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American Hope

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There is a brand new CD that has come out that is a must have for any music lover by, American Hope. The CD is self titled American Hope. The CD  consists of ten songs written by them and they are all incredible. Every song on the CD is fun and comes with a positive message. Once you listen to the first song, it will have you hooked, not wanting a song to end, but at the same time, can’t wait to hear what the next song brings. American Hope is one of the best groups to come up in a longtime. They have the sound and the songwriting skills to drive them to the top of the billboard charts. Their CD is as good as any out there. The songs are brilliant and well executed.

American Hope resides in Atlanta, Georgia and they are three talented brothers. The members are: Jameson is fourteen he plays lead guitar, rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Jadyn is thirteen he plays guitar, bass and vocals. Kenyon is eleven he plays mostly drums, but can also play guitar and he sings harmony. Even with knowing their ages when listen to them, it’s hard to believe they are not a band that has been around for twenty years. The boys are strong and tight with their music. Jameson has killer vocals with a nice rasp, and a lot of substance to it. They need to be heard from coast to coast.

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In 2009 they decided that being on stage performing is what they were interested in doing. This decision came after attending a gospel concert and hearing a group called, “Accappella”. “We loved their stage presence and how good they were and how good their harmonies were” Jadyn says. The next day they told their mom they really wanted to take singing lessons. “So she signed us up for voice lessons. Almost immediately, we started performing in local concerts and for church groups” says Kenyon. They were invited to perform at a popular holiday show at their Paulding County Christmas Spectacular Show that December. They were a big hit and returned to perform for the next two years.

Once American Hope got started, they became highly sot after, performing all over Georgia and in Alabama. In their second year of performing as a band, they were invited to perform at a private event concert at Randy Owens farm (he is a member of the famous group Alabama). The farm is  on Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, Alabama. Randy is their second cousin and has been a big inspiration to them musically. Randy has given American Hope many opportunities to open for him, either at private events or at his fan appreciation concerts known as, Fandemonium. “We just look up to him so much and appreciate the opportunities he has given us to grow as performers” says Jadyn.

American Hope got the opportunity to open for Lisa Kelly (former lead singer for Celtic Women) at her show at the Fred Amphitheater in Peachtree City, Georgia. Since the first time opening for Kelly, they have had the pleasure of doing so a few more times. They say she puts on a fabulous show with world famous artists each year. “We are so blessed to take vocal lessons from her at the, Lisa Kelly Voice Academy. We just love her! She is so kind and encouraging and just so amazing to work with” says Jameson.

With no surprise American Hope has been nominees for the Georgia Music Awards two years in a row 2015 and 2016 in the Youth Country/Rock Band category. Also they were nominated for Best youth Video in 2016 as well. For both years they were selected to perform at the Awards show. They said it was fun to perform on stage with all their fellow Georgia music artists.

When they are out performing the boys prefer to perform their own music, but they sometimes do cover others. When they are covering other artists, they enjoy the Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw and Alabama. They will sometimes throw in a couple Eagles songs in there too.

Getting up on stage performing and making people happy is what it’s all about for American Hope. “It is so great when the crowd is excited and into the music” says Jadyn. Jameson says he loves sharing the talents that God has blessed them with. Being able to reach out to people and make them feel good through their music means a lot to them all. They have a strong faith system in God and family and they really want to share goodness with the world. “Our parents have been a great influence on us for good and we want to continue that” says Jadyn. The boys strive to be a good influence on the youth of today through their music. Kenyon says that is why they are so picky when it comes to the songs they perform. He also feels that each song has a message and they want to make sure the message they give out is a positive one for whoever hears it.

They are all excited about their new CD American Hope that just came out. The boys have worked hard on recording  it for about a year and during that time they learned a lot. Jameson wrote four of the songs and their mom wrote the other six. They often have writing sessions as a family. There’s always new music happening at their house, their whole family loves music. They already have a bunch more songs written that have potential to be on their next album.

American Hope has many performances coming up this fall that they will keep posted on their website, American Hope so be sure and catch them live. Their performances are all well done and looks like they have been doing it for years. They have so much natural talent and drive that there’s no limit to what they can accomplish and go in music. Their CD American Hope is proof of how good they are. It is like they were true veterans of country music you cannot tell any different. American Hope is a group that we will hear about for many years to come.

