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February 6, 2006
I Guess Everyone Knows Now, and CPOV
Over the weekend, 31 articles about Carly's moving to singing were posted in various papers big and small. From the Sioux City Journal to MSNBC and Sports Illustrated. So it would appear everyone is hearing of Carly's new career. See the Articles.

Also, CPOV (CarlyPattersonVideos.com) is back up. After costing me almost half a grand last month. I decided to move it to a better server. If you want to help me try to recover from last month's bandwidth bills, please click "Donate" at the top of this page. I'm thinking of creating a "Members Only" type area as a bonus for those who donate. After it's created, I'll contact those who have donated.

I'm in the process of getting a bunch of information about Carly's upcoming book together. I'll be adding a page to the site about it and a newsletter should be in your inbox about it this week.

Download ESPN Commercial with Carly

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February 4, 2006
Happy 18 Birthday Carly, New Interview
Carly is officially 18 today. Feel free to leave birthday wishes in the comments area. :)

The DallasNews continues to add to their award-winning coverage on Carly with a brand new interview. It's actually a pretty good interview (if you didn't read the news on CPO regularly). It basically covers the future of Carly. Joe Simpson comments on her future. Carly says she's likes older men wassat. She also talks about singing the National Anthem. It finishes off with talk about Carly's book. I'll be having tons of information on Carly's book later this weekend. A newsletter will also be going out about the book.



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Career flip: Carly working on a CD
Olympian has Simpsons' father on her team as she works on demo CD

10:14 PM CST on Friday, February 3, 2006
By LINDA STEWART BALL / The Dallas Morning News

ALLEN Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson is not a kid anymore.

The champion gymnast turns 18 today, and she's working to launch her grown-up self in a new, upbeat direction.

Though she's not officially announcing her retirement, this professional athlete wants to be a pop singer.

That's risky, given the public's perception of who she is the coolly confident kid who catapulted to fame as the first American female to win the all-around title since Mary Lou Retton in 1984.

"People only know me as being a gymnast," Carly said. "It's kind of scary."

But Carly's used to difficult dismounts, adept at nailing blind, backward jumps into the unknown.

She hopes people will let her leap from gold medals to gold records with her signature precision and poise.

Carly hasn't hired a voice coach or recorded an album yet, but she's got at least one big name in her corner.

Joe Simpson, father and manager of Richardson-raised pop singers Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, is trying to develop her singing career.

"I think she's got great potential," said Mr. Simpson, of Papa Joe Records in Los Angeles. "I'm the kind of guy that likes to do things out of the box. ... Carly presents an exciting opportunity."

Given her "built-in audience," he said, they're trying to match her music to that solid base. They're searching for the right songs to record on a demo CD.
"She's a girl who has already won the hearts of millions of people around the world. She's already shown that she has the ability to do the impossible. That's a lot of what our business is all about."

Transformation

Carly hopes her fans will support this transformation and accept her physical metamorphosis, too.

She's grown taller and her body has changed so much in the past year that she sometimes feels like she's incognito.

Though her appearance has changed, deep down she's still the same determined, gutsy girl who aims high and intends to land firmly on both feet.

Product endorsements aside, Carly is not much different from other teenage girls.

She's dating. But because boys her age are way "too clingy," Carly said, she prefers older men. You know, ages 19 or 20.

Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff and Kelly Clarkson are among her musical idols. Her iPod is full of her favorite rock and alternative bands. She sings along with the best of them in her car, in her bedroom, throughout her Allen home.

At 18, she's an Olympian, author and, soon, singer. But unlike other teenagers, Carly has the name, the contacts and an Olympian's single-mindedness. Those who know her say they're not surprised by this new career goal.

Singing the anthem

She's always loved to sing, but her rigorous, seven-hour-a-day workout schedule left little time to reach musical high notes.

Now, the young woman who performed amazing athletic feats before the world is trying to overcome her fear of doing something new in front of a crowd.

She mustered the courage to publicly perform one of the toughest songs around "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the 2006 World Olympic Gymnastics Academy Classic in Collin County last month.

"It was like a big step for me to do that," she said of her national anthem performance. "Now I know that I can."

'Nothing can stop her'

Naturally, there were some critics, but she received an overwhelmingly positive response.

"Nobody booed," she said, chuckling with a twinge of still-lingering relief.

"We were excited," said Evgeny Marchenko, Carly's coach and WOGA's co-owner. "It was an opportunity for the fans and people who love Carly to see her different side."

He said girls cannot be gymnasts forever. There's a limited window in which you can express yourself and achieve your best which she's done. So he's pleased that Carly's found another passion, one she can pursue for many years to come.

"If Carly loves something, she'll give 100 percent," Mr. Marchenko said. "That's what made Carly the best gymnast on the planet. She works very, very hard. When she's determined, nothing can stop her."Several steadfast devotees say they can't wait for her CD to come out, which could be sometime next year.


First, the book

In the meantime, Carly is releasing an autobiography, Carly Patterson: Be Strong. Written with Clint Kelly, it's published by Positively For Kids Inc., a company based in Kirkland, Wash.

