just Grooving", "Simply Stated", "Got Groove" and, "Laid Back", along with Ronny’s own strong musical personality.

As a guitarist, he has shared the stage with such artists as the Marvelettes, jazz drumming legend Bobby Durham, and vocalist Melba Moore. He has recorded with some of the top session musicians of the Nashville and California scene, including John Hammond (Player A), Gary Lunn (Peter Cetera), Pat Coil (Michael McDonald), Craig Nelson (Ben Tankard), and Dan Needham (Euge Groove), Scott Martin (Quincy Jones) Andy Martin (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat band), Stan Martin (Quincy Jones).

For more about Ronny, check out http://www.RonnySmith.com

David Slone

David Slone grew up in Los Angeles, California, surfing, playing guitar around the Beach bonfires, and living life in the fast lane.

After years of playing locally, and as featured guitarist for several churches in the area, David decided it was time to make an album of music that he could pass down to his own children. So he collaborated with longtime friend and producer Eric Copeland, also from Lexington, but now working fulltime producing in Nashville, TN.

David’s debut album on Creative Soul Jazz is “For Love Alone”, and features great songs like the Larry Carlton title tune, as well as Jeff Beck’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”, Sting’s “It’s Probably Me”, and original songs from David and producer Eric Copeland.

Find out more about David at http://www.DavidSlone.com

Tom Hemby

Tom is a Grammy-winning guitarist should really need no introduction. Tom is a 30-year legend in the Nashville world as a session and touring guitarist for artists such as Amy Grant, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, and too many more to fit in this space!

His third solo project "In The Moment" features a who's who list of famous guest artists and musicians .. Drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Michael Omartian, and more.

Find out more about Tom here...