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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Alex Shumaker Nine Year Old Demonstrative Drummer

July 24, 2015 Alex Shumaker, Drummers, Featured Comments Off on Alex Shumaker Nine Year Old Demonstrative Drummer

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I love playing drums more than anything in the world  Alex Shumaker

 

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Nine Year old Alex Shumaker heralds from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA and has had an interest in Classic Rock bands such as Journey, Foreigner, Reo Speed Wagon and Styx since age 4. When Alex was 5 his parents took him to his first live concert to see Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger and he was mesmerized! 

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Alex Self Made Drum

Following that concert experience, while most 5 year olds were headed to the Toy section at Walmart Alex would always ask to go to the Electronic Department to look at CD’s. On February 10, 2012 while browsing the CD’s Alex found a DVD of the band Journey with their new lead singer Arnel. Alex became fixated with drummer Deen Castronovo. Alex would get out an exercise ball, put it in front of the TV, and grabbing some kitchen utensils would proceed to play his make-shift drum set. He would watch the video over and over again and ultimately broke every kitchen utensil his parents had. To remedy that problem his dad created a pair of drumsticks out of plastic coat hangers for him to use. 

One evening while Alex was playing his homemade drum kit his Mom captured the moment on her phone and posted it to Facebook with the heading…… 

“You Gotta do what you Gotta do when your parents wont buy you a drum set!” 

The phone soon rang and it was Alex’s Nana wanting to speak with him. His parents weren’t all that thrilled when he started screaming; 

Nana and Papa are buying me a real drum set”.  

Alex received that little drum set and played it for hours on end, at least 3-4 hours a day watching the Journey DVD over and over trying to copy Deen’s every move. 

Every time Alex went to Walmart he got a CD. A few months later another DVD appeared, this time it was the band Foreigner with then drummer Brian Tichy. Alex became obsessed with Tichy’s theatrics of stick throwing and bouncing. 

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Alex with his first Drum Set from his Grandparents

 

 

After a few months of playing, Alex’s parents enrolled him in weekly drum lessons with teacher Brian Rowan with whom he is still receiving instruction. 

Alex progressed and kept his passion for drumming. His tastes in music evolved and he started playing a wide variety of genres of music. His parents and grandparents realized at this point this wasn’t just going to be a childhood phase and decided to purchase an adult size full drum set for his 7th birthday. Instead of asking for toys for birthdays and holidays, Alex would ask for musical equipment. Thus, his drum set has become quite massive over the past two years. 

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Alex rocken with Jeff from Foreigner

 

Alex’s parents began taking him to more concerts and numerous local shows. Alex has had the chance to meet many musicians and has become friends with a number of them, some even inviting him on stage during their performances. 

 

His biggest moment was getting to meet his hero Deen at a Journey concert along with Ross Valory and Jonathan Cain before the show. Deen was simply amazing to Alex. Deen even called out Alex’s name in front of 30,000 people while on stage and is still in contact with Alex today. 

That concert also opened Alex up to Country Music. He instantly fell in love with Rascal Flatts who were touring with Journey at the time. 

One of Alex’s first times being on a big stage was with the band Foreigner in 2013. It was an experience he will never forget. Alex has met Foreigner several times since. One particular occasion was when Alex used tickets to their show awarded to him by winning a Tonight Show inspired Lip Sync ontest the band put on. 

 

Alex on stage with Jefferson Starship 2014

While attending a Jefferson Starship concert in Pittsburgh in 2014 Alex was taken on stage for the final song with the band. The band members had no idea he was a miniature musician but singer Cathy Richardson said she kept getting this vibe about this little 7 year old boy sitting in the front row she had to invite him up!  

Alex and his parents traveled to New Jersey to attend a show called the “Bonzo Bash” produced by his hero Brian Tichy. Brian puts on this show on the both the West Coast and the East Coasts to honor the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Brian brings in top drummers from many bands to each perform 2 songs by Led Zeppelin. Alex got to attend the rehearsals for this show at the Gibson Guitar Show Room in NYC the day before the show. At the end of rehearsals Alex was given the chance to play while Brian Tichy (who is mostly known as a drummer) played guitar, Michael Devin of Whitesnake played bass and Chas West of Jake E. Lee/Tango Down performed the vocals.

 

Alex Shumaker Shows His Stuff Watch Alex Show His Stuff to Brian, Michael, and Chas  

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Alex with Peter Criss

 

 

 

The next day at the show Alex got to hang out backstage with all of the amazing drummers he had met at the rehearsals and got the chance of a life time to meet Peter Criss of Kiss who happens to be the drummer Castronovo and Tichy idolized in their childhoods.

During the summer Alex attended a Florida Georgia Line concert and got a special Meet & Greet with FGL drummer Sean Fuller.

