Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mother, Joyce, and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a little butterfly.
After running from Jill's abusive stepfather, mother and child moved in with Jill's grandmother, with whom she had a very close bond. After a rough but memorable childhood, Scott attended Temple University, studying secondary education. She was planning on becoming a high-school English teacher.
When she was placed at a school as a student-teacher, her fellow professors disapproved of her unique method of teaching the kids: she often incorporated singing and melody in order to help with memorization. Due to the negative comments she was receiving, she quit.
Shortly thereafter, a friend helped her in joining a local theater troop. After some hard work, she earned a spot on the Canadian cast of Rent, began to do poetry readings and befriended some big names in the Philly artistic community, included DJ Jazzy Jeff (DJ Jazzy Jeff). It was here that Scott's musical career took off.
Encouraged by Jazzy Jeff and Ahmir-Khalib Thompson (Ahmir "Questolove" Thompson) of the hip-hop group The Roots, Scott wrote several songs in only three days during the summer of 1999. One of them, entitled "You Got Me," was performed by Erykah Badu and The Roots, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance (Duo or Group). A few months later, after Jeff burned 100 demo CDs and marketed the soul singer, Jill Scott signed with the new label Hidden Beach. During this whole process and since then, she collaborated with Will Smith and Common, and worked on soundtracks for Down to Earth, Wild Wild West and In Too Deep
Amazingly, she made 50 songs for her debut album and had a lot of trouble trimming it down. Finally, after much deliberation, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. I" was released in July 2000. It featured music that was youthful enough for the younger generation and soulful enough for those above 40.
Accolades came pouring in for her unique contribution to hip-hop: "Who Is Jill Scott?" was certified platinum, and she received three Grammy nominations (including one for Best New Artist), three NAACP Image rewards and one Soul Train Award for Best Female R&B Album. Her fame carried her on stage as she performed on VH1's Divas Live with Aretha Franklin; speaking of Aretha, Jill Scott was the 2001 recipient of the Aretha Franklin Award as "Entertainer of the Year" at the Lady of Soul Awards.
Never limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill starred in Get On Up: A James Brown Biopic, as DeeDee, the wife of James Brown. She also starred alongside Tyler Perry & Janet Jackson in the #1 national movie series Why Did I Get Married? (Pt. 1 and 2), Baggage Claim, Steel Magnolias and Sins of the Mother which aired on Lifetime and became the second-most watched premiere in the network's history. Jill was casted as the lead character in the HBO/BBC mini series filmed on location in Botswana, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, a Peabody Award-winning show directed by the late Oscar Award-winning director Anthony Minghella.
A consummate writer at heart, she penned The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, a compilation of poems that instantly became a New York Times bestseller. Scott also developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation that has raised over hundreds of thousands dollars to support minority students pursuing college degrees.
Jill recently released her highly anticipated 5th studio album WOMAN on July 24, 2015 which opened on the music charts at #1 giving Jill her 2nd consecutive number one album. After a nationwide sold out tour in Summer 2015, Jill is working on Lionsgate's Coco and FX's Snowfall.
|Cheryl Pepsii Riley
Before Cheryl Pepsii Riley got her start in the music industry, she was a regular woman working the typical 9-5. She was an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) working with handicapped children. She received her nursing license from Clara Barton High School. While working, Cheryl was in a local group called Stargaze. On the weekends, Cheryl would sing at night clubs and do community theater to showcase her gift. Cheryl eventually caught up with Full Force, who was also a local group in Brooklyn, NY. Bowlegged Lou from Full Force came to her with the song "I Wonder If I Take You Home" and Cheryl refused, and the song was given to Lisa Lisa and the song was a smash. Lou called her up with the song on the radio and simply said, "This could have been you!" Cheryl thought she had missed her big break. Later, Lou came back to her and was able to get her her first deal at Sony Records. Lou got the incentive to write "Thanks For My Child" after his ex-wife had a miscarriage. They never really told that to the press at the time, but that was the deal. Cheryl recorded "Thanks For My Child" and the song went number one! In this midst of all this, Cheryl was still working at her job with handicapped kids. Because of the recording climate industry, Lou and Gary Reeves got Cheryl into her first stage play called "Momma Don't". Lou actually negotiated her first stage contract with her director, Michael Matthews. After that, Cheryl took those wings and flew on her own. Cheryl has been in numerous plays to date, including Tyler Perry's Madea's Class Reunion, Madea Goes To Jail, Why Did I Get Married, The Marriage Counselor, Madea's Big Happy Family, And Laugh To Keep From Crying. This humble and spiritual woman continues to perfect her craft and showcase her gifts with a powerful message that speaks not only to you, but through you. So, when you speak of personality, quality, sincerity, and most definitely, consistency, the woman that must come to mind is none other than Cheryl Pepsii Riley.
