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Chantel Atkins (CEO/Owner) I started The Rhythmic Lounge in December 2010. At its start, it was a fairly simple website with the purpose of giving people a place to promote their talents and network. I had no idea that less than two years later it would transform into something much bigger. The website then underwent a complete revamp in July 2011, with a brand new look and the addition of many new features, including the creation of The Rhythmic Lounge Radio. Following suit, the radio started out as merely a 24/7 stream of hand-picked music submitted by talented musicians from the website but is now an integral part of the company. Listeners from all over the world tune in regularly to hear the wide variety of music, as well as the educational, musical and talk-radio shows that we now host. The radio’s success has only made me realize The Rhythmic Lounge could take me in new directions everyday rather than the other way around, which is why a digital magazine seemed like the next step. I’m incredibly proud to present to you hardworking artists and entertainers in this magazine and on the site, so enjoy! Be sure to go to www.therhythm iclounge.com to see the profiles for the great talent displayed in this issue and take a look at our new magazine site at http://w w w .trlm agazine.com Thanks for the support, and happy reading!

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Michael Egleton If#it's#authentic,#real,#clean#music#that#the#grown#folks#are#hungering#and#thirsting#for#here#in#2016# and#beyond,#look#no#further#than#super>talented,#award>winning#musician/singer/songwriter# Michael#Egleton,#whose#distinctive#voice#and#Jazz/Blues/Soul#sound#are#winning#with#the# collective#ears#of#people#all#around#the#world.#Egleton's#recent#independent#album#release#A# LOOK#INTO#MY#HEART#was#a#bonafide#hit#all#due#to#his#willingness#to#share#a#piece#of#his#life# through#song#>#therefore#turning#into#his#best#work#to#date#thus#far.#'I#don't#think#music#can#reach# people#unless#it's#a#part#of#you.'#expressed#Egleton#in#a#recent#interview.#Current#NBA#superstar# and#future#Hall>of>Famer#LeBron#James#is#the#pride#of#Akron,#Ohio,#and#by#the#sound#of#things,# expect#the#exceptional#talent#of#Michael#Egleton#to#become#a#big>time#household#name#in#the# music#industry#landscape,#and#expect#more#amazing,#thought>provoking#melodic#compositions#to# come#in#the#very#near#future!# # www.MichaelEgleton.com# www.twitter.com/MEgleton! ! The!Rhythmic!Lounge:!Please!introduce!yourself!and!give!the!readers!a!brief!background!for! those!who!aren’t!familiar!with!you!! Michael#Egleton:#I#am#a#fresh#new#sound#with#an#old#flare,#innovative#techniques#and#style,#I# would#best#describes#and#my#music.#It's#simple,#yet#mature.#Nothing#too#complicated.#A#straight# to#the#point#sound#that's#refreshing#in#today's#music.#Many#say#I#sound#like#Donny#Hathaway,# Johnny#Taylor,#Michael#Henderson,#Billy#Paul#and#a#few#other#artists#and#singer#from#the#past#such# as#Isaac#Hayes,#and#Billy#Preston.#Originally#from#Barberton,#Ohio,#I#now#resides#in#Akron,#Ohio# and#make#my#music#home#in#Atlanta,#GA,#commuting#to#and#from#during#the#year.##I#have# released#three#independent#albums,#Baby#Baby#Baby,#the#award#winning,#A#Look#Into#My#Heart# and#his#new#independent#release,#That’s#Alright#“The#Rewind”,#and#one#album#with#the#Tate# Music#Group#Label,#That's#Alright.#Songs#from#the#award#winning,#A#Look#Into#My#Heart#CD,#are# being#played#on#radio#stations#across#the#country,#the#UK#and#worldwide,#on#FM,#AM#and#XM# stations.#I’ve##won#The#Ohio#Music#Awards,#Adult#Contemporary#category,#2014,#The#Most# Listened#to#songs#for#2014#with#Baby#Baby#Baby#“The#Remix”#with#the,#It’s#All#Soul#To#Me#with# Simon#Darke#Radio#Show#in#the#UK,#recently,#2016#Akedemia#Music#Awards,#Best#in#Jazz,#and#has# been#an#IMA#nominee,#and#is#also#a#2016#entry#into#the#IMA#Music#Awards.#I#have#had#numerous# articles#and#reviews#written#in#many#music#magazines#about#myself#and#my#music.#Songs#from#A# Look#Into#My#Heart,#has#quickly#reach##1#on#every#music#site#it#has#been#a#part#of.##It’s#Over#“The# Remix”#was#one#of#the#songs#featured#this#year#during#the#domestic#abuse#crisis#of#the#NFL,#and#in#


