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Musicians Speak Out

Listen to musicians from all over the world speak about music, performance, writing and their stories. Some are Artists, some are Composer and some are both, but all of them will provide a good insight into the world of today’s music.

Hosted by, Joe Carroccio, “Mr. That’s Life”, Musicians Speak Out is an educational, inspirational and entertaining view of music.

 

 

Featured Artists
Sam Hankins

Sam Hankins

Samuel Hankins was born into a musical family. His maternal grandmother played the piano and was a tremendous gospel singer. His father played harmonica and vocals in various R & B bands. His brother plays the piano, majors in voice and teaches elementary school music. So it was inevitable that Sam's musical education would begin at an early age. Encouraged by his father, Samuel Hankins Sr., young "Hank" began with the guitar. In middle school he switched to the trumpet. Again, encouraged by his father, Sam began playing in churches, professional bands and orchestras. Sam's love ...

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Dean Burnett

Dean Burnett

In the beginning... Dean started writing songs and poetry from about the age of ten. As he grew he got into music and started off on the guitar. After a brief spell he discovered the wonders of Synthesizers and bought his first monophonic synth in the early 80's. Since then Dean has written and co-written hundereds of songs and been involved in bands such as Japanese Whispers and The Tower/Redshift. These bands are having their music re-released at present with singles from Dean,The Tower and Japanese Whispers all out on download stores. After the disappointment of The ...

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Avguste Antonov

Avguste Antonov

Pianist Avguste Antonov leads an active career as soloist, teacher and church pianist. He is currently Piano Instructor at The Master's Touch School of Music & Performing Arts, LLC. in Grapevine (Texas) and worship pianist for the Cornerstone Church in Irving (Texas). Avguste Antonov has presented recitals in Bordeaux (France), Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and has performed extensively with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, University of Kansas Symphony, Symphonic Choir and the Texas Christian University Wind Symphony. Performance venues include the Music Education National Convention with the University of ...

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Elizabeth Geyer

Elizabeth Geyer

Elizabeth describes writing and performing her own music for the first time as ‘finally coming home’. Her talent stands apart from other artists simply because of her incredible diversity as a vocalist, pianist, trumpet and flugelhorn player and last but not least composer. Her unique style of Jazz sets a new direction while her hands on approach to song writing, recording, production and performance has allowed her passion to be expressed and connect to her audiences with an understated passion and warmth. For many years Elizabeth performed and recorded in bands, often the solo chair ...

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John Adorney

John Adorney

John Adorney is an award-winning composer and producer whose six solo CDs, Beckoning (1998), The Other Shore (2002), Waiting for the Moon (2004), Trees of Gold (2006) and The Fountain (2009) and The Fire in the Flint (2012) have garnered glowing reviews from around the world. In August of 2010, John, along with vocalist Daya and special guest Marcel Adjibi, performed the music from the first five of these CDs live in concert in Thousand Oaks, California. John Adorney and Daya LIVE! In Concert was released as both a DVD and as a CD. In addition ...

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Stephen Savage

Stephen Savage

Keyboardist Stephen Savage has taught classical music for more than three decades and has served on the faculties of both the prestigious Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, but when it came time to compose and record original compositions for his first album, Future Memory, he went in a different direction and created synthesizer-based space music. In addition to teaching music for five years at the Berklee College of Music and the past couple of decades at the New England Conservatory of Music, Savage also has taught at Indian Hill Music ...

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AOMUSIC

AOMUSIC

The musical group AOMUSIC was founded on the belief that “nature only knows humanity as one being -- that we are facets of one jewel.” On their fourth album, hokulea, AOMUSIC continues to create astounding, transformative, international, vocal-oriented, world-fusion sounds truly reflecting our global community (with all profits going to children in need). The music on this CD features lyrics from around the world (Swahili, Zulu, West African, Hindi, Japanese, English, Polynesian, Indonesian, Hebrew and Xhosa), newly-created vocal sounds, worldbeat rhythms, one of the most acclaimed new age vocalists of our time, and children’s choirs from ...

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Anne Trenning

Anne Trenning

Instrumental pianist Anne Trenning titled her third recording Watching for Rain, as a metaphor indicating a time of hopeful anticipation. “As our world continues to face the challenges of economy, war and the environment, we find ourselves looking toward new opportunities, for rain to come and refresh the earth, and for growth and positive change to occur.” Trenning explains, “In a broader sense, it seems many of us are hoping for our world to enter a period of healing; we want to be part of a cleansing transformation — which is why I chose the analogy ...