Jesse is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and music producer who has worked on more than 50 feature films from studio blockbusters to independent documentaries. Jesse is the series composer for Bosch, the new episodic from Amazon Studios based on Michael Connelly's bestselling detective book series. His other composing credits include the recent comedy A Haunted House 2, Showtime's The Big C, action thrillers Ca$h and Game of Death, the supernatural thriller I Will Follow You Into the Dark and the award-winning surf documentary Splinters. As an additional composer, his credits include Sex and the City, The Proposal, The Last Song, Why Did I Get Married Too? and Akeelah and the Bee. Jesse's instrumental repertoire includes both conventional and exotic stringed instruments, keyboards and analog synthesizers.
Aisha Bryant was born September 18th in Laguna Hills, California. Her father,(now a retired Marine), is the President of the World Pool & Billiard Association- Artistic Pool Division, former Vice President of The NAACP of Cobb County, a Mason, community activist, and a retired accountant. Her mom works for Department of Corrections and is a designer. Aisha is of African American and Native American descent, specifically Choctaw Indian.
At the age of 3, Aisha was quickly exposed to the entertainment industry. She started singing in the church choir and continued on to do more performances throughout Georgia. Bryant has had the opportunity to sing at Disney World, The Governor's Mansion, Stone Mountain Park, parades, American Legions, Veteran's Day ceremonies and much more. She has also been involved in over several stage productions. Bryant attended Pebblebrook High school which is a Performing Arts school located in Mableton, GA focusing in Voice, Dance, and Acting. The talented student majored in Vocal and minored in Drama while attending the school for excellence. Not only was Aisha talented, she also excelled in academics. During her 4 years at Pebblebrook, she was selected to be in a special choir for students who are advanced in music. She made history becoming the first female and African American in her high school's 45-year history to attend All-State chorus six consecutive years in Savannah, Georgia (7th grade-12th grade). Ms. Bryant was honored and recognized at the event in Savannah, her school, and community.
Aisha has been in over dozens of theater productions such as the Tony Award winning production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee playing the lead role, Marcy Park. She has had roles in High School Musical, A Raisin in the Sun, Bye-Bye Birdie Musical, and much more. Aisha has been featured as a dancer in Footloose, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too, and Joyful Noise starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifiah. She has also been apart of other major movies and films. Love After Death (2015), a film she had a lead role in, received Best Screeplay Award, Best Director Award and Aisha received Best Actor Award for her role at the 2016 Atlanta Technical College Student Film Festival. Sexual Dysfunction (2013), a film she had a role in, received an Honorable Mention at North Carolina's SkyFest Film and Script Festival and People's Choice at Athens Film Festival. She also had the opportunity to re-enact a crime in a major TV show called Fatal Attraction on TV One playing the lead role.
Although Ms. Bryant has a passion for the Arts, she is also passionate about her community. Volunteerism is a big part of her life. At the age of 6, she worked at her father's non-profit. Aisha then began to have political aspirations. At age 11, she was accepted into the Georgia House of Representatives Page Program at the Georgia State Capitol as a legislative page. She showed interest in working with the youth. She continued to make a difference and working with different organizations in Georgia. In college, Ms. Bryant was 1 of 5 students to receive a full scholarship to study in France for a month. While studying in France she had the opportunity to put on an impromptu performance at Mont Saint-Michel. Upon returning to school she was presented with an Outstanding Georgia Citizens Award from the Secretary of State as a Goodwill Ambassador at the age of 19.
|Robert Shearn III
Robert Shearn III is a Actor who first began his journey as a Model. He is known for the Role as Louis Armstrong in Satchmo's Greatest Hand on the TV show Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel (2017) and a Police Officer on For My Man, Crime Series on TV One (2016). He was first seen in the major motion feature film Limitless along side Academy Award Winning Actor Bradley Cooper in the club scene. Robert attended Walnut Street Theatre Acting School in Philadelphia PA for Acting. He also attended One on One Advanced Acting lessons at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Robert has been a Actor in Chase Street Crime Series Directed by Actor Clifton Powell known as a Actor in movies like Ray and Pinky in Next Friday. Robert has also learned Acting Techniques from Actress Tosha Smith who is known for TV show Empire and Tyler Perrys movie, Why Did I Get Married. He was overjoyed to be able to attended a ceremony and party in Tosha Smiths honor. He is a Actor in various Indie films, commercials, plays, TV shows, major motion films and heard on radio shows. He is a Model in calendars, magazines, books, art galleries and runway fashion shows.
|Sheri Mann Stewart
Sheri was trained as an actor by Stella Adler, one of the most famed Master teachers of our times and received a double-major degree with honors at age 19 from the respected Catholic University of America's Theater and Psychology programs, later completing a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She is starting 2015 with a bang in the Table 19 ensemble in the role of Sherry Grotsky. She has been directed on screen in comedic and dramatic supporting and starring roles by such luminaries as Jeffrey Blitz, Mike Newell, Jamie Babbit, Tyler Perry, Peter Segal and numerous talented young directors whose names will be familiar someday. She has acted with and opposite such box office stars as Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Janet Jackson, Esai Morales, James Earl Jones and Dwayne Johnson and numerous highly talented, lesser-known colleagues.
