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#GrammyWeekend: Toyota Hosts An Extravagant Grammy Dinner featuring Singer Ledisi & more

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During a star-studded weekend when major achievements in the music industry were celebrated on the biggest stage, Toyota spotlighted groundbreaking artists, Victory Boyd, and Grammy-nominated singer, Ledisi, during an evening of acoustic performances. Additionally, students from the Harlem School of the Arts, which classically trains young musicians on strings, piano, guitar and more, opened the night by performing popular songs from some of today’s hottest R&B and hip-hop artists.

“Toyota is a champion of new music discovery and we are dedicated to enabling people to find emerging artists”, says Mia Phillips, National Manager- Brand Marketing Strategy for Toyota. “From Victory being discovered in Central Park to the wonderful youth musicians from Harlem School of the Arts, you never know where the next superstar will be found, and hopefully, when they are, people will remember Toyota was the first to show love to that person.”

Joining Toyota on this unique musical journey was chef Danielle Saunders, the “hip-hop” chef who has created and curated cuisine for the who’s who of the music industry as well as visual artist, Max Sansing, whose work was recently featured at the Scope Art Fair during 2017 Miami Art Week. Sansing created a one-of-a-kind art piece, which celebrated the Toyota Music logo and platform. A behind-the-scenes video from Sansing’s creation can be seen on the Toyota Showcase Facebook page.

During the event, guests were introduced to Victory Boyd, an up-and-coming “soulful folk” singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist signed to Roc Nation. The Michigan native moved the crowd with a rousing rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky”, to which the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Following Boyd’s stirring performance, Ledisi sang a string of her hits, including” All The Way”, her Grammy-nominated song for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

“It’s so important for an artist like myself to be exposed to influencers and industry peers,” says Boyd. “It’s great that Toyota sees the significance of putting a spotlight on emerging artists by giving us a platform to share our music.”

Additionally, Toyota presented faculty from the Harlem School of the Arts with a $10,000 donation, to go towards the organization’s HSA Prep program. This highly-selective, pre-professional scholarship program, geared towards students ages 12 to 18 years old, focuses on advanced-level arts training in music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Nearly 100% of graduates from this program go on to attend prestigious colleges, universities and conservatories across the country.

“Toyota has long been a proud supporter of music education,” says Phillips. “From partnerships with VH1’s Save The Music to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, we are pleased to have the Harlem School of the Arts join the fold as one of the phenomenal organizations we support, further helping expand and spread the importance of music education to future generations.”

As a champion of new music discovery, this event is one of many Toyota produces across the country, in support of the brand’s Toyota Music platform. The Toyota Music platform shines a spotlight on emerging artists from various genres including hip-hop, R&B, and rock, to the masses.

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#GrammyWeekend: 7th Annual Pre-GRAMMYR Awards Managers’ Brunch Event

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In New York, on Saturday, January 27th Michael “Blue” Williams and Family Tree Entertainment hosted the 7th Annual Pre-GRAMMY® Awards Managers’ Brunch honoring hip-hop game changer and manager of Cardi B, Shaft (KSR Group). Mona Scott-Young, Killer Mike, MAJOR, Mali Music and Rodney Jerkins were among those in attendance at the star-studded event.

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#GrammyWeekend: BMI’s ‘How I Wrote That Song’


On Saturday, February 11 Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI®) celebrated the 10th anniversary of How I Wrote That Song® at 1 Oak Los Angeles. The popular pre-GRAMMY event, sponsored by Swisher Sweets, brought together some of the hottest hitmakers in the industry. DJ’d by Mannie Fresh and moderated by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, this year’s panel featured rap superstar Fat Joe, GRAMMY Award-winning music producer Alex Da Kid, country songwriting sensation Dallas Davidson and prolific singer-songwriter Lauren Christy.


Fans had the chance to listen as the panelists discussed everything from their creative process and biggest inspirations to collaborating with artists and producers of different genres. Alex Da Kid talked about his work with Imagine Dragons on the smash hit “Demons” and X Ambassadors on the catchy single “Renegades,” which peaked in the top ten in ten countries. Lauren Christy discussed her work on Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” and Iggy Azalea’s “Team” before treating the audience to a performance of “Complicated,” her hit song with Avril Lavigne. Dallas Davidson also got in on the action with an acoustic version of the number one single “Gimmie That Girl” written by his songwriting team, The Peach Pickers and recorded by country singer Joe Nichols. Davidson also opened up about collaborating with Blake Shelton on “Boys ‘Round Here” and penning Lady Antebellum’s “Just A Kiss,” which debuted and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Fat Joe kept the crowd entertained with witty insight on working with producer Scott Storch on his smash hit and first number one record, “Lean Back” and also spoke about the making of the GRAMMY-nominated single, “All The Way Up.”

