JOHN-ROBERT – Virginian Vocalist Extraordinaire

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Twelve year old John-Robert Lee Rimel is a rising singer/performer from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He currently attends Middle School and is in the 7th Grade. John-Robert sings in the school chorus where he was selected for the All District Middle School Choir and was also selected through a …

Dalton Cyr Seriously Skillful Songwriter/Performer

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“A Prodigy in the truest sense of the word…” – Rick Stevenson, Director of Prodigy Camp Following in the footsteps of artists like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Dalton Cyr is “self-made.” Lennon and McCartney would sit in their bedroom and write songs and believed in getting as many hours …

Sam Santiago Featured on Maury’s Future Stars 2013

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“You can sing kid!” – “Maury Povich”     Ten year old Singing Sensation, Sam Santiago  from Irvine California, was awarded with a series of claps, applauds, and jubilees throughout his rendition of Bruno Mars’ number one hit single, “When I Was Your Man”, on the popular Maury Povich Show last …

Lyric Dubee Canada’s Next Big Rock/Pop Artist

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Lyric Dubee was first introduced here last year in July! Since then he has been busy with concerts, live appearances and showcasing his talents at a variety of venues in Toronto and throughout Canada! Lyric has already attained some monumental pinnacles in his career.  This young Indi artist is not …

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Will B Whitesell, Actor, Singer, Musician, Rising Star!

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“With hard work and believing you can live your dream.”    Will B Whitesell 

THE ARTIST

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Twelve year old William Brandon Whitesell or better known as “Will B” was born August 18, 2002 in Las Vegas, NV.   He goes by Will B, his middle name; because he says the “B” is for BELIEVE! 

Will is one of 5 children in the family but the only one who is into the music world. “He has been since he was 2”, says his Mother Tammy. “We noticed Will would sing songs all day long and change the words to what it sounded like. Everywhere we would go Will would attract attention.” 

When Will was 12 months old he was entered into a baby pageant and won almost every category. His family didn’t take it too seriously, because to them he was special no matter what, but it seemed others could see it from the moment they met him. Will just seems to have a special charm that brings out the best in others, generating smiles and laughter, making this one of his greatest attributes. 

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His parents shared, that when Will was 8 they enrolled him in a few acting lessons because he was so funny and loved to entertain. The instructors asked if Will could sing and they said a little, like any other 8 year old. So he sang for them and they thought it was cute. A little over a year later they asked him to sing in front of a showcase. Will said ok and told them he wanted to sing Adelle. They said no, that he couldn’t do that, but he insisted. Little did they know he had been listening to Adelle all day every day and had been studying her. “Will came out and sang and everyone was blown away, especially us”, said his Mom. “We didn’t know he had taught himself to sing! It was amazing.”

Will despises Bullying! Because of that, he started anti-bullying events in schools and local radio stations. “Will wants a world of peace and love”, says is Mom. “He is known to be a hugging machine, hugging everyone he meets! He is a very lovable young man.” 

THE ACTOR

At 10 years old Will was called on to audition for a Musical. His parents were a bit reluctant because Will hadn’t had much experience in musical stage performance, but decided to go anyway. To their delight the audition was a complete success with them loving Will! While they still had auditions to do in LA and NY they told Will’s parents that they would let them know. A short time later they officially awarded Will a placement in the cast for an 11 month tour of the United States. Knowing what a great adventure it would be they accepted the appointment and with great anticipation got ready for the tour. 

“It was a big decision for us”, said his parents, “Will loved school and was an A – B honor roll student all through school, and this would mean being away from school and his friends and family. But in spite of that, Will wanted to do it. A private teacher was assigned to travel with them helping Will to keep his grades up. Will worked 6 days a week usually traveling on the 7th day, and did school 4 days a week for 11 months. “He loved it and never complained”, said Mom. 

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When Will completed the tour he did 2 movies, both bully movies, one where he played the part of a bully and the other where he gets bullied. I’m told they should be out late 2015. 

Will has done two commercials and a web series. He takes his craft very seriously taking acting classes and vocal lessons. In addition he is also now enrolled in dance lessons. He is currently home schooled through Connections Academy and doing extremely well. He’s been very busy touring with JoJo Siwa from dance moms and with Kidz Bop. 

THE SINGER

Will is currently recording his own EP which will have 5 new songs, 4 covers, and 1 original that he helped write, “I Will B Yours”.

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Will sings all day long, it’s in his heart. He’s learning Guitar and Ukulele and also enjoys playing the keyboard and piano. If that’s not enough, he wants to add drums to his many musical talents. 

When it comes to acting, Will is amazing! He writes his own scripts often in class. His class mates are so impressed they ask him to write some for them too. Like all preteens Will can’t wait till August when he turns 13!  A legit Teenager! 

Will is great when it comes to social skills. The younger ones look up to him and the older ones enjoy hanging out with him. Will has a very positive outlook on life and brings that same energy everywhere he goes, providing encouragement and showing love and support to everyone. Will simply loves everyone and somehow always finds the good in everything and everyone. His Mom told him that he was a combination of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, and Sam Smith! (The heart and brain of Bob Hope, the comedy of Jim Carrey and the voice of Sam Smith!) 

THE PERSON

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Will spends most of the day on something related to his dream. He writes short screenplays and creates short films cutting and editing them on his Apple Computer at home. Will loves Apple products.

While most kids are playing video games, not Will, he is in his room creating something to do with either music or movies!  

On a personal side, Will is a vegetarian. He loves animals and hates the thought of what happens to them. He is very conscientious about what he eats. A very healthy, smart kid who is into Chia, Flax, Almond milk, all kinds of healthy choices and in addition loves to cook his own creations.

Will’s hobbies usually have something to do with his Dream. He makes music, creates movies, attends shows or movies and is constantly learning from others. Outside of his career pursuits Will enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time with his best friend and Buddy his dog! He is happy just hanging out with all his friends. 

His mentors in life are Billy Hufsey, his acting coach and Steven Ventic his music producer. 

He loves them both and is blessed to have them in his life. 

Will works very hard on fulfilling his dream to become a professional singer and actor and along the way wants to inspire other kids to follow their dreams.

After Fox 5 News saw Will perform live at the Silverton Casino, they featured him on their program saying, “Watch this kid! He’s going to be a singing sensation.”

 

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Timmy Brabston – Teenage Hiphop artist

June 10, 2015 Featured, Timmy Brabston, Young Male Artists Comments Off on Timmy Brabston – Teenage Hiphop artist

TimmyBrabston“I like to give a positive message in my music regardless of the emotion or feeling that the song brings, and I like to make music for all people in order to be an inspiration for everyone who listens to me.”

