Highlights of the evening included a gospel performance by Pastor Michael Kingdom and his award-winning choir, Destiny 24 GZ, formerly known as the Voices of Destiny. Under Rev. Fisher’s direction, the choir won Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound™ grand finale and nabbed the title of “The Best Church Choir in America” in 2010. Special tributes were paid to the families of the late singer/songwriter/composer Curtis Mayfield with a Timeless Music Award and late music executive Jules “Julie” Rifkind, founder of Spring Records, with a Legacy Award. Plus, online media executive Ron Bloom of BiteSized Entertainment was recognized with an Urban Entertainment Innovators Award.
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(Video courtesy of Singleton Entertainment Corp.)
Other #Salute2014 honorees included:
- Karen Civil – celebrity blogger of KarenCivil.com and online marketing coordinator for Young Money Records
- Angela Dean – celebrity fashion designer and founder of DeanZign.
- Greg “Mack Attack” Mack – radio pioneer at KDAY-FM, and now disc jockey at KTWV-FM, 94.7 the Wave.
- Joie Manda – president of Urban Music at Interscope, Geffen, & A&M.
- Groovey Lew – celebrity stylist who’s known as the “King of Fashion” in the hip hop world.
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About Ernie Singleton | Singleton Entertainment Corp.
Singleton is the former president of Urban Music at MCA Records. With 139 gold and platinum albums to his credit, Singleton is one of the top movers and shakes in the music industry! A creative genius, his talents have not only had a hand in the foundation of Black Music, but also, elevating it to even higher ground in America.
Throughout his career, he’s had a special knack for turning struggling record labels into formidable industry powerhouses. Under his watch, he took Ruthless Records -- an independent label owned by gansta rapper Eazy-E -- from $50,000 to $16 million in sales. He was also instrumental in improving Warner Bros. industry rankings from number 7 to the top spot of number 1 within three years of his arrival.
He’s been instrumental in launching the careers of many Grammy-winning artists, including Mary J. Blige, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, New Edition, Jodeci, Teddy Riley, Al B. Sure, and Brooke Valentine – just to name a few. In addition, he’s helped to cultivate the careers of music icons like Sean “Diddy” Combs, Quincy Jones, Prince, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Miles Davis, Chaka Khan and Madonna.