The Level One Band

The Level One Band got together in Houston, TX in 1998. Soaking in the style of vintage Aretha Franklin, Motown, Disco, and Old School Funk, the band developed a following that has kept them in constant demand at Houston’s hottest venues, as well as private parties and festivals across the country

Reputation for Excellence

The Level One Band has earned a reputation for excellence, not only for their music and performance, but also for their personal approach to work with their clients. Today, the Level One Band is committed to being a professional entertainment organization which continuously improves the services they deliver.

Professional Approach

Take advantage of our pre-event consultation. Preparation is the key to smooth and successful celebration. Relax knowing that the entertainment and music have been designed to suit your specific needs in advance.

Talent Across the Board

By choosing The Level One Band, you gain access to a team of professional entertainers characterized by artistic maturity and solid vocal and instrumental skills. The original concept of Level One was to build an ensemble composed not only of quality musicians, but also of members who would be able to lead a song vocally as well. This practice has allowed us to develop a show in which each member gets the opportunity to shine. What does this mean to our clients? More energy, more flavors to sample, more harmonies, variety, depth, and — most important — more fun.

Member Biographies

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CEO / DRUMMER

Drummer Reginald Wheatley developed a penchant for music at an early age. He began taking drum lessons in the sixth grade and played percussion throughout high school, where he received scholarship offers from numerous colleges.

After settling on Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, he studied under Dr. Russel Thomas, a jazz band director and president of the National Jazz Association.

While performing under Dr. Thomas, Reginald Wheatley was privileged to perform with entertainment icons such as Clark Terry, Roy Aires, Slide Hampton and James Williams. Reginald also worked with artists from Malaco Records and Ace Records.

He ultimately developed a strong following that kept him in constant demand with R&B artists throughout the country. Reginald, born Jan. 23,1963, is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and has been with Level One Band since its inception in 1991.

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Director Of Operations

I am passionately dedicated to the development of emerging Artists with a desire, drive and passion to extend the boundaries of R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip-Hop, Blues, Jazz & Inspirational Sounds.

I am personally committed to producing Artists that will inject an artistic expression of its urban contemporary sound, while devoting myself to the representation of Artists with a life experience message that demands while communicating the complexities of our everyday lives.

I will continue to support Artists through music and entertainment that will enrich the beauty of its origin of Diversity Culture.

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Tribute Artist

Alvin ‘NikkiBoy’ Norris is a Charismatic, charming, energetic and exceptionally talented dancer and singer.

He is Tribute Artist to Michael Jackson going for his dreams thru song & dance. NikkiBoy has been featured on Showtime at the Apollo, America’s Got Talent, and a cast member of Houston’s America’s Next Big TV Star. He was also a special guest on American Idol Underground and had the honor to tour with his good friend Rickey Smiley from 2007 to 2011.”

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Bass Player

Born in in Houston, Texas has been interested and extremely active in music since a very early age.

Was a member of the awarding winning high school Kashmere Stage Band under the direction of Conrad O. Johnson. Appears and perform in the critically acclaimed documentary “Thunder Soul”. Nominated by the NAACP for best documentary.

Attended University of North Texas State and received a Bachelor of Music degree.

Songwriter for R&B group “Con Funk Shun”, toured with R&B vocal group “Bloodstone”.

Studied acting classes for TV, film and commercials in Dallas,Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. Which led to perform in the musical theater production of “American Jukebox” under the direction of Edward Love.

Received Platinum album for the debut of “Pebbles”, as a contributing songwriter in collaboration with Michael Cooper of Con Funk Shun.

Moved to Europe as backing vocalist touring internationally with “The Magic Platter’s”, and also landed a role in another musical in Antwerp, Belgium called “Soul Baby June” which was a Motown Revue.

