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Eunice Moseley is a syndicated columnist of The Pulse of Entertainment, which has an estimated syndicated readership of 1/4 million a week. She is also a PR/Media & Promotions consultant at her firm Freelance Associates (www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com) located in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, is the founder and coordiantor of the 'Uplifting Minds II' Entertainment Conference (www.UpliftingMinds2.com) held annually in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, as well as, the Promotions Director (at-large) at The Baltimore Times.
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Toi Sojer, vocalist/songwriter of Hit single ‘I See You Baby’ to Judge October ‘Uplifting Minds II’

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.

Kate Burton, Emmy nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress at the 5th annual Bergman's Emmy Style Lounge & Party. (Photo credit: Eunice Moseley)

The Pulse of Entertainment: Emmy Nominees Visit 5th Annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party

Emmy nominees visit Bergman’s 5th Annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party, 66th Emmy’s air August 25 2014 on NBC

Kate Burton, Emmy nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress at the 5th annual Bergman's Emmy Style Lounge & Party. (Photo credit: Eunice Moseley)

Kate Burton, Emmy nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in “Scandal”, at the 5th annual Bergman’s Emmy Style Lounge & Party. (Photo credit: Eunice Moseley)

*I am a crazy lady,” said Kate Burton, Emmy nominee for Outstanding Guest Actress (“Scandal”), about her role in the ABC drama. “I play Sally Lancaster. I’m the Vice President of the United States and I am a tea party Republican. I do enjoy playing a crazy lady.”

I met Kate at Doris Bergman’s 5th Annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party held at the world-renowned Fig & Olive restaurant in West Hollywood. Kate was amongst a long list of Emmy nominees and winners that came to partake of the many free items on display, and eat and drink as much as they wanted from the bar and kitchen.

While there I had the chance to talk briefly with also Paige Hurd (“Everybody Hates Chris”) about her role in the Emmy nominated series “Hawaii Five O,” Damien Puckler (“The Colony”) of NBC’s Emmy nominated drama “Grimm,” and Ntare Mwine (“Hero”) of the Emmy nominated series “Treme’.” Jon Voight (Transformer), nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the series “Ray Donovan”, stopped by the red carpet area for photo opportunities. Past nominees made a visit as well, such as Eva LaRue (“CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds”).

“I’m in a pilot we’re shopping around now. We’re looking for a home base,” Eva said during a quick interview. “It’s about a cooking show and I am the cooking diva/dragon lady. It’s been really, really fun. Ideally I think everybody wants to be on a major network, but at the same time I don’t think they get a run-up that they need…we push the envelope. It can be a little dark… I think it can be snappier and funnier on cable.”

The event was not only classy and celebrity filled, but the outside court was packed with shops of all kinds. I had to stop my red carpet interviews to taste my favorite dessert – red velvet cupcakes. Everything was in abundance (jewelry, gowns, skin and hair care products, tuxedos, suits, timepieces). As always Bergman Public Relations did an outstanding job worthy of their own Emmy nomination.

MDSUN was the major sponsor and it was presented by Gerard Cosmetics. Other sponsors include GUESS, Honest Tea, Unity, Whitening Lightning, Twisted Silver, Jones and Rose, Perch, Modelcall Magazine, Traveler’s Choice, Radar Watches, Bon Bon, Fox 11, and many more. The 66th Emmy’s will be aired on NBC Monday August 25, 2014 at 8 ET/5 PT.

Celebrity Chef G Garvin teams with Allstate for the ‘Give It Up for Good’ campaign

Celebrity Chef G Garvin teams with Allstate for the "Give It Up for Good" campaign.

Celebrity Chef G Garvin teams with Allstate for the “Give It Up for Good” campaign.

*It was started by Allstate,” said Celebrity Chef Gerry “G” Garvin about the “Give It Up for Good” campaign he is helping to promote. “We find… people doing good that are over shadowed by bad… I think that children are taught anger and violence. Enough is enough. It’s about bad choices. Lack of education… It’s hard to be an African-American man and watch what’s happening.”

The “Give It Up for Good” Allstate campaign helps to shine light on remarkable stories of good, giving back, good deeds, community involvement and unsung heroes that often go unnoticed. Chef Garvin, who has had several cooking shows (TV One, The Cooking Channel), recently launched “Underground BBQ Challenge” on the Travel Channel which has neighborhood’s competing with other neighborhoods to find America’s most extreme grill masters.

