*“God has called us,” the sister duo Mary Mary said about their contribution to the Contemporary Gospel “movement.” “That’s one of the things and our up bringing experience.”
Mary Mary, sisters Erica and Tina Campbell, launches a West Coast Christmas Tour, the Do Something Big Campaign with Pillsbury and a reality show on WEtv. Mary Mary believes that it was their up-bringing in the church which had them going out into the “world” to spread God’s word, that was a major reason why their Gospel music became so universally excepted.
“We would go out into the streets…prisons…talk to gangsters and thugs,” said the six-time Stellar Award winning duo. “It taught us to go ‘out’ to…plant seeds.”
The powerful three-time Grammy Award winning duo will launch their Do Something Big Campaign with Pillsbury – an initiative with churches to reward them for their community service . The participating churches submitted to Mary Mary a video telling them about their local efforts in the community. The winning church will receive a free concert by Mary Mary and breakfast for the entire congregation courtesy of Pillsbury.
On December 8, 2011 Mary Mary will launch their West Coast Christmas Tour inAustin,Texasat The Moody Theater. Some of the cities the Mary Mary Christmas Tour will visit includeOklahoma City,Los Angeles, and Vegas and on December 18, 2011 it will end inSeattle,Washingtonat the Admiral Theatre.
March 29, 2012 Mary Mary will launch their reality show, “Mary Mary,” on WEtv. The reality show will follow the sisters as they promote their sixth album release, “Something Big,” as they walk red carpets and strive to balance motherhood and careers.
WEtv’s “Mary Mary” reality show will air at 9 p.m. and will consist of eight hour-long episodes. “Mary Mary,” is produced by eOne Television and executively produced by Tara Long, John Morayniss and Eric Hoberman. Kater Farrell serves as the executively producer for WEtv.
“We pray before we do everything,” the duo confessed. “…So people will be receptive. One must be wise. Know your audience and speak how they can understand.”
For more information about the Do Something Big Campaign, the “Mary Mary West Coast Christmas Tour,” and the “Mary Mary” reality show log onto www.ILoveMaryMary.com.
Saxophonist Kim Waters’ ‘This Heart of Mine’ offers a bit of R&B with his Jazz
*Saxophonist Kim Waters recently released his 17th album, “This Heart of Mine,” and 10th on the Shanachie Entertainment label. The album offers more than his usually Smooth Jazz, with a bit of R&B. His label-mate, multi-Grammy Award nominee Calvin Richardson, is a featured vocalist on the project on the “Am I A Fool” track.
“I did the song and we were contemplating later who would be best and they sent me a couple of Calvin’s CDs and I thought he would tear it up,” said Kim Waters about how Calvin was chosen to be on the project.
Waters, who was featured in the movie Larry Crowne starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, has had thirteen #1 singles and over 20 top ten hits in his career. This project should do just as well or better because this time Kim offers a twist of R&B to his normal Smooth Jazz style.
“If I can put a smile on their faces when their having a bad day,” Kim Waters said when asked what he wanted the listeners to walk away with after listening to the album. “The whole record is geared towards family, friends, my twins and the love of my life…my lady.”
My favorite cuts on the “This Heart of Mine” album include “Heart Seekers,” which has a nice smooth feel, “Am I A Fool,” which features Soul/R&B singer Calvin Richardson – whose powerful vocals blend well with Kim’s horn playing and “Empire State of Mind” because of Kim’s smooth, almost silky, horn playing.
For more information about Kim Waters’ “This Heart of Mine” log onto www.Shanachie.com.
Australia’s The McClymonts release first American Country album, ‘Wrapped Up Good’
*“We always sang,” said Mollie of The McClymonts, one ofAustralia’s top Country groups, which consist of sisters Mollie, Brooke and Sam. “UniversalAustraliakept watching us but we were way too young to sign. They saw us in 2006 singing at the Country Awards and they asked (us to sign).”
The McClymonts, who recently released their first American distributed album, “Wrapped Up Good,” are very talented vocalists, songwriters and producers. The girls can play all their instruments, even though on this album they enlisted help from other producers and musicians.
The recently girls moved toNashvilleand started their own label BSM Music in a worldwide partnership with Universal Music Group. On “Wrapped Up Good” The Clymonts co-wrote 11 of the 12 songs on the project.
“We wrote the tracks,” Mollie said. “They represent the time of our life (right now), happy and up-beat. We been incredibly busy, been away touring for five years inAustraliaandAmerica. We’ve won quite a few awards for Best Group…thought we’d giveAmericaago. It’s been crazy busy.”
I love all genres of music and it has been a while since I reviewed a Country album so I enjoyed this one tremendously. My favorite cuts on the “Wrapped Up Good,” album include “Kick It Up,” a hot party song; the title song “Wrapped Up Good,” for it’s ability to get me up and dancing; “Take It Back,” a very sweet love song, and “I Could Be A Cowboy,” a heart-felt track with a violin solo that was impressive.
For more information on The Clymonts and their newest album release “Wrapped Up Good” log onto www.TheClymonts.net.
The 2011 IndieCade Festival arrived in Los Angeles to honor 10 video game makers with the Choice Award
*The 2011 IndieCade (Video Game) Festival arrived inLos Angelesto honor 10 out of 36 finalists of independent video game makers, who were chosen out of 446 submissions of games. The festival offered visitors a chance to play with the 10 games which were on display at the festival’s Gamewalk/Arcade.
Video game producers and distributors came fromHong Kong,Ireland,Korea,Spain,Ukraine,U.K.,Canada,Denmark,Finland,Singapore, theU.S.and South African. The event started out with a red carpet arrival of the winning game producers presented by LG Mobile.
The finalists of the four day event were chosen by 100 judges and the winners were invited to attend the “Developer and Audience Choice Awards” at the Closing Party hosted by GameFly.
For more information on the IndieCade events and its awardees log onto www.IndieCade.com.
(Eunice Moseley is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)