Brandyn Burnette Single Release Show at Hotel Cafe

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Listening to Brandyn Burnette’s music is like reading pages out of your own journal that you didn’t have the guts to say out loud. With such courageous lyrics and upscale melodies in his recorded works, one could only expect an insane amount of energy on stage.

At the May 27th show at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, celebrating Burnette’s release of his first single “Thanks For Nothing”, the young singer-songwriter left everything on the table – his heart, his honesty, his killer vocals, and an insatiable desire for more.

Dressed like a young John Travolta or Tony from West Side Story (who the St. Louis native privately admitted to playing in his high school production of the musical), Brandyn Burnette’s presence on this intimate and legendary stage was much like a welcome intermission at a college party. His charm and frankness welcomed everyone with open arms, and encouraged all of us to express ourselves as honestly as he was, to simply come and be ourselves.

With his expert use of imagery and soaring melodies, Burnette’s set from his upcoming EP “The Couch Surfing Chronicles” (set to release this fall) placed us right next to him on the numerous streets he’s walked in the past several years. From breakups, to missing Mom, to partying and enjoying his youth, Burnette’s music taught us all a lesson in honesty – that our struggles, our down moments, are still beautiful.

From his opening numbers with full band to the songs he performed solo that night, Burnette’s ability to hold his own was indisputable. His knowledge of musical composition in “More of You” was reminiscent of front man Donny O’Donoghue of Irish hit band The Script, while his cheeky “Count On Me” brought up thoughts of Bruno Mars’ hit “The Lazy Song”. With lines like “I like a girl who takes no prisoners” and “I want to grow tired of you”, every girl in the room (and there were a few) were wishing for a chance to break this bad-boy-next-door’s heart and become immortalized in one of his chart-worthy songs.

Signed to Warner Brothers on an EP deal, and with publishing deals in Scandinavia, Burnette has the making of a star, and I wish him the best in sharing his “Couch Surfing Chronicles” with the world come fall.

I don’t have to tell you twice to check out (and purchase) his new single “Thanks For Nothing” at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/thanks-for-nothing/id881336801?i=881336827.

For more on Brandyn and for links to his social media, head to www.brandynburnette.com.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can catch Brandyn Burnette LIVE at Hotel Cafe on June 10th, at 9pm.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

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Nuthin’ Under A Million (N.U.M.) LIVE at Avalon

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The historic venue Avalon on Hollywood and Vine was packed to the brim last night, in celebration of one of entertainment’s greatest stars, Beyonce. Waiting for the crowd inside was the five-piece production and songwriting group Nuthin’ Under A Million, also referred to as N.U.M. Some artists would be intimidated by the swell of a rowdy crowd, but this group did more than handle the stage with ease – come 12:30am, they took over.

When their time came, Tony, David (DJ), Shanda, and Milana (fifth member Tommy (TB)) hit the stage with explosive energy, turning heads on the packed dance floor to see what this fivesome had to offer. The group’s choreography, sex appeal, and the unique, powerhouse vocals of each individual artist did not disappoint. After just two songs, the crowd was begging for more. The group’s smash hit “The World Is Mine” had the crowd jumping with it’s tantalizing beats and the sparkling performance that accompanied the superb production.

To play at Avalon is a great achievement for the group, and any group, looking to  break into the music industry. The venue originally opened in 1927 as the Hollywood Playhouse, and has since hosted historical events such as the Beatle’s American debut and Jackson Five’s TV debut. More recently, EDM greats like Grammy-winner Skrillex have gotten their start on the Avalon stage.

Nuthin’ Under A Million proved last night that they fit right in with these greats, and that they will certainly be an act to watch for. With tens of thousands of followers on social media and hundreds of thousands of YouTube views, N.U.M. has gained international acclaim with such hits as “Above the Pharoah”, which reached Top 10 on the MTV charts in Italy. The group has been compared to power groups LMFAO and the Black Eyed Peas, but what sets Nuthin’ Under A Million apart is that each member the group can stand alone as an artist, songwriter, and/or producer. This powerful combination of talent matched with their diverse musical backgrounds can only be a recipe for success.

For more on Nuthin’ Under A Million, visit www.nummusic.com.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

 

Pop Star Supports Serbian Flood Relief Efforts with Proceeds from New Single

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Up and coming pop singer SHEON has announced that the proceeds from her new single “Hit It (Like A Pro)” will be donated to the flood disaster that has shaken the regions of Serbia and Bosnia. Originally from Serbia, this catastrophe hits close to heart for the young artist, and she is mobilizing her collective 55,000+ fans to help the over 500,000 displaced persons in her home country.