“It takes a secure man to get into the kitchen and do what he does,” said Garvin. “I think that men have always been great cooks, it’s just not widely accepted in the African-American community. Fathers don’t want to see his sons in the kitchen with pots and pans.”

Chef G Garvin has his own way of giving back with his One Bite Foundation used to inspire children in the culinary arts, and address issues such as child obesity, domestic violence, homelessness and hunger. His foundation helps families in need through donations and food drives. He has even developed the Chef G Garvin’s Culinary Boot Camp, a mentoring program for youth and at-rick inner city young adults.

“Personally (his motto) it’s ‘Reach One, Teach One, Save a Life,’” He concluded. “Continue to do good, and influence good.”

To learn more about Allstate’s “Give It Up for Good” campaign log onto www.GiveItUpforGood.AllstateOnline.com, and to learn more about Chef G Garvin log onto www.ChefGarvin.com.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

Young actor Anthony Michael Hobbs (Emmy nominated The Abolitionist).

Actor Anthony Michael Hobbs in Back to School Marketing Campaign

Actor Anthony Michael Hobbs featured in Back to School marketing campaign for national retailer Villa

Young actor Anthony Michael Hobbs (Emmy nominated The Abolitionist).

Baltimore actor Anthony Michael Hobbs (Emmy nominated The Abolitionist).

*(Baltimore, MD) – Actor Anthony Michael Hobbs (Emmy nominated “The Abolitionist”) stars in the national marketing campaign for Villa stores. The campaign includes print, website, and in-store signage appearances. Villa is the premier fashion retailer that merges music into its customers’ shopping experience calling it the “movement.”

The Philadelphia based chain provides Urban-inspired footwear and apparel. It partners with schools, local government and community groups through community service, educational initiatives, anti-violence programs and economic investments. Villa stores (www.RUVilla.com) offers neighborhood hubs equipped with flat screen televisions, apple computers and live DJs. In the Villa stores you will find guest appearances by the biggest stars in sports, music and acting. Villa also sponsors many of the hottest events in its covered regions. It has 85 stores in Philadelphia, Chicago, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin and Delaware.

Anthony Michael acting credits includes film and stage performances including  a role as a young Frederick Douglass in the 2013 Emmy Award nominated PBS special “The American Experience: The Abolitionist;” as well as a starring role in DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc ); a United Way PSA (http://vimeo.com/54017197);  a Norwegian Cruise-Line commercial; several PBS Sprout Network mini-segments; “SkWids” kids’ on-line Internet show; in the national classroom program called KinderRhyme which appears in over 2600 school programs; a Comcast’s Xfinity segment; and many more.

His theater credits include Nolan Williams, Jr.’s holiday musical presentation “Christmas Gift!” and a stage play titled “In a Roundabout Way.” Other marketing campaigns include Finish Line athletic chain print and in-store signage, and the USDA Healthy Kids’ national print campaign. Also a voice-over actor Anthony Michael’s voice can be heard in an instructional video for advertising firm TBWA World Wide – the largest advertising holding company in the world.

Anthony Michael Hobbs is also a winner of eight Global Stars Network acting awards. When not acting and going on auditions Anthony reads, plays sports, dances, and spends time with his dog.

For more information on Anthony Michael Hobbs log onto his website at www.Anthony-Michael.com or contact his management at 410-908-4869.

 

 

 

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Eunice Moseley
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The Pulse of Entertainment: Kim Waters to Release ‘Silver Soul’

Urban Jazz saxophonist Kim Waters to release ‘Silver Soul’ marking 25 years on September 2, 2014

Urban Jazz saxophonist Kim Waters releases new album 'Silver Soul' September 2, 2014.

Urban Jazz saxophonist Kim Waters releases new album ‘Silver Soul’ September 2, 2014.

*“I wanted to do…something for everyone,” Urban Jazz saxophonist Kim Waters said about the theme of his newest album release “Silver Soul” (Red River Entertainment) on September 2, 2014. “…see the growth.”

Kim Waters, as always, will provide his own twist to Jazz that will conclude a more Contemporary Urban style. Featured vocalists of the “Silver Soul” project include his wife Dana Pope, his daughter Kayla Waters, Eric Roberson and Zendaya (Disney’s “Shake It Up”).

“I pretty much did everything at home,” Waters said about the project when I learned he played all the instruments. “I wrote a brunch of songs. Kept playing them over and over (to pick what would make the album). I wanted each one to be a single.”

