Founding members of The Brand New Heavies, From left to right – Andrew Levy, Jan Kincaid, Simon Bartholomew
GFM Fam this is a no-brainer right here. Personally, I don’t even have to reach that far back into the recesses of my mind to recapture the feeling of when I was first introduced to this fantastic group, no I have taken it with me from the first note. This is the type of group that this site is referencing in our quest to keep music at the fore of the conversation. We are anticipating their return and hope that you all will join us in getting the word out about the sounds that they have crafted with old friend N’Dea Davenport and new friend Dawn Joseph.
You’ve read my declaration many times on this site but it is worth repeating – Music made by musicians comes from a very different place than folks who happen to stumble upon a happy accident every now and then. As the old adage concerning the blinking clock where the time will be right at least twice a day, on the contrary The Brand New Heavies have always been plugged in and I’m excited to hear what new memories will be made.
Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.