Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sweet Voice from Jamaica - Acapella



I am sorry, that I don't have a pic for you, or more information on the brother from Jamaica that left me this message on Friday. It is sooooo beautiful I couldn't keep it to myself. Yes...I'm sharing. We will have to find out more about his ministry so we can give you all the details. I've always said, some of the sweetest voices I've ever heard in my life come straight out of Jamaica, one of the poorest islands on the planet Earth. Lord have mercy upon each and every one of their souls. I know they are struggling.

Here's a snippet for you, so you get what I'm talking about:




Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Artist Alert: Gospel Rap Artist CountreBoi from GA




Today, we here at UGTKONation had the pleasure of interviewing up and coming, gospel rap artist, Countre Boi from the Pine Mountain, GA. Now it could very well be you’ve never heard of him before and the name is totally new to you, however, this is not Countre Boi’s first attempt at becoming a successful rapper; about the only difference this time, as compared to his first try is, this time he is putting God first.

Back in 2003, Countre Boi connected with two aspiring rap artists on his job when he was working at a plant. During one of his lunch breaks, he noticed one of his co-workers writing, so he approached him and introduced himself. He let him know he was also an aspiring writer, and thought it would be a good idea if one day they got together to write sometime and maybe even form a group. After mentioning this, his new friend told him he knew of someone with some professional recording equipment that might be able to help them put it all together. The story of how things came together in the makeshift studio is a rather funny one. None of them knew how to operate the sophisticated tools they had, but they knew green light on the equipment meant they were doing something right, as opposed to a constant red light meaning they still needed to figure it all out.

When I interviewed Countre Boi, he indicated to me that he didn’t feel comfortable rapping about what the Trap County Boys were rapping about. They were talking about drugs and hustling, and that wasn’t a lifestyle he was accustomed to, he was always a church boy like his name indicates. Now of course I had to ask him if he actually knew what “trap boy” meant, and if so, why did decide to become a member of the group? His response was that although he was in the group, he made a decision to not rap about those nefarious situations the other two members in the group expressed. Of course this situation weighed heavy on his heart, because he felt as if he was a hypocrite, and as a result, he eventually left the group.

Countre Boi’s 2nd attempt at becoming a rapper was roughly around 2005/2006. We didn’t discuss too much about it, but he did say it was during this time he really had a desire to rap the right way – For God! But the main thing is this, his 3rd attempt at being a successful rapper is now, with the album he released on June 22, 2012, entitled “Refined”. I have included below, for your review, a snippet of one of the first tracks released from the new album entitled, “Praise Break”. Please let us know what you think, and pick up a copy today at
We here at UGTKONation wish him the best, and hope he becomes as successful as he would like to be in this industry. He as well as the other contributing artists on the compilation have our prayers.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Direction for UGTKONation - Please Listen Up

I'm sure many of you may be wondering what I'm doing with this huge diamond on this page. Well, before you get angry, it's not even mine. I placed it on my page because of a verse in one of Rihanna's latest songs - "Shine bright like a Diamond. Shine Bright like a Diamond." As you can see from this photo, when the light hits the diamond, according to the cut, it will be refracted numerous times, then it will also be reflected once it leaves the interface, causing us to witness the brilliance of this particular diamond's beauty similar to the one in this picture. Clearly, it is my time to shine, and if I don't do so, to the best of my ability, it may be another thousand years before I get my chance again.

I have come to the conclusion by way of my interactions with numerous "so-called" Christian friends on Facebook, that there is no such thing as gospel music/christian music, in the traditional sense, once a person has bought into doing all types of scheming they can think of to increase the popularity of their project. Also, if your daily manner and actions don't line up with the life of a true Christian (in terms of being Christlike), sad, but so very true, I want nothing to do with you in the area of promoting something with no true meaning behind it.

Our new direction for the remainder of the year and beyond, is to promote that which is positive. I can tell you right now, there may not be a mention of Jesus' name as often as you like, and then again, his name may not be mentioned at all.

Christianity is not a title you wear on your sleeve, but like Islam, it is way of life.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Shots Fired Between DJs and Artists About Paying for Promos

I haven't written anything in a while, but I've been pondering what to focus on, in this, my latest blog. I thought it would be something having to do with helping artists promote themselves online for free, but my latest biz venture has guided me to a whole 'notha area.

