Monthly Archives: June 2012

Edens Edge Joins the Patagonia Music Collective

Cherrill Green, Hannah Blaylock and Dean Berner of Edens Edge support Patagonia’s green campaign.
Photo Credit: Justin Nolan Key / courtesy of Big Machine Records

It’s no secret that Country artists are ideal ambassadors for companies that want to impact a specific buyer demographic. But more brands than ever are becoming aware that the appeal of Country transcends its perceived fan base and speaks to a wider consumer profile.  Read the rest of this entry

Tyler Perry: I’ve Heard You! Now’s Your Chance!


For a long time now, people have been asking me how they can be in one of my movies, plays or TV shows. Even as I read through my message board, the most popular question I see is, “How can I be in one of your movies?”

So… this one’s for YOU! Now’s your chance to earn a walk on role in one of my upcoming productions!

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Frances Preston

Recording Academy Trustees and Heroes Award recipient, and former GRAMMY Foundation® Board member Frances Preston was a pioneer for female executives in the music industry. During her six-decadelong career with BMI she fought for songwriters and publishers rights and encouraged the development and support of new artists. Her success with BMI artists in Nashville, especially in the country music genre, helped the industry recognize the talent and creativity of the city and put it on the music map. During her eight-yearlong term as President/CEO of the company, BMI saw consistent increases in revenue and royalties distributed to its composers, publishers and songwriters. She was also a staple on Capitol Hill, fighting for legislation to ensure compensation of songwriters as music entered the digital age. She served on additional boards within the music community, including BMI and CMA — and was also recognized for her philanthropic work for AIDS, Cancer and Leukemia research. The music industry has suffered a great loss of one of its true visionaries. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family, friends and all of those whose careers she influenced.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy


Photo Credit: Melinda Norris

There’s a noble lineage in Country Music composed of singers who are short in stature but towering in talent. From Brenda Lee to Little Jimmy Dickens, this group is often overlooked (so to speak) — an injustice that Beth Cayhall is determined to rectify.

Raised in Ocean View, Del., she first made her presence known at age 4 by soloing on “Dear Mr. Jesus” at her church. Growing up, she drew inspiration from Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Reba, Shania Twain and other Country stalwarts. Other influences enriched her development, most notably Otis Redding; elements of his intensity, along with other soul music icons, flavor her performances.

Country, though, is Cayhall’s cornerstone. That’s what her paternal grandfather and his siblings featured in their band. Her parents were musicians too, as were two brothers and her sisters. Like the spray of the nearby Atlantic, playing and singing were in the air around her; this may explain the confidence she exudes during each moment of her debut album on Go Time Records, Worth Fighting For Read the rest of this entry

Lee Brice Shares His Life in Song on Hard 2 Love

It’s no secret that Lee Brice knows how to write strong, successful songs. In 2007, Garth Brooks’ “More than a Memory,” written by Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana, became the first song ever to debut at the top spot of the Billboard Country chart. More recently, Eli Young Band achieved its first No. 1 with Brice’s and Liz Rose’s “Crazy Girl.” Other Brice songs have been cut by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton.

Photo Credit: Eric Welch

As an artist, though, Brice hadn’t yet ridden any of his own tunes to No. 1, when he reflected on the prospects for his sophomore album, Hard 2 Love, released April 24 by Curb Records.

“There are a billion different reasons why ‘Love Like Crazy’ went to No. 3,” he said, referencing the song that became his first career Top 5 single when released in 2010. “There is so much involved in getting a No. 1 record. It’s not necessarily about the song at all. It’s extremely hard for a new artist to slip through the cracks and go up the charts. You have to beat out every superstar to have a No. 1 record.”

Written by Tim James and Doug Johnson, the single and title cut from Brice’s first album broke the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was rated by Billboard the most-played Country song of 2010. “Even though that wasn’t a No. 1, that’s what broke Lee Brice,” said Adrian Michaels, VP, Promotions, Curb Records. “That was a huge accomplishment to take an unknown act and get the most played song of the year.”

