DE170 Chara Rodriguera | Wife, Mother, the Creator of Sol Path Yoga and The Optimal and Dream Life Programs, inspirational Author, Actress and Sol Whisperer

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Chara is a Wife and Mother, the Creator of Sol Path Yoga and The Optimal and Dream Life Programs, inspirational Author, Actress and Sol Whisperer and, “Self As Art-ist” for awakening Avatars.

Since 1995, Chara has been a student a teacher of Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness and Inspired Living. She specializes in sharing empowering messages and practices that support the process of illumination, transformation and celebration. Known for her intuitive, poetic and loving style, Chara’s intention is to inspire people all over the world to live their own kind of magic.

She has just released a brand new book of Sacred Poems and Self Images entitled BREATHE which is now available on Amazon.

It explores awakening to your creative power, seeing yourself as sacred, and reflecting on life, love, and the Divine.

To complement her new book, Chara created an amazing guided meditation called Breathe...and let the magic begin! this will change your life! It’s available for free on the home page of her website at www.Chara.tv.

 

You can check out her website and YouTube channel.

Also, check out her Instagram and Twitter on Chara_inspire and Facebook on chara.tv

Her number one goal is to support you to “LIVE YOUR MAGIC”  

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DE169 Joy Villa knows how to light up your life | From humble beginnings to the White House, a fabulous Interview with Joy on the dHarmic Evolution!

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JOY THE PERFORMER

"PLAYFUL, VIBRANT, SPIRITUAL AND BOLD, JOY VILLA IS A TRUE ENTERTAINER."

Joy Villa is a recording artist whose EP "I Make the Static" rocketed to the #1 spot on both iTunes and Amazon following her 2017 Grammys' appearance, beating out Beyoncé, Adele, and Lady Gaga, and landed her a #1 Album in Alternative, #1 in Rock, and a #12 spot on Billboards Top 200 Albums.

Joy’s a true entertainer who tours 25 countries a year and has wowed the world with her red-carpet style (Entertainment Weekly, E!, Billboard, NY Daily News, Los Angeles Times, to name a few).
Joy is a natural music and theater performer, discovering her knack for the stage at the age of 5 in her first theater musical. Joy loves writing songs and has collaborated on numerous projects around the world with an array of international producers and artists.

Joy blends alternative rock, soul and pop into finely crafted tunes that aim to motivate and inspire.  She treats her fans known as #JoyTribe to "The Joy Villa Experience.”

 

Joy's new album “Home Sweet Home” is now available at JoyVilla.com or on Amazon, Itunes, and all major retailers!

 

You can find Joy in New York, LA, Washington, or below at any of these links!

https://www.grammy.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wefRJVooXHQ

https://joyvilla.com/

https://twitter.com/Joy_Villa

https://www.facebook.com/joyvilla

 

 

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DE168 Alumni Professor Scott Geller | V Tech University "Ut Prosim"

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Welcome back to dHarmic Evolution podcast with me, James Kevin O’Connor, singer/songwriter, audio/video artist, and master storyteller. Today we’re joined by an Alumni Professor Scott Geller.

Scott Geller is a behavioral psychologist, and currently an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems. Stemmings work in behavior-based safety, he is a founder of the idea of "Actively Caring". As shown by his GoogleScholar, he is a significant figure in his field, having over 20 papers each with over 100 citations.

Check out Scott’s story, on this episode of dHarmic Evolution!

Scott Geller's Ted talk with over 6 million views

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DE167 Linda Gambino | Gamble on Gambino!

Susan Muranty Australian Artist Extraordinary Talent

Linda Gambino, singer/songwriter born in Rome, Italy and raised in USA, in the big cities of New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles. 
After a college degree in Political Sciences achieved in Italy she decided to go back to USA and sign up at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
She then returned to Italy and began a live performance career as the lead singer of pop/funk/soul bands and smaller acoustic settings.

Her voice was on all major Italian FM radio stations and national Tv channels for a commercial campaign where she was chosen to sing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s hit “DON’T STOP” produced by composer Federico Landini.

In 2013 she started writing her own songs. 
She wrote and released “OUT OF MY BED” produced by Luigi Rana that went on rotation on the most important national Italian FM radio station RAI 1.
In 2013 in collaboration with Dutch producer Sherman De Vries she wrote 10 original songs.

One of them “INVISIBLE” won a songwriting competition with Jim Donaldson Publishing in Nashville, USA.

In 2014 she recorded and produced 3 new songs with co-writers Mike Farona and Jon Denney in Nashville.

In February 2015 she was selected to showcase at The Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA where she performed singing 2 of her original songs.

In March 2015 she celebrated her birthday performing in one of the live clubs in the East Village in N.Y, N.Y.

In 2016 she released her first album “MOMENTUM” on all digitale stores.
In November 2017 she released her new single “REVOLUTION” now on fm and web radios all around the world.
In the process of releasing a new EP with 5 songs.
In the meantime performing in venues in Italy.

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DE166 Storyteller Series | More Than A Reason

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“To love again, you need more than a reason, you need it signed and sealed in blood”

Kim Copeland is a fabulous Producer, Singer/songwriter, trained vocalist, an amazing friend, and mentor.

