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Norwalk recording artist FNX (pronounced Phoenix), in association with Factory Underground Studio and the George Washington Carver Foundation is proud to announce the “Hometown Love” Food Drive. This event will be taking place on Sunday, June 26 from 11am to 6pm at the Carver Community Center (7 Academy St., Norwalk, Ct). In addition to the goal of raising 500 canned food times to be donated to the Person-to-Person Food Bank, there will also be a BBQ cook-out, 5-on-5 basketball tournament, raffle, and music by DJ Connect.

Leading up to the event there is a GoFundMe campaign being run in order to cover the costs associated with the event, including food and drink, t-shirts for tournament participants, and a referee. These donations are being accepted on a rolling basis and any money raised above and beyond actual costs will go directly to Person-to-Person.

Faced with childhood homelessness, surviving abusive experiences in a shelter with his young mother, FNX found solace in music and the nurturing environment of the Carver Center, which is one of the largest providers of after school programs in Norwalk – serving up to one thousand children daily. Now, armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the Southern Connecticut State University and a Master’s Degree of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University, things have come full circle for this artist through his work as an official advocate of the center. “Working with these kids is important for me because I am one of them. It’s a chance for me to show them what music and education can do. I want them to say, ‘If FNX did it, I can do it too.’”

This event serves not just to give back to the community in a tangible way, through monetary and food donations, but also by offering a day of family fun for anyone who needs a little “hometown love.” Music, food, sports, and more will all come together to celebrate the Norwalk community.

The 5-on-5 basketball tournament has an age requirement of 16 or older. The entry fee is $250 per team, which includes an event shirt for all members with a cash prize awarded to the winning team. In order to sign up, participants must contact Joel of event sponsor Joel’s Barber Lounge prior to June 14. He may be reached by phone at (203) 434-9551 or via email at

The event is open to people of all ages with a suggested food donation of two cans of food with a freshness date to expire no less than one month in the future. Barbecue food items and beverage will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


“Hometown Love” Food Drive Presented by FNX & Factory Underground

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016

Time: 11AM to 6PM

Location: Carver Community Center, 7 Academy St., Norwalk, Ct

Beneficiaries & Sponsors


Carver Community Center:

Factory Underground Records:

Factory Underground Studio:

Joel’s Barber Lounge: 71 Cedar St., Norwalk, Ct | (203) 434-9551

Che-Val, fresh off the release of their debut album Waterproof, has now let loose on the world a lyric video for the title track. This video, designed by Aidan Gerety, syncs the sleekly modern ballad to the iconic Gene Kelly dance scene from Singin’ in the Rain.

Building on the pop music power couple’s signature mixture of old school and new school “Waterproof” fuses synth bass with elements of a live orchestra. In the same way this video breathes new life into an undeniable film staple, allowing Gene Kelly’s dance moves to fall together harmoniously with the music and giving new meaning to each. This video also draws inspiration from the cult classic Dark Side of the Rainbow idea, in which the Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon is said sync up with another beloved film, The Wizard of Oz.

Che-Val is a husband and wife indie pop duo made up of Kenny and Laura Cash whose very first single, “My Beat”, climbed all the way to #52 on the Mediabase "Top 40" Activator chart. The couple takes retro styles and brings them into the future with cutting edge production. They are always looking for new ways to combine audio with visuals, as is the case with this video along with the Alice In Wonderland cosplay-inspired video for “Gone Mad”, which premiered exclusively on Vents Magazine last Halloween.

Laura teaches science by day, but writes and belts out emotive vocal hooks by night. Her background in pop and country is blended with Kenny’s ear for hip-hop, funk, and soul in a collaborative songwriting process. As an owner of Factory Underground Studio, multi-instrumentalist, and Berklee College of Music graduate Kenny self-produces and engineers all of their work ensuring all of their creative vision reaches its full potential.



Debut album Waterproof available now on iTunes, Spotify, & other online retailers

Husband & Wife Indie Pop Duo Che-Val Announce Debut Album, Waterproof

To Be Released April 22, 2016 via Factory Underground Records

“You’ll be hearing it in your head all day after the first listen”The FC Beat Magazine

“They have sampled some of the best practices from 80s music and created something that is modern, exciting,and enjoyable”Mistree Magazine

Norwalk, CT – April 14, 2016 – Described as "Ike and Tina meets Matt and Kim," Connecticut’s musical power couple, Che-Val, have announced their debut full length, Waterproof. The album, to be released through Factory Underground Records on April 22, showcases the indie pop group’s varied influences in ten tracks as classic meets modern. Consisting of husband and wife, Kenny and Laura Cash, Che-Val uses retro styles and brings them into the future with cutting edge production. Laura teaches science by day, but writes and belts out emotive vocal hooks by night. Her background in pop and country is blended with Kenny’s ear for hip-hop, funk, and soul in a collaborative songwriting process. Their vision is then furthered through Kenny’s own engineering and production skills as a multi-instrumentalist Berklee College of Music graduate. Che-Val blasted into existence with their very first single, “My Beat”, climbing to #52 on the Mediabase “Top 40” Activator chart in 2014. The sound of this 80s dance track is contrasted in the modern pop ballad that is “Waterproof”, which even brings in elements of a live orchestra. Collaboration is another key to Che-Val's sound as "The Lead" features a fresh guest spot by Bronx based rapper Rothstein while "Oh Darling" takes influence from 1970s soul, bringing in a live horn section by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band. The band’s dichotomy is further demonstrated by the two cover tracks on this album: “Classic Man" by the Grammy nominated Jidenna and “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys. Che-Val brought their personal flare into both covers with a remix of the former and a chilling a cappella take on the latter. The end result is a striking cognitive dissonance in their music that fans have fallen in love with. Building up their fanbase through the local community, expert use of social media, and a strong focus on the interplay of music and visuals, the band has been steadily on the rise since their inception. With each single release the band has handcrafted their personal sound and looks as evidenced in the Alice In Wonderland inspired video for “Gone Mad”, which premiered exclusively last year in Vents Magazine and resonated throughout the international cosplay community. Waterproof sees all of the band's previous work come together and is sure to cause a serious case of the earworms. Waterproof Track Listing: 1. Oh Darlin 2. My Beat 3. Waterproof 4. Gone Mad 5. The Lead (feat. Rothstein) 6. Don’t Give up on Me 7. Classic Man (Jidenna remix) 8. Poison (feat. Lighta) 9. Love Still Waiting (feat. Funky Dawgz Brass Band) 10. God Only Knows (Beach Boys cover)


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