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Dolly Parton Performance for Breast Cancer

On Sunday, October 24th, Dolly Parton will be closing the evening with a special acoustic performance with her long time musical director and producer Kent Wells on guitar, to help raise money and awareness for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye event will be taking place at the Country Music Hall of Fame CMA Theater. The intimate one-hour performance will highlight the international superstar’s career singing all her biggest hits with anecdotes we all come to expect and love. 

“I am thrilled to be performing some of my greatest hits with my friend Kent for such a worthy cause,’ says Dolly Parton.  “Breast cancer has touched every single one of us in some capacity, so I am thankful for Donna Wells asking me to be part of this event. I hope we can raise some good money and help fight this horrible disease, so bring your checkbooks,” elaborates Dolly.

Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE from $165 to $1,100 per ticket.  

Other music guests will include Dennis Quaid, Collin Raye, Linda Davis, Artimus Pyle, and Nelson with special guests Todd and Julie Chrisley.

About Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is a country music artist active since the 1960s with the release of her debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly. Her career has only skyrocketed from there with many albums and releases through the 1970s and 1980s. She’s most known for: “9 to 5,” “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Coat of Many Colors.” She also contributed 1 million dollars to help with the release of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Interview with Casey McQuillen

By: Skyler Johnson

Since American Idol’s first inception in 2002, no one could have guessed how popular the show would be and how many new musicians would gain popularity through the years, including Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and Jennifer Hudson. Casey McQuillen performed on the show in season 13 and became a top 48 musician. Since then she’s done an anti-bullying concert series, and was interviewed by Kelly Clarkson, as well as released a lot of great music. I had the pleasure of interviewing McQuillen on her life and career up to this point.  

  1. How did you first get into music? 

I started writing music from a really young age!  It was when I learned to play some guitar around the age of 12, though, that I started performing and posting my music on the internet.  Since then, I’ve been lucky to have an amazing relationship with my audience, and many of my fans have been following my music for close to 15 years.

2. What, do you feel, is your biggest success as a singer/songwriter?

As a singer/songwriter, I think my biggest success has been writing about really difficult topics and conveying them on stage in a way that makes audiences feel connected and understood.  I wrote my song “Beautiful” at 17 about the pressures of conforming to beauty standards, and the response I’ve received from audiences all across the country inspired me to continue to be painfully honest in my writing.  The title track on my upcoming album “Can A Heart Go Bad?” addresses very personal and painful mental health issues, and though I’m a bit scared to share it the world, I’m confident my vulnerability will allow for a deeper connection with the listening audience.

3. Who are your biggest influences and why?

I would say Taylor Swift is my biggest songwriting influence because I’ve been listening to her music at every step of my career.  Other artists I feel very inspired by include Colbie Caillat, Kate Voegele (whom I had the honor of opening for), and Adele. All of these women write beautiful, complex stories into their songs, and I try to emulate that.

4. How important was it for you to campaign for anti-bullying?

I was picked on a ‘normal’ amount as a kid, but it was through self-reflection in songwriting years later that I realized how deeply I’d internalized a lot of the insecurities I’d developed in middle & high school, and how long those issues had continue to stick around in the back of my psyche.  Somewhere in my heart, I assumed the kids saying and doing mean things to me must be right, or why else would they treat me so badly?  In my anti-bullying concert series, I tell my story and sing the songs I wrote about growing up in that environment.  With perspective, we’re able to discuss that bullies bully because they’re insecure, not because there’s anything wrong with you.  And through these examples, I hope to help curb the cycle of internalized insecurity for the next generation.

5. What made you want to campaign for anti-bullying? 

It would have meant a lot to me as a young student to have a role model at school. I think I would have felt a lot less alone knowing that someone I looked up to had had similar experiences to me and made it out on the other side.  I want to be that person for these kids.

6. How was your experience performing on American Idol?

American Idol was great practice in performing under pressure.  I’ve found that my career cycles in these long preparation periods with my team, all culminating in big, high-pressure performances or interviews.  Being exposed to such high-stakes performances at such a young age on American Idol gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to be myself and have fun during those moments.

7. Was it odd seeing yourself on camera? 

I’ve been on camera most of my life, so I’m pretty used to it.  I started posting on YouTube and developing a following at a pretty young age, so it wasn’t that odd.  However, Idol was definitely the first time I’d ever been exposed to stage lighting and cameras, which are so bright and intimidating.  Before my Idol audition, they had me wait in this little box with a red light, and when it turned green, I opened the door and walked out onto the audition stage.  So, I truly hadn’t seen the lights until the moment the cameras were on me.  It definitely threw me for a loop!

8. How was being on The Kelly Clarkson Show, what was that experience like?

Honestly, it was one of the most surreal moments of my life.  It was very nerve-wracking, but Kelly Clarkson is the sweetest person and had even left me a hand written note in my dressing room welcoming me to the show and thanking me for my work in the community.  Small details like that really helped me feel at ease before the show, and she’s so friendly and funny that I felt like the interview was a breeze.  It was probably my favorite experience so far in my career.

