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Soul Direction New 45 - The Keved Project (Feat Delbert Nelson) - Life Has Been a Thief

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Soul Direction with word about a new addition to their label family and the first release...

The Keved Project (Feat. Delbert Nelson) – “Life Has Been a Thief” / “Spread Love” – SDCO-1001

Official Release date : 28th June 2024

Press Release

Soul Direction are pleased to announce a new member of the Family “Contempo Soul” series. This label will showcase more contemporary sounding soul from independent artists.

Our first offering in conjunction with Kevin Edwards III, and with the help of Dave Thorley.

The Keved Project (Feat. Delbert Nelson) – “Life Has Been a Thief” / “Spread Love” – SDCO-1001.

Edwards was born in Hamtramck, Michigan in 1959. As a young boy listening to Jimi Hendrix play guitar on Band of Gypsies, he knew he wanted to be a guitar player. By 16 Edwards, was playing in a high school band and at local cabarets.

In 1979 Edwards played with Sons, a local jazz band. The group played Top 40s in local venues and eventually opened for the nationally renowned group, Brainstorm, which recorded on the CBS label. Sons and Brainstorm merged in 1980. When Brainstorm broke up in the early '80s Edwards freelanced with several local groups.

His career took a turn in 1984 when he began writing and recording his own music. Edwards drew from his experiences and the R & B and jazz classics he'd grown up listening to as his inspiration for writing.

Two years later in 1986, Edwards expanded his skills even further when he started producing young local talent. He and a partner produced Rhapsody, a rap group that released several singles on the Giant Record Label. The year 1998 saw the beginning of a new era for Edwards when he and long-time friends Darryl Lee and Greg Nance formed Ground Level.

Ground Level enjoyed tremendous success, opening for the Isley Brothers, LL Cool J, Roy Ayers, Ronnie Laws and the funk group Slave. The band received accolades and grew in popularity.

In 2003 the band changed its name to Level Rizon, signifying its new status and the fact that they are no longer at "ground level." Level Rizon took a year off of performing to produce That Vibe.

With That Vibe Edwards feels he has started a whole new genre of music he calls "NuUrban Soul." He describes NuUrban Soul as a unique blend of jazz-fusion and R & B that has not failed to delight audiences of all walks of life. Kevin has performed with the late Michael Henderson (R/B recording artist known for You are my Starship, Sending a Valentine, Wide Receiver) in 2014.

Kevin has also has a certificate in Audio Engineering from the Recording Institute of Detroit, Associates of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Lawrence Technological University, and Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from ITT Tech. Kevin built, and operates his own recording studio, and is continuously writing and recording new music..

Kevin Edwards wants to make real music. "These days you don't hear a whole lot of quality music," said Edwards. "I wanted to make music like we listened to in the '70s. Authentic music with real instruments, not machines with a lot of programming and sampling."

Delbert Nelson

Singer, songwriter. Born September 16, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan an only child, Delbert was raised by his mother and grandparents. He became interested in music, while singing in the school choir at his elementary school. Delbert's list of musical accomplishments is very impressive. He sang background in the 4-time Grammy Award winning movie "Standing in the Shadows" of Motown and performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, live from the Gem Theatre at Super Bowl XL. He has been singing lead vocal for the Funk Brothers and continues to tour both nationally and internationally with them and has shared the stage with; Maxi Priest, Darlene Love, Angie Stone, Boosty Collins, Maxwell, Joan Osborn, Ben Harper, Ben E King, and Kim Weston just to name a few. Some of the other groups Delbert has sung for and with: Legacy, Flaming Fire, Sons, Brainstorm (CBS Recording Group) which in early 1978, he had the opportunity to perform with Peabo Bryson and Brainstorm on a Washington DC tour., the Isley Brothers (Tour), George Duke (Tour), Mary Wilson (Tour), Chain Reaction, Misty Love & The Motown Sounds, Night Journey, City Limits, Level Rizon, Inside Out, Next Generation Funk Brothers currently with The Shades of Blue


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