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Shine On 2 Hollywood Music Showcase; The Hottest Event Of The Summer, Benefits Hope 4 Children

July 18, 2010 by  
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Shine On 2 Hollywood Music Showcase "Artits Meet The Industry"The hot heat did not stop people from coming to the hottest event of the summer, “Shine On 2.”

Shine On 2 Hollywood: A Music Showcase;”Artists Meet The Industry” Benefiting Hope 4 Children was held on July 15, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood, CA.

“Arnold G is extremely passionate about his business and, seems quite sincere in helping seasoned talent reach new heights in their careers! The powerful cast of music and film industry professionals assembled for SHINE ON 2 will certainly help set the stage for some powerful breakthrough moments!” said Pixie Monroe, Casting Director Film and Television.

The guests started to arrive 2 hours before the show and lined up to check in and get escorted to the seating area. Media/press and photographers arrived at the same time, they signed in, got their media badges, and were escorted to their assigned areas to start taking photos of the VIP’s, artists, panelists and event production team.

“I have tremendous respect for Shine On Host, Gary Spears: As a host, performer, radio personality and long-time friend. Gary’s been a dedicated friend and has served as the co-host on one of my passion projects, a radio podcast entitled; “Casting Hope” for the past several years. He’s also been cast in numerous film and television projects since leaving mainstream radio and definitely always displays a high level of energy, humor and professionalism in his works”. Ms. Monroe concluded.
Arnold G’s dancers opened the show, then host Gary Spears welcomed everyone to the event before he introduced the panelists. He showed Arnold G’s Shine On 2 message video, then he introduced the industry panelists Alex Cortez (AYRE Entertainment, Warner Brothers), Kevin McDowell (AEG & AEG Live), Allan Rich (Academy awardee, Grammy/Golden Globe nominee, music writer), Tony Sweet (radio personality at On Air With Tony Sweet, LA Talk Radio), Michael Kelly (record producer, Universal Music), Javelyn Jav (music producer, X-It Rite Records), Robby Martinez (musician, conductor, composer and performer), Asha Puthli (legendary Jazz & Soul singer & former recording artist for record labels EMI, CBS, Sony and RCA) and Arnold G (Recording artist, founder of Shine On, Bring It On, A&G Records & A&G Entertainment Productions). “I loved the event. It was two times better than Shine On 1 and if you always have an event like that one, it will be one of the best showcases ever. I was never bored. All the acts were great.” said Buddy Sampson, Publisher, The Scoop LA Newspaper.  He continue “Gary Spears was excellent! He added a professional dimension to the show, like Dick Clark. Bring him back. Shine On 2 It was awesome.” The first artists introduced by host Gary Spears to Shine On in front of the panelists were Kasey Iaeger who sang (Givin’ Up On You and Can’t Give Into This), and then Zedakiah Koterba who sang (Eye Of The Tiger and You’ve Get A Friend). Brooke Williams sang (I’m Back and Turns My Mind), American boy Justin Chase performed and sang (Fireplace, Finally and Don’t Give Up), and Sail by the Stars who came from Florida sang (I Wish I May, Icebergs Are For Penguins and If My Room Were a Rocketship). “I had an amazing time hosting Shine On 2. It was my first time hosting since leaving radio 3 years ago, so I had to wear diapers! LOL=laugh out loud. Seriously, this is a wonderful grass roots event that has legs so look for more in the future!” said Radio Personality, host & actor.  He added “If given the opportunity, I would host a garage sale but yes to Shine On 3! And Bring It On!” An intermission of 10 minutes was held and then Shine On 2 host Gary Spears welcomed everyone back and introduced the only Asian American to perform, Michael Walker, who sang (Cooler Than Me and We Can Do It). American Dreamz The Movie actress and singer Jael Gadsden took the stage and she sang (Drink the Water and All I need). Jarid Williams performed and sang the song requested by his fans(Can We Talk, Birthday song for the mother of one of his fans, and For All We Know); Latonius Earl returned by popular demand and he sang (Mya Song and So High); George Hodos sang (This is Love and Just A Man), and the last artist who blew the stage with her choreography and dancers was KingQueen who sang (U Make Me (LOL) and Man’s World. After each artist performed, host Gary Spears asked them some questions about their music. macys.com 07/25/2010 “I Loved the stage, loved the lightning. Everything went smooth and fast. Everyone that I met that worked on “the set” was very professional and knew what every ones name was, which means they took their