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Q and A with America’s Got Talent Season 4 Finalist Drew Stevyns

Drew auditioned for the NBC show ‘America’s Got Talent’ where he was selected and humbled to make it into the Finals. In each song that Stevyns writes he tries to tell his story through the words. His voice is hypnotic in nature and pulls the listeners close in a unique way that allows the audience to feel what he feels.

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The Maryland native spent his childhood singing in England in church and choirs. Music has always been a quiet intensity that has encompassed the path Stevyns continues to follow today. After returning to the U.S., Stevyns sustained his musical development by taking piano lessons, singing in his high school chorus, and teaching himself to play guitar. After graduating high school and spending some time in college Stevyns worked a variety of jobs to fulfill his dream of playing music professionally.

Stevyns’ song ‘Waiting’ placed fourth in the Adult Contemporary Song of the Year competition. Drew auditioned for the NBC show ‘America’s Got Talent’ where he was selected and humbled to make it into the Finals. While on the show, Stevyns was fortunate enough to work with top music producers Nigel Wright and Shane Keister as well as perform with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Thelma Houston.

Shortly after the conclusion of ‘America’s Got Talent’, Stevyns was asked to perform with his band at the ‘Whisky A Go Go’ to endorse a new brand of Paul Reed Smith guitars. Stevyns opened for Grand Ole Opry member ‘Charlie Daniels’ as well as Nashville Recording Artist ‘Shelly Rann’, ‘Sarah Lou Richards’, and ‘Josh Doyle’.

Stevyns was invited by the ‘Artist to the Stars’ Corey Frizzell to perform at the “Lyrics for Lyric” benefit show in Nashville TN to support Childhood Cancer research. Drew also performed at the legendary 12th and Porter Nashville lounge in front of a packed house.

In each song that Stevyns writes he tries to tell his story through the words. His voice is hypnotic in nature and pulls the listeners close in a unique way that allows the audience to feel what he feels.

The response to Stevyns’ music has been extremely positive and his popularity continues to grow through a wide range of fans worldwide.

You can find more information about Drew Stevyns on Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Twitter, and Google. Send him a friends request to get updates on his career and upcoming performances.

Tell us about the audition process for America’s got Talent?
Very long and drawn out. A whole day of waiting in line with 20,000 other people. Then you have 20 seconds to grab the producers attention. Then off to the next round of judges until you get before the main three. Huge screening process for sure.

Describe a day in the life of a Contestant?
Meet the van drivers in the hotel lobby, Get driven to CBS Studios L.A. Sit around for hours until its your time for B roll or camera blocking. Drink lots off coffee. Try to look “pensive” when needed.

Life after America’s got Talent?
Life after AGT is much the same as it was before.

Share the stage with anyone dead or alive who and why?
Joe Bonamassa/ Jeff beck. Probably the 2 best guitar players in the game right now for sure. As for bands I would love to be on stage with “The Flaming Lips” “Rick James” Or “The Clash” All for obvious reasons. But believe me there are many more.

 

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!

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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5

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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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