Detroit Performs: Where Are They Now?

Ramping up for Season 10, we are so excited to share our “Where are They Now?” Social Series! Each week we are going to be showcasing artists from past seasons, to catch up on what they’ve been up to since they’ve been on the show!
 
Asia was featured with us during season 9, back in August. Her story wasn’t only shared as a segment, but her Norwest Gallery of art was the location for the entire episode!
Asia is celebrating two years of her gallery being open with a brand new exhibit that opened this past weekend. “HAIRARCHY” is honoring African American hair culture during Black History Month. They are hosting an Artist Talk Saturday, Feb 15th from 2-4pm.
See Asia’s  full segment and her gallery of art here: https://www.detroitperforms.org/2019/08/art-persists-903/
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Asia also givesphotography tours of Detroit. A little while ago our producer, Sarah, caught up with Asia about her unique attraction:

DP: Why did you feel it was necessary to create the Photo Sensei tours?

AH: After seeing tours of Detroit’s ruins and abandon places I thought it was important to show people the beautiful places in the city. We were the first to do it in 2012.

DP: What are people’s reactions to the city of Detroit during and after the photo sensei tours?

AH: They are amazed by all the cool places the city has to offer. And the city has made great friends and frequent visitors from our workshops and tours.

DP: How can people take part in the Photo Sensei tours?

AH: By Signing up on our website: https://www.photosensei.net

DP: Where is Norwest Gallery?

AH: In Rosedale Park. 19556 Grand River Ave, Detroit MI 48223.

DP: What type of exhibitions do you seek for Norwest Gallery?

AH: Innovative and technology forward.

DP: How can artists reach out to you to use the Norwest Gallery space?

AH: hey can go to our website. https://www.norwestgallery.com. Follow us on all social sites: @norwestgallery @photosensei1 Facebook/norwestgallery Facebook/photosensei

Alise King is starting to become a household name. She premiered on our show in Season 6, and since then, her career has blossomed into something truly spectacular!

To begin, she is now a multi-award winning artist. Her triumphs include:

Female soul artist of the year from truEmotion award, R& B female artist Detroit Black Music Awards, Entertainer of the year Detroit Black music awards, Artist of the year award from tru emotion awards, Female soul artist from SDM live awards, Female r&b artist from SDM live awards
and more!
She has performed with big names, which have been a huge highlight of her career. She has opened for Bobby Brown, Kelly Price, Dru Hill, The Jackson’s, Todrick Hall, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin.

Alise King with Todrick Hall

Alise King with Chaka Khan

She has released a project titled in the key of soul, I have also released multiple singles including  “Had Enough” & “I can’t Make You Love Me”
She has been featured on FOX 2, WDIV CH 4, TV 20, Channel 7 news as well as radio for 105.9, 910am. (Along with us of course)
Coming up, she will be headlining Musictown Detroit’s first annual artist & Industry Music mixer inside Hockey Town in Detroit on Feb 27th.
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See her performances of the National Anthem at the Detroit Tigers Baseball game below:

 

You can always watch Alise’s segment from Detroit Performs by visiting our series page,  or visiting the link below.

Detroit Performs TV: Fierce Female Artists

Mario Moore appeared on our show in Season 8, and showed us that art is real. Mario has been up to a litany of things since he last appeared on our show.

The Detroit Institute of Arts has an exhibit titled “Detroit Collects:

“Mom Says I’m Her Sun,” 2015, Mario Moore, American; oil on copper. Collection of David and Linda Whitaker

Selections of African American Art from Private Collections”. It is included with admission (admission is free for Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties), and it is running until March 15th. In it, Mario’s art is featured alongside many other notable African American Artists including Romare Bearden, Al Loving, and Charles McGee. You can find more information about the exhibit here: https://www.dia.org/detroitcollects

In Charlotte, NC, about 600 miles away from Detroit lies the Harvey B. Gannt Center for African American Arts + Culture inside the Levine Center for the Arts. Their exhibit “Painting Is Its Own County” that is running through April 12th, features Mario’s work. Although you may not be able to take a tripto North Carolina to see it, you can learn more about it here: https://www.ganttcenter.org/exhibitions/painting-is-its-own-country/

 

Most notably, Mario has made national and international news with his groundbreaking work at Princeton University. Mario, a Princeton Artists-Fellow decided to showcase the campuses blue-collar workers. These paintings are now hanging alongside portraits of presidents and elites, most of whom are white. He was inspired by the plight of African Americans in their struggle to find jobs, and his father, who was a blue-collar worker.

