The Pulse of Entertainment: Will
Downing Delivers ‘The Promise' and Marcus Johnson Host ‘Christmas Jam' at Blues Alley December 20 -23, 2018
"It has a dual reason," Grammy nominated Will Downing said about his recent album release
of Gospel selections titled "The Promise." "One, my mom she always asked me to do one...and when I came out
my illness I promised God." "The Promise" is a 10 selection album of Inspirational tunes
released November 9, 2018 on Shanachie Entertainment. The project includes selections such as "Take It to the Cross,"
"You Blessed My Life" and "God Is So Amazing." "This is a big payback. This is
my 21st album," he said about "The Promise." "With this one he (God) had his hand on the whole thing.
Even now when I listen I still get chills." The illness Will Downing talked about is his diagnosis with auto-immune
disease Polymyositis in 2007, which threatened his life and paralyzed him. He asked God to heal him and promised to honor
him in everything if he did. Today Downing is walking, singing and testifying about the power of prayer and faith. Will came
through with the promise to God and his mother with this Contemporary Gospel project, "The Promise."
"God is so amazing. It is the most...Read
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Legendary Jazz Pianist Marcus Johnson gave up becoming a lawyer
after receiving his JD from Howard University for the music business. He then formed a partnership with BET Network founder
Bob Johnson. That partnership was to form his Three Keys Music record label, publishing and recording studio (Marimelj Entertainment
Group). Bob heard his debut album while Marcus was in college and he was so impressed with his skills that he became a silent
partner in Johnson's music endeavors. From December 20-23, 2018 Marcus Johnson brings his piano skills to
Blues Alley in Washington, DC for his "Christmas Jam" - two shows per day. "I have a new team,"
Marcus said when I commented that he has been on a roll with his performances lately. "We are reinventing marketing...using
social media for the content...re-introducing Marcus Johnson." Expect to hear your favorite Christmas
carols and ...Read
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BET's 'Sunday Best' Finalist Tyler Little Signs with
Dream Imprint, Releases Debut Single 'We Come to Praise Him'
(Atlanta, GA) - BET's "Sunday
Best" finalist Tyler Little has signed a multi-album deal with Dream Label Group (Bishop TD Jakes)in partnership with
Atlanta-based Platform Agency. Released on November 30, 2018, Tyler Little's, debut single "We Come To Praise Him"
is available now. Produced by Mod-G, Chris Adams and Elvin McCollum, and written by ASCAP Award Winning and Grammy
Award nominated songwriter Travis Malloy, "We Come To Praise Him" is a powerful Gospel track filled with celebration,
hope and affirmation of the promise of God's glory.
Rev Run, Lionsgate's President, 'NCIS' Producer Among Honorees at
the 36th Annual Caucus Awards Dinner
CA) - Jake Rademacher, Director and Producer of award-winning Brothers at War film; Sandra Stern, President of Lionsgate
Television Group; Joseph "Rev Run" of RUN DMC and wife Justine Simmons; Penny Rieger, Caucus Controller and Foundation
Administrator, and Chas. Floyd Johnson, Executive Producer of CBS's NCIS series honored at the 36th Annual Caucus Awards Dinner
at The Skirball Cultural Center.
"Journey to Love" by Eunice Moseley now Available at Barnes and Nobles.
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Grammy nominated Eddie LaVert (The OJays) pictured with his wife Raquel, Sylvia Rhone President of Epic Records, Dave "Hurricane"
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(Baltimore, MD) -The uplifting holiday musical, Ursula V. Battle's "A Christmas Miracle," will be performed on Saturday,
December 15 and Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the One God One Thought Center for Better Living (OGOT), located at 3605 Coronado
Road in Windsor Mill, MD, where the Rev. Bernette Jones serves as Senior Pastor. Presented by Battle Stage Plays, LLC, the
production will be presented Dinner Theater-style with a delicious homecooked menu prepared by Charm City Caterers.
The dynamic, Gospel singing trio Serenity is headlining the production, which was
written by Playwright and Baltimore Times Staff Writer Ursula V. Battle. The inspiring piece is being co-directed
by Dr. Tammi Rogers and Minister Tracey Stephenson. Nationally-known musician Howard "Buddy" Lakins, who has performed
with the likes of Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Mary Mary, and Maurette Brown Clark, will be on keyboard.
"A Christmas Miracle" is a Modern-Traditional story about the birth of Jesus Christ.
The touching holiday production is based on the Biblical accounts of Luke, John, and Matthew, and is a moving story about
the timeless miracles of Jesus Christ. The production is sure to take audiences on an emotional rollercoaster of side-splitting
laughter, foot-stomping singing and clapping to holiday Christmas classics, while also evoking tears of compassion during
the play's dramatic scenes, as a terminally ill grandmother tells her grandchildren all about the true meaning of Christmas.
In addition to Serenity, the production also features longtime
Baltimore acting staple Sandra Meekins as Elizabeth; Tonya Williams as Melvina Jackson; Tanya Brown as Earlene Jones) Zacharia
Hopkins as Nelson; Xavier Saunders (pictured) as Tyler; Leonard Stepney, Jr., as Joseph, and Kenya Chase as Mary). Comedian
"Miss Maybelle" will make an appearance in the production as an angel.
After Sell-Out performances in 2017 of her hit stage play comedy Ursula V. Battle's "For Better or
Worse" at OGOT, the playwright returns to the church for her latest work. Battle's other productions include Ursula V.
Battle's "Serenity House," "My Big Phat Ghetto FABUELE$$ Wedding," "DisChord in the Choir,"
and "The Teachers' Lounge."
Performances times are Saturday,
Dec. 15 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 16 (3 p.m.). Tickets are $40 ($45 after 12/5/18) and $50 for VIP (reserved seating
and gift bag: $55 after 12/5/18). Tickets will be more at the door. Call (443) 531-4787 or visit www.battlestageplays.com for more information.