Celebrate BET’s roster of 2013 GRAMMY® Nominated Music Matters Artists – Miguel, Melanie Fiona, Luke James and Elle Varner, with a special, all-female Music Matters showcase “Lipstick on the Mic,” featuring the slow simmer of Stacy Barthe, RaVaughn’s familiar R&B riffs, sultry pop diva Leah Labelle, the “Perfectly Imperfect” Elle Varner who is nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY® Award for Best R&B Song and the always amazing Marsha Ambrosius who headlined her own Music Matters tour in 2011.

Hear them here first. See them everywhere tomorrow. 


Belasco Theatre, 1050 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90015


Friday, February 8, 2013

Media check-in:             5:00-6:00 p.m.
Red carpet opens:         6:00 p.m.
Show starts:                  7:00 p.m.


Music Matters Artists
Marsha Ambrosius
Elle Varner
Stacy Barthe
Leah Labelle

Marsha Ambrosius - Already proven as a talented, sought after songwriter and revered platinum-selling artist, Marsha Ambrosius continues to reinvent herself as a solo artist with her second J Records release disc “Friends and Lovers,” the follow up to her critically-acclaimed “Late Nights & Early Mornings.”  Over the years, Marsha has built a name for herself as a songwriter and producer, creating “Butterflies” for the late Michael Jackson and other hits for artists such as Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx and Nas.  BET Music Matters is one of the first to embrace Marsha’s solo career and she has performed on BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, the BET AWARDS and the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS.

Elle Varner – The first time the nation saw Elle Varner was on the BET AWARDS ’10 as a part of the all new Music Matters segment.  She was then embraced on 106 & PARK, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS. One of the first artists selected to be a part of BET’s Music Matters, singer/songwriter Elle Varner has been steadily establishing herself as a new force in music. “Refill,” from her first album Perfectly Imperfect (MBK Entertainment/RCA Records), was nominated for R&B Song of the Year at this year’s GRAMMY® Awards.

Stacy Barthe – Signed to a publishing deal with Motown/Universal Music Publishing Group back in 2007, Stacy started her music career penning songs for some of the industry’s biggest names including Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Kelly Rowland, to name a few. Stacy also the penned the track “Cheers (Drink to That)” for Rhianna which hit #7 on Billboards Top 100.  In 2010, she decided to venture out on her own, and with help from Surf Club, she released two EPs “Sincerely Yours” and “The Seven Days of Christmas” in 2011. Stacy recently released the lead single, "Flawed Beautiful Creatures," from her upcoming mix tape P.S. I Love You, due out in February.

Leah Labelle - Introduced to the world as a finalist on the third season of “American Idol,” Leah Labelle got her break as a solo act when she signed a joint deal with Epic Records, Jermaine DuPri’s So So Def label and Pharrell William's I Am Other label in 2011. The Toronto-born, BET Music Matters artist, recently released “Lolita,” a follow-up to "Sexify," the lead single from her forthcoming studio debut album.  Leah also received rave reviews for her tribute to the late Teena Marie, singing the classic hit “Square Biz” at the 2012 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS. 

RaVaughn - Signed to GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Ne-Yo’s Compound University label, RaVaughn is making many in the industry stand-up and take notice. Already an in-demand demo and backup singer, RaVaughn is currently putting the finishing touches on her solo Columbia Records debut, “Love Always.”  Expect an amazing 2013 from BET Music Matters artist RaVaughn.

BET Music Matters ‘Lipstick on the Mic’ GRAMMY® Edition partners include The Kartel Company, AJ Crimson Cosmetics, Ambi Skincare, Courvoisier, Pynk Magazine and Third Encore Rentals.

Follow Music Matters on Twitter @BETMusicMatters as well as Facebook at
All media outlets interested in covering the Music Matters Showcase MUST submit requests via email to Zabrina Horton at [email protected]  or Keesha Wallace at [email protected] For more information on Music Matters, visit 

About BET Music Matters
Launched in 2010, the BET Music Matters initiative highlights emerging new artists by showcasing their talents through live performances including monthly showcases and the Music Matters Tour.  Music Matters has helped propel the careers of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, J. Cole, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Elle Varner, Eric Roberson, Big K.R.I.T., Emeli Sande’, Luke James, Stalley, Mali Music, Astro Kid and more.


Keesha Wallace | BET Networks
212.205.3152 | [email protected]    

Zabrina Horton | BET Networks
310.481.3737 | [email protected] 

Duran Brown | The KARTEL Company
(310) 954.9140 | [email protected]


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