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OnlyFans Set to Introduce the Free Livestream Series ‘OnlyFans Friday’ with Platinum Music Artist Yung Bleu

LONDON, U.K. -- Today, popular creator platform OnlyFans (London, United Kingdom) in collaboration with Splash Life Booking (SLB) announces the official launch of a new Livestream content series "OnlyFans Friday" involving celebrity content creators, who will host Free Live Stream performances, exclusively on their OnlyFans Profile. The first live stream show of the series will premiere Friday, June 26, 2020, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and will feature Platinum-recording artist, Yung Bleu (a/k/a Bleu Vandross) on his verified OnlyFans account

The 26-year-old rising star has surpassed 350 million streams establishing a cult-like musical following all over the world. In 2017 the singer-songwriter broke through with the infectious hit single "Miss It" addressing the topic of heartbreak and relatable relationship issues we all experience with our significant other.

Following the release of his first gold single, Bleu followed up with the 5th installment to his popular mixtape series "Investments" which features his second gold single "Ice on Baby" and other stand out songs "Unappreciated" "Slide Thru" and "Smooth Operator" featuring Lil Durk. The buzz and popularity of "Investments 5" grabbed the attention of multi-platinum Grammy-nominated artist Kevin Gates, blessing Bleu with a standout verse on the remix to his hit single "Ice on my Baby." Following the success of their collaboration, Kevin invited Bleu on his first American tour, in the fall of 2018 playing, 35 concerts together, during the "Luca Brasi 3 Tour"

The over 800K YouTube subscribers and nearly one million Instagram followers have spearheaded Yung Bleu into the forefront of Alabama's remerging music scene. In 2019, Bleu released his debut album "Investments 6," on Columbia Records and also expanded his portfolio, by launching his own imprint, Vandross Music Group (VMG). Yung Bleu also opened his first restaurant located, in his hometown of Mobile Alabama, named Gwen's House. The year of 2019 was the year Yung Bleu solidified his Brand in the history books diversifying his investment philosophy into business outside of Entertainment.

With 2020 starting off so unpredictable, Bleu was forced to adjust his approaches like many other musicians and touring performers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Taking advantage of the downtime Bleu released a surprise project appropriately titled "Since We Inside" in April of 2020 to rave reviews sending Twitter into a viral uproar from the overwhelming response of the fans. Without a single live performance scheduled and no clear signs of rescheduled tours, Bleu felt it was time to give back to his supporters stuck inside the house.

The collaboration with OnlyFans for Only Fans Friday was completely organic and introduced through celebrity touring agency Splash Life Booking founded by Hip Hop super-agent/ promoter Ade "Dollah Dae" Kemp. This connection couldn't have blossomed at a better time as Only Fans is looking to add more star power to their already successful platform.

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Michael Jackson Tells His Own Story in Interactive Audio Book Filled with Intimate Voicemail Recordings

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Dieter Wiesner, Michael Jackson's former manager and friend, had many voice recordings from the pop icon, and sought a way to share them with others. He wanted people to know the real Michael Jackson. When he met Yusuf Jah, a published author, he was inspired to write a book where Jackson actually 'told his own story.' "Michael Jackson: The Real Story" (ISBN: 978-1732181397), co-authored by Wiesner and Jah and published by Kingdomedia, is the result of that desire. It gives readers a firsthand account of what Jackson was really like along with some astonishing plans he had in the works - plans that he hoped would change the world.

Through a series of narratives and numerous previously unreleased voicemail messages, readers and listeners now have access to new information that provides a deeper insight into the visionary, business man, father and family man. They'll gain a greater breadth of understanding regarding what Jackson really hoped to achieve in what he thought remained of his life.

Wiesner's collection of Jackson's personal data is impressive. He spent years traveling and living with him so the information he has to share is invaluable in so many ways. He wants people to know Jackson the way he did.

