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The Unit: backing bnd


"The Unit": a collection of talented and like minded individuals who come together to ensure each client is served in the highest manner, ensuring a Live Show/Record/Arrangement is second to no one. Clients include: The Jacksons, Diddy, J Lo, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Lalah Hathaway, Bobby Brown, Taylor Dayne, Jonathan Butler.

Formed by Kevin Teasley and Stacey Lamont Sydnor, "The Unit" has gone on to perform and do production for some of the biggest names in the history of music.  From doing Intros, live show arrangements, record dates, sound design and live tours, "the Unit" has always lived up to their reputation of "Pure Excellence".  Once quoted " matter how big or small of a room, The Unit" always sound like a show fit for the Staples Center or any arena around the world"!" (Quote by Keith Eaddy; Producer, Music Director for Macy Gray, Jodeci, Eric Benet)

Client List:

The Jacksons
The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five, sometimes stylized The Jackson 5ive), later known as The Jacksons, or simply Jacksons, are an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana.
Founding group members Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Michael Jackson formed the group after performing in an early incarnation called The Jackson Brothers, which originally consisted of a trio of the three older brothers. Active from 1964 to 1990, the Jacksons played from a repertoire of R&B, soul, pop and (in the 1970s) disco. During their six-and-a-half-year Motown tenure, The Jackson 5 was one of the biggest pop-music acts of the 1970s,[1] and the band served as the launching pad for the solo careers of their lead singers Jermaine and Michael, the latter brother later transforming his early Motown solo fame into greater success as an adult artist. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons have sold 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling artists of all time.
The Jacksons are currently on their world Reunion tour known as. "The Jacksons Unity Tour"!
Lalah Hathaway
4 Time Grammy Award Winner!
Malina Moye
Flipping a Fender Stratocaster upside-down, acclaimed singer/songwriter/lefty guitarist Malina Moye fills a void in the entertainment industry. Lauded as a musical pioneer and one of the world’s top guitarists by Guitar World Magazine, Moye has carved out her own lane in today’s music scene as one of the few artists in history able to straddle both Rock and Soul genres, and has become one of the world’s premier guitarists of this generation. Her brand of music, fashion and philanthropy has made Malina one of the most visible artists in the world. With the Rock visionary’s latest release Bad As I Wanna Be, which reached number 1 for 2 weeks on Billboard Blues Chart, Moye encompasses a gumbo of Funk, Rock and Soul. The well-crafted songs display memorable melodies and astute songwriting. Critically acclaimed and a commercial success worldwide,receiving accolades from Billboard, People Magazine, Guitar World Magazine, and many more. Parade Magazine states that, “Moye has proven herself once again as an über-talented, electric guitar power house, and NPR’s The Current states that Malina is reinventing the Minneapolis sound. Moye has “the talent, the look, the energy, the whole package,” declares Huffington post. Seventeen Magazine states, “On stage, Malina delivers an intoxicating fusion of funk, Rock, and Soul.” Her sophomore record Rock & Roll Baby was released in late 2014 and set social media on fire with the funk-rock anthem Kyotic, which debuted at the top of the Billboard Twitter 140 chart at number 5. In 2016, Malina’s hit single Are You The One landed at no. 32 on the Billboard National R&B Airplay chart and was the second most added song in the country thanks to Sirius XM radio. Guitar World Magazine touts Rock & Roll Baby as “insanely good” with “a seductive passion and feel that Malina brings in her guitar playing.” The Examiner states, “Moye is one of 10 national U.S. independent artists to see,” and Billboard Magazine calls her K-yotic collaboration with Bootsy Collins “explosive.” In 2011, Moye’s critically acclaimed LP Diamonds & Guitars reached number 35 on and iTunes respectively, showcasing an eclectic pallet of music while preserving its mainstream appeal. The album spawned two Billboard-charting songs Girlfriend (no. 48) which also appeared in an episode of MTV “The Hills” and Alone, which landed on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at no. 93 and stayed on the chart for over six weeks. Alone then remained in the top 10 for over 15 weeks on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In 2012, Malina was the first female guitarist to join the Experience Hendrix Tour and appeared in the documentary “Stratmaster: The Greatest Guitar Story Ever Told.” Abroad and stateside, Moye’s Diamond & Guitars tour served her as an opening act with Robin Thicke and legendary rock group Journey. Moye’s musical narrative boasts an impressive and unique resume that includes making history as the first African-American woman to play the National Anthem on guitar at a professional sporting event, all the way to performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert for music pioneer Chuck Berry. And recently, Malina honored the Queen of England by playing “God Save the Queen” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the Queen’s sixty-year jubilee. Malina’s fashion sense, stage presence and unorthodox style of guitar voicing has garnered praises from legends to