• Klarque Garrison of "Survive 365"

    in Books

    Mr. 365, D. Klarque Garrison, host of the blog, Survive 365, and the blog talk radio show, Survive 365: The Conversation of Survive 365 discusses his book, How to Survive the Next 365 | Your Lifeline to a Better Life.

  • 01:26

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Mario Barrett

    in Music

    Multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated Singer & Actor Mario launches his long-awaited single, "Fireball,” which will be gifted to his fans as a free download for what Mario calls "their genuine support while I transitioned into the artist and businessman I was meant to be.”   His new single, “Fireball,” is a self-described song “for the turn up.”  Mario states “I will also release other songs from this project which will appeal to my highly diverse following.”


    Mario kicks off his "Fireball Tour" Grammy Weekend and will continue throughout the U.S. until early April 2015.  This tour will give him an opportunity to share his personal and professional evolution with his loyal fans. 


    The well-known singer of "Let Me Love You,” and other hits, has also been instrumental in the launch of a digital entertainment company, Rivers Media Group (RMG).  RMG is an innovative digital solution to connect consumers with music & entertainers.  His new label is made up of a powerhouse team dedicated to streamlining the process of bringing artists from the development stage to the main stage while giving them the opportunity to bring all of their creative ideas and energy to a project. "I've always been a much broader artist than I've been portrayed.  I honestly had little to no control over what the world heard or saw from me before now.   I am energized by this new way of working (with RMG) and my fans will feel that energy in my new music.  I’m committed to helping other artists as well.” says Mario.


     

  • 01:58

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Case + Tracey Lee

    in Music

    Born Case Woodard, R&B star Case inherited his musical gifts from his father who was once a member of 70’s funk band Cameo. The oldest sibling of 3, the New York native grew up in a strict household and although music was the bond that tied him and his father together, it would also tear them apart. Case’s solo career took off in 1996 with the release of "Touch Me, Tease Me" (with rapper Foxy Brown and R&B singer Mary J. Blige) from The Nutty Professor soundtrack, going gold and reaching #4 on the R&B charts and #63 on the Hot 100. His self-titled debut Case soon followed along with the minor R&B hit singles "More to Love" and "I Gotcha." Case followed the success of his first album with the release of Personal Conversation in 1999. The album featured the hits "Happily Ever After" (which reached #3 on the R&B charts and #15 on the Hot 100) and "Faded Pictures," (released April 20, 1999), which featured R&B singer Joe and reached #3 on the R&B charts and #10 on the Hot 100. "Happily Ever After" featured Beyoncé in the video as Case's love interest. The album's third single, "Think of You" managed to only reach #50 on the R&B charts and Personal Conversation achieved platinum status.


     


    In 1997, the lyrics to Tracey Lee’s smash, The Theme (It’s Party Time) could be heard in every club from the east to west coast, and Tracey could be seen on national television shows such as BET Rap City: The Basement, HBO’s ARLI$$ and more. From the success of a popular single, there can be ups and downs, as Tracey found out shortly after the release of his first album, Many Facez. Now, let’s start from the beginning ...

  • 01:53

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Raheem Devaughn + Bryshere Gray + Wash

    in Music

    Three-time Grammy nominated 368 Music Group/Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) recording artist Raheem DeVaughn is proud to announce that he will be joining the The Intimate Truth Tour alongside fellow R&B peers Ledisi and Leela James. The new tour will coincide with the release of his highly anticipated album, Love, Sex, & Passion, which features the buzzworthy hit single, "Queen". Love, Sex & Passion will be released on February 10, 2015, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 


     
    R&B singer, Wash—born, Ronald Washington Jr.—is set to make his Aye Girl/Interscope Records debut with the release of his single, “Can’t Trust Thots” featuring French Montana. Influenced by the gritty reality of his Port Arthur, TX upbringing as well as his gospel roots, Wash’s sound is contemporary, yet soulful; a mixture which caught the attention of songwriter/producer Chef Tone (Justin Bieber/Trey Songz/Drake). Armed with both personality and musicality—vocals, piano, drums and saxophone— Wash’s journey will be nothing short of dynamic.


     

  • 02:00

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Tahj Mowry + Roosh Williams

    in Music

    Tahj Mowry is the true definition of a triple threat: an accomplished actor, singer, and dancer who has worked with the entertainment industry’s top studios, musicians, and talent. At an early age, Tahj discovered his love of music and performing, proving to be a natural in the spotlight.


    Music has always been a passion for Mowry and he is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his debut album. Mowry refers to his music as “Future Funk”, a futuristic funk/soul sound with electronic and alternative undertones.


    When it comes to genre, Tahj blurs the lines between pop & rock while simultaneously fusing together the purest elements of soul. The sound is reminiscent of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz, all of whom Tahj credits as inspiration. These influences are especially evident on his first single “Walker,” which is dripping with harmonies and lyrics that would make the biggest performers of the 80’s proud. A gifted dancer, Tahj has performed in numerous music videos for stars such as Michael Jackson, Prince, and Mariah Carey. Under Debbie Allen’s choreography, Tahj also danced for three consecutive years on the live television broadcast of the Grammys and appeared as Oliver Twist in the musical “Twist.”

