Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Key Significant Benchmarks in the African American Black Music industry (Part 7).

Tamela Mann is the only black female Gospel
artist in recent years to
 receive a gold plaque from RIAA
for a digital single.
The song featured on Tamela’s number-one selling 2012 album ‘Best Days’ was released to Gospel radio. The track quickly climbed to number-one  on the Gospel radio chart where it remained for more than 25 weeks. While Tamela has performed this song on numerous TV shows, including the BET Awards, Sunday Best, and the Stellar Awards, the song has found a special place in all her concerts as an inspiring high point of the powerhouse vocalist’s set.

The CD is almost gold certified with units sold in America in the excess of 470,000 copies to date. “Best Days”  is the third studio album by African  American recording artist  Tamela Mann, released on Mann's own independent record label  Tillyman Music Group on 14th August  2012. The CD debuted at number fourteen on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart  and topped the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart, becoming Mann's highest charting album to date. "Take Me to the King" was original released on  12th June 12  2012 as the lead single from Mann's third studio album, “Best Day".

 At the 55th Grammy Awards Ceremony, the song received a Grammy   nomination for "Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance". The was  song also a huge commercial success, "Take Me to the King" topped the  US Billboard  Gospel Songs Chart for 19 consecutive weeks. Mann is the only black female so far in recent years to receive a gold plaque from RIAA for digital recording which has sold over half a million copies in America according to RIAA ,which is the new certification level for digital singles established by RIAA. 

Key Significant Benchmarks in the African American Black Music industry (Part 6).

The CD "Best Day" features the  gold certified
digital single
 "Take Me To The King"

Tamela  Mann was born on 6th June 1966, she is both a gospel recording artist and also actress, best known for her roles in several Tyler Perry films such as “ Dairy of the Mad Black Woman”, “I Can Do Dad All By Myself”, “Meet the Browns” and the list goes on. At one time she was a member of Kirk Franklin and The Family group during the early 1990s. That was the time she started her career as a gospel artist. Mann was a featuredsoloist on several tracks while with Franklin's group, including "Don't Take Your Joy Away" ,  "Now Behold the Lamb" and also “Lean On Me”
She started her solo career in 2005 with the debut album “Gotta Keep Movin’ “. Mann went on to released her second album in 2009 entitled “The Master Plan”, which charted at number-two on the Billboard Top Gospel albums Chart that year.
This is a quote from her website stating the success of her recent studio album “Best Days”. DALLAS (5th August 2014) –Grammy Award and Nominee Tamela Mann and Gospel Icon Kirk Franklin have a lot to celebrate. The “Take Me To The King” digital single, written and produced by Franklin and recorded and performed by Tamela, has been RIAA Certified Gold, having sold more than 500,000 digital copies. Tillymann Music Group label head and Tamela’s manager and husband, David Mann, presented Tamela with her RIAA Certified Gold plaque during their Comedy and Concert event on Friday, 1st August   2014 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center in Victoria, Texas.
 She went on to say, “What an amazing surprise to be presented with my first RIAA Certified Gold plaque by my husband of 26 years,” said Tamela. “I thank God every day for my family, friends, music and the many blessings in my life. Kirk is a dear friend and an incredibly talented artist, writer and producer. I’m so grateful to him for penning such a powerful lyric and asking me to lend my voice to such an important message.”
“Take Me To The King” was also recently named one of the most performed songs on Gospel radio in 2013 during BMI’s 2014 Christian Music Awards held at BMI in Nashville, Tenn.

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                                          Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Career Highlights of the Legendary Lawrence Johnson (Part 2).

He was the former co-owner and CEO of his own music session company based in London providing services to the entertainment and creative industries in the UK and overseas. Previously he was recording artist and founder of Nu Colors. The group became one of the best -selling UK gospel act in America during the 1990s. Over the years Lawrence has also written several songs. He is one of the key God Fathers of Contemporary Gospel music in the UK.

In the 1990s, Lawrence did vocal arrangements on the movie
soundtrack to the "Four Weddings and a Funeral"
During the 1990s, Lawrence also conducted vocal arrangements, vocal productions, record producer and recording a track with his recording act Nu Colors on the major film soundtrack for “Four Weddings and a Funeral” which grossed over £200 million at the Box office worldwide and accompanied soundtrack which actually sold over quarter of million copies in the UK.

Lawrence has been responsible for vocal arrangements and vocal productions on number-one albums for such artists as Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Westlife, Shayne Ward, Journeysouth, Alexandra Burke and Bebe Cece Winans, which includes number-one singles and albums in several music markets worldwide.

This is a partial list of clients he has worked with in the music industry has a vocal arranger, music consultant and also vocal production.

Elton John
Tom Jones
Stevie Wonder
Bebe and Cece Winans
Eric Clapton
David Bowie
Tina Turner
Rod Stewart
Robbie Williams
Mary J Blige
Spice Girls
Emma Burton
Soul II Soul
Leona Lewis
Susan Boyle
Gary Barlow
Luther Vandross

Lawrence is definitely a powerful creative eternity of menace proportion with a creative transcending impact and influence across the globe. He is an creative driving force behind-the- scenes and also instrumental behind the career successes of   many music icons. Many of the recording projects that Lawrence received credits for have won major music industry awards such as Grammy Awards and Brit Awards.


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                                          Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   
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Career Highlights of the Legendary Lawrence Johnson (Part 1)

This is a brief summary of Lawrence Johnson 35 year’s career in the creative industry.

Lawrence was hired to do vocal 
arrangements in musical.
Lawrence has been involved in the creative arts industry for over 30 years as a music professional veteran and is one of UK leading vocal arranger, vocal coach and producer. He started his career as an vocal arranger, choir leader during the mid-1970s at the Latter Rain Church based in London and is also co-founder of the London Gospel Community Choir in 1982.During his time as a choir leader of the Latter Rain Church Choir was a support act for The Hawkins Family, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Andrea Crouch and The Disciples and other major gospel acts.

Lawrence first professional studio recording assignment was with Sir George Martin and Sir Paul McCartney as vocal arranger and background singer during the early 1980s.He is highly sort after by music industry icons such as Simon Cowell, Clive Davis and Wayne Hector for consultancy service and other assignments relating to the music entertainment industry.
Lawrence conducted vocal arrangements 
and coaching on the show.
Over the years Lawrence has being involved in many different music projects. He has conducted auditions and vocal coaching for “The Voice” talent television series across the UK. Vocal production and arrangement on the One Voice recording sessions conducted at Abbey Road Recording Studios, London with a united choir of all the major gospel artists from the UK.  One Voice project - “Somebody Please Help Haiti”, recorded on Saturday 27th February 2010 at the legendary Abbey Road studios, London, was something special. In 2006, Lawrence was hired to do vocal arrangements for the musical production “Daddy Cool”. He did vocal coaching and vocal arrangements for “Fame Academy” television series and also has conducted vocal coaching  and vocal arrangements  for “Britain’s Got Talent” television series.

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                                          Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   
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