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Art Turner
Point Of Vu

Art Turner (Host)

 

Give a big shout-out to Art Turner who will bring the Chicago, IL stage to WURU 2023. Chi-town in da house! 

 

Former host for two Internet radio stations, Netnews world radio'' and '' Hot Music Hot Topics Around

The World '' AT WWW.USTREAM.

 

Former  DISC JOCKEY FOR CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

 

WRITING AND PRODUCTION CREDITS

2003  ' ' HERE AND NOW

'' Hollywood ca. a cable TV show featuring a song that Art wrote and produce

entitled "BB BOUNCE" It's a song about the man that gave JAMES BROWN

his start, Legendary Bobby Bird performed by SILK BLACK.

 

1992 " HOW U LIKE ME NOW " comedy MCA/ UNIVERSAL

MOVIE Art co-wrote and produce the feature song      "LOVE GAMES".

"GO FOR BAD" EMMY AWARD Movie MOODY BIBLE

INSTITUTE Art co-wrote and performed the theme song "GO FOR BAD"

SOLEIL MOON "WORLD APART" ac radio M TV / VH1 a

new breaking band Art co-wrote a song from the LP "CALLING ON THE WORLD"

 

1986 - 1992

POP STAPLE's debut album on A&M Records written and co-produced '' THIS THING IS REAL,"

 

JANET JACKSON's "BLACK CAT" produce a remix for

A&M Records.

 

JAMES BROWN's "CAN'T GET ANY HARDER" co-produces a

remix for Scotti Brothers Records.

 

1987 -1993 ART TURNER Midwest Regional Promotional Manager

A&M/RCA and Scotti Brothers. 

 

Contribution and Accomplishments

Responsible for the following recording artists' achievements. 

 

JANET JACKSON "RHYTHM NATION 1814" sold over a

million units multi-platinum

BLACK BOX "DREAMLAND". ALABAMA "FEEL SO

RIGHT" THE JUDD'S " WHY NOT ME'' TO SHORT "LIFE IS TOO SHORT''

BILLY OCEAN ''SUDDENLY" STINGS "THE SOUL CAGE. "WHITNEY

HOUSTON" debut DIANA ROSS "WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE" QU

INCY

JONES "THE DUDE" RICK SPRINGFIELD "WORKING CLASS DOG A VERY

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS on A&M Records GOLD Sales WILL SMITH / DJ JAZZY JEFF

"RING MY BELL" sold 500,000 units of GOLD HI FIVE " HI-FIVE"

LP JONATHAN BUTLER " JONATHAN BUTLER" LP CC PENISTON "

FINALLY" JEFFREY OSBORNE's" SHE ON THE LEFT" #1 single at Urban

radio and trade music VESTA WILLIAMS "CONGRATULATION" HERB APERT and

 

*EDUCATION

 

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO business and general courses. 

MALCOLM X College creative writing and music. Coordinated weekly songwriter classes at

Kennedy king college in Chicago, IL. With legendary recording artist /songwriterJERRY BUTLER.

Production and copywriters BARRY WHITE panellist.

Class on collaboration with legendary songwriter OTIS BLACKWELL.

OSCAR BROWN actor/songwriter we collaborated on songs that taught phonics.

Minneapolis seminar on the panel with JIMMY JAM AND TERRY LEWIS.

 

*MOVIES AND TV SHOWS 

  AS A Back Round Talent 2002

 

''THE MAJESTIC Starring Jim Carey, Laurie Holden, Martin

Landau and David Ogden. Art Appears in three scenes. The outdoor scene is twice an indoor party scene.

''CRADLE TO THE GRAVE'' Starring DMX, Jet Li, Kelly Hu,

Anthony Anderson and Tom Arnold Art were getting on the train as DMX is getting

off we walk past each other.

''NATIONAL SECURITY Starring Martin Lawrence. Art was a cop

in a cemetery scene.

