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R&B LEGEND CHARLIE WILSON ANNOUNCES FOREVER CHARLIE TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS KEM AND JOE

Posted in Music, Music and Video Releases with tags , , , on December 7, 2014 by Gary Johnson

Charlie Wilson Forever

Pre-Sale Tickets: December 9
Tickets On Sale Nationally: December 12

The New Album Forever Charlie In Stores January 27, 2015

New York, NY – Grammy nominated artist Charlie Wilson announced today his new national tour Forever Charlie will kick off on February 12, 2015 in Cleveland, OH and will wrap on March 27 in Oakland, CA. The tour is named after Wilson’s upcoming album that is slated for a January 27 release on RCA Records. Charlie Wilson’s new single “Goodnight Kisses” was the #1 most added song at Urban Radio and Billboard says about the single “…Over snap-and-swing doo-wop-inspired production, the GAP Band co-founder sings sweetly about his loved one’s smoochies. At 61 years old, Wilson is still as convincing a romantic as ever.”

Fans who pre-order Forever Charlie, from the singer’s official on-line store, will gain first access to pre-sale tickets for the upcoming tour (http://myplay.me/1cv2). At the time of purchase, buyers will receive a pre-sale code. This particular pre-sale will begin on December 9 at 10 AM local time. The general public on-sale begins December 12 starting at 10 AM local time. Detailed information will be available on http://www.charliewilsonmusic.com.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, December 10 at 10 AM through Thursday, December 11 at 10 PM. All times are local.

VIP packages will be available and will include a seat within the first 10 rows and a meet and greet with Charlie Wilson (among other exclusive VIP tour items).

“I am so glad to be on the road once again and to bring my show to so many cities across the country. It’s going to be a special night for all the ladies that will join me and my special guests!” says Charlie Wilson. “I am looking forward to sharing the stage with my two talented friends Kem and Joe. They are both artists that I admire and am honored to have them on my tour. We are planning a show the audience won’t ever forget.”

Jeff Sharp, Vice President of Urban Touring AEG Live says “The Forever Charlie Tour is the most prominent R&B tour for an adult urban audience that is scheduled to hit the road in 2015 thus far. The fact that three of the most important male vocalist/entertainers of our era are sharing the same stage nightly is something that brings AEG as a company to commit any and all of its many assets to the project.”

Wilson has received seven Grammy nominations and multiple awards throughout his career; he was named Billboard magazine’s #1 Adult R&B Artist and has had eight #1 records that topped the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary radio chart including, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” “Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.” Most recently, Wilson received a Grammy nomination for the song “If I Believe” in the Gospel category; he was also an NAACP Outstanding Album Award winner for the album Love, Charlie and BET presented to Wilson a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

For the latest on Charlie Wilson please visit his official website at www.charliewilsonmusic.com.

For press inquiries, please contact:

For Charlie Wilson – M2M Construction:
Roberta Magrini\roberta@m2mconstruction.com
Sonia Muckle\sonia@m2mconstruction.com

For Charlie Wilson Tour Press:
Karen Lee\kl364@aol.com
Juanita Stephens\juanitastephenspr@gmail.com

For AEG – It Is Done Communications:
Linda Stewart\ljstewartprpro@aol.com

For RCA Records:
Theola Borden at Theola.Borden@rcarecords.com

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Sammy Figueroa and Glaucia Nasser at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club

Posted in Black Interests, Black Men, Music, Music and Video Releases with tags , , on October 15, 2014 by Gary Johnson

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“Talisman” featuring Sammy Figueroa and Glaucia Nasser,  is a perfect balance between the exciting Latin percussion of double Grammy nominee and renowned musician Sammy Figueroa (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, David Bowie, Mariah Carey …) and Brazilian singer Glaucia Nasser. “Like peanut butter and chocolate” this combination of Brazilian song and Latin percussion is a surprising and tasty combination. 

Clave meets Samba in the spectacular recording, Talisman from Grammy award winning percussionist Sammy Figueroa & Brazilian vocalist, Glaucia Nasser.   The result of a Jazz journey from Miami to Brazil, now takes flight for a four city performance tour… with a lucky stop at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, this Sunday October 18 @ 7:30pm.

