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On the Front Porch with Gary Chapman

It's apparent that Gary is in a great season of life. Fans may remember Gary has wrestled with his demons. Haven't we all!? But today, he is settled and happy in his life with wife Cassie and new baby daughter, as well as his children from first wife, Christian cross-over artist, Amy Grant.

Listeners might think that this album falls under the Christian genre, but I choose to differ in this opinion. Most music artists write and sing about their reality. Gary's singing about life. . . his life. . . mine too and maybe yours! : )

I'm not much of a lover of Country Music, okay okay... I'm a closet Country lover. I cried when I saw the Grand Ole Opry's Ryman Hall last Spring for the first time!!! I digress -  but as I've said over the years - look it up : ) - good music surpasses all genres. This is a solid project that I believe is radio worthy. I've always loved Gary's robust tone. He's awesome! Some moments I felt like I was listening to the great …

Sugaray Rayford Tears it Up with Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes at Seattle's Highway 99 Blues Club

Ending an 9 day tour and what he called; barely able to sing, Sugaray Rayford, of The Mannish Boys showed everybody how blues is supposed to be sung. And seeing him at Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle, Saturday night, Oct. 26, 2013 was the place to see Sugaray tear the roof off that sucker with a sold out crowd ready to cut a rug on the dance floor or move in their seats or just dance and sway in their happy spot.

Highway 99 Blues Club is definitely "thee" place  hear the blues live.  The crowd was ready to get down, but I don't think they really knew what they were getting themselves into.

Talking to some around me, I was pleasantly surprised to find that several had come out to see him live because they'd seen him on Youtube. They did know about Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes. What a band!

Figuring that this is how he was discovered by blues lovers up here in the Northwest via Youtube, I figured I'd write less and show you what I recorded instead. With Kevin Sel…

It's "Dangerously Close" for BLOODGOOD

Christian Rockers, BLOODGOOD are making a strong comeback with their first studio album in over 20 years with "DANGEOUSLY CLOSE." These pioneers in the Christian/White metal scene haven't lost their touch and look better than ever!

Check out the new video, "Lamb of God."

Watch for the album to be released in late November. Can't wait for the late release?  Go right to the source and get it after November 1st!

Download of "Lamb of God" is available NOW!  GET IT AND THEN ROCK IT LOUD AND HARD!!


I've been a fan of this man for over 30 years.
So happy to make this announcement!
Congratulations Gary!

October 22, 2013

Chapman’s first studio album in over a decade, due November 5th from Merf Music Group, features special appearances by Alison Krauss, John Rich, Tanya Tucker, Rebecca Lynn Howard and more.

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Award-winning singer-songwriter Gary Chapman returns with THE TRUTH, due on November 5th from Music Row-based Merf Music Group and distribution partners Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution. The long-anticipated collection of songs is the first studio album from Chapman since 2002.

THE TRUTH features sixteen new studio recordings, with special vocal appearances from some of Chapman’s friends and family. Allison Krauss joins him on “If God Had a Front Porch,” John Rich and Tanya Tucker show up on “The Rough Crowd,” and Rebecca Lynn Howard sits in on “When I Say.” On a more person…

Eddie Murphy Returns to His First Love with "Red Light" ft Snoop Lion

All I can say is I am so glad to see multi talent; Eddie Murphy returning to music.  I've always felt this guy had an amazing voice! And in listening to his newest release of "Red Light" ft Snoop Lion aka Snoop Dog, I am in awe. 

To tell you all the truth, people, Reggae isn't even my music of choice.
But this is one good song with a thought provoking message.

Dang, Eddie Murphy has such
a smooth sexy velvety voice!
I absolutely love it! And the way he looks so natural in this setting, as if he'd been pursuing music for years! I would love to see him perform in some our best "smaller" clubs. As far as all the musicians on this record, they are stellar! Snoop of course, is always on! GREAT SONG, EDDIE!! Glad to see you back in this arena! Maybe we'll see you as the musical guest on SNL! Wouldn't that be a riot!? Tear it up, when you get there! You have a hit here with "Red Light." FACEBOOK TWITTER 

George Duke: Gone Too Soon

There are just no words to say how sad I am to learn of the passing of Grammy Award Winning musician, George Duke. He fought a courageous battle of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. At 67 years of age, he submitted to that disease today.

