KATRINA CARSON LIVE PERFORMANCE AND LAUNCH PARTY AT GARDEN COURT CONDOMINIUMS, SEPTEMBER 17


Southfield, Mich. native and up-and-coming hip hop artist Katrina Carson recently had the opportunity to film her debut music video “BEAUTIFUL” at the historic Garden Court Condominium building in two, all-day photo shoots. Now metro Detroiters can help this Michigan native skyrocket to the top of the music charts by attending the official video launch party at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17. The party will take place at Garden Court Condominiums (2900 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit).


[USPRwire, Thu Sep 03 2009] Southfield, Mich. native and up-and-coming hip hop artist Katrina Carson recently had the opportunity to film her debut music video “BEAUTIFUL” at the historic Garden Court Condominium building in two, all-day photo shoots. Now metro Detroiters can help this Michigan native skyrocket to the top of the music charts by attending the official video launch party at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17. The party will take place at Garden Court Condominiums (2900 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit).

Attendees can meet Katrina, enjoy an array of complimentary food and beverages, and tour the building that helped inspire the song and serve as the background for the video. There is no cost to attend but an RSVP is required by Friday, September 11. Please call Vanessa at 248-855-6777, ext. 116, to register.

If the completed video has reached at least 500,000 views as measured by YouTube on Garden Court Detroit’s channel (GCDetroit) in the 10 days after the launch ending 11:59 p.m., Sunday, September 27, a donation will be made to The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, a non-profit entity committed to the beautification of Detroit.

“This one of the most exciting times of my life. To see my vision become a reality is nothing less than amazing,” said the 18-year-old Carson. “I think we’ve captured the message of ‘BEAUTIFUL.’ We found a truly beautiful setting at Garden Court and an ensemble of performers who were beautiful - both inside and out.”

Nearly 40 local actors and actresses were on site at Garden Court Condominiums during the filming. “BEAUTIFUL” was written by Carson about feeling “BEAUTIFUL” inside and out, no matter who you are. The song is the follow up to “YOU” and has been played on FM 98 WJLB.

“Our company is committed to Michigan, its creative talent and its growth sectors. The rapid expansion of the film industry is certainly encouraging for the region’s economy and the region certainly has the talent,” said Andrew V. Farbman, President and CEO of Farbman Group and representative for Garden Court Condominiums. “We are thrilled that we were able to open our doors and be part of the activity. Garden Court is an important example of the fine architecture that abounds in downtown Detroit and we hope this opportunity will encourage other filmmakers to take a closer look at this area.”

Additional information can be found by visiting WhoIsBeautifulDetroit.com.


About Katrina Carson
In addition to her work with P. Diddy, Ne-Yo and J. Holiday, Carson has opened shows for Al Hudson and One Way, the Contours, the O’Jays and performed on stage with The Whispers and Howard Hewitt. She previously hosted a televised talk show called “Kids on the Move” that aired on Comcast ED TV 15 Southfield station. Carson serves as CEO of HipHopera Entertainment.

About Garden Court
Garden Court Condominiums often is recognized as an example of famed architect Albert Kahn’s early work. This is not the first time the brick and limestone structure has appeared on film. Garden Court also served as the exterior of Martin Lawrence’s home during the 1980s on the popular television show “Martin.”

Today, the building’s two distinctive towers, with elegant entryways and lobbies, offer spectacular panoramic views of the Detroit River and the vibrancy of cross-border city skylines.

Garden Court also retains much of its 1915 charm, featuring attractively landscaped grounds, classic hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces and detailed moldings. Additionally, the property now offers many modern conveniences, including an on-site fitness center, large closets and ample storage, spacious roof top decks and valet parking. Visit GardenCourtCondos.com.

About the Director
The music video was shot by Detroiter Darren Brown of Dirty Mitten (DM) Films. Founded and developed under the vision of Brown and Dikea Taylor, DM Films is a full-service production company specializing in feature length projects, as well as short film and music video productions. While Brown has been making videos for years, his official debut film in 2006, “Project 313,” was met with much acclaim. Brown recently was nominated for “Best Director” at the Detroit Rap Awards.

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Contact Email: jcherry@marxlayne.com

Contact Phone: 248-855-6777

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