*The lady who came to us via multi-platinum singer Avant on his single, “My First Love,” Ketara “KeKe” Wyatt is back with her fourth CD project “Who Knew?” on Shanachie Entertainment. KeKe has been waiting a while for a new project release, which is slated for February 23, 2010.
“I have been knowing them for years,” KeKe Wyatt said when asked about securing the very talented producers/songwriters The Underdogs on the project. “I said ya’ll come on! Me and Harvey Mason (The Underdogs) did four on the CD.”
Wyatt, who is diffidently showing her Cherokee bloodline on CD’s cover picture, has a captivating R&B/Pop sound that’s refreshing. Her talent radiates through some of my favorite songs on the “Who Knew?” project that include the title track “Who Knew?” produced and written by The Underdogs – a hot hand-clapping Pop/R&B number; “Getting’ It” produced by True Storee with lyrics by KeKe is a hot Urban/R&B/Hip-Hop track that has a twist of Gospel’s soulfulness – if you can imagine, and “With Out You” produced and written by L. Young where KeKe vocally takes completely off.
“It didn’t take long at all,” said Wyatt about recording the CD. “I wanted to do what it needed to do…I don’t think this one will be held up.”
KeKe is talking about what happened with her sophomore and third CD projects. Her Cash Money Records sophomore project, ”Emotional Roller Coaster,” and her third TVT Records CD, “Ghetto Rose,” where shelved for label reasons. Now on Shanachie Entertainment, a label that has been rolling out hit CDs like crazy, KeKe Wyatt is preparing for the release of her forth CD “Who Knew?”
For more information on the new KeKe Wyatt release log onto www.myspace.com/kekewyatt.
Entertainment columnist ‘Rambling Rose’ authors book, ‘Black America Series: African-American Entertainment in Baltimore’
The lady that Nat King Cole wrote about in his song “Rambling Rose,” entertainment columnist Rosa Pryor-Trusty, adds author to her credits – that include singer and first female concert promoter – with the Arcadia book release “Black America Series: African-American Entertainment in Baltimore.” The book is a visual and educational journey of black entertainment in Baltimore during the 50s and 60s.
“The reason I did the book is to show what generations offer…see how proud black people were so you can walk with pride, stepping and smiling,” columnist/author Rosa Pryor-Trusty said about her book – which took her 10 years to do. “It was more than hard work it was a labor of love. I sang and whistled 99% of the time.”
Co-authored by Tonya Taliaferro for introducing Rosa to Arcadia Publishing, “African-American Entertainment in Baltimore” is available in every book store in the country, as well as having a large market in Europe. Book sales, according to Pryor-Trusty, have not decrease since it was initially published in 2003.
“I knew nothing about the computer at that time, nothing about researching online,” Rosa pointed out. “It had been years since I been in the library, until this book.”
Through pictures and cut-lines Rosa Pryor-Trusty, whose column “Rambling Rose” is published weekly in the Baltimore Afro newspaper (www.afro.com), takes the readers on a journey of black entertainment in Baltimore. First she introduces them to the Baltimore nightclubs (Red Foxx Lounge, Crystal Ballroom, Royal Theaters, Old Regent Theater) where people such as Cab Calloway, Louie Armstrong, Nate King Cole, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Red Foxx, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald frequently performed and the people who frequented there to see such acts. Readers get to see and read about the famous social clubs that sprung-up such as The Sphinx Club, the Left Bank Jazz Society, the Arch Social Club and the Young Pharaohs. You get to see the famous hang-out areas such as “The Avenue” (Pennsylvania Avenue).
Rosa’s book will educate the readers about the “Chittlin’ Circuit, the A’rabbers and the birth of Baltimore’s Marching Band steppers sometime called cadets. You will learned about successful black entertainment business stories such as Dorothy Brunson the account sales executive turned radio station owner when she brought Baltimore’s WEBB Radio from James Brown.
To learn more about Rosa Pryor-Trusty’s “African-America Entertainment in Baltimore” log into www.ArcadiaPublishing.com.