Sheila Ferguson Founder & CEO, Rising Star Music Awards
Sheila Ferguson - Founded a music outreach program "Jammin For Kids Sake" in 1992 and was recognized by the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times for her positive impact on Inner City Youth. In 2004 Sheila Co-founded and Produced the "Las Vegas Music Awards" and has also Produced "The Business of Music Workshops" at the Annual Los Angeles Black Expo in 2006, 2007 & 2008. In 2007 Ms. Ferguson Produced the "Teen Gospel Music Awards" and Founded the Rising Star" Music Awards in 2008 and is Producing her 2013 5th Anniversary Show in LA. The Rising Star Atlanta, GA., Chapter was Officially Launced in November of 2012 with plans to Launch in Detroit & New York in 2013.
Donald E. Thornton Co-Founder, Rising Star Music Awards
Donald E. Thornton - is the Co-Founder, Marketing Director, Art Director & Web Master for the "Rising Star Music Awards". He is also currently a Marketing Consultant, Art Director & Web Master for the (Michael) Jackson Family Foundation and is currently working on the co-creation of the National Stay In School Campaign. Besides being an Internationally known Graphic Artist & Designer, Don is also the Founder & CEO of both Green Tech Ventures, a National Green Technology Management Corporation and B.U.I.L.D. Management, LLC, which is a Marketing & Consulting firm committed to the co-creation of Land Development Projects in underprivilaged and underserved markets.
Treasure Owens Executive Producer, Rising Star Music Awards
John "Sly" Wilson Director of Rising Star Legends Award
Monique Kirby Rising Star Music Awards Consultant
Dr. Cassondra G. Humphrey - is a "Youth Advocate" of the highest order where Education and empowerment of the youth are priorities that have dominated Cassondra’s professional and personal life. As a children’s advocate, she speaks passionately about education, self-esteem, career development, gangs, violence and maintaining healthy relationships. Cassondra holds a B.S. degree from Springfield College in Human Services and a M.S. in Counseling & Human Resources Development from the University of Bridgeport, and is completing her Ph. D. at Capella University. Academically, Cassondra has a wide variety of interest and incorporates them into her career as an consultant and entrepreneur; and is regularly invited to share her childhood story, life experiences, and accomplishments with varies social service and non-profit agencies, schools, and church ministries.
Recipiant of the 2012 Rising Star "Legends Award"
April Sutton - is the 2012 Recipiant of the Rising Star "Legends Award"April Sutton is an award-winning Television Broadcast Pioneer in Hollywood who made history by becoming the youngest Inductee in the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1993 for her outstanding television reports on Black Entertainment Television (B.E.T.) Network. More than 40 million TV viewers have watched her entertainment reports covering the Oscar Awards, Grammy Music Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, American Music Awards, Hollywood Movie Premieres, and Red-Carpet gala events. The Ohio native became the first hired Hollywood on-air talent for B.E.T., as the “Face of Hollywood” for 10 years, which sealed her name as part of BET’s early history.