CBS & NBC TV’S “Live It Up! With Donna Drake” Wins TWO National Telly Awards For 2018 Coverage on Helping Bullied Youth

When a young “Chopped Junior” and “MasterChef Junior” contestant lost use of one of her most important cooking appliances–her oven–following the events of Hurricane Sandy, little did she know a friend and inspirational TV host would come to her aid. But that was just the case for Junior Chef AJ Espinoza when “Live It Up!” Host Donna Drake gifted the young professional a brand new oven with the help of Sub Zero Group E earlier this year. That heartwarming segment, along with Drake’s continued efforts to champion empowerment and positivity throughout the show have earned it TWO National Telly Awards for the 39th Season!

It’s hard to keep a dry-eye when watching inspiring programming that helps the less fortunate, and the award-winning segment in which the young Chef tears up explaining her hardships following the devastation of the 2012 disaster does just that. But coming to her rescue, host and friend Donna Drake explains that through her friendship with the Interior Design Society she was able to gift the young Chef with a most prized possession which she’d lost for her 14th birthday.


WATCH: “Live It Up! With Donna Drake” Telly Award-Winning Segment with Chef AJ


(Seated): Executive Producer Lou Vaccarelli – COO of Drake Media Network, Inc., Creator/Host Donna Drake – President of Drake Media Network, Inc. (Standing Left to Right): Tony Liuzzi, Tim Rerucha, Connie Vacaira, Roseanna Amador, Ken Bogardt, Caleb Larsen, Joe DeFelice, and Joe Danielle


Donna Drake is an international award-winning creative artist, writer, producer and actress. She created “Live it Up!” to share positive messages of hope that inspire and empower those who need it most.


A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Donna showcased her beauty, talent and scholastic achievement at an early age, winning the title of North County Junior Miss in 1983 – a pivotal moment in her young life. She followed her passion for art and music to the East Coast and spent most of her early career at Technisonic Studios, selecting music and sound effects for radio and television commercials. She went on to produce and host various television, film and multimedia projects, including her popular public-access show “Indies Insider” – featuring intimate discussions with film directors and actors – and the art-world podcast “After Party.” An active voice-over talent and actress with a lengthy stage and screen résumé, she became director of creative services for WLNY-TV on Long Island in 1997, creating exclusive promotions for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy!” and other popular programs. She later served as director of client communications at the strategic marketing firm Progressive Marketing Group, where she developed client branding messages and hosted numerous successful podcasts.


As president of the Drake Media Network, Donna has provided PR and advertising services for top-tier clients throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, including The Melting Pot Restaurants, America’s premier chain of fondue restaurants. In 2006, she authored her first inspirational book, “Got Cancer? Just Roll Over and LIVE,” a memoir dedicated to her second husband, Tom LaScala, and she’s currently working on more motivational volumes. A tireless fundraiser, Donna spearheaded the Huntington Arts Council’s Laff-Off Comedy Competition from 2002 to 2006 and the council’s Got Talent? competition in 2009. She also created a Day of Beauty for breast cancer awareness and has helped raise money for countless nonprofit organizations, including the Long Island Cares food bank.


She is an active member of many charity and support organizations, including Kids in Action, Futures of America, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She is a former executive board member of the Huntington Arts Council and a former board member of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation. Donna was named a Friend of the Foundation of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation in 2002 and one of Long Island’s 100 Most Influential People in 2005.


In addition to receiving a National Silver Telly for the People’s Choice Award, “Live It Up” Director Tony Liuzzi also received a National Bronze Technical Telly earlier this year.



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Brooklyn’s LUV DOT GOV Get Set for Upcoming NY & PA Dates in 2019 Following U.K. Tour

Following the Release of Their Debut LP “At Least We’ve Got This Madness” Earlier This Year Which Is Being Called A “Uniquely Vibrant Brand of Electrically Sludgy Power Pop” – The Band Gets Ready to Head Into the New Year with More Live Gigs And Another Video In the Works


Following an outstanding year that saw them release their Debut LP, music videos, and rock shows from NYC all the way across the pond to the U.K. – NYC/U.K. based rockers LUV DOT GOV are ready for more in 2019! With upcoming dates in NYC & PA booked from January through March and a new music video set to be released later in the year, fans have plenty to look forward to in the coming winter months!

