ESSENCE & Pebbles Kick Off Their R&B Star Competition in Atlanta


{Photo Credit: Jennifer Cooper} Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Pebbles “Perri” Reid, Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications Inc.

So you think you’re a star? There are not too many opportunities to showcase your talent to top executives and influential media, so when the opportunity arises you need to jump on that pony and ride out! Essence and R&B music mogul Perri “Pebbles” Reid kicked off their R&B competition at Atlanta’s Table 1280 in the Woodruff Arts Center, the place was star-studded and the soulful sounds of Chrisette Michelle singing live, filled the room! Pebbles, who is the executive producer of the online component  of Essence + Pebbles present R&B Star, was the host for the evening and mingled with some of Atlanta’s most influential taste makers, and she was seen reuniting with her former protegé Chilli, of the Grammy award-winning group TLC.


Chilli + Pebbles

Steve & Marjorie Harvey, Jermaine Dupri, Cynthia Bailey and Bryan Michael Cox were just a few of the beautiful people who made an appearance at the event that was catered by A Legendary Event ; and the DJ’s that kept attendees grooving on the dance floor was none other than V-103’s Frank Ski AKA Do Do Brown.


Steve + Marjorie Harvey

All this partying was in celebration of the R&B Star Competition which started March 20th, where aspiring R&B vocalist have the opportunity to log onto to enter to win a one-year artist management contract with musician industry veteran Kevin Liles’ KWL Enterprises, a feature in an upcoming issue of ESSENCE and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hit the stage for a featured performance during the 2011 ESSENCE Music Festival July 1st-3rd in New Orleans.


Teri Vaughn


Frank Ski

Teri Vaughn + Marjorie Harvey

Makes me want to whip out my 112 CD

If you are planning to audition in one of three cities you can expect surprise celebrity judges, including Pebbles, Liles and local radio personality will attend each audition. Judges will choose six contestants who will later participate in an artist boot camp. readers will have an opportunity to cast their vote and send three finalists to New Orleans during the music festival to make appearances and give festival goers and readers the power to choose their final winner. The winner will be announced Sunday night at the New Orleans Convention Center and the winner will perform! Be sure to  check out webisodes from the contest beginning March 28th at .


Auditions will be held at the following Locations:

Atlanta March 26th and March 27th {Woodruff Arts Center}

Los Angeles April 2nd and April 3rd {Victory Studios}

New York City April 9th and April 10th {Time and Life Building}

Photo Credit: Moses Robinson




One Response to “ESSENCE & Pebbles Kick Off Their R&B Star Competition in Atlanta”
  1. LaShell Bush says:

    I am excited about being apart of this

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