Thursday, March 17, 2011
First let me say I have never been a huge fan of Celine Dion. The only cd I own by her is 1990's Unison which I was given at a surprise birthday party when I turned 16. I did take a date to a Celine concert a few years later, this was still during the time half her stage show was in french. It was after became more well known for singing 'Beauty and the Beast' but before becoming huge with the release of Titanic.
I could always see the woman had an amazing voice and her energy on stage is to be respected. I liked some of her music, I just found her a bit annoying and was always more into alternative rock. The female singers I did listen to were not been the big voices but the singer songwriters like Melissa Etheridge (and currently LOVING Adele).
It struck me recently that Randy Jackson continues to tell the female singers on American Idol to be careful when singing the big three, Celine, Mariah and Whitney, once in awhile he will also throw in Christia. When I was growing up these women dominated the radio, MTV and were constants at my school dances and every wedding I ever attended.
We all know know that Whitney's voice is shot. It is obvious Mariah's is gone as well. For the past three or four years Mariah has either lip synced, or painfully limped her way though her live performances with tv hosts and audiences all in on some sort of 'play' to convince those of us watching at home on television that she actually did a good job. Christina's voice is not gone, but there are hints it could be heading wherever Mariah's went.
This past week I saw several stories about Dion on tv promoting her new Vegas show and they have given me a new appreciation for her worth ethic and her talent. The woman cannot possible need the money yet is back to sold out shows. Whether Dion (and of course Streisand) are just more talented than the others or if they are just more professional is not clear. It is clear however that Dion has not ruined her instrument, instead has kept it strong through work outs and rehearsal's. Kudos to Dion remaining at the top of her vocal game.
First three images of Brad by Win Wynn Images.
21 year old Brad Baldwin from Saint Louis, Missouri is passionate about everything he chooses to put his energy into. Brad works as a personal trainer and is also a student in Southern Illinois University studying kinesiology I was first introduced to Brad last fall on MASCULINE with shots from Michael A. Downs. Besides an incredible body, Brad has a strong face whose brown eyes and facial structure exude both an intelligence and intensity which help to create beautifully strong images.
Intensity is something Brad is most certainly familiar with. One of Brad's passions is a strongman competitor in his spare time. Brad began lifting when he was in eighth grade and has been breaking records and winning in the lightweight (under 200lbs) division ever since.
Be sure to join Brad's FB Fanpage to keep up on his career and new photo shoots which Brad updates regularly. You can also check out Brad's ModelMayhem Page HERE:
Brad by Dave Ouano
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 160 lbs
Hair color: Brown
Hair length: Medium
Eye color: Brown
Skin color: White
Below: Brad by Michael Anthony Downs.
Brad with Logan Swiecki-Taylor & Nick Ayler. Photographed by Michael the after the MASCULINE male fashion show in Tampa, FL this past January. Check out more shots from thi shoot and video from the show at MASCULINE.