Bethany Joy Lenz

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Bethany Joy Lenz

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Bethany Joy Lenz
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Lenz in 2015
Born (1981-04-02) April 2, 1981 (age 36)
Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
Other names
  • Bethany Joy Galeotti
  • Joie Lenz
Occupation
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Michael Galeotti (m. 2005–12)
Children 1
Website modernvintagelife.com

Bethany Joy Lenz (formerly Galeotti; born April 2, 1981), also credited as Joie Lenz, is an American actress singer-songwriter and filmmaker, best known for her portrayal of Haley James Scott on The WB/CW television drama One Tree Hill. She has also starred as Michelle Bauer Santos on the CBS Daytime soap opera Guiding Light and is recognized for her music as a solo artist and as a member of the band Everly.

Early life and education[edit]

Bethany Joy Lenz was born on April 2, 1981, in Hollywood, Florida. Lenz is the only child of Robert George Lenz, a history teacher and therapist, and Catharine Malcolm Holt Shepard, a personnel manager and entrepreneur. She is of Australian (from her paternal side), Scottish, German and Irish descent. She has lineage tracing back to the Scottish King Malcolm.[citation needed] Her grandfather, George Lenz, was a regular on the Broadway stage in the 1950s starring in musicals Wish You Were Here, South Pacific, and many others.[1] Following in her grandfather’s footsteps, Lenz began singing at the age of three at The Carpenter’s Church in Lakeland, Florida. At the age of seven, Joy and her family moved to Arlington, Texas where she attended Pope Elementary. She was also enrolled in The Creative Arts Theater and School where she took dance, tap, jazz, acting and theater classes. At seven years old, Lenz landed her first stage role playing a Munchkin in a local production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Three years later, Lenz played Scout Finch in the production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Irving Community Theater in Texas.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

While on a trip to Los Angeles, Lenz landed her first professional job in a commercial for dolls from the teen drama series, Swans Crossing. Lenz eventually went on to appear in additional commercials for Eggo Waffles, Dr Pepper and others. Lenz continued to find work steadily as an actress, and by her sophomore year in high school she landed the role of Linda Halleck in Stephen King‘s Thinner. She appeared in various pilots, commercials and films and performed regional theatre until she was eventually cast as a series regular on Guiding Light.

At the age of seventeen, Lenz earned a nine episode gig as the teenage clone of Reva Shayne on the CBS Daytime soap opera Guiding Light. Her stint earned her such favorable reviews from viewers, critics and Guiding Light executives alike that Lenz was eventually recast as Michelle Bauer Santos upon Rebecca Budig‘s exit – an unusual move that was “unheard of” in the industry according to CBS producer, Mickey Dwyer-Dobbin. In 1999 while working on the demanding daytime serial Guiding Light, she graduated from Eastern Christian High School in New Jersey and landed the role of Rose Cronin in Mary and Rhoda, a made-for-television movie that reunited Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper as Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern. At the time Lenz juggled a heavy storyline, a television movie portraying Mary Tyler Moore‘s daughter, a one-year run of a New York cabaret called Foxy Ladies Love/Boogie 70’s Explosion, and the lead role in an independent film. Lenz also filmed two pilots: one playing the daughter of Paul Sorvino, and the other as the lead in the WB’s 1972.

At the end of her two-year contract with The Guiding Light she seized the opportunity to leave her role as Michelle Bauer Santos and moved from New York City to Los Angeles to gain exposure in different avenues. Out west, Lenz was directed by Garry Marshall in “Happy Days: the Musical” (playing Pinky Tuscadero; musical directors Carole King and Paul Williams) and by Arthur Allan Seidleman in a staged reading of a musical version of The Outsiders. During this time Lenz also landed guest appearances on Off Centre, Charmed, Felicity, Maybe It’s Me and The Guardian. In 2002 Lenz joined the cast of Bring It On Again as the co-captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, Marni Potts.

At the age of twenty two Lenz was cast in the WB‘s television series One Tree Hill. Lenz originally auditioned for the roles of Brooke Davis and Haley James but ultimately landed the role of Haley James, the quintessential girl-next-door who is best friends with Lucas Scott, portrayed by Chad Michael Murray, and wife of Nathan Scott, portrayed by James Lafferty.[2] During her time on One Tree Hill, Lenz was also offered the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast when it was still in production on Broadway, but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with the show. Furthermore, Lenz appeared in an episode of Life Unexpected alongside Kate Voegele as part of a crossover-event between One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected.

In the sixth season, Lenz made her directorial debut.[3] Lenz initially approached producer Greg Prange in 2007 with the idea of directing but was not given the opportunity to direct until two years after her request. Over the course of season six Lenz shadowed several directors, watched them prep and went on [location] scouts.[1] Lenz directed two additional episodes.[specify]

After eight seasons on air, One Tree Hill came back for thirteen episodes in its ninth and final season. On November 17, 2011, Lenz filmed her last scenes as the character Haley James Scott on One Tree Hill.[citation needed] The show ended on April 4, 2012.

In September 2012 it was confirmed that Lenz would be guest starring on an episode of Men at Work. She played the role of ‘Meg’ a single mother that the character, Tyler, begins to date.[4] The episode aired on May 9, 2013. It is entitled “Tyler the Pioneer”.

In March 2013 it was confirmed that Lenz would have a recurring role on Dexter. Her character ‘Cassie’ was described as “an attractive former finance executive looking for a quieter life.” Lenz’s character appeared in the fourth episode of the final season.[5]

In late September 2013, Lenz landed the role Lauren Byrd on the pilot “Songbyrd” for E!. The show centered around Lauren, a genius songwriter who employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric, yet wildly successful process.[6] Production for Songbyrd began in late January 2014 in New York City. The show was not picked up by E!.

In January 2015, Lenz and her friend Sid Mallya chose a movie to produce on the website InkTip. The movie, entitled One Of These Days, is written by Phyllis Heltay. In an interview shortly after Lenz mentioned that the shooting is scheduled for May 2015. Moreover, in an interview in February 2015, she announced that she is currently writing two pilots dealing with the status of women during the 20’s and 30’s.

In spring 2015, Lenz was cast in the Shonda Rhimes drama, The Catch for ABC playing the role of Zoe. On May 18, 2015, Lenz revealed she was being replaced; she wrote, “Looks like they need a different type for ZOE, so I’ll be replaced,” though she still encourages fans to watch the show.[7]

Early 2016, Lenz starred in her friend Kristin Fairweather’s first short film, entitled Grace. She also appeared in March 2016 in two episodes of season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. In Summer 2016, she was cast in the new drama American Gothic as a character named April. Producer Corinne Brinkerhoff said about Lenz “We love her! She’s fantastic. She plays a witty, insightful nurse at a rehab facility”.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

Since Lenz’s exit from Guiding Light she has completed a demo of original music. Trained by the director of the Brooklyn College of Opera, Lenz plays the guitar and piano, and writes her own music. Her first album, entitled Preincarnate, was released in October 2002. She worked under the direction of director Garry Marshall and alongside musician Carole King on a new musical adapted from the series Happy Days. She also took the opportunity to work in a public reading of a musical version of the novel The Outsiders directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman.

Lenz in France at the 2012 OTH Convention

She was then cast as Haley on One Tree Hill where she continued to release new music. In 2005, after recording “When the Stars Go Blue” with costar Tyler Hilton, the duo joined The Wreckers (Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp), and Gavin DeGraw for a 25-city North American One Tree Hill Tour that started in Vancouver. Lenz and Hilton scored the #89 spot on February 2005’s Billboard Pop 100 chart with the duet “When the Stars Go Blue.”[8] While on tour, Lenz debuted her second independent record entitled, Come On Home. Despite her hectic schedule during the tour, Lenz also filmed her first music video for “Songs in My Pockets” at Coney Island Beach and Astroland in Brooklyn, New York. In 2006, alongside ex-American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Lenz co-wrote and recorded “Halo” which was released in the second volume of the One Tree Hill Soundtrack. During this time, Lenz inked a deal with Sony Epic Records and worked with her producer, Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Guster, Barenaked Ladies) to record original material. In 2006 after changes within the company, Lenz split from the label. Despite the musical setback, that same year Lenz traveled to Los Angeles to write and record several songs for the soundtrack for Ten Inch Hero.[9] Lenz’s split with Epic allowed her to sign under the independent record label Hillasterion.

In 2008, Lenz took her music to new grounds and formed the band Everly with her lifelong friend, Amber Sweeney. Immediately after the duo was formed, Everly, musical act Angels & Airwaves, and Kate Voegele teamed up with the USO for a live concert event for military personnel. The USO concert was filmed and formed the basis for a One Tree Hill episode, titled Even Fairy Tale Characters Would Be Jealous.[10]

In 2012, the Everly band split after four years of collaboration, the two artists preferring to focus on their solo careers. In November of the same year, Lenz joined fellow One Tree Hill co-star Michael Grubbs of the band Wakey!Wakey! and other singers at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City for the BTF Concerts: Rock The Schools 2012 concert.[11] She performed new songs and two duets with Grubbs entitled “I Know” and “Irresistible”. At the concert, she sold a 9-song CD entitled “Then Slowly Grows”.[12]

During an interview with Shine On Media in May 2013, Lenz stated she was meeting with long-time friend and music producer Jeff Cohen to record an album.[13] On May 22, 2013, Lenz tweeted a picture of the recording studio. The caption read, “Recording new music in #Nashville with old pal Jeff Cohen! #LeavingTownAlive #CrazyGirls”[14] On June 4, 2013, Lenz tweeted “Sneak peek at my new album…” and linked a video on WhoSay to a new song “Please”.[15]

During an interview with Mary Ann Albright in late July 2013, Lenz talked about her musical career plans. She shared her intention to release her first full-length studio album, entitled Your Woman in the near future as an independent release on her blog. Lenz went on to say, “The best way I can describe this album is Patsy Cline meets Paula Cole meets Sam Cooke.”[16]

On August 10, 2013, Lenz released “Please” on vibedeck and August 11 on iTunes as Bette, (as a feel on another musical name, that she didn’t use more than once). The song was sought after by her fans after she performed it on Rock the Schools Concert in 2012. On July 18, 2014, Lenz released “Calamity Jane” on iTunes. The song was released as a teaser for Lenz’s soon to be released album. Lenz stated: “While I’m reworking my album, here’s a little teaser. This song will sound totally different on the new record, but I thought you’d enjoy hearing this version.” [17] On July 21, the song was on her WhoSay site and later on her SoundCloud site.

In November 2014, Lenz created a Kickstarter fundraising page for her new EP.[18] Production on the EP began in early December. As well as supporting the new EP, fans were able to give back to the charity STOP THE TRAFFIK. The project, entitled “Get Back to Gold” was released (iTunes, Amazon.com) on December 23, 2014, and was a sneak peek for her new album.[citation needed]

Due to legal proceedings with her producer, David Waechter, the project went down and Lenz decided to change her team. She is now known as “Joy Lenz and the Firepit Band” and has musicians and back up singers. The lineup consists of WhiteRose (Danny Shyman) on guitar, Doo Crowder on vocals and guitar, Ben Zelico on drums and Meaghan Maples and Brittany Gilmore as back up singers. They toured from May to July 2016 and said an album is in preparation for 2017.

The Notebook Musical[edit]

In 2005, after seeing Nick Cassavetes‘ film The Notebook and subsequently reading Nicholas Sparks‘ best selling novel of the same name, Bethany Joy Lenz found herself singing songs around her house based on the story’s characters. After six weeks, she decided to finally put it down on paper. Lenz brought the idea to her producer Ron Aniello and they decided to form Galeotti & Aniello Productions. On December 7, 2006, Bethany Joy Lenz reveals on her website bethanyjoylenz.com, that Ron Aniello and her, are writing a musical but she can’t tell anything more about the project. After finishing the libretto, Lenz passed it on to a friend close to the Sparks family who handed it off to the book’s author. He loved it and she procured the rights to the musical.

The auditions took place on 1st, 2nd and 8th, August 2009 at Thalian Hall. Paul Teal and Kendra Goehring-Garett were cast as lead roles Noah and Alli. On August 23, 2009, she says on her blog http://www.bethanyjoy.com that she’s been doing rewrites for “The Notebook” musical all day. On August 28, 2009, a cocktail party was organized at the Tuscan Grill with the whole team and the whole cast.

They workshopped “The Notebook” musical in a small black box theater in October 2009 in front of Broadway producers and investors, and even Nicholas Sparks who came for the occasion. Joy revealed that all the feedback the duo received was positive. The producers said the music was amazing and didn’t require any modification, and everybody loved the dialogue, and they thought the story was well-crafted.[19] On the playbill, she thanks some friends from One Tree Hill cast including Paul Johansson, Allison Munn et Jana Kramer.

On November 10 and 11, 2009, a second cocktail party was organized at the Tuscan Grill with the whole team and cast. On February 10 and 11, 2010, Lenz reveals on Facebook that she is recording songs with the other singers for the musical. On March 6, 2010, Lenz reveals that she is rewriting passages including some songs. In July 2010, the duo revealed on their website the list of the songs : “The Colors Play”; “Carolina Moon”; “Troublesome Tongue”; “Sunday Train”; “The Nightclub Swing!”; “Think of Me (when you are gone)”; “Psalm 148”; “My Christmas With You” and “The Luckiest Girl”. They were written by both Joy and Ron.

