LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The 'Uplifting Minds II Conferences' entertainment business seminars were a sellout and the talent at the competition showcase rocked the Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Hills mall this past weekend. For five years now the event has developed young talent's minds, as well as their spirits.
Guidelines this year changed resulting in packed seminars, competitors' age ranges extended to 25 years-old and the winners' package overflowing with unbelievable prizes and benefits.
Smoothie Award winning guitarist and president of Boosweet Records hosted "new technology and marketing"; entertainment attorney and partner in the law firm of Fagerholm and Jefferson, Richard Jefferson, Esq., hosted "entertainment law tips"; artist manager, song writer, choreographer and music director Jasmine Diaz of Jaedd Music Group hosted "management techniques"; artist development specialist Jefflyn Dangerfield hosted "artist development techniques," and promotions director of The Baltimore Times, syndicated entertainment columnist and president of Freelance Associates, a promotions and public relations consultant firm, Eunice Moseley, hosted "promotions and public relations strategies," and she also touched on the benefits in starting your own label and obtaining a production deal with a label as oppose to an artist.
Winners of the talent competition were 14 and 16 year-old Gee Gee & Charm (a singer and rapper) who won the music category performing a number they wrote called "It's A Girl Thang" and 19 year-old singer J Miss who won the song writing category with a song she co-wrote titled "True Love." Both will receive a promotional/marketing package worth $5,000 and international CD distribution from Boosweet Records; free studio recording time, free track, CD packaging and duplication from Ivory Pen Entertainment; option of a management contract with Jaedd Music Group; a copy of "The Business of Music for the Christian and Gospel Industry" by Grammy Award winning and platinum producer/song writer Alvin Williams; vocal coaching sessions from Superstar Entertainment; free DVD demo from Chereese Records; artist development session from Missing Link Consulting and four life coaching sessions from Dr. Jamie Ballard, Ph. D.
Judges at the competition were syndicated radio host of RadioScope and president of EURWEB ,Lee Bailey, who gave very honest and on-the-mark advice and criticism; Jasmine Diaz of Jaedd Music Group; entertainment attorney Richard Jefferson, Esq.; comedian/actor Kel Mitchell, co-host of Viacom/KCAL's Dance 360, who had the crowd hyped and laughing with his lovable personality. Rapper/actress Bombay ended the event with a performance that also included her entourage of dancers.
Uplifting Minds II Conference will return to Los Angeles in June, but for now the next date will be April 16-17 in Baltimore where Bryan Leach, V.P. of TVT Records (home to Lil' Jon and the Eastside Boyz) and Mike Washington, the east coast director of artist development at Island Def Jam Music Group, will serve as judges. Rapper COMP (Def Jam Records) will end the event with a performance. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers
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