February 21, 2017

Musgrove Music Distribution Provides Artists And Record Labels A Place To Be Heard On A National Platform

Musgrove Music Distribution is the hottest distribution firm for gospel artists who are ready to take their music to the next level!

Musgrove Music Distribution, powered by the distributing giant Concore/Universal Music Distribution, provides access to multiple sales platforms and exposure opportunities for artists in the Gospel and Christian music genres. Whether it’s for the independent artist who needs management and/or promotional services; or for a smaller record label that needs to have a distribution affiliate in place; Musgrove Music Distribution is the “one-stop” “go-to” resource, fulfilling the needs of artists and organizations that don’t have access to the promotional power of a major record label.

Daniel Musgrove founded the company, after observing that there is an overabundance of great Gospel/Christian music being created that will never achieve its fullest potential, nor make a substantial public impact, without sufficient support. With the backing of (and in tandem with) distribution conglomerate Concore/Universal Music Distribution, Musgrove Music Distribution works to provide not only music publishing services, but also multi-media development; marketing campaigns; promotions; booking and management; video production; and other services that would prove invaluable to the individual artist and/or up-and-coming record label.

Daniel Musgrove is a multi-media mogul in his own right, as he is the founder and CEO of Musgrove Music, Inc., which includes musgrovemusictv.com, an internet television network ministry that broadcasts to an audience of over a half-million viewers in 153 countries globally. Viewers can tune in at MMGHTV.org for their regular live dose of singing, preaching, praise, and inspiration; and all the shows’ episodes are just a click away to be viewed again at will.

Musgrove Music, Inc. also has a fully equipped, state-of-the-art, in-house digital studio that proves to be a valuable resource for prospective clients. Patrons have access to industry professionals who take the audio/visual recording needs of their clients to heart. Musgrove Music, Inc. is prepared to assist with audio and video recording, with mixing and mastering engineers on staff; music, songwriting, and production for recording artists; television production and editing; direction and advisement for television show and commercial production; multi-media marketing and artist development; scoring and soundtrack creation; and a host of other services all geared to advance a recording artist’s and/or television personality’s career goals exponentially.

Daniel Musgrove is an ordained, licensed evangelical minister of the Gospel, and he is very serious about the mandate on his life. He is committed to reaching people through every possible method, and this is reflected through his use of digital media. He is among the trailblazers of modern multi-media availability by always seeking new and interesting ways to provide to the masses greater access to the gospel of Jesus Christ. One thing that sets musgrovemusictv.com apart from other similar media outlets is that viewers can go to mmgctv.org and have the option to view live broadcasts from the network globally on any smart device (i.e. smartphone, tablet, smart television, etc.). With this option, along with links to previous broadcast episodes from the network available on YouTube and Facebook, all of Daniel Musgrove’s media accomplishments line up perfectly with his God-given life assignment: spread the “good news” of Jesus Christ, and win the lost at any cost. As Daniel so eloquently phrases it, “Praising God is our business, and business is good.”

Previously, Musgrove Music Distribution has released several musical offerings that are climbing the charts. Daniel Musgrove, in addition to his business interests, is also a successful recording artist. His single, No Matter, is a strong proclamation of determination and perseverance to live for Christ. Gloria Russell’s release, Let the Glory Return, is a beautiful plea of worship that entreats God’s Spirit to set residence in the house of worship. And Bishop Isaiah Musgrove’s single, Broken-Hearted One, is a song of hope and strength that reaches down to a believer’s place of discouragement, and pulls them back up to a place of stronger faith and encouragement.

