Indie Spirit Magazine
Building a Musical Legacy - Gwen Foxx
“My Goal is to be a Constant In the Entertainment Business” – Gwen Foxx
Tell us who Gwen Foxx is. Describe yourself.
I am a mother of a beautiful daughter who attends school at Clark Atlanta University and is studying Criminal Justice.
I am a Widow. Married to the late Greg Dokes 20 years till his passing.
I am a vocalist, actress, writer, producer, model, educator
I am a Sister, Auntie, Friend
I am the Senior Vice President of The Detroit Metro Area & Entertainers Association where our mission is to support and meet the special needs of musicians and entertainers. “Artist in support of other artists”.
I am the Performing Arts Director and Drama II Instructor at Oakland University TRIO “Project UpwardBound” College Prep Academy.
I am a certified Direct Support Professional a field that continuously reminds me to stay humble.
I am thankful and grateful to God for my many gifts!
When did you know you had the voice that you had?
My church choir was my first and true inspiration! Some years later friends convinced me to sing in the school talent show and the response from my peers was so positive I continued to sing and the rest is history!
What happened after you recognized or realized you had a voice and you wanted to sing?
My family has always and even to this day been my biggest supporters! So my Dad recorded my first record “Oceans of Love” produced by Gino Washington, the uncle of Keith Washington. I met my husband Greg Dokes, pianist and music director extraordinaire, and we formed the group back2back. We toured doing theater and concerts. Though now deceased, the Great Greg Dokes’ legacy lives on.
What do you want to accomplish musically in your life? What are your goals?
I want to write a song that will become a classic! The goal is that the song be appreciated by generation after generation and for generations to come.
And Detroit seems to be a place bursting with talent. What kind of venues are there for Detroit musicians? Are there many?
Detroit hosts music in arenas, night clubs, restaurant’s, festivals and parades for every genre! There is even a music “Winter Blast” concert series!! Detroit will always, arguably so, be the music capital of the world!
What kinds of things have you done musically and what things would you like to do?
I’ve toured extensively with wonderful artists and musicians and I would love to continue and just keep delivering good music to the world!
Have you done any original music? If not, do you have plans to do some?
I recorded my first CD entitled “Quiet Storm” title cut produced by Kern Brantly bassist for Lady GAGA, which landed me national tour opportunities! I am currently collaborating with great producers for my next project to soon be released !
Where are you working toward being in 10 years?
“Becoming a constant in the entertainment business and have built a legacy that will live in the hearts of music lovers forever”. -Tomaca
- Indie Spirit Magazine
“Plenty of clubs go seven days a week. At Floods Bar and Grill the vibe's hip, black, urban and professional. The menu's upscale soul (Southern fried pork, Cajun catfish, greens, yams, cornbread), the bar's sleek and long and pours strong, and the music's live and lively. On Sunday night, local diva Gwen Foxx did a fine job of channeling her idol, Chaka Kahn, finding the love that fuels the funk.” - M.L. LYKE
“Its Patio Jazz series is back this summer with a full calendar from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through September. Some of the artists appearing will be songstress Dal Bouey, with her selection of high energy dance, Motown and Latin jazz standards; the Cassens Murphy Band, with its take on classic rock and swing; young smooth jazz saxophonist Justin Young; bluesy guitarist Laith Al-Saadi; jazz/hip-hopper Gwen Foxx; and a host of others.” - Eric Harabadian
“Its Patio Jazz series is back this summer with a full calendar from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through September. Some of the artists appearing will be songstress Dal Bouey, with her selection of high energy dance, Motown and Latin jazz standards;jazz/hip-hopper Gwen Foxx; and a host of others.” - Eric Harabadian
“Weâ€™ve come to expect nothing but the best from our exciting Perform- ing Arts Team; and this year, they definitely met that standard. Participants laced original songs reflecting PUBâ€™s theme through scenes that dramatized the peer pressure challenges young people face especially as related to rela- tionships, gang violence, and drugs. Our sincere thanks goes out to the â€œDynamic Dokes Duo,â€ Greg & Gwen Foxx-, who spearhead this effort every summer. They are pro- fessionals in their own right. So whenever you hear of a perform- ance featuring one of them, please make it your business to goâ€”you wonâ€™t be disappointed! Summer Academy students perform on stage at Meadow Brook Theatre.” - Geraldine Graham
— In Focus Press/ Oakland University
“P'ARIS (PIA) DOKES A SENIOR OF AVONDALE HIGH SCHOOL AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN WILL PERFORM THE PRE AND HALF TIME SHOW IN HONOLULU,HAWAII FOR THE 2011 PRO BOWL SCHOLARSHIP INVITATIONAL. P'ARIS IS ONE OF THE ONLY TWO PARTICIPANTS FROM MICHIGAN PERFORMING IN THIS YEARS PRO BOWL. P'ARIS HAS STUDIED AND PERFORMED DANCE SINCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. P'ARIS WILL ATTEND CLARK UNIVERSITY THIS FALL MAJORING IN JOURNALISM. P'ARIS NOW PERFORMS WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING TEAM "QUEST" BASED OUT OF BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN.” - LEE HENDERSON
— ALL AMERICAN CHEER DANCE