BIOGRAPHY

Hailing from Baltimore, MD, contemporary/smooth jazz artists Butch and Rhonda Coleman are soulful songwriters whose coolly creative musicianship has created an atmosphere of positive energy and harmony.

Both studied at Morgan State University. Butch and Rhonda played bass and keyboards respectively on the song, “Break Free” recorded by Committed (winners of NBC’s music competition show, The Sing Off). Butch also played bass on recording artist Jessie J’s singles, “Price Tag” (which reached #1 on the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand charts) and “Abracadabra”. Rhonda has opened for artists such as Al Jarreau, the late Phyllis Hyman, and The Blackbirds. Her original compositions have been included in film documentaries on WJZ-TV in Baltimore, MD. The Coleman’s rich musical heritage continues with their sons, Joshua (Ammo) and Jeremy (Jmike), both Grammy nominees, who are music producers for a variety of top recording artists.

More than two decades of performances in the DC Metro area have included opening for smooth jazz artist Maysa, appearances at venues such as the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD) and Blues Alley (Washington, DC), and headlining the African American Festival in Franklin, Virginia.

In 2002, Butch and Rhonda released “My Heart Is For You” and several years prior, “Sing Praises.”

Citing the impact that music had on their lives as young adults, Butch and Rhonda started a program called, “Heart for Music”. This program focuses on providing musical instruments and lessons to inner city youth who cannot afford them.

On their latest release, “Night Sketches,” Butch’s soothing bass and Rhonda’s vocals take the listener through the many turns of love. Opening your heart with “Here I Go” and gliding it through “Carry My Heart” and “We Belong Together”, each song teaches the lesson that when it comes to love, you don’t get to choose.

“It was a pleasure and honor to do this recording for two dear friends of mine, and to see how they took care and made sure everything was right about it. It’s a great sounding recording and I am honored to be on it.” Dennis Chambers, Drummer (Carlos Santana, Steely Dan, and Parliament Funkadelic)
“Butch and Rhonda’s smooth blend of lyrics and instrumentals take you on a journey that you never want to end.” Rodney Skeet Curtis, Bassist,(Maceo Parker, and Parliament Funkadelic)

CD INFORMATION

Here I Go Again

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP) and Hudge Productions (ASCAP)

  • Written by Rhonda Coleman and Gary Hudgins
  • Arranged by Gary Hudgins
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Dennis Chambers
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Saxophone/Solo- Brent Birckhead
  • Additional Keyboards- Gary Hudgins
  • Additional Background Vocals- Joe Jenkins III
  • Recorded @ Secret Sound Recording Studio, CleanCuts, Wright Way Studios, and B&R Studios
  • Engineers- John Grant, Rich Isaac, Steve Wright and Matt Bittman
You Were Sent

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP) and Hudge Productions (ASCAP)

  • Written by Rhonda Coleman and Gary Hudgins
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Keyboards- Gary Hudgins
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Dennis Chambers
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Saxophone- Brent Birckhead
  • Recorded @ Wright Way Studios, B&R Studio, Secret Sound Recording Studio and CleanCuts
  • Engineers- Steve Wright, Drew Lamond, John Grant and Rich Isaac
Fallen

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP)

  • Written and Arranged by Rhonda Coleman
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer and Greg Thomas
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Dennis Chambers
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Saxophone- Brent Birckhead
  • Recorded @ CleanCuts, Wright Way Studios, B&R Studio, Secret Sound Recording Studio
  • Engineers- Rich Isaac, Steve Wright, Matt Bittman and John Grant
Only One

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP) and Hudgins Productions (ASCAP)

  • Written by Rhonda Coleman and Gary Hudgins
  • Arranged by- Gary Hudgins
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Dennis Chambers
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Saxophone- Brent Birckhead
  • Additional Keyboards- Gary Hudgins
  • Recorded @ Wright Way Studios, CleanCuts and Secret Sound Recording Studio
  • Engineers- Steve Wright, Rich Isaac and John Grant
Malibu

© 2013 JYMYKAL (ASCAP)

