Show Producer: Kevin Hamilton Hometown: Dallas, TX
With a drive and passion for entertaining audiences, Kevin Hamilton expresses his desire for cultural enrichment and to entertain people as co-founder of Southwest Soul Circuit based in Tucson, Arizona. As President/CEO and Music Director, Kevin’s unique position as chief strategist and performing artist enables him to know the ins and outs of producing events. As a singer/pianist, he has performed over 3,000 live performance hours throughout the United States and the Far East. Kevin has also produced hundreds of hours of live concerts, festivals and studio recordings through various businesses over the past 20 years As music director for Southwest Soul Circuit, Kevin is responsible for providing music contracting services and musical direction. With every event, his goal is to find the perfect balance between fun, entertaining events with cultural enrichment, all with a specific goal in mind. As the music director for a local church, Kevin coordinates rehearsals, service music, morale building events and church ministry with a choir and band. His approach to everything that he does is to uplift, inspire and entertain audiences and congregations through cultural and spiritual enrichment. As a performer, Kevin started singing at the age of 5 years old in Dallas, Tx. and never stopped. Singing in church and community choirs, Kevin quickly found himself singing in congregations, auditoriums and theaters for audiences of over a thousand people. At 12, he led choir songs in the Dallas Baptist Training Union’s “Youth for Christ” Choir of over 600 kids, giving big exposure in the Dallas church community. Shortly after joining the Air Force in 1989, Kevin started playing piano for the Baptist Church Service at Chapel #1 on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. This on-the-job training created a sink-or-swim environment which accelerated his growth as a pianist. While in Japan, Kevin learned music direction while working with various plays produced by a U.S. service member in Okinawa. Upon his honorable separation from the military in 1994, Kevin was asked to headline a concert tour of Kyushu Island, playing 8 shows in 3 cities over a 10 day time in various cities to include Miyazaki and Oita. In 1997, Kevin started his formal collegiate training at Tennessee State University (TSU) then transferred to the University of Arizona (U of A) in 1999. He took advantage of living in America’s Music city, Nashville, TN, by playing for various Gospel legends and touring. As assistant choir director at TSU, Kevin introduced various forms of Gospel music to the University choir. As a student at the U of A, Kevin landed principal roles in various full operas as a Baritone including the role of “Maseto” in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni”. “All that I do, I put my all into it” says Kevin. “I not only want to impact peoples lives in a way that raises their quality of life, I also want to make a significant contribution that will live long after I’m gone in every community I visit.”
Name: Tanishia Hamilton Hometown: St. Louis, MO Tanishia began singing at the age of 3 in the church choir. She was heavily influenced by her father who is also singer and active in the church. While matriculating through school, singing took a back seat. Obtaining an MBA with an emphasis in information technology, Tanishia learned her leadership and management skills as a pioneer member of an IT leadership development program with a top aerospace/defense company during her time there over several years. Serving as the world-wide face of diversity for this company, Tanishia transitioned into her new career by co-founding the Southwest Soul Circuit. Tanishia met Kevin Hamilton in 2004 while singing in a local community choir. Kevin hired the community choir she was singing in for a play he had written and putting in production at the Gaslight Theatre. The rest is history or shall we say, still being written. Tanishia is responsible for strategic planning while managing the operations, staff and events of the Southwest Soul Circuit. She is accountable for management of all facets of production and promotions to include finance, staff/volunteer, marketing campaign, talent acquisitions and the like all while performing as an Independent Recording Artist. She fell in love with performing and entertaining and began to grow her singing abilities. Today you will find Tanishia singing side by side with Kevin across the country. With a rare angelic voice, Tanishia captivates audiences with her natural delivery.
The Southwest Soul Circuit (SWSC) is a music production business specializing in concerts, festivals and studio recordings. Our signature events are two day, family friendly concerts with national recording artists. These artists agree to participate in a SWSC Community building event which benefits a selected neighborhood in each tour city. SWSC is headquartered in the Soul of downtown Tucson, Arizona and operates from Garden Level Studios. Co-founded by Kevin & Tanishia Hamilton in 2006, SWSC produces/promotes concerts in Dallas, Albuquerque, El Paso/Las Cruces, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Phoenix/Mesa & San Diego. Our mission is to uplift, inspire, and entertain our Southwest community by combining quality music and community service.
