Did you know Lisa Leslie’s husband was a Pilot & Author?

Michael Lockwood is one of many unique individuals who stands out in a crowd. You may know him as the husband of Former WNBA Champion Lisa Leslie. A devoted husband, father, pilot and now author. I bet you didn’t know, Captain Michael J. Lockwood, is currently a commercial airline pilot who flies the Boeing 767 internationally for United Parcel Service.  In his seventeen years with UPS he has reached the distinction flight instructor; has flown ten successful years as Captain, and was nominated in 2009 as Flight Crew of the Year, after safely landing an aircraft that was severely crippled with numerous avionics malfunctions.

Lockwood is also a decorated veteran, serving his country in the first Gulf War and Somalia. He commanded the C-5 Galaxy, one of the world’s largest jet aircraft. In an effort to give back to the hundreds of disadvantaged youth who dream to fly, Michael J. Lockwood founded The S.O.A.R. Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards deserving youth the opportunity to learn to fly.  Helping young people to achieve their dream of flight has been some of Michael’s most proud moments.  

 In 2005, Michael wed WNBA star, Lisa Leslie.  A year and a half later they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Lauren. Lockwood, then a father of three beautiful girls, added author to the list of his accomplishments by writing the national best seller, Women Have All The Power… Too Bad They Don’t Know It.  A book that has been recommended to so many young teenage girls and adult woman who are searching for whom they really are. Michael Lockwood is currently a speaker of the Speakers Bureau Institute, a subsidiary of RKD Music & Talent Management.

Tonya Baker announces Live CD Release Party

Contact:

Benjamin Buckner, Judah Media Group

614-806-8975

tonyabakerlive@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Recording & Grammy Nominee Tonya Baker Live CD  Release Concert & After Party

Columbus, Ohio -Promoter Benjamin Buckner of Judah Media Group, in association with RKD Music Management, is very excited to announce the Live Album Release Concert by National Recording & Grammy Nominee Songwriter Tonya Baker to take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at New Covenant Believers Church that will welcome over a thousand eager fans to experience this live performance.

As a vocalist, Tonya Baker is a much sought after psalmist who ministers the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ across the country.  As President of her own independent production company Bakehouse Music Group, LLC, Tonya has previously released two recordings – “Life in Him” and “Since He Came In”.  She has appeared on tapings of The Bobby Jones Show, local broadcasts of TBN, The Gospel SuperFest, The Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Conference Women’s Choir; numerous gospel music showcases such as The Stellar Awards Music Showcase, I Hear Music in the Air Conference, The Gospel Music Workshop of America and the Gospel Heritage Foundation New Artist Showcase.

As a songwriter, Tonya has written songs that have been recorded by such national recording artists as the phenomenal Tonex, and the legendary Helen Baylor with others yet to be released.  As a background vocalist, she has traveled with Byron Cage, Percy Bady, and Lisa McClendon among others.  She has shared the stage and opened for such artists as Shirley Caesar, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Isreal Houghton, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Mary Mary and Tye Tribbett to name a few.

Event will also feature guest Psalmist & Minister Carnell Murrell. Tickets go on sale Feb. 15, 2011 at www.itickets.com and local bookstores. Tickets are $ 25 VIP (Reserved seating, Tonya Baker’s New CD, and entrance into the After Party) General Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Tonya Baker is available for phone or media interviews.  Please contact RKD Music Management at (818) 571-0998 to set up a time that is convenient.

This extraordinary performing, producing, composing and arranging artist will be an artist that you don’t want to miss in person.

Latin Group DW3: A New Generation of Soul & Jazz

Album: “On the Floor”

Producers : Paul Brown & Bryant Siono

“On the floor”, the highly anticipated new album hit digital I-tunes January, 25 2011 . Tracy Thomas at 1580 AM WBCP says, “Thank God for a refreshing vibe, nice wonderful urban melodic groove. It will definitely get your head and toes moving” . DW3 comes from a generation of the hit 1970s group Tierra, which you may remember them from the 1980s hit songs like “ Together”, “Gonna find her” and “Memories”. Well, it seems as though the music magic runs in the family. This album  brings a mix sounds of blues with live bands, old school groove sprinkled over the classic sounds of jazz and soul all wrapped into one. The album is exactly what we’ve been missing! There aren’t many albums left where you can press play and sit back and enjoy. DW3 is truly a group that can touch all crowds. For the last 3 years DW3 has had the pleasure of performing on the Warren Hill, Wayman Tisdale and Dave Koz Jazz Cruises.

They performed on shows like City of Lights Jazz Fest, Newport Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Fest, BB Kings, Vault 30 and recently on the Annual Taste of Soul Festival in Los Angeles to name a few. This group gives this new generation the art of harmonies and the craft of musicianship that ended with groups like Boys 2 Men, Shy, and After 7,with a pleasant reminder of  the soothing sound of Luther Vandross, Teddy P, and Will Downing. With hit singles like  “On the Floor” and “I got you” sweeping the jazz radio charts DW3 surely has a lasting power. Simply put, DW3 is like a cold glass of water on a hot summer day !!!

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Prophetic Minister Carnell Murrell Returns

Carnell Murrell first hit the faith-based music scene in Dallas, Texas, as a writer in 1991. Not long after, “The Carnell Murrell Singers” performed for Paramount Pictures in Steve Martin’s Leap of Faith. As one-third of the Texas triumvirate of great gospel music writers, Murrell with Kirk Franklin and V. Michael McKay, exploded onto the gospel music scene. Together, they changed the sound of gospel music forever. Murrell was rewarded with nominations for both Stellar and Soul Train Music Awards.

With a powerful heart-felt testimony, Carnell Murrell has moved on to become one of the best song writers of all time in the Christian and Gospel industry. He has contributed his songwriting skills to Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kirk Franklin, Dallas Fort Worth Mass Choir, Wayman Tisdale, Dave Hollister, Ricky Dillard and so much more. But to start the new year off the right way, Carnell introduces his best single yet: “Because of You“.

This soft, melodic ballad starts by grabbing your attention with the keys first, then it takes you into a place of remembrance of the glory of God.  Carnell really knows how to grab you when he performs and he knows how to take you into that place as his voice hesitates to deliver the next repetitive phrase ‘its because of you’. Anyone can relate to this song and if you haven’t thought about why you are still here, then this song can really refresh your memory. Its peaceful, comforting and to sum it all up; its worship.

When asked what brought Carnell to deliver such a song, he replied, “I wrote this song in a time where I was very ill back in 2009 and I lost about 60 pounds. I wanted my focus  in my life to be completely on God. He gets all the glory, you know. We (he pauses) are not supposed to be here so it’s because of God that we are here. So doing that time I was really going through the valley and God said if you pass this test, then you can soar like an eagle. God said that I will enjoy the mountain top of glory.”

In addition to his new single this year, you can also hear Carnell’s music on the new album by the Mississippi Mass Choir titled Then Sings My Soul. The single “Forgive and Forget” is the song that Carnell wrote and is a featured performer as well. The new single “Because of You” releases digitally on I-Tunes, Amazon and more on February 8th this month.

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