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Simone Simons


Simone Johanna Maria Simons (born 17 January 1985) is a Dutch mezzo-soprano singer and the lead vocalist of symphonic metal band Epica. In early 2002, Mark Jansen left After Forever over creative differences. He then began looking for musicians who would work towards a more classical/symphonic type of music project; this was initially named “Sahara Dust”.

In late 2002, the band courted Helena Michaelsen (from Trail of Tears) as its frontwoman, but shortly after she was replaced by the then unknown so-called mezzo-soprano Simone Simons, who was Jansen’s girlfriend at the time. The band’s line-up was completed by guitarist Ad Sluijter, drummer Jeroen Simons, bassist Yves Huts, and keyboard player Coen Janssen. The name was later changed to Epica, inspired by Kamelot’s eponymous album. Epica then assembled a choir (made up of two men and four women) and a string orchestra (three violins, two violas, two cellos and an upright bass) to play along with them. Still under the name Sahara Dust, they produced a two-song demo entitled Cry for the Moon in 2002. As a result, they were signed to Transmission Records. simonesimons3 Epica performs a blend of progressive metal, gothic metal and symphonic metal. Another component of Epica’s style is power metal; their former guitarist Ad Sluijter having described the band as “a bridge between power metal and gothic metal.” Vocalist Simone Simons has expressed a preference for the group to be described as symphonic metal though the founder of the group Mark Jansen notes that they do not mind being called gothic metal. simonesimons4 The music of Epica is aggressive, bombastic and excessive with some songs being “epic, grand and majestic” and others “more subdued and introspective.” The band is also known to have progressive tendencies while a gothic atmosphere and sentimentality is also present in their music.

Jared Leto

hugo-red3-300x229 Jared Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, musician, singer and songwriter. Leto has appeared in both big-budget Hollywood films and smaller projects from independent producers andart houses. He rose to prominence for playing Jordan Catalano in the teenage drama My So-Called Life (1994). He later made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and received first notable critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997). Jared Leto45 Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998) and Girl, Interrupted (1999), as well as the lead role in the horror film Urban Legend(1998), and earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (2000). Jared Leto61 He has worked with director David Fincher in Fight Club (1999) and Panic Room (2002). Since the 2000s, Leto has been nominated for awards for his work in such films as American Psycho (2000), Highway (2002), Lord of War (2005), Lonely Hearts (2006), Chapter 27 (2007), and Mr. Nobody (2009). Jared Leto53 Leto is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for 30 Seconds to Mars. He formed the rock band in 1998 in Los Angeles along with his older brother Shannon Leto. Signed with Immortaland Virgin, 30 Seconds to Mars released their self-titled debut album in 2002 to positive reviews. Jared Leto6 The band’s follow-up album, A Beautiful Lie (2005), went platinum in several countries. This Is War, the band’s third album, arrived in December 2009. Leto has also directed music videos, including the MTV Video Music Award nominated “The Kill” (2006), “Kings and Queens” (2009), and “Hurricane” (2010).

Udo Mechels


Udo Mechels, born in Brussels on 10 May 1976, is a Belgian singer commonly known simply as Udo. He won the first season of the Belgian version of The X Factor in 2005. In 2003, Udo participated in the first season of Belgian Idols, but lost in the semi-finals to Chris D. Morton and Tom Olaerts. In 2005, he was a contestant on the Belgian edition of The X-Factor, and won in December 2005. Udomechelen Udo released his debut album U-Turn and his #1 debut single “Isn’t It Time”, a cover of the song by The Babys, in 2006. He received a gold record for U-Turn during the TV programme Tien Om Te Zien on 4 July 2007. In 2006 Udo also received a TMF Award for “Best New Artist” and the Radio 2 trophy for “Breakthrough of the Year”. udomechels2On 30 March 2007, Udo performed “Ik Mis Je Zo” by Will Tura on the Flemish television show Zo Is Er Maar Één and won. Udo released this song on 19 April 2007 with “Tu Me Manques”, the French version of this song, accompanying the single. He received a gold record for this song during Tien Om Te Zien on 5 September 2007. His next album, Good Things Coming was released in January 2008. udomechels3 Udo has his own live-band, Udo Live!, which first performed on 28 March 2007 at De Zuiderkroon in Antwerp. The live band consists of guitarist Chris Van Nauw, Roberto Mercurio playing bass guitar, David Demeyere on drums, Jan Samyn keyboardist, and Marva Nielsen and Dany Caen providing backup vocals.

Natalie Gauci


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Natalie Gauci (born 26 November 1981) is an Australian singer of Italian and Maltese descent. Gauci undertook music tuition at theVictorian College of the Arts, formed her own band that played gigs in Melbourne, while also working as a music teacher. After an appearance on Triple J Unearthed, she successfully auditioned for the fifth series of Australian Idol in 2007 and went on to win the series.