I hate that I am at this age to see so many great people I grew up listening to who contributed to forming my vast musical tastes, pass away like this. Unless the younger generation are musicians themselves, they will never understand what it's like to lose a legend like Mr. George Duke. He wasn't JUST a jazz icon. He is part of what makes R & B, Pop, Funk and Hip Hop what it is today!
George Duke was the epitome of the "musician's musician." His solo career was stellar. Never stagnant, he was always reinventing himself and giving himself to new styles of music working with the likes of Daft Punk, Ice Cube and others. His who's who in music, from the 1960's up to his passing is absolutely incredible, like Al Jarreau, Anit…

Mylon Le Fevre Talks Rock and Roll, Drugs, Elvis and Jesus in New Autobiography from Heritage Builders

July 23, 2013

(CLOVIS, California)

-- Heritage Builders is proud to announce the release of Mylon Le Fevre’s autobiography, "Live Forever." With help from his wife Christi, the GRAMMY and Dove Award winner is telling his own story, for the very first time, in this exciting new book which is available now wherever books are sold.

“When I was 17, Elvis Presley recorded a song I wrote and from then on my life was a whirlwind ride of a rock and roll fantasy that you couldn’t make up if you tried,” says Le Fevre. “This is my story. From playing stadiums, coliseums and getting high with some of the biggest rock stars in the world to being strung out on heroin and cocaine and trapped in a seemingly hopeless pit of depression and loneliness, its all here, the good, bad and the ugly. I did finally find what I was looking for, but it wasn’t in drugs, money or fame. I found God.”

Le Fevre was just 17 years old and in the Army when he wrote his first song, "Witho…

I felt like a teenager at the Paul McCartney Show!

You may not know this, but I also write for a local online streaming radio station.

It's Vinyl Radio. The address is

My latest article is on my review of Sir Paul McCartney baptizing Seattle Mariner's Safeco Field!

What an amazing concert!

I screamed like a teenager!! : )

The review is here

Mirza Zaza es Caramelo del Los Oídos (Ear Candy)

It's always exciting for me to hear new music, especially when it's in my native language of Spanish, which unfortunately, I do not speak very well. But I love listening to it. Had an opportunity to listen to something that turned my head around from a group of guys out of Benidorm, Spain.
Mirza Zaza
Their upcoming EP, "ATLAS" which is due to be released July 22nd is a must hear!  
Let me introduce the band. They are: Jordi Cantó on Bass
Jorge Garcia on Drums / Vocals
Josema Torrente on Lead Vocals
Nando Díaz on Guitar / Vocals
Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas of alternative rock group; MUTEMATH was the producer of "ATLAS."In fact, Roy did more than produce this project. He programmed, wrote, engineered, and played on it. Being a long time fan of MUTEMATH, I could tell that this had a MUTEMATH flavor to it. But don't expect it to be a MUTEMATH clone. This EP stands on it's own. The band released a promo video "Tu Voz" which I think I've listen to at l…

The Doors' Drummer John Densmore on Book Tour

John Densmore will be making two appearances in Seattle.  Watch for my interview with this legend soon after. 

Fitz and the Tantrums are Walking to The Sound of Their Own Drum

I don't know where I've been that I'd hadn't heard of this band! But I will tell you this, their albums will definitely be a staple in my music library from now on.

Fitz and the Tantrums, who hail from the Los Angeles area, definitely encompass the L.A. Sound as well as Motown, 80's New Wave, Pop and Rock and Soul.

The Tour starts in Seattle
Thanks to my friend, photographer Steve Bartlett, I was able to attend my first of what may become, many Fitz and The Tantrums shows at Seattle's "Columbia City Theatre." What a great venue! This was the first night of their Spring Tour to kick off their new album "More Than Just A Dream."

The Band is:
Michael Fitzpatrick
Noelle Scaggs
Joseph Karnes
James King
Jeremy Ruzumna
John Wicks

Playing to a sold out crowd, they rocked the house! They knew their night at the Columbia City Theatre was going to be a success. They were there to party! It was awesome!

What was surprising to me were the varying age…

Fitz and The Tantrums Hype Machine Album Premiere & More News



Hype Machine just premiered the new Fitz and the Tantrums album More Than Just A Dream (out May 7th)here.


The band will be performing on the outside stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 8th - if you are in LA and would like to come to the show, click here.

Watch/Share/Embed the video for the band's first single, "Out of My League," HERE.

Upcoming tour dates here.

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Seattle's Super Jam puts the Squeeze on at The Triple Door

I've always been a fan of British New Wave, Pop band Squeeze. So it was pretty cool to attend the April 12th show at Seattle's Triple Door of the Squeeze tribute done by some fantastic Seattle musicians going by the name of "Super Jam."

The show was titled, “Super Jam Plays Squeeze” and was presented by Roseta Productions. Super Jam performed Squeeze’s 1982 hit album “Singles 45’s and Under” in it's entirety with a few extras thrown in.

