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An Interview With Singer Julia Marie

The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to interview Julia Marie. Her new release “Just A Moment” is now available on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/officialjuliamarie/just-a-moment and will be available worldwide on July 15th. Composed by Julia Marie and veteran producer Peter Rafelson. Her debut EP is set to drop this summer. Her single entitled “Just a Moment” is a pop tune that has a full sound and poetic lyrics.

Julia Marie strikes a pose in the high desert of Southern California
Julia Marie strikes a pose in the high desert of Southern California. Photo courtesy Marie-Claire Bozant for the Hollywood Press Corps

 

HPC: Can you talk about recording your debut single “Just A Moment”?

Julia Marie: This is actually the first song that Peter and I worked on together! We started by sharing ideas and musical inspirations then spending hours sitting at the keyboard figuring out chord progressions, vibes and melodies we liked, and crafting lyric ideas.
HPC: How did you meet Peter Rafelson?

Julia Marie: I first contacted Peter because he owns and runs an awesome recording studio in LA and I wanted to learn more about recording, sound engineering, and the business side of music. When we met up we found that we had similar music inspirations and he really responded to my voice so we instantly started writing together!

Julia Marie and her dramatic side
Julia Marie and her dramatic side

HPC: Can you describe what it’s like to work in the studio?

Julia Marie: Working in the studio is a much more fast-paced process than working on my own. An idea gets translated into a recording and a completed song in the blink of an eye when you’re in the studio. It’s amazing how much you can get done with two people in a little room with an idea, a microphone, a computer and some instruments! It’s been a really interesting and new process since this is my first time co-writing and co-creating something from scratch with someone.

HPC: How long have you lived in Los Angeles?

Julia Marie: I was actually born in Los Angeles and live here most of my life!

HPC: What’s your favorite instrument?

Julia Marie: One of my absolute favorites is the sitar.

HPC: How did you become a singer?

Julia Marie: For as long as I can remember I’ve always been singing. I guess I was born this way!

HPC: You and Grammy winner Omar Akram recently attended the Chinese American Film Festival. How was your experience?

Julia Marie: We rolled up to the Ricardo Montalban Theater and there was the entire Chinese entertainment industry there! Omar Akram is a super talented guy and a pleasure to work with. It was an awesome experience to get on stage and perform for such an amazing audience and to have our performance broadcast all over China!

HPC: What’s the first concert you ever went to?

Julia Marie: My first proper show that I went to was totally epic. I was 15 and Radiohead was on their IN Rainbows tour but their show in Los Angeles was sold out so my mom and I drove all the way to the border of Mexico to catch their show in Chula Vista and it was mind blowing of course!

HPC: What is something would surprised our readers to know about you?

Julia Marie: I’m actually a car girl! I grew up around beautiful vintage cars and my name Julia was actually inspired by the Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo’s “Guilia.”

HPC: What does the word “art” mean to you?

Julia Marie: To me creation is art. I look at nature and I see art because it is Mother Nature’s creation. I believe every human is born with the ability to create with their hands, mind or imagination and to make art. It’s sort of like a spark of magic that is within each of us.

HPC: What’s next for Julia Marie?

Julia Marie: I’m going to be playing a bunch of shows in Los Angeles, releasing an illustrated video for my quircky song “Waiting on a Miracle” and an epic music video for “Here and Now.” I’ve also had two remixes released for “Just A Moment” by JL and Descent, which you can here on my soundcloud.

Check out "Just a Moment" on Soundcloud.
Check out “Just a Moment” on Soundcloud

“Just A Moment” (JL Remix) : https://soundcloud.com/officialjuliamarie/just-a-moment-jl-remix

“Just A Moment” (Descent Remix) : https://soundcloud.com/officialjuliamarie/just-a-moment-descent-remix

HPC: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Julia Marie: I hope in 10 years that I have traveled all over the world and had tons of new experiences and adventures!

What a great interview! I’ll never forget that you’re named after an Alfa Romeo! I hope you use a sitar on one of your upcoming tracks!

