December 21, 2014

Winter Music Conference Turns 30 in March 2015

WMC celebrates 30 years as the essential platform for the advancement of the dance music industry, March 24 – 28, 2015 in Miami Beach. WMC’s 2015 program will celebrate three decades of dance music & EDM’s most innovative artists and professionals converging on Miami Beach. "The excitement leading up to WMC this March is phenomenal. The buzz is about 30 years of club culture, which has now transcended generations; something this memorable becomes a celebration you just have to attend” says WMC Co-Founder Bill Kelly.

The WMC 2015 will be hosted at the iconic Deauville Beach Resort on Miami Beach and will feature a concentrated schedule of performance sets, conference workshops and panels addressing all aspects of the music industry with exhibits featuring the newest technology and sounds, industry receptions and more. This anniversary will be an all-time epic gathering of DJs, artists, music labels, producers, promoters, techies and club goers.

Registration includes access to panels, seminars, featured Q & A's, WMC official poolside events, South Beach Sessions, trade show & exhibits, workshops (with the exception of the Remixing and Editing Workshops), DJ Spin-Offs, VJ Challenge as well as complimentary or reduced admission to WMC official and sanctioned events.

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Music and Industry
The shape of the music business today is completely different then it was 10 years ago. As aspects change and shift, WMC makes great efforts to create a Program that reflects the current climate of the Industry. Because music is such a fluid and transformative art form, WMC closely follows emerging trends and genres and integrates such ideas into the Program. No matter which form of music you are interested in, you are guaranteed to find colleagues and experts in the fields you work in and enjoy.

Innovations in DJ and Production Technology
Developments in digital mixing and recording have enhanced the art of production and DJing. Digital mixing tools have completely changed the dynamic of the DJ. WMC explores all the new and exciting innovations, and brings together leading manufacturers and developers to discuss the pros and cons of the array of new options. Also, our panels of esteemed guests will be there to answer any questions you may have about programs, plug-ins, and products.

The Winter Music Conference addresses every aspect of music distribution as it stands currently. From brick and mortar retail distribution, to digital distribution, to mail order matter how you choose to operate your business, you will find the information you are seeking.

Radio Exposure
WMC presents the top professionals from around the world as they evaluate radio as a vehicle for developing artists. WMC makes a huge effort to create a balance between internet, satellite, and terrestrial radio formats. Also, the radio panel will address issues such as: how to draw and sustain listeners, how to break artists through such diverse radio formats, how to get your records on the air and keep them in rotation...Get the inside track on these topics and more!

Legal Issues and Advice
Understand the fundamentals of effectual and solid contracts, copyrights, licensing, online retailing, digital distribution and the intricacies of publishing laws through a series of seminars devoted to legal issues. Get expert legal advice from top entertainment lawyers for free! Some of the most influential and active professionals in the music Industry will assemble to examine various Industry related legal issues and answer any questions you may have.

Discover which media outlets work best for you and how to approach them. Journalists and publicists will discuss how to use publications, TV and the Internet to your advantage. Learn how to develop and maintain relations with the worlds leading media sources. Discover the most effective means of breaking artists and maintaining success through the media.

Foreign Markets
Join executives from global companies discuss music marketing worldwide. Find out everything you need to know to promote your artist worldwide and generate revenue outside the U.S. Learn the ins and outs of International contracts, touring, promotion, distribution, licensing, exporting, collecting royalties and more. Also, find out what global trends are emerging today.

Revenue Streams
Don't rely strictly on album and song sales as a form of revenue! There are numerous ways to make money aside from traditional music retailing. Licensing, touring, soundtracks, advertising, ringtones, and merchandising are all great forms of alternative revenue streams. WMC has assembled Industry leaders working in these fields daily, which have developed effective business strategies. These subjects are more important now then ever. As such, these panels are not to be missed!

November 21, 2014


Playwire, a division of Playwire Media, announced that it has partnered with iconic music label Def Jam Recordings to develop new digital revenue streams for their artists globally that leverage both technology and ad sales. Their main goal is helping artists, publishers, and content creators develop sustainable revenue streams for their business without having to sacrifice copyright and trademark ownership of their content.

"As a publisher first organization, we are determined to provide artists and publishers with technology and services that keeps them in the business of producing great content," said Jayson Dubin, CEO and Founder of Playwire Media. "Def Jam is one of the most iconic brands in music, and boasts one of the most influential artist rosters globally. Their ingenuity and forward thinking are pushing the music industry forward, and we are excited to partner with Def Jam in this new venture."

This partnership reaffirms Def Jam's commitment to embracing ad supported services and business models, while positioning them as an innovator in digital by exerting more control over two critical assets that advertisers want: large audiences and big data. With access models now accounting for almost 30% of total industry revenues, managing the buying and selling of music audiences to advertisers is quickly becoming the future of recorded music revenues," said Dubin.

The Playwire technology platform, as well as Playwire Media's ever-growing network, allows Def Jam to create additional digital ecosystems for both the Def Jam brand and its talent. By leveraging strategic content releases and social influence to generate web traffic, both Def Jam's site and their artist websites can operate as their own web ecosystem.

"Direct ad buyers want deeper integrations then just pre roll running before content -- be it branded content, product placement, sponsored social posts, or exclusive events," states Anthony Alexander, Director of Business Development at Playwire. "We are seeing rapid growth in programmatic ad buying and find that many of our ad partners want to align with social influencers to harness the reliability of an actively engaged fan base. We help them develop unique fan experiences to make a connection with a particular consumer target."