the#personal#lives#of#many#private#relationships.#My#past#release#with#the#label,#Tate#Music# Group,#That's#Alright#was#a#main#stay#in#the#top#10#on#music#charts#for#the#Akron,#Canton,# Cleveland,#and#regional#Ohio#area#in#the#Blues,#Soul#and#Jazz#genres#on#many#online#music#sites.# All#of#my#life#experiences#and#lessons#shape#me#as#a#musician#and#are#reflected#in#my#music.## # TRL:!Were!there!people!around!you!who!really!encouraged!and!influenced!you!to!pursue!your! talent?! ME:#Actually#yes,#there#were#quite#a#few#people#from#many#years#past#that#had#encouraged#me#to# pursue#a#career#in#secular#music.#I#was#already#was#already#writing#Gospel;#music#and#had#written# one#song#that#was#secured#by#the#well#known#great#Gospel#singer#and#my#friend#from#this#area,# Douglas#Miller#of#“Anchored#In#the#Lord”#fame#and#his#hit#with#MC#Hammer#and#of#whom#every# now#and#then#I#have#opportunity#to#play#for.# One#of#my#sister’s#aunts#was#a#member#of#the#Weather#Girls#or#as#also#known,#The#Two#Tons#of# Fun#group#of#“It’s#Raining#Men”#fame#and#who#sang#background#for#Sylvester#for#many#years,#who# I#like#to#call#Ms#Izora,#the#late#Ms#Izora#Armstead,#husband#at#that#time#would#encourage#me# every#time#they#would#come#the#Akron,#Cleveland#area#to#come#and#record#a#song#back#in#my# 20’s.#I#just#didn’t#feel#it.#I#wasn’t#prepared#mentally#and#chose#to#pass.#I#had#a#very#young#family….# It#just#was#not#in#the#cards#for#me#at#that#time.#There#were#other#at#this#time#who#also#would#talk# to#me#about#checking##things#out#some#of#which#went#on#to#pursue#their#music#careers#with#such# bands#as#the#S.O.S#Band#and#Roles#Royse,#Switch##and#more.#I#still#chose#to#stay#back.#As#you#see,# this#area#has#been#rich#in#music#history.#It#was#at#this#time#in#my#life#I#felt#I#had#something#to#offer.# I#gave#it#a#spin#with#my#first#independent#release,#Baby#Baby#Baby#and#really#didn’t#expect# anything#to#come#of#it.#As#a#matter#of#fact#I#laughed#to#myself#about#it.#I#submitted#it#online#to#a# few#music#sites#and#the#rest#is#history!# # TRL:!What!has!been!the!most!memorable!accomplishment!of!your!career!so!far?! ME:#There#are#quite#a#few#memorable#instances#in#my#short#career#thus#far.#One#is#my#very#first# performance#on#stance#at#The#Musica#here#in#Akron,#Ohio.#It#was#mind#numbing#to#say#the#least.# The#energy#on#stage#with#the#band#was#out#of#this#world!#Then#there#was#my#first#award.#This#was# so#special#because#it#was#like#a#validation#that#I#could#play#in#the#big#leagues#if#given#a#chance#and# shown#the#proper#way#of#doing#things#required#by#the#industry.#Then#there#was#the#“Top#25#Most# Listened#To#Songs#of#2014#with#(#the#late)#Mr#Simon#Darke#Radio#Show”#in#The#UK.#This#validated# that#I#could#be#appreciated#worldwide#and#that#music#is#a#universal#language.#I’m#sure#there#will# be#more#if#I#continue#on#the#path#that#I’m#on#and#with#the#help#of#the#Lord.#