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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An Interview With Artist Jason Alacrity

The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to interview music video director and comic book creator Jason Alacrity. Jason is an artist who is known in the music world for his directing. As a hobby, Jason has a project called the ALACRITY which recently toured in Japan. As an artist, he is well versed in directing, producing and editing music videos for bands such as Skinny Puppy ( “illiSit” ) and COMBICHRIST ( “Maggots At The Party” and “My Life, My Rules” ).  Jason Alacrity got the attention of Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy when Jason produced and directed the short film, “ASTRID”.

Creating the new video for COMBICHRIST
Creating the new video for “My Life, My Rules” by COMBICHRIST. Photo courtesy of Joe Letz

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): What inspired you to become a director?

Jason Alacrity (JA): I originally wanted to be a special fx make up guy. When I was a kid I bought legendary make-up artist Tom Savini’s “Grand Illusions” book and studied it cover to cover. I’d spend days working on things in my basement and then test the makeups and kill gags on my little brother, while filming them on our crappy VHS camcorder. To justify the kill gags and monsters I’d make up little stories, and then as time went on I became more interested in the storytelling than doing the make up.

Director Jason Alacrity
Director Jason Alacrity. Photo by Rhiannon Royse

HPC: Who are some of your key influences with how the videos look?

JA: Depends on the project, but a few consistent influences are “Suspiria”, Richard Stanley’s “Hardware” and Jodorowsky’s “Holy Mountain.” Some of that is visible in ASTRID, especially with the shot choices and art design. This new “COMBICHRIST” video is in black and white, so with that I was going for more of a Universal Horror meets silent film look like HAXAN: Witchcraft through the ages.

HPC: What is your favorite Industrial band?

JA: My favorite band of all time is Skinny Puppy, which is why it was such a mind blowing experience to work with them and be a part of their legacy, all be it by proxy.
HPC: Are you happy?

JA: Most of the time I am. Although I don’t know how much happiness matters in the grand scheme of things. Seems that we put far too much emphasis on “happiness” when it’s so fleeting. I think being “satisfied” is far more important. To that point I’m satisfied in what I’m doing with my life and work right now.

Jason Alacrity on the set for the COMBICHRIST video in Atlanta
Jason Alacrity on the set with Skinny Puppy for the “illiSit” video. Photo courtesy Rhiannon Royse

 

HPC:Is there room in dark underground music for happiness?

JA: God yes. Or at least I’d prefer to think of it as “humor”. Humor is probably the most important element of life and art. Without it things tend to be too “one note”. Its great for movement and texture. Ironic how serious I just sounded talking about humor…the irony!

The ALACRITY performing live in Tokyo, Japan
The ALACRITY performing live in Tokyo, Japan

HPC: Your short film, “ASTRID”, seems to be an important point in your career. How did you decide to make this short film?

JA: I was moving out of an amazing building in downtown LA and was itching to shoot something there before I left. DTLA has a massive homeless population of forgotten people, half of which are suffering from untreated mental illness. So I came up with the idea of telling a story that was a “day in the life” of a girl with a deadly power. A girl that is growing insane under the weight of her power. And I really wanted to melt a face off.

More from the set of COMBICHRIST in Georgia
More from the set for the COMBICHRIST video “My Life, My Rules” in Georgia. Photo by Joe Letz

HPC: Your comic version of “ASTRID” is called, “VESNA”. Can you talk about how you and artist Megan Hutchison decided to make this comic?

JA: I had to change the name to “VESNA” unfortunately because of all the luck another book this year is beating us to the punch with the name. I wrote a feature script for “ASTRID” and it became too expensive to finance. Over a few million dollars, and that’s a bridge too far in terms of independent financing. For me anyway. Megan is a friend of mine that I met on set many moons ago while she was doing art direction for commercials and features. She had just released her book “Will O’ the Wisp” and I was blown away. I had always known she was an amazing art director but I had no idea she was such a talented comic illustrator. Then it hit me, we could make a book, a storyboard essentially and use that to raise money for a feature or TV series. So I showed her the short, pitched her the feature idea and she was in.

The Alacrity at a live performance
The Alacrity at a live performance

HPC: Is “VESNA” a comic or a graphic novel?

JA: Ooo good question. I believe its a graphic novel that thinks it’s a comic book.

HPC: When is “VESNA” expected to come out?

JA: Hopefully by September of this year.

HPC: What is your process like when you’re making a music video for a band like COMBICHRIST?

