Twila Marie has been singing since the tender age of two. There was absolutely no doubt in her families mind what her destiny was even at such a young age. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan to the parents of musician and songwriter Steven B. Dunlap and singer/songwriter Marcia Dunlap, there was no wonder the soulful sounds of music would be embedded in her.
By the time Twila was four years old she was studying music at Martin Luther King Academy upon attending school she often sang at her church Indiana Ave. C.O.G.I.C. and many other churches throughout the community. After attending M.L.K Academy
Twila continued her education as well as her music studies at Louis Pasteur under the guidance of Ms. Oneida Lewis who taught her the art of music. Ms. Lewis soon began training Twila and it wasn’t long before she was featured on the front page of the Detroit News for her outstanding achievements in gospel music at only age ten. Not very long after leaving Louis Pasteur had Twila began doing gospel plays she soon had roles in plays like Stop the Violence, We can make it together & Call on Jesus. It was the late eighties when Twila was sent to the House of Senate in Lansing, Michigan to sing for state Senator Jackie Vaughn. Twila received three Spirit of Detroit Awards as well as an offer to represent the police officers for Christ not long after. Upon attending high school Twila began writing and has written numerous songs, it is her belief that music comes from within us so Twila continues to allow herself to grow. Soon Twila was at Samuel C. Mumford high school where a lot of the worlds most remarkable talent has come from artist such as the Winans, the Clark sisters, Fred Hammond & Deitreck Haddon to name a few. Twila was sent to many state and national competitions and represented her school for many events. By spring of nineteen-ninety six Twila was on the cover of the Detroit News again for recognition she received for her powerful rendition of “Precious Lord” at the National Birthday celebration in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. . The article covered a lot of Twila’s musical history and gave audiences an idea of the passion she has for inspirational music. Word spread and Fred Hammond came to Mumford to personally honor Twila for her contribution to gospel music on behalf of the youth. It was a remarkable sight to see such a great Pioneer of music encouraging a young artist to continue to reach for her goals. After graduating high school Twila immediately began writing songs for her own album which she has now completed, she also attended college and continued singing at churches all over the country. Then everything was put on hold when she married and started a family with her loving husband Kevin Hughes, who not only supports her in all her music endeavors but has also written, produced and sang with her. The two share four beautiful children. Twila’s love for God an devotion to inspirational music will soon cause her to soar even further than she already has. Twila has shared the stage,studied under and worked with many world renowned artist like Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Derrick Starks, Fred Hammond and many,many others. Her goal is to share the love of God through song with as many people as she can. Her motto is “There is only one Star that truly shines. Its God and the rest of us that are touched by him are merely reflections!!!
Pop/R&B Singer-Songwriter from Detroit, Mi. With influences from “Aaliyah” all the way down to “The Internet” Shay is strikingly versatile with every song created. Her new single “Wanna Be” has a 90’s R&B style with a taste of electronic flavor. “Wanna Be” is now available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, & Tidal. Shay plans to release an EP Project fourth quarter of 2016. You can stay updated with her by following her on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr & Youtube @ShayLewisMusic and by hitting “LIKE” on her Facebook Fanpage www.facebook.com/
Independent singer-songwriter and dancer Cientell started out in the entertainment industry appearing on WADL TV 38 Dance Party, as well as an dance understudy for Aretha Franklin. With 5 years experience as a performer with many recording artists ( Rashad Morgan, John Brown, Tunde Olaniran, Drew 32) she transitioned to pursuing a solo music career. Her first single “Baddest Chick, produced by Jazatopia Entertainment was released in 2013 and the following year her second single Slow was released along with a visual directed by Diego Cruz. She is also working on her 1st studio album, in which the title is to be announced in December 2016.
Comax Flavors has released new primary research on consumers’ behavior, usage and attitudes towards various alcohols. Specifically, this study surveyed consumers about their use of Vodka, Rum, Whiskey/Whisky, Gin, Tequila, Liqueur/Cordial/Schnapps, Cream Liqueur and Crème Liqueur.
This is the 10th study of the company’s primary market research program. The Alcohol study was fielded in February 2018 with 1,200 U.S. respondents aged 21-70+; half were female and the other half were male.
According to Distilled Spirits Council, spirits sales rose 4% to reach $26.2 billion in the US market in 2017. According to Technavio’s “Alcoholic beverage market in the US 2016-2020” report, the spirits segment, which includes brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey, is growing faster than beer or wine.
“We recognize that the younger generations’ alcohol preferences and consumption habits are changing as they have more options compared to previous generations,” notes Catherine Armstrong, Comax vice president of corporate communications. “We wanted to better understand the general population’s shift in behaviors towards alcohol.”
Comax has partnered with Amy Marks-McGee of Trendincite LLC to manage the market research program and Costello Creative Group to translate the data into creative, fun and easy-to-read infographics.
Additional Comax studies include: tea, crackers, bread, sweet baked products, alternative dairy products, yogurt, nutrition and performance products, flavored water, juice and coffee.