''THE WEST WING'' TV SHOW, Starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe,

and Allison Janney, Art was in a scene with all three stars as a special agent

in a meeting positioned  next to Martin

Sheen as we discuss top secrets and issues regarding the White House.

' 'E R TV SHOW'', Starring George Cl, Anthony Edwards, Noah

Wyle and Julianna Margulies. Art was a visitor in both scenes.

''THE X FILES'' TV SHOW Starring David Duchovny, Gillian

Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, 

Mitch Pileggi. Art was a Detective

season 21.

''THE DISTRICT'' TV SHOW Starring Jack T Nelson and Roger

Brown Art was a Detective over 10 times in an office scene

ACCORDING TO JIM TV SHOW Starring Jim Belushi Art appears in

a restaurant scene sitting at a table with a lady across from Jim and his wife

from the show.

''CSI ''TV SHOW Filmed in  L.A. Starring William Peterson. Art is a special forensic investigator.

 

Point Of Vu

 

“Point Of Vu” is Byron Woods, Stephen Thomas & Daniel Porter. These three gentlemen have a rich accomplished history in the music business complimented by long lists of recordings, performances and various successful musical projects.

Byron Woods has been in the music business for over 20 years, singing R&B, Jazz and has worked with various groups like On Stage which included accomplished keyboardist & producer Mike Logan, Vocalpoynt and Solo ventures. Byron’s latest project is with the new group, Poynt Of Vu. Formed in 2018 with members Daniel Porter & Stephen Thomas. Stephen began his music career in 1974 performing with the band ICE. Further in Stephen’s career in 2010 he became a member of the entertainment group “Putting on the Hits” as an illusionist performing in concerts with various other artists. Daniel Porter began playing percussion and singing with his family group as a youngster, trained by his father Donald “Duck” Porter of the legendary Doo Wopp group “The Spaniels” known for their signature song recorded in 1954, “Good Night Sweetheart Goodnight”. Daniels has also performed with many different groups singing Jazz, R&B and may other musical genres establishing a long musical relationship with his favorite group Vocalpoynt with his good friend Byron Woods.

Point Of Vu’s current single is a remake of The Spinners classic, "There's no one like You". Produced by Mike Logan Sr.(Will Downing) this song is a stepper’s delight and a great debut for the group. Point Of Vu pays respect to the songwriters Bruce Hawes, Joe Jefferson and Charles Simmons. We can't wait for you to check us out live. This is our Poynt Of Vu.

Mauree McGavok

Mauree McGavok

 

Dubbed ‘Soul Kitten’ by Billboard Magazine, the sultry vocals of soulful singer Mauree’ will take you on a journey that will leave you yearning for more.
Currently working on her 3rd CD, Mauree has engaged the most talented musicians and singers in the Midwest for what promises to be a plethora of Soul, Funk, R&B, and jazz hits. Meanwhile, the songs t res s performs at a host of local venues, and private events, and provides
vocal coaching for budding young artists.
As a little girl, Mauree fell in love with country legends such as Tammy Wynette, Lynn Anderson, and Loretta Lynn. But as she grew older, she began to study and emulate R&B greats like Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, Teena Marie, and Cheryl Lynn. Looking back, she recalls that all she ever wanted to sing. Already serious about her craft at the tender age of 12, she formed a girl group with her sister and two other young girls. Even then, friends and family knew they were witnessing the start of greatness. This wasn't a gimmick - Mauree’ was the real deal.
Now an accomplished musician, some of the greatest artists in the industry have called upon the vocalist to provide background support for concerts all over the world. This impressive list includes Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, Academy Award Nominee Ray Parker Jr. George Johnson of the Brothers Johnson, CeCe Peniston, Martha Wash, Alexander O’Neal, Crystal Waters, Billy Paul, Howard Hewitt, The Emotions, Midnight Star and Sir Nose of Parliament and Funkadelic fame.
Of course, Mauree’s talent isn't limited to background vocals by any stretch of the imagination. The real treat I s watching Mauree’ perform solo. To her credit, she has been the opening act for Comedian Bernie Mac, Roy Ayers, Will Downing, Waymon Tisdale, George Duke, Stanley Clark, Phil Perry, Enchantment, and Soul Supergroup One Way. The list of venues and Fes t s she’s covered includes but isn’t limited to The Jazz Bulls, The Back Room, The Cotton Club, The Green Dolphin, and The Vic Theatre in Chicago as well as the Juneteenth Festival in Tulsa, OK, and Indianapolis Black Expo.
Being such a powerful performer landed her some prominent theatre roles along the way. She had the honour of portraying Ella Fitzgerald in the Chicago Musical ‘Song Diva’ and performed in the off-Broadway musical ‘Imagine Tap’ at the Chicago Theatre. Mauree continues to wow audiences all over the world. Fans say, “She has a voice as strong and sweet as her spirit”. When she hits the stage you are observing real musicianship, with sincere passion and heartfelt delivery.

