Life of A Ghetto Youth Chapter 2 ft. Reggae Superstars Dropped on May 17 to Help Those Affected by Violence in Trinidad

Rastafarian Superstars Collaborate on “Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2” Executive Produced by Ricardo “Rico” Vasconcellos and Vychalle “Kid” Singh. From Left, Anthony B, Pressure Busspipe, Marlon Asher and Orlando Octave.

Grammy-nominated Sizzla Kalonji has released more than 75 solo albums and more than 15 compilation albums, crossing different genres of reggae. His album, “The Messiah,” was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Shaquille Selkridge aka Izac King made his freshman debut on “Life of A Ghetto Youth,” the first compilation album featuring Sizzla Kalonji, Jah Cure, Marlon Asher, Ras Shiloh and Pressure Busspipe.

Melech Miguel-Kayodeye Collins also known as Melekú is a young and upcoming reggae artist. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in the areas of August Town, Liguanea and Barbican. Melekú is the son of Sizzla.

“Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2” Album Cover Concept by Art Director Qadir “Q Lion” Maharaj.

The Compilation Album, Based on the Dangerous Life in Trinidad, features Anthony B, Sizzla, Marlon Asher, Pressure Busspipe, Izac King, Meleku’ & Orlando Octave

Life of A Ghetto Youth is the story of my life in Trinidad. Portions of the proceeds from the sale of the Chapter 2 album will be donated to families who are affected by the violence in Trinidad.”

— Ricardo "Rico" Vasconcellos, founder of VAS Productions LLC

HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, May 22, 2019 / — "Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2" compilation album, based on true events about the dangerous life in Trinidad,dropped on Friday, May 17 to rave reviews. "The project is our labor of love and features songs by top reggae artists: Sizzla Kalonji, Anthony B, Pressure Busspipe, Marlon Asher, Izac King, Meleku’, and Orlando Octave," said Ricardo "Rico" Vasconcellos, the founder of VAS Productions LLC and the brainchild behind the "Life of A Ghetto Youth" movement. The project follows the 2017 critically acclaimed compilation album and sold-out tour dates.

The second compilation album, a fusion of quality Caribbean entertainment, is available on all digital platforms. It was executive produced by Vasconcellos and Vychalle "Kid" Singh. "We all share a common thread of our backgrounds, religious beliefs and experiences, so it is no surprise that we all agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Chapter 2 album to families who are affected by the violence in Trinidad," said Vasconcellos.

The first compilation project yielded $30,000 in donations for the victims and survivors in Trinidad and Jamaica. "We expect our second project to triple in the amount of donations to help our friends and families."

Vasconcellos grew up in an extremely dangerous area of Trinidad. According to the Inter-American Development Bank, Trinidad and Tobago is currently on track to have its highest homicide rate ever in history. "During my formative years, there was so much youth on youth murders. I made a promise to my mother that this would not happen to me," said Vasconcellos. "I left the gang life and focused on the music and entertainment industry."

Vasconcellos' mother told him, "If you can start a gang, you can start a business."

Music has been in his blood since the age of 10. "I grew up in a loving, single parent household," he said. "To help out my mom financially, I burned CDs and sold them on the streets of Trinidad." Vasconcellos left Trinidad in 2012. In a few short months after arriving in the United States, he arranged for his long-time friend, Marlon Asher, to meet him in the US and signed him to his record label. "Music was my way out, it saved my life," said Vasconcellos.

"Life of A Ghetto Youth musically tells the story of Vasconcellos' life in Trinidad. "One tragic night, Marlon's family was the victim of a home invasion and robbery. Unknown assailants murdered Marlon's brother and sister and wounded other family members," he said. "Out of that unspeakable tragedy, Marlon and I decided to make a difference. The project took on a spiritual force of its own and is very close to my heart."

"This album truly encompasses the definition of Caribbean peace, love, and unity," said Singh, a man of many talents as an audio engineer, producer, writer, musician, record executive and concert promoter. "My goal was to incorporate the producers, musicians and artists who took the "rootical" vibe of reggae to a new place sonically." Singh is a Grammy-Nominated Producer and Engineer for “Sizzla Kalonji” and the Engineer on DJ Khaled's album, “Father of Asahd” on the song, “Holy Mountain."

