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Lifted 2010 – Featuring Uriah Shelton

August 21, 2011 Featured, Movie Reviews, Uriah Shelton 53 Comments


 It’s been awhile since any film has made an impact on me like August Rush or Pay it Forward.  While “Lifted” should not be compared to these two films, it is a unique film that was both touching and aroused the same emotional feelings and response as the other two films.


Henry Matthews (Uriah Shelton) is a young, slim built, bullied boy, who is just trying to survive middle school.  He was bullied in part due to his mother, who was a recovering drug addict, and the fact that Henry was a misfit in his class among his peers.  At the same time Henry was an extremely talented boy who was not only charming and good looking but had a musical skill that stood out above the rest.  A chip off the block of his Father, played by (Dash Mihok), who portrayed a Marine reservist and struggling auto mechanic, trying to make ends meet and help his wife with her recovery efforts.

Opening Scene

This film captured my heart immediately in its opening scene.  Uriah was singing with his Father at the table in an impromptu cover of “Sunshine” which was done extremely well as an opener, showcasing not only Uriah’s beautiful unbroken voice but showing the closeness of the family unit.

This opening scene was very refreshing, unlike so many other Hollywood films that always seem to feature divorce or broken home relationships.

The overall movie was well developed and ran smoothly throughout the entire length of the film. Director/Writer Lexi Alexander was not slow in developing the inter-relationships that were needed to tell the story of a Father separated by war from his family and the pursuits of the family to hold it all together in the absence of that much needed Fatherly support back at home. Lexie’s skill using closeup shots of the expression of Father and Son in those tender moments of trying to explain why dad had to leave again was skillfully demonstrated and artfully mastered.

The musical score was also very pleasant and not overdone!  Using featured songs by Henry even before the contest began, laid the necessary foundation for what was yet to come.

In this scene Henry had been chased into the Baptist Church by the bullies from the school and found not only a refuge in time of need but also made a friend of the Pastor who quickly turned the piano over to Henry to show his hidden talent for playing and singing.  The sound clips are from the movie with Uriah singing at the piano in the church then later with his dad in his home studio laying down some tracks.  The remix is very cool indeed with his dad filling in with some rap.

Henry at church

Henry sings at the church!

Come Inside My Heart

The Theme Song, “I Miss You” pretty much summed up the entire focus of the story as it related to Henry singing to his father who was away at war in Afghanistan.  Anyone who has had a father stationed overseas in time of war will relate to this film as it is dedicated to those families who have sacrificed so much and been given so little back for those sacrifices.

Listen to this song in it’s entirety now and you will see just why I had to share this movie review on this website!

Having seen Uriah play his lead role in “Alabama Moon” as Kit opposite Jimmy Bennett was a real eye opener for me to see just how talented Uriah Shelton is as a young actor.

Uriah demonstrated in “Lifted” his ability to carry the emotional scenes, crying on demand in addition to showing great joy during those uplifting scenes. I think this is what really made this film such a pleasure to watch.  I can count at least two times I wiped away a tear while watching young Uriah play so convincingly the hurts he carried inside.


Watch the Official Trailer Now!

The following two scenes show Henry (Uriah) competing in a talent contest in order to raise the needed funds to help his mom support the family in the absence of his father.  The story that is going on behind these scenes is only brought out at the end which I will not spoil in this review because I want you to witness it first hand for yourself.  However enjoy the screen captures and sound bites below!

Forever Young

Forever Young Performed by: Uriah Shelton

Knocking on Heaven's Door

Knocking on Heaven's Door performed by: Uriah Shelton

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I cannot recommend it strongly enough!    Every family in the world should see this film. Lifted not only tells a story of the hurt, struggle, pain, and heartache of having a loved one leave home to serve their country abroad, but also shows the power of strength and fortitude of the human spirit to carry on to not only be a survivor but a victorious one!