Directors and critics have agreed that over 40 years of working and continuing to train in the craft have resulted in powerful performances time after time: "...an underappreciated performer who garnered well-deserved attention...unsentimental performance", Backstage; "her portrayal of Lindsey is heart-wrenching" Atlanta Journal Constitution; "Stewart's performance is brave and subtle -- no pathos or cheap sentiment here", Southern Voice, etc.
Over time, Sheri has also become a distinguished production acting and vocal coach and teacher of acting and voice to students of all ages in NY and Atlanta via her positions on the Acting Faculty at the Tony Award Winning Alliance Theater, Theater Faculty at Emory University, Film Faculty at The Art Institute, and as voice teacher at Baruch College and Acting Instructor at her private studio in Atlanta. She is also honored to have been chosen for several years to be a judge for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theater's August Wilson acting competition and for the Governor's Honors Program in Theater.
Born and raised in Georgia (Atlanta and Athens), Sheri began acting in major theater productions as a child, debuting as Baby June in Gypsy at age 8 at the University of Georgia. Recently, she starred in 5 Indie shorts which have proceeded to the festival circuit: comedies "Plan B" and "Small Talk" and dramas "The Way of Justice", "Red" and "Insanity du Jour" and she played Professor Stewart in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married" and "Why Did I Get Married Too", both opening at the top of the box office.
Sheri is a busy political activist and co-founder of Grassroots social justice groups and was elected as a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She is a lover of fine wine, fine food and fine people and is the proud mother of actors Tendal Mann and Royce Mann and is spouse to Barry Stewart Mann. Sheri currently makes her home in GA for family reasons. She is committed to traveling wherever worthwhile projects take her, so far including Italy, Canada, New Orleans, New York, California, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan and Florida.
Willie Macc (born Willie McMiller, August 4, 1984) has quickly come a long way as a member of young black hollywood since first becoming known to a national television audience as the funny man on BET's extremely popular College Hill Virgin Islands in the Spring of 2007. He has become one of the few Reality TV stars to make the transition from Reality TV to that of a working actor in Hollywood.
The son of Elder Willie McMiller and Minerva McMiller, Willie Macc was born in Seascy, Arkansas and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a 2002 graduate of Hazelwood Central High School, and a 2008 Marketing graduate of American InterContinental University. His father, Elder Willie McMiller, is pastor of Brotherly Love Christian Assembly in Jennings. His mother, Minerva McMiller, is an elementary school teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant district. Both still live in suburban St. Louis with Willie Macc's four brothers - Gabriel (20), John (18), Jarvis (16) and James (8).
In his season of College Hill (Season 4), four students from Los Angeles, and four students from the Virgin Islands lived together while they were taking classes at the University of the Virgin Islands. Filled with the usual fun times, arguments and chaos that a house full of 8 students normal bring, the living situation was pretty much business as usual for him, since he had grown up in a relatively large household. The success of his season of College Hill has allowed him to develop a huge following and name recognition among Urban 14 - 34.
He has been quite busy since his "graduation" from College Hill. Once he relocated back to Los Angeles from the Virgin Islands, he continued his small screen run by appearing on multiple episodes of CSI, as well as Journeyman, 106th and Park and Take the Cake. He has also appeared in several national and regional commercials including Subway, Honda, Taco Bell, Pump Water in New Zealand and most recently, Olive Garden.
Willie Macc's big screen break came with his appearance in the 2008 comedy spoof "Meet the Spartans" where he played a "Yo Mama" joke cracking opponent of the Spartan army. In his second film, "House Arrest", Willie Macc co-stars as the Chris Tucker like side-kick in the "Friday" like direct to home entertainment comedy. Cited as a "modern day Eddie Murphy", Willie Macc continues his destiny to stardom with two additional roles, one being in the action / comedy, "Chicago Pulaski Jones" (written by and starring Kel Mitchel of the "Kenan & Kel" show, and includes a directorial debut by Cedric the Entertainer), and the other being "The Greatest Song" (a wonderful romantic comedy starring Lamman Rucker of Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married" and "Meet the Browns", and national comedian and TV Host, Joe Clair). He can also soon be seen on the small screen in a recurring role in the upcoming television show, "Friends and Lovers: Ski Trip 2".
Both an actor and comedian, Willie Macc made his first professional stand-up comedy debut at the famous BB Kings at Universal Walk in Los Angeles on July 31, 2007. He continues to hone his comic skills by performing stand-up comedy routines in and around Los Angeles for both teen and adult audiences. A lover of sketch comedy in particular, he has developed a sketch comedy TV pilot with Barry Floyd (Tee Tee from BETs The Game) and Jonathan Kite (Oleg from Two Broke Girls)
Willie Macc cites Bernie Mac, Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy as his role models. He spells his name with two c's, so it would not be too confusing with Bernie Mac. But like Bernie Mac, Willie Macc aspires to one day have his own TV show.