“I dial in a lot of different voices for my songs, I try to take the temperature and the pulse of the personality of the song, and you have to have the right effect, you have to have the right approach, the attitude, and am I showing up like Barry Manilow today?, or am I showing up like Joe Cocker?”

I released “Geography of The Soul” in 2014 and that connected me to my current family of musicians that were hand-picked by Kim to support that album, and also my next two albums.

Christine Mercy Johnson and I co-wrote the album “I AM VICTORIOUS” in 2016 under the newly formed Christian Rock Band “Mercy”

I also started the Podcast in 2015 and later on added video to make the show a podcast and TV show that we distribute on different release dates.

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Check out Jenny Vinatieri's story on DE165!

Check out Sydney's Susan Muranty's show from down under on DE163



If you need coaching in Podcasting, Life Transition, or Media coaching, reach out to me at james@thejamesoconnoragency.com I can help you!

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DE165 Jenny Vinatieri | The Fashionista, Singer/Songwriter, meet the Complete Artist!

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I was born in Italy and raised in Spain. I spent most of my childhood in Europe. My dad was in the military and stationed overseas in Seville, Spain where he met my mother who attended college there and they quickly fell in love. Funny thing is that neither of them spoke the other’s language. I came shortly after. I first learned to speak a medley of Spanish, English and Italian mixed with a bunch of made up words invented along the way to better communicate with one another. Needless to say I spent a lot of time day dreaming in school with my imaginary friends as I didn’t know how to quite communicate with others. That’s when I was placed in Special Ed for reading and English. I loved this class! I didn’t feel like an outsider. My teacher was super cool too! She was blind? Everything I read she had her own version in braille. And she could work a Rubik’s Cube like no one else! I was constantly bringing mine in for her to reset. She taught me that there were many different forms of expression and communication if you weren’t blind to them. As long as I can remember, music was always my favorite form of communication. I would get lost in all of the sounds and melodies even if I didn’t quite understand everything that was being sung. This was probably a good thing as some of my first music influences consisted of Madonna, Samantha Fox, Ready for the World, Bon Jovi, Michael and Janet. “Like A Virgin”, “Naughty Girls Need Love Too”, “Oh Shiela” and “Nasty” probably weren’t the best tracks for me to listen to at such an early age but I really had no clue as to the content so it was all good. I was still day dreaming in puppy dogs and kittens at that age anyway. In elementary I remember having a creative writing assignment where I wrote a parody to “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams off the Footloose soundtrack. Kevin Bacon rocks! My teacher loved it so much she featured it in the school newspaper and asked me to write a few others that were later featured as well. I started being noticed by my classmates and felt I was beginning to fit in. 

During our time in Europe, my family also did a couple of short stints in California and D.C., where my brother joined the Vinatieri clan. I remember being on a family road trip in our supped up, carpeted van dying of boredom when inspiration struck and I wrote my first original song and melody. I then had the genius idea to teach my little brother and we then applied the “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” concept of singing to this and drove my parents crazy: 
Going down the hill
Having lots of fun
In our little camper
With my mom and dad
Got my little brother
And my doggy too
Riding though the middle of the red, white and blue…Yahoo!

Hey…it may not be a top 40 hit but it’s a start. And this was the beginning of my love affair with song writing. I’ve been doing it ever since. I feel there’s no better compliment then when I hear someone singing or humming one of my songs. It makes me feel like they were able to connect with my message. It’s like we’re in some secret club together! LOL! Throughout the years friends and family would encourage me to enter various contest and talent shows. I would often sign up but could never actually work up the courage to see it through due to a nasty case of stage fright! Until one day a friend gave me no choice. We’d move here to Colorado when I was 16 and my best friend at the time asked if I would sit in on a presentation she was doing for her English class as she was nervous and wanted me there for moral support. Little did I know this was a set up and so of course I went. She was giving an oral book report but was tasked with creating what was called an “attention-getter” prior to the actual report in an effort to engage the rest of the class into listening. I listened intently as began her spiel. “For my attention-getter I am going to ask my best friend Jen to come up and join me in singing one of her original songs.” I’m pretty sure I had an official “deer in the headlights” look of shock on my face. I froze and it took the whole class what seemed hours to coax me into getting up there but I finally did. We started a little shaky as my nerves were all over the place. The song was one we’d rehearsed a million times called “Never”. We even had a little rap in the middle. Some of the class mates started drumming on their desks and beat boxing along. When we finished we received a standing ovation. What a rush! Years later when attending college one of the students from that class came running up to me saying, “You’re that girl who wrote that song in high school.” Then he started signing the hook. I couldn’t believe he remembered it!

While in college, my best friend and I decided to go to a studio at the local mall to record a few of my songs acapella. When we came out of the booth the manager asked if they were originals and if he could play them over the speakers at the mall. Wow! With that word started getting around that I could write and I was approached by a local band to help them in writing and producing some songs. This was a Rock/Alternative band. They performed a series of songs throughout local venues and had quite a following. I never performed with them I was content being behind the scenes as a writer. Until I presented them with a song I wrote called Religion which they felt didn’t quite fit their image. However, they loved it so much that they created music for it and persuaded me to sing and record it with my vocals. They later hosted a garage band party in which they used the similar surprise tactic and put me on the spot to sing it live. Due to the response it received from the crowd that day, unbeknownst to me, they decided to shop it around and then I heard it playing at one of the local dance clubs! I watched in disbelief as the crowd danced to my song. This is awesome! Shortly after the band broke up and went their separate ways so that experience was short lived. 

