Tommy Botz’ Story of Loss and Redemption Helps Others Heal Through Music

Tommy Botz’ Story of Loss and Redemption Helps Others Heal Through Music

Fighting the Demon of Substance Abuse, Songwriter Inspires Change Through the Power of Words and Melody

 

 

May, 2020 (Cleveland, OH) — From a decades long battle with alcoholism,  which led him down the dark path of incarceration and homelessness, to finding sobriety and accomplishing his lifelong dream to professionally record his music, Songwriter Tommy Botz’s story is both a cautionary tale and an uplifting journey of redemption.

 

With much of today’s modern country music often glamorizing cold beers and heartache in an ever-continuous chain as a way to deal with pain, Tommy Botz is instead bringing his true-to-life struggle and its consequences to life through his music. 

 

Though prominent in many of the songs off his latest release “Family & Friends”, a powerful light is shined on his struggle with the bottle and the lives it can impact in his single “Maggie”.

 

LISTEN TO “MAGGIE” HERE:

MAGGIE 

 

Botz has also penned a heartbreaking yet beautiful ballad in “Teddy Bear”, a song written for a fellow inmate while locked up in an Ohio penitentiary. “He knew that I wrote songs and came to my cell in tears one night because he just found out that his little girl had passed away” Says Botz, “His wife was losing her mind questioning her faith and he asked if i could write something for his daughter’s memory.

 

LISTEN TO “TEDDY BEAR” HERE:

TEDDY BEAR 

 

Additionally, Singer Rose Marie, Tommy’s fiancé who has stood by his side for 30 years, sings on the powerful gospel song “He’s Coming Back”.

 

LISTEN TO “HE’S COMING BACK” HERE:

HE’S COMIN BACK 

 

Now sober for over 16 years, you can see Tommy has truly come a long way. Since finishing his incarceration, he’s been off the streets for good – living quietly at The Ed Keating Center, a halfway house in Ohio, after having “crawled through the doors” on May 3rd, 2004 as a “homeless drunk with nowhere to go”. 

 

There he met a kind old man named Jack Mulhall who told him that if he followed some direction he would never have to live like that again. “I wasn’t always a homeless drunk. I had dreams and goals like every young man has. I always loved country and gospel music.” says Botz, whose early interest led him to become the lead singer in two bands – The Chevells and The Caesars 5 early in his music career, winning a Battle of the Bands and winding up with an RCA recording contract. But after the loss of their guitar player and their contract being pulled, Botz’s drinking got worse and soon penitentiaries became a way of life.

 

From broken marriages to lost jobs, no car, and no license – living to drink and drinking to live became his routine. Finally, with several years of sobriety and working under his belt  – he made the decision to go for his dream and finally record some of the over 200+ songs he had written over the years.

 

“One night while I was praying I heard in my heart – go for your dream and I will put someone in your life who believes in your music”, and after contacting Ante Up Studios owner Michael Seifert, the two began a collaboration that would ultimately become his 6-song EP “Family and Friends”. Hear the full record at www.adrunksdreamcomestrue.com 

 

For More on Tommy Botz, VISIT:

MusikandFilm.com/Artists/Tommy-Botz

Reverbnation.com/TommyBotz

Tommy Botz Music Facebook Page

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

 

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Jesse Eplan Ready to Enter the Arena and Take His Shot with “PLAYER” EP

Jesse Eplan Ready to Enter the Arena and Take His Shot with “PLAYER” EP

Hip Hop Upstart Spins Fresh Beats and Delivers Strong Spits on Eight Dope New Tracks

It was announced today that emerging Hip Hop Performer/Producer (and Basketball aficionado) Jesse Eplan has released his latest collection of tracks; entitled “Player”, available now on Spotify and all the major services. 

 

Check out Jesse Eplan’s “Player” on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/4GOxKjFepIqtJSe1t7QH2j 

 

After blazing into high gear last fall with “Bakwoods”, it’s safe to say that the five tool trap/hip-hop/R&B Singer-Songwriter-Performer-Producer-Beatmaker has proven he is ready to take the court and ball with the starting five on “Player”.

