Songwriter – F-BOD http://f-bod.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 05:39:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://f-bod.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/fbod-150x150.png Songwriter – F-BOD http://f-bod.com/ 32 32 Wrexham songwriter makes history after performing at Paul McCartney’s childhood home https://f-bod.com/wrexham-songwriter-makes-history-after-performing-at-paul-mccartneys-childhood-home/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 04:30:01 +0000 https://f-bod.com/wrexham-songwriter-makes-history-after-performing-at-paul-mccartneys-childhood-home/ Wrexham.com > News Job : Thu 23 June 2022 A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Wrexham made history last week when he performed at the childhood home of Paul and Mike McCartney as part of ‘Forthlin Sessions’. Dullan was unveiled last month as […]]]>


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A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Wrexham made history last week when he performed at the childhood home of Paul and Mike McCartney as part of ‘Forthlin Sessions’.

Dullan was unveiled last month as one of four acts chosen to visit, write and perform at Paul and Mike McCartney’s childhood home (20 Forthlin Road), thanks to the National Trust, which is now handling the house and wants its story to continue to inspire new generations of creativity.

The charity launched ‘The Forthlin Sessions’ – a chance to visit, write and play from home – to provide a vital platform for new music in April this year

On Friday (June 17), Dullan brought the music home for the first time in nearly sixty years – performing a newly written, house-inspired song.

Their historic performance and the performances of three other artists are now available to all via the National Trust’s YouTube channel.

About 30 of the world’s most famous songs including “Love Me Do”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Hold Me Tight”, “I’ll Follow The Sun” and “When I’m 64” were written and repeated at 20 Forthlin Road, known as “the birthplace of the Beatles”.

The Wrexham-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist started out as a teenager, playing guitar and being a singer-songwriter in bands, eventually becoming a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist building an online following.

With Paul McCartney as his main influence, Dullan also drew inspiration from traditional pop, rock, jazz and folk in his songwriting, combining them with modern pop sensibilities, while touching on many other genres.

Speaking about his experience, Dullan said, “It has truly been the most amazing experience to write and perform a song as part of the Forthlin Sessions and to be part of Paul McCartney’s legacy in a way. or another.

“It was nice to be back home with my fellow musicians; I will be eternally grateful to you!”

The National Trust’s Celia Richardson was on the jury for ‘The Forthlin Sessions’ alongside Mike McCartney and music writer, DJ and Needle Mythology Records founder Pete Paphides.

She said: “The creativity that has come out of 20 Forthlin Road has had a huge impact on people’s lives over the years.

“Bringing music back to Forthlin Road, through The Forthlin Sessions, shows how the stories of the places we care about can continue to inspire the creativity of new generations.

“We can’t wait to see how these talented new artists fare.”






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Earnings of the Cuban-American singer, songwriter and actress! https://f-bod.com/earnings-of-the-cuban-american-singer-songwriter-and-actress/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 06:09:53 +0000 https://f-bod.com/earnings-of-the-cuban-american-singer-songwriter-and-actress/ Estefan, a Cuban-American artist and producer, is also an actress and businesswoman. Gloria Estefan is worth $500 million. She is a long-time Miami resident and is often considered music’s most successful crossover performer. She has sold over 130 million records worldwide to date. Net value : $500 million Date of Birth: September 1, 1957 (64 […]]]>

Estefan, a Cuban-American artist and producer, is also an actress and businesswoman. Gloria Estefan is worth $500 million. She is a long-time Miami resident and is often considered music’s most successful crossover performer. She has sold over 130 million records worldwide to date.

Net value : $500 million
Date of Birth: September 1, 1957 (64 years old)
Genre: Female
Height: 5 ft 1 in (1.57 m)
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, Comedian, Restaurant owner, Hotel manager, Entrepreneur
Nationality: the United States of America

Early life

Havana, Cuba was the site of Gloria Estefan’s birth on September 1, 1957. Gloria Fajardo is Estefan’s mother and Jose Fajardo is her father. During the Cuban Revolution, political upheaval forced his father, a Cuban soldier, to flee with his family to the United States.

