Interview With Afro-Pop Singer FATi!

fatiSome people prefer to keep their goals private. Recording artist FATi is one of those people. Despite having musical ties in her family (she is related to jazz singer Senabella aka The Bronzeville Diva and her (FATi) great-grandmother was a respected jazz artist during the 1940s), FATi chose not to disclose her musical aspirations. The reason is simple: she wanted to protect her dreams. “When something is dear to your heart, when you believe that it’s something that God gave you, you have to keep things a secret,” she told So Booking Cool.

“Sometimes you have certain people that talk you out of things and will put little hints your ear, so you’ve got to protect what God gave you. I just wanted things to be a big surprise…and then what if I did say I was coming out with a song and didn’t?”

But things have worked out for FATi and her family is proud. The Liberian-born singer released her debut single “L.O.V.E. Love,” (produced by 2B onthebeat) which has gained momentum on YouTube with nearly 100,000 views; and she continues to thrive in Ghana; she recently had a showcase and is gearing up for another one in the states; her second single “Queen” is slated for release in February, along with her debut EP.

Mr. Angelo Ellerbee, founder and president of Double XXPosure Media Relations, who chatted with us a few months ago, is excited for the world to be introduced to FATi, who he deems one of music’s most exciting young artists of today. “I have no doubt that her music, beauty, and personal style will create a sensation here in the United States, as it has across the African Continent, in no time at all,” the PR guru said.

Listen to the interview to learn about the African songstress, her thoughts on what makes a good artist; artists having a relationship with their fans; her musical influences (Beyoncé, is one of them); her love for African and Caribbean music and more! For more information, visit FATi on social media.

Interview With Artist and M.O.U.N. Records CEO Chas Bronxson!

chas bronxsonWith recent biopics such as The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story and documentaries like Unsung, many have come to understand the unfairness that can come with being a music artist, and M.O.U.N. Records founder and CEO, Chas Bronxson is no exception. In fact, it was the infamous shady contracts that he was offered as a teen that would eventually motivate him to take the independent route. “…I couldn’t get a decent record deal with a major record label, and even independent record label because they always offered a contract that just didn’t seem right,” he told So Booking Cool.

What also fueled him to take matters into his own hands was his protégé, Haley Williams, who he was eager to introduce to the world.  The hard work and determination would pay off. Williams’ heartfelt single “I Miss My Daddy” placed number 14 on the Digital Radio Track’s top 150 this past summer.

In addition to producing talent, M.O.U.N. Records, which is an acronym for Makings Of Unforgettable New Records, is launching a nonprofit organization for youth to learn about and use music and poetry as creative outlets. Bronxson also aims for the program to discuss serious topics such as the importance of fatherhood. “We want to make things really good for the kids coming up, so they’ll have something to look to, an outlet to uplift and express whatever it is that they are dealing with in life, to make things better and get the idea to do their own thing.”

Listen to the full interview, to learn more about Bronxson including the inspiration behind the stage name; his creative approach to his craft; his thoughts on internships; his thoughts on the technological benefits for artists and book lovers; when artists should and should not address rumors; the books and authors who have inspired him; his own forthcoming books; his perspective on singing competition shows, the powerful message of his song “When They’re Gone (An Ode to Michael Jackson)” and its controversial video, and a lot more! For more information, visit https://www.mounrecords.com.

Interview With Angelo Ellerbee, PR Guru & Author of “The Sense of Success”!

Ang Sweater2Public relations expert Angelo Ellerbee recently visited So Booking Cool in support of his new book The Sense of Success and candle line, Scent of Success, both of which champion the omnipresent phrase: I’m living my best life. “The acceptance of you is success. The movement of you is success. You have to find it in yourself. And sometimes you need to be instructed about how to find the sense of success,” he said.

The Sense of Success is the sophomore release to his debut, Ask Angelo: An Inside Look at the Entertainment Industry From a PR Guru. Though both are self-help books, the heart of the former is for the disadvantaged, especially youth, while the latter angles on artists and performers.

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Throughout his career of nearly 50 years, Ellerbee has  represented and/or managed the likes of Michael Jackson, James Mtume, Dionne Warick, Shabba Ranks, Mary J. Blige, DMX, and Alicia Keys just to name a few. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Publicity at Island Def Jam Records. His company Double XXposure Media Relations was the first and probably only black-owned public relations firm to be located in Midtown Manhattan. Dubbed the “Henry Higgins of Hip Hop” by the New York Times, Double XXposure remains a respected company for talent, not just regarding publicity, but in artist development as well.

Also a community activist, another reason Ellerbee wrote and published The Sense of Success because he feels strongly about guiding people of color. “I just believe that my people deserve to have the right to understand that they are successful. I just need for them to open their eyes and dig deep down inside and find out where their success is. And if I have to be that person that shines that candle so they can see, and feel, and understand where the sense of the fragrance of success is coming from internally, let it be,” the New Jersey native said.

Listen to the full interview to learn more about Ellerbee, his activism, the film-adaptation of his compelling life story, his views on navigating publicity for troubled clients, his humble beginnings, his wisdom, his upcoming college tour dates, and more! Fore more information visit the following websites: http://www.dxxnyc.com/home and https://www.ellerbeeelegance.com/home.

Interview With Michael Bush, Author of The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson! [Part 1]

FullSizeRender (1)Michael Bush, the costume designer who dressed legendary entertainer, Michael Jackson, for 25 years talked to So Booking Cool about his book, The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson. The book was published by Insight Editions, a publisher that specializes in quality illustrated books that tribute cultural milestones in entertainment, history, and the arts–which is exactly what King of Style offers. Whether you are an avid Jackson fan or a casual one, an aspiring designer or stylist, fashion aficionado, and/or a pop culture enthusiast, this title is definitely for you.

Listen to part one of our exclusive interview with the humble Bush to learn how King of Style came about, how he worked as a team with the late Dennis Tompkins to create Jackson’s iconic fashions (including the “Smooth Criminal” lean-in shoes) the response Bush receives from other artists about his designs, and, of course, how it was working with and for the Gloved One, and more!