Rising Star News
Submitted by Lynn Elber on June 30, 2011
LOS ANGELES – Soulful crooner Javier Colon was crowned the inaugural winner of "The Voice," NBC's new singing contest.
Colon triumphed over three other finalists when the audience vote was announced on Wednesday's live season finale. He will receive a $100,000 prize and a recording contract.
Submitted by Nekesa Mumbi Moody on June 28, 2011
NEW YORK – When Jackie Evancho was a young girl - well, younger than her 11 years - she remembers singing songs like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" around the house and getting a response far less adoring than the ovations she now commands.
"My family thought I was horrible," she says with a laugh, adding that things changed after her tonsils were removed.
Submitted by Mark Kennedy on June 28, 2011
NEW YORK – A teenager from Minnesota and one from New York won top honors at the National High School Musical Theater Awards on Monday night, sweeping to glory at the "Glee"-type competition by mastering songs by Stephen Sondheim and Frank Loesser.
Ryan McCartan, from Minneapolis, was named best actor, and Shauni Ruetz, from Rochester, N.Y., was named best actress at the conclusion of the third annual competition, nicknamed the Jimmy Awards after theater owner James Nederlander.
Submitted by Ron Harris on June 10, 2011
ATLANTA – Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna didn't take long to pen her first tune, writing the winsome "A Deeper Conversation" after learning a meager three chords on her first guitar.
Yuna Zarai, 24, was a self-described bored law school student back then, in 2008. But sometimes it only takes a few notes from the right hands and a few words from the right voice to reveal a budding star. Zarai was recently signed to New York-based FADER Label Records and recently opened for Raphael Saadiq at select tour stops.
Submitted by Mark Kennedy on May 29, 2011
NEW YORK – Nina Arianda's summer plans will hopefully involve plenty of work.
Currently in the middle of a four-month run of "Born Yesterday" on Broadway, the 26-year-old actress says that when the run ends on July 31 she might spend a week at the beach but then go straight back to the grind.
"I'm no good if I'm not working so I need to keep on going," she says with steely resolve.
Submitted by Mesfin Fekadu on May 27, 2011
NEW YORK – This year Adele has dominated the music charts: back home in the U.K., in the U.S. and around the world.
In America, her sophomore album, "21" is platinum and spending its ninth week on top of the Billboard charts. Her single, "Rolling In the Deep," is currently No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts. And she's had even more success in Europe.
Submitted by Mesfin Fekadu on May 25, 2011
NEW YORK – Lykke Li is sitting in a TV studio, preparing for an interview, when she catches herself on the TV monitor.
"It's so weird," she says, looking at herself. "Like, you see everything.
"I think I become a bit self-conscious," she continues with a light laugh.
The TV is turned off.
Submitted by Nekesa Mumbi Moody on April 28, 2011
NEW YORK – British musical talent Ellie Goulding is about to get a little more famous: She's been selected to sing at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The information comes from someone familiar with preparations for Friday's royal wedding who was not authorized to speak on the matter publicly. That person says the singer, a sensation in Great Britain, will perform Elton John's "Your Song" as well as others from her own album.
Submitted by Samantha Critchell on April 12, 2011
NEW YORK – Hayley Kiyoko and Naomi Scott are the next generation of Disney Channel starlets, and these BFFs are getting a crash course in signing autographs, security guards and singing on live TV.
Makeup artists color their lips while others are doing their hair, and stylists have rolled racks into a Manhattan hotel from which they can choose their wardrobe.
Submitted by Nekesa Mumbi Moody on April 5, 2011
NEW YORK – Ever since Lauren Pritchard was a teenager, she dreamed of becoming a singer-songwriter — a goal she pursued with almost singular determination, even passing up a coveted opportunity to achieve it.
At 18, she appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning "Spring Awakening," but left for a musical career.