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Music Artist Spotlight- Kaitlyn Renae

Posted on September 21, 2015 by admin

What does winning the 2015 Oklahoma Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?Music Artist Spotlight- Kaitlyn Renae

Winning the Oklahoma Dream Night Talent Search means so much to me. It was a true honour to work with Wendy Kay and Debbie Lewin. I learned so much, and it was a dream come true to win. I am very passionate about going into the music industry, so this is one step closer to making that a reality.

What inspired you to become a musician?

When I was about 3 years old, I would sit on my mom’s lap while my two sisters and brother would be taking their piano lesson. My piano teacher told me that I would start singing and so they would stop to listen to me. She told me right before she passed away when I was in 7th grade that God has given me a gift and that I cannot give up until I reach the top. I promised her I wouldn’t give up. She has inspired me since I was 4, when I started piano lessons, to pursue a music career.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I think a great surprise I have encountered in my music career is the many opportunities that have been arising for over a year now. It is truly a blessing.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

One challenge that I am still facing today is getting noticed in my small town in Oklahoma. Although I love my town, it is very hard to get publicity. Possibly in the next year or so, I hope to move to a city like Nashville and also finish my college there.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

When I write a song, I always start with what message I am trying to portray. I then come up with the music and the lyrics little by little. My songs are inspired by something I have gone through or am going through. I like to express how I am feeling through my music and lyrics.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I have quite a few memorable performances. I will never forget the time that I sang at a big rodeo. Also, I had the opportunity to sing at a Christmas festival. That was an experience I will never forget. Also, I will never forget performing in the Oklahoma Dream Night for two years.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I had the opportunity to open for Gary Morris and Ty Herndon.

Anything else you want to share?

I just want to thank everyone who supports me in my music career. TalentWatch is a great way for you to get out and perform. I learned so much and grew as an artist by participating in Oklahoma Dream Night Talent Search. I am so blessed and honoured to have won this year. I am humbled to have been a part of this great competition. I think everyone who wants to make a career in singing should definitely give it a try. You will learn so much!

You can check out Kaitlyn at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/kaitlynrenaeofficial

Music Artist Spotlight- Cameron Molloy

Posted on September 14, 2015 by admin

Music Artist Spotlight- Cameron Molloy

What does winning the 2015 New Brunswick Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?

I entered the competition because it’s a great opportunity for an artist to get exposure. It’s a well-run competition and you get to perform on a big stage when the judges think you’re ready. There was a lot of amazing talent at this competition from the USA and Canada. I found that being selected as the overall winner was surreal; I didn’t expect it at all. I just do my thing, listen to the advice of the judges and enjoy the performances. I think the best part of competition isn’t just the winning; it’s also the contacts, exposure and the friends that you make during the process.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Singing and playing guitar was just something I always wanted to do. I’ve been singing my whole life, started learning guitar at 7 years old and I wrote my first song at 8. Music has always been a part of my family. They took me to many folk festivals and we were always listening to many different styles of music on trips and at home. I think seeing other artists, who are amazing at what they do, inspires me in many ways.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I was surprised to make it on to the hit TV show YTV the Next Star as a top 9 finalist out of 7000 auditions. To have Disney producers checking me out online was cool. I was surprised and honoured to be asked to be part of an album for the International Christmas Child Charity. I’m constantly surprised at the amount of support my first EP gets all over the world. I was surprised when I heard some of my songs on the Radio and when I started getting messages from friends that they heard me on the radio. Of course, winning the Dream Night Competition was also a surprise because there were so many amazing artists competing.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

I think my biggest challenge at this moment is writing songs for a full album. I’m halfway there, so stay tuned to my social media for upcoming announcements.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I get lyric ideas everywhere. I hear something catchy or cool and I type it into my iPhone. I’m always thinking about melodies and riffs. Sometimes I start with a melody and the words come later and sometimes I start with the words and then create the melody.  There’s also a place in Sherbrooke Village Nova Scotia that I find to be really inspiring. It’s an old broken dock overlooking the water. It’s very peaceful and a great place to write. I actually wrote my song “Sacred Ground” that I sang in the Finals of the Dream Night Competition on that dock.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performance has to be playing this summer on the Main Stage at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival for a crowd of 10,000+ people. My parents have been going to this festival for years. It was a dream and a goal of mine to play on the Main Stage and it happened this summer. Another memorable performance was being on YTV The Next Star. I got to see how television shows work, made some great friends and a lot of people started following me. Other memorable shows include; singing a tribute to Stomping Tom at a Charity Hockey Heroes weekend at the Casino NB, being a part of Jeff’s Musical Car (youtube) and Jeff’s Musical Couch (Rogers TV).

