Dre Black was determined to have his own band to play his discography of music that he has been creating for over nine years. He started his own fashion consulting/branding company, “Everything Gold:EGO” in 2007, and has worked with various organizations, radio personalities, and local entrepreneurs in establishing his brand. On a conquest to promote his music he wanted a band name that will not only promote his music but the company brand as a whole. EGOcentric was created taking the call letters from “Everything Gold,” and adding the Centric part to give it that edge.
Dre Black was born in Washington, DC to Charlotte and Granville Bell. He graduated from the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology and Marymount University. Dre started out singing in the church choir, he began to lead songs and his passion for song took over from there. He has performed all over the DC Metropolitan area, as well as in New York and Atlanta. He brings a certain energy and vibe to the stage and has a humbling presence about himself. He was featured in the DVD “Get Familiar,” with skateboarder Darren Harper, performed at WPGC’s “For Sisters Only” convention, and several of his original recordings have been featured on the top radio stations in Washington, DC. He is also an entrepreneur, establishing his “Everything Gold (EGO) LLC brand in April 2009. “Everything Gold” is a production and image consulting company that partners with other artists, producers, and designers. Dre’s passion for songwriting, music, dance, fashion, literary media, and social issues will open up many doors in an ever growing entertainment industry. However; his drive and determination to succeed will elevate him to maintstream successs.
Craig Green was born in South Georgia, and raised all over. A veteran of numerous bands, he’s played Blues in Portland, Punk in Gainesville, Fla., Classic rock in Northern Virginia, and now Soul in D.C. A musical nomad, Craig has been looking to scratch the groovy itch that gets a dance floor shaking, while playing songs that get the head bone itching. His last gig took him all over the DC metro area playing bars and weddings, and any gig that let him groove on a stage for all the beautiful peoples. A fan of all music, the only style he has yet to get behind is Opera — “There’s not enough dancing in that, sorry man, I can’t go for it.” –
Talented, motivated, and creative are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Jasmine Buchanan! With music as her first love, Jasmine has always been a member of her church and school choir. As a little girl, she always dreamed of being a famous singer. As time progressed she did not abandon her dream, but decided working with music in a different capacity might serve as the better option. With a Bachelors of Art in Public Relations, and her current enrollment at Trinity University (Washington, DC) working on her Master’s in Business Administration, Mrs. Buchanan hopes to one day own her on Entertainment Public Relations Firm. Still working with music, but also utilizing her other God given talents. Mrs. Buchanan was born Jasmine Ferguson to Willie and Mary Ferguson on December 28,1987 in Washington, D.C and has been singing a sweet tune ever since!
A native of Baltimore, MD, Joel V. Holmes, Jr. began his musical journey on the kitchen floor – his instrument of choice: pots and pans. By the time young Joel reached the tender age of four years old, his parents found it wise to get him a real set of drums. Though Joel engaged himself in numerous other extra curricular activities, participating in band and playing drums in church was a steadfast desire for him. As a musical student of Ms. Betty McLeod at West Baltimore Middle School and Mr. Alvin Wallace at Baltimore City College High School, a rapidly rising Joel began to obtain the discipline and drive necessary to pursue a career in music. Upon earning a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Howard University in 2009, Mr. Holmes began to further solidify his dream of a career in music. He continues to dig deeply as he teaches elementary school music in Washington, DC. To date, Holmes has performed and recorded internationally with various ensembles and artists. Through music, he aims to inspire others – as so many have inspired him.
Gerard Bingham hails from Greenbelt, MD. He brings years of experience with a dynamic sound to the band. Gerard’s rhythmic impulses can be heard through his use of congas, chimes, and other instruments of the percussion family.