Hip-hop rapper, Timmy Brabston, was born in Palo Alto, California. At age 2, he moved across the country to where he now lives in Mahwah, New Jersey. 

His early influences were artists such as Eminem, Lil Wayne and 50 Cent who Timmy would hear on the radio when I would listen to rap. However, since he started recording, he has been greatly influenced by his manager, Biggs, and his producer, Blickie Blaze, and he is now developing his own unique style.

Timmy is an extremely articulate young man; in his music, but also in describing his work. His answers to my questions were so comprehensive I am mostly going to allow him to speak for himself rather than attempt to paraphrase his words.

I asked Timmy how he would describe his music:

Timmy performingMy music is very versatile, I try to appeal to all audiences, creating tracks that range from party songs to tracks with a lot of emotion and feelings.  I like to give a positive message in my music regardless of the emotion or feeling that the song brings, and I like to make music for all people in order to be an inspiration for everyone who listens to me. 

I love to write and I write my own lyrics to my songs. I write lyrics every day.  I try to stay as creative as possible with my word play, and being in an honors/advanced English course in school helps me to do so. I have only worked with my only producer, Blaze, who also makes the beats for the music I sell on iTunes (except for 1 track where I used another producer’s beat). For my mixtape tracks, I pick industry beats that I like, and then write and record to them.  I also recently started making my own beats with the equipment I have at home, and Blaze helps me to enhance and use the beats I make. I have worked with other rappers, including Chinx and MeetSims, who have featured on my songs. We are all part of Four Kings, which was created by my manager, Doug Ellison (Biggs), who has helped me every step of the way. 

It is never all clear sailing for young artists. In fact, it is very rare that I come across a young artist who has not had some major challenge to overcome and these struggles usually increase with success. I asked Timmy if he had ever had a major obstacle and how he defeated it:

Timmy_BrabstonRecently, on youtube, a spoof channel made a video that made fun of me and made incorrect assumptions about me.  That channel has many subscribers, their videos get 150,000+ views, so it brought a lot of hate my way, especially from internet “trolls.” It was surprising to deal with that kind of hate.  I had to ignore it and remember who I was as an artist.  Fortunately, it still greatly increased the views on my own youtube channel, so it is still bringing in publicity. Any publicity is good at this point in time when I am doing nothing but growing. The video gave a bad impression of me to people who do not know me, but I am soon going to drop another mixtape and continue to change the negative impressions to my listeners.

Young artists need the support and encouragement from family and peers if they are to defeat the challenges that they face. I asked Timmy where he draws his inspiration from:

Of course my family inspire me every day to do what I do. My girlfriend and my friends also inspire me because ever since I have started they have been to my shows, bought and downloaded all of my songs and supported me. It’s fun to do this for my friends because they see me as someone who is already doing what he will be doing for his entire life, as I know I will. Rappers such as Logic, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and Chris Webby help inspire me to make my music as lyrical and as intuitive as possible because even though everyone likes a good beat, there is nothing better than a rapper who can paint a picture in your head, even though it may sound a bit cliché to say so. Jon Bellion is another musician that I idolize because he makes his own music, plays live instruments, sings and raps. He is a very versatile artist and that’s how I’d like to be. 

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Of course you can help me by purchasing my music on iTunes, downloading my free music and mixtapes on SoundCloud.com, and sharing my music with everyone that you know. Spreading the word is very important because you never know when something can catch on, or when the right person finds out about someone. It always helps for the fans to tell their friends because then they become fans and so on. The word of mouth along with social media is crucial in the music industry. 

I always enjoy asking young artists what advice they would give to children or youngsters trying to achieve their dreams. There are usually some wonderful insights and always a great generosity in their response:

I want to let young people aspiring to be involved in music to know they should start now and believe in themselves.  There is only one opinion on this planet that can influence what you believe and what you do and that is your own. You make your choices and you decide how you will pursue your career. Starting now will give you more time to do as much as you may want to, because music is so complex and involved that you can’t possibly do everything that you want to do in a single lifetime, so it is best to start out as soon as possible and do as much as you can. There is nothing stopping you from doing anything you desire. 

And finally, I asked Timmy if there was anyone he especially wanted to thank:

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Timmy with younger brother Alex

I would like to thank my family and my younger brother for supporting me every step of the way, and my parents for driving me to all of my events since I am not old enough to drive myself there yet. I also want to thank my friends for being so supportive and for reading my lyrics, letting me rap at parties, and pushing me so hard to do what I have so far done. Of course, I thank my manager Biggs for helping and guiding me on exactly what to do for every step of this incredible journey that has merely just begun. And lastly, my producer Blaze for being an inspiration both musically and as a mentor; making most of my beats for me and teaching me so much about writing, producing, mastering, and about the industry.

Find and support Timmy on his social media here:

Timmy’s YouTube Channel

Buy Timmy’s music on iTunes

Listen on Soundcloud

Timmy’s Facebook Page

His instagram and twitter are both @timmybrabston

And finally Timmy’s Official Website with links to all of the above

Timmy live performance

 

Gavin Morales: 10-year-old dancing sensation

May 16, 2015 Dancers, Featured, Gavin Morales Comments Off on Gavin Morales: 10-year-old dancing sensation

“Keep trying harder and harder, and never, ever, ever give up!
– Gavin Morales

Gavin profile 2015Watching a dancer is a spiritual experience. It can be life changing to see another human being with flesh and bones like our own (well, almost!) defying our assumptions of what we thought was physically possible while communicating through every fibre of their being. Watching Californian dancing prodigy, Gavin Morales, perform was one such experience. I have never seen such power and intensity of communication coming from a 10-year-old boy. It was both challenging and incredibly moving.

Born to Dance 

gavin split leap showbiz14Some people are born to dance and I do not say that lightly. I strongly believe that I was born to sing, simply because I know my life would feel empty and meaningless without it. Having spoken to Gavin and his father though the wonders of Skype, I am convinced Gavin is born to dance. Not least because he never stopped moving for the entire conversation! But more so because of the way his face lit up every time he spoke about his dancing. As eloquent as he was, I believe Gavin’s mother-tongue is movement. 

For me, this raises some interesting points on the established education system in the Western world which still considers education to be a static activity – bad news for those who need to move to think. But that is definitely another blog! On with our featured artist…

A world-class performer

Let’s establish before we go any further, that Gavin Morales is a world-class dancer and almost certainly one of the most competent boy dancers performing now. He has won multiple awards for his talent which have resulted in opportunities that most professionals could only dream of. As much as Gavin has had some amazing opportunities and clearly is blessed with an incredible natural talent, much of his success is down to a level of hard work and dedication which is staggering to see in such a young boy.