 

CONFUNKSHUN RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES (EARLY 2015)

Posted in Black Interests, Black Men, Music, Music and Video Releases with tags , on October 14, 2014 by Gary Johnson

Con Funk Shun

Once upon a time there were many great self-contained R&B and funk groups, innovative, immensely popular artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, War, The Meters, The Commodores, Kool & The Gang, Lakeside, Slave and many others who created a body of work in the 70’s and 80’s that still thrills audiences today. ConFunkShun was one of the successful bands in this wave, scoring 25 chart hits between 1976 and their break-up in 1987, including such smash hits as “Ffun,” “Chase Me,” “Electric Lady,” “Baby I’m Hooked” and others—many of which have been liberally sampled by the hip-hop generation. When the band re-united with lead vocalists/songwriters Michael Cooper and Felton Pilate, after more than two decades apart, they were welcomed back by their fans as they toured nationally to adoring crowds. Not content to ride on their past hits, they began writing and recording new material which they found got great response in concert. ConFunkShun’s brand new single “Your Night,” is currently making waves at radio. Their highly anticipated new CD and Shanachie debut MORE THAN LOVE (due out early 2015), is the band’s first new studio album in more than two decades. Their new music finds Con Funk Shun as irresistible as ever this time with an intoxicating blend of classic R&B and contemporary sonics.

“This album was clearly a must do for me,” Michael Cooper relates.” The main reason is simply because we can, we are able and we should. Too often people are falling much too early. We have been blessed to still be playing and loving the music, and to still have fans who are still buying and following our music. We simply had to do it.”

“We’re very excited to be bringing out new music from one of R&B’s greatest bands,” says Randall Grass, General Manager of Shanachie Entertainment. “They are equally strong on ballads and up-tempo material and their new music delivers the ConFunkShun sound but without sounding retro. A lot of people are going to be surprised.”

The challenge for any band with past success is to create new music that will please their already devoted fans but at the same time generate a fresh take on their music that connects with today’s contemporary audience.

In an effort to reach their goals, ConFunkShun has been collaborating with P Music Group Inc.’s Marlon McClain. P Music Group, Inc.’s founder, Michael Paran, has been the creative force behind the hit-making second career of R&B icon Charlie Wilson generating numerous accolades for Wilson including number one records and seven Grammy Award nominations.

“My job in the seventies and eighties was to write to get on the radio and to be competitive to work with what I had at the time,” confesses Cooper. “All the while telling a story as close to the truth as possible in the lyrics. Back in the late 70’s and 80’s Con Funk Shun used horns, synth keys, live players and big drums to make a point. Only today we have a marvelous tool call the Internet. Not only were we blessed to be in the studio together but we could email parts through cyberspace at 3am. Even have a song mixed by a person you’ve never met. A new and different kind of ‘Ffun’ Owww!”

In short, ConFunkShun is back in the game and playing for keeps!  Check out the new video to the new single “Your Night.”

Click here to visit the official ConFunkShun website.   For additional information contact: Karen E. Lee at KL364@aol.com or Juanita Stephens at juanitastephenspr@gmail.com.

 

Jody Watley Releases New Album: CD Sells Out In Less Than One Week

Posted in Black Interests, Music, Music and Video Releases, Women's Interests with tags , , , on July 28, 2014 by Gary Johnson

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Los Angeles, CA – July 28, 2014: Established as one of the most prominent visionaries of her era, whose influence remains a key touchstone in contemporary pop music, Grammy Award winner, Jody Watley returns with her glamorous and funky new album, PARADISE. As executive producer at the helm of her own label, Avitone, Watley continues to convey her commitment as a savvy entrepreneur. Proving that quality rules over quantity, pre-orders for the 6 track album sold out in less than one week. PARDISE is available world-wide on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music outlets. A limited edition CD which was encouraged by her devoted fans, that includes the bonus track Everlasting, is available exclusively on Jody Watley’s online boutique (www.jodywatley.net).

The singer, songwriter, producer sighted the lack of attention spans in today’s society which prompted her to take a classic approach in recording PARADISE. She was reminded that many timeless albums were recorded in the 70’s and early 80’s that had as few as 7 songs on an album, and with Isaac Hayes’ ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ having only 4.

“It’s about quality, not quantity,” says Jody. “I think that albums with a lot of songs are out of touch with the times we live in and today’s record buyer – many artists and companies are holding on to outdated practices. Perhaps I’ll be the first to encourage other artists to make shorter albums, with better songs and a greater music impact.”

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Inspired by her well documented roots in disco, soul, pop, dance and electronica music, Watley, who has mastered a career in keeping dance and R&B music relevant to today, continues her legacy on PARADISE. Jody continues to put genuine artistry and quality into everything she does, making each musical moment into a quality experience. The album incorporates live instruments meshed with the EDM direction she’s successfully delivered for more than a decade.

