Friday, November 18, 2011

Incredibly thankful to Mike Boyle of MB Studio Services!



INCREDIBLY thankful to Mike Boyle of MB Studio Services for the audio support and technical advice, so I could do remote radio interviews for OC Talk Radio at my first TED-x Event last night! You ROCK Mike! And Michelle Patterson - what an event you put together - thanks for allowing me to do the media coverage!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins and Producer Cristan Reilly of The Other F Word will be on the Momz Rock the House Show!


Director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins and Producer Cristan Reilly of The Other F Word just called into the Momz Rock the House Show to record a segment for my show airing on Thursday on OC Talk Radio...more info coming soon!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Singer/Songwriter/Author...and Cancer BUTT Kicker...Laura Roppe!



It was my pleasure to interview San Diego singer, songwriter, author and breast cancer survivor Laura Roppe!

Here's more about Laura and be sure to check out her great videos on Youtube:

Laura Roppé Bio: www.lauraroppe.com

Back in 2008, Laura abandoned a successful legal career and rocketed onto the San Diego music scene with the release of her first album, "Girl Like This,” finding critical acclaim and a home in her local radio market. Within weeks of Laura’s music debut, however, she learned she had triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease, and immediately underwent surgery and seven months of grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Laura thought her musical dreams, and perhaps her very life, were over.

When Laura's cancer treatments finally ended in 2009, Laura’s song, "Float Away," won Americana Single the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood, California. She launched a tour of the UK to promote "Girl Like This" and her music found a home in multiple major BBC radio markets, landing as high as No. 5 on the Amazon UK charts.

Throughout her cancer treatments, Laura continued to write music, but with a new sense of purpose and clarity. Throughout 2010, Laura recorded those songs, and she also wrote a memoir about her musical/life/cancer adventures.
In early 2011, Laura released her sophomore album, "I'm Still Here," including the songs written during her cancer treatments. The album was produced by Matthew Embree, the frontman and lead guitarist of indie rock sensation, Rx Bandits. When Laura released her new album, she was eager to find out if the world would embrace her new clarity. It wasn't long before Laura received her answer: For twenty-three consecutive weeks in 2011, Laura was ranked in the Top 10 by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top 50 emerging artists in the world (peaking at Number 3). Respected UK music magazine, Maverick Magazine, raved that "I'm Still Here" is a five-star, "must-have" album. Influential music blogger Wildy's World called it a "brilliant and emotionally naked artistic turn."

Laura has become somewhat of a Youtube sensation, as well. The video for her bucket list song, "George Clooney," garnered Youtube Honors in Canada, Australia, Spain, India, Japan, France, Germany, and more as a most-watched video. Her video for "Heart Inside Your Palm" amassed 250,000+ views in five days. And her video for “I’m Still Here,” released in late September 2011, already has over 650,000 views and several Youtube Honors, including Top 12 most watched video in entertainment and 31st most watched overall.
Meanwhile, Laura's book has also found success. Her funny and poignant memoir, Rocking the Pink, will be released as a “lead title” in Spring 2012 through Seal Press, a division of U.S. publishing powerhouse Perseus Books (Publisher of the Year in 2007). The book has already been endorsed by actor Jack Black, Grammy-winning music producer, Mark Hudson, and best-selling author, Joni Rodgers.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tina deVaron featured on the MOMz Rock the House Show with Host Janeane Bernstein on OC Talk Radio and 90.1fm KBPK


Tina deVaron featured on The MOMz Rock the House Show Thursday September 1 on OC Talk Radio with host Janeane Bernstein and also on Janeane's Saturday show on 90.1fm KBPK.

The multi-talented Tina deVaron is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist whose scintillating combination of jazz for kids and original songs about motherhood have made her a favorite with audiences around the country.

