Simply Human, Simply Horrible – The Sun, other media, run story on FR video of Allison Mack singing for Vanguard

The Sun published a story last week on Frank Report’s release of a bizarre and cultic video of Allison Mack singing for her Vanguard, Keith Alan Raniere, on his 56th birthday, August 26, 2016.

Other media followed suit.

In the video, Allison sings with the a cappella group, Simply Human.  Among members of the group who provide backup vocals and sound effects were Siobhan Hotaling and Mark Hildreth.

Allison sings lead for the five-member group as they perform, “I Love You More Than I Can Say.”

The song was performed live at Vanguard Week – on Vanguard’s birthday – at the auditorium at the Silver Bay YMCA.  Clare Bronfman had rented the entire 600-acre YMCA plus campus for the birthday celebration of her glorious master.

People wishing to attend the 10-day event paid more than $2,000 each to enjoy the privilege of communing with the Vanguard.  Attractive, slender women, with girlish figures were often permitted a special session with the birthday man in their birthday suits.

On the evening of Vanguard’s actual birthday – which is Day-5 – and where he usually made his first public appearance during the 10 day-long retreat, there was traditionally an evening of entertainment. Raniere himself would get up on stage to make a few brilliant remarks, then sit in the front row next to Nancy Salzman and listen to the wondrous talent of Nxivm members.

Simply Human was a staple at Vanguard Week.

Simply Human was founded in 2007 and the singers were mentored by Raniere himself.

They had a website at one time – http://www.simplyhuman.info – but it seems to be no longer active.  Their Facebook page has been inactive since 2014.
Here is how they described the group Simply Human on Facebook.
“The idea for Simply Human was first conceived by renowned polymath Keith Raniere. Keith, an Albany, NY-based scientist with an immense passion for music and humanity, discovered the college-level a cappella community while researching music on the Internet. The more he read about this musical genre, the more intrigued and excited he became. Here was a musical format which required participants to stretch and expand the boundaries of their voices, and to constantly reappraise what they believe possible.
“A Cappella is also a discipline which requires tremendous practice, coordination and cohesion from its members; which builds a sense of unity within the group. He suspected this would be a wonderful way for music-minded people to come together and joyously express themselves.
“In April of 2007, Keith called six of his musically-inclined friends and arranged a meeting. The result of that meeting was the birth of Simply Human.

“In December 2007, Simply Human made their public debut at the first A Cappella Innovations show. Since then, they have performed for thousands of people across the Northeast US and, most recently, Mexico.
“In November 2012, the group recorded a set of live videos at a local venue, and are scheduled to release them in the spring of 2013. Over the years, while the members of the band has changed, the essence of the group remains constant and, under Keith’s guidance, they continue to expand their repertoire, expression and performance, with the goal of using their collective voices to take the audience on an emotional journey through the power of song.”
The actress, currently facing up to 40 years in prison, breaks down in tears as she sings: “I am only flesh and blood but I can be anything you demand.”

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Like many musical groups, Simply Human was unable to earn money for their performances. There recording sold in the single digits.

No one wanted to book them to perform anywhere.  During the 10 years of its existence, Simply Human was able to perform for free at several Bronfman-funded events and other Nxivm gatherings such as Vanguard Week where a captive audience patiently listened.

The apex of the group’s career came when they traveled at their own expense and performed for free at the wedding of Nxivm leader Emiliano Salinas to his actress wife Ludwika Paleta in Mexico in 2013.

On Facebook page, Simpy Human offers a link to listen to one of their songs on Sound Cloud – evidently a live performance of “How Come You Don’t Call Me”.  However, the song has been removed and would-be listeners are denied the privilege of hearing what a Raniere-mentored a cappella group sounds like.

In the video, provided by Frank Report,  Allison sings with great passion, often breaking into tears. It seems evident she is singing to one man in the audience – the birthday boy himself, her Vanguard.

MK10ART has a marvelous new painting reminding her audience that while she was once singing for her Vanguard, with her plea deal and cooperation agreement, she is now singing on her Vanguard.

MK10ART offers a painting of Allison Mack singing with Lauren Salzman and Nancy Salzman – all three former cult members, devotees of the Vanguard, co-defendants of his, and now cooperating witnesses against him.

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I was interviewed for The Sun story on Allison’s video.

