Singer/songwriter, publisher, President: Dreamin’ Out Loud Entertainment Recording Company, Publisher, Video Producer, Internet Radio Station Owner, Talk Radio Show Owner, CEO of Dreamin’ Out Loud, LLC. Published the entertainment bi-monthly magazine “MACKIE” and daily online newspaper “And Now Ya Know”.
Rockhurst College-Kansas City, Missouri Park College-Parkville, Missouri Charlie Parker Music Academy- Kansas City, Missouri University Of Missouri- Kansas City, Missouri The American Dance Academy- Kansas City, Missouri The Backstage Workshop- Kansas City, Missouri Penn Valley Community College- Kansas City, Missouri
MEMBERSHIPS ( past & current* ): The Knights of Columbus Fr. Hagar Council # 7064*
Broadcast Music Inc. Publisher & Writer Affiliation since 1977* SoundExchange affiliation since 2011* Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City Nashville Songwriters Association International The Songwriters Guild Of America
LEGAL COUNSEL ( past & current* ): Mr. Kendall A. Minter Attorney At Law*
Linda S. Mensch Attorney At Law
Lloyd & Lloyd Attorneys At Law
Johnnie Cochran & Associates
Mr. Derek Sivers, Mr. Chuck Chapman & Ms. Wendy Day
Ms. Phyllis Caddell - PCPR Communications
EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS:
Both Dreamin’ Out Loud Entertainment and its' flagship artist Katelyn McCarter were winners in the 2013 IMEA Music Awards ( International Music and Entertainment Awards). Dreamin’ Out Loud won for indie Record Label of the Year while Katelyn won for both indie Entertainer of the Year and indie Christian Female Artist of the Year.
Operated Christian internet radio station KBAT, Gospel station TEAM Gospel, talk radio station WCFR and KJDH, Once Upon a Time Radio from January 2012 to October 2016.
Managed Kansas City based artist/daughter “Raina” resulting in major label interest from Sindrome Records in the mid 90’s. Also co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, co-edited and was set designer for the music video “I’ve Had Enuf“ featuring “Raina” that was shown regionally on American Cablevision’s “Music Showcase” television program.
Managed Kansas City based trio “IV Real” resulting in major label interest from Mr. Kevin Evans of Blacktie Entertainment/Capital Records in the early 90’s, and was also responsible for this group signing with start up booking agency Exact Image and becoming an opening act for national touring recording acts. “IV Real” was able to play venues such as The Music Hall and Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO and shared the stage with many acts including Bloodstone, Lorenzo, Lo-Key? and then unknown comedian, Eddie Griffin. Co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, co-edited and was set designer for the music video “Always” featuring “IV Real” that was shown independently across the nation on cable television, locally on cable channel 30’s video show “Music Showcase” for a solid year and nationally on BET’s “Video Soul” with Donnie Simpson. This video was also an Open Division Award Winner at the 1994 Kan Film Festival.
Co-Managed former Marvin Yancy/Chuck Jackson protégé, James Cleveland Choir vocalist and lead vocalist of the Interscope/Warner Bros. recording act “Truth Inc”, Derald Conway in his comeback attempt resulting in major label interest from Blacktie Entertainment/Capital Records in the late 90’s. Derald was also the singing voice for Robert Townsend in the film “The Five Heartbeats”.
Former Business Manager, Producer, Composer, Lead Vocalist and Musician (percussions) for five member R&B group “Poetry In Motion” throughout the late 70’s and early 80’s. This group would be offered the opportunity to tour and open for national recording act “The Masquaraders” in support of their 1975 hit single “(Call Me) The Travelin’ Man “. Offer was declined as “Poetry In Motion” members were still in college.
Former Business Manager, Co-Lead Vocalist, Composer, and Co-Producer for R & B trio “3PM” resulting in a 1988 major label singles deal offer for the original composition, “Without You” from Motown record executive Russ Regan as well as interest from Total Experience Records. Was also responsible for securing and becoming one of only five acts handled by professional management team from Detroit, Michigan, attorneys Leona & Leonia Lloyd ( Double L Management ), who were the team behind the 80’s groups “Ready For The World“ and “Kiara“. Was also the only act not from the Michigan area that was managed by Double L Management at that time.
Helped develop & nurture musical career of Kansas City native and former Flyte-tyme Productions’ background vocalist & co-lead vocalist of the Ruffhouse/Sony Records 90’s group “Four Sure“, Joey Elias. Helped develop careers of KC natives & current Los Angeles based session musician/writer Mark Lomack and former record executive Eric Hayslett of Los Angeles independent rap label Cream Factory Records. Also, indirectly encouraged the local cover band “Grand Jury” to begin writing original music. This band would later become the Perspective Record’s act “Lo-Key?” in the early ‘90s. Also inspired many local KC groups to begin writing original material and to strive for national attention.
Was, in summer of 1973, presented with the opportunity to meet with and discuss possible staff songwriting opportunities for Quincy Jones and his newly created Los Angeles, Ca based label Qwest Records. Offer was declined to begin college studies.
Was presented in 1994 with the opportunity to write with Isaac Hayes on the musical score of the independent film “Ninth Street” by writer/owner Kevin Willmott. Offer was declined because of Memphis, TN five month relocation requirement. Kevin would later win an Oscar along with Spike Lee for the movie BlacKkKlansman. Had small but credited acting part in the national direct to video film release “Ninth Street“, starring Isaac Hayes & Martin Sheen.
Has been mentored and or advised over the years by Entertainment Lawyer Kendall Minter, former ABC Records President, Hal Yoergler, former Polydor / Motown Records executive, Russ Regan, Rapcoalition CEO, Wendy Day, CD Baby founder, Derek Sivers, Exact Image CEO & former booking agent, Mi-Ling Stone Poole and Kansas City recording studio owner, Chuck Chapman.
Owns and operates Poetry Kinda’ Music Publishing and A Drop A’Raina Music Publishing in association with ( B.M.I. )Broadcast Music Inc.
Former CEO of Dreamin’ Out Loud LLC., a Christian Entertainment Company and President of indie record label Dreamin’ Out Loud Entertainment from 2010 to 2016.
Current President/Owner of re-launched 2021 Dreamin' Out Loud Entertainment as an all genre independent record label.
Dreamin' Out Loud Entertainment recorded one 11 song cd on its' flagship artist Katelyn McCarter and released one single from that project and one single from its' second artist Kristin Rader.
Has had many poems published in the “National Library of Poetry” book series, been offered several single song publishing deals and has bio listed in many national reference titles including “Who’s Who in the Midwest“, “Who’s Who in America“, “Who’s Who in the World” and “Billboard’s International Talent Directory“ among others.
Has had ten songs recorded and released by independent artists Sheila Alexander and R&B group Double Exposure.
Currently owns and operates KBAT Variety Internet Radio. KBAT plays a variety of songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's & early 2000's.