Without a doubt.

I’ve been extremely blessed to have found my way into the hub of the Best Musical Artists the bay or world for that matter, has to offer.

To My Music Family,

You’ve enriched my life, taught me music appreciation (to the point of snobby 😋) and showed me what dedication and passion look like.  I have the upmost RESPECT for all that you do to give us what you do. I cannot fully express how my life now has a large void in it, though I’m sure you can relate to this feeling, as music is your life.

Live music has fed my soul and allowed my spirit to dance from the love you poured out from stage. You created a space where all people could unite in the love of music. A place for all people –Yes I’d say Musicians are Essential!

I’m grateful for the music that many of you have produced enabling me to get some of that good stuff whenever I need it.  Ash, Levi, Derick, Kj, David, Dyson, Vic, Ricardo and Carlos to name a few, the time, dedication and effort you put in is keeping me feeling the love.

I appreciate how many of you are taking to cyberspace with your music. I’m keeping the light that one day we will again be able to bask in the LOVE Vibrations All Together as you share your gifts with us from the stage. And if we have to go underground, I’ll say it Speakeasy – I’m All In! The Music Must Go On!!!

You’ve filled me with so many memories of Good times with people feeling the Love. A heartfelt Thank You! To my Music Family for all that you’ve given with your musical gifts. Blessings. I’ve created the following to share with my community so that hopefully they can explore, enjoy and perhaps show support.  I’ll continue adding links in the next post  Peace.

BTW– After I uploaded this to blog many links did not convert….I can’t go back, sorry I did my best and have this time line. I’ll also post to FB hopefully links will all transfer.


Ashling Cole     

Derick Hughes    

Will Russ Jr      

oMega Rae       

Martian Luther


Zoe Ellis            

Sakai Smith      

Destani Wolf    

Gene Barnes Jr.

Cienna Powers


Joli Powers       

Sage Waters

Anitra Lewis

Derek Clark


Levi Seacer Jr               

David Council                          

Victoria Theodore                               

Kymberly  ‘Kj” Jackson

Jimmy McKinney

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Brian Braziel on Drum Talk TV!

Here's Brian Braziel who had just sound checked with Dr. John at the NAMM Show 2016 Main Stage with host Dan Shinder. Brian has excellent advice for drummers on how to keep the right gig. Brain has great advice as well for drummers transitioning from a life of playing in house of worship, and how to adapt to what artists expect in the professional music scene from a drummer.Watch for details on when and where all our interviews will happen at the NAMM Show so you can join us there Live if you are going, or watch live here on our Facebook page!

Posted by Drum Talk TV on Monday, January 16, 2017

Ricardo Scales        

Carlos Reyes    

Janice Maxie Reed       

Uriah Duffy

Aaron Green

Michael Tiny Lindsey  

Ric Alexander              

Rodney Franklin          

Lynette Williams

Darryl Anders  

Mark Daniels               

Michael Seacer            

Tony ‘2times’ Provdence

Ron E Beck       

Rustee Allen                 

Aaron Baugh

Ted ‘Blyss’ Gould

Morty Orkin                 

Cam Perridge                          

B’nai Rebelfront          

Morgan Day                 

Sundra Manning

Amy Levine

Vince Lars

Eamonn Flynn

Maya Kronfeld

Roy Schmall

Lloyd Gregory

Harold Day

James Henry

Bill Hampton

Alex Kamages

ZKay Fountila

Millenia Fountila

Auteria Wally Winzer Jr.

Chris Sandoval

Lindsay Ferguson

Darian Gray

Prince Damons

Kenya Baker

Angelo Luster

Jeanne Geiger

William Norwood

Bryan Dean

And My Salsa Bands oh how I miss you!


Somos El Son   


Orquesta La Original


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Hello To All!

Hoping this reaches y’all keeping positive, healthy and open minded. It’s been a while since my last Newsletter; and sadly this will be the last one.