Here are some of my remarks about the video – from the Sun story:

“Frank Parlato, who first published the video on his blog Frank Report, said the footage was taken around the same time that Mack began her ‘criminal behaviours’….

“Parlato told Sun Online: ‘This performance takes place on Raniere’s birthday during the 2016 Vanguard Week, an annual event dedicated to him, and you can see she is deeply moved.

“‘She’s singing these words that are especially meaningful to him – and I think what is particularly intriguing about the video is that it was taken in 2016. By then, DOS had begun.

“‘When she pleaded guilty this past week she admitted that her criminal behaviours began about this time.

“‘So her singing barefoot in front of Raniere shows the depth of her complete integration into the cult of Keith Raniere.’….

“Parlato, who first exposed the branding and worked tirelessly to expose the cult, says it’s a huge turn around for the star, who has now publicly turned against her once beloved master.

“‘She has made a 100 percent denunciation of Raniere now but that could be based on practical considerations,’ he said.

“‘He is going to go to prison for a very long time – she is facing a shorter or longer time depending on how much help she provides to the prosecution.

“‘She has signed a 10-page cooperation agreement with the US government to help their prosecution against the remaining defendants – including Raniere.

“‘I think the turning point for a lot of his supporters was when the government discovered a hard drive at his home containing explicit pictures of a 15-year-old Mexican girl.

“‘When that evidence came in, everyone gave up on Raniere – including Allison. She knew that she didn’t want to go down with the ship.’

“Parlato also revealed how he and actress Catherine Oxenberg – whose daughter India was also part of NXIVM and DOS – repeatedly begged Mack to leave the group, before there were any arrests – but she refused.

“‘I believe Allison was both a perpetrator and a victim – if she hadn’t come into the path of Keith Raniere she would have continued with her acting, had her own TV show, maybe even gone into movies.

“‘Now she’s lost everything. But at the end of the day, both Catherine Oxenberg and I reached out to her repeatedly and implored her to leave before any arrests were made – or before anybody knew about the branding.

“‘She ignored all my calls and refused to communicate with me but I sent her messages repeatedly.

“‘Catherine and I talked to her manager. We had a long, two-hour conversation with her to try and persuade her to get out.

“‘If she had left then, I don’t think she would have been arrested – India Oxenberg left at that time and agreed to testify for the prosecution and she avoided arrest.’

“Mack, who pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges — including extortion and forced labour – is now facing a maximum 40 year sentence but she’s more likely to get around five years, according to Parlato.

“Then he believes the-once successful Hollywood actress will try to reinvent her career.

“‘The maximum sentence is 40 years but she won’t get that – she’s more likely to get around three to five based on US sentencing guidelines for the crimes she has confessed to and her lack of criminal background,’ he said.

“‘Or she’ll try and get a low security prison where she won’t be subject to unduly harsh living conditions.

“‘After that, I think she’ll try to make a comeback with a strong defence that she was brainwashed and that she followed Raniere with the best of intentions.'”

 

***

The lyrics of the song “I Love You More Than I Can Say” are poignant and best express Allison’s devotion at the time she sang the song.

I am posting them below in regular text. In [brackets and bold] are my rough idea of what the background singers of Simply Human could add in counterpoint:

If I ever leave you baby, you can say I told you so

[or you could release my collateral]

And if I ever hurt you…. you know I hurt myself as well

[that’s a fact – he’ll make sure you get hurt]

Is that any way for a woman to carry on

[No, frankly, branding and blackmailing women is not a good way for a woman to carry on]

Do you think I want loved one gone

[He’s gone now baby – for 20 years at least]

Said I love you

More than you’ll ever know

More than you’ll ever know

[Your allocution let him know.]

When I wasn’t making much money

You know where my paycheck went

[Yes, every dime of it]

You know I brought it home to you baby

And I never spent one red cent, hey

Is that any way for a woman to carry on

Do you think I want my loved one gone

Said I love you

More than you’ll ever know

More than you’ll ever know

I’m not trying to be
Just any kind of woman, no I ain’t

[You proved that]

I’m trying to be somebody

[I think you succeeded and proved your individuality] 

You can love, trust, and understand

[Trusting Vanguard – that always works out well]

I know that I can be

A part of you that no one else could see

[Yeah that part was right below the bikini line]

I’ve got to hear, I’ve got to hear you say
Its all right
Yeahhh yeahhh

[Thank you, master, please brand me]

I’m only flesh and blood

[My initials are seared onto your slaves’ flesh and blood]

But I can be everything that you demand

[Dominus Obsequious Sororium]

I can be queen of everything

[Queen of the harem, Mistress Allie]

Or just a tiny grain of sand

[And a tiny brand]

Now tell me, is that anyway for a woman to carry on

MK10ART – Allison carrying on with Dr. Danielle Roberts – with her beloved’s portrait in the background.

