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CBC Music Contest – Vote for My Friend Tatevik Sarkisyan

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Biographical Info — Copy/Pasted –  Credit to: CBC Searchlight competition – Tatevik Sarkisyan

Tatevik Sarkisyan is a singer/songwriter/producer/performer based in Toronto, Canada. Her main genres are pop and jazz but she also writes dance music, Latin beats, rock’n’roll and country.

Drellander was born Tatevik Sarkisyan from Armenian parents in Moscow. She began her musical journey at the age of 6 as a choir lead and piano performer at school concerts.

She came to Canada at the age of 16 and became known in the Montreal local community for performing a classical repertoire in 8 languages. At 19 she developed a passion for song-writing and presented to a small audience her first musical composition “Time”.

The singer/songwriter/producer now has more than 160 written songs behind her in a variety of styles.

Tatevik has received great reviews for her work including praise from tenor and McGill voice coach Franco Tenelli who says: “One of Tateviks greatest gifts is a beautiful voice that can be used in almost any style of music including classical and pop. In addition she is also a composer and excellent songwriter. This versatility is a unique gift itself and ensures us we have a real talent.”

At 24 Tatevik moved to Toronto and took on the artist name “Drellander” which sounds like “dreamlander”. In 2004 Tatevik collaborated with writer/film director Robert Wilson on a short film A Dying Fall that aired on CBC in July 2006 and won first place at WorldFest Houston. Tatevik’s multiple credits for this film include art direction, craft services, make-up and wardrobe, contract management as well as playing a small part in the movie. Tatevik worked with Robert at Tamerlane Productions until 2009.

In 2011 she recorded her song Oasis with indie music producer and Indie Week judge Dave Thomson of Digital Underdog Productions and released it on iTunes and Amazon via CD Baby. She also produced a music video for the song (directed and edited by Robert Wilson) that is now available on YouTube.

Tatevik launched Drellander Productions in 2012 and is currently looking for funding for her album. She secured a non-exclusive worldwide publishing deal for her songs with the Canadian publisher Jan Cooper Publishing after Jan Cooper represented her at Midem 2012 in Cannes. In the same year she had a performance at the prestigious Mod Club in Toronto organized by Landmark Media. Her song Oasis was promoted with a 2 week radio blast in Canada and US by Avala DSF (currently under Five2Eight umbrella). In February 2013 she was approached and signed with A & R Select to promote her music on radio, in magazines,TV shows, films and commercials in the US. The week of Aug 12, 2013 “Oasis” had spins on CBC Radio. It played on the CBC Radio programs “Mainstreet” (P.E.I.) and “The Bridge” (Windsor, Ontario).

Oasis is the first single from Drellander’s much anticipated debut album. As A & R Select says in their press release: ” Oasis is a metaphor for finding true love. Its message is inspiring, hopeful and creates a deep connection due to its relatable subject matter. This single has an arrangement of that of a movie soundtrack. It incorporates the depth of her skills, the passion of her writing, the beauty of her voice and has a mesmerizing effect on anyone who has the privilege to experience her music.”

In addition to being trained in music and having collaborated with some of the greatest classical voice/piano/composition teachers and performers such as Tamara Goulina (U of T), Eduardo del Campo (McGill, San Francisco Opera), Franco Tenelli (McGill, Metropolitan Opera), Vania Angelova (University of Montreal), Alexandre Solopov (McGill) and Nina Larionova Shishlova (Bolshoi Theatre), Tatevik has also studied science at McGill University and is a graduate of Touro College business school. She now teaches music and voice and her youngest student is 5 years old.

Tatevik is currently working on a few projects. Recently she co-wrote a ballad with producer/sound engineer Sean Michael Paddison called “I love you anyway” that is to be recorded and released this year. Sean has worked on a wide range of projects, including Grammy-winning, JUNO-winning, billboard charting singles and worldwide airplay. He is currently working with Chris Hau. Drellander also plans to record 3 of her original songs: a pop/classical duet “I can see a lifetime (when I look into your eyes)” with renown opera singer Franco Tenelli, a dance hit “Let the rain fall” with Montreal based producer/sound engineer Michael Makhin and another ballad “I’m so in love with you” with Toronto based producer/songwriter/manager/mentor Peter Linseman. Peter has written, produced & released dozens of national & international singles over the past few decades . He is managing the careers of TV Star/country pop artist Kate Todd and dance pop artist Stephanie Braganza. Peter made international history by writing/producing We Will Fly for Laure Shang, a successful single in China. He has also written & produced for Tanvi Shah (India – 2009 Grammy & Oscar Award winner for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire), international dance pop artist Sarina Paris, international pop & Latin artist Rosita Stone. Peter is a Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) founding director, SIPO Foundation founding director and is an Accredited Juror for FACTOR.