 

These eight fire tracks show a real maturity in songwriting. Take Jesse’s unique approach and attention to the smallest details, couple that with a new-found creativity in the beat creation process, and you’ll agree that “Player” is career progress that’s palpable to any listener. 

 

With major influences ranging from artists like Future to Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown, Smokepurpp, MadeinTYO and Travis Scott – Eplan has taken their flow, hooks, beat selection, and more into account when creating his own music.

 

A New York native, Jesse broke major ground with the release of his first two major LP’s recorded while at the University of Tampa – 2017’s “Trap Harmony” and 2018’s “Purple Wave“, and the Trap and Hip-Hop world took MAJOR notice of the rising young star through his collaborations with like minded artists like Famous Dex (A$AP Rocky, Lil Pump) and Kontraversy (Grafh, LouGotCash).

 

Jesse made the move from Tampa to Los Angeles in 2018 where he is in the midst of taking his rightful spot at the top of the charts. While in LA, Eplan has continued adding to his ever growing musical palette, with strong songs and new fire beats coming seemingly every week. It seems we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg that is Jesse Eplan! 

 

For More on Jesse Eplan and His Music, VISIT:

www.JesseEplan.com

 

OR 

 

Facebook.com/JesseEplanMusic

Twitter: @JesseEplan

Instagram: @Jesseeplan

 

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberleagency.com

 

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Sibling Revelry: “Sista Chat” with Sydney & Ame is LIVE on Instagram

The Dynamic Duo Talk Topics and Interview Stars Daily From the Gen Z Perspective

(April, 2020) — Super siblings Sydney & Ame have burst on the scene with their daily “Sista Chat” on Instagram. Recent interviews include: Godfrey, Tiffany Haddish, Cocoa Brown, Angela E. Gibbs and Ada Luz Pla with more to be announced. There is also an expanded Talk Show in the works.

 

CHECK OUT SYDNEY & AME’S “SISTA CHAT” 

ON THEIR INSTAGRAM PAGE:

https://www.instagram.com/sydneyame2916/

 

Sydney, at 15 years old, excels at both academics and extracurriculars including Acting, Singing, Basketball and Swimming. Besides co-hosting “Sista Chat”, her likes include Modeling, Korean Pop (especially BTS – in fact she is even learning to speak Korean), the TV show “Lucifer”, going to Broadway shows, and travelling; she and Ame have been to places like Mauritius, Lake Como, Dubai and Oman!

 

Ame, in 7th grade, is a sports and music freak. She loves to Swim, run track and play Basketball (a big fan of Steph Curry) & Football (Follows the Dallas Cowboys). She Models, listens to Pop Music (especially Bruno Mars) and is a fantastic singer herself. Ame also really enjoys going to Broadway shows, co-hosting “Sista Chat” and accompanying her sister on amazing adventures to far off lands!

 

Combined, these exciting young entertainers bring a fresh flavor to your daily supply of quarantine video monotony with “Sista Chat”. Tune in every day for more fire!

 

For More Information on Sydney and Ame VISIT:

https://www.instagram.com/sydneyame2916/

 

Contact Manager Mrs. T. Theresa Bastien at:

ttbtalent5@gmail.com | 647-474-6177 | www.instagram.com/324.tamtheresa 

 

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberleagency.com

 

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Perception Wins Best International Film at Brightside Tavern Shorts Film Festival

Linda Collins Co-Stars in this Story of Immigration to the USA From Two Conflicting Points of View

Mar, 2020 (New York, NY) — Actor/Producer Linda Collins accepted the “Best International Film” award at the Brightside Tavern Shorts Film Festival for the film “Perception”; which was also a Finalist for “Best Concept”. Written and directed by Andres Irias, movie tells the story of immigration from two points of view; a Honduran mother who is pressured to migrate, and an American teen from a white supremacist family who is taught to hate immigrants. Linda plays Lauren, the Mother/Wife in the American family and this portrayal also recently garnered her an award for Best Supporting Actress at the Omaha Latino Film Festival . Ms. Collins was also one of the Executive Producers on the project; which filmed in Miami in late 2018.

 

Linda can be seen in other upcoming productions including a principal role in 21st Century Vision Films crime thriller “The Stable” – playing a gritty nightclub owner/head of a human-trafficking ring.