Recently, I teamed up with DJ Ronnie Ron @ronnieron2k to offer a promotional package to primarily Holy Hip Hop artists via his show entitled, "Hip Hop Praise". DJ Ronnie Ron has been running his show on a shoestring budget for 7 years (via terrestrial radio) and 2 years (internet radio). Not once has he ever asked an artist for a single dime, and very rarely have artists approached him and told him they wanted to bless him with anything.

When DJ Ronnie Ron approached me about the idea of charging a tiny fee for interviews, I thought it was a great idea, and extremely affordable. Basically, yours truly would do the interviews (pre-recorded) and a write up here and DJ Ronnie Ron would play it back 9 times on his 9 shows, which would be at least 15 minutes long. For an introductory fee of just $20, I thought it was the BOMB! You don't have to be a Statistician to figure out, that it actually works out to be a little over $2.00 per show. Wow...you'd think people would be knocking each other down to get their money in the quickest, so they can be one of the first to be aired. Unfortunately, not all of the conversations have gone very well.

Insults have been hurled and the word PAYOLA has been put out there. SERIOUSLY?! Question: When did $2.00 become PAYOLA. Here's the other one: I will see what I can do. I have a family to feed, you know? (Really, off of $20? Are you the family you speak of?) And another thing, the DJ doesn't have a family? I'm confused.

Here's my thinking - If you go into the studio and lay down your tracks, then get it mastered, then pay money to get it pressed up, what would make a person think it would end there. YOU NEED TO COME UP WITH SOME SORT OF BUDGET.

The interview I posted recently on the internet radio stations kept pushing this one thing home: RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS!!! Picture this: the station has100s of songs to choose from; aside from those which are requested regularly (a handful), it leaves the DJ with lots of songs to choose from. So where does that place your song? I'm just saying.

People have assumed, because they can't fathom the idea of paying to promote themselves that their music will be taken out of rotation. Well...I can't speak for Ron, but I will say this - if a person has 100s of songs to choose from and you have no relationship with them.; in other words, you are not promoting the station in any type of way, by posting any of their flyers on your FB page, or Tweeting to friends and family when your song is being played, what do you think will happen?

Without a DJ, getting a solid footing in the Indie Artist arena is Damn near impossible. Even major artists set aside a budget for radio promotions. It's not possible for you to build a relationship with every station at the same time, so I will reiterate from the previous Internet Blog, choose a handful at a time to run promos for you. 

That's all I have to say about it. In a future blog, if given permission to do so, I will run a list of extremely low rates some of the internet radio stations are advertising, and you can take it from there. Trust me, I know that feeling when you produce something and you say to yourself, nothing else compares, but I want you to be well informed about how it really goes out here.

Thank you for allowing me to step up on my Soapbox and share my thoughts with you. We want you to post comments on this particular blog. Share your thoughts. Radio station owners and artists, we are trying to hear back from all of y'all. We need to dialogue on this. If you feel as though one of the stations has treated you unfairly, please share so we can try to get it straightened out.

Blessings to you and yours!
Sincerely,
Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1
@UGTKONation

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More Twitter Followers in 2 Easy Steps


I'm going to try to make this as simple and straight forward as it can be, then I'm going to ask you to follow the screencast. Let's face it folks; what good is it to have a Twitter and no one is following you. It's the same as talking to yourself. There's a huge community out there, it's your job to FOLLOW THEM, and have them FOLLOW YOU BACK. I don't believe in paying for FOLLOWERS, although I have been tempted quite a few times; actually, it can work out to be rather expensive. Picture in your mind the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. You are the Tortoise, and if you remember, it was slow and steady that won the race.

@TWITERHERO - I just found them today through my friend Jenny. They got some #TEAMFOLLOWBACK tag teaming action going on. Like anything else, check out the profiles to see if you have anything in common and FOLLOW. When you follow the people in this group, they will FOLLOW you back immediately. No exaggeration, about 10 people from the tag team followed me today, but my buddy says, on average, about 20 people will follow you a day.

Okay...here's a song for you to get you in the mood of FOLLOWING PEOPLE and waiting for them to FOLLOW BACK. (Where my Christian House Heads at?)





