Lora McHugh Takes Home 2 Los Angeles Music Awards For 2013

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~ LA Music Awards and Artists in Music Awards Rising Bay Area Beauty ~

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, multi-talented Lora McHugh www.loramchugh.com is rapidly on the rise to stardom. The teenage singer/songwriter and talented actress has collected and won two music awards at the prestigious 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards held on November 14th at the famous Avalon in Hollywood.

The two-time winner at this year’s LA Music Awards, with a vocal performance compared to Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato, is set to pick up ‘Best Dance/Electronic Artist’ and ‘Dance/Electronic Single of the Year’ for her debut single. Lora is also nominated for ‘Best Singer/Songwriter’ and ‘Best Pop Artist’ at the 2014 Artists in Music Awards as well as ‘Best Music Video’ for ‘Wolf in Sheepskin’. The powerful pop rock ballad was recently re-mastered by Kent Hertz (The Steve Miller Band) and re-released this month on iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wolf-in-sheepskin-single/id738107804

Another accomplishment to add to Lora’s run of successes is her very recent debut as a VEVO artist. Her new channel contains the re-mastered version of her single, set to a dynamic music video about falling out of love. http://www.youtube.com/user/LoraMcHughVEVO/videos

“I am so blessed and excited to take home two wins at the LA Music Awards this year,” said Lora. “I love singing and performing and had such a great time recording ‘Wolf in Sheepskin’. I’m also thrilled to be back in the studio to make more music, this time with a little more rock influence.”

Lora, who now resides in Los Angeles, is currently in the studio recording her debut rock-pop album with a well-known Grammy award-winning producer. Her sexy girl-next-door personality, with a dark twist, oozes pizazz. Fluent in Spanish with a genuine passion for philanthropy, Lora has traveled to Mexico for the past five years with the organization Outside the Bowl www.outsidethebowl.org, a charity which strives to diminish physical and spiritual starvation in poverty-stricken nations, as part of a zealous group determined to feed and reach as many people as possible. She also generously supports Mexico Outreach Kids Camp, a program that offers Mexican children of less fortunate families the opportunity to experience a fun filled camp and learn about Jesus.

Aside from her award-winning music and humanitarian support, Lora stars in an upcoming feature titled ‘Nazi Dawn’ to be released on Netflix, www.IMDB.com/LoraMcHugh and yet this Californian-born beauty remains grounded and focused even as her natural beauty and musical talents create a global buzz.

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For further information please contact: Liz Rodriguez at liz@emrmedia.com – USA: 1 310 435 3634

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HIP-HOP RAPPER JONEZEN IS THE ‘KING OF THE CASTLE’ WITH TWO LA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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HIP-HOP RAPPER JONEZEN IS THE ‘KING OF THE CASTLE’ WITH TWO
LA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS

~ LA Music Awards Nominates the Inspirational Rapper ‘JoneZen’ with Two Nominations for his ‘Live From Rehab’ Album ~

The ultra-talented and inspirational hip-hop rap artist Chris Jones A.K.A JoneZen (www.jonezenmusic.com) based out of Los Angeles, has recently been nominated for two music awards at the prestigious 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Nominee and Press Event which was held in June at the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, ahead of the final awards night being held November 14th at the swish Avalon in Hollywood.

JoneZen, who is a featured artist on The Weekend Top 30 ‘What’s Poppin Next’ segment airing in Boston, Biloxi, Waco, Atlantic City, Salt Lake City, Fresno and several other cities, has been nominated for ‘Best Hip Hop Artist’ and ‘Best Social Media of the Year’ at this year’s music awards.

“After pretty much ruining my career, finding myself almost dead and entering rehab, leaving with a record deal, touring again, getting my life back and being able to do what I love again on a whole new level, being nominated for the LA Music Awards really is the cherry on top to an unreal year.” says Jones “We’re looking to finish strong and keep pushing hard into 2014 with promoting ‘Live From Rehab’ and our new ‘King Of The Castle’ tour and campaign.”