In November 2010 in response to Twitter followers successfully raising more than $2000 in one day for the charity Love146, Lenz released the song “Troublesome Tongue”. The song features Noah’s father and his friends explaining Noah’s childhood stutter to new love Allie (Allie is played by Lenz in the recording). In December 2010, Paul Teal, who played Noah, released on YouTube the song “Sunday Train” from the demo score.[citation needed] On October 2011, Lenz reveals on her website http://www.bethanyjoy.com that she’s attended the 15th Anniversary for The Notebook with Nicholas Sparks, with whom she has become great friends.

Jewelry[edit]

In July 2016, Lenz designed her own jewelry line in partnership with Stilnest.[20][21] Lenz delayed the launch by one week following the attack in Nice, ultimately launching on July 23, 2016.[22] The pieces feature a buffalo motif, which was inspired by a trip Lenz took to Fort Apache. Lenz donated ten percent of the profits to the Tanka Fund.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Lenz at the Nicholas Sparks Celebrity Family Weekend in 2012

Lenz married former Enation keyboardist, Michael Galeotti, on December 31, 2005.

On February 23, 2011, Lenz gave birth to a daughter, Maria Rose Galeotti.[24]

In March 2012, Lenz announced that she would be divorcing her husband after six years of marriage. She wrote: “[Y]ou’ll all be wondering soon why everyone is calling me ‘Bethany Joy Lenz’ again. I’m sorry to say that Michael and I have decided to divorce. We remain friendly and dedicated to raising our beautiful girl in love and we appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time.” She and her daughter reside in Los Angeles, California.[25]

Philanthropy[edit]

Introduced to Love146 by former Everly bandmate, Amber Sweeney, Lenz has been actively supporting the international human rights organization largely through social media outlets.[26] On June 12, 2011, Lenz revealed details of her newest project; an online boutique called “Lark”, selling apparel with original designs by Lenz and all proceeds benefit Love146, To Write Love On Her Arms, as well as Reading is Fundamental.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Psalty’s Salvation Celebration Shelly Barnes Credited as: Joy Lenz
1996 I Love You, I Love You Not Extra Uncredited
Thinner Linda Halleck Credited as: Joie Lenz
2000 Mary and Rhoda Rose Cronin
End of August August Wells
2004 Bring It On Again Marni Potts
2011 Just Yell Fire: Campus Life Herself Credited as: Bethany Joy Galeotti
2014 The Christmas Secret[28] Christine Eisley Television Movie
2017 Extortion Julie Riley

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 1973 Lisa Unsold Warner Bros. pilot
Credited as: Joie Lenz
1998–2000 The Guiding Light Teenage Reva Shayne clone Recurring role
9 episodes
Credited as: Joie Lenz
Michelle Bauer Santos Main cast
106 episodes: November 9, 1998 – April 21, 2000
Credited as: Joie Lenz
2001 Off Centre Heather Episode 1.02: “Feeling Shellfish”
Credited as: Joie Lenz
Charmed Lady Julia Episode 4.06: “A Knight to Remember
Credited as: Joie Lenz
Felicity Gretchen Episode 4.06: “Oops…Noel Did It Again
Credited as Joie Lenz
2002 The Legacy Jess Unaired UPN pilot
Credited as: Joie Lenz
Maybe It’s Me The Salesgirl Episode 1.10: “The Romeo & Juliet Episode”
Credited as: Joie Lenz
2003 The Guardian Claire Stasiak Episode 2.18: “My Aim Is True
Episode 2.20: “What It Means to You
Credited as: Joie Lenz
2003–12 One Tree Hill Haley James Scott Main cast
187 Episodes
Credited as: Bethany Joy Galeotti from seasons 3–9
2010 Life Unexpected Special appearance on episode 2.05: “Music Faced
Crossover with One Tree Hill
Credited as: Bethany Joy Galeotti
2013 Men at Work Meg Episode: 2.06: “Tyler the Pioneer”
Dexter [29] Cassie Jollenston Recurring role
Episode: 8.04: “Scar Tissue”
Episode: 8.05: “This Little Piggy”
Episode: 8.06: “A Little Reflection”
Episode: 8.07: “Dress Code”
Episode: 8.08: “Are We There Yet?” (Uncredited)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Darcy Blaine Episode: 14.05: “Frame by Frame”
Sock Monkee Therapy Holly Episode: 1.04: “Holly”
2014 Songbyrd Lauren Byrd Unaired pilot
2016 Home Rose Bell Unaired pilot
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[30] Stephanie Malick Episode: 3.13: “Parting Shot
Episode: 3.16: “Paradise Lost
American Gothic April Episode: 1.08: “Kindred Spirits”
Episode: 1.10: “The Veteran in a New Field”
Episode: 1.13: “Whistler’s Mother”
2017 Colony Morgan Recurring role
Episode: 2.05 “Company Man”
Episode: 2.06 “Fallout”
Episode: 2.07 “Free Radicals”
Episode: 2.08 “Good Intentions”
Episode: 2.09 “Tamam Shud”
Episode: 2.10 “The Garden of Beasts”
Episode: 2.12 “Seppuku”
Episode: 2.13 “Ronin”

Self appearances[edit]

Year Appearance Role Note
1997 Kids Choice Awards Guest April 2, 1997
1999 26th Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations Ceremony Presenter March 11, 1999
26th Daytime Emmy Awards May 21, 1999
2000 Ainsley Harriet Show Guest February 3, 2000
Access Hollywood February 12, 2000
Soap Opera Digest Awards Host March 10, 2000
27th Daytime Emmy Awards Presenter May 19, 2000
2003 Total Request Live Guest November 7, 2003
2004 January 16, 2004
U-Pick Live June 14, 2004
WPIX November 1, 2004
Total Request Live
2005 Daily Download January 21, 2005
Total Request Live
Guest Host January 25, 2005
WGN Morning News Guest March 30, 2005
Fox News March 31, 2005
KTLA Morning News October 4, 2005
2011 10 on Top May 13, 2011
2017 Home & Family Guest February 21, 2017

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2008–2011 One Tree Hill Episode 6.16: “Screenwriter’s Blues
Episode 7.17: “At The Bottom of Everything
Episode 8.09: “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace
Credited as: Bethany Joy Galeotti

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1988 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Munchkin
Gypsy Baby June
1991 To Kill a Mockingbird Scout Scott Jacoby
Matt Moses
1999–2000 Foxy Ladies Love/Boogie 70’s Explosion Performer Fritz Brekeller
2000 The Outsiders Sandy Arthur Allan Seidelman
2005 Happy Days Pinky Tuscadero Garry Marshall
2012 CATS for Cats Performed “Macavity” Shawn Simons
2014 One Starry Night Gala Performed “On the Steps of the Palace”

Producer[edit]

Year Production Credit Notes
2009 The Notebook Musical Writer/Producer Based on novel The Notebook by: Nicholas Sparks
Co-Produced by: Ron Aniello

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Group Award Result
2000 Guiding Light Soap Opera Digest Awards Favorite Couple
With: Paul Anthony Stewart
Nominated
2004 One Tree Hill Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star Female: for “One Tree Hill” Nominated
Choice Fresh Face Female’ Nominated
Choice TV Sidekick Nominated
2007 Ten Inch Hero Santa Cruz Film Festival Best Soundtrack for: “Ten Inch Hero” Won
2010 One Tree Hill Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Female Nominated
Choice Parental Unit for: “One Tree Hill”
With: James Lafferty
Nominated

Discography[edit]

The following is a list of albums and songs by Bethany Joy Lenz that has been recorded.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Record label Notes
2002 Preincarnate Limited edition independent record No longer available for purchase
2005 Come On Home
2006 The Starter Kit Epic Records Unreleased
2012 Then Slowly Grows Independent Record First released at the Rock the Schools Concert
2013 Your Woman Victrola Records First released at the One Tree Hill Convention 2013

EPs[edit]

Year Title Record Label Notes
2008 Mission Bell Hilasterion Records Released as Everly
2009 Fireside
2010 B Tracks: Vol. 3
B Tracks: Full Collection
2014 Get Back to Gold Imagine Music Released as Joy
2015 It’s Christmas Independent Record Released as Joy Lenz & The Fellas

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Notes
1992 “God has a Plan for My Life” Psalty’s Salvation Celebration Soundtrack
2000 “All Along” End of August Soundtrack Featuring: Danny “The Farrow” Anniello
2002 Ebony and Ivory
Originally by: Paul McCartney
Undercover Brother Soundtrack Dubbed over Denise Richards‘ voice
2005 “When the Stars Go Blue”
Originally by: Ryan Adams
One Tree Hill Soundtrack Volume 1 Featuring: Tyler Hilton
2006 “Halo” Friends with Benefit:
Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Volume 2
Composed by: Kara Dioguardi & Matthew Gerrard
2007 “Something Familiar”
“The Long Way”
“Get Your Love”
Ten Inch Hero Soundtrack
2008 Feel This Feel This – Single Featuring: Enation
“I Want Something That I Want” The One Tree Hill Sessions Featuring: Grace Potter
2009 “Quicksand” B Tracks: Vol. 1 – Single As: Everly
“Maybe” B Tracks: Vol. 2 – Single
2013 “Please” Please – Single Released as: “Bette”
2014 “Calamity Jane” Calamity Jane – Single Previously titled: “Wicked Calamity Jane”
2017 “(They Long To Be) Close To You” Po (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Miscellaneous songs[edit]

  • “215”
  • “February Leather”
  • “Cameron”
  • “I’ll Never Walk Alone”
  • The Loneliness is Better Near NowWas released on her old music site back in 2005, April 13
  • One More ThingReleased by Bethany herself | Where? When? Produced by Ron Thaler, Recorded in New York City 2002
  • OpheliaReleased on September 14, 2005, as she was stuck inside waiting out hurricane Ophelia
  • “Troublesome Tongue” An exclusive track from “The Notebook” Musical | Released November 5, 2010, on mymusicstream, by Bethany herself as a thank you reward to her fans for supporting the organization ‘Love 146’ which raises awareness on child sex trafficking
  • “Street Where You Live” Originally From: 1956 Broadway Musical “My Fair Lady” | An Easter treat for her fans on her blog – April 24, 2011
  • “It Happens” Released on August 5, 2011 | Video Karaoke of Sugarland’s “It Happens” for HelloGiggles
  • “It’s Magic” Released on September 29, 2011, on SoundCloud
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me” Released on April 8, 2012, on WhoSay | Video Karaoke for her Novel, Diamond Gothic
  • “Lullaby” Released on June 21, 2012, on WhoSay | “Just a little lullaby for the night drifters”

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Kate Voegele

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Kate Voegele
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Voegele performing at the Showbox at the Market on June 26, 2011 in Seattle, Washington
Background information
Birth name Kate Elizabeth Voegele
Born (1986-12-08) December 8, 1986 (age 30)
Bay Village, Ohio, United States
Genres Pop, rock, pop rock, folk, folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano
Years active 1999–present
Labels Interscope
Website Katevoegele.com

Kate Elizabeth Voegele (/ˈv.ɡəl/; born December 8, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She made her musical debut in 2003, with the release of her The Other Side extended play. She performed numerous local live shows to promote the album, and toured with artists such as John Mayer. In 2005, she released her second extended play, Louder Than Words. Both had local success, and helped raise awareness of Voegele as an artist. During this time period, Voegele performed at events such as Farm Aid to promote her music, and began posting her music on popular social media network MySpace. She also won numerous awards and honors for her songwriting abilities.

Voegele officially signed with Interscope Records in 2006, and immediately began working on her official debut album. Her first studio album, Don’t Look Away, was released in 2007 to generally positive reviews. The album became her first to chart on the Billboard 200, and was re-released numerous times since its release. It spawned two singles, one of which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. While promoting this album, Voegele began appearing as Mia Catalano in the television series One Tree Hill. This made her acting debut, and helped promote her music. She would remain a recurring cast member for four seasons, lasting until 2011.

