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16299180_10102083582710357_3735039886767413489_n Ayla Brown’s latest release, Take Your Name is creating a lot of inspiration for the Nashville-based, singer songwriter. Photo Courtesy of AylaBrownMusic.Com

 

Listen to the full interview here with RFP and KTAR’s own, Michael Thomas, Jr!:


 

We spoke national recording artist and former American Idol, country singer and songwriter, Ayla Brown about her latest single, “Take Your Name” charitable works, upcoming releases, tours, and much more!

 

A brief bio of Ayla Courtesy of her Webiste AylaBrown.com:

 

Having multiple talents and interests hasn’t deterred Ayla from achieving many significant hallmarks in her young career.

Most recently on Valentine’s Day in 2017, Ayla Brown released “Take Your Name” on digital platforms as well as radio. The song is an upbeat, catchy country tune about being in love with someone so much that you want to take their last name. It can be downloaded now!

In May of 2015, Ayla released a full length 13 song album titled Let Love In. The album was sponsored by popular restaurant chain, Texas Roadhouse, and currently two of Ayla’s songs, “Let Love In,” and “Matches and Gasoline,” are in rotation in every Texas Roadhouse jukebox throughout the country. Also, Ayla’s first single, “Let Love In,” is being played on numerous radio stations in the Northeast part of the United States.

In November of 2012, Ayla released her second album Heroes & Hometowns and achieved a life-long dream of performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Since the album’s release, Heroes & Hometowns has peaked at #1 on Amazon MP3 and #51 on iTunes.

Ayla has performed to a national TV audience on Fox & Friends and The Huckabee Show, performed the National Anthem with the Boston Pops on July 4th to an audience of more than 1 million people, sang the National Anthem and God Bless America live on ESPN at the 2013 Orange Bowl, was the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers National Anthem singer for two years and has performed overseas five times to American troops in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, Kosovo, Germany, England, The Netherlands, and Belgium.

Recognized as a pioneer and entrepreneur, Ayla founded and owns her own record company, Ambient Entertainment. Having a keen eye for business and building mutually successful partnerships, Ayla enjoys outstanding corporate relationships with the likes of Hilton Hotels, MAC Cosmetics, Texas Roadhouse and New Balance.

Prior to Ayla’s latest milestones, she was a national news correspondent for The Early Show on CBS, was a Finalist on Fox Network’s, American Idol in 2006 as well as a full scholarship Division 1 basketball player at Boston College.

Ayla is supported by her parents, former United States Senator of Massachusetts, Scott Brown and TV reporter, Gail Huff as well as her sister, Arianna.

 

Make sure to follow Ayla on Twitter, Facebook and her musicitunes, Spotify and wherever digital is sold!

 

 Postcards from a Dream: Memories of Mr. S Paperback – by Janice Easterling Brustman (Author)
Postcards from a Dream: Memories of Mr. S Paperback –
by Janice Easterling Brustman (Author)

Listen to the interview here:

Postcards from a Dream: Memories of Mr. S

The man was Sinatra and “his way” keeps growing to this day nearly twenty years after his death in 1998. A man imperfect in every way but a man whom personified pop culture and popular music in a way that will live on beyond our lives and carries on for the ages. Sinatra represented the first generational wave of Americans taking storm across at the time for what was a booming country full of people of all races and religions and affiliation. Sinatra kept his deemed “ethnic” name at time as he took on show business. We lived through his ups and his downs. His brush with World dignitaries, starlets, and US campaigns. Sinatra to a sense was “us” in every way. During his life, He was in our lives through every medium; radio, TV, film, record, etc. The man sang like Shakespeare wrote, talked with comfort and swag of his hometown of Hoboken, NJ. He loved like true a lover, many times helplessly and sometime unrequitedly to the point of suicidal thoughts. He was an Italian tempered-man. He loved like a romantic Italian father and man does; soft and gentle. He was a loving father, papa to his grandchildren, loving son and devoted friend and lover to all he loved including his four wives. He fought for what was right when it wasn’t deemed acceptable. Sinatra was a kind-hearted, soul deep down, loyal to those whom loved and admired him and returned the same. Always.

A memoir revolving around    author Janice Easterling’s years working for  Frank Sinatra and his wife Barabara 1976-1980. Includes never before seen, mementos, letters, and personal photos of Frank Sinatra and their homes in Rancho Mirage, CA & NYC apartment at the Waldorf-Astoria Towers. Delve into one of the most integral and iconic pop-culture figures of Modern history from the memory bank of one lady whom worked along Frank Sinatra and his wife Barbara.

Author Postcards from a Dream: Memories of Mr. S, Janice Easterling-Brustman, stays true to her title chronicling her best recollection working for the man many knew Frank Sinatra the man of popular song, dance and film.