SHEON, who left Serbia in 2009 to earn her college degree and pursue her music  career in America, currently lives in Minnesota, where she has recorded and released her most recent single “Hit It (Like A Pro)”. Under the artist name Thayati, the singer-songwriter had previously released such hits as “Bully” and “American Dream” which gained extensive attention across the web. The accompanying music videos for these songs, produced and directed by Minneapolis company SharpestMemory Productions, have attracted hundreds of thousands of views.

Armed with a hot new artist name and image, and an even hotter (if it’s possible) track, SHEON has hit social media hard with promotion videos and teasers to her newest music video for the single, which was recently filmed in Puerto Rico. The videos showcase SHEON’s stunning look and dance skills as she captivates the camera from beginning to end.

“Hit It (Like A Pro)” is a track that will get the party started from the car to the hottest dance floors. The expert production, powerful vocals, and contagious chorus combined make it the perfect track for 2014.

Help SHEON support the Serbian flood relief efforts by purchasing her new single “Hit It (Like A Pro)” here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hit-it-like-a-pro-single/id849089284.

You can also help support SHEON’s brother and sister-in-law as they head to Serbia to lend their help at: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/04p4/balkan-flood-relief?utm_source=giveforward&utm_medium=flyer&utm_campaign=dashfl1

You can follow SHEON at https://www.facebook.com/sheonmusic and https://twitter.com/sheonmusic.

For more on SharpestMemory Productions, visit www.sharpestmemory.com.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

“Finest Hour” EP Release by Nina Yasmineh

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The new EP from triple threat indie-pop artist Nina Yasmineh went live online on May 19th. Written, performed, and produced by Yasmineh, the newest release from the NYC artist had a strong act to follow with her well-received previous release “Seven Years”.

“Finest Hour” brings us 5 songs where “Seven Years” provided four, and each song boasts Yasmineh’s signature raw and expressive lyrics. Coupled with effortless vocals and subtle hip hop beats, “Finest Hour” is something to be listened to all the way through.

A recent graduate from NYU, Yasmineh’s youth contributes to her fresh, self-produced sound, but in no way compromises the excellence of the tracks on “Finest Hour”.

“Ghost”, released in February as a teaser, leads the EP with the strong, emotional swells that draw listeners back to Yasmineh for more. Her relaxed and seamless vocals cover her quick verses and soar to controlled heights in her lyrical hooks which speak to the heart.

From the hooky chants of the title track “Finest Hour” to the ethereal production of “Collar Bone” and the NYC-inspired final track “Sanctuary”, each track is unique in its sound and message, but it is Yasmineh’s lyrical prowess and emotional vocals that tie the EP together, and make it the perfect companion for any given Sunday.

You can listen to and purchase “Finest Hour” at www.ninayasmineh.bandcamp.com and follow Nina Yasmineh at www.facebook.com/ninayasminehmusic. 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

“Ecliptic” EP Release by SIKORA

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This morning I bought the recently released EP by the male-female duo SIKORA, and I have had their catchy hooks happily stuck in my head all day. SIKORA launched their debut EP “Ecliptic” last week, hitting the digital world with four original tracks loaded with bluesy guitar riffs and sultry vocal harmonies.

Self-described as a “pop/alt rock outfit”, the Los Angeles based duo of Matthew Sikora (vocals, guitar, bass) and Liz Forde (vocals, percussion, keyboard) have been collaborating since 2011, and have recently released their newest music under the guidance of LA producer Dean Dichoso.

Their single “Halo”, the second track on the EP, was released as a teaser in March, and boasts the duo’s love for the California rock sound. Liz Forde’s vocals shine with breathtaking precision as she takes on the harmonies and verses of this track.

Another song from the EP, “Comic Book Hero”, brings intense energy through Matthew Sikora’s enthusiastic guitar riffs, layered vocals, and sing-a-long lyrics. The song has been chosen to appear in the USC Thesis Film “O-Star”, directed by Dima Otvertchenko. 

Both “West Coast” and the final track of the EP, “Souldier Boy (Soldier Boy)”, bring a delightful, playful blues sound to the table, which invites the audience to join in with the talented duo until the end. On the whole, I find “Ecliptic” to be a wonderfully relatable, and also diverse album in the four tracks included on the release. From rock, to blues, to pop, SIKORA brings a little something for everyone.

