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Rising Star Gina Royale

HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat with Gina Royale, one of the Garden State’s rising stars on the music scene, to discuss her music.

Royale started her first EP, Heir, when she was a senior in high school, and released it June 2015. Then, she went to William Paterson and began work on her second EP titled Brain Waves, which was released June of this year.

Royale describes her music as pop contemporary. She recalls a moment after a performance when someone said to her, “You sound like an edgier Taylor Swift.”

The singer writes all of her own music, from the melody, lyrics, and composition. She writes about things going on in her own life, as well as prominent social issues like eating disorders, racism, and sexual abuse.

Battle Cry,” an anthemic song about a falling out with a friend, stands out on the new EP as an empowering reminder to stay strong and to surround yourself with positivity.

Be sure to follow #HipNJ on social media for details on how to enter our giveaway to win Gina’s latest EP, Brain Waves!

We asked Gina to sing us out, and she happily obliged. Be sure to watch the video above to hear her powerful “Battle Cry.”

To learn more about Gina Royale, visit her website, and head over to iTunes to purchase her music.

It’s “Show Time” with Sue Trauth

Hip New Jersey’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and now nonfiction writer Sue Trauth to talk about her new book “Show Time!”

Trauth is a New Jersey native and former Montclair State University professor within the theater department. She has written several plays including, iDream, Katrina: the K Word, and Midwives, which was developed at the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights program.

Published this month, “Show Time” is the first of three books in her Dodie O’Dell mystery series. The non-fiction book is classified as a “cozy mystery” staring the protagonist Dodie O’Dell. The story travels throughout O’Dell’s life as she moves to Etonville, a small fictional North Jersey town after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. She works as a restaurant manager as well as helping out the theater next door. Mayhem erupts when a man is murdered and O’Dell must solve the mystery before the show can go on!

Trauth’s love for theater shines through in the series as a different play is highlighted in each book with “Show Time” featuring Romeo and Juliet. “I’ve spent decades doing theater and doing different aspects of theater and I thought well, this is kind of fun,” Trauth explains.

For more information regarding Trauth and “Show Time,” head to her website http://suzannetrauth.com.

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BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten Festival

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino and Cara Di Falco of Cara’s Cucina stopped by the BBQ, Bourbon & Biergarten Festival in Montclair to get some inside scoop from chefs, vendors, and more!

“Montclair is the food capital of NJ,” owner of Ani Ramen, Luck Sarabhayavanija, said. “What more could you ask for?”

We went Live on Facebook with Ryan DePersio, owner of Fascino’s, to ask whether or not he would be entering the day’s competition. “I’m not really competing. I’m just here to feed,” he said.

Gelotti was there with a selection of their handmade ice creams. “I know that our product is one of the best around,” employee Monica Soto said.

“It really covers the entirety of the state’s food scene,” John Holl, author of Dishing Up New Jersey, stated. He spent the day signing copies of his book.

The day was full of delicious food, dessert, music, and more. In the end, Halcyon won the BB&B Champion title, but the real winner is the community for having so many fantastic restaurants!

Thank you to the Montclair Food and Wine Festival and Montclair Art Museum for shining a spotlight on some of #HipNJ’s best BBQ spots!