Whoever first noticed that big things come in small packages, was really onto something. Lauren Ianuzzi, AKA Chevonne, is the pixie with the larger-than-life pipes – and hair – who has been generating chatter in the music industry since she made jaws drop while performing on The Voice in 2012. Before then, Chevonne had made some inroads into the biz, touring with the likes of Lady Gaga and Estelle. She is currently performing to promote her new EP, Fire At Will, which was released September 17th. Joonbug had the opportunity to chat with Chevonne about life on the road, spirit animals, and more…
Here at Joonbug, we love great music, and the super talented English singer/songwriter Estelle is one of our favorites. When she’s not releasing music, she designs, lends her voice to television, and she can throw down in the kitchen as well. We caught up with Estelle and chatted about her busy life and what fans can expect from the multi-talented star.
Most of us know Estelle for her soulful voice, her songwriting prowess, and her dope lyricism, and as she gears up for the release of the final installment of her three-part EP series, ‘Love & Happiness‘ due out next month (December) on her new label New London, Estelle’s star has never been brighter. “I was working on the album, and I had tracks just sitting there,” says Estelle of the conception of the EP series, “and I wanted to keep giving music to the fans.” The creative theme behind the series is set to three classic romance films; Love Jones, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Estelle captures the roller coaster ride of love on every second of each installment. Citing the track “So Different” from Volume 2: Waiting to Exhale as her favorite record from the series, Estelle calls the single the “summation of where I went” in regards to her personal connection to the song and EP series.
If you aren’t a fan already, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with some of the newest looks revealed by DVF during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011. Diane von Furstenberg, the fashion design icon and current president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has been quite busy these last few months. This past July, Furstenburg announced the opening of her new Tokyo, Japan location in chic Ginza neighborhood. Her new self-titled fragrance has also been released along with her previous Fall Collection. Her looks that have graced the frames of celebrities such as Estelle, Solange Knowles, and Rosario Dawson are now available at a retail location near you.
Last night, BlackBook Magazine celebrated their milestone 15th birthday. That's fifteen years of blazing trails and featuring killer covers with a-list talent. A huge feat for a publication that has made it through the .com crash, recession and are still going strong. The festivities were held at the new Dream Downtown's PH-D rooftop lounge. The evening was sponsored by Tequila Don Julio and Heineken and featured music by Neon Indian and Das Racist. Special guests (outside of the birthday boys and girls) included Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer (True Blood), James Ransone (The Wire) and Estelle. The giftbags were stuffed with all sorts of goodies from Armani, Elizabeth Arden and Swarovski. Pop Chips (as usual) were also included. (Is it me or are Pop Chips taking over the world?)
I used to see those little black and white square images on ads all over the place. I never knew what they were for or how to decode them. That was until I received a mobile ticket from the Billboard Summer Blow Out festival last week. Sure enough, that same image showed up on my phone as my concert ticket. Attendance to the event was only available this year via smart phone or blackberry, as it was text to concert goers lucky enough to receive tickets. My friends described to me how the QR codes are a new (probably not that new) bar code technology mainly used in advertising efforts, and how it will be scanned by the staff to validate attendance. It was the first time I have ever felt old and out of touch with technology. Thanks Billboard.
Need some last minute party plans tonight but not sure where to go? Come out to Mansion and get down with Estelle when she hosts the party tonight. International Wednesdays at Mansion feature the songstress tonight, and who knows, maybe some of her famous friends and collaborators will come out with her (Kanye, we're looking at you)! Tickets are still available for pre-sale, and there's always bottle service, so hurry up before it's too late! Mansion features some of the best nightlife in Miami so the beautiful people will no doubt be lined up at the door tonight. Enjoy!
The odd pairing of Cindy Crawford and De nis Rodman also came out to celebrate the occasion and hear a short set from the multitalented, West London native who gave Mike Rothman a few minutes prior to her performance. The two talked about her new album All of Me, a secret love for photography and movies that inspire her to visit the Bahamas, when she gets a second to breathe.
It was a decadent night to say the least with caviar and bottles of Grey Goose flowing profusely for the one-year anniversary June 24 of the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. It was so decadent that the hotel cajoled Grammy-winning artist Estelle to come and perform a few songs from her catalogue, including “American Boy” featuring Kanye West.
The most effective DJ's are the ones who check their apprehensions along with their cars at the valet, and simply play songs that make them happy, thus through the transitive property, making others happy. Yeah, I took algebra.
Bardot's DJ, Rare Matthew Frauman did just that. I entered the space to Edwyn Collins', "A Girl Like You," and as I stood by the bar waiting for Rex Manning, Frauman effortlessly transitioned into The Smiths. You know, that Smith's song, they're all relatively the same, comfortable and fitting for most situations with a hint of depression. Right as I was about to confide my woes and regrets to the bartender, he lightened the mood with Estelle's, "American Boy," featuring Kanye West and then Groove Armada's, "I See You Baby (Shaking That Ass)." And shake my ass I did.