Musicians

Jim Levatte

October 27, 2016
Jim Levatte

Born and raised in the railroad and manufacturing town of Smith Falls, Ontario, Jim Levatte was drawn to music at a young age. While all of his friends played hockey, Levatte gravitated towards the guitar, and he wrote his first song at the age of nine.

As he got older, Levatte and his band honed their country music sound performing on the local club scene, releasing six studio albums along the way. After a car accident in 2013 forced him to leave behind his successful construction business, Levatte decided to focus all of his attention on his music career, and the result has been a creative surge that has led to over 50 hours of demo tape and thousands of song ideas. Among them is Levatte’s newest single, “This Ain’t My Day,” which debuted at #68 on the New Music Weekly country charts. Featuring Levatte’s gravelly vocals atop a honky-tonk piano and some bar-room guitars, the song will be featured on Levatte’s upcoming self-titled album.

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Musicians

Romance & Rebellion

October 17, 2016
Romance and Rebellion

With their most recent single, “Vanity Fair,” Los Angeles pop band Romance & Rebellion have crafted a soaring depiction of youthful infatuation, one complete with lush vocals layered atop addictive power pop beats reminiscent of 1960s rock. “Vanity Fair” was featured on the Romance & Rebellion’s debut EP, released in June of 2016, on which the group teamed with veteran pop producer Stefan Litrownik (Andy Grammer, One Direction) to hone their infectious sound into six glistening songs that are making waves in the music industry.

Featuring David LaViola (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Aaron Medina (lead guitar, harmony vocals), Brandon Davis (bass, harmony vocals), Aleksandr Landsberger (harmony guitar, harmony vocals), and Kyle Jordan Mueller (drums), Romance & Rebellion is the byproduct of four individuals who came to Los Angeles looking for something, but what they found was each other. And through their common belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, they discovered musical harmony.

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Musicians

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

October 14, 2016
Jocelyn and Chris Arndt

She’s been compared to Janis Joplin, Fiona Apple and Amy Winehouse. He’s been mentioned in the same sentence as Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Together, siblings Jocelyn and Chris Arndt form a powerful musical duo whose new album, Edges, is a dazzling collection of dynamic blues-rock songs that debuted at #17 on Jambands.com’s Top 30 (and currently sits at #14 after five consecutive months on the chart) and has cracked the FMQB Top 200 Albums and Singles List, bolstered by airplay across the United States. Featuring guest appearances by G. Love and Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis, the critically-acclaimed album is a raw, soulful throwback to the rock of the ’60s and ’70s.

Jocelyn and Chris have been featured in Paste Magazine, Relix, The 405 and Baeble Music, and the pair has performed across the country at venues and locales including the Sundance Film Festival, Mountain Jam Music Festival, SXSW, The Viper Room and Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and Milwaukee Summerfest, where they were voted “Best Band” on the emerging artist stage.

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Musicians

Olivia Penalva

October 13, 2016
Olivia Penalva

At the age of 11, Canadian singer/songwriter Olivia got her start with a captivating appearance on Our Kids Have Talent, which paved the way to writing and recording her debut album two years later. Since that time, her song “Christmas for Two” cracked the Top 30 on Canadian radio, she was a finalist in the International Song Writing Competition, and on her 2014 song “Ferris Wheel,” she worked with acclaimed producer Brian West, who has previously collaborated with artists such as Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5.

Still only 16 years of age, Olivia recently released a new EP, Weightless, a collection of songs about self-love and the power of positivity that allow the rising star’s sultry, soulful vocal stylings to shine.

To learn more about Olivia, visit oliviamusiclive.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Authors, Bloggers, Poets

Dane Cobain

October 6, 2016
Author Dane Cobain

Author Dane Cobain started writing at the age of fourteen, progressing quickly from lyrics and music to journals, short stories, poetry and the first draft of an early novel. He studied creative writing at London’s Roehampton University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing before embarking on a career in social media marketing.

In 2013, Cobain launched SocialBookshelves.com, a website that soon became one of the top book blogs in the UK, and through this site, Cobain made the acquaintance of Jesse James Freeman, the former VP of Community Management at Booktrope Publishing. In 2015, Cobain’s debut novella, a supernatural thriller called No Rest for the Wicked, was released by Booktrope’s Forsaken imprint.

Cobain’s second book, a collection of poetry called Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home, was released by Booktrope Editions in March 2016, and this was followed by a novel called Former.ly in June of 2016 and a non-fiction work called Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World in August of 2016.

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