Okay...that about does it for me. If the @Twiterhero works for you, please be sure to tell a friend and help a Sister out over here on the blog. I need YOUTUBE subscribers FACEBOOK FRIENDS and FACEBOOK LIKES and OHHHHHHHHHHH...TWITTER FOLLOWERS . Also, while I'm getting my Keith Sweat on, please be sure to G+1 me on the Right and at the very bottom of this particular blog. Last but definitely not least, JOIN the blog. Pretty soon, I'm gonna shut it down up in here, and unless you've already JOINED, you won't get the info. Sorry :( but I need y'all to stop peeking, and come on in.

May God Bless you until the next time. We love hearing from you, so please leave us a comment.

Blessings!
Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1

Thursday, October 25, 2012

How to Get Put in Rotation on Internet Radio (Relationships, Relationships...)



A wise man once said in so many words, "At the end of the day, it's not about how many connections you make, but rather relationships you build." (Chip Mathews - @chipmathews, if you are reading this, I hope you don't mind me borrowing your Twitter post again.) With all the clicking and adding of Facebook friends and Twitter followers daily, throughout the day, how many of those clicks are we turning into relationships. At the rate many of you are going, slowing down to take the time to really get to know someone, seems totally inconceivable. However, if you wish to stay relevant in this industry, which it becoming more and more competitive from day to day, there are two types of relationships, you want to work on consistently - Relationships with your radio stations (terrestrial and internet) and Your FANS! We'll save the FANs for a different blog and roll into what you need to watch out for with the internet radio stations.

I was blessed to be able to interview 3 different movers and shakers in internet radio, and sort of serve as the mediator between you (the artist) and them. I spoke with Kevin James, Program Director for CJBRadio.com , Delroy Sounden, Owner of Ensound Radio and Andre Brown, Owner of SynergyRadio.com and Synergy1Magazine and winner of the Stellars Award for Best Internet Radio Station of the Year (2011). They were all eager to share with me some of the things they don't always get a chance to express to you, so please listen up, because this is about relationships. Remember?

Now let me tell you something, IT DONE GOT REAL with some of the more popular, gospel, internet radio stations when it comes to artists not checking in with the stations after pressing the send button to email their their mp3.The WELCOME word on the welcome mat, is starting to fade and less folks are getting a chance to step on it. Every now and then, if you're in some of the internet radio groups on Facebook, you'll see an outburst/announcement/rant about how UN-supportive, indie artists can be at times. Okay...the bottom line is this, unless you are Mary, Mary or Kirk Franklin, sending your song off to internet radio with NO FOLLOW UP, means NO AIRPLAY. Okay...maybe you got lucky and they snuck your song in there; well...keep in mind, it's just as easy to pull it. Believe that! It happens everyday.

I interviewed Kevin James, of CJBRadio.com first. Now I absolutely love talking to this man. He is so smart and loves sharing his knowledge with people he knows will take the information and run with it. (How am I doing so far Kevin? LOL!!!!!! Oh well...just call me the town crier! I can't keep all this insider info to myself, because I know it is going to benefit you.)

Well...with an estimated 25-30 submissions per day, you'll be surprised to know less than a handful of those get put in rotation. Why? Look...let me ask you a question first? Why would you send a song over to a station and instead of tagging the song with its proper name, you have it tagged as Track 1, 2,3, etc.? I don't know if you got the memo or not, but you ain't finna get paid for those through SoundExchange, or nobody else. Make sure your song is properly tagged! And another thing, if you produced the song in a newcomer's studio, expect it to sound like that. Keep in mind that it is not possible to go from an FM Station to AM and not expect the listener to know the difference. What will they say when the DJ goes from Tamela Mann to your song? Oh I know. They are going to switch to another station in a heartbeat.

Kevin reminded me of something very important when I was speaking with him. We all must remember,  advertisers are happy when folks are tuning in. Content is what keeps the listeners locked in and the advertisers want to make sure their ad is heard. If you got a track (labeled I must add (LOL)), the listeners are asking for, or sitting by their computer waiting for it to be played, then you are on your way. According to Kevin, and he was just stating the facts, "Radio doesn't care about your song. It's just content for their advertisers." If you can get this in your head, then you are definitely on your way to WINNING big time!

