Mr. Sipp (Age 44, Mississippi)
Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child” began playing the guitar at the tender age of 6. Recognized for his amazing vocals, songwriting ability, musicianship, ability to produce records he entertains fans with an upbeat, outlandish show! With over 125 recording credits to his name, Mr. Sipp has played on over 50 national recordings with several Grammy nominated projects. Mr. Sipp is the 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner by way of The Vicksburg Blues Society as well as The 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Winner and 2014 Jus’ Blues Bobby Rush Entertainers Award Recipient. In 2016 he won Blues Music Award(BMA) for Best New Artist for his album “The Mississippi Blues Child.” Now in 2022 Mr. Sipp is nominated for two more BMAs as B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist.
Vanessa Collier (Age 31, Texas)
As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier, weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honours. It’s not simply the accolades she has accumulated so far, although they’ve been many — two Blues Music Awards for “Horn Player of the Year”, eight Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs), a Blues Blast Award nomination, the Jammingest Pro Award bestowed by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition. A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she’s toured nationally and internationally. In 2022 Vanessa secured her 8th nomination for the Blues Music Awards (BMA) in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist.
Stephen Hull (Age 22, Wisconsin)
Stephen Hull gives the blues community exciting evidence that the future of music is in good hands. Born in 1999, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, Stephen Hull started playing blues at age 14 and never stopped, taking cues from Albert King and B.B. King as he developed his sweet, soulful guitar sound. Balancing that with his absolutely stellar lead vocals and infectiously buoyant personality, Stephen has been rising fast in the blues clubs of Chicago and venues across the Midwest
Sean “Mack” McDonald (Age 20, Georgia)
The college student just turned 20 and has already raised eyebrows as a fabulous rising blues singer/guitar protégé. Sean Alexander McDonald, known as “Mack” McDonald, from Augusta, Georgia, is a junior at Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 45 minutes outside of Nashville.He has mastered a range of styles from Robert Johnson to T-Bone Walker, from old country blues to Chuck Berry. Young “Mack” came to the attention of the blues world when he was 15 years old. Says McDonald, “As of right now, I’m really mainly focusing on graduating from college. That’s a really big steppingstone for me, because education is a very important thing to my family.”
Jayy Hopp is a fiery young talent to keep your ear on. Like many blues players, he started off playing in the church. His father is a pastor, and the church was his music school from early on.
“Before, I listened to people like Stevie Ray Vaughan and I was going down the Jimi Hendrix road, psychedelic music. I’m also an electric player but I am getting more comfortable playing acoustic, fingerpicking style. With electric blues, people say they like my songs and the way I handle myself. It’s like when it’s a redhot time to play, I play, but when it’s not I’m still noticed. I’m not cool or graceful – but when it’s time for me to get aggressive, I can be. Some people like to compare me to Albert Collins and Johnny Guitar Watson because of the little minor things I do, it doesn’t take much to get your point across though.
Jontavious Willis (Age 26, Georgia)
Every generation or so, a young bluesman bursts onto the scene and sends a jolt through the blues community. Jontavious Willis may just have that effect on people. The 24-year-old multi-instrumentalist was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2020 thanks to his latest album, Spectacular Class with Taj Mahal credited as Executive Producer and Keb’ Mo’ as the Producer..Willis is a gifted musician delivering a timeless, dynamic vocals and all types of blues: Delta, Piedmont, Texas, and Gospel. His stand-out fingerpicking, flat-picking, and slide prowess are always on display. His style of playing the instruments pairerd with his voice touch the very roots of country blues. He brings back the true soul of the music. A newspaper headline once called him a “70-year-old bluesman in a 20-year-old body.”
TC Carter Band (Age 30, Virginia)
From the time he was four years old, in the hills of Patrick County, VA, rhythm, Blues, and a whole lot of soul has been running through lead guitarist, TC Carter’s veins. With the help of his mother, Della Carter, he would become a child prodigy in rhythm and blues on the lead guitar. TC Carter was born to play the guitar, coming from a long line of musicians before him. His craft not only feeds the soul, but continues to touch lives and astonish people from all different walks of life.
When Carter made the leap of faith to start a blues band he called on his cousin who is more like a brother Antwan Glenn, long-time best friend Brandon Penn, and even convinced his wife Chelsey Carter to help pull this act together. Since then, the band has been unified in spirit to complete the common goal of spreading the love of music far and wide.
Stay tuned and prepared for a rekindling of the soul when these individuals come together. Established in 2020, a year we will never forget, and the same stands true for the TC Carter Band.