I was then introduced to a Rap group who needed content for an upcoming CD in which I wrote hooks for. Upon its release, there was a review of the CD in which featured positive feedback of my singing and writing. We decided to put one more CD out afterwards but it never really went anywhere. I didn’t realize it had a local following until I was out for Ladies Night in Denver years later and I saw a guy at the bar wearing a tee shirt with the Rap group’s logo on it. Out of curiosity I struck up a conversation with him and asked about the group. He was a fan! He knew quite a bit about the whole group but nothing about the girl who sang the hooks. She was a mystery. He told me his favorite song of theirs and I began singing the hook. I will never forget his reaction. He gave me a hug and told me not to give up on my dream! 

That’s when I decided to take things into my own hands. Secretly I worked on recording my own songs until I finally had enough for a CD. I wanted to produce a collection that would showcase my songwriting. These are only a few of the songs in my arsenal so please don’t lump me into any specific genre. My dream is to write and produce for others in helping them achieve their star potential. To date, I have been fortunately enough to be gaining recognition a diverse fan base and global air play. It is never too late to follow your dreams, your calling.

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DE164 Storyteller Series | Are you a Dreamer?

Storyteller Series Are you a Dreamer

"In order to fire your imagination, you gotta have dreams."

"I really wanted to do High Adventure things as a kid".

In Parochial school, Sister Robert Marie, "James, don't be a daydreamer, you are looking out the window, don't be a daydreamer."

Our Founding Fathers were dreamers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, they attributed the philosophy contained within the Declaration of Independence to their dreams.

Good dreaming contributes to our phycological well being, by supporting health memory, warding off depression and expanding our ordinary limited consciousness, into broader spiritual realms.

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 Glenn Duncan in the studio, on Dreamer: "What is that? it sounds like a Pete Townshend thing"!

All artists: "Don't forget to post your content on the dHarmic Evolution Community Page"

Check out Sydney's Susan Muranty's show from down under on DE163

"If your not a dreamer, become one, dreams are really the Lifeblood of creativity".

Check out Cynthia Brando's show from LA and her brand "Music Emerging" on DE161!

If you need coaching in Podcasting, Life Transition, or Media coaching, reach out to me at james@thejamesoconnoragency.com I can help you!

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DE163 Susan Muranty | Australian Artist Extraordinary Talent

Susan Muranty Australian Artist Extraordinary Talent

SINGING IS LIKE BREATHING TO ME. It gives me wings, it fills my lungs with sky. And I'm all about the sky. I'm obsessed with stars of all kinds - actual, astrological and Hollywood old-style glamour. I adore the colour blue and love the curious fact that ... blue is the hottest flame. I live on an island in Sydney, one of the most civilised places on earth, but roar up a mountain-high fire trail in a four-wheel drive every night just to get home. My house is surrounded by wilderness but I am as passionate about fashion and beauty and art and food as I am about living with nature. Eleven is the most perfect number to me. Double that and you're in another world. I came to music through the medium of words - as a lyricist and a poet with a story to tell. Songwriting is magic. I believe you get what you sing. And that's why I sing about ... love. I'm also a sculptor with a studio on the wild, windswept clifftops of Manly's North Head. I work in bronzeand recycled materials and am putting the finishing touches on a portrait bust of the painter Nora Heysen (the first woman to win the Archibald Prize) for the Hans Heysen Museum in South Australia. I guess you could say creativity is my passion- in fact, passion is my passion lol. I have a few foibles - coffee is one of them. Double shot, skim milk cap - or a Diva as I like to call it - and it must be freshly made, hot and in a actual cup not an upside down paper hat lol. Otherwise I'll eat anything - except for tripe. Or whale. My son is a teenager, boat-mad and beautiful. In him, the Vikings reign again, but with 40 horse power engines. He's the real reason I live so close to the water. Although I am a mermaid. The surf is like flying to me. Words matter. Without them, there is no song, just a piece of music and a singer with nothing to do. I love teaching. It's another way of performing and I delight in that sense of sharing what I know, of opening up the music box of the world to young songwriters. My mantra  is ...words have power; stories must be told; songwriters know how to tell them ... and so often in the company of other songwriters. Make a song with someone you love and your friendship will be bound up forever on a soul level that's hard to define. It could just be all that oxytocin you release together - or it could be the sheer joy of sharing such an amazing experience. 

I guess you could say creativity is my passion- in fact, passion is my passion lol. I have a few foibles - coffee is one of them. Double shot, skim milk cap - or a Diva as I like to call it - and it must be freshly made, hot and in an actual cup, not an upside-down paper hat lol. Otherwise, I'll eat anything - except for tripe. Or whale. My son is a teenager, boat-mad and beautiful. In him, the Vikings reign again, but with 40 horsepower engines. He's the real reason I live so close to the water. Although I am a mermaid. The surf is like flying to me. Words matter. Without them, there is no song, just a piece of music and a singer with nothing to do. I love teaching. It's another way of performing and I delight in that sense of sharing what I know, of opening up the music box of the world to young songwriters. My mantra is...words have power; stories must be told; songwriters know how to tell them ... and so often in the company of other songwriters. Make a song with someone you love and your friendship will be bound up forever on a soul level that's hard to define. It could just be all that oxytocin you release together - or it could be the sheer joy of sharing such an amazing experience.

