Exclusive Interview: Laurieann Gibson Discuss Docu-Series”Beyond The Spotlight”, Channeling Her Talents, & More w/ @MFWERadio

LAURIEANN GIBSON is one of, if not, the most important Pop Culture Influencers in Entertainment today.  As an Emmy Nominated Director for Lady Gaga’s “The Monster Ball Tour” HBO Special, Creative Visionary/ Choreographer for the Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour, presently a Co-Producer for the hit television show The Four on FOX, and prominently featured in the award winning documentary CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP: A BAD BOY STORY for her integral role in bringing the tour to life.  Gibson is a 360 brand in her own right and is ready to let the entire world know.  Known as the artist to the artists, Gibson has numerous international superstars on her resume such Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Diddy, Akon, K-Pop’s Big Bang, and Nicki Minaj just to name a few; not to mention, she has also worked for and collaborated with icons Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Beyonce.  Blending artist development and creative direction, combined with a distinct intuitive eye and an artist in her own right, Gibson is one of the most sought-after entities in the music, television and film industries today.

2018 is shaping up to be Gibson’s most powerful year yet, combined with the new FOX competition show THE FOUR judges Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Walk and host Fergie; Gibson also starred and produced her upcoming docu- series for Lifetime, “LAURIEANN GIBSON: Beyond The Spotlight”, which follows her as she builds and shapes her company into one of the most sought after brands in the entertainment industry – all while trying to maintain some semblance of a personal life.  Artists who have made guest appearances on the highly-anticipated show so far are French Montana, Omarion, Diddy and the Bad Boy Family, Fantasia and Tamar Braxton. This year will continue to showcase Gibson’s impressive talents through her work; as the choreographer for Spike Lee’s NBC Super Bowl promo commercial, as she creates a dance competition show, as the creative director for French Montana, Justin Skye and a Las Vegas show.  Also, Gibson will be Executive Producing alongside Mary J. Blige a scripted series for FOX titled 8 COUNTS that’s loosely based on her life.  8 COUNTS follows a choreographer who takes an up-and-coming singer under her wing for a shot at superstardom. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with our good friend Laurieann Gibson.

Exclusive Interview: Algee Smith Discuss Debut EP “Listen” | Movie Career | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Nodding back to the versatility of classic entertainers, Algee Smith simultaneously thrives on the big and small screens, on stage, and on tape. Starring in Detroit and The New Edition Story in between releasing his 2017 EP Listen, the actor, singer, and songwriter shines in any arena. However, that became his goal a long time ago… “In my mind, I needed to be respected in both art forms—acting and music,” he exclaims. “It was all or nothing for both. I went as hard as I could to live those dreams.”

Born in Saginaw, MI before relocating to the South Side of Atlanta in middle school, the budding talent hit the road for the first time at just 12-years-old. As part of the World Changers church choir, he performed in front of a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden. Inspired on his path by 2Pac, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson, mom homeschooled Algee so he could focus on his art, while dad produced countless songs for him to sing over. 2011 saw him begin releasing originals on YouTube as part of a regular “Music Mondays” feature before landing roles in films such as Earth To Echo and Let It Shine. After grinding for nearly a decade, BET chose him to star in the acclaimed 2017 series The New Edition Story as lead singer Ralph Tresvant. “It was dope because we spoke to three generations: the people who grew up with New Edition, my generation the Millennials, and little kids discovering them for the first time,” he says. “For me, it was amazing to be part of something that placed black culture at the forefront.”

As the series took off, he unveiled his independent Listen EP. Driven by his powerhouse voice, he brings fresh flavor to old school R&B with a twist. Without any traditional promotion, the six-song set soared to #11 on iTunes Overall R&B chart and earned praise from BET and more. Over a nineties bounce, his falsetto takes flight on the first single “Girl,” which became a sensation straight out of the gate and racked up 275K YouTube/VEVO views in under a month. The track figures into an overarching theme.