Gavin and JadeFurthermore, Gavin is coached by some of the top professionals including Jade Hale-Christofi – a graduate of the Royal Ballet School in the UK and choreographer of Take Me To Church performed by Sergei Polunin. Jade is currently Gavin’s ballet and technique coach, helping fine tune Gavin’s incredible talent. Gavin says that Jade is ‘an amazing male role model’.

The Take Me to Church music video has propelled the lyrical, expressive form of dance in which Gavin excels into the mainstream media. Coincidentally, my fiancée sent me a link to the video a few days before I interviewed Gavin while I was still unaware of the connection. I am sure her thoughts express the feelings of many when they see such a powerful performance:

“Seeing someone else express feelings we all hold inside somehow makes it feel as if he’s released them on our behalf. I wish I could go and dance the angst out sometimes! 

But at the same time, it just makes my heart burst with joy and gratitude that such beauty exists.” 

Though Gavin has never met Sergei Polunin, he is his biggest professional inspiration, not only for Sergei’s strength and incredible technique, but because Gavin has been described by many as a ‘young Sergei’. One of Gavin’s dreams is to meet Sergei and perform Take Me To Church with him.

Boys don’t dance…

turn2dust2Gavin is competent in many dance genre’s including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, open, and jazz. As a rare, left footed dancer, Gavin has had to work extra hard on his right side but, as a result, is now equally at home on both sides. You could say he now has two right feet as opposed to two left feet!

His earliest and greatest inspiration is his older sister MacKenzie who also dances to an extremely high standard. Gavin says:

“My biggest influence is my sister because I learned how to dance from her. I watched her all the time and thought ‘oh that looks fun’ and I just tried it!”

So we might say that if there had been no Mackenzie Morales, there would be no Gavin Morales! It is very rare to have two such competent dancers from the same family, especially considering that neither of the dancing siblings’ parents are dancers.  

Gavin’s father told me:

“At first I wanted Gavin to be a wrestler, football player because, you know it’s ‘not cool’ to have a boy dancer. But now I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I started to appreciate Gavin and MacKenzie’s passion. That’s them, I mean they were born to do that and it’s beautiful to be able to see them express themselves in that way.”

 

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Without the support that they enjoy from their family, it would never have been possible for Gavin and MacKenzie to come so far. Having danced as a boy myself, I was saddened though by no means surprised to hear that Gavin endures a lot of bullying. Most of this is through social media where he has to put up with a lot of unsolicited criticism at best and at worst some cruel remarks from envious haters. As always, I would strongly encourage you to take a moment to encourage Gavin through positive comments as much as possible. Please don’t underestimate the difference it can make!

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However, I am quite sure that it will take a lot more than a few haters to pull Gavin down. I asked him what advice he would give to other young people trying to achieve their dreams. He answered:

“Keep trying harder and harder and never, ever, ever give up.”

Gavin emphasised some of the people that have inspired him to be a better dancer.

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Gavin proudly displays his much earned awards!

Christina Lyon is founder of Gala de Danza. She invited Gavin and his sister McKenzie to perform at Gala de Danza in Cabo San Lucas Mexico in 2014 with these amazing professionals: Misty Copeland, Hee Seo, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Marlon Dino, Irina Dvorovenko, Qi Huan, Lucia Lacarra, Brooklyn Mack, and Gillian Murphy to name a few. They were just asked to come back in 2015 to perform again.

Chris Todar was Gavin’s first lyrical teacher and huge influence on his success.  Last year Chris had an accident that left him unable to teach and a large temporary void in Gavin’s growth.  He has since latched on to others for that needed training and inspiration.  Chris choreographed the solo The Face that went viral when Gavin was 8 years old.

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Derek Piquette is in Gavin’s eyes one of the best male teachers/dancers he knows. Derek choreographed an amazing solo for Gavin this year Turn To Dust and will soon be known by the world for being on this years So You Think You Can Dance.

Tiffany Burton Rojas is Gavin’s current dance teacher. She has played an amazing role in taking Gavin’s talent to the next level, not only through her training, but with her life experiences as an amazing young dancer/actor.

One final question…

I was keen to ask Gavin the ‘Billy Elliot’ question, sure that he would give an interesting answer: ‘how do you feel when you dance?’

“I feel like… I don’t know… it’s just a very good feeling. I feel like I’m expressing myself and I get to be free when I dance.”

And so I conclude that here is a boy who was surely born to dance. It is clear that to deprive him of dance would be a cruel prison for Gavin as well as a crime against the future of dance! I am sure you would like to join me in wishing Gavin all the very best in his career. We will hopefully be hearing much more from him as he continues his exciting journey in the world of dance.

JoJo Rocks: rapping to end child poverty

May 3, 2015 Featured, JoJo Rock, Young Male Artists Comments Off on JoJo Rocks: rapping to end child poverty

 

“You can make a difference, I know it’s true
You can change the world – it all starts with you!”

                                           – JoJo Rock; ‘Amazing Grace’
 

JoJo singing carolsMany people have inspirational qualities but some simply are ‘an inspiration': a living reminder of what it means to be challenged out of our preconceptions and propelled out of our apathy. JoJo is one such inspiration.

The Foundations for Success

JoJo rapping to end child povertyWhen he was only seven years old, JoJo from Sydney, Australia, started rapping to raise money for children living in extreme poverty. Almost four years later, the adventure continues and JoJo not only raises money himself but spends much of his time encouraging others to do the same.
 
Toby Mac was JoJo’s earliest influence along with groups such as the Krosswerdz who he was able to work with in person. JoJo says:
“They helped me develop a passion for rapping and gave me lots of opportunities to perform live and learn to freestyle. From Krosswerdz I met a mentor called The Profit . The Profit taught me a lot about performing and writing rap and helped me write Amazing Grace.
I also listen to a US rapper called Sevin and have toured with him in Australia. He has also had a big influence on my musical style.”
 

The Music

I asked JoJo how he would describe his music and he answered:
“I try to write songs that are inspirational, talk about my faith in Jesus and can be listened to by people of all ages.
My songs are recorded in my garage but Amazing Grace was recorded in a full studio with over 10 musicians. That was a big production.”
It was Amazing Grace that first caught my attention, with JoJo’s heartfelt rapping combined with the wonderful African vocals of The Sowers. The International Christmas Child team agreed early on that this song would open the charity album as it so perfectly encapsulated the sentiments of the project. Furthermore, it should be acknowledged – at the risk of embarrassing JoJo! – that he was the primary inspiration for the album. The concept of children helping children was very powerful and continues to challenge and inspire people.
 

