Here at the Rivenmaster Network we are always delighted when we discover new talent through Social Media, from word of mouth or from our subscribers. In Tyler’s case it was his latest YouTube Music Video Mash up of “I Feel It Coming/I Can’t Feel My Face. I knew instantly that I had to get Tyler featured Here and on Torchlight Talent!
Thirteen year old Canadian Tyler Lorette, like many of the youngsters who have been featured on this network got an early start on his musical career. His mother shared with us that at just the age of 1 they noticed that Tyler would rather bang on pots and pans than play with his toys. By the time he reached kindergarten age he was already playing his own set of drums and strumming his guitar.
You could say that Music was in his blood having a mother who is very musically talented herself, so Tyler just came by his love of music naturally.
Of course loving something and perfecting it is a whole different story! As all successful talents it takes work and Tyler has been doing that for as long as he can remember. Performing since the age of seven, acting on stage in musicals at the age of eight, and writing his first original song at just nine, there is no stopping this Musical Hurricane!
Just this past Monday I witnessed Tyler’s Live Stream on his Krue TV Channel. I have to say that it was more than just a musical treat. Tyler brought his fun, bright, and very entertaining personality to life for all his fans and supporters. I watch a lot of live-streams and I have to say that Tyler has all the makings of a real true UP AND COMING RECORDING ARTIST!
You can be sure that this is only the beginning of what this 13 year old Canadian singer, songwriter, musician will bring to us in the near future. Tyler has already written and composed some great originals and I have it from his parents that he will be going to Nashville soon to lay down some new tracks! HOW EXCITING IS THAT?
You can be sure that this promotional site will be gobbling up his latest releases and sharing them here as well as with other promoters who enjoy helping new young artists achieve their dreams. TYLER ON iTunes
Joshua Flores made his first appearance on the original Rivenmaster’s Place Website back in 2010. Today Josh is an 18 year old recording/performing artist well on his way to re-discovery.
In his introductory article on the original site, Josh was a mere 11 years old and was creating a huge media stir at the time with his pre-pubecent vocals, pure looks, angelc covers and original song. He had been appearing on both Television and Radio and had just realeased a 5 song EP to raise funds to attend a very special musical school featuring the American Boychoir.
Now 7 years later Joshua, simply called Josh is 18 and will soon graduate from High School.
The music industry has a funny way of advancing us and sometimes setting us back. However, with each new experience both good and bad, more wisdom is aquired, and often the grit needed to be successful in a musical pursuit to be discovered is gained.
So let’s take you back and review a bit of Josh’s history in his musical adventure.
When Josh was 12 years old he was signed to an independent label out of Miami. They had discovered Josh from a Youtube video of him singing Alicia Keys, “Fallen”. Over the past 5 years, Josh released two music vidoes with that label and one original song. He performed in New York, Orlando and Miami but nothing really took off for him. During the last two years of his signing, Josh began to work on a new single and music video release, but then suddenly everything stopped. A year went by and they found out that the record label had actually fallen apart. So, in the summer of 2016, Josh was able to get released from the label due to no activity. On the positive side, during his time being signed to a label, Josh learned quite a bit of how the business works and made some great connections with producers and other artist.
Now that Josh is about to graduate from high school, he is thinking about his next steps in life and his future. There is no doubt that music will continue to be a big part of that.
Josh has been performing locally, continues to post videos of cover songs and things are starting to get back to the way they were when he was 12 years old. He performed with Clarissa Serna who was on “The Voice”.
He also helped out with a project called “We Are One”. Josh was featured in the song and music video which was more of a religious genre. He believed in the message of the song even though that is not the genre he is known for.
Recenty Josh released an original single called “Waiting For You To Need Me”.
Waiting For YouTo Need Me is a ballad with just piano and voice. The song is in the realm of John Legend and Sam Smith. The song can be purchased on iTunes and other downloadable sites.
Josh is looking to sign with an agent to get into acting and possibly modeling but is waiting until after he graduates high school in a couple of months.
This site has continued to support Josh even all these silent years because there has never been a doubt that the Sky is the Limit for this young recording artist.
While the little boy looks and soprano vocals are now history. Josh has a brand new sound and still an amazng range with a unique abilty like Justin Timberlake and Adam Levine to effortlessly hit those high notes using falseto and even some full voice yet maintining the lower register that makes his accoustic sound so pleasing to listen to.
Keep up the great work Josh! Rivenmaster is behind you all the way!
Last month we introduced you to the first of two amazing young artists from the Philippines.
This month we are proud to bring you yet another young man who is definitely destined for greatness! Twelve year old Lanz Lawrence, with his unique tone and near perfect pitch serves up goose bumps when he sings. I first discovered him from a Facebook post that his father made of him singing outside at a small social event. While the phone capture video may not have been extraordinary the subject of the video was!
Lanz Lawrence sings with passion and a professionalism that usually only comes from a youngster his age who has had years of vocal training. While he is just beginning to make himself known in his country I felt that he deserved so much more and immediately contacted his dad to help set up a Full Feature Article for Torchlight Talent!
Like other talented youngsters who have been introduced by this network, Lanz began showing musical talent at a very young age. Having parents who wanted to cultivate that talent his father would allow Lanz to sing along with him and soon turned him loose on the Karaoke machine at just the age of four.
Lanz has competed in a number of singing competitions and was declared the champion of his Home Town competition just last year! This does not surprise me and I’m sure that this win will not be his last. I’m personally looking to see him on a future “Voice” Philippines contest.
So as not to give away too much here I will simply direct you to TORCHLIGHT TALENTwhere you will find his Full Feature Article published by my good friend Matthew Todd. Be sure that you visit, and like Lanz on hisFacebook Pageand also subscribe to his new YouTube Channel!
You will also find those links on his article on Torchlight Talent!
While this Network has been credited for introducing a number of young prodigies for the first time it’s only on occasion that we find one so young. Six year old Filipino, Bourne Luna is one of the very youngest to ever be introduced here and the youngest to ever be featured on Torchlight Talent!
Watch Bourne in his latest Video then go watch it again on Torchlight Talent.
I came across Bourne’s YouTube Channelby chance when I discovered his video that had gone viral of him impersonating his Dad, who use to be a Call Center Agent. Bourne was only 4 years old at the time and the video was simply calledYOUNGEST CALL CENTER AGENT. I thought to myself, “who is this little prodigy?” I later learned that this little charmer had been singing since 2, using vibrato by three, and perfecting a tone quality by 4. Now at 6 he is inspiring to watch, adding his personality and using amazing facial expression as well as body language as he performs.
Having just returned from my visit to the Philippines, I was pleased to find out that Bourne was from there. While I visited, I found the people of the Philippines to be amazingly warm, personal, polite, and humble. This little fellow is no exception to the rule with all of those wonderful characteristics reflected in each new video that he makes for his YouTube Channel.
