Top Chef / Culinary Industry Professionals

Dear Readers: Welcome to the August – September 2016 issue of Shine On Hollywood Magazine (SOHM)!

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Top Chef

Top Chef

As we say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall, we boldly move forward and bring to you with anticipation, our first ever issue featuring Top Chef/Culinary Industry Professionals. There’s never shortage of talent in this town, as we present you with delicious inspiring stories from the gourmet kitchens of Hollywood and beyond. This month’s cover story features celebrity Gourmet Raw Vegan Chef, Be*Live. Brian James Lucas was born with dental and gastrointestinal disorders that threatened his life during childhood. Later as an adult facing legal troubles, and without formal culinary education, his initial investment in a raw vegan restaurant gave him the opportunity to develop his innate skills, and eventually Lucas reinvented himself using the new social media technologies, building a following as a celebrity chef and a pioneer of the gourmet raw vegan movement. If you’re curious about Raw Cuisine you won’t want to miss this article! Next up is Nomi Shannon, a living pioneer of the modern Gourmet Raw Food movement. After a series of health complications, Nomi gradually became a full Raw Vegan. After graduating from college at the age of 40, she became an educator in body cleansing using the raw lifestyle and recipes. Now at age 73, she’s in the best shape of her life running her own successful online business and has earned awards and accolades from the Raw Vegan community for her work and groundbreaking cook books. For those health-conscious readers interested in switching to “Raw,” look for tips on how to best make this salubrious decision. This month we are also featuring Chef Sean McDuff, who dropped out of school at the age of 17, and quickly realized the value of education. He went on to complete his GED. Sean found an interest in cooking and continued his journey by enrolling in the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he would go on to study the culinary arts. By the age of 20, Sean was winning awards and working in some of the hottest kitchens in the Atlanta area. He then went on to found Live2EatWell, a meal delivery service that offers an opportunity for families to eat healthy, locally-sourced, prepared meals in an effort to improve their well-being. 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.
Next issue will feature an emphasis on Top Humanitarians and Philanthropists. Look for exclusive interviews with some of the hardest working men in the industry.
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Shine On Hollywood Magazine: 4-Year Anniversary Featuring David Paul and Elisabetta Russo

SOHM 4-Year Anniversary – Special Edition, July/August 2016 Issue

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Dear Friends:

This month we celebrate our 4-Year Anniversary! We reflecting on our biggest celebration of icons, stars, stories and testimonials, featuring David Paul and Elisabetta Russo.

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As we celebrate our magazine’s 4th anniversary, I’m overcome with emotion. During this time I’ve had some truly extraordinary experiences carrying out this phase of Shine On Hollywood Magazine’s (SOHM’s) legacy. It’s been exciting and revealing and more than I could have ever imagined. The outpouring of love and support from everyone has been overwhelming. SOHM empowers readers throughout the globe by representing determination, persistence and confidence. Our reach is global. Starting with over 26.6 million hits in 60 countries since 2014, through this month—SOHM has reached more than 150 countries and continues to soar and grow!

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David Paul, featured on this month’s front cover, represents our ideals with his persistence to stay true to himself against assumptions and misconceptions. He has earned our respect because we welcome all creative artists from around the globe bursting with amazing stories of struggles, and triumphs of success in numerous disciplines. It’s amazing how many successful artists come from troubled pasts, and who raise above all challenges and embrace those challenges as sources of empowerment.

Our special guest featuring Elisabetta Russo, whose continuous efforts and dedication to her music has taken her from the shores of Italy to the Hollywood stage, where she has performed amongst some of the finest living performers in Opera today.

The entertainment industry can be very complex and misunderstood. Our goal is to highlight the artist’s success to encourage the rest of us to triumph over adversity, and help the up-and-coming professionals find their way, and to turn their stories into a positive and educational journey. This is what separates SOHM from all other publications in Hollywood and worldwide throughout the arts and entertainment sector, since 2012.

We’ve featured 172 industry professionals in the past four years and have done our best to showcase celebrities you will easily recognize, along with lesser known, yet equally successful, entertainment personalities. They are all successful in their fields and give back to their communities—one of the important requirements needed to be featured in our publication. SOHM allows worldwide cultures to blend into a positive readership that promotes communication and relationships, by sharing real stories from the real people of Hollywood and around the world.

