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QUEEN FOR A DAY! Self help to improve your life EVERYDAY !
- "Words of Wisdom"
- "Fashion Tips"
- "Make-Up Ideas...Or not"
- "Word of the Week"
- "Music Definition of the Week"
- "Highlights: Inspiration From...Singer/Songwriters, Movies, Music, Band Drama, Press, Gossip, T.V, ect."
- "A Week of Silence" - Celebrating a week that we have Nothing to Say
Today, my suggestion is to check out MICHELLE PHAN.
ALL 5,000 videos! Defiantly what TO DO and what NOT TO DO.
CONGRATS TO GRACE ! My cousin Grace took GOLD ! We are so proud of you!
- Check out Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks solo career! She's playing with Ben Harper and Friends. Really cool stuff !
- Authentic Love comes from Authentic Truth
- impute; verb, to credit, to attribute, to ascribe (We are clueless how to use it)
- utopia; noun, heaven on earth, the ideal place
- malevolent; adjective, having or showing a wish to do evil to others
"A glint of dark, malevolent eyes"
- DESPOTIC; adjective, ruler; tyrant; absolute power
- madrigal; noun; a part-song for several voices, especially one of the Renaissance period, typically arranged in elaborate counterpoint and without instrumental accompaniment. Originally used of a genre of the 14th-century Italian songs, the term now usually refers to English or Italian songs of the late 16th and 17th c., in a free style strongly influenced by the text.
- eclipse; noun, an obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer or between it and its source of illumination
"an eclipse of the sun"
- Aphrodite; noun, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus
- Luna; the Moon; the ancient Roman goddess personifying the moon, sometimes identified with Diana; (in alchemy) silver
- 'Ailana; island
- 'Alaneo; unclouded, clear
- 'Ano'i; desire, beloved
- Apona; embracing
- 'Enakai; glowing sea, raging sea
- Ainalani; heavenly land
- Aka'ula; red shadow, red reflection, red image
- Alaka'i; guide, instructor, leader
- Check out the book "Unwritten" by Charles Martin. We haven't read it yet but it's fascinating that he was turned down 76 times by publishers and the book is now on the best selling list in over 20 countries! He said he was going to try to get it published 126 times and if unsuccessful he would quit. He was relieved it only took 76 times! He has a really interesting story . . . Check out his website; charlesmartinbooks.com, his 9 books, and watch the video on his site. They're making "Unwritten" into a movie. You'll love the romance and the tropical wonderland! :)
- CONGRATS to my big sister DAVIS! You are now 2nd Lieutenant, Davis Juliette Evans, of the United States Air Force and a Clemson Graduate, 2013 !
- Congrats to Kelly and Derek for winning Dancing With the Stars! Their free style dance was AMAZING! It almost defied gravity!
- Be sure to watch the Bachelorette at ABC on Monday night...Lots of drama this season
- This is Jaden...
- Getting ready for the show at Gin Bay in Cameron, SC...
- Music is the language that everyone speaks. It's all over the world, in every country, every town, and every home. Music can make you laugh and get teary right after smiling. It's the most powerful language in the world. Music soothes my soul. ROCK ON!
Thank You Clay Pot for letting me win 1st place at the 1st Top of the Pot songwriting contest! You guys are AWESOME!
Fourteen-year-old winner Ginger Winn of Manning won the grand prize Saturday in The Clay Pot Coffee Shop's inaugural "Top of the Pot Singer/Song Writer Competition.”
Manning teen wins 'Top of the Pot' competition in Florence
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Fourteen-year-old winner Ginger Winn of Manning won the grand prize Saturday in The Clay Pot Coffee Shop's inaugural "Top of the Pot Singer/Song Writer Competition” at the William H. Johnson Renaissance Courtyard in downtown Florence.
Winn thanked The Clay Pot for putting the event together.
“It was an awesome event,” Winn said. She said she is “looking forward to working with the (Southern Harmony) recording studio soon.”
Winn won the overall competition, which included a recording package with Southern Harmony Studios and a $300 cash prize.
Winn's mother, Kaye, attended the event.
"Thanks so much for supporting the music business in South Carolina; you guys are a role model for other towns and cities,” she said.
Florence native Rusty Henderson took second place with a $75 cash prize. Lee Hewitt of Timmonsville, accompanied by Carolina Smith of Florence, took home the third place $50 cash prize and the $25 gift certificate to The Clay Pot for the People’s Choice Award. Finalists Dawn Larsen and Grover Windham, both of Florence, received $25 gift certificates to Florence business Music Depot for their participation.
The competition included performances by Round I contestants Tyler Cook, John Pickett, Phillip Howell and Henry Sloane. Other performers included Brandon Goff (Event MC, Musician, and FMU professor), Ed Clements (Round I Judge and 12th Circuit Solicitor); Laura Greenway (Round I Judge/ Florence School District Performing Arts Coordinator), Warren Stone (NBC’s “The Voice” contestant and Event Judge), Rebecca Morning Phipps (Award Winning Artsville 2012 Singer/Songwriter and Event Judge), and Doug Kight.
Judges for the event included first lady of Florence Laura Wukela; Rebecca Morning-Phipps, and Warren Stone. Judging was based on lyrics, originality, melody quality, uniqueness of presentation, audience response and general overall impression.
The event drew a crowd of more than 100 attendees.
Entries for the 2014 competition will be accepted in June with first rounds held throughout the summer and the final competition in September. The number of first rounds will be based on the number of entries. The Clay Pot encourages interested singer/songwriters to contact them at 843-407-1646 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the 2014 event.
