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.

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Show Archives

February 2024

02/13/2024
International entertainer, Grammy nominated Singer and songwriter Sarah Daye is a triple threat artist who has toured Internationally from Canada, Sth East Asia to the US successfully over a decade featuring and performing her soulful originals as well as favorites in several genres including; Pop, soul, r&b, funk, jazz, house music, classic favorites, Edm and she's even performed rock hits on major Vegas stages as you'll see. Sarah comes from a musical background raised with her father serenading her along her bedside. She was definitely influenced by both patents and their love for music with an incredible Motown classic record collection as well. Sarah danced and sang through out her childhood to Prince, Micheal Jackson, Madonna, Barry White, Stevie, Barbara Streisand & the list goes on. Eventually she auditioned and was accepted to study at Toronto’s top private musical theatre college in Toronto, Canada where Sarah was born and raised with much culture and richness in a very diverse community. Lady Daye has produced and musically directed hundreds of live shows Internationally since from Canada, to Asia and to the United States now based in LA on her fourth visa as an extraordinary singer songwriter. Being endorsed by many of the pros in the music entertainment business. Including the great; Wayne Vaughn, Chuckii Booker, Narada Micheal Walden, Kevin Flounoy, Kevin Dorsey and Fabian Cooke to name a few. A truly amazing group with incredible accolades, who have truly come through and shown up for Sarah which speaks of her work ethic. Until this day, they all have been supporting her career in several wonderful ways professionally collaborating on current music projects as well. She is grateful! Sarah has a very interesting background to say the least, starting off as a professional dancer first, studying at a few dance schools including "Randolph School of the Performing Arts College". A true triple threat program. Sarah instantly was encouraged by Canada’s top casting directors to focus on her voice primarily as it was unique and clearly a major strength. With disciplines such as Ballet, jazz & tap under her belt, Sarah later took an interest in hiphop, and Latin styles which ended up being two of her favorite styles she flourished in. Daye during 1 st yr of college got invited to audition & was accepted to dance with one of Canada's first top professional hiphop dance companies called "Dodat" which she was apart of for several years working alongside now incredible Choreographer to the stars ‘Luther Brown’. (Janet, Justin Timberlake, Megan Stallion & Coachella, Diddy, Mart J, So you think you can dance judge, and the list goes on..) Sarah has been hands on with her career managing herself thus far. From writing and negotiating contracts, arranging hundreds of shows with multiple bands, producing and musically directing shows, choosing venues, performing private celebrity concerts opening up locally in LA and Internationally for many greats, top charity and major brand events, honoring royalty families, local and International night clubs, celebrity stages like R&B Live Hollywood, The Jamie Foxx Show at LA Live; The Conga Room as a frequent favorite. Not to mentioned, The years of features, festivals around LA and performing, hanging with many greats like Bruno Mars, Andra Day, opening for Teena Marie, Mario, Ray J, Mario and gracing the stage several times with Hollywood actor musician great Jeff Goldbloom in Hollywood too. Sarah has had successful regular residencies such as her nine month stint featuring at The Beverly Hills hotel with her Daye Dream Team band, to singing at the Pasadena Jazz Institute where she started her "Sexy Soul Sessions" in LA first. A showcase residency Daye produced Internationally from ‘Cafe Was’ Hollywood, to Seventy7Lounge in Culver City over 6yrs with her band successfully. The same successful show Sarah took to "Kudeta" in ‘Bali’ Indonesia twice while touring. And the list goes on. She's been busy. This incredible musical journey has taken Sarah many places far and wide, experiencing so many great opportunities including singing with Andra Day opening for Lenny Kravitz in LA at the Greek theater. And her latest Vegas features two years in a row fronting as lead singer for "The Kevin Eubanks band" at T-Mobile Arena for 40,000 +. An annual Microsoft production. This was a blessed referral Daye got from years headlining at The West Adam’s Avenue Jazz music festival in LA with her band. Other great artists Daye has open up for include; Jill Scott & Mos Def at Canada's Urban Musical Festival, Jose Padilla of 'Cafe Del Mar' & Dj Ravin 'Buddah Bar' in KL, As well as Dj Bert Bevans (Studio 54 original Dj) at Zouk ‘Velvet Underground’ in KL. An awesome residency Daye had in Malaysia where she shared a night featuring headlining in the room next to 'Black Eyed Peas' one night, getting to meet and mingles with them too. One highlight Sarah still speaks of was being invited to share the stage and sing 'My Prerogative' with the legendary “Bobby Brown” and Ralph Tresvant from 'New Eddition' for Bobby Browns 40th Birthday @ R&B Live Hollywood on the Cinespace stage, after featuring and opening up for him. Introduced by Magic Johnson who was hosting the evening. All this happened in front of a star studded room of A list artists Including Queen Latifah, Teena Marie, Bone thugs in harmony , Jon B and many more. Simply amazing memories and an opportunity Sarah doesn’t take lightly. Sarah was invited to be a featured Singer songwriter to be published in a book and later music soundtrack opportunity with five time Grammy producer to the stars in which she was featured with a four page spread sharing her story about being a singer songwriter in Hollywood. The book & soundtrack "Sheet Music : The Diary of a Songwriter" was recorded months in the legendary Henson studios in Hollywood where Sarah was a big part of it. The album book launch and production was premiered at "Avalon" in Hollywood. They opened with "St. Beauty" Janell Monet's group. And soon after became Grammy Nomination for the incredible works of the Soundtrack. Now most currently, Sarah's latest project out is Daye's exciting new single "Catch Me (If I fall)" a fantastic fierce collaboration with the legendary producer, songwriter and musical director to the stars "Chuckii Booker". Some of her best writing and recording yet. The songs available now on all platforms. Go get it! Stay tuned for more. She has a few more planned with Chuckii & is currently mixing the next single "Alright" co-written with William 'Papa Lee'. And, completing another with the one and only Narada Micheal Walden as well who wrote produced many hits with Whitney and many other legends. Daye is in her prime and ready to bring it this year most definitely. Her tenacity is undeniable & she's a driving force as you can see. The momentum is building. Stay close to see what's brewing! Many eggs in some magical baskets. She's been grinding and very focused on the prize. Watch her rise! Visit: www.SarahDaye.com Follow all social media links & enjoy new Daye music. Including the new sexy hott single mentored above. A soulful vibe bringin' back the love makin' music to feed your souls; "Catch Me (If I fall)" is a vibe on its own. And a must have on your lovers slow jam playlist y'all. If you like soulful house vibes and vocals. Check out Sarah's single "Love don’t Lie” which was signed to Quantize recordings and came out on the 2020 Miami sampler, which has had some sweet success making it to #1 on the soulful house album chart on Traxsource as well as top 3 & 5 in other categories. It's a great album overall with many legit household names. For the holiday's don't miss the Cali “Christmas” Daye classic “85@Christmas” which Lady Daye wrote with her writing partner William Lee Hanford JR. The songs been airing on the Woman of substance #1 iTunes podcast years for their Holiday Christmas playlist along with a variety of Sarah’s originals found on her website. Enjoy! Any inquiries please email: BookingSarahDaye@gmail.com Lastly, "The DAYE Dream EP" being produced by Grammy Award Winning Drummer and Sarah's MD “Stacey Lamont Sydnor” and Sarah Daye featuring her dream team band is almost complete. Just the final vocals, mixing and mastering. Stay tuned dreamers. She is just getting her mojo going! Keep close. It's #DayeTime She ain't playing. Lady Daye is making dreams her reality!
02/06/2024
Alessandro Gentile is an award-winning director and cinematographer. His short film “Lodo” had its World Premiere at the Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival in 2022 and has won five awards to date, including the Tim Burton Visionary Award for directing at the Burbank Int’l Film Festival. Most recently, Gentile participated as a cinematographer on the award-winning feature film, “Moon Garden” now screening in select theaters in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Gentile’s “Della” short film is currently in post-production. In 2012, Gentile shot the television pilot for the Emmy Award-winning series “Schitt’s Creek.” In 2014, he co-founded the Highland Park Independent Film Festival. In 2020, Gentile was acknowledged at the Brazil Int’l Independent Film Festival by receiving a Best Cinematography award for his cinematography work on the feature film “Trade” and has garnered two Telly Awards for innovation in youth education. In the commercial world, Gentile has provided services to corporate clients such as Microsoft, BMW and Acura. He has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara and studied cinematography at UCLA.

January 2024

01/30/2024
Nikhil Korula 9:22 AM (7 hours ago) to me, Sam Bio and there will be no links, today. NK ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Behzad Dabu Date: Mon, Jan 29, 2024 at 9:07 PM Subject: behzad bio To: "Behzad Dabu is an actor, producer, and writer based in Los Angeles. He grew up in Syracuse, NY and got his BFA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, where he also worked after college as the Senior International Admissions Officer; traveling all over the world working with students and their families on creating careers in the arts. He has worked extensively on stage at some of the best theaters in the country, especially in Chicago and LA, and is a proud company member at TimeLine Theatre Company which presents stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. With a passion for working with playwrights and new play development, he originated the role of 'Amit' in "Samsara" at Victory Gardens Theatre, for which he was nominated for a Jeff Award - Best Actor. He also originated the role of 'Abe' in the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated play, "Disgraced" which he performed at American Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum at Center Theatre Group. On screen, you can see him as 'Simon Drake' on Seasons 3 and 4 of How To Get Away With Murder on ABC, as 'Amir' on the Showtime series The Chi, and on Disney’s The Lion Guard. He also appeared in episodes of The Good Place, All Rise, Chicago P.D., Drive Share, You're So Talented, Dealbreakers; and in the films Mirage, Star Vehicle, Weathering, Pick Up, Hoop, King Rat, Imperfections; as well as various audiobooks, podcasts, and national commercials. Behzad is the Director of Acting for Hillman Grad, a faculty member at Last Acting Studio, and the Acting Coach for the TV series The CHI. He strives to be a strong advocate in regards to representation in the arts and media; and is a founding member of The Chicago Inclusion Project, which seeks to level the playing field and provide resources in the arts for people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. He is a skilled audience engagement facilitator and experienced post-show discussion leader. behzaddabu.com -- www.behzaddabu.com Instagram: @behzaddabu
01/23/2024
Kabir Chopra is a South Asian filmmaker and actor who loves romantic comedies, often inspired by his own dating failures. He studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch and created the award-winning comedy web series SWIPED TO DEATH, which explores the messy realities of online dating in New York. As an actor, Kabir has appeared in MADAM SECRETARY (CBS), AMERICANISH (Sony Pictures) and DEFINITION PLEASE (Netflix). When he's not writing, Kabir can be found telling awful dad jokes on TikTok. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he is still searching for the perfect bagel. kabir@kabirchopra.com www.kabirchopra.com
01/16/2024
Avi Castellanos is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer. His music is a mix between atmospheric indie pop, rock, folk, electronic and R&B. His music can be defined as ‘psychological pop’ music, in which he lyrically discusses topics such as self-discovery, self-reflection, finding inner strength and processing tumultuous moments throughout life with a cinematic and dreamy sonic landscape. He views himself as a musical chameleon. He loves to blend and absorb so many different types of music and constantly strives to reveal different layers of himself as an artist. His influences include artists such as Lana Del Rey, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kehlani, Pink Floyd, Bon Iver, James Blake and London Grammar. Instagram: @avicastellanosmusic_
01/09/2024
Mahesh Kotagi is a pharmacist turned stand-up comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He has been featured on Netflix is a joke radio and co-produces the underground comedy show Combover - in a hip barber shop in Queens NY, which was featured in the NY Comedy Festival. Instagram @maheshkotagi TikTok @maheshkotagicomedy Web: www.maheshkotagi.com
01/02/2024
Mayank Deogaonkar is an award winning South Asian American filmmaker with a diverse background. Originally born in India, he has been raised in the United Kingdom, and the United States. This upbringing has made him appreciate the multifaceted and diverse world we live in. As such, he strives to tell stories that discuss the struggles and obstacles faced by an immigrant abroad. Mayank has worked as a writer, director, and video editor on multiple projects. In 2021, he has won Best Script for American’t at the New York Cinema Awards. In 2023 his debut short Butterscotch garnered two awards for Best Short Drama at the Indian Film Festival of Cincinatti and Best International Short Film at Yellowstone International Film Festival. Mayank recently began M.A.D. House Entertainment Limited with a goal of expanding the opportunities for South Asian filmmakers based in the US.

December 2023

12/19/2023
Jeffrey Henderson An accomplished storyboard and development artist, Jeffrey’s career has included a wide- ranging assortment of feature film, television, video game, VR, animation and comic book projects. Major film credits include: Black Adam, Ms. Marvel, Christopher Robin, Inception, Twilight: Eclipse and After Earth, to name just a few. He also worked with Sam Raimi on a number of film projects, including Spider-Man 3 & 4, World of Warcraft and OZ, The Great and Powerful. Television credits include The Boys with Dan Trachtenberg and the critically-acclaimed Fargo for creator Noah Hawley. Henderson has also contributed to a number of high profile video game titles, including Injustice 2, Fallout ’76, Destiny, Dishonored 2 and was also a principal storyboard and conceptual artist on the TRANSFORMERS 3D attraction for Universal Studios. He’s lectured and taught courses on storyboarding/ visual storytelling/ film direction at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, The Savannah College of Art & Design/SCAD, as well as The University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. As an actor/ voice over artist (SAG/ AFTRA), and a successful singer/ songwriter (ASCAP), he's contributed vocal performances, songs and music to a number of film, TV and video game projects as well. He had a deal with MCA before he moved to LA while moving here from Vegas, where we were based and got signed out of and eventually recorded with Sylvia Massey, who worked with Tool, System of a Down and Prince, to name a few. As a filmmaker, his short film, Star Wars: The Sable Corsair, won the "Audience Choice" at the 2016 LucasFilm Fan Film Awards. It's a project that saw him taking on multiple roles: director, lead actor, screenwriter, producer, storyboard artist, art director and post- supervisor. You can find Jeffrey online at planethenderson.com, on social media as @planethenderson, and find his online T-Shirt/ Print shop at: PlanetHenderson.Threadless.com
12/12/2023
Eric Bradley (born December 10, 1970) is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is lead vocalist and guitarist in the band The Young Royals and currently serves as the guitarist and backup vocalist for the band Levinhurst. He graduated from William Fremd High School in 1989. In 2003 Bradley reformed the band Melt with Comes with the Fall bassist Adam Stanger and drummer Josh Howser; they were later joined by second guitarist Jason Saracco.[1] Melt released a five-track EP titled Color the Sky in 2005[1][2] before changing their name to The Young Royals in 2007.[1] Their debut album Day of Truths came out later that year.[1][3] As of 2012, The Young Royals have undergone some lineup changes with Shane Soloski and Eric Leiderman respectively on bass and drums and released a new five-track EP called Prelude to A Good Heavy. In addition to fronting The Young Royals, Bradley also serves as the guitarist and backup vocalist for Levinhurst, an independent musical project that blends the surnames of vocalist Cindy Levinson and her husband Lol Tolhurst, former drummer and keyboardist for The Cure. Bradley first appeared on their second album House by the Sea, on which he also plays bass guitar, released in 2007. They were later joined by Michael Dempsey, another founding member of The Cure, and released a third album in 2009 called Blue Star. Eric provided touring in support of Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. In 2009 Alice in Chains released Black Gives Way to Blue, their first album in 14 years; Jerry Cantrell listed Bradley among the many people he wished to thank within the liner notes. Instagram: @ebiz12
12/05/2023
Cameron has performed and recorded with members of Prince, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Janes’s Addiction, and The Knack. Selected studio sessions include filmmaker David Lynch, Gino Vannelli, remix albums by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash; the latter which was produced by Snoop Dogg. Various composing / songwriting credits include TV’s General Hospital and Nashville. His latest 2023 release is “LOVE EVERYBODY” produced by Tucker Martine; featuring Brian Blade and Tim Lefebvre. Available at cmosounds.com A relocation to Portland in 2008 enabled a reprieve from the music industry grind of LA / NYC and turned his attention to releasing musical effects accessories as part of Jack Deville Electronics and to continue consulting with other companies to improve their products. Continuing on this path, Zashabuti was launched in 2019 with the ZAMP hitting stores in December 2023. zashabuti.com In his spare time he also runs Eclectic Sounds - a music store / record store in North Portland. eclsounds.com

November 2023

11/28/2023
Michael Kim-Sheng is a producer and composer between musical worlds. Born into a musical family, he started piano lessons at the age of 4. The music of Chopin and Debussy was always playing in the background at home, and it continues to resonate in his compositional voice. As a teenager, his friends introduced him to new genres of music, and he was driven to learn electric guitar, drums, and sound recording. His musical work is a meeting between these backgrounds, falling between classical and popular genres, and combining acoustic instruments with electronic rhythms and textures. He pursued formal studies in composition at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and at McGill University. He won the SOCAN grand prize for emerging composers in 2018 and the Audience Prize and Honorable Mention in the 2020 Graham Sommer Competition. As an artist, he is always considering the feelings that composition can evoke in his body, and it is often a sensation that drives him to create. Many of his compositions have come from a spontaneous feeling of being moved, and he considers it his duty to bring these feelings to life through music.
11/21/2023
Born and raised in upstate New York, actor Chad Michael Collins began his entertainment career in Los Angeles as a Hollywood publicist before gravitating towards acting. He has since amassed several dozen major television, film, video game and voice-over credits. Collins is best known for his franchise-starring role in the internationally renowned ongoing Sony Pictures SNIPER action film series. SNIPER: G.R.I.T., the 10 th entry in the series and Collins’ seventh appearance in the lead role released in Fall 2023 on VOD and DVD, and re-teamed him with ‘Agent Zero’, ‘Lady Death’ and ‘The Colonel’ Dennis Haysbert. Collins first appeared as ‘Brandon Beckett’ in SNIPER: RELOADED, playing the son of Tom Berenger’s original legendary Marine sniper.  He reprised his role in SNIPER: LEGACY, SNIPER: GHOST SHOOTER, SNIPER: ULTIMATE KILL, SNIPER: ASSASSIN’S END, and SNIPER: ROGUE MISSION, currently available on Netflix USA where it enjoyed a 9-day run in the “Top 10 Most Watched Movies” list in December 2022. Gamers around the world continue to enjoy playing as Collins’ ‘Alex/Echo 3-1’ character from the global smash hit CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE. Collins starred as the lead in the massively commercially and critically successful first-person shooter, the best-selling video game of 2019 and 2020, and its wildly popular battle-royal counterpart CALL OF DUTY: WARZONE. His character returned to the CALL OF DUTY frontlines via the WARZONE 2.0 RAID Season 1 gameplay mode and ongoing DLC content, and Collins reprised his lead role in the recent CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3 release (November 2023). Smartphone gamers also continue playing as ‘Alex’ in CALL OF DUTY: MOBILE with Collins’ popular operator a fan favorite in the first-person mobile device shooter. Collins recently wrapped filming a lead role in the gritty action-thriller film THE WRECKER with co-stars Harvey Keitel, Tyrese Gibson, Danny Trejo and Mena Suvari and DESERT DAWN opposite Kellan Lutz and Cam Gigandet. In 2022, Collins appeared as a lead in several released films: SNIPER: ROGUE MISSION; the Redbox Original ASSAILANT, a gripping psychological thriller-actioner starring Collins, Casper Van Dien and Poppy Delevingne; and the military action-horror film DEAD ZONE (with Michael Jai White). 2023 saw the release of the rom-com ONE YEAR OFF, with Collins as a lead opposite Jeff Fahey via Lionsgate on Feb 7th, and he stars as a lead in the forthcoming sci-fi/horror feature THE BUNKER (with Tony
11/14/2023
Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps are on quite a roll. Her persuasive pipes slathered in honey and soaked in Texas-bred sass, keyboardist Teresa James and her band, the Rhythm Tramps, have long reigned as one of Los Angeles’ leading contemporary blues outfits, even though their uncommonly imaginative repertoire, much of it supplied by Terry Wilson, James’ husband, producer, and bassist, is by no means strictly limited to the 12-bar form. Their 2019 CD Here in Babylon was nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary Blues Album category. Rose-Colored Glasses, the band’s new release on Blue Heart Records, continues that proud tradition. It’s their 12th album and once again showcases Teresa’s enticing way with a lyric and Terry’s prolific songwriting talent, poured over grooves that’ll grab listeners and refuse to let go until the very last notes have rung. A coterie of Texas guitar greats guest on the set, including Anson Funderburgh, Lee Roy Parnell, Johnny Lee Schell, Snuffy Walden, and Dean Parks. “This new album is kind of veering a little bit more into soul,” says Teresa. “But to me, blues is more of a state of mind. It’s where you’re coming from. It’s the attitude and the heart that you bring to it.” By any yardstick, Teresa got an uncommonly early start on her lifelong profession. “There was always music playing in my house. My dad was a huge music fan. He had all kinds of musical interests, so I was exposed to a lot of different kinds of music.” “I studied classical music until I was about a sophomore in high school. When I was like eight or so, my dad taught me how to play guitar. Those were the seeds which would eventually lead to a musical career including recordings with Walter Trout, Eric Burdon, Spencer Davis, Tommy Castro, Stephen Bruton, Randy Newman, LeeRoy Parnell, Neil Diamond, and more; plus live performances with countless others, including Marcia Ball, Levon Helm, Lloyd Jones, Delbert McClinton, and Eric Burdon & the Animals. She has been a featured act on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruises for more than twenty years. Teresa ultimately left Houston at the encouragement of Terry Wilson and his buddy Tony Braunagel, who had relocated to L.A. Terry proved the perfect musical cohort for Teresa. “His songs are brilliant. I think he’s a really great songwriter. And we’ve collaborated on quite a few, but I think what I bring to his songs in the interpretation is just a good match. He knows the kinds of things that I’m going to be able to put myself into to expand them,” she says. “Over the years, we have definitely developed a partnership that works.” Her band, The Rhythm Tramps, consists of world class players that have toured or recorded with artists including Eric Burdon & the Animals, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Reed, Lightin’ Hopkins, Jimmy Vaughan, Johnny Nash, Smokey Robinson, Tom Jones, Tower Of Power, and more. In 1998, The Rhythm Tramps released their debut album, The Whole Enchilada, on Jesi-lu, with Teresa and Terry’s studio cohorts including guitarists Watts, Schell, and Stephen Bruton. Braunagel and Herman Matthews manned the drums. Subsequent releases include Live (2000), Oh Yeah! (2003), The Rhythm Method (2004), and The Bottom Line in 2007. “The Bottom Line is a really good one,” says Teresa. “We still do most of the songs on that album, and that was the one where we got the BMA nomination.” Next up was Country by Request (2008), followed by 2010’s You Know You Love It, Come On Home in 2012, Bonafide in 2016, and the Grammy-nominated Here in Babylon in 2018, which was mixed by Ed Cherney with Jay Bellerose on drums. As if the band didn’t keep her busy enough, Teresa has also done considerable vocal work on film soundtracks and song demos in Los Angeles. One of her favorite composers to work for in the studio is Randy Newman; she was one of the background singers on “Putin” from his 2017 CD Dark Matter. Soon to have a full dozen albums under their collective belt spanning 23 exciting years, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps remain a staple of the Los Angeles-area blues scene in addition to an international touring artist, with a sound all their own. Moving easily from Texas-style grease and blues into Memphis soul or New Orleans-flavored grooves and all points in between with fun and abandonment, as one critic said, “there are no clichés in this band.” https://teresajames.com/
11/07/2023
James Graves is a singer songwriter out of Southern California. While growing up, he had dabbled in lots of creative passions including musical theater, then improv and sketch comedy through his college years and performing shows in LA and Vegas, but as the years went on music clearly became his main creative outlet. James started singing in bars and breweries doing solo shows which eventually led to him starting a country rock band called Westbound 66. Over the years, they have been performing at local gigs but eventually have become a regular around the honky Tonk circuit of Southern California regularly appearing at Brandin Iron in San Bernardino, Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, and Buckle and Boots in Lancaster to name a few. After years of playing honky tonks and dive bars like the bands of Nashville, Westbound 66 has crafted their own sound combining country, rock, storied lyrics and harmonies. Look for upcoming shows and music from Westbound 66 in 2024!

