Steph Lova began her radio career at WPGC-AM right after graduating from Howard University (FLAVA1580)/WASHINGTON D.C. and moved on to host the#1-nights how in DC at 93.9WKYS. Lova’s resume includes co-hosting mornings at WQHT (Hot97)/New York and afternoons at WWPR( POWER105.1)/New York. She also has done TV work as a field host on BET’s Iconic Rap City. Steph has also hosted, MTV2’s Hip-Hop & Soul as well as guest appearances on VH1’s Gossip Games and Love & Hip Hop New York. You also may have heard Steph Lova’s voice on ad campaigns for Jeep Durango, Pepsi, Nicoderm CQ, MTV’s TUPAC SUNDANCE SPECIAL, Akademiks Clothing, HBO’s Strangers Inside and FOX’s Family Guy. Most recently, Steph Lova co-hosted the Morning Show (6am-10am) on CBS owned WPGC95.5FM in Washington D.C. In addition to radio and TV, Steph has also been a sports reporter for the Knicks, Nets, Giants,Jets, and the Washington Wizards.and that’s why Steph Lova is the real multimedia MVP and is also known as”The Voice Of DC."
Pstew was BORN in Kingston, Jamaica, RAISED in Willingboro, New Jersey and MADE in Washington DC. A 25-year Radio Vet. He is: Founding Member of The Live Squad Night Show on 93.9 WKYS, which achieved #1 rating status in the Washington DC market. (1996-2001); Creator of The One Nation Hip Hop Show, an all-Hip Hop radio show on 93.9 WKYS FM, breaking records and putting local artist on in the DMV, which reached #1 rating status in its time slot. (2001-2012). He is: APD/MD, Imaging Director, Mixshow Coordinator for 93.9 WKYS from 2007-2010, achieving #1 rating status in the 18-34 demo. (2001-2017); and VP of Operations for Krossover Ent. (Carmelo Anthony’s record label). Oversaw the signing of Former Swizz Beats’ artist, Cassidy, and negotiated Dist. Deal with EOne for Cassidy’s “C.A.S.H.” album. Creator/founder of Hip Hop Fathers @hiphopfathers, which aims to inject positive images on social media, of fathers in the hip hop culture (myhiphopfather.com.) He is: Manager: Lambo Anlo (Rostrum Records); Lifestyle Manager: Beau Young Prince (Def Jam); DMV Lifestyle Rep for Def Jam Records; and DMV Lifestyle Rep for Columbia Records; Lifestyle/Radio Promo Rep: Art @ War Ent. (Cordae, YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay…) He is Creator of The Pop Up Shop Radio show airing Sundays 4p-6p on DTLR Radio (2019-2020), Creator of “The Stew Review” Podcast Covering Hip Hop, Culture, and Lifestyle, featuring the industry insiders from Label Execs, Artists, DJs, and more. (2020-current); and Creator of the “One Love Mafia” lifestyle brand, and “One Love Tactical” Firearms Culture brand. Onelovemafia.com @onelovemafiallc @onelovetactical (2020-current).
Beau Young Prince
There’s an inartistic and symbiotic relation between BYP and his city. A product of Southeast DC., Beau Young Prince has managed to amass millions of streams. Incredibly notice tv/movie placements and maybe most key to date, a Grammy nomination. His art is powerful and enigmatic combination of soul-infused groove, mixed with tightly wrapped melodies, and a knack for the crafting of wordplay reminiscent of a true songwriter. Having been featured in major tv and movie projects (“Broad City” “All American” the Grammy-nominated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and most recently “Coming 2 America.” The 2X Platinum BYP’s most valuable attribute is his live performance. An unmatched energy and a bourgeoning, yet relatively extensive catalogue make for live shows that are truly fan-first experiences. While the rugged grind of D.C. could often stifle movement and creativity, BYP’s inculcation of how his hometown molded him offered a softness and a vulnerability to his music that lends itself to listeners of all walks. Whether it be high-energy NFL placement, records like “Move the Chains” or trap-blended crossover singles like “In Real Life” (w/ Young Nudy) by steadily offers a relatable and approachable nature to his music, one that guides you hand in hand with his life, process, trials and tribulations alike. After dropping his debut album, “Groovy Land” on Def Jam, he’s now branched out in a more executive capacity to form Half & Half Records, an endearing and savvy imprint that not only pays homage to a D.C. staple drink, but subtle ode to one of this biggest underground city hits. In the spirit of furthering his reach as an artist and branded business, he recently launched his cannabis venture. Aptly and fittingly titled, Half & Half. The brand epitomizes his love for cannabis culture, advocacy, and the relation to his D.C. roots. Dozen of shows, multiple nationwide tours, and an invitation to perform at the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, BYP manages a tricky juggling act of navigating the corporate side with a strict adherence to his art first and foremost. This is D.C.hustle, grind, carry-outs, go-go’s, soul, culture, reverence. This is BYP
