KeKe Wyatt (born Ketara Shavon Wyatt, , 1982) is a multi-talented American R&B recording artist mostly noted for her soulful vocal style and exotic looks. She became popular after a highly successful collaboration with R&B singer Avant on his platinum album My Thoughts. This led to her debut Certified Gold album Soul Sista in 2001, and a promising solo career with MCA Records. Her career experienced a temporary halt in 2002, however, after she allegedly stabbed her road manager-husband.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Lorna Wyatt, a vocalist, and Keever Wyatt II, an organist/vocalist, Ketara Wyatt (who goes by her nickname Keke) hails from a musical family rooted in church music. Despite the family's religious background, the singer's parents exposed her to R&B at home encouraging her to pursue secular music. This musical household cultivated a singer with the ability to perform several genres of music that include gospel, R&B, pop, country and opera. Subsequently, Keke can write music equally as well. The singer has two younger brothers - Keever Wyatt, III, an R&B/Hip-Hop artist working on his first record deal; and Kendall Wyatt, a writer for the Christian Music industry.
Wyatt began singing at the age of two. Belonging to a family of regular church musicians, by age five Keke made her first performance in front of a live audience. The song she performed, entitled "Beautiful", was taught to her by her mother. The young singer later performed a song she learned from her father, entitled "How Beautiful". Growing up in Indianapolis, spending time in both Kentucky and Texas, Wyatt became influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Ella Fitzgerald. Inspired by many preceding musical greats, Wyatt would sing with various girl groups as a teen. She attended high school in Indianapolis where she was a member of her high school's varsity wrestling team.
As a young girl and teen Keke was often recognized for possessing a level of maturity that exceeded her in age. At eighteen she married a man eight years her senior - Rahmat Morton, a former athlete. Morton is also her long-time road manager and they have children together.
The following will introduce you to the hottest young comedian/actor in the nation Damon Williams! Damon's numerous television appearances include BET's Comicview annually since '94 including his own one hour special. He's been featured on BET LIVE and most recently hosted several episodes of the legendary Showtime at the Apollo formerly hosted by TV star Steve Harvey. In 1999 Damon performed for over 300,000 fans as the opening act for the highly successful Kings of Comedy Tour establishing him as one of the elite Comics in the nation.
Damon was chosen to attend The Us Comedy Arts festival in Aspen Feb 2000. In the summer of 2000 Damon headlined the Cedric the Entertainer Comedy Revue Damon is a crowd favorite on the club and concert circuit and is currently on the Black Comedy Tour consisting of over 30 colleges and universities. His material is universal and there's something for all ages. His popularity has provided him the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business. Some of these stars include Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Chris Rock and even Little Richard.
The monthlhy comedy shows he produced for the past two years at the House of Blues came about after one appearance on the Jenny Jones Show. He was contracted to write, perform, and produce over 50 episodes. His starring role in the hit musical comedy tour "Laughin' on the Outside Cryin' on the Inside" generated standing ovations every performance. And finally, Damon maintains his weekly comedy showcase at B'n'J's in Matteson IL and often opens for the hit sketch comedy team "Forgotten City" at Second City a star on the rise his motto is "Don't Stop and Don't Quit"
Hope Flood is one of the fastest rising “Keeping It Real” female comedians on the Laff circuit today. Her appeal is universal due to the everyday life experiences she talks about; whether it’s male/female relationships, love, lust, motherhood, or just surviving in the “New Millennium.”
Her thought provoking political and spiritual commentary keeps audiences on the edge of their seats thirsting for more.
A God fearing, Single Mother, Comedian, Actor, Philanthropist, Publisher (of the first nationally distributed comedy magazine called “COMEDY THE MAGAZINE”), and more recently On-Air Radio Personality.
Hope has been in the business for over 20 years and has produced weekly showcases that helped launch the careers of many successful comedians from Jamie Foxx to Chris Tucker. She’s also been featured in the best selling comedy book and album entitled “SNAPS,” and has headlined some of the most well known comedy clubs in the world.
A semi-finalist in the “OLD ENGLISH 800 WOMEN’S COMEDY CRUNCH,” and a two time semi-finalist in the “BAY AREA BLACK COMEDY COMPETITION” are just some of the accomplishments of this multi-talented artist. Her talent has taken her on a European Comedy tour, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica and even Alaska.
After years of being on the road Hope relocated to Dallas, TX to try her talent on radio, (after being handpicked by BJ Murphy the top morning show DJ in Charlotte), as a side kick on his show called, "BJ IN THE MORNING on 105.7 KRNB." She took the city by surprise with her "Out of the Box" jokes and unconventional views, and the ratings from a .09 to a 2.4 in less than two years.
Appearances on “RUSSELL SIMMON’S, HBO ALL STAR DEF COMEDY JAM”, ten seasons of “BET’S COMICVIEW,” where she won her own one hour “Grandstand Comedy Jam Special.” Hope was later picked as one of “BET’S” 39 most favorite comics. “COMEDY CENTRAL’S COMIC GROOVE” hosted by Tracey Morgan, the late night series “COMIC’S UNLEASHED” w/Byron Allen and was one of only two female comedians in the country picked for the 2009 season of “MARTIN LAWRENCE PRESENTS: THE 1ST AMENDMENT STAND-UP” on the Starz cable network hosted by Doug Williams.
Hope is no stranger to the stage or the big screen having performed in the NAACP Award nominated play “CULTURE SHOCK,” the “KEN SAGOES & FRIENDS VARIETY SHOW,” and John Singleton’s “BABY BOY” is just starters.
Even though HOPE is a rising star, she will never allow success to prevent her from reaching back. She is an “AMICAE”-(friends of Zeta), an auxiliary organization of “ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY INC.” “A NICKEL OF HOPE INC.” is her own non-profit organization which features “HOPE’S GIRLZ CLUB” an after-school mentoring program for at-risk girlz in the inner city.
A woman in complete control is the best way to describe her. When it comes to style, class and talent, she’s definitely in a leaguof her own giving it her all to make her HOPES a reality!