Dior Ashley Brown - EMCEE
Dior Ashley Brown is a multifaceted EMCEE, a “Hip-Hop Polymath.” (Washington Post) She is a D.C. area-native and is well traveled due to her parents both serving in the US Military. She began at an early age in the arts, her multi-disciplines include emcee, actor, poet, host, songwriter, playwright, creative community activator, and lead vocalist of The dAb Band (The Dior Ashley Brown Band). She is a graduate of the esteemed Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts and the University of Maryland, College Park Theatre Arts Programs.
A Hip- Hop emcee and poet Dior began early in grade school writing poetry and rhymes, challenged early by her peers. She has since gained a fearless lyricism that is controversial, thought-provoking, and insightful. Her unique style has been compared to a combination of artists such as Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, and James Brown to name a few. She is inspired deeply by the 80s and 90s Hip Hop & R&B, and the 60s and 70s Funk eras.
Dior most recently released her debut hit single “Vernacular ( RED/ BLUE),” which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, iHeart radio, and more.
The dAb Band
The dAb Band lead by Dior's original Hip- Hop lyrics and vocals include multi-instrumentalist Turk Gaines on keys, David Suggs on drums, from which she also shares The Duke Ellington Alma Mater, and James McCreavy on bass, The Band is a live soul filled, combustion of Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Go-Go, and are often compared to The Roots. The quartet’s goal is to revive the appreciation of live instrumentation combined with substantive Hip Hop storytelling that inspires and motivates the audience. The band is DC based, most recently performing for the Navy Safe Harbor's Wounded Warrior Project, Marvin on 14th Street, DC Funk Parade, Anacostia River Festival “Flower Power,” University of Maryland's Black Theatre Symposium, Rock and Roll Hotel, Anacostia Arts Center, Tropicalia, Atlas Theatre, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Sospeso on H Street, The 8x10, Baltimore, The Jam at Wilson Building’s “Politics and Art,” News Channel 8’s “Let’s Talk Live,” The Annual DC Funk Parade, East River Jazz’s “Ella Infusion: A Ella Fitzgerald Tribute from a Hip Hop Perspective,” and 89.3 FM WPFW’s “Live@5.”