On week two of “Rising Star” 12 more singers will take the stage in hopes of raising the wall of success as they sing for instant fan votes. Judges Kesha [Unlink], Ludacris, and Brad Paisley [Unlink] will also be casting votes.
First up this week is backup singer Shameia Crawford with “We Are Young”. In the closest vote yet, Shameia only garnered 69% of the vote. She brought all three of the judges to their feet and still has a chance to advance to the next round when the program airs for west coast viewers. Ludacris said that the performance was extremely powerful. Kesha called
Tragedy has again hit the Regional Mexican Music community when three members of the Grupero Edith y El Tsunami have been found dead in Michoacan, Mexico.
According to Mexican law enforcement officials the band’s lead singer Edity Gonzalez Cazares, her husband Humberto Ledezma Rodriguez, and nephew Julio Cesar Segocia Gonzales were all found shot, burned, and stuffed into the trunk of Cazares’ car.
On Saturday June 21 the trio was last seen attending a party in Peublo Nuevo. When they did not return home, the family notified the authorities. Their bodies were found Tuesday morning.
Womack had just performed at the Bonaroo Music Festival in Tennessee and had a series of concert scheduled in Europe beginning next month.
He was born Bobby Dwayne Womack on March 4, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio; one of five children born to a musical family. Bobby began his musical career performing Gospel music with his brothers when he was still very young. Later the brothers turned to pop music. The group hit a bit of a road block when benefactor Sam Cooke [Unlink] was killed in 1964.
Eminem [Unlink] may own the record for being the only artist to hold two Diamond Awards for digital singles, but pop princess Katy Perry [Unlink] tops all artists for single downloads.
On June 25 the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – awarded Perry for having the sold the most songs downloaded and streamed to date. Currently Perry has had 72 million singles either downloaded or streamed via on demand. Not only is she the first artist to surpass the 70 million mark; the next artist in line is some 20 million downloads behind Perry. According to the RIAA Perry own 18 Gold, 16, Platinum, and 56 Multi Platinum awards for single downloads.
When daily events prevent us from pursuing our passions, we are prone to say that life got in the way. For musician Joseph Eid making music is his life. More importantly, life and being human is what fuels the passion for music. Joseph title his latest album “Human” - an album be says deals with human emotions. Joseph says, “being human is such a wonderful experience.”
Joseph has experienced that humanity all over the world. The middle of three children, Joseph was born in Liberia to Lebanese parents and he grew up in Westchester County, New York – north of New York City. Now Joseph makes his home in Los Angeles. In a phone conversation Joseph said that dealing with the earthquakes is a small price to pay for the wonderful southern California weather. While he hasn’t experienced the “big one” from a nightmare, one earthquake shook Joseph right out of his bed. And he adds that it is really cool having a guitar maker for a neighbor.
Cajun Country musician and Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman died June 21 due to cancer in Nashville at the age of 86.
Newman became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956; he gave his last performance on the Opry stage June 6.
He was born Jimmy Yves Newman on August 29, 1927 in High Point - near Big Mamou, Louisiana. Living in Cajun country, Newman grew up speaking both English and French Cajun. As a child Newman was drawn to the music of Gene Autry [Unlink] and the Cajun music of his homeland. He later would perform in both languages on stage.
R&B and Blues [Unlink] musician and the man who helped create the “Memphis Sound”, Teenie Hodges died at the age of 68 on June 22 in Dallas, Texas at the Baylor Medical Center due to complications from emphysema.
He was born Mabon Lewis Hodges on June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee – a suburb of Memphis – one of 12 children. Teenie began playing guitar with his father’s band – The Germantown Blue Dots - at age 12. Later he played in his brother’s band – The Impalas.
Hodges earned the nickname of “Teenie” because he was small in stature.
While warring governments and dictators seek to dominate the world through violence, San Antonio Alternative Rockers Nothing More have a better plan…to conquor the world through music.
On June 24, the quartet take their first stops toward world domination with the global release of their self titled album. The album is available in both physical and digital formats.How exactly do Jonny, Mark, Daniel, and Paul plan to take over the world? By connecting people and connecting with people…all through the music.
Band members are excited about signing a record deal with Eleven Seven Records. The debut release of all original songs is the first of a five record deal. Nothing More is a collaborative band who writes their songs as a group.
Dealing with record companies can be a very tricky business for artists and bands. Looking to keep as much of the money as they can, record executives try to maintain as much control and rights as they can get…including the songs the musician’s record.
Such is the case for the Virginia band Carbon Leaf.
This year marks the tenth anniversary for their release of “Indian Summer’; but the guys could not re-release the album because their former record company owned the songs…BUT Carbon Leaf owns the music. As a result; the guys have decided to re-record the songs in a new anniversary release.
Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer Gerry Goffin died in his Los Angeles home on June 19 at the age of 75. The cause of death is being listed as natural causes.
Speaking on her former songwriting partner and ex-husband, award winning singer Carole King [Unlink] said, “Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship.”
The Tony nominated Broadway musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” tells the story of King and her songwriting days with Geffin.
There are musicians who spend their entire careers in the studio; others “Take it to the Streets”, and some make their living singing jingles – radio and TV ads.
While he admits to never having been a “subway singer”, Chaz Langley believes in diversifying one’s self and has done it all in Nashville and New York City.
And while the name Chaz Langley may not be a household name…yet, his velvet tones have been featured on TV providing the soundtrack for some barefoot partiers on the deck, charmed miracle growth in plants, and enticed our taste buds for some fast food delicacies.
In television, the talking heads are told to never make the cameraman mad, because they CAN make you look really bad.
With music, if you date a musician, beware!!! A songwriter WILL get back at you…in song.
Blues [Unlink] Rocker Zach Caruso, has done just that with his new album. Taylor Swift [Unlink] has long been known to use her songwriting to exact revenge on a former boyfriend who has jilted her; well, Zach figures he can get in on the game…and has with “Might Be the Rain” with eight new songs
Unlike Swift who is cagey about her song subjects, Zach
The man who created the “American Top 40 Countdown” Casey Kasem [Unlink] died in the early morning hours of June 15 in Gig Harbor, Washington as a result of complications from dementia. Kasem was 82.
While he was best known for his role as the host of the long running “American Top 40” radio show, Kasem was also a voice over actor providing the voices for such iconic characters as sidekick Robin and Shaggy of “Scooby-Doo” fame.