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Oct 1, 2016
Charlie Puth has what is called perfect pitch, a rare auditory phenomenon that allows him to identify or recreate music, without a reference note. It all started when his mother introduced him to classical music and began teaching him the piano at four.
He started studying jazz at ten and participated in a summer youth jazz ensemble at Count Basie Theatre's Cool Schoo in Red Bank, New Jersey at 12.He was hired by The Count Basie Theatre to play in a Charlie Brown production.
Puth released his debut single "Marvin Gaye", which featured guest vocals from Meghan Trainor. Puth wrote, co-produced, and was featured on a song with Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again", a tribute to the late Paul Walker, included in the Furious 7 soundtrack. While Khalifa wrote the rap lyrics, the rest of the song has been credited to Puth. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 non-consecutive weeks. "See You Again" was nominated for three Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. It was also shortlisted for the Song of the Year for the BBC Music Awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. He produced the song "Slow Motion" for Trey Songz and has arranged sessions with Jason Derulo and Lil Wayne.
Oct. 1, 2016
From Mindy Abair.com
In her bio Minday Abair says her career spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage. Abair has made her mark as one of the most recognizable saxophonists in the US. You may know her as the saxophonist on American Idol, or the only saxophonist to tour with rock legends Aerosmith since 1973. You may have seen her on stage with Bruce Springsteen for a historic night at the Beacon Theater, or tuned in as she joined Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman, or caught her appearance at The Grand Ole Opry. This powerhouse saxophonist/vocalist has made scores of friends along the way and earned the respect of top-shelf artists representing just about every genre of music.
Her solo work has garnered ten #1 radio hits, 6 top 5 spots and 2 #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, and more recently received a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo cd Wild Heart.
The Dirty Nil
Oct 8, 2016
The guys of The Dirty Nil formed in 2006, while they were still in high school, it wasn’t until the release of their first 7” in 2011 that they truly began to harness the propulsive, kinetic energy of their live shows.
"Out of the gate, the band started the volume at eleven and stayed there... The songs were both fun and aggressive, delivered with such a casual confidence even the most energetic fist thrusting fan had to smile at the same time."
Performing live, The Dirty Nil are unhinged and a destructive force. Kyle Fisher ferociously pummels his drums, while guitarist Luke Bentham and bassist Dave Nardi stretch their amp volumes past their breaking point. Bentham and Nardi’s vocals range between melodic and frantic, violent and—less violent, with a grin on their faces. Whether live or on record, their performance is based on tension and cathartic release. Three friends unified by the common desire to create something vital, meaningful, and excruciatingly loud. The Dirty Nil play rock and roll - cause they couldn’t do a damn thing else if they tried.
Oct 8, 2016
From: Jeff Dauler.com
I’ve worked full time in radio since I was a teenager, which basically means I’ve never had a real job. I seriously get paid to talk for a few hours a day about random stuff. How great is that?
And now, I’m doing stand-up comedy in addition to the radio. So the employment without really working continues.
I have just reunited on-air with one of my best friends Jenn Hobby on Atlanta’s Star 94.1 for The Jeff and Jenn Show. We are on the air weekdays from 5:30-10 a.m. so tune-in for lots of laughs and fun time.
Other fun things I’ve done in the past few years: I’ve owned a couple restaurants, rescued the best dog on the planet, designed a line of jewelry, had my heart stopped and restarted, ran a half-marathon, raced a few triathlons, and got engaged to a woman way out of my league.
I was born and raised in Syracuse, New York and my parents still live there. I only visit them up there during the few months out of the year when it’s not cold, otherwise they have to come see me or we have to meet somewhere warm. I was raised as an only child, but a few years ago I reconnected with my half-brother. He’s real-deal country from North Carolina. He makes his own beef jerky, plays mandolin, and throws knives. Everyone calls him ‘Big Dave.’