When she was 16 years old, Debbie Gibson wrote, produced and recorded her first album for Atlantic Records, “Out of the Blue,” a debut that spawned five top-40 hits and made her one of the major success stories of the ’80s. One of those hits, “Foolish Beat,” landed Gibson in the Guinness Book of World Records, when she became the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a Billboard #1 single. She retains the record for being the youngest female to do so.
From the outside, Gibson appeared to be an overnight success, but she recalls the years of rejection that lead her to that moment. “I was rejected from ‘Star Search’ – literally 10 times. I auditioned over the course of the entire run of that show and I never made it – not once,” Gibson told me in a recent phone interview.
Friday night at Waterfront Concerts in Bangor, I saw Big Time Rush. For those of you who don’t know, Big Time Rush is a boy band whose members also star in a Nickelodoeon TV show called, "Big Time Rush". It was my first concert! I went with my grandmother.
There were loads of people there! It was crowded, mostly with girls around my age (11) and their parents, and some younger boys. The first act was Cody Simpson, an Australian dude. He wasn’t my favorite. It seemed that the teenage girls were there to see him. He opened with the James Bond theme, and the whole thing was…well, weird. Then after his show…
BIG TIME RUSH! And screaming. Lots of screaming. Really high-pitched screaming.
Nick and Amy talk life, love and music
“When Nick was in the 5th grade at Herbert Sargent School, I remember saying to his parents, Mike and Judy, “Your son is very gifted and if he chooses this path of music, we’ll be buying his CD some day.” – Shianne Priest, music director, Leonard Middle School, Old Town
The last 13 months have been an intensely wild ride for pop-duo Karmin who just released their first major-label release, “Hello” (Epic) last week. In that time, they’ve gone from playing their songs on the street to playing “Saturday Night Live,” “Ellen” and “The Tonight Show,” and they are currently packing arenas. Say hello to Nick and Amy of Karmin.
Old Town native Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann, originally of Seward, Nebraska, met near the end of their freshman year at Berklee College of Music in Boston where the duo graduated in 2010. “We knew of each other,” Nick remembered. “She always hung out with the gospel crowd, and I just kind of hung out with the horn players. She was the hot singer and I was like the weird jazz-head.” Noonan recalls having a conversation with Heidemann just before breaking for the summer. “We came back for the first week of sophomore year, we talked at a party and really hit it off. That was it.”
When news broke last week that Davy Jones of The Monkees had died suddenly of a heart attack at age 66, tributes began pouring in on social networking sites. Some comments on Davy’s passing from a few of my Facebook friends…
“I feel like a piece of my childhood has just died.”
“Remembering Saturday mornings with Davy Jones. Those were the days my friend.”
“So simple, so true. Going to miss him most of all.”
“No drugs, nothing to sensationalize. Just a wholesome kid from the 60s. What a loss. Another big piece of my life has changed forever.”
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