*(LOS ANGELES) — The Singleton Entertainment Corp, led by former Urban Music President of MCA Records Ernie Singleton is proud to announce that it will present its Timeless Music Award to the family of the late Curtis Mayfield during its #SaluteEE2014 tribute on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at LA Live’s Target Terrace, located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd above the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., and hosted by Josh Lewis of “Repo Games” on Spike TV.
In recognition of June as Black Music Month,Singleton Entertainment presents #SaluteEE2014 to salute music and entertainment executives who work relentlessly behind the scenes, playing critical roles in the success of recording artists’ careers as well as the entire urban production landscape. For the past six years, Singleton Entertainment presented the Toast to Urban Executives; however, that event is now being produced by another organizer not affiliated with the Singleton Entertainment.
“As someone who’s worked behind the scenes, supporting some of the biggest stars in the music business, many times your hard work goes unnoticed,” says Singleton, president and CEO of Singleton Entertainment. “There is so much that goes into the success of an artist or production and most people only reference the finished product. I want to spotlight and celebrate these executives who make it all happen. Success would be impossible without their contributions.”
In addition to Mayfield, #SaluteEE2014 will also honor the late music executive Jules “Julie” Rifkind, founder of Spring Records, with a Legacy Awardand online media executive Ron Bloom of BiteSized Entertainment with an Urban Entertainment Innovators Award.
Mayfield was a prolific singer, songwriter, producer and composer. A guitar found in a closet of his mother’s apartment that he shared with his seven siblings at the age of six, changed everything. He is a multiple Grammy Award-winning pioneer of funk and socially-conscious music. Mayfield got his start at 16 as a backup singer for the Chicago soul/R & B group, the Impressions, from the city’s notorious Cabrini Green Housing Projects. When the lead singer left the group, Mayfield took over and ushered in a new “Chicago Sound.”
In 1961, he had his first hit record, “Gypsy Woman,” and for the rest of the decade, the Impressions remained hot with 14 Top 10 hits, including an amazing run of five Top 20 songs in 1964 alone. That same year, the Impressions had its biggest hit to date with the Mayfield song, “Keep on Pushing,” which established him as one of the first R & B singer-songwriters to bring social commentary to the pop charts during the Civil Rights Movement. Other anthems followed, including “People Get Ready” and “We’re A Winner.” During the 1970s, Mayfield became known for his soundtracks to Black and Blaxploitation films, most notably, “Super Fly” with hit songs like “Freddie’s Dead,” “Super Fly” “Pusherman,” “Little Child Runnin’ Wild.”
In 1970, Mayfield not only pursued a solo career, but founded Curtom Records to control the recordings, song publishing and recording studio of his work – setting a blueprint for today’s generations of music entrepreneurs like Prince, Jay Z., Dr. Dre, P. Diddy, and Russell Simmons. Mayfield is the recipient of both the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a double inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a solo artist and member of the Impressions) as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.
And so, without further ado, Singleton Entertainment presents its honorees for the #SaluteEE2014 tribute:
- Jules “Julie” Rifkind | Legacy Award (posthumously)
Music exec Jules Rifkind began his career as head of radio promotion at MGM Records,a predominantly pop and country label. After another stint as general manager at BANG Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, Rifkind decided to form his own record label, Spring Records through Polygram with his older brother Roy and Bill Spitalsky. At Spring Records, Rifkind signed artists such as Joe Simon, Millie Jackson, James Brown and the Fatback Band. Interestingly, Rifkind gave Russell Simmons his first production deal when he signed Jimmy Spicer, who released the single “Dollar Dollar Bill Y’all.” In addition to running Spring Records, Rifkind simultaneously served as the entertainment director for the Flaming Hilton and International hotels in Las Vegas. It was there where he brought Elvis Pressley, Barbara Streisand and Al Martino to the Las Vegas strip for the first time. Not surprising, he passed on his love of urban music to his sons, Steve and Jonathan Rifkind, partners of Loud Records with RCA.
- Ron Bloom | Urban Entertainment Innovators Award
Ron Bloom is a leading innovator in online entertainment and the chairman and CEO of both MEVIO and BiteSize Entertainment. Bloom’s BiteSize Entertainment is a modern, vertically integrated entertainment studio that spans multiple platforms to engage in cross-platform programming. Bloom has piloted Mevio.com into one of the fastest growing entertainment sites on the web, producing and distributing a broad slate of premium, quality, short-form entertainment shows viewed by millions every month. The company now delivers more than one billion streams per month to an audience of more than 25 million people. Under the umbrella of BiteSized Entertainment, BiteSizeTV.com is a new site that brings TV-quality content to the web that span six networks of entertainment, targeting men and women across a variety of interests including entertainment, music, games, comedy, lifestyle and sports. The site offers 1,000 new, original episodes to stream each month.
