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Lexy1Lexy Cassell is a singer/songwriter from Long Island, NY. She mixes pop, rock and punk into her music style. Songs she sings reflect her life philosophy which are to break the norms. Her song Original is about being yourself and is currently played in rotation on several radio stations. It won the people’s choice for most votes in Newsday’s Battle of the Bands contest. Lexy has performed at Jones Beach and local events, fairs, concerts and TV shows. She also enjoys skateboarding and is a sponsored skateboarder, team rider and model for sPACYcLOUd and Skate Girls Tribe. She visits high schools as a teen mentor and has spoken at school assemblies for anti-bullying awareness.

HVUM: How do you describe yourself? What are your key strengths, and generally, where might you like to improve personally?

LC: I’d describe myself as a hard working and resilient. I’ve broken 4 bones skateboarding and I don’t give up easily, I love a challenge. I also enjoy being able to entertain people. I’m always working on improving myself and moving forward, whether it’s olling a 4 step on my board or a new song on the piano. If it’s nice outside I can forget the time and skate all day so trying to manage my time can be hard if I have a few things going on in one day.

HVUM How do you view your family in relation to your wanting a career in music?

LC: Without the support from my family this wouldn’t be possible. My parents drive me to events, coordinate my schedule and pay for Lexy2expenses. They also let the band practice in my basement.

HVUM: Tell us about your background and development in music. When and why did you start playing music? Did you have any formal training?

LC: When I was around 8 I would go into my room and dance around, make music videos and post them on You Tube. When my mother found out I was doing it I thought I might be in trouble but she watched the videos and liked them. She told me she would get me singing lessons if that’s what I wanted to do and she also enrolled me in a local music school.

HVUM: Are there any particular musicians or bands that have influenced you?

LC: Yes, when I was 8 I saw Lady Gaga perform a News Eve show in Miami. I watched her from the hotel balcony and it was that moment I knew I wanted to have a career in music. There are so many artists I enjoy. I love Avril, Britney Alanis, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Evanescence and Paramore just to name a few.

HVUM: Do you think being a female in a rock band is any different than being male? If you think that there are differences, what are they?

Lexy4LC: I don’t look at it that way. I like to be known as myself. Just like when I skateboard I don’t like people to say I’m a good skateboarder for a girl. I’d like to be known as a good skater period. Most of the contest I skate at I’m usually the only girl so I’m use to competing with the guys.

HVUM: When it comes to building your individual brand as an artist or as a band how do you set your objectives and priorities? What are the toughest objectives to achieve?

LC: Part of building my brand is being true to who I am. So it’s pretty easy. I basically just do random Lexy stuff. I believe it’s me just being me. I enjoy making videos goofing around and letting people just get to know me as a person and see who I am, I do what I like and that’s how I feel I can really connect.

HVUM: Thinking about the key elements for your success how you rank Talent, Team support, Technology, Networks and markets, financial support.

LC: Talent is number one and number two is having committed people supporting you. The rest are all equally important.

HVUM: Given that social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…) are so important how do you deal with the demands of networking online? What do you consider to be the pros and cons of social media as a means for driving success?

LC: I love to use social media as a tool to network.. I recently started going LIVE on Face book *Lexy Cassell and Instagram *Lexyy Cassell. I don’t see too many downfalls so far social media has been very helpful for me. I can book shows and share information and make new friends.
HVUM: Are you ever concerned about your public image or do you expect people to accept you as you are and forget about changing to meet public approval?

LC: Something that’s important to me is to be who you are. I’m happy with being myself. I’m not perfect and I don’t feel pressure to be that way because I try to keep it real. Part of being a skater means my sneakers are a mess my jean have holes and my hair is all over the place. I feel I’m pretty authentic to who I am and it would be hard to change that. I’d look pretty silly in high heels and a dress on a skateboard.

HVUM: Given that you are young, are you ever concerned that your efforts to build a music career will “disconnect” you from your closest peer group (schoolmates, for example)?

LC: Absolutely not. I get what I have to get done during the week. For example school, lessons and band practice. On the weekends if I’m not performing, I have sleepovers, eat out and go to the mall with my squad. During the summer I spend a few weeks at Woodward which is an extreme sports camp for skateboarders, BMX bikers, and cheer.

HVUM: Do you get nervous before you perform in public or does it just come naturally to you?

LC:When I was younger I did. Not now, it’s just what I do and I look forward to doing it.

HVUM: What is your most memorable moment as a musician? Do you have an experience you’d like to forget? Can you tell us about it?

LC: My most memorable moments are when someone special surprises me and comes to one of my shows.

HVUM: What are your primary social causes or interests?

LC: I’m very involved in Autism Awareness and have spent several Sundays playing at a local Café the employs young adults with developmental disabilities. I support Paws of A Cause and Long Island Domestic Violence Awareness. I also helped raise money for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital here on Long Island.

HVUM: Is there anything you’d like to add to the interview? Anything we’ve missed?

