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This morning I woke to a lovely surprise! Heather McDonald of Guide to Music Careers mentioned this Rock Star Life Lessons blog in her inaugural Weekly Blog Round Up.

How cool is that?

If you haven’t visited Heather’s domain at, she also writes for musicians and shares ideas and resources. Her site even has a forum where you can meet other musicians. Check out Guide to Music Careers.

Travis Barker and DJ AM Survive Plane Crash

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Australia’s Daily Telegraph has story of How Travis Barker and DJ AM survived their recent plane crash.

Former Blink182 Drummer Travis Barker Critically Injured

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Four people were killed including two crew members and two passengers, while two people – Barker, and Hollywood disc jockey DJ AM – were seriously injured as the plane departed from a South Carolina airport.

Travis – star of MTV’s ‘Meet The Barkers’ – and DJ AM had performed Friday night at the Five Points block party in Columbia alongside Perry Farrell, the former Jane’s Addiction singer and Gavin DeGraw.

Witness reports suggest sparks were seen coming from the plane on take-off before it went off the runway and crashed through a gate onto a nearby road.

Read rest of story here.

Our prayers go out to Travis Barker, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, and the families of the plane’s crew members.

Travis Barker Remix Soulja Boy “Crank That”

Carla Lynne Hall Segment in Aged Inventory Mock Documentary, “Selling Out”

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I love singing with classic rockers Aged Inventory, as I get the opportunity to sing some of my favorite rock hits for thousands of people each year around the US. Made up of mostly Fixed Income traders on Wall Street, Aged Inventory has helped raise over $500,000 USD via various charity performances over the past several years.

Another reason I love playing with these guys is that they have a great sense of humor, and create fun projects like their recent Behind the Music-styled DVD, “Aged Inventory – Selling Out”.

Here’s my segment of Aged Inventory’s DVD, which was taped in preparation of a performance at NYC’s Webster Hall. Thanks for the great compliments, Guys!

Carla Lynne Hall in “Aged Inventory-Selling Out” DVD

Fifth Annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest 2008

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Once again, Classic Rock band Aged Inventory will be rocking the house at this year’s Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest, but this year we’ll be playing on a bigger stage to meet the demand. So instead of playing at the A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO) long-time home at BB King’s in Times Square…


We’ll be playing at The Hammerstein Ballroom!!!

The Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest event is a “Battle of the Bands”, featuring bands made up of hedge fund managers and other Wall Street professionals. Rocktoberfest raises money for A Leg To Stand On, a non-profit organization that provides prosthetic devices for children in India, Haiti and Colombia. The organization was co-founded by Octagon Asset Management chief C. Mead Welles, who doubles as the drummer for The Subscribers, the hedge fund band that organizes the annual concert. It’s rumored that this will be the Subscriber’s “Farewell Show”, but we’ll see about that!

What: Fifth Annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest 2008
Where: Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34 St, New York City
When: October 16th, 6 pm onwards

Tickets Before September 30th – $150
Tickets after October 1 – $200
(Price includes: Unrestricted admission, open bar, food, open seating)

To buy individual tickets, click here

For more information, please contact

New Music Artist: Katt Rockell

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New music artist Katt Rockell will be performing at New York City’s Tillman’s on September 22nd for their Turntable Unplugged.

Katt Rockell
New Music Artist Katt Rockell

From Katt’s MySpace page:

With a commanding stage presence and a voice described by a major label A&R representative as the “sweetest tear,” Katt Rockell draws you into her lair and delivers a knock out punch every time. Fans will walk away mesmerized, invigorated, empowered and most importantly – completely satisfied and wanting more.

A stellar vocalist, Katt is preparing to share her musical vision with blazing hot tracks that will make you sing out loud, tap your feet and at times rejoice with tears of joy and victory. Her debut solo project will document a very personal and triumphant journey of rediscovery.

Katt is also recognized as a naturally gifted songwriter with the unique ability to both pen a hit record in a variety of music genres and vocally capture the essence of a song. Katt has collaborated with leading recording artists and numerous multi-platinum producers including Younglord (Beyonce, P. Diddy, Mariah Carey.)

Currently, Katt is recording with the production house Truth & Soul and Peter Lord, as well as other high-profile producers and writers. “I’ve been on an incredible path that has helped shape me as an artist, Katt says, “I really want to make an honest record and share all of the bumps and bruises as well as my growth as a singer and songwriter”.

She continues to write for other artists but is in the studio and concentrating on her own project. Katt says, “I’ve been in the trenches and have learned a lot of valuable lessons. I’ve worked with some of the best talents in the industry and absorbed so much knowledge. It’s my time to shine.”

Katt’s music is timeless and her star is rising fast. So, prepare yourself for a smooth and funky ‘diva soul’ journey because there’s a new Katt in town.

Check out New Music Artist Katt Rockell at her MySpace page.

