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Enjoy the Music of the Holiday on the Scientology Network

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Church of Scientology wishes everyone happy holidays with a series of classic Christmas songs performed by award-winning artists. To celebrate the holidays, the Scientology Network presents holiday favorites - an eclectic mix of genres, from pop to jazz, rock 'n roll to swing, and Latin, soul and classical music.

Each is presented in the spirit of the season with the wish from our families to yours that this holiday season brings joy and peace and the prospect of a healthy and prosperous new year.

The past 21 months have brought their share of hardship. New variants and a surge in hospitalizations in many parts of the world cast a pall over the season for some and interrupt the holiday plans of others.

So we offer our holiday greetings with the additional wish that you and your families stay well, and the reminder that an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. And we include a link to our How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center as a reminder of what we can all do to keep ourselves and our friends and loved ones well. Resources are available to view online or download in 21 languages.

The Scientology Network has been praised for shattering the paradigm of religious broadcasting, ushering in a new era that shows a religion in action, making the world better.

Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Vandi Lynnae announces Christmas Album ‘Holiday Healing’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- 2021 has been an impressive year for singer-songwriter Vandi Lynnae, who has continued to release a steady flow of singles, from heartfelt ballads to EDM remixes over the past twelve months. Her latest release, 'Holiday Healing,' is a Christmas album that will be available on the 24th of December 2021. Throughout December, Lynnae will be releasing a Christmas-themed single every Friday leading up to the album release.

Like many, Vandi Lynnae is inspired by the festive period. "I love Christmas, and I put a lot of my own family's traditions and memories into these songs. I love that the holiday season is a time to step away from the stress and hustle and bustle of everyday life and be with the people you love most. These songs celebrate the wonder of the season and togetherness. It is a time when people come together," Lynnae explains.

'Holiday Healing' gave Lynnae a chance to cherish the joy of the season while incorporating it into her own signature sound, experimenting with genres and styles. The record features original Christmas tracks by Lynnae, and re-imaginings of Christmas classics like 'Birthday of a King,' 'Angels We Have Heard on High' and 'Away in the Manger.' The digital album will also include three remixed tracks and an instrumental composition.

Opening the album is Vandi Lynnae's own Christmas song 'Party Like It's Christmas Day,' a fun and energetic introduction to the record, embellished with all the festive goodness of ringing bells and lyrical sing-along. Lynnae's enchanting voice stands out, layered over harmonies and rhythmic cheer, a celebration of the album's offerings. 'Follow the Winter Star' is an emotive contrast, with dreamy piano and haunting vocals, driven by the nostalgic feel of steady drums and accentuated by strings and bells.

Vandi Lynnae's cover songs also take on a life of their own. In her version of 'In the Bleak Midwinter' Lynnae's mother, Bobbi Bye, features on the track. Shining a light on Bye'soperatic voice, the classic song is re-imagined with a landscape of choir, accompanied by the simplicity of strings, piano and acoustic guitar. This isn't the only collaboration on the album, with Lynnae's patron Lloyd Crain featuring on 'Go Tell It on the Mountain,' which embraces a Country feel.

Classic Christmas songs like 'Come All Ye Faithful' illustrate Lynnae's skills of taking a well-loved song and giving it a complete makeover. With acoustic guitar and percussive instrumentation, the song is driven by a bouncing synth bass, tied together with emotive vocals and mesmerizing harmonies. Remixes like 'My Gift Is You' offer festive production, fully wrapped up with catchy melodies and dance-worthy beats, ready for any Christmas party.

'Holiday Healing' is an eclectic mix of genres and styles that exhibit Vandi Lynnae's skills as a songwriter and a singer. Unafraid to experiment with her sound, Lynnae's heart remains at the center of it all and this album is a gift for all those who listen.

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The Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale welcome special guests David E. Talbert, Bill Rogers, and Drew Tablak at the Holiday POPS Spectacular!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Golden State Pops Orchestra announces director David E. Talbert, voice actor Bill Rogers, and singer Drew Tablak as special guests for the "Holiday POPS Spectacular" on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 8 p.m. The concert will be held at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, Calif., and will include two world premieres: A musical suite from the movie "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey," and a new work for narrator and orchestra based on music from the motion picture "Elf" titled "How Buddy the Elf Saved Christmas."