Tina is launching a fresh, interactive family jazz event, "Tunes with Tina" at Manhattan's chic new Setai Hotel. She's also going into her seventh smash year as resident entertainer at the world-famous Carlyle Hotel’s Bemelmans Bar where she established the popular “Madeline’s Tea” for children, Tina has reached a diverse array of audiences from coast to coast with her talents as both composer and performer, and has earned invitations to perform with stars ranging from Frank Sinatra to Tom Waits.

Her very first major label cover, “Adore You,” was performed by the Grammy-nominated group Anointed and reached #1 on the Gospel charts, and her dance track “If I Close My Eyes” reached number two on the dance radio charts. She is currently developing a Broadway musical built around her songs; a recent workshop performance featured Tony winner Adriane Lenox and Tony nominees Liz Larsen and Sally Mayes, along with film and TV star Tracie Thoms, performing her music.

Tina’s first solo CD, If Mama Ain’t Happy, released on her own label and featuring Tina performing her own warm and sassy songs about motherhood, has earned her a fan base of mothers from California to Maine, and she followed up with two more releases, Who Loves the Children? and the most recent success, Water Over Stones, hailed by New York Times columnist Lisa Belkin as “the soundtrack of my life.”

Since beginning her engagement at the Carlyle Hotel, she has been the subject of much media attention in New York. She was the subject of a segment on CBS TV’s Family Matters, which dubbed her The First Mother of Songwriting and on NBC, where her music was called “The perfect Mother’s Day gift — just for Mom.”

Tina was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of world-renowned choral conductor, Lorna Cooke deVaron. She began her career as an undergraduate at Princeton University, and after moving to New York upon graduation, secured a long-running engagement as pianist at the Waldorf Hotel performing on Cole Porter’s piano. She lives in New York City with her main inspirations: her sons, Nicholas and Joseph, and their father and her husband, noted author Peter Lerangis.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dina Clapinski, Co-Founder, www.befoodsmart.com


Just interviewed Dina Clapinski, Co-Founder of BeFoodSmart.com. Such a cool biz and a fantastic resource for all of your food questions! Be Food Smart is a food additive database for the hundreds of ingredients, sweeteners, preservatives, and colorings in today’s foods. Tune in @12n PST Thursday on OC TALK RADIO - www.octalkradio.net to hear the interview or you can also catch the show right here.


Be sure to check out: www.befoodsmart.com.

Peace out!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Orange County music teacher, gifted singer and multi-talented pianist Patricia Shanks!



On my Thursday show on OC TALK RADIO, Orange County music teacher, gifted singer and multi-talented pianist Patricia Shanks, sharing lots of inspiring back story on how she got started in music and all the ways she continues to inspire and create music in so many students' lives...TUNE IN Thursday @ 12noon PST on www.octalkradio.net...peace out!

Check out Patricia on www.studioshanks.com and www.patriciashanks.com

Friday, June 24, 2011

Get the Funk Out...really!



This recession has kicked our butts. I really don't know anyone who hasn't been affected by the economy over the past few years. One thing is very clear to me though. You can let hard times drag you down or you can fight back and be your strongest self, your biggest cheerleader, and get your funk out.

I have been a fighter all of my life. I have never been afraid to be alone, live alone and face a challenge head on. In fact, when someone turns me down, rejects me, and tells me I'm just not good enough (or implies it), I have learned to come back stronger. When someone insults me or is rude, I refuse to take it. And as a child, I faced all kinds of personal issues with two parents who were never meant to marry in the first place, and I was left with a very controlling mother who had me riding an emotional rollercoaster. I learned so much about juggling my emotions and staying strong and believing in myself. I have no idea how, but it was just some kind of inner strength, while living alone with my mother in NYC at age 8, finger painting and listening to music.

At age 10, I received one of the greatest gifts my mother ever gave me (beside the gift of life, of course)...my first guitar. I can picture her walking down the corridor of our apartment building holding that little Yamaha guitar she had bought that night with her boyfriend. And that gift would be my companion for years to come, keeping me amused and filled with creative energy in a childhood that was less than happy and peaceful. That gift helped me on numerous occasions to get my funk out and I continue my creative journey in so many other aspects of my life. Because finding your own creative outlet is so important on this rollercoaster ride.
Find something that inspires you, intrigues you, keeps finding its way into your dreams and nags you, because it is never too late to get your own funk out and find out more about who you and what you are capable of. You just might be surprised.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

San Francisco Singer/Songwriter Joyo Velarde on the Momz ROCK the House Show!


