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Drew Lines: Triumph Over Trials and a Spotlight at Brat Fest 2023

Hailing from the United States’ heartland, hip-hop artist Drew Lines has carved out an impressive career marked by resilience, determination, and unyielding passion. His journey, punctuated by personal trials and professional triumphs, is a testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft. This year, his talents will be on full display at Brat Fest 2023, one of the Midwest’s most anticipated music festivals.

Raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Drew has battled numerous challenges, including a debilitating ear condition resulting from a car accident. This condition, known as ‘semicircular canal dehiscence,’ took a significant toll on his health, causing migraines, vertigo, and impacting his ability to fully engage with his family and music. Nevertheless, Drew remained determined, taking these challenges in stride and never allowing them to hinder his musical journey.

In 2020, Drew signed with Stryker Records, a partnership that led to fruitful collaborations with the Universal Music Group in Nashville. His work with multi-platinum producer Malcolm Springer at The House of Blues Studio bore two singles, “Rise” and “Love is War.” Both saw considerable success, with “Rise” hitting #18 on the NACC (US and Canada) chart and topping the M3 Radio chart in Brooklyn, NY in the hip-hop category. Meanwhile, “Love is War” reached #9 on the M3Radio Hip Hop Chart just three weeks after its release.

Despite undergoing surgery in December 2021, Drew managed to maintain his momentum. In March 2022, his remix of Saving Abel’s “15 Minutes of Fame,” a collaboration with industry veterans Scotty Austin and Jason Null, charted at #25 on the NACC Top 30. It also garnered four #1 regional rankings and topped three charts on M3Radio in Brooklyn, besting even Snoop Dog’s “Algorithm.”

Drew’s resiliency was further showcased in his month-long “The Borrowed Time Tour” in April 2022. Despite his health issues, he headlined the tour, making stops in Wisconsin, Chicago, Kansas City, and other Midwest markets. His relentless spirit and dedication to his fans were evident, serving as inspiration for his upcoming single “Bangarang,” which dives into his journey from juvenile prison to musical sensation.

The new year 2023 started on a high note for Drew, with the release of “Bangarang” through Stryker Records. This track, produced by Chuck Alkazian, promises to provide listeners with a deeper insight into Drew’s life and struggles, and his unfaltering perseverance despite them.

Coming up, fans can look forward to seeing Drew Lines in the lineup at Brat Fest 2023, a performance that will undoubtedly encapsulate his journey of resilience and triumph over adversity. As he continues to rise, Drew’s story serves as a beacon of strength and hope, demonstrating that no matter the challenges, one’s passion can lead to remarkable achievements.

Tom Cruise, Winnie the Pooh, & More in the Coronation Concert

On May 7, 2023, the world watched as Windsor Castle played host to the Coronation Concert for Their Majesties, King Charles and Queen Camilla. The concert was a grand celebration of the monarchs’ ascension to the throne, and it brought together some of the most talented musicians and performers from around the world.

The Coronation Concert celebrating the crowning of King Charles and Queen Camilla will feature an impressive line-up of music acts and celebrities.

Alongside Sir Tom Jones, adventurer Bear Grylls, and former Strictly Come Dancing professional, Oti Mabuse, Hollywood star Tom Cruise and beloved literary figure Winnie the Pooh will appear in a series of pre-recorded sketches revealing little-known facts about the monarch. The inclusion of Cruise and Winnie the Pooh could create a moment to match that of the Platinum Party At The Palace, where the late Queen shared tea with Paddington Bear.

Music acts Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, veteran rock guitarist Steve Winwood, Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls, and Chinese pianist Lang Lang have also been added to the line-up. Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage, DJ Pete Tong with his Ibiza Classics project, and winner of The Piano TV talent show, Lucy, are also among the new additions. Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor will deliver a spoken-word performance.

Take That, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and classical acts including Andrea Bocelli and Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel were already announced as part of the concert’s billing.

The event on May 7, 2023, on the grounds of Windsor Castle will be in front of a crowd of 20,000 members of the public and guests and will be broadcast across BBC television and radio stations. The performance will be introduced by an “uplifting” spoken-word piece from Bollywood actress Kapoor.

A veteran of the blues rock scene and former member of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, Steve Winwood, will sing alongside the Commonwealth virtual choir, featuring choirs and individuals from over 40 Commonwealth countries.

The 74-year-old said: “I was alive and just about remember the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and I, together with millions and millions of other people all around the globe, am a lifelong monarchist. So to be included in the Coronation celebrations of Their Majesties King Charles and Queen Camilla is, for me, a lifetime achievement for which I’m extremely humbled and honored.”

TV presenter and singer Olly Murs added: “It’s such an honor to be asked to perform for King Charles’ Coronation concert at such an iconic castle. An event that will go down in history and one I’ll be proud to tell my kids about one day.”

The concert took place in the grounds of Windsor Castle and was broadcasted on BBC One and iPlayer, as well as BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds. BBC Director of Unscripted, Kate Phillips, said, “I’m delighted that even more world-class names have joined the line-up for the Coronation Concert, broadcast live across the BBC. Against the stunning backdrop of Windsor Castle, it’s going to be a jam-packed evening of memorable moments that Their Majesties and everyone in the UK can enjoy.”

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