"His memory, his legacy and his dear family all deserve to hear the perspective of someone who was around him and who he trusted within his inner circle," Wiesner says. "He shared things with me that he shared with no one else."

Thanks to publishing audio technology, readers will get to hear the "King of Pop" talk about everything from making business acquisitions and partnering with Disney and Marvel Comics to create a universe of entertainment that would rival any other. He wanted to see more people of color in the board room and hoped to inspire that to happen.

"Sadly, his life was cut short and he was never able to carry out these second phase-of-life plans that would have made him one of the wealthiest people on the planet," Wiesner says. "His plans could have affected not just pop culture, but the world."

In addition to messages about business ventures, the human side of Jackson is touched on too - the one that yearned to have a simpler life where he could do everyday things without being held accountable to millions. Going out for a pizza or sipping a soda for most are non-eventful moments. For Jackson, they were unforgettable.

"We hope this book resurrects the spirit of Jackson," Jah says. "He's no longer part of the physical world, but his passion and desire to implement change certainly is."

"Michael Jackson: The Real Story" is currently available on Audible, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble and more. It's available as an audio book, in print (with audio transcripts) and as an ebook.

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Dieter Wiesner has more than 20 years of professional business and talent management experience. He provided merchandising for the entertainment industry including high profile clients such as Adidas, Nintendo, WELLA, Lufthansa, Uncle Sam, Coca-Cola and many others.

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Yusuf Jah has co-authored several books including: "Fight the Power: Rap, Race and Reality;" and "Uprising: Crips and Bloods Tell the Story of America's Youth in the Crossfire." He is an educator in Los Angeles.

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Rising Pop Artist Farrah Mechael Dropping Summertime EP ‘Lies’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The second EP release, "Lies," from buzzing pop newcomer Farrah Mechael, is dropping on all major digital retailers and streaming services June 19 - just in time for the summer.

Featuring production and writing from Andre "Dre Bombay" Harris, Don Parma, Devrim Karaoglu, Ant Clemons and the Mechael sisters - Farrah and Tamara - the EP delivers a fresh fusion of pop with hip-hop and dance sensibilities. "Lies" offers a remaster of Farrah's previously released pop and hip-hop single "That Way" featuring Mackned along with 5 new tracks including "Carefully" - a sensual summer pop track highlighted by a bassy dance beat.

Farrah Mechael has been gaining attention with her performances at iHeart Radio's Wango Tango in Los Angeles in 2018 and Detroit Summer Jamz in 2019 and with her dedication to community building and mental health activism on her growing online platform.

She is ready to change the world with her message and music commonly stating, "I truly do believe the world needs change. And if we don't change it, who will?"

Being a classically trained opera singer, as well as having performed Jazz and Gospel sets at many prestigious events such as Obama's Inauguration Ceremony in Detroit, Farrah uses her unique voice and background to blend many different genres and styles into her own music. She incorporates both her roots - being a Chaldean woman growing up in metro Detroit - and her current experience working out of Los Angeles into her newest release.

"Lies" includes a Detroit rap-inspired track "Ice Pack," the title track "Lies" - which serves a Middle Eastern vibe, and "What Do You Want," "I'm In Love," and "Carefully" all of which call back to the pop roots of her debut release "Farrah Please" while moving forward with west coast dance influences.

"Lies" is currently available for preorder on digital retailers and will be available for digital purchase and streaming on June 19, 2020.

Farrah can be found on Instagram at or her website which contains contact and newsletter subscription forms.

Her music can be heard on Spotify as well as Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube and Soundcloud.


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Ready, Set, Slide! Big Mucci’s ‘The Set Slide’ going viral

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- 71 North Entertainment's artist Mark "Big Mucci" Wynn, best known for his "Bikers Shuffle" and "Cleveland Shuffle," is gaining new attention for another line dance track - "The Set Slide."

A 2014 production, "The Set Slide" is being given new life via TikTok, where the "Set Slide Line Dance Challenge" is making its way across the world.

