Browse Month: July 2016

Norka Luque’s Life in Music

This 30-year-old talented singer was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on February 7th, 1986. As a baby, her parents used to get her to go to sleep to the sound of music, and as a young child she delighted in singing, taking part in several singing competitions such as “The Golden Voice” and the Venezuelan folk music contest “School Festival of Gaitas”.

She remembers constantly thinking about music while studying Business in France and working in the Banking sector in Monaco. During those years she sang as part of a funk and rock band called “Bad Moon Rising”, an experience that prepared her for her current career as a soloist.

After relocating to Florida, Norka Luque dabbled in culinary arts, fashion, and marketing, but soon directed all of her energies towards developing a singing career. Her big break came when she met renowned musical producer Emilio Estefan Jr., who agreed to hear her sing and invited her to his studio to hone her talents and refine her interpretation skills, with the help of a professional team of producers including the Gaitan Brothers, Archie Peña and Luigi Giraldo.

In 2011, after 3 years of hard work, Norka released her first single, “Como lo haces tú”, which got her a nomination for a “Premios Lo Nuestro” award for Best Pop Female Artist of the Year. In early 2012 her second single “Milagro” was released. She produced this song in several different arrangements. Its Salsa version held the No. 1 spot on Venezuela’s Record Report for 14 weeks, while its Dance version in English reached the No. 11 spot on the Dance Club Billboard. An Urban remix version, a mixture of Caribbean, reggae, and Mediterranean sounds, produced in collaboration with El Cata, the Dominican urban artist, followed thereafter and became a major hit in the US, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. Following “Milagro”, Norka released a third single, “Ese es mi cariño”.

Norka suffered a severe health crisis in 2014 due to epilepsy from which she has suffered since 2007. Following brain surgery in 2015, this talented singer has gotten her career back on track, releasing her last single, “Tomorrowland”, this past April.

Twitter: @norkaluque


Stress Free Planning For A Stress Free Party

Parties are usually a lot of fun. They are filled with excitement and joy as well as overall fun energy. However, very few people know that planning a party is very stressful. Fortunately, there are ways that one can reduce the stress of party planning. Lauren Conrad herself has found a few tips in order to make sure that the party planning process is a little less stressful. One very important tip form Lauren Conrad is to avoid perfection. Perfection is a lot of pressure. Therefore, it is important for one to be able to enjoy and relax at the party.

Another good piece of advice would be to leave the party planning to the professionals. There are a lot of professional party and event planners in NYC for clients to consider. Twenty-Three Layers is one of them. 23 Layers is filled with professionals who are experienced with party planning to the point where they are comfortable with using their creativity in order to bring out some of the more interesting and exciting themes for their parties. 23 Layers has planned parties and events of various sizes. They know what goes into crafting a good party that will get people to enjoy themselves.

The professionals of 23 Layers are very creative. More importantly, they are great at giving the clients what they want. For one thing, they actually sit down and listen to their clients on the theme of the party as well as the type of music and food that they want brought to them. They welcome and encourage input from their clients throughout the process of putting together a really fun party. The events that are planned by 23 Layers are very memorable. They have their own signature on the parties that they plan for their clients. 23 Layers is based in New York City and have been one of the go to companies for party planning.

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Jay-Z Brings Insider Desiree Perez to Tidal

Known for being a tough negotiator and fierce numbers cruncher Desiree Perez is just what music streaming service Tidal needs to get ahead in the game. She has a pretty impressive resume and has a string of wins in the music industry behind her. As the new head of Tidal, Desiree Perez is just what Tidal needs to breathe some lifeblood into this revolutionary music streaming and purchasing app, according to a recent article on Hits Daily Double.

Perez has been added to the company after a series of personnel changes, and it looks like she is here to stay. Among her previous successes include running SC enterprises and negotiating Beyonce’s formation tour. Not only is Perez an insider in Jay-Z’s circle, but it is clear she knows the ins and outs of the music business, particularly the hip hop music business, which is something that a company like Tidal needs to stay in the game. She also runs Roc Nation Sports with her husband “OG” Juan Perez. With over 20 years in the industry her credentials are not to be questioned.

She is responsible for a number of key improvements, including rising to the highest position it has held in the iTunes Store since the debut of Kanye West’s album TLOP.

Tidal is one of the smaller music apps in the industry and competes against music catalogs such as Spotify and iTunes music, but with what it lacks in quantity it makes up for with quality. Tidal focuses on the what is next and what is new. Focusing on music from co-owners Beyonce, TI, Rihanna, and Kanye West, as well as their cohorts, the app has proved popular despite its somewhat limited catalog. Over a million new users have signed up in the last month alone, and the customer base continues to grow as the app adds new features and better quality despite the limited resources of the company.

Tidal is a digital streaming platform that also offers its users the ability to download anything in their catalog. They offer over 40,000,000 songs and 130,000 high quality videos. Tidal focuses on quality including lossless compression and curated playlist that give users insight into the lives and musical influences of their favorite artists.

Dr. Jennifer Walden: Juggling Between Career and Family

Many people think that in order to have a stable career of family, you have to be willing to sacrifice one. However, phenomenon women like Dr. Walden have shown that it is truly possible to handle the two. You do not have to choose one over the other.

Jennifer is one of the leading surgeons in Texas. Since childhood, she was always fascinated by medicine. She therefore attended the University of Texas, Austin where she pursued a biology degree.

Jennifer also had her residency training in Texas. However, upon its completion she moved to New York to pursue her career as an aesthetics surgeon. During her stay in New York, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Sherrell Aston. While in New York, she also decided to become a mom. She was blessed with fraternal twins, Houston and Rex. After conceiving she decided to move back to Texas so that her twins could be near family.

Upon moving to Texas, she set up her own practice. She settled for a space that was near her home. This would enable her keep close to her kids. She also found a school for her kids, near her home. She has a full time nanny who helps to take care of her kids when she is at work.

About Dr. Jennifer Walden
Jennifer Walden was born in Austin, Texas in a medical background. Her mother was a surgical nurse while her father worked as a dentist. She is the founder and Director of Jennifer L. Walden, MD, PLLC & Walden Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center.

Before setting up her own practice, Walden worked as an associate at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, along with the Dr. Sherrell Aston. She also worked at the Upper East Side in New York for seven years. She is currently one of the few women in plastic surgery who are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


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