Mario Moore’s portrait of cafeteriaworkers Howard Sutphin, Kaneisha Young and Valeria Sykes.

Moore’s paintings also fit into a broader drive to diversify the school’s portrait collection and tell Princeton’s history more fully through art.

-The Art Newspaper

To learn more about Mario’s unique exhibit on CNN, BBC News, CBS News, and The Art Newspaper by clicking the links below:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/princeton-artist-fellow-mario-moore-celebrates-african-american-workers

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/01/us/princeton-university-portraits-workers-trnd/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-50977199/canteen-workers-honoured-alongside-us-presidents

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/princeton-university-portraits-give-campus-workers-the-spotlight-2019-12-30/

You can watch Mario Moore’s Segement on Detroit Performs here: 

Detroit Performs TV: Art Representing History (Episode 801)

source: https://www.desireekellyart.com/

Desiree Kelly paints a style of urban portraiture, that highlights many  famous or historical figures. She appeared on our show in season 8, and has been up to alot since.

When we last caught up with her, she shared about how she is painting murals to be installed in St. Clair Shores, in the Shores Theatre, which they are revamping. The murals are of movie directors Spike Lee, David Lynch, Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock. The movie theatre was shut down more than a decade ago and has layed vacant.

Desiree’s Portrait of Rodger Will

You may have noticed Desiree’s artwork all over Detroit. Some notable places include Easter Market, dPop! the Alger Theater, Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, and more. She has certainly made an impact as a Detroit artist, and continues to do so.

Inside the Detroit Public Library, there is the DPL Galleria, which right now is hosting Desiree’s newest exhibit  “Then & Now: A Retrospective of Portraits”. You can visit the exhibit at the library until March 2nd. To learn more about this exhibit, and to look at more of Desiree’s work, you can visit the Detroit Public Library website, or Desiree’s portfolio.

https://www.desireekellyart.com/

https://detroitpubliclibrary.org/the-dpl-galleria

To watch Desiree’s Segment on Detroit Performs, and learn more about her process and how she developed her style, visit the link below:

Detroit Performs TV: Art Representing History (Episode 801)

Emilie, and her husband, Mike

Emilie Fantuz first appeared on our show in 2016. Since then, she has been up to a lot, and has had some major life changes.

Her most recent work, Vancouver at Night 24×30

In 2017 Emilie moved to Vancouver. Her paintings have grown to reflect thewest coast landscape and the cities of  Canada. She is inspired by Montreal, it’s history and architecture. She continues to paint flower scenes, and still gravitates towards her signiture sunflowers.

Montreal at Night, 24 x 30

She is  still represented by The Northville Gallery in Northville, MI, and Rivers Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, MI. The Northville Gallery has some of her most recent works on display, and will be receiving new floral works in March.

Emilie got married in 2019 to her husband, Mike. Coincidentally, he is also a pallet knife artist! They found each other in the most modern way imaginable, through the hashtag #palletknifepainting on Instagram. They share a studio space in their home in British Columbia. They are both looking forward to providing a Demo about their artwork at their local art supplies store, Opus, during the coming months.

Garibaldi Lake, 24 x 30

She and Mike are going to be doing  an exhbition together for the first time at Rivers Edge Gallery this upcoming October (2020).  They are very excited to show off their work in Emilie’s home community.

P.S from Emilie:

“Mike and I spend lots of our free time hiking in our local mountains. We also traveled to Tanzania and Argentina to climb two of the seven-summits (Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua)”

How incredible is that?

