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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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SUNDAY October 19th @ BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ 7:30 pm
DOORS Open @5:30
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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.

 

The J. R. Perry Show on MOOVIE Tyme

Posted in African Americans, Black Interests, Black Men, Music with tags , on September 21, 2014 by Gary Johnson

J. R. Perry

The J. R. Perry Show is a show with a lot of history to TV and cable.  The show originally aired in 1983, making it the first urban talk show of it’s time.  During it’s run, the show aired over 690 times in the United States and the UK featuring national music acts, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies and noteworthy community leaders for over 20 years.

Touching on topics that really mattered to the viewers and the community, the J. R. Perry Show Vintage Reel on Moovie Tyme will provide rare interviews from such “movers and shakers” as Dick Griffey of Solar Records whom was instrumental in taking Soul Train to another level with his expertise as a talent coordinator, Marla Gibbs, Rolls Royce and the Foothill Police Department after the Rodney King beating.  The J. R. Perry’s Show motto is “LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD.”

Click here to learn more about J. R. Perry.  Click here to visit the Moovie Tyme website.

 

Larry Graham Is Still Funky After All These Years

Posted in Black Interests, Black Men, Black Men In America, Music with tags , , , , on August 28, 2014 by Gary Johnson

Larry Graham

By Gary A. Johnson,
Publisher, Black Men In America.com

The last time I saw Larry Graham and Graham Central Station I was in High School.  I saw him at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C.  I went to the show tonight expecting Mr. Graham to be FUNKY, but not this FUNKY.  After all, he’s been around for over 40 years.  I figured he may have lost a step, or developed a hitch in his “funk-get-along.”

Talk about being wrong.  After last night’s show, 68-year old Larry Graham catapulted himself into my All Time Top 5 List of live performers.  Before seeing Larry Graham last night my top 5 best live performers were:

  1. James Brown
  2. Prince
  3. Earth, Wind & Fire
  4. The Jackson 5/Michael Jackson
  5. Brian Culbertson

After the Larry Graham experience last night, Brian Culbertson has been voted out of the Top 5 to the #6 slot with Larry Graham and Graham Central Station comfortably occupying the #5 slot.

Larry Graham

Last night the show started with the band coming on stage from the right wing.  The crowd was looking toward the stage chanting “Larry! Larry! Larry!”  The crowd erupted in applause as Larry Graham came from the rear of the building walking through the audience playing his bass guitar as he made his way to the stage.  Dressed in his signature all-white suit and a white hat topped off by a huge aqua blue feather, Graham also wore a floor length “Elvis-like” jacket.  By now everyone was on their feet (including me and I hate standing at concerts).  Graham walked by our table playing that bass guitar like the Pied Piper of Funk.

His band, Graham Central Station (GCS) has gone through a number of changes in membership.  The current GSC band are all young folks who grew up idolizing Graham.  The band also featured female vocalist Ashling Cole, who goes by the nickname “Biscuit.”  Ms. Cole has the daunting task of taking over the vocals made famous by original GCS member, Patrice “Chocolate” Banks.  I had my doubts if the young girl named “Biscuit” was up to the task.  She quickly sold me and the audience when she belted out the song, “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”  Biscuit, who says her musical influences were Teena Marie and Chaka Khan, also sang a Chaka Khan song to prove that she could do the “heavy lifting” vocally when asked.

After about an hour into the show Graham told the crowd:  “You better call the babysitter and tell them you will be home late.” Dude played for 3 hours!  Graham had 5 encores! (I guess he forgot that some of us had things to do the next morning).

Throughout the night Larry Graham and the band performed their 1975 anthem “The Jam” before taking fans back in time with “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again), and “Dance To The Music” from Graham’s Sly & The Family Stone days.  At one point the band exited the stage leaving Graham playing the thumb funk box, alone with the drummer.  In addition, the band played a medley of musical influences that included music by George Duke, Prince, Chaka Khan, Miles Davis, James Brown, The Originals and The Ohio Players.  If that wasn’t enough, Larry Graham allowed people from the audience to come on stage and showcase their talent by jamming with the band.  Can you imagine going on stage and saying: “I play bass,” and Larry Graham takes his bass off and gives it to you to play?

Everyone who came on stage had an opportunity to play their instrument of choice or sing and the band members stepped aside, gave up their instrument for you and let you jam with the band.  I almost ran on stage to sing Sly’s “If You Want Me To Stay.”  I would have turned The Birchmere out!

After the show, Graham, the band, and his wife Tina of 40 years, came out and signed autographs, took pictures and mingled with the crowd until well after midnight.  If you have a chance to re-live your youth, go see Larry Graham.  I was exhausted after the show.  I think I pulled a hamstring bouncing up and down to “1999” during the Prince medley of the show. It was that song or James Brown’s “I Got The Feeling.”

To learn more about Larry Graham visit his official website Larry Graham.comCheck out this classic video of Larry Graham with his buddy Prince.

Gary A. Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In America.com a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In America.com Blog. Gary is also the author of the book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.” 

THEATRICAL WORKS LIVE INKS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR NATIONWIDE TOUR WITH REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA STAR KANDI BURRUSS and TODD TUCKER

Posted in Black Interests, Music with tags , , , , on August 2, 2014 by Gary Johnson

Kandi Burruss

Promoter Travis Steele Books ‘A Mother’s Love’ Musical In 29 Cities Across the Country

Atlanta, GA July 30, 2014 – As Executive Producers Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker prepare to take their stage play – “A Mother’s Love” – on the road this fall, they will do so in the capable hands of Travis Steele, Founder and CEO of Theatrical Works Live.

A man of many hats, Steele is an accomplished promoter in music, comedy and theater, having executed a wide variety of stage productions including “Peter Pan,” “One Night Only” and “Massacre At The Mill,” as well as concert tours with award winning artists like Pretty Ricky, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Keyshia Cole and R. Kelly.

“I’m excited to be able to partner with the amazing team at Theatrical Works Live to take ‘A Mother’s Love’ on the road,” said Kandi Burruss. “We worked extremely hard on our initial run of the show in Atlanta, and to be able to take it on the road and share it with people across the United States, is a feeling that is beyond words.”

Unsurprisingly, the wildly successful run of “A Mother’s Love,” and its impressive star-studded cast, recently enjoyed in front of a sold-out audience in Atlanta, prompted a national tour alongside Burruss and Tucker.

Fittingly, the three month long tour is set to embark on its cross country run this September from Columbus, GA – Theatrical Works Live’s home since 2006. Thereafter it will appear in 29 major cities – Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City among them.

“This is a huge opportunity for us and we are extremely excited about it,” said Steele. “Not only that, but we’re feeling the excitement from venues all across the country. We’re happy to help Kandi and Todd take their brand to the next level.”

A veteran of the entertainment industry, evolution is nothing new to Steele, who jump started his career by signing the rap group Hilltop Players to Columbia Records in 1993. From there he found his way into street promotions, which ultimately led to talent shows and other forms of live entertainment and stage plays under the Theatrical Works Live umbrella.

“A Mother’s Love” tour is slated to begin on September 4th. For tour date listings and tickets log onto: www.kandionline.com.

Publicity and Media Relations for Theatrical Works Live Contact
Juanita Stephens-JS Media Relations – juanitastephenspr@gmail.com

For Information on Theatrical Works Live Visit:  www.theatricalworkslive.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

Jody Watley-Paradise

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:
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For Publicity and Media Inquiries Contact
business@jodywatley.net

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