Singh was born in New York City but raised in Trinidad. He left New York with his family when he was ten. His father was a DJ.

"When I turned 16, I followed in my dad's footsteps and became the No. 1 DJ in Trinidad. I did that for one year while going to school," he said. "I would DJ from midnight to 5 a.m., go to school from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., perform household chores, sleep for about 3 hours then head back to the nightclub."

Singh was seriously devoted to his music; however, he graduated at the top of his class for Civil Engineering. "Unfortunately, my passion was not in civil engineering," said Singh. "It broke my parents' heart but I had to follow my heart and pursue music."

At 17, Singh moved back to New York and was on his own. "I studied at the Institute of Audio Research for three years and graduated at the top of my class," said Singh. "I returned to Trinidad and opened a recording studio which led me to meet Sizzla."

Sizzla told Singh, "I will take you out of here and make something of you." Three months later, Sizzla and Singh recorded an album. Sizzle flew Singh to his native Jamaica to mix the album. Singh considers that experience his first big break. The album was released as a mixed tape, which made a lot of noise in the music industry.

At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Singh and Sizzla were nominated for a Grammy for "The Messiah," in the Best Reggae Album category. In 2016, their mutual friend Marlon Asher introduced Vasconcellos to them and brought them on the Life of A Ghetto Youth Chapter 1. "It didn't take much to convince Sizzla and Anthony B to sign onto the project," said Singh. "Rico's vision was so powerful, we immediately clicked and began to make music magic."

The Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2 takes the listener through a musical journey featuring some of the Caribbean’s most prolific artists.

"This project shines the light on the struggle and our message is heard in our music," said Singh. "I want the youth to take their minds away from material things that have no meaning and show them love and the importance of living a positive life."

The Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2 cover art concept was designed by Art Director Qadir “Q Lion” Maharaj.

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Bonus Track from Life of A Ghetto Youth – Chapter 2, “How Great is This Moment” featuring Meleku’, the son of Sizzla

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In-store Music Service Market 2019 Global Key Players, Trends, Share, Size, Segmentation, Opportunities, Forecast 2025

This report covers market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies

PUNE, INDIA, May 22, 2019 / — In-store Music Service refers to the licensed ambient music in restaurants, retail stores, public spaces, or office buildings, which was known as Elevator music at first.

According to this study, over the next five years the In-store Music Service market will register a xx% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach US$ xx million by 2024, from US$ xx million in 2019. In particular, this report presents the global revenue market share of key companies in In-store Music Service business, shared in Chapter 3.

This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares and growth opportunities of In-store Music Service market by product type, application, key companies and key regions.

This study considers the In-store Music Service value generated from the sales of the following segments:

Segmentation by product type: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019 in Section 2.3; and forecast to 2024 in section 10.7.
Music Streaming
AV System Equipment

Segmentation by application: breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, in Section 2.4; and forecast to 2024 in section 10.8.
Retail Stores
Cafes & Restaurants
Leisure & Hospitality
Public Organizations

This report also splits the market by region: Breakdown data in Chapter 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
United States
Southeast Asia
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
GCC Countries

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The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market. The key manufacturers covered in this report: Breakdown data in in Chapter 3.
Mood Media
Usen Corporation
SiriusXM for Business
Pandora for Business
NSM Music.
CSI Music
Easy on Hold
Sunflower Music
Xenon Music Media
Soundtrack Your Brand
Jamendo Listening
Heartbeats International
Cloud Cover Music
Custom Channels
Auracle Sound
Express Melody
Open Ear Music

In addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key players and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

Research objectives
To study and analyze the global In-store Music Service market size by key regions/countries, product type and application, history data from 2014 to 2018, and forecast to 2024.
To understand the structure of In-store Music Service market by identifying its various subsegments.
Focuses on the key global In-store Music Service players, to define, describe and analyze the value, market share, market competition landscape, SWOT analysis and development plans in next few years.
To analyze the In-store Music Service with respect to individual growth trends, future prospects, and their contribution to the total market

Table of Contents

2019-2024 Global In-store Music Service Market Report (Status and Outlook)

