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11/15/17: Jeff Classic Popka: Tips for Indie Artists. Jeff Popka is no stranger to the music world. A strong supporter of Indie music, he has made it his mission to discover new talent and bring their music to the world. Jeff juggles multiple plates, including organizing Texas Indie Fest, A and R for a management company known as Anger Management, hosting the Emit the Vibe Radio show, writing for Ion Indie Magazine, and more! Jeff screens tens of thousands of bands for his Indie Fest events and he and I share some tips.
11/8/17: Mark Powers: Powering Up Your Music Career: Drummer and percussionist Mark Powers has shared the stage with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Clyde Stubblefield, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries, Bad Company’s Lynn Sorensen, disco sensations The Afrodisiacs, 80’s nerd-rockers The Spazmatics, and many others. Mark contributed drum and/or percussion tracks to a number of incredible recording projects, tours, teaches, and more! Mark shares his story and loads of tips!
11/1/17: Grace Theisen: Passion, Purpose, and Paying it Forward: Grace Theisen is a 26 year-old Nashville-based singer/songwriter and co-founder of the anti-trafficking non-profit, Songs Against Slavery. Inspired by artists like Patty Griffin, Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars, and Sylvan Esso, Grace’s tunes encompass the themes of pain, loss, and hope. Grace’s non-profit has produced 30 benefit concerts in 8 states and has raised over $320,000. Grace talks about her music, dealing with chronic pain, and her mission. You’ll also hear a clip of her tune, Dear Heart.
10/25/17: Richard Thomas: Metal Guitarist Finds Jesus: Former lead guitarist for Rev Theory, Richard Thomas (aka Rikki Lixx) toured with bands like Lynard Skynard, Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, Hinder, Buck Cherry, Papa Roach, Sevendust, and Evanescence. Richard’s powerful story details what it’s like to find fame and fortune at a young age and how it all came crashing down. Now a solo artist and a very strong Christian, Richard shares his testimony and his faith. His autobiography, Standing in the Fire, is now available and details his journey. Richard doesn’t hold back about the music industry and his faith, so buckle up!
10/18/17: Phillip Broussard: From the Military to the Music World:: Seattle-based blues/pop artist Phillip Broussard discovered his passion early in life, when his father brought home a guitar. What started as just a few chords ignited a desire to share his new-found passion with the world. In 2007, Phillip deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His passion for music was reignited during that time. He has returned home and is releasing his debut EP on Nov. 18th. Tune in to hear some great tips for Indie artists and Phillip’s new single.
10/12/17: Ron (Blondie Boy) Thaler: Chart-Topping Drummer/Producer Multi-Grammy Award & #1 Billboard Music Producer & Drummer (11 times!) best known for his work on Alicia Keys’ No One and his on-camera role on NBC TV’s Lipstick Jungle alongside Brooke Shields, Ron has been featured on more than 400 recordings spanning a highly diverse range of styles and disciplines. Ron has worked with platinum-selling and charting topping artists Rob Thomas, Sophie B. Hawkins, Slash, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Gwen Stefani, DJ Logic, Dweezil Zappa, Ashlee Simpson, Sarah McLachlan and many more. Ron shared some great stories, tips, and musings!
8/30/17: Jabo Bihlman: Staying Creative When You Feel Burned Out: 4-time Emmy Award winning composer, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff (Jabo) Bihlman juggles a lot of plates. Between touring, recording, owning a record label, publishing, licensing, and working on a new an iPad app, Jabo is one busy guy! He is a member of The Bihlman Brothers and the blues rock powerhouse Grinder Blues ad has toured, recorded, or appeared with BB King, ZZ Top, Ray Charles, Pink, Kid Rock, Alter Bridge, Ted Nugent, Lisa Loeb, Charles Daniels, REO Speedwagon, and many more!
8/23/17: Whitty Whitesell: Leaving a Music Legacy. Whitty Whitesell decided to return to the music world after a 25-year hiatus because he wanted to create music that was timeless and leave a legacy. Once signed to Parasol Records, Whitty took time off to raise a family, and go back to school. He released a free album called The Gift of the Middle, followed by his new album Passion of a Seasoned Rookie. He’ll be sharing some tips and a new tune.
8/16/17: Dori Staehle: Positive Change: Using Your Music to Make a Difference: Whether you write fun tunes that lift people’s spirits or you address serious topics, your tunes can make an impact in the lives of others. Tips and examples of how you can move your cause forward and be a change agent. I included do’s and don’ts, funding tips, benefit concert and music ministry ideas, as well as some examples of what previous podcast guests are doing to use their talents for good.
