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"Orange Pop: Best of the Best"

Friday, December 30, 2005

Orange Pop: Best of the best

Here are the top 10 albums by local artists in 2005.


Special to the Register It is among my most challenging tasks, ranking the Top 10 local releases of the year. And 2005 was no different, with a wide range of styles represented among those making original music.

5. Jannel Rap & the C Street Band, "ka-lai-do-schope" (independent) - Anaheim-based Jannel Rap's folk-rock perfectly captures the so- called California sound pioneered by the Eagles and Jackson Browne. Blending alluring vocals with melodic choruses, "ka-lai-do-schope" features hope-filled rock, gospel-tinged blues, ballads and breezy rock. Information:

Copyright 2005 The Orange County
Entertainment - Orange Pop: Best of the best - print version 1/24/2006 - Robert Kinsler, Orange County Register

"Search for O.C.'s Missing Loved Ones"

Search for O.C.'s Missing Loved Ones
Anaheim musician hopes festival will help solve low-profile cases.

The Orange County Register

The 37-year-old San Clemente woman disappeared after going sea kayaking, leaving behind her beloved German shepherd.

In another mystery, a Huntington Beach 16-year-old may have run away with a male companion he met on the Internet.

And the last time anyone saw the 21-year-old Placentia woman, she was being dropped off a couple of doors down from her home after an evening out with friends.

These Orange County residents are among 29 adults and children officially designated by law enforcement as missing and listed on the Web sites of clearinghouses such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Unlike Elizabeth Smart, their names are not household words. But on Saturday night, Jannel Rap, an Anaheim-based singer-songwriter whose sister has been missing for more than four years, hopes to change that.

" It doesn't matter how they disappeared or why; there's a hole there,'' said Rap, who has organized an arts and music festival in Anaheim.

She wants to honor and bring attention to missing people whose cases mainly have flown under the radar, with no suspects or scandals.

She has tapped into her community of musicians to bring out the fans, who will be given fliers and free CDs bearing photos of some of the missing "in the hopes that they end up in the right person's hands,'' Rap said.

The event - the fourth year Rap has organized it nationally, and the second time in Orange County - marks National Missing Children's Month.

Rap's sister, Regina Bos, 40, a fellow musician, vanished Oct. 17, 2000, after a performance in the sisters' native Lincoln, Neb.
Bos was a divorced mother of three looking forward to moving into a new home.

A mother of two teenage boys, Rap, 46, could have chosen to mourn quietly and move on with her life.

"Some (survivors) are so stricken by grief that it immobilizes them,'' Rap said. "Some are more like me, and they get the adrenaline rush that doesn't end.

" When my sister disappeared, it was like this rush of energy came, and it hasn't ended. It's hard to sleep when you know someone out there could be suffering.''

Rap, wearing a black shirt and hole-filled blue jeans, sat on the hardwood floor in the living room of her 1930-built home Thursday to play chords on her green guitar.

Then she sat at her keyboard to perform a song she wrote about her sister, "October 17th.''

Eyes lowered, Rap sang the hymn-like tune in her husky voice:

I've been treading water all this time.
At times it brings me comfort,
At times I lose my mind.

The song wrote itself, she said, after a supermarket clerk recently remarked to her, "Aren't you glad the rain is finally gone?''
It started raining last Oct. 17, the fourth anniversary of her sister's disappearance.

Rap doesn't want the attention to be on her. She wants it to be on the 29 people from Orange County who have vanished, as well as the thousands more missing nationwide.

" The thing about bringing a lot of people together for one event, you get a lot of attention you normally wouldn't get,'' Rap said. "And these people who can't get it for themselves.'' - Greg Hardesty, OC Register, May 2005

"Local Pop Scene Packs a Punch"

"Jannel Rap scored a bittersweet artistic triumph with "Blue," whose heartfelt themes deal mostly with the real-life disappearance of her sister Regina Bos in October 2000. The songs on "Blue" are beautiful and given added depth by Rap's honest delivery." - Robert Kinsler, The Orange County Registar

"Getting a Good Rap"

"The drawing from the legacy of Joni Mitchell to produce personal, heartfelt music based around warm acoustic guitars...Rap is an artist with a social conscience..." - L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star

"Missing But Not Forgotten"

"Rap is a strong artist...[her] telling and heartfelt stories are set against a sonic backdrop that straddles folk, rock and blues." - Robert Kinsler, The Orange County Registar


Must Have Been received radio airplay on their single Must Have Been 2007. Currently, the band is recording their 2 CD and getting ready to film another series for the TV show FINDing Gina!

Go Here to listen to: Clementine's CD's
Gary Floyds CD's can be found at Jannel's CDs:



The Band Born with a Mission

Clementine member Jannel Rap's sister, Gina Bos, disappeared in 2000. Clementine emerged through Gina's disappearance. Their four separate identities fused into a sweet harmony with a rich blend of pop, roots, rock, country and folk with a built-in mission to find the missing.

Clementine is singer/songwriter Jannel Rap, Dana Woods, Jeffrey Wayne, Robert Parlee and Joe Lamanno. Each member has a long legacy of their own in the music and entertainment industry, but it was Jannel's mission that ultimately brought them together with a greater vision of Clementine Band being a champion for the missing and leading the cause in the annual Squeaky Wheel Tour®.

Squeaky Wheel Tour®, or SWT is a series of 100's of events for 19 days from Oct 17-Nov 4 in which artists all over the world profile missing people. Established in 2005, The SWT is organized by The GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation that was inspired by Jannel Rap, when she realized that if missing people do not have a suspect, scandal or media hook-in other words- if they vanish with out a story, their story will not be told. The foundation's mission is to utilize and create entertainment vehicles that become the hook for people, like Gina Bos, who simply vanish without a media hook. The GINA Foundation web casts many of their events while on the road allowing viewers to be engaged in both the Clementine shows as well as promoting the missing.

This band born with a mission set aside their musical identities to create a project to potentially make more noise than they could as individuals. Using their voices for those who had no voice from the inspiration of Gina for the sake of others Clementine tours the country promoting the names and faces of those who have gone missing. Clementine meets the families of the missing at every stop, profiles missing people wherever possible during their concerts, radio and TV interviews, print news and on the side of their tour bus.

The Reality Television Series
Clementine welcomes a film crew to document their travels for a reality series, entitled FINDing Gina. FINDing Gina is a story about a band on a mission to find one of their member's sister and in the meantime find other missing mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children. Clementine band born out of tragedy, rather than asking why this has happened, asked what can they do and asking is what became their mission. During SWT 2007, 100's of missing were profiled by Clementine and 100's of other artists. In 2007, thirty three missing people profiled by Clementine and supporting GINA Artists were found. Over three hundred people profiled by GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation and its supporters have been found since 2001. Not bad for a collection of independent artists. Imagine if artists from major labels agreed to profile just one local missing person at each of their eve