Joseph Somers-Morales, known by his stage name SoMo, is an American R&B singer-songwriter from Denison, Texas. He began his professional music career in 2011, gaining notoriety on YouTube with the release of original music and popular cover songs from recording artists such as Chris Brown, The Weeknd, and Drake. In 2013, he signed a recording contract with Republic Records, and released remastered versions of his 2012 mixtape My Life and debut single “Ride“. His self-titled debut album SoMo was released on April 8, 2014.
Early in life, SoMo sang at popular clubs in Austin, Texas with his father. His father was in a jazz rock band called Duck Soup, and as a young child SoMo says his father was not always there for him due to music. Throughout high school he distanced himself from music; however, in 2008, he received a piano from his mother for Christmas and taught himself to play by ear. His stage name “SoMo” is a play on words, it comes from his last name that’s hyphenated, Somers-Morales. That’s why the M is capitalized. Also, in seventh grade, a girl wrote a love letter calling him “Jo SoMo” and since then the name stuck.
Matthew Paul Miller, known by his Hebrew name and stage name Matisyahu (“Gift of God”), is an American reggae rapper and alternative rock musician.
Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, Matisyahu’s 2005 single “King Without a Crown” was a Top 40 hit in the United States. Since 2004, he has released four studio albums as well as two live albums, two remix CDs and two DVDs featuring live concerts. In addition, Matisyahu played the role of Tzadok in The Possession, a supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi. Through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell, reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and Kool Kojak.