After graduating from St. Michael-Archangel School in Miami, she attended Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in nearby Coral Gables. At the University of Miami, she obtained her BA in Psychology in 2010. A native English, Spanish and French speaker, she is fluent in all three languages.

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Career

While still a student, Estefan met Emilio Estefan, the leader of the group. Then he asked her to join his band, which he called “Miami Sound Machine”. It wasn’t until 1977 that the band officially started recording and distributing records.

“Miami Sound Machine” debuted in 1980 with an album of the same name, and the group went on to record several more albums over the next decade, which helped them all gain international recognition. It wasn’t until the band’s 1987 album “Let it Loose” that Gloria rose to fame, with her name prominently featured on the cover.

Cutting Both Ways was the title of her first solo album, released in 1989. Following the success of the album, she established herself as a solo artist.

In 1991, she released her first concept album, titled “Into the Light”. The central subject of the album was to overcome the obstacles of the life in order to recover the life which one wants.

To stay relevant, she produced “Gloria!”, an upbeat and funky album in 1998. There was a lot of dancing in the songs, and they were aimed at a younger demographic.

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Other work

Gloria Estefan net worth

Noelle’s Treasure Tale (2005) and The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog (2005) were written by Estefan (2006). It was No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list for a week. Together with her husband, Stefan, she wrote a cookbook called “Estefan Kitchen”. The book, released in 2008, offers 60 authentic Cuban recipes.

was co-author of a cookbook and has won numerous accolades for his work. An upcoming Broadway musical based on his life was due out in April this year. It opened on Broadway in November 2015, directed by Jerry Mitchell. A look at the singer’s early years in Miami and her recovery from a car accident in 1990 was included in the documentary. The musical opened in London’s West End in June 2019 and ran for three months.

“Music from the heart”, in 1999; and “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story”, in 2000, both performed by Estefan. She also appeared in “Marley & Me” in 2008. “Elmopalooza” aired on ABC in February of the same year. In April 2004, she appeared on “American Idol” as a guest mentor. The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep and One Day at a Time were among the other series she guest-starred on.

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Private life

Miami Sound Machines bandleader Emilio Estefan was romantically involved with her in 1976 and the two were married in 1978. In an interview, she proudly stated that Emilio Estefan was her first and only lover. They have two children, a son and a daughter, and they continue to reside in the Star Island neighborhood of Miami Beach.

Immovable

A 1.4 acre beachfront home on Miami’s Star Island cost Emilio and Gloria $1.84 million in 1993. Emilio’s mother resided on the farm for a long time. The Estefans rented the guesthouse for $30,000 a month in 2013 after the death of their late daughter. The property was put on the market in 2015 for $40 million:

They couldn’t find a buyer. They reduced the price to $27.5 million in May 2020 from the original asking price of $32.5 million. On the bright side, the house sold for $35 million in August 2021!

At least $30 million is the estimated value of their other Star Island home.

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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will take the stage at Cork Opera House https://f-bod.com/grammy-winning-singer-songwriter-lisa-loeb-will-take-the-stage-at-cork-opera-house/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/grammy-winning-singer-songwriter-lisa-loeb-will-take-the-stage-at-cork-opera-house/ Lisa Loeb has been announced as the opening act for Belinda Carlisle at Cork Opera House on July 15. Dallas native Lisa Loeb is a GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter, touring musician and philanthropist who began her career with the platinum hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the movie Reality Bites. A pioneering independent artist, Lisa […]]]>

Lisa Loeb has been announced as the opening act for Belinda Carlisle at Cork Opera House on July 15.

Dallas native Lisa Loeb is a GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter, touring musician and philanthropist who began her career with the platinum hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the movie Reality Bites.

A pioneering independent artist, Lisa was the first pop musician to have a number 1 single without signing a recording contract.

