Grammy News: Dr. Dre to perform at Grammys for the 1st Time on Grammy Stage….

BOB DYLAN TO PERFORM WITH
MUMFORD & SONS AND

AVETT BROTHERS IN A
SPECIAL SALUTE TO ACOUSTIC MUSIC

 

DR. DRE TO PERFORM ON
THE GRAMMY STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME,
JOINING EMINEM FOR A
HISTORIC PERFORMANCE ON
MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT
®

 

Adam Levine Also Set to Perform with Eminem
 
Zac Brown, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Clay Matthews,
Matthew Morrison, Ryan Seacrest, Jason Segel, Keith Urban, and will.i.am
Added as Presenters to the Superstar Lineup for the
53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards®

 
All Five Album Of The Year Nominees and
All Five Best New Artist Nominees

Set to Perform on This Year’s Telecast
 
The Music Industry’s Premier Event Airs Live
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, 8 P.M. ET/PT,

Only on CBS

 
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2011) — Ten-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bob Dylan will perform with current GRAMMY® nominee Mumford & Sons and folk-rock band the Avett Brothers in a special salute to acoustic music; and six-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Dr. Dre — in his first live television performance in more than a decade — will grace the GRAMMY stage for the first time joining current 10-time nominee Eminem for a historic collaboration, along with Maroon 5 front man and current GRAMMY nominee  Adam Levine, at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards®. GRAMMY winner and current four-time nominee Zac Brown, actor Eva Longoria, actor/singer Jennifer Lopez, GRAMMY and three-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin, Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, actor/singer and current nominee Matthew Morrison, television and radio host Ryan Seacrest, actor Jason Segel, three-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Keith Urban, and seven-time GRAMMY winner will.i.am, have been added as presenters to the music industry’s premier event. The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.
 
Avett Brothers, Dr. Dre., Dylan, Levine, and Mumford & Sons  join previously announced performers and nominees Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Muse, Katy Perry, and Barbra Streisand; Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and current nominee Florence Welch in a special Aretha Franklin segment; nominees Justin Bieber and Usher, with Jaden Smith; nominees B.o.B, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe; nominees Drake and Rihanna; nominee Cee Lo Green, with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets; Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq; and Esperanza Spalding performing with members of the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles and GRAMMY Camp. Previously announced presenters include two-time GRAMMY  and three-time Latin GRAMMY winner Marc Anthony, current three-time GRAMMY nominee Dierks Bentley, pop singer/actor Miley Cyrus, GRAMMY and Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx, singer/actor Selena Gomez, two-time Emmy® winner Neil Patrick Harris, current nominee Jewel, nine-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Norah Jones, three-time GRAMMY winner Kris Kristofferson (who will introduce Streisand’s performance), six-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee John Legend, two-time GRAMMY winner and actor LL COOL J, seven-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee John Mayer, current nominee Nicki Minaj, current nominee Paramore, actor Pauley Perrette, actor Seth Rogen, current nominee Blake Shelton, and actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg.
 
Arcade Fire, Avett Brothers, Bieber, B.o.B, Dr. Dre, Jagger, Lambert, Mars, Monáe, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Paltrow, Smith, Spalding, and Welch will be performing on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time. All five Album Of The Year nominees are set to perform on Music’s Biggest Night: Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, and Perry, as well as all five of the Best New Artist nominees: Bieber, Drake, Mumford & Sons, Spalding, and Welch.
 
Mumford & Sons have two nominations: Best New Artist and Best Rock Song for “Little Lion Man.”
 
Dr. Dre and Levine each have one nod: Dr. Dre for Album Of The Year (as a producer on Eminem’s Recovery); and Levine for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “Misery” (as a member of Maroon 5).
 
Additionally, the 53rd Annual GRAMMYAwards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on www.grammy.com/liveand on www.youtube.com/thegrammysbeginning at 1 p.m. PT. Well-attended by nominees and industry VIPs, current GRAMMYnomineesBobby McFerrin andEsperanza Spalding will co-host the star-studded ceremony, which will feature performances by current nominees including Afro-Colombian hip-hop trio and Latin GRAMMY® winner ChocQuibTown; blues musician and five-time GRAMMY winner Buddy Guy; singer/songwriter and GRAMMY winner Cyndi Lauper; American roots musician Maria Muldaur; contemporary blues artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd; trombone and trumpet player Trombone Shorty; legendary gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples; jazz musician Kirk Whalum; and R&B singer/songwriter and GRAMMY winner Betty Wright.Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the night in approximately 98 categories will be current nominees performance artist Laurie Anderson, pop singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, electronic/dance music artist and remixer BT, actor/comedian Kathy Griffin, and Latin Jazz musician Wayne Wallace. The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event.
 