Now once your song has been selected for that rotation, you need to keep in touch with the station by calling or emailing every two weeks. Ask how you can get more spins and exposure. Find out how much it costs to take out a banner ad/and or ad spot. When your song is not playing, folks will be able to hear a snippet of it in the commercial ad you prepare, and they'll be able to see you while your ad is playing. Remember, it's the song that is in heavy rotation that plays in our heads when it isn't playing anywhere else. (Also, when you call in, ask what region of the country, or other countries, where the station is receiving lots of requests to hear your song played. )

Brother Kevin James was working in Terrestrial Radio for about 12 years before he got into internet radio. He believes that in spite of how rapidly technological advances are being made for our online music listening pleasure, there  are still a few offline terrestrial radio strategies you should keep in mind regarding radio success. There really is no need to constantly switch up your selection of songs even though you have a wider pool to choose from. Listeners still like repetition.

Another tip Kevin offers artists, is to make sure they submit songs anywhere from 3-4.5 minutes in length. Anything longer than that, more than likely, just won't be added to rotation.

Below are two sound clips taken from my conversations with Delroy Souden and Andre Carter. (They were recorded separately.) Of course I extracted the most important portions of our conversations.

As I mentioned to you earlier, Delroy Souden is the founder of Ensound Radio, which is really 3 stations; to access Ensound Radio and My ESRN, please go to MYESRN Please give a listen to the tips he provides us with about how to be successful as an artist in internet radio. Also, for those of you are still AFRAID of Twitter, listen to the logic behind how it works for you and the station. (I am going to put up a Twitter Screencast in a few days to show you how to build up your followers, and make Twitter work for you.)
Interview w/Delroy Souden - Founder of Ensound Radio and The Ensound Awards Show by UGTKONation

Now I usually prep the interviewees before I start the interviews, but let me tell you, Mr. Andre Carter, of Synergy1Radiowinner of the Stellar Awards 2012 Internet Radio Station of Year category must have had an agenda when he called in. I barely got a word in edge wise, which is indeed rare, because I am known for talking over people. (Not good, but I've gotten better. I wonder when my daughter's change will come about. (Sigh)). When you listen to how the conversation goes, how he won the Stellar Award will start to add up. This man is a definite go getter. I wouldn't be surprised if he went around town with an Ipad, knocking on folks doors and navigated to the online voting spot for his station after he had them log in under their own names. But honestly, all joking aside, this man has a direction and plan for his station, as well as the artists. He too would like to see you wining at this game.
Andre Carter of SynergyRadio.com and Synergy Magazine by UGTKONation

Now look....I'll be honest with you. I don't know how you found your way over here, but if you found the information included here to be informative, be a Sweetie and click the JOIN button to the right of the screen. Also, if you don't have a whole lot of time to figure out what this Blog is all about, just take a moment and turn on the Video player under the JOIN Button and listen to me talk about what The Christian Artists' Promo Blog is all about. I'm sooooo out of here. Talk to you and see you soon. Subscribe to our YOUTUBE , Follow US on Twitter @UGTKONation , LIKE US on FACEBOOK and be my FRIEND ON FACEBOOK. I was about to say that's it, but I remembered, I have to ask you to G+1 us here to the right and below this blog, so we will be easier for people seeking the truth, to find.

Blesssings! Have an Awesome Thursday!
Sincerely,
Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What in Hell Do You Want? (by Playwright Evelyn Jones-Reed) - Sat., Oct. 27 - Ft. Worth, TX


I have been trying to make it out to this play for the past two years, but with God willing, I will be able to attend this coming Saturday. The first time I heard about this wonderful production, was in 2010 when I had one of the most horrible schedules in the world. But enough about me, let me introduce you to my cousin Evelyn Jones-Reed, the playwright. Yes...we really are cousins, so I feel honored to be able to deliver this write up to you about my family member.

Now unless you've been hiding underneath a rock, I know you've heard the commercial for the "What in Hell Do You Want" stage play, on your radio. The first thing that grabs you is the title. If you are anything like me, and known for speaking out loud, when it appears to be safe to do so, then you probably would have said, "Absolutely NOTHING," just like I did, almost yelling, as I was driving in my car. And like the title and punctuation suggest, it is a question; but my question to you is, if we know there is a HELL, and we know we aren't living right, then when will we begin to change our behavior? Do you think a vivid snapshot of HELL would make you totally rule it out as your place of residence when this life is said and done? Well, the playwright, Evelyn Jones-Reed so strongly believes this to be the case that she has invested quite a bit of her own money to make sure the message comes across as intended - Whatever you do, stay the HELL away from HELL!

