Super producer Dallas Austin held a launch event for his “Beat Thang” sampler/beat machine at his private residence last weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. (May 27, 2011).
In addition to his son Tron and baby mama Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, several popular area beat makers joined Austin to sample his sampler, including Jazze Pha, Drummaboy, DJ Toomp, JLac (Usher’s lil brother) and more.
Event producers Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols did a wonderful job bring together over 300 Atlanta tastemakers and music industry insiders to celebrated the One-Year Anniversary of the event, held at Park Tavern in midtown.
Heralded as the most exclusive live music showcase in the city author/musician Fonzworth Bentley wowed the crowd with his expertly choreographed routine and R&B group NEXT reunited as headliners of the hot show.
When RL spotted 112’s Q Parker sitting in the audience alongside his wife Sherlinda, he handed him the mic urging him to sing a few bars.
Q first sung a lick while sitting but soon hit the stage, giving the hyped crowed a brief 112 flashback…
Keri Hilson & Kelly Rowland attend Devyne Stephens’ 3rd annual Christmas Gala Wednesday evening (Dec. 22). [Sidebar: Keri must have missed the “Formal Attire” memo]
Devyne played host to over 500 Atlanta luminaries and friends from the music, arts, and philanthropic cultural spheres during the event, which was held at the historic Buckhead Theatre. Guests were greeted by a dazzling holiday ambiance which included Santa Claus and live reindeer.
Themed “Winter Wonderland”, the formal, black-tie evening inaugurated Devyne Interventions “Power of Music” text campaign to benefit Devyne Intervention and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.
Keri Hilson & Kelly Rowland, Akon, Mayor Kasim Reed, Jermaine Dupri, Terri Vaughn, Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios & NBA legend Julius “Dr. Jay” Irving,were just a few of the notable celebs spotted amongst the crowd.
As usual, Devyne was doing the most with several wardrobe changes and performances and the big surprise of the evening was a crowd pleasing Christmas performance by the legendary Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds.
More photos from Devyne Stephens’ 3rd Annual Christmas Gala + video of Babyface’s performance below: Continue Reading…
Last night (Oct. 12th), ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) who reps everyone from Beyonce to Jay-Z & Ludacris kicked off their 2nd annual ASCAP Presents… Women Behind the Music in Atlanta.
Grammy Award winning multi-platinum singer Kelly Rowland of super-group Destiny’s Child was honored along with Entertainment attorney Sandra Brown(Jermaine Durpi/Akon) and Hanna King(GM of Grand Hustle/T.I).
DJ Traci Steele & Rashan Ali
Hosted by V103’s Rashan Ali (luv the shoes!) and with music by DJ Traci Steele, the annual event series is designed to promote, and recognize the impact women have made in the entertainment industry, and specifically music. The honorees all participated on a discussion panel where they shared secrets to being a successful in a male dominated industry. I learned a lot just by being in the room!
Also spotted: Devyne Stephens, DJ Traci Steele, Johnta Austin, Shanti Das, Princess (Crime Mob) and more.
So So Def R&B singer Dondria gets all glammed up in her new video for her 2nd single, “Shawty Was Up” featuring Johnta Austin and Diamond. I sat down with Dondria back in December and she’s really been making waves since then!
With the hot single “You’re the One,” and an NBA All-Star Game national anthem performance now under her belt, Dondria just completed the visual “Shawty Was Up” and shooting took place at several spots around Atlanta this week.
Dondria ~Johnta Austin ~ Diamond
Directed by G. Visuals, the video is a spin-off of the classic New Edition video “If It Isn’t Love.” Continue Reading…