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Lifehouse, Josh Groban, LL Cool J, Brad Paisley


Lifehouse is an American alternative band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1999. In 2000, Lifehouse entered the recording studio to record their first major label release. Five of the twelve tracks from Diff’s Lucky Day were remixed and released on No Name Face. Because of frontman Jason Wade’s charisma and talent, DreamWorks Records focused their sights solely on him, and by the time the debut album was released on October 31, 2000, Wade and Andrade were the only remaining founding members. Shortly after recording the first album, Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. replaced Jon Palmer on drums. On Halloween of 2000, Lifehouse released their debut album entitled No Name Face. It spawned several singles which include “Hanging by a Moment”, “Sick Cycle Carousel” and “Everything”. The song “Everything” was also used in both the pilot and first-season finale episodes of the future hit WB drama, Smallville, and would go on to be placed on the series’ first soundtrack . This began the long-standing affair between the band and the series, as Lifehouse would go on to have seven songs played during the series’ first four seasons, ending with a live performance in the fourth-season prom episode, and landing yet another song on Smallville. Lifehouse has since produced three more albums; Stanley Climbfall in 2002, Lifehouse in 2005 and Who We Are in 2007.

Josh Groban

Josh Groban was born February 27, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. He was born to a Jewish father and a Norwegian mother. His father converted to Christianity upon marriage, and Josh Groban was raised an Episcopalian. In late 1998, the 17-year-old Groban was introduced by his vocal coach to Grammy-winning producer/arranger David Foster. Groban worked for Foster as a rehearsal singer on a series of high-profile events, including the 1999 Grammy Awards — where, as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli, he rehearsed Foster’s “The Prayer” with Céline Dion — and the January 1999 inauguration of Gray Davis as governor of California. Josh Groban left Carnegie Mellon school after only four months into his first semester when he was offered a recording contract at Warner Brothers Records. In 2001, he released his self titled debut album. The track “You’re Still You” charted at #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and “To Where You Are” charted at #1 on that chart as well. Josh Groban then went on to release his sophomore studio album, Closer. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling about 375,000 copies in its first week. He has since released three more albums which include “Awake” in 2006, “Noel” in 2007 and “A Collection” in 2008. In December 2008, Groban appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He performed a duet with Only Men Aloud! at the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

LL Cool J

LL Cool J is the stage name of James Todd Smith. He was born on January 14, 1968 in Queens, New York. At age 16, LL Cool J produced and created demos using a mixing table purchased by his grandfather at Sears. He then sent them to various record companies, including Def Jam Recordings. Def Jam released his first record, the 12″ single “I Need a Beat”. The single sold over 100,000 copies and helped establish LL as a rapper in the music industry. The success of “I Need a Beat” helped lead to a distribution deal with Def Jam and Columbia Records in 1985. Soon after, LL Cool J dropped out of Hillcrest High School to record his debut album, Radio. The album earned considerable Billboard chart success and sold in excess of 500,000 copies within its first five months of release. On April 19, 1989, it was certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). LL Cool J has since released thirteen records which include Bigger and Deffer (1987), Mama Said Knock You Out (1990), Phenomenon (1997) and Exit 13 (2008). He now resides in Manhasset, New York with his wife and four children. The couple has also adopted several times.

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley was born on October 28, 1972 in Glen Dale, West Virginia. Brad Paisley graduated from John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, West Virginia, studied briefly at West Liberty State College (WV), and later was awarded a full-paid ASCAP scholarship to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee (from 1993 to 1995). While in college, he met Frank Rogers, a fellow student who went on to serve as his producer. Paisley also met Kelley Lovelace, who became his songwriting partner. After graduating from Belmont, Brad Paisley signed a songwriting contract with EMI Music Publishing and he wrote David Kersh’s top 5 hit “Another You”, as well as David Ball’s 1999 single “Watching My Baby Not Come Back”. In 1999, he released his debut album, Who Needs Pictures. It features four singles, “Me Neither”, “Who Needs Pictures”, “He Didn’t Have to Be” and “We Danced”. All of which became hit singles. Brad Paisley has since released seven albums. All of his albums certified gold or higher by the RIAA. In addition, he has charted twenty-three singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, fourteen of which have reached Number One. His style crosses between traditional country and pop-rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references.