Presently, Musgrove Music Distribution has a diverse line-up of artists that will soon permeate the radio airways nationally, via online and terrestrial radio stations. Several artists will be making their national debut in February, 2017. Leading the charge is the sound of the young urban duo Kolour with their upbeat single, U Ah Mess, that’s literally burning up the radio in local markets with its social commentary on overconfidence. James Smith & Nu-Birth brings the heat with Who Ya Working Fa, reminding us of our true purpose and calling. No Turnin Back by the Christian Rap artist G2S (feat. Andre Pope) is a smooth-flowing banger that makes a powerful statement for the believer with a made-up mind. And The Prophet (feat. Quandra and Kiarra Haley) rounds out the new release roster with The Blessing Is On The Way, a progressive, high-energy proclamation that the time of elevation and expectation is now.

Daniel Musgrove and the entire Musgrove Music, Inc. family would like to extend a word of sincere gratitude to Charve The Don, CCE and CEO of Concore Entertainment, for recognizing and embracing the vision of Musgrove Music Distribution, and for his hand in providing a solid platform for gospel/Christian artists to be heard, both now and in the future.

For more information on how to become a client of Musgrove Music Distribution, or to have one of the featured artists make an appearance at your next event, call 954.257.9955; email at daniel@musgrovemusicdistribution.com or daniel.musgrove@gmail.com; or visit the website at http://www.musgrovemusicdistribution.com/.

January 21, 2017

Women In Song At The Plaza Live Featuring Sara Watkins

New concert series features Grammy-winning Blue Grass, Folk, and Country singer-songwriter with members of the Orlando Philharmonic

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced a new series last fall called “Women In Song” at The Plaza Live. The second concert in this series features folk singer-songwriter Sara Watkins on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at The Plaza Live at 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

“From operatic to indie rock to folk and pop, these concerts feature some of the greatest talents of today performing works of their own and covers of others amazing artists,” said Eric Jacobsen, Orlando Philharmonic music director.

The concert with Sara Watkins takes place at The Plaza Live and features songs from Watkins’ latest album, Young in All the Wrong Ways. “This is a breakup album with myself…” says Sara Watkins of her third solo record. Writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be. It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships, and in some cases, how I’ve considered myself. What these songs are documenting is the turmoil you feel when you know something has to change and you’re grappling with what that means. It means you’re losing something and moving forward into the unknown.”

A string quartet from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on five songs with Watkins. Tickets to the Feb. 1 concert are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. For more information, please visit www.OrlandoPhil.org.

About the Artist:

Sara Watkins

That sense of possibility infuses the songs on Young in All the Wrong Ways with a fierce and flinty resolve, which makes this her most powerful and revealing album to date. In some ways it’s a vivid distillation of the omnivorous folk-pop-bluegrass-indie-everything-else Watkins made with Nickel Creek, yet she makes audacious jumps that push against expectations in unexpected ways. These songs contain some of the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar. But it’s also quiet, vulnerable, and tenderhearted. In other words, bold in all the right ways.

To say these are personal lyrics might be an understatement. They’re beyond personal, whether she’s confessing some long-held regret or gently consoling a friend. Young in All the Wrong Ways ends with “Tenderhearted,” a quietly assured song that Watkins wrote about a few of her heroes: women like her Grandmother Nordstrom who have weathered hard times with grace and have provided Watkins with examples of how to live her life. “They’re women who have endured so much yet emerged with love, strength and kindness. I remember someone saying, It’s so sad how much she’s had to go through. And I remember thinking, that’s why she’s such an incredible person. She faced all those trials and came out the other side.”

Watkins would never be so bold as to count herself in their company; instead, she aspires to follow their example. But Young in All the Wrong Ways does reveal an artist who has managed to transform her own turmoil into music that is beautiful and deeply moving: “God bless the tenderhearted,” she sings, “who let life overflow.”

To purchase tickets to Sara Watkins, click here.

December 21, 2016

The Wait Is Over!!!