"'The Set Slide' is a continuation of the 'Bikers Shuffle.' which was dedicated to the motorcycle community," Big Mucci said. "After that came out, people in different sets, like clubs and social groups, kept coming up to me asking to make a dance for their clubs. I'm not in all those clubs, so this one is just dedicated to all the sets. I even put the roller skaters in there."

The motivation behind Big Mucci's music is to bring people of different backgrounds and ages together through line dancing.

"These groups of people love to do things together, and it's a brotherhood and camaraderie," he said. "'The Set Slide' came out in 2014, but 'Bikers Shuffle' has overshadowed it. That came out in 2009, and now it's 2020, so I think people have done it so much they are looking for something new."

The rebirth of "The Set Slide" is proven in its social media attention. "The Set Slide" video on Big Mucci's TikTok page has exploded to more than 460,000 views, while the page itself, launched in mid-April, has grown to nearly 32,000 followers and more than 100,000 likes. "The Set Slide" on Spotify has swelled to 7,761 streams, a growth of more than 5,000 percent in the last month, and monthly, his Spotify has nearly 25,000 listeners.

Big Mucci's YouTube and Facebook pages have also seen a rise, with 33,000 and 821,000 views, respectively.

"I put 'The Set Slide' on TikTok in the last week of April, and it just took on a whole new life," Big Mucci said. "I put up a clip of me and my partner leading the dance, and people started doing it themselves and reposting it.

"During the pandemic, I wanted to give people something to do at home with their families. Line dance is also a form of exercise, so I think people saw that then went to my YouTube and found more dances they could do together in their living rooms.

Big Mucci's ultimate goal with his music is to bring people together.

"The 'Trail Riders Shuffle' is also going viral," he said. "That one is for trail riders and saddle clubs, which are mostly people in the south that ride horses. It's big in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, and goes as far over as South Carolina. Thousands of them like to meet up, go on a horseback ride, then meet up in a field and party all night with music and vendors."

Big Mucci's other group-specific hits include his original debut in 1997, "Let Me See Dat Bootie Bounce," "The Birthday Slide," "ReBirth of the Shuffle," "The Mickey James," and the "Breast Cancer Awareness Shuffle."

"I operate by the belief that if people show me love, I show them love back," he said. "If I go to an event, I analyze what is going on and the people's lifestyle, then I incorporate that into a song.

"The music itself makes me come up with the dances when I start grooving to it, and I always make my dances to where everyone can do them - from the little kids to the elders. It's all about bringing unity and connecting everyone together."

After 23 years in the business, Big Mucci said it's amazing his career is still going.

"'Bootie Bounce' came out, and then 'Cleveland Shuffle' went global [and reached No. 44 on the top 100 Billboard Charts], and I've been doing this nonstop ever since," he said.

The music will continue this year, as Big Mucci's fifth studio album, "Big Mucci's Line Dance Movement, Part III," is set to drop by the end of 2020.

Born in Cleveland, the birthplace of Rock & Roll, Big Mucci served his country as a United States Marine. After returning home from serving his country, Big Mucci formed his line dance rap group 71 North Boyz in 1997. In 2004, he embarked on a successful solo career. Big Mucci is praised for the quality of his choreography, flow and beats for beginner and intermediate line dancing.

He has won numerous awards, including Producer Of The Year, Line-Dance Of The Year, Artist Of The Year, Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act Of The Year, The Academy of Line-Dancing's Lifetime Achievement Award, and The State of Ohio Hip-Hop Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award.

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WordPlay T. Jay ‘putting in Overtime’ – Eighth album tackles work, ambitions, spiritual life, dreams

TACOMA, Wash. -- On The Map Music Group announces June 26, 2020 for release of hip hop artist WordPlay T. Jay's eighth album since 2007, dedicated to his dreams, family, spiritual life, ambitions and hard work over the years "putting in Overtime."