I love teaching. It's another way of performing and I delight in that sense of sharing what I know, of opening up the music box of the world to young songwriters. My mantra is...words have power; stories must be told; songwriters know how to tell them ... and so often in the company of other songwriters. Make a song with someone you love and your friendship will be bound up forever on a soul level that's hard to define. It could just be all that oxytocin you release together - or it could be the sheer joy of sharing such an amazing experience. Make a song with someone you love and your friendship will be bound up forever on a soul level that's hard to define. It could just be all that oxytocin you release together - or it could be the sheer joy of sharing such an amazing experience. 

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DE162 Storyteller Series | Gratitude

Storyteller Series Gratitude

I remember when I started the dHarmic Evolution, I started all wrong, that's how I do almost everything, I just do it! Not advisable, you make too many mistakes that way, the good news is you "get it out there" I started by interviewing everybody and anybody, you should start with a very tight niche, then expand later. I did the opposite, I live in opposite day almost every day. What was intriguing to me, was the fact that my audience eventually told me what the show was supposed to be about, I was feeling grateful.

So it is with Gratitude, what is it? why an album title? what does it do for you, me, anyone? Let's rewind for a moment, I put out an album in 2014 titled "Geography of the Soul" immediately after releasing that project I had started writing the next record that was ultimately going to be called Gratitude, I can't remember exactly why but most of it came together very quickly, I was about 70% finished writing the record when I did a complete stop! It felt too self-serving, I was not feeling grateful enough!

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Two years and 161 shows later and now in 71 countries, we are still finding new audiences to put our fabulous roster of Indie artists in front of to learn about their music. You should really check them out, every single one is on the dHarmic Evolution website and you can check out their blog, their show, their songs and show notes all on the site www.dharmicevolution.com  now I was really feeling grateful.

While the Gratitude album was on hold, and during the inception of "Mercy" and the Agency (JOCA) I had one of my vetting and songwriting sessions with Christine and asked the Lord if I could finish the "Gratitude" album (I don't like anything left incomplete) he said through Christine (she hears his voice very clearly) "no, not this year, you won't have time, you can however put out a few singles". Ok that was good enough for me. I was grateful.

Then as if the ball was dropping in Times Square on New years Eve, I get a call out of the blue last fall, it was Christine, "James the Lord gave me your album cover this morning" I said of course "What!! &*%$@0>??" She then described in perfect detail what he wanted to on the cover of the "Gratitude" album, "he wants your hands holding the dove" a few more trips back to Nashville to record, mix, and master, and behold "Gratitude" was born and released on January 15th 2018. I am really, really, Grateful!!  You can download a copy here today!   

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DE161 Cynthia Brando | Ubiquitous musical spirit championing the love and the talent of others for the benefit of all

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At the end of 2013, Cynthia took a long-awaited step in her music career when she moved from quiet Northern California to the city of Los Angeles. In those years, she developed a connection with fellow musicians and appreciators as a performer all across the Los Angeles region and beyond-sharing her unique “vintage vibe” powerful vocals and steady folk-rock rhythms in clubs, homes and as a street performer.

 In 2015, Cynthia started “Music Emerging”-a project of inspiring artist interviews, articles and a successful concert series. Music Emerging is growing to include a portal of resources and emotional support for artists.

Cynthia has been published as a guest writer on the music sites Music Clout and Music Industry How To, and she has received honorable mentions for her music in the Songdoor International Songwriting Competition and the American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest.

Cynthia is a 2017 recipient of a Hemera Foundation Fellowship Award for her music. She is currently working on a musical based project in the arena of the healing arts based on her fellowship experience.

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DE160 Esha | Igniting Passion with Perseverance!

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Esha possesses that gift. In listening to her finely crafted, emotionally charged music it’s hard to believe the heart and the voice behind it belongs to a 15-year- old, but then, creativity isn’t limited by any number. Esha is proof.

With the release of her debut album “Beautiful” in 2016, and her second album, “Dangerous” in 2017, Esha is on her way to creating a name for herself. Her songs carry the emotional depth of Adele and commercial sensibilities of Ed Sheeran, yet her voice possesses a strong, unique edgy quality that truly defies comparison to any other artist.

“Dangerous” shows the evolution of Esha from a tremendously talented young singer/songwriter to a world-class artist. While “Beautiful” was an emotional, intimate diary of a young artist discovering her talent, “Dangerous” is a brave, passionate collection of songs that explores the dangers of love. It is all about risk, empowerment and growth wrapped up in music that dares the listener not to move with the beat, sing along to the catchy hooks or cry with the deep heart wrenching vocal ballads.
 

With a wisdom beyond her years, Esha has an innate ability to write great songs that tackle complex life experiences, yet she’s often at her most compelling when exploring more personal territory on vulnerable ballads such as “I’m Not Loving You.”