  • 01:58

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Ricky Dillard & Emanny

    in Music

    Ricky Dillard’s recording career began was catapulted in 1989 when his New Generation Chorale won the McDonald’s Chicagoland Choir Competition. Shortly thereafter, Ricky Dillard and New G recorded their debut album The Promise, which garnered a Grammy nomination and a GMWA Excellence Award.  Dillard then worked with  Patti LaBelle and Albertina Walker for a PBS television special that opened the door for him to lead the choirs for the 1992 film Leap of Faith starring Steve Martin and the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit starring Whoopi Goldberg.  By 2003, Ricky Dillard was the choir director for and featured in The Fighting Temptations starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles. 


     


    Ricky Dillard and New G have released several instantly classic albums including Worked It Out (1996), No Limit (2000), The 7th Episode (2007), Keep Living (2011) and, finally Amazing (2014). Each album builds creatively and inspirationally on the other to cement the New G sound: high octane vocals that bring life to every word of every lyric, with pure vertical praise and worship elements as well as shed-busting urban Gospel heft. The recordings of Ricky Dillard & New G have earned four Stellar Gospel Music Awards and three Grammy Award nominations.

  • 02:15

    The Biz With D: David Duane 21st Birthday Celebration

    in Music

    CEO | Recording Artist | Celebrity Interviewer - David Duane started his career in the entertainment industry at the age of six years old, where he studied Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Tap dance. Then at the age of fifteen years old David knew that it was time to focus on another dream of his. Working with artist such as Danity Kane: Dawn Richard, Diddy-Dirty Money: Kalenna, Day 26, and Vonzell Solomon; which has helped him gain knowledge of the entertainment industry and become a successful entertainer.  As a solo artist, David started working with major and independent musicians to help them build their careers.



    After graduating military high school, David embarked on this career as a recording artist. In the fall of 2012, David released his debut EP, “Fierce Wings: 1st Time Coming” to all online media stores on Tuesday, September 4th 2012. The EP features eleven tracks. Currently, David is working an new EP titled, "Harsh Reality,"which set for a 2014 release. His debut album, "Fierce Wings: His Story" will follow after shortly. He also is shutting down the world of media and radio with his unstoppable Internet radio station, "My Fierce Wings Radio", founded in the winter of 2012. 

  • 01:10

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Anthony Lewis

    in Music

    It’s almost as though Anthony Lewis love for music is ingrained in him; his love of art, somewhat hereditary. His parents were stage performers who could both sing and act. And it is apparent that neither the rhythm, nor the beat, missed Lewis.


    Born in Los Angeles, CA, Lewis first realized his vocal potential at age 6. Though he shared his talent in church, singing remained a personal hobby until he and his sister took to YouTube. As interest piqued among viewers, so did Lewis’ desire to pursue his gift. And his strides are apparent. While singing for producer Donnie Scantz, he impressed industry veteran, Garnett March, and was soon signed to The Chemists. The rest is history-in-the-making as he prepares his debut album and single. With influences ranging from Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake to Michael Jackson, Lewis wants his sound and content to reflect his reality. By delving into and remaining true to his experiences as a teen, he hopes to create timeless music. And it’s exactly what he is meant to do.

  • 02:01

    (Instant Replay) The Biz With D: Interview w/ Kid Ink x Netta Brielle

    in Music

    Kid Ink cruises past all boundaries. The Los Angeles rapper, producer, and performer can seamlessly slip from an irresistible hook into an impeccable verse, effortlessly bobbing and weaving between the club and the streets. There’s absolutely nobody quite like the tattooed from head-to-toe impresario, and that’s the first thing you’ll notice when you take his full-length debut, My Own Lane [Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records], for a spin.


    Grinding as a producer since the age of 16, he uncovered this creative highway by perfecting a personal style behind the board first. His production collaborations include everybody from Sean “Diddy” Combs, Sean Kingston, Nipsey Hu$$le, and more. That experience in the studio set the stage for him to become the versatile and vibrant force he is today.


    He officially started twisting the game up when he dropped his 2012 independent album, Up & Away, which spawned his mainstream breakthrough song “Time Of Your Life.” He covered XXL Magazine as part of that year’s “Freshman Class,” while the album smashed an iTunes record by debuting in the Top 5 of the Hip-Hop Albums chart prior to release and minus any traditional promotion. Cumulative single sales from the effort exceed over 500K, while it landed at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 20K copies first-week. Piping hot from the indie success, he inked a deal with Tha Alumini Group/88 Classic/RCA Records in 2013, dropping the acclaimed Almost Home EP that same year. However, everything simply laid the foundation for My Own Lane.

  • 01:10

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood's Nikki Muddaris

    in Music

    Entrepreneur and socialite, Nikki Mudarris is of Morrocan/Lebanese descent and was born and raised in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Nikki's father is considered to be “The Godfather Of Burlesque” and her family has been at the center of the nightclub adult entertainment industry for decades. She manages three of her family's establishments in Hollywood and also jets off to Vegas on occasion to manage the family's clubs there. During one of her visits, Nikki met her current love - super producer Mally Mall with whom she's been involved with for nearly two years. Equipped with a degree in Business from USC and her family's business pedigree, Nikki is intent on taking over Hollywood - one club at a time.

  • 02:02

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Apryl Jones x Debra Antney

    in Music

    After graduating from college and abandoning a career in the medical field, Apryl moved to L.A. from Chicago as a member of a girl group called Cellareign, which soon split. As a singer who classifies herself as a mix of R&B and Pop, Apryl sought out her big break for several years, even reaching the final auditions for American Idol, cat Dolls, and Making The Band. She met her boyfriend, Omarion, through their mutual fitness trainer and the two began a relationship as friends. Apryl also occasionally performed as a background singer on his tours. 

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