ADRIENNE LILLETTE HARRIS was born in Santa Monica, California into a celebrity show business family and raised in Queens, New York.… Adrienne attended New York University, and studied at The New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pace University, and The Herbert Berghof HB Studios. Adrienne is known to her colleagues and peers as “The PR Queen or Social Wiz of the Media Biz.” She is the Founder of the F.A.M.E. Multimedia Group (Family Affair Media Enterprise) a boutique public relations company that specializes in Artist Branding and PR Crisis Management. The company is based in New York with a satellite office in Columbia, Maryland.
In the early years, Adrienne was inspired and/or mentored by some of the best in the business of Public Relations. This included Broadway Tony Award-winning press agents/producers for Broadway Irene Gandy, Jeffrey Richards. She worked for a short time in their New York office one summer and got the PR bug. Marketing mogul Steve Manning who was responsible for much of Michael Jackson’s early solo success was a mentor and someone Adrienne admired as well. Other mentors and music collaborators were the late great songwriters/producers Sylvia Moy (My Cherie Amour) and Tony Camillo (Midnight Train to Georgia).
She is also co-founder of Harris and Harris Productions LLC a company that provides content to Music, Theater, TV, and Film entities. She and her sister Michele Harris-Carter own the company. Adrienne brings a forty-plus year background in the entertainment industry as a Businesswoman, Music PR, Media consultant, and Artist representative. She and her associates have implemented or assisted in Publicity and/or promotional events for artists such as Rock and Roll Diva Cher, R&B/Hip Hop Queen Mary J. Blige, the late Whitney Houston, the Raphael Saadiq female trio WillieMax, and British Soul Singer Joss Stone. She has also produced shows/events for various sports figures and their nonprofits. Adrienne was a previous Network Leader for the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment also known as NABFEME which was founded by iconic music promoter Johnnie Walker. She and Johnnie are good friends, and they continue to support each other’s endeavors.
Adrienne’s big break came in 1988 when she was chosen by a major radio station in Baltimore Maryland to direct a Northeast Media and Radio campaign for the maestro himself Mr. Barry White.
She then went on to secure recording and production deals for numerous artists and would be the acting manager until they were signed to professional management. A choice few of the artists who she got signed are household names today. During the 1980’s while perfecting her PR skills she co-owned and operated four consecutive New York Nightclub venues with her then-husband entrepreneur Gustavo Mendoza. He was a relative and personal manager to the legendary boxer Roberto Duran. Adrienne handled all business for the establishments including entertainment bookings, artist contracts, marketing, and hospitality. As the years went on Adrienne traveled with many of her clients around the globe in the capacity of Press Agent and Crisis Communications Director.
Adrienne is also co-founder of the Queen Team Media brand with Audrey Egypt Young. They created TV Radio media concepts, and published successful magazines in the mid 2000’s.
In 2008 Adrienne started researching the careers of her father Actor/Comedian/Bandleader Bud Harris and her mother Concert Pianist, Composer, and Entertainer Lillette Harris. Adrienne discovered news articles that changed everything. The Pittsburgh Courier and Nevada Standard newspaper had 1945 Grand Opening articles/notices about Lillette’s Rhythm Club being the first Negro owned, and operated Casino, Nightclub and Hotel in Sparks Nevada. Adrienne wrote a script for the film Lillette’s Rhythm Club documentary, and the stage musical version BORN TO SWING which is currently in previews garnering great reviews.
In 2004 Lillette and family established Lillette’s Foundation for the Arts Inc. 501c3. The family also established the “Queen of Keys Award” which is a grant annually given to deserving students pursuing music and performing arts as a career. A portion of proceeds from Harris & Harris Productions events and concerts benefit the 501c3 foundation. For more info, visit https://www.Lillettesfoundation4theArts.org
Contact: Adrienne Lillette Harris at 813-340-1300 or PR Assistant Andie Hall @ 229-442-3844
JESSICA TILLES is an award-winning publisher and national best-selling author and has written over fifty books as a ghostwriter under www.LiteraryGhostwriter.com.
In 2000, Jessica founded TWA Solutions and Services (formerly The Writer’s Assistant), a full-service, creative design firm offering services in graphic design, book design, web design, editing, book/self-publishing, advertising, marketing, packaging/branding, and ghostwriting.
In 2006, Jessica opened her publishing company, Xpress Yourself Publishing, to talented authors, growing her roster to over eighty authors. In 2008, she received the prestigious title of Independent Publisher of the Year awarded by the African American Literary Awards Show. In 2015, she focused on her literary career and reduced her roster to three authors.
Besides her many accomplishments, Jessica is a staff writer for Black Men In America. She has contributed the article “Third Shift Blues” to Black Romance Magazine, is the recipient of the Memphis Black Writer’s Guild’s Rising Star award, the Jackson, Mississippi Reader’s Clubs’ Outstanding Contributor to Literature award, and is listed in Heather Covington’s Top 100 Literary Divas.
Jessica resides in Maryland with her four fur babies: Piccachu, Chelsea, Chanel, and Cinnamon.
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