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How does your creative process work? Shy Speaks

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

A common interview question for artist Is, “How does your creative process work?”

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I know that was a super quick snapshot. But it was a mouthful! When the 5-day Interactive Experience starts, there will be no walls between us! You will have full detailed access into my world and how Dear Everybody: The Live Band Mixtape was created!

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The Guide For Every Screenwriter

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Shy Speaks New Vlog!

Posted on July 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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A Peek Behind a 90,000+ Attended Faith-Based Event

In this episode, follow along as I breathe in the reality of being a performer at the Texas Motor Speedway alongside some of the most influential faith-based artist & speakers of our time, like Andy Mineo, Jonathan Traylor, KB, Samuel Rodriguez, Tedashii, Grant Skeldon...who all make a cameo appearance). It was quite the experience to share Spoken Word poetry at this epic gathering!" target="_blank">

After The Storm - Ava St. Pierre

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Cameron Owens 


Submitted: 01/16/2017 - 3:18pm

Tags: author, Ava St. Pierre, Book, Midday Kentucky






Ava St. Pierre, former American beauty queen & author stops by Midday Kentucky to share her powerful story with the world of growing up in a houseful fully affected by mental illness.


The book “After The Storm: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse with Conviction, Connection and Compassion” is available for purchase at


Stephen Thomas Announces His New Single Like It Or Not

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The new single which has gained worldwide attention with fans and music reviewers is available at all digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify.


Stephen Thomas one of the most exciting artists of recent years is pleased to announce he is set to release his latest single titled Like It Or Not, which will be released in January. The song will be available at all digital outlets online iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and much more.


The song is set to release on 1.16.17 and the artist who has shared the stage with some big names in the music world has been on set filming a New Music Video to the New Single Like It Or Not. The New Single Like it Or Not is a very aggressive, passionate, and motivating record.


Like It Or Not has caused excitement amongst fans who were patiently waiting for his new release after his last successful tracks which included Search Me Lord, and Best Days which were played in more than 30 million homes worldwide.


Stephen Thomas who has teamed up with producer Tone Jonez, Artist E. Carter, and J. Robinson to produce the hit song Best Days that debuted No. 2 on the iTunes Charts, is currently working with director Will Thomas of Space Cherry Films that also filmed his last music video Best Days for his new music video "Like It Or Not."



The new single Like It Or Not was written from the heart. Stephen explained that the words in the song came from a place of reflection.


Stephen said: “I really felt the urge to write a record that has a verbally aggressive approach but in a good way. This New Single "Like it or Not" comes from a place of reflection. Throughout Stephen's career he's had people to come along side him and speak life to him, but he's also had people who said he couldn't do it. This single is for both of those people.”


The artist who has gained a reputation of reaching people’s hearts with his music and making people think about life explained: “I took a different approach with what I wrote for this song. I made it a song with many words of motivation, encouragement, and just that aggressive approach that you may want me to be one thing but I know that I'm looking to be better than what you want. I will be the best me that I can be and that me is not settling for anything less other than being a great man of faith, being successful, being great, being the best leader and role model from the older generation to the newest generation that I can.”


Like It Or Not has gained worldwide exposure with some music experts calling it one of the most inspirational songs of recent times. One thing that is certain, the new single will explode on the music scene in January when it is officially released.


Stephen Thomas has launched a tour called The L.I.O.N promo Tour.


Upcoming TOUR DATES:


Jan. 9 Huntington, WV

Jan. 27 Bluefield, VA

Jun. 7 Boston, MA

Jun. 8 Boston, MA

Jun. 9 Providence, RI

Jun. 10 Providence, RI

Jun. 11 Boston, MA


If you would like to bring Stephen Thomas and The L.I.O.N. Tour to your city email us at


To find out what Stephen is up to, keep in touch with him through his official website


About Stephen Thomas


Stephen Thomas is an artist has become one of the most exciting artists of recent times


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Ethan Kent New Single " GLORY"

Posted on August 13, 2016 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)


August 5, 2016


Multi-gifted Musician and Singer ETHAN KENT Releases All New Single "GET THE GLORY" Birthed From Tragedy To Inspire Victory

Multi-gifted musician Ethan Kent stepped into Christian music with a captivating debut release in 2014. His Billboard Charting freshman album WORK IN PROGRESS introduced his artistically edgy and soulfully ardent style. WORK IN PROGRESS also delivered three Billboard BDS Top 30 radio charting hits - “My Hope Is In Glory”, worship ballad “Bring Us To Our Knees” and his pulsating ode to the power of faith “The Name Of The Lord”. Two years after the success of WORK IN PROGRESS, tremendous growth in the industry, elevation in music ministry leadership and experiencing many exciting and heart breaking life events, the Dallas based artist is now preparing for a new album and is releasing a single “GET THE GLORY”.

