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A few weeks ago, I sat down with local artist Lyric Nicole to discuss her new career in the business. This time around, I sat with Valenza, an up and coming Jazz artist from Central Florida (whom is also the label mate to Lyric) whom is on the cusp of releases his very first album. I had the honor to work with Valenza, real name Troy Harris, on a number of events including a music video and will have the pleasure to be working with him again very soon in the near future. Like a seasoned jazz artist, Valenza has the talent of picking up a jazz saxophone to play whatever comes to mind in an impromptu segment.

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Recently, I’ve been away in production on two music videos for local artists in the Orlando area. Not only was it my first time working semi-professionally, it was my first time directing a music video, let alone two. One of the artists that I directed was Lyric Nicole, a young neo-soul singer with a fantastic voice and beautiful music under the Me 2 Entertainment label. I may be biased in my choice of words but you should check her out yourself. I won’t go into more detail about my times directing since that would be another, much longer piece. After the hecticness of a rushed production, I sat down with Ms. Lyric Nicole about her inspirations and work ethic.

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The talent was brewing in the South tonight on the third night of X-Factor Auditions.  The powerful, soulful voices mesmerized judges L. A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, and judge Louis Walsh (subbing for Simon while he was ill).  Here are the names you need to know:

Kicking of the show is teenage rapper Orlando.  The look of apprehension on the judges’ faces quickly evaporated when he stormed the stage with an original freestyle and sick flow. Britney called him a young Vanilla Ice sending Orlando on his way to the next round.

Another standout performance comes from sensitive thug Vino Alan.  His rugged voice and kind eyes won over the judges with his rendition of “Trouble.”

Missouri native Tate Stevens wowed the judges when he sang “Anything Goes.”  This country star charmed us with his dad jokes and powerful voice.

Next to impress was five piece, citizen.  With their grooming and cheesy dance moves, Simon was not impressed, but their charming smiles and voices won over the other three judges.  Boybands are making a comeback!

Thirteen-year old Diamond White put a stop to all of Simon’s eye-rolling with her performance of “It’s a Man’s World.”  A standing ovation and four yeses earned this young cutie an invitation to bootcamp.

Ally Brooke, a student from San Antonio, Texas, proved herself a superstar with her sweet and emotional performance of “On My Knees.”

And finally show-stopper, Jessica Espinoza melts the audience’s hearts with her rendition of Pink’s “Nobody Knows.”  Simon sums up the sentiment by declaring that it was the easiest yes he said that night.

Honorable mentions also went out to sixteen-year old Brandon Hassan, country trio Sister C, and duo Josh and Jeremiah.