Young Celebrity News
Young Celebrity News is a new online entertainment magazine with one mission in mind: To track the dreams of talented people across the globe and continue to create a positive outlet for our readers. There's enough negativity streaming the web, on TV and in a lot of different places today. So take a moment to escape from all that and learn about what people are doing to make a difference in todays world with their creativity.
Editor-In-Chief Lisa Wilson Writing Team Brittany Gonzales, Michelle Tuyub Young Celebrity News www.youngcelebritynews.com July/Summer 2012 Issue 9 â€œTracking The Dreams Of Talented People Across The Globeâ€? Photographer Anthony Desangles Follow Us On Twitter: @youngcelebnews3 Marketing/Sales Manager Tony Wilson Table Of Contents Editors Note pg 2-3 Chris Brown Perseverance pg 4 Tre Samuels pg 5-6 Zoe Ann pg 7-8 Sammy Adams pg 9-10 Vintage Trouble pg 11-12 Frank Palangi pg 13-14 VanJess pg 15-16 James Anderson pg 17-18 Kayron Calloway pg 19-20 One Warm Night the Web Series pg 21 2 YOUNG CELEBRTY NEWS Young Celebrity News is a new online entertainment magazine with one mission in mind: To track the dreams of talented people across the globe and continue to create a positive outlet for our readers. There's enough negativity streaming the web, on TV and in a lot of different places today. So take a moment to escape from all that and learn about what people are doing to make a difference in todays world with their creativity. www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 “Oh The Little Things In Life” A Note by the Editor Stay Hungry. Stay Motivated. “EXCELLENCE IS WAITING FOR YOU!” There are many phases that we can enter in our life and through those phases we must always remember to stay hungry and motivated. The simplest example I can give is when one first has the idea of wanting to play an instrument. The idea of being the next Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Elton John, Norah Jones, sounds appealing to most. The vision you have of being the next big thing out there and excelling in your musical aspirations excites you. You can’t wait to get that instrument and start playing on it. The second phase is the most crucial phase because this phase will either make you or break you. This is the phase when you “try it,” and start to put in the work it takes to master that instrument. 3 Though it’s possible for some, many of us can’t just pick up an instrument that we’ve never played before, start playing it and become great instantly. It takes time, it takes dedication and it takes commitment. Yet phase two can be the most frustrating because we’re putting in the work, but aren’t seeing very fast results. So we practice for a few weeks and eventually just leave the instrument in our room, in the case or even sell it back. Yet for some, we don’t stop practicing and we are able to play all the basic notes and even many songs that are not difficult beyond our playing capability. This is phase three. Phase three is going over the hump and sticking it out and learning how to play. Yet only some will enter phase four in their lives. See phase three is great and some may even be content with playing basic songs, knowing all the basics but never going past their comfort zone. The endless hours, the frustrations, the pain that it takes to enter into phase four isn’t too appealing too many so we stay in phase three being content with mediocre. The beauty though of being in phase four gives us reassurance, that the finish line is near. Phase four helps know that we can attack any problem, any challenge and still become victorious because we surpassed every single phase beforehand. Now understand this, the finish line to some may never be crossed. If you talk to any musician, they’ll tell you how they are still learning and mastering their instrument. To the ones who never passed those phases however, it seems like they reached every hump they possibly could as we watch in awe how they play their instrument. Yet something about being in phase four opens your eyes into trying to reach the unreachable, and climb the highest mountain after you climbed really high ones thus far… Continued on Page 3 www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 STAY HUNGRY. STAY MOTIVATED. So I say stay hungry, stay motivated so you too will enter phase four. If it means watching an inspirational movie or clip every single day, I say do it. If it means writing your favorite scriptures or quotes then write them down. If it means covering your walls of your posters and dream boards, I say cover those walls. You have to stay motivated and hungry so you can pass those phases in your life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to be able to be content in where you are at that given moment, but you don’t have to stay where you are forever. Continue to strive for excellence in every single area of your life for one simple reason, and it’s because “YOU CAN.” So many people are 4 quick to tell you that you can’t do something, but the thing is they are completely wrong. Once you understand this concept, you won’t just be an excellent musician or artist, you’ll be able to master your academics, your sports life, and practically anything you’re given because you understand what it means to pass every phase. So stay hungry and stay motivated, because excellence is waiting for YOU! www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 CHRIS BROWN Perseverance By Lisa Wilson Perseverance By Lisa Wilson Chris Brown started off as the iconic young pop star that many were comparing to the next Michael Jackson after his first single, “Run It.” He was able to silence the crowds of his smooth voice and flawless dance moves. Yet just like everyone in this world, we don’t stay young forever and eventually we have to grow up. For Chris Brown, he had to learn to be an adult at a young age. Yet 5 despite the obstacles and hardships, Chris Brown was able to prove to his fans and even people who aren’t fans that the talent that he holds can’t be shook, moved or broken. Despite the rumors that his time was over and that he wouldn’t be able to make a comeback, Chris didn’t shut the press with empty words but with his talent. After impressive sales from his last album, F.A.M.E, Chris continues to show the world that he has never come short in giving you 100% quality work in his music. Now with his new album Fortune, he has already claimed the number one position on the Billboards 200 Albums and R&B charts. We’re happy to see the young artist continue to persevere. Since the Release of FORTUNE the artist has already racked over 8 million to date all over the world. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, then what are you waiting for? www.youngcelebritynews.com Tre Samuels “Once you’re up there and doing your thing the nerves fade away.” Thirteen-year-old Tre Samuels may be young but he's ready to show the world that he has what it takes to succeed in music. After an injury from soccer, Tre began using his extra time at home creating covers on YouTube. From there, fans around began to take notice of the young artist including singer Candice Monique. She invited him to perform with her at an Oz Soul Showcase on Australia Day to a packed out venue. Yet Tre doesn't just take his music serious but every area of his life. In his new music video "Man I wanna be," Tre tells us that during this time he was getting ready to hit the teenage years and hopes to grow into the man he wants to be in life. Along with that, Tre takes his education serious and advises students today wanting to pursue a career in music to always put education first. For Tre, school is most important and advises others to find time for music not your education. Check out his interview! 6 Tell us how you got started in music? And when did you start making covers on YouTube? It basically all started when I injured myself in a soccer match (2010). I was always singing b efore the injury but the thought of doing covers on YouTube had never crossed my mind. I thought it would be a great way to share my love of music & to express myself. Of all the covers you've done on YouTube, if you could collab with any one of those artists which one would you choose and why? Wow! I would have to choose Michael Jackson, because he inspired me and so many others to pursue their dreams and to really think about what ‘you’ want to be in life. When did you first start writing songs? How important do you think it is for people to w rite their own songs when they want to pursue a career in music? Setting Priorities By Lisa Wilson I am actually quite new to song writing, I started early last year & have been writing ever since. Writing is important to me as an artist, but I think it is up to every individual how much they have to do with the writing process. You guys should definitely give it a shot! Tell us about your new m usic video "Man I wanna be," what inspired you to write that song? And who is this man that you are striving to be? When I was in the process of writing ‘Man I Wanna Be’ I was basically thinking about where I want to go in life. And at the time I was 12 turning 13, heading into my teenage years! So that’s what inspired me the most (Grow into the man I wanna be). Are you working on an album soon? www.youngcelebritynews.com Tre Samuels Yes, hopefully! I’m actually working with a very talented and well known producer in the U.S, Shaun Bless (Souldiggaz). About to close a huge deal with one of the major labels, so I will keep you all posted J How do you practice to improve your voice? Do you take lessons? Or do you practice on your own? I take singing/keyboard lessons every week at Vocal Art Studios. I do vocal scales with my singing teacher to help warm up the vocal chords while at the same time it helps with vocal riffs and the control of my voice. I also do a lot of singing around the house and when working out how I want arrange my covers on YouTube. Do you ever get nervous when you are about to perform on stage? And how do overcome those nerves? 7 Of course, I think it’s normal to get nerves before you hit the stage. Once you’re up there and doing your thing the nerves fade away. And I have to say, it is the best feeling when you know you’ve had a great show. Hard work really does pay off! What do you like to do for fun when you're not singing? Chill with family & friends, and play basketball. What advice can you give to kids today that are striving to have a career in music but are also in school. How should they go about balancing the two? You guys just have to remember, school is more important than anything. You guys will have music forever. You have to find time for music not time for school! That’s the motto . Follow Tre’s Journey on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube~ http://www.facebook.com/sam uelstre Follow on Twitter: @treJsamuels http://www.youtube.com/user/ tjstylz1 www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 MUSIC OF THE HEART BY MICHELLE TUYUB “Wasting your time doing things your hear t isn't in, is no good…” Holding the number two spot for the Texas pop charts, Zoe Ann is truly making a name for herself! Starting her music career at the age of 3, she got her start in her own home playing a baby grand piano that her parents bought her. They always hoped she would grow up and learn to play it. Although Zoe Ann had a shy personality, being in Musical Theater helped crack open her shell and take the stage with pure confidence. At the age of 14 she released her first album and now she is working hard on her second. 