9. Are you excited to go on tour?

I am PUMPED!  I was having so much fun touring with artists like Eric Hutchinson and Tyler Hilton before the pandemic, and it was so disappointing to have to cancel so many shows and stay off stage for so long.  But we are BACK baby, and I feel so honored to be hitting the road with the talented Clark Beckham this fall.  Come see us!

10. Are there any upcoming projects you’re allowed to tell us about?

My album “Can a Heart Go Bad?” will be coming out soon, so make sure to follow me on Apple Music and Spotify to stay up to date with all my releases.  I’m really proud of the album and I hope everyone will have a chance to hear it!

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STATTFest

Moverz, a community that collaborates to grow brands they believe in, Viola Media, and Limelight Music, the new video live streaming social media platform for music, celebrated creativity and helped raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) by throwing a two day virtual event featuring live music and comedy for lovers of music festivals, with aim to promote health alliance.

The event showcased Long Island talent including Kayla Stockert, Kenny Truhn, Bunktown Falls, Aqua Cherry, The Big Happy, Enrose, Specialists, Friendz, Logan Whaley and Nonstop to Cairo.

Virtual STATTFest was live on limelight for more than eight hours each day! Utilizing technology that will soon be available to the average limelight user, the show was streamed with professional studio equipment, thanks to Celia Werner Productions, and sets were broken up with commentary from the hosts, interviews, and all sorts of other gems. The whole event transported us back to the golden era of music television, when the Buggles first broke onto the music video scene, only this time, it’s live streaming that killed the radio star. With everything from the creative pineapple commercials of Viola Media between sets, to the fantastic live music performances, this event was one for the record books.

The virtual event was held in Long Island at West Industry Studios, under tight security, with only authorized artists and crew allowed in, while viewers were able to watch the festival livestream on Limelight Music. But miraculously, limelight’s co-founder RJ Hammond managed to sneak his way on set, and surprised everyone with an on-camera interview discussing limelight’s platform and its budding place in the industry.

In addition to limelight, the event was also livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook, but the audio and video quality was noticeably better on Limelight, and most importantly, so was the fan experience. Through limelight, STATTFest viewers were able to tip in-stream with all proceeds going to NAMI, and if you missed the chance to show your support, don’t fret! The shows are readily available to rewatch on limelight, and all tips sent, even those sent to the video on demand, will go straight to NAMI! So in case you missed this epic weekend, you can relive the moment on Limelight by watching the replay of both days which is now featured on the app.

About Limelight

Limelight provides a virtual venue for indie and emerging artists to gain an audience and make money, while preserving the concert experience for proven headliners. Viewers gain access to exceptional HD music performances, and a behind the scenes look into the lifestyle and culture of the artist.

Designed with live shows in mind, limelight has created a hybrid concert model perfect for both fans who want to enjoy the performance from home, and those who prefer to experience live music in person. With features like maps, watchlists, and the ability for fans to easily record and share videos they take at the show, limelight is everything you need to make the most out of the live music experience.

Whether the music industry is open or closed, Limelight is front and center when it comes to connecting musicians with their fans. Moverz shares limelight’s mission and helps to create community oriented experiences through music. That’s why Moverz, Viola Media, and Limelight have all come together, not just to bring the music virtually, but also to kick it in person! With more music events scheduled over the next month, it’s all leading to the main event coming this September, STATTFest 2021 at Salt Shack in Babylon, NY. Tickets are now on sale, and if you can’t make the show, download Limelight Music, the exclusive live-streaming sponsor, and watch from home!

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Snoop Dogg × COVID-19

On September 12th 2020, Snoop Dogg will be streaming live from his Compound in LA to millions of homes around the world to raise funds for the International Medical Corps, which is helping to fight the global pandemic and provide life-saving care around the world.

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11th 2020, cases have continued to increase rapidly. The International Medical Corps works closely with international, national and local charities and health organizations, providing medical expertise, equipment, training and triage & treatment services. Its goal is to ensure that at-risk countries and regions can prepare for and respond to outbreaks of coronavirus quickly and safely.

This will be the first of many shows created by Couch Concerts Live, a new streaming platform that presents major artists’ performances in support of those suffering from the effects of global crises, from COVID-19 to climate change and more.

The partnership between TARI Global, American Artist Company, The Temple Company and Jam Management Group brings together a team with the reach, experience and expertise that will enable them to support International Medical Corps on a global level.

Nathan Tari, CEO of TARI Global, and Founder of the event, comments: “The entertainment industry has been hard hit by the pandemic. While we were staying safely at home, we put our heads together and decided to use our talent and experience to do something in support of those suffering from the outbreak of this terrible virus. We are looking to bring some fun, excitement as well as a special experience with some of the world’s most celebrated stars. This concert will be the first of many, and we are excited to have Snoop Dogg to help us launch.”

Tickets for Couch Concerts Live presenting ‘Snoopadelic in da Pandemic’ are now available to purchase on TicketcoSeeTickets or Couch Concerts Facebook. Join Snoop Dogg as he entertains us live from his Compound, with his infamous Snoopadelic Live DJ Show, expect some hits whilst hanging out with Snoop from the comfort of your own home, staying safe and raising funds for COVID-19 causes.