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Jazz and R&B Show 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. 2 Shows featuring - Calvin Stemley, Alexander (Nick) Nichols, Keith Flowers, Roger Humphries, Jr., Tim Smith, Mark Johnson & Gwen Davis. (No Cover Charge)
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I am a native of Pittsburgh.
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J. Warren Watson, Sean Jones, Rodney McCoy, George Benson to name a few. This City has a multitude of talent. I could go on and on and on.......
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I am a female vocalist currently singing in a variety band. My band is called Protege. We perform in private venues all over the City and surrounding area. I also do solo performances when the opportunity arises. I formerly sang with an oldies band named Leon Daniels and the ElVenos. This group was originally formed in the 50's. When Leon Daniels decided to reform the group in the mid 90's, he chose me as the lead female vocalist.
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At 1:12am on September 28, 2009, Cindy Devereaux said…
Hi Gwen,

Love your video....love your voice! Thank you for accepting my Friend invitation. I am honored. Thank you also for your kind words. I look forward to hearing you again here and one day -- in person.

Wishing You Showers of Blessings,

Cindy
At 2:55pm on March 23, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Thank you for adding me as "your" friend...Please tune in to my talk radio show that airs each Mon-Thurs 7-9pm EST....Friday 6-8pm EST @ http://blogtalkradio.com/Jerry-Butler7 ...I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show!!!...Interested???...If so,please call me @ 757 538 3540 or call in to the show @ 646 929 0434...also simply go to blackstartupbiz.com..then view my schedule....don't meet me there...Beat me there!!!...JB

I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show...The radio show is geared towards helping business owners,entrepreneurs,unsigned talent,and anyone else get added exposure to their business...INTERESTED????...if so, first go to BLACKSTARTUPBIZ.COM...sign up...become a member...Click 2 BE A GUEST..then call me @ the offc...757 538 3540 so I can then set you up a date and time to be a featured guest....also if I am not your friend please add me as your friend...thanx...Please join my network Blackstartupbiz.com....I would love to have "you" there!!!...also while there check out my interviews with Erotic Author Zane...Twista...his new single "Wetter"...and my interview with Barry Gordy's new artist Leigh Jones and her wonderful music as well!!!!.....JB
At 1:45am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB


At 1:37am on October 14, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Hi lady. Neslon and I and a lot of the 'cats' here have been friends of mine for a long time. I'm so happy to see you listed on this site too, my friend.
I was really suprised to see that video with me backing you and the EL VENOS. You sounded the great as usual. I hope to get to work with you again, soon. Take care.
At 5:46pm on July 30, 2008, sean jones said…
Gwen,

Thanks for the kind words. See you soon..

Sean
At 12:27pm on July 29, 2008, Janine Gilbert-Carter said…
Hi Gwen, thank you ! I look forward to being friends. Great rendetion of This Bitter Earth!

Peace and Blessings,
Janine
At 8:18pm on June 12, 2008, The Blues Orphans said…
Hello Gwen, It's nice to connect with you on Nelson's jazzburgher. take care, The Blues Orphans
At 1:23pm on May 28, 2008, LARRY MCGEE said…
HI GWEN,

THANK YOU FOR FINDING ME AND CONTACTING ME.
I WILL KEEP MY EYES & EARS OPEN FOR ANYONE WHO
MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN HEARING SOME OF YOUR SONGS/MATERIAL!

BEST WISHES,
LARRY MCGEE
At 12:10am on May 27, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Gwen,

It is fabulous to have you as a member. The more you explore your page and the member pages, the more you will be amazed. check out the pics and vids as well. Nice audio track too.

Way to go girl.

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