Now mind you! Bourne is just beginning his entertainment career but you should know that he is ahead of the game in so many ways. He is already in 2nd grade, a good two years ahead of the norm. He is exceptionally smart with a memory that is astounding. These talents alone are important to become successful as a young actor or singer for memorizing lines and lyrics to songs.
So as not to reveal too much about Bourne’s story here, I encourage you to visit TORCHLIGHT TALENT, where his Full Feature Article is being published today!
Rest assured that Bourne will soon appear here again with another FULL UPDATE ARTICLE. In fact, I was recently in contact with a Film producer in the Philippines who will soon feature Bourne in a new film being made there!
So keep your eye on this site and on all of our Social Media Pages to keep up with this Phenomenal Little Pinoy who will be sure to be making headlines not only in his home Country, but on a world stage!
Congratulations Bourne on all your success we wish you the very best!
The dictionary defines success as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”. On the other hand it could simply be defined in the name Lyric Dubee.
Of all the young artists who have graced this site over the past 7 years, award winning Canadian artist Lyric Dubee has proven not only to meet career expectations but far exceed them.
When Lyric first appeared on Rivenmaster back in July of 2012 he was only 14 years old. But even then he had already released and written enough songs to prove himself to be an accomplished singer/songwriter. Although his voice was still unbroken, having not yet reached maturity, his ability to convey his message through his music was stunning and captivating. Lyric also showed confidence in himself that superseded most of the youngsters his age who had the same vision for success in the music industry.
Now, just a little over 4 years later, Lyric has accomplished not only amazing breakout strides in the industry, but proven to be an enduring musician and recording artist who is here to stay.
In October of 2015 I had the opportunity to travel to Canada for Lyric’s double CD release party. Lyric had just released “Combat of Love and “Black Ice”. (See Article) So much has happened since then we could not wait any longer to bring you up to date.
For this update I thought it best to just give it to you straight from Lyric. I asked him to provide a summary of what took place since our last meeting in Canada. The following is what he shared with me!
*Update from Lyric Dubee
“The last article on Rivenmaster is your review of my CD Release Party for Combat of Love and Black Ice. Let’s see if I can bring you up to speed on what has been happing since.
After the launch of my 3rd & 4th album in September 2015 my song “Linger” hit #7 on the DRT Rock Radio Charts and #11 of the Adult Contemporary Charts in October. I then went into rehearsals to prepare for a tour of Asia. On November 11th 2015 we flew out performing 16 shows between Japan and China returning mid-December.
2016 Kicked off flying to LA in January to perform at the ROCK AGAINST MS Ramms at NAMM Metal Jam with Michael Angelo Batio & Neil Turbin in Fullerton, California. Next I performed some “Revolution Rock” originals at the Sky Bar Mondrian on Sunset Strip Hollywood for the Defiantly Inspired Showcase and followed up with Tom Ibarra & Antoine Fadavi from France who joined me on stage for a few jazz tunes. My photo was featured as part of the Bilham-Knight interactive photo display of icons of rock history and emerging talent including Billy Idol, Slash and Santana to name a few.
In February I was featured on the cover of Crankit-Up Magazineand performed the National Anthem at the George Chuvalo and Muhammad Ali’s 50 year tribute.
In Spring of 2016 I performed multiple shows at the Malibu Guitar Festival, some as a duet with Laurence Juber of Wings. I also played with Steve Ferone (drummer of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers). Topped it all off with my band opening for Richie Samborra (Bon Jovi) & Orianthi as part of the Malibu Guitar Festival.
By summer I had signed a worldwide label deal with Mascot Label Group’s Provogue and did a 21 show tour in the USA & Canada with Kaya Stewart for The Go-Go’s final tour. During the tour, my song “100 To Zero” hit #2 on the DRT Pop Top 20 Charts.
In the fall of 2016 I was nominated for Best Young Songwriter at the 2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards and opened for, then performed with Rik Emmitt of Triumph. I returned to LA for pre-production on the upcoming Blues/Americana album with the amazing producer Fabrizio Grossi.
Lyric has come a long way since that little 14 year old boy sitting on his back porch putting together a new song. He now has four albums BROKEN DREAMS, ALIVE, BLACK ICE, & COMBAT OF LOVE all of which can be obtained through his Web Storeor iTunes.
I think it goes without saying that Lyric is not just the run of the mill artist who is seeking fame and fortune. When we first found him he was pounding out the chords and lyrics for his second album and the song “Perfection” He said in that clip;
“My future goal is to become a working musician all over the world.”
The Accomplishment of an Aim or Purpose
Lyric, You’ve traveled Canada & the US. Last year you toured Japan & China, and now your heading for Germany to perform. Your working to finalize your fifth album, you front your own band, and your still topping the Charts with your songs….. if this is not the definition of SUCCESS…. I don’t know what is!!!!!!
We are happy to announce that the Canadian award winning and multi-genre artist Lyric Dubee will be joining is on our tour through Germany in May 2017.
He has been busy recording his 5th, but first album on Provogue (Mascot Label Group) with producer Fabrizio Grossi, which will be released later this year. More details on this will follow soon.
Beth Hart Fire on the Floor Tour Dates:
May 12, Haus Auersee, Leipzig, Germany May 14, Columbiahall, Berlin, Germany May 16, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany May 18, Theater am Aegi, Hannover, Germany May 20, Kurhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany May 22, Capitol, Offenbach, Germany (sold out!) May 24, Historische Stadthall, Wuppertal, Germany May 26, Capitol, Mannheim, Germany May 27, Burg Wilhelmstein, Wurselen, Germany May 29, Circus Krone, Munich, Germany
“Some youngsters are born with talent, and just simply destined for greatness!” Rivenmaster
Since Henno William received the first ever ‘Got-Talent’ golden buzzer in South Africa a year ago, his life has been a rollercoaster ride of lights, cameras, and action! The 13-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist, has recently been signed by NYC-based music executive, Kevin Liles, and together with his management and PR teams, Henno has been preparing to launch his music career in the USA and internationally.
“2016 was great, but 2017 is going to be even better!” Henno has two new singles and a music video ready for release early in the year. “One of the songs was produced by Adam Watts and Gannin Arnold fromBroken City Studios in LA. They also produced songs for artists like Demi Levato, Miley Cyrus, and Kelly Clarkson. That is pretty major and the song is going to be such a huge hit – I just know it!”Henno also has a number of concerts planned for the year, and will record some more songs for his very first EP album he hopes to release by the end of the year.
“And in between all of this, I still have to do my school work.”Henno currently home-schools on a US-based curriculum as he and his family are preparing to relocate to the USA. “I miss going to a normal school where I have friends, but when we’re in the States I will definitely go back into a normal school. I love to hang with friends, and just to do normal stuff teens do.”
Each year working directly with Producer/Director Rick Stevenson, Rivenmaster recommends up to three young artists to attend “Prodigy Camp” which is held just outside Seattle, WA. It is with great pleasure that we can announce that this July Henno will be one of 10 young musicians from across the world to participate in this very prestigious Camp for young musicians. “It’s such a huge honor. I’m really looking forward to this! Being in Africa, and being a teenager, I don’t always get the opportunity to really workshop with other musicians. This is going to be epic!”
