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      Listening Room w/ Cindy Alexander , Whitney Steele and Tom Andrews in Hermosa Beach

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      April 15, 2012

      Sunday   7:30 PM

      142 Pacific Coast Highway
      Hermosa Beach, California 90254

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      Listening Room w/ Cindy Alexander , Whitney Steele and Tom Andrews

      Description: Listening Room is an Intimate Performance.
      Tom Andrews- 6:30
      Whitney Steele- 7:30
      Cindy Alexander - 8:30
      Leftmore- 9:45

      Cindy Alexander: I’m a Mom of twin girls and my life is a whirlwind of pretend-play, Yo Gabba Gabba, toddler germs and MUSIC. I spend a lot of time at Target. I have a cat that can talk (he says “hello” and “I love you”, seriously). I used to have my toe nails polished at all times but now they are on the back burner until Chip tells me I look “ghetto” and begs me to go to the salon. I love those days…at the salon, not being called “ghetto.” I crave guacamole, constantly (except when I was pregnant). I can turn any conversation into a song. I cry easily but I laugh even easier. I give everything away. I’m loyal to a fault. I’m moody. I clench my jaw when I sleep sometimes. I love my family. They love me too. My nickname is “pnut” (like peanut). I have the greatest friends on earth. I have very few socks that match. Somewhere there is a black hole with all my miscellaneous socks….and my guitar picks. I’m lucky and I’m blessed. I am passionate about cancer prevention, awareness and finding a cure. Add to that heart disease. I believe in Love. I Love. And I am Loved. And some people say that I’m a highly functioning dysfunctional, the most organized disorganized person you will ever meet but I manage to get stuff done…eventually. I agree with them. Now here’s the stuff THEY want to know about me: Born weighing only four and a half pounds but with the voice that could fill a stadium…her parents figured G-d had a plan, they just weren’t in on the joke. They sent their little “peanut” to the “crying doctor” when she was 5 only to be told she just “wanted attention.” By 20 she stopped crying but she had head aches. And one day, Cindy Alexander was so irritated and grumpy because the guy who lived in the apartment above her blasted his stereo so loud that it brought on her migraines – so finally she crawled out of bed, pounded on his door and asked him to turn it down. Instead of fighting, Cindy and Paul Trudeau became best of friends, wrote a bunch of songs and started a band. After a couple of years, a lot of gigs, and a ton of emotional epiphanies, Cindy put out a cd which was a compilation of her demos: See Red. Most of the tracks were produced by David Darling (Boxing Ghandis/ Tom Waits/ Meredith Brooks/ Brian Setzer) and Paul Trudeau. See Red earned a nomination for Album of the Year by the L.A. Music Awards, who the year before crowned her Songwriter of the Year and nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year. The “Peanut Gallery” (aka Cindy Alexander fans) grew exponentially and Cindy rode the wave of the internet, topping charts at mp3.com and becoming one of Amazon.com’s best indie sellers. In 2003 she released her 2nd CD, SMASH, also nominated for L.A. Music Award’s Album of the Year. Smash features co-writes with Grammy Award winners Gary Harrison and Dennis Matkosky. She was named CNET’s Net Music Countdown Net Unknown of the Year (joining past recipients such as Michelle Branch) and was named Female Artist of the Year by Just Plain Folks, also winning Pop Song of the Year by the same organization. Cindy kept busy touring in 2004 with a new distribution for her own label, JamCat Records, earned three more awards (LA Music Award for Indie Pop Artist of the Year, JPF Songwriter of the Year, and All Access Magazine Best Female Vocalist), and recorded her 3rd CD with Dave Darling: Angels & Demons. Angels & Demons was released in ’05 to glowing reviews, and a live performance on air for Mark & Brian (KLOS 95.5 fm and affiliates) sparked an immediate sell out of ALL of Cindy’s CD inventory and a huge influx of new fans. That energy fueled a string of dates opening for AMERICA and Cindy began headlining festivals as far away as Barbados. Angels %26 Demons won LA Music Awards Independent Pop Album of the Year in 2006. June 2006 unleashed a new compilation entitled “Eclectic Cafe” on Water Music Records featuring Cindy’s song “4 Hours” alongside cuts by Aimee Mann, Heather Nova, Tracy Bonham, Moby and Duncan Shiek. Summer/Fall 2006 was a huge turning point. On a whim, Cindy joined the cast of NBC/David Foster’s Star Tomorrow, with the understanding that it was a talent contest based upon original material and artistry, quite unlike the American Idol shows. After months of head to head competition with some of the best indie artists in the US, and battling it out on the world wide web, Cindy WON a deal with a major label. Well, sort of. After a LOT of consideration, soul searching and an extended tour in the Pacific Rim entertaining our Troops, Cindy decided that it was an offer she COULD refuse and consequently, shared the news with her fans. Their overwhelming support of her decision to stay indie resulted in enough pre-orders and donations to the production account to completely fund the making of WOBBLE WITH THE WORLD, Cindy’s fourth CD which was released October 2007 and immediately nominated for Independent Album of the Year, Best Female Vocals, A/C Artist of the Year (South Bay Music Awards) and Best Songwriting (Rock City News). “Wobble” is produced Cindy’s long time friends and musical co-horts, Dave Darling and Paul Trudeau, with a special guest appearance by Michael Bacon on “Bloom.” The digital-only version of the CD contains an extra bonus track, “Slow Motion Miracle” which proceeds are donated to a charity close to Cindy’s heart: www.wespark.org. It’s been awhile since “pnut” has torn up the scene but that’s because she got married, had twins and has spent the last few years raising her daughters. Viewing life and love from a completely different perspective, Every Rise and Fall, to be released March 2012, tackles issues such as fertility, marriage, motherhood, aging, birth and death…a “coming of age” album in every sense of a sensitive word. Produced by now Grammy nominated Dave Darling, Every Rise and Fall features another guest appearance by Michael Bacon on cello, and musicians Arlan Oscar (Joe Bonamassa/Janiva Magness) on organ and wurlitzer, Carl Sealove (Bob Dylan/Boxing Gandhis) on stand up bass/ bass guitar, Chip Moreland (Altered State/Dread Zeppelin) on drums, Dave Darling on guitar/backing vocals, and of course Cindy on vocals and piano. Cindy has toured nationally and internationally, and has shared the stage with such bands as The Bacon Brothers, America, Suzanne Vega, Joan Osborn, Art Alexakis (Everclear), Bob Schneider, Ben Taylor, The Bangles, Edwin McCain, Marc Cohn, Howard Jones, Joe Bonamassa, Dishwalla, Gin Blossoms, Karla Bonoff, and the list goes on and on. Her performances have been called “star quality” and the “best of the L.A. Music Scene,” charming both audiences and critics alike. Cindy has also appeared on several soundtracks and compilations: Sugar %26 Spice soundtrack on Trauma Records, Chilled Sirens on Water Music Records, Sunday Brunch on Treadstone Records, Eclectic Cafe on Water Music Records, and Back Home, a compilation of female singer songwriters that benefits Children International. Her music has been featured in films (Here on Earth, Smokers, Sugar & Spice, Dorm Daze II) and television (Party of Five, Chasing Farrah) and at a Petco (and we hear Office Depot on a weekly basis) near you.