Join Maestro Steven Allen Fox, Resident Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba, Music Director Victor Pesavento, and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale in welcoming the following guests!

Having written, directed, and produced 14 national stage productions, 5 blockbuster studio films, and 3 best-selling novels, David E. Talbert is one the industry's most creative minds and brilliant forces. Talbert's most recent work, his twenty year passion project, Netflix's "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey," skyrocketed to international acclaim, premiering in 191 countries, and translated into 32 languages. Shortlisted by the Oscars and voted by Rotten Tomatoes as the Best Reviewed Family film of 2020, this groundbreaking musical extravaganza boasts a who's who list of Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy winners, featuring a sweet and soaring score by the maestro John Debney.

About John Debney's score early in "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey," Talbert told Maestro Fox, "Debney threw in these strings in this beautiful suite that got us into Jangle's, and that really got the party started. It was this orchestral [music] mixing with this African vibe... We wanted to have this orchestral bottom, but give them this sense of royalty."

Drew Tablak's critically acclaimed vocal ability and performance versatility has given him the privilege to perform all over the world. A graduate from Azusa Pacific University with his degree is Voice Performance, he has had the honor of being a guest soloist for the Long Beach Pops Symphony Orchestra, The Premier Chorale of Los Angeles, The Pacific Symphony, The Orange County Symphony and The Golden State Pops. He has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall and has also made guest appearances on Glee and on American Horror Story. He was also a featured guest on the Emmy nominated PBS special, "Songs Of A Lifetime."

An accomplished a cappella singer and in-demand clinician, Drew has worked with multiple winners of the Sing Off, Take 6, numerous other collegiate and professional groups, and currently sings with the world famous group M-Pact. Working for Disney Entertainment, he has performed in a number of various shows, recording studios, and live concerts.

He was the soloist at the ground breaking ceremony for Disneyland Shanghai and was recently privileged to be the soloist for the Disney Candlelight Processional. He currently works in the world famous Dapper Dans, and proudly sang with The Mad T Party Band and the illustrious Voices of Liberty. Drew had a successful run as Mary Sunshine in the musical Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Brooke Shields and also toured with It Gets Better the Musical, a project dedicated to the prevention of bullying and suicide. Drew has also released A Holiday record, "What Christmas Means To Me," as well as being featured on numerous other recording projects. He proudly owns the Drew Tablak Vocal Studio.

Bill Rogers is a Southern California-based Voice Actor who narrates TV shows like: "Strange," "Most Haunted In America," and National Geographic's "The Shadow Wolves." If you're being trained for automotive dealership work, his "here's the straight line" voice is there to show you "the ropes." Bill talks to doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and other medical pros... for sales and training plus new advancements in medicine. If your travel includes airlines, he talks about destinations and lifestyles. Bill is also a busy commercial voice with clients around the world.

Tickets range from $27 to $75. Visit www.GSPO.com or call 310-433-8774 for more information and to purchase your tickets today.

The Holiday Pops Spectacular tradition returns with joyous music and a festive atmosphere to put you in the holiday spirit. Maestro Steven Allen Fox, and choir director, Maestra Marya Basaraba, invite you to join the fun. The evening will include special guests, incredible music performed by the entertaining GSPO and GSPO Chorale, and even a little snow. Including a Suite from the Netflix holiday hit, "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" (world premiere), "How Buddy the Elf Saved Christmas" (world premiere), three songs from "Home Alone," Suite from "Polar Express," "O Holy Night," "God Bless Us Everyone," "A Christmas Sing-Along," "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Silent Night."

