Tae Brooks is a 15-year-old singer/actor from Cincinnati, Ohio, now living in Los Angeles, California pursuing his dream of a career in the entertainment industry. Tae is not one of those kids who can say he always knew he’d be a singer, because in the early years, sports were his consuming passion. It wasn’t until the age of 10 when his family heard him singing in the back seat of the car that they realized Tae had exceptional pitch and tone. Tae first started using his skills when the family needed a background vocalist for artists recording in the family’s garage studio. This was a perfect way to teach Tae studio etiquette and how to lay harmonies and more. His first stage performance was in 2008 at a TAXI A&R Music conference in LA where he joined Mickey Joseph on the hook of “Can’t Keep ‘Em Off”, then introduced his first original “It’s So Easy”.
Music seemed a natural career choice for Tae, considering he comes from a musical family. However, it seemed equally natural that Tae go into acting. His family always joked that Tae was a “human cartoon character” because he is so animated with a huge personality. When Tae was 12, a talent manager from LA met him at a class in Cincinnati and recommended that he come to California for the summer to try his hand at acting. He did, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. In looking at Tae’s goals as well as the future of the rest of the family, the decision was made to relocate to LA to be closer to the entertainment industry. So, in 2011 Tae and his family drove cross country to LA with only what belongings they could fit in a rental truck.
“I’m so ready for this – I feel like I’ve been ready for this for years.”
Of all the artists that have graced this site, Sam Verlinden is one of the longest and most featured talents on Rivenmaster’s Place. Sam’s first article ran on September 30, 2009, only a few weeks after the sites conception, and he shares the honor of being one of two artists who were featured nearly every day for an entire month.
Sam Verlinden has always demonstrated a vocal talent that exceeds his years of experience. He has amazed millions through his YouTube Site and excited audiences numbering in the thousands at outdoor concert events held in New Zealand. While the ocean is the only thing that has kept him from a recent visit to the United States his fame has not been hindered, reaching across several continents resulting in an ever growing fan base.
Sam’s last article published here was in 2011 not long after he performed at the legendary Parachute Festival on the Main stage. This performance really gave him a boost to his local fan numbers and set the stage for even bigger things.
Sam has never stopped working, performing and singing, and like most young singers grabs every opportunity to perform. There was also the move to College, (High School in New Zealand), which tripled the amount of homework that goes with that territory, as well as his active involvement in rugby. Saying Sam was busy would be an understatement when it comes to his everyday life activities.