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Book – Mindless Behavior – Artist management

Mindless Behavior – Artist management

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Mindless Behavior is an American boy band, best known for the singles “My Girl” and “Mrs. Right”, produced by Walter Millsap. The band was put together in Los Angeles in 2008, by Keisha Gamble, Walter Millsap (who has previously worked with Beyoncé and Timbaland) and Vincent Herbert (Lady Gaga, Toni Braxton), and the band trained in dance and singing for two years before releasing a recording.[1] The members are all in their early teens.They performed “My Girl” on The Today Show in November 2010. Their debut album, #1 Girl, was released on September 20, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart at number seven.

Mindless Behavior toured with the Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber and Jason Derülo, and was the sole opening act for Janet Jackson’s 2011 tour. Mindless Behavior also headlined the first BET Closer to My Dreams Tour alongside Diggy Simmons, Lil Twist, Tyga, Trevante and Jawan Harris. In 2011, Mindless Behavior headlined the SCREAM Tour with Diggy Simmons and featuring The OMG Girlz, Jacob Latimore, and Hamiliton Park. They have been predicted as Future Stars by This Must Be Pop.

In July 2012, they embarked their own 25-city tour, (#1 Girl Tour) with opening acts Jacob Latimore, Lil Twist, and rising star Kayla Brianna.

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Book – Mayer Hawthorne – Artist management

Mayer Hawthorne – Artist management
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Andrew Mayer Cohen (born February 2, 1979), better known by the stage name Mayer Hawthorne, is an American singer, producer, songwriter, arranger, audio engineer, DJ, rapper and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California.The stage name “Mayer Hawthorne” is a combination of Cohen’s real middle name (Mayer) and the name of the street he grew up on in Michigan (Hawthorne Rd). “Mayer Hawthorne and The County” is a name Cohen often uses when performing or recording as Mayer Hawthorne with other artists. In Cohen’s words, “The County” is basically anyone who plays an instrument or sings on his album. It is also his band when he performs live. Cohen also performs and records hip hop under the stage name Haircut, sometimes as part of the groups Now On and Athletic Mic League.

He moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and was eventually signed to Stones Throw Records by label head Peanut Butter Wolf. Originally the Mayer Hawthorne tracks were meant to be just side projects for pleasure, but upon hearing them Peanut Butter Wolf insisted they be made into an album. Hawthorne has had no previous vocal training.

His debut single, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”/”When I Said Goodbye”, was released on a red heart-shaped 7″ record on Stones Throw Records on November 4, 2008. His second single “Maybe So, Maybe No”/”I Wish It Would Rain” was released on a 12″ record on Stones Throw Records on April 19, 2009.His debut album, A Strange Arrangement was released on CD and LP on Stones Throw Records on September 8, 2009.

In July 2009, Hawthorne was featured on the cover of the third anniversary issue of Beyond Race magazine (BRM).

The song “When I Said Goodbye”, was featured in the Kanye West/Spike Jonze short film We Were Once a Fairytale.

Hawthorne’s song, “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’” was featured in the fourth season of Ugly Betty in its finale episode, “Hello Goodbye”. The song begins in the scene at Betty’s goodbye party when Marc asks Troy if he would like to dance.

In 2011, Hawthorne performed guest vocals for the SebastiAn song “Love in Motion” featured on SebastiAn’s 2011 album Total

Discussing How Do You Do, Hawthorne says, “I found my own unique sound on this album, which I’m excited about.” The album has a vintage sound, which involves twelve ’70s inspired tracks, filled with orchestral pop and funky bass lines—”I’ve taken what I can from the classic heroes of soul and updated it with the music I grew up listening to and loving like Public Enemy and Juan Atkins and Cybotron.” He first found his musical voice in hip-hop and rap from his father, who plays in a band in Detroit, Michigan.

On July 15, 2011, Mayer Hawthorne was a guest, along with famed Memphis/Stax Records keyboardist Booker T. Jones, on Episode 43 of Daryl Hall’s Live from Daryl’s House webcast. Hawthorne, Hall, and Jones combined with Hall’s house band on “Strange Arrangement,” “Green Onions”, “No Strings,” “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” and “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’” and Hall’s “You Make My Dreams” and “Private Eyes.” During Hall’s dinner for the group, Hawthorne stated that, when working as a hip hop DJ, he began recording his own Motown-style tracks to avoid paying fees for sampling other artists’ work. He also played all the instruments on each of those tracks, in addition to recording all his own vocals.

