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Joey Sommerville Steps Up To The Majors

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Atlanta, GA- May 30, 2008-Atlanta’s brilliant trumpeter, Joey Sommerville has signed with Three Keys Music, headed by Marcus Johnson and distributed by Koch Distribution. Joey’s latest album, "Like You Mean It" will be released worldwide on May 12th. The CD’s title track is an infectious Latin flavored party jam that has rocketed up to become the second most-added song to jazz station playlists nationwide. The song made waves high on the Indie jazz chart, catching the attention of industry insiders including Johnson. He considers Sommerville to be incredibly talented, humble and a hardworking pro. "Joey is a great musician and he understands the new music business model. His talent, tremendous work ethic and drive have allowed him to create a truly incredible album," said Johnson.

"Like You Mean It" is more than a title, it is a philosophy and code of conduct. "Whatever you do, do it like you mean it!" says the artist. The album is a labor of love that is both passionate and a whole lot of fun at the same time. Notable collaborators include Wayman Tisdale on the Average White Band classic, "School Boy Crush"; Mike Phillips playing his heart out on the quiet storm ready instrumental version of Floetry's "Say Yes"; Marion Meadows lending his signature sax sound to "Follow Me" and Phil Perry going where no other vocalist can go on "Reflections". Other standout songs include "Johannesburg" which was recorded in part in Johannesburg with South African musicians and singers and "I Want You Back", a fresh read on The Jackson 5 classic.

Atlanta’s Smooth Jazz 107.5 WJZZ has placed "Like You Mean It" in heavy radio rotation; they broadcast Joey’s live performances every Thursday night at Sambuca Jazz Café. Each week features a special guest performer from a rotating list of jazz giants. Past guests include internationally celebrated artists such as the legendary Ronnie Laws, Wayman Tisdale, Marion Meadows, Mike Phillips, Eric Marienthal, Paul Taylor, Peabo Bryson, and keyboard legend and producer Jeff Lorber.

As part of his release celebration, Joey is traveling to Washington D.C. to perform several appearances as a special guest of Marcus Johnson. Visit his website for tour dates and details.

About Three Keys Music
Marcus Johnson, CEO of Marimelj Entertainment, co-founded the Washington D.C.-based label, Three Keys Music, in 2002 with Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. Marimelj includes the Three Keys Music label and 8121 recording studios, which produces, distributes and promotes adult, urban, contemporary and jazz music. Studio 8121 has hosted sessions for various national acts and labels as well as local musicians, and is a favorite for voiceover talent and producers, audio post-production sweetening, and editing clients. Three Keys Music has established two music publishing companies, Marimelj Music Publishing and Three Keys Music Publishing. For more information please visit and

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