Madi and Ana Heichel

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There is nothing tighter than the bond of family. This holds just as true with Madison (Madi) and Juliana (Ana) Heichel. These two girls not only have a tight bond with each other, but also with their music. In their performances, the harmonies are perfect as well as their timing. Most often duets at this age have a hard time getting their voices in time, and together to create a good sound. This is not the case with Madi and Ana. Some of their ability can be attributed to practice, but much of it comes natural. When watching and listing to them sing, or just watching some of their antics, it seems one knows what the other is going to do before it happens. A connection only siblings posses. Everything falls into place smoothly and with little effort. This is all allowing them to grow quickly into sensations. Everybody loves their music and quirky videos. Their Vine account has already surpassed fourteen million views, and their YouTube is moving on up as well. Madi and Ana, great entertainment.

Madi and Ana have been singing together since they were very young. However, unlike most starting out singing in school or church, for these two, you could say McDonald’s is where it all began for them. When they were three and four years old their mom would often take them to McDonald’s for lunch. Just like any other, they too loved Happy Meals. While at McDonald’s they would climb in the tunnels and start singing. It was the echo effect on their voices the girls liked so much. It was not long before the staff became familiar with them. The lady cleaning the tables nicknamed them, singing sisters. Madi and Ana started competing in pageants that either included talent or as a requirement. Soon after they began, they were winning on state and national levels. They were winning enough trophies and crowns, that their dad had to rent a storage shed to house them all.

Madi and Ana are close-knit, but they are individuals and different things standout to each of them. The duo have been involved with countless performances of one type or another. Madi has a performance that stands out with her, this was a competition in late 2014. The format of the competition was similar to that of American Idol. This competition lasted for several weeks with the first month singing one song each week. After this, Madi had to learn two to three songs per week. All of her work paid off when she advanced to the finals. The judges chose two songs for her, and she picked the third. Madi chose, House Of The Rising Sun. She spent a great deal of time researching different performances of the song, and in the end settling on a version by Haley Reinhart from American Idol. It was the night of this performance that she knew without any doubt, performing is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

  Ana had a performance standout to her, it was when she was about seven years old. This particular performance she played a horse in a local theater production. During this performance she never spoke a word, but would periodically breakout in song. It was a hilarious performance even-though she did spend the time tied to a tree. The audience rarely looked away, she kept them fixed on her with her facial expressions and movements. From this experience she discovered she had natural comedic abilities. “I am the personality in our sister duet”, says Ana.

In the fall of 2013 the duet auditioned to sing the National Anthem at the opening Cleveland Cavaliers game. They were chosen and on October 30, 2013 they stood in front of a sold out crowd in the middle of the court, and sang the National Anthem. Their performance left the audience in awe. And it was Ana’s high note on the word “Free” that sent the crowd roaring with cheers. After this, they were flooded with calls and emails from heads of events in Ohio to come and sing the National Anthem.

Madi and Ana Heichel  Madi and Ana have done very well in other competitions too. In 2013 they auditioned for America’s Got Talent and they advanced to the top 100 where they were placed on standby for the live show. Some of the singing competitions they have won  are, Voices of The City,  2014 Ohio’s Best New Talent, and in 2014 AAMTCO International Talent of The Year held in Las Vegas.

The girls have many performances under their belt now. With so many performances to their credit you would think nerves would be the last thing to bother them, but not so. Before heading out on stage the nerves take over from head to toe, but when they move out on stage, the nerves begin to fade away. “I love to hear the click of our high heals as we are walking on the stage and thru the red curtains”, says Madi. The girls say in a short time their music unites everyone in the room and for a little while, they provide an escape from worries in people’s lives.

When Madi and Ana are performing they like to cover many artists. They say some of their best Vines are covers of, Fall Out Boy. They also like covering Christina Aguilera’s songs. They like Christina’s songs because of their huge voices and Ana is mastering the runs. Audiences have come to love their live performances of, All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor and I’m Blonde by Bridgit Mendler. Their voices are different and have different ranges, but when put together it is magic. They are capturing audiences with every performance.

