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Kisha Johnson is Not like the other Kids

Amanda Giordano


One can be anyone, but anyone can't be me. That's my power. I'm a one of one. That sounds fancy, right? I'm fancy. I'm funny, I'm creative, I'm ever-learning and always creating. That can be your power too, but only if you want it to be. 

I’m always thinking about ways to uplift while healing myself and my voice became a way to do that. I realized that through my own pain people could resonate and combat the problems that they had. I stepped up and said “I’m not okay,” people were like “Me either girl” and I went from there. There's a lot of stressors for inner-city kids (Basically a lack of everything, throw in some marginalization, oppression and mix in a combination of sexual-mental-physical-emotional abuse for a low functioning human being) and it all happened by design. Through my poetry, I try to educate people on self-love, the history of black people, and finding problems to the solutions we face as underserved communities.


I came up with The Give Back Tour after listening to the Dead Prez “Let’s Get Free” album. It was a way to hold myself accountable. I had learned so much about myself and healing that it would be a disservice not to share it with everyone else. My plan is to go around the States teaching about affirmations, healing rituals, poetry while learning from all the people and things I meet in between. Ultimately, I’ll bring that knowledge right back to my borough and I know that no one can do it alone which is why the goal is always to share as much as I can of myself in order to inspire the revolutionary in us all.

IG: @AHoodrathippie 

Until we get caught is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


We’re “Until We Get Caught” and we are a 6 piece pop punk band hailing from both Staten Island, NY and Providence, RI. That’s right, half of us live in New York while the other half live in Rhode Island. Right off the bat, you can tell that we aren’t like most bands. Our music style isn’t like most other popular bands as well. 

What makes us unique however is not just our location or our music. But we all come from different walks of life and have experienced all different upbringings. Since this band started in 2014, our goal wasn’t to get signed and become rock stars. It was to send a message to anyone out there that life may not always go the way you want it to, but you should make the most of it and live it to the fullest. We bring this up during every show we play, whether that be local or when we tour across the country. Every song we write has many hours of trial and error behind it, so much heart and soul and each message in these songs are something we hope resonates with the listener. 


Aleks Gershman- Unclean Vocals

Chris Brady- Clean Vocals

Rickie Garcia- Rhythm Guitar/ Vocals 

Chris Petrocchi- Bass Guitar

Nick Rod- Lead Guitar

Tom Reig- Drums


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Jordan Barone is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


"I am not like the other kids because of my willingness to bet it all on my craft. I eat, breath, sleep, dream, and live music. There’s pictures of me at the piano as early as 2 years old. I began producing with my brother at age 9. I was set on this path way before I knew how it would manifest itself in every aspect of my life. 


Everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. For me, this would be to make a living by waking up, walking down to the studio, and creating for the largest portion of my day. I believe this is attainable, and this goal has set me in an organized, yet manic frenzy. 


I really took the jump when I began interning as an audio engineer at multiple recording studios in NYC. The city represented the largest of what my dreams could be. I was in rooms with the stars, so close, yet so far. But it drove me, kept me awake for more than 24 hours at a time. 


Not much changed when I made the switch to be an artist. I created around the clock. A hummed melody could turn into a full sonata, and no genre could bind me. I could be Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” over Wu-Tang inspired sampled drums. I'd dream of music, wake up, and rush to bring the idea to fruition. I even forget to eat sometimes, that’s how deep I get in it. I’ve been trying to find the balance so that I don’t lose all aspects of a social life, and so that I still spend quality time with family. But to be honest, it’s all just patchwork, and I’m itching until I can create again.


I’m sure there are some others like me, but I know they are rare. It's my wish to not only create, but have my inner voice and melodies heard, sometimes playing soft, or sometimes screaming boldly, but one way or another, stating clearly- I am not like the other kids. " - Jordan Barone

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Keyz Vango is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano


Here’s why I’m #NotLikeTheOtherKids :

I have an understanding that, to lose your “inner kid” is to lose your ability to dream. In order to fulfill your dreams you have to often resort back to that child-like mind set. Kids don’t hesitate so much. Kids don’t dwell on what can go wrong. Kids just do, based on what feels natural. For many, it’s the hardest and most terrifying thing to simply choose happiness. I guess what separates me from the other kids, is that I’ve finally relearned how to stare fear straight in the face and just do me, like a kid.