Her journey started on the burgeoning music scene in Atlanta, GA after falling in love with the bass guitar while studying Journalism at UC Berkeley. Her career as a bass-player skyrocketed after attending a bass camp led by the legendary Victor Wooten where she was invited to tour with him merely three months after the bass camp.
With limited funds, a heart full of passion and an energy that exudes resilience, she auditioned for Beyoncé and was selected as a band member and assistant Musical Director. While touring and working with the super-star for over 5 years, Divinity appeared on countless television shows including: The Grammy’s, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America with personal highlights including a special performance at The White House for President Barack Obama.
Divinity also acted as the Musical Director for K-Pop sensation, 2NE1 and joined them on their first worldwide New Evolution Tour in 2012. She played The Arsenio Hall Show, 106 and Parkand The Queen Latifah Show with rapper B.o.B. and has backed legends like Patti Labelle, Kelly Rowland, Erykah Badu and Gladys Knight on BET’s Black Girl’s Rock television show.
Despite these appearances with so many legendary and iconic figures, it is in her solo performance Divinity shines the brightest. Her ability to simultaneously play bass guitar while fronting her own band captivates audiences around the world. Her 2012 ‘Roxx Boxx Experience’ received critical acclaim as the ultimate funk mash-up of hip-hop and rock, featuring appearances by Grammy award winning artists and musicians Bootsy Collins and Killa Mike.
2016 has been the year of evolution as Divinity released her highly anticipated album, ‘ImPossible.’ From jazzy riffs to dub bass lines, hip-hop and rock, to straight r&b sensibilities, the resilience, bold and honest approach to the music sets this up to be Divinity’s breakout project. We truly get a sense of the artist she has evolved into and the purpose of her art. The first single, ‘We Are’, was released in 2015, produced by the great Keith Harris and inspired by the late June Jordan, her most influential professor while studying at UC Berkeley.
“We Are is more than a song, it’s the message I want to give to the world. We are the only ones who can positively effect the change we want to see in this world”. -divinity
Rob Smith is a professional bassist, teacher, and clinician. He has taught over 25,000 lessons and has been an instructor at Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp for the past eight years. He won the WMMR Building the Band contest and was previously named Philadelphia’s best rock bassist by Origivation magazine. Rob is currently performing and recording with Dave Weiner, Rob Balducci, and Matthew Landis. He proudly endorses Skjold Basses.
Richard Waller, III was born and raised in the culturally-diverse city of Philadelphia, PA. His early recognition of loving music and the drums, as the instrument of choice, happened while listening to his father’s band rehearse in the basement of their home. Although he loved music at an early age he didn’t start playing drums until the age of thirteen. Richard went on to develop his skills as a drummer in his teenage years at Philadelphia’s prestigious Settlement Music School. In his senior year in high school he won a scholarship from The Rohm & Haas Corporation, which paid tuition for him to attend Settlement Music School’s jazz program. Also while in high school a teacher introduced Richard to a collection of pre-owned REP and keyboard magazines, which stimulated his interested in keyboard and recording. After high school he earned an Associates of the Arts Degree with honors from Philadelphia Community College. He furthered his Business of Music studies at Temple University.
After Richard’s education tenure, he hit the road playing with several musicians from various genres including Jamaladeen Tacuma, The Nate Wiley Organ trio and several R&B and wedding bands. Richard has toured with the likes of Owen Brown, The Intruders, Gerald Veasley, Music Report and now a band of collective musicians called “Supreem and The New Experience.” Over time he has also developed his skills to become a successful record producer and a multi-platinum recording, mixing and mastering engineer. Miles Davis and John Coltrane have musically influenced Richard.
Victor Wooten is the 5-time Grammy Award winning bassist, widely know as a founding member of the super-group Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. He also tours with The Victor Wooten Band.
Since the age of 5, Victor has been entertaining and amazing audiences around the world with his unique approach and solid grooves. He also has an intense love of the outdoors and a deep commitment to education.
Over the last decade Victor has shifted his focus to teaching and sharing the ideas and philosophies that have made him one of the leading musicians and educators of our time. His novel, The Music Lesson is a unique story about Music and Life and is being used by schools and universities worldwide. Wooten has been studying and practicing outdoor skills since the early nineties and enjoys teaching these skills as much as music.
Victor has also been added as a “Performance Scholar in Residence” at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. As part of Berklee’s faculty, Victor teaches there every month.