The ‘American Dream’ is the ideal of equal opportunity for every citizen and the right to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative in the United States of America. This ideal is believed and lived to this day by both foreigners and locals alike; “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” Zameer Rizvi certainly has his eyes on the prize, striving to obtain this ‘American Dream’ as the music industry’s Fresh Face. The multifaceted singer-songwriter is a heartthrob with the voice of an angel whom owns his own tech business, is an avid Yogi, and enjoys the pleasurable pursuits of cooking organic food. His true passion, however, lies in the world of music where the stage is his guiding light towards a life of happiness and fulfillment.
Originally from Pakistan, Zameer and his family moved to Saudi Arabia, where access to music was limited. He often had his brother smuggle music into the country for him. Zameer’s early musical influences centered around 80s metal bands, such as Poison, Motley Crue and Guns N Roses. In 1995, Zameer emigrated to Canada, and by 2005, a decade after his arrival, became a rising star in Toronto’s music scene. His debut single, Win or Defeat became the theme song to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and his debut album From Under the Bleachers hit #73 on the Hot 100 Charts in Canada with the single Glory of Love. In 2015, in pursuit f the American Dream, Zameer relocated to Los Angeles, California to prepare for the debut of his new album HER in November 2016. The album is already gaining rave reviews with its melodic, inspirational, and sincere sound. Zameer Rizvi is an emerging artist in the music industry and could be its next big thing.
“Music gives me the confidence to take risks, and the inspiration to find beauty in things. It’s this combination of inspiration and confidence that allows me to take up several passions.”
RAINE: What has been an embarrassing moment on stage?
ZAMEER: My most embarrassing moment was performing at a televised live award show, where I had 4 minutes to sing a song, and my guitar didn’t work! Typically this situation wouldn’t be too embarrassing, I could just fix my guitar and start performing. But the show followed a strict schedule, and I had 4 minutes to get on and sing my song. The show also afforded me an 8 person tech crew to specifically ensure everything went smoothly. Me and the crew tested the guitar set up several times to ensure everything was perfect. Realizing on stage that my guitar wasn’t working was quite the shock! Imagine watching a live televised 4 minute performance, like the Grammy’s, and now imagine the performers guitar not working… haha! I had to resort to putting my guitar down and dancing around like Britney Spears. Embarrassing to the MAX.
RAINE: If you could not be a singer what else would you do with your life?
ZAMEER: If I wasn’t a singer, I’d be some sort of entrepreneur. I’m a pretty whimsical dude. Most of what I do is based on a whim. For this reason, traditional life plans like become a doctor or lawyer didn’t work for me. Those required too much planning, and little whimsical deviation. So if I didn’t have music, I’d partake in some other volatile vocation that involved high risk of failure. Maybe start a bunch of tech startups? I don’t know.
RAINE: Do you have a ritual that you perform before a big performance to get psyched up for being on stage?
ZAMEER: Yes, I breath deep 10 times to warm up my lungs. I make burp sounds to warm up my diaphragm. I stick my tongue out and belt out very loud notes to warm up my throat, like an opera singer. I remove all worldly thoughts from my brain to warm up my soul. I prepare a lukewarm concoction of water, lemon and honey to moisturize my vocal chords. I rest and revel in absolute silence to warm up my ears. I close my eyes and think of my happy place to trigger positive energy. If it’s cold, I do push-ups to warm up my fingers so I can rip it on the guitar.
RAINE: Would you say music is your passion? What other passions do you have aside from music?
ZAMEER: I would say music is the very essence of my soul. My soul fuels many passions. Music saves me, like Jesus saves others. Music gives me the confidence to take risks, and the inspiration to find beauty in things. It’s this combination of inspiration and confidence that allows me to take up several passions. I’m passionate about music production, I’m passionate about writing software to distribute music, I’m passionate about studying the mathematics of music, I’m passionate about high quality capacitors for audio speakers so I can hear better music. But music allows me to be passionate about things outside of music. For example, I’m passionate about mind body and soul, I’m passionate about nature, I’m passionate about charity, I’m passionate about family and friends. Music loves and nurtures me like a mother nurtures her child.
RAINE: How did growing up in Saudi Arabia and your limited access to music influence you as an artist?