The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.
 
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and aYouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

PRESS RELEASE: The Outlawz Kick Off the Killuminati Australian 2011 Tour

The Outlawz Kicks Off the KILLUMINATI: Spirit of 2Pac Australian 2011 Tour

 

(Atlanta, Georgia February 9, 2011)—To celebrate the foundation of what The Outlawz (O4L) represents and have continued to brand over the last decade, the Spirit of 2Pac Tour begins February 2011. Veteran Rap Group, The Outlawz, who was founded by Tupac Shakur, presents a worldwide tour to celebrate the spirit of his legend. The group was created surrounding unity, the love of Hip Hop, and above all to remain to uplift street motivation with raw ghetto gospel for their fans.  Amongst the tour, The Outlawz will perform some of the most notable and loved 2Pac hits including the infamous track “Hit Em Up,” as well as, will introduce some of their newest hits from their new mixtape entitled “Killuminati 2k10.” To download the new mixtape, please visit www.killuminati2k10.download.com.

The tour kicks off on February 17, 2011 in Darwin, Australia and will continue throughout the country during the entire month. Following the first month kick off, The Outlawz will announce more tour dates going forth for their fans worldwide to celebrate the spirit of their founder, Tupac Shakur.  The official tour website is www.outlawzoztour.com, as well as, the specific city and dates are listed for your convenience.

In additional news, The Outlawz also just finished their Fontana/Universal distributed new reunion album entitled “Perfect Timing” (Young Noble, Edi Don, Hussein Fatal) scheduled for an end of April 2011 release nationally. The album features Scarface, Bun B, Lloyd, Young Buck, Trae, Tech N9NE, Krazie Bone, Zro and more!

About The Outlawz:

 

The Outlawz were originally introduced by Hip Hop’s legendary lyricist, Tupac Shakur, as guest artists on classic hits like    “Me Against the World,” “All Eyez on Me,” and “Makaveli.” The group, which now consists of the original members: E.D.I. Mean, Young Noble and Hussein Fatal, will drop an album titled Perfect Timing in April 2011.

Developed by “Tupac” in 1995, The “Outlawz” have endured many changes and weathered the roughest storms personally and professionally. The result is the perfect blend of seasoned lyricists, musical motivators, innovators, and well-conditioned reality driven storytellers. The Outlawz still remains the only group in music history to be featured on over 60 million records sold while never being signed to a major record label.

“E.D.I. Mean”

-Dubbed the General, his aggressive, no frills style is perhaps the more Diplomatic, yet his delivery, reveals a mastery of conveying complex messages, in an unmistakable straight to the Point manner.

“Young Noble”

-The aptly named-rebellious Perfectionist exudes Integrity in Life and throughout his Lyrics. In both cases, he chooses his battles wisely, with an evident Persona that silently confirms that he does not play!

“Hussein Fatal”

-The one who says what others won’t. A distinctive witty voice whose experimental Nature, position him as the Group’s mad Scientist combining all Elements, Creating the Perfect Chemistry.

Grammy News: 4 Time Grammy Winner John Barry Passes

NEWS RELEASE

Four-time GRAMMY® winner John Barry was a major force at the intersection of movies and music.  In his nearly five-decade career, his work included a wide array of projects, from blockbusters to smaller films. He was best known for the unforgettable music and themes he created for many of the James Bond movies, but he composed many other scores as well, such as “Out Of Africa,” “Midnight Cowboy,” and “Dances With Wolves.” His musical instincts and talent added magic  to the movies on which he worked, and fortunately his legacy is on permanent record for subsequent generations to enjoy. His artistry will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are with his family and fans worldwide.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

Press Release: Chad Ochocinco’s Official Saturday’s Best Super Bowl Party Set to Invade Dallas

Chad Ochocinco’s Official Saturday’s Best Super Bowl Party Set to Invade Dallas

Dallas, TX –Chad Ochocinco, NFL Superstar and Vh1 Reality TV Personality, will host his Official Saturday’s Best Super Bowl Party February 5, 2011, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas.Ochocinco and his celebrity friends from the worlds of sports and entertainment will takeover Dallas’ Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) for a memorable evening of decadence and grandeur, presented by Bennett Concierge & Entertainment, The Masters Group, and Response Sports Marketing. Ochocinco’s Official Saturday’s Best Super Bowl Party is set to be the pinnacle of events, save the Super Bowl itself.www.DallasBestParty.com to view remaining admission options. The stars will collide on “The Orange Carpet,” creating glowing constellations at the F.I.G.

