| At the age of 9, Felicia Mckiver (“Felicious”) persuaded her father to put her in piano lessons after being intrigued by the church organist. She studied for 2 years with her school music teacher and took lessons with the church organist. She soon found that her passion came through her own ear and began to write her own music.
By the tender age of 16, she joined a group called “The Cuzz Band” and learned the art or programming and sequencing keyboards. She moved on to learn contemporary jazz and play with several other local groups in the tri-state area to broaden her horizons. She would also watch the late jazz pianist Eddie Buster and listened to his words of wisdom. Eddie Buster encouraged her to sing while playing piano.
Felicious dreamed of playing her R&B, contemporary jazz, folk, rock and pop music with other females and soon found herself auditioning for a record company in Decatur, Georgia (Stargate Records). She landed the job and immediately prepared for a European tour with an all-female band. She introduced her originals to the band and they immediately recorded their CD. The band included Grammy-nominated drummer, Gaylynne Mckinney and guitarist Hideko Mills, both of Detroit, Michigan. Felicious sought out agents in the Atlanta area and began to play for Don Rivers Productions, the former management for India Aire. The group later named themselves “Shegon Tribe”. Felicia has played for Shirley Franklin's (Mayor of Atlanta) inaugural ball and political venues at the eyes of Chris Tucker, Andrew Young, Cecily Tyson, etc. She also played for Bill Cosby's organization, “100 Black Men”, and played side by side with Arrested Development, The Ojays, Bernie Mac, along with many other celebrities. She also regularly played in the former Wilwood Restaurant on Peachtree Street .
When Felicia returned to her hometown in 2001, she soon formed her own group, which is now, called “Felicious”. Felicious plays all over the State of Connecticut and continues to travel throughout the U.S.. and has also performed for Royal Carribean ship, "Enchantment of the Seas" which toured Coa Coa Cay, Belize, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Nassau, Key West, etc. Felicia has a 6-piece band and also performs a solo, duo and trio act and is currently working on her CD with famous violinist, Jerald Daemyon.
Updated: September 5, 2011
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