Thursday, March 28, 2013

Help Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Defeat Leukemia - Fundraiser Going on NOW


As the Founder & President of Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce, I invite you to join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes /raises the most money is named the Man of the Year.

You can also show your support and “Like” my Facebook Fan Page for LLS Houston Man of The Year. Follow this link to stay current on updates and events.

Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.

LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.

And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs like Gleevec, Sprycel, Arinza, Tasigna and Zolinza are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit

Monday, March 25, 2013

Loretta Hagen Nominated for Two JAM Awards and Invited to Perform at Ceremony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Loretta Hagen Nominated for Two JAM Awards and Invited to Perform at Ceremony

West Milford, NJ, March 20, 2013 ~ West Milford resident, Loretta Hagen has been nominated for

two JAM Awards (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards); “Top Female Songwriter of the Year” and “Album of the Year,” not only a great honor but also a nod of approval from peers and industry professionals for her new album “Mud and Stone.”

The JAM Awards are New Jersey’s version of the Grammy’s. Loretta will perform April 7 at the historic Jersey Shore Arts Center, in Ocean Grove, NJ. The prestigious event boasts red carpet appearances and interviews from 1:00-2:00 pm and an awards gala that will host performances by the best NJ has to offer from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm. DJ’s, venue promoters, past winners, news and TV media from throughout NJ are among the presenters of the evening. The JAM Awards (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) was created to recognize local New Jersey original music acts. It has evolved over the years and continues to grow to be an awards program that represents original music throughout the State of New Jersey.

“Mud and Stone” was released by Massachusetts based Trespass Music in March 2012, and represents Loretta’s maturing distinction as a songwriter of merit, worthy of attention. For Loretta being nominated for “Top Female Songwriter of the Year” and “Album of the Year,” along with opportunity to perform at the gala event is special. “I am really looking forward to the JAM Awards ceremony. It’s such a thrill and an honor to be among the nominees representing my home state and it feels great to be recognized for the hard work and passion that went into the recording of “Mud and Stone.”

“Mud and Stone” serves up ‘one part Americana, two parts Folk, and a dash of Country-flavored rock’. Loretta’s rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics, and tightly woven harmonies are the hallmark of her career and are highlights throughout the album. The album remained on the Folk DJ and Roots Music Report Charts for months, debuting at #10 for Top Album and #5 Top Song for the title track “Mud and Stone” on Folk DJ Charts. Loretta’s album debuted on the RMR Charts (Roots Music Charts) at #1 for the State of NJ, maintaining its place for several weeks, and reaching #5 for Top 50 Folk Albums RMR. This highly anticipated, critically acclaimed current release continues to impress many throughout the music industry.

A stellar, front page feature review by John Apice (NJ), a contributor to No Depression~ ‘the Roots music authority’ ~ hails the album saying “This effort [Mud and Stone] is first class, top tier, a true contender as an artist to reckon with.” Ron Olesko Host of Traditions on WFDU in Teaneck, NJ was one of the first to interview and air Loretta’s new CD saying “Mud and Stone will be a treasure for weeks, months, and years to come.” Ron has hosted Loretta twice on his stage at the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Among Loretta’s many accomplishments in 2012 and 2013, she signed with the Trespass Music roster, shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Tony Trischka, Eric Bazillian and more, playing premier venues across the Northeast, such as The Living Room in NY and Listen Live Music in PA. Radio interviews included WFUV’s Sunday Breakfast with host John Platt (NYC), WIOX’s Mostly Folk with host Artie Martello (NY), and many more. Loretta’s album has hit many Best of and Top lists of 2012 including #1 by Radio Nowhere host Joe Pszonek of WMSC, (NJ), Winner Best Female Folk for “Mud and Stone” by LadyLake Music (FL) and featured on “We Like It So There.” Roots Music Report placed “Mud and Stone” at #40 Top 100 Albums of the Year, and #64 Folk DJ Radio Top Albums of the Year. Loretta is a 2011 winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition, earned an Official Showcase at the 2012 Boston Mini NERFA and is a 2012 CT Folk Festival Songwriting Competition Finalist.

For more information about Loretta please visit her EPK at Trespass Music or visit her website at

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Loretta is available for interviews and “Mud and Stone” is available for review.

Pictures and more info available by request, or by visiting


CALENDAR USE ~ JAM Awards (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards)

Where: Jersey Shore Arts Center, 92 Lawrence Ave., Ocean Grove, NJ

When: April 7, Red Carpet (Photo/Interviews) 1:00-2:00 pm Awards Show 2:00-9:00 PM

Presented by: JAM Awards (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards)

Why: The JAM Awards (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) was created to recognize local New Jersey original music acts. It has evolved over the years and continues to grow to be an awards program that represents original music throughout the State of New Jersey.

Performers: Loretta Hagen Nominated for "Top Female Songwriter of the Year"

& "Album of the Year" for "Mud and Stone"

Price:$20 General Admission Advance Online ~ $25 Door ~ $50 Preferred Seating & Backstage All Access Pass




Contact Person: Michelle Fortier
Company Name: Trespass Music
Telephone Number: 519-300-5954
Email Address:

Loretta Hagen
JAM Awards
Trespass Music

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ilona - Best Video for ‘It’s 1966’

1. Who are your musical influences and what inspires you to create?
My main musical influences are artists I admire such as Sade, Phil Collins, Dianne Warwick, Seal and Jeff Buckley. I find their music so universal and personal at the same time, a combination I aim to stick to when I create music. I'm inspired by people and situations I observe, emotions, places I revisit... it often comes from a place I don't understand.

2. What is your opinion on the current state of the music industry and what are the pros/cons of being an independent artist?
The music industry today is changing more than ever. In a time when artists can be self-sufficient and have the freedom to create and promote without the necessary help of a major label, being independent is a blessing. Recording, producing and releasing my debut EP has been possible whilst still being unsigned, and online promotion has meant I've been able to show my music to thousands of new fans. The cons can be from a financial perspective, and it may take much longer for an artist to break through without a publishing deal, for instance.

3. If you could spend an hour with any musician, living or dead, who would it be, and why?
I would spend an hour with 30 Seconds to Mars, a band which I've loved for a few years now. Their live performances remind me of the energy and magnetism Pink Floyd have on stage... I've managed to get through my stage fright when I started out by watching both bands' live shows.

4. What are your aspirations for 2013 and beyond?
For 2013 I aspire to bring out a successful debut album, tour as much as possible and collaborate with exciting new artists. Ultimately, the aim is to be happy and proud of the music I make, and bring happiness to those who listen to it.

5. How do you feel to have won a LadyLake Indie Award?
I'm thrilled and excited to have won the Best Video award! It came unexpectedly and has made a big difference to my fanbase, it's gratifying to have my work acknowledged in this way. I'm very grateful to Ladylake Music for ensuring the voices of independent artists are heard globally, it's a great achievement.

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