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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gospel singer James Fortune charged with assault

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James Howard Fortune, a popular gospel recording artist and the host of Radio One's nationally syndicated James Fortune Show was charged with aggravated assault of a family member in Fort Bend County, Texas on October 23.  My Fox Houston broke the news, posting a mug shot of the Grammy nominated artist on their Web site and stating he had been released on $20,000 bond on the following day.    No other details  were given.  

The "Live Through It" singer had a prior brush in with the law that was related to child abuse allegations.  He was accused of beating and placing his step son in scalding water, damaging a significant portion of his skin when the child was four. The boy's biological father served both Fortune and his wife Cheryl with a  civil law suit in June of 2012.

At that time Fortune released a statement indicating amicable interaction with his step son, then 15: ". . .my family and I, including my stepson, have continued with family traditions and always have a loving family environment. We are shocked by this lawsuit but understand people are free to use the court system to pursue claims, whether they contain merit or baseless matters. We are confident through this process, if it proceeds to a judge or jury, the ultimate decision maker will render a decision that is favorable to the circumstances and timing surrounding this situation. . ."

Details regarding the previous offense were summarized as follows on Examiner.com two years ago:

In 2001 Mr. Fortune allegedly abused his step son, age 4 at the time. . . Fortune whipped the naked child with a switch, then held him down in a tub of scalding water—all for coloring on a table at school. The boy was flown by life flight to the Shriner’s Burn Hospital, where he remained for 63 days with second and third degree burns over 47% of his body.

In 2003 James Fortune plead guilty to felony injury to a child and received 6 years of deferred adjudication.

Now 15, the child has undergone several skin graft surgeries. He sustained some permanent injuries. The victim’s biological father is suing the Fortunes for $5 million to cover additional plastic surgery to correct the disfigurement.

Very little has been released about the current charge. Last week Isaac Caree substituted as host of   Fortune was reportedly away in Africa. 

An update to this developing story will be posted as more details become available.

The Slice confirmed on Monda that the charges against ame Fortune were domestic violence related.
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Boney James, Albright, Whalum and Shelea to perform in jazz and gospel concert

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Long Beach, CA: Boney James, a four-time Grammy nominee, headlines the 2014 Winter Concert presented by Rainbow Promotions, LLC, the producers of the popular Long Beach Jazz Festival. The evening's opening act is Kirk Whalum and his "Gospel According to Jazz," which includes the vocal artistry of Sheléa and the multi-talented musician, Gerald Albright.
Boney James is a leading proponent of the Slow Jazz movement, but his wide ranging talent can also bring a strong emotional surge, especially during his live concerts. The Boston Globe reported that "his music is muscular and gritty," and that he all but dares the crowd not to have a good time. His connection with his audience is visceral and vibrant as he takes them on a musical journey.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, James took up the clarinet at age eight, switching to saxophone when he was ten. Growing up in New Rochelle, New York, he was influenced by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire and saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. At 14, James moved with his family to Los Angeles, where he received a degree in history from UCLA, and then began playing music full time after graduation. For seven years he toured as a sideman for a number of artists, including Morris Day, The Isley Brothers, Randy Crawford and Bobby Caldwell. In 1992 he released his debut album as a leader, "Trust."
In addition to his Grammy nominations, James is a Soul Train Award winner (Best Jazz Album), was honored with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album, and has four RIAA Certified Gold Records. Nine of James' albums have reached Number 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and two have reached the top 10 on the R&B Albums Chart, a rare feat for an instrumental artist.
Soulful, passionate, stirring are words often used to describe Kirk's music, a fusion of his Memphis gospel roots and his initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene in the 1980s. Houston is where Kirk was "discovered" by jazz pianist Bob James, who took him on tour, which led to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk's first #1 album.
After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk was in demand as a session player for top artists, like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston. Kirk's sax is heard on the mega-hit "I Will Always Love You." Kirk followed that career high with his phenomenal hit album, "For You," released on Warner Brothers Records, along with nearly 25 other solo recordings, including his eclectic "Gospel According to Jazz" series. An eleven-time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song, "It's What I Do," featuring Lalah Hathaway, alongside his life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters.
With hands that effortlessly glide over the keys and a voice that will carry you to the moon, Sheléa's musical mastery makes her one of the most exhilarating up and coming artists today.
A gifted saxophonist, Gerald also plays bass guitar. With 15 CDs under his belt and one collaboration CD, he has definitely gained his place in the music world as a player, songwriter and producer.

