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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Eagles guitarist dies

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Eagles guitarist Glen Fry has passed away.  The "Hotel California" lead died  of complications from Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

The Recording Academy® re: Glenn Frey
Jan. 18, 2016

As a founding member of the Eagles, Glenn Frey was an integral part of one of the most storied bands in pop history. His songwriting, especially with bandmate Don Henley, resulted in some of the biggest hits and standards of the ’70s, including songs like "Desperado," "One Of These Nights," "Lyin’ Eyes," and "Hotel California." The latter two earned the Eagles two of their six GRAMMY Awards. Desperado and the milestone album Hotel California, along with its title track, have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall OF Fame. The band’s Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975 remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, a testament to the enduring music that Glenn played a significant role in creating. Glenn’s untimely passing is a huge loss for the music community, and we offer our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and fans.



Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy
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Friday, January 29, 2016

"IN THE CLASSROOM" with guest speaker Daymond John from ABC's Shark Tank

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FUBU founder Daymond Johns may be a high school graduate but the "Shark Tank" co-star places high stakes on higher education. Through his latest book, marketing events and speaking engagements Johns is constantly educating and motivating others to pursue their dreams. Johns recently spoke to a packed house of teens in New York at an event presented by Entertainers for Education,  as a part of the  :I Will Graduate" youth development program.


Daymond John Event
Executive Director Tonya Lewis Taylor with ABC's SHARK TANK Daymond John.
Daymond John Event
NYCDOE teachers pose with Daymond John poster.
Daymond John Event
Enthusiastic students pose with Daymond John poster.
Executive Dir. Tonya Lewis Taylor discusses with mogul Daymond John his new book "The Power of Broke."
Executive Director Tonya Lewis Taylor (left) and Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna (right) gives words of encouragement to students.
Daymond John  Event
Chief of Staff Albee Mascall & Deputy Chief of Staff Tajuana Hamm representing Senator James Sanders 10th Senator District.

Entertainers 4 Education Alliance, Inc. (501c3) organization is headquartered in New York City. Our award-winning I WILL GRADUATE CAMPAIGN is our drop-out prevention initiative and call to action for students, parents, and the entire community to increase educational achievement in youth.     Our goal is to provide powerful messages to youth and parents about the importance of educational excellence.  We accomplish this through youth development programs, parent engagement, community outreach exciting events, various forms of multi-media and corporate partnerships.   We enlist the talents, resources of the music and entertainment industry along with prominent high profile individuals to stress the importance and coolness of being educated - "Smart is the New Cool." 
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Shirley Caesar &Anthony Hamilton collaborate on “IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S OK”

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THE REIGNING QUEEN OF GOSPEL
PASTOR SHIRLEY CAESAR
RELEASES NEW SINGLE “IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S OK”
(FEAT. ANTHONY HAMILTON)
 
 
Available Now, “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” Makes TV Debut on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel”
 
NASHVILLE, TN (January 29, 2016) – The Reigning Queen of Gospel, 11-time GRAMMY®-winning legend Shirley Caesar creates another unforgettable hit with the debut of her new single “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (feat. Anthony Hamilton), bringing her acclaimed rich voice and powerful talents in ministry to fire up the spirits of music lovers everywhere.  Available now on iTunes and launching at Gospel radio, “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (feat. Anthony Hamilton) is the first single from her forthcoming new album, slated for release this spring. 
 
Giving peers and fans a sneak peek, Pastor Caesar commanded the stage at the taping of BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” for the song’s television debut, live for the first time with Anthony Hamilton in an invigorating performance that had the crowd on its feet.  Fans can catch their soulful performance of “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” in its entirety when “Celebration of Gospel” airs on BET this Sunday, January 31st (at 8 pm/7c).  Caesar also opens the Andraé Crouch all-star tribute performance on “Celebration of Gospel.” 
 
