UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: New Gameday App Announced


An all-new comprehensive mobile fan experience is available to download now


UNLV Athletics and Learfield have partnered with From Now On to create the UNLV Rebel Athletics Gameday App, an all-new comprehensive mobile fan experience.

The free app is live and available to download now. Click here or search “UNLV Gameday” in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

The official mobile application of UNLV Athletics offers fans easy and instant access to up-to-the-minute news and information. It also features schedules, statistics, score notifications, streaming audio and video, rosters, venue maps and special offers from UNLV Athletics’ partners.

The first time fans open the new app, they will be offered a tutorial highlighting how to use the many different features. Fans may also choose which sports they would like to receive updates and notifications about.

Additionally, the new app includes a fan guide, maps of all UNLV venues with driving directions, parking locations and concourse maps. Information on concessions as well as merchandise is also included.

This evening’s Tony Sanchez Radio Show (Wednesday, Sept. 20 – 6 p.m. PT) will be the first audio event available through the app, while the radio broadcast of Saturday’s football game at Ohio State will also be available.

Shane Owens To Make His Network Television Debut on Fox & Friends May 28 and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family May 29


Owens to Perform Emotional Patriotic Tribute “19” in Honor of Memorial Day

Neo-Traditional country singer, Shane Owens, will make his network television debut on “Fox & Friends” Sunday, May 28 and on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” Monday, May 29. On “Fox & Friends,” Owens will perform his latest single, “All The Beer In Alabama.” Owens will honor Memorial Day in both performances with “19,” an emotional patriotic tribute song off his current album “Where I’m Comin’ From.” Click here to watch an acoustic performance of “19.”

Fox & Friends
May 28 – 8:00 AM (ET)
Fox News Channel (Click here for local listings)

Home & Family
May 29 – 10.00 AM (ET)
Hallmark Channel (Click here for local listings)
Also re-airs May 30 at 1:00 PM (ET)

“19” tells the story of a local football star signing up for the military straight out of high school following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. In the end he pays the ultimate sacrifice as the song describes a life tragically cut short.

But on the day those Twin Towers came down
his whole world turned around
he told them all I can’t play ball there’s a war on now
he marched right in with a few good men
and joined the marines
at nineteen
(Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Gary Nicholson)

“I’m really looking forward to performing on “Fox and Friends” and “Home & Family.” It is truly a dream come true and even more importantly to perform a song as monumental as “19,” which pays tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” says Shane.

Owens album, “Where I’m Comin’ From,” is featured on Amazon’s Best Deals Page. Fans can also purchase an autographed copy from ShaneOwensCountry.com as well as iTunes.

The Alabama-native’s song “19” is featured in the latest Country Faith music series, “Country Faith America” available now. The full-length studio album consisting of country music’s biggest stars and their best patriotic hits exclusively released through Cracker Barrel’s 639 locations as well as digital outlets such as iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify available through Curb Records and Word Entertainment.

Follow Shane Owens on Twitter and Facebook or visit ShaneOwensCountry.com.

About Shane Owens:
Amerimonte Records recording artist, Shane Owens, recently named by Rolling Stone Country as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” has been building a strong following in nightclubs across the Southeast for more than a decade. His powerful vocal range combined with the emotional lyrical content of his songs has made him a favorite of fans, critics, and his fellow artists alike. After starting his career by opening shows for dozens of major stars in the mid-2000s, the baritone performer attracted the attention of Nashville music executives, and he soon landed a record deal. However, with all the changes in the music industry at the time, his album was shelved and never released. Just like the ‘Never Give Up’ mantra of his lyrics, Owens picked himself up and moved on, thanks to famed producer James Stroud (Tim McGraw, Aaron Lewis, Clint Black), who produced his new album, Where I’m Comin’ From with Country music legend Randy Travis and industry executive Steve Popovich, Jr. as executive producers and mixed by Ed Seay (Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Alabama). For more information about Shane Owens, visit ShaneOwensCountry.com.

Shane Owens Stands Up For Traditional Country With New Single “All The Beer In Alabama”

Shane Owens Stands Up For Traditional Country
With New Single “All The Beer In Alabama”

Recent Performances Include Randy Travis Tribute And Gene Watson Show

Shane Owens’ latest single release, “All The Beer In Alabama,” leaves little doubt why he was recently named by Rolling Stone Country as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” With this new release Owens continues to prove his vocal ability to rightfully rub shoulders with the legends.