She followed that remarkable feat with several hit singles and six albums, two of which were certified gold, and recently released her 15th album, A Simple Trick To Happiness, to rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

She followed the album’s release with the debut of her new musical, Together Apart, which she co-wrote and co-produced with more than 100 of her fellow Brown University alumni to raise money for The Actors. fund.

The singer will support Belinda Carlisle, who continues to remain relevant after nearly four decades in the business, amid changing tastes, the gifted and glamorous singer-songwriter has indelibly touched the hearts of fans of pop from around the world with his unique blend of bold vocals and emotionally charged melodies.

With ‘The Decades Tour’, the internationally renowned artist will celebrate his rich musical catalog.

The tour spans 20 dates across the UK and Ireland with the Cork Opera House show rescheduled from 2019 to Friday July 15.

Tickets are priced at €35 and €45 plus booking fee and are available to purchase by visiting www.corkoperahouse.ie.

Cork Opera House will see many musicians and performers return to the stage this season, including Van Morrison, Mack Fleetwood, Nathan Carter and Alan Carr.

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Frusciante Details Chili Peppers Songwriting ‘Faceoffs’ With Flea https://f-bod.com/frusciante-details-chili-peppers-songwriting-faceoffs-with-flea/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:08:27 +0000 https://f-bod.com/frusciante-details-chili-peppers-songwriting-faceoffs-with-flea/ John Frusciante, returning guitar hero of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, sheds light on his songwriting process with the band. He says he and bassist Flea will often settle things with a “one-on-one” when writing songs together. Frusciante tells Guitar World that the purpose of their “face-to-face” was to challenge each other to create better […]]]>

John Frusciante, returning guitar hero of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, sheds light on his songwriting process with the band. He says he and bassist Flea will often settle things with a “one-on-one” when writing songs together.

Frusciante tells Guitar World that the purpose of their “face-to-face” was to challenge each other to create better music.

“Flea and I, we’ve always done these things called ‘faceoffs.’ literally our foreheads next to each other and we were kind of giving each other a look. And then it would be, ‘Okay, I’m going out. You can stay here.'” Kind of like two sumo wrestlers stomping before the battle begins, huh?

Frusciante continues, “We would go to separate rooms, and I would write a section and Flea would write a section. We would both try to write a chorus or a bridge or whatever, and then we’d come back into the room and a guy was each playing his part, the other guy was each playing his part, and one of them comes in. Or sometimes both did in the song.

On “The Great Apes” from the new album unlimited love, Frusciante says Flea was the driving force.

“(That song) was something that Flea brought in. In the chorus, the guitar part that I play is exactly what his bassline made me stand out…I’ll tell you a little studio thing that we did on this one, because it sounds like I’m doing something more amazing than I actually am. At the outro, Flea and I make this change. For most of the song, during the chorus, I play the melody we talked about and Flea plays the chord changes. But when it goes to the outro, I play Flea’s chord changes and he plays my melody. And somehow another, it sounds lower, by the way, when I start playing, the chords change!”

sounds more Front/Off than “face-off”. Listen to the switcheroo below.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Great Apes”

Frusciante also implies (but doesn’t go into detail) that the new song “Veronica” was built in part because of a “one-on-one”.

Sharing how he came up with the structure, “I’m a big fan of the tempo changes. It’s one of my favorite things about Black Sabbath – their first four records all have these tempo changes happening in the same song. Another example would be A velvet morning by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra or We can make it happen by the Beatles.”

He continues, “I thought, ‘That’s something we don’t have on any of our songs – a chorus that has a completely different feel and tempo than the verse. And that became Veronica’s thing. The verse is in 4/4 time, but the chorus has a triplet feel.”