Def Jam recognizes that there are multiple channels and new digital vehicles that constantly need to be integrated into their content strategy. "We're excited to be working with a platform that is publisher first, and recognizes the power, influence, and global reach of the Def Jam brand," says David Bell, SVP Integrated Marketing & Digital Strategy, Def Jam Recordings. "Firmly focused on providing new revenue streams, our partnership with Playwire allows us to connect our artists with premium brands through unique digital experiences."

How it works

Playwire's advanced video technology platform allows brands to produce, post, and monetize video content. and its numerous artist web pages act as a central distribution hub hosting exclusive content. Each site can operate as a unique publisher with the ability to create sponsored ad programs and brand integrations. In addition, featuring massive amounts of quality video allows Def Jam, and other brands, to make content accessible to fans everywhere.

About Playwire:

Playwire, a division of Playwire Media, offers a comprehensive, easy-to-use video hosting platform that offers an efficient, effective online video publishing platform. With Playwire, publishers have one place where they can encode, host, syndicate, stream, and monetize video content, while advertisers have a destination to efficiently and effectively buy video inventory. For more information about the Playwire platform, visit and follow @playwire.

About Def Jam Recordings:

Def Jam Recordings was founded in 1984 and has represented the very best in cutting edge music and youth culture for 30 years. Def Jam Recordings began as a maverick independent label inspired by a punk ethos and the emerging sound of hip-hop; pioneering iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the following two decades, Def Jam established its dominance with acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and Kanye West. Now in its 30th year, Def Jam's music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand -- synonymous with creativity and authenticity -- encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars that includes Kanye, Justin Bieber, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Mariah Carey, Rick Ross, Alesso, Frank Ocean, Iggy Azalea, YG, Afrojack, 2 Chainz, The Roots, August Alsina, Jhene Aiko, and others. For more information about Def Jam Recordings, visit

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October 21, 2014

Say "Hello" to KAJ Brothers

KAJ Brothers, Orlando’s emerging pop trio releases their debut single and video. The group’s rendition of the classic hit song, “Hello,” written by iconic superstar Lionel Richie, integrates its own orchestral elements and full-bodied abundant harmonies in such a way as to elevate this classic song to new levels.

The trio, all of whom are multilingual and high achievers are based in Orlando, Florida. They consist of Kyle Craichy (vocals, piano, guitar, and dance), Austin Craichy (vocals, piano, guitar, drums, and dance), and Johnny Atys (vocals and dance champion). Kyle and Austin were born and raised in Tampa, Florida, while Johnny is from Paris, France.

KAJ Brother’s genre is Pop/R&B with a classical twist with various musical influences that are not necessarily genre-specific. They range from R&B, Soul, Gospel, Pop and Rock to Classical, Country and the Great American Standards. Some of the great artists and legends that KAJ listens to and have gained influence from are John Legend, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, Josh Groben, Justin Timberlake, Michael Bublè, Boyz II Men, Lionel Richie, Harry Conick Jr, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, and the Jonas Brothers.

The debut single, “Hello,” was produced by legendary music producer, Bryan Lenox, and was recorded in Nashville. Lenox is responsible for 51 #1 hit tunes and has been nominated for twelve Grammys, with one win. He has worked top artists including Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Bolton just to name a few. The high-end music video for “Hello” was produced and directed by Saylors Brothers Entertainment. Projects produced by the Saylors include an exclusive shoot on the designers of Ferrari (Pininfarina headquarters, Italy), "An Animated Life" with Phil Roman (producer of "The Simpsons" and "Garfield"), "Dreamland" with Jonathan Breck (Star of "Jeepers Creepers"), and "MTV's Most Expensive Music Videos" (launched the single to #1 on the Billboard charts) by artists such as Master P, Snoop Dogg, and Mystikal.

All three of the group members are vocally trained by long-time producer and vocal coach Gerry Williams of Orlando. For over 20 years he has produced albums and demos for his students that have led them to flourishing careers in the music industry. Among whom are Grammy™ nominee and Dove Award winner Francesca Battistelli, and Actress/Singer (Vampire Diaries) Candice Acolla. He has also remixed music for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, and Justin Timberlake. Williams’ work with major record labels (Warner Bros., Universal, Atlantic, and Sony) is another highlight of his career.

The KAJ Brothers have also partnered with Jay R. Schield at Over The Line in Nashville, TN, who among other things oversees and advises the group and serves as music industry liaison and product manager for the upcoming releases. Schield has worked with some of the top artists and music releases in the industry including P.O.D., Owl City, Randy Travis, Amy Grant, Plus One and Take 6.

KAJ Brothers have a prolific mission: to leave their audience uplifted and feeling loved with the primary purpose of elevating women with true love songs. When asked specifically about this, the group unanimously replied “To make chivalry cool again, and help raise the standards for girls and women while influencing humanity as a whole, to treat women with greater respect.” They have partnered with the International Justice Mission. IJM is a non-profit human rights organization based in the United States that helps rescue victims of human rights including anti-sex trafficking abuse around the world, in the US, Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia.

Profits Being Donated: KAJ Brothers have committed $10,000 to the International Justice Mission ( to kick off their own campaign against sex trafficking encouraging other artists and celebrities to do the same. They will donate 100% of their first year’s profits from iTunes downloads of “Hello” to various charities that provide assistance to girls and women that will help free them from the horrors of sex trafficking.

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September 21, 2014

ON YOUR FEET! Estefans Headed For Broadway

Gloria Estefan
The Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises, Inc are pleased to announce that ON YOUR FEET! – a new musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – will premiere on Broadway in Fall 2015 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced, following a Summer 2015 World Premiere engagement in Chicago.