The album features 15 tracks that reflect the 30-year-old artist's motivations - retirement, security, and finding people to with whom to share his life - and the work he puts in to achieve all those goals.

The album was inspired by his 2017 single, "Overtime."

"I left the grocery store one day, and I started thinking about what my life at almost 30 years old," T. Jay said. "I worked all of these hours and I was wondering if it was worth it. I came to the conclusion it was and started humming the words, 'Overtime, overtime. All the time on my grind.' That stuck with me, I drove home, and I made the beat. Myself and my intern, Garret Sanchez, worked on the music video and the rest is history."

From then, T. Jay said "Overtime" has been a work-in-progress for the past two years, and at times, he has questioned whether or not to release a whole album.

"I've gone back and forth on whether I should release an album at all," he said. "Singles have been the driving force behind music consumption for a while now. Even though people like albums, they really don't engage with them anymore. They pick the songs they like from a project and move along with those. I didn't move to complete this album until six months ago, and this may be my last one for a while.

"I want to concentrate on making great singles for two reasons - the fans' consumption habits and to not bear the expense of releasing another album."

Driving T. Jay is the motivation to complete tracks and get the feeling of satisfaction each time.

"It feels like I've just made something exist out of thin air," he said. "The emotions evoked by the song makes me want to share it with others and hope they get the same feeling."

T. Jay also said fans motivate his drive.

"I focus a lot on the energy exchange between myself and the fans watching," he said. "What I enjoy the most is when someone tells me that they are a new fan because of my performance overall."

Also driving T. Jay is his spirituality, including fasting, meditating and learning new spiritual practices.

"I speak about all of these practices in my book, 'Fake Blues: Creating in the Face of Anxiety.' The goal is to overcome all of the anxieties we exacerbate with our thoughts and get back to making creative work. That practice has brought some extraordinary results my way. I've been able to invest more in my company due to revenue growth, my music sounds better, my soulmate is here with me now, and my ambitions are falling into place."

Ultimately, T. Jay's goals center around his company, On The Map Music Group, established in 2005.

"I want to create the largest independently owned media company in the world," he said. "The main objective is to put other creative people 'On The Map.' I want to return ownership to those who make the art, and grow their earning capacity on their terms. I'm the test subject, and as I meet more creatives willing to make the leap, the business will grow."

A teacher by trade and recently married, T. Jay has been working on his music career since high school, first hitting the scene with his single "The South," which was voted "Hottest in the Rock" by Hot 96.5 in Little Rock, Ark.

Since 2013, he has released three albums in six years. He also operates a YouTube channel to give independent musicians tips for music promotion, publishing and distribution.

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Indie Music Star Luanne Hunt delivers ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ message in her Top 40 hit single, ‘WE RISE’

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Amid the Coronavirus lockdown, award-winning, critically acclaimed indie music star Luanne Hunt decided to use her free time to tap into her creativity and write the Top 40 Gospel/Inspirational hit "We Rise," a song the Hollywood Digest calls an "anthem for our times."

The uplifting song can be heard on radio stations around the world and is currently climbing the Adult Contemporary and Christian Music charts.

Other reviewers see it as a musical dose of inspiration, bringing the same type of hope and healing found in Jack Canfield's "Chicken Soup for the Soul" stories. According to Troy Johnston of FAME Magazine, "We Rise" is just what the doctor ordered to lead people from all walks of life to a brighter and more abundant tomorrow.

"Beautifully presented and enchanting from the start, Luanne Hunt's 'We Rise' is the Chicken Soup of song we humans need," said Troy Johnston of FAME Magazine. "It's a winner of a tune that puts humanity back into perspective and reminds us as listeners that thinking positive and spreading joy to others is as simple as it gets."

Hunt, who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, wrote "We Rise" as the theme song for a philanthropic organization she is preparing to launch in early 2021 called, "We Rise Women's Network."

