JARED PADALECKI ANNOUNCES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY 'ALWAYS KEEP FIGHTING' CAMPAIGN 0 269

After the successes of previous Always Keep Fighting campaigns, founder and organiser Jared Padalecki, best known as Sam Winchester in Supernatural, took to Facebook yesterday to chat with fans who have supported him and the raising of mental health awareness.

Via a live video using his phone and from his trailer on the Supernatural set, Padalecki first gave a birthday shout-out to his dog before, with his voice starting to shake, he said:

“A year ago today, I decided to help raise money and awareness for a cause near and dear to me. I had never really spoken about it publicly – a lot of my friends and family knew – but I kind of kept it to myself by and large, and I, with the help of some friends and some family, I came to y’all and asked y’all if you could help me always keep fighting and in return I said I would always do my best to help y’all keep fighting.

Y’all have accomplished your side of that with a platinum medal. I feel so loved, I feel so supported from everybody out there and it’s really special to me and I’m really grateful. So, first and foremost, thank you. A year ago today, we launched the very first Always Keep Fighting campaign.

It kind of knocked my socks off and I think it knocked a lot of people’s socks off, and a lot of us couldn’t believe just how awesome it went, and I still get messages from y’all on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram daily, and I get fan mail from y’all daily, talking about the message and a lot of times, y’all will say to me ‘thank you for the Always Keep Fighting campaign’ and my feeling is to say ‘thank you’ for the Always Keep Fighting campaign. I’m only one person and I can do what I can do, but y’all spread the message and I know people found out about the show through the Always Keep Fighting campaign.

It’s just been really special and in the last year, I’ve learned a lot. I had my lowest low of my thirty three year and some odd month life in the last twelve months. But I also had my highest high, and so I’ve been through a lot and I just wanted to say thank you guys, and I think I’ve had a lot of time to kinda look inside myself – not literally – no, literally actually, I was able to see some x-rays and see inside myself!

Seriously, I’ve kinda done a lot of introspection, and I spent a lot of time with family and friends and professionals, kinda talking about everything, and one of the things I learned about fighting and making a promise to always keep fighting is sometimes, it doesn’t matter if you’re alone or around a million people, it doesn’t matter if you just lost your job or got your dream job, it doesn’t matter if you’re in a relationship with your special somebody, or still looking for that person. No matter the situation, if you don’t love yourself, then it becomes really difficult to always keep fighting. 

So, in honour of the one year anniversary of the very first ever Always Keep Fighting campaign, I wanted to do another campaign, reminding me of what I think I need to remember a lot of times and hopefully reminding y’all. So, allow me to stand up so you can see it. (rises) So guys, welcome to the one year anniversary of our Always Keep Fighting campaign. (lowers camera to show a black hoodie reading ‘Love Yourself First’ in bold letters and ‘Always Keep Fighting’ in smaller text to the side).

I’m realising that that might come out mirrored so I’m actually going to look in the mirror (stands in front of mirror holding his camera/video phone). Anyways as y’all can see, it’s a design that kinda helps me to remember that if you don’t love yourself then no amount of love coming at you can mean a whole lot.

I had y’all’s support for many years and I had to, with all y’all’s convincing and y’all’s love and support, love myself. I’m still learning, but I promise I will work hard to try and love myself first so that I can always keep fighting and learn to love everyone else and always keep fighting for everyone else. I love y’all very much, I’m grateful for y’all and the last twelve months of my life have been the best twelve months of my life, so for that, thank you. Love Yourself First. Always Keep Fighting.

You can watch the video here.

The new campaign hoodie can be purchased from Jared’s represent page. The message on the page reads:

Loving yourself is vital in the fight against mental health problems, so I want to encourage y’all to focus on loving yourselves first… each and every one of you is worthy.

The hoodie is available in a range of sizes and in black, navy or grey with a portion of the proceeds also going to the PACK Fund and The SPNFamily Crisis Support Network as recently launched and supported by Padalecki’s co-stars Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins via their ‘You Are Not Alone’ campaign.

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BAILEY TOMKINSON CHATS “7 MINUTES IN HEAVEN”, TAYLOR SWIFT & SUPPORTING HER FELLOW FEMALE ARTISTS 0 80

Heavily influenced and inspired by Taylor Swift but with music tastes so varied she loves Sam Cooke, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper to name just three, Bailey Tomkinson has an undeniable passion for music. After releasing her EP Hey Ace last year, she’s recently dropped her new single “7 Minutes In Heaven” and with plans to head back in the studio soon to work on new material, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with her to talk favourite songs, upcoming performance plans and proudly supporting other female artists.

TITL: Who exactly is Bailey Tomkinson?

Bailey Tomkinson: Hi there! I’m Bailey, I’m a 19 year old singer/songwriter from sunny St Ives in Cornwall. I like to write country melodies that hopefully even people that don’t normally like Country Music will want to sing along to! I’m signed to German Indie Label FBP Music and when I’m not performing you can usually find me in the surf!

TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music a career and what did those closest to you think of said realisation?

BT: I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue a career in music, I watched the movie ‘Selena’, based on the life of the singer Selena Quintanilla, when I was about 4 and from then on all I wanted to do was perform.

