Manhattan, NY – August 23, 2013 – One of the leading sites in urban music, UrbanBridgez.com is set to launch a new initiative where upcoming and independent artists can submit music and ask questions to Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer/singer Ivan Matias. Songwriter of hits for En Vogue (Don’t Let Go (Love)), SWV (You’re the One), Tracie Spencer (Still In My Heart), Toni Braxton (A Better Man) and Angie Stone (Wish I Didn’t Miss You). UB A.I.R. (Am I Ready), will start August 26th (ubair.urbanbridgez.com) and was the brainchild of Ivan Matias.
“After many requests for advice and direction from artists, writers, producers and managers, I realized the amount of accurate and useful information available is either outdated, incorrectly applied or not within the budget of most,” Matias said. “With UB’s longstanding history of taking a positive and supportive approach with their reviews, interviews and content I felt like this was the right place to make this valuable information available.”
UB A.I.R. will allow site visitors to submit music, get advice and be featured on UrbanBridgez.com. The staff of the site will review submissions and forward the best ones for Matias to critique. Bi-weekly, two artists will be featured and receive professional feedback by Ivan from an industry round-table of Ivan’s close professional peers.
Ivan says “Self empowerment, direction, inspiration & independence” is the goal. “I want industry hopefuls to learn the pitfalls & detox from what they think they already know about the industry which, is often what is holding them back. Understanding that the ever changing “business” of music is the most important component of success. Talent is only the first of many steps in the journey toward success.” Ivan has currently been in the studio with some heavyweights working on new music and will reveal some of those projects in the coming months.
In addition to the launch of UB A.I.R, UrbanBridgez.com will also introduce a lifestyle platform titled “UB Lifestyle,” Monday as well.
UB Lifestyle will be a platform of blogs revealing personal opinions from UBGteam members covering a wide array of topics including social issues to everything entertainment. Three new journalists have joined the UBGteam and will be contributing to UB Lifestyle as well as conducting artist interviews, covering events and reviews. Included in the new roster of writing talent is Ashley Lewis, daughter of Grammy award winning, iconic producer Terry Lewis and singer/songwriter Karyn White. Lewis currently studying at Howard University has joined UrbanBridgez.com
UrbanBridgez.com recently re-branded their site on Friday August 2nd with an overwhelming response from site visitors, tripling traffic ever since. With momentum gaining from the site, UrbanBridgez has also seen a significant increase in both Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The newly redesigned site (UB REMIXED) was designed by Urban Bridgez Group, who has designed and maintained official sites for recording artists Brandy, Faith Evans, Ray J, Monica, comedian Katt Willams and a list of others. The site has featured recent interviews with legendary celebrity journalist Flo Anthony, who for the first time explained what really happened with The Jackson’s “Granny Napping” situation. Dawn Richard revealed to UrbanBridgez how Danity Kane’s recent reunion came about and R&B diva Coko from SWV broke news to the e-zine on the upcoming SWV reality show, coming this fall on WEtv.
This month UrbanBridgez.com has also given viewers their First Exclusive Listen to two singles, “Only You” the new single from Marques Houston and new artist Tion Phipps debut single “Break Necks.”
Later this month one of the original R&B divas Shanice, will break news to UrbanBridgez on her upcoming album and TV project. Also R&B Divas L.A. star Dawn Robinson will speak to the e-zine in the coming weeks.
A host of other interviews are also planned for the month of September, including a new video interview with singer and actress Brandy.
In the fourth quarter UrbanBridgez.com will present an exclusive web series that will follow a Grammy nominated artist as they prep their upcoming album. The brand is also excited about UBG’s current client, actress and singer Tasha Scott (Troop Beverly Hills, South Central, The Parent ‘Hood). The team has assisted with rolling out her official teaser single “Touch Me” featuring Berto, which is receiving outstanding feedback on iTunes and preparing for a multi-media blitz for the young star as she preps her long awaited debut album, to be released the first quarter of 2014.
About Urban Bridgez Group
UrbanBridgez.com is one of the fastest growing urban e-zine sites online. Started in 2005, the site has conducted exclusive interviews with some of R&B and Hip-Hop’s hottest artists including R. Kelly, Brandy, Stephanie Mills, Nelly, New Edition, Yolanda Adams, T.I. and K. Michelle. As well as executive Stephen Hill from BET, Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart and a host of others. The site has been credited/mentioned on PerezHilton.com, MTV.com, TheSource.com, Singersroom.com, HuffingtonPost.com, NecoleBitchie.com and a host of others.
Urban Bridgez Group (UBG) specializes in a host of services including marketing, promotions, web design, grassroots promotions and running an urban entertainment e-zine.
Urban Bridgez Group has also worked on projects closely with Brandy, Music World Entertainment, Trey Songz, Ray J, Faith Evans and Tasha Scott.