Lifetime has ordered “Laurieann Gibson: Beyond the Spotlight,” which will premiere on March 2. The series follows the acclaimed choreographer and her team at BoomKack Worldwide. Each episode offers a look into Gibson’s process as she shapes and steers the creative narrative of her clients that include Sean “Puffy” Combs, Fantasia Barrino, Tamar Braxton, French Montana and many more. The series is produced by Ish Entertaninment for Lifetime. Michael Hirschorn, Melissa Cooper, Jessica Antonini, James Sunderland, Brandon Panaligan serve as executive producers for Ish and Gibson is producer. Mioshi Hill serves as executive producer for Lifetime.
Grant receives pathology report following her October 10th surgery
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 16, 2017) – Multi-GRAMMY® nominated and award-winning artist Natalie Grant has received positive news from her medical team following thyroid surgery on October 10th.
Grant underwent surgery last week to remove half of her thyroid after two tumors were found in an ultrasound. The results of the surgery and pathology report revealed papillary thyroid cancer in two nodules in the right lobe of the thyroid. The pathology report showed that the cancer was fully encapsulated in the nodules and had not traveled any further into the surrounding tissue or neighboring lymph nodes. Her surgeon stated that by removing the right side of the thyroid, they removed all traces of cancer and no further treatment will be necessary.
Dr. James Netterville, Director of Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, performed the surgery. He used laryngeal nerve monitoring during the procedure and was able to use electric stimulation of the vocal chords and nerves that control the upper range of the voice. He was happy to report that everything is functioning properly and there was no long term vocal damage caused by the surgery. After several weeks of vocal rest and therapy, Grant should have a full recovery.
Natalie Grant states, “My heart is overflowing with gratitude in every way. I’m forever grateful to Dr. Netterville and the entire medical team at Vanderbilt for the world-class care I received. I am humbled by the outpouring of support from around the world, which has strengthened my faith in more ways than I can express. God is so good. He was good before surgery, and He is good after. His goodness was never dependent on my outcome. I’m just grateful I’ll have many more years to sing about Him.”
See a personal video message from Natalie Grant here:
Hiring Establishes Firm’s Full-time Presence in New York City
NASHVILLE, TENN. (October 10, 2017) —Maximum Artist Group, LLC has expanded its artist management team with the hiring of industry veteran Stanley Brown. The announcement was made by Mitchell Solarek, president and founder of the Nashville-based firm. Brown will be based in New York City, giving the firm a full-time presence there.
“I have known and worked with Stanley for more than 15 years,” states Solarek. “He has impeccable credentials and a glowing reputation for getting things done exceptionally well. He brings with him a long and successful resume working with artists across myriad genres.” According to Solarek, it was complementary philosophies and goals, along with Brown’s experience, leadership, and extensive network across Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York that made his addition to the team obvious.
A 25-year industry veteran with experience in all facets of the music business, Brown is an award-winning and multi-platinum-selling composer and producer with an extensive background as a record label executive (including stints at eOne Entertainment, RCA Inspiration, Island Records, and Motown Records), producer, music director, and talent developer. His creative credits, which range from Gospel to Pop to Urban genres, include multiple Grammy® and Stellar Award winners and resultant unit sales in excess of 20 million. His veritable Who’s Who list of world-renowned artists with whom he’s worked include Shirley Caesar, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, Le'Andria Johnson, The Temptations, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Fred Hammond, T.D. Jakes, Salt-n-Pepa, Keith Sweat, Dru Hill, Charlie Wilson, India Arie, Bell Biv DeVoe, Melonie Fiona, Karen Clark-Sheard, and many more.
With the addition of Brown, the Nashville-based Maximum Artist Group will now have a full-time presence in New York. Solarek adds, "With the amount of activity our clients are already involved with in NYC, it makes incredible sense to bring on Stanley as one of our artist managers. It creates efficiencies and even more effectiveness with our partners who we already work with on a daily basis."
The multi-genre hit maker also took home four BMI Song Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 21, 2017) – Acclaimed producer and prolific songwriter Bernie Herms received the BMI Christian Music Songwriter of the Year Award at last night’s BMI Christian Music Awards, the top honor of the night and another victory for Herms who won a GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song earlier this year. He also received four BMI Song Awards for “Christ In Me,” “Just Be Held,” “Thy Will” and “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again.”
