Posts Tagged ‘Singer’

This Is 50 covers New Orleans original Roca B

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Stage Name: Roca B

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)

Favorite Food: Gumbo (very fitting)

Current Project(s): “I Can Be the One” & “Where My Ladies At”

New Orleans, Louisiana has some of the most amazing talent on Planet Earth. And the city keeps secrets. Unlike Las Vegas, where everything kind of stays there, New Orleans often times unleashes those secrets on the world – and so it is with the entertainer who goes by the name of Roca B.

Whether it’s a performance with super dope trumpeter Shamarr Allen, or the call and chant expert Big Choo, or even some of mainstream music’s brightest stars, Roca B is putting in work and gaining a huge amount of recognition for just that.

We caught up with Roca B and here’s what he had to say:

Tell us about yourself – who is Roca B and what makes you tick?

ROCA B: I am the soul of R&B and music is my life. Listening to great music of any kind gets me moving.

New Orleans ia a talent mecca. How does being from there influence your style and art? What does it do for your grind and hustle?

ROCA B: Coming from the Birthplace of Jazz, that automatically influenced me because the music is everywhere. As a child I would walk in the French Quarters just to hear the music and see people dancing and moving to the sounds.

What sets you apart from other artists?

ROCA B: I have the uncanny ability to sound like any artist. I also can sing over any beat in at almost any speed.

Who all have you worked with?

ROCA B: I have worked with artists such as Kidd Kidd, Curren$y, Mr. Marcelo, Calliope Var, Bigg Choo, UTP Skip, Kourtney Heart, Joker, P-Town Moe – the list goes on.

Where can we expect to see your career in 5 years?

ROCA B: You can expect my career to be at the top of the musical charts.

Do you have hopes of getting into any other avenue(s) of entertainment?

ROCA B: Yes, I have always been into acting. I’ve been taking acting classes since seventh grade. Acting and music is where my heart is.

What will we be seeing in the future that will make us say, “Roca B” is so unique?

ROCA B: My unique way of singing will have goosebumps going up your arms. My tone will have you in tears.

Social media/website/contact info?

You can follow me on IG, Twitter and Snapchat – @rocabdasinger and on Facebook – Brandon Roca B McQuietor. Subscribe to my You Tube channel as well – Roca B.


Lauryn Hill charged with failure to pay taxes

Thursday, June 7th, 2012


Singer and actress Lauryn N. Hill, a native of South Orange, was charged today with failing to file three years of income tax returns with the IRS on more than $1.6 million of income.

A complaint on file in U.S. District Court in Newark charges Hill with not paying taxes for ,calendar years 2005, 2006, and 2007.

The onetime Fugees member, who turns 36 in two weeks, has a federal court date scheduled in Newark on June 29.

According to the complaint, Hill owns and operates four corporations in addition to
being an entertainer:

Creations Music, Inc.,
Boogie Tours, Inc.,
L.H. Productions 2001, Inc.
Studio 22, Inc.

Her primary source of income, federal prosecutors in Newark said, is royalties from the recording and film industries.

During the three years she failed to file tax returns, Hill received more than $1.6 million in income, it says.

Hill first came to audience’s attention with the Fugees. Then, in 1998, she released the blockbuster solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which earned five Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

But fame turned her away from public performing. After four years out of the spotlight, she did an MTV “Unplugged” gig that produced the live album “No. 2.0.”

Michelle Obama told the BBC that she frequently listens to Hill’s music on her iPod, and Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, once told an interviewer that he dad listens to her: “I borrowed his car once in D.C., and I was looking through [his] CDs, and I was like, ‘Oh, Lauryn Hill.'”

Hill has done soundtrack recordings and mixtapes, while performing here and there at festivals, in recent years.

Hill, who moved back in with her mother and children in South Orange, has five children, five of them with one of reggae great Bob Marley’s sons, Rohan.

The maximum penalty under a conviction is up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Hill would also have to make good on the back taxes.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman credited special agents with IRS-Criminal Investigation with the work leading to the charges. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra L. Moser of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

Source: Cliffview Pilot

The Amazing Kendall Lake

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Bubbly, beautiful, full of life and personality – these are words that describe the amazing Kendall Lake.

A model, actress, singer, and You Tube sensation, Kendall Lake is destined to become a household name as far as entertainment goes.

Kendall is not only beautiful, but she is intelligent and outgoing – two qualities that will take her far in the entertainment industry.