Book Review: How to Design a Winning & Profitable Music Business by Kavit Haria

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Today, September 9th, 2008, is the release date of Kavit Haria’s FREE eBook, How to Design a Winning & Profitable Music Business. After enjoying “The Strategy Guide to Succeeding As A Musician in 2008”, I looked forward to Kavit’s next publication, which did not disappoint.


Where Kavit’s “Strategy Guide” went into the nitty gritty of music marketing tactics, “How to Design a Winning & Profitable Music Business” uses more broad strokes to inspire the reader to create their own vision. Just as each musician has his or her own motivations for pursuing music, Haria understands that individual musicians will have different marketing goals, and his book offers a starting point for creativity. A la Seth Godin, the ideas presented in “How to Design a Winning & Profitable Music Business” are designed to make musicians think. If you ask me, that’s always a good thing 😉

In this eBook, Kavit Haria encourages musicians to see themselves as music business owners – entrepreneurs in charge of their own music business strategy. From building a business framework to creating a fanbase, Haria offers solid ideas for independent musicians, and I highly recommend “How to Design a Winning & Profitable Music Business”.

Get your free copy of “How to Design a Winning & Profitable Music Business” at Inner Rhythm

Thirty Day Challenge New York City Meetup Photos

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Thirty Day Challenge participants in NYC had a meetup on August 27th at Stitch & Grill.

Stitch NYC Bar & Lounge
Stitch NYC

In addition to meeting other tri-state area 30 Day Challengers, we got to meet Ed Dale himself. In true rock star fashion, he was on a mini meetup tour, hitting LA/San Diego, Atlanta, New York City, and Manchester, England. But for this night, he was living it up in The Big Apple:

Ed Dale & Me
Ed Dale & Carla Lynne Hall

Ed Dale & Andy
Ed Dale & Andy

Yaro, Rene, & Frances at 30 Day Challenge NYC Meetup
Yaro (from Entrepreneur’s Journey), Rene, and Frances

Australian blogger Yaro was also in NYC this week, so he met up with Ed Dale and our group as well.

Ed Dale & Amy Havekost
Ed Dale & Amy Havekost

Taryn & Nicole at 30 Day Challenge NYC Meetup
Taryn & Nicole

If you’d like to see more photos, visit my Flickr page for more photos from the Thirty Day Challenge 2008 New York City Meetup.

It was a great night, and I look forward to future NYC meetups for the 30 Day Challenge!

Related Link: Yaro Starak, Ed Dale, and a Rockstar Walk Into a Bar

Thirty Day Challenge 2008 Wrap Up

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Thirty Day Challenge logo

Last month’s Thirty Day Challenge with Ed Dale and Associates was an awesome online course that taught cutting edge internet marketing techniques to anyone for FREE. Although the Thirty Day Challenge started and ended in real time last month, all of the learning materials are permanently online you can still participate. When you sign up, you’ll get autoresponder emails that start at Day 1 so you can begin the challenge and not miss any of the great info. The Thirty Day Challenge also has a public forum so you can shorten your learning curve by reading posts from recent 30 Day Challenge veterans.

The actual Challenge of this course, by the way, is to build a niche website and earn your first dollar. While I did not earn my first $1 from my niche website yet, I did learn a lot from Ed Dale & Company, and I will be continuing my lessons on my own. Ed’s team taught me that the methods of earning $1 will not differ from earning $1000, so I’m going to keep working on this until I make that dollar.

For one thing, the 30 Day Challenge teaches manual ways of achieving tasks, as well as teaching automated methods using the Market Samurai tool. Now that I’ve taken in all of the lessons the first time through, I’m now going to work the Thirty Day Challenge lessons again, using the awesome and amazing Market Samurai tool.

After further thought, I’ve decided to use my music publicity niche website to document my second round of the Thirty Day Challenge. This way I’ll be able to write about the 30 Day Challenge as a tool for music publicity without it taking over

If you’re a musician interested in participating in the Thirty Day Challenge, stop by my music publicity blog, and say hello!

Related blog posts for Further Reading:

Thirty Day Challenge for Musicians: Finding Your SEO Keyword Niche Part 1

Thirty Day Challenge for Musicians: Finding Your SEO Keyword Niche Part 2

How to Design a Winning and Profitable Music Business

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How to Design a Winning and Profitable Music Business eBook by Kavit Haria
How to Design a Winning and Profitable Music Business eBook by Kavit Haria

Kavit Haria has done it again.

British musician and music business consultant Kavit Haria is releasing a new free eBook titled “How to Design a Winning and Profitable Music Business” on September 9th, and I highly recommend that you read it as soon as possible.

As a musician, Kavit has played Tabla around the world. As a music biz consultant, he speaks and writes about the themes of independent music business strategy, music entrepreneurship and music marketing.

I originally read Kavit’s report “The Strategy Guide To Succeeding As A Musician in 2008”, and found it filled with real music business strategies – no fluff!

Kavit’s upcoming “How to Design a Winning and Profitable Music Business” eBook takes a broader approach, and explains how musicians can design their own strategy, create tribes, and build fan funnels, which is the future of music entrepreneurship.

Put your music on the bleeding edge. Sign up for your free copy now at