what's new in Velvet Chain land...
2007: Velvet Chain's "Don't Leave A Diva"
used on ABC series, Big Shots
"Don't Leave A Diva" (off VC's debut album, Warm)
was licensed and used on the new ABC television series, Big Shots.
The song was playing in the background of a party scene featuring one of the series' stars,
Michael Vartan, in the episode entitled, "The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly,"
which aired on Oct. 11th.
2007: A Couple Of Days And Nights released on DVD
The indie feature film, A Couple Of Days And Nights,
starring VC lead singer Erika Amato and with cameos by band members Jeff Stacy and
Jeff Mince, was released on DVD nationwide Oct. 9th. The film also features the songs
"Dont Leave A Diva" and "You Got Me."
2007: Velvet Chain's lead singer, Erika Amato,
nominated for Los Angeles Ovation Award
Erika has been nominated for the prestigious L.A. Ovation Award (called
"L.A.'s most coveted theater honor" and the "highest-profile contest
for local theatre" by the Los Angeles Times) in the category of Best
Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in the world-premiere musical, Sleeping Beauty Wakes,
at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The production was nominated for 10 awards, total.
Click here for more information and a complete list of nominees.
2006: VC's Erika Amato makes debut at Hollywood Bowl
Erika was thrilled to be part of the ensemble in the
all-star staged reading of Sunset Boulevard at the Hollywood Bowl on August 6th, 2006,
directed by Peter Hunt. The legendary cast included Betty Buckley, Len Cariou, Douglas Sills,
James Cromwell, and Charles Durning, among others. The Billy Wilder film noir classic, in an
adaptation by David Rambo, was performed complete with Franz Waxman's Academy Award winning score, with
Maestro John Mauceri conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
2005: Velvet Chain's New Publicist
Velvet Chain and Freak Records
have established a relationship with Lipson Publicity
to handle publicity and public relations for the band and
label. This important relationship will help put Velvet Chain
in front of a lot more people both within the music industry,
and with music fans.
2005: Erika Amato stars
(and Velvet Chain's music featured)
in new independent film,
"A Couple of Days and Nights."
Chain's own lead singer, Erika Amato, stars in the new
independent feature film, A
Couple of Days and Nights. VC's music
is also used extensively in the movie, which also features
by legendary rock band, Heart. As an added bonus,
player/producer/composer Jeff Stacy makes his film debut!
The film premiered at the
Hollywood Film Festival
October 22, 2005.
2005: Erika Amato participates in star-studded benefit performance
at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood
Presented by THE ACTORS' FUND
OF AMERICA, this benefit event is 3rd Annual "Screenplays
on Stage" -- a one-night-only reading of the legendary
and beloved Warner Brothers screenplay, CASABLANCA, starring
Ian Abercrombie as Carl, Thora Birch as Anina Brandel,
Dan Castellaneta as Ugarte, Bruce Davison as Emil,
Andre De Shields as Sam, Henry Gibson as Berger,
Suzanna Guzman as Yvonne, Anne Heche as Ilsa,
Edward Herrmann as Louis Renault, Ken Howard as
Ferrari, Tom McGowan As Heinze, John Rubinstein
as Victor, Christian Slater as Rick, Hal Sparks as Jan
Brandel, Michael York as Strasser and many more! (Erika
was one of the "many more!")
2005: New EP, "Space Patrol," released
Freak Records (Velvet Chain's
label) has just released a brand new EP called Space Patrol.
This EP is a collaborative effort between Velvet Chain and the
U.K. act, Ashfelt, and is an ultra-modern concoction
mixing music from both bands. The sound is "other-worldly,"
with elements of techno, ambient, pop, classical, jazz, trip-hop
For more info, CLICK
2004: Velvet Chain plays Vulkon's "San Francisco Slayer
as the largest "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" convention
in the U.S., Velvet Chain performed on August 28, 2004 at the
Mariott Hotel/Convention Center in Oakland, CA. For more info,
see the Vulkon Entertainment website at: http://www.vulkon.com
of Velvet Chain by the U.K. band "Ashfelt"
of the artists on Iris Light Records (the U.K. label responsible
for the recent "Abduction of the Art of Noise" release)
has done an amazing remix of the Velvet Chain song, "Floating
Away," from the "Asteroid Belt" album.
