Wake Up Hollywood

Nikhil Korula

Bio: 

Classically trained in voice from the age of 5, Nikhil Korula first lent his dulcet tones to sing with the likes of opera giants such as Placido Domingo and pop stars Barry Manilow and the late Luther Vandross. As a boy soprano, Korula performed at Carnegie Hall by the age of 10 and also sang for one of Danny Elfman's first film scores. In 1990, Nikhil Korula performed at the 32nd Annual Grammy® Awards with Mike and the Mechanics, sharing the stage on that fateful night with legends, Ray Charles, Miles Davis & Don Henley to name a few. However, after graduating from the USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Operatic Vocal Performance, his creative talents drew him to the intense world of songwriting, jazz and improvisation which led to his playing many acoustic sets throughout Los Angeles. This experience in turn helped him to collaborate with some of the city's finest jazz musicians to form the Nikhil Korula Band (NK Band).

Due to its ever-increasing fan following, this vibrant musical act has traveled all over the globe playing festivals such as BONNAROO (2008 & 2009), PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL (2011) & SUMMERFEST (2007-2014), gathering worldwide attention one fan at a time. Blending the sounds of calypso, rock, reggae, African and Latin grooves, this unique sextet infuses extraordinary musicianship with irresistible dance jams, a combination that has led the NIKHL KORULA BAND to open for such esteemed artists as Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne and countless others while also headlining venues like the House of Blues and performing at the Apollo Theater. With dedicated fans, exceptional live shows, and consistently strong songwriting, the Nikhil Korula Band continues to have a remarkable effect and amazing impact on audiences globally. Please visit www.nkband.com for more information!
grooveinfiniti@hotmail.com

Eddie Pence

Bio: 

Originally from Virginia, Eddie Pence now resides in Los Angeles. Currently co-hosting "The Steel Chair Slamcast" on the TradioV.com network and "The RAW After Show" on Afterbuzz TV, the "Hollywood Reporter" named Eddie Pence one of the Top New Faces of the Montreal Comedy Festival, where he was also invited back for repeat performances. Eddie was also invited to the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival as well as HBO's "The Comedy Festival" in Las Vegas. Eddie was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, as well as a semi-finalist at the Boston Comedy Competition.

A favorite of the World Famous Improv, Eddie can be seen at clubs and colleges across the country. His credits include Comedy Centrals "Live at Gotham" and "Crossballs", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfield" on Fox News, "History of the Joke" and "Surviving The Holidays w/ Lewis Black" on The History Channel as well as appearing in the "Last Comic Driving" campaign on NBC.
epence17@aol.com

Show Time: 
Tuesday 8:00PM - 8:59PM
(PST)
Show Description: 

The hosts of Wake Up Hollywood Nikhil Korula and Eddie Pence have toured across the country, played to some of the biggest crowds around and know all the right questions to ask these new artists that they hand pick for each week’s show. The best part is none of this radio show is scripted and these guys know what it takes to succeed in the industry and have been good friends for years so you can count on leaving the show with a laugh, a good song or a conversation that will make you think.

Listen to Nikhil & Eddie Live
Tuesdays at 8:00PM (PST)

Show Archives

October 2021

10/05/2021

The Seoul Food Concept

Seoul Food was born to bring the communal Korean BBQ experience to any party or event. From intimate dinner parties to Weddings and Mitzvahs, our mobile service can provide upper-tier Korean BBQ from centuries old family recipes in any setting or location. All setup, clean up and full waiter service is included. Table and seating for your entire party is available upon request. A one-stop-shop for all your private Korean BBQ dining needs, we hope to entertain you and your party very soon. 

Chef and Founder, John Bach

Seoul Food Chef and Founder John Bach migrated from Seoul, South Korea in 1990. After over 20 successful years as a professional drummer for some of your favorite singers and musicians, Bach applied his passion for creativity from music to the kitchen. After mastering his family’s recipe book with his creative know-how, he has met an unexpected demand for at-home dining with authentic Korean cuisine.

 

https://seoulfoodkbbq.com/

September 2021

09/28/2021

LUDOVIC LOUIS

Long before traveling the most beautiful stages in the world alongside international artists, Ludovic Louis began his career as a trumpeter in the heart of a family passionate about music. After being rocked by a grandfather a violinist in his spare time and a dad awakening him to various musical colors, the child from Le Havre enrolled in Jazz studies. First at JUPO alongside Alain Loisel then at his hometown music school with Sylvain Maillard, where he graduated in classical trumpet in 2000. By moving to Paris in 2003, Ludovic began to collaborate with artists such as Orishas, Jimmy Cliff, Florent Pagny, or even more recently Sli- mane or Christophe Maé. But it was in 2009 that he met Lenny Kravitz. From this meeting will result nearly 10 years of collaboration around the world, where the Rock Star will not hesitate to offer his audience the talent of Ludovic through his improvised solo performances.

From the biggest stadiums to the most cutting-edge festivals, such as Rock in Rio, Lollapalooza, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and many others, the trumpet player comes to electrify the crowd even more with his in- credible solos.

In 2012, he was invited to repeat the experience by playing a solo for icons Muhammad Ali and Quincy Jones, in Las Vegas during the «Black and White America Tour».
By moving to Los Angeles in 2013, the French artist continued collabo- rations with, among other renowned artists, Kanye West and his Sunday Service, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, The Blacks Eyed Peas, and The Meters.

In parallel to this and throughout his career, Ludovic participates as a musician in various television programs such as The Grammys, The Voice, American Idol, or Dancing With The Stars
In 2020, a new opportunity presents itself to Ludovic Louis and it is under the direction of Damien Chazelle that he makes his debut as an actor in «The Eddy». Through this Netflix series, the artist embodies the character of Ludo, a jazz club trumpeter. 

REBITH - THE ALBUM

All of Ludovic Louis’ crossings and mu- sical encounters ultimately led him to go solo. It is therefore after several years of work surrounded by his friends that the trumpeter delivers his first album «Rebir- th», bringing together soul, funk and even Caribbean music influences. This 11-track album, recorded between the United States and France, notably takes us on a journey with the opening and closing of the opus “Madinina”, a tribute to the island of Martinique where the trumpeter is native. «Missing You» is addressed directly to Ludovic’s family and tends to express to us the difficulty of estrangement and the resulting sweet melancholy.

As for the song «Nothing But You» written for his wife, its guitar gimmick carries us away on its pop and fresh rhythm. Finally, it is in the festive and James Brown-like title: «Everybody» that we will have the pleasure of hearing Ludovic sing.

Instagram : ludoviclouismusic
Facebook : Ludovic LOUIS

 

09/21/2021

Dante Fabiero is a Los Angeles-based author/animator and a graduate of the University of Southern California. Over the past ten years, he's worked on productions such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Bless The Harts, Netflix's Disenchantment, and The Cosmos hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Currently, he works as an assistant director on the CBS series, Star Trek: Lower Decks.

Outside of animation, Fabiero is the creator of Slothilda, an ongoing web-comic that follows the humorous antics of a sleepy, yet ambitious little sloth named Slothilda and her pet corgi, Peanut. 

 

After going viral in 2018 Fabiero landed his first book publishing deal, writing and illustrating an anthology of all new comics titled, Slothilda: Living The Sloth Life - a humor book that chronicles the various day-to-day challenges Slothilda encounters as she aspires for self-improvement in her work, home, and personal life - all the while dealing with the paradoxical and ever present temptation to sloth.

When he’s not working, Fabiero is an active swimmer, snowboarder, and a member of Toastmasters International. To receive all the latest comics, news, and updates you can subscribe to Fabiero's e-mail newsletter at www.slothilda.com

Link to his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slothilda/

Link to his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slothilda.sloth

Link to his Twitter: https://twitter.com/slothilda

Link to his IMDB here.

Dante is repped by Trident Media Group.

For any inquiries please contact TMG agent Mark Gottlieb.

mgottlieb@tridentmediagroup.com
(212) 333-1506
https://www.tridentmediagroup.com/

09/14/2021

Troy Christian started his journey in the entertainment industry as a professional musician - playing woodwinds and as a musical director and producer.  Simultaneously, with a lifelong passion for theater and movement,  Troy took his dancing shoes to New York to train at the Joffrey School of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and Steps - his hard work and proper training leading to a long career dancing and acting on Broadway, on television and in film - one that continues to this day. (Credits including: RENT, Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Muppet Movie, Deadwood, Disjointed and Forrest Gump).  For Troy, the natural progression to choreography and creative direction would follow. From theater to television and film, Troy has created hundreds of theatrical productions, television shows, commercials, music videos, films, and corporate events including: Usher, Ellen, Lily Allen, N.E.R.D., Dolly Parton, Culinary Escapes, Universal Studios, Elvira, Princess Cruises, Paramount Theme Parks, Disney,  Jimmy Kimmel, Harley Davidson, and The Industry Dance Awards. In 2007 Troy received the Choreography Media Honors Award presented at the Directors Guild of America for his work on the feature film Adam & Steve (Craig Chester, Parker Posey, Malcom Getz, Chris Kattan). In 1999, Troy began studying the art (and science) of filmmaking.  Already with a keen understanding of composition and choreography, timing and music, and now cameras, technology and editing, his evolution to film director and editor was destined. Credits include:  A Perfect Vintage (Documentary), Sam Presents (Short), The Evolution of Stem Cell Research (Documentary featuring Leonard Nimoy), Naked Boys Singing (Feature Film of Off Broadway Musical), Nuts and Bolts - the Making of Adam & Steve, The Making of Adrian Zmed in Concert (Documentary) as well as many television commercials and music videos. Troy's path as an artist has afforded him the ability to utilize all of his creative talents congruently. With the ability to conceive, write and design, to speak the language of music, dance, and choreography, as well as the ability to see through the camera lens with the eye of an editor, Troy has literally “stepped" into his life’s work as an incredibly diverse Creative Director.

 

www.troychristian.com

09/07/2021

"Ian McCartor is a singer/songwriter who also has worked as an RN in hospice to develop a service called "Legacy Songwriting". He sits specifically with people facing terminal illness, as well as others who have lost loved ones, to create symbols of meaning and purpose in the form of an original song. He currently works through private commissions as well as partnerships with AV Supportive Care and Hospice in Palmdale and the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego. In this way, songwriting is applied to support those dealing with the greatest difficulties of their lives and allows for the songwriter to become a true vessel of healing and creativity. He also releases these songs and interviews on music streaming platforms. If you want to learn more about legacy songs, you can find more information and contact Ian through his website IanMcCartor.com."

August 2021

08/31/2021

Jesse Davidson Bio: I have been a musician since my early teens and I have been a working professional in the music business since 2012 in Southern California. I began on a DIY level in my hometown of Lancaster, California. This consisted of booking/promoting shows, working for local promoters and running sound for touring and local bands. My gigs include the Lancaster Performing Arts Center as an audio engineer, working/teching for Lita Ford, Last In Line, Venice and the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, and touring as an independent musician with Rogue!

Press:

http://voyagela.com/interview/check-jesse-davidsons-artwork/

Socials/Links: 

https://www.instagram.com/thebassabides/

https://linktr.ee/thebassabides

 

Davey Sipes Bio: I hail from three generations of working musicians and my odyssey began at age 6 when I started sneaking onto my dad’s drumkit during set breaks!  Born and raised in LA, I escaped to the Antelope Valley at age 12 and got into its hardcore punk scene, which led to my role as bassist for the local legends Bubonic Nate and Dead Rats.  After the band’s demise, I earned my B.A. in Music Performance from CSU Dominguez Hills where I studied with Scott Morris and Matthew Greif of L.A. Guitar Quartet.  I also began writing original songs and jamming with friends which eventually led to Sonic City Council, a music podcast produced and created by Jesse and me.  It also led to my original band, Disaster Cabinet! Our first EP, The Myth of Origin was released in May 2021, steaming everywhere NOW.

Socials/Links: 

https://linktr.ee/DisasterCabinet

https://www.instagram.com/devilish_lefty_007/

08/24/2021

Sarah Rose Reynolds is an actor, comedian, and musician from Los Angeles. Her bubbly face has appeared in numerous TV commericals. She’s performed stand-up at the world-famous Comedy Store and the famed Hollywood Improv, sung and played music for intimate crowds at the Hotel Cafe, and entertained audiences with her award-winning one-woman show “SQUIRREL!!!” She is currently producing an album of her favorite 80's/90's pop songs, creating completely new musical arrangements for them.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrchTyLDXAbfsCKs5EtveTA

IG: @SarahRoseReynolds

FB: @Sarah Reynolds 

08/17/2021

Ryan Hiller is a highly skilled entertainer who delivers memorable performances that are full of passion, energy and truly great music. He is a highly accomplished, technically-proficient, guitar professional & singer who can bring a crowd to their feet with his own songs or by perfectly rendering a cover in his own unique style. Full of Funk, Soul and whole lot of rock n’ roll, Ryan Hiller is a highly sought-after musician and the only sound of his kind in San Diego, CA. After receiving his degree in music from the University of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, Ryan moved to America’s Finest City, where he has since established himself as a regularly featured artist both in private and public settings.

Ryan has honed his craft through years of writing, recording, and performance. He has opened up for and performed at VIP parties for the following: Van Morrison, The Steve Miller Band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead and Company featuring John Mayer, Guns N Roses, Elton John, Neil Diamond, The Doobie Brothers, The Struts, Foreigner, Styx, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Chicago, Lyle Lovett, John Scofield, Chris Isaak, The Black Eyed Peas, John Scofield, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rob Thomas, and Don Felder of the Eagles. He has performed at Qualcomm Stadium, Petco Park, The Belly Up, The House Of Blues, among countless others, both in San Diego and nationally.

Ryan’s expertise has also garnered him sponsorship from Fender, Taylor Guitars, Sennheiser Microphones, Gator Cases and LR Baggs Pickups, some of the biggest names in the industry.

Some of Ryan's corporate clients have included TPG, Qualcomm, Intuit, Western Bankers, BumbleBee, Staples, ACI, Hakasaan, FS Investors, PlanitOmaha, The Chargers, The Padres, among many others. 

Folks are always looking for new, fresh, great music and the next great entertainer to stir them and move them. Without-a-doubt, Ryan Hiller is that person.

www.ryanhillermusic.com

08/10/2021

   Mike Zigon is a musician based in long island New York 

Over the last decade Mike has played countless gigs. But by far his favorites are the ones he plays with his sister and brother in there band aptly named The Zigons. Also mike has recently released a full length album with his new Project Saucy Valentine titles Lawst In It. Which you can find on all streaming platforms. 

@thezigons 

@saucyvalentine 

@mzigon  

08/03/2021

Alexandria Lee is a multi-disciplinary artist, producer and actor. In every medium she hopes to relate and explore the concepts of Freedom, Nation, Information and Identity in modern day America through humanism and symbolism.

Alexandria is a professional award winning painter, exhibiting her paintings in many galleries and was voted best in show by L.A.'s top art critic Shana Nys Dambrot.

She performed the role of the first character ever added to the Blue Man Group Show, “Showbot”. Recently she starred opposite some of China's most famous actors, as the lead antagonist in the hit television show Seven Days Alive (2019). 

She began producing at the age of 18 when she ran away to Paris to create her first film. Currently she has an award-winning short, In Time, available to watch now on Amazon Prime. She also performs as a dancer and has placed in national swing dance competitions.

Alexandria received her B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2009. She has studied acting under notable studios  for the past 15 years. She is inspired by all forms of expression and story-telling.

https://www.worksbyalexandria.net/

July 2021

07/27/2021

MARCUS EATON’S EP INVISIBLE LINES DUE MAY 22 CONSIDERS
HUMANITY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND HOW WE CAN ALL BE CLOSER

American Songwriter premiered the new single “Closer”

Los Angeles, Calif. — In challenging times music can be a healing force, and Marcus Eaton’s new collection of
songs comes at a crucial moment when listening is one of the most comforting things we can do. Invisible Lines,
due for release digitally and on limited edition vinyl on May 22, contains songs of contemplation and exploring ways
to unite rather than divide, with the new single “Closer,” out today, prescient in its message.
“You can be right next to someone and feel a thousand miles away, or you can be a thousand miles away and feel
like you are right next to someone,” Eaton says.
His songs are masterful and gorgeously melodic, weaving exquisite guitar arrangements with mellifluous vocals,
while his themes deal with intimacy and separation as well as the innate value of nature and a heartfelt entreaty for
the environment. Demonstrating how music can calm and inspire, Invisible Lines is just the aural tonic for a world that
has been forced to close in on itself and reconsider a way forward.
While he could not have foreseen world events on such a scale, Eaton’s cerebral approach to his music was
inevitably going to touch a nerve with music audiences globally. With a long-time following in Europe and a busy
schedule in Los Angeles where he spent a number of years as guitarist and co-writer with two-time Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame Inductee David Crosby, Eaton’s music has found its moment.
“The ‘Invisible Lines’ refer to the physical and geographical boundaries that divide us, which have now been erased
by technology,” says Eaton of the whole EP. “The world is more connected than ever before, yet we are still looking
for connection. Will we grow further apart or use our connectedness to find common ground and improve the world?”
Eaton has self-produced Invisible Lines, perfectly balanced with three acoustic and three full band tracks that he
feels represent his best music to date. Which is saying a lot given Eaton’s career has so far has encompassed the
release of six albums; performing on bills with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz and Rodrigo Y Gabriela;
sharing the stage with icons such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and vocalist Seal; collaborating with
Crosby; and composing his first soundtrack for the film, David Crosby: Remember My Name, which is available now
on digital platforms.
According to Crosby, Eaton is “one of the best young singer-songwriters in America – maybe even in the world. And
he plays guitar like God on a good day.”

Marcus Eaton. Photo by Andrew Macpherson.
Hi-res images available here

“Closer” is the second single off Invisible Lines. The first single, “Handed Down” dealt even more directly with a world
that seems broken and how the job of the human race is to take care of it and improve it. “We are all connected to
the health and vitality of this planet we call home, and a threat to the environment is a threat to all life,” says Eaton.
The title track, “Invisible Lines,” was inspired by the protests at Standing Rock that captivated and connected
empathetic people around the world, with violin played by Lizzie Ball (Jeff Beck). “Step Aside” expands the theme of
empathy through the lens of current politics and asks, “Would you rather see somebody take a fall than finally make
a stand and rise above it all?”
“Shadow of a Bird” highlights Eaton’s environmental focus, particularly his love of birds of prey. “I used to be a
falconer, and I rehabilitated injured raptors,” he says. And as an homage to Sting, an artist he feels connected to
musically and as an environmental warrior, Eaton closes the EP with a haunting cover of “Fragile” from Sting’s album
Nothing Like The Sun. “It was one of the first albums that had a huge impact on me. When I was ten I saw a TV
special where Sting played ‘Fragile’ on a nylon string guitar and I was completely captivated by it. I learned the song
and we performed it in my very first band,” says Eaton. “The sentiment is just as valid now as when it was written.”
His environmental bent comes from being born and raised in the wilds of Idaho. The son of songwriter Steve Eaton
(whose songs were recorded by The Carpenters and Art Garfunkel, among others) and the grandson of professional
opera singers, Eaton began performing professionally in local bars and clubs long before he was legally old enough
to patronize them. After two self-released solo albums, his first band, The Lobby, was signed to MCA/Universal and
in 2003 released The Day the World Awoke, reviewed by the Weekly Album Review radio program as “one of the
best examples of intelligent acoustic rock in a long time.”
Eaton then re-focused on a solo career, gaining acclaim for his unique guitar virtuosity, incorporating elements of
eclectic world music into his own alt-rock style. The albums Story of Now (2006) and As If You Had Wings (2010)
saw him dive into political and social criticism, environmental concerns and guitar playing brilliance that led to
invitations to open for Dave Matthews’ guitarist Tim Reynolds. Discovered by Crosby and his son, James Raymond,
Eaton was enlisted to play on tracks that became the foundations of the highly acclaimed 2014 album Croz.
“During that two-year recording process, a kindred musical collaboration evolved between the three of us,” recalls
Eaton, who wrote several songs with Crosby and Raymond, and became a featured musician in Crosby’s ensemble,
playing guitar and singing harmonies in sold-out venues across the US, on television on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,
and on Sirius XM’s Classic Vinyl channel, among other appearances.
Eaton’s next solo album, Versions of the Truth (2016), featured Crosby singing harmony and players including
bassists Leland Sklar and Jon Evans and drummer Erik Eldinius. After an extensive European and UK tour with his
own band, Eaton returned to the US and went to work on the soundtrack for the documentary his brother A.J. Eaton
was directing about Crosby. David Crosby: Remember My Name premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, was
hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the best rock docs of all time,” and was nominated for a Grammy. Eaton’s
soundtrack, with music also composed by jazz composer Bill Laurance, was released in February 2020.

Eaton has deals with several guitar and equipment companies including McAlister Guitar, which created a signature
C-model acoustic Marcus Eaton Guitar, and Italian leather fashion brand Benheart. For Invisible Lines, Eaton has
partnered with Crosley to release the special edition EP on 12" vinyl.
Influenced by and often compared to artists including John Mayer and Ed Sheeran as well as Sting, Eaton has won
praise from fellow musicians and the media. Sting’s guitarist, Dominic Miller, says, “Marcus is one of the greatest
guitarists I have ever heard – and I mean it!” Tim Reynolds says, "Marcus Eaton weaves a tapestry rich in musical
depth and soulful feeling. Flurries of guitar wizardry enter a phat groove frequency peppered with mad effects,
looping and layering at the service of each song. Sweet impassioned spot on singing round out this total package of
dynamite."
Premiere Guitar wrote: "Marcus Eaton plays the acoustic, but not like you might expect. He rapidly shifts between
frantic fingerpicking and strumming, clean acoustic sounds and swirling, looped effects. His music fits firmly in the
post-modern musical relativism that has become the norm among a new generation of musicians – viewing genre
distinctions not as absolutes but as starting points."
And some final words from David Crosby: “He writes about love like a man who has loved. He writes about the world
he sees like a man who has seen quite a bit of the world... He sings and plays guitar extremely well but he starts with
the real stuff – well crafted songs that are actually about something.”

Marcus Eaton with David Crosby. Photo by Anjali Ram.

 

www.marcuseaton.com

07/20/2021

MATT VON RODERICK 

Imagine a singular, one-of-a-kind trumpet virtuosity paired with a dreamy vocal crooning style, deep jazz roots and modern soundscapes, and you’re just beginning to conjure internationally acclaimed, award-winning Los Angeles-based jazz artist MATT VON RODERICK. Inhabiting a joyously uncategorizable and rarified air of adventurous, innovative instrumentalist and classic, heartfelt crooner, Matt has been hailed as “a post-millennial Chet Baker” by the New York Times, and has performed with some of the most respected names in music today, including Brad Mehldau, Mike Posner, Chris Potter, Nneena Freelon, Dionne Warwick, The SNL Band and Antonio Sanchez.

As a soloist, Matt’s poignant sound heals, activates and inspires, and has been a featured at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The Bonaroo Arts Festival, as well as events with best-selling author/spiritual activist Marianne Williamson.  Matt has appeared on Saturday Night Live and The Ellen Show, and was named the 1st place winner of The Independent Music Awards Jazz Category as judged by progressive Rock icon Lou Reed. Matt was also a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and a recipient of the Vilar Global Fellowship in the Performing Arts, dubbed the "Rhodes Scholarship" of the performing arts by The New York Times. 

Matt often combines his atmospheric tone with a dash of loops, electronic textures and spoken word to create what the International Trumpet Guild calls “exquisite”. JazzTimes Magazine calls Matt "a top-drawer trumpeter who also sings like an angel obscured by a storm cloud", while Exclusive Magazine calls Matt’s sound "musical greatness" and Downbeat Magazine describes his musical approach as “Zen-like…” 

Matt genuinely loves his audiences -- it is his greatest joy to bring you joy.

Visit Matt's website http://MATTVONRODERICK.com for more information. Follow Matt on Instagram @vonrockstar http://instagram.com/vonrockstar

07/13/2021

SEXTHIRSTYLOVEHUNGER - ONE of MUSIC’S BEST-KEPT SECRETS EMERGES ANEW

 

 Cory Phillips definitely has something to prove.  The now Lawrence, Kansas-based singer/songwriter and his group, the Band of Light, are currently delivering his second studio album, SEXTHIRSTYLOVEHUNGER, released end of May 2021.  The entire collection is brimming with summer party gold.  It’s been over 10 fast years since he released anything larger than a single, and this long-awaited follow up to Phillips’ self-titled 2009 debut is meant to make up for lost time.

 

When asked why it’s been so long, Phillips laughs it off, “No one was ready for this yet.  I think people now are dying to groove,  and connect, and get sexual again.”

 

Phillips and his bands have played coast to coast for a decade, amassing fans drawn to his erotic singing and bedroom funk.  Yet only the time that Covid-sequestering afforded him allowed for the definitive recording of his decade’s better work. 

 

The new album is an effort in innovation.  In the midst of the health crisis, new freedoms and limitations developed for the musician with a secret life pursuing his PhD in climatology at the University of Kansas.  Gigs cancelled, tours off, Phillips converted part of his house into a recording studio and brought in his Lawrence/Kansas City-based ‘Band of Light’ along with wizard engineer Robert Rebeck (Tech N9ne) to complete the 14-song hitlist of retro-tinged solid gold. 

 

Each song on the quasi-concept album is a testament to love and sex based on hard-lived experiences in Phillips’ own life:  loves gained and lost, the joys and costs of being a habitual pleasure-seeker, longing and courtship, even carnal moments in real time.  The content always exudes refined wisdom and sensitivity but dips into the dark waters of illicit love equally.  The dirty bouquet of groove, funk, soul, and classic pop Phillips & the Band of Light developed is a horny blend of vintage spice.  On this album the mature music man has learned how to communicate more information in his poems, and this book of songs is a tantalizing read at the turntable.

 

The album's first single, "Fit You", is a foray into their musical boudoir (dudeoir?).  Evoking Sade and Michael Jackson, Phillips pits Feminism against Machismo as he tries to make sense of a friend/lover.  Ultimately we discover which role wins, instinctively, as the song concludes with commanding sexuality.  You can suspect "Fit You" will be on playlists party-to-party in 2021 as vaccinated hedonists start to socialize again.

 

Guitarist Michael Hamm (Play Dead, the Band That Saved the World), keyboardist Nate Holt (Asterales, Approach), bassist Mario Vlasic, and long-time colleague and drummer Chel Rich (Half Tiger Half Bear, Red On Yellow, Stone Cutters Union) are the Band of Light, along with harmonists Chelsy Larson and Lauren Mayhew, capable of reaching every sensual dynamic in the catalog with masterful precision and bite. The group spans from southern rock to classic soul and disco to jazz in the same movement, mirroring Phillips’ fire dance with their own seasoned acrobatics.  Their seductive live shows are consistently epic funk and disco parties, the excitement and prowl of which were miraculously captured on this new studio album.  With SEXTHIRSTYLOVEHUNGER, Cory Phillips & the Band of Light take us to their party, get us naked, and remind us that there is something perfectly spiritual in our appetite for hedonism.

 

 

LINKS/SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Website: www.sexthirstylovehunger.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/coryphillipsmusic

Instagram: www.instagram/sexthirstylovehunger

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thecoryphillips

07/06/2021

At 15 years old, Kaatii—born Anna Katherine—calls the shots. While most young teens spend their free time at the mall, playing video games or watching movies, Kaatii is busy making music that’s featured on the CW33, KXT 91.7 FM, Wish 107.5 LA and a variety of music industry tastemaker publications such as Flaunt Magazine, PopMatters, VENTS, Dallas Observer, and Music Connection Magazine. She’s consistently in the studio, writing with artists twice her age, and working on her craft. As collaborator, award-nominated singer-songwriter, Kara Connolly, puts it, “She’s playing the guitar, providing a playlist of reference tracks, selecting sounds, sending mix notes and confirming revisions...Kaatii is the real deal. She’s driving the ship.” When you think of a 14-year-old singer, what typically comes to mind is the Disney Channel—Hannah Montana—not the introspective, fearless, alt-rock, indie-pop artist that she is.

https://www.kaatii.com

June 2021

06/29/2021

Michelle Grey is a multifaceted model, actress, songwriter and mezzo-soprano. She’s been published in numerous National and International magazines, online campaigns, graced runways, fashion weeks and has a growing list of clients as a beauty and wellness brand influencer.

She’s a member of SAG/AFTRA and has had a passion for music, acting, fashion and the arts since childhood. She began performing at age 5 and see’s herself as an eternal student. With a strong education in acting from the USC School of Theatre, classical vocal training, performance in musical theatre and independent films such as “A Love in Progress”; she’s found her home in entertainment.

May of 2017 she was awarded the prestigious “Kiss the Monkeys Evolutionist Award” for her dedication to create outstanding experiences bringing like- minded entertainment professionals together. Voted Trendy Lime “Super Model of the Year” 2014 by her peers, she was a former “Miss Sonoma County” prelim to Miss America, and a favorite honored title; “Cloverdale Citrus Fair Queen”.

She’s a sought after mistress of ceremonies, red carpet host, and spokesmodel - launching beauty lines by Kaplan MD and Air Stockings. She has a bright entrepreneurial spirit, and when not shooting, you can often find her event coordinating or producing and art directing fashion photoshoots.

As an active philanthropist leading with kindness and venerability she has a burning desire to promote social change. Through volunteering she’s helped raise funds and created awareness for these wonderful causes and others.

SmileTrain.org

Leukemia Lymphoma Society - Greater Bay Area

WomenEnough.com

House for Humanity

Food for the Hungry - Child Sponsorship

San Francisco Aids Foundation

IG: MIchelle Grey (@michellegrey.model) • Instagram photos and videos

FB: facebook.com/michellegreymodel

Ch: clubhouse.com/@michellegrey_sf

06/22/2021

KENNY LEE LEWIS is nn accomplished studio guitarist and bassist for over 30 years, a few of Kenny's other credits include Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Money, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, Peter Frampton, Boz Scaggs, Brian Wilson, and Steve Stills.

Kenny's wide range of vocal stylings range from romantic ballads, blues, hard rock, reggae, and Latin. When not touring or recording, Kenny enjoys taking mature musical excursions when doing album projects, Movie and Television composing, or performing with his friends.

Kenny Lee has just released his new comtemporary jazz instrumental guitar CD "New Vintage" on the New Folk/Allegro record label. Taking a break from playing such mega-hits like "Fly Like an Eagle" and "The Joker" for thousands on tour each summer, Kenny Lee has brought together some of the finest celebrity musicians in the business to offer this celebration of classic groove-jazz. Returning back to his early influences while playing in college jazz bands, Kenny Lee borrows sounds and techniques from Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Howard Roberts.

Featuring such notable players as Ricky Peterson, keyboardist and musical director for David Sanborn and currently with Bonnie Raitt. Billy Peterson, former bassist and arranger for the Steve Miller Band, and co-owner of The Artist Quarter jazz club in St. Paul, MN. Paul Peterson, bassist for Kenny Loggins, George Benson, and Oleta Adams. Danny Pelfrey, saxophonist/composer who's credits include Diana Ross and Carole King. Gordy Knutson, drummer for The Steve Miller Band and professor of percussion at the McNally-Smith College of Music in Minneapolis, MN. Jason DeLaire, saxophonist formerly with Michael Bolton. Dianne Steinberg, recording artist and actress who portrayed "Lucy" in the Robert Stigwood production of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and many other talented session players.

"New Vintage" has recently had rave reviews in Guitar Player Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and Wine and Jazz Magazine.

www.kennyleelewis.com

 

06/15/2021

Sabina Chantouria is one of the new rising stars in Swedish music. Her sound is as eclectic as her Georgian-Swedish roots. With her velvet voice and rhythmic guitar, she’ll take you on a journey that evokes emotion and leaves you breathless.
In 2011, Sabina was selected for the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood and was a 2017 Georgian National finalist for Eurovision.
Her music has been put in rotation on international radio and she has performed at numerous internatinal festivals and concerts.
Sabina has also performed live on television and radio, working with music producers worldwide. She was also the winner in the category "Debut of The Year" on Caucasus Music Awards 2019.

Fire and Flame is her most recent single (2019), shot at the film studio "Studio 60" in L.A (where artists like Lana del Rey and The Weekend have shot their videos). 

Spiderweb (2014) and Cry For Me (2016). Fun fact: The actor Ryan Francis (young Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg's film Hook from 1991) acted together with Sabina in music videos for Spiderweb and Cry For Me.

Facebook-page: @sabinachantouria
Twitter: @SChantouria
Instagram: @sabinachantouria

06/08/2021

From the best of Wake Up Hollywood: Move over Nashville and make room for California’s own Rosy Nolan. Nolan is part of the current California Gold rush of female Singer-Songwriters that bring old-time music to new audiences with fresh tales. Her music follows the touchstones of Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton. Rosy delivers hymns, ballads, and folk melodies with a mesmerizing rawness that sweeps up her audiences. Landing a performance at the renowned Stagecoach Festival in 2020 solidifies her legitimate place in Country Folk music but it did not happen overnight. For years Nolan has dug deep into honing her craft by frequenting many old-time music jams, banjo twangs, and partnering in a traditional bluegrass duo called Old Time Machine. In addition, Nolan is a veteran of touring nationally and internationally grabbing new fans from quite different landscapes like London, New York, and Northern California. Her 2019 release, Footprints and Broken Branches is her best work yet. It delivers a signature sound that is all things Rosy Nolan.        
rosynolan.com
Instagram

06/02/2021

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Born in a small Minnesota town straight out of a David Lynch film, Chad Ferrin spent his formative years on a farm. The brutal winters, social isolation and exposure to violent animal slaughters influenced the predatory and survivalist themes he would later explore cinematically. In 1988, Ferrin sold his home in Minnesota to finance his first film, UNSPEAKABLE. Lloyd Kaufman, president of notorious genre production house Troma Entertainment, took a personal interest and distributed the film. After a multi-year relationship producing, writing and directing for Troma, Ferrin sold his 1968 1/2 Ford Mustang to finance his independent hit, THE GHOULS. Called “Haskell Wexler’s MEDIUM COOL revisited”, hailed by Variety and a winner of numerous international festival awards, THE GHOULS was an underground commercial and critical success. Ferrin immediately followed up with EASTER BUNNY, KILL! KILL!, a film teeming with dark humor and social commentary in the vein of Russ Meyer and Dario Argento. In 2009, SOMEONE’S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR took the festival circuit by storm with tried-and-true psychedelic grind-house style. In 2015 Ferrin was hired to bring the acclaimed graphic novel THE CHAIR to the screen. The success of that collaboration with producer Robert Rhine was followed up on the Fantasia Festival hit PARASITES and the gonzo, horror comedy EXORCISM AT 60,000 FEET.

His latest feature "The Deep Ones" will be opening on April 23rd at the Laemmle NOHO 7.
Watch the trailer here: vimeo.com/519644453

May 2021

05/25/2021

San Francisco-born and Los Angeles based songstress, Anna Dellaria, uses her flaws to start a fire. Translating lyrical catharsis through bold and powerful vocal delivery, she doesn’t back down from darkness; rather, she turns it into light… That approach has unassumingly drawn the spotlight to her after a lifetime dedicated to the craft. 

Her recent single, “Cut You Loose” debuted on Spotify’s acclaimed New Music Friday US, Denmark and Fresh Finds.  The infectious release also premiered on Dr. Dre's Beats of the Week on Apple Music - with National Radio Support from Sirius XM and Pat Monahan from Train. 

Dellaria’s recent singles have premiered on EARMILK to critical acclaim.  Her music has racked up over 1.5 million digital streams, and been featured across 9 editorial Playlists including several New Music Fridays and top 10 on Amazon Music's "Girl Power" Playlist. 

Her recording success is coupled with her captivating and dynamic stage prowess.  Dellaria's live performances have most recently gained recognition as a selected artist for BMGpm's 2020 SXSW Showcase, and tour support for Clark Beckham's Summer Tour 2021.  Expect new music from this buzzing artist next year, with a series of singles to welcome her debut EP. The new music is driven by a desire to create a fresh & authentic sound rooted in turning imperfection into power: darkness into light."

05/18/2021

BOB MALONE has amassed a loyal international fan-base through twenty-five years of relentless touring and nine critically acclaimed album releases. He has also played keyboards for John Fogerty since joining his band in 2011. He’s been a session player for Ringo Starr and Avril Lavigne, and his recording of  “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was the theme in the 2018 Illumination/Universal movie trailers for The Grinch.

Bob’s 2016 Mojo Deluxe album went to #1 on the IBBA UK radio chart and was one of the top 100 most played CDs on the Roots Music Report radio charts. His latest, Good People, was released in May 2021 and singles from it are already being played on WFUV NYC, KCSN L.A., and SiriusXM The Loft. His songs and his playing have been heard on NCSI New Orleans, Entertainment Tonight, Lucifer, and The Hallmark Channel.

05/11/2021

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Nicholas Woods is the writer/director of Echoes of Violence, a crime/drama/thriller film about an immigrant traveling from Sedona,AZ to Los Angeles looking for revenge upon the immigration lawyer who ruined her life.
The film is premiering at Cinequest Film Festival, tickets available now.

