Top Chef / Culinary Industry Professionals

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

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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.
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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

Chicago Blues All-Stars New Music

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The BOB Band

The BOB Band

The BOB Band

 

Members: Don Bailey, Brandon Turner, Kevin Saak, Tom Sweet, Mike Solle, Dierdre Kniffen

Prone to the fiery attitude of indie punk rockers and body surfers this music is a raw shot through the soul that’s not missing any bones of drunken amphetamine induced reality. These guys consciously hit farther into the raw cornering attitudes of rebellious country music. Their ‘matter of fact’ rockgrass style dawns the likes of ratrod jackets and Dead Kennedys shirts while footed up with Jack Purcells. Hailing from the Midwestern United States their evident diversity has taken them from performing melodies with Mickey Gilley to an all stage rock fury with Reverend Horton Heat and two international tours. A ‘UK’ fan described. “The Bob band has a lyrical skill of spinning a dark and twisting yarn with the raucous heavy playing and energy of a pub-brawl.” Noted by news journals to have “a live show of music passion so unexpected, it’s seen to be harmoniously epic.” Maverick Magazine Europe described them as “an outfit that knows how to balance energetic songs with emotionally created tunes which impress continually. They are a song writing gem.”
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Formed by singer/songwriter Don Bailey in an abandoned train depot in Millstadt, Illinois in 1994. They released their first 10 song album(Earl) on compact disk a year later(1995). The second album, a six song EP(Black) was released on compact disk in 1998. Opening an original music venue in Belleville, Illinois using proceeds from album sales, Bailey and the band took ten years off from recording and only performed live shows at venues across the midwest. Bailey returned to the studio in 2009 and began writing the 3rd release(Greasy Side Down) It was originally intended to be a ‘backporch” solo style recording. The band caught wind of it after Baileys’ tracks had already been recorded. They joined in, recorded parts over Baileys’ original recordings and the album was released in 2010. The excitement of the new material brought Bailey together with Brandon Turner(bass) Kevin Saak(drums) and Jon Clark(guitar) to record the forth album ‘Time Served’ released December 11th, 2012.
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The BOB Band-GREASY SIDE DOWN
Europe’s Maverick Magazine Review – July 2011
Releasing their third album, this four-piece band certainly knows how to create a well produced song that can only be described as awesome. This thirteen song record shows to the world that this Illinois band are steeped in country music history and their musical veins are saturated with, what I suspect, is many bottles of Southern Bourbon. The record does not always go for the jugular as this outfit knows how to balance energetic songs with emotionally created tunes which impress continually. As its title suggests, the stomping beat on Pickin Flowers allows for impressive guitar to be used in the mix. The same wondrous spirit can be linked with Black Hat which is the concluding track. With sublime guitar on this tune with the inclusion of a fine lap steel helps sum up this record perfectly as its care-free attitude is refreshing good.
-Russell Hill – Maverick Magazine / EUROPE

“Once again The BOB band impacts the scene with a 3rd release that undeniably proves they are the locomotive cutting edge that drives the convoy of progressive country rock in America. And we’re lovin’ it.”
-Texas Music Magazine – Feb 2011

“literate, rural-tinged imagery that powers the best of Americana”
-L. Kent Wolgamott -Focus, Lincoln Nebraska Star

“Amazing Show!” -KPNT 105.7FM “The Point”

“Choral-like, almost epic in scale, I recommend opening a line to the Bob band” -Jim Cult -Spotlight Magazine

“a band with solid roots in music that matters”
– Mike Blake – CIceros -Riverfront Times- St. Louis

“the midwest based Bob Band can do no wrong”
-Get Out Section – St. Louis Post Dispatch

“see them now before they go national and never return ! “
-Patrick Hambrecht -Senior Reporter Daily Nebraskan
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Don Bailey (singer/guitarist/The Bob Band)
–featured on ‘Roadside America’
courtesy: Atlas Media/History Channel, New York, NY 2001.
–Featured in No Depression Magazine 1998 and 1999.
–Owner/Operator of Three-1-Three Music Venue
Belleville, IL 1997 to 2006.
–Honored for achievement in music performance with the MWR division of the Pentagon at Guantanamo Bay, Hailti, Honduras and Puerto Rico.
–Producer/Promotor of the MRMF Showcase 2011.
– Founder, Bird Records Recording Studio – Millstadt, Illinois
– Written and Performed with The BOB Band 1994-present.

Brandon Turner (bassist/supporting vox/The Bob Band)
–former Lead singer, performer with 12 Summers Old
2002 to 2009 (myspace.com/12summersold) courtesy: Snapdragon Records, Milwaukee,Wisconsin/ MRI Associated Labels

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Elektrica – New Album

ELEKTRICA

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ELEKTRICA is a new American singer-songwriter artist on the STBN Records label.

