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A.J.
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I was born in Sumter, South Carolina, July 27, under the mighty zodiac sign, "Leo The Lion".  I graduated in 1986 from Manning High School, Manning, SC.  I am married and have one daughter.

Music being my first love, I received numerous awards for Solo and Ensemble and Allstate with my flute.  I was very active in various speaking contests, such as the Voice of Democracy and Script Writing.  I attended Brenau School for gifted Students in the Arts in Gainesville, GA.  My Senior year, I received the Governor's Award for South Carolina in music, was named to Who's Who among American High School Students and was inducted into the International Music Hall of Fame Senior All-American Award, Purdue University.  At this point in my life, I knew music was my strongest attribute.  I was very fortunate to have strong supportive parents and family in my touring seven countries in Europe with the U.S. Collegiate Wind Band.  This tour was by invitation only and, certainly, a mega experience of a lifetime.  I attended Fayetteville State University, but wasn't satisfied with that.  I wanted to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  This idea was unheard of; a small town girl like me going to the "Big City"- WOW!! I Applied and was accepted.  My parents have always supported me and continued.  Berklee was no joke.  The tuition was through the roof and the curriculum was a "Big" Challenge.  In 1992 I graduated with a degree in Professional Music "Production and Management) God is awesome.  My class had 583 students" 10 were African Americans, and I was one of them.  In 1991, I received the Outstanding Young Women of American Award.  My tenure at Berklee introduced me to many friends and instructors such as Walter Beasley, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, AL B. sure, Lalah Hathaway, Roy Hargrove and more.

While in the New England area, I furthered my studies at Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory and interned at Polygram Records and Symphony Hall.

Enjoying the production and management of music, I've worked many years as a radio personality, music director and public service director with stations WHLZ, WTUA, and WICI.  However, I also enjoy working with my father as a licensed apprentice at Samuels Funeral Home, LLC in Manning.

My hobbies include playing the flute, motivational speaking, directing the youth choir at my church, singing and naturally, R-A-D-I-O.

I am so honored to be a part of the Inner City Broadcasting Family and thankful that they gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream in radio.

Remember, through Christ, all things are possible.  You've got to Believe It to Receive It.!!!






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