2023 entertainment lineup
Elijah Connor (POP) - 6 PM
Elijah Connor is an American R&B singer, songwriter and actor from Detroit, Michigan. Connor graduated from Oakland County's Farmington High School. He began his career as a print and runway model for Sears and Armani. He is the younger cousin to the late musician Prince.
He is best known for appearing in season two of The Four: Battle for Stardom on Fox with Sean Combs. His national TV crowd-stirring performance led to a stare-down between him and Sean"Diddy' Combs which instantly took over the internet going viral. After it was shared by Will Smith and Ellen DeGeneres on their social media accounts Connor's rise to fame skyrocketed overnight. To date, his infamous stare-down has garnered over five billion impressions leading him to be one of the most popular Memes/GIFS in the world.
Connor had a role on Donald Trump's reality television series The Ultimate Merger. He landed a minor role in the movie "Sparkle," starring Whitney Houston, Omari Hardwick, and Jordin Sparks. He played himself in the NBC drama series, "Player Gets Played." Connor's voice is described to resemble a soul with a dash of Gospel Influence. He has shared the stage with Barry Manilow, John Legend, Frank Ocean, DJ Khaled, Chance The Rapper, H.E.R. , SWV, Maroon 5 and Swae Lee.
National Opening Act
Jhonni Blaze (R&B) - 7 PM
While Jhonni has made a name for herself through her stints in reality tv, and presence on social media as Jhonni, she is first and foremost a talented musical artist, who not only sings but plays multiple musical instruments!
Born Jzapal Jackson, on a military base in Georgia, she earned her music moniker from her quick temper, a trait she has worked to outgrow. As a young child, Jhonni grew up in the church, where she honed her musical skills. She was impressed and inspired by a woman in the church who would sing while playing the piano. She started by banging on her grandma’s piano, teaching herself “Fur Elise” by ear. While her family didn’t have a lot of money, her mom was able to get her a keyboard from Walmart to hone her skills.
Soon she began using her musically-tuned ear to teach herself other instruments including guitar, drums, clarinet and violin. Jhonni never learned to read music, but has an amazing knack for mimicking what she hears. As a young teen, she was molested by her stepfather and moved in with her biological dad. Unfortunately, soon after she answered an advertisement on Backpage, which led to her being human trafficked as a sex worker. These traumatic experiences and fast lifestyle also led Jhonni to dabble in drugs, starting at age 15.
By the age of 18 Jhonni began working as a stripper. She also began building up her social media presence and used the platforms to network. On Christmas Day of 2013 tragedy struck, Jhonni witnessed a minor altercation with someone, leading to her boyfriend's fatal shooting in front of her. He had been such an inspiring presence for her, and the situation caused her to make a decision to dramatically change her life’s course. She quit drugs and started focusing more on her musical career. While social media may have helped her in becoming a familiar face, her Hustle and determination led to modeling appearances in Kay Slay’s Straight Stuntin, King, and XXL.
2021 has led to her return to WE TV’s Growing Up Hip-Hop. Jhonni’s goal is to use all platforms to display her musical talents and pivot her career once more. She is involved in every aspect of her music: singing, writing, co-producing and directing her music videos. Though she is not afraid to admit she now has a team to assist in the process.
She has been gifting listeners ear drums since 2015, with releases that include “Revolver” and another string of singles in 2018 and 2019 including “Bad Woman,”“Speechless,” and “Bon Appetit.”. During the quarantine of 2020 she filmed and directed ten new music videos, and dropped three singles and videos: “YEA”, ''Carlton”,(featuring LightSkinKeisha) and most recently “Pussy Control” Jhonni has worked with other artists including Lil Donald, 1PLAYY, NeYo, Bernie Man, Elephant Man, Mariahlynn and more. Eyeing the future, she wants to continue establishing a bonafide household name for herself, making great music, and step into speaking up for women's advocacy, entrepreneurship, in addition to humanitarian efforts.
