The #IAMNOJOKE project was born out of Cole's desire to write a song for the victims of bullying. As someone who suffered childhood bullying himself, he felt it would be empowering for others to know they weren't alone. "But the thing is that I'm nobody, so I have to build an army," he explains in the documentary. Using creative efforts and sheer dogged determination, Cole was able to recruit Jeff Goldblum, Steve Vai, Meat Loaf, Chad Smith, Julian Lennon, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Patrick Stewart, Cedric the Entertainer, and dozens more icons to be a part of the project. #IAMNOJOKE is backed by the Creative Visions foundation.
It's more than fitting that the effort to raise money and awareness for this project should take place at the Sunset Marquis. For over fifty years, Sunset Marquis has served as a home-away-from-home for incredible musicians like Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Blondie, Black Sabbath, The Killers, Slash, Chris Cornell, Green Day, Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kings of Leon and many more.
The music industry has played a significant role in securing this serene garden oasis and its iconic status. To pay homage to those roots, Sunset Marquis continues its tradition this summer with an acoustic music showcase, Live @ Sunset Marquis. Each year, the venue introduces its guests to incredible new talent and gives back to the entertainment community that has supported them throughout the years. Previous artists include: Grammy Award winner Gary Clark, Jr., Run River North, ZZ Ward, LEMMO, Ana Cristina, Alex & Sierra (X-Factor Winners), Madeline Fuhrman, Hamish Anderson, Zander Vera, The Brevet, The Bones of J.R. Jones, and Lena Fayre, to name a few.
The Say No To Bullying #IAMNOJOKE event will be sponsored by Cult of Individuality, PRS Guitars, SHAGBAGG, Mephisto Shoes, and Morrison Hotel Gallery.
The event sponsors will offer the following items for raffle:
- PRS S2 Custom 24 Elephant Grey Electric Guitar
- Custom SHAGBAGG Bomber Jacket
- Custom Concepts x Mephisto "Apple" Match Shoes
- Cult of Individuality Whiskey Blue Denim Jacket (in Acid)
- Cult of Individuality Kurt Cobain Denim Jacket
In addition to this, NightBird Studios will provide studio time after the event for a special filmed recording of two songs from each artist.
About the Sponsors:
Cult of Individuality
Developed in 2009 by designer Ron Poisson, Cult of Individuality has forged a reputation with a global audience as the veritable cult leader of denim and the
"Jeansmith To The One." Cult's designer denim-driven collections unite a social movement of misfits, dreamers, rebels, artists, contrarians, and upstarts under a signature style that is equal parts craftsmanships, cool, and authentic. The brand is field by the bold passion of the wearer. Their legacy has been built on crafting an elevated approach to denim fits and watches across expanded men's, women's, and kids' collections sold only to the upper end of retailers.
MEPHISTO is known all over the world and is one of the most recognized comfort brands of city and casual footwear. It has also been awarded numerous achievement awards. The styles are sold at over 18,000 retail locations, over 800 MEPHISTO Shops, in 86 countries. www.mephisto.com
Morrison Hotel Gallery
MHG is the world's leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 125 of the world's finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today's contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of celebrity and sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert. www.morrisonhotelgallery.com
Nestled in West Hollywood, just steps from the illustrious Sunset Strip, NightBird Recording Studios is home to the entertainment industry's most elite professionals. Combining a plush atmosphere, state-of-the-art gear, and suites designed by Jed Leiber, NightBird has become a haven for entertainment's greatest songwriters, producers, musicians, composers, and actors.
The industry's A-List call NightBird their home away from home, taking full advantage of the studio's prime location within the famed Sunset Marquis Hotel. Hotel amenities are offered to those utilizing NightBird's multi-media compound, including 24-hour room service, valet and premier concierge services, as well as the availability of onsite massage and spa treatments. Whether writing, arranging, tracking, overdubbing or mixing, Studio guests may take a break to relax poolside or enjoy a cocktail at Hollywood's exclusive Bar 1200 as well. Regarded as one of the best acoustically-designed studios in the world, NightBird Recording Studios, with its unique relationship with the Sunset Marquis Hotel, is the only facility of its kind and caliber.
