Soulful. Inspiring. Authentic. True. Just a few words that people use to describe them and
their artistry, and yet ASCENDANT is…simply that…ascendant…rising above. From it’s start,
ASCENDANT has been rising above…their critics, their fears, their obstacles and creating
meaningful, soul-filled music in an era when such artistic statements just aren’t made but
desperately needed. Take a listen to the soaring highnotes and heartfelt harmonies. It’s there
in every soul-drenched note; every colorful chord progression; every thought provoking rhythm.
ASCENDANT rises… and asks us all to join them in flight…

ASCENDANT is a state of mind; a state of being; an uplifting movement to rise above. It is a platform to express these ideas and ideals through the language of music. Through the band platform (ASCENDANT), the energy and expression is directly showcased and felt in performances and recordings. Within the structure of the music production and publishing company (Ascendant Music Inc.), this expression is shared and utilized with other artists of similar purpose as well as other partnerships.

To that end, ASCENDANT has taken part in several causes that benefit the community at large:

  • Give a Toy Spread Some Joy Benefit Concert
  • Community Planning Leadership Summit for HIV Prevention – Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • Amnesty International Benefit Concert – SouthGate House, Newport, KY
  • Ascendant Food Drive for Chicago Food Depository in conjunction w/ Chicago Park District Concerts in the Park Series
  • NAACP Chicago Southside Branch Fundraiser Concert – The Blacker The Berry


We are focused and driven to provide the world with the best of our talents and to uplift, enlighten and inspire the same in others.




Donica Lynn began singing at age three with the Christian Tabernacle Church Baptist Youth Choir. As a member of S.T.O.P., a local R&B group, she signed her 1st recording contract at age 19 with Tommy Mottola, Columbia Records. She continued to perform as a studio session singer and much sought after theatre actress/vocalist then signed her 2nd recording contract with Ramsey Lewis (1997) and was featured on a remake of Portuguese Love by Teena Marie. She has toured with many established artists including Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Rahsaan Patterson and Amy Grant. When not touring the world in song, she can be found on Chicago regional stages working with Drury Lane Oakbrook, Paramount, ETA Creative Arts and Goodman Theatres among many others. Her recent role as Effie in the play “Dreamgirls” (Porchlight Music Theatre) has won critical praise.







Kael Mboya is an accomplished keyboard player and recording artist with over 15 years of experience in the music industry. He has performed and toured the U.S. and abroad as Music Director or keyboardist with many artists throughout his career including Grammy winner Malik Yusef, rapper/producer Legendary Traxster and shared the stage with keyboardist extraordinaire George Duke. The band ASCENDANT was brought to life in 2000 as a vehicle for his unique musical expression. Always true to what the music is asking of him, Kael continues to share his musical and production talents with many established and upcoming indie artists through Ascendant Music Inc., which includes the band ASCENDANT as well as the publishing arm Ascendant Sounds (ASCAP).









Michael Lockett always had music as a part of his life. Both his parents were singers and while he was still young he began singing as well. As he got older and understood how much music influenced him, he chose to pursue it as a career. After bouncing around various vocal groups, he joined the group Chi-ILL who later became Truce. They won various talent shows around Chicago and even traveled to the Apollo Theater, winning that competition as well. They released the single, Pump It, with Strictly Rhythm Records, toured the U.S. opening for acts such as Roy Ayers and toured Italy.