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(Los Angeles, California – July 31, 2012) Most musicians wait a lifetime to share stages with their musical heroes. Hoping to accomplish such a feat while still racking up college credits would be considered nothing more than a pipe dream. But having performed with such esteemed artists as Meshell Ndegeocello and Talib Kweli as well as serving as music director for shows with Bilal and Lalah Hathaway, it’s safe to say that 21-year-old Kenneth “Gizmo” Rodgers has been living that dream for quite some time now. With a wealth of experience that belies his years touting a vast array of musical influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, Gizmo is set to unveil his debut sonic masterpiece Red Balloon. Produced by Derrick Hodge, musical director for Maxwell and bassist (Robert Glasper Experiment, Kanye West, Common) with glints of hip-hop and soul, Red Balloon is a wondrous 13-track odyssey through the multi-faceted human experience.