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Men face a lot of tough issues, but most times they deal with them amongst themselves. This story will take you on a journey about a grown man named Demetrius who is still crying on the inside from things that have happened in his childhood and his daily challenges of being a man. As a result, he struggles through life to find direction and healing. Although he is doing good on the outside his mind and heart need mending.
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My EP, Songs About Pickles, which it feels like it's been years in the making, is finally done! It comes out on all the streaming services on Friday and I've attached mp3's of the songs so y'all can have it for yourselves. You can also watch the brand new video for Prove Me Wrong, which is out now. Thank you all for helping me with this project, whether it was letting me use a studio, playing an instrument, singing backing vocals, listening to a mix, or just being an encouraging force. I'm very proud of this EP and I couldn't have done it without you. Feel free to share and such once it's released Friday. Thank you and I hope you like it!
By Rodney M Norman-October 18, 2019 c/o Dynasty Television media portal
Sometimes you have to pull all stops to connect with those whose busy schedule is always centered around inspiring people. That was the case when trying to catch up with the ever so busy Ann Wooten-Taylor.
Finally, we’d gotten the chance to sit down and have a conversation about her work in the ministry business as well as her family life. So sit back and be inspired with such a remarkable woman.
How are you today?
Ann: I’m fine. Thank you for asking!
I am so glad to finally sit down and get to know you. Now tell me a little bit about who you are?
Ann: I’m Ann Wooten-Taylor, the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries. I host and executive produce the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Radio Show as well as the newly premiered Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness Talk Show. Additionally, I write the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness Column, which appears in three (3) magazines and the EAW Ministries Blog, which is posted on our website. I’m also the author of the Eating as an Act of Worship book series, and I teach the 12-week EAW Ministries Health and Fitness Course.
How long have you been with your company or ministry?
Ann: I have been a part of EAW Ministries since its inception. The ministry began as a result of God delivering me from obesity eleven (11) years ago. After He delivered me, He commanded me to teach others that He is the solution to the world’s health and fitness problems. As a result, I obeyed his commands to write down what He taught me and teach others. The first EAW Ministries Health and Fitness Class was held in the fall of 2012. We became a non-profit organization in 2014.
How long have you been a part of the Dynasty Television affiliation?
Ann: It’s hard to believe, but it’s only been a little over a year since we became a part of the Dynasty Television family. David Beckford and I became friends on Facebook, and he donated a commercial to EAW Ministries. From there, we just bonded in a very fruitful way for Dynasty and Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries. I was very grateful, so I interviewed a lot of individuals affiliated with Dynasty. It was beneficial to both organizations because EAW Ministries had great guests on our radio show and Dynasty promoted each individual to different audiences and markets that followed our radio show.
Do you see yourself making a career change in the near future?
Ann: Yes! I’ve been a practicing attorney since 2004. One of the first things the Lord told me when He chose me to lead this ministry is that one day I would work for Him full time. It was difficult to accept at first, but now I’m looking forward to it.
At your best estimate, how many listeners do you think engage with your content?
Ann: That is difficult to say. We not only broadcast live on the radio, but we simultaneously broadcast the show live via Periscope and Facebook. God also catapulted us to the number 1 spot on StudioW Buzz radio station, and we’ve held that spot for over a year now.
Let’s talk about the church. Do you attend regularly with such a busy schedule?
Ann: Our classes are usually held at local churches, so church attendance is automatic. We usually offer classes for twice per week for children and once per week for adults. Since I teach the classes, I have no choice but to attend.
How is your family life?
Ann: God has truly favored me with a blessed family. My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary a few months ago. Not only does he love me and the Lord, but he’s always been very supportive of the ministry work the Lord has assigned me. We have two god-fearing, intelligent, handsome sons, who are a blessing to us and the ministry. Over the years, the ministry has become a family affair that we’re all Dedicated to and responsible for in some way. We also lovingly minister to my mother who has been living with us since my father’s death and requires round the clock care. I’m grateful that everyone pitches in to help. It makes things easier.
Very commendable; I would like to thank you for your time, and make sure you leave the readers with your links and how they can listen in on your shows.
Ann: It was my pleasure! Thank you for inviting us to share with your audience!
