Palace to live-stream concert by Formica, Fredericks and VanDenburg – Moriah Formica, Sawyer Fredericks and Madison VanDenburg will perform a virtual concert kicking off at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 13) and live-streamed on the Palace Theatre’s YouTube page. Formica, who is known for her powerhouse voice and classic rock style music, was featured on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2017. Fredericks, who is up next on the ticket, entered into the national spotlight with his win on “The Voice” in 2015. Since then, the singer-songwriter has toured around the country and released several albums. The latest was released in 2020 and called “Flowers For You,” showcasing more of the rock and blues sensibilities of the folk artist. VanDenburg, a more pop-focused artist, will close out Wednesday’s show. The 2019 “American Idol” contestant and Cohoes native took third place in the show and has since released several singles including “Reason,” and “Eighteen.” For more information visit Palace Albany on YouTube.com. To make a donation to the Palace, text Palace2020 to 44321. – Read more at The Daily Gazette
‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Keo Motsepe mourns mother’s death – “Dancing with the Stars” competitor Keo Motsepe revealed Wednesday he is mourning the death of his mother. “I am gonna miss you mama. I love you #RIP,” the 31-year-old dancer posted to his Instagram story. The cause of death of Motsepe’s mother has not been revealed as of Thursday. Motsepe, who recently confirmed his romance with “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause, 39, reflected on the past year in an Instagram post last week. “While there are no words to describe the many challenges 2020 had in store for us, I find myself inspired by not only those I hold close to my heart but humanity,” Motsepe began. – Read more at Page Six
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‘American Idol’ alum Stefano talks ‘Why I’m Here,’ future plans – Singer-songwriter Stefano Langone (“American Idol” fame) chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his new music, “Why I’m Here” single, and his future plans. On his future plans, Langone said, “To continue to release music and try to get closer and closer to fans and supporters. Unfortunately, I am going to need vocal surgery pretty soon due to a polyp on my vocal cords, which is a blessing since not much is happening these days. I will be back ready to go and performing by mid to late February.”
“I have so much music from all these years and it is time to release my music. I tell people that I’ve gotten this far in Los Angeles thanks to my voice. I never had to get a day job out there, music is all I do,” he said. – Read more at Digital Journal
Nakia Cuts Back on Advocacy to Focus on Music – Nakia Reynoso, the queer blues and pop singer whose career broke with a streak on NBC’s The Voice and later became a “voice” of local music advocacy, tells the Chronicle he’s dialing back his day-to-day duties as president and unofficial spokesperson for nonprofit Austin Texas Musicians. He’ll remain an involved board member in the organization he founded as a Facebook group in 2009 and has since grown to include almost 5,000 members, but will step down as its leader sometime this year. He wants to spend more time focusing on music, theater, and scoring, and looks forward to not doing interviews about music politics every day. It’s a transition he originally planned to make in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced music representatives to double down on funding efforts. – AustinChronicle.com
Randy Jackson Wants ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ Reboot
Randy Jackson is getting back to his musical roots! The “American Idol” alum joins Access Daily’s Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover and talks about joining the new “Name That Tune” as band leader and teaming back up with Journey for a new album. Randy also tells Mario he’s down to reboot their past MTV hit “America’s Best Dance Crew” and reveals how closely he keeps in touch with his “Idol” pals Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. “Name That Tune” premieres Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 9 PM EST on Fox.