Tatevik says: “I believe that my life purpose is to make people smile. Music is the perfect language to communicate emotions and share the love I have for people and life in my heart. Music is universal. It’s the language of feelings and it’s the only language that can break cultural barriers.”

This year Tatevik is participating in CBC Radio’s Searchlight Competition for Canada’s Best New Artist! Voting starts March 31st, 2015. Searchlight Link http://r3.ca/7lpK

Music Video for Oasis at http://www.youtube.com/drellander

Press Release & Demos: http://www.sonicbids.com/drellander Press/ Audio

Press Coverage http://www.drellander.com – Touro Mercury Article

Searchlight Link: http://r3.ca/7lpK

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/drellander

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/drellander

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oasis-single/

Jango Radio: http://www.jango.com/music/Drellander/?l=0

Influences: Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzerald, Nat & King Cole, Diana Krall, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Patricia Kaas, Modern Talking, Pet Shop Boys, Europe, Whitney Houston, Sarah McLahlan, Tori Amos, Mark Anthony, Laima Vaikule, Calibri, Brian Adams, Queen, John Bon Jovi, Belinda Carlisle, Lauren Christy, Leann Rimes, The Pretenders, The Righteous Brothers, Depeshe Mode, Roxette.

Favorite songs: The time of my life; If I could spend my lifetime loving you; Color of the night; Circle in the sand; I will always love you, You’re always on my mind, Yesterday, I’ll stand by you, Black Velvet, Mercy, Someone like you, Power of love.

In addition to being trained in music and having collaborated with some of the greatest classical voice/piano/composition teachers and performers such as Tamara Goulina (U of T), Eduardo del Campo (McGill, San Francisco Opera), Franco Tenelli (McGill, Metropolitan Opera), Vania Angelova (University of Montreal), Alexandre Solopov (McGill) and Nina Larionova Shishlova (Bolshoi Theatre), Tatevik has also studied science at McGill University and is a graduate of Touro College business school. She now teaches piano and voice and her youngest student is 5 years old. She is also trying herself as a life coach by sharing inspirational & educational messages & various self help techniques with her friends.

Influences

Celine Dion
Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston
Adele
Lady Antebellum
Mark Anthony
Regina Belle
Brian Adams
Sarah McLahlan
Leann Rymes

http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Drellander

Tatevik will definitely appreciate your vote.

Thank you!

So Much to Do and Doing Already. 2015 started off great

It has been an incredible and beautiful start to 2015. There is so much I have in store for this year and it has already been great progress and productive results. In the past few days I have been focusing and concentrating all my energy into my loved ones like always which is a given and also becoming more successful to fulfill my dreams to make them come true. I haven’t written much in the last few days and I apologize for that. I have just been so occupied with many things, but today I found some time to do some writing, to keep everyone updated on what is happening in my world. I know I had said that I will be doing more writing, but due to some circumstances, I have not been able to, but every chance that I do get, I will be here delivering what I promise my readers.

Since the beginning of 2015, have been going through my belongings and I have opened up boxes full of things that I have kept since I was a child. The things that came to my hands brought back many memories. I kept all my travel mementos, my school homework/projects, Papers of meeting minutes of when I was part of committees, greeting cards given to me, stuffed animals that are sentimental for me and so much more. It is a great feeling to get organized and to know what I have. I love keeping things like that.

Some people if not all talk about resolutions and what we are going to do when a new year comes around, and some keep their resolutions and some give up after a couple of days into it, however for me it is the 7th day and I am still going strong. I have been looking for a new job too, with all the changes that I am making to better myself, and to make the future bright with many possibilities that can arise from having an income coming into my pockets, and all the things I want to do with it, save some for a rainy day, invest it into important things, as well as save some to places I want to travel to and making it a goal to attain them. I know money doesn’t justify anything and it should not matter, but unfortunately it is part of life.

