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Behind the Music : Singer Songwriter Héllena

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Born and raised in a small village in Greece, Héllena always felt the need to move to a big city and chase her musical dreams, which she did in 2005 by relocating to Athens where she took Piano and Modern singing lessons. In 2009 she started writing her own material. Héllena recorded her self titled EP in 2010 at Artemis studios. In late 2011 she decided to take a leap of faith and moved to the UK to work on her debut album with the MTV award winning Producer Stereo Mike. The first single borne out of the collaboration was “Don’t Change”. This set the scene for what’s about to come. Living in London for only a short time, Héllena made it into the top 20 on MTV Unsigned, gaining 3 Gold awards on BEAT100 for her song “Don’t Change”. Héllena had the privilege in March 2013 of performing alongside Stereo Mike at SXSW festival. Early 2014 saw Héllena reach the heights of no2 in the ReverbNation’s Soul/R’N’B charts for London. Héllena is now fast establishing a strong online fanbase as well as performing with her new band at live gigs. May 2014 sees the new single “Dream Big” from her forthcoming album “Body and Soul” being released. This Singer/Songwriter is being tipped for future success and keep your eyes peeled to this talented diverse artist. Héllena has come to the attention of the BBC with an appearance on BBC London 94,9 fm Simon Lederman show in early April 2014. -

AVA Live Radio Interview HellenaINTERVIEW:
Jax: You’ve had a recent name change from Helena Micy to Hellena. What promoted you to change your name?
Hellena: I changed my name for many different reasons but the most important ones are that most of the people were pronouncing “Micy” the wrong way and that now my name is more Hellenic…Greek

Jax: How are you adjusting your name change on social media, your web site and across all your previous advertising?
Hellena: It takes hard work to change your social networks and everything. For example I had to create a whole new Page on Facebook and lost the 2200 fans I managed to gather there in 2 years…so it’s not that fun..but it had to be done.

Jax: Do you feel that this will confuse your current fans?
Hellena: People need time to adjust to the new name now…but it’s not totally different from the one I had before so I guess everything will be as it’s supposed to be in few weeks time.

Jax: How do you feel that this change will benefit your career?
Hellena: I feel that I will benefit from the name change in the long run. It’s memorable, easy to pronounce, unique and it’s 100% me. It feels right…and when something feels right, I go with my guts.

JAX: What have you always wanted to do if your ever given the chance?
Hellena: Singing… and thankfully I’ve been given this chance already. :)

Jax: Would you consider yourself a spiritual person?
Hellena: I believe we’re all the same and that we should treat each other equally. I also try to surrender to the unknown…so hopefully I am a spiritual person.

Jax: Tell me a story about your song. Why you wrote it. Explain the meaning. What does it mean to you? Is it about someone?
Hellena: I think that nobody can find contentment and live a happy life without Dreaming. I love merging real life with imagination. It’s in my DNA. I am personally convinced that imagination and real life are somehow connected. Your thoughts become your reality.
I wrote “Dream Big” during a very difficult period in my life. I wasn’t able to dream at all during this time and I needed something to keep me going and keep me alive. My lyrics for “Dream Big” certainly did. They somehow saved me.

JAX: Do you believe that our journeys are routed by fate or are we predestined to live eternally by reincarnation learning as we move thru time and meeting up with the same souls continuously?
Hellena: I really don’t know. I just try to enjoy life as much as possible and go after my dreams. I really don’t think about next or past lives. I am more concerned about the “NOW”.

