Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about everybody’s favorite pastime…watching T.V.! January is an interesting time for T.V., because this is when new seasons premiere, new shows are added to the list of thing’s we’re obsessed with, and our hearts are broken when our fav shows are cancelled. So let’s take a look at some of the shows in 2014 & 2015 that were taken from us far too soon. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
3) Crisis (NBC):
This high action drama was another show that had the potential to be so great. It told the story of what happens when the nation’s most powerful people’s children are kidnapped and held for ransom. We not only got to see the drama that the adults went through as they struggled with their parental love and civil duties, but we also got to see the drama that the kids went though as they tried to survive. This is a show that always kept its’ audience on their toes, so I would have liked to see how it would have continued.
2) Red Band Society (FOX):
This show was able to perfectly balance, romance, drama, tragedy, and comedy in an amazing story of terminal ill teenager who live in a hospital. Even though the show only had a 13 episode run, they did a great job of developing their characters, and it’s obvious that we would have fallen even more in love with these characters as the series continued.
1) Twisted (ABC Family):
This was was another drama that always had us on our toes. This show told the story of a boy named Danny who returns to his hometown after 5 years in a juvenile detention center after being convicted of murdering his aunt. When he returns he reunites with his 2 childhood best friends and soon finds himself accused of committing another murder after a popular girl from his high school dies. In the rest of the season we get romance, lots of drama, and more questions about whether or not Danny really killed his aunt, and if he didn’t what secrets is his family hiding. It’s such a shame that this show ended before we could really dive into the story, and explore these complex characters.
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Hello, people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about one of the past times that we all enjoy…binge-watching! Whether you like Netflix, Hulu, DVDs, or anything in between you know that we love spending hours getting lost in our favorite shows, you may also want to check out the DMG Facebook page to see if they have anything that you may wish to see!. So if you want to know what shows you should watch this winter please keep reading. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
5) Beverly Hills 90210 (Hulu):
This classic 90s teen drama is definitely one that all music fans should check out (if you’re not already a fan of it) because this is the show that is given the credit of creating the teen drama genre that brought us other favorites such as Dawson’s Creek, Gossip Girl and so many others. If you think Rosewood has drama just wait until you see what happens in Beverly Hills.
4) Star Trek (Netflix):
If you’re into sci-fi then I’m sure you’re already in love with this groundbreaking franchise, with a new highly anticipated movie coming out next year this is the perfect time to get familiar with Star Trek. This show has great, complex characters, incredible action, and because there have been A LOT of movies, spin-offs, and even an aminated show then you know that this is a franchise that knows what its’ viewers want to see.
I will admit that I am a big anime fan. I love watching the shows no matter how ridiculous they are. I’m even thinking about getting some chibi Nendoroid figures because I love cute collectibles like that. Whether you watched these shows as a kid, love anime, or just love amazing shows then you have to rewatch these shows this winter break. If you haven’t revisited the Digital World lately then you need to catch up before this franchise releases it’s newest movie next year (btw if you haven’t seen the 1st movie in the Digimon Adventure Tri series then you need to RIGHT NOW because it’s amazing). 2016 will also bring us a new movie that will follows the King of Games Yugi as he saves the world from evil…again (poor kid can’t get break). Even though we don’t know a lot about this new movie yet, we do know that it takes place 6 months after the original Yu-Gi-Oh manga ends so now is a good time to dust off your deck and getting ready to duel.
2) Pretty Little Liars (Netflix):
Ok if you’ve ever seen this show then you know that you have to binge watch this show at least every other season to keep up with everything that has happened. Last season we found out who “A” was and honestly were left with even more unanswered questions. When we visit Rosewood again in 2016 we will time jump 5 years in the future, so needless to say you may need a few days to catch up again on all the romance, drama, and suspense (I don’t know if my feels can handle this again y’all).
1) Gilmore Girls (Netflix):
Needless to say the internet went into a frenzy when we found out that we were going back to Stars Hollow. Gilmore Girls had drama, romance, amazing characters, witty writing, and basically made everyone want to move to a small town. If you’ve never seen Gilmore Girls then you are missing a VERY important part of TV history and you need to hop over to Netflix right now and check it out (c’mon you’re on there all day anyway so go on and check it out).
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to talk about everyone’s favorite part of Christmas…the music! It’s always so much fun to hear our favorite Christmas songs covered by amazing artists, so I thought that it would be fun to countdown ‘The Top 3 Christmas Covers of 2015’. One of these covers isn’t from an actual YouTube artist, but it was so amazing that I just had to include it. So now let’s get to the music! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
3) ‘Silent Night – Jason Chen x Marie Digby x Ana Free’:
The first cover that we’re going to talk about is Jason Chen, Marie Digby, and Ana Free’s cover of Silent Night. This is a true Christmas classic that has been covered by numerous artists, but never gets old. I really love his cover because we get to experience 3 amazing vocalists who are able to show us a unique rendition of this song that you will definitely not forget.
2) ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You – MINOR KEY! Kurt Hugo Schneider ft. Chase Holfelder’:
Ok I have to admit that I’m soooo obsessed with this cover, and trust me after listening to it you will be too! If you have heard any of Kurt Hugo Schneider’s covers then you know that he makes beautiful and brilliant musical arrangements, however this has to be one of his best ideas ever. ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ is already an amazing song that we all love, but performing the entire song in a minor key gives the song a hauntingly beautiful quality that will have you pressing that replay button again and again.
1)‘Mary Did You Know – Cover by Jordan Smith’:
Now we’ve reached the #1 spot! Although Jordan isn’t a YouTuber, I couldn’t resist putting this INCREDIBLE cover on the list. This rendition not only shows off Jordan’s amazing talent and range as a vocalist, but also shows us that he is a true entertainer that can instantly mesmerize his audience. As soon as you see this incredible cover you will seriously want to hop over to iTunes and buy it because it is so insanely beautiful. The only thing that you will be left wondering after hearing this cover is how is he going to top this amazing performance. I know we all can’t wait to see!
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss two AMAZING YouTube video that we couldn’t stop talking about over the last 2 weeks. If you were young (or just loved Nickelodeon) between 1994 and 2008, then get ready for a major dose of Nostalgia as the internet reminds us of two shows that we couldn’t get enough of, All That and Zoey 101. Whether you grew up with one or both of these shows (or you became a fan after watching reruns of the shows), you will FREAK OUT when you see the two videos below. So now get ready to get hit right in the feels with a nostalgia brick. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
So let’s start things off with the first video that made us have serious flashbacks to 2005. YouTube was only 1 year old, the 1st iPhone wouldn’t be released for 2 years, but we all had 1 serious question on our mind. What did Zoey say about Chase in that DVD she hid in the time capsule. For a lot of people, Zoey and Chase were their 1st ship and since we knew that he liked her, we just needed to know how she felt, for our ship to sail. Unfortunately this would be a question that we wouldn’t know for 10 YEARS! Well our patience paid off because on September 18th we found out the answer. Now I’m sure most of you know what this means, but if you don’t please check out the video below, and let the fanfiction writing begin.
Now moving on, I think we can all agree that Jimmy Fallon is awesome. He’s funny, creative, and he understands our love of the internet and includes it in his show (seriously if you haven’t already, you gotta check out some of his whisper challenge video). But every entertainer usually has to have a day job before they get that “big break”, usually they work as waiters, employees at stores in the mall, or even at your local favorite burger place. In fact we recently found out that Jimmy Fallon used to work at a VERY famous burger place that holds a special place in all of our hearts, and will forever be a part of the history of the food industry. Can you guess where? Yup, GOOD BURGER! That’s what you guessed right? Yes, Jimmy Fallon had everyone who was a kid in the late 80’s and basically most of the 90’s FREAKING out when he brought back our fav comedic duo Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell for a Good Burger skit. As you can guess it was really hilarious, but if for some reason you haven’t checked out the video yet (or just want to see it again), please check out the video below.
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Hello people of the internet!!! With summer quickly coming to an end (insert sad face), we will soon say hello to all of our favorite things about fall, such as: warm sweaters, all of the holidays were we eat things that we will regret in the spring, pumpkin spice everything, and FALL TV! So to celebrate, on today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss 3 new shows that will be hitting our TVs this fall. that you CAN’T miss out on (on a side note, by the time I post this blog 1 of the shows will have already premiered, also I didn’t mean to only feature shows that will begin in September, it just sort of worked out that way). Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
3) Muppets (September 22nd 8/7c, ABC):
In this show, we will see the everyday lives of The Muppets as they struggle to balance their personal and professional lives. We will also see all of the drama that happens behind the scenes as The Muppets produce the late night show ‘Up Late with Miss Piggy’. This show is going to be a parody of a mockumentary (which is a fake documentary style show such as The Office or Modern Family), and will definitely feature A LOT of drama and comedy. It has been said that this show will have a morn “grown up” flair to it that new and old fans will definitely love. Personally I can’t wait to see the drama that unfolds between Kermit and Miss Piggy after their breakup this summer (oh the drama!).
2) Game Shakers (September 12th 8:30/7:30c, Nickelodeon):
This new Nickelodeon show is sure to be a hit with kids and those who are still kids in their hearts. Game Shakers is the newest show from veteran hit maker Dan Schneider who previously brought us: All That, Kenan and Kel, Drake and Josh, iCarly, and so many more. This show is about two BFFs named Babe and Kenzie, who create a video game app for a school science project, and from this start a successful gaming company. Along the way they get their best friend Hudson to serve as their test dummy, and receive an investment from a successful rapper known as Double G. This show is going to include guest starring spots from various YouTubers and some stars from Dan Schneider’s other shows, and will co-star Kel Mitchell from Kenan and Kel (which older fans will fangirl/fanboy over).