Voegele released her second studio album, A Fine Mess in 2009. The album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200. It spawned one single, “99 Times“, which became her most successful radio single in the US to date. Numerous promotional singles were released to promote the album, some of which had commercial success. In 2011, Voegele released her third studio album, Gravity Happens. This was her first album to be released through ATO Records. The album debuted and peaking at number 53 on the Billboard 200. She has since revealed she is working on her fourth studio album, Canyonlands, which was released in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Kate Elizabeth Voegele was born in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, Ohio[1] on December 8, 1986. Voegele has a younger sister named Courtney.[2] She is of English, French, Irish, Scottish, Italian, and German descent.[3] Voegele was taught to play guitar at age 15.[4] In 2005, Voegele graduated from Bay High School where she was on the dance squad.[5][6] She attended college at Miami University (Ohio) where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Career[edit]

2003–06: Musical beginnings and early success[edit]

Voegele performing at Farm Aid in Chicago, Illinois, on September 18, 2005

Voegele made her musical debut in 2003, while Voegele was only 16 years old, when she recorded and released her debut extended play, The Other Side.[7] The song “Top of the World” received local radio airplay, and songs from the album were performed locally by Voegele at numerous venues.[8] That same year, Voegele performed alongside John Mayer and Counting Crows.[9] In 2004, it was revealed that Voegele would be a performer at the 2004 Farm Aid concert,[10][11] alongside artists such as Willie Nelson and Neil Young.[12] Voegele’s songs began being used in popular media as well around this time. Her song “Only Fooling Myself” was featured in series’ such as Clubhouse and The Ghost Whisperer.[13] Her song “It’s Only Life” was featured in the MTV series Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County.[14]

In 2005, Voegele released her second extended play, Louder Than Words.[15] The extended play, as well as her previous one, helped further draw interest in Voegele as an artist.[16] The album featured songs from her first album, as well as a new song titled “Better Days.” That same year, Voegele’s song “Only Fooling Myself” won the Pop category of the 2005 USA Songwriting Contest,[17] the youngest artist ever to win the honor in any category.[18][19] In 2006, her song “I Won’t Disagree” was a winner of the New York City Songwriters Circle.[20] Her song “Only Fooling Myself” also won praise at the 2006 USA Songwriting Competition at Borders Books & Music in Austin, Texas.[21]

In 2006, Voegele received a message on popular social media website MySpace from the owner, Tom Anderson.[22] Anderson asked if Voegele was signed, and later asked her to meet him.[23] She later signed with MySpace Records, a branch of Interscope Records.[23] On the event, Voegele stated “I thought it was a fake message. I mean does Tom really even exist, let alone go on MySpace and send messages to random people? But sure enough, it was totally legitimate, and the next week I was out in LA meeting and showcasing for him. […] I was so excited because from the start I knew MySpace Records was different than other labels I’d been to. I felt immediately comfortable and I could tell I would be given a lot of artistic freedom there.”[24]

2007–08: Don’t Look Away and One Tree Hill[edit]

Voegele performing on the “Back 2 School Tour”

Voegele began working on her debut album in Fall of 2006, shortly after signing with the label. She released her official debut studio album, Don’t Look Away, on May 22, 2007.[25][26] Don’t Look Away debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200, selling 10,000 copies in its first week of release. It went on to sell over 250,000 copies.[27][28][29][30][31] Her appearance on the series was noted as being a big advancement for Voegele career wise,[32] with Voegele performing numerous songs from her album on the show.[33][34] The first episode of One Tree Hill featuring Voegele premiered on January 22, 2008.[35][36][37]

The same day that Voegele made her appearance on One Tree Hill, her debut album was re-released featuring a new cover art[38] and three new acoustic songs.[39] In April 2008, Voegele released her official debut single, “Only Fooling Myself.”[40] The song’s music video was released in May 2008, and featured Voegele singing as the background changes to various different locations.[41] The single peaked a #37 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart in the US,[42][43] which is based on radio airplay.[44] In September of the same year, Voegele released her second official single, a cover of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah“.[45] Voegele’s version of the song became her first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, where it debuted and peaked at number 68 on the chart.[46][47][48] This made it the first time any version of the song had charted on the Hot 100,[49] and remained the only time the song had made the chart until Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris released their version in 2010.[50] The success of the singles also helped boost sales of Don’t Look Away. The album eventually climbed the Billboard 200 to achieve a peak of 27, making it her second highest charting album to date.[51][52] Don’t Look Away has sold an estimated 237,000 copies as of 2009.[53]

The success of Voegele’s debut album later led to her appearing on numerous compilation albums that year as well. She recorded a cover of the song “When You Wish Upon a Star” for the compilation album DisneyMania 6.[54] Her song “It’s Only Life” was featured on the soundtrack for the ABC Family series Kyle XY.[55] Her song “Lift Me Up” was later featured on the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack.[56] Voegele’s songs “Devil in Me” and “You Can’t Break a Broken Heart” are featured on the Music from One Tree Hill soundtrack, released in 2008.

2009–11: A Fine Mess and Gravity Happens[edit]

It was revealed in 2008 that Voegele would be returning for the sixth season of One Tree Hill that same year.[57] While touring to promote her previous album, she began writing material for her second studio album.[58] While working on her second studio album, Voegele’s One Tree Hill character was also working on her album.[59] Voegele’s second studio album, A Fine Mess, was released on May 18, 2009.[60][61][62] The album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200,[63][64] with first week sales of 37,000 copies.[65][66] This made it the highest first week sales for one of Voegele’s albums, and her highest peaking album to date. By September of that same year, the album had sold an estimated 157,000 copies worldwide.[67] One official single, “99 Times“, was released from the album on April 14, 2009.[68] The single went on to become her most successful single in terms of radio airplay, peaking at number 22 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart in the US.[69] This made it her second and highest entry on the chart.[70] It also peaked at number 8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[71] Voegele returned for the seventh season of One Tree Hill in 2009, making it the third season to feature Voegele’s character.[72][73] Voegele later returned for the eighth season of the series as well, and recorded a version of the show’s theme song.[74] She continued to play music on the series throughout her appearance.[75] Voegele did not return for the ninth and final season.

2012–present: The Wild Card EP and Canyonlands[edit]

Voegele has confirmed that she is working on her fourth studio album, which she hoped to release in 2013;[76] while she released an EP, Wild Card, in 2014, the full album Canyonlands was released on October 28th 2016.[77]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US US
Indie
US
Heat
US
Rock
CAN
Don’t Look Away 27 7 5 6 99
A Fine Mess
  • Released: May 18, 2009
  • Label: MySpace, Interscope
  • Formats: CD, digital download
10 4 8
Gravity Happens
  • Released: May 17, 2011
  • Label: ATO
  • Formats: CD, digital download
53 8 33
Canyonlands
  • Released: October 28, 2016
  • Label: Communikate, Inc.
  • Formats: CD, digital download
“—” denotes album that did not chart or was not released

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Details
The Other Side
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD
Louder Than Words
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Independent
  • Released: December 21, 2009
  • Label: MySpace, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download
Wild Card
  • Released: November 4, 2014
  • Label: Communikate Inc
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
Pop
CAN UK
Only Fooling Myself 2008 Don’t Look Away
Hallelujah 68 43 53
99 Times 2009 58 A Fine Mess
Heart in Chains 2011 Gravity Happens
“—” denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Featured songs[edit]

List of featured singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
Good to You
(Marianas Trench featuring Kate Voegele)
2009 38 Masterpiece Theatre
“—” denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Filmography[edit]

As an Actress[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008–11 One Tree Hill Mia Catalano Recurring (Seasons 5–8); 38 episodes
2010 Life Unexpected Mia Catalano Episode: “Music Faced”

As Herself[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Wendy Williams Show Herself Guest
2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Herself Musical Guest
2009 The Bachelor Herself Guest
2012 One Tree Hill: Always and Forever Herself
2014 Sessions at the Willow Grove Herself Series of musical concerts

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Alesha Dixon

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Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon performing in Leeds in 2008.

Dixon performing in Leeds in 2008.
Born (1978-10-07) 7 October 1978 (age 38)
Welwyn Garden City, England, United Kingdom
Education Monk’s Walk School
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • model
  • presenter
  • talent competition judge
  • television personality
  • rapper
Television
Spouse(s) Michael Harvey, Jr. (m. 2005; div. 2006)
Partner(s) Azuka Ononye (2012–present)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website aleshadixon.com

Alesha Dixon (born 7 October 1978)[1] is a British singer, dancer, rapper, model and television presenter from Welwyn Garden City, England. She found fame in the all-female R&B/garage trio Mis-Teeq. The trio disbanded in 2005 and Dixon pursued a music career as a solo artist, signing to Polydor Records. She began recording her debut solo album, Fired Up, in 2006, but due to poor record sales of her first two singles, “Lipstick” and “Knockdown“, she was dropped from Polydor.[2]

In 2007, Dixon won Strictly Come Dancing. Her television exposure led to a successful comeback,[3] which included her signing to Asylum Records, an offshoot of Warner Music Group. Dixon then released a second album, entitled The Alesha Show, in 2008, which received platinum certification from BPI in the UK and spawned four singles including “The Boy Does Nothing” and “Breathe Slow“, the latter of which became her highest charting single and earned her a Brit Award nomination.

In September 2009, Dixon became a judge on the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing, replacing Arlene Phillips.[4] The replacement of Phillips by Dixon attracted criticism, as some questioned the extent of Dixon’s dancing knowledge.[5] In 2010, Dixon returned for the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing and released her third studio album, The Entertainer. In January 2012, shortly after completing the ninth series and her third year as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, Dixon quit to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.[6]

As a television presenter, she has hosted Your Face Sounds Familiar (2013), Text Santa (2014–15) and Dance Dance Dance (2017–present).

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Alesha Dixon grew up in the town of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

Alesha Anjanette Dixon was born in Welwyn Garden City to a Jamaican father, Melvin, and English mother, Beverly Harris. Dixon has six half-siblings. Maternally, she has two half-brothers, and on her father’s side, she has three half-brothers and a half-sister.[citation needed]

She was educated at Monk’s Walk School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Dixon’s parents split up when Dixon was four and Dixon’s father moved away, resulting in Dixon later describing her family life as “very dysfunctional”.[7] Between the ages of eight and ten, Dixon witnessed her mother suffer domestic violence from her partner;[8] she only spoke publicly about the issue 21 years later, in 2010.[8] Dixon created a documentary for the BBC, Don’t Hit My Mum, regarding the issue of domestic abuse from a child’s perspective, and remarked upon her own childhood: “When I think about that time, I don’t remember living in harmony, I don’t remember any fun times, I suppose because the negativity has clouded it. The negative times and the scary times have blocked anything that was good … I believe that every child has the right to grow up in an environment where they feel secure and fearless going into the world, and I didn’t really feel that”.[8]

Dixon’s first job was at Ladbrokes,[9] although she aspired to become a PE teacher after leaving college.[9] After completing a diploma course in sports studies,[9] she had planned to take up a place at Loughborough University,[10] but whilst at dance classes in London she was approached by a talent scout from a production company.[11] Whilst travelling back home on the train she was approached by another scout who was forming a band and asked if she was interested.[11]

1999–2005: Mis-Teeq[edit]

Dixon’s career began in 1999 when she met Sabrina Washington as they both joined a dance school in Fulham, south west London.[12] Together, they decided to form a band when Dixon and Washington, the two co-founders, spotted Su-Elise Nash, a girl auditioning for another band.[12] Dixon and Washington proposed that Nash join the group and together they formed a trio. They were soon signed to Telstar Records with the addition of a new member, Zena McNally, and became the popular UK garage/R&B girl band, Mis-Teeq.

In October 2000, Dixon, then relatively unknown, featured on the single “Rumours” by Damage, which charted modestly at 22 on the UK Singles Chart.[13] The genre of the track departed from the band’s R&B style, in favour of a garage-based sound, however, the tepid reaction from fans insured Damage did not venture further into garage.[13]

In January 2001, Mis-Teeq released their first single, “Why“. The track remained commercially unnoticed until a garage remix was produced and the track charted at 8 in April of that year.[14] Two separate music videos for the song were filmed, accompanying the different versions of the song. The song’s success coincided with Zena McNally’s departure; McNally later alleged that friction between herself and Washington was a factor.[15] Mis-Teeq, continuing as a trio, then released “All I Want“, which charted even more successfully at number 2, behind Shaggy‘s “Angel“.[16] In October 2001, they released their debut album Lickin’ On Both Sides, featuring hits “One Night Stand“, “B with Me” and double A-side single “Roll On/This Is How We Do It“. In 2002, Mis-Teeq performed and received a nomination at the BRIT Awards in Earls Court,[17] later in the year band won the MOBO Award for Best Garage Act.[18] After the success of their debut album, 2003 saw Mis-Teeq becoming the faces of JD Sports stores nationwide.[19]

In 2003, Mis-teeq released their second album Eye Candy, which included the singles “Scandalous“, “Can’t Get It Back” and “Style“. In 2004, Mis-Teeq toured the United States and released their debut single “Scandalous” from their American self-titled debut, a compilation of the albums Lickin’ On Both Sides and Eye Candy.

In 2004, Dixon went to feature in the N.E.R.D music video “She Wants to Move“. In the video, she is shown dancing on a podium while the band circle her. It was also rumoured that she was dating Pharrell Williams around the time of the video. The last song Dixon recorded with Mis-Teeq was “Shoo Shoo Baby” for the Disney film Valiant. In March 2005, their Greatest Hits compilation was released and it was announced that they were separating to pursue solo careers.[20]

2006–08: Fired Up, record label departure and Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

I never lost the desire to [want to] carry on in music – that’s all I know, all I’ve ever dreamed of doing, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do so, I think, never give up.

Alesha Dixon, discussing her thoughts on being dropped by her record label, Polydor.[21]

Dixon launched her solo career after Mis-Teeq’s break-up and signed a £500,000, three-album deal with Polydor Records. She spent a year writing and recording her solo debut album, Fired Up, working with a wide range of producers including Richard X, Xenomania, Johnny Douglas, Brian Higgins, Estelle and Paul Epworth. During this period, Dixon performed mononymously, known simply as “Alesha”. In June 2005, she announced her first solo single to be “Superficial”. However, at the last minute, the song “Lipstick” was chosen as the first single.[22] “Lipstick” was released on 14 August 2006, and charted at 14 on the UK Single Charts.

Dixon released her second single “Knockdown” on 30 October 2006, which charted at 25 on the UK Download Chart. However, on the official UK Singles Charts, the single peaked at number 45, falling down to 68 the following week. On 6 November 2006, it was revealed that Dixon had been dropped by her label, Polydor Records.[21] Polydor gave her full rights to her unreleased debut album, Fired Up. Coinciding with her professional troubles was the collapse of her marriage to Harvey; Dixon filed for divorce just over a year after her wedding due to her husband’s affair with Javine Hylton.[23]

Dixon took part in series 5 of TV show Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler. Dixon was at first hesitant to join, fearing that snobbery within the music industry would damage her career. In a later interview, she said, “there’s always this preconceived idea that people do reality TV shows because they want to kick-start their careers whereas I was actually worried that it would affect it.”[24] They had been the favourite from the third week, receiving the most points from the judges on numerous occasions. Dixon herself gained high appraisal from the judges, even being likened to a “young Josephine Baker” by Bruno Tonioli.[11] They received 4.5 million votes in the final, beating actor Matt Di Angelo and professional dancer Flavia Cacace to win the glitter disco ball.[25] Dixon is currently the most successful contestant to ever take part in Strictly Come Dancing, with an average point score of 36.5/40, the highest average score from any contestant to ever take part in the show.

