Creative Soul Music Academy is proud to offer the most soulful, highly skilled music instruction for ages 5 through 105! Our team of music instructors are committed to innovative teaching methods and are here to serve you. Whether you are looking for piano lessons, guitar lessons, drum lessons, bass lessons, vocal lessons, or you want to participate in our Band Program, we are the music school for you and your children. At Creative Soul Music Academy, we provide quality, fun, and effective private (one-on-one) and semi-private (up to 4 students) lessons and skill development sessions. This ensures that you or your child receives music education that’s tailored to you and your child’s needs and interests. Whether you’re a beginner student or an “old pro” perfecting your performance level, Creative Soul Music Academy offers a wide range of skill development to fit your needs.
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Gerald Jenkins was surrounded by music daily. At an early age he realized that piano would be his instrument of choice. Being from a very musical family, he learned that as long as music was created from the heart, it would reach someone’s heart and he still lives by this principle today. Gerald has accompanied many recording artists such as Lauryn Hill, Jamie Lidell, K-Ci & JoJo, After 7, Chrisette Michele, and others. It was his vision to create a place where children and adults alike could go to learn music from a “soulful” perspective, so he began working on what is now Creative Soul Music Academy.
More than words on a page or notes to a melody- William Davenport has had an intimate relationship with music that dates back to his childhood in Atlanta, Ga. A soulful spirit with gospel roots, he scribes music reminiscent of mature love in its truest form. From his beginning days, William has been lauded as a true balladeer and music prodigy skilled in piano, guitar, violin, and organ. While in college pursuing a degree in Engineering, William appeared in and won several high-profile talent shows including: the embassy Records national Talent Search, and the opportunity to be a singer/songwriter for Neyo’s recording label, Compound Entertainment. More recently, William has continued to be recognized as an independent artist, including being spotlighted in the BET Music Matters campaign.
No stranger to the stage, William has shared a stage with legends such as: India.Arie, Will Downing, Boney James, Laura Izibor, Mary Mary, and Kirk Whalum. A powerful voice in his own right, William continues to pen musical stories that genuinely reflect the heart songs of everyday love and sensuality while carving a career in the industry with his unique sound and undeniable talent.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Brandon Newsome was exposed to various styles of music at an early age. Often listening to his parents’ collection of records, he developed a great love and respect for music.By the age of 13 Brandon was already playing full-time at his home church in Chicago, where he learned to further understand accompaniment. As a teenager, Brandon played drums and percussion in the hit stage plays Cabin in the Sky, and Bojo Goes Retro. He played his first major gig at the age of 17 with country/rock recording artist Rockin’ Billy & The Wild Coyotes. As the Music Director of the New Direction Gospel Choir, he became aware of the countless perspectives of musical approach.Brandon has opened for and shared the stage with Jon B., Lisa McClendon, Howard Hewitt, Stephen Hurd, Dave Hollister, Blue Magic, Dr. Bobby Jones & The Nashville Super Choir, Antonio Neal, Angela Spivey, Pastor Smokie Norful, Niyoki (formerly of Prince), Van Hunt, Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton, PJ Morton, Laura Izibor, Ann Nesby, Shelly Fairchild, and many others. Tours include: 2003-hit stage play Lord Why Do I Keep Choosing the Wrong Man, 2005-The Driftors, 2009- Tonex Live Unspoken Tour.A few of Brandon’s current television appearances include Touching The World Ministries NBC+ and PBS Networks, Not Just Country –airing on Fox 17, My TV 30, BET/Word networks- Niyoki Live.
Brandon believes in accompaniment and understands his role as the drummer, when asked to give words of wisdom to peer musicians he smiles and says, “To groove is to love so fall in.”
Many of the great musical geniuses of today were born into families with a rich heritage and background in music. However, there are those musicians that have no lineage of musicianship through their bloodline yet through hard work they prove that they can be a role model and stable within the music industry. For 23-year-old Nashville native, Marcus Perry, he is quickly making this fact known. At the tender age of four Marcus began taking piano lessons, which would be the beginning of his musical journey. Marcus’ piano teacher saw something special within Marcus and his passion and zeal for music. This journey led Marcus to earning his degree in Music Technology and Piano at the prestigious Belmont University. Within four years Marcus was able to establish a reputable name among faculty and students. During his tenure at Belmont, Marcus discovered his gift in producing and Music Direction, which allowed him to use these talents both on the Local and National level. Marcus has had the pleasure of performing with artists across a wide range of genres such as Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Steve Green, Peabo Bryson, Tim Rogers & The Fellas and Daniel Weatherspoon. Even though Marcus believes in musical perfection he’s also known for his incomparable character. A motto that he lives by states, “Being a successful musician is not only how well you play but about the relationships you build with other people. A musician with bad character is as bad as a song with bad lyrics, no one wants listen to it and eventually they will forget it ever existed.” Marcus is quickly proving to the world that he has something to offer and will be a eminent addition to the music community.