Madi and Ana’s goal is simple, they are hoping to be picked up by a recording label and release singles, albums and tour. They would love to have a show on Disney or Nickelodeon. Besides entertaining they also love fashion and would love to create a kids line based on how they dress.

The duo is becoming famous for their covers, but it will soon be because of their originals. They are songwriters and it has become a Sunday activity. If they are not performing, then you can find them in their basement making music in their studio. Everyone at their house plays a role, their dad is a musician, and mom a writer that has been published. They have about eight originals and a few have been recorded. One of their favorites is called, The Music In Me. It was written a few years ago for their mom on Mother’s Day. It is dedicated to their Poppi (their mom’s dad) who unexpectedly died five years ago. Poppi meant the world to them and even though they did not live close, you can be sure every night online they would be talking. And when it was time to go they would always end the call with, Sweet Adeline. Of course the girls would try to out sing one another and at times find themselves on the floor from one pushing the other. It was all a blast for them, and their Poppi loved it all. The Music In Me, it reminisces about special moments spent with Poppi, but forever wishing he was with them now. Another song that is a favorite is called, 2 Girls With A Dream. This song is about just what it says, the two of them with a dream. They say all of their music is personal and real because they have lived it.

Madi and Ana are just two normal girls ages twelve and fourteen. However their talent is not normal, they have been given a gift. Their talent is huge. What they have is rare in people their ages. The girls do work hard to perfect their voices, and they have done a good job of it. The tone and flexibility that they have is remarkable. It is hard to put any other word to it than, perfection.

 

Mandee & The ABC Girls

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The world is always in need of great wholesome music and entertainment. There has been many entertainers to provide wonderful entertainment like this over the years and one of the greatest is Donny and Marie Osmond. They always put on a great show and it was entertainment the entire family could enjoy and had you smiling all the way. The Osmond’s are from Utah and so are Mandee & The ABC Girls and they are bringing the same great entertainment.

This beautiful group of girls are destined to be one of the great family entertainers just like Donny and Marie, “but” times two. These girls have set out to make the world a brighter place, and they have certainly brightened many people’s day with their brand new video, “Shine Brightly”. There is no way a person can watch this video and not smile and it make things a bit brighter for them. It has a message of kindness and lending a hand to others in need turning a gloomy day into a bright shiny new one. This great song was written by their mother and then they all together came up with the melody. It was their dad that came up with the story line for the video. They said it was a lot of fun having all their best friends there to help. It just took two days to film, and it has been a great success. The girls say it teaches many different things and they hope it will help and inspire others. These girls do inspire people everywhere, the world needs many more just like them.

Mandee and the ABC Girls  at stars2come      Introducing the greatest new inspirational group today; we have Mandee 14, Aubree 10, Brittnee 9, and Christee 8 together they are Mandee & The ABC Girls the country’s greatest new inspiration and the pride of Utah. The girls started singing together as soon as they could talk, their parents would let them sing at parties and holiday events pretty much anywhere people would listen. They officially became came Mandee & The ABC Girls in 2010, it was when they decided as a family that they wanted to share their talents and music to the world. Their very first performance as Mandee & The ABC Girls was for a furniture store during Christmas. They said they sang all their favorite Christmas songs as people walked through the store and many people stopped and just enjoyed the show.

The girls really do want to bring hope and inspiration to people and one of the ways they enjoy doing it is performing at school assemblies. They say the kids at school really gets involved in their performances, they seem to feel their energy and the love they have. They also say when they leave, they have tons of new friends.

They love to sing together and they say it is what helps keep the family so close. Performing as a family teaches them to get along and compromise, and they truly do help each other to follow and live their dream. Their mission as a family is to create music and entertainment that will touch hearts in a real way. They hope to touch people in a way that inspires them to make a change in their life even if it is a small one and this is how everyone can help make the world a better place. Their goal is to be positive role models and inspire people all over the world to have dreams and to follow them with all of their hearts.

The girls have been doing extremely well together and their great musical talents have not only won the hearts of many people around the world, but also won the Hurricanes Got Talent in November 2013. They also made it all the way to the finals at Dixie’s Got  Talent this year in January. However it is not awards that they sing for, it is to make other people smile and feel happiness.