time to know who is playing their venue. Also liked the fact that there was constant communication going on almost every day before the actual gig which took away a lot of stress.” said KingQueen, artist. She added “I liked every venue I have performed at. People have always been very humble to me so I don’t have a favorite place because I love every venue I play since it’s my life, it’s what I love. But my two favorites were Avalon and the one at the Celebrity Centre with Shine On 2, mostly because of the size of the stage and the sound system!” She continue “Absolutely, I saw artists I would have never seen before if it wasn’t for Shine On 2, which made me realize I have to step up even more because there is some great talent out there. And in the end of the day, watching other artists as a artist is to enjoy, watch, learn and go to improve yourself.” “The losers get fed to the crocodiles! I like to think of a host as one who is more background that forefront….remember it’s all about the talent! I’d like to see the one who gets the best score be given his/her/their concert at a local venue with industry types invited. These kids work their butts off and deserve to be heard!” concluded Mr. Spears. Per A&G Entertainment Productions, the event was sold out and there were more than 400 guests that came to support their favorite artist. Gary Spears introduced The Dance Diva that closed the show and this was Cynthia Manley. With her electric energy she performed her new single “Give” and she brought on stage all the artists including event executive producer Arnold G and non profit organization Hope 4 Children beneficiary Grace Walker. Host Gary Spears again thanked the panelists and mentioned that the Shine On 2 score sheet will be available in one week. He went ahead and thanked event supporters, Gabriel Escamilla (fashion designer) & Parris Harris (stage manager and fashion coordinator). He also thanked the venue Celebrity Center and Hope 4 Children founder Grace Walker. “It’s worthy showcase because you as a artist want to (should want to) perform everywhere from a small bar to a huge charity event.. If this is what you love then of course it’s worth there. A showcase reaches out to people that normally wouldn’t go to a club to see you perform because it’s too late, or not their thing. It’s a great way to expand your fan base.” Concluded KingQueen. Some of the talent and VIPs that attended the event were Vairon Perez, Janet Luna, Coreen Troche, Beatriz Vasquez, Ryan Ray, Alex Varden, David Harrison Levi, Dr. John Carvalho, Emily Morrow, Salvador Corona, Patrice Ryan, Monet Lu, Tom Emberson, Maria Amor, Nikki Gill, Pixie Monroe, Robin Sargent, Sonny Madera, Irene Soderberg, Dan Norris, Marco Tricca, Yari Paris, Tina Nguyen, Joseph Quinto and Stella Gomez. “I love performing I’m very comfortable doing it! I had an absolute great time performing amongst so many talented artists.” said Latonius J. Earl, Artists.  He continue “The quality of performers definitely changed for the better. Everyone was on top of their game. As far as doing anything different, Nothing, except changed my outfit. I just ask God for direction and I go with the flow.” Napster, LLC About Shine On: This is a unique grassroots music showcase, that is not your typical venue. It is specifically designed for the unsigned indie artist, band and musician with two stages where the best local unsigned indie artists are able to showcase their talents in the Hip Hop, R&B, Urban, Rock and Dance categories, in front of conference attendees and a panel of music industry experts to gain maximum exposure at a minimal cost. For more information visit http://www.agentertainmentproductions.com Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC “I actually believe this event changed my life. I went in with the mindset that things will be different after this and surely when it was all over I noticed that Latonius as a person/ entertainer was different. I’ll never be the same. Shine On is definitely Worthy!” Mr. Earl concluded. The media and photographers that covered the event were Wake Up TV, Diversity News TV, The Scoop LA Newspaper, Diversity News Magazine, Examiner.com, Stickam TV, Celebrity Service, Asian Journal, Gimmick City, Glendale News Press (Los Angeles Times), Philippines Times, The Photographer 007, Daniela Hubbard Photography, Jeff Knight Photography, Hope 4 Children and Artisfactions. Story was proofread by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com

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Shine On Hollywood, A Music Showcase “Artists Meet The Industry” Video

May 22, 2010 by  
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A&G Entertainment Productions presented SHINE ON Hollywood, music showcase “Artists Meet The Industry”. It was held on May 20, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Celebrity Center.