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  1. arizona curtis says:

    your another reason im going to continue singing

  2. Rivenmaster says:

     You and thousands of Uriah fans!  Too bad the film company never produced a soundtrack!  Maybe we should start a petition to the producers!  lol   

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October 23rd


Anthony Gargiula

Teen pop music recording artist Anthony Gargiula from Albany, NY will soon have a new update here on Rivenmaster's Place! Anthony has appeared here numerous times since his debut article back in 2010. Anthony signed on with Cheiron Records on January 1, 2015, and has been doing some amazing things with them over the past 9 months. You can see his ad above for his new single release "So I Don't Drown"!

Be sure stay tuned for the big update which will fill in all the details about his many accomplishments since his last appearance here!


Sam Santiago

November 28th
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Sam Santiago has been a busy young artist this past year spending time in the studio recording a new single, producing a new professional music video, and performing at a number of concerts. Two previous concerts were completely sold out with people asking when the next one would be scheduled!

Well here you go!

Sam just announced his next concert well be held the day after Thanksgiving in Irvine CA. Sam will headline with famous Filipino singer Geneva Cruz, and will also share stage time with home town crooner Manny Evaldez and the lovely Sara Mislang. DON'T MISS THIS CONCERT IT MAY BE THE LAST ONE THIS YEAR!





Gavin on Ellen

Click the image above to see Gavin perform and meet Ellen.

We are so delighted that a recently featured artist, Gavin Morales, has wowed Ellen and her audience in his recent appearance on The Ellen Show. Gavin is a world class dancer and works incredibly hard to achieve his dreams. We want to add our congratulations for this thoroughly well deserved success. 


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Music has the most amazing power to uplift, inspire and unite! On Sunday, November 8th, 2015 thousands of people from across the globe will come together in celebration of kindness through song and dance. YOU have an opportunity to be a BIG part of that!

Submit your song for a chance to be selected as this year’s WorldWide Dance for Kindness Anthem!

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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!

Sci-fi Musical from the Highlands of Scotland!

Slaves on Planet Bablia!

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.

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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!



John Robert on Ellen

John Robert Rimel
appeared on Ellen
Monday, March 31st
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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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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 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 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!


Reed Deming New EP

Reed Deming Satellites EP

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!


Spencer Kane

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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.


You can also download the digital version on these sites:

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

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Anthony Gargiula So I Don't Drown CD Cover

Anthony Gargiula was first introduced on this website back in July of 2010 which seems like a lifetime ago. At the time of that writing Anthony was debuting his first CD entitled "Finally Done" which has graced Rivenmaster's play list since it was first released.

We are excited to announce that Anthony is now back in the studio working on new original material with his producers at Cheiron Records. His new single "So I Don't Drown" was just released.

Be sure you get your copy today!

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Ricky Susie
"I'll Be There"

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Since the age of 5 Ricky Susie has been a Las Vegas staple performing at every major event over the past 8 years he is finally in the studio with "Just Look Up Music LLC" recording his first EP. Along with singing Ricky has indie films slated for release and most recently did an 18 show run of sold out performances as Young Tarzan to over 2000 people a night.

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Ricky will bring back memories of days gone by with a voice full of old soul along with a new fresh approach to todays new music.

To learn more about Ricky visit:



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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.



Tallan Noble Latz

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Tallan Noble Latz is most likely one of the best young blues artists of his generation and has become so well recognized among those who play the blues circuit that he is almost a household name. At only 16 years of age he has already met some of the greatest blues icons of the century including BB King who he so masterfully plays a tribute to in this video.

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What you haven't heard of this kid? Where have you been! Tallan was first introduced here way back in 2009!

Alec In WILDerland

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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


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 ORDER your copy right now on iTunes!

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Sawyer Fredericks
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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


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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!


  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

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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!


Spencer Kain receives NEXT BIG THING AWARD

Spencer Kain receives

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!

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.


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:

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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:

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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.

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