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POET & HIP HOP ACTIVIST, SPOKEN WORD Tags: spoken word hip hop music poetry underground networking word life production

Sharon Lawrence, female Poet/Hip Hop Artist is known to the world as Spoken Word. She was born in small town Suffolk, VA where she grew up in a low income neighborhood during the time drugs flooded poorer black communities throughout the nation. A recession was a normal thing for her household where she was the middle child of four in a single parent home. In the midst of it all, Spoken Word developed a gift that would change her life forever. She learned how to rap. Rapping became the thing that kept young minds occupied in a suburban area where there was little to no transportation to participate in positive activities outside of her community. Spoken Word better known as Lady Vixen during that time did not have a hard time getting attention in the male dominated genre. By the time she was 12, she was performing in local schools. One of the highlights of her life was performing an educational rap over the loud speaker for her peers proving that she does have the ability to speak in front of large crowds. Her first poem was published at the age of 13, and placed on the back of the schools programs for graduation that year. Literally, it was her passion that gave her inspiration to do positive things in rap. But that wouldn’t last long.

“When you grow up poor, it changes your way of thinking. It’s easy to get caught up in the traps of the streets especially when all you see is negativity around you. As a female growing up in a ruff area, you have to be tuff because there is always someone lurking around to try to pimp, manipulate or trap you.” Spoken Word

It was then that her lyrics became more hardcore. She joined up with an all male rap group along with her twin brother G Valley. The group was known as Southside Soldiers. After performing with them for a few years, the group called it quits. Instead of continuing to make music, she solely began writing poetry. To Sharon, spoken word was deep and it addressed the real things that were going on in poorer black communities.

“My way of thinking changed. I began to see things clearer than I had ever seen before. Maturing with age, I decided to let rap go. I became a mother, a wife, fulltime employee, and a fulltime student. There was no room for entertainment.” Spoken Word

But that wouldn’t last long. By winter of 2008, she changed her name and started performing in poetry clubs as Spoken Word. According to Spoken Word, she chose that name because it better defined the positive side of her. In May 2009 she released her first album, “Hip Hop Will Never Die” which was produced by one of Brooklyn Finest, “Mike Millz.” Although the album wasn’t successful on the billboard charts it drew international attention. She received radio airplay in Houston, California, New Jersey, New York, Chicago, United Kingdom, Canada and Central Europe. She was featured in Lyrics Inc. Magazine, BTR with Shema Gurls, WDKK on “Conversations.” She was "In the Spot Light with TAMMIE", during the fall season of 2009. She was also the featured artist of the month in January with T.R.I.B.E. (to relate in beautiful energy) and the feature artist on BTR with Mysterie on “Mysterie Loves Company.” Spoken Word also featured on album, “Who is Paul Lipsey Volume I” produced by Paul Lipsey, a native of New Jersey/New York and released to the public on January 1, 2010. She started the year of 2010 off with the performance of a lifetime at Nais 1st Poetry in Louisville, KY. Following that, she gave an inspiring performance in Oceanside, CA along with musical artists Kevin Sandbloom, Vanessa Fitz Ingram, and Poet “EMichele Paul” of Poetic Works. She also performed at Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, CA which is one of the most reputable poetry venues in the United States. She opened up for Comedian and Writer “D Militant” at the Malcolm X Library in San Diego, CA during the “Why We Laugh" panel Discussion. The event was created to promote the documentary entitled, “Why We Laugh” which has aired nationally throughout the United States of America. She performed, “My Eulogy” which later gained international attention when it was featured on Yo!Raps. (Europe’s #1 Hip Hop Magazine) She was also a feature at “Train of Thoughts.” (Queen Bee Cultural Arts Center in San Diego, CA.) She talked about her experience in California on Expressions Radio show with Bad Boy, “One Love”. (Winner’s of the Best Poetry Radio Station at the National Poetry Awards 2010) She was the feature artist of the month in April 2010 at Liberated Muse founders of the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest. According to Khadijah Ali-Coleman of Liberated Muse, Spoken Word rocked at the RWA (Readers with an Attitude) book expo in Richmond, VA. (Virginia Commonwealth Mall) According to Spoken Word, that was a very exhilarating experience because she drew the attention of those who was just there shopping in a very noisy environment that seemed extremely quiet once she picked up the microphone, such as it was during her performance in Oceanside, CA. She has a voice that is able to draw the attention of most people regardless of nationality or creed. Because of that her presence has become noticeable in reputable sources outside of the average music source such as USA Today, India Times, Virginia News, NPR, World Book and News, etc. She performed at the Juneteenth celebration for Washington’s National Opera on June 20, 2010 to celebrate freedom from African American slavery within the USA. Shortly after, she went on to perform at a Rally to free the Scott Sisters at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. This was the first Rally that drew people together from places throughout the world to ask US Attorney General Eric Holder for the release of wrongfully convicted prisoners Jamie and Gladys Scott. Later on she wrote and performed a Spoken Word piece entitled, “Breaking the Chains” in regards to Jamie and Gladys Scott’s incarceration in order to promote the public to sign a petition that was created in view of their case. She performed at the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest on July 24, 2010 in our nation’s capital, and also performed at Word Play Wednesday in Forestville Maryland in the Month of October. Starting off the year of 2011, Spoken Word’s “Ghost Town Anthem” Produced by Brooklyn’s finest, “Mike Millz was the winner of the track competition at URTHEMOVEMENT. (January 2011) She was featured on Yo!Raps playlist during the months of Feb.-May 2011. She was also the featured emcee in the Queens Court on WPED radio in Minnesota, and Bless the Mic TV in New Jersey both held in the month of May. Her latest album, “After the Pain” was released to the public on July 24, 2010 where she performed yet another piece that drew international attention. That piece was entitle, “Victim of Society.” The track was produced by one of New Jersey’s own K Black of Day One Production. Victim of Society addresses issues of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Outside of her music she has established a networking site (Word Life Production) for Underground Urban Artist. She also has an Underground Video Channel that is screamed on demand in order to give Underground Artist who works hard some extra exposures. Through her poetry and rhymes, Spoken Word has proved to be nothing more than a hip hop spoken word activist that will stand out throughout American History. In addition to that she has begun to pursue a career in screenwriting and journalism. Spoken Word definitely wears a coat of many colors.