Shared the stage and / or worked with: The Temptations, Average White Band, Patti LaBelle, Mary Wells, Herbie Hancock, Kool & The Gang, Grover Washington Jr, The Ohio Players, Con Funk Shun, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Gino Vannelli, Bloodstone, The Tramps, George McCrae, Boney M. Patric Hernandez, Michael Henderson, and many others

Released 2 solo dance CD’s in Europe. “It’s A Reason To Love” that single went to #1 in Portugal, and “Don’t Stop” with it’s single “Get This Party Started” duet with Queen of samba “Alcione” to the top of the charts in Portugal and Spain.

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Piano / Keyboards

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Edwin Brown has played piano since middle school under the teachings of renowned pianist Eddie Kozak. He went on to study music at Grambling State University and classical piano studies under Karl Rubrecht. After moving to the Houston area, he has played with several bands like Soul Sound System and Password Band. He is also a music producer and has written and produced music for saxophonist Theresa Grayson and Church on the Rock.

Edwin is a versatile musician having played classical, Jazz, Gospel, Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, and Latin musical styles. Some of his musical influences are George Duke, Earth Wind and Fire, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, The Yellow Jackets, and Herbie Hancock.

Ronald Pee Wee Smith

Vocalist

Though Ronald “Pee Wee” Smith is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Houston, Texas is his home and has been for 30 years.

Ronald begin his music career at an early age of 12 years starting from Linear Middle School, Green Oaks High to the marching stepping Tigers of Grambling State University under the leadership of Conrad Hutchinson and Larry Parnell.

Early on in Ronald’s career, he opened for the likes of Con Funk Shun, Brick, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Shante Moore, Barkays, Midnight Star, SOS Band, Anita Baker, various blues artists Etc. while still performing ole school R&B soothing sounds throughout the Houston Metropolitan area.

Ronald has one child and is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Steve JonesRaised on Elvis as a kid. Dad taught me a little on guitar to get me started. Originally influenced by my grandfather, a lifetime navy man and a talented jazz guitarist who recorded his own album with RCA records in the fifties and also played on a Platters album. From there various rock and country guitarist moved me forward on the guitar, always looking to improve and expand. I’ve played in many rock and hard rock bands from the late 80’s to now. Worked in the computer industry for a while but now manage a music store. Kat’s Guitars in The Woodlands and playing in a Guns & Roses tribute band and developing other projects.
LaTiffia

Vocalist

Although singing professionally has become a new form of expression for her, music has always been a major part of LaTiffia’s life since the beginning.
Born and raised in Houston, TX, the singer/spoken word artist has begun making her rounds throughout the city with her love for the arts.

Since college, she has been working in healthcare as a therapist assistant. Throughout the recent years she utilized her time working within the fashion community as a runway and print model; and also frequenting spoken word events throughout the Houston and surrounding area.

Her drive and love of expression is what lead to the opportunity of signing with LevelOneBand of Kingwood, which she feels will give her the training, exposure, knowledge and carry her throughout her entertainment career.

Reginald Nelson

Keyboardist

Reginald is a gifted keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, producer and minister of the Gospel.

Born in Houston Texas, he was brought up in a spiritual environment, as his father is a Pentecostal Bishop (Bishop A. C. Nelson). From that background he became aware of his gifts performing in church and school talent shows. His talent flourished while in high school under the tutelage of an outstanding music professor (Prof), Conrad O. Johnson. At Kashmere high school he experienced a terrific music career. Traveling the US and the world, the Kashmere Stage Band became one of the most popular stage bands of the late 60s and 70s.

In 2008, the Kashmere Stage Band reunited to perform for their 92 year old professor. This event was filmed and entitled (“Thunder Soul”). The film reintroduced the music recorded by the Kashmere Stage Band over 35 years ago to a new audience. Reginald is one of the featured interviewees in the film. Thunder Soul was released in September 2011 to raving positive reviews.

Reginald also worked in the energy business for 29 years with Texaco, Duke Energy and NextEra Energy as a Trading Risk Analyst and IT specialist. He retired from the energy business in 2012 and now directs his energies toward mentoring young people especially in the field of music and arts.

