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Glitzburgh Grooves: New Music by Country Singer Kellie Lynne

16 Feb

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Glitzburgh had the pleasure of interviewing Pittsburgh native Kellie Lynne awhile back, and now has been able to preview some of her fabulous new music, brought to you from her new home in Nahsville!

Kellie’s music has definitely matured with her. Talented and gorgeous, she has a solid, strong voice and vocal stylings all of her own and has taken a hand in writing her music — always refreshing when it comes to young artists.

“Love Like That” is a catchy upbeat love song that showcases Kellie’s rich vocals and fun style while also seeming somehow familiar. The chorus reflects what we all want in life – a love that lasts. Around the 2:10 mark, there’s a really fun breakdown that modernizes the song a bit and sets it out from the crowd!

Reminiscent of: Taylor Swift, Faith Hill Image

“Reckless” is a bold and sexy song about taking having some fun, getting a little wild — and possibly taking it to the next level with a friend-turned-lover. It’s young, fresh, and real.

Reminiscent of: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert
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“Ain’t Country” is an “in-your-face” feel good tune that I could see becoming the “song of the summer.” A true anthem for country girls-and-guys everywhere! Kellie Lynne show’s she sure IS country — and with prowess — on this zippy song.

Remiscient of: Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood Image

“Dirt Cheap” is a pretty country ballad. Raw, sad, full of emotion, but still beautiful. Lyrically, perhaps my favorite song of the bunch. Kellie equates herself to an item left behind on a discount shelf….but there’s certainly something quite valuable in this song.

Reminiscent of: Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack Image

Overall, I’d give this selection, as a whole, 4.5 stars. Kellie is a talented artist with a lot to offer the world of country music. She’s definitely making her mark and on her way to success. Keep checking Glitzburgh for more information on her new music releases, concerts, and more!

You can also follow Kellie on Twitter at @Kellie_Lynne and check out her music on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/kellielynne

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Pittsburgh Rapper Wiz Khalifa Nominated for 2 Grammy Awards!

12 Feb

Wiz Khalifa continues to make Pittsburgh proud!

The rapper has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards at tonight’s 54th Annual Grammys  in the categories of Best Performance and Best Rap Song.

Here is a video of a backstage interview with Wiz, and a photo, below, from a pre-Grammy gala.

Also, Wexford’s own Grammy award winner (and judge on “The Voice”) Christina Aguilera was nominated with Maroon 5 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the single “Moves Like Jagger.”

Wiz:

Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Teresa Giudice in Pittsburgh to Knock Out Cancer

14 Nov

Last night, Teresa Giudice, the reality star known for her spot in the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast, was in Pittsburgh to appear at the Knock Out Cancer event at the Galleria.

Not only did she give Glitzburgh a quick shout-out (see video, below) but she happily posed with fans at a VIP reception before the main event. After the meet-and-greet, she signed cookbooks and posed with photos with other fans who bought a copy of her latest book, Fabulicious.

Tall Cathy from 96.1 KISS interviwed Ms. Giudice on stage, where Teresa said, “Now that I’m in Pittsburgh, I’ll say, I LOVE the Steelers. Go Steelers!” which the crowd loved. She spoke candidly about her feuds with the other women and her brother, and also mentioned that her dad (who is occasionally seen on the show) is in the hospital and is in ill health.

Giudice said that she was still having problems with some of her castmates, but that she is as proud as ever of her talented and adorable daughters, and that her husband “Juicy Joe” is thinking about opening up a winery near where they live in New Jersey. “We want to host wine tastings and stuff,” she said.

This wasn’t her first time in Pittsburgh. She says that in Season 4 you see that they actually had a layover here at the Pittsburgh airport.

Later, she took to Twitter to say she loved meeting her fans from Pittsburgh and she shared some photos of the event. Knock Out Cancer featured vendors and raffles, and proceeds from the night went to support research and awareness of various forms of cancer. SHAG Salon of Robinson was on hand to do fun pink extensions for breast cancer research, local singers performed, a caricature artist did drawings, and more. A lot of fun for a great cause!

Enjoy photos and video, below.

VIDEO OF RHONJ’S TERESA GIVING GLITZBURGH A “HELLO!” ->

Mark Zuckerberg Press Conference at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

8 Nov

Today at 10:30 am, reporters and photographers from under 10 media outlets (including Glitzburgh!) attended a private press conference with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook.

The press conference was held on the patio outside of the Bill Gates Center for Computer Science on the Carnegie Mellon Campus in Oakland.

This is Zuckerberg’s first trip to Pittsburgh, and he said he that he liked it here. The brief press conference preceded a speaking engagement and recruiting session to be held later today for an invite-only audience of CMU students.

Though the event itself is closed to the public and to media, Zuckerberg — known to be a bit shy and introverted — entertained a few questions at this morning’s gathering, which, unfortunately, lasted for under a minute, during which time he was pleasant but seemed a little nervous.