 

Check out JoJo’s Music Video ‘Amazing Grace’

 
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JoJo’s most recent song and music video ‘Reach for the Stars’ was the theme song for his ‘make a difference’ tour and it encourages people not to give up on their attempts to help others. Like much of JoJo’s songs, it has some very profound lyrics:
“If you reach for the stars and you bring back the moon
Then you’re almost there, so don’t give up”
 
In a world where so much is measured by success and failure, I believe this is an important message for would be philanthropists to take on board. I think we are often afraid to ‘reach for the stars’ in our aspirations because we are afraid that we might never reach them and will be deemed – by others or by ourselves – to be a failure. JoJo’s point is that even if you don’t reach your goal, the act of trying can make all the difference:
“Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day
And you just might only make it halfway
But the change you make just might save the day
For someone in need so don’t back away”
 
 
 

 

 

 Watch JoJo’s inspirational music video, ‘Reach for the Stars':

Fighting Giants

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“The last few years I have had problems with two boys at school. Some would describe them as bully’s. It has made my life very difficult and I have started to enjoy school less and less.  I am being coached by my parents on how to deal with these difficult people but it is a journey. I am working on dealing with difficult people in my life and how to become stronger and more resilient. I believe I will overcome these issues with time and will be stronger through the journey. 

I have just written a new song called GIANT. I have not recorded it yet. It is about overcoming the giants in your life. The song is based on the story of David and Goliath and is based on my experience trying to overcome my giants. Everyone has a different giant they have to overcome. For some it is poverty, health problems, learning difficulties, racism and at the moment mine are bullies. I believe we can all overcome our giants just like David defeated Goliath.”

 
JoJo’s story touched me deeply as I know too well what it is to suffer prolonged bullying at a young age. The tragedy is that of the many incredible, talented young people I have either worked with or interviewed, a huge amount have to put up with this kind of harassment, usually from other children but often from adults too. In the case of boys, my experience shows that almost all will experience bullying of the kind that JoJo describes. There are various reasons for this, but that is another article! For now, suffice to say that boys like JoJo are on the front line in the struggle against bullying of many kinds, but we can help. Please don’t underestimate the effect that a positive comment or unconditional compliment can have for someone in JoJo’s position. Negative comments and insults are very strong and often need three of four positive comments to counter them. 
 
I know most of you reading this will think that what JoJo is doing is simply amazing – so tell him! Send him an encouragement; regularly remind him that he is in your thoughts or prayers; tell him that you are 100% behind him as he fights his giants. You can comment on JoJo’s videos or get in touch through his social media:
 
 

The Journey Continues

JoJo 2014JoJo told me where he draws his inspiration from:
 
“My sponsored child Charles in Uganda is what has inspired me in the past to write, record and perform my music. I have been encouraged by many people in my life including my parents, the rappers at Krosswerdz and many other musicians, teachers and friends. Also the people who follow me on social media and write comments of support on my Youtube and Facebook pages have inspired me to keep going.”
 
I asked JoJo if he had dreams or aspirations for the future and what advice he would give to other young people trying to achieve their dreams:

“I have spent some time speaking to school students over the years and I would like to do a lot more this type of thing. I also would like to be a doctor and a lego designer, so I could be a children’s doctor who cheers the sick kids up with my lego designs. That would be cool.

If you want to achieve your musical dreams, then you need to work very hard and never give up. I remember travelling for hours to a venue to perform for 5 people when I was 8 years old. Some would say that was a waste, but these events taught me how to perform and I did my best. I have now performed to very large crowds and have done very well because I practiced with the small crowds. The bible says in Matthew 25:23:”
 
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
 
 JoJo would like to thank the people who have helped him most on his musical journey:
  • Titus MacLaren – Titus directed and edited the music videos BIG and Reach for the stars
  • Raj Dhatt – Raj directed and edited the music video Amazing Grace and Oh Holy Night
  • Brenton Smith – Brenton worked on all the videos and was an amazing support
  • Angus Steventon – Angus wrote and produced the music for Oh Holy night and Amazing Grace
Everyone helped JoJo for free because they believed in the cause.
 
Make sure you support JoJo by subscribing to his social media and buying his music. You can find links to this on his Official website:
Also, you can donate to Charles, JoJo’s sponsored child in Uganda:
 
I leave you with some final lyrics from ‘Reach for the Stars':
JoJo, Ozzi rapping to end child poverty“And let’s pretend that this story’s true
That what I just said, we can surely do
If we reach for the stars but don’t get through
We’re still changing a life if we’re touchin the moon”

Esteban and Diego – French Flamenco cousins!

April 3, 2015 Esteban y Diego, Singing Groups, Young Male Artists Comments Off on Esteban and Diego – French Flamenco cousins!

Every now and then there comes a musical act that slowly draws you in until you find yourself hooked. Even more rarely, comes an act like the French duo “Esteban and Diego” that grabs you by both hands and starts dancing the passo doblo with you! 

“It feels like we were designed to play together so it explodes on stage!” – Esteban

 I first encountered Esteban and Diego when looking for musical contributions to the International Christmas Child charity album. If I were to summarise these boys in one word it would have to be ‘energy’. All the exuberant, cheeky, humour so characteristic of young boys, but also the energy apparent in their dedication to their music and in their commitment to each other.

The Story Begins 

Esteban and Diego’s mothers are sisters and as close as sisters can be, so it was natural that the young cousins began playing together from an early age.

Esteban y Diego - friendsDuring a New Year celebration, the family discovered with amazement that Esteban had an incredible talent for singing. Diego was already a gifted guitarist and, since they were inseparable, the duo was born! 

“I started taking lessons at age 9, and a year later, Esteban started learning. Because our mothers are so close, we are always together. So it is natural that we started playing together.” Diego

They take guitar lessons from Manu who is a guitar teacher of the association “El Hogar de los Españoles” in La Plaine Saint Denis, near Paris. Hence, you will hear a distinctly Spanish, Flamenco flavour to their music and may see them referred to either as “Esteban y Diego” (Spanish) or “Esteban et Diego” (French) or indeed, since I am writing in English, I will refer to them as “Esteban and Diego” to avoid confusion!

2011-10-12 Ils font l'ouverture d'un festival en direct sur une grande radio françaiseA Duo is Born

In December 2009, they played for the first time as “Esteban and Diego” to an association for the mayor of the 19th in Paris. Soon after, they were performing various concerts in Paris and its suburbs.

October 12, 2011, they opened the French live music festival “Cities of World Music.” On 09 November 2011, they performed on the show “France has got Talent”. Performance requests began pouring in from all over France and the young musicians continued to grow their fan base at home and abroad. 

The Journey continues…

Following their TV appearances, they were noticed by Marie Jo Audouard of the production company “Be my sound: Hope records.” Soon Esteban and Diego had released their first single “Cuando Bailas” which was composed and performed by the boys. The track is available for download on several internet platforms (Deezer, Amazon etc …). 

