Songwriting and production duo Swiss American Federation (SAF) teamed up with YouTube sensation Jimmy Wong to record their new single “Don’t Let Go,” a richly melodic propulsive trance pop. Jimmy’s brother Freddie Wong directed the special music video of the track that premiered earlier this month.
Swiss American Federation is the exciting and eclectic Los Angeles duo of Christian B and M Dold who have worked on some massive tunes and have two number one singles under their belt.
Swiss American Federation has produced more than 90 songs and mixes over the past 11 years including several top 5 chart topping club and radio hits and helping drive sales of more than 20,000,000 albums worldwide with their mixes.
S.A.F. has amassed a very impressive collection of both cool club records and singles for platinum artists like: Nelly Furtado, Celine Dion, Enya, Madonna, Basement Jaxx, Paul Van Dyk, Erasure, Dido, Sarah Brightman (#2 Billboard), Cyndi Lauper (#2 Billboard)to name a handful. They produced Celine Dion’s global smash “A New Day Has Come” (#1Pop Single) and Enya’s Grammy nominated record “Only Time” (also a #1 world-wide smash) which sold over 15 million copies and is the singer’s biggest hit to date.
Jimmy Wong is a 24-year-old American Chinese rock musician, actor, filmmaker and YouTube star artist in Los Angeles, CA. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in Theatre & Drama. As a child, he studied classical piano for 8 years and this evolved into his current involvement in theatre, acting, graphic design, and photography.
Have you seen the latest Old Navy Super Cute commercial that is creating such a buzz online? Usually it’s Kim Kardashian who is burning up the internet, but today it’s her clone Melissa Molinaro that is causing a flurry of online activity as folks search for information on the Old Navy model.
Molinaro, though a little thinner and younger than Kim Kardashian, struts her stuff in the commercial bearing a striking resemblance to Kardashian. The commercial has fooled more than a few people.
Watch the Old Navy Ad….
So who is Melissa Molinaro?
Molinaro (born 1985) is a Canadian-born, U.S.-based pop singer, actor, choreographer and model. She is perhaps best known for her reality TV appearances on Making The Band 3 and Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For the Next Doll. She is currently recording her debut pop/dance album scheduled for 2011 release, recently co-starred in Dolph Lundgren's action film, Command Performance, and had a major role in Honey 2 (2011).
Italian beauty Melissa Molinaro
Molinaro is the daughter of Divina and Stephen Smith and has a brother called Nicholas. She adopted her mother's maiden name as her professional surname. Born Melissa Ann Smith in Toronto, her family moved to Rochester Hills, Michigan when she was 13 years old. She began figure skating at the age of 3, gymnastics at age 5 and soon began attending Deborah's Stage Dance Door Performing Arts Academy and went on to become a solo dancer as well as dancing in groups.
A very pretty Melissa Molinaro
She was cast as the lead in on-stage productions like "Cinderella", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Cabaret".
At the age of 18, Melissa auditioned for the girl pop group, "Goddess", and became its lead singer. She was signed to a production deal with Interscope Records, and made her first recording demo. While Goddess never achieved commercial success, Melissa continued to work as an actor, dancer and model, appearing in several films, television shows, music videos and commercials.
Her early credits include feature film High Crimes and The Hillz; TV series Happy Family, Rodney and Grounded for Life and the unaired WB pilot Prep; music videos for Celine Dion and JC Chasez and The Black Eyed Peas Instant Def webisode. She has appeared in many commercials and done promotional modeling for Miss Fitness, Detroit Automotive Show, Sports By Brooks, Microsoft, Xbox, Sketcher, Nappytabs, Nivea and Dickies Girls.
Melissa Molinaro showing off her cleavage
Sexy Melissa Molinaro
She auditioned for MTV's Making The Band 3 and almost won a spot in the group Danity Kane. She made the final eleven girls but when it came to the finale of the show, the final slot came down to Melissa and Aundrea Fimbres and Fimbres made the cut. She later took part in another music-themed reality TV show called Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For the Next Doll in which she competed to become the next member of The Pussycat Dolls. She won many challenges and finished as the 3rd runner up. She went on to host the Detroit auditions for Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious for CW 50.
She recorded her debut solo single "I Believed" with producer Rex Rideout, which was released independently with 4847 Records in 2008 on iTunes. Her music video to I Believed has collectively received nearly one million views on YouTube.