 

Myles L. Reed Jr. ('Skip')

 

Singer, Promoter, Producer, Songwriter

 

AS A SINGER (Bass, Baritone, Tenor, 1st Tenor)

Currently a member of the 'Simply Elegant' vocal group.

 

Previously a member of:

 

*Basic Motivation

 

*Lymelight

 

*Ajacks (Motown Revue)

 

*T'Challah

 

 

AS A PERFORMER (Performed at)

 

*The China Club

 

*The High Chapparal

 

*Excalibur

 

*McCormick Place

 

*Cheers

 

*East of the Ryan

 

*Elmhurst College

 

*South Shore Cultural Centre

 

*Goose Island

 

*Morgan Park High School

 

*Elk's Halls

 

 

AS A PROMOTER/PRODUCER (Conceived/Produced/Promoted);

 

*Hump Thing (Talent Promotion at Shadows Night Club and Mr G's)

 

*Rap Fest (Mr G's Entertainment Centre)

 

*Postal Parties (Bi-weekly at The Alibi Club in Bellwood, Il)

 

*Postal Parties (Bi-weekly at Rodney's in Chicago)

 

*'Gemini'  Birthday Cruises  (Spirit of Chicago)

 

*Annual Ski Trips (Oconomowoc, Wisconsin)

 

*Steppin' Up (Television Pilot featuring and promoting upcoming and existing Chicago talent)

 

*Holiday Kick-off Celebration (Christiana Hilton Hotel, Delaware)

 

*Wake Up Rise Up Live 4 Peace (w. Art Turner, Producing the 'Chicago Stage'.)

 

 

AS A SONGWRITER:

 

*Gunshots (Lyrics by Myles L. Reed Jr, Music by Art Turner.  Performed by Myles L Reed Jr.)

 

 

Related:

 

Brother - Frank K. 'T'Challah' Reed (Former Lead Singer for the ChiLites -1988 - 2014 (Deceased)

 

Brother - Darryl Alan Reed - Movie, TV, and Stage Actor (Martin, Bernie Mac Shoe, C.S.I., Without a Trace, and much more.

Myles L. Reed Jr. ('Skip')
Maurice Mahon

Maurice Mahon

 

 