TRL:!Are!there!any!upcoming!events!or!projects!that!you’d!like!to!mention?! ME:#What’s#next#in#the#near#future#for#me#is#first#to#finish#my#new#independent#project,#That’s# Alright#“The#Rewind’.#The#next#two#releases#to#this#independent#project#are#releasing#as#I#write.# One#of#which#is#also#already#entered#into#the#2016#IMA#Music#Awards.#This#song#is,#Behind#These# Walls#featuring#Bob#Esterle.#Behind#These#Walls#is#a#moving#song#about#the#emotions#and#feeling# one#may#experience#during#the#stormy#times#of#a#relationship#that#has#lost#it’s#flame.#Then#the# carry#over#that#occurs#when#one#transfers#all#of#this#baggage#to#a#new#relationship,#penalizing#the# new#interest#for#the#sins#of#the#past#relationship.#This#song#is#produce#by#Wes#McCraw,#Creekside# Audio,#Norton,#OH#and#Samuel#Haygood,#N>DA>Groove#Productions,#Atlanta,#GA.#for#the#new# independent#project#from#Michael#Egleton,#That’s#Alright#“The#Rewind”,#produced#by#Wes# McCraw#and#Samuel#Haygood#with#associate#producers,#Mr#K.T.#Beats#(#Mr#Kevin#Taylor#Jr)#of#KT# Got#Beats,#Atlanta,#GA#and#Mr#Dereck#Gelespie,#Gee#Funk#Productions,#Akron,#OH.#Pop# “Rewound”#has#already#been#released#to#radio#and#many#Smooth#Jazz#stations#are#starting#to# warm#up#to#it.#It’s#produced#by#Samuel#Haygood#for#That’s#Alright#“The#Rewind”.#Then#there#is#the# HOT#dance#tune,#Stank#“Wound#Up”#also#produced#by#Mr.#Samuel#Haygood#for#That’s#Alright#“The# Rewind”.#This#Hot#dance#tune#is#being#played#by#DJ#everywhere#in#this#region.#It’s#built#for#hand# and#line#dancing#and#that’s#just#what#they#are#doing!# There#is#an#autobiography#planned#for#released#in#2016#in#which#my#branding#team#at,#Blue> Artists#in#Baltimore,#DC#area#are#preparing#to#write#with#me.#We’re#looking#at#some#small#roles#in# film#and#starting#planning#for#the#brand#new#independent#project#for#2017.# The#new#Video#EPK#Premier#for#Behind#These#Walls#was#release#recently.#Filming#for#the#Music# Video#to#this#song#will#start#in#August.## To#my#fans#I's#like#to#simply#say,#Thank#you.#Thank#you#for#everything,#your#support,#your# listening,#your#kind#words.#Your#inspiration#when#I'm#ready#to#give#up.#For#getting#me#through#a# very#tough#time#a#few#months#ago#when#my#younger#brother#had#passed#from#Lupus#and#less# than#30#hours#later#my#baby#sister#was#murdered#by#her#lover.#When#I#thought#it#was#over,#20# days#later#my#nephew,#my#sister's#19#year#old#son#passed.##I#was#living#on#the#words#of#my#songs# and#the#touches#from#you,#my#fans.#Thank#you#so,#so#much.#I#am#nothing#without#you.#I#do# appreciate#and#respect#you.#Please#keep#supporting#and#spreading#the#word#about#Michael# Egleton!# # ! # #


