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New Book Provides Indie and DIY Artists an Inside Look into the Music Industry

 “In the Spotlight: Over 100 Voices in Music” features the trials, tribulations
and triumphs of young men and women looking to make it in the music business

Co-Founders, Dani Felt and Emily Correa, of Creative Spotlights, a New York-based creative development firm for artists, announce the launch of their new book, In the Spotlight: Over 100 Voices in Music.  The book chronicles life in the music industry through the eyes of those who are living it and serves as guide for those who wish to enter the spotlight and stay inspired.  In the Spotlight is the result of the authors’ almost two years of extensive research, compilation and design work.

My biggest inspiration is the thought…the prospect… of living life at your highest potential.
Seeing the emotional and mental garbage that we are subject to everyday,
but overcoming it in order to bring our deepest imaginations, of a perfect life, into fruition.
This is what I like to write about most. 
Stephen Rivera, Rock Vocalist and Producer, Los Angeles, CA

In the Spotlight is an inspirational guide to the music industry by those who are in it. It features interviews with various industry professionals and is geared towards a handful of different audiences, including music students in high school and college, indie artists and labels, and DIY artists looking to get some help on marketing strategy. It also gives these audiences insider access to the perspectives of music industry veterans.  

In the Spotlight has caught the attention of people like PledgeMusic CEO Benji Rogers, Co-Founder of ReverbNation, Lou Plaia, and David Schuler (John Legend’s Producer).  The book features interviews with music professionals from different sides of the industry, such as: celebrity vocal coach Steven Memel and producers Arty Skye and Adam Ayan, CEO David Dufresne (Bandzoogle), key artists Ryan Cabrera and actors in Broadway musicals such as Joanna Christie

The book is available through their website and on Amazon in mid-July and sells for $19.95 in softcover. A free digital copy of the first chapter titled “Inspiration” is downloadable here.  There are hyperlinked music videos and fan pages of featured indie music artists next to their “sound bite.”  In the Spotlight is truly focused on promotion of each artist and letting their voices really be heard.  Felt and Correa both lend their own voices to this original work of art. 

Emily and Dani wrote this unique and insightful book as a labor of love.  “I always dreamed of being a singer ever since I was five years old. This life-long passion for music guided me to the development of Creative Spotlights in 2011, which started off as a music blog featuring 300 interviews with indie music artists,” Dani explains. “I have a story to tell as an artist, marketing guru and entrepreneur navigating the music scene in New York for the past five years.” 

Emily states that “as a coach who actually had my own unfulfilled journey as an artist too; in painting, acting and modeling and never having someone to really push me to go all the way past my life circumstances, I have felt the ups and downs all artists go through in accessing their own creative power. It’s confusing to say the least! The coaching experience in this book provides light on that path, so that all music artists can discover the extent of their creative gifts, become leaders in their field and reach higher heights of prosperity, fulfillment and awareness.” 

Additionally, Emily hopes to inspire all artists using her “AVA” method of “Awareness, Vision and Action” method of coaching so the music artists who read the book will be able to tap into their own creative gifts powerfully. The artist development part of each chapter showcases deep coaching questions, spiritual mantras to inspire with a fillable worksheet to stay on track. “This is a tool to truly inspire all artists so they can have a full experience and truly receive career guidance,” Emily says. 

More information about the book can be found on their website (http://www.creativespotlights.com) or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/over100voices Felt and Correa are currently seeking new voices to include in two new books focused on the acting and fashion industries set to launch by January 2016. 


Creative Spotlights LLC is a New York City-based Creative Development Firm dedicated to inspiring and guiding those in the arts and entertainment industry through publicity, promotion and career development. Founded in 2010 by Dani Felt, it served as an ambitious music blog site featuring over 300 + interviews and with Co-Founder Emily Correa has evolved to truly support all artists to strategically go after their dreams. More information can be found at: www.creativespotlights.com 

Dani Felt and Emily Correa, authors of In the SpotlightDani Felt and Emily Correa


Two years ago Dani Felt met Emily Correa on a NYC rooftop to discuss working together as Dani’s newest entertainment writer for her popular music blog, Creative Spotlights. Immediately, the high profile writing assignments appeared; producers who worked with Justin Bieber and John Legend, CEOs of music sites, and Music Executives. This sparked an alliance between Dani the singer/songwriter and Emily, the life/business coach to leverage the 300 interviews Creative Spotlights has featured over 4 years, by producing an inspirational guide + coaching tool for aspiring music artists to capture their creative dreams. 

Dani Felt, CEO of Creative Spotlights

​Dani Felt, co-author of In the SpotlightDani grew up in t​​he suburbs outside Philadelphia and graduated with a BA in Marketing. She has been singing since she was five, and writing music since she was fourteen years old. Dani`s dream was to be a singer/songwriter but she realized she wanted more and her passion was networking with those in music in NYC. In 2011 she started Creative Spotlights as a music blog to connect with the heroes she admired. Three years later, Dani and her team of writers had collected over 300 interviews from many levels of artists in music including CEO of Pledge Music, CEO of Reverbnation, Celebrity Vocal Coach Steven Memel, Trevor Gale, Vice-President of SESAC and many more! Dani’s ultimate vision for Creative Spotlights is a creative hub of publishing, marketing and career development resources for all aspiring artists. 

Emily Correa, Co-Founder and Certified Life/Business Coach

​Emily Correa, co-author of In the SpotlightEmily is best known as the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Creative Spotlights, an entertainment writer, and as a certified life/business coach for those in arts + entertainment as CEO of Vida Linda Coaching.  As a child she dreamed of being a painter, in her teens she became classically trained as an actress and spent 10 years navigating the acting + modeling world. She holds a B.A. in a double major of Psychology/Sociology with a minor in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in Business Psychology, seven years’ experience as a Trainer and a master-level coaching certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

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Guitar Girl Magazine

Tara Low is the visionary founder and dedicated editor of Guitar Girl Magazine, pioneering a space where women's voices in the music industry are amplified. With a passion for both music and empowerment, she continues to shape a platform that celebrates and promotes female talent in the world of guitar playing.

Guitar Girl Magazine
Tara Low is the visionary founder and dedicated editor of Guitar Girl Magazine, pioneering a space where women's voices in the music industry are amplified. With a passion for both music and empowerment, she continues to shape a platform that celebrates and promotes female talent in the world of guitar playing.


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