Live Hart’s soulful acoustic sound

mandipaige (1)lh_re_047_lowRez_cropped-286x300This textured and amazingly soulful voice of ‘Live Hart’ has collected a large following of fans and is attached to a creative musician. Live Hart is a indie singer/songwriter with just the right amount of folk and R&B sprinkled in her sound. A New Jersey native, she has work hard to earn a beautiful spot in the music industry acquiring opening slots with American Idol winner ‘David Cook’ and R&B star Monica. This is a voice that will be heard for a while to come.

With the release of her new single “Please, don’t say it’s over” off her upcoming album we chatted with her this past weekend and here is what she had to say!

How would you describe your sound? My sound is what I call Alternative Soul.

How long have you been performing?I’ve been performing ever since I was a kid in elementary school. I performed in our school bands and wind ensembles.IMG_7224-1024x767

Whats the first instrument you ever picked up?The first instrument I started playing was the violin in elementary school. Then I moved on to other instruments like the alto saxophone and trombone in middle school, then high school. I didn’t really start playing guitar until a few years ago.

How would you describe your lyrical style?I try to write from a true and sincere place in hopes my listener can relate. All the songs on the new HONESTY album are real songs derived from real emotions.

Who were your biggest  musical influences growing up?There were so many but, I my all time favorite was Michael Jackson.

Is there any thing up coming you would like to tell out reader’s?I’ll be heading out on my first East Coast tour in September! Super excited!

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Carly Jo Jackson: Performing on the 4th of July 2015

mandipaige (1)carly_joCome Celebrate the summer with Independance, fun and Fireworks while enjoying some great music this 4th. Joining the festivities in the streets of Celebration, Fl this Saturday is native Floridian performer Carly Jo Jackson! Singer-songwriter with her blues style vocals and indie/pop sound.

This dynamic 21 year old has been performing since she was 13, and started playing guitar at the age of 16. You may also recall her name as one of the Season 9 ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant’s.maxresdefault

Check out what Carly had to say when I chatted with her about songwriting, her biggest inspiration’s growing up and being apart of ‘America’s Got Talent’!



When did you first realize that singing might be something you wanted to do as a career?

I’ve known pretty much as long as I can remember that I wanted a career singing, but no one really took me seriously about it until I was in my teens. Of course I also wanted to be an actor, veterinarian, ice skater, equestrian so to my family, a singing career sounded like another one of those fads of the moment.

How long have you been performing?

I started with a performing troupe when I was 13 but when I got a guitar for my 16th birthday I started out on my own.


What other artist really inspired you growing up?

I was inspired by all the young pop artists in the 90’s. My sisters are 2 and 5 years older, so when I was still pretty young I had The Hansens and MMM-Bop blaring through the house, The Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, etc. Seeing young people with a music career made it seem so real to me. At 16, right before I got my first guitar, I saw Colbie Caillat at Orlando House of Blues and I had one of those moments when it just hit me, and I knew right then I would be on that same stage. It was a special moment last year when I played House of Blues for the first time!

How did it feel to be apart of America’s Got Talent?

It was a whirlwind and at the time seemed surreal. I never felt like I was in a competition, it was just an amazing learning experience. I got to play my music in front of some of the top people in the industry during rehearsals and preparations and performed in front of my largest audiences.

If you could describe your sound in three words what would it be?

emotion wildflower soulful.

What is your favorite song you have written?

Oh boy, that’s a hard one. My favorite to play is Johnny P because it’s all about taking the worst possible situation and turning it into something beautiful, a song. It is one of my more upbeat songs, so it usually gets the crowds off their feet. I play it live now and hope to record it in the coming year.

Is there anything you would like to tell our readers?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about me! Please support and follow me on my social sites (they’re all @CarlyJoOfficial) and check my website to see what’s up next because the rest of this year is bringing more videos, more jams, and fun! I was chosen by the store Belk as one of their Southern Musician Showcase artists and that is allowing me to tour and travel this year, so look for me on the road!


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Patrick Gibson

HoBfrontPatrick Gibson will be  hitting the stage on July 3rd as part of OrlandoRocks at House of Blues in Lake buena Vista.

In 2005 he took time in Nashville to complete his first demo CD titled “Florida”, consisting of 12 songs in total seven of which were original tracks written by Patrick. 2008 he was voted ‘Artist of the Year’ by web-based radio “Q’s House”.