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I performed a Christmas show in Cape Breton Nova Scotia a couple of years ago with Nicholas David from ‘The Voice.’ I’ve also performed on the same stage and have been mentored by Chuck Brodsky, Michael Johnson, Bruce Guthro, Catherine MacLellan, Stan Roger’s son Nathan Rogers and many other great musicians and people. I just recently opened for Joan Kennedy who was second only to Garth Brooks in Radio plays back in the 1990’s in Canada. I’m also opening for Twin Kennedy soon. They were recently nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award.

Anything else you want to share?

Just that I’m so thankful for all the people in my life that have spent time with me and helped me do what I love to do. I’m proud to say that Wendy Kay of Utopia Artists is one of those people in my life that has helped me and so many others develop as young artists. It’s events like the Dream Night Talent Search that provide opportunities for young artists like me to hone their performance skills, meet like-minded people and to continue to do what they love to do.  Everyone truly wins at events like this.

You can check out Cameron at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/cameronmolloy

Music Artist Spotlight- Tristan Bushman

Posted on September 7, 2015 by admin

What does winning* the 2015 Illinois Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you? Tristan Bushman- Music Artist Spotlight

It is a really cool milestone for me. It was such a great experience spending the weekend with so many talented musicians and getting to hear feedback from the mentors. It was a very humbling experience.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My dad, who has been playing in bands for as long as I can remember. I started getting up and singing with his band when I was 5 years old and haven’t slowed down since then.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Having my song played on the radio was a really surprising thing. It was shortly after I released my first single and I started getting messages from friends saying they heard “Girl You Done Me Wrong” on the radio. It was one of those things that I will always remember.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

I just put out my first record “Heartwood” at the end of March. That was a really challenging task, aside from the obvious struggles of writing, recording and choosing which songs to put on the release. There is so much more that goes into the process like picking album artwork, photos, liner notes and so many other things that go into it. Releasing an album is such a rewarding thing though. Being able to hold it in your hands at the end of the process is an amazing feeling that makes it worth every second.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

My writing process is a thing that is really hard to explain. It varies with different songs but most of the time it all starts with just me and an acoustic guitar. My songs usually have to do with a specific time or event in my life, a time that inspires me. I write down lyric ideas every day in my phone notes, whether it’s one line or a full verse, it is a great resource for me. I will go back and build off of those ideas when I have downtime to write.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I got up to perform at age 14 at the Evanston SPACE with a Nashville Singer Songwriter Andy Davis. He was and still is one of my favourite artists, and to get to share the stage with him for a song was incredible. More recently, within the past year I have performed on the stages of the Chicago House of Blues and the Arcada Theatre. These are performances I will tell stories about for the rest of my life.

Anything else you want to share?

My latest release “Heartwood” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and CDBaby. Check it out!

*Tristan Bushman & DownFall NSB tied as the overall winners of the Illinois Dream Night Talent Search competition.

You can check out Tristan at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/tristanbushman

Music Artist Spotlight- Dilana

Posted on August 23, 2015 by admin

What does winning the Rock Against Trafficking Sting-Cover Contest mean to you? Music Artist Spotlight- Dilana

The fact that I can be part of raising awareness about something extremely important like child trafficking across the world, is priceless to me. Being a mother myself, makes this cause very near and dear to my heart. Music is such a powerful tool and I am honored to raise my voice about child trafficking.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Music started off as an escape for me. It was never my real dream or intention to be a professional artist. But as the years went by, I realized that it was my calling in life and that I could touch and inspire thousands around the world through my songs and performances.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

It is no secret that the music business is a very tough and competitive industry. As a woman, there are countless surprises around each corner. The biggest surprises are always when I’m in foreign countries and witness strangers connecting to my songs and mouthing my lyrics.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

