The musicians were actually inmates: residents of the Powhatan Correctional Center, located 30 miles west of Richmond, incarcerated for crimes ranging from armed robbery to a dubious assault charge. (All of the participants were released shortly after the album came out.) The Edge of Daybreak grew out of Cosmic Conception, an earlier group that took advantage of Powhatan's policy of allowing its inmates access to musical instruments. Singing drummer Jamal Jaha Nubi took the lead, and Cornelius Cade, James Carrington and Harry Coleman filled out the sound with guitar, keyboard and vocals, respectively. Along with bassist McEvoy Robinson, the group honed its chops covering material by soul fixtures the Isley Brothers, Slave, and Earth Wind and Fire.
AFTER DAYBREAK is a classical crossover trio that consists of Daniel Beck, Drew Boushka & David Fritch. Successful solo artists in their own right, the three had previously each worked with the same vocal coach that trained David Archuleta for American Idol, and first sang together at the very studio where Archuleta prepared for his Idol run. Daniel, Drew & David combine influences from pop to classical, combining meaningful lyrics with beautiful melodies and lush orchestrations, performing and recording in five different languages (English, French, Italian, Latin & Spanish).
The trio’s first EP, “What A Wonderful World”, was released in November 2010 and debuted in the Top 5 of Billboard Magazine’s Classical Midline Albums Chart. Also reaching #18 on the overall U.S. Classical Albums Chart, AFTER DAYBREAK established itself as that rare act that immediately competed with established artists and major labels with its very first release.
Prior to forming as AFTER DAYBREAK, its members had went door-to-door performing on front porches and selling their CDs, as well as earned a living doing singing telegrams. Since then, they have gone on to appear on several high-profile television networks and radio programs, have done countless live performances and have even performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.