 

We do our best to promote positive true stories that support hard work and strength in the entertainment industry, to demonstrate to our readers that dreams can be fought for and achieved. When you read SOHM, what you read is the product of countless meetings, phone calls and emails with the SOHM team. My role includes suggesting and selecting feature ideas, approving layouts, choosing photographs and signing off finished proofs. All in all, the experience has been unprecedented and rewarding.
SOHM marks the first time I have ventured into the brave new world of entertainment industry publishing. Today, film, television, music, beauty, fashion and the arts, unite us, and that includes our diversity. SOHM has always been about building a platform for the community—for both the indie and established segments of the entertainment industry, to provide insight, balance and accuracy to our stories where it matters the most.

SOHM Vision

SOHM Vision

I would like to remind you the vision of my contribution to the world, clearly stated in SOHM’s mission statement: We are dedicated to providing a positive, meaningful and educational experience and to inspire our readers with knowledge and information from creative, qualified industry professionals.

I believe it’s vital to our community that we have a way to share stories and learn from one another regardless of race, religion, political beliefs, or sexual orientation. We all belong to one human race. More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. The magazine also provides a showcase of the best ideas across all areas of consumer culture; an exploration of the techniques behind the work, and insight into the people and trends shaping the industry.

Exclusive interviews with celebrities and non-celebrities, have contributed some exceptional “tips” for our readers to learn from. There are a lot of young professionals who can take notes for their own success! That’s what Shine On Hollywood Magazine is all about: to express the “real people and stories” of Hollywood to the general public and popular culture worldwide.

My next goal is to start a non-profit arm of SOHM that will be used as a training ground for students to gain knowledge and to inspire them towards their dream of being a professional in the entertainment industry; to give them hope that dreams are goals waiting to be accomplished. The purpose of this magazine is to connect knowledge, tools, training, and motivation and to counteract the overexposure of negative news and information with solution-oriented messages of insight and hope.

You’ll find diversity and standards in our features. SOHM is a place of respect, integrity, wisdom, and principles—presenting talented people with messages to encourage and empower young professionals and readers, to help them turn their dreams into reality. People do not achieve their dreams because of unclear goals. By reading our features, they will learn how to set their goals and use SOHM as a guidebook, by learning from the successes of individuals in the entertainment industry who have achieved their goals and made their dreams come true. My primary focus is to encourage our readers and show them dreams are attainable.

Each issue of SOHM is theme-based. However, we also have features that provide inspiration from practical stories. The focus of the segment “Share Your Shine, Tell Your Story,” is available to the people in the arts or pop culture community who are making a difference by giving back to the community, and who would like to share their stories with you. Our society is changing every day. As a leader in the entertainment industry, I feel it is my responsibility to share others’ success to help guide our readers in a positive way, and at the same time encourage others in the industry to do the same.

I aim to promote community service and instill a strong work ethic with morals and values to our readers. I want our readers to respect their craft and respect the entertainment industry. There are too many bad role models that are guiding our youth in the wrong direction; it’s time we make a positive change for them and the future of those to come. SOHM is part of our history and a part of our future. There are many more great things in this issue, but I will let you discover them for yourself.

We have many exciting additions to the magazine stored ahead. We’re working on a live talk show which will be highlighting all the good in the entertainment industry, just like the magazine does. The show will feature guests who live in the spotlight, and those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the magic happen. They will share their journeys, as well as advice about how you can start or continue your journey in the entertainment field. These will represent all the disciplines we include in our magazine: film, television, music, art, fashion, ethnic diversity and anything else we feel will help our readers learn how they can excel in the business, and give back to their community where it is most needed.

It has always been my goal to use a variety of formats to spread the word about all the good that is happening in the entertainment industry. Not just in Hollywood, but around the world as well. We at SOHM feel like our readers are ready for good news about celebrities and successful entertainment professionals, and are ready to discard the gossip, politics and negative stories that flood the world today. That’s why we are growing at such an unbelievable rate across the globe. Don’t forget that you can go back through these last four years of archived issues, read the stories and gain that much more insight into entertainment and philanthropy.

