Jamecia Bennett is an International Recording Artist, Drummer, Producer, Songwriter & the new lead singer of the 3x Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness, daughter of the incomparable Ann Nesby and mother of American Idol finalist Paris Bennett.
Jamecia collaborates with Canadian Neu-Berliner DJ and House music producer Dickey Doo to revisit a personal song written together with Dutch export based in Florida, Phil van de Werken aka Phuzz.
Built around the powerful performance from the Queen of Hypernatual Berlin, Jamecia Bennett together with the classic Gospel voices of Sound of Blackness, these vocal tones bring you up to rise above the pain. ‘To The Sky’ is a call out of support to those who are in a dark moment in their lives, a reminder that we all should keep an eye on our loved ones at all times, even in the public eye most can hide their inner demons but away from the scene be truly in trouble and worried about the future.
Just like Jamecia says about the writing of the song, “This song is about oppression and mental illness, abuse, and PTSD not allowing any of these things get us down. We want people to be encouraged I want people to know that they’re gonna be all right no matter what the situation is if they keep their head to the sky and just walk, walk your way through adversity, walk your way through mental anguish, I want people to know how beautiful they are, I want them to know that they’re going to be OK.
In the loving memory of Jon White (Rest in Power)
To The Sky (Dickey Doo’s Disco Bomb Radio Edit) & To The Sky (Dickey Doo’s Disco Bomb)
On first hearing Dickey’s straight up no chaser bomb of a Re-tweak, you are taken to a time when the Ministry of Sound was still THE club in the UK. You can imagine Joey Negro dropping this peak time, this ain’t your usual fluffy Vocal House, this comes fully stacked with S.O.U.L. no stop to help you reach your clouds.
To The Sky (Dickey Doo’s Walking Dub)
Dickeys Walking Dub is a homage to Ballroom culture, Werking the Runway and being fierce! Big chunky beats, a super phat bassline, crowd chants, some hey girls thrown in for good measure equals a dance floor voguing battle-ready dub for the children! Pure heat.
To The Sky (Phuzz’s Space Organ Mix)
Miami based producer Phuzz brings in sounds reminiscent of fellow Miami based producers Murk and Danny Tenaglia. Darker in tone, a tribal beat and big bass meet swirling psychedelic organs and the light of the gospel-inspired vocals.
To The Sky (Phuzzed Up Shine Mix)
The second remix from Phuzz keeps the tribal elements and darker tones while adding some old school keyboard stabs. More of a vocal dub this is definitely more of a sweaty late-night big room remix.
To The Sky (Martyn Ware & Tom Gillieron Remix)
No words are needed to explain Martyn’s unique place in history at the birth of New Wave, on this mix, he teams up with his Studio partner Tom from ‘Delusions of Grandeur’ fame. They take the originality of Dickey’s 2021 re-tweak to come up with a peak time full vocal Nu-House banger which will fit onto any Glitterbox dancefloor with ease.
Original version written & produced by Jamecia Bennett and Phuzz (P. van de Werken)
2021 versions written & produced by Jamecia Bennett and Dickey Doo
Vocals performed by Jamecia Bennett featuring Sound of Blackness
Original Photography by Nagashia Jackson Entertainment / Rolling Out Magazine / MN Score Magazine – Minneapolis MN 2021
Artwork Design by Stefano Di Puma 2021
Currently, Jamecia lives in Minneapolis, when she is not gigging with her own band “REAL MUZIC”. She carries the torch of being the new lead vocalist of the original Grammy Award-Winning Sounds Of Blackness and writer & producer of the new hit single “Fly Again” off their recent self titled album, “The Sounds of Blackness”. After touring the world with the Sounds Of Blackness, Jamecia also received a solo contract from Mercury Records that resulted in her writing and performing songs on movie soundtracks such as, Jasons Lyric (performed platinum soundtrack album song: Rodeo Style), Kazaam (performed song: The Best of Me) and also the film Posse which she performed song: Women United).
In Minneapolis MN where she resides, Jamecia has directed for the past 4 yrs the cast of (The Night Before Christmas) performed at the legendary (Guthrie Theatre) She later was blessed to join yet another cast of the hit off-broadway show “BeeHive” playing the roles of her idols Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin (Hey City Theatre). Jamecia did not stop there. She soon connected with one of the largest African American theatres in Minnesota the (Penumbra Theatre), where she performed in great shows such as Black Nativity, Get Ready and Detroit 67. (The Ordway Center) was her next venture sharing the stage with Debbie Duncan, Julius Collins and Regina Williams in a 3-month running show, “Blues In The Night.” Jamecia graced the renowned (Guthrie Theater) stage once again acting in the 5 Tony Award Winning Broadway Show “Caroline or Change” and soon joined the cast of the broadway show “RENT &The Rocky Horror Show at the (Lab Theater) Lonely Soldier Women at War in Iraq (History Theatre). Passing Strange (MixedBlood Theatre), she played principal characters Sofia and Church Lady in The Broadway production of The Color Purple (Park Square Theatre).
Jamecia worked under the leadership and guidance of superstar producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for 10 years learning all she could from these talented gentlemen. She now runs an organization called Minnesota Movement LLC, which is a Management & artist development company for up and coming artists, providing them with guidance in studio production, stage presence, styling, interviewing skills, touring etiquette, public relations, social media and marketing. Jamecia also teaches vocal instruction and coaching, fashion consulting, studio vocal training and production of studio vocals.
Jamecia says, “I make and sing music to heal the soul.”
Over the last three decades, DJ Dickey Doo has established an international reputation, from headlining the Castro Street Fair in San Francisco, to World Pride in Toronto to the legendary parties of Berlin, his home base since 2010.
From his legendary roots as a vital fixture of the Canadian nightlife scene, Dickey has travelled the globe booking club dates and bringing his blend of house and disco
drama to new audiences the world over.
On the production front, Dickey released his first solo album, Nocturnal Adventures,
under the moniker DixMix, in 2004. His dance floor instincts and production acumen have brought him opportunities to officially remix the likes of R.E.M, Peaches, and Amanda Lepore, to name just a few.
From 2016 to 2018 Dickey dropped three releases on NYC’s Get Up Recordings, including the hit “Cutting Up”, along with many other projects.
2019 releases included the international hit “Happy” produced with frequent collaborator Snax, sung by Mavin and featuring NYC legend Lady Bunny.
Aside from taking time out to score music for various film projects and many television series, Dickey continues to be seen and heard on international dance floors, whether recruited for fashion shows (by the likes of Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana) or getting down and dirty in underground clubs.