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Out Photos: Joining Hearts’ Change Of Seasons Tea Dance

Out Photos: Joining Hearts’ Change Of Seasons Tea Dance

By D. David Kinney

Joining Hearts welcomed the arrival of spring with its annual Change of Seasons Tea Dance on Sunday at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Here are some photos we snapped at the event:

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

By D. David Kinney 

All week it’s been work, work, work… but now it’s the weekend! Let down your hair and enjoy all of the awesome events and parties happening in Atlanta. The weather may be a bit temperamental on Friday and Sunday, but Saturday looks like a keeper! Highlights for this weekend include the Atlanta Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre and Joining Hearts’ Change of Seasons Tea Dance on Sunday.

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

7:00 p.m. – Glitter Pop Drag Show 2014 at Georgia Tech

8:00 p.m. – Archer Live! at the Tabernacle

8:00 p.m. – Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

8:00 p.m. – “Young Frankenstein” at the Dramatech Theatre

8:00 p.m. – Atlanta Bucks Round Robin Meet-N-Greet at Heretic Atlanta

9:30 p.m. – The Other Show at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. – Got Leche? at Club Rush

10:00 p.m. – Fundraiser For Mr. SECC 2014 Travel Fund at the Atlanta Eagle

11:00 p.m. – FEMME FATALE at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. – Boys Room at Mary’s

11:00 p.m. – Daring Divas at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. – Fur with DJ Mike Pope at Heretic Atlanta

11:55 p.m. – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) at the Plaza Theatre

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Spring Festival on Ponce at Olmsted Linear Park

11:00 a.m. – The Beltline Boil at Fourth Ward Skate Park

12:00 p.m. – “My feminism is…” Photo Shoot at Charis Books and More

12:00 p.m. - Atlanta Bucks Round Robin at Benjamin S. Carson High School

1:00 p.m. – AV200 & AID Atlanta Margarita Bust at Zocalo Atlanta

7:00 p.m. – Pure Imagination Artist Reception at PB&J Gallery

8:00 p.m. – Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

9:00 p.m. – Ruby’s Redd Light District: Spring Has Sprung! at Jungle Atlanta

9:00 p.m. – Jockstrap Sister Twister at Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. – GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. – SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. – DJ ABEL at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. - Gurlfrandz: He Is Risen! at Mary’s

11:00 p.m. – Drag Race at My Sister’s Room

11:00 p.m. – The Raid 2 (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) the Plaza Theatre

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

11:00 a.m. – Atlanta Bucks Brunch at Joe’s on Juniper

12:00 p.m. – Respect The Brunch at TEN Atlanta

2:00 p.m. – “Standing On The Side Of Love” at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta

3:00 p.m. – Designing Women Live 8 at The Process Theatre Co.

4 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Joining Hearts’ Change of Seasons Tea Dance at the Loews Atlanta Hotel

3:30 p.m. – Push Ups For P.A.L.S. at TEN Atlanta

4:00 p.m. – Hotlanta Softball League’s Extra Innings at My Sister’s Room

4:30 p.m. – Starz Presents: Da Vinci’s Demons (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) at the Plaza Theatre

7:00 p.m. – Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

7:00 p.m. – Miss Gay Georgia USofA at Jungle Atlanta

7:00 p.m. – Designing Women Live 8 at The Process Theatre Co.

8:00 p.m. – The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. – Cell Block Sunday at Blake’s on the Park

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Beach. Spa. Rave. Repeat.

Beach. Spa. Rave. Repeat.

 By D. David Kinney

With a bottle of bubbly on ice beside my lounge chair and the calming sound of water falling from a fountain behind me, I closed my eyes and basked in Ft. Lauderdale’s glorious sunshine. It feels like I’m a million miles away from Atlanta, but just four short hours ago I was wrestling with my suitcase at the Midtown MARTA Station.

