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Measha Brueggergosman


Measha Brueggergosman (born Measha Gosman; June 28, 1977) is a Canadian soprano who performs both as an opera singer and concert artist. She has performed internationally and won numerous awards. Her recordings of both classical and popular music have also received awards.


In 2007, Brueggergosman discovered her family’s deep history in Canada and the United States. Her paternal 4xgreat-grandparents were John Gosman and his wife Rose, African Americans who each escaped from slavery in New England colonies during the American Revolution by going to British lines. John was from Connecticut and Rose from Rhode Island. They probably met in New York City, then occupied by the British. The British gave freedom to American slaves who left rebel slaveholders and sought refuge with them. Tens of thousands of slaves, mostly in the South, took advantage of the war’s chaos to escape, so many that the plantations were disrupted in South Carolina and Virginia, especially.

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After the war, the British arranged transport to Nova Scotia for nearly 3500 Black Loyalists from the former Thirteen Colonies. John and Rose Gosman and their five-month-old daughter Fanny, born free in British lines, were recorded in the British embarkation record known as the Book of Negroes. They had passage in 1783 on one of the last ships to leave New York for Nova Scotia. Measha’s 4xgreat-grandparents first lived in Shelburne, but later settled in Fredericton. Brueggergosman learned of her African-American roots on Who Do You Think You Are, a British-based program bought by the CBC. According to Y-DNA genetic testing of her brother, it is likely their direct-line paternal African ancestors came from the Bassa people of Cameroon.


Suffering a heart condition in June 2009, Brueggergosman took some time off to recover from open heart surgery. She returned to the stage in September 2009 for a performance at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2007, Brueggergosman became the Goodwill Ambassador for the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF), a charity working for Better Health in Africa. In June of that year she travelled to the war-affected village of Patongo in East Africa to share her voice as a form of musical therapy for children. Brueggergosman described herself after the trip as “never the same” and continues her work with AMREF today.
In 2012 Brueggergosman was a judge on the short-lived Canadian reality show Canada’s Got Talent. The show was subsequently cancelled after one season.


In 2005, Brueggergosman was a soloist in recording William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, which won three Grammy awards, including Best Classical Album.
In July 2007 she was a new performer at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, singing in the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ medley and closing the show with “Ave Maria”.
She has also performed in the United States, for instance in the fall of 2009 with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, in their performance of Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time.

She performed the Olympic Hymn at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games. During NBC’s broadcast of the opening ceremony, Bob Costas remarked to Matt Lauer, co-host of Today, as the two hosted it about Brueggergosman’s performance of the Olympic Hymn: “That’s a hymn for you, right there,” and laughed. She performed an arrangement of the English sung version of the hymn in English and French to reflect Canada’s official languages.

Kodo Kumi

Kumiko Koda  (神田 來未子 Kōda Kumiko?, born November 13, 1982), better known by her stage name Koda Kumi (倖田 來未 Kōda Kumi?), is a Japanese singer from Kyoto, known for her urban and R&B songs. Having debuted in 2000 with the single “Take Back”, Koda gained fame for her seventh single, “Real Emotion/1000 no Kotoba”, the songs of which were used as themes for the video game Final Fantasy X-2. Her popularity grew with the release of her fourth studio album Secret (2005), her sixteenth single “Butterfly” (2005), and her first greatest hits album Best: First Things (2005), reaching the number-three, number-two and number-one spot respectively. Though her early releases presented a conservative, quiet image, since as early as 2003 Koda has adopted a sexier and more provocative style. Because of this image, she has become a fashion leader among young women, setting trends such as the ero-kakkoii style. She has also won many fashion awards such as, the “Best Jeanist Award” and the title of “Nail Queen” yearly since 2006. Since the rise in her popularity, Koda has lent her face and songs to many advertisements. In 2006 and 2007, Oricon named Koda as the top selling artist of the year. Jonathan Ross has called her the Christina Aguilera of Japan, while many also compare her career to that of Britney Spears. Koda has sold more than 12,000,000 physical records in Japan alone, making her the 18th best selling solo Japanese female artist of all-time. Koda is married to Kenji03 from Back-On and they have a son.

