Project Grand Slam

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Jazz/Rock Fusion Band,
Robert Miller (BASS) of Project Grand Slam
Early Winter (December 22, 2015 – January 22, 2016) Edition
Miles High Productions Music Series

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Project Grand Slam
Photo Courtesy of Project Grand Slam

By: Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

2015 has been an amazing year of great music spotlights. We are delighted to present our last music interview of the year with the Jazz/Rock Fusion Band, Project Grand Slam. We got a golden opportunity to learn more about this amazing band from Robert Miller (BASS) of Project Grand Slam who gives us insights on who they are. Here is what formulated from our fantastic online encounter with Robert Miller.

Isaac: Do you believe great jazz players are born or trained? How large a role does innate ability play in the development of an exceptional musician?

Robert: I think it’s a combination. You need training of course, but if you don’t have it in you all the training in the world won’t make it happen.

Isaac: What has been the most significant change in the NY music scene within the past 30 years?

Robert: Fewer clubs. The economics of club ownership are very tough. Rents are high. Hard to maintain.

Isaac: How do you feel that new shifts in media and communication such as digital piracy, MP3, or social networking sites have specifically affected the jazz community?

Robert: These shifts have affected the entire music community, not just jazz. First of all, no one buys music anymore. Napster taught a generation that music is free. So very few cd sales and downloads. Everything now is streaming, and the artist gets screwed with streaming because the royalty rate is microscopic. Second, the record labels used to be the gatekeepers in music, determining which acts were promoted and marketed. Now, the industry is totally democratic – anyone can put their music up on iTunes and Amazon. Third, social media is how you reach your audience. The good news is that you can really target your fans. But, overall there is so much “clutter” that it’s hard for artists to break through.

Isaac: What advice do you have for a musician that just relocated to the NY area and wants to meet and play music with others?

Robert: Hook up with other young musicians. There are jam sessions and the like all over town.

Isaac: What do you feel is the best part about your music that your fans are enjoying?

Robert: My brand of music is jazz fusion. I try to combine the complexity and improvisation of jazz with the beat and power of rock. I think this is a potent combination. Melody, beat, and improvisation – that’s Project Grand Slam in a nutshell.

Isaac: What are some current music projects you are working on or have worked on that you are excited about and why?

Robert: Project Grand Slam has had a very fertile period in the last 6 months. We released two singles (“New York City Groove” and “Fire”), two videos, and a new album (“Made in New York”). When I re-formed the band a year ago I had in mind two objectives – write and record new music, and perform. We’ve accomplished both goals, although we have much further to go.

Isaac: Who are your major influences that you feel are important to the development of your music and sound?

Robert: In jazz, my favorite era in music was the 1970’s when groups like Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever were at their heights. But, I’ve also been a rock and roller my whole life, from the British Invasion bands through acts like the Police and Bruce Hornsby.

Isaac: For those who want to learn more about the band, where can they go online?

Robert: Our web site is www.projectgrandslam.com and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/projectgrandslam.

Isaac: What are you looking forward must in 2016 both personally and professionally?

Robert: Taking PGS on tour.

Isaac: Finale Words of wisdom from Project Grand Slam…

Robert: Thanks to Junior’s Cave for this opportunity to talk about Project Grand Slam!

Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Music Legend,
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Early Winter (December 9, 2015 – January 9, 2016) Edition
Miles High Productions Music Series

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By: Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

It is our pleasure to speak to an amazing legend who climbed up the billboard chart with his biggest hit, Express Yourself. Our publication spoke with Charles Wright of Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band about his amazing career history in the music industry. We also got a great opportunity to learn more about his 1st book he has written detailing his earlier childhood titled “ Up Where We’ve Come”. We discovered some great things about Charles Wright and know others will enjoy learning more about this talented artist. Here is what formulated from our online encounter.

Isaac: Thank you so much for allowing us to interview you. It such an honor to be talking to such a legend.

Isaac: One of your biggest hits, Express Yourself, climbed up the Billboard Hot 100 Charts to No. 12 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts to No. 3. Why do you think this song was such a big hit with music lovers?

Charles Wright: I actually think it was bigger than that however, this particular publication would never allow one of the Watts 103rd Street Band’s records into the top ten at the time. I think it hit home because it is a genuine effort based on good intent.

Isaac: The music from the 1970s has influenced many of today’s Hip-Hop Music especially with the integration of sampling. Why do you think your music and others from this time period is so popular with the Hip-Hop community?

Charles Wright: Because the Hip Hop generation could not top what we did in those days basically because, they do not possess the musical knowledge to do so.

Isaac: What do you feel is the best part about being a musician in today’s market that make fans excited to hear your music?

Charles Wright: People who make genuine Soul music has the ability to excite fans due to the fact that, too much of today’s music is generated by electricity in place of the human heart.

Isaac: Who are your major influences that you feel were/are important to the development of your music and sound?

Charles Wright: Jesse Belvin, James Brown and Otis Redding.

Isaac: You also completed your book which is an autobiography about your amazing career and life. The book is titled “Up Where We’ve Come”. How amazing was it to be able to showcase your life in this format?

Charles Wright: Quite amazing and a lots and lots of work yet, it does not include my entire life and career story only until I was twelve years old the rest and the best is yet to come in my followup book.

Isaac: Amazing!

Isaac: What type of feedback/responses have you received from fans who have read your book?

Charles Wright: Frankly, I have not checked to see.

Isaac: Are you overall pleased with the outcome of the book? If you could change anything about the book, what would it be and why?

Charles Wright: I’d probable eliminated a few more words otherwise, I am pleased.

Isaac: For those who want to learn more about the band, where can they go online?

