Taste of Soul Sunday


Tom Cutts

1:00 – 1:30 pm | Level 1

Tom is a gifted guitarist, songwriter singer. His musical styling blends gospel, jazz, blues, R&B and rock. His concerts bring refreshing covers of many musical standards and include original music penned in multiple genres. Tom has shared the stage with many notable artist such as: Jessica Reedy, Tasha Page Lockhart, Marvin Sapp, Al Green, Angela Christie, Shirley Caesar, Andre Crouch, James Cleveland, and others. He has performed with the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Bobby Jones Gospel Show, Singsations Gospel show  and various television, radio, and showcases across the USA. He has played many genres in various music festivals, churches and venues throughout West Michigan. 

Asamu Johnson and the Associates of Blues

1:30 – 2:15 pm | Level 3
Ryerson Auditorium

Asamu Johnson and the Associates of Blues is regional traditional Rhythm and Blues group based in Grand Rapids. The band’s influences include legendary bluesmen like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Jimmy Reed to name a just a few. Unique and captivating, Asamu Johnson and the Associates of the Blues once opened for Blues legend Koko Taylor and have played at notable venues including the Chenango Blues Fest in Norwich, New York; Teddy’s Juke Joint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and the Pee Dee Blues Bash in Florence, South Carolina. Asamu Johnson… keeping blues alive.

Yolonda Lavender

2:30 – 3:15 pm | Level 3
Ryerson Auditorium

Yolonda Lavender is a national recording artist with the independent label Truth Tone Records. She is a singer/songwriter, curator, composer, arranger and performing artist from Kalamazoo, whose sound is soul-based with gospel, R&B, hip-hop, blues and jazz influences. Yolonda has showcased her artistry in artistic spaces around the country and shared stages with the likes of artists such as Erykah Badu, Keith Murray, The Spinners, En Vogue and more. Yolonda is the CEO of Soul Artistry LLC which focuses its efforts on curating artistry rich experiences and artistic cultivation. 

The Gospel Believers

3:30 – 4:15 pm | Level 3
Ryerson Auditorium

The Gospel Believers are one of the finest vocal gospel groups to have emerged from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their first concert was in Grand Rapids at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. They have since accompanied nearly every major gospel group including The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Canton Spirituals, The Gospel Keynotes, Darrell McFadden, Spencer Taylor and the Highway QC’s, Robert Blair and the Fantastic Violinaires, and Keith Wonderboy Johnson. The Gospel Believers’ sound has evolved from the same tremendous Grand Rapids tradition of gospel music. The mission of serving the Lord through the ministry of song has always been their primary focus.

MC Kyd Kane

Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson is a writer, spoken word poet, visual artist and performance activist native to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kyd Kane uses her poetry to highlight issues plaguing our community and provides positive options for overcoming them. Understanding that the systems behind our struggles are deep-rooted, Kyd speaks about using the power of self-acceptance and positivity to bring about change within. In 2017, Kyd Kane became the first vocal artist to become a finalist in the history of ArtPrize, the largest art competition in the world. Currently, she can be found performing at events locally and throughout the country and at Creston Brewery every second and fourth Sunday as co-host of their open mic series, Creston Vibes: Open Sessions.