Written by Courtney Rumble and Stanley Brown, “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” was produced by celebrated musician/composer/producer Stanley Brown.  Remaining a sensational gospel innovator, Pastor Caesar’s new album will showcase her prolific talents in music and ministry that have made her a beloved trailblazer for over 50 years.  Caesar has recorded over 40 albums to date, including her most recent acclaimed album Good God, garnering career accolades from world leaders, music peers, induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame, 18 Dove Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, and has been named an honoree to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.     
 
Shirley Caesar says: “It has been more than two years since I have recorded a project so needless to say I am very excited about my new release, ‘It’s Alright, It’s Ok’ that also features Anthony Hamilton. It is my prayer that you will be blessed not only by this song but all the others that will be featured on my upcoming release.”
 
*Shirley Caesar performs “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” with Anthony Hamilton on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” airing on Sunday, January 31st at 8 pm/7c.
 
*Tune in to the radio premiere of “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” on the “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” airing on Monday, February 1st.
 
*Tune in to Shirley Caesar’s interview with Donnie McClurkin on “The Donnie McClurkin Show” airing on Monday, February 15th.          
 
Shirley Caesar: “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (feat. Anthony Hamilton) is available on iTunes now:
 
“It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (Audio)
 
For more information on Pastor Shirley Caesar, visit:
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WOW GOSPEL 2016 RELEASED

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Chart-Topping Series Releases CD and DVD Collection with 30 Hit Songs and 17 Videos from Anthony Brown, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene, and More!  
 
NEW YORK, NY (January 29, 2016) – Today, WOW GOSPEL delivers another must-have collection with the new double CD and DVD release of WOW GOSPEL 2016, available digitally and in stores everywhere.  An acclaimed series that has been a vital cornerstone among music lovers for almost 20 years, this year’s diverse collection on WOW GOSPEL 2016 showcases the legendary artists and newcomers on the top gospel tracks of 2015. 
 
Comprised of 30 songs and 17 videos, WOW GOSPEL 2016 encompasses the sounds of contemporary gospel, praise and worship and inspiration that longtime gospel consumers love  and new fans can discover.   WOW GOSPEL 2016 includes songs from: newcomers Travis Greene (“Intentional”), The Walls Group (“Love On The Radio”), Geoffrey Golden (“Kingdom”), Casey J (“Fill Me Up”), and stars such as Richard Smallwood (“Same God”), Marvin Sapp (“Yes You Can”), Kirk Franklin (“Before I Die”), Israel Houghton (“How Awesome Is Our God” feat. Yolanda Adams), Erica Campbell (“Help” feat. Lecrae), and Tamela Mann (“This Place”), with over 30 artists total.   
 
WOW GOSPEL’s 19th annual compilation is brought to you by RCA Inspiration, Motown Gospel and Word Entertainment.  The WOW GOSPEL 2016 companion DVD highlights 14 top gospel videos from 2015 and 3 bonus videos, including: Fred Hammond (“I Will Trust”), Jason Nelson (“I Am”), Jonathan McReynolds (“Gotta Have You”), Tasha Cobbs (“Jesus Saves”), Brian Courtney Wilson (“Worth Fighting For”) and more.
 
Last year’s compilation WOW GOSPEL 2015, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and appeared on the Billboard 200 music chart, marking the 17th consecutive year for WOW GOSPEL albums to debut at #1 on that chart.  The WOW Gospel Music Series was created in 1998. Since then, the series has been inspiring people all over the world, selling over 8 million units.
 
WOW Gospel 2016 CD (Release: January 29, 2016)
Disc 1
 
1.       Before I Die -  Kirk Franklin
2.       Bless The Lord - Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
3.       Immediately - Tasha Cobbs 
4.       I Am - Jason Nelson
5.       Fill Me Up - Casey J
6.       This Place - Tamela Mann
7.       Fix Me - Tim Bowman Jr.
8.       Different -Tasha Page Lockhart
9.       Help - Erica Campbell Featuring Lecrae
10.   Gotta Have You - Jonathan McReynolds
11.   Nobody - Tye Tribbett
12.   Intentional - Travis Greene
13.   It Will Be Alright - Brian Courtney Wilson
14.   Kingdom - Geoffrey Golden
15.   Love On The Radio - The Walls Group 
     