Charles Wright: Either go to Youtube where they’ll learn how great the band actually way musically otherwise, go to my website www.expressyourself.net

Isaac: What are some current music projects you are working on or have worked on that you are excited about and why?

Charles Wright: My next CD which I am awfully, awfully excited about. It may be my last CD but it’s among the very best of the best, at least in my opinion.

Isaac: What are you looking forward must in 2016 both personally and professionally?

Charles Wright: To remain happy and healthy, and to provide the world with one more heavy dose of Soulful music.

Isaac: Final Words of wisdom from Charles Wright of Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band…

Charles Wright: It’s not what you look like when you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s what you’re doing when you’re doing what you look like you’re doing.

EXPRESS YOURSELF!!

Murray Urquhart

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Junior’s Cave Interview Exclusive
(Celebrity Interview with
Actor/Producer, Murray Urquhart)
October/November 2015 Edition

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Murray Urquhart
Photo Courtesy of Murray Urquhart

By: Isaac Davis, Jr., MBA

At the ripe age of 15, former police officer and current Actor/Producer Murray Urquhart “caught” the acting bug from his 9th grade drama classes. His high school years would allow this budding love to grow in leaps and bounds. Even pursuing a post-secondary education degree while in college could not diminish this new-found passion.

A brief stint in the Canadian Armed Forces would see Murray pack his car then drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Toronto, Ontario to begin a new career as a police officer. Even as a police officer, Murray knew deep down that something was still missing so he finally decided to follow his heart.

His pursuit of a career as a professional actor would begin with training via The Second City, an on camera series of acting courses, and private lessons from an acting coach. Murray would go on to successfully obtain acting roles in numerous films, TV shows, music videos, and commercials.

Murray has also worked as a stunt coordinator after obtaining industry training in firearms, martial arts, and professional driving.

Our publication is so very excited to bring our online readers a dynamic new interview from a talented, gifted, and entertaining Actor.

Isaac: Welcome to Junior’s Cave, Murray. We are thankful you are allowing us to pick your brain for this featured spotlight.

Murray: Thank you for having me.

Isaac: Before entering into the entertainment industry you were a police officer. Junior’s Cave would like to thank you for your service as a police officer. What was the main reason you decided to become a police officer?

Murray: Well my father was a police officer and many other family members so it seemed like the thing to do, something I knew. Familiarity.

Isaac: What was the pivotal moment that you decided that you did not want to continue on as a police officer?

Murray: I realized that it wasn’t for me. I knew that it wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My heart wasn’t in it, and it’s the type of job that you need to be into. Other officers would say “I can’t believe I get paid to do this”. I never felt that way. It was a huge eye opener.

Isaac: What do you miss most about being a police officer?

Murray: Hot calls, action side of things. But honestly that’s about it.

Isaac: You received your first taste of acting around the age of 15 in grade 9 drama class. How exciting was it for you to be able to perform at the age?

Murray: At that time, I was just coming out of my shell. I was a super shy kid. I remember having my little brother call my friends to come over and hangout because I was that shy. Drama class gave me a chance to be a class clown without getting into shit from the teachers because it was encouraged.

Isaac: During the time, did you decide that this is something you would love to perform professionally?

Murray: At that time, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I think I just wanted to be rich and be surrounded by beautiful women and nice cars, ya know…the simple things in life, haha.

Isaac: :-)

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Murray Urquhart
Photo Courtesy of Murray Urquhart

Isaac: You have acted in numerous films, TV shows, music videos, and commercials. What has been your favorite project you have done so far and why?

Murray: I don’t think I have a project. They are all unique in their own ways. But I can say that I really enjoy working with Jared Pelletier, he directed Omega, one of the projects I did.

Isaac: What makes being an actor exciting for you?

Murray: What’s exciting about acting for me is the challenge of creating new characters and bringing them to life. It’s always something new with each set, director, environment, cast etc.

Isaac: What does this mean for you professionally in your career?

Murray: Professionally it will keep be interested for years to come, and the fact you never have to retire, it’s not like a normal job, I think that’s why guys like Clint Eastwood are still at it. As long as the passion is there, why not!

Isaac: What would you consider to be a dream role for you to play and why?

Murray: Dream role, super hero in either a Marvel or DC film. Hell, even a villain, as long as I can keep coming back in each film.

Isaac: You were also afforded the opportunity work as a stunt coordinator on set. What has been your best, most dangerous, and exciting stunt you have performed? And why do you love performing stunts?

Murray: I really enjoyed getting tackled through a door, it was quite painful and we quite a few takes but in the end it looked fantastic. Working with weapons in fight scenes are a lot of fun as well. All stunts are dangerous to a degree, but it’s all about trust and planning. I have the utmost respect for stunt men and women and actors who do their own stunts. I think that’s why I like to do mine whenever possible.

Isaac: You also had a passion for playing bass guitar in a rock band throughout your early years. What did you enjoy the most about being in a band during that time?

Murray: At the time I was playing in a band, it was about hanging with friends, learning new songs, whether they were covers or originals. Also, we did paying gigs, like dances, weddings and other events, so it was a cool way to make money as a teenager.

Isaac: Is that something you would not mind pursuing now, a music career?

Murray: No, I wouldn’t pursue music. I found my path.

Isaac: With some many super hero movies coming out in the next five years, what would be your ultimate comic books character to play and why?

Murray: Well, now that Hugh Jackman is stepping down from Wolverine, at least that’s the rumor. I would LOVE to take over. Huge shoes to fill, but I would love the opportunity to try.

Isaac: Where you find the motivation to do what you do. What are some other people that motivate you to do what you do?

Murray: My motivation comes from my passion. I believe that once you find that, motivation comes easy. As for people who motivate me, guys like Dwayne Johnson, Hugh Jackman, and Tom Hardy, but also close friends of mine who are also trying to make it in the industry.

