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Rising Star #11

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Welcome, music enthusiasts, to the vibrant and electrifying world of the 1111CR3W music blog! We are thrilled to present the highly anticipated eleventh edition of our renowned series, "Rising Star." Join us as we dive deep into the captivating realm of diverse musical genres and shine a spotlight on both established sensations and promising newcomers.


In this extraordinary session, Rising Star #11, we embark on a thrilling musical journey that transcends boundaries and defies expectations. We believe that true artistry knows no limits, and this event is a celebration of the limitless possibilities within the world of music.


Prepare to be captivated by an awe-inspiring lineup of musicians hailing from various corners of the industry. From iconic figures who have shaped the course of music history to fresh and innovative voices on the rise, Rising Star #11 is an eclectic tapestry of talent, creativity, and boundless potential.


As you explore the rich tapestry of this session, you will be transported on a sonic adventure like no other. From soul-stirring ballads to heart-pounding rhythms, from soulful crooners to high-energy rockers, this session promises an immersive experience that will leave you inspired, moved, and yearning for more.


But it doesn't stop there. Rising Star #11 is not only a platform for established stars; it is also a stage for emerging artists who are poised to carve their paths in the industry. With raw talent, unyielding determination, and an unwavering passion for their craft, these rising stars are destined to make their mark on the musical landscape.


So mark your calendars and get ready for an extraordinary experience. Rising Star #11 is a celebration of musical diversity, a melting pot of sounds that will ignite your imagination and stir your soul. Together, let's embrace the power of music and honor the extraordinary talents that define the ever-evolving world of sound.


Stay tuned to the 1111CR3W music blog as we unveil exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes stories, and mesmerizing highlights from this groundbreaking session. Get ready to witness a collision of genres, a rendezvous with the brightest stars on the horizon, and an exploration of the limitless possibilities of music.


Let the melodies and rhythms carry you away as we embark on this exhilarating adventure into the heart of Rising Star #11. Together, let's embrace the power of music and revel in the magic that unfolds before our very ears.


EDIE YVONNE - In the Rain

At just 14 years old, emerging indie pop sensation Edie Yvonne has already captured the hearts of many with her haunting and angelic voice. Based in Los Angeles, this talented singer-songwriter is making waves in the music industry with her heartfelt lyrics and introspective melodies.


Young Edie Yvonne was inspired by her Abuela, a well-known opera singer from Nicaragua, to develop a passion for music. Edie's love of music grew as a result of singing with her grandmother, inspiring her to pursue a variety of interests, including musical theater at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts. Edie showcased her prowess and enthralled audiences with her outstanding talents in musicals including "Chorus Line," "Cats," and "Xanadu."

Edie Yvonne's latest single, "In the Rain," showcases her remarkable talent and maturity as an artist. Through introspective lyrics, haunting melodies, and vulnerable performances, Edie takes listeners on a journey of healing and self-discovery. With her lyrical prowess and nuanced understanding of human emotions, Edie offers a glimpse into the mental spiraling that often follows intense conversations and challenges our authenticity. Through her music, she seeks healing and hopes to provide comfort to others who may be experiencing similar struggles.

"In the Rain" serves as a poignant reflection of a painful moment of conflict experienced by Edie Yvonne. The song was born on a stormy night in Los Angeles when Edie found herself trying to process her emotions and find solace amidst the turmoil. The poignant lyrics, accompanied by a stripped-down guitar and vibrant harmonies, transport listeners into Edie's mind as she navigates the complexities of hurt and pain.

At just 14 years old, Edie has already made a significant impact in the music and film industry, capturing the attention of audiences with her angelic voice and poignant storytelling. As she continues to create heartfelt music, we can expect Edie Yvonne to leave an indelible mark on the industry and inspire others with her authentic and soul-stirring artistry.

DONNIE - Version Of You

Hailing from the Czech Republic and now based in London, UK, Donnie is a talented pop/alternative artist who has been making waves since the start of her career in 2016. With a distinctive sound that blends pop sensibilities with alternative elements, Donnie quickly gained recognition for her unique musical style. Following the success of her debut album, "Donnie Darko," released in 2020 under Warner Music Group, she has firmly established herself as a rising star in the music industry. With her latest single, "Version Of You," Donnie continues to captivate audiences with her heartfelt storytelling and undeniable talent.

