All-New Lincoln MKZ Shares Spotlight at Essence Magazine's Black Women in Music

Mon Feb 4, 2013 11:51am EST

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DEARBORN, Mich.,  Feb. 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Lincoln and ESSENCE will
recognize musician and singer  Lianne La Havas  and singer-songwriter  Solange
Knowles  on  Feb. 6  to celebrate music's biggest event, the Grammy Awards.

Lincoln's all-new luxury midsize sedan, the 2013 MKZ, and the luxury full-size
sedan, the 2013 MKS, are the official vehicles for  Black Women in Music  and
will chauffer the two stars to the red carpet. This is the fourth year that 
Lincoln  and ESSENCE have collaborated for the invitation-only affair.

"Lincoln  is honored to be the exclusive automotive sponsor of the ESSENCE 
Black Women in Music  event for the fourth consecutive year," says  Shawn
Thompson,  Lincoln  manager of Multicultural Marketing. "Our involvement allows
us to give our target customers and influential buyers a hands-on experience
with our great new products like the 2013 MKS and MKZ in hopes that they will
consider us for purchase in the future."

Last year's honoree, multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning  Kelly Rowland  and
ESSENCE editor-at-large  Emil Wilbekin  will host this year's event.

Havas is one of  Britain's rising folk and soul singers having earned fans like
the legendary  Stevie Wonder  and Prince. The self-taught guitarist has spent
time performing on both sides of the Atlantic from  London  and  Paris  to  New
York City.

Knowles' career in the music industry began as a teenager - she wrote songs for
Destiny's Child and followed with her debut album, "Solo Star," at 14. Her
second album, "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams," included "I Decided," which
went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop singles
charts.

"Lianne and Solange are the perfect examples of what's current in music and
having  Lincoln  sponsor an event celebrating these two young progressive
African-American women is an honor," says Thompson. "African-American women play
an important role in the luxury landscape, and events like these allow us the
opportunity to appeal to them while celebrating their creativity and diversity."
 

Havas and Knowles will perform live sets as a part of the annual celebration.

The 55th  Annual Grammy Awards will air  Feb. 10  on CBS.  

About  Lincoln
Lincoln  is the luxury automotive brand for Ford Motor Company, committed to
creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. 
Lincoln  will introduce four all-new vehicles in the next four years. For more
information about  Lincoln, please visit  media.lincoln.com  or 
www.lincoln.com. Follow us on Facebook at  facebook.com/Lincoln.

SOURCE  Ford Motor Company


Michelle Matthews-Alexander, +1-313-585-4060, malex101@ford.com

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