Episode 293 - LAW

Today's guest is my good friend LAW! He's been featured here many times and we always have a lot to talk about. It's been about six months since we last spoke, and we lost many musical greats in that time. We paid tribute to many of them during our conversation, but our primary focus was on Prince. His music meant so much to both of us and it was nice to share our memories and favorite musical moments. LAW has such respect for the people that came before him and influenced what he is doing today. We also talked about David Bowie, LAW's upcoming shows in NYC, and setting the record straight on the cultural impact of "Uptown Funk." Follow LAW on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you reach out to him, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep293_LAW.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

Episode 292 - Emily Capell

Introducing UK singer/songwriter Emily Capell! This episode mixes music and my conversation with this dynamic performer. Her songs are catchy but also make you think. These are the same qualities that attracted me to The Clash in the early 80's. Through Emily, I learned about Winston Silcott and Smiley Culture. These may not be household names in the States, but they are very significant in England. Five of Emily's songs are featured with this episode, as well as the story behind each. We also covered Northern Soul, Frank Sinatra, the East Coast/West Coast Rap feuds of the 90's, and all points in between. Her knowledge of music and music history blew me away. I have many more topics to cover with her, so hopefully this episode will serve as an introduction with many more appearances in the future. Learn more at www.emilycapell.com and follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/emily_capell). Please reach out to Emily and let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!   

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep292_Emily_Capell.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

Episode 291 - Angela Elia

My guest today is singer/songwriter Angela Elia! She lives in NYC and we had a lot to talk about! We covered topics as varied as social media, life in the Big Apple, technology, and various social issues. The thing that linked everything together is music. Even though we just met, it was if I'd known Angela for years. Her single is called "Be Okay" and it is featured with this episode. After you hear it, I know you will want your own copy. Angela has an active presence on Instagram, and Twitter. You can also stay up to date with all of her projects and appearances atwww.angelaeliamusic.com. Please reach out to Angela and let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep291_Angela_Elia.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

Episode 290 - Clay Snyder

My guest today is singer/songwriter Clay Snyder! Clay grew up in Hawaii but is now living in Erie, PA. His musical mission is to “Spread the Aloha lifestyle, the positive vibes that heal” and he more than accomplishes that goal! Three of his songs are featured here to give you an idea of what this means. It was so cool to speak with him about his life, experiences, influences, and the importance of having the confidence to get on stage and perform. Clay is very active on social media, so be sure to reach out and let him know that you heard him here first. Find him at ReverbNationSoundcloudInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep290_Clay_Snyder.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT

Episode 289 - Cliff Hillis

Today's guest is Philadelphia area singer/songwriter Cliff Hillis! His brand new EP "Love Not War" is being released today, and Cliff joined me to tell me all about it. I have been a fan of Cliff's music since seeing him open for Smash Palace last year and I'm happy to share his story with you on this special day. We had a great conversation about his early days, the musicians that he works with, our shared love of vinyl records, and our common influences from the late 70's and early 80's. Visit him at www.cliffhillis.com to stay current with his tour dates and learn more about him. Three of Cliff's songs are featured with this episode. Once you listen I'm sure you are going to want to buy the rest. If you reach out to Cliff, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep289_Cliff_Hillis.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

Episode 288 - Rachael Sage

Today's guest is Rachael Sage! She is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, visual artist, songwriter, and producer. Rachael is no stranger to life on the road, performing over a 100 dates per year. Her latest tour begins in Austin on 3/16/16 at SXSW. Keep up to date with all of the tour stops at www.rachaelsage.com. We had a nice conversation about her life, music, and experiences. She has been releasing albums since 1996 and I am a huge fan of her work. Three of my favorite songs are featured with this episode, and I'm looking forward to the new album. Rachael has also studied at the School of American Ballet in her teens, and her music has been featured on the show "Dance Moms". I feel like I barely scratched the surface of her incredible career and hope to have her on again very soon so we can continue the story. Please reach out to Rachael and let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep288_Rachael_Sage.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

Episode 287 - J Smith

Today's episode features the long awaited return of J Smith to The Artist Connection Podcast! J first appeared back in July of 2012 for Ep 091. Since that time, he has been through some life changing experiences and has grown as a man and an artist. The good news is he is back with a brand new single and a new outlook on his future. J's music has always been positive but he went through some things that put his attitude to the test. He came out on the other side and is ready to impress us all over again. J's new track "MONEY" is featured here along with a new interview. Learn more about J Smith at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. If you reach out to J, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep287_J_Smith.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

Episode 286 - Jax

Today's guest is Jax! Many of you know her from Season 14 of American Idol. She had so many cool musical moments that led to her strong finish. Her diverse song selections made her one of my all time favorites in the history of that show. It was great to speak with her about her influences and her brand new single "La La Land" which is featured here along with two tracks from the "American Idol Season 14-Best of Jax" album. Learn more about her atwww.jaxofficialx.com and watch for her on Facebook and Twitter. If you reach out, please let her know that you heard her right here on ACP. Enjoy! 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep286_Jax.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

Episode 285 - Brian Mackey

NYC based singer/songwriter Brian Mackey joined me on the show for a fantastic conversation about his life and music. His various influences come through in his songs, and his writing style is very autobiographical. You can tell that he has lived every note. He is a classically trained pianist and was inspired by Bob Dylan & Jim Croce as much as Mozart & Beethoven. Brian brings it all together and has an amazing story to tell. His latest record is called "Broken Heartstrings." Two songs from that album are featured here, as well as one from his "Honest Love" EP. Be sure to check out the other songs that he has available. Learn more at www.brianmackeymusic.com. If you reach out to Brian, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep285_Brian_Mackey.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

Episode 284 - Michael Wechsler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today's guest is Michael Wechsler! He is the Writer/Director/Producer of "Altered Minds" which is out now on VOD. It is a psychological thriller about a tormented son who makes a desperate bid to save his sanity by unearthing family secrets before his father dies. It stars Judd Hirsch, Ryan O'Nan, Jaime Ray Newman, C.S. Lee, Joseph Lyle Taylor, and Caroline Lagerfelt. We talked about how this amazing cast came together and the locations that were used during filming. I love movies like this. Each actor brought so much to their character, and it keeps you guessing right up the final scene. This episode also features the song "Happy" from the soundtrack. The song was written by Patrick Kelly and Erin Sax. Learn more at www.altered-minds.com and watch it today! If you reach out to Michael, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep284_Michael_Wechsler.mp3
Category:Cinema -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT



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