"Version Of You" serves as a captivating exploration of love and growth, delving into the complexities of romantic relationships. Drawing from her personal experiences, Donnie infuses the song with raw emotions and vulnerability, allowing listeners to connect on a profound level. Through her evocative lyrics, she touches upon themes such as falling in love, youth, heartbreak, trust issues, revenge, and the challenges faced in relationships. This heartfelt storytelling creates a poignant reflection on the rollercoaster journey of love and the struggles that accompany it.

The single "Version Of You" showcases Donnie's growth as an artist since her debut album. While "Donnie Darko" introduced her unique blend of pop and alternative sounds, this latest release demonstrates her maturity and evolution. By delving into the intricacies of romantic relationships, Donnie captures the universal struggles faced by individuals as they navigate the emotional complexities of love. Her ability to convey profound emotions through her music resonates deeply with audiences worldwide.

Since the release of her debut album, "Donnie Darko," Donnie has steadily gained a dedicated following. The album has achieved an impressive 100 thousand views on streaming platforms, attesting to the artist's rising popularity. With "Version Of You," Donnie builds upon her previous success, solidifying her position as an artist to watch in the music industry. Her ability to captivate listeners through her unique sound and compelling storytelling sets her apart from the crowd.


With "Version Of You," Donnie showcases her growth as an artist and her unwavering ability to connect with audiences on a deep and emotional level. Her distinctive blend of pop and alternative sounds, coupled with her poignant storytelling, has solidified her position as a rising star in the music industry. Through her heartfelt lyrics and captivating melodies, Donnie's music resonates with listeners worldwide, inviting them to reflect on the complexities of love and the journey of self-discovery. As she continues to evolve and share her musical talent, Donnie is undoubtedly an artist to keep an eye on, destined for even greater heights in her career.

REHYA STEVENS - Love Party

Rehya's journey has played a significant role in shaping her artistic vision and message. Having grown up in a small town in Northern California, she understands the challenges faced by those striving to make their dreams a reality. With a father who overcame adversity as a Ukrainian immigrant, Rehya learned the value of hard work and perseverance early on.


Drawing inspiration from her upbringing and experiences, Rehya has unveiled her latest record, "Love Party," which marks a departure from her celebrated Christmas catalog and delves into Dance/EDM music. Her experiences in Los Angeles, struggling to establish her career while witnessing the struggles of her peers due to various forms of discrimination, inspired her to create "Love Party" as a testament to resilience and empowerment.

"Love Party" stands as a vibrant celebration of love, inclusivity, and progress, perfectly timed to coincide with Pride month and Juneteenth. Collaborating with two-time Emmy Award-winning composer Jamie Dunlap, known for his work on "South Park," Rehya Stevens delivers a high-energy anthem that encourages listeners to embrace the power of love as a catalyst for positive change.


For Rehya Stevens, the dance floor represents a space where individuals can truly express themselves and let their spirits shine. The energetic and uplifting nature of dance music aligns perfectly with the powerful message behind "Love Party." Rehya Stevens continues to captivate audiences with her remarkable talent and dynamic songwriting. Through her record "Love Party," she invites us to join her in celebrating love, diversity, and inclusivity.

Beyond its status as a summer "bop," the song embodies a deeper meaning for Rehya. It serves as a release of frustration, encouraging listeners to recognize their strength and resilience within a flawed system while inspiring transformation and positive change.

As we dance to the infectious beats of "Love Party," we are reminded that our collective strength can transform the world into a better place. So, let's embrace the love and join Rehya Stevens on the dance floor, where the power of music unites us all.

SONGS FOR SABOTAGE - Pills

Songs for Sabotage is back with their latest single, "Pills," offering a glimpse into their forthcoming second album, "Clean Trauma," set to release this fall. With "Pills," SFS delves into the experience of a past life filled with late-night partying, fake friendships, and disillusionment. As they shed their old skin and move forward, the bitter realization serves as a catalyst for personal growth. The music video, directed by Rick Perez and featuring Logan MacLachlan as the Director of Photography, visually represents the different moods associated with various party drugs, creating a captivating journey through self-discovery.

