All roads lead to AFRAM! We have a lineup this year that has a little something for everyone. See the artists coming to Baltimore this summer below. 

 

ELLA MAI

Ella Mai is on the verge… After releasing her three critically acclaimed Time, Change, and Ready EP's the R&B songstress is not ready to slow down. The London-born and Los Angeles-based powerhouse speaks her mind with an honesty that drives the writing in her songs.

After the release of her final EP-trilogy installation Ready, Ella Mai spent the end of 2017 on Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage tour. Following the tour, she released a new song and visual for “Naked,” and its accompanying video. Her current single “Boo’d Up” which was released in Ready, has unexpectedly taken off in 2018. With the growing success on radio and streaming platforms, “Boo’d Up” is climbing the Billboard charts.

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Carl Thomas

Carl Thomas began his relationship with music as a young boy singing in church and local groups throughout Chicago. Thomas eventually moved to New York City to pursue his music career and spent time perfecting his craft at open-mic nights. In 1997, legendary hip-hop legends Sean “Puffy” Combs and Christopher "Biggie" Wallace discovered Thomas at an open-mic event. The duo signed him as Bad Boy Records first male R&B artist. Speaking on this time in New York, Thomas states, “I was born in Chicago, but I became a man in Brooklyn”. 

Over four million records sold, two Grammy Award Nominations, three Soul Train Music Award nominations, and an NAACP Image Award Carl Thomas is no stranger to success. 
With a career spanning two decades and timeless chart-toppers like "Emotional" and "Summer Rain," AFRAM is proud to welcome Carl Thomas to the festival!
 

JACQUEES

No matter what you do, you’ve got to know your roots and Jacquees certainly does. Based in Atlanta, the singer & songwriter has cooked up his own smooth, slick, and simmering brand of 21st century R&B with an old school twist on his debut release 4275.

“I grew up listening to the greats,” states Jacquees. “My mom would play everything from Marvin Gaye & Barry White to Jodeci & Boyz II Men around the house. You could pull up on the block listening to those cats, and no one would think twice. I want to cause that same reaction. When you listen to my music, it will make you feel like you can roll up on any girl in the world. It’s that ‘G’ mentality.”

Jacquees has one goal in mind—and it doesn’t differ much from that of his idols. “I just want people to listen to my music and feel good,” he said. “You know how a certain song will make you remember a certain time? That’s what I hope my music does.”

DRU HILL

Founded in 1992 as "14K Harmony," the group evolved to become "Dru Hill" in 1996, engraving itself into the legacy of R&B music and bringing a dynamic sound to the ever-changing industry. Known for hits like "Tell Me," "In My Bed," "Never Make a Promise," and "How Deep Is Your Love," the group has given the world music for the ages. As the dynamic quartet gears up to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, it’s clear that they’ve just gotten started. In celebration of their journey thus far, the group has exciting surprises in store for its expanding fan base everywhere. Recording new material and continuously performing at sold-out venues around the globe, Dru Hill continues to solidify its legacy as one of the greatest groups of all time.

VASHAWN MITCHELL

VaShawn Mitchell returns with a personal invitation for all to go on a musical journey to his Secret Place. Over the course of his 18-year career, punctuated with much critical and commercial acclaim, Mitchell has solidified himself as a creative musical force in Contemporary Praise & Worship. He’s responsible for fan favorites like “My Worship Is For Real” (Believe In Your Dreams), “Turning Around For Me” (Created 4 This), “God My God” (Unstoppable), “Don’t Last” (Promises) and the mega-hit “Nobody Greater” (Triumphant). VaShawn’s continued contributions to gospel music goes well beyond his own recording career as a singer/songwriter and extends to producer and visionary, having played a key role in the major label debut and sophomore releases of new gospel stars Anthony Brown and Tasha Cobbs. Mitchell is also a sought-after musical director and teacher with a heart for equipping the next generation of worshippers. 

Davon Fleming

With a combination of R&B and Gospel, the world was bound to know the name Davon Fleming. The Baltimore native got his start singing in church. Fleming discovered his love for music at the tender age of three and throughout the years he studied different genres of music. 

Fleming went on to compete on the BET Gospel  competition Sunday’s Best where he placed in the top 20 and went on to release his first single entitled “I Need You”. In 2017 he became a contestant on NBC’s hit singing show, The Voice where his performances amazed audiences week after week. Fleming ended his run as a semi-finalist but left his mark by topping the charts at number one each week and by being the only contestant in the history of the show to place in three different charts during a season (Pop, R&B & Christian).

Fleming is currently working on his debut project and serving communities in his hometown where he holds the key to the city. Since then, he has performed all over and worked with some of the Music industry’s top names. Davon Fleming’s star is steadily rising and he has no plans on falling anytime soon.