Marvin Dunaway (Haywood) was and will always remain a friend. I do not believe death ends friendship. He took me in as a friend and was a true friend. Also a Leo, he had spice, and had some of the best comeback lines I’ve ever heard. One of my only friends who didn’t drink, but didn’t need it to have a great time. To my knowledge, he didn’t have any enemies. A gentle soul, and a great example of what a man should be,
July 11, 2016
May 25, 2016
Today, I’ve watched members of congress on C-SPAN give their opinions in regards to Budget Autonomy for Washington DC.
For those of you who do not know, not only are the residents of Washington DC (like me) not given a vote in Congress (our Delegate is not given a vote), but Washington DC is not given budget autonomy (freedom from external control or influence).
The District of Columbia wants the ability to create their budgets, implement their budgets, and do what’s best in the interests of the citizens of Washington DC. There has even been a court order in support of that.
However, this Republican lead Congress doesn’t want to see this happen. Delegate Norton, has passionately tried to make her voice heard through reason, rallied others to support, but still to no avail.
As a Jazz artist, I only know one way to express my disgust towards our Congress in regards to this issue. Below are the lyrics to my song “Home Rule” that will be included on my upcoming album “The PRIDE” which will be released later this year. These words describe my disappointment in some Representatives who would rather be referred to as “Master” in the Big House.
There’s a plantation where sharecroppers toil
With sweat on their brow, and blood in the soil.
A building sits there, passing laws every day,
New people arrive, while the natives move away.
It seems unreal, but they have no autonomy,
Some call it the Capitol, but it’s home to me.
Millionaires walk around, flooding every street
Giving sullen looks to the poor that they meet
Hired cars, shuffle the people around,
Then & Now, how it’s changed this town.
We asked for our money, they took our authority,
Some may call it Washington, but it’s home to me.
Taxation without representation you’ll hear the old folks say.
The Good ole masters throw their parties, and then look the other way.
Once a year, they let us, celebrate emancipation day,
Then up to work from dawn to dusk, then home again to pray.
To my Delegate I pass a simple note.
She tries to speak our stories in the big house, but they took away her vote.
Dollar after dollar is scrutinized, then a budget they’ll make.
Only to pass it to the authorities, and they’ll tell us what we can take.
You may ask, is this America or a special on TV.
No, it’s just our plantation, Our home, we call it DC.
March 15, 2016
September 16, 2015
“Completing this album has not been an easy task!” said Myers, “But the product is something I’m proud of and displays the true collaboration between genres.” “The Lion’s Den” offers everything from the song “Black Lives Matter” dedicated to the activists of today to a touching tribute to his grandmother Velma Sanders on the last track of the album.
Myers took a path that many independent artists are taking, he supported this project through the Crowdfunding site GoFundMe. Crowdfunding is the practice of raising small amounts of money from large numbers of people, typically via the internet. “I was told not to bother trying to crowdfund for a Jazz album because there was not enough support for the genre, so the pressure was really on!” Exceeding his goal of $3500, Myers used the money to help complete his project at House Studio DC. House Studio engineer Jake “Vicious” Grotticelli stated, “Aaron Myers is an enigmatic entertainer. From his writing, to his singing, to his playing and arranging, Aaron really took this project somewhere special. It is an amazing project, and I was honored to be involved in a small piece. It’s the kind of album where you will hear something new and great each time you listen.”
Teaming up with other area musicians, Myers reached across genre boundaries tagging noted soprano Aundi Marie Moore and rapper Pacman Slim to join him for his rendition of “I Can Recall” or “Spain” known instrumentally by others. “The Album is an experience waiting to happen from beginning to end” said Pacman Slim. “Aaron Myers is a fantastic artist and it’s truly an honor to be apart of this project” said Moore. Washington’s own Herb Scott, noted Saxophonist and founder of the Capitol Hill Jazz Jam whose featured on the project stated, “Aaron’s music is deeply rooted in the soulful gospel tradition that is the backbone of jazz and that’s why I like working with him. He’s so warm and inviting, just like his music.
“When you’re working with musicians you like, fun is only the beginning. Anything else that follows is pure magic” stated Myers. “The Lion’s Den” is set to be released digitally October 2nd on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and other music streaming sites. Physical copies will be available in locations specified by his website.
August 12, 2014
Depression is real. As an artist, I live with it every day, and the operative word is “live.” It is not easy, and at times it seems as if I have no problems with the struggle. There are times when I feel on top of the world…for a moment. Then a tunnel surrounds me blocking out any affection or caring word I’ve ever heard from anyone else in my life. It becomes me at my most isolated, not selfish, state where although people are surrounding me, they have been blocked from my vision.
April 14, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2014
125 Shows & Counting
(Jazz Recording Artist Aaron Myers will perform his 125th Show as Resident Artist at the Black Fox Lounge in Washington DC. )
Washington, DC, April 14, 2014 – Jazz/Neo Soul Recording Artist Aaron Myers will hit a milestone this week. Friday, April 18th at 9:30pm when he dawns the stage, it will be his 125th show as Resident Artist at the Black Fox Lounge in Washington DC.
Myers, originally from Texas, moved to Washington DC in 2008 following his nine month stint on the Barack Obama Campaign. After working as the National Director for the Global Family Program, he returned to his first love of Entertainment, and made Washington DC his home. “I believe DC has a live music scene that can compete with NYC, Chicago, or LA any day of the week! I love the music community here, and I feel privileged to be at a venue that appreciates its artists!” he said when asked about the upcoming show.