“I’ve always had it in my heart,” she says of her affinity for music. Esha began writing songs when she was only six years old, shortly after being diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. “Music became my therapy. It helped me cope and gave me an outlet for my emotions. And it taught me to dream.”

These days, she’s learned to manage her challenges and isn’t letting anything slow her down as she pursues her music. “I’ve found a way to cope through songwriting,” she says. “When you find something that you really love and put effort and time into it, it can have a positive impact on all areas of your life. You can get so lost in what you love doing that it’s easy to forget about your problems. My advice to others dealing with challenges is to find what you love and let it save you.”

Esha has a lot to channel all her positive energy into as her career is taking off. She’s signed a management deal with the Nashville-based Copeland Tucker Group. Her music video, “Yesterday” already has over 24,000 views in just a few short months. You will also find her featured in the 2017 issue of Destination Magazine and she will be bringing her live show to some very prestigious music festival events in the summer and fall of 2017.

Esha has learned that music is a powerful force and she’s ready to wield it to make a difference. “I hope for my music to make an impact on people,” Esha says. “I want it to touch people and I want them to find something in every song that they can truly relate to.”

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DE159 The Ormewoods | Sharing Stories on Love, Roots, and Their Fresh Take on Traditional Folk Music

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Don McCollister and Claire Pearson bring dynamic individual musical histories to their remarkable partnership. Don’s 25 year career includes work with Sister Hazel, Shawn Mullins, and Third Day. He also produced tracks for Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush before they formed the superstar duo Sugarland. Artists that Don McCollister have worked with have collectively sold over 15 million albums, been nominated for 85 major music awards where they have won 47, had 34 #1 billboard hits and charted singles. Often dubbed "the artist's" producer because he himself is a multi-instrumentalist who continues to perform live.

Claire Pearson (previously performed as Pearson Perry but dropped the Perry moniker after her divorce) is an Atlanta based singer-songwriter whose song "Love is a Mountain" (co-written with Heidi Higgins) charted #37 on on the top 100 list of most played singles on independent radio in 2014. She was also one of the top 5 most played pop artists on independent radio in 2014 according to Roots Music Report. She founded Atlanta Intown Songwriters in 2011 to build the Atlanta artist network for aspiring songwriters.

In 2016, they quickly built a base of fans as they toured the Southeast and Mid-West promoting their debut album "The Bedroom Sessions". The album continues to receive strong Americana radio support across the country thanks to their #1 single "HeyBabe" (RootsMusicReport) which has been on the folk charts for over 30 consecutive weeks.

With Claire (the duo’s chief songwriter) drawing lyrics directly from entries in her diary detailing the first 90 days of the duo’s re-connection after many years and unexpected resulting relationship, the duo decided the best way to capture the intimate nature of the songs was to turn her bedroom into a recording studio. Don set up his gear and the album was recorded in a series of literal bedroom sessions. While recording and gearing up for the official roll-out of their album, The Ormewoods scored a unique coup, with the key track “Year of Mercy” being named runner up for Best Folk Song 2016 by Song of the Year Songwriting Competition and nominated as Best Folk Song of 2016 by the American Songwriting Awards. The dynamic of the what some have called “the happy Civil Wars” is further reflected on songs like the sly and soulful “Hey Babe,” about the tension between not wanting to be tied up again and those feelings of falling in love; the playful, high energy “Back To You,” about finishing what they started so many years ago; and “Sleep Like Strangers,” about those occasional moments of doubt and distance.

The duo is now working on their second release, slated for an October 2017 release. Vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and seasoned performers, The Ormewoods enjoy nothing more than loading up gear and hitting the road for live shows where they can share their authentic take on love and life with all ages and fans of all genres.

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DE158 Faith Ziegler | Pursuing Passion and Chasing Dreams with Faith!

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Faith Ziegler is a young, up and coming singer and songwriter from Berlin, Connecticut. At only 8 years old, she was already dreaming of singing and performing on big stages in front of millions of people. When she was 14, she taught herself how to play the guitar and even wrote her first song. In a span of 2 years, she has written over a hundred songs about meaningful life experiences that many people can relate to.

At the age of 18, Ziegler was ready to step out into the world with her music releasing her debut album entitled "Finally Dreaming" which gives us a look into her innermost thoughts and feelings. With a sweet, smooth voice comparable to the sounds of Katy Perry and writing style similar to Taylor Swift, her mixed pop/country style flair will get you hooked instantly.

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DE157 Ray Williams | From Motown to Soul Town to Nashville! Ray adds a unique flair to her music!

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Originally from Detroit, Rachel Williams moved to Nashville when she was just 17 years old. Upon her big move to Nashville, Williams signed a publishing and management deal with Kim Copeland and Susan Tucker and from there, began hitting the road with acts such as Wynonna, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Jo Dee Messina, and many more, even releasing two albums and two EPs in the country music market over the years as 'Rachel Williams'.

Williams is currently gearing up to release a new Motown-inspired album of original songs, under the name 'Ray Williams', produced by hit songwriter and member of Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band, Jim 'Moose' Brown, and will be releasing the album one single at a time.

