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By Michele Marotta
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Chatting with Jeremy - Episode 4
Jeremy and I chatted again.  This is episode 4 and its more like a talk show.  Jeremy talks about his life during Covid.  He's writing his second musical and gave us a hint of what its about.  We also talk about walking around his neighborhood, and dogs, lots of dogs!   He's a fun guy and ladies - he's single !!! Grab a cup of coffee, sit down for half an hour and listen.  You'll like what you hear! 
37:56
April 13, 2021
Chatting with Jeremy - Episdoe 3
We have another episode with singer/songwriter/actor and my friend, Jeremy Ebenstein.  During this episode, Jeremy does one original song, and a cover by Laurence Jones Band.  We talk about his influences, how he's been spending quarantine, and of course, Elvis Presley.   We also talk about walking - During the short time Los Angeles was open, I would go walking with Jeremy.  He's a fun guy and ladies - he's single !!!!!    He's been sign spinning during quarantine, and enjoys being outside.   Jeremy is writing his second musical and can't wait for the finished project. He can be found on YouTube and is starting a TikTok channel in the near future.
32:08
April 9, 2021
Chatting with Geoffrey Mark - the Guy whose done everything!
What can I say about Geoffrey Mark? He is a writer, actor, jazz singer, radio host, show biz historian,  voiceover artist and keeper of my secrets – he does everything! AND – he has had an interesting life.  During this podcast, Geoff talks about his beginning in show business, how he met the love of his life (Joel) in a class, his time in Arkansas (the Klan harassed him constantly), his writing and philosophy on life. Geoff sings “There you go” from Annie Get Your Gun, which is his tribute to Joel. Geoff talks about his best-selling books: The Lucy Book and Ethel Merman: The Biggest Star on Broadway, as well as the Family Affair Cookbook. His newest book is Ella: A biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald. Geoff is also the producer of Nigel: Come Back to me. Geoff is a walking encyclopedia of television history. He also talks about his 32 years of sobriety. Very, very happy for him
56:48
April 4, 2021
Chatting with Don Baldaramos
I had the pleasure of chatting with Don Baldaramos recently. He has done everything! We spoke about his work with Jose Ferrar on Masterpiece Theatre – he said he had his hands around Ferrar’s neck !!! Not a lot of people can say that. Don has worked on everything – from Suburbicon with Matt Damon to Sci Fi to voiceovers, and has just finished the movie “Monstrous.” Can’t wait for it to be released. Don’s training is amazing. He studied at San Jose State and the Royal Academy in London, concentrating on theatre. He does an amazing monologue from King Lear – it’s on youtube. Check it out His plans for the future – more voiceovers! Don can be found on instagram, twitter and youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2JwUP8qMxA You will like what you hear
32:31
March 21, 2021
Chatting with Sheri Pedigo
The voice and soul of an angel, from pure and earthy to passionate and soulful, Nashville-based recording artist Sheri Pedigo’s musical style is a breathtaking mix of Karen Carpenter and Tina Turner (her favorite singer), which has led fans to call Sheri an “Angel with Soul.” Sheri has shared the stage with various music icons, including Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo, co-writing with Stephen Housden from the Little River Bank and co-writing and producing with Narada Michael Walden and Dyan Cannon. While on a trip to Switzerland, by chance Sheri met Gotthard’s lead singer, Steve Lee and co-wrote music on the Need to Believe album. During this podcast, Sheri also talks about her move back to Nashville to take care of her father, her recent trip to Los Angeles, and her friendship with Johnny Cash. Sheri also teaches voice (via zoom), and can be reached at sheripedigo@gmail.com. Her website is http://sheripedigo.com and one of her youtube videos is: https://youtu.be/6xnLWSbstto
34:46
March 5, 2021
Chatting with Thom Michael Mulligan
What can I say about Thom Michael Mulligan? Well – a lot!! Thom’s mother was a stage actress, and brought him to an audition – he got the part in a play called “Street Scene.” When he was ten he discovered hockey. Beside the usual biography (below), Thom is an avid hockey player and coach (coaching is on hold for the moment), During this podcast, we cover all subjects, ranging from toilet paper hoarding during quarantine, working during COVID, how he and a friend founded the New Hope Film Festival, and how hosting the LANFA Awards in 2019 opened doors. We talk about several films, including Callous, which is available on Amazon, Sweet Taste of Souls, a psycho-thriller and Nighthunter, a film he just finished.  He has co-written many productions, including The Witching Hour.    He also gives sound advice to anyone who wants to get into acting, whether it’s a hobby or as a profession. His biography (from IMDb) reads as follows: Thom Michael Mulligan is an American actor and producer known for his extensive acting work on the stage and in the film world. He is also a multi award winning producer of the feature film "Callous, which garnered "Best Feature" film awards at numerous film festivals throughout the country. Originally from NYC, he has worked in off Broadway productions, television, feature and short films. He is president of Rolling Action Entertainment. Thom is also a co-founder and the Executive Director of Submissions for the New Hope Film Festival. Besides acting, Thom also writes and has had some one act plays produced and wrote the full length play" Just Dirty Laundry" which received critical acclaim! Thom has also been involved in working with various charity groups.
