Toi Sojer, vocalist/songwriter of Groove Armada’s hit single ‘I See You Baby,’ to judge Sat. October 25, 2014 at ‘Uplifting Minds II’ national talent competition

Toi Sojer aka Gramma Funk singer/songwriter of the hit 'I See You Baby' .

Toi Sojer aka Gramma Funk singer/songwriter of the hit ‘I See You Baby’ .

*Singer/songwriter of the hit single “I See You Baby” of London based group Groove Armada is sponsoring the Saturday, October 25, 2014 “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) free entertainment conference to be held at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood by serving on the judges panel during its national talent competition showcase. Known now as Gramma Funk the international Funk/Dance personality joins a long list of sponsors of the conference that offers a free entertainment business panel discussion, and a national talent competition showcase where 10 acts will compete for the vocal, songwriting and dance ULMII Awards, and a long list of prizes.

Gramma Funk also worked at Plateau Records in New York working with such artists as Salt-N-Pepa, and contributed to Foxy Brown’s multi-platinum release “Chyna Doll” (Def Jam). The hit single of Groove Armada “I See You Baby,” which has a remix by Fat Boy Slim, is featured on the recent Nike “Fuel Band” commercial (http://youtu.be/BicFswXw2_U ), is licensed out to many projects that include ABC’s Third Watch; Dreamworks Road Trip; HBO’s “The Sopranos”; Paramount Pictures’ What Women Want with Mel Gibson; Universal Pictures’ American Wedding; Warner Bros. Pictures’ Romeo Must Die, and Disney’s The Hot Chicks with Rob Schneider. “I See You Baby”  is also heard on Mitsubishi “Spitfire 2000” commercial. The single appears on Groove Armada’s album “Vertigo” (Sony Records) that has reached gold status.

Gramma Funk produced parties known as Funk Hut where performances of such high-profilers as Diddy, Wu Tang, Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Doug E. Fresh and the Fugees were common sights.

The 15 year-old “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference is held annually in Baltimore (at Security Square Mall) and Los Angeles. On Saturday October 25th it  will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Hollywood venue (parking is free). Three winners (vocal, songwriting and dance) will be honored with the ULMII Award, a blue crystal ball, and a list of prizes from other sponsors that include “free product shelf-space” from Dimensions In Music record store in downtown Baltimore; a “free public relations strategy and business management consult” from Eunice Moseley, MS, M.B.A. at Freelance Associates/PRSA; “free entertainment business consult” from entertainment business mogul Paul Gardner, II (www.TheGardnerLawGroup.com); “free music track, studio time and promotions” from five-time ULMII winner and Virgin Island producer  Marvin Davis aka V.I.P. (www.DustDemAFF.com); “free vocal coaching” from professional singer and vocal coach Nadiyah Kareem (Superstar Enter.); “free make-up application/stylist consult” from Jeneanne Collins (Rebellious Beauty); “free commercial photo shoot” from commercial photographer Ty Moore (www.IAmSharpEye.com); “free photo shoot and road management consult” from tour manager (Anita Baker, Temptations) and professional photographer Gar Roberts (www.Garman.zenfolio.com), and “talent management consult” from talent manager Cordell Capone of Natalie Nunn, reality star on “Bad Girl’s Club” (www.CordellCapone.com).

Also serving on the judging panel Sat. October 25th with Toi Sojer is former veteran radio personality and current online magazine publisher Lee Bailey (www.EURweb.com).

To pre-register for the seminar panel or to inquire about talent slots log onto the event’s website www.UpliftingMinds2.com.