LL Cool J
Jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop and soul bounce — music for every appetite will be had at the 12th annual Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) Music Fest, which has released another stellar lineup of artists for the ever-popular festival presented by the City of Miami Gardens.
Robin Thicke; Herbie Hancock; Morris Day and The Time; as well as Jazz in the Gardens All Stars, Will Downing, Chante Moore, Marion Meadows and headliner Jill Scott, will command the stage on Saturday’s day one.
On Sunday; Andra Day; Common; The Roots; and the ever so cool LL Cool J, featuring DJ Z-Trip, will have the focus on them.
The music festival, running March 18–19, has become one of the most anticipated South Florida events in a little over a decade. Comedian Rickey Smiley has been tapped to once again host the festival at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Tony Williams, programming director at Star 106.5 FM and Hot 91.7 FM, was excited about the artists on this year’s ticket. The show, he said, offers something for everyone. As usual he expects Bahamians to flock to South Florida for the festival.
For those persons who have yet to experience a JITG festival, he said this year’s show will be the perfect introduction to get them hooked to the JITG experience — and he assures they will be hooked.
“This is quite an interesting lineup. I think it’s pretty exciting,” said Williams.
Jill Scott, Robin Thicke, and LL Cool J have all performed at previous JITG festivals, but were such crowd pleasers that festival organizers brought them back.
“We’ve seen Jill Scott before and we know what she can do. We’ve seen Robin Thicke and he really had the crowd going. We’ve seen LL Cool J before, and I imagine they brought him back because he was a crowd pleaser,” said Williams.
Scott is an artist with a deep commitment to lyrical honesty and musical integrity. Since her debut in 2000 her career has continued to blossom.
Robin Thicke, the “Blurred Lines” and “Sex Therapy” crooner, has established himself as one of the most respected singer-songwriters in soul and R&B music
LL Cool J is known for such hip hop hits as “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”, “I’m Bad”, “Mama Said Knock You Out” as well as romantic ballads such as “Doin’ It”, “I Need Love”, “Around the Way Girl” and “Hey Lover”.
Williams says he expects Chante Moore to be exciting.
Since arriving on the R&B music scene over 15 years ago with her sensual debut single “Love’s Taken Over,” she has flourished into an accomplished female favorite. Hits like “It’s Alright”, “This Time” and “Chante’s Got a Man” have made her known as a consistent artist.
“Will Downing is a good jazz artist and should be exciting as well,” said Williams.
Downing is an artist whose work has withstood the test of time. His voice is one of the most distinctive, loved and instantly recognizable voices in R&B.
According to Williams, people will be surprised by Andra Day’s “interesting voice”.
Day’s debut album “Cheers to the Fall” was released in 2015. The album’s main single “Rise Up” was nominated for Best R&B performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Williams said to expect The Roots to be “awesome” as usual.
“They can do jazz, they can do hip-hop and are so versatile,” he said.
The hip-hop group formed in 1987 by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live instruments.
Common rose to prominence as one of hip hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists, having recorded over eight albums and garnering multiple Grammy Awards. He is one of hip-hip’s most innovative positive voices.
The programming director has never seen Herbie Hancock or Morris Day and The Time, a group from the Prince era, perform live and is looking forward to their performances.
Hancock is considered a true icon of modern music. His career has spanned five decades and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “River: The Joni Letters”.
Morris Day has demonstrated longevity. His rarefied musical style marked the 80s with trademark comical skits, trendsetting stage gadgetry and dance and R&B chartbusters like “The Walk”, “Oaktree” and “Fishnet”.
Saxophonist and contemporary jazz recording artist Marion Meadows will satisfy the craving for that genre of music fans.
The Nassau Guardian and Star 106.5 FM is going into its ninth-year partnership with JITG organizers and will once again give readers and listeners opportunities to win complete packages to the music festival, inclusive of roundtrip airline tickets with Bahamasair, hotel accommodations, rental cars with Dollar Thrifty Hertz and concert tickets. Concert tickets will also be up for the taking for Bahamians who have already made plans to be in the South Florida area and at that time.
Williams said people should read The Nassau Guardian and listen in to Star 106.5FM for details on how the packages and tickets will be won. But just in case you don’t want to wait, you can purchase concert tickets at jazzinthegardens.com.