JoneZen’ s latest hit single ‘If I Die Young’ (www.soundcloud.com/jonezen/07-jonezen-if-i-die-young) from the critically acclaimed mix-tape ‘Live From Rehab’, (Live From Rehab Tour Video Link) is available via Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and free to download from his website (www.jonezenmusic.com), was recorded while being treated in a Los Angeles rehabilitation center for acute alcohol addiction. Refusing to enter rehab unless he could take in his recording studio, JoneZen started writing and recording songs which led to a distribution deal with Famous Records/ Fontana/ Universal, until he recently dropped himself to pursue other distribution avenues. In addition to creating melodic hip-hop music with lyrics stirred from personal experience, JoneZen is a public speaker. He currently shares his story to help others find hope again, working hard at maintaining his own sobriety within a world that is packed with all the wrong choices.

Voting for JoneZen is well underway at http://www.lamusicawards.net/nominees. His headlining tours, with dates in San Diego, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, Lake Tahoe, Vista, Phoenix and Reno, have included shows with Blackalicious, performances at the Speak Your Mind Hip Hop Festival in Reno, the Lake Tahoe Tattoo Convention in Lake Tahoe and finishes in LA on September 13th at The Joint. Later in the year JoneZen will begin his ‘King Of The Castle Tour’ to promote the new single ‘King Of The Castle’, with a portion of the profits being donated to MusiCares (www.grammy.org/musicares), a foundation that helps musicians whose lives and careers have been threatened by alcohol and drug abuse, a community outlet close to JoneZen’ s own personal story of survival.

Voting for the JoneZen is simple at http://www.lamusicawards.net/nominees.
Select a category; ‘Best Hip Hop Artist’ and ‘Website Of The Year’ and cast him your vote!
For further information please contact: Liz Rodriguez at Liz@EMRMedia.com – USA: 1 310 435 3634

INDIE POWER POP ‘LANNIE FLOWERS’ NOMINATED FOR 3 LA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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~ LA Music Awards Nominates Indie Pop Artist ‘Lannie Flowers’ with Three Impressive Nominations ~

Hailing from Kennedale in Texas, modern power pop indie artist Lannie Flowers (www.lannieflowers.com ), has just been nominated for 3 music awards at the prestigious 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Nominee and Press Event (www.lamusicawards.net) which was held in June at the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, ahead of the final awards night being held November 14th at the plush Avalon in Hollywood.

Flowers, who is represented by SoundCheck International Artist Management and SpyderPop Records in Texas, is a veteran artist that in his earlier years was wooed by record labels such as Columbia Records and Polygram Records. Continuing his successes he has been nominated for ‘Record of the Year’, ‘Male Pop Artist of the Year’ and ‘Social Media Artist of the Year’ at this year’s music awards.

“I was very excited to learn that I was nominated for three awards from the LA Music Awards.” says Flowers. “This is truly a great honor from a prestigious event. I look forward in performing in Hollywood at the September and November events.”

Quickly becoming a new leader in his genre Flowers has become in the immediate spotlight. The music video for his hit single ‘Another Weekend’, directed by legendary Norry Niven (American Idol, X-Factor), was No.1 on MTV for “Most Shared Video, No.1 on MTV for “Most Commented Video” and No.7 on MTV for “Most Viewed Video”. In addition Flowers is busy planning his latest tour in major U.S cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Voting for Lannie Flowers is well underway at http://www.lamusicawards.net/nominees, His new CD, ‘New Songs, Old Stories’ is an eight song EP with the first single and hit song, ‘Another Weekend’ being released in vinyl 45, digital download, and DVD video formats.

Known as “An Artist to keep an eye on.” by Riveting Riffs Magazine, Flowers will be performing at the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards on September 26th at the Whiskey Go Go in Hollywood, and also at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood during the awards night November 14th.

