Wednesday, 2 September 2009



Thursday, 25 June 2009

This Friday night!

Well I have been invited as a VIP guest of the JEP boys to attend DEEPER THAN FUNK @BOBBY BROWNS.On Friday 26th June the boys from JEP will be bringing you the very best party vibes. It's gonna be Deeper than funk! A night of exclusive upmarket party vibez in one of Birmingham's most chic nightclubs...Bobby Browns.

This is a red carpeted affair so dressing to impress is standard.

Guests will also have access to the connected Panama Bar. It's Deeper than Funk! bringing you the very best DJ's that the UK has to offer.

On the night you will be entertained by:

Birmingham's finest **Mark 'Funky' Ryder**

London's No1 Play Ent presents **Mr Play//Coldsteps//J Knox//Zest**

Manchester finest **Mista Stretch//Silva**

Cardiff's Finest **Deejay Sinky//Chico//Urban Fusion**

Your hosts for the night will be: **Zest // Chico // Silva**

Music policy on the night will be:

**R&B**Funky**Old skool**90's

Vision: Sexy sophisticated, Upmarket, Glamour Glamour Glamour.

********Coaches on the night will be arriving from*****





There are a limited number of tickets available for this event.

30 Limited VIP tickets available: £25 each. (VIP guests: Que jump - Access to the VIP area with personal bar assistant)

Standard tickets £15 each

Birmingham tickets call: Sammy: 07533190435 Damian: 07931653760 Nathan: 07796271483

Limited tickets also available from

London's Play Ent Hotlines: 07944343641 & 07904102948

Bristol tickets call: Elvis: 07925551555

Manchester tickets call: Stretch: 07708812834

Cardiff tickets call: Chico: 07545060880

Dress code: Dressy (No causual wear, non-branded pumps allowed), Were bringing back the upmarket party night.

Club website:
Also DJ G Child has invited me to attend:

3Style Presents... Essentially Urban...'The Sophisticated Choice'

3Style's Official Birthday Party @ Bambu.

Celebrate the Birthday of 3Style, the man that has kept you raving and partying hard for over ten years holds his first ever Birthday party and you are exclusively invited!!!

Elegance is essential as the Midlands top venue opens it’s doors to 3Style’s Birthday extravaganza. Party with the elite as Birmingham ’s biggest names gather for the hottest new night.

This will be a night not to be missed as 3Style & G-Child plus guests throw down the hits till the early hours in Birmingham ’s Premier Venue: Bambu.

This night is the sophisticated choice for those who want to experience a quality clientele, electric atmosphere and the best Urban Music in a stylish venue.

Our Sponsors for the night will be providing a special Birthday Alize cocktail for the first 50 people to come in and wish 3Style a Happy Birthday

Music Policy: 3 rooms of the hottest RnB, Soulful House, Old Skool Anthems, Party Classics, Neo Soul and more within the stylish surroundings of Bambu.

So get there early you know it makes sense!!!!

Venue: Bambu, Wrottesley Street, Birmingham, B5 4BN

Date: Friday 26th June 2009

Times: 10pm - 3.00am

Dress Code: Smart, Sexy, Stylish, (No Trainers)

Admission: £7 B4 11.30pm, more there after (Discount card holders pay £4 before 11.30pm.(To get hold of a discount card email your full name and postal address before 2pm on Wednesday 24th June 2009, email:


Celebrating? Or want a night out in VIP stylee? Then book a private booth…

You get:
• 1 bottle of AlizĂ©
• 1 bottle of house champagne
• Private booth with waitress service all night (no hassle of going to the bar and queuing!)
• Queue jump
• Group photos
• Free admission for up to 8 people
Price: £160 (which is £20 each!!!!!)

Please get in touch if you would like to book a table or would like more info...
Email us at or call 07723 906 166

Booths are limited so enquire now for what will be a night of partying hard!!!!!


Main Room: (Upfront RnB & Party Anthems)
G-Child (BBC 1Xtra)
3Style (Galaxy)
Hott2Deff (Soul In Da House/SoBar)

The Boudior: (Soulful, Uplifitng, Funky and Vocal House)
To be hosted by some of the Midlands top 'House' brands:
This Month 'Days Like This' get involved! with Gary Ward...
Plus Special Guest: Dan Kelly (Galaxy)

V-VIP Room: (Old Skool Classics, Neo Soul,)
E Double D (Urban Rewind)
Mikey Flexx (Club AM)



Saturday, 20 June 2009



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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

TOP 100 I need your help!!!