She landed a lead role in an action movie starring and directed by Dolph Lundgren, Command Performance in which she plays Venus, a massive music star who becomes a hostage after a Moscow charity concert turns bloody. She performs a song called Lost In Love in the film, which is commercially available on the 2008 compilation album Soul By The Pound from Fluid Music USA Inc.
She landed the role of Carla, the HD Crew's petite beauty with the firecracker personality, in the dance sequel Honey 2 due for release in 2011. In addition to Honey 2, her debut album "The Love Dance Project" is expected to be released by mid-year and features collaborations with some of the hottest producers and songwriters working today. In 2009, she appeared in the Fox sitcom Brothers and on Jimmy Kimmel Live at the Los Angeles premiere of the film Michael Jackson's This Is It.
Her other films include in the forthcoming Penelope Spheeris-directed comedy Balls to the Wall. For episodic television, her credits include "Brothers," "Grounded for Life," "Rodney" and "Happy Family.
Meet Eddy and Nelson! And I am not referring to Eddy Murphy and Nelson Mandela.
After going a little bit crazy trying to decide over the past week, Céline Dion and her husband, René Angélil, have finally named their twin sons. Celine’s initial desire was for French names and her eldest son, René-Charles, pushing for American monikers. But Celine Dion and husband have named their newborn twin boys Nelson and Eddy Angelil!
Celine Dion's A Miracle Of Life...the babies are NOT her twins
The name “Eddy” comes from the late Eddy Marnay, who produced the singer’s first five records. “He was like a father to her,” says Dion’s rep. “Eddy is a major influence in both Céline and René’s lives.”
Nelson is named after Nelson Mandela, whom Dion met two years ago while kicking off her world tour in South Africa. “René said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is,” says the rep.
The singer, 42, gave birth to the fraternal twins on October 23 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., marking the end of a long struggle with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments as she strived to expand her family with husband Rene Angelil. On Wednesday, the newly expanded family headed home with three of Dion’s sisters and her mom to help out.
A representative for the couple said, “Marnay was like a father to her. Eddy is a major influence in both Celine and Rene’s lives.” The couple chose the name Nelson after an influential meeting with the former leader in South Africa two years ago.
The rep adds, “Rene said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is. Celine and Rene want their children to be inspired by their names, because they were so inspired by these men.”
“We have tried five times since March 2009 to conceive. It’s very hard,” Rene said of their well-known struggle to conceive. Dion, 42, even suffered a miscarriage in 2009.
“So when Saturday at 11:11 came, and they showed us the first baby that was crying, we were crying,” he confessed.
“It was a very emotional moment,” he continued, “and even though we didn’t speak to each other, we were both thinking about the time it took. We are very lucky, very privileged and very fortunate to have these boys.”
What do the little boys look like so far? “They do look alike,” Angelil said. “But maybe they won’t look alike in a few months — because they are not identical twins.”
The little boys also have an ecstatic older brother in their son Rene-Charles, 9. “He was very, very happy that it was boys,” Angelil said. “I remember a few months ago when his mom told him the day we would find out the sex of the baby, his reaction pointing to his mom’s belly was ‘I hope there’s not too many girls in there.’ ”
Celine during her pregnancy
Dion is expected to begin rehearsing for her new Las Vegas show in mid-January. “It gives her three months to recoup, and she thinks she can do it,” Angelil said.
Fans of Celine Dion are no doubt eagerly awaiting to see photos of her twins soon. Will Celine Dion oblige?
42-year-old superstar singer Céline Dion knows that a hit single is great, but two are even better. And that’s what she’s got on her hands now with the birth of healthy twin boys yesterday, finally realizing her dream of being a mother again after a long struggle to become pregnant.
Dion and the twins, who were born by cesarean section at 11:11 and 11:12 a.m. yesterday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, are all doing well and resting comfortably.
The boys are anything but titanic, with one weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces, and the other 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and both will spend a few days in an incubator since Dion gave birth to them prematurely.
Dion and her husband-manager, Rene Angelil, are already the parents of one son, 9-year-old Rene Charles. But Dion had long wanted to have more children, and, like with her first child, she had difficulty becoming pregnant. She has spoken openly about her struggles, undergoing several rounds of in-vitro fertilization.
Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil
Last year, after information leaked that she was pregnant, she confirmed the news, only to learn that the in vitro procedure was not successful. She had to issue a reversal weeks later.
In an interview earlier this year, Dion said she hoped that by publicly sharing her struggle, she could help others.
“If I help people through my voice, through my interviews, through what I go through, I do not want to change that at all,” she said. “I think it’s making a difference.”
