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.
Healthier lifestyles have become a focus for today’s consumer with an increased interest in plant-based and probiotic foods and beverages.
With instant access to information and an affinity for travel, the younger demographics continue to drive multicultural flavor innovation. In response to the consumers’ ever-changing behavior, Comax Flavors introduces the 2019 Flavor Trends divided into four unique flavor collections.
Drink To Your Health is a collection of better-for-you beverages while Meatless Meals addresses consumers’ effort to eat less meat and incorporate more plant-based protein into their diets. A Passage To India capitalizes on the growing younger demographics’ attraction to multicultural flavors while Steeped In Culture taps into consumers’ interest in high-impact fermented and pickled flavors.
Each Comax Flavor collection is comprised of a variety of food and beverage applications including non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, plant-based applications, savory products, dairy and ice cream, candy, baked goods, and nutrition and performance products.
Drink To Your Health
Better-for-you beverages such as flavored water, tea and mocktails are growing in popularity as consumers gravitate towards healthier lifestyles. Beverage choices with less sugar, lower calories, more natural ingredients and functional benefits are trending.
According to IRI data, dollar sales for the overall bottled water category were $16.4 billion for the 52 weeks ending August 12, 2018 in total U.S. multi-outlets and convenience stores. And refrigerated ready-to-drink (RTD) teas generated dollar sales of more than $1.36 billion in U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ending May 20, 2018, an 8.3% increase compared with the prior-year period.
It has been reported that Generation Z drinks less alcohol than any generation. This is evidenced by the 160% increase in searches for “mocktails” on Pinterest in 2017.
According to Technomic’s 2018 Beverage Consumer Trend Report, more consumers today than two years ago indicate that non-alcohol beverages are “very important” when deciding where to dine; 23% of respondents indicated this compared with 18% in 2016.
“To address consumers’ growing demand for flavorful, better-for-you beverages, Comax created the Drink to Your Health collection formulated for a variety of beverages,” states Catherine Armstrong, Comax Flavors’ vice president of corporate communications.
This better-for-you flavor collection can be used in several cold and hot beverage applications such as still and sparkling water, RTD tea, coffee, juice and mocktails.
Flavors in this group include:
Avocado Daiquiri, Blackberry Lilac Tea Cooler, and Harvest Spritzer
Vegetarianism, veganism, rawism, flexitarianism and Paleo diets are on the rise.
Consumers are conscientiously making an effort to eat less meat driven by a variety of reasons such as health and wellness, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. Consumers still crave the characteristics of real meat such as texture, taste, flavor and aroma and plant-based meat alternatives are flooding the market in consumer packaged goods and quick service restaurants.
Allied Market Research predicts that the meat alternatives market will reach $5.2 billion by 2020 and vegetable-based proteins are slated to experience a compound annual growth of 8.4% overall. According to IRI, U.S. plant-based food sales increased 40% during the last year with plant-based meat alternatives growing 24% in dollar sales to $64 million compared to 2% dollar growth of animal meat during the same time period.
“Comax recognizes the importance of plant-based meat alternatives without sacrificing taste and texture. In response to consumers’ desire for tasty plant-based meats, Comax has created the Meatless Meals collection,” notes Armstrong.
This multi-purpose flavor collection can be used in several plant-based proteins.
Flavors in this group include:
Asian Stir Fry, Spicy Fried Chicken, and Street Taco
A Passage to India
With instant access to information and an affinity for travel, the younger generation has adventurous tastes and continues to seek authentic global flavors in their backyard.
Indian food is slowly making inroads in the United States. According to a Washington Post report, there are about 5,000 Indian restaurants compared to roughly 40,000 Chinese and Mexican restaurants.
Furthermore, according to Mintel’s 2018 U.S. Flavor Trends report, consumers are interested in seeing more international sauces and condiments in foods. 49% said they would like to see more Indian flavors, 33% Middle Eastern flavors and 25% African flavors.
“Over the last few years, we’ve seen Indian ingredients such as cardamom, coriander, curry, and garam masala emerge. Comax thinks Indian Food is ripe for the American palate and has created the ‘Passage to India’ collection,” says Armstrong.
This multicultural collection can be used in numerous applications such as savory products, dressing, sauces, dairy, ice cream, plant-based applications, baked goods, and nutrition and performance products.
Flavors in this group include:
Indian Vegetable Curry, Mango Lassi, and Masala Spiced Donut
Steeped In Culture
Fermented and pickled foods and beverages are having a revival. This renewed interest is driven by consumers gravitating towards probiotics and friendly bacteria that support digestive health coupled with consumers’ interest in bold tastes.
According to SPINS, U.S. retail sales of refrigerated kombucha and other fermented beverages surged 37.4% to $556 million in 2017.
“Consumers are seeking bolder, high impact and more complex flavor profiles. To meet the demand, Comax Flavors created the Steeped In Culture range,” notes Armstrong.
This versatile, bold collection can be used in numerous applications such as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, savory products, dressing, sauces, and snacks.
Flavors in this group include:
Five Spice Kombucha, Pickled Beet & Onion, and Pickled Peach
For more information, visit Comax’s new website www.comaxflavors.com.