With the industry changing so much over the last decade, the challenge I’ve always had has intensified more. And the challenge is to stay in the game, to be seen and to be heard.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I have no set process. Each song comes to me in a different way. Whether it be a melody first and then a theme for lyrics. On many occasions I have written songs in my sleep. I always get my inspiration from personal life experiences. I grew up in South Africa and have an ocean of stories to tell, pain, suffering and sadness. But along these dark journeys, I’ve always managed to survive and come out on top. For me, these are the stories I like to share. Stories of perseverance, victory and belief that there is hope at the end of every storm.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

Without a doubt, my two tours to Afghanistan are at the top of my list. I’ve also done a bunch of charity events, fundraisers and benefits for causes I truly believe in. Doing this always makes me feel like I’m contributing, even if it’s in a small way, to make changes in our world.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I have opened for many big names- Aerosmith, Joe Cocker, Beth Hart, Motorhead, Velvet Revolver, Puddle of Mudd, London Choirboys, The Bangles, Golden Earring, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Doobie Brothers, Sebastien Bach and many others. I’ve also performed live with Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted, Gilby Clarke, Dave Navarro, Adrian Young, Terri Nunn and more. I was the first and only female lead vocalist for LA Guns for two tours.

Anything else you want to share?

I have a new project based in Europe. It is an all girls band from Portugal and it is called SHÍ is Dilana. I’m extremely excited about this project. We recently did two tours through Europe and almost every show was sold out. I am going back in October for 2, 5 months of touring with my girls. We will be performing in Iceland amongst other European countries.  I am planning on a tour for us in the USA for 2016.

You can check out Dilana at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/dilana

The ‘Blurred Lines’ of Copyrighting

Posted on March 13, 2015 by admin

The Bluured Lines of Copyrighting

Songwriting is a craft that must be perfected with time, and like any other talent that you must build, it can be frustratingly slow going. Not everyone can pull a classic like “Yesterday” out of a dream (Paul McCartney might be the only one, in fact). One thing is certain, when you listen to good music, you’re inspired – but for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams that inspiration has now cost them more than $7 million! But they aren’t the first artists to get knocked around over copyright.

George Harrison – The quiet Beatle had the first #1 hit of the defunct group with 1971’s “My Sweet Lord.” The only problem was that he got promptly sued for ripping off “He’s So Fine” – and lost. The songs do have a similar sound, but the feelings are pretty disparate (one’s an anthem to spiritualism and one is an anthem to a hottie.) The ruling was that Harrison didn’t deliberately plagiarize the earlier song, but that it was plagiarism nonetheless. Either way, George took a hit. On the bright side, the song is credited to saving a lot of lives.

Vanilla Ice – It’s not hard to discern that Vanilla Ice ripped off the Queen and David Bowie hit, “Under Pressure.” It appears he did it on purpose, and did not pay the original artists in order to use sample. Even though the song has long been relegated to nostalgia (and not really great nostalgia, either), “Ice Ice Baby” did bring up an important plagiarism issue. Did Ice’s attempt to change up the iconic bass sample (he altered the timing of it slightly) negate the fact that it was copyright infringement? Not likely. The case was settled out of court, but he probably paid big bucks for his #1 hit’s purposeful indiscretion.

Sam Smith – Tom Petty’s no angel (in fact he’s been accused of blatantly ripping off younger artists, The Jayhawks), but he’s still an artist! And he should be paid for his songwriting. That’s what another recent copyright scuffle determined. Current pop star Sam Smith (who claims to have never even heard “I Won’t Back Down”) may have unknowingly plagiarized the elder statesmen of rock, but before things could get to a Robin Thicke level of messed up, the two stars’ teams made it a non-issue: Sam Smith gave Tom Petty co-writing credit which comes with 12.5% royalties. Problem solved.

“Blurred Lines” sounds pretty similar to Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” and Robin Thicke admitted to enjoying the Marvin Gaye classic. But copyright infringement just became a lot easier to pursue due to the precedent set but this case. No lyrics, melodies, or direct sounds were taken from the song. Not even a sampled “woo!” In fact, if you had to describe the reason the two songs were compared in the first place, it would be the feeling that they both evoke. A 70s vibe. Because one song is from that era, and one wishes to be.