Sean went above and beyond to take Alex behind the scenes before the show and even let him play his massive drum kit! He also took him and his family on the tour bus which to 8 year old Alex was EPIC, he kept repeating;

 

 “THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!”

 

 

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Alex got a huge surprise when he tweeted a video he did for Keith Urban for his birthday. Keith actually saw it and responded, “Alex, Love you man – KU”. Keith shared the video on Twitter and Facebook. Even Cody from CMT wrote an article about it and it was talked about on Sirius XM’s The Highway.

 

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His most memorable stage appearance to date was when Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise came to Alex’s home town of Punxsutawney, PA. Alex had a front row seat and Wynonna kept speaking to him throughout the show. She asked him if he knew who she was and he responded yes he did and he knew her husband Cactus who happens to be her drummer and the crowd started yelling for her to let Alex play drums on stage. Cactus was backstage at the time and Wynonna explained that his drums they had on stage were a vintage set but she said they would figure something out. They ended up bring a snare drum out and invited Alex on stage to show his stuff. After watching him she decided to have him play a song along with Cactus.  

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Last year Alex spent a week in his favorite city of Nashville and enjoyed New Year’s Eve on Broadway watching Lady Antebellum & Trace Adkins. In addition he spent a day with Rich Redmond (drummer for Country Artist Jason Aldean), who is a huge influence on Alex. 

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Alex and Rich Redmond

He was also able to sit in with a few bands on Broadway. 

Most recently Alex was awarded the opportunity to play with Blues/Rock Artist Anthony Gomes at the Treasure Lake Ski Lodge performing Gomes Chart topping hit “Turn it up” 

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 Alex Shumaker sitting in with Anthony GomesAlex Shumaker sitting in with Anthony Gomes 

Alex has had numerous Radio interviews and newspaper articles published about him in addition to a few television appearances which can all be viewed on his website

Alex’s other musical interests are guitar (his second love), and piano. He is currently enrolled in lessons for both and hopes to take vocal lessons soon. 

When Alex is not playing music or attending concerts he enjoys sports. Alex plays golf, baseball, basketball, and flag football. 

Alex will be entering the 3rd grade this coming school year.

 

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Ky Baldwin – Character and Charisma!

July 17, 2015 Featured, Ky Baldwin, Uncategorized, Young Male Artists A-L Comments Off on Ky Baldwin – Character and Charisma!

“Character first – talent second.”   Ky Baldwin

ky-baldwinSinger, songwriter, musician and dancer with a charismatic personality and a big heart: it is our honour and a delight to feature Sydney, Australia’s Ky Baldwin!

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Ky began his career as a dancer and it wasn’t until he reached 10-years-old that he started his first singing lessons. His teacher had him singing Michael Jackson who quickly became his biggest influence.

I asked Ky to describe his music:

“My music is pop – Tweeny pop if I were to be honest. But my latest song Lara is heading more towards radio Pop and would attract an older teenage audience. I do love all kinds of music though but I’m very Top 40 influenced in terms of my melodies. I write all my own music. I have 6 originals. I’d love to collaborate with others in the future.”

In 2011, Ky was a semi finalist on Australia’s Got Talent with his tap dancing abilities and he participated on The Voice Kids in 2014. Ky has performed in several musicals, such as “Love Never Dies”, “Under Milk Wood” and “Mary Poppins”, and has done TV commercials and films.

In October of last year Ky released his first EP  “The Beginning” with 4 original songs and 3 cover songs and he has since been producing a steady stream of songs and music videos. His latest original is a quirky, catchy collaboration with some other young stars Jamie Cumberlidge, Fletcher Pilon and Balin Rowley.

 

 

Ky has an infectious energy and enthusiasm and, as a result, his music and videos are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. One of his music videos is chasing 12 million views! Check them all out on his

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opera-houseKy remains irrepressibly positive in his outlook though he is only too aware of the struggles and challenges of trying to make a career in the creative arts. I always make a point of emphasising how difficult it can be for young people starting out, especially boys, and I feel it is important to tell the whole truth – it’s not all fun and games! The internet has brought untold opportunities for good but also much potential for harm.

I asked Ky if he had ever had a major struggle or barrier to his career. I want to include a good amount of his response here. I do hope a time will come in the future when I stop hearing these stories, but until that day comes I believe it is so very important to keep raising awareness:

“I am physically very small with a high voice so get a bit of negativity about that and sometimes it is hard to be taken very seriously but it doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s kind of silly that people judge a person on that and I actually quite like it.

I have had girls as young as 8 tell me they hate me when of course they don’t know me. I have been told I’m gay because my voice hasn’t dropped yet. It’s water off a ducks back to me, it actually just highlights their character, but I can’t help but think that this bullying online is becoming so common place that it has to leak out into the real world. I have girls all the time contact me that they are bullied and it’s so sad. I’d love us all to stop and think – is that really the person you want to be.”