The film can be seen here at Cinequest Film Festival: creatics.org/cinejoy/moviepage/140436#!#pills-all
IG: @nicholaswoods.co

05/04/2021

Jason Rodgers is a tap dancer, choreographer, actor, and musician. His credits include The Academy Awards, the North American tour of the Broadway musical “Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk", Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Disney’s The Coppertop Flop Show, and the YouTube dance series DS2DIO from Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians).

Most recently, Jason choreographed and performed for ABC’s Station 19, Verizon, Dodge,Rose.Rabbit.Lie at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and the Closing Ceremony of the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.  He’s also performed with Tim Robbins, Jerry Lewis, Debbie Allen, Donald O'Connor, Fayard Nicholas, Eddie Brown, & George C. Wolfe.

Jason Rodgers Entertainment is his Los Angeles based company that creates live interactive shows involving song, dance, and music. His work throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, & Africa has included Madison Square Garden, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Montpellier SwingJammerz Festival, and the world renowned Stockholm Tap Festival in Sweden. Jason is currently the Director of Dance for Oasis Center International—a non-profit organization that provides art programs for children in Orange County and Los Angeles schools.

IG: @jasonjrodgers
jasonjrodgers.com

April 2021

04/27/2021

Doug Silton, professional dancer, choreographer, performer, and instructor, has been dancing since 1988 and has been teaching, competing, and performing internationally since 1998. He travels the globe sharing his love of social dancing, technique, as well as judging on the WSDC and NASDE circuits and competing in the Showcase and Sophisticated dance divisions.

Originally from Los Angeles suburbia, Doug traveled to Maine for his undergraduate degree in Art History from Bowdoin College (class of 2000), lived abroad in Florence (1998-1999) where he started teaching swing dancing, and after graduation moved back to Los Angeles to dance and teach full time. In January of 2015, he moved to Gresham, Oregon where he now and forever resides.

Doug is the founder of a Domestic Non-Profit Foundation, The Silton Foundation, which gives dance scholarships annually to dancers in financial need. Doug is also the founder of several dance teams: Oregon Reigns, The NorthWesties, the Just In Time Jitterbugs, and Diesel Doug and the Long Haul Swingers.

Doug is a top competitor (Showcase Division) and judge on the NASDE West Coast Swing tour, a 3-time American Lindy Hop and Blues Champion, and a 2-Time World Swing Dance Champion. Doug is the only competitor to ever be a finalist in Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Carolina Shag in the same year at the US Open Swing Dance Championships. Doug has partnered with the following brilliant dancers: Nicki Silton (d. 2017), Ben Morris, Tess Minnick, Angel Griffin, Brittany Espinoza, Amber Ripley, Sarah Hettervik, Kristin Sorci, Mary Ann Nuñez, Karla Catana, and Carolina Cerisola.

In the street Latin world, Doug is a World Swing Dance Championships Salsa Champion and Reno Dance Sensation Salsa Champion (with Liz Rojas – Salsamania) . In May of 2008, he made it to the final round at the Mayan Pro Salsa Competition (with Espie Hernandez), the second largest street Salsa competition in the world, placing 8th.

In the commercial dance industry,  Doug is represented by GTA (Go 2 Talent Agency). His credits include being featured in movies, on TV shows, and in commercials and music videos. Doug has choreographed for Bette Midler and Toni Basil and performed numerous times at Carnival: The Choreographer’s Ball in Hollywood, CA (partner dancing with Angel Jenkins, Melina Ramirez, Kristin Sorci, Nick Williams, and solo with a Contact Juggling performance); this is the venue for top choreographers from all over the world. You can see him in the movie Poseidon, Jason Derulo’s music video “Hit The Lights” and  at his favorite dance and live music venue of all time: The Floor Improv Night in Los Angeles, CA. Doug works regularly with featured dancers and choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, and Live To Dance.

A highlight of Doug’s dance career was being inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame (2015).

www.dougsilton.com

 

04/20/2021

Days Between Stations, a prog-rock band founded in 2003 by guitarist Sepand Samzadeh and keyboardist Oscar Fuentes. The duo named themselves after the cult novel by Steve Erickson and have devoted themselves to, as they say, Art Rock and Post Prog – music that reflects their varied influences, as well as shared disregard for stylistic boundaries.

Days Between Stations (DBS) released their 3rd album titled “GIANTS” which features guest appearances by legendary XTC member Colin Moulding, Billy Sherwood of YES and backing vocalist for Pink Floyd Durga McBroom on September 2020.

daysbetweenstations.com

04/13/2021

Move over Nashville and make room for California’s own Rosy Nolan. Nolan is part of the current California Gold rush of female Singer-Songwriters that bring old-time music to new audiences with fresh tales. Her music follows the touchstones of Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton. Rosy delivers hymns, ballads, and folk melodies with a mesmerizing rawness that sweeps up her audiences. Landing a performance at the renowned Stagecoach Festival in 2020 solidifies her legitimate place in Country Folk music but it did not happen overnight. For years Nolan has dug deep into honing her craft by frequenting many old-time music jams, banjo twangs, and partnering in a traditional bluegrass duo called Old Time Machine. In addition, Nolan is a veteran of touring nationally and internationally grabbing new fans from quite different landscapes like London, New York, and Northern California. Her 2019 release, Footprints and Broken Branches is her best work yet. It delivers a signature sound that is all things Rosy Nolan.        
rosynolan.com
Instagram

04/06/2021

Born in a small Minnesota town straight out of a David Lynch film, Chad Ferrin spent his formative years on a farm. The brutal winters, social isolation and exposure to violent animal slaughters influenced the predatory and survivalist themes he would later explore cinematically. In 1988, Ferrin sold his home in Minnesota to finance his first film, UNSPEAKABLE. Lloyd Kaufman, president of notorious genre production house Troma Entertainment, took a personal interest and distributed the film. After a multi-year relationship producing, writing and directing for Troma, Ferrin sold his 1968 1/2 Ford Mustang to finance his independent hit, THE GHOULS. Called “Haskell Wexler’s MEDIUM COOL revisited”, hailed by Variety and a winner of numerous international festival awards, THE GHOULS was an underground commercial and critical success. Ferrin immediately followed up with EASTER BUNNY, KILL! KILL!, a film teeming with dark humor and social commentary in the vein of Russ Meyer and Dario Argento. In 2009, SOMEONE’S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR took the festival circuit by storm with tried-and-true psychedelic grind-house style. In 2015 Ferrin was hired to bring the acclaimed graphic novel THE CHAIR to the screen. The success of that collaboration with producer Robert Rhine was followed up on the Fantasia Festival hit PARASITES and the gonzo, horror comedy EXORCISM AT 60,000 FEET.

His latest feature "The Deep Ones" will be opening on April 23rd at the Laemmle NOHO 7.
Watch the trailer here: vimeo.com/519644453

March 2021

03/30/2021

D'Lemor is a music artist, poet and a creative visionary. As a child she played the violin and was vocally trained by her father who plays the piano and the accordion. During this time singing became more than an act of music, it became her first love.

In 2019 D’Lemor made the decision to pursue music full time. Her need to inspire the world with LOVE was a passion she could no longer deny. She released “Shine” on 9.18.2020 as the first single off her upcoming debut album “Your Lens of Love” in collaboration with seven time Grammy Award Winner / Producer / Mixer Brian Vibberts and Glen Gabriel a Swedish composer of films and commercials who has been nominated for three Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Her songs are based on her poetry which beautifully translates through her hypnotic, angelic and otherworldly voice. Her goal for this album is to inspire the world to see all through a lens of love. D’Lemor’s creations run a wide array of genres, exposing listeners to their own emotions and touching them at the depth of their core.
Her second single "A KISS" was released on 2.14.2021.

dlemor.com

03/23/2021

Nicholas Woods is the writer/director of Echoes of Violence, a crime/drama/thriller film about an immigrant traveling from Sedona,AZ to Los Angeles looking for revenge upon the immigration lawyer who ruined her life.
The film is premiering at Cinequest Film Festival, tickets available now.

The film can be seen here at Cinequest Film Festival: creatics.org/cinejoy/moviepage/140436#!#pills-all
IG: @nicholaswoods.co

03/16/2021

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Nikhil introduces more songs from the new Nikhil Korula Band album: Revolutions.

nkband.com
Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/67p4x7iw2lzjzYmeRBtgBl

03/09/2021

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Classically trained in voice from the age of 5, Nikhil Korula first lent his dulcet tones to sing with the likes of opera giants such as Placido Domingo, pop stars, Barry Manilow and the late Luther Vandross. As a boy soprano, Korula performed at Carnegie Hall by the age of 10 and also sang for one of Danny Elfman’s first film scores. In 1990, Nikhil Korula performed at the 32nd Annual Grammy® Awards with Mike and the Mechanics, sharing the stage on that fateful night with legends, Ray Charles, Miles Davis & Don Henley. However, after graduating from the USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Operatic Vocal Performance, his creative talents drew him to the intense world of songwriting, jazz and improvisation which led to his playing many acoustic sets throughout Los Angeles. This experience, in turn, helped him to collaborate with some of the city’s finest jazz musicians to form the Nikhil Korula Band (NK Band).

Due to its ever-increasing fan following, this vibrant musical act has traveled all over the globe playing festivals such as BONNAROO (2008 & 2009), PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL (2011), THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (2013-2019) & SUMMERFEST (2007-2019), gathering worldwide attention one fan at a time. Blending the sounds of calypso, rock, reggae, African and Latin grooves, this unique sextet infuses extraordinary musicianship with irresistible dance jams, a combination that has led the NIKHL KORULA BAND to open for such esteemed artists as Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, Gavin Degraw, Gary Clark Jr, Thievery Corporation, Sublime with Rome, The Fray and countless others while also headlining venues like the House of Blues and performing at the Apollo Theater. 

In 2013, Nikhil Korula had the pleasure of recording 5 new songs for a new EP called SOLO SESSIONS with musical heroes of his, Butch Taylor and Jeff Coffin, from the Dave Matthews Band. One of the songs from the EP, "Fade Away," charted, debuting at #106 and moving all the way to #10 on the Hot AC charts. Singer-songwriter, Nikhil Korula also wrote the opening track, "Start It Up," for Ziggy Marley's new self titled album which recently won the Grammy for BEST REGGAE ALBUM, giving Korula his first Grammy® certificate as a songwriter. In 2017, Korula and his band would open for Ziggy Marley at Summerfest 2017 and also perform at Arroyo Seco, a new music festival put on by the creators of Coachella at the Rose Bowl alongside Tom Petty, Mumford & Sons, Weezer and The Meters, to name a few. Korula and his eclectic band opened for Robert Randolph at Summerfest 2019 in front of thousands last summer so look for the NK Band to make their return to Summerfest 2021 next summer. Currently, Nikhil Korula and the band are in the studio recording and mixing their 8th album, REVOLUTIONS, which will be released on January 29, 2021! With dedicated fans, exceptional live shows, and consistently strong songwriting, the Nikhil Korula Band continues to have a remarkable effect and amazing impact on audiences globally. Please visit nkband.com for more information!

Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/67p4x7iw2lzjzYmeRBtgBl

 

nkband.com

facebook.com/nikhilkorulaband

instagram.com/thenikhilkorulaband/

03/02/2021

Allie Taylor Rios is the third generation in a musical family. The grand daughter of professional musicians, Allie followed in their footsteps and chose to pursue a career in music.
Allie’s music journey started in elementary school when she did percussion in her schools orchestra in 2nd grade. That lead to a further interest in trumpet and choir  in 5th grade. Allie gives credit to her Elementary school music teacher, and later on colleague, Lisa Pimentel for giving her the confidence early on to follow her dreams in music.

Allie is now the Co-founder of the music school AMPED (Academy of Music Performance and Education) in Lancaster CA, and is their head vocal teacher. She is a songwriter and multi instrumentalist, and teaches songwriting, vocal performance, guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, trumpet, and drums. One of her favorite and “most rewarding” things she has done in her life is being able to write songs with her students. It gives her students an honest platform to express their true feeling that they might not have the option to in their day to day lives.

When Allie is not doing music, you will find her behind the camera running her photography business, Cherished Moments Photography

February 2021

02/23/2021

Originally from Virginia, Eddie Pence now resides in Los Angeles. Don't worry Eddie will make no jokes about how he hates writing about himself in the 3rd person in his Bio, just understand that he does, I mean I do.

The Hollywood Reporter named Eddie Pence one of the Top New Faces of the Montreal Comedy Festival in 2004, he was also invited back to perform there again in 2006. In 2007 Eddie performed at the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival as well as HBO's The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. In 2010 Eddie was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. A favorite of the World Famous Improv, Eddie can be seen at clubs and colleges across the country.

His credits include Comedy Centrals "Live at Gotham" and "Crossballs", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfield on Fox News, History of the Joke and Surviving The Holidays w/ Lewis Black on The History Channel. HE's recently appeared on "Gotham LIVE" on AXS TV and "comics Unleashed with byron allen". Eddie was recently cast in "How to be a grown up" on TRU TV...

Eddie is done writing about himself.
youtu.be/FF7KCyiwDPg
eddiepence.com

02/16/2021

Daniel Weidlein is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and composer based in Los Angeles and originally hailing from Boulder, Colorado. His distinct compositional and production style stems from a background in jazz and world music blended with a love for popular song form. Daniel has appeared as a performer on NBC’s The Sing Off, Fox’s Glee, and in the Academy Award-winning film Whiplash. As a songwriter an producer, Daniel has worked with Blake McGrath (including the album Innervention which reached #2 on the iTunes CCM charts and #20 on the Billboard CCM charts), Jin, Stan Taylor, Kenton Chen, Ryan Amador, M-Pact, and many more.

 

Daniel has released two original jazz albums, Fire In The Sky and A Winter's Lullaby.

danielweidlein.com
Instagram: @danielweidlein

02/09/2021

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Chris Ward is an architectural designer with 14 years experience in historic preservation and high-end residential architecture, currently working for Landry Design Group in west Los Angeles. For the past 30 years he has also performed as a classical singer, including 4 years in the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and 17 years with the Angeles Chorale. In his architectural career he has worked on historically significant homes such as the Gamble House by Greene and Greene, the Japanese House at the Huntington Gardens, Frank Gehry's house, and Case Study houses, as well as many projects for celebrities and successful business people in the Los Angeles area. As a singer Chris has performed in some of the biggest venues in LA, including the Hollywood Bowl, Kodak/Dolby Theater, Microsoft Theater, and the Shrine Auditorium, as well as several performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Chris spends his free time writing, painting, running, and hoping for a COVID-19 vaccine.

January 2021

01/26/2021

Nikhil introduces the last 3 songs from the new Nikhil Korula Band album: Revolutions.

nkband.com
Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/67p4x7iw2lzjzYmeRBtgBl

01/20/2021

Nikhil introduces more songs from the new Nikhil Korula Band album: Revolutions.

nkband.com
Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/67p4x7iw2lzjzYmeRBtgBl

01/12/2021

Classically trained in voice from the age of 5, Nikhil Korula first lent his dulcet tones to sing with the likes of opera giants such as Placido Domingo, pop stars, Barry Manilow and the late Luther Vandross. As a boy soprano, Korula performed at Carnegie Hall by the age of 10 and also sang for one of Danny Elfman’s first film scores. In 1990, Nikhil Korula performed at the 32nd Annual Grammy® Awards with Mike and the Mechanics, sharing the stage on that fateful night with legends, Ray Charles, Miles Davis & Don Henley. However, after graduating from the USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Operatic Vocal Performance, his creative talents drew him to the intense world of songwriting, jazz and improvisation which led to his playing many acoustic sets throughout Los Angeles. This experience, in turn, helped him to collaborate with some of the city’s finest jazz musicians to form the Nikhil Korula Band (NK Band).

Due to its ever-increasing fan following, this vibrant musical act has traveled all over the globe playing festivals such as BONNAROO (2008 & 2009), PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL (2011), THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (2013-2019) & SUMMERFEST (2007-2019), gathering worldwide attention one fan at a time. Blending the sounds of calypso, rock, reggae, African and Latin grooves, this unique sextet infuses extraordinary musicianship with irresistible dance jams, a combination that has led the NIKHL KORULA BAND to open for such esteemed artists as Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, Gavin Degraw, Gary Clark Jr, Thievery Corporation, Sublime with Rome, The Fray and countless others while also headlining venues like the House of Blues and performing at the Apollo Theater. 

In 2013, Nikhil Korula had the pleasure of recording 5 new songs for a new EP called SOLO SESSIONS with musical heroes of his, Butch Taylor and Jeff Coffin, from the Dave Matthews Band. One of the songs from the EP, "Fade Away," charted, debuting at #106 and moving all the way to #10 on the Hot AC charts. Singer-songwriter, Nikhil Korula also wrote the opening track, "Start It Up," for Ziggy Marley's new self titled album which recently won the Grammy for BEST REGGAE ALBUM, giving Korula his first Grammy® certificate as a songwriter. In 2017, Korula and his band would open for Ziggy Marley at Summerfest 2017 and also perform at Arroyo Seco, a new music festival put on by the creators of Coachella at the Rose Bowl alongside Tom Petty, Mumford & Sons, Weezer and The Meters, to name a few. Korula and his eclectic band opened for Robert Randolph at Summerfest 2019 in front of thousands last summer so look for the NK Band to make their return to Summerfest 2021 next summer. Currently, Nikhil Korula and the band are in the studio recording and mixing their 8th album, REVOLUTIONS, which will be released on January 29, 2021! With dedicated fans, exceptional live shows, and consistently strong songwriting, the Nikhil Korula Band continues to have a remarkable effect and amazing impact on audiences globally. Please visit nkband.com for more information!

Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/67p4x7iw2lzjzYmeRBtgBl

 

nkband.com

facebook.com/nikhilkorulaband

instagram.com/thenikhilkorulaband/

01/05/2021

Damion Poitier has a unique and expansive career: he's a writer, producer, actor, stuntman, prosthetic/creature suit performer, motion capture actor, voice over artist, Loop Group performer--well you get it.

As a consumer and participant in film-making and other forms of media, Damion Poitier has experience in many aspects of the processes: From walking neighborhood haunts and watching fan films on his phone to full VR immersion experiences and experiencing them in 4D IMAX theaters, from co-designing and co-directing a live Haunt that is in it's 13th yearly run to bringing the most infamous villian in the worlds most successful film series to life.

His point of view with all it encompasses provides both a film enthusiast and a film professional's point of view. With a fanboy's enthusiasm, a professionals insight, he is a great facet to have in any film and entertainment medium.

Social Media Links: @DamionPoitier

December 2020

12/29/2020

For guitarist and singer-songwriter Jackson Stokes, great musicians make great neighbors. Even as a youth weaned on classic rock- his first concert was Lynyrd Skynyrd- Stokes was unaware that living across the street from his St. Louis home was guitarist and singer-songwriter Devon Allman. Allman’s family tree is impressive as the son of Gregg Allman and nephew of Duane Allman of Allman Brothers Band fame. Yet, Stokes knew little of the legendary group. Encouraged by his father, and holding his guitar, the 11-year-old Stokes knocked on Allman’s door.

Allman, two decades his elder, heard something special in the young Stokes and encouraged him to continue learning and growing as a musician. Stokes dutifully attended Allman’s Honeytribe rehearsals, sitting quietly in the corner while the group worked up its repertoire. At 14, Stokes had developed into a prodigious firebrand with a passion for the blues, teaming with another area wunderkind, Marquise Knox, and performing his first professional gigs.

By 18, his experience playing in high school garage bands, and with an All-State school jazz band, expanded his rock-and-roll palette. He attended Drury University in Springfield, earning a degree in music therapy, while maintaining a friendship with Allman, who encouraged Stokes to further sharpen his songwriting skill. In Memphis in 2012, Allman produced a five-song EP, Witness, from the Stokes-led band, Delta Sol Revival.

DSR toured regionally until 2016 when Stokes and Allman began discussing recording his solo debut. The pair returned to Memphis for the initial sessions, as Allman invited Stokes to join the Devon Allman Band for 2017, and subsequently the Devon Allman Project for a world tour in 2018. On days-off from the road, Stokes continued work on his album, organically building the full-length.

In May of 2019, Stokes put the finishing touches on a striking inaugural effort. Produced by Allman, it is a lean and focused set of rock-and-soul, including an ambitious Talking Heads cover, and a depth of original material ranging in style and subjects. From the Memphis stroll of the opening “Can’t Getcha Out,” through the reflective acoustic closer, “Take Me Home,” the debut encompasses Stokes’ wide swath of influences and tastes. There’s the ‘60s R&B update that morphs into modern rock on “Slave,” the staggering punches of overdriven guitar on “Time is Now,” and the midnight seduction of “Contents Under Pressure.” A flourish of pleading guitars finishes the slowly climbing blues-rock centerpiece, “You and Your Partner,” while David Byrne meets Southern funky on “Life in Wartime.” As well, Stokes welcomes the sunny-days slide guitar of The Allman Betts Band’s Johnny Stachela to brighten the Southern sway of “Sins Are Forgiven,” complementing that with the chunky Saturday night blues of “Whiskey.”

Naturally, the nine-song record offers plenty of the fiery guitar that has been the calling card of Stokes’ career for this first decade, showcasing the stellar reputation he’s earned sharing the stage with such icons as Robert Cray, The Wailers, and Robert Randolph, as well as Warren Haynes, Lukas Nelson, and Marcus King. Yet, it’s a conspicuous emphasis on Stokes’ escalating songcraft that also shines as brightly on this initial release.

Website: jacksonstokes.com
Facebook: facebook.com/tylerjacksonstokes
Instagram: instagram.com/jacksonstokesmusic

12/22/2020

Braden Call was born and raised in Utah. Braden started playing music at the age of 13, the drums in the middle school band. Founding member of Limelight our high school band with Dave Jenson and Matthew Bellows. Part time free lance photographer and full time software Product manager, Braden loves spending time outdoors camping in his Jeep Gladiator and photographing his adventures. He was recently married and loves spending time with his wife and 4 kids doing random s**t :)

Instagram: @bradencallphotography and @bisongladiator
Photography Portfolio: 500px.com/bradencall

12/15/2020

Nicole Samra - Actress, Musician and newest endeavor: writing. Nicole was raised in Riverside, California where she began her love of the stage through singing, bass guitar, and acting in local theater productions. In 2015, she decided to pursue her passion, and moved to Hollywood. She has appeared in Music videos such as Awolnation’s “Woman Woman'' (2016), and starred as Agent Gina Anderson in Hawaiian Sovereignty (2017) on Amazon Prime. When Nicole is not performing, she owns and operates her own marketing company that specializes in assisting content creators (Artists, Coaches & Professionals) share their knowledge with the global market. One of her most notable projects thus far has been the revealing documentation of her first year of sobriety, featured in her self published blog GirlVersusWorld.com. Nicole’s recent writing endeavor is a compelling tell-all biography which is slated to be released in 2021, and involves diving into her past as a trauma survivor who tried to find solutions in drugs, alcohol, sexuality, polyamory, bdsm, and codependent relationships - only to find out that she had to almost lose her life in order to save it.

nicolesamra.com

girlversusworld.com

"Pacific Breeze" Teaser trailer: youtu.be/mGMRfZksMtw

12/08/2020

Chris Ward is an architectural designer with 14 years experience in historic preservation and high-end residential architecture, currently working for Landry Design Group in west Los Angeles. For the past 30 years he has also performed as a classical singer, including 4 years in the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and 17 years with the Angeles Chorale. In his architectural career he has worked on historically significant homes such as the Gamble House by Greene and Greene, the Japanese House at the Huntington Gardens, Frank Gehry's house, and Case Study houses, as well as many projects for celebrities and successful business people in the Los Angeles area. As a singer Chris has performed in some of the biggest venues in LA, including the Hollywood Bowl, Kodak/Dolby Theater, Microsoft Theater, and the Shrine Auditorium, as well as several performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Chris spends his free time writing, painting, running, and hoping for a COVID-19 vaccine.

November 2020

11/24/2020

In his stage appearances John DiCrosta is “electric” as one Las Vegas reviewer has said. Dozens of voices, off beat impressions, topical humor, sight gags, a few props, and sometimes even ventriloquism are among the tricks this comedian has up his sleeve. His sharp wit and knack for playfully causing trouble with practical jokes, has helped to spread his name across the US, Canada, & the World.
John DiCrosta has lived in Los Angeles the last 20 years and has been one of the more popular “Audience Warm-up” comics in Hollywood! He has kept the crowds in hysterics and great spirits on such shows as Politically Incorrect & Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Late Show, America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Idol, & Dancing with the Stars, & America’s Got Talent just to name a few. In the last 10 years he has also been one of Carnival Cruise Lines top comedians performing 500+ cruises to date! That’s over 2500 shows!
DiCrosta has also become one of the most sought after voice over actors in LA, providing his vocal talents for dozens of video games and various animated series on Nickelodeon, and most notably as a Decepticon in Transformers Revenge of the Fallen for Paramount Pictures.
This is one act not to be missed. He has been called on many occasions, one of the funniest “Audio-Visual” comedians working today.

Instagram: @johnnyd163
Twitter: @johndicrosta
johndicrosta.com

11/17/2020

Born in Michigan, but raised on the east coast until his mother moved the family to the west coast, Derrick Smith found himself jammed in the middle of the late 90's during the east vs. west beef. Because of his sister, he started playing guitar while recovering from a jaw injury. “She had been gifted one and I thought it looked cool so I asked her if I could play the Am chord and fell in love.
"I write most of my songs in G major key which naturally has an Am conveniently one whole step away.

Derrick started to listen to bands for the first time once he became a guitarist in training which opened up a whole new world for him since he listened to only hip hop and R&B throughout high school and college.
Deep down, though, he wanted to learn how popular guitar players play the instrument. He soon fell in love with the music of Dev Hynes, especially his live recorded performances, and decided soon after that he wanted to be a musician and started gigging out in his early-mid 20's. Inspired by his love of music, LOVE, the creator GOD and nature, Derrick Smith aka Studded Leather, an artist name he branded himself with, is still on the path of writing his life out in musical stories that show all the sides of his life experience so keep your eyes and ears open for his songs and music that will paint your life with goodness.
soundcloud.com/damn-de
IG @studdedleathermusic

11/10/2020

Galit McCord; LA based singer songwriter
A wise man once said, “There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why”. I was born in Israel, served in the Army, and graduated college there with a degree in psychology.  Never dreaming then, that in a few short years, I would be living in Berlin producing Hollywood films including one with Tom Cruise, starring Colin Farrell and Selma Hayek, called “Ask The Dust”. I thought I had found the “Why” of my birth. But, as another wise man once said, “Men make plans, and God laughs.”

I got married – pregnant – and had children. FOUR! My children became the greatest production of my life, but it wasn't long before I realized that rearing children was a kind of production that didn’t leave time for any other.

My early years of motherhood left little time for traveling the world making films. However, to keep my creativity going I continued to indulge myself in my life-long habit of writing poetry. Little could I have guessed that my passion was actually my avocation, on the way to becoming my vocation.

In the beginning, I started to convert my poems to a radio songs format, and write many new songs as well as perform them. As a result my songs have become an extension of my creation. As it was when I gave birth to a child, so it came to be when I gave birth to a song.

And that is how I discovered the authentic “Why” of my birth – write, perform, and share my creations with the world. Songs that tell stories – and reflect upon the human condition -- in the best of times, and the worst of times -- always offering a light at the end of the tunnel, through self-empowerment.

My dream is to break the stereotype of a woman and a mother, that at above a certain age can never make it in the music industry. “If you’re over 30 you’re dead”. The role of your womb may be over for this lifetime but your ability to create is there for the rest of your life.
So yes I’m dying to say, “ I did it and so can you”.

11/03/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Alexei Dmitriew is an Emmy Award-winning 706 Journeyman makeup artist, tattoo designer and the founder of HookUp Tattoos, Inc. HookUp Tattoos is a professional temporary tattoo designer and manufacturer whose designs can be seen on shows such as, Barry, Hawaii 5.0, L.A’s Finest and Good Girls.

His current makeup and special effects work can be seen on Star Trek Picard as the Co-Key special effects makeup artist and The Mandalorian as Co-Department Head. 

Alexei started his work in 1999 as a runner at Captive Audience studios. There he had the privilege of working on such movies as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hannibal, Van Helsing, Passion of the Christ, and many other blockbuster movies. There he started to hone his skills as a professional artist. In 2006 while working on the nonunion show Black. White. it became union and he became a 706 member. 

In 2008 he won a prime time Emmy for his work on MadTv.  He went onto department head many Comedy Central shows including seven seasons of the show Workaholics.

Wanting to get back to movies and special effects makeup he joined the amazing team at Legacy Effects and had the pleasure of working on 2 X-Men movies, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers Infinity War and Endgame. 

In 2019 he was nominated for a Makeup Artist Guild award for his work as Key Special effects Makeup artist on Captain Marvel. 

Follow him on instagram @hookuptattoos. 

Hookuptattoos.com

October 2020

10/27/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Anish Korula graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Politics in 1997.  After spending a year in the business field, he embarked on a political career, spending time on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. interning with Senator Bob Graham and Vice President Al Gore's Correspondence Office and a paid position with Senator Barbara Boxer.  After a few years, he moved to New York and worked on political campaigns: two congressional races in Long Island before returning home, receiving a Masters Degree in Public Administration from USC, and one final U.S. Senate campaign in California in 2004, with Senator Barbara Boxer's successful re-election. Anish spent 8 years in public administration at Metro and now focuses on management consulting, freelance work and writing for his blog on current events, book, restaurant and film reviews.

heroofthe7galaxies.blogspot.com

10/20/2020

Matt Fink (born February 2, 1958), better known as Dr. Fink from Prince and the Revolution, is a keyboardist, producer, and songwriter. He has worked with artists, songwriters and producers, including The Time, Lipps Inc., The Jets, Vanity 6, David Z. Bobby Z. P. Diddy, The Rembrandts, Phil Solem, PC Munoz, 7 Aurelius, Steve Nathan, Shock G, Kris Vanderheyden and Marc Mozart. Fink has won 3 Grammys and 2 American Music Awards for his work.

Fink joined Prince’s band in 1978, which later became The Revolution. His work with The Revolution includes the 1984 album Purple Rain, which has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

His work with Prince includes co-writing credits on the songs "Dirty Mind", "Computer Blue", "17 Days", "America" and "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night," as well as performing credits on the albums Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign "O" the Times, Lovesexy, The Black Album, and Graffiti Bridge.

In 1987 Fink opened his own studio facility in Minneapolis, now called “The Operating Room”, where he works on other projects such as his Sony Acid Loop Libraries titled Dr. Fink’s Funk Factory and Matt Fink’s StarView Session Keys which is also part of the quartet of the Artist Integrated Sample Libraries.

After his tenure with Prince, he was hired as staff producer/engineer for Minneapolis based record label K-Tel/Dominion Entertainment, from 1991-1996. In 2001 he released the solo album Ultrasound. Other credits include video game soundtracks for Headgames/Activision, work with King Show Games on both voiceover and music for various casino game machines, and various PBS documentaries. Fink has also written and produced various advertising spots.

In 2007, Fink signed an exclusive management deal with the German based management and production company, Mozart & Friends, where he worked on various projects for Universal Music Group, Warner Bros. and Sony Entertainment.

Fink is currently[needs update] performing with The Revolution, who will have a song featured in the upcoming Netflix feature,[needs update] Wine Country starring Amy Pohler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, and Tina Fey. He is also the Director of Artist Relations for the music streaming service MyMyMusic, and has recently[when?] joined River Rock Studios as a staff Producer/Engineer.

10/13/2020

Sean P. Jones is a Los Angeles based Mixing Engineer & Producer working for many of the industries top musicians & artists. He has mixed for Julia Michaels, St. Vincent, Miguel, Wyclef Jean, Nick Merico, Taio Cruz, Gary Clark Jr., Alx Veliz, Bridget Mindler, Eagles of Death Metal, Johnny Orlando, Zella Day and many more...

seanpjones.net
IG: @seanpjones

10/06/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Buck Snow is a 7x Grammy award winning mixer. He got his start in one of the world’s top recording and mixing facilities where he worked on all types of audio production and mixing music for every genre including Pop, Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, Jazz, Swing, Folk, Orchestral and Film Music. He’s also done post production mixing for movies, TV and advertising, as well as live-to-air broadcast mixing.
Some notable artists that he has had the pleasure to work with are Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Beck, The Fray, Metallica, Juliette Lewis, and Mark Isham.
bucksnowmixing.com

September 2020

09/29/2020

Anish Korula graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Politics in 1997.  After spending a year in the business field, he embarked on a political career, spending time on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. interning with Senator Bob Graham and Vice President Al Gore's Correspondence Office and a paid position with Senator Barbara Boxer.  After a few years, he moved to New York and worked on political campaigns: two congressional races in Long Island before returning home, receiving a Masters Degree in Public Administration from USC, and one final U.S. Senate campaign in California in 2004, with Senator Barbara Boxer's successful re-election. Anish spent 8 years in public administration at Metro and now focuses on management consulting, freelance work and writing for his blog on current events, book, restaurant and film reviews.

heroofthe7galaxies.blogspot.com

09/22/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Ramsey Denison grew up in a small town in Florida where he spent most of his childhood playing with firecrackers, watching Saved by the Bell, and making terrible movies with his friends at the television station where he worked as a teenager.
A member of the editor's guild, Ram has cut over 30 television programs and worked on hit shows like Naked and Afraid, Catfish, and Criss Angel Mindfreak.

His debut documentary What Happened In Vegas went to #1 on iTunes documentary chart in June 2018 and drew positive reviews from Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. His second documentary, Money Machine, got a perfect 10 out of 10 review from Film Threat and is slated for theatrical release in July, 2020.

MONEY MACHINE MOVIE Synopsis:
Los Angeles CA- In his first acclaimed feature WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS, director Ramsey Denison exposed violence, murder and corruption within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Denison's first documentary became a surprise hit that went to #1 on the iTunes documentary chart in June 2018 and in his searing new film MONEY MACHINE, he shines a light on the cover-up and police corruption around the 1 October Vegas mass shooting that killed 58 people during the Route 91 country music festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort.

Featuring an exclusive interview with killer Stephen Paddock’s brother Eric, this riveting new documentary feature exposes information MGM Resorts International and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department would prefer to keep secret about what drove mild mannered millionaire gambler Stephen Paddock to open fire on a crowd of over 20,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

MONEY MACHINE also features harrowing, never before seen footage of the deadliest mass shooting in US history and examines what really happened to the millions of dollars raised for victims through the #VegasStrong campaign.  Called “heartbreakingly intense” by Film Threat in their perfect 10 review, MONEY MACHINE digs into layers of police corruption and collusion between the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and casino owners.

On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of over 20,000 concertgoers from his hotel room at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In a matter of minutes, Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 400. It was the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States. Yet, just a couple of years later, Vegas seems to have forgotten about it completely. Needless to say, mass shootings are not good for business, and it didn’t take long for the Vegas money machine to get to work making this one disappear. In the aftermath of remarketing Las Vegas as a safe destination for tourists, many questionable practices were put into place—one of the most shocking being filing a lawsuit against the victims of this devastating tragedy. On top of that, despite the popular #VegasStrong movement and nationwide fundraising, there’s still a huge question of where all that money went. An enthralling documentary about the dark side of the Las Vegas economy, MONEY MACHINE exposes Sin City’s darkest secrets… including its culpability in this country’s deadliest shooting. - Courtesy Cleveland International Film Festival

MONEY MACHINE will be released July 3rd via the innovative “Theatrical-At-Home” platform and will screen at select cinema screens across North America in association with Ryan Bruce Levey Film Distribution and PR.

Virtual ticket sales link Pre-order link:
theatricalathome.com/products/money-machine

MONEY MACHINE trailer

09/15/2020

The Thrills Band is a Southern California-based top 40 cover band providing fun, high-energy, dance-heavy music. A dynamic 4-piece group led by powerhouse vocalist Ginny Smith and the solid power-trio rhythm section of Angel Leal, Dennis Nilsson, and Phil Fitzwater (all experienced musicians from the Cali cover band scene), The Thrills brings new life to your favorite songs, both new and old.
thethrillsband.com

While paying homage to select top hits from the 80’s and 90’s, a sample setlist always includes heavy representation of post-2000 chart toppers. This infusion of current hits, pulled straight from today's charts, not only sets the band apart from others on the scene, but has also become one of its key strengths and most beloved trademarks. Whatever the venue, whatever the crowd, The Thrills Band always serves up a refreshing, authentic, and entertaining musical experience.

09/08/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Joanna Duff is a singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles. California born and Southern bred, she is known for her unique tone, relaxing vocals and emotion-filled lyrics that blend together with acoustic guitar, strings and keys. She started writing her own music and playing open mic nights while attending the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her debut album "We Are the Lucky Ones," produced by Sean McPherson, was released in 2015 and has gained her fans from around the globe. The album is dedicated to her late father.

Duff is passionate in using her musical talents to support philanthropy. She is an avid supporter of the Songs for Kids Foundation and animal rescue organizations. She has performed in the Songs for Kids “500 Songs for Kids” fundraiser since 2009 and is a regular volunteer at LA-based dog adoption center, Wags & Walks.

