Real People, Real Stories – Shine On Hollywood Magazine
Welcome to the September and October 2014 exciting bonus issue of Shine On Hollywood Magazine (SOHM)! As the summer draws to a close and the fall season ushers in, it reminds us that change is inevitable. We are fortunate here in Hollywood to live in a place where change often times brings some new form of excitement. From the hot, sexy summers to the glamorous film awards season to the party-filled holiday season, there is always something for everyone. Moreover, the lives that have changed and shaped Hollywood have brought us glamour, fascination and excitement. This month, our focus is on “Top Music Industry Professionals.” These individuals entertain, inspire and enhance the condition of our lives and we are proud to include them in our SOHM family.
From our digital archives, we catch up with Asha Puthli. First featured in July 2012, Asha is a “world music” pioneer who is known in the jazz world for her daredevil vocals. She talks with us about her latest exciting projects.
This month’s cover story features Michael Orland, pianist, arranger and Associate Musical Director extraordinaire of American Idol. Some refer to him today as a “Star Maker” and his attitude toward work and life are inspiring. You won’t want to miss out on reading about his fascinating journey.
This issue also features Jon Mullane, an internationally acclaimed rock singer and songwriter who has an intuitive talent for writing songs that connect with his audiences across North America, Europe and Asia. This month’s issue also includes Glenn Treibitz, an accomplished composer, lyricist and playwright and the owner and President of one of the largest piano companies in the United States. Finally, we are proud to feature the multi-talented Cindy Paulos, the first female DJ to be on-air in Los Angeles who has had a remarkable life as a minister, writer, artist, composer and radio and T.V. personality.
We encourage you to “Let them be your motivation.”
SOHM remains a politics and gossip free publication with its focus on, Real People, Real Stories, from the Arts and Pop Culture Community who make a difference by giving back, and we are delighted to share their heart-felt stories with you. We will continue to provide the industry’s foremost creative meeting place with monthly showcases, news, opinions, analysis and audience feedback.
The upcoming issue a tribute to an American legendary actress who graced us with her undeniable talent and left us with unforgettable memories of her movies and TV shows, Arlene Martel. Her daughter, Avra Douglas, shares about her loving mother also known as “Tasha”. Look for exclusive interviews with fans and celebrity peers who are mourning the loss of her as a brilliant and talented woman that played roles from T’Pring in Star Trek to appearing in Uncle Willie on Broadway. Her diversified roles have indelibly stamped her memory in fans’ minds worldwide.
We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!
Founder / Editor in Chief
I was country when country was country…
Hello my name is Eddie Ray Franks Jr. Retired Army in 1992 after 26 yrs, singing Country music every since I was 6 yrs old. Singer and song writer of country music. I had my first guitar lesson at the age of 6 from Johnny Horton. I grew up on the Louisiana Hayride. My hero’s were my Uncle the late Tillman B. Franks and my friend the late Johnny Horton. I have played in NCO clubs on many bases around the world.
I have also preformed in various retirement homes for the love of entertaining and putting smiles on someones face, played in a few night clubs here and there…I have settled in to focus on my music and writing songs, I am curently working on some new material and in the process of getting some of my music recorded. In the process of getting a new cd recorded. I co-wrote songs with Bo Gerbig Jr. , Tillman Ben Franks Jr. , the late Michael Benning and my brother John R. Franks. I have been fortunate enough to work with great musicians and great songwriters like my cousin Tillman Ben Franks Jr. and musicians like Dexter Mathis and Dean Mathis. Tillman Ben Franks Jr. has wrote songs for me that are unbelievable like “Naw”, “Just Country” and “I Was Country When Country Was Country”.
We have co-wrote songs together also like “Howl At The Moon” , “Keep On Loving You”and “Just Another Bump In The Road”. My cousin Tillman Ben Franks Jr. has been my inspiration and drive to keep me going in this business. Dexter Mathis has been my vocal coach and pulled the music out of me. Dean Mathis (Dexter’s Dad) has gave me inspiration to keep on singing my style of music. Without these three guys, I could not do what I do. I owe everything to them.
