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Ten Interesting Facts About Chinese New Year

If you didn’t get the most out of your western new year celebration, perhaps you can get a second chance. Chinese New Year begins on February 1, 2022, and some of the celebrations outshine even Times Square.

Many people in the west don’t know much about this holiday. However, it is one of the most important to those of this heritage. Here are 10 interesting facts about Chinese New Year to guide your private celebrations.

1. This Year Is the Year of the Rat

Chinese astrology has 12 signs like the western one. However, they don’t correspond to different times of the year but rather the year itself. For example, everyone born in 1985 is an ox, and those born in 1986 are tigers. Like western astrology, some signs are considered more compatible than others.

This year marks the year of the rat. This animal symbolizes wealth and surplus because of its rapid reproduction rate. People born in this year have lucky colors of blue, gold, and green. Lilies and African violets make auspicious gifts if you’re congratulating the parent of a newborn.

2. It’s the Longest Chinese Holiday

Chinese New Year is also known as Lunar New Year or Spring New Year. It’s the longest Chinese holiday, lasting a hair over two weeks. It begins on Chinese New Year’s Eve and ends on the 15th day of the month.

The public holiday might cause some surprises for travelers to the region, as many things shut down so people can celebrate. Most public employees enjoy at least seven days off work at the beginning of the festive season. Prepare for a few more supply chain woes during this time.

3. It Doesn’t Fall on Any Specific Date

Chinese New Year is similar to Christian Easter celebrations in that the festivities don’t begin on any one specific date. Rather, the party commences on the first new moon appearing between January 21 and February 20.

Please don’t be fooled. Yes, the festivities begin on the first of the month this year. Next year, things get off to an earlier start on January 22.

4. It Causes the Biggest Fireworks Display in the World

Chinese New Year celebrations in Beijing and around the globe feature some of the most extensive fireworks displays on earth. Each year, pyrotechnicians create more stunning designs. The tradition goes back to the mythology surrounding this festive time.

According to legend, a terrible monster with the features of a lion, unicorn, and ox lived in the mountains. At the end of each year, it would descend upon civilization, destroying crops and livestock and even killing people. The villagers called the beast “Nian.”

However, the villagers soon discovered the monster shied away from loud noises, bright lights, and the color red. In one version of the tale, the people crafted an equally fearful monster out of cloth and bamboo, animated by men underneath. This legend inspires the lion dances at many Chinese New Year parades and celebrations.

In another, a young village boy discovered burning dry bamboo created a cracking sound that terrified the beast. Armed with these firecrackers, he drove the monster from the land. This version of the tale explains why fireworks play an extensive role in the celebration.

However, this year’s celebrations might be a bit quieter than in the past, due to air pollution concerns. Shanghai has banned all fireworks in inner-city areas, employing hundreds of thousands of volunteers to fine violators. Beijing hasn’t forbidden displays but has indicated they will enact restrictions if air pollution levels climb into the orange or red.

5. It Also Causes the Largest Human Migration

However, a lack of big bangs won’t keep those of Chinese heritage from visiting their kin. The celebration is attended by millions of people, spurring a tradition called chunyun, when people return to their home villages to reunite with their families.

However, the pandemic threatens to delay such plans yet again this year. The Chinese government issued guidance restricting non-essential travel and encouraging folks to stay at home. Those who choose to venture forth must take COVID tests and quarantine upon reaching their destination. Experts predict that only half as many people will travel compared to normal years.

6. It’s a Day for Worshiping the Gods

The Chinese pantheon contains many gods. Many families use this time to worship Tsai Shen, the god of wealth. They burn incense and light fireworks to invite him into their homes in the early hours of New Year’s Day. They also attend temples to worship and pay respect.

According to the legend, Tsai Shen ascends to heaven on the second day after the new year, once he receives his offerings. People burn pictures as they pray for a more prosperous year. They seal the deal by eating dumplings, once said to resemble ancient bags of precious metal.

