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Spotlight: Valerie Woodard

Valerie Woodard-MightyGod

 Valerie Woodard is a Psalmist/Singer, Songwriter and Actor. She began singing at age eleven and soon after, united her love for music with the love of Christ and a desire to serve Him. Valerie’s aspiration is to touch, and encourage the hearts of man through her gift and anointing.

She shares the intimate details of her experiences with Christ through what she has termed “LifeMusic”: Spiritually uplifting music for the mind, body and soul. In Addition to writing for herself, Valerie also writes for other artists, choirs and theater through her publishing company PsalmTree Publishing. Valerie’s first CD project, Relationship, included the radio singles ‘This Joy’ and ‘You Are The One God’. That album was released on Whole Armor Recordings (owned by her husband and manager, Vincent Woodard). Valerie is preparing for the release of her sophomore album, ‘Relationship II: Closer’ due fall of 2014. Has Shared the stage with: Yvette Williams (Kurt Carr Singers), Ben Tankard, Dewayne Woods and others. Acting Roles: Purlie: Luttiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins Afric’s Muse: Keisha, Mother, Phyllis Wheatley’s friend You Wouldn’t Expect: May Rivers, Temperance Hedgepeth Awards/Accomplishments: ECMA (Excellence in Christian Music Academy) Award recipient H.R.H.A (Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority) Hall of Fame Award recipient Divine Showcase Guest Artist (Divine Concept Group) American Music Guild (AMG) Heritage Award Nominee (Female Vocalist of the Year) Apollo Theater (Harlem, New York) valerie_woodard Contact info: Manager: Vincent Woodard Phone: (252) 292-6928 On the web Website: http://www.valeriewoodard.com Facebook: Valerie Woodard Twitter: @ValerieWoodard

Spotlight: J. Cee

J. Cee On NiaRadioNetwork.com             In 2007 she was awarded the MEGAJAM 98FM “Best Female Vocalist” and her song “Nah Fi Run” was awarded BIG TUNE in 2007 by ROOTS FM. J-Muzik has just released her (2011) debut Album “Nah Compromise” a powerful 17 tracks CD loaded with soul piercing messages delivered in a pulsating and dynamic style. The video for “Air I Breathe” is nominated for The Best Gospel Video for 2011 by CARIVIBEZ ANNUAL VIDEO WEB AWARDS. Her ministry is taking the world by storm [1] as an Ordained Minister [2] Praise and Worship Leader [3] Youth Leader [4] Motivational Speaker [5] Dance Instructor [6] Choreographer + Project Planner [7] Designer [8] Multidimensional Singer (English and Spanish) – Jazz, R&B, Dancehall, Reggae, “the whole works”. On October 21, 2006, she launched her career as a professional Gospel Artiste with the mission to spread her message across the world. Bishop Dr. Joseph Ade-Gold gave her apostolic covering and blessing to minister to nations. On Sunday December 13, 2009, she was ordained as a Minister of Abundant Life Christian Church. Her ministry has taken her to the United States and major Caribbean territories including her home Jamaica. She shared stage with Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Canton Jones and Bobby Jones. Her album includes songs such as “Lighthouse”, “Nah Fi Run”, “Somehow” and “Let Me Worship You”.  

J. Cee On NiaRadioNetwork.com

  Some of the major events she ministered include: Genesis Festival, Fun In The Son, Caribbean Gospel Fest in Miami, YFC Mission Project in Arizona, Bahamas Famfest, Antigua Gospel Fest, Summer Sizzle, Portland Jerk Festival and Sister to Sister Media-ton. Jermet aka J.Cee is a strong, energetic and warm individual who grew up on sound Christian principles. She started singing in church at the age of three. Children’s choir, youth choir, other singing groups – to soloist is the sequential progress of this Psalmist. Through her grandfather’s guidance and teachings, she was infused with the purpose of ministry and thus choose singing and dancing as the mediums to act. Over thirteen years ago she started her Christian journey which has its challenges, but, being an overcomer she beats all obstacles. She is married and is a proud mother. She serves in many ministries including Youth Ministry, Deliverance Ministry, and the Performing Arts Ministries. YOUTUBE: JCeemuzik FACEBOOK: JermetAkaJCee EMAIL: j.ceeministries@gmail.com MANAGEMENT: Mark Campbell TELE: (718) 594.1091 International TELE: (876) 896.4058 EMAIL: blessedluke@yahoo.com A member of JaRIA

