New Artist Spotlight: Chaz Robinson

Hey Everyone!

ChazPRINT3_1mb    I am so thrilled to introduce you to Chaz Robinson, a guy I’ve known for a long time and who I am super excited to see breaking onto the music scene. This is one guy you won’t want to miss! I recently caught up with him to find out how he is doing, what he’s been up to and what he has in store for the coming months. He is an awesome talent who I am very proud to call my friend!

1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been performing?

I’m from Indianapolis IN and I have been performing since the age of 3. I was professional and competitive jump roper for 15 years and have recently taken a big step in my recording career, signing my first record deal with the Spectra Music Group.

2. Describe your music. R&B, pop, rock, folk, etc.

I would describe my music as Pop.

3. Who were some of your early influences and who do you admire today?

My earliest influence was Christina Aguilera. I always admired how she could so effortlessly manipulate her voice and I wanted to be able to do that. To this day — I can sing along with any Christina song, note-for-note! haha

4. Did you ever crush over anyone in a band (no judgement)? If so, who?

I’ve never crushed over anyone in a band before.

5. Who was your first concert?
I really couldn’t tell you! Although one of my favorite concerts was the Katy Perry: Teenage Dream Tour.

6. Where do you find your inspiration for your lyrics?
I draw my inspiration from many things. Life, love, sadness, and overcoming adversity. You will find many of my songs would be first taken as a love song…which is not usually the actual meaning. I love using double entendres.

7. Who is your favorite female songwriter/artist (Other than MonAmi)?

I would probably have to say JessieJ. I’m absolutely obsessed with her style, vocal control, and talent.

8. Can you tell us a little about your latest recording, album, or project you are working on?

I’m currently working on my Debut Album to be released Fall 2015 on Spectra Records. We’re hard at work developing an “Acoustelectric Pop” sound that’s totally original! You won’t want to miss this — I promise!

9. Will you be playing publicly any time soon? If so, where can my fans find you?
I don’t currently have any live shows planned as we are hard at work on the album. As soon as the album is finished, we will begin the exciting process of promoting and performing!

10. What is your favorite song by MonAmi?

“How Do You Like Me Now?”

11. How can MonAmi’s fans find you? 

http://www.chazrobinson.com — be sure to subscribe to my mailing list for all the latest updates and news on the release of my album!

Want to win some free music from Chaz? Comment on this post or on the FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Fifteenminutesoffamebook to win TWO songs by Chaz!

Until next time, Keep Rockin’

MonAmi

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New Artist Spotlight: Kira Taylor

Hey Everyone!

Kira    First of all, congratulations to Debbie for winning some new music from last week’s featured performer Haley Jonay! I am so excited to introduce you to another great young lady from Florida who I know you are going to hear more from in the future. Her name is Kira Taylor and I first met her a few years back and marveled that we had the same last name. We have become pals and I have been following her career ever since. She’s making a huge splash in the southern half of the US and even performed in the Midwest last year! I asked her to share a little about herself with FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME fans and here’s what she had to say:

1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been performing?

I am a 15 year old singer, songwriter, performer, cystic fibrosis warrior, free2luv youth advocate, Kindness U activist, and volunteer with the special needs / youth ministry.

I live in tampa, fl but I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. I have been performing for almost four years.
2. Describe your music. R&B, pop, rock, folk, etc.

My two originals songs can be considered as Country/pop and ballad but I want to expand to more fast beat fun type of songs.
3. Who were some of your early influences and who do you admire today?

If referring to early music influences I would say Hillary Duff. Miranda Cosgrove, and Victoria Justice. Now I admire Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Bella Thorne, Carrie Underwood,etc

4. Did you ever crush over a guy in a band (can be a famous boy band…no judgement)? If so, who?

Yes, I am a huge “Mahomie Fan” for Austin Mahone.

5. Who was your first concert?

My first concert was Demi Lovatos ‘here we go again tour with David Archuleta, etc.

6. Where do you find your inspiration for your lyrics?

I use personal events that happen in my life and what happens to others to help inspire me to create my lyrics. I write about things that I know will inspires other and people will relate to.

7. Who is your favorite female songwriter/artist (Other than MonAmi)?

Demi Lovato

8. Can you tell us a little about your latest recording, album, or project you are working on? In November, I did two collaboration covers with House Puzzle (Pablo Adame). We did a collaboration cover to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and Bad Day by Daniel Powter. I am working on some new original/ cover songs.

9. Will you be playing publicly any time soon? If so, where can my fans find you?

Not at this time. I have submitted to venues, but really want to perform soon. I have opened up for Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars –Toby one of the main characters, ) at the Shops at Wiregrass Mall Meet and Greet over 1100 people. I’ve performed along with Spencer Sutherland, Oliivia Millerschin, Liberty Deep Down at the Second Annual No Bull Challenge Music Showcase Event Fundraiser for the Teen Video Awards

10. What is your favorite song by MonAmi? 

I like all of MonAmi’s songs! She rocks!