Finally, I would like to thank those who have served on SOHM’s staff—the interns, volunteers and committees during the past four years—for providing the support and feedback necessary to find, develop and publish material of such consistent high quality. I hope that we can build on, and persist with our success and continue to expand the reach of SOHM for the benefit of the community. I would also like to thank you, the SOHM reader, for sharing my adventures during the past four years. To all of our advertisers, I am truly honored and thankful. Your support, enthusiasm and encouragement toward my work will continue to be a driving force of inspiration for me.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to thank my staff. Their tireless effort to bring the stories to you, the readers, makes this magazine what it is today. The interviews, reviews and all the other pieces that make up Shine On Hollywood Magazine are due to a group effort where we support, encourage and heap praise on each other for continued jobs that are exceedingly well done. No other publication can match or tell stories like SOHM does. Because we include video embedding and all the necessary hyperlinks to the artist’s social media channels, website, store and more with measurable results.

As we all know, print is becoming obsolete. Shine On Hollywood Magazine the 100% GREEN publication in pop-culture, lifestyle, arts and entertainment. Digital is the best vehicle to drive anyone’s stories, articles and updates—information that goes viral in seconds! For more information on our digital marketing solutions, please contact Rachelle Casillas at rachellec@shineonhollywood.com or Alex Antonino at alex@shineonhollywoodmagazine.com.

I’m excited about our fourth year and all that’s in store for our readers, and soon, our viewers. Next month we will be featuring Top Culinary Industry Professionals where as always we will feature major players and chefs, right alongside the important work and creative projects from independent and major production companies. We hope you enjoy this special SOHM 4-Year Anniversary Issue and we look forward to your continued support for our success. One last thing to all our readers—be part of SOHM’s success! Send me your testimonial and we will publish it.

Enjoy reading!
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Andy Fraser – Shine on Hollywood Magazine

Andy Fraser

Dear readers:

This month’s cover story pays tribute to an extraordinary individual that has touched our hearts and soul: Andy Fraser. Not only was he an amazing talent, the chief architect of a signature blue-rocks style that has influenced generations of rock n’ roll artists, but he was also a true humanitarian. You won’t want to miss out reading this inspirational story.

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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.

We continue to present our Share Your Shine, Tell Your Story segment. If you or anyone you know is giving back to the Arts or Pop Culture Community or any great causes and would like to share your or their story with our readers, please do not hesitate to send us these important stories so we can share your shine with our readers.

Don’t forget that you can go back through these last two years and read any of the archived issues, see the stories and gain that much more insight into the entertainment and philanthropic businesses.

The upcoming October issue will feature an emphasis on “Top Youth Industry Professionals.” Look for exclusive interviews with leading industry professionals. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!

Furthermore, our digital format has enabled an average of 27 million viewers in 60 countries throughout 2014 worldwide. This growth has been tremendous and continues to delight everyone that’s involved in assembling the publication.

The hard work in the features promoted, the layout of the magazine and the artistic quality that’s demonstrated every month, is a testament of the devotion we have, in offering you a publication nowhere to be seen on the market today.

In order to keep the integrity of our magazine beyond any attempt of manipulation from outside sources, we are asking for your support. We are asking for donations of any amount in order to keep SOHM alive and thriving!

Since the first day of operation, we have been on a shoe string budget and bartering with other companies to help us with the costs that are required for an online digital publication. After 3 years under our belt, the future and the success of Shine on Hollywood Magazine rests on the generosity of our faithful readers across the globe. We have made a difference by our sincere efforts in offering a unique publication where politics, gossip and prurient content are not included. The only focus SOHM has is to enlighten our readers to enjoy and come to a realization, the entertainment industry in Hollywood and worldwide is reflective of a spirit where talent is universal. Our reward through your contributions will continue the desire we all have, to make our magazine a force for good.

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Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez – Shine On Hollywood Magazine

Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez

Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez

Dear Readers:

HERE WE ARE. YEAR NUMBER THREE!
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It’s been exciting and enlightening and a year more than I could have ever imagined. The outpouring of love and support from everyone, in the United States and beyond, has been overwhelming.

