Carla's Coffee House is a Live Interview show airing on HGB Canada. Every week Carla has new guests ranging from the completely unknown artist to Juno and Maple award winning artists. She doesn't stop there! She interviews artists from around the globe. The station is Licensed to Play through Socan.
We talk with music veteran Jim McCormick about his personal music career and the music scene in London Ontario. Then we travel to Quebec City and talk with Simon Henley about the exciting things coming up for his music this summer!
This Country Singer has it going on! Identifying mostly as a songwriter, Angela Harris is no stranger to the commercial and non commercial side of the music biz. You want to know more about how this works? Listen in!
What is more conducive to writing good lyrics to songs that being a writer with inspiration and imagination painting the words onto the canvas of your mind and heart? At the very heart of music there lays poetry. Brenda Lee Ranta is a 4 time published Poet and Author out of Timmins, Ontario.
We cover the creative side of writing, how song writing can be more effective, and how words do impact us and cause us to feel. Join us! You won't regret it
Carla and Wesley kick off the interview with a bit of due seriousness, but this Canadian and American find their groove and start having some " real good fun"! Wesley is a full time entertainer, with great country songs while giving audiences a smorgasborg of musical genres in his LIVE shows. Grab a coffee and come check him out!
"It’s my goal to change the world’s mentality about what they're programmed to think is beautiful.
"A few years ago, I met with a ‘big wig’ in the music industry who said I had to lose 90 pounds, get a space between my legs, and change my hair and my clothes. He told me the way I looked wasn’t accepted in the 'pop music industry’ and it was going to be too hard for me.
"Last I heard he's moved into graphic design and I’m still here releasing this video... Isn’t that funny?!"
And it wasn't an isolated incident – others said similar things to Kay and maybe now they’re learning how misguided they were.
Following this year’s release of her debut full-length album, 11 O’Clock Number, its first single "Weight On My Shoulders" won the Canadian Songwriters Award for Best Adult Contemporary/Pop Song.
It may be her debut solo album, but Kay is no stranger to the scene; in addition to high praise from judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Spice Girl Mel B as an advanced contestant on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent, the Cambridge, Ontario-born artist has also performed with Stevie Wonder’s band at a David Foster concert, k.d. lang at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, The Tenors at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cee Lo Green. She was a member of the award-winning a cappella group, Eh440, and starred in the Broadway National Tour of Godspell.
Stacey's unique and powerful voice paired with a machine-gun rapping style has garnered her online videos millions of views, including one particular viral sensation — over 40 million views when she spontaneously performed one of Busta Rhymes' fastest raps in the aisle at a Walgreens in South Carolina.
The video was shared instantly, and Chris Brown wrote an article about her talents on his website. Kay's covers of hit songs have garnered the respect and recognition from the original artists including Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Hudson, and Mystikal, who have shared her videos on social media.
Recently, Stacey Kay was excited to learn that one of her influences, Fergie, featured her in a Glamour Magazine video. The video shows Fergie watching a Stacey Kay cover of her song You Already Know while raving about Kay's vocal ability and charisma.
“I’ve never been a fan of the saying ‘it’s what’s on the inside that counts’ because then that implies that the outside may not look good. I’ve always thought that so many people of all different shapes and sizes are hot. So why do I think that I have to look different for people to think I’m attractive?
"Just because most people who are famous have a similar look, it doesn’t mean it has to continue being like that," Kay says. "It’s 2018 and humans have made a lot of positive changes, so why not make a change about what we’ve been brainwashed to think is beautiful.
"I’m not here to try and make you cry or feel bad for me," Kay says. "Finding your confidence can be a really fun and exciting thing and it can be both powerful and lighthearted at the same time. That’s why I made this video."
"New Type" and 11 O’Clock Number are available now.
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Toronto Pop Indie Artist, Bree Taylor joins Carla to talk about a secret she's been keeping. You will have to listen to find out what. But! She will also talk to us about her new show Unapologetically Bree now airing on HGB Canada
Carla checks in with Barney Bentall as he is releasing his newest album after a 5 year hiatus!
" The Drifter & The Preacher is the great paradox of a nomadic homebody, and a musical tour de force that could prove to be truly defining for a musician, a songwriter, a friend, a father, a brother, a husband and a son… coming face-to-face with a life lived. Lead single "The Miner," which was co-written and features his son Dustin Bentall, will be immediately available as a download to fans who pre-order the album on iTunes.
Barney Bentall hit the music scene as the lead man for Barney Bentall and The Legendary Hearts back in 1988, with his self-titled debut CD soaring to the top of the charts, reaching platinum status in Canada and establishing Bentall as a must-see as a concert draw.
