KISS 95.7 FM & Full Circle Music Productions
Aaron Carter at Great Hall
DJ Chrystian, Alexis Babini, Signs of Rozetta, Alexander Cardinale
1 Union Place
Hartford, CT, 06103
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
He's toured the world and sold millions of records as a teen pop sensation.
Triple Platinum selling music artist/songwriter, producer, actor and younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer, Nick Carter, Aaron Carter has established himself world wide as a pop and teen sensation. Beginning his career at the age of eight, he is currently the youngest solo artist to have four Top 40 singles.
He has released four studio albums since 1997, two of which have been certified platinum and has appeared on several television series including Lizzie McGuire and 7th Heaven, as well as making his Broadway debut playing JoJo the Who in Seussical the musical in 2001. He also sang vocals on soundtracks for Disneymania (The Lion King), Ella Enchanted, Pokemon and Rugrats the Movie.
Talent, drive, musical intuition and star quality are the rare but important ingredients an artist needs to create compelling music and deliver unforgettable performances, and Chrystian has them all. Hailing from Columbus, OH, Chrystian has been responding to his personal calling to express himself through music since early childhood, singing and dancing proficiently in his first talent show when he was in first grade and winning many awards for his composition and songwriting skills as early as third grade. Someone once said, "You know you're meant to do something when it comes naturally to you," and music comes very naturally to the talented performer.
Chrystian grew up listening to and performing many different musical genres, including R&B, rap, pop and country, and this has helped him develop his unique style. Inspired most by powerful singers and entertainers, including his personal idols, Usher, Michael Jackson, Brandy and Janet Jackson, by age 12, he was already working hard in the studio writing and recording his first demo and traveling around the country to grab every opportunity to participate in showcases and talent competitions. At age 16, Chrystian appeared on BET's show 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesday, an experience that helped him build a solid fan base and deepened his love of performing in front of large audiences. Chrystian has said, "When I'm on stage, I feel a connection with the crowd. It gives me an energy that makes everything feel larger than life." And the media agrees, he is a force to be reckoned with. Reviews by publications such as the Columbus Dispatch and Favor Magazine have labeled him a "rising star" and a "sure-footed singer" with a fearless style.
Chrystian has already attracted the attention of and worked with many prominent and award-winning producers including Oak (Mario), popular Soundclick producer, Vybe Beatz, and The Jackie Boyz, who have worked with Jennifer Lopez, Cee-Lo and Mann, and wrote the platinum-selling song "Eenie Meenie," performed by Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber. In May, 2010, Chrystian won the opportunity through BlazeTrak.com to fly to Los Angeles and work with platinum-selling, Grammy-winning production duo Midi Mafia, best known for their work on 50-Cent's #1 single "21 Questions" and Fantasia Barrino's "When I See U," the third song from her self-titled album Fantasia. Since working with him in the studio, Midi Mafia have continued to mentor him and have described him as "the total package."
In 2011, Chrystian was signed to the growing record label NZBeersa distributed through Sony Red. He spent the better part of the year building a foundation through consistent live performances and in 2012 started recording his debut album, Genesis. The album is scheduled for release in 2013. The project showcases his incredible vocal abilities that often have him compared to Usher, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. Chrystian is a multi-faceted talent as a singer, songwriter, and dancer and with early feedback from radio on his music it's only a matter of time the world will be hooked on Chrystian's music.
Alexis Babini is more than just your average singer-songwriter. With an ever-growing catalogue of hook-filled, ready-for-radio songs, a unique voice and a seemingly endless supply of youthful energy and optimism, he's currently positioned to make a major impact on both the Northeast
and national music scenes. And he's determined to do it in a way that's fresh, exciting and uplifting.