For more on SIKORA and to listen to/purchase “Ecliptic”, visit www.sikoraband.com.
For more on producer Dean Dichoso, visit www.deandichoso.com.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

Brandon Bassir at House of Blues – West Hollywood

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Little did I know that this week’s ticket to House of Blues would be also be a one way ticket back to the nostalgia of the greatest jam sessions of America’s funky musical past. That’s exactly where 17-year-old Brandon Bassir transported the audience who filled dance floor of the iconic music venue on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles Saturday night.

Backed by a full band and a load of charisma, the Los Angeles native singer-songwriter showed off his stunning falsetto and killer James Brown dance moves, much to the delight of everyone present. With his magnetic presence, Bassir effortlessly drew the crowd to the dance floor with songs from his recently released EP “22”, and looking around at the party inside, no one would have guessed it was only 8pm.

With sounds reminiscent of such musical greats as Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin, Bassir did more than just “wow” the crowd with upbeat, cleverly composed originals; he also managed to cover songs by popular vocalists Frank Sinatra and current favorite Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Taking the risk of inevitable comparison to these game-changing artists, Bassir’s bravery silenced skeptics with a spectacular vocal performance, and successfully transformed these Billboard favorites into a unique and pleasing flavor that was all Brandon Bassir.

It is true that Bassir’s smooth rap sections, flawless falsetto lines, and an unmistakable nod to the early eras of funky dance music draw immediate comparisons to accomplished artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Jason Mraz, but Brandon Bassir has something entirely his own to bring to the table. At just 17, he is already a passionate performer capable of bringing people to their feet with his music.

Bassir’s excellent vocal control and enthusiastic stage presence has landed the young artist in the top 25 for Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star Awards this year, where his “boy next door” look and catchy track “I Got It” has garnered him over 22,000 followers on Twitter and support across social media platforms. 

 

For more on Brandon Bassir, follow him on social media at https://twitter.com/BrandonBassir and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandon-Bassir/560941983952042.

You can vote for Brandon Bassir in Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star Awards at http://macys.iheart.com/entries/profile/8.html.

 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

Fernando Perdomo “Warm” CD Release Show at Hotel Cafe

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Dubbed the Mecca venue for singer-songwriters, Hotel Cafe is where many stars such as Jason Mraz and Nora Jones have shared their music. The excellence required of this stage was met and exceeded last night by Fernando Perdomo, with the assistance of his talented band, many of whom are singer-songwriters in their own right.

Perdomo, who moved to Los Angeles from Miami two years ago, began his mesmerizing set with the title track of his CD “Warm”, which launched on iTunes on May 1st while the artist was performing in his hometown.

All night, the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer brought to the stage such a quintessential “feel good” sound filled with the lyrical and melodic swells one may hear in classic movie soundtracks. The effortless blend of uplifting piano, raw (and at some times haunting) vocals, and dynamic electric guitar solos by Perdomo resulted in a product fit for the soul.

Fellow artists, songwriters, and filmmakers filled the tables and lined the walls to support Perdomo in his most recent musical venture. Linda Perhacs, with whom Perdomo has been working and touring for the last several months, watched from the front row.  Fellow Miami native and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Alih Jey, who also appeared on Perdomo’s last album, brought her unmistakable presence to two of the night’s songs. Robert Avellanet, who had been working on his album in Perdomo’s Reseda Ranch Studios, added his heartfelt crooner vocals to a song about Los Angeles nights, entitled “California Moon”.

The highlight for me, however, was  the performance of the track to Perdomo’s last music video, “Girl with a Record Collection”. For this upbeat track, Perdomo brought up the girls he featured in the music video to perform the chorus as a trio of backup singers, which encouraged the rest of the room to sing along as well.

From his heartfelt performance of “Smile”, dedicated to his mother in heaven on Mother’s Day, to the playful and clever “We Fight (But We’re In Love)” (feat. Alih Jey), Fernando Perdomo was able to transform an empty room into a kaleidoscope of memories, hopes, and vivid images of the every day occurrences that make his music so relatable.

I recommend “Warm” as the perfect soundtrack to anyone’s afternoon stroll, and encourage all of you to head to iTunes and purchase your copy!

 

For more on Fernando Perdomo, please visit www.fernandoperdomo.com
For more on Perdomo’s Reseda Ranch Studios, please visit www.resedaranchstudios.com
To purchase “Warm”, please click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/warm/id870376880
Watch “Girl with a Record Collection” here (you may catch a glimpse of yours truly!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_dJ01O_RUM

Please also check out the artists mentioned in this post:
www.lindaperhacs.com
www.facebook.com/alihjeyfans
www.robertavellanet.net

 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.