Mayer Hawthorne and The County were musical guests on the Conan TV show on October 17, 2011, and the Late Show with David Letterman on October 25, 2011. On both shows, the group performed “The Walk”, their first single from How Do You Do.

In 2012 Hawthorne released the six-track live EP, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, as a part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday.

In late May 2013, Hawthorne releases his latest single “Her Favorite Song” for his latest album Where Does This Door Go. It is noted that the album is a departure from his throwback style in his past 3 albums.

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Book – Donell Jones – Artist management

Donell Jones – Artist management
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Donell Jones (born May 22, 1973) is an American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer.

He is most notable for the hits “U Know What’s Up”, “Where I Wanna Be”, and his cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet”. Jones broke into the music scene in the late 1990s with the release of his second album, Where I Wanna Be.

In 1996, Donell Jones was signed with Untouchables/LaFace Records by DJ Eddie F of Heavy D and The Boyz and released his debut album, My Heart, which included the hit cover of Stevie Wonder’s 1976 ballad “Knocks Me Off My Feet.”

It wasn’t until 1999, however, that Jones began to establish himself as a true R&B hit maker with his second album, Where I Wanna Be. The album yielded number-one hits such as “U Know What’s Up,” produced by Eddie F and Darren Lighty which featured TLC member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes and the title track. Other hits included “Shorty Got Her Eyes on Me” and “This Luv.” The album went on to sell over one million copies and garnered Jones an American Music Award.

In 2000, Jones recorded the song “I’ll Go” for the Love and Basketball soundtrack.

Jones released his third album in 2002, the gold-selling Life Goes On album. It featured the hits, “You Know That I Love You” (#16 R&B) and “Put Me Down” featuring Styles P..

Four years later in 2006 Jones released his fourth album, Journey of a Gemini which included the Tim & Bob produced song “I’m Gonna Be.” It had moderate success reaching #40 on Urban AC. “Spend The Night” also received notable airplay.

In 2009, he released The Lost Files which was a collection of unreleased songs. The following year, his album, Lyrics, was released on September 28, 2010 under E1 Music.

His latest album Forever was released on July 9th, 2013 and includes the singles “Forever” and “Beautiful.”

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Book – Emeli Sande – Artist management

Emeli Sande – Artist Management
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Adele Emeli Gouraguine, born 10 March 1987, better known as Emeli Sandé (/ˈsændeɪ/ san-day;), is an English-born Scottish recording artist and songwriter. Raised in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she first became known to the public eye after she featured on the track “Diamond Rings” by the rapper Chipmunk (2009). It was their first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart. In 2010, she featured on “Never Be Your Woman” by the rapper Wiley, which became another top ten hit. Simon Cowell called Sandé “his favourite songwriter at the minute”. In 2012 she received the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice Award. She has written for a number of artists, including Alicia Keys, Cher Lloyd, Parade, Susan Boyle, Gabrielle, Preeya Kalidas, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Alesha Dixon, Cheryl Cole, Tinie Tempah, Ella Henderson and Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

In 2010, she signed a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing. She later announced that Virgin Records had given her a record deal. Sandé released her first solo single “Heaven” in August 2011. Sandé has three number-one singles across the United Kingdom and Ireland with “Read All About It” with Professor Green, “Next to Me” and “Beneath Your Beautiful” a collaboration with Labrinth. Her album Our Version of Events spent 7 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 and became the best-selling album of 2012 in the UK, with over 1 million sales. In 2012 she performed in both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.

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Book – Chante Moore – Artist Management

Chante Moore – Artist Management
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Chanté Torrane Moore (born on February 17, 1967 in San Francisco, California) is an American R&B and jazz singer.

Born to a gospel minister’s wife, she grew up singing in the church and was heavily influenced by the music of George Duke and Lee Ritenour. While in high school, she decided to make a career of singing. She was a beauty pageant contestant and model when, at age twenty-two, she was discovered by MCA Records executive Louil Silas. Moore was signed to Silas’ MCA-distributed imprint Silas Records.