With a driving mission to create, develop and present innovative and fresh orchestral concerts, the Golden State Pops Orchestra (GSPO) is quickly becoming nationally known as a pioneer in providing quality film music with a second life on the concert stage, in productions that absorb audiences from beginning to end. The orchestra performs a wide variety of musical repertoire, including classical, Broadway, pop music and even video game soundtracks. However, the primary focus of the GSPO remains film music, a specialty of the orchestra since its founding in 2002.

The orchestra is composed of professional freelance musicians from around the Los Angeles area and operates under a Metropolitan Agreement with the American Federation of Musicians, Local 47. One of GSPO's core values is the continuous advancement of our artistic capacity and production values, while maintaining a focus on high-quality performance. We work constantly to build even more relationships with composers and entertainment industry professionals, and to bring our unique brand of entertainment to world-renowned venues throughout Southern California.

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Wendy Katagi and Friends Joy to the World Concert and New Album Release, ‘Heirlooms’

GARDENA, Calif. -- Inspirational singer-songwriter, Wendy Katagi is joined by Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Tom Zink and Grammy-nominated vocalist Anne Walsh in a spirited "Joy to the World" concert with InnerVox jazz singers and cellist, Nancy Korb at Gardena Valley Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Wendy will be singing songs from her newest album, "Heirlooms," a collection of Christmas favorites. Bring your family and friends to kick-off the holidays celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, announced artist, Wendy Katagi.

Wendy's albums "Spirit of Christmas," "Rise in Hope Again," and recent original song releases, "Beautiful Christmas" and "Steelhead Run" have warmed the hearts of her church and broader following attracted to Wendy's heartfelt vocals and true love for God and His creation.

Her newest album features six Christmas songs including, "Heirlooms," "Noel," "Believe," "Christmas Hymn," "Emmanuel," and "Little Town," covering songs by Amy Grant, Lauren Daigle, and Josh Groban. Multi-talented Tom Zink co-produced the album with Wendy while providing inspiring piano arrangements, recording engineering, mixing, and mastering services at his studio, Ming Dynasty Studio in Long Beach, California.

The concert will feature other talented local musicians, including Anne Walsh and InnerVox, as well as joyous singalongs to upbeat Christmas carols. Complimentary homemade cookies top off this wonderfully festive free event, open to the public.

Kick off the holidays with Wendy and Friends this Sunday, November 24, 2019, 4:00-5:30 at the Joy to the World Concert. Admission and parking are free. Gardena Valley Baptist Church is located at 1630 West 158th Street in Gardena, California.

Wendy Katagi, is an inspirational singer-songwriter native to Los Angeles, California. A versatile artist, Wendy's musical style covers genres from Broadway to acoustic sounds drawing from her piano-based songwriting and lyric soprano voice with some jazz, classical, and pop influences.

She enjoys singing with InnerVox in collaboration with Anne Walsh, Tom Zink, and local musicians. Wendy also writes songs about nature-inspired by stories in collaboration with ecosystem restoration professionals on endangered species recovery and watershed programs with Stillwater Sciences, a professional environmental consulting firm. http://www.wendykatagi.com/

Tom Zink, Ming Dynasty Studio. This is the studio of Grammy nominated arranger, producer, and keyboardist Thomas Zink. Numerous and varied projects have gone from seed to fruition within its doors. Projects ranging from Folk guitar duos, to Jazz sextets, Motown projects and everything in between. https://www.tomzink.com/new-page

Anne Walsh has been performing in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas for over a decade, and has headlined at such diverse venues as The Jazz Bakery, The Carpenter Performing Art Center, Spaghettinis and The Derby. Her sound? ...A sultry night in Rio, a sunny day in Brazil. Contemporary jazz, Brazilian jazz, The Great American Standards song book, smooth airy vocals. New interpretations of classics from Sergio Mendes and Norah Jones to George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Harmonically rich, but always grooving. Anne also directs InnerVox, a women's jazz group performing regularly with Anne at local venues in the Long Beach area. https://www.annewalsh.com/

Nancy Korb is a cellist with Southern California Philharmonic. https://socalphil.org/orchestra/

Gardena Valley Baptist Church is located at 1630 W. 158th Street in Gardena, California. https://www.gvbc.net

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