1) Grandfathered (September 29th 8/7c, FOX)
This show stars John Stamos who is a recently divorced restaurant owner who finds out that he has a son (Josh Peck) he never knew about, and even more surprising, a granddaughter. This will definitely be a comedic sitcom that will have everyone talking. Personally I’m really excited to see Josh Peck (who we loved from Drake & Josh) and John Stamos’ comedic talents collide. This is definitely a show we will be talking about all fall.
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ I am very excited to bring you an interview with voice actress Lara Jill Miller. You may know her best as ‘Kari’ on Digimon, ‘Clifford’ on Clifford’s Puppy Days, ‘Lambie’ on Doc McStuffins, and many other memorable roles. In this interview we talk about Lara’s career as a stage, on-camera, and voice actress, how she feels about reprising her Digimon Adventure Tri (let’s cross our fingers that the movies get a U.S. dub!), what to look out for from her next, and so much more! So now let’s get to the part that y’all came here for…the interview. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
Celinda: Hi Lara, first of all I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview.
Lara: Thank you for asking me, Celinda.
Celinda: So I want to begin by asking you about your role as Amaryllis in the Broadway production of The Music Man, which starred Dick Van Dyke. What was it like to work with such an iconic actor at such an early stage in your career, and how do you think this experience shaped you as an entertainer?
Lara: Dick Van Dyke was amazing. So funny, so talented. I was so thrilled to meet him at my audition for the show, I couldn’t believe I was actually meeting the guy from CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and MARY POPPINS! I was really little when I met him and I remember shaking his hand and seeing his really long feet in white sneakers, and then looking all the way up to his head, WAYYY up there.
Touring in the show, and then performing on Broadway was a spectacular experience overall. Traveling all over the US for the first time was really exciting. I love performing live and had a lot of experience in the years prior at a local dinner theatre in my hometown. Dancing and singing is a great joy of mine, and that made me realize I was born to do this.
Celinda: That sounds like such a cool experience! So, you’re widely known for your role as Samantha on the 6 seasons of the television show Gimme A Break. When the show ended Samantha was beginning her new life as a college student, and you also later earned a college degree yourself, so there was a very cool life imitating art aspect there. Were there any other similarities between you and Samantha, and how do you think growing up on the set of a sitcom shaped you as a person?
Lara: Well, I’m the youngest of 3 daughters, so there’s that. And I was pretty much a tomboy, but I certainly didn’t wear overalls like my character Samantha, NOR play with WORMS! I loved Nell as much as Samantha did. And well, when I got my braces off and got my hair cut, so did my character on TV!
Growing up on a set really made me – well – grow up. I learned a lot about responsibility, being professional, a great work ethic. And also I became a better performer over the years, comic timing and such. I also learned that when you’re a celebrity, people treat you differently, but that it can all change in an instant, so one should never take anything for granted. I loved and appreciated all the years on the show. Unlike many child stars, I really loved my life and came out unscathed, no drugs, no alcohol, nothing. My parents were wonderful and supportive and not pushy. I learned a lot about ‘show business’ – both parts: the show AND the business!
Celinda: Wow that is such a profound answer, and so true, many people forget about the business part of the industry. Well, a lot of your fans (myself included) might know you best from your role as Kari on Digimon. When it was announced that Digimon was coming back to continue the story of the 8 original characters, the internet went into a frenzy. How does it feel to have fans still get really excited about a project you did 15 years ago?
Lara: Love hearing from you and all the fans! Digimon was my first animated gig. Lots of great memories. And well, yah! It feels GREAT to hear that people love the project and love Kari. If the show comes back to the US for a US dub, I’d love to be the grown up Kari.
Celinda: I think I can speak for all of your fans when I say that we would love to hear you voice adult Kari. So, another voice-over role that a lot of fans know you from is Clifford’s Puppy Days, how did this experience differ from your experiences working on Anime?
Lara: Anime is dubbed after the fact. Clifford’s Puppy Days (and some of my other shows like Juniper Lee, Wubbzy, Curious George, SciGirls, Hugglemonsters, Doc, etc…oh, and also the new Nick show I’m working on…) are original animation. We record first and then they draw the character TO US… We CREATE the roles. And for most of these shows, we record together as a cast. That’s fun.
Celinda: That does sound really fun. One of the many shows that you’re working on at the moment is Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior. This show has been widely praised for it’s educational aspects, how does it feel to know that shows you’ve worked on such as Doc McStuffins and SciGirls are influencing your audience to become more interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects?
Lara: I’m so honored and thrilled to be a part of these shows. Doc McStuffins is changing the world! Really! What a concept to be a part of such a big thing, right? I love playing Lambie. And Izzie on SciGirls – what a brilliant show! I hope that with both shows, we make a difference!
