About Us

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

Reginald WheatlyCEO / 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.

Cookie LittleDirector 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.

Alvin ‘NikkiBoy’ NorrisTribute 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.”

Gerald CalhounBass 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.

Edwin BrownPiano / 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” SmithVocalist

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 JonesGuitarist

Raised 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.

Reginald NelsonKeyboardist

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”.

Grant BoldtBassist

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.

Dy’v-l “Dyvie” DavisMarketing

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 WilliamsKeyboardist

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.

Simone TrueVocalist, 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.

TaKeshia “Hollywood” ChappleVocalist

TaKeshia “Hollywood” Chapple has been captivating audiences with her high-energy performances and neo-soul vocals since her TSU college years in 2008.

Born on May 31, 1988, the Singer attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas before moving to New York City where she earned her bachelors degree in advertising and public relations.. While attending school in Harlem, she found time to audition for the world-famous Amateur Night at The Apollo.

Along with the joy of songwriting, Hollywood would also become recognized for her sultry vocals, which has been described in such ways as “soulful” and “full of power.” In her music, fans will be hard-pressed to find themselves singing ‘no-brainer’ lyrics.

This is because each song written by TaKeshia Hollywood is a conversation between she and the listener. Her musical influences include: Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu, Jimi Hendrix, and Sam Cooke.

The opportunity to sing with LevelOneBand of Kingwood is the chance of a lifetime, and she looks forward to growing with and learning from each member.

Ashten FreemanVocalist

Ashten Freeman born in San Antonio, TX and raised in Houston, TX. She began singing and performing live at the tender age of eight and soon realized her calling. She then began writing at the age of 13 and developed a love for penning her feelings and emotions. She broke out on the scene at The Juneteenth Festival at the young age of 16 and continued to work on her craft. She took a break from the music scene to be a mother. After her musical hiatus she decided to come back to the music scene stronger than ever with a better sense of self! Her goal is to be able to work alongside some of her favorite artists in the entertainment industry and to build a career doing what she loves most…singing and writing. Ashten’s latest project, Sweet Nothings EP was released on Valentine’s Day 2016. This project was put together to give fans a taste of what’s to come as she works on her next album. Sweet Nothings features singles “Missing” (produced by Dwayne “Whateva” Lindsey) “U on U” parts I & II featuring Brian Angel of Day 26 (produced by Fred Council) and “Revolver” (produced by Strych9). She is gearing up to release quite a few collaborations in 2019 as well as a personal project of her own. Ashten’s musical efforts has also landed her the opportunity to work with different variety bands providing lead and background vocals. She has worked with groups such as NTune, No Curfew Band & Level One Band.

The R&B Fairy, has also spent some time on the screen. She has starred in films such as iCrush (Grade A Media Productions), Contemplation (BGood Productions) and Houston’s own African American soap opera My Stories. Ashten has also managed to land her first recurring lead role as Barbara in the live stage play Conflict & Confessions (Ruby Devine Productions).

Ashten also took a hand in an R&B radio show co-starring Mr.380 of IIMGang, Pillow Talk on GMT Radio. The radio show debuted January 2015. Ashten wanted to provide opportunities to other R&B artists like herself to be able to showcase their music and be heard. She has interviewed with artists such as Carl Thomas, Kid Sid, TMI, Simone Skye, Tim Ned, K.Parker, Surreal, Boss Lady Jaye, IamJarell, Mike Reeves, Greathouse and many more!

Erin JackVocalist

Erin Jack is an American Singer, Model and Actress born on July 10th 1983. It was at the age of 6 when she started modeling for Alex Adams Modeling Agency doing commercials for Reebok, Kraft, Skores Hershy, and Diet Coke to name a few. She attended the DuPont Manualat School of performing Arts, it was there she found her love for singing landing her the role as Dorothy in the stage play the Whiz. In hopes to further her singing career she moved to Atlanta GA after singing with many local bands she signed her first contract to tour with One of Atlanta’s premier bands (Lockdown). After more than 2 decades of being in the music industry she now resides in Houston TX and continues to sing and perform spaecializing in R&B and the Top 100.

