DIRECTV Announces Line-Up of Cutting-Edge Hosts for New Weekly Music Series, ``CD USA''; On-Air Personalities to Present Top Bands in the Industry, Exclusively on DIRECTV
Up-and-coming talents John Wynn, Becky Baeling, Jonathan Redford and Malikha Mallette will begin their new roles as on-air personalities with the "CD USA" premiere. Each brings music industry expertise and a cutting-edge attitude to the show, which promises to deliver the largest selection of back-to-back performances available on television from a mix of music genres including pop, indie, rock and urban -- all broadcast in standard- and high-definition.
“Ben Harper, combined with the atmospheric sound of Portishead and vocal style of Damien Rice”
"'CD USA' will showcase today's most popular bands and hottest emerging acts," said David Hill, president, DIRECTV Entertainment. "Each of our four hosts brings a unique perspective from the music industry -- Becky was a recording artist, Jonathan's father was a composer, John is a singer/songwriter, and Malikha, who is our special New York correspondent, has been a radio personality on the city's number one Hip-Hop and R&B station. Together, they are a dynamic team and we are excited to have them on 'CD USA.'"
About the "CD USA" Hosts
John Wynn -- Wynn abandoned aspirations of a career in medicine and decided to pursue a career in music. Since parting ways with his band AGENT SANDS in 2004, Wynn has been focusing his attention on a solo project he describes as "Ben Harper, combined with the atmospheric sound of Portishead and vocal style of Damien Rice," due to be released in the summer of 2006. For him, the best thing about "CD USA" is the sheer volume of live acts in the studio.
Becky Baeling -- Baeling comes to "CD USA" from outside Detroit "Rock City," but not without a few notable detours. She studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and along the way, topped the Billboard charts with the dance tracks "Getaway," "If You Love Me," and a cover of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth."
Jonathan Redford -- Jonathan is no stranger to Hollywood and the music industry. Having grown up in a musical family, Jonathan was lulled to sleep every night by the sounds of his father, a composer, on the family piano. A die-hard classic rock fan and a folk rock singer/songwriter himself, Jonathan also appreciates the songwriting and lyrical dexterity of Eminem and Kanye West. "I love live music, so listening and interacting with the bands on 'CD USA' is going to be fantastic," said Redford.
Malikha Mallette -- Malikha, a native New Yorker, whose name means Queen, has been entertaining listeners on NYC's Power 105.1 FM radio station since 2003. During her career, she has worked in television, hosting everything from community and public affairs programs to entertainment and lifestyle shows. She admits nothing has been as exciting as her newest adventure aboard "CD USA."
About "CD USA"
"CD USA" will feature up to seven live performances from the "CD USA" stages including top-selling artists and breakthrough acts such as the Goo Goo Dolls, Ashlee Simpson, Fort Minor, Natasha Bedingfield, Dem Franchise Boyz with Jermaine Dupri, Ray J, Yellowcard, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lifehouse, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Daniel Powter and many, many more. In addition to live performances, "CD USA" will offer the latest news on album releases, exclusive interviews, gossip, behind-the-scenes reports, and a private peek inside the world of music.
"CD USA" will air every Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on channel 101 in standard- and high-definition. Customers subscribing to any DIRECTV TOTAL CHOICE(R) or SELECCION programming package will have access to "CD USA" at no additional cost.
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