Category: Music

Travis Miller Seeks to “Shine” With New Album

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Pop/R&B artist Travis Miller has released his debut full-length album “Shine” today. For those unfamiliar with him, his voice sounds a bit like Justin Timberlake meets Robin Thicke, without being a copy of them. He has his own signature, and leans more towards soul than pop.

While there are a few tracks that you can nod your head to on the album, the standout tracks are the downtempo ones, such as the stellar title track “Shine” and the ballad “Just a Memory.” It is on these where the artist fully explores his vocal range and really shows his soul and individuality. The uptempo songs, frankly, are just okay, and seem to constrain him vocally, with the exception of “Want It All,” which is an interesting, mid-tempo bass-heavy track with excellent production. Probably the potential hit of the album besides the two ballads mentioned.

All in all, good debut and we look forward to hearing more.

Full track listing:

  • Love
  • Want It All
  • Sirens
  • Think About It
  • What I Need
  • Shine
  • Pointless
  • Livin Good
  • Angel in Disguise
  • Just a Memory

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Check out the album here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shine/id885042748

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Bruno Mars’ Sisters The Lylas’ “Voices” – Music Video or Underwear Ad?

Tahiti BTS[1]So we are a bit behind the times we guess, and have just discovered that superstar (and teen fave) Bruno Mars has four singing sisters (yes, real-life sisters). They call themselves The Lylas, which is an acronym for “Love You Like a Sister.” They had a TV show and everything.

Anyway, Bruno has written a song for them, called “Voices,” and the ladies have recorded a music video for it that features them artistically cavorting around in underwear. Bench Body brand underwear, to be precise, and this is unmistakable due to the numerous closeups of the brand name in the spot.

JaimeBTS[1] This is a great example of what is known as “branded content,” where a company sponsors the production of a video or other work in some way, in exchange for their logo or product to appear somewhere in the piece. This has been going on forever and is an accepted way for artists to get much needed funding for their projects. Think about the term “soap opera,” which came into existence because soap companies sponsored these shows back in the early days of TV. Same type of thing, although back then they simply said “This show is sponsored by” instead of having the actors use the soap in their scenes.

In truth, its a pretty good deal where mostly everybody wins. In this case, the video is pretty tame by today’s standards and shows some artistic flair, and the advertising is not terribly intrusive.

So we are not knocking anyone here, we just want to point out to you teens that sometimes you might miss an effort to influence you when it is not obvious. You might think you are “thinking for yourself” when in reality you just wanna buy something because you have been repeatedly exposed to advertiser messages without even knowing it!
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Now that you do know, check out the video below, and if you like the song you can buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/voices-single/id875020733.

Heck, you can even buy some Bench Body underwear if you like that too!

 

Allie’s “Wake” Playlist

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I love music. I’m liable to burst into song at any given moment (and yes, I take requests!) Even when I don’t have music playing on the radio, there’s still music playing in my mind. So it’s no wonder that I like creating playlists for characters and shows I’m working on and then listen to them before the curtain goes up or the camera starts rolling.

I’m currently playing Samantha (aka Sam) in the play WAKE, which runs at the Fremont Centre Theatre in Pasadena now through May 25th.  Written by Carey Crim and directed by Matt Kirkwood, the show brings us into the home of the Harrisons, where my character lives with her mother and her grandmother. My mom hasn’t left the house in the past three years, ever since my character’s father died in a freak accident. Luckily, the mom can work from home – ironically, she’s a mortician, and part of our house is a funeral home, passed down through the generations. Wake is a wonderful show, filled with humor and heart. As my character says, it’s a way of proclaiming yes to life in the face of death.

Here’s a player for you to hear the songs – free streaming music!

