Meet the Crew

Marvin Gaye III

Marvin P. Gaye III is a recording artist, producer, and businessman. He is the CEO of MGIII Global licensing International. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and is the son of the legendary, world-renowned Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall famer, Marvin Gaye. He is also the son of Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy. Marvin’s siblings include film and television actress and singer Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and T.V. and film actress, Bianca Lawson.

Early in his career, Marvin III was part of a musical duo with Lou Rawls Jr., son of three-time Grammy Award winner, Lou Rawls. Signed to Capitol Records, they produced a great debut album, which was never released.
Diagnosed with Type II diabetes years ago, Marvin, a kidney transplant recipient and has become a champion activist for the disease as well as other worthy causes. He is married to model, actress and performer, Wendy Gaye, and is the proud father of two boys, Marvin IV and Dylan. Marvin’s iconic father was a gift to the world, and Marvin III is determined to continue his legacy.

Angela Barrow-Dunlap

Whatever the key is to achieving unrelenting theatrical success, Barrow-Dunlap has found it. Having conceptualized and perfected the secret to creating theatrical magic, she is an infinite creative source of knowledge on the inside track, with a finger on the pulse of the African-American community.

Over the last two decades, Angela Barrow-Dunlap, had risen to the top of the urban theater world as the creator and producer of multi-million dollar grossing stage plats including , If These Hips Could Talk, Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boyz?, Real Men Pray, My Sweet Potato Pie, Gossip, Lies & Secrets, My Brother Marvin, Church Girl, Deranged, Notorious Wives, The Mistress, Pride & Joy (Motown’s Untold Story of Marvin Gaye & Anna Gordy Gaye) and Big Mama’s Juke Joint.

D’Extra Wiley

D’Extra Wiley is a music producer, T.V. and film content and intellectual property creator, and screenplay writer with more than twenty years of experience in the music and entertainment industry. An Army military vet, Wiley also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Entertainment Business, and is the COO of MG3 Entertainment, Inc.and is business partner with Marvin Gaye III. He owns Ramxed Media Group, Inc.

Wiley, started playing drums at the age of 4 years old in the Churches Of God In Christ. He is an alumnus of Norfolk State University where he was also a member of its elite marching band, The Spartan Legion Marching Band and the world-renowned drum-line, Million Dollar Funk Squad. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and a member of the NSU’s Iota Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. He is the Founder of Mu Phi Sigma National Percussion Fraternity, Inc., which now have chapters in over 40 cities and states and is rapidly growing! Having a passion and yearning to help the youths, he also founded the Mu Phi Youth Society, Inc., a youth mentoring organization that utilizes music, arts, dance, academics, and other expressions. The first chartered members were initiated into Mu Phi Youth Society successfully in 2016, in Memphis, Tennessee.

An accomplished artist himself, Wiley has worked in the studio with the acclaimed, Night Flight Crew which included Me’shell Ndege’ocello, Stacy Lattisaw, Tonya Blout, Ginuwine, and close friends, R&B group, Shai. His first stint into the professional music industry was Washington D.C. band called Maniquin, which featured himself, the recording artist Kenny Lattimore, Stan Jones, David News, Del Romeo, and Steve Smith. Epic Records had previously signed Maniquin.

However, as an artist, Wiley is probably best known as being the founder and member of the ASCAP award-winning, Soul Train Award nominated group, II D Extreme which included members Randy Gill (Brother of Johnny Gill) and Randy’s cousin Jermaine Mickey. He is the writer and one of the lead vocalists on the 1993 R&B hit, “Cry No More.”Rod Stewart’s Legendary manager of artists such as Prince, Rod Stewart, and Michael Jackson, Randy Phillips signed II D Extreme to Gasoline Alley/MCA Records, and relocated D’Extra from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles.

As a songwriter and producer, Wiley has worked with some of the hottest acts in music including- both legendary greats- Teddy Pendegrass and El Debarge, as well as contemporary hit makers:Frank Ocean, Rodney Jerkins and writer-vocalistJuanita Wynn (Keyshia Cole, Beyonce Knowles, and Tyrese)—to name just a few.

While a member of the NARAS urban committee, Wiley helped draft the Grammys’ “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” category, thus sealing his contribution to the Grammy Awards history!