ZAMEER: The selection of music in Saudi Arabia was pretty sad. In fact, Saudi Arabia’s culture is so centered around radical Islam, that it’s hard to find any quality cultural artifacts. Radical Islam doesn’t permit music. Music is unholy unless its religion hymns. Growing up in a country devoid of any culture is limiting and dangerous. Luckily, my parents were well travelled professionals with exposure to the best of the worlds cultures. They actively exposed us to many rich cultures around the world. They were both university professors, so as a family we always had a few months off every year. During these months off my parents took us around the world which exposed us to rich cultures and good music. Growing up in a sterile culture such as Saudi Arabia makes one crave good artistry. So while Saudi Arabia starved me of good music, it made me feast like a lion when I heard something good. Lucky for me, I was exposed to the world’s music.
RAINE: Your single “Win or Defeat” was the theme song to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Talk about the moment when you first found out. What was going through your head at that time?
ZAMEER: When I first started singing and writing songs, I’d feel like a rock star when my mom and dad watched me perform. I’d feel like a pimp when my friends wanted to buy the CDs I burnt at home. As an artist, the first time you connect with people feels like an epiphany. Its euphoric. To be able to transport a feeling through air and deliver it to a person beside you is magical. Connecting with others is the essence of an artist. So when I got a call from the Paralympic Committee saying the wanted to license my song for the 2010 Olympic Games, I felt that same euphoric feeling I felt as a kid when my friends gave me 2 bucks for a CD. Except, now my music was connecting with the world, with millions of people, on an international stage. That feeling of validation and euphoria only happens a few times in an artist’s life.
RAINE: Talk about your inspiration for your upcoming albumHER.
ZAMEER: I write music to transport feelings from one human to another. These feelings come from strong emotional experiences in my life. One of the strongest emotional experiences I’ve had are love, affinity and desire for beautiful women. Feelings of love are easy to transmit among humans because we all experience them. If songs were foods, then songs about love would be pizza. Everyone has had pizza. Everyone loves pizza. Everyone understands pizza. Out of the 100 songs I have written to date, around fifty percent are about pizza, aka women. I took my favorite of these 10 songs about love and put them on my album HER. The album is about love, loss, passion, desire, tragedy and respect for all of the women in my life. And the album doesn’t end only at humans, I also have a song about my female pet!
RAINE: You will be featured in the Health & Beauty Issue of Raine Magazine. What are some of your health/beauty hacks to stay in good health?
ZAMEER: Health is my biggest priority in life. With good health, I am unstoppable. I believe every human should sweat for at least 30 minutes per day. I practice this myself on a daily basis. Like our minds, our bodies also needs to be nurtured, challenged and inspired. I nurture my body by eating organic, healthy foods. I challenge my body by pushing it to new limits every day. I inspire my body by looking deep within through yoga and exploring nature. I also like using natural products to promote beauty. At the risk of being judged, I admit to regularly cleanse my skin with facials, and wear cucumber eye serum daily. I think men need to get in touch with their femininity. Looking after our skin, hair and physique is for all humans, not just for women. I man up when it comes to health and beauty.
Dr. Jerry L. Martin was a lifelong agnostic. As a philosophy professor who also ran a federal agency, he studied the world around him but never included the idea of God or divine intervention. His naturalistic worldview had no place for a divine dimension of any kind. But suddenly, he had an occasion to pray. And to his astonishment, God responded. What follows is an engrossing conversation and a deeply philosophical exploration of the big questions of life, love, human destiny, and God.
In God: An Autobiography, as Told To a Philosopher, Dr. Martin embarks on a fascinating journey, and through a series of stunning revelations, he discovers that God is not limited to one culture or religion. Each belief system is a different piece of the overall puzzle, one aspect of the journey to spiritual fulfillment.
“Making a decision to believe is not quite the same as accepting that belief in your bones. It is more like the first step toward believing,” says Dr. Martin. “Previously, the religious story was of a single tradition, and God’s revelations ended long ago. Now, there is a further dimension—the God of all traditions and all worlds—who is live and present and available to us still.”
With God: An Autobiography, Dr. Martin aims to tear down the old walls between religions by revealing to readers his eye-opening conversations with God — and create a spiritual awakening for all.
