My guest today is Rize Records recording artist Nick Shaw! He is the first indie singer/songwriter signed to the label, and he is fantastic. Nick and I got along right from the start. It was like reconnecting with a long lost friend. This is his first interview ever, and I am honored that he chose this show to share his story with the world. He grew up just outside of Chicago in Round Lake, and now calls Charlotte home. We talked about his early influences, how he started out in music at a young age, and what it takes to pursue your dreams and make it in the music business. He is currently working on his new single, and promised to join me again when it is out. Learn more about him at http://rize-records.com/nick-shaw/ or www.nickshawmusic.com. He is also on Twitter and Facebook. Please reach out to Nick and let him know that you discovered him right here. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep211_Nick_Shaw.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:33 PM

Hicks (Miqael Persson) is an incredible songwriter and world famous country singer from Sweden. He recently called me to talk about his life and music. He told me about listening to his parents' record collection and how those early days influenced his career. His songs have been recorded by the likes of The Little River Band, Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Giant (Dann Huff), Bobby Kimball (Toto), and Grammy nominated Toby Hitchcock. His brand new track and first official US radio single "Hayride" is available right now! That track, along with "Mama's Kitchen", are featured right here. Learn more at www.hickscountry.com. Please reach out to Hicks and let him know that you heard him here first!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep210_Hicks.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:14 AM

AO is a Hip-Hop Emcee from Charlotte, NC. He is the second of the Rize Records artists that are being featured on my show. We talked about his growing up in Charlotte, early performances and motivation, and finding some kindred spirits in the Army that brought him back to music. His track "You and Me" (featuring Mikki) is included with this episode. 2014 is going to be big for AO. His album "M.O.N.S.T.E.R" (Moving On Never Stopping to Embrace Regret) will be released this year, and he promised to join me again to talk through some of his favorite tracks. I am really looking forward to that! Learn more about him at http://rize-records.com/a-o/. Please reach out to AO and let him that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep209_AO.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:43 AM

My guest today is Blayne Weaver. He is a writer, director, and actor based out of NYC. He is also the star of the movie "Favor". This film is now available on dvd, PPV, iTunes, Amazon, streaming, etc. I caught it on pay per view and loved it! It is a modern day classic thriller. The premise is simple; "A friend helps you move, a good friend helps you move a body." The trouble starts there. This is the kind of movie where the drama builds throughout and keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know where things are headed, it shifts direction. Blayne plays "Kip". He is a guy that has it all until things go horribly wrong. See what he does to fix it. I highly encourage you to see the film. We also talked about his childhood in Bossier City LA, life in NYC and California, and his voice over work. He has been the classic voice of Peter Pan since 2002. This guy does it all! Learn more about him at his IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915814/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/BlayneWeaver), and Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blayne-Weaver/286196798256). Additional info on Favor can be found at www.favormovie.com. If you reach out to Blayne please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep208_Blayne_Weaver.mp3
Category:Actor -- posted at: 2:45 PM

My guest today is musician Edward Rogers. He was born in the UK, but has spent most of his life in New York City. He moved there in the early 70's and lived through a pivotal time in music history. He has so many great stories about the bands and venues that are still a huge part of the musical landscape. I wish I could have spoken with him for a lot longer that day. Hopefully he will join me again in the near future. He just released his brand new album called "Kaye". It is dedicated to and inspired by the late, great UK singer/songwriter Kevin Ayers. The record has been described as "a mixture of madness and sadness." I have it, and that description fits. It is the kind of album that has something for everyone. I love it. Two songs are featured with this episode. If you are in the NYC area on 8/17/14, please join Edward at Joe's Pub to celebrate the album release. Learn more at www.edwardrogersmusic.com. If you reach out to him, please mention that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep207_Edward_Rogers.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:36 PM

Having the opportunity to interview today's guest was such a great experience! Omar A is a singer, songwriter, and the President of Rize Records. He told me all about growing up in North Philly and the record company that his grandfather ran from the house. He learned a lot from those early days and self released many of his own albums. He now heads up Rize Records, and has an impressive list of talent on his roster. You can hear the pride in his voice when he talks about them. You can learn more bout Omar at www.omaraoasis.com. Three of his songs are featured on this episode. You are going to love his voice! Please reach out to Omar and let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep206_Omar_A.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:02 PM

This episode marks the 3rd anniversary of my show! Special thanks to my family and friends for the support that they have given me every step of the way! My network of friends keeps growing along with my guest list, and I am committed to bringing you interviews with the most talented individuals from all over the world. My guest today is rock fiction author Matt Syverson. His books are available at Amazon. It was great to speak with him about growing up in Oklahoma, the time he spent in Seattle, and his eventual move to Texas. He is only a year younger than me, so we have a lot of musical memories and milestones in common. He also hosts the Paperback Rocker Podcast. I am a huge fan of that show. He tells amazing stories with each episode, and plays some great music. Learn more about Matt at www.paperbackrocker.com. Please reach out and let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy! 

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep205_Matt_Syverson.mp3
Category:Author -- posted at: 6:52 AM

My guest today is Jeff Keith, the singer in the band "Tesla". I have been a huge fan of Tesla since the mid 80's, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Jeff. I can't believe that it has been 28 years since the release of their first album. What I appreciate most about their records is how well they hold up over the years. Jeff and I talked about this during the interview, as well as what he was doing before the band made it big. They just released "Simplicity" on June 10th. I bought it right away, and it is amazing! Two tracks from it are featured with this episode, as well as some of my favorites from previous records. The band is out on the road right now, so catch them if you can. Learn more at www.teslatheband.com. If you reach out to Jeff, please tell him that Matt sent you. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist himself to play his music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep204_Jeff_Keith.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:57 PM

Joe Nevarez is a writer from California, and I am happy to tell you that this is his first interview...ever! You are going to be hearing a lot from him over the next few months (and years), so I am honored that he chose my show to start his dialogue with the world. He is putting the finishing touches on his first book called "The Prism". Joe describes it as "A novel about the endless possibility of choice". Although this is a work of fiction, elements draw from Joe's real life experiences. He has had quite a life so far, and has endured more than anyone I ever met. He has such a positive outlook on life and he shows just how important it is to make the right choices and do what you have to do for yourself and your family. His story is truly inspirational. He has a Kickstarter campaign happening right now. Learn more at www.kickstarter.com/projects/theprism/the-prism. Please help out if you can. Getting this book completed and out to the world means the world to Joe. If you reach out, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep203_Joe_Nevarez.mp3
Category:Author -- posted at: 8:38 PM

Lillie McCloud is an amazing singer and it is an honor to have her on my show. She was featured on The X Factor in 2013 and blew everyone away from the start. Her version of "Alabaster Box" showed both the judges and the audience that she was there for a reason, and they loved every minute of it. The reaction shots are priceless. Lillie told me all about the hard work and determination that it takes to reach this level. She has been in the music business since the mid 80's and had many hits on the Dance Charts.  She is now signed with the Spectra Music Group, and her new single "What About the Beautiful Children?" is available now! Two versions of this song are featured with this episode. Listen now to hear why Lillie was called "The Voice" of season 3. Learn more about her at www.lillienicolemccloud.com. Please reach out to Lillie and let her know that you heard her here. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artist herself to play her music on the show for promotional purposes for the artist.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep202_Lillie_McCloud.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:02 PM



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