“Another thing about the song is that wawawawow sort of filter effect in the verse. Some people probably think it’s a guitar effect, but it’s actually my modular synthesizer,” he adds, before concluding, “And we did all this reverb processing backwards, sometimes on one instrument, but sometimes on the whole band, to make these tempo changes. seem even smoother. My ear is always on the lookout for things like that – how can we make the recording more colorful without compromising on the rawness? »

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Veronica”

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Venezuelan singer-songwriter Adso joins Puerto Rican artist Kevvo on new summer anthem “Hp” https://f-bod.com/venezuelan-singer-songwriter-adso-joins-puerto-rican-artist-kevvo-on-new-summer-anthem-hp/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 23:32:53 +0000 https://f-bod.com/venezuelan-singer-songwriter-adso-joins-puerto-rican-artist-kevvo-on-new-summer-anthem-hp/ Adso is considered one of the artists who catapulted the urban genre in Venezuela Miami, Florida – June 15, 2022 – Widely considered one of the leading artists of the urban genre in Venezuela and after having accumulated more than 100 million views on YouTube with his previous single “Como Si Nada”, the Venezuelan singer-songwriter […]]]>

Adso is considered one of the artists who catapulted the urban genre in Venezuela

Miami, Florida – June 15, 2022 – Widely considered one of the leading artists of the urban genre in Venezuela and after having accumulated more than 100 million views on YouTube with his previous single “Como Si Nada”, the Venezuelan singer-songwriter ADSO joins the phenomenon Puerto Rican and reggaeton KEVVO to release a new musical anthem. The new track, “HP”, is an explosive collaboration that combines ADSO’s melodic vocals with KEVVO’s signature underground style. The song is now available on all digital music platforms.

Written by ADSO, KEVVO, PaoPao and Simon, and produced by Juan David Correa aka “Animal”, the track sees the artists dedicating their song to a woman. They describe her as an “HP” because she walked away from their relationship without giving an explanation and, through the lyrics, the artists make it clear that they are better off without her. With ADSO’s melodic vocals and KEVVO’s explosive vocals, this new single is looking to top the charts and become the must-have song of the summer.

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The music video was directed by Zak Tassler and produced by Kevin Quiles. The video begins with ADSO as he spends some quality time with his friend played by Kevvo while his partner waits to celebrate their anniversary with a romantic dinner planned. However, Adso is distracted and arrives late for dinner, infuriating his partner who left a goodbye note. With the end of the relationship, “HP” starts playing, beginning the song’s story.

Last May, ADSO opened Rauw Alejandro’s show in Peru, connecting with his fans there and performing some of his most successful songs such as “Qué Casualidad”, “Como Si Nada” and “Se Fue”. From Venezuela to the world, ADSO has catapulted the urban movement in his native country since 2017 alongside fellow artists Micro TDH, Big Soto, Trainer and Jeeiph, and now he’s poised to establish himself as one of the hottest artists. disciplined and the most versatile in the world. The music industry.

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Singer-songwriter who created Maori viral song ’35’ wins top prize at Matariki Awards, Ngā Tohu o Matariki o te Tau https://f-bod.com/singer-songwriter-who-created-maori-viral-song-35-wins-top-prize-at-matariki-awards-nga-tohu-o-matariki-o-te-tau/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 08:37:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/singer-songwriter-who-created-maori-viral-song-35-wins-top-prize-at-matariki-awards-nga-tohu-o-matariki-o-te-tau/ Erica Sinclair Photography/Supplied Singer-songwriter Rob Ruha has won the top prize at the sixth annual Matariki Awards. The man behind viral Maori song 35 which garnered international attention and over 12 million views on TikTok has won the top prize at the sixth annual Matariki Awards, Ngā Tohu o Matariki o te Tau. Musician and […]]]>
Singer-songwriter Rob Ruha has won the top prize at the sixth annual Matariki Awards.

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Singer-songwriter Rob Ruha has won the top prize at the sixth annual Matariki Awards.

The man behind viral Maori song 35 which garnered international attention and over 12 million views on TikTok has won the top prize at the sixth annual Matariki Awards, Ngā Tohu o Matariki o te Tau.

Musician and artist Rob Ruha received the award from Kiingi Tūheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII at a ceremony held at Te Papa Tongarewa on Tuesday evening.