Henno’s success didn’t just fall from the sky – A lot of time and hard work went into honing his talent. He has taken piano lessons from a young age, and started with formal vocal training at the age of 10. Henno participated in various national talent contests in South Africa and in 2014 he was awarded the Junior Vocal Winner of the South African Talent Championships. In 2015 he was the overall junior winner of Talent Africa, and was the National Eisteddfod Academy’s silver medalist in its Performer of the Year 2015 contest. “All of this helped me to grow my talent, and helped me develop my stage and performance skills.”
When Henno is not on stage behind the piano, singing in studio, or doing media interviews, he loves to shoot hoops, or play soccer with his friends. He loves to play X-box games, and just to hang out at the mall. He also loves the outdoors, and when he and his family have a get-away-chance, they love going on Safari in some of the reserves close to their home in Pretoria.
Over the past seven years this site has introduced some of the best young artist from around the world who have ever taken the stage! It does not take much of a prediction regarding Henno William. This young man has everything it takes to become a real star!
All I can say is, “Fasten your seatbelts. 2017 is going to be one awesome ride for Henno William!”
William Coallieris a fantastically talented 11-year-old from Montreal, Canada.
He sings, he acts in both film and stage, and recently he has even hosted some major events. He has a full schedule as a professional artist: it is mind blowing how much this boy has achieved already in his short life.
For some time now we have been featuring on the front page William’s most recent music video project, “One Call Away”!
In this amazingly produced video by David Choinière, William performs a duet with Raphaël Roberge who was guest featured here just a couple of months ago! The two boys were both so convincing in their acting in this video that I first thought they were brothers performing together. After contacting William’s family I quickly learned that that was not the case and found out much more about this amazing 11 year old singer/actor/performer!
William proves that he is as capable of singing in a modern pop style as in his more powerful, musical theatre voice. Furthermore, he sings competently in English as well as his native French.
Here at Rivenmaster’s Promotion we have introduced over 150 young artists from every inhabitable continent in the world. However, one place we had not yet reached until recently,…….. “the beautiful country of Israel.”
While I personally have seen literally thousands of music videos over the years, TimoTi’s latest project is probably one of finestchoreographed and scenic music videos I have ever seen. Couple that with TimoTi vocal ability which in my opinion is perfection, makes this video simply eye candy on steroids!
The video was shot in one of the most beautiful and mysterious places in Israel – “Timna Park” which is located in the south, in the valley which boasts the oldest copper mine in the world . Although it’s featured within the Torchlight Talent article I just had to display it again here as it’s worthy of viewing more than twice!
TimoTi Talent Plus!
TimoTi was a Finalist on “Be a Star” in 2013 as well as competing in other competitions like “Slavansky Bazar, four Television projects “Music Family” & “The Voice Russia” in 2014 and 2015 respectively, “New Wave Junior 2015”, and “The Voice Ukraine 2016”. He appeared as one of the main actors in “Billy Elliot The Musical Israel 2016”, was a six time winner of Grand-Prix in the International Festival and was a prize winner in many other festivals held in Israel, Russia, Italy, France, Chech-Republic and Lativia!
TimoTi describes his music as energetic and joyful. He says he enjoys showing much emotion when he is singing and performing which can be seen by visiting his YouTube Channel.
To find the links to all of TimoTi’s social media sites and to learn more about this amazing 13 year old artist visit TORCHLIGHT TALENT NOW!
Rivenmaster has always been known for introducing some of youngest new talent on the web, many who are just beginning their musical adventures. Until now, those being featured have been between the ages of 6 and 18. However, with the restructuring of the trio of promotional websites .org, net and com, we now are afforded the opportunity to feature young talented adults. That being said we are excited to bring you todays Featured Artist, “Raphaël Roberge”.
Raphaël Roberge performs his single “Libre Comme L’air”
Raphaël first came to our attention through a recent YouTubeVideo where he performed with the young talented William Coallier who will soon have his own feature on Torchlight Talent as well as being promoted here.
I was simply taken back with these two exceptionally talented Canadian artists. They complemented one another amazingly, not only in their vocals, but in carrying out the role of brothers. In fact they were so convincing I actually thought they were brothers in real life! Well done guys!
As soon as I finished viewing their video I began contacting them about being featured here. Raphaël was kind enough to share his story and accomplishments regarding his acting and singing career.
Raphaël The Actor & Singer
From a young age Raphaël Roberge realised that he was a movie buff as well as a music enthusiast. He took a variety of classes including; Theater, Film Acting, Musical Theater, Diction and Improvisation; he quickly realised that he wanted to act.
In 2010, he started to take vocal lessons to add it to his resume… He now had two passions, singing and acting. This duel ambition soon led him into participating in a number of amateur singing contests.
Several shootings to his credit include; “Ni plus Ni Moi, C.A”, “Un Tueur si proche” (in French) and also some English projects including: “This Life” and “Compiling” as well as some stage plays and musicals.
In 2014, he was selected from more than 6,000 candidates for a singing competition called Mix4 that was broadcasted on Vrak, a popular channel for teenagers in Quebec. It was an enriching experience that gave him the occasion to meet people with the same passion, industry people, and to tour across Quebec and New-Brunswick for 50 representations including the “Francofolies”, (a concert with 15,000 attendies).
In the summer of 2015 Raphaël appeared more than 15 times in solo performances, two of which included: St-Jean Richelieu balloon festival, & le festiblues).
In September 2015 he was cast in l’Aventure Magique as Peter Pan. They did more than 60 shows across Quebec and Ontario. This show gave him the occasion to explore a more theatrical style of acting.
Watch Raphaël in this English version of his Original Hit Single “Alive”
Raphaël is also very active socially. In 2015 he was the spokesperson in Ste-Thérèse, (where he lives), for the week of intellectual disabilities. This is a cause that’s really important to him because he believes everyone should be treated equally.
Raphaël acted as a judge for singing contests as well as well as for oral presentations contests.
Raphaël The Recording Artist:
Raphaël released his first single “Libre Comme L’air” on June 15, 2015. The single reached a peak of #4 on the iTunes French Pop chart and #60 in one the L’adisq charts. The song has 10,000 plays on Spotify and 9,000 views on YouTube. He also released a single called “Menaces Invisibles” and his first single in English “Alive”
His first EP was released on December 15, 2015 and reached the top 15 on the iTunes French pop chart. He launched the EP on December 14 to a sold-out crowd.
Raphaël stays busy promoting his original material and writing.
Authoring for the Rivenmaster network has brought me into contact with some of the most talented kids in the world. Watching their talent grow and expand is one of the many privileges that comes from this particular position.
