Kēvens is a 21st Century renaissance man. He’s a globally informed musician, performing artist, actor, writer, and world citizen who began his entertainment career as a DJ, spinning records in South Florida’s top night clubs. Eventually, his desire to express himself musically in a more natural, organic way, led him to create and be the front man for the groundbreaking, progressive Reggae group, Le Coup, along with Anthony and Richard Booker. The band was creatively and musically light years ahead of its time and it’s still revered in South Florida.
Kevens’ music and lyrics are presented in a modern, innovative Reggae style, which reflects his wide musical influences. His message of peace, brotherhood and personal growth transcends all cultures, and his sole purpose as an entertainer is to bring people together through music. His knack for being timely and profound has enabled him to share the stage with an eclectic group of legends, including Steven Tyler, The Jacksons, Carlos Santana, Steel Pulse, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk and Tiesto, to name a few.
In an increasingly divisive world, where age, nationality, race and religion are creating an ever-widening gap between people, Kevens’ message of hope is clear:
“Positivity is a Necessity”
Howard Smith / Drums
Born in Birmingham England, he started playing the drums at age 4. At age 11 he went to the Birmingham schools jazz orchestra, reading jazz scores and taking direction from Comac Loan. At age 15 he became the youngest drummer to play and hold a residence spot at Ronnie Scott’s night club in Birmingham.
At age 16 while attending Joseph Chamberlain college, Howard was cast in a short film called “Safe” produced by John White (filmed in London).
All of this while recording with local artists from London, Birmingham, and Bristol.
Moving to Florida at age 17, he worked at Disney World’s Epcot Centre and Animal Kingdom, playing African and Caribbean style music in many local reggae bands.
At age 21 Howard held the resident drummer spot at the Universal Studios Bob Marley’s tribute to freedom cafe, before joining Mr Wistone Rodney aka Burning Spear who took Howard under his wing and schooled him in the art of songwriting, touring, and spirituality on the Rastafi Level. Since then, Howard has toured with Julian Marley, Kymani Marley, The Original Wailers ft. Al Anderson and currently Wyclef Jean In 2007. Howard played the entire Jah is Real Album which also won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album 2008.
Howard has since added writer and producer to his many talents forming Chocolate House Ent and a dub duo star “Rejects”.
Howard’s plans for the future are TV and Movie scores and Original music creation.
Mikey Bassie / Bass
Mikey Bassie is a multi-platinum songwriter/producer who has penned songs for the likes of Bob Andy, Joey McIntyre, Britney Spears, Gloria Estefan, Phenom and the new rising sensations, OB Naps & B Toro. Born in Jamaica, Mikey worked with the top names in the industry, including, Barrington Levi, Triston Palmer and Ini Kamoze.
Mikey relocated to the USA shortly after college in Jamaica to pursue music as a career. He had a chance meeting with Eric Foster-White who quickly realized his unique skills a not just a spot on, kill on command bass player (who executed with the same creative fluency in the studio as he did on stage) but a budding songwriter with skills he would need to tap into.
They worked on several projects in Miami for Capitol Records and Crescent Moon (Gloria Estefan) and when Jive Records signed a young pop sensation and needed songs and studio talent, Eric knew Mikey Bassie was the one for the Britney Spears project. Baby One More Time’s fourth track, “Soda Pop”, draws influences from bubblegum pop and dancehall, and features background vocals and hooks from Mikey Bassie.
Mikey’s writing and production skills were called on again when Sony Records needed a 2nd single for the Joey Mcintrye Album “Stay The Same”. This collaboration saw the birth of the billboard and MTV hit, ” I Love You Came Too Late”. Mikey also worked with Shane Faber from Jeep Jazz music in New Jersey on projects for Sony and Jeep Jazz Records.
Mikey went on to form his own label, Hook Shop Records label, and has had chart releases with OB Naps & B Toro, Fonna, pop songstress from Omaha, Aina Quach (Paris). Mikey Bassie wrote and produced Aina’s album which earned him a number 1 and 2 hits in Madagascar The Indie Collection, that he co-produced with Riddim Twins, Sly and Robbie won critical acclaim.
Ronny Gutierrez / Guitar
Ronny Gutierrez (R.G.) was born with a significant quality that set him apart from most of his peers. His determination and hunger for a spot in the audio landscapes of the world, as well as his innate ability to adapt to any musical situation, keeps him well on a path headed for success.
Picking up the guitar at the age of 14, he soon became well aware of his purpose in life. Relentlessly, he was his own drill sergeant and spent upto 10-12 hours a day meticulously practicing his instrument and studying many different musical styles.
Ronny has come a long way since the days of jamming along to Metallica albums while jumping on his bed in front of the mirror. He’s been in many bands: The Waifs, SonicVision,Frequency 3; to name a few. He’s also jammed with many people, from Volumen Cero’s drummer Fernando Sanchez to backing up Cedella Marley Booker (Bob Marley’s mother) at the 10th annual Bob Marley Festival in Miami’s Bayfront Amphitheater.
Through the Marley family, Ronny was introduced to Kevens in 2004 and has been part of the band ever since. Now, dedicated and driven as always, Ronny strives to keep maturing as a musician/singer/songwriter and to finally materialize every dream he’s ever insatiably desired.