10 Things

Andy GrammerWe caught Andy Grammer at the inaugural session of the Homegrown series at The Grammy Museum to get the scoop on what he’s been up to these days. Here are 10 awesoME things about the singer/songwriter.

1. Andy gets a lot of influence from Piano Rock, Acoustic Guitar and Hip Hop. He said “Sublime” and “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” were two of his favorite, most influential albums.

2. He has an amazing band. Let ME introduce you: Will Gramling rocks the keys, Zach Rudulph on the bass, Mike Lindsay on the drums and Jacob Fatoorechi on the guitar. With their powers combined, they can’t help but put on an awesoME show.

3. His album,
“Andy Grammer,” is dedicated to his mom, who passed away. When he closed down the show with “Ladies,” he said there was no way he would have written a song like it if it weren’t for his mom. He said she comes out through the entire record.

4. He sings, plays the piano, guitar and he can beatbox. We wonder what else he’s hiding up his musical sleeves?

5. He keeps his friends close and “enemies” closer. When you’re battling out between acrobats, a singing three-year-old and hot break dancers on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, it’s survival of the coolest. Andy made friends with all of the performers (or buskers, they’re also known as), and even invited the break dancers, like Candyman, to perform at his shows.

6. He’s a great salesman. Andy had to get creative to get himself heard. He told a story of a gig in a college in Iowa. Nobody showed up. Andy grabbed his guitar, went to the cafeteria and screamed, “Hey, I’m going to play you a song!” He  played in the middle of the caf and invited everyone to go to his show.

7. Andy graduated from Cal State Northridge and majored in music business, because it was the closest major that dealt with what he wanted to do be a musician.

8. He knows how to write for the ladies. If the amazing songs “Ladies,” and “The Pocket” are any indication, Andy Grammyerm, we mean Grammer not only has talent, but a big heart for romance. Listen to see if he’s talking about you in his equally swoon-worthy song “Build Me a Girl.”

9. His dad is Grammy-nominated children’s singer and songwriter, Red Grammer. Andy said he encouraged him in his music and taught him he should be nice to everyone.

10. Andy LOVES his fans. Andy signed hundreds of copies of his EP so his fans could take home a special gift from him. He also stayed after his performance to take pictures and sign autographs for everyone.

Need more? Click here for his interview with MyEveryzine! Tell ME: Which Andy Grammer song are you obsessed with?
-Ashlyee Hickman

 2011 Amercan Idol, Scotty McCreeryScotty McCreery joins the likes of Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, David Cook and Kris Allen as an American Idol. With a velvety-smooth voice that could send Garth Brooks up the creek, the North Carolina native has ME feeling a little bit country, and loving it! Is it too early to request a duet with Taylor Swift? Here are 10 things you need to know about this year’s American Idol.
1. Scotty is from Garner, NC, a town of 26 thousand people— that’s less than .07% of the population of Los Angeles!
2. His first audition was in Milwaukee and he sang Josh Turner’s “Young Man.”
3. He won BIG. The final showdown between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina garnered 122 million votes, more than any season in the 10-year-old series!
4. Along with the title of “American Idol,” Scotty earned a record deal with 19 Recordings. His debut single and swoon-worthy ballad, “I Love You This Big” is out now.
5. His favorite quote is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He always wore the same necklace with a black cross. Look for it next time you see him!

6. Scotty is down-to-earth. His southern charm and grounded demeanor even comes across in his tweets: “Thank yall [sic] so much for keeping me around.”

7. Scotty was protected by the government! Because Scotty and Lauren are minors, they were subject to child labor laws. The Department of Labor has restrictions on the number of hours minors can work in a day.

8. He’s close to his mom.  He admitted to tearing up when Lauren sang “Like My Mother Does,” during part one of the finale. Both of their mothers stayed with them throughout the competition.

9. The American Idol will hit the road with the remaining 10 contestants for the American Idols LIVE! 2011 Tour, starting on July 6, in West Valley City, UT.

