Artists TRFE has worked with include:
Johnny Popcorn, GoGo Morrow, Max Swan, Luke O’Brien, Dave Patten, The Bul Bey, Rob Diioia, Jacqueline Constance, Kenneth Sullivan, Julian King, Brooke DiCaro, Chill Moody, K. Koser, Hardwork Movement, Britanny Fousheé, Killiam Shakespeare, Aime and the Non Believers, Young Chris, Nate Brooks, Seper, J Ruggs, Juan Dimida, Priscilla Bell Lamberty, Mars Five, Distort, Saga Moor, Lotits, David Adams, Jeremiah Jordan, Air Rat, Gabe Tiberino, Willis Nomo, Benjamin Howard, John Morrison, Amberella, Johann Sebastian, Old Broads, Rell Stylez, ishknits, Hezekiah, Melanie Cotton, Anna Noble, New Sound Brass, Malin De Latorre, Red Hat
Willis Nomo is a Philadelphia-based painter and muralist. His portraits emphasize the connections between generation and identity in the African American community.
Old Broads is a Philadelphia based street art initiative that celebrates older women through the use of stickers, paint, wheatpastes and installations.
New Sound Brass is a Philadelphia based brass band that offers a fresh and soulful twist on various styles of music. This multi cultural unit draws influence and inspiration from its vast and diverse background to produce a sound that has been described as Philly Soul spoken through brass.
Melanie Cotton is a Philadelphia native and a staple in the hip hop dance community. She started her Dance/ Theater career at Freedom Theater’s School of Performing Arts. In 2004 she received an associates degree in Communications Theater from Community College of Philadelphia. With a growing passion for hip hop dance culture she continued her training with Philadelphia’s premiere all female hip hop dance company Montazh and then went on to become a core member of Rennie Harris: Puremovement. Armed with hip hop foundation and a passion for theater Melanie has choreographed and offered her unique movement style to various theater and dance companies like 1812 Productions, Philadelphia Theater Company and Temple University’s Theater Department. She is has a particular interest in working with young women using hip hop dance as a tool for empowerment. Her teaching credits include: teaching artist for The ESF summer program, Girls on the Move art therapy program, hip hop theater workshops with Puremovement as well as teaching in studios and facilitating workshops for youth in the Philly/NJ area.
- Kimmel Center Jazz Residency Grant Recipient, 2017 - Tri State Indie Jazz Artist of The Year 2015 - PHLLive Finalist 2015
Graphic Designer. Product Developer at Philadelphia Printworks. Art Director at TRFE. Cee-Lo Champion. 2016 Slap Boxing Eastern Division Quarter Finalist.
Luke O'Brien is creating a fresh new style of rap-infused soul music that is both ecclectic and effortless. The hyper-posi message behind Luke's lyrics are a reflection of his Feather Life philosophy. Currently, Lukey produces, writes, records, and mixes all of his own, original tunes.
Killiam Shakespeare is a critically acclaimed music collective based in Philadelphia. The band is led by Steve McKie and Corey Bernhard – both seasoned musicians and producers whose status as artists are matched only by the caliber of performers they've collaborated with, including Bilal, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and John Legend. Versatility is synonymous with Killiam Shakespeare, who seamlessly blend jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B and soul. The band prides themselves on their creative process and collaborations, which in turn translates into their progressive genre blending sound, as also noted “...breeds an eclectic palette that comes more from musical experience and community than outside sources." – Huffington Post
Julian King is an emerging singer/songwriter/musician that is breaking into the music industry with all the momentum and definitiveness of a well oiled machine.
Juan Dimida Murals, graffiti, digital art, video art, electronic music, music visualization, glitch art, touchscreen computers
Singer/songwriter Music is my everything!!!!. I create music to inspire, to change, to invoke a response and to entertain the masses. Love it or not I'm HERE!!!!
I have been a lifelong admirer of street art, and always wondered if I would ever find a way to express myself creatively through that platform. When I was browsing the knitting section of my local bookstore and found a book titled, Yarnbombing, I realized at that moment that I had found my pathway to becoming a street artist. The book featured knit and crochet street art projects from all over the world. So, in 2009 I crocheted a 12 inch rectangle that I sewed onto a bike rack in downtown Philadelphia. From there, my obsessive passion for yarnbombing has expanded into larger installations and different cities across the United States.
There are two tales of the Delaware-born, Philly-honed producer/MC known as Hezekiah. For critics like OkayPlayer and Pitchfork, Hezekiah has been for the last five years a beloved underground darling of progressive hip hop, one well known for his soul-searching lyricism and panaromic hip hop soul productions for artists like Bilal, Bahamadia, Zap Mama, Musiq Soulchild, Eric Roberson and Jaguar Wright. For artists, Hezekiah the MC is a cautionary tale of greatness hampered by unforeseen label woes on both the debut of his 2005 cult classic, Hurry Up and Wait (SoulSpazm), and I Predict A Riot (Rawkus), named by AllMusic.com as one of their favorite “Hip Hop Albums of 2007.” Now, Hezekiah is writing a new, more self-determined tale with the summer 2010 birth of his third Godchild, Conscious Porn. With siren talents like Bilal, Phonte, Mos Def, Bahamadia, and Cody Chesnutt serving as a Greek chorus to strong narrative productions helmed by Stevie McKie (Jill Scott, Estelle), Street Orchestra (Baby Blak, Eshon Burgundy), and with the man himself, Hezekiah is readying for a bestseller, one all his own.
