Month: November 2010

Keep It Moving… (11-30-2010)

A zest for life isn’t always an easy way to live, but it’s the only way to live.  Ambition never allows the motivated to lay with eyelids at half-mass for long, and no amount of reasoning will counteract it’s efforts to pull one through those moments of inactivity…. where doubt and discouragement fester.  Rest if you must, be prepared to keep it moving….

 

 

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1-1-11 Saturday, “A Touch of Grace: In-Laws From Hell” Cast Interview

First there was the critically acclaimed novel written by Author, Andrionna L. Williams, now it is time to witness the riveting stage playIn-Laws From Hell“.

On Saturday January 1st, 2011 at 6:00pm PST and 9:00pm EST join blog talk radio producer and host, Author G. D. Grace, for an in depth hour-interview with the cast of  the play “In-Laws From Hell” on “A Touch of Grace”.

On that same ticket will be the multi-faceted Executive Producer, Director, & Writer herself, Andrionna L. Williams, so it’s one “A Touch of Grace” that you won’t want to miss.  Williams is also a highly respected  Las Vegas radio personality, and her footprint in the entertainment community is fast becoming one synonymous with words such as quality, intriguing, and raw honesty just to name a few.

The Grammy Award winning Singer/Songwriter/and Producer Fred Iiams is also on board and serves as the Musical Director for the play.

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The cast members of this play reads as a whose who of the entertainment community:

Mr. Debonair, Tony Grant of Tyler Perry’s “The Marriage Counselor”

Songbird, Trisha Mann of J. D. Lawrence’s “Clean Up Woman”

Jovial, Joy Lawshawn of Power 88

Straight Forward, April Tellis

Sweet & Serene, Gayla Allison-Murray

Comical, Otis Haley

Artistic, Treasure Tobin from the movie “Love & Basketball”

Down-to-earth, Jordan Mitchell

Sassy, Kareema White

Beautiful, Nyoko Rodgers

Optimistic, Sharon Williams

Handsome & Loyal, Robert Cox

and…

Ms. Entertainment, Alicia South

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Date and location for the play:

February 26, 2011

7:00pm
Orleans Showroom
Link to purchase tickets:

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Executive Producer, Director, & Writer

Andrionna L. Williams


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“Literary Raceway…” (11-28-2010)

Did so much writing yesterday that I was officially spent by the time I hit the pillow.  Then I rose this morning and read some of the most encouraging comments and it filled my creative tank up with inspiration, now passion is riding on a full tank to take some more spins around the literary raceway….

 

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2011 “A Touch of Grace” first confirmed guest author, Christian Black

Without a doubt, 2010 has been a year filled with triumphs and lessons learned the hard way.  It was a transitional experience where credibility was fostered, and dependability was solidified.  My introduction to blog talk radio was not by chance, because I am one who strongly believes in things happening for a reason.  When Robert Wesley Branch asked me to interview on his March and April shows I was honored, thrilled, and very green about the whole concept, but his patience and mentoring presented me with new challenges that allowed me to step into the producing arena.  Instead of being the one who was just being  interviewed, I was given the freedom and honor of reaching out to authors for the authors segment of The Robert Wesley Branch Show.  It was Robert who pointed out to me that I had produced those successful string of shows during that span of time this summer, and when it seemed as if I was getting comfortable riding on his coat-tails, another opportunity presented itself — hosting my  own talk show.

A Touch of Grace” became a reality on September 2nd, 2010.  Since that date an impressive list of talented authors have spent an hour of their busy schedules with me and have delighted listeners with stories outlining their incredible literary lives.   To date, the show has had over 3000 views and it’s popularity is increasing as the days pass.  I’ll never forget that first show, because I was overcoming a personal hardship that challenged me emotionally and spiritually, but one thing that rang true, the show had to go on, and it did.  When I listen to the archive of the show I cannot tell that I was going through a painful experience, so I believe that it was a sign that I was made to do this.