ON YOUR FEET! will be directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), and choreographed by four-time Drama Desk nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) with a book by two-time Drama Desk nominee Alexander Dinelaris (The Bodyguard Musical, Zanna
Emilio Estefan
Don't).  ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream—showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom.  Set to Gloria’s chart-topping, smash hits such as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, “1-2-3,” “Mi Tierra,” and “Conga,” in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.

ON YOUR FEET! is produced by The Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises, Inc. in partnership with Bernie Yuman.  Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Nederlander Organization, led by James L. Nederlander, President, continues the tradition of operating historic theatres, as well as producing and presenting the best in theatrical entertainment and concert events.  Bernie Yuman, an illustrious figure in the entertainment industry and long-time friend and business associate of the Estefans, will serve as Executive Producer. Mr. Yuman produced and managed Siegfried & Roy, one of the most successful and longest running shows in Las Vegas.

Additional creative team members and casting will be announced at a later date.

With seven Grammy Awards and over 100 million albums sold worldwide, GLORIA ESTEFAN is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music. In addition to her chart-topping hit songs "Conga," “The Rhythm is Going To Get You" and "1, 2, 3," among others, Gloria recorded the Oscar-nominated song "Music Of My Heart," and has received numerous honors and awards over the course of her illustrious career. She has been presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, named BMI Songwriter of the Year, and received an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, an MTV Video Music Award, two ACE Awards, and multiple Billboard Awards for her many chart-topping hits. Gloria has also been honored with the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (the highest award that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen), the Hispanic Heritage Award, and the National Music Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award.

EMILIO ESTEFAN is a world-renowned music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada among many others. With a resume that includes over 30 Grammy nominations and 19 Grammy Awards, Emilio has experimented and pushed the envelope of blending Latin, pop and world rhythms creating a unique style and personality that has created chart-topping worldwide hits. It is this vision that transcends the music field and spills over into film, television, hotels and restaurants, among other business endeavors including being the first Cuban-born couple to own a minority stake in the Miami Dolphins, a major NFL Franchise.

JERRY MITCHELL received the Tony Award in recognition of his choreography for the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots, for which his direction was also recognized with a Tony nomination. In the 33 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with over 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions. His Broadway debut as a choreographer, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, was followed by The Full Monty (Tony nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray (Tony nomination), Gypsy, Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), La Cage Aux Folles (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), which he also directed, and Catch Me If You Can. Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers. Twenty-three years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as Executive Producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, in a five year run) and London (West End Bares).

SERGIO TRUJILLO is an internationally-recognized choreographer whose work has been seen all across North America, Europe and Asia. In 2011, Mr. Trujillo had the honor of having four shows simultaneously running on Broadway: Tony Award® winning Best Musical Memphis (OCC Award, Astaire, Drama Desk Award noms.), Tony and Olivier Award® winning Best Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, OCC Award nominations), The Addams Family and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal (Lucille Lortel Award nomination). Additional Broadway credits include Hands On A Hardbody, Leap of Faith (Drama Desk, Astaire nominations), All Shook Up and Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nomination). In 2010, he made his debut as a director with the rock musical White Noise at Chicago’s Royal George Theater, and directed and choreographed Flashdance: The Musical, currently on national tour. His Off-Broadway work includes Saved (Lucille Lortel nom.), The Capeman, Romeo & Juliet (Public), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Kismet (Encores!). His international credits include Disney’s Tarzan (World Theatre Award nom.), West Side Story, The Sound of Music (Stratford) and Peggy Sue Got Married (West End). In 2012, Mr. Trujillo was chosen by the Colombian government as one of the top 100 Colombians in the world.

ALEXANDER DINELARIS is currently represented in London's West End by the hit musical production of The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre. Other recent works include his plays Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop), Still Life (Manhattan Class Company), In This, Our Time (59e59) and The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Theater).  Alexander was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards for his work on the additional book and lyrics of the Off-Broadway hit, Zanna Don't!  Alex has recently written the screenplay for Birdman, the latest film by Academy Award nominated director Alejandro González-Iñarrítu, as well as the original screenplay The Year of the Monarchs.  Dinelaris is also currently writing and co-producing a new dramatic television series with Mr. Iñarrítu entitled, “The One Percent”.  Alex attended Barry University, where he was the winner of the Mac McKindree Scholarship for theatre.  Mr. Dinelaris is a member of the Writer’s Guild, the Dramatists Guild and NYTW’s Usual Suspects.

August 21, 2014

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line

Brian Kelley comes from the small town of Ormond Beach, Florida.  As a child, Brian always loved music but when Garth Brooks’ double live CD was released it became a huge part of his awareness of how an artist could pull such strong emotions out of the songs they were singing.  Lyrics have always been the biggest part of a song in his opinion.

His strongest influences include Brooks, Kenny Chesney & Casting Crowns.  “Even if the artists didn’t write the songs they sang, they made you believe it.  You feel like you know them through their songs.”

At age 16, Brian began to sing.  He would help out at his church’s youth band and to this day he is still very involved at Crossroads Church in Lebanon, that he calls home.

One of Brian’s other talents is baseball.  In the fall of 2007, he transferred to Belmont University to play on their team.  Before that Brian had played baseball for Florida State University and then Daytona State College.  His love of the game could not overpower his love of music.

While at Belmont Brian took a class on songwriting and soon after graduation, Brian began to go to local writer’s nights to become more involved in the songwriting community.  It is during this time where he met Tyler Hubbard.  They currently form the emerging duo, Florida Georgia Line.

