Coco Bean for Audacy’s annual Hollywood Bowl Concert Opening Act.

Coco Bean is for the People!

The annual Audacy’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl is gearing up for another showstopping spectacular and the votes are being cast for the opening act. Coco Bean, the spunky alter-ego of award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, filmmaker and producer Phil Elam is already down to the last 10 contestants, and we are excitedly anticipating his success for the opening act.


Cast your vote for Coco Bean by clicking here for your free daily vote: https://theopenact.com/2021/coco-bean

Here’s a taster of what Coco Bean will be offering on stage…

We sat down with Coco Bean aka Phil Elam to talk about this exciting opportunity and why he is the perfect choice.

Q: How do feel about qualifying in the Top 10 contestants for the annual Audacy’s Hollywood Bowl concert opening act?

CB: I’m here only because of the people who voted. On the last day of the Top-10 finals, I was out of the running at unlucky #13 — Yikes! I knew I couldn’t pull it out alone so I reached out and asked for help. At the cut off THE PEOPLE moved me all the way from #13 up to Lucky #7! (#7 is my favourite number, btw). So, how do I feel? I feel like hugging EVERRRRYBODDDYY! I am so thankful and blessed.

Q: Have you always wanted to perform at the Hollywood Bowl?

CB: In a word……YAZZZZZZZ!!!! Like so many things, you dream about stuff like that. Performing at The Hollywood Bowl is right up there with having dinner at Buckingham Palace and getting to pick the menu. But then again, isn’t that what life should always be about; daring to dream a dream and dreaming that it will one day come true.

Q: What kind of performance should the audience expect to see from Coco Bean if you win?

CB: I am a huge fan of legendary performers like Elton John, Bob Seger and Prince for their musicianship. Also, I can’t get enough of the theatrical production of performers like David Bowie & Lady Gaga. But what is most important is making sure that everyone walks away feeling like they had an incredible time. As Dr Maya Angelou said: “people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Q: What makes you the best choice for the Hollywood Bows opening act?

CB: I am the best choice for this honour because no one else will dedicate the results of this opportunity to the service of others like I will! Because no one else will give the audience a better show than I will and I will be the only one who will thank EVERYONE who voted for me by listing their name on a video screen on stage!

Q: The winner will receive $10,000. What would you do with this money?

CB: I would definitely give a chunk of it to charity. Particularly to those people who are still suffering devastation from the Corona Virus pandemic. So many people are still struggling to eat, find housing, etc. I HAVE TO GIVE BACK if honoured to receive $10,000.

Q: What do you have to say to the voters?

CB: First of all, thank you so much to everyone who has voted for me so far. We are almost home. But we have a little more road to travel together before we get there. I am already grateful to you and I will continue to be forever grateful if you walk with me a little longer. I dedicate my art and my heart to being of service. I pray that what I create and share will find a safe space with you. Because I always hold a safe space for you in my heart.

Click this link to vote for Coco Bean: https://theopenact.com/2021/coco-bean

Every Ex Ever by King Hooker / Musical Hilarity at its Best!

Meet King Hooker:

Florida based musical comedian King Hooker has just released another hilarious track, titled “Every Ex Ever”, which will have you crying with laughter.

Hooker is a seasoned musician who plays the piano and ukulele. He has been passionate about music his whole life, and in 2018, he began recording musical comedy. He told us: “it’s been the best decision”.

His musical comedic creations are inspired by the desire to entertain people. He continually strives to engage with new personal inspirations to keep his audience enthralled and he does an amazing job at it.

His latest release “Every Ex Ever” is an upbeat, bouncy comedic pop-rock anthem, which will have you excitedly bouncing up and down while laughing like a hyena.

Every Ex Ever:

If Green Day and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole had a baby, it would be King Hooker. His bright ukulele playing blended with high-energy punk rock sounds create a playful soundscape for his comedic deliveries.

His hilariously witty lyrics keep listeners thoroughly entertained and giggling for the entire song. Magically, Hooker transforms hurtful relationship experiences into uproarious anecdotes that many people will relate to.

