Faithful To Believe!

December 3, 2009

October 2nd marked a great day in Gospel Music as Verity Music Group released two dynamic artist in industry, Byron Cage and Rizen.

Me all dolled up before the event!

I had the opportunity to talk with RiZen before their official release and also had the opportunity to rock it out with Byron Cage and Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard or passionately known as Dr. Deb of Detroit’s FM 98 WJLB as she celebrated 15 years in Gospel Music. Indeed, what a blessing!

The  event was held at one of Detroit’s uprising ministries , Triumph Church at their East location on E. Grand Blvd. Triumph is Pastored by Pastor Solmon Kinloch. Before the event, the media as well as VIP guest were invited to a VIP Reception in both in Dr. Deb’s honor.

Kiwi and I

The reception was filled with great food and awesome fellowship. Bryon Cage and Dr. Deb did an awesome job making all media as well as contest winners feel welcome!

Special guest performances by Kiwi, Mahogany Jones, God’s Army and God’s Little Soldiers. Special Guest Appearances by LaShell Griffin and The Famous Peggy James to name a few.

Got the opportunity kick it with some my favs!! See pics above and below!

Pictured above: T.Marie, Byron Cage and Renee’ from Detroit Gospel

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Dumb Dance.. Introducing Rhema Soul!

December 3, 2009

A weekend of two ago, I have had the opportunity to kick with with some very important people in my life..

As I am kicking it with my sister, she hips me to a group called “Rhema Soul” (Thanks Mel!)

She says, “Quan, listen to this… ” and turns to her laptop and turns on this song.

Now! Note readers: I am usually the one hipping everyone to everything, however today… Ms.PR had officially  been schooled!

Before I go into the song, I am actually going to hip you to the group.

Can we say Christian Artist are giving Mainstream artist a run for their money! Based out of South Florida, the trio, Rhema Soul has had the opportunity travel around the world preaching the gospel through hip hop and is now back in the USA.

They are currently in the studio placing the last minute touches on their EP entitled “Dope Beats and Good News”which includes song such as “STREEZ” and “Dumb Dance”.

I am sure that all of you have heard songs and seen dances such as “Jerk” or “The Super Man”. Rhema Soul takes it to another level with their song “Dumb Dance”.

As You know T. Marie loves free bees!!! Make sure you log on to http://www.rhemasoul.com to get your copy of Dumb Dance!

I’ll leave you with this!

The Dumb Dance!

People Even had a Dumb Dance Challenge!! ChecK It Out


I’m About My Business!!! Kingdom BUSINESS!!!

August 25, 2009
Hey all you faithful readers!! This will be a double feature! Not only will be review the Canton Jones concert from Sunday 8.23 but it will also feature the release of CaJo and the fam’s latest cd entitled ” Kingdom Business II”.
This Sunday was action packed with a full line up of local artist setting the stage for Canton at DWO’s The Vault.
Detroit’s Bro. Dre mcee’d the event has everyone on their feet ( literally) all night long. Even had an entourage of youth and young adults on the stage!
Canton hit the stage and the fans went crazy! It was great to see him back in Detroit, indeed to long of a wait…
He ministered his like ” Holy Ghost Girl”, ” Love” and new hits such as “G.O.D.”, “One Mic.. ” from his newly release album “Kingdom Business II.
I even got an opportunity to kick up with him for a minute! Missed my big bro!
Overall, Great Event MustardSeed Generation!
Now on to the review!
In my all honest opinion, I truly believe that this cd should have released at the beginning of the summer. YES, you have guessed it.. ITS A BANGER!!!
Songs like “Echo”, “Swaggin” and  “5 Seconds” will play on REPEAT on  your ipod or stereo! The production quality on this cd is bananas..This cd is giving mainstream a run for their money, indeed its time!
CaJo placed a spin on the classic “Great Things”, which is guarnteed to get every person young or old up and dancing, praising God for the great things he has done for them.
Canton Jones song entitled ” Top Model” is what I like to call a secequal to ” Holy Ghost Girl”. The song expresses how God loves and sees us as his Top Models and how even the fellas see the Women of God as true Top Models. This song really expresses the things that God sees in each and every woman but from the personal view of the Man. GREAT STUFF!!!
I dont want to spoil the cd for those of you who haven’t gotten it yet.. its most definetely a BANGER! Please GO COP IT!