Celinda: I’m sure both shows will have a huge positive influence on your audience. So what are some of the major differences between preparing for a recording session for a voice-over project, versus an on-camera job?
Lara: Make-up…or lack thereof! And wardrobe. Although sometimes I like picking out cute outfits to record in… although they must be quiet clothes. You know, mic-worthy.
The thing with animation, we don’t have to memorize lines, but I do read the scripts, and prepare ad libs, etc, ahead of time. Also each week for Doc and Hugglemonsters we have to learn songs, harmonies. There’s a lot of preparation for that.
Celinda: Wow, I never would have thought about a lot of that, particularly the mic-worthy clothes. Lastly are there any upcoming projects that your fans should look out for, and is there anything that you would like to say to any of your fans who are reading this interview?
Lara: Oh yah! There’s a new Nickelodeon show! And… that’s about all I’m allowed to say right now! Go to my FB Page and/or follow me on Twitter for updates. I’m not THAT active on those social media pages, but I’m trying! And I love hearing from fans! The nice ones (which I’m SURE the ones reading this are!) And well, thanks for reading this. I feel very lucky that I get to do what I love to do and that so many people love what I do, too. Thank you for that.
Celinda: Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me Lara.
Lara: Thank YOU Celinda! And thanks again to all your readers for reading this!
Check out these clips to see a couple of the AWESOME characters Lara has voiced! (you can check out more clips on Lara’s official website, which is linked above):
‘Kari’ – Digimon (You can hear Lara’s voice beginning at 0:04)
‘Lambie’ – Doc McStuffins (You can hear Lara’s voice beginning at 1:04)
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, I’m going to help put a little magic into your Monday. Now if for some crazy reason you haven’t heard of 17 year old magician Collins Key, you are definitely missing out. This superstar has taken the magic/illusion industry to a whole new level by finishing in 5th place season 8 of America’s Got Talent, presenting at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and opening for Demi Lovato on her 2014 ‘Neon Lights Tour’. So now let’s check out some videos that are guaranteed to leave you spellbound. Ready? Let’s go!!!
The first video that we’re going to talk about is Collins’ 2013 audition for the reality show ‘America’s Got Talent’. For his audition, Collins performed a trick that teleported a dollar bill into a sealed bag of chips. This is a really cool trick that will leave you wondering how he did it (you can check out the video below). Although the trick is awesome, one of the most impressive things about his audition, was how at just 16, Collins already proved that he could compete with the the most seasoned of showmen. The next trick that we’re going to check out is Collins’ performance for the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Vegas Week. This trick consisted of Collins mentally ripping a page out of a book, writing a word on the ripped page, and then teleporting that page into an envelope that a person is seated on. Again, this trick will leave you amazed, and will make you want to see more from Collins. Even though he didn’t win the competition, Collins definitely made his time on ‘America’s Got Talent’ count, and in doing so made us all fall under his spell.
Collins also has a very cool YouTube channel where he posts fun challenges, Q&A videos, and you guessed it, magic tricks. Let’s check out one of their videos right now! In this video, Collins does a trick in which he has a person pick a random card, and then sign the card. Then he does a lot of cool Harry Potter magic stuff, and another card takes a bite out of the random card, and then he finds that bite in the other card (yeah I know it’s a little confusing when I try to explain it, but check out the video below and you’ll see the awesomeness). Also, Collins gets bonus points for included One Direction’s drummer Josh Devine in this video because that’s just really cool! Ok the last video that we’re going to talk about isn’t actually a magic trick video, but is instead a magic trick revelation video. In this one, Collins explains how to do a trick with a scarf and an egg. Y’all should definitely check this one out, because it is guaranteed to freak out your family/friends, and will liven up any party.
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Hello people of the Internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to recap the 2015 ‘iHeart Radio Music Awards’! This award show was full of talented winners, unforgettable performances, and a host (Jamie Fox) that definitely kept the audience’s attention. So if y’all are ready, let’s jump into the recap (in order to not keep y’all here reading for an hour, I selected just a few performances to discuss).
Winners (I didn’t include some of the winners because then this post would be A LOT longer):
Best Lyrics: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
Honestly we all saw this one coming. With an infectious beat and catchy lyrics, Taylor has had us singing along to this song for months.
Hip Hop/R&B Song of The Year: Don’t Tell ‘Em by Jeremih feat. YG
This is an example of another song that has an inescapable beat, which is exactly what landed it at the top of the charts for weeks after its’ release.
Innovator Award: Justin Timberlake
Do we really need to explain this one! With each passing year, Justin Timberlake continues to prove to us that he can release tracks that have us singing and dancing along instantly. He is also able to release music that is either completely new, and/or takes what everyone else is doing in a way that we never would have thought possible. Honestly this is the guy who made suit and ties cool again…enough said (below is a video of Justin’s speech that I found on NBC’s YouTube channel)..