newcomers alike. As an influential artist, Moye continues to redefine music and mainstream pop culture through women empowerment campaigns such as Fender’s “Girl Rock Nation,” Victoria Secret’s “Love Rocks” and Steve Madden’s “Music.” With accolades from publications such as Billboard, Guitar World, and Vogue and having graced the stages on some of music’s biggest stages—SXSW, Bospop, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Malina Moye brings a unique brand, charisma, and emotion to music unlike any artist in the world today. Malina makes her big screen acting debut in the much buzzed about film The Samuel Project to be release in theaters and on Netflix Worldwide in 2018. Malina’s humanitarian efforts include serving as cofounder of a non profit organization that’s dedicated to helping individuals elevate themselves and their communities. #FindTheGr8nU Malina Moye embraces her unique brand, bringing charisma, fire, and emotion to music unlike any artist in the world today. As a savvy businesswoman, she has taken her childhood dream and turned it into a budding empire.
Mike Corrado
Can military men storm the stage of rock and plant their flag in the spotlight? Singer/songwriter, Mike Corrado puts the question to bed with his pop-rock sound and proven radio success. Mike, who has proudly served his country for years, has both the discipline of a U. S. Marine and the musical chops and vocals to back it up. Mike Corrado began performing in the bars and clubs along the North Carolina coast while stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC with the Marines. Upon completion of his active duty commitment, Mike, along with friend, drummer and fellow Marine Lamont Sydnor turned in their rifles for guitars, drums and life on the road. They began developing a strong grass roots following in the Southeast by performing 200-250 dates a year across the country as headliners and opening act for artists like John Mayer, Edwin McCain, Train, Derek Trucks and many more. The relentless touring and radio play in the southeast, propelled independent CD sales and an ever-increasing fan base.
Rahsaan Patterson
Marcus Johnson
With the commercial and Billboard chart success of his NAACP Image Award nominated CD, “Poetically Justified” (#4) in his rearview and having been included among the ranks of contemporary jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Vanessa Williams, for that nomination, Marcus Johnson is set to release his 12th CD titled, “This is How I Rock”, on July 27th.
This album boldly signifies an evolution: Johnson’s deliberate crossing into the pop/rock genre with a jazz spin, inspired by some of pop music’s most celebrated songs, songs that remained a significant influence in the life of the award-winning keyboardist, composer and producer and motivated his desire to pay tribute to some of the greatest pop hits.
“This Is How I Rock” exemplifies Johnson’s versatility and brilliant interpretive skills. Listeners from the novice to the jazz connoisseur will be utterly engaged by Johnson’s signature jazz funk sound; and neither will be disappointed.
With an MBA and JD from Georgetown University, Johnson’s educational background compliments his career success story as both an artist and entrepreneur which led him to establish Marimelj Entertainment Group comprising Three Keys Music and Studio 8121. Johnson recently teamed up with Tarara Winery to create the FLO…™ Wines Series, a private wine label under his new company, FLO…™ Brands, LLC.
“This is How I Rock” continues to chronicle his journey, as this new offering, is an extension of his continued commitment to his art and his audience. “This is How I Rock” will be available at all major retail outlets. For more information about Marcus Johnson, visit
Funk Pioneers, Mandrill
Where else do you need to go to hear Earth Wind and Fire mixed with Santana with a touch of Ohio Players to get a brand of funk that is totally mind blowing! Yes, I am speaking of the great Mandrill, I am proud to say I am a part of this historical and powerful musical entity! See us on tour in a city near you!
Adrian Duke
Drenched with the sounds of New Orleans, Adrian Duke’s piano is overshadowed only by the raw emotional power of his voice. Although he has found a home as a Blues artist; by blurring the lines between Blues, Funk, R&B, and Jazz, he has found critical acclaim, audience acceptance, and artistic peer recognition. From the release of his first recording, Never Find Another, four years ago, Duke consistently and effortlessly demonstrates the exceptional musicianship and compositional brilliance that has become his highly regarded musical signature. It is these gifts that have helped cultivate a tremendously loyal following in and beyond the Blues music communities.
James "Saxsmo" Gates
If you've ever heard him play live you will agree that James Saxsmo Gates is without a doubt one of the most promising Sax men in the country and you'll know that it's truly just a matter of time before Saxsmo takes his place at the top of the Jazz charts alongside all of the other notable present day reed men. Saxsmo is a graduate of the venerable Berklee College of Music and a protege of Billy Kilson, Terri Lynn Carrington, and other notable Berklee grads. From Be-Bop, to Straight Ahead, to Swing, to Modern, to Progressive, to Smooth, when it comes to the language of Jazz, James Saxsmo Gates, is one of America's most fluent speakers of the language. A virtual encyclopedia of the genre, embodied all in one special artist.
David Anthony: Music Director/Composer Musician
Phenomenal music Director and Composer!




