OUr Founders — Grace Weber and Binta Niambi Brown
Grace Weber and Binta Niambi Brown created Grace Weber’s Music Lab to provide high quality music and arts education and career preparation to high school aged youth by introducing them to established artists, academics, and music industry executives in a once-monthly three-hour master class that also includes open mic performances by the students. Their wish is to create a positive safe space for youth from all backgrounds to come together, bridge gaps, overcome divides, and create community through music.
Grammy Award winning singer, Grace Weber, grew up singing in Central City Youth Gospel Choir of Milwaukee before gaining widespread recognition for her performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show and her collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Francis and the Lights, Boogie, and more. She released More Than Friends, which went viral, reaching 11 and 18 on each of Spotify’s US and Global viral charts for a four week stay after being so-singed by John Mayer. Grace has toured with Chance the Rapper, Thirdstory, and will be touring with PJ Morton.
Grace’s new project is produced by Nate Fox, Nico Segal (formerly known as Donnie Trumpet), and Peter Cottontail of the Social Experiment as well as Garren Langford — all of whom were producers on Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book. Grace co-wrote and sang with Chance the Rapper and Kanye West on “All We Got,” the first track on Chance the Rapper’s critically acclaimed Grammy Award winning Coloring Book. Grace also co-produced and is featured on “Still Thirsty” and “Prideful” on Compton rapper Boogie’s well received mixtape Thirst 48 Part II. She is featured on Towkio’s “2 Da Moon" and at the end of Francis Starlite’s “May I have This Dance.”
For more information about Grace Weber, please visit www.graceweber.com.
Binta Niambi Brown
Binta Niambi Brown is the founder of oma lilly entertainment (formerly known as big mouth entertainment) and manages Grammy Award winning singer Grace Weber. A former corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Kirkland & Ellis, where was was a partner, Binta has advised global entertainment and media companies such as Dreamworks, Time Warner, Universal, the Washington Post Co., HBO, AOL, and IAC. She advised the Obama White House, three former presidential candidates, two New York governors, and many US senators. She also has advised many technology companies, including 2U Inc.
Binta is a trained musician and multi-instrumentalist and has performed internationally and throughout the United States — including Carnegie Hall and live music venues throughout New York City. She has been recognized by emPOWER/Financial Times as #8 on it’s list of the 100 most prominent minority business executives globally, as a Fortune 40 Under 40 Business Leader, the Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans, Crain’s New York 40 Under 40, JET Magazine 40 Under 40, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been featured in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, on CNN, the BBC, and on NPR.
Binta holds leadership roles in the SummerStage Music Festival (New York) and the American Theatre Wing. She is a trustee and/or board member of each of the American Theatre Wing, New York City Parks Foundation, Barnard College, and Columbia Univeristy, is an advisor the the New York Philharmonic, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and Columbia University School of Law, Binta was also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business and Government.