In the fall of 2011, Brian signed to Big Loud Shirt as his first publishing deal. The guys have become extremely busy as they have been booked to play alongside some of today’s top selling live acts like Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert & Corey Smith.

Since working with Big Loud Shirt, he has expanded his circle of co-writers and has written with notable writers like Bob DiPiero, Jason Reeves, Blair Daly and Josh Thompson.

In April 2012, Florida Georgia Line released their first single to radio, "Cruise."  The duo landed a slot on the Country Throwdown tour.  Their five song EP, "It'z Just What We Do" was released in May 2012.  A snowball effect of events lead them to sign a record deal with Republic Nashville in July 2012.

About Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line has skyrocketed since releasing consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the GOLD-certified “Round Here,” PLATINUM-certified “Get Your Shine On” and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise.”

Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold over 6.3 million downloads in the US alone and is the second best-selling Country single ever, according to SoundScan.

FGL is the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in having their first three singles hit #1 for multiple weeks each. Poised to follow in the success, FGL’s new emotionally-fueled Top 5-and-rising single, “Stay,” showcases another side of their unique sound and tight harmonies.

Amassing international appeal, the duo recently crossed a new career threshold — tallying more than 10 million tracks sold worldwide from their debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Republic Nashville), which has been certified PLATINUM in the US and GOLD in Canada. FGL has released a deluxe version of their chart-topping debut, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES…THIS IS HOW WE ROLL, that features five new songs – including a collaboration with Luke Bryan – the “Cruise” (Remix) featuring Nelly; the making of the album and all official music videos with behind-the-scenes footage, as well as the unreleased video for “It’z Just What We Do.”

Comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida), FGL is currently on their first headline run, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES TOUR 2013, breaking venue sales records nationwide with sold-out shows on all stops to date. FGL has appeared on Chelsea Lately, Good Morning America, Conan, TODAY, The Voice, The Tonight Show, LIVE with Kelly & Michael, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and FOX & Friends as well as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In addition to radio, sales and touring success, the talented twosome has been racking up several awards’ show nominations, including nods in the New Artist of the Year category. The hot newcomers have previously taken home ACA, AMA, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Awards and garnered multiple TEEN CHOICE nominations.

July 21, 2014

UM Frost School of Music Presents Festival Miami’s 2014 Season

Dawn Upshaw and Maria Schneider
Presenting its 31st Season this October 10 through November 8, the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s acclaimed Festival Miami -- Florida’s premier live music festival –stages a stellar line-up of acclaimed performing artists in a diverse blend of styles and cultural backgrounds. World-class instrumentalists, orchestras, singers, songwriters, composers and other musical icons showcase their artistic prowess alongside astounding faculty artists and students from the Frost School of Music. More than 25 concerts and events are organized into four genre themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.

Festival Miami’s 31st season opens on October 10, 2014 as The Frost Symphony Orchestra presents Made in America featuring Thomas Sleeper conducting outstanding works by American composers Barber, Bernstein, Creston, Ives, and Ruggles. The concert promises to be a memorable evening featuring internationally acclaimed saxophonist Dale Underwood and virtuoso violinist Michael Ludwig. Opening weekend also features a blend of classical, jazz and more by the masterful trio Time for Three on October 12. Then, an inventive new chamber group Pulse explores appealing repertoire by composers from around the world on October 15.

Additional Festival Miami highlights include renowned opera star Dawn Upshaw and composer Maria Schneider in the Florida premiere of their three-time Grammy Award winning project Winter Morning Walks with the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra on October 25. The following night, Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar, National YoungArts alumnus and U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts, performs and hosts a National YoungArts Foundation Interdisciplinary Showcase with fellow YoungArts alumni on October 26. For more information about the National YoungArts Foundation, visit

Vadym Kholodenko
Festival Miami’s annual free Emerging Composers concert takes place on October 27. Acclaimed piano duo Genova and Dimitrov performs two-piano favorites on October 29, and Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Vadym Kholodenko offers a thrilling solo piano recital on November 4. Also in early November, the Frost Wind Ensemble presents an all-Gershwin program under the direction of Gary Green featuring new arrangements by Grammy nominated pianist and dean of the Frost School of Music Shelly Berg and Grammy Award winning violinist and artist-in-residence Mark O’Connor.

For Festival Miami’s Jazz and Beyond offerings, virtuosic duo Bass Extremes featuring bassists Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten perform a high-intensity opening week concert on October 14; steel pan virtuoso Leon Foster Thomas brings his unique Caribbean, jazz and Latin musical blend to the festival stage on October 16; and The Jazz Cruise All-Stars tear it up on October 17. For big band lovers, beloved vocalist Patti Austin performs a vibrant, high-energy tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with the Frost Studio Jazz Band on October 22 and celebrated jazz bassist, composer, arranger, producer John Clayton performs and conducts the Frost Concert Jazz Band on October 30. Then, remarkable jazz singer Gretchen Parlato appears November 5 with the spectacular Frost Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble directed by Kate Reid, and performs a special duo set with Shelly Berg.

Patti Austin
Guitar fans are treated to two amazing guitar gatherings at Festival Miami 2014. First, classical guitar buffs will enjoy the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez and other guitar masterworks of Joaquín Rodrigo featuring guitar virtuosi Rafael Padrón, Rene Izquierdo, Isaac Bustos and Federico Musgrove on October 21. The following week, Festival Miami offers an exclusive Jazz Guitar Summit featuring acclaimed recording artist John Hart, famed Brazilian jazz guitarist Diego Figueiredo, plus the fresh, cutting-edge New West Guitar Group on October 28.

