HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — NOVEMBER 21, 2017 — Protege is an original, pop-funk-rock album by singer songwriter Morris Mills. Richly “co-inspired by Prince”, it’s reminiscent rhythms and loveable lyrics, reverently saturate these seventeen, irresistibly danceable tracks. Bracketed by Prelude Ascension, The Call and The Interlude, weaving a thematic quality throughout these soulful, rock compositions. A wellspring of creativity overflows here, deliriously seducing us, one and all, conceived, composed and recorded in Morris’s studio, in Los Angeles, January 2017.
Consumed by his deep admiration for Prince, Morris embodies an unshakeable likeness. Protege “Waste of Time” is a nod to Prince’s “When You Were Mine”, contrasted with “Ghetto Black”, all about a reality TV stars’ grittier exploits. In all there are seventeen, equally funky-sexy tracks igniting this thematic album, playable start to finish.
Protege delivers androgynous vocals, funk-rock guitar licks, memorable keyboards, and cascading brass riffs, as in the heart-tugging ballad “Sunshine and Rain” filling the air with the synergy to move your body like you mean it!
Take a listen and see for yourself just how much Protege has earned its venerated place among the Minneapolis Sound inspired music.
Tour dates are planned for spring and summer of 2018, both California and national tours.
On Sunday, February 28th, the city of Los Angeles was littered with the dazzling allure of The Oscars with many galas, dinners, and viewing events. However, the lights shimmered the brightest at The Taglyan Center with The Oscar Viewing Gala Benefiting The Children Uniting Nations.
Pioneered in Los Angeles in 1999 by Founder and Chair, Daphna Ziman, Children Uniting Nations was founded to protect the children who have no voice, whose fragile lives are abused and lost by the millions due to uncertainties out of their control, Children Uniting Nations is a proactive nonprofit organization that brings stability and supportive relationships into the lives of foster youth through a mentoring program that has become a model program for the rest of the country.
The red carpet, which encompassed the entrance walkway, saw an eclectic mix of celebrities and known cinephiles Andy Dick, Radha Mitchell, Max Ryan, Larry Dunn, David Faustino, Ellen Hollman, J. Sutta, Joseph Gatt, Alice Amter, Natasha Alam, Katie Clarke, Kira Kazantsev, Samantha Mumba, Melia Kreiling, Andre Soriano, Amy Willerton, Bruce Caulk, Derek Warburton, Cristen Mills, Tasha Boué, Nawal Bengholam, Izabella Miko, Monique Zordan, Lee Broad, Shin Koyamada, Rochelle Vincente Von K, Sarodj Bertin, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Shawne Mirriman, Tonya Kay, Vik Sahay, Clement Von Franckenstein, Steven Berkoff, Demetrius Grosse, Katie Cleary, Nia Lyte, Sam Horrigan, and Mercy Malick.
Inside, guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails sponsored by Dama, Hula Girl, and wines graciously donated by Seebass Vineyards. As the Oscars began, people enjoyed a seated formal dinner courtesy of presenting sponsor Cinemoi, rooting for their favorite actor or film to win. But once the Oscars began to wind down, the guests were treated to a high-couture runway show highlighting the works of many designers. Hosted by Amy Willerton, the fashion show included the works of Slovakian Renata Kliska and her latest creations from her La Rena label, Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan with her latest collection “PearlAsia”, and Mialy Seheno with her wildly flowing ball gowns showing that fashion truly is the universal language of peace.
The biggest surprise and highlight of the night was the DJ set by Pete Tong, courtesy of music power house AHP; who electrified the floor with his music which kicked the after-party into full gear.