Musicians

Nick Valentini

May 26, 2016
Nick Valentini

Born in Los Angeles in the fall of 2015, The Nick Valentini Collective is a critically-acclaimed eight-piece musical collective that blends elements of indie rock, jazz and psychedelic soul into a captivating, multi-layered melange of rich melodies and soulful, cathartic vocals. Led by Nick Valentini (singer, keyboard), the group also features Erik Shibowski (bass), Hugo Shibowski (tenor sax), Nate Schwartz (guitar), Nicolo Scolieri (flute), Nick Velez (drums), Gabriel Wheaton (string orchestration) and Tyler Wennstrom (keyboard/percussion). On the strength of their dynamic live shows, the group has garnered a devoted following since their debut.

The group’s two singles, “Carousel” and “Mr. Mister,” will both be featured on their debut album, scheduled for release in late summer 2016. In the meantime, The Nick Valentini Collective will be touring extensively during the coming months.

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Musicians

Madelyn Victoria

May 18, 2016
Madelyn Victoria

On the day she was born, the doctor who delivered Madelyn Victoria into this world had country music playing in the operating room. In the years since, country music has remained a integral part of the young Texan’s life.

Growing up in the small town of Harlingen, Texas, Madelyn joined her local church choir at the age of 13 and became the church’s lead vocalist a year later. From the age of 15, Madelyn has been performing professionally, making a name for herself across the Rio Grande Valley. Since that time, Madelyn and her band have opened for and shared the stage with acts including Easton Corbin, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band and many more, and they currently perform at venues and events in south Texas.

In late 2014, Madelyn released her debut EP, which showcases her rich, soulful voice and features the hit single, “He Only Loves Me On The Dance Floor.”

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Authors

Sarah K. Stephens

May 13, 2016
Sarah K. Stephens

Since earning her doctorate in developmental psychology from Penn State University in 2007, Sarah K. Stephens has worked as a university lecturer, teaching a variety of courses on autism, the processes of risk and resilience in childhood, and the influence of online media on social and behavioral development in children and adolescents.

In March of 2016, Five on the Fifth literary magazine published “Boys,” a short story that Stephens had written to address the issue of sexual violence and harassment on college campuses, and in the winter of 2016, Pandamoon Publishing will release Stephens’s first novel, A Flash of Red, which originated from recent research on the effects of pornography exposure on children, and how such exposure can shape young men and women’s expectations and preferences in their romantic lives. Focusing on three main characters, the novel explores the chaos that can result when mental illness and misperceptions of reality invade our most intimate relationships.

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Musicians

Kinderjazz

May 12, 2016
Kinderjazz

Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effect that music can have on children, helping to stimulate parts of the brain related to memory, creativity and emotional development.

With this in mind, 12-piece Australian musical collective Kinderjazz has been composing blues, ragtime, jazz and swing music for children since Christobel Llewellyn founded the group in 1997, releasing nine albums along the way and performing in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Daring Harbour, Parramatta Stadium, Stadium Australia and many more.

In April of 2016, Kinderjazz’s song “Do the Latin Alphabet” was named Best Children’s Song at the Akademia Music Awards. The song appears on the group’s 2015 album, Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

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Broadcasters

Merrill Reese

April 22, 2016
Merrill Reese

Growing up, Philadelphia native Merrill Reese knew he wanted to be a broadcaster. A sportscaster, to be specific.

While attending Temple University, Reese learned his craft at the college’s radio station, WRTI, where he did play-by-play for school sporting events and spun records on his weekly music show. After earning his bachelor’s degree in communications and broadcasting, Reese embarked on a radio career that would take him to the small Pennsylvania towns of Pottstown and Levittown before he eventually landed a job as a newscaster and sportscaster at WHAT and WWDB in Philadelphia.

After a few years, Reese moved to WIP, where he worked as a summer replacement and fill-in sportscaster and eventually began doing pre-game and post-game shows for the Philadelphia Eagles. From there, he became the color commentator during Eagles games, and took over the play-by-play duties during the 1977 season.

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