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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
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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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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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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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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Brett Mikels

Brett Mikels

The music and lyrics of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brett Mikels speaks directly to the soul. Pure in heart, tone, and story, he brings a lifetime of experience traveling the globe. From his childhood in a military family to his professional life on the road, writing, recording, and performing music, Brett weaves experiences and reflections into melodic, evocative songs with an edgy Blue Eyed Soul sound, blending R&B, Folk, and Blues Rock & Roll. Introspective and revealing, Brett Mikels’ music echoes the lyrical depth of James Taylor, the soul of Stevie Wonder, and the contemporary sound ...

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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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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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Michael Hepner

Michael Hepner

The great boogie woogie pianist, Bob Seeley taught him his first boogie woogie bass line at 13 years old! The rest as they say was history! Mostly self-taught, he spent one year at North Texas State University hanging around some very talented players such as Lyle Mays and many big band jazzers that eventually led to his first recording contract with a country band in Texas. He then came back to Detroit and had a couple of bands (one with Mark Pasman now host of the motor city blues project for many years) before the New York Express ...

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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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Jill Sissel

Jill Sissel

Jill Sissel has been writing and performing her acclaimed Americana/ Blues music in the Nashville area for more than 15 years. In 1999, Just Plain Folks nominated her for Americana Album of the Year, and she has garnered numerous other awards and honors since. Jill has just released a soulful, evocative blues album, Tell the Truth, her 7th studio release to date. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jill was always interested in the guitar. Her first acoustic for her 8th Christmas was an Aspen. The name of the guitar was significant to her ...

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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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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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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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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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LAVENDERSOUL

LAVENDERSOUL

On “The Positive Music Show” Can you describe the feeling you get inside when you listen to inspired music like LAVENDERSOUL? And can you comprehend the thousand and one little coincidences that brought these souls together and guided them to create the synergy that lets you feel so deeply? The Group Bernard DeSeck Because he was encouraged to sing at an early age by his classically trained grandmother, Bernard DeSeck has been doing that most of his life. With two years of classical voice training under his belt, his teacher saw the amazing ability he had and began to contact the New England Conservatory ...

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John W. Bailey

John W. Bailey

Good Day, I have dedicated this page to inform you with a tidbit about my past and to give you an idea of where my alter ego (SuperMayne) originated. I will share a little slice of history and point out what my goals are. I also want to point out a few of my accomplishments along the way as I continue forward on my musical quest. I was born September 1,1955 on the southside of Chicago, Illinois. As a child I always had an intense feeling about music. But due to economic strains on my family ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Jhonny K

Jhonny K

About Jhonny K Jhonny K started in music as a lad and wanted to play drums, but alas it was to loud for his mothers ears. So being the thoughtful, unrebellious son that he was, he began to play the trumpet. Jhonny K started to study jazz and classical music with several peers, professionals, and teachers. That provided him with the ability to hear harmonies and understand how music is shaped and should work. He is a fan of pretty much any genre of music, but his soul yearns for rock and blues. After getting over ...

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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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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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Chuck Peterson

Chuck Peterson

After graduating high school, I headed North to Vancouver B.C. where I lived and played for 3 years in an around town, as well as touring with a lounge group across Canada. Back in Seattle, I joined a road band called “Foxfire”, and played the western United states for a year. Solo work followed again in Seattle, until I moved down to Phoenix, Az where I continue to live and play music full time. Playing music as a solo artist, I utilize “backing tracks” to create a fuller band sound, and perform a wide variety of music. ...

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Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis

Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis

Front man Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis of San Diego, California, has been performing for audiences around the globe since 1997. As a Navy Frogman stationed in Germany – Patrick earned the nickname “BlueFrog” while playing the local expat joints. In 2000 Patrick Ellis returned to San Diego and with Alan Adamson formed the original “BlueFrog and Company” as the Tuesday night House Band for “Buffalo Joes” in the Gas Lamp quarter of downtown San Diego. The band hosted one the most respected Blues Jams in the San Diego area. The Band appeared on the NBC “Good-Morning Show” and ...

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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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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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Victor James Dougherty

Victor James Dougherty

Victor, combines years of guitar & vocal performance with soulful lyrics to create memorable songs that inspire and transform. As a new consciousness sweeps the globe art, literature, movies, books and music have been at the forefront reflecting this moment in history called by Eckhardt Tolle "A new Earth" and others "The Great Turning." Victor has, through his own inner journey, combined years of performance with song writing and captured the essence of some key signposts pointing the way to our next step in evolution; presence of mind. Raised in Kansas City, this acoustic artist ...

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Artists With "Musicians Speak Out" Interviews

4 stories high
Anne Trenning
Annette Cantor
Avguste Antonov
Beverly Ritz
BlendJazz
Bob Crawford
Brett Mikels
Brian and Elizabeth LaChance
Brian Collins
Celia
Chuck Peterson
Combat Fusion Jazz Band
Craig Karolus
Darlene Koldenhoven
Dean Burnett
Dorothy Leigh
Duo Scordatura
Elizabeth Geyer
Ellen Christi
Frank Piombo
Gino Goss
Herky Cutler
Jeff Senour
Jhonny K
Jill Sissel
Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee)
John Adorney
John W. Bailey
Johnny "V" Vernazza
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
Paris Toon
Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis
Paul Adams
Paz del Castillo
Rhett Davis
Richard Carr
Rob Darby
Roots Rock Society (RRS)
Sam Hankins
Silverfox
Stephen Savage
SusieCool
Victor James Dougherty
Victoria De mare
 

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