Maurice Mahon to the Chicago Stage. Maurice Mahon is no stranger to this industry. From the heart of the city, the west side of Chicago, he grew up singing spiritual songs and Rhythm and Blues. His roots in music have allowed him to work with some of the greatest of our time, Tyler Perry, TD Jakes, Kim Fields, Angie Stone, Christopher Williams, Kenny La ’more, Keith Sweat, David Hollister, Kelly Price, and Keke Wyatt, to name a few.  In a short time, Maurice Mahon has accomplished much and his accolades as a singer, writer, producer, and actor have made his reach extensive. Being an ambassador of soul music has allowed him to teach Gospel music at Chicago Christ the King College Prep. Chicago Idol winner in 2003, which was sponsored by Clear Channel and Fox paved the way for Maurice Mahon to have a song written and produced by R. Kelly, entitled “Closer”. Maurice did not stop there. He developed his own sound and was able to tour across the country, Europe, and Africa where he lived in Lebanon singing some of the R&B classics to the Lebanese. Maurice formed the New Face of Soul, comprised of Chicago-based musicians. This venture allowed him to open for several mainstream artists such as Joe, Freddie Jackson, Gladys Knight, Carl Thomas, Alicia Keys and Raashan Patterson. This extensive work led up to Maurice working alongside the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson doing prison ministry where he was appointed music director for Saturday morning broadcasts, Operation   Push, on impact television.   While doing this work, Maurice wrote, directed, and performed the song “I Am Somebody”. Maurice is steadily evolving. Through the pandemic, he wrote and composed several songs, Black Angel, Free, and his hit single, “Find Me”. He continues to soar his musical interests, currently working on an album to be released soon. Maurice Mahon is the New Face of Soul.

Syrin Songs

 

Syrin Songs is a Philadelphia native with a soulful sound and an undying love for music to share with the world. Syrin has more than 20 years of experience collaborating, performing lead, and background vocals with talents such as A Cut Above the Rest Band with Raiena Graham; Philadelphia, and Cecil Parker at T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) The Tropicana Hotel and Casino; Atlantic City, Cuba Gooding Sr. and The Main Ingredient; New Orleans, Percy Sledge at; Foxwoods Resort Casino; Mashantucket Connecticut, The Stylistics at The Dell East; Philadelphia, DJ Kev Karaoke; Philadelphia, Herb Smith Experience; Philadelphia, and so many more wonderful talents which have all been gifts. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this wonderful lineup of performers at this Great and Historic Event. I am most humbled and honoured.

 

 

Rev.Mary Lucas

Apostle/Pastor Rev.Mary Lucas.  She was born to be God's Reflection of His Perfection and merely a Hologram of His imagination. Birthing 4 Kings and 2 Queens, whom she is most thankful and proud of, by the same Man of God, named Rev. Calvin Lucas. She is one of the least of the least his little ones, that He called and appointed to be an Apostle.  She has been labelled and was deemed by the Media as "the Gangster Preacher," based on the life-changing work that she has done as a Chaplain on Death row of various Penal institutions, all over the United States. She and her 6 nations were born to unashamedly and fearlessly Gangster, God's precious people out of the belly, the Jaws, the teeth, and the mouth of the Enemy of our Souls, by the God-given power and anointing of Jesus Christ.  Her youngest son, God's Love, was the last one of my 6 biological children that she ordained as a Minister, on Sunday, Jan.2, 2022. presently living her promise, "greater days" type life, in two of her promised lands, on Penthouse Arrest, as a prisoner of the Lord, but without chains. She is voluntarily serving a life sentence of service to her Warden, Jesus Christ. 

Donn Harper

 

Originally from Chicago, Donn Harper is a veteran actor He has appeared in several feature films such as "Monkey Hustle", "Touch and Go", "On The Right Track", "Bad Boys", "The Imposter", "Wedding Bell Blues" and more recently "Soul Food", "Mimic II" and "Vacant Lot". Donn's television credits include NBC's Emmy wining "Fast Break to Glory" and recurring roles in NBC'S "Chicago Story" "City Guys" and ABC'S "The American Dream", "Chicago PD" ,"The Haunted Hathaway's" "Happy Endings"  the Soaps ABC's "General Hospital" and NBC'S "Passions" and several national commercials. Donn has performed as numerous, memorable theatrical characters at Zebra Crossing, Steppenwolf Theater, Black Ensemble Theater, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, all Chicago Companies, he was nominated for a BTA Award {Black Theater Alliance} for best supporting actor in "Stoops" and "Comfort Stew"). As a Director Harper's credits include ETA's "Going To The Club" and " Boppin' With The Ancestors" to name a few. He has produced and directed several stage productions Under his production Company "JuJu Sauce Productions "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf", "A Soldier's Play" and "Black Coffee". He movie can be seen in the hit movie "Southside with you " the movie about The Obama's first date

Syrin Songs
Rev.Mary Lucas
Donn Harper
'Blues Man' Lonne G.