“All The Beer In Alabama” is the third single release from his highly acclaimed “Where I’m Comin’ From” CD and is gaining instant connectivity with both radio and listeners. The CD is available for purchase at select retailers across the nation and online at iTunes, Amazon and ShaneOwensCountry.com.

Written by Owens, Dan Murph and Phillip Douglas, “All The Beer In Alabama” offers an alternative to the party songs that proliferate in modern country today. It acknowledges the pleasures of “drinkin’ with the boys” and “shootin’ that 8-ball” but affirms that loyalty, integrity and faithfulness for the one he loves are his greatest priorities.

Feedback from country radio has been overwhelmingly positive:
“Great COUNTRY song! My GM said “Keep sending us Country Songs like this!”
– Austin Daniels, KFTX Radio

“Best traditional Country I have heard in a while.”– Bill Cody, 650 AM WSM

“New country traditionalist Shane Owens knocks it out of the park again with ‘All the Beer in Alabama.’ He has a catchy knack for telling real stories about real people. This guy is one to watch in 2017!” – Chris Diestler, KQBA Radio

“A true country song’s best friend is Shane Owens! Listen to ‘All The Beer In Alabama’ and tell me you didn’t live the song!!! Simple, true, pure country music brought to you by one of the best voices in the business today… that’s Shane Owens!”

“Shane Owens is an Alabama country boy through and through. And his true country roots shine again with ‘All the Beer in Alabama.’ It’s a rousing anthem, a fun song and breath of fresh Southern air speaking to Shane’s background, playing in some of the South’s biggest and best honkytonks.” – Dave Summers, WTVY Radio

“Shane Owens has country in his blood…and I’m not talking about that manufactured “country” that’s coming out of Nashville right now. This is true country, reminiscent of Strait, Randy Travis and Clint Black!” – Kelly Green, WEIO The Farm

Along with his radio success, Owens enjoyed several major milestones this past week. On Feb. 8 he joined an all-star lineup onstage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to pay tribute to one of his greatest influences, Randy Travis. In his performance of “Heroes And Friends,” Owens paid homage to Travis, who served as executive producer for Where I’m Comin’ From. The Country Music Hall Of Fame member had previously noted that “Shane has successfully merged yesterday and today to remind us that country will always be in style.” Then on Feb. 10 Owens was honored to open for another traditional country giant, Gene Watson, at the legendary Nashville Palace.

“Everything has been moving so fast since we released Where I’m Comin’ From,” Owens observes. “The early response from radio on my brand new single has been unbelievable. And with helping to honor Randy and open for Gene, this week especially has been a humbling but joyous ride.”

Recent media coverage has included stories by WSMV TV, Nash Country Daily, Wide Open Country, The Trucker, Nashville Music Guide, Freshly Brewed Country, AXS.com, Country Music Junkies and Roughstock.

To learn more about Shane Owens visit ShaneOwensCountry.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

About Shane Owens:
Recently named by Rolling Stone Country as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” Shane Owens has been building a strong following in nightclubs across the Southeast for more than a decade. His powerful vocal range combined with the emotional lyrical content of his songs has made him a favorite of fans, critics, and his fellow artists alike. After starting his career by opening shows for dozens of major stars in the mid-2000s, the baritone performer attracted the attention of Nashville music executives, and he soon landed a record deal. However, with all the changes in the music industry at the time, his album was shelved and never released. Just like the ‘Never Give Up’ mantra of his lyrics, Owens picked himself up and moved on, thanks to famed producer James Stroud (Tim McGraw, Aaron Lewis, Clint Black), who produced his new album, Where I’m Comin’ From with Country music legend Randy Travis and industry executive Steve Popovich, Jr. as executive producers and mixed by Ed Seay (Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Alabama). For more information about Shane Owens, visit ShaneOwensCountry.com.



Bluewater Productions announced plans to release a new comic book biography on the life of Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence, also recently nominated for Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle, will be part of the popular Fame series.

Fame: Jennifer Lawrence is released this week.  The 32-page comic book will be available in print, digital and for the first time in Bluewater’s history as animated interactive comic book.

May the odds be ever in Jennifer Lawrence’s favor.  Bluewater Productions popular line of biography comic books continues with Fame: Jennifer Lawrence.  Join writer Michael Troy and artist Ben Eargle for an exploration of Jennifer’s career from starring in successful X-men and Hunger Games franchises to winning a best actress Oscar for her celebrated role in Silver Lining’s Playbook to her Oscar nomination in American Hustle.