October 2023

10/31/2023
On May 10th, 2023 John was inducted into the National Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame On July 3rd, 2023 John won the Living Blues Magazine Award for: BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR On September 23rd John won 2 Blues Blast Magazine Awards! 1 for TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Hard Times 1 for BEST LIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Teardrops for Magic Slim He also received a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD!
10/10/2023
Poorvi Mehta is the definition of the girl next door– a curious soul with a passion to connect with people and understand the interworkings of love, life, and relationships. When she is not busy being the quintessential tech geek, she is often found conversing with her friends, colleagues, and family members about topics that affect their everyday lives. Poorvi is very relatable and entertaining with her quick wit and sarcastic personality. She enjoys getting into in-depth conversations and can delve into difficult issues with compassion and understanding. Besides specializing in digital forensics, running her own podcasts, dating in this crazy digital world, acting and doing her own stunts. Poorvi is also an entrepreneur who is always on the lookout for the next new idea. My Podcast site: That's What We Said

September 2023

09/26/2023
The Elias-Miller Project — EMP for short — is a southern funk-rock power duo based in Pasadena, CA. Wielding a combined 35 years of songwriting experience, dual frontmen Mike Miller and Mike Elias are reviving deep pockets, humble lyrics, and old-school grooves for the modern moment. Originally from Sacramento, Miller has released two albums, and graced stages from the Knitting Factory to the Bitter End, alongside Donovan Frankenreiter and others. Elias, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, was an Elvis impersonator as a teenager.
09/19/2023
The Record Company The 4th Album Round Hill Records Release Date: September 15, 2023 “I ain’t ever givin’ up…” —DANCE ON MONDAYS At 2pm on December 19, 2022 — the dreaded final day of the year in the music business — The Record Company got a telephone call from the, um, record company. It was the head of the label, who’d been sitting on their new demos for months, while the band sat in limbo. It was a scene out of a movie about the bad luck bands sometimes have with big record labels: a pleasant “hello” led to a Charlie Brown’s teacher murmur that amounted to “you’re dropped from the label, Happy Christmas, fellas.” Apparently, the label was going “in a different direction” — Hollywood code for “The Record Company’s many radio hits and Grammy nomination are no guarantee that you’re going to push further into their idea of mainstream, or that you’re great at TikTok.” “It was tough to swallow,” says bassist Alex Stiff, “because we had already set out to write the most stripped-back and raw record we’d done in years, and they had demos of this new music, and ultimately dropped us. Combine that with some new economic realities, a canceled tour, and we really felt like everything was crashing down at once.” On The 4th Album, The Record Company see that rejection as a rite of renewal, a way to cleanse themselves, to start over. They head back to their roots: creating the raw, self-produced, blues-based music that in past years earned them multiple Billboard #1 AAA songs, a Grammy nomination, and brought them from playing small clubs to arena tours supporting John Mayer and Bob Seger. These “roots” would include half-working dumpster guitars, no-name drum sets from garage sales, no click tracks or studio tricks, all recorded in the bass player’s living room. “Almost every band you love at some point tends to drift away from that raw spark that made them unique in the first place,” says drummer Marc Cazorla. “They search for bigger sounds, bigger budgets, more expensive instruments, producers, mixers, etc. We’ve been subject to that as well, but now we’ve come back full circle to what matters most: making raw, honest music that moves peoples’ souls.” The band titled the new collection “The 4th Album” to signify the start of a new chapter. When the needle drops, we hear TRC lead singer Chris Vos spit out an offhanded quip: “I ain’t ever givin’ up,” an impromptu line that is an instant touchstone for anyone who’s ever seen their dreams fading, and then been able to regain hope. That line quickly became a call-to-arms for the band and a rock-solid theme for this album. Says bassist Alex Stiff: “We all want to be moving on the steady rise forever, but then one day that momentum stops, and you’re not prepared for it. This song is very autobiographical as to what we were going through. Finding the answer required a lot of soul searching, but ultimately we found it through the music. For us, it was saying: ‘I’m not doing a dance for anyone anymore.’” On The 4th Album, the band uses the same microphones that have been dropped at bar gigs a few too many times, and the same tarnished 2008 computer with recording software mostly laughed at by today’s standards. The album cover shows a hand-cut metal sign given to the band by a fan at a 2021 show in St Louis, Missouri. For the live show, the band is performing as a trio again, purposely scaling back bigger lineups they’ve used in the past. “We keep going back to a less-is-more philosophy with the new songs, and that translates to the show as well. The space between us is the 4th member,” says singer Chris Vos. On songs like “I Found Heaven (In My Darkest Days),” we hear Chris singing about walking a troubled path, but finding salvation in music, set to his harmonica and gospel roots wailing. “Talk To Me” displays a Motown-style drum and bass funk groove, while “Highway Lady” sets a 70’s smooth AM Radio backdrop, with the city views seemingly far behind in the rear view mirror, singing: “Highway Lady, where we gonna go today?” The 4th Album finds the band at peace with themselves operating as outsiders in an ever changing musical landscape. “You’re not going to find us posting goofy videos, salad recipes, or telling the internet what every song is about,” says Chris. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but we’ve managed to find a way through it, and put it all back into the music.” The 4th Album is due for release September 15th, on Round Hill Records.
09/12/2023
Taissa is a Latinx-American television and film actor. Taissa was born in Arizona to her Jewish-Brazilian parents Paula Menna Barreto and Oscar Zveiter, but she was raised in Brazil. She also speaks three languages. After training in dance for over 10 years in Brazil, Taissa started to receive roles in theater and film. She has studied the Meisner technique and later studied Theater in Mesa's College in Arizona. While studying theater, her appearance on the musical production Curtains garnered regional attention and she was described "visually captivating" on a review by the Phoenix New Times. Taissa also performed as Mary Warren in 'The Crucible' for a regional Arizona production, part for which she won the Theater Outback's award for Best Supporting Actress. As a dancer, she has worked for Arizona Opera's production of Aida for their 2012 season. Taissa now devotes most of her time to her on-screen career. Her most recent credits include playing Maureen on the newest acclaimed mini-series 'Pam & Tommy' on Hulu that premiered February 2022 and playing Gino Carmine's Wife opposite Giovanni Ribisi and Miles Teller on the highly awaited new drama series about the making of 'The Godfather' movies: 'The Offer' on Paramount+ set to premiere April 28th 2022. Taissa will also be making her debut on 2 new shows this year. You'll be able to see her in supporting roles on the feature film 'First Oscar' opposite veteran actor Michael Lerner and on the short film 'Consultation Room 125' set to premiere later in 2022. Commercially, she appeared on a promo for The Masked Singer in 2021, and she has also worked on ads for brands like Apple, Alaska Airlines, Amazon, and Google to name a few. www.taissazveiter.com www.facebook.com/taissazveiter Go Fund Me link for new short film project: https://gofund.me/f0651844 Trailer for fundraising new short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvjQRY3BLpM
09/05/2023
Hailing from Washington, D.C, singer-songwriter Sidney Riley has been involved with the arts since he learned to play the piano at age 9. After discovering his deep passion for singing as a cast member of Children’s Choice, a popular children’s British television show filmed in the Middle East, Riley decided then to take his musical career more seriously. While in high school, he formed an acapella group and began writing original music. During that time, he and his high school choir had the fortune to perform at The Kennedy Center Honors whose honoree that year was Quincy Jones, the most decorated producer and composer to date. Soon after celebrating this momentous occasion, Riley fell critically ill with Meningoencephalitis, a rare disease that had him fighting for his life in a coma for several months, overcoming a 1% chance to live. Upon waking from his coma, he formed a paralysis causing immobility from his neck down, medical experts related to him that he would never walk again. After many months of rehab, which included re-learning how to walk again, Riley shocked his friends and family when he walked unassisted across the graduation stage to receive his diploma, with the full chamber choir by his side. Riley credits his recovery in part to the role music played in his life, by keeping him motivated through that difficult time and giving him a sense of purpose. After graduation, the musician made a full recovery and moved to New York City to attend Fordham University. Since then, he has made music his priority. He now resides in Los Angeles, and is currently involved in several projects for himself, as well as for other artists from various genres. Sidney Riley is ready to put his best foot forward while letting music guide his journey. Learn more about Sidney by visiting iamsidneyriley.com

August 2023

08/29/2023
Classically trained in piano, clarinet and voice, Lisa Martin is a musical force that draws from the sounds of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Ani Difranco. Based in Los Angeles, this singer-songwriter has been on stage most of her life from the time she first sang a solo in her kindergarten production, to most recently singing at Disney Hall with the LA Philharmonic. Growing up in the classical genre, Lisa was an Arizona All-State clarinet player, Principal Clarinet for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Phoenix and expanded her musical horizons by singing in vocal jazz ensemble as well as playing keyboard in jazz band. Lisa has a degree in Music Education from Northern Arizona University, where she also played in a hippie rock band called Spincycle. The beginning of her career started in entertainment while working for EMI/Capitol Records and Warner Music Group, but her talents eventually propelled her into another obsession: songwriting. She knew she had to follow her heart and become the songwriting artist she is today. Lisa is currently working on her first EP. In the meantime, catch her performing at venues across Los Angeles. https://instagram.com/lisa.martin.336333?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
08/22/2023
NIKHIL KORULA 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® 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 so look for the NK Band to make their return to Summerfest 2024 next summer. Nikhil Korula and his band released their 8th album, REVOLUTIONS, on January 29, 2021 and opened for Rock ’N Roll Hall of Famers, ZZ Top, at Summerfest 2021! Currently, Nikhil Korula has now started a new blues trio with drummer, Gene Coye (Seal, Larry Carlton) and bassist, Andre Desantana (Jason Mraz, Sergio Mendes) and recorded a 15 song album with 5 originals and 10 covers of artists who inspired Korula to start a blues trio. Chuck Leavell, famed keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton, recorded piano and organ on 2 songs for the new album called CROSSROADS along with some other heavy hitters and was released on July 28, 2023! With dedicated fans, exceptional live shows, and consistently strong songwriting, the Nikhil Korula Band and Nikhil Korula Power Trio continue to have a remarkable effect and amazing impact on audiences globally. Please visit www.nkband.com and www.nkpowertrio.com for more information on both bands! www.nkband.com www.nkpowertrio.com @thenikhilkorulaband @thenkpowertrio
08/15/2023
Steve Rose is a nationally acclaimed music photographer having spent over 8 years in the industry photographing over a thousand shows in that time. Steve's work has been featured on Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Forbes, and the Smithsonian. Early on in his career, he was fortunate enough to be hired by Neal Schon and spent the next five plus years touring with Journey as one of their photographers and with Neal for his side projects. During his time on the road he has worked in a number of legendary locations like Madison Square Garden, The Forum, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and The Gorge to name a few. When he is not on the road, Steve is the house photographer at a number of venues in and around Los Angeles like the Hollywood Palladium, FivePoint Amphitheatre, The Greek Theatre, The Riverside Municipal Auditorium, House of Blues Anaheim, and Shrine Auditorium. Aside from his work with local venues, he has also worked with notable acts such as: Slipknot, Alice in Chains, Korn, Deftones, Lamb of God, Primus, and My Chemical Romance. In addition to his work with bands and venues, he has also developed strong relationships with a few music companies like Ernie Ball/Music Man, Fender, Gibson, Orange Amps, Yamaha, and Echopark Guitars. When he is not working, he enjoys being home with his family and playing guitar on the couch to whichever of his two cats are willing to stay for the show. Throughout the years, Steve Rose has built a reputation of being a photographer known for delivering high-quality work and being timely and reliable. This consistency has afforded him many great opportunities and he always makes himself available to help out other photographers when he can with any questions they may have. steverosephotos.com Instagram Facebook
08/08/2023
Elliott Yamin returns with his fourth album, ‘As Time Goes By’, a genre-bending collection of emotive originals highlighted by his soulful and evocative voice. Influenced by some of his favorite music of the last few decades, Yamin has crafted a timeless set of songs by fusing R&B, urban, rock and contemporary elements all while remaining true to what his fans love about him the most: his expressive voice and performance. Unafraid of experimenting with multiple production styles in a single song, the album ranges from emotional ballads with an 80's flair to Motown-style upbeat grooves with a modern edge. Yamin launched his recording career following his appearance on American Idol Season 5 as the top 3 finalist with his highly anticipated debut album Elliott Yamin, which debuted at Number Three on the Billboard album chart and was the highest- debuting album by an independent artist in SoundScan history. The self-titled disc achieved gold status in the U.S. and Japan (where he continues to maintain a large audience), and yielded the platinum hit ‘Wait for You.’ In the wake of the first album's release, Yamin received considerable media exposure on countless television shows, while gaining extensive performing experience by touring around the world with his live band. He released the Christmas-themed “Sounds of the Season: The Elliott Yamin Holiday Collection’, later that same year which would be reissued in expanded form the following year as ‘My Kind of Holiday’. Yamin's second official album, Fight for Love, followed, spawning the successful singles ‘Fight for Love’ and ‘Can't Keep on Loving You (From a Distance)’. His third album, ‘Let’s Get to What’s Real’, found Yamin stretching as an artist as a writer and co-producer. Yamin continues to tour domestically and internationally which have also included three trips to Africa as a spokesman to the ‘Malaria no More Foundation’ as well as a variety of charities, relief groups and peace organizations. Having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 16, he has worked tirelessly as an activist and spokesman for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help create awareness and raise money for research. Elliott Yamin was born in Los Angeles and soon after, his family moved to Pasadena, CA where he first discovered his vocal talent while singing with his neighbors. Yamin later moved to Richmond, VA as a youth, and soon found employment singing cover material in a local jazz group and working as a DJ on a local R&B radio station. While Elliott was working in a pharmacy when he took a chance to drive to Boston, Massachusetts and audition for American Idol and won a spot on Season 5. His signature performances in the competition, with renditions of Donny Hathaway’s ‘A Song for You’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘If You Really Love Me’ made him a fan favorite and catapulted him to 3rd place in that year’s season. Simon Cowell described him as “potentially the best male vocalist” of the season, while Stevie Wonder encouraged him to pursue music full-time. It’s been full steam ever since. Instagram: @singlikeyaminit

July 2023

07/25/2023
Lisa Klein is a co-founder of MadPix, Inc. a film production company committed to making engaging documentaries about social justice issues. Her most recent project, THE S WORD , is a documentary that tackles one of the most cloistered issues of our time through the emotional stories of suicide attempt and loss survivors. Lisa’s decision to make THE S WORD stems from her own experience. As a survivor of both her father’s and brother's suicides, she struggled with the "whys" for years. She was driven to document it and open a much needed conversation because she believes no family should have to experience the pain her family endured. In 2012, Lisa co-directed OF TWO MINDS , a journey into the lives of remarkable people living, struggling and triumphing with bipolar disorder. Both THE S WORD and OF TWO MINDS won the prestigious SAMHSA Voice Award, the most significant award for mental health filmmaking. In addition to filmmaking, she is an author, and speaks at universities and organizations around the world, raising awareness about mental health issues. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds an MFA from the University of Southern California. www.madpixfilms.com Lisa Klein, Director The S Word www.theswordmovie.com www.madpixfilms.com www.facebook.com/suidoc Twitter - @Suidoc Instagram: @Suidoc
07/18/2023
Grammy nominee Stephen K. Peeples was the original, award-winning producer of “The Lost Lennon Tapes” radio series for Westwood One from 1988-1990, and writer/producer of hundreds of WW1 programs in the preceding five years. • He earned a Grammy nomination as co-producer of the “Monterey International Pop Festival” box set with Lou Adler and Geoff Gans (Rhino/MIPF, 1992). • Peeples was raised by career newspaper journalists and music-lovers in Miami and Los Angeles. His first music industry gig was as an Associate Editor at Cash Box magazine in Hollywood in 1975. He went on to be a Media Relations-PR executive for Capitol Records (1977-1980), Elektra/Asylum Records (1980-1983) and Rhino Entertainment (1992-1998). • Moving online, he was Rhino’s first web editor (1996-1998), then elevated to content editor of Warner Music Group websites (1998-2001). • Based in the Santa Clarita Valley just north of L.A., Peeples was the award-winning Online Editor for The Signal newspaper’s website from 2007-2011, and wrote-hosted-co-produced SCVTV’s WAVE-nominated “House Blend” local music TV show from 2010-2015 (archived online and still airing in reruns). • The Santa Clarita journalist was a News Editor at SCVTV’s SCVNews.com from 2017-2021 and SVP/New Media for Rare Cool Stuff Unltd. from 2010-2018. • For more info and original stories, visit https://stephenkpeeples.com/. For exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, subscribe to Peeples’ YouTube channel. www.stephenkpeeples.com
07/11/2023
Priya Mehta is a comedian, actor, dancer, content creator, podcast host and wedding entertainment planner. Originally, she was in finance for 10 years and during that time, Priya started to discover her true passions and interests in entertainment. Priya started taking improv classes in 2017 and then transitioned into stand up comedy in 2019. When the pandemic hit in 2020, she moved to LA from Atlanta, created and produced her own self empowerment podcast called Inhale Courage Exhale Fear, helping her develop her own voice. Two years ago, Priya quit her finance job and is now fully immersed in the arts as a creative, still continuing to exercise different outlets that feed her soul. Last year, she hosted and produced a south asian comedy show at Ha Ha Comedy Club, selling out the main room of 140 people and plans to host more comedy shows in the future. Currently, she is taking acting classes and has been in numerous commercials, music videos and game shows. Priya continues to work with brands creating content and is also getting her feet wet in the wedding entertainment business, where she provides a broad range of services from MC'ing events to writing and performing skits, dances, editing music and playing the dhol. IG: https://www.instagram.com/priprimehta/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@priya.mehta?lang=en Stand up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw0slcUEr20 Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inhale-courage-exhale-fear/id1536049351