 

 

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Frank Report’s founder and lead writer Frank Parlato is one of the internet’s most decorated investigative journalists. His writing and investigations have helped expose major criminal organizations and scandals.

Frank’s work has been cited in major publications all over the world, including The New York Times, New York Post, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CNN, Rolling Stone, and more.

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  • Could Allison have chosen a less flattering outfit for her performance? First there’s the bra-like garment awkwardly sticking out from the dress, and ruining the simplicity of the neckline. I’ve seen Allison in court and she has a nice figure, which this dress completely hides. Instead it falls straight down to an uneven hemline, calling attention her legs, her most unfortunate body attribute. Better if she chose a nice fitted ballerina-length dress.

    But it’s not so bad that she chose the wrong dress. Much worse is that she chose the wrong man. Just about the wrong-est man she could find.

  • Agree with most of you here on how ridiculous and yet saddening it is to see Allison Mack sing her praise to and for her allegiance to Keith. It’s more like a shrill cacophony of voices competing against each other for Keith’s acceptance and applause.

  • It would be great if there were a filter on the comments to exclude Bitter Bangkok. Why so bitter Bangkok? Everything you post exudes hate toward whoever your target happens to be that day and frankly (pun intended) I may quit reading comments and stick to the articles so as not to have to read and absorb your venom. It’s obvious to anyone who reads your maniacal drivel that you are a miserable human being. You would be better served channelling all the energy you put in to being bitter in to something worthwhile rather than constantly poisoning your own soul with your arrogant bitter hate.

    • I tend to agree. Bangkok is getting a bit dull and terribly predictable. Unlike Scott Johnson, Bangkok does not even use his or her own name. Absent good opinion and occasionally good information – which Bangkok sometimes provides – there is justification to delete most comments Bangkok makes. Although I am amused at comments where Bangkok criticizes Claviger and me, and some of the Nxivm folks Bangkok can’t stop there. Bangkok has to attack everyone. Of course if brave Bangkok wants to use his or her own name, I would feel inclined to publish the comments. Meantime it is growing rather tedious. Bangkok, why don’t you use your real name and brave up a might? Of course I realize your comments are meant for comedic effect – like Don Rickles with a lot more swearing – it is getting a little old.

      It’s time for Bangkok to use his or her own name.

      • Dull? Boring? Predictable? LOL.

        Yeah sure, Frank.

        Sounds like you and your minions are looking for a ‘pretext’ to ban me for insulting you and Claviger — without having to admit that fact.

        If I’m so predictable and boring, why is everybody even bothering to read my posts or respond to them?

        If I come across something boring, I just ignore it and move on to the next post.

        Is that rocket science? 🙂

        If you want me gone for insulting you, Heidi and Claviger — then have the courage to say so, Frank, and I’ll disappear for a while on my own volition.

        I promise to keep my word and disappear for a while, before coming back in the future to exercise my right to free speech. 🙂

        • Use your real name. That’s what I’d like. Claviger and I don’t mind your insults. I do find your insults of Heidi rather offensive. But solve it all – exercise your right of free speech – in your own name and make us all proud. By the way, I do enjoy your sense of humor and am positively not offended. Sometimes I can hardly stop myself from laughing aloud at your insults. And I don’t think you are Richard Branson and probably not Dennis Burke.And I doubt you are Scott Johnson either. One thing I like about Scott – he is not afraid to publish in his own name.

          • Frank,

            Currently Bangkok is furiously searching for deceased individuals in English speaking countries such as Belize.

            He will be right back…..

          • Thank you for defending my honor, Frank. My concern is mostly for the integrity of the blog and the protection of us all from predators and hustlers such as I feel some here may well be given their behavior.