JOYO VELARDE

Biography

If you lived in California in the 90s, chances are you've sung Joyo's refrain in the shower. After the Manila-born NorCal transplant finished studying opera in Rome, she returned to the Bay Area, where she and future husband Lyrics Born recorded what would go on to be Solesides' greatest hit, a little number called "Balcony Beach." The song appeared on 1997's Latyrx, a record that went on to sell over 100,000 copies worldwide.

As part of the seminal indie hip-hop label Quannum Projects - a group whose founders included Lyrics Born & Lateef the Truthspeaker, Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Jeff Chang (Can't Stop Won't Stop/VIBE Magazine,) and Joseph Patel (MTV) - Joyo quickly found her place as "The Quannum Songstress." In 2000 her first official solo offering - the jazzy and soulful "People Like Me" - was released on the label compilation Quannum Spectrum.

In support of the album, Joyo and the crew toured relentlessly, which gave her the opportunity not only to hone her vocal and performance skills, but also to expand her steady base of loyal listeners from the US across the globe, from Australia to Europe to Japan. The following year, she further displayed her versatility with the cult hit "Sweet Angels," a lilting reggae-inspired tune that quickly became a fan favorite.

Music is her first love, of course, and her versatility as a singer/songwriter, belter, storyteller and explosive live performer knows no bounds.

But Joyo has been recognized as a fashion icon, as well. She's been featured in San Francisco's 7x7 magazine (Sept 1, 2006) as one of the Bay Area's trendsetters and style-makers to watch, and has received endorsements and performed at exclusive fashion shows and events for Puma, Evisu, Diesel, Upper Playground, Adidas, among others.

Having already appeared twice on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and featured on over 20 albums, including Lyrics Born's blockbuster indie classics Later That Day (on which she performed and co-wrote 10 songs, including the ubiquitous "Callin' Out" - featured on commercials for Diet Coke and Motorola), 2005's Same @#$ Different Day, and 2008's Everywhere at Once, 2010 finally sees Joyo step into the spotlight, with the release of her solo debut.

Love and Understanding - preceded by a digital-only EP released in 2009 - is a refreshing perspective on traditional soul music handcrafted by Joyo and Lyrics Born with the help of fellow producers Jake One (Aftermath Records), Emmy Award winner Asa Taccone, RJD2, Tommy Guerrero, Headnodic (Crown City Rockers), and the Lifesavas' Jumbo the Garbageman.

A glimpse into Joyo's positive, self-affirming outlook, not to mention her impressive talent, it's already caught the attention of award-winning writer/actor/director Danny Hoch, founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, who used her new song "Feels Right" in his latest play, ‘Taking Over’. Love and Understanding is currently available in stores and online and dropped on February 16th, 2010.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Drummer Laura Spern on the Momz Rock the House Show...and does she ever ROCK her house!





Drummer Laura Spern is this week's special guest on Momz ROCK the House! What an inspiration! She got hooked on Rock band at 47, started drum lessons shortly thereafter, and within 2 years...opened for the B52s with the Mydols and then appeared on Gene Simmons' show Family Jewels...zero to 60 BABY!! And she has....6 six kids, home schools them all and practices at least 2 hours a day...LOVE it!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Go Green Expo with MAMAPALOOZA This Weekend in Los Angeles!



This week I had two very special guests on my show Momz Rock the House: Joy Rose, Founder and President of Mamapalooza, Inc. and Stacy Robin, singer/songwriter/percussionist and Los Angeles Regional Coordinator of Mamapalooza. Stacy is getting ready to head to the Go Green Expo in LA where she has been coordinating an amazing weekend of Mamapalooza bands and talent to showcase on the Mamapalooza stage April 16-17th.