I’ve had to update my website and change hosting providers and there is no way to transfer my blog to the new site.  Sometimes technology is so frustrating or more exact it is the companies that make these products to not be compatible with each other that is the culprit of my dismay.

On a positive note, I have a new website! As of yet I’ve not completely figured out how I will proceed with the email Newsletters with the new site.  There is a component with this site where I can create posts, however not sure how I’ll let my community know when there are new posts.

Anyway in this last Newsletter I wanted to give BIG Love to my Music Family and share with you some of the BEST Musical Artists EVER! Y’all know how passionate I am about music and have had access to musicians that are of the highest quality.

In this post I’ll link to some of their music in hopes you’ll check them out and even better purchase some of their music.  They NEED your support!

If you are interested in checking them out please copy the post for future enjoyment as I have a time limit on how long the Blog will remain up.  I won’t be able to link to all of  them in this post, I will however continue on with the list on the new site.  That’s when I figure it all out. 😊

Each and every one of the musicians and vocalists I list I personally know and appreciate their musical talent.  Most are high level professionals, a few are up and coming, wherever they are at on their journey their gift is apparent. 

As I research cyberspace to find links to share with you, I’m remembering the awesomeness of many of these events and just how FAB these musical artists are.  I truly hope that you find some pleasure going thru.  Hope to connect with you soon

One ❤️ joi ✌🏾

Presently the link to the site is:

Next week it will be:

Take a look give me some feed back. 

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Achieve Your Best Hair with Earth Tonics

Karen’s hair is all natural and extremely thick and naturally dry. With Earth Tonics Mineral Balance Hair Tea she is able to keep it long, healthy and shiny.

This Hair Tea instantly infuses natural vitamins, minerals and emollients that are beneficial to your hair. It moisturizes, protects and soothes hair and scalp. It is concentrated with magnesium, calcium, silica, iron and amino acids – all natural nutrients. Good for all hair types, especially dry and brittle, or limp lifeless hair. Magic for hair that tangles! Hair Tea defines curls, leaves hair less frizzy or fly away and adds body and shine.

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Evil is right in front of your eyes.

Monsanto is the leading producer in Roundup, a weed killer that all too often lands on products for consumers. Take a look at the list of food brands owned by Monsanto, and keep them out of YOUR CART the next time you head to the grocery store:

  • Aunt Jemima
  • Aurora Foods
  • Banquet
  • Best Foods
  • Betty Crocker
  • Bisquick
  • Cadbury
  • Campbell’s
  • Capri Sun
  • Carnation
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Coca Cola
  • ConAgra
  • Delicious Brand Cookies
  • Duncan Hines
  • Famous Amos
  • Frito Lay
  • General Mills
  • Green Giant
  • Healthy Choice
  • Heinz
  • Hellman’s
  • Hershey’s Nestle
  • Holsum
  • Hungry Jack
  • Hunts
  • Interstate Bakeries
  • Jiffy
  • KC Masterpiece
  • Keebler/Flowers Industries
  • Kelloggs
  • Kid Cuisine
  • Knorr
  • Kool-Aid
  • Kraft/Phillip Morris
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Lipton
  • Loma Linda
  • Marie Callenders
  • Minute Maid
  • Morningstar
  • Butterworths
  • Nabisco
  • Nature Valley
  • Ocean Spray
  • Ore-Ida
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Pasta- Roni
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • Pepsi
  • Pillsbury
  • Pop Secret
  • Post Cereals
  • Power Bar Brand
  • Prego Pasta Sauce
  • Pringles
  • Procter and Gamble
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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

~Maya Angelou

When you have the opportunity to show kindness, show it. Mindful kindness is compassionate, especially when you really don’t want to be, your relationships deepen your. Just a small kindness act will transform the moment, the whole day, or your whole life. And of coarse what it can do for another can be limitless.

Kindness sometimes has a connotation of meaning someone is naive or weak, that is not the case. Being kind often requires courage and strength. Kindness is an interpersonal skill.