She describers her book a bucket list item in which she expressed, “ finally getting around to pour out my memories as best I could. Now around the same age of what of the late Mr. Frank Sinatra and his surviving wife, Barbara Sinatra, she knew it was time to give others a glimpse of the more casual, intimate, lighter-side of Frank, through her own interpretation through various mementos such as Polaroid shots, notes, postcards, newspaper clippings, programs, snippets of Frank’s favorite snacks and requests and much more!

From stories of traveling with the family to Mr. Sinatra’s first and historic visit Brazil in 1980 where hundreds of thousands lined- up to-catch a glimpse as many knew as “ The Voice of The Century”.

From other global excursions following Frank Sinatra and his wife as he continued performing for people all across the globe.

This is where you'd usually find me, back at the hotel....Wherever we were. He didn't like being left alone. This is Monaco! I could live there for sure. The 8th floor balcony of the Churchill Suite! Author of Postcard from Dreams of Memories of  Mr. S.,  Janice Easterling looks off the 8th floor balcony of the Churchill Suite in Monte Carlo, Monaco  Describing of her time with Frank in 1977  “This is where you’d usually find me, back at the hotel….Wherever we were. He didn’t like being left alone.” Featured in Postcards From a Dream, 2016. POSTCARDS FROM A DREAM @ Amazon Copyright 2016

Among the memories of many excusions came fond memories of Frank’s closes friend one of whom Janice became well-acquanited to during her time with the Sinatra family. One of those friends was Jill Rizzo.

Frank’s long time buddy, Jilly Rizzo & Janice taking a break from errands in Monaco. Then back to the hotel!! Frank’s long time buddy, Jilly Rizzo & Janice taking a break from errands in Monaco. Then back to the hotel!!

Omg her memories, she shares in the book is Frank signature’s friend, Jilly whom Janice desires; ” was a typical “fugget about it kinda guy; he was there for Frank always.” “He and Sinatra (Frank) would fight like you’ve never heard then make-up by the next day!”

“I just wanted to share what it was like to watch someone so prolific like Frank Sinatra, working through him for four years seeing the very best and worst, they become a part of your family.”

Pick up a copy of “Postcards from a Dream: Memories of Mr. S” By Janice Easterling available on Amazon on kindle and paperback.

and Barnes&Noble.com

 

Beth Rowley is back on the scene after a recent hiatus prerparing for an upcoming studio release called, New Album 'Gota Fria' coming Sept 2017! ( © Beth Rowley/ Facebook.com/BethRowleyMusic) Beth Rowley is back on the scene after a recent hiatus prerparing for an upcoming studio release called, New Album ‘Gota Fria’ coming Sept 2017! ( © Beth Rowley/ Facebook.com/BethRowleyMusic)

We spoke with the ever multi-talented, singer, songwriter, Beth Rowley.

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The Bristol based musician has been deeply ingrained in the music scene expressing sultry styles off blues, jazz, and gospel inspired songs that have garnered Rowley great acclaim attention

Rowley began her career upon teaming up with Jazz saxophonist Ben well known for his work with another fellow UK based musician, Jamie Cullum.

Rowley has released three successful EPs, Beth Rowley (2004), Sweet Hours (2006) and Violets (2007).[ From the Violets EP she released a single entitled, ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ which was the iTunes ‘Single of the Week’ for December 2007.

In addition to her solo outputs Rowley has collaborated with other artists and bands, including Crowded House on their Time on Earth album providing backing vocals for the song “Transit Lounge” and Duke Special, who joined her for a duet on her début album, Little Dreamer released in 2008.

The release went straight into the UK album charts at number 6. On 4 February 2008, the lead single, “Oh My Life”(released on 3 March 2008) from the forthcoming album was featured as ‘BBC Radio 2 Record of the Week.

In January 2009, Rowley was nominated for a Brit Award in the category for Best British Female Solo Artist.

Among numerous highlight, Ms. Rowley gained even further attention

Rowley featured in the nightclub scene in the Academy Award Nominated 2009 film An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig.

Her track, “You Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger”, is featured prominently in the official movie soundtrack and the Sony Classics promotional website. She also recorded a cover of the standard, Sunday Kind of Love, which was also featured in the film’s soundtrack.

Her most recently release from Beth came with new music material, she released EP “Wretched Body”. This first part of planned 3-piece EP series includes 4 songs.

Since then, Beth has just capped off a UK based tour as she plans to finish off a new studio album set to be released by September of this year to which we spoke about her upcoming collaboration and current projects set to be released!

Beth’s Discography as followed:

Discography

2007: Violets (EP)

2008: Little Dreamer

2013: Wretched Body (EP)

Be sure to follow Beth in all of her whereabouts at

Www.BethRowley.com

https://www.facebook.com/bethrowleymusic

https://play.spotify.com/artist/7KUBHcBdAezQcKu9mZJM1Y?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

https://www.instagram.com/bethrowleymusic/

New Album ‘Gota Fria’ coming Sept 2017!