With the calendar falling swiftly on 2010, I am filled with hope, inspiration, and optimism about my future in radio as a literary personality.  The final shows for 2010 have been confirmed, and the authors on board for the ride are an impressive collective, fueled by personal experiences and creative ambition.  I am deeming the December shows as the Hopeful Trinity Edition based on the courageous authors I’ll be interviewing.

The former police officer who retired, got addicted to crack, who rebounded and wrote the riveting autobiography, “The Dopeless Hope Fiend“, the humble humanitarian who has fostered over 60 children and wrote the inspiring novel, “The House With Dirt Walls“, and last but certainly not least, the gifted poetess who has written and published 3 uplifting books of poetry are all definitions of selfless dedication to the craft of writing.  I suppose with a guest list like this, “A Touch of Grace” is truly turning out to be a platform for those inspired to motivate and put positivity out there into the hearts and soul of the hopeful.

2011′s first confirmed author is, Christian Black, a young, ambitious, and gifted African-American writer who wrote and published the gritty novel “Pleasures & Sin” (The Story of Cedric C.J. Jones).  I’ve had the pleasure of networking with Black over the past several months, and have learned much from him.  The late literary superstar, E. Lynn Harris, apparently saw something special in him as well, because prior to his death, he had taken Christian under his successful wings and was pushing him to step out on faith and be confident in his writing ability.  The outcome yielded a novel and, currently in progress, is the sequel to his first book.

The date will be finalized soon, and once it has been I will be posting the date and time of Christians’ appearance on “A Touch of Grace”, but in the meantime, stay blessed, focused and hopeful.

In the inspiring words of Marvin Sapp, remember, “He saw the best in me…when everyone else around me could only see the worst in me… he only sees me for who I am…”

GD.

Christian Black’s Literary Links:

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“Grateful that I can…” (11-26-2010)

Rising up from the ashes of discouragement and soaring into a new realm of existence feels like the first colorful burst of meadow flowers at the birth of a new spring.  It’s refreshing and spiritual.  I refuse to ask why I have to hit it the day after Thanksgiving, instead I’ll give Thanks and be grateful that I can…

 

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“A Touch of Grace” Interview with writer/poetess Fiordaliza Charles

The heart of a poetess is vast with an emotional river that runs deep and constant.  There are those with an innate ability to connect and express themselves using the gift of written word to expand and touch that innermost feeling within, and those are a collective comprised of inspirational elements.  In their hearts are phrases and sentences that become part of this flow where sensitivity and creativity align with the sole purpose of imitating the pulse inside the vein, the beat within the heart, and the imagination of the beholder.

Fiordaliza Charlesstory is one of adversity overcome — the language barrier was a small bump in the road for this gifted young lady, who not only set out to write, but also had the courage to share her writings with the world.  She has authored and published not one or two, but three books; two that are available on Amazon.  “My Poetic Heart” and “Poetic Embrace” are currently in circulation, and a third “Poetically Kissed (Volume 1) will be joining them soon.

On Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 6pm PST and 9pm EST, spend an hour with me on “A Touch of Grace” and get to know this gifted poetess.

2010 has been an extraordinary year for “A Touch of Grace“…currently 3000 visitors have dropped by to listen in or sniff around to see what all the hype is about.  Well, as the producer of this rising blog talk radio show, all I can say is that the authors featured are amongst the best in the business and I’d pay careful attention to their names, because one or more of them are destined for literary superstardom.

Skies the limit!

GD

Fiordaliza Charles’ Literary Links

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&field-author=Fiordaliza%20Charles

Publish America:

http://www.publishamerica.net/product89316.html

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“A Touch of Grace” Interview with Author & Humanitarian, Elaine Newkirk

A humanitarian is a selfless individual with warming arms that hold those in need of hope tightly.  Their hearts are touched by God’s very Grace, and in the center of their smile all that is divine can be seen.  This description of an Angel best defines an incredible writer who goes by the name of Elaine Newkirk.  She authored the heartwarming book, “The House With Dirt Walls“, and within her inspiring list of accomplishments she is also parent extraordinaire.  With one biological child, she also opened her home up to four pre-adoptive children (with disabilities).  Over the past ten years she has fostered sixty others in a quest to make lives better for youth in need.