JA: Every band is different, but with COMBICHRIST, it all begins with an idea from Andy (LaPlegua). For this video he gave me a call and said his idea for the video was simply “I think it should open on a shot of a pile of bloody bodies. Then I crawl out from beneath, covered in blood. I find clothes somewhere, put them on and the blood seeps through the shirt. Then we go and do a performance somewhere. Oh and it should be in black and white.”
He then sends me the song, and I take those ideas and string together a narrative. Try to make a cohesive structure out of it. For this one I had to figure out how we end up with a pile of bodies? So I thought how about a ritual murder. OK cool, what kind? Well we are shooting in Georgia…and then the idea of the snake handlers and faith healers came to me. I then write a script and go back to Andy and he approves it. We work well together, usually on the same page pretty early on.

A page from the comic book, "VESNA" created by Jason Alacrity and Megan Henerson
A page from the comic book, “VESNA” created by Jason Alacrity and  Illustrated by Megan Hutchison

 

HPC: Can you tell us about shooting the “My Life, My Rules” video?

JA: Haha oh should I really answer that? Just kidding, It’s everything you’d think from a COMBICHRIST video. Strippers, drugs, booze, porn stars and dangerous snakes. What people might be surprised about though is how great everyone is. This is my second music video with these guys and everyone is super cool. All the locations we shoot at (this video and the Maggots) are donated for free, and most of the crew and all the talent are friends pitching in. Andy has a great community of friends in Georgia that are always game to pitch in for a video. It’s always a lot fun.

HPC: What is one thing that would surprise our readers to know about you?

JA: I grew up in a tiny farm town in the middle of Iowa. It had one stoplight, and was small you could walk from end to end in 15 minutes.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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The 80’s are Alive and Well and Living at Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go-Go

The Ultimate Jam crew brought us back into the major era of rock and roll on Tuesday night at the Whisky. Singing songs from the 80’s and dressing in shimmering gold Lamé, each and every performer gave 110% and transported the audience back three decades, to a time that fashion forgot!

photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Paulie Z and company leading the crowd. photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Paulie Z did not disappoint with his ensemble of tacky 80’s garb. The only thing missing on him was a “business up front, party in the back” hair style. Even his glasses were perfectly chosen to match his technicolor wardrobe.

Singing Blondie
Singing Blondie, photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

This week the ladies came out in full force with their diva rock style and stage presence. Their energy and intensity was devoured by the crowd and the Whisky was rocking without stopping.

photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
The 80s look was alive and well at the Whisky on Tuesday night. photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

This Tuesday night at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood seemed more like a raging party of good friends and talented musicians than a spectator’s event. Everyone got involved, performers and audience alike. It was an Ultimate 80’s Jam to be remembered for another three decades!

Matt Starr
Matt Starr, photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Voices Out Fundraiser

Tonight, there is a black tie gala event in Los Angeles on Friday June 3rd, 2016 at the swanky Olympic Collection at 11301 West Olympic Blvd, #204  from 9:00pm-1:00am

Shani and Andy and a much loved 4 legged friend
Shani and Andy and a much loved 4 legged friend

Proceeds will go to the Voices Out charity created by celebrated International Recording Artist, Producer, Actor, Writer and Activist  Shani Rigsbee and her husband, legendary artist Andy Madadian, aka the “Prince of Persia” or the “Persian Elvis.”

The mission of Voices Out is to provide a voice and aid children and animals in neglectful, abusive and abandoned conditions as well as assist and provide programs with long term solutions for their welfare.

In addition to Shani and Andy, celebrities expected are Celebrities expected: La Toya Jackson, Master P, Mohamed Hadid (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Shiva Safai, Lilly Ghalichi (Reality TV / Social Media Personality) and many others.

Come Enjoy a Spectacular Night of…

Full Bar and Appetizers ,Surprise Performers
Comedy ,Magic, Showgirls, Celebrities, Backgammon Lounges,DJ and Dancing, and a Silent and Live Auction. Valet parking will be provided. More info at http://voicesout.org/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Epic Blues at the Maui Sugar Mill, presented by #1 Blues Promoter Cadillac Zack

It was a truly EPIC talent extravaganza at Cadillac Zack’s Monday Night Blues Party at the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana. There was so much talent all on stage at one time. It was a music lover’s dream come true, and the fans were pouring in the door as the night rolled on.