8 This cute and spunky artist puts her heart in her music and is able to capture the hearts of many with her sound. Zoe Ann’s new song "Girlfriend" is inspired by feelings that many people have today. Yet everything hasn’t been easy for Zoe during her musical journey. Some of the struggles that she has faced as an artist is finding a committed and talented band. Yet with a growing fan base demanding for more, she doesn’t let the negatives affect her and continues to write about the things that are meaningful to her. Zoe Ann encourages others to take part of things that your heart is truly in. What made you want to get into music and when did you start? My family bought an amazing antique baby grand piano for the family when I was born actually, hoping I’d grow up to play it. I started learning to play the piano as soon as I was big enough to climb up on the bench and began writing songs when I was seven years old. When I was 3 I saw a girl singing on the stage at a festival in TX and told my mom, I wanted to sing on the stage. She found that remarkable since I was so shy! In second grade, I got into Musical Theater which solved my shyness and I immediately knew that performing was what I wanted to do. When I was really little I found my dad’s classic rock records from the 70’s and when they finally got me a record player, I fell in love with The Beatles and Led Zeppelin among other classic rock bands. I’ve continued writing and learning both piano and guitar. I released my first album at fourteen years old and have been working on this project for two and half years. I’ve been working very hard on my second album and I am so excited to release it. Your song, "Girlfriend," is that a true story for you? I think it's a true story for everyone really! It’s all about not wanting to be put in that "friend zone". Everyone has been put there one time or another and hates it. I wrote this song with DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit! It was a blast! Do you have a favorite song that you love to perform on stage? And Why? Not really a fav song so much, just love performing! My stage show is very high energy and it caters a lot to the crowd. Every show is a ton of fun. It's really interesting though when we bring it down and just have me and the piano. It's awesome, because as much as I LOVE rocking out, it's a different perspective… www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 and brings me back to where it all started. Me and my piano. It's really cool to me. :) What's been your biggest challenge you've encountered so far while being an artist? My biggest challenge so far has been finding a good backing band. It's been so hard to find people who are super talented and very committed. I have an awesome drummer, but other than that we’ve been super picky about who we are performing with. We want our shows to be as good as possible. Are you working on any new projects or albums that we should know about? I am currently in the studio recording for my second EP! I'm very excited because this music is very meaningful to me. It's interesting to see how much I've grown from my first album. My music is totally like my diary and I do my best to make sure that my heart is in everything that I put out. This next EP is going to be great. I'm also working with a artist from the UK called Katsuo via Skype. We have sent music and vocal tracks back and forth writing a song together. Katsuo is awesome! He's very electronic, so it's really cool to see how we work together. It's going to be something totally different, and totally rad! What advice can you give to youth who are thinking about pursuing their dreams while still being in school? I'm actually homeschooled. I was in school until 8th grade, when my mom realized how much of a passion I had for music and how hard I was working. So since it’s hard to focus on both, she homeschooled me. I've actually learned more through homeschooling because I can focus better… 9 But if homeschooling is not an option, a lot of great artists have finished school before their career. Just work as hard as you can while in school, and then once you have your education, go out and use everything you’ve learned and just go full force into doing what you love! If music is your sport, play it, and play it hard! to see where my career takes me with the help of my listeners. Fun Facts About Zoe Ann 1. Favorite Ice Cream? I'm actually allergic to dairy! It's so sad haha. But that's okay! Because I love "Coconut Dream" ice cream. It's coconut milk, and chocolate! It's incredible. http://www.ZoeAnnMusic.c om/ Don’t Forget To Check out Zoe Ann! http://www.facebook.com/Zo eAnnOfficial Twitter: @ZoeAnnMusic 2. Favorite TV Show? Growing up my favorite TV shows were Tom and Jerry, and Wylie Coyote. I still love them so much to this day. And I watch Sunday morning cartoons every chance I get. And I’m currently watching Rob Dyrdeck’s Fantasy Factory. I wish I could build my own fantasy factory! 3. Name of your very first guitar? I actually didn't have a name for my first guitar. I wish I had a cooler answer but I don't haha. I haven't named any of my instruments, but now that you mention it I’m gonna start!! I’ll keep you updated. ;) What's one thing you've learned so far while pursuing a career in music that you will take with you forever? That in this life wasting your time doing things your heart isn't in is no good. When your given this time, use it to do what you love, and do it the best you can. I'm blessed to have such supportive parents and management. I can’t wait www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 DREAM BIG AND BE PATIENT First time I had a sold out show I was pretty excited, it was a 600-700 cap room and packed with energy. We had been touring colleges in the northeast, and working towards building a solid core fan base, so it was amazing that they all came out to support us! Being on stage for a sold out rowdy crowd was surreal and made me want to push and work to sellout bigger and bigger rooms. Tell us about your video that kind of put you on the map, "I hate College?" What inspired you to make that song? Is there anything you miss about college today? Photo by Mike Piscitelli SAMMY ADAMS DREAM BIG AND BE PATIENT By Lisa Wilson Many times as an artist you can envision your success of packing out arenas and owning stages. You see the bright lights shining against your clothes and crowds screaming your name. For some, this will be their reality but for others they will continue