I had the pleasure of sitting in on one of the rehearsals last week, and this is what I caught.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Video Clip from Sunday Best's Alexis Spight Freebie Concert

Now LOOK!!!!! When Alexis' cd drops in January 2013, I want to see it take residence at the top of the music charts and stay up there  for a while. Baby Girl deserves it, and is out here giving it to us from her heart. I don't even know why I'm dropping this video on you, because if you were in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Saturday evening, you should have been there. Sis. Alexis Spight, was the vessel the Lord used to make his presence known, and before we knew it, we were looking at our individual situations/issues from the Lord's vantage point. And indeed, the view was so good, we found comfort in knowing our burdens would be lifted, once we allowed ourselves to be transformed.

One of the most difficult things I've had to deal with, with all of my hat juggling, to keep this blog popping, is remind myself, unrestrained worship and camera equipment don't always go hand in hand. The shakiness in the video is from my own excitement. I tried to steady my hand, but it wouldn't keep still. (LOL!)

Well...getting back to the story, a little birdie told me, "Ms. Spight", would be doing a promotional (FREE) concert, but she wasn't going to be out there all night long. In so many words, the word on the street was, one or two songs, and then some mobile phone photos and a few kisses on the cheeks, then it would be a WRAP! BUT Let me tell you, Baby Girl was not concerned about the time at all; in fact, SHE PREACHED, right after Pastor Henderson, the guest pastor PREACHED!!!  You see, we gathered at the River of Life Church in DeSoto, TX yesterday for a cause - Breast Cancer Awareness - and the Desire to have a successful and meaningful concert, met with the Purpose of Spreading Awareness about the disease, in a MIGHTY WAY. The Holy Spirit had its way with us, and there was a WHOLELOTTA shouting going on. I saw one shout I'd never seen before in my life. It was like a kick step repeat pattern. I sure wish I could have caught that on on camera so I could share that one with you and learn it for myself too.

Okay....enough with the HYPE, but I will throw this in there because I heard Alexis say it a few times this weekend, "It's not about ME. If people are coming out to see me, they won't. It's all about HIM." Let's all allow the Love of God to shine through us, and brighten our visage, so others will find comfort when they are in our presence.
Oh, before I forget, I'm going to give out the info for the Free "Music Leak" Download from Ms. Alexis Spight. Please TEXT @AlexisSpight to 23559 for the single, "Steady". Enjoy!

Now, something I definitely did not forget, is the fact that we need more people to JOIN the blog. When you JOIN (Of course it's FREE. Stop playing!) and LIKE us on Facebook, you help to spread the word about this AWESOME blog. For those of you who may be having trouble locating the JOIN button, feel free to LEAVE a Voice Message by clicking the button on the Right. If you can't find the Voice Message button, it may be time for a new pair of glasses, or maybe you just need to clean the ones you got on. LOL! And OH....Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE TO THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

More or Less, I'm out until the next time. May God Bless you and keep you until the next Blog!
Sincerely,
Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1










Saturday, October 20, 2012

Alexis Spight's Visit to the Dallas Area - Free Concert Today 10.20.12


What can I say about Ms. Alexis Spight, the very close runner up in the 5th Season of Sundays Best? Wow...she has such a sweet spirit, but you all probably knew this from watching her on Sundays Best. As we drove Ms. Spight to the last gig of her rather long day, she sat in the car and caught up with her Tweets and emails for most of the 15 minute ride. She is quite a distance from home, but very comfortable with doing whatever was necessary to brighten someone else's day or evening with a camera phone photo and/or brief conversation. All of what is happening in her life right now is STILL fun and exciting, and it has not morphed into that dreadful thing we know as WORK!

Immediately after KILLIN' the National Anthem (I sure wish she could have sang that right after Obama won the debate the other night. It sure makes me feel proud to be an American.), before I could blink my eye to figure out where she had disappeared to, I noticed Ms. Spight was just a few feet away from me, reaching up to the fans in the stands, shaking hands and giving out hugs. I was tickled to death to hear a recycled pick up line a young man tried to use on the beautiful Ms. Spight, that never seems to get old, "If I give you my cell number, will you call me?" (Smiles. That is so sweet.)

