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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
Paris Toon

Paris Toon

Paris Toon is the Billboard Award-winning lyricist and musical enigma behind Brooklyn born Jazz Soul band Mother's Favorite Child. He is an extraordinary (soon to be published) poet, composer and producer who never seems to stray for a moment from his forward driven vision of success in the music world. Paris started out as a hip-hop producer in the mid 90's and has done Jazz Soul production and remix work for many different projects during his career. His influences range from Rakim and Stevie Wonder to Sly Stone, Prince and John Lennon. These influences make themselves ...

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Michael Moon

Michael Moon

Michael Moon is an international musician, composer and performer from Toronto, Canada, specializing in the power sound has to heal and transform. From meditation and relaxation music to inspiring pop music and shamanic rock and roll, Michael Moon's music crosses the boundaries between genres and worlds creating a tantric bridge between heaven and earth, a living temple of sound. This site includes information on the healing power of sound, free mp3 downloads, real audio streaming, secure online shopping for CD sales, as well as information on Michael Moon and his upcoming performances and projects. Michael ...

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Michael Edging and Mike Stewart

Michael Edging and Mike Stewart

This is a fantastic saxophone and piano Smooth Jazz album by two veteran musicians Michael Edging and Mike Stewart. These two players worked together for many years in the Atlanta area studios playing on stages and record projects for many years and it shows in these fantastic compositions. With a smooth yet firm sax style and strong yet lilting tone, Mike Edging brings a new higher level to the art of Saxophone performance and Mike Stewart's compositions and keyboard work are unsurpassed. One of the songs Mike Edging wrote is a tribute to John Coltrane--"Unspoken", ...

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4 stories high

4 stories high

Laura Berman and Craig Benelli She was a NY Singer/Songwriter   He was a NY Guitar Player   She hired him to play in her band   And so the story began…   By 2004, both Laura Berman and Craig Benelli had achieved a certain amount of success individually. Berman was a NY Singer/Songwriter who received critical acclaim for her debut CD Love Will, including an honorable mention in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She also performed as a backup vocalist with GrammyAward winning performer, Enya, on the David Letterman Show. Benelli was a guitar ...

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Ellen Christi

Ellen Christi

Composer, vocalist, and producer of improvised jazz music known for her eclectic musical presentations Since the mid-seventies, Ellen Christi has steadily gained ground as an important contributor to American improvised music and contemporary jazz. As a jazz vocalist, Ms. Christi has worked in varying performance venues ranging from multi-media theatrical productions to solo vocal concerts. She has also been an active advocate in supporting innovative performing artists through organizations that she has co-founded or directed. Ms. Christi has been performing and recording with musicians in the United States, Europe, and Africa for the past twenty five ...

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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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Josh Mottley

Josh Mottley

On the night of December 13th, 2012, Josh Mottley awoke to a terrible pain in his abdomen. He was rushed to the hospital as he slipped in and out of consciousness. His intestines had ruptured and he was suffering from septic shock. He was near death and would undergo seven hours of emergency surgery. As anesthesia took over, he began to dream. Accompanying his haunting vision was a musical experience. Mottley was bedridden and in recovery for two months. During this time, with only pen and paper, he started to bring his dream to life. The ...

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Paz del Castillo

Paz del Castillo

Paz del Castillo Spanish pianist and composer She started her music studies at the age of seven. Conservatory graduated in Piano Teacher. She has been continued studying and perfecting her studies during a long time. Grant from Municipal Foundation of Culture at Valladolid Council, she travelled to England: Dartington International School of Music, where she worked under direction of profesor and pianist Stephen Kovacevich. "Technique and piano performance" under direction of Argentinean professor and pianist, Aquiles Delle-Vigne at Mozarteum Musik Akademmie-Salzbourg-Austria. High Level Studies in Madrid under Prof. Rosa M º Kucharski.Madrid Youth Music Competition Finalist "Junta de Castilla ...

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Rob Darby

Rob Darby

Rob Darby is a keyboardist and composer of instrumental music that would, for lack of a better fit elsewhere, fall into the broad category of “New Age Music.” Rob grew up playing guitar, bass, and keyboards in rock bands, studied jazz in college (as a guitarist), and eventually found himself drawn back to keyboards. Rob's compositions are moderately rhythmic, fairly “piano-centric” with elements of jazz, new age, rock, and pop. Influences include the music of Rick Wakeman, Vangelis, Jack Bruce and Christopher Franke. Rob considers music to be a wonderful gift—something to be explored and discovered—something ...

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Frank Piombo

Frank Piombo

My musical career spans three plus decades of professional entertainment as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. I have appeared as a lead guitarist and vocalist with many live bands throughout my career. My performance history includes work with bands such as Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co., and the original Infernos. I have shared the stage with such great recording artists as The Duprees, The Mellow Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants. I have also shared the stage with various European performers, touring the New ...

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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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Robin Roberts and Billie Preston

Robin Roberts and Billie Preston

Since 2008, the acoustic, contemporary folk musicians Robin Roberts and Billie Preston have been performing steadily at a variety of venues in Wichita, Kansas and the surrounding regional area. They were selected to play for the "Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival" in Buda, Texas in April of 2011 and are always on the lookout for fun and interesting places to bring their renditions of folk, blues, and bluegrass tunes. In January of 2010 they released a CD called "Pay-Day Motors" with fifteen original songs written by Robin that includes the fiddle playing of Kansas Music ...