We first met and introduced Sheridan Archbold in the summer of 2014. He was then 12 years old and being billed as “The World’s Youngest Soprano Crossover Operatic Singer.” Today at 14, the dust has not yet settled from his trip to Italy where he made history being the first 13 year old boy soprano to perform the role of “Cherubino” in an opera scene “Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart”. Alas time has a way of changing a young mans voice so his soprano voice will now be forever preserved in YouTube clips and on the Christmas Child CD produced by Matthew and Nathan Todd.
In the past, children were not readily accepted to sing in an opera designed for seasoned vocal performers. However, with todays expanding technology, the world has been made smaller and talent like Sheridan’s is being discovered and awarded opportunities in ways that never before would have been possible.
Sheridan was greatly honored to share his talent in the Mozart Marathon at the Tuscia Opera and Erturia Musica Festival in Tarquinia, Italy. All six performances were accompanied by a fabulous symphony orchestra conducted by well known Italian conductor Maestro Stefano Vignati, and received an astounding reception by the Italian audience.
As soon as Sheridan returned home he conducted a series of performances at different cities for both corporate and private events. In the fall of 2015 Sheridan was invited to appear on Chicago television in the “Windy City Live’s Most Talented Kids” program. The program received such good ratings that it aired twice, the second time on prime time Thanksgiving Day.
In addition to those notable appearances Sheridan continues to share his talent in the local community. You will often find him performing at different city, charity, patriotic and private events. This past summer he performed at the Grand Marshall reception, at the annual Pearl Harbor memorial, Fourth of July and Memorial Day city events.
Sheridan was also invited to perform in Los Angeles CA at the 37th Annual Young Artist Awards. Sheridan executed a noticeable performance of the famous opera era “Avant de quitter ces lieux” from Opera “Faust” by Charles Gounod in the modern rhythmic arrangement, that is suited to a younger audience.
This year Sheridan also had the honor of performing in New York with the New York Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall, the New York National Opera Center, and other prestigious venues.
He showed his comedic side in the comedic opera “Le Cadi Dupé” by Christoph Gluck. It was hilarious! He also performed pieces of Mazetto from “Don Giovanni” by Mozart and took part in a very emotional opera ” Dei Fledermaus” by Strauss. Sheridan really enjoyed his stay in NYC where he had the opportunity to meet with many great musicians and industry professionals.
In parallel to his singing events, in January of this year Sheridan debuts in a lead role as Sheridan Cantarelli in the comedy-drama WebTV series “Making It Again?”
The inspirational story line behind “Making It Again?” is about a fourteen year old boy named Sheridan Cantarelli, who used to be a talented boy soprano, but after a few years of performing in front of large audiences, he decides to take a break and live like a normal, everyday kid.
After taking a couple of years off, he once again desires to get back into singing however, everything has changed. His Manager isn’t very interested in managing him anymore and the previous opportunities he had are now gone. Sheridan must work very hard using every ounce of determination he can muster, while encouraging himself that he has not been forgotten for his past accomplishments. Putting his determination into action, he begins singing and performing again so he can be an inspiration, encouragement, and example to his generation of how to never give up, pursue your goals, and fulfill your dreams.
I was privileged to be on the set for the last shoot of a dream sequence where Sheridan played three different crazy characters who were supposedly on a game show competing for a date with a beautiful girl. I think you will enjoy these comedic routines played out in the following clips.
The last Episode will be filmed in October. After editing it will be available on You Tube and other web series networks.
Acting in this web series has helped Sheridan to grow as an actor, to understand the differences and similarities between singing on a big stage and acting in a studio in front of a camera. Having witnessed the last shooting held in the Chicago area first hand, I must say that both the cast and crew are all very professional. The characters in this web series are excellently portrayed and are sure to make a hit with it’s viewing audience.
Sheridan is planning to continue acting along with his singing career and is excited about what lies ahead for him in the coming years.
With the recent release of “The Jungle Book” by Disney I was intrigue to go back in time a bit to visit some early telling of this great story on film.
You might think that the older a person gets, that they would no longer enjoy the simple feel good films created by Hollywood’s great film makers. But this is not always the case!
I just viewed for the first time the 1997 film “Mowgli and Baloo” Directed by Duncan McLachlan starring Jamie Williams as Mowgli. Jamie was just 10 years old when he shot this film in 1996 and released in 1997. His fine acting awarded him the “Award of excellence – Most Promising Young Male Newcomer”. Sadly he did not have many staring roles in film after that performance, but did star in a Television Series called “Safe Harbor”, as Jeff Loring.
While the 1997 film holds true to many of the films of that day like Tarzan, full of actual animal actors, fun loving monkeys, bear, tiger, and the pack of wolves, it was also full of laughs, slapstick, and adventure where nobody is seriously injured.
“You just have to love these older films.”
Jamie Williams who is now 30 years old did an incredible job with his portrayal of Mowgli pulling off a most believable characterization of the wild boy raised by wolves.
2016 “THE JUNGLE BOOK” – NEEL SETHI
Now of course we have the newcomer Neel Sethi who played Mowgli in the new 2016 release of the Jungle Book which was delightfully entertaining both on the big screen and on my home theater.
I never caught myself comparing the two young actors because each one was extraordinary! I do think it’s uncanny their actual physical resemblance however, and must give credit to the film makers for wading through all the auditions to find just the right boy actor for the role.
I’m not sure who had the greater difficulty with filming. A boy who actually may have had to interface with live snakes, a bear, a wolf, and panther, or a young man who had to use his imagination to interact with animal characters that were physically absent in the shoot.
Watching Neel interact with these imaginary animals using every facial expression that a boy could make truly made this film seem real. While the digital world created by the genius of Disney deserve much credit for pulling this off it was Neel’s ability to draw the audience into his world that made this movie magical!
Regardless, both films are worth the watch! Two differently spun stories yet both not deviating from the original tale of this innocent lad growing up in the wild with only animals as friends and family.
I loved both of these films and want to encourage you to purchase both for your libraries to share with you children and grandchildren for many years to come.
Some young artists who begin their musical, singing, and performing careers truly stand out from the crowd. Today’s featured artists is without a doubt one of those STANDOUT YOUNG ARTSITS! Twelve year old Christian Lalama seems to jump from your computer screen immediately into your heart. His bubbling personality not only shows through in his short video clips that he exuberantly and faithfully shares each week, but even more so through his professionally orchestrated and produced music videos.
When we first spotted Christian we immediately reached out to his Management Team. I found out that they had just left the county traveling to Italy to attend a wedding and some other family functions. While I was disappointed that I had to wait for them to return to set up a feature article, I grew even more excited after seeing his music video for his new original song entitled ‘Beautiful’ and could not wait to showcase it for all our readers here and for him to have his Full Feature Article on Torchlight Talent!
You will read in Christians Full Feature Article just who he attributes the inheritance of his special talents to. While it may be true that some of this talent may be inherited ….. Christian’s charm is all his own.
No young artist can make it in this industry without the support of amazing parents, family, and friends. Christian is blessed with an abundance of this kind of support. For this we are very grateful, because Christian is one we truly want to see make it for many years to come.
