BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hologram USA announced the recreation of legendary R &B star Jackie Wilson for a full stage show of the dynamic presence that changed the entertainment business for ever. The tour will launch in 2017 and tour the nation. It will also be co-produced by FilmOn TV Networks and distributed online via FilmOn.com.
The announcement was made by Hologram USA CEO Alki David, Plateau Music Nashville CEO Tony Mantor and the Family of Jackie Wilson.
A Grammy Hall of Famer, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Jackie Wilson was a pioneering soul and R &B singer still revered today for his hit "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher." The Detroit native's influence went well beyond the genre he helped define, with his electrifying stage act driving audiences into a frenzy and earning him the nickname, "Mr. Excitement." When people called him "The Black Elvis," Elvis Presley would correct them and call himself, "The White Jackie Wilson." When Michael Jackson won his Grammy for Thriller in 1984 he dedicated it to Wilson.
"My family and I are extremely happy to see Jackie performing again," said Harlean Wilson, Jackie's widow. "It is almost like he is still here with us and bringing his music alive for all his fans to enjoy once again."
The show will include selections from his repetroire of major hits which include, "Lonely Teardrops," "Whispers (getting louder)," "I Get the Sweetest Feeling," and "I'll be Satisfied."
"Everything you expect from an exciting "rock star" stage show was invented by Jackie Wilson: the leaps, spins and back-flips, not to mention his amazing four octave range," said Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA. "The show Hologram USA and FilmOn TV is developing will bring all that artistfy and energy to life. I'm so pleased to partner with Plateau Music and the Wilson family to bring Jackie to audiences across America.'
The Wilson family, including Sabrina, Thor and Bobby Brooks Wilson, issued this statement: "We're speechless and amazed to see what today's technology can generate. It has been 40 years since our father has performed and his last performance was at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 1975. To see our father on stage in 2016 has lifted us 'Higher and Higher' and now we have no more 'Lonely Teardrops' cause he did it his way!"
"I am honored to be part of the team putting legendary R &B singer, Mr. Excitement, Jackie Wilson back on stage for the world to enjoy again," said Tony Mantor, producer and CEO, Plateau Music Nashville. "It will be so gratifying to introduce this talented performer to a new generation of fans that will get to see the sheer talent that influenced and inspired many of todays singers."
Hologram USA and FilmOn TV are also creating hologram shows with the estates of Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, Whitney Houston and many more. The technology has also been used to create live appearances including beaming ABC's Jimmy Kimmel to the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Julian Assange into the United States and virtual town halls across India that helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi win the election.
Hologram USA is using its technology and partnerships with celebrity estates to create branded content as well. And all projects are supported by Alki David's Anakando Media Group of companies: performances will be live streamed on FilmOn.com, digitally distributed by MondoTunes, and given social influencer support by Class 15.
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About Hologram USA: Hologram USA is part of Alki David's Anakando Media Group of companies, which is also home to the streaming TV platform FilmOn.com, pay-per-view site ETV.com, and digital distribution site MondoTunes. The company is the only licensed producer in North America of the patented technology that creates the HD quality holograms that are creating what The Hollywood Reporter has called a billion dollar industry in the making. Select Hologram USA productions will stream live on FilmOn.com, on television via its partnership with Endemol, and be supported by Anakanado company Class 15. Previously, Hologram USA has beamed Jimmy Kimmel live to the Country Music Awards in Nashville, announced plans to create shows with the estates of Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly and Liberace, announced a hologram comedy club to be built at the National Comedy Center, and presented the hologram town hall campaign that helped Narendra Modi become the Prime Minister of India. It is the same technology that created the famous Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella in 2012. Filmon Music already has a rich tradition in the urban music market working with such artists as Lil Wayne, Akon, B. Howard, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Grammy-winning producer Detail, and Chief Keef. For more information please visit HologramUSA.com.
About FilmOn TV Networks: Founded by Greek billionaire and media entrepreneur, Alki David, FilmOn is the world's number one free TV service and number one live TV app with 40 million downloads. FilmOn offers over 600 live TV channels including original programming, 600 video and audio podcasts from premium brands as well as over 45,000 video on demand titles at FilmOn.com. It's Battlecam.com is a pioneer in social television and the new offering etv.com gives users the ability to monetize their own pay-per-view events for the first time. Last month the site's 75 million users generated 1.2 billion video streams. The service is available globally via computers, smartphones, tablets as well as the FilmOn App for iOS 7, Android, Windows 8 and IP-enabled set-top boxes and devices. With offices in Beverly Hills and London and data-centers in Los Angeles, London, and Geneva, FilmOn curates the best of free televised entertainment from around the globe. FilmOn TV is also an Independent TV Broadcaster with stations in the UK (Sky Channel 292 and Freesat channel 410 and throughout the US. For more information please visit FilmOn.com.
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