 

Additionally, she recently appeared in films such as “In My Eyes”, about a young man with Cerebral Palsy going to college and the anxiety that he carries with him (an Official Selection at LIIFE), “Three for the Road”, a comedy about three independent, intelligent women from completely different backgrounds who come together seeking spiritual enlightenment (directed by David Patrick Wilson, an Official Selection and Finalist as Best TV Episode in the Portland Comedy Film Festival) and Horror film by Director Terry Wickham, “Gruesome Threesome”; where a young couple have a fun online video chat, while watching an anthology horror film. What begins as innocent entertainment leads to a horrific conclusion. Collins has worked with Wickham before; on “Double Vision”, about a couple who once dated and reconnect after a decade apart whose bliss is shattered by pure terror. At the same time, two women who are business partners have been having issues professionally, which leads to an unimaginable terrifying outcome. The latter three films also screened at the Hells Kitchen NYC Film Festival.

 

For More on Linda Collins, VISIT: 

 

www.LindaCollinsActress.com

Facebook.com/LindaCollins.Actress

Twitter: @Linda_Collins_

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

 

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MORE ABOUT LINDA COLLINS:

 

Linda Collins was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Olivia Watson Beaty, a pianist, vocalist, and Sacred Music Director and father Gaylon Patterson, a Lt. Colonial in the Air Force reserves, and Production Manager at McDonald-Douglas Aircraft. Her heritage includes Scottish, Irish and Native American on both sides. Linda exhibited an early aptitude for acting and music, and her siblings often created and performed plays for their parents while in grade school. Her earliest at home role was as Cupid in the family Valentine’s play. 

 

She was in the Thespians Club in high school, performing in school productions, and her talents subsequently won her scholarships to the University of Alabama, Duquesne University (BM, summa cum laude), and Northern Illinois University (Master of Music degree) where she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. 

 

After performing several years as a professional musician in the US and Canada, Linda moved to NYC, and in 2010 began pursuing in earnest her other love – acting. While studying in NYC with renowned acting coach Catherine Gaffigan, she began booking film and television work. Since then she’s booked leading roles in TV Series’ including “I’d Kill for You”, “Stalked”, “Redrum” (Co-starring as Lt. Detective Penny Kimball), “Evil I”, “Monsters Inside Me” (Co-starring as Patricia Nash), and the co-lead role in an episode of True Crime with Aphrodite Jones. She has also appeared in the Feature Films “Burning Blue” (As the on-screen mother to William Lee Scott’s character), “Contest” (As a cooking contest Judge), and in the leading role of Edna in Ashley Cintron’s production of “Chef’s House”. 

 

As a musician, Linda has played Principal Horn in several orchestras including the Huntsville Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony (CA), and Naples Philharmonic (FL) Orchestras, as well as in theatre orchestras for “Fiddler on the Roof” (Herschel Bernardi), “Showboat” (Elaine Stritch and Robert Morse), and “Phantom of the Opera” in Toronto. She also was pianist with many groups including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, Chicago City Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company, and has performed in numerous national broadcasts for CBC Radio. 

 

Always an activist for the arts, Linda received the honor of a national appointment by Canadian Minister of Heritage Flora McDonald to serve for three years as a member of the Canadian Advisory Committee on the Status of the Artist ( Ottawa, CA) and later was appointed by AFM International President Tom Lee as Assistant to the International President of the American Federation of Musicians in NYC, where she served the international music community for six years. 

 

She has continued to hone her acting skills at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC with coach Terry Schreiber and Peter Miner, while being booked regularly for various television and film work.

 

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Emmy Award Winning WCBS 2 – NY Anchor Maurice DuBois to be Honored at the 23rd Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) Closing Awards Ceremony

Emmy Award Winning WCBS 2 – NY Anchor Maurice DuBois to be Honored at the 23rd Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) Closing Awards Ceremony

Veteran NYC Newsman and Native Long Islander to be Awarded for his Continued Excellence in Newscasting

 

New York, NY (Feb, 2020) – Port Jefferson’s own Maurice DuBois, the Emmy award winning news anchor for WCBS-TV in NY, will be awarded the Long Island International Film Expo’s “Excellence in Newscasting” Award on Thursday, July 16th beginning at 7 pm at the historic Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave, Bellmore, NY during the Closing Awards ceremony of the 23rd Annual event. Actress Katherine Narducci (The Irishman) and Director Jeremiah Kipp (Grave Discoveries) will also be honored that night.

