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Here is a letter I received from someone who said that one of my articles helped a young singers career. And I thank them very much!
Hi JJ. remember Angela?

Many years ago you wrote this article about a young girl you heard and reviewed on Garageband. In the article you insightfully noted her voice was "something you would hear in a musical not a Whitney wannabe." That article has been used many times in her resume and applications and we thank you. Four years ago we moved Angela to the United States to pursue her dreams and she is currently a high school Senior at the St.Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in Minnesota studying (you nailed it) Musical Theatre. On Monday night the Minnesota Triple Threat High school musical award will be announced and Angela has made it to the Top Six out of 1500 students. As a biased and supportive parent I am extremely confident Angela will take out this prize. With her stage presence, movement and unique mezzo soprano belt she literally shines above. We will keep you updated and again many thanks for that article all those years ago which has been instrumental in opening doors for her and helping cast her in many musicals over the years. Her dream is Broadway and that can't be far off. Many thanks- Wayne and Jill Steele - New Zealand

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  1. 27-06-2014
    Angela Steele

    Update: Angela indeed won the Spotlight Musical Theatre Award and was sent to New York for a week of one-on-one intensive training with elite Broadway professionals, met Broadway Stars, casting agents from Telsey & Co, and she performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

We were complimented by one of the worlds biggest record company executives!

After only being on line for 6 days, we just got an e mail from record company executive Joe Mansfield who was not only the president and vice president of several of the world's biggest record companies, but also was rewarded over 100 platinum and gold records! He said "The site is excellent!"

Here is a little about Joe's background. You can also read his interveiw (given by me while we were guest at his home in Nashville) in our article section.
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1962 Disc-Jockey and music director for KMAC/KISS FM in San Antonio, Texas
1968 Sales, promotion and marketing for CBS Records.
1969 Doubled sales for CBS Records and named Promotion Man of the Year
1977 Vice President of Merchandising at CBS New York
Worked with CBS Artists; Boston, Michael Jackson, Charlie Daniels Band and Meatloaf
Named Vice President of Marketing for Columbia Records guiding the careers of Chicago, Billy Joel, Journey, Willie Nelson, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Kenny Loggins, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Toto, Aerosmith, Loverboy, Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 Columbia named "Label of the Year" as a result of his efforts
Vice President of Contemporary Music for RCA Records in New York
Entire roster, which included Diana Ross, Rick Springfield, Jefferson Starship, Eurythmics, Kenny Rogers and Hall & Oats gained multi-platinum status under his guidance
Vice President of Sales & V.P. of Marketing at CEMA Distribution in Los Angeles
Went to work for Capitol Records-Los Angeles, successfully marketing Heart, Bob Seger, Poison, Corey Hart, Pet Shop Boys, Bonnie Raitt, Queensrych, among many others
Launched Garth Brooks and Mr. Mansfield's marketing plan resulted in Garth selling 100 million units in less than 10 years (and many more since then). Garth Brooks / Mansfield total unit sales is over 130 million units; a marketing feat never matched by anyone.

1992 started marketing company, Mansfield-Martinovich & Associates
1996 CEO and Co-President of Asylum Records-Nashville guiding the careers of Emmylou Harris, Bryan White, Lila McCann and Kevin Sharp
Mr. Mansfield is the current Marketing Consultant to Garth Brooks. Recently Brooks came out of retirement and Mansfield & Brooks have again hit the top 20 charts and sold gold and platinum in 2005
He has been awarded over 100 gold and multi-platinum records for his expertise

Recently in 2014 Garth signed a 100 million dollar deal with Sony (their ONLY project at this time) and Joe Mansfield is in charge of all the sales of the digital downloads. Next on his list of things to do is to market the new upcoming CD from Garth Brooks called "Man against Machine". I have been given the honor to write the first independent CD review on this newest project. You can find it in the "Articles" section.

Comments (9)

  1. 06-07-2015

    Nice work man! very impressive though I am new here I just feel that I am with the right people with the right minds musically.

  2. 30-08-2013

    That's a pretty impressive CV Joe has. Very talented man who knows the business. For him to be impressed with you JJ is a fine accolade indeed. Well done. Billy

  3. 14-09-2011
    Da Sweetnezz

    Congratulations man xx

  4. 24-08-2011
    Chris Bayne

    Wow, thats wonderful news. Doesn't surprise me that you've attracted some attention in your efforts to put music first. I'm sure Joe had a great visit, what a great compliment to your achievements. Kudos my dear brother. The journey continues......Chris Bayne :)

  5. 22-08-2011
    Texas City Revelators


  6. 22-08-2011
    Alina Yudaeva

    It's wonderful! Congratulations!

  7. 22-08-2011

    cool! )

  8. 22-08-2011
    Bard of Ely

    This is such excellent news! Congratulations, JJ, on getting this well-deserved praise for this very professional site!

  9. 21-08-2011
    Paul Street

    Nice work JJ! Good things happen to good people...