The comic book features three unique covers each exclusively through Nook, Kindle or iTunes.  Iordan Terziiski illustrated the Nook cover, Kindle by Jaume Font and iTunes cover by Ben Eargle.

“Jennifer Lawrence is a true inspiration as a talented actress and a down to earth young woman with amazing wit. I was happy to tell her tale.” says writer Michael Troy.

“It was a lot of fun working on the book just because Jennifer is such an interesting person. All the different actors and actresses that she has worked with provided a lot of interesting material. She’s a very animated person, which works with my style!” Ben Eargle.

Bluewater is taking comic books to a new level by teaming up with Authorly to develop its first animated interactive comic book.

Fame: Jennifer Lawrence was turned into an app with Authorly, a tool that turns static content into interactive digital applications. Jennifer Lawrence fans can now engage and interact with the story. Click on “audio hotspots” to hear sound effects play and swipe to navigate through Lawrence’s journey toward an Oscar. Authorly apps include features such as narration, word-by-word highlighted text, audio and video hotspots, basic animation and movements, sound effects and background music, and more!

The app is available on iTunes, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore for $2.99.

“We’ve loved getting the chance to bring Bluewater’s exciting stories to life with Authorly. Working on titles such as Katy Perry, One Direction, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Child, and Dorian Gray has been fun and we can’t wait for readers to enjoy these stories as interactive apps! It’s been a real win-win situation…we’ve helped Bluewater create some really fun, engaging apps, Bluewater has helped us gain exposure, and the readers and fans will get great content that they can now enjoy on their smartphones and tablets!” said Chris Whitman, CEO, Authorly.

Print copies of FAME Jennifer Lawrence can be ordered for $3:99 at Comic Flea Market here: http://bit.ly/XKXzyo

You can download this title on Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

Bluewater has focused on other Academy Award winning actresses in the past such as Angelina Jolie, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor and more. Bluewater has also developed a biography comic book on Suzanne Collins the creator of the Hunger Games.

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Bluewater Comics biography comic book series has been featured on CNN, The Today Show and in Billboard, Rolling Stone, People Magazine as well as many other publication.

Hakkasan Nightclub Brings Sounds of DJ Roster Directly to Fans with Weekly Radio Show




Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino brings the music from its talented roster of resident DJs and featured artists to fans worldwide with the launch of its weekly, one-hour Hakkasan Nightclub Radio show. The distinguished venue will bring the latest and greatest in electronic music directly to its fans via iTunes and Soundcloud. Hosted by Hakkasan featured artist Mark Eteson, the fan-favorite DJ will curate music news, host artist interviews and preview the weekly lineup for eager fans, friends and guests of the nightclub.

Mark Eteson

Unlike traditional nightlife venues, Hakkasan has continued to push the boundaries in order to land at the forefront of electronic music. Now in its fourth week of production, Hakkasan Nightclub Radio is the perfect example of this as it has become the highest-rated iTunes nightclub radio show and reached the Top 20 on the iTunes podcast chart. This week, Hakkasan Nightclub Radio welcomes Martin Garrix to the show for a 30-minute guest mix in advance of his performance at the Las Vegas hot spot Sunday, Feb. 2. The 17-year-old Dutch DJ brings catchy beats including his hit single “Animals” to fans for an exclusive preview of what to expect during his Vegas debut.

Martin Garrix

To hear the latest electronic music news, songs and more tune into Hakkasan Nightclub Radio on iTunes or Soundcloud.

About Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub
The nightclub at Hakkasan Las Vegas is the bold evolution of the prestigious global restaurant brand into an all-encompassing nightlife experience. A collaboration between celebrated international dining group Hakkasan Ltd. and leading entertainment and nightlife company Angel Management Group, the nightclub features creative partnerships with premier musical talent across various genres who have tailored their performances to suit the unique capabilities of the venue and compliment their own versatile styles. Hakkasan Nightclub offers a diverse nightlife experience with a variety of areas and atmospheres, cutting-edge technology and inspired design immersed in three levels of refined decadence.


Open Thursday through Sunday from 10 p.m. until late. For reservations, visit hakkasanlv.com or call 702.891.3838. Guests must be 21 years or older. Cover charges and table reservations will vary.







The Academy of Country Music welcomed Sugarland’s Kristian Bush to the office while he was in Los Angeles last week.  While at the Academy, he performed his latest single, “Love or Money” which is already a smash hit in the UK and is now available on iTunes in the United States.



Photo: Michel Bourquard/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

Watch a video from Bush’s visit featuring an exclusive interview and clips from his performance.

