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Episode 57: Sandra McCracken

Sandra McCracken is a prolific singer-songwriter and modern-day hymn writer whose songs like “We Will Feast In The House Of Zion,” "God’s Highway" and “Thy Mercy My God” have settled into regular rotation in churches internationally. Her music has been featured by All Sons And Daughters, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Audrey Assad, Indelible Grace, BiFrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She has also been a guest contributor for The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, She Reads Truth, Art House America Blog, Relevant Magazine and other publications. After releasing Steadfast Live, a live CD/DVD shot at Art House in Nashville, TN in 2017, Sandra released Songs From The Valley in early 2018. This album was written during the same season as the songs from Psalms and are narrative songs, companions to David’s comforting words. They are songs of friendship, sorrow and comfort. At home in Nashville, with her two young children chiming in, Sandra contributes to Rain For Roots, producing timeless, gospel folk-songs for God’s children of all ages.

 

 

February 16, 2019

Episode 113: The Power DISC

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Episode 113: The Power DISC

Joining me on the show today is Scott Bailey — a sales professional and Sandler Sales Mastery Subject Matter Expert.  Scott has facilitated over 250 Sandler Two-Day Boot Camps and taught a lot of people the right way to sell things over the past 25 years. 

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Episode 112: The Super Bowl of Marketing

It’s been called everything from The Big Game (due to trademark licensing issues) to The Super Bowl of Super Bowls. It’s marketing’s biggest day/night and so we’re gonna talk about it.  Who won? Who lost, who gained ground and who really blew it.  Join me for a Lombardi trophy hoisting edition of the May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Media!  
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Thom Rotella - Making It as a Professional Instrumentalist and Composer

Now a talented instrumentalist and composer, Thom Rotella has achieved both critical and commercial success. He has produced and recorded 11 CDs as a leader that have garnered listeners throughout the world for many years. He has also had a thriving career writing and playing for television and films, as well as being an in-demand session player. 

Rotella has performing and recording credits with a wide variety of world-renowned artists across the musical spectrum, including Norah Jones, D onna Summer, Frank Sinatra, Cher, The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, Luciano Pavarotti, Seth MacFarland, David Foster, Stanley Turrentine, Tom Scott, Rick Braun, Gerald Ablright and Gregg Karukas.
February 4, 2019

Ep. 111: NAMM Right!

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Ep. 111: NAMM Right!

It’s the world’s biggest and craziest music products show and anyone who ever WAS anyone was there — it’s The NAMM Show straight from the Tragic Kingdom of Anaheim, California and your fearless host, Scott R was there working, hosting stuff and playing with all of the latest and coolest music gear. Tune in and hear from companies like BandLab, Adam Hall, Morley Wi Digital Systems and more on another fun filled episode of May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Radio! 

January 21, 2019

Episode 110: CE-Hell Yes!

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Episode 110: CE-Hell Yes!

When one show just isn’t enough to cram in all of the juicy interview content you got on the show floor, you do two shows.  And this one includes interviews with Audio Technica, The Rocking Bed, Yo Sperm Tests, The Pocketalk Translator, And Autel Drones…  I mean that is something for everyone, right?  Tune in and be informed, entertained and amazed — in that order! 

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Vicki Randle - Making it as The First Female Member of the Tonight Show Band

Vicki Randle (born December 11, 1954 in San Francisco, California) is an American singermulti-instrumentalist(primarily acoustic guitar and percussion) and composer, known as the first (and only) female member of The Tonight Show Band,starting with host Jay Leno in 1992.

She began her career as a singer-songwriter/guitarist, playing in such venues as the Bla-Bla Cafe and The Ice House. She also recorded and toured with several women's music artists, such as Cris WilliamsonFerron, and Linda Tillery.

Vicki continued her association with Jay Leno under his new five-nights-a-week "The Jay Leno Show" on NBC as a musician with Kevin Eubank's renamed "Primetime Band." The show premiered Sept. 14, 2009. She returned to The Tonight Show with the primetime show's cancellation.

