And by simply watching “One Toy’s Journey to Power Holiday Smiles”, consumers will trigger a Duracell battery donation to Toys for Tots.
This heartwaming clip short tells the story of a donated FURBY toy making its way into the home of a struggling family and into the arms of a child — who due to her family’s circumstance, did not expect any gifts at all on Christmas morning.
Duracell`s Power Holiday Smiles campaign has been supported by actress Lucy Hale and Chicago Bear Matt Forte who, along with Hasbro, channeled their inner Saint Nick to spread the campaign message and power the smiles of children in need.
Chace Crawford, Joe Manganiello , Megan Hilty, and Michelle Beadle joined Duracell’s roster of “Power Athletes” Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Olympians Hunter Kemper , siblings Mark and Diana Lopez and NBA All-Star Dwight Howard last night turned out in New York city for the launch of the RELY ON COPPER TO GO FOR THE GOLD” OLYMPIC GAMES PROGRAM.
At the event, we overheard Joe Manganiello revealing that his only Easter plan was to have a Cadbury egg
Megan Hilty gushed about being a HUGE fan of “The Voice” and is rooting for everyone on Cee Lo’s team, and Chace Crawford caught up with his What to Expect When You’re Excepting co-star Joe Manganiello on the Copper Carpet and admitted how he stays away from “gossip” on and off the set… “I stay away from gossip, it gets people in trouble.”
ABOUT THE “RELY ON COPPER TO GO FOR THE GOLD” OLYMPIC GAMES PROGRAM
Inspired by the hard work and training of American athletes as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Duracell, a Procter & Gamble (P&G) brand developed the “Rely on Copper to Go for the Gold” program. Headlined by six-time NBA All-Star and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Dwight Howard, and featuring Team USA hopefuls Hunter Kemper (triathlon), siblings Mark and Diana Lopez (taekwondo), and former Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, “Rely on Copper to Go for the Gold” gives consumers a portal to provide encouragement for the athletes through videos, pictures and texts as they train and compete for the Games in London. Visit Facebook.com/Duracell or Youtube.com/Duracell).
Cat from Cat’s Style Talk and Matt Cheadle, our music reviewer, caught up with Chris Daughtry in LA last week.
Here’s what unfolded…
CAT’S STYLE TALK EXCLUSIVE
She writes: Throughout the holiday season, Duracell will be providing free and unique content on their Facebook page (Facebook.com/Duracell). From hourly toy giveaways of this season’s most wanted toys, access to toy reviews from real kids and an easy way to give back to children in need. Duracell will be there to help parents create a magical Christmas morning for their kids.
To help ensure a magical Christmas morning for those less fortunate, Duracell will be donating 30,000 batteries to the Toy Industry Foundation – an organization that provides toys to kids in need.
And as a special treat, to celebrate the holidays with his fans,Duracell is hosting a special concert on Facebook with Chris Daughtry on December 14. Simply “Like” Duracell’s Facebook page to watch!
I caught up with Chris for an exclusive interview about his involvement with Duracell’s Holiday Insurance Program and spending Christmas with the Kids and was blown away by what a fantastic guy he is. Not only is he super talented, handsome, and extremely successful, he is gracious, kind and a great example to his fans.
Q: How and why did you get involved with Duracell?
A: It’s very well known I have a big family and have been raising kids for years. It’s a great program for parents, like myself, for the Xmas period. We’ve all been there when the kids open the presents and there are no batteries, so you have to go back out to get them before the kids can play with the presents. They are also doing an amazing thing for children of less fortunate families and it’s a cool way of giving back and making sure everyone can enjoy a wonderful Xmas.
Q: You have 4 kids! Do they go on the road with you?
A: Well 2 are almost no longer kids! They are 13 & 15 and are way cooler than me but luckily my wife and I can be cool again with the 1 year olds, as they have to look up to us.
have brought my eldest son out on numerous occasions. It’s easier with a bus full of dudes having a teenage boy on the bus as he can hang with the guys. It’s a little harder to bring my girl out. We home school and my wife is very involved so it’s hard as we tour during school time. It’s not as glamorous as they expect so they get a little
Q: You have twin babies; do you get more sleep on tour?