The Early Years

Elektrica showed musical promise from the age of three, learning to sing and playing many musical instruments, eventually focusing on the piano. By the age of sixteen she was the leader of a youth musical theater, working as director, composer, choreographer and designer. Her passion however was, and remains, to sing, and she eventually graduated Music College as a trained mezzo-soprano. She then turned from a promising career in opera and expanded into popular music, incorporating techno, pop and rock into her repertoire.

The next few years Elektrica spent exploring the world, immersing herself in different arts and cultures, meeting people, learning languages and developing as a songwriter and a musician.

The Present

The Elektrica project began in earnest in 2009 in the heart of Manhattan. This exciting new phenomenon incorporates a global network of contributing musicians, creating theatrical and evocative soundscapes that defy genre and style, led by Elektrica’s unique creativity and personality.

True to her theatrical roots, Elektrica is a master of creating vivid worlds of sound, aided by her ability to sound great at the top or the bottom of the register. Elektrica’s music has elements of pop and rock, of theatricality and virtuosity, of storytelling and innovation –all united by her powerful and absolutely unmistakable voice. Elektrica is the model of the 21st-century New York singer, drawing on a diverse pool of sounds that spans the globe yet remaining essentially American.

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Jason Link – Aaron Hendra Project – Chicago Blues All-Stars – Ozzmak News

Jason Link – Aaron Hendra Project – Chicago Blues All-Stars – Ozzmak News

 

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Jason Link

Genres: Country
Management: Billy Holland / Erik Baker

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Country music may be
running through Jason Link’s veins, but when you first meet this modern-edged performer
down on Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s hard to tell he was raised on a
900-acre tobacco farm that goes back four generations. In fact, you may think
he was more of a new generation country-rocker with hair falling conspicuously
into a spiky form of bedhead sexiness and a lean physique sporting an array of
rumpled designer duds, including a cowboy hat that he modified himself by spray
painting and scuffing up into its own innovative texture.

But
regardless of his urban-esque appeal, this real world ‘country boy’ from Freeman,
Virginia, can belt out a tune with just enough twang that would be best described
as George Strait meets Hank Williams, Jr. with a serving of Kenny Chesney on the
side. And that doesn’t even cover the fact that he’s an extraordinary guitar player.
He is among the few that play lead guitar currently driving the country music scene.
Only two other players come to mind when thinking of Jason and that’s Brad
Paisley and Keith Urban.

However, Link is well aware that
possessing the talent to have mastered the guitar and banjo is not all it takes
for him to make his dreams a reality…it’s about having great songs. No problem
there. Jason also happens to be a seasoned songwriter, with the ability to construct
memorable melodies paired with story-driven lyrics and just the right amount of
modern flare to appeal to a country radio audience. And if that’s not enough to
convince every country music listener to jump on the “Link” train,
his ability to perform live is without question, the best. With the stamina of
Bruce Springsteen and an enduring passion to always be on stage singing, he is
what one would call a true entertainer.

But none of this
should be a surprise once you learn how long Jason Link has been doing this thing
he calls “his life”. It all started at the age of five…playing the drums at
his grandfather’s dance hall, Club 301, while also appearing on his grandfather’s
radio station, 580 AM WLES, in Lawrenceville, Virginia, under the nickname “Scoot
Scoot”. At age 16, he began to play guitar and write his own songs which led
to countless shows at local bars and other venues with his uncle Marty, who was
influential in teaching Jason his unique style of hybrid country lead guitar.
Eager to explore music from all genres, Jason was influenced, both vocally and
in his guitar playing, by artists ranging from Hank Williams, Sr. to Jimi Hendrix
to the Beatles. There was no stopping him.

When Jason was nineteen,
he landed a gig as the lead singer in a house band he formed with his uncle. His
great dedication to music was truly apparent during this time, as he drove one
hundred miles each way, playing over 270 shows a year for five years. It was during
this period of his life that Jason began to develop his unique musical style with
the help of vocal coach Janet Kenyon, who has worked with artists such as Taylor
Swift and Josh Turner.

Today, Jason resides in Nashville, Tennessee,
tours the country, and continues to capture new fans with his energetic and aggressive
live performances. With a country music style all his own mixed with a good dose
of rugged sex appeal, Jason never fails to leave an audience wanting more.

Jason Link’s life has been and always will be his music…as a
third generation musician, he carries with him his family’s musical lineage and
it is no secret that he is well on his way to becoming a country music superstar.
As his grandfather once told him, “He is and will be “something special”.

 

 

Aaron Hendra Project


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Artist Bio

A truly gifted songwriter,
performer and recording artist, Aaron Hendra is also an owner of LA based indie
Give Records. He met entrepreneur Rick St George in 2008 and created Give. In an
era where major label development is almost nonexistent, Give provides opportunities
and time for an artist to find their musical identity.