The “Silver Soul” album will also mark his 25th year in the entertainment business. The first single off of the project is “Dreaming of You,” which was the 2nd most added song on radio that week. The single is also one of my favorite cuts on the album, a Smooth Jazz selection with a bit of a funky flavor. I also loved the piano support.

“I usually do a lot of the instruments,” the Maryland native admitted. “I started with the violin…went on to the sax while all along I was playing the keys. Through the years my next door neighbor played keyboards…he taught me. By 16 I was proficient with the keyboards and sax. My brother played drums and bass. I would sit down and watch him, and when he was gone I’d pick it up. I think it’s an amazing gift.”

Other favorites of mine on the “Silver Soul” project include “On a Mission” because I love the way his horn skips and scats at the end; “Anything You Need” featuring the impressive heartfelt vocals of Dana Pope, I also love the piano support on this one because it sounds like his fingers are dancing; his cover of John Legends’ “All of Me” because he keeps it the same but yet makes it a Kim Waters’ creation; “Fire Flies” featuring the vocals of Zendaya which gives it a nice Pop flavor, and “A Song for Dana” for its simplicity that makes it a beautiful love song, and I love the sax’s long winded ending.

Kim Waters will be performing at the Birchmere in Alexander, VA on August 22, 2014. You can log onto www.KimWaters.net for more engagement dates, and information on the upcoming “Silver Soul” album release September 2, 2014.

Darrin Dewitt Henson stars in psycho-drama After premiering in Los Angeles August 15, 2014

Actor, dance choreographer and author Darrin Dewitt Henson co-stars in the pycho-drama After.

Actor, dance choreographer and author Darrin Dewitt Henson co-stars in the pycho-drama After.

*The Pieter Gaspersz directed psycho-drama After stars Academy Award nominee Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), with supporting casts that include Darrin Dewitt Henson (Stomp the Yard), John Doman (The Wire), Tony Award nominee Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black”). Adam Scarimbolo, Sabrina Gennarino, Diane Neal (“Law & Order” SVU”), Bruno Gunn (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Mandy Gonalez (Man on a Ledge).

“It was the story itself that was so profound,” said Darrin about why he got involved in the film written by Sabrina Gennarino. “I had a friend that died so the story is close to my heart, and my experience is something that happened in the movie.”

After is set in the winter of 2002 in New York and follows a middle-class family struggling financially, a family lead by family matriarch played by Kathleen. There is a buried secret that threatens to shatter the family if found out.

“It was something that resonated with me and some of the people on the project were very close to what happen. The director and writer was first handedly involved…the tragedy has touched the heart of a lot of us,” Henson pointed out.

After is produced by its director and writer Gaspersz and Gennarino, and edited by Oscar Award nominee Williams Steinkamp, and music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Beal. The psycho-drama was released in New York August 8, 2014, and will be released to theaters in Los Angeles August 15th.

“I love this film,” Darrin concluded. “It’s a human experience, an American story of love, perseverance and the continuation of life.”

Aside from being an actor with credits that also include “Single Ladies,” “Lincoln Heights and a recurring role in BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” Henson is also a dance choreographer who has worked for Michael Jackson, the Spice Girls, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears. He also added author to his credits by publishing a book titled “Ain’t That the Truth.”

Some of his upcoming acting projects include The Choir Director, One Heart, and Four of Hearts. You can log onto www.DarrinHenson.com to learn more about him, and to learn more about the After film log onto www.AfterTheFilm.com.

Entertainment columnist Rosa Pryor-Trusty releases second book ‘African-American Community, History and Entertainment in Maryland’

Entertainment columnist Rosa Pryor-Trusty releases second book, "African-American Community, History and Entertainment in Maryland".

Entertainment columnist Rosa Pryor-Trusty releases second book, “African-American Community, History and Entertainment in Maryland”.

*“I always believed in local entertainment,” said entertainment columnist Rosa Pryor-Trusty, a former singer and musician who traveled the world over, who are currently promoter/artist manager, as well as entertainment writer (Afro newspaper and The Baltimore Times). “They have not had great media (support) behind them. No one talks about our local artists. I noticed local writers wrote about national artists and I had a passion for local artists.”

That passion motivated Rosa to publish her first book “African-American Entertainment in Baltimore,” a picture book published by Arcadia in 2003, which is working on its third print. That book is sold all over the world and found in most book stores. The response was so great that she was “pushed” by the public to publish her current book release “African-American Community, History and Entertainment in Maryland.” This picture book includes research, along with the historical pictures of not only local talent, but national legends that frequently performed in her hometown of Baltimore.

