Dr. Verna Green
Dr. Verna Green was born on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. After college in Jamaica, she migrated to the United States of America where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education at Brooklyn College, a Masters of Arts in School Supervision and a Doctoral degree in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Green has, since 1984, been the founder-director of Fine Art Singers of New York (FASONY), a community-based mixed chorus, whose mission it is to artistically present choral music of varied genres. The group has performed in various parts of the United States of America and has traveled to the Caribbean. It was responsible for bringing the Handel’s Messiah Sing-All to Brooklyn in 1996 and continues to facilitate that event annually along with presenting an annual Spring Concert and singing wherever it is invited to lift up God in song.
Dr. Green also chairs the Organ Restoration Committee of the Flatbush Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) church and conducts the Flatbush SDA Temple Choir.
As an Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Medgar Evers College since 1998, Dr. Green has taught Music 100, Introduction to World Music. In that capacity, she has been known to challenge students academically while giving them a broad scope of the world musically, geographically and socially.
In addition to her full-time teaching responsibilities, Dr. Green is co-Coordinator of the Music Unit, in the department of Mass Communications, Creative and Performing Arts and Speech, at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York.
Also, in her capacity as Voice-Class instructor and choral conductor, Dr. Green gives guidance in the correction of vocal problems and the preservation of the vocal apparatus.
Ed Robinson, Producer, Musician and Recording Artist
An encounter with Ed Robinson is an encounter with one of Reggae music’s most consistently great contributors. Throughout the course of his over twenty year career Mr. Robinson has blessed the music industry with his talent both before the mic and behind the scenes.
Having started his career as the drummer in a rock band, Ed Robinson gave hints of his versatility from the very beginning. Over the years he found himself becoming a key player in the diverse genres of Reggae, Rock, Soul, Hip Hop, and R & B. His tremendous production talent has found him at work with industry greats like Luciano, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Snoop Dogg, Warren G and the incomparable Dennis Brown just to name a few. While constantly at work in the studio, Robinson still found time to perform in such great stage shows as Reggae Carifest, Irie Jamboree and Sunsplash. It was during a performance at Sunsplash concert that he caught the attention of MCA Records.
His first album Once Again was ultimately released by VP Records and contained the highly acclaimed track “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”. A second album, Sky is the Limit, was released on Jet Star Records featured powerful Roots tunes like “Bad Minded People”, “Skin I’m In”, and a fine version of “Burnin’ and Lootin’”. Fans are now primed and ready for a new release from Mr. Ed Robinson, and he does not disappoint. After the very successful single release last year of “Ain’t That Lovin’ You”, his cover of the Lou Rawls’ classic made popular by Dennis Brown, he is blessing us with a 14 song album that is full of classic rhythms and lover’s lyrics.
Solitude is that rare album that is made for listening. The steady grooves are perfectly complimented by his melodious voice making this album a must-have for the true Lovers’ Rock aficionado. From the first amazing track, “No More Mr. Lonely”, to the last, his beautiful cover of the Luther Vandross smash “Dance With My Father” which features the giggles of his son EJ, this album keeps you on lock. “Fun Time Again”, a song pleading for a return to the fun and peaceful times in life, was featured in the Jamaican comedic stage play Passa Passa. “So Real” is an incredible song with a jazzy groove that will find itself well-requested by lovers everywhere. The album features a few other well executed covers like, Mario Winans’ “Don’t Wanna Know” and Simply Red’s “Holding Back the Years”. “Can’t Stop It” and “Cry Blood” give a nod to the Roots Reggae massive with two outstanding tracks for the people. Solitude is an album that will soon find a permanent spot in your CD changer, on your MP3 player and in your heart.
Whether you are one of the countless young artists that he has mentored through his E2 Recording Studio or an established artist who has had their music engineered by this great producer, you know that once Father Ed Robinson touches a tune –it done!
