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The Recording Academy’s Third Annual GRAMMY® GPS

September 11, 2012

The Memphis chapter of the Recording Academy will host its third annual GRAMMY® GPS: A Roadmap for Today’s Music Biz on Saturday, September 29 from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm. The event aims to educate artists, producers, labels and managers who are trying to succeed in the music industry.

The event will feature a keynote address from Sub Pop Records co-founder Jonathan Poneman. In 1987, Poneman started the label with Bruce Pavitt in Seattle. The label played an important part in launching the careers of artists like Nirvana and Beach House. The event will also have a panel discussing socially conscious hip-hop hosted by Talib Kweli, who has often been called a king of New York hip-hop and has worked with everyone from Mos Def to Kanye West.

The all-day event will feature more educational panels and demonstration sessions. All those in attendance will have access to rare high-profile contacts as well as valuable information that they can put towards developing their career in the music industry. The event is free for Recording Academy and GRAMMY U® members and is $35 for the general public. For more information  and to RSVP for the event, click hereImage


September 7, 2012

Rock for Love 6 is celebrating the Church Health Center’s 25th birthday September 6th-9thin midtown Memphis.

The festival kicked off yesterday at the Hi-Tone Café with Mark Edgar Stuart, The Merry Mobile, Mouserocket and Jim Mize performing.

Rock for Love is full to the brim with music, food, and includes a block party at Overton Square on September 8th. Artists include the renowned Memphis Dawls, a local group of talented Memphis musicians whose career has soared since opening for Jack White last spring, as well as the legendary artists Booker T. and Al Kapone. The Rock for Love festival is a collaboration of newage sound, Memphis blues, classic soul, jazz, and unimaginable talent. Each of these musicians have their own, unique voice, yet adds to a single voice that is Memphis. If you’re looking for a good time this weekend, there is no better place to be.

Rock for Love brings many musicians and music lovers to the Memphis area, thus enhancing our musical culture. The rich diversity of this weekend is a delightful treat that you just can’t miss.

For more information, including the complete schedule and line-up and ticket information, visit All proceeds will go to the Church Health Center.


September 7, 2012

Since it was built in 1936, the Levitt Shell has been at the heart of Memphians community spirit. Year after year, friends and family gather to see the free concert series the Shell offers.

This year’s fall line-up is diverse and eclectic, including artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gregory Porter, Alvin Youngblood Hart, FreeWorld, and many more. Also, as a part of Rock for Love 6, Booker T. will be playing at the Shell on Sunday September 9th as the festival’s final performer. The concert is free and all food and drink sales will benefit the Church Health center. This is a great way to support Memphis music and get a taste of the real, local community.

Like the Memphis Music Foundation, the Levitt Shell strives to develop community in Memphis through music. The fall series starts on September 6th and goes until October 14th. Shows are at 7:30 pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 6:00 pm on Sundays. The Levitt Shell is centrally located at Overton Park in midtown Memphis.

For the complete calendar, directions, and more information visit

Gospel Music Community Town Hall Meeting Notes

May 10, 2012

Monday, April, 30th was a Great night for Memphis Gospel and Christian Music, Historic even.  As you may know Memphis Gospel Alliance hosted its first ever Town Hall Meeting.

 Memphis Gospel Music Community Town Hall Meeting and SAGMA Membership Drive at Visible Music College
 The Memphis Gospel Music Community Town Hall Meeting was a City Wide effort to: 

  • Unify the Gospel Music Community at Memphis
  • Discuss strategies to advance and promote OUR Gospel Music Artist Nationally
  • Improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Gospel music and its makers

The Information was powerful and the panelists were OUTSTANDING. 

