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Raven-Symone Looks Towards Independent Future

Of the Oakland Press

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Raven-Symone is ready for a little independence. The former “Cosby Show” kid and Walt Disney channel star (“That’s So Raven”) has left Disney-owned Hollywood Records after weak sales for her latest album, “Raven-Symone,” and is ready to strike out on her own.

“I did it on my second album (1999’s ‘Undeniable’) and liked it,” says the 22-year-old singer/actress, who had a star turn in the comedy film “College Road Trip” this year. “When you’re an independent you really do get full control. You get to do it how you want to do it and promote it how I want to promote it and sell it how I want to sell it — I can just package something that’s from the bottom to the top, inside and out, all mine.

“I’m really excited about it, and I have no worries.”

Symone already has ideas in her head about what she wants to do with her next release. “It’ll be R&B, most definitely,” explains Symone, who provided one of the voices for the straight-to-DVD animated feature “Tinker Bell” that’s coming out this fall and is currently launching a line of lifestyle DVDs and other projects via her www.ravensymonepresents.com.

She’s also eyeballing collaborators, though after working with big names such as Sean Garrett, the Clutch and the J.A.M., Symone is hoping to find some fresh talent as well.

“It’s good to go out there and spread your wings and find new talent and work with people you haven’t worked with before. I’d love to find the next Pharrell or the next someone who’s coming up and no one really knows yet.”

Raven-Symone performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 26) at the Michigan State Fair, Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Detroit. The show is free with a State Fair admission; Gold Cirle seats are available for an additional $20. Call (313) 369-8250 or visit www.michigan.gov/mistatefair.

Web Site: www.michigan.gov/mistatefair

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