Without a doubt, she is extraordinary.  In addition to her novel, she has also written 4 screen plays ( Two feature-length and two television sitcoms).    Her list of accomplishments also include Ordained Minister through The World Council of Independent Christian Churches, and a guest appearance on The Dr. Phil Show.

On Saturday, December 4th 2010 at 6:00pm PST and 9:00pm EST, “A Touch of Grace” has the honor of having her as a featured guest on the show, and as the producer and host of the show I will say with the utmost confidence; this is one hour that you definitely don’t want to miss.

YouTube “Dr. Phil” interview with the incredible Elaine Newkirk

Author, Elaine Newkirk Literary & Humanitarian Links

T. Y. M. E. Ministries:

http://www.itsmytyme.org/

Amazon Link for Elaine’s Novel: The House with Dirt Walls

Blog Radio Host, Author G. D. Grace

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“If You Ever Want To Know…” (11-22-2010)

If you ever want to know who your real friends are, experience economic or emotional hardships and as you recover, pay attention to the circle around you who remain — those are the ones whom you carry with you as you climb back up, those are the relationships you maintain when success shines its light on you. (wink)

 

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Andre “Versatile” Hunter – Music Mogul a G. D. Grace Interview

The historical and powerful idiom, “Young, Gifted & Black” is a phrase that personifies one with extraordinary abilities, and in this particular case that one is a rising, young, music mogul who goes by the aptly deemed name of  Andre “Versatile” Hunter.

Born in Springfield, MA and now based out of Chicago, Illinois, his gypsy-like existence has him frequenting many areas throughout the states, including Canada and overseas.  Currently he is on Ameilia Island (Fernandina Beach, FL) – Miami FL is also included in his Florida stop.  In addition to cities in Florida, Atlanta GA is also a state and city that he parks his suitcases at from time to time.

When asked about his grueling traveling schedule, he simply states that he makes himself available for all inquiries, collaborations, performances and appearances.  He revealed that he is about to embark on a tour called “The Versatile Xperience” bka “The VX” which will target cities, states, and provinces that he has traveled to before and received the most love, but he is also reaching out and extending his entertainment travels to areas that would have otherwise not been capable of landing major acts.  His flexibility and openness to play for big-budget venues and small intimate ones allow fans of all economic means the opportunity to see him perform.  He added that he wants the world to know him and that he aspires to become a household name, known for tastefully rich and honest entertainment.

Hunter’s zeal to compose music was ignited by the people in his surroundings who lived their lives through music; he elaborated by saying that his mother and father kept the household flowing with it, and that his mother’s voice was comparable to Whitney Houston when she was at the top of her game.  He shared another fond memory of how he was awakened at his aunt’s house one night, and asked to sing Houston’s “You Give Good Love”, which he flawlessly nailed.

His natural musicianship and vocal abilities seem to be a family trait, for he is part of a bloodline that includes his talented relatives (his mother’s cousins) who were part of a successful 70’s R&B Group called Tavares.  Tavares’ hits included, “Heaven Must be Missing an Angel”, “Never Had a Love Like This Before”, “It Only Takes a Minute”, and last, but certainly not least “More Than a Woman” which appeared on the record breaking soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever”, a movie starring a young John Travolta.

