MFO Entertainment Group, Inc.
400 Central Avenue, Suite 004
Northfield, IL 60093
Founder, Lead Vocalist, President of MFO Entertainment Group
The driving force behind Soleil Moon, Larry has been involved in every facet of the entertainment industry from the time he was a young boy. He began at the age of seven and although his schedule was busy with performances on stage and screen featured in 52 commercials before the age of 13. Attending college at the University of Miami and later Wisconsin, Larry established some important relationships with professionals in the music industry, building a steadfast foundation for the years to comed. He became nationally renowned for his writing and vocal ability and experimented with various projects including his band Human Factor which was signed by Caliber Records in Los Angeles, an independent label with Warner Brothers Distribution. In the early 90’s, Larry had branched into other realms, including writing the rock opera “Sins Of The Father”, which was staged by the Winston-Salem Repertory Company in North Carolina. Larry is well known in Chicago and nationwide for, among other things, his work on commercial jingles with a diverse range of clients including ‘Ferrara-Pan’ candy, R.C. Cola, Coca-Cola, Gatorade, Enterprise Rental Cars, Long John Silver, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, the CD ROM game ‘You Don’t Know Jack’ and the theme song for The Heritage Christian Church—to name a few.
Keyboards Composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist John Blasucci has contributed to the recordings of a veritable “who’s who” of contemporary music, including Josh Groban, Richard Marx, N’Sync, Jennifer Hudson, and many others. As a composer, his works are featured on PBS and WGN, as well as international pop and jazz radio. With Soleil Moon, John has had the chance to write and record with the London Symphony Orchestra and produce some of the best studio musicians in the world such as Michael Thompson, Ricky Peterson, Lenny Castro, Kenny Aronoff and jazz saxophonist Warren Hill. John’s orchestral work can be heard on Mattel’s Barbie Nutcracker and Rapunzel movies, and 7 of his compositions have garnered him Top Ten hits on the Billboard pop and jazz charts. He has performed live with the London Symphony Orchestra, Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, and maintains an active international touring schedule as keyboardist for Styx front man Dennis DeYoung. Featured onscreen appearances include the Oprah Winfrey Show, A&E’s “Private Sessions”, numerous performances on WGN, the feature film “The Perfect Man”, amongst others. Fans can tune into NBC this fall, where John is featured as the pianist for NBC’s upcoming drama series “The Playboy Club”.
Drums You can currently see and hear Khari playing drums in the house band on the Rosie O’Donnell show. The new Oprah Network show airs at 6pm central time Monday through Friday. A fixture in the R&B and Jazz scene, Khari has shared his talents around the world as the backbone and heartbeat of artists such as Destiny’s Child, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Boz Scaggs, Rafael Sadiq, Kirk Franklin, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, Joss Stone and Brenda Russell. He has also performed with Smooth Jazz artists Steve Cole, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliott and Peter White. Khari was honored to record with Joss Stone on her 2007 release “Introducing Joss Stone.” In 2011, he performed with Jennifer Hudson on Oprah as well as The Ellyn Degeneres Show. Khari has most recently performed with George Benson, Jeffery Osborn, Ronald Isley, Gerald Albright, Peter White, Rick Braun and gospel artists Yolanda Adams, Smokie Norful, The Thompson Community Singers and The Mighty Clouds of Joy.
Guitar Guitarist, composer, arranger, singer and producer. Some of the bands/artists he has played with include: PSYCLES, Kick the Cat, Howard Levy, Maggie Speaks, Anne Harris Band, The Renegades, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bernadette Peters, Dayna Malow Band, Andrew Ripp, Graham Czach, Soleil Moon, Sandip Burman, Cathy Richardson Band, Tributosaurus, Aaron McEvers’ M5, M13, The People’s Band and Congress of Musicians, Jenna Mammina, Bonnie Koloc, Blue Band, Patricia Barber, Colby Beserra, Ryan Shultz Quartet, TMS Trio, Kimotion, Rob Parton’s Jazztech Big Band, and HardArt Groop. Chris is also musical director at Willow Creek Community Church (Chicago campus). He has written music for theatrical performances such as: “Notes from the Sandbox Presents A Circus of Truth” (10/04 Lipa Gallery, Chicago), “Brain Humor” (9/05, 1/06 Donny’s Skybox Theater, Chicago), and Striding Lion’s “The Concept Album”. Chris performed in Striding Lion Inter-Arts Workshop’s production of Frank Zappa’s “Billy the Mountain” throughout the Spring and Summer of 2005 and has begun preparations for the production of Frank Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage” with members of that company.
Bass A native of Chicago and coming from a musical family, he is a versatile bassist who has performed with a variety of musical groups during his 25 year career. Being a well-rounded musician, Lamar has played various genres spanning from smooth jazz, rock, gospel, r&b, funk and house-music in a variety of different venues from Music halls to outdoor festivals across the US and abroad. The musical training ground for Lamar was a club called “The Jazz Bulls” in Chicago where he performed with artists such as Larry Graham, Mike Manson (George Duke), Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), Richard Patterson (Miles Davis, Boz Scaggs, and David Sanborn), & Bill ” The Buddha” Dickens. He gained more experience by playing with Gospel bands and artists such as The Thompson Community Singers, Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin. In addition, Lamar performs with multi-talented contemporary jazz artist Brian Culbertson, along with Steve Cole and Nick Colionne.