The Bad Jone's lead singer Jesse Ray
The Bad Jones’s  lead singer Jesse Ray.  Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The opening band was The Bad Jones, formerly known as Soul Pie, from the San Francisco Bay Area. They were sporting Golden State Worriers paraphernalia as the SF basketball team clinched the playoffs on the bar’s TV’s in the background while the Bad Jones rocked their bluesy tunes.

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Monday Night Blues legends at the Maui Sugar Mill. From left to right; Jimmy Vivino guitar, Michael Leasure drums, Michael Be Holden bass and Duane Betts guitar. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos at the Hollywood Press Corps

Shortly after the opening band concluded, the small Sugar Mill stage came alive again with so many blues legends it was hard to stay focused. On the guitars: musical director of the Conan O’Brien Show, Jimmy Vivino and blues royalty Duane Betts. On drums: Michael Leasure of the Walter Trout Band. On bass: Michael Be Holden formerly of the Buddy Miles Band. On harp: Jimmy Powers who has played with nearly everyone imaginable.

The infamous Jimmy Powers Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
The infamous Jimmy Powers
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

Just as the party was in full swing, “The Voice” finalist Laaith Al Saadi joined in and showed us why he killed it on the popular television show. Backed up by Johnny Stachela and Duane Betts on guitars, Michael Leasure on drums and local favorite Michael Be Holden on bass.

“The Voice” finalist Laaith Al Saadi Photo Courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
“The Voice” finalist Laaith Al Saadi
Photo Courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

This was an unbelievable night at the Maui Sugar Mill. Cadillac Zack has once again proven why he is the best blues promoter in the Los Angeles area.


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Monday Night Blues Destination: Maui Sugar Mill Saloon with Cadillac Zack!

The best destination for music lovers on a Monday night is the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana featuring blues presented by Cadillac Zack. The intimate venue is a perfect joint to relax, have a couple of cocktails, watch sports in the background and listen to some top notch blues musicians jamming their hearts out.

Cadillac Zack and saxophone legend Terry Hanck
#1 Blues Promoter Cadillac Zack and Saxophone Legend Terry Hanck Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The music generally begins around 8:00 pm and continues through the night often until after 1:00am. There is an opening band, and then the headliner comes out some time after 10:00. When they finish up, several local musicians pick up their instruments and jam together all night long.

BNO Blues Band Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
BNO Blues Band
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

Last Monday was a great combination of amazing horn players. The opening band was the BNO Blues Band and they rocked the house with their fun, traditional bluesy style. Next the crowd was wowed by  Saxophone legend Terry Hanck.  He entertained us with his incredible horn playing, vocal talent and smooth guitar.

Terry Hanck on saxophone
Terry Hanck on saxophone

For a fabulous place to unwind after a crazy Monday at work, make sure to hit up the Maui Sugar Mill and Cadillac Zack’s best blues!


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Jackson Browne Rocks the House at Lucky Strike Live’s Soundcheck Live

The Lucky Strike Live, along with Soundcheck Live, have been knocking the rock-scene out of the park on Wednesday nights. This Wednesday evening was even more amazing than usual.  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend, Jackson Browne, performed his top songs to a packed crowd of star-struck fans, including this writer/photographer herself!

Jackson Browne opening up with "That Girl Could Sing"
Jackson Browne opening up with “That Girl Could Sing” Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The night started off with some fabulous musicians singing the classics. While the bands rocked on, Jackson Browne walked in and out of the crowd, mingled with fans, even shook hands and signed memorabilia.  At 10:30pm, the crowd went wild when Jackson Browne performed his highly-anticipated guest curated set, which included 6 of his hit songs from “These Days” to “On The Boulevard” to “That Girl Could Sing” and “Somebody’s Baby“.

Jackson Browne singing "On the Boulevard" Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Jackson Browne singing “On the Boulevard”
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The set ended with a rousing encore of “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and Running on Empty”. The happy crowd praised Brownes performance and continued to sing and dance along with the resident house band as they played a live set of songs from Rufus’s “Tell Me Something Good” to perfectly ending the night with Traveling Wilbur’s “Handle With Care”.