Following with his 2013 release of his second CD titled ” The Same Don’t Stay the Same” EP.

Now Supporting his new Digital EP release “Daddy’s Little Girl”, he will be performing with Randal Crawford, Jamie Davis and Greg Warren Live at HOB.

How long have you been performing? Professionally in the music industry for 10 years

What would you say is your biggest musical influence? “LIFE” would be my musical influence but I have many influences. From a traditional heartfelt performance stand point, I would say , none other than George Jones. He delivered the music to the heartbeat of the ears… From a show standpoint? Garth Brooks! He makes the show a show.

What song is your favorite to perform live? Folsom Prison Blues but a funk version

Thought we would close the piece with some feedback on Patrick’s music from fans:

I was impressed with the passion and energy you have toward music but more importantly to your audience. You have a knack for connecting with people. Your enthusiasm spills over into the audience and they become energized as well. The other thought that comes to mind is your close connection with your band members. You appreciate them for their talents and acknowledge that in the way you behave on stage and talk about them in casual conversation. Perhaps that connection is what makes your sound so cohesive.
Real, Earthy, Genuine, Heartfelt, Fun, Energetic, Classic, Roots music.
Great storytelling that evokes a lifetime memories and experiences.

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The Defiant, rocking MetalZilla

FB_IMG_1432835979658June, 12th MetalZilla Returns to The Haven in Orlando With a delicious buffet of metal to keep your ear’s screaming with excitment! One of the act’s taking the stage will be The Defiant, This St.Petersburg Florida based band brings their soutern metal/punk groove to MetalZilla. So I spoke to the band this past weekend about their influences, band name and what we can expect for their live set:

You said as a band there are a wide range of musical influences/inspirations, Who are some of your current influences?

The Defiant have such a crazy list of influences – first of all we are all massive music fans & not one of us is just a “1 genre” type of fan… With that being stated we are mainly “rock” guys but there are lots of genres of rock. We love the Rock classics like AC/DC, Thin Lizzy & ZZ Top & the traditional Metal bands Sabbath, Priest, Maiden & Motorhead. We are also fans of Thrash & love Metallica, Slayer & Megadeth and any given day my playlist will be full of some Southern Rock like Skynyrd , Charlie Daniels & Marshall Tucker but it will also include some Punk Rock like Black Flag, Circle Jerks & Fear. To round out the influences there are all the great old school Rock bands like The Cars, Journey & Queen along side more modern bands like BLS, Volbeat, Clutch & Skeletonwitch. And you cant forget the legends like Johnny Cash…

.How long have all of you been performing as a part of this band?

The 4 of us are the only version of The Defiant to ever take the stage & Im rather certain that if we lose one of the 4 parts of this machine would come to a screeching halt. Each piece of this puzzle offers a perspective & dynamic which makes this band unique. Craig Corr (Vocals) is the face of the band & is responsible for all the bands lyrics. Doug Sexton (Guitar) handles the riff writing & all the graphic design work. Vince Greco ( Bass) provides all the comic relief that we can handle along with being one amazing bassist! Rick Mazzarese (Drums) is the “timekeeper” as well as making sure that the band makes it to & from gigs safely! The Defiant have been together & performing since 2011.

How would you describe your live shows in two word’s?


The Defiant”, where did that derive from? Was it a group effort?

For the first 6 months as a band we didnt care about the name of the band as much as we cared about writing some killer music. Once the music was coming along strong we knew it was time to try & figure out a name. We have an erase board at our rehearsal studio (The Compound) that we compiled with 5 potential names. One weekend Doug took it upon himself to design logos for each of the 5 names. Once all 5 were completed he knew which one was the “One” & after sharing the images with the other 3 bandmates the decision was unanimous!

Do you as a band have a “must” Cover song during live performances?

I didnt think that we would ever perform a cover song as it took us about 3 years to all agree upon one! Craig one rehearsal casually mentioned maybe doing a Beastie Boys cover but we couldnt agree on what to do. A week later Doug was catching some VH1 Classic & saw the Beasties video for Gratitude & immediately suggested it to the others & we performed within 2 weeks for the first time. Is it a must – not really as we would rather showcase Defiant music but it makes its way into the setlist quite frequently & is always well received!