For her latest single, "Other Than You," Duff teamed up with LA-based producer Kyle Burke to evolve her sound into a richer, dreamier, moodier feel while remaining true to her folk roots. Proceeds from the song’s release and video will benefit Wags & Walks.

Joanna performed regularly at Atlanta’s Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown with ‘The Lucky Ones’ band Ann Moceyunas (cello), Sanjay Kothari (lead guitar and background vocals) and Jennifer Tullar (background vocals).

09/01/2020

Alexei Dmitriew is an Emmy Award-winning 706 Journeyman makeup artist, tattoo designer and the founder of HookUp Tattoos, Inc. HookUp Tattoos is a professional temporary tattoo designer and manufacturer whose designs can be seen on shows such as, Barry, Hawaii 5.0, L.A’s Finest and Good Girls.

His current makeup and special effects work can be seen on Star Trek Picard as the Co-Key special effects makeup artist and The Mandalorian as Co-Department Head. 

Alexei started his work in 1999 as a runner at Captive Audience studios. There he had the privilege of working on such movies as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hannibal, Van Helsing, Passion of the Christ, and many other blockbuster movies. There he started to hone his skills as a professional artist. In 2006 while working on the nonunion show Black. White. it became union and he became a 706 member. 

In 2008 he won a prime time Emmy for his work on MadTv.  He went onto department head many Comedy Central shows including seven seasons of the show Workaholics.

Wanting to get back to movies and special effects makeup he joined the amazing team at Legacy Effects and had the pleasure of working on 2 X-Men movies, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers Infinity War and Endgame. 

In 2019 he was nominated for a Makeup Artist Guild award for his work as Key Special effects Makeup artist on Captain Marvel. 

Follow him on instagram @hookuptattoos. 

Hookuptattoos.com

August 2020

08/25/2020

Josh Feinberg began his musical training at 4 years old with western classical and jazz on piano and bass in New York City, studying with some of the most accomplished musicians on the scene including Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Ben Monder, Paul Bley, Drew Gress, Bob Bowen, Dan Weiss, and Jacob Sacks among others. He was hailed as a prodigy performing in jazz venues and concert halls across the New York area including Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, and many others. In his teens, Josh fell in love with the music of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and shifted his focus to sitar and Hindustani music while pursuing his Bachelors degree from New England Conservatory.

Josh is a student of the Maihar Gharana (school of playing) and has earned the love and respect of connoisseurs of Hindustani music, as well art-music communities around the world. One of the first non-Indian musicians to be accepted as a leading performer, he has learned with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan as well as Ust. Aashish Khan, Sri Alam Khan, Pt. Tejendra Majumdar, Dr. Peter Row, Dr. George Ruckert, Sri James Pomerantz, Sri Warren Senders and Smt. Vijaya Sundaram. Josh has also learned tabla and attended workshops with Pt. Anindo Chatterjee.

Josh maintains a private teaching schedule both in person and online to students around the world. He also serves as the executive director for Jalsaghar, a 501c3 non-profit he established in 2017 to promote South Asian classical music. When not touring, Josh is home in Portland, Oregon with his poet-wife Jessica Pierce and their two kids Sophia and Noah.

Joshsitar.Com 

08/18/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": THE 11TH GREEN
A respected journalist uncovers the truth behind the mythology of President Eisenhower’s long-alleged involvement in extraterrestrial events.

When his 85-year-old father drops dead of a heart attack, Jeremy Rudd (CAMPBELL SCOTT) is summoned to the exclusive California golf resort where he lived. Though estranged from his father for two decades (Jeremy’s muckraking Washington reporting flew in the face of his father’s career in classified aerospace programs), he is now forced to become acquainted first-hand with his secretive legacy.

Guests: Actor Campbell Scott (Singles, Royal Pains), Leith M. Burke (plays The President in THE 11TH GREEN and is nominated for an Emmy for his role on Eastsiders), and director/writer Christopher Munch

 

 

 

08/11/2020

Buck Snow is a 7x Grammy award winning mixer. He got his start in one of the world’s top recording and mixing facilities where he worked on all types of audio production and mixing music for every genre including Pop, Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, Jazz, Swing, Folk, Orchestral and Film Music. He’s also done post production mixing for movies, TV and advertising, as well as live-to-air broadcast mixing.
Some notable artists that he has had the pleasure to work with are Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Beck, The Fray, Metallica, Juliette Lewis, and Mark Isham.
bucksnowmixing.com

08/04/2020

McNally Waters is Larry John McNally and Harry Waters.
Larry John McNally's songs have been recorded by some of the greatest artists of all time, including The Eagles, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Rod Stewart and more. His lyrics are literary yet conversational and his guitar playing has been described as "folk-Hendrix."

Growing up in London, Harry Waters played the songs of Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band and has performed with Marianne Faithful, Ozric Tentacles, Tom Jones, Nick Cave and Dean Ween, as well as fronting and recording an album of jazz as The Harry Waters Band. His piano style is influenced by the New Orleans greats Dr John and Professor Longhair.
He has toured in his father's band, Roger Waters, for the last 15 years, for The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon tours, and most recently Desert Trip alongside The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Both McNally and Waters currently reside in Los Angeles.

youtube.com/channel/UCPmIPp6gCvA72ImtTtw08AQ/videos

facebook.com/McNallyWaters

instagram.com/mcnallywatersband/

July 2020

07/28/2020

Mauricio Ignacio Ibáñez Guzmán is a musician, songwriter, guitar player, music producer and solo artist currently based in Santiago, Chile. A rock guitarist at heart, he explores different genres of rock, metal and much more. His favorite genres are progressive rock/metal, art rock, alternative/space rock, melancholic pop rock, ambient, new-age and certain sub-genres of electronic music. A Bachelor of Music and Sound at UNIACC (Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación) and alumni of LACM (Los Angeles College of Music), he first picked up the electric guitar at age 16 in 2000 and started writing and producing his own material in 2005. Heavily influenced by progressive metal in his early twenties by bands like Dream Theater and Opeth, he would later incorporate the essence of Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Anathema and others into his songwriting a few years later. In 2016 he started his main career as a musical artist with his first solo album. In 2019 he started a parallel career as Vocaloid producer Sir Vocalord. He works mostly with Rin and Len Kagamine. Mauricio owns a fully equipped recording studio with a control room and an instruments room called "The Music Lair Studios" where he has recorded and produced the entirety of his catalog.

07/21/2020

Christine Olsen is a Canadian born, Los Angeles based singer, songwriter, session vocalist and actor. Specializing in rock, pop and adult contemporary genres, her voice has appeared in many national and international recordings.

As a competitive contemporary singer, Christine was a finalist on Canadian Idol Season 5, placing #11 in the female category. Along with live performance, She is an active session vocalist/collaborator and actor. Her passion for her craft and her love for entertaining really shines through in her performance. Christine has studied Improv at The Second City in Hollywood, CA.

Currently Christine is the lead Mezzo Soprano in an Andrews Sisters Tribute Trio called The Swing Tonettes. She is also busy writing comedy based songs for her character ESTELLE which we will be talking about in the interview.

christineolsenmusic.com

 

Sara Lynn is a Colombian-Lebanese actress from Hartford, CT. She has done regional commercials in Maine, Michigan, and Connecticut and has worked in short films and webseries. She performed with AspenDream Productions, New England's longest running Mob Murder Mystery and Comedy Wedding Shows, as The Bride in several live performances. When not acting, Sara choreographs routines for her Zumba Fitness classes and practices the exotic art of belly-dance.

 

They are promoting their webcast talk show called “Fangin’ Out!” in which they will be playing as a part of MACABRE MANSION, broadcasting live from TIMES SQUARE on the largest screen The Godzilla onMonday, July 27, 2020 via ZOOM.

Tickets are available to purchase on eventbrite.com/e/shockfest-macabre-mansion-tickets-107154586252

07/14/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Stars of the indie movie, PHOENIX, OREGON
phoenixoregonmovie.com

JAMES LE GROS (BOBBY) Thanks in large part to the independent film movement of the late '80s, the boyishly handsome James LeGros went from being an underrated bit player to a well-respected character actor. A Minnesota native, LeGros found steady work when he migrated to Los Angeles after college in the early '80s, but his real break was being cast by Gus Van Sant as Matt Dillon’s drug-addicted cohort in DRUGSTORE COWBOY. Since then James Le Gros’ has established himself as a versatile actor with a diverse body of on-screen work, including numerous Independent Spirit Award-nominated films in which he has starred such as: Nicole Holofcener’s LOVELY AND AMAZING opposite Emily Mortimer, Todd Haynes’ SAFE opposite Julianne Moore, Alan Rudolph’s MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Stacy Cochran’s MY NEW GUN opposite Drew Barrymore. For his portrayal of the dim-witted, rising-A-list movie star “Chad Palomino,” opposite Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener in Tom DiCillo’s LIVING IN OBLIVION, he was personally nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Le Gros’s other film credits include David Fincher’s ZODIAC, Tony Scott’s ENEMY OF THE STATE, Oliver Stone’s BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY, Cameron Crowe’s SINGLES and Kathryn Bigelow’s POINT BREAK.
His television credits include David E. Kelley’s Emmy Award-winning ALLY MCBEAL and Showtime’s Emmy-nominated SLEEPER CELL. He co-starred in HBO’s MILDRED PIERCE opposite Kate Winslet, and more recently recurred Jordan Peele’s HUNTERS, HBO’s GIRLS, FX’s JUSTIFIED, and Showtime’s BILLIONS.

JESSE BORREGO (CARLOS) Raised in San Antonio, Texas by professional musician father and dancer mother, young Jesse Borrego would enter dance competitions with his sister, and belonged to an experimental theatre company while in college. He landed a recurring role on the hit television series FAME only a year after transferring to the California Institute of the Arts.
Borrego was recently seen in a guest star arc on AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. Other television credits include recurring arcs on ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME and El Rey’s television adaptation of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. He has also guest starred on GOOD BEHAVIOR on TBS and recurred as the serial killer “The Skinner” on the Showtime series DEXTER. Other guest star roles include BURN NOTICE, C.S.I. and C.S.I.: MIAMI and a recurring role on FOX’s smash series 24. He appeared in the Showtime feature THE MALDONADO MIRACLE directed by Salma Hayek, the NBC series E.R. and the PBS series AMERICAN FAMILY.
Borrego was recently seen in the feature films LA MISSION, opposite Benjamin Bratt, COLOMBIANA with Zoe Saldana and John Sayles’ GO FOR SISTERS. His other credits include BLODD IN, BLOOD OUT and BOUND BY HONOR both directed by Taylor Hackford, John Sayles’ LONE STAR, THE NEW WORLD, directed by Terrance Malick; the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced CON AIR, Darnell Martin’s I LIKE IT LIKE THAT, the title role in TNT’s TECUMSEH; Allison Anders’ MI VIDA LOCA; the anthology film NEW YORK STORIES and the independent feature FOLLOW ME HOME with Benjamin Bratt and Alfre Woodard.

DIEDRICH BADER (KYLE) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. Many know him for his roles as “Oswald Lee Harvey” on THE DREW CAREY SHOW, and “Lawrence” from the film OFFICE SPACE. Bader has had roles in animated features such as ICE AGE, SURF’S UP, THE SIMPSONS, and voicing the role of “Batman” in the animated television series BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND BOLD. More recently, Diedrich played in the comedies BALLS OF FURY, MEET THE SPARTANS, and VAMPIRES SUCK.
Diedrich was also the series lead on the NBC comedy OUTSOURCED. Diedrich also guest starred on USA’s PSYCH, TV Land’s THE EXES, Netflix’s ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, and Fox’s BONES. Diedrich can next be seen in the spoof film THE STARVING GAMES. Most recently, Diedrich can be seen on HBO’s VEEP guest star opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Diedrich is currently starring in ABC’s AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE opposite Katy Mixon.

07/07/2020

Joanna Duff is a singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles. California born and Southern bred, she is known for her unique tone, relaxing vocals and emotion-filled lyrics that blend together with acoustic guitar, strings and keys. She started writing her own music and playing open mic nights while attending the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her debut album "We Are the Lucky Ones," produced by Sean McPherson, was released in 2015 and has gained her fans from around the globe. The album is dedicated to her late father.

Duff is passionate in using her musical talents to support philanthropy. She is an avid supporter of the Songs for Kids Foundation and animal rescue organizations. She has performed in the Songs for Kids “500 Songs for Kids” fundraiser since 2009 and is a regular volunteer at LA-based dog adoption center, Wags & Walks.

For her latest single, "Other Than You," Duff teamed up with LA-based producer Kyle Burke to evolve her sound into a richer, dreamier, moodier feel while remaining true to her folk roots. Proceeds from the song’s release and video will benefit Wags & Walks.

Joanna performed regularly at Atlanta’s Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown with ‘The Lucky Ones’ band Ann Moceyunas (cello), Sanjay Kothari (lead guitar and background vocals) and Jennifer Tullar (background vocals).

June 2020

06/30/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Nathan’s Kingdom is a dark fantasy, coming-of-age drama about a young autistic man (Nathan) struggling to survive life’s hardships with his teenage opiate-addicted sister (Laura). When Social Services threatens to upend their lives, Nathan flees and takes his sister on a dangerous, other-worldly journey fraught with monsters, mythical wars and underground civilizations — in the hopes of finding a kingdom with the potential to transform both their lives forever.
nathanskingdom.com

Olicer Muñoz- - A proud bilingual (Spanish) and Orange County (CA) native, Olicer Muñoz earned his M.F.A. in directing from the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. With 15 years professional Filmmaking experience and through his recent narrative feature film – Nathan’s Kingdom, Olicer is empowering diverse audiences around the world. Currently, Olicer is developing and directing high-concept, unlikely hero, Sci-Fi / Fantasy storylines, and is integrating cutting edge CGI. 

Emily Beach- - Known for her films, Between the Miles, The Strangeness You Feel and The Bus Ride, Emily Beach has been making movies since 2006.  She received a B.A. in Communication Studies from CSU Long Beach. Thereafter, she immersed herself into the local indie film community and interned at Filmmakers Alliance. It became the formative foundation of her career as a filmmaker. She went on to produce several award-winning films that have screened at film festivals all over the world. Emily’s entrepreneurial frame of mind and collaborative attitude led her to be a successful independent film producer dedicated to making authentically original cinema.

Madison Ford- - Madison Ford is a storyteller. As a professional actor and writer, she has mastered page and screen in an effort to learn more about humanity.  Ford was raised in a small town on the outskirts of the Dallas/Fort-Worth airport. Her first book was entitled "Kitty's First Trip", published by her 4th grade class. It follows an inexperienced flyer of the feline variety as she navigates travel during the holiday season. She still thinks it could use a few edits. During her acting career, Ford has trained with Terry Schreiber, Cathryn Sullivan, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, among other esteemed studios. Her performance history includes work in film, television, radio, theater, voice-over, and stand-up comedy. Her most recent film project, "Nathan's Kingdom," received "The Heart of the Festival" award at the Sedona International Film Festival. She is represented by Red Letter Entertainment.

Jacob Lince- - Jacob was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when he was 3 years old and with the help of a lot of people, including the Culver City school system, he graduated from high school and is currently attending WLA College while pursuing his acting career. Jacob joined the Performing Arts Studio West (PASW) in Inglewood, which provides an environment where adults with developmental disabilities participate in a performing arts curriculum. It was here that he was discovered by Olicer Muñoz, the writer/director of Nathan’s Kingdom.

06/23/2020

THE 11TH GREEN
A respected journalist uncovers the truth behind the mythology of President Eisenhower’s long-alleged involvement in extraterrestrial events.

When his 85-year-old father drops dead of a heart attack, Jeremy Rudd (CAMPBELL SCOTT) is summoned to the exclusive California golf resort where he lived. Though estranged from his father for two decades (Jeremy’s muckraking Washington reporting flew in the face of his father’s career in classified aerospace programs), he is now forced to become acquainted first-hand with his secretive legacy.

Guests: Actor Campbell Scott (Singles, Royal Pains), Leith M. Burke (plays The President in THE 11TH GREEN and is nominated for an Emmy for his role on Eastsiders), and director/writer Christopher Munch

 

 

 

06/16/2020

Ramsey Denison grew up in a small town in Florida where he spent most of his childhood playing with firecrackers, watching Saved by the Bell, and making terrible movies with his friends at the television station where he worked as a teenager.
A member of the editor's guild, Ram has cut over 30 television programs and worked on hit shows like Naked and Afraid, Catfish, and Criss Angel Mindfreak.

His debut documentary What Happened In Vegas went to #1 on iTunes documentary chart in June 2018 and drew positive reviews from Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. His second documentary, Money Machine, got a perfect 10 out of 10 review from Film Threat and is slated for theatrical release in July, 2020.

MONEY MACHINE MOVIE Synopsis:
Los Angeles CA- In his first acclaimed feature WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS, director Ramsey Denison exposed violence, murder and corruption within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Denison's first documentary became a surprise hit that went to #1 on the iTunes documentary chart in June 2018 and in his searing new film MONEY MACHINE, he shines a light on the cover-up and police corruption around the 1 October Vegas mass shooting that killed 58 people during the Route 91 country music festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort.

Featuring an exclusive interview with killer Stephen Paddock’s brother Eric, this riveting new documentary feature exposes information MGM Resorts International and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department would prefer to keep secret about what drove mild mannered millionaire gambler Stephen Paddock to open fire on a crowd of over 20,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

MONEY MACHINE also features harrowing, never before seen footage of the deadliest mass shooting in US history and examines what really happened to the millions of dollars raised for victims through the #VegasStrong campaign.  Called “heartbreakingly intense” by Film Threat in their perfect 10 review, MONEY MACHINE digs into layers of police corruption and collusion between the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and casino owners.

On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of over 20,000 concertgoers from his hotel room at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In a matter of minutes, Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 400. It was the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States. Yet, just a couple of years later, Vegas seems to have forgotten about it completely. Needless to say, mass shootings are not good for business, and it didn’t take long for the Vegas money machine to get to work making this one disappear. In the aftermath of remarketing Las Vegas as a safe destination for tourists, many questionable practices were put into place—one of the most shocking being filing a lawsuit against the victims of this devastating tragedy. On top of that, despite the popular #VegasStrong movement and nationwide fundraising, there’s still a huge question of where all that money went. An enthralling documentary about the dark side of the Las Vegas economy, MONEY MACHINE exposes Sin City’s darkest secrets… including its culpability in this country’s deadliest shooting. - Courtesy Cleveland International Film Festival

MONEY MACHINE will be released July 3rd via the innovative “Theatrical-At-Home” platform and will screen at select cinema screens across North America in association with Ryan Bruce Levey Film Distribution and PR.

Virtual ticket sales link Pre-order link:
theatricalathome.com/products/money-machine

MONEY MACHINE trailer

06/09/2020

Abby Posner has been a working musician in Los Angeles for the past 16 years.  She is best known for her ability to play nearly any instrument that she can lay her hands on, twisting genres, and pushing the boundaries of folk and roots music. If you have seen Abby perform live, you know she can play a mean lead-blues guitar solo, or throw down a complex Earl Scruggs banjo riff. You also may have spotted her playing drums, mandolin, or bass while using her looping pedal. In addition to her versatility, she puts passion and soul into everything she plays.

This CalArts music graduate has composed music for commercials/TV, films, and radio shows all over the globe (including Old Fashioned, The Fosters, This American Life, The Art of More, and Last Tango in Halifax just to name a few). She also has music placed in commercials and TV shows all over China, Sweden, The UK, and Australia. Posner appeared in two episodes of GLEE on season four playing banjo and guitar, and the Freeform show Famous In Love playing banjo.  In 2015 Posner performed live on KCAL 9 news and Good Day LA playing original songs.

Posner has scored three films (Across Land Across Sea, Through Their Eyes, and award winning short Animation Elizabeth Sees) while playing and touring with her indie folk band Abby and The Myth.  In 2019 Posner will be a principal role in a Bank Of America commercial for the Ken Burn’s PBS Country Music Documentary.

Posner formed her project ‘Abby and The Myth’ in 2015 and they have taken LA by storm with their catchy indie folk songs. The band released their EP Ghosts and Frames April - 2015 and have been touring nationally.  They have had several residencies at the famous Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and in 2017 released a new full length record titled When You Dig A Well.  After signing with Gary Calamar’s licensing company, Laurel Canon, Abby and The Myth have gained recognition in the LA music scene.
abbyposner.com

06/02/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Sara Fletcher is a multi-media actress spanning several platforms, including TV, Film and Web.  Fletcher's TV career started on Comedy Central's Secret Girlfriend in the starring role; she also was the lead in the Josh Schwartz and Matt Miller's CBS pilot Hitched and was a series regular on One Love on Bounce TV. Some of her past guest starring and recurring roles on TV include: Perfect Couples, Friends with Benefits, The Glades, Family Guy, Grimm, Days of Our Lives, NCIS: LA and NCIS. Fletcher also started in the feature Minutes to Midnight along side William Baldwin, Richard Greico and Bill Moseley. And she played the lead role LMN's hit MOW House of Darkness which took home their LMNies Best Feature Award. Most recently she finished filming the Sony/Lifetime film: Escaping the NXVIM Cult, playing the real life Allison Mack, which is set to premiere on Sept 21st on Lifetime.

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About the Film:

"In Escaping the NXIVM Cult, Raniere (Peter Facinelli of Twilight fame) and his second-in-command, Smallville actress Allison Mack (Sara Fletcherdoing an eerily good impression), make a compelling pitch to convince India (Jasper Polish) and other women to join the organization."

(refinery29.com/amp/en-us/2019/08/241402/nxivm-cult-movie-allison-mack-keith-raniere-sara-fletcher-peter-facinelli-lifetime-trailer)

 

“Lifetime has unveiled the first look at its chilling original movie on the NXIVM sex cult. The trailer for Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter shows seduction, anguish, and actress Sara Fletcher looking eerily similar to convicted NXIVM member and Smallville alum, Allison Mack.

(deadline.com/video/lifetimes-trailer-for-escaping-the-nxivm-cult-shows-seduction-and-anguish/)

 

Sara Fletcher, meanwhile, will play Mack and, as the trailer demonstrates, the resemblance is striking.”

(news.avclub.com/lifetime-drops-a-breathless-trailer-for-its-movie-about-1837520668)

 

"He just wants what's best for all of us," says Allison, who is played by Sara Fletcher, the actress bearing an uncanny resemblance to the real-life Mack. "Are you ready for your NXIVM transformation?”

(etonline.com/lifetime-movie-about-nxivm-cult-debuts-creepy-trailer-with-an-allison-mack-lookalike-exclusive)

May 2020

05/25/2020

Texas born & California raised, in Alameda, Patrick Baker aka “The Dark Sea” lives in Los Angeles. Patrick grew up between two musical worlds: his parents record collection from the pop/rock of 60’s and rock/hiphop of the 90’s.

Patrick used to bring his guitar with him to high school every day and spent 6 hours a day playing guitar. While studying jazz at SF State and songwriting at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, he played guitar in bands in the Bay Area before moving to LA to learn music production from Cre8 Academy in Hollywood. He’s spent the last few years songwriting and producing for local artists around town.

“The Dark Sea” writes emotionally honest lyrics dealing with his struggles with depression, loneliness, interpersonal relationships, and social issues. The sound has been described as Pavement fronting the Foo Fighters. He borrows the dynamics and a lot of the clean/distorted heaviness from the early-mid 90’s era.  

“I never intended to be a singer. I was always frustrated with writing songs for others to sing so I decided to learn how to sing a few years back. One of other my goals is to inspire people to play guitar as well.”

Patrick grew up listening to some of the best guitar riff music: Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, and Metallica mostly because he wasn’t sure there’s anything sexier than a great riff.

Currently influenced by Red hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles and Smashing Pumpkins, his next project will have a more urban flavor with lots of guitars because he is on a 90’s alt rock kick right now.

Recently, he released his 1st release as the Dark Sea “My Brother’s Keeper” and a Leonard Cohen cover and under his producer handle Pbutter, you can take a listen to “You Want It Darker”. Look for his upcoming alt rock EP in the next few months. 

Website thedarkseamusic.com

Instagram or Facebook @thedarkseamusic

05/19/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Anna Wyckoff – seeks to find the intersection where her passions overlap by creating portraits in multiple disciplines. As a painter, she explores the role of physiognomy as an expression of the individual in oil. Her latest project Invisible Cities, uses a series of large scale portraits set in Venice, Italy as emblematic of contemporary environmental decadence. As the Communications Director for the Costume Designers Guild, she serves as editor in chief of The Costume Designer Magazine and produces the Legacy Video Series. This allows her to explore the psychological manifestation of personality in costume design. Anna also creates olfactory portraits in scent on commission.

IG - @astoryitellmyself

05/12/2020

Joe Laurean started playing guitar in 1988 one fall afternoon after discovering Guns 'N Roses. He was about 13 then and never looked back at life without having a guitar ever again. Since then, it's been his breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As a teen, Joe would skip most parties to try and make his fingers fret chords and practice, practice, practice. Fast forward to 2002, Joe was home one day in Pasadena in his living room, staring at his two guitars. Bam!! The idea came to him and his head said to swap out those two necks. At the time, he was a small guitar repair enthusiast and so decided to set up a business with a friend and so they worked out of an old mansion on Lake Ave. Back in 2002, Joe had been customizing old guitars, building them from parts to satisfy the guitars he wished he could have when he first started out playing. Joe is a strat guy so that's what he started out mostly customizing, but he built a few single cut LP styles and even a few basses. In 2018, Joe got to take things a little further and joined Guild USA in Oxnard, CA. Joe Laurean is part of building some of the most iconic acoustic guitars now. The Guild USA famed dreadnoughts, our parlor sized M20s, and of course our jumbo acoustics are off the charts. Although the pandemic has slowed them down a bit, Joe knows to always follow his heart and frequently reminds himself to feel blessed to have found so many of the most amazing fellow musicians along his musical journey.

05/05/2020

Stars of the indie movie, PHOENIX, OREGON
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JAMES LE GROS (BOBBY) Thanks in large part to the independent film movement of the late '80s, the boyishly handsome James LeGros went from being an underrated bit player to a well-respected character actor. A Minnesota native, LeGros found steady work when he migrated to Los Angeles after college in the early '80s, but his real break was being cast by Gus Van Sant as Matt Dillon’s drug-addicted cohort in DRUGSTORE COWBOY. Since then James Le Gros’ has established himself as a versatile actor with a diverse body of on-screen work, including numerous Independent Spirit Award-nominated films in which he has starred such as: Nicole Holofcener’s LOVELY AND AMAZING opposite Emily Mortimer, Todd Haynes’ SAFE opposite Julianne Moore, Alan Rudolph’s MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Stacy Cochran’s MY NEW GUN opposite Drew Barrymore. For his portrayal of the dim-witted, rising-A-list movie star “Chad Palomino,” opposite Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener in Tom DiCillo’s LIVING IN OBLIVION, he was personally nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Le Gros’s other film credits include David Fincher’s ZODIAC, Tony Scott’s ENEMY OF THE STATE, Oliver Stone’s BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY, Cameron Crowe’s SINGLES and Kathryn Bigelow’s POINT BREAK.
His television credits include David E. Kelley’s Emmy Award-winning ALLY MCBEAL and Showtime’s Emmy-nominated SLEEPER CELL. He co-starred in HBO’s MILDRED PIERCE opposite Kate Winslet, and more recently recurred Jordan Peele’s HUNTERS, HBO’s GIRLS, FX’s JUSTIFIED, and Showtime’s BILLIONS.

JESSE BORREGO (CARLOS) Raised in San Antonio, Texas by professional musician father and dancer mother, young Jesse Borrego would enter dance competitions with his sister, and belonged to an experimental theatre company while in college. He landed a recurring role on the hit television series FAME only a year after transferring to the California Institute of the Arts.
Borrego was recently seen in a guest star arc on AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. Other television credits include recurring arcs on ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME and El Rey’s television adaptation of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. He has also guest starred on GOOD BEHAVIOR on TBS and recurred as the serial killer “The Skinner” on the Showtime series DEXTER. Other guest star roles include BURN NOTICE, C.S.I. and C.S.I.: MIAMI and a recurring role on FOX’s smash series 24. He appeared in the Showtime feature THE MALDONADO MIRACLE directed by Salma Hayek, the NBC series E.R. and the PBS series AMERICAN FAMILY.
Borrego was recently seen in the feature films LA MISSION, opposite Benjamin Bratt, COLOMBIANA with Zoe Saldana and John Sayles’ GO FOR SISTERS. His other credits include BLODD IN, BLOOD OUT and BOUND BY HONOR both directed by Taylor Hackford, John Sayles’ LONE STAR, THE NEW WORLD, directed by Terrance Malick; the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced CON AIR, Darnell Martin’s I LIKE IT LIKE THAT, the title role in TNT’s TECUMSEH; Allison Anders’ MI VIDA LOCA; the anthology film NEW YORK STORIES and the independent feature FOLLOW ME HOME with Benjamin Bratt and Alfre Woodard.

DIEDRICH BADER (KYLE) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. Many know him for his roles as “Oswald Lee Harvey” on THE DREW CAREY SHOW, and “Lawrence” from the film OFFICE SPACE. Bader has had roles in animated features such as ICE AGE, SURF’S UP, THE SIMPSONS, and voicing the role of “Batman” in the animated television series BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND BOLD. More recently, Diedrich played in the comedies BALLS OF FURY, MEET THE SPARTANS, and VAMPIRES SUCK.
Diedrich was also the series lead on the NBC comedy OUTSOURCED. Diedrich also guest starred on USA’s PSYCH, TV Land’s THE EXES, Netflix’s ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, and Fox’s BONES. Diedrich can next be seen in the spoof film THE STARVING GAMES. Most recently, Diedrich can be seen on HBO’s VEEP guest star opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Diedrich is currently starring in ABC’s AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE opposite Katy Mixon.

April 2020

04/28/2020

Vocalist, Thought Leader, Songwriter, Theatre/Film Producer, and Innovator in Music Education. Alena Bernardi grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan in a grey brick house that stood on a dirt road with 3 acres of land. In the evenings, as a child, Alena would listen to her mother stumble through and eventually master traditional piano classics from Beethoven to Debussy, while her father would read science fiction novels to her and her brother in the bedroom across the house. At seven, Alena finally had begged her mom and dad enough for lessons that they signed her up. It was around then that the Phantom of the Opera was in the midst of touring around the states, and, at a request to her mother to accompany her in the 2nd grade talent show singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic, Angel of Music, Alena was off to developing an addiction to the style that perfectly blends musical theatre and classical music.

Alena co-founded Unicorn Music Academy in January 2020 to open up the young people’s hearts and minds to the music around them and give them the tools they ned to organize their ideas and create freely.

Credits include: Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Musetta in La Boheme, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, Lily Garland in On The Twentieth Century, and Rapunzel in Into the Woods.

04/21/2020

Since moving to AZ from MA,in 1996 Shawn Johnson has played McDowell Music Festival, Apache Lake Music Festival, The Marquee, Crescent Ballroom, Circus Mexicus,Tempe Arts Festival, Hayden Square and numerous other music venues.
You can catch Shawn performing solo, as The Johnson Twins or as Shawn Johnson & The Foundation.

Musical influences: Ben Howard, Ani Difranco, Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews, Counting Crows,Ray Lamontagne

Discography
Sunshine For Someone 2018
Songs For Scenes 2010
IV 2008 
Dangling Live 2005
Strength 2002 
Heart Strong 1999
Ego vs Soul 1998

shawnjohnsonmusic.com

04/14/2020

The Milkman & Sons is a Brooklyn based band that plays Traditional Blues and Prohibition Jazz. They are known for their ability to take audiences in a musical time machine by playing the music of such varied notables as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael and Little Walter as well as original music written in a similar style. While the band is always fronted by singer, harmonica player and guitarist, Marcus Milius it usually features violinist, Karl Meyer and bassist, Luc Decker. As a trio they have earned a reputation for artfully creating an intimate ambiance and still being able to bring a room to life with contagious energy. They developed this craft playing up to six nights a week at local bars, restaurants and events.
themilkmanandsons.com

04/07/2020

Nathan’s Kingdom is a dark fantasy, coming-of-age drama about a young autistic man (Nathan) struggling to survive life’s hardships with his teenage opiate-addicted sister (Laura). When Social Services threatens to upend their lives, Nathan flees and takes his sister on a dangerous, other-worldly journey fraught with monsters, mythical wars and underground civilizations — in the hopes of finding a kingdom with the potential to transform both their lives forever.
nathanskingdom.com

Olicer Muñoz- - A proud bilingual (Spanish) and Orange County (CA) native, Olicer Muñoz earned his M.F.A. in directing from the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. With 15 years professional Filmmaking experience and through his recent narrative feature film – Nathan’s Kingdom, Olicer is empowering diverse audiences around the world. Currently, Olicer is developing and directing high-concept, unlikely hero, Sci-Fi / Fantasy storylines, and is integrating cutting edge CGI. 

Emily Beach- - Known for her films, Between the Miles, The Strangeness You Feel and The Bus Ride, Emily Beach has been making movies since 2006.  She received a B.A. in Communication Studies from CSU Long Beach. Thereafter, she immersed herself into the local indie film community and interned at Filmmakers Alliance. It became the formative foundation of her career as a filmmaker. She went on to produce several award-winning films that have screened at film festivals all over the world. Emily’s entrepreneurial frame of mind and collaborative attitude led her to be a successful independent film producer dedicated to making authentically original cinema.

Madison Ford- - Madison Ford is a storyteller. As a professional actor and writer, she has mastered page and screen in an effort to learn more about humanity.  Ford was raised in a small town on the outskirts of the Dallas/Fort-Worth airport. Her first book was entitled "Kitty's First Trip", published by her 4th grade class. It follows an inexperienced flyer of the feline variety as she navigates travel during the holiday season. She still thinks it could use a few edits. During her acting career, Ford has trained with Terry Schreiber, Cathryn Sullivan, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, among other esteemed studios. Her performance history includes work in film, television, radio, theater, voice-over, and stand-up comedy. Her most recent film project, "Nathan's Kingdom," received "The Heart of the Festival" award at the Sedona International Film Festival. She is represented by Red Letter Entertainment.

Jacob Lince- - Jacob was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when he was 3 years old and with the help of a lot of people, including the Culver City school system, he graduated from high school and is currently attending WLA College while pursuing his acting career. Jacob joined the Performing Arts Studio West (PASW) in Inglewood, which provides an environment where adults with developmental disabilities participate in a performing arts curriculum. It was here that he was discovered by Olicer Muñoz, the writer/director of Nathan’s Kingdom.

March 2020

03/31/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Alexander Carver is an author, screenwriter, and playwright, originally from Radnor, Pennsylvania. His stories have been published in such literary magazines as: ZYZZYVA, Foliate Oak, The Southern Pacific Review, The Satirist, Dark Matter, and The Writing Disorder. Razor Literary Magazine selected his story "Uber Trouble" as a prize winner in it's annual short story contest.  His first feature film is set for production next Fall and O Jackie! is his debut novel. Today, Alexander lives in Santa Monica, California with his beloved wife, Elise, and his nemesis, her pet rabbit, Lucy.

O JACKIE! is a story about the internal and external chaos created when an artist with both a superman and an inferiority complex chooses to be the self he wishes he was, instead of the self he truly is.

IG: @ kennedy_projec
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03/24/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": A native of Mississippi, a state known as the birthplace of the Gospel and the Blues, Maurice Smith has been one of Los Angeles’ most sought after vocalist for the past few years. He has graced the stage with some of the finest artists the music industry has to offer such as Beyonce, Kanye West, Seal, LeAnn Rimes, The Mary Jane Girls, Sy Smith (Who was nominated for “Song of the Year” by SoulTracks.com in 2010), Jessy J (Billboard Jazz charts #1 album, Hot Sauce, in 2011), and DeWayne Wiggins (founding member, writer, and producer for Tony Toni Tone) just to name a few. Maurice Smith has garnered praise from these artists and fans alike. Smith featured with Jessy J at the 2012 Gardena Jazz Festival and quickly became the talk of the festival with a lineup that included, DW3, Kori Withers, and Eric Darius. Along with these performances, Smith was personally asked by DeVon Franklin, Studio Executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment, to perform at his wedding reception following his marriage to actress, Meagan Good, after Franklin caught one of Smith’s highly acclaimed performances.

On any given day you can find him serenading audiences throughout the world. Maurice just wrapped up a solo tour of Italy and has released several projects from which he has received high praise. SoulTracks.com compares his EP, Delta Soul to works by Curtis Mayfield. An old soul, Maurice is clearly influenced by the greats. He counts among his influences, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Al Green and is often compared to the celebrated tenors of our time such as Stokeley, Raphael Saadiq, El DeBarge, and the greatest of them all Stevie Wonder. His debut EP, Private Use Only; Vol. 1 was released to high praises due to it's sensual nature. And while having a gift for romance, Smith has also released several dance tracks to keep you moving. Smith features with Grammy award winning DJ Terry Hunter on Juan Hoerni’s Soul House track, Love Rewind.