Christian’s voice is yet unbroken which I personally find exhilarating right now. Like all boys we know this will change, but as I watch him sing expressing so much passion and determination with every note I have no reservation in predicting that in a few years Christian Lalama is going to be in great demand for major concerts and musical productions.
The Rivenmaster Network has introduced many young artists over the years but there are only a handful who stay the course. This group of persevering young artists are the ones who continue to grow their careers in astonishing ways as they gain more and more respect within the Entertainment Industry.
Canadian Actor, Singer, Songwriter, and Performer Beamer Wigleyis one of these young artist that just keeps on amazing us with bigger and more notable accomplishments.
Much has happened for Beamer since the last update. He has continued to win multiple awards, including one that he is especially proud of, the Inaugural Penticton and Region Youth Arts Award for ages 25 and under in 2014. He has also continued with his acting career, adding another musical theater performance in the challenging role of “Toby’ in Sweeney Todd followed the next year with various vocal lead roles in Broadway Musicals in Concert. He also was 4th lead in the Normal Rockwell movie, “ A Christmas Tail”. He continued with his vocal training in both classical and theater, and in competitions at the annual Kiwanis Music Festival, he won 1st place in both, then was invited to the Provincials for musical theater where he also won first place for that as well as Musical Variety.
Through his management, Invictus Entertainment Group and Big Star Recordings, he has enjoyed the opportunity of opening a number of larger events, including three times for the Canadian country star George Canyon, as well as recently for another country star and chart leader Aaron Pritchett. In around those, he has enjoyed many of his own slots including the nationally televised ‘Childrens Variety Telethon’ in Vancouver plus a multiple appearances at major festivals. In 2016, he was invited to open the B.C. Winter Games in his home town, and for the first time he played his set with a full band in front of 5,000 attendees, including a song that he had co-written specially for that event.
In the fall of 2015, he traveled to Las Vegas to meet personally with the legendary rock star photographer, Robert M. Knight, well known throughout the music industry for his the long list of famous performers credits including Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Santana and many others. (http://robertmknight.net/). During that visit, Robert did a beautiful photo shoot in a desert ghost town outside of Vegas and then introduced Beamer to Music Man/Ernie Ball Guitars, which very soon afterwards became an endorsement for him from that company. He also got him into the Brotherhood of The Guitars, a worldwide group of highly talented younger musicians from many different countries.
All through these months he continued to write and co-write songs, and in the spring of 2016, he started recording his first album with two highly regarded producers. He then made his first official music video to support his first release, ‘Meteorite” from the album of the same name. Meteorite was released to I-Tunes and radio in mid-July and already has enjoyed radio play across the country and is receiving high acclaim. It even beat out songs by both country legend Toby Keith and Jason Blains on a major radio challenge show. The video aired exclusively on YTV over a two week period before going on a one week digital exclusive with Vents Magazine. It was then released publicly on Youtube July 27th.
Meanwhile Beamer filmed his 2nd music video to support the upcoming release of his next single, ‘Boombox’. The date for that release has not yet been set. His album will debut on Sept. 9th in London Ontario during the annual CCMA Awards. He will also be performing during that event at ‘Diamonds in The Rough’ as well as alongside other major artists at the Invictus party.
Although his 1st album has not yet been released, Beamer continues to write new songs to include in his 2nd album which he hopes to start recording early in 2017. In July and August this year, he’s also in the musical theater show ‘Grease’, where he plays the role of Roger (from the Broadway version), one of the rocking T-Birds! In among all of this, he managed to fit in two radio tours in throughout B.C. and Alberta to promote himself and his new single.
Beamer Performs Dallas Smith’s – One Little Kiss live
This fall he plans a return trip to Nashville to do some more co-writing and meeting more industry people. Beamer knows how difficult the music industry can be for up and coming artists, and he is working hard to continue to improve his skills, create new music and continue the dream that started when he was 5, to become a successful country artist like his idol, Keith Urban.
It’s hard to believe the young 5 foot something boy from Indiana we met back in 2011 is already in his sixth year of pursuing a music career.
Rivenmaster published one of the first articles about this budding young star with a smooth tenor voice. In fact, it’s been a remarkable journey watching Spencer grow into a handsome young man who recently moved from home to his own place in the music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee.
Spencer Kane is about to turn 20 years old in October, has toured since he was 15, been on a TV sitcom for 2 seasons, appeared in the recent national film God’s Not Dead 2 and is slated to make a cameo in the upcoming family film CAMP COOL KIDS (Spring 2017).
His musical style has evolved through the awkward season of male puberty which can wreak havoc on a boy’s voice. Starting with more of an acoustic pop genre similar to Jason Mraz, he experimented with an electronic dance sound on his first EP titled ONE OF THE KIND in 2013. The music video for the anti-bullying title track yielded over 100,000 views on Youtube in less than a few months to make his internet presence known among young teen artists. In 2014 he released a full album which featured another shift in genre including the Billboard charting #2 single “RUNWAY”. The track was produced by Grammy winning Tyshane (Lecrae) and provided a strong foundation for Spencer’s national presence as an upcoming artist to be taken seriously. In 2015, he garnered his first award with the NEXT BIG THING title from the We Love Music Awards organization. With over 150 live shows and some 70,000 miles under his belt across the U.S. in a few short years, he began work on his new independent album titled KANE.
“I think working with so many professional producers in Nashville helped me understand how to create in the studio and when I was given the chance to write music the way I love to listen to music, it really opened my creative side,”said Spencer about his new album. “I love vocal production that is very detailed and involves a lot of harmonies and ad-libs and this new album really showcases my voice like never before.”
Commuting to Atlanta and Chicago in the fall of 2015 to record this latest album, Spencer explored a few music styles from ballads to straight pop and pure urban R&B, to even recording his first rap in the song called Love a Lil Bit. He released the album’s first single NEW LEVEL in early June and is seeing several radio adds around the country.
Most important to Spencer is his Christian faith and this new project is the first full faith based album he has recorded. Most of his previous work held a dual audience approach wherein the lyrics were positive and faith based, but could be played easily on a non-faith radio station. This new project is 100% centered around his faith walk with God and the lyrics clearly demonstrate his journey as a Christian teen. Songs like “God Stole My Heart”, “Love A Lil Bit” and “Diagram”are overtly written about a Christian life and some of the challenges a person faces. The single NEW LEVELspeaks of how God helps us to move to newer levels of faith and how we should do our best to keep climbing closer spiritually to God.
