- March 4, 2020
-- McKinnon, daughter of Geneva "Connie" McKinnon began her pursuit as a recording artist a few years back. She opines, "In 2011, my Dad passed away, then a few months later, Whitney Houston, I realized right then, it was time to focus on my career and give it all I've got!" Gwen began auditioning for Television singing competitions and had some success on X-Factor, making it all the way to Hollywood before the journey ended. Still determined and undaunted, she returned home to start her own band, TC Soul. The band was named in honor of McKinnon's father, who was nicknamed Top Cat. Gwen credits her faith and overcoming the challenges of life as catalysts for her growth in music. In the summer of 2017 her debut album, Love, Dreams & Visions was released featuring the breakout single. "Take Me". She released a single in November of 2019 entitled "Sistah Girl". The song was inspired by the connectivity and family bond she shared with the women of Ghana, West Africa, during her cultural trip to the motherland. An upcoming sophomore album, "Free to Be" will be released later this year.
Gwen Yvette's stage energy connects with audiences everywhere during her live performances. She is one of the most requested artists in the Southeast performing an array of originals and popular classics from Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Betty Wright, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and more. Her sold-out tribute shows pay homage to her favorite artists of all time, Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight. Gwen Yvette & TC Soul perform weekly (Fridays) on Hilton Head at Ruby Lee's South and throughout the region at numerous venues. On April 9, 2020, McKinnon and TC Soul have an unplugged live recording event at The Roasting Room in Bluffton (tix available on eventbrite.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gwen-yvette-tc-soul-live-alb...
)) To her credit, Gwen Yvette has been blessed to share stages with some of the legends in the music industry, opening for such artists as Carl Thomas, Big Daddy Kane, Shirley Murdock, Kem, Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, Keith Sweat, The Mighty OJays and Patti LaBelle!