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Artist To Watch Out For: Jesse Lee

I first discovered Jesse Lee 5 years ago and review her debut album and when I redesigned the site, some how I lost the review but found it again. I thought then her voice and the songs were incredible. Now she signed to the major label and doing wonders for herself. She has got some great country tunes that are a joy to ear such as It’s A Girl Thing, Like My Mother Does. Her latest album is gonna be amazing. I for one is a fan and I can’t wait to hear. This girl is the next big thing in country music. She incredible and she worth checking out.

http://www.jesseleemusic.com/

This is an old review thought I had lost but found it and thought it was worth uploading since the rise of Jesse Lee who is an incredible talent.

 Jesse Lee – Room To Breathe (Direct Image
Records)

Jesse Lee is a great American country and western artist
and well is going places with her album Room To Breathe.
The first track River Child is a true country song and
really does shine her vocals as she works well with the
music and that makes the music fantastic. Back To The Flame
is another great song that also shows of her vocals and
which also works well with the music. The music in general
has been written and well to really show of her voice,
which is fantastic. These two songs are really upbeat and
great country and western songs and also which Jesse has
helped in the song-writing department. Time Stands Still is
a ballad and really really shows that Jesse can so sing her
heart out. It’s probably the one song that would easily be
on radio and pick her up a lot of fans. Room To Breathe is
another great song that screams country and western that is
really enjoyable with good lyrics and good vocals. The
backing band is great and makes the music a joy to listen
to. She also contributes to song-writing with this song
also. Happy Ever After You is a great song that really gets
you tapping your feet and grooving in your seat with good
musicianship, great vocals by Jesse and just makes you want
to sing. The lyrics in a lot of the songs are pretty catchy
and you will no doubt be singing away after a few listens.
Ohio is another laid back ballad country western song that
also really shines her vocals and is a song about love
basically and having a crush on the boy next door and it is
a good song, which brings out Jesse. Stronger Than That is
another great ballad number, which has great vocals, good
musicianship and is real joy to listen to. Redemption is a
really funky upbeat country western song that has great
lyrics, fantastic vocals and great guitar playing. I really
enjoyed this song. You Go Girl finishes off the album well
with a good old fashion country western song with Jesse
great voice and get you moving in no time and singing away.
Good Lyrics, Great Harmonies and well just a really good
song. I really enjoyed this album as I haven’t heard a
voice as good as Jesse in a long time. I can see why people
like her. A good voice goes a long away and so does this
album by Jesse Lee. For more info visit
http://www.jesseleefanclub.com

Actor To Watch Out For – Kaylee Defer

 Photo by Chris Hatcher / PR Photos 

Photo by Chris Hatcher / PR Photos 

If you been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Kaylee Defer, trust me you will.  She is one of the hottest up and coming actors in Hollywood at the moment. Well that what I think. I’ve been a fan of her work for ages, since I first heard about on the show The War At Home. She now gonna be in the new season of Gossip Girl, plus a role in the new Kevin Smith movie Red State and independent films Mattie & In My Pocket. The girl is gonna be rocking Hollywood in no time.  She worked hard for it all and it’s paying off. Watch this space. I just hope that she’ll do a movie with my friend Michelle Page, they would be awesome on the screen together.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1560236/ 

Old School Interview – Allira Cohrs

Done in 2006 & First 1 Done in 2005

I did these a few years back with Allira when I knew her, Thought she was a pretty cool person. If she ever see this contact me. would love to interview her again. Chris 

 1. How have things have changed since the FHM Girl Next Door Competition?

So Much has Changed,more so just my life more then anything,a lot of doors have opened since the comp which I enjoy a lot.

2. Was it fun do the Miss Indy competition?

Bartercard Miss Indy was a blast,I met some really great girls and worked with some really cool people,working with the cars for 3 days was hot also.

3. What did you hope to get out of Girl Next Door Competition?

Of course i had my eye on the prize of winning,but half way through the comp I relied that,it was better for me to network and make as many contacts as possible I made some really cool friendships with people in this industry and i believe thats why I’ve gotten so far.

4. Have you had to do promotion for it?

I have done a lot of PR for myself,I really enjoy it though,its fun meeting more new faces and getting to see how other people see my work.

5. Has that opened up a lot of doors?

So many doors have opened,and I hope that more will too,but I’am so overwhelmed with how things have turned out,better then I have ever expected.

6. What has been the highlight so far?

The highlight so far is writing the weekly Sex Masterclass for ZOO weekly,its such a great mag to be involved in,and to be one of there sexperts is a dream.

