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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.


Gerald Jenkins, Director




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.

William Davenport, Instructor

William Davenport

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.

Rick Wilkerson, Instructor



Rick Wilkerson has roots in two of America’s most significant states when it comes to music, Mississippi and Tennessee. The influence he received from the southern traditions of soul music blended with a continuous exposure to the NYC jazz scene (via his parents) created his diverse and widely well-received approach to jazz. Wilkerson is also a passionate songwriter and a prolific and diverse stage performer and drummer who has worked with well-known artists like Keith Urban, James Otto, Chris Janson, Dr. Ben Tankard, Ricardo Sanchez, Carmen, and The Wooten Brothers, just to name a few. Currently his debut EP, “Aspire” is available on iTunes.


“I like to work with all kinds of creative people in music, fashion, dining, art, etc all the mediums. Drop me a line and let’s work!“  -Rick

Dave Ragland, Instructor



Dave Ragland ( is the founder and Artistic Director of Inversion Vocal Ensemble ( Most recently, Inversion was chosen by the National Civil Rights Museum to sing Dave’s arrangement of “Precious Lord” for their inaugural memorial to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King at the day and time that King passed. Inversion also shared the stage with #1 hit song writer Rivers Rutherford at Noah Liff to benefit Salama Urban Ministries. Performances with Inversion include Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Cheekwood Museum, National Museum of African-American Music, Nashville Opera Club, Christ Cathedral’s Sacred Space for the Arts, National Association of Negro Musicians, and The Roland Hayes Museum. Inversion premiered, and is currently touring, the concert theatrical, FREDERICK DOUGLASS  by GRAMMY-award winning composer, Marcus Hummon.


Dave is an active composer whose arrangements have been performed by Jonathan Blanchard, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, university choirs and international opera singers. He was a Finalist for the Valley City State University Composers Competition. Dave has served as Minister of Music for historic Dixon Memorial United Methodist Church. As a pianist, Dave is an apprenticing collaborator at Tennessee State University and Fisk University.

Nicole Simone, Instructor



Nicole Simone studied Vocal music at Fisk University and in 2007 had the opportunity to visit Ghana, Africa with the Fisk Jubilee Singers.  She has sang with artists from many different genres, including Kid Rock and Mandisa Hundley.  Nicole’s belief is that music is the greatest language and that everyone should learn to speak it. With this belief in mind, she has begun to teach music theory and the theory of Vocal music.“I was born with music inside me. Music is one of my parts….. no different than my lungs, feet, or my heart. It is just as necessary to me as food and water and was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. Music isn’t just what I do……… it’s who I am.”  This statement is solidified by her many endeavors concerning the world of music. She one day hopes to inspire those who have an appreciation and love for music to have the same appreciation and love for how it [music] works.

Lonnie Bomer, Instructor

Lonnie Bomer (aka Lonnie B) is one of the most soulful guitarists in the city of Nashville. He is originally from Memphis, TN and has played behind multilple major artists including: Kelly price, Shirley Caesar,Damien Horne (of nashville based MUZIK MAFIA), Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Melinda Doolittle (American Idol finalist), and a host of others. His level of talent and deep appreciation for “soul” makes him one of Nashville’s most sought out Guitarist.



Brandon Newsome, Instructor



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.”

Marcus Perry, Instructor



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.

Rob Cureton, Instructor



Born in Detroit and raised in Nashville, Rob Cureton found himself at age 8 in car rides that had everything playing from The Average White Band to Frank Zappa to Stevie Wonder to Prince. Through hearing such a diverse range of music, he started to develop an ear for everything.


Playing professionally right out of high school, Rob began his carrer on the Nashville circuit. He soon landed a gig on the 2003 John Mayer/Counting Crows tour with Pop/Rock artist Eliot Morris. Shortly thereafter he began playing with Nashville’s own “Blues Doctor” Stacy Mitchhart. For two years, Rob honed his chops with 5-hour shows 4 or 5 nights a week. Always seeking higher ground and greater challenges, Rob kept his ears open for new opportunities, which ultimately led Rob to the country super-duo Big and Rich.


Since then Rob has been seen, with such artist as Jewel, John Legend, Marty Stewart, John Rich, Brad Aronld (3 Doors down), Cowboy Troy, Bobby Brown, Dee Snider, Sebastian Bach, Big Kenny, John Popper (Blues Traveler), Julio iglesia,s Jr., James Otto, Heidi Newfield, and Emily West, just to name a few. He can currently be heard with Big and Rich’s John Rich, Matt Morris, and new pop artist Britten. His TV appearances have included shows such as: Good Morning America, Dancing With The Stars, Gone Country, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, and the rest of the “usual suspects”. You can also hear him on Direct TV’s concert series with Big and Rich, now airing.

Jon "Smoke" Lucas, Instructor

Nashville, TN native Jon "Smoke" Lucas is a multi instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the CEO of Jon Lucas Music Inc., a sought-after producer, and qualified music instructor. Catch him on Season 4 of the American television series "Nashville," or currently on tour with Dreamville Artist/Producer Ron Gilmore!


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William Davenport, Instructor
William Davenport, Instructor
William Davenport, Instructor