Disc 2
 
1.       Level Next - John P. Kee
2.       Great God, Great Praise - Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers 
3.       My Words Have Power - Karen Clark Sheard 
4.       Grace - Ricky Dillard & New G
5.       Amazing - Hezekiah Walker
6.       I Will Trust - Fred Hammond
7.       How Awesome Is Our God - Israel Houghton Featuring Yolanda Adams
8.       I Need A Word - Smokie Norful 
9.       Yes You Can - Marvin Sapp
10.   I’m Still Here - Donnie McClurkin Featuring Tina Campbell
11.   Already Getting Better - William Murphy
12.   King Oh King -  Maurette Brown Clark
13.   Same God - Richard Smallwood With Vision
14.   Nobody Like Our God - Myron Butler & Levi
15.   Holding On - VaShawn Mitchell 
 
WOW Gospel 2016 DVD (Release: January 29, 2016)
 
1.       The Walls Group- Love On The Radio
2.       Fred Hammond- I Will Trust
3.       Tasha Cobbs- Jesus Saves
4.       Myron Butler- Nobody Like Our God
5.       Israel & New Breed Featuring Yolanda Adams- How Awesome Is Our God
6.       Smokie Norful- Forever Yours
7.       Jason Nelson- I Am
8.       Jonathan McReynolds- Gotta Have You
9.       Erica Campbell Featuring Lecrae- Help
10.   Travis Greene- Intentional
11.   Jermaine Dolly- You
12.   Janice Gaines- Wait On You
13.   Brian Courtney Wilson- Worth Fighting For
14.   The Rance Allen Group- A Lil’ Louder (Clap Your Hands)
 
Bonus Videos:
15.   Casey J- Fill Me Up (Lyric Video)
16.   Crystal Aikin- So Amazing (Lyric Video)
17.   VaShawn Mitchell- Holding On (Lyric Video)
 
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FIRST "GRAMMY® RED CARPET LIVE" TO AIR ON GRAMMY NIGHT

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"GRAMMY® RED CARPET LIVE,"A NEW ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL HOSTED BY
NANCY O'DELL, KEVIN FRAZIER, AND SHAD
 MOSS, TO BE BROADCAST FEB. 15 ON CBS

 
The Special Marks The First Time CBS Will Air A Live Red Carpet Show Prior To The GRAMMY Awards Telecast

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2016) — For the first time, CBS will air a live red carpet show prior to the GRAMMY Awards® broadcast with the new special "GRAMMY® RED CARPET LIVE," hosted by Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier ("Entertainment Tonight") and Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, ("CSI: Cyber"), Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET (check local listings for other time zones) on the CBS Television Network.

The GRAMMY Awards® action kicks off early when the hosts go behind the scenes at the STAPLES Center to see the coolest fashion trends, get the inside scoop, and talk to music's biggest stars before they take the stage for Music's Biggest Night®.

Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier serve as co-hosts of Entertainment Tonight, the number-one syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. Multi-platinum recording artist Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, stars in "CSI: Cyber," on the Network, and has been working for nearly 20 years in the film, television, and music industry.

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 15, 2916, 8:00-11:30 p.m. ET (check local listings for other time zones) on the CBS Television Network. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award winner LL COOL J will host Music's Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year.
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Recording Academy president's response to the passing of Jefferson Airplaneco-founder Paul Kantner

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 The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Paul Kantner
Jan. 28, 2016


Paul Kantner was a folk/rock giant and integral part of the 1960s rock scene. A founding member of Jefferson Airplane, who are receiving our Lifetime Achievement Award this year, Paul was a key architect in the development of what became known as the San Francisco Sound. A multifaceted singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer, he was essential to the success of such classic Airplane songs as “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit.” The music community has lost a true icon, and we share our deepest condolences with Paul’s family and friends, and with those who had the privilege of collaborating with him.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

World War II thriller blends action, suspense, and humor

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MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. -- With the passing of the greatest generation, fewer and fewer of the great WWII heroes and heroines remain. "This sad fact," says author Rich DiSilvio, "is my impetus to keep this unique chapter of history alive. Additionally, I feel it's imperative to reveal facts that have not been told to the broader public, such as those in this novel. It's disturbing how the human will and morals can collapse under dire circumstances." While Rich has treated this subject before in his non-fictional tome, The Winds of Time, and his fictional thriller, Liszt's Dante Symphony, he has now chosen to entangle the horrors of Auschwitz with a gripping and fast-paced tale that includes suspenseful twists and turns, and his trademark wit and humor, thus making My Nazi Nemesis unlike any other WWII novel.