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Meet M4MM Executive Director, Rosalyn McCarthy: Cannabis Industry Social Equity and Business Development Activist
Can you share with us the story about what brought you to this specific career path?
“Yes, I started Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana in 2016 after having spent twenty-five years in the health care field focused on marketing, public relations, and business development.
The biggest issue I saw when I was working in the industry was the health care disparity in communities of color. I saw that in Florida where I’m based while getting ready to roll out a medical marijuana program for a statewide vote. After I did my research, I felt compelled to do something to address the health care disparities and the economic opportunity that we’re missing out on. I felt strongly about starting a nonprofit that was hyper-focused on advocacy, outreach and education to the minority community about this.”
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
“I think the most interesting and actually it just happened recently is that I always get asked by non minorities, can I be a part of M4MM. Do you have to be a minority. Some of the most critical people that helped me bring this organization to life were non-minorities and one man, specifically, Bill Monroe who’s now deceased, just passed away in June. He was what I used to call my work husband. He’s a 6ft 3” white guy who was very passionate about what I was passionate about. And really saw what I was trying to get done and was like, “Roz whatever I can do to help you, I’ll help you. It just reminded me that time is precious and that when you have people, it doesn’t matter if they come from our communities or not. There are people out there willing to and wanting to help us really make a difference in this space. And so, I think, I don’t know if it’s interesting…but I think it’s the most impactful thing that I had the pleasure of working with this man who just really believed in me. I actually miss my friend. And wish he was here to continue this journey with me, but God needed him more than I did.”
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
“A funny mistake. Sometimes your vision is not meant for everyone. And so I’ve had times where I’ve put people in positions that maybe it wasn’t a good fit for them and I had to go back and laugh about it. Leadership is not for everyone, and sometimes when you’re trying to fulfill a mission, and trying to push out this dream of yours, you make mistakes, you sometimes make people mistakes. Sometimes you make organizational mistakes. I had to laugh at it sometimes in regards to knowing that I just put my best foot forward, and when I messed up - I claim a mess up. I’m like, okay, you know what? I messed up on that one. I think humor and balance in your life, knowing that you don’t have to be perfect in this journey is important. That the journey is a journey, it’s a marathon and not a sprint, and it will keep you humble and make you smile.”
Are you working on any exciting projects now?
“We have a Cannabis Business Licensing Boot Camp slated for New Jersey, and this boot camp is really hyper-focused on making sure that minorities, business owners, and social equity are included in this industry. We are identifying qualified applicants across the board and providing an opportunity for them to get some hands-on instructional intensive training on what you have to do in order to compete for a license in the state of New Jersey. I think it’s critical that competing for a license is not taken lightly. This will be our second boot camp. Our first one was in Missouri. I think the people that completed the boot camp in Missouri walked away with some newfound awareness that having a license is not the end all be all and sometimes it’s better to partner. Sometimes it’s better to create joint ventures. Sometimes you have to pivot and do an ancillary business in this space that makes more sense. And so we are here in New Jersey for the next six weeks. Really pushing this out really engaging business owners and helping them to figure out the industry. We are giving them the love and understanding they need to figure out exactly their place in this space. You want to make it so that if something makes sense, they feel like it’s attainable.”
This industry is young, dynamic, and creative. Do you use any clever and innovative marketing strategies that you think large legacy companies should consider adopting?
“We had to get creative and clever. So, social media buys by themselves are not creative or clever. We, in the cannabis industry, have to get creative and clever because you can’t buy organic marketing. Gaining reach is going to be the only way you attract audiences. You can’t do any paid advertisement. You can barely do anything that pushes the new campaigns out that you pay for because of the censoring of the plant. So, we found ways to be creative. We found ways to really tap into our networks and get their buy-in and get them to agree or to support.
For us, it’s a matter of how we do what we do. We do a lot of posting with Black Lives Matter. We do a lot of posting in the Black Business Network. These are networks that are not in cannabis per se, but guess what? They have an interest in either knowing about social justice issues or social equity opportunities, or both across the board.”
Can you share 3 things that most excite you about the Cannabis industry? Can you share 3 things that most concern you?