51:46
March 1, 2021
Chatting with the fabulous Patrick Kilpatrick
What can I say about the man who has done everything, except being a rock star and president? I don’t know where to start.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Kilpatrick recently. We spoke about his start as an ad agency writer, journalist, creative director and on-air reporter for 11- time Emmy winning "What's Happening America", Patrick worked for nearly every major magazine and ad agency in New York - TIME Inc., Playboy, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated to Interview, Life Magazine, Cycling, Sailing, Popular Photography, Modern Bride, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, Luxe Magazine, Quest '78, Popular Mechanics and Psychology Today, etc. He is one of the finest screen and television character actors, playing against a spectrum of action heroes. We spoke about working on Erasure together (I was an extra – can’t miss me, I’m in basic black !!!). He shared that while working on Erasure, he filmed another movie on the weekends. He has appeared on over 200 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screen writer, director, and global entertainment teacher- from "Minority Report" with Tom Cruise to "Dark Angel" with Jessica Alba, from the largest production in Public Broadcasting history to the Los Angeles Theater Center with John Goodman and Academy Award winning British director Tony Richardson in Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra". He has appeared in over 75 hit TV shows such as "24", "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and all "CSI". In one 18-month period Patrick did five major studio films, two independents and 27 television guest star spots on 18 different shows.. As a voiceover performer he has appeared as the voice of Sailplane Grand Prix, the narrator of the Olympic IMAX movie, and as political VO for candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) and Mayor of Miami/Governor candidate Florida's Phillip Levine (D). Kilpatrick is president and CEO of Uncommon Dialogue Films, Inc. (UDF) (founded 2005) - a full service event/script, casting, film and media service company - idea inception to global return on investment realization. His producing/fund raising/film financing and production background has taken him from Fiji to the London Stock Exchange for the presentation of investment film slates. Until a military coup toppled the Fijian government he was briefly named founder of the University of Pacific Film and Theater program. Patrick has taught acting, auditioning, directing, producing and film distribution, Men in the Movies, Star Trek and Stage Combat at the University of Wisconsin (Whitewater) and Hampton Sydney College in Virginia and at the Texas Theater Center in Dallas/Fort Worth. Kilpatrick has prepared full film school curriculum for the governments of Brazil and Nigeria while privately and group entertainment coaching in Los Angeles and via Skype. The Uncommon Dialogue Film Mentorship Program - under his directorship and chief instruction, utilizing his "Deliver the Goods" Curriculum - has coached countless students from beginners to active professionals in all phases of entertainment warrior status while guiding each to agency representation and self-production. Patrick is finishing up his 2nd biography – the first one was a best seller. As I said – he’s done just about everything!
51:11
February 21, 2021
Chatting with Skye Delamey
I had the pleasure of speaking with Skye Delamey recently and was amazed at how versatile she is. Skye is a master vocalist (4 octaves), singer/songwriter, piano player, actress, pin up girl and author. Skye also sells out all shows at the Whiskey when she plays there. During our interview, I learned that Skye not only went to UCLA, she also went to Loyola Marymount and Stella Adler, and has had an array of impressive acting coaches.   As a recording artist, Skye has worked with Michael Blum (Producer), James Lugo, Phil Brown, Bobby Moore, Ry Welch, Skip Saylor and David Longoria, among others. Skye’s 4th album will be released this year, with two new songs – Party Stoppers Suck and Raquel. Can’t wait for the album to drop! Her music is a available on Itunes, Apple Music and Amazon. She has been a contributing writer to Music Connection Magazine and Songstress Songwriting. AND – what else can I say? Believe it or not, there is more! Skye is also endorsed by MAC Cosmetics, West Tone (ear plugs), Daisy Rock, among others. Her music videos are on her website (www.skyedelamey.com), and under the Tour tab, you can see her when she will be streaming and upcoming events. She has merchandise and a branded store. Check out the website and her youtube channel, follow her in twitter and instagram. You will like what you hear.
20:38
February 15, 2021
Chatting with Mel Novak
I had the pleasure of speaking with esteemed actor and minister, Mel Novak. I knew he was a talented actor – I did not know he was a prison and skid row minister. Mel was set to be an athlete, however, fate had other plans for him, and he has had over 28 surgeries and he is a cancer survivor. He is divorced, and raised his two daughters alone. As an actor, Mel made his film debut in two 1970’s films – Truck Turner (with Isaac Hayes) and Black Belt Jones (with Jim Kelly). He then went on the work with Yul Brynner and Sybil Danning. Mel has worked on more than 64 films, and in 2021 he has at least 4 films on the horizon. Mel was the hitman “Stick” in the 1978 film Game of Death with Bruce Lee. How many times does anyone get to be the Bruce Lee hitman? After that, he worked with Chuck Norris on two films. More importantly, Mel talked about his calling as a prison minister and working on skid row. He says he several huge trash bags (no he is not throwing them out) of letters from prisoners, letting him know how he changed their lives. I’ve posted his Wikipedia link below. Mel is so interesting – cannot wait to do episode two! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Novak
28:47
February 15, 2021
Chatting with David Velo Stewart - Trill Vision !
I had the pleasure of speaking with David Velo Stewart again. David tells us about his exciting new app, Trill Vision.  The Trill Vision app will be available on IOS, coming to Android in March 2021 and its free. I’m very excited about the Trill Vision app. One of the cool features is - Friday nights, there is a Virtual Interaction Cinema via the app. People actually dress up. It’s a night out without leaving your home. All I can say is – Listen to David’s description, then download the app, and enjoy.
20:18
February 3, 2021
Chatting with TikTok warrior, Brad Gosse
What can I say about Brad Gosse? I’m not sure how I discovered his TikTok videos, but am so happy I did. He is warped, in a good way. Brad talks about how he started his career in online marketing and is a self-taught “Growth Hacker”. He started as an online marketer, and things have just taken off from there. He is a happily divorced comedian, an online marketing genius and content creator. His books – one banned by Amazon – had an unusual start. His first book, “Why Daddy Hits Mommy” started out as a bad book cover, had a bazillion hits on TikTok, people wanted the book and the rest is history. Brad started Vector Toons, which is a Shutterstock type site for cartoon clip art. He started his speaking career in 2010 and had addressed crowds at WordCamp, conferences in the adult entertainment industry, digital media and The Underground Online Seminar Brad has also introduced me to omegle dot com, a site that randomly pairs you with people from all over the world.  Pour a glass of wine, sit down and check out his TikTok and YouTube channel.  Take a look at the very cool clips on vectortoons.com
18:43
January 29, 2021
Chatting with Greg Vaccariello
I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the funnies guys in the comedy circuit – my favorite cousin and favorite person all around – Greg Vaccariello! Greg talks about his start in New York, how he got into the entertainment industry, from the open mikes in New York, to moving first to Los Angeles, then Las Vegas, and working the Las Vegas clubs and eventually working the cruise ship circuit. Greg has performed in some of the well known comedy clubs in Las Vegas, including the Tropicana and  the Comedy Store, among others. Greg is also a seasoned actor, having appeared in King of Queens, Law and Order SVU, Criminal Intent, Hope and Faith, Ed and various commercials, including the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. During this podcast, Greg offers advice to up and coming actors and comedians. Most importantly, take classes, and get into the club scene. He can be found on YouTube as Greg Vaccariello, and Twitter and Instagram and Huge Big Shot (#hugebigshot), and his website – gregvac.com. About 12 years ago, Greg was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as the translator between the Prime Minister of Italy and then President George Bush. Its hilarious!!!! Take a listen and follow him on social media!