It was an odd scene. I was riding the escalator down toward the MARTA train when a strap on my bag got caught in the mechanics. Admittedly, I was still half asleep so the ordeal took me by surprise at the bottom. Sure it was incredibly early in the morning, but I got a fantastic deal on the first flight out on Spirit Airlines. For less than $200 I flew round trip to Ft. Lauderdale on a comfy Airbus A321. You can’t argue with that.

I had never flown with Spirit and I had some initial reservations (pun totally intended); however, the airline quickly schooled me in why they’re so popular. You can choose what to pay for and what you don’t want to pay for on your flight. Some people on the plane were grumbling about being nickle and dimed… but I rather enjoyed the a la carte approach.

If you’re familiar with taking discount airlines in Europe this experience is rather similar. However, there are some key differences that make Spirit better. Unlike discount airlines found elsewhere in the world, Spirit’s website is fairly straightforward with its pricing. Yes, you will have to pay for each checked bag (which is fairly standard now) and pay for soda and snacks on board. But you also have to pay to bring a carry-on bag as well. Want to pick your seat? That is an extra charge, too.

The flight takes about two hours to get to Ft. Lauderdale from Atlanta which makes this sunny hotspot an attractive weekend getaway. When you get to the airport round up your luggage, hail a taxi and head straight to the beautiful Grand Resort and Spa (539 North Birch Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304). This gay owned and operated piece of paradise is one of my favorite hotels in South Florida. It was also named one of The Travel Channel’s “Best All-Inclusive Resorts” for 2014.

With lots of great gay guys from all over the country, a clothing optional Tropical Courtyard, a sparkling swimming pool and bubbling jacuzzi, the Grand Resort and Spa has everything you could ever want at a gay beach resort. What could possibly make this oasis of vacation perfection even better? The Grand Resort and Spa is also incredibly pet friendly! If your dog or cat is under 35 pounds you can bring him or her along for the fun. Not a dog fan? Don’t fret. Pets aren’t allowed in any of the common areas.

The resort also offers five different spa packages for guests. The “Beach Essential” package is absolutely perfect for a pampered beach weekend getaway. Each person receives a body scrub, Swedish massage and an exfoliating pedicure during their stay. Have you ever experienced a deep massage after spending the day at the beach? It’s the perfect way to transition from the beach to a fun night out in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami.

Looking for a fun gay place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some drinks? Head to Wilton Manors and check out Georgie’s Alibi (2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305). Whether you’re going for Sunday brunch and Bloody Marys or a good ole’ cheeseburger after hours in the surf, there is always a great atmosphere and lots of gay guys hanging out.

The food at Georgie’s Alibi is delicious, but nothing in life that tastes that good is calorie free. So grab your dancing shoes and join the always hopping crowd at The Manor (2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305). This two-level nightclub isn’t very far from Georgie’s Alibi and regularly features international DJs and well-known singers on their large stage.

Whether you’re dancing the night away in Ft. Lauderdale or sitting poolside at the Grand Resort and Spa, this is a great weekend getaway from Atlanta. It won’t break the bank, and there is so much to do you’ll undoubtedly be planning your next trip on the flight home.

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

By D. David Kinney

Welcome to FENUXE’s new weekend events feature “What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta!” Are you looking for a great event, party or show to check out in Atlanta? We’ve got you covered with a list of all the great gay things happening this weekend. If you’re running an event that you’d like to see on our list, send us an e-mail and we’ll spread the word!

It looks like we’re going to be battling rain on Friday and throughout the day on Saturday. However, Sunday looks mighty nice according to The Weather Channel right now.