8/9/17: Jason Damico: DIY Recording Tips: Jason Damico has been a staple in the local music scene for some time now. Jason operates his own studio and has not only recorded his own music but he’s also recorded many others. He’ll be sharing some tips to help you use ProTools and more and we’ll be sharing a sample of his music! Although Jason is only 23, he’s a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter/producer, performer, actor, and a Carolina Music Awards Winner with an impressive resume!
8/2/17: Sean O’ Rourke: Backbeat: Drumming Your Way to Success. Sean O’Rourke has figured out how to create multiple streams of income doing what he loves, including producing drum tracks. Sean’s career includes drumming on Grammy nominated master sessions as well as receiving eight Modern Drummer reviews. He has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in music, including the country band, Sugarland.
7/26/17: Rod Abernethy: Starting Over: When the Music Calls You Back: Folk singer and guitar player Rod Abernethy has been performing in the Carolinas for more than three decades, playing both 6 and 12-string acoustic guitar. Rod has a strong history in the southern rock music scene, reaching back to his days as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in well-known North Carolina bands including Arrogance, which was signed to several labels, including Warner Brothers.
7/19/17: Sabrina Fallah: Return of the Rock Chick! Canadian singer/songwriter Sabrina Fallah is proving that, yes, chicks CAN rock! She’s a natural on stage with her polished vocals, a great look and personality, and yes, she rocks out on guitar! With vocals reminiscent of 80’s rockers Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde, Sabrina makes you stand up and take notice. Her new EP, Kiss is a Killer, is now available on iTunes.
7/12/17: Jordan Casty: Riding the Waves: Jordan Casty and his band Eleven Dollar Bills know how to keep the fun in music. Their catchy single, Waves, emits a summer vibe and the feeling of going with the flow. This Berklee grad has learned that in music, as in life, you need to ride the wave and enjoy! Produced in Los Angeles, by multi-platinum songwriter/guitarist Jim Huff, Waves was co-written with BMI Award-winning Danish songwriter, Rune Westberg. It’s sure to be a chart-topper!
7/5/17: Dori Staehle: 10 Ways to Stall Your Music Career: In the past 16 years in the music business, Dori Staehle has seen it all. From band drama to gig blunders to lack of strategy, Dori has seen many bands and solo artists either derail or totally disappear. They had talent but they just weren’t prepared. Get ready for some tips…and some tough love! Dori is the owner of Rock the Next Stage and Next Stage Entertainment.
6/28/17: Jordan Okrend: Music Unites Us All: Jordan Okrend has something to say. His tunes not only combine vintage pop with an infectious funky jazz edge but they also contain socially conscious lyrics. Jordan released his first two EP’s, Unpredictable and Rising Up, between 2010 and 2012 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been performing extensively throughout the East Coast ever since.
6/21/17: Madelyn Victoria: Standing Out in Country: Madelyn Victoria had an early start in country and hasn’t stopped since. She started performing and competing at age 5 and has since opened for some of the biggest names in country music, including Easton Corbin, Turnpike Troubadours, Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Fowler, Clay Walker, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and more.
6/14/17: Eddy Mann: Musical Intersections: Where Faith and Music Connect. Twenty years ago, award-winning musician and singer/songwriter Eddy Mann made the decision to offer his gifts to God. He has since released seven CD’s and written countless songs for the church and world at large and he plays at many different venues. Eddy Mann made is also a worship leader, teacher, and speaker.
6/7/17: Ed Roman: Tunes that Make You Think: Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ed Roman is the thinking man’s musician. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely-crafted songs have been played on more than 400 stations, worldwide. His last album, Letters From High Latitudes was a critically-acclaimed vehicle for Ed’s socio-political, earthly-conscious and globally-aware messages.
5/31/17: Richard Lynch: Pure country: Songwriting and storytelling. Singer/songwriter Richard Lynch crafts tunes that are timeless and traditional. He’s been in the country music scene for 30 years. His last 2 singles reached #1 on several am/fm and internet radio charts. He is also the founder of the veterans’ charity, Love Tattoo Foundation, is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame, and did a benefit duet with country star Ronnie McDowell featuring the tune Love Tattoo, which was released earlier this year. His new single, Cut and Paste, is climbing the charts.
