In 2013 Catherine Rhodes and Grammy nominated drummer Bryan Morris as director formed their band, Cat Rhodes & The Truth. While putting the band together, several musicians played with them to find the other members and they are JoJo Morris on bass and Bob Erickson Jr., on guitar. The band, now The Truth featuring Cat Rhodes with Cat on lead vocals and Bryan on drums. They are joined by EdMo Lanier on bass and Paxton Norris on guitar. They perform covers of Blues, R & B, Jazz, Motown, original music and continue to promote their current CD Knee Deep In The Blues which can be found on most of the major music sites and are getting set to release a video of the title track. Their years of experience have helped to create a unique chemistry and musical expression and they are excited about sharing it with the world. Cat and Bryan just don’t play the blues but have lived it and are ready to reap the blessings and rewards that come from hard work, determination and perseverance. They can be found along the Gulf Coast, especially in Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama performing at any of the many beautiful venues located there and are honored and proud members of the Blues Society of Northwest Florida in Pensacola.
Jumping forward, much has happened since forming the band. Cat and Bryan are close to signing a recording deal with American Jazz Records for respective albums and are returning to studio to work on new music and their management is working on a major tour for 2018.
One of the most exciting venture to come out of their new-found notoriety happened this past June, when the team along with Bill Harrell and Joe Byers developed and produced CAT TRAXX, a music, fashion, cooking, sports and community segmented variety tv show airing weekly on www.blabtv.com. Cat is the host and Bryan is the Co-Host.
As you can see, much is happening for Cat but the foundation for all this includes the three years before forming her band, where she toured as a guest artist with world renowned Louisiana Blues Hall of Famer and 7 times Grammy nominated musician Kenny Neal, in Paris, Germany as well as other artist in the southeast region of the United States. Attached is link to YouTube video of performance on the Legendary R & B Cruisehttp://youtu.be/LNJxMFEzlfE. Adding to her resume, she also was a Radio Personality for WLVV Spanish Fort Alabama and secured Leading roles in the #1 Hit Gospel Stage Play, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got, written by the late David Payton.
During the early part of her career, she traveled extensively in Europe where she performed with the group Natural Sweetness on the Seven/7 Concert Tour, which began in Mannheim, Germany. Was also opening act for Bryan McKnight, Pebo Bryson and Joan Faulkner, of West Germany. The group started as back-up singers for award-winning R & B artist Jimmie “Bo” Horne. During this period Catherine did Runway and Photo Model for the German Based Company Veronique’s Model Team of Frankfurt Germany. Other noteworthy mentions are performances with Clarence Carter, Jerry “Ice Man” Butler, The Reggae Festival @ the Amphitheater in Louisiana and home coming celebration for BB King. Catherine has been singing since childhood starting out with her mother’s gospel group, “The Melotones”. Growing up in a large family and the second to last of twelve children presented Catherine with a built-in audience in front of which to perform. This she excelled in and was soon the envy at family gatherings and parties where she would perform the current dances and sing to popular records.
It was only natural and a matter of time before she followed her dream and pursued a career in the Entertainment Industry and over the years, this dream and a determination to be a winner has led her to become an accomplished singer/song writer, model, dancer, and actor. Further showcasing her photographic presence is this link to the video of her original composition I Like, http://youtu.be/46FTj-Lyy9E.
All in all, so far Catherine Rhodes has lived a life full of ups and downs, not unlike so many of us. With a winning smile, personality and charm to match, she continues to pursue her dreams of performing for the world and if you listen real close, you can hear her story in her songs.
As we continue to look back on Bryan’s musical adventures, it was in 1996 he become the drummer for the group Flashback and also played with the Mike Foster Project Brass Band. Before these groups, Bryan spent four and a half years in college where he was a member of the world renowned Southern University Marching Band.
There were many accomplishments during these years as Bryan continued to meet and achieve elements that would help to nurture, shape and prepare him for the life of a musician. In his sophomore year he was awarded the snare drum section leadership and retained the title until his senior year. At the end of each marching season, Bryan’s musical journey would continue as a member of the jazz and concert band. His musical efforts not only included those on campus but extended outside as he performed with The Michael Foster Project (jazz band) and Doja Composure, a group featuring the rapper Lavell Crump b.k.a. David Banner. During this period his skills as a producer were honed producing tracks for Doja Composure. Other performances of worthwhile note were with jazz trumpeter Eric Baskins and jazz clarinetists Alvin Batisite. One would think that Bryan may have majored in music; however the degree he earned at the university was in the field of criminal justice. As he notes, it was a college degree and at such time when his love for music was to ever wane it was there to get a 9 to 5.
It was in 1987 that his association with the top 40 group Surgeon General Band came to an end after being the drummer since 1984, that he entered high school a year before the group disbanded, joining the marching band. Throughout his high school years as a sophomore and junior, Bryan became snare drum section leader and a member of the jazz and pep band. In his senior year he became drum major of the 150 member marching band and continued as a member of the new jazz, pep, and symphonic band.