For ten years BMI’s How I Wrote That Song ® has provided aspiring songwriters with the unique opportunity to learn about the art of songwriting, producing and performing straight from the industry’s hottest GRAMMY-nominated and award-winning artists.Previous participants have included Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Nas,, RedOne, Zac Brown, Cee Lo Green, B.o.B, Kara DioGuardi, Seal, Luke Laird, Claude Kelly, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Wilson, Common, Colbie Caillat, Linda Perry, Salaam Remi, Rev Run, RZA, The Madden Brothers and more.

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BJ The Chicago Kid – “Roses” [New Music]

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The three-time Grammy nominated artist BJ The Chicago releases a new soothing tune just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Roses” adds to the love-filled day expounding on the color of red and a love interest that just keeps him going, as she plays with his hair, he says.

BJ also took the time out to congratulate his fellow Grammy Nominees and now Winners, Solange who snagged the award for Best R&B Performance of “Cranes In The Sky”, Lalah Hathaway who won two awards for Best R&B Album, Lalah Hathaway Live LP, and Best R&B Performance of the Anita Baker classic, “Angel.”

The Chicago Kid will now be adding to his music resume as he will be producing music for FOX‘s new drama Shots Fired starring Mack Wilds, Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James and more.

The series is set to debut on March 22 At 8/7c.

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#GrammyWeekend: Celebrities Attend Essence’s Black Women In Music Gala Presented by Lincoln Motor Company

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The Lincoln Motor Company returned this year as an exclusive automotive sponsor for ESSENCE’s eighth annual Black Women in Music event held last night in Los Angeles. 2017 marks the eighth consecutive year Lincoln has been an elite patron for the event.

This year’s event celebrated nominees from the biggest night in music, along with singer/songwriter Erykah Badu on the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album Baduizm.

Award-winning singer/songwriter Estelle joined Lincoln on stage as part of the festivities to premiere her feature in Lincoln’s ongoing First Listen series. The latest feature, available for viewing on Lincoln Now, previews Estelle’s latest track, “Be in Luv,” from behind the wheel of the all-new Lincoln Continental.

Nigerian singer-songwriter, actress, and Roc Nation‘s very own Tiwa Savage also performed live as an opening act just before Erykah hit the stage.

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“This is a big week for Lincoln as it relates to music,” said Raj Register, multicultural communications manager, Lincoln. “From celebrating women at events like Black Women in Music, to debuting Estelle’s First Listen piece, to premiering Gary Clark Jr.’s new Continental commercial, it’s clear music drives us.”


Celebrities that hit the Black Carpet were: the cast of BET’s New Edition mini-series (Luke James, Keith Powers & Woody McClain), Mya, Remy Ma, Lil Mama, Billboard‘s Bozoma Saint John, Diana Gordon aka Wynter Gordon, Gabrielle Dennis, Chloe x Halle, Faith Evans, Serayah McNeil, Simone Missick, Mario, Master P & his daughter Cymphonique, Tasha Smith and many more. shared the red carpet with the all-new Continental and Lincoln MKZ.


Erykah Badu To Be Honored at Essence’s 8th Annual ‘Black Women In Music’ 2017


Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will host its highly anticipated 8th annual “Black Women in Music”—an official GRAMMY Week event—on Thursday, February 9, in Los Angeles. The invitation-only soiree will salute the year’s extraordinary GRAMMY nominees and fête four-time GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu on the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album, “Baduizm.” The evening will also feature a performance by Roc Nation management artist Tiwa Savage, an award-winning Nigerian singer-songwriter making an indelible impact in the U.S.

“From the time that she first hit the scene with her album ‘Baduizm,’ we all fell in love with the genius that is Erykah Badu. It is only fitting that we honor the accomplishments of our neo-soul queen, whose remarkable artistry still moves us 20 years later,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We congratulate Erykah on her incredible career, as well as all of this year’s GRAMMY nominees, who share their amazing gifts with the world.”

“Our collaboration with The Recording Academy® underscores the mission of our ‘Black Women in Music’ platform,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Essence, like the GRAMMYs, has always been at the forefront of recognizing the genius of so many artists and influencers—from iconic legends to the next generation’s rising stars, like Tiwa Savage. We also applaud our event sponsor, Lincoln, for returning once again to support the vision of this event.”

“We’re closely aligned with the inspiration behind the ‘Black Women in Music’ event that helps bring a highly talented group of artists together through the power of music,” said Evan Greene, chief marketing officer of The Recording Academy. “The Recording Academy has always strived to recognize and celebrate diversity within the music industry.”

Established in 2010, ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ has heralded the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during GRAMMY week. Previous celebrants include GRAMMY Award winners Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monáe, GRAMMY Award nominees Solange and Andra Day, as well as music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone and singer/songwriters Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sandé.

The 2017 ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ event is sponsored by Lincoln. Stay tuned to for highlights and behind-the-scenes access. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram@essence #BlackWomeninMusic. Join in the discussion on Facebook.