Thea Camara discovered her passion for acting at an early age. However, she began to pursue her long time dream with vigor in 2008. Since that time, Thea has had the opportunity to perform in stage plays, commercials and on the big screen. Thea Camara has trained under the watchful eye of Tasha Smith from "Why did I get married I & II and attended TSAW in Atlanta several times. She has also attended Act One studios, Columbia College and Concordia University where she earn her degree. Thea has worked on various films including, Christopher Nolen's 72 Hours, Kimberly Conner's Before I do, Michael Lanus's The Hood, Kimberly Conner's Jump In, Lawrence Chamber's Letters, Kenya Renee's Deacons Choice, William Cochran's Englewood the Growing Pains in Chicago. Thea has also made several television appearances including Chicago Fire, Boss, and The Steve Harvey Show. She also landed an Illinois Lottery commercial. Thea developed a love for teaching while working in corporate America and studying her mentor Tasha Smith. She has taken what's she's learned and developed her own unique style. In addition, she helps prepare other young artists for auditions in theatre and film using the 12-Step Acting technique by Ivana Chubbuck. Because of the intense sales training via corporate American coupled with wonderful skilled acting coaches.
It may sound cliche, but Michael Burton was made for making music. Jackson, Mississippi native Michael Burton's musical gift was trained from an early age and honed through years of commitment. His mother was a singer with the Mississippi Mass Choir and his father a tenor saxophonist. In a home filled with music, he developed an affinity for soul and jazz. As a student in Jackson Public Schools, Burton took part in music programs offered at JPS's Academic and Performing Arts Complex (known as Power APAC) and after graduating from Murrah High School in 1996 he embarked on a journey to build on this musical legacy.
Since completing both bachelor's and master's degrees in Jazz Studies - under the tutelage of David Baker at Indiana University - Burton's legacy and musical career has flourished. He has toured with Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle, and Anita Baker as well as with New Edition, Johnta Austin, soul artist PJ Morton, and blues singer Willie Clayton. Burton has played keys and sax for the Tyler Perry stage productions Madea Goes To Jail, What's Done In The Dark, Why Did I Get Married, Hell Hath No Fury, The Haves and The Have Nots, Laugh To Keep From Crying, Madea's Big Happy Family, and A Madea Christmas. Burton has appeared in the Perry films Madea's Big Happy Family, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, The Family That Preys, and Madea's Family Reunion.
Burton has recorded with a long list of jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, gospel, and hip/hop artists including Lecrae, Polow Da Don, Ann Nesby, Jennifer Holliday, PJ Morton, Avery Sunshine, Marcus Johnson, The Mississippi Mass Choir, and many others. His soulful saxophone can also be heard on the Grammy Nominated "Love Has Finally Come At Last," by Calvin Richardson. Mike was also a featured soloist on Hidden Beach Recordings "Unwrapped Volume 5."
As if his performance credits weren't prolific enough, Burton's television and studio production work extends the list. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, TV One, BET Jazz, and performed alongside pianist Bobby Lyle on the popular show Studio Jams. Mike was in the house band for the 2013 - 2016 Trumpet Awards (which aired on Tone and Bounce TV), as well as seasons 6, 7, and 8 of BET's hit show Sunday Best. He was also in the house band for the 2011 Dove Awards, the 2015 UNCF honors (BET), and the 2015 McDonalds 365 Black Awards (BET). Michael frequently appeared on BET's The Mo'nique show as a member of the house band (Big Jim's Penthouse Playas). Burton has also written and/or produced songs for Alex Bugnon, Terrell Carter, Christian Keyes, Chandra Currelley, and Melvin Miller. Mike has released 3 independent projects, "Sojourn," "Soulful," and "The Producer." Most recently, Mike and a few of his musician friends put together the Good Times Brass Band, a horn driven band with a funky blend of New Orleans style second line and DC GoGo. They have one EP to their credit. Mike plays Cannonball Saxophones, Jody Jazz Mouthpieces, and he uses Reunion Blues Gig Bags.
|Sonya T. Evans
Born in Chicago, Sonya started at an early age in dance; teaching for the KC Friends of Alvin Ailey. Two years from her doctorate, she received a Masters from UNLV and a BFA from PVA&M University in Texas. After graduating, she hit the Vegas stage before returning home to star in such plays as "LoveChild" and "Forever My Darling." Later, she auditioned for Tyler Perry, who hired her on the spot. She would later go on to co-star in such plays as "Madea's Family Reunion," and "Why Did I Get Married." After studying at IOWest and nabbing the coveted 2011 NAACP Theater Award for "Best Leading Actress" for the role in "For Color Girls..." she went on to create the comedy web series "Involuntarily Single" that's festival bound -- and now our current project Break. This "show-stopper" has no intentions of stopping anytime soon. Next up: Sundance & selling an original TV show.
Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angles, Gina Carey, is a woman of many talents. Her soulful and yet angelic tone is unique, and can be easily identified in all of her recordings. Gina's soulful delivery, takes listeners back to the era where R&B and Soul music dominated the vast majority of the world.
Over the years, Gina Carey has made many accomplishments. She has recorded over 11 CD's. Her recordings include..." In His Time,(1996) Changes,( 2003)Tell Um,(2006) "My Journey",( 2008)Melodic"(2011) " Love Letters",(2012) " Love Letters 2", (2012) Live, Love & laugh,( 2012) "Gina Carey... The Songbird" (2013)"Funk Rhythm & Soul" ( 2014) "Gina Carey the Soul Singer" ( 2015)& "Can You Dig It" ( August 3, 2015) Additionally, Gina Carey is also the author & publisher of her own E Book and Audio book "The Unexpected"written and directed 4 Christian stage plays (The Ripple Effect, What Would You Do, The Spirit Killer & The Unexpected) produced her own web series, Tell My Story" and wrote, produced and directed a Full length indie feature film, The Unexpected The Movie in which she was the Writer, Producer, Executive Producer, Director and Camera Operator, Chief Lighting Technician, Creative Director, Art Director, Set Designer, Make-up Artist / Hairdresser, Costumer Designer and Supervisor over the entire feature. She is also the CEO and creator of her own independent record, entertainment companies, "Gico Music" and "Gina Carey Films".
With over 20 years of experience in the Entertainment business, Gina Carey is a Songwriter, Actress, Author, Music Producer & Screenwriter. Gina also owns her own indie film company, "Gina Carey Films". The first full length feature film released from her film company is a faith filled drama "The Unexpected". Gina is the writer, producer, executive producer, director and camera operator of her first full length indie film, "The Unexpected". "The Unexpected" is set to premier at the Camelot Theaters in February 22, 2016.
Gina began her professional recording career in 1996 with her first release "In His Time" selling over 10,000 copies nationwide. "In His Time" also received the #1 spot on the gospel charts in the UK. In 2006, Gina was nominated by the Black Music Academy Association of America in two categories: "Best Gospel Performer - Female" and "Gospel Rising Star". She performed at the event, held at the Cashman Theater, before a full house and won the "Las Vegas Black Music Awards 2006 Best Gospel Performer - Female" award. In 2007, she performed at the first Lee Bailey Eurweb Awards along with other celebrity guest Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get married" actor Tasha Smith, & Soul/ R&B singers Marva King & Shanice Wilson.
In 2008 BET J aired her "True Love" music video on the morning Cup show. On August 24, 2011, Melodic soared to the #1 Spot on the UK Top 30 soul Charts & on December 8, 2011 Gina Carey's CD " Melodic" was named one of the Top Albums of the year 2011. She was honored along with artist such as Jill Scott, Kindred, Eric Benet, Julie Dexter, Maysa and Brian Mc Knight. Her CD's "Love Letters" & Love Letters 2 both entered the top 30 UK Soul Charts as well. In in July 2015 Gina Carey entered the Solar Radio Charts, The UK Soul Charts & The " Breaking Artist Top 20 Independent Chart Show UK" twice with her singles " In Love With Love & You Take". On July 31, 2015 Gina Carey was chosen Album of the Week by Groove Finders UK Gina's CD " can You Dig it" was also chosen album of the week by Sound Fusion Radio UK and Zap!Fm Soul Grooves . On Dec. 12, 2015 her song " Funkalicious" was named his song of the year by a DJ on Solar Radio in the UK. and Can You Dig it was named in the Top 15 favorites by 3 UK Radio Dj's.
On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Gina Carey won the Rising Stars of the Desert 2012 Music Video Competition and was awarded the Marker Broadcasting 2012 Jazz Music artist Award. This prestigious award was presented to Gina Carey at the Marker Broadcasting's Inaugural in the Fantasy Springs Casino Lit Lounge in Indio California. Gina Carey was the first winner of the "Rising Stars of the Desert Music Video competition". On October 4, 2014, Gina Carey won "Best Female Soul, Pop Artist/Track" for a song she both wrote and produced called, "Beautiful Music". This prestigious award was presented to her by GHP Radio (GHP Virtual Music Awards) on Sunday June 17, 2015 Gina Carey won a CV Music Award for " Best Contemporary Artist" Award. She was nominated in categories.
