2017 Performers

Tampa Music Conference Performers

Jamez Anthony

Illinois born and Florida raised. This versatile Artist Jamez Anthony is a traditional Hip-Hop, R&B Artist with an Alternative Pop. In 2011, Jamez inked a deal with Island Def Jam for Worldwide Digital Distribution. Anthony has music that can be found on popular sites such as Pandora. He is The New Emerging Artist for 2017.

Jamez has not only branded himself, but has started a brand “Kontrol”. “Kontrol” includes, Energy Drinks, Clothing & Footwear. Anthony is now on Pandora: Jamez Anthony Radio & is steady climbing the charts in this entertainment industry! www.jamezanthony.com


Kristopher James

Kristopher James, a Bradenton, FL singer-songwriter is known for his vulnerable writing style, soulful voice and raw instrumentation with just a guitar and a few pedals. His sophomore EP, Find Me, portrays a dose of Kristopher’s vulnerable heart and genuine spirit with both tear-jerking and joyful lyrics combined. The fourth track on the EP, “Heart Shaped Grave”, features the beautiful voice of Sam Robertson. The Find Me EP was produced by Kristopher James & Burnt Orange Studios and released on May 27, 2016.

This is what the press has to say: “Kristopher James, who is a kindred musical spirit to artists like Gavin DeGraw and Amos Lee, has managed to graduate from the realm of ‘blue eyed’ anything. His guitar work — deceptively complex while still managing to be easy on the ears — is right in harmony and clean in tone. His vocals are perfectly reigned in to suit his range and his easy gift for melody is unrivaled in the Bay area singer-songwriter space Kristopher James is perhaps the most interesting local musician on the scene” – Creative Loafing Tampa www.KristopherJamesMusic.com


Hybreed eM-16

Tampa native Manny “eM-16” Perez has been rocking the mic since he was 10 years old. After discovering performers   such as Nas, DMX, Eminem, Biggie, and 2Pac, he drifted towards the gangsta side of rap. Now eM-16 has become a smart, ambitious, metaphorical lyricist and an advocate of PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect). He has performed in events such as Unity Jam ~ Dream and Juneteenth and he has taken the stage at Crowbar, Pegasus, Orpheum  and Phantom Lounge.Those familiar with his style call him the Hybreed emcee because of all the musical    generes he incorporates , from rap to Hip-Hop to R&B to Dubstep. Summer 2017 will mark the release of Hybreed eM16’s upcoming album Sixtaaane XVI and he is representing Urban Blend Entertainment, trying  to do everything and anything, staying humble, driven, and encouraging, looking to say things in a rhyme that will shock ,surprise and enlighten

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Sheldon Price JR, better known as Priceman is a Tampa, Fl native Rapper. As a youngster Priceman found himself musically surrounded by two individuals: his dad and his uncle. His dad’s love of music was evident at the many parties and BBQs where music was always present. His uncle Ken Jackson, the owner of AMV studios provided Priceman a window into the music industry.

Priceman credits his musical influences to to the likes of Jay Z, Nas and Rick Ross. Although he was always interested in the music industry, it was not until approaching the age of 18 that Priceman recorded his first record. He also began hitting the stage and doing shows. Priceman, a natural on stage recalls how the audience at his very first performance had no clue that he was just starting out. Always making positive music, Priceman hopes that people are inspired by his sound. Having achieved some local success, Priceman now has his sights on a bigger goal, beyond fame, Priceman hopes to one day be iconic.


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C-Renā from Tampa, FL, as she would put it, is a Benton Records recording artist that not only sings, but is a Songwriter (1/4 of #TheCollective), a Session Coach and Vocal Trainer for VOKAL, as well as a Voice-Over Artist. She shows off her soulful tone and relaxing delivery not only on ballads and R&B songs, but on hip hop and rap tracks and commercials from the air waves to the club scene.  www.c-rena.com

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 Joshua Cruz

Joshua is often referred to as an urban pop artist. Creating a lush soundscape filled with danceable beats, memorable hooks, introspective lyrics, live instrumentation, and incredible production. His influences range from Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Queen, Drake, The Beatles, Bon Iver, Justin Timberlake among many others.

Weaving soul and emotion throughout, Josh aims to create music that people can easily relate to and have fun with. “My goal is to make music that inspires hope, love, and real emotion. I want to make people dance, reflect and have a great time, because in those moments we are most free.”  www.joshcruzsound.com

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