7. But You Dare Not Tidy Up Your House

Chinese New Year invites good luck to your body and home. Therefore, you shouldn’t take a shower or clean on this holy day. Doing so might sweep the good fortune right out your front door.

However, that’s not to say you should welcome the new year in a pigsty. Traditionally, people clean the day before the celebration to sweep the old bad luck away. They then adorn their doorways with red to frighten Nian.

8. Children Receive Money in Red Envelopes

The children are the future. As a symbol of coming wealth, the little ones receive money in red envelopes, indicating coming prosperity.

If you have little ones at home, this tradition is a charming way to introduce your kids to Chinese New Year. Who wouldn’t like waking up to an envelope tucked under their pillow? They didn’t even have to sacrifice a tooth!

9. The Holiday Comes With Spectacular Desserts

Food is a key part of any celebration. Chinese New Year brings out the sweet stuff.

People eat almond cookies and fortune cookies. Sticky cake is eaten to appease the Chinese kitchen god so that he will smile favorably on the family’s behavior in the coming year. Folks also enjoy rice pudding, preserved kumquats, and sweet red bean soup.

10. It Even Has a Special Wine

Traditionally, folks wash down their sweet treats with baijiu, or Chinese white wine made from fermented sorghum. It’s also made from glutinous rice, wheat, and barley.

However, you can substitute any alcoholic beverage of your choice. You don’t have to wait until midnight to pop the bubbly!

Interesting Facts About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of the most widely celebrated holidays globally. Each year, billions ring in a fresh start with fireworks, special traditions, and parties galore. This holiday is steeped in tradition. May these interesting facts about Chinese New Year inspire you to greet 2022 one more time!

Top Five Innovations In Motorcycle Safety And Protective Gear

Motorcycle drivers are more at risk of experiencing collisions than regular road vehicles. Due to the sheer small size of motorcycles, they are less visible to motorists and pedestrians, especially in bad weather conditions, such as rainy or foggy weather.

The high likelihood of collision or accidents when owning a motorcycle has led to more motorcycle drivers and owners relying on motorcycle accident lawyers to assist with insurance claims and court dates. Topresearched.com compiles a stringent list of top motorcycle lawyers.

Due to the high possibility of accidents and grievous bodily harm when riding a motorcycle, protective gear is essential. 

Here are five top recent innovations in motorcycle safety and protection.

Smart Helmets

Manufacturers have consistently improved in strengthening the quality and durability of motorcycle helmets. Now they incorporate mandatory artificial intelligence (AI), features that assist a driver in avoiding a collision or recording the scene in the case of a crash.

Smart motorcycle helmets now have built-in GPS systems and built-in rear-end cameras. The built-in cameras also assist motorcyclists in their insurance claims, proving that the driver is not responsible for the collision.

Vests And Jackets With Airbags

Motorcycle clothing has evolved from leather jackets, ripped jeans, and bandanas. Protective apparel nowadays incorporates airbag technology in motorcyclists’ vests and jackets. The airbags have built-in sensors programmed to deploy to protect the chest and other vital organs immediately once they detect an impact.

In addition to clothing, the motorcycle industry has also introduced flexible impact technology in riding boots. These new boots absorb impact shock while adding extra layers of protection in case of an accident or a minor fall.

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

The anti-lock braking system, or ABS, is borrowed from the motor vehicle industry. The system allows the motorcycle’s brakes to pump during a sudden stop or halt from high speed and hence eliminates the locking of the wheels. The ABS gives the driver substantially more control over the steering and navigation of the vehicle.

LED Lighting

Aside from adding decorative features to the motorcycle, LED lighting assists motorcyclists in being more visible while on the road. The lights are most beneficial when used in dark or unclear conditions and during bad weather, potentially obscuring the motorists’ views. Recently designed helmets often come equipped with LED lights that help improve the driver’s view of the road and terrain.