JAX: Have you every heard of the power of positive attraction? It is where we attract what ever we think of. If we want success, then we only think of only success. If we think of what we don’t want to happen, we can attract that too. What do you think about the concept? Have you used it in your journey? If so how and did it work?
Hellena: Yes I totally believe that. I’ve seen it happening countless times in my life so I try to think positive as much as possible and go with the flow which is not easy by the way since I am a control freak… hehehe

JAX: I know what you mean about losing inspiration for dreaming. I am a big dreamer, it let’s me create the world I share with others. Things can take my inspiration like people, sadness, exhaustion, burn out….. What happened to cause your block?
Hellena: Many things happened back then which I don’t want to remember since I am in a really good page of my life at the moment, but these things that happened to me…made me stronger and better..helped me evolve as an artist and as a human being too so I am thankful they happened to me in the end. :)

Jax: I was just recently answering an email to a reader who is feeling depressed and in a rut. She has lost her inspiration and her days have become a routine. Can you offer any ideas or advise for her?
Hellena: Sometimes when you’re depressed you cannot push things because they will only get worse. I think acceptance of the situation and belief that things will get better as they always do is the best option but I am not maybe the right person to ask. Hehe

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A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music

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A.V.A Live Radio :: WHO WE ARE
I’m Jacqueline Jax, producer and host of A.V.A Live Radio, “The Voice of the New Music Generation.” www.AvALiveRadio.com
is an indie radio station solely dedicated to helping the struggling independent artists in a new and innovative way. Our station not only provides new artists with a platform to tell their story, we get their music heard by finding just the right people to get the music in front of. From movies to management, we don’t only play the best independent artists from around the world, we are working hard behind the scenes to get their music heard by industry professionals who are already searching for movie sound tracks, indie artist tours, commercials, events, and recording contracts. In addition, A.V.A Live Radio also provides a mentoring program where artists give back to other artists, educational resources on the music industry as well as personal and business branding from industry professionals in our community to those who need help thru our Game Changers Series interviews. We are committed to staying a 100% Commercial FREE Radio station, free from censorship just like the independent artists we support.ARTIST MENTORING PROGRAM
Something that you may not be aware of is our mentoring program that happens behind the scenes. Every artist who submits music for airplay is reviewed and evaluated by knowledgeable music industry professionals for recording quality, vocal ability and creative originality. If an artist isn’t ready to go live, we provide them with an experienced mentor to help them with guidance. The amazing people who mentor for A.V.A Live Radio are all talented artists and music industry professionals happy to give back to our music community because they believe in our vision and know how important this step is to a new artist.A PLACE TO GROW
Artists need encouragement, knowledge, experience, and a place to grow. A place with no boundaries, no limitations, a place where they feel comfortable being themselves. As an artist myself, I have looked to surround myself with supportive people and consider myself very lucky to be a part if this amazing community that has gathered around the A.V.A. As the host of this amazing show, I have had the ability to see first hand what this station has brought to new artists over the three years we have been working towards this vision and I know that we make a difference in people’s lives and I believe that this station has the capabilities to help people all over the world on levels of education, inspiration, creativity, culture, and community. I am so excited to see you all become a part of our A.V.A Live Radio Team.RISKS AND CHALLENGES
Producing a weekly completely independent show is not easy, especially with no operating budget and only volunteers to help. Despite our limitations, we have been doing it successfully for 3 solid seasons and are setting a first goal to triple our programming. if we reach our fund raising goal to have the proper resources to support it.

OUR COMMUNITY
Our active community of creative people from all around the world is expanding every day but keeping all these amazing free services going takes equipment and resources. Now that we have perfected our process, it’s time to ask for your help. As this is our 3rd year anniversary, I’m asking for you to join me in our quest to make a difference.

DONATIONS
Calling ALL artists and music lovers! The A.V.A has been there for you, now your help is needed. Spread the word to your social pages and email lists because this is going to help all of us get connected and rise to the next level. This is a non-profit station and all funds will be used to increase the amount of shows on our programming schedule so more artists will have this opportunity for exposure. Your help will also allow us to triple our artist mentoring program, hire some talented help, give opportunities to reporters to bring in stories and music coverage from your home towns, expand our reach to a wider audience, and bring in some new updated technology to bring you the best quality programming possible. Our foundation has been poured, now this is your turn to help us move into the future of Internet radio.