Instrumentation

Floyd – Keyboard Andre – Drums Marvin / Rayon – Bass Tadmar – Guitar Arriane, Tona, Melissa and Stephen are support singers. J.Cee lead vocalist

Discography

“Nah Compromise” 2011 debut Album

Official Website

http://www.facebook.com/JermetAkaJCee

Spotlight: Wincey Terry-Bryant

WINCEY TERRY-BRYANT

Vocalist/Lyricist/Producer/Entrepreneur

Presents

“Time to Say”

Featuring the Debut Single

“I Remember”

 © Copyright 2012 by Dr. Velma Smith.  All rights reserved.

  Every once in a while a talent comes along who grabs everyone’s attention leaving an indelible impression!  Wincey Terry-Bryant, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, and world-class professional singer has done just that!  She emerges as a dynamic component and supersized talent for the 21st century.  She is a vibrant powerhouse with a resilient creative edge.  Not only is she a dynamic vocalist, she is a skillful producer coupled with incredible talent as an exceptionally developed lyricist.  This vocalist extraordinaire is certainly destined for success as she inspires the masses globally.   Wincey was born with an intrinsic melodic distinctive rooted in the soils of the church.  It was in this very setting in 1977 that she sang her first solo and blessed the congregation of a small church in Jersey City, New Jersey.  That was then!  Her career has catapulted from the choir stand to an impressive career in the music and film businesses.   On her self-produced debut CD project “Time to Say,” she deliberately opens her heart and allows the infusion of lyrics to take you on an inspirational musical journey.  The title of the project “Time to Say” was birthed from Wincey’s desire to use the gift of song to spread inspiration and hope throughout the world.  This project features the debut single “I Remember” which has reached national and international status.  Currently, “I Remember” has charted at “Number 8” on the United Kingdom Soul chart.  The project was released in June 2012 and offers a taste and see response for the audience.   The project offers various genres of musical styles such as snippets of R&B, upbeat contemporary gospel and the smooth sound of inspirational jazz.  If you love inspirational music at its finest — this CD is just what you’ve been waiting for!  It is packed with rhythmic agility and wave after wave of blessings.  The lyrics are masterfully approached and elegantly oriented.  Success is stamped on this sensational project and it will definitely enhance your music collection.  

Wincey’s exceptional vocal talent on this project takes melody and harmony in a completely new direction.  The project is an authentic masterpiece communicating a majestic distinction with a refreshing style.  The project immediately establishes a dialogue with the melody and the lyrics.  Such profoundness

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affirms an uplifting and liberating factor to the listening ear.  The sheer depth and intensity of her stylistic diversity on the project simply raises the bar of excellence.  Amazingly, her vocal qualities encompass an exceptional abundance of inspiration and rhythmic directness with a caliber that is profound.  She effortlessly sings with a personalized melodic/harmonic blend on each cut.   Her repertoire is well-documented with some of the music and entertainment industry’s legendary giants.  She has worked as a background vocalist for Sting, Herb Alpert, Tina Turner, Dorothy Norwood, Tom Jones and Dennis Taylor.  Moreover, she was a featured vocalist for Grover Washington Jr. (“Soulful Strut” CD) and for Monie Love (“It’s A Shame” CD).   A quick glance at her smorgasbord of media credits is quite impressive and validates her authenticity of distinguished performances.  Television credits include: “Soul Train,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Spike & Company Do It Acapella,” “Debbie Allen,” “Bill Cosby,” “Nia Peeples Party Machine” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”  Moreover, Wincey’s voice can be heard on the famed children’s TV series “Sesame Street.”  Radio credits include: “Power of Gospel,” “Power Praise Radio” and “The Reading Circle.”    Wincey is a dedicated member of the Deliverance Jesus Is Coming Church, Irvington, New Jersey under the dynamic leadership of Bishop James H. Everett and Vanessa Everett.   Wincey’s educational background exemplifies her pursuit of excellence.  She attended Bloomfield, College in Bloomfield, New Jersey.  She holds the elite distinction of receiving life experiences degrees for “Work in Early Childhood” and the “Phenomenal Women Award.”   Wincey is a multi-faceted woman with many talents.  She is the founder and CEO of Winceyco Music and Nana’s Babies.  Her companies provide musically inspired educational programs to schools, churches and other organizations.  She has also produced two educational music CD’s, one cartoon DVC and one children’s book on bullying.   As a visionary, Wincey combined her love for music, education and children by establishing a performing arts troupe that educates audiences regarding serious social issues and academic subject mater in schools and churches throughout New York and New Jersey.  