5/24/17: JJ McGuigan: Defeating Depression Through Music. JJ McGuigan is a songwriter/guitarist who is using his music and his story to help others heal. In addition to crafting heart-felt and sometimes edgy tunes, JJ is an advocate for mental health awareness. He has been composing music for over 10 years and was a finalist for VH1’s Save the Music Songwriting contest.
5/17/17: Rhan Anthoni. Creating Music and Meaning: Award-winning Christian R&B/Hip Hop artist, Rahn Anthoni has turned tragedy into triumph. After losing his special needs son, he became a special needs advocate. He recorded “I’ll Trust You,” which won an Indie Music Channel Award, and is a tribute to his late son Aaron. Rahn got his first break singing back-up for Dottie Peoples. He is the former host of “Starpower” on The BET Network and also developed “The Rahn Anthoni Show” (which has received over 1 million views on Eotm TV) and he’s the CEO of WMQGRadio.com.
5/10/17: Chad Hollister: Tour Tips: Getting endorsements, sponsors, and shows : Vermont roots rocker Chad Hollister has been touring with his band for the past 20 years and recently signed with Pacific Records. He has opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Petty, and has shared the stage with every PHISH member and many other big names. Chad has been able to fund his tours and gigs with the help of sponsors and endorsements. How’s that for smart?!
5/3/17: Joy Ike: Homegrown: Using House Concerts to Boost Your Music Career: In 2008, singer/songwriter Joy Ike made the decision to pursue music full-time. Since then, she has played over 800 shows, including many house concerts. She has shared the stage with Jeffrey Gaines, Cody Chestnutt, Denison Whitmer, Butterfly Boucher, Serena Ryder, Tyrone Wells, and many more. The intimate setting of house concerts really helps her connect with her fans and boost her career.
4/26/17: Caroline Dare: Finding Fans: Social Media Tips from a Savvy Singer/Songwriter. Caroline Dare is a super-talented young singer/songwriter who has been compared to a young Taylor Swift. Like Taylor, Caroline has an amazing ability to attract fans via social media. As of this writing, this country artist has some amazing social media stats. She’s played in Nashville, at Disney in Orlando, and for some major NC festivals. Tune in to find out how she’s blazing a trail.
4/19/17: William Simkiss: Striking a Chord: Guitar Playing Tips for Writing and Arranging. Music teacher, musician, and singer/songwriter William Simkiss is known as The Chord Whisperer. He instinctively knows which ones will work in a tune, which greatly enhances songwriting and arranging. William has written over 300 tunes and has co-written several as well. Musicians and songwriters: You won’t want to miss this one! You’ll find yourself playing and writing differently after this episode!
4/12/17: Matt Hybarger: Making Music Your Ministry. Christian artist Matt Hybarger has over 25 years of music and concert ministry experience and has played with notable artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Steve Archer, Allen Asbury, Rich Mullins, Gary McSpadden, Scott Krippayne, David & The Giants, Michael English, The Imperials, Petra, 4Him and many others. Matt has had several hit singles (including a remake of Desperado), he’s toured, and he’s working on some interesting projects!
4/5/17: Jeff Holland: Keeping the Beat: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid. Drummer Jeff Holland has found many different ways to use his gifts and earn a steady income. Between drumming in schools, in corporations, at festivals, and also with bands, Jeff is one busy guy! He also loves to give back and is starting a non-profit called Our World Festival. Jeff will be sharing his many different endeavors, along with some tips.
3/29/17: Brian Jaccoma: Going for it! How to Connect with Music Industry Execs: Brian Jaccoma had an idea: What if you could connect artists directly to the top music and entertainment executives? He is now the Founder and CEO of Talent Army Music, a company that does just that. Brian has helped secure record deals for artists, including John Legend, and he put LL Cool J on TV for the first time. He’s worked with legendary rock stars, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, KISS, and many more.
3/22/17: Joanne Stacey: Writing from the Heart: Tips from a Songwriting Veteran: Canadian country artist Joanne Stacey knows what it takes to write a good tune. She’s written over 225 songs, several of which were picked up by independent artists, both in Canada and Nashville. With a career spanning over 20 years, Stacey is a wealth of information – and inspiration!
3/15/17: Dori Staehle: Making Your Own Luck in the Music Biz. Ever wonder how people seem to magically find awesome gigs and opportunities? Is it luck? Leprechauns? Or are they doing something you’re not? Seasoned booking agent, manager, and mentor Dori Staehle explains how you can find your pot of gold. Dori has booked hundreds of bands and solo artists over the past 16 years and screened well over 1,000. She’ll explain her selection process and offer some tips to help you move forward.