After recording half the album, Spencer was invited to audition for Island Records in Los Angeles by the former manager and creator of the world famous One Direction. He spent four days meeting with label executives and returned home only to receive a heartbreaking call that while they love his talent, he was not the right fit for their vision at the time. It was only a few days later that he received a phone call from founding member Caleb Grimm of the Pop Christian Group, Anthem Lights in Nashville. Alan Powell, another founding member, chose to continue his professional entertainment career as a movie actor and film director and was leaving the band. They had watched Spencer’s career over the years and felt he may be a good fit to join them. In a matter of 48 hours, they flew him to Tampa to meet at one of their concerts and within a week they extended an offer for him to replace Alan. This was early November. By January, he worked through details of joining Anthem Lights and on February 5, 2016, he was announced as the newest member of the group. The caveat being that he was not required to quit his solo music or acting career. In fact, they felt it would only enhance his membership in the group to have him staying involved in his solo brand.
I posted a Patriotic Music Medley that the boys produced for Independence Day on my personal Facebook this past July 4th, but its just too amazing not to share again in this publication.
Since joining Anthem Lights, Spencer finished a spring tour of six states with The Millennial Tour as a solo artist and concluded dates in the Hawaiian islands in April also as a solo artist. He moved to Nashville in early March and recently signed his first apartment lease. He tours and records with Anthem Lights while releasing songs on iTunes and Youtube with the group as well as his own cover songs and original music.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled for his development as an artist, but more in seeing how God is using his notoriety to reach young people with the Christian faith. He is not pushy about it but just connects with his fans on social media and through his lyrics in a way that seems to be helping them,” stated his dad and manager, Patrick Hess. “I remember the first video he posted on YouTube and the massive hate he received from school and community young people because he was pursuing music in addition to his basketball and baseball passion. I remember his crying at times because it got so bad. Looking back though, I see the fingerprints of God on his path and how he has been able to take that adversity and help others along the way,” he added.
Spencer’s social media following has grown to well over 100,000 fans on his different accounts and more recently increased after Anthem Lights America Medley surpassed 11 million video views in only 4 days over the fourth of July weekend. It was a truly inspiring song that reached young and old alike and exposed his musical talents to a whole new audience that have chosen to follow his solo career as well.
The new album RELEASED TODAY JULY 22NDon all digital platforms and the first single NEW LEVEL shown above, features an official music video that shows scenes from his spring tour dates.
Spencer is now 6’3” and sporting beard stubble while living on his own in Nashville. All I can say is that it’s been a pleasure to watch him grow in his character and skill as an artist and become a very likable young man and role model to a generation normally forced to listen to destructive lyrics and music.
In closing I want to leave you with Spencer’s Most Popular Music Video. In fact this video Cover Song, has garnered about 400,000 streams on Spotify and is his #1 all-time download from iTunes to date. ENJOY!
Congratulations Spencer and we’ll keep an eye out for you in the music scene and on the big screen.
Now at 16 years old Alex is quickly making a name for himself in the music industry. His music has also grown along with him. This can easily be seen in his music video for his original song “Back To You” which was released this past January!
A STAR ON THE RISE
Due to Alex’s rising fame he and his brother, Ricky, decided to call it quits with their cover band Lil Rock so Alex could focus more on his budding solo career. In the years that have passed Alex’s love of music has never faltered. The passion he has for singing and performing has only grown and with the support of his entire family, he is reaching for the stars. Alex eats, sleeps, and breathes music making sure to work on, not only singing, but also dancing every day.
TALANT = OPPORTUITY
With no limits to his vocal and performance abilities, Alex now has the opportunity to work with big name music producers. Years of hard work and dedication to his craft have developed Alex into one of the rising stars in pop music. Alex’s talents and abilities have caught the attention of some of the biggest names in the industry.
ALEX B RECORDING ARTIST
Alex released an EP in early 2015 featuring three of his originals, which can be purchased on iTunes. Later that same year, Alex became the #1 featured emerging artist on the “Now 54” compilation CD.
With growing popularity online Alex recently began a partnership with AwesomenessTV through which he was given the opportunity to perform at this year’s Vidcon.
Recently, Alex was asked to appear on the first season of the kids’ show Wonderama. Airing nationally in October 2016 and reaching 40 million homes. They enjoyed working with him and have invited him to come back in upcoming seasons.
In the future Alex is looking forward to going out on tours and doing what he loves the most, meeting and performing for his fans.
Alex has many creative music videos on his YouTube Channel which tell a story as well as entertain both the eyes and the ears. Whether he is doing a cover like in this song by Justin Timberlake, or an original, Alex is always entertaining and upbeat. When Alex is singing you just can’t help but feel excitement and joy.
There is no doubt that Alex B is one young artist that is not only reaching for the stars but already seeing them dancing in the eyes of every teen girl fan.
With looks charm, talent, and a fan base that just keeps expanding, Alex B is well on his way to the top!
Tanner Massey was first introduced to this site by Matthew Todd of Torchlight Talent and published on Rivenmaster’s Place last September in a feature called Tanner Massey – an adventure begins!
Tanner now 12 years old is well on his way to a great singing career working hard everyday to improve his vocal and performances skills.
Having supported young artists now for over seven years and worked personally with a few, I have learned to spot a youngster who has a real passion and drive for the performing arts.
Tanner has all the ingredients for success…. possessing vocal skill, personality, drive, passion, and the desire to bring joy when sharing his talent with his audience. Whether he is performing live on his YouNow Channel or in front of a live audience, you can see his genuine personality shine through.
This week Tanner’s Full Feature Updatecan be found on Torchlight Talent which includes all the latest news of what Tanner has been doing since last September.
Tanner is just starting out in his musical adventure but I can assure you that he is not going away! This boy is determined to succeed which can be easily seen in his Music Video called “Why Not Me”….
“I don’t care what people say Im going to do it anyway I’ll show you, I guarantee So, Why not me!”
For all the latest regarding Tanner Massey and for all his Social Media links continue on to:
From a country home in Northern Ireland comes the angelic voice of 13 year old Owen Mac. Owen has a voice that instantly captures your attention. His ability to charm an audience in just a few bars with one of his Irish melodies is something to behold.
Owen was brought to this websites attention after a video was posted on Facebook by UK’s country artist legend Jimmy Buckley.
Influenced largely by his singing Father, Owen jetted on the internet scene when he sang a song live on stage at a BBC Radio broadcast. His song received 245,000 views in just one week.
This confidence builder helped Owen to continue to sing which is making his now international audience very happy.
Owen has already sung with some of Ireland’s greatest country singers and you can be sure that this boy is just getting started and destined to become one of them.
In the past year Owen has recorded 6 songs and 4 videos and appeared with 3 top country singers…Jimmy Buckley…John Hogan and Joe Davitt with the latest being Jimmy Buckley who acknowledged his singing when he saw the video of him singing one of his songs and it reached 1 million hits in 4 days.
You can purchase Owens Music by visiting his FACEBOOK PAGE….. Use FB Messenger to contact his parents. They will in turn furnish you with Owen’s PayPal address where you can remit your payment for his new singles.
I’m confident that Owen will have a full CD for all of us to purchase before too long, and you can be sure you will hear about it here!
Keep up the great work Owen everyone is so very proud of you!
