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Orlando Parker Jr- Charly Lowry- Lara Americo

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Orlando Parker Jr: Singer/songwriter, international fashion model, actor, business manager and acvtist in North Carolina. Orlando Parker Jr., got his start as a vocalist back in his hometown of Detroit, MI. Singing in church while in his teens, lead the soulful bartitone to musical theater, then nationwide talent shows. After taking hiatus from the music business to focus on education, Orlando returned in 2016 with his first commercial release, a completely reworked cover of Stevie Wonder's ''Master Blaster''. A music video for the song was filmed in London, England in summer 2016. Four months after releasing ''The Master Blaster (Jam Lando)", Parker released his second single, "Valerie" a cover inspired by the late Amy Winehouse. In true Parker fashion, there was a music video to accompany the single. This time filming took place in Raleigh, North Carolina and included a more elaborate production. On February 23, 2017, the Detroit born soul singer releases his debut EP entitled "Tell Me No". The title track is a remake of a Whitney Houston song never released commercially. Also featured are new high energy, full band recordings of Valerie and Master Blaster. Rounding out the five song EP, which also includes Parker's 2016 mellow version of Valerie, is the orginal song "Transcend", written by the singer. Tell Me No is available for streaming on Spotify, and downloadable on Apple Music. Parker's third video features two songs, Transcend and his 2017 version of Valerie. The video is available on the singer's official Youtube channel. http://smarturl.it/TranscendValerie2017 Apple Music/http://smarturl.it/TellMeNo.applemusic Spotify/http://smarturl.it/OPJ.on.Spotify Charly Lowry: Lead singer of Dark Water Rising. Her background as a musician contains a multitudes of layers, which includes grasping for a chance at stardom in front of millions of television viewers nationwide. Becoming a semi-finalist on the immensely popular singing competition “American Idol” is a huge triumph, but where does an artist go from there? For many, the idea of post-Idol fame hasn’t become a reality, with high hopes of adulation and thunderous applause dwindling over the years. For Charly, it remains within reach. She holds constant faith in her abilities and expresses a willingness to start back from the beginning, humbly working her way back to the top. “The idea of creating ‘something out of nothing’ is always a source of inspiration for me and I’ve always been intrigued by the magic of music,” Lowry said. “Moreover, knowing and understanding that I am merely a vessel for a higher power inspires me to perform — there’s an urge to get the music out there and share our message with people from all walks of life.” Charly cites Celene Dion, Otis Redding, The Temptations, Marshall Tucker Band and the Allman Brothers, among others, as sources of musical influence. But her earliest exposure to the medium started right at home. “The first person that I ever saw with an instrument in their hand, or that one that I’d say instilled music in me, was my Papa,” she recalled. “From the time that I was two months old, he sang to me, taught me songs, and encouraged me to bring the music and songs outside of my body.” Lara Americo: North Carolina has been in the news this year for all of the wrong reasons. Activist/songwriter Lara Americo has been speaking -- and singing -- about this discrimination. Today, she’s releasing her first full-length album, She/They about her experiences as a transgender woman of color living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Americo played all of the instruments on the album and recorded herself in her closet. She’s a self-taught musician who learned how to play the flute, mandolin, guitar, bass and drums. She’s played these instruments in venues along the East Coast and is hoping the release of her first album will showcase her talents and her message of equality and equity for all. Americo has been the voice of the ACLU campaign and Change.org this summer, when House Bill 2 passed in the North Carolina General Assembly. She has been featured in The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and on Democracy Now!

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