Description: America's sweetheart is back in Hermosa Beach.
Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, and recurring
roles on CBS’, The Good Wife and HBO’s Golden Globe winning series, Girls) and a film producer
(discovered My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia!), few may be aware that her early show biz
ambitions were actually musical. Born and raised in the Hollywood Hills (nearly above the Hollywood
Bowl), Wilson harbored dreams of becoming a singer in the 60‟s and 70‟s after falling in love with The
Beatles, The Mamas & the Papas, Janis Joplin, and The Supremes, among others. She even took a part-
time job as a ticket-taker at what was then the Universal Amphitheatre as a way to see such popular
acts of the day as Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, and The Eagles.
“I would watch these artists on stage and ache from wondering, “How can I get up there?” How can
I get to do that?” Wilson recalls. “I had no idea how. I was a first generation American. We didn’t
know anyone in the music industry. Acting and modeling kind of happened to me. I went with the
flow because the opportunity was terrific and I could make a living, but I thought you had to play an
instrument and be able to write songs to be a singer like so many of the ones I admired.”
Wilson finally achieved her dream with the 2012 Decca Records release of her debut album AM/FM
— an intimate, elegant, and beautifully sung collection of classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s that, taken
together, make up the soundtrack to her life. “That time period was hugely influential on me as a
kid and as a teenager,” she says. “I’d spend hours and hours lying on my bed, holding up the albums,
reading the liner notes, and learning all the words to these songs that expressed exactly what I was
feeling. They were like a little road map of human experience. Back then, we would even memorize the
names of the musicians and photographers. There wasn’t a “thank you‟ mentioned on a liner note that
wasn’t studied and analyzed.”
Since the release of AM/FM, Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a
songwriter. During the past two years she has collaborated with a number of extremely talented and
successful songwriters composing original material to be featured on her second album, scheduled
for a first quarter 2015 release. This new material will be prominently featured in her Carlyle Café
Wilson’s songwriting partners include Grammy Award winners/nominees Richard Marx, Kara DioGuardi,
Brett James, Jessi Alexander and Matraca Berg, as well as acclaimed songwriters Eric Kaz, The Warren
Brothers, Kelly Archer, Kristian Bush, Blair Daly, Jon Randall Stewart and Jason Reeves.
“I would have never attempted songwriting if I hadn't been encouraged by Kara DioGuardi to write.”
(Singer-songwriter DioGuardi’s songs have appeared on albums which have sold over 160 million copies
worldwide. She is a former judge on the American Idol and Platinum Hit TV shows.) “She and I had met
through Chicago The Musical as we both played Roxie Hart, and she offered to write with me. With Kara
and Jason Reeves, I wrote two songs and that gave me the confidence to keep writing.” (Reeves is a
singer-songwriter and long-time collaborator with singer Colbie Caillat and co-wrote her hits “Bubbly”
and “Realize”, among others) “I have truly loved writing songs. It's opened up a new way to discover
what you feel about something or a way to create something that is deeply personal or, perhaps, isn't
necessarily based on personal experience, but on an emotion or idea you want to explore. I'm excited to
share these new original songs with the audience.”
