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Refocused April 2017 Issue

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Refocused Magazine was created to inspire people to refocus themselves and discover their true purpose in life. Each story is a source of inspiration to empower the reader to regain their focus. Our talented writers are dedicated to providing content that will inspire you to grow and find your focus in life.

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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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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 19 | Ulanday Toms Music Artist Interview (Special Edition)

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Special Edition Alert! Ulanday Toms Singer/Songwriter/Actress talks about being in the music industry, being a single mother, being part of a reality series #FaceTheMusic and more!

Bio

Glenda Ulanday Toms was born on January 31,1987 in Prince Georges County, MD to the late Queen Esther Franklin and Funk singer, Gary Toms of the Gary Toms Empire. At the age of 2, Ulanday began singing in her church choir at First Baptist Church of Guilford, where she continued to sing until her college days. Ulanday’s first performance was at her 5th grade graduation where she sanged R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Being inspired by singer, songwriter, and actress Brandy; Ulanday entered and won singing competitions while attending school. For two years in a row, Toms won the “Showtime at the Apollo” talent competition at Hammond High School in Columbia, MD. She continued to sing while attending South Carolina State University, 2005 she met South Carolina’s DJ Cleve. The two began working in the studio to prepare for South Carolina State University’s Talent Showcase and Miss Alpha Phi Alpha in 2006.
After her performances around campus, Ulanday established a name for herself, which provided her the opportunity to sing back up for Motown Records’ recording artist Lenny Williams and Gospel group Mary Mary at her university’s homecoming event. A year later, Ulanday received a singing scholarship, and transferred to Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.
In 2012, Ulanday released her first single “Hey DJ” with Southeast Styles record label in Washington, DC. To pursue her singing and songwriting career, Toms moved to Atlanta, GA in 2013 where she began working with Powerhouse Muzik Group. Ulanday aspires to write for artist like August Alsina, Jhene Aiko, Rihanna, and many more, while continuing to pursue her career as an artist.

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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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Ep 12 | Interview with John Hartsfield Co-Founder of Icon Talks

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I am Refocused Podcast Show is brought to you by RefocusedMagazine.com live at Rockafellas Barber Shop every Thursday!

Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast is John Hartsfield Co-Founder of Icon Talks

John Hartsfield Bio:

John’s leadership in San Antonio is impressive and includes a variety of expertise. Hartsfield is an entrepreneur and CEO of Nationwide Merchants, he also known as the “Go To Guy” for putting together high profile celebrity events in support of both non and for profit organizations that benefit the youth. He not only gives back to the youth by volunteering within the community but he also is a very powerful motivational speaker and speaks to the youth about overcoming obstacles and challenges they may face in their life. He also acts as a board officer for two notable non-profits Breaking Down Walls and The Ferrari Kid Organization for children battling cancer. His expertise and professional network help to solidify strategic partnerships and sponsorships yielding successful programs, which provide an educational and inspiring pathway for the youth of tomorrow. He is a recipient of the Hidalgo Award, Bexar County’s highest decoration for his service and dedication to the community.

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