June 2023

06/27/2023
Darryl Phinnessee is a globally recognized Grammy Award- winning singer, songwriter, performer, composer, vocal arranger, and producer based in Los Angeles, CA. A native of East St. Louis, IL, Darryl fronted various local R & B bands, sang Gregorian Chant as a choirboy at St. Joseph’s church, gospel at his grandfather’s baptist church, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in classical voice from Southern Illinois University. His unique voice and eclectic talents led him to work with Michael Jackson as both touring vocal director and featured vocalist. He has also recorded and toured with Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Don Henley, and Clare Fischer. Being in much demand in L.A.’s recording studios, Darryl has sung with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Ringo Star, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, The Black Crowes, Mariah Carey, James Brown, and Quincy Jones, to name only a few. Phinnessee co-wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song “Tossed Salads And Scrambled Eggs” for Frasier, the critically acclaimed American television series, and sang on Dancing With The Stars for seven years. Darryl recently returned from Halden, Norway, performing all Stevie Wonder compositions, as featured vocalist in concert with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and is currently recording his solo record with the working title, Rare. For more information on Darryl Phinnessee, please visit the following website links: https://www.facebook.com/darryl.phinnessee/
06/20/2023
Ryan Dusick is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, the founding drummer of the world’s most popular band Maroon 5, a mental health advocate, and an author. His life has been a long and winding road from aspiring pop star with anxiety, to heartbroken alcoholic, to thriving mental health survivor, and messenger of hope in recovery. Ryan grew up right in the middle of Los Angeles, California, at the intersection of Hollywood and real life, and his journey of inspiration, devastation, and redemption has been a series of crossroads. As a boy, he dreamt of pitching for the Dodgers and writing novels, but arm injuries sidelined his burgeoning baseball career just as rock music became his new passion and purpose. Founding the group Kara’s Flowers in 1994 with fel- low Brentwood High School students Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Mickey Madden, Ryan and his bandmates worked tirelessly for a decade before the group changed its name to Maroon 5 and finally had its first hit album Songs About Jane. Multiple hit songs, two Grammy Awards, and 20 million albums sold later, Ryan found himself suffering and without direc- tion when his career as a performer came to an end just as it was taking off. After years of struggling with physical and mental health challenges, Ryan finally overcame in 2016, when he began his journey of recovery, cul- minating in a new life path full of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. While earning his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine Universi- ty’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, he decided it was time to write his story, in hopes of helping others who might see themselves in his personal struggles. Now working as a mental health professional at the Missing Peace Center for Anxiety in Agoura Hills, California, and beginning his new journey as an author and advocate, Ryan is spreading the message that recovery is possible, and some astounding things can come with it. https://www.ryandusick.com/
06/13/2023
Anjali is originally from Cambridge, MA, where she lived until completing her bachelor's degree in neuroscience at Harvard University. Starting from a young age, she trained in Indian and Western dance forms and by her college years, was an experienced choreographer and even had begun her own dance company. After college, she moved to Mumbai, India, where she worked with healthcare non-profit organizations while also laying the foundations for a start in a career in entertainment - as an actor, dancer, and voice artist. She returned to NYC to complete her Master of Public Administration before resuming her professional journey in entertainment in Mumbai. A newcomer to both Maximum city and its industry, she landed over 50 commercials, acted in various theatrical productions, performed in improv comedy shows, various web series, commercial and independent feature films, and Amazon's first original TV show, 'Inside Edge'. She also choreographed and/or danced in a range of music videos and live shows. Anjali's voice can be heard across Travel XP's world travel shows, numerous commercials and corporate/radio ads, the characters of multiple animated feature films, and as the channel voice of Disney International India, on which she remained a presence until moving back to the US in 2018. Since her return to the US, she has acted in a range of projects, including at least 50 more commercials, the lead role in the 2022 Christmas release of ‘The Snowball Effect’, a co-star role in the TV series ‘Kevin Can F**k Himself’, and the lead in a series of upcoming short films in both Hindi and English. Her short film, “Your Love,” just started on the current festival circuit and has already won its first award at the Global Music Awards. She continues to provide her consulting expertise as an independent contractor for various non-profit organizations. To follow her performing arts work, please visit www.anjalikhurana.com or imdb.me/AnjaliKhurana and on IG: @khuranasahab Website: www.anjalikhurana.com
06/06/2023
Vyjayanthi Neha Vadrevu is a screenwriter, actress, anthropologist, and former adjunct professor of Applied Anthropology and Autoethnography at the City University of New York, and founder of www.rasa.nyc. Her foundation for all arts and social sciences began with her training in Indian classical dance since her childhood. She studied dramatic and comedic acting and writing techniques, most recently at School of Visual Arts, UCB, and People’s Improv Theater in New York, and Writing Pad, The Berg Studios, and Westside Comedy Theater Improv in Los Angeles. She has been writing fodder for screenplays to reconcile the “third culture kid” experiences as a child of South Indian immigrants who settled in Chicago. Instagram: @vyjayanthi_vadrevu

May 2023

05/30/2023
Mouzam Makkar was last seen recurring as Commander Nouri on Paramount+’s “Seal Team” and in the series regular of Jennifer McDuffie on Ava DuVernay’s “Naomi” for The CW. Prior to that, Mouzam was a series regular in ABC’s “The Fix”, and NBC’s “Champions”. Additional credits include recurring roles in “Law & Order: SVU”, “NCIS”, “The Exorcist”, “The Vampire Diaries”, and “Chicago Fire” and guest star roles in “American Horror Story”, and “Bones”, to name a few. On the feature side, she has worked in independent films such as “She’s in Portland” and “Freelancers Anonymous”. Her performance in the comedy short “The First Session” earned her a Best Actress Award at the NBCUniversal Short Cuts Festival. Mouzam Makkar is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and the Improv and Sketch Writing programs at The Second City in Chicago. www.mouzam.com
05/23/2023
Darryl Phinnessee is a globally recognized Grammy Award- winning singer, songwriter, performer, composer, vocal arranger, and producer based in Los Angeles, CA. A native of East St. Louis, IL, Darryl fronted various local R & B bands, sang Gregorian Chant as a choirboy at St. Joseph’s church, gospel at his grandfather’s baptist church, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in classical voice from Southern Illinois University. His unique voice and eclectic talents led him to work with Michael Jackson as both touring vocal director and featured vocalist. He has also recorded and toured with Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Don Henley, and Clare Fischer. Being in much demand in L.A.’s recording studios, Darryl has sung with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Ringo Star, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, The Black Crowes, Mariah Carey, James Brown, and Quincy Jones, to name only a few. Phinnessee co-wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song “Tossed Salads And Scrambled Eggs” for Frasier, the critically acclaimed American television series, and sang on Dancing With The Stars for seven years. Darryl recently returned from Halden, Norway, performing all Stevie Wonder compositions, as featured vocalist in concert with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and is currently recording his solo record with the working title, Rare. For more information on Darryl Phinnessee, please visit the following website links: https://www.facebook.com/darryl.phinnessee/
05/16/2023
Lahna Turner is a dynamic and accomplished performer who has captivated audiences worldwide with her wit, humor, and fearless approach to comedy. She is a comedian, musician, actor, writer, producer, and director. She has appeared on many popular platforms, including NBC, Comedy Central, Hulu, Animal Planet, Netflix, Tubi, VH1, and truTV. She has performed at premier venues worldwide and participated in several USO tours. Her three critically acclaimed comedy albums, "If These Lips Could Talk," "D!@k Jokes And Other Assorted Love Songs," and "Limeade," are a testament to her comedic prowess. Despite her busy schedule, Lahna remains a devoted mother to two teenagers and continues to tour the country and work in and around Los Angeles, where she resides. Lahna’s exceptional talent, passion, and dedication make her a true standout in the world of comedy and entertainment. https://www.lahnaturner.com/
05/09/2023
You know Dessy Di Lauro’s sound when you hear it. She is one of music’s most distinctive artists who, in her duo Parlor Social (with partner Ric’key Pageot), has found new ways to fuse sounds as varied as ragtime, swing and hip-hop infused R&B into a unique musical style. Perhaps not since Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band have the swinging Hepcat musical arrangements and swagger made famous by the great Cab Calloway been so consistently a part of the contemporary musical conversation. Di Lauro brought that throwback style into the musical conversation, but as you will soon learn, it would be a mistake to confine her to the jumpin’ jive box. She is reinventing herself with her Lo-fi, rnb, neo-soul, hiphop, Cuban, Brazilian musical vibes, sung in several different languages, poignant and thought provoking lyrics and beautiful Melodie’s. Her tone is sultry and her delivery is tremendous! She is a trailblazer and her music and visuals are beautifully creative to match. Be on the lookout, this is just the beginning for Dessy. 2023 is the year Dessy becomes a household name in the music industry worldwide. https://www.instagram.com/dessydilauro/?hl=en https://www.tiktok.com/@dessydilauro https://www.facebook.com/GreeneyedbanditD/ https://www.facebook.com/dessydilauromusic/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/35YOSjcWopBcbgUjIaTyTH
05/02/2023
Delivering sonic sundaes that will just as much make you hit the dancefloor as uplift you, Charis brings a unique style to pop and r&b, combining elements of synth-pop and electro in her EP “Open Eyes.” The Los Angeles singer-songwriter pulls you in with her distinctly sultry tone and lower register, all the while funneling her storied life experiences into her music, giving an air of adventure packaged into a danceable and inspiring soundscape. She released a cover track with Magic Records (Astronomia) that has amassed close to a million streams on Spotify alone. Be sure to look out for her upcoming release with Magic Records and a rock collaboration both coming June 2023. She’s a unique, dynamic artist that can make you groove in ways you didn’t know you needed to. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charismaticcc/ YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC6YzSXgDuZiSlfd2FtvOxcg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharisMaticcc/?ref=bookmarks Tik Tok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZTdx4M26U/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/49uqm0TGX0UQPpRY27fjyU?si=Z_1PXSkISkqmjxlLQaPhCQ Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/charis/1492941448 Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/artists/B0016CHNJC/charis Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/charismaticcc

April 2023

04/25/2023
Vikram Dasgupta is a multi-award winning filmmaker born in New Delhi and currently living in Toronto. His short film "Calcutta Taxi" was in the races for the Academy Awards in 2014, and his commercial for the Pan Am TO2015 titled "Are You Ready" was nominated for the Cannes Lions in the Best Film category. His latest documentary "Beyond Moving" premiered at the HotDocs theatre and is currently streaming on Apple TV.
04/18/2023
Mezzo-Soprano Noted for her “commanding and dramatic presence” (Opera News), mezzosoprano Renée Tatum continues to garner recognition in the most demanding of operatic repertoire. In the 2022-23 season, Ms. Tatum returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, sings Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera, debuts her first Verdi Requiem with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and MIT, sings a recital with pianist Eileen Downey and the Needham Concert Society, Mozart’s Missa Brevis and Vesperae solennes de confessore with the Masterworks Chorale, Maddalena in Rigoletto with The Rochester Philharmonic and ends the season as the soloist in a world premiere with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also joins Varna International as a faculty voice teacher and presents a masterclass for The Boston Wagner Institute. Future seasons include Flosshilde and Waltraute in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in concert with The Dallas Symphony, Verdi's Requiem, Dame Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff and engagements with the Metropolitan Opera. Last season, Ms. Tatum made her Atlanta Opera debut as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, followed by a recital with the Boston Artists Ensemble. Later in the season, she debuted Fricka in Das Rheingold with Nashville Opera and Margret in Wozzeck with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also continued her long relationship with The Metropolitan Opera in their new production of Rigoletto and Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Tatum’s relationship with The Met spans 11 years and has included nearly 100 performances including Fenena in Nabucco, 3rd Lady and 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, Emilia in Otello, Inez in Il Trovatore, Adonella in Francesca da Rimini, and Waltraute and Flosshilde in Robert LePage’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.  Ms. Tatum is holds degrees from The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and California State University Fullerton. She is an alumna of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship as well as graduate of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists’ Program. Ms. Tatum has taught through Harvard University’s Office of the Arts and was a Visiting Artist in Residence for The Longy School of Music in Boston in 2020-21. She is Artist Teacher of Voice at The University of Tennessee and maintains a private voice studio in the Boston area.
04/11/2023
Kerey Viswanathan is an award-winning director of web-series, shorts and music videos based in Connecticut and New York City. A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts, he has a B.A. in Filmmaking and Screenwriting. He has been mentored by industry level professionals in directing, acting and screenwriting. Among those include Susan Shilliday (Screenwriter- Legends of The Fall) Gabriel McKinley--Playright (EXTINCTION), Paul Calderon- (Actor/Playwright)-Boardwalk Empire, Pulp Fiction, Bosch) Among many directing credits, he has directed over 30 web commercials, and has directed episodes for three webseries including the first season of the webseries SHAW now streaming on youtube- which won BEST WEBSERIES at the Astoria Film Festival and 'What Do You Bring To The Table' a comedy South Asian Platform talk show hosted by Comedian Rajiv Satyal, featuring interviews with guests such as Hasan Minhaj and Deepak Chopra, Lilly Singh, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Comedian Zarna Garg. He is currently working on a documentary about artists with autism. A Creative Storyteller at Heart. Kerey loves to craft innovative and engaging content that explores issues of both cultural diversity and neurodiversity. He loves to bring those themes into other genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, and comedy. In his spare time he loves to draw, paint, read books, hang out with friends and travel! https://www.kereyviswanathan.com
04/04/2023
“Rising hip-hop artist and female powerhouse,” Wowashwow has a flare for the theatrical, a freestyling fluency fierce enough to threaten the male-dominated hip-hop scene and brings an “unbridled bravado through no holds barred, unapologetic rhymes.” With the visual surrealism of Missy Elliot, the untamable “energy of Tina Turner meets Mick Jagger,” and the genre-fluidity of Radiohead, our South Jersey/Philly raised visionary is paying homage to her punk rock heritage, in an evolved, more eccentric way, to bring you “Pure Imagination,” out April 14, 2023. This is her second single off of the upcoming album, “The Algorithm,” set to release summer 2023. “With a strong musical background and the untamable energy of a female powerhouse, Wowashwow is a visionary who is poised to make a bold mark on the hip-hop world. Her ability to span genres and obliterate the hip-hop/pop formula makes her a unique and exciting artist to watch.” - Elnews At age six, Wowashwow was writing her first original songs which quickly led to an early career as the lead guitarist and singer of punk rock band, “Rise from Ashes.” This newfound fame evolved into a tour where she opened for The Ramones’ drummer, Marky Ramone, and recorded her first album under the direction of the iconic rock legend, Steve Albini. At age 18, Wowashwow moved to NYC and discovered the underground hip hop and ballroom scene, heavily influencing her approach to songwriting, stage performance and overall lifestyle. Now hailing from Los Angeles, she’s played over 15 shows in two years, opened for Snoop Dog and Travis Barker, appeared at the Soul Train Awards 2022, charted #115 on the Hot300 List and has been featured in Remixd Mag, SXSWPop, Stitched Sound, Earmilk, and MUNDANE Mag, with appearances on Rockstar Superhero Podcast, Dash Radio, the Unstarving Musician Podcast and regular radio rotation on 101.5 FM (Los Angeles) and iHeart Radio’s Arena Podcast. Her latest music video, “Class Enrollment,” accumulated over 40K views in the first couple weeks and placed #1 in The Countdown. Wowashwow is currently in the running for the Tiny Desk Contest and is gearing up for a summer tour including Miami Pride main stage and Electrolux Festival San Francisco. Follow Wowashwow - Website | Instagram | Spotify | Twitter | TikTok | Facebook

March 2023

03/28/2023
Gregory Jay Leon is a Los Angeles hard rock guitarist notable for his stints in Quiet Riot and Dokken. He was also in a band called Suite 19 with Gary Holland, who was later replaced by Tommy Lee. Greg Leon is considered an influential and important musical personality in the Hollywood Hard Rock/Heavy Metal scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, playing an integral part in the successive fortunes of the acts he was associated with. BACKGROUND Greg Leon was born in 1958 and grew up in Glendale, California, 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 Mötley Crüe 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 Greg Leon that he had been moonlighting with Armored Saint. Vera's replacement, Chuck Stevenson and Elizondo played with Greg 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 Greg on the cover). During this period Greg also had a considerable local reputation as a guitar teacher, working at Rhoads' mother's guitar studio in Burbank. SUBSEQUENT CAREER Greg Leon had several incarnations of the Invasion and played with various L.A. acts after his exciting early days. He 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, Greg 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. However, by 2003 Greg Leon was once again playing 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. Greg is married with Canadian singer Suza Wood and in 2005 he produced her first album titled Sweet Freedom. https://gregleoninvasion.com/
03/21/2023
Samantha and Melia Franks are a sister duo based out of Los Angeles. Having grown up in a musical family with both parents being musically inclined as well as being the granddaughters of the well-known Jazz singer, Michael Franks, the sisters started singing and building their musical partnership when they were just toddlers. Their influences range from artists like Stevie wonder to Sade, Tom Waits, Hozier, Sara Bareilles and more. The sisters began recording at ages 13 and 16 and have since branched out from singing covers at home to producing original pieces in established studios with an emphasis on lyricism and the full harmonic blend of both of the sisters’ voices. Currently, the sisters ages 18 and 21 are focusing on playing local gigs and releasing singles as well as working on their individual projects as separate artists. The two aspire to create connection and relatability for their listeners through their music.

February 2023

02/28/2023
Being born and raised in Chicago by a family from Kerala (South India) has definitely given me a unique perspective on the world. The first film I ever saw in my life was “Disney’s Dinosaur”, which had an ever-lasting effect on me. As a child, I was constantly obsessed with dinosaurs and started researching them at a young age, watching “Disney’s Dinosaur”, The Land Before Time, and the Jurassic Park movies on repeat. My first childhood dream was paleontology, and while that dream died quickly, my fascination with dinosaurs never ended. In 2005, when I was in 5th grade, I got inspired to watch not only dinosaur movies, but also monster movies, like “King Kong” and “Godzilla”. These two cinematic icons led me to finally say, “I want to make movies”. All the way from middle school to high school to college and up until now, I was always known as the guy who never stops talking about monsters, dinosaurs, robots, and any characters that are not human. The films that continue to inspire me are “Transformers”, “Avatar”, the “Universal Monsters”, and any other film with amazing creature designs. Non-human characters speak to me in a way human characters don’t. Non-human characters don’t live within the constraints of what a human can or can’t express. I remember the first time I ever cried watching a movie was at the ending of Peter Jackson’s King Kong in 2005. That film really showed me how to give life, feeling, and character development to a non-human character, and I wanted to achieve that in my work. In my early childhood, I wasn’t even thinking about watching more South Asians on screen because I was so caught up in my love for monsters. However, when I was in college, I started volunteering for South Asian film festivals and I really started to notice how little people who looked like me were represented on screen. I started focusing more of my work towards representing South Asians, as well as other minorities, while still maintaining my love of monsters. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2016, I made a short film called “The Color of Me”, about a woman with a magical curse that her skin changes color and she turns into 5 different races, and an adopted African-American falls in love with her. The film was a chance for me to explore racism and colorism through a fairy tale romance perspective. The film received many awards in the festival circuit, including “Best Original Concept” at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival. The film is now available on Amazon Prime. Shortly after releasing “The Color of Me”, I moved to Los Angeles and used my education and film festival experience to get a job at Paramount Plus. After 5 years of navigating the LA scene and moving up in the world of filmmaking, I decided it was time to finally make my dream project, an Indian Dinosaur movie. I partnered with famed Mumbai-based author Vaishali Shroff (author of “The Adventures of Padma and a Blue Dinosaur”) to write the short film “Rajasaur”, the first-ever short film to feature dinosaurs discovered in India. Right when the COVID-19 pandemic started, I self-funded, produced, directed the short film, which is now available on Disney Hotstar. My upcoming goals for the future are taking classes in Special Effects Make-Up, booking more commercial acting roles, producing a web-series, and hoping to produce a feature film similar to the monster films that inspired me, with a South Asian cast. Something I have recently learned about myself was noticing how persistent I can be with my goals, and that is a trait I have kept to keep pursuing and keep inspiring for my art. Websites & Social Media: Instagram: @sreejithnair94 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sreejith.nair.3194/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@sreejithnair94/ IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5627012/ Website: https://www.sreejithsnair.com/
02/21/2023
Kartiki Gonsalves is a Sony Artisan, one of the first women selected in India as a Sony Imaging Ambassador for the Sony Alpha series as a natural history and social documentary photographer & filmmaker. She is an Indian Natural History, Social Documentary photojournalist/ filmmaker currently based out of the Nilgiris and Bombay in India. Her work has two foci. One is environment, nature and wildlife, where she seeks to raise awareness about marvelous diversity of nature and wildlife and the importance of conservation. The other is cultures, communities and their connections. An avid traveller & explorer, her work primarily revolves around nature, cultures, communities, animals, and the environment and how they are all intertwined. She travels extensively searching for photos, stories and videos to raise awareness about cultures, communities, animals, and the environment. Capturing unique aspects of different cultures around the world is something that she loves. Though she also seeks capture the oneness of mankind. Her primary focus is on the photograph and filming of wildlife and diverse cultures. She seeks to make a direct impact on the environmental and cultural issues that define our times. She focuses primarily on stories, photos and videos to raise awareness about conservation of biodiversity and on forgotten communities, their lives and their progress. She is currently working on a three long term projects: a project on wild cats that inhabit the mountainous higher altitudes of the Western Ghats. She recently completed an assignment in a remote village in central India, photographing and documenting the lives, stories and art of local traditional artists of the Adivasi and the Biel communities. Post which she traveled and worked on a photo feature and footage documenting the life in the cold high deserts of the Indo-Chinese border in the Greater Himalayas. Her most recent film is releasing on Netflix worldwide in December of 2022 called ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ which follows an indigenous couple as they fall in love with Raghu, an orphaned elephant given into their care, and tirelessly work to ensure his survival. The film highlights the beauty of the wild spaces in South India and the people and animals who share this space. She continues to document our natural world to better understand the profound connection that we share with it. She brings awareness to the challenges we face, but also focuses on solutions with her projects and shows success stories where conservation is working. She uses the media of photography and film to connect people to the natural world. Her work has been published in various national and international photography, travel and wildlife magazines, books. She has also filmed several advertisements, documentaries & reality series. She travels extensively searching for photos, stories and videos to raise awareness about cultures, communities, animals, and the environment. Capturing unique aspects of different cultures around the world is something that she loves. She seeks to make a direct impact on the environmental and cultural issues that define our times. She works with natural light which requires a lot of patience and research, but when you learn how to use it the right way it adds that extra “magic” as she calls it and enhances the images in the most beautiful way. She photographs nature in an artistic way, focusing on details, light, textures, colours and moods, and using creative camera techniques to best capture the beauty of a scene. The beauty of nature, emotion and natural light are a great source of inspiration to her. She strives to evoke emotion in the viewer rather than just capturing the image. After all her traveling, the people she has met, her experiences along the way, she strongly believes that there are no borders. As she says that we all live under the same sun and sleep under the same moon and walk on the same soil. We are all are part of the same gigantic intricate web of life. It is very clear that all living things around us are connected whether we’d like to understand it or not. Does it matter what you’re wearing, what you look like, where you come from and what you do or how much money one has? No, it does not. The connections, happiness, laughter, love, pain, struggle and loss are all universal. She says "There is such intense beauty in diversity" and after a lot of thought, traveling to remote places and meeting people from all walks of life, she has come to the conclusion that it is empathy that connects us all together. There is a oneness and that she seeks to portray in her work as a photographer and filmmaker. She conveys a sense of her experiences and emotions, drawing the viewer much deeper into her work. Her ultimate goal is to create a lifetime body of beautiful work that has deep meaning and that carries a message of hope for preserving what we do have which will make a difference for the generations to come. Websites & Links: http://www.kartikigonsalves.com https://www.instagram.com/kartikigonsalves www.earthspectrum.org www.maptia.com/kartikigonsalves Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cine- matographer whose work includes over 200 feature and television projects, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as the American Cinema Editors (ACE). His recent credits include, as consulting editor and co-producer, the 2020 Critics’ Choice Award and 2022 Peabody Award-winning MR SOUL!, the 2019 Academy Award-winning PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE, the 2018 Academy Award-winning ICARUS, and, as supervising editor, the 2013 Oscar winner 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, for which he also received the ACE Eddie Award for Best Docu- mentary Editing. Doug co-owns MadPix Films, a Los Angeles-based production and post pro- duction company. He is also a longtime film educator with classes and seminars at USC, UCLA, Syracuse University and the YoungArts Founda- tion in Miami, as well as exchanges and panels in Indonesia, Brazil, New Zealand, Armenia, Malaysia, Nigeria, China, Latvia, The Netherlands and more.
02/14/2023
Patrick Lazzara is a writer-director- actor born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He is the writer-director and co-star of the short film thriller “Restless”. Growing up playing sports, his true love has always been movies. After receiving a copy of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, he set out on a quest to see all notable and interesting movies. At his local video store, he became the top renter. He attended the Community College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada Las Vegas taking theater, film, and screenwriting courses. He honed his craft making short films. As an actor he attended the Joseph Bernard Acting Studio appearing in One Act and full-length plays. In 2003, he moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue his career as a filmmaker and actor. In 2009, he wrote and directed the award-winning short film “The Astray”. He wrote the screenplay to the Producer’s Guild Association’s Make Your Mark Film Festival award winning short film “Loose Ends”. He is the writer, director, and star of his first feature film “Burn”, which was picked for distribution and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Red Box and Tubi.
02/07/2023
Almanya Narula is an award winning international actor, writer, and fight choreographer. She started her career in the entertainment industry at a young age where she was a child actor in various Bollywood films. Previously, she was very involved with the Chicago theatre industry collaborating as an actor and fight choreographer for several acclaimed and award winning productions. In 2019, she became the first woman of color to be nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in Fight Choreography for Gary Kates' 'Monsieur D'Eon is a Woman. Inspired by the life of Noor Inayat Khan - an Indian princess turned British WW2 spy, Almanya recently developed a multi award winning and critically acclaimed solo show based on the aftermath of Noor's attempted escape from Avenue Foch (WW2 Gestapo HQ) leading up to her tragic assassination. 'Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy', premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2022 and was met with rave reviews from the audience and critics. It was nominated for 6 awards taking home 2 wins! Almanya holds a B.A. in Theater & Advanced Management with minors in Stage Combat and Voice Over from Columbia College Chicago, an M.A. in New Arts Journalism from School of the Art Institute of Chicago . In 2022 she graduated from the Stella Adler: Art of Acting Professional Conservatory. https://thatalmanyanarula.wixsite.com/almanyanarula https://www.instagram.com/almanyanarula/