to dream. For Sammy Adams, he h as experienced this and far more but success didn't just come overnight for the young superstar. Music wasn't a foreign concept growing up as a child for Sammy. In fact, h is father played d rums p rior in a rock band for twenty-‐five years. Although Sammy started writing lyrics in High School, it wasn't until college 10 where he wrote his hit single, "I hate college." This put a different spin to Asher Roth's, "I Love College," song. With such success from the single, he began to create quite the buzz around the northeast and started touring different colleges. Millions of views later on his YouTube page and over three hundred thousand fans on Facebook, Sammy advises up and coming artists to "Dream big and be patient." We got a chance to catch up with the superstar and ask him some q uestions about his music. Be sure to also look out for his upcoming summer tour dates as he may pass your city very soon! Tell us about the first time you had a sold out show and what you were thinking and feeling? Haha. Well, the video was just a picture of me in a studio in Boulder, Colorado.... But I made the song to sort of mirror the events, hilarious stories, parties, and lifestyle that myself and college roommates lived when I was in school. I despised a few teachers so I threw a couple instances from classes in the song. I loved the aspect of living with your homies and playing soccer competitively, but I honestly don't really miss much about college. Life is good. Tell us about shooting your new music video "Only One," how do you feel about the end result of the video? And do you have an "Only One," in your life right now? Shooting "Only One was an amazing experience. The extras, the girl (Noora), and everyone that helped shoot, create, and help with the video did an amazing job…. www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 It was also the first time I got to act in a video, so it wasn't just a performance piece right to camera. I think it's my best video and I'm super pleased with the outcome of it for sure. I'm totally single there isn't an "only one" in my life haha, but I'm not afraid of finding her. How do you set yourself apart from other artists today in terms of your style? I separate myself in a couple ways, my stage presence, and the music that I make (ie: my creative process). I built this business and my career with Alex (mgmt) by touring the country indie, so we played some tough rooms and I had to learn how to command the stage and how to win people over that weren't necessarily there to see me (or know me at the time). The live show is what we based our next projects off, so whatever songs we made we made an effort to attempt to make music that would best translate live. In terms of my creative process its different than a lot f artists. I handwrite most of my songs but I write ALL THE TIME. I keep a journal/road diary or whatever you want to call it and write down everything day to day, so I don't forget the little things, the shows, the people I meet and random funny things/interesting things I see along the road and this journey. My music is a pure translation of things that happen in my life or things that I wish could happen, or that I wish I had, so my experiences usually tend to be very present in my songs. Whenever there is a lot of movement, like water, flying, when it's raining, I get sensory deprivation so my brain sort of takes off on a tear and I get super creativeâ€Ś 11 Pharrell put me onto "sensory deprivation." Tell us about your upcoming projects you're working on now? My upcoming project is my debut album with a major label. The songs are mostly feel good, upbeat songs about a variety of experiences and topics, while others reflect what I've been going and the perseverance it has taken to stay me and keep my music on track throughout this amazing journey. It's a mix between rap, pop, dance, and electronic music, but all of the songs are very me, my identity is clear throughout the whole project. What do you think it took for you to "Blow Up?" I think it depends on how you define "Blow Up." For me I'm big but I'm not famous, I have a great fan base but have a lot of work to do to get where I want to be eventually. The success we've had has been amazing and the support has been great especially from a touring standpoint, but our team has huge goals and high hopes for the future, so in my mind I don't think I have blown up yet. S A M M Y A D A M S What advice can you give to people with dreams of being a successful artist? Dream big. The best advice I can give is to be patient, and take your time. If you get your music right, the fans will come and the music will make its way around. NOTHING that lasts or is renowned as a great career happens instantly, you have to work very very hard, and make sacrifices to get to that level of success. Be you, if you own and love your music and make it your own way without following anyone people will look up to you and follow your music career. Follow Sammy at: http://www.facebook.com/samada mslive http://www.sammyadamsmusic.co m/ Twitter: @sammyadams Who is an artist from the past that you would have loved to work with? Why? Jimmi Hendrix. That dude was a lefty, played the guitar upside down and backwards when he started, and just had an aura about him when he performed on stage (from the footage I've seen, and from the stories my parents and their friends told). I just look up to guys like that, that revolutionize a certain genre. Having him rip on a track would be amazing!!!! www.youngcelebritynews.com Vintage Trouble Bringing Trouble To Your Speakers By Lisa Wilson There was a time when an older generation couldn't help but blast music from artists such as Little Richard, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina and many others that are not mentioned. Parents and grandparents would brag to their children and grandchildren about the bands they were able to experience growing up. It was that feel good music, that dance music and that distinct sound