LC: Yes. Recently I’ve started a band called ELISA. It stands for East Long Island Skate Agenda. I have an amazing guitarist Andrew Friedman, cool David Wolfsohn on bass and hitting the drums is Peter Leonardo. We all immediately clicked from our first time we played together I think it’s because we’re all skaters.. We have a great vibe and energy and we’re starting to record our own songs, have booked several shows and a TV interview and just love to hang together and be real.
This month I started a job as a DJ on Radio Buzz 101 Real Alternative. I’m on Sunday from12am-2am and my goal is to bring some attention to the hardworking local bands out there.

Lexy, thanks so much for taking time with us! You’ve got a lot of talent and energy to make things happen. We wish you all the very best of luck and success. Let’s stay in contact going forward. Again, thank you.

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September 19, 2013 — 9:51 am PDT

Carole King Photo: Elissa Kline

Carole King Photo: Elissa Kline

Carole King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year on Jan. 24, 2014, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board.

Multi-GRAMMY-winning artists the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Jason Mraz, James Taylor, and Steven Tyler will perform in King’s honor. Music industry veterans Lou Adler, Martin Bandier and Rob Light along with Taylor are tribute chairs. Composer and arranger Robbie Kondor will be the evening’s musical director. Additional performers will be announced in the coming months.

Proceeds from the 24th annual benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week two days prior to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

King is being honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her extraordinary creative

James Taylor Photo: Christopher Polk/WireImage.com

James Taylor Photo: Christopher Polk/WireImage.com

accomplishments as well as her significant charitable work, which has included a range of philanthropic activities over the years. In addition to her continuously evolving musical career, King is actively involved with environmental organizations in support of forest ecosystem protection as well as a range of political causes.

“We are honored to celebrate Carole King as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year,” said Portnow. “Her contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of pop music, and her philanthropy speaks volumes about her generosity and personal passions. We are also grateful to the extraordinary artists who have announced their desire to be a part of what will undoubtedly be a magical and inspiring evening.”

“Carole’s artistic output is remarkable in its depth. Her influence and charitable legacy are equally impressive, and her approach to art and life is enthusiastic and joyous,” said Silva. “It is going to be an exceptional MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, and we also want to express our gratitude to our tribute chairs and musical director whose participation will ensure the success of our annual benefit.”

King wrote her first No. 1 hit at age 17, penning “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for the Shirelles with then-husband Gerry Goffin. The dozens of chart hits Goffin and King wrote during this period have become part of music legend, including “Take Good Care Of My Baby” and “Run To Him” (No. 1 and No. 2 hits, respectively, for Bobby Vee, 1961); “Crying In The Rain” (the Everly Brothers, No. 6, 1962); “The Loco-Motion” (Little Eva, No. 1, 1962); “Up On The Roof” (the Drifters, No. 5, 1963); “Chains” (the Cookies, No. 17, 1962; the Beatles, 1963); “One Fine Day” (the Chiffons, No. 5, 1963); “Hey, Girl” (Freddie Scott, No. 10, 1963; also recorded by Vee and the Righteous Brothers); “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits, No. 13, 1964); “Just Once In My Life” (written with Phil Spector for the Righteous Brothers, No. 9, 1965); and “Don’t Bring Me Down” (the Animals, No. 12, 1966).

The Dixie Chicks  Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

The Dixie Chicks Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

In 1967 Goffin and King’s “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” was immortalized by Aretha Franklin. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles.

King’s 1971 solo album Tapestry is arguably her pinnacle career achievement. While King was in the studio recording Tapestry, Taylor recorded King’s “You’ve Got A Friend,” taking the song to No. 1. In a first for a female writer/artist, Tapestry spawned four GRAMMY Awards — Record, Song and Album Of The Year as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female honors for King. With more than 25 million units sold worldwide, Tapestry remained the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter century, and King went on to amass three other platinum and eight gold albums. Tapestry was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998.

In 1987 King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and, a year later, Goffin and King were awarded the National Academy of Songwriters’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990 the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2002, King was honored with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Two years later, Goffin and King received the Trustees Award from The Recording Academy. In 2004 King was honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award and in 2013 was the recipient of a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

With a career spanning more than five decades, the GRAMMY winner has rarely been more active than during the last five years. King’s late-career whirlwind began in November 2007, when she and longtime friend and musical partner Taylor returned to the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., for a three-night, six-show run to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary. Those historic performances were documented in the RIAA gold-certified Live At The Troubadour. This event was the inspiration for the pair’s 60-concert Troubadour Reunion world tour in 2010, which included three sold-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and another trio of sellouts at Madison Square Garden. The Troubadour shows also inspired the Morgan Neville-directed feature-length documentary Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter, which made its TV premiere in March 2011 on PBS’ “American Masters,” shortly after being released on DVD.

