Black Boston Music: three elevator pitches heading up.


Cheers !! to  Black Boston Music. Can’t cover it all but here’s some highlights.  Roxbury, Ma was ground zero when people came together to produce New England’s First Urban Music Award Show. See our reviews of the UMA years 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 right here –>  View the video clip where Maurice Starr and Skippy White of Skippy White records accepted  the UMA “Legends Award” and see  photos of UMA show  competitors.

Lotus Records, Inc artist Carmen Liana on Guitar

photo of Carmen Liana on guitar
She’s a Lotus Records, Inc. artist – MP3 tracks

1)  “Artist Live Boston” —  Is Officially Set To Launch Season Two — On November 1, 2010,  Major Music Exec Bernard Alexander to Guest Host & Introduce a Ten-Week Competition That Includes a Major Record Deal & Management Deal at Artist Live events across the river.  (details below)

2) Newbury Comics, recognized as the #8 best music store of 25 surveyed by Rolling Stone Magazine,   will be stocking “Who I Am,” an album by LA Lotus Records, Inc.  soul,  R&B artist Carmen Liana, in the Newbury  Street music store on November 2, 2010.  this webmaster wants to acknowledge NC for their interests.

Experience Carmen Liana at Boston’s – the iTunes/ charting “Taking Applications” single mixes for US and Japan markets.

3) Rusty Pendelton and Funky Fresh Radio – on Touch FM 106.1 is kicking hard out there with Boston Music Marathon (BMM) themed live performances. We’ve been there, taped some video and  spoken to artists  performing BMM dates at Great Scott music club (Allston) and the Middle East ( Cambridge). Listen to Funky Fresh Radio Live TOUCH FM 106.1 and check out Funky Fresh inspired live concerts when you can.

(*)  We’ve informally conducted live person in the street random surveys with people around Dudley Square and the Back Bay.  We were drawn to them because they appeared to be listening to music while riding the bus or when they walk with ear buds inserted. So, we asked these people “did you buy the music you listen to? Did you actually pay for it?”.

TWITTER @sdtmusic to discover what we learned doing the survey.



Boston, Mass.  (October 17, 2010) – Never before has the New England area experienced such a diverse and viable platform dedicated to featuring the regions hottest talent and showcasing America’s next music sensations.

“Artist Live Boston is back for its second season after a 20-0 thrilling first season – Bigger, Stronger and Better,” says Nick Chin, President of Brand Engine Media LLC, a visionary multi-media entertainment company, the founders of Artist Live Boston and Original Brand Manager of the successful RnB Live Hollywood (

“I’m proud and excited to make the announcement about the brand new 10 week competition that starts on November 1,” says Artist Live Boston President Ken Emmanuel.   “We are excited to give people the opportunity to showcase their talent to the nations’ top record labels and smash songwriters and producers, and to give them a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Artist Live Boston’s ten-week competition will take place Mondays at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA starting on November 1.   A panel of selected, distinguished judges will select one winner from each show. Those ten winners will go on to compete at a Grand Finale, and one winner will be given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Our official Season Two kickoff event will feature guest of honor Bernard Alexander, the head of Business Development for Artist Live Boston, who brokered the major record distribution deal with Bungalo-Universal.

Bernard Alexander has 20 years experience in the music business. Starting out as Manager of the legendary group EPMD, he went on to serve as General Manager and Executive Producer of the Hit Squad (Redman, Das Efx, K-Solo and EPMD). After co-managing UK group The Technotronics (along side music mogul Lyor Cohen) he then became the Senior Vice President at Das Communications (an Artist Management Firm which managed the careers of Nas, The Fugees, Meatloaf, Spin Doctors, Joan Osbourne, Brownstone, Biz Markie and Kool G Rap).  Following this he accepted another General Manager role over at Def Squad (Erick Sermon, Dave Hollister, Alfonzo Hunter, Keith Murray, Redman/Method Man and EPMD) where he again was the Executive Producer for each project. Shortly thereafter he set out to start his own entity which led him to managing upcoming rap star 50 Cent (while signed to Sony), Next, and multi-platinum producers Chucky Thompson and Rodney Jerkins. In the process he secured deals that would launch the careers of JoJo and Akon, both of whom are now multi-platinum superstars. In December 09 he inked a major partnership with Vincent Herbert (Executive Producer of Lady Gaga) Walter Milsap and Interscope for young boy super group Mindless Behavior (

“Having witnessed Artist Live Boston, I’m extremely honored to be a part of this major event,” says Bernard Alexander.  “I’m excited to see even more incredible talent and to help give them a once in a lifetime opportunity with a major record deal at the end of this historic competition.”