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
With hits like Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One, we have all been jamming to Sam Smith this past year. You gotta love a guy that can constantly make us cry and still fall more in love with him every time we hear his songs.
Best Collaboration: Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
You heard this song EVERYWHERE last year, and we’re still all singing along. But, when you get three superstars like Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj together honestly you can expect no less. We will definitely be dancing to this one throughout 2015.
Best Dance Song: Summer by Calvin Harris
This was the song that made us all wish that summer was a year around thing. Calvin Harris always seems to find a way of releasing songs that we just have to put on repeat. This should definitely be on your upcoming 2015 summer playlist.
Song of The Year: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
Ok, again this was a song that we could not (and would not) stop playing because, well it’s just so awesome! This song has a fun beat, unforgettable lyrics, and even an awesome message about, well, shaking all the negative stuff off. Gotta love how Taylor knows exactly what we need to hear.
Artist of The Year: Taylor Swift
I think we covered why Taylor was so successful in 2014. Now the only question on our minds is how will she top it in 2015? We all know whatever she does, it will be awesome!
Performances (for this section I decided to pick 6 acts to talk to y’all about, because honestly if we try to talk about them all, we’ll be here all day):
Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson:
Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson performed their new song Trouble. The number was very elaborate, and began with Iggy and Jennifer emerging on to the stage, dressed like a prisoner (Iggy) & a cop (Jennifer). Iggy danced around the stage with her background dancers, until they eventually moved to another set that had pink prison phones, another set that looked like a public bathroom, and a final set that had a giant cage. It was a very fun performance, that was a great way to kick off the show.
Meghan Trainor performed her song Dear Future Husband later in the show, and really showed us just how captivating of a performer she is. This cool number began with Meghan on stage dressed in a black long pencil skirt, a coral blouse, and a white and black polka dot sailor hat. The nautical meets 1950s theme continued with Meghan’s large brass band (that played in the background throughout her performance), standing on a leveled band stands, which had neon wave decoration on the front of them. Her backup dancers finished off the fun theme with their black pants, suspenders, and straw hats. The performance was so much fun to watch from beginning to end, and proved just why Meghan’s natural star power has given her such a big year (below is a video of Meghan’s performance that I found on NBC’s YouTube channel).
Later on we had a breathtakingly beautiful performance from Best New Artist winner Sam Smith. Sam performed his song Lay Me Down. After all of the previous performances that got us up and dancing, this performance definitely slowed things down without losing our attention. The number had numerous candles all around the stage, and the lighting very dim, which added an intimate, acoustic feel to the performance. Of course Sam blew us away with his hauntingly beautiful voice, and once again proved that he is here to stay.
Country Song of The Year winner Jason Aldean performed his award winning song Burnin’ It Down. This was another really fun performance that definitely brought the energy back up, after Sam Smith’s performance. The staging included A LOT of fire pits, which added to the whole country meets rock vibe the song has (below is a video of Jason’s performance that I found on NBC’s YouTube channel).
Madonna & Taylor Swift:
Next up we had a very cool performance from Madonna & Taylor Swift, who performed Madonna’s song Ghosttown. The song began with Madonna singing the song accompanied by a guitarist, while the dim lighting on stage “hid” her guitarist’s identity. The guitarist was later revealed to be Taylor. This was a really interesting number, that was very different than anything else we saw on the show that night. Both artists did a fantastic job (which isn’t surprising), and this was definitely a performance everyone on the Internet will continue to talk about for a while.
Jamie Foxx & Chris Brown:
Of course we couldn’t end this recap without talking about the last number of the night (which was performed by the host of the show Jamie Foxx). The two performed Jamie’s new single ‘You Changed Me’, which began with Jamie performing the song on the piano with dim stage lighting, before the beat picked up, and the stage lit up. The song was very well choreographed, and showed off both artists’ performance skills. This high energy performance was the perfect way to end the night, and definitely got the audience excited for Jamie’s upcoming album, which drops later this year (below is a video of Jamie & Chris’ performance that I found on NBC’s YouTube channel).
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog post, we are going to discuss an amazing new country singer that you ALL need to keep a close eye on. This talented young musician is an extremely talented writer, guitarist, and vocalist who is quickly on the verge of becoming country music’s next big star. Remember the name Hailey Steele everyone, because you will be hearing this name EVERYWHERE very soon! Hailey already has a very impressive resume, due to her appearances on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ (as a part of a country duo called ‘THE LINE’, she was on Team Christina) and Jay Leno’s ‘The Tonight Show’. She has also has had the honor of sharing the stage with legends such as Willie Nelson and Neil Young. She has also had the honor of being inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. Hailey is currently signed with BMG Chrysalis Nashville (where she is signed to an exclusive songwriting deal, and has even co-written on fellow ‘The Voice’ alum and country music recording artist RaeLynn’s single ‘Boyfriend’) and is set to release her debut EP on November 18th, 2014. So needless to say, Hailey an artist on the rise please read on so you don’t fall behind.