Cuando BailasRémi Castillo – radio host, journalist and producer – also has a heart for this little duo. After hearing their single “Cuando Bailas” he decided to delight the boys by helping them make a music video for their song. Today, Rémi Castillo guides them and helps them grow. In May 2013, he released a book “The Epic of Young Talents” in which he speaks of them. 

Esteban and Diego have since had numerous TV appearances including “The Voice kids” in September 2014 and a program called “Gulli” in October 2014.

An incredible story of loyalty

“We know each other so well. We share everything together, in private as well as on stage. We cannot imagine our music without each other.” – Diego

You Raise Me UpAs well as being incredibly talented and entertaining, Esteban and Diego have a special quality which sets them apart from many other groups of their age: they are completely committed to each other. This is not difficult while success remains limited and neither party has much to lose, but for the friendship to survive at the dizzying heights that Esteban and Diego have reached proves that the bond they share is very powerful. 

“Diego is like my big brother. Sometimes we fight a bit, but in the music we are always united.” – Esteban

I know the boys and their families will not mind me sharing a fairly personal story of when this loyalty was truly put to the test. 

2012-01-00 Britain's got talentEsteban and Diego travelled to England to audition for “Britain’s Got Talent” a few years ago. This was before their numerous television appearances so, no doubt, it was a big deal for them. The producers liked what they saw and heard. A lot. But there was one condition: Esteban and Diego would have to separate as the producers were not interested in promoting a duo.

The boys made their decision quickly and unanimously. They picked up their guitars and went home to France! They were “Esteban and Diego” not “Esteban or Diego”!

It is such a delight to see the success the boys are enjoying now. Not only in France but, increasingly, all over the world. It is an honour to be able to feature them here and wish them every success for an exciting future, fuelled by the energy that only Esteban and Diego can give!

“When we began to see that people liked what we were doing, we were amazed. Even today we are surprised every time people take notice of us.” – Esteban

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“We do not know where this will lead us – we thought it would stop after our first TV appearance – but it’s been more than 3 years and the adventure continues! Thank you to all those who make it possible.” – Diego

Stay up to date with all their news and find links to all their social media on their website: 

www.esteban-diego.com

Rivenmaster Passing The Torch

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Rod Johnson aka Rivenmaster

It’s been nearly six years that Rod Johnson aka Rivenmaster has been promoting young talent on this website and during this time the site has grown exponentially. Over 130 young artists have graced the pages here some being featured on a variety of occasions and numerous times. 

During this time period Rivenmaster’s Place has reached every habitable continent and provided opportunities for young musical prodigies to be featured for the very first time on a platform extending into the entertainment industry. In addition to helping introduce these talented youngsters to other talent scouts and producers, the site has also been instrumental in recommending some of these musical prodigies for scholarships and helped put them in contact with both television and radio producers. 

Author and owner Rod Johnson, aka Rivenmaster has decided to step down from the ownership of Rivenmaster’s Place and will soon be passing all ownership and managerial rights to Matthew Todd, an exceptionally qualified and dedicated young professional author, teacher, and vocal artist. 

While Rod plans to stay on as an author and will still submit occasional publications, the sole responsibility and all managerial duties will belong to the new owner, Author Matthew Todd. 

“I’m very excited about this”, said Rod Johnson. “Rivenmaster’s Place has needed an infusion of new blood with fresh ideas and the time and energy to take it to the next level. We need a new look with a new platform that can reach all forms of new technology. For the longest time we have needed to change the site so it will work better on Smart Phones and Tablets in addition to still function well on laptops, and desktop computers. Matthew Todd is not only a proven author with the ability to inspire youth in music as a teacher, but already has a team to help him accomplish many of the things that I have been desiring to do with the site for some time. I’m very anxious to see what they have in store for the future of this website.” 

While all the plans are not yet ready to announce, over the next month or so Matthew will begin announcing a name change and start revealing some of his vision for the future of the site. 

You should not be alarmed with any of this as the site is only going to become bigger and better than ever with all of the past articles following the move to its new location on the web. Eventually, the site will have a new layout and possess the potential to reach more readers and subscribers than ever before. 

You can still follow Rod on:

 

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Matthew Todd

 

Matthew Todd was born in Scotland in 1988 into a large musical family. He has been performing and singing for as long as he can remember, along with his four brothers and two sisters. Music was always an escape and a passion in the Todd family but Matthew knew that, for him, it was going to be even more important.  

Growing up in the remote Highlands of Scotland, it was a real challenge to gain the essential foundation and experience for a career in music. Throughout his school career, Matthew was systematically bullied and discouraged and music became an invaluable solace through this difficult time. However, he persevered with his dream and, after completing his vocal studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Matthew began a varied and exciting musical career as a tenor soloist, choral conductor, composer, community musician, teacher and music therapist. 

Due to his own childhood, Matthew has a deep concern for young people and their struggles and challenges. Drawing from his own experience and extensive voluntary youth work, Matthew has created many pieces of art and literature with a particular emphasis on the power of children to make a difference to the world. These include an historical novel for children – ‘For the King’ – numerous songs, poems and short stories, and a choral drama – ‘Such is the Kingdom’ – which was premiered in Glasgow Cathedral in 2013. More recently, he has been involved in the production and scoring of films through ‘Fellowship Film’, a small film company which he co-manages with two of his brothers and two of his cousins. 

It has been a delight for Matthew to introduce and manage the Gaitway Brothers. After a tragic event in the boys’ lives, Matthew saw their musical and acting potential and began mentoring the twins when they were just 10 years old. Now, the boys have about a dozen music videos (including the award-winning ‘Còmhla Riut-sa’), an album, many single tracks and thousands of fans. Their acting and vocals also feature in a ‘Fellowship Film’ production: ‘The Fable of Forsaken’. 

It is Matthew’s passion to help as many young people as possible achieve their dreams and to encourage them to make a difference to the world.      

 

 

 

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A few weeks ago, we posted an update from the Sposato Brothers and their fundraising campaign for Nepalese girls from the Unatti Home. This was before the horrific earthquake that shook Nepal and shocked the world.

The boys' father, Frankie, sent me some photos and told me:  

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This is all in the area that we were staying and working with the girls. It’s a city called Bhaktapur and one of the oldest in Nepal. The orphan girls are now feeding and helping care for 2000 plus people a day.

We were just there two weeks ago (we left a week before the earthquake!!!!!!) The country of Nepal is in very rough shape and if you help raise so much as 25$ you are doing a great service to the people there."

 
He also assured me that the money goes directly to Nepal and they know this as they work directly with two orphanages there.
 