In celebration of our 3rd anniversary we are featuring two amazingly talented and beautiful human beings. On our cover is Nia Sanchez. She went from living in a homeless shelter with her mother as a young girl to winning one of the most coveted and respected titles, Miss USA. Her grace and beauty are apparent but her amazing soul is what inspired us. She continues to do volunteer work in the same homeless shelter where she lived as a small child along with other charitable work she does for causes that are dear to her. We were so grateful to have had the chance to interview Nia before she handed over her crown, just days ago, to the new Miss USA, Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma. We congratulate Olivia!

This issue also features another marvelously gifted spirit, Couturier Celebrity Designer, Sonia Eté. Her extraordinary professional journey has encompassed dressing celebrities like Jennifer Stallone, Tracy Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Coolio, designing luxury apparel, fine jewelry, embroidery, luxury leather goods, luxury pet accessories and owning a chain of fine-gems jewelry stores. In addition, understanding the need for Couture in the United States, Sonia brought French Couture education by founding the reputable Academy of Couture Art in Beverly Hills, with the mission to continue the Legend of Couture through training young creators. We hope you enjoy her insightful interview with us into the world of this extraordinary high-end fashion.

This last year was bursting with amazing stories of struggles and triumphs from successful artists in many disciplines. It’s incredible how many successful artists come from troubled childhoods. Our goal is to highlight their successes to encourage the rest of us to triumph over adversity and help the up-and-coming entertainment professionals find their way.

We have featured 24 industry professionals in the past year and have done our best to showcase celebrities you will easily recognize along with lesser known, yet equally successful entertainment personalities. They are all doing the good work and giving back to their communities.

With sadness also, we lose a loved one. Such was the case with my friend, Arlene Martel. A prolific and talented character actress known for her roles in Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, I Dream Of Jeannie and countless others on stage, screen and in film she was, above all, a kind and vibrant human being. As I spent time with her simply enjoying coffee or going to a movie together, I discovered a friend that never knew boundaries when it came to positive and encouraging words. It was a joy to honor her in our April 2015 edition.

We have also kept abreast of some of our all-time favorites, such as World-renowned artist, Cao Yong. He overcame soul-crushing adversities to become one of the most sought-after artists of our time. It has been wonderful to be able to present some of his beautiful artwork in various issues throughout this year.

We are dedicated to providing a positive, meaningful and educational experience and to inspire our readers with knowledge and information from creative, qualified industry professionals.

It has always been and will always continue to be my goal to use a variety of formats to spread the word about all the good that is happening in the entertainment industry. Not just in Hollywood, but around the world as well. We, at SOHM, feel like our readers are ready for the good news about celebrities and successful entertainment professionals and are across the globe.

We continue to present our Share Your Shine, Tell Your Story segment. If you or anyone you know is giving back to the Arts or Pop Culture Community or any great causes and would like to share your or their story with our readers, please do not hesitate to send us these important stories so we can share your shine with our readers.

Don’t forget that you can go back through these last three years and read any of the archived issues, see the stories and gain that much more insight into the entertainment and philanthropic businesses.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to thank my staff. Their tireless efforts to bring the stories to you, the readers, make this magazine and all its parts what it is today. The interviews, entertainment reviews and all the other pieces that make up Shine On Hollywood Magazine are due to a group effort where we support, encourage and heap praise on each other for continued jobs that are exceedingly well done.

The upcoming August issue will feature an emphasis on the music industry. Look for exclusive interviews with leading industry professionals. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!

I am excited about our fourth year and all that is in store for us and our readers!

Furthermore, our digital format has enabled an average of 27 million viewers in 60 countries throughout 2014 worldwide. This growth has been tremendous and continues to delight everyone that’s involved in assembling the publication.

The hard work in the features promoted, the layout of the magazine and the artistic quality that’s demonstrated every month, is a testament of the devotion we have, in offering you a publication nowhere to be seen on the market today.

In order to keep the integrity of our magazine beyond any attempt of manipulation from outside sources, we are asking for your support. We are asking for donations of any amount in order to keep SOHM alive and thriving!

