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 newest EP "Devices, Techniques, & Mechanisms" has new songs, features smooth jazz sax men Jeff Kashiwa and Marcus Anderson,  and adds remixes of previous tunes including the EDM/Smooth JAzz mashup "Chillest (Savage Remix)".

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88Upright

88Upright is the unique duo of keyboardist, vocalist, and composer John Eric Copeland, and bassist Pat Gallo, one of the premiere bass players in Orlando. Together, they provide a unique experience with just piano and bass, and also adding vocals in.

Both are teachers and studio musicians as well, so they have many stories to bring each song to life. Where did the song come from? What’s the story behind it?

88Upright also features the diverse original works of John Eric Copeland, whose compositions and productions have been featured on multiple Billboard Jazz Top 30 singles and Watercolors satellite radio. His soothing Quiet Soul Piano brand is gaining a worldwide audience on top solo piano stations like Whisperings and SoloPiano.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 skillfully 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.

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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.

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