Author: george

  • Ras Iba – from Indie Label to Just Plain Indie

    Ras Iba has been all over the world performing his music.  Large stages accomodate him and his high energy show.  His messages are positive and powerful, speaking of change, liberation, peace, love and the things that a beautiful world can be made of.  He’s recently gone from the comfort of an indie label to being…

  • The Top Ten Success Don’ts

    A phenominal young man. When Gyasi was a young teenager, his mother brought him to a professional African drummer and dancer for drumming lessons.  At the end of that one lesson, the instructor said to her, “Gyasi needs to play for me in my performance troupe.” So at the age of thirteen, Gyasi played professionally…

  • Music Workshops – Learn from one of the Best in the Industry

        Attention all Indie Artists and Music Institutions:     Dr. Richard Niles, who has three decades of experience in the major music industry is now sharing his knowledge and expertise through his Professional Music Workshops. Never heard of him? Well, people like Tina Turner, Pat Methany, Denise Williams, Mariah Carey (and the list…

  • Saara Sallinen – Two Jobs, A Guitar and the Responsibility of Music

    Saara Sallinen – Two Jobs, A Guitar and the Responsibility of Music

    We’re sharing the inspirational story of Saara, a young lady with two jobs and a guitar.  She recently picked up the guitar and started learning how to play it and finds that the instrument is slowly taking her on a journey deeper into music and thus deeper into herself.  Survival has her working two jobs,…

  • From Bloomfield To The Big Time: A Rose Grows Into A Princess

    In her ever-evolving career, Anika Noni Rose has been a star of Broadway, TV and film, and a concert artist. One thing she never has been is the leading lady in a major motion picture. Until now. This Friday, Rose — Bloomfield High School, Class of 1990 — crosses that threshold in a major way,…

  • Sammy Morales – It’s Never Too Late

      I found Sammy Morales on an indie artist site late in 2008.  I heard this entrancing, melodic voice and was moved.  He said the cd was in the works and would be done later in 2009; I patiently waited, then contacted him again and was pleased to find out it was done.  My teenager said…

  • Alicia Keys: Finding Purpose Beyond Music and Hitting All the Right Notes

    The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter discusses her own keys to success Reposted from Success Magazine    Mike  Zimmerman  November 30, 2009  A couple of years ago, a woman approached Alicia Keys before she went onstage for a show and asked if she would be playing her 2005 hit “Unbreakable” that night. “I really don’t know,”…

  • First Impressions…

    First Impressions are now more important than ever. Everyone is tired of that same old  phrase “you only get one chance to make a first impression”. It is repeated ad nauseum from business schools to beauty pageants and everywhere in between. As much as I would rather say to throw away the stuffy old phrases, parables…

  • Why We Talk to Indie Artists

    I have a degree of selfishness with this endeavor.  I love music and I am fascinated by people’s stories:  Who are you?  How did you get to where you are?  What’s your next step?  What worked for you?  What didn’t?  Are you doing what you are?  If not, why not or when will you start?  I…

  • Independent Radio Promotion With Munsey Ricci

    Reposted from Rick Goetz’s  http://MusicianCoaching.com             Independent Radio Promotion With Munsey Ricci Posted: 17 Nov 2009 06:55 AM PST Munsey Ricci runs an independent Radio promotion and marketing company called Skateboard Marketing.  Skateboard Marketing puts hard rock and metal acts on Active Rock, Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations and College…

  • Why and Who The Hell Are We Charging?

    Reposted from:  http://www.musictalksedu.net/ Submitted by David Knight on Sun, 11/15/2009 – 10:35pm I was reading the comments from the enough is enough, damn it article and by the way. John M., owner of M-PIRE Recording Studio, a beautiful recording studio in Los Angeles added a comment that I fully agree with. But at the same time,…

  • Amatuers and Pros – the School of Hard Knocks

    “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” That’s an old saying and one that I have found to be quite true.  I began my journey as a “recording artist” and “songwriter” in 2005.  I left the lounge and band scene to do my own stuff.  One of the first things that I learned is…