Mandee & The ABC Girls has also found their way into several commercials. One commercial was for a local Fun center and others were for a local furniture store. They hope to one day have their own TV show. The girls say they have many fun skits and would love to make people laugh. They are four very real and cute girls that would brighten any TV network out there. The world is in dire need of a new honest and wholesome TV show and these girls would certainly fill that spot very well.

Mandee & The ABC Girls do sing a lot together and they like covering inspirational songs that have powerful vocals. They like doing these they say because it helps to stretch their voices and improve their skill level as singers.

Mandee and the ABC Girls  at stars2come They do a great job with cover songs, but they have many great originals they like to sing as well. The original songs they sing are songs they write and these girls are great songwriters. All the songs on their new album, “Shine Brightly” was written by them. Their songwriting ability is outstanding and they currently have over 50 songs in various stages of development. Their favorite song on the album is called, “Popsicle’s and You”. They love it because it is about spending time with your family. They wrote this song while riding in the car going to their vacation destination. The idea to write positive, upbeat, being kind and following your dream songs came from a tragedy that happened in their family in 2010. From this they wanted something to give hope to those who were hurting, and that people do care. The album is dedicated to those who are hurting or have been hurt. The girls hope to inspire and change lives, even if it is only one. If this happens then they have accomplished their dream.

The girls love people and they sing for them to make a difference. They themselves are people too, they are not perfect, they make mistakes and even fight sometimes, but they love each other, they love to perform, but most of all they love to touch hearts. They want people to know they truly care and want them to dream, to hope and to believe in themselves.

Wow these girls do bring inspiration and they bring it in a big way. They have big hearts and dreams that are shared daily and we are lucky to have them. The girls are an amazing group that shows togetherness, love and hope. When they say they want to put smiles on people’s faces, well they have certainly achieved that, the world could learn a lot from these girls. Mandee & The ABC Girls are beautiful and very talented and have already made a difference and the world is a better place now that we have them!

 

Art Of Play

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Art Of Play is one of the greatest pop groups to come along. These great artists  are on their way to take over the east coast, then the country. One Direction currently has the attention of the teen world, but AOP is about to bring that to an end, because these guys are hot and they are bringing some hot music that the teen world will not get enough of. This amazing group is made up of, Ricky Webber (keyboards and vocals), Domenico Randazzo (guitar and vocals), TJ Coon (bass and vocals), and Tyler Volk (drummer and rapper), together they are, Art Of Play.

AOP  with their amazing music will have all the girls from coast to coast hanging on their coattails totally, “Love Struck”! Love Struck is the title of one of their amazing songs, lyrics written by Domenico and most of the music, but all the artists contributed to it. The song is about the trials and tribulations that teens go through when dealing with falling in love with someone and that is what will be happening to many girls everywhere when they fall in love with AOP. The song Love Struck is a song that shows just how talented  AOP is.  This song was put together very well, it flows nicely, its catchy and has a title that will stick in every girl’s head.  The video that was put together for this song is very well done and everyone in it done a great job and the video shows just how crazy the girls are going to be of AOP. Larry Hochberg former producer of MTV’s Pimp my Ride helped with the filming of this video. It was filmed at a large warehouse in their area and Larry brought in a lighting and film crew and AOP asked some friends to come and be part of the video. AOP said it was surreal, it was as if they were  working on a movie set.

The teen sensation Art Of Play has been putting out great music ever since they came to be. Ricky and Domenico had been playing in bands since the ages of ten and eleven. Then when the bands members were in seventh grade TJ and Tyler joined to form Art Of Play. Ever since this beginning they have been writing songs, recording and performing together. They are currently sophomores in high school.

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AOP has performed many times working their way to the top and stolen the hearts of many girls along the way. The first hearts they stole came when they started performing at local school and charity events. The group really likes helping out and has performed for the American Cancer Society, Morris Education Foundation and for “TeamSean”. TeamSean is an organization that raises money for a small boy in their area who has cancer. They have also performed at Morristown Green and Morristown Community Theater. Their plan is to cultivate a fan base locally, and then begin to branch out.