In 1996 she had daughter Sophia Hardison, with actor Kadeem Hardison. They secretly married in 1997 and divorced in 2000. She married singer Kenny Lattimore on New Year’s Day in 2002 at a private ceremony in Jamaica. Their son Kenny, Jr. was born April 10, 2003.

When Moore recorded her 1999 single “Chanté’s Got a Man”, the man she was singing about was her then-husband Kadeem Hardison.

Early career
Moore has recorded several hit records, including “Love’s Taken Over”, “It’s Alright”, “I’m What You Need”, “Old School Lovin”, and “Free” (a Deniece Williams cover). Moore recorded “Your Home Is in My Heart” with Boyz II Men for the How Stella Got Her Groove Back soundtrack. Moore was also featured on the soundtrack of Waiting to Exhale in 1995 with the song “Wey U”.

The song, which featured harmonic vocalisations and no actual words, was acclaimed by critics for demonstrating Moore’s vocal range, with music reviewer Tracy E. Hopkins at Barnes and Noble remarking that it “showcases Moore’s Minnie Riperton–reminiscent pipes”. In 1998, Moore also collaborated with musician Keith Washington for the duet “I Love You”. However, the song did not chart.

In 2000, Moore earned a Soul Train Music Awards nomination alongside Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey for Single of the Year, Female for her Billboard #2 R&B and #10 Pop hit “Chanté’s Got a Man”. However, she lost the award to Lauryn Hill. The single was also certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies in America. In 2002, she won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo for “Contagious” featuring The Isley Brothers. She also appeared on the hit UPN show Girlfriends, singing Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You”. In 2002, Moore sang on Kenny G’s single “One More Time”, which registered on the Smooth Jazz and adult contemporary singles charts.

In 2004, a 20th Century Masters greatest hits collection was released with some of her most memorable songs, along with a detailed booklet in which author A. Scott Galloway praises her for her “powerful, yet flexible and gorgeous 4-octave vocal range…”

With Kenny Lattimore
A year after marrying R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, the two signed as a duet act to Arista Records and released a duet cover album entitled Things That Lovers Do. The album was promoted with a stage play named after the album and a music video for the single “You Don’t Have to Cry” which shows a prominently pregnant Moore on screen with Lattimore. The album also included a remake of the Minnie Riperton and Peabo Bryson duet “Here We Go” on which Moore prominently shows off her whistle register in tribute to Riperton.

In fall 2006, Moore issued a follow-up to the success of Things That Lovers Do, another album of duets with her husband Kenny Lattimore. The duo beat the previous effort with a double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs entitled Uncovered/Covered. The set was led off by dual singles, the Bryan Michael Cox-produced “Figure It Out”, and “Make Me Like the Moon”, a gospel ballad co-written by Lattimore and Moore and produced by Fred Hammond. Uncovered/Covered was released October 10, 2006 on LaFace/Verity/Zomba Music Group.

Moore and Lattimore recorded a cover version of the Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell duet “You’re All I Need to Get By”. It serves as the theme song for the BET reality series The Family Crews.

Recent activities
During the recording of her duet album with Lattimore, she signed a new solo recording contract with Peak Records, a subsidiary of Concord Music Group.

In 2007, Moore starred in the stageplay By Any Means Necessary, along with Dave Hollister, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Shar Jackson, and Danielle Mone Truitt.

Moore released her fifth solo album Love the Woman on June 17, 2008. The album’s lead single “Ain’t Supposed to Be This Way” impacted radio on May 12, 2008.

In 2009, Moore set some dates for a Love the Woman tour, with performances in Los Angeles, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Additionally, she starred with James Pickens, Jr. (of Grey’s Anatomy), Vickie Winans, Loretta Devine, Reginald VelJohnson, Rocky Carroll and Kenny Lattimore in a live stage production of Otis Sallid’s Gospel! Gospel! Gospel at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in May 2009.

She announced in a June 2010 interview promoting Women’s Health that she was working on a gospel album titled Changed as well as an untitled R&B album.

In July 2011, it was announced that she would be the TV host for an upcoming women’s fitness reality series sponsored by SportyGirl Fitness.

In a July 27, 2011 statement on her Facebook page, she announced she and Kenny Lattimore were divorced.

Most recently, Moore performed at the 2012 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in a tribute to the late singer Donna Summer.

Moore is contracted to star on Broadway in the 2014 musical “Gospel Soul Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

Moore is managed by Cheryl Cobb-Debrosse.