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Joyce Spencer

Joyce Spencer

Joyce was reared in a small town with limited resources to study music; however, it did not discourage her passion. She started playing clarinet in middle school, but grew very fond of the tenor saxophone in the 12th grade. Later, she added the alto sax and flute in college where she majored in instrumental music education. After an approximate 20-year hiatus, Joyce returned to her love and passion for music and released her first CD, “Sweet Dreams”, in 2010. The CD is a collection of instrumental (alto/soprano sax and flute) and vocal music created to calm, ...

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Scarecrowz

Scarecrowz

Formed in August 2000, Scarecrowz are defining a new sound for Ottawa’s alternative scene. With influences from classic and newer bands, coupled with the desire to create music with an edge, their punchy riffs are drawing attention with each performance. The name was chosen to describe the band's sound and character during its early stages around Halloween. “There’s a lot of connotations to it”, says rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist, Ger Madden. “We wanted a name to describe our sound, yet bind us together.” “Every time we do a show, it’s like Halloween for us”, he adds. ...

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Combat Fusion Jazz Band

Combat Fusion Jazz Band

Producer of the Combat Fusion Jazz Band, John Dubiel, was born in Chicago on April 18, 1945. Throughout his life he has been a producer, song writer, keyboard player with a passion for music. John is a Viet Nam war veteran and purple heart recipient. His other passion is the veterans and with this new band, the Combat Fusion Jazz Band, he wants to help all our men and women veterans who are suffering from PTSD. Part of the profits from the Combat Fusion Jazz Band will be going to help these brave men and women ...

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Jeff Senour

Jeff Senour

Jeff's musical infatuation began with the unforgettable artists and rock and roll tunes we all still love today. He brings a life-size heart to match his big sound! Jeff performs both originals and covers. Like most of his band mates, Jeff has played professionally since his high school and college days and brings a wealth of knowledge to the band. He loves the music he writes and plays but even more so seeing his audience get involved with the tunes. An accomplished guitarist and song writer, Jeff started playing as a child and continues to write ...

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Gino Goss

Gino Goss

Over the past four decades, Gino has honed his skills as a trumpet and flugel horn artist adding Latin jazz percussion to his repertoire. A master artist and performer, Gino decided in 2008 it was time to break away and embark on his own, forming Gino Goss and Jammajazz. In 2009, he released is debut CD ALMOST FAMOUS to glowing reviews. Various cuts from this freshman CD can be heard globally. Gino is currently in the studio working on his sophomore CD, having released three singles from that CD, Funk It Up, Kalimba Dreaming and award winning Night In ...

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Dave Undis

Dave Undis

Dave Undis Country Music songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee Partners: Chip Nietfeld, singer-songwriter in Franklin, Tennessee and Dave Crowley, singer-songwriter in Honolulu, Hawaii Check out:    www.americansongspace.com/DaveUndis/

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Roots Rock Society (RRS)

Roots Rock Society (RRS)

Awarded “Best Entertainer of 2003” recently by the 2004 Chicago Music Awards. Roots Rock Society, founded in December of 1986, strongly believes in keeping their heritage and culture alive with their energetic live show and innovative blend of reggae, calypso, soul, zouk and other rhythms of the African Diaspora. What makes RRS stand out are their live performances as well as their original recorded material. Timeless tracks, smooth vocals, vibrant instrumentals matched with exotic rhythms and delightful lyrics performed in English with Spanish and French accents. It is a fine mixture of quality and care with ...

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Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee)

Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee)

Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee) was born in Perth Amboy N J.  Now, lives in Allentown PA.. Toured extensively as Drummer thru Canada and USA from Coast to Coast performing in well over 300 "live" shows with the Classics IV band..Preformed in East coast bands too numerous to mention. Having performed at Sands Casino as well and in a total of well over 600 "Live" shows..While Living in Phoenix AZ area i wrote and recorded the "Future Phoenix" song which the entertainment papers and local radio stations did embrace very well..I appeared as stage name "Kid Trouzers" ...

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Lisa Firestone

Lisa Firestone

What do you get when you combine sensuality with The Divine, and impeccably-crafted piano with world music, commercial pop and sultry groove?   Lisa Firestone.   Her debut release, “LAKE JUNE IN WINTER” showcases “the whole tamale” as she calls it… a woman’s emotional journey through sweetest bliss to strongest rage.  Lisa’s songs are raw, vulnerable, whimsical, sexy, feminine, strong, hopeful, soulful, smart and altogether very human. Awarded BEST SPIRITUAL WRITER and BEST SOLO PIANIST by Songwriter’s Showcase of America, Lisa has become a familiar name in Central Florida.  No stranger to performance, she has received numerous credits ...