Located in Stevensville, Maryland, Paul Reed Smith Guitars is one of the world's premier guitar and amplifier manufacturers. Since our humble beginning in 1985, PRS Guitars has always strived to create the highest quality instruments possible. Guitar and amplifier building are very personal things to PRS, as most of the team are dedicated players, refining their craft as builders, musicians, and artists of all kinds. The company's deep commitment to the craft and our culture of quality are what drives PRS in the workplace and the marketplace. www.prsguitars.com
Through studying fashion her entire life, it was designer Nicola Angelos's intention to create a brand that others could react, adapt to, and have fun with. SHAGBAGG began as a dream: while attending design school in 2010, Nicola envisioned a "shaggy" bag, only to discover her dream subconsciously offered that "out of the box" concept she was looking for. Nicola always had an enthusiasm for how peace in contrast to revolution was expressed through fashion during the late 1960s, and this relates to today in that we are also a generation desperate to break out of society's self-imposed constructs. This is what sparked the idea of pairing SHAGBAGG's traditional silhouettes with nonconventional, retro-inspired SHAG.
Since its inception over 5 years ago, SHAGBAGG has been adopted by fashion-conscious, free-spirited individuals worldwide from our home base of L.A.
About Rachel Lorin:
With unique bravado and a soaring voice, Rachel Lorin lives on a fine musical line between rock and pop. A moody musical edge belies an approachable personality that reflects growing up in Atlanta, yet being shaped in New York City. Her music embraces the authenticity of rock, while poetically integrating pop sensibilities. The result is a sound unlike anything in music today.
In her young career Rachel has earned accolades from throughout the industry. Whether recording with Pitbull, or charting on Billboard's rock charts, music insiders have taken notice. Listen closely and one can hear a dark humor to Rachel's lyrics, while being swept up in a contemporary array of electronica, alternative, and pop sonics. Her goal is simple. Bring something special and meaningful to each audience every time she performs. Once heard, she delivers so strongly that those audiences become avid fans.
About Andrew Cole:
Born in Toronto, Canada, Andrew Cole was raised in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Cole spent much of his youth all over the world and predominantly grew up in a small seaside village in North Wales called Colony Bay.
Cole commercially released his first album in June 2010 entitled Why We Wonder (Universal Music). The album features Canadian icons Tom Cochrane and Kathleen Edwards, one member of The Barenaked Ladies, and a mellotron via Paul McCartney.
In 2012, Cole released a two-song EP entitled Voices including two singles, "Voices at 4AM" and "Psycho Cabaret." The EP features a number of artists including guitarist Alex Lifeson (Rush) and drummer Kenny Aronoff (The Smashing Pumpkins, Elton John). On July 23, 2014, Sony Music Entertainment released "Colourblind (feat. Andrew Cole)." The single entered the charts at 88 on heavy rotation and with 62 weeks on hit radio, the song finally charted #11 in the Hot 100 Billboard Charts. His songs are presently being remixed by various artists such as Afrojack, Erick Morillo, and DJ Ammo (Black Eyed Peas). Cole has performed as an opening act for a number of well-known artists including Elton John, John Fogerty, Tom Jones, and Metallica.
Cole's anti-bullying documentary, #NOJOKE, which has been in the making since 2014, is a collaborative song/film featuring musical icons including Slash, actor Jeff Goldblum, Ozzy Osbourne, Meatloaf, Chad Smith, Sharon Osbourne, Lights, and Sir Patrick Stewart, to name a few. As of January 2014, film producer Adam Leipzeig became attached to the project to aid in creating the vision for he film.
Andrew's most recent EDM release "Darkness by Kryoman feat. Andrew Cole" hit position #7 in the EDM Music Charts on August 13, 2016. The song was written and performed by Andrew. Andrew is currently in the studio and on tour with Black Eyed Peas guitarist George Pajon. His hit song "Colourblind" has been remixed and played all over the world and was featured on a Calvin Harris compilation album. Stay tuned for his new single, "Balloons," featuring Travis Barker of Blink 182. Andrew continues to create content and further the conversation of bullying prevention with his movement #IAMNOJOKE.
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