Automated Clutches And Stability Control

As with operating a motor vehicle, changing gears, accelerating, or braking at high speeds or during high traffic can cause motorists to be distracted and lose focus on the road.

In response to the need for stability control, motorcycle manufacturers now incorporate stability controls to monitor the traction control and lean angle data. The data will determine the right amount of power or braking needed for the motorcycle to retain stability.

These five innovative ideas in the motorcycle industry have contributed significantly to the noticeable decrease in accidents involving motorcycles on and off the road.

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HALLE BERRY – THE PEOPLE’S ICON

Academy Award-Winning Actress, Director, and Producer Halle Berry to Receive The People’s Icon Award at The 2021 People’s Choice Awards

Cardi B to Present Berry with the Award at the Ceremony Live on NBC and E! on Tuesday, December 7 at 9PM ET/PT

Today, NBC and E! announced that Academy Award-winning actress, director, and producer Halle Berry will receive “The People’s Icon” award at the 2021 “People’s Choice Awards.” Grammy Award-winning artist Cardi B will present the award to Berry at the ceremony. The PCA Award-winner and seven-time nominee will be honored for her contributions in TV and film, including her directorial debut in the highly anticipated film “Bruised,” which will be in select theatres on November 17 and arrives on Netflix on November 24. Cardi B and Berry teamed up to executive produce the film’s soundtrack, which features six original songs by award-winning and multi-platinum female artists, including a song by Cardi B. The 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” will air simultaneously on both NBC and E! on Tuesday, December 7 at 9pm ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA.

“Throughout her career, Halle Berry has broken down barriers, directed and starred in diverse roles that have paved the way for others in the industry,” said Jen Neal, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Live Events, Specials & E! News, NBCUniversal Entertainment Television and Streaming. “In addition to her filmography accolades and trendsetting ethos, Berry is known for her philanthropic work with women, children and underserved communities. She is an icon of our time and for all these reasons and more, we are honored to present her with ‘The People’s Icon’ award.” 

As an actor, producer, director, activist, philanthropist, and fashion icon, Berry has made history on multiple accounts. Highlights include her performance in “Monster’s Ball,” which earned her the Academy Award for “Best Actress,” making her the first Black woman to receive that honor, as well as being nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Actress” for her role in “Frankie and Alice.” Berry also earned an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Award for her extraordinary performance in HBO’s telefilm, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” which she also produced. 

Most recently, Berry filmed Netflix’s “The Mothership,” which she stars in and executive produced, and will be seen in Roland Emmerich-helmed sci-fi epic “Moonfall” for Lionsgate, which is due in theaters February 2022. In 2020, Berry made her highly anticipated directorial debut in new film “Bruised,” in which she also stars.

Outside of her filmography success, Berry is an active supporter of the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles, which supports victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in the lives of women and children. Further, Berry joined forces with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch the Diabetes Aware Campaign and has supported a vast number of charities and organizations such as Afghanistan Relief Organization, Black Lives Matter, Clothes Off Our Back, Love Our Children USA, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer, Revlon Run/Walk, and United Nations World Food Programme. 

Berry also founded rē•spin, a platform created to provide broader access to health and wellness content and products through inclusivity and conversation. Rooted in discovery and learning, the heart of rē•spin is its global community connected around the core belief of a holistic mind, body, and soul approach to wellness.   

The 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” will air simultaneously on both NBC and E! for the first time on Tuesday, December 7 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA.  “Live from E!: The 2021 People’s Choice Awards” will kick off the night with a red carpet special at 7:00pm ET/PT on E!. The “People’s Choice Awards” and “Live from E!: The 2021 People’s Choice Awards” are both produced by Den of Thieves with Executive Producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski.

 

See the full list of all 40 categories and nominees online.

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Top Cat Breeds

Cats are an ideal low maintenance pet. On top of other benefits, their most alluring quality may be that they are lower maintenance and cost less than dogs, who need walking, training, grooming, and more toys and attention. Cats are also perfect for apartments and city living as they don’t make too much noise. If you’re ready to add a new furry feline to your family, then check out the 10 most popular cats to own now.