1 Scope of the Report
1.1 Market Introduction
1.2 Research Objectives
1.3 Years Considered
1.4 Market Research Methodology
1.5 Economic Indicators
1.6 Currency Considered

2 Executive Summary
2.1 World Market Overview
2.1.1 Global In-store Music Service Market Size 2014-2024
2.1.2 In-store Music Service Market Size CAGR by Region
2.2 In-store Music Service Segment by Type
2.2.1 Music Streaming
2.2.2 AV System Equipment
2.3 In-store Music Service Market Size by Type
2.3.1 Global In-store Music Service Market Size Market Share by Type (2014-2019)
2.3.2 Global In-store Music Service Market Size Growth Rate by Type (2014-2019)
2.4 In-store Music Service Segment by Application
2.4.1 Retail Stores
2.4.2 Cafes & Restaurants
2.4.3 Leisure & Hospitality
2.4.4 Public Organizations
2.4.5 Others
2.5 In-store Music Service Market Size by Application
2.5.1 Global In-store Music Service Market Size Market Share by Application (2014-2019)
2.5.2 Global In-store Music Service Market Size Growth Rate by Application (2014-2019)

3 Global In-store Music Service by Players
3.1 Global In-store Music Service Market Size Market Share by Players
3.1.1 Global In-store Music Service Market Size by Players (2017-2019)
3.1.2 Global In-store Music Service Market Size Market Share by Players (2017-2019)
3.2 Global In-store Music Service Key Players Head office and Products Offered
3.3 Market Concentration Rate Analysis
3.3.1 Competition Landscape Analysis
3.3.2 Concentration Ratio (CR3, CR5 and CR10) (2017-2019)
3.4 New Products and Potential Entrants
3.5 Mergers & Acquisitions, Expansion


11 Key Players Analysis
11.1 Mood Media
11.1.1 Company Details
11.1.2 In-store Music Service Product Offered
11.1.3 Mood Media In-store Music Service Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2017-2019)
11.1.4 Main Business Overview
11.1.5 Mood Media News
11.2 PlayNetwork
11.2.1 Company Details
11.2.2 In-store Music Service Product Offered
11.2.3 PlayNetwork In-store Music Service Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2017-2019)
11.2.4 Main Business Overview
11.2.5 PlayNetwork News
11.3 TouchTunes
11.3.1 Company Details
11.3.2 In-store Music Service Product Offered
11.3.3 TouchTunes In-store Music Service Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2017-2019)
11.3.4 Main Business Overview
11.3.5 TouchTunes News
11.4 Usen Corporation
11.4.1 Company Details
11.4.2 In-store Music Service Product Offered
11.4.3 Usen Corporation In-store Music Service Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2017-2019)
11.4.4 Main Business Overview
11.4.5 Usen Corporation News
11.5 SiriusXM for Business
11.5.1 Company Details
11.5.2 In-store Music Service Product Offered
11.5.3 SiriusXM for Business In-store Music Service Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2017-2019)
11.5.4 Main Business Overview
11.5.5 SiriusXM for Business News
11.6 Pandora for Business
11.6.1 Company Details
11.6.2 In-store Music Service Product Offered
11.6.3 Pandora for Business In-store Music Service Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2017-2019)
11.6.4 Main Business Overview
11.6.5 Pandora for Business News
11.7 Almotech
11.7.1 Company Details
11.7.2 In-store Music Service Product Offered
11.7.3 Almotech In-store Music Service Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2017-2019)
11.7.4 Main Business Overview
11.7.5 Almotech News


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Steph Carse Wins Best Music Video at International Christian Film Festival for Amazing Grace

Steph Carse: My Shining Hour

JUNO Nominated Vocalist Wins Yet Again for His Powerful Visual & Vocal Rendition of “AMAZING GRACE”

NASHVILLE, TN, USA, May 21, 2019 / — JUNO Nominated Male Vocalist Steph Carse was recently awarded Best Music Video at the International Christian Film Festival (ICFF) for his rendition of Amazing Grace. This is his third win with the recording, having won the same honor at the Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival (CIFF) awards in September, and the Gold Remi award in April at the 52nd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Carse’s music video, Hallelujah, also garnered a Silver Remi award at WorldFest.

