I was backstage at the “Doggies on the Catwalk” PAWS Atlanta fundraiser last Friday at Grady High School. In an out-of-the-blue coincidence, I ran into season eight finalist Anoop Desai.
Anoop, who has been living in Raleigh-Durham, moved to Atlanta last week to be closer to the action. (He tried out Los Angeles last year but that didn’t click.)
He said he’s going to work on some mix tapes. He has moved into the Virginia-Highland area. He also has a raft of friends who live here, which is why I ran into him in 2009 at Variety Playhouse for an Amos Lee concert.
- The Bert Show on Q100, through Bert’s Big Adventure, each year takes a group of kids who have chronic or terminal illnesses and their families to Walt Disney World in Orlando for free. One of the kids, Jessi Kimsey, though, came down for pneumonia and is too sick to go. (She has muscular dystrophy.) She’s not doing well at all.
Jessi’s a big fan of Adam Lambert and has pictures of him all over her hospital room. The show reached out to his people. From Sweden, while on tour, Lambert actually left a phone message for the little girl. She is not conscious. But her heart rate increased markedly after hearing the message. Here’s the story on Q100’s website.
- Lee DeWyze really gets no respect, does he? He was supposed to perform the NFC Championship Game National Anthem yesterday. But the Bears wanted Jim Cornelison, an opera singer who does the National Anthem for the Chicago Blackhawks and performed a week earlier. So DeWyze ended up performing two songs at halftime instead. Not a bad consolation prize but still…
- Crystal Bowersox is in town Wednesday to meet with radio stations (including Dave FM’s Mara Davis) and Ryan Seacrest’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta “The Voice” project near Emory. I plan to meet up with her there. Her single “Farmer’s Daughter’ has been picked up by five adult alternative stations, including Dave FM.