Ragdoll

With deep, penetrating eyes that are captivating and cause many people to fall in love, it is no surprise that Ragdoll cats are the most popular breed of feline in America. While most cats are known for being prissy, Ragdolls are very gentle pets that aren’t excitable, preferring to remain calm and affectionate, and are commonly compared to dogs for their loving devotion to their owners. They’ll even follow you around the house. One cool thing about these cats is that they start life pure white but will develop unique patterns and colors after a week or two.

Maine Coon

The largest of all house cats, the Maine Coon can grow to be 40 inches. They are often called “gentle giants” because they’re friendly and affectionate. For this reason, they are highly sought after and are more expensive compared to other breeds. An interesting fact about this breed is the first cloned cat was a Maine Coon named Little Nicky.

Bengal

Bengals have unique markings that make them look very similar to a tiny leopard which causes them to be one of the most famous and expensive cat breeds. Because of this, they look like fierce jungle felines, but are incredibly sweet family pets. Bengal cats are trainable, smart, athletic, fun to watch and play with, loyal, and love the water—all great traits for a family pet. They’re also vocal, communicative, and social with people. If they’re introduced early on to dogs or other cats in the home, they can bond well and socialize.

Siamese

Siamese cats make excellent pets, particularly if they fit in with your lifestyle preferences. They are active, playful, friendly, highly inquisitive, and intelligent. Siamese cats can even be taught to play fetch, give high fives, and even walk on a leash. If you have plenty of time to spend at home, then Siamese cats are an ideal choice.

British Shorthair

A playful, affectionate cat, the British Shorthair is fiercely loyal and a good companion for single people. Besides being treasured for their easygoing attitude, British shorthairs are beloved for their thick, dense coats that come in almost any color or pattern. Daily brushing of the British Shorthair is important, especially during seasonal changes when their coat is thickening or thinning.

Balinese

Slender and elegant, the Balinese cat is long and lean; they are muscular, yet not stocky. Balinese are known for their intelligence, their friendly and playful nature, and their striking beauty. They’re very amusing animals that are always outgoing. Balinese cats are known for being very talkative and demanding; expect yours to communicate with you about everything. These cats rarely stop being vocal and they’re very sensitive to your speaking as well. A harsh tone can instantly hurt their feelings. An interesting fact is the breed arose because of a spontaneous genetic mutation in pure bred Siamese cats that caused the cats to develop a longer coat type.

American Shorthair

A medium-sized cat with heavy bones, the American Shorthair is a breed that’s completely devoted to its owner. They are known to be gentle, sweet, and very tolerant. Additionally, they are incredibly adaptable animals that do great with other pets, making them one of the best felines for households that already have other pets. These cats have been around since settlers first femigrated to America from Europe.

Persian

With their trademark flat noses and woolly coats, Persian cats are undeniably distinctive. The Persian is a perfect companion pet as they are not super active but are very smart and even-tempered. Great with families and children, they love to lounge around the house and love to be fussed over, making for ideal lap cats. They also adapt well to new surroundings and are OK with busy or even boisterous households. They are perfect for a full house with active kids.

Tabby

Tabby cats make excellent pets for young owners because of their well-known friendly, cuddly, and social personalities. All domestic pet cats can make good family pets. However, the tabby cat is renowned as an especially great ‘first cat’ pet for kids. If you’re looking for a cat that’ll constantly be on your lap and wants to follow your every move, this could be the breed for you.

Russian Blue

If you are a first-time pet owner, or must work a lot, or have children who would like to have a pet, a Russian Blue kitten or cat might be a great choice. They are playful, entertaining, and beautiful. Russian Blue cats are curious but calm, affectionate but not clingy, and very smart. They can be shy at first, but they are playful and loving once they feel comfortable. While they are happy living with families and even other pets, Russian Blue cats tend to form a deep connection with only one person.

