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UR2.Global Artist Challenge Uplifting Children
Honors Lili Forbes as its
2020 St Maartan & Local Honorary Artist-in-Residence
(Read Her Full Bio & Submission Guidelines Below)
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Lililita (Lili) Forbes is an award-winning artist born on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten and resides in Florida, and Professionally known by her stage name “Lyrical Lynn." Her latest album “I Won’t Hold Me Back” was just released and is receiving rave reviews. She has also written, produced and released six (6) additional albums prior to becoming a solo artist, that she did for “Jumelle,” a duo act with her twin sister, three of which received Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards.
As a Lead composer, she is also hard at work completing the music and final score for Underground the musical based on the Emmy Award winning short film “Underground” by Akil Dupont. And also writing her first book, For All Voices: A Singing and Sight Reading Manual for Singers, Musicians, Praise Teams and Music Directors.
After coming to the US and graduating from FAMU with a BS in Music Education and a minor in Theatre, she pursued a career both locally and internationally as a teacher, worship and creative arts director, and vocal coach. On stage, Lili has performed with The FAMU Essential Theatre, FSU’s Triple Threat Theatre Troop, A&A Productions & Quincy Musical Theatre.
She is an adviser to the St. Maarten-Tallahassee Student Association, VP of the Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation, where she serves as liaison to the sister city relationship between Tallassee and St. Maarten, founding member of the FAMU Essential Theatrical Artist (ETA) performance and mentoring organization, board member and director of events for the Cross-Cultural Coalition, and Member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women. Lili Forbes received the 2019 Caribbean American Heritage Award for her Community service work as it relates to education, music, and culture, which includes a number of musical groups, such as “Soul Collective" and "Just Us In Counter-Point."
Visit www.lyricallynn.com or any social media outlet @lyricalLynn.com for more information.
Tallahassee, FL – UR2.Global Self-Esteem Arts Project Names Local Singer-Songwriter Lili Forbes as the Tallahassee Honorary Artist-in-Residence for its First Local Singer-Songwriter and Spoken Word Arts Challenge to Uplift the Self-esteem of Children.
UR2 means “you are too” – an equal, important, valuable human-being. The organization is mostly known for its international artist challenges for adults to build self-esteem and is now offering its first local artist challenge to coincide with its “Ur2-4real Initiative” dedicated to uplifting youth. Local composer, Lili Forbes receives the distinction of having the local artist challenge named in her honor. As such, performing artists throughout the metropolitan area are invited to perform and submit original lyrics and spoken word poetry for the “First Local UR2.Global - Lili Forbes Performing Artist Challenge” to uplift the self-esteem of children and receive awards.
Lililita (Lili) Forbes is an award-winning performing artist that resides in Tallahassee and was born on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Professionally known by her stage name “Lyrical Lynn.” She has commissioned the instrumental music to her song titled “Children of the Nation” to the UR2.Global Arts Project for local artists to use in the local artist challenge. Lili is well-known in both the local arts scene in Tallahassee and St. Maarten, having released her latest album “I Won’t Hold Me Back” and six (6) additional albums prior to her solo album that she wrote with her twin sister - three of which received Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards. She also received the 2019 Caribbean American Heritage Award for her community service work as it relates to education, music, and culture. Lili graduated from FAMU with a B.S. in Music Education and a minor in Theatre. On stage she has performed with The FAMU Essential Theatre, FSU’s Triple Threat Theatre Troop, and A&A Productions & Quincy Musical Theatre. As a Lead composer, she is also at work completing the music and final score for a musical based on an Emmy Award winning short film. Currently, she is the Vice President of the Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation, and has worked as a teacher in both Florida and St. Maarten, teaching music, worship, vocal coaching, as well as having been a creative arts director.
Lili states, “I’m honored to be the first local honoree for the UR2.Global Self-Esteem Arts Project and was attracted to the organization because of how they embrace and uplift the self-esteem of all races, cultures, and creeds on a global scale. Also, as a teacher, I especially identified with their UR2-4real youth initiative, because the world through the eyes of children is a bright and colorful place, a place where all our differences, though unique, come together, to live, play, and grow.”
UR2.Global President - Amelia Kemp, Ph.D., LMHC - a non-secular doctor of metaphysical theology, licensed psychotherapist, author and singer-songwriter, created the UR2.Global arts project to blend the performing arts with the healing arts after witnessing how quickly her Dr. K’s Music Therapy (her stage name) penetrated her adult clients and audiences. She stated, “Adding a youth component to the UR2.Global Self-esteem Arts Project came about as a result of recalling when I was a former Director of Mental Health Counseling within the school board in South Florida. I treated a variety of kids ranging from the ‘at-risk’ to ‘magnet students’ that did not seem to believe they were important, equal or valuable, which caused me to repeatedly say to them ‘you are too, for real.’ This led to naming the self-esteem project as a whole ‘UR2.Global’ (you are too) and then naming the youth aspect ‘UR2-4real’ (you are too, for real) to help fortify within our youth a stronger sense of self-esteem. Thus, this year’s first local artist challenge to uplift children is one more step in that direction since the earlier we instill the fact that everyone matters, the better the prognosis is for it to be sustainable.”
