Thursday, December 18, 2014

Alfonso and Whitney Dancing With The Stars Champions

They won Dancing With The Stars and now they're Unplugged and Totally Uncut inside the iHeart Radio Studio. Alfonso and Whitney!!! Alfonso’s interests and loves vary from acting, best known for his role as Carlton Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, to his active career today as a television director, host and voice-over. He made his first big role cast opposite Ricky Schroder in the long-running sitcom Silver Spoons, making him an instant teen idol. His directing credits include television shows Shake It Up, Are We There Yet? The Wannabes, Meet The Browns, Cuts, Eve, One on One, All of Us and Mighty Med on Disney XD. Starting his acting career at the age of eight, Alfonso landed his first starring role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid, whereupon he was signed to famed music label Island Records. He became an overnight sensation, enamoring the likes of director Bob Geraldi, choreographer Michael Peters and “The King of Pop” Michael Jackson (who enlisted Alfonso in the infamous Pepsi commercial). After taking time to attend Cal State University, Los Angeles where he earned a Theater Arts education, Alfonso was offered a role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Alfonso played the memorable character of Carlton Banks, opposite his friend, Will Smith. Following six years on the popular series Fresh Prince, he was then approached by Quincy Jones to appear with L.L.Cool J in the NBC/UPN series In the House. Both can still be seen in syndication. In his free time, he plays sports and is a scratch golfer and a professional car racer, having received countless trophies and medals from numerous worldwide competitions. A native of The Bronx, New York, he currently resides in Southern California. ABOUT WITNEY CARSON Witney was born and raised in a small town called American Fork, Utah. She started her dancing career at the age of three. Being trained in many different dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Tap, Latin and Standard Ballroom, she has competed and performed all over the world. At the age of 18, Witney made top six (top three girls) on So You Think You Can Dance season nine. She then joined ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Pro Troupe Team, where she performed and choreographed every week for two seasons. In 2014, Witney was promoted to a Pro dancer and was paired with partner Cody Simpson. ABOUT THE DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE TOUR DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE IS COMING TO YOUR TOWN! Sat 27-Dec - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Events Center Sun 28-Dec - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Tues 30-Dec - Robinsonville, MS - Horseshoe Tunica Casino Wed 31-Dec - Atlanta GA - Cobb Energy PAC Fri 2-Jan - Orlando, FL - Bob Carr Performing Arts Center Sat 3-Jan - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall- 5pm Sat 3-Jan - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall- 8pm Sun 4-Jan - Jacksonville, FL - Moran Theater Tues 6-Jan - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium Wed 7-Jan - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theater Thurs 8-Jan - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center Fri 9-Jan - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino Sat 10-Jan - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Events Center Sun 11-Jan - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theater Tues 3-Jan - Newport News, VA - Ferguson Concert Hall Wed 14-Jan - Baltimore, MD - Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Thurs 15-Jan - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre Fri 16-Jan - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater-5pm Fri 16-Jan - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater-8pm Sun 18-Jan - Cleveland, OH - Hard Rock Mon 19-Jan - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Wed 21-Jan - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center - Theater Thurs 22-Jan - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater Fri 23-Jan - Windsor, ON - Colosseum at Windsor Sat 24-Jan - Merrillville, IN - Holiday Star Theatre Sun 25-Jan - Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino Wed 28-Jan - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theater Thurs 29-Jan - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center Fri 30-Jan - Thackerville, TX - Winstar Casino Sat 31-Jan - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater Mon 2-Feb - Colorado Springs, CO - Pikes Peak Center Tues 3-Feb - Denver, CO - Paramount Theater Thurs 5-Feb - West Valley City, UT - Maverik Center Fri 6-Feb - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort - Expo Hall Sat 7-Feb - Las Vegas, NV - The Venetian Sun 8-Feb - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre Mon 9-Feb - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theater Wed 11-Feb - San Jose, CA - Center for the Performing Arts Thu 12-Feb - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Sat 14-Feb - Thousand Oaks, CA - Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts Sun 15-Feb Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre LA Live

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Seth Alley

You can't release a song called Things We Don't Talk About then walk into my iHeart Radio Studio. You're gonna open up. I'll locate the key to your creative mind and then unlock the Unplugged and Totally Uncut story. It's Country Music's hot new comer Seth Alley!!!! I’m the oldest of three kids. I grew up in the small east Tennessee town of Sparta. I like to tell stories. As long as I can remember I’ve liked to tell them, and so I guess becoming a songwriter was logical. Every song I write is like a chapter from a book…they are stories for you and truths for me. I never write a song just to write a song. They paint a true and vivid picture of what my life is or was like. My goal when writing is to make people feel something – I want them to think. My stories, and thus my songs, come from observation, lessons, love and dreams. I picked up the guitar at the age of thirteen and formed my first band at fourteen. With over 1,000 shows under my belt, the next step was to go after my true dream of becoming a professional artist…so off to Music City I went. I started making trips back and forth to Nashville at the end of 2012, and it was on that first trip I met Bill McDermott, who would end up being my producer. Bill introduced me to Jody Williams at BMI, who helped me land a publishing deal with Sony ATV and management with Spalding Entertainment (home to Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, and Terri Clark.) Literally a few weeks later, I was signing a record deal with Big Machine Records. That was June of 2014. You can say life is pretty awesome right now…