WHAT:          2014 Winter Concert Presented By Rainbow Promotions LLC.                   
Featuring: "Boney James"  Also Performing: "Gospel According to Jazz," with Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright and Sheléa
WHEN:         8 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014
WHERE:       The Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
TICKETS:     TicketMaster: 800-745-3000 / http://bit.ly/WINTERCONCERT
                       Terrace Theater Box Office: 562-436-3661
                       Rainbow Promotions LLC: 562-424-0013
                       Ticket Prices: $46.00 to $101.00
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Friday, October 24, 2014

KJ-52's latest 'Mental' tops iTunes Chart

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KJ-52 New Album MENTAL Debuts at 
Number 1 on iTunes Chart, Becomes Fastest Selling Album in Artist’s Fourteen-Year History.
New single TONIGHT makes waves as theme song for ESPN’s Monday Night Football
Los Angeles, CA – MENTAL, the latest release by six-time Dove Award Winning Christian rap/hip-hop artist KJ-52, has taken off, reaching the number 1 spot on its October 21 release date on the iTunes Christian chart. Perhaps more notably, the album achieved the #23 spot on the overall iTunes Top 100, and is holding steady in the top 10 on the Christian chart throughout this release week. Despite being released as KJ's first project as an independent artist, MENTAL debuts as the fastest selling album in his fourteen-year career.
The excitement behind the album was given extra fuel with the announcement of the single “Tonight” being tapped as a theme song for Monday Night Football.  Launched on the eve of MENTAL’s release, “Tonight” is receiving unprecedented support from the ESPN network, and will be heard on the broadcast throughout the regular season. 
MENTAL is a project that returns KJ to his musical roots that launched him as one of the most respected names in the genre. Produced by Soul Glow Activatur (AKA Solomon Olds – FF5, David Crowder Band, Andy Mineo, Lecrae) and KJ-52, MENTAL features guest appearances by an all-star cast, including Lecrae, Propaganda, FLAME, Social Club, SPZRKT, Tedashi, KB and Soul Glow Activatur.  With MENTAL, KJ hopes to instill a desire for listeners to renew their minds, to find calm in the chaos and to seek God for guidance in our daily lives. 
KJ-52 is hitting the road this fall primarily as solo dates where he will be sharing his new music and message.  Additional tour announcements and tour dates to follow in the coming weeks.
October 24 – Mount Gay-Shamrock, WV
October 26 – Navarre, FL
October 28-29 – Hendersonville, TN
November 1 – Myrtle Beach, SC
November 9 – Everett, WA
November 11 – Roseville, CA
November 20 – Bluffton, OH
November 21 – Melbourne, FL
December 6 – Joplin, MO
December 12 – Gladewater, TX
December 13 – Toledo, OH
KJ-52 MENTAL is available in stores and online digital outlets.  MENTAL is released via the Paradigm Collective and distributed by Central South and Gotee Records digitally.  
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Ebola In New York: A New York Doctor has Ebola in America's fourth documented case

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Dr. Craig Spencer, 33 is the fourth American to be diagnosed with Ebola.  He was evaluated at Manahtan's Bellevue hospital after showing symptons and later tested positive for the virus.  Dr. Spencer recently returned from West Africa where he treated Ebola patients as a part of the Doctors Without Borders program. Before  the diagnosis, Spencer traveled on a crowded New York subway to go bowling at a  local alley. He said he felt somewhat sluggish but it is not known whether the virus was active  in his system during the bowling outing.  The bowling alley and his apartment are both being sterilized.

Meanwhile, the two Texas nurses that were diagnosed with Ebola have been cleared and released from the hospital.
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TUNE IN ALERT: Laurence Fishburne to appear on Queen Latifah Show today

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Other guests include the entrepreneurs and mentors of ABC's "Shark Tank," along with the female members of the Harlem Globetrotters
Tune in on Friday October 24 @ 2pm PT
 Queen Latifah present Fishborne with a "I'm Not Samuel L. Jackson" T-shirt
Laurence Fishburne answer audience questions. 

