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As a full-service public relations firm, we have for over 46 years provided both our clients and the public with up close and personal glimpses into the lives of stars. In keeping with that tradition, please find our spring 2017 lineup, just in time for the breezy breath of fresh air your long winter is craving!
Enjoy our lineup and stay tuned as we continue to serve you… Here’s what you need to know…
Latest PSA Offers Hope Just in Time.
Dionne Warwick, Ambassador of ACRIA, a national organization internationally renowned for its research, advocacy and education on older adults and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, did an informational public service announcement (PSA) directed to women over the age of 50. The PSA, which was filmed at the office of Double XXposure Media on February 24, 2017, cited alarming statistics about the high rates of HIV infection among women, especially African American women. Ms. Warwick urged sexually active women of all ages to practice safer sex, get tested, and get educated about HIV.
Ms. Warwick, a leader in the fight against HIV for over 30 years, is among the first African American celebrities to embrace HIV/AIDS. She donated the gross earnings from her 1985 hit song, “That’s What Friends Are For,” featuring Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight, to organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS research and prevention.
The March release of the PSA is designed to coincide with Women’s History Month and the March 10th annual observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day whose theme this year is “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense.”
Fresh Sounds With New Flavor
With 11 #1 + hits one of our favorite vocalist is gearing up with a new PR campaign surrounding his hot new sounds… you must stay tuned to tune in…
Lushy Banton has been bringing his electrifying mix of dancehall music and sing/rap style of innovative performance to audiences for over two decades. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Lushy grew up entrenched in musical influences-whether the sounds of Michael Jackson or the dancehalls where his father promoted dances throughout the Grants Pen area. These early introductions exposed him to-not just Reggae and the behind-the-scenes aspects-but also live performance techniques from some of the region’s top acts. With such examples, he spent his youth perfecting his chatting craft and putting in intense workouts to the mic. Having easy access to one of Kingston’s finest sound systems, the renowned Stereo One, based in his native Grants Pen area, his practicing helped him hone a unique stage presence and vocal recording prowess.
Building a name off his riveting style, his presence began to grown within the community as a rising star. Such word-of-mouth exposure led to producers courting him, until he landed in a studio with well-respected Reggae producer Striker Lee. From the collabo came Lushy’s early track, ‘Gal Uno Sweet,’ on the compilation album entitled “Bam Bam” (released in England). While recording for other producers, he continued enhancing his own lyric writing and performance, until landing on notable labels such as the legendary Stone Love Records and indie Adex Records. While with Adex, he commuted between his native Jamaica and Los Angeles, eventually settling in New Jersey.
Once his music moved toward heavy Reggae rotation, he successfully began charting with hits such as “Brown Eye Girl”, “Oh No” (with Wyclef Jean), “Mate Hear Say,” “Think Me Done,” “So Much Trouble,” (sampled with Bob Marley) and “Exercise”. Besides Wyclef, he has also worked with numerous other major talents such as Junior Reed. These landmark singles solidly placed Lushy Banton into the lexicon of dancehall performance masters. Since arriving in the US in his early 20’s, he has grown in both his music as well as a sense of maturity-as seen in his lyricisms on current socio-political subjects. States Lushy about his new direction, “I write now more about what I’m surrounded by. Songs to help wake up the youth and I say to them-you need tenacity and to believe in yourself. If you tell yourself you can do it, chances are you can. I attribute that to my longevity so far. Not letting anybody tell me I can’t make it. I’ve proven wrong anybody that every said that. So go hard or go home.”
After working with other labels he formed his own in 2008, Watsitnot Entertainment, and sits at the helm of fresh projects that are galvanizing the world.In honor of the unprecedented US presidential election campaign, Lushy launched his most acclaimed track, “Obama” with an accompanying video-taking both radio and TV by storm. The timing further cemented Lushy in the worldview and garnered numerous accolades such as a 2009 nomination for Best Obama Song in the very prestigious IRAWMA (International Reggae & World Music Awards) in New York.
Focusing this motivating mindset on the world community, he delivered a compelling look at a controversial subject, immigration, in his single ‘The Undocumented/Message”. Following on the heels of the heavily aired song is another hot button topic-turned-to-music, “Black Lives Matter,” whose thought-provoking lyrics deliver just the message youth need. ITunes (and all other retail sellers of music) keep the release before a growing audience of fans with both the single and a forthcoming video set for YouTube, joining a lineup of other Banton hits. Lushy has, since his first forays into the industry as early as 1990, never missed a beat with live performance opportunities leading to tours and events such as the annual Festival of Life in Chicago. He finishes touches on what may be a subsequent album release, with a new single launch “Who’s My Daddy”.
Meanwhile his compelling messages about contemporary issues resonate with the heart and mind-not to mention gives you the rhythm and show he is most acclaimed for. Lushy Banton’s music continues to bring meaning and message to those trying to get the groove of life today.
Wants Everyone To Feel Good
on “Reggae Night.”
A year ago at this time, Morgan Heritage was 20 days away from winning its first Grammy Award for best reggae album with its 10th studio album, Strictly Roots. Now the critically acclaimed group is ramping up a world tour and finishing up its forthcoming new album — a taste of which premieres exclusively today on Billboard.com.
