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NCCU Business Presents Behind the Voice- The Busines of Music

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Description: Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a part of a nationally televised vocal competition? Have you ever wondered how producers master their craft and work with the world’s biggest stars? Have you ever wondered the business behind the industry and how to start your career in entertainment? If so…join us March 27th for a very special Panel Discussion. ABOUT THE PANEL Moderator
Lenora Helm Hammonds- NCCU Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Director, NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Lenora Helm Hammonds/p/k/a Lenora Zenzalai Helm is a jazz vocalist, vocal musicianship coach, composer, lyricist and educator with six solo recordings, her own recording and publishing company, Zenzalai Music, and an extensive discography with some of the biggest names in jazz and contemporary music.

Vanessa Ferguson, Vocalist
A finalist last season on the NBC singing competition “The Voice,”, Vanessa grew up singing with her family. Raised by her grandmother, she enrolled in piano lessons at age five and competed in her first competition in fifth grade. She moved in with her mother at age 13 and began taking songwriting seriously. For the past 11 years, Vanessa has made money strictly from gigging and touring. Andreao "Fanatic" Heard
Record producer from Greensboro, North Carolina who has produced some of the biggest recording artists in popular music. He produced the number one smash "Crush on You" for Lil’ Kim and "'Yall Know'" forWill Smith’s ten million seller “Big Willie Style.” Discovered by Vincent Herbert, Fanatic moved to New York City where he connected with P. Diddy and became a part of his “Hitmen” production team and produced records for theNotorious B.I.G. and Ma$e. He then produced the song "Heaven Can Wait" for the greatest recording artist of all time,Michael Jackson. Next, he received recognition from the Grammy association for his participation as a producer onBeyoncé's 2003 GRAMMY Award-winning album “Dangerously In Love,”. Fanatic also contributed as a producer on Anthony Hamilton's 2013 Grammy nominated album "Back To Love". Charles Whitfield
Charles Whitfield is a music executive and co-founder of Hidden Beach Records. The 1991 graduate managed artists and repertoire for Grammy-award winner Jill Scott’s debut album “Who is Jill Scott,” and subsequent albums “Beautifully Human” and “Words and Sounds.” His career in the music industry has extended to executive roles at both CBS Radio and his current role in business development for the Beasley Media Group, an integrated marketing agency. Eli Davis
Manager of Anthony Hamilton, HamilTones, and 9th WonderEli Davis is the manager for Grammy Award Winning, Soul/R&B artist Anthony Hamilton, Grammy Award winning producer, DJ, Lecturer & College Professor 9th Wonder. He also manage the HamilTones, background vocalist for Anthony Hamilton. REGISTER TO ATTEND AT: http://bit.ly/2ttL8C4

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Where: Michaux School of Education [ G-Map Link ] School of Education Auditorium (700 Cecil Street Durham, NC)

Contact Person: Director Marketing/Communications School of Business, Keisha M Williams

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