Join us and our celebrity panel of judges as we chose our next DC-CAPITAL Star!
Will Downing has an unheard of 30 year career and twenty solo recordings in the music business. It stands to reason music fans are nowhere near ready to vote Will Downing off the proverbial “island” where he continues to reign as the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. Downing’s voice is one of the most distinctive, loved and instantly recognizable voices in R&B. His flawless, emotive, buttery-smooth and honey-toned baritone, along with his impeccable phrasing and jazz-fueled agile runs, seamlessly bridge the worlds of R&B and Jazz.
If one were to re-imagine the last 30 years of R&B/Soul music as a sort of “reality show,” full of plot twists, physical challenges, strategic alliances and a cast tasked with using their individual gifts to plot their course for survival…Will Downing might very well be the last man standing!
In September 2017, he released his 20th studio album, Soul Survivor. As Downing reflects on his career longevity, he is grateful for his journey and not quite done yet. “I started my music career in the early 80s with, in some ways; more talented artists who had better management and connections and who were willing to do whatever it took to make it. People often asked me why I wouldn’t conform to the music of the time and I would reply that I knew my strengths musically. I stuck to my convictions, while I saw a lot of artists come and go through the years. In an industry that is youth driven I consider myself blessed to still be relevant, still in the race and one of the few Soul Survivors of my era.”
While continuing to deftly navigate a bright future path and glancing over his shoulder at memory lane, Will Downing displays a deep love and appreciation of both on Soul Survivor in clever fashion. Listening to the masterful mix of fresh originals and killer reinventions, Downing treats you to an unmistakable homage to the music of bygone eras that have shaped and cemented his impenetrable position as one of the most significant and versatile voices of his generation. Soul Survivor weaves together crafty writing/production, memorable duets and elements of R&B/Soul with urban contemporary jazz and house music. Soul Survivor easily excels as a fitting tribute to the incredible journey of soul music and a celebration of Will Downing’s remarkably sustained multi-decade career as a truly gifted recording artist.
Savion Glover, Tony Award-Winner, Hoofer, Choreographer, and Producer, is celebrating his 31st year as a Hoofer in show business. Broadway and film credits include The Tap Dance Kid, Black & Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam, Bring in ‘da Noise Bring in ‘da Funk, the movie Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr., Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, and the acclaimed Academy Award Winning 2006 Warner Brothers release of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2 choreographed by Glover.
Mr. Glover dances on concert stages throughout the world and recently formed Savion Glover Productions. While highlighting the tradition of tap dancing and sound, our team-based organization seeks to provide quality production and project management services for tap dancers. Production credits include Classical Savion, Savion Glover’s Bare Soundz, Visions of a Bible, Savion Glover’s SOLO IN TiME, Savion Glover’s SoLE Sanctuary, Invitations to a Dancer, Savion Glover’s STePz, Savion Glover and The Otherz, and assistant segment producer of Savion Glover’s Bare Soundz appearance on Dancing with the Stars.
Donnie Simpson has been called a trailblazer and a true media legend. His love for music and radio started as a young kid growing up in Detroit where his mother owned Simpson record shop, a bustling Motor City Mom & Pop, started in 1966.
In the early 1980’s, Simpson was the backup sports anchor for legendary sportscaster George Michael on WRC-TV, the NBC station in D.C. Considered one of the nation’s first video jockeys, he later paved his way into television history when he joined BET as host of the ultra-popular Video Soul.
Moving from television to the silver screen, Simpson appeared in such classic films as Krush Groove and The Five Heartbeats. He also appeared on the popular sitcoms, Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show.
On August 17, 2015, he returned to radio as host of the afternoon drive at Majic 102.3, a Radio One station in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 2015, Donnie was inducted into the R&B Music hall of Fame. He was the only non-musician to be inducted.
An active community volunteer, Donnie has served as honorary Chairman of the national Black Family reunion and has assisted in fundraising efforts for AIDS research and the United Negro College Fund. Donnie and his wife have established The Donnie & Pam Simpson Scholarship Fund, to help minority college hopefuls in need of assistance in getting the opportunity they deserve. Always committed, in 2005 Donnie stayed on the air for 16 hours and raised over $220,000 for the victims of hurricane Katrina. Donnie Simpson’s consistent #1 ratings success and reputation have earned him “icon” status among his peers, The White House, and his millions of fans worldwide.