The artists the performed live were Latonius J. Earl, Jesschelle, Jael Gadsden, Adrian Reyes, Emily Amber, Jarid Williams, Brandy Guerra, Stefani Scovolo and QUE. Featuring Shanne Facchinello (Winner of Local Celebrity Los Angeles 2010).

The Industry Panelists were Allan Rich, Brent Harvey, Tony Sweet, Gary Spears, Irene Soderberg, Michael Kelly, Robby Martinez, Tamela D’Amico, Kevin McDowell and Arnold Garcia aka Arnold G.

Special performance by Arnold G “Give It To Me Baby” with Emily Morrow (choreographer, dancer and assistant to Allan McCormick (TV, Film and Stage Choreographer) from Le Reve Wynn Las Vegas). Arnold’s dancers: Jerrell Johnson, Beatriz Vasquez and Salvador Corona. Arnold’s & dancers Costumes designed by Gabriel Escamilla, Fashion Designer.


Part I

Hosted by Ryan Ray, of “Wake Up TV” and “Local Celebrity Los Angeles”
Video Part II

Arnold G Special Performance

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Latonius Earl and Justin Chase perform at Club Inspire U grand opening

April 18, 2010 by  
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latoniousjustinOn April 17, 2010 Club Inspire U opened at Cobra Nightclub in North Hollywood, CA. The event was held from 6pm to 9pm. The show was introduced and opened by Kris Searle (creator of Club Inspire U and Inspire U Records), who also performed.
“I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks to you for a wonderful evening, I left uplifted and truly “Inspired”, each artist/speaker poured their heart into every word and you could feel it.” said Joyce Licorish, singer and actress. She concluded “What an amazing thing you have started. I look forward to working with you in the near future.”


Also Jesschelle, Justin Chase, Stuart Guest, Latonius Earl, Terence Jay performed. Christina Aldana, a former top 5 contestant from Local Celebrity Los Angeles 2010, was scheduled to perform but was unable to do so due to a contract commitment. As per event organizers, she will be performing at the next event.

Sarah Culberson and La Tasha Roberts (Inspirational Speakers) shared “A Princess Found”, and “Delotshewit – Life Sentence”, their stories behind their talent, life experiences and how they were inspired to continue pursuing their dreams.
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Some of the celebrities and personalities who attended the event were Fawn, Joyce Licorish, Eric Rowe, John Carvalho, Tom Tangen and Andre Agazaryan.

The event was hosted by U Records and produced by Kris Seale, Rich Williams and Robert Burgener.

The event organizers announced that 20% of the proceeds from this event and any other Inspire U event go to The American Cancer Society. As per event organizers, a couple of hundred people attended the event and raised $75.20 that will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Save $465 Pkg (300x250)


About Club Inspire U: Created to inspire independent minds in a safe environment where no one judges you and nothing is turned away. Come here to be touched, moved, supported, and enlightened. For more information you can visit http://www.clubinspireu.com and http://www.inspireurecords.com

Editor’s Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com

Shane Facchinello is the winner of Local Celebrity LA 2010

March 24, 2010 by  
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localcelebritylagroupLike many things that start, they also have an end. Local Celebrity LA 2010, a singing reality competition started on 1-17-2010 and ran for eights weeks ending on March 21, 2010. People arrived earlier to be on the red carpet which was close to 50 feet long.

The grand finale was held on Sunday, March 21st at the Celebrity Centre Pavilion Theater in the heart of Hollywood, which is located at 5930 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028.

First the red carpet ran from 7pm to 8pm. Then the show started at 8pm, and it ended at 9:45pm. Later, people were invited again to take photos on the red carpet. About 200 people attended the grand finale of 2010 Local Celebrity LA, including media outlets and production staff.

” When cultural diversity meets talent, you end up having a well done competition, where skills, hard work, and creativity will have the final word.  Fascinated by the level of professionalism and dedication displayed by both organizers and contestants.” said Aura Imbarus, Ph.D., author of “Out of the Transylvania Night.”

