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Astoria Characters: The Cookie Crooner

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.15.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The tiny two-counter store is as unassuming as its owner. The name -- Astoria Bakery -- is plain vanilla; a more pretentious man would have called it Jack's.

Astoria Characters: The Lawyer and the Singer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's music playing when Marc Gross opens the door. Cara Samantha, his wife, is sitting on the sofa. She's not singing, merely speaking softly, but her sultry voice relegates the famous one on the CD to deep background.

Colbie Caillat Surprises Southwest Passengers With a Serenede

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 06.13.2014 | Women
Alexis Sclamberg

Imagine wiling away your time on your Southwest flight back home, snacking on peanuts, watching the clouds whiz by, listening to the ding of the seatbelt sign and the whirring of the plane engines, and suddenly, there's an announcement overhead that Colbie Caillat is on board.

Maxi Priest Hits His Groove at B.B. King's Blues Club

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

At age 53, 26 years after his career began, his dreads are almost floor-length (the ladies were pulling on them all night), his face is fuller and he has over two decades of hits to sing.

Amatus' Broken Compass

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Although her lyrics sometimes fall short of insight, her sultry delivery makes up for the missing poetry, especially heard in the last two tracks "Punk" and "Cherish."

WATCH: Rosanne Cash Opens Up About Her Father

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 04.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Rosanne Cash found inspiration for her latest album, "The River & The Thread," during a visit to the childhood home of her father Johnny Cash. The Gra...

The Voice's Audra McLaughlin: 12 Things You Need to Know

KnowMore TV | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
KnowMore TV

Audra McLaughlin will step on The Voice stage tonight to perform for millions of viewers and superstar judges Blake Shelton (her mentor), Usher, Adam Levine and Shakira as one of the hit show's top 12 finalists.

WATCH: 'Slacker Rock' Songstress Courtney Barnett Takes The HuffPost Live Stage

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.16.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Courtney Barnett's most recent double EP embodies the spirit of the laid-back "slacker rock" genre, but she's working over...

Remembering Carmen McRae and Her (Nearly Forgotten) Masterpiece

Joseph Vella | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment
Joseph Vella

Carmen's career spanned from the late 1930s to the early 1990s. She is considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. She sang with big bands yet her greatest artistic showcase, in my opinion, was captured in a small group setting.

The Art of Y(vonne) Sangudi: The Next Great Songstress

Alex Schattner | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Schattner

Exclusive: Yvonne Sangudi is a world-class singer, just ask former first lady Laura Bush, President Kikwete (Tanzania), or President Sirleaf (Liber...

The American Left Radio Could Use a Right Hook (VIDEO)

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.04.2014 | Media
Charles Karel Bouley

Hook doesn't have to worry ever again; his future success is almost assured. He has a loyal fan base which is growing, not shrinking.

WATCH: Dean Martin's Daughter: 'He Never Wanted Us To Embarrass Him'

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

April 5th marks the 40th anniversary of Dean Martin’s last episode of the "Dean Martin Variety Show." His daughter, Deana Martin, shared on HuffPost...

This Little Girl Singing 'Folsom Prison Blues' Has Stolen My Heart

Roadtrippers | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Roadtrippers

Her name is Emi Sunshine and she's just the sweetest thing this side of the Mississippi. Here she is performing Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" at Market Square in Knoxville TN. She's also known to perform her brand of Country Blues at Sweetwater Flea Market in Sweetwater, TN.

Interview With Author of Gay Star Leslie Cheung's Biography

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

"Many young gay men today accuse him of timidity, but I think that is totally unfair. For his day, he was the bravest man in Hong Kong's entertainment world."

The Art of Y: Redefining the Music Industry

Alex Schattner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

On Jan. 30, I spoke with singer/songwriter Lily Virginia. After several years in the making, her self-titled EP is debuting on March 8t...

Jewel: I Was 'Crippled By Agoraphobia'

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.21.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher is used to performing in front of large crowds nowadays. But as a teenager starting out in the music ...

Garrett Miller: Chasing His Dreams With Eyes Wide

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Garrett Miller's Rated G Radio is burning up the airwaves every weeknight, covering the latest in news, entertainment, and culture, culminating in a ...

Let's Stop Being #SurplusGiraffe

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Don't many of us feel like Marius, the #SurplusGiraffe? How many of us feel that someone in our life, some bank or boss, some Congress person or Senator can end our lives as we know them, and feed it to not the lions but the wolves of Wall St.?

Astoria Characters: The Yoga Singer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.16.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Brian was born to be a song and dance man, and he'll do whatever it takes to take the stage. But his very vocal chords and tapping toes are only the tips of his talent.

Things You Will NEVER Hear at a Band Sound Check

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Eva Moon

If you've played in a working band, you've been through the routine a thousand times. Pull in at a club, haul your gear in, set up and hope you have time to check the sound before downbeat. Below is a list of things no participant at a sound check said. Ever.

This 9-Year-Old Is About To Become Very Famous

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents

When 9-year-old Amira Willighagen from Nijmegen stepped onto the "Holland's Got Talent" stage, no one was expecting such a big voice to come out of su...

Latin-American Songwriter Creates 'App Song' and Takes it on Tour

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.04.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Taking the concept to the next stage literally, Drexler applies the technology to a live audience setting, picking audience members to come on stage and choose the parts of the songs, which he then has to sing in real time.

Interview: Here We Go Magic Frontman on His Month in Sri Lanka

Kristy Ann Muniz | Posted 11.18.2013 | Travel
Kristy Ann Muniz

In 2009, the civil war in Sri Lanka ended with the Tamil Tigers admitting defeat. While tourism to the island has been growing rapidly since then, it is still a relatively new trend, which is precisely why musician Luke Temple opted to visit the South-Asian nation.

Taking a Style Detour: Exit E

Rai Mensah | Posted 11.04.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

Her expression not only comes through in her words, but also in the the style and grace with which she chooses to live her life. Chatting with her we found out what motivates her daily style.

What Inspires Me: Leonard Cohen

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Customer service can really be corrosive, and it gets worse than the usual trolling and abuse. However, singer and poet Leonard Cohen really helps me get through the day, with a small but substantial assist from Dr Stephen T. Colbert, DFA.