03/17/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": LAMONT MAGEE has penned or had a hand in penning well over a dozen screenplays with two films, “THE SPEAK” (2011) and “A BEAUTIFUL SOUL” (2012) receiving theatrical releases. Magee also partnered with Enderby Entertainment (About Cherry, Combat Hospital) to create “GET WYLDE” (2011) a teen, web series written by Magee and created by Magee and Brett Donowho (The Music Within, A Haunting at Silver Falls.

At the close of 2014, Magee was staffed on the BET/CENTRIC drama “SINGLE LADIES”, produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere and starring LisaRaye McCoy, Letoya Luckett and Travis Winfrey among others.

2015 has already proven to be a banner year for Magee. Arclight Films and Huace Media Group has acquired the rights to “LIGHTS OUT”, a thriller co-written by Magee and Jeff Byrd (Jasper Texas) and produced by Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Reclaim). Currently the production is finalizing a deal with a "legendary" director to take the reign with casting to begin shortly afterward. Arclight Films and Huace Media (a China based company) also signed Magee and Byrd to a feature deal to develop films for the company in the 20M-60M range.

Magee currently has been writing on the CW's BLACK LIGHTNING and has several projects, both film and television, at various stages of development at production companies around town and should have more exciting news to share in the coming months. 

03/10/2020

Over the past two decades Mark de Sousa has contributed to almost 2 dozen films as an artist and computer graphics supervisor while working on multiple award- winning films including the Oscar VFX winning Titanic and Spider-Man 2.

He started off his career at VIFX in Los Angeles, then transitioned to Sony Pictures Imageworks. During his 15-year tenure at Sony, he helped to create and oversee the Character FX department as well serving as a department supervisor on various shows for both live action and animated features. Mark has also authored an instructional DVD for The Gnomon Workshop and contributed a chapter for a Sybex publication on Autodesk’s Maya software.

Mark now represents Anibrain in North America including Canada and other locations globally. He manages development from concept to release and ensures delivery of high quality VFX attaining financial and schedule goals on time.
He is instrumental in coordinating with multiple cross-functional groups and vendors.
Additionally, Mark also uses his experience on the front lines to improve production and organizational processes.

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03/03/2020

Anna Wyckoff – seeks to find the intersection where her passions overlap by creating portraits in multiple disciplines. As a painter, she explores the role of physiognomy as an expression of the individual in oil. Her latest project Invisible Cities, uses a series of large scale portraits set in Venice, Italy as emblematic of contemporary environmental decadence. As the Communications Director for the Costume Designers Guild, she serves as editor in chief of The Costume Designer Magazine and produces the Legacy Video Series. This allows her to explore the psychological manifestation of personality in costume design. Anna also creates olfactory portraits in scent on commission.

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February 2020

02/25/2020

Chacko Vadaketh is a lawyer turned actor, host, voiceover artist, creative consultant, producer and corporate trainer. Born in India and raised in Malaysia, he has a degree in Law and Archaeology & Anthropology from Cambridge University (1983-86), is qualified as a Barrister at Law of Lincoln's Inn, London (1987), and is an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (1988). He is a former ASTRO (Asia Broadcast Centre)’s Arts Ambassador and a judge for the Theatre Category of the Kakiseni Boh Cameronian Arts Awards - Malaysia’s Tonys. He studied Acting and Directing at The New School in New York (1997) and at Carter Thor Studios in Los Angeles (2010-2014). He has been Vice-President of the Voice Guild of Malaysia and is the host for the 2019 & 2020 Counsel of the Year Awards for the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel in Manhattan Beach, California. He is a member of SAG.

02/18/2020

Ailie MacK (pronounced Ay-Lee) is Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who engages her listeners with soulful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. No matter what style she is inspired by - pop, alternative, rock, jazz, and blues - she aims to deliver lyrics and vocals that do the story justice, musical hooks that convey the emotion of the storyteller, and, hopefully, a spark of some kind - a connection, an inspiration, a laugh, an emotion, or a new perspective - to the listener.

Ailie is extremely grateful for the training she has received as a vocalist and songwriter, with a Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a few world-class, Grammy-nominated music teachers, mentors, and collaborators to attribute to it, but she is even more grateful to have learned that, ultimately, music comes from the heart and soul, not the head.

02/11/2020

A native of Mississippi, a state known as the birthplace of the Gospel and the Blues, Maurice Smith has been one of Los Angeles’ most sought after vocalist for the past few years. He has graced the stage with some of the finest artists the music industry has to offer such as Beyonce, Kanye West, Seal, LeAnn Rimes, The Mary Jane Girls, Sy Smith (Who was nominated for “Song of the Year” by SoulTracks.com in 2010), Jessy J (Billboard Jazz charts #1 album, Hot Sauce, in 2011), and DeWayne Wiggins (founding member, writer, and producer for Tony Toni Tone) just to name a few. Maurice Smith has garnered praise from these artists and fans alike. Smith featured with Jessy J at the 2012 Gardena Jazz Festival and quickly became the talk of the festival with a lineup that included, DW3, Kori Withers, and Eric Darius. Along with these performances, Smith was personally asked by DeVon Franklin, Studio Executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment, to perform at his wedding reception following his marriage to actress, Meagan Good, after Franklin caught one of Smith’s highly acclaimed performances.

On any given day you can find him serenading audiences throughout the world. Maurice just wrapped up a solo tour of Italy and has released several projects from which he has received high praise. SoulTracks.com compares his EP, Delta Soul to works by Curtis Mayfield. An old soul, Maurice is clearly influenced by the greats. He counts among his influences, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Al Green and is often compared to the celebrated tenors of our time such as Stokeley, Raphael Saadiq, El DeBarge, and the greatest of them all Stevie Wonder. His debut EP, Private Use Only; Vol. 1 was released to high praises due to it's sensual nature. And while having a gift for romance, Smith has also released several dance tracks to keep you moving. Smith features with Grammy award winning DJ Terry Hunter on Juan Hoerni’s Soul House track, Love Rewind.

02/04/2020

Kinna is an actor, singer, improvisor, voice talent, YouTuber and teacher. She has over 20 years professional experience in the business and is a life-long student of her craft. Some of her credits include: Office Space, Where The Heart Is, CSI, Criminal Minds and Hawaii Five-0. Currently you can see Kinna in a national Folgers commercial and on the 2nd episode of the Mad About You reboot on Spectrum Streaming. You may recognize Kinna’s voice from Parcast’s True Crime podcasts, she was also the voice host of over 100 Kick It Naturally podcasts and the voice of the YouTube channel Squirrel Monkey. Last year she and her husband received Youtube’s Silver Creator Award for their channel Squirrel Monkey. She is the host of the streaming show The Ultimate Feel Good Show from the people who brought you America’s Funniest Videos at What The Family. She also performs monthly with the non-profit Turbine, founded and directed by Rob Watzke. It’s a completely improvised show called Shplotz in which she has improvised along side Helen Hunt, Jason Alexander, Helen Slater, James Corden, Jeff Garlin and many other notable actors. Kinna is happy to be on the show tonight.

January 2020

01/28/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Greg Leon was born on May 19, 1958 and grew up in Glendale, CA, a foothills community of Los Angeles, and immediately made an impact on the blossoming live hard rock scene of Hollywood's Sunset Strip in the late 1970s. Primarily playing guitar and handling vocals, the acts that he fronted were Suite 19, with future Great White/Dokken drummer Gary Holland and then future Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee and the Greg Leon Invasion, with bassist Joey Vera (later of Armored Saint, Fate's Warning and Anthrax) and drummer Carl Elizondo (later of Jag Wire, and playing under the stage name Carl James). The Invasion would release the "Every Time" b/w "Stay With Me Tonite" 7" single with Vera on bass who was fired when it was discovered by Leon that he had been moonlighting with Armored Saint. Vera's replacement, Chuck Stevenson and Elizondo played with Leon on the Greg Leon Invasion picture disc released by Azra/R2R in 1983. He took the place of Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot, and as the pre-George Lynch guitarist in Dokken. (Don Dokken has since made the group's first EP, which graces Leon on the cover, available for download to the public). During this period Leon also had a considerable local reputation as a guitar teacher, working at Rhoads' mother's guitar studio in Burbank.

Leon had several incarnations of the Invasion and played with various LA acts after his exciting early days. Leon also had a brief time with Greenworld Records' Midwestern act Vyper, while at the same time gathering a name for himself as a guitar amp modifying specialist. In the late 1990s, Leon fronted a band called Wishing Well which also featured Survivor drummer Marc Droubay and English-born bassist Stuart Brooks (ex-Black Cat Bones, Leaf Hound, The Pretty Things). The trio released their eponymous debut album in 1997. By 2003 Leon was back on the LA club scene under the name The Greg Leon Invasion, featuring Boston-born bassist George Roelke and Ohio-born drummer Greg Stevens, taking the group for a European festival tour in 2005 on the strength of new recordings, coupled with the myth related to his name. The line-up also performed July 13, 2007 at the annual 1980s-era hard rock music festival, Rocklahoma. In 2008 former White Lion drummer Greg D'Angelo replaced Stevens in the band.

Leon is married with Canadian singer Suza Wood and in 2005 he produced her first album titled Sweet Freedom.

01/21/2020

LAMONT MAGEE has penned or had a hand in penning well over a dozen screenplays with two films, “THE SPEAK” (2011) and “A BEAUTIFUL SOUL” (2012) receiving theatrical releases. Magee also partnered with Enderby Entertainment (About Cherry, Combat Hospital) to create “GET WYLDE” (2011) a teen, web series written by Magee and created by Magee and Brett Donowho (The Music Within, A Haunting at Silver Falls.

At the close of 2014, Magee was staffed on the BET/CENTRIC drama “SINGLE LADIES”, produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere and starring LisaRaye McCoy, Letoya Luckett and Travis Winfrey among others.

2015 has already proven to be a banner year for Magee. Arclight Films and Huace Media Group has acquired the rights to “LIGHTS OUT”, a thriller co-written by Magee and Jeff Byrd (Jasper Texas) and produced by Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Reclaim). Currently the production is finalizing a deal with a "legendary" director to take the reign with casting to begin shortly afterward. Arclight Films and Huace Media (a China based company) also signed Magee and Byrd to a feature deal to develop films for the company in the 20M-60M range.

Magee currently has been writing on the CW's BLACK LIGHTNING and has several projects, both film and television, at various stages of development at production companies around town and should have more exciting news to share in the coming months. 

01/14/2020

Cat Ivy is on the prowl, following her heart to discover life's core truths. Driven by the need to understand what makes us human and why humans react the way they do, Cat combines modern-day pop music with sounds of folk to help us arrive to simple and refreshing truths. Influenced by musicians such as Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, the Beatles, and Ingrid Michaelson, Cat reminds us that our hearts know the truth about ourselves and her enchanting melodies provide a map to help us arrive at the truth we've been searching for.

After releasing her first EP at 16, Cat left for college, trading pop music for Classical and Jazz. Studying intensively at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, Cat found herself aching to get back in the studio and have the freedom to create her own music. On her 21st birthday, Cat realized that she couldn’t picture herself doing anything other than creating music and decided that night she would move back to Los Angeles and pursue a career as a pop artist.

Upon moving back to Los Angeles, Cat became involved at the Songwriting School of Los Angeles where she diligently focused on creating music both on her own and with other members of the community. Currently recording her second EP, Cat plays with themes of self-empowerment, self-discovery, and freedom. Cat hopes others will connect to her journey and be inspired to live their lives full of hope, wonder, and love.

Let's Connect:
Website: cativymusic.com
Facebook: facebook.com/cativymusic
Instagram: @cativymusic
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01/07/2020

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Ken Caillat is best known for producing and engineering the Fleetwood Mac albums Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, Live, and The Chain Box Set, along with his daughter, Colbie Caillat's albums: Coco (2007), Breakthrough (2009), All of You (2011), and Christmas in the Sand (2012). He also worked on albums for Billy Idol, Frank Sinatra, Pat Benatar, Wilson Phillips, the Beach Boys, Herbie Hancock, David Becker and Alice Cooper, as well as with Christine McVie on her solo album.Ken's recordings have sold over 50 million copies. His record production and engineering efforts earned him numerous Grammy nominations, including an Album of the Year Grammy and Best Engineered Album.

​In 2012 Ken founded Sleeping Giant Records, so he could help other talented kids like Colbie to make a career in music. In 2013 Ken founded Sleeping Giant Entertainment to create new music for film, TV and radio, and partnered with Alcon Entertainment and ArtistMax to discover and develop new artists. In 2018 Ken Sold Sleeping Giant Entertainment to focus on ArtistMax, both a non-profit and for profit company.
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December 2019

12/31/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Doug Messenger was born in New York on Long Island on March 9, 1942. After his dad got a new job opportunity, his family decided to made a big move to Mexico City, Mexico where he spent most of his younger years from the age of 4 to 17. Doug's passion for learning landed him back in the United States where he studied at Princeton in New Jersey, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. While traveling back to visit family in Mexico in the summer of 1962, Doug met the love of his life, Jeanne Thompson. Doug and Jeanne soon married after he graduated from Princeton and he worked at Bethlehem Steel's Export Office in New York City. Doug knew he was destined for more so he quit his job and decided to move to Boston, Massachusetts to enroll in the esteemed Berklee College of Music. Unfortunately, Doug's wife, Jeanne became very sick so he was only able to attend the music school for 2 years, but he knew he wanted to play music so played in R&B bands all over Boston, one of which was the best band in town with Roger Pace, considered to be the white James Brown.

As a side musician, Doug had the thrill of backing up some of the best soul and R&B legends of our time including Al Green (1965), Chuck Berry (1966 & 1971),Etta James (1967), Dee Clark (1966) and a 415lb singer called Lotsa Poppa (1966). In 1968, Doug also played guitar for Darrell Banks for the song,"Open The Door To Your Heart" and Dyke & The Blazers, "Shotgun Slim," in 1970.

One of the biggest songwriters Doug worked with was Van Morrison from 1971-1973, where he played guitar and arranged songs for Van's album, St Dominic's Preview and got the chance to collaborate with piano legend, Vince Geraldi. After one of his house band shows, as fate would have it, Doug ended up playing Monopoly with Jimi Hendrix (Doug is still bitter that Jimi landed on Boardwalk his first time around the board), known at the time as Jimi James. They would meet again in 70s, a few months before Hendrix passed away.

Over the years, Doug played in over 20 house bands from 1965-1975 and was hired for sessions for Warner Brothers, MGM, ABC, Original Sound and a few for Motown in 1971 & 1972. Doug also played with songwriter/composer, Jackie De Shannon and also played in a band called Mudd with Willie Weeks on bass and also backed up Carly Simon on "Speak Out To Me," but now Doug wanted to start his own band.

Ironically called The Police, Doug's first band came to a halt when his lead singer died of a heroin overdose. It took him 5 years to find the next 3 members of his next band, The Pickles, who were making waves on the LA scene and just as they were about to get signed, one of his lead singers died in a car accident.

Doug knew he had enough of playing in a band so he turned his rehearsal space into a recording studio in 1984. By the time he acquired enough gear in 1988, Doug officially opened Hard Drive Analog & Digital Studios in 1990. He got his Stephens tape machine that Pink Floyd THE WALL & Steely Dan’s AJA was recorded on and Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” was mixed on in 1987. 

Since 1990, some of the incredible music talents who have come through to record at Hard Drive Analog & Digitial Recording include Joe Pass, Jimmie Eat World, Joe Bonamassa, Cindy Blackman, The Plain White Ts, At the Drive In, Mars Volta, Neon Trees, New Found Glory, Nikhil Korula Band, Robben Ford and Beck's first single, "Loser" was also recorded here. Doug has also recorded the background music for the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Country Music Awards. Over the years, Doug has also recorded 7 albums with the blues label, Delta Groove Records, one of which won the WC Handy Foundation Blues Album of the Year.

Currently, Doug Messenger is working with Paul Denman, Sade’s producer and Daniel Ash from Bauhaus and will be recording the 8th album of the Nikhil Korula Band in January 2020.

For more information, contact Hard Drive Analog & Digital Recording:
(818) 588-1817
4814 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood
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12/24/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Noel Elgrably grew up in the nation's capital but left his day-job selling insurance to pursue his calling as a stand-up comedian in.The son of a French-Moroccan father and Moroccan-Israeli mother, he offers an original comedic perspective on growing up as a child of immigrants below the. Noel's irreverent and ornery style of comedy reminds us that even though we think we’re different we're all the same when we’re laughing at ourselves.

Noel can be seen performing regularly at area comedy clubs such as The World Famous Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, The Improv, and The Icehouse. He is an alumni of the New York City Arab-American Comedy Festival,the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, is a regular cast member of The Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief Show, and has appeared on Showtime and Fox TV. He has trained as a dramatic actor and was featured in the indie feature films “Bad Space", "Body High" and "Clean" and the comedy short films "Please God Someone Normal" and "Gone Too Far".

12/17/2019

Horrible Haikus is the creation of 575 Games, with both the game and the company being created by David Mickler and Brad Fletcher. Horrible Haikus was originally launched through a Kickstarter campaign in 2018 where it smashed its funding goals and gave birth to the greatest game humanity has ever known (according to that one drunk guy in the second test group).

In addition to the Horrible Haikus game, a book of poetry was also released featuring some of the haikus as they were originally written before being deconstructed for the game. These books have brought joy to many, but shame to our families.

575 Games plans to launch expansion packs for the current version of the game as well as a more family friendly version in the not too distant future. We are also currently developing several new games for both adults and families. We look forward to rolling out these games into the 575 Games universe soon.

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12/10/2019

Joy Graysen is an LA based recording artist, performance coach and activist whose mission is to help people learn to trust love and find their true voices. Born Joy Holly Stimmel, in New York to Sam and Honi, Joy was a child of music. She began singing before she could walk or talk and, as a result, feels that music was her first true language. By the age of three, Joy could sing in three part harmony and play three instruments by ear. She felt more fluent with music than any other form of communication from the beginning of her life. 

Joy realized that when she was singing, she felt an enormous sense of love and belonging and wholeness; but when she wasn’t singing, she felt a deep loneliness. She longed to feel the level of love she experienced while singing in all the other areas of her life. Joy began a journey to discover how to connect the freedom of music to everything else in her  life. What she discovered became the foundation she uses as an artist and a performance coach to free herself and others into their own lives by freeing their true voices.

Inspired by artists like Sting, Joy writes and creates music from a cinematic point of view, to showcase the magic that happens when we surrender to love and let go of the need to withhold it. Her lyrics reflect her journey to find the most authentic truth. Simultaneously working on her next release, Joy is also writing her book called, “Finding Joy, The Great Experiment,” to capture and share all of the discoveries and realizations she has had about what it means to truly live, to love, and to be who we authentically are.

Joy Graysen
The Joy Graysen Vocal Studio
(818) 421-3131
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12/03/2019

Ken Caillat is best known for producing and engineering the Fleetwood Mac albums Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, Live, and The Chain Box Set, along with his daughter, Colbie Caillat's albums: Coco (2007), Breakthrough (2009), All of You (2011), and Christmas in the Sand (2012). He also worked on albums for Billy Idol, Frank Sinatra, Pat Benatar, Wilson Phillips, the Beach Boys, Herbie Hancock, David Becker and Alice Cooper, as well as with Christine McVie on her solo album.Ken's recordings have sold over 50 million copies. His record production and engineering efforts earned him numerous Grammy nominations, including an Album of the Year Grammy and Best Engineered Album.

​In 2012 Ken founded Sleeping Giant Records, so he could help other talented kids like Colbie to make a career in music. In 2013 Ken founded Sleeping Giant Entertainment to create new music for film, TV and radio, and partnered with Alcon Entertainment and ArtistMax to discover and develop new artists. In 2018 Ken Sold Sleeping Giant Entertainment to focus on ArtistMax, both a non-profit and for profit company.
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November 2019

11/26/2019

Leah McKendrick is a filmmaker/actress originally from San Francisco. In 2014 she formed Villainess Productions, aimed at creating content featuring women in diverse and compelling roles. Her feature film debut as a writer/producer/actress- the vigilante thriller MFA- was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at SXSW 2017 and dubbed "the first horror movie to speak to the #MeToo era" by the New York Times. Leah's romcom script Voicemails for Isabelle was preempted by Sony Pictures and will star Hailee Steinfeld, and her first TV show, What the Fuck, Glenn? is in the works at HBO Max. Acting credits include Bad Moms, Misconduct starring Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins and Lionsgate’s Thanksgiving comedy, The Turkey Bowl - out now.
MFA is streaming free on Amazon Prime and you can follow Leah on instagram: @leahmckendrick

Trailers:
MFA
Turkey Bowl

11/19/2019

Doug Messenger was born in New York on Long Island on March 9, 1942. After his dad got a new job opportunity, his family decided to made a big move to Mexico City, Mexico where he spent most of his younger years from the age of 4 to 17. Doug's passion for learning landed him back in the United States where he studied at Princeton in New Jersey, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. While traveling back to visit family in Mexico in the summer of 1962, Doug met the love of his life, Jeanne Thompson. Doug and Jeanne soon married after he graduated from Princeton and he worked at Bethlehem Steel's Export Office in New York City. Doug knew he was destined for more so he quit his job and decided to move to Boston, Massachusetts to enroll in the esteemed Berklee College of Music. Unfortunately, Doug's wife, Jeanne became very sick so he was only able to attend the music school for 2 years, but he knew he wanted to play music so played in R&B bands all over Boston, one of which was the best band in town with Roger Pace, considered to be the white James Brown.

As a side musician, Doug had the thrill of backing up some of the best soul and R&B legends of our time including Al Green (1965), Chuck Berry (1966 & 1971),Etta James (1967), Dee Clark (1966) and a 415lb singer called Lotsa Poppa (1966). In 1968, Doug also played guitar for Darrell Banks for the song,"Open The Door To Your Heart" and Dyke & The Blazers, "Shotgun Slim," in 1970.

One of the biggest songwriters Doug worked with was Van Morrison from 1971-1973, where he played guitar and arranged songs for Van's album, St Dominic's Preview and got the chance to collaborate with piano legend, Vince Geraldi. After one of his house band shows, as fate would have it, Doug ended up playing Monopoly with Jimi Hendrix (Doug is still bitter that Jimi landed on Boardwalk his first time around the board), known at the time as Jimi James. They would meet again in 70s, a few months before Hendrix passed away.

Over the years, Doug played in over 20 house bands from 1965-1975 and was hired for sessions for Warner Brothers, MGM, ABC, Original Sound and a few for Motown in 1971 & 1972. Doug also played with songwriter/composer, Jackie De Shannon and also played in a band called Mudd with Willie Weeks on bass and also backed up Carly Simon on "Speak Out To Me," but now Doug wanted to start his own band.

Ironically called The Police, Doug's first band came to a halt when his lead singer died of a heroin overdose. It took him 5 years to find the next 3 members of his next band, The Pickles, who were making waves on the LA scene and just as they were about to get signed, one of his lead singers died in a car accident.

Doug knew he had enough of playing in a band so he turned his rehearsal space into a recording studio in 1984. By the time he acquired enough gear in 1988, Doug officially opened Hard Drive Analog & Digital Studios in 1990. He got his Stephens tape machine that Pink Floyd THE WALL & Steely Dan’s AJA was recorded on and Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” was mixed on in 1987. 

Since 1990, some of the incredible music talents who have come through to record at Hard Drive Analog & Digitial Recording include Joe Pass, Jimmie Eat World, Joe Bonamassa, Cindy Blackman, The Plain White Ts, At the Drive In, Mars Volta, Neon Trees, New Found Glory, Nikhil Korula Band, Robben Ford and Beck's first single, "Loser" was also recorded here. Doug has also recorded the background music for the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Country Music Awards. Over the years, Doug has also recorded 7 albums with the blues label, Delta Groove Records, one of which won the WC Handy Foundation Blues Album of the Year.

Currently, Doug Messenger is working with Paul Denman, Sade’s producer and Daniel Ash from Bauhaus and will be recording the 8th album of the Nikhil Korula Band in January 2020.

For more information, contact Hard Drive Analog & Digital Recording:
(818) 588-1817
4814 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood
yelp.com/biz/harddrive-analog-and-digital-recording-north-hollywood?osq=hard+drive+analog

11/12/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Brent Paschke is a guitarist, producer, songwriter, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known as Pharrell Williams’ guitarist, having worked with the singer/songwriter/producer since 2001. Paschke accompanies Williams in the studio and on tour, and his guitar performances appear on such Pharrell projects as G I R L (2015 Grammy winner for Best Urban Contemporary Album) and Hidden Figures: The Album (2017 Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score). Brent has also worked with Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, New Kids on the Block, Kelly Clarkson, and many other artists.

Brent also co-founded Tuniversity, a company dedicated to reinvigorating music education using multimedia technology and the excitement of today’s pop music. Tuniversity’s development partners include Apple and Pharrell Williams.

11/05/2019

Alexander Carver is an author, screenwriter, and playwright, originally from Radnor, Pennsylvania. His stories have been published in such literary magazines as: ZYZZYVA, Foliate Oak, The Southern Pacific Review, The Satirist, Dark Matter, and The Writing Disorder. Razor Literary Magazine selected his story "Uber Trouble" as a prize winner in it's annual short story contest.  His first feature film is set for production next Fall and O Jackie! is his debut novel. Today, Alexander lives in Santa Monica, California with his beloved wife, Elise, and his nemesis, her pet rabbit, Lucy.

O JACKIE! is a story about the internal and external chaos created when an artist with both a superman and an inferiority complex chooses to be the self he wishes he was, instead of the self he truly is.

IG: @ kennedy_projec
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October 2019

10/29/2019

The Crummies are a cartoon band project started by Jody Hill in 1995 in Memphis Tn. After years of playing in metal, punk rock and classic rock cover bands Jody decided he’d like to start writing his own material but couldn’t decide on a style/genre to write in having been influenced by so many different styles of rock/pop music. After attending an Infinity Record Convention he rediscovered his love for The Archies and all things Bubblegum. So, after buying a Fostex DMT8, one of the first stand alone hard disk recorders, he decided to start writing and recording his own material using as many different influences and different musicians as possible to begin learning the craft of songwriting and recording.

The Crummies project gave him complete freedom to try anything in order to learn these skills. The Crummies recorded 4 cd’s worth of music , 1 Everything’s Crummy, 2 Mingle Mangle 3 Guitar Face, and 4 Hits, Smashes and Blockbusters. After the 4th cd Jody moved to NYC and continued collaborating with other musicians, writing songs and performing with his new project 76 and a Cramps tribute band called Flamejob. Jody moved to LA in 2016 and is guitar teching at McCabe’s Guitar Shop and still writing/recording new music.

10/22/2019

Tap That Production, created and choreographed by Tellina Lee Zink, is an innovative celebration of tap dancing that combines funky fresh footwork with cheeky femininity and spunk.
This invigorating and highly entertaining act features the talents of five experienced professionals, some of tap dancing's finest.

The Tap That team are visionaries. They create unique productions that captivate new audiences and broaden the image of contemporary female tap dancers. They are content creators, known for their dazzling live performances and high quality concept videos. Tap That is on a mission to push the boundaries of dance media and make a difference with tap shoes on!

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10/15/2019

Greg Leon was born on May 19, 1958 and grew up in Glendale, CA, a foothills community of Los Angeles, and immediately made an impact on the blossoming live hard rock scene of Hollywood's Sunset Strip in the late 1970s. Primarily playing guitar and handling vocals, the acts that he fronted were Suite 19, with future Great White/Dokken drummer Gary Holland and then future Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee and the Greg Leon Invasion, with bassist Joey Vera (later of Armored Saint, Fate's Warning and Anthrax) and drummer Carl Elizondo (later of Jag Wire, and playing under the stage name Carl James). The Invasion would release the "Every Time" b/w "Stay With Me Tonite" 7" single with Vera on bass who was fired when it was discovered by Leon that he had been moonlighting with Armored Saint. Vera's replacement, Chuck Stevenson and Elizondo played with Leon on the Greg Leon Invasion picture disc released by Azra/R2R in 1983. He took the place of Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot, and as the pre-George Lynch guitarist in Dokken. (Don Dokken has since made the group's first EP, which graces Leon on the cover, available for download to the public). During this period Leon also had a considerable local reputation as a guitar teacher, working at Rhoads' mother's guitar studio in Burbank.

Leon had several incarnations of the Invasion and played with various LA acts after his exciting early days. Leon also had a brief time with Greenworld Records' Midwestern act Vyper, while at the same time gathering a name for himself as a guitar amp modifying specialist. In the late 1990s, Leon fronted a band called Wishing Well which also featured Survivor drummer Marc Droubay and English-born bassist Stuart Brooks (ex-Black Cat Bones, Leaf Hound, The Pretty Things). The trio released their eponymous debut album in 1997. By 2003 Leon was back on the LA club scene under the name The Greg Leon Invasion, featuring Boston-born bassist George Roelke and Ohio-born drummer Greg Stevens, taking the group for a European festival tour in 2005 on the strength of new recordings, coupled with the myth related to his name. The line-up also performed July 13, 2007 at the annual 1980s-era hard rock music festival, Rocklahoma. In 2008 former White Lion drummer Greg D'Angelo replaced Stevens in the band.

Leon is married with Canadian singer Suza Wood and in 2005 he produced her first album titled Sweet Freedom.

10/08/2019

Brent Paschke is a guitarist, producer, songwriter, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known as Pharrell Williams’ guitarist, having worked with the singer/songwriter/producer since 2001. Paschke accompanies Williams in the studio and on tour, and his guitar performances appear on such Pharrell projects as G I R L (2015 Grammy winner for Best Urban Contemporary Album) and Hidden Figures: The Album (2017 Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score). Brent has also worked with Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, New Kids on the Block, Kelly Clarkson, and many other artists.

Brent also co-founded Tuniversity, a company dedicated to reinvigorating music education using multimedia technology and the excitement of today’s pop music. Tuniversity’s development partners include Apple and Pharrell Williams.

10/01/2019

"Turning pain into beauty"
Sabrina Chaco is a singer-songwriter, born on the Pacific island of Guam, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is currently living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with performing and developed a strong passion for R&B / Neo-Soul while studying Vocal Music at the Oakland School for the Arts.

As a proud Filipina and Chamorrita island girl, she brings the culture she’s experienced to her songs.

Sabrina channels her liveliness, sense of truth, and emotional insight from inspirations such as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and India Arie.

She has performed shows for President Obama, Governor Jerry Brown and more with her school’s elite choir. As a background vocalist for Disney Star Recording Artist, Zendaya Coleman, she traveled across the country and Canada on an international tour. She has appeared on Ellen and Extra,  Radio Disney commercials and in Bop/Tigerbeat Magazines.

Now anticipating the release of her original music, Sabrina wants to turn the moments of pain in life into beauty. She hopes for her music to have an uplifting energy, to ignite self-love in others, especially at the times we need it most. Look for Sabrina’s EP “The Impact” to ignite the love in all of us in 2020.
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September 2019

09/24/2019

Noel Elgrably grew up in the nation's capital but left his day-job selling insurance to pursue his calling as a stand-up comedian in.The son of a French-Moroccan father and Moroccan-Israeli mother, he offers an original comedic perspective on growing up as a child of immigrants below the. Noel's irreverent and ornery style of comedy reminds us that even though we think we’re different we're all the same when we’re laughing at ourselves.

Noel can be seen performing regularly at area comedy clubs such as The World Famous Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, The Improv, and The Icehouse. He is an alumni of the New York City Arab-American Comedy Festival,the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, is a regular cast member of The Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief Show, and has appeared on Showtime and Fox TV. He has trained as a dramatic actor and was featured in the indie feature films “Bad Space", "Body High" and "Clean" and the comedy short films "Please God Someone Normal" and "Gone Too Far".

09/17/2019

HopkinSound Founder and CEO Pete Hopkins is an accomplished vocalist, professional songwriter, producer, and musician. He writes and performs pop, rock, EDM, R&B, funk, jazz, country, and many other genres. As a modern programmer, he enjoys making massive beats and synth sounds.

Pete developed his musical passion early in life surrounded by a family of performing musicians. He became fascinated with guitars and performance from a very young age and, while taking violin lessons, learned that he possessed the rare ability of perfect pitch. Perfect pitch allows Pete to identify the note of an exact tone simply by hearing it, adding to his value in vocal production as well as songwriting. With Pete, you can guarantee perfection.

Pete has worked in Los Angeles for 15 years and knows what producers and labels expect from artists. He has an inside track and he is well-connected with music industry professionals, giving him an advantage in presenting your work to a record label for a potential contract. In addition to his work in California and other parts of the United States, Pete has worked on projects with artists in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Irish Republic, Norway, Germany, Italy, Australia, and Asia.

When you want a quality song, you need a great writer. When you want a quality singer, you need someone with great vocal abilities. When you want quality studio work, you need a great producer. Pete Hopkins and HopkinSound will provide all three services for you.

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09/10/2019

Sara Fletcher is a multi-media actress spanning several platforms, including TV, Film and Web.  Fletcher's TV career started on Comedy Central's Secret Girlfriend in the starring role; she also was the lead in the Josh Schwartz and Matt Miller's CBS pilot Hitched and was a series regular on One Love on Bounce TV. Some of her past guest starring and recurring roles on TV include: Perfect Couples, Friends with Benefits, The Glades, Family Guy, Grimm, Days of Our Lives, NCIS: LA and NCIS. Fletcher also started in the feature Minutes to Midnight along side William Baldwin, Richard Greico and Bill Moseley. And she played the lead role LMN's hit MOW House of Darkness which took home their LMNies Best Feature Award. Most recently she finished filming the Sony/Lifetime film: Escaping the NXVIM Cult, playing the real life Allison Mack, which is set to premiere on Sept 21st on Lifetime.

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About the Film:

"In Escaping the NXIVM Cult, Raniere (Peter Facinelli of Twilight fame) and his second-in-command, Smallville actress Allison Mack (Sara Fletcherdoing an eerily good impression), make a compelling pitch to convince India (Jasper Polish) and other women to join the organization."

(refinery29.com/amp/en-us/2019/08/241402/nxivm-cult-movie-allison-mack-keith-raniere-sara-fletcher-peter-facinelli-lifetime-trailer)

 

“Lifetime has unveiled the first look at its chilling original movie on the NXIVM sex cult. The trailer for Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter shows seduction, anguish, and actress Sara Fletcher looking eerily similar to convicted NXIVM member and Smallville alum, Allison Mack.

(deadline.com/video/lifetimes-trailer-for-escaping-the-nxivm-cult-shows-seduction-and-anguish/)

 

Sara Fletcher, meanwhile, will play Mack and, as the trailer demonstrates, the resemblance is striking.”

(news.avclub.com/lifetime-drops-a-breathless-trailer-for-its-movie-about-1837520668)

 

"He just wants what's best for all of us," says Allison, who is played by Sara Fletcher, the actress bearing an uncanny resemblance to the real-life Mack. "Are you ready for your NXIVM transformation?”

(etonline.com/lifetime-movie-about-nxivm-cult-debuts-creepy-trailer-with-an-allison-mack-lookalike-exclusive)

09/03/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Eliza James has been a successful, working professional musician in Los Angeles since the age of 18. She performs regularly with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Pink, Daft Punk, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Yoshiki, Taylor Hicks, Cowboy Troy, Marco Antonio Solis, Googoosh, Roberta Flack, Mario Biondi, Gloria Gaynor, Anita Ward, Evelyn Champagne-King, Willie Chambers (The Chambers Brothers), Harry Connick Jr, David Gates/Bread, Bernadette Peters,Randy Travis, Billy Idol, Los Tri-o, Javuni, Rahzel, 3 Doors Down, Andrea Bocelli, Trulio Disgracias, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), VTA - Vincenzo Thomas Amato, Casey veggies, Candyman 187, Jordy Towers, JMSN, Jimmy Haslip, Oscar Seaton, Alejandro Sanz, Chris Botti, The Harlem Renaissance Jazz Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, Warren Hill, Diana Krall, Renee Olstead, Dave Schulz(Berlin), Cody Carpenter, Ben Dukes, Larry Bagby and The Calling.

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August 2019

08/27/2019

KOPPS tell a tale of society's ongoing need and want to constantly acquire more and more things, while bringing up the question on whether anything will ever be enough? Their new single " OH DANG DANG " (produced by Daniel Armbruster of Joywave), which premiered everywhere yesterday via Nakid Magazine, is KOPPS' satirical way of voicing concern of our nation's collective sanity around worshipping "stuff".

“OH DANG DANG” is a car crash of a song combining elements of pop, alt, and even a little nu-metal," Front-woman , Patricia, states. To me, this song represents the agenda of never being able to get enough. Objects and fads come and go, but the desire to accumulate for the average North American remains."

08/20/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood": Wes Smith is an in-demand musician who has performed with world famous personalities including Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Aloe Blacc, Booker T Jones and Jazz Legend Poncho Sanchez, among others.

Smith’s saxophones can be heard most recently within the ‘Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge’ Disney Land Theme Park and on Jennifer Lopez’ ‘All I Have’ show in Las Vegas, NV. He can be heard on the big screen on titles like ‘Dirty Grandpa’ (2016) and ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’ (2012) as well as numerous TV spots.