You can go to http://www.thevmf.org to get a copy of The Long Black Wall plus they are selling a new cd with 2 songs that I donated along with songs that other artist donated to help the homeless Vets. My new cd “The Best of Eddie Ray”, can be purchased through cdbaby for $14.95 also Angel On Top Of The Tree can be downloaded for $.99 on cdbaby, itunes and other downloadable links. http://www.craftweb.org/web/eddieray/
Members: Eddie Ray Franks Jr and The Screaming Eagles
Sounds Like: Red Sovine, Johnny Cash songs, Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton, Chris Kristofferson
Manager: Eddie Ray Franks Jr
Clarissa writes songs from her life experiences. This comes naturally and performing her songs is her most fulfilling self expression. Writing simple songs about complex things such as love, family, and life in general– issues that most people relate to in a form of a pop/dance/rock tune or a ballad is her own way of channeling her dynamic energy constructively. Though she exclusively performs dance pop numbers, she is also currently writing a few R&B, hiphop, and country genres. Take a listen to her songs–you can’t help singing along or just rock with it.
Clarissa has been singing since the tender age of 2. Her mother shares the story of when a next door neighbor overheard Clarissa the toddler singing the national anthem from start to finish!
Clarissa has electrifying energy that could propel a jet plane. It’s a fire that ignites and sparks her creative energy fueling her musical and dance repertoire. “Feel the passion” is her mantra. On stage is where she is most at home. The name Clarissa denotes a limitless, boundless, and fearless persona, resounding continued spiritual ‘renewal’ and of coming to terms. At any moment, Clarissa can become somewhat of a chameleon and dynamically re-invents herself.
Saint Lucian Reggae Artiste Semi has a new focus and is now singing for the conscious at heart with his new brand of Inspirational Reggae.
The onset of 2013 has seen some major changes in Semi’s musical journey and none more so than
the release of his sensational new single “Look What Love Can Do”. This song is a peach of a song and represents what the reggae greats meant reggae to sound like both musically and lyrically. “Look What Love Can Do” has begun to gather interest from various sector of the music industry including national radio and stations as far as Canada, the UK and Australia. Off The Charts Radio (UK) presenter Jay Adkins was so impressed with the song that he recommended it to his friends at Deuce Management & Promotion, a UK based company who has now signed on to represent the artist in a promotional capacity.
Following the success of the singles “Love Is the Key” and “Better Days” in 2012, and the subsequent release of the acclaimed album “Conscious Paradise”; Semi has been busy on the national circuit including a stunning performance at Waterfront Jazz in 2012 as part of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.
Semi’s songs are infused with lovers rock and traditional reggae styles, which bring pure refreshment to the ears and freedom to the soul. As a gifted writer himself, Semi is guided by the words, power and sounds of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse and the vocal style of Jimmy Cliff, which when put together brings a taste of nothing less than pure Caribbean flavor. Semi is a visionary and believes that through participation we can remove obstacles to fulfilling our collective destiny. He is therefore an
artist who lives by what he sings and that love is at the heart of every song. Semi describes his music as inspirational reggae and that is what his music does to you. It lifts you up when you’re feeling down and motivates to set your feet on higher grounds.
In June 2010 he released “Love is the Key” the debut single off the album “Conscious Paradise” which topped the local charts peaking at number one. In October of the same year his second single “Better Days” off the same album was released. “Conscious Paradise” the album was produced by 22 year old Danyl Daniel of Daniel’s Den Studios of Gros Islet a supremely talented pianist and producer. This CD comprises eleven inspiring reggae songs delivered in Semi’s silky smooth vocal style – five of which were written by the artist. The album features an array of versatile and accomplished supporting artistes and musicians such as Linda “Chocolate” Berther”, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Barbara Cadet, Denzil Leon, Zack Popo and Nicky Pamphille. To date, with the release of Conscious Paradise, Semi has three albums to his name, including the previously released “Collections 1& 2” with executive producer Yves Lewis and a
string of hits including his chart topper “Put Yourself In My Place”.
In 2004, having spent time in the UK and the US, he returned home after recording and performing in Boston under the Wild Cubby music label. He set about purposing his music with conscious lyrics with an aim to stimulate positive thinking in all it gets in contact with. Since then Semi has performed alongside some of the best in the business including Sanchez, Gregory Isaacs, Culture, John Holt, Shaggy and Wyclef Jean.
Semi’s musical journey has taken him far and wide around the world. He gained national recognition with his band October 4 when he performed at the opening of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival in 2000. He’s acquired a wealth of experience as an artiste having worked the hotel, club and cruise ship circuits, which eventually in the early nineties led to international recognition as his migration along with the band Summit to the United Kingdom. Through the links of managers Pam and Paul Castle, the band Summit appeared on many high profile UK shows, one of them being the BBC’s Pebble Mill, and with the assistance of publisher David Most, the group signed a recording contract with RCA Records.
The more one discovers about Semi and his music, the more you begin to realize that behind that
endearing smile, is a human being, and an artiste who has a deep love for humanity, and that as a result of his music gift, lives will be touched.