10. He wants to go to college, “College is important to me,
he said. He also has his heart set on Nashville. Dear University of Tennessee: That should be music to your ears!
-Ashlyee Hickman

Photo Credit: Frank MIcelotta / FOX

Tell ME: Who did you want to win American Idol?

Thomas McDonell in "Prom"Thomas McDonell has a passion for many different aspects of art. He has a lead role in Disney’s Prom, where he plays a rebel who isn’t the least interested in Prom, but eventually finds out that there’s more to it than just balloons and streamers. Let ME introduce you to future heartthrob Thomas McDonell.
1. Thomas is an artist, actor and musician based in New York City. He grew up on the upper east side of Manhattan.

2. Played the younger version of Johnny Depp’s character, Barnabas Collins, in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows.”

3. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, and he has also curated several exhibitions, focusing primarily on the work of his peers.

4. McDonell studied in Shanghai during his last semester in college.

5. He had a small role in The Forbidden Kingdom while studying art in Shanghai with Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

6. In 2010, he played another small role in the limited release Twelve, which starred Kiefer Sutherland.

7. The lead singer in a four-piece rock-and-roll band called ‘Moon’ that released their first CD in June 2010.

8. Has a lead role in Disney’s Prom and also has the song “Time Stand,” on the Prom soundtrack.

9.   He likes to eat chocolate covered bacon.

10. Went to Prom when he was eighteen with his girlfriend at the time in Massachusetts.

-Marjorie Yan

Photo credit: Richard Foreman Jr. © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

De’Vaughn Nixon in Disney's "Prom"De’Vaughn Nixon plays the most popular senior in school in Disney’s upcoming film, Prom. He’s been acting since he was a young child, and now that he’s landed a pretty sweet role in a feature film, get to know more about Nixon from ME!

1. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA

2. Had roles in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Bodyguard. Made special appearances on Disney’s Sonny With a Chance.

3. His father is former NBA player Norm Nixon and step-mother is dancer/choreographer Debbie Allen.

4. Loves to play video games. One of this favorite games is Call of Duty.

5. Alongside Prom co-star Kylie Bunbury, Nixon headed to the Georgia Aquarium to crash the Prom of Woodland High School. Kylie and De’Vaughn – who are a couple in the movie– were on hand to crown Woodland’s  Prom king and queen.

6. As a child, Nixon was playing basketball all the time, but also spent time acting on the side. At 23, he decided acting was what he wanted to do full-time.

7.  Did work on season two of The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Nixon had a cameo in an episode from season one and they brought him back for season two where he shot seven episodes

8. This year, Nixon took part in TOM’s shoes’ One Day Without shoes and went barefoot for a day at the event in Los Angeles.

9. Wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo to Prom and took a stretch hummer with a jacuzzi to the event.

10. In high school, he was known as the flirt with a big smile type of guy.

-Marjorie Yan

Photo credit: Richard Foreman Jr. © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Sam ClaflinYou may already know him as the studly prince from Snow White and the Hunstman, but Sam Claflin is about to win over the hearts of many more a teenage girl as Finnick Odair in the second installment of The Hunger Games series Catching Fire. Finnick is a Games contestant with a swimmer’s physique and a tragic love story.  Like Finnick, Sam is totally crush-worthy.  Move over Josh and Liam! Here are ten things to know about the confirmed Future Finnick:

1. He’s a Cancer, born on June 27, 1986, which for all you zodiac followers, makes him most compatible with Taurus girls and Cancer chicas.
2. He has an accent! Born in Suffolk, England, the 26-year-old has a swoon-worthy British lilt*.
3. He used to be a jock! He planned to pursue a career in soccer (or football, as they call it good ol’ Britain), but an ankle injury kept him from signing on with Norwich City.
4. He knows his craft! The green-eyed Brit graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2009.
5. He’s an underdog!  Sam has only graced the big screen twice – as William in Snow White and the Huntsmen and as the kind-hearted missionary Philip in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
6. He considered taking on Shakespeare. The actor contemplated touring in a theatrical production of Macbeth, but changed his mind when he was given his role in The Pillars of The Earth. While attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, he played Silvius in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, as well as Dorimant in Man of Mode.