Kindness Is Caring In Action

There are different ways to practice kindness. Being mindful when someone needs a helping hand, a kind word, a smile, opening a door, or helping carry a heavy load are all be acts of kindness. Celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, sending an email thanking someone, telling someone how s/he is special to you, helping an elderly neighbor with yard work or sharing homemade food, refusing to gossip, and donating old clothing and things you don’t need are all ideas about how to practice kindness. 

Open Your Heart To Kindness

Science has now shown that devoting resources to others, rather than having more and more for yourself, brings about lasting well-being. Kindness has been found by researcher to be the most important predictor of satisfaction and stability in a marriage.

Kindness is a willingness to full-heartedly celebrate someone else’s successes. Kindness is to be openly happy for the other person.

Kindness is also about telling the truth in a gentle way when doing so is helpful to the other person. Receiving accurate feedback in a loving and caring way is an important part of a trusted relationship. The courage to give and receive truthful feedback is a key component of growth and flexible thinking.

Kindness Starts With Being Kind To Yourself

Ever notice how much better you treat others when you’ve taken care of yourself? In a pressure-filled environment it’s easy to work through lunch, work through dinner, and respond to emails at 11 pm. But the world often rights itself when we take a moment to breathe, assess what we need, and seek it.

Kindness includes being kind to yourself. Speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself. Be kind to yourself when you misstep, which happens to everybody. Not taking care of ourselves may cause collateral damage, like making others the target of the anger or frustration or disappointment that we really feel about ourselves. Sleep, a relaxed meal, or exercise are all ways to be kind to ourselves.

Lead With Compassion, Follow With Kindness

Everyone has challenges, many hidden from sight. If you knew that your coworker delivering the curt response to a question or the snarky critique of a project had recently learned of a serious illness in their family, wouldn’t you cut them some slack? And better yet, might you then want to reach out with support? When we are compassionate, we are recognizing our shared human condition. Compassion can guide us to acts of kindness. Maybe we keep our mouth shut instead of calling out the misdemeanor. Or we find a private time to ask if everything is okay. Sometimes kindness is offering to get coffee, or bringing back a cookie from a lunchtime just because.

Choose Kindness Everyday

While we may not have control over another person, we do have control over ourselves. What does it mean to be our best selves? Being kind is in the mix of choices we have each and every day. We can’t make anyone else be kind, but we can make a conscious choice to be kind.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller

The purest form of kindness may have no audience and offer no credit. Kindness to accumulate thanks is self-serving at best. Some may even say it’s an effort to control or make the recipient feel indebted. But when we are kind even if — maybe especially if — there’s no such payback, the rewards may be all the sweeter.

Kindness Gives Life To More Kindness

Just as a bully of a boss can foster a culture of bullying and fear down the hierarchical line, so can kindness. We often take our cues from leaders, coworkers, celebrities, and others we live with many hours a day. Why not be the kind person from whom others take their cues? The one who helps people turn to one another kindly in small and big ways that illustrate a spirit of generosity?

During this time of year, more than any other time, the next two months brings with it much pain and suffering. Often silent and unseen to most. Make a conscious effort to step outside of yourself and feel what’s going on for others around you. And perhaps a moment of just listening to someone vent, giving a sincere compliment or share some of your favorite dish with a neighbor, will change that darkness they may be feeling into the light.

one ❤️✌🏾joi

Sourced from:

Harvard Health Publishing |Melissa Brodrick, MEd

Psychology Today | Karyn Hall Ph.D.

HuffPost | Susan Smalley, Ph.D., Contributor

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Art and Science

Aromatherapy elicits positive responses, on both psychological and physiological levels. Specific psychological benefits attributed to pure essences and their aromas include relief from anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue, while encouraging feelings of refreshing and awakening calmness, relaxation and happiness.1

Aromatherapy is thought of as both an art and a science. Recently, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine.  Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. These natural substances were used for medical and religious purposes. They were known to have both physical and psychological benefits.

