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NEWS RELEASE For more information contact: Kim Thompson, Executive Director Telephone: 314-488-5192 Email: [email protected] Website: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KWAME FOUNDATION PRESENTS 14th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER St. Louis August 2, 2017. – The Kwame Foundation will host its 14TH Fourth Annual TEE OFF FORE EDUCATION GOLF TOURNAMENT on Thursday, August 24, 2017. The Tournament is a fun-filled event which allows you to golf and give back at the same time. The year’s Golf Tournament will again focus on providing college scholarships and grants to enable youth to achieve their dreams. Support of this event will help the Foundation continue to fulfill its mission, that all public-school students should be afforded the opportunity to advance to their full potential. Over the past 13 years, the Kwame Foundation has distributed over $1.5 million in scholarships enabling many recipients to attend more than 25 colleges and universities. This year we have stepped up our goal and are looking to raise $300,000. The funds raised from this event allow us to continue to build young minds and provide them with the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve their professional goals. A Presenting Sponsorship is $10,000. Additional sponsorship opportunities include: Lunch or Cocktail Hour Sponsor – $4,000; Corporate Sponsor- $2,500; Hole-in-one Shootout Sponsor – $1,500; Beverage Cart Sponsor $700; Hole Sponsor – $500; Individual Entry – $375.00; Program Sponsor $150.00 and Non-Golfers – $80.00. The Sponsorship Booklet can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at: Last year’s Tournament raised over $300,000 to college scholarships and grants to over 15 colleges and universities. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Thompson at... read more

Podcast Recording in St. Louis

Podcast Recording in St. Louis TBeats Studios offers a beautiful podcast recording studio located in downtown St. Louis. Our commercial facility houses a state of the art control room, tracking room, vocal booth, and ssl booths. Our audio professionals provide independent authors, speakers, and agencies in-studio and on-location podcast recording in St. Louis; enabling them to turn their written content into high quality audio. Hear The Difference at TBeats Studios! BOOK STUDIO TIME... read more

Tony Thompson Releases Follow-Up Album Sound of My Mind II

TBEATS STUDIOS For Immediate Release                                                                        February 26, 2017 Tony Thompson Releases Follow-Up Album Sound of My Mind II ST. LOUIS, MO – St. Louis native, Tony Thompson recently released his follow-up album to his freshman album, The Sound Of My Mind II. Thompson is most notably known for his successful business venture, Kwame Building Group, a Construction Management Services company headquartered in St. Louis, where he serves as Chairman of The Board and CEO. What most people do not know about Thompson is that he has always had an extreme passion for the arts, specifically music. At an early age, Thompson was given a full jazz music scholarship, but he turned it down to pursue engineering and obtained his B.A. in Environmental Design from the University of Kansas and later obtained his B.S in Architectural Design, MBA in Finance and Masters in Civil Engineering. Now that he is semi-retired he can get back to his true passion, jazz music. In his high school years he played in a jazz band that opened up frequently in local venues around St. Louis. With four jazz albums previously completed, this new release features Ron Carr and Gerald Warren on drums, Michael Burno Williams and Ken Black on Bass, Keith Moyer on Trumpet, Craig Florez on Guitar, Lina and Aeisha Phillips, and ‘Lil Cuz Jalynn Lee on Flute. The entire album was recorded “live” in Thompson’s studio, TBeats Studio, located in Downtown St. Louis. The album is currently available online at and the vinyl version will be available in local stores April 15th. ABOUT TBEATS STUDIOS TBeats Studio is an affordable professional music... read more

2Chainz Concert with Gabbii and Kingpin

On October 29th Harris Stowe State University will be having its annual homecoming concert and this year 2Chainz is the headliner. The TBeats Entertainment Recording Artists, Gabbii and Kinpin  will open up. Don’t miss out! Order Tickets now before they are all sold... read more

Singing Talent Call – October 8, 2016

Ladies of St. Louis! Have you had dreams of becoming the next big artist and just waiting for your big break? Well here it is! TBeats Entertainment along with I Got Musik Productions are looking for the next great singers. They will be hosting auditions for female singers between the ages of 17 to 19. The Top 4 Finalist will be selected by a panel of judges for an opportunity to work with music industry professionals, producers, songwriters, and STL’s finest. Now is your opportunity to secure that record deal! Come out on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1204 Washington Avenue from 11am – 4pm. Got questions? Email us at [email protected] or call... read more

