Rising Star Music Awards

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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.

Lewis Carter President & Talent Director, Rising Star Music Awards

Lewis Carter - President & Talent Director
Mr. Carter is a Vocalist, Songwriter, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Model and Runway Coach. Performing since the age of nine, he's danced on Soul Train and choreographed for several new Artist. Lewis has opened for Teena Marie, Ginuwine and Ledisi, etc. Lewis has been an Instructor and Runway Producer for the Los Angeles Black Business EXPO and has starred in a Gospel Play at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York. As President of the Rising Star Music Awards, he plans to take "Rising Star" Music Awards to a totally new level of success.

Treasure Owens Executive Producer, Rising Star Music Awards

Treasure Owens - RSMA Executive Producer
is also Founder & CEO of P.O.W.E.R.S., (Positive Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs & Righteous Sisters). Treasure is a Graduate of Washington High School, and completed her BA in Christian Communications at Frank T. Bozmen School of Ministry in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1995 she began Honoring Women Entrepreneurers that gave back to their community with the POWERS Award every year and is recruiting Honorees & Entrepreneurs for the "Project Guardian Angel Mentor Program" for "Positive Outstanding Women Benefiting Our Youth".

John "Sly" Wilson Director of Rising Star Legends Award

John "Sly" Wilson - Director of "Legends Awards" 
Producer, Arranger, Songwriter & Film Composer
Mr. Wilson, is a native of Cleveland, OH, and holds a Master & Bachelors in Music. A member of the 70's group "Sly,Slick and Wicked," who are now displayed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Sly, now retired, was former President at Joe Jackson Productions [Super Star Entertainment]. His credits include; Janet Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Barry White, The Impressions,and many more historically significant acts.

Simon Sahouri
Rising Star Media Sponsor & Publisher of Las Vegas Hollywood Magazine 

Simon Sahouri - is Founder, President and CEO of LVH Media, Inc, and is the Publisher of Las Vegas Hollywood Magazine & Total Prestige Magazine. Mr. Sahouri is also the President of the Official Jackson Family Foundation as well as a "Lifetime Advocate of Youth Academic Achivement". Over the years, Mr. Sahouri has traveled the world many times over as a long standing advocate of "International Business & Cultural Arts Exchange". Simon Sahouri is a highly respected Marketing Strategist, Corporate Developer and well known Entertainment Industry Visionary beneficial to many Global Corporations. 

Monique Kirby    Rising Star Music Awards Consultant      

Monique Kirby  - is Owner of Blak Velvette Ent., & Promotions. She is a Casting Assistant, Talent Scout, Talent Promoter & Manages several Artists & Actors. Monique has been assisting Rising Star Music Awards for several years as an Industry Consultant and is a well known Los Angeles, California Community Leader. Monique is also Creator of the "Women In Motion Award",  W.I.M.A. which honors and acknowledges women in the community who are doing extrodianary and inspiring Works. She is a part-time Radio Host, Song Writer & ASCAP Union Member & works with several non-profit Children's Organizations that her celebrity daughter "Nay Nay Kirby" is affiliated with. Monique also manages her daughter's Music Career. Facebook: Monique Kirby .

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.

April Sutton

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.


Elwin Rutledge - is a Writer, Musician, Singer and Producer commited to the humanities for over 25 years. Mr. Rutledge is the Founder of "Our Commitment, Inc" along with being the founder of several other charitable programs. Our Commitment is a Charitable, Tax-Exempt Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) headquartered in Los Angeles / Beverly Hills, California with Network Affiliates across the Nation. For over 16 years "Our Commitment" has been in support of Joint Collaborative Charitable Partnerships and Mutual Joint Cooperative Giving in support of the Humanities. The Mission & Goal is to serve mankind in the most positive ways to insure a peaceful existence on Earth. Visit www.OurCommitment.org for more information about "Our Commitment's" Charitable Campaigns, Special Events & Philanthropic Partnerships to benefit society. 

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