The career of Doug Levitt has taken many twists and turns with the musician and artist setting out to find the true heart of the U.S. in a way that reflects the difficulties the majority of the people in the nation face on a regular basis. In the U.S. the majority of people do not use public transport unless they have no other option because of economic or local issues; for this reason, Doug Levitt chose the bus lines of the U.S. as his major source of inspiration for creating “The Greyhound Diaries”.
In developing this artistic movement Doug Levitt has chosen to spend much of the last decade traveling across the U.S. in a bid to talk to those who are forced to ride the bus because of economic issues that are often a true reflection of the nation as a whole. “The Greyhound Diaries” have been a labor of love for Doug Levitt as he has set out to develop a series of recordings, writings, images, and even a YouTube channel based around his experiences traveling over 120,000 miles.
Doug Levitt has often stated he knew very little of the major economic problems facing the people living in the heart of the U.S., a region he believes is often ignored by the majority of media outlets. Levitt lived the majority of his young life in Washington D.C., the capital of the nation where recession is never really a problem as the status of the city makes it a consistent world leader. The family of Doug Levitt have played an important role in the local political landscape with his mother a council member and candidate for mayor.After completing his studies at the London School of Economics, Doug Levitt remained in the U.K. as an international correspondent for some of the world’s leading news organizations; the death of his father is seen as one of the major reasons for the change in career of Doug Levitt as he became a popular artist in many different media.
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Breaking into the fast-moving world of pop music is a dream that many people never live. There are thousands of people around the world that try to gain the popularity it takes to stay on top in the music business, but, for one reason or another, they never get to the point where true success is achieved. Norka Luque, the Venezuela singer, is not one of those people. Norka has what it takes to stay on top of charts. Norka’s music is an incredible blend of rock, reggae, and a smooth Mediterranean sound that finds the soul and gentle makes it dance.
Norka Luque started singing at eight in her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. The talented young Norka was cast in a musical that highlighted the music of Shakira, another Venezuelan singer that achieved fame thanks to her unusual style and dynamic voice. Shakira’s music would continue to inspire Norka all through her school years. Her parents sent her to France to continue her studies after completing secondary school. Norka studied business in France, but she couldn’t stay away from the music scene. She joined the rock band, Bad Moon Rising, and the band played in the dance clubs near her school. Norka combined funk and rock into a dance sound that was irresistible. The clubs were filled every night thanks to Norka Luque’s voice and unusual style.
After attending a Ricky Martin concert in 2006, Norka decided to move to Miami and pursue her dream of landing a record deal. She got a job in a dance club on South Beach and the word spread that a young Venezuelan singer was the bomb. It didn’t take long for music producer, Emilio Estefan, to find her. Emilio is the award-winning producer of the Miami Sound Machine and husband of the Queen of Latino music, Gloria Estefan. Emilio and his team which included Archie Pena, Luigi Giraldo, and Marco Borges helped produce Norka’s first album. In 2011, her first single from that album was a hit in the Latino world, and she was nominated for best female singer. Her second single, Milagro, was a cross-over hit, and Norka’s career was off and running.
In 2016, Norka Luque released Tomorrowland, and it is racing to the top of the Billboard Dance Charts. Norka has done what few singers get to do at this stage in their career. She finds herself in the company of her musical idols, and the world is watching her make musical history.