Dr. Jerry L. Martin has served as head of a federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to scholarly articles, Dr. Martin is author or co-author of major reports that have been cited in hundreds of newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Dr. Martin has been distinguished as an Andrew W. Mellon Congressional Fellow, among other honors, and has served as state President of the American Association of Professors and on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education in Virginia. He is currently the coordinator of the “Theology Without Walls” project at the American Academy of Religion.
God: An Autobiography will be available in hardback and e-book formats via online and brick-and-mortar book retailers throughout North America as of February 2016.
Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer Celine Dion and her manager husband, Rene Angelil, built their dream vacation home on Jupiter Island, Florida in 2010. The location offered the privacy the hardworking couple wanted to relax with their children and friends and they designed an estate around a series of water features and outdoor sports activities that, along with pristine beachfront, took full advantage of the warm Florida sunshine and Atlantic Ocean breezes. But even for celebrities who seem to have achieved it all, life can throw curve balls.
Though Rene had successfully fully recovered from about of throat cancer in 1999, it reoccurred in 2013, when he had surgery for another malignant throat tumor. Dion announced in 2014 that she would suspend her performances indefinitely due to her husband’s worsening health. In August of 2015, she resumed her Las Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace, but lost Rene to cancer in January 2016 and her brother only two days later. The couple and their three children had made the Las Vegas bedroom community of Henderson their home while Dion was performing at Caesar’s Palace. She returned to the stage on February 23rd for the first time since Rene’s death and paid tribute to his memory and their life together in her first performance. Their Bahamian-inspired Florida oceanfront estate was first put up for sale in 2013, the year that Rene was rediagnosed, for $72.5 million. Over a period of time with no buyer interest, the price was cut to $62.5 million. Among many five-star features, the 5.5-acre beachfront property’s #1 centerpiece is the 500,000-gallon water park highlighted by a slow current lazy river connecting two pools, bridges and a twisting waterslide. There is also another pool located beachside. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot main residence has five bedrooms with a second-level wraparound terrace with ocean views and multiple main level terraces. The luxurious master suite walk-in closet has automated carousels for quick access to shoes and clothing at the touch of a finger. The open-plan main level is light and airy in keeping with the subtropical climate. There are also two separate four-bedroom guest houses, tennis house, simulated golf range, pool house and beach house. Celine’s Jupiter neighbors include Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods and Palm Beach is just a few miles down the road.
Now settled in Henderson, Nevada at least until the end of her Caesar’s Palace residency in 2019, Celine has stepped up her effort to sell her Jupiter Island, Florida private resort estate by engaging a new brokerage and lowering the asking price. Fenton Lang Bruner & Associates currently holds the listing, which is now priced at $45.5 million.
It wasn’t until the onset of filming Hannah Montana in 2007 that the Cyrus family moved from their 500- acre Tennessee farm to a new home in Toluca Lake, California – an easy commute to the Disney studios for Billy and Miley. The home was where Miley spent most of her teen years and after the series was over, the family moved back to Tennessee and the home was placed in a trust for her. In 2015, she put it on the market for $5.995 million.
Tuscan style, gated and tucked privately away inside walls and thick tropical vegetation, the home is accessed by a long-bricked drive bordered by trees and thick hedging opening onto a brick motor court. Designed and built in 2007 by architect Bob Easton, its appearance with patches of vine-covered walls, red-barrel tile roof and Old World ambiance belies its youth. At 8,700 square feet on just under an acre, it houses six bedrooms, seven baths, grand entry foyer with curved staircase accented with wrought iron and formal rooms that open to views of the pool and lush landscaping. There is a large chef’s kitchen with ogee-edged granite countertops, family room, home theatre and Billy’s former guitar display room. Built on two levels, the master suite has a rooftop terrace with fireplace and large walk-in dressing rooms. Both inside and outside are multiple venues with fireplaces for lounging and entertaining both covered and open-air. A state-of-the-art security system and cameras protect all areas of the property. The listing agent is happy to report that the home was sold at the full $5.995 million asking price.
