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Advisory Board:

Roger Boykin, Educator/performer

Wayne Curtis, Curtis Concepts

Jerome Jones, The Vibe Refinery

Roy Machado, Dallas Audio Post

Deanie Parker, STAX Foundation

Tom Wilkins, Wilkins Group, Inc.


Nichelson Entertainment is a multi-faceted company specializing in artist development and promotion. Members of its roster have extensive experience in songwriting, production, and performance. Their styles cover many forms of contemporary music including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Blues, and Gospel. The company’s sound can be heard in the music of the current Duke Ellington Orchestra, Marion Meadows, Fattburger and many other recorded and live media. Recent credits also include commercial jingles and various audio for film projects. The company's record label, South Memphis Music, LLC currently has releases from Brooklyn Soul Organization, Shelley Carrol, contemporary jazz group Fingerprints, Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., Mark Harper, Inner City Allstars, Marchel Ivery, Sandy Jones, Brad Leali, Hiro Morozumi, South Soul Rhythm Section, and jazz saxophonist Kyle Turner.

The classic soul/R&B group Memphis Soul Live was formed in 2000 to serve the needs of our many corporate and private party clients. One listen to any of the above and you hear the quality and professionalism that makes Nichelson Entertainment stand out from the crowd.

Shelley Carrol has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra since 1989. He performs concerts in both the U.S. and abroad and has shared the stage with a virtual Who‘s Who in modern jazz. He has also recorded four CDs as a leader. His debut on Leaning House Records gained much critical success and the follow up, A Distant Star, continues to get air-play on many jazz stations. Carrol's third release titled Gentle Friend (2008) features his indelible Monday Night band from the Amsterdam Bar in Dallas. In 2013 Carrol released his CD, I Heard That (featuring Marchel Ivery, Roger Boykin, Stefon Karlsson, and vocalist Ardina Lockhart. His big Texas Tenor sound was praised in the book "Texas Music" by noted author Rick Coster.

Fingerprints was formed in the late 80s at the famed University of North Texas. The band’s five CDs have sold over 25,000 copies. Summertime Music (1994) received critical acclaim and charted on both Radio & Records and the Gavin Report. Their fourth release, DNA, continues to get airplay in markets such as Atlanta, Houston. Memphis, San Francisco, and various internet shows. The band is now promoting their latest release, Dream Life. This CD features many old and new friends of the group. You will hear players like Mark Harper, Larry Davis, Todd Parsnow, Bernard Wright, and some fine flute playing from label mate Shelley Carrol. Dream Life is sure to be a milestone in solidifying Fingerprints in Texas music history.

The 8 piece Avenue Soul band features an impressive roster of vocalists and instrumentalists. The band showcases a classic R&B/Soul sound made popular by artists such as Al Green, Otis Redding, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Avenue Soul recently performed at the Museum of African American History in Detroit at a special Motown 50th Celebration. If high energy and excitement are what you seek, this is where you’ll find it. Avenue Soul features outstanding vocals, fiery horns, and a groove that is second to none.

Vocalist, Ardina Lockhart is a Dallas native that has lived and performed in San Francisco, NYC, and the Washington DC area. She is currently working on her debut CD and performing in the Dallas area.

NE also manufactures and markets CDs from other artists including Brooklyn Soul Organization, Mark Harper, Inner City Allstars, Bobby Lavell, Hiro Morozumi, South Soul Rhythm Section, Kyle Turner, Eric Willis and others.

Nichelson Entertainment has proudly donated services to charities and groups such as:

United Way (Memphis), Kidney Texas, Inc., Boy Scouts of America (Corinth, Texas), Jack and Jill of America, STAX Foundation, Ronald McDonald House (Memphis) , Denton County Friends of the Family, End Stage Renal Disease Network (Texas), South Dallas Culural Center, Marcus HS Black History Club (Flower Mound, TX), Pecan Creek Elementary (Denton ISD), TW Browne MS (Dallas ISD), Salvation Army (Denton branch), Near SE Development Corp. of Fort Worth, Dallas Daylight to Darkness 5 Mile Run and the Sarcoidosis Foundation of Texas.

Clients can call upon us for nearly any musical need and be assured that NE can deliver the right solution.