-Thanks for all the support and congrats I've gotten today. Special thanks to Rob Cottingham, the reporter from Columbia that wrote the amazing article in The Item Newspaper for Sumter...I'm overwhelmed by the press! Lol
-Stay tuned for the next chapter of my all-girl indie-rock band, Draggin' Souls coming soon.
- Ginger Winn
- Jenna Marsey
- Andrea Taylor
- Camille Blanchard (if she can be persuaded and bribed into the band) :)
-Hi Jenna! :D
-Kaye and Ken in our studio meeting
-First cold weekend at the Ladson Flea Market
Congratulations Christopher! My new cousin, Hendrix…Welcome to Hawaii, USA!!!
Local teen Songwriter wins contest
Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 6:00 am
Ginger Winn, 14, plays her guitar recently at The Item headquarters. Ginger, who has been playing musical instruments since she could hold them, recently won a singer-songwriter contest held at The Clay Pot coffee shop in Florence, netting a recording contract with Southern Harmony Studios in Florence.
When Ginger Winn and her family moved to Manning a few years ago, they loved the town’s centralized location in the state and the beauty of Clarendon County.
But something was missing.
"When we first got here, there wasn’t much support for younger musicians," said Kaye White, Ginger’s mother. "There seemed to be a moratorium on talent shows in Clarendon County School District 2, so there wasn’t really a venue for young musicians to display their talents."
Ginger would not be discouraged, however, as her mother and father pushed for her to not only become a good performer, but to write her own music and lyrics also.
"We’ve urged her, as well as other kids, to write their own material," White said. "Playing covers is great, but, as Bob Dylan advocates, musicians need to write more original work."
"My dad is a very good musician, and mom is a great writer," Ginger said. "Both of them have pushed hard from the beginning for me to write, and write and write."
For Ginger, the long road began essentially at birth — her grandmother gave her a ukulele when she was just a baby.
"I’m part Hawaiian," Ginger said. "My grandmother gave me the instrument as a memento of my heritage, and as soon as I was old enough to hold it, my dad started teaching me how to play it."
Ginger stuck with the instrument and eventually penned her first song titled "Smoky Mountain Tennessee," with the ukulele during a ride back from Dollywood. She was 8 years old.
Since then, the young, ambitious singer-songwriter has expanded her talents to guitar, piano and drums, the latter of which she studies at Leonard’s Music Co. in Sumter. She’s also written and recorded 66 songs. The 14-year-old said she has numerous influences for her sound.
"I listen to almost everything," she said. "I started out listening to country music, then pop. I love the classics, too, such as The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan. I’ve been told I sound like a combination of those sounds mixed with Lady Antebellum and The Cranberries."
When it comes to writing new material, Ginger said the process is much less planned than some would assume.
"I’m a very spontaneous writer," she said. "I never know when a song idea will come to me. I just take an idea and I go with it, hammering out all the details as I go through it and editing along the way."
As her writing has improved and her sound expanded, Ginger has been posting her work on her website, gingerwinn.com, as well as posting videos on YouTube.com. Her most recent post, an original song called "Close to the Coast," is a tribute to the beach and those who love it.
"It’s something I think South Carolinians can relate to very well," she said. "It seems we all grow up in this state with a connection to the beach."
Naturally, Ginger would eventually compete with other singer-songwriters, testing the merit of her lyrical and musical efforts. She’s won a few contests, including a first-place finish in Weldon Auditorium’s "So you think you got talent, Clarendon County?" in 2012 and a second-place finish in a contest held at Midnight Rooster in Hartsville, but the most recent is by far the biggest.
In September, Ginger won a contest hosted in Florence called "Top of the Pot," hosted by The Clay Pot Coffee Shop. The contest, judged by Florence’s First Lady Laura Wukela, NBC’s "The Voice" competitor Warren Stone and 2012 Artsville winner Rebecca Morning-Phipps, pit the competitors against each other through three rounds of elimination.
"It was a heated competition," Ginger said. "I’ve been performing on stage since I was 11, but this was something new."
Ginger’s perseverance paid off, as she survived all three rounds to claim the top prize.
"I was the only kid in the top five," she said. "The others were all adults, so it was really exciting. It was amazing to hear that I’d won it."
The grand prize included a cash sum and a contract with Southern Harmony Studios to record an album, which she will begin developing soon.
But according to her mother, Ginger didn’t win solely because of her talents.
"These people were looking for an artist to support, as well as a good musician," White said. "They sat and talked with the artists and got to know them and what they stand for. (Ginger) gained a lot of support because she worked with 41 young singer-songwriters as part of a summer-long Fleetwood Mac tribute project called Freefalling, during which she also helped them develop their own writing. She strongly advocates for them to become their own artist."
As an aspiring artist, Ginger has her eyes set far beyond the horizon.
"Within the next 10 years, I want to be artist of the year," she said. "I want to known for my songwriting, more than anything, but I also want to produce."
"This is her career," White said. "She’s not stopping anytime soon."
"You can be a songwriter forever, even on your death bed," Ginger said. "I want that."
Regardless of what success she’s had or what the future has in store, Ginger still keeps on an even keel and remains a strong supporter of the place she now calls home.
"It’s always fun to answer people when they ask about where I’m from," she said. "They usually don’t know about Manning or where it is, so I get to talk about it and let them know how beautiful it is here."
Reach Rob Cottingham at (803) 774-1225.
Southern Harmony Recording Studio
Thank you so much for all your help and support, Southern Harmony and Clay Pot... You guys are like family! Thanks so much! :)