D’Extra studied acting under the tutelage of Aaron Spieser, in which his fellow acting classmates consisted of the likes of Anthony Anderson, Marlon Wayans, and Jennifer Lopez. His first acting job was in a David Talbert’s stage play called “A Fool And His Money.”He has also written multiple screenplays and if that isn’t enough, Wiley has created a Reality TVshow, “Seeds Of Hip Hop,” which features the offspring of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, E-40, Jam Master Jay,MC Ren and Kurupt. He has partnered with production company Bunim-Murray, the producers of, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” “The Real World, “Project Runway,” and Bad Girls Club. He is also writing a new TV pilot with Ralph Hawkins, Ray Murphy and “My Wife and Kids” and “Martin” star Tisha-Campbell Martin.

Keia Perry-Farr

As a native of Detroiter, Keia Perry-Farr earned her undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and continued her education in Las Vegas where she was awarded a Master’s Degree from UNLV.  The performing arts is an area that Keia is very passionate about, having grown up the daughter of an award-winning concert producer, Quentin Perry.  She and her father are business partners and the visionaries of New Day Entertainment, an elite production company bringing premiere entertainment to venues throughout the world, which include stellar concert series and extraordinary stage play performances.  Keia is currently the Chief Officer of Operations, as well as Executive Producer.

Through the years Keia has worked with some of the most iconic names in the entertainment industry, including: Prince, Janet Jackson, Nelly, Ja Rule, Teena Marie, Rick James, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, George Clinton & P-Funk, Lil Wayne, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Usher, Lil Jon and many many more.  She is known in the business for her impeccable reputation of operating with class and principle.  In addition to her passion for the entertainment industry, Keia is steadfast in helping youth fulfil their God-given purpose.

Keia has a heart for young people and works with students from all backgrounds and all walks of life, sharing with them the Word of God and His undying love for them.  Alongside her husband Mark, she operates Genesis Youth Services, a non-profit foundation for youth in transition and survivors of human trafficking.  The two spend time motivating students around the country and empowering them to live out their dreams according to all that God has placed on the inside.  They have amazing twin boys who are indeed their first ministry.

Keia’s personal mantra is: “It’s time to put God’s Word to work and DETERMINE YOUR DESTINY!”

Quentin Perry

For over 5 decades, Quentin Perry has been promoting and producing stellar events worldwide.  From stadium music festivals to international concert tours to stage plays to comedy shows and casino music series, Quentin Perry has blazed trails as a pioneer in the entertainment world.  He is noted as having broken ground with record breaking attendance at urban music festivals for several key venues nationwide, including Comerica Park, Georgia Dome, and Reliant Stadium.

Paving the way as the front liner in black entertainment as a world class promoter, Quentin has worked with some of the top names in the entertainment world: Prince, Janet Jackson, Richard Pryor, Marvin Gaye, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Nelly, Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, Rick James, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, Ice Cube, NWA, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Snoop Dogg, Stephanie Mills, Mike Epps, The O’Jays, Charlie Wilson, Jeezy and many many more.  In his book “Life and Def”, Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons identified Quentin as one of the few promoters in the industry with integrity.  Over the years Quentin has received recognition as a top promoter.  Both gold and platinum records have been bestowed upon him for his outstanding work with various artists.  He received Black Radio’s Best Promoter of Year Award for one decade straight.  Quentin’s renowned production companies have brought premiere entertainment to venues throughout the world.  He currently owns and operates New Day Entertainment based in Detroit, MI.

Quentin is the proud father of two daughters Keia and Alec who have both worked by his side and continue to consult on business ventures. He also has twin grandsons who bring him joy.  Throughout all of his endeavors, Quentin continues to make a mark in the industry with innovative concepts as well as in the community through his philanthropic work with underprivileged children, single mothers and homeless citizens.

Lannie Perry

Merchandise Director, Lannie Perry is born and raised in Detroit.  She has worked on several national concert tours and productions.  Her sharp eye for detail and flawless taste makes her ideal for the role she holds. Ms. Lannie works with venues across the world in addition to artists and athletes, from hip hop moguls to heavyweight boxers.  She is known for wearing many hats and wearing them all well!

 

 

 

 

Cordell Walton

Detroit native, Cordell Walton, has been a force in the music industry for many years. Though his name may not be familiar to some, he has spent the majority of his life composing, producing, performing and writing for various artists. With no formal training, Cordell is nothing short of a musical savant.