Isaac: Have you developed any new philosophy about living life well?

Murray: Philosophy – find what drives you, find your passion and success and happiness will follow.

Isaac: What do you believe is the most challenging part you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?

Murray: Hardest part of staying in shape is food, I love to eat fast food, Wendy’s, Triple classic with cheese, large fires, large coke, 2 packs of chicken nuggets, and a large frosty, yummy.   The gym part is easy.

Isaac: For those readers who are looking for more information about you and/or your various projects, where can they locate you online?

Murray: Readers can look me up on IMDb, Facebook, and twitter. I still haven’t given into Instagram. I take few photos, and I’m all about be present in the moment.

Isaac: Finish this sentence for us: “In 2015, Murray Urquhart will be …”

Murray: “…one step closer to his goal of being a top Hollywood actor”.

 

Official IMDb Profile
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4919453/

Sasha’s Bloc

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Jazz Band,
Sasha’s Bloc
Early Fall (September 21, 2015 – October 21, 2015) Edition
Miles High Productions Music Series

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By: Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

 

Sasha’s Bloc is a Jazz Band infused with the Blues, a hint of Gypsy Jazz, contemporary jazz and swing. Alexander Gershman of Sasha’s Bloc recently spoke about the band, their musical influences, and other fun facts. Here is what formulated from our fantastic online encounter.

Isaac: What are you most thankful for both personally and professionally?

Alexander Gershman: I am thankful for having an opportunity to express myself in my professional medical and musical careers. Personally, I was able to travel the world and developed the sense of global perspective that helped me in many aspects of my life and is reflected in my music.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Alexander Gershman: Big and boisterous, retro modern, classy, soulful, & intelligent.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Alexander Gershman: Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Luis Armstrong, & Frank Sinatra.

Isaac: We think your music transcends and elevates on such a positive and enriching level. What do you believe is the greatest aspect to what makes listening to your music enjoyable?

Alexander Gershman: All the songs in the album have stories and are very melodically pleasant. They all have nostalgic feel to them but the sound is very modern. And of course, the presentation and the vocals are outstanding. Jane Monheit is superb and so deep in her jazz expression with such a great confidence and class. The horn arrangements are superb and the brass section sounds full in the great tradition of the big band.

Isaac: Let’s talk music videos. Why do you think music videos are still important factor in one’s music career?

Alexander Gershman: I think the Videos in jazz gives the audience the opportunity not only to hear the song but also to see artistic expressions of the singers and the musicians and to see the collaboration between the group members. Jazz is the freedom of expression and a good film will be able to capture that moment.

Isaac: What are some of the feedback and reactions you have received concerning some of your music videos?

Alexander Gershman: I only heard the best commentaries from our fans and the audience! Most of the listeners and the radio commentators complimented us with what we tried to accomplish: to bring back the big sound of the early jazz era of 1920s with new modern authentic sound. Some listeners replied to us with the words: “we have been waiting for this music for so long….”

Isaac: Always been jazz? What other music do you like to listen to?

Alexander Gershman: I like all music. My favorite is Classical music and the Opera. I also love R@B, and classic rock, & country.

Isaac: Who do you think is the most underrated jazz composer that we should be listening to?

Alexander Gershman: Woody Allen.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Alexander Gershman: I listen to myself and try to express my deep feelings and my perception of life.

Sometimes I wake up and have the music in my head and all I need is to get to the piano and write it up. Sometimes it takes weeks or month to create a song or a composition. Like in my song “Breakfast”…”…you start the day with the smile and never stop to enjoy”.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Alexander Gershman: Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett Tour

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Alexander Gershman: Downhill Skiing.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Alexander Gershman: Good food, skiing, travel, friends, my daughter.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again (Making music)?

Alexander Gershman: Yes and Yes!

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Alexander Gershman: I am a full time Doctor of medicine.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Alexander Gershman: Be honest!

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Alexander Gershman: Playing Hollywood Bowl.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Alexander Gershman: It’s currently happening! Performing live on stage with Jane Monheit and Alvin Chea

Official Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/sashasbloc

Official Website:
www.sashasbloc.com

C’nky Siwela

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Singer, Band Leader, and Flautist,
C’nky Siwela
Early Fall (September 18, 2015 – October 18, 2015) Edition
Miles High Productions Music Series

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

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C’nky Siwela
Photo Courtesy C’nky Siwela

We are delighted to present an amazing artist/performer who is creating a new musical concept by blending a contemporary mix of jazz influenced flute melodies and his soulful vocals into a House/Pop composition. Meet C`nky Siwela, who is a South African musical genius, singer, band leader, and flautist. Our publication recently spoke to him about his music, musical influences, and other cool fun facts in this exclusive interview. Here is what formulated from our online chat with the talented musician.

Isaac: What are you most thankful for both personally and professionally?

C`nky Siwela: Every morning when I wake up I am thankful because I am still breathing and enjoying the beauty of the world and that`s an opportunity for me to keep on fulfilling my purpose by performing good music for my fans, teaching flute and theory of music, and sharing with underprivileged.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

C`nky Siwela: EDM, Morally-Clean, Soulful, inspirational and Unique.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

C`nky Siwela: Listening to various musicians helps me to grow my own art… I just love good music but I spend most of my time listening to: Kygo, Ed Sheeran, Bobby McFerrin, David Guetta, Tiesto, Afro Jack, Will-i-am The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Avicii, Sia, Kirk Whalum, Aloe Blacc, Herby Mann, Hubert Laws, Years and Years, John Legend, Lemar, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton amongst others.

