St. Louis, City of smoky barbeque, gritty sounds of jazz music, and the singing stomping grounds of songster Wendell B, the President of Cuzzo Music in association with Hornsby-Lee Music Group and the first artist to release product from the fledgling music corporation with the release of "Good Times".
Comparison to his idols Freddie Jackson, Luther Vandross, Barry White and Will Downing don't bother this laid back entertainer whose love affair with music began at the age of five when he made his foray into the industry by joining the gospel group the Sensational Wonders. He spent a good ten years singing for the Lord before his vocal tastes were whetted by the sounds of rhythm and blues. At first I had to hide my interest from Mamma. She was into the church: she didn't play that, he laughs. As Wendell B. reached maturity, both in years and vocal ability, he began performing with vocal groups such as Dream, which he formed in high school, touring his hometown and surrounding areas. It was then that he really learned the importance of stage presence through the tutelage of local legends Marvin Rice, lead vocalist for Masters Touch and Visions lead vocalist Carl Homes, who schooled him in perfecting runs and other vocal techniques.
The decision to go solo after having spent two decades in groups was coupled by the desire to follow into the entrepreneurial footsteps of others in the industry. This led Wendell B. to form Cuzzo Music with one of his relatives in association with Hornsby-Lee Music Group.
“My goal is to leave an indelible imprint on the business. You see, fans deserve the best and we plan to give them the best. “Good Times” is the first CD that is being released on the label and we plan to follow with CD’s by other artists on our roster such as Kadov, Ril, Chop Shop, and Stacey Kaid. As I shopped for each artist I was looking for people of quality,” Wendell B. says.
“I covered a little bit of everything through the 15 songs on the album “Good Times”co-produced by the production team comprised of Courtney Triplett, Chris Luckett and Michael “360” Brooks, who are the staff producers for the label.
Wendell B, who enjoys bowling, fishing, and restoring classic autos in his spare time, vows to spread love through song and his debut CD “Good Times”. “There is a saying in the Bible that says: ‘What comes from the heart reaches the heart’