Tru and the Strays: Tru: A singer, dancer, and actor, she is also an accomplished musician and complex songwriter. The recent graduate of Manhattan's Professional Performing Arts School has professional experience in numerous forms of entertainment. As a singer she has sung all over New York City and the tri-state area, performing her own work as well as singing back-up for profound artists in soul, pop, and rock. She has recorded demos for celebrity artists (Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff, Jamie Lynn Spears) and commercial jingles for television and radio. A few years ago, she was approached by an Emmy Award winning BET producer who introduced her to distinguished coach and mentor Craig Derry (who has personally vocal coached Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony, Angie Stone, and Ashanti). Tru's ear lends itself to her work as a musician. A classically trained pianist, Tru has played in bands and as a session player while consistently accompanying herself and other singers at gigs. Playing music led to writing music and lyrics, with her first poem published in an anthology at the age of 12. She has co-written with great pop songwriters including Andy Marvel (Jessica Simpson, Diana King), Jeff Franzel (Clay Aiken, Taylor Dayne, *NSYNC, The Temptations), Dana Calitri (Elton John, Celine Dion, Chris Daughtry, Jesse McCartney) and Martin Briley (*NSYNC, Barry Manilow, Celine Dion). Although she grew up studying classical ballet, she has also danced in hip-hop music videos, toured with a modern dance company, and even worked as assistant choreographer in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show, Joy. In recent years, she had the privilege of traveling across the country with Mattel, Inc. making appearances as the live Barbie™ spokesperson. While performing musically throughout New York City, Tru is actively pursuing a career in film and television through her manager Ted Brunson at Cobalt Sky Entertainment and agents Victoria Kress and Pam Roth at Don Buchwald and Associates. When not working she spends her nights at open mics and live jams while learning guitar. Currently, she is playing Linda in the gospel/soul musical workshop "Soul Kitchen," rehearsing for a new sketch comedy television pilot (with writers from SNL and The Late Show with David Letterman, and putting together a new band to perform her original music around the city. On December 14th, she had the honor of singing with Grammy winner Latrice Varret at the Nokia Theater in Times Square as the opening act for the legendary Aretha Franklin.
Planet Booty: Planet Booty is a force to be reckoned with. Having started as a genredefying concept album by brothers Nathan and Dylan Germick that blends
electropop, sci-fi synths, space funk and booty bass, the project has evolved
into a live show of epic proportions. The 6-piece ensemble fuses electronics,
drums, percussion, horns, marimba, guitars, and soulful to create a hypercharged and highly entertaining dance friendly experience. Fueled by the
power of a tightly honed live band, their most recent release the “Success
EP” continues their sonic adventure further into genre defying territory.
Having quickly earned a reputation as one the Bay Area’s must see live acts,
Planet Booty has earned regular appearances at Rickshaw Stop, Café du
Nord, Bottom of the Hill, Red Devil Lounge, and the Viper Room (Hollywood).
Their combination of high-caliber musicianship, audacious arrangements, and
good ol’ fashioned funk is guaranteed to raise a smile and get booties
Matu : Rhythm & Blues
Matt Wolpe: Matt Wolpe was born in New York but moved to Los Angeles when he was five years old. Growing up in Hollywood he attended the prestigious Hamilton high school Academy of Music playing drums in the Jazz band and then focusing his talents on acting while performing in many of the school's acclaimed musical productions. He attended both The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music for Musical Theatre and Songwriting respectively. After college Matt has had much success as an actor and a songwriter. Aside from being the Bumble Bee Tuna Spokesman for 3 years Matt has done spots for Wendy's and McDonald's. In the theatre community he has performed all of the country in numerous regional productions from Jack in "In To The Woods" up at Sacramento's Music Circus to Freddy in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" at The Noho Arts Center. He has also frequented the Kirk Douglas with CTG, The Ensemble Theatre Co. and The La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts. You can also see him as Guy in the hit web series "Every Other Wednesday" in which he also penned the theme song and original music. While Matt isn't acting he is writing songs and playing music all around country. He has written and recorded with such notable artists as Kyle Patrick of the Click Five, Andrew Dixon (Colbie Caillat) and Dustin "Copper" Jensen (Ava Brown Band).He has been seen everywhere from the Famous House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip to The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston and everywhere in between. Look out for Matt's highly anticipated new album expected to be released by Thanksgiving 2011