Wake by Allie on Grooveshark

Here’s a full list of songs:

Linger by Jonatha Brooke
Father Daughter Dance by Joseph LoDuca from the Leverage soundtrack
Birthday Girl by Matt Nathanson
Time Lapse Lifeline by Maria Taylor
4ever by The Veronicas
Mother Mother by The Veronicas (cover; originally recorded by Tracy Bonham)
Revolution by The Veronicas
Hook Me Up by The Veronicas
Someone Wake Me Up by The Veronicas
Popular by The Veronicas
I Don’t Wanna Wait by The Veronicas
Leave Me Alone by The Veronicas
Goodbye to You by The Veronicas
You’re All Telling Stories by Maria Mena
Nan You’re a Window Shopper by Lily Allen
Time by Jonatha Brooke from My Mother Has 4 Noses
Why You Always Here by Katy B
Go Away by Katy B
Song About Home by Mandy Moore
All The Love by Maria Mena
You Hurt The Ones You Love by Maria Mena
It’s Time by Maria Taylor
Nothing Everything by Mandy Moore
We Could Wake by Azure Ray
Destination by Nickel Creek
Where is Love Now? by Nickel Creek (cover; originally recorded by Sam Phillips)
Home by Gabrielle Aplin
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allie costaAllie Costa is a Los Angeles-based actress working in film, TV, theatre, and voiceover. She can usually be found on a set, in a theatre, or in a secondhand bookstore. She worked with the hosts of Teens Wanna Know on the film Nerd Wars! Her character, Natalie Grace, was named after legendary actresses Natalie Wood and Grace Kelly.

Allie is an active member of readergirlz, a literacy and social media project for teens which was awarded the National Book Award for Innovations in Reading. If you missed this year’s Operation Teen Book Drop and would like to participate in future events, reach out to readergirlz via Twitter – @readergirlz #rockthedrop – or Facebook, or just ask Allie for details!

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Travis Miller Releases “Livin Good” Music Video

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Southern California continues to be arguably the most important breeding ground for independent music careers. The sheer amount of talent here — from singers, songwriters, rappers, and dancers to filmmakers and music producers — makes it hard to keep up with all the releases and pick out favorites.

Up and coming artist Travis Miller’s new video for “Livin Good” definitely makes an impression. The spot covers a day in the life of a poor sap who suffers various indignities as he goes about his business (like having a girl beat on him for no apparent reason, and driving a car with a taped-up Target shopping bag in lieu of a window). All this while he ironically brags about how he is “Livin Good.” Throw in some krump dancing and other street styles, and it makes for an entertaining four minutes and 12 seconds.

Check out the video below, and peep Travis’ social media here:

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Zendaya Performing at Universal CityWalk 9-18-13

Zendaya Coleman of Disney’s “Shake It Up!” fame gave a free performance last night at Universal Studios CityWalk. We caught a few songs, and in addition to her hit “Replay,” (sponsored link) she performed an unreleased work-in-progress as a special sneak preview for the fans in attendance.

The show was not without issues because, as can be seen in the above video at the 1:11 mark, at one point Zendaya called for the band to stop playing because she didn’t like the audio she was hearing. We couldn’t tell if it was an issue with the band or with her microphone, but Zendaya took the initiative to interact with some fans in the front row while the problem was sorted out. (Sorry for OUR poor audio as well, we didn’t have our pro audio recorder on us!)

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Zendaya was dressed in all white.

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All smiles, even when she detected trouble with her audio.

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Interacting with fans off to the side of the stage.

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Listening to the screaming fans?

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She was accompanied by a full band and four dancers.

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Keira Peña with Phil Morris and Carla Renata, who play Zendaya’s parents on “Shake It Up” and came out to support her.

 We look forward to seeing her perform again.

Eddie Gomez EP to Benefit Anti-Bullying Cause

50be084e71305284-EDDIE_NO_EP1600_SMALLWhile many artists pay lip service to social causes, just a small handful actually demonstrate their commitment to said causes in concrete form .

Eddie Gomez is one artist who is putting his money where his mouth is by donating 100 percent of the profits from sales of his newly released EP titled “No,” through October 31st, to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. This non-profit organization seeks to “unite, engage and educate communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources.”

Gomez , a singer/songwriter who was raised on Portland and now residing in L.A., suffered from stuttering as a young child, which caused him to endure endless bullying. To concide with October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, he is not only donating profits from his record, but also producing and performing in a major benefit concert on October 9th with proceeds also going to PACER.