Co-hosting are Pro Bowl Running Back Adrian Peterson, February 2011 Playboy Cover Model Tisha Marie, and Playboy’s Ms. July 2010 Shanna Marie, with sounds by Celebrity DJ and Recording Artist Biz Markie. Attendees will enjoy an upscale evening including a premium open bar, complimentary h’orderves, and breathtaking ambiance. The lights will be bright at midnight when “The Celebrity Orange Carpet,” presented by Stoli Orange, commences.

Chad has insisted a block of tickets to the event be available for purchase by the general public, although they aren’t expected to last very long. Visit

PRESS RELEASE: THE MAKE A MAN PROJECT & HIGH HEELS PROGRAM FOR GIRLS…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2010

Contact: ChiQ Simms, 404.816.6000 

Television stars Nene Leakes & Antonia “Toya” Carter use their celebrity to support single parents of teenage children in New Orleans and Atlanta with a fundraiser themed around the upcoming Falcons and Saints NFL game

(Atlanta, Georgia) The Board of Directors of Navigation Foundation recently launched its winter/spring edition of THE MAKE A MAN PROJECT and HI HEELS PROGRAM FOR GIRLS.  With a mission to Chart the course for today’s youth to be tomorrow’s dream, program participants learn valuable life skills including but not limited to community service, tolerance and respect, proper etiquette, articulation and discipline in group settings and one on one time with adult mentors.    Exposure to international food, experiences, foreign languages and worldwide customs are also major components of the free program.  Fans of the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints will have an opportunity to help offset the expenses associated with the free programs by attending the star-studded Battle of the Fans event, Sunday, December 26, 2010 at the Georgia Freight Depot located 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 9pm.  The event is hosted by Real Housewife of Atlanta Nene Leakes and BET reality tv star Antonia “Toya” Carter and it promises to the most anticipated event in the history of this NFL rivalry.       

Founded by a single parent, in support of other single parents, The Navigation Foundation is proud to have two of television’s most influential single moms representing the cause.  “Although Nene Leakes is still married to our knowledge, she was, at a time, a single parent and understands the difficulty of raising a child alone and the ill effects it leaves on the children, explains ChiQ Simms, navigation foundation’s founder and fundraiser.  Nene is not only a great fit for the Foundation, she is a great person to represent the Atlanta Falcons for the Battle of the Fans event.”  More than half of U.S. families are comprised of only one parent.  “Single parenting is very difficult, but it also can be done successfully and our host-select representing New Orleans, Toya Carter is an example of that.”  Other invited guests include the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta, hip hop stars Young Joc, Dee Woods, Jazzy Phae, Ludacris, Shawty Lo, Dondria, New Orleans Saints Mike Mckenzie, Michael Lewis, Ricky Jackson and comedian Rodney Perry, to name a few.   

The event is a fundraiser and all ticket sales are 100% tax deductible.  “I am excited to represent the City of New Orleans, but more importantly to have a major role for such a good cause, shares Toya Carter.  Not only was I a single mom, I was a teen mom.  I am happy to contribute my time and resources to be a part of the solution.”  The Board of Directors for Navigation Foundation are hoping to gain awareness for the foundation and raise $20,000 for it’s Keep It 100 Fundraising campaign.  Donations of $100.00 or more are acknowledged on the foundation’s website.  For more information, to make a donation and to purchase tickets call 404.816.6000 or email chiq@divadendentertainment.com or visit online at www.thenavigationfoundation.org