that they remembered most. Well they weren't the last generation to experience a unique sound because Vintage Trouble is bringing trouble to your speakers. So be prepared to buy a n ew stereo because you won't want to keep the volume low on this band for one note. Vintage Trouble which first breathed life as an expression that lead singer Ty Taylor would refer to his father as, is a band that brings a fresh vintage sound to a new generation. With a rock and blues aurora mixed in with a fashion style that represents the 50s/60s, this band never fails to give you everything they got on every song and performance. The group has been busy this summer touring in Europe and also was able to perform on the Jimmy Kimmel show not too long back. Ty was able to take a short break and answer some questions for us about the band today. Check them out. 12 How did you guys come up with the name Vintage Trouble? And how did the band form, were you all friends prior? Ruth Brown, Staxx, M otown, Chess Records. Vintage Trouble is an expression I used once while talking to a friend referring to my dad. We put in a song “Blues Hand Me Down”. And after that took it on as our band name. We all knew each other from being musicians around LA. Nalle and I left our previous band because it wasn't allowing us to play as much as our h earts desired and needed. Richard and I met doing late night after hours music jams with a friend of ours in Laurel Canyon. We connected instantly. Rick and I met because he played a session I was running and after that session I knew that his bass playing would be perfect for the new project Nalle and I were starting. It all fell into place so easily. The folks at Jimmy Kimmel were more than kind to us. Late night television is huge in the states and we all been Kimmel fans for forever. He is such a cool laid back guy. I love that he really connected with our tunes. Sometimes those situations feel cold and formal but we made a huge bond in a little of time. It's always nice to have your friends and family get to see you on that level. It gives them bragging rights. I love making the people I love feel proud of me. You guys have such an awesome sound! Who are some of your influences and artists that you grew up listening to as a kid? I switch it up all the time. We as a band like to h onor and respect our audience… How was it performing live at the Jimmy Kimmel show? You never set on foot on stage without looking so stylish! Do you have a favorite outfit that you love to wear on stage or do you switch it up every time? We are inspired by music and musicians and songs that straddle the fence between good old rock and roll and Rhythm and Blues. Ike and Tina, Led Zep, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Wilson, Sam, Otis, Stones, Etta… "The race is not given to the swift nor to the strong but to the one that endureth until the end" www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 3 2011 Classic Rock Awards Winner Best New Band songs hit you where you need it. That day that song is your favorite. What is something that you’ve learned while on your musical journey that you will take with you forever? photo by Jens Lucking The audience is the most important part of the show. Concentrate less on ourselves and more on the folks we are entertaining. www.VintageTrouble.com In the old days, that's just the way it was. Bands would walk into a venue with suit thrown over their shoulders and then get dress-‐up and sweat it out. Come on. Nothing better than the idea of coming dressy and leaving messy. Makes you feel like you've really dug into something d eep and hot. My favorite thing to wear is cravats. It kind of shakes up the traditional 50/60 fashions and throws a little turn of the century in the mix. My favorite jacket is a yellow jacket trimmed in black that was my dad's from the 60s. I wore it on Jools Holland when we did that last year. What do you guys usually do after you have finished performing for the night? Go eat? Stay up all late? After almost every performance we go to the merchandise booth directly from the stage to thank as many people as possible for coming to the gig and meet as many of the new Trouble Makers as possible. 13 Of all types of genre’s of music today such as pop, r&b, etc…what m ade you want to represent this soulful/funk type of style that you guys have? We just want to be as real as possible. Rhythm and Blues from the 50/60s feels like the best suited style for who we are and what moves us. But it is important to us that we play it with the energy and balls of today because that's who we are. We don't want to pretend it's the 50s. We have accomplished too much since then. Youth today can be easily discouraged especially when people tell them their dreams will never happen. What advice can you give the youth who are striving after their dreams when nobody believes in them? "The race is not given to the swift nor to the strong but to the one that endureth until the end." Visit Vintage Trouble on their websites to hear their music and see videos of them on tour! http://www.facebook.com/vintagetrouble http://www.youtube.com/vintagetrouble http://twitter.com/vintagetrouble Tell us about the ‘Bomb Shelter Sessions’ and how you feel about that album? Do you have a favorite song on the album? Or a song that personally touched you in a deep way that you can tell us about? We recorded this debut record after we had only been together for 3 months. It feels honest and that’s all we wanted. We did all full takes and no long p rocess of deciding what was going to be on the record. We were recording demos and found a record in the process. We don't have a favorite song. Different days different www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 3 Why choose a career in music? It's always my passion first. Always loved music since a young age. Started with movie soundtracks and scores like Halloween, T2 and Scream 3. After playing around in the garage, doing some local shows, and recording demos, I decided I wanted to take things