Bluewater Titles For June 26, 2013

Bluewater wants to show you their Titles For June 26, 2013


Vincent Price: Museum of the Macabre #1

writer: Jon Judy

artist: James Bolton

cover: Robert Aragon

In print and digital

After the Thaw: Three fugitives seek shelter from a blizzard in a deserted home where they once committed their most heinous crime. Although they left no one in the house alive those years ago, something has been there waiting for them, and it doesn’t want them to live to see the thaw.

Vincent Price Presents: Volume 3 collected edition

writer: Matthew McLean, William Tooker, Jon Judy

artist: Devrim Kunter, Alberto Moreno, Luis Chichon

cover: Robert Aragon

In print and digital

Volume 3 of the graphic novel series Vincent Price Presents features classic gothic horror! One of classic Hollywood’s most famous scary men, Vincent Price made a name for himself in classic mysteries and thrillers throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Now Vincent Price Presents comes to Bluewater Productions as their 1st ongoing monthly series. The series will feature some of Price’s films as well as developing new frightening ones with his estate. Welcome back to the macabre world of Vincent Price. This special edition has never before seen images and character designs from the series.

Ret Romanne #1

writer: Alan Brooks

artist: Alan Brooks

From the people that brought you Ray Harryhausen’s Flying Saucers Vs. the Earth comes a brand new adventure! Ret Romanne is from the Off World Base of Utopia, a world of surveillance cameras, monitoring, and investigation under the eyes of “Destinies Designed Corporation.” Pat Riot, Operations Manager at the Corporation may have something to do with Ret’s demise as a successful test pilot and his being the partner of Glenda. At least, Ret thinks so. Once Glenda was a starlet in the making, but now she works in the diner at the end of the road where Ret lives. After his crash, the couple fell apart, and now Ret’s body still burns to this day!

Female Force: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

writer: Bill Mulligan

artist: Tsubasa Yozora

In print and digital

The Female Force series that features on extraordinary women that make a difference in society, features on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Since the Clinton Admin appointed her making her the second female to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. This comic book features her life story from the start!.

FAME: Pop Stars #1 collected edition

writer: C.W. Cooke and P.R. McCormack

artist: Erick Adrian Marquez

In print and digital

Fame offers a broad examination of strong and influential personalities who are influencing culture. In this collected edition learn about the top Pop Stars of the decade, including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears.

Lost Raven #1

writer: Darren G. Davis

artist: Renato Alrem

cover: Sean Murphy

In print and digital

Zak Raven is through with the 9-5 grind and is now an ex-attorney on a mission to relax. However a peaceful trip goes really wrong when he get shipwrecked on what he thinks is a deserted island. His only companions are his own words in his journal. Unknown to Zak, four miles below the surface secretly hides a government experimentation center where scientists are playing God by trying to artificially evolve a human based species that can survive evacuation missions in deep space. Within 900 years, earth will be dealt a deathblow by a mountain-size asteroid. However, so far they have only achieved creating living abominations. Zak and these creatures are on a collision course, and he must rise to the challenge!

Steve Harvey Presents: Roopster Roux #1

writer: Ryan Burton

artist: Erik Thompson

In print and digital

Steve Harvey takes part in a battle of wits in this adventure involving the evil Punster, who is determined to steal Egyptian artifacts from a museumóand to create annoying puns about the objects. (Do you know why mummies are so stressed out? Because they canít unwind!) Steve and Roopster fall victim to the Punsterís dumb jokesóand to himóuntil they challenge the Punster to a war of words and win! Once the Egyptian treasures are returned to the museum, the Punster is sent to the ìpun-itentiary.î But itís only a matter of time before Roopster Roux finds himself in another wacky adventure.


You can download these titles on Wowio, Comixology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, PanelFly, iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

 You can get the print copies at Comic Flea Market by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ZlD5Bs


About Bluewater Productions

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“Tear Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.” Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.


For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com

Seattle’s Top-12 Finalist for Ford’s “Gimme the Gig II” Contest Releases New Album



Seattle Finalist in Ford’s Nationwide Best Independent Musician Contest Releases New Album
“Letters to You” Available on iTunes and Spotify May 28; Music Video for the Single “Center Stage,” to be Released June 29


A top-12 finalist in Ford’s “Gimme the Gig II” nationwide search for the ultimate independent musician, Seattle pop singer and songwriter Rachel Wong will release her new album, “Letters to You,” on iTunes and on Spotify May 28. CDs will be available, and a new music video of the album’s single “Center Stage,” directed by Jordan Nicholson, will premiere at a free album release show in Portland, OR, June 29.  Wong will next perform in Seattle at the Wing Luke Museum’s Jamfest, July 18, and at the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, July 27. 