Cameron Mann (Memphis Music Resource Center ) Johnnie Walker – (Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission, National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc.), Jon Hornyak (The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter , Sheri Jones-Moffett – STELLAR AWARD Winning, GRAMMY nominated Gospel Recording Artist), Dion Moffett (Technology Evangelist,  Enough Industries LLC)Ken Steorts – Founder and President of Visible Music College – Founding guitarist, songwriter, and road manager of the GRAMMY, DOVE, and Billboard Music Awards nominated rock band Skillet). Jonathan W. Cross II – Music Business Professional – Chairman, 3PM Media Group/NMC Holdings Inc – Principal at 1st Sentinel Talent Advisors – Chief Sound Engineer at Mississippi BlvdChristian Church), Jason Clark – Producer and CEO Cannon Music Group –  AWARD WINNING, GRAMMY NOMINATED MUSIC PRODUCER – MUSICAL DIRECTOR – MUSIC INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE – COMPOSER), Marque “Keybeeetsss” Walker – Multiple Grammy and DOVE nominated Producer, Engineer, Song writer, and Musician – with contributions on many STELLAR Award winning CD’s), Ron Elliot Briggs (Ronnie B) – Owner / Creative Mind at Purpose By Design Print and Graphics – Music Director / Personality at AM 1480 WBBP – Coordinator, Public Relations International Music Department Church Of God In Christ, Inc.), Darrell Pettis – National Gospel Artist of Darrell Pettis and Strength in Praise (SIP) one of the hottest Gospel groups in the nation!

All came together in one place at one time and shared information that will pierce the glass ceiling seemingly over Memphis Gospel Music and help to catapult it beyond the Greater Mid-South.
Information is power, shared information is strategic power when used wisely it creates partnerships to help us all achieve common goals and objectives. That night was the start of something big, how big is up to you, the Memphis Gospel Music Community stakeholders.  “United We Stand, Together We Can”

This event was in keeping with the Vision and Mission of the Memphis Gospel Alliance (MGA).

Memphis Gospel Alliance (MGA) commits to educate, expose, promote and celebrate the Gospel through Memphis music and toMemphis through Gospel music. 

MGA actively facilitates communication and interaction between local, regional, national and international music entities to advance Memphis and its gospel music to the forefront of the industry GLOBALLY.

We are committed to sharing information and identifying resources that create opportunities for Memphis Gospel and Christian Music.

Help us, help you.  Send commits and suggestions to us via e-mail to:

Michael Steven Moore
Executive Director, Memphis Gospel Alliance
Columnist, Memphis Music Foundation
431 South Main Street, Ste 201B
Memphis, TN 38103
901.690.3262 – Cell


May 7, 2012






24 Hours/ 24 Awards/ 8 Cities/ 1 Historic Road Trip

New York, NY, May 04, 2012 – Viacom Music Group, which includes MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, today announced that its groundbreaking and Webby Award winning O Music Awards,, a digitally driven event that celebrates and honors the artists, fans and innovators impacting digital music culture, will return on June 27th. The third iteration will be the world’s first 24-hour award show live stream, an event that will unfold via a historic bus ride through the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Running tandem with the awards, one courageous band will board a tricked-out bus and zigzag across the region in attempt to break Jay-Z’s Guinness World Records® title for the Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours (Multiple Cities) hitting a total of 8 cities starting in Memphis and ending in New Orleans. Beginning today, fans can suggest potential categories and nominees via Categories, nominees and the band attempting to break the world record will be announced at a later date. Confirmed sponsors include Honda, SK Energy and Starbucks® Frappuccino® blended beverages.
With each cycle, O Music Awards continues to best itself and smash records in the process. O Music Awards 2 beat out April’s debut as MTV’s second biggest live stream ever, nearly doubling the previous numbers, generating more that 1.4 million live streams and 22.3 million votes.

Having already invaded Las Vegas’ iconic Fremont Street last April and West Hollywood on Halloween night in 2011, O Music Awards now has its sights set on the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll: the Mississippi Delta, an area that’s been home to musical greats like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, W.C. Handy, Howlin’ Wolf, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Alex Chilton and Three 6 Mafia.

