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February 2015

NEW VOICES/LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! Soulful Duo Saun & Starr to Release Debut CD “Look Closer” in U.S. May 19th, 2015

Saun & Starr
Daptone Records Announce ‘Look Closer’ Debut Album By Saun & Starr Released May 18th In The UK & May 19th in the US.
Soulful duo Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan became friends when they met at an open mic night in Harlem in the ’80s. For the past five years they have sung backing vocals for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

Steve Harvey to Host the 13th Annual Neighborhoods Awards | Aug. 6th-9th, 2015

2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey
Tickets for the Neighborhood Awards and Neighborhood Awards Weekend
August 6th – 9th in Atlanta
On Sale February 27th
ATLANTA, GA (February 26, 2015) – Steve Harvey, EMMY winning talk show and Family Feud host and star of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, is excited to announce the 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards and Neighborhood Awards Weekend!

American Pianists Association’s Jazz Fellowship Awards | March 27th-28th, 2015

American Pianists Association Fellowship Awards 2015
(from left to right): Christian Sands, Zach Lapidus,
Emmet Cohen, Kris Bowers, and Sullivan Fortner
American Pianists Association’s Jazz Fellowship Awards –
Semi-Finals on Friday, March 27
Finals on Saturday, March 28
Competition to be Judged by Amina Figarova,
Bill Charlap, Edward Simon, Billy Childs and Al Pryor
with Emcee Christian McBride & Guest Vocalist Dianne Reeves
NBC News Anchor Lester Holt Named Honorary Chair
On Friday, March 27, the American Pianists Association’s Jazz Fellowship Awards presented by REI Real Estate Services Semi-Finals presented by Barnes & Thornburg will take place at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, IN featuring each of the 5 Finalists over two sets. The five Finalists, in no particular order, are: Christian Sands, Zach Lapidus, Emmet Cohen, Kris Bowers, and Sullivan Fortner.

Damien Sneed to Release Double Disc Project “Broken To Minister: The Deluxe Edition” on March 3rd, 2015

LeChateau Earl Records Releases Damien Sneed’s New Double Disc Project,
‘Broken to Minister: The Deluxe Edition’ on March 3
The Broken To Minister 15-City Promotional Tour Kicks Off on
Thursday, February 26 in New York City
(New York, NY –February 24, 2015) — LeChateau Earl Records releases multi-genre recording artist and Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient new double disc project, Broken To Minister: The Deluxe Edition on March 3. This release marks the first of a series of releases by Sneed and label co-founder, Bishop Iona Locke under their new deal with Central South Distribution.

LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! Ensemble Willie Marshall & 1 Accord Releases New CD “Journey To Greatness LIVE”

Willie Marshall & 1 Accord Journey To Greatness Live
Dynamic Gospel Ensemble Willie Marshall & 1 Accord Invites Believers To Take A Journey To Greatness With Debut Release
New Record Touts Guest Appearances From Sunday Best’s Kefia Rollerson & Youthful Praise’s Dave McClure
(New Castle, DE) – February 23, 2015 – Gospel ensembles are setting the Gospel music industry ablaze. One of those gifted groups is Delaware-based Willie Marshall & 1 Accord. Focused on delivering uplifting music and bathing listeners in the presence of God, the ensemble has been gaining notoriety as in the Tri-State area.

Platinum Recording Artist Michel’le Partners with Saving Our Daughters

R&B LA Diva & Singing Mogul, Michel’le, will teach girls how to build self-esteem through music
LA Diva & Singing Mogul, Michel’le, will teach girls how to build self esteem through music
As the Saving Our Cinderellas’ program is building their mentors for the acting part of the curriculum, it now has some of the iconic women singers in R&B & Hip-Hop music enlisting for the vocal component of the program to provide inspiration.

TV Gospel Special “ROCK MY SOUL” to Premiere on PBS Starting Feb. 28th

Rock My Soul
‘ROCK MY SOUL’ Premieres March 2015 on PBS
Gospel Legends and All-Star Guests Come Together in Celebration of One of
America’s Most Popular and Influential Musical Genres
Born of fevered rural tent revivals and urban clapboard churches, gospel music was made for the concert stage. Showmanship and virtuosity transformed this music of hope into one of America’s most popular and influential musical genres as gospel came of age to inform the creators of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and soul revolutions.

R&B Legend Jerry Lawson Releases New CD “Just A Mortal Man” on April 28th, 2015

Jerry Lawson - Just A Mortal Man
At 71, Jerry Lawson – Original Lead Singer of The Persuasions –
Releases His Debut Solo Album, Just a Mortal Man, April 28
New York, NY — In 1999, Eric Brace — then a writer for The Washington Post — wrote an article previewing an upcoming concert by The Persuasions, boldly declaring the group’s lead singer, Jerry Lawson, to be the best soul tenor since Sam Cooke. Two weeks later, he received a pen-on-paper ‘thank you’ note from Jerry. The two quickly became friends and promised to someday make an album together.

Etana & VP Records Join Effort to Fight Ebola with New Campaign

Etana - 2015
Jamaican Songstress Set To Perform at Private Concert Held at the
United Nations General Assembly Hall on Mon. March 2, 2015
Her Single “Better Tomorrow” Selected as Official Campaign Anthem
And Re-Released on March 3 With All Proceeds Going Towards Cause
Led by the United African Congress, Give Them a Hand Foundation and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation – Etana and VP Records have joined the effort to fight Ebola and participate in the “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” campaign and concert at the United Nations on Mon. March 2, 2015.

WATCH NEW VIDEO! Bunny Sigler Releases New Single “When I Think Of You” | New Album “Bundino” Drops April 14th, 2015

Bunny Sigler - When I Think of You
Legendary Singer-Songwriter And Producer Bunny Sigler Releases New Music Video And Radio Single “When I Think Of You” From Upcoming Album Bundino Out April 14
LOS ANGELES, California — Four-time Grammy winning producer/singer/songwriter Bunny Sigler releases a fresh new single that will excite past and present fans. The prolific songwriter who produced the “Philly Sound” excites his audience with this highly anticipated new song continuously showcasing his classic R&B sound going back to his roots for something past fans will be excited for.