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Thursday, July 21, 2011

MALACO SIGNS SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS

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The Malaco Music Group is proud to announce the signing of the Grammy

winning group, Sounds Of Blackness.


The debut single "Fly Again" from their self-titled CD, "The Sounds Of

Blackness" will be Impacting Airplay August 1 and 2.

"Fly Again" features the phenomenal vocals of Jamecia Bennett, daughter of

Ann Nesby, mother of Paris Bennett, American Idol Season 5, Top 5

Contestant.

The release of the full length CD "The Sounds Of Blackness" consequently

coincides with the 20th anniversary celebration of the of their classic CD

"Optimistic" and 40th Anniversary of the group's inception.

Gary Hines, Music Director / Producer Sounds of Blackness states, "Sounds of

Blackness and I are extraordinarily overjoyed to have the honor of signing

with Malaco! Sounds of Blackness and Malaco have a lot in common - bringing

Black Music to all people, celebrating four decades of existence, and

remaining true to our roots! Sounds of Blackness dedicates "FLY AGAIN" the

1st Single from our forthcoming new CD, to Malaco and to all of the people

of the cities across America and around the world, who have recently

suffered unfathomable devastation. Together we will all soon be able to "FLY

AGAIN!"

Tommy Couch Jr, Vice President, Malaco, Inc, states, "We are so exited to

work with a group of this magnitude. The Sounds Of Blackness are still about

the music and the message while maintaining their unique creativity."



Lionel Ridenour, Executive Director - Urban Division states, "Fly Again" is

a great record. Radio stations across the country should just play it!"



"Much like Bebe & Cece Winans, The Sounds Of Blackness was extremely

instrumental in crossing Gospel / Inspirational music over into the

mainstream in the 90's and It is great to see them return stronger than

ever." states, D.A. Johnson, Executive Director - Gospel Division.
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REVIEW: Leandria Johnson's 'Jesus' Worth the Wait

By Mona Austin
The Slice

Leandria Johnson's "Jesus" Worth the Wait By Mona Austin In June of 2010, with a voice that tranquilized 20 finalists and garnered 2 million votes from television viewers, Le’Andria Johnson became the season 3 winner of Sunday Best.

At first, it was not clear where that victory would lead her: for some time the praise and worship leader from Florida was not signed to a label and she hadn’t made any major appearances until she appeared on BET’s Celebration of Gospel over six months after the win.

One year later, alas, Johnson roars again with the new single “Jesus,” from her forthcoming freshman CD, “The Awakening of Leandria Johnson” to be released on Music World Gospel. Along with waiting to be signed, the trouble was Johnson had second thoughts about a gospel music career, admitting in a You Tube video “ … Even after ‘Sunday Best’ I found myself going back to where I had came from … I didn’t think I’d minister again.”

Her journey to Sunday Best in part kept her close to fan’s hearts: At the time of the auditions, Johnson was then a 27-year-old divorced mother with 3 little mouths to feed who auditioned for the show a day after her home foreclosed, wearing jeans, gym socks and flip flops. She was almost disqualified based on her looks alone.

Under the circumstances, one would think that Johnson’s chance at stardom would be more than enough to turn her life around.

What made Leandria Johnson’s feet so cold that she almost walked away from golden opportunity to fulfill her life’s dream? The first stanza of “Jesus” offers a hint: “Look at myself in the mirror, religion looking back at me. I threw my hands in the air and the law arrested me. Girl interrupted, I needed to break out and get freedom.”



Throughout “Jesus” Johnson, the daughter of a pastor, scoffs at religion with full throttled grit, which ironically, is the very basis of the sacred music she sings so well. As Johnson vocally explains how calling on “Jesus” helped her climb over religious and other obstacles from her past in the foreground, background vocals slowly harmonize “Jesus” to the syrupy slow smooth R&B-styled track.
 
The tickle of the organ and pluck, pluck, pluck of an acoustic guitar in the intro give the song a light bluesy feel, while Johnson's voice is 100% gospel.
 
