At the 2013 American Country Music Awards, Miranda Lambert picked up three trophies and Luke Bryan is awarded the much coveted Entertainer of the Year accolade. (April 8)
Stevie Wonder named Mayor of NAMM Show; Musical Innovation hits the 2013 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center
Recording artist Stevie Wonder receives proclamation declaring Wonder as Mayor of NAMM at the 2013 NAMM Show.
The NAMM Show 2013 takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Avenue, in Anaheim, California, on January 24-27, 2013. The show gives vendors all around the world the opportunity to come to California to present their products for all to see. Exhibit booths are located at Level 2, Hall E, Hall D, Hall B, and Arena. If you are an artist, musician, singer or just a seller, the NAMM Show is the perfect place to be this weekend. Many walk the halls at the Convention Center to see all types of musical instruments, disc jockey equipment, lights, and all sorts of gadgets for your enjoyment and profession. At The NAMM Show, you will find almost every musical instrument you can think of. You can imagine all the talented people who came out to support the show.
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Every year, the vendors go out of their way to showcase spectacular equipment for any buyer (s). Demonstrations were given, and also people had the opportunity to pick up an instrument to feel it and test it out for themselves. Every where you walked, you got to experience hearing the sounds of equipment played by spectators, prospect buyers and talent musicians.
Many band players, recording artist, producers, etc., came out to support The 2013 NAMM Show. Guests got to meet & greet, take pictures and get autographs of their favorite talent (s). The show was a great way to network and meet people who love music just like you. The 2013 NAMM Show honored American Idol’s Randy Jackson, Grammy winning producer, musician, and Television Personality with the highest honor, the “Music for Life” award on January 24, 2013.
It is amazing in how musical instruments have changed over the years. Companies such as Bad Seed came out. Bad Seed introduced all new range of Custom Metal Body Guitars. Also Gibson Guitars who continues to made a great product showcase the entire line of Les Paul Collection. Etymotic Research, an innovator in hearing wellness solutions introduces the MP915 earplugs which activates automatically, allowing natural hearing and provide automatic protection from both loud, sustained music and sudden, loud percussive sounds. Gobbler, announced the release of its integration within Avid Pro Tools software. The unique integration enables media or sessions of any size to be shared directly from within the Pro Tools interface. Casio revealed a new game-changing digital piano. This piano sets the stage of a professional music space for any piano players. Emotiva Pro, presented a Stealth 8 Precision Bi-Amplified Active Studio Monitor. This monitor delivers exceptional efficiency and low noise. Also Capturing Couture launches a brand new collection of guitar straps for children. By attending, you will also get to view many other companies and their products.
What ever you desire when it comes to instruments and equipment, you can view it all at this popular 2013 NAMM Show at the Convention Center in Anaheim. It is a great way to get close to the newest, stylish instruments and technology in today’s professional market demands.
The NAMM Show gathers 95,000 members of the music product industry from around the world to preview new product debuts from thousands of brands across every category. Learn more about the 2013 NAMM Show at http://www.namm.org/
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 8,500 Member companies located in more than 87 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org, call 800-767-NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTu
Sources: Lippin Group/NAMM
Alicia Keys changed the lyrics of a song to ‘Obama’s on fire,’ just one of the highlights of Monday night’s inaugural balls. Other star performers included Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and John Legend.
Tom Cruise possibly latest target of fake 911 call; Rihanna’s fashion collection to debut in February; Obama inauguration playlist: Beyonce, Wonder and fun.
Celebrity Photographer Travis Jourdain Lands U/5 Role On The Young and The Restless Soap opera airs on CBS
Celebrity Photographer Travis Jourdain will be appearing in the soap opera The Young and the Restless on Friday May 4th, 2012 on CBS at 12:30 pst. Be sure to tune in.
On April 28, 2012 it was announced that Travis Jourdain has decided to jump back into the acting business after taking a break for awhile, and within 2 weeks back in the biz he landed a role on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
During his break from the acting business he took some time to learn about the “Industry”.