Wincey graciously invites you to authorize the lyrics of her powerfully inspired project, “Time to Say” with the featured debut single “I Remember” to inspire your spirit.  Turn your radio on and share her experience and it will be “Time to Say,” “I Remember.”  You will be glad you did!

  Please visit the following online cites for more information regarding Wincey Terry-Bryant. info@winceycomusic.com http://www.winceycomusic.com http://www.uksoulchart.com    

Spotlight: James Kelly Fox Davis

James Kelly Fox Davis & ABF

  James “Kelly Fox!” Davis is a native of Washington, DC, and is a member and Director of Music of the Kettering Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, MD, under the leadership of the great Senior Pastor, Bucas Sterling, III. James attended the Ellington School of the Arts, and studied classical and jazz instrumental music. He grew up in church, and accepted Jesus at an early age, at the Antioch Baptist Church, in Washington, DC. James began tapping out familiar melodies on his family’s upright piano at a very early age. His parents immediately recognized his gift and knew what direction to guide him. After studying privately 6 years, he auditioned and was accepted to the Ellington School of the Arts where he studied classical piano for one year. It was here where James first picked up and fell in love with the saxophone. He dropped piano and changed his major to saxophone after one year of playing, and focused on jazz studies. Upon graduating Ellington, James continued his music studies at the University of the District of Columbia as a Music Education major. It was there that he began to be exposed to gospel music and playing in a new light. He began hanging out in the practice modules and learning from other talented gospel musicians, i.e., William Becton, Gerry Gillespie, and Kenneth Gross. It was then that he was inspired to learn more about and how to play gospel music. James began playing for his first church choir at the age of 18. It was then that he wrote his first gospel song “Jesus Paid It All” along with his then Pastor, David K. North. James Kelly Fox Davis and ABF Since then, James has assisted many churches in the Washington, DC area with the development of their music ministries. James has become an accomplished songwriter, producer and recording engineer. He established his group “A Bunch of Friends” in 2010 to assist with his debut recording, “The Best Gift”, which was released November 09 2010.   Get More From James “Kelly Fox” Davis & ABF At: http://www.kellyfoxonline.com/      

Spotlight: Ki Johnson

Ki Johnson A singer. A songwriter. Her musical DNA has allowed her to surpass the walls of the church to night clubs, political programs, women’s conferences and intimate gatherings. She has performed at venues such as The Grove, BB Kings, Skinny’s in Hollywood, Cal State Fullerton, The Orange County Chamber of Commerce and the Inland Valley Jazz Festival. Her first album, “Butterfly Notes” was released in 2006 and managed to create much positive buzz on the Indie Gospel scene. Her style has been described as unique, soulful, melodic, and motivational. To attend a Ki Johnson performance is truly an experience. She gets her audience involved. Ki stands on stage and will ask her audience how they feel about a subject or what’s on their heart. She then takes what was randomly said by her audience and writes a song on the spot. She feels the goal of her music is to “write/sing you a song with words that will stay on your heart, not just for five minutes, but for a life time.” Mrs. Johnson is currently at work on her sophomore album and can be seen performing at venues across California. Ki Johnson If you would like to have Ki Johnson perform for your special occassion, please contact us at (657) 215-1190 http://www.kijohnson.com/

