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Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them? That’s according to research by the University of Scranton. Many of us start off well, then find ourselves stuck. It can be difficult to find our way out. Filmmaker Sway recently completed a documentary entitled “I Lost My Creativity” where he shares his story of how he found his way out of creative limbo and into creative freedom.




After two years of being in a creative limbo, Sway takes us through his life story as an artist. He shares his vulnerability and personal journey up until the exact moment of losing his creativity and the realization that it could be gone forever.

In addition to “I Lost My Creativity” being Sway’s personal story, it is a study on the creative process involving the dynamics of creative limbo and creative freedom. It is an origin story to the short film “Elpida” and serves as an effort to help all creative artists.





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Once Sway’s process of finding freedom reached its peak, he released his first short film! Appropriately named, the short film is titled “Elpida” which is the Greek word for hope.




This short film tells the story of a young explorer (played by Julia Kuzmenko) who receives a message that leads her on a quest to discover the truth behind her destiny.

“I wanted to take this familiar word (“Elpida”) and explore it in a different way. I challenged myself to create a story and convey a message of hope that would be able to resonate with a broad audience.

Not only on the surface level, but deep inside the minds and hearts of the viewer. It is a story that explores the depths of the human heart through fear, mystery and love.” – Sway



Elpida is Sway’s first official short film which was created along with San Francisco based filmmaker Charlie Espinel. In November, their work was recognized by the Los Angeles FilmAwards.


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Both films were screened in Chicago presented by ArtSoul Radio where they also featured a panel discussion with the lead Directors of each film to speak about their creative process behind the scenes. The panel also included topics such as Creative Limbo vs Creative Freedom, Mental Health Awareness among artists and more. If you are interested in having a screening in your contact, you can request it here. Watch the recap of that event below:

Follow the hashtags #ArtFaithCreativity and #ArtSoulRadio on instagram for take aways from that event.

Both films were produced by Sway and his personal company Perswayed Films. A full list of contributors for each film is listed at the end of this article.

ABOUT SWAY:Sway (AKA Julio J. Irizarry) is most known for his video work in the Urban Christian community and CHH market. Prior to the release of these films, his most notable work included music videos such as “Same Team” by Swoope which featured KB, Jackie Hill Perry, Taelor Gray, Alex Faith, JGivens, KIDD, Datin, Sho Baraka and more. His work also includes production for Lecrae, Skrip, Andy Mineo, Angie Rose, Preston Perry, and platforms such as Reach Records, Rapzilla, ArtSoul Radio, Ctzn Creative and Streetlights. Learn more about Sway and his work at







Elpida (Short Film)

Lead Actress: Julia Kuzmenko
 Directed by: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)
Written by: Lilah Jakobsson
 Narrator: Shane Morris
Producer: Charlie Espinel
Assistant Producer: Julia Kuzmenko
 Assistant Producer: Dina Zaitsev Kozlov

Audio Mix & Master: Elias Sepulveda Sound Design: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)
Color Design: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)


I Lost My Creativity (Documentary)

Director: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway) Co Director: Eric Hilgers
Associate Producer: Tamara Young
 Production Manager: Tamara Young Set Design/Photography: Laura Lopez Interviewer: Tamara Young

Lighting Design: Matthew Bowie
Audio Mix & Master: Elias Sepulveda Color Grade: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway) Sound Design: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)
 Editor: Julio J. Irizarry (AKA Sway)
Key Grip: Alonzo Diaz


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Gospel Queen Ce Ce Winans is Going on Tour for The Holidays!



Gospel Queen Ce Ce Winans is going on tour! Her first stop will be in Chicago on December 6th at the Promontory in Hyde Park, IL. From there, she’ll continue on to Edmonds, Washington, Newberry South Carolina, Hampton Virginia, Baltimore Maryland and Los Angeles. (See details below for each city)

In addition to sharing songs from her 2017 Grammy award winning album “Let Them Fall In Love”, she will also be sharing new songs from her 2018 Grammy Nominated Christmas album, “Something’s Happening”! In case you’re missing the trend of award winning hits, we’ll just confirm it for you. Yes, Ce Ce Winans is the G.O.A.T.! She is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time and we’re excited to see her touring once again with brand new music! We’re especially excited to hear her sing some of our favorites from over the years.