He decided to get into the music business, and started developing artists which he later managed.
Travis also opened a small indie record label that was running for 3 years. He then branched out into the PR business, then spent some time behind a casting desk learning the different aspects of the industry along the way.
With all this under his belt he decided to venture off into another important part of this industry. Which happen to be photography. He found a niche in the photography business and has been pursing a career as a Celebrity Photographer for the past few years.
A veteran in photography, though Travis is fairly new to the Hollywood scene. He has managed to establish himself in such a short period of time as an amazing red carpet, movie stills, and headshot photographer. While doing so has positioned himself right in the middle of all the action. From creating amazing headshots of upcoming and established actors, to covering red carpet events for major celebrities, and shooting stills on movie sets. Capturing these priceless moments is what he does best. So many opportunities have derived from the people, and events that he has associated with such as shooting the 12th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival Opening Night – Arrivals, Echo Hattix Bday Party, Big Bang New Year’s Eve 2012 Party Hosted by Mario Lopez, Chrysler Presents The 2012 300s with Beats by Dr. Dre, “Riverdance” at the Pantages Theatre Opening Night – Arrivals, 21st Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, 9th Annual Tri-Union Diversity awards, Artist for Peace concert with Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan, 15th Annual Los Angeles Latino awards, 5th Annual Pre-BET Awards Celebration Dinner, Bollywood Hollywood Fusion, Rev. Jesse Jackson 69th Birthday, Last Day of Summer – film screening, American Ballet of Los Angeles, Branded Art Red Carpet w/ Macy Gray, BLO Hair Salon Grand Opening, National Association for Hispanic Advancement, Far East Movement – music group, Mrs. Asia USA, F.A.M.E, MONIQUE COLEMAN OF “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL”, Heineken | Ashanti Event, E-40′s 40th B-DAY Party, Don Cheadle – Giant Magazine release, SouthMain Rejuvenation Institute Grand Opening and EXOTIFIT. These are just a few of the many engagements that he has been involved with. For more information you can visit Travis Jourdain IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3292560/ About The Young and the Restless: The Young and the Restless (often abbreviated to Y&R) is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictionalWisconsin town called Genoa City, which is unlike and unrelated to the real life village of the same name, Genoa City, Wisconsin. First broadcast on March 26, 1973, The Young and the Restless was originally broadcast as half-hour episodes, five times a week. It expanded to one hour episodes on February 4, 1980. In 2006, the series began airing encore episodes weeknights on SOAPnet. The series is also syndicated internationally. MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Leon, Director of Marketing & PR World Wide Vital Marketing & Public Relations Inc. TELS: (323) 465-3945 or (213) 321-9408 http://worldwidevitalpr.wordpress.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Sources: World Wide Vital Marketing and Public Relations, Wikipedia Photo credit to: FIVE MINUTE PHOTOS Graphic credit to: Wikipedia Note: Travis Jourdain is available for television, radio, online, print interviews. Contact Alex Leon at email@example.com to set it up.
Legendary R&B diva Chaka Khan performs live at Never Again Peace Concert Tribute to Stevie Wonder – The Man, The Legend, The Humanitarian.
Also some other special performance appearances were made by R&B crooner Eric Benet, Lalah Hathaway and legendary Armenian singer Flora Martirosian. Among the celebrities were Ron Artest (LA Lakers) and Whitney Houston ex-husband Bobby Brown.
Stevie Wonder received an Award, including art painting at the Never Again Peace Concert.
The purpose of this concert is to increase awareness for crimes against humanity and to encourage world peace.
