2.24.2009

TMG Artist Spotlight: Mike Calhoun


This week on the TMG artist spotlight we feature Mr. Mike Calhoun, dedicated guitarist who's worked with some of the biggest names in the business. His co-writing on a Grammy Award winning album is sure to secure his name in this fast-paced music scene. Here we catch a glimpse at his thoughts on the music scene.

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1. When did you begin singing/performing?
I started playing guitar in high school and playing in clubs in the evenings right out of high school.

2. What inspired you to begin singing/performing?
Songs by the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix inspired me, along with Motown and of course, the girls like you when you play guitar.

3. What kind of hurdles, if any, did you have to go through to be where you are today?
Playing with some of my white friends back in those days became a racial issue with their parents but I overcame this. And getting into clubs at an early age as I was not old enough to drink, trying to look older so I would fit in. People try to take advantage of your talent and you can end up being used.

4. What would you tell other aspiring artists about the music/recording scene?
Educate yourself on the business and if first you don't succeed try, try again and never quit.

5. How would you describe your musical style?
It's very versatile, pop, R&B, inspirational, rock, funk, jazz, etc...

6. What has been your most embarrassing moment singing/performing in front of a large audience?
While playing the guitar, my trousers fell down, so I slowly backed off the stage. Not sure who saw this but I kept on playing.

7. Do you prefer the studio or the stage? Why?
The stage of course, when I have a good belt on. I love the interaction of the crowd as I'm known to be a crowd pleaser in large circles. I love to perform. To perform onstage at the "Topping Off" ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Womack was history making. However, the studio is great also, as this brings out the creative side of me. Recording records for Motown, MCA, Island and 20th Century Fox/RCA records was the thrill of my life, working with Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind and Fire, Eddie LeVert (The Ojays), Gerald LeVert, and of course the master, Berry Gordy. To have my name on a Grammy Award Winning record on the Motown label (I co-wrote the flipside of "Let It Whip" by the Dazz Band) is truly a blessing.

8. Have you started writing your next album?
I have three full CDs written, recorded and mixed already just waiting for distribution.

9. Do you have any gigs lined up in the near future? If so, where?
Upon the release of "The One", I have a number of bookings awaiting me. The House of Blues (Cleveland) has been on my schedule for the past two years, and (God willing) will continue to be.

www.myspace.com/calzoneinblue
www.myspace.com/holyghostband1
soul-patrol.com
soul-patrol.net
soultracks.com (artist information)
dazzbandfunk/funkacrossthewire/yahoo.com

E-mail address - mikecalzone@sbcglobal.net
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Thanks Mike!

Be sure to catch this jazzy hit when it debuts on May 5, 2009!

2.16.2009

TMG Artist Spotlight: Juda


This week's artist spotlight focuses on the talents of Juda. With an unstoppable passion for God, Juda writes songs that speak truth to encourage anyone going through hard times. Her contemporary music has an eclectic blend of jazz and ethnic instruments.

1. When did you begin singing/performing?

I've sung in choirs and praise teams for all my life. But it wasn't until 2005 that I began to sing solo.

2. What inspired you to begin singing/performing?

Meeting my birth mother in 2005. When she told me I was conceived by 8 men attacking her, I just cried. She patted my shoulder and said,"Honey, stop your crying. I've forgiven those men and look what God has done. He has brought you back to me. God is faithful!" I was inspired to write God is Faithful and gave it to her on my Valentine birthday. Others heard it and encouraged me to do a full CD.

3. What kind of hurdles, if any, did you have to go through to be where you are today?

Feeling unworthy at first was the biggest hurdle. But with God there was a quick turn around and He placed everything in place to complete the whole project even providing financial supporters.

4. What would you tell other aspiring artists about the music/recording scene?

Trust God in every thing.


5. How would you describe your musical style?

[It's] eclectic with world sounds and lots of rhythm

6. What has been your most embarrassing moment singing/performing in front of an large audience?

Luckily it wasn't a large audience when I forgot my own words!


7. Do you prefer the studio or the stage? Why?

[I] love both. [The] studio for it's creative possibility and [the] stage for ministering to hurting people.


8. Have you started writing your next album?

I do have more songs I am working on.


9. Do you have any gigs lined up in the near future? If so, where?

Most of my gigs wrap around speaking events. I have been invited to Harvard. Date to scheduled. Also I will be speaking and singing at the Republican party group in Houston Texas. Daystar TV will be interviewing me sometime in April.


www.juda4praise.com
www.shoutlife.com/juda4praise

Thank you, Juda!

Be sure to check out new TMG artist, Juda, here at TMG or at your local music stores, set to hit the shelves on 4.14.09!

2.10.2009

TMG Artist Spotlight: Pieces of Influence


This week on the artist spotlight, we feature a band who is tearing up the stage with their rocking performances. Pieces of Influence is set to hit stores this February and they guarantee to rock!

1. When did you begin singing/performing?
I began as a self-taught guitarist at the age of 14, playing in front of an audience at the "Ye Old Whaler" in Easton, MD at the age of 15.

2. What inspired you to begin singing/performing?
I used to listen to Kiss albums in my bedroom and play fake guitar with a tennis racket all day and night probably as early as the age 11, but I think I was truly inspired by my grandfather, Perry Clark, who use to visit us and bring his guitar to play. I remember sitting on his lap while he would play and I was so small I could barely get my little arms over the top of his big Gibson E-S models.

3. What kind of hurdles, if any, did you have to go through to be where you are today?
Hurdles?!!!...wow, life has been been one huge hurdle but the biggest I believe was raising my children and sacrificing a music career in order to do that. Once grown, I could pursue my music again and the persistence proved to pay off.

4. What would you tell other aspiring artists about the music/recording scene?
It's tough. You have to be willing to ACCEPT criticism and make room for change and remember that music is like this: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Sure it does, just no one can HEAR IT. Your music always starts as just that..so be willing to let people tell you what they want to hear and adapt to that, if you want to be heard. Don't be that tree that fell and no one was around to hear your noise.

5. How would you describe your musical style?
Musical style? [I would] describe that as "MINE".

6. What has been your most embarrassing moment singing/performing in front of an large audience?
One time on New Years Eve, I was rockin' out on stage and stepped backwards, tripping over the drum riser, landing flat on my back while taking out a couple of cymbal stands on the way. And since I was the only guitarist in a 3 piece band, I couldn't stop playing, and proudly never missed one note!!!

7. Do you prefer the studio or the stage? Why?
I froth at the mouth for both. But I have to say it's a 2-part process for me. One goes hand in hand with the other. As an artist, the studio is my laboratory, it's where I love to work and create. Usually I write stuff "on the spot" as everything just comes together, and then I use the stage as my playground where I can display all the hard work that went into the creation and just have a lot of fun with it.

8. Have you started writing your next album?
[We] already have 75% of the next album written and still coming up with new material everyday. Now its just a matter of piecing it all together. The band is recording a song called "Figured It Out" in AMI Studios on February 17th.

9. Do you have any gigs lined up in the near future? If so, where?
[We have a] cd release party at The Greene Turtle in Easton, MD on 3/27/09 and our agent, Guy Nelson of WhyteBeard Productions, is putting together a tour immediately following that. We'll travel as far north as New York, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and he has put us in for an overseas tour performing for our troops....WOW!!!

10. What is your website address or contact info, where people can find more info?
www.myspace.com/pcsofinfluence
www.ourstage.com/piecesofinfluence
www.piecesofinfluence.com (under construction)

Thank you for your interest!

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Thanks, Tod!

Be sure to check out Pieces of Influence's new album, Unspoken Voices, from TMG Studios, set to hit stores February 24, 2009!