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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Jon Harris

Jon Harris is a hip hop recording artist, record producer, and entrepreneur from New York. He was born in Manhattan, NY, but lived in the Cortlandt Manor, NY for most of his life since a young age. Harris started making music during grade school, continued through college, and founded his first music company after he graduated. Jon actually started making music in 7th grade when he was introduced to Fruity Loops Studio. He would make beats using the program or take beats from established artist and freestyle over them using his sister’s karaoke machine. He would to record them to cassettes in 7th and 8th grade while attending Copper Beech Middle School in Shub Oak, NY. Jon started making digital recording projects under the name “J-Holla” in 9th grade at Walter Panas High School. He recalled this project, being the first of many, he gave out to everyone who wanted it for free; being about 10 people. It wasn’t even a day later that he counted all 10 CDs in a garbage somewhere around the school. He stated this experience taught him 2 things; to pay more attention to a person’s actions rather than their verbal review because people will tell you something not to hurt your feelings and really hate it. Second was that he was not good and needed to get better if he were to make it. Harris said there were many times that he wanted to quit thinking he wasn’t good and will never be good enough but he persisted making music in high school not to break into the industry but actually because of a girl. “If I’m being honest a lot of the time in high school I didn’t make music to become famous because I thought it couldn’t happen with my talent where it was. I consistently made music actually so this girl I was obsessed with. Briana Dini, she is the reason I’m here now. I made music just because with every CD I made it ensured we would speak. We would fall out of contact I’d give her a CD and we would talk for months, and that was the cycle.” Jon also state on the subject that although he was very happy and wouldn’t change it, that he was aware how he watered down his content to make sure it didn’t upset her. Now he doesn’t care if he upsets anyone. “I make music for myself and feel my fan base support me based on my decision making. Throughout high school and college Jon listen, researched, and studied about all of his favorite artist trying to pick out pieces of their history and what made them successful. He wanted to craft his product around their success and at the same time make his music his own. He says he’s been a die-hard Eminem fan since he really started paying attention to music around 2001, listening to Eminem’s entire catalogue including “Infinite” which was Eminem’s first album that most people don’t know about. Jon heard every Eminem song that was released, even underground songs such as “Any Man” from ruckus records, and scary movie where he partnered with fellow Detroit rapper Royce da 5’9. He took inspiration from Kanye West on the production aspect of his music, production of the entire song not just the instrumental. JAY-Z inspired his character as a rapper and his approach to stardom. Then later he was introduced to J. Cole which he says quickly moved up to 2nd place of admiration for his genuine personality and his ability to show how human he is. During his tenure as a student at Pace University, studying Business Management, Jon started working on a move that would later be the foundation of his career. Trying to make a demo for major record companies Jon upgraded his equipment from a cheap radioshack mic to a higher quality but still affordable microphone to record. This would ensure he had better quality but eventually broke so he recorded most of his work on his laptop mic. Getting shunned by every label, refusing to even listen he decided to take his fate into his own hands and make it happen himself. He recorded more tracks and combined them to make his first major mixtape, “Destiny’s Calling”. This mixtape was made to represent his talent not only as a music artist but as a writer, producer, and engineer as Jon made this project entirely himself without anyone’s help. During the production of Destiny’s Calling Jon focused on starting a company. This company would be the opposite of the traditional record label. His company would right every wrong conventional record labels and create to be the norm for the music industry. He felt they ignored his demo because he didn’t already have a large fan base an vowed that an artist can be signed by his company no matter where they are in their career. He won’t focus on the money and how lucrative an act could be but more on their talent and what they make. After releasing the mixtape Jon started working on building up his company’s brand. During this time he changed his name from “J-Holla” to “Jon Harris”. He felt the name “J-Holla” seemed immature and too many people used the name and gave it a certain image. Trying to figure out what name he should go by he figured to use the nickname he’s been called his whole life. Jon said in an interview ““I kind of felt I grew out of the name. To me “J Holla” sounded a bit immature and also there were so many j hollas on the internet. It was hard and continued to be difficult to distinguish myself from all of them. I chose Jon Harris because that’s the best represents me and like Kanye west said, I don’t want a “rapper” name because that might box me in. I’m not just a rapper; I can potentially give you something different”. Destiny’s Calling 2 was released on October 31, 2017. This was the second installation to his Destiny’s Calling Series. He felt the need to make this mixtape to showcase where his abilities were at during this period. He upgraded his equipment to more professional equipment and put together a small studio. This mixtape used a larger budge regarding the sounds and plug-ins he purchased for the production. He wanted to continue his self-reliance theme although he did admit he produced every song on the mixtape except for one. DC2 feature several local acts including, Al Boogz, Amanda Barreto, Heather LaRose, Money Mike Dolan, & Mike Harris. Aside from the featured rap verses Jon is credited to writing every song. Along with self-dependency, Jon also wanted to change people’s train of though. He said “people tend to be very stuck in their ways. When they have a thought about something it’s difficult to change their minds by arguing. What I’m doing is painting a picture of several sides of some of these situations to give a different perspective.” The last major theme of the mixtape is progression, Jon deliberately added a track “reflections” to show work from his very first project. This is to give the audience an idea of how far he has come. Also tribute the journey the people who has been with him since and how far they’ve come. Shortly after DC2 was released Jon decided to rebrand his company. He changed the name from Black Widow Entertainment to Living Life Our Way Entertainment. He said there was another company Black Widow Music that was causing some confusion and wanted his company to be the only of its kind. He also though the new name better represented the ideals of the company. He said “I came up with the name because all my life people have been telling me what I should do. ‘I should pursue music because it’s not realistic.’ ‘I should get into this this field or that field’. If I listened to them and it didn’t work out and I was miserable, I would only have myself to blame and that’s not fair. So I refuse to live my life their way, they can do that. I’ll live MY life MY way”.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jet Jurgensmeyer

