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Thought-Provokers from the Valley

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Shealyn McFadden

I always wanted to save the world- make a difference in peoples lives. I realized that doing that may take some risk, it may force me to use my creativity skills to find a way to help the world. I didn’t do any art in school until I was a senior in high school. Read more>>

Marissa Fennell

When I was in fourth grade we were doing a play about a man who was ultimately beheaded, (Couldn’t tell you his name but the idea of chopping someones head off in fourth grade stuck in my brain) most of the class felt uncomfortable telling that part of the story. Read more>>

Sean Hurwitz

Born and raised in Israel. Moved to LA with a dream to become a full time musician in 2003.
Worked at Guitar Center Sherman Oaks from 2003 to 2006. I left January 1st 2007 and have been a full time musician ever since. I played with Anna Nalick in 2010, joined “Smash Mouth” in 2011 and joined Enrique Iglesias in 2015. Read more>>

Cat Ivy

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was surrounded by the entertainment industry. My dad was a TV writer and always encouraged every artistic passion I showed even the slightest interest in from painting to instruments to acting, and then eventually to singing and writing songs. Read more>>

Joelle Martinec

I was born and raised in Arizona. I am the daughter of a nurse and an accountant. My parents are hard workers who go after what they want with confidence and courage. Their example has been one that I carry with me Dance came into my life when I was seven years old. Read more>>

Pushing Veronica

“Pushing Veronica is the only place where we can truly be ourselves,” adds Julien. “We act like fucking weirdos, and we accept each other. We’re family. We get into all kinds of shenanigans and great adventures creating our art!” This philosophy united the four members of Pushing Veronica. Read more>>

Kendall Rucks

I grew up in a little beach town in south Florida. I joined a Disney singing group when I was 14 and pursued that for a while – The experience was great but I knew it wasn’t who I was or wanted to do long term. Flash forward to 17, I begin recording and writing an albums worth of music in Nashville with my producer Mike Krompass. Read more>>

Nate Ryan

In terms of what I currently do on YouTube, I started my channel not knowing what I wanted to create content-wise so I began trying out lots of different styles of content. I failed at most things I tried, but I noticed that I usually received more views when I talked about alternative music. Read more>>

Michael Cawood

I was born in the UK, I became interested in animated filmmaking when I was 14 and started making animated films in sixth form college (known as high school here). I got my degree in traditional 2D Animation just as Toy Story came out and the industry was moving into 3D CGI. Read more>>

Dru DeCaro

My uncle gave me my first guitar. I remember the day, everything changed. I started a band, I moved to LA, I got a job at the Viper Room and started playing shows. I played every damn club in the city, I went on Warped Tour (RIP). Then, I started getting heavily involved in the RnB scene. Read more>>

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