Isaac: We think your music transcends and elevates on such a positive and enriching level. What do you believe is the greatest aspect to what makes listening to your music enjoyable?

C`nky Siwela:It’s true my music transcends and elevates so much on a positive level. My music inspires and uplifts lives, its music you can listen to at a party, in a club, traveling, relaxing and Motivates.

Isaac: Let’s talk music videos. Why do you think music videos are still important factor in one’s music career?

C`nky Siwela: We all portray art in different ways, some people they just don’t listen to lyrics, they enjoy the beat more so a music video is another key of transferring message to humanity quickly. I also believe that music video helps to promote a song besides music videos connect fans easily with their artists.

Isaac: What are some of the feedback and reactions you have received concerning some of your music videos?

C`nky Siwela: so far so good. My music videos have been appreciated.

Isaac: We are really digging your sound. It is like Afro-Fusion laced over House Music. What motivates you to make your music? Who are your muses?

C`nky Siwela: Every single day is music to me… Hanging around with artists, spending time with my flute students, Nature, Fans, positive energy and every sound that I hear. Most of all, listening to good music. All these, motivate me to create my own sound.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

C`nky Siwela: My list is very long hahaha! I have great inspirations of EDM.

Ok here is my list amongst others:

Kygo, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Aloe Blacc, David Guetta, Tiesto, Afro Jack, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Avicii, Lost Frequencies, Will-I-AM, Years and Years etc.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

C`nky Siwela: Charity events, exploring and connecting with my fans.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

C`nky Siwela: I can’t live without family, Nature, listening to good Music, Love and sharing.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again (Making music)?

C`nky Siwela: Absolutely, positively yes. I would make music over and over again.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

C`nky Siwela: Honestly, music therapist, I would be using music creatively to help people address physical, emotional or social difficulties, majoring with flute sounds.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

C`nky Siwela: Be yourself, Compete with yourself; you will be your own master.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

C`nky Siwela: 8 times Grammy award winner and selling out on tours. That is one of my goals to achieve… hahaha!

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

C`nky Siwela: Two performances that made me enjoy the benefits of being a musician; the

1st, Performing with CAFCA Jazz Ensemble in New Orleans – JEN 2011, that was my first international performance.

2nd, The greatest moment was when I was performing at The Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz – 2009 in Johannesburg. It was overwhelming to see some of my fans sing along and dancing to my songs.

Thanks Isaac for the wonderful interview and the entire team of Junior’s Cave Magazine.

Official Website:
https://www.facebook.com/cnky.siwela

Rachel London

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Pop Singer/Songwriter,
Rachel London
Early Summer (August 01, 2015 – September 01, 2015) Edition
Miles High Productions Music Series

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

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Rachel London


After listening to singer-songwriter Rachel London’s new single “Runnin,” my first thoughts were….this artist has talent! The single’s fun pop appeal, strong vocals, catchy hooks, and sexy lyrics will give music lovers another gem for their musical treasure trove. The best part of London’s music is the unapologetic lyrics that seamlessly blend the trials and tribulations of relationships with big beats. London is clearly showing music lovers that she’s ready to take this pop world by storm….this is definitely Pop Music for the grown-ups! Please allow me to introduce Ms. Rachel London!

Isaac: Thank you for allowing us to pick your brain for a few.

Rachel: My pleasure. Thanks for taking interest in my music!

Isaac: What are you most thankful for both personally and professionally?

Rachel: On a personal level I am most thankful for the strong, vibrant, wise and talented women in my life. I have incredibly supportive friendships and they mean the world to me. I’ve tended to be more than a bit boy crazy for as long as I can remember, but in recent years, I’ve come to understand how valuable my girls are. It’s liberating to have a tribe of chosen family members who want the best for each other no matter what. We lovingly tell it how it is, rather than placating, as a means to promote growth, self-love and acceptance in one another. It’s truly remarkable.

Professionally I’m most thankful for the people I’ve collaborated with along the journey who take the time to really stop and see me as I am and hone in on the subtle nuances of my voice, my writing, and my spirit in order to create an artistic vision that honors authenticity. This is incredibly rare in my experience, so when I find people whose talent I respect, who still create for the love of creating and not just the bottom line, I’m in. That’s how I feel about Grammy nominee, Marthin Chan, who is the producer & co-writer I’m currently working with on my upcoming EP. I’m VERY excited about the project!

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Rachel: Unapologetic, raw, edgy, soulful, pop.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

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Rachel London
Photo Credit: Texter Photography

Rachel: I grew up listening to Madonna and remember idolizing her even though I was embarrassed to sing along when my parents were around. I did it anyway singing emphatically, making sure to skip words like “virgin” or “touched.” Loved Alanis Morissette too and similarly skipped “f*ck” or anything else I thought would be awkward. It’s interesting to me, as I’m thinking about it now, that as a child I appreciated the same unapologetic rawness I strive for in my own music. I also have such a soft spot for jazz, blues, and big band, which may seem surprising, as my style is vastly different sonically speaking. I love the heart, soul, and simplicity in the writing, and it’s something I aim to emulate in my own lyricism and performance. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Billie Holiday always melt me.

Isaac: We think your music transcends and elevates on such a positive and enriching level. What do you believe is the greatest aspect to what makes listening to your music enjoyable?

Rachel: Thank you so much! I think it’s one of the same things people love about Taylor Swift or Katy Perry for example, and that is, knowing the writing is true to what’s going on in our lives. It can be scary to be so vulnerable when declaring, “I’m in love,” or, “I’m really hurting.” I think listeners know when you’re being truthful and can empathize and relate. A lot of my upcoming work started as pages in my journal during some really challenging times. Doesn’t get more real or more risky in my opinion!