Former Prince NPG guitarist Levi Seacer plays on the thumper The Dawn, with live strings courtesy of the critically acclaimed Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and avant-garde dance jazz impresario, Mark DeClive-Lowe (The Dawn, Paradise, Tonight’s The Night). Other producers featured on PARADISE include Italy’s Luminodisco (Dancer), France’s Count de Money (Nightlife) and the U.K.’s hot producers, Soulpersona (Sanctuary).

Paradise Track Listing
Nightlife
Dancer
The Dawn
Tonight’s The Night
Paradise
Sanctuary

*Everlasting – bonus track available exclusively on limited edition CD.

To Connect With Jody Watley

The Hit Single “NIGHTLIFE” – ‘It’s In The Music!”
http://youtu.be/4j64kkLwerI

Official Artist Site / Style Blog:
http://www.jodywatley.net

Follow on Twitter!
http://www.twitter.com/jodywatley

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/jodywatleyofficial

For Publicity and Media Inquiries Contact
business@jodywatley.net

Indie Insider: 10 Key Facts from Music Industry Insiders

Posted in Black Interests, Music, Music and Video Releases with tags , , on July 13, 2014 by Gary Johnson

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By Tamiko Hope

Over the past 10 years I have seen, from the inside out, how the traditional music business model has shifted dramatically in a number of ways. Labels seldom invest in developing artists, the digital age has changed the way we consume music and social media has altered the way artists communicate and connect with their fan base. Because of my experience as an independent entertainment publicist and consultant, I have had the pleasure of witnessing indies accomplish great professional and financial success by controlling their creative property and having the perspective of where some see a ceiling, the indie doesn’t even know a ceiling exists. As Jay Z said on “F.U.T.W”, “We have yet to see a ceiling, we just top what we top.”

I wrote Indie Insider: 10 Key Facts from Music Industry Insiders to help people get the basic fundamental truths on taking control of their careers and not waiting on anyone to do for them what they can do for themselves. The premise of Indie Insider: 10 Key Facts from Music Industry Insiders is simple, straightforward and valuable advice from elusive insiders at entertainment outlets that include Allhiphop, REVOLT, XXL and BET. I also peppered each key fact with my own personal testimonies that co-sign the great “indie way.”

The indie way approach is all about creative professionals who aspire to build an authentic brand, craft their own way and profit from the fruits of their labor. Whether you choose to remain independent or eventually sign a major deal, the indie mindset knows its value and isn’t at the mercy of the conventional industry rules. If there is a job that needs to be done, it gets done. Period.

Indie Insider: 10 Key Facts from Music Industry Insiders is a concise reference guide of tactical, practical and applicable motivation. For those people who want to wait on opportunities to come to them, prefer to rush success without paying dues or want to be an overnight celebrity, keep searching for what you seek. However, if you want a transparent take on the music/entertainment industry from some of the game’s top insiders, then Indie Insider: 10 Key Facts from Music Industry Insiders is for you.

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JODY WATLEY REVIVES THE LEGACY OF DANCE MUSIC

Posted in Black Interests, Music, Music and Video Releases, Women's Interests with tags , , , on January 9, 2014 by Gary Johnson

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On the heels of her funky hit single, “Nightlife” becoming a Top 5 Urban and Top 10 Commercial Pop hit in the UK and Top 20 Hot Dance Club Play on Billboard gaining international success, dance music legend and Grammy-winning pop icon, Jody Watley continues to master her career. Jody’s individuality and style in Dance and R&B music is reflected in her newly released video to her classic dance soul anthem.  The “Queen of Cool” has, again, revived the good feel of the soul in dance music with the Dave Doyle video remix to “Nightlife” which paints a picture that evokes an uplifting emotion, with the spirit of the “nightlife” and glamour of people loving to dance, get glammed up, feel the groove, and simply have fun.

“Nightlife” was shot on location at the hottest night spot in the country, Giorgio’s (named in a recent article by The NY Times as “The City of Dancing Angels”) on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

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Filmed by Steve Willis and edited by Ray Easmon of the UK, “Nightlife” features a cameo by Andy Warhol legend Joe Dallesandro, famed Giorgio’s club owner, Bryan Rabin, LA based dance crew “The Waackers” and mega choreographer Rosero McCoy (Britney Spears, Usher, America’s Best Dance Crew, Sing Off).