 

LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF), the County of Nassau and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency which shows over 160 short and feature-length films of every genre. This year, LIIFE will be held from July 10 – 16, 2020 and will include local and foreign film screenings, celebrity appearances, entertaining and informative panels, a star-studded awards ceremony, Q & A with filmmakers from the world over and networking galore. 

 

www.longislandfilm.com 

 

Festivals of the past have included such luminaries as the late Danny Aiello, Ed Asner, Blue Bloods’ Robert Clohessy and Abigail Hawk, Ralph Macchio, John Amos, Ally Sheedy, 30 Rock’s Kevin Brown, Cathy Moriarty, Steve Buscemi, Ed Burns, William Sadler, Ilene Kristen, and so many more.

 

Maurice DuBois co-anchors CBS-2 News at 5 and 11. He joined CBS in September 2004. At CBS News, he substitutes as anchor of The CBS Evening News, has reported for 60 Minutes Sports and CBS Sunday Morning, and has hosted CBS This Morning, 48 Hours and CBSN. DuBois has covered everything from local news to national political conventions, to AIDS in South Africa, to Papal transition at the Vatican, to witnessing a double execution. He has anchored numerous live breaking news stories, and moderated debates for New York City Mayor and Congress. He has also hosted multiple specials on topics ranging from kids and violence, to breast cancer, to ticker-tape parades and telethons.

 

www.cbs2ny.com 

 

A Long Island native, DuBois spent seven years at WNBC-TV before joining CBS. At NBC News, he appeared on “Today,” “Weekend Today,” “Dateline NBC,” MSNBC and NBC “News at Sunrise.” While at WNBC-TV, DuBois also hosted “Four Stories,” a magazine profiling local heroes; he also hosted Court-TV’s “Mind over Media,” for students to understand media images. Previously, DuBois worked in Chicago and Sacramento. He began his career in 1987 at KING-TV in Seattle as a desk assistant before moving to reporting.

 

He’s also appeared as – what else? – a news anchor, on CBS’s hit drama Person of Interest, and the feature films Soul Men and Kick Ass.

 

DuBois has won several journalism and community awards, including five Emmys. He has also won honors from The Associated Press, The New York State Broadcasters Association, and The New York Association of Black Journalists, which recognized him as a Trailblazer.

 

He serves on the non-profit board of NY City Center, and previously served at PENCIL, Susan G. Komen for the Cure/NYC, and The Northside Center for Child Development. DuBois is a graduate of Northwestern University, has four Honorary PhDs, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.

 

For More Information on LIIFE, Visit: www.LongIslandFilm.com  

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com 

 

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SUBMIT YOUR FILM FOR LIIFE! 

 

Cut-off date for submission is March 3. Categories include shorts, features, documentaries, student films, animations, Long Island, foreign films, music videos, trailers, webisodes/TV and screenplays and their new horror category.

 

Submit today to: https://filmfreeway.com/LIIFETheLongIslandInternationalFilmExpo 

 

PLUS – “Scared for Your LIIFE”, the Long Island Film-TV Foundation’s short horror film festival heading into its fourth year, will also be accepting submissions beginning on March 13th, 2020 for its October 2020 Festival.

 

To submit, go to:

https://filmfreeway.com/ScaredforyourLiife 

 

(Alumni discounts are available for past LIIFErs by emailing longislandfilmexpo@gmail.com)

 

For questions, please email longislandfilmexpo@gmail.com 

 

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“Luminary Icon: The MC Sha Rock Story” Actress Dorothy Meyers Appears at The Hip-Hop Museum Pop Up Experience Grand Induction Ceremony

“Luminary Icon: The MC Sha Rock Story” Actress Dorothy Meyers Appears at The Hip-Hop Museum Pop Up Experience Grand Induction Ceremony

Event Honoring the Icon MC Sha Rock and Her Lasting Impact on Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide was Saturday February 1st, 2020 in Washington D.C.