Festival Miami is also pleased to once again present a children’s afternoon concert featuring Parents’ Choice Award winners In The Nick of Time, this year on October 19. Festival Miami’s annual Songwriters Showcase—one of the most anticipated popular events at Festival Miami each year—features songs composed and performed by Frost School of Music students enrolled in the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program, on October 23.

South Florida concertgoers will also be treated to an unforgettable evening with singer, guitarist and music legend Jorma Kaukonen, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, on October 24. Emilio Estefan presents a sensational new singer-songwriter Fantine in a fabulous fusion of Latin and Soul on November 1. Then, Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno, recipient of a Latin Grammy Award last year as Best New Artist, lights up the stage on November 6 with hit songs in both Spanish and English. Additional popular artists will be announced soon.

Festival Miami’s closing weekend is presented in collaboration with two other respected arts presenting organizations: Seraphic Fire as they perform Vivaldi: Gloria with the New York-based period orchestra The Sebastians, at UM Gusman Concert Hall on November 7 (tickets are available through the Seraphic Fire box office at 305-285-9060 or online at; as well as Jazz Roots—A Larry Rosen Jazz Series with Jazz Roots: Georgia on My Mind—Celebrating Ray Charles, staged at the Adrienne Arsht Center, also on November 7. This spectacular tribute program features an all-star roster of special guest artists, with exclusive arrangements featuring the University of Miami Frost School of Music's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Tickets are available through the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722 or online at

The closing night of Festival Miami 2014 features everybody’s favorite blues vocalist/guitarist Keb’ Mo’ on November 8. This Grammy Award winner and outstanding entertainer performs music from his latest album BLUESAmericana, plus hits from his illustrious 20-year career.

Concerts are held in the intimate 600-seat UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, unless otherwise indicated. Tickets start at $15 and several free events are also offered. Season packages will be available to the public starting July 21 and all individual tickets will be available to the public starting August 4th. For tickets and the full Festival Miami 2014 schedule, visit, or call 305-284-4940.

About Festival Miami
Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last three decades by providing a series that blends artistically and culturally diverse music with educational opportunities. The festival offers 20-30 concerts each season, providing for people of all ages the chance to be enriched by live musical performances. It is unrivaled in its scope of musical presentations and is known throughout South Florida, the U.S., and the international community for its cultural contributions while expanding academic opportunities and cultural enrichment to all of South Florida and its visitors.

The Festival’s concert series features the Frost School’s widely known artist-faculty and student ensembles, and an educational mission that includes children’s concerts, master classes, lectures, forums, and concerts that highlight historically significant events.
For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online or email for additional information. The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is (305) 284-4940. Hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All performances are held at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus (unless otherwise noted). 

June 21, 2014

Meet JADE Passion!

Penetrating the scene with unrelenting talent, Jade Passion is fueled by the desire to reveal great music. The fiery siren is a singer, rapper, and songwriter which are the suitable elements of a triple threat. Passion’s feminine style, melodious tone and vigorous delivery equates to her being an authentic musician. Born Jemima Alberic this Nassau, Bahamas native hails from a lineage of talent. “When I told my dad I wanted to sing he revealed to me that my mom was the singer in the family,” explains Jade. After the great revelation of her mom’s gift the zealous star pursued her birthright with force.

Influenced by human emotions Jade uses this motivation to create music that is relatable to the average. The young lyricist’s music is crafted to soothe the human soul while entertaining them simultaneously. Jade’s music is an emotional trigger that induces positive expression. Her prevailing style demonstrates her desire to make her music specifically for activating an effect. “I love to see the smiles on people’s faces”. Other people’s lives inspire the rising icon to make music that evokes smiles and aural satisfaction. “I can’t seem to write about myself, but when I see something in someone else’s life that touches me I get the urge to make a song.”

Her intense style caters to the everyday lives and experiences of women, men both young and old. The vocalist has developed her music to not only encourage the emotion of love, but also create an uprising towards self-esteem. Jade’s goal is to empower her fans domestic and international without boundaries. Through her music she is focused on giving hope and teaching self-respect. “The message I’m sending in my music is high self-esteem, confidence, empowerment, love and respect, and self-confidence,” explains the song-bird. The young star has received positive feedback and support from her fans, which she so affectionately refers to as her “Passionate Friends.” Passion’s followers are not just regional she has gained a loyal following throughout the world. Her positive impact on her fans circulates a reciprocal effect giving her gratification from their support. “My passionate friends are well appreciated and it feels great that their support extends throughout the world. Although the language barrier is there they still manage to tell me how much they appreciate me and that gives me joy.”

Delivering a sound reminiscent of the resilient and empowering manner of many female artists of the 80’s and 90’s; Jade Passion releases her romantic song “My Baby’s World” a slow ballad with a clever sample of the popular James Brown Classic “It's A Man's World”. The talented artist’s music has no limits none in her opinion is better than the other, “I favor all of my music that’s the only way I would release them,” The emerging diva has already gained the attention of many fans local and international needless to see she is well on her way to being an global superstar.

Here is a brief interview conducted recently with Jade Passion:

FML: How old were you when you realized that you wanted to sing?

JP: I was eight years old when I started to sing. I was in school in the Bahamas and got a chance to sing the national anthem and it went well. I went home and immediately told my dad about it and he encouraged me to continue singing. 

FML: Have you had any formal vocal or musical training?

