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Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ 2012 – 2013 Season opens with fall concert

Posted by Admin On August - 27 - 2012 Comments Off on Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ 2012 – 2013 Season opens with fall concert

Concert features works by renowned French Composers at Orchestra Hall Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.  



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Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) opens its 2012-2013 season with a concert by the organization’s 123-member Symphony Orchestra at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall (220 S. Michigan Ave.), Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Under the baton of Music Director Allen Tinkham, the orchestra will perform works by renowned French composers Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy. CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Roosevelt University’s CCPA Conservatory Chorus and Chorale for Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Fauré’s “Les Djinns.” Tickets are $20-$40. Boxes are also available. Tickets go on sale at a later date to be announced.


For more information visit www.cyso.org or call (312) 939-2207 x31.


CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra has earned an international reputation as a premier orchestral ensemble featuring extraordinary young musicians from the Chicago area. Allen Tinkham was appointed Music Director of CYSO in 2001. Under his direction, CYSO has performed at Orchestra Hall, Millennium Park, Ravinia, Carnegie Hall and several international locales as well. During his tenure, CYSO has won eight of its eleven ASCAP National Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, as well as four Illinois Council of Orchestras awards (two Programming of the Year Awards and two Youth Orchestra of the Year Awards).


Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1946. CYSO currently serves nearly 450 Chicago area musicians ages 7-18 through five core orchestras, chamber music, music theory and composition. It also reaches 2,500 Chicago Public School students and educators each year through its Music Pathways program, which features presentations and concerts by CYSO musicians and training for CPS teachers on how to incorporate music into their classroom curriculum. CYSO is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders. Visit www.cyso.org to learn how you can become involved.

DJ Rogers & Renee Spearman debut #1 on Billboard!

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2012 Comments Off on DJ Rogers & Renee Spearman debut #1 on Billboard!

 “Whoa to WOW!” – #1 Most Added Song & #1 Most Increased Airplay

Hollywood, CA (BlackNews.com) — Debuting #1 on Billboard with their hit “Whoa to WOW!” (#1 Most Added Song & #1 Most Increased Airplay – Indicator Chart), legendary soul singer D J Rogers (“Say You Love Me”, “God Favored Me”) and Stellar Award nominee Renee Spearman are gearing up for tour dates to support the release of the CD nationally on Sept 25th.

Releasing on highly regarded JDI/Universal, critical acclaim for “Whoa to WOW” has been unanimous. With Stevie Wonder’s urban AC powerhouse KJLH 102.3 FM adding the song instantaneously, program director Aundrae Russell raves…”Whoa to WOW!” is the breakout hit of the year! Combining the trademark vocals of D.J. Rogers with Renee Spearman’s formidable gift of pen, Whoa to WOW! is crossing boundaries and radio genres to bless souls everywhere. Every time we play “Whoa to WOW!”, our phones light up!”

A twelve-track project of inspirational music, “Whoa to WOW!” also features a bevy of all-stars including the incomparable Beverly Crawford, “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” guitar virtuoso Paul Jackson Jr, and more.

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to work with soul legend DJ Rogers, one of the truly great male vocalists of our time” said Renee Spearman. “Whoa to WOW is a song God gave me to let people know that, even in the midst of these tough economic times and all the trials of life, He is still in control! And the great thing about God is He can turn things around instantaneously – doesn’t take him a long time! So while the devil meant it for bad, God turned it around for my good – hence the title Whoa to WOW!”

In addition to the CD, “Whoa to WOW!” is also available in Songbook/Sheet Music format as well as Sing-Along Performance Tracks.

JDI / Universal: www.amazon.com/Whoa-Wow-Renee-Spearman/dp/B008JEJUIW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1342995369&sr=8-3&keywords=renee+spearman

“Nobody Greater” Songwriter Darius Paulk proves he’s more than just a writer on 5-song digital EP, “Lyrics & Melodies”

Posted by Admin On August - 13 - 2012 Comments Off on “Nobody Greater” Songwriter Darius Paulk proves he’s more than just a writer on 5-song digital EP, “Lyrics & Melodies”

Project Will Be Available at All Major Online Music Stores August 14, 2012

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The last three years have been a whirlwind for Atlanta, GA-based, Dove and Stellar Award nominated songwriter, Darius Paulk. Singer Vashawn Mitchell recorded his tune “Nobody Greater” and watched it rise to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and spend a solid year in the Top 10 in 2010-2011. “Darius wrote a song that captured and changed the hearts of so many lives, and he’s only scratched the surface,” Mitchell says. “The world will soon experience more of his heart of worship.”