“The first book made such an impact on the community,” Pryor-Trusty stated. “My book is in every book store in the country, and around the world. People said you need to do a second book. The first book’s publisher wouldn’t let me go over a certain number of pages so I decided to self-publish the second.”

Her second book “African-American Community, History and Entertainment in Maryland” has 532 pages, and is self published through Xlibris. Its first print has sold out and she is working on releasing the second print now

“I’m a picture person,” she pointed out as to why picture books. “One picture speaks 1,000 words. I went to find a publisher to give me more pages and it took me three years…so this one is self-published.”

Rosa said the purpose of her books is to record the entertainment history of Baltimore, Maryland. Its Pennsylvania Avenue was once considered the birth place of the music renaissance.

“The purpose is to reserve our legacy,” she pointed out. “As we get older people pass on, their children are not going to hold on to the black and white photographs. Not one picture was taken in a studio. These pictures actually came from people in the community.”

Her first book she said had the support of Congressman Elijah Cummings and is also found in the U.S. Library of Congress. She still gets correspondence from people around the world thanking her for preserving black history – from as far as Africa (Nigeria).

Some of the most impressive pictures I see in “African-American Community, History and Entertainment in Maryland” include Rosa in her youth as a singer looking like an African queen; the 1970’s R&B group First Class (formerly the Mandells); the Softones, the Melodettes, the Bleu Lights, Baltimore’s own Billy Holiday in the clubs and at age two looking like my twin as a baby; Maryland’s own Kim Waters who I recently interviewed for a new album release; legendary Ethel Waters; Baltimore’s own Eubie Blake; Otis Redding, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone (birth name Eunice, like mine); actress Ester Rolle (“Good Times”), legendary Dinah Washington; billionaire Oprah Winfrey during her Baltimore television anchor days; world-wide renowned male model, now entrepreneur, Travis Winkey; Henry Baines owner of the largest minority owned chain of supermarkets in the country; local legend John Murphy III, and local legend Bea Gaddy, a homeless single mom who took a winning lottery ticket and started feeding the homeless for 27 years.

For more information about Rosa Pryor-Trusty’s books log onto www.RosaPryorMusic.com.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

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The Pulse of Entertainment: J. Anthony Brown Has Etched His Place in the History of Entertainment

J. Anthony Brown has etched his place in the history of entertainment

J. Anthony Brown, comedian, actor, and co-host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

J. Anthony Brown, comedian, actor, and co-host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

*“Most comedians and rappers transition naturally into acting,” said J. Anthony Brown, comedian and co-host of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” about his acting roles in Think Like a Man, Madea Goes to Jail, Drumline, Mr. 3000, Triple XXX, State of the Union, How to Be a Player, and “The Rickey Smiley Show” on TV One. “In comedy you write your own material, direct yourself, produce (your comedy shows)…arrange… and you’re acting by the time you get in front of the camera. Like Kevin Hart he already had a following, and in movies that’s what we bring, an audience.”

J. Anthony Brown also writes comedy for others. The Columbia, SC native started in the entertainment business in 1972 as a comedian warming up the audiences for such sitcoms as “Martin,” “SisterSister” and “ROC”. He became a staff writer for “The Arsenio Hall Show” in the late ‘80s for five years. Then he went on to write for “The Parent ‘Hood,” and “Me and the Boys.”

As a stand-up comedian he performed on “Def Comedy Jam,” “Showtime at the Apollo,” “Evening at the Improv” and “Comic View.” His acting skills, even back then, awarded him roles on “Moesha,” “Living Single,” “The Parkers,” and “Like Family.” So it’s an honor for Radio One, I am sure, to have him on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” as co-host. The radio show is heard daily from 6 – 10 a.m. on Magic 102.3FM from Washington, DC. Brown has officially etched his place in the history of entertainment without a doubt.

“They put us in the movies based on our fan base,” J. Anthony points out. “I got on Tom Joyner 10-12 years ago as a guest. The producer was a fan of mine and suggested I call Tom. I called and said I’d come on for free! Free get you in the door close to people who make the decisions. If you do it for free it’s a career you love.”

Brown said before Tom Joyner he co-hosted for free for five years on another radio station so by the time he got on Tom’s show he knew what he had to do. J. Anthony also serves as the Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, and was honored as Entertainer of the Year by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in DC.

He also has his stand-up comedy tour “The J Spot” that is hosted at clubs across the country. He recently took the tour to Los Angeles, Houston, Raleigh, NC, and Gary, Indiana. It is a continuous tour where the demand for him will bring him there. Fans can visit his website at www.JAnthonyBrown.com and make their request.

