Interview with Jessie James, Drama continues over Monet Monico’s first place finish on MTV’s Starmaker, Miley Cyrus music featured on Sunday Night Football, Zoe Myers shoots music video for Love Me or Hate Me, New Jada video blogs, Tamar Kaprelian kicks off Feeding American tour, Season premiere for Greek tonight on ABC Family
Today we’ve got a new interview with Jessie James! Click here to listen in as she talks about what went into making her debut album, her new single I Look So Good (Without You) and more! If you haven’t yet, you can purchase her album on iTunes. Definitely a must have release of 2009.
Paramore – Ignorance
On P. Diddy’s Starmaker the drama continued after Monet Monico‘s first place finish last week. Because of the top ranking, her parents were given the chance to visit her in this episode. The winner for the night was Todd Sarvies. Next week the girls will be back to do their thing.
Last night, Break Out by Miley Cyrus was used as a music bumper during NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Wonder if there’s new research that football fans love Miley… maybe?
Saturday night, Zoe Myers shot a music video for her new song Love Me or Hate Me. Pictured above (top photo), Zoe’s wearing an amazing dance dress designed for her specially by Ashton Michael, who took time out from working on the wardrobe for The Black Eyed Peas tour. The cast of the video featured many of her friends, including Brando Eaton (Secret Life of the American Teenager), Stephen Lunsford (Desperate Housewives), Tadhg Kelly (Unfabulous), Samantha Droke (Princess Protection Program), Camille Winbush (Secret Life of the American Teenager), Brandon Smith (Sonny with a Chance), Beau Evans (drummer for Zoe and Savvy and Mandy), Savvy and Mandy and Chris Fedun (formerly of Jump5). Katie Cazorla, owner of The Painted Nail where the video was shot, made a very special cameo appearance. Additional photos from the shoot can be seen at Wire Image.
Over the last few weeks, Jada‘s been posting some interesting video blogs! Check them out:
This morning Tamar Kaprelian kicks off her new tour for Feeding America in Calabasas Hills, CA. To help promote the event today, David Arquette (Feeding America’s Entertainment Council Chairman) will be making an appearance. For the month of September, each performance will take place between 7am and 10am in front of The Cheesecake Factory locations and the first 500 attendees to donate two cans of soup at each event will receive a complimentary slice of the Cheesecake Factory’s new creation, Stefanie’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake.
Tonight is the new season premiere of Greek on ABC Family. Forgot where it left off? To get caught up, head on over to ABCFamily.com to watch their Cram Session video.
In less than 24 hours we’ll see the release of DisneyNature: EARTH on Blu-ray and DVD. If your anxious to see it, you’ll want to see this Choose Your Mission article. It includes facts about: how we can learn more about the majestic elephants featured in the film? What can we do to protect their habitat? Tips for families on how they can do their part are inside as well. Click here for the image. (Don’t print out!)
In Concert Tomorrow:
American Idol 2009 Summer Tour
Britney Spears, Kristinia DeBarge and One Call
Mitchel Musso and KSM
The Cheesecake Factory
Tommy2: Hey it’s Tommy2 and today we’ve got Jessie James checking in with us before her show at Lake Minnetonka. Jessie how you doin’?
Jessie James: I’m doing good. How are you doing?
Tommy2: Doing great, it’s nice… warm, but a little chilly. You excited for tonight?
Jessie James: I am very excited… I am very cold though. I have a jacket on. It’s freezing to me.
Tommy2: Kicking things off I wanted to get your thoughts on what you were thinking when you found out that your self-titled debut album came in at 23 on Billboard this last week.
Jessie James: I was very excited, um ya know I was hoping it would do well but I didn’t know it do as well as it did. I mean I’m a new artist and in this day and age to sell that many records is a pretty good start you know. So I felt very good about it and I’m very blessed that it happened the way it did.
Tommy2: And you also did some serious numbers on iTunes and Amazon as well. Those were really impressive.
Jessie James: I know it really was. The fact that it was #1 on Amazon was huge. I thought they were kidding with me when they told me and the #1 on Pop iTunes was, it was an amazing feeling. I felt very proud.
Tommy2: And about how long did the process run for you writing and recording this album?
Jessie James: Umm.. it took about two years to really get the record together, but I wanted to take that long, I wanted to really make a record that I was proud of and I wanted to spend a lot of time writing it and help producing it in the studio as long as I could and I think it’s could to take your time on these types of things.
Tommy2: So you were very involved in the process?
Jessie James: Very involved in the creative process. I wouldn’t know how to be any other way, I love writing. I wrote ten out of the 12 tracks and I helped in the studio til 3 in the morning. Helped producing with ideas and you know, I just love really being involved. I think it’s more believable as an artist.
Tommy2: With your background there do you think maybe down the road you’d actually like to get involved on the other side of things, like even producing?
Jessie James: I would love to produce one day. I’m actually learning how to run Logic right now. Umm, so I would love to engineer my own music, I’d love to produce it. I think I definitely want to be a co-producer on the second album. That will happen.
Tommy2: Now the one thing that stands out to me is like your style. You’ve got like really clever lyrics, you’ve got some great hooks and there’s like a good balance of songs from Pop and Country genres. Was that something you did on purpose?
Jessie James: Absolutely. Ya know, there wasn’t a way to do just a Pop record or a Country record. I am both. I am a Country singer, but I am also a Pop singer at the same time. I love both genres but I wanted to be able to infuse them into one record and I feel like I’ve accomplished that.
Tommy2: Yeah, and speaking of your favorites of Pop and Country. Who are the acts you look toward, what are the big acts you like?
Jessie James: What do you think? Can you guess?
Tommy2: Well obviously Christina Aguilera.
Jessie James: Yes, she’s a very big one, everyone always says that. Umm, Shania Twain of course is huge to me. Umm, of course Christina and Shania are probably the main ones that I listen to, but I also grew up listening to Bobbie Gentry for her songwriting. I love the way that she wrote songs and Shelby Lynne and Eva Cassidy. The were all great songwriters and I definitely looked up to them as well.