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Featured Peak 20 Workout Mix Artist week 4: Calibe

About Calibe:
Imagine the meeting of dancehall/reggae with pop, R&B, funk and jazz, presented with unforced, even laid back intensity, and you begin to get a sense of what Calibe brings to the musical table.
She is the result of an island upbringing in Kingston, Jamaica, saturated with such outside influences as Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and Anita Baker. In 2002, Calibe became a finalist in Jamaica’s Caribbean Music Expo Star Search. A series of recordings followed with Jamaican and US producers including Blackout Movement, Salaam Remi and Kwame Holland.

Through an ongoing mentorship with legendary producers Sly and Robbie, she was enlisted to sing vocals for their track on Beenie Man’s Tropical Storm album. Calibe earned a spot accompanying the dancehall superstar on major tours incorporating Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.

Eventually Calibe began touring with another Caribbean crossover, Kevin Lyttle, who she has opened for in Europe and the US. “I learned a lot from the people I was touring with. By the time I moved from support vocals to opening act, I was already hungry and ready,” says Calibe. During this time she collaborated with producers including Salaam Remi, Kwame Holland, Troy Taylor and Richie D, and artists including Elephant Man, Heath Hunter and Junior Kelly.

After recording and releasing two EPs, The First Draft in 2003 and Follow Me in 2005, she left the music business to go on hiatus for a while. Even then, she maintained a presence, working with Drop Di Bass Records, Shang Records, Kymani Marley, Sizzla, Spragga Benz and others from the world of dancehall and reggae. She reminisces, “Even when I felt like it might never happen, my ultimate dream has been to be singing on stage at the World Music Awards with the whole world singing along to a song I wrote and recorded. That’s my version of euphoria.”

In early 2009 she reconnected with Blackout Movement, a production team she had worked with on and off since moving to Miami in 2003. She has since become a Blackout Movement artist and is recreating a buzz with her thoughtful lyrics, soulful voice and focused mentality. Their single with rapper Ultimate entitled “It’s My Birthday” garnered hype throughout the US and was included on the Ultra Records annual compilation ‘Ultra 2011′. Her, now more mature persona, is resonating with a cross section of listeners and she feels like there is no limit to the distance her project can go. According to the lady herself, “I enjoy being an artist, but I’m aspiring to become an industry.”

Stay tuned for the launch of Peak 20 Workout Mix Tape!

Natasha Linton
Top Rising Star in Personal Training
-National Fitness Hall of Fame and Museum
Host of Peak 20 Workout TV
NYC Personal Trainer




Featured Peak 20 Workout Mix Artist week 3: Etone

We are happy to have ETONE on Vol. 1 Peak 20 Workout Mix.

About ETONE:
The Artist, Producer, Songwriter, known as Etone was raised in a small town called Perth Amboy in New Jersey, just outside of the island of Manhatten. Etone's Musical influence and background dates back to when he was a child having the opportunity to be around his father, a bassist, who frequently recorded in professional recording studios and playing at state wide concerts in the parks, festivals and outdoor events as well as playing in regular recording sessions with different artists. Etone comes from a very unique musical family with his late great Uncle being The Great Count Basie, having cousins in the bands "The English Beat", and "DisasterUs" a punk infused rock band.

Etone has had a long career in the music industry in wich he started off as a teenage artist for a major independent label out of Seattle Washington owned partially by Sir Mixalot, crediting him with a R&B single landing number 8 on billboard magazine and numerous dance charts. After his L.P. debut, touring on some of the biggest tours through his booking agent, Famous Artist, in NY, Etone wanted to take a behind the scenes approach to the business and began marketing, and promoting for major label and independent label artists. Etone has had the opportunity to work with many artists including Nas, Wycleff Jean and "The Fugees", Jamariqua, Spragga Benz, and Jay Z to name a few. He has also worked with various labels including Sony, Columbia, Island, Delicious Vynil, Capitol Records and alongside Lil Jon at So So Def Jeramaine Dupri's label.

Devising musical marketing plans became Etone's passion, he then began promoting national artists to radio and to radio Dj's, broadining his ability as an all around promotional aficianado. As Etone began to get more into radio promotion for artists, he was approached by an underground radio speacialist and became infactuated with the idea of actually owning and operating an underground pirate radio station. Through the technology of microwaving FM frequencies from one location to another, Etone began his blueprint on how he would help start the radio revolution in Miami and what better way then to start his very own radio station located Downtown in the heart of Miami. It was Miami's first fully automated FM radio station with a 1000 watt FM transmitter.