Williams is now working with artists and producers from Motown Records, and will be featured in a music documentary shot in Detroit about the 'New Motown'. Look out for her first single, coming towards the end of the year on Spotify, iTunes, and wherever else digital music is available!

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DE156 Willamena | Making meaningful music and the importance of having a positive mindset!

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Willamena is a rarity — a nationally-charting genuine indie band. “Strong Enough to Last” (mixed by Grammy-winner Cameron Webb) is the band’s sixth studio effort, and advance single “When You Close Your Eyes (Radio Mix)” was on the radio even before the EP went to replication. So all the arrows continue to point “up” for the award-winning #1 Kalamazoo rock act dubbed as “the hardest-working band in Michigan” – music.AllAccess.com 10/20/15 whose music has aired from Japan to Montana to Greece.

Their fifth release “The Light Ahead” hit the streets and the airwaves in January 2015. Before the release date of “The Light Ahead” lead-off single “The Other Side of Loneliness” debuted at #5 on the Billboard AAA indicator most-added chart (1/17/15), started at #3 in AAA downloads and streams on radio-servicer PlayMPE.com (1/2/15), and jumped straight onto the FMQB AAA top-200 singles chart at #110 (1/20/15) – all without professional promotion or a publicist. “The Other Side…” peaked at #87 on the FMQB singles chart, stopped only by a lack of “promo” spending. The EP itself climbed directly to #1 on Amazon.com’s “Hot New Releases” Adult Alternative list (1/17/15) and cracked the top-100 on the FMQB AAA non-comm album chart. Willamena's follow-up single “If This Is Love” charted nationally as well, and their third single “Way Back When” spun on over 200 radio stations world-wide. As RadioInfo.com observed, “… it’s definitely a marketable sound that makes for some hit triple-A playlists… and hot AC/AC stations that wait patiently for their turn …. We are keeping our ears on them. So should you.” (RadioInfo.com Rock “pick of the week” 1/14/15).

But “The Light Ahead” was no flash in the pan. Willamena has been impressing programmers, critics and fans for years. The band’s 2013 CD “Lost in the Shadows” and its tracks charted nationally in six radio formats: Top 40, Hot AC, Triple A, Active Rock, Americana, and College. At least 180 terrestrial stations in six countries aired something from “Lost…” not counting syndicated-show affiliates that pushed the total well over 300. Several critics predicted the success of “Lost in the Shadows” from the get-go:

“… [U]ndeniably infectious rock…” “… [T]he standout tracks… could do some serious damage on U.S. radio in 2013. And that means there are songs on this album you’ll likely be humming in your sleep.” John Sinkevics, Revue Magazine and http://www.LocalSpins.com

“… [Lost… has] a very polished sound that suits their seemingly effortless radio-ready rock anthems perfectly… [It] should help… give them the national attention they… rightfully deserve.” – Justin Kreitzer

“Lost in the Shadows” followed 2004’s “Far From the Current.” “… Current” aired on then-emerging AAA stations from Seattle to Staten Island to satellite (XM Unsigned’s “most notable” and “most played” lists) on a near-zero budget and made its own mark in the music world:

“Willamena… turn the Northern superiority complex against itself with devastating results in ‘Rock-n-Roll.” Dave Queen, Village Voice 9/26/05 re: “… Current”

“I keep thinking, how could a band with this talent and sound not be on a big label… will these guys ever run out of hooks?” Bill Ribas, NYRock.com 3/5/2005 re: “… Current”

“…[P]op rock, in the vein of Matchbox 20, Counting Crows, modern U2, etc… a familiar rock sound culled from decades past, [but] the sheer craftsmanship… in the music keeps [it] from coming across as a stale rehash… Comparisons aside, Lucas Ross is a great rock vocalist…” Alan Moore, LoveLaborMusic.com 6/14/2005 re: “… Current”

But by the time “… Current” was released, what became the music industry’s (and Michigan’s) unprecedented decline was already underway. For one snapshot of the milieu, a story in the Grand Rapids Press about “… Current” was titled “Willamena revives music scene in Grand Rapids.” (Tricia Woolfenden, Grand Rapids Press 2/5/04).

Simply put, after “… Current” came out, tough times got tougher. Willamena’s home base between the coasts and lack of industry connections (or cash) had always hampered the band; what turned out to be “the big crash” didn’t help. Neither did Napster, or NAFTA, or club closings, or slashed label rosters, or the cratered economy which scattered so many Michiganders, and the band, around the country seeking work. In mid-2009 the band went on a reluctant hiatus.

So despite winning the 142-band WBFX/Aris Hampers Rock Search in 2001… and despite making head-turning original rock like the 2002 CD “Ghost of July” which produced rave reviews like these:

“Willamena are the Derek Jeters of local music… Along with their kick-butt live shows… “Ghost of July” is putting these cats on the bus that says “Major League…” Buddah Worthmore, Music Revue, 5/2002

“’Ghost of July’ could be the most solid release from a local band this year – a sonically-superior recording showcasing emotional performances and… gifted songwriting… highly recommended…” Recoil Magazine, 6/2002

… and despite headlining at premier clubs from Milwaukee to Manhattan and outdoor festivals, and opening for national acts like Fishbone, The Why Store, and SR-71… and despite earning “… the reputation of being the hardest-working act in Michigan…” (The Buzz, TheIndustryResource.com 12/22/04)… and despite maintaining the title of “… the hardest-working band in Michigan…” (Carly Plank, Revue Magazine 6/20/13) years later… Willamena remained unsigned and, largely, undiscovered.