In this episode of The Queen Latifah Show, Laurence Fishburne discusses his hugely successful new ABC TV Show, "Black-ish" and spending Saturday nights at home with his wife. Having some fun with the audience, Latifah puts Fishburne through Queen Latifah's lighting round of questions ranging from his famous voice to idolizing Katherine the Great.
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Annie Lennox is Jazzy on Nostalgia Album

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Scottish born songstress Annie Lennox delivered a captivating read of the George Gershwin classic "Summertime" on "Kelly and Michael" yesterday. The former lead singer of the Eurythmics, 59, wore a satin red floor length dress (atypical from her preferred pant suits and leg-bearing hemlines) as she mesmerized the audience with her interpretation of the American favorite. Like the floor length dress, Lennox is trying something new with her latest album, "Nostalgia." Singing American standards is a departure from here previous work. She explained to the Associated press that jazz is a form of American msic with which she had little familiarity and only recently started to study it.   Lennox had never sung with a jazz band before connecting with Herbie Hancock for on AIDS benefit in DC two years ago.  That experiene gave her the idea to give the music a try.   A jazzy collection of traditional hits, "Summertime" is featured on "Nostalgia" along with Billie Holiday's, "God Bless the Child" and "Strange Fruit" as well as "Spell On You."  Lennox said she tried to stay true to each recording, with her own personal interpretation of them
"Nostalgia" Track Listing: 

Memphis in June
Georgia on my Mind
I Put a Spell on You
I Cover the Waterfront
Strange Fruit
God Bless the Child
You Belong to Me
September in the Rain
I Can Dream, Can’t I?
The Nearness of You
Mood Indigo
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

PSA: Go Purple Today to End Domestic Violence

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Anti-Domestic Violence advocates to wear purple on October 23, the nationwide domestic violence blackout day

In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, today, October 23 is "Go Purple Day." Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to show support for the victims an families affected by domestic violence.   By joining together and wearing purple the community at large sends the message of zero tolerance toward domestic abuse.

In Prince William County, the ACTS Turning Point (ACTS) will "Go Purple" by taking a group photo of al organizations that offer support for victims of domestic abuse or would like to participate in this domestic violence awareness effort.  The photo will be taken in the parking lot of the organization starting at 12:00 noon.

ACTS is located at 3900 Acts Lane; Dumfries, VA 22026

This public service message is from Jireh Communications Group,  creators of the "Pumps No Punches" campaign.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Forty Entertainment's Singer and Songwriter Dayna Caddell Collaborates with Eric Dawkins and Warryn Campbell on 'Wish You Well'

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The standout song from Dave Hollister's new project 'Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues'
Dayna Caddell Publicity     

October 23, 2014 - Grammy® and Dove award nominated songwriter and urban inspirational singer, Dayna Caddell, collaborates with multiple-award winning songwriter/producers Eric Dawkins and Warryn Campbell on Dave Hollister's new project Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues, released October 21st.

The album is produced and written almost exclusively by Warryn Campbell and Eric Dawkins.

"Wish You Well," the song written and produced by Caddell, Dawkins and Campbell is, according to iTunes, one of the top highlights of the project.

Although this isn't their first rodeo, the trio has collaborated on several projects including Caddell's upcoming 2015 urban inspirational effort, "PUSH."

"I've worked with a lot of people and on a lot of projects but the opportunity to be in the studio with Dave Hollister was hands down a bucket-list gig," says Caddell.

In addition, Caddell recently co-wrote Erica Campbell's "The Power of God" (POG), on her current project "HELP" and has a host of various projects in the works. 

As a Grammy® and Dove award nominated-songwriter, for the release of "Every Prayer," featuring Israel Houghton and Mary Mary, and a co-writer for Ricardo Sanchez's "Power of the Cross," she's built a reputation as a mainstay in the music industry.

When asked his opinion on working with Caddell, Campbell states, "Dayna is a great writer.  If she weren't she wouldn't be in my studio.  That's real."

Eric Dawkins adds, "Dayna is dope to work with in the studio.  She's professional, creative and a hard worker." 

In an interview with BlackAmericaweb.com Hollister states, "The Bible says go be into all the world. You can't be in all the world, if you're just in the four walls of the church." 

According to the interview, this album reflects a changed man if not a changed musical sensibility. He's still a soul singer of the old-fashioned kind with a voice that is equally gifted for gospel and R&B.

Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues is available on iTunes athttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chicago-winds...the-saga-continues/id914049329
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Help is on the way for a struggling singer on Preachers of L.A. tonight

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Minister Deitrick Haddon reaches out to fellow gospel artist Kevin Terry to offer guidance on overcoming a setback; Tune in on Wednesday, October 22 @ 10/9c



In this week's episode of "Preachers of L.A.," after hearing about his fall from grace, Deitrick reaches out to fellow gospel artist Kevin Terry with guidance and support to assist with overcoming his recent setback.  Myesha deals with the serious issue of sex trafficking at her "Hiding Behind the Lipstick" conference, and after years in service to her husband's ministry, Christy Haizlip does some soul-searching to figure out what will bring her the most self fulfillment. 
Season two of Oxygen's "Preachers of L.A." is full of self-discovery and change with growing families and ministries, incredible women of strength beside the preachers, and ever-changing relationships.  Tune in on Wednesdays at 10/9c.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tylet Perry creates animated DVD, "Tough Love" starring Madea

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Writer/director/producer Tyler Perry makes his first foray into family animation with the release of Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love arriving on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand January 20, 2015 from Lionsgate. The film will be available on Digital HD one week earlier on January 13.

Having conquered stage and screen, Tyler Perry has now turned his attention to creating entertaining programs specifically for families to enjoy together. In Tyler Perry's first animated film, fans of Madea can now watch all of their favorite characters including Madea, Uncle Joe and Aunt Bam in a whole new way! The larger than life Madea gets herself into even more over the top and outrageous situations – all in the name of helping children save their youth center.

The comic adventure features the voice talent of Tyler Perry as "Madea" and "Uncle Joe" among others and Cassi Davis (TV's "House Of Payne") as "Aunt Bam" along with Rolonda Watts (TV's "Curious George"), Avery Kidd Waddell (Road Trip), William "Bootsy" Collins (Night at the Museum) and Cree Summer (TV's "WordGirl"). Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love is based on "Madea" created by Tyler Perry, from a story by Ben Chambers, screenplay by Matt Fleckenstein, supervising director is Frank Marino and produced for Tyler Perry Studios by Tyler Perry, Ozzie Areu and Matt Moore.

"We are thrilled to partner with Tyler Perry on the launch of Madea's Tough Love," said Anne Parducci, Lionsgate EVP of Marketing and Family Entertainment.  "Given the tremendous success and appeal of his beloved character Madea across screen and plays for the past 15 years, we know fans and families will love to watch and laugh with Madea in her first animated movie."
After a hilarious run-in with the law, Madea is sentenced to community service. Determined to do good for the 'hood, Madea enlists Aunt Bam and Uncle Joe to try and save the Moms Mabley Youth Center from being shut down. With her irresistible sass and wisdom, Madea rallies the local kids to make a stand—and proves that behind her tough exterior is a whole lot of love!
Including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a sketch-to-screen storyboard comparison that show Tyler in the recording studio voicing his characters, the Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98. Madea fans can get a sneak peek of the movie starting November 25 when "Introducing Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love" debuts as a special feature on Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
  • "Madea Gets Animated" featurette
  • "Madea's Storyboard Comparison" featurette
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2014 American Music Awards nominees

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Iggy Azalea is so "fancy" as the top nominee for the 2014American Music Awards with six nods. The breakout rap star who was discovered by T.I. has had a hard time getting respect from the Hip Hop community this past year, but fans loved her: Azalea is nominated for Best Artist of the Year and Best New Artist of the Year. Recently, Azalea had an online spat with Snoop Dogg, but T.I. had Snoop apologize.  (Click here to see what happened.) Hosted by Pitbull, the award show airs on ABC on November 23.  Congrats to all of the nominees.  Check out the full list:

Iggy Azalea
Luke Bryan
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX "Fancy"
John Legend "All of Me"
MAGIC! "Rude"
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J "Dark Horse"
Pharrell Williams "Happy"

John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry

Imagine Dragons
One Direction

Lorde "Pure Heroine"
One Direction "Midnight Memories"
Katy Perry "Prism"

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Garth Brooks "Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences"
Eric Church "The Outsiders"
Brantley Gilbert "Just As I Am"

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea "The New Classic"
Drake "Nothing Was The Same"
Eminem "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"

Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Jhene Aiko
Mary J. Blige

Beyonce "Beyonce"
John Legend "Love in the Future"
Pharrell Williams "G I R L"

Imagine Dragons

Sara Bareilles
Katy Perry

Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Casting Crowns
Hillsong United

Calvin Harris

The Fault in Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Suburban Mom Indie Musicians Plot To Walk the Red Carpet At GRAMMY® and HMMA Music Awards

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Do you have to be 19 and able to twerk in a bikini to receive recognition as a female musician these days?
Solveig Whittle and Elizabeth Butler are proof that you don’t. These two indie female songwriter-musicians from Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, were notified recently that they both have songs and albums up For Consideration in the 57th Grammys and nominated for the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs). The Grammys will be awarded in February of next year, but the HMMAs will be awarded sooner, on November 4th, 2014 at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.
The two women have been strategizing for months and working together to promote their music in an industry in which it is notoriously hard to stand out – and one that also tends to favor younger artists. They remain undaunted, however, and now their musical and co-promotional partnership has created some very visible results, such as their Grammy and HMMA nominations.

