IN FIVE: Interview with Citizen Føur’s Josh Levi

Josh Levi
Credit: Kalie Johnson

He finished in the top 10 on X-Factor in 2013 promising fans number one hits and Grammys, and now Houston-born Josh Levi is back as part of Island Records’ newest boy band Citizen Føur.

The 18-year-old wasn’t new to performing when he got picked up for X-Factor, after being turned down from The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Josh also has a bit of an acting career, working local productions in Houston as well as having landed a recurring role on Friday Night Lights.

His passion for singing began at the tender age of 5 when he sang for his sister’s kindergarten graduation. His reason for singing is simple – to bring happiness to people’s lives. And that is something he is definitely doing.

Josh, with Citizen Føur, opened for Sabrina Carpenter on her EVOlution tour this past fall and there’s definitely more good things to come, as the band teased yesterday, “getting ready to share some exciting news in the next few weeks. stay tuned….”

Now, we’re pretty sure to be a fan of Josh’s you already know he’s obsessed with the color black and waffles. But here are FIVE things you may not know about him:

Name the one living person you feel you must work with.
Beyoncé Knowles
What’s your favorite show to binge watch?
How To Get Away Withhhhhhhh (murder)
If you could be a judge on The Voice, who would you pick for your celebrity mentor?
Alicia Keys
Oddest app on your mobile device?
DMV Genius
Samsung or iPhone?
iPhone

Check out Citizen Føur’s music video for “Testify” which just broke 100,000 views yesterday!

Get more of Josh Levi as well as Citizen Føur:

Josh Levi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoshLeviWorld

Josh Levi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshleviworld

Josh Levi on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshleviworld

Citizen Four on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Citizen4music

Citizen Four on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizenFourOfficial

IN FIVE: Kaylee Rutland Singer/Songwriter

Kaylee Rutland

Kaylee Rutland is an energetic and upbeat singer/songwriter who is studying Music Business at Belmont University. She was bitten by the music bug at the age of 8 when she performed her first solo for a Christmas musical at her church. By her teens, she was fully committed to writing her own songs. 

Where does her passion come from? Kaylee tells us, “I am driven by my faith and I’m very close with my family. I like to write and sing about positive messages with an encouraging vibe even if it’s about a tough subject.”

Her new single “Pick Me Up,” is now playing on Great American Country, CMT.com, The Country Network and Radio Disney Country (RDC).

She hopes to inspire others with her lyrics, not just make music. She says, “Sometimes people just need a song that motivates and encourages them. Even when times aren’t great, I want people to know that they can always pull through.”

Does her sound feel familiar? That’s because Kaylee has some amazing artists that inspire her. She says, “Reba, Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans were a natural part of my life growing up, because I was always listening to them on the radio.”

She’s currently working on new music and is very excited to share it with her fans, who she loves dearly. Let’s see if we can give Kaylee’s fans some new gems of information on her!

Kaylee Rutland

Here are FIVE things you may not know about Kaylee Rutland:

Oddest app on your mobile device?
Flappy Bird – I won’t delete it because I know I can’t get it back!
If you could be a judge on The Voice, who would you pick for your celebrity mentor?
Miranda Lambert – gotta represent that country music!
Iced coffees on Rodeo Dr. or shopping on 5th Ave.?
Always coffee!
What’s your favorite show to binge watch?
The Office – I’ve seen every episode 4 times
Name one thing you love to hear crunch?
Fall leaves

IN FIVE: Singer/Songwriter Rotana Tarabzouni

Rotana Tarabzouni

Singer/Songwriter Rotana Tarabzouni is a very busy person. She just dropped her second single a month after her first. She debut her upcoming EP at the Sundance Film Festival and is going on tour.

Who is she? A self-proclaimed animal/artist/woman who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Her passion for singing and songwriting is forbidden in her home country, so three years ago she moved to Los Angeles to be able to pursue music as a career. Through her music she expresses the emotions she says she feels “too much and just enough at the same time.”

Her style of music? She says, “There’s a lot of cinema and tension in my music. It comes from the experiences i’ve had contemplating rebuilding my belief system and the way I love according to what feels right to me and no one else.”

Her life journey and personal beliefs come out in her songs.

Tarabzouni told us her second single, “The Cure,” is a song about “the crazy, addictive dysfunctional animal that exists in all of us. We hang on to the people and places that surge us back to life and can come to crave it like a substance. I don’t think we should be ashamed of it, say it out loud! Let it be. And in turn, take away its power.”

This song followed “Daddy,” which she said is “a song about coming into your own power and refusing to dilute yourself for anything or anyone.”

At Sundance’s “A Celebration of Music and Film Concert” she shared the stage with artists such as Common, Andra Day, Jim James, Hunter Hayes, Peter Dinklage, Ava DuVernay and more.

So what more should you know about this spirited and rebellious artist? Here are the top 5 things she wants you to know about her:

What is your favorite color?

Don’t have one. They’re all way too good.

What is the strangest thing you ever ate?

a cricket.

Which legend of old would you want to mentor you?

Nina Simone

What is your favorite vacation destination?

My inner voice when i can fu**ing hear it.

Name the one living person you feel you must work with.
S A D E

Can’t wait to hear Rotana in person? She’s got shows upcoming in Abu Dhabi and Paris as well as U.S. dates. Want to totally fangirl over her? Check her out across social media at @iamrotana.

 

IN FIVE: Country artist and ‘The Voice’ alum James Dupré

0
james dupre

You know his name, you know his sound, but who is James Dupré?