Show Video Part I

The top five finalist contestants were Rosy Donovan, Shane Facchinello, Leah Turner, Leandro Fossi and Christina Aldana. The show opened with a group performance by Rosy Donovan, Leah Turner, Leandro Fossi and Christina Aldana singing “I Got a Feeling,” by Black Eyed Peas.
Show Video Part II

They showed video clips of each contestant interviewed before singing solo on the stage. The first contestant to take the stage was Rosy Donovan who performed “Nobody’s supposed to be here.” Then Shane Facchinello was second and he sang “Flying with out wings,” Leah Turner sang “Fighter,” Leandro Fossi sang “I wish it would rain” and finally Christina Aldana sang “And I am telling you.” In the middle of the show, the contestants performed duets with mentor headline singers. First Rosy Donovan with Jael Gadsden performed “Take me or leave me,” Shane Facchinello with Paul Bradley “did Love who you’re with,” Leah Turner with Justin Chase sang “You Learn,” Leandro Fossi with Rob E C performed “Never leave you again,” and Christina Aldana with Latonius Earl sang “Fire and Desire.”

After each performance, the judges and celebrity guest judge gave feedback to the contestants. 2009 Local Celebrity LA winner Denicar Bergancia did a special performance before announcing the winner of 2010 Local Celebrity LA. Denicar sang “Right as Rain.”
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All singers were brought to the stage, Ryan Ray, the emcee, explained the grand prize in detail. He also thanked the sponsors and production team staff. The judges gave their final comments and best wishes to the contestants. Ryan Ray announced the winner. Ryan gave the certificate to Denicar Bergancia and Denicar Bergancia, who presented it to the 2010 Local Celebrity LA winner.

“Local Celebrity, LA was a fun all inclusive event that accomplished exactly what I wanted to do. Los Angeles has so much talent, and providing an additional opportunity to showcase that was not only an amazing feeling, but it also allowed singers and artists who may have been overlooked in the past the chance to network, meet industry professionals and continue living their dream. All while sharing they amazing voices/talent with folks here in la and through out the country, via our live on line broadcasting”. said Eric Rowe, California Talent President.
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The Official Local Celebrity LA 2010 winner is Shane Facchinello, who was given the opportunity to make a speech. The winner sang and played the piano. His final song was “Halo” by Beyonce.
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The event judges were Arnold G; International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Fawn; Recording artist/songwriter/Hit recording artist and performer and Kris Searle; Singer/songwriter and international recording artist/performer. Special guest judge David Harrison Levi – STARMAKER.
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He continue “While the competition was amazing from a production stand point, getting additional sponsors on board would be great. Working with our current sponsors have been amazing and I am so thankful that they all came together and helped support the production. For next season, I would love to retrain many of the past sponsors and bring on several more.. having a venue with a great sound system and educated camera crew proved to be a tremendous asset and having our finale at the Celebrity Center, in Hollywood not only showcased the talents amazing singing ability but it created one of the most fun environments for the talent the audience and our on line viewers.”
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The celebrities who attended were Allan Rich (Celebrities songwriter), Latonius Earl, Paul Bradley, Jael Gadsden, Rob E C and Justin Chase (Local Celebrity LA Headline guest artists), Aura Imbarus (Book Author), Dr. John Carvalho (CAL STATE Dominguez Hills Senator), Kristin McCoy (Actress and model), John Prudhont (Actor/producer), Maria Prudhont (Music producer/manager), Suniil Sadarangani (Actor), Asha Puthli (Artist/Singer), Javelyn Jav (R&B Singer), Ben Roman ( Artist/Singer), CC Perkinson (Actress & Entertainment Reporter), Thushari J (Actress/Host), Denicar Bergancia (2009 Local Celebrity LA, winner), Tom Tangen (Movie Producer), Anca Sola, Gabe Escamilla (Graphic/fashion designer), Rachel Escalera and Nate Gaines (Former Local Celebrity LA contestants) and Anthony Searle.
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“When a group of passionate people come together in support of a common goal, the result can be magic. In this case, that magic has a name — Local Celebrity, Los Angeles. Week after week, not only did our contestants give it their all, but so did every single member of our production team. What an honor and a privilege it was to be part of this first season!” said Ryan Ray, Host, Local Celebrity, Los Angeles

