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Showing posts with label performer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label performer. Show all posts

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Roxanne Ysabel – A Rising Star in the Music World-Brooke Blackburn Reporting

 Music influences so much of our everyday lives we take it for granted. From turning on the radio in our car to slipping on a pair of earbuds to go for a jog, we all need music to entertain us. This year has been one for the history books and incredibly hard on the vast majority of people in the world. It is at this time we need music to lift us up and invoke the emotions needed to get us through these difficult times. Music has been a great passion of mine, and to get a chance to experience some of the world’s great singers is a dream of mine. I was at Coachella in 2006, I was at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary in 2009, and I was at the Fleetwood Mac “On with the show” tour in 2014 to name a few. But with real life venues canceling concerts and social distancing concerns, finding an outlet for great live music has been a challenge. So many of us need to have music to provide us with the entertainment and hope for a better future. But more than that we need it from great singers that can convey that with the heart and soul that touch us emotionally. 

One way to get that live music fix is to attend the myriad of music stages Second Life has to offer. Almost 24 hours a day you can be entertained with exceptional talent from around the world. One of those rising stars is Roxanne Ysabel. She has a vocal range few can match and although she prefers to sing Jazz and Blues, has a wide variety of songs on her list she has mastered. 

I was able to catch up with Roxanne one summer evening and with the vast number of talent Second Life has to offer, this is one performer you will want to go out of your way to hear. Her rendition of the song River Deep, Mountain High could give Celine Dion a run for her money! 

Roxanne Ysabel arrived in Second Life November 20, 2009, and quickly took to the music scene, starting to perform with a voice that is destined for greatness. Her lyrical style is more comfortable with Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra but can venture out to artists like Michael Bublé, Rihanna, and Beyoncé. 

Her set that night consisted of:

  • Fire – Pointer Sister

  • I wanna dance with somebody – Whitney Houston

  • Give it to me right – Melanie Fiona

  • Turn me on – Norah Jones

  • River Deep, Mountain High – Tina Turner

  • Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin

Interview with Roxanne Ysabel (Roxy):

Brooke Blackburn (BB): At What age did you first start singing?

Roxy: Probably since I was about 6 months old lol. My mother said I would hum entire songs from the radio and commercials. But my first performance was of course when I was about 9 in church.

BB: So, you were encouraged by your family to sing?

Roxy: Yes, my father’s family all sang or played instruments in southern Baptist church. When they found out you could sing or play they would stick you right in front of the church and say “Go for it!!”

BB: How long have you been singing in Second Life?

Roxy: Since 2011, singing was the first thing I ever did in Second Life. The first word I typed in search was “Karaoke”.

BB: How much of your life has been dedicated to music?

Roxy: Most of it. I would say I was always in some type of chorus or choir, then went on to do my first year of high school in a performing arts repertory company. As a young adult, I also was in a theater group in my city and we did musical dramatic performances.

BB: Do you sing and perform in Real Life now?

Roxy: Not anymore, for a while when I turned 30, I gave birth to a special needs child and I felt my time was best spent at home with him and so Second Life is my main outlet for performing. 

BB: And Second Life allows you the time to look after you child and sing?

Roxy: Yes, it does, and I’m very grateful for this platform. 

BB: Is Jazz your favorite style of music or do you prefer something else?

Roxy: Jazz and Blues are like my forte, but I always believed in reaching. You can never better yourself if you don’t push your limits… River Deep is a really fun song. It’s my newest addition to the “Roxanne pushes herself secret song list”.

BB: What artists have influenced you or who are your favorite singers?

Roxy: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin….

(BB) Do you write songs? Have you written anything original?

Roxy: There is actually an old song on my YouTube channel written by me. It needs to be revamped, maybe it’s what I’ll start with…

BB: Do you sing any original songs in your Second Life sets?

Roxy: Oh, that would be great but it’s scary too.

BB: Well you like to push yourself, and we are always the most critical about ourselves. 

Roxy: Yes I do and it’s something I will be considering over the next year. Believe it or not I’m very shy, so something like that has the fear of god in me and yes even after all these years I still get butterflies.

BB: For booking who can fans contact?

Roxy: I have a manager, her name is Sol Mercury, and she can handle all inquiries about me from bookings to my song list.

BB: What is your fee?

Roxy: I ask the venue for L$3000 per show.


Roxanne Ysabel is an act few can follow. Check her out at one of the many venues around Second Life and one of her goals is to perform at the main stage at Second Life Birthday (SLB18). I for one can’t wait to see that happen!!  

"Music is food for the soul." – Roxanne Ysabel

Additional Information:

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Group Code: 32aae73f-8265-5aeb-0532-55653ea58df7

Bookings Contact: Sol Mercury

Saturday, February 6, 2016

SL Musicians: Meet David Csiszer- Talented Alternative, Acoustic Rock and Indy Performer

David (formerly known as Charles Coleman) is a seasoned  Songwriter/Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist SL performer and has been playing in RL for over 20 years.  His music has so many facets.  David is bold in his music. He lays it out there for you to embrace. He has energy, humor and he delivers a unique array of original songs as well as classic cover tunes ranging from alternative & acoustic rock to blues & jazz.  Follow the journey with David as he performs some favorites from various groups such as Coldplay, Zepplin, Chilli Peppers, STP, Stone Sour, Imagine Dragons, U2, and Daft Punk to his audience. 