January 2023

01/31/2023
Accomplished Singer/Songwriter Gedina has courageously forged her path as not only a successful music artist, but also as an entrepreneur and CEO, and a fierce advocate for advancement for emerging independent performers. Each of Gedina’s endeavors is proof of all the wild magic that comes from living with utter boldness and crystal-clear intention, including her new album, “Out of My Shell,” releasing in March 2021. In anticipation of her sophomore album release, Gedina is set to premiere her upcoming single, “North Star,” the follow-up to her recent power anthems, “Messy” and “Transformer.” With her magnetic brand of “mermaid-pop,” a sound shaped by her lifelong status as a salty-haired surfer girl, this new single continues in the vein of her larger work in an untapped genre of music that empowers and elevates while leaving a life-changing impact for each and every listener: “affirmation pop.” “North Star” provides a grounding cinematic ASMR-esque guided meditation to take all mermaids into the midnight sky: a finding of vision, purpose and breath, all baked into a two-minute, inspiring meditation. The song invites people to find their own “North Star” to follow within their lives, and not let anything get in the way of reaching one’s life’s purpose or destiny. Written and co- produced by Gedina alongside Drew Kapner (who’s engineered records for artists including Jason Derulo and Twenty One Pilots), Gedina’s dynamic and compelling sound carries notes of pop and dance blended with her powerhouse vocals, apparent throughout the inspiring and uplifting single. “North Star” will be available to stream internationally across music DSPs in February 2021 and serves as the third attraction of “Out of My Shell.” As a completely independent artist and visionary, Gedina is determined to shake up the music-industry culture and carve out a space for artists to fully express themselves while making a positive impact. In her efforts to blaze a new trail, Gedina recently launched her own company, “4th Door Records, Inc.,” a transformational venture record label that is paving the way for emerging artists in the industry to explore career strategy in a viable way. She’s been in the music industry for a long time and she saw a formula of building artists that she didn’t agree with– where the labels dictate how artists create, what they look like, and what music they put out. Thus, 4th Door was born with the intention of empowering transformational artists to tap into music, mindset, value and own their entrepreneurial journeys to make the positive influence that they desire. In summary, 4th Door Records is building brands and allowing for entrepreneurial musicians to carve out their space and place by selling their products the way they’ve always envisioned, giving them the tools through marketing support, branding consultations, support systems via product management, finance, investor education, and more. Gedina is filling a void in the music industry as a powerhouse CEO with kindness as an action word; she is a mindset coach who lets her family, friends, artists, and fans know they are safe no matter what, while simultaneously pushing them to be their best selves and tapping into inner dialogue, powerful spoken word, and affirmations. Through discovering, developing, and delivering the next generation of transformational artists, 4th Door Records is creating a world where the universal language, music, empowers the listener to author and own their lives through vulnerability, accountability, connection, and passion. On Gedina’s 2018 debut album, “Tell’em,” she introduced the world to the raw passion and uncompromising honesty essential to her mission as an artist: instilling women with the courage needed to rewrite their own stories, and to build a more beautiful reality for themselves. Gedina has gone through her life learning along the way, experiencing hardship and trauma, excitement and let downs, peaks and valleys, and has channeled her struggles into raw and relatable lyrics and affirmative, encouraging and inspirational ballads. Through the lyrics of the 12-song album, Gedina strives to help and inspire women find their voice, stay in their power, and dismantle all things that no longer serve them. Raised by a single father in Santa Cruz, CA, Gedina, discovered her love of singing as a little girl, thanks largely to “The Little Mermaid” soundtrack and to the golden-voiced icons she finds infinitely formative, such as Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. After graduating from high school at age 15, while spending her early teen years busking and singing in local clubs, Gedina enrolled at UC Irvine and continue to gig in nearby blues bars. Shortly following her college graduation, Gedina made the move out to LA to navigate the music industry and soon landed a blind audition on season three of NBC’s Emmy-award winning musical competition series, “The Voice.” That same year, Gedina released her debut single “Shame,” revealing the depth of her warm authenticity and spirited songwriting. By 2015, she scored an international hit with “First Time, First Love,” a track that has now amassed over 2.2 million streams on Spotify. When not recording new music in the studio or overseeing her company, Gedina loves to surf and enjoy California’s coastal beaches, travel the world, as well as train and teach martial arts.
01/24/2023
A highly versatile artist, Pete Hopkins is an American singer who started singing at the age of two. Pete Hopkins is an accomplished performer, vocalist, award-winning songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He writes and delights like a chameleon slipping seamlessly through Pop, Rock, EDM, R&B, Funk, Punk, New Wave and many other hybrid genres with original style and Fair.
Pete Hopkins prolifically refuses to be tied down to one style of music. He is a multi-genre Vocalist, Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist and Composer who can engage an audience alone with a mic, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, or fronting a full band with equal comfort and command. He is also an accomplished Engineer and Music Producer, widely acclaimed the world over for his song-writing, 4 octave vocals, and guitar work. Www.petehopkinsmusic.com
01/17/2023
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Kristina Morse is back with a fresh new synth-pop anthem “On Fire.” Previously Kristina’s 2018 Garibaldi EP garnered praise from fans and critics alike with Music Connection featuring her as the unsigned artist of the week. Continuing to catch fire, Keep Walking Music described her as “among the most beautiful voices we have heard,” and her songs were featured on the Women of Substance Podcast as well as on Future House Cloud’s Future of Pop playlist on Spotify. A musician in every sense of the word, Kristina does much more than just sing. Playing multiple instruments since the age of five, she’s a classically trained violinist who has expanded her skills to guitar, piano, and synthesizers among others. Starting in chamber choirs, high school musicals, and indie rock bands Kristina has been performing her entire life. While traveling and performing across the pond, she discovered a new passion among Dublin’s songwriter scene. She quickly paired her desire to share stories with her wide-ranging musical background to create original songs, winning songwriting competitions and gaining a local following. After graduating from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she brought her inquisitive songwriting to a new audience in Los Angeles, performing in world-famous establishments including the Hotel Cafe and the House of Blues. She has lent her voice and writing talents to highly acclaimed international touring artists and DJs such as Pretty Pink, as well as podcasts, film, and television. ON FIRE PRESS RELEASE: The synth-pop revenge anthem you’ve been waiting for is here. Kristina Morse delivers an infectious and empowering earworm with “On Fire,” a mix of soulful vocals and ‘80s inspired electronic beats, ready to set your mind ablaze. The unique pairing of Kristina’s powerful, sultry voice and the gritty, late-night dance track answers the question: “What if Florence Welch crashed a synth-pop banger from The Weeknd?” Kristina’s haunting voice, reminiscent of pop vocalists like Jessie Ware, Banks and LEON, starts as a controlled vocal ember, burning brighter with each note until it radiates with deep warmth. Using her signature vivid imagery to tell a tale of unleashing your own light, catching spark, and setting the naysayer “on fire,” Kristina’s new single, a slick, synth-laden bop, ala Katy Perry or Bebe Rexha, is the perfect song to belt in the car, blast in the club, or fire you up for a run. SOCIAL LINKS: Instagram: instagram.com/kristinamorsemusic/ YouTube:youtube.com/@kristinamorsemusic Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Dd71Hq5Bw5BCiIPiENsfA?si=5RYjLfQ8S92zSa-qriuZiw
01/10/2023
Chris Thomas is a composer for film, television, theme parks, and TED Speaker. He’s written music for several Emmy-nominated films, theatrical releases such as Haymaker and Don't Look Back, and Woman Rebel, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. In 2020, Chris won the Hollywood Music In Media Award for his work on Imagine Symphony Live. He’s worked on film projects with Hollywood stars such as Kathy Bates, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Trejo, Rico Rodriguez, Luke Perry, and Zoe Bell. In television, he worked as a composer, orchestrator, and conductor for networks such as ABC, FOX, HBO and CBS. In recent years, Chris composed the logo music for Sony Picture’s The Hideaway Entertainment, and the dating app Date Night, and is currently working on a new video game score. Chris has been in demand in the theme park industry. He has written music for the Evermore Adventure Park, Knott's Berry Farm, Queen Mary Chill, Dreamland (UK), Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Seismique, INK: Stories on Skin (Museum of Latin American Art), LA's Magic Bus Experience, and The Void 4D virtual reality games. In the concert world, Chris’s works have been performed from Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, to the Hollywood Bowl. He recently premiered a series of concert works at Clarinet Fest in Brussels, and Cite des Arts in Paris. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Fear No Music ensemble, and various American festival ensembles. His works are published with FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Publications, Walton Choral, and Carl Fischer Music. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Chris left for the prestigious Scoring For Motion Pictures & Television program at the University of Southern California's graduate school. There he connected with Hollywood's A-list composers and filmmakers and launched his diverse and evolving career. https://www.christhomasmusic.com/ Site - https://www.christhomasmusic.com/ Insta - https://www.christhomasmusic.com/ Facebook Link - https://www.facebook.com/chris.thomas.music/
01/03/2023
Rust belt blues shouter and guitar slinger Larry McCray was born in 1960 in Magnolia, Ark., about 12 miles from the Louisiana line. He spent his early years on a farm as the second youngest of nine siblings. After trying his hand at saxophone in school, his older (and only) sister, Clara, introduced Larry to the guitar and the transformative music of the three Kings of the blues (B.B., Freddie and Albert). By the late ’80s, Larry had attracted the attention of Virgin Records executive John Wooler, who had recently started a subsidiary label, Point Blank Records, featuring blues, soul and Americana artists. He signed Larry McCray as his first artist. Larry’s debut album, Ambition—aptly named as it fused elements of blues, rock, and soul to create a contemporary blues sound—was recorded in a friend’s Detroit basement studio and released in 1990 to critical acclaim. Throughout the 1990s, Larry continued to help define blues rock by collaborating with artists such as labelmate and fellow guitarist, Albert Collins, and releasing the much more slickly produced Delta Hurricane in 1993 (produced by British blues maven Mike Vernon), Meet Me at the Lake in 1996 and Born to Play the Blues in 1998. Over the past three decades of nonstop touring and recording, Larry has played and shared the stage with such blues greats as BB King, Buddy Guy, Albert King, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Jimmie Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joe Bonamassa, as well as rock legends the Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh, Jonny Lang, Joe Walsh, Levon Helm, Chris Robinson, Dickey Betts, and countless others. In 2021, Blues Without You, Larry’s latest, a 12-track release was recorded on famed blues rock guitarist Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive nonprofit label with producer Josh Smith, a partnership that has also spawned a video (for the upcoming single, “Arkansas”) and a documentary. “Larry’s still a relatively young man, with a lot to say, and the world needs to know who he is. It’s the perfect time to have a rebirth of his music,” Bonamassa says. “He knows he’s a badass, he just needs to be reassured and reassure himself that he can stand up there with the greats. Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialLarryMcCray https://twitter.com/TheLarryMcCray https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN6LicWU_lIonIhmzxH3zOg https://www.instagram.com/OfficialLarryMcCray/

December 2022

12/20/2022
There’s something intrinsically empowering and uplifting about Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Sam Babayan's music. With each composition, Babayan effortlessly melds a rich sense of ancient soul drawn from his native Armenian roots with a deliciously bold blend of blues and psychedelic rock. The combination weaves a sonic tapestry that is most aptly described by the titles of most recent LPs with his band The Dirty Diamond: “From the Stars”, the electric album which beams down with the penetrating power of solar flares and 60’s Marshall stacks - and “To the Stars” a stripped down acoustic offering which makes the listener feel like they are privy to a private fireside session among old friends. Touching on themes from ego death to actual death, Babayan extends a gentle yet firm guiding hand and invites us to explore the cosmos and our own consciousness.
12/13/2022
s a child Gene taught himself to play drums. By the time he was a teen, Gene was playing in numerous community choirs and jazz ensembles spanning from Chicago to NY. Gene received his BFA in jazz at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he studied under famed jazz legend Joe Labarbara. While in college Gene toured with Carlos Santana and his son Salvador. Upon graduating, he quickly established himself as one of the most sought after drummers in Los Angeles. Of late, Gene has won a Grammy with the John Daversa big band, and has been recording, touring and performing in Europe and the US with SEAL, Larry Carlton, Bob Reynolds, Richard Bona, Mike Landau, Robben Ford, Stanley Clarke, Terrence Blanchard, Pharoah Sanders, Tom Scott, Bennie Maupin, John Beasly’s Monkestra, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Cody Chestnut, DJ Khalil, Big Krit, Rick Ross, Mali Music, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) Leslie Odom jr. ... all in addition to recording and producing his own band The Endangered and numerous other artists from LA to NY. “I’m particular to focusing on the drumming of any album I listen to, and Gene Coye is as good as it gets when it comes to the drums. The guy has imagination, power, nerve, chops, and most importantly, musicality.” – Peter Erskine Instagram: @GeneCoyedrums
12/06/2022
"Matt Record is a solo artist playing all over Indianapolis and the great state of Indiana & beyond incorporating a wide variety of genres, dynamically powerful vocals, expert guitar work and live looping. Matt recently played for the Jim Irsay Family at various fundraisers including Kicking the Stigma, as well as gameday entertainment for Indianapolis Colts fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Genres covered and composed include: Rock, Soul, Funk, Acoustic Singer-Songwriter, Old School Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Funk-Rock, Experimental, and Psychedelic Jam. Matt's most recent release is entitled Black Swan https://open.spotify.com/album/4U4KBR4DnQ5RMlEzUJwn9I , a heartfelt acoustic EP. Previous outfits include The Magnet, based in Los Angeles which debuted at the world-famous Viper Room in 2003 and went on to record 3 EP’s. After relocating to the shores of Oregon, writing songs at a drive thru coffee hut and recording them in a cabin on a lake outside of town, he set up in the great city of Chicago forming the band Kickbush who released a self-titled 7 song EP on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/kickbush/421485337 and Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/3h7isx4j6RjQPjpJQhVclj "

November 2022

11/29/2022
Jackson Allen grew up in Northern California and has been playing music professionally since his teens. As a multi-instrumentalist he plays drums (his fist instrument), bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals, but guitar is his main instrument. He’s played or recorded with such artists as Zara Larrson, Narada Michael Walden, Nik West, Gary V, Martin Nievera and many more. He has also written music featured in TV, film and commercials. Instagram: @jacksonallenguitar
11/22/2022
Carl Kozlowski has been a standup comic and innovative reporter for over 25 years, and won the title of America's Funniest Reporter at the world-famous Laugh Factory . He also was the co-founder of Radio Titans podcasting studios (www.radiotitans..com) produces standup comedy shows for Catholics all over the country with Catholic Laughter (www.catholiclaughter.com) and co-hosted the popular talk show "Man Up" on KRLA (www.manupshow.net). His sitcom pilot "Dozed and Confused" can be seen here Dozed and Confused pilot teaser on Vimeo and his website is www.carlkoz.com. He is happy to finally be cured of narcolepsy and awake to enjoy being on this show! Dozed and Confused: Tales from A Nutty, Narcoleptic Life: Kozlowski, Carl: 9798360823865: Amazon.com: Books
11/08/2022
Greg Spero and a million creative paths, Greg Spero is a musician on a mission. A multifariously creative force who’s built an entire ecosystem that empowers self-expression, Spero creates music and tech that embodies limitless possibilities. A Chicago-area native based in Los Angeles, the pianist/keyboardist, producer, arranger, composer, bandleader, YouTube educator, label-owner and internet entrepreneur has devoted a good deal of his time to building vehicles that connect fellow artists with audiences. Familiar to a diverse array of listeners through his collaborations with the pop star Halsey and the funk/fusion Miles Electric Band, Spero has also composed music for film, theater and television, written songs with Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones, and co-produced tracks with Ski Beatz. In recent years he’s focused on Spirit Fingers, his powerhouse quartet featuring a cadre of the era’s definitive players, including drummer Mike Mitchell, aka Blaque Dynamite. Spero’s new album, 2022’s The Chicago Experiment, is a collaboration showcasing a brilliant cast of hometown improvisers with Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, Joel Ross, and Jeff Parker. Always seeking outlets for creative expression, Spero responded to the isolation imposed by the pandemic by launching Tiny Records (an imprint of Ropeadope Records). The label’s L.A. studio became the home for Tiny Room Sessions, a prolific series of livestream performances pairing top-shelf jazz instrumentalists with artists such as Lido, J’Von, and Terreon “Tank” Gully. Spero also launched the innovative tech startup weeBID, the first fan-initiated crowd-funding platform. With early supporters like Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock, the company reverses the crowd-funding dynamic by allowing an artist’s fans and supporters to solicit new work or projects.
11/01/2022
Ben Schenberg: Growing up, Benjamin Scott was enthralled by his mother's collection of old soul, rock and folk records. This led him to take up piano and guitar at a young age, always writing songs throughout childhood. Today, he wears his influences proudly (John Craigie, Allen Stone, The Wood Brothers), and has crafted a sound that is uniquely his own, yet familiar in the same way catching up with an old friend is familiar. Recent years have brought Scott's sound into the indie-country realm, never straying too far from the sound of one voice and an acoustic guitar. Stripped back, his music feels more like an old story told around a campfire or a contemporary American folktale that only you're privy to. Scott continues to play and tour the country with hard funk band Glass Bandit as a vocalist and rhythm guitar player. You can find him and the band around Austin, Texas. He continues to write, grow, and craft timeless stories that embody the American Midwest. Listen and learn more by connecting with Benjamin on socials and streaming platforms. Glass Bandit: An 8-piece powerhouse band based in Austin, TX, Glass Bandit has evolved into a force of hard funk. In addition to releasing their latest single, Ghost, the band has been captivating audiences throughout the Midwest and across the country, crafting an unforgettable live show in preparation for the release of their first full length album. benjaminschenberg.com https://www.instagram.com/benjaminscottatx/

