GARNETTA CROMWELL
www.garnettacromwellmusic.com
"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 Maw 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 that 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 & 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.
Garnetta reflects on recording “Miss Marva Ann” - “I felt compelled to write a song tribute to my mother, Marva Ann Fairfax. She was raised in the 1940s, in a very strict home as the only daughter with two  brothers. My mother’s strength to feed, clothe, and most importantly protect her six girls empowers me to this day".
“Dance & Shout, It’s A Woman’s World, was inspired by my upbringing,” she relates. It’s an anthem to all women, meant to empower and inspire. I inherited my mother’s will to fight and survive in any circumstances; I hope my songs will connect with many audiences.”
As Garnetta continued her music journey, she become the lead vocalist and drummer for a Toronto’s only female reggae band Sweet Sensation, performing on the same stage with Platinum/Grammy Award artists like Maxi Priest, Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, Gregory Issac and Sean Kingston, Platinum/Grammy soul legends Percy Sledge, Dorothy Moore and The Manhattans. Retreating from the group, she returned toNova Scotia to pack up life and be with family during a time of loss. Relocating within weeks, Garnetta scooped any job she could to pay the bills. After a restructuring promotion at one of those jobs, Garnetta was placed under the supervision of a racist and violent individual. Needing to move forward, she registered with the Canadian Forces reserves, and continued to educate as a correctional officer. However, in this role, Garnetta was also treated with incredible levels of disrespect and indecency which put her in a dark and angry place.
Emerging from the darkness, Garnetta joined an R&B band in Nova Scotia called Bonafide, and set off for happiness, success, and change. Garnetta soon experienced loss again when her nephew in Ontario was shot and killed. Filled with sadness and anger, Garnetta channeled that energy through the power of weightlifting and her music.
Focusing on weightlifting for physical and mental health, within six months of training Garnetta won a gold medal and set a new Ontario record; leading to competing in the Pan-Am Masters Canadian Games in 2018. Winning two gold medals and setting new Canadian records, Garnetta was heading to the 2019 World Championships in Montreal, Quebec when an accident with a dump truck robbed her ability to compete. In October of 2021, her eldest son was shot and injured. By this time, Garnetta admitted that she needed to heal, she turned inside with self-reflection about life and her music and decide t it was time for her to take the reins and lead her band 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 & Dagroovmasters is a classic soul and R&B band that delivers a high-energy show band and are a reflection of Canada's multicultural society! Their upbeat music brings pure joy to all listeners. Garnetta has also been in the studio recording with many notable musicians and has just recently been invited to grace the stage with Juno Award & Maple Blues Award recipient and Hall of Famer, the King of Boogie Woogie, Mr. Kenny "Blues Boss". Garnetta won the Toronto Blues Society’s 2022 Talent Search, recently performed at the Southside Shuffle in Mississauga, ON and will be featured at the Women’s Blues Revue at Koerner Hall in Toronto in November 2022.

Mark Howe

The Funkmaster/ Bassist

Mark Howe is an extraordinary bassist and has mastered the groove to any genre but specializes in the Funk, Soul & Blues! Mark led his own band, named Spectrum off and on since 1982, played as a few fill in bassist with Jeff Healy Band in the mid 80s( before “See the light” Album). 3 years with “The Jimmy Dooley Band”( he is from the Platters) and did a fill-in tour with Amanda Marshall.

Toshihiro Otani aka Toshi aka t-bird

Lead Guitarist

Toshi Otani was born and raised on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido. When he was 12 years old, got first guitar from his friend. He taught himself to play by listening to the radio and records. His first experience of playing the blues was at the age of 19, as a bass player, with a band that practiced in a barbershop owned by the bandleader. In 2005, he moved to New York to joined a band called East village Pharmacy to recorded an album. He spent many years in Tokyo's lively Chicago-style blues scene before relocating to the Niagara region in 2013, in Hamilton 2019. When not playing music, Toshi can often be found taking things apart and putting them back together.