If you are familiar with the Seattle music scene and you were at this event, then you might have recognized everyone in the band. "Super Jam" included members of "Apple Jam," "Lucas Field," and "80s Invasion."

The band members were:
Rick Lovrovich (lead vocals, bass)
Jakael Tristram (lead vocals, guitar)
Shane Peck (drums)
Mark Romanowski (guitar, backing vocals)
Mark Zyla (keyboards)
Back ups were:
Esther Bentson & Cathy Sorbo

There were a few guest performers as well which add…

PSY's "Gentlemen M/V" #EpicFail

It pains me to say this!
But at this point, my husband was right when he said that PSY was a one-hit wonder. I said "How can you say that? He is totally famous in his country! There is no way! This guy is unbelievably talented! You just watch the next song is going to be even better than "Gangnam Style!"

PSY's latest single/video "M/V Gentlemen" has finally been released.

Lesson One: Don't try and out do what you did before.

"Gangnam Style" wasn't a great song, but it made history! It was catchy, bouncy and cutting edge as far as it's video work.

I have watched "M/V Gentlemen" several times and cannot believe what I am watching! There is really nothing original about the video. Sure, there isn't a horse or red Mercedes in this one. But he's got the same people that were in his other video, like the yellow suited guy.

I am really disappointed to say the least! I don't know who he is listening t…

Christafari's 'Reggae Worship'

April 9, 2013

Christafari's 'Reggae Worship' Jumps to #1 on Billboard Reggae Albums Chart
9 months after being released, album jumps to #1 – making Christafari the first Christian band in Billboard history to top the Reggae chart.

(LOS ANGELES, California) -- Nearly nine months after it was first released, Gospel reggae pioneers Christafari have jumped to #1 on this week’s Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with their latest album, Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival. While Christafari is no stranger to the Top 10 on the Reggae chart, this marks the first time in Billboard’s history that a Christian band has secured the top spot.

On Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival (Lion of Zion Entertainment), Christafari reworks classic hymns, reinterprets many of today's top worship anthems and gives fans a handful of original worship songs that truly capture the band's signature sound.

"We've been blown away by the positive response from our fans and the …

The Spinners Lead Singer Passes at 76

The Spinners aka The Detroit Spinners lost it's 4th original member, Bobby (Bobbie) Smith on Saturday, March 16th.
It's so sad when you find that one of your favorite artists have died. The Thursday prior to his passing, I was one of the lucky ones to have just seen The Spinners perform here in the Seattle area. During the show, t was announced that Bobby was feeling under the weather and would not be a part of that evening's show.  I was so disappointed because having been brought up at the height of The Spinners career, I was looking forward to seeing Bobby sing some of my favorite songs, such as "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," "Games People Play" and others.
This great artist will be missed! Condolences to his family, friends and fellow members of The Spinners.
Check out my article at Vinyl Radio for a recap of the show.

Whosoever South Blends Country and Hip Hop with a Gospel Message on Debut Album “Goin’ Home”

March 18, 2013

Whosoever South Blends Country and Hip Hop with a Gospel Message on Debut Album “Goin’ Home”Album drops May 14th. Debut Single, “Where We From,” is available now at iTunes.

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Straight out of southern Georgia, Whosoever South blends country and hip hop with a Gospel message on their debut album, Goin’ Home, due May 14th from Pit Bull Productions. Produced by Asaf Fulks (Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Tyga, Courtney Stodden), Goin’ Home can only be classified as a genre all it’s own: Country Crunk.

Whosoever South combines street savvy influences like TobyMac and Lecrae with country and bluegrass styles similar to the T Bone Burnett-produced O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, for an unconventional but infectious bass-thumping sound that serves as the catalyst for a dynamic ministry already making a major impact throughout the south.

Husband and wife Rowdy Eunice and Sarah Eunice along with longtime musical partner Mike Mitchell make …

Scott Krippayne's Hymns

What can be said of an artist who records and releases "another" hymns album? 
Maybe the reactions out there might be, "oh no, do we really need another album on hymns?" 

Okay, I'll be truthful. . . I've been known to say that a few times.
Maybe because, I'm thinking the classic hymns are going to be given some new twist to make them interesting to the listener or the artist wants to get alittle artsy with them.

Well let me tell you. . . you won't find that here. 

Long time singer / songwriter Scott Krippayne, whose 2007 song "This Is My Now" co-written by Jeff Peabody and sung by American Idol's Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, has taken a chance by releasing his own, "Hymns." 

Don't Try and Reinvent the Wheel

I love the title. . . "Hymns." 

What you see is what you get! 

Hymns are as American as "Baseball, French Fries, Apple Pie and Chevrolet."
HAHAHA! Sorry. . .I couldn't resist. 
If you're as old as I …