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"IZZY Featured On New CD From DA'T.R.U.T.H."

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Wayne "Holla" Waller
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Urban Psalmist IZZY Featured On New CD From DA’ T.R.U.T.H.

BALTIMORE, Maryland (August 6, 2007) - - Gospel recording artist, songwriter and producer IZZY makes a guest appearance on the latest album from Stellar Award-winner DA’ T.R.U.T.H. Known, as the “Urban Psalmist,” IZZY wrote and performed on the upbeat, cruncked-out, urban-collabo “I Need You” on DA’ T.R.U.T.H.’s new CD Open Book, which released July 10 on Cross Movement Records also featuring guest appearances by The Cross Movement, Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, FLAME, J.R., Trip Lee (www.datruth.net).

IZZY’s own album, In Awe Of You, released in May 2006 debuted on Billboard’s Gospel Chart at No. 45. The album continues to gain kudos from fans, critics and radio programmers for its eclectic mix of soulful ballads and urban rockers.

IZZY recently wrapped a 10-city, 5-city UK tour in support of In Awe Of You making appearances in Northampton, Manchester, Reading, Liverpool and London. He has also made appearances on WGN/CW Channel 9’s Morning News (Chicago, IL) and the Sheridan Gospel Network/ The Light as a featured guest co-host with Ace Alexander’s Praise Party (Atlanta, GA).

At age 30, IZZY has experienced his share of tragedy and triumph, overcoming a physical handicap, homelessness and clinical depression. Both his own CD and his new track for DA’ T.R.U.T.H reflects the grateful heart and lifestyle of worship for which he is known.

IZZY’s In Awe Of You is available through KOCH Records, Jordan Entertainment Group and VGR Entertainment. Additional information on IZZY’s ministry and music is available at www.izzygood.com and www.myspace.com/izzyworld.



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"Billboard and R&R Charts"

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JORDAN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ARTISTS TONY TERRY & IZZY APPEAR ON BILLBOARD AND R&R CHARTS

New York, NY – June 2, 2006 – It was an exciting week for Jordan Entertainment Group with two of the artists it represents appearing on the Billboard and R&R charts!

One of those artists is Studio 25 Recordings/Jordan Entertainment Group artist Tony Terry where for multiple weeks has had chart success with his new album and single. His single “Praise Him” not only moved up on the Billboard “Hot Gospel Tracks” chart from #34 to #23 with a bullet, but also was R&R’s Gospel Most Added again this week. Tony’s album Changed! which released on April 18th also continues to gain attention by climbing from #75 up to #63 on the Billboard R&B Chart and from #24 to #22 on the Billboard Gospel Chart.

The other artist is the VGR Entertainment/Jordan Entertainment Group newcomer Izzy who from the beginning has had attention for his Fred Hammond/John Legend style. Izzy’s debut album In Awe of You released May 2nd and this week debuted on the Billboard Gospel Chart at #45.

Both artists have radio and press taking notice. Tony will be featured in the August issue of Gospel Today Magazine and Izzy in the July/August issue of Black Beat magazine.

Radio is “all a buzz” too:

“If you are not spinning Tony Terry's 'Praise Him' or IZZY’s 'In Awe of You' then your Playlist is lacking some of the best in Gospel Music. You need to make sure you get it ASAP and make it an immediate add. It’s time for you to be 'In Awe' as you 'Praise Him!'"
—Ju Joyner, Willis Broadcasting

"'Praise Him' is one of our most requested songs. The production is tight and the vocals are stunning!
— Mike Chandler, WFMI FM (Virginia Beach, VA)


IZZY- "Awsome vocals, the boy can sang!"
— Mike Chandler, WFMI FM (Virginia Beach, VA)

"'Praise Him' is a refreshing, high-spirited praise and worship song that makes you want to break out in song and dance."
— Willie Mae Mciver, ABC's "Rejoice Musical Soul Food"

For more information visit www.jordanentertainmentgroup.com.

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- Big Machine Media


"In Awe of You Release"

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VGR ENTERTAINMENT/JORDAN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM BY “URBAN PSALMIST” – IZZY
Album Titled “In Awe of You” In-Stores on May 2nd

New York, NY – April 17, 2006 – VGR Entertainment/Jordan Entertainment Group are preparing for the release of the debut album by the artist IZZY. The album titled In Awe of You will be releasing nationwide on May 2nd.

In Awe of You is an intimate story that takes you on a journey of a melodious symphony of swinging beats, hypnotic hooks, crooning harmonies and strikingly transparent lyrics.
Gospel newcomer IZZY, referred to as a cross between Smokie Norful and Tonéx or John Legend meets Fred Hammond, transitions effortlessly between leading listeners into adoring worship—as he does in the project’s title cut and lead single, “In Awe of You”—and inciting a head-nodding “Praise Party.”

Jazzy Jordan, CEO of Jordan Entertainment Group states, “Izzy is one of the most exciting Gospel performers I have every seen, he is a wonderful songwriter, singer and producer, he is the total package. Truly a man of God!”

An eclectic mix of soulful ballads and urban rockers, In Awe of You challenges the boundaries of traditional Gospel music through a creative tapestry of R&B, Hip Hop and Latin rhythms. Featured songs include: “All This Love,” “Maintain,” “Destiny,” “You Are” and the urban infused covers of Fred Hammond’s “Love You Forever” and Bebe and Cece Winans’ “Heaven.”

