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  • Middletown singer close to sharing stage with stars

  • If all goes well, local singer Jovon Newman will open for national recording artists Marsha Ambrosius and Raheem DeVaughn at World Café Live at The Queen in Wilmington next Thursday.
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  • If all goes well, local singer Jovon Newman will open for national recording artists Marsha Ambrosius and Raheem DeVaughn at World Café Live at The Queen in Wilmington next Thursday.
    All Newman has to do is outshine nine other contestants from throughout the region in this Saturday's Kiss Idol 2013 contest at The Queen. The event is open to the public.
    Kiss Idol, presented by the hip-hop and R&B radio station Kiss 101.7 FM in Wilmington, will feature judging from a panel of radio and record label executives. Each act will be limited to performing one song. The complete list of contestants includes: JQ (this is the R&B-pop duo Newman has formed with his partner-in-rhyme, Quintin Richardson) Cartin Vegas, FlowCity, Bobby Dimes, Jay Watts, Walt Anderson, K. Foxx, J. Wynn and Angel Demar.
    "It would really be an accolade if we could add this to our resume and build off it," Newman, 21, of Middletown, said of him and Richardson. "It would give us the momentum we want."
    Like many young adults, Richardson and Newman have big dreams to touch the world with their music and make performing their full-time career.
    JQ is slated to drop their debut LP "Anticipation" in mid-summer, said JQ manager Michael "Video Myke" Clarkson, 32, of Smyrna. The album will include the song JQ will perform in Kiss Idol: "Replay."
    'Everybody can relate'
    Richardson and Newman will sing the new single "Replay" on Saturday since they feel it's not a one-dimensional tune. The track sees the pair singing sugary melodies with a verse apiece, starting with Newman. Not content with just singing, Newman performs double duty by debuting his rap skills on the third verse. The cherry on top is the tune's message about having a good time — a theme that many people can feel.
    Page 2 of 3 - "What makes 'Replay' such an attractive song is everybody can relate to it," Newman said.
    Though Richardson believes the versatility of "Replay" will be key to helping them win the competition, he says it's only half the equation. The other half is based on "the way we represent ourselves and the way we perform and interact with the crowd," said Richardson, 26, of Smyrna.
    With an air of confidence, Newman made it clear JQ will deliver a stellar performance in Kiss Idol since the duo boasts a special quality that transcends their music: "We got swag."
    For unbelievers, JQ's swag has been documented on YouTube in their viral video "Police," which dropped in October. "Police" will also be featured on "Anticipation."
    Brushing shoulders with big names
    Ambrosius is a platinum-selling singer best known for performing in the neo-soul duo Floetry during the early 2000s. Floetry's debut album, "Floetic," released in 2000, produced signature singles like "Say Yes" and "Getting Late" as well as four Grammy nods. Following the 2005 release of the duo's second studio album, "Flo'Ology," the pair veered creatively and personally.
    Ambrosius has since continued to build a name for herself as a songwriter and producer, creating "Butterflies" for the late Michael Jackson and other hits for artists such as Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx and Nas. She's been nominated for a total of six Grammys. Her latest album is "Late Nights & Early Mornings," released in 2011.
    Meanwhile, DeVaughn is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer who dropped his first studio album "The Love Experience" in 2005, which peaked at number 46 on the Billboard music charts. He's since released the albums "Love Behind the Melody" in 2008 and "The Love and War Master Piece" in 2010, and both projects peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Kiss Idol competition, presented by Kiss 101.7 FM
    WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30
    Page 3 of 3 - WHERE World Café Live at The Queen, World Café Live at The Queen, Wilmington
    COST $5
    INFO worldcafelive.com or 994-1400
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Kiss Idol competition, presented by Kiss 101.7 FM
    WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30
    WHERE World Café Live at The Queen, World Café Live at The Queen, Wilmington
    COST $5
    INFO worldcafelive.com or 994-1400

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