In "Pills," SFS confronts the realities of a hedonistic lifestyle that ultimately proves hollow. The lyrics reflect the realization that late nights and fake friends are merely illusions, leaving behind a bitter taste. This awakening becomes the catalyst for personal transformation and moving on, despite the scars left behind. The track encapsulates the emotions and struggles associated with breaking free from a superficial existence, resonating with listeners who have experienced similar disillusionment.


The music video for "Pills" adds an intriguing visual layer to the song's narrative. Filmed in Los Angeles, the video depicts different rooms, each representing a specific mood associated with party drugs. From the paranoid atmosphere of the weed room to the high-energy and euphoric vibes of the MDMA room, the video captures the wide range of emotions experienced while under the influence. This visual representation enhances the storytelling, immersing viewers in the complex journey of self-discovery that SFS conveys through its music.

"Clean Trauma" promises to be a conceptual album, with most of the songs being written during genuinely dark moments in the band's lives. Departing from their previous guitar-driven sound, SFS opted for a complete overhaul in terms of arrangements, incorporating fewer guitars and more minimalist, synth-based elements. The experimentation with sound design and remixing earlier versions of the songs resulted in a collection of tracks that are simultaneously heartbroken and danceable, aligning with the album's evocative title.

With "Pills," Songs for Sabotage offers a poignant exploration of disillusionment and personal growth. Their candid lyrics and captivating soundscapes delve into the dark corners of a past life filled with empty parties and insincere connections. As SFS sheds their former self, the bitter pill becomes a catalyst for change, paving the way for "Clean Trauma." The upcoming album promises to be an introspective journey, infused with heartbreak and danceable beats. As the anticipation builds for the release, SFS continues to captivate listeners with its evocative storytelling and willingness to push musical boundaries.

ALEX ONEIL - The Other Side

Alex Oneil's decision to rebrand himself as a "Sham 90's Rock Legend" is a testament to his determination to break free from the constraints of ageism in the music industry. By crafting a fictional narrative around his musical journey, Oneil invites fans to become part of a shared experience, embracing the underdog story and giving themselves permission to explore his music without preconceived notions. This approach not only challenges the industry's biases but also highlights the power of storytelling in connecting artists with their audience on a deeper level.


With the release of "The Other Side," Alex Oneil embarks on a new chapter in his musical career, defying ageism and embracing a fictional narrative that captivates his audience. This upbeat dance-rock single showcases Oneil's remarkable vocals and highlights his unique musical influences.


To bring "The Other Side" to life, Alex Oneil enlisted the expertise of renowned professionals in the industry. The track was tracked and produced by Geoff Sanoff, known for his work with Stellastar and Little Steven. Additionally, the vocals were co-produced by Manny Neito, acclaimed for his contributions to The Breeders and Los Lobos.


The song also boasts a captivating horn section led by tenor saxophonist Jordan Cohen, recognized for his collaborations with Jon Batiste and Lawrence the Band. The addition of the horn section injects an infectious energy into the track, creating an irresistible dance-rock anthem that beckons listeners to move and groove.

With an exceptional production team and collaborations with renowned artists, the track stands as a testament to Oneil's artistry and determination. As fans rally behind the fictional underdog story, they are rewarded with an infectious anthem that encourages them to dance, celebrate, and join Alex Oneil on this remarkable musical journey.

CORMAC - TITANIUM

Cormac, the talented young artist, returns with his latest record, "Titanium," reuniting with arranger and producer Jon Cohen, known for their collaboration on Cormac's debut album, "Hear My Voice," under Decca Records in 2020. While rooted in pop, "Titanium" takes a deliberate turn, embracing a simplified and slowed-down approach that evokes the emotions of a heartfelt ballad. This musical direction aligns with Cormac's signature style of vocal-led piano ballads, which have resonated with listeners since he ventured into his independent artist journey.

With "Titanium," Cormac reimagines the song as a ballad, centering the focus on poignant lyrics and heartfelt vocals to convey its essence in a distinct manner from the original version. Rather than attempting to mimic the style of renowned artist Sia, Cormac chooses to interpret the track in his own authentic way, allowing his genuine connection to the emotional core of the song to shine through. As he explores different genres and experiments with his music, Cormac maintains his signature vocal-ballad and piano-driven style, ensuring a cohesive artistic identity throughout his repertoire.

