My producer of New York and I first came into contact with Sandy Hill aka Sandy Hill H.D. via phone after doing a radio show December, 1,2011. She seemed to be very business minded and was very versed in the knowledge of A&R work in the music industry.
I was introduced to her by a gentleman named Elwood Legette also of New York. The conversation started off very well, she told my producer and I what her role would be in helping us shop my Cd to major record labels, contacting them personally to set up meetings for us to get advance monies to get me to New York and into a condo paid for by the labels in order for me to complete my 1st project in one of the labels major studios.
She suggested that we express to the labels what all we would need to sustain us while we were working on my project to shop such as , Car with a driver, stylist for clothing, hair and make up. She suggested that my producer write out a list of bills he was behind on, a place he and his family could relocate to since he was unemployed at the time as well as vehicle to get around in. She stated after my producer and I told her how we met that we had a "story to tell and everyone should hear it"
She found out through Elwood that my nephew was a pro football player and told me that I would have to pay her $3000.00 a month in advance for her services and when I made her aware that I wasn't sitting on that kind of money she agreed to have a contract sent to me anyway and ask me to contact my nephews agent and present him with the contract and he in turn to present me with a I.O.U. for the money to be paid back to my nephew by me when I got my advance from which ever label would sign me. She sent me the contract, I then expressed to her that asking my nephew for the money was not a option for me and my producer so she agreed to help us put together press kits with each kit costing approximately $590.00 a piece.
We each had to send her the money in advance between the end of December and January. She continued to tell me things like we had to get the money to her ASAP because her goal was to have me meet with label executives and make appearances on television shows such Good Morning America for a christmas segment and NBC and BET for a R&B up and coming artist segments if not before christmas then during even if I had to travel to where they vacation ie Saint Barts.
I had to go to walmart to send her two payments she provided me with the numbers from her rush card as well as her infomation. The name she gave me was Sandy Brown which I thought was odd but I didn't suspect anything by that and sent her the money anyway. We skyped from the night I first spoke to her over the phone atleast twice a week until mid January 2012 then the calls started to lessen, she would call my producer and not me,
I had to get him to contact her or contact her via email myself then the calls just stopped. I started to get disconnection messages everytime I called her phone and skyped her. On January 20th 2012 all of her facebook contacts received the same message stating that her facebook page would be shut down and we could follow her to her new page but when I attempted to contact her yet again, I received a message from her assistant and this in part was our conversation.
On January 20, 2012 12:06:19 AM PST, I wrote:
Hi I and trying to reach your boss Sandy in regards to my Press Kit That I have been waiting to see it for almost one month. If you can have her skype me later today I would be most appreciative. I have been waiting for some feedback and have heard nothing, I have expressed to her through email, skype and phone how much communication means to me. I have somethings ready to take off as far as my career and I need to know where we are with this kit. Please inform her that she can skype me at anytime and I am eager to see what she came up with. Thank you so much!
On January 20, 2012 11:54:12 AM PST, Sandy Hill wrote:
Unfortunately whenever she does these press junkets she is away for most of the time, she is not due back in the office until the first part of February. When she takes on new clients she usually tells them to get their funds and whatever else is required before she goes because if she does not get everything they usually have to wait. I was quite surprised to hear that she had taken on new clients but did not see the funds deposited into the account.
When I asked her about it (I have been on maternity leave for a few months) she said she was doing a one time favor for you and your producer and that you guys "were not officially clients". She is not on skype, email or phone right now because she is working extensively with clients for a television show that is gearing up for their new season on February 19 so they are making the rounds in New York, Los Angeles and abroad for the season opener. I believe she did get a few of the press kits and sent them to the people designated but I won't know until she calls in. I don't know anything further as I am only authorized to work on client projects that are in the system (paid). Thanks for your email.
On January 20, 2012 12:45:20 PM PST, I wrote:
She has my money
On January 20, 2012 1:00:50 PM PST, I wrote:
My producer and I both paid $590.00 a piece for these kits. I don't know how you all do business but where I come from communication is key and she has not done this. I have shows lined up and promoters wanting as well as major record lables waiting on kits from me. We have done our part by sending the money to her now we need her to do her part and get our kits to us ASAP please as time is of the essence.
We realize that we are not $3000.00 clients but when she first spoke with us on December 1, 2011 one of the first things she explained to us was that we a had a story to tell. No one will hear it without our kits. Please forgive me I know you came in on the tail end of this whole situation but the we have been waiting since December and this is holding us up. In closing all we want is what we paid for, "quality work in a timely manner"
On January 20, 2012 5:55:15 PM PST, Sandy Hill wrote:
like I said, you don't have a client file here so I would be out of line to continue this conversation with you and I cannot speak intelligently on the matter as I am in the dark. She is on the road and will be back into the office the first week of February.
On January 20, 2012 10:11:46 PM PST, I wrote:
I'm not trying to put you in a dark place on this matter but you contacted my producer only and not me so you placed youeself in this situation. I am not just "your friend" as you refered to me when you notified my producer about our kits, I am a professional artist who has 15 years and counting in this business.
With all do respect she is out here making money working and I am trying to connect with labels, promoters and so forth I just need someone to be professional here.
All I received was the same thing that all of her facebook friends recieved, the notice that her page was being shut down not the message in detail that you sent (on your own behalf) to my producer Please bear in mind that I would be contacting you but not in a anixious state if I did not have to find out about this second hand.