          • Thank you for defending my honor, Frank. [Yes, how chivalrous of you, Frank. So glad we cleared up the womens’ lib thingy.]

            My concern is mostly for the integrity of the blog and the protection of us all from predators and hustlers such as I feel some here may well be given their behavior. [Note to Heidi: hardly anybody is going to read these stories, let alone the comments, in the future. Reading just the headlines is a multi-day exercise at this point, as it would be difficult to read many of the headlines without at least skimming through the stories. You are vastly overestimating your importance in the comments section. The integrity of the blog is enhanced with people challenging others’ views, not diminished. How in the world can someone be a predator or a hustler by making comments? If there are any predators or hustlers, it is those who had contact with NXIVM and choose to post false and/or partial accounts of their knowledge to protect themselves and shift blame to others.]

          • LOL. Hypocritical much?? You tell Bang to use its real name in the same paragraph you write about the alias “Claviger”

      • Sounds like Bangcock is hitting home Parlato. BTW Johnson is a total idiot for using his real name and revealing his location. Frankie stick to fluff pieces written by that well informed genius shadow cuck boy. It gives the site credibility.

        • Anonymous,

          “Sounds like Bangkok is hitting home, (Anonymous).

          Yeah, Bangkok is just like Bob Woodward and Frank is “Deep Throat”.

  • And now Allison Mack will try to rewrite history to convince the gullible that she was duped by Raniere.

    She conveniently forgets about this cringe-worthy singing performance as well as the NXIVM recruiting videos and the Keith Raniere Conversations videos up on Youtube.

    Allison Mack– Once a Liar, Always a Liar.

  • Parlato also revealed how he and actress Catherine Oxenburg – whose daughter India was also part of NXIVM and DOS – repeatedly begged Mack to leave the group, before there were any arrests – but she refused.

    “If she had left then I don’t think she would have been arrested – India Oxenberg left at that time and agreed to testify for the prosecution and she avoided arrest.”

    Huh?? Are you trying to rewrite history or is this bad reporting? According to you, Catherine, Page Six and others, India was still supporting Raniere after he was arrested and even after Allison was arrested.

    • Let’s be honest here. Who in their right mind believes that Parlato (or Oxenberg (who didn’t try that hard to save her own daughter (India’s interview around june 2018) (and no, promotion of her stupid book is definitely not to save her daughter)) really tried to get Allison out of this…
      Seriously?

      He may have called her but probably to interview her. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself.
      Or if he tried to get her out of this, he did it like Kristin Kreuk did…In their dreams that is.

      But to be fair, it’s not his job to do this. Allison’s friend and/or family should have been working on getting her out of this.

      As for rewriting history or bad reporting? It’s Frank report! What do you think?

      Let it be clear, I know there is some truth in what Frank is writing but when it’s not spicy enough, he’ll gladly add some extra “info”.
      The same as Shadowstate would give.

  • Frank has just bullshitted us, yet again.

    In his interview with The Sun — Frank claims that he REALLY believes that Allison will try to revive her career after prison, by claiming she was brainwashed.

    LOL.

    Frank Parlato KNOWS that isn’t true. Nor does Frank believe that.

    FACT: Not a single Hollywood studio — nor any Canadian studio — will EVER hire Allison Mack for ANY jobs ever again. Not even a job cleaning toilets. They will have NO ASSOCIATION with Allison Mack ever again.

    Why?

    We are in midst of the #metoo era!

    Allison was not only convicted of various felonies, but it’s public knowledge that she was taking part in BRANDING women and ‘coercing’ them into having unwanted sex with PORKY PIG (Raniere).

    That fact will NEVER be forgotten by Hollywood studios.

    FACT: No corporation or advertiser would EVER give her a job repping their brand or products, or TV shows.

    FACT: No company wants to be associated with a former SEX SLAVER who BRANDED WOMEN regardless of whether she was ‘brainwashed’ or not.

    There are too many actresses in Hollywood (as well as in Canada) for studios to RISK taking another chance on Allison the Sex Slaver. They can snap their fingers and hire another actress who doesn’t have the PR baggage that Allison carries now.

    Guess what? Frank ALREADY knows this shit.

    He’s simply BULLSHITTING his readers by pretending that he thinks Allison will try to revive her career after prison.

    He knows that’ll never happen.