Cormac's artistic journey began in 2020 when he rose to prominence with his album "Hear My Voice" under Decca Records. However, when the label decided against a follow-up album, Cormac embraced his independence as an artist, determined not to give up on his musical aspirations. His subsequent release of songs as an independent artist further demonstrated his resilience and passion for music. Standout moments include his audition for Britain's Got Talent and performing live at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall as part of The Salvation Army's carol concert.

Cormac's "Titanium" represents his artistic evolution and commitment to forging his own path as an independent artist. By reimagining the song as a ballad, he showcases his emotional connection to the music while maintaining his signature vocal ballad and piano-driven style. Through a powerful collaboration with Sean Treacy, the music video adds visual depth to the song's empowering message of resilience.


Cormac's journey demonstrates his growth, from his debut album on Decca Records to his flourishing career as an independent artist. With a promising future ahead, Cormac's genuine and heartfelt approach to music continues to captivate listeners, solidifying his place in the industry as a rising talent.

JAY KABALAN - Mi Pelirroja

Jay Kabalan's talent extends beyond music. Born into a family immersed in the industry, he has been honing his craft and nurturing his passion from a young age. Additionally, his experiences as a professional boxer and successful entrepreneur have contributed to his determination and drive. This relentless pursuit of excellence is evident in his music, as he fearlessly pushes boundaries and explores new artistic territories. Jay Kabalan's dedication to his craft is a testament to his refusal to settle for anything less than greatness.


Latin music has found its newest sensation in Jay Kabalan, whose debut single "Mi Pelirroja" is set to redefine the genre. With a fusion of cultural influences and heartfelt lyricism, Jay Kabalan brings a fresh and magnetic energy to his music. Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, and now based in South Florida, Jay Kabalan's journey has shaped his artistic identity and resulted in a captivating blend of melodies and rhythms that transcend boundaries and resonate with audiences worldwide.


"Mi Pelirroja" is a song inspired by a specific red-haired girl who serves as its muse. The track delves into the love and struggles associated with winning her heart. By blending passionate lyrics with infectious melodies, Jay Kabalan captures the essence of this journey and invites listeners to immerse themselves in the emotional ride.

Jay Kabalan's musical journey has only just begun. Releasing a song a month and collaborating with respected artists in the industry, he is poised for continued success. With a dedication to storytelling and a passion for breaking boundaries, Jay Kabalan's authentic voice promises to leave an indelible mark on the Latin music scene.

Jay Kabalan's debut single "Mi Pelirroja" announces the arrival of a formidable talent in the world of Latin music. With his unique blend of cultural influences, heartfelt lyricism, and a deep admiration for women, Jay Kabalan sets himself apart from the crowd. As he continues to create boundary-breaking music, his dedication and passion for storytelling will undoubtedly cement his place as one of Latin music's brightest stars. With each release, Jay Kabalan showcases his artistic evolution, captivating listeners and leaving them eagerly awaiting his next musical offering.

GARY DRANOW - The King is Dead

Gary Dranow, along with his band The Manic Emotions, has made a name for themselves in the Blues and Rock music scenes. Influenced by legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Three Kings, their music resonates with audiences worldwide. The band's sound is a captivating fusion of raw energy, heartfelt lyricism, and infectious melodies that transport listeners on a musical journey.

One of the standout tracks from the album is "The King is Dead." Metaphorically representing love itself, the song delves into a world plagued by wars, racism, and prejudice, where the true essence of love seems scarce. Gary Dranow's powerful lyrics and emotive delivery convey a powerful message of unity and the importance of love for one another. This track serves as a reminder that love should always reign supreme.

"Destiny Road" is the culmination of Gary Dranow's musical vision and personal story. The album, recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Gary and Jerry Manfredi, features remastered tracks from his earlier recordings, along with some new additions. Each song is intricately linked to the title track, "Destiny Road," which originated from a vivid dream Gary had in 1996. This twenty-seven-year labor of love showcases Gary's perseverance and dedication to bringing his musical dreams to life.


As Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions embark on this new chapter, their lineup has undergone changes, with Bob Smith on drums, Andy Evans on bass, and Jeff Lawrence as a lead singer and second guitar player. The band's chemistry and musical prowess continue to flourish, setting the stage for exciting new endeavors and captivating live performances.

Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions are breaking barriers with their unique blend of Blues and Rock music. Gary's remarkable journey from athlete to entrepreneur to musician is a testament to the power of pursuing one's passions fearlessly. With "Destiny Road" and the profound themes it explores, Gary Dranow invites listeners to join him on a musical and introspective voyage. As his music resonates with fans worldwide, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions are poised for an exciting future filled with captivating performances, new releases, and a continued commitment to pushing musical boundaries.

BLINDNESS & LIGHT - Blindness & Light

In a world where post-punk meets contemporary artistry, Blindness & Light emerges as a breath of fresh air. With an impressive array of singles under their belt, this indie collective is now set to unveil their debut album, titled "Blindness & Light." Inspired by the influential sounds of the 80s post-punk movement, Blindness & Light infuse their music with a perfect blend of cutting-edge production, technical finesse, and heartfelt vulnerability.

Blindness & Light's debut album is not only a testament to their musical prowess but also a reflection of their journey of resilience and transformation. Emerging from the shadows after surviving a harrowing hit-and-run incident that left the artist on the brink of death, Blindness & Light embarked on a profound soul-searching journey. This transformative path led to the completion of a Ph.D. in environmental biotechnology, highlighting the unwavering spirit and dedication that permeate their artistic expression.

Embarking on an enchanting musical journey, the album comprises eight tracks that invite listeners to immerse themselves in a dreamscape of melancholic beauty. Serving as beacons within this mesmerizing soundscape, two lead singles, "The Old Skylight" and "The Ballad of Them And Us," guide us through the album's intricate corridors of sound.

The Old Skylight" encapsulates the album's ethereal soundscape. This poignant composition springs to life through a harmonious collaboration involving Blindness & Light's circle of friends and family. The artist's own daughter, Elise S. Potter, lends her bass skills, while the presence of a trumpet player adds layers of enchantment. Helen Reynolds, a cherished family friend, contributes hauntingly rich backing vocals, collectively weaving a heartfelt and deeply personal musical narrative.

With their debut album, "Blindness & Light," the post-punk collective emerges as a compelling force, merging shadows and illumination into an artful soundscape. Their ability to seamlessly blend the echoes of the past with a contemporary vision sets them apart. As the album's ethereal melodies and thought-provoking lyricism enchant audiences, Blindness & Light solidifies their place as torchbearers of the post-punk revival, destined to captivate and inspire with their transcendent artistry.

TIGRAN SOUND - GroundFi

Tigran Letov, better known as Tigran Sound, is a skilled DJ, producer, and instrumentalist who focuses on making fusion music with live, organic, and electronic sounds. The free-form yet ordered quality of his works, which are meant to get listeners moving, distinguish them as his own. Since Tigran Sound bases his production methods on the idea of contrast, his interpretations of numerous musical genres, including house, techno, and psychedelic music, frequently have a distinctive analog sound.


Tigran Sound is recognized as one of the pioneering figures in the underground electronic music scene in Nigeria. He has played a crucial role in shaping and fostering the now-booming community by organizing the Ekolectro festival. This vibrant festival takes place on the beaches of Lagos, where the refreshing, breezy yet warm aura of the festival mornings resonates throughout Tigran Sound's records. This reflects his fascination with contrast, mirroring the diverse lifestyles found within the city of Lagos.

"GroundFi," the second album by Tigran Sound, emerges as a sonic odyssey following his debut record, "Garri Gunpowder," which took shape during the initial lockdown three years prior. Embarking on a transformative musical expedition, "GroundFi" traverses a vast landscape of electronic sub-genres that resonate deeply with Tigran Sound's artistic essence, all while embodying the pulsating heartbeat of Lagos' thriving underground scene.

With Tigran Sound's distinctive indie-psychedelic touches, the album explores various electronic environments and a variety of emotions. Each track on the album evokes a different set of feelings and colors, maintaining a unified sound despite its diversity and leaving interested listeners of all musical tastes with a lasting impression. Tigran Sound's album is a testament to his unwavering commitment to artistic integrity.

In summary, his album "GroundFi" explores various electronic sub-genres while maintaining a cohesive and distinctive sound, characterized by indie-psychedelic elements. Tigran Sound's compositions are a testament to his artistry; The album's "groovy yet cinematic" touch is achieved through succulent synths, basslines, and provocative vocals and drums, creating an immersive and diverse musical experience.



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