Grammy Nominated Singer Ro James To Embark On His Own ‘XIX’ Tour


On the heels of receiving his first ever Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance for his hit single, “Permission,” ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records recording artist Ro James announces his headlining XIX Tour. The 23-city tour will kick off on February 3, 2017, stopping in major cities across the US including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and more. On February 14th, James will perform a special Valentine’s Day show in Detroit with Joe, Chrisette and Vivan Greene. Tickets and VIP packages will be available for purchase at 10 am local time on Friday, December 16, 2016 at

After touring with Maxwell and Mary J. Blige on their King + Queen of Hearts World Tour this fall, the ‘XIX’ tour comes in support of James’ debut album, ELDORADO. The album features Ro’s sultry hit single, “Permission,” which held the #1 spot on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Songs chart for 9 weeks and is described by Complex as a “…lustily, respectfully intimate jam.” Solange’s Saint Heron declares, “[‘Permission’] captures the fervent tenacity of Ro’s voice, while still captivating listeners with its undemanding sex appeal to create a sound that is easily winsome.” The track was also included on Billboards “10 Best R&B Songs of 2016: Critic’s Picks.”

James also recently stopped by the NPR offices to deliver a powerful and soulful performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. James performed his sultry “Permission,” his second single “Already Knew That” and “A.D.I.D.A.S,” from ELDORADO which NPR describes as “… a hazy ride that explores love, lust and other vices without the lovey-dovey clichés. The album always feels current, even as his slick wordplay and acoustic vibe could easily slide it into a ’70s or ’90s hit list.” Last month, James delivered an upbeat and exciting performance of “Already Knew That and “Permission” on the 2016 Soul Train Awards, where he also received a nomination for Best New Artist. Ro James is also nominated for a 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.

“XIX” Headlining Tour Dates:

February 3rd           Portland, OR                       Star Theater

February 4th        Seattle, WA                        Columbia City Theater

February 6th        Oakland, CA                        The New Parish

February 7th        Sacramento, CA                 Harlow’s

February 9th        Santa Ana, CA                     The Constellation Room @ The Observatory

February 13th      Los Angeles, CA                  The Roxy

February 14th      Detroit, MI                          Fox Theatre w/ Joe, Chrisette and Vivian Greene

February 15th      Houston, TX                        Studio @ Warehouse Live

February 16th      Dallas, TX                             South Side Music Hall

February 19th      Nashville, TN                       Basement East

February 22nd     Baton Rouge, LA                 The Varsity Theatre

February 23rd      Birmingham, AL                  Workplay Theatre

February 24th      Atlanta, GA                          Vinyl

February 25th      Raleigh, NC                          The Pour House Music Hall

February 26th      Philadelphia, PA                 The Foundry

February 28th      New York, NY                      Highline Ballroom

March 2nd            Washington, D.C.               The Howard Theatre

March 3rd            Baltimore, MD                     Soundstage

March 5th            Cambridge, MA                    The Middle East

March 7th            Toronto, ON                         Mod Club Theatre

March 8th            Cleveland, OH                      The Cambridge Room @ HOB

March 9th             Chicago, IL                                The Promontory

March 10th          Kansas City, MO                  Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino

March 11th           Memphis, TN                          1884 Lounge


B.Slade Debuts Short Film feat. Yummy Bingham For “I’m Done”

B. Slade premieres his latest short film for the populated hit song “I’m Done” featuring singer/songwriter Yummy Bingham. The Short was conceived, written, directed & edited by Slade himself with the help of director Naoepix.

In the film, the duo displays the uncertain circumstances within a relationship as the couple may never come to a complete understanding, as emotions, disagreements, money and more comes into play; ending on what may be a sour note.

Watch the full clip above.


BJ The Chicago Kid Celebrates Grammy Noms With “Uncle Marvin” [New Music]

After receiving 3 Grammy nominations recently, critically acclaimed musician BJ The Chicago Kid returns with his new track entitled “Uncle Marvin” featuring the legendary Marvin Gaye. The track features a sample from Marvin Gaye’s “Cleo’s Apartment” as BJ soulfully thanks his woman for loving him unconditionally.

“Uncle Marvin” concludes what has been a phenomenal 2016 for the R&B/Soul artist that saw the release of his debut album In My Mind, which was praised by such outlets as The New York Times, Stuff Fly People Like, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Los Angeles Times and The FADER among others. In addition to having his songs featured in shows such as HBO‘s Insecure, ABC‘s Quantico and ESPN. The recent announcement of the Grammy nominations saw BJ receive 3 nods including Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance.

Congrats BJ!


Fly Interview: Hip-Hop Duo Audio Push Talks ‘The Stone Junction’ EP, Gun Violence, Style & more with SFPL TV

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Audio Push are the most respected duo in the music industry. If you don’t remember them, Audio first jumped on the scene with their mainstream hit single “Teach Me How To Jerk” back in 2009. Producing tracks for the likes of Brandy, Hit-Boy plus more, the fellas discussed their very own music The Stone Junction EP (out now). AP also touched on a few other subjects like the Grammys, making music for other artists, the San Bernardino terrorist attack and their close relation to one of the shooters, fashion, racism, gun violence and more.

Check out the full interview above.

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