Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Meet The Next Generation Of Young Singers At Septien's "To Sing Is The Thing" 2017 Showcase.

"To Sing Is The Thing" will present 31 of the top singers from Septien Entertainment Group's Music Artist Development Programs.

This year's events, the most important talent showcases of the year for Septien artists, will take place at The House Of Blues/Dallas (2200 N. Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202) in the Music Hall. Tickets are available online and/or at the box office, day of show. On June 11th, artists from Tweenation.today (6-13 years old) and on June 25th, artists in the Ihmurzhun Program (14-18 years old) will be performing. Each artist will perform two songs. and will be judged by a jury including Linda Septien, WT Greer, Zakk Manzella and industry reps from major record labels, talent agencies, promoters, managers, music supervisors, producers and live entertainment/social media influencers.

Read The Press Release Here.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

This Outdoor Planter Will Change How You Grow Vegetables and Herbs Forever!

I am growing strawberries, beefsteak, cherry and roma tomatoes, jalapeƱo, habanero and bell peppers, basil and oregano in this outdoor, vertical hanging planter. It's so easy and the flavor of homegrown vegetables and herbs is far superior to anything you can purchase in a store. Fresh - I just go to my backyard and pick out what I want...something is always ready. This is a fantastic family project - plant, water, harvest, cook and eat! 

Fresh tomatoes and oregano on homemade pizza - amazing.  Fresh peppers in a salad - awesome. Fresh basil served over a BBQ'd steak or chicken (or in pasta) - simply irresistible! 

Each pocket, there are nine of them in the backyard/fence version, four of them in the balcony/terrace version - has a drain hole to prevent mold, mildew or root rot. You really can't over water. Just look at healthy my tomato plants are - unbelievable! 

Home growing will never be the same - NEVER! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Rapid Fire Program At Septien Entertainment Group - Carrollton, TX

"A week with Linda Septien, Dennis Gelbaum and the incredible team at Septien Entertainment Group." 
by Dana Hesse

This was an intensive week by all measures. We had very high expectations coming from Los Angeles. We never expected to have those expectations exceeded in every category. When you sign up for the Rapid Fire Program at Septien Entertainment Group, be prepared to work during this week. You will work, you will work hard and then you will do homework. This isn’t a week for the weak. 

The fabulous vocal instruction will take you into depths about your vocals that you have not been taught before, guaranteed. Breaking down the strengths and challenges. You are given instruction and “tools” to make your strengths stronger and to improve your challenges. 

If you are taking piano and songwriting be prepared to be amazed. The Piano instruction will build on your knowledge from classical to the nuances of any genre you can imagine and provide alternatives in your playing and writing that fill the music with an intensity you may have not explored, “the Wake-up Moments”. 

Songwriting goes beyond the VCVCBVC, they put it to a track and out the door you go. They teach you about songwriting production, how to produce an artist, not just a singer. Real musicians that can play every instrument and can sing guiding you with precision on songwriting elements to create a great arrangement with intention. 

Stage presence is taught from focus, your focus. “Where are your eyes?” Stage presence training is a precise science (a Septience) that will build on your confidence and give you greater arsenal to draw from to command the stage, to engage the audience. “Performing with Focus". 

Dennis Gelbaum, the new COO/CMO, is a wealth of information. His knowledge on all things social media and the strategies that he will provide to you to succeed are seriously priceless. He talks to you not from a corporate position but from one that truly cares for your development. 

The Social Media and branding component of this intensive week is beyond amazing. Dennis will help you understand and define your audience and he covers what defining and refining a brand means. He helps you with the consistent messaging and the importance of delivering that message across all platforms. You will learn more than you know today about Social Media and will learn how to execute. Which changes daily and has changed since I wrote this testimonial. The one thing you can count on is The Septien Group knows social media and is on top of this ever-changing landscape. 

Linda Septien is incredible. Her enthusiasm, kindness, knowledge, energy, drive and her complete honesty is an unusual trait found in this industry.  

There are so many components of being an artist that you explore in the Rapid Fire Artist Week. This was the best week of training in all the years of training our daughter has received. What you will walk away with is knowledge and knowledge is power. You will know your strengths and challenges. The truths will be revealed. This is an incredible program that will provide you with a blueprint to take you to the next level of your development."

Saturday, August 6, 2016

On Monday, August 1st, I started a new chapter in my life. I have joined Septien Entertainment Group as their COO/CMO. 

SEG (founded in 1986 by Linda Septien, the "Kingpin of Pop Talent) is the #1 performing artist/voice talent development company in the US. 
This year, SEG students (and our talent coaches) have played in more than 1000 gigs and SEG had more Grammy nominees than any major record label. 

We not only train and develop talent - more that 15000 students in 25+ years, we also book our talent worldwide for tours, festivals, fairs, private, fundraising and corporate events, and more. 

I'm focusing on refining Septien’s business operations to maximize efficiency, identifying industry trends, new revenue streams and increasing market share and profitability. 