WATCH THEIR LATEST: Luv Dot Gov  “Exist Anymore” (Official Music Video)

Luv Dot Gov, the brainchild of Matthew Pop (vocals/guitar) and Stevie Seaweeds (drums/vocals), was born on a rooftop in Brooklyn in the summer 2016 as a response to dark, trying times — both personally and politically. The band would quickly become a vehicle for some of the best emotionally honest power pop this side of the 90s. Thankfully, they were armed with the finest collection of tunes penned by Pop over the course of his decades-long career, marrying heartbroken but hopeful lyrics to sticky-sweet melodies — all set to precisely arranged, chunky down-tuned guitars.

By fall 2016, the fledgling Luv Dot Gov had recruited Sean Egan on bass, and had a few local gigs under their belts. However, stressed and depressed in a post-election US, Pop ran away to Scotland for a brief respite in November. It was here he linked up with Graeme Young, a producer and operator of Chamber Studio in Edinburgh. A plan was soon hatched to record Luv Dot Gov‘s debut album abroad, taking advantage of Young’s top notch equipment, expertise and extensive network of first-class musicians. After another smattering of stateside and UK shows, Matt and Steve decamped to Scotland for the spring of 2017 to lay down tracks for the record. Here, isolated from the stressors of the States, the songs blossomed into intricate but accessible pop-rock anthems, equally suited for blasting out a car stereo or headphones-on introspection.

WATCH: Luv Dot Gov “Pretty Enough” (Official Music Video)

WATCH: Luv Dot Gov “What’s Going On?” (Official Music Video)

WATCH: “Luv Me Blue” (Official Music Video)

Upcoming Show Details:

Friday, January 11th, 9:00PM @ Pianos NYC (158 LUDLOW STREET, NYC)

Tuesday, January 29th, 7:00PM @ Arlene’s Grocery (95 STANTON STREET, NYC)

Friday, February 1st, (TIME TBA) @ Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S 9TH ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA)

Friday, February 22nd, 8:00PM @ The Way Station (Acoustic) (683 WASHINGTON AVE, BROOKLYN, NYC)

Thursday, March 7th, (TIME TBA) @ Gold Sounds Bar (44 WILSON AVE, BROOKLYN, NYC)

Upon Matt and Steve’s return to New York that summer, the band rounded out its roster by bringing in Matt Middleton (lead guitar) and Patrick Fischer (keyboard/synth). Now equipped to capture the record’s expansive arrangements live, the new five-piece lineup started honing their skills, sharpening their set into a muscular, airtight slice of indie rock. Soon thereafter, they began booking gigs at venues both trendy and historic (Pine Box Rock Shop, the Bitter End), winning over audiences with their lively stage presence and nostalgic yet forward-thinking sound.

Meanwhile, Young continued refining tracks across the pond, and the resulting album; the hooky and bittersweet “At Least We’ve Got This Madness,” was released in Spring 2018. In honour of its release, the band played nearly a dozen shows during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, along with many UK and US tour dates throughout the Summer. With outlets like ANR Factory touting its “raw emotional honesty” along with “sharp hooks and punchy melodies” there’s surely only more continued praise to come.

Now, following their Debut LP’s release and with tons more on the horizon in regards to live dates, video releases, and new music…..Luv Dot Gov is ready to kick off a great 2019!

Check out “At least We’ve Got This Madness” via  BandCamp HERE:

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Alt/Indie-Pop Recording Artist Vaeda Black Releases Video For New Song “Suicide Love”

Following the Brand New Single Release Earlier This Year That’s Gotten Rave Reviews For It’s “Thought Provoking and Provocative” Lyrics, The Young Star Brings A Stunning Visual Element to the Powerful Track


Through its sensational choreography from Tony Nominated and Emmy Winning AC Ciulla and the visual prowess of Director James Morano, Singer/Songwriter Vaeda Black has released her brand new video – “Suicide Love”! Based on her original concept, she credits Ciulla and Morano for their ability to bring her vision to life.

Click HERE to watch Vaeda Black’s “Suicide Love” (Official Music Video)

With the release of her latest single, “Suicide Love,” Vaeda Black takes the juxtaposition of two seemingly opposite topics and weaves them together to create a dark love story that illustrates the idea of being vulnerable and “showing yourself to another person and letting them love you.”

She says, “It actually started with a text message from my ex-boyfriend while we were together probably about a year ago. I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about, but he wrote ‘that’s called suicide, love.’ Something about those two words next to each other really struck me; they’re so different. I kept thinking it would be such an interesting way to express love, passion and deep wanting, so I wrote a song around it.” The combination of those two distinct feelings gives the song a truly unique sound and style. 