Ruha’s song 35, which he wrote and performed with the rangatahi choir Ka Hao, g was number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 Songs chart. The song celebrates Tairāwhiti and life on State Highway 35 on the east coast of the North Island from Ōpōtiki to Gisborne.

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Three years ago, Ruha helped establish Ka Hao, with the aim of solving social problems on the coast and articulating the cultural values ​​of the region.

Ruha also won the Tipuārangi (Arts and Entertainment) Award in recognition of her contributions to waiata reo Māori and her work with rangatahi.

Artists, scholars and entrepreneurs were also among the winners recognized for their achievements at the awards.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Professor Emeritus Dr. Whatarangi Winiata (Ngāti Raukawa) and Tā Hirini Moko Mead (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi) by Governor General Cindy Kiro, for their contributions to te reo me tikanga Maori.

Rob Ruha, the man behind the hit song, 35.

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Rob Ruha, the man behind the hit song, 35.

Whakaata Māori chief executive Shane Taurima said it was fantastic that this year’s awards could be celebrated in a way that befits its status as one of the strengths of Maramataka Māori – the Maori calendar, which begins with Matariki.

“We are honored to showcase the extraordinary achievements and contributions of these truly inspiring individuals, which is both an honor and a privilege,” he said.

Whakaata Māori Chief Executive Shane Taurima, Governor General Cindy Kiro and her partner Dr Richard Davies at the awards ceremony at Te Papa on Tuesday evening.

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Whakaata Māori Chief Executive Shane Taurima, Governor General Cindy Kiro and her partner Dr Richard Davies at the awards ceremony at Te Papa on Tuesday evening.

“For Whakaata Māori to be able to celebrate these achievements in a truly tikanga Māori way and to broadcast this event live to such a stellar audience is an added blessing. These awards confirm that Maori are thriving, across the motu and around the world,” Taurima said.

The awards ceremony included performances from Troy Kingi, Pere Wihongi, Ria Hall, the Tuari Brothers, Seth Haapu and Mareikura Nathan.

Winners

  • Hiwaiterangi/Young Achievers: Atareta Milne (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāi Tahu Te Rarawa), Te Haakura Ihimaera Manley (Tainui Te Rarawa Ngāi Tahu)
  • Ururangi/Sports: Dame Lisa Carrington (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāti Porou)
  • Waipunarangi/Te Reo and tikanga: Hēmi Kelly (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Whāoa)
  • Tipuānuku/Education: Marcus Akuhata-Brown (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu)
  • Waitī/Health and Science: Dr. Chris Tooley (Ngati Kahungunu)
  • Waita/Business and innovation: Kale Panoho (Ngapuhi)
  • Matariki/community: Tina Ngata (Ngāti Poru) & Mana-aki Matakāoa (Ngāti Poru)

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Legendary songwriter Don Schlitz and ‘Nashville A-Team’ musician Charlie McCoy invited to join Grand Ole Opry https://f-bod.com/legendary-songwriter-don-schlitz-and-nashville-a-team-musician-charlie-mccoy-invited-to-join-grand-ole-opry/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 17:01:10 +0000 https://f-bod.com/legendary-songwriter-don-schlitz-and-nashville-a-team-musician-charlie-mccoy-invited-to-join-grand-ole-opry/ If you’re just a casual country music fan, you might not know the names Don Schlitz or Charlie McCoy. But you have certainly heard their work. Don Schlitz is a legendary songwriter who co-wrote some of the greatest songs in country music history – and that’s no exaggeration. He has 24 number ones to his […]]]>

If you’re just a casual country music fan, you might not know the names Don Schlitz or Charlie McCoy.

But you have certainly heard their work.

Don Schlitz is a legendary songwriter who co-wrote some of the greatest songs in country music history – and that’s no exaggeration. He has 24 number ones to his name with songs like “The Gambler”, “Forever And Ever Amen”, “When You Say Nothing At All”, Alabama’s “40 Hour Week”, and many more.