To make OUR dream a reality, we are simply turning to our listeners and fellow artists to support A.V.A Live Radio with your donation and keep the music ALIVE. Our goal is to raise $150,000 for the 2014 programming. I hope you will help us. We have some amazing sponsor gifts and opportunities for those who are able to donate $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000 or more but whatever the gift, $1, $5, $10, $20… please know that we are very grateful and we want to extend our sincere thanks to you for your generosity and support of the independent artist. The A.V.A is a family and we love having you on our team. We understand that contributing money may not be an option to everyone. That’s ok. Our broadcast is open to everyone around the globe, whether a donation can be made or not. If you are unable to donate at this time, remember that one of the best ways you can support A.V.A Live Radio is by telling your friends about us!

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Apple Launches Iphone Music

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by Pete Pachal June 2013
Apple is diving into streaming music with a new service called iTunes Radio, the company announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today.

Similar to Pandora, iTunes Radio will create themed Internet radio stations based on specific songs, and Apple provides “featured” radio stations as well. The service will be free for users, although it’s supported by ads. However, if you’re an iTunes Match subscriber, you’ll get it ad-free.

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iTunes Radio will be available on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) running iOS 7 as well as the iTunes on the Mac or PC. Some of the pre-packaged stations include Summer Songs and Trending on Twitter (which appears to pull in songs from Twitter Music).

Apple made deals with the major music labels for iTunes Radio in the last few weeks, reports indicate. The company first signed on Universal Music, then Warner and finally Sony just a few days ago.

Although streaming music services have been around for a long time, Apple appeared content to remain the dominant player in music downloads, offering only only an extremely basic “Radio” section of the iTunes app for online radio stations. However, user habits are shifting away from iTunes toward streaming services, market statistics reveal, and Apple clearly decided it need to compete in the space.

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Get Airplay on A.V.A Live Radio with Global syndicated listenership. Selected artists will have their music made available for airplay in over forty countries via A.V.A Live Radio with syndication reaching up to 1 million people around the world.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get your music heard. Signup for our online music community now (here) and submit your music now for New Music Monday.

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Only 1 more day to vote for your favorites before we play your Top 5 songs tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
Vote now by playing and sharing your favorite new artists from our top 20… www.reverbnation.com/avaliveradio

Leading so far:
#1 Gasoline- Iridesense
#2 Battle between : Tell Me What You Will – Glenn Goss Double G & the Coolbeans & Sorry- Bill Hartmann
#3 Battle between : Can’t Stop Love- James McVay / Beautiful- Ryan Stone and Don’t Ask Why- Shauna Sweenie
#4 As You Fall- Orange Avenue
#5 Naked- naomi psalm
#6 Gypsy Heart- Dream Aria
#7 She Was Beautiful- Eric Muniz
#8 L’Autobus- LAF

#9 It’s Only Fair- Joshua Stedman
#10 Desperate Times- Chris Michaud

Jean-Pierre Klifa

Music Journal: Music is the sound of life..

“Music is a gift that everyone should have in their lives. Whether your a singer, composure or a listener a life without music is no life at all. Music is the sound of life. Xoxo, Jacqueline Jax”
Host of A.V.A Live Radio ( from original post @ www.JacquelineJax.com)

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Stephen Welch: Saint Petersburg Florida -SUNSET MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

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Orange Avenue: On the Set
Orange Avenue’s energy and songwriting captivates everyone that crosses their path. When the five members hit the stage, they light up a room.
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Rich Conklin and The Renegades:
“Been drumming for over 30 years now, played several hundred shows, recorded 1000′s of songs, and am still trying to be a better musician and make a living at it.”
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Jean-Pierre Klifa: Blues Band
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Sherrie Austin

A.V.A Live Radio Features CMT Sherrie Austin

Interview with Sherrie Austin June 13 @ 10 A.M eastern

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2012/06/13/ava-live-radio-features-singersongwriter-sherrie-austin
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Join host Jacqueline Jax as she shares the dreams, life and music of career artists, Sherrie Austin. From Music to Stage this amazing talent has done it all and done it well. ACM nominee for “New Artist of the Year”, #1 Chart position holder on CMT’s Countdown for her music videos and recipient of the “Golden Guitar Award” in her native country Australia.

