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Music Industry Veteran Tracy Williamson Releases New Book-"Own Your Moment and Take the Stage"

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (3)

Gospel Music Industry Executive and Founder of Tre7 Entertainment, Tracy Y. Williamson has added "Author" to her name with the new book: "Own Your Moment and Take the Stage: Laying the Foundation for a Successful Music Career". Tracy has worked in the music industry for nearly 20 years as a record label executive, artist consultant, publicist, artist manager, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and radio host. Through her new book, "Own Your Moment and Take the Stage: Laying the Foundation for a Successful Music Career", Tracy shares her journey along with viable tips and information to help guide those who desire to be connected to the music industry. 

The Book: If you are in pursuit of a career in the music or entertainment industry, this book will step-by-step help lay the groundwork for you to successfully own your moment and take the stage. Gain insight, motivation, and information to properly develop your vision before writing a song, recording music, releasing a project, performing on stage, or signing with a record label. Learn how to establish and maintain your vision, finances, music, creative goals, team and brand, while pursuing national platforms, record contracts, and distribution deals.

This book also includes an Artist Journal to notate your moments of creativity and information gathered throughout your journey.

Endorsements: “I’ve had the experience of working with Tracy Williamson and it was an experience of excellence! She was giving, attentive, and such a caregiver. Talent coordination at its finest!”

-Anthony Hamilton, Grammy Award-Winning and Platinum Selling Recording Artist

“I am so proud of Tracy. She is driven and a dreamer. She sees things before they happen and works to make her dreams a reality. She has tough skin to deal with the pressures of the music business. She prepares herself for the journey at hand and believes she can do anything with God on her side. She is a true professional.”

-Percy Gray, Jr., Stellar Award-Winning Songwriter and Producer

“Tracy Williamson’s love and gift for developing and cultivating gospel artists comes from a pure place. Many artists have benefited from her knowledge, authenticity, and commitment to equipping them with the tools needed to navigate throughout the music industry.

-Kevin Bond, Grammy Award-Winning Producer

“Tracy has established herself as an industry professional and expert in the areas of A&R and marketing. The information in this book should be a blessing to any artist seeking to further their career in the music business.

-Bryant Scott, President of Tyscot Records – Oldest African-American-Owned International Gospel Record Company

Available Now on Amazon and at www.Tracy7.com

"Don't Just Be....Become"-Tracy Williamson

For more information visit: www.Tracy7.com

"Talks With Toya" Recap Of The 18th Annual I Hear Music Weekend

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Fred Hammond

If you did not attend the 18th Annual I Hear Music Conference, you totally missed a treat. Tracey Artist did it again with her star-studded Friday Night concert on May 3, 2019. The Friday Night lineup included Zarcardi Cortez, Le’Andria Johnson , Charles Jenkins and the one and only Fred Hammond. Le’Andria came and took us all the way to church. If you missed a Sunday you made up for it that night with her singing. Then you have Zacardi, and when he sings you always feel like you are riding the wind as he moves from note to note. Now Pastor Jenkins is always going to make sure that you get a good toe tapping foot stomping praise in and have you thinking about your home church you grew up in. Last but definitely not least, Fred Hammond who took us down memory lane from his first album to his most recent. He made sure we felt the best of 90s Gospel Music with a twist. The bands and host, Isaac Carree made the night even more memorable. And the founder Tracey herself received a well-deserved recognition of her outstanding work from the Ohio Governor, Governor Mike DeWine, which was presented by Michelle Reynolds the Director for the Ohio Governor’s Faith Based Initiative Program.

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 the Youth Jam was a great success and allowed us to pour into the next generation of Gospel musicians and artists. And the Manager Roundtable was full of wisdom and ah ha nuggets. The kind of wisdom that compels you to sit at your elder’s feet and in awe and absorb the knowledge that flows from their belly. Each panelist gave every artist something that they could have taken home and applied to their current career. The panelist consisted of Nicole Heyward, Walter Thomas, Devante Arbet & John Hart. These four managers have worked with Gospel greats such as (eight-time Stellar Award & Grammy Nominated), Jonathan McReynolds, Zacardi Cortez, (Multi Stellar Award-Winning Artist), James Fortune, JJ. Hairston, Travis Green, and (Stellar Award/BET Sunday Best Winner) Y’Anna Crawley. And let’s not forget about the incredible artist line up that blessed us such as Chosen and Bridgewater. Later on, that evening, a listening party for industry executives (Managers, Publicists, Radio Stations and more) to take a peek at LeNasia Tyson’s new record. Let me tell you, there is a little bit of praise, church, soul and more. Make sure you get a copy and listen for yourself. She has her single out now entitled Praise Party.