“You know what, I will go just down the board here. First, I think the healthcare opportunity of understanding all the cannabinoids, including this that also contain THC. Just what’s going to happen over the next 10 to 15 years from a research perspective and really address the things that are very specific to the African American community excites me. I lost my mom to breast cancer in 2005, and this was not an option in controlling or helping her to have a better quality of life when it came to nausea and the weight loss and everything that she felt going through chemo or radiation. I have a son now who has Sickle Cell, and so I had a chance over the weekend to connect with a doctor I was doing research with who now thinks there’s something that can be isolated in the plant and be used to help my son and more specifically our community.
Second, I am very excited about economic opportunity. I think economically if we don’t use this and look at our new civil rights, and maybe a lot of it is not just talking about touching the plant. We need to look at, how do we fit in and how do we go and step into this with leadership and with commitment and tenacity. How can I be a part of this industry? How can I help you? How do we get you to utilize my service? Our services will help support you in entering the industry. They’re mindful of the fact that our share of this industry is so minimal right now, I think if we’re not jumping on top of this, and trying to figure out where our fit is, it’s a shame on us. Last, but not least we have recently, and I’m so excited to share this news brought on two Law Schools into the M4MM Network. Florida A&M, University Law School in Orlando and Southern University in Louisiana. We now have official chapters on their campuses. The beautiful part about that is that these young people are not waiting. I have to wait forever to get an initiative formally introduced. We’re not going to wait until they’re way into their careers to give them an opportunity to start learning more about this industry and that
really excites me.”
“Well You know the things that scare me are kind of like the things that really excite me. I am concerned about health care disparity and about the fact that we are talking about introducing this plant to communities who have been disproportionately sent to jail or incarcerated for the plant. Breaking the stigma to say, okay, now we want you to use this plant as a medicine. I think it’s a hard, hard, hard mountain to climb. I think it’s doable, but I do think it’s something that scares me that we’re going to see other communities really tap into this plant to benefit their healthcare needs, and we’re not. And we’re going to have more people that pass away. More people that have a poor quality of life. More people that are enduring pain and not realize this can be an option as another supplement to care. The next thing is on the business side. I think what frightens me is that the businesses that are writing public policy are not inclusive. It is critical that we write a policy that is supporting our needs. There are many economic opportunities that this industry presents to us, and if we don’t get this right, We are going to be left behind, and that means that legislators are going to have to be bold. They’re going to have towalk out there and stand up for what’s right in regards to the opportunities that we should be seeing in our community.”
Can you share your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Leading a Cannabis Business”? Please share a story or example for each.
“I’m gonna say, well, I think the number one thing is that is not an industry for the faint of heart. It is a tough industry that has a lot of fighting to do. For a lot of people when you’re first trying to get into an industry, you tend to do things that are beneficial to you versus trying to look at what’s going to be the common good for everyone. So, number two. The fact that I don’t see more collaboration, I was thinking, especially for the minority organizations, that we would see more partnerships and more collaboration. I came in very idealistic. I was like, oh, my gosh, let’s all work together. We gotta make all this happen. I don’t see it as much as I want to. It’s getting there, but I thought it would be a no brainer.
Number three is the advertising and also the stigma that’s still attached to the plant is still there, and it can be a little disheartening. It kind of isolates you a little bit. I felt isolated my first two and a half years in the industry. It’s getting better now, but some friends and supporters, and people that I usually hung out with weren’t there.
Number four is - It just drained my pockets. It is definitely a struggle getting the resources, and those resources I’m pulling in are coming from our personal resources. So I had no idea that I would feel like I’m in the poorhouse as I’m also trying to do something super special.
I think number five would be seeing people of color show interests disproportionately even in states that are legal on adult-use and medical use that there’s still being arrested for consumption. We’re not educating, and there’s money out there to do the education, and it’s just not being put into our community. That’s why legalization at the federal level is so important. To say we have to get rid of all the criminality laws that are associated with this plant is an understatement.”
What advice would you give to other CEOs or founders to help their employees to thrive?
