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Hundred Handed's Jordan McGraw Talks Debut Single

10/30/2015 9:56am EDT
Hundred Handed
Pop rock band Hundred Handed is comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Jordan McGraw, drummer Drew Langan and bass guitarist Matt Black. The L.A. based band was started by McGraw and Langan after recording and touring as rock band Stars in Stereo. I recently had the opportunity to speak with McGraw about the band's origins, sound, and their debut song, "Love Me Like The Weekend."

How did you get your start in music?

I started trying instruments when I was in fourth grade, but I just couldn’t find one that I liked. When I moved out to Los Angeles with my family I had no friends, so I needed ...

Risa Binder Chats About Music And Her Latest Single, 'Pretty'

10/28/2015 11:31pm EDT
Risa Binder
Country music artist Risa Binder has opened for James Taylor, toured with Ronnie Mislap, and had her debut EP, Nashville, produced by Luke Wooten. Binder’s energy is contagious, and her positive energy shines through in her new song, “Pretty.” I recently had the opportunity to speak with Binder about her musical background, “Pretty,” and what’s up next for her.

Can you talk about how you got your start in music?

I just kind of always wrote songs about boys I had crushes on [laughs] since I was like 7 or 8. I’d sit in my living room playing the piano and my parents would be like “Who’s tha...

Matt Forbes' 'Coulda Woulda Shoulda’ Hits Top 10 On Amazon’s Hot New Releases For Vocal Jazz Pre-Orders

9/30/2015 12:46am EDT
Matt Forbes' 'Coulda Woulda Shoulda’ Hits Top 10 On Amazon’s Hot
Matt Forbes sure isn't having a "Gloomy Sunday."

The Canadian crooner's debut full-length album, Coulda Woulda Shoulda, just hit #8 on Amazon’s Vocal Jazz “Hot New Releases." Forbes lands among Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse on the chart.

Forbes describes his debut album, which features original arrangements of hits like "Beyond The Sea," "Gloomy Sunday," and "I Get A Kick Out of You," as a "niche collection of classic pop tunes and standards."

Coulda Woulda Shoulda, due out on October 9, is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Independent Artist Meresha Discusses Music, 'New Revolution,' And Early Beginnings

9/30/2015 12:27am EDT
Independent Artist Meresha Discusses Music, 'New Revolution,' An
Electropop artist Meresha started a “New Revolution” when she made the decision to move from her hometown of Warsaw, Poland to the United States in order to jumpstart her music career. The 18-year-old self-described alien-loving vegan singer, songwriter, musician, composer and producer recently teamed up with Miami-based director David Rousseau for the official video for her new single, “New Revolution.” I recently had the opportunity to speak with Meresha about her early beginnings and musical inspirations.

Can you talk about how you got your start in music?

When I was 12, I wrote a song...

Bleona Debuts 'Take You Over' Music Video

9/29/2015 11:21pm EDT
Bleona Debuts 'Take You Over' Music Video
International recording artist and Euros of Hollywood star Bleona marked her U.S. debut on September 21 with the premiere of her music video for “Take You Over.” The video, directed by Dennis Leupold, accompanied by Director of Photography Jeffrey Kelly, is described by Bleona as a “video that brings something different to the table.” (If you’re looking for lots of mirrors, fire, clouds and water, then this is the video for you.)

“Take You Over,” produced by RoccStar, is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon. The "Take You Over" remix package is also available, and fea...

Matt Forbes Discusses His Start In Music And Debut Album

9/23/2015 12:15pm EDT
Matt Forbes Discusses His Start In Music And Debut Album, 'Could
Matt Forbes is redefining the genre of vintage pop. The 27-year-old Canadian born and raised, Los Angeles based crooner has had the opportunity to headline some of the city’s top jazz venues with his Big Little Band, also known as “The Horn-y Sextet,” and has served as a regular front man with the Influence Jazz Orchestra. The self-admitted “old soul” shows no signs of stopping, providing audiences and listeners with captivating, sensual and soulful tunes. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Forbes about his origins in music and his upcoming full length debut album, Coulda Woulda Sh...

Get To Know 'Euros Of Hollywood' Star Bleona

7/30/2015 2:01pm EDT
Albanian native Bleona Qereti has been dubbed the "Madonna" of her native country, having sold more than 1.5 million records worldwide with eight albums to her name. The singer made her U.S. debut on Bravo's Euros of Hollywood, which follows the lives of several successful Europeans living in Los Angeles. I recently caught up with the star to learn more about her international music career, The X Factor experience, and how she finally got Timbaland to work with her.

How did you get your start in music?

I started sort of accidentally at the young age of three, when I was “forced” to sing a...

'Sisters' First Official Trailer (Watch)

7/15/2015 8:32am EDT
Tina Fey And Amy Poehler’s ‘Sisters’ Trailer Has Arrived
The first official trailer for Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, premiered on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon during their joint appearance on the show Tuesday, July 14. (The duo also stuck around and played a hilarious game of “True Confessions” with Jimmy Fallon.

The comedy, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, tells the story of two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, whic...

Yolanda Be Cool And Mayra Veronica’s 'Mamo Yo!' Remix Hits #1 On Sirius XM’s Venus Chart

7/9/2015 2:07am EDT
Mayra Veronica
Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool, known for their hit “We No Speak Americano,” and singer/songwriter Mayra Veronica have reached #1 on Sirius XM’s Venus chart for their joint electro swing tune remix of “Mamo Yo!” The song, a remake of Carmen Miranda’s “Mamae Eu Quero,” has been covered by several artists ranging from Lucille Ball to the Marx Brothers. Music videos for both the original and remix have reached more than two million views to date.

Yolanda Be Cool were always fans of the original version of the song, so when they had the opportunity to cultivate a remake with Mayra Veronica, th...

Listen To New Music From Bean

6/16/2015 11:08am EDT
What a difference a new year makes.

When I last spoke to singer-songwriter Bean, she had opened for Colbie Caillat and Austin Mahone, found a home for her songs in several commercials, performed on the iHeartRadio On The Rise Tour and debuted "Rollercoaster." Now, Bean is back with a fun new sound featured in her latest single, "Wildfire."

Bean wrote the single with producers Steve Solomon and Jake Newton, admitting there was a long journey she had to take to get to her new sound. In an interview with Idolator, she confessed: "Up until this point, with my song “Wildfire,” I hadn’t found ...

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