Is there anything you would like to tell our ‘MetalZilla’ fans? FB_IMG_1433347441360

We cant wait to get out to The Haven Lounge on Friday June 12th to bring our unique brand of Metal to Orlando! Looking very much forward to meeting all the great rock fans there & getting to see some amazing bands as well! Make sure to come up & hang with us for a bit – maybe even grab a t-shirt or CD! Feel free to check us out at or on facebook at or on Reverb Nation at

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Barry Myers: Starseeds and Dreamcatchers

Florida based indie/rock singer-songwriter Barry Myers is continuing his musical jcd_front_cover_12_5x12_5cm_resizedourney with his secound album Starseeds and DreamCatchers.

This Orlando native has creative a soft rock effect with smooth melodies and rock vocals. With the work on his first album 7th avenue, to his most recent album you can hear what a craftsman and talented musician Barry really is.

A very interesting fact on his new record was the musical inspiration inspired by the ‘The Keeper of Clarity’ book series, which is the first book in the new fiction series by Ivy Gilbert (Barry’s wife).

If you are a fan of John Lennon, James Morrison, and John Mayor you will have a gravitational pull towards this album!

To keep up to date on Barry’s music and performances visit:

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Local Band Launches Unique site!

“It all started with a song we wrote as a birthday present for one of our friends,” Cassandra, songwriter and sax player in the group. 

PFuture-Kid-Sisters-Group (1), the creative thought child of the band ‘Future Kid Sisters’. On April 14th the band announced their Musical Portrait Project to target the aspect of allowing a consumer  to purchase an original song written/recorded to that exceptional someone in their lives.

Officially launching Friday, May  1st , 2015 with a contest to have a FREE Musical Portrait of their very own!

Future Kid Sisters is a band from the Mills/50 area of Orlando, FL. It is made up of a collection of songwriters and musicians who have collaborated on several Florida music projects over many years. At the core of the band are songwriters, Andrew Weeks, Kevin Bond, and Cassandra Wilcox.

“The musical portrait is our attempt at capturing the essence of an individual in the form of a song,” explains Andrew, songwriter and guitarist in the group.

To keep up to date give the band a follow on: @FKSmusic




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Back in Orlando… Otown

mandipaige (1)Y77A7480-color-3The boys were back in town this past Saturday (May 2nd) at the House of Blues. Otown was back in their old stomping ground and phones were lit like a town power outage.  With Orlando being this weird hub for all the Original (American) boy bands it was only natural that the Millinium Boy Band (Making the Band) reunited on the stage of House of Blues Orlando once again slowly and without warning bringing out the tween girl in every 30 year old in the audience. Beyond the basic point of pure nostalgic power their voices were not dubbed over or lip-sync’d they sang, they raged the crowed and brought back the year 2000. But they also sprinkled in bits of acoustic sets showing off their still vibrant vocal skills with four voices and Jacob on Guitar. They bring back the memories I will give ’em that, but the guy’s have a new sound sneaking out, mature, funky and full of flare but not neglecting those powerhouse vocals we all remember.

My photographier (Sam) and I met up with the guys (Erik, Dan, Jacob and Trevor) before their show backstage of HOB,  they were an absolute comfortable blast to chat with and down to earth, although Sam she was not intending to do the interview:)CEAPiCpW0AAoxXV

Mandi “Hey Guy’s”

Dan,Jacob, Trevor,Erik “oh Hello!”

Mandi “How you like being back to HOB?”

Dan “This is Where it all began for us.”

Sam ” Ya’ll are all looking good by the way.”

Dan “oh you haven’t said that haha.” Jacob ” you should come here more often.”

Mandi ” Alright guys I did your interview back in July before the Hard Rock show was canceled/postponed so I already picked you for all the nerdy questions Jacob “Oh yeah yeah I remember that..”  Mandi “so since it is an update to that article Sam is going to do the Q&A, my reason  it’s Sam’s Birthday( our photographier) and she is going to be doing the Q&A its her first time but she’ll do good, if she does not kill me hahaJacob ” oh ok haha, alright Sound’s good.”

Dan “Well Happy Birthday, Jacob “yeah Happy Birthday.”2095000

sam “Thanks!”

Sam “I actually saw you about 14 years ago…” Erik ” Yeah, I feel like we’ve met..”

Sam “For your album Lines and Circles how/who came up with that?

Erik “the title lines and circles is something I conjured up, I had a lot of other definitions for it as a metaphor for us as a band and over the last decade just creating differnt lines to circle back and do this again and that is really what the song talks about in a sence. Each lyric, every lyric in the song relates to one of the guys because I know them so well, when performing they can probably relate to us more than any other song.”