“You know what the number one advice I would give them is to remember that diversity, in general, is going to be the healthiest thing you can do for your organization. The healthiest thing that you can do for your consumer base, the healthiest thing you could do for your bottom line. Diversity and inclusion is the way of the future. It is who we are as an industry and who we should be as a world. We have so many different faces and personalities and if we don’t make this a priority from a top-down, and not on the surface, but I’m talking about from the board room to the executive level, to the workforce development, to the supplier diversity and in everything that we do. It’s gonna be a long haul for companies. They have to realize that eventually, business to consumer relationships are going to be based upon how well we performed. Did you embrace diverse communities because diverse communities spend money? They will spend money on cannabis, but these communities are brand loyal. You be loyal to me now or maybe feel the heat of not being loyal to me later on.”
You are a person of significant influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
“People create opportunities when there are not any other opportunities. When I get messages on my Facebook or in my email, it says, we follow you, we see you, and you inspire me to want to go after this. That’s what it’s all about. It’s called modeling, and you model behavior, you model business, so that people can think about the possibilities of where this opportunity can present itself in their lives. I think that’s what M4MM is all about. I’m like, why should I have it by myself and not share this with other people?
That’s what the movement is. If you can do it—I can do it too. If you can be in this industry—I can do it too. If you can find a way on a path and not give up—I can do it too. And I think we really have to stay focused on that. We have 27 chapters now within the organization and everyone that runs these chapters is starting to do a really good job of finding their fit and helping other people. If we continue to help people then the mission of this organization will be carried out for many years to come.”
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
“Our toll-free number, 800-900-2877. Our social media handles MM4M. Our website is in for www.m4mmunited.org. Our email as firstname.lastname@example.org. Join our newsletter to stay informed. If you text #42420 we’ll sign you up and you can stay connected with everything that we have going on.”
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KC Artist Featured In Group Show Highlighting Talent From Mid- America
Originally printed KC Studio Magazine
Robert A. Powell, shown here inside his childhood home on Brooklyn Avenue, is the curator of the “All Colors” exhibition. He grew up in Kansas City and now lives in St. Louis, where he founded the nonprofit Portfolio Gallery and Education Center. photo by jim barcus
Longtime St. Louis-based gallerist and nonprofit leader Robert A. Powell is bringing the annual “All Colors” exhibition to Kansas City this fall. The salon-style group show founded in 2017 will run from Oct. 4 to Nov. 30 at the Leedy-Voulkos Arts Center.
“There is a treasure trove of fine art — created by people of all colors — that is ignored or minimized by art critics and academics that only want to focus on the two coasts,” Powell said in a recent interview. “The ‘All Colors’ fine arts exhibit is an opportunity to showcase the exceptional fine art produced by the many artists working in Mid-America.”
Powell founded the nonprofit Portfolio Gallery and Educational Center in St. Louis in 1989. The “All Colors” exhibit aligns with its mission: “To educate, enrich lives and foster a greater awareness of American artists of African American heritage.”
Forty-nine artists were selected for the show, not all of whom are African American. About half the artists are from the St. Louis area, while 15 to 20 percent are based in or near Kansas City. The remaining artists hail from all over, including one from Ghana and one living in France.
A larger iteration of the exhibition, opening at the St. Louis Artists Guild in January 2020, will include a juried component.
The Kansas City version of the show came about when Powell approached Leedy-Voulkos Art Center last fall, during the exhibition “Cultural Legacy: What’s Going On?” curated by Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, who is one of the artists in “All Colors.”
According to gallery manager Erin Woodward, “The LeedyVoulkos Art Center strives to be an all-inclusive and approachable contemporary visual arts exhibition venue. We enjoy having guest curators or organizations who approach us about exhibiting group shows, because this typically exposes us to new artists and expands our geographical radius. Robert is planning on exhibiting 49 artists, only seven of whom we have displayed here before. We’re very excited to expose this fresh roster of artists to our artloving community in Kansas City.”