Undiscovered, that is, until the rise of internet radio, and LPFM, and the Triple A radio format, and accessible technology that brought Willamena’s music out of obscurity. Beginning in 2011, world-class recording pros including Gravity Studios’ Doug McBride (Fall Out Boy, Rachael Yamagata, Veruca Salt), Grammy winner John Seymour (U2, Santana, Dave Matthews Band) and Grammy winner Cameron Webb (Kelly Clarkson, Social Distortion, Motorhead) began to take an interest in the band, contributing their talents on various tracks (and on decidedly non-major-label budgets). Throughout 2012, ‘13, and ‘14 radio stations all over the U.S. and internationally-syndicated programs latched on to Willamena’s hook-filled songs, and the stage was set for 2015’s “The Light Ahead.”

Music fans around the world have been figuring out what the major labels have missed so far: Willamena has the goods. “Strong Enough to Last” is another collection of original, radio-ready Midwestern rock n’ roll, and it’s set to line the band up toe-to-toe with major-label acts on radio playlists around the globe.

“‘… Clearly, Lucas Ross is a great rock vocalist, and carries dynamics the way that Fred Neil did, and Rob Thomas and Bono still do…” KZHP Sacramento

“There is plenty to like here and these guys should really make a splash on the music scene… Expect great things from Willamena. They’ve got the chops to achieve them… 4.5 stars (out of 5).” – G.W. Hill re: “Lost in the Shadows”

“… Their music is ready made to fill arenas…” John Verburg, WestMichiganIndie.com

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DE155 Joanne Janzen | Joanne shares her music all the way from Australia and Canada!

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Based in Alberta, Canada, Joanne Janzen’s life began in her homeland of Australia and was influenced by her father's musical talent. She was "born to perform", which was apparent immediately upon experiencing her unique vocal qualities and song writing abilities. Her country roots and small town heritage lend their personality to her lyrical creativity that touches on a multitude of human emotions including: love, adventure, life's joys and challenges, and relationship s- universal themes that everyone can relate to. Her smooth and natural vocal delivery of heartfelt melodies capture the essence of everything that is – what we all feel within. Music industry professionals and fans instantly discover an honest and inspiring talent.

Janzen's world tour with the successful musical production “Up With People” was the true beginning of her belief in her calling, to make a musical career the focus of her being. Joanne was called to perform the lead role in the show, touring for 18 months non-stop around North America and Europe. This truly global musical experience continued with the release of her first two radio singles in 2007 and 2008 produced by award-winning Saskatchewan producer Bart McKay. Joanne then followed the success of those singles with her first full length debut album titled "Sad Circus" released in January of 2012 which definitively summarizes the soundtrack of her life, as inspired by her children and family. "Sad Circus" describes life in Joanne's terms that "life is a balancing act - sometimes a walk on a high wire, sometimes a dazzling array of glitz and showmanship and nearly always three rings of melodic chaos". The first single "Everybody Knows Better" has garnered airplay on 40 broadcast radio stations across Canada that she
supported with more than 80 concert performances in 2012.

Her relentless ambition and love of live performance have led to winning the Northlands “Country Vocal Spotlight” in 2005 and a coveted spot in an elite group of Country Artists in Alberta known as Global Country. Global Country entered Joanne into the "North American Country Music International Competition" in 2006 where she took home the awards for Female Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the year awards in Tennessee. She was selected to perform at the "Summer Send Off" and "Mountain Radio Music" festivals where audiences boisterously embraced her dynamic live performances.

Joanne earned a Music Business certificate from Berklee College of Music in Boston and was nominated for the ACMA (Alberta Country Music Association) Female Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice Award for 2012. Her 2013 Australian tour and the release of the second single from "Sad Circus" called "You Take Me Home", which was named in the Top 25 songs in the 2012 "Australian Songwriting Awards", brought her back home to her roots. Joanne, along with Maritime Travel gave two lucky Canadian fans, via her promotion "You Take Me Home Ultimate Dream Vacation” the opportunity to win a dream vacation to Queensland, Australia.

Janzen also enjoys contributing to worthy causes in her community, as a musician and public speaker. Her song “Good Place” was selected as the official theme song for the "Alberta Community Cooperative Association Youth Camp" in Nordegg, Alberta, Canada. Joanne's live performance and motivational conversation with the teens had a lasting and memorable impact. In their own words, the experience will remain with them throughout their lives.

As a songwriter Joanne now not only has a solid catalogue of her own titles that she performs regularly, she also has numerous cuts on other Canadian Country Artists from across the provinces that can be regularly heard on the radio. Joanne is currently working on an EP of new original tunes to be released sometime in the near future.

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DE154 Laryssa Birdseye | Doesn’t take a bird’s eye view to love Laryssa Birdseye!

