Music managers (and long-time friends) Paul Fishkin and Scott Ross came to Las Vegas because their artist, Laura Warshauer, and her band were invited to perform at the Palms in Las Vegas. Tolga and I met them after the soundcheck, then had dinner together where we discussed strategies to use new technology to promote and monetize emerging new artists in innovative ways.
On the left is music executive and manager Scott Ross with lovely Laura W.
(I snapped these with my cell phone, sorry about the quality. )
This is Paul Fishkin next to me. He co-manages Laura. It may look as if Paul and I are arm wrestling
and he’s beating me, but if you notice my positioning, I could easily pull a half-Nelson
and take Paul down if I wanted. But since Paul is a music legend with the midas touch and
since Laura and Scott intervene and beg me to spare Paul, I let him go for the sake of the project.
Laura thanked me right after soundcheck.
Here I am hugging (not restraining) Tolga Katas. But I am holding him down gently so he can’t
escape to get his camera. He’s always behind the camera. For once, Tolga and I are in the same picture.
Seriously though, here’s Paul using his Blackberry to show Tolga the AAA radio stations that have added Laura’s new single, “Wishing Well.”
It turns out that “Wishing Well” was one of the most added songs on AAA radio this week.
The show was called the Gibson Acoustic Asylum and it was packed. Laura performed passionately and fascinated
the audience with her unique voice, her varied melodies, her intelligent lyrics and her beautiful range.
Laura’s sound is laced with familiar and powerful vocal flavors ranging from Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush
to Imogen Heap, but it is her distinctive sound and style that sets her apart.
On her upcoming album, four of Laura’s newest tracks were produced by the legendary Thom Panunzio
who has worked with major names such as Bruce Springsteen, Nelly Furtado and U2.
Laura and her band received a highly prestigious Gibson and Epiphone Guitar endorsement deal,
and an endorsement deal from Blue Microphone. They used Gibson guitars at the show, of course.
As further acknowledgement of her talent and creativity, Laura was chosen by BMI, Songmasters
and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame as the 2010 recipient for the first ever Buddy Holly Award.
The audience response to Laura and the band was fantastic. To learn more about Laura, go to http://laurawmusic.com/
After Laura’s performance, we all stayed and watched others perform.
One of them was Frankie Moreno who is now making his debut as America’s next modern-day crooner.
He’s crazy, this guy. Frankie Moreno oozes charisma, has the sex appeal of Harry Connick Jr. meets bad boy Robert Downey Jr.
When you combine his contagious music with his playful stage antics, you get an audience full of smitten fans.
Frankie Moreno, of course, is supported by his band…
which includes his brother Tony. Tony is a friend of pop artist Kandice Melonakos from years ago.
Frankie’s band included some guys from Air Supply, Lizzie the cellist, a vicious guitarist that looks like Bruce Willis,
and a saxophone player to die for. For more about Frankie Moreno who is now signed to a major label
check out his web site HERE.
Afterward the performance, Paul made sure Laura got on the radio show that followed.
Famed Vegas comedian Gordie Brown was in the audience cheering on the artists.
Gordie Brown is an avid supporter of emerging new talent. He gave us an invitation to his show and we made plans to talk.
Of course we’ll talk to him about a Gordie Brown iPad app, among other things.
In the mean time, if you want to hear “Wishing Well” by Laura Warshauer,
just call your local AAA radio station and request it.