- Karen Civil – celebrity blogger and online marketing coordinator for Young Money Records. Civil founded her site, KarenCivil.com, in 2008 as an insider’s look into the world of hip hop. With a finger on the pulse of up-and-coming artists, she was the first to introduce Drake, Nikki Minaj and J. Cole to the masses. With a mantra of “Entertainment the Civilized Way,” KarenCivil.com offers exclusive interviews with some of the most stylish trendsetters, rappers, artists and entrepreneurs in the music industry. With civilized talk, fans are given the opportunity to delve into the lives and artistic brains of their favorite hip hop heavy weights. She also runs her own marketing company, called Always Civil Enterprise. Visit KarenCivil.com
- Angela Dean – celebrity fashion designer. Dean is founder of DeanZign, and has dressed a plethora of Hollywood’s award-winning actresses like Oscar winners and nominees Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey and Gabourey Sidibeas well as Grammy-winning artists such asNancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams and Patty LaBelle. Dean’s handiwork is a regular fixture on magazine covers, red carpets, talk shows and high-profile entertainment events. She just launched a new line of shapewear, called Shaped by an Angel, recently featured on the syndicated talker, the “Queen Latifah Show.” Plus, talk show host Wendy Williams sports Dean’s bodycon dresses often on her show. Visit DeanZign.com.
- Greg “Mack Attack” Mack – radio pioneer and disc jockey at KTWV-FM, 94.7 the Wave. With almost 40 years experience in radio and music, Mack is often referred to as the “Godfather of Hip-Hop and Rap Radio.” He developed the radio format, now known as hip hop/rap or rhythmic while working at the heritage station KDAY-FM, the first station to play hip hop music around the clock. As one of the radio pioneers of KDAY-FM, he brought West Coast rappers to prominence like N.W.A., launching the careers of Dr. Dre and DJ Yella. Today, he hosts the “Greg Mack Show,” which airs live on 94.7, the Wave in Los Angeles and via syndication in several markets, including San Diego, Bakersfield, Lancaster and Palmdale.
- Joie Manda – president of Urban Music at Interscope, Geffen, & A&M. Serving in his current position since early 2013, Manda arrived at Interscope Records with a solid resume and formidable experience in the music industry. After getting his start by teaming up with legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex as a teenager, the Brooklyn native embarked on a career that would soon find him reviving the hip-hop and R&B roster at Warner Bros. Records and — prior to joining Interscope — taking the helm as president of Def Jam Recordings. Throughout his career and various record labels, he’s worked with some of the hottest names in hop hop and R & B, including Jill Scott, Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Kanye West, J. Cole and K Camp – just to name a few.
- Groovey Lew – celebrity stylist. Known as the “King of Fashion” in the hip hop world, Lew is a trendsetter and image maker. He’s brought his fashion sense to a roster of talent in the entertainment business like the late Biggie Smalls, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Lauren Hill, Wesley Snipes and Don Cheadle – just to name a few. Lew also served as fashion editor of The Source magazine. Plus, he was a cast member on Oxygen’s “House of Glam,” which showcased the work of stylists, image consultants, make up artists and hairstylists in the entertainment industry.
#SaluteEE2014 is the first of a string of productions planned by Singleton Entertainment, and marks a transformation in the company’s drive to preserve the heritage and value of black music in the urban entertainment landscape. #SaluteEE2014 will partner with ground breaking digital leaders, insuring that the event is on par with new technology platforms. The event will celebrate and salute executives who are leaders in digital and physical entertainment while recognizing and paying homage to the power and value of Black Music in America.
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About Ernie Singleton | Singleton Entertainment Corp. Singleton is the former president of Urban Music at MCA Records. With 139 gold and platinum albums to his credit, Singleton is one of the top movers and shakes in the music industry! A creative genius, his talents have not only had a hand in the foundation of Black Music, but also, elevating it to even higher ground in America.
Throughout his career, he’s had a special knack for turning struggling record labels into formidable industry powerhouses. Under his watch, he took Ruthless Records — an independent label owned by gansta rapper Eazy-E — from $50,000 to $16 million in sales. He was also instrumental in improving Warner Bros. industry rankings from number 7 to the top spot of number 1 within three years of his arrival. He’s been instrumental in launching the careers of many Grammy-winning artists, including Mary J. Blige, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, New Edition, Jodeci, Teddy Riley, Al B. Sure, and Brooke Valentine – just to name a few. In addition, he’s helped to cultivate the careers of music icons like Sean “Diddy” Combs, Quincy Jones, Prince, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Miles Davis, Chaka Khan and Madonna.
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