I need to put together the TOP 100 rising entrepreneurs/individuals from BIRMINGHAM for a special bumper INDUSTRY edition of Tru Life Magazine. I need your help in finding them. Please add names of individuals or business you believe fit the top 100 on the status on my page or email the details to

...they could be Promoters//DJs//Models//Artists//Fashion Designers//Bloggers//Media folk//work in the community//ENTREPRENEURS//Sportspeople//creatives...

The only criteria is that they need to be 18-30, reside in Birmingham for at east the past 12 months, they can be Male or Female. Nominations close in 7 days.

YOU CAN NOMINATE yourself...

The individuals MUST be TALENTED in their chosen field. At the moment it seems everyone is struggling to name 100 people...If this was London we would not struggle....THERE IS over 100 people who could go on this list there must be LOL!!!

You can get some ideas as to who is already on the list...

Is there someone who you admire who you think is going places?

Then let us know!!!

I will let you all in on the NEW structure of Tru Life on Friday x

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Lloyd & Marques Houston (MH) Concert

MH, Zahra (Music Editor), Lloyd and Moi (Editor in Chief)

MH and Moi

So Thursday evening we took a trip down the motorway to see Lloyd and MH in concert at Indigo @ the O2 arena in London.

I have never been an avid fan of these 2 artists but have got MH's old album and thought hey why not lol.

So, courtesy of a hook up from my mate Tyson of The Leon Group, we went backstage to meet the guys and take some pics. On Wednesday we got an interview with MH which you can read in the forthcoming edition of Tru life Magazine.

Usually most US artists I have met have been a bit arrogant in the past but these 2 guys were absolutely nice and lovely.

So sweet, polite and courteous and I even got a little hand squeeze from MH :-)

Wednesday, 20 May 2009


SO I DECIDED TO JOIN BACK THE PROMOTER RANKS AND TONITE IS THE NITE!!! Live music and real talent is coming back to Brum TONITE!!!

Are you going to be there???

Friday, 15 May 2009

Dottz2Dottz Clothing

As a business mentor, one of my prodigy mentee's is Dottz Williamson owner of Dottz2Dottz clothing.

A fan myself please support Birmingham talent and this upcoming fashion designer who will also be featuring in our Industry edition out in July!

New Tee's out this summer!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Diddy on CNBC's The Big Idea

Popular Dirt!

Super talented and soooo Tru!!!
"Popular Dirt" Ise Lyfe (Def Poetry) Season 5, Episode 6 (S05 E06) Air Date: 2005


Rock City aka R.City have won the artist of the award year issued by me. I met these talented guys at New Skool Rules in Rotterdam in April. I am in awe of their talent, having written songs for Leon Lewis, Akon and Pussy Cat Dolls and Usher to name a few....

We are campaigning to get their debut album released and here is a remix as part of the campaign LOL ...


Omega feat. Rick Ross

ATL rising star Omega will be soon releasing his debut single 'Make love to this music' and is in the process of shooting a video. I got the casting call but being stuck in the UK hampered my cameo appearance lol.

I love this guy and look forward to him coming to visit me in July in Birmingham, we r gonna have a blast. As soon as I get more info on the release I will let you all know!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

European Collaboration

UK Artist Claire Angel will be working with some producers from the Netherlands who will be flying in to the UK to record with Ms Angel. They will stay for a week in Birmingham from 18th - 25th May courtesy of Moi and I look forward to making some hits!!!

We met Fabian at New Skool Rules in rotterdam in April and after listening to some of his track we thought they were a production team we would like to work with!

Organisation is the key

It just seems that when I clear my desk, by the end of the week it looks like a bomb site. My efficiency decreases and I start doodling on Facebook when I kNOW I have work to do lol!

Today Im in a DO NOT DISTURB zone. I need to get all these piles of paperwork sorted! Respond these 650 emails. Finish off these pieces of outstanding work. I can't wait to move back into an office environment because working from home is not the one for me anymore!