Ky describes his guitar as his ‘best friend’ and it is where he turns to come up with his original melodies. Like most creatives, says that composing music gives him a real ‘buzz’. Sometimes the most creative minds are very introverted and find it hard to express how much their art means to them. Artists like Ky are a refreshing contrast: their delight in what they do is very evident when they perform!

benWith a rising star like Ky, there is huge potential to make a positive influence on other young people. It fills me with hope and excitement for the future when I see youngsters as talented as Ky adopting such a mature and compassionate nature. I asked Ky for his advice to other young people hoping to achieve their dreams and I would endorse his conclusions 100%! If only everyone in the music industry followed these guidelines, the music would all be phenomenal and the industry would be a much more positive environment:

 – My first advice is what my mum instills in myself and my sister often. Character first – talent second.
 – The second is no good to the world if the first is not achieved. The second thing is work hard and be confident and enjoy the journey.
 – The third thing which is equally as important is to get the right people to teach you and to be around you and never stop learning.

It must be acknowledged that, for a young artist, the parents and family around them are incredibly important. So many parents I know sacrifice so much to see their children fulfil their potential. Many choose to homeschool, use most of their income and savings, and sacrifice their own hopes and dreams for the sake of their children. Ky’s family is clearly one of these and it is wonderful that, even at a young age, he is very aware of this and chooses to acknowledge it:

“My family is my greatest strength, no doubt. They are my team and you are only as good as the team you have with you.”

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Annual Star Ball Charity Fund Raiser. Masquerade Ball

Ky’s dream is to be a touring artist. His first goal is to get one of his songs on the radio. He would like to write with Max Martin and to play with Taylor Swift. Taylor is another big influence on Ky and he emphasises that it is not only her song writing but her character that inspires him. If he is successful in his first goal, Ky would like to use that success to help the fight against homelessness and against bullying.

I asked Ky how we can best help and support him:

“I guess the best way that your readers can help me is to take a look at what I have. If you like it, share it, comment on it, buy it.”

Here are the links to his social media:

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Annual Star Ball Charity Fund Raiser. Masquerade Ball

 

And finally, Ky would like to thank some people!

“There are so many people I need to thank and the list keeps growing. Aside from the obvious, my mum, I always come back to Dein Perry and the Tap Pups for instilling the love of dance, Marianne Howard for planting the seed for performing and Robert RAab Stevenson who taught me how to sing. When I came to him 3½ years ago I couldn’t sing at all but wanted to. He could see I was willing to work hard and took me on as one of his students and his teaching is phenomenal. I now have lessons with his business partner, Mindy Pack who can solve any singing problem immediately. These two teachers I owe everything to. And most importantly – they always make it fun and it’s my favourite hour of the week.”

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

June 25, 2015 Featured, Will B Whitesell, Young Actors, Young Male Artists Comments Off on 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

Will B Whitesell

Will B Whitesell

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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Will B Whitesell

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 B Whitesell

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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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.

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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

CLICK TO BUY "Gotta Get the Girl"

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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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.

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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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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!

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!

ORDER RUNWAY NOW!

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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Lyric Dubee Official Black Ice Video

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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!

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!

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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.

PRE-ORDER NOW

You can also download the digital version on these sites:

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

ANNOUNCING!

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Rivenmaster.com Old

Rivenmaster.com will soon become

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You can continue to find the site using the current Domain address and we will let you know when you can start using the new domain name.

There is still much to do to be sure we don't loose any of the archived articles and all the multimedia files which most of you love to visit. The site will soon have a whole new look and new appeal to phone users and tablets as well as laptops and desktop computers. Outside to the aesthetic changes the site will remain to be what it has always been. Also it's not totally goodbye to Rivenmaster as Rod Johnson is staying on as an author for the site.

NOTE THE NEW BANNER AND GET READY FOR THE NEW DOMAIN ADDRESS!

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VIDEO OF

THE WEEK

Will B Whitesell

"When I See You Again"

Will B Whitesell is a rising young actor/singer and performer from California who continually impresses with his talent, charisma and charm!

This video, just released on Vimeo more than qualified Will for this weeks VIDEO OF THE WEEK AWARD!

Congratulations Will B keep up the great work pal!

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Alecinwilderland Corner

Due to the fact that Alec has become one of the most popular young talents on this website we have dedicated a corner just to him. Check back often to find Alec's latest adventures embedded right here. We are so proud of Alec who not only encourages young people to get out from behind their video games and computers to enjoy a healthy life in the outdoors, but brings an exciting adventure and education to both the young and the old in each segment. Thank you Alec for being such an amazing teen and we are honored to know you and to support your endeavors.

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Teen Sensation
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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NEW SHOW ON AMAZON
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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
Wins The Voice

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!

Nic Neufeld New Single Announced!

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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!

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!

Norways "Hot" New Boyband
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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

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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.


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!