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Doing Good

by Thornell

Maybe it’s my background as a Boy Scout in New York State or watching my Dad jump in wherever he was needed in our town, or Allison’s first hand experience watching the books at her father’s PS Recording Studios in Chicago – where everyone always seemed to have an open tab – which fostered our attitudes about ‘being of service’ to the creative community. The irony of cutting our teeth in the notoriously cutthroat business of Entertainment is that there’s always an opportunity to do “good” if you’re looking for it.

Our very first project as The Ovation Agency was the launch event for the now multi-award winning film “95 Never Looked So Good.” My friend Tymm Holloway had directed a wonderful short about his then 95 year old Dad. Allison and I convened in Las Vegas to produce a Premiere party during the Las Vegas Black Film Festival. Held in the Presidential Suite overlooking Las Vegas, the event exceeded anyone’s expectations. While we weren’t compensated in a traditional sense, we viewed it as an opportunity to build relationships. And also, to honor an Elder. Tymm’s father, Simeon Holloway was a member of the B1 Band. Based in North Carolina, they were the U.S. Navy’s first all-black band in 1942. We take no credit for the heart of the film, yet it was the first of other human centered opportunities to serve.
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Range Rover/Game Over with Kandy Apple Redd

by Allison

Later this summer Kandy Apple Redd will release their Isotopia debut with the song and video for “Do Things”. Drenched in romance, the video is a visual love letter to pre-pandemic New York City.  But before “Do Things” came “This Club” – a spare Tra’zae produced track the girls laid down on the P-Funk tour bus.

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On his sophomore project entitled “Robert Gee – The E.P.”, Robert Gee brings the sound of “Philly Soul” from his Hometown into the here and now. This project showcases Gee’s evolution as a singer/songwriter whose music and lyrics speak directly from his heart to the heart of his listeners.

“I dealt with the passing of two very special people in my life, my mother Thelma Gee and my best friend, powerhouse singer Vesta Williams. The new music reflects the pain, heartache and great life lessons I learned during a difficult time but they will also experience the passion and great joy of being on the other side of the storm and being able sharing my gift as a singer and writer. My life is a blessed life and oh so colorful to say the least. That is the story I’m telling on this release.”
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The only way art lives is through the experience of the observer. The reality of art begins with the eyes of the beholder, through imagination, invention and confrontation.

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