Our culture of risk-taking and innovation is alive and well, as there are more entrepreneurs working within the Reel 2 Real system than ever before. Our company’s values are deeply embedded in supporting creators of all kinds, including those focused on digital technology. We are the home for St. Louis’s greatest artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs
Esther Kim (also known as EQ and QE) is a seasoned musician with experience in strings, piano, singing, and songwriting. Her passion for music grew by being involved in the church praise band and choir. Her strong belief moves her to commit to serving God’s purpose through music and supporting those who share the same vision.
Exzavion Powells, born in Sunvalley, CA on August 8, 1992. Raised in Saint Louis Mo, by his loving parents Sherrie and Damon Powells. Exzavion’s first interest in music was in 1995 after watching the great “King of Pop” Michael Jackson perform some of his greatest hits. Exzavion now continues his dream of being in the entertainment business, whether in front or behind the camera he will make his mark in history.
Heather M. Wright is a woman on the rise. She was born in Iowa and raised in St. Louis. Heather became a dedicated member of the Urban League Young Professionals in 2014. Not long after, Heather served a term as vice president with the organization. Heather has worked within the St. Louis community in various capacities to coordinate social improvement.
Annalyse is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri. She has had two songs featured on Orangehaus Records Compilation Albums 2013 and 2014 produced by Grammy award-winning engineer Chad Evans has been published in Angelic Magazine, recorded background vocals for world-renowned folk Christian band Rend Collective, performed at Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Rally in St. Louis, and presented research on the effects of songwriting on adolescent brain development at Webster University’s Research Across Disciplines Conference.
Some of her most notable performances include opening for Tenth Avenue North at the Six Flags St. Louis Ampitheater and soul singer Vivian Green at The Pageant St. Louis. Annalyse is currently employed as the School of the Arts Director and Associate Worship Director at Pathfinder Church in Ellisville, where she is leading a creative community and mentoring young musicians, writing original songs in collaboration with other staff to share with the community and performing frequently. She is also teaching private music lessons through STL Piano Lessons, and continues writing and co-writing original music, actively collaborating with producers in St. Louis to record and promote her music.
As a high school senior, Michael Smith (p/k/a Mic Wonder) realized his talent while singing his rendition of Brandy’s “Brokenhearted” in the hallway at school; the girls around were listening and were amazed as they only assumed that he was just another basketball player. At the time, it was merely singing random songs for pure fun, until word quickly spread that Michael Smith may have found a new calling. Shortly after, Michael decided to audition for the school’s talent show. After a successful talent show, Michael began taking his music career seriously and focused on building up his vocal skills.
Some time has passed, Michael encountered a serious vision challenge, which caused him to no longer work a regular full-time job; he then decided to use his God-given talent to support himself and his family. It was then that this sultry, soulfully smooth R& B Singer Michael Smith became known as Mic Wonder. His music has been influenced by great artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Steven Tyler, Charlie Wilson, Otis Redding, and Sam Cook.
President and CEO
Samuel Bradford, Jr., aka “Sam Heat,” is President and CEO of Reel 2 Real Entertainment. He has been deep into the music scene since 1997. Sam Heat, known in the early to mid-’90s as DJ Nemesis. Sam Heat started as a DJ, songwriter, and concert band musician.
In 1999, Sam Heat released his first in-store DJ album, “Off the Chain Vol.1.” Before that, he released various local mixtapes. At this point, Sam Heat decided to put his songwriting skills and knowledge of musical instruments to use. Along with his people skills and technological awareness, Sam Heat began producing, recording, mixing, and mastering.
Sam Heat has continued to develop his skills and related knowledge while producing and managing young artists. Sam Heat managed and developed platinum-selling producers, as well as Emmy, nominated producers, and songwriters. Sam Heat briefly worked in radio promotion, helping to break national artists into DJ networks.
Growing up on the North Side of St. Louis, Sam Heat has had his share of hard times. These situations have played an intricate role in making him the assertive businessman that he is today. Through all of Sam Heats’ trials and tribulations, he managed to attain his Masters’ degree in business administration and information systems.