The Heat enjoyed our interview with Kendall Lake. She’s a refreshing soul to speak with – almost like having a conversation with a friend. By her own admission, she is shorter than most models and she comes complete with fancy artwork in the form of intricate tattoos, but we believe this is what will set her apart from other female models. We just know it is only a matter of time before the entire world discovers Kendall Lake.

We were fortunate to catch up with Kendall Lake and she took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to speak with us. Here’s what she had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us about your time on True Blood. It’s a very hot show and to have worked on the show must have been exciting for you.

KENDALL LAKE: My time on True Blood was really, really fun. I am the vampire dancer in Fangtasia. Hopefully for next season, which is starting filming soon, they’ll be back in there. I was technically a co-star, even though I didn’t have any lines, I have my own trailer. Everybody I worked with was very nice. I didn’t wear fangs because technically vampires don’t have their fangs out unless they’re eating or they’re angry.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What other work have you done? We understand you’ve done some modeling and you’re a singer.

KENDALL LAKE: I modeled for about a year and a half to two years. I was featured on I’m in INK magazine. I was the first African-American to be featured in that magazine. I had a back cover and about a six page spread and a calendar in that specific magazine. I was also in Tattoo magazine. They do an annual issue and the best articles from throughout the year. So in each one of those magazines, I made it into the best issue also. I also shot for ALT Exclusive which is from the owner of Show Magazine. I did a couple of music videos and as far as modeling, I’m short – only 5 feet tall – and I have tattoos. I’m Ethiopian and German, so it’s like my genre for modeling is kind of small. It’s kind of hard for me to get work. All of the work I did get, I got myself. I didn’t have an agent or manager or anything. I would just contact editors and people myself to see if I could get into things. My passion is singing and I have a single that was going to play on iTunes, but I had a disagreement with the producers so I no longer want to be associated with them. I’m recording now and trying to get music out.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What can we expect to see from you in the next few years?

KENDALL LAKE: Hopefully, a couple of albums will be out. I’m shooting a movie right now for Maxim and Patriot Pictures. The movie is from Runaway Bride to The Matrix to Underworld. That should be coming out either this Halloween or next Halloween. It’s a horror movie. It’s like I’m just rolling with the punches as far as the acting goes, just doing things that come to me. Singing is my passion, so I just want to perform, tour, travel, and do my music, so hopefully, that’s while I’m be doing. I also recently hosted a red carpet event for X-Games and a company called Skull Candy.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The world will be seeing much more of Kendall Lake in the near future. She is a kind soul who is multi-talented and we know she will leave her mark on the entertainment world. You can follow Kendall Lake on Twitter – @Kendallake.

The Beautiful, Brilliant & Gifted Bethany Devine

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Amazing Talent

True, God given talent in the music industry is often hard to find. A lot of times what you’ll see from artists, are gimmicks put out there to make the entertainer seem more talented or multi-faceted than what they actually are – such is NOT the case with the lovely songstress, Bethany Devine.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Bethany comes from a large and loving family that supports her music career. More importantly, Bethany has true talent that seems “divinely” imparted. One listen to her music and you are hooked.

Bethany Devine is one name The Heat is confident you’ll be seeing much more of, very, very soon. Her voice is absolutely beautiful and natural – perfect in every way.

In addition to her music career, Bethany Devine is also a dedicated wife and minister. Her bio contains a tidbit that we thought was important to mention, “She feels that the greatest tragedy other than dying without God is to stand in judgment empty handed-without winning enough souls to Jesus Christ.” Wow – now that’s powerful.

Bethany is a college graduate who earned a B.A. in Finance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also earns an M.S. in Finance from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. After working in corporate America for a while, she realized her true calling is in musical ministry. Bethany lost her father in 2005 and after beginning to recuperate from her massive loss, she began working even harder to bring her musical career full circle – and she is doing just that. These are just a few of her recent accomplishments:

  • Featured on the National Stellar Awards
  • Featured on The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors on TVOne
  • Featured on the One Love Gospel Cruise with Verizon and Radio One
  • Featured in & selected in the Top 20 of International Vocal Competition on BET’s Sunday Best
  • Toured Europe
  • Ministers to minister to youth at College Campuses, State Prisons and Sexual Assault Coalition gatherings across the country

We had an opportunity to talk to this amazing young role model and here’s what she had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell our readers about yourself.

BETHANY DEVINE: I am the youngest of ten children. I’ve been singing since I was about five years old.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: So what’s in the works for such a busy young entertainer?