David delivers his cornucopia of great music with deep passion, high humor, incredible voice and amazing skill on his guitars, loop pedal and drums.

When you hire David your event/venue also receives OutWorld promotion currently on FaceBook and Google+. Also 42  Music groups in SL. This is done for all shows except private shows

  • 4K  One Time or Monthly
  • 6k  Private party.. This means it is not opened to the general public and his group is not invited to come, NO advertising is done to promote the  show.
  • 3.5K  Bi-weekly



􀀂For performance dates visit David's Calendar 

Additional Information:

Artist Website:


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                Empty World Original song by David



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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spotlight on SL Female Artist - Sara Tiemogo (saramarie.philly) - Gatz Inoue Martian Reporting

I had occasion to meet Sara through a mutual friend when I was doing a live interview on the radio, she displayed an amazing depth from the instruments she plays to the genres she sings.   With a haunting voice that is impossible to forget, if you see she is playing in world you owe to yourself to take in her show.  That all said, here is more about Sara in her own words.  --Gatz

Gatz:  How did you get started in SL Music and what drew you to performing in Second Life?

Sara: I was a member of SL for years before I even knew there was a music scene! A friend invited me to go to a live music show, and it sparked the idea to bring my music in-world as well. I was doing a lot of RL performing at the time since I was in college for music and was involved with orchestra, choir, and opera studies there. It was a few months later that I figured out how to get the stream going with some help from other residents.

Gatz:.  What is your primary genre of music, what other genres do you enjoy playing and why?

Sara: My primary genre right now is Alternative Pop, but that's really a broad title.  I enjoy singing Opera and Classical Artsongs, Disney songs, R&B, Soul, Jazz, ballads, rock, modern pop, and even some classic country. I feel that in SL we have a certain freedom to break away from being held captive by a genre. Unlike in RL, I am often performing for the same group of 50 people several times each week. They don't want to always hear the same songs at each show, and the venues each deserve a setlist of songs that I choose especially for their atmosphere. It's very different from performing in RL. When I go out to play in RL, I sing mostly original songs, and I tend to choose upbeat radio-style soulful pop with a few ballads thrown in for variation.  

Gatz:  When you get up on a stage to perform, what kind of thoughts and feelings go through your head?  What does it feel like?

Sara: When I get up on stage in SL, I do a scan of the avatars present and I think about how they each represent a person (or more) that is at their desktop listening to what I am about to sing or say. That gets me sufficiently nervous. It feels like any mistake could trigger a chain of events leading to the ultimate end of the world. While I'm singing, I often worry. When people are quiet in the audience and don't say anything in local chat, I worry that they don't like the song selections or that I'm not giving a compelling performance. Other times I get so "into" the music that I am transported to a place where I can share the stories the songs hold without fear and without my self-destructive inner ultra-critic, and those are the times that I enjoy most.

Gatz:  What are some of the drawbacks of performing in SL, if you could change 3 things having to do with performing live music in SL what would they be?

Sara: I see performing in SL as a wonderfully positive opportunity. There are some drawbacks, but nothing that I dwell upon often. However, for the sake of answering the question... Explaining to people that are not in SL what I do there and how I generate some income while doing something I love is difficult. The initial response is to get hung up on the idea that I'm "living" in a cartoon world, and that's not the case at all. Also, when you commit to being a performer in SL, you turn your time in world into business time rather than socializing and "fun" time. You can still have fun and do those things, but balancing RL with SL then becomes a problem. When you gain one thing, something else must be given up. Those are simple laws of time management. If I could change 3 things, I would (1) start accepting payments through outside sources so that Linden Labs didn't get a percentage of everything I earn in SL, because I don't feel they deserve it. (2) Create ways for music venues to earn back their expenses. (3) Inform more residents of the opportunities to attend live shows. Linden Labs advertises relationships and virtual fashion constantly, but rarely do they mention the music scene, where there is so much opportunity for listeners to become involved in the art and the social circles within it. So many residents are missing out by alienating themselves on rented plots of land where they continually edit their avatar's features. Second Life experiences can be more meaningful than that!
Gatz:  What advice would  you offer to people who are trying to break into the music scene in SL and might be stuck as to where to go and what to do?

Sara: There are so many tutorial videos out there on google and youtube, you'll have no problem figuring out how to get started with the technology end of it. There are open mic events almost daily. I would suggest that musicians wanting to start performing in SL do as much work for themselves as they can before reaching out to other musicians or venue owners, because we are constantly bombarded by random IMs with such vague questions as "how do I sing live in SL like you". My answer is always, "practice".

Additional Information
For Bookings Contact BahamaMamma Resident or Derek Galaxy

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Second Life's Newest Singer/Songwriter LuvSong Writer Kicks Off Whirlwind Career


Aspiring superstar poised to take SL by storm with his enchanting voice and stage presence 

Hamilton Marshall, known as LuvSong Writer in-world, is pleased to announce the launch of his musical career in Second Life. Debuting his new self-written songs "Leave Me Alone" and "Yours & Mine," Marshall has since enchanted many with his swoon-worthy voice and intoxicating presence.

A delicious mix of The Weeknd, Ne-Yo, and a little Justin Timberlake, LuvSong Writer's voice can best be enjoyed with a glass of wine in tow. Writing all of his own material as well as covering fan favorites, Writer enjoys dabbling into different genres to push the boundaries of his vocal range.