On January 1, 2013, Moore inked a new record deal with Shanachie Entertainment.She released her sixth studio solo album “Moore is More” on July 30th, 2013.

Moore is currently a cast member of the Reality TV show “R&B Divas L.A.” with Kelly Price, Dawn Robinson (of En Vogue), Michel’le, Lil Mo & Claudette Ortiz.

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Book – The Weekend – Artist Management

The Weekend – Artist Management

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Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian[1] recording artist and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”, though his identity was initially unknown. In 2011, he released three nine-track mixtapes: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. In 2012, he released a compilation album, Trilogy, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. It was released under Universal Republic Records, and his own label XO.

The Weeknd has received praise from several music publications, including Pitchfork, MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, XXL and The Source. MTV’s John Norris has dubbed him the “songbird of his generation” and the “best musical talent since Michael Jackson”.

2010–11: Beginnings and mixtapes
In Toronto, Tesfaye met producer Jeremy Rose, who had an idea for a dark R&B musical project called “The Weekend”. After trying to pitch the idea to musician Curtis Santiago, Rose played one of his instrumentals for Tesfaye, who freestyled over it, and they began working on an album. He produced three songs—”What You Need”, “Loft Music”, and “The Morning”—and others that Tesfaye rapped on, which Rose ultimately scrapped. Rose let Tesfaye keep the tracks he had produced under the condition that he would ultimately be credited for them. However, in December 2010, Tesfaye uploaded “What You Need”, “Loft Music”, and “The Morning” to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”,though his identity was initially unknown. The songs drew attention online through word of mouth, including a blog featuring the songs posted by Toronto-based rapper Drake,who also helped generate interest in the Weeknd. They subsequently received coverage from outlets such as Pitchfork Media and The New York Times. On March 21, 2011, Tesfaye released the nine-track mixtape House of Balloons for free through his website. It featured production by Illangelo and Doc McKinney, although it did not credit Rose for his tracks.[14]House of Balloons was met with critical acclaim, and was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.

In July, the Weeknd embarked on a tour and delivered his first performance at the Mod Club in Toronto. The hour-and-a-half long performance created buzz about him. His next performance took place at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. He collaborated with rapper Drake and appeared as one of the special guests to Drake’s 2nd Annual OVO Fest on July 31, 2011. During the summer, the press noted that the Weeknd refused to participate in interviews and chose to only communicate via Twitter. His second mixtape Thursday was released on August 18, 2011, as a free digital download from the Weeknd’s website, and was well received by critics.The Weeknd’s third mixtape, titled Echoes of Silence, was released on December 21, 2011. All three mixtapes garnered him critical acclaim and a growing
Fan base.

2012–present: Touring and record deal

In April 2012, the Weeknd began his US tour by performing at the Coachella Festival. He and his band visited various major cities, and culminated in New York, where two sold-out shows were positively reviewed by Rolling Stone. Tesfaye and his tour band continued in major European festivals, including the Primavera Sound Festivals in Spain and Portugal,Wireless Festival in London,plus concerts in Paris and Brussels. At his debut UK show in London, he covered Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” in front of an audience which included Katy Perry and Florence Welch. In June, it was reported that the Balloons Trilogy had been downloaded 8 million times and that it would be formally released later in the year.

In September, The Weeknd signed with Republic Records in a joint venture with his own imprint label XO.The compilation album Trilogy was released in November, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtapes and three additional songs.It also officially credited Rose as a producer and writer on three songs from House of Balloons.On December 9, the BBC announced that the Weeknd had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.

On May 16, 2013, The Weeknd premiered the title track to his second album Kiss Land, which he said will be released on September 10. It will be promoted with the lead single “Belong to the World”, which will be released on July 16, and The Weeknd’s “The Fall” tour beginning in September.

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Book – Fantasia – Artist Management

Fantasia – Artist Management

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Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), commonly known simply by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, “I Believe,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006.

In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single “When I See U” which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single “Bittersweet,” which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. As of February 2012, Barrino has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States.

On April 18, 2013, Barrino returned to American Idol singing “Lose to Win.” The performance dubbed “dynamic, passionate and powerful” won her fervent expressions of approval from the show’s current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience. Moreover, she has received rave reviews in the media for the performance.