In the past year, as an independent artist, Babini toured from Vegas to Nashville, held a residency in Singapore, of all places, and played seven showcases at South by Southwest. And that's in addition to finding song placements on shows like "The Real World", "I Used to Be Fat" and on Xbox Live. To date, he's released two EPs: 2008's Breaking It In and 2010's Paint & Paper, and an eagerly-anticipated debut full-length is brewing on the horizon.
Performer Magazine has described his songwriting as having "powerful, gripping melodies and
simple, yet evocative lyrics… pervasive."
He doesn't want to simply perform a song for his audiences. He wants to get inside their minds
and alter the way they perceive the world. Everyone knows about heartbreak but not everyone is
able to transport the listener exactly where they were when they felt broken.
"Catchy is always the first thing that people notice about my music," admits Babini. "However, I want my next release to grow upon this, so instead of 'Your song is really catchy' I'll hear more of this: 'Your song just gave me goosebumps.'"
With the help of Soundwave Management, he'll continue to write, tour and record, reaching new listeners and taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself in the coming years. His influences range from classic acts like the Beatles, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello to modern hit-makers like The Script and Sara Barielles.
Music is more than just his passion… it's in his blood too.
"My grandfather Italo Babini is a world renowned cellist," says Babini. "He has played Carnegie Hall, was principal cellist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and on the side he did session work
for Motown Records. His cello can be heard in the background of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' and numerous other artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and the Four Tops."
Love is the main recurring theme that Babini often submerges his writing into, but he also talks about self discovery, hopeless confusion and the age old archetype of "The bigger the struggle, The greater the triumph."
Alexis Babini is a one-of-a-kind performer, and in the coming months, he plans to reach out to asmany listeners as possible in an effort to share his talents and spread his infectious, positive vibes with whomever is willing to give him a listen.
Signs of Rozetta
Alexander Cardinale (Xander) was raised on the central coast in Monterey, CA. He now lives in L.A. where he works as a professional singer, songwriter, producer & actor. He has worked as an actor in Films, TV and Web Shows. Alexander can be seen in his first starring role as "Hank" in Chad Peter's dark comedy "Apocalypse, CA" now available on DVD, Netflix and iTunes.
Alexander has a recording studio located in North Hollywood. There, he and his writing partner/producer, MORGAN TAYLOR REID, write/record Alexander's music. Morgan also produces 7Lions (2101/Universal) Plug-in Stereo (Atlantic) & Shane Harper (AMI/Universal) among others. Morgan has been producing Alexander since they first met at M.I. in 2005.
Recently, Alexander's song "Sick Of Dreaming," was the featured music montage in episodes of One Tree Hill on The CW and ABC's Rookie Blue. Other TV placements include episodes of Ghost Whisperer (CBS), Castle (ABC), Friends With Benefits (NBC) and 90210 (CW). Alexander has also done co-writes (top-line) for other artists.
Last spring Alexander launched his fan pages online. In just a few short months he now has a dedicated following of over 100,000 fans on his Facebook & Twitter pages, alone. (250,000 total weekly fan reach online) He averages 200+ new fans everyday. The word seems to be spreading via electronic grass roots about his music.
This year Alexander WON the USA Songwriting Competition. He showcased @ SXSW 2011 and will again in 2012. He has 5 showcases at SXSW 2012 in Austin, TX. He also showcased at The Indie Music Fest, NAMM, and DRIVEN Music & Art Conference in 2011. He's been a finalist in the national and international competitions Acoustic Live, Amercian Idol Underground, The UK Songwriting Contest and the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC). He was also nominated for Best AAA/Adult Contemporary Artist of 2011 by the HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Awards). Music Connection Magazine named Alexander Cardinale one of their "HOT 100 UNSIGNED ARTISTS" in the December 2011 issue.
Today, he continues to perform live, establishing his position as an emotionally revealing and talented new artist. He's played live from L.A. to NY, Las Vegas to Florida... and Austin via SXSW.
In the current singer/songwriter renaissance, Alexander Cardinale hopes to stand out with his dense, contagious melodies and honest, poetic lyricism.