Khalid's music has recently been featured in such places as the NBC's "Mercy," however his career spans over 2 decades, with the bands Map of the World (Atlantic), Kiss Me Screaming, Maypops and now as a solo artist. Khalid’s greatest remaining challenges are helping the world to understand that his name is not “Colin” and that he is a pop singer/songwriter, not an Arab Hip Hop star.
Cannonball Underground is an eclectic funk, soul, and rock music collective from Detroit The band is diverse in background, as well as style and age. It is most notable for its high-energy live shows and top-notch musicianship.
Growing up in Detroit during the Motown era, the elder members of Cannonball were exposed to great music but also great political and racial turmoil. The famous label and many others like it at the time became exemplary for racial integration into popular music. Such is the spirit of motor town music yesterday and today.
Amalgamation has been the mantra of Cannonball from the start. Founding member, Jay “Bird” Cook, first began to work with the Motown and funk sound when he found space to share with two rotating members of the P Funk All-Stars.
Jay said recently, "It was hands on, sink or swim.”
The experience led to musical run-ins with future Cannonball Underground saxophonist, Dezzie McCullers Jr. highlighted in their single “Sing Me A Song” and singer Bobby “Cane Man” Dixon who’s baritone voice is featured on their original “Way Gone”.
Also on the scene at that time were keyboardist Eric Washington and bassist Greg Nance, frequently used on recordings and live projects. Eric (E-Dubs), highlighted on the original “Optical Liquid”, is rooted in with the Motown Records family and brings a techno/drum and bass style mixed with pop and funk. Greg (Godzilla), featured in the tune “V-Funk”, is awesome. Fireballs shoot out his eyeballs during bass solos, be sure to bring a fire extinguisher. We don’t have insurance.
The Cannonball concept became complete when drummer Scott Farago, with his explosive kit backbeat reminiscent of “Pistol” Allen and Buddy Rich, began welcoming audiences to experience explicit grooves on a nightly basis.
With combined experience spanning over three generations Cannonball Underground presents a unique and timeless edge to the motor town sound.