Melky Jean is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who migrated to Brooklyn, New York. Pastor Jean, her father along with his young wife Yolande, left Haiti in search of political and economic freedom.
Melky is the fourth of five children. She has three older brothers, Wyclef, Samuel, & Sedeck and a younger sister, Rose. Her father, a minister and missionary had instilled in his children the importance of living righteously and giving back.
Melky exhibited musical talent at a very young age and the family recognized that she was gifted and had her own mind. At the age of five, she was directing the church choir and singing alongside her talented brother, Wyclef in the family band. Everyone knew that little Ms. Melky was born to be on stage.
Melky attended the Newark School of the performing Arts where she graduated at the top of her class. She enrolled in Rutgers School of Music but was disillusioned with the Music program and decided to leave, shortly after she landed a recording contract with MCA.
Melky's credits include: a Grammy Nomination; she was featured on countless soundtracks; was the voice of Sanaa Lathan in disappearing Acts; she was featured on Carlos Santana, The Shymans Album; she wrote songs for Sinead O Connor and Regina Belle. The Rolling Stones Magazine once named her "as one of the most influential underground artists".
Melky migrated to Miami after witnessing the manner in which the Haitians refugees were being treated; she decided to become an advocate for Haitian TPS and Haitian rights. In 2007 Melky started her own organization, the Carma Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Haitian women and children. Since its inception The Carma Foundation has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Haitian women and Children and plans to reach to millions.
Melky's Philosophy is simple but rebellious like her name sake. She realized that bringing aide to Haiti was not stimulating that area so she decided to start what she calls her "Haiti Stimulus Package". Whenever her organization brings food to her orphans and the villagers, she buys from the local merchants thus stimulating the local economy. She also believes that when you empower a woman you empower a village.
Melky is also the Executive Producer of the care for Haiti album project which includes some of the top entertainers in the business. Quality singers like Patti La Belle, Sean Paul, and of course her brother Wyclef Jean who lend their talent in support of Haiti. All 100 percent of the proceeds from this project will be donated to The Care Foundation, Yele Haiti and Carma Foundation. For more information, visit carmafoundation.org
Louis Mofsie is a Native American from the Hopi and Winnebago tribes. His father is from Second Mesa, Arizona and his mother is from Winnebago, Nebraska.
Louis is a retired art teacher and taught for 35 years at the Meadowbrook Elementary School located in East Meadow, New York. Louis is a founding member of the American Indian Community House, he served as the chairman of the board for over 15 years. Louis is Currently the Director of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, the Dance Company he helped originate in 1963.
For over 40 years The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers have featured a diversity of dance forms that reflect the group's multicultural tribal membership. Their mission is to preserve and perpetuate American Indian cultures and promote a more realistic understanding of Native American cultures through their performances and other activities.
In New York City the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers have performed at the American Indian Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York's World Fair, Columbia University, New York University as well as at countless schools, churches and performance spaces. Internationally, they have also toured Europe and Asia. All of the money raised by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers goes to a scholarship fund for Native American youth.
As an artist Louis has illustrated 3 children's books, "The Hopi Way", "Coyote Tales" and "Folktales of the American Indian" which was written by Dee Brown. He has recorded two albums, "Louis Mofsie Traditional American Indian Songs and Music" and "Dances And Songs of the American Indians".
Louis now spends most of his time touring with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. For more information, visit: www.thunderbirdamericanindiandancers.wordpress.com
The New York Times calls multiple Grammy winner Tom Chapin “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music.” Adult albums and kids’ albums, contemporary folk and pop, Chapin spans styles and generations. For more than thirty years, Chapin has entertained, amused and enlightened audiences of all ages with life-affirming original songs told in a sophisticated array of musical styles. Tom’s remarkable musicianship, great songwriting and personal warmth shine through whether he’s performing in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse. Chapin’s live performances engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of children and adults alike. Parents Magazine says, “Nobody today is writing and performing better kids’ songs than Tom Chapin . . . the Pied Piper of children’s music.”
In addition to releasing 20 critically acclaimed recordings for families and adults, Chapin’s varied career has taken him to Broadway as lead in the musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” off-Broadway as musical director of both “Cotton Patch Gospel” and “Harry Chapin: Lies & Legends” and on television as host of “Make A Wish” on ABC, and as host of the documentary series “National Geographic Explorer.” He has contributed satiric topical songs to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, poking fun at social and scientific trends in the news; and appeared in a cameo role in Jonathan Demme's 2004 remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”
Two new CD’s one for families and one for adults are scheduled for release this year. A new live family DVD is also in the works.
Tom works tirelessly on behalf of many charitable organizations. He is on the Board of Directors of WHYHunger, a hunger organization founded in 1975 by Tom’s late brother, singer / songwriter / humanitarian Harry Chapin. He is active in environmental causes; and is working to get music and the arts back in schools. For more information, visit: www.tomchapin.com