Powell has deep roots in Kansas City. He grew up here, attended the KCMO school district, and then entered Lincoln University, where he earned a B.S. degree in education. He taught industrial arts at Manual High School before entering the U.S. Coast Guard in 1968. According to a 2013 profile by “St. Louis Magazine,” Powell began making art in 1973 from driftwood that he found while stationed in California. In a telling illustration of his lifelong commitment to art, while teaching industrial arts in the Oakland, California, school district, Powell had his students make three dimensional sculptures. After teaching in Oakland, he moved and joined the staff of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In 1989, he founded Portfolio Gallery and Educational Center. Among other honors and recognitions, Powell received the prestigious Missouri Arts Award in 1995.
photo by richard phillips all photos from the artists Kansas City artists assert a high profile in the “All Colors” exhibition, which includes Michael Brown’s “Beauty of Blackness” (top left) and Lonnie Powell’s “Enough With Your Thoughts and Prayers” (bottom right). The exhibit also includes “Stepping Hard,” by eminent former Kansas City artist Dean Mitchell (above), and works by many St. Louis artists, including Andrea “Kahrizma” Hughes’ “Black Girl in Silver” (top right).
Over the course of Portfolio Gallery’s long history, Powell has shown many Kansas City-area artists, including members of “The Light in the Other Room,” an organization founded by Lonnie Powell, Robert’s younger brother, that advocated for African American artists. Lonnie Powell is participating in “All Colors,” which also features works by KC-area artists including the late Leroy Allen, NedRa Bonds, Michael Brown, Anthony High, Keith Shepherd, Gregory Summers, Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin and Sherry Whetstone-McCall.
At press time, confirmed St. Louis-based participants included quilt maker Angee Turner and painter and mixed-media artist Andrea “Kahrizma” Hughes. Turner states that her inspiration comes from life experience, art, architecture and history, and that her design aesthetic is influenced by architecture and mathematics. Hughes says she was “born an artist, (and) draws upon life!” A self-taught artist, she credits a lot of her training to travel, trial and error, museums, the internet and library books.
Portfolio will collect a portion of the proceeds from any sales to award grants to artists and small non-profits and to offer art classes and programs. The exhibit is sponsored by Midwest Regional Bank and Midwest Bank Centre.
“All Colors” opens Oct. 4 First Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues through Nov. 30 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Open 6 to 9 p.m. for November First Fridays. For more information, 816.474.1919 or www.leedy-voulkos.com.
New album from the Soul released now.
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SouLah the Legend, aka Laneen A. Haniah, is a native of New York State, who currently resides in Dallas, TX. SouLah has been a lover of music since she was a young child. Raised in a household where music was always playing, she learned young that music is the universal language of the soul, fluent in every emotion.
That emotional fluency is something that she would have to rely on heavily growing up, as she faced many difficult and emotional challenges. SouLah is one of three daughters, empowered by the parenting of a strong Black single mother. From her mother, Gail T. Wilson, she learned how to survive anything and everything.
That anything and everything included poverty, racism, molestation, sickness, bullying, rejection and so much more. Laneen was diagnosed with a terminal illness at the age of nine and given only a few years to live, but the fighting spirit in her would not allow her to die. She prayed and GOD heard, and she eventually overcame that illness to live a full life... and a life full of trouble. As a teenager, SouLah, left home at the age of 16. Out on the streets she encountered ghetto life at its fullest. Crime, drugs, violence and sex was all she knew for eight years of her life. She was arrested on several occasions, incarcerated and eventually . found herself to be a single, teenage Mom.
It was during these wild years that her passion for being an artist really developed. Her older sister, Karmina Dai, had been an award-winning performing artist since she was five years old. Following behind her, SouLah (then known as Di’Zurt Versatile) was able to make many powerful connections in the industry. She made connections with Treach of Naughty by Nature, Talib Kweli of Black Star, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Big Daddy Kane, Wu Tang Clan, Mekhi Phifer, and Jam Master Jay of Run DMC – just to name a few. As “Di’Zurt”, SouLah performed at many shows as a fierce Female Mc, whose skills were so dope that she was not compared to other female artist, but instead to male artist such as Nas and Tupac. But all of these powerful connections amounted to nothing. Female rappers were not taken seriously in that day, and these connections often lead to disappointing ends, due to wrong expectations. Di’Zurt
fought in vain to establish a name for herself. She also sang in an R&B group alongside her sister and in a Rock-n-roll band. She tried her hand at modeling and hosting local cable music shows. There was limited success, but her skill as a song writer was apparent, as two songs that she wrote were stolen and played on the radio. She never received any respect as an artist, or compensation for her work, and eventually gave up on her dream.
