I have been managing this young lady for the past 2 years and we are embarking upon great things! She is a beautiful young Lady inside and out with a huge voice anointed by God. I’m so honored to be on this journey with V! We would love your support, prayers and good energy! It takes a great deal of focus, prayer and faith to follow your dreams…we have been steadfast and God has been ordering our steps. Belief, determination and hard work pays off!! What an exciting time for me to watch V as she steps into her glory!
I’m also very excited for myself as I’ve stepped confidently into the next chapter of my life as an Artist Manager. As some of you may know, I have been a female Artist professionally in the Music Industry for many years (The Gyrlz, Terri & Monica)…starting out as a very young girl in my teens…I’ve accomplished much and learned a lot from Veterans/Executives/Icons such as Andre Harrell, Russell Simmons, Lenny Waronker, Gary Harris, Jeff Burroughs, Babyface, Stevie Wonder and Prince to name a few.
I grew up on Real Soul Music..Stax, Motown…Studying the musical greats like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, just to name a few.
As an Artist, I was groomed through Uptown Records in the early 90’s, playing a part in changing the sound of R&B music to what we call New Jack Swing… being the first New Jill Swing group “The Gyrlz” in the company of Teddy Riley & Guy, Kyle West, Al B. Sure, Keith Sweat, Heavy D &The Boys, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci… I have been a faithful Student… My ears are seasoned. My eyes are sharp and my passion is real!! I’ve been around some of the best! I have learned much about the “business”, fortunately for me, by making a few mistakes along the way and not being afraid to get back up, jump in and ask the right questions as well as choosing the right mentors. I have grown up in this Industry around Pioneers…I’m proud to say that as a Woman, I am standing on the shoulders of a few incredible Women such as Susan DePasse, Nancy Wilson, Sylvia Rhone, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Sonia Norwood, just to name a few. Women in the Arts who are Pioneers. Women who have built empires in the Music and Entertainment Industry with style and grace, Women with progressive ideas, who have opened doors and paved the way for other women. Women who also love music and to whom which have played a significant part in the quality of music that we listen to today…….but that’s another Blog! Lol! Let me add that with Teachers and Sheros of this quality, I feel I am more ready than ever to guide, nurture and support the right Artist to the TOP!
Speaking of the right Artist, Veronika (V) WOWS me everyday! She’s born to do this!! Her work ethic is impeccable, her talent is unquestionable…I see and feel her passion for music. She breaths it, walks it, talks it, lives it! Her dream is very real!!…I can’t think of anyone who deserves this blessing more! I am inspired everyday to wake up and push for her! V is featured on the Duet with Timothy Bloom “Til The End Of Time”..I have posted the video a few blogs below…She has become the buzz of the Industry! Everyone is asking ‘”Who’s that Girl?” That’s That Girl V!! Currently V is recording and on the road with Timothy Bloom promoting Timothy’s single “Til The End Of Time” and his debut album on Intersope Records. You can find the single on iTunes and Amazon. Here are a few pics of V while she was in Miami this past Wed celebrating Timbalands Bday. Please join us as the Story of “That Girl V” unfolds!! All Glory to God!
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