The Soundcheck Live House Band
The Soundcheck Live House Band

Jackson Browne has always been an incredible musician and an iconic song writer and singer, but this mind blowing, free concert was beyond everyone’s hopes and expectations. This Soundcheck Live night will be a tough act to follow!

 

 


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go is on FIRE!

Another Tuesday night success at the Whisky A GoGo and the Ultimate Jam Night. The talent is always unbelievably awesome, but this time there were wild and crazy stunts in addition to some of the biggest names in rock and roll history – all under one incredible roof!

Ultimate Jam 62
Ultimate Jam 62 Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The night opened with Se7en Reasons Why Band, 2015’s “Best Multi-Genre Bands” winner. Lead singer and award winning front man, Mick Scott blew away the crowd with his insanely electric

Mick Scott of Se7en Reasons Why
Mick Scott of Se7en Reasons Why Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

energy, high kicks and death defying stunts. And he never stopped belting out his music, even when the microphone would break or come unplugged! Jason Stalk was fabulous on guitar, Hiro Goto was hypnotizing with his violin solos, and female drummer Anjilla Piazza rocked the house with her bad ass drumming skills.

Don Dokken Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Don Dokken
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

As the crowd continued to fill up, the music really took off with Don Dokken performing his classics, Joe Retta blowing out the tunes and the incredible house band, Chuck Wright, Mitch Perry, Walter Ino and Front man Paulie Zablidowsky.

Sean McNabb tearing up the strings Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Sean McNabb tearing up the strings
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

Eric Dover always pleases on vocals and lead guitar, and Sean McNabb, Jim Wheeler, and Nick Rossen brought the heat with each song getting better and better.

Eric Dover
Eric Dover Photo Courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

Of course the night is never complete without a cameo visit from Trippy the Clown, the most inappropriate puppet in the land. Trippy shared his stage with a disturbing looking, pin riddled dead buddy. The pair of them together made even the craziest fans in the crowd blush.

Trippy the Clown and his even weirder buddy
Trippy the Clown and his even weirder buddy
Chuck Wright showing us how its done Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Chuck Wright showing us how its done
Photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

The work week is no longer a dreaded period of time thanks to the Ultimate Jam along with the Whisky A Go Go.  People of all ages can leave their jobs, avoid their household chores, and rock until dawn on Tuesday night.

 


Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Cadillac Zack Presents The Best Blues

Cadillac Zack and the Maui Sugar Mill give blues lovers everywhere a place to wind down and rock out to some of the most spectacular blues musicians alive. Every Monday night starting at 8:00 pm the liquor flows as the the music begins. This Monday was no exception.

Celso Selim Blues Band
Celso Salim Blues Band. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

The night started with the incredible vocal talent of the Celso Salim Blues Band. They played old classics as well as some new and exciting renditions of blues favorites.

Incredible blues at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon
Incredible blues at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon with Michael B Holden on bass. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps 2016

As the crowd warmed up and the night began to jam, the Delta Hurricane, Larry McCray took the stage and blew us all away. His insane guitar talent and smoky vocals brought the room to its feet. Dancing and singing and swaying along to one of the countries finest Blues artists.

Larry McCray was captivating the room with his silky talent
Larry McCray was captivating the room with his silky talent. Photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Playing along side the Michigan Master were Rena Beavers on drums, Jeff Paris on keyboard and Michael B Holden on bass. And if that wasn’t a big enough treat, we were then blown away as guitar legend Joey Delgado jumped on stage and took on McCray in an incredible dueling guitar showcase that was out of this world.

Larry McCray and Joey Delgado on dueling guitars
Larry McCray (R) and Joey Delgado (L) on dueling guitars. Photo courtesy Judy Hansen Pullos

Mondays have a bad wrap for being the most dreaded day of the week, but Cadillac Zack and the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon have changed the face of Monday.  Blues lovers from all over southern California can’t wait to get through the weekend to enjoy the best night of the week – Monday Night Blues in Tarzana.

Incredible blues talent all together at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon
Incredible blues talent all together at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon. From left to right; Chuck Kavooras, Kirk Fletcher, Lance Lopez and Larry McCray. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps
Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Music Unites Event Goes Straight Into Compton

This Friday, April 29th from 3 to 3:30pm and Saturday, April 30th, from 9:30 to 2pm, Music Unites Academy will have a painting event at Kelly Elementary School at 2320 E. Alondra Boulevard in Compton. This event is a partnership with the Compton Unified School District.