For the impressionably gifted tyke, musical expression became a place of peace and solace. Whenever he felt lonely or hurt, angry or sad, music always soothed and lifted his spirits, something that it still does this very day.  He says that once he zones out and, (In the words of the superstar rapper and business CEO, Jay-Z), starts murmuring and mumbling words to a beat; the ideas formulate and what might take many upwards of hours and up to a week(s) to complete; sometimes in 30 minutes, or up to a couple of hours perfectly, depending on the complexity of the arrangement. When beat making, he can make a high quality, big sounding instrumental right in front of your very eyes, whether it’s hummed or beat-boxed in as little as 15 minutes but, again, it pretty much depends on the complexity of the composition. He further adds that his talent is not a gimmick and that he has plenty of eye-witnesses that can attest to his genius. Hunter states that music is, indeed, in his blood, that God saw fit to bless him with his a gift he cultivated without any formal training or schooling — all he has ever sacrificed is sleep from a radical drive that most would call crazy and, perhaps, even wonder how he is capable of functioning after being awake for so many hours.

When asked which title he most identifies with, this multifaceted musical force says that producing and composing are intertwined as one, so he’s somewhat of a chameleon when it comes to melodic and lyrical composition.  The stimulation, he says, also comes from a poignant place within, so life, love and happiness (or even the lack thereof) boosts his imaginative energy.  Hunter feels that he has gone through quite a bit in his young life, and that jaws would literally be dropping if he revealed details of the highs and lows he has encountered on his journey.

Every experience, he says, empties out what has accumulated inside of soul and finds a new home inside the expressive corridors of his musical compositions.  His desire is to bring hope to others whom have gone through similar struggles, or ones all their own.  His passion is wrought with sincerity and he driven to create relatable music for anyone to identify with. He feels that, instead of delving in destructive or nonproductive activities, there are those who’ll turn to music as an escape to be inspired or consoled and, again, that is what fuels his ambition.   Andre believes that anyone can rise to their full potential and make their dreams happen as long as they stay progressively motivated and diligently focused in their efforts.  Regardless of how broken someone’s spirit may be, with a little bit of cultivation and direction that person can rise from the ashes and soar beyond even their own expectations.

Hunter is currently an independent artist and the CEO of the entertainment company that he himself founded; which allows him the freedom to control his destiny and also cultivate other talent; however, when he finds the right management team he plans on negotiating a contract with a major recording company that will, in turn, open doors for not only him, but also the artists that he supports as well.  Based on his observations about the business, there are too many talented people being overlooked and he is not someone interested in counting anyone out.  This is the main reason why he pushes himself as hard as he does – handling the workload of an entire company, to prove that being multifaceted will allow one to create their own opportunities and set their own rules.

Point blank;  if you want something bad enough you’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen.

In doing whatever it takes, Andre’s “Versatile” musicianship allows him to not only play keyboards, but also to utilize “every studio device known to man.” He went a step further by adding: “If I’m not familiar with it, give me a few days with it, and by the time you get back, I will be!” That versatility extends over to the genres of music he not only composes but also listens to.  Some of  his favorite singers and musical groups are: Ginuwine, Earth Wind & Fire, Freddie Jackson, Luther Vandross, Biggie, Tupac, Bow Wow, Usher, Jermaine Dupree, Jagged Edge, The Cranberries, Guns & Roses, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Jeffery Osborne, The Verge, Savage Garden….   This list goes on and on – hence the middle name “Versatile”.

His musical tastes may be vast, but his creative process is pretty simple: Hunter vibes to whatever it is he is creating.  The mood of the music determines the aura within the studio – he generally likes feeding off of live interactions that encompasses everyone’s essence to make them a part of his creative process. In that creating music is somewhat of a spiritual process, he adds that he believes in both the Father of man and his Son, he humbly knows that no one is perfect and that we all fall short of the Glory of God.

His current musical project is entitled “Q. & A: Pt. 1” and he is also working on a soundtrack for his upcoming book.  The innovative tour he is about to embark is the basis for this soundtrack and he is currently accepting submissions  from artists worldwide.  Those he deems as being the “Perfect Fit” will have the opportunity to tour with Hunter, covering geographic regions that include their own as well as others who will be touring also. The entire “Versatility” concept is to send a message that the performances are universal without limitations or locations.

