Griffin Tucker – born to rock the world!

Griffin profile pic“I love making music. It’s my contribution. My legacy. I want rock n roll to live on through me to my fans.”

Charismatic, creative and kind-hearted: Griffin Tucker was born to rock the world! I have had the privilege of meeting Griffin and his family in person and have had the unforgettable experience of hearing him perform live. A true rock star at heart, Griffin exudes an incredible energy when he sings and plays and appears completely at home on the stage. 

Born to Rock!

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Griffin has had an exciting and varied career since he was first featured on this site at 11-years-old. You can read that first article here.

Those of our readers who follow Griffin will know that his supporters are affectionately known as GriFANs and that the buck stops with his mother / manager (known to most as Momma G!) They say behind every great man (or boy) is an even greater woman and this is certainly true of Griffin who has a competent and powerful team in his family, and particularly Momma G. She was kind enough to provide us with an update giving some highlights from the last year:

“As many of you GrifFANs know, Griffin is a drummer at heart and has been since the age of 5.  But did you also know that Griffin is accomplished at many instruments? Piano, keyboards, harmonica, mandolin, ukulele, bass & guitar. In fact, he’s not just any kid who plays guitar. Last summer, he won the coveted TEXAS TOP TEN UNDER TWENTY GUITAR competition at the Dallas International Guitar Show.

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In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist, he’s been gigging since the age of 8.  First, in a Beatles tribute band then he toured with Disney artist Zendaya. Next came Westfield Presents in London England then a KISS tribute band – and, now, he plays as a solo artist whenever he’s not in school.

And, those who are lucky enough to see him perform live are blown away! Not only because of his musicianship but because of his stage presence! He is a ROCKSTAR!!!”

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A Children’s Crusade

For me personally, Griffin was formative in my growing belief that young creatives are the hope for the future. Like so many amazing children, he is largely unaware of the positive effect he has on so many. When I first discovered Griffin he was 10-years-old and I was helping him grow his Twitter following. What struck me then and still does now was his genuine kindness and concern for his fans. This combined with a natural talent and work ethic that is only matched by his modesty makes Griffin one hec of an inspirational kid and – dare I say it – a role model for boys in their early teens. He knows what it is, as Led Zeppelin would have it, ‘to be a a rock and not to roll’.Griffin Twitter

It all sounds rather over-sensational doesn’t it? But what made it strangely fascinating for me is that it coincided with some detailed research that I was doing on the 1212 Children’s Crusade for a musical project.

Brief history intermission! 800 years ago – a time of great political strife – a 12-year-old, French shepherd boy, called Stephen arose as a great preacher. He gathered a huge and enthusiastic following of children and, likely, adults too from all walks of life (some scholars put it as high as 30,000) which sparked a series of critical events across Europe and beyond. Stephen carried a scroll which he claimed had been given to him by an Angel, with the seal unbroken, to be read only by the king of France. The pilgrimage ended in disaster. Intimidated by his powerful following, Stephen was refused access to the king and told, in no uncertain terms, to go home. Stephen did as he was commanded and the scroll was never seen again. There is a record of Stephen meeting the Pope in person who was intrigued by his fervour but told him to come back when he was older and it is likely that Stephen later became a crusader knight protecting the pilgrimage routes to the Holy Land. But I digress…

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I became fascinated with the image of a Children’s Crusade and what that might look like today. The world of social media is riddled with risks and more than its fair share of darkness. I saw in Griffin a whole new world of possibilities. As well as sharing his talents and amazing music, Griffin has created a community where he supports his GriFANs as much as they support him, sharing in their successes and even asking everyone to pray for them when they are going through hard times.

As in 1212, thousands of people are rallying round Griffin, drawn by his music, his talent and his caring personality. My hope is that the adult world – in our wisdom – are not too quick to reject something which on first glance may appear threatening and out of control. I, for one, am excited to see what the future holds for Griffin and his army of GriFANs!

Looking ahead and an exclusive announcement!

