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.
October 23, 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.
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.
July 19, 2014 |
'I don't have a manager, I don't have a publisher, and I don't have an agent or a record company," Jimmer Podrasky says. "But I have this record. " He's referring to The Would-Be Plans , the first album in nearly 25 years and a wonderful return to form for the singer and songwriter of the Rave-Ups. A band that tunefully melded roots and pop, the Rave-Ups brushed up against fame in the '80s after moving from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles - two songs appeared in the 1986 teen-movie hit Pretty in Pink ; Podrasky married star Molly Ringwald's sister and was later engaged to actress Shannen Doherty - but they never broke through to the masses.
June 27, 2014 |
AN IMPASSIONED judge of elections from Strawberry Mansion let loose on City Commissioner Stephanie Singer yesterday, accusing her of everything from voter intimidation to creating havoc and lawlessness at a polling place during the May primary election. "My community - my division - will never heal from this," Judge of Elections Bonita Cummings said during a City Commissioners' election board hearing yesterday. Cummings, a committeewoman in the 28th Ward and judge of elections in the ward's 6th division, was one of several witnesses from election boards who testified about complaints of Election Day impropriety.
June 6, 2014 |
DEMOCRATIC and Republican committee people who won posts in the primary election 17 days ago will soon elect ward leaders, but a few protesters want to call a halt until their complaints are investigated. The aggrieved spoke of primary polling-place harassment and electioneering during a hearing yesterday called by City Commissioner Stephanie Singer . This Airing of Grievances - sadly, with no Seinfeldian feats of strength or Festivus pole - stirred a dozen people to march from the City Hall courtroom, where Singer sat as judge, to District Attorney Seth Williams ' office across the street.
May 8, 2014 |
Delco singer silenced on "The Voice" Country singer Audra McLaughlin , of Glenolden, Delaware County, and two other vocal powerhouses, Sisaundra Lewis and Delvin Choice, all got the boot on NBC's The Voice on Tuesday night, leaving five contestants left in the vocal competition. Voice coach Blake Shelton had called McLaughlin, 22, an Interboro High grad, one of his favorite singers in all of country music, but he couldn't save her in the battle for the final 5. B-ball reskeds Gaga Lady Gaga's "artRAVE: the ARTPOP Ball," scheduled to hit the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, has been rescheduled to May 15. She was supposed to perform here on the 12th and in Washington on the 15th.
April 17, 2014 |
One significant voice will be absent Friday at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox festival: Jeffrey Dinsmore, 42, a tenor with the Philadelphia choir the Crossing. He died Monday, April 14, of an apparent heart attack at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, just before a rehearsal for the prestigious engagement he had helped arrange. "Observing Jeff's endlessly practical and pragmatic approach to life, Rebecca Siler, Jeff's partner, who is here with us, has asked us to stay with this project and sing Louis Andriessen's De Materie here on Friday," Crossing artistic director Donald Nally said Tuesday.