“On darksome ballad SUICIDE LOVE she demonstrates the high-potential of her genuine songwriting skills again and she will give you goosebumps with her heart & soul touching vox.” Turn up the Volume

“With her captivating vocal performance, it’s only a matter of time before Vaeda Black becomes a household name.” –  Wonky Sensitive

“One of 5 Female Powerhouse Artists to Watch – next to Billie Eilish, Daya, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels.” Buzznet

“Black’s approach to songwriting is thought-provoking and provocative for someone so young, but that only intrigues the listener more, proving that silencing an artist will never be an option.”  –  The Daily Listening

“… a song that can be on your all time playlist.” –  Music of the Future



Wednesday, January 9th – 7:00PM @ Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY

Saturday, January 26th – 4:00PM @ National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2019 (Arena Plaza Stage), Anaheim, CA

Despite the title, and it’s darker atmosphere, Black says “it’s really a love song. Being vulnerable is hard for a lot of people, but I want this song to represent the good things that come from showing yourself to another person and letting them love you.” In an age where many artists stick to upbeat, pop love tunes, Black isn’t afraid to shake up stereotypes and create a sound distinctly her own, something “Suicide Love” showcases perfectly. With her blend of indie, alternative, and a little soul, listening to her songs comes as a refreshing break from some of the more mainstream styles. 

More on Vaeda Black:

Raised in Long Island, NY, Vaeda Black is a 17 year old singer songwriter currently in her senior year of high school. A masterful songwriter, Vaeda is able to tap into a profound and sometimes dark place and it’s certainly reflective in her music both lyrically, sonically and now visually. Live performances with her band display her ability to connect with audiences, a skill she’s developed from many years on the stage, having performed in musical theater productions starting at only 7yrs old. She started putting words to paper not long after, and eventually began turning poetry into songs at the piano in her family home.

LISTEN: “Suicide Love” on Spotify


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Sammi Rae Murciano To Perform LIVE at Revolution Music Hall in Amityville, NY This Saturday, December 8th

With The Release of Her Latest “Unpredictable” Single and Music Video Earlier This Year, She’ll Bring It Along with Songs off Her “The Story” EP and More to One of Long Island’s Top Venues


Having just dropped her new video for latest single “Unpredictable” and performed a number of incredible shows this year from the famous Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell stage to the Tilles Center at LIU Post opening for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo – Singer/Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano is finishing out the year and heading into 2019 with a bang! With an upcoming performance Saturday, December 8th at Revolution Music Hall supporting Rookie of the Year, she’ll also be celebrating her 18th birthday performing at Patchogue’s 89 North Music Venue on Sunday, February 10th along with special guests Jenna Rose, Brooke Elardo, Angelo David, and Robert Eberle!

WATCH: Sammi Rae Murciano “Unpredictable” Official Music Video HERE:

A Long Island native, Sammi Rae Murciano has been singing for four years, and garnering a ton of praise from audiences nationwide. Inspired by a wide range of talents before her, she has cited her major influences as everyone from Beyoncé to James Arthur, Rihanna, Adele, Dua Lipa and many more. Her strong and soulful voice shows a talent well beyond her years at the young age of 17, yet knowing that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful has been her continued mantra.

Her last three song EP “The Story” focuses on anti-bullying and the hardships Murciano has faced and overcome in the past. It includes singles “Reflection” along with “Back to Me” – about wanting to move forward and finding the strength to trust and love again, and “Never Letting Go” – a track she says she wants “to inspire others” continuing “no one should let anyone stop them from doing what they love”. The final track also sums up the feelings that connect through the whole EP in a sense, one of the lyrics being “Take the risk or the chance to lose it all, let the burning desire go” which she expresses as “meaning you should always take a chance and do what you are passionate about each and every day.”


With “Unpredictable”,  Murciano continues her mantra saying that the song “talks about not letting anyone stop you from following your dreams”. Rising above any criticisms, she continues “I’ve never let anything that anyone has said to me change me or bring me down, and I like to talk about that to inspire other people who may be going through the same things”.

Helping to give a voice to those who struggle, Sammi has been involved in the anti-bullying movement and even performed at the 2017 Long Island Coalition Against Bullying’s 2nd Annual Fall Gala. Most recently, she took the stage at the Tilles Center at Long Island’s LIU Post to open for none other than the Grammy Award-Winning husband and wife duo of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and was interviewed by!

With another great upcoming performance at Revolution along with her upcoming birthday performance this February, be sure to check out Sammi Rae Murciano as she gets ready to head into a new year!


Check Out “Unpredictable” via Spotify HERE:

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Twitter: @Sammi_Murciano

Instagram: @Sammi_Murciano

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