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Ray Charles Jr. Partners with Taylor Insight On New Venture to Help Music Entrepreneurs

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LIGHTNING RELEASES: NEW YORK (4/15/2014) – Ray Charles Robinson Jr., son of the legendary music icon, Ray Charles, is partnering with Taylor Insight Worldwide, LLC, a New York-based leadership development and management consulting firm, with an emphasis on original media, to create and deliver career and business-oriented digital content for musicians, performing and creative artists. Taylor Insight is led by author, entrepreneur, and media personality, André Taylor. The new venture is aimed at helping members of the artistic community succeed in today’s vastly different business of entertainment.

The new venture, as yet unnamed, will provide access to a portfolio of digital downloads including industry commentary and analysis, and original interviews, delivered via audio, video, eBook, and other formats. The partners also plan to create online courses, and offer access to experts, seminars, and workshops to help performing artists, musicians, writers, and other creative artists succeed as entrepreneurs and build viable careers and ventures. The initiative will benefit from the unique perspective, experience, and insight of Ray Charles Robinson Jr.

 “To be successful in music and any creative endeavor today, one must understand the business side of their passion,” says Ray Charles Robinson Jr. By providing greater access to information, tools, resources, and events that inform, inspire, and elevate the business savvy of our artistic leaders I hope to create a new wave of strong and successful entrepreneurs who can make an even greater artistic contribution to the world.”

“Our goal is to provide business clarity for music entrepreneurs interested in learning myriad aspects of building a successful venture in entertainment,” says André Taylor. “We are thrilled to work with Ray and hope to make this new venture an invaluable resource for today’s generation of music entrepreneurs.”

While the new venture is not connected to the Estate of Ray Charles, or any licensing or business arrangements tied to the late American music icon, the new venture will take advantage of a lifetime of knowledge and experience of the son, Ray Charles Jr., who is an accomplished entertainment entrepreneur in his own right, has extensive relationships in entertainment, and who worked with his father from an early age on many projects. 

Taylor Insight which publishes an extensive array of media and information products for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies will be developing original content and products for the venture with André Taylor providing the editorial direction and leading a network of editorial staff, creative people, writers, and content developers. The first content from the new venture will be released in upcoming months in time to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of Ray Charles, and the 2004 release of the biographical film, Ray.

Ray Charles Robinson Jr. is an accomplished entrepreneur, award-winning author, award-winning film producer, and international lecturer. His riveting 2011 memoir, You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, about family life as the son of the beloved music legend was the winner of a NAACP Image Award eclipsing competitive nominations including memoirs from statesman and political leaders, Nelson Mandela and Condoleezza Rice.

His international lectures on the Global Influence of Music, Film, and Poetry have been enthusiastically received, most recently during a tour of universities in mainland China.

As founder of the non-profit, Ray Charles Jr. Foundation for America, Ray Jr. is committed to serving humanitarian causes in remembrance of his father’s lifelong commitment and legacy to community service. With a distinct emphasis on improving global education, preserving our natural resources and environment, and expanding the role performing arts can play in our global unity; Ray Jr. is actively involved in creating and growing ventures that support these values.

Ray’s film and television producing highlights include; co-executive producer of Ray Charles 50 years of Music for Fox Television; co-producer – award winning film Ray a Taylor Hackford film for Crusader Entertainment / Walden  Media; co-producer – Ray Charles with the Voices of Jubilation / Christmas Jubilee Concert / DVD; co-producer and appeared in Black Prince an Anatoli Ivanov film and Grand Jury Prize award-winning film of the New York International Film Festival based on the life of Alexander Pushkin, filmed in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; and co-producer –Hotel California, a Geo Santini  film for Alliance Entertainment Group.

In addition to Ray’s involvement on the creative side of his many ventures, he’s also an experienced investment professional with extensive knowledge in financing structures, growing personal and corporate portfolios, aligning strategic philosophy and operating realities, successfully aggregating complementary businesses and strategic alliances, and realizing significant returns for investors. Through his alliance with Fraser Financial Group/MassMutual he advises high net worth individuals on preserving and growing their financial assets.

André Taylor
[email protected]
Taylor Insight Worldwide, llc

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