|Soul Mello||Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina, United States of America|
Influenced by the likes of Brian McKnight, Boyz II men, Jamie Foxx, Jodeci, Jon b, Tony Vega and a list of legends including Carlos Santana, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Teddy Pendergrass, Soul Mello places a fingerprint on your heart and mind while taking you back to the music that the over 30 crowd grew up on, and that which young lovers can embrace. It's no accident that with one listen to this duo you become totally enveloped by the music bleeding through your stereo monitors. These gentlemen take you to a place you haven't been before while giving you that old familiar feeling along the way. This is more than just the collective vision of two men who love music; it is the destiny of two souls, predetermined by God. There is no other explanation of how two men from different geographical locations and backgrounds cross paths and become what is Soul Mello. Soul Mello in its current form was formed by Lee Blake and Rediscka Pinkney on a summer night in 2002 while serving in the United States army at fort Bragg, North Carolina. "It was meant to be. My best friend, Rediscka's cousin introduced us" Blake says. Both men having backgrounds in school and church music programs and each with aspirations of being solo artists took a listen to each other in that first meeting and decided at that moment that with each of them bringing their talents and unique styles together that they had something so special even they couldn't understand it; both grounded in faith attribute it to divine intervention. "God has his plan for everyone; this had to be his plan for us" Pinkney states. Over the next seven years, amidst deployments, field problems and late night parachuting operations, the fellas would hone their craft performing when and wherever they were able to do so. Between the months of October 2006 and January 2007 after a collective 19 years of service, each man would make the life changing decision to end his Army career and pursue music full time. In February 2007, Soul Mello the r&b duo grew into Soul Mello entertainment. "Redd's been involved in music since the age of 4; I started my thing at 7 and with nearly 50 years of collective total music experience it was inevitable" Blake says. Being vocalists, songwriters, and producers it only made sense that Soul Mello would evolve. Soul Mello simply put IS entertainment.
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