One of the more prominent independent Southern soul artists of the 2000s and 2010s, Omar Cunningham is a singer with a smooth yet strong voice, as well as an accomplished songwriter. The native of Gadsden, Alabama established his career with the group Daybreak and went on to work with the likes of Larry Blackmon and Cameo prior to releasing his solo debut, Hell at the House (2003), which reached number 53 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Although that release was his commercial peak, Cunningham steadily built a solid and unwavering solo discography that appealed to grown fans of traditionally rooted R&B. As a writer for other artists, he has charted with Willie Clayton’s “We Both Grown” feat. Dave Hollister in (2010) which reached number 84 on Billboard and has also worked with Karen Wolfe, Vick Allen, Lacee, CoCo, Dave Mack, Big Yayo, Wendell B., Calvin Richardson, Mel Waiters, Bigg Robb, and Lenny Williams to name a few. Omar also performed on the finale night of the 2004 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival with Alicia Keys, Cassandra Wilson and Michael McDonald. Other celebrity performers included India.Arie, Nancy Wilson, Beres Hammond, Bobby Womack, Monty Alexander, and Kenny Rogers.
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