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Rhett Davis

Rhett Davis

Rhett was born in England, immigrated to Canada and grew up in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. He was lead singer and front man for a local group “THE WINMEN”. They recorded a regional hit “A Nickel Piece of Candy” and played major venues in British Columbia and Washington State. After long time school buddies went their separate ways, Rhett joined a well-established Toronto nightclub act, “THE HILITES” that performed in major venues, conventions, lounges and television in US, Europe, The Mid- East and Canada. When the HILITES disbanded, Rhett returned to Nashville where he ...

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Silverfox

Silverfox

Silverfox is seen lifting his flutes as if to call upon the Great Spirit!   Silverfox, Native American (Apache) Flute Player and “Tribal Fusion” fuses together the old ancient sounds of the Native American flutes with riveting modern sounds.   Silverfox is currently touring his “Tribal Fusion” sounds doing fairs, festivals, museums, casinos, schools and restaurants, performing his heart and soul out.  This thrilling musical experience presented by Silverfox is more than a feeling as his sacred sounds fill the very core of what we feel as we drift into his delightful performance.   Taught ...

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Buckwheat Catapillar

Buckwheat Catapillar

Buckwheat Catapillar began back in the late 90's as Smoking Catapillar of Alice in Wonderland fame and now has morphed into Buckwheat Catapillar, the Musician, Philosopher and Provocateur. Catapillar Music is often comedic and political and always evokes a response. The latest CD "Anxiety" is the work of singer/guitarist/song writer Buckwheat Catapillar, with assistance from the technicians at Lunatech Studios in West Seattle. Buckwheat Catapillar is the son of J.P. Patches and his mother Gertrude, both northwest icons. Born October 31, 1971, Buckwheat has been in a variety of bands over the years including, Baby ...

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Randy Granger

Randy Granger

New Mexico musician Randy Granger blends Native American flute music, Singer-Songwriter sensibilities, Pan instruments like the Hang and Halo, percussion into a unique style of music called "Southwest World." It is fitting that this native of the American Southwest would be influenced by the ancient cultures and landscapes seeped in mysticism, history and characters ranging from Geronimo, Billy the Kid, Georgia O’Keefe and hard-scrabble settlers. Born during a thunderstorm in a small Oil-field boom town on the Llano Estacado in southeastern New Mexico where Pumpjacks, Mesquite and Oil Derricks dot the flat landscapes. Oil field ...

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Duo Scordatura

Duo Scordatura

During past seasons, Nicholas Leh Baker has appeared as Conductor-in-Residence with the Foundation for Modern Music and the Houston Symphonic Band, where he has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor since 2006; where he has not only appeared as conductor on two tours, but has also performed as soloist on numerous occasions. He has also been principal conductor of the Sonus Chamber Orchestra, and has made guest appearances with the Austin Symphony, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the Shepherd School of Music, Greater Houston Youth Orchestra, and with ...

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Celia

Celia

On "The Positive Music Show" Celia is a singer, songwriter, actress, and storyteller who dishes up the most delicious concoction of the silly and the sacred. She is an amazing multi-faceted artist. From powerful, heart-felt vocals to wacky comedic improvisations, you honestly never know what will happen with Celia on stage. Think Enya meets Tori Amos meets Gilda Radner. Celia has opened for notable authors: Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Masaru Emoto, and Sonia Choquette, provided live music for the Off-Broadway production of “Rum and Vodka”, received a “Best Storytelling CD” nomination for “Irish Tales” ...

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Dorothy Leigh

Dorothy Leigh

The release of “A Second Chance” introduces the music world to Dorothy Leigh, a Grammy Nominated and powerful, highly respected Singer/Recording Artist with a soulful voice, very expressive style, and ability to interpret lyrics in a meaningful and heartfelt way. Ms. Leigh’s debut work captures the essence of her amazing talent and reflects the emotional depth and breadth of her life-altering journey. “Dorothy’s style of music is a unique blend of Jazzy R&B, ”Rayvon Singleton, A&R of Whitley Productions says. "She has the hottest, freshest sound of Jazzy R&B today!" "Ms. Leigh has gone where no ...

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Johnny Zapp

Johnny Zapp

Born in Huntington Beach, CA to a musical family, it was no surprise that I loved music and started playing mandolins and guitars, learning traditional Italian music as early as age four. By the time I hit elementary school, I was completely fascinated by the records my older brothers and sister were listening to.  Bands like Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.  I wanted to know how they made those sounds and I was going to learn.  By the time I was in 7th grade, I started putting together a band with my likeminded ...

