Smooth-talking heartthrob of VH1’s hit scripted series “Hit the Floor,” MCKINLEY FREEMAN hypnotized viewers as star basketball player ‘Derek Roman’ of the L.A. Devils and love interest of female lead Ahsha, portrayed by actress Taylour Paige.
Born and raised outside of Chicago in the college town of Champaign, Illinois, McKinley started as a basketball player for the University of Illinois. From an all-star basketball player, he then found himself working for IBM doing worldwide marketing and business development. With these two completely different paths in hand, he then reached a crossroad in his life where he had to decide whether to stay where he was, or take the plunge to follow his heart, thus leading to his first audition where he landed a role on ABC’s “All My Children.” Despite his late entry into the acting world, Freeman has already established himself through his ever-growing resume. With appearances on award-winning shows such as ABC’s “General Hospital’ and NBC’s” Days of our Lives,” McKinley has begun an era for himself. He continues to shine with a role on FOX’s “Bones” as well as the feature film END OF WATCH alongside stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. From the average everyday lifestyle to becoming a hit celebrity, McKinley’s turn of events definitely took a turn for the better.
When he’s not filming, McKinley enjoys playing basketball, cooking and working out doing various forms of boxing, kickboxing and martial arts, which include Bojuka, Jeet Kundo, Muay Tai and much more. Also being an active poet, he often finds himself writing whenever he feels inspired, which led to his first self-published e-book. Additionally, he is involved with Covenant House and the Boys & Girls Club of America, seeking to use his basketball skills to help children. It’s to no surprise that his never-ending talent has led McKinley to where he is today. Checkout our latest interview with McKinley now !
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.
Former Member of B5 & R&B/Soul Recording Artist, Dustin Michael is back with his highly anticipated debut EP “Different”. The project serves as the re-introduce to Dustin Michael as he emerges into a solo artist. Best known for the singles “All I Do”, “U Got Me”, and “Hyrdolic” featuring Bow Wow with his brothers as the group B5. Fans have been anticipating this project as Dustin worked on the EP for a few months then to decide on the final nine records. His first single “Pay It Forward” is the first single which taps into his new found sound to set him apart from the Pop and R&B foundation B5 was known for.
“With this project, I wanted to show the world to the growth and maturity in the music as I’m a grown man now versus being in a group”, says Dustin Michael. “After I put the track-listing together, it really hit me that this project has a different vibe and has a lane of it’s own so I had to title it Different. In addition, Dustin Michael’s “Different” serves as the first project released under his independent label, Dustin Michael Entertainment. Michael will release all further musical projects through the label. His also plans to tour through the United States to further promote his new sound as a solo artist. Checkout our latest interview with Dustin Michael !
Moosh & Twist features DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan, both 22, who first bonded in first grade over the love of music and poetry. As independent hip-hop artists, Moosh & Twist have amassed a devoted fan base which has resulted in over 100,000 mixtape downloads and over 17 million YouTube views. In 2014, they debuted their first EP, Living Out Loud, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #5 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart. Moosh & Twist have signed with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), joining acts like The Game, Joe Budden, Sonny Digital and more, and are prepping their debut album for an early 2016 release. Although busy recording the album, the duo has found time to release music for their fans. The video for the summertime anthem “Let’s Go,” featuring Kalin and Myles, was added to MTV Hits, followed by the video release for “Whoa.”
Moosh & Twist have also released three mix-tapes, The Welcome Mat (2011), The Vestibule (2012) and Back to the Basement (2013). Since the release of The Welcome Mat, Moosh & Twist have appeared continuously on syndicated industry media outlets such as Forbes, XXL Magazine, Respect Mag, Okayplayer, 2dopeboyz, Illroots, HipHopDX, and many more. Moosh & Twist continue to perform for their thousands of fans as headliners, performing at festivals, and opening for acts such as The White Panda, Hoodie Allen, and Wale. Most recently, the duo performed as part of Wireless Festival in the UK, and as part of 2015’s Made In America Festival in their hometown of Philadelphia. Checkout our brand new interview with M&T now !
Considering his roots and upbringing, it is no wonder that Eric Bellinger has become an R&B sensation. An LA native and grandson of Jackson 5 hit songwriter, Bobby Day, Bellinger has been engulfed with music his entire life. His love for music drove his decision to turn down a football scholarship at USC to pursue his real passion. Bellinger began his musical journey recording and touring with the R&B group, AKNU (A Kind Never Understood) and soon signed to Epic Records by legendary executives, Max Gousse and Tommy Motola. His natural talent for songwriting became apparent and he returned home to hone his abilities under the guidance of his childhood friend and mentor, Erika Nuri of “The Writing Camp”. After signing a publishing deal with Sony ATV, Bellinger hit hte ground sprinting with stellar contributions to major R&B and pop artists such as Chris Brown (“Fine China”, “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj), Usher (“Let Me See” featuring Rick Ross), Selena Gomez (“Intuition”) and Justin Bieber (“Right Here” featuring Drake) to name a few.