Etones FM radio station had the biggest DJ's in South Florida including DJ Khaled, DJ Epps, DJ Radimus as well as many on air DJ's that are in the business today.Etone's radio station became more and more popular, winning awards such as New Times Best Underground Radio Station and it's highly respected formatting from DJ's at power 96 and New Yorks Funk Master Flex at Hot 97,

Stay tuned for the launch of Peak 20 Workout Mix Tape!

Natasha Linton
Top Rising Star in Personal Training
-National Fitness Hall of Fame and Museum
Host of Peak 20 Workout TV
NYC Personal Trainer




Featured Peak 20 Workout Mix Artist: Gabriel Antonio

How It’s Moving:

Some artists come and go on the charts—not Gabriel Antonio. The 25-year-old Florida native has been a mainstay on several of the unsigned Myspace charts for weeks now. And it appears he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

He kind of sounds like, you know: T-Pain—if the Auto-Tuned star could also pepper his songs with hip-hop verses.

His Story:

If they say money is the root of all evil, don’t tell that to Gabriel Antonio Gonzalez. $4,000—a “crapload of money” to the then-17-year—allowed this smooth-singing Florida boy to get his vocal dreams off the ground. In reality, all Antonio, 25, had wanted to do at the time was rock parties for sweaty teenagers. “Being an artist was never the goal,” the hip-hop-meets-R&B flavored rapper/crooner confesses. “I wanted to be a DJ.” After renting out a local Brandon, FL club and reeling in 2000 teens for his DJ set, Antonio found himself walking away with four grand in hand. Suddenly, the young DJ had the financial means to kick his now-blossoming career as a full-fledged artist into high gear.

Nowadays, Antonio is far from his time logged flipping the faders at Tampa-area teen clubs. With a string of successful club jams, namely “Ride For Me”—an Auto-Tuned jam recorded in his garage that recalls the sound of fellow Floridian, T-Pain, and carries the same vocal buoyancy of Young Money’s “Bedrock”— Antonio has charged his way to the top of the Myspace charts. He also finds himself being whisked cross-country to Hartford for gigs with Flo Rida, the Ting Tings, Jordin Sparks and David Archuleta and has been spending time in LA prepping his new single, “One,” for its radio debut. It’s safe to say he’s feeling confident. “When (“One”) hits rotation… it’s gonna be its own nuclear weapon,” Antonio says, followed by a frat-boy chuckle. “I can do anything.”

Stay tuned for the launch of Peak 20 Workout Mix Tape!

Natasha Linton
Top Rising Star in Personal Training
-National Fitness Hall of Fame and Museum
Host of Peak 20 Workout TV
NYC Personal Trainer




Water Changes Everything.

1 in 8 people spend 3 hours a day collecting their drinking water (and it's likely to make them sick!). What if your gym routine was a water walk?

-charity:water

Natasha Linton
Top Rising Star in Personal Training
-National Fitness Hall of Fame and Museum
Host of Peak 20 Workout TV
NYC Personal Trainer




Featured Peak 20 Workout Mix Artist: The Beat Geeks

Each week until the launch of the first volume of the Peak 20 Workout Mix we will feature one of the artists on the mix. This week's featured group is The Beat Geeks.

Catch our tweets and facebook posts on what they are doing and where you can find them this week.

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About the Beat Geeks:
The Beat Geeks are an Atlanta based crossover pop group. They were brought together by chance and ongoing collaborations between producers/artists Bobby Drake and Luke Galloway and artist/vocalist K Poindexter (Dex). Their vibrant blends of hip-hop, electronic dance music, rock, and RnB heralds them as one of the top rising musical crossover groups both domestically and overseas. After opening for Ludacris (October 2010) and recently obtaining their very first placement with TNT's hit show "Men Of a Certain Age" (for their song "Strobe Lights"), the group is officially ready for the world. With big plans for the coming months, The Beat Geeks are poised to become one of the next great hit-making machines to provide the planet with unforgettable music and extraordinary style, all while having an extremely good time. Although they are artists first, they are also a very talented team of producers. Collaborations include: Ace Hood, Young Cash, Playboy Tre, B.o.B, Young Capone, J-bo (of the Youngbloodz), and Gorilla Zoe.

Stay tuned for the launch of Peak 20 Workout Mix Tape!

Natasha Linton
Top Rising Star in Personal Training
-National Fitness Hall of Fame and Museum
Host of Peak 20 Workout TV
NYC Personal Trainer