For the award-winning Amazing Grace video, viewable at, Carse not only co-arranged and performed the song but also directed and produced the video. Crossing musical styles including Pop, Gaelic, African, and Native American, Carse’s rendition of the beloved hymn is a multi-cultural experience, merging voices, scenes, and landscapes from North Africa, Madagascar and the U.S.

As a songwriter, performer and recording artist, Carse has sold over 500,000 albums worldwide and received a 5-star review for his 36-show run in Las Vegas from Jerry Fink of The Las Vegas Sun. In 1998, Carse achieved another career milestone when he performed at the ribbon cutting for Portofino Universal Studios Florida, backed by a 25-piece orchestra and choir.

Dedicated to championing worthy causes, Carse co-wrote and performed the anthem Reach Out, the official song for The American Red Cross, and wrote and performed the title track for the album "Holiday Heroes" for The Special Olympics in Canada. The “Holiday Heroes” album generated over $2 million in net profit for The Special Olympics. Carse has now launched his non-profit Y i Count to provide a platform for this generation, helping them to understand their true value and potential, the power of words, and to counteract the aftermath of bullying.

As a television producer, Carse won 5 awards from The Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, including Best Feature Film and Best Male Vocalist, for the one-hour TV special “Reach Out” that he produced for PBS.

He continues, “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to tell stories and perform. Being surrounded by the talent at these events was incredibly inspiring. There is some incredible new talent in our market – I’m honored to share hope and faith through the powerful mediums of music and film.”

Carse is currently working on a new album, to release in late 2019 as well as promoting his anti-bullying campaign “Y iCount”. To experience more of his story, Steph’s “My Shining Hour” TV special is currently available to stream through and

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Source: EIN Presswire Announces Acquisition of Tiickets as Part of its Website Portfolio

We’re proud to place our brand at the forefront of the online music industry with this acquisition.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM, May 21, 2019 / —, the guitar lessons and reviews site known for its objective approach to delivering information about the music industry, has acquired content ticket comparison website Tiickets in a move that furthers its reach whilst expanding its website portfolio.

The acquisition comes at a time where has seen continued growth both in term of revenue and engagement, aligning with its pledge to deliver only the best and most objective information on what fans of music and the general music industry seek.

James Taylor, director of marketing for, said that the merger was “a welcome next step in the natural growth of our brand, and a logical way to grow our offering whilst maintaining the core values that our audience (quite rightly) expect. Tiickets as a service is revolutionary, and we’re proud to place our brand at the forefront of the online music industry with this acquisition.

Head of Development at Tiickets, Scott Murray, added that the choice to merge was “an opportunity for developing our reach that would otherwise be impossible without the backing of the Guitaarr brand. We’re very optimistic about the future of our two brands and will be thrilled to announce new offerings in the very near future.

Guitaarr is a popular music industry blog focusing on providing guitar reviews, deep analysis of reputable online guitar lessons, and has content such as the popular guide for beginner guitarists.

Tiickets is a concert ticket price comparison site, committed to providing fans of live music the chance to purchase tickets fairly.

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WERUradio #urbanmusicfortheLGBTQCommunity

WERUradio #urbanmusicfortheLGBTQCommunity

George "Say" Daigle WERUradio Program Director

George “Say” Daigle WERUradio Program Director

Miss Sophia WERUradio Personality

Miss Sophia WERUradio Personality

WERUradio created a unique format that interpolates the uptempo flavors of R&B,Hip Hop and House Music providing an authentic urban LGBTQ listening experience.

We noticed a void when it came to the musical representation of the urban LGBTQ community on traditional radio and internet streaming services. I set out to fill the chasm and created the format.”

— George "Say" Daigle

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, May 20, 2019 / — Contact: 
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Atlanta, Ga: WERUradio broadcasts 24hrs a day on, Live365,,, the WERUradio app and Alexa/Echo using the WERUradio skill. WERUradio has created a platform that interpolates the uptempo flavors of R&B (Lizzo, Beyonce, Chris Brown) Hip Hop (Busta Rhymes, Trina, Missy Elliott) and House Music  (Quentin Harris, Martha Wash, Frankie Knuckles) combine to give you a unique musical taste.

WERUradio fills a niche market by prominently featuring amazing artists like B. Slade, Big Freedia, Miss Lawrence, Vincint. and more from the LGBTQ community in heavy rotation.