    Jeeze. Lori Loughlin was fired from EVERY network and TV show that she’s affiliated with. …and all she did was bribe her kid into college, LOL.

    Compared to what Allison did, that’s nothing.

    Allison fucking BRANDED women and coerced them into having unwanted sex with Porky Pig.

    Frank Parlato is now a bonafide BULLSHITTER.

    Eat shit, Frank. I’m not one of your fanboys.

    I’ll call you out on your bullshit every time.

    • “FACT: Not a single Hollywood studio — nor any Canadian studio — will EVER hire Allison Mack for ANY jobs ever again. Not even a job cleaning toilets. They will have NO ASSOCIATION with Allison Mack ever again.”

      True

      In fact the traditional Hollywood studios are consolidating with Disney buying Fox.
      Expect Paramount, MGM, and Sony Studios (the old Columbia) to be for sale soon.
      Fewer studios means fewer people available to approve movies and casting.
      And the new starts like Amazon Prime already erased Mack from the Lost in Oz project.

      However the San Fernando Valley has a number of Adult Video studios that would be a perfect fit for Ms. Mack

      Allison Mack “Mr. Delivery man, I can’t pay for my pizza right now but come on in and we can work out a payment plan.”

      “There are too many actresses in Hollywood (as well as in Canada) for studios to RISK taking another chance on Allison the Sex Slaver. They can snap their fingers and hire another actress who doesn’t have the PR baggage that Allison carries now.”

      True.
      Even older actresses with no PR baggage have a harder time being cast.
      I noticed that Allison would refer to herself as “35 and counting” or “36 and counting.”
      Allison already realized she was getting older and harder to cast before the scandal.

      “FACT: No corporation or advertiser would EVER give her a job repping their brand or products, or TV shows.”

      Very true

      Movies and TV shows are businesses to bring in profits, not employ goofball actresses.

      “FACT: No company wants to be associated with a former SEX SLAVER who BRANDED WOMEN regardless of whether she was ‘brainwashed’ or not.”

      Very true.

      Many Hollywood execs have daughters and nieces and can relate to young women being tortured and enslaved.

      “Jeeze. Lori Loughlin was fired from EVERY network and TV show that she’s affiliated with. …and all she did was bribe her kid into college, LOL.”

      True

      What Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman did was understandable.
      They wanted to get their dumb party girl daughters into USC — the University of Spoiled Children.
      And out of desperation they paid bribes.
      Lots of parents can relate to that.

      What Allison Mack did was so bizarre and abnormal that no one even wants to be in the same room with her.

      Last Points

      To make a movie the producers need to pay a bond or insurance policy to make sure that the talent does not die of a drug over dose or get arrested.
      Financiers will not invest money in a movie without the talent being bonded.
      With a crackpot like Allison Mack she is uninsurable.

      Moreover since many movies are aimed at a younger demographic parents don’t want to see entertainment for a sex trafficker and torturer.

      • Shadowstate,

        Allison Mack can always make adult Sadomasochistic Foot Fetish movies straight to DVD.

        I know one Texan with a Redbox membership who love to rent her movies.

        …….Heck the Texan I happen know would probably forfeit his rental deposit and just keep the DVD.

    • Hollywood loves a comeback story. Time will fade the intensity of this website and Hollywood executives do the kinds of things Mack was doing all the time. Mack’s only challenge is whether her cankles will grow even more humongous while in prison. Getting the right camera shot that doesn’t scare women and children could be a challenge in that event.

    • Thanks for that.

      I listened to – and enjoyed it – with a better speaker hooked up to my laptop, and then went back to Mack’s version. Her vocals still sound off to me; either they had her badly mic’d, relying on the two mics out on the stage even though the two main backup singers had their own handhelds, or they were trying to pull off some trick to try to make her voice sound better.

      • Anonymaker: Yes her vocals sounded somewhat off. She has good pipes, though. I thought her performance was overwrought and overdone. A good coach would have told her to take it down a notch.

      • She could not have made it through the first round of American Idol and everyone knows it!

        I don’t actually watch the show I’m just saying….

  • Frank, this TERRIBLE performance was at VanCunt Week in 2016, but do you know where exactly it took place? Kristin Kreuk was in New York during V-Week (August 2016) at the same time. The branding of Sarah Edmondson took place seven months later.

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