Sam ” Whoa, I keep loosing my breath every 2 seconds.Jacob ” every  6 seconds. ;)”

Dan ” Sam you’re doing good,? Trevor “yeah, your really good for my ego.”

Sam “What is your favorite throw back song to perform?        Jacob “my favorite- ‘All or Nothing’ it’s my favorite because it’s their favorite and it is the energy, like a majority of the people are here because they love that song and you can feel it- the phones lit .”

Sam “I still Keep it in my Car, and put it on that song.”

Mandi  “hmm,  yeah just the other day she pulls up with the speakers pumping and it’s ‘All or Nothing’!”

Jacob. “Haha, really that’s great haha”

Sam “How is it performing with four guys instead of five?”

Trevor ” It has been seemless actually oddly enough from four to five lines to circlesFB_IMG_1430938114255 because there was so much time between, it was easier to transition from the four to five so i wasn’t like it was 5-5-5 and he was gone and then we strated right away, that would have been a little bit more weird because there ws so much time in between tis just kinda felt like a new band getting back together, but we knew each other this time, we got to write the songs and do every thing ourselves so the thing has been an awesome experience, like I said it has been seemless.”

Sam “What song off this album do you really like performing live the most?”

Erik “Well, I don’t think these guy’s would even believe me…” Dan “it’s probably my favorite one haha ‘Playing with Fire’?

Erik “Yeah, it comes at a part in the show where we need something big to happen CAM00497and it really does that, you know get the crowd jumping and you know it’s just so funny because Jacob he wrote that song and he didn’t want it for us and we tryed to convience him that we wanted to do it…      “ JacobWe played it on a whim , like heres one of the things I have been working on and I wasn’t pitching it to Otown because it’s poppie and we were going in a different, so yeah NO we gotta cut this! haha”

Eri!k “you know Trevor is a pop purest like me and it just has a great melody and it is kinda of a throwback song, to me thats just one…”

SamCAM00419 “How has your sound changed or progressed through the years?”

Dan ” Well I don’t know, it’s all stuff that we are very connected too and when we were getting  material together for the album we were having a conference call and were talking about songs and we said ‘Oh man it just doesn’t feel like an Otown song and it kinda snapped in for us, Wait A Second! and like Erik wrote this and Trevor wrote this, we wrote this how is it not Otown, you know? and we never had to come to grips with that before because we had such a big machine behind it and frankly they weren’t that open to letting us writing our own…”

Trevor “it was weird because when we when we were getting material from other writers when we were looking for songs for Otown and we are getting back all these songs that people think are Otown songs and we don’t really like any of them, all they know is ‘all or nothing’ so its just all these different types of ballads, it’s like dude, we need to write these songs they need to come from us, we did and we say this is like our first real Otown album that’s really us.”

Sam “Well, I’m excited to see you guy’s!”

Mandi “Me too, I’m excited because it brings me back to my childhood /middle school  and way back during the TRL days.

Jacob “oh that’s awsome thats what we want that.”

Mandi” yeah but mention TRL today and you feel old real quick.” Jacob ” Don’t worry believe me I know that.”

Sam “What CD are you into right now?”

Trevor “right now, Jessie J ‘Who You Are’ ’cause I’ve never listened to that album before and I’d heard how awesome she is and just never listened to her so I went and bought it and haven’t stopped listenning.”

Jacob “I chew ’em up pretty quick, I’ll go through an album in a week straight through its good, right now it’s Awolnation.”

Dan “I’m on some serious Raffi right now, so like… Jacob ” like some Paddy-Cake”

Dan “Nah, thats too young.” Jacob ” Oh that was last year!”    Dan” anything from the Original soundtrack of turbo or Cars, oh yeah!

Erik ” oh, I am on an Artic Monkeys Kick, like the last week before we went on tour I just had that in my Pandora.”

Mandi ” Well thanks guys for the interview, it got a little wacky but thats always memorable. Jacob “oh yeah!” Mandi ” And Sam you did a good job considering I FB_IMG_1430938263592made you do it! :P

Dan “Sam, you did a great job!” Jacob, good job.

Erik, Dan, Jacob, trevor ” Happy Birthday sam”

It was great to meet all of you and regarding the concert  it seems all of you can still rock the Hell out of a stage. Mandi!IMG_20150507_202510

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