There are so many cat breeds out there and so many wonderful cats looking for homes. Consider adopting a feline friend to complete your family, whether you’re single or in a multi-children household. A furry companion can become a central heart to any home!

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Halle Berry – GirlTrek

Academy Award-Winning Actress Halle Berry to Serve as 2021 National Race Captain for GirlTrek’s Black Family 5K

Back for the fifth year, GirlTrek’s Black Family 5K encourages families – blood or chosen – to get out in nature and take a Thanksgiving walk or hike. The Black Family 5K is a hallmark end-of-year celebration in the GirlTrek movement celebrating fitness, family, and fun. This year, Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will serve as the Black Family 5K National Race Captain.

Watch Halle Berry’s video announcement here.

“GirlTrek is honored to have Halle Berry join the Black Family 5K. As one of the fittest celebrities in Hollywood, she constantly raises the bar for Black women’s health and wellness,” said jewel bush, GirlTrek’s Vice President of Communications and Public Relations. “She’s proof that Black women can unapologetically practice self-care, healing and that taking care of our bodies is an obtainable lifestyle. We grew up being motivated by Halle Berry’s inner and outer beauty. She models our very mission to create a revolution centered on self-love by mobilizing Black women everywhere to put ourselves first by practicing radical self-care through moving of our bodies and spending transformative time in the outdoors.”

With a career spanning three decades (DIE ANOTHER DAY, JUNGLE FEVER, LOSING ISAIAH, BULWORTH, SWORDFISH), Berry continues to break down barriers acting in a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and most recently adding the title of director to her already impressive filmography. She is set to make her highly anticipated directorial debut in her new film, BRUISED, in which she also stars. The plot follows a disgraced MMA fighter who must fight a rising MMA star, while journeying to become the mother her child deserves. The film first debuted at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix and is set to release on the streaming platform on November 24, 2021.

Berry has garnered praise not only for her roles on-screen, but for her philanthropic work with a range of organizations focusing on women and children and underserved communities. She is an active supporter and chair member of the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles. The Jenesse Center was founded in 1980 and assists victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in the lives of women and children. She previously partnered with Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign and the United Nations World Food Programme to raise awareness for building a world with zero hunger. Berry has supported a vast amount of charities and organizations such as, Revlon Run/Walk, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Afghanistan Relief Organization, Stand Up to Cancer, Love Our Children USA and Clothes Off Our Back and Black Lives Matter.

In 2020, Berry founded rē•spin which is a platform created to provide broader access to health and wellness content and products through inclusivity and conversation. Rooted in discovery and learning, the heart of rē•spin is its global community connected around the core belief of a holistic mind, body, and soul approach to wellness.

WHO: With 1.5 million members and growing every day, GirlTrek is the largest public health movement and nonprofit for Black women and girls in the United States. GirlTrek inspires and supports Black women to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives through radical self-care and daily walking.

WHAT: Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will serve as GirlTrek’s Black Family 5K National Race Captain.

WHEN:  Thanksgiving weekend: Most walks will happen on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and others on Friday and Saturday morning.

HOW:  Register at blackfamily5k.com. The Black Family 5K is supported by Release the Pressure, a diverse coalition of health care organizations and heart health experts including the American Medical Association (AMA), AMA Foundation, American Heart Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, National Medical Association and Minority Health Institute who are dedicated to partnering with the Black community to improve heart health.

Hosting a Black Family 5K walk is simple and free. Register at blackfamily5k.com to create an official race kit for your family complete with official T-shirts, customizable race bibs, victory medals and more.  Don’t let distance stop you. If your family doesn’t live near you, you can still participate by planning a virtual Black Family 5K. Hop on a phone call, FaceTime or send pictures to the group chat while everyone goes for a walk.

