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Uploaded 03/08/2011

Episode 15a: Serena
click to enlarge    A bright, beautiful and vibrant California teenager, singer/songwriter Serena radiates nothing but joy, passion and drive for what is her ultimate dream; music. After showing real promise as a powerful vocalist and a prolific songwriter, Serena met up with Grammy Award-winning producer, engineer and musician Gary McGrath and started working on her debut 7-song solo EP, titled “Allow Me to Introduce Myself”, to be released on McGrath’s label GB Records.
The songs that started emerging from this musical partnership showed solid melodic hooks, telling the story of a young girl’s life — in her own words. Before the CD was even completed, Serena’s feisty anthem “You Blew It” caught the attention of producers for the upcoming NBC comedy series “Love Bites”, created by Cindy Chupack (“Sex and the City”.) In addition to being included on the show during its impending first season, “You Blew It” has also become one of the most requested songs on The success of the first single has also secured Serena an endorsement deal with Daisy Rock Guitars; “the Girl Guitar Company.”
click to enlarge    At 14, Serena is already a seasoned stage performer with several years of experience as part of E.S.C.A.P.E. Theatre, most recently playing the role of Mrs. Darling in their acclaimed production of “Peter Pan” to a packed house at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.
Serena’s debut CD “Allow Me to Introduce Myself” is a collage of strong pop melodies, poignant lyrics, and compelling statements of female independence. Pulling together her influences from rock, punk, pop and r’n’b, drawing comparisons to anyone from Avril Lavigne to Jewel and Grace Slick — but keeping the uniqueness that can only come from a tenacious mind, Serena’s talent is the kind that only deepens, expands and blooms as she explores her true, genuine self.
Stephen K. Peeples    “House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.
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