Blues Music Legend Stevie Hawkins Earns a Nomination in the 2023 Hollywood Independent Music Awards (HIMAwards)

 Renowned blues vocalist, drummer, and songwriter Stevie Hawkins celebrates exciting news with the announcement of his nomination for ‘Blues Artist’ for his recent single “Movin’ Down The Road” in the 2023 Hollywood Independent Music Awards (HIMAwards). The 2023 HIMAwards event will take place on August 17, 2023, at The Avalon in the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, California. The evening will feature live performances, a VIP dinner banquet, celebrity presenters, a red carpet, and award presentations.

Tom Stevens, Emphasis Records CEO, said, “Stevie Hawkins plays an important role in the future of blues music. He sings and plays with edge, vitality, and verve. Not only does he represent maintaining the integrity and legacy of past great American blues artists, but he also represents an example and creative growth for the next generation of real American blues artists. In my opinion, he is one of the most expressive undiscovered vocalists and drummers of his generation, selling the emotion of every line he sings and treating the songs he sings and plays like ecosystems that stretch and blossom after tilling and sunlight. Stevie is way overdue the recognition that he deserves, and we intend to change that now.”

The HIMAwards nomination follows Hawkins winning seven awards in the Indie Music Channel Awards (Hollywood): Best Blues Artist, Best Live Blues Performance, Best Blues Producer, Best Songwriter (Blues), Best Live Performance (Rock), Producer of the Year, and Artist of the Year.

“I am totally blown away that I am nominated for Blues Artist in the Hollywood Independent Music Awards. I am very touched that my creative work has been recognized to receive this honor, and I’m proud to be selected among major independent artists in the music industry. Thank you to the nomination committee, which selected me and my song. Congratulations to all of the award nominees,” said Hawkins.

The new single, “Movin’ Down The Road” by Stevie Hawkins, is a driving, infectious blues-rock song that features acclaimed guitarist Spencer Kirkpatrick, a founding member of the legendary southern rock band Hydra, and was recorded on Capricorn Records, Polydor Records, and Emphasis Records.

“Stevie Hawkins is an incredibly talented artist who sets the standard for maintaining the integrity of blues and soul music as well as its innovation and creativity. He believes in hard work, dedication, and determination, and he loves what he does in music with passion. Those characteristics are helping him achieve his music-industry goals one by one,” said Dr. Gerald Murray, owner of Gerald Murray Music LLC, an Artist Management and Booking Agency in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “It is an incredible achievement for Stevie to be selected among the best, and he deserves to be among them. I look forward to representing this amazingly multi-talented artist for career guidance and future tour and show bookings.”

Hawkins recently completed recording his 2023–24 blues show promotional video. He will be working with Dr. Gerald Murray and Gerald Murray Music to initiate a campaign for concert bookings with his band in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The Hollywood Independent Music Awards is a premier global platform for independent music. Emerging and established artists, songwriters, composers, and audio recording professionals around the world are recognized for their outstanding contributions and content creation. Founded by Brent Harvey, Executive Producer of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, the HIMAwards Advisory Board is composed of some of the industry’s most respected and seasoned professionals.

Stevie Hawkins Management and Booking contact:
Dr. Gerald Murray – Gerald Murray Music LLC
2903 Woodward Avenue
Muscle Shoals, Al 35661
Cell Phone: (256) 710-0029

About Stevie Hawkins:
For 50 years, recording artist Stevie Hawkins has remained steadfast in touring the world performing and is no stranger to the big stage and recording studio. He is an adept, seasoned, soulful singer, musician, entertainer, songwriter, and music producer. Thus far in his career, Stevie has released three albums and five singles and amassed twenty awards as a singer, songwriter, and musician. He is a GRAMMY Participation Recipient in The Rolling Stones “Blue and Lonesome” album, which won “Best Traditional Blues Album” in the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards; recipient of four gold and eight multi-platinum record awards for creative involvement and contribution to RIAA certified sales; recipient of a Warner Bros. Pictures “Director’s Choice Song Award” for contribution to the Oscar-winning film “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and others. Since the mid-1970s, as a sideman, Hawkins has played drums for legendary blues, rock, and country music icons, Chuck Berry, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Leon Russell, Johnny Rodriguez, Doug Stone, Ed Bruce, Jim Ed Brown, Miles Grayson, Percy Sledge, Chick Willis, Rufus Thomas, James Cotton, Willie Hill, and Harvey Scales, among others.

Official music video • “Movin’ Down The Road” – Stevie Hawkins

Movin’ Down The Road
Stevie Hawkins • Music & Lyrics
Spencer Kirkpatrick • Music & Lyrics

Stevie Hawkins • Vocals, Bass, Drums, Organ and Harmonica
Spencer Kirkpatrick • Guitars

Produced, engineered, mixed and arranged by Stevie Hawkins

Mastered by Pete Maher
Top Floor Productions • UK

Emphasis Records • Hannon Hawkins Music, BMI

Emphasis Records
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Hollywood Actor Jordan Rhodes’ Memoir Delights Fans & Readers at Book Displays of NYLA 2022 & Book Confab

Jordan Rhodes autobiography The Life of a Blue Collar Actor exhibition gave guests at book events a chance to glimpse the actors life behind the camera.

