Backbeat: Macy Gray, Carly Rae Jepsen, Paul Oakenfold Hit Friends 'N' Family Pre-Grammy Bash

Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at The Grammy Awards: Friends 'N' Family Party at Paramount Studios on February 8, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (

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Above: Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at The Grammy Awards: Friends 'N' Family Party at Paramount Studios on February 8, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)

It may have been chilly outside on the Paramount Studios lot, but inside a massive building thousands grooved, schmoozed and moved to DJ Paul Oakenfold's mixes at the Friends 'n' Family Pre-Grammy party.
Music industry hosts, included: Randy Spendlove, president of music at Paramount Pictures; hit maker Dr. Luke; Steve Barnett, chairman & CEO, Capital Music Group; Lia Vollack, president of worldwide music/EVP of theatrical for Sony Pictures and Paul Broucek, president of music for Warner Bros. Pictures, among others.

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The Friends 'n' Family event benefits the Rock the Vote campaign which encourages young people in the U.S. to be politically active and mindful.
Here Carly Rae Jepsen, Angel Haze, Melanie Fiona, Wallpaper and John Martin performed interspersed with DJ sets from Oakenfold, Dallas K, Chad Hugo and Daniel Biltmore.

Brian Kennedy Seals (right) hangs with his his friend Sibley and her brother Kevin Seals during the Friends 'n' Family Pre-Grammy party. Brian is currently working on the new CeeLo Green album. (Photo: Justino Aguila)

For songwriter/record producer/musician Brian Kennedy Seals, it was a night to reconnect with friends he hadn't seen for a while. The prolific producer was also celebrating his collaborative projects that have received Grammy nominations.
"I'm very pleased to be nominated for several Grammys with Chris Brown and Kelly Clarkson," Kennedy Seals said. "I'm also working with CeeLo Green right now."

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In fact, Kennedy Seals says that Green's new album, slated for release later in the year, takes it up a notch with new music that will make the industry and fans take note.
"It's going to be epic and cinematic," Kennedy Seals said. "And CeeLo also has his Loberache show next month. It's going to be crazy. His new sound is beyond."

Macy Gray (right) took time out to enjoy music by Paul Oakenfold at the Friends 'n' Family Pre-Grammy party. Gray said new music will be released next month and she's currently working on TV and film projects. (Photo: Justino Aguila)

Also hanging out at the party was singer/songwriter Macy Gray who said she is currently "making the most incredible album in the world." Next month, she says, a new single is scheduled for release online.
"I'm also working on a TV show and I just wrote a movie," said Gray who earlier in her career was a screenwriting major at USC. "I want to do lots of movies."
Motti Shulman, senior national director of rhythm production at Atlantic, said he was looking forward to seeing multiple Grammy nominee Wiz Khalifa perform on the Grammy show.

Atlantic's Motti Shulman, senior national director of Rhythm Promotion, and music consultant Steve Resnik talk about the music business at the Friends 'n' Family Pre-Grammy Party.(Photo: Justino Aguila)

Shulman, who was in line waiting for a pizza with music consultant Steve Resnik, took time to reflect on the fast-changing industry and the new way of doing things.
"The business has changed with expanded rights deals because we don't sell CDs like we used to," Shulman said. "Hot Topic sold more than $6 million [in Khalifa products], but not in CDs, but merchandise like T-shirts, hats and sweatshirts. It's not about music and CDs."
Closing out the night was Oakenfold who was surrounded by fans who got up on stage to dance. Also seen at the event were Adam Lambert, A.J. McLean, Ernesto Elias (MTV), Amber Rose, Mike Rossi ("The Public Trust"), Charisma Carpenter ("The Lying Game") and Will Carpenter and Dan Hange of 7Lions.

DJ Paul Oakenfold took to the stage Friday night to spin for a lively crowd at the annual Friends 'n' Family Pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Justino Aguila)