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Singer-Songwriter Maxie Mandel Makes a Magnetic Impression With “Someone You’d Love”

Emulating the crisp and captivating vocals of her inspirations Sara Bareilles and Carole King, with lyrical parallels to Taylor Swift’s Invisible and Lewis Capaldi’s “Bruises,” 19-year-old Maxie Mandel captures listener’s hearts in a single melody. Her vivid lyrics detailing an all-too-relatable high school unrequited love compounded with empowering instrumentals instill in her listeners the courage […]

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Griefcat Talks New Album and The Idiosyncratic Joy of Musical Comedy

After meeting at a DC-based variety show in 2015, Annie Nardolilli and Louisa Hall quickly realized they had a lot in common despite their drastically differing backgrounds. With the two working in high-stress level jobs, Louisa as a tech employee and Annie a now-former sheriff’s deputy, an amalgamation of frustration, mistreatment, and most importantly a

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Disney’s North American Tour of the Musical ‘Frozen’ is Sure to Melt Hearts in Philadelphia

Some aspects of our lives appear to be fated, and this is certainly the case with actress Lauren Nicole Chapman and her role as Anna in Frozen, who she adores and is thrilled to be sharing with audiences around the nation. Her relationship with Frozen began at a workshop in 2017 with the Broadway company for a

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Whimsy Indie Band Söūp on Their Electic Style and Upcoming Show

So many newborn bands have an excruciating time crafting and articulating their aesthetic, especially in an industry that typically encourages conformity. Whimsical indie-rock band Söūp understands the elusiveness and versatility of genre in a way that not all can grasp. Their emphasis on utilizing imagery of the sea and the cosmos, melding the two with

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Brian K & The Parkway Stress the Necessity of Connection in Their New Single “Straight Through”

Hailing from opposite sides of the East Coast, Brian K. Pagels and Stephen Russ of the coastal heartland rock band Brian K & The Parkway, are stark advocates of the importance of friendship and connection, whether it be near or far apart. The lyric video for their latest single “Straight Through” featuring the vocals of

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Hats & Pearls Women Empowerment Summit on March 30 to Benefit “End Child Marriages’

“If you want to go fast, go alone, But, if you want to go far, go with others”                                            ‘African Proverb’ A simple act of kindness can change a girl’s life forever. Just ask Bongai Mhloyi,

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Major Community Safety Event at Clearpath EPM on May 16

Why We Need to Attend An Important Safety Training Event on Thursday, May 16, in Oakland Park, Florida Years ago, unrest or violence in a house of worship, business, or school was beyond our wildest imagination, but unfortunately, this is no longer the world we are living in, so preparedness and training are the keys

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Gabe Rivera’s “The Mist” is The Perfect Song for Those Without a Valentine

Chocolates, teddy bears, and sharing a meal with a special someone isn’t the reality for everyone’s Valentine’s Day, and Gabe Rivera’s new single “The Mist” encapsulates the feeling of alienation and loneliness that can come with the holiday. The song, released on February 9 balances a brutal lament with ghostly rhythms that evoke a lingering

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Jack Powers of Jack Flowers and The Petal Tones Talks Upcoming Shows, a Debut Album, and The Source of True Originality

New Jersey’s Indie scene has been full of surprises lately, but nothing like Jack Flowers and The Petal Tones. The imaginative band is the brainchild of musician Jack Powers and is currently touring around the Northern Region with an upcoming show on Friday, February 9 at Prototype 237 in Paterson, New Jersey, and The Mill

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Gene P. Abel’s The Destruction of the American Republic

Gene P. Abel’s The Destruction of the American Republic Like the loving father of a petulant child, author and U.S. Army Colonel (Retired)  Gene P. Abel is extremely worried about our nation’s current and future state. Colonel Abel is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books in several genres, including sci-fi and romance.

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Back to June Plays Their First Live Gig at The Stone Pony to Astounding Success

At The Stone Pony’s January 14th Sunday Showcase, Manchester local band Back to June performed their first live gig with impeccable energy that would have you believe they’ve been around for quite some time. Formed by a passionate group of students from both Ocean County College and Manchester Township High School, Back to June as

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Indie Rock Musician Gabe Rivera Announces Tour Dates Across New Jersey

New Jersey native Gabe Rivera has been deadset on taking his indie rock career from his bedroom to various stages throughout the state. After working on an array of projects that include new music, Rivera is inundating himself with a new era of creativity. From January to February, Rivera is hitting some iconic spots with

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Jeremy Fury’s Songs for Hanukkah Ignites a Spark in Listeners 

Interview with Jeremy Fury of Jeremy & The Harlequins The holidays being at the end of the year are a time for relaxation and preparing for what’s ahead in the coming year, but it can also be a great time for reflection. With fervent unrest in the world, it can be difficult to look back

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Clearpath EPM CEO Mike Johnson Discusses the Necessity of Safety Planning in Everyday Environments

No one should have to worry about existential threats as they enter their workplace, school, or place of worship. The unfortunate reality is, that due to the increase in mass shootings, hate crimes, and overall decline in mental health, frequent worrying has infused itself with daily navigations and activities of life. Though anxieties can be

