MOHOGANISE featuring TEE SYLK "HOLD YOU DOWN" Coming Soon
It was Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene who encouraged William T, Gray, III PKA 'Bill' at Ft. Chaplin Apartments "Washington, D.C. doesn't have a major label. D.C. recordings are often released and considered local and rarely received national radio support like Motown, Philadelphia International, Stax, Soul or Vee-Jay Records."
Petey advised Mr. Gray "Developing a record label is not easy. You must have staying power, diversity, and persistence. The entertainment business is not for everyone." Mr. Gray took his advise and created Show-Time Records. Show-Time Records began as as recording studio/label with Gray as it's engineer.
Mr. Gray is no stranger to the entertainment business he had done events with Brooke Shields, WKYS with Donnie Simpson, WPGC Merri-weather Post and others venues with Artists, As a child he accompanied Ruby his mom nights at D.C.'s Ko-Ko Lounge. She managed the Ko-Ko Lounge and Mile's Long Sandwhich Shop. Gray met celebrities like Jame Brown, Spinners, Blue Magic, Delphonics, Drifters Stylistics and Earth Wind & Fire would stop in or perform at Ko-Ko. The Drifter's recorded a song called 'Ruby Baby' released on Atlantic Records. Gray's mom's name was Ruby, Gray's father William Jr., was an accomplished saxophone player and band leader who toured with Bob Hope. Gray deciding to expand his record label when he had ground breaking meeting with Peter Scott and his parents who were entertainers. Robert and Virginia Vass Scott were radio, broadway and movie celebrities. Robert appeared in a movie with President Ronald Reagan, while Virginia was the lead radio singer who appeared in movies with her Vass Singers.
Showtime Records first project released was female hip-hop duo NIKI. Their single 'Plain and Simple' was placed in regular rotation on WOL, Radio Personality Petty Greene's radio station. After Show-Time Records accomplished recognition in D.C. The label obtained a WEA Joint-Venture manufacturing agreement and released JEWEL She received great Billboard Magazine reviews and her single 'For the Last Time' has been selling since 1996. After being established D.C.'s premiere Record Label Show-Time Records has represented, recorded, produced and negotiated record deals for major recording artists like Carl Martin (SHAI), Gasoline Records/MCA, J. Holday (TAKIR), Capital Records, D..J. Kool, American Records and video production Sisters in the Name of Rap a celebration of the later Motwn Artist Mc Trouble which featured Ice Cube, Yo-Yo Salt N Pepa, Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, Sweet T. and a host of others.
Gray was invited by Gerald Levert to attend Westley Snipes 'New Jack City' premiere party and Ozzie and Ruby Dee Davis's 50th Anniversary Party, it was there he met Motown's founder Barry Gordy and Steve Wonder. He attended the National Association of Radio Broadcasters (NABOB) annual event and was introduced to Warner Brother's Lethal Weapons Star Danny Glover, Motown legend Smokey Robinson and Sony Records Mariah Carey. Show-Time Records later merged into Khurum Records. Khurum Records' released Mohoganise who received noted feature in Ebony Magazine and was placed in the entry category of the 50TH Annual Grammy Awards and it become the foundation label of the present-day STR Music Group (STRMG).
Khurum Records is a subsidiary of STR Music Group (STRMG). Over 20 years period STR Music Group grew from a minor player in the music industry to D.C.'s top recording label. Mr. Gray's uncle Craig Barksdale also provided engineering tips and insight about the music business. Mr. Barksdale worked an Engineer along side of Mr. Bruce Swedien (Micheal Jackson's 'Thriller' Engineer) at Brunswick Records, where he engineered songs for Jack Wilson, Chi-lites, etc. Bruce Swedien later engineered songs. Mr. Gray attended a Grammy Seminar hosted by Mr. Swedien.
STRMG's Khurum Records is currently working on Mohoganise's secondary album with Grammy and Emmy sights in mind. Mohoganise's first single is truly a great work. Mohoganise is looking forward to jumping back into the fray of female hip-hop artists.