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Musicians and Their Hometowns

Famous Musicians' Home Cities

Do you know of any great musicians from your hometown? Newcomer’s Handbooks can name a few, and we want to share them with you!

Cee-Lo GreenCeeLo Green (born Thomas DeCarlo Calloway) reigns from Atlanta, GA. The five-time Grammy winner is best known for his song “Forget You,” released in 2010. After being a judge on The Voice, Green started his own show called The Good Life, where he and a group of friends, Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo, work together. Green also works with The Greenhouse Foundationin Atlanta, which he and his sister founded to help educate children in disadvantaged areas as well as to follow a family tradition of philanthropy.

Fall Out BoyFall Out Boy, the band consisting of Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley, formed in Chicago in 2001. Songs like “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark,” “Thks fr th Mmrs,” and “Dance, Dance” have helped to maintain the band’s popularity even after a hiatus from 2010 to 2012. After releasing their comeback album Save Rock and Roll in 2013, the band conducted an expansive tour and performed with the other popular rock bands such as New Politics and Panic! At the Disco.

Sara BareillesSara Bareilles, whom you probably recognize from one of her big hit’s “Love Song,” hails from Los Angeles, where she went to the University of California. The five-time Grammy nominee taught herself to play the piano, and she started her career with Epic Records in 2005 after years of singing for acapella groups. Bareilles is currently in the midst of her “Little Black Dress” tour to promote her most recent album, The Blessed Unrest, released in 2013.

Fun.Many musicians call New York City home, but Fun. has been one particularly-popular band. The band consists of Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, and Jack Antonoff, and they made it big in 2012 with their songs “Some Nights” and “We Are Young.” Besides creating catchy music, the band takes on a variety of charity projects: Andrew paints pies with all profits going to animal shelters in Detroit, and the band as a whole supports a variety of LGBT organizations such as Free & Equal and The Ally Coalition.

Macklemore & Ryan LewisLastly, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis call Seattle home. Macklemore, whose given name is Ben Haggerty, released the top-hit song “Thrift Shop,” which won two Grammys for best rap performance and song. During the 2014 Grammys, Macklemore preformed his song “Same Love” while the host, Queen Latifah, read out marriage vows from a mix of couples in support of equal marriage rights. Macklemore is also a big sports fan, and he dedicates songs to his Seattle teams; for instance, “My Oh My” is dedicated to the Seattle Mariners.

Written by: Kristin Monteith

New Atlanta Handbook Now Available!

Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in Atlanta, 5th EditionBrand new edition for 2014! First Books, publisher of the bestselling Newcomer’s Handbook® relocation series, is excited to announce publication of the fifth edition of the Newcomer’s Handbook® for Moving to and Living in Atlanta: Including Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Cherokee Counties. This 370-page volume will quickly orient newcomers to the history, culture, and lifestyle of Atlanta and its surrounding counties, and may just show current residents what they’ve been missing!

Highlights include detailed looks at Atlanta’s neighborhoods, from Castleberry Hill to Buckhead, from Midtown to L5P, and from College Park to Kirkwood, with photographs to complement each community. Plus, other useful information about green living, child care options, transportation, local schools, recreation, housing, cultural life, day trips, shopping, an Atlanta year, and much more!

Here is an excerpt from the “Cultural Life” section:

Welcome to the arts! Whether it’s high-caliber performances in music, dance, or theater, or a tour of the visual arts you’re wanting, it’s all here. As the center for culture and arts in the Southeast, Atlanta is particularly proud of the Woodruff Arts Center, which houses several of the area’s fine arts institutions, including the internationally acclaimed Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre Company, and the High Museum of Art. Theatrical performances, from touring Broadway shows and Shakespearean drama to traditional ballet performances and classical opera, are readily available in the metro region. And, if your taste is more suited toward student  lab productions, puppet shows, or off-the-beaten-path theater productions, such as Hamlet, The Musical, you will be certain to find a venue that suits you. Local museums exhibit a wide assortment of visual arts—African-American, ancient, folk, and high Renaissance, to name a few, and area galleries are a great place to browse for funky local talent. Local music establishments host a variety of touring and local acts, from jazz, blues, acoustic, and punk to big band and reggae. And, finally, Atlanta has a thriving literary and intellectual community, which hosts lecture series, author readings, and book signings. (p. 209)

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