2008–09: The Alesha Show and Strictly Come Dancing judging[edit]

After her victory on Strictly Come Dancing, Dixon soon became the centre of a bidding war between record labels and even Polydor Records, the label that had dropped her months previously, put in an offer.[26] Dixon, however, chose to sign a four-album contract with Asylum Records in 2008.[27] Dixon’s first new album as part of her contract, The Alesha Show was released in the UK on 24 November 2008 and 21 November in Ireland. The official first single from the album, “The Boy Does Nothing” became her first solo top ten hit[28] on the UK Singles Chart, following a 76 spot jump from 84 to 8[28] on the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone; the single eventually peaked at number 5 and received Gold certification.[29] The song also became a commercial success in continental Europe and peaked in the top ten on the Australian Singles Chart. The single sold 1,000,000 copies worldwide.[30]

The second single from The Alesha Show was “Breathe Slow” and entered the UK Singles Chart at number thirty-nine solely on download sales.[31] The single rose for three weeks before breaking into the top ten at number six,[31] giving Dixon her second top ten hit in the UK from downloads alone, and eventually peaked at number 3 on the Top 40 UK Charts, becoming Dixon’s highest charting single on the UK Singles Chart. “Breathe Slow” was certified Silver in the UK for sales exceeding 200,000.[29]

The third single from The Alesha Show, titled “Let’s Get Excited” was physically released on 11 May and reached a peak position of 13 in the UK Singles Chart. “Let’s Get Excited” became Dixon’s first track from The Alesha Show not to chart inside the top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. The song’s presence in the charts boosted album sales and The Alesha Show rebounded at a new peak of 11. The album received Platinum certification from BPI, indicating sales of 300,000+ in the UK alone.[29] The fourth single from The Alesha Show, called “To Love Again” was released on 15 November 2009.[32] The track, a ballad penned by Dixon and Gary Barlow, was the first single taken from the deluxe version, entitled The Alesha Show – Encore, released on 23 November.[33] Dixon also embarked upon a 17-date national tour, named The Alesha Show, which began on 20 October 2009 in Nottingham.

It was revealed in July 2009 that Dixon would be joining the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel in September 2009.[34] She replaced Arlene Phillips, which led to the BBC being accused of ageism and sexism by the media.[35][36] Dixon, having a conflicting schedule also had to rearrange three dates on her upcoming tour, The Alesha Show to do the show, which is broadcast live on Saturday nights.[37]

Dixon’s judging debut was met by criticism by some viewers, and 272 complaints were received by the BBC, according to The Guardian.[38] Despite the complaints, the BBC stated they were “delighted” with Dixon.[38]

2010–11: The Entertainer[edit]

In early 2010, Dixon began work on her third studio album, The Entertainer, which she intended to release during the summer. On 15 March Dixon flew to Denmark to begin recording with Soulshock & Karlin, the producers of Dixon’s “Breathe Slow”.[39] Dixon’s fan site later reported that Dixon had secured a recording session with Rodney Jerkins, a record producer who has produced records for Michael Jackson‘s final studio album Invincible and most recently produced Lady Gaga and Beyoncé‘s “Telephone“.[40]

On 16 June, Dixon revealed on a post on her fansite that the upcoming album would be called Unleashed,[41] and on 30 June her fansite president revealed the lead single is a track called “Drummer Boy“, produced by Haitian-American producer, Shama Joseph, or “ShamRock”.[42] On 5 August it was revealed that Dixon had decided to change the album name from Unleashed to The Entertainer.[43] “Drummer Boy”, released in August, charted moderately at 15 on the UK Singles Chart. On 16 September, it was announced that Dixon had collaborated with Roll Deep and featured in the band’s single “Take Control“.[44] The track appeared on both Roll Deep’s album—Winner Stays On—and The Entertainer. “Radio“, billed as The Entertainers second single, charted poorly upon release in November 2010, failing to reach the Top 40. The single’s release coincided with the release of the album, which too made little commercial impact; a year later it was noted that the album had sold 60,000 copies.[45]

Acknowledging the album’s lack of commercial success, Dixon said she would always prefer to “take a chance creatively” than release what she perceived to be stultifying records.[45] She commented: “I knew the single ‘Drummer Boy’ was a risk. It was a very difficult record and so far removed from anything I’d done before. I get that … I take full responsibility for that, but I’m glad I did it. I’d rather make a unique record like ‘Drummer Boy’ and have it fail than play it safe and release bland, generic music that doesn’t excite me.”[45]

2012–2014: Britain’s Got Talent, motherhood and other ventures[edit]

Dixon wrote and released a new track “Do It Our Way” for the New Year Weight Watchers campaign which featured in new advertisements for the organisation. The track was released onto iTunes on 1 January 2012, as a digital download.[46] On 2 January, Dixon announced her departure from her judging role on Strictly Come Dancing, to pursue other projects.[47] It was later announced that she left the panel to join the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent along with Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.[48] Michael Hogan, of The Daily Telegraph, pointed out that “if rumours are to be believed, Dixon has more than tripled her salary by defecting to the commercial channel”,[49] a point made by various other sources.

In September 2012 it was announced that Dixon would be collaborating with former So Solid Crew rapper Ashley Walters on his new song “Your Love”. The single was released on 11 November.[50] In 2013, Dixon resumed her role as a judge for the seventh series.[51]

It was announced in June 2013 that Dixon was expecting her first child with her partner, former backing dancer Azuka Ononye,[52] and on her 35th birthday, 7 October 2013, she stated on Twitter that she had given birth to her daughter, Azura Sienna, the previous week. Dixon said she would put her fourth album on hold and concentrate on motherhood,[53] but in summer 2013 she and Paddy McGuinness presented ITV’s new entertainment show Your Face Sounds Familiar.[54] The programme was not renewed for a second series.

Dixon returned for the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. Dixon also joined the Text Santa presenting team in December 2014 – ITV’s annual Christmas charity telethon.

2015–present: Do It for Love[edit]

In December 2014 she announced that she would be releasing a new single in either March or May 2015.[55] An album release is expected to follow, which will be her first in five years. In January 2015 she returned for the ninth series of Britain’s Got Talent. In March, Dixon confirmed she would be releasing her new single “The Way We Are“, via her own record label Precious Stone Records, on 21 June.[56][57] The music video premiered in full on Vevo on 19 May.[58] The video was filmed on Paphos, Cyprus and fans were given the opportunity to choose the video’s ending from three options.[58] The first live performance will take place on the Britain’s Got Talent live shows in May. It will be her first single release in over four years, following 2011’s “Every Little Part of Me“.

Dixon premièred album track, “Azura (Blue Sky)” during Graham Norton‘s BBC Radio 2 show in May 2015. She also explained that the song “Do It for Love” was the first song she had written for the album and was a song about her love for music.

Dixon revealed the album’s title as Do It for Love in an Official Charts interview. “Tallest Girl” was released 18 September 2015 as the second single from the album with an accompanying music video, directed by De La Muerte Films. The third single from the album was “People Need Love”. The song has been reworked by Ash Rowes for the official single version. Ash Rowes has also been responsible for reworking Girls Aloud‘s “Whole Lotta History” official single version. “People Need Love” was released on 11 December 2015.[59]

She was criticised for forgetting the words to “God Save the Queen” when performing a solo at the 2015 British Grand Prix.[60]

In 2016, Dixon made a cameo appearance in the 2016 film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.[61]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style[edit]

When Dixon first emerged into the public spotlight with Mis-Teeq, she was primarily the group’s MC, whilst one of her band-mates Sabrina Washington usually sang lead vocals on the records. Washington encouraged her to rap from the band’s inception, saying: “When she started she was a bit shy, but I always said that it adds something, an element of difference. It was the first time I’d ever heard a woman MC and I was like, ‘Alesha, you have got to do that,’ and she was like ‘No Bri, don’t make me look stupid'”.[62] However, when she began her solo career her first UK album, The Alesha Show, saw Dixon undergo a genre-shift. The album featured no rapping and was primarily R&B and soul, unlike Mis-Teeq’s music, which focused mainly on garage and hip hop. Dixon commented that the record consisted of “a lot more guitar-written songs with pop produced around it”.[21] Dixons third album The Entertainer consists mainly of uptempo pop and dance-pop tracks.[63]

Dixon, a songwriter and singer, often writes or co-writes her own records. Discussing the writing process of The Alesha Show she said, “I’ve written the majority of it and I co-write as well with a lot of people”.[21] Critics have suggested some of her songs are autobiographical, such as “To Love Again” (2009), co-written with Gary Barlow and John Shanks. Vocally, reviewer Andy Gill of The Independent suggested that Dixon’s vocal strengths lie with more up-tempo songs, saying “the problem is that her bubbly personality (and voice) is simply not as well suited to ballads as to perky dancefloor anthems”.[64] However, The Guardians Caroline Sullivan complemented her live vocals whilst reviewing her tour, The Alesha Show. She said, of her concert tour, that “it was her singing that made the impression: she’s more powerful than you would imagine, and when pitted against her band at their most blaring, she more than held her own. While this was going on, she was being flung between two male hoofers, proving, if nothing else, that pop stars who claim they can’t dance and sing simultaneously just aren’t trying”.[65]

Influences[edit]

Dixon has often cited Madonna as an influence, saying “Madonna is a big idol. I loved her when I was a young girl and I feel like I’ve been on a musical journey with her”.[66] Dixon’s single “Let’s Get Excited” namechecked the singer and her 1985 single “Into the Groove“. Furthermore, the music video featured what Dixon described as “a Madonna tribute”[67] featuring voguing throughout. Additionally, Dixon has described Kylie Minogue as her childhood idol.[68] Growing up, the first record Dixon ever bought was “Push It” by the hip hop group Salt-n-Pepa; she remarked “I didn’t understand what they were talking about at the time … They were raw and did their own thing, and I loved that. I love artists who don’t conform to what people expect of them”.[69]

Despite growing up in the predominantly white area of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Dixon’s father Melvin would take her to the Notting Hill Carnival in London to allow her to experience some of her Jamaican heritage.[70] The music she would hear influenced her tastes, as she commented: “all the dancehall records I saved up to buy – Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton – I heard them at Notting Hill”.[70] When asked during an interview who her favourite songwriter was, Dixon replied: “Lauryn Hill. I love Lauryn Hill because she is not scared to talk about real life. She may say things that are slightly controversial but she gets people thinking and gets people talking”.[71] Dixon has also named Neneh Cherry as great influence upon her. Cherry, a mixed race singer, inspired her from an early age, with Dixon saying, “I remember seeing Neneh Cherry on the TV when I was little and turning to my mum and saying, ‘Mummy, she looks like me'”.[72]

Philanthropy[edit]

“There are so many things you could reel off as negatives [with regards to fame] – your private life is exposed, every move is scrutinised – at the same time, you can think: ‘Wow, I’m in a position to shine a light into these areas.’ That’s a powerful tool because, actually, it’s quite a selfish job. It’s a moral responsibility, I guess, I think I have.”

—Dixon, when asked whether celebrities have a responsibility to do good works.[73]

Dixon has described herself and other celebrities as having a “moral responsibility” to do good works, when asked by The Observers Elizabeth Day.[73] Speaking in August 2010 to Blues & Soul Dixon said: “Being in the entertainment industry I do feel I have a responsibility that comes with my fame”.[74]

In 2009, Dixon climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for Comic Relief with Girls Aloud members Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh, Ben Shephard, Ronan Keating, Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, Chris Moyles and Gary Barlow, who had spearheaded the project. Together they raised over £3,500,000 towards helping combat malaria in Tanzania.[75] In June 2009 Dixon became an official ambassador for the charity Help a London Child, stating that she felt “very honoured” to be asked.[76]

Dixon is a patron of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT)[77] which is a voluntary charity, whose main aim is to increase the number of Black and Mixed Parentage people on the UK Bone Marrow Register. The members of the ACLT freely volunteer their time in attempting to raise awareness in the Black community; enabling potential donors to come forward and be involved in the process of offering hope and a healthy future to someone whose disorder may otherwise prove fatal. Dixon has also backed Nickelodeon‘s See Something, Say Something campaign, a UK anti-bullying initiative.[78]

Dixon is engaged with various animal rights organisations and is also a vegetarian. She is Vice-President of the League Against Cruel Sports, a charity which works to end cruelty to animals in the name of sport and featured in a charity appeal due to concerns that the Hunting Act 2004 could be repealed.[79] In 2012, Dixon travelled to Romania with World Animal Protection to rescue two brown bears from Onesti Zoo, which had closed years previously.[80] The bears were moved to a nearby sanctuary.[80] In 2014, Dixon encouraged her Twitter followers to sign an online petition calling for the ban of slaughtering animals without being stunned first.[81] UK and EU law requires that animals must be stunned before slaughter, unless for religious purposes (Halal or Kosher meat).[82] Dixon is also a supporter of the PetRetreat scheme launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The scheme fosters pets belonging to victims of domestic abuse, who often have to leave behind animals, as many refuges and safe houses do not allow pets. The pets are later reunited with their original owners when possible.[83]