12:52
January 23, 2021
Chatting with Nancy Kelel - Front Line Strong
This episode is dedicated to the front line workers. I had the pleasure of interviewing singer/songwriter Nancy Kelel. In this podcast, Nancy and I start out chatting about her influences and why she got into music. More importantly, we speak about the pandemic, and her dedication to Front Line Workers. Her song, Front Line Strong, is linked below. Nancy talks about her inspiration for the song, the viral photo of two nurses holding signs in a hospital window (in her video and used with permission of the family) and her struggle with H1N1 many years ago. She was in a coma for 3-1/2 weeks and talks about her recovery and rehab from this. As mentioned below, we also speak about being grateful. Nancy met the doctor who saved her life in a Costco gas line and had the opportunity to thank him. Proceeds from Front Line Strong go to the Brave of Heart fund. The fund provides charitable grants to eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers and volunteers who lose their lives to COVID-19. Of interest is the Songs Alive contest to write a song about water, which brought awareness to the lack of water and resources on the Navajo reservations in Arizona. She wrote a song called “The Water Song” that she would like to produce. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCml9tS7oaw https://www.braveofheartfund.com/ https://www.songsalive.org/ (check out testimonials) One of the subjects we touched upon was “being grateful”, and Nancy has a lot to be grateful for, as mentioned above. Nancy also mentions “Songs Alive”, and is the recipient of their 2019 Songwriter of the Year !!
46:21
January 12, 2021
Chatting with the incredible Licata Brothers
What can I saw about the Licatas? Jimmy and Tony are two of the nicest people you could ever meet. And two of the most talented performers to hear.  Not only did I have the pleasure of interviewing them a few weeks ago, I've seen them grow up performing.  During this podcast, I had the pleasure of  having them perform two songs on the show. One is an original – Rainbow for Rain, and the other is a cover of Don’t be Cruel. Jimmy and Tony talk about their start at Coffee Gallery in Alta Dena, California, at an open mike, going on to being an opening act to being the headliners. Especially impressive when you consider how young they are! Jimmy went on to study communication in England and Tony went to Musician’s Institute  and studied audio engineering. Their website is: thelicatabrothers.com, instagram, twitter and Facebook other social media: @thelicatabrothers and of course Amazon, Spotify, and wherever you can find music. Since the Covid lockdown, Tony and Jimmy have been posting zoom appearances. Check out their Facebook and get on the mailing list – you won’t be disappointed. Also, shout outs to our late friend, Duane Thorin, and our living friends, Larry Wines (who introduced me to the Licatas), Bea Broda and Bob Stane at Coffee Gallery Backstage. Their biography is as follows: (taken from the website). As a sidenote - their website shows photos of Jimmy and Tony starting out.  They were so young and the talent just shown through.   The Licata Brothers, Jimmy and Tony, are a growing musical phenomenon in Southern California. And “growing” is the only word for it. Jimmy, born July 14, 1997 and Tony, November 30, 2000, began making melodious music together about the time that they could walk. Introduced by their parents to a wide range of musical styles, from Classical to Classic Americana and Pop, the brothers took to all the styles like bees to honey. Jimmy proved to be a guitar prodigy by the time he was 11, whipping out Jimmy Page like licks that blew everyone who heard him away.  Meanwhile Tony could do a mean imitation of AC/DC’s Brian Johnson at age 10 and was already turning into something of a tunesmith.  They are both multi-instrumentalists and display the confidence of old pros on stage.  One admiring veteran dubbed them “The New Traditionalists” because they see the value in the great river of music that has been flowing since before they were born, and are eager to jump right in. Their collaboration began in earnest around 2010. With the unflagging support of their parents and the wise guidance of local songwriters, musicians and performers, they began to develop a style that showed a deep admiration for the many musical masters that had come before them.  Now 21 and 17, they have “that sibling thing” one associates with the Everly Brothers.  They seem at times to be two guitar playing vocalists occupying one soul, and they result is nothing less than astounding. The Licata Brothers have been regularly thrilling audiences with a unique combination of heartfelt vocals, infectious acoustic guitar and a multi-lingual song catalog that spans the past 100 years. Their 2015 four-song debut CD “Grizzly Bear”, a tribute to some beloved tunes from the 1920s and 1960s, has received rave reviews. This was followed up in the summer of 2016 with “Gift for the Soul”, an intimate and powerfully-uplifting series of original acoustic guitar and vocal arrangements set to prayers found in the Sacred Writings of the Baha’i Faith. The Licata Brothers’ clever performing and arranging skills have been on display at numerous venues throughout the Southland, and now, with a new CD set to come out in the summer of 2021, they are poised to become what they have always been at heart:  Musical Citizens of the World. .
24:46
December 29, 2020
Chatting with the incredible Joe Iaquinto
No introduction necessary, just chatting with Joe Iaquinto.  We had a fun time :)    What an incredibly talented and funny guy.  We talk about his early childhood in New York, losing his parents at a young age, how he got into music, and the music he wrote for some very adult themed movies!    He is just an all around cool guy who knows all my friends and I can't wait to interview him again.   Next time, he will be in California and we can open a bottle of tequila !