Listeners are inspired to sing along with Hooker’s amusing lyrics, such as: “Why is every crazy woman so hot? I had to leave her when I found out that she screams at the elderly a lot.”

His entertaining performance is thoroughly enjoyable and unforgettable. Hooker has an incredible gift for making people laugh, and this song will definitely brighten your day.

Hooker believes that “a day not laughing is a day wasted”, so, if you love to laugh like we do and enjoy music from artists such as; Bo Burnham and Bfb Da Packman, then add King Hooker to your musical comedy playlist.

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Endless Summer by Ben Barbic / Addictive Summertime Tune

Meet Ben Barbic:

Singer, songwriter and producer Ben Barbic is back with another sizzling new release, “Endless Summer”. This song delivers delicious summertime vibes, anytime, anywhere.

Barbic signed to Rebel Records in 2016, and even though he was involved in music most of his life before this, an improved level of connectedness developed with his new crew. Barbic told us: “There is something about finding your tribe that helps on so many levels. Once I started getting into the collective reggae space, a whole new level of fulfilment began.”

Initially, Barbic was more focused on the vocal side of his artistry, but then he studied sound engineering so he could have complete control over his sound and production. Now, he is able to write, perform, record, mix, master and produce all his own music.

New Release: Endless Summer:

“Endless Summer” is the perfect summertime track incorporating sweet rhymes and a captivating sound that causes your head to spontaneously bob up and down. It’s an irresistibly feel-good track that you will want to return to over and over again.

This song has an easy-going, relaxed, happy vibe which perfectly captures the elated, good-time feeling that summertime invokes. Barbic has blended the best elements of reggae and hip-hop to create an upbeat soundscape that ignites the wonderful carefree feeling of summer.

Barbic delivers a captivating performance with exciting wordplay skills. He incorporates impressively rhythmic verses that inspire listeners to join in with him when he sings: “Endless summertime and life can fall. But spring will come and some will fall. And most will rise and love their life. It’s summertime… endless summer.”

The best thing about this song is that it injects you with the summertime vibe, whenever and wherever you are! If you enjoy music from artists such as Collie Buddz and Damian Marley, then Ben Barbic will fit perfectly on your reggae/hip-hop playlist.

What’s next for Ben Barbic:

Barbic has many exciting new projects coming up this year and he told us he couldn’t be more pleased. Very soon we will see another new release from him titled; “Last Call”, produced by 17 x time grammy nominee, Adonis Shropshire.

Next, we will shortly be seeing an EP release which he is working on with producer Rick St. Hilaire, who has worked with artists such as; Damian Marley, Alicia Keys, and Busta Rhymes.

In addition to his single and EP release coming soon, Barbic is also producing a new riddim album with top reggae artists. Keep an eye out for this release titled Climbing & Rising Riddim.

Keep an eye out for all his upcoming releases on his social media pages. In the meantime, Barbic has a message for all his listeners: “Love life, be authentic and get a little bit better at the things you love every day”.

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All About That Bass – Szigeti Juli / Addictively uplifting Electro-Swing

Meet Szigeti Juli:

Neo swing band, Szigeti Juli from Budapest, Hungary, have just released their latest single “All About That Bass”. An electro-swing remake of the pop song by Meghan Trainor.

The band was founded in 2019 by Juli after she returned home from her travels in China and Europe. During this time abroad Juli gained much experience and knowledge from her competitions in talent contests, tours, open mics and jam sessions.

On her return to Budapest, she had finally found her path and formed her band in the genre that connected with her the most, electro-swing.

The band consists of four members; Juli on lead vocals, Apor, a drummer on a drum pad, Zoli, the guitarist and Máté, a saxophonist. All musicians studied at the Jazz Academy in Hungary and together they are creating inspiring and uplifting music.

All About That Bass:

Szigeti Juli is absolutely in love with this pop banger and even though they already made a jazzy cover of “All About That Bass” a few years ago, they just couldn’t resist making a new version, produced by the prolific Wolfgang Lohr from Berlin and his label, Electro-Swing Thing Records.

This uplifting and energising song will have your body involuntary moving and grooving from the first few beats, with its blend of old-time swing and electrifying electro sounds.