Welcome 'Blues Man' Lonne G. to the Chicago Stage of the WakeUpRiseUp-Live4Peace event, airing on September 21st, 2023.                         
Lonne G is a Chicago songwriter Artist and Producer since 1991. Known worldwide for his dedication to R&B and community service worldwide. Performing hits taking the charts by storm and spending much time working with radio Producers and promoters in the music industry. Nominated to National Black Radio Hall of Fame Chicago Chapter.

Lonne G is a highly talented individual from North Chicago Illinois. He began his career with Soul Sensations and later formed a group called Pick of the Litter and recorded a powerful single "the many sides of Love".

After several years with the group, Lonne G decided to go solo. He recorded "the heat is on", which was produced under the guidance of Mitchell Austin Productions of Detroit Michigan. As a result, great music was made. Lonne has appeared with such artists as the Floaters, Detroit Emeralds, Patrice Rushin, war, The Temptation Review featuring Dennis Edwards, friends of Distinction, and Blues Legend Buddy Guy.

 Lonne G has toured the Philippine islands, Tokyo Japan, Tennessee, Arkansas, Las Vegas, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Indiana. This Soulful G&G recording artist is currently enjoying chart-topping hits such as Standing in the Crossroads, Too Late, and Hold on to the Blues just to name a few.

 Lonne G continues to hit the stage with excitement, passion, and heartfelt soul,

RJ Mitchell

 

RJ Mitchell Born and raised in Chicago, RJ’s passion for music was sparked when he played the drums at just 8 years old. It was while beating out the rhythm at such a young age to the soulful melodies that came forth from Sunday after Sunday that he also fell in love with singing. By age 12, RJ was honing his obvious vocal talent with a group he had formed. He continued to sing throughout the years with a couple of groups before finally deciding to go...solo! Through the years RJ has written & and recorded over 50 songs, won a host of talent shows and went on a couple of national tours sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Over the years, RJ has added songwriting and promoting to his musical résumé as well. But he continues to shine brightest lending his own exceptional vocals to gospel, R&B, soul, hip hop, pop, punk and rock. In short, he is a dynamic performer who has mastered a diverse medley of musical styles. These days RJ can be witnessed wowing audiences live on stages around Chicago and throughout the Nation...

Joan Collaso

 

Joan Collaso Emmy award winner and international vocalist Joan Collaso was born, raised and is living in Chicago. Joan’s flowing sensual melodies will capture your ear, but her spirit will capture your heart, as she blends the textures of Jazz, R&B, Blues and Gospel in a way that gives her a distinct sound. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Chicago State University. Her artistry is celebrated throughout Chicago, the Midwest and internationally. Her credits and contributions to the performing arts community are numerous, including sold-out productions and performances, live and recorded background vocalist for top artists, and performances for film and television. Among many awards, Joan received a coveted Emmy for her performance in the PBS Special Precious Memories, Strolling 47th Street. Her film and television credits span from Oprah Winfrey to the hit TV show Empire. Her voice has been heard on numerous radio and TV commercials, and recordings. She’s performed supporting vocals in concert for musical giants like Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Al Jarreau and for the late “Queen of Soul” Ms. Aretha Franklin. She’s opened for Jeffrey Osbourne and India Irie and performed her one-woman show, A Tribute to Nancy Wilson and Shirley Horn in Chicago and Las Vegas. In addition to being an accomplished performer, Ms. Collaso is the founder and Executive Director of Timeless Gifts Performing Arts Program for Youth & Young Adults, an organization that inspires, instructs and provides advanced professional performance opportunities for young aspiring artists in the Chicago land area. In April 2019, Ms. Collaso and her team took The Timeless Gifts’ Vocal Ensemble, 16 young vocalists, and 3 young musicians on their debut performance tour in Milan, Italy. And they are finally cleared to return to Milan in December 2023! Quotes: “She happens to be one of the best Jazz vocalists in Chicago.” — Richard Steele, WBEZ 91.5FM I’d love to turn the rest of the jazz universe on to one of the best singers in Chicago. —Mark Ruffin, Program Director Real Jazz, Sirius XM Satellite Radio Joan Collaso is one of the most talented and versatile singers/entertainers that I have had the pleasure to work with. In my experience of working with her, she has amazed me with her ability to capture audiences across the world. She can get down in any genre of music hence her versatility. I would have to say that anyone who has the opportunity to see a Joan Collaso performance should without hesitation. —Nick Colionne, International Smooth Jazz Guitarist

