ARTIST OF THE WEEK 5-17-12
Here is our interview with her!
Nicole has been singing since she was four years old, always carrying a mini recorder around the house or at her dad’s deli, Tony’s. Her mom always sang to her and both her mom and dad always played music. At eleven, Nicole started singing publicly, entering singing contests and performing at fairs, festivals, nursing homes, and cancer benefits. Throughout her life, she has had the opportunity to open for Willie Nelson, Connie Smith, Tracy Byrd, John Micheal Montgomery, Sammy Kershaw and perform with Jeanie Sealy and Jan Howard.
Nicole majored in Radio/TV and graduated in the spring of 2010. She loves working with music and on the radio. When she heard about the internship available at Penn’s Peak Radio, she jumped on the chance and became part of the Penn’s Peak Radio family. She has learned so much here and has had so much fun throughout her experience so far. Since January 2010, she has been hosting her own show. She is excited and looking forward to the journey ahead.
What Do You?
Listen to: Mostly country, but likes all kinds of music.
Watch: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, The Sing Off, Family Guy, CMT, GAC, Dirty Jobs, Animal Planet, scary movies, comedies, and love stories.
Like: Music, singing, Nashville, beach, makeup, shoes, animals, and offroading
Dislike: Mean people and really cold weather
Have the fondest memories of: Family trips with my mom, dad, and sister
How did you get into radio? From my college degree
What is your guilty pleasure? Eating too many potato chips
Have you ever been to jail? No, never
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you take with you? A cell phone, laptop, and soap
If you had a real job, what would it be? Ummmm, real job?
What’s waiting for you when you get home? My dog, Sammy!
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Easton Corbin
ARTIST OF THE WEEK 5-10-12
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM) and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. Eminem’s popularity brought his group, D12, to mainstream recognition. As well as being a member of D12, Eminem is also one half of the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil, with Royce da 5’9″. Eminem is one of the best-selling artists in the world and is the best selling artist of the 2000s. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines including the Rolling Stone magazine which has ranked him 82nd on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The same magazine has declared him The King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has achieved ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200. He has sold more than 42 million tracks and 41 million albums in the United States, and nearly 90 million albums worldwide.
Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP. That first album, The Marshall Mathers LP and his third major album, The Eminem Show, all won Grammy Awards, making Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs. The Marshall Mathers LP is also considered one of Eminem’s best and most successful albums. Eminem then went on hiatus after touring in 2005. He released his first album since 2004’s Encore, titled Relapse, on May 15, 2009. In 2010, Eminem released his seventh studio album Recovery, which was an international success. Recovery was also named the best selling album worldwide of 2010 joining The Eminem Show, which was the best seller of 2002. Eminem won Grammy Awards for both Relapse and Recovery, giving him a total of 13 Grammys in his career. Eminem has named Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane, Newcleus, the Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, AZ, Nas, and Ice-T amongst others as his influences.
Eminem has opened other ventures since the beginning of his success. He founded his own record label, Shady Records with his manager Paul Rosenberg. He also has his own radio channel, Shade 45. Eminem began an acting career in 2002, when he starred in the hip hop drama film 8 Mile in which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, becoming the first rap artist ever to win the award. He is also set to star in the 2013 films Shady Talez and Have Gun, Will Travel. He has also made cameo appearances in The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009) and television series Entourage.
ARTIST OF THE WEEK 5-3-12
Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico; March 26, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the frontman and lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion. He is known as the “Demon of Screamin'” due to his high screams and his wide vocal range. He is also known for his on-stage acrobatics. During his high-energy performances, he usually dresses in bright, colorful outfits with his trademark scarves hanging from his microphone stand. In the 1970s, Tyler rose to prominence as the frontman of Aerosmith, which released such milestone hard rock albums as Toys in the Attic and Rocks. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tyler had a heavy drug and alcohol addiction, and the band’s popularity waned.
He completed drug rehabilitation in 1986 and subsequently maintained sobriety for years, but had a relapse with prescription painkillers in the late 2000s, for which he successfully received treatment in 2009. After Aerosmith launched a remarkable comeback in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the albums Permanent Vacation, Pump, and Get a Grip, Tyler became a household name and has remained a relevant rock icon. As a result, he has since embarked on several solo endeavors including guest appearances on other artists’ music, film and TV roles (including as a judge on American Idol), authoring a bestselling book, and solo work (including a Top 40 hit single in 2011). However, he has continued to record music and perform with Aerosmith, after more than 41 years in the band. He is included among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers. He was also ranked 3rd on Hit Parader’s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. In 2001 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Aerosmith, and he was the presenter when AC/DC was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American recording artist and actress. Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel’s television series The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993–1994. Aguilera signed to RCA Records after recording “Reflection”, the theme song for the animated film Mulan (1998).
In 1999, Aguilera came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera, which was a commercial success spawning three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—”Genie in a Bottle”, “What a Girl Wants”, and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You).” After parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002). The album’s second single, “Beautiful”, was a commercial success and helped the album’s commercial performance amidst controversy over Aguilera’s image. Aguilera followed up Stripped with the soul, jazz and blues inspired, Back to Basics (2006), released to positive critical acclaim. The album produced three singles “Ain’t No Other Man”, “Hurt” and “Candyman”. Four years later Aguilera released her sixth studio album, Bionic (2010), which incorporated aspects of R&B, electropop, and synthpop and was met with mixed reviews and low sales.
