Episode 211 - Nick Shaw

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!

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep211_Nick_Shaw.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Episode 210 - Hicks

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!

 

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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: 10:14pm EST

Episode 209 - AO

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!

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep209_AO.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:43am EST

Episode 208 - Blayne Weaver

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!

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep208_Blayne_Weaver.mp3
Category:Actor -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Episode 207 - Edward Rogers

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!

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep207_Edward_Rogers.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:36pm EST

Episode 206 - Omar A

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!

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep206_Omar_A.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:02pm EST



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