DJ Proper (born Keith Thomas Jordan) is best known as the founder of Worldwide Familia. A collective of musicians based on the mission statement ,"This music is for ALL races worlwide working for peace & equality". A Staten Island, New York native who now resides in Los Angeles. He was known early in his career for performing with the BASS BROS (DJ Rilla & DJ PROPER) and his offical remixes for producers like dj motiv8(BLACK EYED PEAS/UNISCI). He became more widely known for his collaboration with EYEZON an mc originally from South Africa for and SOLPOWA (GOOD MUSIC) . The album(s) music are distributed over the Internet in MP3 format via MYSPACE,FACEBOOK,OURSTAGE,SOUNDCLICK,&VIRB. Since then he has become more known worldwide for his live shows incorperation of having a full band to back his artist and socially concious music based on a range of isssues from racial equality to prision reform . His mixtape album “FROM MY SOUL VOL I” marked his independent labels debut. Released on WORLDWIDE FAMILIA 2009, the album features guest artists Rakaa of Dilated Peoples, Chali2na of Jurassic 5, Rass Kass, NAS (offical remixes for his DJ LES), EYEZON, SOLPOWA, Kris Ransom, Living Legends, & THES ONE. DJ Proper dedicated 2009 to local shows and original production of his artist. He djs sometimes with the HOUSE OF VIBE ALLSTARS, headed by acclaimed Musical Director Brew Anthony. The band backs Chali2na (JURASSIC 5) & LAIDLAW at the famous venue Harvelles in Santa Monica, CA every Wednesday. He also has been a dj for Los Angeles Premier Hip Hop/ REggea Promotions Company JAMAICA GOLD founded by DJ Q-BWOY & DJ WHITE LIGHTNING. He was a opening act for shows such as the historic 10 year reunion of PATO BANTON /TIPPA IRIE and roots superstar Eek A MOUSE. He has peformed as headline act at historic venues like Saint Rocke, Lucys 51, House of Blues , & Wiskey A GOGO. He has also opened for artist like Gza & Muggs record release party (Cypress Hill &Wu tang Clan), Aceyalone (Project Blowed), and Tre Hardson (PHARCYDE). He performs with NUMARK Ns7 ,Serato Scratch Live(ITCH),CDJS, as well as traditional vinyl. He is also founder of a live hip hop group called TESTIMONY. His original production from his indie label Worldwide Familia has upcoming releases in 2011 with EYEZON, SOLPOWA, RANDOM, Legendary Icons, Frankie Fadeless, Ariano (Technicali Sound ) , Luminaries, BIG GOV (DEF JAM) & many more TBA.
The band was formed in the late 70's from members of two rock bands from the South Bay area of Southern California. The members wanted to get back to the roots of rock & roll. The Guitars were formed in 1980 and played early R & B, Motown, British Invasion, Surf, West Coast rock and Blues.
After a break to raise families and doing different projects, the band is back and rocking harder than ever.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Whitney Steele has most recently shared the stage with Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason (of Traffic) the Gin Blossoms, Eddie Money, Shawn Colvin, J.R. Richards (of Dishwalla), Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, and Tyler Hilton. She can also be seen every Saturday night as one of the judges on the CBS television show 'Lucky Break'. Whitney was selected as 1 of 5 finalists from more than 300 AT&T/Cingular Music Studio artists nationwide to compete for a chance to perform 'You Won't See Me Crying' on an episode of the hit television show One Tree Hill on the CW network. Gretsch Guitars selected Whitney to debut one of the four guitars in the Gretsch Americana series in her music video for Storm Warning. In 2007, she was nominated for best pop single of the year for the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. Whitney swept the Phoenix Music Awards in 2008, winning best singer/songwriter, best single of the year, and best music video of the year. Continuing her successful rise to national stardom, Whitney also received a nomination for best music video of the year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Whitney captured the attention of Scotty Johnson (lead guitarist of The Gin Blossoms), and he immediately supported her career, believing in not only Whitney's talent, but also in her unparalleled drive and passion. Scotty joined Whitney and her band on stage to perform at The Arizona Broadway Theatre. Robin Wilson (lead singer of The Gin Blossoms) lent his unmistakable vocals in Whitney's original song, 'You Won't See Me Crying.' Whitney’s self-titled second album was released in 2009. Scotty Johnson and P.H.Naffah (former drummer for the Refreshments and current drummer for Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers) both jumped on board to contribute to the CD. It's no surprise that Whitney has earned the respect of industry greats. She is truly one-of-a-kind, a rare blend of innate talent, pure determination, quirky humor and a love for music that emanates through each and every one of her songs and performances. Her hard work is paying off and Whitney is poised for a level of success reserved only for the most deserving of artists.