Click the image above or the following link to access the boys' sister's club Indiegogo page. Please don't delay. Donate and save lives.
 

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Sposato Brothers show their support for Nepalese girls

"Children who are trapped in the cycle of extreme poverty and limited opportunity nevertheless are encouraged to express themselves honestly, fearlessly, and happily"

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Milo and Julian (aka The Sposato Brothers) are once again showing their support for the Unatti Foundation in Nepal. The Unatti Home is running a crowd funding campaign to transform the lives of the girls that it cares for. Click the image above to find out how you can be part of this life-changing work.

Sawyer Fredericks
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Sawyer Fredericks Voice Collection

This will be the link to the ever increasing set of singles for Sawyer Frederick's performances on this years competition of THE VOICE. You can see the list of songs below as they are recorded and released from the show. Please purchase his first album which can also be found by following this link.

SUPPORT SAWYER FREDERICKS and let's cheer him on all the way to the finals!

SONG LIST:

  1. I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow
  2. Have You Ever Seen The Rain
  3. Voice Performance "Collide" Single
  4. Voice Performance "Trouble" Single
  5. Voice Performance "Imagine" Single
  6. Voice Performance "Iris" Single
  7. Voice Performance "Simple Man" Single
  8. Voice Performance "Take Me To The River" Single
  9. Voice Performance "Shine" Single
  10. Voice Performance "A Thousand Years" Single
  11. Voice Performance "For What It's Worth" Single
  12. Voice Performance "Old Man" Single
  13. Voice Performance "Summer Breeze" Single
  14. Voice Performance Original "Please" Single

OR GET THE ENTIRE COLLECTION
The Complete Season 8 Collection

Sci-fi Musical from the Highlands of Scotland!

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Slaves on Planet Bablia!

Planet Bablia is a Sci-Fi musical based on the story of Daniel and the fiery furnace.

During the February holidays, 'Out of the Box' ran a Creative Arts week called AMP'D (Acting, Music, Puppets and Dance) in collaboration with Philip Todd (film-maker), Matthew Todd (composer), Kirsten Todd (choreographer) and Nathan Todd (camera). Everything you see and hear in this movie was filmed and recorded during the five days at AMP'D.

Please support these talented young people by clicking on the picture and watching the video. Please follow this link to leave a comment for the kids because as you know comments can go a long way!

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Anthony Gargiula just released his brand new original single hit "Barricade". It's now available on both iTunes and CDbaby.

Get your copy today and then go check out his articles here and find out how it all began. Anthony is truly one of the best young male vocalists to come along in the past 5 years and we've been waiting a long time for more recorded music from him. Hang on to your hats ANTHONY IS BACK!

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Griffin Tucker Gotta Get The Girl

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Some young artists capture your attention immediately upon hearing for the first time and others grow on you as they develop. Griffin Tucker does both! From the first video I saw of Griffin I knew that he was going to be a musical force to keep my eye on! His creativity and talent excels with his brand new original single "Gotta Get The Girl"! Please support Griffin by listening to his new masterpiece below, then click the photo above to purchase it for your own collection!

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Over the years Rivenmaster's Place has been given permission to use excerpts and full songs from many of the young artists who have graced this site. Since the closing of The SkyKid Radio I have missed hearing many of the early songs from some of these now advanced, well known, and accomplished young artists.

Below is just short selection of some of these songs.

If you are one of these artists and have a song you would like to see added to this list just contact me and submit it for the play list. I will be happy to include it.

BEST OF SUCCESS TO ALL OUR YOUNG ARTISTS!

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Tae Brooks Debut EP
'On My Own'

Tae Brooks On My Own EP

On September 9, 2014 the debut EP On My Own by teen artist Tae Brooks was released on iTunes for pre-order leading up to the official release date of September 30, 2014. During pre-order this EP of 5 original songs will be available for $3.99 and will include instant downloads of the previously released single, It’s Always Been You, and the highly anticipated pop power ballad, Lois Lane.

Besides the two songs included in the pre-order instant downloads, this EP also presents the smooth groove of Gotta Be, the gritty call-to-action of The Fire featuring Juke on the rap, and the evocative lament of On Your Own. In addition a bonus digital booklet will accompany the EP including exclusive photos, lyrics, liner notes, and personal thoughts. In his reflections Tae speaks of the challenges of being an independent artist as well as the opportunities that have opened to him through his artistry.

Here are all the links:

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WATCH NIC NEUFELD'S LATEST VIDEO

Watch Nic Neufeld's latest Video from his VEVO Youtube Channel. Nic continues to grow as an amazing young rising vocal artist and pop star! His fan base continues to increase and he as been busy in both studio and on stage with his live performances. Nic was first introduced on this site and almost immediately after his feature article was published he was invited to LA to work with both a film and record producer. Since then he has been traveling back and forth to LA working closely with his team and continuing to grow as an artist. Congratulations Nic on all your amazing success.... Your hard work is paying off!

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Reed Deming New EP

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Reed Deming's New EP "Satellites" was released last fall, and is available now on iTunes

Reed gave many tiring hours in the studio to produce these songs just for you and very much deserves all of our support! You can also order his new T-Shirt design from HIS WEBSITE.

Congratulations Reed! Rivenmaster's Place is excited for you and proud to continue to support your musical career!

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Spencer Kane

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Spencer's New CD is now ready for purchase from iTunes. Don't miss getting your copy today!

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New from Lyric

Lyric Dubee Bridge to Nowhere

With 5 new tunes already recorded and more on the way Lyric’s newest album is shaping up to be his best yet. Lyric’s music labeled Revolution Rock is a unique blend of pop, rock, jazz and blues. The new album is a mix of co-writes and songs he wrote on his own. He partnered up with:

  • Nolan Neal - (ShineDown, Tonic, Fuel, Saliva & Cold)
  • Bobby Amaru - (Saliva, Burn Season, Amaru)
  • Dave Dunlop - (Triumph, Rik Emmett, The Full Nine, Dan McLean Jr)

GET HIS NEW SINGLE NOW ON CD BABY!

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"I have personally purchased all of Lyric's new songs and have them on my phone and mp3 player. He is truly a young artist who is going to have a long musical career and you won't want to miss your opportunity to have all of his early work in your collection."

Do you want to be on this playlist?
Contact Rivenmaster and provide your SoundCloud link!

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Christmas Benifit Album

Nathan and Matthew Todd from Glasgow just launched a fund raising album to benefit an international children’s charity.

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Enlisting a group of young artists between the ages of 10-13, a 14-track album called “International Christmas Child” was produced through their social enterprise company, Lux Ventus.

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Thirteen artists from Brazil, France, Norway, Texas, Illinois, Canada, Australia, Romania, Germany, England and Scotland contributed to the album. While the majority of the artists sing in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Romanian is also featured.