3/8/17: Jasme Kelly: Putting the Pro in Professional: Music Biz Success Tips. Jasme Kelly knows what it takes to get noticed and make your mark. She’s an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician with killer talent and credentials. Jasmé was brought into the industry by Wyclef Jean of the Refugee Camp, and has opened for such luminaries as B.B. King, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola, Jean-Luc Ponty, Maceo Parker, and many more!
3/1/17: Bongo John Metcalf: For the Love of Music: Rhythm, Recording, and Returning to Your Roots. John Metcalf (aka “Bongo John”) tried to leave the music world behind but it quickly pulled him back. John has 20 years recording experience (audio and video) and 40 years as a drummer and percussionist. He has recorded such artists as Jason Adamo, Urban Soil, Triple Fret, Soul Psychedelic, and many more! John will share his different approach to recording, drumming, and life in general.
2/22/17: Brittany Marie: Finding Your Niche: Defining Yourself as an Artist. Brittany Marie started out as a country artist playing country fairs, showcases, festivals, and church shows but soon began finding her own unique blend and style. Brittany has opened for national touring acts such as The Band Perry, Aaron Tippin, Brett Eldredge, Clint Black, & Scotty McCreery. She will share her journey, along with some tips for emerging artists.
2/15/17: Taylor Mesple: Reinventing the game: A new way to boost your music sales. Taylor Mesple is a singer, songwriter, and world-class instrumentalist, as well as a sought-after producer and engineer. He got his start in the music business at age 13 with the contemporary jazz group Wind Machine and has since worked with some major players in the industry. Taylor has 2,000 songs and 200 CD’s under his belt and sells his tunes in a very unique way.
2/8/17: Veronica Crystal Young: Finding Your Voice: Singing and Career Tips from a Seasoned Pro. Veronica Crystal Young is a triple threat: She’s a singer, an actress, and is a producer in both TV and film. Veronica went from opera to country, with a major setback in between. She now sings in a country duo, Crystal Whiskey, and is a 6-figure entrepreneur. She’ll share some singing tips and more!
1/31/17: Joey Smith:
Networking for Musicians: Get More Gigs by Paying it Forward. Drummer Joey Smith has learned that when you collaborate, everyone wins. Joey entered the music business at age 9 and has been drumming ever since. Joey has played with numerous bands and toured. He’ll explain his very different approach and how that has opened doors.
1/24/17: Karen Cole: Performing Arts in the Schools: The Shift We Need to See. Karen Cole is a percussionist who has spent 20 years educating youth in Illinois and Indiana. She has also instructed and written for many marching bands and drum lines, helping them win awards and competitions. Karen will share a fascinating glimpse of music education and her unique approach.
1/18/17: Richard Bobholz: Copyrights, contracts, and keeping it real: The legal side of the music business. Attorney Richard Bobholz helps bands and solo artists navigate the confusing world of copyrights and contracts and can tell you what to watch out for. Richard is known for making his clients feel at ease and explaining things in plain language. Great info for bands, solo artists, and parents who are managing their kid’s music career.
1/11/17: Michelle Coard:
Money Matters for Musicians: What Musicians Shouldn’t Ignore: Michelle Coard isn’t your typical accountant. She’ll be sharing some easy tips to help you keep track of things – and keep more of your money! Michelle has more than 20 years of experience helping people understand how to manage their finances, along with tools that can make it easier for you, whether you’re touring or performing locally.
1/4/17: Russ Corvey & Gino Faison:
In the Groove: How to keep your music career going. Jazz musicians Russ Corvey & Gino Faison know all about staying power. After all, they’ve been touring, recording, and playing for over 50 years! Russ has been involved with many interesting projects, including Jazadeux with Gino. Tune in and hear all about it!
12/28: William Simkiss:
Songwriting: Co-writing, Collaboration, & Creativity: Multi-instrumentalist, music teacher, and singer/songwriter William Simkiss knows how to craft really good tunes. This opened up opportunities to co-write with other singers and musicians. Find out more about the co-writing process and how it can help your music career!
12/14: Chad Lister:
Behind the Scenes: The Life of a Studio Musician. Musician and singer/songwriter Chad Lister knows how to make the most of his talent. In addition to being on stage, he also works behind the scenes. Find out what it takes to be a studio or session musician.