If this all wasn’t enough Brown has launched a clothing line, merchandise, products and a new hot sauce called Hotter than a MoFo (www.HotterThanaMofo.com). In addition he is a creative artist with artwork that appears at a special exhibit in Washington, DC next to famed African-American artist Annie Lee.

“I have the ‘Four Wall Deal’,” J. Anthony said about his J. Spot Club Tour. “I produce my own shows in club rooms.”

About his involvement with the Diabetes Associates he said, “It’s an educational television program and website dedicated to people with diabetes. They help with dealing with it, and monitoring it. They’ve build a data base. I talk about my struggle with diabetes (on the shows).”

You can learn more about the legendary entertainer by visiting his websites, and following him on Twitter at @JSpotComedyClub and “like” his Facebook page at @J.Anthony.Brown.7.

Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp collaborate to release new project ‘Jazz Funk Soul’ on Shanachie Entertainment

(L to R) Grammy Award nominated Jeff Lorber and Chuck Loeb, and Everette Harp collaborate on new album, "Jazz Funk Soul," on Shanachie Entertainment.

(L to R) Grammy Award nominated Jeff Lorber and Chuck Loeb, and Everette Harp collaborate on new album, “Jazz Funk Soul,” on Shanachie Entertainment.

*Collectively Grammy Award nominated pianist Jeff Lorber, Grammy Award nominated guitarist Chuck Loeb, and saxophonist Everette Harp are multi-platinum selling musicians in Contemporary Jazz. They are friends that have been featured on each other’s projects, who have come together to collaborate on a new album release on Shanachie Entertainment titled “Jazz Funk Soul.”

“All of us had a good time playing together,” said Chuck Loeb about the collaboration.

“I think we diffidently had in mind what we wanted to do,” said Jeff Lorber about the album’s direction. “To some extent…its inspired by each other…we just let it happen. The album is a nice variety.”

Jeff is a Berklee College of Music alumni whose latest release “Hacienda” received a Grammy Award nomination. Also a composer and producer Lorber has been a major instrumentalist in Contemporary Jazz for 30 years. He has produced for Dave Koz and Kenny G – to name a few. Chuck, also a member of the world-renowned group Four-Play (along with Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason), is also a composer and producer. He too is a Berklee College of Music alumnus and received a Grammy Award nomination for his solo release “Silhouette.” As a producer he has worked for Keiko Matsui, Jon Lucien, and Kim Waters – to name a few. Everette is known for his trademark blend of Jazz, R&B, Funk and Pop. He has worked on the projects of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Pattie Labelle, and George Duke – to name a few. He plays on the theme songs for such television shows as “Entertainment Tonight,” “Soul Train,” and “The Arsenio Hall Show.” He hosts his own radio show “Smooth Jazz Odyssey with Everette Harp” on WLOQ in Orlando, Fl. His latest solo album is titled “First Love.”

“You never have to be in the same places any more,” Jeff said about the recording process of the three.

Chuck said that it was the first time an entire album was record this way (every one recording separately, at separate times, in separate cities), yet so connected creatively.

Learn more about the “Jazz Funk Soul” collaboration, released June 24, 2014, by logging onto www.Shanachie.com.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Montell Jordan Highlighted on TV One’s ‘Unsung’

Montell Jordan, the first ‘Unsung’ artist highlighted on TV One’s docu-series, airs Wednesdays at 8/7c

Montell Jordan highlighted in TV One's docu-series 'Unsung,' airs encore Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Montell Jordan highlighted in TV One’s docu-series ‘Unsung,’ airs encore Sunday, August 3, 2014.

*TV One premieres a new season of its docu-series “Unsung” starting with the life of singer/songwriter/producer/actor and minister Montell Jordan. His segment aired July 30, 2014, but TV One will air an encore Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. CT. “Unsung” airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c.

“I was a little nervous but in the same breath…they considered me for the show where most are older more seasoned,” said singer/songwriter/producer/actor and minister Montell Jordan about his TV One “Unsung” episode. “It shows I’m still relevant in today’s society. I was killed on Twitter, I was a young minister at the time, and I was reading what people said. They said, ‘Montell Jordan of ‘This is How We Do It’ (fame) died…’ I’m more than that. I want ‘…’ after Montell Jordan.”