Johnson’s emotionally raw style is everything you’d expect it to be coming from a spiritually fatigued child of God, who has been on the other end of “holier than thou” criticism of one too many church people. The song ends with “The Lords Prayer” and Johnson in testifying mode, calling on Jesus after each sentence. All of the awe-inspiring qualities of Johnson’s voice that helped her snag the Sunday Best crown are evident on this debut effort: moaning, screaming, gripping runs and releasing notes at just the right place of syncopation, unbridled praise.
 
A sure-enough balm for the wearied soul, listening to “Jesus” is like jumping in the river of Jordan from a music critic’s perspective. Just when I was about to turn a deaf ear to the musical cloning that has saturated the entertainment business, Leandria Johnson’s voice has revived hope for this generation of singers. Musically, if I were a fan of cloning, her exceptional pitch and tonal quality would be a setting on auto tune equipment.
 
In terms of its message: “Jesus” is an ever-present help in the time of trouble.
 
Not since Jasmyne Sullivan’s entrée has a young woman’s vocal maturity and certainty in presentation snatched my attention this way.
 
So wait for “The Awakening of Leandria Johnson,” which is due to come out on September 6. If the finished product is remotely as polished as the prelude, then wait with pleasure, like you’re outside a birthing room waiting to hear if it’s a girl or boy, except in this case you’ll find out if a star is born.

Listen to "Jesus."
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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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KATY PERRY LEADS WMA NOMINATIONS WITH 9

Nominees for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards were announced Thursday and Katy Perry, is the top artist nominated with 9.   Kanye and Adele both earned 7 nods.   Bruno Mars received 4 and Eminem, Beyonce and Lady Gaga each ereceived 3 nominations.

The show will  air live on August 28 on MTV at 9 p.m. ET.

Fan can begin casting theri votes now at

Check out the full list of nominees below.




Best Pop Video

Adele -"Rolling in the Deep"

Britney Spears -"Till the World Ends"

Bruno Mars - "Grenade"

Katy Perry - "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"

Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack - "Give Me Everything"



Best Rock Video

Cage The Elephant - "Shake Me Down"

Foo Fighters - "Walk"

Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"

Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"

The Black Keys - "Howlin' For You"



Best Hip-Hop Video

Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - "Look At Me Now"

Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"

Lil Wayne - "6 Foot, 7 Foot"

Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"

Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"



Best New Artist

Big Sean featuring Chris Brown - "My Last"

Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks"

Kreayshawn - "Gucci Gucci"

Tyler, The Creator - "Yonkers"

Wiz Khalifa - "Black and Yellow"



Best Female Video

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Beyoncé - "Run the World (Girls)"

Katy Perry - "Firework"

Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"

Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"



Best Male Video

Bruno Mars - "Grenade" - Cee Lo Green - "Forget You"

Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie"

Justin Bieber - "U Smile"

Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"



Best Collaboration

Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - "Look At Me Now"

Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

Nicki Minaj - "Moment 4 Life"

Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer, and Afrojack - "Give Me Everything"



Video of the Year

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise"

Bruno Mars - "Grenade"

Katy Perry - "Firework"

Tyler, The Creator - "Yonkers"



Best Art Direction

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Death Cab For Cutie - "You Are A Tourist"

Kanye West featuring Dwele - "Power"

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

Lady Gaga - "Judas"



Best Choreography

Beyoncé - "Run the World (Girls)"

Britney Spears - "Till the World Ends"

Bruno Mars - "The Lazy Song"

Lady Gaga - "Judas"

LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon - "Party Rock Anthem"



Best Cinematography

Thirty Seconds To Mars - "Hurricane"

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Beyoncé - "Run the World (Girls)"

Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie"

Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream"



Best Direction

Thirty Seconds To Mars - "Hurricane"

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise

" Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie"

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."



Best Editing

Thirty Seconds To Mars -"Hurricane"

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"



Best Special Effects

Chromeo - "Don't Turn The Lights On"

Kanye West featuring Dwele - "Power"

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

Linkin Park - "Waiting For The End"

Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

NEW: LEAKED SINGLE, "JESUS" BY LEANDRIA JOHNSON

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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE NEW SINGLE "JESUS" BY LEANDRIA JOHNSON COMING JULY 25: http://soundcloud.com/mediamindedpro/leaked-leandriajohnsonjesus

It was announced on July 18, that Season 3 Sunday Best winner Leadria Johnson has inked a deal with Music World Gospel.  Her debut project, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, a five song EP will be released on September 6, 2011. Le’Andria’s new single, “Jesus,” produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Chuck Harmony (Rihanna, Fantasia, Chrisette Michele), will impact radio on July 25.




