Taste of the NFL is pleased to announce the stellar lineup of artists that will be performing together at its annual fundraising event, Party with a Purpose® on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. The roster of celebrity guests at this year’s After Party will be one of the hottest in NFL’s 29-year history. Leading the entertainers is Derrick Wright – a top musical director and drummer in the entertainment industry who has worked with some of the world’s most notable singer/songwriters such as Janet Jackson, Adele, Alicia Keys, Toni Braxton, and Marc Anthony, among others. Joining Wright is a group of the best, most in-demand recording and touring musicians and vocalists in the biz including:
Amanda Brown: During her appearance on The Voice, Brown hit the top ten on the iTunes charts and appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Digital Songs with her singles of “Dream On”, “Stars” and “Someone like You”. Amanda has provided backup vocals for award-winning artists like Adele, Taylor Swift, The Killers, Justin Timberlake, Lenny Kravitz, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson.
Ali Caldwell: Caldwell is currently on tour – as a feature as well as supporting vocalist – with Christina Aguilera’s Vegas Residency, “The Xperience.” She has performed on Fox’s The Four: Season 2 (hosted by P. Diddy, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor) and Season 11 of NBC’s The Voice where she garnered an impressive 4 chair turn in her audition.
Cheryl Pepsii Riley: Born Cheryl Ann Riley, the R&B singer touched the hearts of single mothers worldwide with her 1988 ballad “Thanks for My Child.” The song topped the Billboard R&B Songs chart and was a Top 40 hit on the Hot 100 chart. Riley has also starred in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Class Reunion and Why Did I Get Married?
Guy Lockard: Guy Lockard is a singer-songwriter from Washington, DC. Guy found his legs in entertainment during his adolescence, when he landed his first major role as a Squad member on BET’s hit show, Teen Summit. He was a featured vocalist in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2010 Winter tour and loves to pair his jazzy, soulful voice with dance and rock music. Guy has also guest-starred on several television shows such as Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Gossip Girl.
Al Carty: Al “Boogie” Carty is a bassist, composer, musical director and creative collaborator who works with some of the top names in the music business across different genres. The Bronx native toured with Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas and served as bassist and musical director to Alicia Keys for her “Set the World on Fire” world tour. Carty’s performance and recording credits also include Ed Sheeran, Christina Aguilera, David Guetta, Queen Latifah, and many others.
Miles Robertson: Robertson’s professional breakthrough came in 2005 when he toured as a backup musician for Atlantic recording Soca artiste Rupee. He has worked with a diverse group of artists, including, Adele, rocker Drew Seeley, the gospel group Take 6, rapper Fabolous, One Republic, Ashley Tisdale, Sean Kingston, Laura Izibor, and jazz musician Najee.
Ricardo Ramos: Ricardo “Rickystrings” Ramos is a guitarist, bassist and song engineer. Upon graduating high school, he completed his first European tour opening for a hip-hop group called The Spooks. His graduation from the Institute of Audio Research at 20 led to working with high-profile artists such as Jerry Rivera, Proyecto Uno, Luisito Quintero (Vega Récords), Grammy Award winner Franco De Vita (Sony), Grammy Award winner Obie Bermudez, Grammy Award nominee Thalia (Sony), and part of Latin Pop group Taxi Amarillo, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp. Currently, Ramos is on tour with multi-platinum Atlantic Records R&B artist Trey Songz, and Grammy Award-winning artist H.E.R.
Peter Wise: Peter Wise is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer based out of Brooklyn. He began playing classical guitar at age five, and classical piano at age six. NYU afforded him the opportunity to study under award-winning songwriter Phil Galdston (“Save The Best For Last”), and to be mentored by the late Glenn Frey, Roseanne Cash, and Barry Eastmond. Wise has continued his ascent as a singer and songwriter, marrying the early 70’s folk lyricism which first influenced him to write with the harmonies of jazz and the grooves of hip hop and R&B.
Tickets for the not-to-be-missed fundraiser, Party with a Purpose® on Saturday, February 1, 2020, can be purchased at tasteofthenfl.com/tickets. General admission is priced at $700 per person. Those interested in the seated VIP section with extra perks, tables of 10 are available at $10,000. 100% of the net proceeds will benefit food banks in each NFL city, including Feeding South Florida locally. The Diplomat Beach Resort is located at 3555 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida. Sponsorship opportunities are still available including a special top-tier level, Hunger Heroes Partners. This limited designation features an elevated experience with exclusive perks including early admittance to the event, complimentary parking, table seating in the VIP section, tickets to the invitation-only Friday Night Huddle event (a thank-you party for chefs, players, and sponsors) and more. For more ticket and sponsor information, please visit tasteofthenfl.com.