Influenced since childhood by hip-hop legends like Rakim, Nas, Dr.Dre and Outkast, the multi-talented Miami hip-hop sensation Ramzez (Feature Page), developed into a prolific emcee. Ramzez is dedicated to his craft and in constant pursuit of musical growth.
Holly T is form London, now she lives in New York. She studied Horton Graham Ballet techniques at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She is has a serious passion for music and it shows.
Jimmy Ellis, one of the greatest singers in disco has passed away at 74.
The official site for the group posted the following:
“It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of our friend and original lead singer, Jimmy Ellis, on Thursday, March 8, 2012 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Jimmy’s contrubutions to the group, both in his personality and in his amazing tenor, will never be forgotten. We join the Ellis family and frends and fans all over the world in mourning his loss. Jimmy will best be remembered as the Trammps’ lead singer from the group’s beginnings in the early 1970s, through all of our great hits, until his retirement in 2010.
God speed, Jimmy. You will always be remembered with love and respect.”
In the mid 60’s the Volcanos changed their name to the Moods, but not before making it to number 33 on the R&B charts. The hit Storm Warning lit up the airwaves in 1965. Eventually they settled with the Trammps in 1972 with Ellis, Harold and Stanley Wade and Earl Young.
Their first hit under the new lineup was a cover of Zing Went the Strings of My Heart (1972/#17 R&B/#64 Pop) after being picked up by Buddas records. They travel a great many record labels including their own Golden Fleece.
They finally signed with Atlantic Records and they never looked back.
That’s Where the Happy People Go (1976/#12 R&B/#27 Pop)
Disco Inferno (1977/#9 R&B/#11 Pop) which was included on the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.
Their hits ended in 1983 but they continued to tour. Ellis was part of the group up until two years ago.
Ellis is survived by his wife, Beverly, a son, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Hip/Hop Artist D Train will assist in fundraising efforts as an endorsed artist of The Children’s Defense Fund, New York (CDFNY).
About Children’s Defense Fund:
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.
We are a national organization with the capacity to work for children at federal, state and community levels across the country. We have our headquarters in Washington, D.C., and offices in California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Through these offices, we expand our work into North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas and New Jersey. CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn., is our home for spiritual renewal, character and leadership development, intergenerational mentoring, and interracial and interfaith dialog about children’s issues.
CDF MISSION STATEMENT: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown.
CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations.
About D Train:
D-Train is a 24 year old music artist, born in Brooklyn, NY but spent most of his childhood in East Stroudsburg, PA. He moved to PA at a very young age where he felt as though he was an outcast within the schools, along with the town because of the fact that he was the only minority. Thankfully, though he felt like an outcast to the town, he was treated like family to his neighbors; therefore, they played a major role in his life, growing up made things hard but his neighbor made things bearable. At this stage in his life, D-Train discovered his talent and love for poetry along with his name throughout middle school.
As he graduated from middle school, enrolling into high school, things were completely different as well as the neighborhood. More minorities moved in town therefore making bigger shoes to be filled, but yet D-Train had no intentions of filling those shoes. At that point in his life he was working on his lyrics but practicing on combining poetry with Hip Hop but without a beat, also known as acapella. In the meantime he dealt with small time dealings along with several obstacles which threw him off track for 3 years, one day he happen to hit one obstacle head on; that’s when all of his love and interest in poetry came to an halt. From that day forth D-Train knew he had to make a change in his life and that change was the United States Army.
Returning from the Army’s basic training, D-Train decided to take advantage of the benefits the Army has to offer and enroll in college. 2 years after the enrollment of college and making several very close friends; this has helped him rekindle his love for poetry only this time adding a beat to flow with. His friends played a major role in the new beginning of D-Train’s return, so from 2009 to 2010 he has remained dormant….. until now.
Media: D Train has been featured in on-line music magazines. M.I.L.E. Magazine, Scope Magazine, Indiefunda and has been heard on Internet/FM radio stations. IM Radio, PIBCO, Live time Radio 98.23FM, Petralogy 233 Radio. He has appeared at such events as Guitar Con NJ with EA Kroll Productions and has been scene performing at The UC Lounge NY, Sapphire Lounge NY, among others.