REAL CONVERSATIONS COMPANION: DUNN PEARSON, JR.
OCTOBER: REAL CONVERSATIONS with MELODY FOX
On Domestic Violence and Its Effect In Our Communities
In today’s competitive music field, it’s rare for an artist to do it all: compose, arrange and produce a musical piece. It is even more difficult to apply these God-given talents to movies, television, Broadway, records and commercials. Dunn Pearson Jr. has accomplished just that; professionally known as the “Black Beethoven,” his scoring credits include the docudrama “Unhinged” (based on his own journey), theme of the Fox TV smash New York Undercover, the HBO movie Head Office, Columbia Pictures’ box office hit The Professional, Miramax’s Ride, Mario & Melvin Van Peebles’ Identity Crisis, the faith based Iniquity, and the Cinecom Int. film starring Oprah Winfrey, Native Son. He also orchestrated and arranged the Broadway Musical, Amen Corner.
In the studio this accomplished pianist has produced, arranged, written and worked with such recording artists as The O’Jays, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, Stevie Wonder, Mtume, Roy Ayers, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Keith Sweat, Gerald Levert and James J. T. Taylor. Amassing 26 gold and platinum awards, Dunn has produced fitness video stars Jody Watley, Joanie Greggains, and Denise Austin’s ESPN show Getting Fit. He has also met the commercial hurdle of Madison Avenue with over a dozen commercials for McDonald’s, United Airlines, and the highly acclaimed SUPERBOWL Wendy’s “Chicken Nugget” commercial featuring Kool and The Gang.
Present-day projects include: as a first-time author, writing two books: Masculine Vulnerability and “Something About the Hour” with his publisher Hollis Media Group. The books are slated to release early February 2015. Music Director and media consultant of the television pilot Sweetheart of the Week game show filmed in Connecticut. Dunn’s extensive role in film and television production now includes the role of director. He is directing the 2015 true story Church Girls: The Hustle Inside Religion—based on the abusive culture of clergy and women in the church. The movie is an adaptation from the book.
Dunn also became an ADVOCATE for victims of domestic violence with the National Council on Domestic Abuse after realizing the magnitude of his personal story of surviving a violent-riddled household as a teenager at the hands of his stepfather. When he became a father, he consciously decided to end the cycle that was imposed on him and merged teaching with his music outreach to help educate young males struggling with identity and lack of guidance—one of his contributions to the next generation.
In mid-2015, Pearson’s speaking tour to facilitate several workshops and panel discussions on domestic abuse with outreach groups throughout the country will begin in Philadelphia. The speaking tour is designed to equip young males with effective communication tools so they can integrate pragmatic applications and coping skills to learn how to break the cycle of abuse within one’s family.
In addition to his already committed professional life, Pearson along with business partner Dr. Janice Hollis of the Hollis Media Group in PA, created the newly joint-venture “Hollis Pearson Media, LLC” that will launch late this October, which is a full service media firm providing services in movie development, television and film scoring, arrangements, composing, media campaigns, record distribution and artist representation. Last but not least, his latest music CD The Love Suite featuring Classic Romance will be available nationwide October 30, 2014.