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The X-Poze-ing Music Awards Aug 12, 2017
Madison Street Theater
101Madison Street Oak Park IL
Red Carpet Gala 5:30pm
General Admission 6:30pm
Main event 6:30pm
Elaine Elizabeth Presley
Elainee has been around music her whole life and producing music for most of it. She recently announced a new single, “Traveling Light”, which reached the number one spot on the popular radio station, Power FM, and was honored with a plaque for the achievement.
“It’s wonderful to see ‘Traveling Light’ gain momentum,” says Elainee Presley. “I know my true fans and listeners appreciate all our hard work, and nothing feels better than having them enjoy my music.”
Power FM Global Radio Network bases their rankings on a number of factors including number of plays, listener requests and station ratings. The station maintains their charts for the benefit of artists, record labels and related industry professionals, with high rankings, like Elainee’s recent number one single.
Fans have also been quick to praise “Traveling Light”.Emily from Boston said, “I wasn’t really aware of Elainee Presley’s music until a friend played ‘Traveling Light’ for me. It was stunning what a great song it is. I’ve since listened to more of her music, and it’s hard to understand why she isn’t much well-known. Hopefully that changes soon. Five stars.”
Artist and advocate Dr. E, the Inspirational Soul Queen, has a voice that resonates before she even sings a note from her forthcoming album “Songs for the Struggle.” That voice is her story: the improbable but true life of a sex trafficked teenager who recovered, earned a doctorate, and became a university professor. The telling of that journey from seemingly insurmountable circumstances to the aspirational strata of academia and creative accomplishment is what the raw, personal song lyrics and interludes on “Songs for the Struggle” convey.
While the subject matter is serious, it’s injected with joy, humor and an unwavering positivity that conveys hope no matter how trying the times.“There’s a grown woman sass to Dr. E’s voice that draws you in,” says renowned Duke University professor of popular culture and critic Mark Anthony Neal. “The emotions she conjures are paid for by an innocence long lost...but the telling of that loss allows her to find freedom, recovery and a spirit of defiance.”
When she commands “Don’t say I don’t work” on the album’s opening track, a stanky funk banger called “Mutha Werk,” Dr. E is not only defending those who share her former street life but Black women and the poor who are simultaneously exploited for their labor and discriminated against.
Jay'e R. debuted as an Independent artist in March 2013. Since that time, he has carved a way for himself in the music industry. Jay'e R. better known as Greg Pridgen to his friends and family, started singing when he was 6 years old. He was musically influenced by a plethora of artists, primarily Whitney Houston. Jay'e R. began songwriting in 2009 and the following year branched out on to YouTube posting videos of cover songs under his legal name. In 2013, with the release of his first single, did the music world begin to notice Jay'e R., which comes from the suffix Jr. as he is named after his father. In July 2014, Jay'e R. was signed to Tate Music Group and began the process on writing his debut album. It took nearly three years to write and find the right producers for his project. In June 2016, Jay'e R. released his debut album, Like I Love You. The album charted at #1 on iTunes New Release Top 100 Albums, and Top 100 Pop charts. Jay'e R. hails out of Charlotte NC, and in the three years that he has been in music, he has had many accomplishments including eight #1 songs, 17 Top 20 singles on the independent R&B and Pop charts, and he has been nominated for a total of 10 music awards. Jay'e R. was recently ranked at #1 on the Charlotte Pop charts according to ReverbNation, and he has held as the #1 Pop artist in Charlotte Pop for 18 consecutive weeks according to Number One Music. As a singer, songwriter, model and radio personality, Jay'e R. is proving his determination to succeed and shows that you can do anything if you never give up on your dreams.
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