The marketing avenues he uses to promote his music and projects are comprised of social networking, the distribution of CD’s, online stores, specialized fliers and posters with graphics designed by Hunter, the tried and true word-of-mouth method (family and friends), numerous media forums, established industry-relationships, as well as, performances and special appearances.  His open-mindedness leaves room for any inside industry personnel to share their vast knowledge and insight to help deepen his footprint in the sands walked by many phenomenal artists in the competitive recording world.  Youthful wisdom assures him that, in the beginning, no one will brand you better than you; however, those who are willing to help are welcomed assets on his ambitious musical endeavors. .

Andre “Versatile” Hunter’s star is on the rise; he states that he has rubbed shoulders with many well known names in the business, but the most memorable moment came when, after waiting so long, he finally met singer/actor Ginuwine.  He remembers always being in his shadow, and even remembers how many folks swore that the two of them were related – they even said that his singing style mirrored Ginuwine’s, and Hunter confidently echoes their sentiments.

Hunter is a delightfully gifted young man on a marvelous musical mission, and is also a rising music mogul on the cusp of stellar success and longevity in the glamorous world of entertainment. The last question he was asked, is what he wants his current and future listeners to know about him, the artist.  He pretty much says that the name fits the artist, and that with every piece of his work you will always have a part of him.  He promises you that the music will consistently be real and that he isn’t out just to make a hit, he wants his music to be inspirational compositions for the heart and soul.

He wants everyone to know; established artists, as well as, producers and record labels – anyone that is looking to build bridges, a “Versatile” start is the way to go.  He offers services in production, mixing, mastering, duplication, media & graphic design, DJ’ing on location, signature “Chopped & ReVerSatillized”, and most importantly, to express the fact that, any collaboration with Versatile & D-lux Entertainment will electrify any venue and bring the house down; “You will not be disappointed”.

In closing out this insightful interview, Andre was asked what his biggest thrill has been so far as a recording artist.  He responded by saying that being accepted and embraced by radio personalities, athletes, magazines, local and overseas entertainment personalities, has been an extreme adrenaline rush and profound encouragement to him.  The natural high you feel knowing that others are truly enjoying what you’ve created is, indeed, a humbling and sometimes overwhelming experience.

To purchase Andre “Versatile” Hunter’s music, visit any of the links below:

­­­ Sound Engineer Producer Songwriter Singer DJ Graphic Designer Barber

André “Versatile” Hunter

D-lux Entertainment

CEO/Founder/Artist

Skype: DluxCEO or VersatileMusic

c: 912-322-6792

http://twitter.com/VersatileMusic

http://myspace.com/VersatileMusic

http://facebook.com/VersatileMusic

VersatileMusic@gmail.com

Versatile’s new cd “Q&A: Pt. 1″ is now available on iTunes! Get your copy NOW!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/q-a-pt-1/id391602977

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“At this moment, in this place, at this time…” by Author G. D. Grace

It goes deeper than the illusion of outer beauty, and touches emotions profoundly with a subtle yet powerful sustenance, briefly taking breath, leaving vulnerably exposed and ripe for the plucking.  It flutters within with transparent wings, dancing around atop passion’s flame filling the inner core with warmth and contentment.  It brushes every layer of the heart with the promise of romance and longevity, but stays outside the realm of a firm commitment, incapable of seeing beyond moment.

The invisible aura connecting the two is beautifully melodic like the instrumentation of a perfect composition, and it rides within the lushness of strings enchanted by the fullness of summer moon, and the gentle swell of coastal tide hitting sandy shore, rhythmically and consistently.  Artistically abstract, brilliantly colored, it leaps and soars to the beat of dual pulses, claiming time with little concern about tomorrow or the days that follow.

Nothing matters except the building momentum in progress, and imminent bliss’s light kiss cements what has been longed for, leaving little room for retreat.  A shallow stream of touches along bodily curves causes backs to arch and passionate sounds to echo from within, piercing silence with erotic sound.

This is the beginning and nothing more…

At this moment, in this place, at this time…

You are mine…

 

YouTube Link: (Singer Algebra)

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