I don't get to sleep, my house has become a hotel and I have too much visitors lol. Organisation is definitely been the key to a lot of my success. Now its time to get organised!!!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Torn between 2 worlds

Sunshine and rain,

happiness and pain.

A luv that is old and 1 that is new,

know that I am me but wishin I was U.

Dying to go out and then wishing I stayed in,

living life in faith but forever tempted by sin.

Always trying to be kind when I know I should be cruel,

abiding by the law whilst breaking all the rules,

looking for a soulmate but searching for a friend,

Im torn between 2 worlds, when is it gonna end?

The time has come

The time has come for a radical change and I am about to enter a new era t see clearer I need to disappear off of these streets for 6 weeks and then I will be back

....and thats a matter of fact


Saturday, 2 May 2009

Tulisa has been tested for swine flu

THE lead singer of chart-topping British band N-Dubz lies motionless in a hospital bed, her face covered by a mask, after being diagnosed with suspected swine flu.

Tulisa Contostavlos, 20, flew to Athens on Thursday night for a break with family and friends after finishing a 23-date UK tour, when the band performed for thousands of teenage fans.

Chart-topper ... Tulisa

Chart-topper ... Tulisa

But she fainted and needed medical attention during the flight — then had to be rushed to hospital yesterday after a doctor noted all the symptoms connected with the potentially deadly virus.

Tulisa was last night under observation on an isolation ward in Pendeli, Greece, as doctors awaited the results of tests.

A source close to the band, currently top of the UK singles chart with Number One, said: “Tulisa is very poorly indeed. She has gone from a huge high of chart success and the tour to panicking about her health.

“Tulisa’s family have been forced to wear masks and have only been allowed minimal contact. It is a terrifying time.”

The band’s spokesman said: “We are hopeful Tulisa will be given the all-clear and will be well enough to leave hospital in the next couple of days.”

Band members Richard “Fazer” Rawson, 22, and Tulisa’s cousin Dino “Dappy” Contostavlos, 21, are in Britain and have been told about her illness

Copyright Jess Rogers @ The Sun

Sugababes have become the first UK pop act to sign to Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records.

The trio finalised the deal with the famous label at a meeting in London last month.

Roc-A-Fella is known for releasing work by high profile hip-hop artists, including its CEO Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss.

The trio are currently working on their seventh album, which they described as "a biggie" on their website.

They claim they've already booked recording sessions in Los Angeles and Miami, and are planning to team up with producers who have worked with Rihanna and Beyonce.

Only last week they revealed, via their official Twitter account, that they will be collaborating with producer RedOne, best known for his work with Lady GaGa.

The group released their last album, Catfights And Spotlights, in October 2008 through Island Records.

Courtesy of

Thursday, 30 April 2009


The leader always sets a trail for others to follow.

More pictures from Real Deal Comedy Jam

Courtesy of Play Entertainment

SWAY @ The Drum

Rachel does the Head Shoulders Knees n Toes LOL

LMAO! This was at mine after the after party for the U R A STAR concert...good times, good ppl

Wednesday 29th April

I really need to wake up before 9am as I end up feeling like the day is nearly over lol. I had so much to do, I was wondering how I was going to fit it all in!

I had a 121 session with one of my writers and then were visited by Supreme Enterianment who came up for ameeting from bristol. I was flattered when they said they looked upon me as a mentor. I will be doing an event with them in Bristol on 14th August called Supreme Dance...will let you know when more info is available!

Then I went off to the Tuned On Seminar at Symphony Hall, it was a great insight from those working in the music business. Cali born rapper Slcikmouth decided to come down from London on my recommendation. It is amazing the amount of people I have met this year who have never come to Brumtown!

Anyway look out for his forthcoming release:

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Shakti Women - Happiness


Rising star Claire Angel is our first artist to perform on our online Apartment Sessions. singing Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin

Martin Luther King Speech

Feeling a bit nostalgic today. This was his last speech the day before he was assassinated.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Black International Film Festival

So today I had a very productive meeting with the founder of the Black International Film Festival. As part of the film festival they host the Music & Video Awards. This year yours truly will be heavily involved with the execution of this event which I welcome the challenge and look forward to bringing it up another level.

