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The ‘Urban Farming’ organization – Taja Sevelle
Taja Sevelle – Artist/Urban Farming
T.I. – Actor/Artist
Yung Joc – Artist
Richard Lewis – Actor/Comedian
Craig Kallman – Atlantic Records
Keke Palmer – Actress/Artist
Francis Slay – Mayor of St. Louis
Bob Wallace – St. Louis Rams
Corey Booker – Mayor of St. Newark
Ed Begley – Actor
Ellen DeGeneres – Comedian
Taja Sevelle – writing a novel “The Garden Song” about her life and work with Urban Farming(TM)
Taja Sevelle is a music recording artist, songwriter, novelist and inventor from Minneapolis, Minnesota who began her music career in 1987 when she was signed to the Paisley Park Records label by Prince. In the same week, she was accepted into the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Sevelle’s first single was “Love Is Contagious”, which became her signature song. She recorded Fountains Free (1991) on Warner/Reprise/Paisley and Toys of Vanity (1997) on Sony, and has written songs with Burt Bacharach, Thom Bell, Prince, Nile Rodgers and Mark White of the Spin Doctors, among others. She has song catalogs with Warner Chappell Music Publishing and North Star Music as well as her own publishing company, OW Music. Including her own CDs, Taja has songwriting and singing credits on over 2.5 million records sold including Prince, Johnny Mathis and the original soundtrack of the motion picture “Lean On Me.”
By the time Taja Sevelle was 15, she had lived in the city, on a farm and in a remote forest near the Canadian border with no running water, electricity or access by car. She had studied in her own science lab complete with microscopes, single cell eukaryotic organisms, and data storage, she had plowed fields, tapped maple trees, learned the Morse code, managed a health food store before her fellow classmates had graduated from high school. She also became a Radio DJ and produced a many radio programs including her own radio show about food and nutrition. Her life took a twist when in the same week she was accepted into the Berklee College of Music, she was offered a record deal from Prince.
From Minneapolis to Hollywood, the first song Taja Sevelle had ever written, “Love is Contagious,” became a charted Billboard hit in America and Europe. Taja Sevelle recorded her third CD in Detroit for Sony 550. She began to see the amount of poverty due to job loss in the city of Detroit as well as the excess amount of unused land, and in 2005 she founded Urban Farming, an international 501c3 headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. The 501c3 Organization plants food on unused land and space and gives it to people suffering from hunger and food insecurity. The charity began with 3 gardens in Detroit and in that year gave away 1 ton of food. To date, Urban Farming has planted and facilitated the equivalent of over 50,000 community and residential gardens across the country and abroad, feeding over an estimated million people.
Taja Sevelle has also written a novel Rain On A River and is working on her next 2 novels, “The Garden Song” about her life and work with Urban Farming(TM), “The Joke”, with screenplay adaptation “Cracking Up.” Additionally, Sevelle invented a kitchen appliance and is partnered with Larry King of CNN and his wife, Shawn King on the invention. In the late 1990s, she founded the Matrix Music record label.
Urban Farming’s mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by planting, supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.