What also sets DiSilvio's novel apart is the shocking fact that the main villain at Auschwitz is not a German, but rather a Jew. While Germans have long suffered the stigma of the Holocaust, the ugly truth was that other ethnic and religious groups aided in the brutal killings, including Jewish kapos, who were just as cruel and wicked, yet have evaded the spotlight, at least until now. Likewise, DiSilvio's protagonist, Jack Goodwin, oozes with character, being clever yet cunning, humorous yet lethal, and philosophical yet flippant. A strong supporting cast help carry the twisting story lines forward, as two strong women take on critical and heroic roles. With gripping scenes in various European and American cities and time shifts from WWII to the 1950s and 60s during the Cold War, My Nazi Nemesis is a tour-de-force that exposes disturbing facts about an endlessly fascinating and misunderstood era, while adding comic relief to a twisting story line that will keep the reader glued to its perplexing pages until its very shocking conclusion.
Rich DiSilvio has written magazine articles, short stories, and books on topics such as history, politics, the fine arts, classical and modern music, and architecture. DiSilvio's books have garnered praise from professors, HISTORY/A+E, and noted biographers for his attention to historical details and his masterful skill for incorporating these elements into a cohesive fictional story line.
Hardcover: $32.99 978-0-9817625-8-6 Paperback: $14.99 978-0-9817625-7-9 Also available on Kindle
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24th Annual Trumpet Awards Airs Fri. Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Bounce TV

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LOS ANGELES (Jan. 28, 2016) -The Trumpet Awards Foundation and title sponsor American Family Insurance presented the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, celebrating and honoring history-making entertainment, humanitarian, political and philanthropic individuals, which will world premiere on
Bounce TV on Friday, Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). 
 
"The Best Man" and ABC sitcom "Uncle Buck" actress Nia Long and "Think Like A Man Too" and "The Perfect Match" star Terrence J hosted the black-tie ceremony, held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.
 
Kicking-off the show was a crowd-pleasing special tribute to the GRAMMY® Award-winning iconic group Salt-N-Pepa, in celebration of their 30-year anniversary in hip-hop. The tribute included a special performance by Salt-N-Pepa, who took the stage to perform their smash hit "Push It," as well as featured appearances by rappers MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Monie Love.
 

Two extraordinary performances of the evening included a soul-stirring rendition of the Adele hit single "Hello" by GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter Joe, as well as an emotionally riveting performance by R&B and jazz singer Andra Day, who sang "America the Beautiful" which she sang during a very special tribute to all 18 African American Women of the United States Congress who were honored with the prestigious "Political Leadership Award."

 

One of the biggest highlights of the evening was the honoring of comedian and actor George Wallace with the "Legend Award," and a very special appearance and tribute by Academy® Award-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique.
 

Other stand-out performers, presenters and special guests who graced the stage at this year's milestone show included two of the stars of Bounce TV's upcoming and much-anticipated original new drama series Saints & Sinners, Clifton Powell and Christian Keyes; R&B singer-songwriter Vivian Green; Kelly Price and gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, both of whom sang new original songs from the forthcoming Saints & Sinners series soundtrack; Raheem DeVaughn;actors Regina Hall; Michael Ealy; Bryshere "Yazz" Gray; R&B recording artist Al B. Sure and journalist Ed Gordon.


Celebrated Actors, Singers, Politicians & Humanitarians 
Headline the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards World Premiering Fri. Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Bounce TV
 
 
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 28, 2016) -The Trumpet Awards Foundation and title sponsor American Family Insurance presented the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards,celebrating and honoring history-making entertainment, humanitarian, political and philanthropic individuals, which will world premiere on
Bounce TV on Friday, Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). 
 