November 21, 2016

Diana Soviero and Bernard Uzan to Become Artistic Directors of FGO's Young Artist Program

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is proud to announce the addition of new artistic leadership to the company’s nationally-recognized Young Artist Program. Beginning with the 2017-2018 season, beloved singing actress and educator Diana Soviero and acclaimed opera director Bernard Uzan will become the artistic directors of FGO’s Young Artist Program. Duties for these roles will include auditioning candidates, choosing repertoire, assigning mainstage roles and covers, and providing guidance and support for the Young Artists in their artistic growth. This addition to the FGO family will position the Young Artist Program to continue its legacy of contributing top-level talent to the next generation of opera, and will grow the program’s curriculum with a wealth of knowledge to keep it innovative and competitive.

“Bernard and Diana are not only two of the most well-respected and talented people in our industry, they are also great friends and supporters of FGO.” states Susan T. Danis, General Director and CEO of Florida Grand Opera. “Their presence will be of paramount importance to our current and future Young Artists and will elevate the prestige of our program both nationally and internationally.”

No stranger to FGO’s audiences, Diana Soviero is one of the most recognized American opera singers of the twentieth century. More than merely a vocalist, Ms. Soviero was a singing actress who lived her roles intensely on the stage. As her lyric soprano voice blossomed into a spinto with vivid colors, Ms. Soviero became a compelling interpreter of the verismo repertoire. She created a gallery of unforgettable operatic portraits in performances at leading international opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, Opéra de Paris Bastille, Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera.

Opera Magazine proclaimed Ms. Soviero as “one of the world’s great singing actresses,” as she mastered the vocal and acting skills required to make roles come alive on the operatic stage. She is particularly renowned for her interpretations of Puccini’s heroines, including Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Mimì and Musetta in La bohème, Liù in Turandot, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and the title roles in Tosca, Manon Lescaut, and Suor Angelica. She is also esteemed for her work in the French repertoire, having sung such roles as Marguerite in Faust, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and the title role in Manon. Other critically acclaimed leading roles include Violetta in La traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, Margherita in Mefistofele, and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier. Her poignant death scenes remain indelibly imprinted in the memory of all who saw her roles in productions such as Giordano’s Fedora, Suor Angelica, and Adriana Lecouvreur. Her final stage appearance was as Mrs. Desrochers in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at Baltimore Opera.

For more than a decade, Ms. Soviero has dedicated herself to teaching singers with the same passion that characterized her singing and acting career. She currently serves on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music, and teaches many of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists, giving both private lessons in her Manhattan studio and master classes across the country. She frequently conducts master classes with prestigious companies and festivals such as the Glimmerglass Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Opera Philadelphia, Palm Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Opera Tampa; institutes and conservatories such as the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Mannes School of Music, El Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, VOICExperience with Sherrill Milnes, The Israeli Institute, and universities throughout the United States, including the University of Hawaii (in conjunction with Hawaii Opera Theatre), the University of Wisconsin, Université de Montréal, Lawrence University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

In June of 2011, she was awarded the V.E.R.A. (Voice Education Research Award) from The Voice Foundation, was hailed as a Master Teacher, and is now an official member of their board of directors. In September 2012, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Giulio Gari Foundation, and was also named an official voice instructor for the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. In May 2014, Diana was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Gerda Lissner Foundation.

Bernard Uzan has dedicated his life to the development of the performing arts industry for the past 50 years. His extensive background in the Performing Arts includes great achievement as a General Director, Artistic Director, Stage Director, Artist Manager, Set Designer, Librettist, Educator, Actor, and published novelist and Internet journalist. Last year, Mr. Uzan received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Giulio Gari Foundation.