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Exclusive Interview: Zonnique Talks “The Great Xscape Tour” | GUHHATL | New Music | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Growing up in a prominent hip hop family in the south, Zonnique Pullins has always considered what her own legacy would be. Being the daughter of an R&B female pioneer, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and the stepdaughter to the King of the South, T.I., Zonnique is adjusting her crown and awakening the girl boss within her. At 21 years of age, the singer/songwriter has already assembled quite an impressive resume after achieving success as a member of the girl group, OMG Girlz. Credited with two chart topping singles, their star power landed them on tour and television. In 2015, after much contemplation, the group decided to part ways and pursue personal passions. As a trendsetter, Zonnique continues to push an initiative the trio was behind, female empowerment. Inspired by the birth of her litter sister, Heiress Harris, Zonnique decided to pursue her desire to launch the Heiry Cosmetics line, for young girl bosses everywhere, to feel good while looking good. In continuing her musical legacy, Zonnique released her first solo single, featuring Young Thug. True to her nature as a Pisces, her new sound showcases her duality.After the success of her solo single, Nun For Free, Zonnique went on to release her EP Love JonesThe Love Jones, EP displays a mature side to Zonnique’s music and showed her growth as an artist. With a 4.5 star customer rating in the iTunes store Love Jones, proved to be a ground breaking body of work.

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Exclusive Interview: Mic Lowry Talks Debut EP “Mood” | Branding | Touring & More w/ @MFWERadio

 

From singing on the streets of their native Liverpool to touring arenas with Justin Bieber, MiC LOWRY have made it their mission to win over fans the old-fashioned way – with their voices and heavenly harmonies. Chuck in spades of Scouse charm, below-the-belt lyrics and a sound that updates the music of their youth and the result is less boy band than R&B gang. Having conquered YouTube with their captivating covers of songs as diverse as Adele’s Hello and Drake’s One Dance (racking up tens of millions of plays on the way), scored their debut hit last year with the steamy, Phil Collins-sampling Oh Lord and sold out shows from the U.K. to the States before being handpicked by Bieber to support him on tour in Europe, the MOBO award-winning quintet are poised to bring male harmony vocals back to the charts.

Mood, their second EP – and first since signing to Polydor – sees MiC LOWRY (pronounced Mike Lowry) expand their soulful sound with forays in to funk, hip hop and even garage, while their lyrics have grown ever more explicit. Co-written by the band, Mood was recorded in Liverpool, London and L.A. with an array of A-list producers – among them MNEK (Beyonce, Disclosure), Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Bieber), Harmony Samuels (Ariana, Chris Brown) and Shift Key (Stormzy, Tinie Tempah). Led by sultry new single Don’t Tempt Me, Mood contains six tracks, plus interlude 2U, that explore a variety of sounds, tempos and, well, moods. What they have in common is a band who are tighter than brothers and whose innate understanding of each other’s talents and how their five voices best blend is practically telepathic.

In 2012, MiC LOWRY – their name stolen from the Will Smith character in the ‘90s film Bad Boys, another shared love – posted their first DIY video on YouTube, a cover of The Temptations’ My Girl. Over the next few years, with the aid of their mentor Esco Williams, their former tutor at the youth group, the band built up a huge online following with their reinterpretations of hits by everyone from Luther Vandross and Bruno Mars to Clean Bandit and Calvin Harris. Their cover of Beyonce’s Drunk In Love was the first to hit the million mark, by which time MiC LOWRY were selling out shows through word of mouth. In London’s Euston station, they were ordered to leave over the tannoy for singing – or rather, for stopping too many commuters in their tracks. In Liverpool, they caused chaos by filming out in the streets. In 2015, they won the MOBO UnSung award.

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Exclusive Interview: Maurice Moore Talks “The Amber Room” EP | Songwriting | Relationships | & More w/ @MFWERadio

The story all begins in the cold canadian capitol of Ottawa,

Born an interesting mixture of ethnicities including African American, Caucasian, Native American, and Cuban – Maurice embodies the true meaning of diversity, in his background and in his musical creations.   At only 6 years old, Maurice’s parents endured a harsh divorce, forcing him to take the role as man of the house and take care of his baby sister while mom worked multiple jobs to provide for them. Growing up in the projects didn’t hinder his tunnel vision state of mind towards his goals. He initially found solace in athletics—American football in particular, being recognized as an All-American running back and one of the top recruits of his class— but with music tugging on his heart it became increasingly hard to pursue both and Maurice decided to leave his scholarships behind to follow his passion in music.

Well before his time and all before his first day of High School, “MM” formulated a major business plan and applied for a ‘Summer Company Grant’ through Ottawa’s City Hall; a grant he was ultimately awarded. This award not only gave the growing star the opportunity to build his own music studio from scratch, but it also allowed the then 14 year-old to seriously enter the music industry as the brainchild of a production and musical engineering business.

Maurice Moore established his solo career in the summer of 2013 as a singer, songwriter, producer & engineer. A member of Kehlani’s Tsunami Mob collective, the Ottawa-native’s music can be heard on airwaves across North America, Australia and Europe, while his verses and hooks are sung by some of your favourite major artists.

