Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Jackson, MS (August 28, 2012) – Music lovers and fans everywhere are anxiously awaiting the September 4th release of inspirational recording artist Lexi’s new album Phenomenal from Malaco Records.  With a distinct, inspirational sound, the CD’s first single “Burn It All Down” is riding high on the gospel music charts and resonating in the hearts of listeners. 

With a career that spans over a decade and having worked with some of the biggest names in both gospel and secular music such as Fred Hammond, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and the late Gerald Levert, Lexi is praying that her fifth recording takes listeners on a spiritual journey and brings them closer to God.  When speaking about Phenomenal, she says, “I asked the Lord to please put me in the position to bless people. That’s my passion. And I believe that God is helping me do that.”

In addition to prepping for the September release of Phenomenal, Lexi, a devoted mother of one son, stays busy running her own company, Frontline Productions, hosting her talk show, The Lexi Show, now in its sixth season on the Word Network and serving as the entertainment correspondent for the syndicated radio program, The Yolanda Adams Morning Show. 

For more information and the latest updates on Lexi, please visit:

Twitter: @LexiTV
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lexi-Show/133927826111

Monday, August 20, 2012

Select-O-Hits Declaration of Independents

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Select-O-Hits and Average Joe's Entertainment make history this week as Colt Ford's Declaration of Independence debuts at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums, #1 on Independent Albums and #5 on the Top 200 charts.

That feat is impressive enough even without taking into account that Ford released the disc on an indie label and it was distributed via an independent distributor, neither of which have any ties to a major label. Declaration of Independence is released on Ford’s own Average Joe’s Entertainment and the distribution is run nationally through family-owned and Memphis-based Select-O-Hits.

Chart success is becoming more the norm than the exception for both companies. Ford's last two albums both reached the top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 and were top ten on the Country Albums chart (number 8 and number 3, respectively). Average Joe's entertainment has been exclusively distributed through Select-O-Hits since its inception in 2008.

Launching artists' careers and changing music history is nothing new to Select-O-Hits and the Phillips family. The company’s legacy began with Sam Phillips' discovery of Elvis Presley and his founding of Sun Studios and Sun Records. Through Sun, he also discovered such recording talent as Howlin' Wolf, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.

Select-O-Hits was founded in 1960 by [brother] Tom Phillips and is still run by the second generation. 1979 brought the beginning of another role for the family to play in music history when the company distributed the seminal "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang and Sugar Hill Records. As this new genre of music began to develop into the leading genre it is today, Select-O-Hits remained a driving force in its development with the discovery and breaking of such 80s pioneers as the visionary Easy E, N.W.A., and rapper-turned-Hollywood director, actor, and producer, Ice Cube. The 90s brought trendsetters such as Master P and the Academy-Award-winning Three Six Mafia, as well as one of the most financially successful artists and hip hop entrepreneurs, Jay Z. The early 2000s brought the groundbreaking 50 Cent.

Working with long time partners Jackson, Miss. based Malaco Records, the tradition continues into the new Millennium with the success of chart toppers such as Grammy award winning Bebe & CeCe Winans, three–time 2012 Grammy Nominee, Kelly Price, and the illustrious Janet Jackson single, “Nothing,” taken from Tyler Perry’s, “Why Did I Get Married Too?” soundtrack.

Never one to rest on their laurels, Select-O-Hits continues to be a strong force and true independent in the music industry. By marrying old-school record business with modern technology, Select-O-Hits has proven by this week's debut of Ford's Declaration of Independence that it rivals the once unbeatable systems of the major labels. It's easy to see why artists such as Jimmy Buffett, The Bellamy Brothers, Jose Feliciano, Diana Reyes are making the switch from their former major label homes to become a part of the independent Select-O-Hits family.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Georgia Mass Choir Song Appears In #1 Comedy In America “The Campaign”

New CD “I Still Have A Praise” Available Online & In Stores October 2, 2012

(August 14, 2012- Jackson MS)— Millions of movie goers poured into theatres this past weekend to see the hilarious #1 Comedy In America, “The Campaign” starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Not only did they laugh uncontrollably, but was uplifted by the spirited song “Bye & Bye” by the Georgia Mass Choir which also appeared in the film.