Spotlight: Melody Pesina

Melody-Pesina Melody Pesina’s debut album “You Are God’s Beauty: A collection of songs for the soul” was released nationwide through Amazon and Itunes May 1, 2012 through independent label Tate Music Group! Melody wrote the album after/while still experiencing many trials and tests. She poured her heart into each and every song that she wrote with the goal of spreading the message of hope that she herself/others so desperately needed. Every song on the album has a message of hope for the hurting and an annointing that touches the depths of your soul. Each song has a very special unique meaning that will help you see who you were created to be through God’s only son Jesus Christ (For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16) .Melody’s hope for you is this: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”- Jesus (Matthew 11) Melody Pesina Melody Pesina has been singing in front of audiences since she was 5 years old. She, her mother, her brother & her two sisters formed a church choir consisting of them alone. As she got older, she continued to sing solos at church & loved to listen to, study, and sing all songs by famous artist Mariah Carey. Later on, she began to pursue a professional career in singing, first pursuing a career in mainstream music then changing focus back to Christian music with the goal of spreading her music to the whole world. She has sang in mass choirs, church praise teams, funerals, weddings, community gatherings, and anywhere invited to sing. She enjoys listening to and singing all types of music including Christian Rock, Christian Rap, or songs of any genre that portrays a good message. Her life focus is to bring praise & glory to Jesus Christ our Lord & Saviour. EPK: http://www.tatemusicgroup.com/epk/?id=16856&page Website: http://melodypesina.wix.com/sings

Spotlight: ShaKara MoNique

ShaKara MoNique is described as one of the most skilled, pure, well-trained, and well rounded new talents to hit the Contemporary Christian Pop/Rock music scene in the last decade.

Developing her grasp of music from before her mouth could even form words, music has truly become an import part of ShaKara MoNique‘s life. She learned how to write music at a very early age, by writing her first song at the tender age of 5 (five). As ShaKara has grown up, her parents have helped her to further develop her musical talents by allowing her to sing with various choirs and groups throughout her young life. With this deep love for ministering to the hurting hearts of people around the world, ShaKara MoNique is striving towards her goal of writing for other artists in the industry.

ShaKara MoNique truly has a deeply wrought passion for Praise & Worship, and with this passion rooted in God’s word, she will soon begin traveling the world leading and worshiping with God’s people in a way that most people have never experienced.

ShaKara’s debut CD, UN4GOT10 DESTINY is set to release later this year. The new album has mostly been written by ShaKara along with two of the most well respected Music Producers in the business, Joseph VanBuren III and Johnny Kyle. ShaKara says that “My goal with this new project is to reach those who are outside of the church walls, and I am so grateful to God for opening these new doors and I know there are greater things to come for me in the future”. Her first single released from the album, entitled Destiny, is now available on iTunes and her second singleGive You Praise will soon follow. — See and Get More From ShaKara MoNique: www.shakaramonique.com