Photos credit to: Travis Jourdain from Five Minute Photos
Videos courtesy of Diversity News TV
Editor’s Note: It is so funny that this event is supposed to raise awarness peace but saddly the security event company Staff Pro are doing the opposite by making media and fans uncomfortable at the venue by not allowed them even to go to the bathroom. Read my personal opinion blog at http://stevenescobar.blogspot.com/2011/11/staff-prop-staff-at-gibson-amphitheater.html
On April 1, 2011 The Eerie Digest Magazine owned by publisher and writer Mr. Joseph O’Donnell and our media partner interviewed our mutual friend Actress, Singer and Songwriter FAWN.
Fawn was asked about her music career, film, tv credits, nominations, awards and charity involvement.
ED- The Eerie Digest is really proud to introduce someone that has been a major part of many of the favorite television shows and films today. Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist and Composer Fawn has created, written and sung many of the songs heard on popular television shows that we watch daily. She also is a well noted singer and has won some of the most prestigious awards. Fawn, please tell our readers about your early days in music and your greatest influence towards this profession.
FAWN-The earliest connection I had to music was when I was still in diapers, and not yet walking. My parents have video footage of me pulling myself up in the crib, bouncing up and down to music, until my diapers fall down around my ankles! My earliest recollection however, was when I was 7, singing in the famed Children’s Chorale directed by Duane Wolfe. Surely, that was a huge influence on me as well as other recording artists towards this profession. I would sit for hours with my heard phones on, listening to records, over and over, each time listening to a different instrumental line in the song and memorizing it. At the time, I didn’t realize that by listening to incredible songwriters, I was being taught prosody, commercial melody, lyrics, structure. Writers such as Gershwin, Sly Stone, John Denver, John Bettis, Queen, Pink Floyd, Sting, Michael Jackson, Paul Williams, Eminem, Marty Panzer, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mercer, Dolly Parton, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Diane Warren, The Carpenters, James Taylor, Dan Foelberg, India Arie, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel, Carole King, The Beatles – were influencing and shaping my composing and lyrical skills. It felt like music was seeping out of my pores, so it had to go somewhere – into my piano, into my voice, into writing songs, into doing commercials. I started singing radio jingles at age 10 and I think that the catchy jingle melodies also had an influence on making me a very commercial writer.
ED- In 2010 your work appeared in ‘The Click List: Top 10 Videos’. Tell us about this and how it compared with your earlier work.
FAWN- It’s difficult to compare this because it had nothing to do with composing or writing songs for Film and Television, this was for mainstream dance/pop music. The Click list aired my music video for my hit dance song ‘Wish U Love’, produced by Chad Jack and Tim Letteer, and the music video was Directed by Stephen Wozniak. The song ultimately made it to #6 on the Billboard Dance Charts and the music video stayed in the top 10 for 5 months on MTV’s LOGO Channel, The Click List. It was a wonderful surprise.
ED- During this same period (2008-2011) you also worked with the popular television show ‘The Young and the Restless’. Please describe your work on this production.
FAWN- The songs I’ve written for Young and The Restless have ranged from Pop songs, ala Katy Perry in French to Dance songs, to piano based compositions, to Standard Christmas songs, to Jazz songs, to Halloween songs, to acoustic songs, to rap songs, to hip hop, to broadway, to children’s songs. As a songwriter and vocalist, I have an expansive range of styles I’ve written and performed in. I also sing in almost every language. There is one specific memory I have where there was an ‘emergency’- the deadline was just one hour. I had to write, sing and record the song in French…luckily I had a brilliant arranger and producer to work with to make that deadline happen, Danny James. He sent me a 10 second loop, which I looped into 1 minute and while I was recording my vocals, he was working on the arrangement and production end, I sang the song in one take, flew the vocals over to him, he mixed it and viola’! There was the song! You can hear this song on youtube/FawnTv, it’s called ‘French Kiss.’ I think I thrive under this kind of pressure. Some writers don’t do so well with that, but I tend to blossom and revel in it, because I am extremely competitive, even with myself and it challenges me on every level.
ED-You have also won many coveted awards. Please tell our readers about these and the sense of accomplishment that you felt in receiving them.
