-- New Jersey-bred singer/songwriter Victoria White is the first artist signed to Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White's Kalimba Music label. Her label debut, "The Upside," bows May 13. Melding R&B, folk, rock and jazz, the set is produced by Sheldon Reynolds, a guitarist who has played with the Commodores and Chicago in addition to a 14-year stint with EWF. Lead single "Can't Buy Love" is being targeted at smooth jazz and AC stations.

-- Singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett is busy writing for upcoming albums by George Benson (who's collaborating with songwriter/producer Rod Temperton) and singer/actress Vanessa Williams, a co-star on ABC-TV's "Ugly Betty." Garrett, who co-wrote Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," won her first Grammy (best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media) in February. With Henry Krieger, she co-wrote "Love You I Do," sung by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls."

As for recording another solo album, Garrett tells Billboard.biz, "Right now I'm writing music for other artists. However, I enjoy wearing all the hats. That's cool with me. But Rod [Temperton] and I do have plans to make a record this year." Garrett, who has also sung with Michael Jackson and done backing vocals for Madonna, counts two solo albums to her credit: 1988's "Kiss of Life" and 2004's "Siedah."

-- Resurfacing after a self-imposed hiatus, jazz/jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan is releasing his first major release since 1994. "State of Nature," courtesy of Mack Avenue Records/Ryko Distribution, finds Jordan complementing his signature "touch" playing technique with other intriguing moves. He plays two guitars at once on album cut "Prayer for the Sea" and plays guitar and piano simultaneously on "All Blues" and "Song for My Father." In advance of his new album's release (April 22), Jordan and his trio (bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer David Haynes) will do a Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center in-store performance on April 21.