Herms said of the evening, "It's such an incredible honor to be recognized in this way among my colleagues and friends. I love being a part of this beautiful music community and I'm thankful for BMI's tireless work on our behalf."
Originally from Canada and currently residing in Nashville, Bernie Herms is an award-winning producer and songwriter who has worked with artists such as Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns, Hillary Scott (of Lady Antebellum), Barbra Streisand, Danny Gokey, David Foster, Brad Paisley, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Matt Redman and many more.
His stratospheric production and songwriting career includes highlights such as 30 #1s in the U.S. and many multinational #1 hits, 8 GMA Dove Awards, including Producer of the Year (2009 & 2016), and Song of the Year. He has multiple GRAMMY® nominations and won the 2017 GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for Hillary Scott’s “Thy Will.”
Some of his recent projects include Hillary Scott's GRAMMY® winning #1 single, "Thy Will" (14 consecutive weeks at #1), Barbra Streisand's GRAMMY® nominated and #1 debuting album, Partners, Natalie Grant's #1 debuting album, Be One, and Danny Gokey's #1 debuting album, Rise. After the success of producing Josh Groban's GRAMMY® nominated album, Stages, Bernie is back in the studio working on Groban’s next project.
29 March 2017 - Nashville, TN - Reunion Records/Sony Music Entertainment announces that Tauren Wells is the opening act for Lionel Richie's upcoming tour, All The Hits, with very special guest Mariah Carey. Hitting the biggest arenas in 22 markets across the U.S. and Canada, the tour will kick off July 21 in Oakland, CA and run through September 5 wrapping in Seattle, WA. Tickets are on sale now by visiting the tour page here. The official tour dates and venues are listed below.
Wells could not be more excited for this momentous opportunity to be part of Lionel Richie's tour and share his music with thousands of concertgoers in these large markets. “I’m ecstatic to be added to a tour with such music icons," he exclaims. "It’s an amazing opportunity God has provided for me to share some of my new music, and I’m grateful to my team for working so hard on my behalf to make dreams like this a reality.”
One of the songs concertgoers will hear is Wells' current single, "Hills And Valleys," which is quickly climbing the radio charts. Jumping into the Top 10 at CHR Indicator and Top 20 at NCA Monitored, "Hills And Valleys" is the follow-up to another song he'll be sure to perform on the tour, "Love Is Action," the No. 1 hit that held the top spot at radio for eight weeks.
2017 has already been off to a great start for Tauren Wells. Along with the release of his debut EP Undefeated, this two-time GRAMMY nominee also performed at a special fundraising event in support of the 21Strong Foundation held during Super Bowl week in his hometown of Houston, Texas and with numerous current and former NFL players in attendance. This spring Wells will appear on the B413 No Filter Live Tour and is slated to perform at the KLOVE Fan Awards, and in June he will join the lineup of artists set to perform at KTIS Radio's Joyful Noise 2017 festival. For the most updated information and tour dates, please visit his website at TaurenWellsOfficial.com.
Danny Gokey made a quick stop in New York City earlier this month to tape an appearance on Harry, the syndicated talk show hosted by Grammy Award winner Harry Connick, Jr. Gokey took to the stage, backed by Connick’s award-winning band, to perform “The Comeback,” from his recently release fourth studio album “RISE.” The episode will air on Monday, April 3rd. (Check local listings)
About Danny: BMG recording artist Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season Eight of American Idol. His first album, My Best Days debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Following, Danny has celebrated a series of #1s including his follow up album release “Hope In Front of Me”, his latest full album release “Rise”, and his first Award-winning holiday album, “Christmas Is Here”. Spawning singles like “Hope In Front of Me”, “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and “Rise,” Danny has cemented his place on the radio charts with multi-week, multi-chart #1s runs!
For more official news and information go to www.dannygokey.com.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 12, 2017) – Bernie Herms won a GRAMMY® award tonight for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song” for Hillary Scott and The Scott Family's song "Thy Will," which he co-wrote with Hillary Scott and Emily Weisband. Herms also produced Natalie Grant's album Be One, which was nominated for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album." Herms has seven career GRAMMY® nominations, and this is his first win.