Currently, Reginald is the leader of the “Thunder Soul Orchestra” where he handles management issues as well as performs with the group. Also he is minister of music at Ebenezer Methodist Church in Houston, where his talent and heart for music has captured the hearts and souls of the congregation. Reginald’s latest recording project was a gospel CD entitled “The Gift”.

Randy Kelly
Randy Kelly, Bassist, a native of Franklin, Louisiana. Formerly educated in music performance with a B.M.(University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and M.A.(Texas Southern University Houston), has over 35 years of study performance
and recording experience. In 2011 ( while attending T.S.U.)

Randy won a Grammy award for best Cajun or Zydeco album as a member of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band (Swampadelic records).

From 2013 to 2016 Mr. Kelly worked as (adjunct) Professor of fine arts and applied music studies on staff at T.S.U. and he currently works as a freelance Musician and educator in the Houston metro area.

Grant Boldt

Bassist

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Grant is a graduate student as Texas A&M who has been a bassist for 10 years. He formerly played in a jazz band that performed in many festivals throughout Houston and has since been playing at churches in the area. His most prominent musical influences are The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Victor Wooten, Jamiroquai and Marcus Miller.

 

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Marketing

Dy’v-l “Dyvie” Davis is a socialite and people’s person with a background in Journalism and a love for the art of communication. Through her years of experience in media, working both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, she has developed a unique ability to communicate with a broad audience through various forms of communication, including verbal, nonverbal, written, and visual.

Her impeccable communication skills and relatability landed her various opportunities in marketing and promotions. Dyvie began representing various companies as a brand ambassador. From there, she sought to increase her knowledge of digital and social media marketing. She now implements a combination of grassroots strategies and unique, trending marketing tactics to increase brand visibility for companies both large and small.

 

Kameron Brandon Williams

Keyboardist

Kameron Brandon Williams is an American R&B, Pop, and Hip-Hop recording artist, singer, songwriter, record producer, musician – keyboards (multi-instrumentalist), actor, DJ and entrepreneur.

By the age of 7 Kameron was performing as the keyboardist and singer with many local R&B bands and started his own band at 12yrs that continues to perform today.

Kameron’s show consists of classic hits old and new and original material to entertain and create an experience guaranteed to move any audience and groove you in a way that only Kameron can.

Kameron is known for his entertaining high energy on stage performance and when he takes center stage he’s an artist of depth and brings a persona, swag and charm with his own sound and style that’s fresh and exciting. His music adds a high level of sophistication to pop-R&B while appealing to younger audiences he embraces dance pop while maintaining his connection to R&B similar to that of his contemporaries…Bruno Mars, Outkast, Keith Sweat, and more.

Kameron was dubbed “The Baddest Band In the Land” winner by radio station KMJQ Magic 102.1 and has performed with and continues to be inspired and learn from some of the best entertainers in the world.

Kameron Brandon Williams

Vocalist, Songwriter

Simone True pleases crowds around the Houston and Galveston areas on a weekly basis. She discovered her voice at a young age and began singing gospel at her church. Later realizing she had a talent for writing, she began to compose poetry and songs. Her delight comes from entertaining audiences and bringing them enjoyment.

Simone has performed at multiple types of venues.

 

  • Brides to be have sought her out to perform at their weddings.
  • In the early 2000s, she appeared on local hip-hop artists’ albums, where she wrote and sang hooks to bring the track more appeal. Even though she took a long ten year break from writing and performing, she recently returned to her love of music.
  • For the past year, she has been singing with a local R&B cover band.
  • She has covered various nightclubs and restaurants in the area.
  • In addition, she has performed for large corporations’ holiday and Houston Texans tailgating events.

Simone considers herself as an R&B artist. But, she loves to listen to hip-hop, so she infuses hip-hop elements into her style. She has been educating middle school students for the past six years. She is a teacher by nature. Now, she teaches through her music. Her musical mission is to let people know that anything is possible with belief and action.

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