The song moves through varied tempos, from upbeat high energy saxophone infused musical explosions, to slow seductive drawn-out vocal deliveries. Giving listeners an injection of a multitude of sensations.

The old-time sound effect applied to the soundscape and vocal delivery invokes feelings of nostalgia mixed with the modern-day euphoria of the electro additions.

Juli dazzles listeners with her sultry sounding, captivating vocals and uplifting performance which is the perfect winning combo.

The music video is fantastically entertaining with inspiring swing dancing performed by Juli along with her beautifully infectious smile that will brighten your heart and lift your spirits.

It’s impossible not to love this song which delivers a potent dose of happy energising vibes. If you enjoy music from artists such as Caravan Palace and Parov Stelar, then Szigeti Juli will fit perfectly on your electro-swing playlist.

Watch the music video here…

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Hourglass – Irresitible Reggae Vibes by Ben Barbic

Meet Ben Barbic:

California bay born and raised Ben Barbic is a multi-talented, genre-blending singer, songwriter, musician, and producer.

Ben has been an avid music lover since he got his first programmable keyboard at the age of 5 yrs old. By 7 he was already a budding songwriter and wrote his first song. He told us: “It was an ode to Martinelli Apple Juice in those little bottles, which I happen to be drinking at the time. It started with; I found a can of apple juice, all covered with leaves,” (Ben laughs).

That was the beginning of a lifelong passion for music, which he has continually developed, drawing his influences from his emotions, feelings, and life experiences.

His first introduction in the music industry was with hip-hop, but it was reggae that stole his heart. He told us: ” If you had to put me in a scene, it would definitely be reggae. I love the music, culture, and vibe of the thing.”

Although Ben’s core genre is reggae, he skillfully infuses his style with dashes of hip-hop, dancehall, and pop, to create a unique and appealing sound. His versatility and originality have been gaining much attention in the music industry and he just had a guest appearance on the well-known podcast “Moment 2 Moment”. Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7cScPnD2OCQ31J8g0IWBBp?si=CY1jk12bQ3eEx0UjFaX6FA&dl_branch=1


“Hourglass” is an addictive reggae vibe track where Ben dazzles us with impressively constructed rhythmic verses, which showcase sporadic super speedy lyrical delivery.

With a carefree energy and an incredibly catchy tune that keeps your body moving and grooving, this song stays with you, enticing you to return for more.

Ben has a beautifully smooth and charismatic voice that is a delight to listen to. His emotive expression in the delivery of the lyrics “and the time like sand in the hourglass”, connects strongly with the listener.

This gentle reminder alerts us to the realisation that time does slip through our fingers, just like sand. When we asked Ben about the inspiration for this song he told us: “we only have so much time to live life. So, live with no regrets and do the things you love. Live Free.”

“Hourglass” with its chilled reggae vibes and pleasing delivery will charm any listener and if you enjoy music from artists such as Collie Buddz and Fat Freddy’s Drop, then Ben Barbic will fit perfectly on your reggae playlist.

Listen to “Hourglass” on Spotify:

What’s next for Ben Barbic:

Ben is constantly striving to better his music and keep things fresh and exciting. He has several new projects gearing up for release this year, remember to keep an eye out for them.

In the meantime, he has a message for all his listeners: “Search endlessly for your personal passions. Once you find them don’t let anything take you off your path. I approach life with the motto that I’m only stopping when I’m dead. Until that day, I will only walk forward on my path. I try and give a message to everyone to enjoy life and try to find the best version of themselves. If you wake up every day and say, “This could be the best day of my life”, it sets a certain tone. With music and life, I’m searching for the best it can be. This is the only way I know how to live it. I hope you ride with me on this journey.”

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Take Me Back – Random Parts / Addictively Nostalgic

Meet Random Parts:

LA-based Jonathon Brannon is the founder and songwriter for Random Parts. A pop-rock band that showcases Brannon’s exceptional songwriting abilities and talented guest vocalists.

Brannon has been releasing music since 2007 under the artist name, Brannon, with his longtime collaborator, David Cagle on vocals.