Hailey uploaded her first original song on YouTube on March 4th, 2012. The song is entitled ‘Electric Blue’ (ELECTRiC BLUE – HAiLEY STEELE) and I think that it is an excellent introduction to just how talented Hailey is. I love how Hailey is instantly able to capture your attention, and leave you under her spell for the duration of the song. This ability really shows just how much of a natural star Hailey is, because not only is she singing while playing the guitar (not an easy task because you have to focus on multiple things at once), but she’s also performing the song in such a way that once the song ends, you instantly want to hear more. The next song that we have to talk about is Hailey’s performance of ‘Boyfriend’ (Hailey Steele – Boyfriend, uploaded on October 6th, 2013) by RaeLynn. I really loved hearing this version of the song, because Hailey and RaeLynn have very different tones and styles, so it is fun to hear this song performed in a fresh way. I loved that Hailey was able to really bring out the sass and attitude in this song, and she definitely makes you just wanna get up and dance. Since ‘Electric Blue’ was a more heartfelt, emotional song, I thought that ‘Boyfriend’ was a fun contrast, and it definitely proves that Hailey is a well rounded artist that can make you cry one minute and then get up and dance the next. The final song that we are going to talk about in this post is my FAVORITE song on Hailey’s YouTube channel, entitled ‘Diamonds’ (Diamonds-Hailey Steele), which she uploaded on January 12th, 2014. I really love this song because it’s fun, catchy, and has a great message that everyone can relate to (basically all of the ingredients to a perfect song in my opinion). I definitely think that this song could be a MAJOR hit, and it makes me excited to see what Hailey will release next. I really love when a songwriter is able to express exactly what they feel through a song, but still make it something that you can jam out to, and Hailey definitely accomplishes this task.
So as y’all can see, I have become a HUGE Hailey Steele fan, and I think once you hear her music, you will be too! It’s not often that an artist has a special something about them that makes you unable to turn away, and Hailey definitely has that quality. I am very excited to see where this talented artist’s career leads her, and all the AWESOME things she is going to be able to accomplish along the way. As Hailey says in her soon to be hit song ‘Diamonds’, “Diamonds take pressure, and patience, and time”. Well it is definitely this diamond’s time to shine!
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, I have an exclusive interview with Cameron Walker from the PHENOMINAL indie rock band ‘Animal Fiction’. Last Monday (May 12th) I introduced y’all to the band and their newest amazing song ‘Walk In The Sunshine’. In this interview, Cameron and I spoke about how ‘Animal Fiction’ formed, the artists who have influenced the band’s sound, ‘Animal Fiction’s’ future plans, ‘Walk In The Sunshine’, and so much more. So please read on to learn even more about ‘Animal Fiction’, I promise that you won’t regret it!
Celinda: First thing I noticed about your band is that you have a really cool name. How did you come up with ‘Animal Fiction’?
Cameron: It’s kinda of an interesting story. I came up with the idea of using something with the word animal in it. I wanted the band to just be called ‘Animal’, but there was already a band called that. Then Eben our guitar player came up with the name ‘Fictional Animal’, and then I thought “wow that’s really cool”. Then I thought about all of the great stories, in particular I thought of the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, which is what our album art is loosely inspired by. From there somehow we arrived at the name ‘Animal Fiction’ which is what we went with, and I like the name a lot too, so thank you.
Celinda: Yeah, I found it really unique, and I love the story ‘Where the Wild Things Are’.
Cameron: Yeah that’s a great book. The movie came out a while ago, but I remember reading the book when I was a kid, and I always keep coming back to that. I think all of the ‘Animal Fiction’ art will in some way inspired by that book actually.
Celinda: How long have you guys in the band known each other?
Cameron: Well, I’ve known Julian (who plays Keyboard and Guitar), his whole life because he’s my younger brother. Eben, I’ve known, man I’ve known him for a long time. I’m 25 now, and I met Eben when I was 19, I think. So I’ve known Eben for 6 years.
Celinda: That’s great that you guys have had so long to build your band chemistry. What inspired you guys to come up with this new band? Because I know that you’ve had a few previous bands that you’ve been a part of.
Cameron: Yeah, I started out playing in a band called ‘WeatherStar’, back in the day when I was 19, 20. Then I joined a band called ‘The Ready Set’ for a while, and I did a lot of touring and it was cool because I played Bass in that band, and I got a lot of cool experiences through that. I started writing in a band called ‘1985’ with my buddy, and we still do that, but we don’t really play shows. So I think ‘Animal Fiction’ is almost a result of me getting antsy, and wanting to go back on the road, and wanted to do things that bands do. So I think it didn’t really make sense for me to continue, ’WeatherStar’ because the style of my music has evolved so much since then, so I think that this is just a natural evolution of everything I learned in ‘WeatherStar’, and ‘The Ready Set’, and ‘1985’, and kind of my new musical personality is now ‘Animal Fiction’ which is great.