Mapex Drums: Syd's Drums of Choice!
Confidence is what makes a good drummer a great drummer – confidence in your ability, confidence in your band, confidence in your instrument. For over fifteen years, Mapex has been creating acoustic drum products that give drummers the confidence to be their best. With a Mapex drum set in front of you, you’ll have the confidence to express every degree of your creativity. With Mapex, you’ll own the stage. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a seasoned player, Mapex makes a drum set that not only fits your skill level, but fits your budget as well. From the versatile Q Series to the elite Orion Series, Mapex is a drum company that you can start with and grow with for a lifetime.
Vater Drumsticks: The Wood Behind Syd's Groove!
Now 50 years later, the Vater Family expands on the family tradition by offering the finest drumsticks, timpani, marimba and vibe mallets, brushes, specialty sticks and accessories in the world. Quality, craftsmanship, pride, and hands-on production... started by Jack, perfected by Clarry, and carried into the new millennium by Alan and Ron Vater and a team of dedicated craftsmen. Now, as always... Quality is everything.
Sabian Cymbals: The Fastest Growing Symbal Company in the WORLD!
Much more than a cymbal manufacturing company, SABIAN is a collection of dedicated and very talented individuals whose only focus is to create the finest cymbals and percussion instruments possible. Our ultimate goal is to help drummers and percussionists express themselves the way they want to be heard. How do we do it? By combining traditional values with modern vision and creative innovation to develop a full range of cymbals and sounds for players of all styles. The well trained artisans will continue to help more and more musicians express themselves wherever they may be: in the streets, the pubs, the concert halls, the parks—in the towns, villages, countryside, and big cities, listen, and you'll hear the unmistakable, and unparalleled sound of SABIAN.
Tycoon Percussion, Inc.
Today, Tycoon Percussion is well-established throughout the world as a leading manufacturer of percussion products, and is the only hand percussion company that wholly owns its own manufacturing facility. For Stephen Yu, his journey from OEM supplier to percussion industry "tycoon" serving the world’s largest markets had already seemed swift. Now, with Tycoon Percussion’s presence growing significantly in the U.S. year after year, the pace of progress has only accelerated. "I had a very clear purpose in establishing my own operation in the United States," he states, "to propel the company to becoming the next elite hand percussion brand - and I believe we are well on our way to achieving that goal."

Tycoon Percussion’s commitment is to combine sound authenticity with innovative designs in all of our products. Our vision is to inspire percussionists everywhere towards greater creativity and to play with excitement each time they pick up their instruments. Our dedication to excellence in every product that we create is fueled by the passion of drummers and percussionists around the world.

Commitment to quality control and innovation are first and foremost in Tycoon Percussion’s philosophy. Our manufacturing facility, located in Bangkok, Thailand continues to raise the bar on percussion quality and our products are slowly redefining the standards by which others in the industry are being judged. Tycoon Percussion works very closely with professional musicians around the world who regularly provide useful feedback from their live playing situations. This type of input allows for Tycoon to maintain our high quality standards as well as to develop innovative products that meet the ever changing needs of today’s professional drummers and percussionists. Anyone who plays Tycoon Percussion has the luxury of knowing that their gear will always be ready to perform day in and day out.
Evans Drumheads
Kick Port, "Bass Drum Port"



My Companies or Organizations

"The Unit"
Co-music directors, Stacey Lamont Sydnor and Kevin Teasley, enhance the productivity of A&R divisions, independent artists, and production companies as a one-stop solution to their musical needs. The Unit’s multi-genre, electronically-savvy musicianship provides the ideal accompaniment for any performer or producer. They also have additional auxiliary band members, including vocalists, who are available upon request. The Unit arranges, composes, and produces for performances, studio sessions, live television, and theatre.
The City of Refuge
Bishop Jones founded the The Noel Jones Ministries (formerly known as Jesus Alternative Ministries) to assist in providing answers to situations we face on a daily basis relating to social consciousness, sexuality and religious thought. Our mission and ministry is to serve as mediators in our families, our church, and community as we are empowered by the word of God and his Holy Spirit. At the City of Refuge he serves as the Executive Pastor of this over 20,000 member congregation.
Distortion Music, Inc.
One of the leading custom film trailer and sound designs companies in Los Angeles! Be sure to visit site and here some of my best studio work as we as that of composer, Kevin Teasley!