This feature was produced, voice, edited by Michael Thomas, Jr.

A New mobile application that help Handymen and professionals cleaners is set to release in March of this year. The new application, CLYN pronounced ‘’CLEAN’’ allows users and entrepreneurs alike to be paired with the courtesy of professional cleaning services and and handymen in their area, all by a click of a button.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAdGAAAAJGNlZjFhNTJmLTg0N2ItNDE0Zi1iZGMwLTkyM2QwMGQzMWM2OA Founder and CEO of Clyn, Diana Muturia is set to make her mark on helping cleaners, handymen, landscapers and more by a click of a button. Photo Courtesy of Dian Muturia, ClynPro, LLC.

 

Heralded as the ‘Uber for Handymen and Cleaners’, CLYN’s owner and Founder, Diana Muturia explains, her humble beginnings in coming to the states for the American dream to begin her quest for the application began after coming to the United States working as a professional cleaner realizing an application for those starting out in the workforce new to a country such as the US, would be beneficial to help gain the confidence in those looking to employ workers for valuable services that so many bring to our country in search of their dreams.

“It will be a huge advantage for helping the economy like 3rd world countries in Bangladesh, Nigeria and other areas where small business are the driving force of the economy allowing those to reach larger masses and provide more for their families. “If we’re able to help, ,” She  expresses, “that means their family can be provided for with food, and opportunities such as providing education for the family she provides for.”

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Clyn’s Diana Muturia and her team look to serve beyond Phoenix, the US and across the globe through team members in Kenya, Nigeria, Bangladesh, ready to go live for Android Marketplace, Google Play, Amazon, Apple App-store,  March 2017!

Clyn is looking for providers to sign up now in all areas!

Make sure to check out Clyn on all major social media platforms including their home page @ Clynpro.com!

 

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http://clynpro.com

This feature was produced, written, recorded, and edited by, Michael Thomas, Jr. 

(Mthomas@bonneville.com)

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19 Year old Singer, Songwriter, & Actor, Alyssa Baker is a rising star! Photo Credit: AlyssaBakerMusic.com Singer/Songwriter, & Actor, Alyssa Baker is a rising star! Photo Credit: AlyssaBakerMusic.com

We had a chance to speak with the ever talented actor, singer /song writer, Alyssa Baker.

Ms. Baker is making her mark in the music scene with her latest release of her EP, ‘Undone’ Baker, 19 from Vancouver, BC, Canada, describes her latest release, musical process and current working set to be released in the new future.

Radio Free Phoenix and KTAR’s Michael Thomas, Jr. chatted with the rising musician:

Stay updated with Alyssa through her journey on all major platforms including, Twitter,  Facebook, Isntagram,  and YouTube where you can see Alyssa’s latest releases and amazing musical covers!

Check out Ayssa Baker’s music including her latest EP release, ‘Undone’ available  now at  AlyssaBakerMusic.com  and iTunes.  

This feature was produced, written, recorded, and edited by, Michael Thomas, Jr. 

(Mthomas@bonneville.com)

TUCSON: The Arizona Geological Survey has discovered a new growing crack in Pinal County.

The Geological Survey announced late January that they found the fissure, which they explored with drone video . The fissure is  located just 25 miles south of Arizona City between Casa Grande and Tucson.

The fissure is believed to have formed between March 2013 and December 2014. It is more than half a mile longer than other fissures in the area at just over 2 miles in total wide.

While Fissures are fairly common in central Arizona, this one continues to grow and will be closely monitored by The Arizona Geological Survey.

We spoke with Chief of The Arizona Geological Survey, Francis Michael Conway about the growing gape!

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    Photo Courtesy of The Arizona Geological Survey, Tucson

Written, Recorded, Produced, Published and Edited by, Michael Thomas, Jr. 

Teenager Abby Harrison ” astronaut Abby’ is obsessed with becoming an astronaut,  hopes to become the first Astronaut on Mars and inspire others to reach for the stars, literally!

Photo Illo. Teenager Abby Harrison " astronaut Abby' is obsessed with becoming an astronaut, will be traveling to Russia courtesy of an Italian astronaut for the next manned launch to the space station. Minneapolis, MN on May 10, 2013. ] JOELKOYAMA•joel koyama@startribune.com ORG XMIT: MIN1305142124080143

As a child we all have dreams we hope to achieve one day as as an adult. By the time we become adults those dreams often alter and change.

For one 19 year old college student, that tale is one that could be traced back to childhood and living stronger than ever.

19 year old Abigail Harrison with an incredible set of dreams. For one, Ms. Harrison  is an aspiring scientist and with dreanof becoming a NASA astronaut, the first one to land on MARS.

And that’s just the beginning –Astronaut Abby, her self titled moniker and name of website and blog), also dreams of becoming the first astronaut to Mars.