Sammy "Smooth" Lunguana

Drummer

Samuel Lunguana, also known as “Smoove” or “SmooveOnDrumz” is a 23-year old drummer and band leader based out of Hamilton, Ontario. He' a self-taught musician that has been playing drums since he was 16 years old. He honed his skills in the local church and gig scene in the Greater Toronto Area. He is most known for his tastefulness, great feel, deep grooves, and impressive drum-fills Currently, he works as a band-director and arranger He is also the Executive Producer and the main drummer of UnderGround Live TV, based out of Toronto. His accomplishments include being the drummer for award-winning choirs, Bishop Ryan Expression and Victory International Church Choir. Most recently, he was named a "Spotlight Black Hamiltonian" for his work as a musician and artist.

Tim Nijenhuis

Keyboards/vocals

Tim Nijenhuis was born and raised in Enschede, the Netherlands. After immigrating to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he studied music theory and Biblical Studies at Redeemer University College. In the past worked for a traveling opera company in the Netherlands,“Nationale Reisopera” and was formally employed as music teacher at “Guido de Brès, Christian High School”, located in Hamilton. Additionally he has fulfilled duties as music director at Blessings Christian Church, is a self-employed mural painter, and freelancer in film and television where he makes props and builds film sets. Additionally he performs as vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and bass-guitarist with various ensembles; composes and publishes sheet music, and is pursuing an online graduate degree in film composition and music production through Berklee College of music in Boston, Ma.

Garnetta & Dagroovmasters

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First out of many to come!

Garnetta's songwriting skills have earned her a spot as a semi finalist, in the International Songwriter's Competition 2021. She makes up the 11% out of 21,000 global entries.

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Upcoming Events

TitleDateLocation
BIPOC hART Music Series14 Oct 2022200 Caroline Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Gator At The Norfolk05 Nov 2022200 Main Street, Port Dover, ON, Canada
Women In Blues Revue25 Nov 2022178 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
Grown Folk Dance fundraiser w HBHAS03 Dec 2022828 Legion Road, Burlington, ON, Canada
Garnetta & Dagroovmasters17 Dec 2022137 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON, Canada
Pre Christmas Party @ Sammy's Creamery23 Dec 202275 Erie Avenue, Brantford, ON, Canada

Past Events

TitleDateLocation
Queen Street West Art Crawl Festival24 Sep 2022790 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
Play The Parks (Harmony Square) TDCanda & CMIncubators18 Sep 202289 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, ON, Canada
Hamilton's Supercrawl10 Sep 2022324 James Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Southside Shuffle- Main Stage09 Sep 2022Memorial Park, Port Credit, ON
Beggar's Blues Banquet08 Sep 202235 Front Street North, Mississauga, ON, Canada
8th Annual T.U. Jazz Fest 202204 Sep 20225100 Yonge Street, North York, ON, Canada
Club Envy27 Aug 202293 Cedar Drive, Turkey Point, ON, Canada
Gator @ the Norfolk26 Aug 2022200 Main Street, Port Dover, ON, Canada
Brant Parker's Special guest20 Aug 202254 Front Street South, Thorold, ON, Canada
City Of Hamilton "Jazz in the Creek"19 Aug 202254 King Street East, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Emancipation Day Celebration13 Aug 2022Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
Halton Freedom Celebration30 Jul 20221400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON, Canada
Pub Fiction23 Jul 20221242 Garner Road West, Ancaster, ON, Canada
Donnelly's Pub Sunday Matinee17 Jul 202254 Front Street South, Thorold, ON, Canada
Black Swan16 Jul 2022154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
70's Night at Club Boullee09 Jul 202298 Boullee Street, London, ON, Canada
Toronto Blues Society Finals02 Jul 2022Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
Canada Day Celebration01 Jul 2022To Be Announced
Moonshine Cafe25 Jun 2022137 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON, Canada
Soulful Kafe18 Jun 202281 Brant Ave, Brantford, ON, Canada
George Hamilton28 May 2022152 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Turkey Point Hotel22 May 202293 Cedar Drive, Turkey Point, ON, Canada
Gator At The Norfolk20 May 2022200 Main Street, Port Dover, ON, Canada
Spices on Sydenham-Afternoon Matinee14 May 2022159 Sydenham Street, Brantford, ON, Canada
Friday the 13th In Port Dover,13 May 2022200 Main St, Port Dover, ON, Canada
Spring Up!07 May 2022270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Commodore's Ball30 Apr 2022RHYC Royal Hamilton Yacht Club
International Blues Competition27 Mar 2022339 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON, Canada
The Black Swan26 Mar 2022154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada