Chaquis Maliq, songstress/
Karter Jaymes, singer/songwriter
Singer, Songwriter, and producer are just some of the labels to describe Chaquis Maliq (Shuh-Kees Mah-Leek). Representing the new breed of female artists taking ownership of their musical paths by leading the songwriting and production of their musical creations, Chaquis Maliq is redefining the playing field as a multi-talented creator.
But before this San Francisco Native could even fathom engineering and producing her first two albums, The Demonstration Vol. I andVeracity; Chaquis was first a poet and theatrical spoken word artist, with piano playing background. It wasnt until Chaquis relocated to the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland,Virginia), that all her musical avenues dispersed from her heart and mind.
Already inspired by Soul, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Alternative music, Chaquis always admired guitar players. In 2011 Chaquis discovered a new love, which created her warm melodic, sweet blues,and honey jazz sound. The credit goes to her classical acoustic guitar aka Mr. Maliq. Entering this new chapter of her acoustic urban folk journey, Chaquis released her first guitar project in December 2012, Harmonies of Me.Although its a new beginning for Maliq, she still intends to create music to uplift her listeners and keep them encouraged.
Highlights in her burgeoning career include her first place award in 2008 for vocal excellence in a showcase sponsored by the National Association for Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME). And, in 2009, she received media attention as the sole performance artist to be featured in coverage of the Captial Hip Hop Soul Fest on NationalGeographic.com, the web platform for the international publication National Geographic. Maliq also performed at the Black Family Reunion-Washignton D.C. and the International Soul Summit in Atlanta,GA and more to come.
2012 - RAW Artist Baltimore Musician of the Year Nomination
2009 - International Soul Summit Performer (Atlanta)
2008 - Woman Who Jam Philly Best Vocalist
HOW IT ALL STARTED . . . KARTER JAYMES (KNOWN THEN AS JAMES
S.CARTER) HAD A DREAM . . . TO WRITE & PLAY MUSIC . . AS A MUSIC LOVER
WITH A SOCIAL FLAIR OF HEARTFELT SOUL MAGIC & A GET IN THE DOOR
GIFT TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN,KARTER ALWAYS KNEW,IN HIS HEART OF
HEARTS,THAT ONE DAY HIS BREAK WOULD COME.
KARTER WOULD HANG AROUND THE STAGE DOOR AT DIFFERENT VENUES,WAITING FOR HIS CHANCE. ONE NIGHT IN 1975, WAS AT THE OLD CIVIC CENTER IN BALTIMORE WHEN THAT CHANCE CAME. ON THE BILL THAT NIGHT WERE THE BLUE NOTES, FATURING TEDDY PENDERGRASS. KARTER WAS AT HIS USUAL SPOT AT THE STAGE DOOR & WHEN THE BLUE NOTES WALKED THROUGH,KARTER MADE HIMSELF PART OF THE
ENTOURAGE,FOLLOWING THEM TO THE DRESSING ROOM. ITS HERE WHERE KARTER
WOULD PULL OUT HIS DRUMSTICKS & INVITE HIMSELF TO THE WARM-UP
SESSION, CAPTURING THE ATTENTION OF THE LATE HENRY EVANS, MANAGER OF
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES. HENRY NOTICED THE FIRE & A UNIQUE
PERSONALITY IN KARTER,WHICH LED TO A TELEPHONE CALL FOUR WEEKS LATER FOR
AN AUDITION,WHICH KARTER SUCCESSFULLY NAILED. SHORTLY AFTER THAT GROUP
DISBANDED (THE BLUE NOTES, FEATURING TEDDY PENDERGRASS). TEDDY FIRED
EVERYONE IN THE BAND, EXCEPT FOR JAMES S.CARTER,DRUMS & ALFIE
POLLITT,PIANO. THIS LED TO THE TEDDY PENDERGRASS SOLO ARTIST
FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE LAST PERFORMING
DATE, KARTER WAS DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THE ROAD. KARTER LEARNED
THE INS & OUTS OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS,WHICH LATER PROVED
VALUABLE. KARTERS TALENT WAS WELL RECEIVED LATER,WHEN HE WROTE
TEDDYS FIRST COMEBACK SINGLE AFTER HIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT,LOVE 4-
2, WHICH DISPLAYED KARTERS WRITING ABILITY. KARTER WAS A PART OF
THE TEDDY PENDERGRASS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE FROM THE BEGINNING
TO THE LAST TOUR DATE & IN ADDITION TO BEING THE
DRUMMER, KARTER ALSO BEGAN TO WRITE SONGS FOR TEDDY
PENDERGRASS. IT WAS THEN THAT KARTER SHIFTED MUSICAL GEARS &
THE REST IS MUSICAL HISTORY.
WHO IS KARTER JAYMES? A MOST
VERSATILE ACOUSTIC SINGER/SONGWRITER,KARTERS SONGS
CANT BE DEFINED BY ANY ONE CATEGORY. WRITING STYLES RANGE FROM
SOUL, BLUES, FOLK & ALTERNATIVE SOUNDS. A BLEND OF SEASONED, SOULFUL
VOCAL TONES TAKE LYRICAL FLIGHT INTO THE VERSATILITY OF
KARTER JAYMES IS NOW A GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST FOR THE
ALBUM,JOY, RECORDED BY TEDDY PENDERGRASS, WHICH COUNTED GOLD
& PLATINUM WORLDWIDE.HIS HISTORY & INFLUENCE IS A WIDE
STRETCH, AS HIS SONGS HAVE BEEN RECORDED & SAMPLED BY THE
INDUSTRYS FINEST -- SOUL SINGER JAHEIMS AINT LEAVINWITHOUT
YOU, TEDDY PENDERGRASS,LOVE 4-2, THE WHATNAUTS,HELP IS ON
THE WAY, NEW YORKS HIP-HOP LEGENDS DE LA SOULS,RING,RING,RING. MUSIC ALSO SAMPLED BY K-GEE,PETE ROCK & JEREMY DUPREE, ALSO FEATURED ON MARTIN LAWRENCES THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE & HATE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK.
KARTER HAS SHARED THE STAGE WITH SINGER/SONGWRITERS JEFFREY GAINES,ANTHONY DAVID,ROY AYERS,EDWIN MCCAIN,JOSH HOGE,SPENCER DAY & MANY OTHERS. KARTER HAS HIS OWN COMFORTABLE PRESENCE & PERSONALITY ON STAGE & EXPRESSES HIS LOVE & PASSION THROUGH MUSIC
IN THE IMAGE OF SOUL.