In addition to Dixon’s commercial role as a model and representative for the cosmetics company Avon on International Women’s Day 2012, Dixon launched the company’s Pass It On campaign to highlight domestic abuse issues in the UK by encouraging the purchase of a necklace, described by her as “a symbol of women’s empowerment, and infinite possibilities for women”.[84] All the proceeds from Avon’s necklace campaign were donated to Refuge and Women’s Aid.[84] In March 2013 Dixon led a walk down Westminster Bridge to the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness of domestic violence.[85] Regarding the walk, Dixon commented that “awareness of domestic violence is still shockingly low and that’s why it’s so important that we raise awareness about a subject that is too often ignored”.[85]

Dixon has worked with several LGBT charities in the past, including Switchboard [86] and RUComingOut.[87] Speaking at an RUComingOut event, Dixon stated “I love everything RUComingOut stands for. Thankfully we live in a much more liberal and accepting world now but until the time comes when people aren’t scared to come out there’s still work to be done”.[87] Dixon has spoken out in support of gay marriage,[88] and has performed at multiple gay pride parades around the UK, headlining both London and Brighton Pride in 2016 alone.[89]

Other ventures[edit]

As well as a singer, Dixon has forayed into television presenting, created three documentaries, and has established herself as a businesswoman through various endorsement deals and lucrative contracts. In November 2009 Dixon announced the release of her jewellery line,[90] and in January 2014 she launched her own fragrance, Rose Quartz.[91] In 2008, the Daily Mail estimated Dixon’s net worth at £1.7 million,[92] but in 2013 the same publication valued Dixon’s worth to be at £4 million.[93] Dixon has represented various brands, including car manufacturers Ford, chocolatiers Toblerone, cosmetics company Avon and airline Thomson Airways. Additionally, Dixon was creative director of gym chain LA Fitness, a role which she assumed in 2009.[94] Dixon signed a four-year results-based deal with the gym chain, with her remuneration based on the success of the company.[95]

Presenting[edit]

Dixon has presented shows in the UK, such as the MOBO Awards, CD:UK, ITV2‘s coverage of The Brit Awards and presented the Live From the Red Carpet show at the 62nd British Academy Film Awards for E!.[96] She has also been a guest on BBC One‘s current affairs programme This Week on two occasions, in November 2006 and December 2007. In 2008, Dixon presented her own mini-documentary entitled Alesha: Look But Don’t Touch, which aired on the BBC and featured a guest appearance from Cheryl Cole. The show explored “improvement” by digital technology in order to understand the impact all these “perfect” images have on society. In 2009, it was reported that Dixon was in talks with television companies about a possible chatshow.[97] In 2008 and 2009, she co-presented Children in Need with Terry Wogan and Tess Daly. She returned to present the telethon in 2011 with Daly, Wogan and Fearne Cotton.

In March 2010, Dixon presented the Mister World 2010 pageant in Incheon, Korea.

Since 22 August 2011, Dixon presented a street-dance competition for CBBC called Alesha’s Street Dance Stars. She has also appeared in the CBBC series 12 Again. On 17 May 2013, Dixon was a guest presenter on ITV Breakfast magazine show Lorraine.

In the summer of 2013, Dixon and Paddy McGuinness co-presented one series the ITV reality show Your Face Sounds Familiar.[98]

In 2014 and 2015, Dixon co-presented segments of ITV’s Text Santa telethon.[99][100] In 2016, she co-presented Sport Relief 2016 on BBC One with Greg James.

In 2017, Dixon presented Dance Dance Dance, a six-part reality series for ITV. Will Best co-presents the show.

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Headlining act
Supporting act

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Nominated Work Result
2006 MOBO Awards Best UK Female[102] Herself Nominated
2008 Cosmopolitan Awards Ultimate Confidence Queen[103] Won
2009 MOBO Awards Best UK Act Nominated
Best Video The Boy Does Nothing Nominated
UK Music Video Awards Best Pop Video Nominated
Best Styling in a Video Nominated
Los Premios 40 Principales Best International Song Nominated
2010 BRIT Awards British Single Breathe Slow Nominated
MOBO Awards Best Video[104] Drummer Boy Nominated
BT Visit London Awards Sound of London Herself Won

Lindsey Stirling

 

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling
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Lindsey Stirling in 2014
Background information
Born (1986-09-21) September 21, 1986 (age 30)
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Violin
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website lindseystirling.com

Lindsey Stirling (born September 21, 1986)[1][2] is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her eponymous YouTube channel, which she created in 2007.[3]

Stirling performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and rock to electronic dance music. Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks.[4][5] Her music video, “Crystallize” finished as the eighth-most watched video of 2012,[6] and her cover version of “Radioactive” with Pentatonix won Response of the Year in the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013.[7] Stirling achieved one million singles sold worldwide by August 2014.[8] As of March 2017, her Lindseystomp YouTube channel exceeded 9 million subscribers and over 1.7 billion total views.[9]

Stirling has been named in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 In Music: The Class Of 2015. Forbes notes her quarter-finalist position on America’s Got Talent season five in 2010,[10][11] a No. 2 position on the Billboard 200 for her second album Shatter Me in 2014, and her 9 million subscribers on YouTube.[12]

Stirling’s eponymous debut album was a commercial success in Europe, selling 200,000 copies in Germany, winning a platinum certification; three additional certifications were given by Austria, Switzerland and Poland. The debut album was nominated for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards for Top Dance/Electronic Albums.[13] Stirling’s second album Shatter Me won the 2015 Billboard Music Awards for Top Dance/Electronic Album.[14]

Early life[edit]

Stirling describes her childhood as being raised in a modest household and stated “I would not trade my humble childhood years for anything else.”[15] Due to her family’s financial limitations, her parents could only afford to find a violin teacher who would give her half lessons.[16] Told by instructors that “a child isn’t going to learn how to play in 15 minutes a week”, her parents persisted, and at the age of five she began taking violin lessons.[16]

Living in Gilbert, Arizona, Stirling attended Greenfield Junior High, and at age sixteen,[17] Stirling attended Mesquite High School and joined four friends in a rock band called Stomp on Melvin. As part of her experience with the group, Stirling wrote a solo violin rock song, and her performance helped her to win the state title of Arizona’s Junior Miss and claim the Spirit Award in the America’s Junior Miss Finals competition.[18] Stirling was also a member of Charley Jenkins Band for about a year.[19]

Career[edit]

Dancing[edit]

From a young age, Stirling had a fascination for dance, and desired to take both dancing and violin lessons. In an interview with NewMediaRockstars, she said, “…ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wished that I could dance, but my parents said, ‘You [can] choose violin or you [can] choose dance, but we can’t afford both’, and I chose violin. So this is kind of a fulfillment – it’s funny to say, but this is something I’ve always wanted to do.”[20]

She impressed the judges on America’s Got Talent, not only by mixing hip-hop, pop, and classical music on the violin, but by incorporating dancing with playing the violin, which she also does on her tours and official music videos. On a live-chat, Stirling explained, “It is very unnatural to dance while playing the violin. I had to practice so hard to learn how to do it, but now it is part of my expression and it comes naturally. I have to know a song perfectly before I can even begin to move. Once I know a song really well, I can then have fun dancing.”[21] Not only in her performances, but also with her music, dancing made a huge impact: “I loved dance music so I started with that and wrote ‘Transcendence’, ‘Electric Daisy’ and ‘Spontaneous Me’.”[22]

In October 2013, Stirling announced she would take part in season three of Dance Showdown, a dance competition web series created by DanceOn where the winner is awarded US$50,000.[23] Stirling was the second of three finalists, but didn’t win the fifty thousand dollars despite receiving critical acclaim on her three performances with her partner Anze Skrube. One of the three judges, Laurieann Gibson, classified her second performance as “one of the best” in Dance Showdown and the last one as the best she had ever seen.

2010–2012: America’s Got Talent and debut studio album[edit]

In 2010, at the age of 23, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on season five of America’s Got Talent, where she was described as a “hip hop violinist”.[10][11] Stirling’s performances were dubbed “electrifying” by the judges, and won the acclaim of the audience, but after she attempted to step up the dance level in her quarter-final performance, judge Piers Morgan told her: “You’re not untalented, but you’re not good enough, I don’t think, to get away with flying through the air and trying to play the violin at the same time.”[24] Sharon Osbourne commented: “You need to be in a group. … What you’re doing is not enough to fill a theater in Vegas.”[25][26] In her blog, Stirling confided: “I was devastated at the results … It was painful, and a bit humiliating; however, I had to relearn where it was that I drew my strength.”[27][28] Stirling decided to continue to embrace her unique style of performance, promoting herself on the Internet. In a 2012 interview she remarked: “A lot of people have told me along the way that my style and the music I do … is unmarketable. But the only reason I’m successful is because I have stayed true to myself.”[16]

Shortly after her performance on America’s Got Talent, cinematographer Devin Graham contacted her in hopes of collaborating on a YouTube video together. They agreed to shoot a music video for her song, “Spontaneous Me”. It was filmed the week of May 9, 2011. The video boosted Stirling’s popularity, and she began making music videos for her YouTube channel regularly. Stirling’s YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, which she created in 2007 and which is named after her first band Stomp on Melvin, is the main repository for her music videos. During 2011, the channel rapidly gained popularity and has over 1.5 billion total views and over eight million subscribers, as of October 2016[update].[29] Her music is featured on Pandora, Spotify, and Last.FM.[30] Stirling also created a second YouTube channel, LindseyTime, in September 2012, in which she posts videos related to her life, vlogs, behind-the-scenes content, etc.

Stirling at VidCon 2012

Stirling has experimented in combining violin playing with hip hop and dubstep.[31] Stirling’s collaborations with other musicians and singers have included Shaun Barrowes (“Don’t Carry It All” – The Decemberists), Jake Bruene and Frank Sacramone (“Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO), Tay Zonday (“Mama Economy”), Peter Hollens (“Skyrim”, “A Thousand Years”, “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars”), Lzzy Hale (“Shatter Me”), Alisha Popat (“We Found Love”), John Allred (“Tomb”), Amiee Proal (“A Thousand Years”), Megan Nicole (“Starships”), The Piano Guys (“Mission Impossible”), Debi Johanson (“River Flows in You”, “Phantom of the Opera”), Sam Tsui (“Heads Up”), Tyler Ward (“I Knew You Were Trouble”, Thrift Shop”), Kurt Hugo Schneider (“Pokemón Dubstep Remix” and “A Thousand Years”), John Legend (“All of Me”), Chester See (“I Knew You Were Trouble”), and Pentatonix (“Radioactive”, “Papaoutai”).[32] She has also collaborated with the Salt Lake Pops orchestra and Alex Boye.[33] Stirling’s eponymous debut album was released on September 18, 2012 in conjunction with a North American tour that same month.

In December 2012, YouTube announced that Stirling’s song, “Crystallize“, was the No. 8 top-viewed video of 2012 with over 42 million views.[34]

2013–2014: First World Tour and Shatter Me[edit]

On April 22, 2013, it was announced that Lady Gaga‘s manager (Troy Carter) signed a deal with Stirling after being impressed by her rise in the media. “By looking at the numbers, automatically you could see this girl knew how to move the needle and understood YouTube was a venue to engage fans both online and offline,” Carter said. Stirling, who had previously refused to work with other management companies explained her new deal with Carter: “But with Atom Factory, they were up to date on current things and trying new stuff all the time, and I felt so creatively alive when I met with them.”[35]

On June 21, Stirling received her first golden certification for her album, Lindsey Stirling, in Germany[36] and in the next month, she earned golden certifications from Switzerland and Austria. On August 2, 2013, Billboard announced that Stirling’s studio album had sold more than 158,000 copies in the United States and that she was the second best-selling artist on the Classical Crossover charts in 2013, behind Andrea Bocelli‘s album Passione.[37]

In June 2013, she performed at Miss Switzerland,[38] and in July, she joined Nathan Pacheco, The Orchestra at Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the 21,000-seat LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT for their annual Pioneer Day concert.[39] Stirling also announced her first ever tour dates in Australia, South Korea and Japan. Stirling’s YouTube channel reached three million subscribers on August 31[40] and on September 4, after almost a year of touring, she completed her first world tour with her last appearance in London. On September 12, Stirling performed at the Dreamball 2013 charity gala at Ritz Carlton in Berlin, Germany.[41][42] Two weeks later, Stirling announced on her official website that she had started making her second album.[43]

Almost a year after its official release, Stirling’s self-titled studio album was re-released on October 29, 2013, as an exclusive deluxe version featuring newly recorded versions and remixes of her best-known songs such as “Crystallize”, “Elements”, and “Transcendence”. Target carried four bonus tracks while all other retailers had two additional tracks.[44] Stirling sold 10,000 copies of her extended-version album in the first week of sales, which was a record for her, and her album as it peaked from No. 79 to No. 23, becoming its highest position in Billboard 200.[45] Days before, she had performed on Conan on October 24.

On November 3, 2013, Stirling and Pentatonix’s version of “Radioactive” won a YouTube Music Award in the category Response of the Year. Stirling also performed during the live-streamed event.[7][46] On December 16, Stirling announced the first tour dates in Canada and U.S. on her 2014 World Tour;[47] some pre-sales were sold out after the first day of selling[48] and the first concert to be sold out was in Portland, Oregon on January 29.[49]

Stirling appeared on several Billboard 2013 year-end charts; notably, No. 3 on Classical Album Artists,[50] No. 2 on Classical Albums,[51] and No. 3 on Dance/Electronic Albums (both for Lindsey Stirling).[52]

At the beginning of 2014, Stirling’s self-titled album hit gold on Poland,[53] received its first platinum certification in Germany[54] and later on in Austria.[55] Stirling received her first RIAA gold certification on February 4 for her hit single “Crystallize”.[56] On February 26 Stirling released for the first time her debut album in France which entered in number 17 selling 4,900 copies in its first week of sales.[57] On March 5, Stirling performed three concerts at the El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, being her first time to do so in Latin America.

