Talented musicians, celebrities, models and entrepreneurs celebrated the grand opening of Carlos Leon's CML Studios Saturday night. The event consisted of a countdown to 10.10.10 featuring live performances by singer-songwriter Rae, Vice 45, Hybrid XL, Tony Sans and Xtreme Xplosion Dance Crew. Attendees watched a brief documentary about Carlos Leon's business evolution from his humble beginnings in Orange County, to being listed as one of BusinessWeek's "Best Entrepreneurs 25 and Under" in 2008 and finally, the launch of CML Studios.
"It feels great to finally have achieved my goal of launching a full fledged production studio and center after working for over 4 years. Last night I truly saw a dream I've had for several years become a reality before my eyes," Leon said.
|CML Studios in Glendale, CA|
Of course, launching the studio was no easy feat. "The most difficult thing was definitely starting my company from scratch with no money, connections and very little knowledge about the industry. With hard work and dedication everything is possible," Leon said.
Inside the production studio, which was converted into a club, over 200 attendees sipped on bottomless drinks from the open bar, danced and exchanged business cards throughout the night. Notable faces in attendance included Shane Sparks of MTV's hit show America's Best Dance Crew and Jarvis Anderson front-man of Iglu and Hartly.
|Carlos Leon + countdown to 10.10.10|
Highlights of the night included performances by:
One of the most energetic acts to hit the stage was singer-songwriter Rae, who performed three songs that got the crowd dancing. She opened her set with "I Came 2 Party" and urged the audience to party with her. She also performed, "U.F.O." and "Need 4 Speed."
Catch her last performance of the year at Cinespace on October 20th. Rae is also working on her debut album. Follow her on Twitter @Araething
After her performance, ladies in the audience gathered to take photos with the singer.
|Rae and fans|
Listen to the single here:
|Vice 45 airborne|
Tony Luck and Wes Michaels performed songs that got the ladies in the crowd dancing. The duo combined hip-hop melodies with catchy choruses. Follow them on Twitter @TonyLuckXL
Spitting lyrics that got the crowd bobbin' their heads, Tony Sans and Marcellous Knight got the crowd warmed up with their short set. To get a feel for their music, visit: Tony Sans' Official Site
Follow Tony on Twitter @tonysans
|Tony Sans and Marcellous Knight|
Rae's Official Site
Vice 45 (Myspace Page)
Hybrid XL (Youtube Page)
Tony Sans' Official Site
Photos by www.markusalexander.com