Ann Nesby Is … Lula Lee

Tyscot Records has signed GRAMMY-winning artist Ann Nesby and her label, It’s Time Records, LLC, for the release of The Lula Lee Project in March 2009.
“We are thrilled to partner with Ann Nesby in presenting The Lula Lee Project,” says Bryant Scott, president of Tyscot Records. “We are looking forward to a lasting relationship. Ann Nesby is one of a kind.”
The Lula Lee Project marks the third full gospel album Nesby has released since her departure from the two-time GRAMMY Award-winning Sounds of Blackness, and teams her with an array of musical talents including Tonex and Debra Killings.
“Lula Lee is the real Ann Nesby,” says the singer. “She is who my family and husband sees on a daily basis. Lula Lee is who I am personally outside the glitz and glamour associated with my ‘Ann Nesby’ persona.”
Aside from showcasing what Nesby characterizes as a more personal and edgier “outside-the-box” approach to the Christian inspired genre, the album speaks to the issues affecting the state of the world, our current national recession, to the struggles of everyday life from my personal perspective. “This project,” adds Nesby, “is a reminder that God is still in control.”
This week’s Christmas movie pick …

Fred Hammond has inked a deal with EMI Gospel for the release of Christmas … Who Needs It, a DVD of Hammond’s stage drama/comedy. Released back on November 25, the DVD is the story of a self-made millionaire from Los Angeles, bitter towards God and indifferent towards Christmas due to past tragedy. While on his way to a business meeting in New York, he is forced to make an emergency landing in the small southern town of Cricket Fence, where he encounters a charming yet quirky family whose unfailing love for each other—despite traumatic hardship—helps him realize what the holiday season is really all about.

About the Writer

Lisa Collins, a Los Angeles native and resident, is a syndicated columnist, writer, publisher and former Billboard Magazine columnist. Her career in gospel began in 1988 with her creation of “Inside Gospel,” a daily/weekly syndicated radio series that provided news, profiles and product updates relative to the gospel music community. For the next eight years, she would also serve as executive producer of the show that was broadcast in more than 100 markets nationwide. Collins has also served as a segment producer for BET and authored well over 300 articles on a variety of issues for a number of national publications from Essence to Upscale. Her background in the field of entertainment reporting is extensive, featuring cover stories and interviews with the likes of Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson and Prince.

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**This column first published on January 8, 2009.

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