October 2022

10/25/2022
CHANDLER is a singer-songwriter from small-town, Alabama who mixes real sounds and personal stories with chill pop vibes to create an emotional experience. He has collaborated with artists from Los Angeles to New York and everywhere in between, including Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda; Grammy award winning producers, Jintae Ko, John Greenham and Femke; and Nashville’s top hit songwriters, Rob Persaud, Deanna Walker, and Will McBeath. He’s recently been featured on EDM duo, Tokyo Smoke’s latest project, "Lie to Me.” CHANDLER's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Sinusoidal Music, KIMU, Tongue Tied Magazine, Space Sour, Pop Passion, Minimalistic Music, TJPL News and Reviews, and more. With the last of 3 original EP’s on the horizon, CHANDLER continues to expand his artistry and push himself creatively. The final EP, "Moments Awake," will be paired with a tasting menu, creating an intimate experience that transcends listeners deep into the throws of his mind and taste buds. https://linktr.ee/whatsupchandler
10/18/2022
"Gregg Wright is in the top echelons of the world's great guitarists!" according to the international publication Blues Matters. Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and receiving the "Living Legend" Blues Award in 2019, Wright is an electrifying guitarist, singer, songwriter and live performer  who leaves audiences breathless! “Gregg Wright has an extra gear most guitarists don't have!" raves fellow Bluesman Zac Harmon. With years of touring with Michael Jackson, Mick Fleetwood and a host of top tier music artists under his belt, Wright has developed a confident and engaging stage presence. He initially comes off as "Mr. Smooth" but can go for your jugular in an instant, without warning. Gregg Wright, began his professional career on the U.S. Southern circuit in the mid-1970's. He honed his craft with years of playing  one-nighters across the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas, often opening shows for the big national touring acts of the day. “I was privileged to work and learn around greatness!” says Gregg. “I opened several times for Albert King and Freddie King, and learned a great deal from watching them up close. Their words of encouragement really energized me. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude!" An '80's move from Louisiana to Los Angeles saw Wright become a session man and "hired gun" touring guitarist. His reputation grew over the next decade doing albums and tours with Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson, the Gap Band, Berlin and Spencer Davis. Wright's incredibly precise, high energy live performances have brought many a crowd to its feet and screaming for more. Total audience satisfaction is guaranteed with Gregg Wright . . . "King of the Rockin' Blues!" https://greggwright.com
10/04/2022
Dorian Holley’s one of a kind voice has graced audiences worldwide. He was Vocal Director for the late Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour and for 27 years performed as a vocalist on every one of Jackson’s solo tours. He has toured with Rod Stewart, Queen Latifah, Don Henley, Lionel Richie, Linda Ronstadt, and Jimmy Vaughn. In 2019 and ‘20 he toured with James Taylor and Coldplay. Dorian has given Master Classes in Moscow, Russia, Geneva, Mexico City and Paris and created vocal performance classes at Los Angeles College of Music. He was a featured soloist for Dave Grusin’s big band presentation of Westside Story at Disney Hall, singing “Maria”. The Dorian Holley Band is fresh off 19 burning, sold out performances of A Love Letter To Marvin Gaye, which Dorian created and produced; a 2 hour retrospective of The Prince Of Motown’s canon. The shows feature a 16 piece all- star band including a live string ensemble and brass. They also took the show to The National Black Theatre Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina last summer for 4 house rocking shows. Dorian was vocal coach on American Idol 11 of its glory years. He was lead singer in The Rickey Minor Band on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show. He was also in the Black History Museum special at the White House that won an Emmy. He is in the band for the Aretha Franklin Grammy Special. He was vocal coach for the pilot Million Dollar Singer and was part of the Emmy winning Kennedy Center Honors 2020. He has coached on The Masked Singer and is the first black contractor, assembling and conducting 2 massive choirs for the Oscars. Dorian has backed up Stevie Wonder, Sting, Adele, Jason Derulo, Smokey Robinson, The Dave Matthews Band, Usher, Tori Kelly, Erykah Badu, Seal, Christina Aguilera, Fifth Harmony and countless others. He is the voice of Grosberger in Stir Crazy and the voice of Choir Boy in The Five Heartbeats. He sang in the new Coming To America, the Jungle Book, Star Wars, Creed II, How The Grinch Stole Christmas; tons of movies and TV. His solo CD is called “Independent Film. Dorian is married to Uber lawyer Shawn Holley, and has 3 beautiful daughters, Nayanna, Sasha and Olivia. #officaldorianholley www.thedorianholleyband.com

September 2022

09/27/2022
Who is Victor Lemonte Wooten? "Who am I? Now, that's a good question." Victor Lemonte Wooten is a unique human being. Born the youngest of five boys, he began learning to play music at the tender age of two. He started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age five, and at age six, was on tour with his brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield. Soon after, he was affectionately known as the 8-year-old Bass Ace, and before graduating high school, he and his brothers had shared the stage with artists such as Stephanie Mills, War, Ramsey Lewis, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Dexter Wansel, and The Temptations. But, this only begins to tell the tale of this Tennessee titan. Wooten, now a five-time Grammy winner, hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, Victor has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours. Among other things, he is a loving husband and father of four, a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician and acrobat, and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine's readers poll three times (the only person to win it more than once.) In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted Victor one of the Top Ten Bassist of ALL TIME. "I was born at the right place and the right time to a wonderful family." Victor Lemonte Wooten was born September 11, 1964 to military parents on an air force base outside of Boise, Idaho. Soon after, the family packed up and moved on as military families often do. It was during the years stationed in Hawaii that the brothers began performing as a five-piece band. With Regi on guitar, Roy on drums, Rudy on sax, Joseph on keys, and Victor on bass, the Wooten Brothers band was born. Performing in their front yard, the band immediately began honing their skills. Victor credits the brothers' early ability to play a variety of musical genres to the experience of relocating frequently, the diversity of 1960's radio stations, and the unwavering support of their parents who provided many opportunities and booked all of their performances. "My brothers, who were already playing music, knew they needed a bass player to complete the family band. Regi started teaching me as soon as I could sit up straight, and my parents let him do it." Victor has been heralded as "the Michael Jordan of the bass" and "one of the most fearless musicians on the planet." These qualities were evident when, in 1981, his older brother, Roy, recommended him as a bluegrass fiddle player for a job performing at a nearby amusement park. Victor, having never played violin in his life, was thrilled to meet the challenge. He borrowed an instrument from his high school orchestra teacher and immediately began practicing. Quickly learning the most popular fiddle tunes and techniques, he took the job at Busch Gardens' The Old Country in Williamsburg, VA playing fiddle and bass in the Good Time Country Show. "I remember getting that call from Roy. He trusted me. I had to learn to be a fiddler real quick, almost over night. I don't think the people who hired me ever knew I'd never played before." What they soon found out was that the brothers were quickly becoming star attractions. The Wooten Brothers rapidly became staple figures and star attractions at the park throughout the 1980's working in the German, Italian, Country and Bluegrass, and Americana shows. The years 1980 and 1981 found the brothers performing for US troops overseas as the band for the Busch Gardens USO show. Traveling the world was an eye-opening time of learning for young Victor, but it was one summer performing in the country show that, unbeknownst to him, changed his life forever. That was when he became aware of a unique banjo player named Béla Fleck. "My brothers and parents were the foundation. They prepared me for just about anything by teaching me to keep my mind open and to learn to adapt." While messing around with a friend's banjo between shows, the friend commented on Wooten's unique banjo sound. Because the instrument is tuned different from a bass, Victor's lines came out sounding pretty strange when he played his friend's instrument. With a thick southern accent, the friend told him that he sounded just like a banjo player named "Baylor Fleck". Wooten couldn't imagine anyone playing a banjo that way, so he sought out to find out who this Baylor guy was. When he finally heard a recording of Béla's band New Grass Revival, he was hooked. In 1987, Victor traveled with his friend to Nashville, TN. During their short visit, he connected with the banjoist Fleck for the first time. After their initial meeting, Wooten and Fleck kept in touch and continued sharing musical ideas. In 1988, Wooten found himself living in Nashville. Later that year, Béla and Victor, along with Victor's inventive brother Roy "Future Man" Wooten, and harmonica & piano wizard Howard Levy, formed the eclectic ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. With a dozen recordings under their belt, the band has created a completely new sound and has become known for its genre-defying music. Currently, over twenty years later, the band is still going strong. "Musically, that means not being rigid and not having to play in a certain way." A few years after he began touring with the Flecktones, Victor released his first solo project, A Show of Hands. Recorded with only a 4-string bass, no multi-tracking, and a lot of groove and soul, this revolutionary CD was voted one of the most important bass records of all time. Musicians wanting to learn Victor's unique style and elusive techniques began seeking him out for lessons and seminars at music stores and schools around the world. These workshops became the training ground that lead to the formation of his acclaimed Bass/Nature Camp in 2000, which eventually expanded into Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature. These "intensive" style programs, now in its thirteenth year, welcome all instrumentation and vocalists, and have helped thousands of people of all ages from all corners of the world enhance their musical and personal lives. "People frequently thank us for sending their new spouses home." In 2009, Wooten Woods became the new home for all of Victor's camps. The nearly 150-acre retreat, owned by Victor and his wife, is located on the beautiful Duck River west of Nashville, TN. This picturesque retreat center, largely built by the hands and hearts of past students, has provided many more opportunities for Victor and his staff to share their lifelong experiences with others. "We give students the opportunity to completely let go and be themselves while congregating in a peaceful non-competitive manner on an equal playing ground with each other and their instructors. We've found this to be the best environment for learning." April 1st, 2008 marked the debut of two new releases by Victor Wooten. Palmystery (Heads Up) is his sixth solo recording and contains a collection of all new music. It features Bootsy Collins, Mike Stern, Keb Mo, Carl Denson, Jd Blair, Derico Watson, Saundra Williams, Anthony Wellington, Steve Bailey, Will Lee, Dennis Chambers, The Lee Boys, The Wooten Brothers, and others. The album showcases Wooten's jazz composition and arranging skills with songs like "Two Timers", 'Flex', and "Song for my Father", but also brings to the forefront his artistically humble side with the celebratory track "Bass Tribute" and the thought provoking "I Saw God". On the same date, Victor released The Music Lesson-A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, a self-published novel about Life and Music. The book presold hundreds of copies before its release quickly becoming a "must-read" for musicians world-wide. The choice of using this unconventional approach to sharing unique ideas about music was a surprise to all. Offering an intriguing story full of anecdotes and mysticism, The Music Lesson has helped free the minds of musicians worldwide. Soon after its release, it was picked up and published by the Berkley Publishing Group/ Penguin USA Inc. Now translated into multiple languages, The Music Lesson is currently used as required reading and part of curriculums in study groups, schools, and universities including the prestigious Berklee College of Music and Stanford. With the success of the book came the release of The Music Lesson audiobook (Tantor Audio). Victor lends his voice as the narrator and main character, but enlisted many of his friends and fellow musicians to read the parts of all the remaining characters. Victor also wrote and performed the musical score to the audio book, which was voted as a one of five finalists at the 2011 Audie Awards (the audio book's equivalent to the Grammys) in the category of Personal Development. "My mom always said the world needs more than just good musicians. She said we need good people." Wooten's sought-after skills and growing popularity have lead to recordings and performances with artists such as Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Bootsy Collins, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Prince, India Arie, Keb Mo, Dennis Chambers, Susan Tedeschi, Gov't Mule, Bruce Hornsby, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Frank Gambale, the legendary Moroccan group Nass El Ghiwane, and many others. His respected reputation as a teacher and speaker/lecturer on the subjects of both Music and Nature have garnered invitations for him to speak and teach at schools, universities, classes and spiritual centers around the world. Some of these places include Strathmore College, Berklee College of Music, Stanford University, Harvard, Mississippi State, Miami University, Middle Tennessee State University, The Haven (Gabriola Isle BC, Canada), Various Nature Centers and camps, and The NYC "Y" with Dan Levitin, author of "This Is Your Brain On Music". Along with recording Grammy winning and Billboard charting albums with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor also spearheaded the formation of the super-group SMV with two of his childhood heroes, Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller. He continues to record and tour with the Flecktones, various other artists, and as a solo artist. He also currently leads six to eight camps at Wooten Woods each year (which he takes part in all day every day). With all of this going on, it would seem like Victor Wooten would have no time for anything else, but that is not the case. Taking matters completely into his own hands, Wooten has recently formed his own record label. Vix Records, Wooten's self-proclaimed "Label of Love", entered the scene in 2011 with a re-mastered version of his pioneering debut solo CD. The new version, A Show of Hands 15, contains three bonus tracks and is also released on vinyl. "If the world were to follow you today, where would you lead them?" Continuing to grow and always willing to share his gifts with all who desire to learn, it seems that Victor Wooten has no plans of slowing down. I'm currently writing the sequel to The Music Lesson, and have at least three more books planned after that. I feel like we're just getting started with the camps and Wooten Woods. Now that we are officially recognized as a not-for-profit organization (501c3), the door is wide open. Vix Records has already released multiple products and we're not even a year old yet. Writing music for movies and television is the next logical step, and with the amazing team I have helping me, including my manager Danette Albetta, my assistant Dave Welsch, and my wife Holly, I'm sure we'l accomplish all of our dreams and more. You know, my kids are actually starting to play gigs on their own now. Who knows, I may be able to retire soon and become their manager. I'm just happy that people like what I do and that I have a lot of support. You can't beat that. Keep checking in at VictorWooten.com to stay current with everything Victor Lemonte Wooten has his hands and heart wrapped around. He's moving quickly, so you'll have to try hard to keep up. One thing is for sure; you won't want to miss any of it
09/20/2022
Jeff Coffin is a globally celebrated saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary U.S. rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and 3 Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts numerous groups when not touring with DMB and has released 17+ solo CD's on Ear Up Records. Coffin is known for his musical passion, his deep commitment to music education, and his continued dedication to improvisational music. Jeff is also a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician, a Boston Sax Shop Ambassador, teaches improvisation at the prestigious Vanderbilt University, authored numerous music books, authored a children’s book, produces, engineers, mixes, draws, and runs his own critically acclaimed record label, Ear Up Records. Links: https://www.jeffcoffin.com/ https://www.earuprecords.com/ https://www.facebook.com/jeffcoffinmusic/ https://www.instagram.com/jeffcoffin/ https://twitter.com/jeffcoffinmusic
09/13/2022
Despite the nickname, Akina Adderley is much more than “the little woman with the big voice.” A rock/soul vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, arranger, and producer based in Austin, Texas, Adderley’s music reflects both her modern rock ‘n roll sensibility and her deep jazz roots. Margaret Moser (Austin Chronicle) wrote, “Jazz is in Akina Adderley’s blood, and it flows with a warm mix of old-school soul and R&B.” Akina’s father is acclaimed jazz pianist and arranger Nat Adderley, Jr. (long-time bandleader for Luther Vandross), and her grandfather and granduncle were venerated jazz musicians: cornetist Nat Adderley, Sr. and alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (Miles Davis, Kind of Blue). While their towering musical legacy flows through her, Akina’s artistry is all her own.  Akina’s music crackles with infectious grooves and incisive lyrics, but live performances bring that heat to a whole other level. Audiences “instantly fall for her dynamism and her superstar performance,” says Laurie Gallardo of KUTX-FM, moved by what the Austin American-Statesman calls her “rich, emotive pipes.” Drawing comparisons to Tina Turner and Sharon Jones, Akina’s stage presence is captivating and electrifying. Akina has performed across the country, sharing bills with Booker T., Budos Band, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, as well as with Austin favorites Gary Clark, Jr., Shinyribs, Bright Light Social Hour, Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo, and Carolyn Wonderland. She is a featured backing vocalist on recordings by Charlie Mars, James McMurtry, Jackie Venson, and Gregg Rolie (Santana and Journey), among others. Akina has released two records with her 8-piece soul band, Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys, two records with modern jazz group, Nori, and is currently slow-releasing a batch of soul/rock singles under her own name. One of these singles—her 2020 social justice anthem, “Broke”—was a featured placement on the TV show Walker on the CW. A local Austin favorite, Akina is a Black Fret artist, a songwriter with The House of Songs, and was honored in 2012 by the mayoral proclamation of Akina Adderley Day in Austin.
09/06/2022
Clayton Joseph Scott was born on the Westside of Los Angeles in Venice Beach, California. He began his music career at the age of two when his father bought him a eukelele and the “Born in the USA” vinyl by Bruce Springsteen. The music of troubadours like Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Bob Marley, served as the soundtracks of Clayton’s youth and from a young age, the art of story telling through song became an idea that would shape Clayton’s music to this day. Clayton’s songs follow in the steps on the path of modern roots/rock performers like Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd, and, John Butler; to deliver a positive message, while invigorating audiences of all cultures to listen and dance with a purpose. His catalogue of original compositions range from deeply reflective soul/folk ballads to danceable world-beat arrangements that have won fans around the world! While traveling and living in India in 2008, Clayton began to write and compose his own music inspired by the cultures and travelers he met while exploring the greater world outside of his California home. Upon his return to the United States in 2010, he recorded his first studio album Heavy Restand began to pursue his music career in earnest; touring the US West Coast and Europe sharing the songs he wrote during his early life travels. In 2012 Clayton returned home from Los Angeles and began work on his acclaimed album More Love (released in 2012) which began to receive radio airplay across the United States and Europe. During this time Clayton formed a touring band with a group of Los Angeles musicians named “Brightside” who served as the musical backdrop to the stories Clayton shared in the lyrics of his songs. Upon the release of More Love, Clayton and Brightside began regular national tours and festival performances across the USA and spent the next seven years promoting their music to a growing fan base. In this time Clayton opened and toured with acts such as Jack Johnson, Trevor Hall, Brett Dennen, Michael Franti & Spearhead, White Buffalo, Donavon Frankenreiter, Rebelution, and Cas Haley. In 2014 Clayton Joseph Scott and Brightside teamed up with drummer Adam Topol (Jack Johnson, Culver City Dub Collective) who joined the band and together headed into the studio to record and release Clayton’s third album West of Lincoln (2014) which Topol served as producer. West of Lincoln received positive reviews as a follow up to More Love, the songs “Home” and “LA Woman” from the album were played on radio stations across the country. In 2018 Clayton and Brightside ventured into the studio to record their latest and most ambitious full length project LET GO (released Dec. 2020)and were set to share the new music beginning with a tour of Australia in early 2020 which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon his return from Australia and entering a new world shaped by the COVID Pandemic, Clayton left his home in Venice Beach and moved to Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, to begin work on his fifth album View From the Moon ( released summer of 2021). Working with local musician Aaron Reed (The Brothers Reed) Clayton aimed to craft an album of songs that reflect the depths of the collective experience during the pandemic while still offering hope for better tomorrows. As the world begins to re-open, Clayton looks forwards to sharing his new music with fans old and new at LIVE music performances and continue to utilize the redemptive power of storytelling in song as a means for positive change in the world at large.

August 2022

08/30/2022

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Jay Denton is a songwriter/producer/artist and the founder of
ENDURE Studios. Blending genres and styles, and bringing his multi-instrumentalism to every
track, Denton builds music from the ground up and is involved in every element from the
inception of the songs and the production, to the mix/mastering process.
Originally from Dallas, TX, Jay moved to LA for an international relations degree at the
University of Southern California, and worked internationally before beginning his music career
as a songwriter in Nashville, TN. With his side job as a Krav Maga instructor and fight trainer,
Denton ironically started working in the industry as a touring fight trainer for The Band Perry and
others before his own music started gaining traction.
Moving back to Los Angeles, Denton put out his full debut album, "Locked", which garnered
placements in shows ranging from The Bachelor and Temptation Island, to The Olympics, ESPN,
and more, and prompted him to start his own studio, ENDURE Studios.
In 2019 Denton traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, and wrote/produced the ENDURE album, "For
Home" with Syrian refugees - featuring US artists alongside them. That album was featured by
The United Nations (UNHCR), American Songwriter Magazine, Shine On Hollywood Magazine,
and Daily News Egypt, and others.
Now looking to expand back to Nashville as well, Denton is building out ENDURE Nashville
alongside his studio in Los Angeles, and building teams of artists, songwriters, and producers in
both music epicenters to fuel both the work the studio does domestically and overseas in conflict
zones.
Denton's vision is to bring artists together from all over the world, and use music as a bridge to
connect cultures, styles, and stories in ways rarely seen before. Currently back and forth between
LA and Nashville, Denton is working on a wide array of projects with artists in both cities,
alongside his own project, and is planning the next ENDURE global, collaborative album.

08/23/2022

Jeff Coffin is a globally celebrated saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary U.S. rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and 3 Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts numerous groups when not touring with DMB and has released 17+ solo CD's on Ear Up Records.

Coffin is known for his musical passion, his deep commitment to music education, and his continued dedication to improvisational music.

Jeff is also a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician, a Boston Sax Shop Ambassador, teaches improvisation at the prestigious Vanderbilt University, authored numerous music books, authored a children’s book, produces, engineers, mixes, draws, and runs his own critically acclaimed record label, Ear Up Records.