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You can also download the digital version on these sites:

Purchase it on ITUNES, AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY, SPOTIFY (more live links available soon)

ALL TIME TOP TEN MOST VIEWD MUSIC VIDEOS

Ever wonder what the ALL TIME TOP TEN most viewed videos on Rivenmaster’s Place is?!

TOP TEN MOST VIEWED VIDEOS ALL TIME

URIAH SHELTON
CARSON LUEDERS
DIMA BORODIN
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TROYE SIVAN
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Prodigy Camp Video (Rick Stevenson Director)

Here they are in order of most viewed:

In His Promises DVD Sam Santiago

Sam Santiago just announced the release of his new DVD entitled "In His Promises"! Teaming up with Producer Brenda Walsh and the amazing television crew from Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Sam recorded 14 songs for the “Kids Time” Television program this past summer.

The DVD contains the songs, “Amazing Grace”, “As the Deer/I Love You Lord”, “Because He Lives”, “Blessed Assurance”, “Champion of Love”, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, “How Great Thou Art”, “I Need Thee Every Hour”, “I Surrender All”, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”, “Old Rugged Cross, “The Lord’s Prayer”, and “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”.

While the DVD is not yet available for digital download it is NOW AVAILABLE by special order directly from Sam's website.

Get your copy today while supply lasts!

FHR Radio

FHR Radio is an independent licensed online radio station playing today's best country and pop music from National and International Artists. Both major and independent. They are a huge supporter of this site and the artist who are featured here! If you would like your music played on rotation there please contact this site for more information.

CLICK HERE to vote for your favorite young artist!

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ALEX SHUMAKER

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(9 yr old) that's right, Nine Year old Alex Shumaker is making a real name for himself as an extraordinary ROCK & ROLL drummer. Wait till you see this kid bust the sticks on this cover of Kid Rock's "First Kiss"!

I've seen a lot of little drummers in my time but Alex is way beyond his years in ability and classy looks as well as the passion that he pours into his performance. In this new music video Alex pantomimes as he plays along with the song... Not only does he hardly miss a beat but he shows runs, and fancy moves that you would only expect from someone twice his age.

Rock on Alex THIS WAS SUPER KIDDO! You are well deserving of this VIDEO OF THE WEEK AWARD!

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Sam Santiago

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Sam Santiago will be releasing his brand new original song "One Star At A Time" written and produced by Nathaniel Levingston (I Manage Stars), and Gemini Musiq. Sam is very excited about his new song and can't wait to share it with you.

You can PRE-ORDER your copy right now on iTunes!

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WATCH THE TEASER THEN ORDER TODAY!

Congratulations Sam and Best of Success!

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DALTON CYR

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Dalton Cyr just announced that the new show that he was recently cast in in Hollywood airs on Amazon.com beginning today June 26th. You can watch it free for one month using the links in this ad.

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Don’t miss this great opportunity to see Dalton and the rest of the members of this cast of amazingly talented young people!

IMPORTANT: You may need to install Silverlight on your computer: In addition you will need to be logged into Amazon.com. If you don’t have an account you can set one up for free. Once you have done that you can just use THIS LINK and the proper page will open so you can view the show!

BEST OF SUCCESS TO Dalton Cyr and the entire cast.

Sawyer Fredericks
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Sawyer WinsWatch Sawyer's Original "Please"

Sawyer Fredericks can finally relax a little now that he has captured the Season 8 title of NBC's "The Voice" under the tutelage of Pharrel Williams.

Here at Rivenmaster's Place we have never doubted Sawyer's ability to take this all the way to the end and are even more elated that he has now captured the WIN! Since our first article about Sawyer back on March 29th, 2013, we have followed Sawyer's career with great excitement. When we discovered that Sawyer was going to be on Season 8 of The Voice we were very excited for him. While he was surely up against some amazing vocal artists, Sawyer held his own throughout the entire series.

The voiceSawyer is special to say the least. but he is also just an everyday 16 year old who we were privileged to write about when he was just 13. A hard working farm boy with a passion for music. While he began with an extremely shy and timid personality, he has blossomed into a confidant and mature performing artist in just a few short years. While his experience on "The Voice" helped him expand his fan base, gain valuable experience performing on Television, allowed him to glean from some of the very best in the entertainment business, and even provided him with a new single.... Sawyer never changed who he was and will continue to be as a recording artist.

While I have to admit that Sawyer's vocals have only gotten better over the years I think I will cherish his first CD "Out My Window" even more now, if for no other reason that it has forever captured the beginning of a Super Star's career.

If you missed purchasing any of his performance tracks on iTunes VISIT THERE NOW!

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Sawyer Fredericks Winner of The Voice 2015

CONGRATULATIONS SAWYER FREDERICKS ON YOUR WIN!

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Since Nic Neufeld first appeared on Rivenmaster's Place he has grown tremendously! His experience as a performer, spokesperson, personality, and recording artist has taken him to new heights in his career as a young pop teen idol. Nic has an ever expanding fan base with over 30K faithful followers and over 150K music video views! His latest Single "Oh My You're Beautiful" was just released on
iTunes and CDbaby!

Don't miss getting your copy today!

CONGRATULATIONS NIC with all your success! We at Rivenmaster's Place are very proud of you!

Prodigy Camp 2015 Announcment

Prodigy Camp 2015 Announced!

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Rivenmaster, is pleased to announce that once again we will be working together with Film Director Rick Stevenson looking for qualified candidates to attend Prodigy Film Camp 2015. Each year a young artist is chosen to receive a full scholarship to attend and participate in a fun filled learning experience at Prodigy Camp! This scholarship covers the entirety of the tuition fee (valued at $2000) and the winner will only be expected to cover his/her own transportation expenses to and from the Prodigy Camp.

Like previous years this camp is limited to 20 of the world’s most promising young artists(ages 12-18), THE PRODIGY CAMP provides a life-changing experience and the highest level of instruction for young artists/storytellers of all kinds. If you would like to be considered for this prize, please go to:

www.TheProdigyCamp.com

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Watch The Story of Camp 2013

Then Simply fill out an application

Be sure to mention Rivenmaster as a substitution for the Fifty Dollar application fee. You and your parents can get more information by writing the Camp Director, Rick Stevenson, by writing to:

rick@rickstevenson.com

Rivenmaster is very honored to be included each year in this talent search and proud of the young people who have participated in the past. Arden Reimer , Thilo Berndt , Dalton Cyr, Blackberry Jam now called Take2, Lyric Dubee, all were awarded this wonderful opportunity. If you have been featured on this site, please write to me and I will be pleased to write you a recommendation.

