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Connor Blackley Third Round X-Factor Audition Experience

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Connor Blackley has always been an amazing vocalist!

From the very first article I wrote about him, I saw a tremendous young talented singer, whose skills and abilities were destined to carry him on a great adventure, ultimately fulfilling his dream to become a Pop/ Country recording artist.  In fact I likened him to a miniature Garth Brooks in the making!

While Connor is very versatile and should not be locked into just one genre, I think you will agree that when he sings a country ballad he demands your attention.  Even more so now, with his treble days behind him, Connor’s new mature, full sounding vocals, draw you in delivering even greater meaning to the songs he performs.

I’m very happy to debut his latest single cover here for your enjoyment!  If you have been keeping up with Connor on this site, you’re going to be amazed at his brand new sound in this cover of  “Anymore by: Travis Tritt!

 

In my last update I announced that Connor and his good friend and singing partner Cortnie Frazier had won the opportunity to audition for Simon Crowell’s new reality singing competition show X-Factor.

While I wish I could tell you that we will be seeing Connor perform this fall, he and Cortnie were not selected to go further in the competition.  Regardless of this decision for this year, these two fine young singers not only enjoyed a wonderful experience, but also were benefited by some terrific local media attention prior to their audition for the show.

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CONNOR SING COVER OF “HILBILLY SHOES” AT 2011 NACMAI AWARDS!

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Staying true to my word to follow up on this story, I now share with you a little of what went on behind the scenes for Connor and Cortnie as they participated in this new national talent show due to debut this fall on Fox.

While Connor and Cortnie who called themselves “C Squared” were disappointed that they would not be heading to the judges round to meet Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, they actually deserve a lot of credit for sailing through Rounds One and Two, making it all the way to Round Three of the auditions. Out of more than Ten Thousand people who auditioned in Dallas, Connor and Cortnie progressed through the ranks making it into the top 400 who auditioned in Round 3. Not bad for this young boy/girl duet, especially considering that the reason they were in Dallas to audition was because they beat out 100 people to win a “Front of the Line” contest with Fox 30 Morning News in Jacksonville.

Connor and Cortnie

In spite of their disappointment, they had a lot of fun in Dallas, getting to explore the Downtown area and meeting some pretty cool people. Connor is going to be making a trip to Orlando in the next month or so, in hopes of participating in Disney’s American Idol Experience and wining a “Dream Ticket”, because next year he will be old enough to audition for American Idol.  This is very exciting as it gives us one more opportunity to cheer for Connor and wish him the very best of success in his quest to fulfill his dreams as a recording artist!

Connor has been enjoying his summer, doing a few gigs here and there, but really focusing on improving his guitar playing skills. His goal is to be able to play a 45 minute acoustic set, so he can start playing at more venues around town.

He and Cortnie recently went into the recording studio to record some duets and some solo songs as well. They will be going back in a couple of weeks and hope to have a total of 10 to 12 songs to put on a demo cd to give out to people who come to their performances. Listen now to Connor and Cortnie singing one of their new recordings of Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit single, “I Will Always Love You”!

 

Once the cd is finished, Connor next goal is to get some original music and hopefully do a cd with just original songs.

Although Connor is serious about his music, he continues to be himself, doing things that most typical teenagers enjoy. Sleeping in til noon, working out at the YMCA and hanging out at the pool and beach with friends has made up a good part of his summer vacation. Although the sleeping in will soon end, as Connor will be heading back to school where he will be a freshman at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

Connor has a New ReverbNation Account set up under “Connor Blackley” and has his new recordings published there, as well and several new videos uploaded.

Be sure you check this site out and become a fan, because Connor will be adding new music and videos in the weeks to come.

We are closing this article today with Connor singing his rendition of Desperado made famous by Glen Frey and Don Henley (Eagles) on the 1973 album of the same name.

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We wish you the very best of success Connor!  Nothing would please your fans more than for you to capture it all on next years American Idol!  You can count on this blog and your fans to be backing you all the way!  Keep the great music coming!

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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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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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" will be released on 9-9-14, and is available for Pre-Order on iTunes NOW! Reed has given 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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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)
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  • Dave Dunlop - (Triumph, Rik Emmett, The Full Nine, Dan McLean Jr)

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The Jeans Boys have done it again with a brand new CD entitled “The Most The Most”

This CD consists of 20 songs each one bringing the energy that only these two excitable and rambunctious youngsters can. Naughty , funny and cheerful as the boys themselves , the songs were created in alliance with adults who have not forgotten the music of their childhood.

Regardless of your age, nationality, or even your ability to understand the lyrics which are mostly in Russian you will find yourself tapping your feet and shouting right along with this enchanting young duo. These two really are THE MOST!

You can also find their music on Google Play

For more about Jeans Boys read their first article here and visit:

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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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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.

