Who We Are

Cinnamon Denise

(MM, BM)

Cinnamon Denise is a vocalist, bassoonist, songwriter, and producer who has a talent for engulfing listeners into her music. She uses a fusion of unique and virtuosic singing style with R&B soul influences to beautifully intertwine her music. An alumna of the University of Miami Frost School of Music and Berklee College of Music Valencia Spain, Cinnamon Denise is a woman of many talents. Her multilingual songwriting abilities have led her to several international collaborations. Her projects include collaborating with Japanese deep house producer, Hideo Kobayashi; an eclectic acoustic duo, “Cinnamon and Jonny” in Ibiza, Spain; a songwriting team member of new song for the Slovenia’s Got Talent 2014 winner, Jana Sustersic; a staff writer for the Peer Music Publishing Company; and the new age R&B band, the George Lacson Project’s recent EP release, Paradigms. “You Were Here,” a music video that received 2nd Place in the Pronebula Awards Music Video Contest in Valencia, Spain, was produced by Cinnamon Denise. Additionally, she was a semifinalist in the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival Jazz Voice Competition, presided by legendary artist Al Jarreau. As an active member of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME), Atlanta, GA Chapter, Cinnamon Denise aspires to continue worldwide collaborations via songwriting and music production. Cinnamon Denise also toured Summer 2018 in Spain and the Czech Republic as the lead vocalist in the George Lacson Project. "I believe in the power of music to bring about change in this world. So let's make some music and spread some love." ~Cinnamon Denise

Chenoa hARTherapy Murray

(MPH, BS)

Chenoa hARTherapy Murray is a premier social justice activist specializing in poetry, public speaking, and voice. With much of her work based on the importance of cultural diversity and acknowledgement of the human condition, she uses original ear candy to nourish the hART and soul of audiences worldwide. Throughout her childhood, her mother affectionately nicknamed her "Mother Theresa" due to her never ending quest to aid communities with social justice ills. A graduate of Paine College and Morehouse School of Medicine's Public Health Program, hARTherapy has an inexplicable affinity for vulnerable populations such as people living with HIV/AIDS, those fraught with homelessness, veterans, and Native Americans, and has thus invested much of her advocacy work based on the plight of such groups. As a proud former AmeriCorps Member (2011-2012), hARTherapy used her public speaking abilities to engage with various people by serving in a homeless veteran shelter and a local Atlanta-based free clinic for Black women. Her passion for community engagement activities has led her to live and work in places near and far including Mexico, Costa Rica, and most recently South Africa. From 2015-2017, hARTherapy served in the U.S. Peace Corps as an HIV/AIDS Health Volunteer in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. These are just a few experiences that have shaped the artistic approach to social justice for hARTherapy. hARTherapy's vocal abilities acquired in church have been used to further uplift and inspire people. Her vocal talents have allowed her to perform for a variety of opportunities. She has had guest performances on WATC Atlanta's TV 57 Live (2013), numerous Phoenix IV Productions (2010-2015), and the Velvet Note (2016). Ultimately, it is hARTherapy's goal is that all who hear her words are reenergized, invigorated, and inspired to give life just one more try. hARTherapy is also the author of 'Whites Only', a culturally diverse poetry collection mostly inspired by her experience as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa. "No matter what happens, don't die before you enter the grave; live while you are yet living!" ~Chenoa hARTherapy Murray

Val Murray

(MBA, BS)

Val Murray is a U.S. Army veteran with 29 years of federal government service. She carries 15-year experience as a Christian praise and worship director and a music background that extends over 40 plus years. She has a musical vocal charisma that draws others to excel past their confidence level. She says, “I love music, so I want to teach others how love music. It’s not just singing a note…., `oh no`…., it’s the sound of your note and singing it correctly. That’s music.”

An alumna of the Keller Graduate School of Management and DeVry University, Val serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the I Am Free Music Festival. She has successfully completed courses through the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She is currently a member of the City Talkers Toastmaster and has earned the honor of Distinguished Toastmasters. (DTM) award from Toastmasters International which is the highest recognition a member may receive.

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