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July 28 2011 5 28 /07 /July /2011 07:19

J Shin is an American R & B singer. He is best known for the 1999 hit single, 'One Night Stand.' This article will attempt at providing a biography of J-Shin.

Jonathan Shinhoster

Early life

J Shin was born Jonathan Shinhoster in Liberty City in the state of Florida in 1978. Shinhoster went to Miami Northwestern and Edison High Schools and he planned to pursue a career in American football before he was seriously injured in a car accident.

From football to music

It was at this point that Shinhoster turned his attention to music. He began by selling tapes out of the boot of his car to make a bit of money and also to raise his profile. His initial break came when he was asked to appear on the artist Trick Daddy's single, Hold on.'

Shinhoster was noticed by a few record companies and in 1998, he signed to Slip-N-Slide records and began work on his stage performing and on his very first professional music album.

His music

My Soul, My Life

Shinhoster took on the stage name of J Shin and released his debut album, entitled 'My Soul, My Life' in 1999 along with two singles. The first of these singles, 'One Night Stand' is J Shin's most well-known record and sold over 450,000 copies and featured Latocha Scott from Xscape.

I Treat You Better

The second single that was released from the album was entitled, 'I Treat You Better.' Shin released music videos for both of these videos.

Shin became known for his natural vocal gifts and for using his gritty real life experiences as a part of his music. He has a unique sounding voice which makes his music his own.

Present day

As of 2006, J Shin signed to South Beat records and released his second album in September 2006 entitled, 'All I Got is Love.' In 2009, Shin released his first mix tape entitled, 'The R & B General Volume. 1' and it was released for free.

J Shin as actor

Despite releasing this new music, J Shin has stepped away from the music industry in recent years and has taken up acting. In 2005, he co- starred in the movie 'Crossbones' which also contains one of his earlier tracks, 'Candy Licker.'

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July 19 2011 3 19 /07 /July /2011 14:08

Mystery is the stage name and alter-ego of the Canadian author and entertainer Erik Von Markovic. He is most famous for starring as the main character of the book, 'The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of pickup artists' as well as starring on the VH1 reality TV series, 'The Pick-Up Artist.'

Early days

Mystery was born Erik James Horvat- Markovic on 24 September 1971 in Toronto, Canada. Before moving in to the role of a pickup artist, Markovic worked as a professional magician and earned his money from it, stating the world famous magician David Copperfield as his idol.

Markovic made a success of this line of work and was earning up to $1500 a night performing at big corporate events, even appearing on TV. In order to become more of a success, Markovic moved from his home in Toronto to LA in the United States in order to try and land himself into a major television spot. This did not work out and he was forced to move back to Toronto, totally broke.

A pick-up artist

A pick-up artist is somebody who is an expert in picking up girls. By this, we mean he is a master of seduction. Whilst broke, Markovic began trawling the bars and clubs of Toronto, gaining knowledge and skills as to how to pick up women.

He used his experience as a magician to impress girls with tricks and jokes in order to get their attention and he soon found out that this method proved to be very successful. His first indulgence as an advisory pickup artist came when he advertised his live services to men.

Five students picked him up on his offer and paid $500 each to receive live, audio instruction from Markovic when approaching women in clubs.

Fame and success

Markovic's first mainstream exposure came following his contribution to the book, 'The Venusian Arts Handbook' in which he detailed some of his 'mystery methods.' He continued running seminars and boot camps about pick-up artistry but his fame hit heavy heights when he starred in his own VH1 reality TV series, 'The Pickup Artist' in 2007.

Along with this, came his 'Mystery' alter ego and the show and after a disappointing start, it became immensely popular in the U.S. The show saw Mystery take on eight inept men and teach them the art of becoming a pick-up artist.

The show followed these men as they learned the tricks of the trade and became more confident when it came to chatting up women.

A final word

Today, the show is no longer running but Mystery does continue to run his seminars and boot vamps in LA and he is a minor celebrity.

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July 11 2011 2 11 /07 /July /2011 09:31

Jeffrey William Robinson Dunham , more famously known as simply Jeff Dunham, is an American ventriloquist and stand-up comedian who has appeared on numerous television shows in the U.S. His most famous puppeted characters include Walter the old man, Peanut the puppet and Jose Jalapeno on a stick.

