National Recording Artist - Doowgam Records - get your favorite CD'S and songs here
I truly believe that the more educated and informed music artists are the more they will prosper and the music industry will benefit. My background as a musician and vocalist has enabled me to completely understand the problems artist go through trying to make. Therefore I have and will continue to give Artist Development Consortium's. (See previous consortium flier below for agenda and the Events Page for future Sessions).
I am a vessel of God. For it is my duty to Serve, Uplift, Inspire, Motivate, Guide and mentor those in need of the Gifts and Talents that I have been given. They have no value if I keep them for myself.
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ONE OF BALTIMORE’S HISTORICAL MUSICAL TREASURES
Ralph Magwood has been performing on stage since the early age of six, as a vocalist. Although he was born in Baltimore, he strongly holds Summerton, South Carolina, close to his heart as his home, this is the place from which his parents migrated and much family was left behind.
Influenced by his mother (a gospel singer) and his uncle (a guitarist who had played with the world renowned blues singer Muddy Waters), Ralph naturally began performing gospel and rhythm and blues. From 1957 to 1975, he performed in school plays, sang on church choirs and performed with several well-known groups. The Delprees vocal quintet and the (Habit Band) from out of East Baltimore, was his most beloved groups.
In 1975 he attended the Peabody Preparatory and studied percussion. While there he was compelled to play jazz. Ralph joined one of Baltimore's hottest jazz international recording groups, the Fuzzy Kane Trio, which afforded him the opportunity to perform in major concerts as the opening act for George Benson, Roy Ayers, Sir Walter Jackson, Billy Taylor, Lonnie Liston Smith, Joe Williams and many other major artist. Additionally, he performed with Freddie Cole, Winfield Parker, Delarese, Setatrius Brown and Richie Groove Holmes.
As years progressed, his ability to sing and play percussion grew, which increased his popularity enabling him to perform with all of Baltimore’s best and talented artists such as Carlos Johnson, Moe Daniels, Mickey Fields, Morris Dow, Jimmy Wells, Gary Richardson, Blake Cramer, Ralph Fisher, Dave Smith, Cyrus Chestnut, Joel Holmes, Charles Arnett, Kevin Walker, Neveda Ruddy, Mitchell Coates, Jimmy Taylor, Scott Cunningham, Ron Pender, Kenny Wright, Earlene Reed, Ruby Glover, Marshall Booze and Vernon Walsh just to name a few. His style, technique and character brought a change in how Baltimore's musical community viewed the percussionist. He began playing with some the finest musicians in the country.
After experiencing his first recording session with the group Both Worlds and his second session with Verdine White of "Earth, Wind and Fire," he developed an interest in record production. In 1981 this experience would lead him to produce his first record album with The Original Little Ark Male Chorus entitled “Songs Mother Used To Sing”. Singing lead and background vocals Ralph performed with the male chorus at churches and in concerts throughout the East Coast.
In 1990, after approximately nine years of performing with the male chorus, Ralph was called to join a nationally known jazz, reggae, fusion recording group called the "Joe Cooper Project". He performed percussion and vocals on the group's album "Journey." Ralph spent close to four years with the Joe Cooper Project studying reggae and world music and was able to perform in concerts with international acts such as the Whalers, Dennis Brown, Yellow Man and various other world beat and reggae artist. Being driven by a desire and thirst to create his own music and sound, He left the Project and went back to school.
Most importantly, Ralph loves to produce and develop artists and proclaims that the more artists and musicians understand about the business the better off the industry will be. His background as a musician and vocalist enabled him to completely understand the problems artist go through trying to make it in the music industry. Therefore, he was lead to develop his on record label Doowgam Records. Having been in the music business for many years, Ralph determined that Doowgam Records would be dedicated to the education of artist about all aspects of the industry. Therefore, enabling them to be successful.
While studying at Essex Community College in 1994, he began composing and writing songs reflecting his life experiences which led to the production and 1996 national release of his first solo gospel record album entitled "Just Passing By". Spiritually motivated to express to everyone the need to understand the value of the precious gift of life, Ralph's "Just Passing By" musical Compilation can only be described by words such as expressive, glorifying, sincere and inspirational.
Starting in 2003, Ralph began working on his first jazz project, entitled "Vintage". He worked on the Vintage project until he finished it in 2006 but did not release it because he was inspired to redirect his attention to the Original Little Ark Male Chorus his beloved gospel group and brought them under his label. From 2008 to 2010 he led and motivated the Male Chorus to complete three new national CD releases “A Closer Walk, He Is Born, and Old Time Religion”. Since then, Doowgam Records have continuously maintained a national distribution and promotional campaign for all of the Male Chorus’s projects.
In 2011 Doowgam Records signed another artist (Minister Craig L. Johnson) of the Flint Cavaliers and Ralph produced “Favor” Craig’s first solo CD. Favor is presently being distributed and promoted nationally.
As the led singer, promoter, producer, and manager, Ralph has continued performing with the Original Little Ark Male Chorus and toured them throughout the country (Nashville, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Washington DC, Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, The Eastern Shore, etc.). The Male Chorus has become nationally known and their songs are being played across all media, nationally as well as internationally to date.
In 2017 Ralph began performing as a vocalist and percussionist with the InterfuZion Band. One of the most sought after groups in the Eastern Region. Based out of Delaware, it consist of musicians from Baltimore, Delaware and New Jersey. The InterfuZion Band musical construct centers on Rhythm & Blues, Smooth Jazz and Funk.
Finally, in 2020, Doowgam Records has released Ralph’s new Jazz CD, as mentioned above, “Vintage”. Ralph’s production, arranging and extra-ordinary vocal ability can be heard in this musical work. It is compiled of songs like (I Wish, What's Going On, Everything must Change, Misty, For Once In My Life, and Song For My Father). It will be a wonderful addition to anyone’s music collection. It can be purchased online at ralphmagwood.net and soon will be in stores.
Ralph Magwood - CEO: Doowgam Records, Baltimore, MD.
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