Allison Balanc is a D.C. based Neo-Soul singer, songwriter, certified vocal coach, educator, producer and entrepreneur. Creating music has always played a major role in her self-expression. A GRAMMYs Recording Academy member and New York Vocal Coaching Academy alum, she believes music is what she was put on this earth to cultivate and share. In 2007, Allison was signed to the Grammy award-winning label Compound Entertainment; after winning "Neyo's Talent Search". Allison is also an 8x Washington Area Music Award nominee including a nomination for the 2021 Washington Area Music Educator Award. Allison released her first EP, Change of Plans, in 2015. Allison Balanc Productions began an ongoing relationship with the venue. In March 2022, she launched her latest business venture, Driven Women Collective; an all female songwriting collective and publishing company. DWC provides songwriting workshops and placement procurement for female and female-identifying songwriters. Allison also teaches voice and songwriting classes serving underprivileged youth, working with various non-profit organizations such as Project Create, The Musicianship and Jubilee Housing. Allison’s latest work is composition for a performance art collaboration, Cenote Rising with London-based artist, Foxy Azucar (https://www.mariajoranko.com/cenote-rising); debuted in 2022. Prior to that, Allison created a series of songs, #SocialDistanceBae; released amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in April 2020. Stemming from this series, Allison collaborated with famous Baduist, Durand Bernarr and released a remix of her song, “Friendzone” in October 2020, garnering significant traction via Spotify. The song was also featured on Ghostface Killer’s “Shotguns” April 2021 mixtape.
Hoang Nguyen is a seasoned media professional working in public relations for a system of colleges in Virginia while still working with new up and coming musical artists. Prior, she was a producer for Triple 8 Media Group and was a political and entertainment researcher and reporter for various outlets such as Bloomberg, FedNews, Blisspop and MusicFestNews. As a producer, she has worked with rappers to help with their brand and style. She has produced beats for J2m Official and Donnie Breeze. As a reporter, she has been sent to cover such music festivals like Tomorrowland, Coachella and Moonrise. She has interviewed Grammy winners, multiplatinum artists, international hit-makers and regional artists in the DMV. As a media relations professional, Nguyen has worked in both the technology and education space. In working at a prior public relations firm, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies and has stewarded relationships which have landed CEOs and start-ups publications like Forbes and Inc. Mag.Currently, she is an Associate Director of External Communications for NOVA, the nation’s leading community college, one of the largest and the most diverse. In this capacity, she serves to amplify the college’s mission for an equitable education for all.
Davy Fresh is a Washington, DC based recording artist, producer, actor, and designer. He got his start in music from mixtapes and blog recognition in the late 2000's before working with iconic labels such as Def Jam and Tommy Boy Records. He started his DC based independent recording company, Fresh Kids Music Group in 2011 to release music, develop, and manage independent artist. His label released projects from popular independent artist like MioTiga, KeepanEyeonTheProduct, and DC legend, Wes Felton. Davy has also collaborated with Youtube creators like Cartoon Connect and the hit cartoon series, The Johnsons. Recently, they developed a comic and animated film titled, “The Examples”. In 2020, Davy Fresh, partnered with Nike to focus on producing a line of Nike sneakers named, Nikes by Davy Fresh. The brand has sold over 300 pairs of limited customized sneakers since it’s opening. Making Davy Fresh a up and coming force in the sneaker and fashion world.
Davy Fresh is currently working with Dallas Austin and his company Dallas Austin Distribution on new music after releasing his debut project with them in January 2022 titled, “The Christening”, that was featured on new Hip Hop releases on Apple Music.
Chantilly "Cleva Thoughts" Kornegay.