The network will aim to provide women across the nation opportunities to gather, make lasting friendships, heal from wounds of the past and tap into their inner strength through the power of togetherness, Hunt said.

"When I began making plans for the Network, the first thing I did was write the theme song for it," said Hunt, a native of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. "As 'We Rise' came together in the studio, I realized it holds a message that people need to hear right now. So many are running out of hope but united, we are strong. I have no doubt we can rise above everything that's threatening all we hold true and dear."

Over her 25-year career, Hunt has scored numerous No. 1 hits on country, folk and gospel charts around the world. The award-winning, Grammy-balloted recording artist is best known for her chart-topping single, "Christmas Without You," which was named by Sweden's largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, one of the Top 25 Christmas Songs of All-time.

She also is the recipient of three CD of the Year awards from the National Traditional Country Music Association (NTCMA) and six American Songwriting Awards.

The adult contemporary/contemporary Christian-inspired "We Rise" follow's Hunt's award-winning, critically acclaimed country album, "Backroads, Bottles & Blues," which features her No. 1 hit duet with Steven Bankey, "Lightning in A Bottle."

"Fans that love the Andra Day song 'Rise Up' should take a chance on Luanne Hunt's 'We Rise,'" said Garth Thomas, reviewer for the Hollywood Digest. "I'm positive that Hunt's country fans will stick with her and love this song, which is both inspiring and entertaining."

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California Bluegrass Association Announces Turn Your Radio OnLINE webcast series

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The California Bluegrass Association (CBA) has announced the launch of Turn Your Radio OnLINE, a webcast series starting Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time, and continuing each Saturday through June 20. This new online music event is inspired by the CBA's annual Father's Day Festival, held in Grass Valley, California, since 1975.

The lineup includes nationally known and popular California bands performing online from their "shelter in place" locations and broadcast over the web to bluegrass fans worldwide. Performers featured in the series include Tim O'Brien, Laurie Lewis, Molly Tuttle, Lonesome River Band, Special Consensus, Joe Newberry & April Verch, and many more.

The webcasts will be accompanied by an online auction to raise funds for the CBA's newly announced COVID Artist Relief Fund. Items being auctioned include fine acoustic instruments, books, music lessons, historic bluegrass memorabilia, and items of interest from popular musicians.

Turn Your Radio OnLINE will also feature live interviews, online interaction, and more, connecting with the energy of California's thriving bluegrass scene. Watch for our expanded show on June 20.

"Bluegrass and Old-Time music have always been about people gathering together," according to Theresa Gooding, president of the CBA. "We approached this project with a sense of urgency to create a new infrastructure and fun content, in order to connect our community and support our talented musicians."

Geoff Sargent, CBA chairman, added: "Artists' livelihoods have been devastated. The CBA membership has mobilized to help raise money for these amazing bands, creating this exciting series of live performances to reach an even broader audience."

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The California Bluegrass Association is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1974, and dedicated to preserving and promoting Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, Traditional Instrumental and Vocal Music of the United States. The CBA is one of the oldest and largest Bluegrass Associations in the world with over 2,700 members and produces events throughout the year including the Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, music camp and jamming campouts. The CBA is devoted to encouraging and supporting the next generation of bluegrass fans, pickers, and professionals with pioneering programs such as our Youth Academy and Kids on Bluegrass. Please visit us at and become a CBA member to help support our mission.

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Gabriele Ciampi’s New Release – She Walks in Beauty – Musically Transforms Lord Byron’s Poem into Message of Hope

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- With lyrics inspired by famed poet, Lord Byron, Gabriele Ciampi's, "She Walks in Beauty" was composed and orchestrated by him to pay tribute to the heroes on the frontline of the current pandemic. This eloquent music video serves as a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with the promise of a return to normal. The video and song will be released, worldwide, on May 15 by Universal Music Group.

Ciampi, a globally-acclaimed musician, was struck by how Byron's poem could be musically translated into a pandemic metaphor.