Members: Don Bailey, Brandon Turner, Kevin Saak, Tom Sweet, Mike Solle, Dierdre Kniffen
Prone to the fiery attitude of indie punk rockers and body surfers this music is a raw shot through the soul that’s not missing any bones of drunken amphetamine induced reality. These guys consciously hit farther into the raw cornering attitudes of rebellious country music. Their ‘matter of fact’ rockgrass style dawns the likes of ratrod jackets and Dead Kennedys shirts while footed up with Jack Purcells. Hailing from the Midwestern United States their evident diversity has taken them from performing melodies with Mickey Gilley to an all stage rock fury with Reverend Horton Heat and two international tours. A ‘UK’ fan described. “The Bob band has a lyrical skill of spinning a dark and twisting yarn with the raucous heavy playing and energy of a pub-brawl.” Noted by news journals to have “a live show of music passion so unexpected, it’s seen to be harmoniously epic.” Maverick Magazine Europe described them as “an outfit that knows how to balance energetic songs with emotionally created tunes which impress continually. They are a song writing gem.”
Formed by singer/songwriter Don Bailey in an abandoned train depot in Millstadt, Illinois in 1994. They released their first 10 song album(Earl) on compact disk a year later(1995). The second album, a six song EP(Black) was released on compact disk in 1998. Opening an original music venue in Belleville, Illinois using proceeds from album sales, Bailey and the band took ten years off from recording and only performed live shows at venues across the midwest. Bailey returned to the studio in 2009 and began writing the 3rd release(Greasy Side Down) It was originally intended to be a ‘backporch” solo style recording. The band caught wind of it after Baileys’ tracks had already been recorded. They joined in, recorded parts over Baileys’ original recordings and the album was released in 2010. The excitement of the new material brought Bailey together with Brandon Turner(bass) Kevin Saak(drums) and Jon Clark(guitar) to record the forth album ‘Time Served’ released December 11th, 2012.
The BOB Band-GREASY SIDE DOWN
Europe’s Maverick Magazine Review – July 2011
Releasing their third album, this four-piece band certainly knows how to create a well produced song that can only be described as awesome. This thirteen song record shows to the world that this Illinois band are steeped in country music history and their musical veins are saturated with, what I suspect, is many bottles of Southern Bourbon. The record does not always go for the jugular as this outfit knows how to balance energetic songs with emotionally created tunes which impress continually. As its title suggests, the stomping beat on Pickin Flowers allows for impressive guitar to be used in the mix. The same wondrous spirit can be linked with Black Hat which is the concluding track. With sublime guitar on this tune with the inclusion of a fine lap steel helps sum up this record perfectly as its care-free attitude is refreshing good.
-Russell Hill – Maverick Magazine / EUROPE
“Once again The BOB band impacts the scene with a 3rd release that undeniably proves they are the locomotive cutting edge that drives the convoy of progressive country rock in America. And we’re lovin’ it.”
-Texas Music Magazine – Feb 2011
“literate, rural-tinged imagery that powers the best of Americana”
-L. Kent Wolgamott -Focus, Lincoln Nebraska Star
“Amazing Show!” -KPNT 105.7FM “The Point”
“Choral-like, almost epic in scale, I recommend opening a line to the Bob band” -Jim Cult -Spotlight Magazine
“a band with solid roots in music that matters”
– Mike Blake – CIceros -Riverfront Times- St. Louis
“the midwest based Bob Band can do no wrong”
-Get Out Section – St. Louis Post Dispatch
“see them now before they go national and never return ! “
-Patrick Hambrecht -Senior Reporter Daily Nebraskan
Don Bailey (singer/guitarist/The Bob Band)
–featured on ‘Roadside America’
courtesy: Atlas Media/History Channel, New York, NY 2001.
–Featured in No Depression Magazine 1998 and 1999.
–Owner/Operator of Three-1-Three Music Venue
Belleville, IL 1997 to 2006.
–Honored for achievement in music performance with the MWR division of the Pentagon at Guantanamo Bay, Hailti, Honduras and Puerto Rico.
–Producer/Promotor of the MRMF Showcase 2011.
— Founder, Bird Records Recording Studio – Millstadt, Illinois
— Written and Performed with The BOB Band 1994-present.
Brandon Turner (bassist/supporting vox/The Bob Band)
–former Lead singer, performer with 12 Summers Old
2002 to 2009 (myspace.com/12summersold) courtesy: Snapdragon Records, Milwaukee,Wisconsin/ MRI Associated Labels