Hey all you faithful readers!! This will be a double feature! Not only will be review the Canton Jones concert from Sunday 8.23 but it will also feature the release of CaJo and the fam’s latest cd entitled ” Kingdom Business II”.

This Sunday was action packed with a full line up of local artist setting the stage for Canton at DWO’s The Vault.

Detroit’s Bro. Dre mcee’d the event has everyone on their feet ( literally) all night long. Even had an entourage of youth and young adults on the stage!

Canton hit the stage and the fans went crazy! It was great to see him back in Detroit, indeed to long of a wait…

He ministered his like ” Holy Ghost Girl”, ” Love” and new hits such as “G.O.D.”, “One Mic.. ” from his newly release album “Kingdom Business II.

I even got an opportunity to kick it with him for a minute! Missed my big bro!

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Overall, Great Event MustardSeed Generation!

Now on to the review!

In my all honest opinion, I truly believe that this cd should have released at the beginning of the summer. YES, you have guessed it.. ITS A BANGER!!!

Songs like “Echo”, “Swaggin” and  “5 Seconds” will play on REPEAT on  your ipod or stereo! The production quality on this cd is bananas..This cd is giving mainstream a run for their money, indeed its time!

CaJo placed a spin on the classic “Great Things”, which is guarnteed to get every person young or old up and dancing, praising God for the great things he has done for them.

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Canton Jones song entitled ” Top Model” is what I like to call a secequal to ” Holy Ghost Girl”. The song expresses how God loves and sees us as his Top Models and how even the fellas see the Women of God as true Top Models. This song really expresses the things that God sees in each and every woman but from the personal view of the Man. GREAT STUFF!!!

I dont want to spoil the cd for those of you who haven’t gotten it yet.. its most definetely a BANGER! Please GO COP IT!


The First Lady of FP: Shereena Osai

August 13, 2009

For the month of August , I had the opportunity to interview the first lady of Friendship Productions, Mrs. Shereena Osai!

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T.Marie: Tell us a little about Shereena Osai

Shereena: Shereena Osai is a complex person with many gifts and talents she is trying to use to glorify God. I am at a very unique place in life, God is calling me to a higher level in ALL areas of life, so I am under major construction right now.
T.Marie: What is your role at FP?
Shereena: I am the Vice President of Friendship Productions, I also like to call myself the Administrative Coordinator. I help Esosa come up with event concepts, and I help with administrative tasks and organization. I am also the Evangelism Coordinator.
T.Marie: What’s your most memorable FP moment?

Shereena: My most memorable FP moment was at the Don’t Waste Your Life concert, June 13, 2009. Lecrae was on stage ministering and the presence of God was so strong in the palce. I was in a deep place of worship. I opened my eyes and I saw 1500 people with their arms raised, giving praise to God. And at that moment I saw how far God has brought FP, and how far we have yet to go, and I began to weep for God’s faithfulness to us is so true.

T.Marie: How long have you been serving with FP?

Shereena: I have been serving with FP for about two and a half years.
T.Marie:  If you could relive any FP moment what would it be?

Shereena: The first Canton Jones concert way back in 2005! That was my first fp concert. I had just finished my sophomore year at Western Michigan University and my friends and I drove from Kalamazoo to Detroit for the event. We had such a good time! I was so impressed with the young people I saw going forth in their callings. Esosa as the promoter and DJ, Joshua Generation Dancing, Rock Nation moving bolding in music under the anointing…it was amazing to me. It inspired me to pursue the things God was calling me to, and really showed me that I did not have to wait until I was thirty to move in my calling.
T.Marie : You’re a stylist right, tell us more about your passion.