*Artists must have a working knowledge of the English language.

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Dalton Cyr and Lyric Dubee Past Scholarship Recipients

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Lyric Dubee

Lyric Dubee

Last year was my first time attending prodigy camp. I was one of the lucky attendees that received a scholarship! I went not knowing what to expect and was absolutely blown away. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Its an absolute week of fun! In the short week I was there I made friends that I'm sure will last a lifetime. The staff are all trained professionals that are amazing people and always looking to help you better your craft. It’s an amazing experience spending a week with people exactly like you. I enjoyed every second of it. From the food, the people, the lessons, and the camp fires. It has my highest recommendations! ~Lyric

Dalton Cyr Prodigy Camp

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"Prodigy Camp was a life changing experience for me. Being with so many other like-minded individuals was awesome and inspiring. I came away from there with new drive to better myself as an artist and person." ~Dalton

CONGRATULATIONS
SPENCER KANE

Spencer Kain receives NEXT BIG THING AWARD

Spencer Kain receives
NEXT BIG THING AWARD

Spencer Kane was honored at the Rock & Worship Roadshow with the prestigious award of "THE NEXT BIG THING" in Christian Music.

Spencer has been part of this website since the very beginning of his musical pursuits and we are so proud to continue to support and promote his amazing vocal talent. Of course those of you who know Spencer realize that he is more than just a Christian artist but is an outstanding crossover artist who can sing just about any genre of music.

Spencer is also a very kind individual with a courageous and generous giving personality. Spencer's efforts to help teens in crisis has demonstrated not only his compassionate spirit, but of his desire to have his life and music make a difference in the lives of others. We are truly proud to share this space to tell Spencer Kane just how proud we are of this amazing achievement!

HELP NEEDED!

SPECIAL APPEAL FOR HELP!

Sheridan Archbold GO FUND ME

Rivenmaster's Place has long been a site for supporting all the efforts of young artists. You will often see ads in the sidebars about their new EP's or CD's as well as Special Recognition Awards given for their achievements and contributions to society by their own actions of selflessness. Occasionally there is a need that kind grabs our attention as one to really get behind and support, however it takes more than a website like this to make it happen. It takes all of you who come here to enjoy the music these young prodigies produce and record. That's why we are asking you to personally support Sheridan on his GO FUND ME PAGE. Sheridan really needs to raise enough money to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Often there is a misunderstanding about these young artists. Many people assume they all come from wealth or Hollywood prosperity... This is not always the case!!! Many of these kids struggle just like you and I with daily life needs while all the time sacrificing even more to obtain their goals which often seem to be just beyond their reach.

Such is this opportunity for Sheridan. Neither he nor his family have asked me to create this write up or make this SPECIAL APPEAL but I know that it would mean the world to him if you would just CLICK ON THIS LINK and DONATE WHAT YOU CAN! It can be as small as $5.00 or as much as $500 or $1,000. Please understand that there is no donation too small or too large to help Sheridan go to Italy to take part in this wonderful adventure of music and learning.

PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TODAY!

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Here they are with their brand new single "Stupid Love Song"! For those of you who follow this site you will recognize one of the members as "Alexandru".

Congratulations Alexandru on your success in being selected to be a part of this FAB 5!

Dalton Cyr A New Day

It's a NEW DAY and Dalton just announced that his new CD will be available just in time for Christmas! If you want to get one under your tree you can.

PRE-ORDER NOW

Dalton is an amazing young creative artist who writes his own music, helps in the production process, and has become a real teen idol performing all around the US. This is Dalton's second CD project with one previous gem already available on iTunes along with his EP and singles.

Dalton Cyr is Cyriously one of the fastest growing, upcoming young artists currently making waves in the entertainment industry.

MattyB-John-Robert Rimel

Matty B has always impressed since his first appearance on the web! He had a very early article published to theskykid.com which I read with great interest. While I visit the Atlanta area often, I have not been able to chase him down for an article. In spite of that, he he has been featured here numerous times in the Video of the Week column. Today Matty B released his brand new original single "I Just Wanna Love You" where he teamed up with my good friend John-Robert Rimel who has been featured here and whom I was privileged to meet in person this past summer.

Be sure to support both the boys in their recent single project by:

Purchasing It On iTunes

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After over 2 years of working on their collection of upbeat originals and crooning love ballads, singer-songwriter duo Adrian Chirtea and Julian Woodrow announce the release of the autographed copy of their debut album

End of the Night

Blackberry Jam, NOW CALLED " TAKE 2" made their name change just prior to their last article here.

Rivenmaster is especially proud to recommend and promote Take2's music and you can rest assured Adrain & Julian will continue to be included on this site in updates and in special feature articles.

This long awaited collection of originals will be a true collectors item especially in the Autographed copy version. However if you want the digital version:

Order Today from iTunes!

Sheridan Archbold

Vote For Sheridan Archbold

Vote For Sheridan Archbold

Sheridan Archbold is an amazing young man with an extraordinary talent! Sheridan along with other artists are looking for your vote on a website called ArtistSignal. You can vote for Sheridan every hour or at least once a day by using This Link or the one in the photo above.

Once at their website, simply sign using your Facebook Account and then hit the big GREEN VOTE BUTTON on their site!

Cameron Molloy Debut EP

Cameron Molloy EP

Rising Young Recording Artist Cameron Molloy just released his debut EP with 5 amazing hit singles. Rivenmaster's Place was delighted to feature Cameron here this past January and now only a few months later his first ever EP hits the online store shelves just for you.

Without hesitation, I immediately downloaded his new EP knowing that I was going to be in for a real treat. Of course I had already heard some of his songs, but this new 5 song collection was one I just had to have. Get your own copy by visiting iTunes or CD Baby

You can also purchase physical CD's on the CD Baby Site so be sure to check that out before you make your final decision.

As a third option you can listen to the full song on ReverbNation below and then show him your support by paying for the downloaded versions using one of these links.



John Robert on Ellen

John Robert Rimel
appeared on Ellen
Monday, March 31st
Watch The Performance Below

Great opportunities are opening up for 13 year old John-Robert Rimel of the Beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. John-Robert is a Member of the All County District Choir, All State Virginia Middle School Choir, High School Concert Choir and Middle School Select Concert Choir. He is a Cast Member of the Shenandoah Jamboree Show starring Ben Cooter Jones of the "Dukes of Hazzard Show". John-Robert has recently made a visit to LA to perform on the very popular Ellen DeGeneres Show.

John Robert on Ellen

Watch John-Robert Perform "Broken Road"

Also, made a trip to Nashville to meet with Producers who are interested in working with this youngster. Dreams really do come true when you are born with a God Given Talent. Stay tuned, More to come! In the mean time Check out his
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