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"Rugged Trumpet" Showcase For Poet Robert Bogan's Bluesy Spoken-Word Performances

Q: How would you describe your creative evolution from your previous album, Song of the Balcones, to your latest work, Rugged Trumpet? A: Song of the Balcones is an epic ballad that tells a story based on events in 1831 Texas. Since its inception in 1984, I imagined the poem as musical performance. In 1988, radio ...


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Actress Lydia Cornell Records Psa For Upcoming Eric Marienthal Charity Event

Award-winning actress, author, teen mentor, talk-show host, comedienne and public speaker, Lydia Cornell grew up in America’s living rooms. An international celebrity best known for her starring role as the daughter of TV legend Ted Knight in the hit ABC series Too Close for Comfort, Cornell was one of the most popular sex symbols of the ...

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Kimberly Forness Wilson Discovers "Butterfly Soul" In Quest To Help Others

Q: Your new album has the enigmatic title of Butterfly Soul. What is a Butterfly Soul? A: It is a metaphor for inner transitions. It is symbolic of my recovery after a really devastating accident where I lost my singing voice for many years. Throughout my life the quest has been to hunt, discover, and then ...

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Interview: Vocalist Benn Bacot

Q: When did you decide to become a singer? A: My very first memories are of standing in front of the radio, singing and listening to the music. It has always been a part of who I am from the very beginning. I didn't choose it; it chose me! Q: Was jazz always your primary music ...


News: TV / Film

'80s TV Icon Lydia Cornell Returns To Comedy Spotlight

Actress Lydia Cornell is not just a flashback to the '80s. Best-known for her role as the sweetly alluring daughter of Ted Knight in the highly popular ABC sitcom Too Close for Comfort, Cornell continues to pursue a path of comedic gold, doing stand-up and writing often pointedly hilarious political barbs on her acclaimed and sometimes ...


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An Interview With Jazz Crooner Jonathan Karrant

Q: When did you decide to become a singer? A: I always knew I wanted to be an entertainer. At age 6 I had my first solo at church. I became very involved with theater; however, by age 20 I realized that singing was most important to me and put all my energy into music. Q: ...


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Interview: Finland-based Guitarist Pauli Saksa

Q: When did you decide to become a guitarist? A: At the age around 15, I played both piano and guitar. My piano teacher advised me to apply to a piano conservatorium in Helsinki. I passed the examination, and the headmaster asked me if I play other instruments. I told him the guitar. He said that ...


News: Recording

Keyboardist Derek Turner Keeps Smooth Jazz Alive On Debut CD

The debut album from keyboardist Derek Turner, Sharing the Groove, was a quarter-century in the making. However, that doesn’t mean Turner spent each day for 25 years crafting the album. Rather, a household with a devout spiritual background wasn’t exactly accepting of secular music. “I spent the majority of my time playing Gospel music,” Turner revealed. ...

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Interview: Crooner Mark Shelton

Q: When did you decide to become a singer? A: I sang in school and church choirs as a kid, and grew up through the music of the '60s and '70s. I listened to a lot of the early era of rock & roll as my dad had a massive collection of 45s from the '50s ...

News: Recording

Carrie Underwood Isn't Only Country Act To Support Gay Marriage

The first single from Town & Country's self-titled debut CD takes on the hot-button topic of marriage equality and support of gay-marriage rights. “Everybody Wants to Say I Do,” which vocalist Rob Shapiro and and songwriter/producer Brian Woodbury wrote together, addresses marriage – gay or straight – from a universal point of view, as in “I ...


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