Smell plays a big role in how essential oils may affect the body: When breathed in, these plant oils stimulate smell receptors in the nose that send chemical messages through nerves to the brain’s limbic system, which affects Joy and emotions, and may have some physiological effects on the body, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 7

Earth Tonics Joi Butters Features Essential oils

The skin is relatively permeable to fat soluble substances and relatively impermeable to water soluble substances. Essential oil molecules are so minute that when they are applied to the skin; they are able to pass through the strateum corneum (the outer layer of the epidermis). From here the oil molecule passes through dermis, into the capillaries and into the bloodstream. Absorption also occurs through the hair follicles and sweat ducts. 8

Butters can be rubbed into the skin, for Joy shift, protection of the skin and/or under arm for deodorant.  Joi Butters  offer a way to adjust or enhance one’s Joy with Aromatherapy, while caring for the skin with protective base oils and or neutralizing body odor.

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Completely made from Nature

Undiluted, no chemicals, no preservatives

Alternative to perfume or cologne

Nourishing to skin

Joi Butters Benefits

Luxurious, Green Beauty product

Smooth texture, absorbs easily into skin

Unisex scents

Moisturizing and protective leaves skin feeling good

Indulges your senses and uplifts your spirit

Sweetly Grounded

Grounding and calming to your mind like sweet chocolate. This butter is uplifting to your spirit, it releases the tensions of the day.

Seductive Courage

Earthy, mysterious and seductive, this aphrodisiac butter renews your zest for life.

Spicy Intentions

Provocative, sensual and warm this butter brings calm feelings and a sense of peace.  This leaves you open to some spice in your life.

Earth Tonics Joi Butters available online ✌🏾❤️

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Get to Know your Hair. 

To learn the truth about your hair, have a talk with yourself.

Here are some questions to ask yourself.

What does your hair like?

What doesn’t your hair like?

Where are my hair’s weak areas?

Discern the reason why the weakness.

Is it the nature of your hair to be weak or are you doing something to create it?

Discover your options.

Set realistic Hair Goals! 

Appreciate and make the best of what you have!

If you need some guidance with discovering the answers and options to these questions call 415.332.3044 or email Studio Joi |

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Ashling Cole

The Soulful Songstess –A Life Defined by Music

Ashling is excited to announce May 23rd, the last show she will be doing before she take a few months off for the next round of surgeries. She is looking forward to sharing the evening with you! She will be debuting new music (hasn’t even been released yet!!!), as well as some old favorites from my second album.

Ashling Cole, also known as Biscuit, hails from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. Her transformative live performances are legendary and take you on a musical journey; spiritually and emotionally.

She spans worlds of R&B, jazz, funk, and gospel effortlessly. Ashling currently tours with legendary bassist Larry Graham as the lead singer of Graham Central Station and has recently joined Sheila E’s Glamorous Life tour. She has graced the stage with such icons as Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum and one of her greatest mentors, Prince.
In summer 2017 Dave Koz and Larry Graham joined forces for a “Side by Side” tour with Ashling right there in the lead and supporting role. What an amazing show that was!!
Ashling’s first solo project “Where Love Began”, an EP of five songs she wrote, arranged and co-produced with guitarist, Cam Perridge is available on all media platforms.
“The Other Side of Yes” her latest single and the first of a grouping of inspirational songs is now available on CD Baby and iTunes. New single “Have Your Way” coming soon!!

The Fenix is an music supper club. Dinner is served daily at the venue. When you purchase your ticket on our website or the site, a reservation is automatically made for you.

Ashling always puts together a band of INCREDIBLE musicians and vocalists!! The stage will be full of Bay Area talented, devoted and dynamic artist, I’m looking forward to a night of heart felt music.

Soon to be released the new music single release of “We Are Healed” by Nona Brown featuring Lynette Hawkins-Stephens Ashling Biscuit-Cole & Tracy Watts Perrilliat — with Lynette Hawkins-

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Traditionally, Black seed oil has been used to bolster vitality, aid digestion, respiratory, kidney, liver, inflammatory and circulatory support.