Warren Eckstein × The Pet Show

Next month, New York turned Californian transplant, Warren Eckstein will reach a significant milestone in his career as Top-Dog Pet Behaviorist, Humorist, and TV and Radio Personality. November will mark 40-years since he launched The Pet Show With Warren Eckstein from Los Angeles radio stations. Warren has a loyal following of 5 million listeners per month. He’s personally trained over 40,000 dogs, and through his radio show, he’s helped over 100,000 pet owners with their pet’s psychological, training, and behavioral questions. Warren’s training advice stands apart from other animal behaviorists with his “Hugs & Kisses” approach that overcomes the all-too-common human-to-pet miscommunications. 

Warren, what prompted your move from New York to California, specifically LA?

California is a place I made fun of for many years. It was a running joke, “How could anyone live in California?” I’m a New Yorker; everything happens in New York. But my then-Manager, Howard West, an Executive Producer of the Seinfeld show, said it was an opportunity to work more closely with him. My radio show on KABC was in its 14th-year back in 1995, and I would be able to broadcast my Los Angeles show, and my Network show back-to-back. I’m commanding the radio airways every Saturday from 11-3 PST. In LA, I love that my biggest decision every day is what t-shirt to wear. Moving to southern California was the best decision I ever made. Here is home.

What has been your experience living in LA?

LA is an entertainment town, more so than I was accustomed to in New York. I’ve found that, here, there is more emphasis on preserving the environment. Year-round, there are thousands of fundraising opportunities, and I’m very focused on the ones benefiting animals.

Do SoCal pets and their owners differ in any way from those in NY?

SoCal pets & their guardians differ from NY in a few ways. Here they are at the dog park year-round and forming pet-inspired friendships. You see their pets jogging with their owners, or conversely being carried in strollers. You see a lot more pets in cars here, and many cafes with pet menus! New York dogs are sometimes better adjusted than CA dogs. On the streets of NY, there’s the smells of Chinese food delivery, the bike messengers whizzing by, the insane noise levels, jam-packed streets. Those were some of the problems I had to work on with David Letterman’s dogs, Bob & Stanley when they moved from Malibu to Manhattan. It was quite an adjustment for them.

Is Animal your second language?

No, it’s my first.

40- years in radio is a success story! What makes your radio show have such longevity? How does your show stand apart?

Unlike most talk radio shows, my focus is on the listeners & callers. I rarely do interviews, because for 40 years, pet guardians are calling with questions they need answers to. My Show has listeners with four generations of pets. We’ve laughed together and cried together. There is a level of trust the Show has built with my audience – they know I will never endorse a product unless I personally use it for my pets. My reputation is on the line with every Show.

What’s the biggest message you want to send CA pet owners?

It’s important to socialize & educate your pet in a positive manner, making it enjoyable. Also, remember not to micromanage your pet – rather, give them the opportunity to be a dog or cat. For example, when you take your dog for a walk, remember it’s their walk, not yours. Sniffing trees is like Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook for you. To them, sniffing provides them all the information they need.

How have you contributed to, enlightened, or changed the pet “landscape” with pet owners?

I’ve enlightened pet guardians by being on radio, appearing on TV, articles about me & books that I’ve written on pet behavior. I’ve taught people how to better understand, relate & spend time looking at life through their pets’ point of view, rather than their own.

Are there any pet topics exclusive to CA or SoCal?

Obviously earthquakes and fires. Also, CA pets are much apt to be exposed to venomous snakes and other creatures on their hikes.

How do your training techniques differ from other behaviorists or trainers?

Over the years, I developed the Hugs & Kisses™ method of training. I always felt the best way to resolve issues with your pet is to look at it from your pet’s point of view. And I also believed from day one that it’s important to not always micromanage them – let them be a dog or cat.

Talk about your commitment to and success of Hugs & Kisses Animal Fund.