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Portland, Oregon is a city ripe with musicianship, talent, and creativity. Despite all the city has to offer, Laryssa Birdseye effortlessly stands out as one of Portland's most captivating musical offerings. Generating new fans at every performance, Laryssa has been gaining steady momentum with no signs of slowing the pace.

Self-described as a folk singer that accidentally began to write pop music, Laryssa uses humor and honesty to entrance her audience. Having struggled with addiction and an eating disorder, Laryssa’s songs reflect the turmoil of heartbreak, dependency, regret, and the persistent strive towards healing, making her originals relatable and her hooks infectious. Her soaring vocals are filled with flawless riffs and soulful melodies. Best known for her biting wit and clever lyricism, Laryssa stands out best as a songwriter, offering tremendously relatable content—often serving to inspire, often breaking your heart open as she spills hers.

Laryssa has been active in Portland for the past two years, with notable performances at venues like the Doug Fir and Mississippi Studios, appearances on Portland Radio Project 99.1 FM and has been featured on KGW’s Mic Check.

She also just released an album on September 16th, 2017 entitled "So What?".

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DE153 Diamond Dixie | Diamond Dixie Shines Bright!

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Diamond Dixie is an up and coming country duo, from Orlando, Florida, consisting of sisters, Gabriela and Bianca LeDuc. The girls have been playing music for about 10 years and have traveled across the country playing shows, recording music and making radio and television appearances.

Gabriela and Bianca released their first ‘self-entilted’ EP in 2015 and most recently released their brand new EP, “Reckless”, which includes five original songs that the girls have co-written and co-produced. Recently, Diamond Dixie filmed a music video in Nashville, TN for their single, “Diamonds in this Town”.

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Diamond Dixie consistently plays shows throughout the state of Florida and makes frequent trips to Nashville to collaborate and write with other artists such as Top 24 American Idol contestant Emily Brooke, Cali Rodi of Keith Urban Publishing, and Terri Jo Box who has written “Dear Old Sun” for Miranda Lambert. This past year, the girls have played the House of Blues in Orlando, Runaway Country Music Festival in Kissimmee, CMA Fest in Nashville and will be playing the VIP Lounge at the Florida Georgia Line Concert in West Palm Beach.

Currently, Diamond Dixie plays shows at venues across Florida such as JB’s Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach, Yellow Dog Eats in Orlando, and Juice 'n Java in Cocoa Beach. The girls have also been writing new music and plan to release another EP at the end of this year or the beginning of 2018.

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DE152 Amy Goloby | Yeehaw! Amy’s back at dHarmic Evolution!

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Amy Goloby's new album "Back to New" is a folk, Americana mixture of love songs with an element of faith. In the midst of heartbreak, Amy found solace in turning to God, and her hopelessness turned to hope when she realized there was Someone bigger than herself who had everything under control. "I want other people to know the hope that I've found in God, so they can find healing from their hurt," Amy says, reflecting back on moments of rejection and loneliness. With songs about waiting on unanswered prayers, broken hearts, or noticing the "least of these," this album encapsulates her soul and reminds us where to place our focus when the going gets tough. 

Recorded in Nashville with Aren Creative, the musicians include greats from Music City, such as Steve Thomas and Dave Isaacs. The album releases this Spring, followed up with a tour around Texas and surrounding regions. 

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Amy is a Texas native who began writing songs in high school after teaching herself to play guitar. A natural-born writer and poet, she enjoyed putting rhythm and rhyme to melody. "Music was a great outlet for me at a time when I felt I had no one else to turn to," Amy says about crafting songs in her dorm room throughout college. After living in Austin for 3 years, she decided to pursue music as a career and released her first album in 2014 with Tate Music Group. Her debut album, "Left Unsaid," is a compilation of songs about love and loss in her early 20s. She gets her influence from the likes of Tom Petty, Brandi Carlile, Johnnyswim, and John Mayer. 

She enjoys performing anywhere from listening rooms, house concerts, coffeehouses, festivals, and wineries. She has also played for local TV and radio and has opened for Tony Ramey and Bob Livingston.

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DE151 Sofia B | Sofia B Good!

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London based singer­songwriter Sofia B, grew up in an artistic and international home. Her mother, a Venezuelan jeweller and her father, a closeted blues guitarist. Her debut EP "Once Upon A Time" in March 2014, featuring crowd favourite “Mum, I Like A Girl,” which was awarded second place during her time at Berklee College of Music in Boston in the “Songs for Social Change Competition.”

Sofia has received continued support on a variety of LGBT platforms such as Curve Magazine, She Wired and most recently was featured in DIVA Magazine, after being selected as a finalist for Pride’s Got Talent, where she performed at the main stage on Trafalgar Square, where Alesha Dixon headlined, as well as the Women’s Stage on Dean Street.

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'In The City' her most recent EP, was written during her time living and performing in NYC, featuring the debut single and music video for her song 'Ice Cold Love,' which premiered on Gigslutz and was featured on Songwriting Magazine, Curve Magazine, Clash Magazine, among others. As an out and proud androgynous singer and LGBT activist, Sofia decided to take the recording process to Lebanon in order to record with her father and connect with the Lebanese LGBTQ community, making for a once in a lifetime experience. Her latest music video, “Let It Go,” premiered on After Ellen, where the singer is dressed in traditional dhabke attire.

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