  • Written and Arranged by Rhonda Coleman and Butch Coleman
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer and Greg Thomas
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Dennis Chambers
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Bennie Cowan
  • Saxophone- Greg Thomas
  • Recorded @ Conway Recording Studios, CleanCuts, Wright Way Studios, B&R Studio and Secret Sound Recording Studios
  • Engineers- Jon Sher, Rich Isaac, Steve Wright, Drew Lamond and John Grant
Carry My Heart

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP) and Hudge Productions (ASCAP)

  • Written by Rhonda Coleman and Gary Hudgins
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Charles Wilson
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Bennie Cowan
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Saxophone- Greg Thomas
  • Saxophone- Brent Birckhead
  • Additional Keyboards- Gary Hudgins
  • Recorded @ CleanCuts, B&R Studio, Wright Way Studios and Secret Sound Recording Studio
  • Engineers- Rich Isaac, Drew Lamond and John Grant
We Belong Together

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP) and Hudge Productions (ASCAP)

  • Written by Rhonda Coleman and Gary Hudgins
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer and Greg Thomas
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Dennis Chambers
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Saxophone- Brent Birckhead
  • Recorded @ Conway Recording Studios, Wright Way Studios, CleanCuts and Secret Sound Recording Studio
  • Engineers- Jon Sher, Drew Lamond, Rich Isaac, Steve Wright and John Grant
Yellow Butterfly

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP)

  • Written and Arranged by Rhonda Coleman
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer
  • Keyboard- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Dennis Chambers
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone/Solo- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Bennie Cowan
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Saxophone- Greg Thomas
  • Saxophone- Brent Birckhead
  • Percussions- Victor Williams
  • Additional Keyboards- Gary Hudgins
  • Recorded @ Secret Sound Recording Studio, Wright Way Studios and CleanCuts
  • Engineers- John Grant, Steve Wright, Matt Bittman, Drew Lamond and Rich Isaac
The Conversation featuring Rodney “Skeet” Curtis

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP) and E Cole Publishing (ASCAP)

  • Written and Arranged by Rhonda Coleman and Emanuel W. Coleman Jr. (Butch)
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Thomas and Greg Boyer
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Bass/Solo- Butch Coleman
  • Bass/Solo- Rodney “Skeet” Curtis
  • Drums- Joshua “Ammo” Coleman
  • Guitar- John Grant
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Bennie Cowan
  • Saxophone- Greg Thomas
  • Recorded @ Conway Recording Studios, B&R Studio, Wright Way Studios and Secret Sound Recording Studio
  • Engineers- Jon Sher, Matt Bittman and John Grant
Words

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP)

  • Written and Arranged by Rhonda Coleman
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Charles Wilson
  • Guitar/Solo- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Trumpet Solo- Bennie Cowan
  • Saxophone- Brent Birckhead
  • Additional Keyboards- Gary Hudgins
  • Recorded @ CleanCuts, Wright Way Studios, Secret Sound Recording Studio and B&R Studio
  • Engineers- Rich Isaac, Drew Lamond and John Grant
B4

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP) and Hudge Productions (ASCAP)

  • Written by Rhonda Coleman and Gary Hudgins
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Organ/Solo- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead and Background Vocals- Rhonda Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Joshua “Ammo” Coleman
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Bennie Cowan
  • Saxophone- Greg Thomas
  • Recorded @ Conway Recording Studios, Wright Way Studios, CleanCuts, B&R Studio and Secret Sound Recording Studio
  • Engineers- Jon Sher, Matt Bittman, Rich Isaac and John Grant
That’s How it Goes With Love

© 2013 JMYKAL (ASCAP) and E Cole Publishing (ASCAP)

  • Written and Arranged by Rhonda Coleman and Emanuel W. Coleman Jr. (Butch)
  • Horn Arrangement- Greg Boyer
  • Keyboards- Rhonda Coleman
  • Lead Vocal- Rhonda Coleman
  • Background Vocals- Rhonda and Butch Coleman
  • Bass- Butch Coleman
  • Drums- Joshua “Ammo” Coleman
  • Guitar- Robert “WaWa” LeGrand
  • Trombone- Greg Boyer
  • Trumpet- Brad Clements
  • Saxophone- Brent Birckhead
  • Additional Keyboards- Gary Hudgins
  • Recorded @ Conway Recording Studios, Wright Way Studios, CleanCuts, B&R Studio and Secret Sound Recording Studios
  • Engineers- Jon Sher, Matt Bittman, Rich Isaac and John Grant

Mixed by John Grant- Secret Sound Recording Studio, Baltimore, MD.