That experience is coming August 14th when Paulk will release his first digital EP, “Lyrics & Melodies”, a five-song cyber album that will be available on iTunes and other online music stores. It may surprise some that Paulk is a singer but he’s been doing it all of his life. “God has invested so much into me and I want to exhaust every area of gifting that he’s blessed me with and singing happens to be one of them,” he says. “I’ve always admired singer- songwriters such as Walter Hawkins, Thomas Whitfield, Twinkie Clark, Andre crouch, and Donald Lawrence so this is me living out the dream I’ve had since I was a child.”

Those influences are evident on songs such as the majestic ballad “He is God” that’s cut from the same cloth as the best songs by Crouch and Whitfield. Paulk’s tenor warmly fills the nooks and crannies of the tune rather than overpowering it, allowing the lyrics and melody to shine instead of having them overshadowed by vocals. “It’s a worship ballad that is dear to my heart,” he adds. “I wrote it a day after I got held up at gunpoint after the Stellar Awards last year. It kind of falls in line with the current trend.”

The up-tempo “This I Give” employs a charmingly sophisticated urban AC and smooth jazz vibe that makes it a refreshing vehicle to express the inspirational lyrics. Paulk, who wrote “Deeper” for Marvin Sapp’s current #1 CD “I Win”, is asked whether he feels pressure to deliver another massive hit like “Nobody Greater” and his response is definitive. “I never gauge my songs off of one another because they all come from different experiences and the true success for me is not how well it charts but how well it provokes the listener to change for the better,” he adds. “Nobody Greater was massive but I didn’t write it with the thought this is gonna be a radio smash. I wrote it with the thought that everyone that hears this will know there’s not another power greater than our God.”

For more information on Darius Paulk, visit him online at www.dariuspaulk.co

Photo Caption: EP cover

Wah Wah Watson Music releases new single Featuring Ray Parker Jr.

Posted by Admin On July - 27 - 2012 Comments Off on Wah Wah Watson Music releases new single Featuring Ray Parker Jr.

New York City, NY –– Rainy Songs Entertainment – Danmark Music Group U.S.A. CEO, Rainy Davis announces the signing of international distribution deal with “Wah Wah Watson Music” the first rhythm and blues digital music label established by one of the original innovators of The Motown Sound, “Melvin Ragin p/k/a “Wah Wah Watson”

On July 4th of this year, world renowned musician, songwriter, producer Wah Wah Watson signed an international digital distribution deal with Rainy Songs Entertainment – Danmark Music Group U.S.A.  What prompted him to make his decision to unleash his new digital label “Wah Wah Watson Music” was a long time relationship with Grammy nominated songwriters Pete Warner and Rainy Davis and the music distribution technology and tools  Rainysongs Entertainment – Danmark Music Group USA headquarters brings to the table. The RDS System is developed and powered by Rainy’s European partners, Danmark Music Group Ltd., Dan Hougesen and Mark Wills who besides being software technology mavens are also professional artists, songwriters, musicians and producers that rock!

Watson loves the idea of being in control of his music and that’s what helped him in his decision to come on board. Because he always remains in sync with the most advanced music technology and his style of playing is unique since the early days in Detroit at Motown’s “Hitsville” recording studios to the incredible music he creates in his own studio in southern California today this was undoubtedly the perfect match.

The labels first single “I Just Can’t Go On” is on-deck for release from Ghostbusters music composer / artist Ray Parker Jr. The amassed music skills and experience from Parker & Watson is now being unleashed with a sound and style that radio and music buyers will embrace worldwide! 

Melvin “Wah Wah” Ragin is the guitar virtuoso that created such a mesmerizing sound with his guitar that it has often been imitated by wanna be Watsons but absolutely no one has ever been able to duplicate his sound or style. His implementation and combination of the wah-wah pedal, echoplex, talkbox, and fuzzbox combined with an uncanny ability to place rhythm guitar lines on any track regardless of the music genre makes him one of the most sought after guitarists on the planet. For years his name has often been confused and it’s time now to set the record straight. In addition to Melvin Ragin, his friends refer to him as “Wah Wah” but his salutation of choice is “Wah Wah Watson”.