      Whitney Steele: Award-winning singer/songwriter Whitney Steele has most recently shared the stage with Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason (of Traffic) the Gin Blossoms, Eddie Money, Shawn Colvin, J.R. Richards (of Dishwalla), Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, and Tyler Hilton. She can also be seen every Saturday night as one of the judges on the CBS television show 'Lucky Break'. Whitney was selected as 1 of 5 finalists from more than 300 AT&T/Cingular Music Studio artists nationwide to compete for a chance to perform 'You Won't See Me Crying' on an episode of the hit television show One Tree Hill on the CW network. Gretsch Guitars selected Whitney to debut one of the four guitars in the Gretsch Americana series in her music video for Storm Warning. In 2007, she was nominated for best pop single of the year for the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. Whitney swept the Phoenix Music Awards in 2008, winning best singer/songwriter, best single of the year, and best music video of the year. Continuing her successful rise to national stardom, Whitney also received a nomination for best music video of the year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Whitney captured the attention of Scotty Johnson (lead guitarist of The Gin Blossoms), and he immediately supported her career, believing in not only Whitney's talent, but also in her unparalleled drive and passion. Scotty joined Whitney and her band on stage to perform at The Arizona Broadway Theatre. Robin Wilson (lead singer of The Gin Blossoms) lent his unmistakable vocals in Whitney's original song, 'You Won't See Me Crying.' Whitney’s self-titled second album was released in 2009. Scotty Johnson and P.H.Naffah (former drummer for the Refreshments and current drummer for Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers) both jumped on board to contribute to the CD. It's no surprise that Whitney has earned the respect of industry greats. She is truly one-of-a-kind, a rare blend of innate talent, pure determination, quirky humor and a love for music that emanates through each and every one of her songs and performances. Her hard work is paying off and Whitney is poised for a level of success reserved only for the most deserving of artists.

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