Gauci subsequently signed a record deal with Sony BMG Australia and released her debut single “Here I Am” which reached number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and gained a gold accreditation. The single was followed by the release of her debut album titled The Winner’s Journey. It reached number eleven on the ARIA Albums Chart and went on to be certified platinum. In 2010, she formed an electro-pop band with producer Paul Brandoli called Tune In Tokyo, of which she is the lead singer.

Gauci progressed successfully through the top 12 knockout phase; it was not until the eighth week, with five contestants remaining, that she appeared in the bottom three—the three contestants with the lowest number of votes that week. Several of her performances earned acclaim; The Courier Mail noted her renditions of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, Kate Bush’s “Running Up that Hill”, and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” as highlights. Her performances of “Umbrella”, Divinyls’ “Boys in Town”, and Morgan Lewis’s “How High the Moon” earned “touchdowns” from Holden.

Gauci and Matt Corby were the final two contestants of the top 12, and thus progressed to the grand finale. At the conclusion of every series of Australian Idol, the winner releases a single dubbed the “Winner’s Single”. The 2007 winner’s single, “Here I Am” was written by Lindy Robbins and Tom Leonard, who had previously written for the Backstreet Boys. Gauci was critical of the song when she first heard it, professing confusion as it was written with male vocals. She thus rewrote the song to be more consistent with her style of music. On 25 November 2007, Gauci was declared the winner of Australian Idol 2007. She became the first contestant to progress to the top 12 through a lifeline from the judges to win the competition.

Zachary Walker- Zachary Hanson



Zachary Walker- Zachary Hanson

Zachary Walker “Zac” Hanson (born October 22, 1985) is an American musician, best known as a member of the pop rock band Hanson. He plays drums, percussion, piano, guitar and also sings back-up and lead vocals. He was the lead singer on “Go”, the second single from The Walk.


Hanson was born on October 22, 1985 in Arlington, Virginia, and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the third child of Walker and Diana Hanson. In 1992, he and his older brothers Isaac and Taylor formed a band called the Hanson Brothers (later shortened to Hanson). In May 1997, the band released their first major album (third studio album), Middle of Nowhere with Mercury Records. The first single, “MMMBop”, made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Hanson is one of the youngest artists ever to have a number one single (UK & US charts), second only to Michael Jackson.


After releasing three albums through the record company Island Def Jam (formerly Mercury Records), the band parted ways with the label in 2003 due to irreconcilable differences and formed their own independent label, 3CG Records.


Hanson, at age 12, was the second youngest person ever to be nominated for a Grammy award (second to Michael Jackson). He holds the title of youngest songwriter nominated for a Grammy (same year).

Hanson is a co-founder and co-CEO of 3CG Records, along with brothers Isaac and Taylor.


Marina and the Diamonds


Marina Lambrini Diamandis ( born 10 October 1985), also known by stage name Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter.She rose to fame after reaching number two on the BBC Sound of 2010 poll list, coming second to Ellie Goulding. After releasing one private EP, Diamandis released her second extended play, The Crown Jewels EP, with help from Neon Gold Records, in 2009.


Now signed to 679 Recordings, she released her debut full length studio album, The Family Jewels, followed by her third extended play, The American Jewels EP, in 2010. In 2011, Diamandis announced that she was working on her second album, Electra Heart, which was released in April 2012 and went to No. 1 in the UK and Ireland.


Her stage name, “Marina and the Diamonds”, consists of Diamandis’ first name and the translation of her surname, which means “Diamonds” in Greek. According to her, “The Diamonds” are not her backing band, but her fans.


Diamandis’ musical style ranges from keyboard-based ballads to more up-tempo New Wave-style songs with full band backing. She has cited a wide-range of influences such as Daniel Johnston, Blondie, Kylie Minogue, The Distillers, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, Garbage, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Britney Spears, Yann Tiersen, Elliott Smith, Dolly Parton, and Madonna.

Miguel Angel Munoz Blanco

Miguel Ángel Múñoz Blanco (born 4 July 1983) is a Spanish actor and singer.

Muñoz began his career as an actor at the age of 9 in the film El Palomo cojo, then multiplied the television appearances, especially in the soap opera Al salir de clase and the series Compañeros, before doubling Sinbad in the Spanish version of the film Sinbad of the Seven Seas.

In 2002, he performed the role of Roberto Arenales on the television series Un Paso Adelante, for which he took dance classes. Following the impressive success of the series, Beatriz Luengo, Pablo Puyol, Monica Cruz, Silvia Marty and him founded the band Upa Dance. In 2004, while all other members have left the band to begin a solo careers, MAM refounded the band with Edu Del Prado and Elizabeth Jordan, who joined the series.