“Get The Glory” was birthed out of Ethan’s necessity to steadfastly navigate through major life transitions. Over the last year, Ethan and wife Audrey became parents with their first child Melody, and he was promoted to Worship Production Director for Calvary Church of Irving under the leadership of Pastors Ben and Kim Dailey. Ethan serves as an associate worship pastor, leading worship regularly, writing and producing original multicultural worship music. (“Be Free”, “Greater Things”, “Won’t Let Go”, “Limitless Love” are a few original songs Calvary Worship has recently released.)

The most impactful contribution to the development of “Get The Glory” for Ethan was the unexpected tragic death of his 19-year-old brother-in-law. “The bittersweet moments of transition and the pain and tears from this tragedy has served as ink to pen songs of worship and reflection,” Ethan transparently shares. “I believe this will connect heart to heart and help shine light in this dark world governed by hate and fear.”

“Get The Glory” features a guest appearance by contemporary worship artist Bre Botello and is available now on all digital music outlets. Ethan has also released the companion music video for "Get The Glory" on Youtube.

Watch and share the “Get The Glory” official music video ↓ 



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Stephen Thomas Formally Known as Steve-O Announces His Return to the Charts with a New Single

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Stephen Thomas Formally Known as Steve-O Announces His Return to the Charts with a New Single and Sound That Has Excited the Music Experts

The singer has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. His previous music was described as unique, fresh and exciting. Stephen Thomas, previously known as Steve-O has decided to return to the music world with a new sound, a sound that has excited the music industry. Stephen's latest Music Video release Search Me Lord has received placement on Revolt TV (Sean Combs aka P. Diddy TV Network) playing in between 20 million - 30 million homes worldwide.

A much-missed artist who left fans wondering when he will return to the music scene has now announced his return. Stephen Thomas, who was known as Steve-O, is excited to share the news with his fans that he is bringing out a new single and sound. The artist, who has gained fans around the world and has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in recent times, is set to release his new single called Best Days. The single, which Stephen has said will be a crossover into the Mainstream, has excited record producers.

The exciting artist explained his new single is about young people no matter their race, gender, or age that even as a Christian they can still live a great lifestyle. He said they could enjoy their life, have fun and still own a Nice Home, Have a nice ride, a boat, or even a plane and do the things they want to do in life.

Stephen said: "You don't have to go to the streets or sell dope just be creative, get educated, Channel your energy towards productivity & Keep God first & the sky is limit."

The artist is no stranger to success, he has been nominated for many awards since launching onto the music scene and has won the Breakthrough Artist of the Year, beating the likes of Lecrae, Deitrick Haddon, Tye Tribbett, Canton Jones, Uncle Reece, and many more. He is now delighted to let fans know he is back in the studio working on the new single. When asked about his new sound he replied: "it's still the same style but with a little more spice of Hip Hop and more of a CCM feel and don't be surprised if you hear some Pop as well."

He explained that he is now writing uplifting and inspirational music, where he is writing about real life issues including personal things that have happened to him as well as what's it like to be a Christian man. Fans will be pleasantly surprised with the new sound, new style and new look, and hopes his previous fans and new fans will join him on his journey with his new music.

Stephen has been quiet on the music front due to a serious car accident while some may have given up; the artist fought back from his serious injuries to do what he loves best, and that is to share his words and music with the world.

When asked how he feels after his accident, Stephen said, "I feel stronger, better, wiser, and I am ready to go harder than every before."

Stephen Thomas has shown, no matter what life throws at a person, people can overcome those problems and succeed. The singer, was determined to get better after his accident and carry on with what he loves to do and that is to sing. He wants his music to bring inspiration to people and show them, if they believe, they can overcome, and if they overcome, they can succeed.

The new single has been described as one of the most exciting releases of 2016, and fans are being warned to expect a huge surprise.

To find out what Stephen is up to, keep in touch with him through his Facebook page

About Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas is an artist who was previously known as Steve-O.

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Twitter: ImStephenThomas

IG: ImStephenThomas

Song Nominated as Best Collaboration Song of the Year

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Music Video Nominated for Best Rhythm & Praise Music Video of the Year

Search Me Lord:




Christian Artist Andrea Helms

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Andrea Helms, known for her powerful voice and performances on Season 4 of BET’s Sunday Best, is a lifelong singer and worshipper from Odessa, Texas. She was an only child and the daughter of a pastor who introduced her to her love of music. Her father, who was the pastor of Friendship Church in Denton, TX, was an accomplished musician; and passed those talents on to Andrea. Music was all around her in school, at home and in church.


Andrea became recognized as a standout performer at a young age. She was chosen to sing with the Texas All-State Choir for three consecutive years. She was also selected for the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, which encompassed the entire Southern Region of the United States. Andrea walked away with the top prize. In addition, she won the Young Artist Competition and earned the opportunity to perform with the renowned Richardson Symphony Orchestra.


