Garnetta and Dagroovmasters
“If Aretha Franklin & Tina Turner had a child, her name would be Garnetta Cromwell.”
~ Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (Juno Award winner & Canadian Music Hall of Fame member)
Garnetta Cromwell’s story begins in Montreal as a bilingual, Afro-Metis (Mi’q Ma’q Community) Canadian girl, a musical daughter of a sophisticated and strong woman; and the youngest of six daughters. Watching her mother, Miss Marva Ann, use music to survive, thrive, heal, and grow; Garnetta used music for the same purpose. As a child, Garnetta had a hearing impairment that left her temporarily deaf and required surgical treatment to repair. Loving music gave her the impetus to survive, the determination to thrive, the peace to heal and a reason to grow.
She diversified her musicality at a young age with a passion for gospel, blues, country and soul music. Following her sisters in talent contests, Garnetta was a child performer in costumes tailored by her mother and performing hit songs from The Supremes, The Staples Singers and The Jackson 5. With her bold, rich tone and innate talent; Garnetta became the lead vocalist in a junior choir, often performing with her sisters.
As Garnetta continued her music journey, she became the lead vocalist and drummer for Toronto’s only female reggae band Sweet Sensation, performing on the same stage with Platinum/Grammy Award artists Maxi Priest, Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, Gregory Issac, Sean Kingston and Platinum/Grammy soul legends Percy Sledge, Dorothy Moore and The Manhattans.
Garnetta admitted that she needed to heal. She turned inside with self-reflection about life and her music. She decided it was time for her to take the reins and lead her band, DaGROOVMASTERS, on a full-time basis. She committed to creating the music that was the soundscape to her story and to live her best life.
GARNETTA CROMWELL & DaGROOVMASTERS is a classic soul and R&B band that delivers a high-energy show. They are a reflection of Canada’s multicultural society. Their style of upbeat music brings pure joy to all listeners and they continue to spread their soulful & funky fusion blues sound throughout their live performances.
MARK HOWE aka “DaFUNKMASTER” – BASSIST
TOSHIHIRO OTANI aka “TOSHI” – LEAD GUITARIST
JUAN ARCE MANUEL aka “SAXY” – SAXOPHONIST
ROBIN HOUSTON aka” DaBEAT” – DRUMMER
Avalon Lounge Port Whitby Marina; 301 Watson St W, Whitby, ON L1N 1A2
Tickets: $45.00 (early bird rate until April 1/23) All Sales Final.
PORT WHITBY MARINA BOATER DISCOUNT
Verification Criteria: 2022 Assigned Slip Number to be noted in the comments section of your purchase