Local entrepreneur to assist local young singers

Anthony Outlaw

Anthony Outlaw

By Jana E. Pye, Editor, editor@newsandpress.net

Some people are encouraged to spread their wings in life, only to take flight never to return home again.
That did not occur with Anthony Outlaw.

Wilhelmina P. Johnson, founder of the Cultural Realism Center (CRC), said that Outlaw is a testimony and product of the CRC; “He came through the CRC as a child, and now he is giving back to the children today as a mentor and a role model,” said Johnson. “He makes all of Darlington proud.”

As a native of Darlington, Outlaw has been working with talented artists for more than 25 years, many of them youth.
A proud graduate of Mayo High School, Outlaw attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. After college, he moved to Atlanta, GA and worked in the business world. He returned home to Darlington with a vision- to create a business with his partner, Janice M. Murry; together they opened Premier and Partners, preparing taxes, payroll and insurance, while still maintaining and cultivating his love of music and helping young people in the performing arts
He himself is a musician, and has worked with stars and entertainers ranging from pop superstar Usher, the legendary group New Edition, among others.

Through the Premier Endeavour Music Company led by Outlaw, young people in Darlington from the ages of 10 to 17 that express a desire towards the arts to attend a workshop at the CRC on Saturday, February 7.

“I hope to find young people with the desire to sing, dance, rap, host performances, write, produce and compose songs, and play any type of instrument,” said Outlaw. “Whatever the talent, Endeavour group can cultivate, shape and mold the child for the stage.”

The goal, according to Outlaw, is to educate them on great entertainers of the past, and learn to recreate the talent themselves.

“We will target sensational singers, and artists in gospel and inspirational music,” said Outlaw. “We will also introduce stage etiquette ranging from the styles of the great Motown groups such as the Tempting Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vendellas, The Supremes, The Miracles, The Jackson 5, The Marvelettes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Boyz 2 Men, and even Darlington’s own Buddy and Ella Johnson.”

Outlaw also plans to feature more current music to entice the children to perform.

“We will have a live band, played by students and their peers. Rappers will pay tribute to an array of great lyricists including groups from Sugar Hill Gang to Run DMC,” said Outlaw. “Then, once the show is ready, the real fun begins! This production will take time and much effort and dedication.”

Volunteers are needed, including parents, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, churches, teachers and mentors requested to help volunteer.

If you have a child interested in the art of entertainment (or if you know of any!) or would like to assist, please contact: Anthony Outlaw at 843-617-5732 or email at: anthonyoutlaw88@yahoo.com.

The training begins at the CRC at 302 Pearl Street, Darlington on this Saturday, February 7th at 12 o’clock, noon.

Author: Jana Pye

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