Jesse McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and voice actor. McCartney achieved fame in the late 1990s on the daytime drama All My Children as JR Chandler. He later joined boy band Dream Street, and eventually branched out into a solo musical career. Additionally, McCartney has appeared on shows such as Summerland and Greek. McCartney also is known for lending his voice as Theodore in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its sequels, as well as voicing the characters Roxas and Ventus in the video games series Kingdom Hearts developed by Square Enix. McCartney was born to Ginger and Scott McCartney in Westchester, New York. He began performing in local community musicals at the age of seven, before joining the national tour of The King and I at age ten along with Phil of the Future star Ricky Ullman. Here he played the character of Louis. In 1998, he sang with the group Sugar Beats and can be heard on their 1998, 1999, and 2000 CD releases.
McCartney appeared with The Who‘s Roger Daltrey in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. From 1998–2001, McCartney played Adam Chandler, Jr. in the ABC soap opera All My Children, a role for which he earned two Young Artist Awards and two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. He also later starred in the short-lived series Summerland, which aired on The WB for two seasons, playing orphaned teenager Bradin Westerly. McCartney at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Beware the Gonzo.
In 2005, McCartney appeared as himself in the Disney Channel show, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. In 2007, he starred as himself in the Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana.In 2008, McCartney was also featured as the voice of Horton Hears A Who!‘s JoJo McDodd. McCartney also voiced Theodore in the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks and the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, in addition to voicing Terence in the 2008 film Tinker Bell. He also voices Robin in the Young Justice series.
In 2008, McCartney co-starred along with Elisabeth Harnois in an independent teenage drama feature film, Keith, directed by Todd Kessler. It is his movie debut, and features McCartney in the title role. Keith was released on September 19, 2008.
According to Entertainment Weekly in December 2008, McCartney was negotiating to play against type in the role of the Fire Nation’s Prince Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan‘s feature film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. In February 2009, British actor Dev Patel replaced McCartney, whose tour dates conflicted with a boot camp scheduled for the cast to train in martial arts. McCartney has expressed an interest in directing and producing films and even considered enrolling in a film school.
McCartney appeared as a recurring character in the ABC Family series Greek for several episodes playing a star football talent who joins Kappa Tau. His character eventually decides to depledge the fraternity after citing pressures between football and Greek life combined with Rusty stealing his girlfriend Jordan.
McCartney also worked in several installments of the Square Enix video game series Kingdom Hearts. He was featured as Roxas in Kingdom Hearts 2 in 2006, and reprised the role in 2009 in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. He also provided the voice work for Ventus, a character in the video game of the same series Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
McCartney confirmed in early February 2011 via twitter and on the website Perezhilton.com that he will have a major role on the new Fox pilot “Locke and Key”. McCartney is currently in Pittsburgh filming the show.
In June 2011, McCartney introduced a new women’s fragrance called Wanted By Jesse.
Friends & Family
On the left Jesse and My sister in law Eden Sassoon.Right Eden Sassoon, Adriana Sassoon & Jesse McCartney, L.A.
* I have no idea why some of my Blog readers assume that I have anything to do with Jesse McCartney. All we have is friendship. He is my Sister in Law’s Eden Sassoon boyfriend! *
LANVIN YOUNG ARTS
The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) and the YoungArts program were founded in 1981 by the late Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, and his wife, Lin. Mr. Arison, who had been an aspiring pianist in his youth, felt there was a desperate need in the United States for an organization that would encourage and validate young artists.
He also wanted to do something for Miami that would enhance its reputation and place it on the map culturally and perpetually.
“I think that the arts are the soul of our nation,” Mr. Arison said years later, explaining his motivation in establishing YoungArts. “I felt that the arts had almost become an endangered species. I realized, especially with young people, that [YoungArts will] insure the future of our soul.”
Since its founding in 1981, YoungArts has helped to support and nurture the careers of thousands of young artists. “This is beyond anything that Ted and I ever dreamed of,” Lin Arison said, reflecting back on YoungArts’ first 25 years. “It’s amazing. His dreams have definitely come true.”
The Young Arts & OCEAN DRIVE Magazine Present Live Performances by YoungArts Alumni
Kate Davis & Emmet Cohen
*Photo credits- Left:Kate Davis and Emmet Cohen Right: Pink Lanvin
Lanvin Paris with Lukas Klessig and Adriana Sassoon
Growing up as a classical violinist, Kate experienced a variety of musical styles from age 5. When relocated to the Pacific Northwest in middle school, she developed a new passion for jazz and other contemporary styles. From then on, the upright bass and voice became her primary musical outlets.
Kate was nurtured by the supportive music community in Portland Oregon, where she was able to satisfy her hunger to learn and perform. Late in high school Kate achieved national recognition for her jazz bass and vocals. She was named an NFAA “youngARTS” Silver winner, accumulated four Downbeat Magazine Student Awards, was twice invited to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and was bassist in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. She was also selected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts, including a White House visit and a performance at the Kennedy Center.