I addition to her dreams of epic proportions, Ms. “Astronaut Abby” has also created a worldwide outreach program called the #FutureOfSpace, a global initiative  that is geared toward inspiring  opportunity for those to express their passion and excitement about space, STEM and dreams with kids around the world.

The program includes initiative,  includes “an email pen pal program, classroom visits, web chats, speaking at events and sharing on her social media channels and blog”; describes Astronaut Abby’s Blog @ AstronautAbby.com
Abby is committed to inspiring her generation and beyond instilling opportunity  to those less fortunate to have the opportunity that allows underprivileged children to hone their skills in the fields of STEM through organization like ‘The Mars Generation.’

RFP’s Michael Thomas, Jr. Spoke with Ms. Abigail Harrison on her life ambitions’s, her intuitive to provide opportunity and inspire others through her organization and the future of STEM education.

Young and Aspiring Astronaut, Abigail Harrison as a lot to see about the future of STEM fields and so much more! Young and Aspiring Astronaut, Abigail Harrison as a lot to see about the future of STEM fields and so much more!

Hear the interview below

Follow Abby’s journey on Instagram, Twitter, or at AstronautAbby.com

-Produced & edited by Michael Thomas, Jr.

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'Sit With US' Founder, 16 Year Old Founder and and Brand Ambassador

‘Sit With US’ Founder, 16 Year Old Founded, Natalie Hampton Pictured left and and Brand Ambassador is creative huge waves with her new mobile app to take on the challenges of school bullies

A new mobile application is helping students fight bullying and helping bridge friendly bonds among students into the lunchrooms of middle school and high schools across the globe.

The application is called Sit With Us, A mobile application that was established a by a 16 year old highschool student after years of facing abuse from fellow students and peers in the lunchroom at her school.

Natalie Hampton, the creator and brand’s ambassador of ‘Sit With Us’ decided to take action so she reached out to her parents and got to together with some developers to start Sit With US which After going public in September of 2016, has been featured on Good Morning America, NPR News, ABC World News,  and countless major news outlets across the world. Since the application took wave in the Apple’s IOS App store, Sit With us has been received with positive reception serving thousands of schools across the world.

Ms. Hampton’s creation has been helping create a positive influence for many students in schools across the country and beyond, to form friendships and avoid the hardships of being bullied for where you choose to sit at lunch where friendships often start and are initiated in school settings.

The Application’s Process Set Up Like this : Sit With Us serves mobile application that for  students to reach out to their peers and fellow students, and inviting them to their school lunch tables. Through the application student can look at the list of “open lunches” in the mobile application which allows to know that they are have an open  to join with no chance or fear of rejection.

When signing up as an ambassador through Sit With Us, each “Sit With Us ambassadors take a allegiance to welcome anyone who joins and include them in the conversation.

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Natalie Hampton, 16, created the Sit With Us mobile application after experiencing physical, emotional, and cyber bullying in middle school which resulted in changing schools and a new attitude to help tackle this issue on click at a time.

Natalie explained how both teachers and parents can take part of bullying solutions in school by being part to coordinate ‘Sit With Us’ programs, facilitate topic discussions during lunch to bring people together, or organize gatherings that can help build friendships between students.

“My high school places a great deal of emphasis on community service and what it means to be a global citizen, and I think that is why it is generally a kind and welcoming place,” she said. “

As far as the future of the application goes, The busy teen see no stopping in helping push her application to a larger audience; “Right now we’re looking to create an application available in more countries, and eventually open on the android market, for android users to download., ” Hampton said.”

We had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Hampton on her inspiration for the application Sit with Us and find out how all of it works in action:

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National School Lunch Week was initiated in 1962 by then President John F. Kennedy. National School Lunch Week, abbreviated as NSLW, serves as a week long commemorative to appreciate and initiate a positive school lunch experience, town by city, county by county, and state by state.

National School Week runs for a school week every October, with this week running from the 12-16th.

However,this week just reminds, schools, parents, educators, and students to take any week to reflect and embrace positive eating habits in the school lunch room setting. We had the opportunity to speak with Carol Weekly,RD, SNS Director of Child Nutrition Queen Creek Unified School District #95.

She spoke greatly into turning AZ School lunch room into a positive and healthy atmosphere.

Arizona represents over 53,000 individuals who are helping keep a positive commitment to child nutrition.

 

Mission statement from this years School Nutrition Association from School Nutriotion.org:

“The NSLW 2015 theme is “School Lunch Snapshot” It’s about sharing the best, real images of today’s school lunch—fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, milk, and smiling students. It provides a great opportunity for School Nutrition Members to capitalize on using social media to promote your program to parents and students, too!”-

 

Story Produced and edited by Michael Thomas, Jr.

Music Used in Clip- ”Drive” by Oh Wonder