An award-winning and world traveled entertainer, Big Poppa Stampley feels it is "part of his life mission," to spread the feeling of his self-styled “CARIBLUJAZZ” music and evoke the magic of good vibes with blues, jazz, the Caribbean, and some funky "rockin 'a gumbo!" He likes to draw his song ideas from different eras and genres, classic to contemporaries.
His current music video from The “Universal Bluesman" album (song of the same name) caught the eye of the Louisville Film scene, receiving a coveted at the prestigious Speed Art Museum. Another video, ”Born in Illinois” is about growing up, and livin’ in two great American Cities…
Big Poppa’s Stampley’s been on the scene - a Chicago session player and bandleader, he studied with Chess Records #1 studio , guitarist , Reggie Boyd. ..…gigging and touring for years in the US, the Caribbean, and Asia… He's had performances and appearances with notables like Queen Latifah, Maya Angelou, Dave Myers, Pop Staples, Billy Branch, Roy Ayers, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Black, Wu Tang Clan, Calypso Rose, Malik Yusef, Common, and others. His television appearances and online coverage include being on networks like CNN, WGN, BET, and FOX.
His star quality performance is not just for the super star wallet. He works with a variety of budgets to entertain and enliven festivals, events, schools, conventions, organizations,and churches alike.
In addition to his musical talents, Big Poppa's on and off screen “Voice Over” artistry has benefited a wide spectrum of video and audio projects for both creative and corporate purposes. His list of clients have included McDonald's, National Council on Literacy, the Smithsonian Institute, IRUGS, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Belle of Louisville, and University of Louisville. His voice has also been a regular on local and syndicated radio stations like WFPK, WNPR, WJKJ, and WVON and is featured in film narration by Mind Pilot Films.
Big Poppa is sure to impress, whether it's performing a hot show with the Neville Bro, DUMPSTAFUNK or solo at a private affair, acting for television commercials or radio spots! His current CD “UNIVERSAL BLUESMAN EP” is life stories - told in rythmn.
Stories : about a blues superhero, a guy finding love in a bar, growing up in Chicago, getting caught in a love triangle….
Yes, Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley will come at you from many directions , but always STRAIGHT FOR YOUR HEART.