The 48-page inspirational believe-in-yourself hardback is told in Carly's words and aimed at children ages 9 to 14. It is scheduled for release online at www.positivelyforkids.com on April 1 and later in bookstores.

Be Strong begins with Carly's training path to the Olympics. It ends with her signing a contract to record her demo music CD.

Carly's mom, Natalie Patterson, said her oldest daughter has always been driven, she's just redirecting her energy into the music scene. As a parent, she has mixed emotions.

"I'm concerned about that world," Ms. Patterson said. "We don't want to be taken in and turned into something that's really not Carly."

But because Carly is "grounded and humble" and has the support of family and close friends, she's fairly certain she'll be able to handle the craziness and hectic pace of being a pop star on tour, should it come to that.

"She has grown up," Ms. Patterson said.

And with that maturity comes a certain amount of practical wisdom.

If the singing career doesn't take off, the young woman with a winning smile says she can always be a dental hygienist.

Classes at Collin County Community College are probably in her future after she graduates from Spring Creek Academy in Plano this spring.

"Of course, I'll never turn my back on gymnastics or not be involved in some way," Carly said. "Gymnastics is what got me here. ... But I'm not going to be the 16-year-old little Olympic gymnast for the rest of my life.

"Give me a chance to prove myself in singing, too. If you don't like me, fine. I don't care," she said, with a slightly nervous laugh.

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February 2, 2006
Superbowl, Birthdays, and More
First off, I'd like to mention that Carly will be featured in a Super Bowl commercial this weekend. The commercial will be for Mobile ESPN, an elaborate 60 second spot will be shown. The commercial shows a fan flipping open his phone and being surrounded by a phalanx of athletes, and Carly is one of them. So be sure to catch that one.

Also, Saturday is Carly's birthday. On Saturday, I'll make a post about it and you can post birthday wishes for Carly. I'll talk more about that on Saturday.

Sorry for the lack of updates, but things between the scenes of CPO has been a little rocky. Hosting wise at least. Basically, in the last month I've paid half a grand for hosting costs related to CarlyPattersonVideos.com. That's why all of our videos have been down if you were wondering. I'll be moving them to another, much cheaper server soon and all the videos will return.

By the way, anything you've heard about anything isn't true.

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January 17, 2006
Carly Singing National Anthem
Ladies and Gentlemen, Carly Patterson



Download (MPEG - 10MB)

Credit: Amy Lansdown

Also, I don't know how I missed it but my CPO e-mail account has been not working right since October. Which means all the e-mail I've received since October I'm seeing for the first time today. So if you e-mailed me, sorry I didn't reply. I have 100s of e-mails to reply to and I won't be replying to all the e-mails that are old. So if you had an important e-mail, please send it again.

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January 15, 2006
Hilton Spectacular Videos
The Hilton Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular aired today on NBC. Carly was featured three times plus a small interview. If you want to see it again, it will be replayed several times on the Bravo channel, as well as in all Hilton hotels for the next two months.

Videos:

Short Interview - Talking about her Mom

Download (19MB)


Performance - Carly with Diana DeGarmo singing and Yuka Sato skating

Download (71MB)


Performance - Carly along with Dominique Moceanu and Shannon Miller

Download (61MB)


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January 14, 2006
WOGA Classic 2006

WOGA Classic 2006 Media:
Short Interview - Download (1MB)
Here's a short interview (1 Minute), Carly is asked what she has been up to and talks briefly about the music career.

NBC 5 KXAS News Clip Audio - Download (1MB)
Another short interview from a NBC 5 NXAS with a brief clip of Carly singing

Photo Gallery - View Gallery
Here's some pictures of Carly singing and other pictures.

Here's a picture of Carly singing the National Anthem at the WOGA Classic. This picture was taken today around 1:30PM CST by our very own Kelsey. Reports are that Carly sang it very well. You'll be able to judge for yourself soon. I'll be adding Media above this post as I get it.



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January 11, 2006
Carly Update
Just as a last reminder. Carly will be on NBC this Sunday. Check local listings, it will also be replayed on Bravo and Universal HD several times. Carly said you can expect a beam and floor routine as well as the opening and closing. Also, Carly maybe coming to a radio station near you on Friday. Not for singing (yet), but she'll be doing 6 radio interviews nationwide promoting the NBC show this weekend.

Those who attend the WOGA Classic this weekend will get the first chance to hear Carly sing. She'll be singing the National Anthem. In more music news, Carly will be meeting Joe Simpson for lunch on Friday in Dallas. They will begin picking out songs for Carly and discuss other business. You can expect the NBC video next week and pictures from the WOGA Classic of Carly singing.

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January 3, 2006
Carly on TV: Hilton Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular
Although this happened in October, it isn't airing until this month. It's the Hilton Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular. Carly is one of the headliners along with people like Paul Hamm, Shannon Miller, Morgan Hamm, and Dominique Moceaneu. The time has been changed by NBC since it was first announced. While doing some searching, I found several different air times. However, I'm fairly sure it's Sunday, January 15, 2006 from 4:00-6:00p.m. EST. Check local times blah blah blah. It will also be repeat on Bravo on Jan. 19 at 8PM and Jan. 22 at 12PM. Oh and also it's in HiDef.

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