Andrea’s later years of success wouldn’t blossom before she faced some adversities within her personal life. As a new mother, Andrea faced severe bouts of postpartum depression and often contemplated suicide. She credits God and her praying mother for bringing her through that tough time. Those experiences enabled Andrea to use her own life experience to minister to other women who were silently suffering, as well. Andrea is now a sought out speaker at many women’s conferences and events.


Andrea’s ability to overcome her odds built a strength that would prove to be an asset to her surprising success on BET’s Sunday Best. Andrea’s journey to first runner-up on Sunday’s Best was one of faith and favor. Andrea admits that she left that platform as a much stronger and more confident performer. Andrea demonstrated her range and ability with her personal renditions of songs performed by some of the industry’s top talent including Tremaine Hawkins, Whitney Houston and Martha Munizzi. She continued to display her boldness as she put her authentic stamp on seven popular songs for her debut album, Moving Forward. She covered Mary Mary’s “Yesterday”, Richard Smallwoods “I Love the Lord”; “Wind Beneath My Wings”; and two classics from Donald Lawrence. The album was well received, reaching #2 on the Billboard Gospel Chart.


In addition to her music, Andrea has been busy with theatre productions and appearances. She performed alongside Le’Andria Johnson in T.J. Hemphill’s play Perilous Times II and was requested to sing at Dr. Martin L King, Jr.’s birthday celebration in Atlanta. Andrea currently resides in Denton, TX with her husband and son. She is still currently the minister of music at her childhood church, Friendship Church, where her husband is now the pastor.


Her greatest goal, however, is to use her music to connect people with Jesus. “I want people to know how big Jesus is through what I sing,” she says. “I want them to know that He is real and that you don’t have to be cleaned up to come to Jesus, you can come as you are. And if that’s accomplished, then my mission is complete.”


Andrea is currently under the management of BPM Music Group, LLC. and is excited about the direction of her musical career.


Ethan Kent Gospel Artist

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Ethan Kent was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a product of a hard-working, hard-praying, church-going, single mother who invested in the development of his gift and nurtured his love for the kingdom of God. Enduring hard times and humble beginnings, Ethan is now on the verge of a phenomenal musical career and longevity as an artist. Although a newcomer to the music industry, he has faithfully served his local church, Faith Christian Center, in Arlington, Texas leading worship, directing, and training musicians and singers for well over a dozen years. During that time he has garnered skills for playing multiple instruments and leading adults, youth, and children in various worship styles including traditional, contemporary gospel, and contemporary Christian music.


He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Christian Studies, with a music ministry emphasis and a Music Business minor from Dallas Baptist University. He later married the love of his life, Audrey Etté Kent, who works as an attorney and alongside with him in business and ministry. Together they founded Tonic Blueprint, LLC, an indie label and music production company.


Ethan’s ability to create innovative sounds with poignant yet unpretentious lyrics has catapulted him to the top of the Gospel Billboard charts with his debut radio single, “My Hope Is In Glory”. The groovy smooth inspirational anthem was a favorite at radio for months and showcased Ethan’s performance magnetism and fresh new sound for the Christian & Gospel music genre.

Ethan’s first debut project, WORK IN PROGRESS, will be released January 21, 2014, on his own Tonic Blueprint label via Central South Distribution. This much anticipated project moves in a different vein musically, merging gospel, R&B, rock, and pop with refreshing themes and conversational lyrics that will inspire people of all ages. His edgy urban and pop influences can be heard on the title track “Work In Progress” while creatively orchestrated horns and piano work are intertwined throughout the entire project.


To consider booking the ministry of Ethan Kent for worship services, concerts, youth events, music conferences, and clinics please visit, or email your inquiry to


Life Chat with Shy Speaks

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)


LifeChat Live: Video Premeire and Conversation


 Monday, July 27 @ 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

 Angelika Film Center, 5321 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

Make plans to join us as we celebrate our first year in a very big way and watch the premiere of Shy Speaks' new video, P v. R.


And make sure you look real cute for the red carpet -- you know we're gonna post those...


And of course, we're inviting back some of our favorite panelists. If you've missed them before, we dare you to miss them again. They're locked, loaded and ready to tackle those tough relationship questions. We hope you're comin' with questions a-blazin'...


$35 -- VIP $15 -- General $75 -- Vendors


Only 100 seats available.


Get on it, chief.


5 Things an Indie Artist Should Know about Entertainment Law

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


5 Things an Indie Artist should know about Entertainment Law

Written by Deborah E. Johnson, Esq.

