Duane McLaughlin’s ‘Ready to Live’ Debut Album Release Event Draws Celebrity Support and Remembers 9/11

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Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, Kourtney Kardashian, Kelly Osborne and Russell Simmons were among those celebrities in attendance to celebrate the launch of this inspiring album. A portion of album proceeds are being donated to the NYPD & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund

Duane McLaughlin, a chart-topping recording artist, held his “Ready to Live” album release event, on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Chelsea Piers and aboard Utopia III in New York City. The star-studded event celebrating the release of Duane’s debut album was hosted by Amber Ridinger and Market America, Inc (http://www.marketamerica.com), in conjunction with Conquer Entertainment (http://www.conquerentertainment.com) and Ashley Events (http://www.ashleyevents.com).

The evening commenced at 6:00 pm when VIP’s, celebrities, editors, friends and family enjoyed cocktails prior to Duane’s special performance at 8:00 pm. Celebrities in attendance included, Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Jacob the Jeweler, Jonathan Cheban, Simon Huck, Russell Simmons, Omarion, Kelly Osborne, Angie Martinez, Scott Disick, and Brett Wright, CEO of VIBE magazine, among others.

Duane titled his debut album "Ready to Live" because the inspiring nature of the lyrics promote the artist’s belief that no matter what obstacles you encounter or hardships you experience - life will go on. "My passion lies with helping others," said Duane McLaughlin.

As a way to honor and remember the fallen heroes of 9/11, a portion of the album’s proceeds are being donated to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund (http://www.answerthecall.org). “The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund is an amazing charity that helps the families of those who fell in the line of duty, and it is my hope that my album can enhance the call to action to help these remarkable people,” said McLaughlin.

"Ready to Live" can be downloaded through Market America’s music platform at http://www.maMyWorld.com, (keyword: Ready to Live). It can also be purchased through Duane’s website, http://www.duanemclaughlin.com or by visiting iTunes through http://www.marketamerica.com ’s web portal.

Meet Duane McLaughlin – or for the fans that already follow his work in film, television and theater, welcome to the next chapter of an amazing life journey and career. Duane has taken his life-long passion for singing and performing, combined with his deep spiritual convictions, and produced an inspirational debut album that crosses musical boundaries.

Duane reached this turning point in his career at a considerably young age, having spent a lifetime honing the craft. At the age of five Duane signed his first contract with the Ford Modeling Agency, quickly becoming one of their most popular child models. This progressed into television and film appearances, including regular work with Nickelodeon. Since that time, Duane has appeared in several television productions, over a dozen films, including Todd Haynes' Academy Award nominated film, “Far from Heaven”. For the past two years he portrayed the role of Detective Dallas Griffin on the daytime television soap opera,” As The World Turns.”

Remarkably, Duane's modeling and acting career were achieved under an extracurricular premise. His academic studies always remained a valued primary focus in his life. Duane was enrolled into the prestigious Professional Children’s School (PCS) at the age of eleven. In addition to the school’s nationally recognized curriculum, Duane studied the arts as much as possible including courses in musical theater, dance, and drama and studio art. After graduating from PCS, Duane attended and received his undergraduate degree from Saint John’s University in May of 2009.

Needless to say, focus and determination run deep in this young man. This is a character trait that Duane attributes to the combination of his loving mother and late Grandfather, Carl Maxie Brashear, Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate, US Navy. (Master Chief Brashear’s life story was immortalized in the 2000 feature film, Men Of Honor, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr.).

Conquer Entertainment is committed to taking independent, existing and emerging artists to a level of major artist status by providing insight, direction and the necessary tools and services needed to become a true musical entrepreneurial success story! Conquer Entertainment will do for independent and major artists what the traditional label has failed do — allow them to have complete control of their careers and get compensated fairly. Conquer Entertainment offers services that give all artists the ability to record, promote, perform, and globally distribute their song(s) and make a profit. For more information, please visit: http://www.conquerentertainment.com.

Market America is a product brokerage and Internet marketing company that specializes in One-to-One Marketing. With more than three million customers and 180,000 Shop Consultants worldwide, the company has generated over $3.8 billion in accumulated retail sales. The company’s music platform, http://www.maMyWorld.com, provides expansive libraries of the most popular music and is overseen by Amber Ridinger. Headquartered in Greensboro, NC – the company was founded in 1992 by president and CEO JR Ridinger and employs over 700 people globally with international operations in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Philippines and United Kingdom. Through its revolutionary One-to-One Marketing concept, Market America combines the Internet with the power of people – creating the ultimate online shopping destination. More information is available at MarketAmerica.com, (http://www.marketamerica.com).

SHOP MA, Inc. runs the comparison shopping engine, SHOP.COM, designed to meet the shopping needs of the consumer and the business needs of merchants. Leveraging the features of its patented OneCart® along with extensive partner marketplace integration, and thousands of pages of unique shopping-centric editorial, SHOP.COM helps customers "Shop Smart, Save Big" across thousands of online stores. SHOP.COM also powers ShopCompanion, a comprehensive directory of online and brick-and-mortar stores, and The Shopping Vine (http://theshoppingvine.com), a shopping blog network. For more information, please visit (http://www.SHOP.com).


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