Links:

https://www.jeffcoffin.com/
https://www.earuprecords.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jeffcoffinmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/jeffcoffin/

https://twitter.com/jeffcoffinmusic

08/16/2022

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 has been seen over 50 million times, 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 has opened multiple times for Tim Allen, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jo Koy, Kevin Nealon, and Dave Chappelle, and even opened Chappelle’s very first show after his much-publicized African hiatus. One night in New York City, Satyal closed the show at Gotham Comedy Club, following one of his heroes, Jerry Seinfeld.

Satyal performs weekly at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. He has 13 videos with over 100,000 YouTube views each, and been featured by Amazon, NPR, Nickelodeon, Netflix, GQ, Bob & Tom, Times Now, The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, The Times of India, and The LA Times.

Rajiv is the only person ever to perform standup comedy on all seven 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, DE&I, and personal branding. His corporate clients include P&G (14 times), GE (8 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.”

Satyal has acted in national commercials and in TV shows. He 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. His writings have made the front page of Medium and received hundreds of thousands of views on Quora.

In 2018, Satyal ran a Kickstarter — 100% funded in one day and exceeded 2x its goal ($56K total) in one month — to launch his own talk show, What Do You Bring to The Table? Guests include everyone from Hasan Minhaj (Satyal’s old roommate) to Lilly Singh to Dr. Vivek Murthy, the first Indian U.S. Surgeon General.

Rajiv has written and performed three 100-min one-person shows, each one with a different theme. In 2019, the subject is politics, culminating in a performance at the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2017, Taking a Stand, all about music, led him to become the first standup comic ever to perform at Spotify.

And back in 2013, Rajiv wrote No Man’s Land, a 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.

08/02/2022

"a spectacularly creative young pianist...a very poetic player" – Orange County Register

“sonorities reminiscent of the stormy meter-high waves of a wild ocean.” - Ostholsteiner Anzeiger

Kai Ono is a singer-songwriter composer-pianist living in Queens, NY. He likes the color grey, the things that fly, and games of most kinds.

Kai’s writing primarily revolves around unsung moments of daily life, with an emphasis on compassion over romance. His music tends to either be tender ballads or maximalist absurdity.

After studying classical/jazz piano and composition in his undergrad, Kai immediately moved to New York City to play with the most skilled, inspired, and attractive people on the planet, and so far, he has made some solid progress. He’s been releasing songs steadily since 2020, and also is on the Tiktok grind. If you like his music, you should check him out there too.

Website: kaionomusic.com

Socials:

FB: facebook.com/thisiskaispage

IG: thisiskaisinsta

TikTok: thisiskaistiktok

July 2022

07/19/2022

Who is Victor Lemonte Wooten?

"Who am I? Now, that's a good question."

Victor Lemonte Wooten is a unique human being. Born the youngest of five boys, he began learning to play music at the tender age of two. He started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age five, and at age six, was on tour with his brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield. Soon after, he was affectionately known as the 8-year-old Bass Ace, and before graduating high school, he and his brothers had shared the stage with artists such as Stephanie Mills, War, Ramsey Lewis, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Dexter Wansel, and The Temptations. But, this only begins to tell the tale of this Tennessee titan.

Wooten, now a five-time Grammy winner, hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, Victor has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours.

Among other things, he is a loving husband and father of four, a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician and acrobat, and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine's readers poll three times (the only person to win it more than once.) In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted Victor one of the Top Ten Bassist of ALL TIME.

"I was born at the right place and the right time to a wonderful family."

Victor Lemonte Wooten was born September 11, 1964 to military parents on an air force base outside of Boise, Idaho. Soon after, the family packed up and moved on as military families often do. It was during the years stationed in Hawaii that the brothers began performing as a five-piece band. With Regi on guitar, Roy on drums, Rudy on sax, Joseph on keys, and Victor on bass, the Wooten Brothers band was born. Performing in their front yard, the band immediately began honing their skills. Victor credits the brothers' early ability to play a variety of musical genres to the experience of relocating frequently, the diversity of 1960's radio stations, and the unwavering support of their parents who provided many opportunities and booked all of their performances.

"My brothers, who were already playing music, knew they needed a bass player to complete the family band. Regi started teaching me as soon as I could sit up straight, and my parents let him do it."

Victor has been heralded as "the Michael Jordan of the bass" and "one of the most fearless musicians on the planet." These qualities were evident when, in 1981, his older brother, Roy, recommended him as a bluegrass fiddle player for a job performing at a nearby amusement park. Victor, having never played violin in his life, was thrilled to meet the challenge. He borrowed an instrument from his high school orchestra teacher and immediately began practicing. Quickly learning the most popular fiddle tunes and techniques, he took the job at Busch Gardens' The Old Country in Williamsburg, VA playing fiddle and bass in the Good Time Country Show.

"I remember getting that call from Roy. He trusted me. I had to learn to be a fiddler real quick, almost over night. I don't think the people who hired me ever knew I'd never played before."

What they soon found out was that the brothers were quickly becoming star attractions. The Wooten Brothers rapidly became staple figures and star attractions at the park throughout the 1980's working in the German, Italian, Country and Bluegrass, and Americana shows.

The years 1980 and 1981 found the brothers performing for US troops overseas as the band for the Busch Gardens USO show. Traveling the world was an eye-opening time of learning for young Victor, but it was one summer performing in the country show that, unbeknownst to him, changed his life forever. That was when he became aware of a unique banjo player named Béla Fleck.

"My brothers and parents were the foundation. They prepared me for just about anything by teaching me to keep my mind open and to learn to adapt."

While messing around with a friend's banjo between shows, the friend commented on Wooten's unique banjo sound. Because the instrument is tuned different from a bass, Victor's lines came out sounding pretty strange when he played his friend's instrument. With a thick southern accent, the friend told him that he sounded just like a banjo player named "Baylor Fleck". Wooten couldn't imagine anyone playing a banjo that way, so he sought out to find out who this Baylor guy was. When he finally heard a recording of Béla's band New Grass Revival, he was hooked.

In 1987, Victor traveled with his friend to Nashville, TN. During their short visit, he connected with the banjoist Fleck for the first time. After their initial meeting, Wooten and Fleck kept in touch and continued sharing musical ideas. In 1988, Wooten found himself living in Nashville. Later that year, Béla and Victor, along with Victor's inventive brother Roy "Future Man" Wooten, and harmonica & piano wizard Howard Levy, formed the eclectic ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. With a dozen recordings under their belt, the band has created a completely new sound and has become known for its genre-defying music. Currently, over twenty years later, the band is still going strong.

"Musically, that means not being rigid and not having to play in a certain way."

A few years after he began touring with the Flecktones, Victor released his first solo project, A Show of Hands. Recorded with only a 4-string bass, no multi-tracking, and a lot of groove and soul, this revolutionary CD was voted one of the most important bass records of all time.

Musicians wanting to learn Victor's unique style and elusive techniques began seeking him out for lessons and seminars at music stores and schools around the world. These workshops became the training ground that lead to the formation of his acclaimed Bass/Nature Camp in 2000, which eventually expanded into Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature. These "intensive" style programs, now in its thirteenth year, welcome all instrumentation and vocalists, and have helped thousands of people of all ages from all corners of the world enhance their musical and personal lives.

 

"People frequently thank us for sending their new spouses home."

In 2009, Wooten Woods became the new home for all of Victor's camps. The nearly 150-acre retreat, owned by Victor and his wife, is located on the beautiful Duck River west of Nashville, TN. This picturesque retreat center, largely built by the hands and hearts of past students, has provided many more opportunities for Victor and his staff to share their lifelong experiences with others.

"We give students the opportunity to completely let go and be themselves while congregating in a peaceful non-competitive manner on an equal playing ground with each other and their instructors. We've found this to be the best environment for learning."

April 1st, 2008 marked the debut of two new releases by Victor Wooten. Palmystery (Heads Up) is his sixth solo recording and contains a collection of all new music. It features Bootsy Collins, Mike Stern, Keb Mo, Carl Denson, Jd Blair, Derico Watson, Saundra Williams, Anthony Wellington, Steve Bailey, Will Lee, Dennis Chambers, The Lee Boys, The Wooten Brothers, and others. The album showcases Wooten's jazz composition and arranging skills with songs like "Two Timers", 'Flex', and "Song for my Father", but also brings to the forefront his artistically humble side with the celebratory track "Bass Tribute" and the thought provoking "I Saw God".

On the same date, Victor released The Music Lesson-A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, a self-published novel about Life and Music. The book presold hundreds of copies before its release quickly becoming a "must-read" for musicians world-wide. The choice of using this unconventional approach to sharing unique ideas about music was a surprise to all. Offering an intriguing story full of anecdotes and mysticism, The Music Lesson has helped free the minds of musicians worldwide. Soon after its release, it was picked up and published by the Berkley Publishing Group/ Penguin USA Inc. Now translated into multiple languages, The Music Lesson is currently used as required reading and part of curriculums in study groups, schools, and universities including the prestigious Berklee College of Music and Stanford.

With the success of the book came the release of The Music Lesson audiobook (Tantor Audio). Victor lends his voice as the narrator and main character, but enlisted many of his friends and fellow musicians to read the parts of all the remaining characters. Victor also wrote and performed the musical score to the audio book, which was voted as a one of five finalists at the 2011 Audie Awards (the audio book's equivalent to the Grammys) in the category of Personal Development.

"My mom always said the world needs more than just good musicians. She said we need good people."

Wooten's sought-after skills and growing popularity have lead to recordings and performances with artists such as Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Bootsy Collins, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Prince, India Arie, Keb Mo, Dennis Chambers, Susan Tedeschi, Gov't Mule, Bruce Hornsby, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Frank Gambale, the legendary Moroccan group Nass El Ghiwane, and many others.

His respected reputation as a teacher and speaker/lecturer on the subjects of both Music and Nature have garnered invitations for him to speak and teach at schools, universities, classes and spiritual centers around the world. Some of these places include Strathmore College, Berklee College of Music, Stanford University, Harvard, Mississippi State, Miami University, Middle Tennessee State University, The Haven (Gabriola Isle BC, Canada), Various Nature Centers and camps, and The NYC "Y" with Dan Levitin, author of "This Is Your Brain On Music".

Along with recording Grammy winning and Billboard charting albums with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor also spearheaded the formation of the super-group SMV with two of his childhood heroes, Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller. He continues to record and tour with the Flecktones, various other artists, and as a solo artist. He also currently leads six to eight camps at Wooten Woods each year (which he takes part in all day every day). With all of this going on, it would seem like Victor Wooten would have no time for anything else, but that is not the case.

Taking matters completely into his own hands, Wooten has recently formed his own record label. Vix Records, Wooten's self-proclaimed "Label of Love", entered the scene in 2011 with a re-mastered version of his pioneering debut solo CD. The new version, A Show of Hands 15, contains three bonus tracks and is also released on vinyl.

"If the world were to follow you today, where would you lead them?"

Continuing to grow and always willing to share his gifts with all who desire to learn, it seems that Victor Wooten has no plans of slowing down.

I'm currently writing the sequel to The Music Lesson, and have at least three more books planned after that. I feel like we're just getting started with the camps and Wooten Woods. Now that we are officially recognized as a not-for-profit organization (501c3), the door is wide open. Vix Records has already released multiple products and we're not even a year old yet. Writing music for movies and television is the next logical step, and with the amazing team I have helping me, including my manager Danette Albetta, my assistant Dave Welsch, and my wife Holly, I'm sure we'l accomplish all of our dreams and more. You know, my kids are actually starting to play gigs on their own now. Who knows, I may be able to retire soon and become their manager. I'm just happy that people like what I do and that I have a lot of support. You can't beat that.

Keep checking in at VictorWooten.com to stay current with everything Victor Lemonte Wooten has his hands and heart wrapped around. He's moving quickly, so you'll have to try hard to keep up. One thing is for sure; you won't want to miss any of it

 

07/12/2022

Ally Fabes is a saxophone artist originally from New York City.  A graduate of the University of Kansas, Ally trained under saxophonists Vince Gnojek and Allen Won. While in college Ally had started her band, Glass Bandit and involved herself in as many opportunities around the Kansas City area. Ally is also a recent graduate of the University of Miami where she received her Masters in Live Entertainment Management. Ally has performed with many artists including Southside Johnny and Kevin Gastonguay (Cory Wong). She has also opened for artists such as the Wailers, Louis York, and Juice. 

07/05/2022

Dorian Holley’s one of a kind voice has graced audiences worldwide.
He was Vocal Director for the late Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour and
for 27 years performed as a vocalist on every one of Jackson’s solo tours. He has
toured with
Rod Stewart, Queen Latifah, Don Henley, Lionel Richie, Linda
Ronstadt, and Jimmy Vaughn. In 2019 and ‘20 he toured with James Taylor and
Coldplay.
Dorian has given Master Classes in Moscow, Russia, Geneva, Mexico City and
Paris and created vocal performance classes at Los Angeles College of Music.
He was a featured soloist for Dave Grusin’s big band presentation of Westside
Story at Disney Hall, singing “Maria”.
The Dorian Holley Band is fresh off 19 burning, sold out performances of A Love
Letter To Marvin Gaye, which Dorian created and produced; a 2 hour

retrospective of The Prince Of Motown’s canon. The shows feature a 16 piece all-
star band including a live string ensemble and brass. They also took the show to

The National Black Theatre Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina last summer for
4 house rocking shows.
Dorian was vocal coach on American Idol 11 of its glory years.
He was lead singer in The Rickey Minor Band on Jay Leno’s
The Tonight Show. He was also in the Black History Museum special at the White
House that won an Emmy. He is in the band for the Aretha Franklin Grammy
Special. He was vocal coach for the pilot Million Dollar Singer and was part of
the Emmy winning Kennedy Center Honors 2020. He has coached on The
Masked Singer and is the first black contractor, assembling and conducting 2
massive choirs for the Oscars.

Dorian has backed up Stevie Wonder, Sting, Adele, Jason Derulo, Smokey
Robinson, The Dave Matthews Band, Usher, Tori Kelly, Erykah Badu, Seal,
Christina Aguilera, Fifth Harmony and countless others. He is the voice of
Grosberger in Stir Crazy and the voice of Choir Boy in The Five Heartbeats. He
sang in the new Coming To America, the Jungle Book, Star Wars, Creed II, How
The Grinch Stole Christmas; tons of movies and TV.
His solo CD is called “Independent Film.
Dorian is married to Uber lawyer Shawn Holley, and has 3 beautiful daughters,
Nayanna, Sasha and Olivia.
#officaldorianholley www.thedorianholleyband.com

June 2022

06/28/2022

Mauricio Ignacio Ibáñez Guzmán (born in 1984 in Valparaíso) 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 Vocalord-P. 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. Mauricio wIll be releasing his 9th solo album "Blue Stardust" in August, 2022 on all the digital platforms.

06/21/2022

"Gregg Wright is in the top echelons of the world's great guitarists!" according to the international publication Blues Matters. Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and receiving the "Living Legend" Blues Award in 2019, Wright is an electrifying guitarist, singer, songwriter and live performer  who leaves audiences breathless! “Gregg Wright has an extra gear most guitarists don't have!" raves fellow Bluesman Zac Harmon. With years of touring with Michael Jackson, Mick Fleetwood and a host of top tier music artists under his belt, Wright has developed a confident and engaging stage presence. He initially comes off as "Mr. Smooth" but can go for your jugular in an instant, without warning.

Gregg Wright, began his professional career on the U.S. Southern circuit in the mid-1970's. He honed his craft with years of playing  one-nighters across the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas, often opening shows for the big national touring acts of the day. “I was privileged to work and learn around greatness!” says Gregg. “I opened several times for Albert King and Freddie King, and learned a great deal from watching them up close. Their words of encouragement really energized me. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude!"

An '80's move from Louisiana to Los Angeles saw Wright become a session man and "hired gun" touring guitarist. His reputation grew over the next decade doing albums and tours with Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson, the Gap Band, Berlin and Spencer Davis.

Wright's incredibly precise, high energy live performances have brought many a crowd to its feet and screaming for more. Total audience satisfaction is guaranteed with Gregg Wright . . . "King of the Rockin' Blues!"

https://greggwright.com

06/14/2022

Asaf Rodeh is a Los Angeles based Music Director, Producer and Guitar Player

Born and raised in Israel, Asaf moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue a music career and quickly found his way into the local scene. 
His musical diversity brought him to work with a wide range of artists such as: Lil Nas X, King Princess, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, Weezer, AJ McLean, Ava Max, David Archuleta, Madison Beer, Arizona Zervas, Skip Marley, Rita Ora, to name a few.

06/07/2022

Nick Field: 

Nicholas Field grew up in Detroit, Michigan where he began mastering his skills in the entertainment industry. Committed to his dance and modeling training, Nick began traveling the country to various competitions. After 2 years of studying business in Chicago, Nick moved to Los Angeles to apprentice with some of the most influential photographers in the industry. Photography became a passion of Nick’s and would soon lead him into a successful career with his own photography company, The Field Gallery. Nick has since been perfecting his craft in photography allowing him to foster many business and personal relationships throughout the country.

After creating and hosting successful art shows in New York Nick knew creating an environment for artist to showcase their talents was his passion.

Drive, determination and hard work combined with his innate creativity have lead him to a successful career in both the entertainment and photography industry.

 

Sam J Garfield:

Sam J Garfield is a music producer & sound engineer based in East Los Angeles. Authenticity and the ability to think “outside the box” is key when it comes to Sam's Music. 

With already more than 50 published tracks in the past year, Sam’s signature sound has caught the eye of many powerhouses in the entertainment world, working on projects for HBO’s ‘We’re Here’, the star studded cast & winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Celebrity choreographer & Singer Bobby Newberry, Beauty Icon GiGi Gorgeous and International Music Sensation Courtney Act. 

Currently music directing AHF’s National Tour of West Side Story, and composing his first feature film, both set to arrive in 2022, Sam’s multifaceted career continues to be one on the rise.

May 2022

05/31/2022

Pat O'Brien is a Pittsburgh native who began his musical career at the age of eleven. He began immersing himself in the works of Elmore James and Albert King. In his early twenties he was billed with such blues legends as Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf. After which, he became a veteran of numerous recording sessions throughout the United States and Japan.

One of Pat's more celebrated efforts, "Dog Party" with noted jazz guitarist Scott Henderson, won Guitar Player Magazine Readers Poll Winner for Best Blues Album of the Year (beating out B.B. King's, "Blues Summit" and Eric Clapton's, "From the Cradle" in the process). Pat's searing harp solo on "Milk Bone" simply must be heard to be believed!

While most musicians would be content with half of Pat's ability to lay down scorching runs on the blues harp, his passionate vocals and uncanny ability to interpret the works of Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan have turned the little night club in Arcadia, California where he works his magic into a cash cow for the owners, packing the place every Friday and Saturday night.

Throwing his head back, ripping of scalding runs on the blues progressions and sliding the neck of his '66 Strat down the mike stand, Pat is a frantic combination of Keith Richards, Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix, with a little Brian Setzer thrown in for good measure!

https://www.priestsoflove.com/

05/24/2022

Phillip A. Peterson is a composer, orchestrator and a creative catalyst with work spanning from symphonic commissions, orchestrations for hip hop/pop to intricately composed film scores. His original compositions have been premiered by the Seattle symphony and have been featured in numerous films, commercials, and digital media. Peterson's unmatched talents and creativity have led to frequent collaborations including; orchestrating for Lorde and Ed Sheeran, producing & contributing to albums by Portugal. The Man, arranging & recording strings for Maroon 5, and appearing on records with Cashmere Cat and Kehlani.

Peterson has worked on many Grammy nominated records, contributed to Telly award-winning advertising campaigns, and has more than 10 Platinum and Gold Records to his credits. His discography below shows an abbreviated list of albums he has contributed to with arranging, orchestrating, producing, performing, recording, and/or composing. Commercial clients include PBS, Amazon, Microsoft, Verizon, ClipCard, The NewBlank, Seattle Symphony.

Phillip has a penchant for creating just the right feel for any project. Whether composing for a 50 piece orchestra or solo cello, his skills are unmatched in the art of musical interpretation of the visual world, with each note reflecting a color, a moment, or an emotional entanglement.

"With all my work, I strive to create suspension of disbelief. The goal being to create a pure, lucid moment where all practicality, responsibilities, and even time & space are vanquished, leaving behind an ethereal, transcendent moment where you can truly feel and be with the music."

Peterson is a Seattle native, born into a musical Family. He started playing the cello at the age of 3 on a viola fitted up with an endpin. His family founded a youth symphony, started a music school and toured the country playing classical works adapted and orchestrated by his mother. By the age of 17, Peterson was touring in Europe as a principal cellist, while writing and composing his own pieces, from rock ballads to string quartets. His skill as a composer has been honed by many travels, performances, and collaborations with other creatives and gifted musicians. Peterson has been commissioned several times to compose and arrange for the Seattle Symphony, and wrote over two hundred works for his Experimental Orchestra, conducting his and other works several times in Benaroya Hall, Seattle.

https://www.phillip-peterson.com/

05/10/2022

A Southern California born and raised native, Mark began his life in music at a very young age.  Growing up with Peruvian immigrant parents, Mark was exposed to all styles of music at a young age.  From American Pop, R&B, Rock to Jazz, Big Band, Salsa, Cumbia and Classical, Mark grew up in a very musical home.  His Mom song on Peruvian radio as a young teen and she sang in there home everyday.  

 

He began playing the saxophone at 7 ½ years old and sturdily formally with private teachers until the age of 14.  When he was just 9 years old, he also began singing career in Church choirs, continuing to perform into his early teens and eventually joining the L.A. music scene in the 80’s performing with various original and cover bands.