Bellinger’s music continues to gain prestige through illustrious awards from ASCAP (“Lemme See”), BMI (“Lemme See”), iTUNES (“Lemme See” 2012 Song of the Year) and the coveted Grammy’s (for multiple contributions to Chris Brown’s “Fame” album, voted “Best R&B Album” in 2012). In the midst of writing smash hits for other artists, Bellinger continued to create exciting music for his loyal fans, releasing multiple mix-tapes (“Born to Sing Vol 1-3” which reached #3 on iTunes, and his most recent and widely loved “Cuffing Season parts 1 & 2”). Bellinger is now focusing on his highly internationally-anticipated album, “Eric Bellinger” set to release the first half of 2016. Checkout our latest interview with Eric now !
R&B/Soul Duo, Marsha Ambrosias & Natalie Stewart of Floetry returns back to the TLA on Wednesday, April 20th in Philadelphia, PA – We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with Live Nation for another ticket-giveaway. Fill out the form to enter to win two tickets for Floetry:
Robert Christopher Riley knows as “Terrence Wall” in VH1’s hit television “Hit The Floor” has been keeping it consistent in the world theatre/film & television for 10 years now. First landing a role in August Wilson’s “Fences,” which was a 6-month, 3-city tour (Hartford/Dallas/Portland). After appearing in this production, in 2007, he was later cast as ‘Jeremy’ in a second August Wilson production, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at Baltimore Center Stage. As luck would have it, Riley was returning from a modeling job on an off day from “Joe Turner,” and received a call to audition for the 2008 Broadway production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. He was cast to play the role of “Brick” as an understudy for Terrance Howard, which he performed for three weeks in addition to his nightly role as “Brightie”. He starred opposite, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Giancarlo Esposito and Anika Noni Rose. Although Riley seemed to be enjoying life to the fullest, it was his role as Hall of Fame linebacker ‘Dave Robinson’ in the 2011 Broadway production of “Lombardi” that he is most proud of. “Lombardi was an experience of a lifetime,” explains Riley. After Lombardi, Riley relocated to Los Angeles, where he made an easy transition from stage to television and film. He landed roles on VH1’s, “Single Ladies” and Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse”. Other shows he has appeared on include, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Royal Pains”, “Damages” and “White Collar”. His film credits include, “The Bourne Legacy”, “Sinister”, “Franny”, and “Getting Even”.
R&B/Soul Recording Artist, Tinashe stops through “Joyride” Tour on Tuesday, March 15th in Philadelphia, PA at TLA – We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with Live Nation for another ticket-giveaway. Fill out the form to enter to win two tickets for Tinashe:
Born Dan August Rigo in Toronto, Canada, August began honing his musician skills as a teenager and taught himself to play keyboard and guitar. His prolific songwriting/production talents soon caught the attention of the mainstream industry, which led to written songs for artists such as J ustin Beiber( “U Smile”) and O ne Direction ( “Gotta Be You”). Since his debut as a recording artist, August has continued to delve into songwriting/artist development through his record label, Summerchild Records, and now prepares to release his latest effort T he Fall Out. On the new record, August partners with guitarist to L ady Gaga, Ricky Tillo, forming the production duo formally known as TheEGOs. With his upcoming release, fans can expect songs that speak to the core of August’s artistry, his innermost thoughts and feelings & his love for music.
In anticipation of the The Fall Out’ s US release, the album currently boasts critical acclaim in both Japan (September 2015) and Canada (November 2015). Fans can also hear Rigo’s latest songwriting success with “Sex You Back To Sleep” as recorded by Chris Brown with rave reviews from VIBE, HYPETRAK, Fuse, Complex, BET, MTV and Billboard. Checkout our latest interview with August !
While making his seventh full-length album, SLP2 [R&B Money/Atlantic Records], Tank posed a crucial question. “What does cutting edge R&B sound like in 2016?” he asks. He answered that question by crafting the long-awaited sequel to his influential 2007 opus, Sex, Love & Pain. That album not only provided a blueprint for the likes of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and more, but it also debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best R&B Album,” while its #1 single “Please Don’t Go” became nominated for “Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.” Following 2014’s Stronger, Tank once again captured a creative spirit that resembled the process behind his seminal third body of work.As far as sequels go, Tank knew he had to go even bigger to make SLP2 the blockbuster audiences desired. In addition to cameos from Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and Yo Gotti, he assembled a new West Coast anthem in the form of the Tank produced “Birthday” with a little help from Chris Brown, Problem, and Siya. He also teamed up with TGT collaborator and producer Brandon “BAM” Hodge to “help set the musical tone,” of this new project. Checkout our latest interview with Tank now !