His equipment list includes multiple Mac and PC computer systems,  Logic, Pro Tools,  Propellerhead software, Digi Sampler, and certainly his custom made wah-wah pedal, echoplex, talkbox, and fuzzbox, Mutrons, phasers and octave dividers. His guitar of choice is his baby, a customized L5 semi hollow body Gibson. Wah Wah Watson Music is now using this software system with digital distribution (exclusively available in North and South Americas through Rainy Songs – Danmark Music Group USA). He’s now empowered with total control of his digital distribution and also has the ability to handle unlimited digital labels and artists globally.    

Wah Wah Watson has initiated his digital strategies to musically assemble some of the biggest hit makers in music into one tight little circle including.; Herbie Hancock, Maxwell, Cheryl Lynn, Butterscotch, Mavis Staples, Phil Upchurch, Rainy Davis, Pete Warner and of course the man responsible for #1 hit song from Ghostbusters, Mr. Ray Parker Jr.


The labels initial release “I Just Can’t Go On” is a collaboration of Parker and Watson with a little help from good friend and guitar master Mr. Phil Upchurch. This mid-tempo super jam produced by Wah Wah Watson with the lyrics written by Watson and Dominique Winn has all the ingredients that make R&B music what it is today. Combined with a masterful vocal performance and phrasing delivered by Ray Parker Jr., the single, “I Just Can’t Go On” eloquently conveys a message that expresses concern for a love relationship that’s come to the end of the road. He does a magnificent job utilizing the signature Ray Parker Jr. style of crooning and shares his side of the heartbreak and concern for both parties to end the love affair, let go, now that the love is gone.  


On August 24th, we will release several unbiased interview segments that will unveil untold facts concerning the musical journey and friendship (from the beginning) of super star musicians Ray Parker Jr. & Wah Wah Watson.


 Wah Wah Watson has proven time after time that there ain’t a mountain high enough! from the early days in Detroit as a primary sculptor of the Motown Sound to the hit records you rock today. His Wah Wah signature can be heard on over one-hundred and fifty number 1 records from Marvin Gaye, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouver’s, The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Rose Royce, Smokey Robinson, Rare Earth, Barry White, John Lee Hooker, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Blondie, to Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Maxwell, Alicia Keys and Quincy Jones. Unlike various companies releasing re-issued product, Wah Wah Watson Music Label will be releasing new product and relevant never before released product spanning over previous decades. More importantly creating new music with writers, musicians, artists and producers that made r&b and hip-hop what it is today.


Major label digital distribution services that empower the independent artist and music label professionals. Ala Carte’ services include: International digital distribution with multi label management software, website design radio and retail marketing, online advertising, digital music consulting, digital download cards, press release services, usb press kits, music and video delivery to radio stations and broadcasters throughout North America.

For more information contact:
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RainySongs Entertainment, LLC 
Danmark Music Group USA. 
Rainy Songs Digital
Tel: 888-906-5598                                                                                                                                                                        Fax: 914-560-RAIN (7246)
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Acclaim Musician Pierre Walker marries Louise M. Kenerson in a symbolic ceremony

Posted by Admin On July - 10 - 2012 Comments Off on Acclaim Musician Pierre Walker marries Louise M. Kenerson in a symbolic ceremony

By Chinta Strausberg


Acclaimed musician Pierre Walker married Louise Kenerson Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Saint Sabina Church in a symbolic ceremony that paid homage to the memories of their parents that included Rev. Clay Evans and their current pastor, Father Michael L. Pfleger.

Pictures of Walker’s late parents were visible by the altar as was a photo of Kenderson’s mother. The couple wanted their presence at their wedding.

After the ceremony, Walker said, “I’m tired, worn out but happy. I married the woman that God ordained for me, for real.”

Asked when did he meet his new bride, Walker said it was in 1999 at the Antioch Baptist Church. “That was her home church, and one of our friends introduced me to her and then she said ‘hi’ and went on about her business.

Referring to the minister who married them at Saint Sabina Church where Walker is a member, he said Rev. Herman Washington was one of his father’s son’s in the ministry.

Walker’s father was the acclaimed Rev. Dr. Charles Walker, a pastor, musician, composer, professor and author, who passed Sunday, August 21, 2011, in Philadelphia. He was related to the internationally known Mahalia Jackson and was a key musician at Rev. Dr. Clay Evans’ Fellowship M.B. Church in Chicago.