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An Interview with the Host of Tasting History, Max Miller

An Interview with the Host of Tasting History, Max Miller I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Max Miller, the host of the amazingly popular YouTube channel Tasting History. Tasting History is a show that is like no other. Max introduces a recipe from the distant past or not-so-distant, reinterprets it for the modern kitchen,

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Rehya Stevens Marries Old and New Holiday Joy with the Deluxe Edition of Santa’s Takin’ Over The Town

2021 may not have been the most cheerful year, but that didn’t stop singer/songwriter and holiday fanatic Rehya Stevens from delivering some well-needed holiday spirit. Her Christmas album ‘Tis The Season released in 2021 featuring 11 carol-worthy songs is now being reintroduced into the Christmas canon along with 10 all-new festive tunes off of her new album Santa’s Takin’

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Young DJ Dylan Feszko Reflects on His Journey Into Musical Entertainment

Through the halls of Neshaminy High School, as students shuffled to their next classes, there was always one student who called attention wherever he went. With headphones covering his ears, head bobbing, and shoes skidding on the shiny linoleum, Dylan Feszko carried his passion with him dancing down the hallways and getting lost in the

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Dr. Dawn Ella Shares the Fascinating Creation Process of The New Soul Link App

As we navigate daily stresses, an increasing awareness of the worldwide mental health crisis is rapidly emerging. This is why Dr. Dawn Ella, a complementary medical expert and healer, is taking a new approach to help implement a self-care routine into our everyday lives. Her revolutionary Soul Link App is specially designed to personalize activities

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Luke Boor Savors the Sorrows of The Post-Breakup Process in His New Single “Queens”

Part of one’s musical journey often relies heavily on location and the places the heart and soul travel to for inspiration. From Texas to Tennessee to New York, indie-rock musician Luke Boor has reflected deeply on each home he’s had over the years and how they’ve contributed to his creative endeavors from music to writing.

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Young Hair Stylist Mackenzie Sangle Challenges Us All to Pursue Our Passions Regardless of Age

Many 19-year-olds are exploring their varying outlets in the job market, looking for opportunities to expand their skills and discover new ones, hoping it will lead them to happiness and prosperity in their careers. Mackenzie Sangle however, is already one step ahead. While only beginning to style hair a little over a year ago, her

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How Dr. Dawn Ella’s New Soul Link App Can Ease Our National Mental Health Crisis

Millions of Americans report that they are experiencing anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, isolation, and an overwhelming sense of loss, which has culminated in a serious Mental Health Crisis; something that is of great concern. As a way to help those who feel lost and isolated, Dr. Dawn Ella, a noted expert in complementary and alternative medicine, created Soul Link,

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Solar Bloom’s Matt DeVoti on Creating the Vibrant Atmosphere for New Single “This Tiny World”

Known for his funky electronica technoscape aesthetic, Matt DeVoti of Solar Bloom is immersing fans in his rhythmic exploration of communication with his new single “This Tiny World”. With an artistic blend of synthetic beat and meticulously layered vocals, achieved through the usage of both analog and digital instruments, “This Tiny World” delivers a nostalgic

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Georgia Weber and The Sleeved Hearts Explore The Beautiful Imperfections of Love With “Kintsugi”

Though her musical roots lie in the eclectic world of jazz, Australian musician Georgia Weber of The Sleeved Hearts has always retained an interest in a variety of musical styles and how they differ across multiple cultural landscapes. The group’s latest single “Kintsugi” pays homage to Georgia’s adoration of Japan and the prevalent intersection between

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Andrew Adkins Defies the Construct of Genre With His Experimental EP “Birdcage Boy”

Interview With Andrew Adkins  Andrew Adkins has never found himself subscribing to conventional notions of genre. Instead, the Nashville singer takes an introspective approach to his music, finding what speaks to him and then emulating it through his own unique perspective and combination of sounds. His latest EP “Birdcage Boy ” follows this eclectic marriage

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Charles Newman On Creating The Diverse Soundtrack From Universal Pictures’s The List

We all remember those iconic scenes from a selection of films that have remained a staple of cinema. From the actor’s performance to the sharp editing and mood-determining lighting, every little intricate detail melds together to create a moment that audiences will soon label as unforgettable. Of course, there’s another key element that assures a

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Rehya Stevens Celebrates What Makes Us Unique With “Love Party”

Being a session singer, Rehya Stevens has mastered the art of being able to adapt vocally and creatively to whatever task she’s assigned. Her songs have been featured in an array of films, video games, and TV, including her Christmas song “Jingle Jangle” which has been used in eleven movies to date. Though emphasis has

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Cam M Talks Musical and Stylistic Inspiration for Their Latest Single “Dummy”

Interview With Cam M.  Art of all forms and mediums have always been important to young musician Cam M. Starting out as a creative writer and frequently dabbling in poetry, Cam quickly recognized her ability to conceptualize and compartmentalize the varieties in their art. His new single “dummy” released in late June, shares an array

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