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Episode 26 | Music Artist MARK Universe Exclusive Interview

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Today’s guests on I Am Refocused Podcast Special Edition is music artist MARK Universe!

Bio

Daemar Montrez Williams (born June 9) better known by his stage name M.A.R.K Universe is an American songwriter, recording artist, and producer from Mobile, Alabama. The founder of his own record label Own Heir Music LLC in 2012, Daemar’s career has seen him emerge as a noted figure within the Alabama Hip Hop scene.

Early life

Daemar was born to Faith Williams in University of South Alabama hospital, in Mobile, Alabama. Having a lifelong interest in music, Daemar cites Outkast and Hot Boyz as big influencers on developing his early love of rap than began at 6. Raised principally in Alabama, Daemar’s family also moved a number of times when he was young, allowing him to experience life growing up in New York and California as well as Alabama, and Daemar has cited the diversity of this experience as a key influence on his early interest in music and art.

At 14, Daemar began rapping, first by himself, before joining a number of Mobile-local acts, including Million Dollar Team, and Straight Loaded

The Atlanta Years

Daemar’s grew strong recognition in Mobile and Huntsville during his years performing there but ultimately felt in 2006 the desire to move to a bigger market to test himself with new challenges, and grow his career before a new audience.

Moving to Atlanta in August of 2006, Daemar began work on his first professional project “Ima Superstar”. The 5 track EP was well received among the Atlanta rap scene, with particular praise given to the humour and quirky style of its lead track “Box of Chicken”.

Development of the Mark Universe Stage Name

Daemar developed the Mark Universe stage name in 2007. MARK, an acronym for Made A Righteous King and the use of Universe intended to signify one verse, Mark has cited the combination of the two names as an ongoing source of inspiration, and of the possibility and potential for all other artists around him.

Tomorrow Starts Today

Of the albums released across Daemar’s career, his 2017 LP Tomorrow Starts Today was especially significant. Hailed as evidencing a new level of skill and depth by the impassioned rapper, Tomorrow Starts Today also served as a springboard to a new level by Daemar. 
In the same year, he placed as a finalist in December within the IGNITE URBAN National Finals, and seeing Daemar recognized as one of the United States’ most exciting emerging rappers.

Founding Own Heir Music

Daemar founded Own Heir Music in 2012 with a goal to provide a label ‘by artists, for artists’. One that would also serve as a platform for collaboration between Daemar and artists he admired. Alongside Darmar’s works, Own Heir has notably been associated with graphic artist and rapper Rico Knight. 

Having had over 1 million plays on Pandora throughout his career, Daemar’s label has been increasingly sought after by local artists seeking to build their own music, and understanding of how to build a successful music career in the digital era.

Personal life

Daemar is a believer in God and proudly maintains a Christian faith.
Daemar is married and a father of three

Discography

Ima Superstar EP
Above and Beyond LP
Tomorrow Starts Today LP

Further Reading

https://www.markuniverse.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Own-Heir-Music-LLC/109499425738467

A rising star on music scene, emerging as one of the progenitors of Hip Hop in the music arena, MARK Universe synergizes the message of meaning and freedom with Hip Hop beats and movements coupled with a fluid musical style and flow.

“I refer to my music as fire”, with a penetrating energy” Acknowledging the current sense of meaningful music as an urgency, coupled with the need for change.” MARK Universe is blazing, and his energy is intoxicating. MARK has grown as an artist, and so has his music. He is constantly evolving.

“I want my music to make a difference in the life of my audience and keep them humming and feeling good long after I have left the stage.” That is the essence of good music.” says MARK musingly.

To see MARK Universe on stage is to experience a transformation that will cause you to both sway to the rhythm and enliven your senses. You will find yourself being caressed by his lyrical flow.

“There is no one out there like MARK Universe” Says Cynthia Walton-Jouber’t of BURST Agency PR & Media Group. The unique blend of his signature voice and the originality of his songs and rap flows cause this artist to step into a class all of his very own.

So, the question begs, “Is he satisfied?” And he answers, “No, because the sky is the limit.”

Powerfully anointed, Daemar “MARK Universe” Williams was born and raised in Prichard, AL, a small town outside of Mobile. By the grace of God, he is a gifted lyricist, songwriter, philanthropist, entrepreneur, media mogul, entertainer and all around trailblazer.

MARK, is on track to leave an awesome legacy of breaking molds, limits and barriers and leaving his Mark on the Universe.

Strong, concise, loving and armed with hope, MARK is a bright and shining star on the Positive Hip Hop scene, and is currently working on a new, exciting musical project.

The world is ready, and is in need of the freshness that is MARK UNIVERSE……

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Episode 96 | Grammy-winning percussionist Nina Rodriguez

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Today’s guest is Grammy-winning percussionist Nina Rodriguez!

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Nina Rodriguez is a nationally celebrated, Grammy-winning percussionist, musical performer, clinician and educator. Her extraordinary energy and dedication to the power of music, drumming and performance has shaped her career as a lead Facilitator with Drum Cafe and a celebrated independent musician.

Through Drum Café, Nina has inspired thousands of Fortune 1,000 employees from all sectors of Healthcare to Banking, Technology and more, including those from Microsoft, Levis, Gap, Universal Music Group, NBC, Google, Amazon and scores of school districts throughout the US. She is an endorsed artist for Toca Percussion, Vic Firth and Gibralter.