Walker’s wedding was symbolic of his past and his parents both of whom have passed as well as his wife’s mother. Rev. Washington represented his father and Rev. Evans, who gave the “Ancestral prayer” at Walker’s wedding, was symbolic of Walker’s “dad’s father in the ministry,” and to include the new chapter in his life, Walker said, “We got Father Pfleger who is our pastor now.”

Walker’s father was a musician who began playing when he was 9-years-old and Walker, a recording artist, has played the piano/organ since he was 11.

In honoring his late parents, Walker’s wedding showcased the legacies of two ministers who worked closely with his beloved father and the inclusion of Father Pfleger who is now the couples’ pastor. “It made sense,” said Walker. “There’s a lineage involved,” he said.

Saint Sabina’s Minister of Youth, Cinque Cullar, who is a minister, educator, artist, producer, director and CEO, sang followed by praise dancer Olivia Jones who paved the way of the bride, Louise M. Kenerson, to walk down the aisle.

As part of their ceremony, the couple included large pictures of their late parents, Rev. Dr. Charles and Sylvia Walker and his new bridge’s mother, Future Mae Kenerson, erected by the altar. Out of deep love and respect, they held a moment of silence for them.

Asked what was he thinking just before Rev. Washington promised them man and wife, Walker said, “I was hoping that Vince (Clark, Pastor Pfleger’s special assistant) would turn on the song that we had planned, “I Got a Feeling” by Black Eye Peas. “

Referring to Father Pfleger’s all-night service of 2011, Walker said he closed out that service with the song, “I Got a Feeling.”  “We decided it was symbolic for me because I knew I was going to get engaged that year,” said Walker. “That’s the sticking point of the song. We decided to walk out on the song. It’s a happy song, and we’ve been happy.”

Asked when did he get engaged to his bridge, Walker said he proposed to his wife on July 1, 2011 in the choir. “I got down on one knee, and I asked her to marry me and she said yes, and then I said, and can you help me get up off this floor because my knees are killing me.”

Father Pfleger gave the final blessing to Mr. and Mrs. Pierre and Louise Walker. The couple left the church in a white limousine.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artist & Activist Jasiri X releases powerful remix of new video, “You’re Fired,” for Recall of Scott Walker with Rebuild the Dream

Posted by Admin On May - 26 - 2012 Comments Off on Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artist & Activist Jasiri X releases powerful remix of new video, “You’re Fired,” for Recall of Scott Walker with Rebuild the Dream

Live Performance and Video Remixed at Rebuild Wisconsin Festival in Milwaukee last Saturday


MILWAUKEE, WI – Jasiri X, renowned emcee and community activist, released a remix of his new video, “You’re Fired.” The video is a direct response to the election to recall Governer Scott Walker in Wisconsin and can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY3NW95NXLI.

Already known for the controversial viral video “What if the Tea Party was Black?” and the hard-hitting “A Song for Trayvon,” Jasiri X cleverly uses Hip-Hop to provide social commentary on a variety of issues. Jasiri X said of the powerful remix, “What I saw in Milwaukee was a organized and energized community that’s had enough with being disrespected and is committed to recalling Scott Walker on June 5th.”

Jasiri X performed “You’re Fired” live at Rebuild Wisconsin on May 19th in Milwaukee, where he shot the live remix video with event participants. A cultural, political, grassroots, community-based festival, Rebuild Wisconsin brought together people in a one-of-its-kind powerful combination of arts and politics. Rebuild the Dream used the event to perform get-out-the-vote activities for the upcoming recall election and nonviolent direct action trainings.

In addition to Jasiri X’s performance, attendees saw Grace Weber, Prophetic, Doc B, DJ Willie Shakes, Comedian Lee Camp, along with talented local artists, musicians, and poets, and heard speeches from Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Rebuild the Dream co-founder and President Van Jones, and other community leaders.

Watch the Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY3NW95NXLI

Dick Gregory protege pens powerful Occupy Movement Song Oh-No! Anthem to inspire Occupy protestors during Chicago’s NATO Summit

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2012 Comments Off on Dick Gregory protege pens powerful Occupy Movement Song Oh-No! Anthem to inspire Occupy protestors during Chicago’s NATO Summit


Oh-No! Anthem to inspire Occupy protestors during Chicago’s NATO Summit

Chicago, Illinois  – A young musician whose activism and devotion to the Occupy Movement mimic that of his mentor and hero Dick Gregory, has composed a powerful song and video that has energized protestors at past rallies. Since the video captures dramatic footage of confrontations between Occupiers and law enforcement, protestors will utilize it during the upcoming NATO Summit as a reminder to be vigilant and to deploy nonviolent tactics in dealing with police.
The song and video have won acclaim from Gregory, Occupiers and generated over 1 million downloads because it powerfully captures the message of the Movement.