Aside from being known for her vocal ability, music videos and image, musically, she includes themes of dealing with public scrutiny, her childhood, and female empowerment in her music. Apart from her work in music, she has also dedicated much of her time as a philanthropist for charities, human rights and world issues which include her work as a UN ambassador for the World Food Programme. She made her feature film debut in the musical Burlesque (2010), earning Aguilera a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Aguilera’s work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award, amongst seventeen and three nominations respectively. Rolling Stone ranked her number fifty-eight on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, ranking as the youngest and only artist on the list under the age of thirty. She was ranked the 20th Artist of the 2000–09 decade by Billboard, and is the second top selling single artist of the 2000s behind Madonna. Aguilera’s albums sales are estimated at over 50 million units worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Artist of the Week 4-12-12
Kate Elizabeth Winslet (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress and
occasional singer. She has received multiple awards and nominations.
She was the youngest person to accrue six Academy Award nominations,
and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Reader (2008). She
has won awards from the Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film
and Television Arts, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association among
others, and has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award for television
acting, winning once for her role as Mildred Pierce in the 2011
mini-series of the same name.
Brought up in Berkshire, Winslet studied drama from childhood, and
began her career in British television in 1991. She made her film
debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994), for which she received her first
notable critical praise. She achieved recognition for her subsequent
work in a supporting role in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and for her
leading role in Titanic (1997), the highest grossing film at the time,
and, as of 2011, the highest grossing film of Winslet’s career.
Since 2000, Winslet’s performances have continued to draw positive
comments from film critics, and she has been nominated for various
awards for her work in such films as Quills (2000), Iris (2001),
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Finding Neverland
(2004), Little Children (2006), The Reader (2008) and Revolutionary
Road (2008). Her performance in the last of these prompted New York
magazine critic David Edelstein to describe her as “the best
English-speaking film actress of her generation”. The romantic
comedy The Holiday and the animated film Flushed Away (both 2006) are
among the biggest commercial successes of her career.
Winslet was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for
Children in 2000. She has been included as a vocalist on some
soundtracks of works she has performed in, and the single “What If”
from the soundtrack for Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001), was a hit
single in several European countries. Winslet has two children.
Artist of the week 3-29-12
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé ( /biˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-YON-say), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in various performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. During the hiatus of Destiny’s Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—”Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”—and became one of the most successful albums of that year, earning her a then record-tying five Grammy Awards. Following the disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2005, Knowles released her second solo album, B’Day, in 2006, and included the top 10 singles “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable” and “Beautiful Liar”. Her third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce, released in 2008, spawned four commercially successful singles—”If I Were a Boy”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams”. The album helped Knowles earn six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. Knowles released her fourth solo album, 4, in 2011, and became her fourth consecutive number-one album on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist. This made her the third artist in history to have her first four studio albums debut atop the chart.
Apart from her work in music, Knowles has also launched a career in acting. She made her debut in the 2001 musical film Carmen: A Hip Hopera, prior to appearing in major films, including Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Dreamgirls (2006), which earned her two Golden Globe nominations, Cadillac Records (2008) and Obsessed (2009). Knowles and her mother introduced their family’s fashion line, House of Deréon, in 2005, and has also endorsed brands including, L’Oréal, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Nintendo and Vizio. In June 2010, she was ranked first on Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential musicians in the world, and second on its list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world. Knowles’ work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 16 Grammy Awards, 11 MTV Video Music Awards, 4 American Music Awards, a Billboard Millennium Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Destiny’s Child. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked her as the 4th overall Artist of the Decade (and as the First Female Artist of that period). The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), also recognized Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s. In the US, Knowles has sold over 11.2 million albums as of May 2010, and more than 30.4 million digital singles as of January 2012. She has sold 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2010, VH1 included Knowles in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and ranked her third in their 2012 list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976), better known as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and film producer. Witherspoon landed her first feature role as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991; later that year she made her television acting debut, in the cable movie Wildflower. In 1996, Witherspoon appeared in Freeway and followed that appearance with roles in three major 1998 films: Overnight Delivery, Pleasantville and Twilight. The following year, Witherspoon appeared in the critically acclaimed Election, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
2001 marked her career’s turning point with the breakout role as Elle Woods in the box office hit Legally Blonde, and in 2002 she starred in Sweet Home Alabama, which became her biggest commercial film success to date. 2003 saw her return as lead actress and executive producer of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide attention and praise for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, which earned her an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Witherspoon married actor and Cruel Intentions co-star Ryan Phillippe in 1999; they have two children, Ava and Deacon. The couple separated at the end of 2006 and divorced in October 2007. Witherspoon married her second husband, talent agent Jim Toth, in 2011. Witherspoon owns a production company, Type A Films, and she is actively involved in children’s and women’s advocacy organizations. She serves on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and was named Global Ambassador of Avon Products in 2007, serving as honorary chair of the charitable Avon Foundation. On December 1, 2010, Witherspoon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And now she is preg with her third child!