Theo Constantinwas first introduced to this promotional network last November by Matthew Todd who now independently authors TORCHLIGHT TALENT! Since that time, we have been keeping up with this amazing young performer and have learned much about him through his manager and producer as well as from Theo himself.
Theo is not only exceptionally talented musically, but has a wonderful, caring, and passionate personality. The passion and expression witnessed in his performances is truly genuine, and is proven by his continual and consistent drive to perfect his skills.
Just a little over two weeks ago, Theo released his brand new Single “Up And Down” which has already racked up over 1,600 views. For a new artists this is quite remarkable and speaks loudly about where Theo is headed in the near future.
Of all the artists that Rivenmaster has supported and published articles aboutover the years, New Zealand’s Sam V or as I personally know him as Sam Verlinden, has been one who has persistently shown dedication to perfecting his already amazing vocal talent.
From the first time I saw one of his music videos there was no doubt in my mind that this young man, boy at the time, was going to make it big!
Now, with nearly a million combined views on social media, Sam stays busy doing interviews and appearances – and more latterly has been writing new material.
I think the thing that has impressed me the most about Sam V, is that he never allowed his amazing musical prowess to get in the way of having a normal life and being just one of the guys. While he is every bit a celebrity in his own right, he has always maintained that simple easy going guy mentality, playing rugby, being active with his friends, and just plain growing up while enjoying the journey of life!
Sam has just started tertiary education after being awarded two scholarships (for 3 yrs) to study Communications at Auckland University of Technology – AUT.
Congratulations Sam on all your amazing success!
Please know how very proud we all are of you and what you have accomplished! Keep the music coming!
Last year in July Matthew Todd introduced Rivenmaster’s Place to the amazing fourteen year old singer, dancer, vocal recording artist and performer Ky Baldwin from Sidney Australia!
All of Ky’s music is youthful exciting and fun to listen to. Even his early works like his original song “Lara”,with his high soprano voice singing one octave higher than the other boys in the video was exhilarating.
While Ky is still growing and his voice developing he has found the ability to use his falsetto to retain those higher notes that is the desire of every young vocal artist! He smoothly goes in and out of his breaking range which to someone not paying attention would not even realize it as it sounds like his full voice.
Ky is an interesting young artist because he brings so much character and personality into his performances. The little growl he adds to his new cover of “Remind Me” is just an example of what we are to expect in the future from Ky!
Thanks Matthew Toddfor bringing Ky to our attention you can rest assured that we are keeping a close eye on this AWESOME AUSSIE!
Not since Rivenmaster’s Place was introduced to the young blues boy from Wisconsin Tallan Nobel Latzhave I been so impressed with a youngster playing the blues! Although Toby is only 11 years old he already plays like a pro and there is no question that he has had some great inspirations since he was just 4 years old, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore and BB King, just to name a few of his early favorites.
Toby has had some great help along the way with one of his videos being noticed by Blues icon Joe Bonamassa, who posted it to page and meeting Uriah Heeps Mick Box who mentors him to this day.
But regardless of all this background circumstance this boy has TRUE UNDENIABLE TALENT. Toby Lee is one to really keep your eye on!
Sebastian Urdiales debuted his feature article here in the fall of 2014. He was just 13 years old at that time and had already made a mark as a prominent entertainer and showmen in his home country of Mexico. Singing and dancing his way into the heart of everyone that heard him along with his charismatic smile and personality he was captivating to watch.
Of course that did not stop and his passion to entertain had only just begun to blossom.
SHAWN MENDES – MERCY (Cover By Sebastian Urdiales)
Today he is one of the most sought after young actors in all of Mexico and is soon to break out into the international limelight! Beginning his artistic career at the age of 9 with dance, he then began singing with acting following. To show you just how qualified Sebastian is and to bring you up to date with some of his accomplishments, here is a portion of Sebastian’s resume covering the first 7 years of his career:
Participated in more than 30 commercials for television which were transmitted in the United States, Mexico and all Latin America.
Starred in 4 plays with international castings.
Awarded rolls in 2 movies.
Participated in and was a finalists in a national singing reality show like The Voice, TV Azteca
For two years in the summer he was the conductor of a program on national television called “Come the Joy” TV Azteca
Cast as “Carlitos Casillas”, in the third season of the international television series “The Lord of the Skies” for Telemundo and Tv Caracol.
In 2016 he is the founder of the first digital platform in Mexico for teenagers influencers called: ChavosTV, being a partner and producer of the channel to date.
Now in 2017 Sebastian has integrated himself into the main social media channels and vlogs in Latin America: Dosogas, currently playing a large part in that media explosion.
Sebastian is currently considered the most influential male teenager influencer in Mexico, having yet to launch his first solo single which is scheduled for release the end of November.
Naturally Sebastian is eloquent in both English and Spanish. He demonstrats that so well in all of his music videos. This cover was particuarlly good where he teamed up with the beautiful and talented Sarah Silva.
No Soy Una de Esas Cover by Sarah Silva & Sebastian Urdiales
In 2018 Sebastian has very important plans. He is anticipating his start as a radio announcer in the most important youth radio station nationwide. In addition to that, Sebastian is in the final stage to play “Luis Miguel” in his own television series produced by MGM at an international level. His latest music video cover of Justin Biebers song “Friends” which received more than 300k views in under 24 hours is still gaining and currently sitting at 1,024,283 views.
FRIENDS – JUSTIN BIEBER (Cover by Sebastian Urdiales)
You can visit Sebastian on any or all of his social network pages:
Alexander Wood, a 17 year old French-American, has always had an undeniable passion for music and the stage since a very young age. Appearing in his first TV show at the age of 10, and starting his recording activity only a few years later, his hard work and dedication have come to fruition over the last year with a lead role on stage in Oliver Twist le Musical in Paris and the release of his first single, “Tell me Now”. He is currently on stage in Grease Le Musical at Theatre Mogador in Paris and hard at work on his first EP.
Alexander Wood started taking singing, dancing and musical theater classes just before the age of 8, appearing on stage regularly from that time on. He quickly had the opportunity to participate in his first TV variety show on France’s TF1, followed by shows on Disney Channel France and The Voice Kids. The experience with The Voice Kids allowed him to create links centered on music with other passionate young artists. This led to various music recording collaborations as well as his participation in a charity Album with young artists from around the world. For Alexander Wood, music is, above all, a community.
As a result, he is very active on social media – Instagram being his favorite for its visual aspect. He enjoys keeping up-to-date on various artists he follows, and observing the reactions from the industry and fans. He is very interactive and loves to reply to messages he receives.
The daily life of Alexander Wood, when not in rehearsal, on stage or in his home recording studio, is always filled with music, even just walking down the street. “I constantly have my headphones on to listen to songs…I am especially interested in instrumental versions. I am often listening to break down the instruments and understand the structure of the song.“ The artists that can be heard in his headphones are many of those currently heard on the radio. He appreciates Muse, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, to name a few, and recently discovered Halsey. He has a preference for experimental music, but his influences are mainly rock.