In 2013, Myers released “Leo Rising” a Jazz/Neo Soul Album, and was recognized locally with 3 Wammie Nominations (Washington Area Music Association) and was voted Runner Up in two categories, Best Singer & Best Performance Artist, in the recent 2014 “Best Of Poll” sponsored by the Washington City Paper.
Black Fox Lounge is a well-thought-out repose located two blocks north of Dupont Circle, in the Northwest section of Washington DC. Opened in 2009, the Black Fox Lounge now offers live entertainment 7 days a week. Mr. Myers started with the Black Fox Lounge at the very beginning. “My relationship with the Black Fox Lounge has grown over the years. I started there every Saturday night which wore me out; now I’m there every first and third Friday of the month” he said. When asked what has kept him there for so long he stated, “The Black Fox has been so supportive of me, especially as I have hit major milestones. From the loss of my father, to the release of my first album, they’ve been right there with me!”
Mr. Myers is currently working on his sophomore album “The Lions Den” and his fall tour that will launch at Blues Alley September 2nd. Be sure to check out the 125th Show of Black Fox Lounge’s Resident Artist Friday, April 18 from 9:30pm to 12:30am. There is no cover for this event.
Black Fox Lounge
1723 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20009
Information about Aaron Myers
February 21, 2014
Washington DC is now moving towards a Democratic Primary which will determine who the Democratic Party will put forward to stand in the DC Mayoral Race. After carefully listening and observing all of the candidates, I today offer my full endorsement to Andy Shallal.
If you are in DC, and would like to know more about Andy Shallal, I ask that you watch this VIDEO.
May 2, 2013
PRLog (Press Release) – May 2, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C. — [Washington D.C.] This Friday evening, May 3rd, at the Black Fox Lounge in downtown D.C., Aaron Myers is expected to announce the recent hiring of two new members to his promotion and production team. In an effort to fully ensure that his upcoming album release“Leo Rising” due for release on June 7th, is all that it can be. Details of the new record will also be presented at this performance.
Aaron will announce that he has brought on famed choreographer/dancer Michael Silas as the director for his official video “My Funny Valentine.” Currently residing in Los Angeles, this is Michael’s debut at directing although he has quite an impressive history in the business. Chosen as one of Lady Gaga’s original male dancers; gaining the Haus name “Mikey Mugler” – Michael accompanied her on a rise to superstardom. Silas also performed in both her jaw dropping “Paparazzi” MTV Music Awards performance, Fame Ball, the Fame Monster and Emmy Award winning Monster Ball world tours. Some of Mr. Silas’s other achievements include the X Factor & The Braxton’s, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, and more. Michael is also known for his favorite quote by Martha Graham; “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
And what is Aaron Myers feeling on the engagement of Mr. Silas; “Michael is a friend, and believed enough in “Leo Rising” to take this step of faith with me! I am honored, humbled, and super excited about what’s to come!”
Aaron will further announce the engagement of the independent music industry executive Lafond Wright, the CEO of the social media/online radio giant, and artist management firm WeSupportMusic.com. Mr. Wright and his company will oversee the personal management of Aaron’s career and assist with the marketing of his social media and Internet radio initiatives. Wesupportmusic.com features internet radio shows, videos and articles covering all genres of popular music, and the cultures that surround them. Aaron will be the featured artist on the management company’s roster. To quote Mr. Wright; “We believe that independent artists are the very lifeblood of music, and artists should be celebrated for their creativity and their talents and not judged by their age, their looks, their gender, or their beliefs.”
This Friday night May 3rd will most assuredly be a very exciting performance for Aaron. As the resident artist at The Black Fox Lounge, his performances always fill the house to the max. But with the official announcement of his debut record release “Leo Rising” on June 7th, and the additions to his production and promotion team, this is one you must attend.
The Black Fox Lounge is located at 1723 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20009
PH: (202) 483-1723 —
Aaron’s performance begins at 9:30pm.
For more on Aaron Myers visit his official website at www.aaron2.me
April 18, 2013
Washington D.C. Jazz Artist Aaron Myers Dedicates Show to the Victims of the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Apr. 17, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C. — [Washington DC] It’s one of Aaron Myers regular shows at the Black Fox Lounge in Washington DC. But on this Friday evening, April 19th, at 9:30 PM, Aaron will take the stage of the Black Fox with a theme; “Music Still Heals.”
He will be dedicating the show to the victims of Tuesday’s tragic bombing in Boston that took the lives of 3 innocent bystanders at the Boston Marathon, and injured countless others.
Aaron recalls Boston’s Motto; “As God was with Our Fathers, So May He be with Us”
The show attendees, along with Aaron in its dedication will be sending well wishes and cards to the city of Boston. Stop by the Black Fox Lounge on Friday evening to show your support for the victims and the devastated city of Boston.
Aaron Myers is currently the resident artist at the “Black Fox Lounge” in Washington DC, on the first and third Fridays of each month. Look for Aaron on NBC channel 4 in DC, where he will be the featured accompanist for the show, “Be a Voice VIP” contest’. The show airs on June 1st.
Aaron Myers website can be found at http://www.aaron2.me