JP: Not really. I was a part of my high school chorus which was a very popular chorus (Boynton Beach High School) and got the opportunity to travel and sing extensively.

FML: If a young, aspiring musician approached you for advice, what is the first step they should take?

JP: Whatever you do be sure you love this music thing. it’s a lot of work and not just a hobby. It drains your pockets. In the end if you really love what you are doing you will enjoy it.

FML: Is there something that you would have done differently if given the chance? 

JP: I would have started pushing myself earlier. I would have taken time and made an effort to start my music career earlier in my life.

FML: Is there a particular venue (place) where you dream of performing?

JP: I don’t really have a particular place, but I want to be able to perform in front of millions of people. The venue is not important as long as there are people who have come to hear me sing.

FML: You are releasing a new EP soon. Will it include new material, and if so are the songs different than your previous works? 

JP: The EP contains all new material. There are six songs total and it is actually finished. Right now I am deciding on promotion and distribution of the EP.  The music is very different from previous work as it contains pop music, and some Compas. This EP will display much more of what I can do musically.

FML: Is there a musical goal that you want to attain next?

JP: The very next thing I want to do is put out a video for one of the songs on the EP. I don’t just want one of those videos that people can see on MTV from unsigned artists locally. I want the video to go far so that more people can hear about me. 

May 21, 2014

A Visit to the New World Symphony

Publisher's Note: Recently I was able to visit the New World Center, home of Miami Beach, Florida’s own New World Symphony. Although I knew some things about the New World Symphony, my visit proved extremely educational. If you get an opportunity, make sure to visit the state of the art home for the phenomenal program for young musicians. 

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of distinguished Music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 26 years since its inception, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 900 alumni worldwide.

A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony, under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. Modeled after the demands of a professional orchestra, the program offers in­-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’ pioneering experimentation with distance learning via the internet.

NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the­-art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry­-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony.

In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. Fellows are selected for this highly competitive, prestigious opportunity based on their ability and their passion for the future of classical music.


The New World Symphony’s fellowship program consists of an in­-depth course of instructional and performance activities designed to expand the musical and professional horizons of NWS Fellows beyond music school and conservatory training.

Master Classes, Coachings and Private Lessons

New World’s coaching program is unique in its depth and breadth, bringing internationally acclaimed conductors, soloists, and some 100 mentors from the world’s great orchestras to conduct an intensive schedule of master classes, private lessons and sectionals with New World Fellows.

Audition Training and Performance Psychology

The New World Symphony prepares each Fellow for the make­-or-break experience of the orchestral audition. Each year, NWS holds an intensive four-­-day audition training seminar with visiting coaches from major orchestras. NWS provides training by former Olympic sports psychologist Dr. Don Greene,who has been a pioneer in adapting the strategies of sports psychology to help musicians achieve optimal performance in high­-pressure settings. In addition, Fellows regularly hold mock auditions to help prepare for upcoming professional auditions.

Performance Opportunities

Performance opportunities include numerous full­-orchestra concerts, a chamber music series, new music series, small ensemble concerts, family series, and special festivals and recitals. The program also offers Fellows the opportunity to design and present their own concerts, which often feature seldom­-heard works or unusual instrumentation.

Communications Training

NWS emphasizes that musicians must be able to express themselves verbally as well as musically. To that end, Fellows receive training in communications and stage presence, the scope of which includes speaking to audiences from the stage and engaging in informal conversation with patrons and audience members, as well as media interview techniques.

Community Engagement Training

Training for community engagement is an essential part of the NWS program, with activities ranging from mentoring in local schools to free concerts in community centers, churches and synagogues. These activities provide real-­-life experience in establishing a direct artist­-to­-audience connection while sharpening presentation, speaking and teaching skills.


The New World Symphony’s success may be measured in part by the more than 750 alumni who are active in the music profession worldwide. There is a New World Symphony presence in nearly all of America’s major orchestras, as well as symphonies and chamber orchestras in Europe, South America and the Far East. In addition, many New World Symphony musicians have chosen career paths in chamber music, music education and arts management.


NWS has built global community of the world’s finest performers, educators and Composers who directly transfer their music knowledge and Insight to New World Symphony Fellows, both in Miami Beach and Via Internet2. Internet2, with its enormous bandwidth, speed and quality, Offers a medium perfectly suited to the rigorous demands of musical distance learning, making it possible for artists to address the subtlest aspects of technical and musical performance. In 2001, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the New World Symphony $200,000 technology grant launching NWS’ Internet2 activities. Internet2 is now an integral part of NWS’ overall education mission.


The New World Symphony is currently in the midst of year-long Support curriculum for a social service/music education program organized by the Orquestra Filarmónicade Medellín and EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia. Colombian conductor Alejandro Posada (Principal Conductor Of the Orquesta Sinfónicade Castilla y León) leads this program, serving 5,000 children and teenagers in the Medellín metropolitan area, the majority from underprivileged circumstances. Like Venezuela’s El Sistema, this is a social program in nature, designed to use skill­-based musical instrument instruction to develop confidence and self­-expression in each and every young participant. The results of the El Sistema program in Venezuela are exemplary. Maestro Posada and his colleagues in the Orquestra Filarmónica and EAFIT University are applying lessons learned by the El Sistema program but tailoring it to the specific needs of youngsters in Medellín. To further his mission, Maestro Posada has invited New World Fellows to help train the 100 most talented students through master classes and individual lessons.