Gina has performed all over the United States and has shared the stage with many well-known and established celebrities including 70 funk band Rose Royce, Smooth Jazz Artist Michael Paulo, Gospel Recording artist J Moss and many others. Just recently Gina Carey performed in front of June Kuramoto from the 2 time Grammy award nominees Hiroshima and Trini Lopez. Gina Carey... Is being applauded by audiences worldwide. 1990 -2011 ,1996 - In His Time ,2003 - Changes ,2006- Tell Um ,2008 - My Journey , 2011 - Melodic , Feb. 14, 2012 - Love Letters , May 24, 2012 ' Love Letters 2 (Digital) , September 4, 2012 - "Live, Love & Laugh" (Digital) January 31, 2013 "Gina Carey The Songbird" ,September 28, 2013 "Funk Rhythm & Soul" .Feb. 10, 2015 "Gina Carey The Soul Singer", August 3, 2015 " Can You Dig It" ( Album),
Filmography , Composer (1 credit) 2015 The Disillusion of Pretty Butterflies (Short) (filming) , 2016 The Unexpected The Movie (Writer , Director, Producer, Executive Producer, Editor, Camera Operator, Set Designer, Music Director, Lighting, Costume/wardrobe & make-up) Plays (The Ripple Effect) (Writer, Composer, Producer, Director) 2004 What Would You Do , Writer, Composer, Producer, Director) 2011 , The Unexpected ,(Writer, Composer, Producer, Director) 2013 , The Spirit Killer , (Writer, Producer, Director) 2015 , Books , The Unexpected (Sam's Story) Short Story (E Book) , (Author & Publisher) 2014 , The Unexpected (Sam's Story) Audio Book , (Author & Publisher) 2014
|Peter James Iengo
Peter James Iengo has over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Peter has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Five Towns College in film-making, and worked in production during high school earning a student Emmy award at 17 years of age. He has spent these past 10 years, directing many award winning films, including an award winning (2009 Staten Island Film Festival Best Picture winner), and distributed feature film (released on home video by SKD Media) "Partners." Peter has directed, and produced many professional productions, both on set, and in back office. His experience includes teaching film for two years at Five Towns College, Directing and Producing a short film selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. 1st AD, and Line producing for a full season (22 episodes) of the web series produced by Asyourare Films released in Japan&America "The Eye of Hours." Peter has Produced, and Directed three national commercials produced by C Street Films for Omari Corporation. He Produced the film Lillian for Magnolia Rain Pictures LLC which was an official selection in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. As of 2014 Peter Produced (executive duties, and line producing duties) two feature films Cassanova Was A Woman (Fuacata Films) starring international soap star Zully Montero, and American star Jessica Blank, and Where Hearts Lie (Kingsmen Films) starring Clifton Powell (Ray) and Milak Yoba(Why did I get Married 1&2, NY Undercover). Among his work he has worked in production for ABC, 20th Century Fox, HBO, and commercial advertisement film/TV shoots.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a degree in broadcast journalism, Steve Cubine began his career in the art department working on such projects as Universal's "Mercury Rising," the NBC's TV series "Players" and FOX's TV series "Get Real," with Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg.
In 2010, Cubine began pre-production on the feature film "Leslie," based on the novel by Omar Tyree, and just finish work as co-producer and line producer on the Ten-Four Pictures dark comedy "Lucky," starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret, Jeffrey Tambor and Mimi Rogers.
Cubine's past productions as producer include Miramax's feature film "Our Very Own," starring Allison Janney, Cheryl Hines, Jason Ritter, Keith Carradine. "Our Very Own" received a 2005 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Allison Janney, and went on to win festival awards at the Sarasota Film Festival, Blue Grass International Film Festival, and Rome International Film Festival.
Cubine also produced the feature films "State Of Mind," the debut film of writer/director Yvette Plummer, "Chloe's Prayer," starring Cameron Daddo and Marsha Hunt, "Nite Tales," a psychological thriller starring Gary Busey, "I Do...I Did," a romantic comedy, and the thriller "Chain Letter," starring Keith David, Bai Ling and Nikki Reed. He served as an Associate Producer on "Sordid Lives," a comedy written and directed by renowned playwright Del Shores and starring Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke and Olivia Newton-John. In addition to his producing duties, Cubine also returned to his roots, serving as Production Designer. "Sordid Lives" was a major success on the film festival circuit that has gained cult film status and will soon be seen as a TV series on Logo-TV.
Cubine has worked for Lionsgate Entertainment on films scuh as "Employee Of The Month," starring Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook, "Why Did I Get Married," starring Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, and Sharon Leal, and "Meet The Browns," starring Angela Bassett and Rick Fox, and The Family That Preys, starring Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, and Robin Givens.
Cubine is also a writer. His first novel, "Walking On Electric Air," was published in February of 2010.
Phrederic Semaj is a native of San Diego, California. He has trained with instructors such as; Larry B. Scott (Revenge of the Nerds), Chris Barnes (ABC's Life with Bonnie), Tasha Smith ("Tyler's Perry; For Better or Worse" and "Why Did I Get Married"). After a few years of studies, Phrederic was cast in the nominated play "To Kill A Mockingbird", which led to him winning the Inland Theater League Award for Best Actor. After some television appearances, Phrederic landed the lead role for the HBO short, "Let's Love Hate", which was directed and written by famed actor Shia LeBeouf (Transformers, Indiana Jones and Wall Street). In 2014, Phrederic was cast as the lead in the controversial play "The Good Negro" which was based on the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight to end segregation in the South. This opportunity got him nominated "Best-Lead Male" for The NAACP Theatre Awards and rave reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Backstage West, and LA Weekly. A firm believer in "Work Begets Work", Phrederic Semaj first leading role in a film was an Official Selection of the 2014 Cannes Short Film Corner in France. While this year he was voted one of the Top 10 Plays in LA by Stage Raw for his leading role in Michael Phillip Edward's "Blood" Phrederic Semaj isn't just another face showing his versatility on film, television and stage. His plan is to continue to grow and develop his craft and he thanks God for the opportunity to share his talents with the World.