A: My work is vacation (laughing!) I get way more sleep on the road. They are 1 year old now so it’s getting easier except they go to sleep at 7.30pm but wake up at 6am! I mean who does that?
Q: Tell me about the live Facebook concert for Duracell?
A: It’s going to be a stripped down acoustic gig with full band. We enjoy doing this because you get to hear the songs at their core level.
Q: Will you be singing any Xmas songs?
A: Yeah, we were talking about that today! Its been requested but I tend to gravitate towards the sappy ones so I have to find the right ones. I love ‘Oh Holy night’ and ‘The First Noel’ but they are pretty soppy. I was thinking maybe a Bruce Springsteen style version of Santa Claus is coming to town’. I might have to check out the best all time favorites on line!
Q: Your B day is on the 26th December. Did that suck as a child?
A: It sucks now! Chris Daughtry v Jesus, lets see who’s going to win here!!?
Q: What do you want for Xmas?
A: My wife and I don’t really bother with ourselves as we make it about the kids at Christmas! We’ve been together 11 years so if we want something we just go and get it.
Q: You have had 4 Grammy nominations, 4 AMA, 4 no 1’s all under 4 years are you ready to ‘Break The Spell’ (Chris’ new album) and get that Grammy next year?
A: Yes! I think we got it out in time, so hopefully we can snag a Grammy for once ;)We are super proud of this record regardless what accolades it gets.
Don’t forget to watch Facebook on December 14th to see Chris perform an exclusive live concert for Christmas. (Facebook.com/Duracell).
Meanwhile, Matt talked music with the star.
Here’s his interview….
DAUGHTRY NEW ALBUM AND INTERVIEW
The singer revealed all about his new album
Rock band, Daughtry, released their new album, ‘Break the Spell’ last week. It’s their third studio recording and the follow up to 2009’s platinum selling, ‘Leave this Town’.
According to frontman Chris, the album is “more upbeat and positive lyrically,” stating that the album sounds “nothing like the previous two”. He says “We are super proud of this record.”
Fans of the band will not be disappointed. Once again produced by Howard Benson, ‘Break the Spell’ offers up huge slabs of melodic and uplifting rock, with the customary fat sound and luxuriant guitars and vocals, as typified by lead off single, ‘Crawling Back to You’ and the very hooky, ‘Crazy’.
There are sensitive acoustic moments as well, such as ‘Start of Something Good’, and the final track on the deluxe edition, ‘Lullaby’ which sees Chris at his most honest and exposed on his own with just voice and guitar.
The former American Idol rocker was in Los Angeles this week, where I caught up with him for a quick Q and A.
Can you tell us a bit about the single, ‘Crawling Back to You’?
“It’s always been easy for me to write about relationships because its something I know, and it’s always easier to write about the downs. This song was originally written for the last album, but we didn’t feel it had that positive lift so we scrapped it. But when writing for
this album with Marty Fredrickson, we went back to this tune and changed the chord progression from minor to major and I had somewhere to go vocally that made it feel more uplifting.”
Tell us a bit about the lyrics on the album.
“For this album I was in a more positive head space and starting thinking about when I met my wife and things were all new and the smitten feelings that go with that. ‘Gone too soon’ is about the miscarriage of a child that happened to someone close to me, and even though it wasn’t my story, I could relate. It was the first time in a writing session that I just started bawling.”
How did you approach this record differently?
“The four months I took off when the twins were born (last year) helped inspire this record because when we did get back to writing it was so fresh that we weren’t doing the same thing, we were in a completely different headspace. ‘Lullaby’ was recorded with just me and my guitar in front of my computer, and I sent it to our surrogate mother so she could play it to the kids in the womb and that’s the version that made it on to the album. It was probably one of the most honest songs I’ve ever written.”
After five years, you’re the third most successful Idol artist ever and you’ve had the fastest selling debut rock album, did you ever imagine being here?
“I didn’t expect this level of success and I just feel very blessed and fortunate.”
‘Break the Spell’ is out in stores and on i-tunes now