ABOUT LE'ANDRIA JOHNSON.  .  .


In June 2010, Le’Andria was crowned Sunday Best winner, with over 2 million votes from the network’s faithful viewers. Each week she wowed viewers and captured the hearts of millions, including Sunday Best’s host Kirk Franklin, judges, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and Yolanda Adams and celebrity mentor Kim Burrell. For the finale, she performed a medley of three songs, “I Love the Lord,” “He Was There,” and “In the Midst of It All.”

Le’Andria is a living testimony of faith. Prior to being crowned Sunday Best, Le’Andria auditioned for the gospel competition a day before she lost her home in foreclosure. Deciding to let nothing stand in her way, the then Sunday Best hopeful traveled to New Orleans and auditioned in flip flops and gym socks, she was almost eliminated because she did not look the part, according to show judge Erica Campbell [Mary Mary]. After her rendition of “This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made,” she was on her way to fulfilling her life-long dream of a career in music.

Le’Andria is an accomplished songwriter, producer and praise and worship leader at her hometown church, HQ Ministries in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A self-taught musician, she began singing at the age of two. She continues her commitment to the music ministry of her hometown church. Le’Andria currently resides in Orlando, Florida and is a single mother of three children.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JESSICA REEDY and DAWKINS & DAWKINS PERFORM AT SAMSUNG 'THE SINGERS LOUNGE'

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Mary Mary's Erica Campbell is Preggers!

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Gospel duo debuts "Survive" video
on Good Morning America

Songs from 2011 BET Award winners, Mary Mary are being played everywhere (that includes overhead music in department stores like Macy's and restaurant's like the Cheesecake Factory).  The pair visited Good Morning America today and premiered the video from their latest CD Something Big, "I'll Survive." They chatted with anchor Robin Roberts (who says she's a big fan) and then did "something bigger" when Erica announced that she and her hubby, the group's producer, Warryn Cambell are expecting their third child. 
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Monday, July 18, 2011

J Lo and Marc Anthony Split

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Via a statement to People Magazine, on July 14, J. Lo and Marc Anthony announced they will divorce after seven years of marriage. The statement says the split was amicable.  A source told people the parted ways because of constantr arguing and thought it would be best for therir childtrn, 3-year-old twins Max and Emme.
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BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO NELSON MANDELA, 93

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Seated next to his ex-wife Winnie, Nelson Mandela enjoys time with family as a great grand daughter and grandson admire a birthday cake with his photo on it. (Photo Credit: SA People)


Nelson Mandela, one of the most beloved political figures in the world is celebrating his ninety-third birthday with well wishes from the global community.  


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sent greetings on behalf of the United States.  From the White House: 


As the people of the world celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday on July 18, Madiba continues to be a beacon for the global community, and for all who work for democracy, justice and reconciliation. On behalf of the people of the United States, we congratulate Nelson Mandela, and honor his vision for a better world.  Nelson Mandela said, ‘There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.’ A man who devoted 67 years of his life to public service, Madiba sets the standard for service worldwide, whether we are students, shopkeepers or farmers, cabinet ministers or presidents. He calls on us to serve our fellow human beings, and better our communities. Michelle, and my daughters, Sasha and Malia, recently met Madiba during an official visit to South Africa that focused on service, youth leadership, education and healthy living. Their time with Madiba was the most moving part of their trip.  Mandela’s legacy exemplifies wisdom, strength and grace, and on the anniversary of his birth we salute the example of his life.    In 2009, the United States was honored to join 192 other United Nations member states in the creation of Nelson Mandela International Day. As the global community honors Madiba on July 18 through individual and collective acts of service, we honor the man who showed his own people, and the world, the path to justice, reconciliation and democracy.hoping he would continue to “be a beacon for the global community, and for all who work for democracy, justice and reconciliation”.


An anti-apartheid leader, Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years and released  from a South African jail on February 11, 1990.  He later became the president of South Africa in 1991, a reign that ended in 1999.
Happy birthday Mr. Madela!
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