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Rana Mansour

Bio: 
A singer/songwriter/pianist in the vein of Norah Jones, Sade, and Alicia Keys, Rana is a graduate of the acclaimed Berklee College of Music. Despite all of her formal training, she insists on furthering her education in the ‘real world’. From the smoky, grungy bars and dives across the country to 1500-plus-seat concert venues, this girl has seen it all; and anything less than ‘all’ is hardly her game. A 2005 Finalist of the VH1 ‘Song of the Year’ Competition, Rana’s music ranges anywhere from pop to soul, R&B to adult contemporary, and at times, you’ll even hear subtle references to her Persian background as she yearns to unite the East and the West, globally and within herself. Her music has a purpose, a message, an international and universal appeal. If one takes the time to listen beyond the catchy melodies and easy-to-interpret lyrics, they will hear that what lies beneath the surface runs deeper than what a few sound bytes can convey. Her self-produced album was released on iTunes independently in January of 2009. This record, entitled ‘indYgYrl’, is a compilation of eight songs sequenced chronologically to tell the story of a young adult: her heartbreaks in love and the passionate pursuit of her musical dreams, her charmingly premature and naive need to express her deepest desires, her longing for the open road that contradicts with her soul incessantly begging to find home. For the sake of leaving some regard to mystery, you can read more about the inspiration and background of this project at www.indYgYrl.com. Rana’s musical background is inspiringly impressive, at the very least. At three, she was picking notes out on the piano and singing. At five, she began her formal classical piano instruction, at fourteen she was writing songs, and at seventeen she was off to receive her Bachelor’s in Music from Berklee College of Music. Originally from the Washington, D.C. metro area, she has resided in New York City, Austin, Texas, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has toured Oslo, Norway for two weeks, where she has written and recorded with Kim Bergseth (Courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia, European Idol) and has had write-ups in both online and hard-copy music magazines (Washington D.C.’s OnTap Magazine, The San Antonio Chronicle, DC North, Purestyle.com), interviews and air-play on radio stations in multiple states (Washington D.C.’s leading rock station DC101), written over 200 songs, performed countless times in notable venues across the nation, and has had the opportunity to also collaborate with reputable industry professionals in the music scene (Eric Bazilian – written songs for Clay Aiken, Ricky Martin to name a few, David Malloy – Reba McIntyre, Rob Fraboni – Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and many others). Though these above-mentioned experiences have been rewarding, not everything on her resume has been all fun and games. Insisting on making a living as a full-time musician, Rana also has years of experience playing in hotel lobbies, private events, corporate functions, cocktail parties, and wedding ceremonies. All of this has taught her that ‘paying her dues’ does indeed really pay off in the form of a big fat check made out to building character. Currently, Rana lives in Los Angeles where she is working on her first solo Persian/International album with some of Iran’s top songwriters and producers and is continuing to pursue her music career in the American market as well.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
arranger
composer
instrumentalist
vocalist
Area(s) of Interest: 
Writing (all)
reading
fine wineries
Belgian beers
Word Warp & Word Scramble
running
playing with my new iPhone...the list goes on...
art of all kinds
Education: 
Berklee College of Music
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Fellow dreamers
creators
innovators
and conquerors of a Brave New World.
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

reza mellat

Bio: 
Born in Tehran, Iran. Started painting as a child and discovered a great passion. Left home at the age of 16 in search of life and freedom. Now residing in Los Angeles, California, still learning, seeking, and continuing to pursue passions of the art of living.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
visual arts
painting
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
traveling
reading
art photography
camping
Film
Education: 
university of toronto
art
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Salvador Dali
Roger Waters
Bob Dylan
Rumi
and many more...
pablo picasso
jackson pollack
syd barret
eckhart tolle
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles California
Country: 
United States

Nina May

Bio: 
Born and raised in Los Angeles California, I was born to be an artist. I attended Art schools to learn the basics of Commercial Art and Advertising and then start my own fashion business. I started hand painting clothing and selling my line to boutiques on Melrose Avenue and in Beverly Hills. I had many fashion shows and have collaborating with many photographers and makeup artists through the years. I have had Design positions with many apparel manufactures and have enjoyed creating fashion trends for the masses. I have designed textile and graphics for Mattel Toys, including Barbie and still am an independent contractor for them . Currently, I design graphics for a women's organic sportswear line in Los Angeles , Hippie Ink. I also custom design greeting cards , invitations and announcements. My Fashioncards are sold in many exclusive stationery stores in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. I live in West Los Angeles, California with my daughter, Siamese cat Zoe, Tortoiseshell cat Bell, Amazon Parrot Tequila and Miniature Pinscher Lulu.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
painting
Area(s) of Interest: 
yoga
reading
Capoeira
Knitting
Movies
Live Music
Collectable Vintage
Ethnic Cuisine
Education: 
Woodbury University
Otis Parsons School of Design
Mentors and Inspiration: 
World music from Brazil
Africa
Spain and India inspire me.
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
california
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