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"Chris to take ‘Fast Car’ to success in the States"



WATERFORD City pop singer Chris Doran is making the big leap into the tough but highly lucrative American music market that is the Holy Grail of all music artists this side of the Atlantic.

Californian-based record label, Bootcamp Records, is about to release one of the Hennessy Road singer’s singles - a hip hop dance cover of the Tracey Chapman song Fast Car.


Another version, he has recorded of the song is currently being played on several radio stations in California.


“The second version of Fast Car will be coming out within the next two weeks,” the former You’re a Star talent contest winner told the Water-ford News & Star.


“Bootcamp Records want me to go out to California in March and record a video to go with the single and if it sells well, the company plans to release it elsewhere in the States,” he disclosed.


Chris has been interviewed by numerous US music magazines and radio stations as part of the marketing campaign for his new single.


Now Showing, a magazine sold in 42 states in the US, will publish a major feature on Chris next month.


When he travels to California, he will be discussing future opportunities with Bootcamp Records executives.


Chris says he would love to move to the US and pursue his singing career there as Ireland is a very tough market to develop a successful career.


“You can’t get a much tougher place than Ireland to try and break into the music business because there is such a small population. California alone has 35m people.”


Back home, Chris is working in studio on his fourth single, a new song by well-known Irish singer/songwriter Don Mescall, who will launched his new album in The Forum in Water-ford this coming Friday.


According to Chris, the new single will be released in early March. He and his band will do a nationwide concert tour to promote the song before heading to America.


But the US isn’t the only foreign shore beckoning for Chris Doran.


Next Tuesday, he will jet off to Canberra in Australia where he is scheduled to headline an open-air concert on February 17.


Chris Doran fans can keep up to date news on his music and career by logging on to his new website: www.chrisdoran.net



- WaterFord News


"Bubble will burst fast, ex-winner warns the You're A Star finalists"


CHRIS DORAN was catapulted to national fame on You're A Star, enjoying a number one hit and playing to thousands of fans.

But he never imagined that the bubble would burst so fast. He was plucked from his regular singing circuit in the south-east and was moulded into the hottest celebrity in the land.

However, within weeks of his 2004 Eurovision performance, he was wondering where all his newfound fame had disappeared to.

And he advises the current crop of hopefuls on the reality show to enjoy every minute before it is all just a fading memory.

'I honestly didn't expect it to go so quick,' he recalled.

'You are cocooned so you don't see what is happening. The bubble bursts very fast.

'I don't even remember half of it. I do remember some of the performances and I have a DVD of it all. It's great to look at it and see all the support.

'It does go very quick and the best advice was from Linda Martin who told me exactly that,' he said.

'If I was giving advice to the current contestants I would tell them to enjoy it and relax.' Chris was the second winner of You're A Star, with his prize being a trip to the Eurovision song contest.

He was given a song written by Brian McFadden, which only managed to scrape in one place from the bottom.

He faced a wave of criticism on his return but he has no regrets.

However, he admits that he would rather have won the current prize on offer to the You're A Star finalists - a record deal.

'I loved You're A Star and I learned a lot. It was a great experience.

'I have been watching the new series and it is a lot better that they don't send them to the Eurovision.

'The prize is a lot better. I honestly wish that there had been a record deal when I was there,' he said.

'But I have no regrets and I would never put it down. You cannot buy that publicity and TV exposure.

'I had a great time in Eurovision and I made great friends.

'The only negative thing was the press coverage after the Eurovision but I think that it has been proved now that block voting did take place.

I'm a stronger person because of it .

'When it's all over, it's really down to how much work you want to put into it.' Things seem to heading on an upward path again for Chris. He is just back from a concert in Australia and he recently signed a deal with Californian label Bootcamp Records.



He released an upbeat version of the Tracy Chapman song Fast Car three weeks ago in the States and he is building a steady fan base there.

He also has plans to move to the U.S. but he hasn't forgotten his Irish roots as he is continuing to release records here.

He added: 'I'm going to California in March and I'm lining up a duet with a big artist. I can't say who yet.

'I have never been to the U.S. but if things go well I would like to move out there.

'I'm also just back from Australia and I headlined a multicultural festival in Canberra.

'And I'm also releasing a single here written by Don Mescall. I haven't decided on a name yet but I'm ready to rock 'n' roll.' - Daily Mail Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge


"America beckons"



Chris Doran has released his 1st single in the U.S., an up-tempo version of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ and it is receiving lots of airplay and great reviews across the states.