"The Best Man" and ABC sitcom "Uncle Buck" actress Nia Long and "Think Like A Man Too" and "The Perfect Match" star Terrence J hosted the black-tie ceremony, held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.
 
Kicking-off the show was a crowd-pleasing special tribute to the GRAMMY® Award-winning iconic group Salt-N-Pepa, in celebration of their 30-year anniversary in hip-hop. The tribute included a special performance by Salt-N-Pepa, who took the stage to perform their smash hit "Push It," as well as featured appearances by rappers MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Monie Love.
 

Two extraordinary performances of the evening included a soul-stirring rendition of the Adele hit single "Hello" by GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter Joe, as well as an emotionally riveting performance by R&B and jazz singer Andra Day, who sang "America the Beautiful" which she sang during a very special tribute to all 18 African American Women of the United States Congress who were honored with the prestigious "Political Leadership Award."

 

One of the biggest highlights of the evening was the honoring of comedian and actor George Wallace with the "Legend Award," and a very special appearance and tribute by Academy® Award-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique.
 

Other stand-out performers, presenters and special guests who graced the stage at this year's milestone show included two of the stars of Bounce TV's upcoming and much-anticipated original new drama series Saints & Sinners, Clifton Powell and Christian Keyes; R&B singer-songwriter Vivian Green; Kelly Price and gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, both of whom sang new original songs from the forthcoming Saints & Sinners series soundtrack; Raheem DeVaughn;actors Regina Hall; Michael Ealy; Bryshere "Yazz" Gray; R&B recording artist Al B. Sure and journalist Ed Gordon.

 

Trumpet Awards Presenters (From Left to Right) - Actors Terrence Jenkins, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Nia Long
Trumpet Awards Honorees Salt N' Pepa and DJ Spinderella
Trumpet Awards Honoree
Singer/Songwriters Ne-Yo and Singer Kelly Price 
Legend Awards Honoree George Wallace and Academy Award Winning Actress/Comedian Mo'Nique


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EWF, Celia Cruz, Run DMC among Grammy Lifetime Achievement Recipients

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RUTH BROWN, CELIA CRUZ, EARTH, WIND & FIRE, HERBIE HANCOCK, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE,  LINDA RONSTADT, AND RUN DMC TO BE HONORED WITH THE RECORDING ACADEMY® LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

JOHN CAGE, FRED FOSTER, AND CHRIS STRACHWITZ TO BE HONORED WITH TRUSTEES AWARD

EMT AND DR. HARVEY FLETCHER TO RECEIVE TECHNICAL GRAMMY® AWARDS

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2016) The Recording Academy® announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring of 2016. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy." Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified by The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

About the Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:

Ruth Brown* began her musical career in the church choir at the tender age of 4. A singer/songwriter, record producer, composer, and actress noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music, Brown became one of the undisputed architects of the genre.  She recorded a number of hit songs, including "I'll Wait For You," "I Know," "5-10-15 Hours," and "Mambo Baby." She later went on to have a successful theater career.

Celia Cruz* was one of the most popular salsa singers and performers in history. Known internationally as the "Queen of Salsa," the Cuban-American Cruz was a larger-than life-personality. She recorded 23 gold albums and was a recipient of the United States National Medal of Arts. Cruz received three GRAMMY Awards and four Latin GRAMMY Awards.



Six-time GRAMMY winners Earth, Wind & Fire were one of the most important and innovative contemporary pop/R&B musical forces of the 20th century. Members Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Johnny Graham*, Ralph Johnson, Al McKay, Fred White, Maurice White, Verdine White, and Andrew Woolfolk built the group's distinctive signature sound, which  has remained profoundly influential. Successfully breaking down all musical genre boundaries since forming in 1969, they recorded seven #1 R&B singles and eight Top 10 pop albums. Earth Wind & Fire earned more than 50 gold and platinum album certifications and more than 90 million albums worldwide, placing them on the list of best-selling musical artists of all time.