I will be there hosting the Mamapalooza Stage and helping out at the Mamapalooza booth @229, so come on out and say hello and enjoy an amazing Go Green Expo!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mina Rush of Jewish World Watch on the Momz Rock the House Show!





You are tuned to the Momz Rock the House Show on OC Talk Radio and it is my pleasure to welcome Mina Rush of Jewish World Watch to this week's show.

Mina will talk about her role at Jewish World Watch, the 3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide coming up Sunday April 3rd at the Fountain Valley Sports Park from 8am-12noon. The Walk educates and mobilizes the community to act on behalf of ending genocide worldwide. Jewish World Watch is a hands-on leader in the fight against genocide, engaging individuals and communities to take action locally to produce powerful results globally.

For more information, visit www.WalktoEndGenocide.org.

On today's show, music from Stacy Robin. We'll listen to two tracks off her CD, "Some Kind of Bird" - ""Will you be there" and "Heartless Love." For more information about Stacy, visit www.stacyrobin.com.

LISTEN TO MINA BELOW:






www.momzrockthehouse.com

Peace, Love, & Music!

Janeane

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Daisy and Dorothy Duck audition for the NEW voice of AFLAC!


Look out all you folks auditioning to be the NEW voice of AFLAC! Here comes two ducklings ready to rumble!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gina Spiro Kessler featured on OC Talk Radio!


Gina Spiro Kessler featured on OC Talk Radio!

ABOUT GINA SPIRO KESSLER
Gina Spiro Kessler is known for her heartfelt style, which is a mix of many kinds of rock, her favorite genre. Influenced by so many, her voice has been likened to everyone from Janis Joplin to Patsy Cline. A native of Wisconsin, Gina sang with rock and folk bands touring the country as a solo act, and then with various duos and bands. She eventually settled into the Los Angeles area in the mid 80's,
singing with Dynamo Hum and Mark Pont at venues such as The House of Blues, The Mint and The Key Club. During this time, she also worked as a music and sound assistant for TV and eventually film, with sound and music credits on movies such as Total Recall, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dances with Wolves.

After leaving LA in 1997 for South Orange County, she met up with many great musicians who were playing with their bands in between touring and session work. Gina is now very active in the OC music circle, singing with Martin Gerschwitz (keyboards) currently of Iron Butterfly, either with their duo, his trio,
various jam bands or The Kings of Classic Rock. She also sings with The Ravers, Dynamo Hum, The Disruptors and sits in with any other local artists who allow her too!!

Gina continues on her never ending quest to bring great heart and soul to the people, bringing back memories of great classic rock music. She continues to write, and is inspired by her life
and it's endless stories and hopes to someday put out another CD. She is most grateful to all who support her and enjoy her energy and sound, for without them, the love and motivation are futile.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chef Tanya Petrovna founder of Native Foods on Momz Rock the House airing Thursday 12-1pm PST February 17th!


This Thursday at 12noon PST on OC TALK RADIO, Chef Tanya Petrovna founder of Native Foods will be on my show to talk about how she started this incredible organic, vegan restaurant and how more and more people are becoming fans of her healthy and delicious vegan menu. My new fav restaurant I must say!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Tune in Wed 12n PST on OC TALK RADIO to catch Judy Gold on the Momz Rock the House Show!


Judy Gold will be performing her critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother this Saturday and Sunday at the JCC in Orange County, CA. Tickets are still available!