WERUradio's mission is to present the diversity of the musical landscape in the LGBTQ community. Many LGBTQ themed and formatted stations, only offer one dimension of the vast patchwork of musical influences embraced by the LGBTQ community. Moreover, those same stations are void of the incredible artists who articulate and represent the musical tapestry of the LGBTQ community.

While WERUradio features LGBTQ artists, the format remains relatable to everyone. Whether you’re part of the LGBTQ Community or not, WERUradio offers music that makes you feel good and makes you move. The universal force that brings the world together.

WERUradio adds dynamic on-air personalities to its programming roster that reflects the unique tone of the LGBTQ community.

“The WE aRe U Morning Crew” Monday-Friday 6-10am EST
Your hosts play the hottest music tracks alongside discussions on trending topics with hilarious commentary, and intelligent insightful observations.

“Middays with Diamond” Monday-Friday 10 am-2 pm EST
The 1st Lady of WERUradio Middays delivers her shining personality and distinctive voice while she plays the latest in R&B, Hip Hop, and House Music.

“Chit Chat with Miss Sophia” Monday-Friday 2-6 pm EST
This award-winning comedian, on-air personality, and drag superstar play more of your favorite songs. Miss Sophia brings her outrageous oratory and bodacious personality to your afternoon. Her humorous dialogue on all the latest in celebrity news and gossip will have you roaring with laughter.

“Sibley Saturdays” Saturday 10 am- 2 pm EST
No more simple Saturdays now you have Sibley Saturdays. Veteran performer, Keith Sibley puts some pep in your weekend routine with back to back House Music.

“The House of WERU” Sunday 9 am-12pm
WERUradio shows its Spiritual side as George Daigle gives you words of motivation paired with continuous Inspirational House Music.

“We noticed a void when it came to the musical representation of the urban LGBTQ community on traditional radio and internet streaming services. It’s like that wealth of talent, and urban culture was stripped from the banner of “pride” musically. I set out to fill the chasm and created the format. Urban in the LGBTQ community isn’t a color; it’s a culture. It’s a sound. It’s a vibe. WERUradio puts that in your ear 24 hours a day musically.” , declares the program director, pioneer of the format and owner of WERUradio.

While WERUradio features LGBTQ artists, the format remains relatable to everyone. Whether you’re part of the LGBTQ Community or not, WERUradio offers music that makes you feel good and makes you move. The universal force that brings the world together.

WERUradio combines uptempo songs in R&B, Hip Hop and House Music
WERUradio adds dynamic on-personalties to its programming roster
WERUradio features music artists from the LGBTQ Community
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British Prog Diva Rosalie Cunningham To Release New Self-Titled Solo Album On July 26, 2019!

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Greatly anticipated new studio solo album from Rosalie Cunningham, formerly of acclaimed band Purson.

ASHEVILLE, NC, USA, May 20, 2019 / — Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce a new studio album with Rosalie Cunningham. Since her celebrated band Purson played its final gig in late 2016, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Rosalie has been working on a new solo album, to showcase her talents as the visionary solo artist she always was.

As Rosalie says, “Being able to take time over arrangements without time pressures means that everything feels right, without being contrived.”

The album features a full range of musical styles showing off to the full Rosalies incredible vocal range and playing ability and is sure to delight both old fans of Purson and hopefully many new fans.

The self-titled album will be available both on Digipack single CD and 180 gram vinyl format on July 26th. In support of the release, Rosalie and her band will be touring the UK in July 2019 with further dates to come.

Ride on My Bike
Fuck Love
House of the Glass Red
Dethroning of the Party Queen
Nobody Hears
Riddles and Games
A Yarn from the Wheel

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Press inquiries (North America): Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US),

Distribution is being handled in the US exclusively by Amped Distribution and wholesale inquiries can be made to Alex Jimenez at

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"Just Before The Light" Contemplative Smooth Jazz Ballad from the Number One Billboard Album "Amsterdaam"

GroovExpress – Just Before The Light

USA, May 20, 2019 / — The New Zealand based contemporary jazz sensation GroovExpress returns to the music scene with the release of their single Just Before The Light. The track is a smooth jazz ballad from the number one Billboard album titled Amsterdaam, which I had the honor of reviewing back in October of 2018.