01:03:49
December 13, 2020
Chatting with Marc Platt and the Block Chain Revolutionizing the Music Industry
I had the pleasure of speaking with the incredible Marc Platt recently. Marc’s credits include managing the Tearaways, working with The Plimsolls, Elvis Costello and Steve Earle. He has been a singer-songwriter playing in and around Los Angeles since 1980. He fronted Los Angeles Power-pop band The Real Impossibles in the 1980's and had chart success with that band and several other projects since. His new record is 'Big City' and I’ve attached a link to the youtube video. Marc is revolutionizing the music industry with block chain. He explains it fully in this interview. Marc has artists on several indie radio stations in the US and the UK. To submit music to him, please send an email to candyradiohitsongs@yahoo.com, and the subject line should read music submission. Website: radiocandy.media and radioradio.media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyb7L8wL33Y&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1o1DmRbeS5pvTijKA6bSjIOe1HcnDLHPT5OTSQdAmpvQ-T8VxaC878IMQ
32:36
November 29, 2020
Chatting with Hot Wheels Guy - Michael Zarnock
What can I say about Michael Zarnock? The man has done everything. He is a musician, actor, writer, World Record Holder, Race Car Driver, Author, Race Car Driver, is in the Guiness Book of World Records he gets paid to play with Hot Wheel cars, and has a YouTube show (Hot Wheels TV). We talked about meeting, my brother Tony Wood (RIP), Barris Kustom, George Barris (Batmobile creator) and the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. I felt like Mike was sitting across the table from me – you could hear our dogs barking, eating and making their presence known! Mike’s knowledge and his massive Hot Wheels collection has earned him notoriety around the world. He is the leading authority on Diecast and Hot Wheels – the ultimate Super Collector. Of note – he holds 3 Guinness World Records for Hot Wheels and is the world authority in Hot Wheels and Diecast cars. Michael has worked with EBAY authenticating collectors’ Hot Wheels/Diecast cars and appraising collections for insurance cases and divorce cases. Yes, these collections can be worth upwards of $500,000. On February 5, 2020, Michael earned a Guinness World Record for the most gravity fed loop-the-loops on a Hot Wheels Track. The track measured 34 feet and was built as part of the Jaguar Land Rover display at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. His collection has earned him two different World records – first in 2003 and again in 2007. Both were for owning the largest collection of different model cars. Mike’s books sell out almost instantaneously. The books can be purchased through his website, mikezarnock.com. Mike’s YouTube show, Hot Wheels TV takes his audience deep within the subculture of Hot Wheels collecting. Check out his website, YouTube channel and books. You will like what you see !
43:08
November 29, 2020
Chatting with Diego Garcia
I had the pleasure of speaking to one of the most talented, and busiest people in this industry, Diego Garcia. Diego has been writing and performing since he was 18 years old, and now performs in his band, Stage 11 as the lead singer. Stage 11 released their first CD in 2017 and you can find their music at stage11music.com. Diego is also part of High Noon Whiskey. Since quarantine, Stage 11 has been streaming rooftop concerts in downtown Los Angeles. Their next rooftop concert will be in December 2020. Can’t wait to hear it !!!! I had the pleasure of seeing, and hearing, Diego sing at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) for Best Male Vocals in November 2016 singing Halleluiah. Just incredible. Heard him again at a house concert and was amazed. As an actor and voiceover artist, Diego has been in over 80 commercials, and numerous television shows including The Shield, Entourage, Brothers and Sisters, Dirt and Surviving Suburbia to name a few..  The most recent commercial is for Geico, as a new neighbor.  Fun commercial :) His websites are: diegogarciaactor.com and stage11music.com
34:03
November 24, 2020
Chatting with Cris Franco
I had the pleasure of speaking with Cris Franco recently and WOW – he is one interesting and super cool person.  And please excuse the recording quality.  Sometimes no matter what you do .....    :)   In high school, he and and our mutual friend, Micki Furr (shout out to Micki !!!) were understudies in Guys and Dolls. He started his career as a singer in Disney World, and left it to come back home to California for the most romantic reason, his partner, now his husband. He and Casey have been married over 40 years! Cris then went on to work at Disneyland, went to Cal State Northridge, and by a twist of fate, wound up in Zoot Suit.  That changed his life forever.   Cris was a tour guide at Universal Studios for awhile, and has some  Cris Franco has combined his bilingual-bicultural Mexican-born roots with a desire to entertain and educate by creating engaging, humorous television that enlightens the viewer to the unique "American-Latino" experience. For his outstanding work on PBS, Cris has received 3 Los Angeles Emmy Awards, 2 Southern California Golden Mike Awards, The Imagen Award and The Nosotros Golden Eagle Award. One of his youtube videos is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hThBQavf64c His shows are: The Cris Franco Show, East LOS High – a telenovela for good looking teenagers, Café California, To be or not to be Latino. I had so much fun talking to Cris. I can’t wait to talk with him again and once lockdown is over, we will do coffee. Can’t wait to meet Casey.
