Zander and Norell

Make The Music Group The Band Famous™ aka TBF

The night Zander met Norell, and turned her into a mermaid.

Designer Jacob Alexander Figueroa went by the names of Jacob Alexander and did work as Virtual Warrior Ink The night Zander met Norell, and turned her into a mermaid. vw|NK Agency, Karnak Gallery, the artist Xander / Zander, and is perhaps best known for his body painting and mixed media artworks.

Zander was an influential body painter for over a decade, from 2000 - 2012 and beyond.

Body Painter Jacob Alexander Figueroa

Some of the artists Jacob Alexander body painted for and with include world renowned Paul Van Dyk Zander body painting alongside DJ Paul Van Dyk renowned Benny Benassi at Epic Nightclub in downtown Minneapolis Zander body painting at a Benny Benassi concert at Epic Nightclub in downtown Minneapolis and countless concerts, events, festivals, conventions, and private parties.

Zander body painting at a private warehouse in Minneapolis

Zander and Norell had met under the most artistic of terms, with him being his rock star body painter self, and Norell modeling as one of his many human canvases during an art exhibition titled “High Seas Heaven”, which took place at world famous techno producer and musician, DVS1's studio.

The night Zander met Norell, and turned her into a mermaid.

Norell was transformed into a mermaid that night, one of her childhood dreams; and they have worked alongside each other ever since, dating as far back as that first night working together in August of 2010.

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They have co-produced several creative projects since coming together, including the Edible Art Series, where Norell photographed Zander provocatively with other models. Some of the photographs later were exhibited at FIMA in Montreal to over 70,000 art lovers with fine artist Gulay Alpay and celebrity fashion designer Emre Erturk.

Edible Art by Zander and Norell on display at FIMA in Montreal with fine artist Gulay Alpay - Phonix Intl

Individually, they are strong. Together, they are dynamite. Zander and Norell, the power duo in multimedia artistry.

Norell was always pursuing her dreams of singing in some form or another. Photo of Norell taken by Zander - Phonix Intl She was active in choir throughout her schooling and collegiate career, and also participated in choir post-graduation with songstress Emily Colay's all-women's choir, Cantara in 2012. Photo of Norell with Emily Colay during a Cantara performance in 2012. Photography by Zander - Phonix Intl

She performed regular open mic events and frequented karaoke hotspots, often having the DJs following her on her way out, encouraging her to come back often.

Photo of Norell taken by Zander - Phonix Intl

Pursuing modeling as a creative outlet was how she came to meet Zander back when she agreed to model for an event on a whim, and since a long time model and muse to Jacob Alexander, Norell coproduced alongside him the X Fashion Show in 2011. Photo of X Fashion Show Art Models. Body Painting by Zander. Photography by Oliver Kriston - Phonix Intl

Back then, Norell was but a solo artist dreaming of making music professionally, who took to the stage with her naked voice, singing a cappella and debuting her very first original song, “Adaptation”, along with a couple of songs in tribute to Amy Winehouse, who had passed around the time.

Photo of X Fashion Show Art Models. Body Painting by Zander. Photography by Oliver Kriston - Phonix Intl

Norell worked alongside Zander with Sexapalooza at the Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN, Sexapalooza in Minneapolis - Phonix Intl and Sexapalooza at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR; Sexapalooza in Portland - Phonix Intl to assisting, modeling, and photographing Zander's live body painting on stage with musical acts R2D2, Deadmaus, and other headliners at Summerset Music and Camping Festival 2012 in Somerset, WI; Zander painting and being painted on stage at Summerset Music & Camping Festival to assisting Zander during Twin Cities Pride Festival in both 2013 and 2014, to name a few productions. Zander at Twin Cities Pride - Phonix Intl Zander and Norell at Gay 90s during Twin Cities Pride Festival - Phonix Intl

Norell also helped in getting several merchandise items featuring artworks by Jacob Alexander on display and for sale in the Minneapolis Skyway in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

  • Photo of Norell taken by Zander - Phonix Intl
  • Photo of Norell taken by Zander - Phonix Intl
  • Photo of Norell taken by Zander - Phonix Intl
  • Photo of Norell taken by Zander - Phonix Intl

Both a fan of improv, Zander and Norell have been known to do spontaneous performance art in public places Art Flash at a Noise Show - Phonix Intl Art Flash at a Noise Show - Phonix Intl and even artistic stunts in busy streets with cars and passerby.

Street Art by Zander and Norell - Phonix Intl Street Art by Zander and Norell - Phonix Intl

It should come with little surprise, then - with Norell's love for singing, and Zander's history of violin and musical ventures - that the two would some day spontaneously jam and birth a band in St. Paul, MN.

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The syngery had between Zander and Norell combined with their first meeting with Terrance Schubring, could do nothing but make the band famous. They even discovered that Terry had been an audience member at the X Fashion Show, so in a way, the first meeting and birth of the band seem to come around full circle.

The Band Famous, or TBF for short, features Norell as singer, lyricist, and coproducer, and Zander as multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Norell performing on stage at the Gay 90s at TBF debut app release party - Phonix Intl

They have had many accomplishments and quite a bit of recognition despite only officially performing as a band in the public eye one time, at their debut app release party in the Annex Room at the Gay 90s in downtown Minneapolis on Friday the 13th, in June 2014.

Norell and Zander after the show

Both Zander and Norell were regular models on the scene in the Twin Cities, and Suzann Beck, an artist who worked with Norell later featured an oil portrait she painted of the soulful singer. The painting was on display at Suzann Beck's art show at the Metro Gallery next to the Walker Art Center during the Fall of 2015.

Norell's oil portrait painting featured by artist Suzann Beck

Zander and Norell had moved to NYC in September 2014 where they spent a year. While living in NYC, TBF continued garnering support in the Midwest, including from Twin Cities very own Atmosphere, who even personally tweeted out the band's Kickstarter project when they had attempted to crowdsource to help with the completion of making their native iPhone App "The Band Famous" available cross-platform to the Android Google Play Store, as well as finishing their 2nd album and other exciting projects underway.

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Author Jay Gabler at Minnesota Public Radio and 89.3FM The Current also did an exceptional feature on the band.

The Band Famous Featured by Minnesota Public Radio and 89.3FM The Current - Phonix Intl

WeekOnLaRadio, a radio station broadcasting to all of New York, as well as to Mexico, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic showed wonderful hospitality to the band. Hosts model/actor Jack Ramos, and actress/model Bianka Gomez interviewed The Band Famous live on the show in November 2014.

WeekOnLARadio Supporting The Band Famous - Phonix Intl

Norell's modeling portfolio, which Zander nearly built single-handedly - directing the styling of her hair and wardrobe in many photo shoots - caught the eye of celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson. Norell modeled for him in January 2015, drastically changing the cut and color of her hair.

Norell modeled for celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson in NYC January 2015

Norell almost went on NBC's The Voice following an audition at the Javitz Center in Manhattan that same month, but instead decided to go with a more organic route. Zander and Norell were ready to take the west coast by storm after connecting with actor and comedian Tom Green, who invited the band to perform on his Webovision show in Los Angeles. After they made it to LA Tom got pretty busy with his stand up comedy tour, but they remain in communication and the future, an open canvas.

Tom Green Likes The Band Famous - Phonix Intl

Five-Time-Grammy-Winning Artist BJ Thomas downloaded "The Band Famous" and left a review on the iPhone App Store under alias "Raindrops Mann", calling The Band Famous his new favorite music.

The moral of the story? Zander and Norell are very happy making music, art, and apps, and as such, they will always make the band famous.

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