Wong was selected from more than 2,500 artists nationwide as a finalist in Ford’s “Gimme the Gig II” contest.  Finalists were chosen by popular online vote, Ford, Grammy-winning producer of the year Don Was, and Grammy-winning producer Krish Sharma.  During the competition, Wong’s acoustic, soulful pop sound was compared to “Sara Bareilles, but on the guitar.” 

Tracks from Rachel’s first album and single, “Curtain Fall,” can now be heard on radio stations in Canada and the Philippines. Her second album, “Letters to You,” takes you on a a 10-track musical journey from the pop anthem production of “Center Stage” to the island-flavored “Beach Bum Living.” Wong transforms her acoustic signature sound with fuller instrumentation, including strings, bongos, keys and handclaps. Album tracks feature her soothing, powerful vocals and catchy songs, accentuated by the sincere warmth of her lyrics. A music video to accompany “Center Stage,” directed by Jordan Nicholson, who also directed Seattle-based “The Blue Scholars” last video, will be released on YouTube and on RachelWongMusic.com shortly after the “Letters to You” album release show on June 29.

A Vancouver, WA, native, Wong began her musical training at age 3, by learning to play the piano. She learned to play drums in her elementary school band, and by the eighth grade she was writing her own songs and had taught herself how to play the guitar. She sang and played at her church and school choir, and she never stopped writing songs characterized as catchy, genuine, and relatable. Wong has an innate ability to draw from everyday love and loss, and uses it to connect with her Seattle fans, who have responded enthusiastically to her performances at the Triple Door, and other local venues.

“Center Stage” is available now on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rachel-wong/id403804552. “Letters to You” will be available for download May 28 for $9.99.

Wong’s album launch party will be June 29 at Portland’s Dragonwell Bistro, 735 SW First Ave, at 8 p.m. The intimate, acoustic show will include all new material from “Letters to You,” as well as popular covers. Admission is free, and reservations are recommended at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/391351.

About Brown Paper Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com ), the Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, revolutionized the industry by putting free, professional tools for ticketing any-sized gathering on the Internet, and continues to champion the rights of ticket-buyers with the lowest fee for the most service in the industry.  The company donates 5 percent of the profit from each ticket sale to build communities and nonprofits, pays its employees to work 40 hours each year for the cause of their choosing, and employs a team of “Doers,” experts in industries such as music, new media, makers, roller derby and more, to fix, improve and revolutionize the communities where we live, work and play.

Producer Kevin Churko opens new recording studio – Five Finger Death Punch is the featured first release


Producer Kevin Churko Opens Vegas’ Rock ‘n Roll ‘Hideout’


Recording studio celebrates first release; Five Finger Death Punch’s American Capitalist and will commemorate its official opening with a gala event.


Canadian-bred recording producer Kevin Churko has re-located to Las Vegas and recently opened his private recording studio “The Hideout.” To serve the local community, The Hideout will be open a limited amount of days each month to help artists of all calibers that are serious about their recording craft.  


The Hideout is already gaining buzz in part to the first official release, Five Finger Death Punch’s American Capitalist (Oct. 11), which was produced and co-written by Churko. Industry insiders expect the album to debut in the top 3 of The Billboard 200 (Blabbermouth.net; Oct. 12), which would make Five Finger Death Punch only the third band from Las Vegas to have a debut that high on the charts (The Killers’ Sam’s Town and Panic at the Disco’s Pretty. Odd). The band’s first single “Under and Over It,” was the most added song to active rock radio during its debut week and reached #1 on the iTunes Rock singles charts.


The Hideout will celebrate its official opening with a concert featuring Modern Science, Beggars & Thieves, Marshal Reign and special guests. An open house will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. (by reservation only) with the show (open to all) to follow at the Casa de Copa Room, The Bootlegger Bistro’s newest facility at 7700 Las Vegas Boulevard South.


Notable names expected to attend the event include: Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne), Lez Warner (The Cult), Brent Fitz (Slash, Theory of a Deadman, Alice Cooper), Mikey Cross and Chris Babbitt (Taking Dawn), Rick DeJesus (Adelitas Way), Adrian and Ryan Patrick (Otherwise), Mike Stanley (Conflict of Interest), Sherry St.Germain and Todd Kerns (Slash).