The impressive noteworthy list the Black Canadian award nominee has worked with, includes the likes of: KehlaniTrey Songz, OmarionWale, R&B group Immature, 2x Grammy Nominated T-Town Productions (Chris Brown/R.Kelly, “Drown In It”) and Grammy Nominated Jerrin Howard (Miguel/Wale, “Lotus Flower Bomb”) to name a few. Moore’s viral single ‘LOL‘ was also tapped as a sample for Chris Brown’s hit single ‘Liquor.’

Barely 19, the young artist announced as “8 R&B Artists To Add To Your 2016 Playlist” by Karen Civil and predicted by MUCH alongside The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Nicki Minaj & Beyonce for “11 Predictions For This Year’s Coveted Song Of The Summer.”  has received many offers from major labels, while being coined as “Canada’s Next R&B Star” by CBC Television.

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Exclusive Interview: Ledisi Chats “Let Love In” Album | Musical Direction | Upcoming Tour & More w/ @MFWERadio

Soulful singer/songwriter and New Orleans native, Ledisi, is a celebrated R&B recording artist who caught the attention of Verve Music Group in 2007, while recording her third album, Lost & Found. The album earned her two Grammy Award nominations, including “Best New Artist” in 2008, receiving nine total Grammy nominations to date.

An occasional vocal coach and frequent “Artist in Residence” at The Berklee College of Music, Ledisi also served as Governor and Board Member at The San Francisco Chapter for two terms before given a new role as a Goodwill Ambassador, a role that had only been held by herself and Verdine White, at the time. Ledisi has been a welcomed guest at the White House, performing on multiple occasions during the Obama administration, earning her a place in the pantheon of the best soul singer of her generation. “Ledisi is one of our favorite people,” said President Obama. But Ledisi is much more than a singer — she is an advocate of the arts, an educator, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, songwriter, producer, and innovator.

As an advocate for, and participant in, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Turnaround Arts Program, Ledisi donates her time to encourage students to explore the possibilities through the arts, inspiring them to explore their minds creatively. The Turnaround Arts Program‘s main objective is to transform priority schools through the strategic use of the arts, engaging students in well-rounded education and exude confidence, critical thinking, and creativity as a result. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Ledisi:

Exclusive Interview: Tina Campbell Discuss “It’s Still Personal” Album | Final Season of Mary Mary | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Known to much of the world as one-half of the gospel duo Mary Mary, Tina Campbell is wife, mother,  an accomplished and multi award-winning singer/songwriter and producer.  She is an author and inspirational speaker.  Tina Campbell has already achieved a lifetime of success with numerous awards won: (Grammy Awards (4), American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Stellar Awards, Dove Awards, ASCAP’s acclaimed Golden Note Award, The BMI Legends of Gospel Music Honor, etc.), millions of records sold (5 million and counting), graced the covers of multiple high profile magazines, appeared and performed on major national and international award, news and variety and talk tv shows, and has established herself as a contender in TV land through five seasons of her hit WE tv reality show, “Mary Mary,” with the sixth and final season about to launch in September, 2017,  and recently co-created with husband Teddy the popular web series called, 10 Minutes with Tina & Teddy.   Her career in music and television alongside her sister, Erica Campbell, the other half of Mary Mary, has spanned more than a decade and has been unstoppable!  And now, Tina is fully emerged as a solo artist.

In the coming weeks Tina returns with her newest solo album, It’s Still Personal, the follow-up to 2015’s solo debut, It’s Personal. A re-working of the NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Inspirational Album in 2016, It’s Still Personal features three new original tracks—the heart felt new single, “Too Hard Not To,” a beautiful Gospel/Pop ballad premiered on sister Erica’s nationally syndicated radio show Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell, and now available on all digital platforms,  plus a rousing soulful Southern Gospel tune, “Evidence,” and the rap/hip hop tinged “We Livin.”  The singer also includes a re-production of the previously recorded track “Woh, Oh, Oh.” Never one to avoid facing and sharing her truth, Tina chose to fully reveal her challenges throughout season 3 of her hit WE tv series Mary Mary.  And just as boldly, Tina shared her healing, faith renewal and even her wedding vow renewal in subsequent seasons.  Her fans remained at her side as the singer continued the journey to healing. Throughout her challenges and rewards, Tina has shown great strength and power, emerging with a burst of creativity and confidence. Check out our latest and exclusive interview with Tina Campbell.

