The Indie Soul Journeys Show



Two-time Grammy nominee Eric “Erro” Roberson has written and produced for Will Smith, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, and “Uncle” Charlie Wilson in addition to collaborating with artists such as Dwele, The Foreign Exchange, and Robert Glasper.  He is also known as “The Blueprint of Indie Soul.”


With four #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums and two Top 20 R&B Albums under her belt, the full-figured front woman for acid jazz pioneers Incognito, Maysa Leak, is world-renowned for her 14 solo albums and her many Top 20 UK hits with Incognito. Maya and Incognito are also winners of the UK MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act.


Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Sy Smith has been recognized by everyone from LA Weekly to the NAACP Theater Awards for her talents. When she’s not writing for icons like Carlos Santana or voicing video game characters like Aisha in the Saints Row series, the hardest working woman in show has served as the house vocalist on American Idol and The Tonight Show. She’s also toured with Usher, Brandy, Chris Botti, and the legendary Whitney Houston.


When you’ve worked closely with everyone from Prince to Gerald Levert, the legendary Ricky Minor has you on speed dial, and you can count Gamble & Huff as mentors, you’re the big deal and you’re named Frank McComb. Frank got his break early with the global smash hit, “Another Day,” and, 14 albums later, he’s never looked back.  McComb has collaborated with Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Phyllis Hyman, Lalah Hathaway, Fred Hammond, and John P. Kee to name a few.


When your debut makes the iTunes Best of 2010 list, Creative Loafing Atlanta names your work an “Album of the Year” selection, and SoulTracks readers vote you “Best New Artist,” you’re at the start of something great. Nearly a decade later, Avery Sunshine’s greatness includes a #1 Billboard Adult R&B hit in “Call My Name” in 2014, a Top 20 UAC radio hit with “Ugly Side of Me,” and sold-out world tours.


Globetrotting with Lenny Kravitz, recording and touring on the classic, Mamas Gun, with Erykah Badu, and hand-selected by BET-founder Bob Johnson [as an artist on the rise], YahZarah has experienced it all as her label’s marquee artist.  She’s been featured on The Foreign Exchange’s Grammy-nominated project Leave It All Behind, toured and recorded a solo album with +FE, and produced an album that earned her the title “Best Female Artist of the Year” by SoulTracks readers. So charmed.


Suddenly stricken with career threatening polyps on his vocal cords, will the “King of Indie Soul,” Eric “Erro” Roberson, ever sing again after carefully crafting a 20+ year career as “The Blueprint?” Roberson and his family only have Plan A. Will this indie royalty be forced to find a Plan B?

Frank McComb has survived label politics over his two-decade career, but the abusive childhood he overcame proved even more traumatic and harder to shake. From his days with Gerald Levert to label drama at Columbia Records, McComb has survived the industry’s hardest punches.  Now, he has to fight his biggest enemy…himself. Will he persevere for one more round?

Maysa Leak is known as Incognito’s velvet voice. At 26, Maysa became the international sensation with her Coke bottle figure and globally recognized hits to complement. But soon thereafter, the premature birth of an ill son and her struggle to maintain an “industry look” disrupts her ascent. How will she manage single motherhood, radical image expectations, and rapid industry change to live out her dream?