Cordell decided that he wanted to explore new territory in the music game.  He connected with Dietrick Haddon, and they worked on several albums together, which eventually led him to serve as his musical director. Their travels took them around the globe and exposed them to a wide array of audiences. One audience member who took particular notice was Charlie Wilson, of the old-school R&B group, The Gap Band. He was impressed by the skill and precision exhibited by Cordell, and he began touring with the veteran, later being promoted to music director for The Gap Bandas well as Charlie Wilson‘s solo act.

Over the next several years Cordell appeared with many renowned performers, including Busta RhymesTeddy RileySnoop Dogg and Kelis to name just a few. He served as music director for the powerful, hit stage play, “My Brother Marvin” (the life story of Marvin Gaye). His playing helped transport audiences back in time to the heyday of the Motown sound that he had grown up with.

Always having a passion for alternative music, Cordell also recorded a solo project under his alter ego “Cylas” entitled Chapter One. Although he is well connected with talented musicians,  Cordell played every instrument on his CD himself. He wanted this debut to reflect his own world-view, and he made liberal use of modern recording techniques to achieve that end.

Cordell has experienced continued success and after ____years, he remains in the role of music director for Charlie Wilson’s latest tour, while simultaneously producing up-and-coming artists. He is constantly honing his craft while adding to his list of accolades. He is a Dove Award winner and three-time 2019 Stellar Award nominee. One of his most memorable experiences on stage happened this past year, performing at the Apollo Theater accompanying Charlie Wilson.  Though he performs with Uncle Charlie on a regular basis, this moment was special because it took him back to his gospel roots.  As Charlie belted out his number one gospel song, it was reminiscent of Cordell playing the piano while his mother sang her favorite church hymns.

Cordell is president of 12 Noon Music Enterprises, Inc, a one-stop shop for music production…conception to completion. 12 Noon has its own studio where Cordell serves as chief engineer.  As CEO of 12 Noon Music, he was able to fulfill not only his life-long dream, but the dreams of up-and-coming artists searching for a platform and a home in this multi-faceted industry.

When he is not traveling the world, he serves as music director for Pastor J, Moss at Living Waters Church in Detroit, Michigan.

TJ Hemphill

TJ HEMPHILL was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in the Brewster Projects into a musical family noted primarily by his mother, who was often described as a “singing angel”.  TJ recalls: “She taught me how to play the piano and certainly was the genesis of my love for the arts.”

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University and a creative mind that allowed him to pen over 100 songs, his journey in theater began after watching a friend perform in the Broadway Musical, PAL JOEY. Fascinated by the lights, the sound, and the energy of the actors as well as the theater itself, he knew early on that he would have a deep love for the theater.

After teaching in the Detroit school system ten years, he realized he had to fulfill his hunger and desire to be involved in theater. So, he set out and began writing and directing his own works. In 1990, he wrote, directed, and produced his first major theatrical production, PERILOUS TIMES. This thrilling show, with a cast of 70, is now in it’s 27th annual run as it enjoys the distinction of being the longest running annual show in the history of the Motor City. Hemphill has enjoyed directing the show which attracted the likes of John Amos, Tommy Ford, Shirley Murdock, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Maysa, and Christian Keyes into the star-studded cast.

In 2002 after touring with PERILOUS TIMES, Hemphill wrote and directed the national touring show, ALL MEN CAN’T BE DOGS. The show featured, Denise Williams, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Carvin Winans, AJ Johnson and Regina Belle. After a successful two-year run, Hemphill directed the same show with a made-for-television version that featured Vivica A. Fox, Johnny Gill, Elise Neal and Christian Keyes. The show was broadcast on BET along with another Hemphill original, LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT which also starred Vivica A. Fox and Lenny Williams. Other shows written and directed by TJ Hemphill include the heart-warming piece, I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS which featured Clifton Davis, Melba Moore, and Freddy Jackson. Says Hemphill, “It’s always an honor and a joy to direct so many talented people.”  That show was followed up with SAVING THE DREAM, a rousing work exposing many of the racial injustices and ills of politics in America.

Because so many talented performers emerge from Detroit, recent shows have had their emphasis on using local artists. Hemphill directed and produced the critically-acclaimed show, COLORED PULPITS AND SWEET TEA. This piece was an eye-opening monumental delight that wowed patrons with a tribute to one of Detroit’s most celebrated and historical churches, Hartford Baptist Church under the leadership of nationally esteemed, Dr. Charles Adams. Hemphill’s directorial skills have earned him numerous awards and citations. He still teaches theater at Commonwealth Community Development Academy where he nurtures and mentors young future actors and writers.

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