Below is a little of what you missed. It's just a taste, because if you want the full effect of what Ms. Spight has to offer, you'll have to come on out to the Free Concert tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. If it is possible, please wear something pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We will be at the River of Life Church which is located at 328 N. Hampton Rd. in DeSoto, Texas. We hope you can make it out. Indeed you will be Blessed by the great gift God has given this awesome young lady. Tell a few friends and then pack everyone in the car or van and come on out. We are going to have a blast.


Get your FREE DOWNLOAD of Alexis' new Single,
"Steady"
Simply TEXT @AlexisSpight to 23559
Watch out for the new Album Release
Slated for release in January 2013

Time to get some rest for tomorrow's big concert. Blessings to each and every one of you.
Sincerely,
Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1
214.779.2097


Friday, October 19, 2012

Alexis Spight Music Leak!!!!!! Text to Download


Here's a little Lagniappe for you. Just Text @AlexisSpight to 23559, and you will immediately receive a link which will allow you to download the single, "Steady". Alexis' debut album with Music World Gospel is slated to be released in January 2013. 

For those of you wanting to attend the Free Concert, we will be starting at 6:30 p.m. and would love to see you in the building. 

For additional updates, be sure to LIKE Alexis' Facebook FAN Page.

Blessings to each and everyone of you.
Sincerely,
Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1   

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sundays Best Runner Up, Alexis Will Be in the Dallas Area on Saturday



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Sunday’s Best 5th Season Finalist, Alexis Spight Will Bless the D/FW Metroplex w/A Free Concert This Weekend and Meet with Lancaster High School Students on Friday

DeSoto, Texas – October 18, 2012 - On Saturday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m., the beautiful, fiery red headed, Alexis Spight, runner up, of the 5th Season of Sundays Best, will bless the Dallas/Ft.Worth area with a free concert, at River of Life Church, located at 328 N. Hampton Rd., in Desoto, TX. Alexis’ concert is part of a promotional tour, brought to you in part by “Take It to the Next Level Entertainment”, and will help to prepare Ms. Spight’s fans and lovers of gospel music for her upcoming debut album with Music World Gospel. Some of the area's best local talent will be stepping out on Saturday evening, to assist with the festivities - The God Phaktorr, Chadney Christle and Atonement, Cheri Winkley and many more. The concert organizers are asking everyone who can, to please wear something pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the survivors, and those who have unfortunately succumbed to the disease. 

Earlier this year, Ms. Spight traveled with her entire family to the Sunday Best auditions in St. Louis, along with 15,000 aspiring vocalists and admits feeling intimidated by the process. As she kept advancing from one round to the next, it was one of her younger siblings who encouraged her by prophesying, God would favor her; and he has in a MIGHTY WAY. Ms. Alexis Spight, may not have won this season’s Sundays Best title, but the votes for her and the winner, Joshua Rogers were extremely close, which was what many viewers expected considering they are both very gifted and talented. In addition to it being a very close call, Alexis and Joshua have a lot in common; both are preacher’s kids, were 18 years old at the time of the tapings, and both have been signed to the Music World Group record label owned by Mathew Knowles, the father of the internationally known pop icon, Beyonce. While competing on the show, Ms. Spight and Mr. Rogers always put emphasis on the fact that they never felt as though they were in a competition and that it was always fun, and spiritually uplifting. 

Not only will Ms. Spight be participating in Saturday’s concert, but she will also be making a special guest appearance at J D Hall Learning Center in Lancaster, Texas on tomorrow morning, October 19th at 10:30 a.m., to assist with kicking off the school’s Red Ribbon Drug Free Campaign Week, which officially begins on Tuesday, October 23nd. Ms. Spight will be addressing a group of her peers, so there should be lots to talk about and discuss. 

Ms. Alexis Spight is a native of Buffalo, NY who relocated to Kansas City, KS this year with her family. Presently, she is the Minister of Music at Madden Temple Church of God and Christ Kansas, City, KS, which is led by her father, Pastor Allen Spight. 

Sundays Best is a franchise owned by BET, and can best be described as being the gospel version of the popular American Idol. This season, the show witnessed its largest viewership ever with a whooping 2.6 million viewers.