Also in attendance will be music executive Marvin McIntyre. Proficient in all aspects of the entertainment industry including management, tour management, artist development, record company and executive consulting, image development, style consulting, stage show performance, interview techniques, troubleshooting, market planning and strategic development and business management consulting. It has been stated that Mr. McIntyre has one of the most “creative” minds in the industry. A 25-year success rate in artistically developing, managing, tour managing, consulting and training some of the industries’ hottest stars: Brutha, B5, LeToya Luckett, Bobby Valentino, Sterling Simms, Johnta Austin, Teairra Mari, Bobby Valentino, Ciara, Sammie, Lloyd, Keri Hilson, Cash Money Millionaires, Lit’l John & the Eastside Boyz, T.I., Puffy, American Idol Finalist Diana DiGarmo, Blu Cantrell, Kandi Burruss, Monica, Usher, N’Toon, Pink, Keith Sweat, Kelly Price, Dru Hill, Bell Biv Devoe, TLC, Boyz II Men, BabyFace, Pebbles, After7, Jeffery Osborne, New Kids on The Block, New Edition and many more.   McIntyre managed 1997 American Music Award winner Keith Sweat from 1996-1998 during his most successful album titled “Keith Sweat” which sold six million albums worldwide. He also managed Grammy Award winner Kandi Burruss from 1999-2001, when she won a Grammy in 2000 for writing “No Scrubs” for TLC and was nominated for writing “Bills Bills Bills” for Destiny Childs. Kandi also wrote “Bugaboo” for Destiny Child and “You Make Me ILL” for N’SYNC.

“Being a Boston native and being in music for the past 28 years, it has always been my goal to put Boston back on the map,” says Marvin McIntyre.  “People think about Boston about being boring and cold, similar to South Dakota and extremely isolated and I want to change that perspective.  I want the youth of Boston to see someone come off the stage at Artist Live Boston and become a major success, because that will help motivate them and show that they can do it too.”

Cambridge native and R&B songstress Phaedra, considered “Boston’s Diva” by many for her work with such musical notables as New Kids On The Block, Maurice Starr, Lady Soul (Hollywood Records), Najee, Walter Beasley, Chaka Kahn, Teena Marie, Faith Evans, Kanye West, Nisan Stewart, Mike City, and Makeba Riddick (the music industry’s #1 female songwriter) to name a few hosts the weekly event. “Artist Live Boston is an amazing platform for the exceptional artists in the area to get exposure and launch their careers. The level of talent that these musicians bring to the stage week after week is going to blow everyone away.”

Artist Live Boston happens every Monday night at 8p at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA. All artists must audition and be selected to perform.  Only the area’s top artists will make it to the stage for a chance to perform in front of their peers, local fans, as well as industry tastemakers, record label executives, and smash songwriters and producers. Come check out the hottest showcase New England has ever seen, Artist Live Boston, and experience the platform that will host the area’s best talent, and tomorrow’s next music stars.

Hear what leading industry executives are saying about Artist Live Boston:

“I love Boston for its rich history and vibrant atmosphere.  Attending Berklee College of music was a great experience and allowed me the opportunity to enjoy this amazing city.  It’s the perfect place for budding artists and young talent alike to hone their skills. I was once one of those new artists in Boston and I was heavily influenced by the constant flow of music and creativity around me, but there were few to no music industry executives scouting in the area at that time. Veteran music executive Bob Francis has created a much-needed platform to help launch the careers of the next generation of superstars with Artist Live Boston. It has heated the city up that much more, and I’m excited to see the new stars born from Artist Live Boston.”
-Makeba Riddick, Considered by many to be the #1 Female Songwriter in the world right now.  Songwriter to #1 Hit Songs, “Rude Boy (Rihanna),” “Live Your Life (T.I ft. Rihanna),” “Deja Vu (Beyonce ft. Jay Z) & “All I Have (Jennifer Lopez ft. LL Cool J).”

“Artist Live Boston is a no brainer; this is long overdue in Boston! I will be shopping for artists/songwriters & producers regularly there, while stopping by Legal Seafood.”
– Darrale Jones, Vice President of A&R, Atlantic Records, New York

“Boston is a great market; historically you have always had great music coming out of Boston. With groups like New Kids on the Block and New Edition, Boston has a rich history filled with talented artists, and is home to some amazing local radio stations. You also have Berklee School of Music and Emerson College. Boston is a great training ground for artists and home to talented music executives like Bob Francis.  As far as I am concerned, artists from Boston always have an open door to my office.”
– Naim Ali, Vice President of Urban A &R, Warner Bros Records, Los Angeles/New York

“It’s a great thing that Bob is doing with Artist Live Boston. Bob has been all around the industry from New York to Los Angeles and has put a dent in the industry. Making it in this industry is all about building relationships, and Bob has all the right connections. I have an open door to any artist Bob feels can compete in this game, he knows the game well and I will check out anyone he brings to my attention.”
– Maani Edwards, Vice President of Urban Creative Affairs, West Coast, Universal Music Publishing Group

“RnB Live Hollywood was a great vehicle for me as an A&R person to be exposed to the hottest upcoming talent in Hollywood and beyond. I could keep my finger on the pulse of what was hot and current, and I am excited for the launch of Artist Live Boston for the same reasons. I know Artist Live Boston, like RnB Live Hollywood, will be putting forward the areas hottest talent and I am excited for the opportunity to tap into it.”
– Darius Jones, 11 Yr. A&R Veteran/Major Music Supervisor, Capitol Records, Los Angeles

Event Details:

What: Artist Live Boston
When: Monday November 1 at 8pm (continuing every Monday)
Where: Ryles, located on 212 Hampshire Street in Cambridge Ma.
General admission to Artist Live Boston is $15.00 per person. For more information about Artist Live Boston and to find out where you can purchase tickets please visit: or