Stirling with her Echo award for Crossover National/International, March 2014

In 2014, Stirling was nominated for the Echo music award in two categories: Crossover National/International and Newcomer International,[58] receiving the Crossover National/International award on March 28.

On March 12, 2014, Stirling posted a video announcing her second studio album, Shatter Me, would be released in May.[59] She also created a PledgeMusic account where consumers could buy her new album, signed or not, and also exclusive items, such as signed posters, personalized video and even Skype calls with Stirling herself. At the end of the first day, the signed Shatter Me CD was already sold out.[60] On March 25, Stirling officially released her first single from Shatter Me, entitled “Beyond the Veil“, along with its accompanying music video.[61] On April 3, Stirling posted that she collaborated with Owl City for his fifth album. The song, “Beautiful Times“, was released on April 8.[62]

On April 23, 2014, Stirling released the second single of her upcoming album: “Shatter Me”. The song, the album’s title track, accumulated 1.3 million views its first day online.[63] The album was released in the U.S. on April 29 and in Europe on May 2. In the U.S., the album sold 56,000 copies in its first week and reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, becoming Stirling’s biggest sales week ever.[64] In Europe, Shatter Me was also a commercial success as it reached the Top 5 in Sweden and Germany and also peaking the first position in Austria. On May 18, Stirling assisted to the Billboard Music Awards where her debut album had been nominated in the category “Top Electronic/Dance Album”. Stirling also performed her first single “Beyond the Veil” during the ceremony.[65]

On May 13, 2014, Stirling performed in San Diego, the first show of her second world tour, which consisted of 77 shows in total, 48 in North America and 29 in Europe. This world Tour was in support of her new album Shatter Me and the crew consisted of Jason Gaviati and Drew Steen (which had been part of her First World Tour) plus the adding of two new dancers: Stephen Jones and Pter Styles[66] and the choreographer Anže Škrube.[67]

On July 2, Billboard posted that Stirling’s second studio album Shatter Me had been the third dance/electronic album with most sales in the first half of the year (119,000) only behind Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories and Lady Gaga’s Artpop. In the same chart, Stirling’s debut studio album was at sixth place with 108,000 copies sold in the first half of 2014.[68] On July 27 Stirling’s hit single Crystallize reached 100 million views, being Stirling’s first music video in doing so.[69] Six days later, on August 2, Stirling posted on her Twitter account that she had been nominated for her first ever Teen Choice award.[70] On August 6, Stirling came back after four years to America’s Got Talent to perform as host, along with Lzzy Hale their single “Shatter Me”.[71]

In August, it was revealed that Stirling would be part of two collaborations. The first one was revealed on August 13, and was about Stirling collaborating for a second time with the a cappella group Pentatonix for their third studio album PTX, Vol. III on the song “Papaoutai“, by Stromae.[72] The second collaboration was revealed nine days later, on August 22, when it was announced Stirling had been part of a song with singer Jessie J for her upcoming album Sweet Talker.[73] On September 29, Stirling announced she would be joining tenor Andrea Bocelli for his UK and Ireland Tour in November 2014.[74] On October 4, Stirling started the European leg of her second world tour by performing in Finland, on support of her album Shatter Me.[75] On November 24, Stirling extended her tour to the year of 2015 by adding dates in North America and Oceania.[76] That same day Stirling performed at The Today Show to promote her album by performing “Roundtable Rival”.[77] On December 5, Stirling performed at the Video Game Awards.[78]

On the 2014 Year-End Billboard Charts, Stirling peaked the categories of Classical Albums with Shatter Me[79] and the Classical Album Artist.[80] Her second studio album also appeared tenth in the year-end charts of independent albums[81] and fourth in Dance/Electronic Albums.[82] Stirling had the second position in the Dance/Electronic Album Artists[83] and fifth in the charts of independent artist[84] and Top dance/electronic artists.[85]

2015–present: The Only Pirate at the Party and Brave Enough[edit]

On January 9, 2015, Stirling was featured on the Forbes list ’30 Under 30′ as one of the few musicians featured in the top thirty of recognized celebrities under the age of thirty.[86] On the same day Billboard announced that Shatter Me and Lindsey Stirling had reached the first and second position as the best-selling dance-electronic albums in 2014.[87] On February 7, 2015, Stirling performed at the Grammy Foundation’s 17th annual Legacy Concert.[88] A few days later, Stirling announced that public television would be airing her shows from London under the name Lindsey Stirling: Live from London,starting in March.[89] It was later noted that the shows would also air in the U.S.[90]

Stirling in Buenos Aires in April 2015 as part of her Shatter Me World Tour

On March 2, it was announced that Stirling had won a YouTube Music Award among other forty-nine artists. The fifty selected artists were the ones with biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. This is Stirling’s second YouTube Music Award.[91] On March 23, the 2015 YouTube Music Awards were broadcast online, with thirteen selected artists releasing original music videos. Stirling released the music video for “Take Flight”.[92] On March 26, Stirling participated in the 2015 Echo Music Awards, where she won the category of “Best Crossover Act” for the second consecutive year.[93] Stirling also performed at the Echo Awards with artist Andreas Bourani.[94] On April 7, the 2015 Billboard Music Awards nominees were announced and Stirling was mentioned in two categories: Top Dance/Electronic Artist and Top Dance/Electronic Album, for her album Shatter Me.[95] Stirling won the latter category, her first Billboard Music Award.[96] On May 4, a single from Marina Kaye’e Fearless album was released under the title Sounds Like Heaven, featuring Stirling.[97] A day later a collaboration between Stirling and Joy Enriquez was released on iTunes.[98]

On July 1, while being interviewed by Billboard in New York, Stirling announced that when her current tour finished in August she would begin work on her third studio album: “As soon as we finish this tour, mid-August, I’m just gonna jump straight into the studio, it’s pretty exciting and it’s also terrifying to start thinking about a new album again. But I’m honestly so excited to see where it goes. I have a lot of ideas on directions it could go, and I’m really excited to see which way it could go. But the truth is, I don’t know where it’s going!”[99]

In its July 22 issue, Variety magazine ranked Stirling eleventh on its Digital Star Ranking, which ranks the top twelve stars in the digital world. It was also estimated that Stirling’s annual Ad Income was $364,000.[100] On August 8, 2015, Stirling released her first video album under the name “Lindsey Stirling: Live from London“, which included part of her Shatter Me World Tour (The Music Box World Tour)”.

In late December 2015, Stirling earned her first US Billboard Hot 100 entry with “Hallelujah” debuting at number 81 on the issue dated January 9, 2016 and peaking at number one on the Hot Christian Songs Chart, being her first single in doing so as well.[101]

In January 2016, Stirling’s autobiography was released under the name of The Only Pirate at the Party, which would later reach the tenth position at The New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list.[102][103] Three days later, a collaboration between Stirling and the Swedish DJ/producer Otto Knows was released under the title “Dying for You”, with its official video premiering on February the first.[104]

In June 2016, Stirling announced her new studio album Brave Enough, which was set to be released on August 19, 2016. Shortly after, she uploaded a new music video “The Arena” to her main channel.[105] Upon its release, Brave Enough debuted at number one on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart and number 5 on the Billboard 200, where it peaked.

In August 2016, Stirling performed in the opening ceremony of the The International 2016, a Dota 2 tournament which had the biggest prize pool in eSports history.[106]

Autobiography[edit]

On June 21, 2015, Stirling announced that over the course of two and a half years, she had completed an autobiography, The Only Pirate at the Party, published by Gallery Books.[107] Co-authored by Brooke S. Passey, Stirling’s sister, the book was released on January 12, 2016, and was listed at #10 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list for January 31, 2016.[102][103]

The title for The Only Pirate at the Party owed its origin to Stirling’s diagnosis of cross-dominance in the second grade, for which an eye patch was prescribed. She was uncomfortable with the treatment until she began pretending she was a pirate. Stirling became intrigued by the pirate lifestyle:

“Pirates don’t take orders or ask permission,… They do what they want. Allow me to clarify. If your mom asks you to do the dishes, do not pull out your pirate attitude. But if someone tells you you’re not good enough, says your dreams are too lofty, or claims there is no room in showbiz for a dancing violinist — well then, by all means, pull out your eye patch, my friend, and take to the high seas.”[108]

Philanthropy[edit]

On October 1, 2013, Stirling teamed with the non-profit Atlanta Music Project to help spread appreciation of music to children who might not otherwise have the chance. The Atlanta Music Project’s mission was “to inspire social change by providing Atlanta’s under-served youth the opportunity to learn and perform music in orchestras and choirs.” For this, Stirling made available two limited edition Lindsey Stirling/The Power of Music shirts. The money collected from the sale of those shirts went directly to the Atlanta Music Project with the combined goal of raising enough to provide music training for 50 children.[109]

On March 22, 2014, Stirling joined Cirque du Soleil for the second annual One Night for One Drop in Las Vegas.[110] The non-profit organization presented the show in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in celebration of World Water Day, a day which encourages people to conserve water resources in an effort to make clean water accessible to all.[111]

Personal life[edit]

Stirling attended Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah to study film making.[15] She later served as a missionary in New York City for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[112][113] A story she wrote about her mission was later published in the compilation Do Not Attempt in Heels: Mission Stories and Advice from Sisters Who’ve Been There.[114] Stirling returned to Provo in 2009 to continue studying at BYU. She then moved back to Arizona, in December 2012, to be with her family. In August 2015, she graduated from the BYU Marriott School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation management.[115] She resides in Los Angeles.[116]

For a short time she dated film maker Devin Graham, who had attended the same university and church.[117] The two began dating shortly after the filming of “Crystallize” and Graham moved to Utah.[118][119] The two have since ended their professional and personal relationship.[119]

Stirling has publicly spoken about her battle with anorexia. She discovered her disorder while working for a treatment center for troubled girls. Stirling said in an interview with Good Morning America that her song “Shatter Me” was “actually my story of overcoming my eating disorder”.[120] The cover art of the album is a reference to her struggle which showcases a “seemingly perfect-looking ballerina standing in the middle of a cracked glass globe”.[121] In 2013, Stirling was featured by the LDS Church in its “I’m a Mormon” campaign in which she spoke openly about how her faith helped in her battle during high school and college.[15][118] On November 25, 2014, she performed and answered questions in a live world broadcast to LDS youth.[122] A one-hour video recording of the event was featured on the LDS.org home page.[123]

Touring band members[edit]

Former[edit]

  • Jason Gaviati † – Keyboards, samples (2012–15);[124] Gaviati died on November 21, 2015.[125]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Breaking Through Phelba[127]
2017 Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough herself Documentary

Tours[edit]

2012–2013 Tour[edit]

Stirling’s first tour lasted almost a year with 122 dates around North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The Lindsey Stirling Tour began three days before the CD release of her first album, Lindsey Stirling. Her tour began in 2012 with dates in North America within the United States and Canada. At the beginning of 2013, Stirling continued her tour in Europe as a “test tour”. Her official European leg kicked off in Russia on May 22, 2013. In August 2013, she continued her tour, adding dates around Asia and Australia.[128] Finishing her tour, Stirling added a last date in the UK on September 4, 2013. The shows were a success in that 46 dates were sold out, and on Ticketmaster.com the audience gave a rating to the tour of 4.8 out of 5 stars.[129]

2014–2015 Tour[edit]

In 2014 and 2015, Stirling played the Shatter Me World Tour and The Music Box Tour. The 2014 North and European American leg of Lindsey Stirling’s tour consisted of her performing 77 shows over a five-month time span. For 2015, Stirling did 67 shows over five continents. Stirling toured around North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and South America, being her first time to present a show on this continent. In December 2014, it was confirmed that more than 200,000 people had attended Stirling’s shows, more than half of them being from the European continent.[128][citation needed]

2016–2017 Tour[edit]

After taking 9 months off to record a new album, Brave Enough, which was released on August 19, 2016, Stirling returned to touring. Her mid-2016 “Summer Tour” consisted of more than 20 dates throughout North America, including several popular music festivals in the USA and Canada, ending in early August 2016. After a couple of weeks, Stirling then started her tour in support of her Brave Enough album. Stirling has plans to continue her tour into the start of 2017 throughout Europe, beginning with dates in Sweden and Norway.[130]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Lost to Result Ref
2014 Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Album Lindsey Stirling Daft Punk Nominated [13]
2015 Top Dance/Electronic Artist Shatter Me Calvin Harris Nominated [131]
Top Dance/Electronic Album N/A Won [131]
2017 Top Dance/Electronic Album Brave Enough N/A Won [13]
Top Dance/Electronic Artist Lindsey Stirling The Chainsmokers Nominated [13]
2014 German Echo Music Awards Newcomer International Lindsey Stirling Beatrice Egli Nominated [132]
Best Crossover Act Lindsey Stirling N/A Won [133]
2015 Best Crossover Act Shatter Me N/A Won [134]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Music Shatter Me Shawn Mendes Nominated [135]
2015 Choice Web Star: Music Shatter Me Shawn Mendes Nominated [136]
2013 Streamy Awards Best Choreography Lindsey Stirling N/A Won [137]
2014 Best Musical Artist Lindsey Stirling N/A Won [138]
2015 Best Collaboration Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, Grace Helbig, and Hannah Hart Nominated [139]
Best Original Song “Take Flight” Alessia Cara Nominated [139]
2016 Best Cover Song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen N/A Won [140]
2013 YouTube Awards Response of the Year Radioactive” (with Pentatonix) N/A Won [141]
2015 Artist of the Year Lindsey Stirling N/A Won [142]
2016 Shorty Awards Best YouTube Musician Lindsey Stirling N/A Won [143]

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Background information
Birth name Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao
Born (1997-03-03) March 3, 1997 (age 20)
Havana, Cuba[1][2]
Origin Miami, Florida, US
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Associated acts Fifth Harmony

Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (/kəˈb/; born March 3, 1997),[3][4] better known as Camila Cabello, is a Cuban-born American singer and songwriter. As part of the girl group Fifth Harmony, Cabello and her bandmates released one EP and two studio albums. Her departure from the group was announced in December 2016. As a lead artist, Cabello has released two singles which entered the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100: “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes and “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly, with the latter reaching number four. In May 2017, Cabello released “Crying in the Club” as the lead single from her forthcoming debut solo album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.