After stopping Un Paso Adelante, in 2004, MAM Has solved to start in turn a solo career, without neglecting his acting career. He released the single “Dirás que estoy loco”, already performed by the character of Roberto. The song was ranked #1 in Spain for eleven consecutive weeks, by selling 180,000 copies. It was not until 2006 that MAM launched his single in France and Italy, where it also met success, supported by a new version of the videoclip. The album was certified gold in Italy.
After a summer at the theatre (El Cartero Neruda) in 2006, he joined the series Mis Adorables Vecinoss. It also appeared in the film Los Borgia, larger budget film for a Spanish film, and began the shooting of the horror film Intrusos in May 2007.
He’s currently working on the series “El síndrome de Úlises” as Ulises.

Scott Raynor

Scott Raynor Scott William Raynor, Jr. (born May 23, 1978) is an American drummer, is an former drummer of the band Blink-182. Tom DeLonge and Scott began playing together in DeLonge’s garage when they were in high school. They wrote a few songs together, including “Carousel.” In 1993 they began working on demos, recording Flyswatter.

Raynor (left) with Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge in Blink-182 backstage at a concert in 1997.

Their last demo, Buddha, was recorded at Double Time Studios in San Diego, California, and released by Filter Records. It was remastered and re-released in 1998 by Kung Fu Records.


In 1993 the band began recording their album Cheshire Cat at Westbeach Recorders. The album was finished and released in February 1994 on cassette, then released on CD in 1995 and remastered and re-released in 1998 by Cargo Music/Grilled Cheese Records.In late 1994 they released a split called Short Bus with Iconoclasts on Big Weenie Records. In 1995 the band released an EP called They Came to Conquer… Uranus on Cargo/Grilled Cheese. Blink-182 toured throughout 1995–1996 and followed up with the release of Dude Ranch in 1997 on Cargo/MCA. Raynor was fired in the middle of the band’s 1998 tour after the band accused him of being an alcoholic. He was replaced by Travis

Heidi India Range


Heidi India Range (born 23 May 1983) is an English singer, songwriter, best known for being the longest serving current member in girl group the Sugababes. Range was an original member of girl group Atomic Kitten, although she left the group after three years of its formation before releasing any material. In 2001 Range replaced Siobhán Donaghy of the Sugababes and has since accumulated six UK number one singles as well as two number one studio albums with the group.


In 2007 FHM listed Range as the 94th sexiest woman in the world.  As of 2011 Sugababes are on hiatus. Range participated in the 2012 season of ITV1 series, Dancing On Ice.

The band’s seventh studio album Sweet 7 was released in March 2010, featuring the lead single “Get Sexy”, which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 6 September 2009; it was the last single to feature Keisha Buchanan after being asked to leave the group after ongoing friction and arguments in the group forcing Range and Berrabah to leave before Keisha leaving the band.


The second single from the album titled “About a Girl” peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, and was the first single to feature new member Jade Ewen. The third single titled “Wear My Kiss” peaked at number seven in the Singles Chart. They released a track Freedom on 25 September 2011 free to download on Amazon UK as a gift for fans and potential new listeners. Heidi Range explained that the Sugababes were “not planning anything at the moment” while they pursued individual endeavors.


Range appeared on the 2012 series of ITV1’s Dancing On Ice. Her partner was due to be Sylvain Longchambon, but after he pulled out with a arm injury she was partnered by Russian ice skater, Andrei Lipanov. On 19th February 2012, Range andSebastien Foucan were eliminated in a double elimination.



2NE1 ( two-eh-nee-one) is a popular South Korean hip-hop/pop girl group formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. The band consists of four members: CL, Dara, Bom and Minzy. The name 2NE1 combines the phrases “21st century” and “new evolution”, and is pronounced “twenty-one” or “to anyone”.


They first appeared in “Lollipop”, a commercial campaign with Big Bang for LG Electronics, and their debut single “Fire” was released on May 6, 2009. Since then, the group has released two extended plays, 2NE1 and 2NE1 2nd Mini Album, and one studio album, To Anyone.


Their first EP, 2NE1 spawned the number-one single “”I Don’t Care”, which won them the “Song of the Year” award from the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their follow-up singles, such as “Go Away”, “Lonely” and “I Am The Best” were similarly successful.

2NE1 officially debuted in Japan in September 2011 with a mini album titled NOLZA, which contained re-made versions of their Korean songs. Since then, the group has released one mini-album NOLZA and one physical single “Go Away”.

Representing South Korea, 2NE1 emerged as the winner in the voting competition for “Best New Band”, which was an international competition held by MTV Iggy. The band was officially crowned the winner on November 10, 2011.


Fans of 2NE1 are called Blackjacks, which is a reference to the card game Blackjack, also known as Twenty-one