Since the first day of operation, we have been on a shoe string budget and bartering with other companies to help us with the costs that are required for an online digital publication. After 3 years under our belt, the future and the success of Shine on Hollywood Magazine rests on the generosity of our faithful readers across the globe. We have made a difference by our sincere efforts in offering a unique publication where politics, gossip and prurient content are not included. The only focus SOHM has is to enlighten our readers to enjoy and come to a realization, the entertainment industry in Hollywood and worldwide is reflective of a spirit where talent is universal. Our reward through your contributions will continue the desire we all have, to make our magazine a force for good.

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Shine On Hollywood Magazine

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Welcome to the December 2014 issue of Shine On Hollywood Magazine (SOHM)! As we attend the dazzling holiday parties and dinners here in Tinseltown, I want to pause and give thanks to all the good fortune we have here. From time to time, I am stopped on the street by a passerby who recognizes me from SOHM. They often tell me how much they enjoy the articles and how they appreciate the uplifting stories we share from Hollywood which avoids all the gossip and politics. These interactions, in turn, uplift me and makes me so grateful for all our loyal fan base so, from the bottom of my heart, THANK-YOU! I also feel so fortunate for the inspirational individuals whose stories we are able to share and this issue is no exception as we feature “Top Male Entertainment Professionals!” http://shineonhollywoodmagazine.com/shinenovdec2014/web/flipviewerxpress.html

This month’s cover story features the world renowned artist and humanitarian, Cao Yong, a man who truly paints from his heart. It has been said that to view one of his paintings is like getting lost in a beautiful and magical place. His life journey is remarkable and his paintings can’t help but to inspire you. His new work, “Peace” with a world-wide premier in China next month, embodies Cao’s desire to shine a light on the damage we are doing to our world and what we need to do to correct it.

This month’s issue also features orthopedic surgeon, humanitarian and blues musician, Dr. Dan Ivankovich. He is a true renaissance man who has chosen to use his intellect and talent for the betterment of his fellow man. You won’t want to miss out on reading about his fascinating work.

This issue also features Kenny Santiago Marrero, who is known by industry insiders for his versatile acting ability. We learn how education and determination made the difference for him in reaching his goals and dreams. Finally, we are proud to feature successful entrepreneur, musician and celebrated winemaker, David Hunt. This man of many talents actually achieved many of his goals after losing his sight. His story is like no other.

We encourage them 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 January 2015 issue will feature “Top Dance Industry Professionals.” Look for exclusive interviews with notable leaders in this industry. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support!

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and joyous New Year!

Arnold Garcia
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Shine On Hollywood Magazine – Real People, Real Stories

Shine On Hollywood Magazine – Real People, Real Stories

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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.

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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!

Enjoy,

Arnold Garcia
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Del Castillo

DEL CASTILLO has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music that is being referred to as “Nuevo Americano”. Between the release of their first CD back in 2001, to their 2012 release, “Infinitas Rapsodias”, has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards, “Band of the Year , ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year ”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act ”. Del Castillo has worked with Willie Nelson, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and George Lopez to name just a few.

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DEL CASTILLO began as a CD project for family back in the winter of 2000 and has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music.

Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2006 release, Brotherhood, Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), “Band of the Year (2003)”, ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year (2005)”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act (2004)”.

Rolling Stone calls Del Castillo “tumbling brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars” with “eruptions of technique and taste (that) conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana (with an assist from the Gipsy Kings).

Film Director Robert Rodriguez attended a Del Castillo concert in 2002 and a great friendship developed between the two. Rodriguez then enlisted the group to contribute music to the soundtracks of his movies, such as “Spy Kids 3D”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”,“Sin City”, and “GRINDHOUSE”, and perform with him at the premieres. Rodriguez was so impressed with Del Castillo that he wanted to record with them, so together, they formed CHINGON and recorded an amazing electric rendition of the Mexican classic song, “Malaguena Salerosa”. Quentin Tarantino loved it so much that he re-did the ending sequence of “Kill Bill Vol. II” to fit the song into his movie.

By 2004, Del Castillo was touring nationwide across the country playing with such diverse acts as Styx, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and Willie Nelson and continued tour non-stop through 2006. They have performed at three of Willie Nelson’s 4th Of July Picnics, and at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and they have made numerous national and local TV appearances.

