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KIERRA SHEARD RELEASES NEW EP LED + UPCOMING APPEARANCES

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Detroit, MI (November 20, 2015) – Today, award-winning singer, fashion designer and television star Kierra Sheard has released LED, an EP that had her teaming up with her brother, producer J. Drew Sheard II and contributing producer Jor’Dan Armstrong. In a similar vein as recent full-length public releases from artists Beyoncé and J. Cole, Kierra decided to forego the tradition of promoting singles through radio in advance of today’s release. Available digitally on iTunes, the 8-track EP is made up of an array of sounds and styles that will give you a back-in-the-day vibe. The title track, “LED,” has a strong sound and message that is sure to keep your head bobbing while listening. Other songs on the project include “Make Me Better,” “Oh Jesus” and “So Easy,” and all will have listeners transported to wherever the music leads them. On what helped inspire Kierra to give LED the sound that she and J. Drew did, she says, "A youngster who knows real music. You'll …

2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees Announcement

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® ANNOUNCES  2016 GRAMMY HALL OF FAME® INDUCTEES 26 Recordings Added to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®
Residing at the GRAMMY Museum®
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2015) — Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its vaunted GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®. This latest round of inducted recordings continues to highlight diversity and recording excellence, and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. With 26 new titles, the list, now in its 43rd year, currently totals 1,013 recordings and is on display at the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE.

"The …

Live Peformance Launches New Genre in E-Publishing

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Live Performance Launches New Genre in E-Publishing

Fictional Series Looks Like a Fashion Magazine, Creates Narrative Commerce Experience SANTA FE, N.M., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Haute Fiction, an episodic e-series with the aesthetic and commercial properties of a fashion magazine, will launch in a theatrical presentation by author Theresa DiGiorgio at El Museo Cultural on December 6, 2015. Haute Fiction creates the first narrative commerce series designed in multi-column, full color magazine layout. The cross genre format combines magazine publishing, brand marketing, fashion and women's fiction in an interactive web platform. Each chapter is presented with original imagery and links to fashion brand, commerce and social media sites. With a click, HauteFiction readers become shoppers. Haute Fiction tells the story of a woman searching for something to wear as she professes, "My closet has a more interesting life than I do. If only I had the kind of life …

Downton Abbey finale viewing event in Atlanta

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Bid a fond farewell to the worldwide phenomenon and see the first episode of "Downton Abbey: Season 6" before anyone else. Join Georgia Public Broadcasting on Thursday, December 17th at 200 Peachtree for "An Evening at Downton Abbey" with special guest Jessica Fellowes, official "Downton Abbey" companion book author. Choose from three VIP ticket packages. Options include a meet and greet book signing with Jessica Fellowes, dinner and dancing, exclusive silent auction and a luxurious night at the Ritz Carlton Downtown. Get your tickets at https://secure3.convio.net/gpb/site/Ecommerce?store_id=5981 or reserve a table by calling 404-685-2608.

“Downton Abbey” Season 6 premieres in the U.S. on PBS on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.  The ending will already be spoiled by the time it airs in America as final episode in Europe airs on Christmas Day. 

KIRK FRANKLIN RELEASES NEW ALBUM AFTER FIVE YEARS + "THE" BREAKFAST CLUB INTERVIEW

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First Single “Wanna Be Happy?” #1 Digital Gospel Track For Ten Weeks Straight Dallas, TX -- Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and music icon, Kirk Franklin, released his eleventh studio album LOSING MY RELIGION (Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA Records). Franklin’s highly anticipated album, LOSING MY RELIGION boasts 13 soul-stirring tracks including the #1 lead single, “Wanna Be Happy?”.  The single debuted at #1 on Billboard and broke the record previously set by Franklin with “I Smile (2011)” to become the best first-week digital single in gospel sales history.   The central message of LOSING MY RELIGION, which features guest artists, Kim Burrell, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Lalah Hathaway, Tamela Mann, Tasha Page-Lockhart and Sarah Reeves, is for one to truly see and understand the most essential aspect of their faith, and that’s their relationship with God. When asked what he hopes that listeners take away from the album, Franklin says, "The…

Gospel History: "Best Of" album from gospel pioneer Marion Williams released

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Were it not for Gospel music, Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and the Blues would not exist. Gospel music, from its earliest church moan, has been the bedrock of American music. One of its greatest proponents is Marion Williams who Rolling Stone Magazine called "the greatest singer ever." The Pioneering Gospel singer's unrelenting four-octave range, unrivaled swooping phrases, uncanny sense of timing, mesmerizing whoops, leaps and growls, changed music and not just Gospel forever. The essence of Marion Williams' sound is evidenced in the music of such diverse music icons as Nina Simone, Little Richard, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and The Beatles. Little Richard's octave-leaping high whoops on "Tutti Frutti" and other classics are testament to Marion Williams' influence and Aretha Franklin's versions of Williams' biggest hits "Surely God Is Able" and "Packin' Up," confirm the 'Quee…

White House and Dept. of Labor invest millions in TechHire Grants Competition, launching today

Launch $100 Million TechHire Grant Competition Including $50 Million for Young Americans
Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Broderick Johnson, and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, will travel to Baltimore, Maryland to announce new steps to advance the President’s TechHire initiative and expand opportunities for young Americans to get trained and placed into well-paying tech jobs. Baltimore is launching its TechHire initiative to expand pathways into tech jobs to those who have historically been left out of Baltimore’s economy and those who are underrepresented in tech fields. 
America has about 5.5 million open jobs today. Over half a million job openings are in information technology fields such as software development, network administration, and cybersecurity—rapidly growing sectors with many more jobs than just a decade ago. Whether in manufacturing, advertising, retail or banking, the ave…

MUSIC THERAPY(PHOTOS): Deitrick Haddon hosts a gospel paint 'n sip

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Gospel artist taps into the wine and art socializing trend 


Award winning Gospel artist and "Preachers of L.A." Executive Producer Deitrick Haddon tested the DC market on Sunday, holding an exclusive paint 'n sip CD listening  party for the new album "Masterpiece." Appropriately held at Christian owned Uncorked art shop in the heart of the artsy Adams Morgan district, guests received a ticket for painting and their choice of a glass of red or white wine. Haddon joined fans at the blank canvas and created his own unique piece of fine art as his music played overhead. The event was such a rousing success the label, eOne has decided to expand the concept to New York, Atlanta and L.A.  There is more to come in a future full report. . .









I tapped into my inner Renoir  and created a piece for Paris in light of the recent terrorist attack.
I call it "Paris Rouge."

DONNIE MCCLURKIN AND KIM BURRELL LEAD SING-ALONG CONCERT AT CARNEGIE HALL ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9

buzzz worthy. . Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2015) - On Wednesday, December 9, at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents two of gospel music’s biggest stars—Donnie McClurkin and Kim Burrell—in a one-of-a-kind participatory concert in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Under the musical direction of the multi-faceted producer, composer, and director Ray Chew, the multiple Grammy Award–winning McClurkin is joined by Burrell—an exuberant vocalist who has performed with stars from the worlds of gospel, jazz, and R&B—to lead an all-star ensemble in a concert where the audience joins voices with the artists on stage as part of what McClurkin calls a “landmark sing-along concert.” Tickets, priced at $32–$62 are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org. McClurkin and Burrell’s humble beginnings before rising to world renown…