42:35
November 22, 2020
Chatting with Gedina Bergstrom
I had the pleasure of chatting with Gedina a few weeks ago.  She is incredible.  I binged her YouTube videos and she has an incredible jazzy vibe.  Gedina talks about her blind audition on The Voice, her musical background, her mermaid pop and most importantly, 4th Door Records.  Gedina has been an indie artist during her entire career.  She can be found on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube @iamgedina.com.  Since live music has been shut down this year, she has been playing on Rogue Nation.  Her last Rogue Nation was October 26, but keep checking back for more appearances.  Her biography is below.  Please check out her website at http://www.gedina.com. ---------------- Gedina is proof of all the wild magic that comes from living with utter boldness and crystal-clear intention. Not only an accomplished singer/songwriter, the L.A.-based artist has fearlessly forged her path as an entrepreneur, martial-arts instructor, and fierce advocate for women’s advancement in industries of all kinds, with each endeavor engaging her force-of-nature energy and firecracker spirit. And with her magnetic brand of mermaid-pop—a sound shaped by her lifelong status as a salty-haired surfer girl—Gedina makes music that uplifts and elevates while leaving a life-changing impact. On her 2018 debut album Tell’em, Gedina introduced the world to the raw passion and uncompromising honesty essential to her mission as an artist: instilling women with the courage needed to rewrite their own stories, and to build a more beautiful reality for themselves. “There are so many women who struggle with self-esteem, who believe they’re not enough or they’re too much,” says Gedina. “What I strive to do with every song is help women find their voice, to stay in their power, and to dismantle all the things that no longer serve them.” Gedina discovered her love of singing as a little girl, thanks largely to the Little Mermaid soundtrack and to the golden-voiced icons she finds infinitely formative. “I didn’t have a mom in my home, but what I did have was Mariah, Christina, Celine, and Whitney,” she says. “They were all my sisters, they were my mom and my godmom and my aunties—they were the women who raised me. What they gave me was that sense of self that empowered me to get onstage and use my voice in a way that could make a difference.” Graduating from high school at age 15—after spending her early-teen years busking and singing in local clubs—Gedina later enrolled at UC Irvine and gigged in nearby blues bars. Heading to L.A. once she’d finished school, she spent the coming years navigating the music industry and—in 2012—landed a blind audition on season three of The Voice. That same year, Gedina released her debut single “Shame,” revealing the depth of her warm authenticity and spirited songwriting. By 2015, she’d scored an international hit with “First Time, First Love”—a track that’s now amassed over 2.2 million streams on Spotify. With Tell’em arriving last June, Gedina recently released a luminous new single called “Future Soulmate.” Recorded at Angelhouse Studios in Torrance and produced by Drew Kapner (who’s engineered records for artists like Jason Derulo and Twenty One Pilots), the track gives a rarely-glimpsed look into the power of self-belief. “The message is that the universe is rigged in your favor, and you can create whatever you truly want to have,” says Gedina. “And because connection is at the core of what we desire as human beings, a soulmate can come in any form. It could be your neighbor, your mailman, the older woman you sit with at the bus stop. As long as you have that connection with another human, you can create miracles together.”
16:43
November 13, 2020
Chatting with Voice Over Artist Larry Hudson
What can I say about Larry Hudson?   He is one of the nicest guys in this business.   AND Larry Hudson is one of the most talented voice over artists around. Chatting with him was amazing. He talks about his journey from professional big band drummer, to commercial real estate and then voice over artist. Larry created his job as a voice over artist when his job in commercial real estate came to a standstill. He was announcing the shows at the California Mart in downtown Los Angeles, and one thing lead to another .... Larry is an incredible instructor in Adobe Audition and Audacity (Audacity is a free program, Adobe Audition is part of the Adobe cloud family), talks about the microphones to buy (condenser not dynamic), and where NOT to go to buy your microphones. He can be reached at larryhudsonvo.com, and a partial biography is below. Aspiring Voice Over Artists - please check out Work Out Wednesday. All information is on his website ! ------------------ Larry is a voiceover actor in Los Angeles with a professional recording studio and has been active in the industry since 2009. He provides his voice daily to a wide variety of voiceover projects including Commercial Ads for radio and TV, Narration on Documentaries and Corporate projects, Political Ads, as well as eLearning/tutorials for corporate web presentation. His list of client credits includes Disney/Picture Head, TOYOTA, Lexus, Kubota Tractor Corp, Quaker Oats, Tropicana, Apple, Google and WarGaming.net, just to name of few. Larry provides a clear concise baritone sound that embodies strength, power and sincerity. His signature sound is relaxed and conversational. Listeners are drawn in by Larry’s versatility which enables him to bring light hearted fun to character pieces or deep sincerity to roles of a more solemn nature. The client’s needs are always the first priority with Larry. His intention is clear… to bring to the project what is necessary for the client to achieve their vision. He looks forward to the opportunity to provide you with the voice and performance you envision.
30:04
October 30, 2020
Chatting with Dylan Berry
Dylan is one of the most fascinating people I've had the pleasure of knowing, and interviewing.  I first met him when he invited me to join NOIZ Society, a secret society for music people, and talking with him today, I learned there is so much more to him than writing.  This interview was a lot of fun - we laughed a lot, and got to know each other as professionals.  Dylan is an owner of Smashhaus.com, a company that provides custom music for 100's of the top shows on TV for 15 years and was the first to employ composers all over the world through the proprietary technology they built.   They embed in Post Production facilities directly gaining access to producers and providing a more efficient music service than their competitors. AND - NO MIDDLE MAN !!!! Smashhaus profit share paid composers more than any other company in this field despite what they depict in their deals and never recouped our "admin fee".  They paid exactly half of all income ever made to our composer/partners amounting in Millions. Since then, the business has been diluted by copy cats who slashed prices and I refuse to do so.  Smashhaus is the little engine that beat up the big boys and thus Dylan is very proud of this company and the composer team worldwide that made it happen! Today, and as a result of this, we are focused on smaller run, highest quality work for media, not large scale production as we were before.  ARTIST RUN 100%!! VIVA EL ARTISTE'S. Website:  smashhaus.com  Check it out. DYLAN'S BUSINESSES SOUNDCLOUD RADIO HOST, PROGRAM DIRECTOR Program Director of Soundcloud Radio, a globally distributed, 24/7 radio on DashRadio Networks an evolution of my show www.bompop.tv where I hosted the emerging artist hour and a music industry talk shows. ​GUESTS: Chainsmokers, Armin Van Buuren, Redfoo, Nervo, X Ambassadors, Redman, Earth Wind and Fire, OT Genesis, Lianne V, Becky G, Karmin, Icona Pop, Bonny McKee, Laidback Luke, Wesley Stromberg (Emblem3). Jay Sean, Dana Dane, Nicky Romero, Lil Dirk. NORDIC LA An entertainment industry network connecting leading Nordic and U.S. Creators, brands and entrepreneurs from the Entertainment industries. Partners include: The United Nations, Dynaudio, Royal Unibrew, Soundcloud, ReverbNation, The Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Innovation House, Consulate General of Finland, Embassy of Denmark, Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Arla Muuto, Kissmeyer, Ampelos, Nacc, Hummel, RepostNetwork Found of NOIZ Society: An elite order of Noiz Makers / Hollywood Ca WE ARE: An invite only, secret society inspired power circle of music industry operators, artists, producers and leaders with zero degrees of separation. ​We meet in undisclosed locations in Hollywood California and often feature star performers and amazing emerging music makers in intimate settings. Take a listen - I'm sure you will like this interview. MM
28:01
October 12, 2020
Chatting with Rachel Walker - Episode 1
I had the pleasure of a short interview with Rachel Walker.  She is in Northern Canada (eh ?) and unfortunately, the weather controlled how long we could chat.  I spoke to her a few days ago, and she is one of the most interesting musicians I've chatted with.   Her music is varied.  I love jazz, and she has jazz inspired songs, along with folk and rock inspired.   She is an accomplished singer / songwriter with a large catalogue of original music. She has released four albums and continues to release a wide range of singles. Rachel enjoys collaborating with professional artists from around the world. Alvin Taylor is an American drummer, producer and musical director, who is best known for his work with Elton John, Eric Burdon , George Harrison, Billy Preston and Bob Welch. Rachel's website is:   rachelwalkertrio.com.  Take a look around and pick up a CD !!!    We will do an episode 2 in the near future.  I am hoping we can talk Rachel into singing one of her originals.  
