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**SPARK the FIREWORKS!! 30-day Online Celebration of Team Legacy!! 

Yes!!!  We are live today with the launch of the 30 day Living Legacy Online Party!  

Help us thank Team Legacy Leaders Director Derek Jennings, Co-Producer Christian Brown and Dancer Suhalia Madison who fronted over 100 hours of work to make the official "Legacy" music video happen!!

CONTRIBUTE HERE:  https://igg.me/at/livinglegacyparty

Follow the party on Instagram @DanielleWCarter or join our mailing list!  Find out more about this all-star cast!

Music and Shopping at Urban Market Los Feliz on Sun, 6/3  

We love shopping local!  We love music! This market has combined them both into a fun Sunday experience. Catch Dani W and Andrew Garcia at 1PM for a sweet acoustic set. 

Dani will feature some items from her jewelry line ONYX xoxo for sale along with her first album!  Come early and shop while you catch all the bands and brands.  Discover some great local musicians and artisans!

Music and more at: https://urbanairmarket.com/los-feliz-music/


 

 

The Grammy Museum presents "EMPIRE: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MAKING OF THE MUSIC PHENOMENON"  


The seats filled up quickly at The Grammy Museum as the audience eagerly awaited a special evening celebrating FOX's hit TV series EMPIRE with an intimate panel discussion featuring cast members Bryshere "Yazz" Gray, Serayah, Executive Producer Sanaa Hamri, GRAMMY winner and EMPIREMusic Producer NE-YO, and Senior Vice President of A&R for Columbia Records Shawn Holiday. 

Moderated by Los Angeles Times writer Gerrick Kennedy, panelists discussed creating the music for the show. 

Having taken TV audiences by storm in its record-setting first season, EMPIRE entered season two as the No. 1 series on broadcast television. 

The series stars Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, and features music by prolific producers Timbaland, Jim Beanz and NE-YO. The GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack, Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1, was released in March 2015 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The soundtrack made history as the first soundtrack to debut atop the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart. Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2 Volume 2 will be released on April 29 featuring never-before-heard songs from upcoming episodes and includes the powerful song "Never Let It Die" by Jussie Smollett and Yazz. EMPIRE airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.* 

 

Dani W and Ne-Yo at The Grammy Museum

Label Perspective 
Jim Beanz shares, "The question was how do we take 30 seconds of a snippet of a show song and air it outside of the show?" 

Sometimes it's difficult to have a TV show song go to radio. Fortunately viewers go directly online to purchase the songs from the show that they like right after watching.  He shared that it was great to see that demand for the Empire music grow. 

Early Adopters 
Estelle and Snoop Dogg were on board early as they were pitching the show.  It was a brand new show so it was harder to get celeb musicians on board at first.  Wanted people with true musicality and true artistry like Ne-Yo and Alicia Keys who are now on the show. 

Blood Sweat and Tears 
They may shoot for 16 hours a day.  Lots of dancing scenes are shot over and over again to perfection, along with the cast members having to be on point with their acting.   

The producer mentioned she upholds the integrity of the performances.  Ne-yo from the artist perspective adds, "I tell anyone...prepare to not sleep. It's going to be blood sweat and tears. If you want it, I'll see you at rehearsal." 

How did Ne-yo join the show? 
Since the first season, Ne-Yo has been in touch with the producers and wanted to be on the show. The debate was does he come on as Ne-Yo or as another character?  He already has such a strong identity so they had to have him play himself.  The producer gives praise, "It's not an easy thing to play yourself with strict lines.  Ne-Yo's a natural." 

How did you find the talent on the show? 
There was a long audition process. They saw hundreds of girls.  Last minute it was divine timing two days before shooting that they casted Tiana.  She had to rap, act, sing and then when they found out she could dance they developed Tiana's character further.  They enjoy giving raw unknown talent new massive roles.  They use new people all the time which is a new way for big networks. 

Growth Spurts 
"Look but don't touch" lead to the first single.  The radio started calling the label and asking for the song and to start radio interviews. 

What's real? 
Ne-yo, the music and show producers all wanted the music and artistry to feel like it was genuine and not just made for TV.  The music has been nominated for Grammys and more.   

Is touring on the horizon? 
The label rep said" Eventually all of them will have a great touring career when the time comes."  They didn't confirm a tour will happen. 

What's next? 
Solo careers acting and singing wise are in the works.  The actors on the show are in the studio now recording new music and love the fact that they have a strong identity as musicians separately from the show.  This is something new considering usually talent are associated directly with the characters they play on a TV show. 

How is urban artwork integrated into the show? 
Chaz Guest debuted his Buffalo Warrior series in a coffee shop scene during one of the performances. The producers are always looking for natural ways to honor and incorporate inspiring art and talent to bring to the forefront. 

Hear more about the artists debut here: http://www.fashionela.net/fashion/chaz-guest-i-want-to-seek-the-soul-of-things-and-put-the-dna-of-it-on-canvas/ 




*Sourced from The Grammy Museum official website. 

 

Special Performance for Wall Street Alliance Supporters & Honorees Raising over $1MM  

Georgetown's Wall Street Alliance raised over $1MM in support of student education. Scholarship recipients spoke in appreciation to contributors.  The President and Managing Director of PIMCO and the President of Michael Kohr's received awards as special honorees at the event.  

This year I am very honored to participate as the featured artist at the event with special guest pianist Kevin Sibley.  As I entered the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria, I felt an overwhelming sense of honor and gratitude to be a part of this 16th annual benefit.  The timing was immaculate because the mission is aligned with the message of my first original single "Legacy".  

My personal intent to build unity through singing and songwriting has been a fulfilling journey beyond what I could have imagined, leading me back to home among fellow Hoyas who are actively contributing to build and empower future generations through education.  It was a powerful evening and I am grateful to have concluded the night through song, connecting with over 650 warm hearts at once with a shared purpose of granting the key to the next generation.


"Legacy" inspires live audience confessions on Afternoon Delight Show Hosted by Robbie McDonald! 

What an honor!  The first single "Legacy" has begun it's own impact. 

Robbie McDonald, a recording artist who has traveled far and wide internationally performing his music, hosted a private filming of his very own show called Afternoon Delight, which took place live at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles in Burbank.  The theme was legacy and live audience members shared what the word meant to them.  Very personal and touching stories! 

Yours truly Dani W gave a live acoustic performance of "Legacy" with Robbie playing guitar live for a special version of the song.  It was truly a delightful and meaningful event. 

Featured artists and artisans included Shana Mattheis from @RevivalMusicCo and @RootsRevivalMag, Evan Blum @EvanBlumMusic, Sara Noelle, @SNoelle and Gabby @GabbyWilson

Once the show is set to launch, we will keep you posted as well so you can be the first to view!

To apply to be interviewed on the show, email robbiewrites@yahoo.com attn: Afternoon Delight Show.  Submit your music, website and bio for consideration. 

The mighty band! Sunset Show and the latest on recording... 

Happy Father's Day!

We are recording the next two songs this month with the full band produced by Gaku Murata!  Also, looking forward to wrapping up a new song called "Legacy" which Tanner Richie is producing!  We will air this first single on 7/1 Arizona radio, a special show called Girlfriends.  Stay tuned under events to listen in!

Pic at the rehearsal studio preparing for Sunset Session show in Hollywood a couple weeks ago.  Abe our drummer escaped the group pic.