Not Only Street Recording Artist J Ice releases his new sophomore mixtape entitled: "Finally Official" Justin Sparks aka J Ice who signed with Not Only Street Records in 2015; Dropping The Mixtape “FWM” & his debut album “The Message” has been tremendously busy since his signing with Not Only Street Records. Indie hip hop / trap artist J Ice released "Business Man" focusing on the power of believing in himself and in the power of change for the better and "Go Shawty" an attractive high energy club song that is sure to get you moving across the floor! The mixtape “Finally Official” contains the hits "Lifestyle", "Obstacles" featuring Gosha, "Till It Bubble" featuring Young Mally and "Got To Get It" featuring ILL Bleed. J Ice's musical influences are Rihanna, Drake, 2 Chains, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z which can also be sure to be recognized in many of tracks featured on the albums. You can view videos released by J Ice @ http://tiny.cc/jicemyself & http://tiny.cc/conscience to hear and read more about J Ice go to his official webpage @ http://notonlystreet.com/j-ice.html You can read and review articles on J Ice on Fuzionz, Rhythmic Lounge, Paste, Dope Souf, The Examiner and Making It Magazines. You may also hear his live interviews on KJag, Dope Souf, Sparkx and Not Only Street Radio. In mid-July, “Finally Official” will be available at major online stores, sold as part of a new deal with Not Only Street Records.

I finally made it to level two. Official Progression!


Mixtape Title: FINALLY OFFICIAL Released Date: 07/15/2016 Artist: J ICE UPC: 741587542100 Record Label: Not Only Street Records Email: jice@notonlystreet.com Website: Www.notonlystreet.com/j-ice.html .


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TOMMY FORD LAUNCHES FILM TRAINING PROJECT AND DOCUMENTARY TARGETING ATLANTA’S INNER CITY YOUTH Atlanta, GA - Tommy Ford aka “Tommy from Martin” and philanthropist Hank Stewart announce their new community project Through My Lens ATL, a film training project targeting inner city youth in Atlanta and Dekalb county that have an interest in the film and television industry. The project began at Clark Atlanta University, and is currently in production and filming in Clarkston, GA at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. The sixteen week program includes film production training and exercises as well as mentoring sessions. The young men also create and produce three public service announcements on topics such as “What is Black Manhood?”, “How to Tie a Tie”, and the dangers of texting and driving. The Through My Lens ATL documentary is scheduled to premiere at the American Black Film Festival on June 19th in Miami, FLA and air on Aspire TV network in fall 2016. About "Through My Lens ATL” Through My Lens is a documentary that examines the complicated world of bullying as it relates to the urban youth population. Each week, the youths are provided with mentors that discuss thought provoking topics and participate in training that will allow them to become production assistants in the television and film industry. The college staff also work as mentors which fills the participants with hope, inspiration, and encouragement and provide life coaching to help them heal. The documentary utilizes in-depth interviews and testimonies from bullying experts, historians, psychotherapists, social media trendsetters, reformed bullies and inner-city youth to paint a clear picture of this epidemic. To further shed light on this growing epidemic – personal testimonies of celebrities, athletes and bullying experts from across the country provide heart-wrenching stories. With each interview the audience will witness the personal struggles the young men face as they reconcile their role in the bullying epidemic. The goal is to see if this 16-week experience can change the lens, focus, exposure, and vision of these young people. For media inquiries contact TiaCulverPR@gmail.com!


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Ron Handy

http://www.ronhandy.com!