Isaac: Let’s talk music videos. Why do you think music videos are still an important factor in one’s music career?
Rachel: We’re a society of people whose eyes are glued to our phones, computers, tablets, etc. We tell the story of our lives and watch others’ lives unfold in a virtual way via social media. We’re part of a voyeuristic culture, so without visual elements, our attention is quickly directed elsewhere. I think content creators therefore have a responsibility to put positive energy, define that as you will, into their projects. I love creating art in various mediums, and music videos or lyric videos are another wonderful outlet as an additional form of expression.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Rachel: I’m fortunate to cross paths with a lot of talented bands and artists and I love to see musicians in my inner circle rise to success. Feels close to home and brings with it hope and comfort. I met ZZ Ward through friends in Los Angeles years ago and have loved watching her career grow. If you haven’t listened to her music, she’s definitely a favorite of mine. Her voice and sound is incredibly unique. Almost like a hot, spunky version of Adele. Another band I’d recommend is the Atlanta based group, Stokeswood that I liken a bit to Imagine Dragons. A friend of mine introduced me to them while touring in Miami and I was blown away at how truly great they are live. So much energy, so much fun, so effortlessly polished. Aside from that I listen to everything from Edith Piaf and Cinematic Orchestra to Lana Del Rey, Banks, Florence, and Taylor Swift.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

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Rachel London

Rachel: I love crafting words and I’m currently also writing a book called Edge of Paradise. In it, I believe, is the answer to your question. “Art is the only thing I know with the ability to transform internal madness into poetic sanity.” With that said, my favorite part is getting to commemorate the “good” and sort through the “bad.” It’s about transformation. I was working with Wendy Starland, who is attributed with discovering and developing Lady Gaga, and as we brainstormed to find the right lyrics for a track, I ended up writing nine tear-soaked pages wishing for once in my life I had someone I could count on, who I could lean on, who would catch me if I fell. I realized how tired I was of carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders alone. It was a longing I hadn’t realized ran as deeply as it did. Writing a song can be a very cathartic experience and the process helps me remain fairly self-aware, or so I like to think anyway. I hope the authenticity I bring to my music encourages others to realize their own vulnerability as strength.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Rachel: In my career I’ve always felt pulled between being a top 40 pop artist and more of an indie pop artist. I think I frustrate industry types because I can’t be put in a box. My top 40 pop sensibilities would say Madonna, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift and my indie pop side would say someone like Hozier.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Rachel: I love being in nature, hiking, recharging, traveling, seeking, exploring. My dad says I’m like a butterfly, defined only as someone who won’t be defined because I’d rather go with the wind, which is actually quite accurate. I definitely have wanderlust.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Rachel: Can’t live without my dog, Riley, yummy vegan food, laughing with friends, traveling and spiritual study.
Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Rachel: Sometimes I fantasize about joining the Peace Corps or a similar organization, which would still enable me to travel the world and hopefully make a meaningful difference somehow. I’m quite passionate about contributing to the betterment of others’ lives, their health, happiness and well-being of the planet.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Rachel: “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” “To thine own self be true.” “See with your heart.” “Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Rachel: I hope to be married with a little family of my own after accomplishing my creative goals.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer or actress.

Rachel: I opened for Alien Ant Farm at the Viper Room in Hollywood, which is pretty cool in itself, but my favorite part of the night was connecting with a stranger in the audience during the show who has since become a great friend and supporter. He was so attentive it made me feel every word I sang mattered. That what I’m doing, matters. Being so present with each other was powerful beyond words. It made me realize the motivating factor in everything I do is sourced from this inherent root desire for meaningful human connection and understanding.

Official Website of Rachel London
http://rachellondonmusic.com/

Official Facebook Music Page of Rachel London
https://www.facebook.com/rachellondonmusic

Michael Grimm

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Singer/Songwriter,
Michael Grimm
Early Summer (August 01, 2015 – September 01, 2015) Edition
Miles High Productions Music Series

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

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Singer/Songwriter Michael Grimm
Album Cover: GRIMM

Michael Grimm charmed millions of viewers as a contestant on season five (2010) of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Grimm was awarded the coveted prize of being the winner of “America’s Got Talent” at the end of the show’s season five. It was his soulful voice that this publication believes was why he received this well-deserved recognition during the show. Moving fast forward to 2015, Grimm released his latest album, GRIMM, which features of ton a great songs written and performed by the talented artist. His first single, “Generation Next,” can be heard on his official website. We spoke to Grim about his music, his influences, and other fun facts in this cool spotlight.

Isaac: What are you most thankful for both personally and professionally?

Michael: I’m thankful for having lived a life full of love and heart ache and being able to express those feelings, which make us feel so alive, three song.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Michael: honest, heartfelt, soulful, emotional and melodic.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Michael: I grew up in South Mississippi listening to George Jones, the Neville Brothers, and my all-time favorite Otis Redding.

Isaac: We think your music transcends and elevates on such a positive and enriching level. What do you believe is the greatest aspect to what makes listening to your music enjoyable?

Michael: I surround myself with the best song writers and musicians in the business. That is what ensures a great song to listen to!

Isaac: Let’s talk music videos. Why do you think music videos are still important factor in one’s music career?

Michael: I think they add a visual dimension to the song allowing the viewer, or listener, to experience the song using other senses.

Isaac: What are some of the feedback and reactions you have received concerning some of your music videos?
Michael: For the most part, I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback on my videos but I don’t know as much about directing music videos as I do writing songs. In my opinion, I believe that music videos can only help promote a song.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Michael: Mark Broussard and Alabama Shakes.

