Burger’s Priest upon landing from The Grammys 2012

Hitting the ground running, and running hard was the order of the day. Arriving to Beverly Hilton to only discover that Whitney Houston had died, the media surrounded you, the party that you came for hosted by Clive Davis was an uncertainty then on, and the buzz all over the place was about Whitney Houston.

The evening no one really eat, for me it was back to my stomping ground Mr. Chow and again this was a light affair. Richard Branson was in full party mode, and while a serious attempt to get the party going everyone was still reeling from the shock.

The Grammys was all about running around catching up with old friends. The Foo Fighters had been with me in Toronto at the Ritz Carlton one night so it was time to talk it up with them, my friend who looks after McLaren car which run you $750,000 base price, was putting on her Pucci dress and ready to hit the party of home town man Deadmau5 needless to say no food was consumed, but everything else was. Sleep, who needs sleep. After all will do plenty of sleep when I am dead so why bother, it’s over-rated anyway.

Jumping on the flight at crazy mad early hour, all I can now think of is home Toronto and grabbing a burger at Burger’s Priest in my old hood on Yonge and Lawrence where I grew up, made my first black and white movie and organized concerts.

The crew at Burger’s Priest is also cool, Alex there plays drums and is working on getting his band together, and it’s a spot where I always run into someone who’s gone to my high school Lawrence Park, not to mention that Shant Mardirosian, who started it is a cool dude. The food well, it’s simple and the burger’s are the best in town. Recording artist Jessica Mitchell who I interviewed prior to the Grammys say’s the bruger’s are great and soon you will meet another recording artist Megan Bonnell on My Name is Khan thinks these burgers are the bomb. The only time to sit is on the plane flight back catch up on some sleep and dream of landing and chowing the burger voted third best spot to eat a burger.

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The Grammy’s 2012

In the quirky style stakes Lady Gaga and rapper Nicki Minaj didn’t disappoint, with the first lady of pop donning a PVC dress with netting, while Nicki Minaj arrived in a Little Red Riding Hood style layered red caped dress, on the arm of a man dressed as the Pope!

A more somber note for the evening came as the tributes poured in for Whitney Houston following her death the night before. Stars including LL Cool J, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder paid homage to the singer, with Jennifer Hudson singing I Will Always Love You in her honour.

Other stand-out looks came from Kelly Osbourne in a grey sequin and chiffon Tony Ward Couture gown, Jessie J in a stunning Julien McDonald fishtail dress, and Rihanna, who rocked a plunging Giorgio Armani number. Gwyneth Paltrow chose a cut out frock by pal Stella McCartney, to present an award.

Adele well she bounced back from her rubbish relationship belted out Rolling in the Deep, from her album 21 and showed everyone what it’s all about, the voice.

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Taylor Swift hee-haw’s past $50 million a year?

“There’s nothing like writing a song about someone who’s really mean to you and makes you life miserable,” she said, “and then winning a Grammy for it.”

I like Taylor Swift, and I like what she writes. But then I am the guy who likes what everyone writes so long as they are writing throwing the word to the wind, with some music. Somewhere on this planet someone whom you don’t know is touched by that, needs that, and their life can be changed. That is what artist’s do. I also like Taylor Swift because she really take the time and cares about her fans, and let’s not kid yourself without fans you have nothing.

This years Grammy winner Foo Fighters, Adele, all where about the pureness of the music. Hey you have to have a voice, you need to know your craft, it can’t be done in all computers because there is nothing like the real thing. Whitney Houston, god bless her, was real, that was a voice. Taylor, was about not being mean and this is important for her fan base. What does this all mean for the Taylor Swift empire? it translates into ticket sales of the brand Taylor Swift.

After winning her first award in 2010, Swift’s nightly gross ticket sales soared 380%, from $125,000 to $600,000. The next year, that number jumped to $1.1 million. With her additional Grammys in tow, Taylor Swift is poised for a monster year, earnings-wise. She pulled in $18 million in 2009, $45 million in 2010, and another $45 million in 2011. This year, she may well top $50 million.

Perhaps Swift put it best herself moments after her second Grammy win of the year, saying simply: “This is unbelievable.” Yes, dreams come true and magic is real, just believe.

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Jessica Mitchell exclusive straight from the heart !


Foo Fighters said it best tonight at the Grammy’s, they recorded their album in the garage, nothing fancy, just plain good old music, working on it slowly at their own pace, creating pure magic from the heart.

Jessica Mitchell has been doing just that as well. Jessica is putting the finishing touch’s on her first full album, she is taking her time doing it, using her gifts of words, reaching deep into her soul to touch emotions that maybe painful but which lend themselves to feeling that are converted into lyric and music with her voice producing magic. This is what being an “Artist” is all about. Like Adele said tonight her album Rolling in the Deep was inspired by a rubbish relationship, as was the case with Alanis, and it’s something we all have experienced that bad relationship that scar’s, hurts, and you just have to let it hurt but like the clouds that pass allowing the sun to shine on you the hurting stops and something good always comes out of it.  In the case of Adele a Grammy winning album and now here we go with Jessica.  In this world anything is possible.

Sitting down with Jessica prior to the Grammy’s it was clear that her parents had been a big influence. They provided her not only with the gift of music, but also the material for her writing. Her album is a road trip of her life experience’s so far. It’s her Jagged Little Pill. It was funny sitting with her, it reminded me of the time sitting down with Alanis Morissette in Los Angles when she had just finished her album Jagged Pill. This was in a strange way a full circle back to Toronto. Jessica wrote her entire album and when she performs live she is a professional, she gives you everything, holding nothing back. Her music is full of range from soft ballads, to rock, to full blown anger in your grill songs and that is life, it’s a road with twits and turns. My Name is Khan will be tracking Jessica Mitchell the Canadian singer, songwriter, musician as she creates magic in her kingdom of music making dreams come true proving once again that magic is real.  My thanks to Jessica Mitchell for making the time and providing these tunes for all to enjoy. Have a listen and enjoy the voice and the words.

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A Voice that touched so many heart’s gone! Whitney Houston

We have a great script they told me, I did not agree. So they called me into the office in London to explain why I did not want to make the film Waiting To Exhale. I said, “look the script is just not good enough, but don’t get me wrong, the movie will be a hit, because of Whitney Houston.”
I am not going to get into “oh the drug’s” and all that kind of stuff. I know one thing this women touched my heart so many times with her voice, I always marveled at her range, that is a key word in music, range. She had it, she had it going on, the magic of her voice to lift you over the tallest mountain you were facing. It was magic that is now gone. Whitney Houston was found in her bathroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel dead, she was going to perform at Clive Davis’s big party, the man that made her, but she is gone, and so close to Clive, and all those in the music business, dying in the company of her peers. Thank you Whitney for giving and sharing some great music with your voice. The girl to whom Magic was real and for whom dreams came true.

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