Check out Emilie’s work on her website: www.emiliefantuz.com

 

See Emilie’s segment from 2016 here: https://www.detroitperforms.org/2016/05/detroit-performs-poignant-painters/

Credit: NiqueLoveRhodes.com

Where are they now?
Hip Hop artist Nique Love Rhodes first appeared on Detroit Performs in 2016. Her songs include inspiring messages, that differs from the norm of the genre.
Her band, Nique Love Rhodes & the NLR Experience have performed at various locations around the United States. Most notably the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, as well as venues in Texas, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ontario, Buffalo, NY, and many other festivals throughout Detroit.
She has no current upcoming tour dates at the moment, but you can subscribe to her YouTube channel and see some incredible performances.
See a performace by Nique of her song “Dream Chaser” at the Ann Arbor Top of the Park Festival.

Nique and her band appeared at the 2018 Dalley in the Alley Festival in Detroit. You can watch the video of her performance of “Rise Up” here.

You can learn more about Nique Love Rhodes and her band on her website
“Nique Love Rhodes is a multi-hyphenate hip-hop artist and organizer/activist from Detroit, Michigan with the mission, musical and otherwise, to set souls on fire and contribute positive vibes in the world.  Imagine the spirit of Bob Marley, the conscious content of a Lauryn Hill or Common with the confidence of Jay-Z, and you’ll barely scratch the surface of what she has to offer musically. Pulling from a wide variety of sounds and influences, Nique Love Rhodes creates music that is for the people to inspire the people. Infused with universal truths, Nique’s music elevates positive vibrations within the universal collective conscience, and promotes social awareness and responsibility.”
-NiqueLoveRhodes.com
You can always watch Nique Love Rhodes segment from 2016, andother artists on our website:

 

Dalon for Tubi Streaming Service

Where are they now? Well, Shawntay Dalon has been climbing up the ladder to shardom. Shawntay first appeared on Detroit Performs in season 5, while she was in the Detroit Public Theatre play “DOT”.

 

Dalon behind the scenes of “Good Trouble”

Since then, Dalon, a native Detroiter, took the big leap and moved out to East Los Angeles. She does miss living in Detroit, but is enjoying the sunshine of L.A.  She got her big break starring alongside Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson in the TV show “Detroiters” as Chrissy Cramblin, Tim’s wife and Sam’s sister. Detroiter’s lasted for 2 seasons on Comedy Central.

 

Due to the success of  “Detroiters”, and 2019 Emmy consideration for her role in the show, she was able to obtain a Manager, a Theatrical agent, a Commercial agent, and Voice Over agent. This opened many more doors for Dalon. She now is a part of the newest campaign for the streaming service, Tubi.

 

Dalon in “I Think You Should Leave”

 

Working with Tim Robinson before, she guest starred in episode 6 of Robinson’ s sketch comedy show “I Think You Should Leave” on Netlfix. Also landed the role of Lisa Hill in 4 episodes of season 2 of “Good Trouble” on Freeform.

 

She got her stab at directing with her original movie, “Forbidden”, a drama/romance that is now avalible to stream on Tubi, Amazon Prime, Apple TV & Google Play Movies & Tv. Find out more information about “Forbidden” Here:

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt6917194/

https://www.facebook.com/forbiddenfeature/

 

Dalon wrote & directed a web series “Booked” that brings awareness to sex trafficking. Her hope for the series is togain funding for a second season & use it as a tool to combat the sex trafficking epidemic. “Booked” was accepted into the IndieNight Film Festival and premiered at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt10153932/?ref_=m_nmfmd_act_1

https://www.facebook.com/bookedtheseries/

 

Comedy 2019. from ShawntayDalon on Vimeo.

Drama 2019. from ShawntayDalon on Vimeo.

 

You can watch Shawntay’s season 5 segment on Detroit Performs by clicking the link below!

Detroit Performs TV: Theatres

Ballet Edge Performers at their event “Jingle”

We caught up with Ballet Edge Detroit to see what they have been doing since they appeared on our show this past season.

Ballet Edge Detroit was founded in 2017 by Erica Briganti and Angel Lavery, and is the newest ballet company in the metro Detroit area. They specialize in classical ballet, with an “edgy” twist.