On Sunday, May 5, 2019 the Legends ball which was a sold-out after five event that recognized industry and community leaders. Not only did she honor legends, but she blessed a few graduating seniors with $1,000 scholarships to help them pursue their educational dreams. The special musical guest was none other than Isabel Davis. She is known for her song The Call that was released in 2017 and poured out to the attendees in such a way that those who watched the FB Live videos felt the presence of the Lord.

This weekend would not have been possible without having awesome sponsors like 5/3 Bank, St. Jude, Cincinnati Herald, Faces of Praise, 1050AM Inspiration, The Ohio Media School, Yes Lord Radio, BBHM Ministries, Ayers Transportation Services, Kingdom Family Dentistry, and Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Homes.

All in all, well done Tracey! Make sure you plan to make it to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2020 to be a part of the 19th Annual I Hear Music Conference. There is something for everyone, if you would just listen…. “to the music in the air”.

Visit their website for more information at www.hearmusicintheair.com

LaToya Dowdell-Burger, Talks With Toya

La Ti Do Music Co. – Owner/Chief Strategist

LaToya is a Chief Strategist, Publicist, Business Manager and owner of La Ti Do Music Co. She truly enjoys ALL THINGS Gospel. Check out her online blog on Tumblr entitled "Talks With Toya". She will be chatting it up with you on all things Ministry and Industry. Stay tuned and connect.


Posted on May 31, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Tasha Cobbs Leonard continues to expand her business ventures with the launch of CURVE Athletics, announced today. Following the successful launch of Fritz Eyewear last summer, Cobbs Leonard broadens her retail brand with CURVE Athletics. Billed as an “Athleisure” apparel line for women with CURVES, the line promises to offer stylish, comfortable and fun pieces that can are worn for workouts, a busy day running through airports, or on a hot date. This collection is designed with the plus-sized woman in mind. Each piece is structured with a breathable, and supportive high-end fabric that provides both a comfortable and shaping hold.

CURVE Athletics offers outfits for everyday occasions with both the security and shaping of a body garment, but with the ease and flexibility of your favorite sweat pants. Key elements include a waistband that never rolls down, targeted compression that offers a flattering fit, and easy movement. CURVE Athletics is available in a range of sizes starting from Large (12/14) to 3XL (24/26).Tasha launched the line with an incredible photo spread that features women of all sizes and ages. The collection is available now at www.curveathletics.net/. CURVE Athletics is the CURVY Woman’s New Addiction! All this plus Tasha continues to tour and share her musical gifts around the world. She currently has two singles making an impact, “This Is A Move,” and “You Know My Name (Live).”


Posted on May 31, 2019 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In a time when churches are facing extreme challenges - from gun violence and terrorism to declining attendance and scandals - the faith community could use some guidance on navigating the harsh realities of modern times. Olu Brown, author and founding pastor of Impact Church in Atlanta, has provided timely wisdom on church management and leadership in his latest books 4D Impact: Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church and Leadership Directions from Moses: On the Way to a Promised Land.

Brown will bring this wisdom to life on Thursday, May 9 at 12:00pm ET during a one-hour interactive 4D Impact Online Conference where users will get a first-hand opportunity to learn the principles that guided Impact Church to becoming the fifth fastest-growing United Methodist congregation in the United States. To assess the "health" of a church, Brown believes there are four critical areas of 21st century church ministry that should be examined: culture, hospitality, worship, and technology. In 4D Impact, Brown shares stories of success and failure from Impact Church's ongoing journey and offers diagnostic tools to help you determine if your church is healthy or in need of a reboot.

Leadership Directions from Moses is a handy tool for those dealing with the departure of key members from the church. Brown uses the story of Moses to illustrate how to help others exit gracefully, how to not let yourself or a congregation be upended when others choose to leave, and how to find unexpected opportunities in the challenge of new vacancies.

"Like all church leaders, I want our church to be healthier and vital," says Brown. "However, given the times we live in, our traditional approach to reaching people for Jesus Christ has to evolve. I've been blessed to learn some key lessons as pastor of Impact and I want to share those insights with the world." For more information on 4D Impact, Leadership Directions from Moses and to register for the online conference, visit olubrown.com.

12 Year Old Anti-bully Advocate & Prodigy Jhala Angelique Releases Empowering Single

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12 year old actress, anti-bully activist & recording artist JHALA ANGELIQUE releases new single titled "Kaleidoscope". Also known as a child prodigy Jhala is making her sparkling music debut with an anthem for the ages. "Kaleidoscope" positively promotes the importance of having strong self-image and recognizing the beauty within that we all have. 

In 2018 Jhala Angelique was the winner of the Los Angeles acclaimed and celebrated “A Taste of Soul” and “StarQuest” singing competitions. Jhala is a fast-rising vocal dynamo who sees her future not merely as a catch-all for superstardom but as a catalyst for positive change in the hearts and minds of her generation. As young Jhala launches her music career many listeners have said she brings with "Kaleidoscope" one of the most dynamic and empowering messages to come along since “The Greatest Love of All”. "Kaleidoscope" is now available for streaming and downloads on all digital outlets.