I'm also focused on brand performance, social innovation and inbound digital marketing - promoting Septien’s artists and programs, (websites. multimedia content, branded merchandise, Ecommerce), creating unique partnerships and developing and implementing marketing, promotional, global event programs and managing media relations efforts.
CLICK HERE for more information about Septien Entertainment Group 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hi, You've met Happy Herb and the other Spice Gals, Basil and Rosemary. I'm Spice Gal Lavender. My name comes from the Latin (not Greek) word lavare and I was named by the Romans, who used my leaves, flowers and stems in their "Roman" baths. "Lavare" literally means "to wash." 

Friends tell me I'm beautiful (and who am I to disagree) and that I smell wonderful. (again, who am I to disagree). I'm a staple of the English countryside, although I'm not native to England. I was born and raised in the coastal hills of the Mediterranean and I've travelled (with the Romans) throughout Europe.

Cleopatra was a close friend of my family. It is long believed that one of Cleopatra's secret "love" weapons was Lavender. Our sultry scent, helped Cleopatra seduce Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. FYI: Cleo had plenty of men friends. It's rumored that the wasp that killed her was hiding in one of her lavender bushes. I promise, we didn't have anything to do with that!

I help life smell more beautiful. Oil made from my leaves has soothing properties and are often associated with calming the nerves or relieving anxiety, providing relief for ailments from headaches, migraines to insomnia. As a medicinal herb, and once dried, I can be made into teas that calm the nerves and can help you sleep. 

I'm compatible with the flavors of honey and lemon, and I am the perfect summertime herb to brighten seasonal foods. I add a unique, unexpected and delightful flavor to meats, salads, custards, jams, teas and cookies. Think of me as a sous chef. 'm so versatile in the kitchen, that adding me into almost any recipe will give you favorable results.

Recipes using both fresh and dried flowers are generally on the sweet side. I can be used to replace rosemary and other strong tasting herbs. Or, I can be blended with other members of my mint family, like Rosemary, Sage, Fennel, Tarragon, Oregano, Thyme and Mint. Together, we're known as Herbes de Provence. We're especially good mixed with olive oil to coat chicken, fish, tomatoes or chunks of potato for roasting, adding to a pizza sauce or sprinkled over game or kabobs before roasting. I'm also used for seasoning salads, sauces and cheeses, as well as soups and stews. Try rubbing the blend on whole turkey or the breast before roasting.

Here are a few of my most favorite recipes. 

Lavender Lemonade with Honey
1 cup raw honey
5 cups water
1/4 cup fresh lavender blossoms, crushed* 
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, strained
Ice cubes
Lavender sprigs for garnish

Bring 2 1/2 cups water to boil in a medium pan
Remove from heat and add honey, stirring to dissolve.
Add the lavender to the honey water, cover, and let steep at least 20 minutes or up to several hours, to taste.
Strain mixture and discard lavender
Pour infusion into a glass pitcher
Add lemon juice and another 2 1/2 cups of cold water. 
Stir well.
Refrigerate until ready to use, or pour into tall glasses half filled with ice, then garnish with lavender sprigs.
Share and enjoy!

*Note: DO NOT use lavender essential oil in this recipe. Consuming lavender oil can be toxic, cause allergic reactions, as well as contribute to hormone imbalances in men and boys. Signs of lavender oil toxicity (requiring a call to Poison Control) include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, burning pain in the throat, difficulty breathing and skin rash.

Lavender Roasted Potatoes
This simple roast potato recipe is transporting with the flavor or lavender conjuring flavors of Provence. It's sure to freshen up any meal. (Special thanks to Toni Dash/BoulderLocavore.com Click HERE) 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

2-2 ½ pounds (about 4 large) thin skinned Potatoes (New, Red, etc)
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 ½ tablespoon dried Lavender
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Scrub potatoes, cut out any bad spots and cut into bite sized pieces. Do not peel.
Toss in a bowl with olive oil. When coated with the olive oil, add lavender, salt and pepper.

Spread into a single layer in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring part way through to ensure even browning. Potatoes are done when soft inside to the fork/bite.

Meyer Lemon Lavender Mojitos
Mojitos aren't just for limes anymore! Meyer lemons and lavender paired with traditional mint create a light, refreshing Mojito that is unexpected and tastes deliciously of spring.

5 fresh Spearmint Leaves
1 teaspoon Confectioner's Sugar
Juice of half a Meyer Lemon*
1/2 teaspoon dried Lavender
2 ounces Light Rum
Club Soda to fill

In a quart Mason jar or a shaker, combine the spearmint leaves, confectioner's sugar, Meyer lemon juice and lavender. Muddle completely. Strain into a Collins glass.
Fill the glass with ice. 
Pour rum over the ice and fill with Club Soda. 
Garnish with lavender sprig, mint sprig and/or a Meyer lemon slice and serve

*TIP: microwaving citrus fruit on high for 10 seconds before juicing will release more juice!