Random Parts is Brannon’s new project that is focusing on developing further into the pop-rock genre.

Brannon first discovered his talent for songwriting in his 20’s, when he needed an expressive outlet to help him deal with some difficult times. Unable to sleep, he began to write lyrics and wrote his first three songs in one night.

Brannon draws his inspiration from everyday life all around us. He told us: “I believe we all go through similar struggles, joys, heartbreaks, pitfalls and triumphs. I believe music has a great way of connecting with us and letting us know we’re not alone.”

His newest release “Take Me Back” sprung to fruition from a 9th-grade class picture that appeared on his Facebook memories. The inspiration came to him immediately and he wrote the lyrics in an hour and a half.

Take Me Back:

“Take Me Back” is the second single released by Random Parts featuring vocalist Bobby John. This is an emotive, upbeat, rock-pop song with dashes of country-rock, epic guitar riffs, inspiring drumming and an anthemic chorus.

John’s raspy, rock star vocals are enough to make any woman swoon and we just can’t resist joining in when he sings: “take me back, when life was more simple, with a couple of pimples, and dreams didn’t get off track. Oh take me back”.

This is a nostalgic song, reminiscing on our youth, friends, first loves, freedom and the excitement of having the whole world in front of you.

What great memories to return to! The song fills us with joyful and hopeful energy, returning to the days when we felt anything was possible. If you enjoy music from artists such as Nickleback and Daughtry then Random Parts will fit perfectly on your pop-rock playlist.

Watch the music video right here…

What’s Next:

Brannon has several exciting new songs gearing up for release, from both his projects as Brannon and Random Parts. We are excited to hear what this talented songwriter will treat us with next.

In the meantime, Brannon has a message for all his listeners and budding songwriters: “Thank you for listening and supporting the music. It truly means a lot and I don’t take it for granted. Also, if you’re just starting writing songs, keep writing. Even if you think those songs are bad, keep writing. Keep getting better and don’t be afraid to share your gift of connection.”

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“Cute” by Alex Sloane / Underneath the Beauty Queen

Meet Alex Sloane:

Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and music producer Alex Sloane, has just released her brand new single “Cute”.

Alex has been a music enthusiast since she first picked up a guitar at 7 years old and began learning from her Father.

Because Alex is left-handed, her Father restrung the guitar for her and taught her how to play by mirroring him. Together, they recorded her first song in his homemade studio garage.

Alex is influenced by several different sources such as; drag shows, classic literature, math rock and video games. All contributing to her unique style and irresistible vivaciousness.


Her newest single, out today, “Cute”, is about always trying to be that perfect representation of “cute” for somebody, but exhausting yourself with the effort.

This mid-tempo, funky, indie-electronica track incorporates a multiple layered dreamy, synth soundscape with echoed vocals and video game sounding background.

Alex’s vocal performance is completely captivating. Her seductive, breathy style entices listeners and creates an engaging atmosphere.

The lyrics display a vulnerability and sensitivity which many listeners will connect with. That exhausting feeling that your love is not enough for someone, and you have to keep up a certain image to maintain your lover’s affection.

Revealing lyrics such as: “tell me how you want me to be. I try to keep it cute. On tight, on top, on lock for you”, reveal the underlying message of this song.

This is the perfect song to add to your chilled-indie-electronica playlist. The song is, as the title states, cute! If you enjoy music from artists such as Melanie Martinez and Charli XCX, then you will love Alex Sloane.

Listen to her single “Cute” right here…

What’s Next:

Alex is now working on a music video for this release and we may see a mixtape from her in the not too distant future. In the meantime, she has a message for all her fans: “Keep it cute!”.

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Kess Kiss Pass? – Marie Möör & THE OTHER COLORS / Acceptance & Equality

Meet Marie Möör & The Other Colors:

Marie Möör & The Other Colors are a French electronic band, based in Paris, France, The two band members are vocalist and songwriter Marie Möör and music composer Laurent Chambert.