Native to the Mediterranean and grown throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia, Nigella sativa is cultivated for its seeds, which are known as the “seeds of blessing.” For the Arabs, black seed is not only a food but also a valued traditional remedy. It has served as an important health and beauty aid for thousands of years.

Black Seed is grown in various countries and therefore known by many names such as Black Cumin (Egypt), Black Caraway (Turkey), Kalonji (India/Pakistan), Habbatul Baraka or the Blessed Seed (Middle East), among others. Ever since its introduction to the United States in the late 1980’s, it has been commonly referred to as ‘Black Seed’ or ‘Black Cumin’ and often used as a spice in traditional Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern and Persian cuisines.

According to tradition, the Prophet Muhammad described black seed as a healing for every disease except death. The great physician Ibn Sina (980–1037), better known as Avicenna, stated that black seed works as an expectorant, stimulates the body’s energy and helps overcome fatigue and dispiritedness.

Remarkably, Black Seed contains over 100 components, of which only sixty-nine of which have been identified. Research has shown that this complex interaction of over 100 components gives Black Seed tremendous power to support the immune system and strengthen the body’s constitution.

This means that Black Seed is useful against a vast array of complaints from those caused by bacteria or viruses, to common allergies.

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Black Seed’s chemical composition is very rich and diverse. It contains:

  • thymoquinone
  • phytochemicals
  • crystalline nigellone
  • anti-oxidant
  • amino acids
  • proteins
  • carbohydrates
  • fixed oils (EFA’s 3/6/9)
  • volatile oils
  • alkaloids
  • saponin
  • fiber
  • minerals:
  • calcium
  • iron
  • sodium
  • potassium

There are still many components in Black Seed that haven’t been identified and research is going on around the world to help shed more light into this remarkable little seed.

Black Seed’s medicinal use has a very rich traditional history that goes beyond ancient Eygptian and Biblical times. Some sources suggest that a bottle containing Black Seed was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb and a biblical reference to it is noted in the Old Testament (Isaiah 28: 25, 27). Another important ancient reference to Black Seed’s use is from Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)(Sahih Bukhari 71:592).

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Highly aromatic and spicy, this tiny seed and its fixed oil is used for a variety of supportive health benefits—help restore the natural balance of the body’s vital organs and strengthen its natural defenses.

Supportive Health Benefits

·      Asthma & Allergies

·      Eczema and Psoriasis

·      Reducing Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

·      Digestion

·      Candida and Fungus

·      Cancers

·      Heart Health

·      MRSA and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

·      Immune Health

·      Skin and Hair

·      Fighting Bacterial Infections

·      Reducing Scars

·      Improving Memory

·      Enhancing Weight Loss

·      Relieving Breast Pain  


Find Quality Black Seed Oil

Black cumin seed oil is a food product, so make sure that whatever brand you use is high quality and free from harmful additives.

Do your research, there are hundreds of scientific studies.

 Look for brands that are preferably:

  • organic
  • pure-pressed without chemical extraction
  • have no additives or diluting oils
  • protected from rancidity by high-quality light and air-protective glass

Black cumin seed oil is an amazing food that has been used for thousands of years for its ability to support health naturally.

Always, use common sense. Black seed oil is a food, but a nutritionally potent one.

My experience with Black seed oil

I have been doing my research and started talking 2 soft gels a day for a week now. In this short amount of time I’ve noticed a few things that are different:

Less soreness or no pain in knees & back after hill walking=Less inflammation

Digestion better

Skin more vibrant, already had soft vibrant skin, but this intensified

Dreams more vivid

Wake feeling rested

I plan to continue with Black seed oil daily and will write another post in the coming months on my experience with long term use and will continue to research. I’ve also begun using it at Studio Joi as a treatment. I’ve combined it with Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea and I am thrilled with the results. Aswell I will monitor the use of Black seed oil with my clients.

Credit to W.Goreja @Amazing Herbs

I also use Mountain Rose

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