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Here's what's new in Velvet Chain land...

Oct. 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.

Oct. 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."

Sept. 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.

Aug. 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.

Dec. 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.



Oct. 2005: Erika Amato stars
(and Velvet Chain's music featured)
in new independent film,
"A Couple of Days and Nights."

Velvet 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 tracks
by legendary rock band, Heart. As an added bonus, VC bass
player/producer/composer Jeff Stacy makes his film debut!

The film premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival
October 22, 2005.



Oct. 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!")

 

April, 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 and trance.

For more info, CLICK HERE


Aug. 2004: Velvet Chain plays Vulkon's "San Francisco Slayer Convention"
Billed 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



Nov. 2004: Remix of Velvet Chain by the U.K. band "Ashfelt"
One 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.

This 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.

More info on Ashfelt is available at the above link.



"Abduction of the Art of Noise" compilation album released.
Velvet 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 Belt."

To hear audio excerpt, CLICK HERE

For press on this album, CLICK HERE

 


Nov. 2003
New Velvet Chain Album, "Asteroid Belt," released

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 HERE.


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.
Backstage West review
North County Times review

San 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, Gil Cates.
Hollywood Reporter review


Erika Amato cast as the "Evil Queen" and the "Hag" in Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical at Disneyland, CA.

Speaks for itself, don't you think?

Erika Amato gets great reviews as "Hippolyte" in Moliere's The Bungler at West Coast Ensemble
in Hollywood.
bluntreview.com review
LA Weekly review

Sunday in the Park with George nominated for Ovation Award
The 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.

Erika Nominated For O.C. Weekly Theater Award
Erika was nominated for Best Performance in a Musical for her role in Nine. She was nominated alongside Misty Cotton for Laguna Playhouse's Spitfire Grill, Frederica 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 magazine.


Erika's performance named one of the Best Performances of 2002 by the Orange County Register.

Erika's 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 Maria."
Orange County Register article

For more information on Erika's theatrical, television, and commercial work CLICK HERE

Erika 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 10, 2003.

Erika 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

Erika 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 see: www.wcensemble.org

Erika Opens in Sunday in the Park with George
The first west coast production of this Stephen Sondheim play opened on March 14 to positive reviews.





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