Voting for the Lannie Flowers is simple at http://www.lamusicawards.net/nominees.
Select a category; ‘Record of the Year’, ‘Male Pop Artist of the Year’ and ‘Social Media Artist of the Year’ and cast your vote!
For further information please contact: Liz Rodriguez at Liz@EMRMedia.com – USA: 1 310 435 3634

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TRIPLE THREAT ‘ABBY CUBEY’ IS ON FIRE WITH 3 LA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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~ LA Music Awards Nominates Abby Cubey In 3 Categories for

Dance Anthem ‘Feel My Fire’ ~

Triple threat Abby Cubey (www.abbycubey.com ) is an electronica dance artist rapidly on the rise to stardom. This talented young singer song-writer has just been nominated for 3 music awards at the prestigious 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Nominee and Press Event which was held in June at the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, ahead of the final awards night being held November 14th at the plush Avalon in Hollywood.

Originating from the Philippines, Abby is a multi-lingual singer with an impressive repertoire of over 5 languages, now residing in Los Angeles. Her hit song ‘Feel My Fire’, produced and co-written by music mogul Paul Drago, has been nominated in the categories of ‘Electronica / Dance Artist’, ‘Electronica / Dance Single’ and ‘Music Video’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B84pIbvEQrM with original sounds by the songs inspiration, a $750k Raptor by Mosler fondly named the Cubey GTR.

“I am so excited to be nominated at the 23rd Annual LA Music Awards.” said Abby “To be nominated for one award is amazing but for three categories is just fantastic, no words can express my elation. I can’t begin to thank my team and fans for helping me on this journey as this is a dream come true for me and my music. I want to make everyone that votes for me proud they did at the main show in November.”

Voting for Abby at the LA Music Awards is well underway at www.lamusicawards.net/nominees , and ‘Feel My Fire’, as well as her follow-up single, ‘Man Up’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJvfNLwpNJ8 a girl power dance track Abby wrote as a tribute to her friend Manny Pacquiao, are both available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody and on YouTube channel JOJOKIDMUSIC. You can also listen to Abby when she is featured on an upcoming episode of “Mickey’s Maximum Exposure” (www.facebook.com/mickeysmaximumexposure ) where she will be talking about her life, loves, music influences and her hopes for winning this year’s LA Music Awards.

Known for her unique distinguishable vocal performances, her magnetic, charismatic personality and stunning beauty, Abby is currently planning her next single release with her extended team in Los Angeles and a special US tour. Aside from her passion for performing and music, Abby hosts her own radio show After Dark Radio with Abby Cubey (www.afterdarkradiowithabbycubey.com ) and also heads up her philanthropy company, with business partner Paul Drago, the Abby Cubey Foundation LLC, a non-profit organization that supports children who are ill with cancer donating to the Millers Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA.

Voting for Abby Cubey is simple at www.lamusicawards.net/nominees  Select a category; ‘Electronica / Dance Artist’, ‘Electronica / Dance Single’ or ‘Music Video’ and cast your vote!  For further information please contact: Liz Rodriguez at Liz@EMRMedia.com – USA: 1 310 435 3634

L.A.’s last honest man-Al Bowman by Oscar Benjamin (The Examiner)

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Honesty is usually not a value that is synonymous with the entertainment industry. Promises are made and broken within the same sentence of a possible contract that is being ironed out between parties on a regular basis. In light of this statement, it always feels like a refreshing splash on one’s face when encountering an individual of merit who refuses to fear speaking the honest truth-despite possible blow-back from his contemporaries in the industry. Self-made businessman and creator of the Los Angeles Music Awards- Al Bowman is such an individual.

Al Bowman’s name and face is very recognizable in the entertainment business in and around the industry whose heart is still in Los Angeles. Bowman immediately establishes the tempo of the interview with his candid introduction, “at eighteen I joined the United States Army to get the discipline and to learn the art of killing so I could survive in Hollywood-which has worked. The United States Army ​taught me how to literally kill with weaponry and explosives and I applied that theoretically in Hollywood to survive in this jungle!”

Al Bowman was the owner of a very prolific and well known limousine business that catered to well known heavy hitters such as Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson and the late Whitney Houston. Fun Time Limousine was in existence for ten years and helped Mr. Bowman secure contacts which eventually led him to becoming an industry insider. Bowman reveals, “in late ’91 towards the end of my limo career, the first L.A. Music Awards was held following the wishes of a dying old man named Bill Gazzarri-owner of Gazzarri’s on The Strip. It was one of the longest running night clubs in the history of nightclubs and lasted about 30 years.” Bowman continues, “he died in ’91 and just before his death, he requested that someone should start an awards show and make it about the music. He told me, ‘just because people buy it, don’t make it good.'”