At 21, jazz pianist Emmet Cohen, a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. With astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, Emmet engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. Cohen has shared the bandstand with a plethora of musical luminaries, including Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Joshua Redman, Dave Holland, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Carmen Bradford, Billy Hart, and many others. he is completing a music degree at the University of Miami where he studies with Brian Lynch, Terence Blanchard, Shelly Berg, and Martin Bejerano. Emmet regularly appears as a sideman and leader on both piano and Hammond B3 Organ in New York and Miami.
SLASH goes solo!!!!!!!!
Saul Hudson (born 23 July 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician.Best-known as the former lead guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he performed and recorded between 1985 and 1996, he later formed the eponymous Slash’s Snakepit and co-founded Velvet Revolver with his former bandmates Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. His debut solo album, Slash, was released in April 2010.
Slash has received critical recognition as a guitarist. In August 2009, Time Magazine ranked him #2 on its list of the “10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time”. He was also ranked #21 on Gigwise’s list of the “50 Greatest Guitarists Ever”.
What a FEAST!!!!!!!
Slash has the highest charting debut on the Billboard 200. His eponymous solo album reached No. 3 with 60,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver member’s first solo effort boasts iconic collaborations by Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Fergie, Sound Garden’s Chris Cornell and Kid Rock, as well as Wolfmother‘s Andrew Stockdale on the lead single ‘By the Sword.’
SLASH on Tour
Slash announced via a MySpace blog that “Myles Kennedy is going to be fronting the band for the upcoming tour. Something I’m really stoked about. Myles sang a killer track on the record & I think he is by far one of the best Rock & Roll singers out there today. I’m really honored & proud to be working with him.” Concert dates and ticket information have not yet currently been released but the guitarist confirmed, via Twitter that he was in talks with England‘s Download Festival promoter Andy Copping regarding an appearance with Kennedy and the rest of the touring band at the festival.Slash confirmed that he will play his own solo material and songs from Guns N’ Roses (“Civil War“, “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and “Nightrain” among others), Velvet Revolver, and Slash’s Snakepit, as well as Alter Bridge material (“Rise Today“).
As leader of her band Tomiya St., Tomiya sold thousands of self-released CD’s on the streets of Japan, quickly landing a contract with Warner Bros. As a solo artist, she’s recorded with top producers in Tokyo and New York, hosted a radio show in Nagoya, and delighted audiences with performances all over the globe.
Tomiya’s music comes from her pure soul, which has yet to be jaded by society. She is funny, cool, sweet and edgy. She is everything her music is all about. For her latest release “Ichiban Pop”, she returned to the studio with producer/multi-instrumentalist Brad Craig. Here, as with their 2005 release “Honey Rock”, they create a genre bending escape from the typical trappings of predictable pop.
Yuka Azuma,Adriana Sassoon, Tomiya Japanese Rock Star
Tomiya official site:http://www.tomiya.ne.jp/
* Tomiya, I had a great time with you and Yuka hope to see you soon!
PUDDLE OF MUDD
Puddle of Mudd is an American Post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri. They achieved success on rock radio and some success in the mainstream, and their major-label debut Come Clean has sold over 5 million copies. To date the band has sold over 7 million albums, and have had a string of #1 mainstream rock singles in the U.S. They have released 2 independent and 4 major albums, with their latest being Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate in December of 2009.
* PUDDLE OF MUDD – Show at the HOB Boston. Great Show.
Scantlin’s start in the music business came after a copy of his demo tape was delivered to Fred Durst. Durst contacted Scantlin, and after hearing that his band had broken up, decided to bring him to California to attempt to put a new band together.
One of the first people Scantlin met upon arriving in California was Doug Ardito, an intern at Interscope Records. Ardito was also in a Boston-based band called Throat Culture. When Scantlin found out about Ardito’s bass playing, they decided to work together. They were still in need of a guitarist and drummer.
Fred Durst decided to contact a guitarist he knew from his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, Paul Phillips, who had formerly played in a local band there called Happy Hour. After getting the call from Durst, Paul decided to try out for Puddle of Mudd, and was accepted, choosing to leave college in order to join. A drummer was also recruited from Jacksonville. The four began playing together on some of the band’s older songs, as well as some new ones. Durst signed the group to another showcase, and then recruited the band to his new record label, Flawless Records. Things did not work out with the Jacksonville drummer, and Josh Freese from A Perfect Circle and The Vandals (and later Guns N’ Roses) did the drum tracks for Puddle of Mudd’s next album instead. The band later held auditions for a new drummer, which produced Greg Upchurch, an ex-member of Eleven who had also toured with Chris Cornell. Puddle of Mudd released its major-label debut album Come Clean on August 28, 2001. The lead single from the album, “Control” was successful and grabbed the attention of rock music audiences worldwide. It was also the theme song for WWE’s Survivor Series 2001.
The second single off the album, “Blurry” Co-written with Doug Aridito, turned out to be Puddle of Mudd’s most successful single, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 in the United Kingdom. Drift & Die was also released as a single and was very successful with rock audiences with the single spending 6 weeks at the #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. The fourth single, “She Hates Me“, was released in late 2002 and became a massive hit reaching the #1 spot on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, as well as #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Copies of the album were selling well. It was certified Triple Platinum in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 31, 2003, and as of late 2006 total sales worldwide were in excess of 5 million copies.
Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch. The group has released three albums on Atlantic Records. They have issued popular singles such as “45“, “Heroes“, “Save Me“, “Devour“, “Sound of Madness“, “Second Chance“, and “If You Only Knew“. All of their eleven singles to date have climbed into the Top 5 of the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making them the first to accomplish the feat. Shinedown’s musical influences are Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Foo Fighters.
*ROCK FOR THE CURE*
* Shinedown at HOB Boston. Great Show.
LIKE A STORM
Like A Storm is a four-piece rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. In the past 6 months, the band has toured the United States with rock giants Creed, Staind, Hoobastank, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Skillet, Shinedown, and Burn Halo, as well as The Veer Union and Framing Hanley. Like A Storm sold over 3,000 Limited Edition Tour EPs in their first 3 weeks of touring in the United States . Overwhelming fan response to the band’s live show saw their debut album “The End of the Beginning” enter at #61 on Billboard‘s New Artist Charts – from tour sales alone. The album has since been made available on iTunes and at Like A Storm’s shows. UPDATE: Like a Storm is now set to begin touring January 22nd 2010 with Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, and record breaking rock band Skillet! [www.likeastorm.com] [www.skillet.com].
Their song “Enemy” is featured weekly on ESPN’s College Football, their song “Chemical Infatuation” was featured in USA’s hit Royal Pains, their video is set to debut on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and their songs were featured in trailers for Wolfenstein and Halo video games. The band’s brand of alternative rock music includes vocals, drums, guitar, and bass, as well as programming, piano, synths and didgeridoo. The band’s hit song Lie to Me was the official theme song of TNA’s pay-per-view event Genesis.Like A Storm began in 2005 when brothers, Chris Kent, and Matt brooks first played together in their native New Zealand. They immediately decided to move to move to North America to pursue a career in music. According to Chris “New Zealand is such an awesome place to grow up, it’s a really inspiring place–so beautiful and isolated. But the first time we jammed, we had this amazing chemistry, and we knew we had to take our sound to the world. We left our family and friends and set up in Canada. There are so many different experiences from that time, and the songs on the record are about them.” They settled in Vancouver and quickly created a buzz. After their first show, Kai Marcus from Methods of Mayhem befriended them and introduced them to producer Mike Plotnikoff. In 2006, they began working on the record and officially began recording with Plotnikoff and Igor Khoroshev in 2007 in California. After about sixteen months of writing and recording the record, The End of the Beginning was complete.
* LIKE A STORM- Great Show at the HOB Boston.
Emmanuelle Grey “Emmy” Rossum (born September 12, 1986) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She has starred in films such as The Day After Tomorrow along side Jake Gyllenhaal who plays her secret admirer, Poseidon, The Phantom of the Opera and Dragonball Evolution.
Rossum is a 1996 graduate of the Spence School, a private school in Manhattan. She received her high school diploma at 15 years old via online extension courses offered by Stanford University‘s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY). She currently attends Columbia University.
Mrvica took up piano lessons from the age of nine from Marija Sekso and gave his first public performance in the same year. Just three years later he gave his first concert performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in C major. When war broke out in 1991, both Mrvica and his professor were determined that this would not disrupt his music studies. In spite of the war and surrounding turbulence, Mrvica entered in, and won, his first major competition in Zagreb in 1993.
Mrvica went on to study at the Music Academy in Zagreb where he spent five years under Professor Vladimir Krpan, who himself was a pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. He then spent a year at the Franz Liszt Conservatoire in Budapest and during this year he won first prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition. In 2000, he moved to Paris to study with Igor Lazko and gained first prize in the Pontoise Piano Competition in 2001.
When he returned to Croatia he found himself to be the focus of intense media interest and he made frequent television appearances as well as giving a great number of interviews. He soon found himself recording his first CD, Gestures, an album of contemporary Croatian piano pieces. Gestures became one of the fastest-selling classical recordings to be released in Croatia, and Mrvica was even invited to officiate the Porin award ceremony, an honour not usually granted to a classical artist.
* I am so glad to have being blessed with the gift and passion for good Music and Art.
ALICE IN CHAINS
We knew Alice in Chains would be putting out their long-awaited comeback album some time in September, but now we know what the record will be called and when exactly it’s coming. Black Gives Way to Blue, the group’s first studio effort since 1995’s Alice in Chains and the first with new co-lead singer William DuVall, hits stores September 29 through EMI/Virgin.
“We were just hoping to make the best record we possibly could, and we did that. Sean and I talk a lot about (how) when you do a record, you’ve been working on it a long time and you’re pretty sick of it by the time somebody else hears it. You’re already thinking of the next thing. And we’re still listening to this. It’s still like really exciting to listen to, and that’s really good.”
* A picture of my Poster! I have to get the signature’s .Frame it for my son.The Party started at 7 pm. Started with the release of the Album. All the songs recorded on a Cd were played along some visual images from the Album on the screens. The band performed 3 songs on stage.And finito.Was fun.The release was at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.Located at 1615Vine st, CA.