Titled “Oh-No,” and written by Chicago native William “Wril” Brown, the spirited, poignant, rhythmic video and edgy in-your-face tune can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.ohnorevolution.com

A dynamic young lyricist, Brown penned the tune while in jail after being arrested – along with Gregory – during an Occupy protest against BP.

Described as “Music from the Heartbeat of the Revolution,” Malik Yusef, a Grammy-Award winning songwriter and producer has joined other music critics in praising the tune and comparing its power to “We Shall Overcome” and the other call-to-action music from the Civil Rights Movement.

Embodying the frustrations of the 99%, “Oh No!” eloquently captures the passion and message of the Occupy Movement and features Wril, Dick Gregory and hip-hop artist Truth.

Since first being introduced, the video has galvanized youth Occupiers and other protestors during rallies in Greensboro, North Carolina and in Atlanta.  With over 100,000 private views, the videotune is quickly emerging as the anthem of the Occupy Movement.

Dick Gregory, who is hailed as “the original Occupier” because of his legacy of protest during the Civil Rights Movement, t has been trumpeting the video for its dynamism and its powerful message.

“Wril’s video highlights the breadth, depth and heart of Occupy Wall Street and other Oh-No movements across the country,” declared Gregory.

It was on the strength of his admiration of Dick Gregory that Wril immersed himself deeper in the protest movement. When he first met Gregory    he developed a deep connection with the legendary comedian-turned-activist. He joined Gregory in his protest against BP for not providing financial compensation to the poor Gulf residents who were victims of BP’s gross negligence — though BP had earned billions of dollars in profits. Wril was arrested alongside Gregory when they staged a protest at British Petroleum’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The goal was to focus attention on the plight of the many lives and businesses that were devastated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion.

Singer/songwriter Wril was so stirred by the injustice surrounding the crisis that, similar to the epiphany that sparked Dr. King to write his letters from a Birmingham jail, Wril was also inspired to pen the song “Oh No!” while in jail following the BP arrest.

The quick-paced video captures the passion, angst and overall message of the Occupy Movement in dramatic footage.  Among the scenes captured in the four-minute “docutune” are the arrests, the hauling off to jail of members and the highly-controversial pepper spraying of young innocent protestors who were silently voicing their protests during a sit-in at the University of California – Davis.  Pictured silently sitting while being sprayed, the act elicited worldwide outrage and symbolized the force that authorities have wielded in the face of non-violent peaceful protests.

In the video, Wril intersperses scenes from the protests with the refrain: Oh No!

In compelling musical snippets, the video dramatically spans the country depicting the outrage of the Occupy Movement.  The video underscores the energy and the transformation from despair to defiance of the 99% who see the banking policies as being destructive of the aspirations and hopes of those considered outside of the power network and who are victimized by the policies of the 1%.

“I have always wanted my music to express who I am as a person, to reflect my strong feelings about injustice and inspire others to take action to better our lives,” says Wril. “This song and video ‘Oh-No’ embodies the frustrations of many Americans and captures the passion of the Occupy Movement.”

Says legendary activist Dick Gregory: “The gifted young songwriter and vocalist Wril has a spirit of activism and social consciousness that harkens back to those revolutionaries and freedom fighters from the ’60 and ’70s whose brave sacrifices helped bring about the landmark changes of the Civil Rights Movement.

“With strong and committed activists like Wril acting as drum majors for justice, freedom and equality,” Gregory continues, “the Occupy Movement will achieve all of its lofty goals and mirror the success we enjoyed during the Civil Rights Era.”

About Dick Gregory:
Dick Gregory is a legendary comedian and entrepreneur known for his extended fasting to protest injustices and his Bahamian diet. His renown as an entertainer and businessman is matched by his social activism.  He has been outspoken about hundreds of human rights issues since the 1960’s and recently staged a protest against BP for the fraudulent and callous way they handled the BP oil spill.  An icon from the Civil Rights Movement, he has become active in the Occupy Wall Street movement and finds parallels between the protests of the ’60s and the outrage against banks and corporations of today. He says that the issue in both Movements revolves around justice and equity -two principles that are dear to him and for which he continues to fight.