One of the most revered and idiosyncratic figures in jazz, Herbie Hancock has been at the forefront almost every development in electronic and acoustic jazz and R&B. A stylistically diverse and ever-intriguing canon of songs, including "Maiden Voyage" and "Rockit," has helped earn him 14 GRAMMY Awards during his impressive five-decade-plus professional solo career.

Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden*, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Grace Slick comprised Jefferson Airplane, pioneers of counterculture-era psychedelic rock. Emerging from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success, performing at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s — Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969), and Altamont (1969). Their 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the "Summer of Love." Two hits from that album, "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit," are among Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt is one of the most popular interpretive singers of all time, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the 1970s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as Ronstadt moved into the 1980s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave influences. Her later years saw the 10-time GRAMMY winner exploring traditional pop, Latin, and musical theater.

RUN DMC, comprising of Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell*, and Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, were one of the most influential and best-known acts in the history of rap. They were the first group in the genre to have a gold album (RUN DMC., 1984) and to be nominated for a GRAMMY Award.  They were also the first hip-hop group to earn a platinum record (King Of Rock, 1985), and the first to earn multiplatinum certification (Raising Hell, 1986).

 About the Trustees Award Honorees:

John Cage* was an avant-garde composer whose inventive works and unorthodox ideas profoundly influenced the entire music industry. His innovative ideas on composition and performance influenced a broad spectrum of artists including fellow musicians, dancers, choreographers, painters and more. Cage remained on the leading edge of both playful and profound experimentalism for the greater part of his career. One of Cage's best-known and most sonically intriguing innovations, the prepared piano, has become an almost commonplace compositional resource.

Music entrepreneur Fred Foster contributed a great deal to the Nashville music scene of the 1960s and 1970s as a producer and as the head of one of the city's strongest independent labels, Monument Records.  He is best known for producing many classic hits by Roy Orbison. He also played a vital role in the career of Kris Kristofferson, and worked with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Ray Stevens, among others.  From 1960 to 1964, Foster produced the overwhelming bulk of hit songs with which Orbison is associated: "Only The Lonely," "In Dreams," "Running Scared," "Blue Bayou," "Blue Angel," "Dream Baby," "Crying," "Candy Man," "Mean Woman Blues," "It's Over," and "Oh, Pretty Woman."

Chris Strachwitz has made his living celebrating the music he loves – music that forms the fabric of both American and international culture.  He is the founder of Arhoolie Records and produces much of the content he releases. To blues fans he is a legend, releasing seminal works by Mississippi Fred McDowell, Mance Lipscomb, Charlie Musselwhite, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Joe Williams, Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Earl Hooker, and Elizabeth Cotten, and many others. Strachwitz also produces Cajun music, highlighted by his releases by Clifton Chenier, and also focused on Mexican recordings, especially Norteño music.

About the Technical GRAMMY Award Recipients:

Known as the father of stereophonic sound, Dr. Harvey Fletcher* was a prominent physicist, credited with inventing the hearing aid and the first audiometer. Through his research, he was able to document and demonstrate the spatial effects of sound, which he called auditory perspective, or stereo. However, it was his profound interest in music that led Fletcher to partner with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and this collaboration produced more than 100 stereo recordings. In his tests, listeners were often unable to distinguish the difference between the live orchestra and the recordings.

EMT (Elektro-mess-technik) was founded in Berlin in 1940, originally manufacturing high-end turntables.  In 1957, the company made a huge breakthrough with the release of the EMT 140 Reverberation Unit — the first plate reverb. Upon its introduction, the EMT 140 Reverberation Unit quickly garnered popularity, providing a smoother substitute to spring reverb systems, simplifying the process of affecting recorded sound while providing the engineer with a more versatile and customizable interface than acoustic chambers. With the plates' introduction, the sound of popular music changed dramatically as evident in English recordings made at Abbey Road by the Beatles and Pink Floyd, as well as RCA Victor recordings by Nashville’s Chet Atkins and many others.