With an estimated 160,000 kids staying home from school to avoid bullies, and 13 million kids being bullied each year (source: PACER), Eddie “hopes to create awareness around bullying prevention and provide funding for a worthy foundation and join efforts to put an end to these senseless acts of cruelty and violence,” according to his publicist 

Eddie is setting a good example as an artist going beyond just delivering a message and actually taking concrete steps to address a cause which is important to him. Hopefully more will follow his lead.

Here is the link to his EP on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/no-ep/id690255008 and check out the “Someday” Music Video below:

Allie’s “Before a Fall” Playlist

before a fall posterPlaylists are so much fun to create. Whether it’s for a special event, for a friend, or simply music to play in the background while I write a screenplay (or a blog post!), I tend to put a lot of thought into the songs I select.

As an actress, I sometimes create playlists for certain projects/characters and listen to certain songs before filming or performing. My current show, BEFORE A FALL, is being called “Justified” meets “To Kill A Mockingbird.” My character’s name is Darla, and her journey is really emotional and intense. Here are the songs I’ve been listening to before rehearsals and performances, with some choice lyrics noted here and there. There are some new songs, some older tunes, a mix of genres – pop/rock, country, even musical theatre – and I hope you like hearing familiar voices as well as new-to-you artists!

Note: I usually put the songs in a particular order, but because this show is presented in a non-linear format, I like to put the playlist on shuffle and see what happens – but I always, ALWAYS start with Stepping Stone by The Good Mad! If you hear me singing between scenes, chances are, that’s what I’m singing.

Here’s a player for you to hear the songs – free streaming music!

The full list of songs:
“Stepping Stone” by The Good Mad
“She Walks Beautiful” by Amy Studt
“She Ran” by Amy Studt
“She Runs Away” by Duncan Sheik
“Kept” by Matt Nathanson
“C.S. Lewis Song” by Brooke Fraser
“Faithful” by Brooke Fraser
“Albertine” by Brooke Fraser
“Be Still” by Kelly Clarkson
“Reach” by Andrew Belle
“Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars
“The Violet Hour” by The Civil Wars
“Lullaby” by Jonatha Brooke
“Forgiven” by Jonatha Brooke (from the album “Careful What You Wish For”)
“Even Angels Fall” by Jessica Riddle
“Gone” by Jessica Riddle
“Mama Who Bore Me” from Spring Awakening
“All My Sins” by Mandalay
“Simple Things” by Mandalay
“Home” by Gabrielle Aplin
“Liar and the Lighter” by Gabrielle Aplin (cover of the song by You Me at Six)
“Falling Asleep (Shine Don’t Shadow)” by The Good Mad
“The Drifter” by David Poe
“Borrowed Heaven” by The Corrs
“Gold from Once” (I especially like the a capella version)

Some significant lyrics:

“Stepping Stone” by The Good Mad
At the bottom of the fall, I wonder
Was it worth giving all I gave?
In the wake of all the worry
Through the pain, I must be learning

“Liar and the Lighter” (cover) by Gabrielle Aplin
Stick around to watch this town fall down onto its knees
You can pray the day that you hope is coming round real soon
I will run and stay away in a place that I don’t know well of
You can chose a different song that you will soon love

“She Ran” by Amy Studt
She’s running to the arms of an angel
She’s running from the only place she’s ever known
She’s running with her heart left behind her

“C.S. Lewis Song” by Brooke Fraser
If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy,
I can only conclude that I was not made for here…
Speak to me in the light of the dawn
Mercy comes with the morning

If you don’t see the music player embedded in this post, click here to listen to the playlist on Grooveshark.


allie costaAllie Costa is a Los Angeles-based actress working in film, TV, theatre, and voiceover. She can usually be found on a set, in a theatre, or in a secondhand bookstore. She worked with the hosts of Teens Wanna Know on the film Nerd Wars! Her character, Natalie Grace, was named after legendary actresses Natalie Wood and Grace Kelly.

Allie is an active member of readergirlz, a literacy and social media project for teens which was awarded the National Book Award for Innovations in Reading. If you missed this year’s Operation Teen Book Drop and would like to participate in future events, reach out to readergirlz via Twitter – @readergirlz #rockthedrop – or Facebook, or just ask Allie for details!

Links:
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