Just Before The Light is a sophisticated but elegant composition that is sure to charm the ears of music fans across the globe. This wonderful composition has a tranquil musical landscape that comes to life through its vibrant bassline and brass measures that fall perfectly in balance with the track's organic vibe.

The track is led by a dialogue of acoustic and jazz guitars. Accents of the piano add to Just Before The Light's depth and structure. The mood of the composition is like a refreshing breeze on a summer night, wherein all can watch the sunrise. GroovExpress' inventive offering is memorable and soothing to the soul.

GroovExpress has released a video promo, which is posted at the end of this article. Just Before The Light is set for release on June 7th, 2019, but the single can be pre-ordered as early as May 31st, 2019. (

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U.S. Navy Vet, Dwight “Dubb” White Fights Adversity through Creation of Recording and Editing Studio

OverDubb Studio

OverDubb Studio

Dwight “Dubb” White

Dwight “Dubb” White

I’ve always been passionate about music and audio. Even before I enlisted in the Navy, music played a large part in my life and as I served my country, too.”

— Dwight “Dubb” White

LAS VEGAS, NV, USA, May 20, 2019 / — U.S. Navy Vet, Dwight “Dubb” White, is pleased to announce he has successfully battled adversity through the creation of a recording and editing studio.

The studio, called OverDubb Studio, specializes in recording, mixing, and mastering music services. Additionally, White also has a 4-person podcast setup and provides services in recording and editing audio books, and syncing audio for film.

“I’ve always been passionate about music and audio,” says White, Senior Engineer/Owner of OverDubb Studio. “Even before I enlisted in the Navy, music played a large part in my life and as I served my country, too.”

White’s journey in creating OverDubb Studio, however, has been filled with adversity. In 2010, White was battling to overcome injuries he sustained while on active duty. Unfortunately, he was not able to overcome his injuries in order to be released back into full duty, and was medically separated after completing his enlistment.

“I was left with few options and unable to work the job I was training to do for four years in the Navy,” says White. “Once discharged from active duty service, I immediately went back to school to get training as an audio engineer.”

In 2011, White completed his training at Fullsail University and moved back to his hometown of Los Angeles where he interned at the highly respected Larrabee Sound Studios for 18 months. Bad luck struck again, however, as he was told by his doctors doing his internship that he reinjured himself and would need surgery again.

This time I was told I would be unable to walk for three to six months and this effectively destroyed my dreams of becoming an assistant engineer at the studio I was interning at,” White says. “I felt hopeless and decided to pack up and move to Las Vegas to be closer to family until I recovered.”

Upon his arrival in Las Vegas, some time had passed and he decided to rent a small office space to set up his equipment to be used as a music therapy to help with his depression, and to give him something productive to do with his time.
“After a while working with various local artists, I saw that maybe I could start my own studio,” White states. “I eventually built up a nice clientele and was excited to put everything I had into my business.”

But, in July 2018, adversity struck again when White’s office space was broken into. Thieves made away with much of his expensive equipment, leaving White feeling devastated and heartbroken.

“I fell back into depression after that, but after about a week, I picked myself up and vowed I wouldn’t let someone else ruin my dreams,” White says. “I moved into a new, larger office space with better security to set up OverDubb Studios and finished renovations by October.”

Since then, OverDubb Studios has received great reviews and feedback from clients. White is currently seeking new individuals and businesses that are in need of professional audio work.

Anyone interested in working with White are invited to contact him at

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Canalys: China overtakes US in fast growing smart speaker market

Global smart speaker shipments by country Q 2017 to Q1 2019

China is 51% of the global smart speaker market

Amazon still leads the smart speaker market in Q1 19

Worldwide smart speaker shipments and growth

Throughout this year we expect Alibaba and Baidu will continue to spend in exchange for more users, given that scaling-up has become their top priority over monetization.”