All artists that submit a song or spoken word poem will receive awards for helping uplift children. Registration to submit an entry is now open. To view the full submission guidelines and deadlines, visit the UR2.Global website and click the Local Lili Forbes UR2.Global Artist Challenge link, or email Mr. Lamarr at UR2.Global@gmail.com. UR2.Global Arts Project is a project of The Sacretherapy® Institute – A Not-for-profit 501 C3 organization.
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Theme: Uplifting the Self-Esteem of the Children of the Nation
Before completing the below Submission Registration Form, please read all of the following information and guidelines.
Lililita (Lili) Forbes year-long Honorary Artist residency has been exteneded to July 2021 due to the pandemic.
Lili has commissioned the instrumental music that she composed titled: "Children of the Nation" for the Caribbean and Local artist challenge named in her honor, to uplift the self-esteem of children.
Although she composes and writes songs for a variety of genres and all ages, her song for children has always been close to her heart as a former teacher. Thus, local singer-songwriters and spoken word artists in the Tallahassee metropolitan area are invited to submit their original lyrics and melody, or spoken word poems to the music composed by Lili Forbes for children. Participating artists may use all or part of the instrumental song.
We will send you a copy of the MP3 file of her instrumental music for you to use in your creation once we receive your completed Submission Registration Form below. You must use at least two minutes of the song if not using the entire song. Please be sure to read all of the Submission Guidelines below, before completing the submission registration form.
Here are the Submission Guidelines:
1) Your entry must be about uplifting self-esteem, self-love and/or self-confidence and dignity in children. NO Profanity.
2) The title of your song or spoken word poem must include the word "Children" somewhere in the name (but cannot be titled: Children of the Nation) and you must credit your entry as follows: Lyrics and Melody or Poem by (your name) and Music Composed by Lili Forbes.
3) Your entry must use at least two (2) minutes of the music or you may use the entire piece. You may create your own melody to accompany the music and may also keep or change the tempo of the music, but not the composition.
4) Copyrights: The copyright of the music remains the copyright of the composer - Lili Forbes. Your lyrics or spoken word will remain your copyright, and, your name will appear as a contributor to the artist challenge children's project on all promotional materials.
5) Compensation: Your participation is strictly a humanitarian volunteer contribution to UR2.Global - a not-for-profit organization. Therefore, your unpaid compensation for your lyrics or spoken word poem will be the following:
a) an award signed by UR2.Global Founders and Lili Forbes.
b) an invitation to perform your song at a local event in conjunction with the "UR2-4real Youth Project" that takes place on 1st Fridays.
c) your performance at the local event will be filmed and you will receive a copy for your portfolio;
d) lifetime bragging rights to have contributed to the "1st Local UR2.Global - Lil Forbes Artist Challenge" to uplift the self-esteem of mankind's children.
e) free publicity making the community aware of you as an artist
6) Promoting Your Entry: Press Releases will be sent out to the local media and community at-large that your song or spoken word poem is available to view on UR2.Global. However, you may NOT promote the song or spoken word on any social media or other media until UR2.Global has sent out the official press release to the media announcing that the Local Artist Challenge Entries are in. We will send you an email notifying you when you can feature your entry on your own websites and Facebook page.
NOTE: Unfortunately, anyone that is discovered to have pre-promoted their song or spoken word poem on any multi-media prior to our organization's launch, will have their entry removed. The media is not interested in pre-launched work since its considered "old news" so we do not want any portion of the local artist challenge entries released until the official launch date to ensure it remains news-worthy to the media. Thus, please be patient and honor these guidelines.
7) Due to the pandemic we are accepting entries throughout the year as participating artist are able to submit.
TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
YOU MUST COMPLETE THE SUBMISSION
REGISTRATION FORM BELOW:
Once your form is received we will email you a copy
of the MP3 file of the music to use in your creation.
(You may sample the tune above left)
Thank you in advance for participating!!
Uplifting Humanity Showcasing the ARTS to Self-Esteem
Special Note: In addition to the Annual International UR2.Global Artist Challenge, this year is the first time the organization is also offering a simultaneous "Caribbean and Local Artist Challenge" to also uplift and connect with the local artists within the city where the organization is located. All of the previous artist challenges have been globally-focused keeping with the organization's global mission and will continue to do so. Thus, local artist also wanting to participate in both the local and international artist challenges to uplift the self-esteem of humanity are welcome to do so.