Nina uses Toca Freestyle Djembes, Djun Djuns, Timbales, Congas, Cajon and a variety of hand percussion. The authenticity, tone, pitch and extreme attention to detail make these products kick! Her interactive audiences love the Toca Freestyle Djembes. Their unique colorful designs, along with their lightweight and durable construction, make them a perfect fit for her drumming participants.

http://www.tocapercussion.com/artists/artist/nina-rodriguez
https://www.facebook.com/Drummingwithnina
https://www.espressoamoremio.com/

Hear this podcast on Googleplay, TuneinRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, Youtube, and iHeartradio

Podcast weekly broadcast location:

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Sponsors:

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All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

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Episode 95 | Music Artist Angel Cintron

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Today’s guest is Music Artist Angel Cintron!

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At only 8 years old, San Antonio, TX native Angelina Cintron, embarked on a journey with singing and performing to perfect her craft of songwriting, which began at just 12 years old. Today at the age of 19, Angel has progressed in her musical abilities and is now capable on multiple instruments consisting of the violin, ukulele, and piano. She entices her followers with a sound of an alternative pop/RnB style. Angel has managed to accumulate an organic following of over 154k on Instagram alone. Her social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter, among others, are also gaining traction into the thousands of followers.

Under the guidance of her management team, Studio 1601 Music, Angel is currently completing a new project written by herself and Ryan “G-Clef” Welch, who is also producing the tracks. More music in the process includes productions from the Co-Stars, consisting of Neely Dinkins Jr. and Vito Colapietro, and Alfonso Lugo of Pulp Music, among others, all of which is being shopped around to major labels.

She began her first venture in the latter part of 2015. Every composition on the EP was near and dear to her heart and gave a glimpse into the personal life of the artist. The writing credit in each of the songs of her EP is given to her as well. The order of the tracks follows a path of how Angel found herself as a person and as an artist. The project was released in October 2016, entitled “Arise”.

Angel has contributed her vocal genius to major organizations like the WNBA’s basketball team-The Silver Stars, Citibank and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. In working with such organizations Angel has performed at venues such the AT&T Center and the Freeman Coliseum.

With countless musical works coming Angel’s way, 2017 has been a promising year for the aspiring Angel Cintron. She also looks forward to having her music published in films and TV shows as she continues building her song catalogue. Creating brand new material will be at the heart of Angel’s focus for her loyal and expanding fan base.

https://www.angelcintron.com/
https://www.facebook.com/angelcintron1601/?ref=bookmarks
http://instagram.com/angel_cintron
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFnuHhVZxlgNACQX_yXyGqA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6hZZbz6dn2lD5VvXUSeUs3
http://twitter.com/angelcintron_

Hear this podcast on Googleplay, TuneinRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, Youtube, and iHeartradio

Podcast weekly broadcast location:

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Sponsors:

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by River City Donuts San Ant
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I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by Bay Bay McClinton of All Sports Speed and Conditioning

http://www.allsportsfitness.net/

All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Funeral Home
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Refocused TV: Serious Voice Rap Queen at Brooklyn College

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Serious Voice NY Rap Queen talks with Refocused TV after showcasing her film documentary at Brooklyn College.

Serious Voice is a female rapper/singer who brings a heavy dose of hip hop, laced with new school and old school tones. Classified as an inspirational rapper, Serious is often told she sounds and favors Grammy Winning artists Remy Ma and Missy Elliott, but Serious is just a different brand of artist once you partake in the “experience”. The award-winning rapper recently captured the attention of Sway Calloway of Sway in The Morning and was given the opportunity to freestyle live for him at the 2017 SXSW in Austin TX. Serious Voice was also showcased in national publication ESSENCE MAGAZINE for her versatility. In March 2016, her music video for Thirsty, which has garnered thousands of hits, was showcased at the largest music stage in Texas, SXSW, via the Wix which was attended by tens of thousands.

Serious knew from the age of 12 that she was created to rap. She didn’t know how things would work out, but kept working on her craft.

She was 21 years old, on missionary work in Johannesburg, South Africa and was asked by a Deacon from her home church to perform at an evangelical concert. After giving up on her gift, she was very reluctant, but was obedient. That day Serious impacted many, the wheel-chaired bound, despondent and depressed were delivered and many set free and she knew that she could not turn back.

After her missionary work was complete, she headed home to record Y.E.S.(Yielding Entirely To The Savior), a song that took many locals in the New York Tri-state area by storm in 2000.Then in 2009 she felt the very strong urge to take her music to the next level and began to seek out better producers, management and the like.

In 2011 she signed a deal with Holywood Records, a Florida based label. During that year she auditioned for the Staten Island Gospel Fest and became a finalist and was honored to minister to folks from across the tri-state area. That same year, coordinators at WIADCA, a secular Caribbean organization that organizes the annual labor day parade invited Serious as the first female Christian rapper to perform on the Brooklyn Museum stage for the WIADCA GospelFest.

Serious released Are You Serious Vol 1 in January 2012. The mixtape was available on all major Christian hip hop sites and prominent Mixtape site Datpiff, garnering over 11k downloads.

In August of 2012, Serious was nominated as Female Rap Minister by the Kingdom Choice Awards Committee. Since the nomination, she has successfully toured various parts of the US and consistently minister in Texas, New England, Upstate New York and Florida.

Now under the label Serious PPL Music, which is headed by Christopher James, Serious continues to tour and do local and national shows. She is gearing up to release the highly anticipated album Shofar on November 18, 2016.

Today Serious Voice, who is an ordained minister, directs the adult choir at Massapequa Tabernacle on Long Island, NY and teaches Sunday School.

www.soserious.net

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