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From my heart and life experiences, I create original music with the intention to give audiences joy and power. Since 2007, with a collective of musicians from New York City, Louisville, Toronto, rural New Hampshire, and Atlanta, I have done over 150 shows, released an album “The Music of Transition,” and 15 singles. The Mountain-Funk-Jam-Sessions of the VON JERRYT & THE BEEZE Soundcloud page deserve their separate honorable mention click and enjoy the goodness. Here are some highlights from the past few years. In 2012 my song “Hope for the Future,” made its Film and TV debut in 2012 in the “Little Brother documentary,” and on Season 1 of BET APOLLO LIVE.” The next year, Fashion One TV chose several songs for their programming, which aired in 120 Countries. In 2014, the Canadian Broadcast Company accept the music into its library. Throughout 2015 and 2016, I vibed with the awesome audiences of SehiiiNYC and Cheryls Global Soul in Brooklyn. Download those performances, other sessions, releases, and rehearsal antics here. In October 2016, I made it into rotation in my hometown of Louisville, on WCHQ FM! In 2017, audiences will enjoy the performance a new song, in an upcoming film, and a new performance series called Soothing Sundays.
I have appeared in over 70 Commercials, Independent and Feature Films, Web Series, as well as Television Shows. Since 2006, I have been producing theatrical experiences, and short films as one of the leaders of ACTS of EBC -A Christian Theatrical Society of Emmanuel Baptist Church- in Brooklyn, New York. Enjoy the last 4 years of our work here: In 2014, producer Norma Davis cast me in my first speaking role on film, opposite Kene Holiday, in her debut feature Handle Your Business. This opened the opportunity for me to join SAGAFTRA in 2015. Since then, I have been blessed to earn Principal and Supporting Roles, as well as the role of Music Supervisor, in several pilots and short films. Three of these projects will make their New York City Debut, in 2017! I will continue the work it takes, to have a consistent presence in comedic and dramatic roles on screens large and small!
For a decade, I have worked to implement successful evidence-based interventions, as well as social and experiential marketing campaigns on topics issues related to HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Healthy Living, as well as Racial and Social Justice. I am also a proud Mental Health First Aid Trainer, and appointee to the NACCHO (National Association of City and County Health Offices) Leadership and Workforce Development Committee.
Click on the following links to learn more about work I am honored to have shared leadership in, over the years: CAMBA HIV ANTI STIGMA PROJECT, Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes, 2013 Mayoral Candidate Forum on Public Health, Towards Collective Impact , Drink NYC Water, #ourvoicenyc , NYCDOHMH Capacity Building Team Dismantling Racism in the Health System: The Time is Now Forum and Violence is a Health Issue Summit.
We live in perilous and contentious times, where we can clearly see the violent negative effects of systemic and overt forms of oppression and racism harming and marginalizing, millions of people around the world. However, I draw strength and inspiration from the mighty voices of oppressed peoples around the world. It is my belief that these voices have never been louder, more sophisticated, more strategic, and more poised to overcome, than they are right now. This fuels my drive to, where I can, add value to programs, initiatives, and movements, that seek to enhance quality of life, for communities around the world!