But this is no mere road trip down memory lane; it’s a celebration of musical roots and a down and dirty, 24-hour live stream where anything can happen. The band in question will be in a constant state of “go” as cameras follow them on the bus, on the stage and everywhere in between. Along the way, the band will stop in 8 different cities and will play alongside a wide range of artists, meet up with fans and presenters who will dole out awards, and, of course, deal with all the pitfalls and unexpected detours that a multi-state road trip entails – flat tires, stops at musical monuments, and perhaps the occasional music-making hitchhiker. The audience at home can watch it all from any screen and, naturally, interact, influence, and play a part in the voyage as they head toward the final destination.
“We started O Music Awards as an experiment and it keeps gaining momentum as an incubator for experimenting with interactive storytelling across multiple platforms,” said Dermot McCormack, Executive Vice President of Viacom Music & Logo Group. “We invite the audience in and together we want to push the boundaries of how stories are told. We also have some fun, give out awards and break a few records.”
Categories and nominees will be announced on Wednesday, May 23. Past O Music Award winners have included Bjork (Digital Genius Award), Kanye West (Best Tweet), Tokio Hotel (Fan Army FTW), Nirvana (Best Vintage Viral Video), Spotify (Most Addictive Social Music Service), Aquarium Drunkard (Best Independent Music Blog), Way Out West (Most Innovative Festival) and CrowdJuke (Best Music Hack). (NOTE- KP TO ADD HYPERLINKS TO ACCEPTANCES WHERE AVAIL)
In the coming weeks, we’ll reveal the identity of the band slated to take on the world record, as well as the artists who will join them on the road. The previous award shows have featured a myriad of performers that span multiple genres, including The Flaming Lips, Robyn and Mumford & Sons; and have been springboards to launch artists including Foster the People, Mac Miller and Alabama Shakes. (NOTE- KP TO ADD HYPERLINKS TO PERFORMANCES WHERE AVAIL)

Running in tandem with the awards and performances, O Music Awards have successfully made its way into the history books by carving out 3 Guinness World Records. During the inaugural O Music Awards in Las Vegas in April of 2011, rapper Chiddy of Chiddy Bang snagged Guinness World Records titles for the Longest Freestyle Rap and the Longest Marathon Rapping record after rapping for 9 hours, 16 minutes and 22 seconds. For O Music Awards 2, the show took on an even more ambitious goal: Longest Team Dance Marathon. A group of 13 dancers assembled at LA’s famed club The Roxy on Halloween Eve to take on this epic attempt.  Twenty-four hours later, all 13 were still standing and seized the record. The effort also raised more than $32,000 to fight bullying, with the money divided equally between The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), The It Gets Better Project, The Gay Straight Alliance Network (GSA), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and The Trevor Project.
The O Music Awards are much more than just an awards show. With a news blog, monthly live event series (O Music Awards Unboxed) and more, has become one of the premiere destinations for all things related to digital music innovation both online and off.



Kurt Patat
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Carucage Records: Your New Favorite Label

May 3, 2012


 Carucage Records is Memphis’s new DIY label. Taylor Bryant, co-founder of Carucage Records, began working in promotion and production at a young age, especially when you consider that when the label originally launched he was completing his senior year at Christian Brothers High School. Alongside Taylor is his cousin, Cory Robinson, based out of St. Louis and close friend Zohayr Shirazee (guitarist/vocalist of Memphis’ own Adaje).  These guys run the label solely on their individual personal finances and of course with any profit that the label generates. When asking Zohayr about the label’s goals, he stated “our only goal really is to help bands that support themselves but don’t have the funds necessary to put out releases they want to put out. The key…is to only work with bands that can pull their own weight for multiple reasons. One, it makes it easier on us financially because it’s easier to make our money back that we’re putting into these releases. The fact is that none of us are millionaires and we can only do a certain number of releases at a time…Also, we constantly work with other labels for virtually every release we’ve done so far, so this further exposes us to different scenes and audiences, which is another goal of ours…The more exposure we have as a label, the more exposure the band can get”

Since the label’s beginning, Carucage Records has had a wide range of artists from practically every corner of America and the demand is so high for the guys at Carucage that submissions for 2012 are already filled up due to the “interest of not going broke”.  DIY ethics are firmly rooted in the label as most printing, recording, promotion, etc. is done by Carucage or close friends. Additionally, did we mention that most of the releases from the label are available for a digital download for free? Of course, there are other forms of release such as vinyl and cassette tapes, which yet again is another indication of the label’s DIY drive. This method of wearing their hearts on their sleeves is paying off, especially for Memphis’ own punk band Adaje as they recently played numerous gigs at Austin’s SXSW, have an upcoming release, and are going to be touring this summer. That being said check out the label’s upcoming releases and help support these guys and their desire to change and unite music of all forms spread throughout the country.

Recent Releases:

  • Louds? – Self-Titled Cassette Tape
  • Tubetops – Self-Titled EP Cassette Tape
  • Dads – Brush Your Teeth, Again 😉 EP Cassette Tape

Courtney Little Birthday Celebration

April 27, 2012