Marie Möör first got involved in music after she met saxaphonist and jazzman, Barney Wilen, who inspired her greatly. Laurent Chambert trained in classical piano as well as fine arts. The two make a unique and intriguing band who are cultivating raw, sensual and captivating music.

Kess Kiss Pass?

“Kess Kiss Pass?” is an electro-pop, synth driven slow tempo sultry song, with the lyrics repeated “Kess Kiss Pass?” in differing inflexions. This creates subtle variations in the intention behind the question, what’s going on?

The unique character of this song is it’s willingness to listen and accept. It opens a portal for the acceptance of differences, eventually leading us to equality.

Möör delivers a unique and hypnotic performance which you will want to return to, again and again. If you enjoy music from artists such as Fever Ray and Suicide, then Marie Möör & The Other Colors will fit perfectly on your playlist.

Listen to “Kess Kiss Pass?” right here…

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“Believe It’s Your Time” – Nick Brodeur / Igniting Hope And Belief

Meet Nick Brodeur:

With an impressive look that and unique sound, that carries hints of Maroon 5 blended with Lenny Kravitz, this budding singer-songwriter is making some serious waves.

Nick Brodeur has been a music enthusiast since he first picked up a guitar at 6 years old. His Dad would play Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses, and little Brodeur loved the way the guitar sounded.

Brodeur has just released his newest single “Believe It’s Your Time”, in collaboration with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the charity to support their efforts.

The organization aims to help people with addiction. As well as people who have lost their loved ones to the disease. Their goal is to provide support to inner city youths. So each child has the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Brodeur told us: “This song was really important for me to write, the track is just meant as a reminder, to whoever may need it, that if you believe in yourself and you work hard, you can overcome your depression, or addiction, or get through any hard time.”

“Believe It’s Your Time”:

As the song opens an emotive tune plays on an electric guitar creating an engaging and intriguing atmosphere.

As Brodeur begins to sing, with his irresistible raspy, rock-style voice, we are completely captivated. He expresses deep emotion through his charismatic vocals and emotive lyrics, such as: “My home opens up my mind, I’m no longer deaf or blind, I see every glimpse of shame, that my heart never seems to take”.

A jaw-dropping guitar riff is delivered by Brodeur, which would inspire any wannabe guitarist. In the music video, this instrumental solo is performed in the pouring rain. It’s a fantastically powerful image, complementing his powerful performance.

“Believe It’s Your Time” imparts a serious impression on the listener. When Brodeur whispers into the mic, “believe that it’s your time”, it invokes immense emotion within the listener. Along with the belief that there is sunshine after the storm. That things do get better, especially if you believe.

Brodeur’s performance in this song will charm any listener and if you enjoy music from artists such as Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran, then Nick Brodeur will fit perfectly on your pop-rock playlist.

Watch the music video right here…

What’s Next:

Keep your eyes open for Brodeur’s next project, which is a new track and music video with Ky-Mani Marley. Brodeur revealed to us that we may be seeing him appearing in reggae festivals this summer.

In the meantime, he has a message for all his listeners: “Believe in yourself. Be good to people, you never what they are going through.”

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Britney Spears speaks directly to LA court on her conservatorship

Britney Spears speaks directly to LA court on her conservatorship

Britney Spears, whose mental health has been publicly discussed for years, will address a Los Angeles court in June regarding her conservatorship.

Spears, 39, has been under conservatorship since 2008, but rarely takes part in court hearings and has not publicly commented on the legal arrangement where a court-appointed adviser controls her personal and financial affairs, including her medical treatment, security and career.

“My client (Britney Spears) has requested a hearing at which she can address the court directly,” the singer’s lawyer Samuel Ingham told the court on Tuesday. “My client has asked that it be done on an expedited basis.”

The singer’s father, Jamie Spears, was appointed his daughter’s conservator in 2008 after the pop star was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment following a widely publicized breakdown.

The singer’s father, Jamie Spears, was appointed his daughter’s conservator in 2008 after the pop star was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment following a widely publicized breakdown.

Britney Spears, who became a teen phenomenon 20 years ago with hits like “…Baby One More Time” and “Toxic,” made clear last year through her lawyer that she no longer wants her father involved in her affairs.