further and make it a career. Started learning covers and playing out solo to earn extra $, which funded my original material. Practicing nonstop. Learning drums, bass, guitar and vocals. It's a bit different now with more things going on but it's what I want to do the rest of my life and I love to be creative. Frank Palangi More Than Ready By Michelle Tuyub There is a calling for the positive music scene and Frank is ready to pick up the call. Through physical adversities Frank's fervor for music has driven him to continue the fight. What’s unique about Frank is that his love for music didn’t come from a particular artist or band but through different movie soundtracks. Frank enjoyed the soundtracks and scores from movies like Halloween and Scream 3. For many, family members don’t always support big dreams of their loved ones but support from his parents and grandparents definitely drove him to follow his passion. Frank doesn’t just have the passion in mastering being an artist but also mastering the art of music itself. Feeling complete confident that he’s ready to immerse into the 14 music industry, Frank encourages fans to sign a petition to get his single into the radio, "I am ready." This new single reflects his feelings and views of being ready to break into the industry. Frank does not consider his sound a typical form of rock music that is redundant but one that is unique and ready to thrust into the world. To check out his sound visit his websites! Tell us about your new single "I am ready." What motivated you to write that song? Really it was the drive, passion and will I felt at the time to create a song that expressed that I was ready to break into the industry. After recording my debut EP with producer Rogers Masson and rock band "Day of Fire" in Nashville, TN, I wanted a bit more of an edgy track with a new feel and expand. What's the hardest part about being an artist for you today? Money for expenses to do shows, produce songs, merch, and advertising. Being an independent funded artist, there are a lot of challenges and you have to budget everything. Know what to spend on and what to not invest so much in. www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 3 There's something that I can't describe, a feeling in me, like you were born for a purpose. I think it relates a lot with people because it deals with what their true passion is and to lead, not follow in life. I AM READY to hit the stage, to take on what comes and to keep moving forward and growing. Are you signed to a label right now? I am not currently but am looking. I'm endorsed by Intune Guitar Pick inc. and GuitarCable.com I'm a self-marketing/promoting artist right now but it's about the right fit, and not to just take the first thing that comes at ya. I've had licensing, distribution and indie-labels contact me with opportunities. I don't want to fall into something that would negate everything in the wrong direction. You stated that being able to create music has been a blessing to you especially because you had to overcome a lot of hardships in your life. Can you tell us about how music has played such a vital role in your life? Growing up with severe allergies and asthma and complications from birth, it was something I could do at home inside, away from a lot of out door activities. Never played 15 sports so I turned to movies and music. My grandfather and parents were supportive of whatever I wanted to decide to do and I think they knew there was something there in music. It gave me the ability to look up to other artists and study things with an open mind. As I say, "don't follow what everyone else is doing, carve your own path in life. Follow your passion." What are some of your musical goals? Do you want to play at the Grammys? Go Platinum? Grammy's would be awesome for sure! Full album that went Gold, Platinum, would be amazing! I want to make a good living at what do, record music, work with artists, play shows and reach out and connect with people. Connecting with the fans, you get to talk with so many great people and see the culture around you. LOVE IT! Are you working on any new projects? New track in the works with the same producer as I AM READY, Rob Coates, from Nashville, TN and his team at Labelmix called "FROZEN". Rob is a great producer and really cares about the artist. Noah Henson from the band Pillar and the former drummer, Lester Estelle, will be on the track. It's more a rock ballad song but has major potential to connect with the modern audience. For sure future plans and in the works, a FULL ALBUM! I like being a solo artist and having flexibility to work with different people in the industry and talents. On the show end, I've been blessed to open recently for some national acts like TRAPT, Candelight Red, HURT, Jesse Malin, FUEL. My backing band has been awesome with rockin shows and bringing the full sound to the stage. What do you want your fans to get from listening to your music? Not the typical formal of rock music that's used over and over again in today's market. Old school rock and what's current now. A mix of things. A positive rock image. Something that relates to them. There is I believe some mix as well of the 80's rock and 90's rock style. Having the ability to connect with the artist as well. What motivates you to continue to do music even when times get hard? My passion, drive and will to keep moving forward. I practice, research and work hard. If I wasn't, I'm sure I wouldn't be doing any interview articles. I live and breathe what I do. "I have no plan B in backing down my dreams". LINKS: LOVE music video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8 mbUV1Wwzc ITUNES http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/iamready/id491301042?i=491301044&ign -mpt=uo%3D4 Amazon http://www.amazon.com/I-AmReady/dp/B006PZA7XY/ref=dm_att_t rk5 www.facebook.com/frankpalangisolo artist www.twitter.com/frankpalangi www.reverbnation.com/frankpalangi www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 3 things like shopping at the