"I kept them in the same key," said Grammy nominated Will Downing about his newest album release, "Black Pearl,"
full of female cover songs. The Shanachie Entertainment project has an album cover with Downing sitting on a speaker, reminding
me of my younger years when the songs he covers were always on my lips, accompanied by me on my red lead guitar, my red microphone
and black speaker - just like on his album cover. Will Downing will take you back too, to an era where the majority of the
songs had deep meaningful content. The first single off his "Black Pearl" project is a prime example with Will covering
Cherrelle's hit "Everything I Miss At Home" - about love found after love is lost. "These songs were sung from
a female perspective...they sing up and I sing down...(but) it was comfortable for me." Love
is love so Downing's version of the songs still shows a picture of love in its many forms. He makes you see the meaning behind
the songs from a male perspective. Will brings the "male sexy" to "Black Pearl" especially on Rufus and
Chaka Khan's hit "Ever Lasting Love" one of my favorites on the project. On this selection not only did Will bring
his signature sexy style to it but the harmony is so tight it's almost perfect. Could that be a result of his wife Audrey
Wheeler Downing providing background vocals? The "Black Pearl" project offers ten songs
that you can enjoy as you relax. Speaking of relaxing...Read the full July 15, 2016 column...>
Grammy winning Fred Hammond to Release Live Album
'Worship Journal Live' September 30, 2016
York, NY) - Fresh off of a packed live recording for his new album Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winner Gospel superstar
and producer Fred Hammond will deliver his much-anticipated project "Worship Journal Live" on September 30, 2016
(RCA Inspiration). .
New American Citizen
Slick Rick Performs July 31, 2016 in Germany at the 'Out4Fame' Festival
(New York, NY) - For the first time since 1990, world-renowned Hip-Hop storyteller
Slick Rick will take his stage show international, performing in Cologne, Germany July 31, 2016 as part of the "Out4Fame"
Festival. His shares the headline with De La Soul, Method Man, Redman, Rick Ross and German rapper Sido.
"Uplifting Minds II" Enter. Conference Sat October 22, 2016 in Hollywood - (562)-424-3836
VIDEO CLIPS OF
Grammy Award winning Justin Timberlake known for such hits as "Cry Me a River," "Suit and Tie" and "Mirrors"
recently released a new single "Can't Stop the Feeling (Dance, Dance Dance)" from the soundtrack of the DreamWorks animation
Trolls . Watch his live performance of the single here!
(Los Angeles, CA) - Emerging
Atlanta based record label Marquis Boone Enterprises, LLC (MBE), a multifaceted full service, entertainment and media company
that holds, endeavors in publishing, music, television, management, and philanthropy are celebrating the success of six Billboard
#1's within the last year from their breakout artists Casey J and Briana "Bri" Babineaux. Founded in 2013 at the
age of 26, budding industry executive Marquis Boone started Marquis Boone Enterprises LLC and rapidly began to launch into
various different business ventures which gained recognition for their innovative marketing ideas, hard work ethic, eye for
talent, and discovering Casey J and then-19 year-old Briana "Bri" Babineaux whom both were launched into global
superstardom. Earlier this year, leading gospel print publication Root Magazine named Boone a "Top 20 Power Player in
Gospel Music in 2015" and was recently featured in The New York Times Newspaper along with his artists Casey J, Bri,
and recent label signees Kelontae Gavin and C. West.
J spent her days contently in the classroom as an educator. Although she'd spent a deal of time as a Worship Leader, and eventually,
a Worship Pastor at Boone's Fresh Start Church of Duluth, GA ( a suburb of Atlanta), being an artist was never in the plans.
Casey J began to sing singer-songwriter Will Reagan's tune "Fill Me Up" at her church and it received such a positive
response that Boone, decided to have her record the song. On January 30, 2015 Casey J recorded her debut album entitled "The
Truth" at her home church. "Fill Me Up" was serviced to gospel radio in the spring of 2014. "Fill Me Up"
hit the #1 spot on March 7, 2015 spending 14 non-consecutive weeks on Billboard's Hot Gospel Airplay chart and eight non-consecutive
weeks at #1 on its Hot Gospel Songs hybrid chart that tabulates airplay, streaming and sales.
Casey J's rousing second single, the spiritual anthem "I'm Yours"reached #1 on March
14, 2016 and maintained that spot for four consecutive weeks. "I'm Yours" and "Fill Me Up" both hail from
Casey J's best-selling album "The Trith" (Marquis Boone Enterprises, LLC/Tyscot Records, LLC). The soul-lifting
project debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums sales chart last spring and has held a spot on the chart for more than
50 weeks. The album also made an impact on the US Billboard 200 landing at #131. It's the first time in the history of the
Billboard Gospel Airplay chart that any artist's debut album has spawned two number one songs on the survey. The success of
Casey J's two singles and debut album led to two 2015 Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominations and a 2016 Stellar Award
win as New Artist of the Year.
Within less than a year, 21-year old
Urban inspirational singer Bri (Briana Babineaux) has become one of the most buzzed about singers on social media and counts
superstars like Rhianna, Brandy and Drake among her nearly 435,000 Instagram fans. Bri started her music career in 2014 with
her YouTube channel. In the fall of 2014, Bri was in a depressed state after a romantic breakup when some friends encouraged
her to go out with them to get her mind off of her heartache. They were fooling around when she started to sing Grammy nominated
artist Tonex's popular song "Make Me Over". One of her friends posted a camera phone video of it on YouTube around
3:00 AM and within hours her riveting cover had gone viral garnering over 1.5 million views. The Louisiana native's video
was seen by Boone, who became her manager and signed her to his record label after turning down several offers to record R&B
music. After spending time with Bri and getting to know her heart and soul, Boone began to get a feel of what kind of album
he wanted to create around her voice and then he partnered with Tyscot Music & Entertainment to bring his vision to life.
Bri recorded her first live album at Doppler Studios in Atlanta to an invitation-only audience of family, friends and fans.
Bri released her debut gGospel song "I'll Be The One" in June 2015 and
watched it spring onto four different Billboard Magazine sales charts including the Gospel Digital Songs chart where
it hit #1 and made Billboard history as the first vocalist to debut in the #1 spot on the Digital Gospel chart without aid
of radio airplay, a national television appearance or prior sales history. Since that time, the song has become a Top 10 Gospel
radio hit. The uplifting single also premiered at #13 on Billboard's Mainstream Hot Singles Sales chart. Her debut album "Keys
to My Heart" released on March 25, 2016. This album charted on three Billboard Magazine charts while it placed on the
Top Gospel Albums, Billboard 200, and the Independent Albums charts, where it peaked at #1 (two consecutive weeks), #138,
and #9 correspondingly.