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Elton John Stopped Traffic On The Sunset Strip

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Elton John will treat fans to a special concert on February 27th, which also will stream live exclusively on AOL.com at 12pm PST for fans around the world to enjoy.  The free 60 minute performance will take place live on the iconic Sunset Strip found only in West Hollywood in front of the old Tower Records building, a longtime favorite destination for the singer.  The concert is to thank the City of West Hollywood and its residents for their continued support of the  Viewing Party over many years. The show is co-presented by AOL BUILD and BBVA Compass. Elton will play a jam-packed set of his classic hits, plus new favorites from his newly released album Wonderful Crazy Night. “The City of West Hollywood has welcomed the Elton John AIDS Foundation and our annual Academy Awards Viewing Party with open arms for many years, providing us with the perfect environment to host a really fun and special evening,” said Elton John.   “We are profoundly grateful for their generous support, so I wanted to do something special just for them by giving our West Hollywood fans and supporters a surprise concert.  Thank you, West Hollywood!”

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Lady Gaga performs with Elton John live on the Sunset Strip, on February 27, 2016, as a thank you to the City of West Hollywood for their support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The concert was streamed live on AOL.com and co-presented by AOL and BBVA. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

About Elton John AIDS Foundation

At EJAF, we believe that AIDS can be beaten.  We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $349 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.  The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

 

AOL BUILD and BBVA Compass partnered to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to audiences worldwide. “At AOL we are committed to the live experience and its ability to bring offline moments online for audiences in a unique and immersive way” said Jimmy Maymann, EVP and President, Content and Consumer Brands at AOL. “We can’t think of a better partner than Elton John – his iconic stature spans generations and we’re excited for the opportunity to bring this incredible experience to his fans and our millions of viewers worldwide. “BBVA is proud to partner with Elton John this Oscar weekend in promoting our shared belief that everyone deserves dignity and a bright future,” said Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, BBVA Chief Marketing and Digital Sales Officer.The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 24th annual Academy Awards® Viewing Party Wonderful Crazy Night on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event.

About Elton John AIDS Foundation

At EJAF, we believe that AIDS can be beaten.  We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $349 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.  The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

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Media Contacts

For Elton John

Fran Curtis / Cara Hutchison

Rogers & Cowan

212-878-5002 / 5026

fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com / chutchison@rogersandcowan.com

For AOL

Ashley Schlag

212-402-7281

ashley.schlag@teamaol.com

For the City of West Hollywood

Lisa Marie Belsanti

323-513-7861

lbelsanti@weho.org

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Exclusive Interview with Trinere

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Trinere Veronica Farrington (born November 29, 1964 in MiamiFlorida), better known as Trinere, is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist who had several major dance hits in the 1980s and early ’90s and who was very influential in the freestyle music genre. Today these songs are considered classics of the freestyle genre.

Trinere recorded with several record companies, mostly out of Miami, Florida, known for its output of popular freestyle music. Trinere’s music was mostly produced by popular Miami DJ, “Pretty Tony” Butler. Many consider her the “Queen of Freestyle” Her most notable chart successes were her album Forever Yours (Pandisc, 1991), which reached the Top 40 on Billboards Hot Black Albums chart for several weeks, and her single “I’ll Be All You Ever Need”, which raced up the Hot Dance Singles and Hot Club Play charts in the summer of 1986.

A Miami native, she always wanted to sing professionally since the age of five. After graduating from high school, Trinere went on to study music at the University of Miami, Florid

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Trinere was influenced and inspired by singers such as Donna SummerNatalie Cole, Phillis Hyman, MadonnaJanet Jackson and Teena Marie. During college, Trinere was the lead vocalist for a popular band in Coconut Grove, Florida, called Euphoria. Upon finishing her studies at the University of Miami, Trinere spent some time working with the music artist Rick James and his group the Mary Jane Girls.

In 1984, Trinere met famed dance, freestyle and electro/hip-hop producer Tony Butler in Miami. Pretty Tony crossed genres and experimented with producing freestyle music with Trinere. Trinere’s dynamic voice and Pretty Tony’s ability to incorporate sounds captivated and solidified a large Latin fanbase, which spread across the U.S., Europe and South America.

Her first release was the single “I Know You Love Me” in 1984; this was re-released two years later. The following year, Trinere released the popular songs “All Night” and “Can’t Get Enough”, followed by “How Can We Be Wrong”. A remix for “All Night” was also released.

Trinere began to tour extensively, selling millions of records around the world, and having a number of dance chart hits.

Music Specialists/Jam Packed Records of Miami released her self-titled debut album in 1986. The album contained not only the previous hits she had already released but also several other tracks which would become classic freestyle anthems, “They’re Playing Our Song” and “I’ll Be All You Ever Need”. All of them still receive radio airplay to this day.

Pandisc Records released two more of Trinere’s singles, including “Can’t Stop The Beat”, which was her biggest hit for Pandisc.

She released three more albums between 1990 and 1992: Forever Yours (1990), Games (1991) and Trinere’s in the House! (1992).

Trinere and Pretty Tony had a son, Brandon C. Butler. In 1996, the last single that Trinere would release would be “When I Hear Music”, a remix of another Pretty Tony production with Debbie Deb.