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After relocating from Venezuela to Miami, Gerina wrote Thalia’s biggest record to date, “Cerca De Ti/Closer To You.”


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The phones have stopped ringin’ and nobody has returned our emails, and we’ve gotta believe your recalcitrance is due to the holiday season. We are, however, extremely pleased to bring you Wheels’ two final new acts for the year, plus a coupla faves from this year, which we’re updating for your informational pleasure. Feel free to pry us away from family drama, and send us music to hype in the New Year: [email protected]

Gerina Di Marco: This female artist is of Venezuelan and Italian descent and speaks three languages. She started singing at a very young age and ended up winning the Venezuelan version of Star Search. After relocating to Miami to further her career, she ended up writing Thalia’s biggest record to date, “Cerca De Ti/Closer To You,” which was a #1 Latin Billboard record for three months and won her a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award. Gerina’s current English language single, “Right or Wrong,” has garnered north of 500k plays on Yahoo Music, and the video is heading in the same direction. She’s also had prime TV placements on The Hills and the finale of Celebrity Circus. Best of all, her live performance is absolutely incredible! This is one artist to definitely keep a close eye on in the New Year. Stay locked to Wheels in ’09 for more updates on this exciting artist. (www.myspace.com/gerinamusic, www.gerinamusic.com)

Gerina "Right or Wrong" Official Music Video

Local Natives: A five-piece indie band hailing from Orange who now call Silverlake home, these guys reminds us of My Morning Jacket and The Fleet Foxes. They’re about to head out on a month-long tour with The Union Line and Voxhaul Broadcast, hitting several cities for the first time. Check em out at the Silverlake Lounge on Dec 8th before they hit the road. The band’s upcoming full-length album will be out early next year, while the video for the new single “Camera Talk” will be available on their MySpace page soon. (www.myspace.com/localnatives)

Sharon Little:
Singer/songwriter we hipped you to earlier this year, now signed to CBS Records, continues to gain momentum:

* Just finished an entire year of touring with Plant/Krauss, Al Green, Johnny Lang and Chris Isaak

* Dec. 5 appearance on CBS Early Show

* Dec. 10 appearance on CSI: NY. She has the closing scene with the lead actors on the show. (Viewing audience: 20 million)

* New single “Follow That Sound” now at Triple A

Nell Bryden:
Soulstress building a huge overseas following in the U.K., Ireland and Europe. Here are some of the highlights of this year and what’s to come in ’09:

* The single “Second Time Around” is garnering solid support from BBC Radio and tracked Top 40 in Irish Download market

* Rave reviews in Uncut, Q, The London Times, The American, AOL Music Journal and more

* New album Live From Iraq to be released Q1 ’09, with a second album produced by David Kershenbaum slated to drop in Q2

* Will be back on tour beginning in February, hitting the U.K., Ireland, Iraq and the summer festival circuit.

16 Frames:
We wrote about them a few months ago and claimed they were one of the best-unsigned acts we had heard in awhile. Turns out we do know something after all, as the band recently inked a deal with Verve/UMG. Congrats, guys!

* Single “Back Again” to Hot AC Jan. 26

* Album “Where It Ends” out March 23

* MTV: The Hills has aired seven tracks on seven different episodes; rerunning in January

* ABC Family: KYLE XY airing two songs in two episodes in February

Over 500k MySpace plays

* Toured with Sheryl Crow, Crowded House and Pete Yorn

* MTV Soundtracks: Two tracks went #2 on their chart

* Will be touring in March/April.