7. Have you had any bad feedback?

Hehe of course I have,but any comments are welcome,you have to take the good with the bad in this industry,but I guess I’m doing what I want to do,and not everyone is going to agree with it,but I’m really happy and i guess thats all that matters in the end,

8. How did you get involved with Zoo Magazine?

It came about from one of the editors asking me if I would like to be involved,i jumped straight at the opportunity..and haven’t looked back

9. Are you happy with how well things have gone with it?

It’s very bizarre and surreal how well it has gone,I never though my career would take such a big turning point,but I’am loving every minute of it.

10. Were you surprised when you got in the FHM’s 100 Sexiest Females List?

Haha yes very much so,I don’t see myself as being sexy,I’m am the girl who lives in trackies and uggies haha but I guess it’s up to the public,and iam very flattered that I even made it into the nomination list.

11. How did it feel to get the cover of Zoo Magazine?

It’s was a dream,it felt soo weird walking into the newsagency and seeing myself on the cover and posters, it was so hard to believe I had to pinch myself.

12. How things have changed after that?

A lot has happened,i have been jet setting off for the past few weeks,it’s hard but its part of the job.

13. What is next for you?

Any things in the pipeline? I do have a few things in the pipelines,I am in the process of organizing my calender,and my new web is under construction. I am wanting to break into TV so I’m looking at different avenues for that and hopefully everything I have got planned goes ahead.

14. Any advice foe people wanting to be a model?

Just set goals and achieve them,i started from the bottom and now I’am living my dream,its not easy work,but if you put your mind to it,it will happen.

15. Any more modeling competitions lined up?
There is a few,and I hope I do well,but its all a learning curve,
 

 

2005 Interview 


1. Why did you decide to become a model?

Ever since i was little i wanted to either be a ballroom dancer or a model..did ballroom for a few years and decided to give modelling a go

2. How did you get involved with FHM?

i entered the Girl Next Door Competition and made it to the top 7

3. Were you pleased when you were runner up?

I was over the moon,it was more than i could have ever expected

4. What has the responce been like to you being in FHM?

Its been great,ive grown a fan base and met some really great people

5. Has that opened up a lot of doors?

it has,and hopefully it will open alot more..but the main thing it has done,is given me alot more confidence and to be happy with myself and love being a women.

6. Has the internet helped with your career?

yes it has,having online portfolios and fan websites is great

7. Have you had any bad feedback?

alot..mainly people commenting on my work..but u do get the odd person trying to make u feel bad

8. Who would you most like to work with?


Proberly Kate Moss..she is amazing or Tyra Banks,she is amazing too

9. Which models do you look up to?

Imogen Bailey,Bessie Bardot..thats all i can think of at the moment

10. Have you been asked to pose for other magazines?

Yes i have,but have declinded because its not my style

11. Would you go overseas to further your career?

thats my next step after working here in oz for a bit

12. What kinda shoot would most not do?

Centrefold Porn style photography

13. If you could be in a music video who’s would it be?

50 Cent and the Game

14. Who has helped you out the most?

My mother and my best mate Kelly

15. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob Squarepants where would you be?

I dont watch spongebob hehe but id love to be

16. What is on your stereo at the moment?

A cd i got given at a nightclub last night..its red hot hehe

17. What are some of your favourite musicial artists/bands?

I love ministry of sound music..but i also love r&b,50 cent,the game,scribe,love Pete Murray,john butler trio..love some punk..AFI icon_smile.gif

18. What movies you have seen lately you have really enjoyed?

Napoleon Dynamite hehe my fav movie

19 What are your favourite movies?

Napoleon Dynamite,Anchorman,Old School

20. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

Love it..i want to be on the Big Brother Next year hehe HINT HINT

Band to Watch Out For – Enation

 

If you know me, I listen to everything but at heart I’m a rocker and love you know the kinda bands I grew up listening to in the 90’s which were pretty modern sounding. I decided to go for another look on cdbaby as I do every so offen. I came across Enation a band doing good old fashion modern edgy rock music melodies, heart and soul. Basically across between U2 & Radiohead.

There songs are driving, catchy & poppy but at the same time they do these ballads that a haunting and beautifuly powerful.

