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Wisdom
Wisdom was born into a family of musicians and poets. He was first exposed to hip hop culture at the Ernest Ingold Boys Club in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, after moving there with his mother at age 6.

Wisdom found refuge in writing and performing his first songs at an early age. Rooted in life experience, his diverse style incorporates lyrics that are streetwise with a political edge. He explains: “world issues and human suffering were common topics of discussion in our household, as well as exposure to many types of music and cultures. My music is a natural extension of this.”

After launching a successful clothing line called Wisdom Creations, he was invited to perform with Cyber Octave/Virgin Records recording artists Medicine Drum on their 2002album release “Original Face” and toured the world with them for two years. Returning from tour, Wisdom felt that his lyrical content was evolving to reflect his hopes of inspiring social change on a global level. In his words, “if we believe, we can achieve anything. It’s all possible.”

After producing a new studio album, Wisdom’s natural next step was to assemble a group of musicians, which was soon dubbed the Wisdom Creations Band, and now includes bass prodigy and son of Tito Garcia (former lead singer of Santana), Luis Garcia; keyboardist Matt Berkeley; award winning gospel drummer Thomas McCree; world-renowned percussionist Mingo Lewis, Jr.; Chicago underground lyricist and spoken word artist Seasunz, and the newest edition, DJ Cocheze from KRS-One’s Temple of Hip Hop.

Wisdom’s unique blend of conscious lyrics with live hip-hop and reggae continues to gain attention nationwide. He won the category of “Best Hip Hop/Rap” in both the 2005 and 2006 North Bay Music Awards and was labeled “one of Nor Cal’s favorites” by URB Magazine (Massv Global Get down, Dec 2004). He also appeared in the 2006 documentary film “The Indigo Evolution” alongside philosophical greats Ram Dass and Don Miguel Ruiz sharing his views on the potential of gifted children to change the world. Chris Deckker, founder of EarthDance International Festival (www.earthdance.org), affirmed that Wisdom is “one of the most progressive and conscious bands to emerge from the hip-hop culture. “Truly an electrifying performance!”, said Carol Bruno, lead producer of the legendary Reggae on the River festival (www.reggaeontheriver.com), agreed. She beamed: “Wisdom is conscious and a lyrical, cutting edge hip-hop laced with reggae dancehall beats… Look out for these guys!”

His music can be sampled and purchased at http://www.wisdomcreations.com. In 2006, the band released the highly anticipated album, “Growth and Elevation,” which was recorded both in Prairie Sun Studios in Northern California and Moodswing Records in Hollywood, CA. It features Jamaica’s own VP recording artist Warrior King as well as female vocalists Jemini and Nasambu, and was produced in part by former engineer for Baby Face, BigChris Flores. As a result of an artistic transformation which followed the recent deaths of both his mother and grandmother, the new album transcends any previous musical production Wisdom has released.

An updated list of Wisdom’s upcoming tour dates and Wisdom Creations music and clothing can be found at http://www.wisdomcreations.com. For booking, email maria@mariamatiasmusic.com. For publicity information, email hunterpromotions@gmail.com

Wisdom won the category of “Best Hip Hop/Rap” in the 2005 North Bay Music Awards

Labeled “one of Nor Cal’s favorites” by
Urb Magazine (Massv Global Get down, Dec 2004).

“Wisdom was the closest thing to a dancehall artist on the Ragga Muffins bill”
Eric K. Arnold, San Francsico Chronicle February, 2007

“I have been waiting 20 years for a group like Wisdom to emerge from Hip Hop culture”. “Wisdom is the future of Hip Hop”.
KRS-ONE

Wisdom was featured in the documentary film
The Indigo Evolution
Also Featured were philosophical greats
Ram Dass & Don Miguel Ruiz

Growth and Elevation
Features Jamaica’s own VP recording artist Warrior King
Produced in part by former engineer for Baby Face, Big Chris Flores.

Festivals:
Reggae Rising Performed and hosted 2007-2008 (15,000+ attendees) EarthDance 2007-2008 Performed (5,000 + attendees) Reggae on the River Performed 2004-06 Hosted in 2005 & 2006(8,000+ attendees)
Earth Dance International Festival 2003-06 Headlined (7,000+ attendees)
Cow Palace 2004 (10,000+ attendies)

2nd Annual RISE UP Musical Talent Search

This is a search for phenomenal performers of original material in the categories Hip-Hop/Reggae, R&B/Soul and Pop/Rock.
The finals will feature a showcase of the top 4 performances in each of the 3 categories being judged by celebrity record producers Tim Kelly &Bob Robinson who have sold 170 million records and worked with Mega Stars like Madonna, P-Diddy, Michael Jackson, and Boyz II Men. James DuBose, TV producer for BET’s show staring Keisha Cole “The Way It Is” will also be on our panel of judges!
Rise Up is also a vocational program for students between the ages of 14 to 21 in the Portland Metro area that focuses on the music industry from making a song to marketing it to publishing rights.

Contestants will be competing for a prize package that includes
Trip for four to Tampa Bay,
Featured article in Flossin’ Magazine,
Photo shoot and makeover from Wilhelmina Model and Talent Agency,
Rumble Fish10 hours of Studio time

Wednesday Oct 22 The Crown Room 205 NW 4th Ave
Portland OR

Sunday Nov 1nd Jefferson High School
Portland OR High School Competition 2pm till 7pm

Saturday Nov 2 Club Platinum 126 SW 4th St
Corvallis OR

Wednesday Nov 5th The Crown Room 205 NW 4th Ave
Portland OR

Saturday Nov 8th The Old Mill Martini Bar 360 Powerhouse Rd #210
Bend OR

Finale Friday November 14 8pm until 2am Bossanova 722 E Burnside St,
Portland, OR

The night will also feature special performances from Liquid Assets recording artists Soul P, Lil Syck and Twisted Insane

For more info contact Leah Hunter Flossin Media at 503-236-7904
http://www.flossinmedia.com http://www.myspace.com/2008riseup

Tickets
$20 general admission and $100 VIP. Ask us about V.I.P. Table Special

Special thanks to the following sponsors for their contribution to the success of this event.
The Army
Waterboy
Wilhelmina Model and Talent Agency
Black Sheep Publicity
Outlaw Starz
Rumble Fish
Divine Designs Salon
Crown Room
The Old Mill Martini Bar
Six Ultra Lounge
Jefferson High School
Club Platinum
Beautiful Ent.

Leah Hunter
Black Sheep Publicity/Flossin Media
503-236-7904-office