LIMA —Anthony Ellis, aka King Tainium, has lived a full and hard life in his 30 years.
His mother gave him up at the age of 6 months, he was in and out of eight foster homes in the Lima area, and he lost a sister in a tragic fire. He lived with his father in Mississippi until he emancipated himself at the age of 16 and moved back to Lima. Ellis lived with friends and attended Lima Senior High School and then Perry High School. When he turned 18, he moved into his own apartment and earned his GED diploma.
He learned how to mix his own beats from a PlayStation program, and found himself singing and rapping under the name of King Tainium.
Ellis has been featured on two DJ Green Lantern Albums, “DJ Green Lantern Presents The 2010 Takeover” and “DJ Green Lantern Presents Dirty Invasion Vol. 1.” In addition, he was contacted by Casablanca Modeling Agency in Columbus and was awarded a modeling contract.
Ellis moved to Piqua and has been performing his music in nightclubs and for birthday parties.
“I was singing my song, ‘Avalanche’ at a birthday party for a Facebook fan recently. A Dayton radio disc jockey was there, and when I got done, he liked it,” Ellis said.
Ellis is no longer looking back, as he has a bright future in the music industry. He signed a contract Jan. 26 with Conrad Dimanche, senior director with A&R (a talent scouting firm) and best known for Bad Boy Records. Dimanche was Puff Daddy’s right-hand man for 10 years.
“He loved my music and wants me to come to New York and sit me down to play for Bad Boy, ROC Nation and Atlantic records,” Ellis said.“He has started his own talent agency and puts them in front of labels.”
Signing the contract is the first step in getting his talent recognized, and Ellis said Dimanche is the right agent for him. He had other agencies contacting him in the past, but he wanted to maintain his own independence. It’s all about getting the right fit.
Heading off to New York is a dream come true for any musician, and Ellis is elated with this prospect. Unfortunately, each meeting costs the artist about $2,000 each; and with Dimanche promising three meetings with top labels, the cost will be $6,000, just to be heard.
Ellis is hoping to start some fundraising in the Lima area to help offset the costly expense. Coming from Lima, he said this is his chance to give back to his community. He organized the talent and performed for the 2013 Juneteenth Jubilee celebration held at Lima’s Martin Luther King Jr. Center Park in June, and is organizing the 2014 Juneteenth Jubilee, so his heart and faith still lie within this city.
To hear King Tainium’s music, visit http://j.mp/1lTV3CL. Ellis has set free downloads for the public to hear some of his songs.
Ellis can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook under Tainium.
Stark publishes fifth in her series of books
LIMA — Marilyn R. Stark, of Lima, published a book, “Safe Passage in Masquerade.” This is the fifth novel in her Children’s Home Mystery Series.
Her first Children’s Home Mystery Series book was published in 1999, “The Flutist and the Dancer,” followed by “The Pianist and the Locksmith,” “Broken Arrows, Broken Promises” and “Trails End Isle and Wings.”
Stark said this book stands on its own. There is no need to have read the other four books first.
She describes the genre of this book as history, mystery and romance. It will appeal to adults.
Stark has a relative who works for the library and her relative told her, “’I recommend your books to teenagers into romance not ready for adult romance,” Stark said. “Another friend said, ‘Your books could all be Hallmark movies.’”
She hints at the ending, “I don’t like books without good endings, so I try not to write them.”
Stark, a self-employed life insurance and licensed securities agent, spent about four years writing this fifth book in the series.
“I had been busy with working and family stuff,” she said.
She will be at a book-signing from 2 to 4 p.m., March 1 at the Eastgate Hallmark Store, located in the Eastgate Shopping Center, 2100 Harding Highway.
Soap Box Derby champs head to State House
LIMA — Soap Box Derby Champions will be recognized for their accomplishments at the Statehouse on Tuesday.
There are 71 Ohio local and rally champions who competed in the 76th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship.
Three youth will be representing Lima: Brayden Truex, Taylor Miller and Cheyenne Skinner.
This event was organized by the International Soap Box Derby, state Sen. Frank LaRose’s office and Ohio Local Soap Box Derby directors. Each champion will receive a commendation from his or her state senator and representative.
After the commendation ceremony, group photos will be taken and then a tour through the Statehouse. The event is sealed with an awards luncheon at Spaghetti Warehouse.
June date chosen for Flag City Honor Flight
FINDLAY — Flag City Honor Flight, of Findlay, has chosen June 4 for its fourth annual flight to Washington, D.C.
The Flag City Honor Flight takes World War II, Korean and any life-threatened Vietnam War veteran to the nation’s capital to view the monuments built in their honor. The cost is free to veterans who are accompanied on a one-on-one basis by a guardian. The veteran’s guardians make a donation to Honor Flight for the privilege of assisting a hero.
Flag City Honor Flight flies in June of each year out of the Grand Aire terminal at Toledo Express Airport.
Anyone interested in assisting Flag City Honor Flight is encouraged to apply. Volunteers are now being assigned for setup, the sendoff breakfast and the welcome home event. Forms for veterans, guardians and volunteers can be downloaded at the Flag City Honor Flight website: http://flagcityhonorflight.org.