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Indie Soul: Will Downing and Brothers Who Can Cook

Phinesse Demps | 5/2/2014, 6 a.m.

About a week ago Indie Soul attended a CD release listening party for the one and only Will Downing, better known as the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. His new eight-song EP “Euphoria” is now in stores.

“With my latest project ‘Euphoria,’ I wanted to try something a little different. Usually I always a feature an interpretation of a previously recorded track from a female artist, but this time around I wanted to try remaking some of my favorite male artist songs with my own style” said Downing.

Some of the artists Downing covered are Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass and Hall & Oates. Special guests include Najee and Gerald Albright.

If you are not a fan of Will Downing, then you will be as he sings about love in a way that soothes your soul. Downing released the EP on his very own imprint, Soul Sophisticated Records. He adds,”I am able to work with who I want to work with, sing songs the way I want them. So I encourage others to do the independent thing.” For more about Will Downing, visit: www.willdowning.com.

Brothers Who Can Cook: Women find it sexy if a man can cook! This weekend, ladies and Baltimore food lovers bring your appetites to the 4th Annual Brothers Who Can Cook tasting affair to benefit the Baltimore Youth Advocate Program, a nationally recognized non-profit organization for at-risk children and their families, and Nsoroma Academy for Holistic Thought, a Baltimore community-based family supported, private school for grades pre-K through 6. The delicious affair will kick-off at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 7 to 11 pm. Morgan State University’s public radio station, WEAA 88.9FM, is the event sponsor.

This year’s affair welcomes the Military Channel’s Chef Brad “The Grill Sergeant” Turner. Returning national chefs include: Mookie Hicks, Food Network’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle Winner; Cooking Tye, Celebrity Hip Hop Chef and author; and Chef Jeff Hunt, Charlotte’s celebrated personal chef along with many local celebrity chefs. For more information, visit: www.brotherswhocancook.com.

Indie Soul welcomes your questions and comments. To contact Phinesse Demps, call 410-366-3900 ext. 3016 or 410-501-0193 or email: pdemps@btimes.com. Follow him on Twitter@lfpmedia.