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

5:30 p.m. – AGLCC’s Fourth Friday Event at Alliance Theatre

7:00 p.m. – Atlanta Film Festival Opening Night: Joe at The Plaza Theatre

8:00 p.m. – Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

8:00 p.m. – Sweet Tea: Girl Powerrr! at The Hangar

9:00 p.m. – Swank Ladies’ Night at 10th & Piedmont

9:30 p.m. – The Goddess Ravens Final Public Performance with Gender Fuzions Cabaret

9:30 p.m. – The Other Show: Turn About at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. – Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle Bar Night at Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. – Ladies’ Night Upstairs at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. – The Bill Berdeauz Radio Show Downstairs at Blake’s on the Park

10:30 p.m. – The ManShaft: Lumberjack Gear Edition at Mary’s

11:00 p.m. – FEMME FATALE at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. – Daring Divas at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. – Fur with DJ Mike Pope at Heretic Atlanta

11:00 p.m. – Spring Fever Party Edition at My Sister’s Room

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Whose Beloved Community? at Emory University

11:00 a.m. – Lost-N-Found House Cleanup at 5th & Juniper Property

2:00 p.m. – Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

2:00 p.m. – Atlanta Talons’ 5th Annual Patio Party at F.R.O.G.S.

5:00 p.m. – Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

7:00 p.m. – Decatur Women’s Sports League Casino & Game Night at The Rush Center

8:00 p.m. – Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

10:00 p.m. – Fetish Night: UnderGear Theme at Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. – Splash at My Sister’s Room

10:00 p.m. – GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. – SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

1:00 p.m. – JustUsATL Beer Bust at Joe’s on Juniper

2:00 p.m. – Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: “When I Was Your Age” at Fabrefaction Theatre

4:00 p.m. – HBO Presents: Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere at Plaza Theatre

4:00 p.m. – Lost-N-Found Youth Spring Break Beer Bust at Felix’s Atlanta

5:00 p.m. – Hotlanta Softball Opening Day Beer Bust at Jungle Atlanta

8:00 p.m. – The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. – Cell Block Sunday at Blake’s on the Park

8:00 p.m. – Princess Charles’ Birthday at 10th & Piedmont

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Minnelli Dismayed By Ellen’s Drag Joke

Minnelli Dismayed By Ellen’s Drag Joke

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Ellen Degeneres hosted this past Sunday’s Oscars for her second time after a seven year hiatus. While critics are calling her performance OK but not memorable, one joke from her opening monologue seems to have stirred the waters somewhat. Degeneres referred to Liza Minnelli as “the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen” playing her joke on the fact that the icon has been a favorite subject for female impersonators and drag queens for decades. She then added “Good job, sir” receiving a good laugh from the audience.

But it seems that Minnelli herself wasn’t laughing along with Ellen as she later commented on the joke to TMZ saying that; “I think she thought it would be funny, but she never stopped after she said it and said, ‘My friend Liza Minnelli’. So I think it went a little astray on her.” The star then quickly went on to say that: “I don’t think she meant any harm at all. She’s a wonderful lady”, and that overall it was a wonderful show, and that Ellen did a good job (even though Minnelli didn’t make the famous star-studded selfie).

Others did not take the drag joke as lightly as Minnelli and immediately took to Twitter to express their offense over Ellen’s comments. Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce was one of them, calling the joke disrespectful and transphobic, and theater writer Steve Schonberg even launched a petition to make Ellen Degeneres issue a public apology about the joke – not only to Minnelli but also to the drag and trans community, because as he stated: “Specifically, I was most offended that Ellen would act that way as a fellow gay person. Liza has been such an avid supporter of our community, even during the peak of the AIDS crisis, and simply put – I think she deserves a lot more respect.”

Whether Ellen will apologize for her joke (or insult?) is yet to be seen – but of course we’ll keep you updated.

Did you think Ellen’s joke was too much or offensive to Minnelli?

Please comment below and watch Ellen’s opening monologue (we apologize for the poor quality), and the TMZ interview in the clips below.


Source: TMZ, Huffing Post, YouTube, Change.org, Buzzfeed

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

By D. David Kinney

Something about this newfound warm weather has put a spring in our step and we’re ready to celebrate it with some awesome weekend events.