"Byron writes about how a woman's beauty is in harmony with the natural forces of light and dark, much like the opposing forces society is currently dealing with - the daily uncertainty balanced by the future of hope," he says.

The darkness of the night represents uncertainty and the fear of a terrible, unknown disease. But, when the woman's gaze lights up and she smiles again, it's the hope of returning to normality.

Ciampi, who typically composes and orchestrates, plays piano in this new release too. And, it's original orchestration and arrangement was all done while he was in quarantine.

Video footage epitomizes how this tragedy escalated and affected people across the world, with a focus on Italy, China and the United States. Moving images include Pope Francis' prayer in the deserted square; coffins in the mass grave on New York City's Hart Island; a nurse collapsing on her computer keyboard; the procession of military trucks through Bergamo loaded with dead bodies; and many others. And then - a light of hope.

A baby is born to a recovered patient who leaves the hospital to the applause of nurses, and tricolor arrows crisscross the sky like musical notes on the score of this hymn which is dedicated to frontline heroes.

"Generously lending her voice to this project is my friend Teura, an Italian singer," Ciampi says. "Teura is an artist and single mother of two young daughters living in the Italian countryside province of Ostia. She supplements her income as an artist and supports her family by operating a small cafe which was closed because of the pandemic. She represents the many single mothers in Italy currently trying to overcome the insecurity of supporting a family while not able to make a living."

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About Gabriele Ciampi

Ciampi has received many accolades throughout his career. He was the first Italian to perform at The White House at the invitation of former first lady, Michelle Obama; he received the "Italian Excellence" medal, granted by the Senate of the Republic of Italy; and the Green Card for Extraordinary Ability, issued by the U.S. government. In 2016, the Vatican invited him to to play for Pope Francis at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. He's also a Grammy Awards' voting member.

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Therapeutic Music Video Reduces Stress of Coronavirus Lockdown

MADISON, Wis. -- The International Forgiveness Institute (IFI) announced today that University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologist Robert Enright, Ph.D., has teamed up with acclaimed songwriter-performer Sam Ness to produce a "therapeutic music-discussion video" for adults who are struggling with the anguish created by the coronavirus lockdown.

Called "Forgiveness," the hour-long video incorporates original compositions written and performed by Ness with related summary discussion bites on the virtue of forgiveness to create what Enright calls "forgiveness therapy through music" or simply "music of the heart." The complete production is available at no cost on YouTube and on the IFI website.

"Every person in the world is dealing with some form of pain or toxic anger from being hurt in the past," Enright said in explaining why he and Ness produced the video. "The coronavirus lockdown has a tendency to amplify those internal feelings and cause additional stress so this is the ideal time to practice forgiveness by being good to yourself (self-forgiveness) and good to others."

The Forgiveness video includes a rolling discussion between Enright, co-founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, and Ness that summarizes the four phases of the patented Enright Forgiveness Process Model that has become the standard for forgiveness and forgiveness therapy around the world.

"Sam has added high artistry to the language of forgiveness with his voice and his guitar," Enright says. "Instead of reading a book to learn how to forgive, Sam's songs provide forgiveness therapy through music."

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down most television and movie productions for now, would-be viewers of those non-existent productions are looking for something new to watch as they shelter in place, according to Enright. "This video is just what they need-emotional self-improvement."

In addition to the song "Forgiveness," Ness performs two other original compositions on the video: "Storm Inside of Me" (a ballad about self-forgiveness) and "I've Come for Grace" (a song he wrote about life's trials while he was undertaking a 96-mile winter hike through the Highlands of Scotland).

The 22-year-old Ness, a native of Sauk City, Wisconsin, began his song-writing career at age 15 and performed in show choir musicals throughout his high school years earning him scores of awards including two Wisconsin Tommy Awards for Outstanding Lead Performer and more than a handful of Outstanding Male Soloist Awards.