“First time in Pittsburgh,” he started. “How’s it going?” Zuckerberg said. He first spoke to a member of the Tartan CMU student newspaper who asked how Carnegie Mellon got chosen as one of only 3 stops on Zuckerberg’s East Coast college tour, along with MIT and Harvard. “Well, we have a lot of Carnegie Mellon alums working for Facebook,” he said. “They’re actually some of our best engineers. So when we decided to organize this trip to go see a few colleges, Carnegie Mellon was at the top of our list. So, that’s why we’re here. It’s my first time, and I’m excited to be here!”

To stand out to Facebook, students should be, “really entrepreneurial folks, people who want to desire to have a big impact on the world, people who have the ability to look at 100 different problems at once and see, okay, this is the one that we really need to solve. Facebook, we serve a lot of users and customers, more than 800 million people around the world….but, the organization is really small. We just passed the 700 engineers, so each engineer at Facebook serves over a million users themselves. ” says Mr. Zuckerberg “We really look for people who desire to have a really big impact on the world, that’s really the most important thing we look for — that, and obviously really good technical skills.”

Mark Zuckerberg laughed when a reporter asked if he conducted the interviews himself. “We have a whole process at the company. We really value teamwork, as well, so it’s really important to us that the people coming through have the opportunity to talk to a variety of folks.” He says that potential interns and employees are tested on technical skills and ability to work as a team. They also look for people who align with their values which include making an impact and connecting people. Every one who joins the company goes through a unique boot camp period to become familiarized with just how Facebook works and to get people, “ramped up on the code.”  “Sometimes, I do interviews myself. I do not interview every single person, that’s just too many. But, for certain folks, I definitely drop in and talk to them.”

He concluded with the fact that CMU engineers are, “really smart” and “have a good work ethic” before waving to those of us in attendance and turning to leave.

Zuckerberg will tour the Carnegie Mellon campus before his speech and recruiting session this afternoon.

Dean of the Gates School of Computer Science, Randall Bryant, also spoke at the press conference. He shrugged off questions about a potential Facebook research center in Pittsburgh, and stated that media would not be attending the event today because it is solely for the recruitment of CMU students to work at Facebook.

In a press release issued earlier, Brant stated “we are very excited by the prospect of hosting a visit by Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has profoundly changed the nature of social interactions worldwide. Supporting these interactions requires massive information processing capabilities, for which Facebook has become a leader in advanced computing technology.

You can view video from the press conference on Glitzburgh’s YouTube Channel or below.

Also check out photos, below.

Enjoy! And welcome to Pittsburgh, Mr. Zuckerberg!

Mark Zuckerberg Coming to Pittsburgh

7 Nov

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow, November 8th, 2011, to address students and faculty at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University.

According to a CMU press release, “Carnegie Mellon is one of three campuses being visited by Zuckerberg during an East Coast college tour. He also has scheduled appearances at Harvard University and MIT….Though this will be Zuckerberg’s first visit to Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus, he and his colleagues at Facebook are well-acquainted with the university, which boasts a consistently top-ranked computer science program. Facebook is a major recruiter at Carnegie Mellon and employs about 50 alumni. Many CMU students have benefited from internships with the Palo Alto, Calif., company.”

Mr. Zuckerberg is 27 years old and founded Facebook circa 2004.

This speaking engagement will be in front of an invitation-only audience.

Meet the 2011 Top 40 Under 40 of Pittsburgh

26 Oct

Every year, PUMP and Pittsburgh magazine choose honorees who are “lighting up our dynamic, caring city” and making a difference in their own unique ways.

According to Elizabeth Speed Kabus of Pittsburgh Magazine, “It’s no secret that Pittsburgh is still producing young emerging leaders with energy and drive to effect positive change in the region. And this year’s list of honorees is a powerful mix of diverse talent. This is the 13th year for 40 Under 40, and the mega-trend that encompasses all the honorees who’ve been included throughout the years is the same: Each makes Pittsburgh a better place to live, work and play. Our winners demonstrate a love and respect for our community that set an example for young people hoping to stay in Pittsburgh.”

To view the 40 honorees for 2011 and read about them, check out the full article – complete with photos – here, or pick up a print copy of the November 2011 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, on newsstands now. Thank you for your support!

Thank You, Pittsburgh!

22 Oct

Thank you to Pittsburgh Magazine, and PUMP (The Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project) for selecting me as one of this year’s Top 40 Under 40 winners. I am honored and flattered.

If you’d like to learn more, pick up the November 2011 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, out now. I’m on Page 57.

Very excited and proud to be part of such a great initiative! Looking forward to the 40 Under 40 gala at The Rivers Casino ballroom on November 4th!

Grateful and blessed,

Ashley Boynes-Shuck of Glitzburgh