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New Interview; Olivia Newton-John

Posted by Showbiz Deluxe on February 13, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Check out our brand new interview with international icon, Olivia Newton-John. The beloved singer/songwriter talks about life on the road, her secret to looking fabulous and fit, overcoming her battle with breast cancer, her multifaceted career, and MUCH MORE!


Read the full interview here;  

Olivia Newton-John Cover Presentation

Posted by Showbiz Deluxe on December 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)


CHICAGO, IL (December 8, 2012) –Showbiz Deluxe is pleased to reveal an exclusive sneak-peek of our Winter 2012-2013 cover story on entertainment icon, multiple award-winning superstar, breast cancer survivor, Olivia Newton-John! This past month we presented ONJ with her official cover backstage after her show. Stay tuned to Showbiz Deluxe for Part I of the interview coming very soon!


In the meantime, be sure to read our latest show review of Olivia Newton-John here:

Dionne Warwick Cover Presentation

Posted by Showbiz Deluxe on October 7, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

CHICAGO, IL (October 7, 2012)- World renowned entertainment icon, Dionne Warwick was presented with her Showbiz Deluxe cover this past weekend backstage at Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville, Illinois. The music legend was featured on SD in an exclusive interview this past year. Celebrating her 50th year in the music business, Dionne Warwick is set to release a brand new album of classics on November 6th, 2012.   

Check out our exclusive interview with Dionne Warwick here: 


Daniela Nardi's US Album Debut

Posted by Showbiz Deluxe on June 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Introducing Daniela Nardi’s US debut album:

Expresso Manifesto – The Songs of Italy’s Paolo Conte

–In Stores & online July 11, 2012 on Acronym Records/EMI Music Canada & iTunes


"Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto turns out to be a brilliant homage to legendary singer/songwriter Paolo Conte. With beautiful arrangements very respectful of the original songs, Nardi majestically takes on this brilliant, jazz-inflected repertoire.”

~ Stanley Péan of “Quand le jazz est là,”CBC/Radio-Canada's Espace Musique.


New York, NY – One of Canada’s most celebrated homegrown artists, Daniela Nardi releases her stunning new Jazz/World music album: Espresso Manifesto –The Songs of Paolo Conte on July 11, 2012 through Acronym Records/EMI Music Canada. For more information please visit   


Award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniela Nardi shares her signature interpretations of the songs by legendary Italian artist Paolo Conte, whose stature in Italy is comparable to that of Jacques Brel in France or Tom Waits in America. Under the project title Espresso Manifesto, the Toronto-born daughter of Italian immigrants explores some adventurous and new creative territory on this album that has required her to step out of her musical comfort zone and into the wondrous exploration of the Italian Songbook.

Because Conte's work has such a strong male character, the project was extremely challenging from a female's perspective. Nardi has, however, managed to record a full album of his sometimes dark but ironic work, and draws on Conte's more vulnerable, emotional material. Her passionate re-workings of such stirring vintage numbers as the plaintive, haunting, tango-inspired "Gioco D'Azzardo," the beautifully bittersweet" Nina," the punchy, playful "Via Con Me" and the breezy, swinging "Gelato al Limon," offer powerful testimony to both Conte's enduring genius and Nardi's singular interpretive skills. The result is a transcendent cultural experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Nardi and her husband, renowned jazz pianist/composer Ron Davis, travelled to Italy to record the album at Elettra Studios in Italy's Umbriaregion. Produced by Nardi, with co-production from Davis and legendary producer/engineer Pasquale Minieri (Elisa, Vinicio Capossela, Gianmaria Testa, Francesco DeGregori), they utilized the talents of a prestigious group of top-flight players drawn from Italy's most vibrant jazz community. Already in high rotation on CBC (Canada’s nationalradio), as well as Espace Musique, the players on the 12-track album include Dario Rosciglione (bass – Danilo Rea, Mario Biondi, Norah Jones) Fausto Mesolella (guitars – Avion Travel, Paolo Conte, Gianmaria Testa), Michele Rabbia (percussion – Stefano Battaglia), Luciano Biondini (accordion – RitaMarcotulli, Enrico Rava, Ivano Fossati) Fabrizio Bosso (trumpet), Gabriele Mirabassi (clarinet – Gianmaria Testa, Holly Cole) and Marcello DiLeonardo (drums – Stefania Rava, Battista Lean, Rosario Giuliani).


“Espresso.The ultimate symbol of all things Italian. Dark. Rich. Earthy. Complex yet effortless. Elegant yet primal. Hot. When made in the right way, the only way, it is like nothing you have ever known.This is Italy to me. If one person embodies all these elements, it’s Paolo Conte. His music, his lyrics, the experience; as Italian as Espresso.

This is my manifesto, my Espresso Manifesto: to create works that proudly display the wonders of those earthy, complex, elegant, primal people, my people - the Italian people.” ~ Daniela Nardi


Daniela Nardi Awards:

Honorable Mention – Billboard Magazine World Song Contest

Reader’s Pick Best Female Vocalist – 2009 “Best of Toronto” Now Magazine

Female Vocalist of the Year – 2009 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards

Best Group Nominee – 2006 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards


 North American tour dates to be announced soon for 2012 and early 2013.



Posted by Showbiz Deluxe on May 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Celebrities Nationwide Join VIDDY, Fueling Video App’s Surging Popularity  

Celeb Users Include Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Rihanna, Bill Cosby, Katie Couric, Linkin Park, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, T-Pain, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jamie Kennedy, Lennox Lewis, Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan and Jimmie Johnson, Among Others 

Venice, CA (April 27, 2012) – In just eleven days, booming social media iPhone app VIDDY has racked up more than 5.5 million additional users, making it the #1 free app in the Apple Marketplace and in turn, has attracted a variety of celebrity users from coast-to-coast. 