My name is Chantilly "Cleva Thoughts" Kornegay. I was born January 20, 1985 in Bronx, NY to Gina and Russell. I was introduced to a wide variety of music like reggae, Latino, R-N-B, House, and jazz but hip hop influenced me at an early age. I could not stop reciting LL Cool J “Around the Way”. I was impressed with the be-boy dance moves, heavy chains, rap lyrics, fashion and just the overall culture. Walking down the street in New York City is so inspiring to new eyes and to thrive in its diversity is an experience in itself. When I was 10 my mother decided to uproot and move to Maryland with me, my stepfather and my 3 siblings. . I got introduced to my love for music when I was 13 I went away one summer to Massachusetts with my uncle and cousins. My Uncle was a musician that played Keyboard and the Bass guitar he traveled with a band. That summer I wrote my first 16 bars to one of his Jazzy instrumentals. It wouldn’t be until I was 15 or 16 when I got my first computer. I learned to record music and make beats. I've performed in DC, MD, TX and NY. I've been in a magazine featuring Tech N9Ne as well as various underground radio stations including Rolling with Swanny River. I network and collaborate with artists from around the world including, London, Jamaica, Cali, and Africa. Over the past year and some change I have been in business providing songwriting services that cater to producers, artists, labels, podcasts, and various brands. The genres I write in are Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Trap, EDM, and Dub-Step. I just graduated June 2019 from Strayer University with my Bachelor's degree in Information Technology.I chose to go to college because I want to make sure my daughter knows people have died for us to receive education and we should take advantage of the opportunity to better ourselves.
Generations of radio listeners know Olivia Fox as that unforgettable radio personality who has entertained millions of listeners all over the country. Olivia Fox has hosted her own radio shows in a variety of cities, but most remember her as the co-host of one of the most successful and iconic morning shows in Washington, DC history. Olivia Fox has interviewed EVERYBODY, including Oscar winners, American Presidents, comedians, singers, rappers, business moguls, movie directors, professional athletes and internationally known icons. Recently Olivia was named to the distinguished members of Black Women in Radio’s Inaugural 30. A partnership with the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library, and the Library of Congress’ Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF). As one of the black women trailblazers in radio, all of these leaders in broadcasting will have their stories and broadcast histories, documented and preserved for generations to come, in America’s first Black Women in Radio (BWIR) Historic Collection. In January 2023, Olivia Fox will return to doing what she loves, as she launches her brand-new thought-provoking podcast. Keep an eye out for The Olivia Fox Show, Don’t Call it a Comeback, it will be available everywhere you find your favorite podcast. Olivia is a TRUE survivor. She battled kidney failure throughout her entire radio career, enduring dialysis for four years until she received a lifesaving kidney transplant. Having survived this life-threatening ordeal, it would only make sense for Olivia to be a natural health advocate. Currently Olivia is writing her autobiography detailing her illustrious radio career and all the challenges she has faced along the way. More than a mother, a kidney transplant recipient, and a seasoned proven professional of broadcasting, Olivia IS the epitome of a true champion and role model. One important thing you should know, Olivia Fox, never gives up! She says, “I will always continue to live a life of purpose, showing gratitude for it all, good or bad. I will ALWAYS continue to dedicate my life to impacting the lives of others.”
Eric Liley, Executive Director and CEO, is a seasoned Marketing and Communications executive with over 25 years of experience in the Entertainment and Media industries, including work in the for-profit and non–profit arenas. His breadth of expertise includes TV programming, music licensing, multicultural marketing, branding, event production, talent relations, business affairs, youth advocacy, social impact, and diversity & inclusion.
Over the years, Eric has held a variety of management positions in marketing at Fortune 500 media/broadcast companies as well as leading non-profit category leaders. His experience includes roles at Gannett/USA Today, Showtime Networks Inc, BMI Music, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 1995, he served as the President of the NY Chapter of The National Association of Minorities in Communications (NAMIC), the organization’s largest chapter at the time. His extensive media experience included time abroad when, in 1999, he assumed the role of Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing for Net4Music Inc., an award-winning digital music company. Net4Music, headquartered in Paris, France, was ultimately acquired by Minnesota-based Coda Music Technology in 2001, one of the industry’s leaders of innovative digital products songwriters, composers, and producers.
The Media Prince
The Media Prince is a 15x Award Winning Journalist and Media Specialist showcasing Art of all FACETS throughout the world. Internationally known for his work in showcasing the dopest, most creative work from all areas of art: from fashion, music, politics, athletics, Disk Jockeys, painters, poets, you name it, if there is an art to it, then The Media Prince will cover it.