It will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) on 31st october. I will be recruiting a team of talented individuals to work alongside me. This event has seen some very hi profile actors and celebrities attend and scoop awards.

The website is currently getting updated but there is some stuff you can see at

I just love ROCK CITY!

These guys are absolutely amazing and super talented and really lovely people. So humble and inspiring I met them at New Skool Rules in Rotterdam April 9-11. They are signed to Akons Konvict Musik/Interscope. From the Virgin Islands these guys are prolific songwriters also. Having written smash hit When I grow up for The Pussy cat Dolls, they have also wrote for Leona Lewis, Akon, Trey Songs, Sean Kingston, Jennifer Hudson.

They smashed Rotterdam with their live PA alongside Interscope signing verse ( and you can find Rock City @ (

Here is a live version of Losing it, when you hear the finished track and also I'm Leaving you will love these guys...please check out there myspace for full info!

And this is the video for the single


I can't wait until we do this show again, we had billboards around the city...I decided to take some pics and here is some new footage from BBC Midlands Today about the show. Hopefully we will be doing something similar later in the year.


KC, Witness and I at the billboard outside my apartment in the city centre

Witness striking a pose

Witness and I



This year Tru Life Magazine is proud to be an official media partner of MISS BB 09. We have been supporting Aneka Johnson and Miss BB since it first started in 20086 and has gone from strength to strength. This year they will be hosting regional heats and the Midlands will be held in Nottingham.

We need more women from the Midlands to get involved and make it through to the finals. They have a lot of applications from the down south and up north and now we need more in the middle!


OK so you never came to Tuned On Seminar 1 where I sat on the panel for Women in Music & Arts. But as a supporter of this event Tru Life Magazine would like you to come along next and FINAL week if your serious about the music business side of the industry. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PANEL LINE UP!

Part 1 Women in the Industry - Me :-)

Every seminar has been very well attended and there are limited spaces so I advise you register ASAP. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday 29th April 2009

6pm - 8.30 pm

Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham

Jay Z, P Diddy and Russell Simmons are often hailed as the greatest music entrepreneurs of our time. Can the next great be found in Birmingham?

This final seminar looks at the secrets of career planning, infiltrating the underground scene and earning respect in the industry.

Panellists will discuss the ins and outs of independent crusades, the value of higher education vs street level experience, effective networking and the secrets of their success.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nigel Wells (CEO RWD magazine)
  • Jordon Kesington (Urban Music Awards CEO)
  • Disorda from Suspect Packages
  • Justin Speneet (Director of DubPlate Drama).

This event will be chaired by Angela Maxwell (entrepreneur & AWM Board Member)

Attending the seminars is free but places are extremely limited and will be offered strictly on a first come first served basis.

To register for a place please email sophie @, clearly stating your name, address and telephone number.

For more information please call the Punch office on + 44 121 224 7444

Part 3 Live Music - Bashy

Part 1 - Women in the Industry (Sarah Love BBC 1Xtra, me, Sacha Brooks Galaxy FM, Reena Combo)

Part 3 - Live Music (Witness, Skinnyman bigging up Tru Life & Bashy)

Part 3 Live Music - Lindsey Wesker MTV Networks, Witness, Skinnyman, Bashy & Baby J


As usual Tru Life was a Platinum sponsor for the Real Deal Comedy Jam. So myself, the music editor (Zahra), the theatre & Film Editor (Elishah) and our Communication Officer (Makeda) headed down to the Alexandra Theatre to watch a good show. I love the fact that I live in town and can walk everywhere lol So we were at the theatre within 5 mins.

The show started a bit late but that was because people were still arriving 30mins after it was due to start. KOJO was the resident host on this show and you should check out his show on MTV Base. The show had a great line up and I enjoyed the show. We walked over the road to Sobar for the after party. It was a very nice venue, a first for e as I do not really go out much to be honest.

Shout out to Nathan, Sammy, Damian and NZinga for bringing us a great line up yet again and all the other sponsors!

Next one is in June so I hope to see y'all there!