Mr. Ray concluded “Hosting the show was always a true pleasure. Though it was always sad to see the contestants go home each week, in the end, there could be only one winner.”
The invited celebrities were Pepper Mashay ( International Dance Diva/Singer), Fred Wolf (Local Celebrity LA guest judge, 19 Entertainment of American Idol), Christine Devine (News Anchor FOX Channel 11), ALEXEN (Singer), Brandy Sanders (Founder of The Kierrah Foundation), Alex Varden (Music Maestro), Sean Michaels (Singer), Radhika Chaudhari (Actress), Michael Herrera (Fashion Designer), Evgeny Afineevsky (Movie Producer), Eugenia Wright (Publicist), Richard Merrill (Beauty advisor), Michelle & Ryan Powell (Eternite Media), Noah Rappaport (Promoter/publicist), Andy Wombwell (Stickam.com), Deanna Steward (LASC Stylist – shoplasc.com), Lars Slind (Model), Ghalib Dhalla (Indulge Magazine Publisher), Shayha (from Live-A-Legacy Hollywood), Joe Bannon (Actor/martial arts grand master), Ameona Almund (Actress, model and comedian know as Miss 2006 Beverly Hills), Joel W Gonzales (Actor/rapper), Derek Pratt (Model), and Vj Michael Benz (Performer/artist & songwriter)
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The winner of 2010 season one Local Celebrity Los Angeles will receive $800, do an on line interview with TonySweetOnAir.Com & KLBC Radio, will get to perform live in Long Beach City College and at the red carpet televised worldwide Hand in Hand Benefit Concert in Hollywood, and work with one of the judges to record a song for demo use. Also, the winner will be represented by California Talent and booked for a couple of events. Judge Kris Searle will offer free to the winner of Local Celebrity Los Angeles a “special guest” spot at his new night show on Sunday April 17th in North Hollywood. Also, the winner will receive 4 hours of recording studio time with Terrace Studios, and a 60 minute facial by Richard Merrill. Eternite Media will provide 100 Duplicated CD’s with Full Color Thermal Disc Print, 100 Full Color 2 Panel (2 Sided) Printed Inserts, and 100 Slim Jewel Cases.
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“My message to inspiring talent is to believe and to surround yourself with folks who believe in you; positive energy and a positive attitude will take you to places that you could never imagine.. hard work, dedication and the willingness to get through the tough times also makes you a better more well rounded person. Next season will be bigger, better and will showcase even more amazing talent.. becoming a fan on Facebook of LocalCelebritytTV, texting celebrity to 41411 and also frequently visiting www.localcelebritytv.com will all provide info on upcoming auditions, information and how to become a potential contestant for next seasons singing competition and even some competitions that will be going on later in the year. Any sponsors that may be interested in being apart of next seasons production can always email me at eric@caltalent.net. We are currently looking for Los Angeles’ best singers and songwriters; this competition will be focusing on findings LA’s best singer songwriter. Auditions will most likely begin in June, so stay tuned…there is still much for fun to be had.” Mr. Rowe concluded.
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The event was cover by the following approved photographers and media outlets OnairWithTonySweet.com, Rodrigo Vaz Photos, Diversity News, Examiner.com, Diversity News TV, Jeff Knight Photography & CC Variety TV. Once again, the show was broadcast live at http://www.localcelebritytv.com/
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“Local Celebrity LA was a Grand Finale!  There was a multitude of sparkles, smiles, and heart throbbing performances to keep my interest through most  of the event.  The red carpet was funtabulous, due to the terrific photographers and Esteban’s calm nature.” said Creceda J. LeMaire, Creative Counselor & Consultant at Fine Art Sales.
The event was produced live by California Talent, hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV and sponsored by Diversity News Publications, Photos were by Jeff Knight Photography and Rodrigo Vaz, and clothing for the host was provided by LASC. Local Celebrity Los Angeles 2010, executive event producer; Eric Rowe and California Talent president. Arnold G, event creator/founder from A&G Records/Entertainment.
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Editor’s Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com
Photos courtesy of Rodrigo Vaz. You can contact Rodrigo at rodrigo.m.c.m.vaz@gmail.com for photos shoots. © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

Latonius Earl performed at Local Celebrity LA round 4th and Movie Producer Robert Boleyn ‘s Birthday Bash

February 10, 2010 by  
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coverlclLatonius Earl performed live at Local Celebrity Los Angeles round 4th and Movie Producer Robert Boleyn ‘s Birthday Bash.

