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"Creative Loafing's Independent Music Review"

If you haven't seen "Independent Music Revue," an hour-long TV show that focuses on local musicians of all genres, then you already missed it. Hosted by R&B singer Nikkiya Brooks, it played Sundays at 10 a.m. on UPN from Jan. 8-Feb. 26, and then went off the air for a brief hiatus.

Will Power, director, producer and co-owner of the show's company, IMR, promises the "Independent Music Revue" will return by early May, though probably on a monthly basis. "We were trying to go once a week, but it's a little expensive for us," he says.

In the meantime, however, IMR has moved on to the Starving Artist Showcase and Talent Competition. Scheduled to take place at the Loft until May 9, the showcase's first five nights will generate two winners, who then compete on the seventh night at the May finals for a $20,000 grand prize.

During the first contest March 28, Power worried that the nearby Atlantic Station premiere party for T.I.'s highly touted film, ATL, would steal the crowd. "We thought we wouldn't do as well," Power says, "but we got about 200 people." At the inaugural event, reggae/R&B singer Vemazio and hip-hop trio I-10 Connection took top honors. Meanwhile, singers Shamora Crawford, Chaz and Nikkiya herself serenaded the crowd in between competing acts.

"Independent Music Revue" drew around 300,000 total viewers during its UPN run. But IMR thinks more people will tune in the next time around. The goal, says Power, is to demonstrate that musicians -- particularly urban artists -- can be financially and artistically successful without being on a major label. "We want to show what it's really like to be independent," he says.

The Starving Artist Showcase and Talent Competition takes place every Tuesday until May 9. $10. 8 p.m. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. - Mosi Reeves


Title track “Free” brings the ladies to the writing table along with Joey Kibble, Montrel Darrett and Otto Price. Staying in the mode of spectacular production, Shamora Crawford and company deliver “Only God’s In This”, a contemporary gospel anthem that fades all the materialism in our mainstream counterparts’ music.

The praise party continues with “Healin’” from Richard “Younglord” Frierson and Ryan Leslie. The pair pulls from their collective production experiences with New Edition, Beyonc&#eacute; and Faith Evans, orchestraging a bassline thump that moves right on through to “Jesus Paid the Ransom”. Both are danceable —even dance inspiring tracks leave no mystery that Jesus is the focus. -

"NFared Speaks With Shamora" - MiddleChild Promotions


Shamora has written and produced songs for major recording artists such as: Monica, J.Lo, Blu Cantrell, Virtue (Dove award recipient), and many more! Now she's taking center stage with her very own project. "Betcha" off of her debut album is now being played on Soul Power, a BBC 1Xtra station in London. She also won Tom Joyner's Big Break Contest at the Atlanta, Ga Sky Show featuring Earth, Wind and Fire. You can watch the Sky Show on TV 1.



Striker Records presents Shamora, child
prodigy turned music mogul. Profound is her
understanding of love, life and music. Shamora infuses this unsung wisdom into her lyrics and
melodies bringing the listener into her world. Intimacy and soul inspiring, describes the atmosphere of a Shamora performance. Her audience is led into a world of deep emotional revelation. Victories, defeats, hurts, joys, are all celebrated in her eclectic pre-debut ensemble titled "How It Feels...". Striker Records is currently sharing the Shamora
experince in appropriate venues. Although the Atlanta metro area is our main point of exposure, we plan to include New York, Philly, D.C. and overseas in the near future.
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