7. He has a heart of gold! On January 14, 2011, Sam participated in Good Morning America’s Warm Coats, Warm Hearts Coat Drive. There’s nothing more charming than a guy who’ll get involved with charity!

8. Along with his role in Catching Fire, Sam is set to act in three films scheduled for a 2013 release: two dramas—Mary & Martha and Belle—and an international thriller called Overdrive.

9. He models too! You can catch him in guyliner, artsy sweaters, and fishnet in series of photos that appeared in the February issue of Wonderland Magazine.

10. Sam beat out actor Max Irons for the Pirates of the Carribean role of Phillip, a young missionary.  You may know Max Irons as the wealthy wanna-be-beau Henry in Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried.
—Karina Stow

*Lilt: the attractive inflection of a person’s voice. Who said studying for the SAT isn’t fun 😉

Skylar Grey

Although the name Skylar Grey may not sound too familiar (yet), she’s worked on tons of things that you probably have heard of. Skylar Grey is the stage name of Holly Brook Hafermann, a multi-instrumental singer, songwriter and record producer. Here are ten things you should know about this sure-fire star.
1. As a child growing up in Wisconsin, Grey performed professionally in a folk duo with her mother called Generations.
2. Skylar started her first band at the age of fifteen, and has worked with jazz musicians such as Jeff Eckles and Leo Sidran.
3. In 2006, Grey released her first album “Like Blood Like Honey” and toured as the opening act for artists like Daniel Powter, Teddy Geiger, and Duncan Sheik.
4. Machine Shop Recordings signed Skylar, and she performed on Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go” under the name Holly Brook. After she released her debut album her contract was cut short when sales didn’t do so well.
5. Not only does she sing, but she writes music too! Grey has worked on numerous versions of Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie” with British hip-hop producer Alex da Kid.

6. Skylar is working on music with Kid and is signed to his production company, Wonderland Records.

7. You already know her voice! Skylar is also featured on Dr. Dre and Eminem’s  brand new cut, “I Need a Doctor,” Diddy Dirty Money’s “Coming Home” and Lupe Fiasco’s “Words I Never Said.”

8. One of Grey’s all-time favorite movies is “Brazil.”

9. Skylar sang the original demo version of “Love The Way You Lie” recorded.

10. Her writing contribution to Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie”
  landed Skylar a Grammy nomination for “Song Of The Year” and “Best Rap Song.”
-Marjorie Yan


Arden Cho

 1. Born on August 16, most of Cho’s childhood was spent in Texas, and her late teenage years spent in Minnesota.

2. Arden is very talented! She has done cheerleading (8 years, including college), gymnastics (6 years), playing the piano (eight years) and cello (six years). Unbelievably amazing!

3. She attended the University of Illinois with and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and also studied Theatrical Training.

4. In 2004, Arden Cho was named Miss Korea Chicago (1st place) and competed in the Miss Korea Pageant in Seoul, South Korea for the honor of representing South Korea in the Miss Universe Pageant.

5. She visited Africa in the summer of 2007 before her move to Los Angeles on a two-month Humanitarian trip to Kenya. How awesoME!

6. She was featured in the 2008 Spring Campaign for Alexander McQueen’s teen line McQ appearing in fashion magazines Vogue, Purple Fashion and Nylon.

7. Arden has done modeling for brands like Tokidoki, Reebok, Nike, McDonalds and Apple.

8. She is fluent in Korean.

9. Her music tastes include Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble and Christina Aguilera. (Only to name a few). She sings, too! Check out her five best YouTube covers.

10. Some of the fun things she enjoys doing are ice skating, snow skiing, softball, rollerblading and horseback riding.

11. Even with all of the exposure and experience Arden has earned, she admits she still gets nervous, but that’s what she loves about it all, the rush and excitement.

Want more Arden Cho? Find out how she did in Agents of Secret Stuff, Starring Arden Cho and Ryan Higa!
—Marjorie Yan