Tasha Cobbs Ministries (TCM) hosted an uplifting evening of worship at Atlanta’s Suite Food Lounge benefiting families in need of medical supplies located in Haiti. Joining Tasha for the night of worship included, special guest artists Kirk Franklin, James Fortune, VaShawn Mitchell, Isaac Carree, Anthony Brown, Jonathan McReynolds, Bishop William Murphy, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Jimi Cravity, Todd Galberth and DJ Dex.
VIP’s in attendance included Catherine Brewton (“BMI”), Damita Chandler, Y’Anna Crawley (“BET Sunday Best”), Marlo Hampton (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), 1K Phew and more. Sirius XM’s DJ Dex kept the spirit moving before and after the concert using his unique musical style on the turntables. Atlanta’s inspiration station PRAISE 102.5fm was on site to show support to for great cause. 100% of all donations were donated to Project Medishare (http://projectmedishare.org).
Photo Credit: Paras Griffin, Michael Walker/Umeek Images/LA Fonda S.
Relevé Entertainment, in conjunction with Walgreens and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, hosted the eighth Annual Merge Summit from August 25-27, 2016 at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Merge Summit (Founder-Dr. Holly Carter; Co-Founder and Co-Chairwoman-Robi Reed; Chairwoman-Traci Blackwell) is a unique event created to inspire synergy with faith based and entertainment industry leaders to educate, uplift, and encourage attendees to aspire towards their professional and personal goals. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Infinite Possibilities” as a way to allow the Summit to serve as a proper launch pad to propel attendees into their vision.
The weekend opened with a formal opening Gala acknowledging the outstanding accomplishments of Senior Vice President of Prudential Financial-Dorinda Walker, ESSENCE Magazine Editor At Large-Mikki Taylor, founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC)-Dr. Bill Winston and Emmy Award Nominated Actor-Courtney B. Vance. This evening was hosted by celebrated actress/comedian/TV personality- Sherri Shepherd and featured performances by Jonathan McReynolds and Ezekiel (The Poet).
Nearly 60 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives led more than 20 interactive panel discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions covering music, television, film, creative development, branding and new media.
The Merge Summit’s featured participants included: Hit Fox TV Show Empire Co-Stars, Trai Byers and GraceGealey; Tina Knowles Lawson, Actor-Richard Lawson, Multi-Platinum GRAMMY Award Winning Singer/TV Personality-Michelle Williams; GRAMMY Award Winning Universal Motown Gospel Recording Artist-Tasha Cobbs; Monami Entertainment CEO-Mona Scott Young; Director, Supplier Diversity, Walgreen Co.-Rona Fourte; Blockbuster Producer (X-Men, Wolverine, and Fantastic Four), Ralph Winter; CEO, Liquid Soul-Tirrell Whittley, Co-Chairman of de Passe Jones Entertainment –Suzanne de Passe; EMMY nominated and Peabody Award Winning Motion picture and television producer and owner of Martin Chase Productions –Debra Martin Chase; Vice President Of Talent & Casting for Original Programming at BET Networks-Robi Reed; Head Of Talent and Casting for ABC-Ayo Davis; Walt Disney Studios Executive Vice President, Production, Tendo Nagenda; President of Studio Lambert-Greg Goldman; Film Producer and President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment-DeVon Franklin; President, Producers Guild of America CEO of Revelations Entertainment- Lori McCreary; Senior Director Of Development for BET Networks-Tamara Gregory; Film Producer/CEO, 1019 Entertainment-Ralph Winter; Casting Director/Producer (Empire, The Butler)-Leah Daniels-Butler; Head Of Television for Will Packer Productions-Korin Huggins; Revolt TV’s Head Of Programming-Kelly G; Vice President Of Talent Development & Inclusion-Disney/ABC- Tim McNeal; GRAMMY Nominated Producer-Harmony Samuels; Actresses: Meagan Good Franklin, LisaRaye McCoy, Brely Evans,Essence Atkins, Edwina Findley-Dickerson, Salli Richardson Whitfield; Actors: Larenz Tate, Dondré Whitfield,John David Washington, Sinqua Walls, Cornelius Smith; Spiritual Leaders: Dr. Cindy Trimm, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Dr. DeForest Soaries, Cindy Trimm, Shawn Bolz, Pastor Mark Baker;AuthorSophia Nelsonand many others.
As The Merge Summit intentionally believes in a holistic approach, guests were also treated to massages and relaxation techniques at The Wellness® Lounge.
In addition to the educational panel experience, attendees were invited to participate in entertainment based events, including a faith based comedy show, CHURCH OF LAUGH LIVE hosted by actor/comedian Jonathan Slocumb, The Playmakers and NotKarlton Banks and the FREE-PHYER XPerience Concert featuring Kierra Sheard.
As an added incentive for Platinum Level guests, the Merge Summit included an exclusive screening of The Birth Of A Nation, featuring a surprise post-screening Q&A with the film’s lead actor and director, Nate Parker, and TV personality/journalist, Jawn Murray.
“I wanted people to believe that this year’s summit was designed with them in mind to achieve the infinite possibilities that awaited them. From the personal testimonies, the feedback and word of mouth, I think the mission was accomplished. I feel humbled as this was God’s doing and it’s marvelous in my sight,” says Dr. Holly Carter.
Acclaimed Dove and Stellar Award-nominated recording artist Jonathan McReynolds makes a splash with his latest release, Life Music: Stage Two, available online and in-stores today, September 18, 2015, along with an album release celebration in Chicago! Receiving early acclaim from the moment McReynolds released his new album’s first single “Gotta Have You” earlier this year, fans have eagerly embraced his highly-anticipated sophomore album and live performances, with the album making a #1 debut on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Christian Music chart!
Marking McReynolds’ ongoing evolution in his wide-ranging talents as a singer-songwriter, Life Music: Stage Two continues to defy expectations in inspirational music and exploring faith in everyday life. Painting a contemporary palette of sounds that encompasses R&B to gospel, soul and pop, Life Music: Stage Twofeatures 13 tracks that include the latest single “Whole” (feat. India.Arie), “Pressure,” “Maintain” (feat. Chantae Cann), “All Things High” (feat. Israel Houghton), “Limp,” “Stay High” (feat. Derek Minor), and more, with the album also available in a Walmart exclusive CD containing 2 bonus tracks.
Jonathan McReynolds continues to maintain a busy schedule touring across the country, including recent appearances on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, The Nightly Spirit with Willie Moore Jr., and a live performance on WGN Morning News in Chicago. He kicks off the new album’s release with a Life Music: Stage Two Birthday Bash & Album Release Concert celebration in his native Chicago on September 18th, performing with a host of special guests that include India.Arie, Israel Houghton, Travis Greene, Chantae Cann, with the event hosted by Jermaine Dolly at Fellowship Chicago.
McReynolds’ upcoming appearances include SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul and Praise channels, TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin (September 29th), performances in New York and Washington DC opening for acclaimed songstress Lalah Hathaway, and performing on the Poets in Autumn Tour, as well as additional touring throughout the rest of this year hitting Oklahoma, Illinois, Virginia, Canada, and Norway. Fans can also follow McReynolds on Apple Music, to be one of the first to see a new video for the song “Stay High” on September 28th.
Catch Jonathan McReynolds’ live performance of “Gotta Have You” on WGN Morning News: HERE
Follow Jonathan McReynolds on Apple Music to catch his new video for “Stay High” on September 28th: HERE
Jonathan McReynolds Life Music: Stage Two
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