— Nicole Peng, VP Mobility, Canalys

PALO ALTO, SHANGHAI, READING, SINGAPORE, May 20, 2019 / — Smart speaker market share data from Canalys shows China reached 10.6 million units by growing nearly 500% year-on-year in Q1 2019. Driven by festive promotions, smart speaker sell-in shipments in China bucked the global seasonality trend by growing 23% sequentially. This made China the largest smart speaker market, overtaking the US where 5.0 million smart speaker units were shipped during the quarter. The global smart speaker market has reached 20.7 million units, returning to triple digit growth of 131%. China alone takes up 51% of global smart speaker shipments, with US dropping to 24% in Q1 2019 from 44% of Q4 2018.

The competitive landscape inside China has shifted significantly. Baidu topped the market for the first time. Baidu had a stellar quarter building up from Q4 last year and the amount of marketing promotion around its smart speakers was unprecedented. The company struck an exclusive sponsorship deal with CCTV, the national TV channel, on its New Year’s Gala on Chinese New Year’s Eve, which is the biggest entertainment show in terms of viewer numbers in China. This sponsorship allowed Baidu to generate significant downloads of its mobile app, which distributes over 100 million coupons to a 1.2 billion audience during the show, and to drive country-wide awareness around its smart speakers.

“The lightning fast development in China is largely driven by vendors pouring in large amount of capital to achieve dominant share quickly. This strategy is favored by internet service providers like Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent who are used to spending billions on traffic acquisition and know how to reach critical installed base fast,” said Nicole Peng, VP of Mobility at Canalys.

Alibaba and Xiaomi maintained growth after a strong Q4, by promoting gift sales around Chinese New Year. “Throughout this year we expect Alibaba and Baidu will continue to spend in exchange for more users, given that scaling-up has become their top priority over monetization. It is great for mass market education and fast consumer adoption, as consumers are paying very little for a device and the countless content and services,” continued Peng.

Global vendors including Amazon, Google and others, are focusing on enhancing interactions with smart assistants across different forms of speaker devices, especially with the help of third-party developers. “Multimodal user interaction is the theme this year. Smart assistants in smart speakers are gaining more capabilities via additional components such as displays, cameras and sensors. However, skills and actions are there to enhance assistants’ abilities to operate and to provide value to users,” said Canalys Senior Analyst Jason Low. “First party smart assistant features such as Google Duplex is attention-grabbing. Yet, the smart assistant ecosystem will only be boundless with the help of the extended developer community.”

Canalys defines a smart speaker as a stand-alone speaker designed to interface first- and third-party content, applications and skills through a cloud-based voice assistant, over a wired or wireless network.

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Lebanese Singer-Songwriter Imad Jack Karam (IJK) Wins Prestigious Award at 14th Anim’Arte Film Festival

Imad Jack Karam Award

Imad Jack Karam: Award for Johnny & June

I couldn’t be more pleased with this award. I put my heart and soul into all of my music, and it is such an honor to be recognized for my efforts and passion.”

— Imad Jack Karam (IJK)

DUBAI, UAE, May 18, 2019 / — Dubai-based Lebanese rock singer, Imad Jack Karam (IJK), is pleased to announce he has won a prestigious award at the 14th Anim’Arte Film Festival in Brazil.

In the festival, IJK placed 2nd in the Best Film Asia category for his animated music video, Johnny & June. Johnny & June is a catchy tune that uses 2D animation with an engaging script and striking characters to tell the exciting story of two young lovers in the 50’s.

In the video, viewers follow the journey of these two lovers, Johnny & June, as they face imminent danger. The story is a tale of adventure and love, with exciting music and a catchy beat in the 3-minute, action-packed video.

“My idea for Johnny & June came from one of my inspirations, the great Johnny Cash,” says IJK. “The script for the video is loosely based on Cash’s own story and it was an incredible journey putting this project together.”

According to the festival’s organizers, Johnny & June was screened for large audiences in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Luis, and Sao Paulo. As a result of this screening and subsequent voting process, Johnny & June was awarded 2nd place in the Best Film Asia category.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with this award,” says IJK. “I put my heart and soul into all of my music, and it is such an honor to be recognized for my efforts and passion.”

Music, lyrics, and script for Johnny & June were written and performed by Imad Jack Karam. The video was recorded at Turtle Studio London, UK, and was produced by Pete Turtle. Backgrounds, drawing and animation for Johnny & June were designed and executed by Matias Alejandro Cabrera.

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IJK – Johnny & June

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