11. How can MonAmi’s fans find you? 

Website: http://kirataylormusic.wix.com/home

https://www.facebook.com/KiraTaylorCountryMusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/KiraTaylorMusic

https://instagram.com/kirataylorsinger/

https://twitter.com/KiraTaylorSings

http://www.reverbnation.com/KiraTaylor

12. Anything else you would like to add?

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Want to score some FREE music? Enter for a chance to win a copy of Kira Taylor’s “Country Girl Things” by commenting below or on the FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Fifteenminutesoffamebook

Until next time, Keep Rockin’,

MonAmi

 

Artist Spotlight: Haley Jonay

Hey Everyone!

hjalbumcover     Today, I am pleased to introduce Haley Jonay, a very talented young singer/songwriter who you do NOT want to miss. I discovered this amazing artist last fall when I was visiting my hometown and I was blown away by her style. (In fact, she kind of reminded me of ME at that age!) I asked her if I could present her to my fans via my FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME Tour Diary and she jumped at the chance. So…here’s the 411 on Haley and don’t forget to read to the end for a special offer for blog readers!

1.Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been performing?

My name is Haley Jonay. I’m a seventeen year old singer/songwriter from Greenfield, IN. I’ve been performing since the age of fourteen.
2. Describe your music. R&B, pop, rock, folk, etc.

My music is a melting pot of genres; everything from pop to rock to country to folk.
3. Who were some of your early influences and who do you admire today?

One of my biggest influences as a child was Hannah Montana, also known as Miley Cyrus. I was totally inspired by her rock star lifestyle and sparkly outfits. Others include Johnny Cash, Demi Lovato, and Alanis Morissette. Currently I’m pulling a lot of inspiration from artists like Ed Sheeran, John Lennon, and Taylor Swift.

4. Did you ever crush over a guy in a band (can be a famous boy band…no judgement)? If so, who?

When I was about ten years old, I had the biggest crush on Joe Jonas from The Jonas Brothers.

5. Who was your first concert?

My first concert was Miley Cyrus on the Best of Both Worlds Tour in 2007. That concert definitely sparked my dream of being a performer

6.Where do you find your inspiration for your lyrics?

My inspiration comes from the world around me. That can be anything from heartbreak to dandelions. When I write songs, nothing is off limits.

7. Who is your favorite female songwriter/artist?

Other than MonAmi, Taylor Swift is definitely one of my favorite female artists/songwriters. Her lyrics are so clever and relevant, her stage presence is enchanting, and she is a beautiful person inside and out.

8. Can you tell us a little about your latest recording, album, or project you are working on?

I recently released my debut album ‘Haley Jonay’ which I wrote, composed, and produced. I’m insanely proud of it. The songs are all from my heart. With this album I’m essentially opening my diary for the world to read, and I couldn’t be more excited.

9. Will you be playing publicly any time soon? If so, where can my fans find you?

I have tons of exciting shows coming up in 2015. On July 2, 2015 I’m playing on the Plaza Stage at Klipsch Music Center right before Ed Sheeran hits the main stage. This is a dream come true for me, because Ed is one of my idols, and Klipsch Music Center is my dream venue. It’s going to be amazing! All of my dates can be found at http://www.haleyjonay.com/shows.

  1. What is your favorite song by MonAmi? My favorite song by MonAmi is definitely “How Do You Like Me Now?” 
  2. How can MonAmi’s fans find you?www.HaleyJonay.comwww.twitter.com/haleyjonaywww.facebook.com/haleyjonay

    iTunes: Haley Jonay

    Instagram: @HaleyJonay

  3. Anything else you would like to add? I’m a huge fan of MonAmi, and I’m so incredibly excited to be interviewed for this blog! It’s a dream come true.

***SPECIAL GIVEAWAY*** Post comment to this thread and be entered to win an MP3 of Haley’s song “Like We’ve Never Met” from the album Haley Jonay!

Thanks Haley for joining us on our Artist Spotlight!

Do you know of a hot new artist I should feature? Tell me about them in the comments, send them to this blog and I will try and feature them on an upcoming edition!

Until next time, KEEP ROCKIN’

MonAmi

MonAmi’s Rock and Roll Rules

MonAmi Blog 3    The smart artist takes the time to study the greats in order to become greater. They build upon previous successes and avoid the pitfalls and mistakes of the past. While most musicians have those people who they look up to, and the rules they adhere to in their own career, here are mine. You’ll notice that I haven’t always gotten them 100% right, but even though I have broken some of them, I have always learned from them. Here’s hoping they will help you in the same way that they have helped me! -MonAmi

1. Do something worth remembering. -Elvis Presley

2. You Build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. -Johnny Cash

3. Don’t work at being ordinary. -Paul McCartney

4. I can’t think of anything more expressive than being a rock and roll singer. -Robert Plant

5. I may not believe in myself, but I believe in what I am doing. -Jimmy Page

6. I never trust anyone who doesn’t like Led Zeppelin. -Jack White

7. I won’t be a rock star, I will be a legend. -Freddie Mercury

8. If I told you what it takes to reach the highest high, you’d laugh and say nothing’s that simple. -Pete Townshend.

9. Don’t be in a band and then get involved with each other. – Ann Wilson

10. Before there was Elvis, there was nothing. -John Lennon.

 

Happy One Year Anniversary FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME!

photo-2    Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my debut YA novel FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME and in order to celebrate this momentous occasion (and give readers a chance to see some new material I am working on) I am having a month long party full of new music, prizes, giveaways, and exclusive material that cannot be found in the book!

MonAmi herself will be introducing readers to some new artists that you will be able to catch all around the country this summer and she is always on the lookout for new talent. If you know of a band or act who may want to be featured on MonAmi’s Tour Diary, be sure to let us know in the comments or on the official FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Fifteenminutesoffamebook

Stay tuned and keep rockin’

Julie Young

Author of FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME