Saturday, October 29, 2011

Love Out Loud from Nathaniel Marston

A talented and versatile actor, Nathaniel Marston has worked in many different acting genres over the course of his career. From commercials to films, a stint on a prime time series to his role on the daytime drama One Life to Live, Nathaniel continues to impress critics and fans alike with his honest and intense performances.

Born on July 9, 1975, in Torrington, CT, Nathaniel lived in several states with his mother Elizabeth, an aspiring actress, before moving to Kauai, HI, at the age of three. When he was ten, they moved to San Diego, CA. During the next several years he lived in Los Angeles, CA and New York, returning to Los Angeles where he graduated from Beverly Hills High School.

While working at a Beverly Hills bakery, Nathaniel was discovered by a customer who happened to be an agent for William Morris. After appearing in several commercials, he was cast as Rosario Cappamezza in the feature film Love Is All There Is, followed by a role in the film The Craft. He then became a regular in the television series Educating Matt Waters.

In 1998, Nathaniel joined the cast of the daytime drama As the World Turns as Eddie Silva, a role which earned him a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Male Newcomer. He left the show in January 1999. He went on to complete two feature films, Ordinary Sinner and Ciao America, and played a reporter in the cable television movie Monday Night Mayhem.

In December 2001 he took on the role of Al Holden on the ABC TV's One Life to Live. Although the character of Al was killed off in September 2003, Nathaniel returned to the show as a new character, Dr. Michael McBain, after fans protested, clamoring for his return. He left the show in November 2007. Nathaniel guest starred as Brent Latimer on Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit in November 2008. He also guest starred as Thomas Loge in a March 2010 episode of USA's White Collar. You know, it's great to have something in common with Angelina Jolie, on of his former co-stars. Come out to say hey to a good guy. We are proud to have him on board

Go here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Love Out Loud From A Skootch

One is proactive because it is less frustrating living life when setting things in motion. Good things need to be nurtured and allowed to flourish. There are two organizations which are the beneficiaries of one of the many projects of The Imperial Court of NYC: and The Jan Hus Community Church. It is a very special labor of love to charge up (pester) people to help out either as talent or an attendee.

In the old neighborhood there was a slang expression for a pest, "scootch." In the Urban Dictionary it is spelled, "skutch." The etymology is the same, the Italian verb scocciare, pronounced in dialect, skoochar--picture a young child tugging on a mother's skirt or apron: un bambino socciante. Essere scocciante in some cases is also a labor of love. So, here goes:

The Jan Hus Church and Neighborhood House
is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is home to the Jan Hus Playhouse Theater. This church was built in 1877 and gets its name from the great Czech Religious reformer Jan Hus. Today, Jan Hus Church practices progressive thinking and is committed to encouraging and welcoming the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in its congregation and within the church’s hierarchy. They are also active in social outreach, serving as a place of spiritual inspiration, worship and a beacon of hope to the community it serves. Rev. Ray Bagnuolo, the current pastor of Jan Hus, is very proud of the church’s community programs which include a senior center, preschool, homeless outreach program, public cafeteria, AA meeting hall and theater. Recently, Pastor Ray participated in the workshop Carl Stillitano facilitates. After witnessing Carl’s unique ability to guide his participants with grace & integrity, he was inspired to familiarize himself with Carl’s writings. He was so impressed with Kenny & The Virgin Mary; he chose this production to bring the stage at Jan Hus back to life in order to co-create an entertainment venue which serves humanity.

has carved out a unique niche by effectively using the power of music as a nonprofit that uses the power of music to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. For more than seventeen years, Lifebeat has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, and to provide support to the HIV-positive community. Lifebeat relies on a small but dedicated staff and an active Board of Directors to carry out our mission, as well as a wonderful group of volunteers and a network of national AIDS service organizations (ASO’s) to educate young people through our outreach efforts.

We are inviting you to join us for this talent-filled evening. Visit where this current event is chronicled.


Giovanni "Lo Scocciante" Vitacolonna

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Terese Genecco Loves Out Loud

Terese Genecco has been appearing every month in Broadway’s longest running nightclub act at the world-renowned jazz venue, The Iridium with her 8-piece Little Big Band. She has been hailed as “the love-child of Dean Martin & Judy Garland” by The San Francisco Examiner, “A One-Woman Rat Pack!” by Cabaret Scenes Magazine and as a Critic’s Pick and Top Ten favorite of Time Out New York magazine since first appearing in Jazz at The Lincoln Center in 2005.

First known for her multi-award winning jazz/musical creation, Drunk With Love:A Tribute To Frances Faye. Genecco has also headlined from coast to coast with engagements at The Rrazz Room, The Great American Music Hall, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, The Herbst Theater, The Post Street Theater, San Francisco Pride Main Stage and the Fillmore Jazz Festival, opening for Grammy Winner Steve Tyrell at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, and as a headliner at The Peppermill Hotel & Casino in Reno. She has recently returned from a tour in Australia and New Zealand in honor of the 95th birthday of legendary composer/ arranger/conductor Russell Garcia.

Genecco is a 2009 MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Female Vocalist, a 2009 Out Music Award Winner for Outstanding Comedy/Cabaret Song; a 2008 MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Recording, and a 2007 Back Stage Bistro Award Winner for Outstanding Tribute Show.

She continues her US tour, culminating in a final performance at The Iridium on Sunday, November 6, 2011 starring Genecco with Shaynee Rainbolt and Special Guest Star Billy Stritch. And this just two days after she has generously offered to help us out at Daytime Meets Nighttime.

More information can be found at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Keene: Lovin' Out Loud

Missy Keene and Ken Lundie

"Missy Keene Sizzles At Feinstein's" declared a reviewer of her recent successful return run at Feinstein's at the Regency. In 2002, Missy inaugurated their popular Monday night series. Trained at The Juilliard School, some of Missy’s other cabaret appearances include The Iridium, Don’t Tell Mama’s and Backstage at Dopo Teatro .

She has been seen in theatrical productions as Sandy in Grease, Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. Missy is particularly proud of her musical participation in numerous events honoring Olympian Athletes and commemorating the heroes and victims of 9/11. Her new CD, As Long As I’m Singing, was released this past summer to coincide with her Feinstein's appearance. Missy’s Christmas Wishes CD was released December 2009.

Ken Lundie continues to be one of the busiest audition pianists on the New York theatrical scene having played for hundreds of Broadway and regional shows. Ken began his career as an actor and was in the original Broadway production of Crazy for You and appeared in the film Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Dolly Parton. Musical direction credits include Jimmy Buffett's Don't Stop the Carnival, Dietrich and Chevalier, For Lovers Only and Golf: the musical. Ken is pleased to be performing once again with Missy Keene.

The Imperial is proud to have this talented twosome on hand for Daytime Meets The Nighttime, come hear the wonderful sound they make. See what else is in store right here.

John DeMarco Wishes You Love Out Loud

John De Marco was a lead singer for the Follies Bergere in Paris for many years, and followed the show to Las Vegas for two years. His inimitable crooning style labeled him "The Voice That Wishes You Love" by Walter Winchell.

De Marco sang in the top cabaret rooms in the 60s and 70s: The Bonsoir, Sniffen Court Inn, Living Room, Upstairs of the Downstairs, Trude Hellers, Bal Tabarin, African Room, The Rio Grande, Page Two, The Big Black Pussy Cat, Village Gate, Crazy Horse Cafe, Copa Cabana Lounge and lead singer with The Copa Girls, Chicago's Black Orchid, Boom Boom Room in Miami, etc.

"John De Marco earned a standing ovation from the 290 plus audience at the Chase Room at the prestigious New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He captivated us all with his moon medley arranged by Musical Director Barry Levitt. De Marco has the advantage of a seasoned performer that exemplifies such greats as Sinatra and Bennett, now there is De Marco."
— Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes

The Imperial Court of New York is honored to have this talented man's participation!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Robin Strasser Loves Out Loud

Soap viewers were first introduced to the dazzling Robin Strasser when she created the vixen Rachel Davis on Another World in 1967. Since then, the lively and sometimes controversial actress has become a virtual fixture in daytime.

Strasser's interest in performing was palpable at an early age. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated from the prestigious High School of Performing Arts. She then attended Yale School of Drama on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, Strasser began her foray in daytime TV and performed in plays, including The Shadow Box and Chapter Two. Her AW character was so popular that she appeared in the short-lived spin-off, Somerset, in 1970.

After leaving AW in 1972, Strasser continued to do theater, as well as movies, TV movies and prime-time guest spots. She returned to soaps in 1976 when she took on the role of All My Children's Dr. Christina Karras from 1976-79. The actress then began her longest daytime stint as One Life to Live's Dorian, which she played from 1979-87, 1993-2000 and again from 2003-present. During her first hiatus from Llanview, Strasser continued to make a name for herself in prime-time, playing Knots Landing's Dianne and starring in several movies of the week. When she left One Life to Live in 2000, however, her exit was more controversial; she felt as if she was forced out when her contract negotiations came to a head.

Still, Strasser managed to bounce back and signed on as Passions' 300-year-old witch, Hecuba, that same year. She also spent time in France and continued to work in theater and TV. When she returned to One Life to Live in February 2003, Strasser enjoyed several front-burner storylines, including Dorian's marriage to evil Mitch, a hot romance with con artist David and her character's continued rivalry with Viki. Somehow, the busy Strasser still found time to star in a production of the play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife in 2004 and also began producing videos on women's health issues in 2005.

When she's not working, Strasser does fund-raising for AIDS, is on the Advisory Board of the American Menopause Foundation and is a spokesperson for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. In her spare time, she loves yoga, cooking, collecting antiques and doting on her dogs: a Maltese, Bisou, and a mixed breed, Roc-qui. Come meet at Daytime Meets Nighttime and get a load of some Soap Opera royalty.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

We Are So Loving Out Loud This Year: Daytime Meets The Nighttime

I was born with bugle horns and trumpets in my heart,
Mandolins & accordions & voices in three parts
Pounding drums and guitar strums
And choirs singing out
I was born to love, love out loud

From 2001 to 2005 with the help of Chris Meloni's participation in eBay auctions it was, needless to say, rather easy to raise funds as an individual. Meloni provided an identity for the process that was an extension of his own personal generosity. It seemed a natural progression as a member of the Smart + Strong family to raise the bar as far as fund-raising was concerned. It was gratifying that Ilene Kristen of One Life to Live was the very first to step up when the idea was formulated. When All My Children's Thorsten Kaye came on board the first event started to take shape because loyal fans stepped up to give it life, especially in New York. Fund raising as a team, as an entity, if you will, with individuals using their personal resources to do so, can utilize events with other fund raising opportunities so easily accessible in New York City, Los Angeles and other urban centers.

The first Love Out Loud took place in 2006 due to the generosity of Rich Herschenfeld and Ian Duke affording the opportunity at Prohibition on Columbus Ave at 84th, the locale that had been the site of events and fund-raisers for years. Experiencing the AIDS crisis from the early days is a life changing experience. It was homage to friends and others who are no longer with us—having a party in their honour prior to AIDS Walk New York.

Michael Clay of Austin, TX provided the theme, his signature song, the incomparable "Love Out Loud," a paean to loving as one’s nature dictates, an autobiographical sketch of how the emotional struggles of youth brought the singer to musical expression a metaphor/simile for loving and living. Michael could tell many a tale of close friends from his Nashville years and more than one has inspired his original material. They were years full of creativity and connecting personalities. Michael is now down in Austin loving as loud as he can and performing his handsome butt off.

Michael came to New York with his band and filled Prohibition with a joyous noise along with Ilene Kristen. In 2007, Ken Lundie, musical producer, became part of the entertaining tapestry. John Kouri and Tremors eventually became the band of the hour, so to speak, with Ilene Kristen, cabaret chanteuse Barbara Porteus and Mr. Lundie once in following years. In 2008, there were even more celebrities in attendance with CBS shows coming on board with Marj Dusay of Guiding Light taking stage to address the attendees. By that time it had become an Upper West Side tradition. In 2009 the musical experience achieved new heights with the addition of John Pagano who graced Love Out Loud ’s Bacharach to the Future.

Actors from ABC, NBC, CBS, Logo and here! TV have come together at POZ‘s annual fund-raisers for AIDS Walk New York and AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Thorsten Kaye (Zach) of All My Children continues to be there has been joined by fellow cast members Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Billy Miller (Richie), Jeff Branson, (Jonathan),Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Adam Mayfield (Scott) and Brittany Allen (Marissa); One Life to Live’s “Foxy Roxy" Ilene Kristen has been accompanied by talented co-workers, Jason Tam (Markko), John Brotherton (Jared), Mark Lawson (Brody), Bree Williamson (Jessica), Farah Fath (Gigi), John Paul Lavoisier (Rex), Brittany Underwood (Langston), Brandon Buddy (Cole) and Daphnee Duplaix Samuels (Rachel); As the World Turns has been represented by Wolé Parks (Dallas), Davida Williams (Jade), Meredith Hagner (Liberty), Mick Hazen (Parker), Van Hansis (Luke), Billy Magnussen (Casey), Trent Dawson (Henry) and Evan Alex Cole (Hunter). Guiding Light past and present has been represented by Murray Bartlett (Cyrus), Jennifer Roszell (Eleni), Zack Conroy (James) and POZ’s good friends Mark Dobies (Noah), and Brian Gaskill (Dylan), who came in from the West Coast in 2009. Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth and Kevin Christiana helped us out in 2008. Thom Christopher, “Hawk” of Buck Rodgers in the 21st Century fame, has been there more than once to add his smiling face to the cause. Soap Opera legend Laurence Lau (All My Children’s Greg Nelson, Another World‘s Jamie Frame) was in the good company of his gift-bearing fans in 2009. Actors Colton Ford and David Moretti from The Lair were on hand to add some spice to the proceedings. Fan favourite Matt Walton (Optimum and One Life to Live)and good friend to POZ has been on hand more than once. Law &Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni greeted his many fans and lent his special presence. Christopher Meloni of NBC’s Law & Roder: SVU taking time out of a very busy schedule to greet his many fervent fans in 2009.

The year that Alicia Minshew of All My Children came was the same year she announced her engagement to long time love, Rich Hershenfeld of Prohibition. The fan response was immense and intense. It was best year for funds!

Love Out Loud West has been happening in Los Angeles since 2007, first at The Abbey, followed by East/West Lounge and then h.wood for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Sherri Lewis (Divas Simply Singing), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives),Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless), good friend, Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Thom Bierdz(The Young and the Restless), Lisa LoCicero and Brandon Barash of General Hospital, heartthrobs David Moretti of The Lair, Brandon Beemer of The Bold and the Beautiful with Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Brian Gaskill, who has been on both coasts and, of course, Ilene Kristen an inspiration on every coast.

Los Angeles affords the opportunity for a large crowd of celebrities, among them: Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives), Amanda Baker (All My Children), Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital), Jai Rodriguez (Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!), Greg Vaughan (General Hospital), Adam Grimes (General Hospital:Nightshift), Carrie Southworth (General Hospital:Nightshift)and Matt Borlenghi (General Hospital.

Singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination)gave an exceptional performance in 2009 that proved that he has a very special talent.

The gracious personal support on the part of members of the entertainment industry to help those with HIV/AIDS and its awareness helps make POZ events in Los Angeles get brighter every year. Michael Maloney (Soaps In Depth) and Tammie Arroyo (Steven Bergman Photography) as members of the media did their part for awareness. It’s grand when the beautiful people do something beautiful.

Strong mention needs to be made of the media participation and support of Kimberly Roots formerly of Soaps in Depth, her colleagues Chris Eads and Frank Scalise along with Roger Newcomb, Kevin Mulcahy, Jr and Damon Jacobs of We Love Soaps who co-sponsored Love Out Loud in 2011. With friends like these who cares of you have enemies.

In 2008 the advent and subsequent friendship of Kevin Spirtas, well known on Broadway and on television, helped bring the World AIDS Day event Bacharach to the Future to fruition. It was more than a memorable evening with many of the best and brightest performers giving life to Burt Bacharach’s compositions highlighting his early contribution to the AIDS struggle with the song “That’s What Friends Are For,” the pioneering recording that benefited The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985.

Katie Adams (Wicked), John Bolton (Curtains) BethAnn Bonner (One Life to Live), Terry Burrell (The Threepenny Opera) Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of the Opera), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), Kevin Earley (A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables), Natalie Hiatt (Leading Ladies) Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard), Ilene Kristen (Grease, Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live), Sherri Lewis (Divas Simply Singing), Jill O’Hara (Hair, George M!, Promises, Promises), John Pagano (Burt Bacharach Concert Orchestra), Billy Porter (Angels in America, Jesus Christ Superstar), Linda Purl (Tom Sawyer), Julie Reiber (Wicked, Rent), Tony Roberts (Promises, Promises, Xanadu, Victor/Victoria) Kevin Spirtas (The Boy from OZ), Matt Walton (Hair, Burn After Reading), Pearce Wegener (Gypsy) Director, Bruce Kimmel (The First Nudie Musical, The Brain From Planet X) and Musical Director, Alex Rybeck.

This event not only introduced us to Mr. Spirtas’ very capable producing abilities but also brought some good friends and performers into our life, viz. John Pagano, Sherri Lewis and Ted Detwiler. It was a milestone in the life of Love Out Loud.

None of these events would have any meaning without the participation of generous souls like Charlotte Walton, Diane Nilsen, Amy Beard, Kay Gordon, Trudi Bills, Daiva Keys and many others.

Last year in collaboration with Lifebeat, we produced a tribute to Carole King, King for A Day: Brother, Brother. It was a grand evening hosted by good friend, Matt Walton. The gracious Callaway Sisters were there to bring a tear to an eye or two with “You’ve Got A Friend.” Mighty Kate practically stole the show with her performance. Colton Ford and Gregory Nalbone, heart throbs for gay and straight alike, gave memorable performances. This year we have amazing athlete DeMarco Majors (Shirts & Skins )to meet and greet you along with Mark Dobies, Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), who is paying us a visit from the West Coast along with CSI’s Gerald McCullouch.

This year we want to steal your heart away in collaboration with The Imperial Court of New York benefiting Lifebeat and The Jan Hus Community Church. Of course, the ever-giving Ilene Kristen will be there. There will be other amazing performances—BethAnn Bonner is on hand to wow you with her flawless voice and beauty. Check out what we’ve got planned for you.

These are generous, giving people who are pointing the way.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If You're Loving Out Loud, It's Probably Because of Mark Dobies

He debuted as the "hottest new comer to daytime TV", in his role as Noah Chase on Guiding Light and his portrayal of sociopath Daniel Colson, on One Life to Live, was acclaimed, as the highest rated storyline for its demographic in the thirty-five year history of the show. His most challenging role by far was Off Broadway at The Public Theatre, playing Bruce Niles in The Normal Heart. That revival of Larry Kramer's landmark play detailing the AIDS crisis in the early eighties was as gruelling as it was rewarding. "We had to deal with death every night for three hours. It was however, one of the greatest learning experiences of my life". Listening to Mr. Dobies talk about his craft and his various and sundry approaches to it is enlightening. He asks the right questions and gives more than a few right answers and insight. Mr. Dobies is a multi-faceted individual worthy of more than simple interest. Mark’s expertise landed him in a starring role as the aerobic instructor om Everybody Loves Raymond. With over thirty years of experience, he was also featured on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine for new and innovative fitness routines. Not only is he an inspiration as an actor, he can also inspire fitness. Visit his site and blog for New Generation Fitness.Come say hello to him on November 4, 2011 at Jan Hus Community Theater for Daytime Meets Nighttime. Don't forget to catch his guest appearances on Homeland.

Mark and Van Hansis from Love Out Loud 2008

Daniel Patrick Ellis Lovin' Out Loud

Daniel Patrick Ellis is an American actor, best known for his work as a model and now today as an actor, in both movies and television, as well as a recording artist who tours extensively. Ellis has billed alongside such acts as Hannah Montana, The Cheetah Girls, Vanessa Hudgens, Everlife, Lalaine, Aaron Carter, Jesse McCartney, Lil Romeo, and Ziggy Marley.

Daniel Ellis has been in the movies Bad Santa,Life or Something Like It, Lonely Street and more. He has also been in the TV shows Boston Legal, CSI, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly and more.

This energetic and talented young man will grace us with his presence at Daytime Meets Nighttime whihc promises to be a memorable performance for a very good cause.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Love Out Loud from Barry Levitt

Musical Director Barry Levitt has been an active, forceful, award-winning presence within the New York musical community for over three decades. He was the music director and arranger for Catskills On Broadway and Swinging On A Star on Broadway as well as Langston in Harlem, Little Shop Of Horrors and Taking My Turn Off-Broadway. He has been Music Director, Pianist and Arranger for numerous night club and cabaret artists such as Ben Vereen, Bernadette Peters, Faith Prince, Eartha Kitt, Nell Carter, Margaret Whiting, Rosemary Clooney, Melba Moore, Julie Budd, Julie Wilson, Connie Francis, Sergio Franchi, Jack Jones, Billy Eckstein, Marilyn Michaels, Carol Woods, BJ Crosby, Chuck Cooper and Pia Zadora. “I took a class with Barry a while back and knew he could sing but Barry also sings like the rest of us strive to sing ... with purpose and a deep connection to his lyric.” (Stu Hamstra)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Love Out Loud from Tom Mandel

Bryan Adams, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, David Johansen, B-52s, Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner among others have someone in common—Tommy Mandel. New York City is chock full of hidden gems and this musician’s musician is one of them. He can be heard creating wondrous sound on the piano at Ido Sushi, another hidden gem in the Big Apple, in lower Manhattan on Seventh Ave South at Bedford every week. Tom can make wonderful music and with him it's all bout the music. He is a magician when it comes to creating great sounds. Giovanni has the honor of having him on the piano come November 4th at what promises to be one hell of a fundraiser. There will be some great sounds coming forth that evening. Come forth to hear them!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Love Out Loud From Epiphany

As many of you you may know I’m a New York City based queen working full time and traveling a ton. I’m a live singer. I cover pop music, Broadway and everything else in between. As far as I know I’m the only legit live singing queen in New York. Originally from San Diego I’m a sun kissed “pageant queen” with a heart of gold. I can't wait for Daytime Meets Nighttime. Come out and have a great time supporting a good cause, or two!

Love Out Loud from Witti Repartee

Witti Repartee has been called many things: "Hostess," "Chanteuse," "Fabulous" and "Woody." Since 1997, she has been entertaining crowds of two and three in some of the darkest, most out of the way places her agent can find. You may not remember having seen her at the Ice Palace, you may have forgotten her performances at Mother, or you may have blocked those evenings when she's dominated the piano at The Monster. Harder to forget are her years of work with the Imperial Court of New York as a performer and event producer, the year and a half she hosted "The Gayest Link" at Hannah's Lava Lounge, or her reign in 2003 as the Queen of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus. Never having achieved the status of "Been," she revels in the fact that no one can claim she's a "HAS-Been," simply someone whose bookings are continually on the wrong side of the Bushel. Under it. She’s excited at her new position with the ICNY: Imperial Crown Princess Royale, and looks forward to Daytime Meets Nighttime!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Love Out Loud for DeMarco Majors

From humble and tumultuous beginnings in Evansville, Indiana. to flying high as captain of the gold-medal winning San Francisco Rockdogs at the 2006 Chicago Gay Games, DeMarco Majors is the face of a new generation of young, gay, and increasingly out athletes.During the course of his remarkable athletic career, Majors played for teams in Australia, Brazil, Argentina and the American Basketball Association. The only professional basketball player to ever come out before retirement, Majors broke ground in dealing openly with prejudice and homophobia in the world of professional sports. He is now a spokesman for gay athletes, because of his personal experience, and in 2008 he was named one of Out Magazine's top 100 most influential gay men and women. Lately, Majors has been enjoying a successful career in acting and modeling, starring in the Logo series Shirts & Skins, walking the runway in New York's Fashion Week, and guest-starring on Law & Order. He has also appeared in Beyonce’s “Freakum Dress’” video and made his off-Broadway debut at the Actors Playhouse in a JL King production, titled RAW. More recently, Majors has also been directing music videos and fitness shows. His latest venture will see him as the host of his own talk show L.Y.T.E (Living Your Truth on Embrace).

Monday, October 3, 2011

Love Out Loud for Kelly King

“I started singing because my mother was a singer in her church choir and every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday we were there,” said Brentwood, Tennessee native Kelly King in an exclusive interview with GO Brooklyn. “From the time I could run around on my own two feet, I was always at the church and [my mother] was always singing.” It wasn’t long before King herself took the mic. Before she was 3 years old, King was leading her mother’s choir in a rendition of “Silent Night.” “I’ve been in bars and clubs as long as I can remember. My parents are very into music and the scene in Nashville is incredible.” Unlike other showbiz kids who never left the club scene, King is all business when she’s at a venue.“Maybe it’s because I was in the bar scene from such a young age that I never wanted to be like that.”
Even as her career in Nashville blossomed, King was sure that her hometown was a launching pad and not the final destination. “I always wanted to be in New York, even from a very young age,” she said. “I had a dance space at home and had a fake Broadway street sign [hanging on the wall] — I was always Broadway bound.”
“I tried in Nashville, and they just didn’t get it...I visited New York and knew it was for me." King has made a home for herself in Brooklyn—She’s settled, along with her two dogs, Storm and Cesar, in a house in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and she couldn’t be happier. “The music history in my neighborhood is unreal,” said King. “Jay-Z and Lil’ Kim are from there. The culture and vibe really drive my energy. The music that goes on in the streets makes it very artistic and beautiful, and I’m proud to be a part of it...I live for being on stage and singing,” she said. Kelly King has a voice that growls and purrs like an old school blues belters with the range and glass-shattering vocal ability of the younger Mariah Carey, and, as of now, she has none of the crazy. The Imperial Court and Lifebeat are looking forward to what promises to be a memorable performance from this powerhouse singer.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Love Out Loud for Jessica Leccia

Jessica Leccia was introduced to the world on January 8 in Washington Heights in New York City. Growing up she lived in California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jessica’s first acting job was as an extra in The Sixth Sense, she was a Jennifer Lopez stand in for Jersey Girl and Maid in Manhattan, in June 2010, she joined One Life to Live as Inez Salinger. In May of 2008, Jessica married Brian Malloy in beautiful Puerto Rico. In June of 2009, the couple welcomed their first child, Ivy. The happy couple resides in New York City. After graduating from Bloomberg University she had several television appearances in shows such as Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Mercy, Rescue Me and As the World Turns before being cast in the long running soap opera Guiding Light in 2007 as Natalia Rivera. The beautiful, talented and generous Puertorriqueña actress will be joining us for the meet and greet at Daytime Meets Nighttime.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Love Out Loud for Doris Dear

Doris Dear was born in a trunk--a 1950’s Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk that is! A high fashion model mother, and star athlete father, she delivers the “three S’s” with her wherever she goes… Style, Song and Shoulders! London, Paris, Copenhagen, Las Vegas…Staten Island, Doris Dear has traveled the world as a chanteuse of loud notes. Come experience the exceptional delivery.