This just means that new artists will have to be even more original with their material. And that copyright lawsuits are probably going to become more frequent. Good luck out there! The lesson here is to listen to your work with a very careful ear before releasing anything (and then run it by someone older than you, just in case it’s really close to something you’ve never heard).

Is a Music Career Right for You?

Posted on February 18, 2015 by admin

Is a Music Career Right for You?It takes years for most people to figure out their path in life – “What do you want to do?” is a question that we hear starting from a very young age. Working in the music industry often crosses the minds of creative people who love listening to and playing music. But careers aren’t just something you fall into, even if your career is a fun, creative outlet that allows you to express yourself, travel, and do what you love. So, is a music career right for you? Only you can be sure one way or another – but here are a few things to ask yourself before you dive right in.

Do you love to write, play an instrument, or sing?

While not everyone is lucky enough to do something they absolutely love for a living, if you are going to have a career in music you might as well love it. Robots don’t make music, people do (even electronic-tinged techno music still has plenty of creativity and soul). And listeners of all stripes will gravitate to songs that are filled with passion for the craft. Putting your heart and soul into music can only make it better, because it comes from an authentic place – and that’s something that no amount of music lessons can teach. No matter what kind of music you love to create, fans will be able to tell if you’ve infused it with your natural passion.

Can you think creatively?

Creativity is important, especially if you are coming up with original material. As an artist, you can only rely on covers for so long before you yearn to do something bigger – something more “you.” While a good mind for business is also important, your creative mind is what will allow your talents to flow in a way that will get you noticed. Even cover songs can be tweaked and manipulated to come up with something insanely creative and attention grabbing.

Are you ready to work hard?

Just because the music business looks fun does not mean it isn’t a whole lot of work. There are a lot of duties that must be performed, and you are the one in charge of it all: writing, recording, networking, booking gigs, playing live shows, hiring an accountant or manager, interacting with potential fans…the list goes on. It’s fun, it’s rewarding, but yes, it’s a lot of hard work. You can’t sit around and wait for something to happen – you need to be proactive in order to get your name out there and share your talents with the world. Working hard stems from having the ambition to succeed.

If you want a career in the music business, you’ll need a combination of talent, ambition, creativity, and passion. And even if you do have all of the above, it still can take a while for success to come knocking. Be patient, and be ready to work hard and share your best self with the world!

The Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Music Artists

Posted on December 27, 2014 by admin

The New Year is a time for reflection, no matter who you are. Resolutions are a great way to set your intentions for the coming year – and set yourself up for success. Whether you’re playing lots of club gigs, or just singing in your basement, here are a few New Year’s Resolutions to consider.The top 5 New Year's Resolutions for Music Artists

1) I Will Put Myself Out There

Big breaks don’t just come on their own. So if you want to start your climb to the top, now is the time to begin making connections. It can be scary to approach new faces, but being a music artist is dependent on networking – talent will only get you so far. There are plenty of ways to spread the word about your music; from the old fashioned knock on doors and schmoozing at shows, to the digital art of social networking. Making connections at an early stage in your career can help you build your reputation, share your music, and book shows.

2) I Will Practice My Art

Talent may be innate, but practice will help sharpen those skills to the point where you will get noticed. Our lives are busy, especially around the beginning of a new year, so you have to carve out a chunk of time each day in order to refine your instrument. Whether that means dedicating an hour in the morning to vocal exercises, or some time each night to songwriting, depends on your craft. The saying “practice makes perfect” is well-known for a reason – because it’s true!

3) I Will Make a Video

Once you have invested plenty of time into practice, why not make a video? Let’s face it. There’s no reason why you couldn’t make a video sometime this upcoming year. There are plenty of video making options, depending on how far you are along in your music career – you can have friends help in a low-budget, high-fun video shoot, or you can hire a professional, record a practice session, or have a friend capture your live show.

4) I Will Write Down My Goals

Goals are a great way to keep yourself working toward music industry success. And because it’s the beginning of the year, now is the perfect time to lay out goals for the next twelve months. Think about steps you want to take – they can be simple things like “talk to other musicians” or big career goals such as “book a spring tour.” Goals are great motivational tools, and when you have a handful to accomplish throughout the year, you’ll always keep moving towards the next level.

