Em Rossi sat down with me poolside in her Southern Sonoma County home she shares with her Mom and older brother and a menagerie of much loved family pets, to catch up post high school graduation and chat about her most recent music video release "Young Hearts" (almost 3 million views on YouTube around the world), television and radio appearances and magazine/online interviews.
It's what she's been working on with a rare passion for a teen, these past couple of difficult years since losing her Dad and mentor, Rob and Em walked the walk at graduation, having rocked the online charts and a stellar GPA.
Now the dust has settled on her school books, the feisty songstress with her signature sound and flowing blonde locks is looking to take her music career to the next level.
"My song Young Hearts will be featured on the easy listening program on United Airlines September and October," said Em, "a remix of Young Hearts by Tom Colontonio will be featured on the Dance Show on United Airlines September and October." Her first release, "Earthquake" is currently featured on the inflight Hits List for United Airlines this month.
"I performed on my first morning tv show, recently - Good Day Sacramento, which was great fun," said Em.
The soon-to-be 18-year-old is having a lot of fun and fan reach with mobile apps Smule (download the app and take on a Karaoke duet with Em) and Cameo.
I asked Em what's next, at a time when most of her peers are kicking back for summer in readiness for packing for college. The straight A student has chosen to defer university for a year to focus on bolstering what has been an awesome start in building more momentum in the highly competitive music biz.
Look for a video interview on an upcoming fashion tv show this summer, which I'll be sure to share once it's live.
Sonoma Valley author Sam Keen reads from he and his son's book winner of the 2015 Nautilus Silver Award, Prodigal Father Wayward Son, A Roadmap to Reconciliation, just in time for Father's Day at the Wine Annex, this Saturday, June 18th, from 6pm to 7.30 pm.
Not just for Father's (Day): In their new book Prodigal Father Wayward Son bestselling author Sam and his son Gifford, suggest that telling each other stories might be the most important thing a family can do. By sharing their stories of pain and vulnerability, childhood injury and adult triumph and finally of forgiveness, Sam and Gifford show a path towards reconciliation of long-standing, and otherwise intractable differences.
“Sam and Gifford Keen display for us a simple yet often precarious way to untangle the wounds of childhood and forge a bond of understanding, acceptance, and intimacy whose only name is "love." – Huffington Post
Head over to Sonoma, enjoy this rich, practical, soulful and dedicated philosopher on the human spirit and heart. Reception at Annex Wine Bar (located at 865 W Napa Street, Sonoma), begins at 6pm with a welcome by Deirdre Egan singer/songwriter and Celtic harpist and a 6:30pm reading by Sam. Annex's array of wines, beers, beverages and a chef choice entrée are available.
Southern Sonoma County's celebrated portrait photographer Murray Rockowitz is looking for two more people to join in an immersion into the art and craft of photographing people for the next four weeks. Class starts June 8th, 2016 in Petaluma.
He will discuss, debate, show work, have demos and assignments on the various aspects of photographing people.
photo: Murray Rockowitz
"A subject I have a lot to give, I must admit," he says. Call him or email for more information
Southern Sonoma County's painter and potter Aaron Edmondson exhibits around 28 of his beautiful pots and watercolor portraits this month, through mid-July 2016 at The Finley Center 2060 West College ( Corner of College and Stoney point) in Santa Rosa.
Aaron’s first career of 35 years included working for Admiral Rickover and the Nuclear Navy, Deputy Controller, U.S. Department of Energy and staff of the Appropriations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. Aaron is now devoting his attention to the making of art. This includes pottery, oil and watercolor painting and print making.
He has shown and sold his Art in the Washington D.C area and has received Awards from various organizations there.
The artist has had a one man show of his pottery at the Sculpture Gallery at the U.S National Institute of Health.
Aaron has continued his painting and potting since moving to California and has shown in several Juried venues in Petaluma, Sebastopol and San Rafael. He also shows and sells his pottery in Occidental and Petaluma.