Spending some years as a wife and mother kept Laneen occupied and content for a while. She became a licensed preacher, in May of 1998, and was well known in the church arena as a specialist on Christian Sexuality. She published three popular books and traveled all over the country as a keynote speaker, and was soon known internationally as “Dr. Intimacy”. Wanting to take her message outside of the church, as Dr. Intimacy, she started a radio broadcast called “Inspired Intimacy Talk Radio” in July of 2015. The show broadcasted for two years and won “show of the year” for its category, both years running. Dr. Intimacy was, and is, a powerful and effective brand that has successfully led many to experience core-healing and the discovery authentic self.
But, despite all these accomplishments, SouLah’s love of music and desire to be a professional in the music industry was haunting her. She was still doing projects on the side – writing songs for other people to sing, doing jingles and toying with Gospel Rap. One of her biggest struggles was grappling with her title in the church world, and the freedom she wanted, in which to express every side of life in her music. She didn’t
want to do “Clean Christian” music that only presented ideals. She wanted to create music that is fluent in every emotion, representing “the real, not the ideal”.
Ultimately, SouLah made the decision for transparency and truth because she knew that Creator GOD had given her this talent long before the church gave her a title, and because the dream wouldn’t let her go. In August of 2018, she finally embraced this life-long dream, by starting commercial music school at Cedar Valley College in Dallas, TX, to earn a degree in Digital Music Production and Composition. She quickly
caught on to the training she was receiving and was encouraged by one of her professors to enter a school-wide contest, in early 2019. She won in the Spoken Word category (just as she had won every poetry contest she had ever entered, since the third grade)!
With that win under her belt, Dr. Mike Bogle, the professor that directed the program, offered her the opportunity to complete an album for consideration, for the 2020 Grammy’s. Although SouLah had less than a year of schooling complete, she could not pass up the opportunity. If her professor, a Grammy nominee himself and a professional in the industry for over 30 years, believed she was ready, she must
believe it for herself as well. For these reasons, anyone who listens to the newly released debut album, self-titled “SouLah the Legend”, is standing in the labor and delivery room of a dream that has just been birthed. Laneen A. Haniah asked Life for an opportunity; that opportunity was given to her; she was ready to embrace and maximize the opportunity when it appeared; and now she’s here!
The music industry is in for a refreshing burst of life and energy with SouLah as its latest edition. SouLah wrote her first complete song at the age of seven, and still remembers every word of it. She is skillful with lyrics, diverse with sounds, passionate with delivery and colorful and eclectic in her overall style. Her vibe is soulful and intimate, truthful and transparent. She represents the past, present and future of the music industry and hopes to enlighten the world with the Light that is inside of her soul.
Definitely here to stay and make a great impact; may we be the first to introduce you to – SouLah the Legend!
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Born and raised in he South Bronx, SONGLIST discovered his love for music at a very young age. He sang along with artists on the radio, hoping to one day acquire thee same success. It wasn't until his time at the prestigious Boys Choir of Harlem, did he really begin to own his skills by learning to read and compose music. With freshly learned skills and bigger desire to follow his dreams, Songlist then began performing regularly throughout the 5 Burroughs of New York. As well as various places along the East Coast.
One of Songlist's biggest performances was opening for Tamar Braxton. He has now become a featured act at several venues in New York City, performing his underground hits. One of his songs "All That I Need," has gained him enough exposure to land a position on MTV'S "INDUSTRY OPEN MIC." While often compared to Ne-Yo, J. Holiday and R. Kelly, Songlist likes to describe himself as an individual. In 2005, he made it through at American Idol tryouts. Though obviously not having landed the highly coveted number 1 spot and while Simon Cowell may not have thought he was the next American Idol, let yourself be the judge of what speaks to your heart. Songlist has been releasing new music with songs like"You Want It" which has been played on power 105.1. His most anticipated remix to "Feel Better" featuring Harlem's own Neek Bucks. Songlist recently released his new EP entitled "In mY Zone" with lead single "Countdown" making it's rounds all across the internet. "Countdown" also features and is produced by Harlem's own Remo The Hitmaker.
All of his music can be purchased and downloaded on TIDAL, iTUNES, SPOTIFY, AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY AND CD BABY.