In 2014, Wes Smith was featured in the finale of the oscar-nominated film 'Whiplash' and in 2013, Smith was blessed with the once in a life-time opportunity to perform with Soul music legend Mr. Booker T Jones at the White House with then President Obama and the First Lady in attendance.

Smith holds his Master's Degree in Jazz studies from the University of Southern California as well as his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

08/13/2019

SJ Lighting, a design firm based in Southern California, specializes in theatrically based design for nightclubs and festival environments. Formed in 2001 by industry veteran Stephen Lieberman, SJ Lighting has established themselves as leaders in creating immersive design environments, at the forefront of entertainment technologies.  Stephen has been involved in the nightclub industry since his childhood.  His first job in a nightclub dates back to 1987, and he has yet to slow down in his pursuits to understand and perpetuate the ever evolving nightlife industry.

With a constant workflow of nightclubs, festivals and stage designs in the US and abroad, SJ Lighting has built up a clientele that encompasses some of the most successful properties and events around the world.  

SJ Lighting has become the “goto” brand for technology design in the “EDM” world.  Their philosophy and approach to design is unique on every occasion.  With a complex understanding of human interaction within hospitality environments, SJ Lighting is continually trail-blazing into the future, to expand the perspective of every person who  experiences their work.

08/06/2019

With millions of viral views from his time on America’s Got Talent, Broadway credentials, and chart-topping singles, the singer-songwriter and entertainer Brian Justin Crum knew he was destined for stardom from a very early age. He first fell in love with performing after his mom, a single mother, put her kids into an after-school theatre program so she could work. At 7 years old was already telling his mother he was going to be a star. 

Fast forward years later and barely out of high school, Brian was cast in the Broadway musical “Wicked.” It was his first taste of Broadway. Soon he was living in New York City and landing roles in the musicals “Altar Boyz,” “Grease” and “Next to Normal. “ 

But it was the role as Galileo Figaro in Queen’s rock theatrical “We Will Rock You” that got him closer to that lofty promise he made to his mom at 7 years old. The reviews celebrated his performance as a “triumph,” and earned him a handful of awards for Best Actor. He was well on his way to being a star.

Brian continued that trajectory when he was cast in America’s Got Talent Season 11. As one of the most talked about performers, Brian earned a 4th place finish with renditions of Queen's "Somebody to Love", Radiohead's "Creep", Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight and Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror.”

His performances from the show turned even larger viral sensations online, garnering millions of views on YouTube, some of the highest online statistics seen by the show’s emerging talent in its now twelve successful seasons. 

With a growing fan base invested in both his music and his roles in anti-bullying and LGBT efforts, Brian’s star continues to rise. Between dropping covers like Robyn’s “Show Me Love” which soared to #2 on the Billboard Dance Charts, touring the country, and competing against 50 top talents on “America’s Got Talent: Champions;” Brian’s next move may be his biggest yet: his debut EP.

July 2019

07/30/2019

At age seven, Mariel Austin began learning many musical styles and genres through the San Francisco Girls Chorus. After starting trombone lessons at age thirteen, she wrote pieces for her jazz combo at Berkeley High School, where she graduated from in 2007. Thereafter, she studied Jazz Performance at California State University, Northridge, where she composed for the school’s Jazz “A” Band and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 2011. In 2015, Mariel graduated from New England Conservatory with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition. In that same year she was selected by the New York Youth Symphony to compose a commissioned piece, which was premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in March of 2016. Mariel is the most recent recipient of the Phoebe Jacobs Award, presented by the ASCAP Foundation. She has premiered her songs and compositions at venues around the country and has appeared on live television shows, including American Idol, The Voice, NBC’s Hollywood Game Night and EstrellaTV’s Noches Con Platanito. In 2016 Mariel recorded her first album, “Runner in the Rain,” featuring her big band compositions and arrangements. It was released in 2018.

07/23/2019

Kara Connolly has it all - charisma, a commanding stage presence, an emotive voice, and that rare gift for writing songs that are simultaneously heartfelt, sincere and undeniably infectious upon first listen. Given her ability to connect with an audience, it’s no surprise that Kara sold- out the iconic Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, the very venue that Katy Perry and Sara Bareilles got their start, before ever having released a single song. And now with her full-length album, Life in Rear View, released, Kara is beginning to reach an audience as universal as her songs themselves.

Connolly’s debut music video for the title track has garnered over 200K views thus far and her record, a unique, genre-bending blend of storytelling, percussive instrumentation, and pop hooks, has received high praise in a variety of tastemaker publications such as The Line of Best Fit, Hollywood Life, Popdust, and Parade Magazine. Considered a journey from breakdown to breakthrough, Life in Rear View begins with heartbreak and ends in triumph as Kara reminds us, through personal experience, the importance of friendship, vulnerability, acknowledging our self-worth, and never settling for less than the love and respect we deserve.

As an artist, she’s, most recently, packed The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood and performed on KUSI News Good Morning San Diego. As a songwriter, she's written songs that have topped Spotify Fresh Finds lists and Kara's supporters (or Karakeets as they have so proudly claimed their fandom) continue to connect with Kara for her empowering originals and sincere, engaging personality.

Kara’s upbeat and colorful take on modern feminism, produced by Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson) and mastered at the legendary Capitol Records, is out now.

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07/16/2019

Omer Avni is an American producer, songwriter and musician, living and working in Los Angeles.

"Having lunch with my dad growing up there was always 70's American rock music playing in the background, either that or "The Boss" was jamming really loud through the living room stereo."

At 17, Omer received a full scholarship to attend Berklee school of music, and the reward for outstanding musicianship. Soon after, Omer traveled through the U.S and Canada on a guitar clinic tour.

Omer went on to become an internationally acclaimed producer, session guitarist, songwriter and artist.

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07/09/2019

A true force of musical nature whose freewheeling whirlwind of passion, energy and soul-deep artistic vision transcends genre limitations and the trends of the moment, Christine Gordon has done and been it all. She’s studied opera, sung jazz at NYC’s Blue Note and R&B at the Apollo, launched her songwriting career co-writing with legendary producer Nile Rodgers and held court for over a decade on in the French West Indies as the “StBarthRockStar.” She’s headlined festivals all over the Caribbean and France/Europe, opening for greats like Akon, Shaggy and Kool and the Gang.

The multi-talented singer-songwriter, dubbed “The Lioness” for the feral way she dominates the stage, has long defined her self-styled genre as “Classical Pop Rock Neo-Classic Soul Jazz.” Now back in L.A, she’s gearing up to conquer the dance floor with the drop of “Tidal Wave,” an infectious, crazy powerful track that’s primed to become a premier inspirational anthem of our time, helping lift our spirits above the endless din of division and negativity.

Set for release on the first day of Summer, Volume One features ten tracks with powerful productions and remixes from Steve Smooth/DirtyWerk (Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson, DJ Kue) Stonebridge (RobynS), Grammy Award Winning Dave Aude (Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez) and Liam Keegan (Sia, Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Carly Rae Jepsen). as well as the Original version along with a stunning acoustic rework.

TIDALWAVE bursts forth with the high octane force its name implies, its intense musical pulse underscoring metaphor-rich lyrics of hope, survival and thriving against the constant undertow.

The singer wrote the original version of “Tidal Wave” with “SupaDupa” Patou and Alex “Cobra” Piper, both founding members of the legendary St. Maarten based Afro-Caribbean band Youth Waves.

07/02/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Meagan Nugent, Choreographer on “The Four”, Ventures into Artist Development and Creative Direction

Meagan’s work with Diddy, French Montana, Nikki Minaj culminates in the launch of a new entertainment firm

Los Angeles, CA, April 2019 - Celebrity choreographer Meagan Nugent has launched NU Entertainment and will lead the company as CEO and Executive Creative Director. Fresh off her work on the Fox Network’s reality show, “The Four” (starring Diddy and Fergie), Meagan is parlaying her rapidly rising notoriety into a business entity that will help artists navigate their own way through the often turbulent entertainment industry.

Meagan holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, and she has worked closely with artists such as French Montana, Carly Rae Jepson, Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Puff Daddy aka Diddy. She’s also choreographed for ZenArts, A Cirque Du Soleil Sister Company.

“I’ve always dreamed of running my own business, but was never really prepared to do so," said Meagan. “Now that I’m in a place where I’m positioned to help artists hone their craft while also assisting them in making savvy business decisions, the timing is finally right to launch my company”.

Two of the first artists on Meagan’s roster of clients includes Jack Samson, 20 year old singer songwriter rising star from Los Angeles and Arcade Jackson, vocalist extraordinaire. 

Follow NU Entertainment on Instagram at @MyNu_Ent and follow Meagan at @MeaganNugent1 

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June 2019

06/25/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Basem Wasef is a veteran automotive journalist, author, and director with a passion for all things mechanical. Born in Cairo and raised in London and Southern California, Basem’s vehicular fascination can be traced back to his early childhood when he sang “Happy Birthday” to his Matchbox cars. He has since written three books, the most recent of which is Speed Read: Supercars.Basem is a regular contributor to magazines including AutomobileMen’s Journaland Robb Report. Though he travels the world to pilot exotic cars and motorcycles, Basem enjoys calling Los Angeles home.

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06/18/2019

Wes Smith is an in-demand musician who has performed with world famous personalities including Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Aloe Blacc, Booker T Jones and Jazz Legend Poncho Sanchez, among others.

Smith’s saxophones can be heard most recently within the ‘Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge’ Disney Land Theme Park and on Jennifer Lopez’ ‘All I Have’ show in Las Vegas, NV. He can be heard on the big screen on titles like ‘Dirty Grandpa’ (2016) and ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’ (2012) as well as numerous TV spots.

In 2014, Wes Smith was featured in the finale of the oscar-nominated film 'Whiplash' and in 2013, Smith was blessed with the once in a life-time opportunity to perform with Soul music legend Mr. Booker T Jones at the White House with then President Obama and the First Lady in attendance.

Smith holds his Master's Degree in Jazz studies from the University of Southern California as well as his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

06/11/2019

Born and raised in Ontario, Ben Wilkins moved to Montreal, Quebec, at the age of eighteen to study music at McGill University. He majored in Classical Trumpet and soaked up whatever he could regarding composition, arranging, singing, theory and jazz harmony – spending countless nights sneaking into the piano studios afterhours to write songs. 

Upon graduation, Wilkins received a scholarship to study Mandarin in China, and spent the better part of a year at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Beijing Language and Culture University. In 2008, he returned to Montreal to perform locally and at colleges and clubs in the north-eastern U.S. 

Shortly after, he was approached by Pascal Shefteshy, an acclaimed engineer and producer working for famous producer Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan, Rufus Wainwright) to record an album. They got to work, and then just as their limited budget was running out, Marchand announced that he was going to India for three months, leaving the door to his studio open and Wilkins and Shefteshy in the position to record an album without compromise. 

Wilkins' first independent release "Back Of My Head EP", was featured on NPR's All Things Considered and prominently featured on the NPR music website as “Piano Pop, Beautifully Arranged”. 

The single reached a top 50 position after only a few weeks of tracking on commercial radio and stayed in the charts for more than twenty weeks. His second single, “Through To You" was launched to radio stations across Quebec with impressive results, hitting top 10 adult contemporary, reaching 6th position for 5 consecutive weeks. 

Ben Wilkins debut self-titled album, signed to Milagro Records, was released in stores across Canada on October 18th, 2011. The album has since received rave reviews from Le Journal de Montreal, Le Soleil, Le Devoir, and was featured as a favorite by both Archambault, Renaud-Bray and HMV – and was in the top ten albums of 2012 according to Icon Fetch, and 98.5 FM - Montreal's most listened to radio station. 

Wilkins was scouted by S.L. Feldman & Associates and toured through Quebec and Ontario – headlining theaters and opening for artists such as David Usher, Eric Lapointe, Cowboy Junkie, Matthew Good, and Kim Mitchell. He was named in the top 5 favorite arts in the Chicoutimi Jazz and Blues Festival and his various live formats, be it a band of seven, a trio or solo, have been very well received by audiences and critics alike. 

Wilkins collaborated with James Di Salvio on The Garden, Bran Van 3000’s fourth album writing string and brass arrangements and singing lead on the track entitled “This Day”. He wrote vocal and string arrangements on 2010 Juno nominee Misstress Barbara's upcoming album, and has been writing arrangements, co-songwriting and producing for local Montreal artists consistently since 2010. 

Ben Wilkins was awarded the Emerging Artist Sound Recording Grant from FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recording) for production and marketing of his sophomore album. He also received the Sound Production grant from Cirque du Soleil. He also received Canada Council of the Arts grant to individuals to study songwriting at the Songwriting School of Los Angeles where he studied under Rob Seals, Ryan Toby, and Phil Cody.

His sophomore album entitled All From Hello, was well received by the press and radio in Canada and online media sources. Shortly after its release he was given a residency at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. He released three music videos in support of the album with the help of FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recording) and had an album feature and video cameo by Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters.

Ben Wilkins is currently based in Los Angeles and has produced music for Sophie Ann, Sofia Zorian, Brigitte Bertrand, Jupiter Deluxe Tube, Alan Roy Scott, Alicyn Packard, Chloe Agnew, Siena Pinney, Alex Thériault, among others. He has just released a collection of solo piano compositions in 2019 and is working on his third solo studio album.

06/04/2019

Karuna Tanahashi is a multidisciplinary performer and creator. She graduated  from Smith College with a BA in theatre, moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago to be an actress, and since then has acquired many titles - including singer, songwriter, photographer, filmmaker, fire dancer, and chocolatier. She loves talking about the creative process and mixing and matching various disciplines to create her own unique brand of art. Over the years, Karuna has acted on stage and screen; filmed and photographed lots of live music; directed several music videos; wrote, produced and starred in a narrative short; and performed around LA as a lead singer as well as a background vocalist. She is currently recording her debut album, "Undercover Diva", which combines pop, Broadway, and classic rock with a few sprinkles of country pop. She is beyond excited to be working with an all-star cast of session musicians, including Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Rich  Redmond (Jason Aldean), and Russ Irwin (Aerosmith/Joe Bonamasa). When she's not on social media making a capella videos with costumes and cheesy dance moves, you can find her making dark chocolate or playing fetch with her little toy poodle,Teddy. Keep an eye out for her first single and music video - a country song called "Bang Bang". Coming soon!

May 2019

05/28/2019

BEHIND THE CURTAIN....
Guns. Drugs. Booze. Broads. Cheaters. Liars. Broken bones. Broken dreams. Dead thugs in black Caddy car trunks.  Fistfights on the corner. Prejudice. Bigotry. Misogyny. 

Oh, just a typical day in my hometown - Providence, RI - where working-class heroes STILL hi-five to Mob rule, the Catholic church and a good Italian meatball.  

Who rescued me from the fate many friends met at the end of a bullet, a bottle, a pill?  Aretha, Sly, Tina, Teddy, Barbra, Stevie, Frank, Ray, Isaac, Bassey, The Isleys, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Hendrix, Joplin, Sarah,  Ella, James, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire - their lives, their songs - my own personal Life Soundtrack! My secret I.V. tube, dripping  knowledge no adult could provide, pearls of wisdom that guided & calmed me, fired my imagination, & helped me rise above and get the hell out in one piece.  

Out, from the fire to the frying pan. Pounding the gritty NYC streets, I fought TOOTH & NAIL for every gig, crumb and credit, while singing songs - theirs and mine - on sidewalks and in dark clubs. One VOICE of thousands, in the shadows, searching for meaning, truth, my sound, MY unique version of love & redemption. 

Then, a life flipper: a job slinging cocktails at NYC's Blue Note Jazz Club - an education no money could buy. Face to face with living legends - jazz icons who rose up through decades of social injustice to create JAZZ. More creative marination, incubation, trials by fire.

Onwards from NYC to Canada. England. L.A.  I persevered. I pursued.  I forged 'The Dream' ...which led me to:

NOW.  HERE.  WITH YOU.

And about NOW??

Well, birds fly. Presidents LIE. Bells RING, & SINGERS SING. 

No one hears life the way I do.  That 's the way I sing it.

I wake up with songs in my head. I am a human compilation disk, an amalgam of all styles of music I soaked up as a kid - pop/jazz/funk/soul - plus years of survival on Mother Earth. I NEED TO RECORD the MUSIC.

SONGS & MUSIC saved ME. Maybe I can do the same for some lost someone?  

In the here & now, I tilt forward, through the deluge, the onslaught, the competition, and in doing so, create MY OWN UNIQUE NICHE in an ever changing world!  

Flanked by an amazing ensemble of stellar soldier musicians who vibe with my equal parts DRIVE, EMOTION, OBSESSION & PASSION, I stand on the shoulders of giants, ready to take it to the next level.  

I JUST NEED TO RECORD THE MUSIC.  ONCE FINISHED, WE TOUR JAPAN!!!

dyankanemusic.com

05/21/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : San Francisco born producer, engineer, mixer, musician, and songwriter Eric Robinson's first job in the music business was given to him by legendary Grammy-winning producer Steve Lillywhite. He never anticipated a short email to his hero would find him recording Trey Anastasio of Phish and watching Lillywhite mix U2 at the age of 19.

Following his summer in Vermont and New York, Eric landed an internship at Royaltone Studios in LA. This quickly turned into a position as a runner, and not long after Eric was assisting on sessions for Barenaked Ladies, Ricky Martin, and Lifehouse with producers Ron Aniello, Mario Caldato and more. After 3 years at Royaltone, Eric left in 2005 to go freelance.

In addition to recording, Eric was also getting busy as a sideman in 2006, playing guitar and keys for notable acts in the burgeoning Hotel Cafe scene such as Cary Brothers, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Radin and Jessie Baylin. This lead to international touring, television appearances and a live concert film with Sara Bareilles.

On the studio side, Eric simultaneously struck up a working relationship with producer/songwriter Marshall Altman and the two had immediate success. The first album they worked on together was Kate Voegele’s debut for Interscope/MySpace Records.  Eric played all the keyboards, most of the guitars, mandolin, accordion, and banjo on the record, as well as recording and mixing it.  Kate’s record sold 250,000 copies in the US and the songs were licensed extensively on TV.

Next up came Matt Nathanson’s album Some Mad Hope, which Eric recorded with Altman.  The album spawned the double-platinum single, “Come On Get Higher.” Then came albums with Natasha Bedingfield, Trevor Hall, William Fitzsimmons, Walker Hayes, Rosi Golan, Bethany Dillon and Adema, spanning genres from pop to folk to country and metal.

After establishing Marlay Studios in North Hollywood in 2010, Eric worked with artists such as Taylor Swift, Sia, Michelle Branch, Natasha Bedingfield, The Milk Carton Kids, Carney, Aqualung, Dan Wilson, P!nk, Rachael Yamagata, Brooke Fraser, Switchfoot, and Boyd Tinsley from Dave Matthews Band.  Along the way, Eric gained valuable experience working alongside hit producers such as Ryan Tedder, John Alagia, Dan Wilson and Charlie Peacock. In 2014, Eric was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year for his engineering work on Taylor Swift’s “Red” album.

Eric focuses on mixing music and film score in stereo and 5.1 surround and producing/co-writing with artists. Recent projects include OneRepublic’s Netflix “Once in a Lifetime” in 5.1 surround, indie band The Lighting, the main title to the Netflix show, “The Haunting of Hill House”, country artist Nora Collins and pop band Castro. Eric works out of his own studio in Los Angeles, Marlay Music.

eric-robinson.com

05/14/2019

Musical Director, Drummer, Producer, and aspiring media personality, Adam Gust, comes to Wake Up Hollywood three years since his last guest visit with a tale to tell. Nikhil Korula is the perfect person to host as he has played a prominent character in Adam's story of recovery and reinvention since then. Music, gender roles, education, a six month sabbatical on a cruise ship, and the course of Adam's current projects set the tone for his unique take on the pitfalls and positives of being creative in the modern world.
GigantorStudiosMusic.com

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Los Angeles-based recording artist and co-founder of The Empire Experience, An Interactive Theatrical Production Combining the Excitement of a Live Concert & the Magic of the Theater, Fia NyXX adds a unique R&B flair to pop music paying tribute to the soulful sounds of the Motown era. With a masterful vision for storytelling, Fia channels influences Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato while entertaining crowds with larger-than-life performances and emotionally-rich lyrics.

A veteran in the industry, Fia NyXX has toured the United States and Asia, as part of the girl group 'SHE' and released her first solo record in March 2018. The EP entitled 'Everything Girl' was recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. under the musical direction of multi-platinum producer and mixer Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna), Will McFarlane (Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Bobby "Blue" Bland), Lance Bendiksen (Sarah McLachlan, The Fray) and features players from the iconic Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, 'The Swampers.'

Fia NyXX has performed at The Avalon Hollywood, White Party, Matinee Vegas, San Jose Pride, New York Fashion Week and 122 shows throughout Asia (as SHE), for crowds of up to 15,000. She has been featured by Billboard Magazine, Getty Images and placed on the iTunes U.S. Top 100 chart on Spotify. She is also a 2018 Telly Award winner for her music video, "Maybe Just Love Me."
For more information, visit fianyxx.com.

05/07/2019

Forget being politically correct—she’s here, she’s pissed off, and she calls herself Bugsy. Spitting bars and belting hooks on stilettos in the name of females everywhere, Bugsy’s music has the unique effect of making people dance and simultaneously burn the patriarchy to the ground. 

From the fun-loving bounce of her debut single “Fuckboy” to the foot-stomping politically charged “Boss Woman” (coming out in March), Bugsy combines silky R&B vocals with raunchy rap to give feminism the foul-mouthed voice it deserves. Complete with backup dancers, room-shaking 808’s and a packed audience each time, her shows are more of a rally than a musical experience. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, future is female, and—middle fingers in the air—Bugsy is at the front of the pack, leading the charge.

FUCKBOY MUSIC VIDEO YOUTUBE

April 2019

04/30/2019

Eliza James has been a successful, working professional musician in Los Angeles since the age of 18. She performs regularly with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Pink, Daft Punk, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Yoshiki, Taylor Hicks, Cowboy Troy, Marco Antonio Solis, Googoosh, Roberta Flack, Mario Biondi, Gloria Gaynor, Anita Ward, Evelyn Champagne-King, Willie Chambers (The Chambers Brothers), Harry Connick Jr, David Gates/Bread, Bernadette Peters,Randy Travis, Billy Idol, Los Tri-o, Javuni, Rahzel, 3 Doors Down, Andrea Bocelli, Trulio Disgracias, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), VTA - Vincenzo Thomas Amato, Casey veggies, Candyman 187, Jordy Towers, JMSN, Jimmy Haslip, Oscar Seaton, Alejandro Sanz, Chris Botti, The Harlem Renaissance Jazz Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, Warren Hill, Diana Krall, Renee Olstead, Dave Schulz(Berlin), Cody Carpenter, Ben Dukes, Larry Bagby and The Calling.

elizajamesmusic.com
quartet405.com
theshowerofhope.org
theartofelysium.org

04/23/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Sarah Reich (Performer, Choreographer, Instructor, Composer) has emerged as one of the new leaders in the Art Form of Tap Dance. Sarah has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over 40 countries. "I want to continue to bring tap into mass media with great respect and quality," she says, focusing on "reprogramming the minds of the general public on their perception of tap dance."

Sarah has become one of the art form's pop culture ambassadors, thanks to her appearances in videos with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Her videos with them (A Star Wars–themed tribute, "The Tap Awakens," & “Thriller”, a Michael Jackson cover featuring Wayne Brady) have garnered millions of views on YouTube, all receiving rave reviews. She has toured the world with Postmodern Jukebox playing prestigious venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House as well as a televised PBS special filmed in Las Vegas.

With her Tap Music Project intensives in various cities, Reich teaches tap dancers how to dance with more musicality, communicate with musicians and write music. Using a live band in class, she instructs students on how to "scat" rhythms or transcribe choreography with rhythm notation, among other skills.

Sarah is developing new, and exciting works with her company Tap Music Productions, with her debut Tap Jazz Album entitled “New Change”. This album is originally produced, composed from percussive tap rhythms, and performed by a great selection of musicians to create a unique sound. She hopes this is just the beginning: "I want to be the first tap dancer to win a Grammy Award".

Sarahreich.com

YOUTUBE PREMIERE NEW VIDEO: THE GROOVE

drops 1/28/19 7:30pm

Baked Bean Blues

Gemini Vibe

My Baby Just Cares For Me

For Chance

04/16/2019

Travis Lee Stephenson was born and raised in Houston, TX by a good momma and daddy who put a guitar in his hands and made him listen to rock n’ roll.  His early influences were classic rock and 90’s grunge, but as time passed he expanded his musical horizons into blues, country, soul, progressive rock, fusion jazz, slide, pop and finger-style acoustic.  While in Houston, Travis wrote and recorded with several original projects (Standing Souls and The Delta Flyers) who played locally and toured the southeastern United States.  He became a versatile and sought after session player contributing to many projects in an array of musical styles.  Travis is a two-time regional winner of the International Blues Challenge with The Delta Flyers (2008 and 2009).  In 2010 he moved to Hollywood, CA to attend the Musician’s Institute where he was awarded the D’Addario scholarship for stylistically diverse guitarists.  While at M.I. he started his current rock project Electric Soul Parade.  In 2011 Travis graduated M.I. with honors and Electric Soul Parade was chosen to perform at the graduation ceremony held at The Wiltern Theater.  He currently lives in Los Angeles where he writes, records, and performs with his original project, Electric Soul Parade.

04/09/2019

Brian Nittayo grew up in Arcadia, California, a suburb 5 miles east of Pasadena. After graduating from Arcadia High School in 1996, he decided to study Hotel Management at Cal Poly Pomona to get a foothold on a budding interest. While in school, Brian was first drawn to the food business, working at an Outback Steakhouse for 5 years, but yearned for something more. Once he graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, Brian worked at one of the finest hotels in the country, the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, California. The world would change tremendously, however, with the tragic events of 9/11 so Brian knew having a business of his own would someday be his greatest adventure. Brian's father, who was in retirement at the time, wanted to start a new business with Brian so the 2 of them opened a Cold Stone Creamery from 2002-2009, hoping that being a part of a well established franchise would teach them more about the food business. Brian's dad and he chose the location because they saw that it was in a busy strip mall with a lot of foot traffic. People working nearby and families frequented the area often for ice cream, but Brian's real passion was in pizza. 
 

He decided it was time to learn the craft from one of the best in the business so he traveled to San Francisco to study the art of Napolitano Pizza from 13 time world pizza champion, Tony Gemignani. Once he came back to his hometown, Brian knew it was time for him to open up his own pizza restaurant that was conceptually designed around New York's "pizza by the slice" dynamic. Thus, Rose City Pizza was born and opened in July of 2009, around the corner from their old ice cream shop and in the same shopping plaza. Brian saw an opportunity to open a pizza shop with slices as the focal point, but as a result, it has evolved a lot since then. They still offer slices but just for lunch these days because Rose City Pizza has become known for their whole pizza creations. Their Mexican fusion pizzas such as the Elote and Al Pastor have become some of the most popular pies on the menu. Brian decided to make unique pizza creations because he was tired of Rose City Pizza being compared to other local pizzerias that offered similar pies. Creating their signature menu has been a lot of fun and is always ever changing. Check out their latest dish, a Grilled Cheese Lasagna, along with Dog Friendly Pizzas as well as Game of Thrones inspired pizzas and wings. At Rose City Pizza, all of your pizza dreams can now become a reality! 
 

rosecitypizza.com 
 

 facebook.com/RoseCityPizza
 

instagram.com/rosecitypizza 

04/02/2019

Meagan Nugent, Choreographer on “The Four”, Ventures into Artist Development and Creative Direction

Meagan’s work with Diddy, French Montana, Nikki Minaj culminates in the launch of a new entertainment firm

Los Angeles, CA, April 2019 - Celebrity choreographer Meagan Nugent has launched NU Entertainment and will lead the company as CEO and Executive Creative Director. Fresh off her work on the Fox Network’s reality show, “The Four” (starring Diddy and Fergie), Meagan is parlaying her rapidly rising notoriety into a business entity that will help artists navigate their own way through the often turbulent entertainment industry.

Meagan holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, and she has worked closely with artists such as French Montana, Carly Rae Jepson, Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Puff Daddy aka Diddy. She’s also choreographed for ZenArts, A Cirque Du Soleil Sister Company.

“I’ve always dreamed of running my own business, but was never really prepared to do so," said Meagan. “Now that I’m in a place where I’m positioned to help artists hone their craft while also assisting them in making savvy business decisions, the timing is finally right to launch my company”.

Two of the first artists on Meagan’s roster of clients includes Jack Samson, 20 year old singer songwriter rising star from Los Angeles and Arcade Jackson, vocalist extraordinaire. 

Follow NU Entertainment on Instagram at @MyNu_Ent and follow Meagan at @MeaganNugent1 

Meagan Nugent Choreo Reel 2018

meaganmoves.com

instagram.com/meagannugent1 

twitter.com/mnugent_25

March 2019

03/26/2019

Basem Wasef is a veteran automotive journalist, author, and director with a passion for all things mechanical. Born in Cairo and raised in London and Southern California, Basem’s vehicular fascination can be traced back to his early childhood when he sang “Happy Birthday” to his Matchbox cars. He has since written three books, the most recent of which is Speed Read: Supercars.Basem is a regular contributor to magazines including AutomobileMen’s Journaland Robb Report. Though he travels the world to pilot exotic cars and motorcycles, Basem enjoys calling Los Angeles home.

instagram.com/basemwasef

03/19/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Shay Godwin is a Los Angeles-based drummer, originally from a small town called Trumansburg, NY. A graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, Shay studied orchestral percussion under Gordon Stout and the late Ted Rounds. Shay also played in jazz ensembles, and was very much under jazz director Steve Brown’s tutelage.

Since his long-ago move to Los Angeles, Shay has done recording sessions for songwriters, television commercials, and movies. Shay has also worked with touring acts, corporate event bands, theater pit bands, house bands at clubs, and has had many students.

From 2007 to 2012, Shay ran a drum track service called eDrumSessions.com. As one of the first online session sites on the web, eDrumSessions was a pioneer. Hundreds of sessions were booked through the site, with clients all around the globe.

Shay is a long-time member of LA band The Dirty Diamond. An independent band, they have had local radio airplay, played at The Greek Theater Los Angeles, and garnered some “elite” fans. An album is set to be released this summer.

instagram.com/shaygodwindrums/

03/12/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Holywood" : Todd Felderstein is an award-winning director/writer/producer with credits across media from screen to stage. He currently has two films in the festival circuit: TZEVA ADOM (From Hebrew "Red Color") achieved “Emerging Filmmaker Program” recognition at the Cannes Film Festival’s American Pavilion, semifinalist at the NBCU Shortfest and “Official Selection” status on more than two dozen festivals across the globe. RESERVATIONS stars Dale Raoul of HBO's TRUE BLOOD and in the month of November will be screening in its ninth film festival. Todd recently directed the multi-Emmy award actress Barbara Bain in a stage reading at the WGAw while concurrently directing multiple theatre pieces at the Lee Strasberg and for the legendary Actors Studio West where he is a member of their Directors Unit. Todd directed/produced MAGICS, a documentary feature made in Israel and was a writer on the television series SPIDER-MAN which starred Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. A random accolade is his recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records for being a member of the directing team that brought the feature film THE OWNER to the screen. Todd has a history in music videos and music nonfiction having worked with a good handful of Grammy winners including Bobby Watson (Rufus) and Burt Bacharach. He remains an active photographer, teaches boutique photography classes at the Los Angeles Center of Photography and is the former executive director of the nonprofit The Story Project whose mission brings multi-media storytelling into the classroom in challenged communities throughout Los Angeles.

toddfelderstein.com

colorredmovie.com

reservationsmovie.com

lacphoto.org/people/todd-felderstein

03/05/2019

Jason Burns - Actor | Writer | Voice Over Talent

Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Jason Burns is the voice and engineer of the John Tesh Radio Show and Intelligence For Your Health with Connie Sellecca. With over 20 years in radio broadcasting, he's been a Top 40 program director, on-air personality, and award-winning commercial writer and producer. He has been recognized multiple times by Benztown Branding as one of the top 50 radio imaging voices in the US & Canada. Jason also does on-camera commercial work, and he's repped by Avalon Artists Group in Los Angeles.

Benztown Top 50 Radio Voices in the US and Canada
jasonburns.la

February 2019

02/26/2019

Mister CoRey; A Mystical Musical Miracle-Melody Making MatheMagical Master of Mystery.

CoRey J. Ferrugia not only has proven himself as a reputable player and expert within the Media (Music/Film) and Entertainment industries as a prolific Recording Artist, Performer, Composer, Writer, and Executive Producer, but, additionally has worked in parallel to maintain his deep roots, convictions, and rich experience to earn respect from leaders within Education, Learning Science, and Social Entrepreneurship spaces just as well. Corey specializes in Guided Learning Methods, Arts Integration Solutions, and is an expert at facilitating ‘CoCreate and Produce’ project-based works in both individual and group learning settings. He was a keynote speaker for TEDx and is a published blogger for 'this very blog' you are reading this Mystical Musical Miracle Melody Making Methodical MatheMagical Mystery Message. Corey is a rare and dynamic talent who brings unparalleled value to any education or entertainment environment as a Creative Consultant, Artist Developer, Process Engineer, and a Master in Guided Learning Science "Actualized Intelligence" Technology.

huffpost.com/author/corey-ferrugia

youtube.com/coreyferrugia

02/19/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Michael Matteo Rossi is a professional award-winning working director/producer/writer for over 10 years now. His first solo directed feature film 'Misogynist' got worldwide distribution on DVD and VOD and my 2nd feature "Sable" was released in late April 2017 and latest feature 'Chase' just is in it's final cut and has some great names including Damien Puckler, Aries Spears, Richard Riehle, and Simeon Panda. My IMDb and updated writer/director/producer demo reel are below for you to look at. He has won multiple awards in recognized film festivals as well and was put on a poll a few years back with Lena Dunham and Ryan Coogler of "Top directors under 30 to watch"

twitter.com/michaelmatteoro

facebook.com/michaelmatteorossi

02/12/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Anthony Malzone is an LA based multimedia artist, working as a Creative Director in music, fashion and film. Born in the Bay Area, he moved to LA in 1999 to pursue a degree in Studio Arts Multimedia at Loyola Marymount University. In 2007 he moved to London to work in theatrical marketing, and in 2009 began working with the legendary musician, Prince. His work ranges from online interactive design for Hollywood blockbusters, to creative direction and design for musicians and entertainment brands. He is currently developing his own TV series.

02/05/2019

San Francisco born producer, engineer, mixer, musician, and songwriter Eric Robinson's first job in the music business was given to him by legendary Grammy-winning producer Steve Lillywhite. He never anticipated a short email to his hero would find him recording Trey Anastasio of Phish and watching Lillywhite mix U2 at the age of 19.

Following his summer in Vermont and New York, Eric landed an internship at Royaltone Studios in LA. This quickly turned into a position as a runner, and not long after Eric was assisting on sessions for Barenaked Ladies, Ricky Martin, and Lifehouse with producers Ron Aniello, Mario Caldato and more. After 3 years at Royaltone, Eric left in 2005 to go freelance.

In addition to recording, Eric was also getting busy as a sideman in 2006, playing guitar and keys for notable acts in the burgeoning Hotel Cafe scene such as Cary Brothers, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Radin and Jessie Baylin. This lead to international touring, television appearances and a live concert film with Sara Bareilles.

On the studio side, Eric simultaneously struck up a working relationship with producer/songwriter Marshall Altman and the two had immediate success. The first album they worked on together was Kate Voegele’s debut for Interscope/MySpace Records.  Eric played all the keyboards, most of the guitars, mandolin, accordion, and banjo on the record, as well as recording and mixing it.  Kate’s record sold 250,000 copies in the US and the songs were licensed extensively on TV.

Next up came Matt Nathanson’s album Some Mad Hope, which Eric recorded with Altman.  The album spawned the double-platinum single, “Come On Get Higher.” Then came albums with Natasha Bedingfield, Trevor Hall, William Fitzsimmons, Walker Hayes, Rosi Golan, Bethany Dillon and Adema, spanning genres from pop to folk to country and metal.

After establishing Marlay Studios in North Hollywood in 2010, Eric worked with artists such as Taylor Swift, Sia, Michelle Branch, Natasha Bedingfield, The Milk Carton Kids, Carney, Aqualung, Dan Wilson, P!nk, Rachael Yamagata, Brooke Fraser, Switchfoot, and Boyd Tinsley from Dave Matthews Band.  Along the way, Eric gained valuable experience working alongside hit producers such as Ryan Tedder, John Alagia, Dan Wilson and Charlie Peacock. In 2014, Eric was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year for his engineering work on Taylor Swift’s “Red” album.

Eric focuses on mixing music and film score in stereo and 5.1 surround and producing/co-writing with artists. Recent projects include OneRepublic’s Netflix “Once in a Lifetime” in 5.1 surround, indie band The Lighting, the main title to the Netflix show, “The Haunting of Hill House”, country artist Nora Collins and pop band Castro. Eric works out of his own studio in Los Angeles, Marlay Music.

eric-robinson.com

January 2019

01/29/2019

Mercury nominated, British-born SJae (also known as Sammy Jay) was the UK’s first female music producer who has been hailed in the US as ‘the best in the business’ by many of her peers including some of the world’s biggest music stars and producers.