Below are just a few of the study highlights. To request a copy of the complete infographic and report, “Proof Is In The Alcohol,” contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vodka Findings – Among respondents who consume “Vodka” N=200:
• 70% of respondents drink Vodka mixed with other beverages
• Juice (77%) and Soda (52%) are the top two products that respondents mix with their Vodka
• 48% of respondents drink Vodka with dinner
• “Taste” is the second most important attribute after “Price” to drive Vodka purchase intent, according to two-thirds of respondents
• Three-quarters of respondents drink “Plain/Original,” making it the number one flavor among all generations
• 23% of all respondents drink “Citrus”; among all generations, more than a quarter of Gen Y (32%), Gen X (27%) and Gen Z (27%) drink “Citrus” flavors compared to less than a quarter of the Silent Generation (16%) and Baby Boomers (14%)
• “Berry” flavors (12%) and “Strawberry” (12%) are equally consumed
• 15% of all respondents drink “Fruit” flavors; among all generations, Gen Z (47%) are the heaviest drinkers compared to Baby Boomers (6%) and the Silent Generation (5%)
Rum Findings – Among respondents who consume “Rum” N=200:
• 80% of respondents drink Rum mixed with other beverages
• Soda (82%) and Juice (50%) are the top two products respondents mix with their Rum
• “Taste” is the most important attribute driving Rum purchase intent with three-quarters (76%) of respondents citing it
• “Spiced” is the number one flavor among all generations, according to 43% of respondents
• “Plain/Original” (38%) is a well-liked flavor consumed by all generations
• Among all generations, shy of half of Gen Y (45%) and Gen Z (43%) prefer “Plain/Original” compared to one third or more of Gen X (38%), the Silent Generation (35%) and Baby Boomers (33%)
• About one-fifth (21%) of respondents drink “Aged Dark” compared to 12% of respondents who drink “Aged Light”
• 16% of respondents drink “Fruit” flavors; among all generations, Gen Y are the heaviest drinkers of “Fruit” flavors (30%) compared to the Silent Generation who does not drink “Fruit” flavors at all
Whisky/Whiskey Findings – Among respondents who consume “Whisky/Whiskey” N=200:
• Exploratory question of 627 respondents, 38% drink Bourbon and 20% drink Scotch
• Soda (74%) and Water (29%) are the top two products that respondents mix with their Whisky/Whiskey
• 46% of respondents drink Whisky/Whiskey on the rocks
• More than three-quarters (78%) of respondents cite “Taste” as the most important attribute driving Whisky/Whiskey purchase intent
• “Plain/Original” is the number one flavor consumed by all generations reported by more than three-quarters (78%) of respondents
• 13% of respondents drink “Honey” flavors; among all generations, Gen X (21%) are the heaviest consumers compared to the Silent Generation (2%)
Gin Findings – Among respondents who consume “Gin” N=200:
• Three-quarters of respondents cite “Taste” as the most important attribute and number one driver of Gin purchase intent
• 58% of respondents drink Gin with dinner while 40% of respondents prefer to drink it with appetizers
• More than half (53%) of all generations consume “Plain/Original,” making it the number one flavor
• Shy of a third of all respondents drink “Dry” (32%) compared to more than a quarter (27%) of respondents who drink “Extra Dry”
• “Peach” (23%) and “Lime” (22%) are consumed by less than a quarter of respondents
• 19% of respondents drink “Apple” flavors
Tequila Findings – Among respondents who consume “Tequila” N=200:
• 54% of respondents drink Tequila as a shot
• 62% of respondents drink Tequila with dinner while 35% drink it with appetizers
• “Taste” is the most important Tequila attribute driving purchase intent as reported by shy of three-quarters (74%) of respondents
• “Silver” (39%), “Plain/Original” (38%) and “Gold” (37%) are the top three flavors consumed by all generations
• A quarter (26%) of respondents drink “Fruit” flavors; among all generations, Gen Z (45%) are the heaviest drinkers followed by Gen Y (28%) compared to the Silent Generation who does not drink it at all
Liqueur/Cordial/Schnapps Findings – Among respondents who consume “Liqueur/Cordial/Schnapps” N=67:
• Two-thirds (67%) of respondents drink Liqueur/Cordial/Schnapps with dinner while more than a third of respondents drink it with appetizers (40%) and snacks (39%) compared to shy of a quarter (24%) of respondents who drink it with lunch
• “Taste” is the number one driver of Liqueur/Cordial/Schnapps purchases with 73% of respondents citing it as the most important attribute
• About two-thirds (64%) of all generations drink “Fruit” flavors
• More than a third of all respondents consume “Citrus” (37%), “Berry” (36%) and “Vanilla” (36%) flavors
Cream Liqueur Findings – Among respondents who consume “Cream Liqueur” N=67:
• Just shy of half (49%) of respondents drink Cream Liqueur with dinner while more than a third of respondents drink it with dessert (40%) and snacks (36%) and more than a quarter (27%) of respondents drink it with lunch
• “Taste” is the most important Cream Liqueur attribute driving purchase intent according to two-thirds (67%) of respondents
• More than half (52%) of respondents drink “Irish,” making it the most popular flavor consumed by all generations
• Shy of half of all respondents consume “Coffee” (49%), “Vanilla” (46%) and “Chocolate” (43%) flavors
Crème Liqueur Findings – Among respondents who consume “Crème Liqueur” N=66:
• More than half (56%) of respondents drink Crème Liqueur on the rocks while half drink it straight up
• 44% of respondents drink Crème Liqueur with dinner and 35% drink it with dessert
• “Taste” is the number one driver of Crème Liqueur purchase intent with 70% of respondents citing it as the most important attribute
• 44% of respondents drink “Coffee,” making it the number one flavor among all generations
• One-third of respondents drink “Raspberry”
• Shy of one-third of all respondents drink “Almond” (30%), “Banana” (30%), “Coconut” (30%), “Dark Chocolate” (30%), “Mint” (30%) and “White Chocolate” (30%)
Generations defined: Gen Z born 1996 and later; Gen Y born 1977 to 1995; Gen X born 1965 to 1976; Baby Boomers born 1946 to 1964; Silent Generation born 1925 to 1945
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