Mai Kuraki

Mai Kuraki (倉木 麻衣 Kuraki Mai?) (born October 28, 1982 as Mai Aono (青野真衣 Aono Mai?) is a Japanese pop and R&B singer-songwriter and producer from Funabashi, Chiba. Kuraki debuted in 1999 with the single, “Love, Day After Tomorrow”. In 2000, she released her debut album, Delicious Way, which debuted at number-one and sold over 2,210,000 copies in its first week. Kuraki is one of a few female artists in Japan to have their first four studio albums to debut atop of the Oricon album chart. In 2009, Kuraki saw a revival in her popularity. Her eighth studio album, Touch Me!, debuted atop the Oricon album charts; becoming her first number-one album in five years. Kuraki holds the record for being the only female artist to have all of her singles consecutively debut in the Top 10 since her debut,  and is the 38th best-selling Japanese music artist of all time. To date, Kuraki has seven number-one albums (five originals and two compilations) and two number-one singles.

Katie Melua

Katie Melua ( born 16 September 1984) is a Georgian-born British singer, songwriter and musician. She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen.   Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom’s best-selling female artist and Europe’s highest selling European female artist. In November 2003, at the age of nineteen, Melua released her first album, Call off the Search, which reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts and sold 1.8 million copies in its first five months of release. Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005 and to date has gone platinum four times. Melua released her third studio album Pictures in October 2007. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, Melua has a fortune of £18 million, making her the seventh richest British musician under thirty.  It was reported in 2009 that she may have lost millions as a result of the global economic downturn.  As of May 2011 the singer could have a £12m fortune and she came second in the under 30 rich list.

Ivana Ranilović-Vrdoljak as Vanna


Ivana Ranilović-Vrdoljak as Vanna
Ivana Ranilović-Vrdoljak (born September 1, 1970 in Koprivnica, Croatia, Yugoslavia) is a pop singer from Croatia. She is also known with her artist name Vanna.

In 1992 her professional career as a singer was launched. She joined a eurodance band called Electro Team and became an instant star. Not only was she a singer but also a co-author and song-writer of all the songs performed by Electro Team; she won many important Croatian music awards. The band’s albums all officially became platinum although is no accurate system in Croatia to monitor number of record sales. The song “Tek je 12 sati” became a hit, and was popular elsewhere across the former Yugoslavia republics.

In 1997, Vanna left Electro Team to start a solo career and record her first album, I to sam ja. Vanna has since recorded three more solo albums and has won several other awards.

She came first at Zadarfest (held in Zadar) three years in succession (1999, 2000 and 2001). Her album 24 sata reached gold.

In 2000 she came second in Dora, the Croatian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest with a song written by Bruno Kovačić and Ivana Plechinger. Being runner-up, she decided to participate again in 2001 and now won with Tonči Huljić’s song Strune ljubavi. Shortly after Dora, she gave birth to daughter Jana. Vanna represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen on May 12, 2001 and finished 10th. She sang the song in Croatian and in English, now entitled Strings of My Heart.

After Eurovision, Vanna released a live album called Vanna u Lisinkom and won Zadarfest again with Više nisi moj. She won prizes in several other festivals and she is now about to release a new album.

Vanna is married to Andrija Vrdoljak (son of Croatian film director Antun Vrdoljak) and they have two children (a boy and a girl). The family live in Zagreb.

Leona Louise Lewis bio and photos

Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is a British singer and songwriter. Lewis first came to prominence in 2006 when she won the third series of the British television series The X Factor. A multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee, her most successful single, “Bleeding Love”, reached number one in over thirty countries around the world, and was the best-selling single worldwide in 2008.


Lewis performing at the Clive Davis Pre Grammy Gala in 2009

She was proclaimed ‘Top New Artist’ by Billboard magazine in 2008. Lewis has released two albums to date, Spirit and Echo, in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Spirit became the fastest-selling debut album and the biggest seller of 2007 in both the UK and Ireland, and in 2008, Lewis became the first British solo artist to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 with a debut album.


Lewis performing on The Labyrinth tour in 2010

The fourth best-selling artist worldwide in 2008, Spirit has sold over 6.5 million copies worldwide.


Lewis at the London premiere forFlushed Away, November 2006

In November 2008 Lewis set a record in the UK for the fastest selling download-only release with her cover version of the Snow Patrol song, “Run”.[6] Lewis’s debut tour, The Labyrinth, took place in 2010. Lewis’s third album, Glassheart, will be released in late 2012. It was preceded by “Collide”, a single from the album, which became her seventh top-five hit in the United Kingdom.

Agnes Monica


Agnes Monica (born Agnes Monica Muljoto; 1 July 1986) is an Indonesian recording artist and actress. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, she started her career in the entertainment industry at the age of six as a child singer. She has recorded three albums which established her as one of Indonesia’s most popular child singers in the 1990s. She also became a presenter of several children’s television programs. As a teenager, Agnes expanded her career to include acting. Her role in the soap opera Pernikahan Dini rocketed her name into the industry. Following her rising popularity after starring in few series of soap operas, she became the highest-paid teenage artist in Indonesia.