Press Release Talib Kweli Releasing New Album Jan. 25th

Talib Kweli

Gutter Rainbows Album Out January 25th, 2011 on Javotti Media/3D

Digital-Only in North America / All Formats in the rest of the world

On Reflection Eternal’s 2000 album “Train of Thought,” Talib Kweli challenged fans, and himself, to “do what comes naturally.” After years of recording on mainstream labels, he now has the chance to produce exactly what he wants—and feels he needs—to produce: an album straight from his mouth to the ears of his fans. Invoking the true meaning of MC, Master of Ceremonies, Kweli brings incredible power to his live shows and feeds off the spontaneous energy of his audiences. Being able to interact directly with his audience and the musicians he most respects, he has created an album and a sound that best reproduces that ceremony for his fans. Finally, after serious urgency in the studio, Kweli presents ‘Gutter Rainbows,’ an album that takes a trip back to childhood while marking the newest stage in his long and dynamic career. This newest release, recorded on his time and with his talent as the driving force, proves Kweli is a complete and formidable musician—it presents the depth and breadth of his experience and ability, and sets a new bar for the cutting edge of hip-hop music.

Through Kweli’s various collaborations, he has been able to grow as an artist and expand his fan base. For over 15 years, Kweli has been a king of New York hip-hop who has an expansive international audience. Kweli’s work with Mos Def on “Black Star” (1998) still stands as one of hip-hop’s premiere expressions of truth. On “Train of Thought,” Kweli teamed up with Hi Tek to form Reflection Eternal, a virtuoso hip-hop duo that continues to wow audiences and critics alike. In 2007, Kweli and DJ/Producer/MC Madlib gave their fans “Liberation”—originally released free on the internet—an album that was filled with their joint love of the music they make and the respect their fans give them. Performing all over the world with unique style and an unequaled dedication to his music, Kweli has worked with artists as diverse as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, MF Doom, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, Common, Nelly, The Roots, Quincy Jones, Gucci Mane, Norah Jones, KRS-One and many more. With a career filled with success and innovation, it comes as no surprise that both Jay-Z and 50 Cent, at the height of their stardom, both counted Kweli among their favorite rappers. On his “solo” albums, there is no question that his lyrical talent and unique musical drive rank up there with the best in the business. Recording with other world famous musicians or alone on the mic, Kweli gives both the long-time fan and the uninitiated an unforgettable experience.

“Gutter Rainbows” was recorded with the help of incredibly talented musicians from across the country. Eric Krasno, Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, Iron Solomon, Outasight, Kendra Ross, Sean Price, 88-Keys, Marco Polo, Ski Beatz, M-Phazes, S-1, E. Jones, Oh No and others make appearances. With this record, Kweli is able to make the music he knows and loves, play with the best musicians around, and bring it straight to his fans.

As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, Kweli saw gutters that ran with dirt, oil and water, revealing a shimmering rainbow to his child’s eyes. Drawing its title from this memory, this album puts at the raw center what his music has been doing for years: finding and preserving the beautiful in the hideous; the rainbows in the gutter. Weaving the lyrical and the gritty, the autobiographical with an honest, no-holds- barred hip-hop spirit; Kweli sticks fiercely to what feels true to him in creating the sound of this album. Without being tied to any particular label’s conception of what his sound should be or when his work should hit his fans, Kweli is free to build his most personal album yet in both content and motivation. Kweli’s true solo career has only just begun, and although the future holds more collaboration, “Gutter Rainbows” marks a new stage in the long and ever-evolving career of Talib Kweli.

Album Track Listing:

1.     After The Rain (produced by 88-Keys) 

2.     Gutter Rainbows (produced by M-Phazes)

3.     So Low (produced by Shuko) 

4.     Palookas feat. Sean Price (produced by Marco Polo)

5.     Mr. International feat. Nigel Hall (produced by S1)

6.     I’m On One (produced by KHRYSIS!)

7.     Wait For You feat. Kendra Ross (produced by S1)

8.     Ain’t Waiting feat. Outasight (produced by 6th sense)

9.     Cold Rain (produced by Ski Beatz)

10. Friends & Family (produced by E. Jones)

11. Tater Tot (produced by Nick Speed)

12. How You Love Me feat. Blaq Toven (produced by Blaq Toven)

13. Uh Oh feat. Jean Grae (produced by Oh No)

14. Self Savior feat. Chace Infinite (produced by Maurice Brown) 


Click here to listen to “Cold Rain”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRwcgLzlJw8   Click here to purchase at iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cold-rain-single/id405308029

PRESS RELEASE: DJ SMALLS HOST “KILLUMINATI 2K10″

THE OUTLAWZ RELEASES THE ANTICIPATED MIXTAPE EP ENTITLED

“KILLUMINATI 2K10”

HOSTED BY DJ SMALLZ

10/31/2010

Atlanta, Georgia—October 18, 2010) One of Hip Hop’s most notable groups, The Outlawz, continue to be a symbol of hope, persistence, and hard work on the streets of our past, present, and future. The group announces the release of their first Mixtape EP “KILLUMINATI 2K10” Hosted by DJ Smallz since being reunited with original member, Hussein Fatal. With a blend of hot beats, combined with the group’s sharp lyrical talent, it is no wonder why the music industry pronounces this release as an anticipated wait needed in the game.
 
