It�s countdown time! The 29th Annual Mississippi Gospel Music Awards and the
33rd Annual Jackson Music Awards are just few � days away. Gospel night is Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 5:00 PM and Southern Soul/Blues & Hip-Hop is Monday evening, July 9, 2007 at 6:00 PM. This event represents the �Best of the Best in Mississippi� as the Jackson Music Awards strive to honor the accomplishments of Mississippi recording artists and performers, promote the Great State of Mississippi and its talent internationally. This year�s theme is �Color Me Music.�
Some of the gospel categories and nominees include National Choir of the Year � Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, Straight Gate Mass Choir, Greater Mount Stephens, Red Bud Choir and Bishop Nathaniel Bods & The DHP Mass Choir; National Female Lead Singer of a Group � Jewell Chessar, Barbara Ann Ford, Margaret Allison and Albertina Walker; National Producer � Troy Sneed, Ray Braswell, Merlin Loucious, Milton Biggham, Doug Williams, and Stan Jones. CONGRADS to all nominees. For a complete list of all nominees visit www.jmaainc.com.
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Memphis Clear Channel powerhouse WDIA has partnered with Jus` Blues Music in presenting the 2007 Jus` Blues Music Awards Show. 1070 WDIA-AM has been an originator in presenting Blues & Soul music to the Memphis populus since 1948. With 50,000 watts of "Soul Power"and progressive programming, the station has become a strong influence particularly to African-American listeners and Blues & Soul music fans from Memphis down into the Mississippi Delta.
WDIA has an interesting documented history on their web site at www.mywdia.com. The impact of WDIA playing music and programs especially for an African-American audience was enormous, not just in Memphis but influenced other stations to program similar formats across the country.
The 2007 Jus` Blues Music Awards Show proudly honors WDIA Program Director and Host of the Fun Morning Show, Bobby O'Jay, with the Jack "The Rapper" Gibson Radio Pioneer Award on August 16th at The Historical Daisy on Beale Street.
If there ever was a "Dynamic Duo" my vote would go to Lady Bianca and her husband (Little) Stanley Lippitt. Lady Bianca (her real first name) was Born in Kansas City Missouri and raised up in the San Francisco Bay Area. After High School, Bianca studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. From there her long musical career began.
Stanley Lippitt, who was born blind in Macon Georgia, moved to California at the age of 4. After a long series of operations Doctors restored Little Stanley's sight at the age of 8.
Stanley now writes and produces all of Bianca's CD's and together they make up a powerful "Dynamic Duo". It was a pleasure chatting with the two of the of them and you will enjoy the interview as much as I do.
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As many of you already know, the Chittlin' Circuit Magazine has a strong foothold in the Southern States. In our quest to bring you the latest, the greatest, the most up to date music news and information we are always on the lookout for new representatives.
We have representatives in Texas, Lousiana, Flordia, New York, Detroit, England, Tennessee just to name a few areas we are in.
Now we are pleased to welcome to the Chittlin Circuit staff, the Award winning Blues singer, Ms. Tia Carrol. Ms Carrol, a most talented singer along with her band Hard Work are a well know fixture in the Blues circuit around the San Francisco Bay Area which includes Oakland and surrounding areas.
Ms Carrol will be our eyes and ears and spoke person for all of California and Nevada. She will also have her own section in each issue of the Chittlin Circuit Magazine which will have news and information from the West Coast. That means you will now be well informed as to the Blues and Southern Soul happenings from Northern California to Nevada to Arizon. From Texas all the way to Miami, Florida and up to New York City.
If you would like to know more about Ms Carrol you can visit her personal website at: www.tiacarroll.com
Note: Willie Mitchell is the world famous producer, who has produced ALL of Al Green's projects from the begining of Al's career along with many other artists.
Mr. Willie Mitchell is also this year's recipient of the Jus` Blues Music Producer's Award
Jus' Blues Music Awards CEO and founder, Charles Mitchell announced Friday afternoon, that the Chittlin Circuit Magazine has been selected as the official Magazine for the Jus' Blues Music Awards.
"For the past several years, I've seen the magazine at many concerts, juke joints and where ever else you find Soul Blues and Southern Soul", Charles told the magazine during the phone conversation. "It only stands to reason that Chittlin Circuit be the official magazine of the Jus' Blues Music Awards". "Besides your magazine was the only magazine to cover last year's Jus' Blues
The Chittlin Circut staff are always out on the road meeting and greeting independent blues artists, getting to know them and helping to get the word out about their music.
Southern Soul music is not restricted to the South, as some misguided web sites would have you believe. We seen and heard Southern Soul in Oakland, California, Las Vegas, Nevada and Brooklyn, New York just to name a few locations and we intend to bring the full range of sounds, to you our readers and listeners.
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