Event Poster
Event Poster

Featured speakers include We Day’s  motivational speaker Tina Ingemi, Epic Records John Lindahl, Compton recording artist Buddy, composer Chloe Flower and singer Mali Nicole. Special thanks goes to Find Your Grind Foundation, Coupla Guys and Gals, We Day, Love Suja, and all the featured speakers.

 

From left to right: Manuel Castaneda music teacher at centennial High, musical artist John Lindhal, and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships of the Compton Unified School District.
From left to right: Manuel Castaneda, music teacher at centennial High, musical artist John Lindhal, and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships of the Compton Unified School District.
John and his agent Nikki Wheeler from ICM partners
John and his agent Nikki Wheeler from ICM partners
John and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin

 

None of this would be possible without the efforts of Michelle Edgar, the accomplished founder and CEO of Music Unites.

“This partnership with Music Unites has been a game changer for us in Compton! With Michelle Edgar on board, we have been able to enhance curriculum with the arts for every child. This partnership seeks to increase innovative opportunities and access for students of the Compton Unified School District,” said Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships.

Executing game-changing entertainment partnerships, and withholding a track record for enhancing major brands, Edgar is a renowned entertainment executive who is recognized for orchestrating collaborations between music, entertainment and marketing. Edgar was the Strategic Business Development Director at Frukt, a creative agency where she creates strategic partnerships between Businesses and entertainment brands. Edgar came to the Frukt with a wide-range of experiences working at Quest Management, KIDinaKORNER, Redlight Management, Warner Bros. Records.

 

Michelle Edgar, Founder and CEO of Music Unites
Michelle Edgar, Founder and CEO of Music Unites

Michelle has made her mark in the music industry and is known for successfully creating innovative marketing platforms and campaigns for artists including, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Dave Matthews, Lionel Richie, Imagine Dragons, Skylar Grey, X Ambassadors, Tiesto, Gary Clark Jr., Theophilus London, in addition to consulting on tour and festival sponsorships and activations, endorsements, licensing and new product development.

Michelle with actor David Arquette with Centennial High School in Compton's symphony orchestra at the one year anniversary of the Music Unites' program
Michelle with actor David Arquette and Centennial High School in Compton’s symphony orchestra at the one year anniversary of the Music Unites’ program

Her passion for music led her to further work with artists including, Swizz Beatz, Eve, Sting, Mark Ronson, Melanie Fiona, and Peter Bjorn & John to host events for her charity Music Unites, a non-profit organization that funds sustainable music education programs in underserved public schools nationwide. Edgar brought in corporate sponsorships to support the cause from brands like Rolling Stone, Pepsi, Axe, Garnier, Bebe and OK magazine. Music Unites’ programs are based in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Swizz Beatz and DJ Skee are Music Unites artist ambassadors.

In 2013, she also founded the XX Project, an invitation-only monthly speakers group for women who are leaders in their industries. Inspired by the TED talks and Northwestern’s Council of One Hundred, a mentoring group for female alumni, she hopes the XX Project will help professional women build business connections and share their experiences in male-dominated industries.

The multi-talented Edgar began her career in media as beauty director at OK magazine, where she developed revenue-producing strategic partnerships that align brands with music and film talent tied to major entertainment franchises from Oscar’s, Grammy’s and fashion week. Michelle is a renowned leader in bringing together different industries to take their platforms to another level.

Principal Ronald Keaton of Kelly Elementary had this to say, “Kelly Elementary School is delighted to have the privilege of partnering with Music Unites.  The resources Music Unites is bringing to our school will provide our students and the entire school community with the opportunity to experience music in new and exciting ways.  It is important that our students are given opportunities to explore the world of music and the arts.  Not only do the arts allow students to be creative, but through music and the arts, students develop skills and tools that can lead to higher achievement in reading, math, and science.  It is also through music that our students can learn to appreciate the uniqueness of the people around them and the beauty of living in such a diverse world.”

More info about Music Unites and all the great work they are doing at http://www.musicunites.org/

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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