BETHANY DEVINE: I have some big things coming up. I have another album that I’m about to start working on. I’m just looking at moving to the next level. The only reason that I sing is to inspire people. That’s the main reason for my voice – I always want to inspire. It’s my goal to be inspiring and to encourage people. I’ve traveled all over the world and I also do a lot of college campuses and churches across the country, and also state prisons. People are people, no matter where they are.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Are you looking to get into any other avenues of entertainment or business, in addition to the music?

BETHANY DEVINE: Yes, I’m looking into getting into encouraging t-shirts. I’m definitely going to work on branding myself a lot more. I’m working with a lot of different people now. I can’t say everything yet, but there is definitely more to come.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If there was anyone you could choose to work with as far as artists, who would that be?

BETHANY DEVINE: That would be between Kirk Franklin and Babyface. I think they’re both brilliant producers and I’d like for them to work with me. I’d also like to work with Kanye West.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How can fans find you on Twitter and Facebook?

BETHANY DEVINE: My Twitter name is @beedevine. On Facebook, I’m “Bethany Devine” and they can also “Like” my Facebook fan page, B. Devine. My website is

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bethany Devine is an extremely talented young lady with the voice of an angel. Make sure to check out her music, as it has something for fans of any genre. You can follow her on Twitter and you can check out her fan page on Facebook. Make sure to visit Bethany Devine’s website for the most recent news on where her career is headed. This is a young lady going places!

Chaila “Celebrity Status” Scott, Chic & Skilled

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Chaila "Celebrity Status" Scott Represented By: Keiani Model Management LLC. Photographer: Brad Starks Wardrobe Stylist: Jerk and Jon Denim Hair/Make Up: Shan Williams

Chaila Celebrity Status Scott of Keiani Model Management is a force to be reckoned with – fierce, multi-talented and independent, she is destined for stardom in the entertainment world.

Chaila is a model, actress, singer, and dancer who has a strong work ethic – something that will take her quite far in this business. Tiffany Clements, owner of Keiani Model Management, describes Chaila as a skilled actress, who sings and has modeled for years. Tiffany goes on to tell The Heat that Chaila has a strong work ethic, something Chaila herself attributes to her father.

Chaila is a self-described woman of many faces and many hairstyles. Versatile, beautiful and unique, Chaila is a fresh face that we will definitely see much more of in the future.

In addition to modeling, acting, singing, and dancing, Chaila enjoys reading, which includes beginning each and every day with a devotional from Joyce Meyers. Chaila also believes that laughing is important and that it keeps wrinkles away. Chaila is also a friend to the world around her, volunteering her time and talents to various charities and events. In fact, Chaila will be emceeing the upcoming “GIRL POWER MOVEMENT“, an event you definitely do not want to miss!

Be on the lookout for Chaila and Keiani Model Management as they rise through the ranks. If you are interested in booking Chaila or any of the talent from Keiani Model Management, make sure to check out Keiani Model Management’s website at

Follow Keiani Models on Twitter @keianimodels or on Facebook at


Thursday, April 7th, 2011

“Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.” – Sir Thomas Beecham

Talented artists often come a dime a dozen.  Some have to find just the right niche in which to fit, some need a little luck getting the break they’re seeking at just the right time, and still others have drive and determination that allows for them touch their fans with such a force, that their music is permanently imprinted in the minds of all who witness their talent.  And so it is with DeJuan Turrentine.

24-year old DeJuan Turrentine is a man on a mission and it won’t be long before his journey pays off. The California native with stunning good looks is the nephew of legendary jazz saxophonist, Stanley Turrentine. Being surrounded by music growing up, it was only natural that entertainment was DeJuan’s chosen career path. In addition to being a recording artist and brilliant performer, DeJuan is also an actor, model and songwriter whose true passion is showcasing his skills in live performances.

Having attended various acting schools in his younger years, DeJuan landed national leads for top companies including Sprite and Reebok. He has had dominant roles in several films, including “Way Past Cool“, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Down To the Last Minute.”

DeJuan’s musical influences are as broad and diverse as the artist himself and include R&B, Pop and Country Music artists such as Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Garth Brooks, and Whitney Houston. He is a classically trained pianist who has mastered the art of production. DeJuan and his brother own Blaque Rose, a production company, and they are currently working on the first single for artist J Blue featuring Snoop Dogg.

DeJuan has been privileged to have the opportunity to write songs for Usher and Whitney Houston, along with various other artists. He is a driven, phenomenal artist who has already taken on more in the youth of his career than most seasoned performers.

Pay attention because this is a rising star you don’t want to miss! You can follow DeJuan on Twitter – @DEJUAN_