By Jenae Graves | AC JosepH Media Guest Blogger
ATLANTIC CITY â€“ Creative Multi Media (CMM), founded by Angela Burton, is hosting their sixth Tri State Black History Month Awards Ceremony this month to inspire the community and honor those who have made a positive impact.
Burton has been a household name in Atlantic City for decades. She is known for her vocal talent showcased during her years as the opening act at once legendary Club Harlem in Atlantic City.
Discovered by the late Harold Melvin, from the famed soul group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Burton became one of the most recognizable faces and voice in the Atlantic City entertainment scene â€“ and continues to go strong today.
Burton was so loved and well respected, she was called on to open for some of the top musical acts that came to Atlantic City, including The Commodores, The Stylistics, Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman, The Marvelettes, The Heatwave Band, Ray, Goodman & Brown, The Shirelles, War, the O’Jays and The Whispers.
Burton has worked with famous headliners throughout her great career while building her own name. Her voice opened doors for her that allowed her to sing for U.S soldiers with the USO in over 30 countries, from South Korea to Cuba.
She tributes her hard work and determination to her strong relationship with God. This resulted in the successful launch of her album, “Passion and Pain.” In December 2017, Burton received the key to Atlantic City by the Mayor Don Guardian. She named an Atlantic City Hometown Hero the same year.
“You are a world class, one of a kind, trailblazer for Atlantic City entertainment,” said local radio host and columnist Raymond Tyler in an open letter last June. “You are an even sweeter, kinder person on top of that. I am still struggling to be half the entertainer you are but I hope I am coming closer to being as kind as you are.”
CMM was established in 2019 by Burton and her sister Saundra Adams-Stephens, as a community-based nonprofit program designed to cultivate creative spaces and events that highlight local talent and community leaders.
Though the nonprofit was officially planted in 2019, the award show has been a tradition since 2014.
Put on solely as a passion project, the sisters find joy in honoring the music industry as well as local community leaders. They understand the importance of strong community bonds and thanking those who have given back.
With the awards ceremony, Burton hopes to reach the up-and-coming young adults to make and keep making positive change.
The impact is being made and some members of the community have noticed her work. Cathy Burke, owner of Irish Pub in Atlantic City, Eric Scheffler of the Atlantic County Sherriff Dept., and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) are sponsors for the award ceremony.
Every year, the awards ceremony honors 50 local artists honored for their achievements. This year the honorees include talents such as: Melba Moore, The Blue Notes, Henrietta Shalton, Aviance Musiq, Rob Schwartz, Mimi Nambo, Mike Nitty, the Original Blue Magic (Gregory â€˜G-Manâ€™ Boyd) and Katherine Schaffner & the Marvelettes just to name a few! Along with the fifty there are also two surprise honorees.
The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. It is virtual and tickets can be purchased on EventBrite for $15.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards another cause close to their hearts, Childrenâ€™s Rain Boots.
If you would like to otherwise donate and be part of their cause, donations can be sent care of Angela Burton to P.O Box 1678 Atlantic City, New Jersey. Please make checks payable to Creative Multi Media.
Visit the CMM website at www.creativemultimediats.org
Between her service to her community and being a grandmother, Burton still finds time to work on her passion. You do not want to miss Angela Burtonâ€™s new single, “Must be Heaven” featuring Evan Wills.
Feature photo: Image of Angela Burton from the cover of her album “Passion and Pain.” Photo by Paul Dempsey
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