Schlitz has also released three albums, including a live album recorded at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

He has won two Grammy Awards and was four-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. He is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

And Charlie McCoy is an iconic musician who has performed with some of the biggest names in music as a member of the “Nashville A-Team”, a group of session musicians who have recorded with everyone from Elvis Presley to Loretta Lynn.

A multi-talented instrumentalist, McCoy can be heard playing harmonica, drums, guitar and keyboard on recordings by artists including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Charley Pride… the list goes on and on and on.

For years McCoy played over 400 sessions a year and is by far the most recorded harmonica player in music history. You can hear his work on songs like Waylon’s “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line”, the George Jones classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn”.

McCoy even served as music director for the TV show Hi Haw, and he released several of his own albums and singles, including his 1973 album Good times Charlie which went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and is also a member of the International Musicians’ Hall of Fame.

So yes, Schlitz and McCoy are both country music legends.

And soon, they will both finally be members of the Grand Ole Opry.

During last night’s show, host Vince Gill extended not one, but two invitations to future Opry members – the first time two artists have been

Vince first handed the invitation to a shocked McCoy, who called the opportunity to join the Opry “the icing on the cake.”

“I first played the Opry in 1971 and I’ve played there many times, then the last 4, 5, 6 years I’ve played there quite a bit.

And I love it here. It’s the best audience in the world. The group is amazing. And it’s so exciting, and I can’t thank everyone enough for this honor. I’m blown away.”

But Vince was not done with the surprises, because soon after he extended the same invitation to Schlitz as well.

Schlitz only had one question:

“Can I bring my songs with me?”

I sure hope he does.

Speaking during the invitations to Schlitz and McCoy, Opry executive producer Dan Rogers acknowledged the contribution these two legendary hitmakers have made to decades of country music history:

“It’s no exaggeration at all to say that Charlie McCoy played on the soundtrack of almost every country music fan’s life and that Don Schlitz wrote at least a portion of each of those soundtracks.

Every time Charlie or Don plays the Opry, each showcases something incredibly special about the Opry and our hometown of Nashville.

These two Opry inductions were long overdue, especially when it seemed like over there for a while, the criteria for Grand Ole Opry membership had shifted to simply having a hit song on the radio (not to mention names, Dustin Lynch).

There’s no doubt that these two absolutely belong on the Grand Ole Opry, so better late than never.

Induction ceremonies for Schlitz and McCoy will both be scheduled for a future date.

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Review: Judah and the Lion Make a Mighty Roar https://f-bod.com/review-judah-and-the-lion-make-a-mighty-roar/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 00:11:52 +0000 https://f-bod.com/review-judah-and-the-lion-make-a-mighty-roar/ Judah the Lion/The comeback/Cletus the Van RecordsFour out of five stars With their aptly titled fourth album, Judah the Lion come into their own as a dynamic yet distinctive folk-rock band capable of sharing both inspiration and invention. It’s no small feat given the daunting state of the world these days, but thanks to their […]]]>

Judah the Lion/The comeback/Cletus the Van Records
Four out of five stars

With their aptly titled fourth album, Judah the Lion come into their own as a dynamic yet distinctive folk-rock band capable of sharing both inspiration and invention. It’s no small feat given the daunting state of the world these days, but thanks to their dynamic outreach and an effusive expression of hope and optimism, they still succeed admirably.

Now down to a duo of Judah Akers (guitar and lead vocals) and Brian Macdonald (mandolin and backing vocals), Judah the Lion still manages to produce a powerful sound, via an inspired set of songs that have to do with the transcendence of the troubles and upheavals encountered during these last difficult years. The captivating refrains that animate songs such as “Open Your Eyes”, “Take A Walk”, “Happy Life”, “Be Real Now” and “Make Me a Kid Again” offer the most obvious examples of Akers determination and of Macdonald to go beyond present circumstances and find reasons for redemption even when the odds seem insurmountable. With soulful arrangements and frenzied beats imbued at every turn, it’s nearly impossible to resist the invitation to rise up and find the strength to thrive and persevere. Last shipment of the album, the expressive title “Things Are Looking Up” sums up their position:

As for me, my senior year sucked
I was gonna make a few million dollars
But I stayed home and twiddled my thumbs
I guess that’s how it goes
The seasons come that make you grow
And then sometimes you find a little luck
But things are looking up…”

Certainly, those with a more cynical mindset might accuse the couple of sticking to a Pollyanna-like precept, especially given the blind faith that these verses echo. Then again, with sounds as inspiring as these, there’s good reason to believe in all the possibilities. Likewise, a valuable, if somewhat penetrating, version of Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide” also finds its place. Ultimately, this Leo makes a mighty roar.

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Gatton’s single goes viral in PH four years after release https://f-bod.com/gattons-single-goes-viral-in-ph-four-years-after-release/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 22:08:17 +0000 https://f-bod.com/gattons-single-goes-viral-in-ph-four-years-after-release/ Who would have thought that a song released in 2018 would become a hit in the Philippines four years later? Such was the case for American singer-songwriter Gatton whose single “When Scars Become Art” quickly became the fastest growing song and one of the biggest in the Philippines. When Gatton posted a TikTok video of […]]]>

Who would have thought that a song released in 2018 would become a hit in the Philippines four years later? Such was the case for American singer-songwriter Gatton whose single “When Scars Become Art” quickly became the fastest growing song and one of the biggest in the Philippines.

When Gatton posted a TikTok video of the song in January, it immediately went viral (5.4 million views, 664,000 likes, 6,441 comments and over 900,000 user-generated content videos using audio) and sparked the song’s incredible growth. The song also went to number 1 for weeks on the Spotify Philippines Viral 50 charts following the TikTok trend.

The acoustic pop song has a melancholic yet hopeful feel and explores themes of trying to turn your pain into something beautiful. Gatton recently released another version of the song titled “When Scars Become Art 2” featuring fellow viral artist, Danish singer-songwriter Maximillian.

“It was a simple day. I was in California for the summer. I was in a season of deep grief and grief. I had lost a lot of my identity and was looking to make sense of the pain and So I started writing. I sat in front of this beautiful black grand piano in the cabin I was staying in. Every afternoon, the light from the window in the ceiling hit the keys just right. I always treated the writing like a diary entry splattered on the keys of a piano. I remember it took less than an hour to write the whole song. And there was something so different about this one. I just got lost when I sang it. It took me to a place of healing that I had never known. It was inexplicable,” Gatton detailed in an email interview with Music Geek.

He continued, “I wrote the whole song but still didn’t have a title and a line in the second verse. I was like, ‘What am I trying to say here?’ ‘Why is this song so beautiful?’ And then it came to me. Beauty is when you can learn to make something artistic out of every scar. Beauty is when scars become art.” That was it. Four words that would change the trajectory of my life. I knew this song was special and I knew it would change me, I didn’t know how at the time.

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Since the song is about scars, he too has scars he needs to kiss.

“I have always said that I am a researcher, a writer and a storyteller much more than I am a musician. Music is the medium I have chosen, but I do not consider myself a musician first, which can come with its own insecurities. I’ve also had some really painful relationship scars that I’m so grateful for now because of the strength I’ve gained,” Gatton said.

And his advice for anyone going through this is: always look for a way to make sense of the pain.

“Go on a hike. Listen to new podcasts. Journal. Eat new foods. Exercise. Read. Check in on yourself. Do all you can to find healing. Give yourself permission to Don’t run away from your pains, face them head on. They heal much faster that way.

Here’s the rest of the interview with the rising singer-songwriter:

How have you been this past year? How was life?

Life is really good lately. This year has already changed my life. It has been overwhelming, exciting, sometimes painful and yet rewarding at the same time. I really learned to allow all my emotions, good or bad, to coexist harmoniously. I have been deeply touched by all the love for my art over the past two months.

What does your creative process look like?