Leighton Meester Heartstrings

Fresh from the big screen and Broadway. The star of Country Strong and Of Mice and Men is the artist critics are calling the next Tori Amos, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actress Leighton Meester “Heartstrings is a mixture of noir-y indie rock, anthemic folk-pop and Beach Boys-esque balladry.”- Made Man “In the style of ethereal singer-songwriters such as Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell…”-Billboard (November 20, 2014)- Leighton Meester’s debut album entitled, Heartstrings, a dreamy singer-songwriter narrative of guarded love, irony and heartache was released everywhere on October 28. In support of the record’s release, Leighton will be headlining three nights at Los Angeles’ Hotel Café throughout the month of January. Dates and purchase links can be found below. Known primarily as an actress for her roles in such projects as Gossip Girl, Country Strong, and the recent revival of "Of Mice and Men" on Broadway, Leighton Meester is excited to share her passion for music with the release of Heartstrings. Written by Meester and produced by Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow, Augustana), the nine-song album bares the influence of such artists as Stevie Nicks, Tori Amos, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. "I wrote Heartstrings as a process of relief, and working with Jeff allowed the songs themselves to grow as much as they could, which was considerable,” says Leighton. “Our approach was to flesh out the atmosphere around the feeling of each song with preproduction and then added the spontaneity of a live room for recording." Heartstrings is available everywhere Hotly Wanting Records. Purchase the album on iTunes now: Leighton Meester @ Hotel Café 1/06- 1/13- 1/27-

Phil Zuckerman Living The Secular Life

Drawing on groundbreaking sociological research and extensive in-depth interviews with men and women across the country, Living the Secular Life illuminates this demographic shift with the moral convictions that govern secular individuals. Zuckerman reveals that, despite opinions to the contrary, nonreligious Americans possess a unique moral code that allows them to effectively navigate the complexities of modern life. Spiritual self-reliance, clear-eyed pragmatism, and an abiding faith in the Golden Rule to adjudicate moral decisions: these common principles are shared across secular society. By sharing the real-life stories and beliefs of individuals who have chosen to live a secular life, Zuckerman demonstrates these principles in action and points to their usage throughout daily life.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mountain Man Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty star Tim Guraedy is best known to the show’s millions of hard-core fans as "Mountain Man," the slow-talking air-conditioning repairman/radio host who is a neighbor to the Robertsons, the Louisiana family that made a fortune from its best-selling duck calls, and around which the show is based. "Mountain Man" is the only semi-regular cast member who is not a Robertson family member or employee of Duck Commander. Now in its third season, Duck Dynasty has become A&E’s most-watched series in the network’s history. The February 27, 2013 two-episode Season 3 premiere tallied 8.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast in network history. While he was born in Louisiana, Guraedy moved around a bit in his youth, spending time in Minnesota, Tennessee and Indiana. But the lure of the Bayou State was too strong, and Guraedy returned to Louisiana, where it has been his home for the past 25 years. He lives in Monroe, LA, the small town made famous by Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander. Guraedy’s weekly radio show on local station Z107.5, Big Z Country has become popular all over the globe, with people tuning in, via the Internet, to hear "Mountain Man"’s delightful mix of common sense, sports, music – and usually a Bible verse or two. For to know "Mountain Man" is to know a man whose Christian faith is a big part of who he is. “Life’s not easy, but I have God in my life and it’s so much better. So much better,” he has said. This faith, as well as his recent celebrity, is now allowing him the opportunity to reach out to people who need inspiration: “I love being able to actually go to schools and give speeches about bullying, drugs, and abstinence. It makes my soul feel good,” Guraedy continued. Guraedy is also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both fresh and salt water fishing, as well as hunting for everything from wild boar to, well, ducks, of course. It doesn’t matter if people know him as Monroe, LA AC repairman Tim Guraedy or TV personality “Mountain Man,” – you’ll still get the same humble, down-to-earth man: “I’ve never been a person to judge, or to hold grudges. I don’t hate anybody, and I don’t even have the ability to do so. I’ve always tried to treat others like I would like to be treated.” “I’m just a country boy…a redneck sticking to my roots.” Connect with Mountain Man at www.mountainmansworld.

Bryan Adams 30 Years of Reckless

I was on the air at KOOK in Billings, Montana when clean cut rebel by the name of Bryan Adams began turning radio waves into huge requests and number one songs. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Bryan Adams. Being a Radio Jock in the 1980's was a brilliant adventure through multitudes of creative temptations. New acts and sounds were coming from all corners of the planet. One minute stations were All American then suddenly British invasion. Australia was perking up. As was Canada. And I'm not talking Gordon Lightfoot and Anne Murray. Both have their place in music history but it wasn't going to be in the 1980's. Fronting the pack was Bryan Adams. I took the phone calls from impatient listeners. They saw him perform on MTV and American Bandstand. They screamed into that phone for more. Who was this clean cut rebel and what was he doing to my two speaker stage?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Robbie Rogers Coming Out To Play

The Olympian that took on a challenge bigger than winning a gold medal. Was it about victory? Was it a challenge to take on a secret and give it life outside what created total darkness. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with professional soccer prlayer Robbie Rogers. In February 2013, when championship-winning soccer player Robbie Rogers came out as gay via a letter that he posted online, he made sports history. After having kept his sexuality a secret for 25 years, he became the first openly gay man to compete in a major North American professional sports league. For much of his life, Robbie Rogers lived in paralyzing fear that sharing his big secret would cost him both his family’s love and his hard-won career as a professional soccer player. He could be a pro athlete. Or he could be an out gay man. He couldn’t do both. Then, at age 25, after nearly stepping away from a brilliant career—one that included competing in the Olympics, playing for Leeds United, and winning the MLS Cup—he chose to finally tell his truth. But instead of the rejection that he had feared for so long, he was embraced by his family, by his teammates, and by his fans. Now, he shares the story of the turbulent years leading up to that landmark decision, and the profound ways in which his life changed in its wake in his new memoir, Coming Out to Play.