He says: “Of all the gifts of Art, the one that continues to excite me is how it causes me to see so much more.”
Contact the artist at email@example.com
An artists reception for Aaran takes place June 2nd, 5pm to 7pm.
Petaluma resident Hannah has a website/brand called "Trende," covering fashion, food and media. Two of Hannah's fashion shows were picked up by an online broadcasting company recently.
One of the shows is called "10 pieces-10 outfits." Both will air live once a week starting in July and producer, Jenna Garcia is looking for locals interested in participating.
"In the 10 pieces-10 outfits show, we go into peoples' closets and choose 10 pieces, curating ten different outfits using only those items," says Jenna. "It will be a really fun show and I would love to have a diverse group of participants".
Trende founder, Hannah loves finding new ways to live a happier, healthier, life. The U.C. Berkeley grad is passionate about fashion, film, food, music and dancing. During her time at Cal, she majored in Film Studies and minored in Theater and Performance Studies.
"I was honored to study under amazing film historians and practitioners and had the opportunity to write an honor's thesis, A Landscape of Faces, which explores the use of the close-up in contemporary cinema," shared Hannah. " have worked in television for over 5 years and had the opportunity to intern at Dreamworks Animation Studios where I worked on "HOME" and "Penguins of Madagascar".
"My love of fashion began before I can remember. I have always found it exciting and fun to try on clothing and put outfits together and by the age of six I had my first sewing lesson," shared Hannah. "I learned how to follow a pattern, then began making my own patterns and clothing designs. Feeling fabrics and discovering how they hang and move is one of my joys. My favorite fashion past times include shopping trips with my friends, browsing fashion websites and retailers for the newest styles, and helping my friends find new outfits in their closets".
Hannah also posts about her love of good food — with a belief that it brings people together and inspires her creativity. "I am constantly being lured by the colors of bright red and yellow peppers and the smells of freshly baked bread. My mom was a chef and it is she who instilled in me this love of food and cooking," said Hannah.
If, like me, you didn't get it together to get tickets (or a press pass as I've enjoyed in the past) to this year's BottleRock weekend in Napa, or even if you did and you just can't get enough — here's a fun option for entering into the festivities into the wee hours.
Napa Valley's BottleRock 2016 kicked off Friday May 27th, and the party keeps on going at Napa's super swanky NINEBARK all weekend long. Starting at 9pm, festival-goers and the rest of us are welcome to continue wining, dining eating and dancing at NINEBARK's after party, with three floors of fun. The folks there will have a DJ spinning Friday & Saturday nights, late-night bites and signature NINEBARK cocktails to keep thirsts quenched.
Why travel out of the south county when there are hidden gems to explore on your doorstep? Join west Petaluma's exclusive Spring Hill Road Azari Vineyards' winemaking team for a memorable Midsummer's afternoon party.
Azari Vineyards - 1399 Spring Hill Road, Petaluma, CA 94952 - View Map
$40 per person or join the Azari wine club and attend the party for free.
My freelance work for the wonderful and expansive Sonoma County Tourism website takes me off-road on the sorts of extraordinary experiences that remind me that it is not only possible to achieve the best work/life balance but fun and enlightening along the way.
The enterprising and quite fabulous Hermine of Atmani Yoga & Wine Experiences, pictured above, hosted my first foray back into Yoga in years, during my most recent assignment at Sonoma County's organic Medlock Ames Ranch.
Seeings as I'm in the process of moving home/publishing a new book/graduation for youngest son/planning an impending quick visit to spend time with family in the UK — remembering to breathe is most useful right now.
All-volunteer, non-profit Cruisin' The Boulevard, Inc celebrates its 11th anniversary Salute to American Graffiti this weekend, May 19, 20 and 21st. Hundreds of gleaming pre-1976 cars are in town for annual festivities that fill our historic downtown Petaluma with a 1950s vibe.
This unique event attracts automobile fans from around the world, boosting local tourism and business and raising lots of money for the betterment of our community.