Willie Nelson enjoyed Del Castillo so much that he re-recorded his song “I Never Cared For You” with the group (which is included on Del Castillo’s Brotherhood CD) and calls it “his favorite version”. Nelson has become a good friend of the band as well and the two look forward to touring together again soon.

During 2008, the band began playing major festivals all over the country and even Canada and widening its audience at a much more rapid rate. At California’s famous Strawberry Music Festival, they were deemed the highlight of the festival and broke the merchandise sales record. Immediately after their incendiary debut performance at the Vancouver Folk Festival in Canada, they were selected to play the headlining stage for 2009.

Rick and Mark del Castillo were recently selected in December 2008, by Gibson Global, to be two of only about SIX guitarists in the world to launch their new state-of the-art Dark Fire Gibson Les Paul guitar line.

The band continues to tour throughout the country, thriving on performing live and building new audiences, and songwriting and recording are a priority during breaks in their tour schedule.

AWARDS/HONORS

Album of the Year –“BROTHERHOOD” – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2007)

Best Latin Traditional Band – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2007)

Best Latin Traditional Band – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2006)

Best Independent Group of the Year – ASCAP Latin Music Awards (2005)

Best Latin Traditional Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2005)

#1 Best Live Act by Austin Music Pundits – AMP Awards (2004)

Best Latin Contemporary Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2004)

Best Latin Music Video 2003 for “Suenos Madrigales” from “DEL CASTILLO LIVE” DVD – Austin Music Network Music Video Awards

  • 7 major awards at Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2003):
  • AUSTIN BAND OF THE YEAR
  • BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “VIDA”
  • BEST DRUMS: Mike Zeoli
  • AUSTIN SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “VIDA”
  • BEST COVER ART: “VIDA”
  • RECORD PRODUCER: Rick del Castillo – “VIDA”
  • MEXICAN TRADITIONAL – DEL CASTILLO

Best World Music Band and Best Mexican/Traditional Latino Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2002)

Honored by the Austin Latin Music Association. Live performance filmed for “Sonidos del Barrios” TV series. (2002)

Best Latin Rock Band – “Primetime Tejano” TV/Austin (2002)

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES/MEDIA

Outlaw Trail Concert – Paramount Theatre, Austin (2008)

Dan Rather Reports: Latino Invasions On Hdnet (2007)

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin (2006)

Wakarusa Festival – Lawrence, Ks (2006) · Headlined Kgsr T-Shirt Party – Austin (2006)

Latin Nation Tv (2006)

Willie Nelson’s 4th Of July Picnic – 2 Nights: Carl’s Corner/Ft. Worth (2006)

George Lopez Show / ABC-TV (2005) – featuring Rick, Mark, and Alex

Black Tie and Boots Ball – Washington, DC during Inauguration week (2005)

American/Latino TV (2004)

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic – Ft. Worth (2004)

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival – Dallas (2004)

Kill Bill, Vol 2 Premier. Performed in Chingon with Robert Rodriguez – Los Angeles (2004)

House of Blues with special guest appearance by Robert Rodriguez – Los Angeles (2004)

Headlined KGSR’s Spring T-Party – Austin (2004)

“Chingon” Evening with Robert Rodriguez and Bruce Willis & The Accelerators – Austin (2004)

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic – Ft. Worth (2003)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico Premier. Robert Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas and Cheech Marin performed with the band – New York (2003)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over World Premier. Robert Rodriguez performed with the band – Austin (2003)

LATV, in conjunction with debut Los Angeles showcase performances at the Roxy and Conga Room (2003)

2003 Convention of the National Council of La Raza – Austin (2003)

NATIONAL TOURING

2007-2008
National touring throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including many major music festivals such as the Sierra Nevada Music Fest, California Worldfest, and Great Woods Music Fest (Canada).

2006
National tour: shows with Los Lonely Boys/Indigenous/Styx/deSol/Don Henley. Performed at corporate event for Cartier in Geneva, Switzerland. Set attendance records at The Glenn and Antone’s in Austin.