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American Songwriter Michael Grimm

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Michael: I draw inspiration from every day experiences, the people around me, and pretty much life! My favorite part of the process is collaboration. They say two brains are better than one, and a second brain certainly allows for another aspect, idea or concept that I may have not seen. Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don’t. It all depends on where the song takes me.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Michael: Alabama Shakes.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Michael: I love to go camping with my wife and our two dogs. There’s something very special about camping here in the West!

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Michael: Family, friends, laughter, seafood gumbo, and music!

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Michael: One time I open for the band Heart and broke a string in front of 15,000 people. It was so embarrassing but I made it through the set and sold more CDs that night than I ever had before! I was expecting a riot, but instead I got full support.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again (Making music)?

Michael: Absolutely! I really feel blessed to have lived a life doing what I’m so passionate about. I do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Michael: I come from a blue-collar family of offshore man. Maybe a fisherman? I have a secret passion for science; an insatiable curiosity about life and our universe- perhaps with the right role models, I would’ve become a physicist or scientist of some sort.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Michael: Never cruel nor cowardly. Never give up, never give in! – Dr. Who

Isaac: Dr. Who ROCKS!

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Michael: I learned from my past to only prepare for the future but I only live in the moment. I never really thought about that, but I’ll keep going until the powers that be stop me.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Michael: The greatest moments, for me, was shared with America when they voted for me to win America’s Got Talent in 2010. I will always be grateful to those who made that happen!

Official Website:
http://michaelgrimmmusic.com/

Official Facebook Music Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MichaelGrimmMusic

Shari Pine


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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Blues & Soul Singer/Songwriter, Shari Pine
July/August 2015 Edition
Junior’s Cave Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Shari Pine
Photo by David Mack

Five years ago we have the pleasure to speak to Indie Blues & Soul Singer/Songwriter Shari Pine about her amazing journey as an Indie Musician. We were delighted to discover some cool and wonderful facts about this talented artist. Just as always her enriching soulful voice is one of the artist’s biggest appeals as she brings her music to life through each beautiful note she sings. In addition to her voice, her wonderful crafted lyrics are always a plus for any music lover around the world. Check out this updated and new spotlight with Shari Pine and learn more about who she is in this ultra-cool spotlight.

Isaac: Thank you for allowing us to pick your brain for a few.

Shari: Picking is my business, guitar that is. Thank you, too.

Isaac: :-)

Isaac: How have you been since we last interviewed you?

Shari: It’s great to be back with you and Junior’s Cave. I have been just great!

Isaac: What are you most thankful for both personally and professionally?

Shari: That’s an hour’s chat in and of itself! These days (for me) it’s been about gratitude.

I wake up raring to go. That’s the first thing: feeling good, nothing hurts. LOL

I pack my day with things that need doing and I get them done. No procrastination here.

There is nothing worse than having everything you attempt unravel. No sense of accomplishment.

If I’m on the hunt for something and there’s one left, I am thankful. When things go missing but I find them again, I am crazy thankful. If what I thought was a ‘no’ turns out to be ‘yes’ … doing The Thankful Dance.. Parking spaces get double thanks.

If I were to bulls eye though, the one thing for which I should be most thankful (‘should be’ because I do take it for granted) it would be my singing and after that my songs. My voice is the closest thing to me so I don’t always notice it, if you know what I mean. And to me it seems I have melodies and rhythm aplenty because I can’t get them down on paper (recorded) fast enough so I just dictate creative notes onto my device until I‘m ready to tackle it.

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Shari Pine
Photo by Joe Silva

(I would like to note that thanks aren’t aimlessly directed into thin air.)

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Shari: Serious Soul with Pop Sensibility.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Shari: I know exactly what you’re asking and I would just say that I am not sure to what degree others’ work influences me (other than the sheer enjoyment of it) but these make me stop in my tracks: Burt Bacharach, Motown, Taj Mahal, Motown, Verdi, Puccini, Aretha, Motown, James Brown, Sia, Jill Scott, D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, Albert Collins, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gregory Porter, Mary J. Blige Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Madonna. Oh and never forget Earth Wind and Fiyah! (Fire).

Isaac: We think your music transcends and elevates on such a positive and enriching level. What do you believe is the greatest aspect to what makes listening to your music enjoyable?

Shari: The wave and the space. I don’t want every inch of song filled with sound, be it instrumental or vocal. There’s got to be listening room, space. It adds value to what comes before and after. The way a song builds and dips and builds, that’s the wave. I’m not saying all my songs have that and some songs are fine without it. But it really comes across with great production. The Allman Brothers are a good example, I think and Prince.

Isaac: Let’s talk music videos. Why do you think music videos are still important factor in one’s music career?

Shari: A visual is just that much more information. And to be honest, who isn’t attracted by what they see? That’s not to say it (video) has to be enjoyable – though that helps! – just that the eye instantly focuses on things other than reading and together with music …it’s an attention grabber.

Isaac: What are some of the feedback and reactions you have received concerning some of your music videos?

Shari: The feedback I get has mainly to do with the music, the song. I rarely get comments on the video. I either need to step up my shoots or leave well enough alone since it’s ultimately all about the song, right?

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Shari: Uh boy it’s a mixed bag with me.

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Shari Pine
Photo by Cynthia Boucher

Have you ever shopped for fragrance and there are coffee beans available in order to clear your nasal palette? Well that’s how I am with music. I jump from song to song to song constantly clearing and giving it another go. Maybe it’s a sign of the times – impatience, dissatisfaction, searching, but the bouncing ball has led me to Lupe Fiasco, Sia, Drake, Janelle Monae, Iggy Azalea, Jarekus Singleton, Samantha Fish, EchoSmith, Kiesza and on.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Shari: In my view, every mood has a melody that describes it better than words can, thus, the guitar or keys solo to name two. If moved, I might jot down a lyric to be included in a song or not. And like everyone else, smells, sights and sounds create mood for me so I ‘solo’ by writing the entire song. Tinkering around on a keyboard or guitar usually gets the best of me. That’s when things start flooding in and before long there’s a song. Liking it, is my favorite.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Shari: Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc.?