FRIDAY 2/21/2014:

7:00 p.m. Dinner & A Movie at Jungle Atlanta

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8:00 p.m. Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour at the Cobb Energy  Centre

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

9:30 p.m. The Other Show at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. DJ Daryl Cox at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Mr/Ms Atlanta Eagle Bar Night at the Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. FUR at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Charlie’s Angels at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Got Leche? at Club Rush

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11:00 p.m. Femme Fatale at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

SATURDAY 2/22/2014:

12 – 6 p.m. “Protect Your Relationship” at the Phillip Rush Center

6:00 p.m. Miss Gutterball 2014 at Jungle Atlanta

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare Follies 4th Anniversary at The Arts Exchange

8:00 p.m. Armorette Night with Atlanta Blackjack at Opus 1

8:30 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

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9:00 p.m. Ruby’s Redd Light District at Jungle Atlanta

9:00 p.m. Drag Race at My Sister’s Room

9:00 p.m. Bitch, Please! at Mary’s in EAV

10:00 p.m. LovHer / LovHim at 10th & Piedmont

10:00 p.m. DJ Rob Reum at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Jockstrap Night at Eagle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. DJ Paulo at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Karaoke Night at Felix’s

11:00 p.m. SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

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11:00 p.m. Drag-X-otic at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. Midnight Madness at 10th & Piedmont

SUNDAY 2/23/2014:

12 – 6 p.m. “Protect Your Relationship” at the Phillip Rush Center

12:30 p.m. Respect the Brunch at Eleven in the Loews Hotel

1 – 5 p.m. Bowling, Beer & Boys at Midtown Bowl

3 – 6 p.m. DRAGAVANZA 2 Beer Bust at TEN Atlanta

3:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

3:30 p.m. The Armory Reunion at Amsterdam Atlanta

5:00 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

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8:00 p.m. The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. The Silicone Outlaw at Blake’s on the Park

8:00 p.m. Flashback Showgirls at 10th & Piedmont

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

By D. David Kinney

If you’re ready to thaw out after Atlanta’s recent snow and ice storm there are tons of great events to choose from this weekend. FENUXE’s “Weekend Best Bets” are in bold below!

Valentine’s Day FRIDAY 2/14/2014:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free HIV tests for Love Day 2014 at AID Atlanta

4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Dinner at Campagnolo

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. SeaNights at Georgia Aquarium

7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. HUNK AUCTION Benefiting Lost-N-Found at Burkhart’s Pub

9:00 p.m. Heart Throb Valentine’s Day Hookup Party at Mary’s

9:00 p.m. Valentine’s Night Edition at My Sister’s Room

9:30 p.m. The Other Show – Valentine’s Day Edition at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Diva Night at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Boys Suck Valentine’s Day Party at Felix’s

10:00 p.m. “I ♥ FUR” Valentine’s Day Party at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Charlie’s Angels at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Got Leche? at Club Rush

11:00 p.m. Femme Fatale at Burkhart’s Pub

SATURDAY 2/15/2014:

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Georgia GSA Youth Summit 2014 at Agnes Scott College

12:00 p.m. Cupid’s Undie Run in Midtown Atlanta

1:00 p.m. Emerging from the Margins at the Phillip Rush Center

7:00 p.m. Romeo et Juliette NITE OUT at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

8:00 p.m. The End with Ally Queered Al Yankadic at Heretic Atlanta

8:00 p.m. Romeo et Juliette at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

9:00 p.m. Ruby’s Redd Light District at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day Event! at Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge

10:00 p.m. Pajama Party at Eagle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Drag-X-otic at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Valentine’s Weekend With DJ Gauthreaux at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Eat Your Heart Out Valentine’s Edition at My Sister’s Room

10:30 p.m. “Atlanta’s Best Dance Party” at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. Midnight Madness at 10th & Piedmont

11:00 p.m. SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

SUNDAY 2/16/2014:

3:00 a.m. New Location Party at XION

1:00 p.m. Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Monthly Meeting at First Existentialist

5:00 p.m. Armory Reunion at Amsterdam Atlanta

6:30 p.m. P.A.L.S. Bourbon Street Bingo at Jungle Atlanta

8:00 p.m. The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. Flashback Showgirls at 10th & Piedmont

ALL WEEKEND:

8:00 p.m. Well-Strung at Actor’s Express (Sunday’s performance is at 2 p.m.)

