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"The Company in Charlotte"

The Company sounds like a group you
should be hearing on the radio or paying more than the club cover charge to listen to. - Charlotte Post

"The Company at Comedy Zone"

I went to my first Third Thursday event at The Comedy Zone an event which is put on by R & R Productions in conjunction with radio station 97.1 WQMG. The event was hosted radio personality Busta Brown . At 6 P.M., the doors open for business networking and socializing with the featured band promptly taking the stage 7:30 P.M.
When I arrived around 6:45, the sax player and trombonist were warming up with the crowd, a truly adult crowd, starting to feel the vibe of the music. By the time Busta Brown introduced the band, The Company, out of Charlotte, N.C., the house was almost standing room only.
If music is the universal language then this band made music speak without words in a rhythm uniquely their own. The guitarist played as if he was making love to his soul mate, with his fingers floating across the strings like man stroking his lady’s hair in a moment of ecstasy. The sax and trombone players belted out winds of sweet melody with accompaniment of the drummer and keyboard players.
By 8:15 The Company had their audience in the full groove of the music, really feeling the beat, as evidenced by the fact some couples took the floor showing off their footwork as the music flowed.
- Alphie Harrigan


2007 The Company Band"Daybreak" . Including title track "Daybreak," featuring saxophonist Derwin Friday and bassist Mike "Mikeman"Williams. This electic mix of Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul, and Inspiration includes "What About Love" featuring Beverly Crowder, "A Song for Music" featuring David Wesley and swing sensation, "Night on the Town". This Album is full of quality music that you can dance to, sounds that will relax you, and songs that will move you.

2005 "The Company" Demo. This is a collection of unique arrangements of popular cover tunes done "The Company Band" vocalists including, "Feel Like Makin Love" (instrumental), "Killing Me Softly"(Lauren Hill), "Before I let go"(Frankie Beverly & Maze), "Something to Talk About"(Bonnie Raitt), "Ordinary People" (Ordinary People), "Baby Boy"(Beyonce)




The Company is one of the East Coast’s premier bands known for their versatility and talented members. The Company is putting its own spin on the music industry by giving people a combination of music genres creating delectable sounds the ear can only imagine. These incredibly talented musicians all come from different musical backgrounds to form one of the most requested bands. They offer an eclectic blend of neo-soul, R&B, pop, and jazz. With horns on the left, the very best vocalists on the right, and a killer rhythm section holding it all together, “The Company” experience is one you will never forget!

Founder, Ha’noch Hickman attributes the band's success to playing a wide variety of music to ensure everyone in the audience is entertained. Their extensive repertoire is comprised of over 200 songs. Their explosive energy on stage demands the attention of the audience, while their versatile ability keeps the audience thinking “What’s next?” The “Live” experience of The Company is like no other. Power drummer, Demond Corry, keeps the beats going, allowing the crowd to stay interested, and in a lot of cases keeps them on the dance floor. Their non-stop, energy filled show has earned them the nickname, “Human DJ Band.” Their finesse has allowed them to share the stage with legendary artists such as Erykah Badu, Urban Mystic, Dwelle, KRS One, Dave Chapelle, Talib Kweli, MusiqSoulchild, John Legend, Rueben Studdard, and Bobby Valentino just to name a few.

All members of The Company have studied and performed extensively around the country and worked with artists like John P. Kee, Vickie Winans, Fred Hammond, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Tom Joyner, Bill Cosby, Sunshine Anderson, Mike Phillips, Marcus Johnson, Babyface, Mario and Micheal Jackson.

In December 2006, The Company Band made history as they recorded their debut LP “Daybreak”, live at Tempo Entertainment Complex in Charlotte, N.C. A refreshing collection of what they like to call “feel good” music, “Daybreak” is a “must” for every complete music library. Their first single “Daybreak” is a breath of fresh air to the ears. Saxophonist Derwin Friday (who also co-wrote the song) is featured on this track with the very talented Mike “Mikeman” Williams on the bass guitar.
This album erases the lines of musical genres by appealing to more than one. “What About Love?” features a soul-stirring performance by the incomparable songstress Beverly Crowder. This lyrical creation sends a universal message of love and embraces a musical style of r&b and gospel. If straight ahead jazz is your thing, you’ll love “Night on the Town,” written by guitar player Carmelo Smith. This track takes you back to the great jazz movement of the 1920’s. The heavy swing beat and live horns will have you tapping your feet! Vocalist David Wesley works his four octave range on “A Song for Music.” This song is like smooth icing on the cake…..a jazzy-neo arrangement of riveting vocals, saxophone, flute, fender Rhodes, and last but not least trombone by the very soulful Buff Dilliard