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Macon Anthem Receives National Recognition

Gateway Macon AwardsMACON, GA (06/13/2011) - Macon’s newest anthem “A Little More Soul” is now a national award winner. Gateway Macon and Bright Blue Sky Productions are the proud recipients of multiple 2011 Bronze Telly Awards that were presented recently in Las Vegas.  “A Little More Soul” won an impressive four Telly awards in the Charitable/Non-Profit, Award for Sound/Sound Design, Videography/Cinematography, and Campaign/Non-for-Profit categories.

The music video “A Little More Soul” is just one of the innovative approaches that the Gateway Macon initiative is using to promote the city of Macon with their “It’s Hotter Here” campaign.  The Gateway Initiative, funded by the Peyton Anderson Foundation, is a community collaboration of 36 organizations that are collectively promoting Macon's creative edge, uncommon spaces, and unique opportunities.

The award winning video was filmed entirely on location in Macon and was produced by Bright Blue Sky Productions using local talent and crew.  The original song, “A Little More Soul,” was written by Tony Reyes who provides the lead vocals, along with Sonny Spoon who wrote and performed the hip hop segment.  The song, recorded at Macon’s Muscadine Studios, was produced and arranged by percussionist, Steve Moretti who is also heard on drums.  The string section is comprised of Robert McDuffie, Amy Moretti and the students from the McDuffie Center for Strings.  Complete credits and artist bios, including Chuck Leavell and Peter Stroud, are provided online.  The song can be downloaded for free on the Gateway Macon website http://www.ItsHotterHere.com, which provides a link to the music video.  It can also be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KprZI5EL3FM.

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.  The Gateway Macon entry was judged by past Telly award winners who are among the country’s top advertising and production professionals.