“You can’t keep a good #musician down. You can attempt to erase them from history. But they come back.” -Angie Mack Reilly 10.6.18
“….A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” – Mark 6:4
Strategic Pitching Began in 2005
Intentional Event Planning to Raise Funds for the Etching in the Paramount Walk of Fame
Educating and Public Relations
Angie volunteered huge amounts of time educating (or paying someone to educate) about Paramount Records History and lecturing at places like:
Wisconsin Historical Museum, Kiwanis Club in Port Washington, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Village of Grafton Planning Commission Meetings, Village of Grafton Historical Preservation Commission Meetings, Paramount GIG (Grooves in Grafton) Meetings, PBS History Detectives Production, Holy Vessels Baptist Church (Chicago) My Fox Television, Kennedy Elementary School, Grafton High School, Grafton Jaycees (Peter Raymond and Kris Marshall at the time), Blindman’s Blues Forum(paramountangie), Weenie Campbell’s Forum, Grafton Area Live Arts NPR “At 10” Radio Show, various MATC classes at the Mequon Campus, Ozaukee County Historical Society, Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops, The North Shore Academy of the Arts
Father of Gospel Music’s Niece Invites Angie to Chicago to Perform
FATHER OF GOSPEL MUSIC: Thomas A. Dorsey (aka “Precious Lord)
NIECE: Dr. Lena McLin, Pastor and Vocal Coach of many famous artists
Many magazines, newspapers, personal emails, personal meetings…..all for the purpose of educating and networking so that when the time came,
the Village of Grafton and festival organizers would have had a lot of the groundwork already laid out for them to help ensure success.
Angie’s skills as a large scale producer and team builder were working……recruiting key players, giving pep talks, educating, PR, groundbreaking online educating before that was a thing.
In addition, http://www.paramountshome.org was set up in 2004. The website was Angie’s idea. She wanted to see information that was available in Alex van der Tuuk’s Book was made more accessible by the international online community. The more people who knew about the artists who recorded in Grafton (and Chicago, New York and Richmond), the better chance we had at long term success.
What was the goal?
Educate the online community during a time when the Internet was newer and void of much information about Paramount Records. Paramountshome.org was THE LEADING SOURCE for people to go to in order to find information about the artists and the history.
Thousands upon thousands of hours were put in by Angie Mack Reilly, Alex van der Tuuk and Patrick Mack archiving material and talking to people in the Paramountshome forums. Their fore running efforts were officially recognized by (then) Governor Doyle’s wife Jessica (D), Mark Gottlieb of the Wisconsin State Assembly (R), Ralph Zaun of the Wisconsin State Assembly (R) as well as The Wisconsin Historical Society.
GRAFTON RESIDENT: “Did the Village of Grafton hire you as a marketing or branding consultant?”
ME: “No. I have not been compensated for any of my work.”
And this is what a leader does. Steps in. When something needs to be done. And acknowledging this important piece of music history is pretty important, right?
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”
by Angie Mack Reilly, published in 2007
“Angela is a passionate visionary who has the ability to articulate, set and attain high goals for a greater cause. It has been a pleasure working with her to bring the Paramount Records history of Grafton, WI to the forefront.” — International Blues Legend, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman
Angie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for interviews, consulting, project managing, public speaking engagements, Blues in the Schools programs and special music performances
PUBLIC SPEAKING RESUME and more references available upon request
Please strongly consider supporting Angie as a talented and pioneering female.
To Thine Own Self Be True.
Thomas A. Dorsey, “Georgia Tom” photo credit: https://georgiamusic.org/