I feel so energetic and positive about everything. I have put my head up, facing challenges head on, working on my skills, and keep going forward to making dreams into a reality. Everything we want requires hard work, determination, dedication and enthusiasm. Without that, there is no foundation as how we want to set our lives to. We are all talented and have something great to offer to our world we are in. Let us encourage and motivate each other. That is the way the world can go around. It is a beautiful thing to help each other, give each other guidance and the will to carry on ourselves.

Have you began with creating a whole new perspective on your life? Have you began to attain and achieve your resolutions and goals for 2015 and beyond? Best wishes to everyone and may all your goals, dreams and wishes come true.

Introducing You the Talented SuperStar Robert Chilingirian

In the past 20 plus years, I have been listening to music from my Armenian culture and background, and I got introduced to many performers and artists, but some have been captivating, capturing my heart, mind and soul, and one of them is the Talented Superstar Robert Chilingirian. After many years of listening to his music, I began to search for him on the Internet, and when I was on the MySpace website back in 2006, 2007 is where I found Robert, and I began to communicate with him One on One for many years. Since then we have become great friends. Social media has become a great tool to communicate and its been great.

Throughout the years, Robert has completed over 21 albums, written, composed many songs, created music videos, some are especially dedicated to the Armenian Genocide, our late and beloved Artist who passed away almost 3 years ago named Paul Baghdadlian, and so many other songs that are so meaningful to Robert and his journey through his musical career. Robert has traveled the world, and he says that Traveling, and seeing the world is great, but getting to know many and different people around the world is what it is all about. Robert is a well-rounded, down to earth, humble person whom I have had the pleasure of meeting twice now. Just recently when he came to Canada, to my town of Toronto, I had the pleasure of seeing him, and talking with him. He is such a kind-hearted man. I am ever so glad to have met him. I had the pleasure of meeting one of Robert’s Dancers in his videos Teria Morada a few years ago and that also was a great moment. I had met Robert in 2010 and now 2014. Best moments.

Robert also plays the bouzouki, guitar, and his energy is automatically felt throughout the crowds he entertains. He entertains in private functions, weddings, different parties and so much more.

In Robert’s Albums, he writes, create your own, be a leader, never a follower which is so true. If we all create the same things or close to them, things would be boring and not interesting, so be your own leader, and never follow others. Just be yourself, and go with the flow of what life has to offer. In the near future, I hope to see him again soon and reconnect. I wish Robert continued success, I wish him safe travels around the world, and God give him strength to do what he loves. God Bless you Robert and wishing you the very best my Brother.
Here are some of his links to explore and get to know him more:

http://www.youtube.com/user/robertchilingirian

http://www.myspace.com/robertchilingirian

http://www.facebook.com/robertchilingirian

http://www.twitter.com/girian1

The Talents and Gifts We Have in Our Lives

Do you often sell yourself short? Do you often tell your family and friends that you can’t do something, when you really can? Do you often say you have no talents or gifts? Do you often think negative about yourself? Well, you should stop and think about who you are and what your strengths are and work on being more positive, to work on feeling good about yourself. Nobody wants a negative and pessimistic person who always down grades his or herself. We all have talents and gifts that are so special, so unique and really incredible. If you spend time with yourself, discover yourself and your talents, you will be surprised at what you find out.

Saying you don’t have talent and saying you’re not good enough for anyone or anything is a complete lie. You are lying to yourself. Do not waste your talents, do not let others tell you, you do not have talent, or you are not good enough. People should take a long look in the mirror before they judge other people. First people need to take a look at themselves before they jump into conclusions about other people. Do not let negative energy from negative people destroy your dreams, your talents and take away your gifts, that God has given you and that you were born with. Every single one of us has talent, every single one of us have great traits. Learn about them and use them in your daily life.

Never give up on your dreams, and never settle for less than what you deserve. Always be who you are and never change yourself for anyone. Selling yourself short is not good. Don’t be putting yourself down and making yourself depressed. It is not a healthy thing. because if you downgrade yourself all the time with your family and friends, it is not going to make you look good in their eyes. People these days strive for happiness always and try to look at things in a positive aspect. Do not be the only one in the group that destroys that happiness and be a center of an attention all the time. I know some people may have gone through sadness and people always telling that person that they cannot do anything, they are useless in this world. You shouldn’t let that get to you, no matter how many times people say it to you.

Stand tall, be firm, be confident in yourself, love yourself, respect yourself, and do what you can to better your life. Spend some me time to discover yourself, then get out there and show them who the boss is. So wipe that sadness and I can’t do it face, and be strong. You can do it!