remix is a highly experimental, ultra-modern interpretation
of the song and is available as a FREE MP3 download -- along
with the original Velvet Chain version. A mastered Velvet
Chain instrumental version of "Floating Away"
is also available.
info on Ashfelt is available at the above link.
of the Art of Noise" compilation album
Chain's cover of the Art of Noise
song, "Beat Box," along with Velvet
Chain's original composition, "Everybody
Loves the Art of Noise" is included on
this recent release by Iris Light Records and
Karvavena Records in the U.K. This release is
a new compilation/tribute album containing eclectic
covers of the seminal "electronic"
band, Art of Noise. You can get more
info on this release at the websites below.
Both of the included Velvet Chain tracks
also appear on VC's new album, "Asteroid
New Velvet Chain Album, "Asteroid Belt,"
After an additional
year of recording and production, the first Velvet Chain
studio album since "Moody Groove Music" began
shipping on November 14, 2003. The initial release of
"Asteroid Belt" will be available ONLY at www.velvetchain.com.
For more info, CLICK
Erika Amato receives rave reviews as "Dorothy
Brock" in 42nd Street at the Welk Resort
Theater in San Diego.
Erika recently finished a 3-month
run playing stage diva "Dorothy Brock" in the classic
backstage musical, 42nd Street, at the Welk Resort
Theatre in San Diego. The production was a smash hit and garnered
cricital acclaim across the board. The show ran 8 shows a week,
June 9th through August 28th.
County Times review
Diego Theater Scene review
Erika Amato cast in world-premiere revival of Paint
Your Wagon at the world-reknowned Geffen Playhouse
in Los Angeles.
Erika was cast in the dual roles
of French Madame" Cherry Jourdel" and disgruntled
Mormon pioneer wife "Sarah Woodling" alongside Sharon
Lawrence (NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives)
and Tom Wilson (Back
to the Future) in a new production of the Lerner
and Loewe musical, directed by the Geffen's own producing director,
Erika Amato cast as the "Evil Queen" and the "Hag"
in Snow White - An Enchanting New
Musical at Disneyland, CA.
for itself, don't you think?
Erika Amato gets great reviews as "Hippolyte" in Moliere's
The Bungler at West
in the Park with George
nominated for Ovation Award
musical stage play, "Sunday in the Park with George,"
which co-starred Erika Amato, was nominated for the prestigious
Ovation award, for best musical - small theatre.
Nominated For O.C. Weekly Theater Award
was nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for her role
in Nine. She was nominated alongside
Cotton for Laguna Playhouse's Spitfire
Von Stade for Opera Pacific's Dead Man Walking,
and Frank Tryon for The King at the Maverick.
This catagory blends both men and women.
These annual theater awards are organized by Orange County Weekly
Erika's performance named one
of the Best Performances of 2002 by the Orange
portrayal of "Luisa" in Nine was named
one of the Best Performances of 2002 by the Orange County Register.
Her production of The Sound of Music was also named one of the
Top Ten Best Productions, due in part to its "first-rate
County Register article
more information on Erika's theatrical, television, and
commercial work CLICK
goes on "Jeopardy" television show
After going on the
TV show, "Win Ben Stein's Money," in 2002, and winning
it all, Erika Amato qualified for "Jeopardy," and
went on this brainiac game show in 2003. Although Erika did
not win, she made a great appearance, and had a lot of fun.
She, in fact, ALMOST won at the end. The show aired on July
Amato signs with Kazarian/Spencer & Associates.
In May, 2003, Erika
signed with Kazarian/Spencer & Associates (KSA), a major
bi-coastal theatrical agency. Their website is www.ksawest.com
Joins West Coast Ensemble
In early 2003, Erika
joined the West Coast Ensemble theater company in Los Angeles,
and was prompltly cast in their production of the the Stephen
Sondheim work, "Sunday in the Park with George."
The production ran from March through June, and has been nominated
for the Los Angeles Times' Ovation Award, for best musical
- small theatre. For more info on West Coast Ensemble, please
Opens in Sunday in the Park with
The first west coast
production of this Stephen Sondheim play opened on March 14
to positive reviews.
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