About Judy Gold:
Emmy Award winning actress and comedian, Judy Gold is best known as the star of the critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, for which she was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. In addition, the show won the 2007 GLAAD award for “Outstanding New York Theater.” The New York Times called this one-woman show “fiercely funny, honest and moving." A book based on the show was nominated for the prestigious Quill Award.
Judy’s new show, It’s Jewdy’s Show – My Life As A Sitcom just debuted to rave reviews in Washington DC and will be featured at this year’s Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Most recently, Judy has been in the cast of Nora & Delia Ephron’s Off-Broadway play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” Gold can be seen regularly on Tru TV’s The Smoking Gun Presents. She has guest-hosted ABC’s The View - where she has appeared numerous times, and appears regularly on The Joy Behar Show on CNN. Judy recently appeared on Ugly Betty, and The Wendy Williams Show. She was the host of HBO’s At the Multiplex with Judy Gold from 1999 - 2009, and Judy also hosted Comedy Central's100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time and the GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS, which aired on LOGO and VH1. Her TV specials include a half-hour comedy special for LOGO and she is featured in the HBO documentary, All Aboard. Her stand-up specials include Comedy Central Presents: Judy Gold , Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd Stands Up, and Judy’s HBO half-hour special, which received a Cable Ace Award. Gold was seen in the smash hit film The Aristocrats and the documentary Making Trouble.

Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
She was nominated twice for The American Comedy Award’s funniest female stand-up.
She has also appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Hollywood Squares, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Conan O'Brien Show to name a few. Gold lives in New York City with her two children. She frequently tours theatres and comedy clubs around the country. Her CD, Judith’s Roommate Had a Baby is currently available.

Check out www.JudyGold.com.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Emmy Award winning actress and comedian, Judy Gold, performs at the JCC in Orange County, CA Feb 5 & 6!




Emmy Award winning actress and comedian, Judy Gold is best known as the star of the critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, for which she was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. In addition, the show won the 2007 GLAAD award for “Outstanding New York Theater.” The New York Times called this one-woman show “fiercely funny, honest and moving." A book based on the show was nominated for the prestigious Quill Award.
Judy’s new show, It’s Jewdy’s Show – My Life As A Sitcom just debuted to rave reviews in Washington DC and will be featured at this year’s Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Most recently, Judy has been in the cast of Nora & Delia Ephron’s Off-Broadway play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” Gold can be seen regularly on Tru TV’s The Smoking Gun Presents. She has guest-hosted ABC’s The View - where she has appeared numerous times, and appears regularly on The Joy Behar Show on CNN. Judy recently appeared on Ugly Betty, and The Wendy Williams Show. She was the host of HBO’s At the Multiplex with Judy Gold from 1999 - 2009, and Judy also hosted Comedy Central's100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time and the GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS, which aired on LOGO and VH1. Her TV specials include a half-hour comedy special for LOGO and she is featured in the HBO documentary, All Aboard. Her stand-up specials include Comedy Central Presents: Judy Gold , Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd Stands Up, and Judy’s HBO half-hour special, which received a Cable Ace Award. Gold was seen in the smash hit film The Aristocrats and the documentary Making Trouble.
Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She was nominated twice for The American Comedy Award’s funniest female stand-up.
She has also appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Hollywood Squares, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Conan O'Brien Show to name a few. Gold lives in New York City with her two children. She frequently tours theatres and comedy clubs around the country. Her CD, Judith’s Roommate Had a Baby is currently available. Check out www.JudyGold.com.

Debra Davis on OC Talk Radio!

Debra Davis on OC Talk Radio!

This week, Orange County's Debra Davis joins the show. Debra is a compelling artist who writes hook-filled songs that hit deep. Many songs from her CDs have been heard on TV and in films, such as Dawson's Creek, The Bold and the Beautiful, and ABC's Family series "Beautiful People" to name a few. And Debra has attracted a big national following of fans!

Debra’s new CD, “Complete” is packed with her most powerful material yet, and is now in music stores nationwide. On today's show, we'll hear music from her hugely popular CD, "Music for Moms ...and other Cool People."

Here's today's playlist:

Moon Upon My Shoulder

Supernatural High

Complete

BREAK

Interview with Debra Davis

Born to Love You (featuring Christopher Cross)

Interview with Debra Davis

Angels in the Attic

Interview with Debra Davis

Find out more about Debra Davis on www.debradavis.com and find her on facebook!

Send inquiries and submissions to radio@momzrockthehouse.com.

See you back here next week on OC Talk Radio!

Peace out!

Janeane Bernstein

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