When my first wife, Fay, died, I had promised her that I would realize her dream of creating a nonprofit organization to raise money for the thousands of small animal rescue groups who do the majority of the work in saving the animals, yet are rarely funded. In 1995, the Hugs and Kisses™ Animal Fund was launched as a 501c3. Since then, we have granted Requests for Funding to all 50 states – groups you will never hear of or see on TV – struggling to save animals in tiny towns across the U.S. Without my compassionate listening audience and their generosity, we would not be able to do the lifesaving work of the Animal Fund.

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EVAN CRAFT DROPS DOUBLE ALBUM

Singer/Songwriter Evan Craft Drops Double Album Holy Ground Oct. 1

Holy Ground/Tierra Santa to be released in both English and Spanish.

On the heels of the success of Desesperado, Evan Craft’s double album released in 2020 in English and Spanish with a deluxe bilingual album as well, the singer/songwriter released his next full-length worship album Holy Ground (English) and Tierra Santa (Spanish) simultaneously today, Friday, October 1.

This will be Craft’s first release as a married man! Him and his wife, Rachel, were married outside Nashville, Tennessee, on September 17.

Music Background

Craft’s most recent single Be Alright, landed the #1 spot on Christian radio Mediabase audience, #3 on Billboard’s Christian/Gospel songs chart, #5 on the Billboard Christian songs chart and cracked the top 20 at radio in three weeks. The album, Desesperado, debuted at #42 on the Billboard Top 100 Christian chart.

The successes of Be Alright have garnered Craft nearly 1 billion online streams and millions of subscribers and followers across social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Spotify.

The release of Holy Ground/Tierra Santa takes Craft back to the start, “Holy Ground is a very special album because it goes back to my roots as a worship leader.” He also mentions the goal he has in mind, “I get to incorporate Spanish language and experiences embedded in the lyrics from my travels throughout Latin America. We started out the year releasing pop music but I also want to lead people to a place of worship and to experience God in a very real way.”

Collaborations on this double release include Christine D’Clario on the feature track Healer, Pat Barrett (Same Spirit), Miel San Marcos (Looks Like Heaven) and Ke’Erron (Fix My Eyes/You Keep Hope Alive).

Latinx Impact

While not Hispanic, Craft has become a welcomed artist in the Latinx community not only for his authentic music, but his actions behind the words. To date he has raised more than $250k for the homeless mission in Los Angeles he co-founded called Mi Casa LA. In 2018 he rode his bicycle 1,200 miles across South America in a fundraising effort for various causes. A book and documentary of this trek are currently in the works.

Early in his career, Craft developed a deep love for the Latinx community in and around his Thousand Oaks, California, community. He began learning Spanish in high school to help his father who was running a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. In an effort to fully immerse himself in the Latin culture, Craft traveled to Mexico and other Latin American countries, which would spawn his first Spanish album.

He recorded Yo Soy Segundo in 2012 and much to Craft’s surprise, it became the No. 1 Latin Christian album. More mission trips would follow to South America and Craft’s online Spanish interpretations of popular worship songs have generated millions of views and earned him a devoted following.

“I have felt an incredible reception in Latin America,” Craft said. “I’ve been to Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and 99% of the people have honestly embraced me. It’s overwhelming and humbling.”

Jack Savoretti – Too Much History

JACK SAVORETTI PREMIERES THE VIDEO FOR THE NEW SINGLE “TOO MUCH HISTORY” TODAY

NO. 1 UK ALBUM EUROPIANA OUT NOW

Following the release of his critically acclaimed, UK No. 1 album “Europiana U.K. Singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti debuts the official video for his new single, “Too Much History” today. Watch it HERE. 

Written with Joel Pott and co-produced by Cam Blackwood and Joel Pott at Abbey Road Studios, “Too Much History” features a backdrop of beats, strings, and Jack’s wife and daughter on backing vocals. The accompanying video, directed by collective RUTA, tells the story of two old ladies playing the most nerve-wracking game of chess of their lives, with each piece and move from the game controlling the world around them.

Says Jack about the video, “So excited about working with Santiago and Horatio (RUTA) and so grateful to them for bringing to life the aspiration, eccentricity, and glamour that is Europiana.”

