Each year, Musical America highlights industry pioneers, leaders, and market shakers in their Top Innovators of the year list. We are excited to announce that our very own Jane Covner is among them this year. She says " I am honored for my work to be acknowledged and grateful to my many clients over years who have challenged my ingenuity."
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES ON CBS HOSTED BY BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET WITH A CAST OF EVERYDAY “HIDDEN HEROES”
Three Books From America’s Favorite Storyteller Inspire a Hidden Camera Show Illustrating People’s Goodness
Premiering October 3rd, a new series Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes will join the Saturday morning CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC! lineup. The weekly half-hour series, which will air on the CBS Network over a 52 week broadcast schedule, is hosted by actress Brooke Burke-Charvet, one of Forbes’ Magazine’s Top 25 Working Mom’s to Follow, who guides the viewer as the show reveals the untapped reservoir of good, kindness and compassion hidden throughout our world.
The show, which includes user-generated content, is based in part on three Chicken Soup for the Soul books created with The Boniuk Foundation: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be the Best You Can Be; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Create Your Best Future; and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Great Kids. These books were made, with the support of The Boniuk Foundation, from thousands of stories specifically selected to build character, promote kindness, and encourage compassion, especially as a tool against bullying. Each episode of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes features three hidden camera scenarios that capture everyday heroes in action in a highly entertaining and interactive format.
Steve Ronson, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, said, “Chicken Soup for the Soul is a well-known brand that is recognized by almost 90% of the United States population and translates into highly entertaining, inspirational television for a broad audience. It is a unique brand that is beloved worldwide, and delivers the important, uplifting and inspiring messages of our time. Our brand appeals to all demos, has sold in excess of 500 million books, has a network of independent blogs reaching 40 million unique visitors a month, and an international presence in over 100 countries. Our production slate, as illustrated by this first show, promises to be an oasis of family friendly programing. Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes is an ideal fit for the audience that Chicken Soup for the Soul books have attracted over the last twenty-two years.”
Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes is a co-production between Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, LLC, and Litton Entertainment, the Emmy award-winning creators of Educational and Informational Television. Contributing, as segment producers, are Ricky Paull Goldin and Derek Britt of DB Goldline Entertainment. The series has also partnered with Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk through The Boniuk Foundation, a Houston-based non-profit organization.
About Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 22 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, a line of high quality soups, and a variety of licensed products and digital offerings, all inspired by stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul has recently expanded into visual storytelling through movies and television, as it continues “changing the world one story at a time®.”
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SoNo Recording Group Announces New Take 6 Album Take 6, the most awarded a cappella vocal group in history with 10 Grammy Awards has signed with Sono Recording Group (SRG) to deliver a new record in 2016.
Take 6, the most awarded a cappella vocal group in history with 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and 7 Downbeat Awards has signed with SoNo Recording Group to deliver a new album in 2016. Producing the album will be Ross Vannelli, Vice President of A&R for the label. SRG will distribute the album internationally through its affiliated partners ILS Group and Universal Music Group.
The new album will be released in the spring of 2016 with the first single issued by the end of the year. Fans of the group can look forward to a contemporary record of exciting new material with every hallmark of the classic Take 6 sound. Songs for the record are being contributed by a diverse group of songwriters.
Claude Villiani, SoNo Recording Group, President and Founder: "We are proud to welcome Take 6 to the SRG family. We have a magnificent team starting with the members of Take 6 themselves, their management team Ed Keane Associates, our distributors ILS Group headed by Dominique Zgarka, and Universal Music Group. Of course we have Ross Vannelli and his unparalleled writing team. We look forward to delivering an outstanding record."
Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), has been heralded by none other than Quincy Jones as the"baddest vocal cats on the planet!” Their uniquely cutting-edge style is comprised of six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves. All of this bubbles into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. Take 6 are quintessential a cappella.
The group, considered torchbearers for an entire reemergence of a cappella as a musical movement, has been performing together since their days at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama in 1980. Their debut album scored two 1988 Grammy Awards and landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts.
27 years later, the most talked-about vocal group of all time, Take 6 is in greater demand than ever, selling out shows all over the world. They have performed on Saturday Night Live, the Oscars, the Grammys, had the honor of performing for four sitting U.S. Presidents, and appeared at the Democratic National Convention. The group, which has inspired and been a founding influence to a generation of recording artists including Boys to Men and 'N Sync, has collaborated with a who’s who of artists – including Stevie Wonder, Gordon Goodwin, Don Henley, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, kd lang, Queen Latifah, Brian McKnight, Luis Miguel, Marcus Millier, Joe Sample, Ben Tankard and Cece Winans.
Multiple GRAMMY nominee and jazz great Nnenna Freelon will bring her theatrical project, The Clothesline Muse, to the 14th biennial National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, August 7 & 8.
The Clothesline Muse celebrates African American culture, women’s history, the Civil Rights struggle, and the emerging labor movement of the day, through original live music, emotive dance, brilliant visual art and projection. The story is told through the complex relationship between old-school and new cool.
In this dramatic and poignant tale that explores the clothesline as a metaphor for our community lifeline and its ties to our environment, Grandma Blu, an aging washerwoman and storyteller, desperately wants to share her clothesline legacy, part of the culture of the Old South, and her wisdom before she passes on, with granddaughter Mary Mack. Mary is a modern online woman who believes that speed and technology hold the keys to success. She is both a feminist and futurist wanting nothing to do with yesterday’s washing drudgery and stories. Their relationship and the social traditions it represents and the history it tells, are told in The Clothesline Muse, a journey through laughter, tears, dance, story, song, and struggle.
Six-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon performs the role of Grandma Blu/The Clothesline Muse and is both storyteller and songstress, bringing her unique and stirring vocals to the self-penned original music. Cloteal Horne plays the role of Mary Mack.
When touring this show, there is generally community outreach in each market, something Nnenna does at every possible opportunity. From children’s shows to college, community and other school visits, there are workshops, conversations, Q & A’s and other interaction to ensure that the messages portrayed in the performances serve as social, historical and cultural conduits. The residencies are funded by one of twenty prestigious grants provided by the Community Fund of the National Performance Network (NEFA).
The National Black Theatre Festival offers a wide range of theatrical performances including dramas, comedies, musicals, choreoplays and multimedia. Festival goers will be able to choose from more than 130 performances of new works and Black classics performed by professional Black theatre companies from across the country and abroad. Shows are presented at multiple venues throughout Winston-Salem. Tickets are sold separately for each show and can be purchased on www.nbtf.org.