Since launching last year, VIDDY, which many are hailing as the video version of Instagram, has banked more than 15 million users with over 500,000 new users joining each day. The app lets users shoot and share 15-second video clips using Adobe and Final Cut style visual effects pre-bundled into one-click production packages, similar to an Instagram filter – for video. 

Celebrities all across the board have taken notice, with many creating their own user accounts, enabling them to share intimate short videos of their lives with the entire world. Celebrity VIDDY users include Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Linkin Park, Bill Cosby, T-Pain, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Jamie Kennedy, Katie Couric, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lennox Lewis (boxer), Warren Sapp (NFL), Michael Strahan (NFL), Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR), Mickie James (TNA) and Batista (WWE), among others. 

Stars and entertainment industry gurus are not only joining VIDDY for social media purposes but also as financial backers. This week, The New York Times reported that Roc Nation, (founded by Jay-Z, which manages artists like Rihanna) and Overbrook Entertainment (founded by Will Smith) have climbed aboard as investors. The New York Times also confirmed Twitter co-founder Biz Stone as a backer. 

“Celebrities and influencers use Viddy to connect directly with their fans and creatively share moments in their lives through video," says Brett O’Brien, VIDDY’s co-founder and CEO.  "Viddy’s community-based platform is welcoming over 500,000 new users a day, including musicians, actors, sports stars, personalities, and technology leaders." 

VIDDY version 1.6.0 is available for free download in the Apple App Store:

About VIDDY:

Launched in April 2011, VIDDY is a mobile social video application that enables users to shoot, beautify and share 15-second video clips using Adobe and Final Cut style visual effects pre-bundled into one-click production packages, similar to an Instagram filter – for video. Special effects include graphics, color correction and audio tracks. Production Pack options include; Solarize, Red, Exposed, Retro, Glam, Black & White, Crystal, Hued, Vintage, Junkd, & 3D. VIDDY also offers branded / partner Production Packs including: Snoop Dogg, Incubus, The Muppets, T-Pain, Mindless Behavior and Linkin Park. Users can add titles, tags, and geo-location with Foursquare and share via the VIDDY network, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr or on a personal website with embed codes. Imagined and created in the Matrix building in Venice, California, VIDDY was founded by JJ Aguhob and Brett O’Brien. 

For additional information on VIDDY, visit


Kristin Chenoweth NYC Benefit for Maddie's Corner

Posted by Showbiz Deluxe on April 27, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth will celebrate her first concert tour with an exclusive afterparty at New York City Center June 2. The party, hosted by Kristin’s Charity, Maddie’s Corner, will take place in City Center's Grand Tier Lobby immediately following the evening's concert.


Tickets $350 each or 2 for $600


All proceeds to benefit Maddie's Corner.


For information/to purchase tickets: Email: Call: 516-672-4288


Tickets for the concert must be purchased separately from New York City Center. Attendance at concert not necessary to attend this event.


Kristin Chenoweth currently stars on the ABC series GCB . She won a Tony Award for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and has also starred on Broadway in Promises, Promises, Wicked, The Apple Tree and Epic Proportions. She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies and received 2 Emmy nominations for her portrayal of April Rhodes on Glee. She has starred in numerous films including You Again, Four Christmases, Halls and RV. She has recorded 4 albums for Sony. The latest is "Some Lessons Learned." This spring she will visit 19 cities in her first concert tour.


Maddie's Corner was founded by Kristin Chenoweth in honor of her beloved Maltese, Maddie. Its mission is to bring attention and support to animals in need and groups working on their behalf as well as to highlight the many ways animals help people and enrich our lives. "Animals Helping People- People Helping Animals"



Buddy Holly Album Project

Posted by Showbiz Deluxe on January 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the first year in The Songmasters on going charitable efforts, “The celebration of Buddy Holly who would have celebrated his 75th Birthday this year. 

At his young age, Buddy Holly was passionate about keeping his music alive and helping other young artists to do the same. Beside Holly’s musical legacy, Buddy Holly was a visionary in the early music business, developing his own label and his own studio well before these ideas became current in the industry. Holly also had other dreams to help talented peers break into and succeed in music. “Buddy did everything he could to make sure that talented young musicians and songwriters got a real chance,”explains Maria Elena Holly. “He would be especially thrilled, as I am, that so many outstanding artists are part of this effort to honor his personal commitment to recognize and help great young musical talent.” It is especially heartening that so many young artists want to join in fulfilling Holly’s dream as well.

Little did he know that his young life would be tragically cut short in February…the day the music died but his wish was fulfilled as Jackson Brown so eloquently expressed when he said, “The music didn’t die, the music became immortal”. His music influenced so many young artists..and we are talking about his legacy still today. Both old and younger artists were influenced by this young genius and the music he made.

Artists of all generations have given their time and talent for the love of Buddy’s music and to help the Songmasters’ program’s charitable efforts.

Kicked off with an acclaimed tribute album, Listen To Me: Buddy Holly, produced by Peter Asher (who has a lifelong relationship with Buddy’s music) featuring Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Ringo Starr, Pat Monahan (of Train, Jackson Browne,Patrick Stump, Cobra Starship, Imelda May, The Fray, Brian Wilson and more.

Artists at this once-in-a-lifetime event came from three generations and included Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Gram Nash, Shawn Colvin, Patrick Stump, Chris Isaak,Gram Nash, Cobra Starship, Legends like Phil Everly and Paul Anka …who knew and worked with Buddy…and more.

The Listen To Me: Buddy Holly celebration continues a year-long celebration that began on Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday and will continue his legacy for generations to come.