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October 11, 2020
Chatting with Robert Morgan Fisher
Robert Morgan Fisher is an incredibly talented  singer/songwriter, writer, and voiceover artist.  I had the pleasure of speaking with him recently, and he treated me to two original songs. I've listed his bio below.  Check out his website - its a fun place to go !!! Robert Morgan Fisher won the 2018 Chester Himes Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 John Steinbeck Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Upstreet, Cowboy Jamboree Magazine, Pleiades, Storyscape Journal, Teach. Write., The Wild Word, The Arkansas Review, Red Wheelbarrow, The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast, Dime Show Review, 0-Dark-Thirty, Psychopomp, The Seattle Review, The Spry Literary Journal, 34th Parallel, The Journal of Microliterature, Spindrift, The Rumpus, Bluerailroad and many other publications. He’s written for TV, radio and film. Robert holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently on the teaching faculty of Antioch University in several capacities. Since 2016, Robert has led the UCLA Wordcommandos, an acclaimed twice-weekly writing workshop for veterans with PTSD. He often writes companion songs to his short stories. Both his music and fiction have won many awards. Robert also voices audiobooks.  (www.robertmorganfisher.com)
54:55
October 11, 2020
Tribute to Eddie Van Halen - Chatting with Fred Meyer.
Disclaimer - some explicit language Tonight we talk about the late Eddie Van Halen and Fred's time with Warner Brothers.  Fred tells the back story behind Van Halen, among other artists.  Tonight we focused on Eddie Van Halen and his recent passing.  Fred is hilarious in his retelling of the back stories.  His website is promotion-man.com, and his life street show is on www.KLBJfm.com, on Sundays at 4pm Pacific Time.  Fred's email is thepromotionman@gmail.com. His stories of life on the road as "the Promotion Man" will keep you enthralled for hours.  i binged his shows and loved every one of them. Lets lift a shot of tequila tonight to Eddie Van Halen and be grateful this musical genius was with us. Also, please excuse some of the language - but then again, its Van Halen !!!
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October 7, 2020
Chatting with Marc Cashman - Episode 2
Marc gives his insight into avoiding scams in the voice actor world.  The most common scam is the check scam, prevalent in all fields.  The second scam is a school promising a demo tape at the end of the course, whether the student is ready to record.   Marc also talks about playing the plastic surgeon in the video game Twisted Metal. I can't describe it - you have to listen -  this is an image you cannot get out of your head !!!!   During this episode we give a shout out to Larry Hudson, another Voice Over Actor who also teaches editing techniques through the Audacity and Adobe Audition platforms.  Larry's contact info is lh@larryhudsonvo.com Marc can be reached at cashmancommercials.com. Any questions for me?  studiocitynow@gmail.com
27:56
October 5, 2020
Chatting with Marc Cashman - Episode 1: Behind the Glass Door
Google Marc Cashman's name, and you will be amazed at what you find. Marc started his career as a copywriter, actor and voice over actor. He is not the Marc Cashman in Toronto - he is the Marc Cashman author of V-Oh ! Check out his Voice Cat - Let this Cat out of the bag !! Let this Cat out of the bag. He pounces on Promos.  Attacks Animation. Purrs at Trailers.  Nimble with Narration. He leaps in and out of Audiobooks. Climbs into ad copy, finding the just the right hook. Marc can be all that.  A pro V-O cat. When you let him out of the bag. Voted one of the “Best Voices of the Year”by AudioFile Magazine three times—and an Audie winner—Marc is a veteran voice actor with 40 years of studio experience in Radio, TV and Internet commercials, foreign film dubbing, animated series, video games, and over 150 audiobooks.Marc creates and produces copy and music advertising for radio and television, and was named one of the “Best Voices of the Year” three times by AudioFile Magazine, and has been a keynote speaker and Master Class instructor at VOICE 2008-2014, Keynote Speaker at VO Atlanta 2012, as well as Master Class.
27:20
September 28, 2020
Chatting with Jason Stuart and his awesome mom, Gloria
First - I have to apologize for the recording quality.  The recording gods were not with us when we recorded this.  Don't know why.  SOOO, with that being said, Jason Stuart is the funniest guy around.  I had the pleasure of speaking with him, and his mom, Gloria.   Gloria is the coolest mom ever.  The banter between Jason, Gloria and myself is hysterical.  While listening, all I thought of was - this is so cool, we need to sit down, drink coffee and chat about anything.  She is the inspiration for the book title "Shut Up I'm Talking."   Jason is a comedian who has headlined at the Comedy Store, and has several movies coming out.  He came out on "Geraldo" many years ago, and his career skyrocketed after that.   Jason wrote the series, Smothered, that can be seen on smotheredtv.com, and the movie Immortal will be released on September 8, on demand on Showtime and Amazon.  Abducted is also on demand and Amazon. We briefly talk about politics ..... So please go out and vote ! Jason's book, "Shut Up I'm Talking" is available on Amazon and his website, jasonstuart.com.   He said one of his influences is/are Omar Sherif.  Jason said he saw Funny Girl and fell for Omar ! One of his most challenging roles was Birth of a Nation and he plays a white plantation owner.   Please check out Jason's website at jasonstuart.com and take a look around.   AND - if you know where Gloria can find a one cup, not a pod, coffee maker, please let Jason know.  Gloria will love you forever for it !!!