Recorded @ Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles- Jon Sher, Wright Way Studios- Steve Wright / Matt Bittman / Drew Lamond, CleanCuts- Rich Isaac, B&R Studio- Butch and Rhonda Coleman, Secret Sound Recording Studio- John Grant, Baltimore, Maryland.

Manufactured and Mastered by Disc Makers

Cover Photography- Liz Medina Chiomenti
Additional Photography- Jazzy Photos, Baltimore, MD.
Hair Stylist (Butch)- Anthony Barmer
Hair Stylists (Rhonda)- Sherrie Coleman-Dorsey and Donna Williams
Makeup Artist- Tamara Monroe

Contact and booking: 443-564-5336
butchandrhondacoleman.com
twitter.com/ButchRhondaBand
facebook.com/ButchAndRhondaColeman

PRESS RELEASES

Butch & Rhonda Coleman – Here I Go Again

Smooth Jazz Therapy is written and produced by Denis Poole

As well as being responsible for the ‘Heart For Music’ program that focuses on providing musical instruments and tuition to young people from the inner city, Soulful songwriters Butch and Rhonda Coleman have just released the CD ‘Night Sketches’. If the first single, ‘Here I Go Again’, is anything to go by this cool and creative collective could well be on to a winner. Indeed, with a distinctly 5th Dimension thing going on, this one is a must for those who like their contemporary jazz with a retro twist.

See the entire press release here>>

Indie Soul: The Colemans and Debora M. Ricks

Written by Phinesse Demps

BALTIMORE — The soulful sound of some very talented homegrown music artists and the producer of a popular radio show are on tap for this week’s edition of Indie Soul.

Butch and Rhonda Coleman: Butch and Rhonda are musicians who combine jazz and funk to create their unique sound. On Sunday, March 2, 2014 they performed songs from their new CD “Night Sketches” in front of a packed house at The Creative Alliance. The husband and wife team have produced a wonderful CD. This CD is not just for music lovers, but people who are in love with love. With tracks like, “Here I Go Again,” “Fallen,” “Carry My Heart,” and “We Belong Together,” there will be plenty of quiet nights at home with a bottle of wine and dinner for two as you listen to the Coleman’s CD on repeat. A mix of up-tempo grooves round out a very enjoyable and classy sound. Please support them and pick up the CD/Digital download today: http://www.butchandrhondacoleman.com

See the entire press release here>>
Hybrid Jazz – with Butch and Rhonda Coleman!

Written by Trish Hennessey

Here was the introduction to Butch and Rhonda Coleman a few years ago…we had an awesome venue in our area that featured the best food and entertainment. It was called, “Bliss” – and it WAS. For a while, it was our oasis in the Baltimore area. And artists grew to love it as their second home. Two of those artists were my guests on the next “Hybrid Jazz.

Whenever Butch and Rhonda played at “Bliss”, the house was PACKED! Butch on bass – and Rhonda on keyboards and vocals. And OH those vocals! We hadn’t heard the like. Here’s why: she allowed herself to be vulnerable. She let the pain out – or the joy. She took us on a ride that we never forgot. Telling a story while on stage, you felt as though you could be exhausted from hearing so much honesty. But, with that also came a certain energy – Rhonda had you ready for the next round of life!

There is SO much to say about the Colemans. From Baltimore, they have dedicated themselves to music for over twenty years in our region – but are known way beyond here. Not only because of their thrilling artistry, but because of their two sons. Jeremy and Joshua are respected L.A. based music producers. And Grammy nominees.

See the entire press release here>>