GRAMMY® Award Winning Pastor Charles Jenkins

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Black Men, Music, Music and Video Releases with tags , , , on July 1, 2013 by Gary Johnson

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GRAMMY® Award Winning Songwriter and Five-time Stellar Award Winner, Pastor Charles Jenkins is our spotlight feature this month.  Jenkins is known for his smash hit, “Awesome”, a single that catapulted the Pastor and songwriter to the top of the Billboard charts.  Hot on the heels of the popular praise tune, Jenkins delivers a brand new song, “I Will Live”, from the latest CD, The Best Of Both Worlds.  Already exploding at radio and soaring up the BDS Charts, “I Will Live”, is an anthem of declaration.  The song was penned by Carlton Jenkins, brother of Pastor Charles Jenkins.  Pastor Jenkins wants the song to become an anthem for youth rebelling against senseless street violence.  He will also be touring to support the new record.

Pastor Charles Jenkins is a dynamic, inspirational and visionary religious and community leader who is greatly respected for his innovative and holistic approach to church growth, business development, neighborhood improvement, and large-scale community development and social change. He is widely known as the senior pastor of the legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, where, under his leadership, the membership has grown to 8,000 members. The author of the leadership book, Thriving In Change, he is also a sought-after adviser to governmental and political leaders, high-profile personalities, business groups, and advocacy organizations.

Jenkins’ new CD project with Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church—Pastor Charles Jenkins Presents Fellowship Chicago Live: The Best of Both Worlds – released online and in stores in June 2012.  With the production and release of The Best of Both Worlds, Jenkins continues a long musical tradition at Fellowship, which released 25 albums under the leadership of Jenkins’ predecessor, Reverend Clay Evans.

He attended Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education. It was during that time that he became known to the leaders of the church he would eventually pastor. He later earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jenkins is married to Dr. Tara Rawls-Jenkins and has two daughters, Princess and Paris, and one son, Charles Jenkins, III.

Since taking the helm at Fellowship as senior pastor almost twelve years ago, at age 24, succeeding Reverend Clay Evans, Jenkins has more than quadrupled weekend attendance at services, and created a variety of life changing programs and services for children, youth, and adults within the church and in the community. Under his leadership, Fellowship has provided food, clothing, personal care items, and critical assistance to tens of thousands of people in need through several of Fellowship’s outreach programs. Jenkins also created the Fellowship Educational and Economic Development Corporation to further focus on community improvement and empowerment. His belief that a community’s strength and future is dependent on the well being of its youth moved him to establish Maximum Exposure, a youth development entity designed to elevate the thinking, understanding, and behavior of urban youth. Jenkins also founded Gladiators, a mentoring group that focuses on the growth and progress of young African American boys.

He is currently spearheading The Legacy Project, a transformative enterprise with the goal of changing the landscape of urban Chicago while producing cultural amenities, vocational opportunities, an educational hub, and a worship facility. The campus will include, among other things, a school, a health center and eateries, and will create 400 new jobs in the community. Fellowship broke ground on the campus in January 2013.

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Jenkins serves on a number of corporate, educational, and governmental boards, including the Board of Trustees for The City Colleges of Chicago, Clear Channel Chicago Advisory Board, Illinois Attorney General Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of New Schools for Chicago. Most recently, in 2011, he filled a key role on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Transition Team. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including: being named one of Outreach Magazine’s 30 Emerging Influencers Reshaping Leadership (2011) and appeared on the cover of the magazine in 2012; being selected by Gospel Today magazine as one of seven of America’s Dynamic Trendsetters (2010); being recognized in Black Enterprise magazine’s and Urban Business Roundtable’s Top 40 Game Changers Under 40 (2010); and being inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers and Scholars of Morehouse College (2009). Jenkins has also been a featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast Week International Business Dinner at the White House.

The Best of Both Worlds has been a breakout project for the pastor.  The lead single, “Awesome”, has catapulted the popular minister and Fellowship Chicago to the heights of Gospel music.  The project and the single were nominated for a staggering eight 2013 Stellar Awards, the highest accolade given in the genre.  On Stellar Award night, Jenkins walked away with five Stellar Awards: Song of the Year (for “Awesome”), CD of the Year (for The Best of Both Worlds), Choir of the Year, Traditional Choir of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year (for The Best of Both Worlds).

Jenkins is currently working on the next release, Any Given Sunday.  Click on the following links to learn more.

Special thanks to Andrea R. Williams of Tehillah Enterprises.

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