Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Born Kumandae Miller, meaning Highly Favored King, was blessed with the gift of music. He has been influenced by great artists such as Marvin Gaye, Charlie Wilson, Angela Winbush, Christopher Williams, Donny Hathaway, Gerald Levert, and Fred Hammond. Raised in Del Paso Heights, a community of Sacramento, California, Kumandae's street experience left him in the middle of a shooting between the crips and bloods. This near death experience propelled Kumandae's journey to better himself through education and sports. With a passion for sports, his hard work and dedication lead him to be drafted into the San Francisco Giants and later the Florida Marlins professional baseball teams. After building his career in baseball, Kumandae felt a spiritual calling leading him to a profession in music. As a singer and songwriter, Kumandae signed with Fo' Life Records, an independent label in Phoenix, Arizona in 2000. In the years following, he worked on various projects with artist and producers such as Christopher Williams, Angela Winbush, Saliah Williams of Carnival Beats, Battle Cat, Swizz Beats, Brian Wilson, Jagged Edge, Avant, Genuine, 50 Cent, and LL Cool J.