FAWN- The fist award I ever won was for saving a Junior High School from a fire when I was 13 and another award at that age for philanthropic work, but as far as my music goes, the first award I ever won was when I was 16 for The Elovox Jazz Festival for my A Cappella, 12 voiced vocal rendition of ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by the Beatles. Shortly after that I won the top songwriting awards 3 years in a row at Berklee College Of Music for my songs ‘Livin’ With Out Your Love,’ ‘Just Look At Us Now,’ and ‘Playin’ The Fool.’ Those will always be precious and dear memories to me, being noticed in the infantry of my music career. I have won a few songwriting awards over the years, one of which was the VH-1 song of the year for my song “Into The Light” with music co-written and produced by Lasswell. In 2009 I won the JPF Music Awards for Best Dance Song for of the Year – ‘Wish u Love,’ the JPF Music Award for Best Dance Album of the year – ‘Body, Soul and Mind,’ and was nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Award in 2010 – ‘Wish U Love’ and the Wake Up Award for 2010, which is for people who make a difference in this world. This is all I can think of, off the top of my head. I am always completely surprised just being recognized with any kind of nomination, and winning…well forget about it! I’m a mushy mess of gratitude! I do my music because it chose me, I didn’t chose it, so it is always a blessing to be recognized that you are touching people in some way and making a difference in the world through the gift of music.
ED- In 2009 you won the JPF music awards for ‘Wish U Love’ – ‘Best Dance Song’ and ‘Body Soul and Mind’ – ‘Best Dance Album’ for your album. You were also second only to Madonna in sales for the Masterbeat exclusive releases for ‘Wish U Love’ for 2 months running and you have produced several albums and singles and are working on some new material as well. Please tell us about these accomplishments and new developments.
FAWN-The JPF Music awards were held in Nashville, TN. and it was my first time ever being there, so just traveling and seeing the city was exciting enough! I remember when my name was called at the awards show – I couldn’t believe it! I think that the laughter and clapping in the audience was due to the funny, shocked look on my face when my jaw dropped down to the floor in surprise. As I was leaving the stage with my award, they were announcing the other category. The photographer was taking photos of me with my award when some one came running over to the red carpet where we were and yelled, “Fawn! You won again!” So I went back out there onstage, still a ball of nerves and excitement with tears streaming down my face from the first win. It was surreal. As for the success of “Wish U Love” it has been a dream come true. To be second to Madonna in sales was mind blowing. It was also another pleasant surprise to be just underneath Lady Ga Ga on the Billboard Charts. I was overwhelmed by the incredible talent surrounding my music and was also in awe of it. As for new developments, I am currently writing and recording some Christmas songs for a Movie Of The Week, after that I will start recording a Dance Remake of an old song for Hades Records and will be finishing up my 2 new albums – An Electro Dance Album and a Piano Compositions Album. Both will be available this year.
ED- Your work has also raised over five million dollars for people with HIV/ AIDS. This was a most worthy cause, and we know that you are a star in every right for all the fine work that you have created. We have been honored to be able to have this interview with you and want to thank you for your time with us. Please promise that you keep us updated with your career so that The Eerie Digest can share this news with our legions of readers.
FAWN – Well thank you. I think that we are all stars in our own right. I used to have this saying on my wall growing up, and I memorized it: “To be a star, you must shine your own light and do not be afraid of the darkness, for that is when stars shine their brightest.” We each need to be who we are born to be and be a LIGHT in the world. The song for HIV/AIDS was my first “real” song for the masses. Everything was donated on that song, and that was long before I knew any one with HIV/AIDS. I was a teenager when I wrote, sang and then recorded it with BT. The reason I wanted to do this song, was to give back to the world. I think we are only as good as what we give away. Thank you so much for asking me to be part of your magazine. I am honored and yes, I promise to keep you posted on my life, just for the Fawn of it! Ha Ha. For more information about FAWN visit http://www.fawnmusic.com
You can read the complete interview on The Eerie Digest Magazine