In 1982, he directed his first operas with Opera Saratoga (Pagliacci), Opera Philadelphia (La rondine), and Michigan Opera Theatre (La traviata and Faust). In 1984, he directed Carmen for the Tulsa Opera, returning the following year for Faust with Neil Shicoff, Samuel Ramey, and Diana Soviero. He was subsequently appointed General Director. In 1986, he directed a new production of Roméo et Juliette for Opéra de Montréal.

Two years later, he was appointed General and Artistic Director of Opéra de Montréal, and remained from 1988 to 2002. He brought the company great financial success and international artistic renown. He supplemented the standard operatic canon by programming lesser- known and contemporary pieces, and world premieres such as Thérèse Raquin by Tobias Picker and Nelligan by André Gagnon.

As a stage director and producer, his 415 productions have won numerous awards and appeared on the stages of more than 100 opera companies throughout the world in such cities as Buenos Aires, Caracas, Catania, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Mexico City, Miami, Monte Carlo, Palermo, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Santiago, Seattle, Zurich, Toronto, Vancouver, and Erfurt, where his recent production of Carmen was voted Best Production of the Year. He is also a co-designer of more than 50 opera productions.

Committed to nurturing the artists of tomorrow, Mr. Uzan continues teaching courses, classes, and workshops as an integral part of his busy schedule. He has served on the faculties of Wellesley College, Middlebury College, Sarah Lawrence University, and Mount Holyoke College, in addition to directing young artist programs. He is also the co-founder and director of Uzan International Artists, a leader in international artist management, with a diverse roster including classical singers for opera and concert, actors for stage and screen, directors, designers, and conductors.

Mr. Uzan recently added the title of librettist to his ever -growing and impressive history with opera and the arts. Based upon the original play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Uzan wrote the libretto for Cyrano, with a score composed by David DiChiera, which premièred in the fall of 2007 at Michigan Opera Theatre to great acclaim, and had subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia and Florida Grand Opera. The production is scheduled to be revived in multiple cities in the next two seasons.

In 2008, his novel The Shattered Sky was published both in French and English by Enigma Books, and became Mr. Uzan’s first English- language published work. His blog, The Wooden Sword, has an avid fan base, and will soon be collated to create his second published novel.

October 21, 2016

Jessie Abbey: From California to Florida

Jessie Abbey

Two weeks ago most of us who live on the eastern shores of Florida braced in anticipation of a very strong storm that wreaked havoc throughout the Caribbean Islands. Florida was sure to feel the effects of the very large storm, therefore we all prepared the best we could. After the storm passed I contacted this weeks’ featured artist Jessie Abbey to see if all was okay. She assured me that she did not incur any major damage and everything was fine. Moreover, I am happy to feature a musician from the Daytona, Florida area for the second consecutive month. I’m sure all of you reading Florida Music Letter will enjoy the music of Jessie Abbey and find her story very compelling.

Jessie Abbey is the keyboard player, lead singer and co-founding member of indie pop outfit, Musical Charis. Since 2008, they have released 7 albums and toured nationally before a recent move from California to Florida for a change of creative scenery and a chance to explore other markets across the United States. The relocation of the band has given her new-found freedom to explore deeper avenues of music rooted in her childhood upbringing as a lover of retro-folk, reminiscent of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. She has nestled into a vocally haunting, folk-influenced sound giving fans a more intimate look into her craft as a solo performer. She will release a long-awaited and highly-anticipated solo project "The Deep and the Sea" EP on November 4th of 2016.

As I reflected upon the story of Musical Charis moving from California to Florida, I must say I became very interested in their story. Many times I’ve seen musicians make the move in the opposite direction. California offers various opportunities not found in Florida, especially Northern Florida. South Florida can be a nice place for those looking for a start in the musical industry. However, the chosen music genre could be a deciding factor. California possesses almost limitless resources for those interested in a career in entertainment of all kinds.

The one thing I noticed about the move as far as Abbey and Musical Charis were concerned: the reasons for the move had more to do with the creative process. Of course, the southeastern United States might help with the style of folk based music. Now we will get a chance to hear for ourselves and judge if the move was truly beneficial.