MAJOR. (POP, Soul Inspirational - 8 PM
His name is MAJOR., and his impact is the same. The American Soul singer's star was fiercely struck at the debut of the now platinum hit love song, "Why I Love You." As Stevie Wonder projected, lovers worldwide have commissioned the breakout ballad as the perfect soundtrack for their love stories. MAJOR. is a powerful storyteller on stage and screen, who leans into authenticity as his superpower. Amazingly, he has become a trusted artist for many while inspiring hearts with his relatable message of life laced in that signature falsetto! His joy is infectious and as a "Hope Dealer," he leads unapologetically with the very "HOPE in LOVE" his music professes.
MAJOR. is far from done. His powerful reimagining of the classic “Whole World In His Hands” and the newly released love anthem “Baby Will You Love Me” is proof . . . The GRAMMY, 2x Soul Train, and 8x NAACP Image Award-nominated entertainer promises much more. And it can only be as mighty as the name his mama gave him: MAJOR.
11am to 5pm
Classic Rock, Pop - covers and originals
Sophie B has been performing since her early teens, shortly after moving to the U.S. from England U.K., singing in local fundraisers and other events like Radio Disney. She later decided to teach herself to play the ukulele. She has been performing as a solo singer/ukuleleist since 2019, playing at festivals, private parties, restaurants, bars and breweries all over West Georgia.
Sophie is known for her unique sound, as well as her repertoire of acoustic variety including country, Pop, oldies, soft rock and classics.
"Devotion" is Sophie's first single and was released in December of 202, while working with Natural Born Hustlers, just months after performing the song at the Welcome to South Cobb festival featuring Ginuwine.
You can find Sophie entertaining patrons of the local bars all over West Georgia in between work and practice. She also is working on some new material she hopes to have finished by the end of 2023.
Country Music Artist
Born in the vibrant city of Cali, Colombia, singer, songwriter and actress Lala Luna offers a unique whimsical touch to the country-pop music scene. From an early age, Luna felt drawn to creating music. While she loved growing up in Cali, her big dreams inspired her family to pack up and move to the United States when she was twelve years old for a greater purpose. Influenced by Colombian artists like Shakira and Juanes alongside American artists like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Kelsea Ballerini, Luna's unique blend of country, pop and Latin inspiration has created within her a distinct sound that she is fearlessly introducing into the diverse world of country–pop. She is self taught, self motivated, and excited to create a community of fans that value authenticity, freedom of expression, and dancing barefoot in grassy fields. Her genuine personality coupled with her knack for writing catchy hooks creates a memorable performance, every time. She has graced the stage at the reputable Eddie's Attic, performed at various festivals, and appeared on podcasts and radio shows – always captivating her fans with her raw talent, heartfelt expression, and relatable lyricism that transcends genres and borders. Luna's debut EP, set to release later this year, promises to further solidify her presence as an emerging prominent figure in the Country Pop industry.
Pop and Reggae Artist
From SHEEN Magazine excerpt:
Look no further. Atlanta-based artist Shevvy is making waves in the music industry with her highly anticipated EP, ‘Nirvana Unlocked’ The EP not only marks a significant milestone in her burgeoning music career but also showcases her transformation from a syndicated radio producer for Streetz 94.5 to a rising recording artist. With her infectious sound and captivating lyrics, Shevvy is poised to captivate audiences worldwide. The EP features her smash summertime single, ‘Gwan From Mi’, and the upbeat dance track, “Steppin on Neques.” As the excitement builds around Shevvy’s unique musical journey, she is currently curating a one of a kind experience for her fans and listeners to connect and enjoy Shevvy’s summertime sounds while slowly building the buzz around her music. Let’s dive into Shevvy’s rise and what lies for her in the future
Shevvy has more insight into the world of an artist than most, this budding star bloomed while polishing her skill as a syndicated radio producer for Atlanta’s renowned Streetz 94.5. & Young Joc & The Streetz Morning Takeover. Working alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, Shevvy was able to learn the in’s and outs of the industry and use those gems of knowledge to spread her wings as an artist.
Pop Artist - covers and originals
After working with an entertainment consultant, MIKI STAR was referred to Dallas Forever, artist and renowned vocal coach of Atlanta. Dallas forged a vision for MIKI STAR and curated content to help develop her unique sound. As of 2023, she has released several singles and enjoys performing at venues throughout the United States.