Hardwork Movement is a hip-hop group based out of Philadelphia, PA. We aim to make music that is inclusive, original, and inspires all listeners to strive towards uniqueness in all that they do. We believe that the power of the group is much stronger than the power of the individual, and we aim to push ourselves and those around us to new heights inside and outside of the music.
is a five member rock band which features vocals from Hezekiah and Jani Coral. Initially, Johnny Popcorn was founded by producer/bassist Tone Whitfield (Me’shell Ndegeocello and Zap Mama) and songwriter/emcee/producer Hezekiah (Rawkus Records) after several late night s working on R&B artist Bilal’s album. Their early works were pet studio projects released causally to music fans at live shows and digital downloads. Hezekiah feeling stagnant in hip hop started to devote more time to Johnny Popcorn. Hezekiah started to recruit musicians to form a touring band which included guitarist Lloyd Alexander. The band solidified when Virginia native Jani Coral added her raspy like vocals to the band.
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Combining classical training with the intense creative energy of graffiti, DISTORT has impacted the streets and galleries alike. Now living in Jersey City, DISTORT earned a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 2010, he presented his work in a solo show at the Works on Paper Gallery in Philadelphia. With subsequent shows in New York and New Jersey, his sculptural installations and paintings on canvas soon combined into his own original formats of “scrolls” and “shields.” DISTORT has completed murals in Miami, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York as well as locations across North Jersey. He continues to create challenging work inspired by his admiration of classicism and the intensity of the present.
Dave Patten is an actor and musician born to David and Marilisa Patten from Philadelphia. He attended Temple University in Philly where he graduated with a film degree in 2010, and started his production company South9 Entertainment. His breakout in acting was in Delivery Man (2013) alongside Vince Vaughn. Dave currently lives in Los Angeles.
Chill Moody cemented his status as one of the top lyricists & performers to hit Philadelphia in years when he won “Best Rapper” in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual Best of Philly issue. Known for his dynamic live performances, Moody has performed on all the areas’ best stages, including Wawa Welcome America, the Roots Picnic, the Kimmel Center, The Fillmore & he has had multiple sold-out shows at theTLA, The Trocadero and Hard Rock Café. Moody is rightfully Philadelphia’s official Music Ambassador because of his local & national accomplishments over the years: radio play, music videos on MTV Jams, 2 albums that debuted on the iTunes Top 100 hip-hop charts, & performances at A3C Hip-Hop Conference (2013; 2015), in LA during Grammy Week (2014; 2015) and South by Southwest (2014; 2015; 2016; 2017).
Not fitting into any one specific genre, Brooke DiCaro combines elements of jazz and blues to create a unique sound of her own highlighting a soulful voice accompanied by a ukulele and piano. Brooke is a passionate singer/songwriter growing up in the small rural town of Woodstown, New Jersey. She started off singing in school choirs and musical theater along with studying the piano. She later picked up the ukulele and became influenced by jazz and alternative writing styles often compared to Fiona Apple, Amy Winehouse and Regina Spektor.
Born in 1979, Benjamin Howard is a long time resident of Philadelphia, where he received a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art. A stint studying in Rome gave him a taste of the classics, though his work is heavily influenced by urban culture and art in the age of the cartoon. Ben has participated in numerous group shows over the past decade or so, but was proud to have a recent major solo exhibition. His work has been exhibited by The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, and he has designed murals for the Mural Arts program .
Amber Lynn aka Amberella is a Philadelphia based mixed media and street artist. Most of her work is conceptual and often comments on popular culture, body image, social justices, or lady drama. She draws inspiration from past and present personal life experiences. Her work, raw and vulnerable, seeks to touch on the viewer’s emotions and evoke feeling upon first glance. Amber Lynn holds a BFA in Photography from the University of the Arts, where she has also taught. She has been showing her work in Philadelphia since 1999 and also other artists works at her prior gallery and boutique, Amberella. She was awarded Rad Girls Artist of the Year 2016.
Graduating from wild-eyed hunger, AIME trades a distended belly for the fire in his gut on DAVID -- a one-off project that condenses his given name down to the only mononym that could reiterate the might of his delivery, which was first cemented with the release of the Book of David micro-album. The arc of AIME’s 808-heavy DAVID is derived from currency and the role it plays in his life, music and environment. AIME raps with urgency and absolute confidence, taking calculated risks across the tape. He contemplates his place in the world and individual buying power as easily as he exposes character flaws and indulges turn-up culture against production from Dameadelphia and Eric Boss. Singer/saxophonist Max Swan is the lone feature on the DAVID EP, which was built upon an intricate framework of cleverly chopped samples from AIME’s preceding release. While DAVID is a singular project with a noticeably harder edge and a more self-assured AIME at the wheel, it is constructed - like many religious texts - to send listeners back to the good book for context. DAVID suggests that AIME is building a formidable body of work, where one project cannot exist without the others. More importantly, however, none of them exist without AIME.