33:38
September 4, 2020
Chatting with Jon D'Amore - Its Been a Slice !!!
Jon D'Amore - what can I say?   He is an accomplished musician and writer.  Jon's first book, The Boss Always Sits in the Back - A Memoir, is a fun and incredible read.  Jon talks about his 22nd birthday in Las Vegas, and how a gambling scam in the 1970's changed all gambling laws in the United States.   His second and third books - Deadfellas and The Deliveryman - also talk about the underworld (mafia).  His fourth book "As Long As I have Lips" is a romance.   Jon talks about his cross country moves and what he wants in the future.  He can be reached at jondamore.com Jon's does zoom readings on Saturday and Sunday.   Take a listen !!!
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August 28, 2020
Chatting with Hugh LeHane
A few days ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Hugh LeHane.  I love his accent !!!!   We could have gone on forever so there will be an episode 2.  Hugh has been living in London for the past two years. He talks about his move to London, what originally brought him to California, his acting, voiceover and spiritual work.  I've included his biography below.  Enjoy !! Actor Hugh Lehane was born in Limerick and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. A multi talented artist he is also a musician, an editor and a filmmaker. As a young boy Hugh was enchanted by Stephen Spielberg's classic film 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind'. The experience was profound and in Hugh's own words... "With Close Encounters I truly came to know the wonder, the magic of cinema, the scope of what it could do and it changed me. Later, as I grew to know myself as an actor this film became a reminder of my purpose as an artist. To create art that touches the soul, that fundamentally, emotionally, spiritually moves people, and in doing so, giving back the same experience, the magical wonder that Spielberg gave me as a child with Close Encounters." For 8 years Hugh studied intensively at Studio 24 Seven in Hollywood, Los Angeles with the amazing acting teacher / career coach Mark McPherson. Within weeks of beginning these classes Hugh booked a Lead Role in the award winning feature film 'Gothic Assassins' which played at International Film Festivals around the world. Hugh recently moved to London, England. Within a week of arriving he had signed with an agent and auditioned for one of the top Casting Directors in the country. Hugh was born for this. This Irish force of nature is about to take the world by storm. Watch this space, this actor will very soon be a household name. Some of the highlights of Hugh's time growing up in Ireland as an artist include performances at Dublin's famous Olympia Theater, as a musician going on a Nationwide Heineken Sponsored Ireland & UK Tour, producing-directing & starring in many musical theater shows at the Rupert Guinness Theater and getting past numerous public rounds of selection to win a personal audition with Oscar nominated Director Alan Parker (Fame, Mississippi Burning, Evita, Midnight Express) for his film 'The Commitments'.
59:26
August 19, 2020
Chatting with David Velo Stewart
I had the pleasure of chatting with David Velo Stewart a few weeks ago.  David is a fascinating film maker and writer who started his career in Ohio as a D.J.  David's latest project, This Thing Called Hip Hop, is inspirational, and shows the origins of hip hop.  This is streaming on Amazon Prime. David graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in African American studies with a concentration in film. In January 2000, Stewart founded Velocity Productions Ltd. This entertainment company specializes in producing feature films, documentaries and web videos. In 2001, Stewart completed the narrative feature film Hiphopbattle.com: HipHop for Life, which premiered at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been screened at the Sundance Film Festival (2002) and Acapulco Black Film Festival (2001). Stewart followed the success of Hip-Hop 4 Life with a city vs. city rap battle documentary series. The fifth and final installment, Hip Hop Life (2007) can be found on Netflix and iTunes. One of his latest film, The Low Key Savage Sunday is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. One of the things that impressed me is there is little to no swearing in David's films, and absolutely no use of the "N" word.   David has also written picture book for children and is working on his second book.   He can be found on instagram @hiphopbattle and facebook.com/davidvelostewart. Please take a look at Hip Hop Battle on Amazon Prime - you will love it!
39:35
August 15, 2020
Chatting with Jan Seides
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with the very talented singer/songwriter Jan Seides in Austin, Texas.  My dogs were in the studio with me, and you can hear them knocking over chairs and snoring !    Jan plays guitar, piano, mandolin and ukulele.  She gives us an insight on her influences - Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Judy Collins.  Jan discovered she had perfect pitch when she was 4 or 5 - Did you know the vacuum cleaner noise is a perfect C note ?  How cool is that? Jan organized the Concert for the Navajo Neighbors last May, which raised money for the tribe.  I also learned that the Navajo Nation sent money to Ireland during the Irish potato famine and now Ireland is helping the Navajo Nation during this pandemic.   Jan also sang an original song - Rachel's sister - which is incredible.   Today, July 26, 2020 at 3:00 Central time, Jan will be doing a Zoom concert which can also be viewed on Facebook.  She does zoom concerts every other Sunday, however, you can see her on her website and on Facebook. Jan can be seen on facebook.com/janseides, instagram and twitter as @janseides, and her website is janseides.com  Take a listen :)  
42:27
July 26, 2020
Chatting with James Lee Stanley
I had the pleasure of speaking with James Lee Stanley.  I've known him as a musician for years and was fascinated talking with him.  Could have spent hours listening to him.   James is a multitalented singer/songwriter who has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Robin Trower, worked with Poco, and Peter Tork, among others.  James talks about how he got into music, his influences and life on the road.  He also has 34 albums/cd's out.   During our chat, he talks about recovering from throat/tongue cancer - he had surgery in 2019, and 8 weeks later was singing again..  He gives us his views on politics (YEAH !!!!!) and is just a fascinating guy ! He has a weekly show on Thursday nights, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Facebook and a radio show on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. on the Folk Music Notebook. James can be found at jamesleestanley.com, facebook.com/jamesleestanley, instagram and twitter @ jamesleestanley, and his cd's are on every music platform available - CD Baby, Reverb Nation, to name a few.