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I have never worked with anyone more talented, creative and prepared than Jordan. Chuck Connors (The Rifleman)

Actor Jordan Rhodes memoir The Life of a Blue Collar Actor; From Tobacco Road to Buckingham Palace joined the book exhibitions of ReadersMagnet Book Confab in Tribeca, New York, and the New York Library Association (NYLA) 2022 Annual Conference & Trade Show at the Saratoga Springs City Center, New York.

The Book Confab was an initiative project of ReadersMagnet held last October 28-30, 2022 that offered authors a chance to interact with their readers. While the NYLA conference, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), garnered massive support for the New York library community last November 3-4, 2022, at the Saratoga Springs City Center, New York.

Sponsored by self-publishing company ReadersMagnet, Jordan Rhodes The Life of a Blue Collar Actor was displayed alongside other notable published works during the two separate events. The captivating memoir takes its readers back in time and a look behind the silver screen into the life of one of the prominent actors in the industry.

The Life of a Blue Collar Actor narrates Jordan Rhodes journey from his early years of TV and movie appearances. The book also mentioned some of the biggest names in Hollywood that the actor has worked with, which include John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Charles Bronson, Gene Hackman, Robert Wagner, Jodie Foster, Dennis Hopper, Karl Malden, and Linda Cristal.

Grab the chance to get to know the young man from a tobacco farm in North Carolina who became one of Hollywoods most celebrated actors he is now. Order Jordan Rhodes The Life of a Blue Collar Actor on BookBaby.

The Life of a Blue Collar Actor
From Tobacco Road to Buckingham Palace
Author | Jordan Rhodes
Published date | February 2022
Publisher | BookBaby
Book Genre | Autobiography Non Fiction

Author Bio
Jordan Rhodes theatrical acting career spans over five decades and includes over two hundred roles in film, television, and the theatre. Aside from acting, Jordan is also a writer and a producer, with credits including an award-winning play on the life of Ernest Hemingway titled The Man, The Myth, The Legend, and a documentary starring Chuck Connors titled The Rifleman.

Jordan resides in New York City with his wife, Lynn Moore Rhodes, an accomplished singer and actress. He has a daughter, Cheyenne, and two grandsons, Chayton and Declyn. The actor continues his career as a writer, actor, director, and producer and is currently planning a Broadway production of his Hemingway play and a new feature film.

Gatesway’s Hollywood Night Was a Smashing Success

 Gatesway Foundation, a non-profit Oklahoma agency providing specialized services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), hosted their first annual formal community event for Gatesway Friends and neighboring facilities across the Tulsa Metro area.

Saturday evening was full of excitement for the first annual kickoff of Gatesway’s Hollywood Night. As the first annual formal event for the organization, community involvement was key in the success experienced that evening. Gracious donations were provided by more than a dozen local vendors and organizations, including:

· Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills

· Cooking in Khaos

· DJ Ramal Brown, Hometown Heat

· Inspire AV

· Blue Sky Supply

· Indigenous Salon

· Crumbl Cookies

· High Tower Accounting & Tax

· Security Bank

· Sterling Dental

· Sugar Llamas

· The ARC of Oklahoma

· Vanguard Academy of Broken Arrow

· Union Public Schools

· Taystee’s Shaved Ice

· Something Borrowed Bridal

Gatesway is so grateful to the outside support for this event, and to the community for their increasing involvement with Friends and the foundation as a whole. The foundation is excited to continue this new tradition, and are looking forward to an even greater increase in community inclusion for Friends all across Green Country.

To see photos and videos from Gatesway’s Hollywood Night, please visit the organization’s Facebook page at If you are looking for ways to become involved with our organization or become an advocate for members of the I/DD community, please contact Kristina Watkins at for more information.

About Gatesway Foundation, Inc.:

Gatesway is a non-profit Oklahoma agency that encourages independence and provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to enable them to live and work in the community and improve their quality of life.

Contact: (918) 258-3900

Gatesway Foundation, Inc.

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The Hollywood Sign Trust Shares Eco-Friendly Ways to Experience The Hollywood Sign This Summer

From Hiking Trails to Native Plants, on Horseback or by DASH, Dive Into Preserving The Iconic Sign For Generations To Come

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.June 28, 2022PRLog — In its mission to protect and preserve the Hollywood Sign for generations to come, and in celebration of summer, the Hollywood Sign Trust shares fun and eco-friendly ways to enjoy The Hollywood Sign. From stunning hiking trails to picnic spots in Griffith Park, the Trust urges residents and visitors to enjoy the Sign without taxing the environment. And while there, explore the native plants and animals that call the Hollywood Sign home.