It was an infamous incident in riot torn Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict that contributed to his decision to shake up his own career path. Al details, “in 1992, my limo career ended abruptly on the night of the Los Angeles riots when I lost half my inventory and almost got killed!” Al continues, “again the military training paid off in escaping from that mayhem!”

It is Al Bowman’s “take no prisoners” attitude, his innate business sense and his ability to separate the wheat from the chaff that has made him a major player in the industry. His sincerity and fearless leadership abilities are very rare qualities in an industry that seems to thrive on obfuscation. An example of his sometimes raw, but welcome comments can be found during his thoughts on some musicians. Al speaks, “there is nothing worse than a great record done by an asshole artist! Let’s say I love the record and think God, these songs are amazing and oh, these guys are great looking! I will get them on the phone and see how they act and then they are just the most terrible people you could ever talk to!” Bowman continues, “self-indulgent, self-serving, self-aggrandizing and self-obsessed! They are egotistical, they haven’t achieved anything.” It is part of Bowman’s process for picking artists for his awards ceremony. Al Bowman details, “what we look for is an artist with humility and a humbleness in their character. If I have that, I have an artist that is a nominee, but if I’ve got the guy that is an egotistical maniac-they are not going to be nominee and it doesn’t matter how good their music is.” Al concludes, “if they can’t work within the confines of our thing, then they won’t survive in this industry! When an artist tells me we don’t kiss anybody’s ass, I tell them you better find another business to go into! This is built on brown-nosing, guys.” He punctuates that statement with a hearty laugh that is contagious.

The Los Angeles Music Awards is distinctly different from other shows both known and not so well known. Al Bowman peels back the curtain of the process and explains, “we use these different systems like Reverbnation, Sonicbids, MusicSubmit.com, Broadjam and the one we used this year, Musicxray. They pay a small fee which this year was about nine bucks. We are very competitive with our fee because our product is the oldest and the best.” Bowman continues, “we are competing against newer awards shows which are charging thirty, forty or fifty bucks! The Global Music Awards for example-you go their site and you can’t see who these people are! You go to our site and what do you see on there? Our advisory board of Grammy Award winning producers, myself and the co-founder of the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards and the Phoenix Music Awards. People can put a face to us! People research and see there are genuine credentialed individuals.” Al continues unveiling, “they submit through that system-I listen! I reject about ninety percent of what comes in. We had about ten thousand songs submitted this year. We only have 95 finalists in 150 nomination slots, so some people got two or three nominations.” The fascinating reveal continues, “only one guy got four and he’s playing the voting event. He’s playing the event because he got a sponsor, a company to do business with the L.A. Music Awards. We are showcasing him in exchange for that! It gives us another logo to put on our red carpet press wall. That’s the way our program works. We put it on the artist’s back because they are the ones to get the benefits from it. We’ll do the event, you want to play the event? Bring us a company whose logo we could put on our press wall, whose logo is on our event day program, whose logo is next to your name on our site! That is our business model and it has worked for twenty-two years.”

Throughout the interview, this Examiner.com columnist was thoroughly impressed with Al Bowman’s ability to clarify even the most byzantine practices that the industry seems to frequently participate in. The subject of making it big in Hollywood entered the conversation. Bowman relished the opportunity to state his views, “how do you make it big in Hollywood? My answer would be-get on as many red carpets as you possibly can! Attend charity events. Cameron Diaz is hosting Foundation for the Junior Blind benefit at the Beverly Wilshire. 350 a ticket. Go online on the day of the show, pick them up for half off and get assigned a seat at a table. You don’t know who’s going to be seated at the table-now do you? Lo and behold, Brad and Angelina are sitting next to you and all you paid was 175, plus when you were on the red carpet, Jennifer Aniston walked by and when she heard you were a supporter of that charity-she takes a picture with you!” Al Bowman continues the blow-by-blow, “now you gave that picture to Oscar and he leaked it to T.M.Z. and now everybody thinks you are dating Jennifer Aniston! Guess what? Interscope just called and they want to sign you, but don’t ask if they like your music because they haven’t even listened to it! The just think you are Jennifer Aniston’s new boy toy!” Bowman concludes, “does that explain to you how the business operates?”