Outside of music Alexander Wood likes to “try to stay in shape, eat well….focus on the basics“. He likes to relax by watching his favorite TV show American Horror Story and is currently enamored by the movie IT.
His current projects include a short action film for the Laurette Fugain Association which will be shown starting in March 2018, as well as participation in the album “Génération Enfoirés” scheduled for release on November 3rd for Les Restos du Coeur.
What to expect from his future EP? The songs will be pop, a bit rock and experimental, with an electro touch. According to Alexander Wood, he doesn’t prefer easy music. His interest is to have fun and be challenged in the creative process with a goal of writing songs that his audience will enjoy and that will inspire a real ongoing, interactive exchange.
WillB recently released his new original song “Stars Collide”, which is the best yet to come from this young artist/actor performer.
One of the great privileges of authoring this site is getting to know if not directly, indirectly most of the young artists who are featured here. I first met Will B in 2015 through his YouTube Channel and Facebook. I corresponded with his parents to publish his introductory article here which was met with great interest and enthusiasm.
Since that time Will has expanded his career by becoming a young actor appearing in film and sharing the limelight with Hollywood stars. Will is a bright and talented young man with an equally bright future in front of him. What makes Will so unique is his charm and personality that carries through into his singing and acting. He has a deep and sincere faith and often gives God credit for everyday occurrences that happen in his life.
When the world is full of chaos and the news filled with depressing stories that fill us all with anxiety, Will publishes a post on Facebook or Twitter lifting us up with words of encouragement and inspiration.
It’s for that reason today that we want to share his latest music video “STARS COLLIDE”, which as of today enjoys 5.2K views.
I asked Will to tell me a little about the making of his video and a little update about what he has been up to lately. He responded as follows:
“I helped write this new song and then followed that up with writing and recording another song.
You can look forward to hearing and seeing that music video very soon I hope.
I also will be enjoying some upcoming live interviews for different radio stations.
I really enjoyed being a part of writing these two songs and helping with the ideas of my videos. I’m currently taking dance lessons to help me on stage for my live performances and for my music videos. I have a great guy I’m working with on that too.
I’m working hard in school, I am in 10th grade and trying to graduate early completing all my work this year.
I have my latest movie coming to theaters soon which I’m especially excited for.
I love living in California, doing what I love, acting, singing, and now dance too. The last few covers I released, I produced my own music videos, filming and editing them was a lot of fun, but with my original music I WillB doing some amazing videos with awesome friends. I like using friends in my videos because I really have great friends.”
Watching WillB’s new video really shows a lot of growth and development in his vocals and ability to tell a story through his music video. I’m sure that he has much more to show us and Rivenmaster will continue to follow and support his every effort to accomplish his dreams as an actor, singer, and now songwriter.
Thank you Will for continuing to share your talent, smiles, and faith with all of us, but most of all for the inspiration you provide as only WillB can do!
“Songwriting, novel writing, filmmaking, film scoring . . . they all stem from my love to tell stories” Sam Hurwitz
Some people learn to play an instrument and sing, then decide they want to write songs. For Sam, it was the opposite. It seems that melodies and words/stories were swirling around in his head and when he picked up a toy guitar at age 2, he started strumming and making up little songs. For the next few years, he had several little songs but couldn’t actually play an instrument. He even tried to play the harmonica around age 3, trying to emulate some of the music he was hearing at that age, but was too small for the harmonica rack. At age 6, he started guitar lessons and his first real songs were written.
Just shy of Sam’s 8th birthday, Sam had his first live performance in a Songwriters Circle, and for the next few years Sam performed in school and camp talent shows and local open mics and was a finalist in a local talent search (doing original songs and the youngest by several years). Sam had terrible stage fright during these years, but when he got on the stage you could never tell. He has worked through his stage fright and loves to be on stage now.
Up until about 2015, Sam’s songs were just streams of consciousness and improvised on the spot, yet from the earliest age, the phrasing in some of his songs was far beyond his years and already starting to be filled with visual imagery. Sam’s mom says: “As a natural storyteller and a decent way with words, a lot of what just came out was good, but as he got older we encouraged him to write with more intention (or at least go back and edit what just came out).” In the summer of 2015, Sam attended a creative writing camp and wrote his song “Without a Rhyme” during that time.
It was the first time he had a melody and then sat down at a computer and wrote the lyrics with thought. Regarding his more recent songwriting, Sam says:
“Usually when I sit down with the intent to write a song, nothing comes to me. Sometimes the lyrical ideas and themes are already in my head and then I go to the guitar or piano to write a melody first and then take the idea and theme in my head and write the lyrics. Other times, the melody comes first and I try to find lyrics that fit that melody.”
After a few of Sam’s songs landed on the weekly independent chart, FabChart, Sam started to grow a small fan base. Sam’s mom says: “He’s a pretty reserved guy and not great at self promotion and he is very grateful for the amazing people who have supported him by sharing his songs on social media.” Sam’s song “Without a Rhyme” has garnered Sam the most attention. He was showcased as a Daily Discovery by American Songwriter Magazine website and also was a nominee for the American Songwriting Awards for this song and this song also was Number 1 on the weekly independent music chart in the UK, called FabChart.
Sam spends a lot of time writing stories and has also written some poetry and some his latest songs like “Phoning Fate and The Past” and “Everlasting Oak” are great examples of Sam taking a more poetic view to his songwriting. With “Everlasting Oak”, he wanted to create a song with strong visual imagery and felt that a song about nature and trees would be a good fit. “Everlasting Oak”is currently at number 4 on the FabChart.
Some highlight gigs over the recent years were the NY Singer Songwriter Sessions at The Bitter End, performing at a halftime show for the NY Knicks at Madison Square Gardenand at a Gala for the Stuttering Association for the Young. Sam’s had a stutter since the age of 3 and he was asked to write a song specifically for this event. Sam’s mom says: “It was hard for him as he never had to write a song with a specific message before. But he worked really hard and the song came out great!” Sam has a few local gigs coming up in September, but otherwise, he is enjoying the final days of summer and getting ready to start High School.
During Sam’s free time, he loves to read, watch movies, write stories, compose original film scores, and play video games. Sam self published his first book in a 5 part fantasy series called the Wonders of Waywill and was very excited that he won an honorable mention in a writing contest for this book. Sam says his favorite genre of books and movies are fantasy and sci-fi. His favorite book series is Harry Potter and his favorite movies are Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Inception, and the film adaptations of Harry Potter. His favorite games are Minecraft and the Knights of the Old Republic series. His favorite bands are Wilco and the Avett Brothers, and he also love film music by composers such as John Williams, Howard Shore, and more.
Sam says that he thinks a lot of his interests are connected by storytelling. “Songwriting, novel writing, filmmaking, film scoring . . . they all stem from my love to tell stories”
This is not Sam’s first appearance on this promotional network: Sam was featured in his first article here on Feb 25, 2015 SEE THAT ARTICLE HERE!
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