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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
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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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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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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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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Craig Karolus

Craig Karolus

Craig grew up in Long Prairie, Minnesota; a small community where everybody knows everybody. The high school marching band, called The Minnesota Marching M'Bassadors, under the direction of Mr. Gove (now retired), put this town on the map. Craig was a percussionist in the marching band. He also filled the role of drum major for the field show performances his senior year in high school. The band traveled all over the country. Craig had the opportunity to direct the field show band while they performed at the Festival Of States competition in St. Petersberg, FL ...

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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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Brian and Elizabeth LaChance

Brian and Elizabeth LaChance

Brian started playing guitar  at age 12 and was on the road by age 15, playing 6 nights a week, around the country. He ended up playing for the stars such as Alan Jackson, Ray Price, Glen Campbell, to name a few. He also was a Grand Ol Opry stage player. While Brian was on a winter break in Phoenix, in 1996, from playing the theater shows in Eureka  Springs/Branson,  he met  Elizabeth and  fell in love. They both shared a love of music and songwriting.  A year later they married and haven't stopped writing ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MEZ (Martian Ear Zit)

MEZ (Martian Ear Zit)

MEZ (Martian Ear Zit) is comprised of Don Ramirez and Scott Tatina. We love to make music. We are available for film, TV and video gaming scores. Check out some of Scott's tunes at http://www.myspace.com/scotttatinacomposer. You can also check out more MEZ and Scott tunes, plus some of Scott's woodwork at http://www.tatina.net/ To the Power of Two is the work of Don Ramirez of Fresno, California and Scott Tatina of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. They met online and discovered mutual interests in music. Over a 2 year period they sent files back and forth via email. With ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Johnny “V” Vernazza

Johnny V Vernazza

Johnny "V" has played guitar with many Blues greats like Chicago guitarist Luther Tucker, Sunnyland Slim, Rock& Roll Legend Chuck Berry, Steve "Guitar" Miller, Greg Allman , George Thorogood, Charlie Daniels , Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen and Elvin Bishop to name a few. Johnny was recruited into Elvin Bishop's band that led to 6 albums, Gold Records, endless touring and the #3 song in the nation by 1974 "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." Elvin and Johnny's dual lead and slide parts set a style that was part of the Southern Rock Sound and ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Annette Cantor

Annette Cantor

Annette Cantor’s recording, Songs to the Goddess, contains musical meditations inspired by sacred deities from around the world, but focusing on the universal Mother Earth. These song prayers -- featuring both Cantor’s wordless vocalizing and acclaimed new age music pioneer C.G. Deuter’s instrumentation -- praise the planet, give thanks for birth and living, and also ask for guidance in creating a good life. Cantor and Deuter are both Germans who met while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Deuter, long known as a top new age instrumentalist, wanted to explore the addition of vocals, so Cantor ...

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Artists With "Musicians Speak Out" Interviews

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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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