Early career

Jeff Dunham was born on the 18th of April, 1962, in Dallas, Texas. He was an only child and was raised by adopted parents in a fairly affluent part of Dallas . He began ventriloquism at the age of eight, when his parents gave him a Mortimer Snerd dummy for Christmas and an accompanying how-to record album.

From this moment onwards, he put everything into practising and rehearsing his first act. His earliest shows came as a teenager in local churches and schools before he went on to perform at local banquets in front of some local celebrities.

Television

Dunham's earliest television exposure was doing commercials for Datsun dealerships while he was in high school. He graduated from Baylor University in 1986 and then went on to make his debut on The Tonight Show with Jonny Carsin in 1990.

At the end of his act, he was invited to sit on Jonny Carson's couch, which was considered to be a mark of approval. On 18 July 2003, Dunham made his first solo appearance on Comedy Central Presents. During his half-hour piece, he showcased José Jalapeño on a Stick, Walter, an early version of Melvin the Superhero Guy and Peanut, whom Dunham had begun to merchandise into a line of dolls.

Comedy Central

In 2006, Comedy Central gave Dunham his first one-hour special, which drew in two million viewers when it aired, cementing Dunham's stardom. It was available on DVD in September 2007. Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special was taped in 2008, and premièred on Comedy Central on the16th November 2008. It was watched by 6.6 million people. The special's première was the highest rated telecast in Comedy Central's history.

In March 2009, Dunham signed a multi-platform deal with Comedy Central. It included a fourth stand-up special to air in 2010, DVDs, a consumer products partnership, a 60-city tour beginning in September 2010, and an order for a television series which premièred on 22 October 2009, but was cancelled after just one season.

Personal life today

In November 2008, Dunham separated from his wife Paige, after 14 years of marriage. The couple has three daughters - Bree, Ashlyn and Kenna.

In addition to building the dummies he uses in his act, Dunham also restores antique ones as a hobby when he is away from the stage.

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July 8 2011 6 08 /07 /July /2011 13:47

Phillip Calvin Mcgraw, better known in the U.S as 'Dr. Phil', is an American TV personality, an author and psychologist and equally, the presenter of his own television show, 'Dr. Phil.' In his career, he has amassed fame and fortune but not without its controversies. Let us have an overview of the life and work of Dr. Phil McGraw.

Dr. Phil's early years

Dr. Phil was born on the 1st of September 1950 in Vinita, Oklahoma and is the son of an oil equipment supplier. He grew up with three sisters before attending the University of Tulsa, under an American Football scholarship where he played middle linebacker.

He had the misfortune of being on the receiving ends of one of the most one-sided games in college football history - a 100 - 6 defeat to the University of Houston. Shortly after this, he transferred to Midwestern State University.

Early career

Phillip graduated from Midwestern State University with a bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He then did a master's degree in experimental psychology before finally earning the title of Dr Phil Mcgraw. He obtained his Ph.D in clinical psychology from the University of Texas in 1979.

Mcgraw went on to work with his father in his father's psychology practice, as well as delivering seminars before he went on to write a best-selling book, 'Life Strategies.'

Later, he went on to co-founded Courtroom Sciences Inc. (CSI), a trial consulting firm through which McGraw later came into contact with Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil shows

McGraw first gained fame in 1995 when Oprah Winfrey hired McGraw's legal consulting firm CSI to prepare her for a trial that she was involved in.

Winfrey was so impressed with McGraw that she thanked him for her victory in the case, which ended in 1998 and as part of her gratitude, she invited him to appear on her show. His appearance proved so successful that he began appearing weekly as a "Relationship and Life Strategy Expert" on Tuesdays, starting in April 1998.

Over the next four years after this, McGraw went on to write three other best- selling relationship books.

In 2002, McGraw formed his own production company, Peteski Productions, and launched his own daily television show, Dr. Phil. It is an advice show, where he tackles a different topic on each show, offering advice according to his guests' troubles.

Personal life today

McGraw is married to Robin Jameson and the couple has two children, Jay and Jordan. The children have now moved out and McGraw shares his home with his wife in Beverly Hills.

McGraw is also a private pilot, with an instrument rating, flying single engine airplanes in his leisure time.

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