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Maya Rae

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Maya Rae while a newly discovered talent for this website has already been featured by my good friend Tommy at Stars 2 Come. When I heard this video I was very impressed with her vocal control, pitch, and rendition of this cover of "River" by Joni Mitchell. So much impressed that I felt it deserved a Video of the Week Award. While I have not learned anything beyond her Stars2come feature I'm sure we will be seeing much more of her in years to come.

Be sure you follow this video to her YouTube Channel and leave her a nice comment! ENJOY!

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Jordan Bijan

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Six year old Canadian Jordan Bijan is without a doubt the youngest to ever be showcased here on Rivenmaster's Place. This is largely because I don't often find this much talent at such a young age. While some children Jordan's age are still playing with finger paints, Jordan is fingering a Lead Guitar and Keyboards. He also can show you how to lay down a beat and demonstrates good rhythm playing a real set of drums. If that's not enough.... He can sing..... exhibiting good vocal control and exceptional pitch for a boy his age.

There is no doubt that much of this comes naturally for young Jordan, but I would wager that he is working hard to master so many instruments this early in life. That being said, I think you may want to keep an eye on this little guy and subscribe to his YouTube Channel & Facebook Page now so you don't miss any of his future projects.

Look out Hunter Hayes..... Jordan Bijan is working to catch up to your 30 instrument talent.

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Dylan Cragle

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Dylan Cragle has been featured here many times having his introductory article back in 2010. Over the past 5 years this site has been privileged to watch a number of young artists careers develop and grow. I must say that watching and following Dylan in his performances and recordings has been a real honor.

Dylan teams up with the beautiful Alli Carter for this cover song of "Say Something". The emotion that they both show, and the beautiful harmonies produced in this rendition truly qualifies this video for a "Video Of The Week Award".

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Johnny Orlando

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Johnny Orlando has always been entertaining in his music videos. His creativity even at an early stage in his YouTube career was always noteworthy. In this new video cover of "Shake it Off", Johnny once again shows both his creative and comedic side. Having a number of young Canadian Artists that this site features and follows we are proud to have featured Johnny here back in 2012. Since then he has continued to be a young talent to watch. His personality is pure magnetism attracting both the young and old alike. Johnny is fast coming into the teen arena and I have a feeling that this talented little dude is getting ready to take off to even bigger things.

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Keanrah & Abhinav Singh

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Vichy Ratey is one amazing producer who has a knack for finding some incredible young singers from his part of the world. He also produces Mike Singer who has also been featured here in the sidebars from time to time. These two new little prodigies really shine in their new cover of "Shake it Off". Be sure to follow the link to their YouTube Channel and let them know you saw them here on Rivenmaster's Place!

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Sam Santiago

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This is the latest offering from Saddleback Church in California... The sample below is track 8 entitled "King of My Dreams" (feat. Sam Santiago & Leilanie Oquendo). You can purchase your copy of the entire CD on iTunes or on Amazon by using the link in the cover above.

Please support Sam and get your download today!

In the spot light

This week we turn the spotlight on 2 young artists. Sheridan Archbold and Lyric Dubee. Both were interviewed recently giving very interesting answers regarding their musical careers. Sheridan and Lyric have been featured here on Rivenmaster's Place in the past and will continue to be in the future. Sheridan was interviewed by Conscious Evolution Media while Lyric was interviewed by Brotherhood of the Guitar.

Sheridan's interview video is one hour in duration so take your time sit back and enjoy. Lyric's interview is brief, but includes his Amazing new Music Video "Black Ice".

Don't miss either of these interviews.

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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

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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
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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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Aj Silva Musical Prodigy!

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On December 12th, 2010, I introduced Aj Silva here on Rivenmaster's Place! Ajsil continues to pump out extraordinary videos that more than demonstrates his amazing singing abilities. I have no doubt that Anthony will not only continue to improve as a young artist but will be noticed very soon by a producer who will take him under their wings. Aj Silva has a personality that extends far beyond what you see on his videos. His natural ability to shine on the camera and show expression as he sings also makes him a candidate for the film industry.

If you would like to know more about Aj Silva you can visit his websites:

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A look Back

Alex B Presents his latest music video called “Still In Love”

 

Alex B Alex B creates another music video like only he can do using his charm, warm and enchanting smiles, and extremely talented vocals.

Still In LoveAlex was introduced two years ago almost to the date on this site and has been featured a number of times in the sidebars with updates. His "Roller Coaster" video was featured for several months on this same banner and his new video will probably enjoy this same prestigious honor.

Alex is an amazing young man with an extreme amount of musical talent and Rivenmaster's Place is proud to continue to both support him and promote his music!

Be sure to watch the video then follow the links to his social media sites and support him with your subscriptions and purchases of his music.