Living and working in Los Angeles, the producer, writer and singer, has over two decades of experience in the industry and has worked with the likes of Raphael Saadiq, The Roots, Ricki-Lee, Booty Luv, Terri Walker, Mis-teeq, Mark Morisson, Pussycat Dolls, EXO and Rod Stewart to name a few.

Originally from a small town in South Wales, SJae was a graduate of London’s famous Brit School which bred world stars including Adele, Amy Winehouse, Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis and Jessie J amongst others.

Def Jam gave SJae her first professional production gig on Terri Walker’s ‘Untitled’ album, and it was from that SJae’s career was born and she became one of the most sought-after producers in the business where she went onto produce albums for world-wide stars and rose to the top of her game which led to her move to LA after much European success.

SJAE has composed music for various tv shows including MTVs Ridiculousness, Lethal Weapon and has placed songs on many tv shows / films including Fox’s EMPIRE, CBS Flashpoint, STEP UP Miami Heat, Step up Up High Water. Most recently, SJAE worked with Raphael Saadiq on scoring the Netflix Movie ‘After Party’, starring KYLE and French Montana.

Not only has SJae worked on some of the world’s best-selling albums, but she’s also produced logo music for top radio stations, RTL, Bayern 3, and The Wave and her music can be heard in promo slots for FOX Sports, The NBA, Reelz Tv.

SJAE is currently Executive Producer for Howling Music, Nashville working on the music for global advertising campaigns such as Hyundai and Ford.

SJae’s work has been championed across the world and she has risen to the top of her game whilst paving the way for women producers in the industry by making her mark as one of the brightest stars in the business.

Watch this space for brand new EP coming soon..

01/22/2019

Sarah Reich (Performer, Choreographer, Instructor, Composer) has emerged as one of the new leaders in the Art Form of Tap Dance. Sarah has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over 40 countries. "I want to continue to bring tap into mass media with great respect and quality," she says, focusing on "reprogramming the minds of the general public on their perception of tap dance."

Sarah has become one of the art form's pop culture ambassadors, thanks to her appearances in videos with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Her videos with them (A Star Wars–themed tribute, "The Tap Awakens," & “Thriller”, a Michael Jackson cover featuring Wayne Brady) have garnered millions of views on YouTube, all receiving rave reviews. She has toured the world with Postmodern Jukebox playing prestigious venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House as well as a televised PBS special filmed in Las Vegas.

With her Tap Music Project intensives in various cities, Reich teaches tap dancers how to dance with more musicality, communicate with musicians and write music. Using a live band in class, she instructs students on how to "scat" rhythms or transcribe choreography with rhythm notation, among other skills.

Sarah is developing new, and exciting works with her company Tap Music Productions, with her debut Tap Jazz Album entitled “New Change”. This album is originally produced, composed from percussive tap rhythms, and performed by a great selection of musicians to create a unique sound. She hopes this is just the beginning: "I want to be the first tap dancer to win a Grammy Award".

Sarahreich.com

YOUTUBE PREMIERE NEW VIDEO: THE GROOVE

drops 1/28/19 7:30pm

Baked Bean Blues

Gemini Vibe

My Baby Just Cares For Me

For Chance

01/15/2019

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : With more than five years since their last release, The Lao Tizer Band has taken the time to grow in every aspect. An updated larger band is exploring some new methods on their upcoming CD/DVD combo, Songs From The Swinghouse: recorded live in just three days at Conway Studios in Hollywood, the band explores three cover tunes with vocalist, a first for the group, alongside original instrumental tracks, bringing them to new heights of excellence and exuberance.

Hailing from Boulder, CO, with a career that now spans nine albums over nearly a quarter of a century -- he was a teenage prodigy -- Tizer is the son of hippies with a Russian-Jewish background, and the mix of that ethnic family heritage, parental new age influence and growing up with the sights and sounds of '80s and '90s pop culture (alongside the music of the '60s and '70s he heard from his parents) have brought him to a place in his artistic life where he was ready to embrace a wider range of influences and stretch himself and his players to pull off such an ambitious project.

The evolution of the Lao Tizer Band is revealed joyously in Songs From The Swinghouse. Now incorporating a vocalist into the recording and touring band, the road ahead is enthralling to the group's founder. "I spent my whole life writing instrumental music, and now I'm working on original material for the group including vocals." Ultimately, Lao Tizer eschews being formulaic. "I try and just stay true to my muse and to use every bit of my facility to create great music that hopefully has its own voice and continues to evolve as I continue to evolve as a person. It's very reflective of me, it's all I've done all my life."

laotizer.com

01/08/2019

Christopher Hawley makes people feel good through music. The Venice, CA-based artist combines inspiring lyrics, transcendent guitar, and danceable grooves. He identifies with and is influenced by some of the lesser known and perhaps under promoted heroes of music from the last century like Brian Jones, Grant Green, Syd Barrett, Lowell George, and J.J. Cale.

Christopher has played shows everywhere from LA’s Greek Theatre to the dive in your hometown. He’s a regular around LA and tours throughout the US, Europe, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico. His music has been in a national commercial, in several documentaries, TV shows, on the NFL Network, and in Starbucks nationwide.

instagram.com/christopherhawleyrollers
youtube.com/christopherhawley
christopherhawley.com
facebook.com/CHRollers

December 2018

12/25/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Eliza James has been a successful, working professional Violinist and musician in Los Angeles since the age of 18.
She performs regularly with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Pink, Daft Punk, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Yoshiki, Taylor Hicks, Cowboy Troy, Marco Antonio Solis, Googoosh, Roberta Flack, Mario Biondi, Gloria Gaynor, Anita Ward, Evelyn Champagne-King, Willie Chambers (The Chambers Brothers), Harry Connick Jr, David Gates/Bread, Bernadette Peters,Randy Travis, Billy Idol, Los Tri-o, Javuni, Rahzel, 3 Doors Down, Andrea Bocelli, Trulio Disgracias, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), VTA - Vincenzo Thomas Amato, Casey veggies, Candyman 187, Jordy Towers, JMSN, Jimmy Haslip, Oscar Seaton, Alejandro Sanz, Chris Botti, The Harlem Renaissance Jazz Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, Warren Hill, Diana Krall, Renee Olstead, Dave Schulz(Berlin), Cody Carpenter, Ben Dukes, Larry Bagby and The Calling.
 
She has performed on multiple occasions at the Grammys, the American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, the Women in Film Awards, the BET Awards, American Idol, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood Christmas Celebration At the Grove, the JC Penney Jam and the Sundance Film Festival.
 
Eliza is the featured solo violinist in Burt Bacharach and Paul Anka’s touring bands and has played the Wrightgaarden Langesund Summer Festival (Norway), the Milano Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festivals (Rotterdam Holland and Curacao), the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Montreal Pop Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia Italy) and the Playboy Jazz Festival (Hollywood CA).
 
She has toured the world performing in magnificent concert venues in Italy, Sicily, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Singapore, Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Mexico,Brazil, Spain, Curacao and Israel.
Eliza is well-versed in many styles of music including classical, pop, country, hiphop, blues, rock and Persian/middle-eastern. Residing in Hollywood California, she performs on major motion picture soundtracks/scores some of which include March of the Penguins, Talladega Nights, The Conjuring, "The Devil's Carnival (directed by Darren Bousman)", A Lot Like Love, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and Unaccompanied Minors. Eliza also arranged/recorded all of the strings for Natalie Cole’s hit “Love Brought Me Back” now available in stores.
 
Eliza has worked with many producers & composers including Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Ted Pearlman, Marti Frederiksen, Bruce Robb, Skip Saylor, Joe Barresi, Don Cromwell (Air Supply), Justin Gariano, DJ Lethal, Bob Horn, Curt Piar, Mitch Marine, Marc Jordan, Mark Needham, Richie Stites, Lee Miles, Joe Bishara, Corey Wallace, Jamison Trotter and Nigel Starr.
 
Eliza’s extensive early classical training with teachers such as Brian Lewis, Maurice Sklar and Dorothy DeLay has given her a deep appreciation for music education and she continues to be an active member of the teaching community, encouraging other young artists to pursue their goals and musical aspirations.

elizajamesmusic.com

12/18/2018

Rob Seals is a songwriter, producer, and educator based in Los Angeles.  The son of an architect father and a social worker mother, he grew up in Chattanooga, TN in a household that championed creativity and modeled service. Songs he has written or produced have appeared on tv shows like Pretty Little Liars, Ghost Whisperer, Men In Trees, Brothers and Sisters, The Hills, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Dreamland, MTV's The Real World, Road Rules, Fox Sports, and many others; in feature and documentary films; and on KCRW. He is the proud father of two young daughters, and with his talented wife, Ashley, founded The Songwriting School of Los Angeles in 2009.

The Songwriting School is the only full-time non-degree school of its kind devoted to the artistry and industry of songwriting. Instructors and distinguished guest lecturers include #1 writers, Grammy Winners and Nominees, Rock & Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees, and inspiring industry thought leaders. Students have ranged from those writing their first songs to multiple Grammy-Nominated Songwriters, from those playing their first open mics to multiple Grammy-Winning Artists, from Billboard charting artists to those writing the first songs they truly believed in.

The Songwriting School seeks to inspire, instruct, and empower people of all ages to create work that matters. "We feel honored to help passionate people discover what they’re capable of," Seals observes, "because we know that their good work will help others do the same.”

In 2019 The School celebrates its 10th Anniversary at its Burbank location and offers a professional recording studio, as well as classes, lessons, and workshops year-round, on-campus and online: thesongwritingschool.com.

12/11/2018

Michael Matteo Rossi is a professional award-winning working director/producer/writer for over 10 years now. His first solo directed feature film 'Misogynist' got worldwide distribution on DVD and VOD and my 2nd feature "Sable" was released in late April 2017 and latest feature 'Chase' just is in it's final cut and has some great names including Damien Puckler, Aries Spears, Richard Riehle, and Simeon Panda. My IMDb and updated writer/director/producer demo reel are below for you to look at. He has won multiple awards in recognized film festivals as well and was put on a poll a few years back with Lena Dunham and Ryan Coogler of "Top directors under 30 to watch"

twitter.com/michaelmatteoro

facebook.com/michaelmatteorossi

12/04/2018

Stephanie Koenig is an actress and writer, known for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Into the Storm (2014) and Highland Park (2013).

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired rights to Stupid Idiots, a comedy web series written, directed by and starring Stephanie Koenig, to develop as a TV series. Koenig (PopTV’s Swedish Dicks) is set to write the adaptation and star in the potential TV series, described as a (trying-to-get-out-of-the-) workplace comedy about two underachievers who consistently fail upwards. Koenig and Brian Jordan Alvarez star in the web version, which launched earlier this year.

IMDB.com

Grandmother's Gold

STUPID IDIOTS

November 2018

11/27/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Classic, soulful melodies slide effortlessly alongside hip-hop rhythms and smooth percussions, as Trevor Wesley brings a refreshing sense of artistry and true talent to the music scene.  

Born and raised in Los Angeles, this Southern California native first began his musical journey at the age of five: sitting at the piano trying to match the sounds of the black and white keys to the pitch of his mother’s vacuum.

The son of one of Hollywood’s top camera operators, Trevor’s early aspirations where that of a young actor, however the natural pull of music proved too strong to fight.

Growing up in a family that listened to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Eric Clapton, The Beatles and more, TREVOR was already familiar with timeless creativity.   For him, it was a case of blending these legacies into a more modern sound that reflected his true artistic talent and unique personality.  

In 2011, Trevor delivered his first musical statement - the self-produced Only Live Once EP. It was hailed by critics and record executives as sonically pure, filled with impeccable R&B and jazz influences. Skits, beautifully written songs, and even a cameo appearance in his promo video by the original gangster, Al Pacino, made TREVOR WESLEY stand apart from the crowd. In the words of the great Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds “This kid is the truth!”

In the past few years, Trevor has written, produced, and performed with the likes of NE-YO, Stevie Wonder, Joe Jonas, Wale, 98 Degrees, Patti LaBelle, and Dion Warwick. His music has also been featured in The Best Man Holiday and the BET show, Being Mary Jane.

In releasing his 1st full-length album, the LP’s lead single and title track, Chivalry Is Dead, has been streamed over 50 million times online and has provided a great platform to introduce his brand and artistry to the world.

From his gorgeous vocals to the tipped Fedora, TREVOR WESLEY is new-school cool meets old-school classic.  Refreshingly unadulterated, his smooth tones combined with fresh synths and a contagious smile defines the brand that is Trevor Wesley.

YouTube:TrevorWesleyMusic

Twitter/Instagram: @trevorwesley

TrevorWesley.com

 

11/20/2018

Johnnie Hobbs III is a tap dancer, film director, teacher, performer and coloring book collector. He’s worked with such theatre companies as The New Freedom Theatre, Adren Theatre Company, Interact Theatre and Matrix Theatre. A 2004 graduate of Philadelphia’s The University of the Arts, Johnnie moved to L.A. to follow his passion for film and television. His talent of tap dancing was showcased on “Showtime at The Apollo”, the Inauguration Events in Washington D.C for President Barack Obama and The Guatemala Dance Challenge in Guatemala. He’s first directorial effort was in 2012 with a tap dancing short film drama called “NOSTALGIA” starring Dule Hill (The West Wing, Psych) and tap dancers Sarah Reich, Jason Samuels Smith and Chloe Arnold. The film went on to be accepted to film festivals around the country. He’s directed four other short films since then. Johnnie’s been a guest speaker at University of Colorado, Temple University, Santa Monica College, and Art Institute to name a few. Relativity School, a new college in Downtown Los Angeles, has recently named him Adjunct Professor of tap dance for the Commercial Dance Department. He has worked on segments TV shows “ America Now,” “The Amazing Race,” and was an acting coach on a Showtime TV pilot while also assisting film producer Edward Saxon (Philadelphia, Silence of The Lambs). Johnnie really likes chocolate milkshakes.

Link:

vimeo.com/200775897

youtu.be/sB4K2ulX1Xw

11/13/2018

Mercury nominated, British-born SJae (also known as Sammy Jay) was the UK’s first female music producer who has been hailed in the US as ‘the best in the business’ by many of her peers including some of the world’s biggest music stars and producers.
Living and working in Los Angeles, the producer, writer and singer, has over two decades of experience in the industry and has worked with the likes of Raphael Saadiq, The Roots, Ricki-Lee, Booty Luv, Terri Walker, Mis-teeq, Mark Morisson, Pussycat Dolls, EXO and Rod Stewart to name a few.
Originally from a small town in South Wales, SJae was a graduate of London’s famous Brit School which bred world stars including Adele, Amy Winehouse, Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis and Jessie J amongst others.
Def Jam gave SJae her first professional production gig on Terri Walker’s ‘Untitled’ album, and it was from that SJae’s career was born and she became one of the most sought-after producers in the business where she went onto produce albums for world-wide stars and rose to the top of her game which led to her move to LA after much European success.
SJAE has composed music for various tv shows including MTVs Ridiculousness, Lethal Weapon and has placed songs on many tv shows / films including Fox’s EMPIRE, CBS Flashpoint, STEP UP Miami Heat, Step up Up High Water. Most recently, SJAE worked with Raphael Saadiq on scoring the Netflix Movie ‘After Party’, starring KYLE and French Montana.
Not only has SJae worked on some of the world’s best-selling albums, but she’s also produced logo music for top radio stations, RTL, Bayern 3, and The Wave and her music can be heard in promo slots for FOX Sports, The NBA, Reelz Tv.
SJAE is currently Executive Producer for Howling Music, Nashville working on the music for global advertising campaigns such as Hyundai and Ford.
SJae’s work has been championed across the world and she has risen to the top of her game whilst paving the way for women producers in the industry by making her mark as one of the brightest stars in the business.
Watch this space for brand new EP coming soon..

11/06/2018

Todd Felderstein is an award-winning director/writer/producer with credits across media from screen to stage. He currently has two films in the festival circuit: TZEVA ADOM (From Hebrew "Red Color") achieved “Emerging Filmmaker Program” recognition at the Cannes Film Festival’s American Pavilion, semifinalist at the NBCU Shortfest and “Official Selection” status on more than two dozen festivals across the globe. RESERVATIONS stars Dale Raoul of HBO's TRUE BLOOD and in the month of November will be screening in its ninth film festival. Todd recently directed the multi-Emmy award actress Barbara Bain in a stage reading at the WGAw while concurrently directing multiple theatre pieces at the Lee Strasberg and for the legendary Actors Studio West where he is a member of their Directors Unit. Todd directed/produced MAGICS, a documentary feature made in Israel and was a writer on the television series SPIDER-MAN which starred Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. A random accolade is his recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records for being a member of the directing team that brought the feature film THE OWNER to the screen. Todd has a history in music videos and music nonfiction having worked with a good handful of Grammy winners including Bobby Watson (Rufus) and Burt Bacharach. He remains an active photographer, teaches boutique photography classes at the Los Angeles Center of Photography and is the former executive director of the nonprofit The Story Project whose mission brings multi-media storytelling into the classroom in challenged communities throughout Los Angeles.
toddfelderstein.com
colorredmovie.com
reservationsmovie.com
lacphoto.org/people/todd-felderstein

October 2018

10/30/2018

Following a very public fall from grace, country music star Faith Winters seeks refuge in her rural Texas hometown, where she rediscovers feelings for her high school sweetheart, the local pastor. But the homecoming is bittersweet.
Cast Bios:
Janelle Arthur
Deana Carter
The Team

10/23/2018

WolfeHound is a songwriting / production duo composed of Eric Wolfe and Mickey Madden, founded in Venice, CA in 2016. Wolfe and Madden are multi-instrumentalists / composers that cover all styles of music. Their team is heavy on songwriting and collaboration with friends to create a unique musical vision. WolfeHound is currently recording their first record, showcasing their wide range of musical styles.
Contact: mickeymaddenmusic@gmail.com

10/16/2018

With more than five years since their last release, The Lao Tizer Band has taken the time to grow in every aspect. An updated larger band is exploring some new methods on their upcoming CD/DVD combo, Songs From The Swinghouse: recorded live in just three days at Conway Studios in Hollywood, the band explores three cover tunes with vocalist, a first for the group, alongside original instrumental tracks, bringing them to new heights of excellence and exuberance.
Hailing from Boulder, CO, with a career that now spans nine albums over nearly a quarter of a century -- he was a teenage prodigy -- Tizer is the son of hippies with a Russian-Jewish background, and the mix of that ethnic family heritage, parental new age influence and growing up with the sights and sounds of '80s and '90s pop culture (alongside the music of the '60s and '70s he heard from his parents) have brought him to a place in his artistic life where he was ready to embrace a wider range of influences and stretch himself and his players to pull off such an ambitious project.
The evolution of the Lao Tizer Band is revealed joyously in Songs From The Swinghouse. Now incorporating a vocalist into the recording and touring band, the road ahead is enthralling to the group's founder. "I spent my whole life writing instrumental music, and now I'm working on original material for the group including vocals." Ultimately, Lao Tizer eschews being formulaic. "I try and just stay true to my muse and to use every bit of my facility to create great music that hopefully has its own voice and continues to evolve as I continue to evolve as a person. It's very reflective of me, it's all I've done all my life."
laotizer.com

10/09/2018

Alicyn Packard embodies one of the most uniquely versatile female voices lighting up screens across the globe. As an actor, writer, producer and musician Alicyn seamlessly moves between genres, lending her face and voice to a myriad of projects for television, radio, film, web & stage. Nominated for three Voice Arts Awards for excellence in voiceover, she can be heard daily bringing to life over a dozen popular animated characters and breathing fresh authenticity into commercials and on-air television promotions.
Alicyn Packard combines lush vocals and poetic lyrics in her debut EP, “Heartbeat of the Universe”. The album examines her journey toward self acceptance, the birth of her first child, and the connection between nature and humanity. Alicyn’s acoustic stylings are like herself — playful, thoughtful, and homegrown. “Heartbeat of the Universe” is Alicyn’s most raw and personal creative endeavor and the accompanying five self-produced music videos serve as an affirmation of life.
Throughout her career, Alicyn has been no stranger to the recording process. She has lended her voice to many characters, including: Toodles - Tom & Jerry, Jibanyan - Yo-Kai Watch, Robyn - Space Racers, Alma - Poppy Cat, Firewall - The Emoji Movie, Female Blood Elf - World of Warcraft, Ms. Sunshine, Naughty, and Whoops - The Mr. Men Show, Narration - Snapped: She Made Me Do It, Promo Voice - Ovation Network, and Mistress of Death - Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.
alicyn.net
Facebook: facebook.com/alicynpackardartist

INSTAGRAM: @alicyn 
Twitter: twitter.com/Alicyn

10/02/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Mike Dorsey is a television producer and documentary filmmaker. He co-produced 2018’s USA Network series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., starring Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, and Bokeem Woodbine. He also co-produced and edited the 2018 paranormal documentary Demon House, starring Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures, which spent 10 weeks as Google Play’s #1 documentary. His latest documentary as a filmmaker is Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders, about the Biggie and Tupac murder investigations.
Previously, Mike made the Manson Family documentary The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter, the WWII documentary Lost Airmen of Buchenwald , and The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat. He recently released his second WWII documentary, titled Happy, which was awarded Best Documentary Short at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival. Mike is currently a producer and editor at Discovery. He was formerly the Senior Director of Programming for the Outdoor Channel. He has a Marketing degree from Arizona State University.
MarauderWorks.com
Murder Rap - Trailer

Murder Rap - Tupac Murder Confession

Unsolved (for USA Network) - Trailer

September 2018

09/25/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Maiya Sykes is a classically trained vocalist, producer, vocal arranger and entrepreneur. She studied independently with Nina Simone and Betty Carter. After graduating from Yale University, she went on to further her musical education at The Musicians’ Institute.

Maiya has provided back-up vocals for for The Black Eyed Peas, Macy Gray, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Michael Buble, Leona Lewis and Rita Ora. She was a featured backup singer for Macy Gray in her live show for more than five years. She recently provided backgrounds and was featured in the Oscar award winning film La La Land.

As a recording artist, Maiya released a dance single with DJ Manny Lehman, “Body Rock”, recorded under the pseudonym Oceana, which reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts in 2009. Shortly after her for chair turning debut on season 7 of The Voice, Maiya began working with YouTube sensation Postmodern Juxebox. Her featured videos with Postmodern Juxebox have received over 3 million views and have been mentioned in Time Magazine and the Huffington Post.

 Currently, Maiya has been busy as the lead singer of The Endangered. The band’s second release, produced by legendary producer Steven Miller (Dave Mathews Band, Chaka Kahn), was released in early March 2012 to critical acclaim. The band’s next release is slated for early 2019. She is also working on her own projects. The first is an album of all original music and the second will be a big band tribute to Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley. Both are slated for release in 2018.

Social Media: Instagram: maiyasykes Twitter:@maiyasykes1 Facebook: MaiyaSykesEntertainment

09/18/2018

BIFROST: Into the Aurora
Heins Kim- Creator and Executive Producer
Born in Southern California to Korean-immigrant parents from Germany. Heins Kim has shown and curated shows in Los Angeles and New York. He studied Painting at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While based in New York City for the past 14 years, Kim has also lived and worked throughout Europe, Hong Kong and the island of Macau. Kim’s multi-media work address’s cultural issues through Drawing, Sculpture and Installation. His diverse background and experiences informs much of his work. By intercepting and distinguishing the suppressed cultural ideals that are frequently lost to the shortening memory of our media-obsessed global society. Eastern and Western conceptions are called into question. Globalization is one contributory factor in blurring traditions as cultural origins become increasingly diverse. Regardless of medium Heins Kim’s work explores color, form and composition through a formal aesthetic. Since 2012, he has been working with his creative partner, Eric Adamsons on a multifaceted project to see beyond the two dimensional realm. For the past 4 years, Bifröst has partnered with numerous institutions, educators and researchers, in association with NASA, in order to launch our imaging payload into the Aurora Borealis.
Matt Cullen- Executive Producer, Finisher and Fixer
Los Angeles native, Matt studied social sciences with a double major in Sociology with emphasis on deviant behavior and Photography. After college, Matt spent a few years pursuing the outdoor lifestyle that he grew up with by working in various US ski resorts, and traveled the United states on adventurous expeditions. As a science enthusiast, Matt explored theory and experimentation throughout his travels which activated his interest in the family business of metal finishing, where he currently serves as the VP and COO at Valley Plating. An avid patron of the Arts, Matt has been backing works of Heins Kim since they graduated from high school and is currently a major sponsor of Bifrost, Into the Aurora.

bifrostaurora.org

09/11/2018

Travis Lee Stephenson was born and raised in Houston, TX by a good momma and daddy who put a guitar in his hands and made him listen to rock n’ roll. His early influences were classic rock and 90’s grunge, but as time passed he expanded his musical horizons into blues, country, soul, progressive rock, fusion jazz, slide, pop and finger-style acoustic. While in Houston, Travis wrote and recorded with several original projects (Standing Souls and The Delta Flyers) who played locally and toured the south- eastern United States. He became a versatile and sought after session player contributing to many projects in an array of musical styles. Travis is a two-time regional winner of the International Blues Challenge with The Delta Flyers (2008 and 2009). In 2010 he moved to Hollywood, CA to attend the Musician’s Institute where he was awarded the D’Addario scholarship for stylistically diverse guitarists. While at M.I. he started his current rock project Electric Soul Parade. In 2011 Travis graduated M.I. with honors and Electric Soul Parade was chosen to perform at the graduation ceremony held at The Wiltern Theater. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he writes, records, and performs with his original projects (Aerial Visions and Electric Soul Parade) as well as a number of various artists including but not limited to Locke, Luna Achiary, and K.O.

09/04/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Neal Preston is one of the most highly respected photographers in the history of the music business. His career in photography,which started in high school and continues to the present, has spanned well over 4 decades. Through his body of work Preston has made a significant contribution to the pop culture historys of multiple generations. His archive stands as one of the music industry’s single most elite (and extensive) photographic collections.

For years, his photographs have appeared in every conceivable media outlet: on the covers and pages of hundreds of world-class magazines, newspapers, and books, on television shows, in feature films and documentaries, in Broadway show programs and billboards, in print and electronic advertisements, and on innumerable vinyl and CD/DVD packages. Additionally, he was the key contributor to VH-1’s acclaimed “Behind the Music” documentary series, providing over one thousand still photos used in over 50 episodes.

Although Preston is best known in rock circles as Led Zeppelin’s U.S. tour photographer in the mid-1970’s, his rock-and-roll travels have taken him around the world many times. He has visited Russia with Billy Joel, Japan with Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, China with Wham! , South Africa with Whitney Houston, Canada with Heart, Japan with Duran Duran, and Mexico and South America with Queen in both 1981 and 2015.

In 1985, Preston was chosen as one of the official photographers for the Bob Geldof’s “Live Aid” concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. In 1988 his association with Bruce Springsteen helped land him the job as official tour photographer for Amnesty International’s legendary “Conspiracy of Hope” tour, a 5 week world trek with Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Tracy Chapman appearing along with Springsteen.

An accomplished photojournalist, Preston has shot stories and covers – not only on musicians- for a multitude of world-class magazines including Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone. In 1980 he began a 30 year-long relationship with People Magazine and to this day remains the most-assigned photographer in the history of the magazine, with almost 700 shoot days to his credit.

A true sports fanatic, Preston has worked at six Olympic Games, from the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia to the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Preston has also photographed many other major sporting events including heavyweight title fights, the World Series, NBA and NFL playoff games, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and World Cup soccer matches. His sports photos have been published worldwide in such magazines as TV Guide, ESPN Magazine, Paris Match, and Sports Illustrated.

After joining the International Cinematographers Guild in 1999 , Preston served as both the “unit” and “special” photographer for the feature films “Almost Famous”, “Vanilla Sky”, “Elizabethtown” , “We Bought a Zoo”, and “Aloha” , and recently completed work on season 1 of the Showtime television series “Roadies” (all directed by Cameron Crowe). Besides creating the key art for those projects, Preston also provided photos used in the feature films “ *61”, “Singles”, “Laurel Canyon” and “Pick of Destiny” among others.

In 2006 he began publicly exhibiting his music photography with a one-man show at the Morrison Hotel Gallery’s Los Angeles location. The show was highlighted by an opening night VIP fundraiser benefiting the Stevie Nicks Soldier’s Angel Foundation. That gala (with Ms. Nicks co-hosting) raised over $25,000 from print sales in one evening. His subsequent exhibition at Morrison’s New York City site was the most successful show in the gallery’s history.

In June of 2010 Preston cemented a relationship with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, becoming the first photographer to mount a one-man exhibition of his work on the premises. His work is part of the Hard Rock’s permanent memorabilia collection and Preston’s limited-edition exhibition prints are offered for sale to the public through the Hard Rock retail store. In 2014 Preston began a relationship with the German lighting company Lightpower GmbH and helped create the Lightpower Collection, which has held major exhibitions in Frankfurt, Las Vegas, Zurich and Stockholm.

Preston’s work has been displayed at such elite institutions as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the National Gallery in London, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio . His iconic photograph of Freddie Mercury is part of the permanent photo exhibit at the new Wembley Stadium in London. His work is included in the permanent collection of the new Yankee Stadium in New York, and close to 100 of Preston’s photographs adorn the walls of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, California.

https://www.prestonpictures.com

August 2018

08/28/2018

Laura Jane is an artist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, producer and vocal coach residing in Los Angeles.  Her resume spans the likes of Joe Cocker, Enrique Iglesias, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Teena Marie, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Nicole Sherzinger to name a few.  She has been heard on numerous commercials, tv and movie soundtracks, and has released two of her own albums INDEPENDENTLY called TO MY PLANET BOO and Everything Changes, where both met critical acclaim and gained radio play internationally.  She has performed her solo shows in London, Los Angeles, New York, Monaco, Kyoto, Jakarta and Washington DC.  Laura Jane is an artist turned producer, now executive producing her own musical projects, doing Vocal Masterclasses worldwide and currently working a couple of new movie projects.
laurajanemusic.net

08/21/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Flaviyake is a Pop artist, songwriter and music producer known for reinventing herself in music videos.
Her name is a hybrid of her Latin name Flavia (meaning ‘golden, blonde’) and Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake.
Flaviyake was born during an earthquake in Chișinău, the largest city and capital of Moldova. Flaviyake started her musical career by studying the flute and piano at the Sergey Rachmaninov School of Music in Chișinău at the age of six and she wrote her first song for vocal and piano at the age of ten.
She started performing her original Rap songs in clubs at the age of 16. Later she had over 100 live shows in London and her song “Because I’m a Doll” played on BBC6 Music Radio after making it though their weekly contest.
In 2017, Flaviyake released her debut album "Bad in Bed" that hit #1 on Indie Chart, NewshineFM radio, with the album opening song "So Hard to Say". The album was covered on HaffingtonPost and HypeMachine. The first 7 songs on the album were produced by Flavia.
In 2018, Flaviyake took a new direction in her career and started performing with machines.

08/14/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : John Alagia was born in Louisville, KY and played in rock bands from an early age. He slowly transitioned into the studio with his buddy, and band mate, Doug Derryberry after graduating from Georgetown University. Doug and John began producing acts out of their basement studio in Northern Virginia and ultimately extended their scope throughout the mid Atlantic.
Notables in the early days were Dave Matthews Band, Ben Folds Five, Vertical Horizon and Edwin McCain just to name a few. After several years playing with Doug Derryberry, John decided to focus on studio production instead of performing live. He converted a house on the eastern shore of Maryland to a recording studio. That era in the early 2000s bred the debut albums for John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Rachael Yamagata, Josh Kelly, and hosted the likes of Lifehouse, Dave Matthews, Mandy Moore, and many others.
In 2005, John left to work on a project with Liz Phair out at the Village studios in LA while maintaining his place in Maryland. Bouncing between LA, MD and NYC, he had the opportunity to work with Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Brett Dennen, and Lukas Nelson among others. He considers the Village his home these days.

instagram.com/johnalagia/

08/07/2018

Nathalie Bonin is a multi-faceted artist who lives through music and art and thus has explored many expression forms from live performance, recording, composing, conducting and
even aerial acrobatics. She splits her time between Los Angeles, New York and Montreal for her numerous ongoing projects.
As an award-winning composer, Nathalie has cumulated numerous credits for Canadian network national and international television series as well as composed and produced soundtracks for the Best-Selling show “Messmer: Intemporel” which has been touring since 2012 in Quebec and all over Europe. She was one of the 10 selected composers for the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival 2018 during which her score was performed live to picture by the Helix Collective. She is working on numerous feature projects as composer and performer for Music Package (France), CrimeSonics and MPATH Music Library (Los Angeles) the latter being curated by Michael A. Levine with whom she completed an Internship in 2016. She was Finalist in the Oticons International Film Music Competition 2014 and won Best Sound Design and Audience Award during 24Hour Film Race 2014. Nathalie is an alumni of ASCAP NYU Hollywood Filmscoring Worshop, SCL NY Composers Mentorship Program, BMI Filmscoring Mentorship (New York), BMI/NYU Television Scoring and Adds Workshops, and a Fellow of the Filmscoring Conducting Intensive program in 2017 at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, CA.
Nathalie is also a professional feature violinist both on the local and international scene and has been guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a member of the New York based Jazz quintet: Ted Nash and ODEON, guest soloist of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) directed by Walter Boudreau, Concertmaster for the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal for their West Canada Tour in 2007, and plays regularly as section violinist in the Orchestre Métropolitain and l’Opéra de Montréal.
Asides from her numerous contributions as soloist in contemporary, jazz, tango and world music ensembles, Nathalie has also performed or recorded with: Stevie Wonder, YES, Bran Van 3000, Moist, DeadMau5, Alan Parson, Chance The Rapper, Peter Cetera, Luciano Pavarotti, Charles Aznavour, Gino Vannelli, Salvatore Adamo, Gage, Henri Salvador, Nanette Workman, Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize as well as recorded on numerous movie and television soundtracks. She is Concertmaster of La Voix (The Voice) in Montreal where she has performed on most prime-time network television variety shows as lead or feature violinist.
Nathalie is also a daredevil and has been performing her gravity-defying Aerial Violin act that she created 10 years ago for world class events including: NHL All-Star Game, NHL Oiler’s Opening Season Ceremony, Loréal, Toyota World Conference, SNC-Lavalin, Genivar, Desjardins Financial Security, COOP Desjardins, Air Medic and numerous television shows including: La Vie est un Cirque (TV5Monde), L’Heure de Gloire (SRC) and Star Academy Finals (SRC). Nathalie thanks the Canada Arts Council, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, SOCAN Foundation and YAMAHA Canada for their support.
kinemuse.com
imdb.me/nathaliebonin
soundcloud.com/nathalie-bonin-1

July 2018

07/31/2018

Joe Dante
My Mom and Dad use to always put on very soulful music growing up. They loved putting on the Righteous brother and Jackie Wilson over the weekends. We use to take big family trips to Wisconsin and I would always sing along to whatever my dad would play in the car. It didn’t matter if it was the Beegees or Nsync, I was jamming to it.
My parents were always super supportive of my music interest as a child. I took guitar lessons early from my uncle Dave who married into my family. He was a professional guitar player in the Chicago Land area. And projected my career into what it is today.
After getting into that I wanted more. I always did want more. So naturally singing came next. I joined a mens chorus freshman year of Highschool and got obsessed. During parents teacher conference my teacher Mr. Estberg sat my mother down and said “your son can really sing” and my mother replied “oh, thats just an Italian thing, we can all sing”. But he was like “ no but really”.
I never took school or learning super serious, until music came into my life. I just didn’t have a passion for anything else. I was lost. I never had the best grades, but I knew I wanted to have fun. But my teacher Mr Estberg saw something in me.
We had some auditions for a musical and he asked me to do it. I respectfully declined, I just didn’t see myself doing a musical. I thought, it just wasn’t me. But one day he took me out of class and took me in. He said “joe just sing this for me, no pressures”. Perplexed I did. The next day I found out he just cast me in his musical. At the time I was super confused but sorta happy. He knew I wanted it but was shy at the time. He was one of the first people in my life that got me serious about singing.
From there I went to Columbia college Chicago and focused on vocal performance. I was in an elite group 3cvje. A. Vocal jazz ensemble that eventually went to new orleans and played at some festivals.
During that time I worked at my dads restaurant “the Greek Islands”. I know, Being an Italian with a greek restaurant. My dad had partners that are greek and honestly being Sicilian is basically being greek. But I did that to make money while I was in Chicago to save up money to go to los Angeles to do what I do now and teach and perform.
During college I joined some groups in Chicago that helped my “sound”.
I always had a very high voice and found it to be a strength. People always wanted to hear that rocker Led zeplin sound but I always had that soulful sound that brings me back to the day I was singing in the car going to Wisconsin with my family. I had to marry the two into what is my new album “do ya hear me”

07/24/2018

Gabrielle Evans Fields is the founder of Silver Lining Pictures and Gabrielle Evans Fields Casting in Los Angeles, California. Silver Lining Pictures is a motion picture company that produces family friendly films aimed at the international market with the support of various domestic partners. Silver Lining Pictures notes that these partnerships bring a new dimension to the way the company reaches out to its audience. 
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IMDb page for her newest film, Runnin' from my Roots: imdb.com/title/tt4883336
"Following a very public fall from grace, country music star Faith Winters seeks refuge in her rural Texas hometown, where she rediscovers feelings for her high school sweetheart, the local pastor. But the homecoming is bittersweet."

