Welcome to Ray Quinn’s new website…here you’ll find the latest news, pictures, video and other goodies. If you fancy a glimpse of what Ray’s upcoming debut album has to offer – and we know you do – well, you’re in luck! Ray now has a special media player which boasts extracts of each brilliant new song from his album. As if that wasn’t enough, you can now embed this onto your personal web pages, like Myspace, Bebo or Hi5. If that sounds like your cuppa then click here and follow the simple instructions.


Tips To Help You Run A Profitable Home Business

There are many great parts of making money from home, but there can be many disadvantages as well, too. You can avoid these common mistakes by doing research before getting started. The following are great ideas for a home enterprise.

You should not put in your notice at your primary job until after you have started operations at your home based business. Having an income while waiting to build up your new business is a good thing to do.

Join forums for those with home businesses. This will allow you to network with others in the business and can help you promote your services and products.

Some Special Advice When It Comes To Home Based Income

A special business checking account is a way to keep accurate records for your company. All your business transactions and expenses should occur with this account.This gives you keep track of how much your business is performing financially. It also important to obtain a credit card that you use solely for your business.

Select a name for the business that holds personal value. Even if you’re not ready to host a business website, purchase your domain ahead of time.

Do not dip into an emergency fund if it is not necessary to do so, and when you do have to take money out of it, replace the money.

Learn all you can about your target market prior to starting any business.If you are creating a website, research how your target audience likes to interact with online options, and work from there.

Make sure that your website has flair and memorable. Don’t choose something long or difficult to spell names; your potential clients may not remember how to get to your site if you do. Catchy and easy to remember are the best.

You will need help if you have a lot of kids to care for.

You will want to be easy with your customers to build a rapport with them, yet this just jeopardizes your profits.

Get a “DBA” or “Doing Business As” license to become as professional as you can. This can be completed successfully at the local bank. It will not cost that much and can be very useful if you want to have separate accounts.

It is wise to formulate a solid business plan prior to spending lots of money and resources into the business. He or she can give you with an analysis that is objective. Once your plan is prepared, start working. Once your business is started, you can make your plan more detailed.

People should be able to contact you by phone, mail or email.

Seek out the location of your customers and make an effort to communicate with them directly. You may be able to attract new customers online, but you can also find a lot of new customers in the real world.

A good strategy in home based business is to know your competitors use. This information allows your business to remain competitive and will explain changes in sales trends.

What supplies will you need to get started?

Let customers know why they should consider you. Why should you buy from my business? This message will close the deal and landing a sale. Be certain to put this ‘why’ question to your website and things like promotional materials. You can use something like Microsoft Office to accomplish this.

Sitting all day can negatively affect your health. You need to make sure that you stop working and get up to move around every now and then. Squats or weight-lifting activities using heavy books can both be done in front of your desk. Try to get outside for walking or jogging every day. Stay in shape to avoid dangerous health complications and you can work up until retirement.

Have a good laugh during your lunch break! Find some funny animal videos online, and then prepare to dive into your work again after you have had a good giggle.

When you’re working on a website and adding content to it, get ideas from others, but never steal them. For example, it’s a great idea to take note of the types of keywords they are using, but don’t copy them verbatim. Don’t use your competitor’s names or products as a keyword!

Be imaginative when you team up with area companies. Consider companies that are able to sell both their products and your products, and think about the people that will use them as well. For example, if you sell work boots, in bulk and for a discount.

Find something within your business.You will not invest as much into a business if it doesn’t appeal to you.

Make sure you schedule miscellaneous errands like post office runs and supply shopping are scheduled.

Entrepreneurship and Motivation

You need to have your office space on your taxes.Many people do not know about this write-off since home businesses don’t realize the things they can write off.

A home based business isn’t going to flourish overnight.

A typical homeowner’s policy will not cover business accidents, but business insurance covers your office equipment and furnishings as well as liability.

These tips help you run your business, so you can have more successes than failures. You can also avoid mistakes that many others have made before you arrived. This will allow you to spend more time succeeding instead of struggling with your home business.

The History and Mystery of Rock and Roll Music

Once upon a time, back in the 1940s and 50s, the music industry was taken by storm when a new type of music hit the airways. It was a combination of primarily blues, jazz, and gospel music mixed with a little country and western swing. It had a beat that made people want to get up and shake it, even when shaking it was considered, “dirty” and the world could not get enough. It was an era in music history that shaped the musicians we have today and the world lovingly knows it as, “Rock ‘n roll”. However, most people do not realize exactly how much history and mystery surrounds these musical geniuses from back in the good ole days.