Shereena: My passion is to help others express their inner beauty on the outside as well. I see so many people who do not realize how beautiful they are. Many people suffer from low self esteem, and have been abused. People hide behind the “I don’t care” attitude, because they don’t think they are beautiful or attractive (men and women). But we are made in the image of God, and if you read scriptures that descirbe heaven and how God looks you will see that God is beautiful and is surrounded by beautiful things. So I just want to help show people the beauty they already have, and help them present themselves accordingly.
T.Marie: Tell the readers about tes-ti-phy.
Shereena: tes-ti-phy is the clothing line God gave me. The fashion industry is very dark and Godless. As a fashion design student, I struggled with the idea of working in such a dark industry, and I was not sure how I could live a holy life in the industry. So God gave me the idea for tes-ti-phy in 2005. And the entire purpose is to demonstrate that even fashion must bow down and glorify God. I praise God for my father, Hilton Kelley, who funded the entire start up of the business.. The web site www.tes-ti-phy.com is now finished so readers can check it out!
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What’s your heart’s desire as the Head woman behind FP?

Shereena: As the head woman of FP I just want God to be glorified, I  want us to build the ministry God designed and cause people to respond to the love of God through our labor. Obedience to God equals success, and Godly success leads to eternal rewards, and our focus is on eternity.


Resting On His Promises…

August 12, 2009

Indeed this cd exemplifies resting on the promises of God… JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise has done it with their latest release ” Resting On His Promises”.

Since 2002,Youthful Praise has been ushering listeners into the presence of God. This cd is just another level of God’s glory being manfiested.

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“Resting In His Promises” features songs such as “You Reign” , “Powerful GOd” and some of my personal favorites ” Close To You” and “Great Expectation”.  It was extremely hard for me to get past track 5 “Close To  You”. “Close to you” takes you into the presence of God with a sweet song dedicated to being in his presence, under the shadow of his wings and receiving his fullness of joy. This song a guarnteed tear jerker that will most definetly take your worship level  higher. This song reminds me of an “As the Deer” of our current day and age.  ” Great Expectation” places the listener in remberance of  my favorite scripture Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Letting them know now you can have GREAT EXPECTATION.. because of what God has said in his word!

Youthful Praise is joined in this album with Gospel music greats,Detroit’s own Evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole and Light Records Label mate , Pastor Shirley Ceasar.

Title track “Resting On His Promises” tells the listener that God will not let us lack or be without because we are his children and his promises are true toward us that believe. Everything in our lives might be going wrong, but they are resting on his promises toward them!

Overall, great cd Youthful Praise! I know it indeed was a blessing for me!

READERS: Please stay tuned in for my 1 on 1 interview with JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise!


A Game.. Developing Your Plan – Even Your Bio Speaks!

August 12, 2009

As an upcoming professional in the Christian and Gospel music industry, I figured it would be great if I started to write regarding developing your plan/brand as an artist or company.

I have had the opportunity to go various events with some of the Gospel Music greats, nationally known as well as independent artist. For every artist in the Gospel music industry or not, having a well put together bio, press kit as well as a photos, etc. helps develop the brand of any artist.

It will be the first thing that someone looks at and the last thing someone refers to for information about you! I believe that some artists within the Gospel/Christian industry, we lose sight of this. Some place their focus on the ministry performance, or even wardrobe but lose sight of after all the glits, people’s lives being changed by your ministry and even the glamour of the event, someone is going to refer back to your information.

Step 1. Presentation is everything! Your tracks might be sweet,  your runs might be tight, but if your bio, photos, etc aren’t on their “A-Game” even those things mean NOTHING.

Remember that if you want coverage by magazines, press, etc. you will have to give them something to work with.

Not just looking at it from the natural standpoint, but take it from the spiritual standpoint. We are made in his likeness and image. He has empowered us to walk in excellence in every area of our lives, including the call that he has placed on our lives. When we walk into the world, outside the four walls of our churches, we have to bring our A Game and let everyone know of the God we serve. We are a pure representation of him and this includes in business.

Before you send out that bio, photo, etc. consult with your manager, public relations professional etc. God provides individuals with wisdom in these areas to help take your ministry to the next level. Let them operate in their call!

If you are an independent artist, get with a public relations professional. Some professionals provide free consultations or will direct you in right path to help take your ministry/business, etc. to the next level.

So believe you send… consult! This is T.Marie Signing off.. just me