Introducing The Music Blog's co-authors in crime.
Dayna Kovacic2 years ago, in the midst of what she likes to call her little “quarter-life crisis”, Dayna discovered a path to singing and writing music she never thought was possible. It had been a childhood dream long forgotten. As her faith and musical ability grew in the months that followed, Dayna acquired a new found confidence. She fell in love with the song creating process and her 1st time in the studio was life changing. She has written and recorded songs with Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Christopher “Brody” Brown (Grenade – Bruno Mars & Forget You – Cee Lo Green) and continues her vocal training and guitar instruction under industry veteran’s Jessica Marciel and Vince Lauria. Her passion and hunger to learn about the music business drives her, and she is currently a registered ASCAP writer and publisher. To listen to Dayna’s music and read more on her story, check her out at http://www.daynakovacic.com/
Favorite band of all time - Huey Lewis and The News
Songwriting hero - Neil Sedaka
Most inspiring industry influencer - Alexandra Patsavas
Matt Castleman received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University and was awarded the 2010 Acclaim Award for Rising Star. Matt has been a professional actor since the age of nine and is a proud member of AFTRA. His amazing wife, Catie, is a soldier in the U.S. Army. During her deployment to Iraq, Matt moved to Los Angeles and was offered representation by one of Hollywood’s top managers and agencies. Recently, Matt was accepted into the prestigious “Groundlings” improvisation school (alumni include Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Phil Hartman), as well as Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop. He has appeared in several commercials including Hyundai, NuvaRing, 2012 Summer Olympics, and Pepsi. He was cast in a Disney pilot, as well as an episode of CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. Last year, Matt was offered the supporting lead role in the feature film “40 Miles”, which will air on HBO and in select theatres across the country!
In addition to film, Matt also has a strong passion for theatre, magic, and gymnastics. He was seen on stage at NKU as Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie (Cincinnati Entertainment Award Winner), Harold Bride in Titanic, Ben Holtz in the 2009 YES Festival World Premiere of Nightjars, Munkustrap in Cats, George Milton in Of Mice and Men, and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Matt has many professional theatre credits including LeFou in Beauty and the Beast with Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Cloretta Powers in Church Girls, Umatilla USA, Riff in West Side Story with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Jim in I Love a Piano, Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar, Jinx in Forever Plaid, and Anselmo in Man of La Mancha (at NKU and the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania) with the Commonwealth Theatre Company. During his time at NKU, Matt was also an acting teacher at Uptown Arts in Cincinnati, along with being an alumnus of NKU’s “This Side Up” Comedy Improvisation and Musical Theatre Tour Troupes. He can be found on the original cast recordings of Church Girls, Umatilla USA, Lovers and Burgertown. Matt has been a gymnast for 15 years and trained with the Academy of Artistic Gymnastics, Vandergriff, and Dynamo. Please visit www.mattcastleman.com for more information!