Vocalist Extraordinaire based in Cleveland live at Nighttown!
Including a Tribute to Vocal Legend Nina Simone!
Featuring: Robert Hubbard on drums w/Hubb's Groove & Mariama Whyte-Vocals.
Whether in the recording studio, featured on national stages or crafting a poignant song, Mariama Whyte has the secret recipe that is certain to satisfy even the most discerning palette. Mariama recently starred in the highly acclaimed Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone at national theatrical treasure, Karamu House. She has played leading roles in the Broadway national tours of Disney's The Lion King and The Color Purple. A graduate of The College of Wooster, Mariama has performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, shared the stage with mega-producer David Foster, and has been featured as an actress in independent films and regional and national ad campaigns. She has opened for national and international artists such as Stephanie Mills, Jeff Bradshaw, Algebra Blessett, and Erik Rico.
As a young child, Mariama was immersed in music and performance--studying voice, acting, piano and violin. It was clear to her early on that singing, acting and writing would be integral parts of her life and has since become a great performer and profound songwriter. Born to a Jamaican father and an African-American mother and raised in Cleveland OH, Mariama absorbed the sounds of soul, pop, jazz, rock, hip-hop, Broadway musicals, gospel and reggae. She effortlessly merges her sonic influences and delivers a fresh sound she describes as contemporary R&B with splashes of world, jazz and pop influences.
Inspired by countless music icons of the past and present, Mariama delivers passion and heart in her music and performance. Self described as a "quiet fire and a fearless flame," Mariama Equally vibrant behind the scenes, Mariama has a broad songwriting scope and is always penning new, unique ideas and has been recording new music for her upcoming full-length CD, "Hey U It's Me,".
Hubb's Groove is a mIx of Soul, Jazz, R&B and a splash of Gospel.
It's a smooth but yet high energy band that believes whats played from the heart, reaches the heart.
The band was founded In 1996 by Robert Hubbard in Cleveland Ohio under the name "Moments Notice". In 2006 Robert changed the name to "Hubb'S Groove". The band has shared the stage with Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Earth Wind & Fire, Wayman Tisdale and Pieces of a Dream.
Hubb's Groove has performed with Angela Bofill, Marcus Johnson, Alex Bugnon, Mike Phillips and Sean Jones to name a few.
When the group is not on tour together, they are working with other artists such as Babyface, Toni Braxton, Gerald Albright and Pieces of a Dream.