A successful businessman builds hope through music and scholarships

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch ST. LOUIS • The ambient music Tony Thompson is listening to is his own. He creates the jazz instrumental pieces when he needs to unwind or escape. And, sadly, to ease the pain. “Without music, I’d have lost my mind by now,” Thompson says from his office on Washington Avenue. It’s here, at Kwame Building Group, the construction management firm Thompson founded in 1991, where he has built a music studio, an expansion of his foundation aimed at providing educational opportunities for minorities. It’s one of several ways he has opened doors to those who might not have otherwise had access. The most notable comes in the form of a long list of scholarships, which have made available more than $1.1 million over 12 years. Kwame Foundation’s annual golf tournament each August serves as the sole fundraiser for the scholarships. Thompson also started a mentor program for high school boys and an annual bus tour of historically black universities. But his newest effort is a music studio summer camp that just finished up its second year and spawned a record label: TBeats. It’s a fitting addition to Thompson’s efforts. He has always been a music lover, playing keyboards in the University City High School jazz band, which led to a music scholarship offer by the University of Kentucky. Instead, he accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and environmental design. It would prove to be a successful path for Thompson, 55, landing him jobs with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,... read more

Gabbii Performs in PURPLE REIGN

On August 6, 2016, the TBeats Entertainment recording artist, Gabbii will perform at the fashion show dubbed “PURPLE REIGN.” Meet Gabbii and check out the latest fashion in St. Louis at The Rustic Goat starting at 6:00pm on August 6th. read more

Marty Griptite Releases New Album – UpNext on iTunes and CDBaby

On June 2, 2016, the TBeats Entertainment Recording Artist, Marty Griptite released his new album, “Up Next” on all major streaming outlets including iTunes and CDBaby. For months, Marty has been working tirelessly on this highly anticipated album. Within two days his new album debuted in the top 100 on Art of the Mix and on iTop Chart for iTunes. You can download his new album, UpNext on iTunes and CDBaby using the links below: iTunes: CDBaby: About Marty Griptite Marty Griptite is an artist based out of Saint Louis, Missouri with talents that have no limit. Since Emerging into the music scene as a battle rapper extraordinaire in late 1999 early 2000, his growth in songwriting, production, and the music industry has been parallel to none. Marty has a style that is derived from many of his influences in the music industry such as Mannie fresh, Timbaland, Twista, and even acts far back as the Stylistic and The Dells. “It’s always about the feeling of a song,” says Marty, “You may not remember the words but you do remember the feeling when you hear that song.” With the promise of a better future and the hopes of many in his corner, Marty continues to push forward in attempts to create a Midwest Sound that has never been heard before. Now signed with TBeats Entertainment, Marty Griptite is the name to be on lookout for in the present days to come. About TBeats Entertainment TBeats Entertainment is a record label located in St. Louis, Missouri at 1204 Washington Avenue on the 4th floor. TBeats Entertainment is owned and operated... read more

New Engineer Intern at TBeats Studio

TBeats Studios is thrilled to announce the newest member of our internship program with engineers. A Webster University Senior, Brandy Lawhorn brings a well-rounded education along with knowledge of our superb SSL board that takes artists music to the next level. Brandy has been in training for the last few weeks and is already up to speed on all of the equipment in the studio. Next time you are in the area stop by or call us so that you can set an appointment in the studio to record with this creative young lady. Bio – Brandy Lawhorn The reason I am who I am today is all because of my father and the support of my family. My whole family are singers, but it was my father, a.k.a Mr. Poochie himself who brought the passion and drive for music into my life. I was that kid that sat on his lap while he clicked on different icons that layered his computer screen. I wrote my first song at the age of 8 and recorded it at Jupiter Studios, the winter of 2002. What started out as simple lyric writing became melodies, became rhythm, and became my drive. In the tenth grade I was faced with the question of what I want to do when I go to college, and here I am today living my dreams. I am a senior at Webster University. Audio Engineering is my major. I have worked with many artist and all types of music genres. I enjoy mixing and creating audio creativity. I also write music and perform vocally. My very best is... read more

New Marketing Intern at TBeats Studios

TBeats is extremely excited to work with Webster University and their business and music production schools to offer internships to deserving students. Meet our newest intern in the marketing department, Ina Griesohn! Ina will report to Syl Wilson, Business Development Officer and Marketing Director for TBeats Studios and TBeats Entertainment. Ina was selected from a long list of candidates and it was her persistence, desire to learn and passion for the music industry that ultimately lead to her joining the team. Bio –  Ina Grie Ina Griesohn was Born in 1988 in a small town in Germany.  From the Beginning Ina loved to listen and dance to music, and to produce Media Artwork.  Music always has been an important part of her life as she continued to expand her knowledge and skills. As an International Student at Webster University with a major in Media Communication and a minor in Advertising and Marketing Communication, Ina expanded her knowledge around Media and Communications. She earned her Associate degree in Arts at Saint Louis Community College in 2011. At college, she became a member at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Tau Sigma. Due to her achievements, she got awarded several... read more