Like many indie musicians, Whittle and Butler have been hobbyist musicians their whole lives. Only within the last few years, however, have they gotten serious about putting resources and time into pushing their individual music careers forward. By sharing information with each other and honing both their musical and promotional skills, they have proved that collaboration is the new route to success in the music business.

Both Whittle and Butler released new albums this fall. Whittle’s is entitled Fire and Other Playthings, and Butler’s is Love & Loss & Stuff Like That. Both artists are on the first round 57th Grammy ballots in Best American Roots Song and Best Americana Album categories. The two albums share a theme of empowerment, something both women have experienced as individuals in recent years and want to pass on to others through their music.

“I submitted my song, A1A (Settin’ Myself Free) for the HMMAs in December of 2013, and was thrilled when I heard it had been nominated for Best Americana Song, “ said Butler. “It’s an anthem for anyone going through a change, and I think it’s struck a chord with a lot of people. Fans really seem to resonate with the subject matter. It’s a little bit Thelma and Louise.”

“Elizabeth and I have been collaborating for over two years now. I was a little hesitant, but Elizabeth encouraged me to submit my work to both the Grammys and the HMMAs,” said Whittle, “The HMMA nomination is my first music award nomination ever, and I plan to make the most of the experience. Would I like to win? Sure, but just being nominated and attending the HMMAs and Grammys with Elizabeth is going to be a great experience.”

Both Whittle and Butler are typical indie musicians: they also have day jobs. Creating and promoting their music is something that keeps them busy late into the night and on weekends. Butler is a registered nurse at a Houston-area hospital, and Whittle is a social media instructor at the University of Washington.

The two women met two years ago through Twitter and Soundcloud. Friendship and professional musical collaboration quickly blossomed via email, text, social media, and the cloud. Whittle was soon providing backup vocals for Butler, and then Butler flew to Seattle to attend Whittle’s 2013 CD release party for a prior album. Whittle subsequently traveled southeast in January 2014 to participate in the filming of Butler’s music video for A1A (Settin’ Myself Free). During that visit, the two began co-writing the lyrics to Light The Fire, which they finished through long-distance collaboration online over the summer. Light The Fire was released on both of their CDs (on Butler’s as a bonus track), and is one of the songs up for consideration for a Grammy.

“When we met, we realized we shared so many life experiences and values – even though we come from different parts of the country and backgrounds. We have a pack of children between us who are adults now. The bottom line is: we’ve been daughters, we’ve been moms, we’ ve been wives. We’ve launched a thousand ships, so to speak. Now it’s our turn. Our musical and personal friendship has given us the support - and that extra push - to pursue our own creative ambitions at this stage in our lives,” said Whittle.

Like Butler’s song A1A (Settin’ Myself Free), Whittle says the lyrics to her song Light The Fire speak to the lightning strike of revelation and transformation that many people feel as they get older, and realize that the clock is ticking but there are still creative things they want to do in their lives. Coming from a background in high tech marketing and business, it took Whittle many years to realize that what she really loved most was writing and singing songs, as she had in college. After that epiphany, she decided to get serious about her music because it meant much more to her than a hobby.

“For every person out there who dreams of releasing their CD, writing their novel, creating that art piece, or making that indie film - just remember that it gets easier after the kids are grown,” said Butler. “Don’t give up on your dreams – we all have so much life experience to share. You can absolutely do it!”

Watch Elizabeth Butler’s music video A1A (Settin’ Myself Free) on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAFpXqUsFcE Her latest album, Love, Loss and Stuff Like That, is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and all major music outlets. Website http://www.EButlerMusic.com For booking, licensing, or press, contact Elizabeth Butler at runninghomerecords(at)gmail(dot)com
Watch Solveig & Stevie’s music video Light The Fire on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M4OldmcXcY
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Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

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Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died.  He made a name for himself designing for Jackie Kennedy and later created out fits for other First Ladies including Michelle Obama.  Decades of his designs have  graced red carpets and the occasions in women's lives that call for glamor.  He designed the dress human rights lawyer Amal Clooney wore when wedding actor George Clooney in Italy.  Born in the Dominican Republic, he became an international icon.  De la Renta passed away from complications with cancer.
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