“The Hollywood Sign is the entertainment industry’s biggest star. We want people to embrace its vibrant history while helping to preserve its future,” said Jeff Zarrinnam, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust. “As the Sign approaches its 100 anniversary in 2023, it’s a perfect time to commit to protecting the urban wilderness that surrounds this beloved monument representing the hopes and dreams of people worldwide.”

Seven Eco-Friendly Ways to Experience The Hollywood Sign This Summer

1) Stunning views of the Hollywood Sign unfold on Griffith Park’s hiking trails

Making a pledge to go green? Always stick to approved hiking trails, never litter, and be sure to bring water in reusable bottles. It’s also important to remember that no open flames are permitted in the Park. The Trust’s top three trails — Mt. Hollywood, Brush Canyon, and Cahuenga Peak— rank from easy to difficult and offer choices for all types of hikers,  from families to intrepid adventurers. Plan your visit at

2) Picnic your way to the Hollywood Sign: go green at these quintessential spots

  • The Fern Dell Trail in Griffith Park: Viewing the Hollywood Sign from Griffith Park is an eco-friendly treat in and of itself. Add to that a picnic basket filled with summer favorites and it becomes a very special date with nature. Skip the wasteful takeout packaging and bring your own picnic from home (in multi-use containers, of course.) 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles.
  • The Park at Lake Hollywood: Situated between the Lake Hollywood Reservoir and the Hollywood Sign, spread your picnic blanket in the grassy park near the cool playground. Dispose of any trash in an approved receptacle or carry it out. 3160 Canyon Lake Drive, Los Angeles.
  • The Three Mile Trail Hollywood Sign Loop: Take the DASH bus to the Griffith Observatory to enjoy this easy trail that features five viewpoints of the Sign with a fraction of the tourists. Along the way, enjoy a pleasant picnic spot featuring grass, picnic tables, shade, and water. 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1299

3) Travel to the Hollywood Sign by the DASH Observatory Bus

Let’s face it: driving to the Sign creates pollution. Save on gas and the hassle of parking by taking the Metro Red Line to the Vermont/Sunset station and connect to the LADOT DASH ( Observatory Bus. The DASH makes stops at The Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory where you’ll find the Mt. Hollywood Trail—great places to view the Sign. Shuttles run every 15-20 minutes seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

4) See the Sign and re-live the Wild West on horseback

For a true green adventure, and a ride through Hollywood history, go by horseback. A piece of Hollywood western lore can still be found at Sunset Ranch (, which is an unforgettable way to view the Hollywood Sign while riding into the sunset.

5) Hollywood Sign gazing: explore the constellations that light up the Hollywood Sign

Enjoy the beauty of L.A.’s star-studded skies. Follow the Sky Report ( from The Griffith Observatory to keep up to date with the summer sky and find out which nights stars will shine bright.

6) Learn which flora and fauna call the Hollywood Sign home

Mule deer, coyotes, raccoons, gray foxes, opossums, skunks, bobcats,  and the Hollywood Sign’s famous mountain lion, P-22,  are just a few of the wild animals that make their home near the Sign. Don’t forget to bird watch as nearly 70 species make their nests in Griffith Park including hawks, roadrunners and woodpeckers. When you’re hiking on approved trails, notice the wide variety of native trees and plants that thrive year round. They can be an inspiration for your own native garden!

7) Allow the City to be your chauffeur and take the Red Line

The Metro’s B Line ( (Red), runs between downtown Los Angeles and North Hollywood. Stops include the Ovation Hollywood ( shopping center, where you can view the Sign and tour the Walk of Fame ( Then either take the DASH bus to the Sign or continue on the Red Line to Universal Studios for a day of fun.

About the Hollywood Sign Trust

The Hollywood Sign Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit trust created operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes and responsible for physically maintaining, repairing and securing the Hollywood Sign; providing capital improvements for the benefit of the public at large; and educating the world about the Sign’s historical and cultural importance. More information about the Sign’s history and the Trust can be found at:

Media Contacts:

Elizabeth Johnson

Cavanah Communications


Betsy Isroelit

Hollywood Sign Trust


North Hollywood, CA Author Publishes Children’s Book

Darci’s Big Day, a new book by Edwinna Domenech and illustrated by Natalia Z., has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Darci is a curious puppy, and he’s about to have a very big day. What extraordinary finds will Darci encounter on his adventure?

With its big colorful pictures and simple storyline, this book delivers a fundamental method of developmental thinking and emotional and social learning skills for the early stages of learning and for the beginner reader. This storybook was created in support of the efforts to help put an end to illiteracy everywhere.

About the Author
Edwinna Domenech holds a BA in psychology and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Her studies also include early childhood education development courses. Edwinna is a mother of three and pets. She enjoys reading to children, reading books in her own time, traveling, and visiting libraries, museums, and aquariums. Edwinna is also interested in voiceovers, music, theatre, and writing fiction books for all ages.

Darci’s Big Day is a 30-page hardcover with a retail price of $23.00 (eBook $18.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6376-4191-0. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at