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Robert Williams, of TMarquise Entertainment, based in Absecon, has been reading the paper since it was Whoot! and says it’s his source for finding out about entertainment in the South Jersey area. “I read it every Thursday,” he says. “And now you can get it online so I may read it at midnight online.”  What are some of your favorite parts of the paper? The first column I turn to is Raymond Tyler’s “The City Beat.” I love it. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to be interviewed for that column in May of 2006. He’s also covered some of my artists such as Barbara Sheree in his column. I think all in all it’s an excellent newspaper because it gives you everything that’s going on in the city. I use it as a reference [tool] because since I’m in entertainment I need to know what’s going on in the city.  Do you have any special memories related to the paper? Well, the article that spotlighted me I was very happy with because it’s a great opportunity to [gain exposure]. I don’t think that happens too often to just average people so that was a big deal to me. I went and framed it.  Did you ever find out something for the first time in the paper? Anything entertainment wise, AC Weekly’s the only resource that has it first. There is not another outlet that provides [that much] information for our area.”


'T' TimeChecking in with local entertainment manager Robert Williamsby Raymond TylerWhen you start seeing infomercials called "Managing Hip-Hop Talent with No Money Down Made Me Rich," look for local Robert Williams of T-Marquise Management. Mr. Williams is a textbook Russell Simmons example of the evolution from a party promoter to urban entertainment powerbroker. The transition is almost an act of nature these days because if you throw three good parties in a row, you then draw singers, rappers, vendors and other people who will ask for a shot to be seen and heard at your events.What makes Williams different from a slew of other promoters/managers sticking flyers on your car and shoving product in your face is that Williams has always done things as close to right as he can. His artists' CDs are always professional looking and the songs (sound quality, talent, etc.) are ready to go from my hand straight to a radio broadcast.Williams doesn't undercut his artists' music by slacking on the business end, either. T-Marquise artists Barbara Sheree (a vocalist who has opened for Musiq Soulchild), Kne-O'chaw Hampton (who has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer for her mastery of the piano at age 14, and for donating proceeds from her CD sales to AIDS care), and Mystik (who is wrapping up a clothing contract and music for a motion picture soundtrack) are all presently enjoying successful careers with big-time stardom up ahead in their respective futures. Williams has helped his artists build professional relationships with organizations like MTV and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and T-Marquise music is playing and selling as far away as France and India.I recently had a long overdue discussion with Williams on his start, his present and his future.AC Weekly: How did you come up with the name T-Marquise?Robert Williams: It comes from my son's name, Tyler MarquiseACW: How did you get started?RW: I was born into entertainment. My father played the trumpet in jazz bands and my mother taught piano. I was formally taught in school. I owned a recording studio in AC with a partner. She managed artists and from there I got involved in artist management. I also used to give parties in the Tri-State area. We've been doing this for seven years now.ACW: Who are you working with right now?RW: Fourteen-year-old jazz-piano sensation Kne-O'chaw Hampton, female rapper Mystik, R&B singer/songwriter Barbara Sheree, and upcoming R&B singer/dancer Sheekia Trapp. I work with a limited number of artists so they all get proper representation.ACW: What's the toughest thing about artist development?RW: Putting 100 percent into an artist who's not being hungrier than you. I always say the artist needs to beat you to the studio.ACW: What type of artists would be a good fit for T-Marquise?RW: Marquise is open to all types of genres. We have had great success with urban music, especially hip-hop and rap. We look for ambition, motivation, talent, image, support, funds, responsibility, personality, attitude and reserve.ACW: What does T-Marquise offer an up-and-coming artist?RW: T-Marquise Entertainment won't sell a dream and promise that we will get a deal, but we will put 110 percent into trying to reach whatever your goals are as an artist.ACW: What would be your advice to an artist out there who wants quality management?RW: Choose someone who understands the business of music.ACW: When should an artist start thinking about management?RW: When they have a complete project and are really ready to move to the next step as a commercial artist. An artist who has already generated a buzz will make them more attractive to a management company.ACW: Who are the managers that have inspired you?RW: Berry Gordy (Motown), Mona Scott (Violator), Wendy Day (Rap Coalition).ACW: Can you talk about opportunities for new artists here in Atlantic City?RW: Opportunities in A.C. are very limited for an upcoming artist. The venues don't support the artists. Radio and press coverage is very limited. The one genre that tends to make out is rock. I always tell people coming to me, they need to branch out of the area. Hit Philly and NYC. Use the Web, it's worldwide. We sell all over the world on We have networked with some of music's heavy hitters on the Net.For more info visit Tyler is a freelance writer who has written about varied subjects for several of the country's leading urban magazines.”

— Raymond Tyler, Atlantic City Weekly