Montgomery, AL

The multi-instrumentalist, Ron Handy, was born and reared in Montgomery, Alabama. He began playing guitar in grade school. In junior and senior high school, Ron began to concentrate primarily on Alto Saxophone and he participated in various county and state honor bands. During high school, Ron not only played in the marching, symphonic, and jazz bands, but he also arranged and composed music for these bands. This pivotal period in his life influenced Ron’s decision to pursue a career in music. After high school graduation, Ron enrolled in college at Alabama State University, where he earned a music degree with honors. Presently, Ron is employed at Alabama State University in the Department of Music. Ron has been the recipient of the ASU President’s Excellence Award and he was inducted into the Lanier High School Hall of Fame (his high school alma mater) for creative musicianship and service to the community. He has also received numerous other awards for music and for community service. Throughout his professional career, Ron has performed with or as the opening act for various jazz, pop/R&B and gospel stars including: Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum; Grammy Award winning vocalist Chrisette Michele; Outstanding a cappella group and 10 time Grammy Award winners Take 6;9 time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys; Platinum selling R&B vocalist Avant; jazz group Pieces of a Dream; vibraphonist Roy Ayers; vocalist Phyllis Hyman; trumpeter Tom Browne; saxophonist Najee; 9 time Grammy Award winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis; super producer/keyboardist George Duke; saxophonist George Howard; vocalist Rachelle Ferrell; vocal sensation and 2 time Grammy Award winner Patti Labelle; jazz keyboardist Joe Sample; 5 time Grammy Award winner and pop/rock/country/gospel hit maker B.J. Thomas; producer/drummer Norman Connors; gospel vocalist Lisa McClendon; gospel/jazz guitarist Roland Grissum; smooth jazz violinist Jerald Daemyon; Hit R&B/pop vocalist Peabo Bryson; father/son recording artists Eddie Levert (O’jays) & Gerald Levert and gospel recording star John P. Kee. Ron has also performed with and composed music for actress Bernadette Stanis (formerly known as “Thelma” from the hit TV show Christina Mims! “Good Times”), who is also skilled at writing poetry. A versatile musician with a love for different genres of music, Ron Handy has played gospel, classical, jazz and pop/R&B extensively. He has served as the musical director and/or woodwind/keyboard player for many theatrical productions including: “The Wiz”; “Dreamgirls”; “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”; “Purlie”; “Ain’t Misbehavin’; “The Meeting” and many others. Ron has been featured on both local and national television, along with local and international radio. He has been featured on CNN and he was the “Artist of the Week” on the international radio program “Jazz From The City,” hosted by renowned jazz DJ Ken “Spider” Webb. Ron Handy has produced and performed on numerous recordings over the years. He has worked as a studio musician and engineer, as well as producer and arranger for several recording projects, including television theme songs and commercial jingles. Ron has released his own CDs, which include smooth jazz “covers” of the R&B group Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” and jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves’ “Come In.” He has also recorded smooth jazz versions of other pop/R&B hits, including Brian McKnight’s “The Only One For Me”. Being a spiritual person who loves to give honor and praise to God, Ron released a CD of gospel favorites titled “Sign Me Up,” which has received heavy rotation and acclaim from radio stations and listeners alike. Gospel and “smooth jazz” stations also embraced a CD single titled “He’s Worthy”. Despite maintaining a demanding professional career, Ron enjoys taking the time to visit schools and churches to perform and talk to young people about music, life and career goals. Throughout the years, Ron has been blessed to perform for wide and diverse audiences. His versatility has allowed him to become one of the most sought after musicians in the southeast. Having been given the gift of music, Ron Handy thanks God and considers it a privilege and an honor to be able to share his music with others. !

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The Rhythmic Lounge: Was there an "aha" moment that made you say, "I want to be a musician"? Ron Handy: Coming from a musical household where everyone in the house played an instrument and/or sang definitely had an impact on me, but my “aha” moment came when I was in high school. I had a wonderful band director, Farrell Duncombe, who saw some potential in me and allowed me to go as far as I wanted to go under his guidance. I was the saxophone section leader and, as a teenager, was allowed to arrange musical selections and conduct them in rehearsals. The fire within me was raging once I stood in front of the band for the first time to conduct my very first marching band arrangement (laughs). Honestly, it didn’t turn out that great but Mr. Duncombe encouraged me to keep at it. I was so determined to practice that Mr. Duncombe asked the school principal if I could have a key to the band room. I think he was tired of me “bugging” him (laughs). His request was granted and I was able to practice in the band room at any time. I loved it and my desire to be a good musician (along with being a responsible young man) was of “high priority.”

TRL: You play several instruments! How did that come about? RH: Wow! That’s a good question! As I stated earlier, my family had instruments around the house all the time and it sparked my interest to see how each one operated. Several years ago I worked with John Gibbs, a fantastic musician who owns a music store here in Montgomery. Whenever I was in the store I would watch customers come in to purchase different instruments. To my surprise and amazement, John would demonstrate each instrument that was requested. I don’t mean “tinker” with it (smile). He could “really” play every instrument that he put his hands on…WELL (laughs). It was great for me to see a person do that and he was gracious enough to show me some techniques on different instruments. I was getting into multi-track recording at the time and I had to lay all of the tracks myself. Whew! During those days I didn’t have digital recorders to work with, so everything went to tape. It really helped my musicianship because I had to literally “perform” every part in its entirety. I continue to work like that now because I get a better feel for the music by actually “playing” the parts separately.”