1. Hire an Entertainment or Music Lawyer.

Many artists, especially independent artists, fail to see the importance of hiring an entertainment/music lawyer. Some artists feel that it is not in their budget or that it is not a priority. Hiring a music lawyer is of such importance that an artist should budget that cost in just like they would budget for production fees, artwork, etc. A music lawyer is an investment in an artist’s career; not only that, but it may not cost the artist as much as generally thought. My law office makes every effort to make services affordable for the independent artist, and many times I will flat fee items so that the artist can budget for that cost.

What I tell clients is that you cannot afford NOT to hire a music lawyer. WHY? You are an artist! You are not trained in the law of music. Even if you are an artist that is music law savvy, your mindset is still that of an artist. Don’t get me wrong. I have met my share of educated artists; however, the artist mind is not constantly thinking of ways to protect their intellectual property while creating it. That is my job! A music lawyer will assist the artist in the protection and preservation of their intellectual property. Not only that, but the artist may be losing money without proper legal counsel. Additionally, music lawyers can assist artists with negotiations and contract review. This allows the artist to be an artist while maximizing their dollar as an ARTIST.

2. Always copyright your music.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as an artist is failing to properly copyright your music. Your music lawyer can assist with the copyrighting, but there are those artists that feel comfortable registering their own copyrights.

A copyright tells the rest of the world who owns an original work, as well as enables its creator to bring legal action for infringement as well as expands those remedies under the law. Artists will often use or hear the term ‘poor man’s copyright.’ I do not recommend using the poor man’s method because you will not receive those additional protections set in place under federal law as when a work is registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Once a piece of music has been created, the creator should seek to register the work with the copyright office as soon as possible. This is fairly inexpensive and well worth the money.

Additionally, artists should be aware that there are 2 types of copyrights. The first is called the Sound Recording (SR). Form SR should be used when registering a published or unpublished sound recording. This form is limited to the sound recording itself. Form SR can also be used when an artist is registering both the sound recording and the underlying work as long as the claimant is the same for both. Form PA (Performing Arts) should be used when a claimant is registering the underlying work only, such as a musical composition.

Copyrights on registered works, registered after Jan. 1, 1978 are protected for the life of the creator plus 70 years. More information on copyrights can be located at:

NOTE: Registration with the U.S. Copyright office may or may not necessarily provide copyright protection internationally.

3. Register with a Performing Rights’ Organization (PRO).

There are basically three major PROs. BMI, ASCAP, and SECAC. They all do basically the same thing – track, calculate, and pay the songwriter(s) for royalties earned. This is especially imperative if you are a singer/songwriter. Some PROs require a small fee to join, while others are by invitation only.

A PRO represents songwriters, music publishers, and composers. The PRO’s main function is to collect license fees on your behalf, when your music is played on radio stations, news media, internet, satellite, hotels, clubs, concerts, and other businesses. A percentage of those royalties are then forwarded to the songwriter(s). Songwriter’s should be aware that they may only affiliate with one PRO at a time; so choose wisely.

Songwriters should also consider setting up their own publishing company. A music publisher’s sole purpose is to ensure that songwriters receive royalties when their compositions are exploited commercially. Additionally, there is no objection to registering will all three PROs simultaneoulsy as a music publisher (contrary to songwriter’s affiliation mentioned above).


Below are the web addresses for BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC:

4. Register with Sound Exchange (SE).

Sound Exchange is a fairly new service with its sole purpose to administer services to stream artist content. Translation: SE tracks and pays out to artists on digital performance royalties. Sound Exchange also collects and distributes those royalties back to the artist when the content is played on a non-interactive digital source. Do not confuse this service with that of a PRO. Further good news is that there is no fee to join Sound Exchange.

Below are a list of the benefits to joining Sound Exchange borrowed directly from their faq page:

a. Maximize your revenue through foreign royalty collections.

b. Join the effort to fight for long-term value of music.

c. Conference and equipment discounts.

Additionally, this linked article about SE further demonstrates that is a growing service and provides helpful in understanding how its service works.

5. ALWAYS complete Song Split Sheet Agreements when you are in the recording studio.

I cannot express the value and importance of song split sheet agreements. Song split sheets delineate the songwriter’s percentage of ownership and contribution when a musical composition is created. Song split sheets should always be signed after a song is written/recorded but before everyone leaves the studio. When split sheets are not signed in the studio, a musical composition’s authorship can be questioned or disputed. This can cause issues when copyrighting works and registering songs with PROs. Split sheet should include each of the songwriter’s name & authorship, each songwriter’s percentage of contribution, and the name of the registered PRO for each song author. Publishing percentages can also be included, which I highly recommend. Songwriter’s contribution percentages and publishing percentages may differ on the same split sheet. Basic song split agreements can be located online or my law firm can provide and explain a blank song split agreement for a small nominal fee.

The Law of Deborah E. Johnson, Esq. is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

For general information or to set up a consultation, email:

Michelle Bonilla New Single - Relentless

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

New Single "Relentless" now available for download at