Shania JuzilVocalist

Shania Juzil a fresh voice on the r&b and pop music scene has united her vocals accordingly for one hot and trendy track “Think Twice”.

Shania’s music is cross genre and cross generational. Her songs are created from the heart and written from personal experience and composed from her ear lent to the reality of life and relationships from that of those around her such as family and friends.

Shania has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. Her roots are in the soil of the sound. Shania is the granddaughter of musical powerhouse The Great Barbara Lynn of Beaumont,Texas a left handed guitarist and also a deserving jazz musician who’s single once topped charts with that of Elvis Presley.

Always on-point for taking the music to the next level. Shania is a voice with cutting edge range and abilities positioning her musically in a place of familiarity as she claims her space being an artist that’s here to stay and welcomed with an audience of anticipating listeners to do so.

Lisa Kay MurrayVocalist

Lisa Kay Murray, Singer/musician and artist, was born on October 12, 1988, in Joliet, Illinois, where she was adopted by Pat and Pam Murray. From a toddler Lisa grew up on the outskirts of Houston in Spring, Texas, where She still resides as a vivacious professional singer, songwriter and multidimensional artist of various types of commissioned works of painting, pottery and resin.

Lisa was homeschooled until 10th grade by her mother Pam Murray, who has a master’s degree in education and is an accomplished professionally trained pianist/music teacher. Mrs. Murray immediately realized the influence her musical background had on her daughter. Lisa was an outstanding student and had the opportunity to learn to play the flute as a member of a homeschool orchestra while in middle school.

Lisa participated in numerous community programs, plays and church musicals throughout her childhood. 1960 Playhouse was so inspired by Lisa’s vocal abilities, they created a semi-lead narrative to their production of Hansel and Gretel to include the young talent. Other doors of opportunity opened for her as well. She had a brief interest in modeling at age 14 and was a participant in the Miss Teen Texas pageant.

More determined with each experience, Lisa remained involved in the theatre as a young adult. While married briefly at age 20, her desire to pursue her career as a singer/songwriter never waned. Allowing herself more time to focus on her art, she found it therapeutic healing after her divorce.

Eventually, Lisa returned to the stage as her musical alias “Destone,” playing the lead role of Arlene in The Tree Haus Theatre production of “Cold: When Your Heart Becomes a Hole,” written and orchestrated by Houston’s own You (Genious), formerly known as The Misfit of R&B. Eventually Lisa found herself sharing the stage with numerous award-winning Houstonians, from a variety of local genres: Dirty Dog MC, sartorialist and scholar; Dan McKinney and Gilbert Galvan of Studemont Project, a hip-hop group that defied every convention of Houston hip-hop; critically acclaimed Nasty Nique of Houston’s Dirty and Nasty; Steve Aikey; and former Spain Colored Orange Indie rock member Steve Torres.

These experiences opened doors to more writing and collaborations with various artists, and in 2016 Lisa began performing with Level One Band. Her soulful, diverse vocals have become a staple of what this dynamic multi-genre band offers Houstonians.

Neci HamiltonVocalist

Whether singing for a crowd or at home for her family, music has always been a constant for Texas-born singer/songwriter, Neci Hamilton. Growing up, Neci was exposed to a genre-crossing blend of music, including Bonnie Rait, Patsy Cline, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Anita Baker. She accredits her earlier influences to her musical style,which incorporates elements of country, soul, pop and r&b. This is evident when listening to her original song, For the Ride.

Neci has been performing for years at festivals, private events, parties and sporting events. A United States Army Veteran, Neci had the opportunity to sing with the United States Army Band while serving her country in Iraq. She was selected to open for En Vogue while the group was touring for troops overseas. She was also the lead singer of a Dallas based Sheryl Crow cover band. 
She attributes her musical accomplishments and special gift of song to her late mother, Kathy Shepherd, who was also a gifted singer. Every performance, every song, every note is a tribute to her Mom, her biggest fan and supporter.

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