For some kids, the circus — that colorful, nomadic, thrill-filled world- is a place to watch, in awe, the death defying acts, eat the cotton candy and peanuts, and laugh at the clowns. For Australian singer/songwriter Sherrie Austin, it was pretty much a way of life.

Get inspired by her story…

Connie-Kim

A.V.A Live Radio Interviews Singer Songwriter Connie-Kim

Listen to the show: Sun, June 10, 2012 10:00AM

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Join host Jacqueline Jax as she interviews Singer Songwriter Connie-Kim.. Get a look inside the inspiration, life and dreams of this talented and unique song writer. Featuring Music by Connie-Kim.

Connie-Kim was born in the middle of Hollywood. Even there she felt odd. As a child she would walk around the house on her hands, so she could see what the world looked like upside-down. At six years of age she joined the Bluebirds, but quit soon after, deeply disappointed that they never traveled to even slightly exotic lands. She began teaching herself to play the guitar and piano, writing her first song in the third grade. She loved music, but she also loved dance. The year that followed was tumultuous. She began to question her initial plans of becoming a nun, a flight attendant, a spelling bee champion.
Soon she was off to art school to study ballet and modern dance at the revered North Carolina School of the Arts. There, between classes, she would sneak into the piano room and write songs that she would perform with her band at night. Before long she was living in New York city, warming up on stage with a dozen dancers and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and travelling to all those strange and faraway lands she had always dreamed of. She brought her guitar with her everywhere, but she still missed music too much; and in a sudden moment, she decided to hang up her dance shoes.

Cheered on by musical greats Van Dyke Parks, Scott Litt, and Grant Showbiz, Connie-Kim’s first release arrived, with songs described by one reviewer as “jagged daggers dipped in honey”. Raised on opera and classical, and in love with electronic and ambient music, her influences are wide ranging: Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, Aaron Copland, Laurie Anderson, desperation, Tom Waits, Jiri Kylian, Diane Arbus, Francis Bacon, New York city, Mark Rothko, Italo Calvino, wonder, and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Her upcoming CD, ponderosa, co-produced with Mike Schmid, unwraps in a series of unsettled and sparkling moments, drifting through recollections of western spaces better left to memory. What started off with the $22 she had in her pocket is now a collection of panoramic jewel boxes combining string bass, violin and other acoustic instruments, electronics, and things found in the kitchen. Connie-Kim is in Los Angeles now. You might see her perform at the Hotel Cafe, the Harold Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, or a hidden coffeehouse. Whether accompanied by Daphne Chen of the Section Quartet or George Schwindt of Flogging Molly, she might sing you a song about an eastern city or a trapeze artist who’s afraid of heights. Someone once said if Mary Poppins and Leonard Cohen were lost at sea on Federico Fellini’s dinghy, they’d be singing songs by Connie-Kim.

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Steve Minotti Glenn Goss

Music Journal: It’s a Living…

“One of the things I love best about my job for A.V.A Live Radio are the people I get to meet from all over the world. I hope you enjoy my weekly music journal featuring photos by these amazing people who are making their dreams come true every single day. Here are this weeks favorites. Xoxo, Jax ” (from original post at www.JacquelineJax.com)

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Jason Martinez : Miami’s TOP prematurely grey anchor of morning news. L.A. Native. Proud Miamian. Classically trained air tambourine player. Flip-flop enthusiast.
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Joshua Stedman : Bottom line, music is my passion. In the process of releasing my first album, a major focus right now. This project is like writing a book, my first book. Next step — share it with all who may appreciate it.
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Insignia: At the intersection where real life meets passion and obsession you’ll discover Insignia, a band living out their dreams of rocking crowds and gaining fans from all walks of life.
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I love this picture. My co-host of A.V.A Live Radio Steve Minotti with Glenn Goss, Kenny Minotti, and Chris Korzen ..
Glenn Goss- I remember that being a very cool night of music – I miss playing with Minotti
Stephen Minotti – I miss playing with you to Glenn
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