 

Mark also has an extensive background in law, having worked nearly 19 years in law firms in different capacities, beginning as a legal assistant and ultimately becoming a Paralegal, all the while working as a musician 3-4 nights a week as a sideman, doing sessions and writing original music.  His vast experience ranges from transactional law to music and contract litigation.

Mark is also an independent Singer/Songwriter, playing various instruments, and released his first solo effort entitled SHADES OF 8 in August 2006, and he has continued to write, record and produce his original music making it available on all streaming services.  His most recent Spotify release:  https://open.spotify.com/album/0SUoLVjzpAbD2Lw8bY7AaE?si=pPsiHq3FT4-ETYY1dSpszA

As a Solo Artist, he (along with his Band) has opened for dozens of multi-platinum artists including Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Paul Stanley (KISS), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Richard Marx, Edwin McCain, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Tal Bachman, Little River Band, to name a few.   Mark also had the honor of sharing the stage and working in the studio with such artists as Kenny Rogers, The Killers, Sheila-E, Bret Michaels (POISON), ZEDD and David Cook (American Idol). 

In the late 2000’s Mark began working as an independent Songwriter and Producer, working with several up and coming young local female artists, while still writing, recording and composing music for Film & TV placement.  His song WAITING FOR YOU (from his first CD) was featured in the Gold Circle Film “My Sassy Girl”.

Website:

www.markcastrillon.com

Instagram:

https://instagram.com/markcastrillon?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Facebook:

https://m.facebook.com/643245696/

05/03/2022

Uri Gelman is a talented music producer and songwriter with over 20 years of experience in the industry and song placements in several independent films. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Uri developed a passion for music at a young age, starting out as a guitarist playing in local bands. He later decided to pursue his musical ambitions by moving to Los Angeles, where he attended Musicians Institute and graduated with honors. Today, Uri operates his own recording studio, VooDoo Doll Productions. Located in the grounds of the Groove Tubes® factory in San Fernando, CA, this is a unique recording studio built and designed by Aspen Pittman, founder of GT. This state-of-the-art facility houses an impressive and unique collection of vintage gear, amps, mics, and instruments that are used by independent musicians and artists from around the world. The live room is huge and ideal for making your drums sound bigger than life while also allowing you to record live to capture the right vibe for your songs. The spacious vocal booth is meticulously treated to ensure clear vocals every time, and the cozy control room is the ideal location to fine-tune your mix with accuracy. Uri Gelman is passionate about working with independent artists, utilizing his extensive experience and expertise in the recording studio to help them create high-quality, competitive recordings and radio ready mixes.

https://voodoodollproductions.com/

https://www.instagram.com/urigelman

https://www.facebook.com/uri.gelman

https://aspenpittmandesigns.com/

April 2022

04/26/2022

Pat O'Brien is a Pittsburgh native who began his musical career at the age of eleven. He began immersing himself in the works of Elmore James and Albert King. In his early twenties he was billed with such blues legends as Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf. After which, he became a veteran of numerous recording sessions throughout the United States and Japan.

One of Pat's more celebrated efforts, "Dog Party" with noted jazz guitarist Scott Henderson, won Guitar Player Magazine Readers Poll Winner for Best Blues Album of the Year (beating out B.B. King's, "Blues Summit" and Eric Clapton's, "From the Cradle" in the process). Pat's searing harp solo on "Milk Bone" simply must be heard to be believed!

While most musicians would be content with half of Pat's ability to lay down scorching runs on the blues harp, his passionate vocals and uncanny ability to interpret the works of Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan have turned the little night club in Arcadia, California where he works his magic into a cash cow for the owners, packing the place every Friday and Saturday night.

Throwing his head back, ripping of scalding runs on the blues progressions and sliding the neck of his '66 Strat down the mike stand, Pat is a frantic combination of Keith Richards, Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix, with a little Brian Setzer thrown in for good measure!

https://www.priestsoflove.com/

04/19/2022

DANIEL COREY

 

L.A.-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Daniel Corey is a well-rounded artist who has tried his hand at many different artistic disciplines, all of which have led to the upcoming release of his premiere single, “Nearsighted.”

For years, Daniel has operated under the name of his alter ego, DangerKatt, writing comic series that have been published by powerhouse publisher Image Comics, screenplays that have netted 35 first-place awards from festivals all over the world, and an award-winning conceptual photo series, “Map of the World.” In addition to these pursuits, Daniel has been recognized as an innovator who created some of the earliest explorations of Augmented Reality in comics, and was ranked #2 on Onalytica’s Top 100 VR Influencer list for his role in collaborating with Transmedia Entertainment to produce one of the first VR comic books. In the midst of all of this, Daniel has spent years honing his craft as a musician.

Growing up in the South, Daniel received a solid grounding in church music, and would go on to study classical piano, modern voice, and rock guitar. In addition to his love of gospel artists like Russ Taff and Phil Keaggy, Daniel found his sort of “sonic home” by listening to artists like U2, Sting, Peter Gabriel, REM, Daniel Lanois, Paul Simon, Seal, Dave Matthews, and Elbow. Finding himself particularly fascinated by the finger-style and dynamics of Daniel Lanois’ guitar playing, Daniel developed his own unique acoustic style that seamlessly combines finger-picking, tapping, and strumming that uses an economy of movement to create a large wave of sound.

“Nearsighted” is a unique song that brings a retro-70s Americana vibe akin to Paul Simon, while delivering a contemporary message about the nature of disappointment and heartbreak in a post-pandemic world. “Personally, for myself, I have always wanted to create art in many different media, but music has always been the core thing in my life,” Daniel says. “I initially created DangerKatt as an umbrella for all of my artistic pursuits. Every artist wants to have a singular voice, after all. It really all came together when I started with ‘Map of the World,’ which explores human eyes and motivation in extreme close-up. ‘Nearsighted’ is a song about vision and direction in life. The futuristic visuals combined with the retro vibe of the music make a sort of ‘Cyber-Americana’ that has been driving my output for the past several years.”

Daniel credits much of the success of the “Nearsighted” to his producers, Alexx Calise and Dennis Morehouse, who themselves comprise the internationally successful modern rock duo, Batfarm. Daniel says: “Alexx and Den are very gifted as musicians, songwriters and producers, and I particularly love that they also have a streak of retro sensibility that merges with their own specific take on futurism. They express themselves on stage, in the studio, as well as through satirical visuals and videos that feed their brand and communicate their message. Working with them was a no-brainer, and an excellent fit. I am blessed to know them.”

“Nearsighted” is now on all streaming platforms, as well as iTunes. Expect more music from Daniel soon, and be on the lookout for his upcoming “Map of the World” photo book, which will be available later this year.

Learn more about Daniel Corey via:

https://DangerKatt.com/

https://www.facebook.com/dangerkattworld

https://www.instagram.com/thedangerkatt/

https://www.youtube.com/user/danielcorey1

https://twitter.com/dangerkatt

 

For inquiries, contact publicist Alexx Calise:

alexxcalise@yahoo.com

AlexxCalise.net

YouTube.com/AlexxCaliseMusic

04/12/2022

Comprised of Alexx Calise, an introspective lyricist and “harmony machine”, and Morehouse, a masterful arranger and sound manipulator, Batfarm is a two-piece alternative rock band whose sound can be best described as “darkedelic”. The multi-instrumentalists keep it small not only for efficiency’s sake, but also to keep creating the music they want without added personalities. Combining Alexx’s grunge and blues influences with rich, choral soundscapes and Dennis’s love of industrial, funk, and psychedelic music, Batfarm creates a sound that is like everything and nothing at once.

While the music itself is serious, they don’t take themselves too seriously, and it is their hope that the darkness of some of their own personal experiences will help others to find their own light.

 

batfarmband.com, Facebook.com/batfarmband, instagram.com/batfarmband 

04/05/2022

Rerun:

Mark Sutherland Bio: Mark has spent the last 30 years hosting major market & network radio shows in over 50 US markets, as well as England and Japan. He also directed and produced numerous network and cable TV shows, shot thousands of stills, conceived, founded and programed Static Beach Networks from a showcase studio in Hermosa Beach, and is now in post-production as Producer/Director of a feature documentary film. Mark has over twenty years of broadcast experience, hosting everything from modern rock to kids radio. Along the way he picked up Billboard magazine's "Top Modern Rock Radio Personality" award, and was tapped by The Walt Disney Corporation and ABC to be the marquis personality, “Just Plain Mark,” for their new and ambitious "Radio Disney," a nationally broadcast network for families… a risky undertaking which Mark helped develop into a viable and lucrative format by conceiving and hosting one of the most popular shows in the history of kid’s radio. Mark left radio for network television, then conceived and co-exec produced the original NBC pilot Be Careful What You Wish For. He also found time to produce and direct the wildly successful Save Disney Campaign for former Disney CEO, billionaire & Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney. Following that, Mark island-hopped the Caribbean for Discovery Networks, Travel Channel, while writing, directing and producing Beach Week…Clearly a tough gig if there ever was one. In the nine years that followed, as founder/CEO of Static Beach Networks, Mark filled his days and nights perfecting and growing a privately owned, 21st century multi-media/radio network, which, at its peak, proudly boasted an audience of 4 million unique monthly visitors and 219 million ad impressions. Always busy with something, Mark also piloted Everywhere Sessions, an original TV series where talented artists perform original songs in unique places. He’s currently in post-production with a heartwarming feature doc film, staring his 16-year-old Whippet, Abby. Abby’s List, A Dogumentary, coming to Cable TV, DOD, and select theaters in 2022

March 2022

03/29/2022

Auriel and Carlos Jimenez

There are many fascinating stories in the World of film production, and the journey of filmmaking duo Auriel and Carlos Jimenez is another unique journey.

Meeting during their stint in the Marines, the talented pair have brought their measured and disciplined training to their current place in the film industry.

Carlos, a well-regarded cinematographer in his own right, was brought to the feature film project BURN, after working with Director/Writer/Star Patrick Lazzara on another film. Once reviewing the script with partner Auriel, the ambitious twosome set out to bring Mr. Lazzara's passion project to fruition.

Applying skills learned in the military has been a key component to achieving success in completing BURN.

Carlos says, “I didn't realize it when I got into it, you know, how helpful the Marine Corps was. It helped me to problem solve, cause the thing is with the Marine Corps is  you always are forced to do a lot with a little.”

And those skills also assisted Auriel in her own administrative components in the production work,
“ The Marines let me understand a lot of stuff that people would normally stress out about, everything became like water off a duck's back.”

All the hard work paid off, and after an extended creative process spanning nearly a decade, BURN, an evocative, fiery crime thriller would be born, with its Release slated for April 1st across major VOD platforms.

03/22/2022

SCOTT LITTLE

Four guys on a stage. Instruments and equipment. That’s all it takes to put together a band these days. But – you never know what you’re going to get. Not so with The Scott Little Band – these four guys and their instruments have mastered the art of blending their styles to create one of the best alternative country bands now playing in the southeast.

Having played with national acts such as Radney Foster, Wet Willie, Little Texas and The Indigo Girls, as well as regional successes The Zac Brown Band and Corey Smith, they’ve gained the reputation of being the right guys for the job. Spending two months at the top of the chart at RadioFreeTexas.org with their hit “Little Bit of Rain”, the band gained national exposure and countless new fans. Their seemingly endless catalog of standards and current songs coupled with quality originals will entertain to the very end, and leave you wanting more.

From heart-wrenching ballads to rocking guitars, the Scott Little Band will capture your spirit and run with it. Going along for the ride just gives you the best seat in the house.

Website:

www.scottlittle.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/people/The-Scott-Little-Band/100062419696649/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/scottlittlemusic/

 

03/08/2022

GREG LEON

Gregory Jay Leon is a Los Angeles hard rock guitarist notable for his stints in Quiet Riot and Dokken. He was also in a band called Suite 19 with Gary Holland, who was later replaced by Tommy Lee.

Greg Leon is considered an influential and important musical personality in the Hollywood Hard Rock/Heavy Metal scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, playing an integral part in the successive fortunes of the acts he was associated with.

BACKGROUND
Greg Leon was born in 1958 and grew up in Glendale, California, 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 Mötley Crüe 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 Greg Leon that he had been moonlighting with Armored Saint. Vera's replacement, Chuck Stevenson and Elizondo played with Greg 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 Greg on the cover). During this period Greg also had a considerable local reputation as a guitar teacher, working at Rhoads' mother's guitar studio in Burbank.

 

SUBSEQUENT CAREER
Greg Leon had several incarnations of the Invasion and played with various L.A. acts after his exciting early days. He 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, Greg 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. However, by 2003 Greg Leon was once again playing 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.
Greg is married with Canadian singer Suza Wood and in 2005 he produced her first album titled Sweet Freedom.

03/01/2022

Stephen L Sullivan, or "Sully", is an actor based in Los Angeles, CA.  He is known for portraying the iconic "John Lennon" in the HBO's series, "Vinyl", in episode 8, "E.A.B.". Stephen is also well known for his role as "Clay" in AMC's "Mad Men" for his encounter with Roger Sterling at the hippie commune in the episode entitled, "The Monolith". He was seen as "Dennis Wilson", on Lifetime's, "Manson's Lost Girls" and as a church missionary in season 2 of "Criminal Minds:Beyond Borders".  He has been found on the short end of a rope as cattle wrangler, "Cooper James" in "Longmire". As the fratricidal "Liam Finnegan" of the Channel Street Boys in "Rizzoli & Isles". And as the itchy trigger fingered "Sean Rourke" in the short lived series, "Ironside". He was also the renowned "Serge" on the long running "General Hospital".

February 2022

02/22/2022

Auriel and Carlos Jimenez

There are many fascinating stories in the World of film production, and the journey of filmmaking duo Auriel and Carlos Jimenez is another unique journey.

Meeting during their stint in the Marines, the talented pair have brought their measured and disciplined training to their current place in the film industry.

Carlos, a well-regarded cinematographer in his own right, was brought to the feature film project BURN, after working with Director/Writer/Star Patrick Lazzara on another film. Once reviewing the script with partner Auriel, the ambitious twosome set out to bring Mr. Lazzara's passion project to fruition.

Applying skills learned in the military has been a key component to achieving success in completing BURN.

Carlos says, “I didn't realize it when I got into it, you know, how helpful the Marine Corps was. It helped me to problem solve, cause the thing is with the Marine Corps is  you always are forced to do a lot with a little.”

And those skills also assisted Auriel in her own administrative components in the production work,
“ The Marines let me understand a lot of stuff that people would normally stress out about, everything became like water off a duck's back.”

All the hard work paid off, and after an extended creative process spanning nearly a decade, BURN, an evocative, fiery crime thriller would be born, with its Release slated for April 1st across major VOD platforms.

02/15/2022

Neel Upadhye is an Indian-born filmmaker and the Creative Director of Narrative at Electronic Arts, helming projects for blockbuster franchises such as Star WarsBattlefield, and Apex Legends.  He most recently wrote and directed ILM’s Star Wars short film, “Disorder”, with his first Star Wars short film, "Hunted" winning the Silver Pencil in 2021. He endeavors to tell gripping narratives in a variety of genres for both film and video games.

02/08/2022

Jules lives on the west coast, and has dabbled in just about every art form, making a living out of just enough of them that she considers her occupation Artist.  As a photographer, model, and drone pilot, Jules has built a career around cameras.  These days, she freelances in photo and video, and is working on starting her own show about casual lifestyle nudity.  You can also find her several days a week streaming on Twitch as a variety streamer, often playing music, cooking/baking, dancing, or just chilling out by the pool to entertain her viewers.   Jules is currently starting work on her upcoming album, an original instrumental compilation that will combine her talents on ukulele, trumpet, guitar, piano, mandolin, and soon to come, bass.   Follow her on Instagram or Twitch to catch her live show.  Twitch.tv/HelloJewels and instagram.com/HelloJewels.ig

02/01/2022

Mark Sutherland Bio: Mark has spent the last 30 years hosting major market & network radio shows in over 50 US markets, as well as England and Japan. He also directed and produced numerous network and cable TV shows, shot thousands of stills, conceived, founded and programed Static Beach Networks from a showcase studio in Hermosa Beach, and is now in post-production as Producer/Director of a feature documentary film. Mark has over twenty years of broadcast experience, hosting everything from modern rock to kids radio. Along the way he picked up Billboard magazine's "Top Modern Rock Radio Personality" award, and was tapped by The Walt Disney Corporation and ABC to be the marquis personality, “Just Plain Mark,” for their new and ambitious "Radio Disney," a nationally broadcast network for families… a risky undertaking which Mark helped develop into a viable and lucrative format by conceiving and hosting one of the most popular shows in the history of kid’s radio. Mark left radio for network television, then conceived and co-exec produced the original NBC pilot Be Careful What You Wish For. He also found time to produce and direct the wildly successful Save Disney Campaign for former Disney CEO, billionaire & Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney. Following that, Mark island-hopped the Caribbean for Discovery Networks, Travel Channel, while writing, directing and producing Beach Week…Clearly a tough gig if there ever was one. In the nine years that followed, as founder/CEO of Static Beach Networks, Mark filled his days and nights perfecting and growing a privately owned, 21st century multi-media/radio network, which, at its peak, proudly boasted an audience of 4 million unique monthly visitors and 219 million ad impressions. Always busy with something, Mark also piloted Everywhere Sessions, an original TV series where talented artists perform original songs in unique places. He’s currently in post-production with a heartwarming feature doc film, staring his 16-year-old Whippet, Abby. Abby’s List, A Dogumentary, coming to Cable TV, DOD, and select theaters in 2022

January 2022

01/25/2022

Dripping in old Hollywood glam and garnished with a rockstar twist, Fia Nyxx, embraces a theatrical approach with her music while also paying homage to her hometown heart and southern jazz influences. Nyxx’s music embodies a brilliantly experimental clash of genres, transcending her once, ‘pop-artist’ image, and unleashing a masterful vision for storytelling and larger-than-life performances.  

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 Will McFarlane (Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Bobby "Blue" Bland), Emmy-winning producer Lance Bendiksen, multi-platinum producer and mixer Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna) and features players from the iconic Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, 'The Swampers.' 

Having worked with some of the industry's finest, Fia Nyxx is now tackling the independent release of her second album, Red Umbrella, out March 2022. Thanks to Fia’s release promo framework (the five must-have tricks all independent artists need to know for a successful release) Red Umbrella has already been 1000% more successful than her first album and has exploded with press/media attention and bookings across the country … and it hasn’t even been released yet.

She has been featured on the back cover of Billboard Magazine, Stitched Sound, Buzz Music, Sinusoidal Music, Music and Fashion Blog, WeWriteAboutMusicIndie Top 39, Top 40 Charts (T4C), Elicit Magazine, and Wire Image. Her music video  “Maybe Just Love Me,” won a Telly Award and was in consideration for the Cannes Short Film Festival and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.  Nyxx is proud to release her final single before the album, “AEIOU,” releasing on Feb. 11, 2021. 

Keep up with Fia Nyxx: 

Spotify

Instagram - @fianyxxmusix

Website

Facebook

Youtube

Twitter

01/18/2022

At just 18 years of age, Andrew A has already released on some of the most reputable international record labels, including: NCS, Lost Frequencies' Found Frequencies, Laidback Luke's Mixmash Bold, and TIËSTO'S Musical Freedom, an imprint of Warner Brother's Spinnin' Records.

Andrew A has also received support from an extensive list of industry titans, including: David Guetta, Don Diablo, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, Steve Aoki, Dannic, and Mike Williams.

With consistent releases locked in and tours on the horizon, the sky is the limit for Andrew A.

01/11/2022

Toby Lee Marshall is a Minneapolis/St. Paul based organist. For the past 20+ years, Toby has
been an in-demand Hammond player. At the age of 19, Toby was touring with Chicago
Bluesman, Lonnie Brooks and his son Ronnie Baker Brooks. After returning to the Twin Cities,
Toby continued to play and record with many local Twin Cities artists, including Joe Juliano,
Mary Cutrufello, Big John Dickerson & Blue Chamber, and Paul Mayasich & The Benderheads
to name a few.
 
In 2010, Toby teamed up with Bernard Allison – son of legendary Blues guitarist, Luther
Allison. As part of Allison’s dynamic rhythm section, Toby toured Europe extensively and was
featured on Allison’s 2010 release, “Live at the Jazzhaus”. Toby took a hiatus from music in
2012 to refocus his energy on his growing, young family.

In 2017, Toby Lee Marshall made his return to music – joining forces with famed guitarist, Greg
Koch and his son, Dylan Koch to form the Koch-Marshall Trio. The Trio’s first album release,
“Toby Arrives,”  was released in September of 2017.  In addition to the new trio, Toby was
invited to become an official Hammond artist.  He was the first person to play a Hammond SKX
on stage, about an hour after it was unveiled by Hammond-Suzuki at the 2018 NAMM Show.
He is featured in numerous videos, demonstrating the SKX, and Hammond XK-5.

Through the pandemic era, Toby has continued to perform with the Koch-Marshall trio via live
streaming. Toby continues to participate in many recording sessions, mostly remotely from his
studio, outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

01/04/2022

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

December 2021

12/28/2021

Joe Bozzi

Joe Bozzi began his mastering career in 1993, apprenticing under his mentor, Multi-Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer, Bernie Grundman. Joe has been around creating music since birth. His parents were both professional musicians. As well, His Father an FM Radio Program Director & Marketing Director at A&M records. Joe also has talents as a musician and has been involved with every stage of the process. The sum of these parts gives him a unique perspective when working with clients as he can easily see things from the artist’s perspective and intuitively apply his skills to achieve their vision.