Eric K. word Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the heart of Atlanta ,GA Eric was all too familiar growing up in the arts with New York's rich history of prominent entertainers and world-renowned legends. Eric would soon find it within his blood only a few years later to do what new yorkers know best and "bring it" to the stage. Discovered early amongst family and friends, Eric was a "natural talent" and began performing in front large audiences at age 10. Spending 10 years training with the largely recognized By entertainers and other local agencies. It wasn't before long when Eric would decide to make acting and performing a career. Performing all the way through high school and college, Eric graduated from Chat Tech., receiving a associate in criminal justice Continuously traveling and commanding an established working presence, Eric has impressively managed to accrue a very extensive resume and training. Many of the roles which some may have recognized on stage include "Why Did I Not Get Married?", "Yo' Mama", The lottery. With 5 years of training and industry experience, Eric continues to make strides towards becoming Hollywood's next breakthrough superstar. Accrediting many influences such as Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dave Chappell , Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon, Robert De Niro as apart of his inspiration and still awaiting his time amongst the great. Eric passion for acting and performing has remained relentless until he deems success. As a member of Gathering of champions church Int. and a dedicated mentor towards servicing the youth and community, Eric Williams is and will remain the next dynamic actor/performer to command Hollywood's honorable mention.
|Porter Versfelt III
Porter Versfelt III is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas.
After spending his teen years as an "oil patch brat" in Europe and the Middle East, and a nomadic early professional life, Porter L. Versfelt III chose Georgia as his adopted home state in 1994.
He has worked as an Atlanta-based freelance producer, director, journalist, script writer and television cameraman for such organizations as Lifetime, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Films, DreamWorks, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Universal Pictures, Georgia Public Broadcasting / PeachStar, E!, the Food Network, ABC News, NBC News, CNN International and the United States Geological Survey.
Recent projects include ... Shooting EPK's and behind-the-scenes making-of documentaries and DVD special features for many motion pictures and multiple network TV dramas. This also includes work as a Field Producer / Director of broadcast promotions for Drop Dead Diva, Field Producer of EPK for Stomp The Yard, among other projects.
Porter Versfelt III an experienced reality TV camera operator (both unscripted and scripted) with many years of production credits including:
Dinner Impossible (Food Network)
The System (Court TV)
NASCAR Angels (ABC)
Celebrity Fit Club (VH1)
Naked Cannes (E! International)
Encounters With The Unexplained (Total Living Network)
Entertainment Tonight (CBS)
Guinness World Records Primetime (Fox)
Tough Target (Fox)
Porter Versfelt's motion picture EPK / DVD Special Features / behind-the-scenes credits include movies such as:
Contagion (Universal Pictures) Wanderlust (Universal Pictures) Life As We Know It (Warner Brothers) Due Date (Warner Brothers) Why Did I Get Married Too (Lionsgate Films) I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Lionsgate Films) Preacher's Kid (Warner Brothers) Notorious (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Madea Goes To Jail (Lionsgate Films) The Family That Preys (Lionsgate Films) Meet the Browns (Lionsgate Films) Daddy's Little Girls (Lionsgate Films) Madea's Family Reunion (Lionsgate Films) Stomp the Yard (Sony Pictures) Shark Tale (Dreamworks)
My network television reality TV / behind-the-scenes credits include such network TV prime time series as:
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
Vampire Diaries (CW / Tribune)
Past Life (Fox)
Porter has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1975, getting his start in Boston while attending Northeastern University. In 1976 he won a national reporting award from Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) for his radio coverage of court-ordered Boston public school desegregation.
After completing his journalism training at the University of Missouri - Columbia, Porter worked for five television stations in the mid-west, Texas and Florida as an on-air reporter/photographer, winning a variety of awards along the way. Porter also worked variously as a Chief Photographer, Consumer Reporter and Police Reporter.
From 1984 - 1990 Porter worked as a freelance producer, director, scriptwriter and cameraman in Miami for a wide variety of clients such as NBC and ABC News, ABC and NBC sports, and many advertising and public relations agencies, Fortune 500 corporations and international TV networks.
In 1990, Porter created the concept and pilot for the national PBS do-it-yourself series "Building The American Dream", later joining the regional PBS network (WPSX-TV / PennArama / iTV) operated by the Pennsylvania State University, where he produced many regional and national educational, documentary and public affairs programs.
