Saturday, May 26, 2012

Busy Signal Reassures Fans: Speaks Confidently About His Current Case of Abscounding Bail in the United States of America


"In this a time of reflection, I would like to thank my fans who have supported me through this difficult situation and who will continue to support me. Your messages and prayers via social networks and via members of my team are what have brought light to the darkness of my cell.
I have never admitted that I was involved in any drug deal or drug arrangement. I waived my rights to an extradition trial here in Jamaica, so that I can return to the US to face a charge of absconding bail ONLY. This incident took place ten (10) years ago before I even considered becoming an artiste.
As you can understand, this is a difficult time for me, however during my time away, my fans will not be left with a void - there are several unreleased tracks that will definitely keep you "busy" until my return. I recently released my album Reggae Music Again, which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Reggae charts. On my recent tour of Amsterdam andParis, we shot elements for the video to the title track of the album. It features cameos from Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica and Anthony B and that will be released in a couple of weeks.
For my fans overseas, my management team has been in dialogue with promoters who have all shown their support for me and my situation and for that I thank them.
For my family, you have stood by me through thick and thin and I know you will continue to do so. In my time away, I have made the necessary arrangements with my management team to have you taken care of until my return.
To my band. Hi-Voltage, you have toured the world with me and have been a tower of strength. Continue to make good music until I return, cause the mission will continue.
I know that my facebook page has been inactive for a while, but, starting this week, Shane Brown, head of Juke Boxx management team, will assume direct control of my twitter account - @busysignal_turf and my facebook page - www.facebook.com/OneBusySignal. I will be kept updated so please continue to send your love, support and prayers through these channels, as they keep me going.
To my legal team, KD Knight, Bert Samuels and Roxanne Mars, your positive words and unfailing belief and support in me and my case have made this situation a little easier to bear. Thank you very much.
Finally my friends, my fans and my family, thank you again from the depths of my heart. Please keep me in your prayers. "We not going down, cause God alone controls my destiny"

Friday, May 25, 2012

411 - Burning Issues

The Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall scene was really buzzing over the past week when the industry received shocking news of one its ace Dancehall artiste Busy Signals extradition request to the United States on drug charges.  Busy Signal was arrested on his return to the island from Amsterdam. Meanwhile, Beenie Man publicly apologized to the gay community in a four minute long message. One Jamaican newspaper reported that a spokesperson for the Rototom Sunsplash Festival said, "Beenie Man's Olive Branch to gays last week took incredible courage."  Meanwhile Beenie's long time music rival Bounty Killer, does not believe his move is courageous.  In a Blackberry messenger broadcast, Bounty Killer expressed that  "we must just leave dem (Gays) alone unto God still and let peace reign" however he is not sorry "fi nothing that I said or song I'm sorry to know it offended anybody".  The 90s Mega Dancehall star asked, "when since a money control Jamaicans morals."  He said, "Gays must stop fight we music and we must leave Gays alone that's it f#@ck apology" 


Awarded!
Winston 'Wee Pow" Powell, founder of the legendary Stone Love Sound is the proud recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Reggae/Dancehall genre.  Powell received his award in St. Elizabeth courtesy of Chiney K Production along with Sizzla who received the Cultural Ambassador Award and Bounty Killer, the Iconic Award

Thursday, May 24, 2012

GOSPEL MUSIC'S RISING STAR PATRICK DOPSON ADDED TO GOSPEL IN THE SON LINEUP


PLANTATION, FL, (May 23, 2012) - Patrick Dopson, gospel music's hottest rising star, has been added to the fast-selling Gospel in the SON Outreach Music Fest, which will be on June 9th, 2012 at the Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium.
Dopson will make his first South Florida appearance at the Gospel in the SON Outreach (GITSO) launch press conference 6 - 9 p.m. May 30th at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Plantation, 1701 N. University Dr., Plantation, FL 33322.
Dodson, known as a Worship Leader, Singer, and Songwriter, released his critically acclaimed album ‘Open The Heavens' on May 1, 2012, through his independent label, Oilonit Music.
"With the song ‘Keep Me' climbing into Billboard's top 30 and ‘Open The Heavens' being selected by Maranatha! Music for the Top 25 Gospel Praise & Worship Songs 2012 Edition CD, it's overwhelming to see how God is using the music," Dopson said. "It's an eight year vision that has been both trying and rewarding."
Dopson, who is currently on a 30-city radio tour, will make two appearances in South Florida before the June 9th Music Fest. He is joining local gospel soloists Nigel Lewis and Second Chance; saxophonist Jowee Omicil; and Christian Contemporary Rock Band UnMasKd at the May 30th press conference and will appear at area Wal-Marts June 6, 2012 for in-store CD signing.


"With his new album released May 1st, there is no better place for Patrick Dopson to be introduced to South Florida than at Gospel in the SON Music Fest," said Colin Forbes, Director of Ministry and Production, and President of Class Act Management Group Inc., the festival's organizers. "It seems the heavens have really opened up for Patrick, GITSO and South Florida."
Beginning his life in music ministry at age seven, Dopson played drums and sang in the church his father pastored in Selma, Ala. Since then, he has worked alongside some of the most-respected artists and pastors, including as a writer and singer on Fred Hammond's first GRAMMY ® Award-winning project, "Free To Worship." Dopson has shared the stage and opened for artists such as Israel Houghton, Martha Munizzi, Yolanda Adams, Ruben Studdard, Tamela Mann, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.
"Patrick Dopson is one of this generation's greatest voices," said Munizzi. "He is a true worshiper with a fresh sound and is anointed with a unique ability to lead God's people into His presence."
Dopson has also been featured as a guest artist on albums by Grammy-nominated legend, John P. Kee, one of which charted in the top 3 on Billboard Gospel.
At the Gospel in the Son Music Fest on June 9th, Dopson joins a stellar lineup of artists including Double Platinum achiever Fred Hammond; Urban Gospel performers Pastor Marvin Sapp and Tye Tribbett; Caribbean Music Hall of Famer Carlene Davis; and Christian Contemporary group JARS of Clay, plus many other recognizable and spiritually charged artists across every genre of gospel music.
To view the complete lineup visit, http://www.gospelintheson.com/artists.php.
Tickets are on sale now for $45 and up at www.itickets.com, www.Ticketweb.com and http://www.gospelintheson.com/tickets.php.

About Gospel In The SON Outreach
Gospel in the Son Outreach (GITSO) is founded by Class Act Management Group Inc., headquartered in Plantation, FL. It is committed to the development, advancement and restoring of communities one family at a time through praise, worship and festivities.
OVERVIEW
What: Gospel in the SON Outreach launch press conference
When: 6- 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Where: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Plantation, 1701 N. University Dr., Plantation
Program to include:
• Performances and appearances by Patrick Dopson, Jowee Omicil, Second Chance and UnMaskd
• Presentations by community organizations including Love Over Violence & Evil (LOVE) and Father Focus
Media: For interview requests and/or to confirm attendance, please contact Maurice Tucker at pr@johnalessiprfirm.com.
Media truck parking is available at the back entrance/ramp into the facility.
For more information, go to www.gospelintheson.com or call 855.GO.GITSO (464-4876).

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