December 8, 2014 |
Jazmine Sullivan stands in the doorway of her parents' Northeast Philadelphia home. Her curly tresses frame a broad smile as she waves goodbye to her makeup artist and her stylist. With a rehearsal in a few hours, Sullivan, 27, goes inside and settles into an armchair in front of the fireplace. Relaxed, but slightly guarded, she readies herself for the questions she knows are coming about her three-year absence. After an abusive relationship that stopped her rising music career in its tracks, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is easing back into rehearsals, shows, interviews, with a new outlook.
November 23, 2014 |
Miriam E. McBride Rawley, 90, of Tacony, a mother and singer, died Friday, Nov. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at the Philadelphia Protestant Home in Lawncrest. Born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Mrs. Rawley lost her mother early. She and her four siblings grew up with their father, Francis McBride, and stepmother, Maude Whelan, on a horse farm in Hilltown, Bucks County. After the family moved back to the city, Mrs. Rawley became a member of the first graduating class of St. Hubert High School in 1942.
November 8, 2014 |
Philip Scott Ward, 69, of Lansdale, a longtime television director, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, of brain cancer at his home. Born in Spencer, W.Va., he graduated from Spencer High School. Mr. Ward began his career in 1960 as a disc jockey in a small radio station in Spencer, where he worked with the country music singer and songwriter Tom T. Hall. While attending Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., Mr. Ward was employed by WSAZ-TV in various positions before becoming a television director.
November 2, 2014 |
Al C. Rinaldi, 77, who rose from poverty to head Jacobs Music, a leading piano retailer with locations around the region, died of gastrointestinal cancer Thursday, Oct. 30, at his home in Mount Laurel. Born Aug. 27, 1937, in Scranton, Mr. Rinaldi grew up believing his name was Freddie Nolan - the name given him by the alcoholic woman down the hall who took him in when his father and mother abandoned him. It was a life of extreme poverty: "Freddie" learned to beg for food at a local deli by asking for scraps for a nonexistent family dog, to use sugar to mask the mold growing on bread taken from others' trash, to cut holes in his shoes to fit his feet, according to a detailed biography prepared for the family.
October 31, 2014 |
One smart singer Our theme today is "The Savvy Celebrity Businesslady. " Start with Wyomissing's own Taylor Swift , who knows how to work that social media! She's invented a new thing: taylurking . "Lurking" is Net talk for stalking folks online without them knowing. But people want T-Swift to stalk them! See, her new album 1989 was released Monday, and folks are buying it and taking selfies with it. Tay-Tay, brill grrrl, trolls the Web for said selfies and reposts 'em on her own Twitter account.
October 29, 2014 |
Bryan Singer, the "X-Men" director recently embroiled in a gay-sex scandal - the suit was since dropped - is going to be a daddy. RadarOnline.com exclusively revealed that Singer, 49, is expecting his first child via surrogate. (Well, we assumed he wasn't carrying the baby.) The "surrogate" is the director's longtime friend Michelle Clunie ( not Amal Clooney ) and Singer is reportedly paying her $1 million to have his baby! TMZ.com soon thereafter reported that Singer will raise the baby with Clunie, she will be listed as the mother on the birth certificate, she is not a surrogate and she will not be paid.
October 23, 2014 |
Brantley Gilbert engaged. Again. Just over 13 months ago, country music singer Brantley Gilbert was nursing a broken heart, having broken off his engagement to the love of his life, fellow country crooner Jana Kramer . Tuesday, Gilbert, 29, revealed he's engaged again. But to a different woman. (This time she really is the love of his life.) Gilbert wouldn't name the woman, only to say she's a teacher, a fellow native of Jefferson, Ga., and someone he has known for more than a decade.
September 18, 2014 |
BACK IN THE early '60s, Mike "Teardrops" Silenzio needed a lead singer for the doo-wop group he was putting together. Mike attended South Philadelphia High School and he was chums with Fabian Forte, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and other kids who would go on to stellar singing careers, and he knew what he was looking for. His group, the Masters, consisted of Mike himself as second tenor, baritone Rich Finizio, his cousin Frank "Tweetie" Condo...
September 17, 2014 |
Blues musician Tammy Milo is struggling to come up with lyrics for a song about her son TJ. He's 5, loves Chevy Camaros, and has a terminal disease. Timothy John O'Donnell was found to have Duchenne, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, in 2012. Duchenne patients endure progressive wasting of their muscles and usually end up in wheelchairs by 12; eventually, their lungs and hearts fail. The genetic disorder occurs once in every 3,000 to 6,000 births, affects mostly boys, and has no cure.
August 1, 2014 |
Alita Moses has come a long way from singing tunes from The Little Mermaid (and songs of her own invention) in the bath as a child. But she grew up with a Broadway performer for a mother and a music professor/singer for a father, so it's not surprising that Moses, 20, found her way to the spotlight. "I've honestly been surrounded by music my entire life," said Moses, a senior at the University of the Arts majoring in vocal jazz studies. In Philadelphia, Moses has performed with UArts music school director Marc Dicciani's salsa ensemble and the Z Big Band, another group affiliated with the university.