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“Know who you are. Accept who you are. Be who you are.” – Swindoll placed-andrea-hamilton-9-of-76

Andrea Hamilton

By Racine Guajardo

Andrea Hamilton grew up in the Kansas City area, always singing in school and church. She calls her style of my music “Hopeful Pop.” She wrote her first song in the fourth grade, then at the age of sixteen winning her first songwriting award as one of the Top New Writers from GMA (Gospel Music Association).

Hamilton was in several bands; however at the age of eighteen she decided to move to LA to pursue a professional career as a singer/songwriter. This led Hamilton to the opportunity to tour internationally four times, all over the country as an independent artist, and through NACA (National Association of College Activities). During this time she released multiple albums, including a faith-based record or original worship songs. 

Between the years 2009 and 2010, Hamilton was forced to end an international tour early because of some health issues. Once back in the U.S., she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions and an “incurable” infection that may have been chronic Lyme disease or something similar. Hamilton recalls her mind set at that time stating,  “All that to say, I got really sick, doctors were at a loss and I didn’t know if I would ever sing or perform again. During that time period, I couldn’t do much and it hurt to play piano or guitar – but I was determined to write songs about my experience and share what was on my heart. I wrote about healing and holding on to hope, and when I started to recover and sing again, a lot of those songs ended up on my last few albums. I listened to so much music that inspired and comforted my heart even when I could tour.”  Hamilton’s resume is impressively extensive, including but is not limited to some of the following; writing with pro writers like Kevin Fisher, Ashley Argotta, Matt Arcaini, Jonathan Lee, Eman Cervantez, Tyrone Wells and many others.  As well as co-writing with; David Das, Matt Arcaini, Jordan Lawhead, and artist Tyrone Wells. Many of her songs were being placed in network television shows such as; Extreme Home Makeover, Bachelor in Paradise, Preachers of LA, Too Young to Marry, Mystery Millionare, Ex and the Why, My Giant Life and many other shows as well as indie films.

In 2013, she released her Christmas/holiday record, that same marrying her husband Trent. The two are now Eastvale/Norco area resident. She has released some singles and cover songs between  2015 and 2016, however Hamilton states, “my main focus has been this independent album, Hope and Struggle, which is a record about finding the good in a difficult life and growing from trials. I co-produced the record, which is a first for me and was a great experience.” When Hamilton was asked what she wants people to know about her, she says, “I write and share my songs with the goal of touching people with hope and healing. Music has helped me through my hard times. I want to share my story with others so they can feel less alone in theirs.”

She has created a top three musical influences list that includes; India Arie because her music carries a hope and a depth that have greatly inspired my own songs, Ingrid Michaelson because their creative, quirky sound choices are strikingly similar as well as Michaelson being a great songwriter who’s not afraid to be herself, and lastly Sia because she admires her pop sensibilities and her perseverance in the music industry.

Hamilton shares personal advice saying, “I want people to know that there is always good to be found in the hard times. Much of this album is about the hidden blessings of having difficulties in life. You become a better, more generous person. You have empathy and motivation to help others and make the world better. You learn just how strong you really are. And you learn to cherish the good moments. You can really only learn to live with joy during and in spite of struggle; that’s what real hope is.”  

She often performs at venues in OC, IE and LA. Andrea’s new album called, Hope and Struggle will be out Feb 1, and she will be having a special Album Release Show on February 24 at Hotel Cafe in LA at 8 pm. Everyone who attends will get two signed copies of the album. If you don’t want to drive that far, she also sings almost every Sunday at her church, Inland Hills Church in Chino. You can hear her music on Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora, or available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, as well as her website www.HopefulAndrea.com – where you can sign up for her newsletter and receive free music as well. She can be found on multiple social media accounts: Facebook: facebook.com/AndreaHamiltonMusic,Instagram: HopefulAndrea, Musical.ly: HopefulAndrea, Twitter: AndreaHamilton, Site: HopefulAndrea.com


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“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” – Robin Williams

By Racine Guajardo

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A group of three friends from Eastvale, CA have come together to form a rock band called, “Original Riot.” They are Coryn Cahill, Leyla Lagueux, and Dayton Goegebuer. Dayton started playing guitar when he was 5, Coryn started singing when she was 5, and Leyla started playing guitar when she was 10. The trio met through music lessons with Michael Anderson and the Rockstars of Tomorrow Studio in Norco, Ca. “Since we shared our passion of music with each other and had similar style and interest we decided to get together, and it’s been amazing!” All three have been highly influenced by Michael, Chuck and all the instructors at the Rockstars of Tomorrow Studio. However, a big influence has come from the support and encouragement of all their families. Each one had someone specific whose support has impacted them personally; Leyla says her dad Jef, Coryn’s Grandpa Bill, and Dayton’s brother Hudson.

Original Riot’s style is primarily punk/alternative rock. However, they said, “sometimes after school when we are playing music together at one of our homes it is not uncommon to randomly change up the sound with a banjo, ukulele, trumpet, saxophone, baritone or keyboard.” At times they like to switch things up a bit and even trade instruments between them, just for fun. “Music is our passion and our ultimate style is to have fun with it!”