About William “Wril” Brown:
William “Wril” Brown is a singer/lyricist whose talent has won admiration and praise from the legendary duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, as well as that of literary icon Maya Angelou, for his song “Forever and Ever I Do,” which he wrote and delivers with exceptional musicality. Wril’s depth, breadth and scope are dramatized by his versatility as a vocalist, songwriter and musician.

As a musician, he has a love affair with the piano that goes back to his church roots. As a vocalist, Wril boasts a falsetto that falls in love with every note. The passion that he brings to every tune makes his delivery memorable and captivating. As a songwriter, he digs deep into the core of his soul to capture the emotions of a tune.
The themes that dominate his writing revolve around his love and admiration for women and the sentimentality of family. His respect for women is mirrored in the acronym of his name: Wril stands for Women Really Inspire Love.

For more information, contact Melody M. McDowell – 312-371-8917

Habakkuk Music and Blackgospelpromo.com partner for New Gospel CD Series

Posted by Admin On May - 3 - 2012 Comments Off on Habakkuk Music and Blackgospelpromo.com partner for New Gospel CD Series



The Best Indie Tracks, Yesterday, Today & Forever; Got Gospel?


Fourteen Track Compilation Features Tunes By Vickie Winans, Lisa Page Brooks, Youthful Praise, Marvin Winans, Canton Jones, Rance Allen And Others


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — For a decade now, Veda Brown’s BlackGospelPromo.com marketing e-blasts have served as one of the most effective and popular online marketing methods to reach the black gospel consumer. They reach nearly 200,000 people daily and advertise everything from Tyler Perry movies to Marvin Sapp’s CDs. For a few years now, Brown has had the desire to create a compilation CD of gospel songs to market via her firm and now the time has finally come.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for years,” says Brown, who is based in Philadelphia, PA. “So many of my friends in the industry have stepped up and allowed us to use their songs for this project and I’m grateful,” she continues. “Indie labels and artists have become a major force in music so we’ve selected some of the best indie tracks to create a must-have CD compilation.”

Habakkuk Music has signed on to release, not just one installment, but a series of compilation CDs with BlackGospelPromo.com. The first CD is entitled, Got Gospel? The Best Indie Tracks, Yesterday, Today & Forever. The project hits stores June 5, 2012 and features this exciting mix of both evergreen and future classics:

1. God is Great – Ricky Dillard and New G
2. Lord, You’re Mighty – Youthful Praise featuring J.J. Hairston
3. I Want To Say Thank You – Lisa Page Brooks
4. Window – Canton Jones
5. No Looking Back – Damita
6. I Give Myself Away – William McDowell
7. You That I Trust – The Rance Allen Group
8. The More I Seek You – Gail Holmes
9. Big – Valencia Lacy & Unquenchable Worshippers
10. Send Your Rain – Clint Brown featuring Marvin Winans
11. Alright – Gerald Scott
12. Mario Winans’ “Overcomer” Remix – Vickie Winans
13. Be Like You – Cheneta Jones
14. The Best Time of My Life – Bryan Wilson

The set is the second release in Habakkuk Music’s Got Gospel? Six Sounds of Summer marketing campaign that launches with Cheneta Jones’ debut CD, Transformed, on May 22nd. Other CDs in the summer series include new albums by Clint Brown, Gerald Scott & Company, Lisa Page Brooks and Valencia Lacy & Unquenchable Worshippers. To learn more about Habakkuk, visit www.habakkukmusic.com for more information.

Photo Caption: CD Cover

Free concert of Mexican and Polish music

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On April - 30 - 2012 Comments Off on Free concert of Mexican and Polish music

The well-known Lira Singers and Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble will perform a concert of Mexican and Polish music on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 4pm at St. Bruno Church, 4751 South Harding in Chicago .  Admission is free; a free-will collection will be taken.

The concert celebrates two important ethnic holidays  — Cinco de Mayo and May 3rd/Polish Constitution Day.                                                                          

The concert features the Lira Singers, the core group of the Lira Ensemble which specializes in Polish music and dance, and the Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble of men and women who play traditional Mexican stringed instruments as well as sing. The program includes Mexican, Polish and American folk and patriotic songs as well as Marian hymns performed by the two companies.


Reverend Antoni Bury, pastor, invites all to this concert which honors the Polish immigrants who created and built St. Bruno Church as well as the many Mexican Americans who now are parishioners.