07/17/2018

Neal Preston is one of the most highly respected photographers in the history of the music business. His career in photography,which started in high school and continues to the present, has spanned well over 4 decades. Through his body of work Preston has made a significant contribution to the pop culture historys of multiple generations. His archive stands as one of the music industry’s single most elite (and extensive) photographic collections.

For years, his photographs have appeared in every conceivable media outlet: on the covers and pages of hundreds of world-class magazines, newspapers, and books, on television shows, in feature films and documentaries, in Broadway show programs and billboards, in print and electronic advertisements, and on innumerable vinyl and CD/DVD packages. Additionally, he was the key contributor to VH-1’s acclaimed “Behind the Music” documentary series, providing over one thousand still photos used in over 50 episodes.

Although Preston is best known in rock circles as Led Zeppelin’s U.S. tour photographer in the mid-1970’s, his rock-and-roll travels have taken him around the world many times. He has visited Russia with Billy Joel, Japan with Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, China with Wham! , South Africa with Whitney Houston, Canada with Heart, Japan with Duran Duran, and Mexico and South America with Queen in both 1981 and 2015.

In 1985, Preston was chosen as one of the official photographers for the Bob Geldof’s “Live Aid” concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. In 1988 his association with Bruce Springsteen helped land him the job as official tour photographer for Amnesty International’s legendary “Conspiracy of Hope” tour, a 5 week world trek with Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Tracy Chapman appearing along with Springsteen.

An accomplished photojournalist, Preston has shot stories and covers – not only on musicians- for a multitude of world-class magazines including Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone. In 1980 he began a 30 year-long relationship with People Magazine and to this day remains the most-assigned photographer in the history of the magazine, with almost 700 shoot days to his credit.

A true sports fanatic, Preston has worked at six Olympic Games, from the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia to the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Preston has also photographed many other major sporting events including heavyweight title fights, the World Series, NBA and NFL playoff games, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and World Cup soccer matches. His sports photos have been published worldwide in such magazines as TV Guide, ESPN Magazine, Paris Match, and Sports Illustrated.

After joining the International Cinematographers Guild in 1999 , Preston served as both the “unit” and “special” photographer for the feature films “Almost Famous”, “Vanilla Sky”, “Elizabethtown” , “We Bought a Zoo”, and “Aloha” , and recently completed work on season 1 of the Showtime television series “Roadies” (all directed by Cameron Crowe). Besides creating the key art for those projects, Preston also provided photos used in the feature films “ *61”, “Singles”, “Laurel Canyon” and “Pick of Destiny” among others.

In 2006 he began publicly exhibiting his music photography with a one-man show at the Morrison Hotel Gallery’s Los Angeles location. The show was highlighted by an opening night VIP fundraiser benefiting the Stevie Nicks Soldier’s Angel Foundation. That gala (with Ms. Nicks co-hosting) raised over $25,000 from print sales in one evening. His subsequent exhibition at Morrison’s New York City site was the most successful show in the gallery’s history.

In June of 2010 Preston cemented a relationship with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, becoming the first photographer to mount a one-man exhibition of his work on the premises. His work is part of the Hard Rock’s permanent memorabilia collection and Preston’s limited-edition exhibition prints are offered for sale to the public through the Hard Rock retail store. In 2014 Preston began a relationship with the German lighting company Lightpower GmbH and helped create the Lightpower Collection, which has held major exhibitions in Frankfurt, Las Vegas, Zurich and Stockholm.

Preston’s work has been displayed at such elite institutions as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the National Gallery in London, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio . His iconic photograph of Freddie Mercury is part of the permanent photo exhibit at the new Wembley Stadium in London. His work is included in the permanent collection of the new Yankee Stadium in New York, and close to 100 of Preston’s photographs adorn the walls of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, California.

https://www.prestonpictures.com

07/10/2018

Demian Lichtenstein is an international best selling author of Discover the Gift, a prodigious producer, director and writer with over 250 major media and music videos to his credit such as Sting, Eric Clapton, and Queen Latifah as well as feature films such as 3000 Miles To Graceland starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell. Demian is also a writer, producer, and director in the Video Game industry, with #1 hits such as the successful PAYDAY 1 & 2 video game franchise / Net TV series. Demian has built and sold five media, VR and gaming companies. During his tenure as US Studio Head for Starbreeze, Demian oversaw Production on the John Wick Chronicles VR Video Game, the Walking Dead VR Experience as well as Producing and Directing the PAYDAY Live Action 360 VR Experience. Currently Demian is building his new venture, Futurism: Where Technology and Entertainment meet.

 

Susie Ran Kim is A Hollywood native born to Korean immigrants, Susie Kim is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), and wrapping up her position as Director of Programming after 11 years. She has build career over the past 30 years as a creative producer working with recognized institutions in the Arts, Cinema, Architecture and Design, and Non- Profit.

A world traveler, Susie shares her discoveries of by producing innovative projects and experiences for the public. On her current documentary project, 'Into the Aurora', Susie is working with NASA, the Reykjavik University and the University of Puerto Rico around the cultural and scientific understandings of the aurora borealis.

 

07/03/2018

Armond Kinard, born in Los Angeles, is an actor, writer and poet. He has been steadily working his way to artistic success since 2007, although his passion for creativity goes back to childhood.
 

His first passion was acting, but that was immediately followed by writing during the first 12 years of his life. By 1996, at age 20, another interest spawned - his love of poetry. Hip hop and/or Rap music heavily influenced this new passion. While attending Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College, he began writing poetry. It was during this time that he wrote notes for many of his present film ideas. He'll always claim 1996 as the best year of his adult life due to all of this creativity firing up.
 

In 1999, Armond's stride experienced a detour, after being hired at Power 106.FM, a popular hip hop radio station in Los Angeles. It was this radio station that triggered his love of the music, especially in the 90's. He worked in the promotions department until January of 2007.
 

After leaving Power 106, he did some stand up comedy at the World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood (his poem "Homeless Intellectuals" was created from those routines). He also co-starred in a film titled "Color of the Cross part 2 : The Resurrection", where he played "Simon" (his first speaking role).
 

By June of 2009, Armond created a YouTube account and started using it to generate attention to his poetry and voiceover talents, with very little success. Then, thanks to motivation from his cousin Jonathan Picos and a colleague, Mike Sonksen, Armond began performing his poetry on stage for the first time (November 2010). In 2011, his poetry started to catch on in Los Angeles with performances in Hollywood, Watts, Santa Monica, Downtown L.A. and Boyle Heights. People were taking notice and enjoying his performances.
 

In January of 2012, he performed in a major Los Angeles poetry event, "Occupy This", which led to him being cast in a theatre production, "Occupy the Heart", produced by Miguel Garcia and Josefina Lopez. He also co-wrote a short film, "And Let God Do the Rest", which finished production in March of that year. Armond was also featured in a web series titled, "Failing Upwards", produced by Matt Crabtree and Michelle Bonilla. He later created a sensual poetry series titled, "The Book of Sultry".
 

In 2014, he would join a writers group, which would connect him to new film director, Armin Siljkovic. Together they would work on three projects from 2015 to 2017, with one of them earning Armond his first best actor nomination for a short film titled, "Hard Money". Today, he continues to work with Armin on short films and features. He plans to focus more on film writing and acting, while still maintaining his love of writing or performing poetry. His sensual poetry series "The Book of Sultry" is developing a growing international fan base on Vimeo.
 

Links:

imdb.com/name/nm2918887/
 
youtube.com/channel/UCIGPdDLkIDYeXujrTCtRvEw

June 2018

06/26/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : MARK  DENNIS AND BEN FOSTER of PAD THAI PICTURES
"Time Trap" is  the second feature for University of Texas graduates Mark Dennis and Ben Foster. Their first film, Strings,  garnered 13 awards at 18 film festivals across the country, including 3 Audience Awards, 2 Best Director Awards, Best Thriller, and a Special Jury Prize from Honolulu Film Festival. It also played to sold out audiences and critical acclaim at the Hollywood  and Austin Film Festival. In 2015, Foster and Dennis re-teamed to shoot Time Trap, which celebrated its World Premiere at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival, screened to critical acclaim at the Woodstock and Austin Film Festivals, and won the 2017 Jury Prize for Most Innovative Film from the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Festival. Time Trap will next have its Houston premiere at the WorldFest International Film Festival  on Saturday, April 21st 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Cinemark Memorial City in Houston.
TIME TRAP plot: A group of students venture into the deep caves of remote Texas to locate a favorite archaeology professor who inexplicably has gone missing while searching for the Fountain of Youth. In the course of their pursuit, the group unwittingly rappels into a break in the space-time continuum, where time passes much slower than on the surface. With no hope for rescue, they descend further into the cave and uncover the most coveted urban legend in history and find themselves in the crossfire for its control.

facebook.com/timetrapthemovie/
Time Trap Trailer

Time Trap IMDb

06/19/2018

John Alagia was born in Louisville, KY and played in rock bands from an early age. He slowly transitioned into the studio with his buddy, and band mate, Doug Derryberry after graduating from Georgetown University. Doug and John began producing acts out of their basement studio in Northern Virginia and ultimately extended their scope throughout the mid Atlantic.
Notables in the early days were Dave Matthews Band, Ben Folds Five, Vertical Horizon and Edwin McCain just to name a few. After several years playing with Doug Derryberry, John decided to focus on studio production instead of performing live. He converted a house on the eastern shore of Maryland to a recording studio. That era in the early 2000s bred the debut albums for John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Rachael Yamagata, Josh Kelly, and hosted the likes of Lifehouse, Dave Matthews, Mandy Moore, and many others.
In 2005, John left to work on a project with Liz Phair out at the Village studios in LA while maintaining his place in Maryland. Bouncing between LA, MD and NYC, he had the opportunity to work with Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Brett Dennen, and Lukas Nelson among others. He considers the Village his home these days.

instagram.com/johnalagia/

06/12/2018

Mike Dorsey is a television producer and documentary filmmaker. He co-produced 2018’s USA Network series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., starring Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, and Bokeem Woodbine. He also co-produced and edited the 2018 paranormal documentary Demon House, starring Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures, which spent 10 weeks as Google Play’s #1 documentary. His latest documentary as a filmmaker is Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders, about the Biggie and Tupac murder investigations.

Previously, Mike made the Manson Family documentary The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter, the WWII documentary Lost Airmen of Buchenwald , and The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat. He recently released his second WWII documentary, titled Happy, which was awarded Best Documentary Short at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival. Mike is currently a producer and editor at Discovery. He was formerly the Senior Director of Programming for the Outdoor Channel. He has a Marketing degree from Arizona State University.
 
MarauderWorks.com
Murder Rap - Trailer

Murder Rap - Tupac Murder Confession

Unsolved (for USA Network) - Trailer

06/05/2018

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, and educator Ray Bergstrom has a busy and varied career in music. As a guitarist and singer, he performs regularly with gypsy jazz trio the Icy Hot Club, world rock group the Nikhil Korula Band, folk-pop singer-songwriter Katie McGhie, and thrash metal band Clash of the Titans. As a songwriter, he leads his own band, Red Wind Temblor, and received a 2016 Grammy Certificate for his contribution to Ziggy Marley’s Grammy-winning album Ziggy Marley. As a producer, he works with clients from around the world to turn their musical ideas into polished recordings. As an educator, he runs an online guitar academy with legendary studio guitarist Carl Verheyen, does consulting work for Fender Play, and has taught Physics of Music classes at Los Angeles Pierce College and Woodbury University.

May 2018

05/29/2018

Eliza James has been a successful, working professional Violinist and musician in Los Angeles since the age of 18.
She performs regularly with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Pink, Daft Punk, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Yoshiki, Taylor Hicks, Cowboy Troy, Marco Antonio Solis, Googoosh, Roberta Flack, Mario Biondi, Gloria Gaynor, Anita Ward, Evelyn Champagne-King, Willie Chambers (The Chambers Brothers), Harry Connick Jr, David Gates/Bread, Bernadette Peters,Randy Travis, Billy Idol, Los Tri-o, Javuni, Rahzel, 3 Doors Down, Andrea Bocelli, Trulio Disgracias, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), VTA - Vincenzo Thomas Amato, Casey veggies, Candyman 187, Jordy Towers, JMSN, Jimmy Haslip, Oscar Seaton, Alejandro Sanz, Chris Botti, The Harlem Renaissance Jazz Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, Warren Hill, Diana Krall, Renee Olstead, Dave Schulz(Berlin), Cody Carpenter, Ben Dukes, Larry Bagby and The Calling.
 
She has performed on multiple occasions at the Grammys, the American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, the Women in Film Awards, the BET Awards, American Idol, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood Christmas Celebration At the Grove, the JC Penney Jam and the Sundance Film Festival.
 
Eliza is the featured solo violinist in Burt Bacharach and Paul Anka’s touring bands and has played the Wrightgaarden Langesund Summer Festival (Norway), the Milano Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festivals (Rotterdam Holland and Curacao), the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Montreal Pop Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia Italy) and the Playboy Jazz Festival (Hollywood CA).
 
She has toured the world performing in magnificent concert venues in Italy, Sicily, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Singapore, Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Mexico,Brazil, Spain, Curacao and Israel.
Eliza is well-versed in many styles of music including classical, pop, country, hiphop, blues, rock and Persian/middle-eastern. Residing in Hollywood California, she performs on major motion picture soundtracks/scores some of which include March of the Penguins, Talladega Nights, The Conjuring, "The Devil's Carnival (directed by Darren Bousman)", A Lot Like Love, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and Unaccompanied Minors. Eliza also arranged/recorded all of the strings for Natalie Cole’s hit “Love Brought Me Back” now available in stores.
 
Eliza has worked with many producers & composers including Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Ted Pearlman, Marti Frederiksen, Bruce Robb, Skip Saylor, Joe Barresi, Don Cromwell (Air Supply), Justin Gariano, DJ Lethal, Bob Horn, Curt Piar, Mitch Marine, Marc Jordan, Mark Needham, Richie Stites, Lee Miles, Joe Bishara, Corey Wallace, Jamison Trotter and Nigel Starr.
 
Eliza’s extensive early classical training with teachers such as Brian Lewis, Maurice Sklar and Dorothy DeLay has given her a deep appreciation for music education and she continues to be an active member of the teaching community, encouraging other young artists to pursue their goals and musical aspirations.

http://elizajamesmusic.com

05/22/2018

Anthony Malzone is an LA based multimedia artist, working as a Creative Director in music, fashion and film. Born in the Bay Area, he moved to LA in 1999 to pursue a degree in Studio Arts Multimedia at Loyola Marymount University. In 2007 he moved to London to work in theatrical marketing, and in 2009 began working with the legendary musician, Prince. His work ranges from online interactive design for Hollywood blockbusters, to creative direction and design for musicians and entertainment brands. He is currently developing his own TV series.

05/15/2018

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : For the past 20 years, Founder and CEO of BYGMusic Krish Sharma (Producer, Mixer, Engineer) has worked with world renowned artists such as The Rolling Stones, Brian Wilson, Al Greene, Liz Phair, The Cult, and Perry Farrell. In 2010 Krish won a Grammy for his mixing on Ziggy Marley’s “Family Time”, and has been recognized by the Cleo’s, MTV and others. With a background in business and economics as well as music, Krish has lectured around the world on a variety of music topics. He saw a lack of support system for artists as bands struggle to progress and BYGMusic was born. Krish has recently won a Grammy with the Rolling Stones for Best Traditional Blues Album.
BYGMusic.com

05/08/2018

Maiya Sykes is a classically trained vocalist, producer, vocal arranger and entrepreneur. She studied independently with Nina Simone and Betty Carter. After graduating from Yale University, she went on to further her musical education at The Musicians’ Institute.

Maiya has provided back-up vocals for for The Black Eyed Peas, Macy Gray, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Michael Buble, Leona Lewis and Rita Ora. She was a featured backup singer for Macy Gray in her live show for more than five years. She recently provided backgrounds and was featured in the Oscar award winning film La La Land.

As a recording artist, Maiya released a dance single with DJ Manny Lehman, “Body Rock”, recorded under the pseudonym Oceana, which reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts in 2009. Shortly after her for chair turning debut on season 7 of The Voice, Maiya began working with YouTube sensation Postmodern Juxebox. Her featured videos with Postmodern Juxebox have received over 3 million views and have been mentioned in Time Magazine and the Huffington Post.

 Currently, Maiya has been busy as the lead singer of The Endangered. The band’s second release, produced by legendary producer Steven Miller (Dave Mathews Band, Chaka Kahn), was released in early March 2012 to critical acclaim. The band’s next release is slated for early 2019. She is also working on her own projects. The first is an album of all original music and the second will be a big band tribute to Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley. Both are slated for release in 2018.

Social Media: Instagram: maiyasykes Twitter:@maiyasykes1 Facebook: MaiyaSykesEntertainment

05/01/2018

Flaviyake is a Pop artist, songwriter and music producer known for reinventing herself in music videos.
Her name is a hybrid of her Latin name Flavia (meaning ‘golden, blonde’) and Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake.
Flaviyake was born during an earthquake in Chișinău, the largest city and capital of Moldova. Flaviyake started her musical career by studying the flute and piano at the Sergey Rachmaninov School of Music in Chișinău at the age of six and she wrote her first song for vocal and piano at the age of ten.
She started performing her original Rap songs in clubs at the age of 16. Later she had over 100 live shows in London and her song “Because I’m a Doll” played on BBC6 Music Radio after making it though their weekly contest.
In 2017, Flaviyake released her debut album "Bad in Bed" that hit #1 on Indie Chart, NewshineFM radio, with the album opening song "So Hard to Say". The album was covered on HaffingtonPost and HypeMachine. The first 7 songs on the album were produced by Flavia.
In 2018, Flaviyake took a new direction in her career and started performing with machines.

April 2018

04/24/2018

Born, bred, and based in Los Angeles, Hotwork is 27 year old singer/songwriter/producer Chase Rossner. His love of hip-hop and the LA beat scene matched with his classical training and years of playing guitar, provides a real genre-bridging musical experience. In June of 2017, he released an official remix for Spencer Ludwig’s infectious song “Diggy” on Warner Brothers Records. He has since released multiple other singles including a cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “LOVE.” He is currently putting the finishing touches on an EP that’s set to come out over summer.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
instagram.com/hotworkmusic
facebook.com/hotworkmusic
soundcloud.com/hotworkmusic
hotworkmusic@gmail.com

04/17/2018

Siegfried Tieber is a Los Angeles-based performer and sleight-of-hand magician. Born and raised in Ecuador, his first international appearance was in 2011 in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2015, Tieber headlined at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world, where his performance was highly praised by critics and media outlets.

His work has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and Forbes Magazine. Most recently he was invited to be part of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, a television series featuring the legendary performance duo (yes, he did fool them).

Although Tieber has appeared in venues large and small around the world, his heart is in performing close-up magic for intimate audiences—always with his sleeves rolled up.

Unlike any other performance you’ve seen.” (Los Angeles Times)

"Tieber has a way of charming even the shyest wallflower." (Forbes)

"There’s a sense of infectious joy that comes from watching Siegfried Tieber do magic." (LA Weekly)
 
siegfriedtieber.com
facebook.com/SiegfriedTieberMagic

04/10/2018

Andrew Goldenhersh ranks among today’s elite masters of magic, drawing thunderous acclaim around the globe.
 
His skill and style have mesmerized audiences from Hollywood to the Far East, and all points in between. A perennial honoree at the legendary Magic Castle, Andrew has received accolades from the prestigious Academy of Magical Arts. Having been voted the Academy's "Parlour Magician of the Year" in 2009 & 2010, Andrew is the only magician to have been nominated for both Close-up Magician of the Year and Parlour Magician of the Year for twelve years in a row.
 
Andrew is held in high esteem by his peers in entertainment, including Las Vegas superstar Lance Burton (who calls him a "genius") and the world renowned David Copperfield (who licensed and performs one of Andrew's signature routines). The celebrity list of whom Andrew has entertained includes Johnny Depp, Ringo Starr, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart, Dustin Hoffman, Nicolas Cage, Jason Alexander, Demi Moore, Teri Hatcher, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Carell, Jane Fonda, Robin Leach, Michael Ovitz, and many more.
 
goldenhands.com

04/03/2018

MARK  DENNIS AND BEN FOSTER of PAD THAI PICTURES
"Time Trap" is  the second feature for University of Texas graduates Mark Dennis and Ben Foster. Their first film, Strings,  garnered 13 awards at 18 film festivals across the country, including 3 Audience Awards, 2 Best Director Awards, Best Thriller, and a Special Jury Prize from Honolulu Film Festival. It also played to sold out audiences and critical acclaim at the Hollywood  and Austin Film Festival. In 2015, Foster and Dennis re-teamed to shoot Time Trap, which celebrated its World Premiere at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival, screened to critical acclaim at the Woodstock and Austin Film Festivals, and won the 2017 Jury Prize for Most Innovative Film from the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Festival. Time Trap will next have its Houston premiere at the WorldFest International Film Festival  on Saturday, April 21st 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Cinemark Memorial City in Houston.
TIME TRAP plot: A group of students venture into the deep caves of remote Texas to locate a favorite archaeology professor who inexplicably has gone missing while searching for the Fountain of Youth. In the course of their pursuit, the group unwittingly rappels into a break in the space-time continuum, where time passes much slower than on the surface. With no hope for rescue, they descend further into the cave and uncover the most coveted urban legend in history and find themselves in the crossfire for its control.

facebook.com/timetrapthemovie/
Time Trap Trailer

Time Trap IMDb

March 2018

03/27/2018

Shay Godwin is a Los Angeles-based drummer, originally from a small town called Trumansburg, NY. A graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, Shay studied orchestral percussion under Gordon Stout and the late Ted Rounds. Shay also played in jazz ensembles, and was very much under jazz director Steve Brown’s tutelage.
Since his long-ago move to Los Angeles, Shay has done recording sessions for songwriters, television commercials, and movies. Shay has also worked with touring acts, corporate event bands, theater pit bands, house bands at clubs, and has had many students.
From 2007 to 2012, Shay ran a drum track service called eDrumSessions.com. As one of the first online session sites on the web, eDrumSessions was a pioneer. Hundreds of sessions were booked through the site, with clients all around the globe.
Shay is a long-time member of LA band The Dirty Diamond. An independent band, they have had local radio airplay, played at The Greek Theater Los Angeles, and garnered some “elite” fans. An album is set to be released this summer.
instagram.com/shaygodwindrums/

03/20/2018

Classic, soulful melodies slide effortlessly alongside hip-hop rhythms and smooth percussions, as Trevor Wesley brings a refreshing sense of artistry and true talent to the music scene.  

Born and raised in Los Angeles, this Southern California native first began his musical journey at the age of five: sitting at the piano trying to match the sounds of the black and white keys to the pitch of his mother’s vacuum.

The son of one of Hollywood’s top camera operators, Trevor’s early aspirations where that of a young actor, however the natural pull of music proved too strong to fight.

Growing up in a family that listened to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Eric Clapton, The Beatles and more, TREVOR was already familiar with timeless creativity.   For him, it was a case of blending these legacies into a more modern sound that reflected his true artistic talent and unique personality.  

In 2011, Trevor delivered his first musical statement - the self-produced Only Live Once EP. It was hailed by critics and record executives as sonically pure, filled with impeccable R&B and jazz influences. Skits, beautifully written songs, and even a cameo appearance in his promo video by the original gangster, Al Pacino, made TREVOR WESLEY stand apart from the crowd. In the words of the great Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds “This kid is the truth!”

In the past few years, Trevor has written, produced, and performed with the likes of NE-YO, Stevie Wonder, Joe Jonas, Wale, 98 Degrees, Patti LaBelle, and Dion Warwick. His music has also been featured in The Best Man Holiday and the BET show, Being Mary Jane.

In releasing his 1st full-length album, the LP’s lead single and title track, Chivalry Is Dead, has been streamed over 50 million times online and has provided a great platform to introduce his brand and artistry to the world.

From his gorgeous vocals to the tipped Fedora, TREVOR WESLEY is new-school cool meets old-school classic.  Refreshingly unadulterated, his smooth tones combined with fresh synths and a contagious smile defines the brand that is Trevor Wesley.

YouTube:TrevorWesleyMusic

Twitter/Instagram: @trevorwesley

TrevorWesley.com

 

03/13/2018

Adam Rose writes and teaches in Los Angeles. He has had short stories published in various literary journals such as Gravel Magazine and Four Ties Literary Review. His All Ages graphic novel, Playground: Attack of the Gurgle Bots has been published by Markosia Entertainment. He is currently wrapping up work on a novel and excitedly waiting for finished illustrated pages to another upcoming graphic novel. He has recently started to conduct workshops for students on creating character/story for comics at various schools and libraries.
websites:
markosia.com/books/worlds-of-wonder/playground
thepullbox.com/2018/03/paotg/
twitter: @adamrose74
email: adamsupermallman@gmail.com

03/06/2018

Lang Parker, headed out west from Wisconsin 15 years ago and continues her acting career in film, television and performing in commercials. Lang's impressive comedic timing, instant likability on and off camera and impressive writing skills gained her national attention on the Emmy-nominated NBC show Last Comic Standing. She floored judges when she came out in her overhauls and asked, “Have you ever been mistaken for a lesbian?”
 
Lang regularly tours clubs and cities all over the United States as well as numerous tours overseas to entertain the US armed forces in Afghanistan and bases in Eastern Asia.
 
Lang’s credits include: Beverly Hills 90210,The Ellen Degeneres Show, a pilot for a major US network, 40+ national and international commercials as well as dozens of movie & television roles. Lang has won California’s Funniest Female Contest and is described as Jane Lynch, consistently drawing parallels with the Rosanne star Laurie Metcalf. Lang also contributes to Shea Magazine.
 
Lang also shot a starring role in the new comedy film “Izzy Lion: The Unspun Truth” due to be released in 2018.
 
Lang ran her own comedy show in Los Angeles, "West Of The 405", attracted some of the biggest names in comedy and had been voted Top 8 Must-Attend Shows on the westside in beautiful Santa Monica, California.
 
She continues to perform and create worldwide.

February 2018

02/27/2018

Jack Jung-Kai Yang (simplified Chinese: 杨荣凯 traditional Chinese: 楊榮凱 pinyin: Yáng Róngkǎi) (born 1974) is an American/Canadian actor of Taiwanese ethnicity. He was born in Toronto, Canada and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
 
The Yellow Truth as Jack (2003), Shadow Chaser (2003), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Ricky Yao (2004), Skin Trade (short film) as The Designer (2004), The Seat Filler as Page (2004), CSI: Miami as Shawn Kimsey (2005), All of Us as Harry (2005), Grey's Anatomy as Walter (2005-2007), Nip/Tuck as Chiyo (2006), The Evidence as Ha Huang (2006), Scrubs as Patient (2006), ER as Bevan Wong (2007), Seven Pounds as Apogee Engineer (2008), Need for Speed: Undercover as Chau Wu (2008), Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (video game) as Commander Kenji Tenzai (2008), Samurai Girl as Hiko (2008), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as "voice" General Yang (2008), Cashmere Mafia as Jason Chung (2008), Knight Rider as Cross (2008), Chuck as Jason Wang (2009), Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising (video game) as Commander Kenji Tenzai (2009), Point Of Entry Season 4 as Glenn Chua (2013), A Leading Man as GQ (2013), American Ultra as Gangster (2015), Star as Elliot (2017).
 
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02/20/2018

For the past 20 years, Founder and CEO of BYGMusic Krish Sharma (Producer, Mixer, Engineer) has worked with world renowned artists such as The Rolling Stones, Brian Wilson, Al Greene, Liz Phair, The Cult, and Perry Farrell. In 2010 Krish won a Grammy for his mixing on Ziggy Marley’s “Family Time”, and has been recognized by the Cleo’s, MTV and others. With a background in business and economics as well as music, Krish has lectured around the world on a variety of music topics. He saw a lack of support system for artists as bands struggle to progress and BYGMusic was born. Krish has recently won a Grammy with the Rolling Stones for Best Traditional Blues Album.
BYGMusic.com

02/13/2018

Kristina Johnsen declared her love for music at a young age. Raised in a family of musicians, she began singing as soon as she could talk. Her insatiable curiosity in music led her to play the violin as soon as she could hold one without dropping it. Over the years, she has continued performing in choirs, musicals, bands, and as a soloist. Kristina’s early experience in orchestras helped her bridge the nuances between influences as vast as Tchaikovsky and We Are Scientists.
Graduating with a BFA from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, visual elements form the core of her approach to musical aesthetics. She draws sonic and conceptual inspiration from the mystery of mountains and snowboard culture. Lyrically, her songs serve as windows into her world. The world can be a dark place, and music can be the bright light that helps everything from the difficult to the mundane make more sense. No matter where she goes, she aims to bring the joy of music along with her, already performing across three continents. Recently, her passion for music led her to pack up her guitars and make the move from her hometown of Lansing, Michigan, to the wild west in Los Angeles, California.

02/06/2018

Bryan Erwin is a Los Angeles based comedian/writer/producer/director with eighteen years of experience in film, television and commercials. Bryan's projects in film include the feature comedy FIXED (writer/producer) and the drama Deuces (producer). In television, Bryan co-wrote and produced the comedy pilots Sales Guys and The Fives for Louie Anderson and Barry Katz, created and starred in DADS on Disney Jr. and wrote for the hit Disney show Code 9. On the web, Bryan created the critically acclaimed "Sordahon's Journey" campaign for the video game Two Worlds Two and the Youtube sensation Policeman vs Fireman.

A former radio DJ and band manager from Wisconsin, Bryan moved to Los Angeles to be a stand up comedian and creator. He got married, had kids, a vasectomy and is a two term PTA President. He still does stand up and was known in a very small industry circle as the guy who ran the most popular filming location in Hollywood, The Herald Examiner Building. Bryan has worked on over 800 productions and is considered to be the most "Unknown Known" person in Los Angeles. Bryan can also be heard bi-weekly with comedian Jon Huck on the podcast Hollywood Anonymous, a show celebrating the less celebrated in Hollywood.

January 2018

01/30/2018

Alex Platt began playing the drums at the age of 10, began gigging professionally at the age of 13, and along with his prodigious younger brother Adam Platt (piano), started his career early in life opening jazz festival shows for international jazz stars like Ahmad Jamal, Diana Krall, Giacomo Gates, Lew Soloff, Mose Allison, Danny Gottlieb,, and many others. He went on to study with drum legends Joe LaBarbara, Mike Clark, Tootie Heath, Rick Latham, Dave Elitch, Jeff Hamilton, and received his performance degree in Jazz and African-American Music from the California Institute of the Arts in 2001. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz artists such Jack Walrath, Oranyon Coltrane and other members of the Coltrane Family, as well as country artist Stephanie Quayle, soul/funk impresario Big Joe Hurt, Persian legends Bahram Bajelan and Mehrdad Arabi, Jake Faulkner and Zac Sokolow of The Americans, and many others.
alexplattmusic.com

01/23/2018

John Torres is an American songwriter and recording artist from Los Angeles, California. His music has been featured in MTV's "The Real World: From D.C., with Love," "Alias," "Felicity" and many other popular television shows and movies.
He has performed with well known artists such as Shawn Colvin and Sara Bareilles, and has received numerous honors including a John Lennon Songwriting Award, and a nomination by the American Independent Music Awards.
John’s music draws influence from a wide variety of different genres including Folk, Pop and even Opera. His music catalogue includes four official studio albums including numerous singles and music videos.

01/16/2018

“Abby & the Myth are the kind of band that music fans always hope to stumble upon at a bar, but seldom ever do. With a presence big enough to fill an arena, it is hopefully just a matter of time before they get there”
-Music Connection

Born in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado, Abby Posner began studying music and performance at age six. A gifted pint sized pianist, she quickly picked up guitar, drums, bass, banjo, and mandolin, and continues to master new instruments throughout her career. Posner moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to advance her musical training at California Institute of the Arts, where she concentrated on both world percussion and composition for songwriting.
Fans compare Abby and The Myth to Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men. Their catchy harmonies, feel-agood rhythms and sing-along choruses make for a lively, kinetic show that invariably has audiences up on their feet and dancing. Cara Batema, on accordion, adds tasty melodic ornamentation and winsome drones to thicken the chorus breakdowns, Donovan Bullen plays energetic upright bass lines with heart-tugging harmonies, and David Celia’s nuanced and virtuosic drumming adds a range of styles and flavors to the mix. As an ensemble, Abby and The Myth is going to take the nation by storm.
abbyposner.com
Abby Posner brings a lively contribution to the folk/americana genre with her insightful lyrics and catchy melodies. There is a brilliant contemporary freshness to her work. -Chris Wilson KPFK Radio, Los Angeles

01/09/2018

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Chris Pierce has released seven independent albums worldwide. In addition to headlining tours, he has either performed on stage with or opened worldwide tours for Seal, B.B. King, Al Green, Cold War Kids, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Colbie Caillat, Beth Hart, Raul Midon, Sonia Dada, Dr. John, Jamie Cullum and many others. His voice & music have been heard in films and T.V shows including This is Us, Rosewood, Soul Men, Crash, True Blood, Brothers & Sisters, Single Ladies, Eli Stone, In Plain Sight, Dawson's Creek, Army Wives, Crash and a Banana Republic ad campaign.

In 2017, Chris co/wrote the hit song “We Can Always Come Back to This” which was prominently featured on the #1 US Primetime TV show This Is Us and the song charted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart as well as top 20 on both the Billboard Rock and R&B charts. Chris has also been recently very well received by the TED community with a TED talk on "The Healing Powers of Music”. Chris Pierce continues to build his repertoire and versatility as a writer and performer in his involvement with several music projects including both Reverend Tall Tree and also War & Pierce. Chris is also a performing featured guest with several orchestras around the U.S and abroad and he has recently received the high honor of working on a recording project in Muscle Shoals, AL with The Swampers, Muscle Shoals Horns & Shoals Sisters as the lead vocalist on a new highly anticipated album “You’ve Got To Feel It!” released in the fall of 2017.
chrispierce.com

01/02/2018

Marina V is an award-winning Russian-American recording pop artist, singer and songwriter with a "hauntingly beautiful" voice (LA TIMES) and "melodic and passionate" music (The Washington Post). A self-described "musical lovechild of The Beatles, Tori Amos and Tchaikovsky", Marina grew up in Moscow and has been singing and writing songs since a very young age.
Based in Los Angeles, Marina is always creating: whether recording for her 2 SONGS A MONTH CLUB, writing or painting. 
Please visit MarinaV.com for latest news

December 2017

12/26/2017

Ethan Carlson is a Los Angeles based music producer/engineer. After graduating from the University of Miami's Music Engineering program, he worked with Barry Gibb for the next four years on Miami Beach. In 2009, after relocating to Los Angeles, Ethan branched out beyond just studio work, and began touring as a live sound engineer and also began doing more commercial writing. He's traveled around the world with acts including, Tears for Fears, Devo, Taio Cruz, R5, and Julia Michaels. In Los Angeles, he has worked out of numerous recording studios, including his home studio, where he does most of his mixing and writing. His commercial placements includes music for Carhartt, Toyota, Vogue and most recently Walgreens.

12/19/2017

From the best of "Wake Up Follywood": WAYNE JOBSON “Native Wayne” was born and growe up in Jamaica, studied law at Kings College in London and received a Master of Laws in Entertainment Law.

As both writer and producer of his first movie “STEPPING RAZOR-RED X”, which follows the life story of Reggae legend, Peter Tosh, Wayne was awarded with a nomination for a Canadian Academy Award,  a ‘Genie'.

He produced two “Behind the Music” episodes for Viacom’s VH1.  “Behind the Music” is one of the most successful music television shows in history.  Jobson produced both an episode on Peter Tosh and also on the life of Bob Marley which made history by being the first show to air for 90 minutes versus the standard one hour.

Wayne helped put together the music for the most successful Jamaican film of all time, Disney’s “COOL RUNNINGS” which was made for $14 million and grossed over $200 million,  with its soundtrack going gold.

Wayne helped Adam Sandler put together the reggae soundtrack for his '50 First Dates' movie which went gold and was #1 on Billboard soundtrack charts.

As a Producer of  NO DOUBT's multiplatinum album 'ROCK STEADY', Wayne’s singles 'HEY BABY' and 'UNDERNEATH IT ALL' both went to #1 in America and won him two Grammys, Wayne had the opportunity to work with a band who has sold 25 million albums worldwide.
 

12/12/2017

Raised in San Jose, California, Conroe Brooks’ dreams always involved the arts. At the age of 18, he sang in the R&B group Special Generation (the brainchild of MC Hammer). And at the age of 21, he relocated to Los Angeles where his first audition landed him the role of Sam Cooke in “Little Richard,” whose director Robert Townsend said to him: “I hired you because you had the spark in your eye.” From there, Conroe went on working with the legendary director Garry Marshall in developing “Happy Days” the musical and ultimately landing roles in numerous TV shows such as 24, Son's of Anarchy, Ray Donovan and Jane the Virgin. Conroe is about to head out on a year long tour which is a secret at the moment.