Our 8 years in review... Over our 8 years of service to the Southwest, SWSC has provided professional services to various agencies: • SWSC provides promotional services through partnerships with various arts & entertainment businesses and non-profits such as the Fox Tucson Theatre, The Rialto Theatre, UA Presents, Arizona Theatre Company and Broadway in Tucson. SWSC has co-promotional events with Roberta Flack, BB King, Lauryn Hill, Darlene Love, Mavis Staples, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval and countless other acts. • SWSC provided musical arrangement services for Patti LaBelle in 2013. • Kevin & Tanishia’s performance credits are vast in number and variety opening for or singing with artists such as Roberta Flack, Lyle Lovette and Sam Moore from the legendary Soul Duo “Sam and Dave”. • SWSC has also produced over 50 festivals in Downtown Tucson community as part of 2nd Saturdays Downtown Urban Street Festival, Tucson Meet Your Soul and various other festival events. • Kevin and Tanishia provide curriculum development services and teaches at various charter & private schools. They also provide youth development services to organizations such as the City of Tucson’s KIDCO program through their affiliation with Garden Youth Development Project. • SWSC concert production credits include the Arizona Centennial Celebration at the Fox Tucson Theatre, Roberta Flack live at the Fox Theatre, and hundreds of concerts throughout the Southwest. Dallas Convention Center: Naomi Bruton Main Stage, The Women’s Museum, Albuquerque: African American Cultural Center, Las Cruces: NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, Sierra Vista: Buena Performing Arts Center Tucson, Arizona: The Tucson Convention Center Music Hall & The Leo Rich Theatre, The Tucson Fox Theatre, The Rialto Theatre, The Screening Room, The Proscenium Theatre, Phoenix/Metro: Mesa Arts Center, San Diego: 4th & B, Joan Crock Center.
A!"t Profiles Name: Diamond Hamilton Hometown: Saginaw, MI Diamond is one of the most dynamic singers in Tucson. She is new to the Southwest Soul Circuit and excited to follow her dreams as a singer. Diamond began singing at a young age in the church. She is a twin and is very creative in the world of cosmetology from fashion to make-up to hair. Diamonds aspirations to be a professional singer are now more real than ever with a collaboration with the Southwest Soul Circuit.
Name: Sharon Alexander Hometown: Yuma, AZ Sharon has been singing in the church for over 30 years. She has always had aspirations to pursue a music career. After retiring from her career in banking Sharon began to follow her dreams. Sharon can sing a soul-stirring gospel hymn, then take you on a journey singing old and contemporary soul and R&B music. Sharon's large network friends have been big supporters of her desires to sing as well as her husband and family. She believes the Southwest Soul Circuit is a resource to help her in her aspirations toward being a professional singer. Sharon performed before a sold out crowd at her debut performance in September of this year and plans to do many more events. Stay tuned.
Name: Tomia Bonner-Abdallah Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Tomia has been singing since the age of 10. She started in her Grandmother's church in the choir. As a teenager she realized that she had a great singing voice, but didn't start to step out of the shadows and pursue her singing aspirations until she was an adult. She considers herself a late bloomer. Tomia was influenced heavily by her parents who listened to and introduced her to the world of gospel music. Tomia is grateful to the Southwest Soul Circuit because she now has an opportunity to collaborate with knowledgeable musicians/producers who have influence in the community in the genre's of soul and R&B. In the near future Tomia wants to record her freshman album.
Gold Sponsor The Ware Family Silver Sponsor KXCI Community Radio Bronze Sponsors MEB Management Services New Belgium Brewery Rialto Theatre Sinfonia Healthcare Corp. Media Sponsor Tucson Model Magazine Community Supporters Abdul Arzani African American Read in Chain Al's Barbershop Amity Foundation/ Dragonfly Art Gallery Barbara Lewis Chapman Automotive Group Council Member, Ward 1 - Regina Romero Deb's Coney Cafe Debra Jackson Debra Johnson Downtown Partnership Dunbar Barber Academy El Charro Restaurant Elliott's on Congress Gale A. Dean, P.C. Great Waves Hair Salon
Hydra Leather and More Jim Griffith Krista McGarvey Lauren Rabb Leondra Price Marie Cephers Mark Pacheco Marilyn's Hair Design Martio Harris Mathis and Shayla Tate Mayor J. Rothschild Mia Hansen My Girl Power Nails by Valerie Peg Weber Posse's Hair Emporium Proper Restaurant Rae's Place Ron Wilson Sandoval Creative
Sharon Alexander and Family Stephen Wrentmore Supervisor Richard ElĂas, District 5 - Pima County The Baxter Family The FOX Tucson Theatre The Handy Family The LOFT Cinema Tony Copeland Tucson Jazz Festival Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival Tucson Model Magazine QuikPrint (Downtown location)
Volunteers/Staff Annette Martin Joseph-Robert Sanchez Kevin Frazier Michael Heslinga Rashad Robinson
Serina Nacho Tawana Marion Trevor Badger Valerie Stanley William "Jax" Chambers
....A Special Thanks to Each of You
Southwest Soul Circuit Magazine is a monthly publication for the SWSC network. SWSC Magazine - December 2014