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Book – India.Arie – Artist Management

India.Arie – Artist Management

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India.Arie (born India Arie Simpson; October 3, 1975) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album.

Acoustic Soul was released on March 27, 2001 and debuted at number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Within months, without the concentrated radio airplay that typically powers pop and rap albums, Acoustic Soul was certified double platinum, selling 2,180,000 copies in the U.S. and 3,000,000 copies worldwide. Arie performed a duet with rock singer-guitarist John Mellencamp on the song “Peaceful World” for his 2001 album Cuttin’ Heads. While Arie and the album were nominated for seven Grammy awards in 2002, they won no awards, losing in five of seven categories to Alicia Keys. She closed the ceremony with a performance of her song “Video”. Arie performed a duet with jazz singer Cassandra Wilson on the song “Just Another Parade” for her 2002 album Belly of the Sun.

Arie followed the success of her debut on September 24, 2002 with the release of Voyage to India. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and number one on the R&B chart. In 2003 it won her two Grammy Awards in 2003—”Best R&B Album” and Best Urban/Alternative Performance” for the song “Little Things”. Soon after its release, Voyage to India was certified platinum selling 1,400,000 copies in the U.S. and 2,300,000 worldwide.

On September 12, 2005, Arie performed “Just 4 2day”, a song written for her appearance on the debut of The Tyra Banks Show. She also performed “What About the Child”, a song that did not air but was made available as a one-dollar Internet download to support child victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Arie is also featured on Stevie Wonder’s album A Time to Love, released on October 18, 2005. Arie and Wonder duet on the title track “A Time to Love”, written by Arie, which was nominated for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Three years earlier, their rendition of Mel Tormé’s 1944 classic “The Christmas Song”, recorded for the holiday TV commercial for retailer Target, had been nominated for the same category, making it the first song created and financed exclusively for a commercial to be nominated for a Grammy Award.

Arie’s third studio album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, was released on June 27, 2006. It gave Arie her first number-one spot on the Billboard 200 and was her second chart-topper on the R&B charts. This album was also the first number-one album for Motown in twelve years. Its first-week sales of 161,000 copies are Arie’s best sales week to date and was certified gold in August 2006, selling 730,000 in US and 1,300,000 worldwide. “I Am Not My Hair” was the most successful release from Testimony: Vol. 1., reaching the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #97 and the UK Singles Chart at #65. Arie collaborated with Akon for her song “I Am Not My Hair”. On the April 16, 2007 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show entitled “After Imus: Now What?”, Arie guest-starred as a panelist. Arie performed a duet with singer Anthony David for his song “Words” for his 2008 album Acey Duecy.

Her next album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics was released on Tuesday, February 10, 2009. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and No. 2 on the R&B chart. Within this CD, Arie collaborated with such artists as Sezen Aksu, Keb Mo, Gramps Morgan and Musiq Soulchild to fulfill her self-proclaimed desire to “do projects with people who are making music that is meaningful, with a lot of integrity and a lot of sonic diversity”. Arie also identified this CD as her first to write and sing songs without worrying about public opinion after a much-needed vacation to Hawaii. The album was her first produced and released after her departure from Motown to Universal Records.Arie performed “Video” with British singer Adele at the 2009 VH1 Divas. Arie is one of over 70 artists singing on “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti”, a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Arie contributed vocals to “Imagine” for the 2010 Herbie Hancock album, The Imagine Project along with Seal, P!nk, Jeff Beck, Konono N°1, Oumou Sangare and others.

In August 2012, Arie was featured in Yoga Journal, claiming that yoga gave her voice back. India.Arie’s new album, a work produced in collaboration with Israeli singer Idan Raichel is due to be released sometime in the near future.

In September 2012, she will be featured in a campaign called “30 Songs/30 Days” to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.

In March 2013, it was announced that Arie was working on her upcoming fifth studio album, Songversation which is slated to be released to be released on June 25, 2013. The first single off the album “6th Avenue”,produced by india.arie and Israeli musician Idan Raichel, was released on iTunes on November 4, 2012. The second single “Cocoa Butter” was released on iTunes on April 9, 2013.