 I loved what I heard and bought what I heard and I was blown away by it all. The two band guys in the band are actors and are writing such amazing music that deserves to be heard and cherish. They have been doing it for a while and what you’ll be hearing is something you wish you heard earlier

Find out more here http://www.enationmusic.com/ 

Amy Bissonnette – Beauty Of The Year

Photos by DV Studio 

 Amy somebody I have interviewed twice here on Parx-e. Think’s she is a gorgeous girl. Smart, a pleasure to interview and a really natural beauty. She genuine and honest. Yes she has been in PB and done some stuff there, which I would love to see more her in the mag and online. She has a degree in Psychology and I believe with her brains,natural beauty. She will go far. I believe we will see more of her. Think she a knockout and because of her charm,beauty & brains that are why I made her beauty of year.

 

Gossling – Until Then (MGM Distribution) Review

A good singer songwriter doesn’t need gimmicks or tricks to sell her music to an audience, the music should speak for itself and when something good as Gossling is, it doesn’t stay quiet for long. I first heard Gossling a year ago playing alongside Coby Grant, I booked for a show in December then well the rest is history, She got herself a booking agent, publicist because of her amazing debut EP and support from Triple J. The new one is amazing,  It’s beautifuly written, haunting and captaviting. Songs like The Only Way are haunting anthem that are just beautifuly layered with sweet melodies, amazing piano playing and a good use of cello. Oh Darling is another track that highlights her songwriting, vocals and musicianship and how fantastic a piano player she is.  I Was Young is different as it has guitar, backing vocals and good effect use of the drums, even the Banjo. It has a bit of a country & western feel to it. Ancient Love would have to be my favorite off the EP. Good use of drums,piano, cello and Helen voice is in fine form. I think this is an remarkable EP, a real achievement in songwriter and music.  She has put out something that is really sweet and a joy to the ears.  She will be the next big thing in music for singer songwriters.  It’s already happening. Do yourself a favour, pick this up and support a real aussie talent.

Sarah McMonagle

Sarah McMonagle
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Interview With Sarah McMonagle By Chris 12/01/10

Sarah McMonagle is probably the best young feamle country singer songwriter coming out of Australia in the last few year. Her debut album Tea On Tuesday is an album that is something really special and really sweet. The album is a must have and I was simply taken back by it. So read on folks.

Sarah Website

1. Are you happy how things are gone for you so far with the music?

Yes definitely, I certainly exceeded all of my own expectations but I do have new goals that I’ve set so am looking forward to working towards achieving them now.

2. How is the album different to the last recording?

I released my EP around 3 years ago and it was something that I was very proud of but I do feel I have grown so much as a songwriter and person and the songs on the new album really reflect that. There are more personal stories on Tea on Tuesday and I feel I’ve really put my heart on my sleeve with this one.

3. What inspires you when writing music?

Lots of things inspire me, I might see or smell something or hear a great story that I think would be perfect for a song. My friends and family definitely inspire me too.

4. How was the recording process like for album?

Matt Fell produced my album, I spent about 10 days with him in the studio and it was a great experience, I was involved in every step but I really respected Matt’s work and knew he would make the songs sound great so I just let him go with it.

5. What do you think of major record labels and the new 360 deals?

There are definitely pros and cons to both being signed to a major record label and being an independent artist. I think if the deal seems right for the particular artist then they should go for it. At the end of the day major record labels are a company not a charity, they need to make money and unfortunately there isn’t a lot of money to be made in album sales anymore so they need to look at other avenues.

6. What has been your favorite place to sing so far?

Definitely at Toyota Star Maker, it was such a professional set up and a huge audience, pretty nerve racking but I loved it.

7. Are you happy how people have responded to your music?

Yes very much, I realise my music isn’t for everyone but I have been receiving some great feedback and responses, I made the album for me and the stories are very personal and it’s so nice when people tell me they can relate to my stories too.

8. Who have you enjoyed working with the most?

So many people, definitely the musicians on the album and the other independent artists who play at the same festivals.

9. Do you think Australia needs a dedicated country music station
nationwide?

I think that could be a great idea as so many people love country music but can’t access a country radio station everywhere. I’m lucky enough to have 989fm a 24/7 country station here in Brisbane to listen to. I would hate for it to push out the community stations though as they do such a great job promoting country music.

10. How has the media responded to the album and your music?

I’ve had some fantastic reviews and stories in Capital News and Country Update magazines and some great feedback from radio presenters across the country.

11. Any plans to play down here in Melbourne?

I really hope to play around Australia a bit more in 2010 and I really love Melbourne so it would definitely be on my list to do.

12. What advice can you give to people who wanna make a career in music?

I was given this advice when I attended the CMAA College of Country Music – Be nice to the people on the way up because you’ll need them on the way back down.