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Anita Jackson


Anita Jackson is a native of St. Louis who returned home after living in New York City for twelve years. She is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York and has performed extensively nationally and internationally in theater productions, concerts and workshops.

She has recorded and performed as a background vocalist for such artists as Bette Midler, Patti Austin, Mariah Carey, recording artists Chico DeBarge, Joe, Erykah Badu and most notably Cissy and Whitney Houston. She is a vocalist on Cissy Houston's Grammy award winning "Face to Face" album, as well as her 1997 Grammy award winning "He Leadeth Me" album.

In St. Louis, Anita has been a featured player with the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre under the direction of Ron Himes. She has performed in "Gospel at Colonus", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Caroline or Change" and "Blues in the Night” for which she was nominated for the St. Louis 2010 Kevin Kline Award for Best Actress in a Musical.  Most recently, Anita performed as Bertha in "Hello from Bertha" at the first annual Tennessee Williams festival in St. Louis under the direction of David Kaplan.  She is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama by the St. Louis Theatre Circle - 2016/2017.  

She has appeared as a featured vocalist with several jazz, R&B, blues and gospel organizations in and around St. Louis:  from Jazz at the Bistro to BB’s Jazz and Soups to the St. Louis Ethical Society to the Heman Park Starlight Concert Series to the Sheldon Concert Hall - as a solo artist as well as a collaborative artist with many of St. Louis’ finest musicians.


Patrick Thompson


To say that Patrick Thomson is passionate about music, is quite possibly the understatement of the century. Since he was young, music drove him. It was always more than the sound of the instruments, grit of his voice, or the notes on paper, it was a way of life, one that served him well. It has led him along a path filled with excitement, dedication, a shot to stardom with NBC’s The Voice, and a chance to get back to his roots.

Currently the vocalist for two groups; The Black Tie Affair and Tricky-N-M.E., Patrick can be seen at venues in Saint Louis and the surrounding areas