There are few businessman like Al Bowman in the world of business, let alone the business of entertainment. After talking to Mr. Bowman, one can clearly understand and no longer be mystified by many of the practices in the industry. It is to Al Bowman’s discipline and sharp mental state that he creates excitement at each and every one of his events that he produces. Bowman is larger than life not only because of his principles gained from his service to the country, but also because of his adherence to face the truth in a business that will often recoil at the thought of following this enlightened notion.

The Los Angeles Music Awards will enter its 22nd year this upcoming November 15th and there can be no doubt that Al Bowman will once again keep the ship steady in the turbulent seas of one of the most unusual businesses ever created-entertainment!

Awards Producer Al Bowman Appears On 24k Music Network’s Welcome To The World

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Al Bowman Went from Limo-Driver-To-The-Stars to annual Awards Show producer. He shares his story on Welcome To The World with David Longoria airing on The 24k Music Network this week.

Al Bowman leads an interesting life. He enjoyed a career as a limo driver in Hollywood, driving many of the world’s top stars to award shows and other events. After chauffeuring a veritable A list of celebrities around in his limo, he moved on to produce one of the most successful regional entertainment awards shows, The LA Music Awards. And he did this right in the heart of Hollywood, where the competition is fierce. But that doesn’t phase Bowman. He says he’s on a mission. “Bill Gazzarri asked me to carry on as the Godson of Rock and produce a show celebrating the artists and the music for the Hollywood rock scene” Bowman explains, adding “I knew when he passed it was time to create a continuation of his great legacy in Hollywood.”

For those not familiar with the characters in the vintage Hollywood rock scene to which Bowman refers, Bill Gazzarri was a well known club owner, with an iconic venue in the heart of the Sunset Strip that bore his name. For decades, and many would argue, spanning the glory years of Hollywood rock, Gazzarri’s was the ultimate Hollywood rock club. Such top international rock legends as The Doors, Van Halen, Warrant, Guns n Roses and many more got their early starts on that stage. Bill Gazzarri was known for his implementation of the “Hollywood pay to play” system. The premise was that if your band wanted a 45 minute set to perform on a famous rock star stage at the club, you’d have to buy a minimum of 50 or 100 tickets to guarantee the time slot. Bands were encouraged to re-sell the tickets to fans, girlfriends, family members etc., at whatever price they could get to fill the standing room only audience area. Up and coming bands tended to get good at street level promoting, flyer-ing, marketing and organizing fans in order to ensure their success in the club.

In his final years, Gazzarri purportedly asked Bowman to create and produce an awards show featuring the best of the Hollywood rock and music scene.

And Bowman took that directive seriously. He started on a journey that took him from driver to TV and Awards Show Producer for what has become arguably the top Los Angeles regional music awards show. The show has been a successful annual event for the past 21 years, growing each year in many ways. “Our production has become a masterpiece, “says Bowman, adding “the timings have become like clockwork, and we really care that we do it the best of all the shows out there.”

24k Music Network’s host of their popular interview show Welcome To The World, artist David Longoria invited Bowman to tell his story. “Al has so much information he’s accumulated over the years, we had a lot of fun talking about it on camera”, Longoria said, adding “He had so much to talk about we decided to invite him back to hear more about his vintage experiences in the glory days of the Hollywood rock scene, and his experiences with The Godfather Of Rock (Bill Gazzarri).” Longoria spoke highly of the show saying “The LA Music Awards show has built a solid reputation over the years so bands and artists from all over the world are excited to participate every year.”

The guests and special achievement recipients are outstanding in Entertainment, sports and politics. They have even featured an award for a recent past US president, as well as famous gold medal Olympian.