AOP has also performed at the famous Apollo Theater. They went to the theater to compete in the “Stars of Tomorrow’s Amateur Night” and won 1st place in 2012 and was invited back to perform at the Show Off Round. They said it was a real thrill and privilege to perform twice on the world famous Apollo Theater stage where so many great artists before them had performed. There is another performance that is a favorite of theirs as well called, “Sand Aid” in January 2013. Sand Aid is a benefit concert that AOP had organized to help raise money for the NJ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund . They invited several artists from the area to come and perform in the auditorium of Morristown High School. Art of Play did a great job with this event raising $5400.00 for the relief efforts.

AOP is doing amazingly well and all of their efforts are not going unnoticed. Art Of Play was featured on “Spotlight NJ” in a thirty minute segment with Della Crews the news anchor for NJ News 12. At the start of it they played their original song Love Struck and then followed by an interview and finally a segment featuring the recording of the track and some live performance footage. Della became interested in the band because she learned of all their work with charity especially the Sandy Aid concert.

Art Of Play does put on many performances and even though they have songs of their own, they do cover many genres and artists as well. They feel that it is their versatility that separates them from others. They said that they do not abide by any rules when it comes to music they can or cannot play from the many genres that are out there.

AOP are very skilled artists and their skills are growing everyday and this holds true with their writing. They have written six songs in the past year and the inspiration for their songs are all derived from personal experiences and experiences of others. They say that “Jealous Games” is probably their greatest song to date because it shows off their ability to write and self produce without the help of any record label. The video for this song is also 100% created by AOP.

Art Of Play is the hottest new boy band and they are making their way basically on their own. They write and record all of their music in Art Of Play’s basement studio and are currently working their way into film production. They are an amazing group that is stealing the hearts of teenage girls everywhere they perform. Art Of play is the next big thing! Keep track of their music on their website Art Of Play.

Sam and Luke

 

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There has been some amazing duos, like Brooks and Dunn, and Montgomery, Gentry, now next on the list comes Sam and Luke. These guys are burning up the stages from Vancouver Canada, to Nashville Tennessee, and everywhere in between. The songs they write are gaining them fans across two countries. Everyone loves them, from the time they set foot on stage till the last note of their last song. Be sides their great music, they have such an amazing character to them you couldn’t help but like Sam and Luke if they sang or not, their charisma just radiates from them.

Sam and Luke are brothers that gained their love for music after they went and saw their first concert in 2005. They didn’t waste time, they went and picked up a couple of guitars and started teaching themselves how to play, sing, and write songs. Two years later they made their first public appearance at a coffee shop  in Vancouver. They didn’t have enough songs for the set, so Sam had to actually compose a song on the spot. The audience loved that, and they were hooked. Sam and Luke has not stopped since. They now have over 300 shows in all kinds of places from coffee houses to large auditoriums. One of these shows was really cool for them. It was an outdoor music festival, the stage and audience was huge, and the organizers for the show put them up in a luxury condo on the 18th hole of a golf course.

Sam and Luke, with no surprise have won many awards for their music. These contests are what gave them the confidence to pursue music full time. One of these contests they won had a $5000.00 prize. They used the money to help pay for their first all original album, “Standing In A Room” in 2010. This album went on to be named one of British Columbia’s top CD’s of 2010. In fact they are in a contest right now on the Southern Star Network, they have been nominated for Independent Artist of the Year. If you would like to help them get into the finals go to http://thesouthernstar.org/index_006.htm    and click under their photo.

For Sam and Luke there is no greater feeling than when they connect to a audience. Music is their passion and it shows very well in their songs. They hope to be able to do this for the rest of their lives. If they continue writing songs like they do, you can bet they will be doing this for a very long time. They currently have 50 songs written and sometimes while writing they can have a bit of an argument, but when it comes to their future in the music business, they are of the same mind.  They have just recorded their debut country pop album in Nashville and will soon be released.

Sam and Luke they are coming out with some amazing music that everyone will enjoy. Stardom for these two is right in reach, and once it grabs them they will be, Grammy bound! Here is a sample from their debut album, a song called, “Helpless’, you will not be able to keep your feet still.