Monday, April 29, 2013
Singer-Songwriter-Producer-Founder of http://CiriusEnt.com -The keys to unlock change reside within us all.Columbia, SC · markkiinotes.com
Hailing from humble beginnings, at the age of 16, MarKkii left home with nothing but a dream to become a legendary performer, and the clothes on his back. “This is where the journey began for me,” recalls MarKkii, “the road to fulfill this dream has been one of many ups and downs.” After finishing high school in South Carolina, MarKkii enlisted in the United States Army. While stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, he found himself surrounded by people who shared the same aspiration.
At the age of 21, MarKkii was on the Saturday Night Mix Tape with DJ Al Irvin, a disc jockey in Columbus, Georgia. This opportunity landed MarKkii a spot on the pilot of a local entertainment show called "Hot Spot”, where he received his first credits as a mix engineer and celebrity interviewer.
After the military, MarKkii returned to his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina and his first love, music. With determination in his heart and ambition in his soul MarKkii cleaved to his dream with unwavering dedication. Through a spin of luck MarKkii was invited to become the host of a travelling trademarked karaoke show called "Afro-oke". With the popularity of “Afro-oke”, Markkii encountered many aspiring artists and was graced with guest appearances by celebrities such as Juvenile and Prophet Jones. Eventually MarKkii would hit the stage as an artist himself. One evening while hosting “Afro-oke”, MarKkii was approached by a local R&B group who had gotten wind of his vocal abilities. Then called "Diamondz in Da Ruff", the group asked MarKkii to become the fourth member in their group. The quartet soon cut their name to simply ‘Diamondz,’ and set off to take the music world by storm.
While with Diamondz, Markkii shared a stage with industry greats like "Anthony Hamilton", "Mario Winans", "The Nappy Roots", and The Legendary "Lattimore”. Unfortunately, while talented, the group faltered from the many pressures of the music industry.
Amidst the turbulence another chapter in life opened; Markkii began producing from South Carolina to New York where he adopted the name M-Notes. M-Notes produced for artists like Twalla Jay and Slink aka Shawn Travolta. Not completely fulfilled by producing, Markkii felt there was more that was set forth for him to accomplish.
So, leaving everything behind, Markkii relocated to Oklahoma City to build again. Teaming with a plethora of talent, in December 2007 he and a co-worker formed an alliance, “Cirius Entertainment Group, LLC”. In November 2009, Markkii, Executive Produced and released the first EP from the Cirius Entertainment Group’s catalog entitled “Moe Forever” by Saxophonist Moe “Better” Williams.
January 2011, he began working on a compilation album with an aspiring local rap group known as "Block Boyz". Producing 9 of its 15 tracks, to include their smash hit "Go Hard or Go Home". Later he signed two of the group’s five members to Cirius Entertainment Group. November 2011, he executive produced and released "That's You" by Papi and "Black Rein" by StepDaddy featuring Black Armor Records own "T-Nutty".
In January 2012, he returned to the studio with Micheal McKinney (former bassist for Micheal Jackson), J. Thomas and J. McDonald to complete his solo LP "Love Infatuation". February 14, 2012, he released his solo LP worldwide.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
About Slate Stone
-- Immersed in the culture of Hip Hop since early childhood, Slate Stone, born Tomas Juan Carlos Sawyer, began expressing his love for music. Through his experience with producing, writing and performing, Slate has evolved himself into a very talented and well-balanced artist. Known for his creative wordplay and razor-sharp lyricism, Slate Stone has proven himself proficient in the world of Hip-Hop. Slate’s dedication to his craft has been his most valuable asset. A Texas native, Slate is known as one of the best rap/hip-hop acts in the West Texas region. His skills from start to finish, are recognized through his high level of intensity and lyrical genius. “I wanna show the music industry what it really takes to get recognized and respected”, Slate said. “You can’t just put a web page up or record a few records and expect that to make your career. You gotta measure yourself to yourself, not to what others have done... Always strive to be better tomorrow..do you! Be Honest. Be Creative. You have to create a compelling impact -- it’s all about the hustle and dedication to music.”
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