Antone

 

Antone hails from the south side of Chicago, where he was raised in a musical family with a strong emphasis on worship. He grew up singing in an A Cappella church choir led by his father, who was also a worship leader. At the young age of five, Antone began taking piano lessons and soon added the trumpet, drums, and saxophone to his repertoire. In high school, he started writing, recording, and producing his own music, and even directed and shot a music video for one of his original songs, despite it being the early 80s. From high school until the present day, Antone has continued to pursue his passion for music, performing, writing, producing, and recording across multiple genres. He has graced hundreds of stages in Chicago and the Midwest, performing as the lead singer for the Associate's Band, choir director, worship leader at his church, and a member of the travelling gospel Quintet, The United Quintet of Chicago. Antone directed the Sheldon Heights Acapella Choir for over two decades, recording seven CDs and winning a Christian Acapella Music Award in 2004. Additionally, he has produced and written four R&B CDs and one gospel CD of his own. Antone's latest project is to release 7 singles throughout 2023. All of them will be showcased on his website and be available on all major streaming platforms. Antone has been increasingly drawn back to the R&B and Soul sounds from his youth. His mantra of using real musicians with real relatable lyrics to produce real R&B has driven his songwriting on these 2023 singles. Antone is also infusing his gospel themes, harmonies, rhythms, and melodic phrasing into his songs. He is excited to continue exploring, revisiting, and reimagining the R&B soul genre and finding new ways to incorporate it into his music.

Lady A

 

Lady A was influenced by listening to Blues, R&B, Motown, Soul, and Rock. She knew that music would play an intricate part in her life. Pursuing her musical identity, she became very involved in the church choir. While feeling that she had more to give the music industry; attending jam sessions in the Wisconsin and Chicagoland area encouraged her to home in on her musical gift and learn from other entertainers. She yearned to push forward to organize her own band while performing with several local musicians, and she developed a great following, not to mention a reputation. Lady A was a 2017 contestant on The Voice and received several invitations for 2018 through 2022 to compete again. The African American Arts of Chicago nominated Lady A for the Outstanding Achievement Award in Music. She has had the opportunity to perform on many stages such as BB Kings in Nashville, TN, Mr. J’s Blues & Jazz – Milwaukee, WI; The Checkerboard, The Green Mill, The Red Fish, Unleaded Blues – Chicago, IL. Lady A has had the opportunity to participate in Paramount Music Fest Grafton, WI; Mahone Music Summer Series, Libertyville Days, Libertyville, IL; Zion in the Park Summer Music Series, Summer Vibes on Villard – Milwaukee, WI; Party on the Pavement, Wisconsin’s largest downtown festival– Racine, WI, to name a few. Lady A ‘s contribution to the world of music and her talent is yet to be achieved. She receives standing ovations wherever she performs. Everyone who has had the opportunity to enjoy this talented and aggressive artist knows she is on her way and there are no limits to where she can go.

RJ Mitchell
Joan Collaso
Antone
Lady A
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