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Absolut Talent Competition At Burkhart’s Pub Rescheduled Due To Weather

Absolut Talent Competition At Burkhart’s Pub Rescheduled Due To Weather

By D. David Kinney

For weeks Atlantans have been selecting the weekly winners in the Absolut Talent competition at Burkhart’s Pub. The contestants were scheduled to perform tonight for the $3,000 grand prize; however, the finale has been rescheduled due to Tuesday’s inclement weather. 

Traffic in Midtown Atlanta quickly became gridlocked on Tuesday afternoon after the snow began accumulating. With snow still falling and temperatures below freezing the decision to reschedule the event was made. According to Burkhart’s the grand finale event will take place on February 4th at 10:00 p.m. 

Is your business or group rescheduling an event? Click here to send us an email with your information. 

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Qualify To Win $3000 At Burkhart’s Pub Tonight!

Qualify To Win $3000 At Burkhart’s Pub Tonight!

By D. David Kinney

Can you sing like a canary? Are you a chord master on your acoustic guitar? Whether it’s a hidden talent that you’re dying to share with the world or you’re known throughout Atlanta for your golden pipes you can qualify to win $3,000 tonight during the Absolut Talent competition at Burkhart’s Pub!

Since November Ruby Redd’s Hott Talent Tuesdays has been finding some of the best talent in Atlanta and tonight is the last night to quality. The 20 qualifying finalists will compete on January 28th at 10 p.m. at Burkhart’s Pub for the grand prize.

Ready to claim your spot in the final round? We’ll see you at Burkhart’s Pub at 10 p.m. tonight!

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Singing Stars Belt It Out at Jungle

Singing Stars Belt It Out at Jungle

“Sing for Your Life” is an Atlanta singing competition that features local talent and is formatted after national television singing competitions. Hosted at Jungle nightclub, the audience gets to vote for their favorite singers and the two singers with the fewest votes has to sing for their lives! Judges then decide who moves forward to the week of live shows and who is going home.

Backed by live musicians and mentored by industry professionals, contestants receive performance coaching and style consultations, in addition to media exposure. Singers have the opportunity to garner votes by showcasing their talents weekly as well as strengthening their online presence by engaging fans via a social media vote on the “Sing For Your Life” website. The winner, a new singing star, will receive complete press package, an original three-song EP, a magazine cover and editorial, multiple bookings, and a cash prize. For more details visit SingForYourLifeATL.com or JungleATL.com

Photography: Laura McCranie
Makeup: Various counters at Bloomingdales / Mason Hollandbeck
Hair: Drybar Atlanta
Stylist: Elliott Alexzander from House or Alexzander

Mentoring Panel
Barry Brandon: Producer/Promoter
JL Rodriguez: Singer/Songwriter
Michael Robinson: Dancer/Choreographer
Host: Jean Kelley

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Amanda Hale

Instrument: Singer/songwriter
Base: Atlanta, GA
Releases: “Amanda Hale” (EP)
2010; “Phatasmagoria” (single) 2013
Music Genre: Pop/Rock/Christian
Amanda Hale is a singer and songwriter based out of Atlanta. She released her first self-titled EP in 2010 and released her new single “Phantasmagoria” last year. While Amanda is known for her upbeat pop/rock material, she has stretched the musical and lyrical conceptuality of her artistry over the past few years. Through this artistic journey she says she has found a new perception of authentic creativity.

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Anna Ward

Instrument: Singer/Viola
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Pop/Rock/Soul
Anna began to sing at age 16 when she joined a Christian music band. Traveling to different states and performing at conventions, she found a real passion for people. She eventually connected with other artists online and began working with Ricky Raw, who taught her the basics of stage performance, PR, recording and mixing. While she’s had little formal vocal training, she has a natural tone and ear for music. Her major musical influences include Stevie Nicks, Christina Aguilera, Amy
Winehouse, Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan.