2005
Headlined at the Mexico Now! Festival in New York and at the Open House Arts Festival at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC celebrating the Center’s 34th Anniversary. National headline tour, including Las Vegas/Kansas City/St. Louis/Nashville/Virginia Beach/Syracuse/Santa Fe/ Albuquerque. Shows with the Neville Brothers in Austin, and with Buddy Guy in Des Moines.

2004
Headline shows in New York/Atlanta/Memphis. Shows with Ozomatli in Tucson/New Orleans/ Orlando/Washington, DC/Detroit/Chicago/Minneapolis/Albuquerque/Santa Fe; with Los Lobos in Des Moines/Dallas/Austin/San Antonio/El Paso.

PRODUCT RELEASES

DEL CASTILLO

  • “DEL CASTILLO” CD (2009)
  • “BROTHERHOOD” CD (2006)
  • “DEL CASTILLO LIVE” DVD (2004) — Filmed and edited by Robert Rodriguez
  • “VIDA” CD (2002)
  • “BROTHERS OF THE CASTLE” CD (2001)

GUEST APPEARANCES

  • “KILL BILL, VOL. 2″ soundtrack CD (2004). Includes “Malaguena Salerosa” by Chingon (Del Castillo, Robert Rodriguez, and others).
  • “MEXICO & MARIACHIS” CD (2004). Music From and Inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” Trilogy. Includes “Spanish Castle Tango” by Del Castillo; incidental guitar by Rick and Mark del Castillo, vocals by Alex Ruiz, and percussion by Rick Holeman on various songs.
  • “MEXICAN SPAGHETTI WESTERNS”/CHINGON CD (2003).
  • “ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO” soundtrack CD (2003). Includes “Dias de los Angeles” by Del Castillo; incidental guitar by Mark and Rick del Castillo, and vocals by Alex Ruiz on various songs.

(Del Castillo member participation in parenthesis)

“KILLING SNAKES”
Film in progress. It is the story of hard-living polo players set amid a Southwestern love triangle, incorporating border issues, drugs, and DVD piracy. A short film shot in Texas, Santa Fe, and Spain has been completed for presentation to investors and distributors.

  • Rick del Castillo is co-writer, co-producer, and composed the soundtrack score, which was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios.
  • New and existing Del Castillo songs are on the soundtrack.
  • Rick del Castillo, Alex Ruiz, and Albert Besteiro appear in the film as actors and performers.

Click Here to view the KILLING SNAKES trailer

“THE CRY”
Indie supernatural thriller based on the 500-year old Latin American legend of La Llorona, an anguished vengeful spirit acknowledged by 28 million believers. (Announcement of release plans is forthcoming.)

  • Del Castillo with Patricia Vonne recorded the traditional song “La Llorona” for the opening and end credits.
  • Del Castillo songs featured on the soundtrack: “Talkin’ To Ya” (from Brotherhood CD), “Don Nicolas” and “Suenos Madrigales” (from Vida CD)

Click Here for THE CRY website | Click Here to view THE CRY trailer

“KILL BILL, VOL. 2” (Film and Soundtrack CD)

  • “Malaguena Salerosa” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Alex Ruiz/vocals, Rick
    Holeman/percussion)

“ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO” (Film and Soundtrack CD)

  • “Eye Patch” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, percussion; Alex Ruiz/vocals)
  • “Guitar Town” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Church Shootout” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, drums)
  • “Dias de los Angeles “ (written, performed, produced by Del Castillo)
  • “Mariachi vs. Marquez” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Coup De Etat” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “El Mariachi” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Siente Mi Amor” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Cuka Rocka” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar)

“MEXICO & MARIACHIS “
– Music From and Inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s EL MARIACHI Trilogy (Films and CD)

  • “Alacran y Pistolero” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Alex Ruiz/backing vocals, Rick
    Holeman/percussion)
  • “Severina” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Theme from El Mariachi” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, Rick Holeman/percussion)
  • “Back To The House That Love Built” (Acoustic) (Rick del Castillo/guitar, Rick
    Holeman/percussion)
  • “Spanish Castle Tango” (Written, Performed, and Produced by Del Castillo)
  • “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” (Main Titles) (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Rick
    Holeman/percussion)

“SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER” (Film and DVD)

  • “Game Over” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Isle Of Dreams” (Rick del Castillo/guitar
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