New World Symphony is uniquely suited for this work. The musical learning process requires consistent delivery of instruction. NWS Fellows deliver this training to students in Medellín over the internet on a weekly basis. Each practice and ensemble room in New World Center is wired for Internet transmission with remote teaching programs in mind. It is important to note, however, that in­-person interaction is required to maximize the educational benefit. Therefore, in addition to connecting with 100 of the most talented Medellín students over the Internet, a team of New World Fellows will travel to Medellín three times during the academic year for in­-person music lessons, and side­-by­-side full orchestra rehearsals and performances. Additionally, five of the finest Medellín students will come to Miami twice during the season for instruction and to be part of the New World Symphony family for week, participating in side­-by­-side chamber rehearsals and performances. These select and most talented Medellín students will directly benefit from this program. They will carry their new expertise and energy into the many youth orchestras of Medellín, extending the program to the 5,000 total participants. New World Symphony Fellows will observe the inner workings of this social­-service­-through­-classical­-music model, and gain valuable experience that they will bring to the communities in which they secure professional positions.

April 21, 2014

Orlando Based New Business Chosen as Outstanding Entrepreneur for Accelerator Program at the University of Central Florida

Orlando based, the world’s first education eco-system specially created to support music education has been accepted by the Innovation Concourse of the Southeast at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The unique online music coaching platform engages students, music enthusiasts and fans with an exclusive experience that provides live real time, interactive online one-on-one and group instruction for all instruments and genres of music, along with voice lessons from trusted musicians worldwide. has been chosen as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial companies to partake in the concourse. Innovation Concourse of the Southeast is a small business accelerator based out of the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization that supports technology based businesses with high growth opportunities. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDoL) and is designed to accelerate the strategic growth of the business and celebrate entrepreneurs with outstanding opportunities for the future. will have access to the unique opportunities offered by the Innovation Concourse of the Southeast including one-on-one business coaching, technology and investment development, introduction to the UCF Mentor Network, and strategic investors. The announcement will provide the opportunity to continue to build and align its proprietary technology with dual music curriculum with music instructors and those that are interested in being music students globally.

“ continues to grow and offer our community a unique opportunity to learn music whether through our interactive curriculums or just to learn a song for a special occasion or person on their terms,” said Ted Gee, Chairman and CEO of “We have already seen outstanding recognition for our proprietary, fully interactive two-way video classrooms and are honored that we have been accepted into the Innovation Concourse of the Southeast. After all, innovation is what we are all about.” enables music students and enthusiasts to find music instructors teaching the instruments and styles of their choice from every corner of the globe. The decline in music education in our schools and geography are no longer a constraint in finding high quality music instruction that is convenient, affordable and in a safe environment anytime 24 hours a day. It also serves as a social networking environment that will allow anyone to create a complimentary profile and to be part of the LMT community, however only instructors and students will be participating in the classroom. developed a proprietary, unique point system where students earn points for taking lessons and classes as well as practice time, viewing videos and submitting their own performance videos. It categorizes instructors by experience levels, certifications, instruments and instruction capability. All instructors are screened and have had extensive background checks to insure the safety of all involved. Live instructors are based all over the world offering students a global learning experience.

ABOUT LIVEMUSICTUTOR.COM was founded in 2011 by Jason Goughnour, a life-long musician and Ted Gee, a business leader of Fortune 500 companies and best-selling author. is a custom, fully interactive two-way video classroom loaded with features which gives instructors and student’s tools that will help promote a fun, unique and safe learning experience. Features for both private one-on-one lessons and multi-student group classes are available. The company’s motto is Learn, Play, Share and is representative of the global community offered to students with an emphasis on availability, ease and affordability. is constantly updating the site and with new offerings to students and testimonials from students who have thrived from their personal instructions. It is led by a team of award-winning, high-level business leaders and music innovators and is based in Orlando, Florida. For more information go to or or

March 21, 2014

March Ahead With George Tandy, Jr.

George Tandy, Jr's debut radio release "March" is currently ranked #7 on BDS, #5 on Mediabase Urban AC Radio Charts and #7 on the Billboard Adult R&B Chart. "March" is taking the airwaves across the country by storm and is currently a Top 10 song at more than thirty radio stations, currently in rotation in major markets such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, SiriusXM - Heart and Soul, Detroit, Tampa, St. Louis, Charlotte and many more. The recent premiere of the official video for "March" has the record industry and airwaves buzzing with intrigue. And, this is just the beginning...

George Tandy, Jr. creates brilliant music that is rich with honesty, vulnerability and raw emotion. He is not your typical church singing choir boy or even a classically trained vocalist or pianist, but his messages are conveyed clearly and powerfully. Fans often refer to his voice as hypnotizing and pure. Each piece of music creates an inner journey to a time and place that is unique to the listener. Whether it is about sex, relationships, or worldly affairs you will feel every moment in the song. You can call it R&B, Folk Music or even call it Jazz. Some call it Soul with a hint of Hip Hop and note his Classical music influences. No matter what you call it, you are correct every time. George personally prefers to call his music "Soulternative."

Regardless of genre, his sound is certainly unique and George is determined to gain fans, supporters, as well as, new friends, one song at a time. He believes that music heals people. Soon people all across the world will be proudly stating, "I am Team Tandy!" once they get a taste.