OCTOBERSONG
is the debut release for both Aaron and Give and was sculpted over a 3 year period
at Give Studios in LA. An opportunity like this is a dream come true for any artist
but did not come easily for Aaron. Rather it is a result of over a decade of persistence
through ups, downs and near misses that would cause most aspiring musicians to
pack up and head home.
Early success for the Aussie born songwriter came when
he hand delivered a simple piano/vocal demo to the record company office of Aussie
recording superstar John Farnham. Several weeks later Aaron received a personal
phone call from Farnham, stating that he loved the song and wanted to record it.
“Don’t Let It End” became a single on Farnham’s multi-platinum
CD “Romeo’s Heart”. Sheryl Crow and Dianne Warren also pitched
songs for this album.

In 2001, a recording contract with Hollywood
records helped Aaron and his band gain access to the United States and opportunities
to live abroad and grow as a songwriter. Producer problems left the group unable
to deliver a cohesive record however and a year after signing the deal, the label
dropped the young band from its roster. A period of seven years passed where Aaron
continued to pay dues. This included two further letdowns, a development deal with
Warner Bros that ended when the supporting A & R person lost their job, and
then, making it all the way through auditions to the top 50 finalists for the 1st
season of Rockstar with INXS only to miss final selection for the show. Major
label deals and Reality TV at that point were not the destined paths. 2005 thru
2008 consisted of days on the construction site and nights playing small acoustic
shows and writing songs. This only served to fuel the flame.

Near
the end of 2008 the gift of a second chance at a recording career arrived. Aaron
met Rick St George, a finance guy who saw the untapped talent and believed in his
music immediately. The entrepreneur struck a deal with the songwriter and Give
Records was born. Once again able to focus fully on writing and recording, Aaron
began to assemble a team. Long time friend and session drummer Greg ‘Gigi’ Gonaway
joined forces with Aaron and moved to LA in 2009 to begin pre-production. St George,
thinking this was more than a solo artist but not quite a band, dubbed it the ‘Aaron
Hendra Project’. Work began under the AHP moniker. Not wanting the pressure of
the usual ticking clock of commercial studios, St George decided to search for
a unique space as a new home for Give family. He soon found a secluded compound
only a block from the famous Sunset Strip in Beverly Hills. Not only was the space
perfect for album, it also had a rich musical heritage.

Built
in the 70’s by the late Richard Colburn (Founder of the Colburn School of Music
in LA) to entertain LA socialites, the house featured a ballroom designed for chamber
orchestras. Classical violinists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Mar and Isaac Stern
we’re regular guests back in the day. St George, Aaron, Gigi and sound engineer
Dave Ahlert went to work turning the library into a control room and the production
began. Producer Rob Hill the team in 2010 and once tracking was complete the team
took the songs to South Beach Studios in Miami Beach, Florida where renowned mix
engineer Tom Lord-Alge added his magic and finessed them to completion.
During
recording, Sam Childers AKA the “Machine Gun Preacher” visited Give
Studios and asked Aaron to write a song about his mission to save the children
of Sudan. The result was “One Man’s War”. AHP then traveled to
Sudan to record the 300 children now living at the orphanage sing the end choruses
of the song. Touching and inspiring listeners all over the globe, it has become
the official spiritual anthem of the Machine Gun Preacher.

The
yet to be released new album from AHP, called OCTOBERSONG, features 11 tracks from
the artist. With definite mainstream appeal, the music and songs of Aaron Hendra
are poised to make an impact on a broad audience ranging from high school aged
youngsters to mature adults. With a message, voice and sound that is fresh yet
authentic and heartfelt, this adult contemporary artist is destined for the world
stage.

More About Aaron Hendra Project

 ‘OCTOBERSONG‘ is the (yet to be released)
debut release by Australian born recording artist Aaron Hendra. It is the culmination of 10 years of
writing while living and honing his craft in the unforgiving musical landscape
of Los Angeles. Not only are all songs featured on the album 100% written by Aaron,
he also produced them with Rob Hill.
Recording took place over 2 years at a private mansion only a block from Sunset
and Doheny in Beverly Hills. Vintage Neve and API consoles we’re installed in the
control room specifically for the record. All songs were engineering by Dave Ahlert. After tracking and overdubs
Aaron took the songs to South Beach
studios
in Miami to be mixed by world renowned mixing engineer Tom Lord-Alge. The recordings also
feature the drumming talents of Greg
‘Gigi’ Gonaway
(ex Mariah Carey) who is a key member of the Aaron Hendra Project. Bass players
on the record included Paul Bushnell

(Faith Hill, Daughtry, Shakira), Marcus
Brown
(Madonna, Seal) and Dorian Heartsong. Piano and keyboard players included Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, Wallflowers),
Jamie Mahoberac (Goo
Goo Dolls, Chris Cornell, All American Rejects) and again Marcus Brown. Live strings performed by (24 piece
orchestra) members LA Philharmonic,
arranged and conducted by David Campbell.
Percussion on ‘One Mans War’ 

by Brian Kilgore
(Blood Diamond Theme).  All guitars played by Aaron Hendra.

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