DietSensor is the easiest and most accurate nutrient and calorie counter on the market, thanks to its automatic food logging capabilities with connected sensors. It embeds all classical functions of state of the art manual diet tracking apps, and adds two revolutionary options, in order to offer an outstanding customer experience to its users: a micro connected scale and a molecular sensor that fits in the palm of its hand. With these sensors, food logging becomes a lot more simple and accurate than manual entries from lookup tables. The user just drops the food on its plate, press a button to illuminate (scan) it and the food is automatically logged into its meal, with the accurate weight and nutritional values that do not come from a standard list. Moreover, each time the user scans, he gets an advice customized to his profile or past actions. He immediately knows what he needs to add or cut back to balance his meal. All our advices are built by doctors or nutritionists and driven by evidence-based medicine.
We fully understand the problem of food counting because our own daughter got diagnosed with a type 1 diabetes 2 years ago. She had to start counting carbs at every meal with manual tools to dose insulin. We quickly realized that hundreds of millions of people struggle daily to answer this critical question: how much carbs or fat or protein do I have in my plate? We found this situation unworthy of the 21st century: they deserve a tool that automatically shows this information on their smartphone with no effort. With my wife, we decided to create the next generation of food tracking tools, and when we discovered that Consumer Physics, an Israeli company was about to release “the first handheld spectrometer able to analyse the chemical composition of objects around us”, we dropped our careers and partnered with them to creat DietSensor, “the first automated nutrition coach”. By simplifying nutrients (carbs, fat and protein) and calorie counting in food and beverage, DietSensor’s mission is to empower and inspire people to eat and live healthier and to help them achieve their goals, especially for people with food-related chronicle disease. And today we are honored that DietSensor received the Best of Innovation Award for apps and softwares worldwide at CES 2016 on the criteria of innovation, outstanding design, and usefulness, in regards to its profound potential impact on the consumer market.
The winter woes of dry skin, dehydrated hair and cracked lips can certainly leave a girl feeling less like her normal, beautiful self. I’m sure you’ve heard of the many health benefits of Coconut Oil (and the millions of ways you can use it), but this jack-of-all-trades product becomes the beauty mavens BFF during the winter months. Switching from your standard beauty products to Coconut Oil will not only save you tons of money, but will help to revitalize and rejuvenate your look.
So, start your spring cleaning early! Give Coconut Oil a try and replace the below 8 products that are taking up room in your bathroom vanity:
- DAILY MOISTURIZER – Coconut Oil is known to moisturize the skin just as well, if not better, than most lotions. It’s made up of Medium Chain Fatty Acids that enhance the moisture barrier of your skin, further protecting it from dryness
- EYE MAKEUP REMOVER – Remove stubborn eye makeup by dabbing coconut oil on a cotton ball. It’s a safe and natural alternative to some of the harsh chemicals found in generic makeup removers
- DEEP CONDITIONER – Coconut Oil contains proteins not found in other hair oils, helping hair retain its natural moisture and make it stronger
- CHAPSTICK – Mix coconut oil with less than a teaspoon of sugar to exfoliate cracked lips
- FRIZZ FIGHTER – Forget the sprays and simply tame the frizz with a dime-sized drop of coconut oil
- WRINKLE CREAM – Apply under eyes to help prevent wrinkles and hydrate the skin
- TEETH WHITENER – Ever try oil pulling? By swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-15 minutes a day, you’ll have a brighter smile and even improved oral health
- SHAVING CREAM – Not only can coconut oil replace shaving cream, but it also soothes sensitive skin as an added bonus. Razor burn be gone!
Try our favorite, Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – since it comes in a tub and single-serve paks, adding Coconut aOil to your beauty regimen has never been easier
Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil PAKS With so many benefits beyond the kitchen, you’ll definitely get your bang for your buck with Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Paks. Each conveniently packaged single-serve Pak contains 1 tbsp of organic unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil – the perfect amount to add to your morning coffee, smoothie or even popcorn. But what you will really love is the versatility of these Paks; Coconut oil provides a wealth of beauty benefits, as it can be used as a hair conditioner, natural moisturizer, teeth whitener and more. For $8.99, Carrington’s pre-measured PAKS make adding coconut oil to your on-the-go health/nutrition or beauty regimen easier than ever.
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