Spotlight: Javon Inman

Javon Inman - Joy    

Javon – Music Singing Talent

The moment, right before He gently whispers, “Come,” distractions bow, noise stills, and wonder fills the heart, is precisely what keeps worshipers relentlessly plunging into The Amazing’s arms. Born in Canton, OH, Minister Javon Inman was raised in a God-reverencing home with his parents, brother and sister. At age four, he began singing in the Sunshine Band at his grandfather’s church, New Life C.O.G.I.C, in Massillon, OH. In 1984, his family relocated to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.Early on, Javon’s parents recognized the gift of music that God entrusted in him. His parents made certain that he actively participated in All-State choirs, musical theatre productions, talent competitions, chamber ensembles and Gospel choirs. In 1995, Javon was chosen to sing the National Anthem at the notorious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.As a teenager, he was a member of an R&B group. The group received recognition throughout the D.C. Metro area singing at various special events and in multiple competitions.  One talent competition in particular at Howard University in Washington, DC, afforded the group to win first place. The prize was to compete at the renowned Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY –an experience that Javon will treasure for a lifetime. However, a few years later, Javon clearly heard the voice of the Lord, directing him to stop singing secular music and to utilize his gifts for The Kingdom.  Javon answered, “Yes, Lord.”  This was the “end of Javon” and the “beginning of God.” On Resurrection Sunday, April 12, 1998, Javon rededicated his life to the Lord and has never looked back!  He submerged himself in the Music Ministry at Refreshing Spring C.O.G.I.C. by joining the Young Adult Choir and Praise Team. Refreshing Spring’s Music Ministry would prove to be his training ground to becoming an effective Choir Director and Praise & Worship atmosphere changer! Until recently, Javon served as the Minister of Music at Hear the Word Bible Church, Bowie, MD (Pastor Thomas E. Cunningham). This position undoubtedly strengthened and further prepared Javon for the next chapter of his life –to write and minister music that draws the hearts of people to worship. Some notable accomplishments for Javon include, his acceptance to compete as a semi-finalist on the hit talent television show Star Search in 2004. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2007 Gospel Music Association Talent Showcase. He has shared the stage and served as the driving voice behind some of Gospel Music greats. He has ministered in song at countless galas, celebrations, festivals and church functions. One of Javon’s passion’s is songwriting. He joyfully exclaims, “Don’t get me wrong, I love singing, but something extremely incredible happens when a simple melody or 5 lyrics are crafted into beautiful poem set to music –it’s nothing, but God!” As a songwriter, Javon has penned well over 200 songs for artist’s, for churches/choirs, and for himself. Javon currently lives in Bowie, MD with his wife, his queen, and their two children. See and Hear More from Javon at http://www.javoninman.com

Spotlight: J Elizabeth Hardges

J Elizabeth Hardges J Elizabeth Hardges I have been mugged, abused, physically, emotionally and verbally, held up at gunpoint, twice, shot at, abandoned at a young age by a parent who is deeply in need of GODS love, homeless, rootless, ruthless, put out of countless families and hearts, and I THANK GOD FOR IT ALL!!!! I THANK GOD!!!! THANK YOU LORD!!!! I THANK GOD BECAUSE HE STAYED… HE HAS NEVER TURNED HIS BACK ON ME!!! I AM A WITNESS THAT HE STAYED CONSISTENT IN THIS EVER CHANGING WORLD… And as a result I have dedicated everything in me to telling everyone, YOU CAN SURELY MAKE IT!!! IF AND ONLY IF YOU HAVE GOD ON YOUR SIDE!!!!! (this is a really good time to turn to Phillipians 4:13 and read that…) J Elizabeth Hardges I am blessed at this time to have released a compact disc project entitled… “Experience… A Rhema Word… Expressions” available on many websites, including but not limited to itunes, spotify, amazon and emusic. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-am-blessed/id484802912?i=484802924 I also, travel to different hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, spreading the love of GOD through poetry… I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to do this, because it is dream to reach people who may feel shut in the house, shut out of the church and shut away, as a result, from a touch from GODS heart. IF THEY CANT GET TO THE CHURCH, THEN THOSE OF US WHO ARE ABLE SHOULD BRING THE CHURCH TO THEM!!!! I also attend many open mic nites, because any chance is always a GREAT CHANCE to tell someone JESUS LOVES YOU! This of course, is in addition to speaking at any church that will have me… GOD IS TRULY GOOD! AND I HAVE TO TELL IT!!!!!! Now I LIVE TO TELL IT!!! TO TELL HOW GOD IS MORE THAN ABLE TO GIVE YOU AN EPHESIANS 3:20 EXPERIENCE!!! EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY AND ABOVE ALL THAT YOU CAN ASK OR THINK!!! TRUST HIM AND WATCH HIM SHOW UP, SHOW OUT AND SHOW OFF IN YOUR LIFE!!! AND LIKE HE DID WITH ME HE WILL TURN YOU CALL A BAD EXPERIENCE INTO A ROMANS 8:28 EXPERIENCE!!!! HE WILL WORK IT ALL FOR YOUR GOOD!!! ALL OF IT!!! AND THAT IS MY POETIC MESSAGE IN A NUTSHELL!!!