 

Exclusive Interview: Tweet Teases New Music, Essence Music Festival, & More w/ @MFWERadio

Her undeniable talent, incredible voice, and striking beauty are the reasons she stands out from the rest and the reasons why she’s had staying power in the fickle, precarious music industry. Since emerging on the scene, songstress and songwriter Tweet, born Charlene Keys, has been a favorite for R&B music lovers. Now, after a six-year hiatus, she is back with her third studio album Charlene, a testament to her professional, personal, and emotional evolution. Charlene is more than just what some might call a “grown and sexy” album.  It’s a soulful, beautifully candid album that showcases Tweet’s dynamic vocals, and her artistic writing ability.  Charlene is food for the soul that will feed Tweet’s loyal fan base hungry for her return, and also pique the appetite of new fans with its powerful, expressive tracks delivered with passion and fervor, and a different, more mellow and poised sound than her previous hit albums, Southern Hummingbird and It’s Me Again. It’s been quite an exhilarating and enlightening journey for Charlene Keys, who has carried the nickname Tweet since childhood. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Tweet grew up in the church, sometimes attending service seven days a week, and it was in the pews that her love for music began.  She sang in the choir for years as a child, played the drums in the church band, and even became part of a gospel group that performed all over Rochester. She signed with eOne in 2012and got back into the studio with her longtime friends and producers Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, John “Jubu” Smith, and Charlie Bereal to record Charlene. From the first single “Won’t Hurt Me,” an anthem for women completely over a bad or ungratifying relationship, to the alluring “Magic” where Tweet croons in her angelic voice, “It must be magic/ Cuz what you do to me, I can’t understand it,” to “Neva Shouda Left Ya,” where Tweet sincerely regrets ending a relationship, lovers of pure R&B music will find themselves in sonic heaven. Missy also makes an appearance on the new album and the musical chemistry that she has with Tweet on the Timbaland-produced track “Somebody Else Will,” is quite evident and nostalgic. Because of the many gems on Charlene, it is the type of album that can be listened to all the way through, over and over again. Checkout our latest interview with Tweet and go get your copy of the new album “Charlene” now.


Exclusive Interview: June’s Diary Discuss New Mixtape “Male Edition”, Essence Music Festival, & More w/ @MFWERadio

Ashly Williams is the soul. Gabby Carreiro is the free spirit. Shyann Roberts brings the youthful sass. Brienna DeVlugt is the go-getter. And Kristal Lyndriette is the heart. Together, they make up R&B vocal group June’s Diary. Formed while competing on BET Network’s “Chasing Destiny,” the five women were picked by Kelly Rowland and director/choreographer Frank Gaston to shape a dynamic quintet. Hearkening back to the beloved era when TLC, En Vogue, Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child reigned supreme, June’s Diary embodies the revival of sisterhood in a time when girl groups are scarce. The limelight is ablaze with solo artists, but the women of June’s Diary believe in camaraderie. They revive the luring and fun qualities of the ‘90s and early ‘00’s R&B while also creating the new wave of the genre. Finding inspiration in everything from gospel to hip-hop and trap, June’s Diary pay homage to genres they love while making each track their own. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with June’s Diary.

Exclusive Interview: SoMo Talks “The Answers” Album, Tour, & More on @MFWERadio

Selling out shows across the country and achieving multiplatinum success by paving a path of his own, SoMo has quietly emerged as R&B’s most successful underground superstar. Now, it’s time for the world to properly meet the Dallas, TX singer and songwriter born Joseph Somers-Morales on his second full-length album, The Answers [Republic Records].

It’s been nothing short of a whirlwind for the artist since the 2014 release of his self-titled debut, SoMo. The record clinched #1 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart, and the hit single “Ride” earned an RIAA double-platinum certification. Between sold out headline tours and collaborations with everyone from Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, The-Dream, and Trey Songz to Kirko Bangz, Vigiland, Rebel, and Tricky Stewart, SoMo put impressive numbers on the board, selling 393K albums and counting and 4 million singles in addition to amassing 290 million streams. His 2015 mixtape, My Life II, went Top 10 on Billboard’s Top R&B albums chart as he appeared on VH-1’s Big Morning Buzz, The Arsenio Hall Show, and BET’s 106 & Park. Along the way, he carefully assembled what would become The Answers, recording in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Texas, Toronto, and Florida. SoMo found new influences that encouraged him to embrace his core.