12/05/2017

Brian L. Patton (a.k.a. The Sexy Vegan) came to internet semi-fame in the early days of YouTube with his funny, irreverent, off-beat vegan cooking videos. He has since penned cookbooks, contributed to and been featured on major media outlets such as nytimes.com and huffingtonpost.com, and is a regular recipe columnist for VegNews Magazine. Patton is also an executive chef, popular social media personality, and founder of 99 Publishing, makers of expertly crafted, single-recipe cookbooks.
Website: thesexyvegan.com
Instagram: instagram.com/thesexyvegan
Facebook: facebook.com/thesexyvegan
Twitter: twitter.com/thesexyvegan

November 2017

11/28/2017

We The Dreamers is an intelligent pop music songwriting and production duo. Comprised of vocalist/writer/producer Cassius (Myke Wilken) and guitarist/writer/producer Ethan Rose, We The Dreamers has been busy creating and collaborating with other artists around its home base in Los Angeles, California. The pair is now preparing to take a new EP called We All Need Time to the international music festival circuit and beyond. The sound is hyper-melodic dream pop done perfectly.
Cassius and Rose first connected in a Facebook group for LA musicians and met for the first time over hot apple cider not long after. Wilken is from Chico, CA and is also an actor seen in many commercials, including a Skechers spot featuring Ringo Starr. Rose is originally from Albany, NY and landed in California after a stint in Chicago and has played music since he first touched a keyboard at age five. The pair quickly noticed the chemistry and ideals they shared and got down to work.
The result of that work is the new seven-song EP We All Need Time . The record is full of gentle pop genius and positive vibrations that are seductive and atmospheric. Tracks like “Parasol,” “Wiser,” and “Time” display a mature pop sensibility and a high degree of songcraft, which is already making listeners eager for the next record. We The Dreamers share music and a desire for positive change and send the blend out into the world and are already receiving back the best possible echoes. Lovers of lush and melodic pop music will want to pick up on this pair early on.

11/21/2017

WAYNE JOBSON “Native Wayne” was born and growe up in Jamaica, studied law at Kings College in London and received a Master of Laws in Entertainment Law.

As both writer and producer of his first movie “STEPPING RAZOR-RED X”, which follows the life story of Reggae legend, Peter Tosh, Wayne was awarded with a nomination for a Canadian Academy Award,  a ‘Genie'.

He produced two “Behind the Music” episodes for Viacom’s VH1.  “Behind the Music” is one of the most successful music television shows in history.  Jobson produced both an episode on Peter Tosh and also on the life of Bob Marley which made history by being the first show to air for 90 minutes versus the standard one hour.

Wayne helped put together the music for the most successful Jamaican film of all time, Disney’s “COOL RUNNINGS” which was made for $14 million and grossed over $200 million,  with its soundtrack going gold.

Wayne helped Adam Sandler put together the reggae soundtrack for his '50 First Dates' movie which went gold and was #1 on Billboard soundtrack charts.

As a Producer of  NO DOUBT's multiplatinum album 'ROCK STEADY', Wayne’s singles 'HEY BABY' and 'UNDERNEATH IT ALL' both went to #1 in America and won him two Grammys, Wayne had the opportunity to work with a band who has sold 25 million albums worldwide.
 

11/14/2017

THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS: A Novel by Victoria Namkung
Victoria Namkung’s journalism and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, and VICE, among other publications. She is the author of the romantic thriller, The Things We Tell Ourselves, and a contributor to the anthology, Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity. Victoria has taught courses at UCLA, UCSB, and 826LA, and resides in Los Angeles.
These Violent Delights is a literary examination of illicit student and teacher relationships and their lasting effects on even the most compliant victims.

At Windemere School for Girls, one of America’s elite private schools, Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry—and impressionable teenage girls—he operates in plain sight for years, until one of his former students goes public with allegations of inappropriate conduct. With the help of an investigative journalist, and two additional Windemere alumnae who had relationships with Copeland as students, the unlikely quartet unites to take him down.

Set in modern-day Los Angeles, These Violent Delights is a literary exploration of the unyielding pressures and vulnerabilities that so many women and girls experience, and analyzes the ways in which our institutions and families fail to protect or defend us. A suspenseful and nuanced story told from multiple points of view, the novel examines themes of sexuality, trauma, revenge, and the American myth of liberty and justice for all.
These Violent Delights is smart, suspenseful, unsettling, and only too relevant. I promise you won’t be able to put it down. Just don’t forget to breathe.” —Kim Askew, co-author of the Twisted Lit novels from Simon & Schuster

11/07/2017

SuVi is an Indian Singer Songwriter and DJ based out of Los Angeles. She has over 13 years of experience spanning over 1000 concerts. Due to her extremely diverse approach towards music she has had the opportunity to perform in front of crowds in India, Sri Lanka, UAE, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, USA and Canada. SuVi, born and raised in India, moved to California in 2011 to pursue a career in music bringing with it a blend of Hip Hop and Bollywood.

Even though she loves nothing more than writing music and lyrics she has rendered her voice for over a 100 Indian movie songs as a Playback Singer including, for the musical genius A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire). She wrote and recorded her original mixtape Delirium in 2014 which was a blend of South Asian beats with Hip Hop and Urban songwriting with producers from Los Angeles. She has a working relationship with Swagga Bob who has worked along side other South Asian artists including Jay Sean (Thinking About You). Her unique writing and vocal abilities also caught the attention of renowned Songwriter Greg Prestopino (Christina Aguilera, Matisyahu, Puff Daddy, Celine Dion), who invited her to join his writing crew. Being able to sing western and Indian style music along with her unique rapping abilities help put her on a different dimension of artistry. She recently opened for yet another talented Indian Artist Rajakumari who is also on the come up. Earlier this year she also opened for the well known Indian DJ Nuclei for his first ever Los Angeles concert. SuVi is an artist who can elevate music to a whole different level of fun and frolic due to her stage presence and dynamic personality. Her dream is to be someone that paves the way for more South Asian talents to shine on the international stage like MIA and Jay Sean by being uniquely multifaceted. After the hype her mixtape on Soundcloud created, she is back in the studio with Swagga Bob working on new songs.

Social Media Handle : @SuViMusic

October 2017

10/31/2017

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Fuzzbee Morse is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer & singer who's played with a mind-bending collection of musical trailblazers, inc: Lou Reed, Frank Zappa, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Aaron Neville, the Chambers Brothers, Ric Ocasek, Karla Bonoff, Richie Havens, Julian Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Daniel Lanois, Donovan, Nick Mason, Paul Allen, Axl Rose, Freebo & Derek Trucks, to name a few gifted characters.
He recently released his first album, Dreams and Other Living Things, featuring Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta & David Sancious. Of this debut release, American Songwriter senior editor Paul Zollo said, "It’s a lesson in remarkable songwriting," "An absolute masterpiece, and one which I hope others will invite into their lives" and "An album for the ages."
Lonesome Highway from Ireland said in their review, "The ten tracks are self-produced and jump out of the speakers with lots of quality and rich arrangements. This is one for the real connoisseurs and all songs are written by Fuzzbee with the exception of Voodoo Child (Slight Return) which only Fuzzbee could have the nerve to tackle and turn into his own impressive show stopper. Smooth and full of soul, serious chops and superb musicianship."
He has written the score and songs for numerous films, TV shows and commercials, both dramatic & comedic, and plays lots of instruments, including guitar, keyboards, flute, bass, soprano sax, mandolin, vibes and many others.
Wearing a slightly different hat, Fuzzbee has performed live comedy & musical improv for many years with The Flying Fannoli Brothers, Off The Wall, Top Tune, Rick Overton, Dan Aykroyd and lots of other funny people, making up lyrics and music in the spur of the moment on audience suggestions.
Fuzzbee is now writing and arranging the songs for his next album and hopes life on earth will last long enough to have the release party. He plays regularly around Los Angeles.
For more info: fuzzbee.com

10/24/2017

A direct descendant of Henry E. Steinway, the founder of Steinway & Sons, Kate Steinway’s earliest musical memories are of her grandfather playing his original compositions on their family's 1946 Steinway piano. Formerly the youngest member of the Los Angeles Children’s Choir and a student of famed opera singer, Suzanna Guzmán, Steinway has been studying voice since she could speak.
In 2015, Steinway, a lifetime learner and lover of music, became involved with The Songwriting School of Los Angeles. It is there that she met her future singing and touring partners, Chloë Agnew (of Celtic Woman fame), Mary Bee and Danielle Carter. In May 2015, Steinway packed up her ukulele and embarked on an eight month backpacking tour of South America and Southeast Asia where she experienced world music firsthand.
In the Summer of 2016, along with Bee and Carter, Steinway co-headlined the “Blueprints” Tour: a seventeen show tour of New England. Steinway and Bee closed the tour with a sold out concert featuring Chloë Agnew.
In 2017, Steinway, along with Bee, kicked off the year with two performances at the famed Sundance Film Festival. She then embarked on a 50+ show tour of California’s wine country. In August she released her first single, “Hurricane,” and will release her debut EP in October. Steinway will spend September touring Hawaii with Bee & Carter and she is cooking up something truly special for the holiday season.
In 2018, Steinway will return to the Sundance Film Festival and expand her True North Tour.
katesteinway.com/tour
facebook.com/katesteinway
instagram.com/katesteinwaymusic
Purchase "True North"

10/17/2017

Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Matt Westerman writes upbeat acoustic pop songs with a positive, compassionate message meant to uplift and inspire listeners everywhere. His debut record, “Life Out Loud” (due out this fall), is a musical manifestation of the phrase “carpe diem,” that shines with all the inherent bravery needed to live life to the fullest. The EP showcases Matt’s ability to write powerful melodies, catchy hooks, and thoughtful lyrics. This, combined with his distinctively smooth vocal delivery and stand out rhythm guitar playing, makes “Life Out Loud” the perfect introduction to the world of Matt Westerman.

The EP is inspired by Matt’s unique background in music, education, and psychology. He’s spent the last few years working as a self-employed tutor which informed and impacted his songwriting. In addition, Matt’s degree in psychology has had an impact on his songwriting and lyrical subject matter with a focus on encouraging a clear and positive state of mind. Matt also applies this courageous message to himself, which has given him the strength to overcome his own challenges and set his sights on a career in music. In the last few years Westerman has been carving out his dreams on stage, with gigs all over the Southern California area – from clubs, to bars, to busking on the Santa Monica pier.

 

With “Life Out Loud” slated for a Fall release, Matt Westerman is taking the chance of a lifetime, a chance that he hopes will inspire others to take a leap, reach for a dream, and actualize their own potential.

10/10/2017

Every once in a blue moon an album comes along that feels as if it fell from the sky that opened and dropped it on a thirsty blue planet as an offering of love and hope. Singer – Songwriter Phillip Brandon The Story Begins is that gift.
Springing forth following eight years of tours as “Narrator” with platinum selling rock band Trans Siberian Orchestra to a feature role in the life story of Gospel legend BeBe Winans, Born For This:The Musical,” singer-songwriter Phillip Brandon is making good on the promise of his purposed and abundant gifts to share songs of love and optimism all his own via his powerful debut album, The Story Begins - a warm wraparound throwback of soul-stirring Contemporary Jazz, R&B and Pop (release date - October 20th).
The ten songs produced by prolific songwriter Preston Glass (Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Kenny G) as well as DrFord dynamically range from originals such as Phillip’s epic wedding song “ The Promise” (inspired by many of his friends getting married coupled with his parents’ marriage of 37 years), the uplifting “Chocolate Child” (channeling Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Porter) and the luscious piano ballad “A Funny Thing Happened (On the Way to Goodbye)” to the tender Tropicana of the Stevie Wonder-esque “Looking For You (In Somebody Else’s Eyes)” and an emotional cover of the late, great Luther Vandross’ “Wait For Love.” The album also includes the beautiful jazz piece “Stay in the Moment” that features Phillip’s mother Brenda Davis, a one-time backing singer for the immortal Ray Charles as a ‘Raelette.’
Preston praises tenor/baritone Phillip thusly: “What sets him apart from others who possess similar richness (Will Downing) is his theatrical experience which he draws from liberally in his interpretation of a lyric.”
Los Angeles native and Venice High School / Morehouse College graduate Phillip states, “I create songs from the heart and a spiritual space of hope.
Reflecting that all-inclusive melting pot, Phillip will tour in support of The Story Begins with his international band of drummer Victor Á. Carracedo from Spain, guitarist Eugene Gorskiy from Ukraine, keyboardist Stan Loken from America, and bassist Carlitos Cuba from Cuba. Prepare for scintillating experiences all when you surrender to the spells of Phillip Brandon> on record and in concert!

10/03/2017

MICHELLE LEWIS
SINGER/SONGWRITER/ADVOCATE
Michelle Lewis is a fierce New Yorker now based in LA, where she is a singer, songwriter, composer, and music creators’ rights advocate. From her early career as a recording artist signed to Irving Azoff’s Giant Records, to her first radio hit, Cher’s “A Different Kind of Love Song” in 2002, to the 2014 worldwide #1 single “Wings” by the British girl group, Little Mix, Ms. Lewis brings authenticity, grit, and heart to a diverse array of music projects.
For the last decade, Ms. Lewis has branched out into the world of songwriting for TV and film projects, most notably as a Peabody Award-winning composer of all original music for Disney Jr’s hit show, “Doc McStuffins,“ now beginning production of its 5th season.  She also received her first Emmy nomination in 2016 for her work as a composer on the Nickelodeon show, “Bubble Guppies,” and has composed the theme songs to many other beloved animated series.
In 2014, Ms. Lewis co-founded the non-profit advocacy organization, Songwriters Of North America (SONA). As Executive Director of SONA, she is deeply connected to the music creator community and is committed to growing the number of informed songwriters and composers able to advocate on their own behalves.  She regularly communicates with leaders from Silicon Valley to Washington DC, fighting for the protection of songwriters and the value of musical works in the digital age.  She is not afraid of taking action - SONA is the songwriter organization that sued the Department of Justice over its 100% licensing ruling last fall: billboard.com/articles/business/7510259/songwriters-group-sona-dept-justice-op-ed-consent-decrees.
Ms. Lewis lives in Los Angeles with her husband, music producer Dan Petty and their 9 year-old son, Jackson.
 
 

September 2017

09/26/2017

400 YEARS AFTER THE EXTINCTION OF THE HUMAN RACE, a small group of humans are revived by an alien civilization. The aliens claim they want to restore the human species, but the “reborn” humans uncover new dangers, hidden agendas and powerful secrets that challenge that claim and threaten to annihilate the human race all over again.
Welcome to Extinct, a new, original, sci-fi series written exclusively for BYUtv by Ender’s Game author and science-fiction legend Orson Scott Card and The New York Times bestselling author Aaron Johnston. Premiering on BYUtv on October 1, 2017, the series is about second chances, everlasting love, family, and commitment to doing the right thing even under difficult and life-threatening conditions.
In Extinct, a colony of revived humans, the Reborns, attempt to understand and trust a group of mysterious, peaceful and highly advanced aliens known as the Originators who brought them back to life following the extinction of humankind by evil aliens called The Kariks. The Reborns are guided by Drones who are the face and voice of The Originators and help to guide and protect the Reborns throughout their fight against both the Kariks and the parasitic Skin Riders who take control of a “host” or person’s cognitive abilities, to restore the human race and end the alien threat that drove mankind to extinction.
This 10-episode, action-packed series stars Chad Michael Collins (Sniper: Reloaded, Legacy and Ghost Shooter), Victoria Atkins (Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate), Yorke Fryer (How to Get Away with Murder), Matthew Bellows (Grimm, Fuller House), Jack DePew (Mad Men, The Fosters), Jaclyn Hales (Unicorn City), and Jake Stormoen (Mythica: The Godslayer, The Iron Crown, The Necromancer, The Dark Spore and A Quest for Heroes).
Extinct is a co-production between Taleswapper, Go Films, and BYUtv. The series is directed by Ryan Little (Saints and Soldiers, Outlaw Trail) and produced by Adam Abel (Forever Strong, Freetown).

extinct.tv

09/19/2017

Rachel Oto's Saloon Rock style defiantly toes the line between sweet sensuality and determined ferocity. Her raw, edgy vocals, no-nonsense, balls-to-the-wall, acoustic rock style, and sophisticated, visual storytelling make her the type of Americana artist rock music has only dreamed of.

racheloto.bandcamp.com

09/12/2017

Paul Zollo is an author, journalist, songwriter and photographer. Presently he is the Senior Editor of American Songwriter magazine, and Chief Editor and Photographer for Bluerailroad.

A native of Chicago, he’s the author of several books, including  Songwriters On Songwriting, Expanded Edition (which has been called “the songwriter’s bible” and features in-depth interviews with more than sixty of the world’s greatest songwriters, including Frank Zappa, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman), its sequel, More Songwriters On Songwriting, as well as Conversations with Tom Petty (featuring a full year of discussions between Petty & Zollo), The Schirmer Rhyming Dictionary, Hollywood Remembered (an oral and narrative history of Hollywood), The Beginning Songwriter’s Answer Book (a manual on the art and craft of songwriting), and Sunset & Cahuenga, a novel. He’s currently working on books with Matisyahu, and the legendary photographer Henry Diltz.

The recipient of the NAS John Bettis Fellowship Award for service in the songwriting community, Zollo is former editor of SongTalk magazine, and Managing Editor of Performing Songwriter. He has written for numerous publications, including Variety, Billboard, Oxford American, Sing Out!, Grammy Magazine, Playback, Boulevard, Acoustic Guitar and others.

The lead singer-songwriter for the LA band The Ghosters for many years, he released one self-titled album with the band, and two solo albums: Orange Avenue (2000), (which features his famous duet with Art Garfunkel on the song “Being In This World”) and Universal Cure (2014), which has a duet with Terre Roche of the Roches called “Maggie.”

As a songwriter he’s collaborated with many great writers, including the late Steve Allen, as well as Dan Bern, Severin Browne, Bob Malone, James Coberly Smith and others. With Darryl Purpose, he’s written many songs, including all included on Darryl’s most recent album, Still The Birds.

As a photographer, Zollo has photographed many musicians and performers,  such as Aimee Mann, Peter Case and Leiber & Stoller, and his photos have been displayed in galleries in L.A. and published in American Songwriter and elsewhere. He is presently at work completing his first book of photos, Angeleno.

He produced and hosted events for the Aspen Writer’s Foundation’s Lyrically Speaking Program, and hosts many songwriter tributes such as the annual Bobfest in L.A. a tribute to Bob Dylan. He produced NAS’ Salute To Songwriters for many years, has contributed to NARAS’ Living Histories video project, and for the past 16 years has written about the Best Song nominees for the annual Grammy program book.
He also hosts the live web-series “Songwriters On Songwriting Live,” which is filmed and webcast every month from The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, where his guests have included Neil Sedaka, Stephen Bishop, Mike Love, Rumer, Dave Stewart and more.

09/05/2017

There was a moment in 2016 when singer/songwriter Chuck Murphy realized people were listening. After spending three weeks in the hospital with a stomach ailment, Murphy returned home to find he had three million SoundCloud listens to his song “Falling Star.” 

When Murphy’s album, Peace Be With You, hit No.3 on Billboard’s Folk Americana chart in the Fall of 2016, it was proof the artist was coming into his own. 

From his earliest days in Minnesota as a 10-year-old with the electric guitar and amp his father received in barter, Murphy found that music was his way to express himself.  “The neighbor kids and I would go from house to house carrying our stuff,” Murphy recalls. “I think that was my first tour.” 

As the youngest of four children, music helped him navigate his turbulent home life where his father ruled with an iron hand. As the youngest, he was often the brunt of his father’s aggression and songwriting became therapeutic, giving Murphy a means of expression. 

 

 

 

Murphy formed Big Coyote in 2010 to perform and record his vision. At the same time, he began One West Media to support the band through visual media and One West Records for his projects. 

The artist doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk! He believes in giving back. He has formed a nonprofit, Music and Kids, to organize his efforts to help young people learn about the music industry, develop their talents, and pursue careers in music. Through Music and Kids, Murphy and other artists and industry professionals will visit schools to educate students about the music industry and how to develop as an artist. Music and Kids will also identify gifted young people and assist their efforts with scholarships to various artist development programs designed to develop their talents and help them pursue a career in music. In the first year of giving back, Murphy and Music and Kids have sponsored kids, other nonprofits for kids, and nonprofit events with over $150,000 in support. 

 

Murphy’s objective is to use his platform to help change his environment, his community, and whatever portion of the world he can reach to make a difference. 

For years, Murphy has performed at the Almond Blossom Festival in Quartz Hill, CA. This year after dinner break, Murphy returned thinking he was going to participate in giving out an award. Instead, he was awarded Person of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce. 

“Every day I wake up and ask for the strength to be the best I can be -- the strength, the wisdom and courage to deal with today the best I can.

 

chuckmurphy.net

soundcloud.com/chuck-murphy-3/free-to-be-free

 

August 2017

08/29/2017

ADAM C. STONE
President of Entertainment / Phenomenon 
A fourteen year veteran of the entertainment industry, Adam Stone joined Phenomenon in November of 2015 as the President of Entertainment. Phenomenon has a First Look Overhead Deal at Warner Brothers for both Film and Television. The film and television production company was designed to capitalize on Phenomenon’s research, analytics and cultural insights generated by the parent company, an innovations agency. 
Prior to joining Phenomenon, Stone spent several years as President of Production for Vertigo Entertainment, a premier film and television production company also with a First Look Overhead Deal at Warner Brothers. 
During Stone’s time with Vertigo they were one of the most active production companies in Los Angeles– releasing five pictures (OLD BOY, RUN ALL NIGHT, THE LEGO MOVIE, POLTERGEIST, and THE VOICES) and taking “Bates Motel” through the first three seasons. During this period Vertigo also put the next two franchise installments of International, animated event film, THE LEGO MOVIE into production, made THE BOY with Lakeshore and STX, SLEEPLESS NIGHT starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, which Stone produced, BLAIR WITCH expansion THE WOODS directed by Adam Wingard, THE RING 3 for Paramount. and secured a greenlight for subversive YA mega property, DEATH NOTE, for Netflix. 
In addition to the aforementioned productions, Vertigo sold twenty three feature film projects and five television shows during Stone’s tenure. 
Stone is currently in production on the animated film NIMONA at Fox Animation, directed by the Oscar winning filmmaker, Patrick Osbourne and written by the Oscar nominated writer Marc Haimes. NIMONA is based on Noelle Stevenson’s National Book Award Candidate, NYT Bestselling, critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same title.

08/22/2017

L.A. Music Powerhouse, Fernando Perdomo, releases “The Golden Hour”,
the perfect culmination of an amazing musical journey, evoking the past and inspiring the future.
FOR RELEASE July 18, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CA - One of the most accomplished musicians on the LA scene, Fernando Perdomo has created an album that echoes the sound and feel of classic 70s singer-songwriter records. Recorded at Ardent Studios with Big Star archivist and engineer Adam Hill, “The Golden Hour” has captured the atmosphere, energy and melancholy mood of the classic Big Star albums recorded within those walls. The sound of "The Golden Hour" features the instruments and gear heard on classic albums by the iconic power pop group. The main electric guitar employed on the album is a vintage Gibson ES-330 that was owned by late Big Star founding member, Chris Bell. Perdomo also was afforded access to the original Mellotron used by Big Star, which is heard on every song on the record.
From the opening piano-instrumental, "Sunset" to the inspirational closer, "Gold," vast emotional ground is covered on “The Golden Hour.” Many of the songs on the record clock in at less than 3 minutes long, wielding a measured sonic economy in a world full of overcooked pop. 
Only 36, Perdomo is a veteran sideman having backed up a who’s who of musical talent numbering Todd Rundgren, Jakob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Beck, Emitt Rhodes, Linda Perhacs, Cristian Castro, and more. Tallying years of experience has honed his consummate ability and robust creativity on a variety of instruments. In fact, Perdomo is a virtual one-man band on “The Golden Hour” providing all the vocals and instrumentation. Lyrically, Perdomo’s exquisitely crafted songs are infused with a finely nuanced mix of honesty and vulnerability. On "I Feel (Therefore I Am)", Perdomo sings "I've made mistakes; it can be great" which is quite the admission from a musician who sounds like a true perfectionist. On "Love Loss Repeat," he intones, "Nothing lasts forever…especially love”. 
Perdomo wrote every song on the record independently, save for "Look At The Moon," which is a co-write between Perdomo and Jordan Zevon, son of Warren Zevon, who was inspired to write the instrumental for a bridge while watching Perdomo play his original version of the song on Facebook Live. While in Memphis, Perdomo wrote the lyrics for the bridge resulting in the final version of “Look At The Moon”, an honest love song about venturing out with the one you love on a moonlit night.
Laying down the foundation of the record at Ardent Studios, Perdomo put the finishing touches on the record at his own Reseda Ranch Studios. The album was mixed and mastered by Grammy-award-winning engineer, Zach Ziskin.
“The Golden Hour” features a gorgeous album cover image by Derek Cintron. Shot before the first note of the album was recorded, the evocative cover inspired the tone for the music that followed, and the visuals truly have captured the feel of the record.
The Golden Hour is here…Perfect Light, Perfect Love…Enjoy!

08/15/2017

Jessica Byrd is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Long Beach, California. With influences like Sara Bareilles, The Civil Wars, Phil Wickham, and Colbie Caillat, her original music has developed into a pop sound with occasional country undertones. She released her debut EP "California Kid” in 2013, and the January 2014 issue of Music Connection Magazine said, "Byrd's buoyant original tunes, like 'California Kid' are the audio equivalent of sunshine, and she has the kind of appealing vocal tonality (including sweet harmonic blends) to carry it home." In 2016, her YouTube cover of MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” won her first place in 95.9 radio's Starfish competition. She then performed on the main stage at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheater for the Christian music festival Fishfest in June of 2016. Currently, she is managing and singing for the corporate jazz band Martini Five-0, leading worship, teaching music, and working on the release of her next single.

08/08/2017

Rajiv Satyal is a Los Angeles-based comedian/host.  His TV-clean act has made him one of the most versatile comedians working today.  He began his career in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rajiv had an unusual entry into standup, doing his act for then-World No. 1 tennis player Pete Sampras in a locker room.  Satyal has some interesting claims to fame:  he opened for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of 17,000 people.  He made the massively viral I AM INDIAN video, which was shared by Bollywood stars and used to introduce the Indian Prime Minister in Shanghai and Dubai.  He has opened for Russell Peters more than any other Indian comedian.  Rajiv even hosted Dave Chappelle’s very first show after his much-publicized African hiatus.
Satyal performs weekly at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.  He has garnered 50 million+ online views and been featured on/in NBC, NPR, Nickelodeon, Fx, Netflix, Bob & Tom, Times Now, Zee TV, Pandora, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Variety, Advertising Age, The Times of India, The Huffington Post, and The LA Times.
Rajiv has performed on three continents.  He co-created the world-touring Make Chai Not War, a Hindu/Muslim stand-up show.  The U.S. State Dept. sponsored it, sending it to seven cities in India.  The show became part of the Congressional Record after being mentioned on Capitol Hill to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
This University of Cincinnati engineer and former P&G marketer has done stand-up at more than 100 colleges.  He named his alma mater’s online radio station “Bearcast,” launched/managed a Miss India America’s career, and has spoken to audiences from Fortune 500 companies to NFL players on innovation, diversity, and personal branding.  His corporate clients include P&G (10 times), GE (7 times), Google, General Mills, Quaker, Toyota, Cisco and more.  He runs a consulting business called the Standpoint Agency, which helps marketers generate insights for their brands.  He gave a TEDx Talk, “The Jester Is King,” in March 2016.
Satyal has acted in national commercials and in TV shows.  He has recorded 130 episodes of his podcast, The TanGent Show, and has interviewed everyone from Deepak Chopra to Seth Godin to Preity Zinta.  In his spare time, Rajiv writes TV ads, performs improv, and produces sketches for Culture Machine’s #BeingIndian channel.
Rajiv wrote No Man’s Land, a 100-minute one-person show about his dating life that sold out all performances from LA to NY to San Francisco to Cincinnati.  This show actually led to Satyal’s marriage, which itself had a comedic arc:  Rajiv proposed to his girlfriend while opening for Kevin Nealon, and at his wedding, Russell Peters finally opened for him.

08/01/2017

Jacob Patrick is an award winning film maker. Jacob has worked in every area of the entertainment industry; Feature Films, TV, Commercials, Cinematics, Rides, VR, Games, & Shorts. Some of the many titles he's worked on include: Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Oz the Great & Powerful, Men in Black 3, God of War, Horton hears a who, Jimmy Neutron, Coca-Cola Commercial, Starwars commercial, & A Gentlemen's Duel. He has taught at multiple universities with rave reviews as well as presented at conferences around the globe. Jacob Patrick is a creative mind that is always pushing the boundaries of the film industry.
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indiegogo.com/projects/the-blood-crystal-a-star-wars-story-film

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Contact: Jacobpatrick@gmail.com

July 2017

07/25/2017

From the best of "Wake up Hollywood" : Portland-born Justin Hopkins is the quintessential LA story. A road more musicians are familiar with than not.
Hopkins began playing multiple instruments at a young age, self-taught on guitar while simultaneously taking piano and bass lessons from NW Jazz greats Randy Porter and Phil Baker.  After a brief stint playing college athletics in California, Hopkins graduated from University Oregon. Soon after, he and his band decided to pick up roots and move to the beach cities of Los Angeles, where he became a regular on an early, and emerging Hotel Cafe scene that would spawn Platinum selling careers for his peers like Sara Barielles and Mat Kearney.  All at the same time Hopkins was a focused and dedicated behind the scenes songwriter/producer, behind the helm on albums for Country artists like Brett Young, and in the same evening going to write songs for R&B legend Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.

After several years and a long list of collaborations, Hopkins set out for Solo success, releasing the self-funded "Vol 1: Here Goes Nothing."  The expansive, 14  track album took over 18 months to record, but received a heap of critical praise, and set Hopkins off on over 3 years of touring to support the album.  He signed with Universal/Pama Records in 2007, releasing "You are where you come from." In contrast, YAWYCF was recorded in 1 week in a parish church house, in a remote village in Sweden, with Hopkins playing nearly every instrument but drums, the album solidified Hopkins' reputation in Europe as the ultimate  showman and songsmith.  The first single "Why would god come to LA" landed in the top 20, peaking at #10, and it would be several months till Hopkins returned to the US.

Upon his return Hopkins focused on what he knew best, being a sideman and supporting other artists.  He landed a gig playing with his dear friend Joe Firstman as a regular guitarist in the house band for Last call with Carson Daly. He would later get a personal call from Carson to be on his latest venture, NBC's hit show The Voice, where he landed a spot on Ceelo's team in season 2.

Since then, Hopkins has kept busy touring, producing, while also being a serial Entrepreneur. Since 2009 he helped found Showkicker, a crowdbooking™ platform for live bands, developed a software called Sun Number™, that is used by Zillow to determine solar viability for homes in California and the east coast. He is currently a majority partner in an up and coming on demand Photo service called Commish™, as well as a consultant for several major emerging Cannabis companies in both Oregon and California.

Most recently he has began making music on a regular basis, collaborating with grammy winners like Krish Sharma (Rolling Stones), Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), and many more.  With a wildly large catalogue of songs ranging from Country to Dance, it's clear Hopkins moves  to the pulse of whatever moves him. He currently lives in Redondo Beach with his wife of 8 years and their young daughter.

facebook.com/Justinhopkinsofficial

twitter.com/jhopsmusicbox
 

07/18/2017

Evan Blum is a singer, songwriter, rapper, & producer based in Los Angeles California. His music can be anything from upbeat and quirky to mellow and heart-felt. His work has been featured on billboard.com , Huffington Post, Refinery29and Teen Vouge. He recently has had a viral success after a song he wrote about pop star Camila Cabello got retweeted and written about by the singer herself on her own personal twitter account. With such prolific and high quality content, Evan has collectively gained millions of views between his Youtube Channel and Facebook fan page. Evan continues to create, constantly writing new material for himself as an artist along with great pop material for other artists.
youtube.com/blume6546
facebook.com/blumevan 
instagram.com/Evanblummusic
 
 

07/11/2017

As Head Commercial Agent at Avalon Artists Group, Stephany Burns represents some of the most talented actors in Hollywood today. Her clients have recently booked numerous Network commercials with companies like Coca Cola, Snickers, Pepsi, Ford, BMW, Kay Jewelers, Allstate, Apple, Samsung, Verizon, AT & T, UPS, Progressive, Wendy's, State Farm, Applebee's, Toyota, Clorox, Ameriprise, Go Daddy, Acura, Hyundai, Target, Dodge, Nationwide, Best Buy, McDonald's and many more. Born and raised in Los Angeles, and a former child commercial actor herself, Stephany has seen every side of the business. Previously working at a few of the top commercial casting agencies in Los Angeles, she found that her ability to understand the needs of actors made her a natural fit to be their biggest champion. She prides herself on her dedication to her clients and her determination to advance their career. She has developed strong relationships with some of the biggest names in commercial casting, who have all come to trust her and her talented roster.

June 2017

06/27/2017

ROBERT M. BILES is an ENGINEER,PRODUCER, MIXER, & STUDIO CONSULTANT with 7 years experience in all phases of audio engineering, music production, studio design and equipment installation. Special expertise in recording and mixing live groups for album projects, television music and orchestral film scores, with an affinity for acoustic music. Fluent in most DAWs, consoles, automation systems, microphones and outboard gear, including all digital and analog formats. 12 Years experience as Front of House Mixer for large and small venues, Road Manager, and Tour Driver. Specialist in Remote Recording for “Live Albums” or DVD.

Some of the artists Robert worked with:
Kevin Eubanks • Smokey Robinson • Brian McKnight • Earth, Wind and Fire
Alan Holdsworth • Frank Gambale • Keiko Matsui • Tom Coster (Santana) • Bobby Caldwell • Freddie Ravel • Joe Sample (The Jazz Crusaders) • Steve Smith (Journey, Vital Information, GHS, Buddy’s Buddies, Jazz Legacy) • Anne McCue • Patti Labelle • The Boyz • Tiffany • Kina Cosper • Deborah Gibson • Larry Coryell • The Commodores • Mark Portmann • Stu Hamm • Tony McAlpine • Kevin Russell & 707 • Vinnie Moore • GHS 2 & 3 (Gambale, Hamm, Smith) • Frank Vignola • Levert • Freebo • Marty Walsh • Lisa Haley • Brian McKnight • Jeff Richman • Café R & B • Jazz at the Movies Band • Terri Lynn Carrington

06/20/2017

CRUZ MARTINEZ (BATTLESHIP)
ABOUT ME:
I am a 29-year-old DJ from Ogden, Utah who is open for bookings including, but not limited to; concerts, weddings, corporate events and private parties.
EXPERIENCE AND TESTIMONIALS:
Residency at Rock & Reilly’s in Park City, Utah
12 years of experience as a vinyl DJ
Open format DJ – Scratch DJ – Remix DJ – Turntablist – Battle DJ
“Super talented scratch DJ with awesome track selections! Battleship can rock all types of sets but a man with his skill set belongs on a big stage where he can showcase his talents.” –DJ Matty Mo
“When I first met Cruz aka Battleship, I fell in love with his style. He’ll be playing an old hip-hop tune, mix in some funk & then some country—then bam! Into rock and back to hip-hop, all while scratching the vinyl. I have never met anyone with the style & class in music that Cruz has to offer.” -DJ Pookie
“He’s good all-around. He does the mashup thing, the beat juggling… he’s dope with scratching. He’s definitely one of the best DJs in the state.” –Street Jesus (DJ)
STRENGTHS:
Music selection
Crowd control
Mixing
Scratching
AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Played shows with R.A. the Rugged Man, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs, Atmosphere, Aesop Rock & others…
Nominated best DJ in Utah by City Weekly 4 years in a row from 2012-2016.
Took first place at the Utah Life Elevated DJ Battle in 2010.
Email: battleshipcruzer@gmail.com Phone: 801.648.6099 Facebook: facebook.com/DJElectronicBattleship/

 

06/13/2017

From the best of "Wake Up Hollywood" : Portland-born Justin Hopkins is the quintessential LA story. A road more musicians are familiar with than not.
Hopkins began playing multiple instruments at a young age, self-taught on guitar while simultaneously taking piano and bass lessons from NW Jazz greats Randy Porter and Phil Baker.  After a brief stint playing college athletics in California, Hopkins graduated from University Oregon. Soon after, he and his band decided to pick up roots and move to the beach cities of Los Angeles, where he became a regular on an early, and emerging Hotel Cafe scene that would spawn Platinum selling careers for his peers like Sara Barielles and Mat Kearney.  All at the same time Hopkins was a focused and dedicated behind the scenes songwriter/producer, behind the helm on albums for Country artists like Brett Young, and in the same evening going to write songs for R&B legend Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.

After several years and a long list of collaborations, Hopkins set out for Solo success, releasing the self-funded "Vol 1: Here Goes