Celinda: Yeah, I really like your sound, I find it really unique. Are y’all all from L.A.?
Cameron: The 3 of us are actually originally from Connecticut, but I live in L.A. now, and Eben lives in L.A. now. My brother actually lives in New York City now, which can be interesting at times because he’s flying back and forth for stuff now when we’re recording and whatnot. I see Eben regularly in L.A., so we’re a bi-costal band technically.
Celinda: So growing up in Connecticut, what or who inspired you to become a musician?
Cameron: That’s an interesting question. I remember being a kid and my mom had these old Beatles records, and it sounds kind of cliché but its true, I grew up listening to bands like ‘The Beatles’ and ‘The Beach Boys’, which I think got me into Rock n’ Roll and Pop music at an early age. Really I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t playing in some capacity, I think I started playing drums when I was 10, and I just kept doing that, and when I got into high school I got really into pop punk and punk rock bands, and I started playing in band in high school. Really I can’t remember a time where I didn’t play music, it sounds crazy but it was definitely those early years where I got into ‘The Beatles’, ‘Elvis Presley’, ‘Elvis Costello’, and ‘The Beach Boys’, and that kind of started me on the path to rock n’ roll.
Celinda: Did you always sing?
Cameron: Yeah I always sang. I actually did a lot of theater growing up, my mom ran a children’s theater company, so I would always participate in that, and I think that might be a big reason why I enjoy singing so much now.
Celinda: So it sounds like your mom was a really big influence in you becoming involved in music and staying in it?
Cameron: Oh absolutely, she’s my #1 supporter and my #1 fan. She’s been there the whole way and she’s still supporting me today, so I’m really grateful for her.
Celinda: Yeah I love it when the parents of artists and actors are supportive of their children, because it’s a hard business and it’s hard on the parents as well.
Cameron: Oh absolutely yeah. I think I had my entire band in ‘WeatherStar’ living with me at one point, so she puts up with a lot and I’m eternally grateful for it.
Celinda: So you mentioned in your last answer how ‘Elvis’, ‘The Beatles’, and ‘The Beach Boys’ influenced you as a child. Are there any other bands that you’ve picked up along the way that you feel have influenced your sound?
Cameron: Oh absolutely. Those were kind of my early introduction to Pop music and Rock n’ Roll, but I think as I grew up, I was really into bands like ‘Blink-182’, and I still love that band. I’m really into this band called ‘The Exploding Hearts’, which you should totally check out. ‘Animal Fiction’ is definitely influenced by ‘The Exploding Hearts’.
Celinda: What bands or artists’ have influenced you that would surprise your fans?
Cameron: That’s a tough one. I don’t know if this will be that big of a surprise but there was kind of a surge of pop-punk boy bands in England. I was really into this band called ‘McFly’, and they’re still a band today, and at the same time there was a band called ‘Busted’, they’re both pretty much boy bands from the U.K. but they’re kinda pop-punk influenced so I don’t know if it would be that surprising, but yeah I’ve listened to some boy bands. I love the new ‘5 Seconds of Summer’ track, I think it’s awesome. I wouldn’t call it a guilty pleasure, but I love my Pop music for sure.
Celinda: So how do you prepare for a performance?
Cameron: It depends. I think there’s a certain pressure that comes with being a primary singer in a band. So like in ‘The Ready Set’ I sang quite a lot, so I wasn’t a concerned about vocal warm-ups and my voice as much, because I knew that I could handle it, I was really playing Bass and having fun. In ‘WeatherStar’ and ‘1985’, I was really conscious of my voice and drinking a lot of tea and water. Because if you don’t warm up, you’re going to sound bad, and you can also kind of hurt your voice like that too. I also do some jumping jacks, because it keeps your adrenalin up and it gets rid of the jitters.
Celinda: Do you listen to any type of music before you go on, or do you like it quiet?
Cameron: I don’t know. I guess if there’s music playing it doesn’t bother me, but I guess I prefer just a very chill, low-key atmosphere, but I’m not super picky about that stuff.
Celinda: I noticed on the band’s Facebook page, that your song ’Walk In The Sunshine’ [here’s a link to ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ Walk In The Sunshine] just got featured in a ‘Red Lobster ‘ commercial and on NBC’s ‘About A Boy’, so that’s really cool.
Cameron: Yeah it’s funny because those features happened a couple of weeks ago, I think the ‘Red Lobster’ commercial was a month ago, and that happened before we even put our record out. I didn’t really want to say what the song was for, and I really didn’t want to announce it anywhere, but once the song actually came out, I felt like it was ok to post about it, and we were really excited about it. We’re always open to getting our music out there in any way, whether it’s in a television commercial, or anywhere. We always welcome it, and we really appreciate.