Shari: A very special person I know can answer that one. In a nutshell: sit in silence and think.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Shari: Protein, singing, hearing, smelling and G-d. And love.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Shari: I only get in trouble at home.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Shari: Do I have another chance or something?

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Shari: I think I might be a handy man. As it is now I enjoy digging in the dirt, working with wood and nails, sanding and staining, tool belts .. that sort of thing. A carpenter! That’s it! “If I had a hammer..”

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Shari: Never leave home without three backup songs.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Shari: Able to give more than I do now, in continued good health, completing every good action I ever thought, surrounded by loved ones, all while being able to eat whatever I want never gaining an ounce.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Shari: Being on stage with Chuck Berry one New Year’s Eve ranks up there. Also, coming ‘this close’ to working with Todd Rundgren.

Official Facebook Music Page:
https://www.facebook.com/sharipinemusic

Official Music Page of Shari Pine
http://sharipine.com/

DJ Don X

 

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with DJ/Producer, DJ Don X
July/August 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

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DJ Don X
Photo Courtesy of DJ Don X


by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

Greatly influenced by the King of Pop Michael Jackson DJ Don X is carving out his own niche of greatness. He merges the cultures from the various metropolitan areas in which he has resided – Lagos, New York, Maryland and Washington DC. It is his mastery of being one of the most versatile DJs/Producers currently out in the music scene that makes him a true gem. DJ Don X consistently is appealing to a wide range of ear drums as far as music is concerned. We have the great opportunity to speak to DJ Don X about the direction his career is heading, some of his other musical influences, and other cool facts about the entertainer. Here is what developed from our online encounter.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

DJ Don X: In 5 words, I’ll say it is diverse, simple, unique, engaging and borderline cosmic.

Isaac: What is your musical background? Do you have a musical family or did you just fall into songwriting all on your own?

DJ Don X: As far as my musical background goes, my parents listened to a wide variety of genres and I got hooked on just enjoying good music at a very early age. But, as far as my current musical path, I think of it more as a calling rather than my falling into it.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?
DJ Don X: As far as my influences go, I know it will sound a bit cliché but Michael Jackson tops that list in that he showed the need and ability to adapt with the musical time of any era and that’s what I like to do in my being really eclectic when it comes to music. Also on that line up are Afrojack, Tiesto, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Jazzy Jeff among many.
Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

S DJ Don X: o far I’d say Gugu Gaga but my latest release; X marks the spot is fast becoming my favorite to play based on the crowd response to it.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

DJ Don X: Oh wow! Right now I’m listening to a lot of afrobeats and the afrobeats EDM fusion.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

DJ Don X: I draw inspiration from any and everything literally I can be in the middle of a conversation and hear a sound or phrase and it’ll spark an idea which inevitably leads to creating a new tune.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

DJ Don X: Right now it’ll be between Pitbull or Afrojack as I’ll love the challenge of helping build u that crowd’s energy.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

DJ Don X: Hahahaha! I watch a lot of drama/ adventure shows and do quite a bit of travelling while trying not to think of the next gig I have lined up.

Isaac: I can imagine that you have experienced writer’s block from time to time. I imagine this would be particularly annoying if you were in a collaboration situation. If you do, what do you do to get over it?

DJ Don X: True. What I have learnt over time in order to deal with this is not to force it. At some point, sooner hopefully than later; the creative force will flow and it does help if you have a muse handy.

Isaac: How do you feel about MP3s, Napster and other organizations like them?

DJ Don X: With the path the digital age has taken, it is just one of the unavoidable changes to the industry that artists have to adapt to and utilize to our advantage.

Isaac: Do you think online music is playing a large part with respect to where the music industry is heading in the future?

DJ Don X: Yes it is. The music industry has shown it is ever evolving as evidenced by the way music is accessed today. From the A track to the Cassettes to CDs to wav and mp3 files; the goal has been to make it easier to discover. Being able too make your music readily available to your target audience plays a huge role primarily because I think it gets your art to a wider audience in a very short period of time.

Isaac: Where do you see songwriters fitting into that equation?

DJ Don X: I think there will forever be a need for songwriters. Take for example with the invention of the internet, people presumed there will be no more need for printed materials but we soon found out that the opposite was the case. With the access to so much information, people needed to print even more so also I feel with the ability to create and distribute music currently, there will be an increased need for quality content from songwriters.

Isaac: Do you feel this type of technology is a good thing for Indie Artists or a bad thing?

DJ Don X: Depends on how it is being managed. It can definitely be a good thing as you have more control of your material and can also inevitably shape your own musical image.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

DJ Don X: Oh! Haha well.. my phone, my MacBook, my external hard drive, access to high speed internet hahaha and my headphones.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

DJ Don X: Trouble.. hahaha well I won’t really say trouble but there was this one gig that I did and it had the audience really close to my equipment and those at the front were so hype and excited that they a few bumped into my table and knocked my laptop down which as you can imagine I wasn’t very happy about. As a result, I stopped playing and they got a little rowdy and security had to step in. I did later continue as the crowd started chanting and not leave. So yeah! That’s about as much trouble as I can let you in on Isaac.

