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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
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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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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Victoria De mare

Victoria De mare

 A native north-easterner, Victoria De Mare re-located to Hollywood, California from New York City to work on horror films. She was cast in the 2002 horror/comedy Slaughter Studios produced by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. In 2006, the media deemed Victoria "Hollywood's Hottest Scream Queen" and in 2008 dubbed her a "Terror Titan" in the horror/sci fi world. In June 2011, Victoria made the #14 spot on the Top 100 Most Beautiful Actresses in Hollywood, who don't make a 7 figure salary per contract, yet. She is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Herky Cutler

Herky Cutler

Herky Cutler, Singer/Songwriter Secondary Genre Rocker Twin Butte, Alberta Canada Having done the rock and roll band "thing," I now choose to travel alone, playing both relatively small and intimate venues, in addition to larger bars, lounges all the way up to music festivals. My music has many faces....rock...blues...country...folk...celtic...latin... and speaks with many tongues about who I am, what I believe in, and what makes me laugh. I've been influenced by many including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, and MANY of the independent artists that I have heard over the years. ...

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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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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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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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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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