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Episode 109: CE-Yes! (or no?)

It’s the world’s biggest tech show with everything from autonomous flying taxi drones to the AIs and robots that will take over this planet in the coming years and literally everything tech in between.  It’s CES and yes, it was big, it was crowded and it was full of winners and losers brand-wise.  Join me as I talk with some of the more interesting exhibitors from Blue Microphones to the world’s first cat genetics test on another Golden Globe-winning edition of May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Radio.

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Episode 56: Erick Cole - Grammy Winning Artist

Erick Cole is a professional musician, songwriter, and artist originally from Nashville. Upon graduation from Belmont University, in typical tight-knit Nashville fashion, the debut CD of Erick’s band other ended up in the ears of Christian music powerhouse dc Talk. One thing lead to another, and Erick began co-writing and recording with vocalist Kevin Max. Soon after, he toured the U.S. on dc Talk’s Solo Tour. That partnership lead to a Grammy win with their song “Be” which was on the Rock Gospel Album of the Year, ‘Solo EP’ by dc talk.

Erick spent the next years touring the world with Kevin Max, as well as writing and playing on six of his solo projects. Through that relationship, he also had the opportunity to work with the renowned guitarist Adrian Belew (Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Paul Simon), co- writing and earning the title “multi-instrumentalist’ by playing the unusual instruments balalaika and theremin on Belew’s Side Two record. He toured for three and half years with artist and producer Richard Swift (also of The Shins/Black Keys/Arcs), worked on a film score at Skywalker Ranch (for the independent film Dear Mr. Cash, nominated for best score at the Nashville Film Festival), continued to play shows with Kevin Max, and toured with Brenton Brown, all while having an artistic collaboration with musician Travis Taylor in a small studio near Santa Monica, CA.

Besides recording sessions for other artists, Erick also co-produced five ep’s for artist and professional skateboarder Josh Harmony, and he enjoyed a role for a few years as Music Director of Calvary Church in Pacific Palisades, California. He adds, “I enjoy everything I do, whether it’s touring, songwriting, recording. I like them all. Music can be a business like anything else, but the ability to diversify keeps it fresh.”

After recently relocating back to Nashville, he has been busy songwriting, recording in his home studio, and touring; including just finishing a national tour with artist Matthew Perryman Jones.
He’s quick to add that, for him, “There’s a simple joy that’s derived equally from playing guitars at home, in the studio, or in front of an audience.”

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Luis Conte - Making It as a Top Percussionist with Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana
 
Hear more shows like this at https://entertalkradio.com/makingit
 
Luis Conte’s genius stems from his ability to integrate the powerful rhythms of his native Cuba with the American necessities of American pop music. His long and varied career has included numerous Hollywood film scores and mega-successful albums with Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana, Shakira, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes, Cachao, and a multitude of other artists too numerous to mention.
 
Born in Santiago, Cuba, Luis spent the first 15 years of his life soaking up the rich musical heritage of “El Son” and Carnival. "Life in Cuba is all about enjoying life, and music is central to that lifestyle," Luis says. "Music is almost like food to Cuban people.” While immersed in the music of his native Cuba, Luis also developed a passion for Rock & Roll, R&B soul music, jazz, and the Beatles.
 
At 15, looking for freedom, Luis emigrated to Madrid, Spain. He soon had another opportunity to travel, this time to Hollywood. In California, Luis stayed with a cousin and attended Hollywood High School, playing guitar in numerous rock bands throughout his teens.
 
After high school, Luis met John Monteallegre, who reunited him with Cuban drums at LA City College. By the time he was 18, Luis was intensely interested in drumming and took every opportunity to play and to learn, drawing his inspiration from a deep source of rhythm absorbed during his youth in Cuba.
 
Since then, Luis has become one of the most respected and recorded percussionists in the world.

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