Ever wonder about the recipe for magic? Combine equal parts of vocal dynamism, charisma, and authenticity. This very rare mix led to the creation of Six Minutes ‘til Sunrise. Shawn Sounds, Tanika Keys and Ron John comprise the trio that embodies those characteristics, delivering them in musical form.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, their undeniable vocals and sonic superiority infuse contemporary lyrics with a soulful sound that crowds don’t just hear; they experience. With southern roots, a captivating catalog and performance credits that include being a favorite of the Houston Rockets, Texans and Dash, participating in The Woodlands Jazz Festival, House of Blues and countless other venues in Houston and beyond, it is clear that the Six Minutes magic is only beginning.
Vocally trained since the age of 5, Shawn Sounds croons with a sultry tone that will instantly melt your heart. Shawn grew up in Los Angeles, California and made the world his stage from the start, by singing in church. He built his chops performing throughout secondary school in Jacksonville, FL at Douglas Anderson School of the Performing Arts and Englewood High School. It was there that he joined the Ritz Voices, a local all-city youth choir. This opportunity landed him on stage, singing with the likes of Barry Manilow, John Secada, Peabo Bryson, Jody Watley and Damaris Carbaugh. With The Ritz Voices, Shawn was also able to compete in the McDonald’s Gospelfest, perform in an Ashford & Simpson Tribute Show and compete as a finalist in the NAACP ACT-So competition, held in Miami, FL where he ranked top 10 out of almost 90 contestants. He went on to continue performing while attending Stillman University on the wheels of a well deserved Vocal Performance scholarship.
Since college, Shawn’s music career has been a whirlwind of progression. 2012 found him hired as a Vocal Coach and cast member for BACE Production’s annual tribute show: Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue in Houston, TX, where he has performed for up to 45,000 people on “the hill.” During this time, he met Tanika Keys & Ron John.
Tanika Keys, the epitome of womanhood, is power and skill personified. Her musical origin comes from a rich lineage of naturally gifted vocalists, beginning with her grandfather, Archie Bell, of Houston’s Archie Bell and the Drells. She was born in Houston, TX and raised in Cypress, TX, where she attended Cy-Fair High school. A full academic scholarship led her to Jarvis Christian College, and there she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
To see Ron John is to witness a natural ability that many dream of. Raised in Houston, TX, he sang his first solo in church at the age of 5. With a classically trained pianist for a father and a singer for a mother, it was inevitable that Ron continues the family legacy of gracing the stage. His secondary education came from Sterling High School, where he was nothing short of a wunderkind in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities. It was only right that he go on to attend Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.There he was director and president of his college choir, Soul 2 Soul, and matriculated to graduate with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Public Relations.
Post-graduation Ron has kept busy honing his skills. He has lent his vocals as a studio singer for Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, is accomplished as a musical theatre actor and even sought after as a choir director and praise and worship leader at various churches in the Greater Houston Area. Little did he know that participating in the Motown & More Revue cast would place him among two other great artists that would eventually form Six Minutes ‘til Sunrise.
As individuals, Shawn, Tanika and Ron are impressive; together they create something that is beyond description. The spark between them ignited instantly once they met in February of 2012. Many stages have welcomed the triple-threat, from performing at a myriad of local venues in Houston and surrounding areas to opening up for national recording artist Carl Thomas. They’ve also been seen opening an official Beyonce after party event and even appeared as supporting cast in an indie film called “Blood Hero.”
In 2015 they released maxi-singles entitled ‘The Dawning’ and ‘Merry Christmas: A Gift From VI’ in April and November, respectively. Their debut album ‘Time Of Our Lives’ was released October 2017.
Six Minutes strives to create timeless music that will leave their names on the lips and in the ears of every true music lover near and far. One can expect nothing less than quality, versatility and brilliant vocals from this group through the music they release, online content, right down to attending a live show. It is talent that simply can’t be denied, so pay attention because Six Minutes ‘til Sunrise has a magic that is sure to leave you mesmerized!