TRL: Why was going to college and getting a degree in music important to you? RH: First of all, both of my parents are retired educators and going to college was always stressed to me, along with my siblings, as a way to position ourselves for a better life. I was so into music in high school that my mind was made up about having music as a major. I really wanted to learn everything that I could about music and possibly teach one day. My saxophone instructor in college, Dr. Laurence Hayes, played a major role in convincing me to soak up all of the knowledge that I could from him. Believe me, he had a wealth of knowledge and I was encouraged to go beyond my musical barriers. The music was so difficult that I would spend 4 to 6 hours a day working on various exercises. I once asked, “Why are you giving me such difficult pieces to learn?” I soon found out that he was planning to retire and I am now in his old office at Alabama State University. Talk about irony (smile). Attending college and getting a degree in music has been extremely beneficial to me. I owe a major debt of gratitude to all of my former teachers for the seeds that they’ve sown in me. May God bless them all!

TRL: You've performed numerous times as a solo act. How challenging is that? RH: That’s a great question! The solo act came about as the result of my maturing as a multi-instrumentalist and producer. I owe a lot of my decision to perform solo to Dr. George Shaw, a Long Beach, California based musician/producer/educator whom I met several years ago. He literally took me under his wing and instructed me on the “ins” and “outs” of studio recording. He’s a guru when it comes to studio gear and he’s an awesome trumpet player. Well, I had a performance coming up for a festival and was working so hard that I didn’t have time to pull a band together for rehearsals. I was about to cancel the engagement when Dr. Shaw says, “Do it yourself!” His statement changed everything for me and I began to perform with or without a band. I spent a great deal of time learning several tunes on a variety of instruments to enhance my “live” performances. Performing live with a band is wonderful and I enjoy that aspect tremendously. The challenge of performing “live” on a “track date” concert is that it requires a lot more energy. Since I’m performing the instrumental parts on the tracks, I always think about my energy level and which instrument(s) I will be playing “live” to keep things fresh and interesting. It’s truly a challenge, but I enjoy it!

TRL: Do you remember the first time you heard yourself on the radio? RH: Yes I do remember the first time I heard a selection that I’d recorded in the studio on the radio (laughs). Back in the day, I was always working on stuff (smile). A good friend of mine and music business mentor, Steve Myers, would always ask me… “Are you working on some material?” I would always say “yes” and he would tell me to get it to him as soon as I was done. After several months of asking the same question and getting the same answer from me, I reluctantly gave Steve a tape to check out over the weekend. I didn’t think it was ready, but he took it and returned it to me on the following Monday. He told me he liked it and I said “thanks, but I’ll finish it soon”. To my surprise, I was driving and listening to our campus radio station (WVAS FM 90.7) when I heard one of my selections on the radio. You see, Steve Myers was the station manager at the time and he’d copied the tape and put it on the air. I guess he was tired of “waiting on me” and decided I was ready (Laughs). As I think about it, I’m glad he did that. I would probably still be “getting ready” today (smile)! Thanks, Steve!

TRL: How did the interesting concept of the "Killing Me Softly" video on YouTube come about? RH: The “Killing Me Softly” track and video came about very quickly. The vocalist that I work with, Christina Mims, has always loved that song and wanted to perform it. I laid the instrumental tracks for her to rehearse with. She liked it and went on the computer to make sure she had all of the lyrics correct. We were not really intending to “record” the song at that time. It was really just a “fun” thing. She looked over the lyrics for a few minutes and said…”Hey, I want to lay some vocal tracks over what you’ve done.” She proceeded to lay the lead and the harmony tracks in one take each… top to bottom. Wow! As we were listening back to the performance Darrick Long (an ASU student) walked into my office and said… “I really like that and I have an idea.” Darrick takes his iPhone out of his pocket and says…”let’s make a video”! The footage on the iPhone was shot right then. As we listened to the lyrics of this great Charles Fox – Norman Gimbel composition, Darrick (along with his twin brother Eric) had a concept to convey a unique message through the video. The world recently commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March and State Senator Quinton Ross played the video for visiting dignitaries during their visit to Montgomery. The video was met with a rousing ovation of approval and we are all very proud to have been a part of it. We’ve received many positive emails and texts from around the world from those who have viewed the video on YouTube! Christina (a gifted vocalist) and Darrick (who also designed my website) are truly talented individuals and I love working with them. Thank you, TRL!