With a degree in Journalism, PR & Marketing and a Minor in Music, The Media Prince holds the bar high in showcasing innovative works that go from Celebrity clientele to Up and coming. Credited with endless writing pieces, his work stems from The Washington Post, The Washington Informer, HBCU Buzz, Pride Magazine, Blank Canvas Magazine, WKYS 93.9 FM & The UrbanInformer, while Interviewing some of the biggest Celebrities out; Lonnie Love, Jawn Murray, Coco Jones, Megan Thee Stallion, Common, Regina Hall, Rico Nasty, Taraji P. Henson, 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Charlamagne tha God and more!
I am a Liberian-American, Creative Director at Peace + Happyness with a mission to amplify tomorrow's stars. Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD exposed me to a diverse range of cultures, food, and most of all music. With a passion for music, I was able to intern at Nature Sounds and got the opportunity to learn about the logistics, marketing, and relationship building it takes to have a successful independent music career. Then I moved to Los Angeles to A&R while learning more about Music Publishing at Top Notch Music, where I was introduced to vast talent within the DMV.
After a year, I moved back to aid the rising stars within the DMV and started to throw parties, shows, and manage artists. Which led to creating Peace + Happyness, a boutique creative marketing firm based in Washington, DC specializing in Branding, Marketing, Content Creation and Event Production to better assist more artists in creating the visions they want for themselves and share their brand stories to the world.
As One Half Of the Duo Born Jamericans Edley Shine made an impenetrable mark on the Hip-hop/Reggae Landscape with the Classic Albums Kids From Foreign & Yardcore. With His Distinct voice and ear for melodies the humble artist from Washington DC with #DABIGVOICE has returned to seal his legacy for generations to come. Ealey Shine has returned with what he helms as a dissertation of sorts on his unspoken skills as an individual artist.
Shine’s new project Based on Talent is 6 Songs of him shedding his past gruff voiced beast cadence to show a full beautiful arsenal of vocal range and penmanship. Edley says that he purposely used only songs he had written with no features and production from Roe Summerz producer/engineer for (Koffee, Tommy Lee, Ding Dong & Irish Hill Records) and new comer Riddim Boss producer for (Vybz Kartel, Island Wav Records).
Using these components Edley was able to dig deep and craft a sound he has been in search of since 1998. Songs like Big Mon Ting which is an anthem on how growing into maturity and starting a family changes the way your friends may perceive your new perspective. On Cyann Recova Shine is in full 90’s form with a girls anthem that takes us back to the time when the riddims were heavy and the lyrics where clean yet still potent. Factory Skin finds Edley in a sing jay stance addressing the Natural Beauty of woman that has been lost to the social media culture of the day. He wants the ladies to listen to the words of this song carefully and overstand that natural is always better.
There is also the first single and video Babylon Breeze (meaning man made air) which is sure to resignate with Edley Shine’s core fan base. The video was shot on a rainy day in the hills of St. Elizabeth Jamaica were Edley declares he is content as an elder statesman in the game and gives gems to younger artist over a heavy boom-bap bass driven beat on the state of the culture.
Glow Party taps into the vibrations of today’s new sounds and finds Edley Shine giving you his twist with an afrobeat’s/dancehall vibe. Ending this opus is Park Up which Edley Shine says is a personal letter to those whom it may apply. Its evident Shines will never find himself stuck in place or on the shelf that others may think he was placed and it shows as this beautiful riddim accompanies the fluid lyrics on this closing track. Edley Shine is currently working with several reggae/rock bands with producers Jungle Josh & Dave Foral of (Dirty Heads). He was featured on The Orlando based Kash’d Out new album UnderCover on a song entitled Weed Man. He was also invited on stage at the DC stop of reggae/rock collective Pepper Stop the Local Motion Tour.
Adam Levin is the 3rd generation of family ownership at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, a family-owned music store in Wheaton, MD with its roots in DC since 1958. Since 2013, Adam has been in a leadership role at Chuck Levin's, overseeing purchasing, retail sales, warehousing, marketing, and the launch of their website chucklevins.com. Since then, Adam has also taken on the role as Executive Director of Sales at Chuck Levin's sister company, Washington Professional Systems - an Audio/Video Integration, Design and Sales company.
Stanley Bobby Daniels
Hailing from the DMV, CEO and Founder of ARK Entertainment Bobby Daniels is a visionary that has music in his blood. He began his career managing local independent talent which led to him securing a major label deal for R&B Artist Kevin Ross with Motown Records. In addition to Kevin Ross, Bobby has worked with other big named talent such as NEYO, Trey Songz, Bad Bunny, Mali Music, Wale, Chaz French and many others. Bobby launched ARK Entertainment in 2018 and Co found LateNight Entertainment in 2020 quickly landed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell. At the helm of Bobby, ARK Entertainment’s first artist LATENIGHTJIGGY was named TikTok’s Artist to Watch, signed a single deal with Universal Latin, Rimas Records, and Atlantic/Big Beat Records. LATENIGHTJIGGY has earned over 30 million streams across his catalog. Currently, Bobby continues to make moves within the Music business and looks forward to release new music and breaking down new barriers in 2023.
