Inside the World of Big Top Entertainment LLC

Company hits the marketplace for 2017 with a new various artist compilation, titled ‘Already On’

The last time Music Industry Quarterly spoke with Big Top Entertainment LLC (BTELLC) in 2015 they were riding high with their fourth Billboard charting project and a new distribution situation with Sony Music’s digital affiliate The Orchard. Big Top Entertainment’s current roster includes country singer IMAJ (daughter of Miami Vice star Phillip Michael Thomas); rapper-singer/shoe designer J Jordan; Christian Hip-Hop group King James III; rapper/producer SF1; and R&B/Pop singer Cicely O’kain, to name a few. The company’s most recent project the “Already On” compilation, is a collection of current and future hitmakers, primarily in the genres of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop.

Curtis Johnson (Marv), CEO, BTELLC

So, who are the executive players not only behind the Already On compilation, but the Big Top Entertainment LLC group? Curtis Johnson (Marv) is the CEO and primarily responsible for negotiating the business deals, seeking new partnerships and handling the day to day operations, as well as signing new artists. Jay Johnson is the COO and responsible for discovering and acquiring talent, artist development and artist management. Bobby Robinson is the President, responsible for seeking new partnerships, funding, capitol ventures, sponsorships/endorsements, and road and tour management.

Jay Johnson, COO, BTELLC

“We decided to executive produce a various artist compilation because we saw the strength in promoting a larger body of work to a larger audience,” says Curtis Johnson. “We have built platforms for our artists over the years and are now branding BTELLC and exposing our brand worldwide.”

To help promote and market the compilation, BTELLC is working closely with Micah Schure from the Schure Media Group ( “We took a unique approach in our marketing campaign by launching a 13- day video countdown featuring a different artist every day,” says Johnsons.

Bobby Robinson, President, BTELLC

With the compilation and its roster of artists as a priority for the independent music group, the company also has robust plans to expand beyond music. BTELLC is in position to distribute film to digital stores (iTunes, Hulu, Netflix), cable, on demand channels and in some cases theatrical release. BTELLC is also accepting film submissions. “Yes, we are still a record label, but through our distribution and creative partnerships, we have gained access into the film distribution world,” says Johnson. “Once a film is properly screened and accepted, we can deliver to online stores and possibly for theatrical release.”

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Some outsiders jokingly call this Midwest town “Nap town,” but Indianapolis, Indiana music star and recently-released from incarceration rapper Dbo is nothing to sleep on. With a new perspective on life, this talent caught the eye of Bone, CEO of BONEafied Management and assistant manager for Houston legend Bun B. With new music coming in 2017 and his current single “Solid” featuring Kevin Gates and Lil E trending on the internet, Dbo is sure to have a breakout year. Twitter @dbo_rsf; Instagram @ dbo_rsf; Website


Sha Sha Jones of Oklahoma, went from being known as a YouTube sensation to being signed by Warner Chappell Music executive Jon Platt. She has also written and co-written songs for artists such as Omarion, Mya, The Game, and Tamar Braxton. Her SoundCloud track, “Lit” featuring The Game, is on a mission to continue her rise to the top. Twitter @shashajones; Instagram @shashajones; Website


Texas bred producer, songwriter, and artist Gabe Parker is more than something special. From producing his own music and writing and engineering for himself and other artists, Gabe can cover all genres of music, from Hip-Hop to Pop, R&B and Dance. Specializing in giving you what you want, Gabe Parker is definitely who you need on your next project! Twitter @gabeparkermusic; Instagram @gabeparkermusic; Website


Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in historical Venice Beach, Billy Sales has always been around amazing music. In 2016, this Hip-Hop artist and producer dropped his first official single and video entitled “No Lie.” Currently, Billy is preparing his official LP Work Coming, which he wrote and produced. Billy has worked with Snoop Dogg’s artist Jooba Loc, Daz Dilenger, and many others and has an estimated 3,000 songs recorded in his catalogue. Twitter @addbillysales; Instagram @addbillysales


With a couple of Billboard charting songs under his belt, a stadium tour with Mindless Behavior, designing Converse’s JJ Barea shoe, and also meeting with and sketching two shoe designs for Kanye West, Jordan is poised to re-enter the music scene. His last single, “You Can’t Stop Me,” featuring LA rapper Problem, increased Jordan’s buzz, while his new single, “Vice,” features LA songwriter, producer, and singer Mario Dillard and is a surefire hit that speaks to the ladies. Twitter @jjordvn; Instagram @jjordvn; Website


Amanda, a British singer-songwriter with a fresh, organic sound; who was born and raised in the depths of Cumbria, England. In 2002, after auditioning for the UK television show Stars in their Eyes, Amanda was the first to be selected for the kid’s version of the show. Following her success on the show, Amanda went on to perform at festivals and events throughout the UK alongside major artists such as Boyzone, Westlife, The Sugababes, and others. She is currently in Los Angeles collaborating with renowned producers and songwriters. Twitter @amandatinkler; Instagram @amandatinkler; Website