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Griffin has an incredible work ethic and manages to stay well on top of his school work as well as using every spare moment to develop his musical skills. He has plenty of natural talent and is blessed with perfect pitch and a wide vocal range, but much of Griffin’s success is down to his passion, dedication and hard graft. I remember hearing an interview where Griffin shared some golden advice from Momma G:

“Try to be a little better each day”

As simple as it sounds, this is some of the best advice I have ever heard – especially to young musicians in our culture of instant fame and recognition. If you can be dedicated enough to be a little better each day as a musician – and as a person – the only other things you need to reach your goals are some time and patience.

I asked Momma G about Griffin’s plans for the near future:

“Although Griffin doesn’t play much during the school year because he focuses on maintaining his A Honor Roll status, he does love to play for his fans. And, he is set to kick off this summer early this year by playing 2 shows on March 26th – one show is at a party with some surprise guest artists accompanying him on drums & bass; the 2nd is at the Prophet Bar in Dallas with a band named STEEL that he drums for.  But he is most excited about going back to the Dallas International Guitar Show to play on May 1st.

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As Griffin says, “There is nothing better than playing and seeing people sing & rock out.” So if you’re in Texas or can get there, better check Griffin out!”

We are honoured to be able to announce here the title of Griffin’s next release! It is called ‘Who to Be’ and – in the manner we have come to know and love – Griffin will be playing every instrument and singing each vocal the track! He describes it as “a very Paul McCartney/ELO sounding tune.” Release is set for late May and a video will follow in the summer.

Griffin being Griffin 1Meanwhile, do check out Griffin and, if you have not done so already, join the GriFAN army!

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Happy 2015 from Rivenmaster!

 2015 NewYear

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Every year I like to take this time to thank everyone for their faithfulness and support not only to this website but to the young artists who are represented here.  Like last year many new artists were introduced here for the first time which now brings this site close to 150 young artists who have been featured here at one time or another since September 2009. While many continue to come back year after year some have moved on to even bigger and better things and have already outgrown this website. Some have been signed to producers and new management and working on new CD projects in amazing recording studios with professional backing and support. For those who have moved on to the next step in their musical career we salute you and offer our greatest wish for good success in the coming year.

For those who continue on as an Indi Artist or are still progressing and polishing your talent, we praise you for your effort and sacrifice and offer you our continued support and encouragement.

That being said, we thought it might be fun to bring you just a few interesting things about the site that we only share at this time of the year.

RIVENMASTER’S MOST POPULAR PUBLICATIONS 2014

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. Rivenmaster’s Place had over 70,000 visitors in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it. The busiest day of the year was January 17th with 671 views. The most popular post that day was Alec in WILDerland – Trust Your Wild SideThis year readers came from 174 different countries with the most visitors comign from The United States, with Germany & U.K. not far behind. 

Here are the Top 5 Most Popular Posts last year. (This may surprise you because some were published in previous years but are still holding much interest)

While every article and new young artist that is introduced here has merit I think we need to pay our respect to these young artists who have captured the largest number of fan visits, reads, and shares in 2014.

Alec Fischer
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Alec J Fischer continues to be one of the brightest and best young videographers and youngest film/TV show producers I have ever met.  His latest “Alec in WILDerland” full feature YouTube segments were both enlightening and educational and I can’t tell you how much I have learned from watching his shows.  I salute you Alec for not only taking the First Place Award, but for your endurance, strength, creativity, stamina, and courage to do something nobody your age has ever done before.  You are a true artist and champion!

Here are his Latest Two Segments entitled “Across America”:

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Uriah Shelton
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Uriah Shelton while never actually having his own personal feature article here was featured in a film review I did for his roll as Henry Matthews in the Feature Film entitled “Lifted”.  While this film actually dates his career back to 2010 when he was but 13 years of age his singing and personality was captured in such a way with this movie that fans will just not let it go! 