  

ENJOYING THE SOULFUL MELODIES OF GINA CAREY Tags: gina carey soul singer underground urban music networking site

 

 Unique and soulful is the only words to describe soul singer Gina Carey. Although many have compared Gina Carey to Broadway's sensation and recording artist Stephanie Mills, she has her own sound and style that can easily be identified in all of her recordings.

Throughout Gina's musical career, she has written and recorded 3 independently released gospel CD's (In His Time, Changes & Tell Um) and 2 soulful albums, "My Journey" and her latest "Melodic".

Gina began her professional recording career in 1996 with her first release "In His Time" selling over 10,000 copies nationwide. In 2006, Gina was nominated by the Black Music Academy Association of America in two categories: "Best Gospel Performer - Female" and "Gospel Rising Star".She performed at the event, held at the Cashman Theater, before a full house and won the "Las Vegas Black Music Awards 2006 Best Gospel Performer - Female" award. Later that year, she auditioned for NBC's America's Got Talent.

In 2007, She also performed at the first EURWEB awards with Lee Bailey and in that same year, Gina auditioned for the Hit TV show *Showtime at the Apollo* and impressed the judges so much that she was invited twice to be a guest on the show filmed in Harlem, New York. In 2008 BET J aired her "True Love" music video on the morning Cup show.

Her most recent album entitled "Melodic" was the first and only CD that was written, arranged & composed by Gina. Her multi talented husband and recording artist Urban Soul Guitarist "JOHN CAREY" produced the "Melodic" CD and is also featured on this album as the lead guitarist.

The sensual soulful sound of Gina Carey meets the electrifying/ funky jazz lead guitarist contributions of her husband, urban soul Guitarist John Carey on all 10 songs on Gina's album.

Gina celebrates her fifth release with 10 new songs that put you back in the old school sounds of the early 80's era. This CD includes 4 soulful mid tempo love ballads "Loving You", "Share My Life", "Don't ever Let Me Go" and "Unbelievable", 2 the fun, funky soulful up tempo tracks" Red Hat" and the old school up tempo disco jam "Without you" and 4 inspirational songs "I Care", Life Is More "Don't You Give Up", and "A Change" a powerful song about the worlds crises and the hope for the future.

After being in hiatus for almost four years, Gina's husband was the inspiration behind this phenomenal project. "I wasn't planning on recording anytime soon. I think I was becoming comfortable with just being a wife and singing backgrounds on my husband's new CD "New Beginnings", but my husband continued to encourage me to not give up on my passion to sing. So "Melodic" was born through that experience.” With a new love and a fresh perspective, John & Gina were able to create a masterpiece. Gina was born on October 17 in Chicago, Illinois and spent her formative years growing up in Los Angeles, CA. She now resides in Palm Springs, CA.

"I came up with the name Melodic because people are always telling me that my music is very soothing and smooth so I thought I would name this CD "Melodic" because of the pleasant sounding melodies comprised on this album. I started singing around 8 years and singing has been my passion every since. My musical influences were Gladys Knight, Denise Williams, Minnie Riperton, Billy Holiday, and Stevie Wonder. I grew up listening to real music. Singers in those days made you feel really something. I love the raw vocals and real singing from the soul. That's the type of music I enjoy writing and performing."

Gina has performed all over the United States and has shared the stage with many well established celebrities and will be touring throughout US this year with her husband John Carey. Gina Carey Melodic - Available CD Baby.com and I Tunes on 6/18 /11

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