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Baton Rouge's Anthony Nelson T The Overcomers release debut album on Jan. 29

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URBAN CONTEMPORARY GROUP
ANTHONY NELSON & THE OVERCOMERS
TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
“LOVE JESUS, LOVE PEOPLE” ON JANUARY 29, 2016
 
Baton Rouge, LA: A dynamic new urban contemporary gospel group Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers is ready to explode on to the national landscape with its debut album “Love Jesus, Love People” releasing on iTunes and all major digital retail sites on January 29, 2016. The head-bobbing radio single “Dedicate” is making a quick path up the Billboard and Mediabase gospel radio airplay charts with an intoxicating vibe that sways between Smooth Jazz and Adult R&B. View Lyric Video on Vevo: http://www.vevo.com/watch/FR1A91501713.
 
The group’s rhythm is a blend of Bebe & CeCe Winans’ inspirational R&B (Listen to “Give Me A Clean Heart”) and the 1970s-era group The Soul Children’s deep soul gospel harmonies (check out “Love My Enemies”). It’s an adventurous and welcome combination that permeates this dazzling, twelve-song set of faith-driven affirmations. When they sing, “the world has nothing I desire” on the beautiful ballad “We Adore You,” we believe them. Without seeking to be an R&B crossover group, they have nonetheless perfected a sound combining forthright spiritual lyrics and a smoothly commercial Adult R&B sound that will make the septet’s music just as at home at urban radio as it will be at gospel.
 
Nelson, a self-taught musician is an engineer with a petrochemical company and was inspired to launch the group after the death of his parents. An only child, he briefly strayed from church after their deaths but eventually returned and says, “God miraculously helped me to realize that He placed the gifts of songwriting, composing, producing and musicianship (piano, organ, bass guitar and guitar) in me to minister to people around the world about three years ago.   It's a powerful testimony of what God can do when you are obedient to Him.” The cluster is comprised of Nelson’s relatives Melini Redditt, Hollis Brown Redditt, Lynn Burnett, Michael Burnett, Shalandra “Dee” Irvin and Charles Frazier. Visit http://antheovercomers.com for more information.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CHART-TOPPER DEITRICK HADDON RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO “BE LIKE JESUS” AND PERFORMS ON TV THIS WEEK

buzzz worthy. . .

 
Catch Haddon’s upcoming TV appearances on “Celebration of Gospel” “Trumpet Awards,” and “Lift Every Voice”
 
3-time GRAMMY® nominated, multiple Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artist and TV personality Deitrick Haddon releases a new music video for the single “Be Like Jesus” and lights up television screens this week with national appearances on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel,” “Lift Every “Voice” and the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards.  Debuting the “Be Like Jesus” music video with Interactive One, the songwriter/producer pens an open, motivating message on the catchy tune, his latest single off his chart-topping eighth solo album MASTERPIECE.    
 
Directed by Yolande Geralds and filmed in Los Angeles, the video will premiere with Interactive One on Wednesday January 27th and will be released on VEVO on Thursday January 28th.  In addition to the new music video release, Deitrick Haddon brings his signature electrifying live performances to the stages of “Celebration of Gospel” and the Trumpet Awards.  Airing January 31st, he delivers a thrilling opening performance on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” this year, packed with a soaring mix of reggae, gospel, hip-hop, dance and more on the songs “Be Like Jesus / “On The Way.”  He performs a different song, the reflective “Under Control” on the Trumpet Awards airing January 29th.  Haddon will also be featured on BET’s “Lift Every Voice,” airing the morning of January 31st.
 
*Catch Deitrick Haddon’s performance on the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, premiering on Friday January 29th at 9 pm ET on BOUNCE TV.
 
*Catch Deitrick Haddon’s interview on “Lift Every Voice,” airing on Sunday January 31st at 10 am/9c on BET.
 
*Catch Deitrick Haddon’s opening performance on “Celebration of Gospel,” airing on Sunday January 31st at 8 pm/7c on BET. 
 
*Check out Deitrick Haddon’s new music video for “Be Like Jesus,” and new lyric video for “Under Control”:
 
“Be Like Jesus” music video
 
“Under Control” lyric video
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