Uriah continues to prove his singing ability and has release a few music videos on YouTube and has been very active with his Television acting career.  He did 26 episodes  as “Jeff Cargill” in A&E’s “The Glades“, in addition to other television performances. He is currently playing the roll of Joshua Matthews on Disney’s “Girl Meets World” and as Josh on Wig’s “Blue” which will be moving from YouTube to Wigs own website and also be aired on Hulu and Fox.com.

Here are his two latest Original Hit music videos from his YouTube Channel.

Uriah Shelton Anything for You

Uriah Shelton I Wanna Live Like That

 

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Carson Lueders
Carson Lueders

Carson Lueders had only just begun his musical career when he first appeared here on Rivenmaster’s Place.  Since that time he has grown exponentially both physically and as a music pop idol.  This site is accustomed to having young aspiring actors and singers move on to bigger things, but Carson Lueders exploded onto the scene and now has Millions of fans from all over the world!  You could say he is one of, if not the hottest young YouTube artists to break out this past year. Carson has been walking red carpets, making appearances in Teen Magazines, and hanging with some of the most popular young singers currently in the business. 

In fact. this past year I have not even been able to pin him or his new management down for an article.  Regardless of that, over the past two years, Carson has brought more views and readers to this site than any other single young artist featured here.  CONGRATULATIONS CARSON!

Here are Carson’s Last Two Music Video Offerings:

Carson Lueders ft. Jordyn Jones

Carson Lueders Shake It Off

 

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Abraham Mateo
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Abraham Mateo first appeared here on Rivenmaster’s Place nearly 3 years ago but still continues to pull in a great following of readers and fans. Abraham now 16 years old is the hottest young artist on Sony Music Spain.  Abraham still holds the record for the number of visits for a debut article here which exceeded 900 views in one day. We have not enjoyed that kind of traffic since, although Daves Highway came in a close second with over 600.  Abraham’s looks and vocal talent has elevated him to a level of world stardom that is not enjoyed by everyone.  He is truly a special young man with an extraordinary talent, and you can be sure he will be around for years to come!

Abraham just released his new album titled “Who I Am” this past November. While I personally wish Abraham would create an album with more songs in English apparently Sony Spain is happy with the way things are.  Regardless, I especially enjoy the Spanish flare in his music which adds that special touch that no other form or genre of music can.  Congrats and Happy New Year Abraham!

Here are Abrahams latest Music Video for his song :

Abraham Mateo All the Girls (La La La)

 Abraham also has a brand new site dedicated to his new project “Who I Am The FILM”  CHECK IT OUT!

 

Sebastian Urdiales
Sebastian Urdiales

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Sebastian Urdiales is the newest little star featured here on Rivenmaster’s Place.  He had an explosive article here which brought in visitors from every corner of the globe. He not only is an outstanding vocalist but a great performer and dancer as well as actor.  Even though very young in his career, he is already starting to make big waves in the media with his new covers and duets getting shared by some major promotional players on the web.  While he has yet to have a professional Music Video created for him he has many videos on his YouTube Channel that demonstrates his amazing vocal and performing talent.

Congratulations Sebastian for all your recent success and for expanding your fan base this past year!  Best of Success in 2015.

Sebastian just shared his latest duet recorded with Sarah Silva entitled “Confieso”.

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2015

I’m not sure what the new year will bring by way of new talent but you can be sure this site will be on top of it offering all the help we can to promote and spread the word about them.

To all these amazingly beautiful and talented young performers I wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and to all the great supporters of this site I offer my sincere thanks and cordial wishes for a prosperous and healthy 2015!

I also want to remind you that none of this could be possible without your continued support of this website.

During the months of January – March we again start up our campaign to raise funds to help with the continued free support, advise, advertisement, free publicity, and even some web creations for many of these youngsters.  This site continues to support through donations and the purchase of these struggling young musicians, dancers, vocalists, and actors CD’s and Film projects.  The only way we can do this is with your help!

We hope you will join again with us through your generous donations by either using the drive link on the top right of this website or:

 

DONATE NOW!





 

 

God bless all of you and once again HAPPY 2015!



 

 Rivenmaster