For artists interested in a tour of the studio, reservations can be made via studio management, Mike McHugh at 702-445-7705 or mike@hideoutlv.com


After spending four years in Switzerland under the tutelage of world-renowned music producer Mutt Lange, Churko emerged as one of the music industry’s leading engineer-producers. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Shania Twain, Ringo Starr and The Corrs. Churko co-wrote and co-produced Ozzy Osbourne’s latest albums Black Rain and Scream, which boasted two #1 singles. Recently, Churko produced and co-wrote records with Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment and Hinder. Las Vegas is proud to embrace Churko, his family and his talent as part of a growing community of global entrepreneurs who are discovering Las Vegas as THE place to live, work, play and create.


Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, said, “Kevin Churko is joining the ranks of creative young entrepreneurs in the global world of entertainment and business that are calling Las Vegas ‘home.’”


Within the last four years, Churko has received three “Engineer of the Year” JUNO Awards, for his work on Black Rain, Simon Collins’ U-Catastrophe and Scream. He was also nominated for two JUNOs for Producer of the Year for his work on Black Rain, as well as In This Moment’s The Dream and Modern Science’s eponymous debut album. Churko has received three SOCAN Number One Song Awards from SOCAN.


Gavin DeGraw Partners with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas for an Exclusive Poolside Live Concert Event, July 9



It was announced today that platinum-selling singer, songwriter and musician Gavin DeGraw is teaming up with the premier destination entertainment resort in Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for a special poolside performance on Saturday, July 9TH – (doors 7 pm) for VIPS, contest winners, and industry elite. Gavin will be performing new material from his forthcoming album SWEETER, set for release August 9TH. Singer/songwriter BC Jean will have the opening slot for the evening where select contest winners from across the country via participating Hot AC Radio stations will be able to win tickets to experience this intimate, acoustic, one time only concert event.

Gavin just released his new single “Not Over You” on June 7TH on iTunes with the album pre-order for SWEETER (RCA Records) available now at http://www.gavindegraw.com/ and other digital retailers . His brand new video for “Not Over You” premiered earlier today on VH1’s live morning show “Big Morning Buzz Live” and on VH1.com.

Entertainment Weekly describes Gavin’s brand new single, “Not Over You” which debuted most added at the Hot AC format as “a soulful majestic ballad” and People Magazine declares the “hot single” Gavin’s “welcome return” to the airwaves. Perez Hilton calls “Not Over You “power pop at its best. Truly awesome!” and Us Weekly raves “DeGraw is back with another infectiously plaintive hook on his new single…So until his next full CD Sweeter drops on August 9TH, soak up this sweet ditty.”

SWEETER, his fourth album, finds Gavin co-writing for the first time in his career on a few of the album tracks, including his work with fellow piano player and master helmer/writer Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote and produced the album’s first single “Not Over You,” and the title track “Sweeter,” as well as with Andrew Frampton (The Script, Natasha Bedingfield). Gavin also worked with a host of top-notch producers including Butch Walker (Weezer, Avril Lavigne), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos) and Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Matt Nathanson).

The album finds the New York native — beloved for his blue-eyed soul vocals, freewheeling melodies and earthy charm — experimenting with new sounds, which resulted in a potent, swaggering strut, both musically and lyrically, on sexually charged songs such as the R&B-infused “Sweeter” and “Radiation.” The racier moments are balanced out by more emotionally transparent songs like the vigorous “Not Over You,” and the uplifting “Soldier” and “You Know Where I’m At,” which convey a vulnerability while still managing to feel distinctly masculine.

Gavin first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold more than a million copies, earned platinum certification and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. Gavin has made numerous appearances on television shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis & Kelly, Good Morning America, and many others.

Gavin will hit the road in July with TRAIN and Maroon 5 beginning July 22ND for an extensive North American tour this summer.

Please visit http://www.gavindegraw.com/ for new music, tour details and more.

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a premier destination entertainment resort in Las Vegas, owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II, a division of Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters and The Killers have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Hard Rock Hotel tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; the luxurious Vanity Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa; Reliquary Salon; 4.8 acres of tropical pool paradise; REHAB, the trendsetting Sunday afternoon pool party; The Joint concert venue; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants including Rare 120 steakhouse, the Tuscan-style Italian eatery AGO, world-renowned Nobu, Johnny Smalls, Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 diner; numerous cocktail lounges; several retail stores; and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit http://www.hardrockhotel.com/.