Isaac: :-)

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

DJ Don X: Hahah in that case, I have learnt to have security close by if such a scenario was to repeat itself
Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

DJ Don X: Oh wow! I can’t really think of any alternate reality where I wasn’t performing. Its hard to phantom as to me, performing is like breathing. Maybe I’ll be the owner of some multi billion dollar technology company, hahaha.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

DJ Don X: Nothing good comes easy. You have to put in work even if it yields no immediate results while always being prepared for any opportunity that comes your way.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

DJ Don X: Named as one of the greatest and most versatile DJs/Producer in the world :-)

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

DJ Don X: Honestly, it is really really hard to narrow down one moment that stands out the most as I feel each performance I have been privileged to do is special. But a few stand out, a tour I did in the UK and Africa where by I can never forget the energy I got from the crowd. It was overwhelming having that much influence on that many people and being able to make them forget their problems, let lose and see how much fun and how happy they were in that moment. It really is a blessing to be able to do what I do and impact people in such a unique way. Those I would say are the greatest moments for me as a performer.

Much love and respect to your readers – Don X

Thanks for this opportunity Isaac and keep up the great work!

Official Website:
http://www.djdonx.com

Other Social Media:
Facebook.com/djdonx
Twitter.com/djdonx
Instagram.com/djdonx
Soundcloud.com/djdonx

Alison Brook

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Christian Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter, Alison Brook
July/August 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series
Gospel Today Spotlight

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Alison Brook
Photo Album Cover: Courtesy of Alison Brook Facebook Music Page

Christian Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter Alison Brook is an up-and-coming new Christian Artist who, as a minister of the gospel, her first charge is fulfilling the Great Commission. It is Alison’s classical range and eclectic musical taste which lend themselves to her electrified, vulnerable, folk/pop sound. Alison’s recording debut was the song “Jesus Little Lamb,” which the performer cooed out uncannily on pitch in a voice only two years old. We were fortunate  enough to get the opportunity to speak to Alison about her music, her faith, and why it is important for Alison to get her music out to the masses. Here is what transpired from our online encounter.

Isaac: I would like to ask you, for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Alison: Thoughtful, whimsical, folk/pop with a twist.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Alison: Though I risk sounding cheesy: my mom. She is an incredible songwriter. She didn’t do much with her music, but I learned a lot of what I know about writing from her. I especially learned how to craft a thoughtful, meaningful lyric.

Besides mother dearest, I really enjoyed a wide variety of music growing up and in adulthood. All of it, even in small ways, helped shape the type of music I make now.

In my teenage years I listened to a lot of R & B and Rap, as well as a random Gospel album or two. My first couple of CDs I ever purchased were Yolanda Adams, Ma$e, and Destiny’s Child.

Then, when I got to college my tastes started changed and grow. I got into folk, Americana, indie, and even a splash of classical. (I was a voice major in college)!

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Alison: I really enjoy the song “stars.” Not only is it fun to play and sing, but I feel like it’s one of those songs that both soothes the soul and has a bit of energy to it, despite the chill tempo.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Alison: Would it be unfair to name all my friends: Eric & Monique, Matt & Josie Minikus, Lee G, Laura Whidden, and John Millea to name a few.

Other artists I’m loving right now: Regina Spektor, Sara Barillies, The Vespers, Beautiful Eulogy, Propaganda, Ingrid Michaelson, Judah and the Lion.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Alison: I write a lot of my songs when I going through life struggles. Hardship draws the most beautiful songs out of me oddly enough. It’s in the struggles where I grow the most and I am able to have a perspective on life that I wouldn’t have otherwise had.

My favorite part of the writing process is that magical moment when the lyric matches the melody after lots of trial and error. You have this magical first play through the song with those two components work together in perfect unison!

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Alison: Probably Ingrid Michelson or Beautiful Eulogy.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Alison: I’m pretty obsessed with my two dogs, Maddy and Rooney. Whenever I feel annoyed when working on music from home, I go snuggle them real quick for some happiness juice.

I even made them their own Instagram account (le_jerks) so I don’t inundate my friends and fans with millions of dog pictures everyday. I also find no shame in being completely obsessed with them. I fully own it.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Alison: My faith, my dogs, my relationships. Of course those are the obvious ones so maybe that’s not fair. Here are some more superficial answers:

A clean house
Black boots (winter) or flats (summer)
Vintage dresses
Bike rides
Internet

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Alison: I haven’t been in tons of trouble yet. However, I have said many awkward things from stage.
For some reason, I my go-to (unintentional) awkward stage banter very often revolves around poop. I think I have small child humor…

One time I told this whole story about how much my dogs would poop on the floor when they were potty training. I meant for the story to preface and explain a song, but it ended up being more poop-focused than song-focused and I totally lost the moral of the story. I went home super embarrassed, kicking myself for having poop humor.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Alison: Nope. Well, I can’t say that for sure. I will probably talk about poop again someday. Old habits die hard, ya know?

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Alison: I would probably be a therapist. I find that—because of the nature of my music—many people confide in me after concerts. I also enjoy sharing inspirational messages through music so I would probably enjoy doing something similar through therapy.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Alison: From life, through voice, to heart.

Music is more than entertainment to me, it’s a vehicle that can be used to bring healing, positivity, and encouragement to listeners.

I like using my life experiences and the vehicle of my voice to touch people’s hearts. When I get emails from people telling me that my music has made a positive impact on their lives, this is the thing that gets me through the difficulties of living as an artist. (And we all know there are many!)

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Alison: Wiser.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Alison: Honestly, it’s been the little moments. The little girls who tell me I’m their role model, or the people who write and tell me what a positive impact my music has had on their lives, those are the moments I live for. I also enjoy the relationships I have been able to build on the road. To me music is all about community. It’s not about me and my stage, it’s about how I can serve others as an artist. Through music I am able to say things that their hearts didn’t know how to say, uttering their darkest secrets and bringing them to light, and showing them hope. I love the little moments when I am able to connect and make a difference.

Official Website:
http://www.alisonbrook.com

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