I treat songwriting as a lifestyle. I always write. Every conversation I have, every hike I take, every new food I try, every heartache I endure, every celebration I’m parted from – there’s a song to it all and it’s up to me to find her. So I try to be very aware of my surroundings and create art from my observations. There is one quality that every human being possesses that I believe is a superpower: resilience. We all have the ability to choose resilience. The option not only to overcome adversity, but also to become better through it. Make something beautiful out of the really painful things in this life. I hope I can inspire others to realize that they too have this superpower.

What inspired the Scars Become Art project?

The “When Scars Become Art Project” was an interview process I did after the EP came out. I interviewed 85 people in one year. Doctors, teachers, singers, therapists, widowers, dancers, etc. I recognized that the concept of “making art from your scars” was not authentic to me. So I wanted to know how others choose to make art out of their scars or beauty out of their pain. I asked the same 15 questions to 85 people and it was fascinating to find out how we, as human beings, are more alike than different.

What did you learn from these interviews? Were there any stories that stood out?

Some stories that particularly stood out to me were a few people I knew who were incredibly cheerful and lively on the outside, but getting to know their stories revealed how much they had lived. And recognizing that their joy was a choice, that they made an intentional effort every day to overcome their sorrows and choose joy. It inspires me.

Are you still writing music or taking a break right now?

I write here and there but I’m definitely busy and haven’t taken that long to write. I want to find a consistent writing routine.

If you could collaborate with any artist in the world right now, who would it be?

My dream collaboration would be Adele. I would just like to sit with her for a day and get to know her story and write a song and sing and cry and laugh and eat. She is the reason why I am an artist.

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Multi-award winning singer-songwriter Ed Roman releases uplifting new single https://f-bod.com/multi-award-winning-singer-songwriter-ed-roman-releases-uplifting-new-single/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 22:33:20 +0000 https://f-bod.com/multi-award-winning-singer-songwriter-ed-roman-releases-uplifting-new-single/ Ed Roman’s new single, “I Have a Dream”, will be released worldwide on June 10. The pre-sale of “I Have A Dream” will start on Friday, June 3. “I Have A Dream” is a joyful song about appreciating life’s simple gifts through the magical lens of a dream. “I have a dream, an eternal spring, […]]]>

Ed Roman’s new single, “I Have a Dream”, will be released worldwide on June 10. The pre-sale of “I Have A Dream” will start on Friday, June 3. “I Have A Dream” is a joyful song about appreciating life’s simple gifts through the magical lens of a dream.

“I have a dream, an eternal spring, and love is everything for everyone. This is my dream.” – Lyrics, “I Have a Dream”

“I Have a Dream” was written by Ed Roman and co-produced with Michael Jack (Bono, Nelly Furtado, Olivia Newton John). This is Ed’s first new music since “Happiness” which was released on October 1, 2021.

The song is about the things I dream of and hope to see happen. The dream is life rediscovered happily. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream… – Ed Roman

With over 17,000 monthly Spotify listeners and streams approaching 500,000 all-time, Canadian singer-songwriter Ed Roman reaches fans around the world. In 2016, the title track from his album “Red Omen” landed in the Top 25 on the Canadian iTunes Pop charts. near and dear to Ed’s heart. Ed was featured as an “emerging artist” in Billboard Magazine, December 2018

Ed Roman is an award-winning singer-songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Ed’s unique songs have received regular rotation on over 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and over 600 stations worldwide.

Ed is also a gentleman farmer, gardener and paranormal enthusiast. Ed’s single, “Stronger” was released in January 2020 on MTS Records. The song topped the iTunes Canada Pop charts, and it was followed by an iTunes South Africa chart-topper, “Tomorrow Is Today”. Her current single is “Happiness”, another international iTunes hit!

Ed is an Artists Music Guild Award nominee, International Music and Entertainment Association Award winner, IMEA Award nominee, Josie Show Awards winner, Akademia Music Award winner and Indie Music Channel Award winner, as well as a Radio Music Award winner.

Visit Ed Roman’s website.

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