As the seventh full-length from Jack, Europiana serves as the follow-up to the singer/songwriter’s breakthrough 2019 album Singing to Strangers, his third consecutive gold seller and first No. 1 on the U.K. Album chart which has amassed over 65 million streams globally and earned praise from such outlets as The Telegraph (who hailed its “heady love songs mixing lush orchestrations with a tight, electric band”

Produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar, Florence & The Machine), Europiana was recorded late last year at Abbey Road Studios with Jack’s longtime touring band. Jack’s irresistible lead single, “Who’s Hurting Who” a disco-fueled pop track featuring the legendary Nile Rodgers arrives as a gloriously upbeat piece of soul-pop, perfectly showcasing his alluring vocal presence. John Oates also contributed to the album, playing guitar and singing backing vocals, from Nashville, on the lush track, “When You’re Lonely”.

Jack heads out on a 12 date U.K. tour in spring 2022, kicking off at the Plymouth Pavilions and finishing up at London’s Eventim Apollo. Full itinerary and tickets are on sale now HERE.

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My Wine Moment Photo Giveaway

HALL, WALT and BACA Wines, a set of family-owned wineries based in both Napa and Sonoma counties, has launched its first ever My Wine Moment Giveaway, ahead of the much anticipated holiday season. The Photo Giveaway, which is open for entry October 1 through November 24, 2021, will award one participant with the ultimate Napa Valley retreat package.

Prospective entrants are invited to share an image enjoying wine as part of a special moment. The lucky winner and a guest will receive a four-day, three-night accommodations package in Napa Valley, roundtrip airfare, and private ground transportation. Additionally, the winner and a guest will visit all five HALL, WALT and BACA luxury Tasting Room locations for a series of private food and wine experiences, with private transportation being provided to and from each. The winners will also receive a $500 Visa Gift Card for a selection of HALL, WALT and BACA wines. Additionally, multiple ‘Honorable Mention’ special wine moments photographs will be selected.

“Wine has been a part of so many special moments throughout the course of my life –birthdays, graduations, countless holiday gatherings, as well as simple moments like an evening stroll through the vineyard with Craig” says Vintner Kathryn Hall. “We know others have these moments too and we love hearing about them.  I hope this Giveaway will encourage you to share the joy of your own special wine moments.”

The My Wine Moment Giveaway is free to enter, and entries are being accepted October 1 through November 24. There are two ways to enter. Participants may submit a photo and comment on the HALL, WALT, or BACA websites at My Wine Moment or by posting a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #MyWineMoment and one of the brand hashtags; #HALLWines, #WALTWines or #BACAWines. The winner will be selected Monday, November 29. To review the official giveaway rules, please see the Terms & Conditions. Entrants must be 21 and over to be eligible.  

For more information on the prize packages and to enter, please see the My Wine Moment Giveaway Submission page.

About Hall Family Wines                                                                                                                          

HALL Family Wines produces high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel under the HALL, WALT and BACA brand monikers. HALL Family Wines collectively owns five wine country tasting rooms including HALL St. Helena, HALL Rutherford, WALT Sonoma, WALT Oxbow, and WALT | BACA Healdsburg. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, the family-owned winery produces artisan wines that express the unique and diverse character of the wine country’s soils and climates through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and throughout the winemaking process.  The family’s luxury wine portfolio, led by Vice President of Winemaking Megan Gunderson Paredes, sources fruit from some of the most prominent vineyards up and down the West Coast including twelve Estate vineyards– Sacrashe, Bergfeld, Hardester, Beller, Atlas Peak, Lamoreaux, Rainin, Dellar-Freidkin, Cook, Bob’s Ranch, Clos Pepe and The Corners. The HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its hightech production facility and Tasting Room in 2014. Since the inception of HALL in 1995, the three luxury wine brands have earned over 700 ratings of 90 points or above from the industry’s top critics, including four 100-point scores.