His episode will show there is so much more to Montell Jordan, and the others that this season of TV One’s “Unsung” will focus on. Other episodes will highlight the lives of Hi Five (August 6th), The Emotions (August 13th), Martha Wash (August 20th), Troop (August 27th), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (September 3rd), Wilson Pickett (September 10th), The Chi-Lites (September 17th), Peaches & Herb (September 24th), and Rick James (October 1st). Jordan is not only a singer, but a songwriter/producer (SisQo’s “Incomplete,” Deborah Cox’s “Nobody Suppose to Be Here”), an actor (The Nutty Professor, Fighting Temptations), and a minister (Victor World Church). Montell also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

“(Giving his songs away) It was a huge issue,” Jordan said when asked about others singing his songs, such as  Christina Milian, 98 Degrees, Shae Jones and Lil’ Mo. “In the same breath…when nobody gets to see your child…I had notoriety at the time and was able to give them away, give them life. It was a great opportunity. We (Montell and his partner Shep Crawford) had songs I wanted to birth that wouldn’t see the time of day. I was an up-temple artist, and we had songs like ‘Incomplete’ so we gave it to SisQo to give them life.”

Jordan said that the producer of TV One’s “Unsung” had access to his family and children, and he feels the episode will do him justice.

“It was shot with integrity,” Jordan pointed out. “It shows I am two very difference characters. I’m in ministry (now) and live very different. I went through…the journey of the music business to ministry. I traded success for significance. If I never sing another song…I’m relevant in people’s lives, instead of in music.”

Montell Jordan started in the music business at Def Jam Soul in 1995, and he married his wife in 1994 (they have four children). He topped the charts at Def Jam with “This is How We Do It,” “Let’s Ride” featuring Master P and Sillk Shocker, and “When You Get Home.” Montell also signed a deal with Koch Records in 2003 and Fontana Records in 2008. Jordan left secular music in 2010 to minister at his church Victory World Church, and released a Gospel album in 2011.

The TV One “Unsung” docu-series is produced by A. Smith & Company, an award winning television production company founded by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed. Their company has produced programs with budgets totaling one billion dollars. In 2011 they teamed up with Tinopolis Group becoming the leading North American television production force.

Learn more about TV One and its docu-series “Unsung” by logging onto www.TVOne.tv/shows/Unsung.

Famed Gospel choir master Ricky Dillard releases his much anticipated live album with New G, ‘Amazing,’ celebrating 25 years

Stellar winner/Grammy nominee Ricky Dillard releases new live album 'Amazing' with New G.

Stellar winner/Grammy nominee Ricky Dillard releases new live album ‘Amazing’ with New G.

*“I started with 25 in 1988,” Stellar Award winning choir master Ricky Dillard said about his choir called New G – with currently 35 members. “I knew what kind of singers I wanted to get that sound. I taught them how to project…so you can hear them (audience) say, ‘Wow.’”

Well on his latest live album release titled “Amazing” you will say “wow” yourself. The :Light Records/Entertainment One release offers 13 selections where Ricky Dillard and New G proves why he is a Gospel superstar and New G is a choir to be reckoned with. The album also celebrates 25 years of Ricky Dillard and New G’s contributions to the Gospel music industry. “Amazing” reached #2 on Gospel Radio charts.

“My passion has been always the choir,” Grammy Award nominated Dillard pointed out when I mention his own impressive vocal ability. “My mother sang in a choir and I was there. At the age of five I started to direct a choir. I was director of the children’s choir. I’d wave my hand!”

Ricky said as years past he became more animated in his direction of the choir.

”I kept growing, watching…great directors,” he said. When I asked how he chooses his choir members he said, “When I audition I am not asking (singers) for specific sections, I’m looking for lead singer capabilities. When I hear I know. I can tell from the vocalist’s texture.”

Dillard’s choir directing skills had him directing for Rev. Shirley Caesar, and in major motion pictures like Fighting Temptations in 2003, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit in 1993, and Leap of Faith in 1992. The Chicago native features the vocals of “Sunday Best” winner Le’Andria Johnson on the “Amazing” live project.

My favorite cuts on the album include “Grateful,” featuring the perfect vocals of Bryon Cage; the title track “Amazing,” a marching Praise & Worship song with lead vocals by Dillard and Tiffany Joy McGhee; “Always There,” a passionate Praise & Worship selection with lead vocals of Le’Andria, and “Be Weak” an inspirational “Al Green” flavored song with Ricky carrying lead.

“I recorded it in two nights, Friday and Saturday,” Dillard said about the project. “All my albums are record live. When I teach New G a song I’m ready for them to sing live.”

To learn more about the live, “Amazing,” album release log onto www.RickyDillard.net.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)