Jhala (pronounced Jay-lah’ and meaning “God is with you”  is a Los Angeles native who was attending school in Fontana when she became a victim of bullying in 2nd grade. “I was a happy, high-energy kid before my mom started seeing a change,” Jhala shares. “She asked me a series of questions which led to me telling her what was happening to me. I was just 7-years-old and the only Black kid in my class. A group of girls would run up during recess and take turns hitting me, calling me names because of the color of my skin. My mother immediately demanded many meetings with the principal, parents and my teacher who instigated some of the attacks. At the end of the semester, she made the decision to homeschool me.” “I later heard about kids that were bullied committing suicide,” Jhala continues. “I told my Mom I wanted to be a voice of change. So, I started my anti-bullying campaign on YouTube to encourage my peers to unite and stand up to bullying!

Jekalyn Carr Releases "I See Miracles" to Gospel Radio

Posted on April 28, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Jekalyn Carr – internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist/author/actress/speaker/entrepreneur – is releasing a brand new track, "I See Miracles," to Gospel radio on today, her 22nd birthday.

The inspiration behind the song came from the interactions Jekalyn has shared with people from around the globe as she ministered. "During my visits to different cities, so many people would come to me, asking me to agree with them in prayer for what they were believing for. They would post on my social media, too - people from all across the world were trusting God for jobs, family restoration, finances for school, houses, children, needing cars, running for goverment office and on and on," says Jekalyn. "Then, it hit home as my family and I began to believe God to move some mighty mountains in our lives. In the spirit, we begin to hear: If you believe in something long and hard, if you believe in something with all your heart, it shall come to pass...I see miracles, I see miracles, I see miracles, happening for you. I quickly began to learn that this was a faith activation message – not just for me but for people to hold on and not to quit to what they were believing for, because God is surely to bring it to pass."

The track was produced and written with Jekalyn's father, Allen Carr. The father / daughter duo come together again to present this inspirational and faith-activating song, "I See Miracles." As a team, they have garnered three #1 Billboard Gospel singles at radio within the last three years - "You're Bigger," "You Will Win," and "It's Yours." The label they operate - Lunjeal Music Group – became a 2018 Billboard Top 10 Gospel record label, along with Jekalyn being nominated for three GRAMMY Awards.

The release comes fresh on the heels of Carr's Stellar Awards wins. The beloved young woman was awarded in the categories of Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year for the project One Nation Under God, and set the arena on fire during her performance of "It's Yours."

Independent artist, Carr, has taken the industry by storm with her rising success. Since her break-out single in 2013, “Greater Is Coming,” she has gone on to create two top producing gospel albums, One Nation Under God and The Life Project. Most recently, Carr has added author to already impressive résumé with the book, You Will Win.

Recently, the celebrated Carr accomplished a rare feat. Her latest single, "It's Yours," held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart as well as the MEDIABASE Gospel chart for 9 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS!

Jekalyn will host the You Will Win Conference June 21-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL. For more information on the conference, visit www.youwillwin.org.


Posted on April 28, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Comedian, actor and REACH Media Syndicated Radio host, DL Hughley brings an original brand of comedy and commentary to nighttime television with his new talk show THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW. The series airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10C PM with an encore the following day at 11/10C AM only on TV One.

Joining DL in the studio next week are actor Morris Chestnut on Tuesday, April 23; comedian Tony Rock on Wednesday, April 24; and film producer/preacher DeVon Franklin on Thursday, April 25. More guests to be announced this upcoming week. The series dives head first into the hot topics of the day and dishes on the latest news, entertainment, pop culture and what's trending in social media. Always insightful and informative, Hughley and his co-host Jasmine Sanders use humor to deliver everything from hard news to lighter fare. The nighttime show offers everything from covering the day's major headlines and roundtable discussions to celebrity guest interviews and comedy bits.

THE DL HUGHLEY SHOW is produced for TV One by Pygmy Wolf Productions with DL Hughley and KP Anderson serving as Executive Producers. Sonya Vaughn and Charlie Gerencer serve as Co-Executive Producers and Jade Mills serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Melanie Massie serves as Talent Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry and Regina Thomas serve as Executive Producers in Charge of Production.

For more information about TV One's upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network's companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #THEDLHUGHLEYSHOW, #TVONE and #REPRESENT.

On CLEO TV: Power Couple Dana Chanel and Prince Donnell Whip Up Sunday Supper on the Next Episode of 'JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ

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L to R: Chef JJ, Entrepreneurs Dana Chanel and Prince Donnell (Photo Courtesy Credits: CLEO TV)

Power couple and entrepreneurs Dana Chanel and Prince Donnell drop by Chef JJ's kitchen for the season finale of JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ airing Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. ET.

