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rolling out Urban Style Weekly Launches Producers and Songwriters Series Sponsored by Verizon

Award Winning Gospel Artist Kathy Taylor, Hall of Fame Songwriter and Two-Time Dove Award Winner V. Michael McKay and super-producer to the gospel greats Leon Lewis are hosting!

Come join us and learn how to produce a song, how gospel hits are made, the latest trend in gospel music, and how your choir can win up to $50,000 in cash and prizes from VERIZON HOW SWEET THE SOUND!

HOUSTON Songwriter Producer Series sponsored by VERIZON
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time: Doors Open at 5:30pm
Place: Windsor Village UMC
6011 West Orem
Houston, TX 77085
Cost: FREE and Open to the public

ATLANTA, GA — rolling out Urban Style Weekly, a Steed Media Group property and the only African American owned national chain of weekly newspapers, is proud to announce the integration of a Design and Dialogue songwriter and producer series to complement Verizon Wireless’ How Sweet the Sound Tour. Some of the most recognized and sought after talents in the gospel industry including award-winning artists Bishop Paul Morton, Edwin Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, Rev. Milton Biggham, Andre Crouch along with many other notables will work in collaboration with Rolling Out’s Producers and Songwriters Series to share their expertise in music production techniques, technology and the creative process.

“Verizon’s commitment to this wonderful program highlights their innovative marketing strategy that taps into some of the best talent around and incorporates faith-based initiatives that are original and progressive,” said Steed Media Group CEO Munson Steed who will co-moderate the events. “Inherent in our connection with this program is our ability to execute and integrate those voices who can best illustrate how they have worked with talents to produce inspirational songs for a moving and motivational listening experience.”

The Producers and Songwriters Series goes to 14 cities from April 13 – May 15: Houston (April 13), Chicago (April 15), Detroit (April 17), Memphis (April 20), Jacksonville (April 22), Washington DC (April 24), Los Angeles (April 27), Oakland (April 29), Philadelphia (May 1), Cleveland (May 4), Atlanta (May 6), Charlotte (May 11), New York (May 13),and St. Louis (May 15).

The tour is designed to assist aspiring songwriters and music producers with practical applications and introduce them to successful artists, songwriters and producers in the music industry that they can learn from to enhance their capabilities. The series will also be a primary source of content for a video documentary on production and songwriting which is being produced by Creative Urban Studios, the film and television production arm of Steed Media.

For Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Tour, church choirs are encouraged to submit applications to ensure their inclusion in tour events and the competition. For more information on the Producers and Songwriters Series, please visit And for more information on the Verizon How Sweet the Sound competition, please visit

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