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Many of us NYC’ers have been stuck inside for about a month now due to the growing coronavirus pandemic. Boredom has naturally struck many as we yearn to do the every day things that were once considered normal. Now would be a good time to enjoy things on the inside, one being discovering new musical talent that will keep us occupied and perhaps happy amid being in self-isolation.

We here at Manhattan Digest are highlighting not one, not two, but three amazing artists who are New York based and are simply fabulous with the stuff they put out. They were asked all the same questions about the state of the world right now and how its affected their career. Regardless, they remain hopeful for the future with the mindset that things will return back to the way it was and that they’ll be able to hit the stage again.

Mark Newman

What has been the hardest part for you, professionally, while we all continue to be stuck at home over the coronavirus?

Not being to do a few gigs that I was looking forward to and not getting back in the studio to start my next CD.

Are you hopeful that any shows that you have planned will actually happen this summer?

I’m rolling with whatever happens. I think a lot of shows will be pushed back to late August and September.

Who has been your favorite artist or band to listen to while being in self-isolation?

Janis Ian. I’m planning to record a song of hers so I keep listening to see how I can make it work for me.

Has there been a venue you’ve loved performing at the most and is there one you are dying to sing in front of a live audience at?

There are two: My Father’s Place in Roslyn and Still Partners in Sea Cliff.

What is the first thing you plan on doing professionally when all of this is hopefully in the past?

Going back into the studio.

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Sammi Rae Murciano of Sammi Rae & Los Vegas

What has been the hardest part for you, professionally, while we all continue to be stuck at home over the coronavirus?

It has been very hard to be stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Being a singer, my performances have been cancelled. I also haven’t been able to go to the studio to record and film music videos. Unfortunately, it has been hard but I am thankful to be healthy and hoping that everyone is staying safe.

Are you hopeful that any shows that you have planned will actually happen this summer?

I am hoping that everything will be back to normal soon and that we will still be able to have our planned performances this summer.

Who has been your favorite artist or band to listen to while being in self-isolation?

I’ve been listening to many different artists and getting inspiration. Also I’ve been focusing on writing new music and releasing material so that we can still interact with our fans.

Has there been a venue you’ve loved performing at the most and is there one you are dying to sing in front of a live audience at?

I love the feeling of performing on stage and there have been many venues that I’ve enjoyed singing at. One of my favorites was Jones Beach Latin Night, it was great to perform for a big audience and share our music with them. It would be an honor to be able to perform at Madison Square Garden one day.

What is the first thing you plan on doing professionally when all of this is hopefully in the past?

When everything is back to normal I would like to be able to go back to everyday normal life. To be able to see all my family and friends and to continue pursuing my singing career to the fullest.

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Robert Eberle

What has been the hardest part for you, professionally, while we all continue to be stuck at home over the coronavirus?

I collaborated with Starbucks to put on a tour and unfortunately, that got cancelled due to the coronavirus. Which is very sad but it will be rescheduled! The hardest part is not being able to record music and perform.

Are you hopeful that any shows that you have planned will actually happen this summer?

I have a good feeling that all my shows are going to happen this summer!

Who has been your favorite artist or band to listen to while being in self-isolation?

My favorites that I have been listening through this self-isolation period have to be Madison Beer and Billie Eilish. Two great artists.

Has there been a venue you’ve loved performing at the most and is there one you are dying to sing in front of a live audience at?

The venue I really love performing at has to be 89 North in Patchogue. I had a few shows their last year and in 2018 and they were awesome. The one venue I would love to perform at has to be either at a music festival, or the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach!

What is the first thing you plan on doing professionally when all of this is hopefully in the past?

As soon as this all passes I’m starting my debut EP which I hope will come out sometime this year or next year! I’m also going to reschedule my tour and book more shows.

http://roberteberlemusic.com/