Celinda: How were you approached to have your song on ‘About a Boy’, because you’ve written for NBC haven’t you?
Cameron: Yeah, to tell you the truth that stuff just kind of goes through our publisher. I actually wrote that song with a guy named Blake Healy, he was the Keyboard player for ‘Metro Station’, and we write stuff together on a regular basis now. I think ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ was placed on that show through his publisher. So to be honest I wasn’t even in communication with them.
Celinda: So did it take you by surprise?
Cameron: Yeah, that stuff always takes me by surprise. We did a lot of television commercials and stuff with ‘1985’ too, and sometimes someone at the publishing company will let you know, but other times you just turn on the TV and hear your song. It’s always a great feeling, but it’s really funny when you don’t even know about it. It’s almost better when you don’t know about it and you’re just like “oh wow!”.
Celinda: I know that you said that you hadn’t planned to have the song out yet when it was on the commercial and on the show, but was it still exciting?
Cameron: Absolutely! It was definitely really exciting, and it’s honestly a total blessing to have your music presented in that kind of way, and it always is. It’s very flattering, and it’s a good feeling to hear your music in a way that other people can hear it too.
Celinda: So you told me that you wrote ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ with Blake Healy, what’s the story behind that song?
Cameron: I think we were just trying to write a really fun, upbeat song about having a great day and rocking out. I don’t think that it’s one of those songs where there’s a really epic story behind it. I think it’s more like we were trying to create a vibe that we felt good about, and hopefully it would make other people feel good too when they heard it.
Celinda: So do you have release date yet for the music video?
Cameron: Well there’s a video for our song ’Everyday is New’ [here is the link to the ‘Everyday is New’ video Everyday is New] , which is out now. It’s up on YouTube, and I think a website called ‘Baeblemusic.com’ premiered it too. I think we’re going to shoot another video in the next couple of months but I’m not sure which song it’s for, but we’re excited. What’s cool about this project is that we can really do whatever we want, there’s no label or anything, it’s totally independent. So obviously we don’t have an enormous budget that comes with being on a major label, but what’s cool is that we can put music out whenever we feel like it. We can do a music video with our friends, and put that out. So it’s just kind of cool to have a really loose, flexible schedule, and too work around everyone’s schedule and do whatever we want, and make cool art. That’s really the goal of the project.
Celinda: So all of the songs that I’ve heard off of you EP and ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ are all really upbeat and fun. How do you stay so positive?
Cameron: I feel like I’ve always been a pretty positive person, I’m a firm believer that if you try to have a positive mindset even through the worst of times, then that positivity is going to be all around you. I think positive music is rare. I think lots of people feel that they have to write about heartbreak, and I’ve absolutely written my fair share of music like that, but there’s something to be said about making music for the sole purpose of making people happy. That’s definitely a driving force behind the band, just trying to send a positive message. If I can make people happy with music, even if I can make one person happy, then I feel like it’s a success.
Celinda: This next one is going to be a bit of a tough question but I think you can handle it. What’s your favorite song to perform?
Cameron: Off of the EP, I really like playing ‘London, London’. That song actually is cool, because it does have a story behind it. It’s about being with the person that you love, and just wanting to run away, and just keep moving.
Celinda: So where do you see ‘Animal Fiction’ in the next few years?
Cameron: I don’t know, I hope that we’ll have some touring under our belt, I hope that we put out another EP really soon, and maybe a full record. I hope that our sound continues to change too, because I like when bands change with every album.
Celinda: Yeah, I really love the sound you have now. I feel that it’s really unique, and is a sound that’s missing on today’s radio circulation. I would definitely like to hear ‘Animal Fiction’ on the radio someday.
Cameron: Absolutely, that would be a dream come true. But ultimately even if we can just have a few people playing our songs, we’ll be happy.
Celinda: Yeah, and right now is really the time of the “unique bands”, because you have ‘Foster the People’ from a few years ago, who I know you’ve been compared too.
Cameron: Yeah somebody compared us to ‘Foster the People’ and ‘Vampire Weekend’, which is cool because I love both of those bands, so whoever started that comparison thank you. It’s crazy right now because there is so much different music on the radio. A couple of years ago, it was really dominated by dance music and urban music, and now some Rock n’ Roll is creeping back in there, and a lot of great folk bands. I think that it’s a really exciting time to be a band right now, and I’m grateful for that
Celinda: So is there anything else you’d like to add?
Cameron: The biggest thing right now is our video. You can find it on YouTube, just search ‘Animal Fiction Everyday Is New’ and it will probably be the first thing to pop up. Please check that out, and thank you so much for reading and listening, and we’re going to make a lot more music so please keep an ear out.
Celinda: Thank you, it was really nice speaking to you.
Cameron: It was really nice speaking to you too, thanks a lot for writing about us.
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