Over his more than 24 years at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Joe has mastered in almost every genre that exists , perhaps some that do not even exist anymore. Joe has mastered or assisted on many multi-platinum and Grammy award winning albums including U2’s “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” , Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Say You Will”, and countless previous Grammy winners.

Joe has also had the pleasure of mastering songs and albums from artists such as Will.I.Am, Britney Spears, The Afghan Whigs, Miley Cyrus, Van Halen, Gwen Stefani, Imagine Dragons, Selena Gomez, Faith Hill, Ellie Goulding, BØRNS, Carly Rae Jepsen, and X-Ambassadors to name a few. Joe takes great pleasure in every aspect of his work and looks forward to future projects at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

https://www.berniegrundmanmastering.com/joe-bozzi.html

Instagram: @masteredbyjoe

12/21/2021

Homer H. Hickam, Jr. was born on February 19, 1943, the second son of Homer and Elsie Hickam, and was raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. He graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960 and from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1964 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Hickam served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals. He served six years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain.

Hickam has been a writer since 1969 after his return from Vietnam. At first, he mostly wrote about his scuba diving adventures for a variety of different magazines. Then, after diving on many of the wrecks involved, he branched off into writing about the battle against the U-boats along the American east coast during World War II. This resulted in his first book, Torpedo Junction (1989), a military history best-seller published in 1989 by the Naval Institute Press.

In 1998, Delacorte Press published Hickam’s second book, Rocket Boys: A Memoir, the story of his life in the little town of Coalwood, West Virginia. It became an instant classic. Rocket Boys has since been translated into eight languages and also released as an abridged audio book and electronic book. Among it’s many honors, it was selected by the New York Times as one of its “Great Books of 1998” and was an alternate “Book-of-the-Month” selection for both the Literary Guild and Doubleday book clubs. Rocket Boys was also nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as Best Biography of 1998. In February, 1999, Universal Studios released its critically-acclaimed film October Sky, based on Rocket Boys (The title October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys). Delacorte subsequently released a mass market paperback of Rocket Boys, re-titled October SkyOctober Sky reached the New York Times # 1 position on their best-seller list.

Mr. Hickam’s first fiction novel was Back to the Moon (1999) that was also simultaneously released as a hardcover, audio book, and eBook. It has also been translated into Chinese.

The Coalwood Way (2000), a memoir of Mr. Hickam’s hometown he calls “not a sequel but an equal,” was published by Delacorte Press and is available in abridged audio, eBook, large print and Japanese. It was an alternate “Book-of-the-Month” selection for Doubleday book club. His third Coalwood memoir, a true sequel, was published in October 2001. It is titled Sky of Stone (2001).  An associated book about Coalwood was published in 2002, a self help/inspirational tome titled We Are Not Afraid: Strength and Courage from the Town That Inspired the #1 Bestseller and Award-Winning Movie October Sky.

Mr. Hickam is also the author of a popular series of novels that feature Josh Thurlow, a Coast Guard officer during World War II. The series began with The Keeper’s Son (2003), and then continued with The Ambassador’s Son (2005) and The Far Reaches (2007). To meet the requests from publishers for a Young Adult series, Homer also wrote his Helium-3 novels titled Crater, Crescent, and Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company. These two series have been heavily praised by critics and readers as have Homer’s novel about a coal miner’s wife in Red Helmet, and a thriller set in modern-day Montana titled The Dinosaur Hunter.

In 2017 the critically acclaimed “nearly true family legend” Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, his Wife, and her Alligator was published as the 5th book settled in Coalwood.

While working on his writing career, Mr. Hickam was employed as an engineer for the U.S. Army Missile Command from 1971 to 1981 assigned to Huntsville, Alabama, and Germany. He began employment with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Marshall Space Flight Center in 1981 as an aerospace engineer. During his NASA career, Mr. Hickam worked in spacecraft design and crew training. His specialties at NASA included training astronauts on science payloads, and extravehicular activities (EVA). He also trained astronaut crews for many Spacelab and Space Shuttle missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission, the first two Hubble repair missions, Spacelab-J (the first Japanese astronauts), and the Solar Max repair mission. Prior to his retirement in 1998, Mr. Hickam was the Payload Training Manager for the International Space Station Program.

In 1984, Mr. Hickam was presented with Alabama’s Distinguished Service Award for heroism shown during a rescue effort of the crew and passengers of a sunken paddleboat in the Tennessee River. Because of this award, Mr. Hickam was honored in 1996 by the United States Olympic Committee to carry the Olympic Torch through Huntsville, Alabama, on its way to Atlanta.

Mr. Hickam has received many awards and honors. Among them are the prestigious University of Alabama’s Clarence Cason Award and the Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award for his memoirs and fiction. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Marshall University.

Mr. Hickam is married to Linda Terry Hickam, an artist and his first editor and assistant. They love their cats and share their time between homes in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.

https://homerhickam.com

12/14/2021

Gina Lombardi is a celebrated personal trainer, media personality, inspirational speaker, author, TV show host and podcaster.  With over 60,000 hours of one-on-one, personal coaching, including many high-profile celebrities and entertainment executives, and nearly 30 years of media coverage, Gina is one of the most sought-after wellness experts around the globe.  She is known for her integrity, heart and unique ability to present the truth about health and fitness and offer realistic and attainable solutions.   

Gina is the creator/host of Fit Nation, the only investigative reporting show on Discovery Health.  A frequent health expert and contributor to many entertainment/talk shows, she has been featured on The Talk and EXTRA! as a “lifechanger,” sharing her results-driven exercise tips for shaping the body.  She also served as a TV spokesperson for both “Health” and “Shape” magazines and was the main fitness expert for the Weight Watcher’s “Start Getting Healthy” DVD series.  Gina co-hosted the popular Weekend Workout Radio Show and was an expert judge for The Miss America Organization Pageant.  She is currently co-creator/co-host of the podcast Health Interrupted, with former Miss America Laura Kaeppeler.

An accomplished author, Gina wrote the books “How to be Successful as a Personal Trainer,” “The Stability Ball Quick Series” and “Deadline Fitness,” which reveals her signature health and diet programs used with celebrity clients when time is of the essence.  She was also a contributing editor for msnbc.com’s Celebrity Fit List.

Above all, Gina is known for being the “wellness detective” in the health industry.  Her integrity, honesty and knack for “getting to the truth” and offering the most sound, realistic and health-centered information has made her trusted among Hollywood’s elite.  She has had the privilege to work with countless actors, musicians and entertainment executives, including Tom Cruise (Collateral, Mission Impossible 2, The Last Samurai), Nicole Kidman, Andy Garcia, Kevin James (The King Of Queens), Leah Remini (The King Of Queens, Old School), Justin Willman (Magic for Humans on Netflix), Catherine Bell (JAG, Army Wives), Grammy Winner Isaac Hayes, Carrie Ann Ross (Matrix, Mission Impossible), Clancy Brown (Billions, Spongebob Squarepants, The Mandalorian), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson),  Kirstie Alley,  Laura Kaeppeler (Miss America 2012), Sally Pressman (Army Wives), Comedian John Mendoza, Clementine Ford, Writer Robert Towne (Chinatown, Mission Impossible), Grammy Winner Beck, Grammy Winner Chick Corea, Producer/Writer Beth Sullivan (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman),  Actress/Producer Colleen Camp (Police Academy) and many others.

Gina has held many brand ambassadorships for such companies as Kiwaii True Natural Spring Water, Schick Quattro Razors for Women, Fuze Beverage, Nasonex, Hawaiimana Whey SuperFood, Dunkin Brand’s Yogurt Smoothie, Purple Beverage, Skins Athletic Clothing and The Healthy Pantry. 

 She has been the recipient of many special awards and honors.  Gina was invited to take part in a special development team at the National Strength and Conditioning Association to create a nationally accredited certified personal trainer program.  She has served on the NSCA’s Examination Development Committee, chaired the Personal Trainer Committee for five years, received an award from the NSCA for her contribution and work devoted to the Personal Trainer Program and contributed as column editor for The Journal of Strength and Conditioning’s “One-On-One” section for personal trainers.  Gina was named 2003 “Personal Trainer of the Year” by the NSCA for her proven expertise and experience in weight training, advanced program design, nutrition, weight management and current fitness trends.  Her cherished work with the U.S. Navy Seal Teams in their Family Resiliency program earned Gina their most prestigious certificate of “exceptional service and unsurpassed dedication achievement” from the Seal Team Four Command Master Chief.  Bravo Zulu!

 

Heralded as a “dynamic and relatable speaker who gets down to the grit of the matter,” Gina has presented to audiences in the U.S. and across the globe, including Japan, Australia and Europe.  She has captivated audiences of 100 to 100,000, with her honest and life-changing presentations on weight loss, fat loss, exercise and nutrition. 

An honors graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in Dental Hygiene/Health Science, Gina holds certifications in personal training from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the University of Southern California at Los Angeles and has achieved certificates in Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning and Weight Management. 

She is also an accomplished stunt woman and is proficient in kickboxing, boxing, weight lifting, rock climbing, mountain biking and many other sports. However, her most important role is wife to Actor/Producer Kevin Sizemore and extremely proud mother of their 16 year-old son, Gunnar.

https://healthinterruptedpodcast.com/gina-lombardi/

 

 

Miss America 2012 + Inspirational Speaker + Brand Ambassador + Media Personality + Podcast Host + Singer/Performer + At-Risk Youth Advocate

Laura Kaeppeler is a former Miss America and nationally known performer, inspirational speaker, proud Midwesterner and tireless advocate for at-risk youth.

In 2012, Laura became the 86th woman to be named Miss America and the second from the state of Wisconsin. In this role, Laura proudly traveled the nation as the Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and worked with The United States Military and the USO.

One of Laura’s passions is her work with organizations that advocate for children of incarcerated parents such as The American Correctional Association, Brothers Big Sisters, The Boys and Girls Club of America, Camp Bob, Kon-necting Services, Operation Open Arms, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Project Avery, The Seedling Foundation and the U.S. Dream Academy, to name a few.

For her advocacy work, Laura has been honored by several prestigious organizations. She was the recipient of the Courage Award from The CarePlus Foundation, an organization that supports the innovative and life-changing programs and services for in-need adults, and the Thomas Mott Osborne Medal from The Osbourne Association, a group that creates opportunities for people affected by the criminal justice system.

Laura has been featured on many talk shows and in countless publications, making her an expert media personality. She is currently co-host of the podcast Health Interrupted, with wellness and fitness expert Gina Lombardi.

An acclaimed classical vocalist, Laura has been a featured soloist with orchestras across the country and has performed the National Anthem at numerous sold-out venues, including Angel Stadium, Lambeau Field, Miller Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. In addition, she has experience as a recording artist.

She has served as the brand ambassador for high-profile companies and organizations such as Amway, Express, Joseph Ribkoff, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, WEN Hair Care, and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Vocal Performance from Wisconsin’s Carthage College. She continues to perform across the country and travel as a speaker and spokesperson for mentoring programs that advocate for at-risk youth.

She is a devoted wife and her greatest role is mother to her two young sons, Ben and George.

https://healthinterruptedpodcast.com/laura-kaeppeler/

12/07/2021

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. first burst onto the national conscience as the Sinatra-and-Soul singing season six winner of NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent with his incredible voice, undeniable charisma and unparalleled showmanship.  And a decade later, he’s still going strong.

Seeing Landau in concert is a revelation; backed by the dynamic Landau Big Band, you’ll always hear swinging arrangements of Great American Songbook classics from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat ‘King’ Cole and many more, along with a dusting of that special Motown Magic that is sure to move your feet and make you sing along.

And after the show, every show, you’ll always have the opportunity to meet Landau one-on-one for photos and have the chance to talk with him about his incredible rags-to-riches story.  “It’s my favorite part of the night; it’s something we always do. Sometimes I’m the last one at the venue, talking to fans and friends. The janitor is waiting on me to lock up!”

Landau was born into extreme poverty in the Appalachian coalfields of southern West Virginia. His parents split while he was in elementary school, and Landau was shipped off to Detroit in the middle of the night. He woke up in the Motor Cities notoriously gang and drug-riddled “7 Mile” neighborhood. Landau likes to say that he went from Almost Heaven to Little Baghdad overnight!

After a series of dead-end jobs, run-ins with the police and a too-soon failed marriage, Landau eventually found himself homeless and sleeping in his car. Then, his voice became his calling card.

“I loved to play basketball in Detroit, and these guys were good. Some of them went onto the NBA. But we were in the hood; it wasn’t anything to see guns drawn on the court after the game, so to keep people cool and laughing, when I’d dunk on someone, I’d sing a Frank Sinatra song like “Fly Me To The Moon” and everyone would laugh and put their guns away.”

Eventually, that one-of-a-kind voice would lead him back to West Virginia to perform for local charities and nursing homes. Landau says, “I was singing for charities, when most of the time, I had less than the people receiving the charity proceeds did, but that was OK because I was singing.”

At the end of his rope, Landau tied a knot and pulled himself back up by auditioning for NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent” with thousands of others. After months of competition, Landau emerged the winner, scoring a million dollars, a recording contract, and America’s hearts, and he’s never looked back.

Landau’s Columbia Records debut album “That’s Life” reached number one on the Billboard Jazz Charts and was followed by “Christmas Made For Two”, “Landau” and his latest “Landau Live In Las Vegas” recorded during a performance at the legendary Caesar’s Palace.  Landau has made dozens of TV appearances including “The Today Show”, “The View”, CNN, “Fox and Friends”, “The Talk”, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

He’s performed all over the world, from China to New York City, Los Angeles to Europe where he had the honor to perform for U.S. servicemen and their families stationed there. He’s sung the national anthem prior to games by the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, New York Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Nationals, and his beloved West Virginia University Mountaineers during a nationally televised homecoming game.

He’s helped raise millions of dollars for charities, many in his home state of West Virginia where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia and was named “West Virginian of the Year” by the Governor’s office and the state’s largest newspaper.

Landau’s book “From Washing Cars to Hollywood Stars” featuring his amazing story reached #1 on Amazon, his “Live in Washington DC at Bethesda Blues and Jazz” concert DVD was a best-seller and he had his first movie cameo in 2017 in the Ron James biopic “Choices”.

In 2021 Landau proudly released LANDAU LIVE IN LAS VEGAS a pre-pandemic recording at Caesars Palace that includes several never-before-released tracks. Enjoy Landau’s unique take on the Great American Songbook as well as classic R&B, all backed by his long-time stellar musicians in LANDAU’S LITTLE BIG BAND, with guest background vocals by former Temptations and Four Tops lead singer Theo Peoples!

A decade in, Landau remains humble especially during those post-show meet-n-greets. “I identify with those people who stick around to talk with me. These are down-to-earth, salt-of-the-earth folks who work hard, take care of their families and give back to their communities. They’re what the best of America is all about, and I wouldn’t be here without them.”

But, Landau is there, because of them…with a smile on his face and a song in his heart.

November 2021

11/30/2021

Joe Bozzi

Joe Bozzi began his mastering career in 1993, apprenticing under his mentor, Multi-Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer, Bernie Grundman. Joe has been around creating music since birth. His parents were both professional musicians. As well, His Father an FM Radio Program Director & Marketing Director at A&M records. Joe also has talents as a musician and has been involved with every stage of the process. The sum of these parts gives him a unique perspective when working with clients as he can easily see things from the artist’s perspective and intuitively apply his skills to achieve their vision.

Over his more than 24 years at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Joe has mastered in almost every genre that exists , perhaps some that do not even exist anymore. Joe has mastered or assisted on many multi-platinum and Grammy award winning albums including U2’s “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” , Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Say You Will”, and countless previous Grammy winners.

Joe has also had the pleasure of mastering songs and albums from artists such as Will.I.Am, Britney Spears, The Afghan Whigs, Miley Cyrus, Van Halen, Gwen Stefani, Imagine Dragons, Selena Gomez, Faith Hill, Ellie Goulding, BØRNS, Carly Rae Jepsen, and X-Ambassadors to name a few. Joe takes great pleasure in every aspect of his work and looks forward to future projects at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

https://www.berniegrundmanmastering.com/joe-bozzi.html

Instagram: @masteredbyjoe

11/23/2021

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

11/16/2021

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

11/09/2021

Alyssa Grace is a 13-year-old singer-songwriter who pens music about what’s
happening in her life - drawing listeners in with universal themes
about coping with bullying, anxiety, girl empowerment and simply
remembering to breathe. Born in Torrance, California, Alyssa
began singing incessantly at the age of 2. So at the age of 7, her
parents put her in vocal lessons. Before long she was singing the
National Anthem at sporting events, performing in theater
productions and variety shows, entertaining seniors, singing
competitions, and the New York subway. And most recently in
online concerts and even for friends in the driveway. At the age of
10 she began learning guitar from her grandfather and a year later
she began writing her own songs. For Alyssa, it has often been
easier for her to express what she is feeling through her music than
to talk about it - writing about the loss of loved ones (“Out of
Here”), being bullied in school (“Acting Shoes”), having a crush
on a boy (“All That you Need”), female empowerment (“What’s a
Girl to You”) and struggling with ADHD and anxiety (“Breathe”).
When Alyssa isn't singing she's competing in softball, gymnastics
and especially soccer, where she's a leader on every team she plays
for. She also loves to draw, paint and, like every teen, hang out
with friends. In the past several months she has released two
original songs streaming on all DSPs (accumulating 55,000
monthly listeners and over 115K streams on Spotify) as well as
their corresponding music videos on YouTube (“Breathe” - 109k
views and "What’s A Girl To You” - 41k views) and has been
working in the studio with several Grammy award winning
producers on new material - and they agree unanimously that she
is an up and coming artist to keep an eye AND and ear on.

11/02/2021

Leon Silva

Saxophonist, Musician, Artist, Producer
Leon Silva is a versatile musician based in Los Angeles, CA. A saxophonist and
member of the music industry renowned horn section, The Regiment Horns, Leon
has recorded and performed with some of the industry’s top artists including
Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Bilge, Jennifer
Lopez and even Michael Jackson. With an extensive resume and experience in
many different genres and performance situations, Leon is a true professional
musician and performer.
Leon was born and raised just south of Boston, Massachusetts and is an
alumni of the Berklee College of Music. Upon graduating Leon re-located to Los
Angeles and joined the Regiment Horns with whom he has created magic with for
the better part of more than 12 years. He is an endorsing artist for Cannonball
Musical Instruments/Saxophones, Theo Wanne saxophone mouthpieces and
Lewitt audio and microphones.

Leon Silva’s music is available on all major platforms including:
iTunes, AppleMusic, Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal and more...
Contact Leon on any of his social media platforms:
FaceBook: Leon Silva
Instagram & Twitter: @LeonSilva_onsax

October 2021

10/26/2021

Kieren van den Blink Bio After graduating early from Columbia University, Kieren debuted on Broadway in The Diary of Anne Frank, opposite Natalie Portman. She then traveled to Oxford University to study Shakespeare. Upon returning to the West Coast, her stage debut inspired NBC to fly her out to Manhattan to test for Saturday Night Live! She then scored the coveted role of Rogue in the popular NickToons animated series, Wolverine & The X-Men. She went on to publish her first children's book, Sniff, which she's developed into an animated series, The Sensational 5! Recently, her newly-minted production company, Mighty Forces Pictures, produced her directorial debut, Fingernail Moon, in one contiguous 18.5 minute shot. She lives between Amsterdam and Los Angeles with her beloved doggie, Gatsby

10/19/2021

As a kid, one memory I recall with a smile is my “comic book business”. I created a whole bunch of comics and sold them for twenty dollars a pop. My dad was obliging enough to print off my comics. Otherwise, I couldn’t have made it past a single sale (to my grandma, of course). Even then, I probably only sold 5-10 copies to friends and family. No surprise that a seven year old’s amalgamations of already-existing characters, sloppily stitched together no less, didn’t rock the world. Creativity is a muscle that needs stretching like everything else.

Still, the fact that other people were reading my work was just so cool to me, and I knew right then what I wanted to do with my life. So, I put pen to paper and worked. I continued comics for awhile, before I realized that I ought to focus on writing more than art if I wanted to get anywhere.

I finished my first novel draft in tenth grade. I spent another two years editing the daylights out of it, and I realized that I had a profound problem. All those stories in my head, with their colorful characters and flashing lights and gravitas, just weren’t making their way to paper. So, I put aside that first novel and worked on another. And another. And another. Inching closer and closer to the worlds that played out in my head.

Years later, I'm excited to introduce the types of stories to the world that I've always wanted to read.

As far as my writing goes, that’s the “how”. I’ve still got to answer the “why”. In college, I recall a writing discussion panel I witnessed. The professors and authors were discussing the effect of writing. Did the written word, particularly works of fiction, really influence people’s opinions? Could they really have a lasting effect on someone?

I know they had an effect on me. Growing up, one of my chief enjoyments was reading Spider-man comics, and I did everything I could to emulate Peter Parker. His persistence, his kindness, his empathy. I know for a fact what I read in those books influenced who I am today.

I don’t dream of having that same impact on another person. Still, I don’t think someone’s life needs to have a one-eighty or some epiphany for what they read to be important. If someone reads a book of mine, spends a couple hours in a world with characters they like, and perhaps is reminded of a value they hold dear, I’ve accomplished every goal I hope for. In a world rife with negativity, some positivity, even if it is small and fleeting, is a worthwhile pursuit.

Thanks for checking out my website, and hopefully soon my work; I appreciate it, with true sincerity.

10/12/2021

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

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

06/01/2021

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
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.

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
alexandercarverwriter.com

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
Twitter @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 L