The company put on their own recitals,  as well as doing events around the metro area.  They started in December with their holiday show “Jingle” at Audi Birmingham. The performance sold out, and immediately started planning  for their next event.

Ballet Edge Performers at their event “Jingle”

Ballet Edge Performers at their event “Jingle”

Ballet Edge Performers at their event “Jingle”

In the end of January, there was the Fashion Charity Event for Henry Ford Cancer Institute, held at the Somerset Collection in Troy, in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Ballet Edge Performed at the event. You can watch the information video below, featuring Ballet Edge Co-Founder Angel Lavery

Coming up, they are going to be performing at the Redford Theatre during their screening of West Side Story. Ballet Edge will be performing a routine to the song “America” during intermission on all three nights of the screening.

You can watch Ballet Edge’s segment on Detroit Performs by clicking the link below!

Detroit Performs TV: Art with an Edge (Episode 906)

Marvin Thompson Jr. was first featured on Detroit Performs in season 7. His music is lively, fun, and hasa soul that can only come from Detroit. He made a video to keep everyone updated on what he’s been doing since he has appeared on Detroit Performs! Check it out:

 

Another upcoming project that he is excited about, is that his album, When They Call will be released March 31st! Read more information about it below:

Recording artist and producer Marvin Thompson Jr. has literally put the cart before the horse

with the new album When They Call (3/31/20 on DecemberSky). This concept album features

original compositions penned for film, but there’s a twist-the film on which this soundtrack is

based has yet to be imagined.

“I’ve written music for indie films in the past, and one of my goals is to take film composition to

the next level. When They Call is my predestined love letter to the genre I know I’ll be a big

part of in the near future. My hope is that this soundtrack with no movie will encourage other

artists and dreamers to create the opportunities they desire.”

When They Call will be released on all digital platforms on March 31st. A limited edition CD will

be available, and will feature bonus tracks and alternate takes.

To hear an exclusive preview of When They Call before the official release, go to

marvinthompsonjr.com.

On April 25th, an official listening session hosted by Spread Art Detroit will feature filmmakers

using music from When They Call , adding musical texture to their original short films and

videos.

If you can’t wait to listen to his new music, you can listen to a preview of one of his newest songs HERE

To see Marvin’s segment on Detroit Performs, check out the link below:

Detroit Performs TV: Folk, Jazz, Conga! (Episode 703)

 

The Get Ahead Stay Ahead Project was formed to provide services to youth in under-served areas on an as needed basis in mass communication through media. They first were featured on Detroit Performs in season 7.

This season of workshops has been toying with stop motion animation and the green screen, as well as continuing to story board ideas and walk students through the process of pre-production, production, and post production.
GASA’s stop motion promotional video
From their website:

“The Get Ahead Stay Ahead Project’s ultimate goal is to provide students with communication distribution skills to bridge the gap between ideas and promotion that school curriculum doesn’t teach. Instructors will also act as mentors and leaders who host a safe space to learn, collaborate and grow as individuals and students.

The Get Ahead Stay Ahead Project aims to facilitate projects pertaining to relevant course material by way of written communication and video production.

These methods will help students achieve a broader understanding of idea distribution through the correct channels.

Students will leave the program with a substantial work to add to their professional portfolio. This allows students to get ahead and stay ahead of others in their desired profession.”

To watch their segment on Detroit Performs, click on the link below!

Detroit Performs TV – Creation and Film – Episode 711

Where are they now?

Olivia first appeared on Detroit Performs in season 5. She sang with soul while performing her original songs from her then newest album, “Look Both Ways”. Since then, she has been rising to stardom locally and nationally. Olivia appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2014, and made it to the quarter-finals. Most recently, she was selected as 1 of 5 artists to receive the Tidal Unplugged grant for 2019/2020.

Her most notible change though, is her name:

“New Year. New Music. New Name. 2020 promises to be a big year for Olivia Dear (formerly Olivia Millerschin). Hailing from Detroit, the young songwriter is hard at work to release new music in February 2020, through a grant awarded by streaming service, Tidal, under her new artist name, Olivia Dear.