Heather Cunningham, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Belizean Society of Composers Authors & Publishers (BSCAP)
Ms. Cunningham started in entertainment practicing as a transactional attorney focusing on entertainment and new media contracts. Ms. Cunningham has since expanded her professional practice to focus on the management of music publishing and master recording catalogues for established songwriters ? such as Lee Hazlewood (These Boots Are Made for Walkin’), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Harvey Fuqua (Sincerely) and Dance Hall Singjay Clifford Smith p/k/a Mr. Vegas (I Am Blessed) ? whose catalogs generate annual revenue in excess of $1 million dollars. As a passionate advocate for copyright owners receiving fair compensation for the commercial exploitation of their works, up until the date of the copyright expiry, Ms. Cunningham represents songwriters who weren’t aware of their rights and entitlement flowing therefrom, but are now taking control of (and reclaiming) their valuable asset ? their musical works. Ms. Cunningham received a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from South Carolina State University, and is a member of the Black Women in Entertainment Law (BWEL) and the Hudson Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel.
Trinidadian Born Natasha Andrews-Noel moved to New York in 1995, where she pursued a modeling career for 2 years.
Natasha is currently the founder and co-owner of Mastamind Productions, a music production and consulting company and the wife and manager of award-winning producer/composer Shawn Ma$taMind Noel.
Natasha started managing music bands in 1998. Under her management, the 12-member soca band Cloud IX, one of the youngest and most popular bands out of New York, toured the United States. She managed soca artiste Postman and encouraged him to put out his first album, which sold more than 5,000 copies. She also has managed Impack 2 band, Lyrikal, Naki, Kuttit, Kevon Carter among others.
Natasha has always been involved in various aspect of the Caribbean culture and was instrumental in establishing soca , parang and soca parang music on itunes and a host of other digital stores. She sits on numerous committees, including, West Indian American Carnival Association (WIADCA).
Over the years, Natasha has consulted with many artistes. Her specialty is guiding new artistes in the Caribbean music industry. Other artistes with whom Natasha has worked include Young Voice, Ms. Alysha, Yung Fire, Champeon and Leon Coldero.
Natasha also works in the PR industry and is expert in publicity and media tools.
Michelle E. Arthurton of E2 Recordings
Michelle E. Arthurton is a woman on the move. Whether acting as President and CEO of E2 Recordings or any of its many subsidiaries, Ms. Arthurton is always fully engaged in the betterment of the music industry at large and the Reggae community in particular. Having been involved in the entertainment and legal fields for over 15 years she has worked with best of the best. A native of St. Kitts, Ms. Arthurton completed her studies at St. Kitts Business College. She began her legal career in St. Thomas while working for the Honorable Judge Brenda Hollar when her duties began to turn from administrative to legal research. Once her interest was piqued, Michelle furthered her studies with a Paralegal specialization and BA in English and Literature at the University of the Virgin Islands. She also completed her studies in Music Business (Music Specialist) at Berklee College of Music. Almost simultaneously she began to cultivate her passion for the entertainment industry by opening MEA Productions, a concert promotions company that also dealt with artist bookings, music publishing and copyrights. Since Ms. Arthurton had been freelancing as a fashion model on the runways of St. Thomas as well as in television and print advertising in her spare time, she had developed a keen awareness of the specialized needs of performance artists.
This experience would prove to be invaluable as she began to develop her expertise and clientele. In 1994 Michelle’s background led her to a position as an on-air personality for the radio station WSTA. While there she interviewed international recording artists and further deepened her knowledge and access to industry insiders. The new millennium brought new frontiers for Ms. Arthurton with her relocation to the United States in 2000. She continued to work in the legal arena while maintaining a strong presence in the Caribbean music industry. As a member of B.E.S.L.A, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, she made even bigger inroads. She met the late Johnny Cochran through this affiliation and subsequently became his personal liaison when he was in St. Thomas. Ms. Arthurton’s other memberships include the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science/ The Grammys, Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide, The Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) and Reggae A.M.P.P.S (Artists, Musicians, Producers, Promoters & Songwriters), Universal Music Benefit for Orphans around the world and the Caribbean American Cultural Caucus. Today, as President and CEO of E2 Recordings Inc., Ms Arthurton oversees the daily operations of the Indie recording label and its subsidiaries: Le 2 Music Publishing, E2 Music Management and E2 Bookings. This dynamic woman is creating excellence and integrity in her corner of an industry that so often challenges both. By using her solid foundation in legal concepts and her obvious passion for Caribbean music Michelle E. Arthurton is paving the way for independent music entrepreneurs of tomorrow.