George Tandy Jr. simply comes alive on stage! He creates songs with a witty and introspective mind, and performs them with an electrifying charm that absolutely takes over any venue! Born into a family of artists, music lovers and entertainers George developed a passion for entertaining. Sounds have always intrigued him. As a child you could find George listening intensely to any genre of music, attempting to pick out every instrument in the song. He was inspired early on by his father, George Tandy Sr., a well accomplished jazz musician and producer. Thru the years George has developed the tools and confidence he needed to realize his dreams by cultivating his writing skills, his ear for melody, and his natural ability to entertain. After years of writing and recording songs with his extremely talented siblings as well as training, performing, competing, and touring the world as a hip hop dancer, GTJ decided to venture out as a solo artist. Armed with only his voice and his keyboard he took to the stage. The south Florida spoken word poetry nights and "open mic" scene gained him thousands of dedicated supporters.

George Tandy, Jr. has combined his talent with an independent label, RedStar Entertainment (A Division of Redline Media Group).

With the right team now in place the sky is the limit! Be on the lookout for songs from his first solo project entitled, "The Foundation."

Be a part of Team Tandy!

February 21, 2014

Derek Trucks and Warren Hayes to Depart Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band is an American rock/blues band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, organ, songwriting), plus Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums). While the band has been called the principal architects of Southern rock, they also incorporate elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals. Two of the groups members are leaving at the end of 2014. Read what each had to say recently regarding their move.

For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we've had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands. We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band. We are looking forward to seeing our loyal ABB fans in March at the Beacon Theater in New York City as we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the band.
- Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks

A statement from Derek Trucks:

Derek Trucks
I got the call to join the Allman Brothers while on tour with my own band at the age of 19. It was out of the blue and felt surreal. I leapt at the chance. This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it was the distinctive sound of Duane's guitar that inspired me to pick up the instrument in the first place.

When I started with ABB I didn't know how long it would last, only that I would let the music lead me and teach me. Amazingly that led me past the band's 40th anniversary, to the band's 45th, and now my 15th year as a member of this incredible band. Five years ago the 45th seemed like a lofty goal but I thought if we could make it to that milestone it would be a logical time to move on.

While I've shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers Band in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies. The Tedeschi Trucks Band tour schedule keeps growing, and I feel the time has finally come to focus on a single project, which will allow me to spend that rare time off the road with my family and children. It's a difficult decision to make, and I don't make it lightly.

I'm proud to have made a small contribution to the masterful music they have created over the past forty years, and will continue to create. Now seems like a good time to go out on a high note with a great 45th anniversary in 2014, and the mutual respect and friendship of the other 6 members of ABB.

A Statement from Warren Haynes:

Warren Hayes
I joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, at age 28, for a reunion tour with no promise or expectations of it going any further. Based on the success of the tour and the uncanny chemistry between the original members and the new members, we decided to continue and see where it all led. Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazing experience. I've always said that if I were to join a band that I grew up listening to the ABB would be at the top of that list. The original version of the band was a huge influence on me and I'm sure that the countless hours I spent listening to and studying that music helped shape me as a musician. As proud as I am of being a member of such a legendary band, I'm even more proud of the music that we've made together and of being a part of carrying their original vision into the future.

As someone who's been fortunate enough to juggle a lot of musical projects and opportunities I look forward to maintaining a vigorous schedule which will include many more years of touring and recording with Gov't Mule in addition to my solo projects and to enjoying more family time as well. Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that's something I don't take for granted nor do I take for granted the friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members. The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too many highlights to count and I'm looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.

January 21, 2014


Kelly Rowland
The City of Miami Gardens’ 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival at Sun Life Stadium is proud to announce Grammy nominated international R&B superstar Trey Songz,  sexy global pop star and original Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, popular R&B funk group Mint Condition, soulful six octave range jazz phenomenon Rachelle Farrell (who missed the 2013 festival due to illness) and national jazz recording artist Boney James as the first artists named to this year’s line-up.

“Jazz in the Gardens is one of the fastest growing shows in the U.S. right now. We’re booking the best talent in the business. We listen to the fans and who they want to see; and there isn’t a performer we don’t consider. We’re off to a great start with D.L. Hughley, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Mint Condition, Rachelle Ferrell and Boney James. The fan feedback has been very positive and we have more A-list artists to add,” said Scott Gartner, producer, AEG Live. “If you like good food, soul, rhythm and blues and jazz, you’re going to love this show,” he added.

LL Cool J
The final line-up of national artists for the 2014 event includes Grammy Award winners LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Anthony Hamilton, bass guitar legend Stanley Clarke, and the beloved Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly.

The festival will kick off on Friday, March 14th with the Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon at Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club. Later that evening, Jazz in the Gardens begins with the inaugural Friday night party at Calder Casino; the headlining performer will be named at a later date.

In 2013,  more than 63,000 fans attended the 8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens festival over the weekend to enjoy performances by Ne-Yo, Earth Wind & Fire, Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Monica, Fantasia, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Najee, Nicole Henry (replaced an ill Rachelle Ferrell) and Mary Mary.

Mint Condition
Jazz in the Gardens owes its success to a simple formula: a star-studded line-up, great food, affordable ticket prices and amazing weather. For the past eight years the festival has enjoyed unprecedented growth, consistently delivering stunning increases in attendance while attracting both locals and thousands of out-of-towners to the beautiful City of Miami Gardens.

For more information about Jazz in the Gardens, visit, Like at, Follow and #JITG9.

About City of Miami Gardens
The City of Miami Gardens celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013, it was incorporated on May 13, 2003,  and is the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. With a population of approximately 110,000, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working and middle class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African-American municipality in Florida and boasts many Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The City hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™, Super Bowl XLIV™, 2013 Orange Bowl and 2013 BCS National Championship game. The City has demonstrated steady growth in the areas of community and economic development, and has gained a reputation for being a hot destination in South Florida.