The nation’s capitol has a hometown hero that spins, scratches and blends music while staunchly staying true to her roots. You can’t mute D.C. and you can’t mute DJ Heat. This skilled talent was just 13-years-old when she first discovered her interest in turntables courtesy of a Wreckx-N-Effect classic. She then went from fantasizing about spinning records to the real thing. An indelible spark was lit and a summer of saved paychecks led to her ultimately following her path and pursuing her passion. That small spark created a full- on flame, and DJ Heat took purposeful steps to align herself with her dream.
In addition to rocking turntables, DJ Heat is an adept on-air personality with years of expertise. First there were classes at her high school’s radio program, then studying at Morgan State University that spurned into an internship at WPGC 95.5 An intentional, not coincidental experience, the position put her alongside Big Tigger at a station bursting with talent. A chance recommendation from a fellow radio colleague lead to a full-time on-air position and DJ Heat later accumulated experience at Hot 97, Shade 45 and Baltimore’s 92.3 WERQ where she currently spins as a mix show DJ. She doesn’t just pride herself on a lengthy musically laced career; the disc jockey revels in providing experiences. She often does so onstage while DJing for Grammy winning songstress Mya and while DJing for Grammy nominated songstress Carolyn Malachi, respectively. “I just love giving people a great experience and seeing people’s reaction,” says Heat. I’m spending hours on YouTube, on playlists, updating my arsenal. I might be at the same event but I want to give people a unique experience every time. When you see a crowd react to a certain sound or a blend, it’s just a rush—music is my drug.”
It’s not lost on DJ Heat that there’s been a cultural shift when it comes to the music scene in the Nation’s capital. With her tenure spanning decades, she’s seen it grow and ultimately blossom but one thing that has never changed is the true grit of her hometown. She proudly carries that with her as D.C. continues its plight against being diluted and silenced.
“When it comes to the natives of D.C. we are persistent, one thing is we’re going to make it known about our culture, we want to preserve our culture so much,” says Heat. “You saw #DontMuteDC, those are the D.C. natives I know. We want to stand tall; we don’t want to be erased. Come in but respect us, that’s the true thing that describes the people of D.C. “
What’s also true is DJ Heat’s current position as the official DJ for the WNBA Champion Washington Mystics and the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Neither position occurred by happenstance and when the stars artfully aligned this sonic savant went from working as a Mystics ball girl to entertaining the crowd at Capital One Arena 20 years after her first gig. There couldn’t be a better fit for a true Washington D.C. sports fan. “It’s mind blowing especially to have it happen this late in life, you never know where life can take you,” says Heat.
While continuing to bask in her full circle moment with the pro teams, Heat’s staying intentionally full with musically related endeavors. She’s continuing her “The Rap Up Show” podcast and “My First Album” web series whilst promoting her new single “City Girl’” featuring Styme & Reece P. There’s still much to come for this true talent who masterfully mixes aptness and art, she’s only scratched the surface. You can’t mute D.C. and you can’t mute DJ Heat.
Dorothy Milone (DM) is a pop/hip hop girl group in the DMV. Our members are graduates of the Duke Ellington School. DM has great original music, engaging social media content and a fun game called Dorothy Dash in the app store. DM prides themselves on presenting positive images for women and encouraging our youth. DM is a force to be reckoned with. We love to give back to the community and this would be a great opportunity to show off DC's home grown talent.
DJ Face is a member of the True School Corporation, an organization of DJ’s founded and run by Grammy Award winning producer and DJ, 9th Wonder. Currently, Face is the tour DJ for Grammy nominated Jamla/Roc Nation artist, Rapsody, as well as Grammy nominated R&B/Soul singer Raheem DeVaughn. Face has performed in major venues Nationally and Internationally in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Germany, Aruba and more. Some of DJ Face’s current list of clients include: Nordstrom, Saks and Macy’s. DJ Face can be heard over the D.C./MD/VA airwaves spinning on Majic 102.3/92.7FM on the midday mix with Vic Jagger, as well as every Saturday night from 7-10pm with host, Ric Chill.