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About The CEO

Bettie McReynolds-Milligan

Bettie McReynolds

Aspire Booking is owned and operated by Bettie McReynolds-Milligan.  She considers entrepreneurship her “spinoff” career.

Bettie spent over 30 years in the field of Early Childhood Education and Child Development, managing corporately owned child care centers and preschools, and later providing consulting services to the same. After so many years of running a business for other entities, the transition to owning her own was an easy decision.  As well, coming from a family of musicians, it was a no-brainer to become involved in the burgeoning career of her nephew, a Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winning singer and songwriter after retiring from the education field.  The merging of her love for music, experience in the music industry and entrepreneurial spirit resulted in the creation of Aspire Booking.

A true creative, she enjoys crafting, sewing, gardening, writing, event planning and occasional acting but nothing more than live and recorded music.  Now after eight years of booking and management, she is poised to take Aspire Booking to its next level working exclusively with a select group of truly gifted artists from across the globe.

Bettie lives in the Chicago area and has two adult children, a 96 year old Mom whom she cares for, and two “grand dogs” and is a 14 year cancer survivor.

With little interest in slowing down, she also owns 14th Street Vintage, which in addition to operating online and pop-up stores, provided the set design for Jonathan McReynolds’ “Make Room” live concert and television special as well as costuming for Echo Theatre Collective’s “Blues for Mr. Charlie”.  She remains active in her community by spearheading events for her local  Block Club, mentoring teens through local not for profits, and sponsoring numerous children all over the world. She sits on the board of Restored Hope Chicago, an organization that promotes healing from trauma.

Always grateful for God’s favor and mercy, she is committed to reaching out to help whomever, however she can.

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TMMP Awards
The Music and Media Platform Awards held it’s first annual ceremony in August 2021. Live performances from artists from around the world, including Noel Robinson and Jonathan McReynolds highlighted the evening, which featured artists nominated in 26 categories. A list of winners can be found on Visions TV Online UK’s website. Aspire Booking was proud to present the award for Best Female International Artist to Canada’s Shelley Reddy.
New On The Roster
We’re excited to announce our first managed act, Trenton Baker. Moving from booking only, we’re looking forward to additionally guiding this young actor/singer’s career. Already receiving back to back bookings for worship services in and around Chicago, this artist is making his mark in Gospel Music.
Chantel Varnado + Kingdom United
On July 4, Chantel Varnado and Kingdom United wowed the crowd at Full Gospel Church in Hazel Crest, IL. Hundreds of people enjoyed the sunshine and amazingly clear skies for a morning worship service. Chantel ushered in the Holy Spirit and set the atmosphere for the rest of the service which included the church worship team and band, words from Pastor Ron Wilson and guest ministers, as well as food, games and giveaways.
Trenton Baker Live on Ragtime
For a 7 day run, beginning on October 29, Trenton Baker will appear in “Ragtime” with Chicago’s renowned Music Theatre Works. No stranger to the musical theatre stage, he’s excited to be returning to live theatre and with not much time for slowing down, he’ll open for Gospel Great, Jason Crabb later in November.
Visions TV Online, UK
We have been enjoying a very productive partnership with Visions TV Online, UK, our co-producer of the Worship Together virtual concert series. Our next concert will air in October, after which plans are being made to take the concert live as live music returns post-Covid. Check back frequently, as we will add updates as the date nears. Prior to this partnership, Aspire Booking produced the “Better Together” concert for Restored Hope Chicago, recorded live in-studio. Featured artists included Khalil Everage, star of the Netflix series “Cobra Kai” and the Netflix movie “Beats” co-starring Anthony Anderson and Uzo Aduba.
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