Chef JJ gets the party started by serving up cocktails with pineapple spritzer infused with ginger, lime juice and coconut sugar brims, and the trio cook up the perfect Sunday meal - Curry-crusted Cod with Hominy Stew. 

The power couple dish on how they met and built a business empire of their own, showing viewers why they're relationship goals. Dana Chanel, who was also featured on CLEO SPEAKS, created the successful online ministry Sprinkle of Jesus at the tender age of nineteen. The company is the largest online ministry with over 5 million users and several brand extensions, including a magazine, an app, events, merchandise and more. Her husband, Prince Donnell, joined the Philadelphia-based business full-time after leaving his finance job and also serves as the CEO of Jumping Jack Tax, a tax preparation company. The duo stays busy with their various entrepreneurial endeavors but keep the romance fun and light. Throughout the episode, they poke fun at each other with a friendly competition in the kitchen.

Tune into the season finale to hear the group discuss reaching your goals with a hustler's mentality and how to properly wine and dine your mate when kissing and making up.


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Central City Productions wrapped up the taping of the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Friday, March 29 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The biggest night in gospel music, hosted by Kirk Franklin, will premiered on BET Network this past Easter Sunday.

The stand-out highlight of the evening was an emotional tribute performance by Kelly Price, Erica Campbell and Regina Belle honoring the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Family members of the late-legend Brenda Corbett, Jordan Franklin and Kecalf Franklin were presented with the inaugural Aretha Franklin ICON Award to give posthumous recognition of her profound impact on the Gospel music genre and unforgettable contributions. 

The nights biggest winner of the annual show was performer Jonathan McReynolds, who swept the awards taking home eight Stellar Awards including AT&T Artist of the Year, State Farm Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Performance of the Year. Jekalyn Carr received three awards for Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional CD of the Year. The Walls Group were awarded twice as Duo/Chorus Group of the Year and Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year.

A special award presentation was also given to honor gospel legend Delores Washington Green of The Caravans with the Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award. Gospel star Yolanda Adams and Stellar Awards Founder, Chairman & CEO Don Jackson inducted James Robinson Jr. (Malaco Gospel), Jackie Patillo (Gospel Music Association) and Phil Thornton (RCA Inspiration) into the Stellar Honors Hall of Fame.

This year’s line-up of performances included an energetic opening number by Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin stirring the audience to their feet performing new music and a rousing medley by Phil Thompson, Kelontae Gavin and Maranda Curtis. Other performers included Brian Courtney Wilson, Koryn Hawthorne, Todd Dulaney, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr and emerging new artists Jabari Johnson, Will McMillian and more.

The show will continue to air around the country in broadcast syndication from April 27 through May 26 (check local listings). For more information visit us at www.thestellarawards.com.

4th Annual "Women in Production Summit" is June 22

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Saturday, June 22, 2019, Georgia's film community will convene in Atlanta for the 4th Annual Women in Production Summit.

With a focus on "Partnering for Power," this year's event will host women from across the state of Georgia in a day of informative and engaging sessions geared towards coming together to enhance their strengths in front of and behind the camera. The mission is concise: To make Georgia the most inclusive and women-friendly media market in the country.

Focusing on the strong female cohort of film and television workers in the state's entertainment industry, this year's day-long event will address the topic top-of-mind for almost everyone in the business today: firmly establishing the shift to inclusivity and respect for women in front of and behind the camera.

The Women in Production Summit is a collaborative partnership of the Producers Guild of America WIN (Women's Impact Network), WIFTA (Women in Film & Television/Atlanta), Black Women's Film Network, Film Fatales, and the Alliance of Women Directors. Sponsorship opportunities are open until June 15.

"This event is organized by five film industry organizations that support women in our business," said writer/producer/director Suzan Satterfield, a founder of the conference. "All women working in any capacity in our industry will get tangible benefits from coming to meet, learn, and network with each other."

"The 2018 Summit was packed and we expect record numbers again," Satterfield said. "Our overall focus this year is how to partner to move toward our goals. It doesn't matter whether you're in production management, a creative, cast or crew. This is a business of alliances and we can all use more tools to understand how to build and strengthen those alliances."

One of this year's featured speakers is Ingrid Veninger, a Canadian writer, director, producer, actress, and film professor at York University. Veninger was chosen for her prolific success as an independent filmmaker who has consistently launched a feature film each year for the past ten years.

The Summit will present several prominent film industry guest speakers as well as panels presented by the IATSE Women's Committee and legal advice on production alliances and partnerships.

Tickets for the Women in Production Summit are available at Wild Apricot (https://wifta.wildapricot.org/event-3286412) for $35 each and include access to a day of speaker events, lunch, coffee break, networking and an after-party.

The June 22 event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a location TBA. A networking party will follow from 5-7 p.m. Guests must have tickets to the Summit to attend the party.