Rock ‘N Roll History

When people talk about rock and roll, they most likely are referring to some of the greatest music legends of all time. The Beatles, The Monkey’s, Chuck Berry and Elvis were all a part of the early rock and roll. However, the first true song that combined all elements of classic rock ‘n roll was released much earlier. It was a song that was performed by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, titled, “That’s All Right Mama” back in 1946.

The earliest type of rock ‘n roll used either a piano or a saxophone as the lead instrument, but these were replaced by a guitar during the 1950s. The beat most often was blues that was topped off with a backbeat that usually included a snare drum. If you look at classic rock, which came in the ‘50s, this is where you will begin to find electric guitars, string bass, and drum kits.


Most people do agree that true rock and roll music began in the southern states because of the strong African influences within rock ‘n roll. As the slavery era ended and Africans moved further north, they took their music and their beats with them.

Over time and as African Americans and whites mingled more, their music styles were heard together. White people learned that not all music must be what they had always heard and the amazing history of music took a new turn. It was a cultural collision that benefited the entire world. That is why most people still associate true rock and roll music with blues or jazz.

Why We Loved It

“Rocking and Rolling” was a term that was at first used by ships on the ocean. When the waves were rolling their ship and tossing it about, they were rocking and rolling. Then, in the early twentieth century, it became a term that was more closely associated with spiritual fervor, especially in African American church rituals. It was also a sexual analogy. The exciting beats made people want to move and it was during a time when even Elvis shaking his body on stage was considered sexual and “dirty”. However, the timing was also right for this “sexual” aspect because of the beginning of sexual liberation, a social movement that challenged our traditional code of “proper behavior”.

Perhaps it was Bob Seger, who said it best back in 1978 when he released his record titled “Stranger in Town”. On this album he had a song that took a look back to when Rock and Roll began and claimed that he missed those days of old and how rock ‘n roll was the music that soothes the soul.

The Legends Were Born

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, there was, according to some, a decline in rock and roll’s popularity. It was not because of a lack of desire to listen to it, but because of a variety of “sad stories” that happened during this time. Some of the most popular artists of the time were either wrapped in controversy or dying off. Little Richard retired to become a preacher in 1957. In 1958, Elvis was drafted into the Army and Jerry Lee Lewis was wrapped in scandal over his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin. Chuck Berry was arrested and Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash in 1959. Everything seemed to happen rapid fire and it took some of the biggest names in music at that time out of the limelight.

However, even before all the bad things happened in the late 50s, there are a lot of people who have researched how various things within rock and roll history are questionable. There are mysteries everywhere in the somewhat rocky beginnings. For instance, the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. A legend like that is born the same way legends like Steve jobs are born, they are not overnight successes like you think.

P.S. Click here to read more about overnight successes in music and biz.

Johnson passed away in 1938 at 27-years-old and it is still a mystery as to why. All that people know for sure is that there are only two photographs of him in existence and his death involved a woman and a bottle of whisky that had been laced with strychnine. It is rumored that he was instructed to take his guitar to a crossroad which was located near Dockery Plantation at midnight. He supposedly met up with the Devil who tuned his guitar making it truly amazing in exchange for his soul. He personally claimed that it was true and even performed songs titled “Me and the Devil” and “Cross Road Blues”.

The Beatles also had their fair share of mystery. Some believe that the real Paul McCartney died in a car crash during the peak of Beatles success, but that he was replaced by a man named William Campbell who looked like Paul. There are rumors that when the song Revolution 9 is played backward there is questionable content and that the Abbey Road album had a car on the cover with a tag that stated “28 IF”. “28 IF” is supposedly how old Paul would have been had he survived. The fact that he was the only barefoot Beatle on the cover was also a supposed indication of his corpse status.

There are a multitude of other mysteries and controversies surrounding the history of rock and roll and the people who set the music industry on its current path. In fact, there are books dedicated to all of the unusual things that have happened throughout rock and roll’s rocky beginnings. Even though we have all moved beyond that old fashioned rock and roll, it still impacts the things we love listening to now and it will be interesting to see what future changes will come to our music in the future.

Baby Ballroom The Final

Hi guys, I just wanted to drop you a blog about the final on Saturday. Honestly it was so tense in there you would not believe it! It brought me back to the final of the X-Factor! Kim and Josh were so happy – it was great, it’s a shame everyone can’t win. I had a dance with Miss Thornton too which is always a pleasure and on Monday I was on the very first episode of The Antony Cotton Show where I sat in the Green Room with an empty teapot and Alison Steadman. It was a real laugh. Love Ray. xxx