“God is good,” Herms said. “The best moments, they don’t come from us, they come through us. God is the author of all creativity, and we give him all the glory.”
Originally from Canada, Bernie Herms is a Nashville based producer and songwriter who has worked with artists such as Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Selena Gomez, Andrea Bocelli, Kelly Clarkson, David Foster, Brad Paisley, Jackie Evancho, Ruben Studdard, The Tenors, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many more. His stratospheric production and songwriting career includes highlights such as 30 #1s in the US and many multinational #1 hits, nine GMA Dove Awards, including Producer of the Year (2009 & 2016) and Song of the Year. He is heading into the studio with Josh Groban later this spring.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 23, 2017) – Danny Gokey’s RISE debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart, #9 on the Top Current Albums Chart and #32 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. His fourth studio album, RISE (January 13, BMG) follows Danny’s latest studio album Hope In Front Of Me which also debuted at #1 and crossed 50 million cumulative U.S. streams today. Drawing from his own experiences with grief and adversity, RISE offers a powerful message of hope and triumph. The title track has already hit #1 on multiple radio charts and continues to increase in both spins and audience. Watch the "Rise" music video here.
Here is what critics have to say:
“Gokey angles his rich voice even more towards the soulful side as he delivers several rhythmic romps and booming ballads meant to meet listeners wherever they’re at, but destined to uplift absolutely everyone along the way.” – Andy Argyrakis, CCM Magazine
"No question about it, Rise finds Danny Gokey at his best yet as he continues to mature as an artist and settle into his pop/soul/gospel blended sound…With every bit as much (and then some) emotion, honesty and vocal power as his previous records, Rise will no doubt continue to impact fans with all the redemptive and hopeful elements that we've come to expect from Danny Gokey's music.” – Caitlin, Lassiter, New Release Today
“There are passionate moments fueled by raw vocals mixed with upbeat, joyful celebrations, rounding out the album and reflecting bits and pieces of Gokey's story. With amazing vocal ability, impactful lyrics and catchy electronic-pop sounds, Gokey continues his upward climb in the CCM industry and is fast on his way to becoming a mainstay in the community.” – Chris Major, The Christian Beat
In support of the RISE release, Danny Gokey will be joining Casting Crowns on The Very Next Thing Tour in 40+ major market venues across the country. Visit Danny's website for ticket information and a complete list of tour dates.
About Danny Gokey:
BMG recording artist Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season Eight of American Idol. His first album, My Best Days debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Following, Danny has celebrated a series of #1s including his latest full album release, his first award-winning holiday album, Christmas Is Here, as well as singles including “Hope In Front of Me” and “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.” He is also the founder of Sophia’s Heart, an organization established in honor of his late wife that provides hope and help to homeless families in crisis. It also has a thriving inner city Music & Arts program in Danny’s hometown of Milwaukee. For more official news and information go to www.dannygokey.com.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 6, 2016) – Award-winning Natalie Grant received two GRAMMY® nominations for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Album” for Be One and “Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song” for “King Of The World.” Grant’s husband, producer and songwriter Bernie Herms, earned a nod for producing Grant's album, as well as two nominations for his work on Hillary Scott’s album Love Remains and song “Thy Will," which spent 14 consecutive weeks at #1.
"I'm blown away! Such an exciting day for me personally, but honestly what a moment for our family!" says Grant. "Such a thrill to be equally nominated with my husband Bernie Herms, whose songwriting and production have been inspiring my artistry for years. We are a team in every way and this is just amazing!"
"We're celebrating big in our house today!" says Herms. "I'm excited and humbled by my GRAMMY® nominations but also cheering wildly for my wife Natalie Grant on her two nominations! I'm her biggest fan!"
Six-time GRAMMY® nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful and soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, “Awaken.” She has since gone on to have over 3 million in career sales. The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year five times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, “Be One.”
Bernie Herms is a Nashville based producer and songwriter who has worked with artists such as Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Selena Gomez, Andrea Bocelli, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Scott (of Lady Antebellum), David Foster, Brad Paisley, Jackie Evancho, Ruben Studdard, The Tenors, Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many more. His stratospheric production and songwriting career includes highlights such as 30 #1s in the US and many multinational #1 hits, 9 GMA Dove Awards, including Producer of the Year (2009 & 2016) and Song of the Year, and 5 GRAMMY nominations.
