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TV One Presents Love Under New Management, The Miki Howard Story

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Sylvia Rhone, Miki Howard, Teyonah Parris, Darrius McCrary for the Miki Howard Story movie.

On Tuesday, June 7th at the AMC Empire 25, located on 42nd Street, there was a reception, red carpet and advance screening of the TV One original movie of “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story.”

This film is the first “Unsung” movie produced by TV One. Miki Howard has been one of the artists to have been a featured on the groundbreaking music docuseries. Now as a result of the high ratings and success of her particular story, the TV One series “Unsung decided to take a step further and make a movie.”

The Miki Howard Story follows the life and times of powerhouse R&B vocalist Miki Howard will see the light of day in June via a television biopic, tentatively titled ‘Unsung: The Miki Howard Story.” For the TV film, ‘Chi-Raq’ star Teyonah Parris stars as the tortured songstress and ‘Family Matters’ alum Darius McCrary plays her lover/musical collaborator Gerald LeVert.

The story follows rise and fall of this talented singer, dealing with her turbulent relationship with her mother as well as her love relationships throughout her career. Howard might be seen as brave to reveal such intimate details of her life. Not only does the movie showcase Howard’s experience with domestic violence, but it also chronicles her fall and descent into using drugs.

After the screening Miki Howard herself, and the stars of the movie were on hand for a Q&A panel. Howard even showed she still had superb vocal ability when she serenaded the audience which was definitely a treat.

The Miki Howard story is set to air on TV One on Sunday, June 12, 2016. For more information visit their website and for more information on Miki Howard, visit her website.

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Singer Leigh West coming to you city soon in 2016

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Photo used with permission Leigh West.

Leigh West is truly a new breed of artist. She really is because she is a well-developed self-created rock star in the making. She has been playing the piano since she was 3 years old and has a four octave vocal range. In addition, she creates catchy melodies that float above unusual chord progressions with gritty baselines. Her music can only be defined as a hypnotic yet energetic sonic experience. As a classically trained pianist she was awarded 2nd place nationally for her original compositions. After years of classical songwriting Leigh West broke from music to pursue filmmaking. During that time, she encountered God who told her she was to be a rockstar. West began writing music again but this time on guitar instead of piano. In college at the University of Colorado Boulder she devoted herself to pop, teaching herself to record and engineer from her dorm room.

As a result, she released her 1st Demo “Free The Robot” under the artist name LiLi, inspired by K-pop sensation 2NE1. After college Leigh West moved to LA where she continued to develop as a songwriter-producer. She played local shows to extremely receptive crowds.Thinking back on her past performances West recalls “The audience always cheered for an encore …at every show. That really encouraged me.” In 2013, she moved back to Denver to form West Alan LLC., a licensing company to promote her own music and other local bands to her contacts back in LA. She also hosted and co-created a television series for Comcast Entertainment Television dedicated to promoting local artists.

Her debut single “Hello Estella” has received radio play on college radio across the nation as well as almost 40,000 views on YouTube. In 2016, she has decided to hit the road. Leigh West opened for AMZY, SF1 and Midnight Club on May 6, 2016 at The Gothic Theater.

For her first U.S. Tour in June 2016, she starts on the West Coast and soon will announcing dates for her East Coast leg of the tour. This original and groundbreaking young singer is talented with the vocals and the musical ability to continue to create memorable songs. Fan can check out Leigh West on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to discover when she plans to come to a city near you

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