Chris DaCosta is a singer, songwriter, and artist from Hayward, Calif. He is an accomplished musician who not only plays the guitar, but produces his own music. His single, “Tonight,” is an upbeat club anthem that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The video has already garnered over 10,000 views. With a new relationship with Infinite Kaos Prodcutions Inc, Chris DaCosta is on his way to major stardom! Twitter @chrisjdacosta; Instagram @santanajr925; Website


Singer, songwriter, producer, and vocal arranger Steven Harts (aka Steve Russell) has a career that spans over two decades. As the lead man for the 90’s platinum selling group Troop, Steve participated in the creation of records such as Jordin Sparks’ Grammy-nominated “No Air,” Chris Brown’s Grammy nominated “Take You Down,” and 2009 Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut CD. Most recently, Steve received Grammy nominations for Chris Brown’s Fortune album, and Tamar Braxton’s Love and War. Twitter @SteveRuselharts; Instagram @stevenrussellharts


Undeterred by tragedies and setbacks, Show Louis has made a name for himself as one of the most consistent artists on the Houston scene. Long removed from his days as a battle rap champion at Grambling State, Show has dropped several solid projects and has spent time behind the boards as a producer and engineer on many others. In 2012, his wonderfully dark masterpiece Game of Thrones was ranked 6th amongst underground projects by the Houston Press. His latest collaboration is with Rob Gullatte, titled, The Sophisticated Savages. Instagram @showlouis; Website


Who is Cicely O’kain? A singer/performer, whose style incorporates House, EDM, Inspirational, Soul and Hip-Hop music. Singing since the age of two, the Denver, Colorado native was raised in the Park Hill neighborhood by her grandmother. Cicely has done shows with Floetry, Dej Loaf and many others. In the summer of 2016, Cicely sang the National Anthem for the Denver Broncos in front of a crowd of 75,000 and was featured in Chance The Rapper’s video “Black Girl Magic.” Her last single, “Like Bass,” has received extensive play in dance clubs, while her Pandora station has over 150,000 streams. Twitter @cicelyokain; Instagram @cicelyokain; Website


SF1 is a drummer, music producer, actor, Berklee College of Music alumni and Alternative Hip-Hop emcee from Denver, Colorado. SF1 is a three-time winner of Westword magazine’s Hip-Hop Band of the Year. His singles “Party All Night” and “#Autopilot” are in rotation on various iHeart Radio stations. SF1 has shared stages with artists including Halsey, KRS-One, Jake Miller, Jurassic 5, Big Data, Robert DeLong, and Lupe Fiasco, to name a few. Not your average Rap/Hip-hop artist, but a true artist in every essence of the word. Twitter @sf1music; Instagram @shegatan; Website


Michael Scott, better known as Mic Skot, is definitely making his mark in Hip-Hop. His upcoming album/mixtape Groovy Akctivatee is in production and set for nationwide release under his self-started label Underground Moguls Ent. (UGM) in 2017. Born in Jonesboro, Louisiana, and raised in the southeast section of San Diego, Mic’s Southern California upbringing blended with his deep Southern roots gives his listeners a harsh, yet beautiful reality on how life can be in this day and age. Be on the lookout for this talented emcee! Twitter @micskot; Instagram @micskot


Terrell Matheny was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado but now calls Phoenix, Arizona home. Long regarded as a triple threat because of his ability to sing, rap, and dance, Terrell has an impressive live show that has already increased his following in Arizona and the Midwest and is already doing major festivals. His last video “Major Racks” was streamed over 5,000 times. His new single “Rich” is a song about working toward your financial goals while haters try and manipulate and pull him down. Terrell Matheny is a name you will hear about soon! Twitter @terrellmatheny; Instagram @terrellmatheny; Website


Coming out of the BONEafied Entertainment camp is rapper, singer, songwriter SKII Love. Her infectious new single, “Away,” has her swag turned all the way up as she raps and sings about the harsh realities of being no one other than herself, while in a helicopter riding over the city’s skyline! SKII Love is on her way to the next level! Instagram @skiilove; Website



Producer, director, musician, and DJ, Influence’s accomplishments include Creative Director of COAMG, where he was one of the key contributors to the company’s coverage of the 2015 Grammy’s Gifting Suite. Influence has worked with Grammy-nominated producer, Cold Folks Beats, where he further shaped and sculpted his sound. He has made and sold countless beats to reputable musicians and music companies, alike. It was with Curtis Johnson, CEO of Big Top Entertainment LLC, where Influence was able to tap into yet another dynamic of his artistry and to whom he attributes his steadied success. Congratulations to Influence,  recently named Head of A&R for BTELLC. Twitter @influence303; Instagram @influence303