He is currently working alongside Bootcamp Enterprises in California who are involved in a major marketing campaign for Chris and he will be featured in numerous magazines, in particular ‘Now Showing’ which is on sale in 42 states. This magazine with a feature on Chris will be available in early March.

Upcoming Australian concert

Chris is flying to Australia next week for a major open air concert in Canberra.

New single and tour

Chris is currently working with Don Mescal for a release on his return to Ireland in March. Also on Chris’s return from Australia he will be making plans to do an nationwide tour of Ireland with a new line-up of Waterford city and county musicians.

Details of the new single and tour, which will take in some Waterford dates, will be available in the coming weeks.

wwww.chrisdoran.net

- Munster Express


"Chris Doran’s new release is a superb Don Mescall song"

WATERFORD City singer Chris Doran’s latest single composed by one of the country’s top songwriters Don Mescall is being played for the first time to radio listeners across the country this week.

Waterford Local Radio was the first station in the country to play the new song, All of the Above, which goes on sale at record stores nationwide in two weeks time.


Well-known singer/songwriter Don Mescall is the composer of the song and Chris, who represented Ireland at the Eurovision two years ago, is very hopeful it will be a hit for him.


“It’s a good song, very easy listening and very catchy,” Chris told the Waterford News & Star yesterday.


Don, who has also worked with top singers like Frances Black, Eleanor Shanley, and Lulu, approached Chris about singing one of his songs some time ago.


“Don had been onto me a few times saying he would love me to sing one of his tracks and I was delighted to work with him.”


Chris plans to kick off a nationwide concert tour with his band to promote All of the Above in three to four weeks time.


The song, which is his four single, is being released almost in tandem with his first US single - a hip hop dance cover of the Tracey Chapman song Fast Car.


Californian based record label, Bootcamp Records, is releasing the single. Another version of the song Chris recorded has been playing on radio stations in California for the past two months.


He said he will be travelling out to California soon to shoot a video for Fast Car.


It has been pretty hectic overall for the former You’re a Star winner since Christmas. Last month Chris headlined an open-air concert in Canberra in Australia.
- By Aileen Mulhall


"Bubble will burst fast, ex-winner warns the You're A Star finalists"

CHRIS DORAN was catapulted to national fame on You're A Star, enjoying a number one hit and playing to thousands of fans.

But he never imagined that the bubble would burst so fast. He was plucked from his regular singing circuit in the south-east and was moulded into the hottest celebrity in the land.

However, within weeks of his 2004 Eurovision performance, he was wondering where all his newfound fame had disappeared to.

And he advises the current crop of hopefuls on the reality show to enjoy every minute before it is all just a fading memory.

'I honestly didn't expect it to go so quick,' he recalled.

'You are cocooned so you don't see what is happening. The bubble bursts very fast.

'I don't even remember half of it. I do remember some of the performances and I have a DVD of it all. It's great to look at it and see all the support.

'It does go very quick and the best advice was from Linda Martin who told me exactly that,' he said.

'If I was giving advice to the current contestants I would tell them to enjoy it and relax.' Chris was the second winner of You're A Star, with his prize being a trip to the Eurovision song contest.

He was given a song written by Brian McFadden, which only managed to scrape in one place from the bottom.

He faced a wave of criticism on his return but he has no regrets.

However, he admits that he would rather have won the current prize on offer to the You're A Star finalists - a record deal.

'I loved You're A Star and I learned a lot. It was a great experience.

'I have been watching the new series and it is a lot better that they don't send them to the Eurovision.

'The prize is a lot better. I honestly wish that there had been a record deal when I was there,' he said.

'But I have no regrets and I would never put it down. You cannot buy that publicity and TV exposure.

'I had a great time in Eurovision and I made great friends.

'The only negative thing was the press coverage after the Eurovision but I think that it has been proved now that block voting did take place.

I'm a stronger person because of it .

'When it's all over, it's really down to how much work you want to put into it.' Things seem to heading on an upward path again for Chris. He is just back from a concert in Australia and he recently signed a deal with Californian label Bootcamp Records.



He released an upbeat version of the Tracy Chapman song Fast Car three weeks ago in the States and he is building a steady fan base there.