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Black Jewelz EP “Unrivaled” is filled with rhythmic raps laced with thought provoking lyrics. The voice of Black Jewelz gives audiences the opportunity to learn what Hip Hop means to him. Unrivaled is an addition to the stack of Hip Hop recordings fortified with real lyrics. The EP comes out of the box with its first release “Never FM” in which Black Jewelz displays his view about the absence of real rap lyricism on FM radio. Scheduled to Release Summer 2016, “Unrivaled” will explode on the Hip Hop music scene with high energy coupled with raw masterfully powerful lyricism that expresses the innovative artistry of Black Jewelz.

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Michael(Karr(

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is a formally trained, award winning, critically acclaimed trumpet player, skilled keyboardist, composer, arranger, lyricist, engineer and producer and has been featured on close to 45 records. After losing a lifetime of work and memories in a fire, Michael is reestablished in his new Manhattan studio, recording and producing several original projects and playing jazz with the Michael Karrtet™. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Michael’s debut in music came at age 11, recording his first two albums as a trumpet soloist with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. In the 9th grade, Michael caught the eye of the great Randy Purcell (lead trombonist with Maynard Ferguson) who assisted Michael is getting a music scholarship for trumpet and piano to Carnegie Mellon University, which he began the following year. He continued his education at Duquesne and Pitt Universities, where he played under the direction of Nathan Davis and his Pitt University Jazz Assemble. After completing two Bachelor Degrees by age 19, Michael left Pittsburgh and went on the road, touring across the United States and in Europe. Michael’s extensive performance experience includes national tours and playing with The Whispers, The O’Jays, Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band, After 7, Billy Joel, The Human League, Jimmy Ponder, The Tommy Dorsey Band, Modern Man, The Jets, The Gap Band, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The Drifters, George Benson (in the line-up at the Newport Jazz Festival), Houston Person, Roy Buchanan, Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Dennis Williams, B.B. King, Mary Wilson, Stanley Turrentine, Russ Freeman, Alex Blake, Arnie Lawrence, Cecil Brooks III, Dave Budway, Eddie Henderson, Dennis Irwin, Joe Harris, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eric Lewis, Essiet O. Essiet, Grady Tate, Grover Washington Jr., James Moody, Jay and Marty Ashby, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Joe Cohn, Joe Negri, John Benitez, Kirk Lightsey, Mark Murphy, Marian McPartland, Ned Gold, Seleno Clarke, Randy Johnston, Rodney Jones, Ray Brown, Rhoda Scott, Roger Tucker, Roger Humphries, Ron Affif, Russell George and Victor Jones. Michael is also a veteran session musician, signed under numerous labels, including 3C, Laurie, Antenna Records and Corona Rounder. Michael hit the Top Ten on Billboard’s R&B charts as a producer with the Stanley Fields cover of “You, Me & He” (3C Records). He was the first musician to record live for WDUQ’s Tony Mowad and Chuck Leavens with whom he recorded with for several years. Michael wrote and produced music for the popular radio show Top 30 USA with Donnie Simpson with Sheridan Broadcasting Network WAMO which aired every Saturday on 169 stations and in Europe and Japan. He has worked with many production, mixing, mastering and engineers of note, including the Grammy-winning Phil Nicolo of Studio 4 Recording. Records of note include one of Michael’s CDs featuring the legendary Houston Person and several of Michael’s live CDs featuring Claudio Roditi. Michael’s Karrtet™ features a rotation of top musicians including Ron Affif, Victor Jones, John Benitez, Randy Johnston, Alex Blake and Essiet O. Essiet. As a band leader, Michael is listed as a Jazz Improv Magazine “Noteworthy Performance“. He has held several residencies at notable jazz venues in NYC including St. Nick’s Pub, Cleopatra’s Needle, Arturo’s, Blue Water Grill, the Bell Cafe, De Lounge, and Mannahatta. Michael has performed in almost every club east of the Rockies – he has played in settings from “after-hours” clubs to stadiums, for the former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani to two Presidential Inaugural Balls.