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Louis Landon

Louis Landon

The life of a working musician and recording artist requires one to wear many hats to measure even a modicum of success. Essential elements that have played deftly into the hands of solo pianist, Louis Landon include diplomat, humorist, entrepreneur, technician, visionary, politician, philosopher, activist, and artisan. A well-rounded, magnetic personality combined with an obvious gift for performing a variety of musical styles opened the door for Landon to tour extensively for three decades alongside some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry. Landon's musical range as a pianist has been highlighted over the ...

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BlendJazz

BlendJazz

Resident: USA, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Instruments: Earl Rice (keyboards/Synths/Piano), Henry Mixon (Bass Guitar), Deandre Woods (Drums) This three piece band was re-organized by original members of the former band called Blend, which released its first cd project in February 2010. From that cd, the instrumental track "Lost Without You" was first aired in Europe on JazzNet247. The group BlendJazz has returned with its 2nd cd project entitled EVOLUTION. With the transformation of the group's make up, there was also a change in music style, taking on more of a smooth, jazzy adult contemporary vibe. Currently, BlendJazz' EVOLUTION is in ...

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Erich McMann

Erich McMann

In 1961 Eric was born in Chicago, IL. He came from a musical family and started playing guitar in 1972. His first band played at local talent shows and block parties. In 1980 he started a band called “The Crickle” a tribute to the 1960’s “British Invasion.” The band played at clubs and colleges throughout the Midwest. In the late 80’s he started a recording studio called “The Farm” and recorded several original CD’s as well as releases for other Chicago area bands. “Crickle’s” albums charted nationally and were part of the “Paisley Underground” alternative music ...

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Terry Lewsader

Terry Lewsader

Songwriter / Musician, Terry Lewsader grew up among the farms in a small mid-western town, where farmers, factory workers, and bar-hoppers would frequent the local taverns on Friday and Saturday nights to hear the local bands. Country music was the dominant attraction in the bars, but rock music was quickly taking over the airwaves. It wasn’t long until these two styles of music were fused and a new genre called country-rock was born. “A friend sold me a Mason Proffit album for a buck, and that album changed what I wanted to do musically at ...

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Michael Harrison

Michael Harrison

Michael is a singer, songwriter, and great guitar player first and foremost... He has been recording, performing and perfecting his craft for 30 years plus...in addition to singing and playing, writing great songs, and arrangements...he has 4 great CD's, and many copyrighted works to his credit, and is on his own Indie Label... Finally receiving notoriety and airplay worldwide in 2007 for the release of his "Lost In the Blues" album...and the re-release of his "Easy Money" CD. both of these CD's are on digital jukeboxes everywhere... He continues to establish himself as a solo artist tho he has played with many ...

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Artists With "Musicians Speak Out" Interviews

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Anne Trenning
Annette Cantor
AOMUSIC
Avguste Antonov
Beverly Ritz
BlendJazz
Bob Crawford
Brad Loomis
Brett Mikels
Brian and Elizabeth LaChance
Brian Collins
Buckwheat Catapillar
Celia
Chaser Eight
Chuck Peterson
Combat Fusion Jazz Band
Craig Karolus
Darlene Koldenhoven
Dave Undis
Dean Burnett
Dorothy Leigh
Duo Scordatura
Elizabeth Geyer
Ellen Christi
Erich McMann
Frank Piombo
Gino Goss
Herky Cutler
Honey Dawn Karima
Jack Couchman
Jeff Senour
Jhonny K
Jill Sissel
Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee)
John Adorney
John David Schrader
John W. Bailey
Johnny "V" Vernazza
Johnny Zapp
Josh Mottley
Joy Mover
Joyce Spencer
LAVENDERSOUL
Lisa Firestone
Louis Landon
Mercedes Nicole
MEZ (Martian Ear Zit)
Michael Edging and Mike Stewart
Michael Harrison
Michael Hepner
Michael Moon
Oxford Coma
Paris Toon
Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis
Paul Adams
Paz del Castillo
Randy Granger
Rhett Davis
Richard Carr
Rob Anthony
Rob Darby
Rob Randolph Band
Robin Roberts and Billie Preston
Roots Rock Society (RRS)
Sam Hankins
Scarecrowz
Silverfox
Stephen Savage
SusieCool
Terry Lewsader
Victor James Dougherty
Victoria De mare
Yonatan Miller
 

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