Porter's interests include organic herb and vegetable gardening, carpentry, home DIY projects, reading, cooking, weather and earth science, collecting old books and travel. His favorite TV networks are The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Food Network, SciFi Channel, HGTV, Fox News, CNN and PBS. His favorite PBS programs are This Old House, Victory Garden and NOVA. He enjoys any television program dealing with history, adventure, space, science fiction, DIY, gardening, food and cooking.
Porter is married to Angela, a public school teacher and lives in an Atlanta, Georgia suburb.
|Dee Kelly Barrett
Dee Kelly Barrett was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Samuel and Barbara Kelly. Dee grew up in the Silverton area of Cincinnati. Dee studied Business Administration in Management at North Carolina A & T State University. After 28 years working in Corporate and County Government and while still working with County Government, in 2006, she signed with Katalyst, LLC to represent her. In 2010 she moved to Los Angeles to study with Ivana Chubbuck. She worked on many films like Get Low, The Crazies, The Blindside, Why Did I Get Married Too, Red and Middle of Nowhere. Also, a true story documentary of the Deborah "Tripp Peagler story in Crime After Crime... Recently, Dee has become the Creator and Executive Producer of her first TV Comedy Sitcom Pilot called Mason 2 Mason.
|Henry Jones III
Mr. Jones has spent several years managing and shaping the careers of singers and actors. He has had two recording acts signed and at one point worked as President for a production company owned by Richard T. Jones (The Wood, Why Did I Get Married, The Sarah Conner Chronicles and Judging Amy). He started Profround Entetainment with the understanding that if he could surround himself with the business-minded individuals who shared his passion and love for entertainment success would follow.
Diamantina Browdy was born in Chattanooga, TN, but raised in Houston, Texas. Every since the young age of 3, she knew then that she wanted to be on stage. She started performing at church and her local middle and high school talent shows, singing before her peers. It wasn't until about 6 years ago, she realized her passion for the theatre; so she thought why not combine the two, her love for singing with acting. Diamantina's 1st performance was,"1940's Radio Hour", she didn't stop there, she then went on to perform in such shows as Smokey Joe's Café, For Colored Girls, Speakeasy, Father Can You Hear Me, Fox Tales, I Don't Mean To Gossip, Confession's of A Preacher's Wife at the Wortham Theatre, The Bride Groom Cometh, Secrets, a Murder Mystery, The Church Meeting, The Other Side of Me, Drama, Lies, and Deceit, My Life on Earth Expired,Just a Few Feet Away, Obsidian Art Space Theatre, and many others. Diamantina also got the opportunity to work on a real live movie set with the talented Mr. TylerPerry as an extra in Why Did I Get Married Too.
Robert Michael Thomas, known as R. Michael Thomas throughout the music industry, is a force to be reckoned with. Since the tender age of 14, R. Michael has been tapping into his entrepreneurial spirit and using his passion for music to guide him into an outstanding career.
During his high school years, he began promoting concerts and working on the renowned music row in Nashville, which eventually opened doors to his career as a music supervisor. Refusing to be confined to a box, like so many others in this business, Thomas is infiltrating the industry in every way he can. In addition to music supervisor, his many titles include actor, background singer, drummer, writer, and manager.
Over the course of seven years he has served as music supervisor and consultant for nearly ten films including, Matthew A. Cherry's "The Last Fall" and Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?". R. Michael is not only tapped into the film industry but understands the importance of where entertainment is headed and has been affiliated with the hit web series', "The Choir" and "Twenties," by producers Issa Rae and Lena Waithe. Being able to appropriately soundtrack a body of work is something few have a knack for, yet Thomas continuously proves that his work is here to stay. His path has led him to working for the powerhouse publishing companies BMG, Universal, and Imagem where he did placements for countless commercials, movies, and independent projects.
Since graduating from the elite University of Southern California, R. Michael Thomas has put his music industry degree to use by managing a plethora of talent including Liv Warfield, the successful protégée of the artist known best as Prince, and gospel artists Jamelle Jones & FREED and the Concrete Evangelists. Not only do Thomas' talents surpass pushing his own achievements but he is dedicated and experienced enough to do the same for others.
In 2006, R. Michael penned a comedic viral petition about songstress Beyonce Knowles which lead to a feature in the illustrious Vogue Magazine and opened his eyes to another place to use a talent of his; blogging. He is now the owner and driving force behind the popular music blog, Tha Feedback. The success of the site has allowed for R. Michael to serve as a contributor to other notable publications such as VIBE, NecoleBitchie.com, E! Entertainment, BBC Television, and Amalgamation. He is continuing to further branch out in his career as he will be starring in his first feature film this coming fall, "The Family Exchange" and landed a national commercial with Nissan. As you can see R. Michael is working, doing his absolute best to make both of his late parents proud. Still young, he is geared up to great things.
You can find Thomas on every social media platform under the moniker, @RMichaelThomas.