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Ansley Gwinn

Singer/Actress
Base: Marietta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater
Ansley Gwinn is from Marietta and first took to the stage on her family’s fireplace mantel as a child, singing made up songs. She moved to Alaska after high school and worked as a nanny and vocal/performance coach for children. She eventually moved back to Atlanta in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the community theater scene. She recently won a 2013 MAT award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

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Autumn Hamilton

Singer/Actress
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater/Pop
Autumn Hamilton attended Catawba College in North Carolina and earned her Bachelor’s in Musical Theatre. While pursuing her degree, she was recognized by her school with a vocal scholarship. Her resume spans across educational and regional theatres as well as popular music credits. Highlights include: “RENT,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Legally Blonde,”The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Queen’s Greatest Hits.”

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Briana Richel

Singer / Songwriter
Base: New York
Music Genre: Classical/Musical Theater
Briana Richel is a versatile cross over singer/songwriter. She was classically trained beginning at the age of nine. She credits much of her success to renowned Judith Fredricks of the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to classical and Broadway, she loves rock and R&B belt. When she’s not busy performing, she also works as a vocal instructor.

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Christy Clark

Singer
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater/Pop
Christy Clark, 26, is an Atlanta native with dreams of Broadway superstardom. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and is now in the process of establishing herself in the entertainment industry. Some of her greatest musical influences include: Aretha Franklin, Minnie Ripperton, Audra McDonald, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, and Lisa Fisher.

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Tim Olivar

Singer / Songwriter
Base: Valdosta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater
Tim is pumped to be a part of “Sing for Your Life” Season 2. Living and working in music business is his dream. A graduate from Valdosta State University’s musical theatre program, his theatrical credits range from college performances to professional premieres in Colorado and Florida. He loves writing and singing and has even written his own music. Tim is currently substitute teaching, writing music to accompany CDC public service announcements and pursuing a career as a solo artist.

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James Eldridge

Singer
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: All
James Eldridge has been singing since he was 15 years old. He enjoys open mics, karaoke and basically anything involving music. His musical influences are Darren Hayes, One Republic, The Fray, The Script, Gavin DeGraw and Boyce Avenue. Originally from Columbus, James moved to the Atlanta area approximately three years ago. His other interests include horror movies, tattoos and animal rescue.

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Erick Uphoff

Singer / Actor
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Musical Theater
Erick is originally from Chapel Hill, N.C. He currently lives in Atlanta, but has just moved back east from Los Angeles where he has worked in many facets of the field of entertainment, including dancing , acting and singing. Erick has performed on stage and screen with the likes of Joss Stone, Heather Headly, Stevie Wonder, Mario, Irene Cara, Babyface, El Debarge, Jamie Foxx, Colby O’donis and Skyline.

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Dominic Greco

Singer
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Acapella Group/
Theater Music
Dominic graduated in December 2012 from NC State University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Environmental Sciences. Throughout his college years spent studying his chosen topics, he consistently maintained an interest in singing and performance. In his sophomore year, he auditioned for a co-ed a cappella group that changed his view of college and his path thereafter. Dominic now resides in Atlanta pursuing his passion.

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Edwin Young

Singer
Base: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: All
Much of Edwin Young’s early musical experience comes from church, where he began singing as a child. He loves writing music, arranging music and singing. In high school he was the founder, creator and the arranger of his high school choir ensemble. He has no vocal training or college experience in music, but possesses a natural gift he looks forward to sharing with Atlanta audiences.

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For Lack of a Better Name

Singer/Group
Base: Fayetteville, GA
Music Genre: Pop Music This dynamic singing trio is made up of three close friends from the small town of Fayetteville, Ga. Members include Estibaliz (Steabz) Martinez , Alexis Fabian, and Terryne (Tank) Harris. Alexis and Steabz have been friends for 14 years and they have both been friends with Tank for the past 7 years.

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