5) I Will Take Care of Myself

This may sound simple, but it’s an important one! Keeping yourself healthy and happy is vital to making 2015 your best year ever. Eat well, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and don’t be too hard on yourself.

Have a great 2015!!

Music Artist Spotlight- Jade Evori Master

Posted on November 21, 2014 by admin

What does winning the 2014 Florida Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?

Music Artist Spotlight- Jade Evori MasterIt really meant a lot to me.  I had been struggling with my confidence before the competition.  I got really nervous right before the first performance and I had to step outside and take some deep breaths before I went on stage.  It meant that I overcame my fears and that all my hard work and practicing had paid off.  It was an unbelievable experience sharing the stage with so many incredibly talented people from all over Florida and even Canada!

What inspired you to become a musician? 

I loved music before I could even walk or talk.  My parents said I used to bounce to the beat as a baby before I could even stand.  And I would hum to music before I could talk.   As I got older, my love for music just grew and I started to sing all the time.  In elementary school I would get into trouble for humming in class.  I didn’t even know I was doing it most of the time.  Music is just a part of who I am.  I can’t imagine doing anything else.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I’m sometimes surprised by how competitive and mean some people can be. I don’t think that it’s necessary to be successful in the music industry or in life.   But on the other hand, I’m also surprised with how wonderful and supportive other artists have been, even during competitions.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge is trying to find a balance between school, lessons, rehearsals, gigs, and time for my friends and family.  It’s still very difficult, but I love it all and I wouldn’t want to give anything up.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I write only when I’m inspired.  Sometimes it comes at the craziest times like once I was visiting Rock City and Ruby Falls in TN and a song popped into my head.  I drove my parents crazy trying to find paper quickly before I lost the lyrics and melody.  I ended up texting everything into my mom’s phone when we couldn’t find any paper.  I’m inspired by the people I meet and the places I see and my personal experiences with those people and places.   My songs have mostly been about my family.  They are the most important people in the world to me, so it makes sense that they are my biggest source of inspiration.

Tell us about your most memorable performances. 

Well Dream Night was definitely a big one for me!  I was smiling for days afterwards!  I still can’t help smiling when I think about it.  My other most memorable moment was at the Palm Beach Idols Competition in 2010 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre when I was just 9 years old.  It was my first time on a big stage by myself.  I not only won but my baby brother was born an hour after I was announced the winner!  My mom had to be rushed to the hospital just as the show ended.  That’s a night my entire family will never forget.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I’ve shared the stage with many of the emerging artists on TalentWatch.  I’ve shared the stage with several local artists such as hometown celebrity Vanilla Ice, Lexi Luca (The Voice Season 6), Michaela Paige (The Voice Season 3), Madison O’Conner (Abby’s Ultimate Dance Challenge), and Brian Inerfeld (Hitstreak).  I’ve also shared the stage with TalentWatch competition winners Zack Lane (FREX 2013 Young Talent Search) and Jagged Row (Enid Dream Night Talent Search 2014).

Anything else you want to share? 

I’m grateful to have had the opportunities I’ve had so far and I’m even more grateful to my family and friends that support and love me unconditionally.  I know they sacrifice a lot to help me pursue my dreams and I’m just beginning this journey.  I’m grateful to the people in the music industry and all the talent supporters that continue to believe in me.  I’m excited for the future and know that whatever happens, I’ll be exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Check out Jade Evori Master at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/jadeevorimaster

Music Artist Spotlight- Jagged Row

Posted on October 28, 2014 by admin

Music Artist Spotlight- Jagged RowWhat does winning the 2014 Enid Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?

It really is a “dream!” It’s crazy. We had no intention or thought of winning going into it. We’ve come to learn that there are a lot of competitions out there that claim to be legit out there, but they’re not.

That wasn’t the case with Dream Night. It’s the real deal! Everyone was so upfront and nice, and Wendy Kay was incredible to work with. Winning the 2014 Enid Dream Night Talent Search, to us, was reassurance that we’re on the right path. We’ve been working at this nearly six years and by winning this competition we feel that we are several steps closer to reaching our goals of being the next top rock band and winning Grammy’s and more one day! We can’t wait to begin working with all of the people we met through Dream Night and to work harder than ever to reach these goals.