First, let’s talk about why you know him. The YouTube sensation hit it big over a decade ago garnering millions of listeners. James appeared on Ellen in 2010 and got his first record deal in 2011.

Why would be pick this cover of a Blake Shelton song out of all his work? James was also on The Voice the season Gwen and Blake hooked up – better known as the season of Jordan Smith. The Blind Auditions got him a four-chair turn, with Blake as the holdout and evolved into an epic battle between Adam and Blake. And while Blake usually wins country artists, James went rogue with Team Adam.

Being eliminated during the Battle Rounds didn’t slow James down one bit!

James is very proud of his album Stoned to Death. As a writer on 7 of the 10 tracks on his new album, he co-wrote the others with hit-makers Neal Coty, Jessi Alexander and it is produced by Jordan Lehning.

So, you know James is country music artist, who was an EMT and hails from Bayou Chicot, Louisiana, is a Leo and is addicted to Netflix, but here are the five things we are sure you do not know about James!

Boxers, Briefs, Commando?
Boxers
What’s your favorite show to binge watch?
I’m loving Bloodline right now.
Samsung or iPhone?
iPhone, silly.
Name the most sexiest man alive.
Besides me?
What is your favorite line dance?
The Freeze

And one extra since he’s an alum:

If you could be a judge on the Voice, who would you pick for your celebrity mentor?
Vince Gill

Get James’ album today wherever you buy music!

In Five: Get to know recording artist/singer-songwriter Camille Rae

camile Rae

Camille Rae will release her sophomore album Come Find Me March 17, so what better time than now to get to know her better.

Rae hails from Mount Vernon, Kentucky and started singing at the tender age of three. By the age of 12 she was writing songs and performing with the Kentucky All-State choir. After graduating from University of the Cumberlands she taught choir then spent some time up in Vancouver before embarking on her solo career as a country music artist.

Rae dropped her first album in 2015 and had success with her single“Shadows Dance Tonight” which landed at No. 55 on the Music Row Charts.

For her latest album, Rae took a look inward and wrote or co-wrote 7 of the fourteen tracks. Her goal for her music – to tell “the intimate feelings that someone thinks but never speaks aloud.”

We also asked the recording artist/singer-songwriter some questions you may not know about her. Her answers were not as country music oriented as one would expect, although there were mentions of Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Patsy Cline.

Here are the five things we’re sure you didn’t know about Camille Rae!

What is the strangest thing you ever ate?

Curry Ice Cream

Which world leader would you like to meet?

Queen Elizabeth II

What is your favorite line dance?

Cotton-Eyed Joe

Which country would you like to visit?

Indonesia- specifically Bali

If you could be a judge on the Voice, who would you pick for your celebrity mentor?

Adam Lambert

 

Come Find Me is available for pre-order on iTunes and Apple Music with an immediate download of the track, “Pinky Promise,” and current single “I Need Me.”

RELATED: Enter to win a copy of Come Find Me through us here.

In Five: Get to know Gianna Martello, ‘Dance Moms’ choreographer

0

Gianna Martello has been dancing since the age of 6 under the tutelage of infamous Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime’s Dance Moms. Better known as “Gia” in the series, she has appeared on the show since season 1, assisting Miller to choreograph the performances of the show’s stars such as Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler and Kendall Vertes.

Martello has been choreographing routines for the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) since she was 16 years old. She has been a part of the faculty at the ALDC for 11 years, and has been a guest instructor and judge around the world on competition circuits. Her award-winning routines have earned her regional and national titles, as well as overall awards and choreography awards.

Martello’s choreography can also be seen in music videos for Todrick Hall, Kendall Vertes, Alexx Calise and MackZ.

Martello also holds a BA in Advertising and Public Relations from Point Park University. In her spare time, Martello enjoys shopping, finding new music to listen to and surfing Pinterest for new fashion ideas.

We bet you didn’t know these 5 things about Gia!
What is the strangest thing you ever ate?

Jelly beans from BeanBoozled!

If you could workout with a celebrity and their personal trainer, who would you pick?

Khloe Kardashian and her trainer!

Were Rachel and Ross on a break?

Rachel & Ross 4ever <3

What’s your favorite show to binge watch?

Chopped!

chopped
Credit: David Lang: Television Food Network
What dead person would you like to meet?

Princess Diana
Princess Diana and Prince Charle

Catch Gia on Season 7 of Dance Moms on Lifetime.

InFive: Golden Globe 2016 TV nominations

0
EMPIRE: Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon and Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in the ÒThe Devils Are HereÓ Season Two premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

InFive is a new TheCelebrityCafe.com feature where we give you five points you need to know on a topic. Since the 73d Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced today, here’s five things you need to know about the television nominations.

InFive

Streaming services lead the way

Amazon, Netflix and Hulu own four of the six slots for Best Musical/Comedy series and one of the five slots in the Best Drama Series category.

Mad Men’s final season snubbed

The second half of Mad Men’s final season was snubbed and earned only one nomination thanks to Jon Hamm.

Shows that rarely get awards get recognition

Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle and Netflix’s Narcos aren’t the first shows we think of when we hear about an Amazon or Netflix show getting attention. But they are up for Best Musical/Comedy Series and Best Drama Series, respectively. The show’s main stars also nabbed nominations.

Empire bounces back

After missing out on SAG Awards nominations, Fox’s hit Empire was nominated for Best Drama Series and Best Actress – Drama (Taraji P. Henson).

Mr. Robot is an awards player

USA Network’s Mr. Robot scored with the Screen Actors Guild and also with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Star Rami Malek and the show itself both scored nominations.

The Golden Globes are on Jan. 10. You can find the full list of nominees right here.