From comedy to drama, award-nominated young actor Jet Jurgensmeyer has brought dynamic characters to life in film and television, quickly solidifying him as “one to watch" in the entertainment industry. With multiple exciting projects slated for release this year, Jet is not slowing down anytime soon.

First, he can be seen starring opposite Valerie Azlynn and Jackée Harry in the indie feature film “Cupid’s Proxy” (Simba Entertainment) set to premiere on VOD nationwide September 12, 2017. Next, Jet can be seen starring as fan-favorite Stinky Peterson in the film reprise of the popular 90s/00s television series, “Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie,” premiering November 23, 2017. The two-part TV film will serve as the definitive finale of the series, answering all unanswered questions, including the whereabouts of Arnold's missing parents. Following that release, Jet will appear in the 20th Century Fox film, “Ferdinand,” releasing in theaters nationwide on December 15, 2017. The film follows Ferdinand (played by John Cena), a bull with a big heart, who is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and taken from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Jet will voice the role of Young Guapo, the counterpart to the adult character, played by former NFL Superbowl Champion and MVP, Peyton Manning.

Additional recent film credits for Jet include starring in Nickelodeon’s “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” Disney’s “Adventures in Babysitting,” appearing in the Oscar-nominated, Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper,” Universal’s “The Little Rascals Save the Day” as Spanky, PureFlix Cinema’s “Woodlawn,” and Freestyle Digital Media’s “Redemption Road.” On the television front, Jet boasts an extensive list of credits including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” [CBS], “Hot in Cleveland” [TV Land], “Marry Me” [NBC], “Grey’s Anatomy” [ABC], “Austin & Ally” [The Disney Channel] and “Black-ish” [ABC]. He has also lent his voice to several animated projects over the years, including series regular roles for both Nickelodeon’s “Shimmer and Shine” and “Bubble Guppies,” as well as Amazon’s “Stinky & Dirt.” He has also been featured in several episodes of Disney’s “Special Agent Oso” and “Pickle and Peanut.” Jet has garnered six nominations from the Young Artists Awards, the most recent being in 2016 for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor (13 and Under) for his work in “Woodlawn” and Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor (11 and Under) for his work in “Bubble Guppies.”

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Jet has been entertaining audiences since he could walk. His parents owned a restaurant that hosted live music and dinner shows, and some of his first steps were across their stage with a microphone in hand. He and his family currently split their time between Tennessee, Missouri, and California. When not acting, he loves to hang out on his family’s farm, ride horses, go fishing and spend time outdoors. He is also active in sports, playing soccer, basketball, and golf, as well as perfecting his skills in Kenpo Karate, where he holds a purple belt. He also spends a lot of time playing his guitar and writing and recording music. You can check out some of his most popular covers on his YouTube channel.

On the charity front, Jet has become an avid supporter of The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. One of RSF’s first initiatives was to build broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios, within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Jet consistently visits these studios across the country and has raised over $10,000 towards building more of them.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Independent artist Corey Hendriks releases new single, “Artifact.”

Santa Cruz, CA. 2018 - Singer-songwriter Corey Hendriks has decided to pursue his music career as a solo artist. Look for the release of his new single Artifact on April 3rd, 2018. After his L.A band On The Surface broke up, Hendriks decided to go solo. Corey realizes he's an artist who believes in staying true to who he is at his core. He knows who he is as an artist. Hendriks loves the rock, rock-country genre as well as a little rock-pop. Corey Hendriks has recently been playing with the band Jive Machine at venues up and down the West Coast. Jive Machine has a lot planned including two tours coming up during summer 2018. Hendriks will remain as part of the band even though he's releasing his single. Currently, he's enjoying both playing with the band and pursuing his solo career.

Hendriks fans relate him to artists like John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen with a dash of David Bowie. It's no surprise that his upcoming single Artifact reflects an obvious homage to the 80's. Hendriks was inspired to write and produce his single about a forbidden love affair he previously had. Nothing like love went wrong to inspire an artist to pour their heart out. Hendriks wrote the video, filmed and directed it all (except for 10-15 seconds of royalty-free footage) as well. Marcus Rein helped him record vocals and mixed and mastered Artifact at his studio in Santa Cruz CA.
Hendriks' single will initially be available for purchase on CD Baby and Band Camp before making its' way to other distribution avenues. A 5 song EP is planned for release later in 2018.

For more on Corey Hendriks, visit his social media pages:
IG: corey_hendriks_official
Photo Credit: Rosemary Blazevic
Source: MG Agency CA