It was promoted as the Green Room Carpet, but according to venue representatives, this could not be possible. They used the red carpet and step and repeat on the balcony. The judges were interviewed first by Emcee Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV and then the contestants were interviewed. After the judges finished getting interviewed, they were invited to the red carpet one by one for a photo opportunity. Then the contestants got the chance to get their photos taken on the red carpet. After all was done, celebrities and personalities were invited one by one for their photo opportunity and lastly every one took group photos.

“It was a great pleasure to attend your Local Celebrity LA last night. I liked it very much so. The setting at the club is quiet unusual, since the singers have to perform on the balcony, which creates a somewhat surreal effect. There were some truly good performers, and many moments of vocal excellence and artistic confidence. The host Ryan was most charming, and kept the whole event moving with a delightful and dynamic pace.” said Maestro Alex Varden, M.A. (vocal coach & music director).
He continued “Judge Arnold G was very supportive and understanding, with a big heart and love for music and dance. Judge Fawn was most professional; clear, focused, detailed, strict, honest and intelligent. Judge Kris S. a very serious and knowledgeable musician, with a warm and inspiring personality, keen ear and sharp eye.”

The contestants at Local Celebrity Los Angeles performed songs from the Billboard Top 100 (years 2005 to 2010). The contestants for round 4th were Leandro Fossi, Shane Facchinello, GG Smith, Nate Gaines, Adrian Reyes, Rachel Escalera, Brian Miller, Jonathan Hernandez, Rosy Donovan and Leah Turner. Only Adrian Reyes was eliminated from the singing competition, the next person will be announce on 2-21-2010.
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The headline artist for the night was Latonius Earl who sang Mya’s and Out of Control songs; the people enjoyed his performance. The event judges were Arnold G; International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Fawn; Recording artist, songwriter and performer and Kris Searle; Singer, songwriter and international recording artist/performer.
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“The audience seemed amused and engaged, showing sincere appreciation for the competing artists, and showering them with outbursts of spontaneous cheer. I had a very good time, and I bet it was an unforgettable evening for everyone else there” concluded Mr. Varden.

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About 200 people attended the event, which was held at Eleven Restaurant & Nightclub, located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd in the city of West Hollywood, CA 90069 on 2-7-2010. from 9:00 pm to 12:30 am. The event was hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV. Local Celebrity LA was broadcast online LIVE via http://www.localcelebritytv.com/

“Local Celebrity has been one of the best experiences I have had since moving from Chicago to Los Angeles. I think performing in front of judges and a live audience has given me the experience I need to go on to a career in pop music. I think everyone left in the competition is extremely talented and whoever wins will definitely represent L.A. well in the music world.” said Jaime Adrian Reyes, singer/artist and former Local Celebrity LA Contestant.

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Some of the media outlets and photographers at the event were Examiner.com, Photos By Francois, Diversity News TV, OnAirWithTonySweet, Diversity News Magazine and Photos By Rodrigo Vaz. Also celebrities and community leaders included Dr. John Carvalho (Cal State University Senator Member, Political Action Committee West Hollywood, Human Rights Campaign), Denicar Bergancia (2009 Local Celebrity LA winner), Javelyn Jav ( Classical piano, pop ballad, alternative folk/rock and R&B singer), Paul Bradley, Latonius Earl (Headline Guest Artist), Tom Tangen (Movie Producer), Robert Boleyn (Movie Producer), Suniil Sadarangani (Actor), Sean Michael (Singer/Songwriter), Esteban “Steven” Escobar (Local Celebrity LA publicist, Editor of Diversity News & Writer for Examiner.com), Tony A. Sweet (On Air with Tony Sweet), Michael Donahue (Movie Producer & Director), Gabe Escamilla (Graphic & Fashion Designer) and Maestro Alex Varden, M.A. (vocal coach & music director).

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The event was produced by California Talent, Hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV and sponsored by Diversity News Publications, Eleven Restaurant and Night Club, Jeffknightphotography.com and LASC.

About Local Celebrity Los Angeles:
The purpose of Local Celebrity Los Angeles is to provide another outlet for so many of our talented singers right here in Los Angeles. This competition may be for those that have been overlooked at some point in the past, or for the new singer that is looking to get started in the industry. Los Angeles has chosen past winner Denicar Bergancia who won $200.00 cash on 11-15-2009. This season’s Local Celebrity Los Angeles winner will receive $800, an on line interview, get to perform live in Long Beach City College, interview with KLBC Radio, perform at the red carpet televised worldwide Hand in Hand Benefit Concert in Hollywood, and work with one of the judges to record a demo.
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Editor’s Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com

Photos courtesy of Frank Palacios & Rodrigo Vaz.  You can contact Frank at italiko69@msn.com or Rodrigo Vaz at rodrigo.m.c.m.vaz@gmail.com for photos shoots. © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

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Hand in Hand Benefit Concert – Typhoon Emergency To Help The Philippines

October 15, 2009 by  
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PasHollywood, CA — October 14, 2009 A&G Records in association with Philippine Aid Society announced Multi-talented recording artists Latonius Earl, Jezda, Kris Searle, Jael Gadsden, Fawn, Asha Puthli, Stuart Guest, Rob E C and Arnold G to perform live at “Hand in Hand Benefit Concert – Typhoon Emergency.”

“To be honest, I can’t take credit for the idea. This was Arnold G’s initiative. When he approached me about doing the concert, I was all for it because I could tell he had a heart to help the Philippines” Said Tim Troutman, Executive Director of the Philippine Aid Society.
The event will be held on Monday, October 19, 2009 from 9pm to 11pm at Rage Restaurant & Bar 8911 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069. Telephone: (310) 652-7055.
He continue “I hope it will raise awareness for the Philippines and the serious need they have there. I also hope to raise some money because every dollar raised translates directly into emergency items for the victims.”
Event will be hosted by Rana Davis, popular long time hostess and emcee in Southern California.
This is a benefit concert to help raise awareness and needed funds to help the victims of the devastating floods the occurred on September 26, 2009. The Manila metro area was pummeled by Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) which resulted in the worst flooding the Philippines has seen in over 40 years. Some are calling the storm the “Katrina of the Philippines.” Nearly 699 people have lost their lives and countless thousands have lost everything they own. To be sure, millions of Filipinos, living in one of the poorest countries in the world, were deeply affected by this tragedy in the Phillipines. All proceeds will go to the Philippine Aid Society a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The goal is to raise $100,000. That will go a long way to restoring family housing, getting medicine, food and clothing to those in direct need in the Philippines.

“Tens of Thousands of people in Manila and surrounding areas have lost everything they own. We can’t give it all back to them, but this money raised will go to help them survive and recover from this tragedy.” Concluded Troutman.

Also donations of clothing and can foods will be accepted on location, as well at: Manila Forwarder: 4323 Eagle Rock Blvd, Unit 313, Los Angeles, CA 90041 Telephone: (323) 478-1599. Cash donations are being encouraged and will be managed directly by Tim Troutman, Executive Director of the Philippine Aid Society, with offices in the United States (North Carolina) and in the Philippines (Kamuning, Quezon City).

Red carpet is schedule to start at 8:30pm. The show will start from 9pm to 11pm.
Event is free, but $10 donation is recommended for the cause.
“Hand in Hand Benefit Concert – Typhoon Emergency.” is sponsored by A&G Records, RAGE, ParrisHarris and Diversity News.

About Phillipine Aid Society:
Philippine Aid Society is a non profit organization which is organized to provide a variety of charitable services in the Philippines. They are a small organization and their management staff consists entirely of volunteers.
For more information you can visit there website at http://www.philippineaid.org/
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