“Reggae Night” featuring DreZion finds Morgan Heritage directing that “everyone take a load off” as the group shifts into fourth-gear jam mode. Providing the inspiration for the upbeat anthem — co-produced by DreZion, also a keyboardist for the band — was none other than reggae icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff.
After receiving the track from DreZion and playing it on the tour bus last year, Morgan Heritage vocalist Peetah Morgan recalls, “All we could hear was Jimmy Cliff’s song ‘Reggae Night.’ And like many around the world, we are big Jimmy Cliff fans. The song basically wrote itself once we were singing the hook and just vibing.” Vocals for the track were recorded last October in a studio the group set up in its hotel room while in Zimbabwe.
Available now, “Reggae Night” is the second single from Morgan Heritage’s yet-untitled 11th studio album. It’s due this spring via the group’s own Cool To Be Conscious (CTBC) label. The project’s first single “Selah” was released last summer.
Adds Morgan, “We wanted to start the year off with a song to get people feeling good despite all that’s going on in the world today.”
Morgan and his four siblings-Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Roy “Gramps” Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan (percussion/vocals)-will personally deliver that message when the quintet kicks off its world tour on Feb. 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. Additional tour dates will be announced in the weeks to come:
February 18 – Auckland, New Zealand – Raggamuffin Festival – The Trusts Arena
February 19 – Melbourne, Australia – Raggamuffin Allstar’s Tour – Margaret Court
February 21 – Sydney, Australia – Raggamuffin Allstar’s Tour – Hordern Pavilion
April 13 – Kampala, Uganda – Lugogo Cricket Oval
April 27 – Le Ferme, Martinique – Ferme Perrine
April 28 – Le Gosier, Guadaloupe – Palais Des Sports Du Gosier
April 29 – St Maarten – Carnival Village
May 3 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
May 4 – Oxford, England – O2 Academy
May 5 – Manchester, England – The Ritz
May 6 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy
May 7 – London England – O2 Forum Kentish Town
May 9 – Paris, France – La Cigale
May 10 – Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso
May 20 – Nassau, Bahamas – Thomas Robinson Stadium Carnival Grounds
Beats to Make You “Work!”
Mathew Knowles’ Hit Female Hip Hop Trio Blushhh-Is Making You WORK For It With New Song.
On the heels of their empowerment puncher, “Cinderella”, Blushh Music-the latest group to sizzle off Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment‘s hotplate-has listeners sweating and working for it. Their debut album, “Old School Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future” introduced us to Sunni, Bunni Ray, and vocalist Tali while the late 2017/18 slated reality TV series about the all-female trio’s journey takes us deeper inside it.
Meanwhile their single, “Work”, although released at the start of the year, is about to pick up traction with the steamy video accompanying the song. With the LGBTQ community seeing stronger depictions of their lives via the media, even risqué honesty about same sex love is a welcomed relief. With an openly bi-sexual group member, the video’s striptease sequences are not just an answer to the void in representation, they depict the work a woman puts into her commitments-including sexual ones.
Having covered the topic of self-esteem and female empowerment in “Cinderella”, the group is heading off a subject sometimes ignored-the time, energy, and effort a relationship needs to equal that of one’s career. A message with music at once familiar yet all shook up by the beat-heavy mixes the girls expertly sing/rap around. Since their appearance on “The Tom Joyner Show,” the Houston based trio have increased their fan base exponentially with a summer 2016 tour covering half the nation, with radio and TV stops along the way.
Even with all the immediate comparisons to Destiny’s Child, Blushh Music has proven their staying power with back-to-back releases that have established their 90’s old school/new school dynamic. It’s a throwback sound that will throw your back out dancing. Their beauty, sex appeal, and smarts are only the trimmings to the real work the trio has put in to earn everyone’s undivided attention by now.
ABOUT Mathew Knowles & Music World Entertainment:
MWE was founded by Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO. It was crowned by Billboard magazine as one of the Top Imprint Labels of the decade (2000-2009) with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and a roster of other greats. www.musicworldent.com/
Music Mogul Still Bringing it With 25+ years of Superstar-maker Power
Expect more on Mathew Knowles, his new hit all-female Hip-Hop trio Blushhh Music, and other new acts he’s signed since 2016. As well as his lectures, new book releases and more! Come on back for more…
“Ask Angelo” hits #1 in its category Self-help Business on Amazon Bestsellers
After coming in at #32 the day of it’s release, the humorous and helpful tome shot to #1 when offered for a free 5 day promotion. Riding that category and number for the full week, it showed the sheer magnitude of the book since its release on October 2016. Since, the press has all but devoured Ellerbee from radio and TV to print and online including the New York Times, Black Enterprise and the Tom Joyner Show among many, many others. The book’s official press junkets haven’t even begun and already sales are booming and the requests for interviews and excerpts have poured in.
Inside the riveting pages of PR Guru Angelo Ellerbee’s new book, “Ask Angelo: An Inside Look at the Entertainment Industry From a PR Guru,” he weaves humorously crafted advice to both industry climbers and veterans alike. Through Q&A and intimate war stories (with peeks at some of his most colorful clients and adventures), he delivers an honest glimpse inside the entertainment industry…
Not to forget…