“I want a No. 1, but ‘Love Like Crazy’ did so much for me,” Brice agreed. “My career changed just as it would have if it was a No. 1.”  Read the rest of this entry

Magical Moment At Miller Park Inspiration for New Children’s Book

Wisconsin Author Has Special Brewers Moment Land in Her Lap – Literally

The mom of two young girls from Waterford, Wisconsin remembers the moment as if it were yesterday. And what transpired that day at Miller Park gave Marla McKenna the inspiration to pen her new children’s book, Mom’s Big Catch, a heartwarming story of one’s family adventure at the ballpark.

The book is inspired by actual events that took place at Miller Park involving former Brewers star Geoff Jenkins’ final game as a Milwaukee Brewer in 2007. And it also gave McKenna the desire and driving passion to take that special moment and turn it into something that will not only inspire other children who attend baseball games with their parents and dream about catching that treasured prize at a ball game, but will also help raise charitable funds for a very worthy cause, the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation.

That Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every animal rescued is given a second chance at a happy life and a loving forever home. To top it off, singer, actor and best-selling author Rick Springfield will be matching McKenna’s donation. The first donation of $1000 was recently given to the Foundation.

“When Marla approached me about matching a donation for the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation,” said Springfield, “I thought about how much this would mean for the awesome dogs that Linda rescues and takes care of. It’s a great opportunity to help a fantastic organization, and Mom’s Big Catch is a very fun story for kids. I am happy to support this project.”  Read the rest of this entry


Thirteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored tonight (June 9) as winners at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards. The medal placements were announced at the awards ceremony, which featured as presenters actors Laura Dern, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Greg Kinnear and Mena Suvari alongside Academy President Tom Sherak at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The winners are:
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Academy Elevates Clarke to Senior Information Technology Post

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Megan Clarke to the newly created post of Managing Director, Information Technology, Academy COO Ric Robertson announced today. Clarke will report directly to Robertson.

“Megan is a talented executive who is leading our efforts on a number of important and exciting initiatives,” said Robertson. “Our reliance on her skills is only going to increase in the coming months and years.”

Clarke has been a member of the Academy staff since 2008. In that time, she has steered efforts to overhaul the Academy’s technological infrastructure and helped to ensure the integrity, longevity and security of millions of pieces of data.

In her new position, Clarke will be responsible for devising and implementing a unified technology strategy for each of the Academy’s various departments and for the organization as a whole. Supervising a team of in-house staff members, independent contractors and development partners, Clarke will help define the Academy’s short- and long-term technology needs and oversee a number of major projects designed to meet them. These endeavors include the consolidation of multiple databases used by different arms of the Academy as well as a new approach to digital asset management. This initiative will ensure that millions of Academy assets, including the posters and still photographs housed at the Margaret Herrick Library, will be efficiently digitized, archived and made accessible. Most notably, Clarke will supervise the Academy’s transition to electronic voting for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards®.  Read the rest of this entry

Academy Unleashes Power of Kung Fu Collection

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received a collection of more than 800 kung fu film posters and other related materials from producer,

 screenwriter and former motion picture executive Stephen Chin, announced Academy COO Ric Robertson. The collection features marketing and promotional items including posters, lobby cards, photographs, toys, comic books, clothing and accessories from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. It focuses predominantly on the 1970s, which many fans and scholars mark as the golden age of the kung fu film.

“Stephen is a true fan and an extraordinary collector,” said Robertson. “His dedication to documenting this important genre will help the Academy provide film enthusiasts and historians with a broader, deeper view of world cinema.”  Read the rest of this entry

Guess Who’s 2 Today?

K*Chele Magazine turns 2 today – Thursday, June 7th, 2012!!! And we’re gonna celebrate all day 🙂

YOU, our amazing fans and supporters are the reason we are not only still around, but have grown at a massive rate in such a short time. In our first two years, K*Chele Magazine has landed in 82 countries, reaching over 240,000 and growing everyday. See if your country is listed: HERE

K*Chele is passionate about being a “positive” media outlet and continues to work hard everyday, to make the music and entertainment industry take notice. Positive press is alive and well, and with your continued support, we’re soon to be a household name.

We’ve actually begun receiving birthday cards and a few gifts; thank you! As much as they are appreciated, how about buying a copy of the magazine for a friend or liking and sharing our Facebook page? We’re planning to have a giveaway, or two, sometime today to say thank you. So, be sure and check Facebook for your chance to win!

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