After high school, Ness passed up scholarship offers to study theater from half-a-dozen prestigious universities and music conservatories. Instead, he hitch-hiked and hopped busses for nearly a year across Scotland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland while learning the fine art of "busking" (street performing).

The following year, Ness busked across much of New Zealand before signing on for a 23-show tour across Thailand and Cambodia. Since returning to Wisconsin, he finished writing and recording an album, "Lullabies & Faerie Tales." He was nominated for several Madison-area music awards and won the Male Vocalist of the Year Award in 2019. Most of his music is available on his website:

Ness will be traveling throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota this summer (COVID-19 permitting) as part of a solo musical tour featuring performances in 19 separate venues including resorts, lounges, wineries and brewpubs.

That tour has been arranged and scheduled by Jonathan Little Productions, a talent agency owned by Jonathan Little-a life-long radio broadcaster and promoter of local artists. Little also helped arrange and produce the "Forgiveness" video. He received the Madison Area Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

"As this new video demonstrates, forgiveness is a paradox in which people are kind to those who were unkind to them," according to Enright. "That's something we can all benefit from in this time of coronavirus lockdown. Forgiveness has the power you can use to free yourself from past hurts so you can live a better life."

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About Robert Enright and the International Forgiveness Institute:

Robert Enright is a licensed psychologist and professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who pioneered the scientific study of forgiveness. The university recently named him the Aristotelian Professor in Forgiveness Science. Time magazine has called him "the forgiveness trailblazer" and The Christian Science Monitor labeled him "the father of forgiveness research."

Twenty-five years ago, Enright co-founded the not-for-profit International Forgiveness Institute which has become the world's largest online repository of forgiveness information. The Forgiveness Education Curriculum Guides he developed for children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are being used in more than 30 countries across the globe including Canada, China, Colombia, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia and Rwanda. His grade-school Forgiveness Education Program in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been in operation for 17 continuous years.

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Gary Fritzen, Composer, and California Arts Org, Art-In-Relation Team for ‘There Will Be Light’ – You Sing It, New Song Challenge

STOCKTON, Calif -- Gary Fritzen, award winning composer of musical theatre, feeling the weight of the covid-19 pandemic announces a challenge for singers of all abilities and interest to sing his new song, "There Will Be Light."

Gary has been composing music for over 30 years. With a specialty in musical theatre, you can find some of his published works, such as "Toy Camp" and "Metaphasia" in the Pioneer Drama Services catalog ( Winner of the Schubert Frendrich Playwriting award, he was a winner of the American College Theatre Festival Kennedy Center for best musical score, for "Vanya!"

Mr. Fritzen continued writing musicals for Santa Monica Community College from 1995-2016. Gary has used all of his musical experience to write this song "There Will Be Light" while he works from home as a public High School Music Teacher in the City of Manteca, California ( As he watches the entire world in lock down and comforts his students online that are nervous for the future, Gary felt a need to write a song that brings hope to his family, friends and loved ones.

With this composition, he is challenging singers to learn the song and sing it for their friends and audiences as well. Art-In-Relation, a production company in Southern California, artistic director Jonas Sills, and Gary Fritzen are teaming up to make a donation of $10 for every person who records this song to Direct Relief ( ) charity organization that donates directly to covid-19 relief up to $5,000 total.

Each submission will be screened to be posted on the YouTube channel for the song and posted nationally!

To hear a sample of the song please visit:

Links to a lead sheet and instrumental tracks are below the YouTube link.

To submit for this challenge please email a video submission to This can be a mp4 file or a YouTube link.

Direct Relief
* Direct Relief working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S.
* Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
* Direct Relief working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S.
* Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
* Direct Relief is also staging personal protective equipment with regional response agencies across the world, including in the Caribbean and South America through the Pan American Health Organization.

Gary Fritzen

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*Photo caption: Composer, Gary Fritzen.

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