King’s 2012 memoir, A Natural Woman. In A Natural Woman, which she wrote completely on her own, shares her incredible story from her beginnings in Brooklyn, N.Y., to her groundbreaking achievements as a songwriter, as well as her first major performances with Taylor and her many years of environmental and political activism. Upon publication, King’s memoir instantly cracked the Top 10 on The New York Times’ best-sellers list. In May 2013 King became the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by the Library of Congress, and was also honored by remarks from President Barack Obama at an all-star White House gala. A highly anticipated new Broadway musical based on King’s life, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” will begin preview performances on Nov. 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with the official opening night set for Jan. 12, 2014.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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By: Lisa Sanders for HorizonVU Music

2010 marked my third year attending Lollapalooza in Chicago.  I look forward to the three-day music festival every year, and this year was no exception.  By no means am I any kind of music expert, nor do I claim a great deal of knowledge about the business—I’m simply a person who enjoys all types of music.  Lollapalooza, which is a rock festival at its roots, has branched out to include everything from techno to hip-hop. This is a big point of conflict among music lovers, with some saying that including genres outside of rock taints what the festival is about.  I disagree.  The variety of music brings in audiences of allkinds—each person coming to see his or her preferred act.  But, throughout the weekend, these niche audiences can’t help but be exposed to something different than what they usually listen to, which is what music festivals as a whole should be about.  In fact, it’s a big part of what draws me to beautiful Grant Park summer after summer.

Unfortunately, I was working with a festival sponsor at the park this year, so I didn’t get a chance to see many of the daytime acts.  Don’t get me wrong though—the evening lineup was fantastic.  In the evening on Friday, I was able to take in a bit of Matt & Kim.  They are a duo that has really blown up in the past year.  In fact, around this time last year I saw them in a fairly small venue in Madison, Wisconsin.  This time around, the crowd was huge—too big for the medium-sized stage they were on.  I enjoy their happy, stripped-down rock sound, but it also becomes very repetitive to the point where it’s hard to differentiate songs from one another.  Regardless, their energy is contagious and I would recommend giving them a listen or going out to see them if given the chance.

Friday night I was torn between seeing Lady Gaga and The Strokes who were playing at opposite ends of the park, but I opted for the ever-

Lady Gaga, Photo: Sam Hendrick/MTV News

Lady Gaga, Photo: Sam Hendrick/MTV News

fascinating Gaga.  I had seen her in January earlier this year, so I knew I would be in for a great show.  Her Lolla act was very similar to the one I had seen previously, however it did not play out as well as it did in a smaller venue.  She spent a lot of time talking, doing her shtick about not fitting in high school and just generally being bizarre, which I think turned off a lot of the audience who weren’t at the festival to see her specifically.  When she was singing though, it was truly great.  Her vocals, especially considering her choreography, are so impressive and refreshing to see in a pop act.



Saturday evening I was able to see Spoon, a band that seems to be an ever-present fixture at Lolla and other music festivals.  It’s understandable why though, because they are so damn consistent.  This marked my third time seeing them live, and each time I’ve enjoyed more than the last.  Lead singer Britt Daniels gritty and Brit-rock sounding vocals never get old in my book.  Every song made the audience groove, even sending a shower of crowd-surfers overhead for majority of the set.  Definitely pick up on of their albums (start with Gimme Fiction, it’s my favorite).

On Sunday evening I ventured out of comfort zone to see a band I hadn’t planned on watching, and was pleasantly surprised.  Instead of seeing

Wolfmother, Photo: Beatcrave.com

Wolfmother, Photo: Beatcrave.com

trendy “experimental rock” group MGMT, I went to the other end of the park to watch Wolfmother.  While the crowd wasn’t the biggest, I was impressed by their energy and sound.  Lead singer Andrew Stockdale has an incredible set of pipes, often resembling Robert Plant.  I got there later in the set, but I wish I could have seen the whole thing.  Next, I took in part of The National’s show.  They are new on my musical radar screen, although they’ve been around for over a decade.  I found Matt Berninger’s deep vocals to be refreshing compared to many rock bands out there now that are into this falsetto trend (see MGMT or Passion Pit).  It was obvious that the audience contained some truly die-hard fans, and the band gave them everything they had.

Fire Arcade, Photo Sean Edgar/Paste Magazine

Fire Arcade, Photo Sean Edgar/Paste Magazine

Next up, Arcade Fire.  This is another band whose popularity has really grown this year, recently playing a sold out Madison Square Garden.  I’m not the biggest fan, although I enjoy listening to them from time to time.  The part that stands out the most to me was how humble the band seemed, and how genuinely excited the seemed to be headlining Lollapalooza.  They’re set was nothing to sneeze at though.  They brought a big sound and I think made a lot of new fans that night.

Overall, I had a great three days at Lollapalooza.  I would have loved to have been able to see more shows during the day, like The xx, Mumford & Sons, or The New Pornographers, all of whom I heard were nothing short of fantastic.  There is truly nothing better than listening to great music set against the gorgeous Chicago skyline.  If you get the chance—GO. Even if it’s just for one of the three days.  It’s an experience like none other.

Lisa Sanders attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studies Communication Arts.

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