12/7: Tim Currin: Church Band vs. Rock Band:
Multi-talented Tim Currin plays in a local cover band at night and at church on Sunday mornings. This worship leader really knows how to rock! Find out how he navigates both worlds and what this experience has taught him.
11/30: Will McBride:
Rock Solid: How to Be a Sought-After Opening Band. Will McBride of The Will McBride Group has opened for many Grammy-winning and Billboard-charting artists, including ZZ Top, Styx, Eddie Money,Leon Russell, and many more! How’d they pull that off? Listen and find out!
11/23: Dori Staehle:
Get Noticed! Booking and branding tips to help you stand out (in a good way)! Dori Staehle knows what it takes to get a band or solo artist noticed. In her 15 years of working in the music business, she’s seen it all! She reveals common mistakes and tips that will increase your visibility and your bookings.
11/16: Ivan Hampden:
Touring vs. Recording: An Inside Look from a Seasoned Pro. Ivan was Luther Vandross’ drummer for many years and has toured and performed with many others, including Stevie Wonder, JLo, India Arie, Roberta Flack, and Bonnie Raitt. Ivan shares his thoughts on the difference between being a touring artist vs. a recording artist.
11/9: Rebekah Todd: Chasing Your Dreams: Crowdfunding, Confidence, and Creativity. Imagine raising over $32K for your CD project, business, or cause? Multi-talented Rebekah Todd has done that and more! In just 6 months, she raised over $32K for her CD project, painted a collection of 20 pieces, and completed her album! Can you say “driven?”
11/2: Wendy Davis ,
How to Snag a Licensing Deal: Singer/Songwriter Wendy Davis shares what she did to get a licensing deal – and airplay. Wendy has collaborated with producers and DJ’s worldwide, including DJ Shooting Star (I Surrender), Dj LFE with New Heart Records (Sky) and inclusion in compilations with DJ Angel Morales and DJ Freebourne.
10/26: Brent Baxter, Common Songwriting Mistakes: Tips from a Pro: Nashville songwriter and publisher Brent Baxter knows all about hit songs. Artists he has written and published hit tunes for include: Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols and more. Has his own publishing company, Cowboy Chords Music, and is the creator of the program Songwriting Pro.
10/19: Kathy Bushnell:
Chicks Who Rock: Pioneer rock musician Kathy Bushnell will share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it was like touring as a member of Britain’s first female rock duo. Her trailblazing band appeared on the same bill as many famous rockers, giving her a unique and exciting perspective of that era. Today, she offers special encouragement and advice for aspiring musicians and singer/songwriters. She is currently writing a book about her pioneer rock duo, so join us for a sneak peek!
10/12: Dick Hodgin: Studio Strategies: Tips from a legendary recording engineer and producer. Dick Hodgin has worn many hats during his 40 years in the music industry, including Chief Engineer at Osceola Studios in Raleigh. He’s recorded and produced records for local artists as well as some big names, including Lynard Skynard, Erika Badu, Clay Aiken, and more. Think you’re ready to hit the studio? Buckle up for this episode!
10/5: Eugene Taylor: The Rhythm of Life: The Healing Power of Music You never know where your talents will take you. Eugene Taylor began singing and drumming for hospital patients and is now a full-time musician. Known as the “Drum Prophet,” Eugene uses drumming and singing in a motivating and inspiring way.
9/28: Keith Mohr: Moving & Shaking in Music City
. It takes more than a dream to make it in Nashville. Find out how momentum builds success and many other tips from Keith Mohr, President of IndieHeaven, Creator/Director of Nashville Rising Star, and Nashville Song Pitcher.
9/21: Chris Hendricks: Music, motivation, and making a difference. Chris Hendricks didn’t let a major setback derail him. He rose up, found his gifts, and used them not only to entertain but to make a major impact in people’s lives. His amazing talent and positive attitude are opening doors and opening minds.
9/14: Jason Damico: What does it take to break out? Jason Damico’s talent was apparent at a very early age. He was soon able to build an impressive resume that many older artists just dream about. Find out what kinds of opportunities he took advantage of, the exciting things he’s involved with, and how this 22-year old rising star was able to break out and move forward.
9/7:Kellie Fitzgerald: Cranking it up! An insider’s look at A & R. Back in the day, record labels hired and sent out A & R reps to find and sign new talent. Find out what life was like on the road, what labels were looking for, and what sorts of adventures Kellie Fitzgerald encountered. What major bands did she work with? Tune in and find out!