Feb, 2020 (New York, NY) — Actress Dorothy Meyers, who appears in the new film “Luminary Icon: The MC Sha Rock Story” attended the Hip Hop Museum’s Pop Up Experience Grand Induction Ceremony of MC Sha Rock (of Funky 4+1 – the first Hip Hop act to be signed to a record deal and to ever perform on Saturday Night LIVE) this past Saturday February 1st at Listen/Vision Studios, 2622 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 https://listenvision.com/

 

More details on Hip Hop Museum at: www.hiphopmuseumdc.org

 

“Being involved in this important film that celebrates the life and career of one of Hip Hop’s pioneers – and someone who I feel has helped in the overall fight for female empowerment – has been very special to me. Dorothy said, “Her story is one that more people need to hear. It’s relatable and inspiring on many levels”.

 

More on the film at: https://www.facebook.com/luminaryiconthemovie/

 

Besides her upcoming supporting role in the new movie “Luminary Icon: The MC Sha Rock Story”, the in-demand performer is currently working on 7 Webseries: namely Triangle, Davenport Diaries, The Ave, Jersey the Series, Mistake, Makeup x Breakup (now streaming on BET) and In Our Backyard, plus other interesting projects to be announced. 

 

Modeling since the early 90’s, her acting career spans every medium and discipline of the craft with a past focus on Television, including a co-starring role on Almost Family on FOX, Co-Hosting a segment on Dr. Oz with Chef Roble and playing “Mother” in Brainchild by Pharrell Williams. Dorothy has also served as the Host of “Trenton Now”, and has made appearances on the Rachel Ray Show, FOX Philly News and the PIX 11 News with Kirsten Cole. Additionally, the actress has played Harvette, in “Stalked The Harvette Williams Story” on ID Channel, Madam Floor Person in “The Perfect Murder”, Kim Worthington on “The Real Story with MES” and in Re-accurring parts in 6 Webseries (2 on TV, 4 YouTube). Dorothy is also a former Ambassador for the NBC People’s Choice Awards.

 

Ms. Meyers has starred on Broadway in James Franco’s version of “Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams and in Movies such as The Fearless Two, TONES, Providence (indie), with more planned for 2020 and beyond. The versatile actor was also part of a DOVE Billboard Campaign at Times Square, in a Harper’s Bazaar Online tutorial with Justine Marjan (Kim Kardashian’s hair stylist) and has served as an Ambassador for FitBit, and a Spokesperson for Metamucil. On top of it all, Dorothy can be seen in many National commercials like Hair Secret and Flawless Dermaplane by Finishing Touch, Hair Illusion, Penn Medicine, Money Lion, Booty Secret, AAA Taxi and more.

 

Visit Dorothy Meyers on Social Media for Updates and Further Info:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001004573725

 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/dorothymeyersofficial

 

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/dorothy-meyers-3a376723

 

Twitter: dorothy_meyers

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

 

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Love Hurts in New Psychological Thriller “Thorns for Flowers”

Love Hurts in New Psychological Thriller “Thorns for Flowers”

A Psychic Helps the Police Track Down a Serial Killer and Falls in Love with a Young Woman They’re Trying to Protect

(New York, NY) – Fans with a passion for psychological thrillers will thoroughly enjoy writer/director Anthony de Lioncourt’s “Thorns for Flowers”. Set in the 1970’s, a psychic, Leo (brilliantly played by Vance Clemente) helps the Police track down a serial killer, and falls in love with a young woman, Catherine, (expertly acted by the effervescent Samantha Strelitz) they’re trying to protect. This gripping feature film offers intense scenes throughout; including strange happenings with a mystical force of nature located in a hole in the ground, flashbacks to Leo’s painful childhood and a plot twist ending that you won’t see coming. Previous films by De Lioncourt include “The Protokon” and “When We Dance the Music Dies” (starring William Ragsdale, Eric Roberts and Catherine Mary Stewart).

 

Watch the trailer on Vimeo here: 

https://vimeo.com/168228760 

 

For screener or to coordinate interviews and media coverage, CONTACT: Rick@rickeberleagency.com or call 516-729-6872

 

Check out photos and more at https://www.facebook.com/thornsforflowers/ or visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4875536/ 

 

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