In 2003, she released her first album And the Story Goes, which marked her transition from a child singer to a female artist. On her second studio album, Whaddup A.. ‘?! (2005), she collaborated with American R&B singer Keith Martin. She also appeared in two Taiwanese drama series, The Hospital and Romance In the White House. She participated in the 2008 and 2009 Asia Song Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and received “Best Asian Artist Award” at each event. Agnes took creative control of her third studio album, Sacredly Agnezious (2009), for which she served as the producer and songwriter. In 2010, she was appointed as one of the judges on the talent show Indonesian Idol and was also one of the international hosts of the red carpet at the American Music Awards of 2010 in Los Angeles.

In addition to her commercial success, Agnes is the most-awarded Indonesian singer. She has received numerous awards, including ten Anugerah Musik Indonesia awards, seven Panasonic Awards, and four MTV Indonesia Awards. She was also honored with a Nugraha Bhakti Musik Indonesia (NBMI) from the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Singers, Songwriters, and Music Record Producers Association of Indonesia (PAPPRI) for her contribution and support for the Indonesian music industry. She was also appointed as an anti-drug ambassador of Asia, and as the ambassador of MTV EXIT to combat human trafficking.

Throughout her career, she has often been controversial in Indonesia. When she was a teenager, her frequent comments about her goal to break into the international market was viewed by some as a pompous proclamation. In 2010, however, she signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and began work on a debut English studio album. Consequently, her slogan “Dream, Believe, and Make it Happen” was used in a 2011 cultural conference to inspire young people organized by the US Embassy in Jakarta.

Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki (born Ayumi Hamasaki (  born October 2, 1978)) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, record producer, model, lyricist, and actress. Also called “Ayu” by her fans, Hamasaki has been dubbed the “Empress of Pop” because of her popularity and widespread influence in Japan and throughout Asia. Born and raised in Fukuoka, she moved to Tokyo at fourteen to pursue a career in entertainment. In 1998, under the tutelage of Avex CEO Max Matsuura, she released a string of modestly selling singles that concluded with her 1999 debut album A Song for . The album debuted atop the Oricon charts and stayed there for four weeks, establishing her popularity in Japan.
Hamasaki’s constantly changing image and tight control over her artistry has helped her popularity extend across Asia; music and fashion trends she has started have spread to countries such as China, Singapore, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. She has appeared in or lent her songs to many advertisements and television commercials. Though she originally supported the exploitation of her popularity for commercial purposes, she later reconsidered and eventually opposed her status as an Avex “product”.

Since her 1998 debut with the single “Poker Face”,  Hamasaki has sold over 50 million records in Japan, making her the best selling solo singer in Japanese history and ranking her among the best-selling singers in the country. As a female singer, Hamasaki holds several domestic records for her singles, such as the most number-one hits overall by a female artist, the most consecutive number-one hits by a solo artist,  the highest sales, and the most million-sellers.  Since 1999, Hamasaki has had at least one single each year top the charts.

In light of the September 11 attacks, Hamasaki updated the cover of I Am…(2002) to represent peace. (Note the dove.)

Hamasaki is the first female singer to have eight studio albums since her debut to top the Oricon and the first artist to have a number-one album for 13 consecutive years since her debut

Studio albums

  • 1995: Nothing from Nothing (mini-album)
  • 1999: A Song for
  • 1999: Loveppears
  • 2000: Duty
  • 2002: I Am…
  • 2002: Rainbow
  • 2003: Memorial Address (mini-album)
  • 2004: My Story
  • 2006: (Miss)understood
  • 2006: Secret
  • 2008: Guilty
  • 2009: Next Level
  • 2010: Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus
  • 2010: Love Songs
  • 2011: Five (mini album)

Grayson name means son of grey hair man

Local Origin of Name: English
From the Old Swiss name Grayson

Meaning: Son of Grey Hair Man

Emotional Spectrum . You can’t keep him down for long!
Personal Integrity . He will tell the truth even when it hurts.

Personality . With his warm personality, he will go a long way.

Relationships . When it comes to friends, only ‘true blue’ need apply.
Travel & Leisure . Although he enjoys his home, far-away lands hold interest.

Career & Money . A career in movies would suit Greyson, a natural actor.

Life’s Opportunities . Early childhood opportunities in education will benefit him.
Greyson’s Lucky Numbers: 3 .43 . 16 . 1 . 9 . 21

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