Herms and Grant worked with friends and husband and wife duo Sam and Becca Mizell, who co-wrote "King Of The World" with Grant. "Not only is it an amazing privilege to be nominated for a GRAMMY®, but to be nominated with your spouse is the ultimate dream come true," says Becca. "We are truly thankful and amazed! Thanks to Natalie for a stellar performance! To God be the glory as He truly is the King Of The World!"
The winners will be announced on February 12, 2017, at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
KB, Seth & Nirva, Branan Murphy, D.A. Horton Now Repped as Maximum Artist Clients
Nashville, TN (August 15, 2016) — Effective today, Sam Fisher, co-founder and principal of Paravel Management, LLC, has joined Maximum Artist Management as Artist Manager. Fisher brings with him a roster of fast-rising artists, including award-winning hip-hop artist KB, urban/pop artist Branan Murphy (Provident/Sony), duo Seth & Nirva (Integrity Music), plus author-speaker D.A. Horton (NavPress). The announcement was made by Maximum Artist founder and president, Mitchell Solarek.
According to Solarek, in addition to mutual and complementary philosophies and goals, it was Fisher’s experience (in management, marketing, and distribution), leadership, ‘make it happen’ attitude, and his extensive network (across touring, promotion, music licensing, and with the ability to connect with top executives across multiple genres in Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York) that really stood out.
“We had been talking internally for a while about how Maximum wants to be investing not only in artist development, but also executive talent development,” says Solarek. “Sam is remarkably skilled and positioned to help grow Maximum into a strong leader in musical areas we are not currently involved. We are thrilled and extremely fortunate to have him on our team.”
Fisher’s executive experience includes multi-year stints with global distributor Redeye Worldwide, indie label Yep Roc Music Group, and the launch of his own event management and promotion company, Lucas Gambit. In 2014, Fisher co-founded Paravel Management, LLC, a music management company based in Nashville with satellite offices in Los Angeles and North Carolina. Under the new deal with Maximum, Fisher will retain key-man status with the roster he currently manages.
States Dennis Disney, Vice President of Maximum Artist Management, “After more than three months of conversations with Sam, getting a real sense of both the manager and the man—and Sam getting to know our leadership team and what drives us—we all realized this would be a fantastic partnership.”
“The feeling is mutual,” says Fisher. “This partnership began organically with Mitchell and I working on a project together and it grew from there. I believe, wholeheartedly, that Maximum is the right next step for me, and I believe that collectively our clients will benefit greatly from this partnership.”
Immediately, Fisher brings to Maximum a client roster of signed artists and an author. Over the past couple of years, KB (Reach Records) has become a force in faith-based hip-hop with over 150 thousand albums sold and over 33 million streams to date. His “Tempo” tour begins September 7 with special guests Blanca, Maximum Artist client Tauren Wells, and Joseph Solomon. Integrity Music’s Seth & Nirva are moving up radio charts with their debut single “Brother (Open Up Our Eyes)” featuring Gabe Real (from their debut album Never Alone), while Branan Murphy is preparing to release his debut single for Provident/Sony. In March of this year, author/speaker D.A. Horton released his third book (but first for NavPress), Bound to Be Free.
About Maximum Artist Management
Maximum Artist Management is a Nashville-based artist management and development firm founded in 1998 by Mitchell Solarek. Currently, the firm’s roster includes four-time Gospel Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and five-time Grammy® nominee, Natalie Grant; award-winning and Grammy®-nominated producer Bernie Herms (Josh Groban; Barbra Streisand; Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Casting Crowns, Hilary Scott); Grammy® and Stellar® award-winning artist/producer Donald Lawrence; K-Love Radio Male Vocalist of the Year and six-time Dove Award nominee, Danny Gokey; power-pop female trio 1GN; Urban AC pop vocalist, Tauren Wells; singer/songwriter Kolby Koloff; R&B/Gospel stylist and The Voice finalist, Koryn Hawthorne; and new singer-songwriter Riley Clemmons.