Born a third generation PK—preacher’s kid—in Fayetteville, NC, IZZY’s great-grandfather, Bishop Brumfield Johnson was the founder of Mt. Calvary Holy Churches of America and his father is the Sr. Pastor of Peace Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A prolific singer, songwriter and producer, IZZY’s popularity is quickly growing beyond his strong following in the Baltimore/DC area with several notable 2005 appearances including MegaFest 2005 (Bishop T.D. Jakes’ “mega” family conference hosted at the Georgia Dome, attended by 150,000K+ people and reaching 314 million homes in 235 countries worldwide via live and taped broadcasts), BET’s Gospel Explosion and the Bobby Jones Gospel Retreat He’s also been recently featured on BET’s “Lift Every Voice” and in EUR Web’s Gospel must read column, “Jawn’s Juice.”

For more information visit www.izzygood.com

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Contact: Leslie Taylor
Big Machine Media
212-308-0468
leslie@bigmachinemedia.com
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In Awe Of You - May 2, 2006 (VGR) IN STORES NOW!!

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IZZY
www.izzygood.com
www.myspace.com/izzyworld

They call him the “Urban Psalmist.” His name is Israel Bell, a.k.a. IZZY. His life is replete with the drama of a Hollywood movie script. At the age of 28, he has already overcome a physical handicap, homelessness and clinical depression. But don’t look for a tragic ending to this story. IZZY has taken control of destiny’s pen and is scripting a story of perseverance, determination and triumph! This singer, songwriter and producer is set to storm the gospel music industry with the “Fred Hammond meets John Legend” vibe of his debut album, In Awe Of You.

A third generation preacher’s kid, IZZY’s great-grandfather, Bishop Brumfield Johnson, founded the Mt. Calvary Holy Churches of America and his father is currently the Sr. Pastor of Peace Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Born with open sores and his hip popped out of joint, doctors held little hope of him leading a normal life. His parents were cautiously advised of the limits his disability would impose on his future. His birth name was chosen in honor of the biblical patriarch, who suffered from the same impairment after wrestling with God for a blessing. Like his namesake who overcame adversity, IZZY, too, would defy the odds. He not only learned to walk without a limp, he was even able to run track and play football!

His father, an army sergeant, was assigned to Germany when IZZY was three years old. His formative years—both developmentally and musically—were spent in Heidelberg and Manheim. Despite enjoying an idyllic and stable home life, young IZZY simply did not fit in with his peers. While other boys his age enjoyed video games and sports, he preferred passing time in the library listening to classical music.

His differences made him the target of endless taunts. Eventually discouraged by his inability to connect with his peers, he suffered from depression and even attempted suicide in his preteens. Empowered by his music, he persevered. “Through music, I realized there was so much more to live for…I saw myself singing in front of crowds. And that thought kept me going.” In a fifth grade career project, he boldly proclaimed himself to be the next Quincy Jones. “At the time, the only thing I could do was sing, but I told everyone that one day I would put the mic down and produce music.”

IZZY’s natural musical gifts belie his lack of extensive formal training. He began playing the saxophone at the age of twelve and immediately integrated the then popular sounds of techno and house into his style. In 1991, when his family returned to the United States and moved to the DC area, he added the spicy sounds of funk and go-go to his already eclectic musical flavor.

Following a failed stint in college, IZZY enrolled in the US army where he was first introduced to the basics of record engineering and he later obtained his degree in the subject at a technical college. During his early years of ministry in DC, he was a member of the gospel group Psalms, along with his older brother and a friend, Durrell Babbs (a.k.a. R&B sensation, Tank). In 2005, he was a featured artist at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest Mega Youth Experience. His television appearances include: BET’s “Bobby Jones Gospel” and “Lift Every Voice” and he’s recently been featured in “Jawn’s Juice”—the Gospel must-read column.

In Awe Of You is IZZY’s musical memoir told through a melodious symphony of swinging beats, hypnotic hooks, crooning harmonies and strikingly transparent lyrics. The title cut is a harmonious worship experience whose power and beauty lies in his simple, yet powerful delivery. “You Are” and “Praise Party” are downright infectious, with their feel good energy and funky rhythms. His urban infused covers of “Heaven” (BeBe & CeCe Winans) and “Love You Forever” (Fred Hammond) are equally impressive. Clearly undaunted by the task of ministering these gospel favorites, he masterfully connects with the music and in doing so makes them his own.

IZZY hopes to reach those who feel forgotten by the church and society. This hope is reflected in the track “We Need You”—a soothing, yet thoughtful commentary on the heartbreak and disillusionment that can lead to the street life. An eclectic mix of soulful ballads and urban rockers, In Awe Of You challenges the boundaries of traditional Gospel music but most importantly, it challenges the listener to stand “in awe” of the God of eternal hope and infinite possibility.

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LABEL:
VGR Entertainment
www.vgrentertainment.com

Jordan Entertainment Group
www.jordanentertainmentgroup.com

DISTRIBUTION:
Koch

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Contact: Wayne "Holla" Waller
TEL: 410-753-4644
FAX: 410-753-4645
CELL: 410-412-4093
wayne@thebfactor.com

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