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Book – Ronald Isley – Artist Management

Ronald Isley – Artist Management
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Career
Ronald Isley was born the third of six brothers (O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald, Vernon Isley, Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley) to Sallye Bernice (Bell) and O’Kelly Isley, Sr. Ronald, like many of his siblings, began his career in the church. He began singing at the age of three, winning a $25 war bond for singing at a spiritual contest at the Union Baptist Church. By the age of seven, Ronald was singing on-stage at venues such as the Regal Theater in Chicago, alongside Dinah Washington and a few other notables.

By his early teens, he was singing regularly with his brothers in church tours and also first appeared on TV on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour. In 1957, sixteen-year-old Ronald and his two elder brothers Kelly, 19 and Rudy, 18, moved to New York, recording doo-wop for local labels before landing a major deal with RCA Records in 1959, where the trio wrote and released their anthemic “Shout.” By the summer of 1959, the Isley family had moved from Cincinnati to a home in Englewood, New Jersey.

For much of the Isley Brothers’ duration, Ron Isley would remain the group’s consistent member of the group as well as the lead vocalist for most of the group’s tenure with sporadic lead shares with his older brothers. In 1969, Ron and his brothers reformed T-Neck Records in a need to produce themselves without the control of record labels, forming the label shortly after ending a brief tenure with Motown. In 1973, the group’s style and sound drastically changed following the release of the 3 + 3 album where brothers Ernie Isley and Marvin Isley and in-law Chris Jasper permanently enter the brothers’ lineup, writing the music and lyrics to the group’s new sound. The younger brothers had been providing instrumental help for the brothers since the late 1960s. By the mid-1970s, Ronald was living in Teaneck, New Jersey.

After Kelly Isley’s death in 1986 and Rudy Isley’s exit to fulfill a dream of ministry in 1989, Ronald has carried on with the Isley Brothers name either as a solo artist or with accompanying help from the group’s younger brothers, much more prominently, Ernie Isley. In 1990, Isley scored a top-ten duet with Rod Stewart with a cover of his brothers’ hit “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You),” and in 2003 Ronald recorded a solo album, Here I Am: Bacharach Meets Isley, with Burt Bacharach. In addition, Ron Isley became a sought-after hook singer for R&B veteran R. Kelly, and hip-hop acts such as Warren G., 2Pac and UGK.

Ronald released his first solo album Mr. I on November 30, 2010. The album includes the first single “No More” It debuted at number 50 on the Billboard 200, selling 22,243 copies. It was his first solo album to crack that chart.

In 2010, Isley received a “Legend Award,” surveying Isley Brother music written largely by the younger brothers, at the Soul Train Music Awards.

In 2013, Ronald released his second solo album This Song Is For You sign labels eOne. The album includes the first single “Dinner and A Movie”. Second single, Premiere Song “My Favorite Thing” wrote, features and produced singer, Kem.

Personal life
In 1993, Isley married producer/composer/singer Angela Winbush in Los Angeles, California. They quietly divorced in early 2002. When Winbush received chemotherapy following her ovarian cancer diagnosis, Isley was by her side giving her his support in her recovery. He has older children with various women, including daughters Tawanna and Trenisha. In 2004, while in London, Isley suffered a mild stroke, which halted an Isley Brothers tour there. In September 2005, Isley made headlines when he married background singer Kandy Johnson (of the duo JS/Johnson Sisters), who is 35 years his junior. Their son, Ronald Isley, Jr. was born in January 2007. In 2007, it was reported Isley had kidney problems. He still lives in St. Louis.

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Book – Charlie Wilson – Artist Management

Charlie Wilson – Artist Management
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Charles Kent “Charlie” Wilson (born January 29, 1953) is an American R&B singer-songwriter-producer and the former lead vocalist for the Gap Band. As a solo artist he has been nominated for six Grammy awards, received a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award, the BET lifetime achievement award in 2013, and was a recipient of a BMI Icon Award in 2005. In 2009, he was named Billboard magazine’s #1 Adult R&B Artist, and his song “There Goes My Baby” was named the #1 Urban Adult Song for 2009 in Billboard Magazine.

Wilson is the national spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. As of July 2009, the PCF has raised over $380 million for research and funded more than 1,500 research projects at nearly 200 institutions worldwide. The PCF has set up a Creativity Award in Charlie’s name which donates hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to researchers across the country. The Creativity Award allows for the development of creative science that conforms to PCF funding principles but is short-term and designed to allow development of otherwise unfunded ideas.

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