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Kenric "ILL Bleed" Truitt, blessed with a stage presence second to none and some of the hottest tracks in the game for years, has finally stepped out of the shadows and positioned himself amongst the elite veteran lyricists in the area. Currently based in St. Louis, ILL Bleed is now getting his area of Madison County, IL in on his grind. After successfully completing a new video tour with his bouncy track “M.J. Bad” in the grand city Peoria; a video that is a follow up from his track “Look at Me” which is still gathering consistent views on You Tube.

His tracks Dam 'it Man and I Wanna Get With Her are his next two tracks that will be getting immediate attention as his marketing team prepare to the ILL Bleed brand of music on the ever growing hip hop scene.


ILL Bleed has performed at The Stage Bar & Grill, Studio 618, Way Out Club, Firebird, Cicero's, Marcels Restaurant & Bar, Timeout Lounge, Chocolate City, Club Lavish and others.

His drive and work ethic makes it impossible to ignore the talents of Ill Bleed because Ill leaves his blood on the tracks; killing em! Look for the single coming soon.


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KagyBee™ is a High Power Character Rock Band fronted by blonde “mistress of the library” Britney Maddern and the super interactive fighting duo of Rachel and Annemarie. KagyBee™ uses high energy rock and roll to fight any and all evil that stands in the way of true love! Flanked by special agents guitarist Vlad Tovbin, Drummer Eric Miller and Bassist Evan Bonetti, watch as Britney and her love fighters go around the world saving hearts, minds and love! Entity Records and Entertainment™ recording artists KagyBee™ are produced by CoccoMusic™ at the 148 South Street Studios and their new EP “Hello-Goodbye” is scheduled for release this summer with their first full length album scheduled for release in 2017. Lead vocalist Britney Maddern’s (Detroit, MI) driving physical presence and big voice combined with Rachel and Annemarie’s cool, sustaining vocals and dance make this band awesome on both the eyes and ears. When you add the classically trained rock guitar stylings of Vlad Tovbin (former Soviet Union) as well as the penetrating timing of drummer Eric Miller (Detroit, MI) and Bassist Evan Bonetti (Detroit, MI) you get a must see show. Britney and Vlad met through a musicians wanted advertisement in the Detroit Metro Times in 2004. Maddern and Tovbin are prolific songwriters and together cut their teeth at a number of venues throughout Michigan as Amazon Blonde as well as with other acts including the Gene-n-Tonics™ performing at the Magic Bag, Alvins, Jacobys, Temple Room, New Way Bar, Elbow Room, Stray Cat Lounge and more. The Duo engaged CoccoMusic as the producer in 2015 and signed with Entity Records in 2016. KagyBee™ just completed a 30-minute live performance video, as well as a behind the scenes video both shot on CoccoMusic’s 148 South Street Studios live sound stage, and which includes four songs from their upcoming release.

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Album Reviews Hyperfractal – Stealing Heaven by Ross Guity

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Progressive Alternative Rock band HYPERFRACTAL out of the Land Down Under of Australia are ready to gain new fans all around the world by way of their collective mega-talents being displayed on their new LP STEALING HEAVEN. With front man Albie Nichols bringing it strong with his one-of-a-kind vocals on stand-out tracks such as 'Synchronised Creation,' 'Find Your Way,' and 'Bring It Back,' HYPERFRACTAL the band will certainly be a major factor in the game with their energetic brand of Hard Rock musicality right off the bat. From beginning to end, STEALING HEAVEN is a solid, intriguingly exciting listen, and does not disappoint. www.Hyperfractal.com www.twitter.com/Hyperfractals www.instagram.com/Hyperfractals


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