The official music video for the first single on the record "The Deep and the Sea" was released in early September followed by the official release of the 5 song EP on November 4th, 2016.  She will promote the release on several mini East Coast tours in the fall and winter as well as a return to the West Coast in spring of 2016 to bring the album back to her roots in Sacramento, CA.

September 21, 2016

Progressive Americana-Rock Band GREYE Release New Album The Worrier

Florida based Progressive Americana band GREYE have released their new album The Worrier via Lakehouse Records.

What happens when you combine traditional acoustic folk instruments and add guitar influences from the likes of John Butler, Brian May, or Greg Lake?

But wait there's more, now add bass lines inspired by Alex Lifeson and yes even video games, back beats reminiscent of Steely Dan, Traffic, Motown or even YES -all of which create the pallet for the really interesting part...the lyrics!

The result is a very eclectic, rhythmic, groovy, refreshing approach to modern music...they call themselves GREYE and they call their music Progressive Americana! After all, the world is not just black and white but many, many shades of GREYE!

“GREYE” a Daytona Beach, Florida based group of musicians is comprised of five members: Hannah Summer (vocals), Jett Wolfe (guitar and vocals), Josh Reid (bass and vocals), and Ray Grimard (drums and percussion), Ken-e Williams (keyboards and vocals).

The band is currently on tour supporting their new release. You can find more information as well as upcoming shows on the band's website: GREYEmusic.com.

IndieBandGuru.com says about the lead single "The Worrier", "Right from the first note the dark funk grabs the listener’s attention. Enter Hannah’s sultry vocals and you are now fully involved. They build into all out power as she hits the chorus hard. The band is tight as GREYE takes you on a journey through the song. That same bassline weaves its way into your head and will be there long after the song comes to a close."

GREYE formed in the spring of 2013, the chance meeting of all its members happened almost by accident. Hannah, Jett, and Josh originally formed an acoustic trio called “Locals Only" in order to enter the 2013 Sea breeze High School Battle of the Bands. They played only one song called GREY. The band finished in the runner up position. All three were very pleased with their performance. However, there was one variable they were unaware of when they went home that Thursday evening.

In the audience that night was a teacher who also was a musician/studio engineer and studio owner who saw magic in the three musicians on that auditorium stage. The next day he approached the bass player Josh and asked if he would be interested in coming by the studio with his two friends and jamming with a drummer. The next week all four met at Ray’s studio beginning the process to see if the magic could include an additional player... and one that was definitely not a contemporary.

Initially, Ray's approach was to develop a sound then replace the drummer (himself) and he would just assume the role of producer and engineer. However, much to his surprise the band insisted that he stay on as both the producer and the drummer. The combination of different influences and varied years of experience has absolutely exceeded the vision Ray envisioned on that high school stage.

For the last 30 months these four members embarked on a very rigorous and disciplined approach to both putting a band together and writing and recording their own music. Rehearsing as much as 20 hours a week has become the norm for this band. In November 2014, GREYE added an additional member to its lineup; Ken-E Williams. Ken-E a veteran successful musician in his own right, adds additional keyboard magic and brings the already unique GREYE sound to an even higher level.

In 2014, the band released their critically acclaimed 14 song first album "Providence." Songs from "Providence" found themselves in heavy rotation in multiple radio stations across the globe and resulted in a BMI invitation to play the 2015 Key West Songwriters Festival; the top songwriters festival in the world. In 2015, GREYE released their second album "The Tube”.

Like Providence, "The Tube" is a very musical collection of 14 songs. Each song paints a different story and allows the listener to become part of the journey. The harmony between the acoustic guitars, piano. and acoustic drums create a solid and musical groove that support each individual song's lyrics.

So, do yourself a favor and catch GREYE live or at least visit their website at GREYEMUSIC.com – we guarantee that you will find either experience very musically refreshing.