The event is produced by the Lira Ensemble, artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago, and  is part of a series of Mexican/Polish performances presented by Lira since 1990. The series has been praised by audiences, community leaders, as well as critics. A reviewer in the Chicago Tribune described these joint concerts as “a joyous explosion of song and ethnic traditions” which “proves the power of music.”  The Lira Ensemble won the City of Chicago 2001 Human Relations Award for its inter-ethnic concerts with Mexican Americans, African Americans, and its outreach to American Jews – many of whom have roots in Poland . 


Mexican Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) to commemorate the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 against the French.  This was part of the Mexican fight against Napoleon’s invading armies. Polish Americans celebrate May 3rd as Polish Constitution Day to remember the signing of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791.  This was the second written constitution in world history, second only to the United States Constitution, on which it was partially based.


The May 3rd concert will be narrated in English by Lucyna Migala of WCEV Radio/1450am, who is co-founder, artistic director, and general manager of the Lira Ensemble.  In 2007, she received the Sor Juana Award of the National Museum of Mexican Art in recognition of her cross-cultural initiatives. The Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble will perform under the direction of Rodolfo Hernandez, founder of the group.  The concert will be conducted by Mina Zikri, resident conductor of the Lira Ensemble.

Admission to this Mexican-Polish concert is free, but the audience is asked to make a contribution when the free-will collection is taken. Free parking is available adjacent to the church.

The concert is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and the CityArts Program of the Chicago Department of Tourism and Culture.

For more information, call the Lira Ensemble at 773-508-7040.

DJ’s pushing positive music for peace

Posted by Admin On April - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on DJ’s pushing positive music for peace


By Chinta Strausberg


Two on-air personalities Sunday said they are using music to help stem violence that has taken the lives of scores of children and they urged their peers to join in on a crusade of replacing negative and degrading music with love and peace.

Al Greer, who played dusties and old school music at Josephine’s Hardtime Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., Chicago, IL,  and V-103’s Ramonski Luv, said they are proud to play positive music including rap songs that don’t promote violence. They are all about spreading love rather than violence.

Interviewed at Josephine’s Hardtime Cooking Restaurant, Luv said, “DJ’s have a voice and we have music. I think music soothes the savage beast…the savage spirit that people have. It’s a spiritual war that’s going on out there.  If parents are teaching their children to respect and have a regard for life and respect authority, when they leave the house they will be in a right frame of mine.

“If the parents are not in a right frame of mine, then how can you teach your children? At 8:30 p.m., when we come on air, we ask, ‘Do you know where your children are? We’re not trying to tell parents how to parent, but it’s a friendly reminder because we get caught up with two or three jobs; so you got latch key kids where they are home with no supervision or teaching. All we are is that friendly reminder, that friendly voice being positive,” said Luv.

When asked how can DJ’s collectively help to reduce violence, Luv said, “I do not play violent music; so I can’t speak for another DJ only for me and my partner, Joe Soto do. We play old school music that has lyrics that came from and reach the heart. We are almost like teachers as well. We teach that they can listen to that (music that promotes and glories violence), but that’s only entertainment, not real life. Listen to some music that’s real music” and does not contain pro-gun and pro-violence lyrics.

When asked if positive rappers can come on his show or his station as an incentive to youth, Luv said, “It’s not up to me. Radio has changed tremendously, but I’m into anything that is positive. If the station decides to do something like that, it’s fine. It’s up to the programming department.”

When asked how can DJ’s help to end the violence, Greer, who is an air personality at WSNR.US “For The Grown and Sexy” and president/CEO of AG Entertainment & Sound, said, “DJ’s can help stop the violence by stopping the (violent) music.

“Back in the day when I worked at WGCI, Elroy Smith had this great idea to stop about the senseless violence that was going on. That is what we need to do. Less music and more talking about stopping and doing something to stop the violence is more important.”

Saying he in favor of playing positive music, Greer said, “They don’t want to hear any positive music on the radio, and kids don’t really listen to radio anyway. They listen to their downloads, their Rhapsody, iTunes or anywhere they can download free music….”
If there was some positive rap out there, I think more people would listen. I think that is what we need, positive rap. I feel if you play it, they’ll come…,” said Greer. He said Christian and positive rappers can send their samples to him at the following e-mail address: Lpgreer@gmail.com.

Greer will be back to Josephine’s Hardtime Cooking Restaurant on Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. playing his collection of dusties, old school, Steppin, house music and R&B music. As he signed off, several couples were still dancing.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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