Let’s go back further you say. No problem. Up until 1984 and starting in 1982 Bryan enjoyed quite a memorable period where he got the opportunity to perform with such notable musicians as Bobby Humphries, Artique Duke Payne – Bag Pipes, E.B. Coleman Jazz Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson – Trumpeter, while continuing with the Men of Distinction.
Bryan J. Morris is proud to be a part of the awards given to Kenny Neal for his work of which Bryan was the drummer. They include:
• 2011 Jus' Blues Music Foundation Contemporary/Traditional Blues Song Of The Year-Hooked on Your Love
• 2011 Critic's Poll Living Blues Award for
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
• 2009 BMA (Blues Music Award)
for Song of the Year, "Let Life Flow"
• 2009 West Coast Blues Hall of Fame
Awards for Blues CD of the Year "Let Life Flow" and "Blues Band of the
• 2009 Blueswax Album of the Year "Let Life
• 2009 Grammy entries for Grammy Nominations in 4 catagories
• Blues Critic Awards 2008
Readers Poll, Kenny won Blues Album of the Year "Let Life Flow"
EdMo Lanier is a seasoned bass player, composer and producer. His musical journey includes touring with Nancy Wilson, Ben Vereen, Nat Adderley, Lucky Peterson, Michael Burks and many others. He’s also cruised with the Regal Empress Cruise Ship Show Band. Performed with the U.S. Army Band during his 11 year Army career. He began his professional career as a bassist with his family band in Orange, New Jersey. He attended Florida A&M University where he majored in music and played trumpet with the Marching 100 and was involved with many touring and recording projects.
EdMo brings a unique blend of melody and rhythm to his personal style of bass playing.
Yes, one could say, Mr. Barrett Bryan is quite busy and lives an exciting life filled with highs and lows and is far from slowing down. Along with all his responsibilities, he still finds time to work on his literary side writing a novel “Bring The Man Down,” about two childhood friends, one an up and coming attorney framed for the murder of the other, a successful night club owner; a movie script titled “Scooters,” about the goings on at a retirement home; the book “Mishaps” Short Tales of Life’s Adventures" from childhood to adult; a collection of poems “A Likle Bit of Diss and That”; social commentary opinion “The World According To Me” and a reality television Life Docu-drama series which will showcase and highlight his lifetime of adventures called “Redemption: A Life of Amends.” It was in 2009 that he received a Diploma in Creative Writing and has held licenses in real estate sales, insurance (life, health, auto and home) and securities (series 6) as well as a hack for a NYC taxicab driver.
Courtney is also gifted with several artistic abilities which took him to Hollywood, spending a whirlwind year in the early 80’s pursuing an entertainment career, where he co-wrote, co-directed, co-produced and starred in two video pilot shows. Beaten and somewhat disillusioned with the superficial and fake Hollywood atmosphere, he returned to New Orleans and over the next six years pursued several careers including bar tender and Assistant Manager for a Niteclub.
The journey continued as he headed back to Brooklyn, NY in 1988, where he went on to start along with partners several companies in event planning, artist management and development, marketing and promotions, and concert promotions and for the next fifteen years worked as consultants, assisting in the production and implementation of many events, including Unity Jam, The New Harlem 10K Foot Race, The Negril Sprint Triathlon, The Sweet Til' Ya Wet Community Sportsfest throughout the boroughs of New York, as a Promoter at Black College Reunion Spring Break, in Daytona Beach, Florida to Jamaica, West Indies and as the minority marketing and promotions company for The NYC Inner-City Games. During this period, they worked with companies such as UniWorld Group, Inc., Coca Cola, Reebok, PepsiCo, BET, Nutriment, Verizon, Burger King, A T & T, Coors, Gatorade and many others.
Not to be forgotten is his work within his community during the 90’s as a coach and board president for the not-for-profit group Quad Educational Services, Inc., where he assisted the Executive Director with day-to-day operations, including overseeing the Young entrepreneur Project (Y.E.P.), seeking funds through donations and sponsorships. As a coach of teams under the Algonquin Athletics Softball Division, he gave his time and talents whenever and wherever it was needed to the young people in the program, up to 200 in some years.
Mr. Barrett Bryan’s life journey, which is still being written, took a pivotal turn with his arrival in the United States in 1967 at the age of 11, after spending his childhood on the beautiful Island of Jamaica. He graduated from Samuel J. Tilden H.S in Brooklyn and went on to college at Dillard University in New Orleans. Withdrawing after 2 years in 1976, he went to work and over the past 40 years has gained experience in diverse sectors of chain retail in food service, clothing, real estate sales and renovations, janitorial, landscaping, insurance, finance and tax prparation. In these areas, he has worked with companies such as KFC, Florsheim Shoes, D. M. Greenup & Sons Realty, John Hancock, Primerica, Tri-Masters International, Wakefield Properties, LLC and Patwell Consultants, LLC
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