He also has plans to move to the U.S. but he hasn't forgotten his Irish roots as he is continuing to release records here.

He added: 'I'm going to California in March and I'm lining up a duet with a big artist. I can't say who yet.

'I have never been to the U.S. but if things go well I would like to move out there.

'I'm also just back from Australia and I headlined a multicultural festival in Canberra.

'And I'm also releasing a single here written by Don Mescall. I haven't decided on a name yet but I'm ready to rock 'n' roll.'
- Daily Mail Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge


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Randi-
WHO IS RANDI ?

A 22 YEAR OLD FEMALE HIP HOP STAR.................

SINCE THE AGE OF 14 SHE HAS BEEN WRITING AND RECORDING MUSIC. SO VERSATILE SHE'S IN A CLASS ALL BY HERSELF. NOT ONLY CAN SHE CREATE HARD CORE HIP HOP TRACKS (KNOWN TA MAKE YA HEAD SHAKE) SHE HAS THE ABILITY TO FLIP IT ON THE R&B SIDE WRITTING WISE. LIFE HAS BEEN HER INSPIRATION ALONG WITH SOME OF THE GREATEST RAP PIONEERS, FROM PAST GENARATIONS TO NOW.
I SAY THAT TO SAY THIS............

GET READY TO EXPERIENCE TRUE BREATHING, WALKING, TALKING, HIP HOP IN IT'S SEXIEST, DIRTIEST, LIVEST FORM AROUND........

Chris Doran-
Chris Doran was born in Waterford City, Ireland on 22nd November 1979. From an early age Chris showed a great interest in music. At the age of four Chris started music lessons on his keyboard with a local music teacher. Chris is also a keen kick boxer and went on to win numerous titles including 8 All-Ireland Championships. Chris biggest battle was soon to come, it wasn’t in the ring. At the age of 12 he was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer. Chris spent years in and out of hospital until he finally overcame the serious life treating illness.
At the age of 16 Chris started to take music serious and decided it was the career he wanted. He entered various talent competitions and went on to win numerous awards, "Best Male Vocalist" in 2000 and 2002. He then decided that he was going to start writing songs for an album that he was going to release independently in his home-town.

In October 2003 after months writing he went into a local studio and recorded his debut album called "For You". This album was a major success and sold thousands of copies and was also No.1 in the South-East of Ireland for 5 months.

In November 2003 Chris decided to make his nationwide appearance on a program called "You’re A Star" where the winner of that program goes on to represent Ireland in the "Eurovision Song Contest" in Turkey. Week after week Chris battled it out with 11 other finalists in a live show. While on the show Chris got fantastic support from the people of Ireland.

In September he released his follow up single called "Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You". When this single was released it went in straight at No.2 and stayed in that position for a further 4 weeks. In November Chris released another single called "Right Here Waiting" which went straight in the top 10 and stayed there for 3 weeks. In December 2004 he released his much anticipated album called "Right Here" where he does a mixture of Pop, R&B and some classic oldies. In each track Chris has put his touch to them and made them his own. This album was a great success and to this day it is still a major seller. It was yet again No.1 in the South East for 4 weeks. Chris has a major following in Ireland. In January he was voted the "Best Male" searched for on the internet beating Robbie Williams, Brad Pitt and Michael Jackson. He is currently working with top songwriters who have written for the likes of Garth Brooks, Aretha Franklin, Westlife, Bee Gees, and Kylie Minogue etc. He is also still touring Ireland and recording his new single which will hopefully be released in the New Year.


Adrienne Mari’ya -
This California native has been surrounded by the arts since she was born. With her family constantly touring and working with such artists as Babyface, Bobby Brown, Jose Feliciano, and Jerry Lee Lewis, it is to no surprise that Adrienne’s first major performance was at the tender age of 8 with Pebbles at the Universal Amphitheatre.
This all-around entertainer has written songs and choreographed for several upcoming artists. Adrienne has, also, danced with: Leslie Scott, Dave Scott, Wade Robson, IMX, K-young, among others. She has signed to Bloc Agency Los Angeles, and recently toured South Korea, working with choreographer Fatima Robinson. She has been a hip-hop instructor for several Southern California studios, and is currently a tour/stage manager for a national dance competition called Dance Rave.
You may have also seen Adrienne featured on: The Parkers, Club Comic View, and Dance 360, as well as performing songs from her upcoming debut album at several LA hot spots.