When Original Riot was asked what makes them different, they said, “None of us think we are that different from other kids our age.”  Original Riot has been able to find interest beyond music also saying,

“We’re just regular 12 and 13 year old kids, we go to school together, we like to go camping, paintballing, road-tripping with our families, etc. We are good friends outside of band practices or performances and enjoy doing things together in addition to our musical passions.  We have been performing together for going on 2 years now.”

For being so young, the three had great advice: Don’t give up, no matter how hard it might get (Leyla). Always do your best and be true to yourself (Dayton). Work hard for the things that you love (Coryn).

Original Riot says, “We enjoy getting together and collaborating to create our own music. We are excited to be working on our 4th original song! We love our fans and are excited for every opportunity we get to play for our friends, families and supporters in the crowd.  It’s amazing to have one of our Grandparents cheering for us! We seriously love you all!”

Original Riot has played at the House of Blues Anaheim, San Diego, Glasshouse, Whisky A Go Go, Troubadour, Chain Reaction, Vault, Relay For Life, several Community fundraising events, including the San Antonio Hospital and an event honoring our Veterans in Dos Lagos. Coming up: You can see them at the House of Blues in San Diego on November 19th 2016! Facebook message them for tickets!

Facebook – TheOriginalRiot

Instagram –@TheOriginalRiot

Website – www.TheOriginalRiot.com

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“Life Is What You Make Of It”  artist-web

Elias “Eterno Champion” Chavira

By Racine Guajardo

Elias “Eterno Champion” Chavira is a Mexican American rapper from Compton, CA. He was originally born in Whittier CA, and then lived in East L.A. until about the age of 7, where he moved to Compton after the L.A. riots occurred.

At a young age Chavira developed a passion for music, saying, “I did my first freestyle at 11 years old when my cousin’s hyped me up to bust a flow. They inspired me to buy the latest Album by “2Pac” at that time, which was “All eyes on me”, after that I was stuck on Hip Hop.”

As he became a teenager, Chavira says, “My neighbor would come over my house and ask me to work on a mixtape with No Limit Records beats.” They recorded a few tracks; however the tracks hadn’t been released. After High School, he started free styling for fun. A friend suggested that Chavira should take it serious, so he introduced him to his uncle G.L. from Mil2Mil Records. He then recorded his first song the very next day. He made two albums with M2M record’s called “The Best of Ten” & “Worlds Apart”. Chavira rapped with M2M till about 2008.

After Chavira parted ways with Mil2Mil, he was able to focus on his own music. He came up with my own label S.M.O. (Sounds Made Original/Smoke Me Out) in 2008. Since then, he has produced 2 independent albums “Success is challenging”(2010) & “Inspired by Jealousy”(2012). As well as having a greatest hits album, that includes a catalog of his favorite songs between 2006-2016 Called “10 years in the making”.

Chavira talks about what sets him apart from others saying, “I’m not just out for the money; I’m building a strong loyal fan base. No voice overs (only the hook). I rap aggressive but I’m really a sweetheart.” Also saying, “My originality of bars is inspiring, uplifting, and catchy.”

Once he entered the hip hop scene, he started performing weekly and monthly; you can catch him performing till the end of this year and next year in 2017.  He performs locally in the greater Los Angeles area including Orange County.

Elias “Eterno Champion” Chavira can be found on multiple social media sites, Facebook: Eterno Champion, Instagram: Eternochampion, Soundcloud & Youtube.

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Luis Oscar Martinez a.k.a. Knucklehead

By Racine Guajardotattoo-artist-louie-web

Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, Luis came from a big family and was heavily influenced mostly by his Tio Gary who was not only tattooed but would also tattoo on everyone he knew. At the young age of 13, Luis took his Tio’s homemade tattoo machine and started tattooing on his brother and friends. Once his Tio found out about his tattooing, he then started to teach Luis techniques which he has now incorporated into his own style. Luis has now established a successful career as a tattoo artist, working over 20 years in the business. Initially, he started working at a shop, and about 7 years ago has now opened his own shop called Knuckleheads Tattoo, with the recent re-location in Colton, CA.

Luis respects all other artists in the industry, but states, “what makes me different are my social skills, I am not only an artist but also a shrink,” as he smiles, he also says, “I like to help people so it doesn’t bother me to listen.” Luis also tattoos for PINK, specializing in covering breast cancer scars as well.

When asked what he thinks people should know about him, he states, “I think people should know you can’t judge a book by its cover, my cover is decorated and cool.” He has also prided himself in not only being a successful tattoo artist, but dedicated himself to being the best father stating, “They are my life.”

Luis describes his style as being well rounded. He loves to freehand his work as a true artist using the motto, “if you can think it, I can ink it.”

You can find Luis at his new shop, Knuckleheads Tattoo at 1231 E. Washington St. Colton, CA 92324, follow him on Instagram at Knuckleheadtattoo, as well as FB under Louis Martinez.