The boys came a month early. Dion was due to deliver next month, but earlier this week, it was announced that she was hospitalized as a precaution to make sure she was near her doctors as she prepared to give birth.
Dion, a five-time Grammy winner who has sold tens of millions of albums, announced earlier this year that she would be returning to Las Vegas for a three-year run at Caesar’s Palace. She had a hugely successful five-year run in Las Vegas that ended in 2007.
Celine’s obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr. Ronald Ackerman released the following statement to US magazine:
“As coach and confidant for over 12 years for Celine and Rene, it is an honor and privilege to make this announcement on behalf of the Celine and Rene. At St. Mary’s Medical Center, at 11:11 and 11:12am, Celine gave birth to 2 healthy baby boys weighing 5lbs 10 ounces and 5 pounds 4 ounces.
The cesarian section was performed by the team and Dr. Ruel Stoessel, Celine’s obstetrician, and high risk doctor and obstetricians Dr. Steven Pliskow and Dr. Joshua Ackerman, my son. I would like to thank Dr. Stoessel, Celine’s high risk obstetrician who availed his high level of expertise to enable us to reach this joyous day. I would also like to thank Dr. Zev Rosenwaks for his tireless fertility treatments which afforded Celine and Rene with this opportunity, and to Dr. Pete Garcia, our pediatric physician who played an enormous role in her care.
It should be known worldwide that this team agrees that Celine and Rene are clearly one of the most caring and kind individuals that they have ever cared for. Today is not the end, but the beginning of 2 new lives.”
The 42-year-old new mom, husband René and their 9-year-old son, René-Charles, are all said to be thrilled.
“Céline is resting now and they plan to discuss what to name the boys when she wakes up,” the singer’s rep says.
Congratulations to the happy family! And as we await the names of the twins, let’s listen to Dion’s mega-hit “My Heart Will Go On.”
A young Filipino singing sensation has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. She has been dubbed the most talented girl in the world by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Her self-titled international debut album, released in May 2010, peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, making her the first Asian in history to achieve such a feat. Her real name is Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco but she is known as Charice Pempengco to the world.
From a very young age, she began competing in amateur singing contests. In 2005, she joined Little Big Star, a Philippines talent show loosely patterned after the American Idol. She was eliminated after her first performance but was later called back as a wildcard contender and finished in third place based on text voting.
She continued making minor appearances on local television shows and TV commercials but had essentially fallen out of the limelight. Her break come in 2007 when an avid fan posted a series of her videos on YouTube under the username FalseVoice. These videos garnered millions of views, making Charice an internet phenomenon. She caught the attention of Ten Songs Production, a recording company based in Sweden. In June 2007, she flew to Stockholm and recorded seven songs, including Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and Shakespeare Sisters’ “Stay” as well as original songs “Amazing”, “All The Money In The World”, “Born To Love You Forever” and “It Can Only Get Better”.
A few months later, Charice’s rendition of Dreamgirls’ “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” was posted on YouTube by FalseVoice. It impressed someone at one of South Korea’s biggest television network and Charice was invited in October 2007 to perform on the network’s talent show “Star King”. Her jaw-dropping rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” floored the audience. Many viewers posted her performance on YouTube, paving the way for Charice to gain massive exposure on American television. Her Star King performance was featured on E!’s The Daily Ten TV network. The Ellen DeGeneres show featured her Star King performance on its November 28, 2007 episode. Sit back and enjoy her performance on December 19, 2007 on the Ellen DeGeneres show as she sings “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Will Always Love You”.
Since then, she has made numerous television appearances worldwide including a couple of appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. Josh Groban gushed that Charice’s voice is one of the most beautiful voices he has heard in a long time. Her vocal quality has been compared with those of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. She performed a duet with Celine Dion on September 15 2008. They sang “Because You Loved Me” which was dedicated to Charice’s mother. The performance won rave reviews in The New York Post and The New York Times. And the duet was featured on the September 19 2008 episode of the Oprah Winfrey show.
On June 21, 2010, she landed a role in the hit US television show Glee as a recurring character on its second season. She will reportedly play the role of a foreign exchange student with astounding vocals. The sky is really the limit for this dimunitive girl from Philippines!
The US hit television show "Glee"
Her performance of “Pyramid” featuring Iyaz has received over 12 millions views …it is a lovely song……enjoy!
To cap it all, see her performing the US national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of 57,099 people at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for the Dodgers’ 2009 Opening Day pregame ceremony.