Early life

Cabello was born in Cojimar, Habana del Este, Cuba[5] to Sinuhe and Alejandro Cabello. For most of her early life, she and her family moved back and forth between Havana and Mexico City, Mexico (her father’s native country), before relocating to Miami, Florida at age 5.[5]

Career

2012–2016: The X Factor and Fifth Harmony

Camila Cabello auditioned for The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina.[6] After elimination during the “bootcamp” portion of the process in Miami, Florida, Cabello was called back to the stage along with four other female contestants to form the girl group that would later become known as Fifth Harmony.[7] They signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid‘s record label, after finishing in third place on the show.[8][9]

The group released the EP Better Together (2013) along with the studio albums Reflection (2015) and 7/27 (2016).[10] From 2013 through the end of 2016, Cabello performed in various Fifth Harmony tours.

On December 18, 2016, the group announced Cabello’s departure.[11][12][13] She appeared in a previously taped performance with the group on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.[14]

2016–present: Solo career

In November 2015, Cabello released a duet with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes titled “I Know What You Did Last Summer“,[15] a song they wrote together.[16] The single charted at number 20 in the US and 18 in Canada,[17] and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[18] On October 14, 2016, Cabello released a joint single with American rapper Machine Gun Kelly called “Bad Things“,[19] which reached a peak of number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.[20] Cabello was included on Times “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2016” list.[21]

On January 25, 2017, “Love Incredible“, a collaboration with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat leaked online.[22] The official version of the song was released on February 16, 2017.[23] It is set to be released on Cashmere Cat’s upcoming album, 9.

Cabello is featured in “Hey Ma“, a collaboration with Pitbull and J Balvin for The Fate of the Furious: The Album. The “Hey Ma” (Spanish Version) single and music video were released on March 10, 2017.[24] The English version of the song was released on April 6, 2017.[25]

Cabello announced the title of her forthcoming solo album, as well as the first single’s release date. The singer posted on social media about the story behind the entire project: “[The album] is the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when i was lost to a time when i found myself again.”[26] The album is called The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving; its lead single “Crying in the Club“, co-written by Cabello, Sia, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and Happy Perez, debuted on May 19, 2017.[27] Cabello performed the song for the first time at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in May 2017.[28]

Philanthropy

On February 28, 2016, Cabello announced she had partnered with Save the Children to design a limited-edition “Love Only” T-shirt to help raise awareness of issues involving girls’ equal access to education, health care and opportunities to succeed.[29] In June 2016, Cabello with producer Benny Blanco and members of the nonprofit arts organization OMG Everywhere, helped to create the charity single “Power in Me”.[30]

Cabello has also partnered with the Children’s Health Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing healthcare to low-income children.[31]

Discography

Albums

Filmography

Year Name Role Notes
2012–13 The X Factor U.S. Herself 22 episodes (2012)
Guest: 1 episode (2013)
2014 Faking It Herself Episode: “The Ecstasy and the Agony”
2015 Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse Herself Episode: “Sisters’ Fun Day”
2016 The Ride Herself Episode: Fifth Harmony: The Ride
Immigration Rights Herself Total Registration Live MTV

Madeline aDAMS (musician)

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Madeline (musician)

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Madeline
Birth name Madeline Adams
Origin Athens, GA, USA
Genres Folk
Years active 2000–present
Labels Orange Twin, Plan-It-X
Associated acts Defiance, Ohio, Nana Grizol, Elf Power, Your Heart Breaks, Karl Blau
Website http://madelineworks.com/misc/

Madeline is a folk singer/songwriter from Athens, GA, USA.

Lately she has been on tour backed by “The White Flag Band” composed of Jacob Morris and Caleb Darnell on Bass/Banjo/Guitar, Theo Hilton on Keys, Laura Carter on Trumpet/Clarinet, Robbie Cucciaro on Baritone Horn/Trumpet, Jim Wilson on Drums, and Jason Trahan on Guitar.[1]

Overview[edit]

Madeline began performing her songs in 2000 in Athens, GA, having grown up there.[2] For a brief time in 2001, she fronted the locally popular dance-pop band Sugar Shakers with Tim Schreiber (now known as Timmy Tumble).[3] She self-released her first album, “Kissing and Dancing,” in 2002. It was later re-released by Plan-It-X Records. In 2006, she recorded “The Slow Bang” with Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent at his house in Athens for local label Orange Twin Records.[4] On March 10, 2009, her third full-length album “White Flag” was released, having been recorded over a three-year period.[5] Madeline described the recording of “White Flag” to Paste magazine as “totally different” compared to her previous albums:

For my past recordings, I usually sit down with a producer, and I play my song, and then the producer and I accompany them on various instruments. But this time, I recorded it mostly with a full band, so the recording process was completely different.[6]

As of April 1, 2009, she handles the booking of her own shows and bartends on the side.[7]

Musical style[edit]

Madeline’s writing has been described as “lyrics to be pored over,” her voice as “haunting.”[8] Additionally, the weblog, “Moving Pictures and Random Noises,” has described her compositional technique and style of folk singing as such:

Her music is brilliant, and it’s not because she has complex arrangements or anything like that. It’s brilliant because of its simplicity. She can fingerpick some notes and sing a song about grass and make it sound good. Her voice is just so pure. It’s hard to place. It has a classic feel, like a singer off an old folk record. It’s clear, light, soft, never intruding, just breezing through your ears. Her lyrics are also simple but honest. They’re often cute and witty poetry, with a nice serious edge when she needs them to have one.[9]

Madeline has also been likened to The Softies, Kimya Dawson, and The Carter Family, as well as 1970’s superstars Joni Mitchell and Karen Carpenter.[10]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label Format Other information
2002 Kissing & Dancing Plan-It-X Records 12″ LP / CD
2003 Madeline/The Dead Bird Plan-It-X Records CD Split EP with The Dead Bird
2004 Madeline/Saw Wheel Hill Billy Stew Records 7″ Vinyl lmt 500/Gray Madeline’s Song: Jailbait
2007 The Slow Bang Orange Twin Records CD
2009 White Flag Orange Twin Records 12″ LP / CD
2010 Tour EP Orange Twin Records 7″ EP Split EP with Karl Blau and Your Heart Breaks
2011 Black Velvet This Will Be Our Summer 12″ LP / CD
2012 B Sides This Will Be Our Summer MP3

Priscilla Ahn

 

Priscilla Ahn

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Priscilla Ahn
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Ahn performing at the Unsung Heroes tribute, January 2017.
Background information
Birth name Priscilla Natalie Hartranft
Born (1984-03-09) March 9, 1984 (age 33)
Fort Stewart, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • melodica
  • harmonica
  • ukulele
  • banjo
Years active 2003–present
Labels Blue Note
Website www.priscillaahn.com

Priscilla Ahn (born Priscilla Natalie Hartranft; March 9, 1984)[1] is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She released her single “Dream” from her debut album, A Good Day, produced by Joey Waronker for EMI’s Blue Note Records, in 2008. After growing up in Pennsylvania and graduating from high school, Ahn moved to Los Angeles, California, adopted her mother’s Korean maiden name and began to pursue a music career.

Ahn has toured with Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, Ray LaMontagne, Devotchka and Joshua Radin and her collaborative efforts include Tiësto‘s “I Am Strong”, Cary Brothers‘ “Maps” and Ashtar Command‘s “The Breakup Song”.

Ahn has released several albums, including A Good Day, When You Grow Up, and This Is Where We Are. She has toured internationally, including tours in Japan, China, Korea and the US.[2]

Early life and beginnings[edit]

Ahn was born Priscilla Natalie Hartranft in Fort Stewart, Georgia, to Kay (née Ahn) and Harry Hartranft, spent her childhood growing up in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and attended Tulpehocken Area High School. She started playing guitar at the age of 14 and performed in choirs and musical productions throughout high school.[3] After graduation her music professor encouraged her to pursue her music career full-time.[4]

Career[edit]

After years of performing at open mic nights, Priscilla Ahn played a showcase in New York City for Blue Note Records and was signed to the label. In 2008, Blue Note Records released her full-length debut album, A Good Day, produced by Joey Waronker. The following June, Ahn went on a national tour.[5] Her album, A Good Day included musical contributions by keyboardists Greg Kurstin, Keefus Ciancia, guitarist Mike Andrews, musical saw player Ursula Knudsun, cellist and string arranger Oliver Kraus, keyboardist Larry Goldings and singers Jim Gilstrap and Orin Waters.[4]

Priscilla Ahn has toured with Joshua Radin, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson and Ray Lamontagne and contributed vocals to the albums Supply and Demand, Mission Bell and Kaleidoscope.[6] She was selected as Artist of the Week in Paste magazine in June 2008.[7]

Ahn’s songs have appeared on the television shows Grey’s Anatomy,[8] Knight Rider, Make It Or Break It, Married Single Other, several episodes of the Ghost Whisperer,[9] and in the films Disturbia,[10] Bride Wars, Love Happens, My Sister’s Keeper, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove and Moms’ Night Out.

After contributing to the compilations album, His Way, Our Way, Priscilla Ahn collaborated with Inara George, Sia Furler, Eleni Mandell, Charlie Wadhams and Jake Blanton on her album When You Grow Up which was produced by Ethan Johns.

Ahn appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in May 2011 and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, performing songs from her debut A Good Day and the title track from When You Grow Up.[11]

After a period of writer’s block, Ahn isolated herself in a remote desert hotel to create new music for the album This is Where We Are. “I found the whole thing really inspiring, and suddenly, all these songs came pouring out. I just needed a little isolation and focus, some new sounds to play with, and a care-free, ‘this is just an experiment’ attitude to begin writing again.”[2] This Is Where We Are was released in the US on 15 February 2014.[12] It was released in Japan on 19 July 2013 and later in Korea and Taiwan.

Ahn’s music is described as grounded in folk, country and pop.[4] Ahn explored electropop music in the album This Is Where We Are.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Ahn married actor Michael Weston in May 2010.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Priscilla Ahn (2007, self-released)
  • Live Session, (2008, iTunes)
  • Sweet Hearts, (2012, With Charlie Wadhams)

Singles[edit]

  • Dream” (2008, Blue Note)
  • “I’ll Never Smile Again” (2009)
  • “I Am Strong” by Tiësto featuring vocals by Priscilla Ahn (2009)[16]
  • “Where The Leaf Starts To Fall” featuring Taiwanese music band Sodagreen (2013)
  • “從一片落葉開始 (It Began With A Fallen Leaf)” by Sodagreen featuring vocals by Priscilla Ahn (2013)

Music videos[edit]

  • “Dream”
  • “Red Cape”
  • “Vibe So Hot”
  • “I Don’t Have Time To Love”
  • “When You Grow Up”
  • “Torch Song”
  • “Home”
  • “Remember How I Broke Your Heart”
  • “Leave It Open”

Compilation appearances[edit]

Contributions[edit]

  • Vocals and Piano on Joshua Radin’s We Were Here, Columbia, February 7, 2006 (as Priscilla Hartranft)[18]
  • Vocals on Amos Lee‘s Supply and Demand, Blue Note Records, October 3, 2006
  • Vocals on Joshua Radin‘s The Fear You Won’t Fall, released April 4, 2006
  • Vocals on Joshua Radin’s Underwater album: Let It Go and The Greenest Grass, released in 2012.[19]
  • Vocals on William FitzsimmonsThe Sparrow and the Crow, Mercer Street, September 30, 2008[20]
  • Vocals on Cary Brothers‘ Vol. 1 EP Maps, May 2012[21]
  • Vocals on Ashtar Command American Sunshine The Breakup Song, Rosa, All the Stars in Heaven, 2011[22]
  • Vocals on TV on the Radio Nine Types of LightWill Do, 2011
  • Vocals on Amos Lee’s Mission Bell “Stay With Me” – 2011

Filmography[edit]

Credits of Priscilla Ahn as a vocalist and/or songwriter

Year Film Recording Title Notes
2009 Bride Wars Dream Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Loving Leah Dream Hallmark Hall of Fame
2010 My Sister’s Keeper Find My Way Back Home Warner Bros. Pictures
2010 Brand New Day (f/k/a Traveling) Dream Universal City Studios Productions LLLP
Legends of the Canyon Dream Impact film Sales LTD
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove Find My Way Back Home Warner Bros. Pictures
2011 An Invisible Sign of My Own “In a Tree” Invisible Indelible
Red Flag Find My Way Back Home Hands On Productions, Inc.
2013 Missing Pieces Find My Way Back Home Contraction Entertainment
The Goats Wallflower The Goats, LLC
Pacific Rim “Mako”[23] Warner Bros. Pictures & Legendary Pictures
2014 When Marnie Was There Fine on the Outside Studio Ghibli
Moms’ Night Out Dream Affirm Films
2016 American Pastoral (film) Moon River [24] Lionsgate

Television[edit]

Credits of Priscilla Ahn as a vocalist and/or songwriter

Television appearances[edit]

Martha Quinn

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Martha Quinn

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Martha Quinn
Born (1959-05-11) May 11, 1959 (age 58)
Albany, New York
Occupation Cable television and radio personality from the 1980s
Spouse(s) Jordan Tarlow

Martha Quinn (born May 11, 1959) is best known as one of the original video jockeys on MTV (along with Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and J.J. Jackson).