The Georgia Mass Choir, affectionately known as ‘America’s Choir’ is poised and ready to declare ‘I Still Have A Praise’ with the album of the same name. (Available Online & In Stores October 2, 2012) Reverend Milton Biggham, Savoy / Malaco Records Executive Director as well as founder and director of this award-winning choir, returned as the featured lead vocalist on the Billboard & Mediabase chart topping single, “I Still Have A Praise On The Inside Of Me” from their much anticipated release. (Available Online Now)

Reverend Biggham, sometimes referred to as the ‘King of Gospel Choirs’ for his invaluable and expansive contribution to the world of gospel choir music, is credited for producing many Gospel Legends including, Rev. James Cleveland, The Caravans, Lou Rawls and many others along with discovering stand-out gospel artists Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin through his direction in their work with both the Georgia Mass and The New York Restoration Choirs. Kirk Franklin enjoyed his first hit with “Joy” and Donnie McClurkin’s debut single, “Speak To My Heart” also claimed the top of the charts.

Biggham’s biography reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of gospel music, though he is most widely recognized for his work as Gospel Music Director of the Georgia Mass Choir for both the platinum-selling soundtrack and the award-winning motion picture “The Preacher’s Wife” starring the late Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.

During the promotion of the movie, “The Preacher’s Wife,” he traveled with the Georgia Mass Choir while they performed in a ten-city concert tour with Whitney Houston. In addition, the choir made guest appearances on high-profile television programs such as: Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Ebony Awards, The Dove Awards, and The NAACP Image Awards. The choir also starred in a commercial for Volkswagen which aired throughout Europe, on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, performed during the opening ceremony of the prestigious 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the 2000 NFL Super Bowl.

These accomplishments truly makes the Georgia Mass Choir, ‘America’s Choir.’

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


(August 7, 2012- New York, NY)— After being crowned the winner of ESSENCE R&B Star competition, singer Greta Prince returned to the stage a year later where her life changing journey began and made her Superlounge debut at this year’s ESSENCE Music Festival 2012 July 5-8 in New Orleans. In addition, ESSENCE announced today a promotional partnership with The Malaco Music Group who has signed an exclusive recording deal with the R&B star winner that encompasses her debut single as well as future works during the terms of the agreement under the Malaco Records label. Her first single, “You Should Know,” (Produced by Warryn Campbell) is available Now for Free to download, exclusively on Essence.com. (For a limited time) “You Should Know” is also currently in the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay chart.

Today’s announcement marks the conclusion of an extraordinary past year for the Atlanta, GA native and former Charlotte, NC accounts receivable specialist. After beating out hundreds of aspiring hopefuls in ESSENCE’s and platinum recording artist Perri “Pebbles” Reid’s search for America’s next R&B singing sensation, Greta impressed the panel of celebrity judges, music industry professionals and ultimately the fans who voted for Greta as the winner at the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival and capped her victory by opening for Mary J. Blige in front of 50,000 people at last year's Festival.

Comprising of recording studios, record labels, music publishing companies, direct marketing operations, and distribution services, the Malaco Music Group takes original music from concept to consumer. Malaco has been making and marketing definitive Soul, Blues and Gospel music since 1968. Notwithstanding, Malaco's move into mainstream Urban music, Malaco’s expanded repertoire also includes Jazz, Christian, as well as Children's music. Malaco is home to many recording artists and songwriters with a catalog of thousands of original recordings and musical copyrights. Additional information is available at www.malaco.com.

Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online.  The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the Essence Book Club, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 42 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of over 8 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives.  Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.

D.A. Johnson, Malaco Music Group             Dana Baxter, ESSENCE                    
601-982-4522                                                  212-522-1634                                                 
dajohnson@malaco.com                               dbaxter@essence.com