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Halle Johnson is a singer-songwriter and guitarist catering to the genre of Soul Pop, Rock and R&B. With a noticeable edge and soulful sound, Halle takes an “organic” approach to creating and performing timeless original tunes. She has rocked stage at iconic venues such as Amplyfi, the Los Angeles Recording Academy, Hotel Café, The Apache, Musicians Institute of Los Angeles, Stompin’ Grounds, and the Grammy Museum. Halle was selected by producer Don Was as a top 10 finalist for the national Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Contest. In 2018, she was a contestant on American Idol. You can follow her journey on American Idol on the ABC network.
Due to the number of serious medical issues Halle has overcome, it hasn't been an easy road for her as an independent artist. In 2010 she was diagnosed with an advanced stage of acid reflux disease, which lead to an array of prescription medications, test procedures and two stomach surgeries. Doctors said she wouldn't sing again as a result from damages to her lungs and vocal chords. Halle continues to rock the stage and prove them wrong.
Her music is her diary; so listen closely to the life experiences that transcend through her lyrics. The rest is history in the making. Continue to follow Halle’s career and she will continue to provide you with new and original songs.
Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube): PureHalle
Music Genre: Soul Pop, Soul Rock
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Billboard Top 40 Recording Artist Ricky Rebel As seen on tour with Britney Spears
In 1997, recording artist Ricky G. burst on the music scene as the lead vocalist of No Authority who toured with 98 Degrees, Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, Ashlee and Jessica Simpson among others. Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears) produced their first album, “Keep On”, and Michael Jackson signed the band to his own MJJ Music custom-label at Sony. In 2000, they signed with Madonna’s Maverick label to release their namesake album. The album reached #18 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Their signature hit, “Can I Get Your Number” peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top 40 chart while “I’m Telling You This” appeared on “The Rugrats in Paris” soundtrack. The band then embarked on tour with Britney Spears. Following the break-up of No Authority, Ricky became the lead vocalist of Harlow from 2004-2009 during which time he released “Unstoppable” (2005), mixed and engineered by Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios and produced by Grammy-winning producer Randy Cantor (Ricky Martin).
Ricky also leant his voice to films including “Apollo 13” starring Tom Hanks, “Anywhere But Here” starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman and the “Anastasia” soundtrack. In addition, he appeared on episodes of “American Dreams”, “Boston Public”, “Audrina” (Vh1) and starred in Debbie Allen’s ballet, “Pepito’s Story”, which opened at the Kennedy Center in New York City.
Ricky G. became Ricky Rebel and embarked on a solo career after My Chemical Romance invited him to co-star in their “NA NA NA” and “Sing” videos. In 2012, he won the Artist of the Year award at the RAWards and released his “Manipulator” album featuring the hits “Geisha Dance”, “Get It On”, “You Need a Woman” and the title track. MTV’s “Good Vibes” also featured music from the album. In 2013, “Geisha Dance” spent ten weeks on the Mediabase Chart, the chart that powers “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”.
In 2014, Ricky released “The Blue Album” mixed by Claudio Cueni (JLo) with remixes by world-renowned DJs Hector Fonseca (Over 20 Billboard number-one hits for artists including Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna), Casey Alva (Erika Jayne) and Tommy Love. His “Boys & Sometimes Girls” single from “The Blue Album” reached #28 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
In 2017, Ricky released “The New Alpha”, his follow-up album to “The Blue Album” featuring his Billboard Top 40 single “If You Were My Baby (Remixes)”, released on Audio4Play Records. The track includes remixes from world-renowned DJs Tommie Sunshine (“Godfather of EDM”) and Hector Fonseca. Louder Than War, a leading UK music magazine, placed “The New Alpha” at #67 on their coveted Top 75 Albums of 2017 list and the Huff Post dubbed the album “explosive and compelling.”
Ricky took “The New Alpha” on the road with performances at the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, as well as the Cannes Film Festival, Cinemoi Fashion Charity Concert in Cannes, France, to raise money for orphaned children. He also co-headlined “The Artist One Tour” with JAX (“American Idol”) and YouTube star Carl Chaze and performed with Alisan Porter, winner of “The Voice” (Season 10), at the American Influencer Awards.
Ricky ended 2017 with a UK concert series including an intimate performance at The Hope and Anchor in London where legends including U2 and The Police have graced the stage.
Between 2015 and 2017, Ricky has also played with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists Kesha, Mya, Switchfoot, Patti Labelle, Colbie Caillat andToby Keith as well as selected tour dates with O-Town, Blood On The Dance Floor and appearances at Matinee Las Vegas and Matinee San Diego.
In 2018, he also performed at New York Pride on the Univision float during the annual parade that drew an estimated 50,000 fans with special guests including Lady Gaga.
In addition, he is a fashion contributor to Us Weekly, supported by MAC Cosmetics and signed to Revry TV the world’s first LGBTQ streaming platform. His Revry Original Documentary ‘”Rebels Only” was also nominated for Best Music Documentary at the Out Web Fest Awards.