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Darlene  Koldenhoven

Darlene Koldenhoven

Darlene  Koldenhoven is a GRAMMY®Award winning recording artist with three Grammy nominations, known worldwide for her featured soprano solo “Aria” in Yanni, Live at the Acropolis. Darlene's classical crossover CD's Infinite Voice, #1 on the Radio Charts and #2 for the entire year of the Top 100 Airplay for 2007, and Heavenly Peace, her acclaimed Christmas CD, which debuted at #2 on the radio charts, both won a 2007 Lifestyle Music Award for Best Vocal Album and Best Holiday Album, respectively, as voted by Broadcasters worldwide. Darlene's seventh album, Solitary Treasures (10/10/11), debuted at #5 ...

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Richard Carr

Richard Carr

Composer, contemporary pianist, Richard Carr is now living in the downtown St. Louis area after spending 10 years working as a pianist in the night clubs, hotels and restaurants of the French Quarter of New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. He has released fourteen solo albums and one collaboration in the contemporary instrumental /new age genre. Richard’s live performances take audiences on a journey away from the busy world and into a calmer, less chaotic mental and emotional environment. Drawing on his classical training, jazz and pop familiarity, Richard creates music thru an improvisational process. His ...

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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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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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Joy Mover

Joy Mover

After many years of writing, producing and recording the music that is so very much a part of her DNA, singer /songwriter Joy Mover is taking her first giant step toward actualizing her lifelong vision with the July 31st, 2012 release of her self-titled debut, Joy Mover. Joy’s uncanny knack for attracting incredible musical talent to help her realize her vision, along with her ability to transcend eras and styles are key elements that set her apart from the multitude of talented vocalists working today. The legendary trumpeter, flautist, saxophonist, flugelhornist, and multi-Grammy®-recognized Ira Sullivan (who ...

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Mercedes Nicole

Mercedes Nicole

An extraordinary vocal jazz stylist and interpreter of standards, blues, original compositions, and New Gospel music, Ms. Nicole brings her unique personality and vocal quality to her performances. Her rich, expressive voice is deepened by a refreshing vulnerability and ardour. Her performance reveals an unending passion for probing the lyric, melodic and rhythmic nuances of her material. Mercedes has performed at numerous venues and festivals, including: Demetrio's Jazz Alley, The Triple Door, Egan's, 88 Keys Whidby Island, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, SAM, Microsoft Auditorium, Shoreline Jazz Festival, Ballard Jazz Festival, Panache Jazz Festival, Westport Blues ...

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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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Brian Collins

Brian Collins

Brian Collins (born October 19, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American country music artist. Between 1973 and 1974, he recorded two albums for Dot Records. In that same time span, he charted three Top 40 singles on the Billboard country charts. His highest-charting single was a No. 10 cover of Jack Greene's "Statue of a Fool." Check out: www.briancollinsmusic.net/

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SusieCool

SusieCool

SusieCool Performing Songwriter Susie played in several bands, most notably an all-Female Top 40/Reggae band in Jamaica called "PEP", and then "WOW". She also had a brief stint in a Tampa all-female Reggae band called "Lioness", and a multi-cultured Orlando band named "Melange". She also spent a while on the Orlando convention circuit, playing with various Island band ensembles. She decided to go solo in March of 1999, and has been playing open mics and various acoustic gigs ever since. She has written over 260 songs, and is currently performing about 80 of them live. Her Song ...

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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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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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Beverly Ritz

Beverly Ritz

Beverly Ritz is a highly respected pianist, composer, and recording artist. Born in Washington, D.C., she grew up listening to beautiful music. When her father drove her to school, she was inundated with the sounds of classical music. In the house, her mother listened to the songs of Jobim and Mancini on popular radio. Beverly began to write down the music she heard in her head even before starting piano lessons at the age of 8. By the time she was in 3rd grade, Ritz realized she had a God-given mission to write, record, and ...

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Paul Adams

Paul Adams

What is it that Paul Adams doesn't do? He's built instruments for some very well known musicians (Daryl Hall, members of Stevie Wonders band and others.), he's a writer and poet, he plays a vast array of exotic instruments, composed music for major corporations, and has eight critically acclaimed albums out in about 5 different genres of music. “I'm no genius,” says Adams. “I'm just fascinated with everything. This is a revolutionary time for musicians. Technology allows us to make our own musical decisions. Like a painter, we have freedom of choice. Management can’t tell ...

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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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Oxford Coma

Oxford Coma

The Oxford Coma formed in mid 2011 in Phoenix, AZ, out of the aftermath of several other deceased projects. Drummer Casey Dillon and guitarist Billy Tegethoff were the last members standing of Verico, as well as the remnants of several other projects dating back to when they were both in high school. Verico had been a four piece that included a stand-alone vocalist. When the band split there wasn't really a clear direction in which way the remaining pair wanted to go. Casey hopped on bass for a brief period of time. They contemplated a ...

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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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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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Jack Couchman

Jack Couchman

JC, Jack Couchman, guitarist, songwriter, performer, music visionary, began his career in 1974. Playing with bands such as Black Mariah, they successfully toured the nation with original rock and roll. July of 2009 marks the launch of JC’s solo career. Over the last few years JC has dedicated himself to documenting the many songs that lie within and in the process, has developed a musical style all his own. From the soul-searched lyrics and intricate melodies, JC’s music easily becomes etched in one's being. It doesn't take long before songs begin to replay in your mind. JC captivates his audiences with ...

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Artists With "Musicians Speak Out" Interviews

4 stories high
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
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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