What inspired you to become a band?

We all fell in love with music at an early age and knew that we wanted a career in music no matter what. Ours is not a typical story of four friends who wanted to start a band. Jaci was originally a solo artist and we became her backup band. We started writing together, realized we had good chemistry, and decided to become a band! (~Matt)

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

We were, and still are surprised at how small the music industry really is. When starting out, it seems like this huge world, but the more people you meet, you realize that everybody knows everybody else! It’s all about connections and relationships in this business.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

The biggest challenge, that I feel we have faced, is finding a bass player. We never realized how little there are out there, that are serious. Bass players are a rare breed! (laughs) We haven’t had a bass player in over a year but we haven’t let it slow us down. I record all of the bass tracks in my home studio and our drummer, Josh, runs them from an iPad behind the drums. It works great! (~Matt)

Tell us about your band.

Jagged Row will be turning 6 years old in January! Matt and I (Jaci), are the two original members and Landon and Josh came on this year. In the six years we’ve been a band, we have gotten to play over 300 shows across the nation from Los Angeles to Boston! We have released two EPs and one full-length album.

As a band, our mission is to show people, especially teens, that rock music can be fun, exciting, and intense without the “sex & drugs” stigma that always comes along with rock and roll music. We put on a high-energy show for all ages. A show without profanity, and without sex and drugs. 🙂

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

Every song is different for us. Matt and I write the majority of our songs. He usually comes up with the basis of the music and I write the melody and we collaborate on lyrics. Our process for coming up with lyrics usually goes something like this: We listen to the song over and over again and try and get a feel of the emotions that come from strictly the music. Then, we just start writing what comes to us. For a lot of our songs, we get our inspiration from our own experiences. Sometimes, we create stories and write whole songs about that!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

We have gotten to play many shows over the years, but our favorites include: playing the famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles (knowing that so many rock legends have performed on that stage and then getting to play on it ourselves is a crazy feeling!), and getting the opportunity to play the Chevy Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas (playing in our home state of Texas on the Main Stage is a great experience- we feel so at home!).

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

We have gotten the opportunity to share the stage with some incredible artists including Hanson, Finger Eleven & Bowling For Soup!

Anything else you want to share?

We are actually in the recording studio the next few weeks recording our 4th CD! We are so excited about this EP because we really feel like these songs show who we are as people AND as a band. The EP should be out sometime after the first of the year.

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Jagged Row is:

Jaci Butler- Lead Vocals/Keys, Matt Venhaus- Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Landon Williams- Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals Josh Jackson- Drums

Check out Jagged row at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/jaggedrow

Music Artist Spotlight- Gianna Isabella

Posted on October 18, 2014 by admin

Music Artist Spotlight- Gianna IsabellaWhat does winning the ‘New York Dream Night Talent Search’ competition mean to you?

It means the world to me. It is so surreal that I had the chance to just perform in front of all of those amazing people, but to win the chance to get recognized means everything in the world to me.

What inspired you to become a musician? 

What inspired me to become a musician was my mother and grandpa. I grew up in a really musically inclined family, so being around all of the music and shows I just saw how much fun my mom was having on stage and one day I just asked her to begin giving me voice lessons and she’s been motivating me since then.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Some surprises I’ve encountered within the music business is that I actually made it to the top 40 girls on xfactor and also I’ve had the privilege to record in the studio more than most kids my age, so I am very grateful for that.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge would have to be trying to have a normal teenage life and going to high school, getting home from the recording studio at 2 am most of the time, and hanging out with friends on a normal Friday night when I have a show or having to do my homework on the road and studying to be able to keep up my grade average.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

At the moment I am just getting into writing songs with the help of my mom. She has been a song writer for Sony publishing for many years and is continuing to encourage me to start writing.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performances have to be when I was at the Cola Coliseum for xfactor and when my mom sometimes surprisingly brings me on stage to sing with her.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

No, I have not shared the stage with any musicians you may know. I am just beginning to branch out into the music industry, putting myself out there for the world to see.

Anything else you want to share?

Another thing I would like to mention is just that singing has been my dream for as long as I could remember and even if I don’t make it in the music industry, I will never lose hope of my dream!

Check out Gianna Isabella at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/chris1931