Introducing Adiss Harmandian – An Extraordinary Incredible Talent

Hello, I am here today to introduce to you an Armenian Legendary Singer and performer an extraordinary talent and incredible voice, a dedicated and devoted Armenian who shines to the world and the Armenian community. Mr. Adiss Harmandian was born in Beirut Lebanon on January 14, 1945. Adiss Has been awarded many prestigious awards for his efforts, excellency and dedication to the Armenians and the communities across the world.

Adiss Harmandian has been awarded by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Catholicos of Armenian Cilicia the highest Armenian Diaspora religious award, the “Mesrob Mashdots Medallion” (with the degree of Prince) title for his 40 years of work

  • In 2005 he also received lifetime achievement award by the Armenian Music Awards and a certificate from the Los Angeles Council members for lifetime achievement.
  • Upon the proposal of France’s Armenian community, then mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac honored the popular Armenian singer with a medal for recognition of his contributions.

You can listen to his music here even if you do not understand Armenian you can hear his voice, and the way his voice ignites and touches your heart and among everything else.

http://www.haykakanmusic.com/playlists/adiss-harmandian

Adiss still continues to this day to sing, and grace the large crowds. He has his own restaurant in Lebanon called Adiss Signature. He owns a baklava shop in Encino in California. God bless Our Lovely Adiss Harmandian and may God continue to give him strength, energy and the power to do what he loves is to sing and to perform for everyone. May God bless him always.

Introducing You Raz Chaks – A Great Talented Drummer

Hello everyone, I would like to introduce you My great friend Raz Chaks who is a talented drummer and artist. Raz possesses passion and dedication to drumming and has drummed to Katy Perry, Gangnam Style, Alex Clare and so much more. I discovered his drumming passion about a month or 2 before and I am very proud of him and his accomplishments and his work. Raz is an Armenian who resides in Ontario, Canada. I have known him for many years through the Armenian Community. His passion and dedication is not only through drumming and music but his constant dedication to the Armenian community. Raz is a humble, down-to-earth person whom I have grown to respect and appreciate. It is a pleasure to know him and to have met him years ago at an Armenian function and have seen him through out the years. Without further a do, Here are ways you can listen and view his drumming videos on Youtube, you can join and like his fan page, and interact with him on Facebook and much more.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLwdcZRNMtaUIkOiuKOpwXw?feature=mhee

Youtube Channel – Chaks Drums

http://www.facebook.com/ChaksDrums

His Facebook Fanpage

I would like wish Raz Chaks the best, with happiness, health, success, and much more. He deserves all the great things life has to offer. God bless him with where ever his life takes him and his path to drumming and his passion.

You Can Do Something When you Put Your Mind To It.

There are so many things in life I believe in and one of them is when you really try your best and when you do something and succeed in it, it means you put your mind to it. I strongly know that when people try and when people put their mind to something, they will always succeed. It is important to believe in yourself, and always strive for the best. Mistakes are proof that you are trying and doing. When you start on prioritizing, when you start on getting great results for something it means that your doing your best and your not letting anybody else bring you down. I know all of us have strengths, talents and wit. We also have our weaknesses, but don’t let your weakness define you and your life. In order to reach for the rainbow and in order to get up there in life you, you have to try out things. If you do not try and if you do not take chances, you will never know. You can do anything you put your mind to. You just need to focus, do your best and everything else will follow. It is an incredible thing when we set goals to achieve them. I believe that when someone is passionate about something, when someone gives it their all, success is and greatness is just one step forward. Taking steps and measures to do what you like is incredible. Take steps, do not be afraid of taking steps and chances. Everyone has great strengths and qualities. Take sometime to discover them. When you have the drive, the principles and important factors, everything will fall into place. You can do it, you can do anything. Believe me you can. Don’t settle for less than what you deserve. Go with the flow and believe that you can gather greatness in your life.

Be confident, be yourself, and do what you can do. It is amazing and beautiful. Just keep on trying and keep it up, keep up the great work, and most importantly do not lose sight of anything that comes your way. Take opportunities as they come, and do not let go. So be who you are, and never ever let anybody tell you, you cannot do it, the greatest satisfaction is when you do something that others say you cannot do. That is the great feeling ever. Give it to them and show them who’s boss you are. Your ahead of the game and never let anyone mess with you.