No matter which city tour stop you plan to attend, we suggest that you get your tickets early! These stops will sell out fast. Scroll down for more tour stop details and to sample some of her latest music. If you plan to attend, shout out your city in the comments!


Dec 6 // Chicago – The Promontory (Hyde Park) – Get your tix

Dec 11 // Edmonds, WA – Edmonds Center for the Arts – Get your tix

Dec 13 // Newberry, SC – New Opera House – Get your tix

Dec 14 // Hampton, VA – The American Theater – Get your tix 

Dec 19 // Baltimore, MD – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – Get your tix

Dec 20 // Baltimore, MD – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – Get your tix

Dec 23 // Los Angeles – Walt Disney Concert Hall – Get your tix






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EVENT NEWS: The Chante Cann & Friends Tour Is Heading To Chicago! (Ft. STOUT & Chinaa Orr)




Top 10 Billboard Jazz Soul Vocalist Chante Cann is scheduled to be in Hyde Park Chicago at The Promontory to gift us all early for the holidays with her voice! But, she’s not coming alone. This time she’ll be sharing the stage with STOUT who was previously a background singer for Alicia Keys and has shared the stage Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Missy Elliot, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Lenny Krantz, John Mayer, Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles and many more.


Date – November 13, 2019

Time – Doors open at 7pm / Show begins at 8pm

Location –
The Promontory
5311 South Lake Park Avenue West
Chicago, IL 60615

Cost – $20

Purchase Tickets –  Click Here to Buy Now



The night will open with Chicago’s own Chinaa Orr. Chinaa is an up and coming singer/songwriter with a powerful, yet graceful sound. Known to enchant audiences with a message of self-discovery and empowerment. Chinaa has a story to tell. She believes in creating safe spaces for her audiences while providing a musical experience with nods to gospel, soul, r&b music. Every song is lined with vulnerability, honesty, and power. Her goal is to tell stories within her music; to leave her audience with an open heart and open mind. Chinaa’s here to push freedom & defy limits one melody at a time.


Chantae is not a novice to the industry. She has been blessed to travel the world as a background vocalist (10+ years) with India Arie and others. She’s had the tremendous honor of collaborating with artists/bands such as, Snarky Puppy, Masego, PJ Morton, Jonathan McReynolds and The Foreign Exchange. Chantae has toured the world as a solo artist, most recently opening for India. Arie on the Worthy Tour and Rashaan Patterson’s Euro Tour. Chantae will be releasing a single in the fall.

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You Just Might Want To Attend The Fatal Attraction Conference in Carson, CA



Elder Anthony Pigee, Jr. is proud to bring the Fatal Attraction Conference to Southern California. This 2-day event is designed to holistically empower and equip over 600 attendees—mind, body soul. The power-packed sessions will be facilitated by respected and renowned clinicians who are guaranteed to ensure a life-changing experience.

ArtSoul Radio caught up with Pigee Jr to discuss the conference that will take place on November 15th and 16th of 2019.

ArtSoulRadio: What exactly is the Fatal Attraction Conference about? What do you want to accomplish?

APJ: Fatal Attraction is a Conference that will help us to identify the things that are hazardous for our present and our future. It’s a conference for everybody! Our goal is to give people practical tools to become and remain in a mental healthy place.

ArtSoulRadio: What can people expect format wise?

APJ: It’s a 2 day Conference, 14 Breakout sessions and 2 Evening Services. The itinerary is on

ArtSoulRadio: If you could say just 1 or 2 sentences to an attendee, what it would be?

APJ: This Conference will most certainly be life changing! It’s going to build you up mentally, physically and spiritually!

ArtSoulRadio: Sounds good sir. We’re praying for a blessed conference.

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