Biography[edit]

Quinn was born in Albany, New York, the daughter of Nina Pattison, a retirement counselor, and David Quinn, an attorney.[1] She is the stepdaughter of personal finance columnist Jane Bryant Quinn, and has two older brothers and a younger half-brother.[2] Prior to joining MTV, Quinn graduated from Ossining High School in 1977, and NYU in 1981.

Quinn is a vegetarian.[3] In 1992, she married musician Jordan Tarlow (ex-Fuzztones); they have two children and live in Malibu, California.

MTV[edit]

On July 13, 1981, Quinn was working at NYU‘s Weinstein Dormitory where she answered phones and gave students their toilet paper, mail, and lightbulbs. At the end of her day she decided to stop at WNBC Music Radio, where she’d just finished up interning for her senior year.

Coincidentally, California record company executive, Burt Stein, also was visiting WNBC. He asked out loud if anyone knew what Bob Pittman was doing. Pittman had been the program director of WNBC a year or so earlier, but had left to start a new venture: a cable channel called MTV (Music Television).

WNBC assistant program director Buzz Brindle overheard Stein’s question and remembered the new venture. He turned to Quinn and suggested that she should try out for a role at the new network as a VJ.

Brindle called Pittman and told him about his former intern, Quinn. Pittman told him to get her to the MTV studios immediately, as it was the last day of auditions. Quinn immediately took a cab to Hell’s Kitchen for her audition.

Brindle’s idea had some merit. Quinn had spent much of her time at New York University doing two things: performing in TV commercials (McDonald’s first Chicken McNuggets girl, Country Time Lemonade, Clearasil, Campbell’s Soup) and working at WNYU, the college radio station. Quinn would later lament that her father and stepmother, financial columnist Jane Bryant Quinn, had spent their money for Martha to spin Peter, Paul, and Mary vinyl as the host of Just Plain Folk.

Quinn entered into the studio knowing nothing about MTV or what its producers expected of her. She did a four-minute audition where she talked about Earth, Wind, and Fire; MTV executives immediately surrounded her, asking, “Who are you? Where did you come from? How old are you?” Quinn was stunned, realizing she had just found the perfect job for her talents. Two days later Quinn got the news she was an MTV VJ.[4]

Quinn joined Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood, Alan Hunter and JJ Jackson as original faces and voices of MTV. Being hosts of the nation’s first music television network provided them with an in-depth and up-close perspective on the most popular rock/pop music and artists of the 1980s.

In 1986, Quinn took part in the then World Wrestling Federation WWE Slammy Awards conducting interviews backstage.

Popularity[edit]

Quinn’s presence on MTV through 1991 was noted by Rolling Stone magazine readers, who voted her “MTV’s Best-Ever VJ,” and by Allure Magazine, which referred to the ’80s decade as “the Martha Quinn years.” Quinn’s petite, girl next door personality made her extremely popular among viewers.

Indeed, in a 2011 review of “I Want My MTV” by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum,[5] Dwight Garner recalled: “Every sentient straight male in the country developed a schoolboy crush on Martha Quinn, one of the first V.J.’s, fresh out of New York University and so cute she could make your cranium detonate.”

Musicians Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper recorded a song in 1986 titled “Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin”.

In the early ‘90s, she also hosted the MTV programs Martha’s Greatest Hits, MTV Prime with Martha Quinn, and Rockline. Critics have dubbed Quinn’s departure from MTV as “the day the video music died.” She was also the MTV host at Knebworth 1990.

Acting roles[edit]

In 1984, Quinn appeared as herself in an episode of the short-lived sitcom E/R. Quinn played Tympani Charles in Dangerous Curves in 1988. In 1990, she appeared on the short-lived Brady Bunch sequel The Bradys. Quinn played Tracy, who married Bobby Brady (played by Mike Lookinland). She joined Ed McMahon as a co-host for Star Search in 1994. She was a bi-weekly correspondent on The Early Show in 1999. She also appeared in the 1988 film Tapeheads, the 1989 film sequel Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!, 1991’s Problem Child 2 as Emily, a hot date that received a shocking introduction from John Ritter’s problematic son, Junior, in the 1992 low budget horror film Bad Channels and had a recurring role on Full House. She was also featured in a series of commercials for Neutrogena in the mid-1990s.

Career in the 21st Century[edit]

In 2005, Quinn joined Sirius Satellite Radio network, hosting a one-hour weekly show from her home in Malibu called Martha Quinn Presents: Gods of the Big ’80s for the Big ’80s channel. After Sirius merged with XM Radio, the channel was rebranded as The 80s on 8, and the show was simply titled “Martha Quinn Presents.” Quinn joins the other surviving original MTV VJs in hosting programs for The 80s on 8 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm).

On the September 22, 2005 episode of Comedy Central‘s new series The Showbiz Show with David Spade, Quinn appeared as herself in mock archival footage (dating back to 1983) from her MTV days. In two separate bumper skits, Quinn sarcastically foretold considerably bizarre behavior from stars Michael Jackson and Sting. Subsequent episodes took shots at Whitney Houston and Tommy Lee.

In 2007, Quinn lent her name, face and voice to The ’80s Game with Martha Quinn, a PC trivia game developed by Funkitron. The game featured multiple-choice questions about 1980s culture in categories including music, politics, television, sports, movies and celebrities.[6]

In addition to her SiriusXM duties, Quinn hosts the morning show for KOSF in San Francisco, owned by Bob Pittman’s iHeartMedia.[7]

THE MOCKINGBIRDS…SIXTIES U.K. BAND

Part of the sixties British gallery of beat groups, managed by Harvey Lisberg, who also managed Hermans Hermits.  Lisberg later became the manager of 10cc, in the 70’s.

Graham Gouldman, an important member of the group, supplied most of the writing for the group.  “For Your Love,” a million seller for The Yardbirds, was intended to be the first Mockingbird’s single release.  Th Mockingbirds put out some really good music, with little success.

Formed by Graham Gouldman, following the breakup of The Whirlwinds.  The lineup included: Bernard Basso, Bass; Steve Jacobson, Guitar; Kevin Godley, drums; along with Gouldman.

Gouldman was mystified by the group’s lack of success and broke uip the band in 1966.  Gouldman, in preparing for a solo career, joined The Mindbenders for a short period.

 

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DISCOGRAPHY:

The Mockingbirds Discography

The Mockingbirds

A: That’s How (It’s Gonna Stay)
B: I Never Should’ve Kissed You

Columbia UK DB 7480 12 Feb 1965
The Mockingbirds

A: I Can Feel We’re Parting
B: The Flight Of The Mockingbird

Columbia UK DB 7565 7 May 1965
The Mockingbirds

A: You Stole My Love
B: Skit Skat

Immediate UK IM 015 8 Oct 1965
The Mockingbirds

A: One By One
B: Lovingly Yours

Decca UK F 12434 1 Jul 1966
The Mockingbirds

A: How To Find A Lover
B: My Story

Decca UK F 12510 28 Oct 1966

 

C. C. Catch

 

C. C. Catch

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C. C. Catch
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C. C. Catch in 2011
Background information
Birth name Caroline Catherine Müller
Born (1964-07-31) 31 July 1964 (age 52)
Oss, Netherlands
Origin Germany
Genres Pop, synthpop, Euro disco
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1983–present
Labels Hansa Records
Associated acts Dieter Bohlen, Andy Taylor, Captain Hollywood Project, Krayzee, Dave Clayton, Optimal
Website www.cccatch.de

C. C. Catch (born Caroline Catherine Müller, 31 July 1964 in Oss, Netherlands) is a Dutch-born German pop singer, best known for her collaboration with Dieter Bohlen in the 1980s.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

C. C. Catch in 1986

C. C. Catch was born in the Netherlands and moved to Germany in the late 1970s with her family.[1] She was supported by her parents from an early age, when they recognised her talent and encouraged her wish to be a famous singer. Her father was especially supportive and played a very important role in her successful career as her manager and tour-manager.[2]

From an early age, the up-and-coming singer took part in talent contests and was originally a member of the German girl group Optimal, which consisted of four female members.[3][4]

Musical career[edit]

C. C. Catch in 2002

C. C. Catch in 2002

C. C. Catch in 2006

It was during one of the performances in Hamburg that she was discovered by the German songwriter and member of Modern Talking, Dieter Bohlen.[1] Shortly afterwards, she signed a contract with Bohlen, which was to launch her solo career.[1] She and Bohlen decided on the artist name of C. C. Catch,[1] the two “C”s standing for the first initials of her two first names, and “Catch” which she thought was a good idea and looked great with the initials.

In the summer of 1985, the song “I Can Lose My Heart Tonight” was released as her debut single. The single entered the Top 20 in some European countries, including Germany and Switzerland.[5]

Dieter Bohlen and C. C. Catch worked together until 1989, during which time twelve singles and four albums were released.[1] Eight of those singles entered the Top 20, whereas one of the albums entered the Top 10.[6] C. C. Catch wanted to have more personal input in the songs, but Bohlen would not allow this, so she decided in 1989 not to renew her contract with him and BMG, her record label.[1] To keep her stage name, however, she had to go through courts, eventually winning the right to the name, C. C. Catch.[1]

On a New Year’s Eve television show in Spain, C. C. Catch met Simon Napier Bell (ex-manager of Wham!‘s George Michael). Bell was very interested in working with her and shortly thereafter became her manager. A new contract was signed with the label Polygram (Metronome). A new album, Hear What I Say, was prepared with new producers, including Andy Taylor (ex-Duran Duran), Dave Clayton (who has worked with George Michael and U2), and Jo Dworniak.[1] From this album, a single was released in 1989 entitled “Big Time“, which peaked at No.26 in Germany.[7]

During this time, BMG also released the single “Baby I Need Your Love” along with the compilation Classics. Bohlen went on to release her recording, Good Guys Only Win in Movies at the same time C. C. Catch released her next single “Midnight Hour”.

Hear What I Say was released at the end of 1989 and was the last album released by C. C. Catch. Many of her fans liked the album because she co-wrote seven of the songs and C. C. Catch was happy because she could finally do what she always wanted to do – songwriting. It sold more than her previous two albums, Big Fun and Diamonds, demonstrating her abilities as an artist working on her own terms.

Hiatus[edit]

Afterwards, C. C. Catch parted with Metronome on good terms to take time out from the music industry. During this time she focused on her spiritual growth, practicing yoga and a form of meditation; she also started writing her own songs.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[8]
AUT
[9]
NOR
[10]
SPA
[11]
SWE
[12]
SWI
[13]
Catch the Catch 6 24 6 21 25 8
Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
28 22 44
Like a Hurricane
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
30 25
Big Fun
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
53 22
Hear What I Say
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Metronome Musik
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
75 46
“—” denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[8]
SPA
[11]
Diamonds: Her Greatest Hits
  • Released: 16 May 1988
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
43 25
Super 20
  • Released: 2 January 1990
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Backseat of Your Cadillac
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Super Disco Hits
  • Released: 2 May 1994
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
Best of ’98
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, LP, Cassette
76
Heartbreak Hotel
  • Released: 3 July 2000
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Best of C. C. Catch
  • Released: 18 September 2000
  • Label: Ariola Express
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
In the Mix
  • Released: 12 May 2003
  • Label: Hansa
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Catch the Hits
  • Released: 16 September 2005
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
The 80’s Album
  • Released: 28 October 2005
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
Maxi Hit Sensation-Nonstop DJ
  • Released: 12 May 2006
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
Ultimate C. C. Catch
  • Released: 23 November 2007
  • Label: Edel
  • Formats: CD
25th Anniversary Box (5CD)
  • Released: 11 November 2011
  • Label: 4ever Music
  • Formats: CD
“—” denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
GER
[8]
AUT
[9]
BEL (FLA)
[15]
SPA
[11]
SWI
[16]
UK
[17]
I Can Lose My Heart Tonight 1985 13 24 7 19 Catch the Catch
“Cause You Are Young” 1986 9 28 6 8
“Strangers by Night” 9 15 33 10 11
“Heartbreak Hotel” 8 22 23 3 13 Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel
“Heaven and Hell” 13 2 19
“Are You Man Enough” 1987 20 5 28 Like a Hurricane
“Soul Survivor” 17 1 96
Good Guys Only Win in Movies 1988 6
“House of Mystic Lights” 22 7 Non-album single
“Backseat of Your Cadillac” 10 6 Big Fun
“Summer Kisses”
“Nothing but a Heartache” 1989 39 14
“Baby I Need Your Love”
Big Time 26 Hear What I Say
“Midnight Hour”
“C. C. Catch Megamix ’98” 1998 33 Best of ’98
“Soul Survivor ’98” 8
“I Can Lose My Heart Tonight ’99” 1999 72 12
“Shake Your Head” 2003 Non-album singles
“Silence”
(featuring Leela)
2004
Unborn Love 2010
“Another Night in Nashville”
(with Chris Norman)
2014
“—” denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.