Making of the Band
Inspired by Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Mile Ahead, Groovy Blue is all about social music—music that both inspires and heals the revolutionaries among us. What started as a musical duo has turned into a band. The revolution may not be televised, but Groovy Blue will certainly be a part of its soundtrack.
Changing the world one groove at a time.
To create and perform music with a message and a groove.
To provide an oasis in the desert of chaos.
FUNMI, Co-Founder - Hailing from the Nation's Capital, "Funmi" aka "SistaBassBone", plays trombone, bass, guitar, and percussion. Residing in Columbus, OH, by way of Atlanta, GA, Funmi, for almost 40 years has performed throughout the country in various venues with numerous artists. Her musical roots and influences include Gospel, Go-Go, Blues, Jazz, Soul, New Orleans Second-Line, ATL-House, and AfroBeat. She brings an eclectic range of creativity as the bandleader. Fun Fact: Funmi's favorite cigar is, drum roll, "Groovy Blue".
JAI, Jenise "Jai" Holmes--Born in a small town in South Carolina, now residing in Columbus, Ohio, by way of Roswell, Georgia. Jai began playing both keys and drums as a young child, while also singing in her local church choir. Jai still lifts her voice every Sunday with her current church. Her musical influence range from thought provoking artists such as Robert Glasper and Sidewalk Chalk to Julie Dexter and Zo!. After a hiatus from the keys, Jai returns with an infectious contribution to Groovy Blue.
TAB, Tabetha "Tab" Barker is a spirited young singer who began her journey at the tender age of 6. With a lively family of musical voices and her church history, Tab truly began to develop her passion and love of performing by age 12. Tab has since enhanced her sound with musical inspirations from gospel to r&b to jazz. Tabetha continues to mature and now adds her sultry sound to the smooth melodies of Groovy Blue.
JP- Joselyn Parker also known as “JP” is young artist hailing from Youngstown known for her fresh urban sound and amazing showmanship.” Her style is a mix between Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, and Spoken word. Joselyn was formally signed to NuVybe Records under multi-platinum music producer, Herb Middleton. Middleton had produced music for various award-winning artists such as Mary J. Blige, Usher, Nas, and Faith Evans. JP’s original sound of melodic vocals mixed with Hip-Hop is something that is remarkably rare. This distinct and raspy sound has set her apart from others. It is her genuine love for good music and personal connections to her audiences that have been the driving force throughout her career.
The Dank -Hailing from Cleveland, Megan "The Dank" Banks is drummer, percussionist, and educator with a diverse background. She studied at the University of Toledo and has a B.E. in Music Education. By day she is a band teacher, but by night she brings styles from jazz, funk, r&b, rock, pop, and more to the Groovy Blue sound as our drummer. A woman of many talents, Megan also raps and plays ukulele in her spare time when she isn't keeping a tight beat on the kit.