The first time I played one of my songs in public was in front of about 300 people in an auditorium, it was a school rock concert in Brussels where we were living at the time, I was about 13. You could have heard a pin drop when I started to play and I just got the bug. I’ve never wanted to do anything else.  I think there is a video of it on YouTube somewhere actually! My family have never been anything other than massively supportive.Their attitude is that we all only get so many trips round the sun, why not spend them doing something you love?

TITL: Which artists and bands are you most inspired and influenced by, and what is it about the music they make that you like so much?

BT: I’ve grown up listening to Taylor Swift so she’s a big influence, obviously very relatable to a teenage girl. But I also admire her for willingness to experiment and innovate across genres; that she wanted to expand the ‘box’. I really admire Kacey Musgraves for the same reason. I listen to Sinatra. I love John Denver because he’s my Grandad’s favourite. Also Sam Cooke, Madonna, Abba, Cyndi Lauper, Jewel – honestly, I just love music.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest single “7 Minutes In Heaven”?

BT: It was a combination of things really. I love movies like ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ for the sense they have where in one, crazy night anything can happen. I thought it would be interesting to try to capture that feeling in a song. I’m 19 years old, so you know, I love a good party and we have some GREAT parties down here in St Ives, we’ve got the beach, bonfires, surfers and guitars so I thought why not write about some of them!

TITL: Who or what is your biggest inspiration when it comes to music and song-writing? With that in mind, could you choose what you feel is the greatest song ever written?

BT: That’s such a difficult question and if you asked me that 100 times, I’d probably give you a 100 different answers. Today, I’d go with “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. The song structure is a work of genius; it somehow manages to link multiple songs into one. Freddie Mercury is a GOD!

I think at the end of the day, I wouldn’t say I have a biggest inspiration as I’m quite fickle with the music I listen to, one minute it’s Sam Cooke and the next it’s Guns N’ Roses. However, that said, I’m pretty sure that if you ask people that know me, they’d tell you it’s Taylor Swift. Hell, at school I was nicknamed ‘Baylor’ Swift.

TITL: As a fairly new artist who made their mark on the industry last year, following the release of your EP, do you ever worry about how you compare to so many of your artistic counterparts?

BT: No, success isn’t cake. Just because someone has some doesn’t mean there’s none for me. There’s plenty for everybody. I have nothing but admiration for people who say, I’m going to follow my passion for making music and if they manage to carve out their own niche then more power to them. It’s hard enough for women in music, we’re all seeking to get equal airtime, festival slots etc, without turning on each other. We all experience the same thing…radio stations happy to put our faces on their posters or Facebook pages but then not spinning our records…I make a point of supporting other female country singers out there, we all want the same thing, a bigger industry and an opportunity to thrive within it.  

TITL: Do you have any performances/tour plans in the works?

BT: There’s lots going on. I’m making my London debut at Luna Lounge in April and in August, I’ve been lucky enough to get a slot at Boardmasters Festival which is one of my favourite festivals. I really want to play the length and breadth of the country, so if any one reading this has slots available, hit me up!

TITL: Given that we live in such a technology obsessed/dependent society, what are your thoughts on social media? How have the likes of Facebook and Twitter impacted your ability to reach an audience, and do you believe that artists can become successful without it?

BT: I don’t know that I have any new startling insight on the subject to be honest. It’s a mixed bag. Social media can be horrible, it amplifies hate and lies, it can make people insecure and antisocial I certainly think it’s important to remember that like television, a lot of it isn’t real. But the flip side is that it can connect people across oceans, across continents in ways we’ve never been able to before. 

In terms of the music, so far my experiences on social media have been incredibly positive, I’ve had other artists reach out with encouragement and advice, I’ve had folks contact me saying how much they’ve enjoyed a certain song and share my stuff with their friends etc. everybody has been really welcoming. Can an artist become successful without it? It depends on how you define success…for some it’s filling stadiums, which I don’t think you can do without a strong social media presence; for others it’s being happy, doing something you love on a local stage. If we were all the same, life would be boring wouldn’t it?

TITL: What does the rest of the year have in store for you? Will you be working on some new material at some point?

BT: Yes, I’ve been in the studio recently to record another single. Then after Boardmasters and festival season, I’ll probably do another EP. I’m writing constantly and definitely want to capture those songs properly. Later in the year, I’d like to do a bigger tour.

TITL: Finally then, what advice would you give to anyone looking to make their mark on the music world as you have? Is there anything you’ve learnt in your short time in the business you’d pass on?

BT: I’d say, make the music you want to make and then surround yourself with as many good people as you can. It really does take a village.

Check out “7 Minutes In Heaven” below and for more information on Bailey, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

LOVE ISLAND STAR MIKE THALASSITIS FOUND DEAD 0 130

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis has died aged 26 years old near his home in Essex, according to reports.

According to press, Mike was found in woodland near his home yesterday (Friday 15th March 2019).

Mike had starred in the 2017 series of the dating show, and had worked as a semi-professional footballer for reams including St Albans, Chelmsford and Welling United.

Tributes have been flooding in from Mike’s celebrity friends following the news of his death, which includes former Love Island Stars, Chris Hughes, Olivia Buckland and more.