mall. VanJess interests include writing songs and entertaining. They have been working hard daily to come out with new material for their fans to hear. Drawing inspiration from favorite artists like Beyonce, Madonna and Mariah Carey, except to see big things from these girls very soon. If VanJess had one big personality what would it be? Ivana: Carefree definitely On your Facebook page it says you guys are unsigned? Is that true? Are you looking to get signed? Or continue to be independent? Jess: Yes we are unsigned. At the moment getting signed is the goal, but we don't mind being independent for now and doing whatever we want to do. VanJess Don’t Fit the Mold By Michelle Tuyub In the R&B realm two sisters are not attempting to fit into a mold but to make their own. VanJess which stands for Ivana and her younger sister Jessica, are setting the bar high for music today. They can sing, they can rap, play instruments and can even beat box! Although most might expect sibling rivalry between these two it’s actually quite the contrary. 16 VanJess holds an admiration for each other’s talent. Not only are their fans impressed by their talent on YouTube but even the artists who have heard the covers they do of their songs. After a cover of hip hop artist J.Cole’s song, “Work Out,” he tweeted them with a shout out. How do people usually react when they recognize you when they see you doing every day life stuff like going to the store, mall, etc..? Although they are currently unsigned their future goals are headed down that path. Defining themselves as carefree, you can find this pair of siblings doing every day www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 3 position were we are ready to, its coming :) What advice do you have for up and coming youth today wanting to do what you girls are doing right now? Jess: To definitely not be afraid of being different and not fit a mold. I think when you are doing something no one is doing it might be hard for people to swallow at first, but once people do get it, itâ€™s always something that sticks around and is successful! For Updates of VanJess music make sure to visit: Jess: Sometimes we'll get recognized in a random store at the mall and its always funny when you hear them pondering whether or not to come up to you or not, and also some people just come up and say how much they love what we are doing and its always so shocking and humbling to us. Do you girls ever compete on whose voice is better or anything being that you're sisters? Never!! Its funny people think we are competitive because we are sisters but its more admiration than anything :) We learned you guys go to college as well! How do you manage school and music? Is it difficult? And how do you fit in a social life in between those two? Jess: We are actually taking a break from school, which was a huge step, but we are hoping it will pay off. 17 What was the first thing that you girls did when you found out J.Cole gave you guys such a big shout out? Ivana: We screamed!! Jess was in shock for a couple of minutes then screamed too. http://www.facebook.com/VanJess http://www.youtube.com/vanjess24 Do you always hang out with each other or do you both have different friends? We hang out together a lot because we have a lot of the same friends, but we also have friends individually so itâ€™s a mix of both! Have you guys seen the two younger sisters Chloe and Halle sing on YouTube and what do you think about them? Yes they are super talented the both of them, we're big fans :) What's next to come for you girls? Ivana: Our original music! A lot of things kept us from putting out our own music for a while, but we are now in the www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 3 album at the moment? Not at present although I am recording a few original tracks. What do you do for fun when you’re not recording music? I like to chill with my friends. Play PlayStation and enjoy playing basketball. Do you have any other dreams other than singing? I would love to produce and write as well as singing as I enjoy being creative. I would also love to be an actor. You have millions of views of on your YouTube channel, thousands of subscribers and lots of comments! Do your friends at school treat you any different knowing that their classmate is getting pretty big in music? James Anderson God Given Gift By Lisa Wilson You see all the time in movies of windows shattering from powerful voices of singers yet you wonder if that’s real. Well if you bring James Anderson anywhere near glass windows and ask him to sing you might get to experience that yourself. Thirteen-year-old soul/pop sensation James Anderson has a gift no one can explain but to James he knows exactly where he got it. With only four singing lessons total under his belt James is able to captivate his fans from all over the world. His version of the late Whitey Houston’s “I have nothing,” was viewed over 400,000 times on his YouTube 18 page! Like any teen his age, he of course likes playing on his PlayStation and hanging out with his friends who he says are very supportive of his music. However, if you think he’s like any other teen then you’re mistaken. James has a gift that people train and practice for years to try to obtain and for this teen it comes as natural as tying your shoe. Check out the interview to see what James had to say about his music! When did your musical journey begin? I first sang at my late Grandmother's 65th birthday party and from there sang in church, at weddings and funerals. Are you working on an My friends do not really treat me any different. They are very supportive and love what I do. They are always enquiring about my music and wanting to know what song I will be uploading next on You Tube. I have a great bunch of friends. Who are some of your favorite artists today? Beyonce, Jessie J, Usher and Justin Bieber Do you take lessons for your singing? No I don't. In total I have only had 4 singing lessons. Why do you enjoy singing? I enjoy singing because it allows me to express myself and when I sing it makes other people happy and I love to see people enjoying and appreciating what I do. www.youngcelebritynews.com What keeps you striving to go after your dream? In the Bible there is a scripture that says, "Your gift will make room for you” I do believe that God has blessed me with a great gift, which I want to use to bless others. Singing is my passion and with hard work and determination I believe that one day I will live my dream. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING YOUNG CELEBRITY NEWS MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW US: http://www.facebook.com/youngcelebritynews https://twitter.com/youngcelebnews3 Make sure to keep up with James’s Journey on: Twitter: @OfficialJamesA Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialJamesA Youtube: www.youtube.com/Semajleoj 19 www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 3 How was it shooting your first single, ‘We Gone?’ Tell us the meaning behind that song? Kayron Calloway his views on hip hop today. Just Be You What does hip hop music mean to you today? By Lisa Wilson Hip hop music to me means culture. It shows growth. Hip For college student Kayron hop music put people from my Calloway, trying to mimic an neighborhood in everyone's artist that’s not himself is not for living room. I didn’t grow up him. Growing up as a next to the Cosby's. So there youngster Kayron credits hip was disconnect there for hop for helping him and others people who grew up similar to not feel ashamed for not being me. It showed it was okay to able to live a perfect life in a accept who you are. It was a lot perfect neighborhood. Seeing of glorifying of the bad things in other hip hop artists talk about the community, which led to the realness in their backyards more stereotypes, but it lead to was something Kayron could comfort more than anything. I connect to from listening to hip argue that without hip-hop, we hop music. wouldn’t have Obama. Now if that’s not growth I don’t know Now Kayron is able to share what is. his experiences with his own fans today that listen and love How do you want to be his music. After wrapping up different than other artists his first music video, “We today? Gone,” which depicts Kayron’s I actually don’t worry about sound being different and not being different with my music. I comparable to other rappers just focus on being me. I feel today, he’s ready to make sure like that is being different he is always just being himself. enough these days. Everybody With a lyrical conscience, is so focused on the template Kayron continues to bring of who they are supposed to be something fresh to his music. that they sound like everybody Check out his interview about else. I’m regular though. 20 The shooting of the “We gone” video was ridiculous. We kept it pg13 though. lol. But first I want to thank FweshlyDipped for the video, that’s my camp, thank my producer Deandrea for the beat, and I want to thank all my peoples out there that shared and retweeted my video. I’m very appreciative. But the video was crazy. We were having fun, it was cool ‘cuz’ a lot of people were in it. I wish every video were like that. We had crazier footage but we had to keep it politically correct. Lol. When Deandrea sent me the beat and ask me what I can make it do, I first got a Neptune and old school Pharrell beat. So I had to get on it in a deep lyrical concept. so the whole song is a metaphor. At first it sounds like a party song, having fun, and we gone, like if someone were drunk. But if you listen to it, I really mean ‘we gone’ like nobody can come close to me when it come to rapping. If you listen to the first verse I’m saying look how I get these rappers we so far ahead. How do you feel about West Coast Rap today? Ahh man west coast music is where it’s at. We brought the essence of hip hop now everybody got they own lane. Not trying to bottle up and fit the gang-banging template like I was saying earlier. You got the go up/turn up music like YG and TYGA and the jerkin music. www.youngcelebritynews.com 1 2 3 fun and meet some people. You never know what it can come to. Of course your knowledge is important but don’t forget about the other important things in school. Last question, what do you want to see different in hip hop today? I just like to see it continue to grow and go back to the music and not marketing the image. Make sure you follow Kayron at: On the set of “We Gone.” Twitter: Then you got the people like Odd Future and Hopsin who are the Eminem, funny type of rap. You got Nipsey, who’s like a motivational speaker, he makes you want to get up and go do something. My bro Big Blacowt from the bricks and his bro menace, Young Vin is also a dude you should hear about, my dude TiRon and of course TDE. Kendrick Lamar Ab Soul might be the most lyrical rappers out and Schoolboy Q just got his own complete lane. He is really rapping. Jay Roc does his stuff too, Dom Kennedy and so on. It’s a lot of rappers out here man and everybody is doing their own stuff. How hip hop should be. What can we expect next from you? Expect me to be out here, trying to have the mixtape done. Me and my team are going through and trying to find the next video. I plan to get on some collabs, just trying to get up and get on my stuff. 21 Where does your inspiration of making music come from? My inspiration in my music comes from my everyday life and whatever catches my attention that day. But as far as far as my inspiration it comes from my friends, who are doing their stuff FweshlyDipped, Deandrea, Young Celeb News, we can all work together to build each other. I get happiness seeing my peoples succeed so that’s why I rap so we all can get on. @coolwithakay @Fweshlydipped… www.fweshlydipped.com A lot of artists in the music industry don't necessarily promote going/staying in college. What are your thoughts about pursuing an education? Can you do both music and school? I can go in all day about school .. But ill keep it short and sweet. 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