The last couple of years have seen Barney Bentall translate his tremendous ability and deep introspection into his 10th studio album, which is an ambitious effort accomplished by one of the greatest storytellers of our time. "This was written for my father-in-law. Bar none, one of the most interesting and intelligent people I have met,” says Bentall. “He taught me many valuable things and gave me the best friend I have. He died with his boots on at the age of ninety-three. I wrote this at my ranch shortly after on a star-studded night.”
While plenty of musicians have told stories of their family, Bentall possesses the emotion and interpretive skills to reveal an eclectic range that few could muster, and no more so than in the first single, “The Miner.” Says Bentall, “My son Dustin is a travelling musician. ‘The Miner’ marks the first time we wrote a song together… It started out as a story about Dustin’s grandfather and as a continuation of ‘The Drifter‘. Songs often have a mind of their own and… ‘Life goes where it goes’. When the dust had settled, we ended up with a story loosely based on a good friend of ours. He, much like the two of us, is driving down the road less travelled.”
The Drifter & The Preacher also features a collaboration with Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo on "Won’t Change The World." Bentall says, “Sometimes a song is the only tool in the chest when you are trying to get back into someone’s favour. My good friend Jim Cuddy jumped in on this one. I swear, that boy gets behind an old tube microphone in a recording studio and puts on a clinic every time.”
Inspiration set in not only from his family, but good friends, too. “The Ocean and You (A song for John Mann)” is a stirring song paying tribute to the Spirit Of The West singer. “Around the time we were forming the Legendary Hearts, we had this rustic studio in a millwork shop in the False Creek area in Vancouver. It was a sketchy part of town at the time, but heaven to us. Back in the day, that studio was our Clubhouse. We wrote and demoed ‘Something To Live For’ there, among many other songs. The founding members of Spirit Of The West -- Geoffrey Kelly and John Mann -- became lifelong friends of mine in the early ‘80s. We made their first record in that studio and had a wonderful party or two. Along with our partners/wives, it was an unforgettable and cherished circle. I wrote this song about John and his ongoing courageous fight with early onset Alzheimer’s. It is also about the equally courageous role of John’s partner Jill. God bless ya, Johnny.”
Catch Barney Bentall live at the following Canadian tour stops:
July 20 – Toronto, ON – Live on the Patio at Roy Thomson Hall
July 21 - Mission, BC - Mission Folk Music Festival
July 26 - 30 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Music Festival
August 4 – Minnedosa, MB – Rockin’ The Fields of Minnedosa Festival
August 6 – Comox, BC – The Filberg Festival
August 18 – Saskatoon, SK – Rock The River Festival
August 19 – Wainwright, AB – Come By The Hills Music F
I'm not only an artist, a radio station owner, but I'm also a fan of music. I have picked my favorite Indie Music that has come across my " desk" this year. Hopefully you will enjoy these picks as well and add them into your collection of awesome music. There's a good mix in there and many songs I didn't get a chance to play :( Maybe next time!
Newfoundland sensation, Stephen B. Lawrence, joins me on the phone while he awaits to board the ferry to the mainland Nova Scotia. We talk about the changes that have happened in his career, where he wants to go from here, and what it means to be finally on a tour with his own music! Stephen latest single Only You is racing up the HGB Canada charts!
16 year old, Toronto Pop Sensation ZOELLY joins Carla to talk about her music and future plans to continue once finishing high school. Zoelly's mature vocals and well produced tracks will have you convinced she is already on the top 40!
Free To Grow is an eclectic band with heavy influences from Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd and a lot of Jeff Patch and Joe Bonnell mixed in! The band is located in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada, and Carla catches up with Jeff on what the band has been doing since this time last year
Thank you for your patience as the issue with the sound is now fixed and you may hear a bit of variance in this program which will not be there on following programs. Windows loves HGB!
(Note) Mic clips at the beginning but straightens out about 2-3 minutes in, please be patient
In Part One, Nancy and talk about the accident that nearly took her life and how she died on the operating table which transformed her life forever. Are you wondering what comes after death? Nancy shares how she as an atheist, and scientist, was unraveled when she came into a divine experience and lived to tell about it. Nancy will return in Part 2 during the New Year to discuss more
"We did have discussions related to her experience in the operating room, and she sticks out in my mind because I could not come up with any other explanation other than a real near death experience [NDE]— I remember her seeing this as a life changing blessing.
~ Dr. Christopher Trojanovich
Carla chit chats with lead singer of the growing in popularity indigenous band Midnight Shine from the land of Northern Ontario Cree. Finding out her next guest is a " next door neighbour" inspires the conversation regarding the psychology of being a song writer as a solo performer
Carla chats it up with Michael Lee of the Industrial/Electronic group Cyphier from London Ontario. They catch up on life after touring together and what the new sound of Cyphier means to them and their fans
Sept 17 2018 featuring music from Atlantic Canada Indie as well as some well known and loved tracks. A short discussion on the ramp up for October as HGB Canada goes full out.
Some songs contain strong language.