After a decade-long career, Dear explains the change: “When I started writing original music, I was 14-years-old and, naturally, I used my family name. ‘Millerschin’ is A LOT but it never occurred to me that I could go by any other name. Now, ten years later, I’ve been given the funding and time to think about and rebrand everything. My grandma, who signed me up for my first gig, has always greeted me as ‘Olivia Dear.’ If it’s good enough for grandma, it’s good enough.”

Name-Change Video”

She just released her first of 3 new singles, “Better” at the end of February. Olivia is planning on going on a West Cost Tour soon, check on her website for more upcoming details.

If you want to keep up  with Olivia, check out her links below:

Links:

Website  https://www.oliviadear.com/

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/OliviaDearMusic/

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/7Mc5Z8ypchonCYSIavBHTN?si=Mn_iVFlaQ9qg8xLwyMu-mg

Instagram https://instagram.com/oliviadearmusic?igshid=1p6nfh4bynhr2

Youtube  https://www.youtube.com/OliviaDearMusic

 

Live Sessions:

“Brick Story” https://youtu.be/i5yAuLim8gM

“North” https://youtu.be/LKUDZheSH08

“We Know Not” https://youtu.be/3bar8pmjww8

“I Can Say” https://youtu.be/b9hSR0kAjME

“Look Both Ways” https://youtu.be/sFvxNmqrXy8

“Ellie” https://youtu.be/aVsTppDymTQ

 

Video:

“When” (ft. Sawyer Fredericks) https://youtu.be/4FoPWL5k25I

“Long Weekend” https://youtu.be/CWHa7PQ3b3c

 

Watch Olivia’s segment on Detroit Performs.

Detroit Performs TV: Singing with Soul

Where are they now?

Olivia first appeared on Detroit Performs in season 5. She sang with soul while performing her original songs from her then newest album, “Look Both Ways”. Since then, she has been rising to stardom locally and nationally. Olivia appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2014, and made it to the quarter-finals. Most recently, she was selected as 1 of 5 artists to receive the Tidal Unplugged grant for 2019/2020.

Her most notible change though, is her name:

“New Year. New Music. New Name. 2020 promises to be a big year for Olivia Dear (formerly Olivia Millerschin). Hailing from Detroit, the young songwriter is hard at work to release new music in February 2020, through a grant awarded by streaming service, Tidal, under her new artist name, Olivia Dear.

After a decade-long career, Dear explains the change: “When I started writing original music, I was 14-years-old and, naturally, I used my family name. ‘Millerschin’ is A LOT but it never occurred to me that I could go by any other name. Now, ten years later, I’ve been given the funding and time to think about and rebrand everything. My grandma, who signed me up for my first gig, has always greeted me as ‘Olivia Dear.’ If it’s good enough for grandma, it’s good enough.”

Name-Change Video”

She just released her first of 3 new singles, “Better” at the end of February. Olivia is planning on going on a West Cost Tour soon, check on her website for more upcoming details.

If you want to keep up  with Olivia, check out her links below:

Links:

Website  https://www.oliviadear.com/

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/OliviaDearMusic/

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/7Mc5Z8ypchonCYSIavBHTN?si=Mn_iVFlaQ9qg8xLwyMu-mg

Instagram https://instagram.com/oliviadearmusic?igshid=1p6nfh4bynhr2

Youtube  https://www.youtube.com/OliviaDearMusic

 

Live Sessions:

“Brick Story” https://youtu.be/i5yAuLim8gM

“North” https://youtu.be/LKUDZheSH08

“We Know Not” https://youtu.be/3bar8pmjww8

“I Can Say” https://youtu.be/b9hSR0kAjME

“Look Both Ways” https://youtu.be/sFvxNmqrXy8

“Ellie” https://youtu.be/aVsTppDymTQ

 

Video:

“When” (ft. Sawyer Fredericks) https://youtu.be/4FoPWL5k25I

“Long Weekend” https://youtu.be/CWHa7PQ3b3c

 

Watch Olivia’s segment on Detroit Performs.

Detroit Performs TV: Singing with Soul