Pictures copyright: Artistic Souls
Zahra, Marlon and I

Zahra (Music Editor), Slim The Comedian, Me, Artistic Souls, Mercedez

Nathan (RDCJ) and I

Elishah, Me, Kojo The comedian and Makeda


So I did I Luv Live in 2007 and now here is Birmingham's very own live urban music night LOST IN MUSIC created by yours truly!

Tru Life Magazine presents in association with Candy Floss Music...


Come and indulge and immerse yourself in real talent and real music

...come and get lost in music.

Every month we will bring you some of the best unsigned talent from across the UK.

Each Act is given a 20 minute LIVE set to perform with a live band. Whether it be Hi Hop, Pop, R&B, Spoken Word there is NO BACKING TRACKS ALLOWED!


KMD (Best Music Video 2007 Black International Film Festival - Producer of No.1 smash hit Welcome to my Zones)

ZAHRA (X Factor 2008)

CLAIRE ANGEL (Hugo Urban Rules Finalist 2008)

TEGAN ( The UK's answer to Kelly Clarkson)



If you remember when we brought I LUV LIVE to Birmingham, you will want to be at this event!!!

TICKETS: LIMITED NUMBER OF £5 in advance // £7 on the door
Please call Justice on 07950 625 771 or KMD on 07886 770 904


Please email me everyone at live@candyflossmusic if you want to perform at any of the future ones which will take place EVERY month.

Please send me links to your Myspace or Fan Page or website.

With sponsors coming on board during the summer, major giveaways, prizes and surprises, hope to see you there.

This event will be filmed for Tru Life TV and also for Urban Music Central who will be providing a FREE PR & Marketing service to all artists who perform at Lost in Music, which means getting your EPK sent to over 1, 000 national and international industry contacts!

A regular monthly night launching at Hockley bar & Kitchen (formerly Concrete), Jewellery Quarter Birmingham, where artists perform their set with a Live band.

This night will debut some of the UK's finest unsigned talent.

GENRES: R&B, Hip Hop, Dance, Funky, Reggae/Dancehall, Pop, Indie/Alternative

To put yourself forward please send us your demos/EPK or a link to your music on Myspace/Facebook etc.

Sunday, 26 April 2009


I just managed to dig some footage up from when I used to promote I LUV LIVE in Birmingham back in 2007. I look kinda rough in this footage but oh well I was working after all!

So I decided it was time Birmingham had its own live music night so I came up with a new showcase opportunity for unsigned artists called LOST IN MUSIC...will post some info now :-)

Your Time to Shine May 2nd

Tru Life magazine is proud to give back to the local community as support events that aim to inspire and support Birmingham talent. We are sponsoring YOUR TIME TO SHINE and I have been invited to be a judge on the panel. The talent is amazing and I know it is going to be hard to pick an overall winner. It takes place next week Saturday at the newly built DREAM CENTRE, 70 Thomas St, Aston B6 4TN. It starts at 6pm with guest performers Sammy G & Monique. Tickets are FREE. es you heard it correctly FREE! Hosted by New Style Radio and local personality G-Man, this is going to be a great night. For tickets please email your name, contact number and the amount of tickets you want to

Friday, 24 April 2009


Tru Life Magazine were an international media and programme partner as part of the first ever worldwide Hip Hop & R&B Conference which took place 9-11 April in Rotterdam. We met some amazing artists, producers and industry folk, including Konvict Musick signing Rock City, interscope siginings Verse & LMFAO, Def Jam, DJ Trauma, Drummer Boy, Fredro Starr I could go on. Tru Life were proud to be a sponsor and I was blown away when I sat down and had a conversation with Tupac's Shakur's manager she is a wonderful woman!

Zahra, DJ Trauma ( & I

Closing night party...after DJ Trauma, Rock City & Verse tore up Rotterdam!

Getting serenaded by Omega...not that I was complaining LOL

Zahra was getting down!

Zahra, Corey from Digiwaxx Media, Moi

Zahra, DJ Trauma, Moi

Zahra (Music Editor)...Rock City...Me (Editor in Chief)

Zahra (Music Editor)...Fabian Netherlands Producer...Me (Editor in Chief)

Fredro Starr

Atlanta's rising star Omega...look out for his forthcoming release Make love to this Music ft. Rick Ross...the perfect gentleman