KILLUMINATI 2K10 Mixtape will be available for download on Halloween 2010.
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The Outlawz promise that each track is filled with that ghetto gospel that they were introduced to by their mentor Tupac Shakur, as well as, inspired by their new beginning to “SHOW & PROVE” their unique lyrical craft that unites them together as one. The Mixtape EP includes special guest appearances from some of the industries talents such as Freeway, Young Buck, Stormey, The Jacka, Yung La and more. The collaborations featured on “KILLUMINATI 2K10” is a blend of music that the streets, the clubs, the fellas, and the ladies can enjoy to have in rotation.

The last leaked track released from the Mixtape entitled “SEEN IT ALL” featuring the SOUTH’S own Young Buck took over the Internet and Twitter in less than a day since its premiere. “IT AIN’T OVER” is a track which expresses the groups sentiments, and their continued push throughout the streets to KEEP HIP HOP ALIVE. “KILLUMINATI  2K10” Mixtape finds The Lawz teaming up for the first time with WEST COAST rapper The Jacka for a street ballad called “COUNT MY BLESSINGS“, as well as one of the EAST COAST finest rappers, Freeway, on a self-explained hit entitled “KUSH DREAMZ”.

Following the Mixtape EP, the group will be releasing over 12 new music videos premiering on worldstarhiphop.com, and will continue to drop a new exclusive track every week on allhiphop.com as part of the Return of The Real series in anticipation for their official studio album “Perfect Timing” slated for release worldwide in spring of 2011.

Make sure to follow The Outlawz at www.twitter.com/theoutlawz  For more news, announcements, surprises and exclusive leaks from the group as they continue to show and prove why they are more than just emcees in the game. The Outlawz is a culture and an expanded brand that continues to represent the ghetto gospel that was once lost in the Hip Hop Community. 

 For additional information on The Outlawz, please visit:

www.outlaw4life.com  and www.facebook.com/officialoutlawz

Tune into The Outlawz Culture Radio every Friday at 12:00 am est. to catch exclusive music, announcements, discussions, and more:

 www.blogtalkradio.com/vtmr 

For more information on The Outlawz, or to request Media Information including interviews, please contact Aleesha Carter of K A C, Images and U, LLC.

RODNEY PERRY TO CO-STAR IN TYLER PERRYS MADEAS BIG HAPPY FAMILY

PRESS RELEASE

RP Live Entertainment

Rodney Perry to Co-Star in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family
(Atlanta, GA, August 18, 2010 ) Rodney Perry, comedian co-host of the highly popular Mo’Nique Show, is hitting the big screen. Perry will co-star in the latest installment of the Tyler Perry Madea dramedy’s, “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” Perry will appear as Harold; a henpecked man who has completely lost control of his family.
The drama/comedy, was written and directed by Tyler Perry and was adapted from Perry’s stage play, which is currently touring throughout the United States. Rodney Perry began filming this month and will appear alongside Tyler Perry, (who has reprised his role as Mabel “Madea” Simmons,) Bow Wow, Loretta Devine, Lauren London, and Isaiah Mustafa. Production is slated to wrap in early September and the film will hit a theater near you on April 22, 2011.
No stranger to film, Perry Perry has starred alongside Matt Damon in the film, “The Informant,” as well as appeared in “Bushwacked,” “Chicago Pulaski Jones” with Cedric The Entertainer, “Johnson Family Vacation” and DVD releases “Legacy,” “Redrum” and “Showstoppers.” This role has Rodney comfortably wearing his comedic skin and delivering his unique brand of hilarity alongside a stellar cast of characters.
Rodney Perry also continues to co-host The Mo’Nique Show, broadcasting daily on BET. Season two will begin airing in October 2010.
For more information on Rodney Perry visit www.rodneyperry.com.
For interviews contact Madeline Smith at madeline@rodneyperry.com