46:06
July 26, 2020
Chatting with Chad Watson - 1
I had the pleasure of chatting with the very talented producer and musician, Chad Watson.  I've known Chad and his lovely wife, Pam Loe, for years, and learned so much about him today.  Chad plays multiple instruments - bass, trombone, mandolin, among others.  He had played with Freebo, Charlie Rich, Kenny O'Dell, Maria Muldair, John York and Barry McGuire, among other country and jazz musicians.  Chad and Pam often perform together at The Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, California.  Once the quarantine is over, they will be there once again. Pam Loe, Chad's wife, is a musician in her own right.  She is a talented singer, and vocal coach.  Pam can be reached at pamloe.com and her facebook is facebook.com/pamloe.  Her facebook page highlights both she and Chad singing, and their concerts. Chad can be reached at chadbass@hotmail.com. Cant wait for episode 2. Check it out !
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July 22, 2020
Chatting with Darryl Harrelson
A sit-down interview with producer Darryl Harrison.  Darryl is a talented producer and drummer, who has worked in the country music field for years.  Looking forward to Episode 2 !
23:25
July 17, 2020
Chatting with Jeremy Eberstein
My guest today is the very talented actor, singer, songwriter and writer, Jeremy Eberstein.  Jeremy talks about his influences, his journey into acting and how he got his start playing a potato latka!  Take a listen - he is a funny guy :)
50:41
July 15, 2020
Chatting with Indie Musician Austin Kranick
Austin Kranick - what can I say?   He is an extremely talented musician whose influences include Prince, Nirvana and Linkin Park.  This twenty minute interview showcases his influences, his talents, the shows he has performed in and plans for the future.  The band is dropping some new material on July 20th.  Austin and the band is on Facebook as Austin Kranick Music and also youtube.  Take a listen !!!!  
18:47
July 14, 2020
Chatting with the Tommy Lama
Today we hear the magical incantations - well for a minute - of the multi talented Tommy Savitt, also known as The Tommy Lama !   Tommy is a talented comedian who started his career as a lawyer in New York City.  He has always said "I went to the best acting school in town, Law School."  Tommy had a resident at the Tropicana in Las Vegas for several years, and is back in Los Angeles.  Once the Covid crises is over, he will be out touring again.  Always fun to watch.  You can also hear his helpers, his two dogs, bar in the background.  You can find him on social media at The Tommy Lama or email me at studiocitynow@gmail.com if you want to reach him.
30:47
July 8, 2020
Chatting with Keith Reza
Keith Reza is an extremely talented writer and comedian.  In this episode, he gives shout outs to everyone who has influenced him in his career, and who his influences have been.  We also discuss, in depth, the George Clooney movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 2.  Don't ask - it just ended up being here !!    Once the pandemic is over, Keith will be performing again.  I highly suggest seeing him.  He's funny, personable and makes you happy.  Thanks for listening.
41:42
July 6, 2020
Chatting with Elaine Ballace
Elaine Ballace is a talented actor, writer, and former ice skater.  Elaine has appeared in Young Frankenstein, Dracula Dead and Loving it, and has her YouTube show - Camp Elaine.  Elaine was also in the web series "The Rich and the Ruthless."  She can be reached through Facebook or you can email me at studiocitynow@gmail.com if you have any questions.   Thank you for listening :)
32:45
June 29, 2020
Chatting with Kenny Metcalf
Kenny Metcalf is an incredible singer, songwriter and musician.  Kenny was the keyboard player for Stryper, the Christian rock band in the 1980's, then went on to become the Number 1 Elton John Tribute Artist.  Kenny talks about his incredible recovery from near death - the Kenny Metcalf Miracle - and how his faith has healed him.   I first heard Kenny at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) about 8 years ago, and am his biggest fan.  His website is www.eltontheearlyyears.com.  Take a look around and I know you will be amazed with his work.  
43:11
June 19, 2020
Chatting with Nancy Jo Perdue - the Going Out Party
Two friends chatting and having fun on a girl's night out - finally !  We flirted with fireman, ate Chinese food and had a great time.  Enjoy the banter :)
15:12
June 14, 2020
Chatting with Paul Petersen
Interview with teen idol, actor, singer, writer and child advocate Paul Petersen.  Paul talks about his years on The Donna Reed Show, his friends who are former child actors.  He also spoke of his his work with A Minor Consideration, and his crush on Annette Funicello.  Who doesn't like Annette ???  
17:57
June 1, 2020
Chatting with John M. and Hillorie McLarty
John M. is a talented singer songwriter in the Los Angeles area.  He hails from the east coast, and has lived in Nashville, and Northern California.  He is currently in Southern California, moving back to Nashville in the next month.  John is a hit at house concerts and at the local clubs.   In this podcast, John sings a favorite - My Mother in Me - a tribute to his late mother.   Hillorie McLarty is John's manager and significant other.  She is the marketing and advertising manager at Music Connection Magazine and is finishing up her degree in creative writing.   Hillorie is the producer of Sunday Morning Live, which is a Facebook Live show on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. I wish both John and Hillorie the best in Nashville, and know they will be a hit in the clubs and house concerts there.  
41:23
May 26, 2020
Chatting with Kimbra - Episode 1
Coffee talk with actress, model, singer and writer, Kimbra Westervelt.  Kimbra has had an amazing life traveling all over the world as a model and actress.  Her website is kimbrawestervelt dot com and she can be reached either through the website or studiocitynow at gmail dot com. Happy listening !
45:41
May 26, 2020
1 - Chatting with Melody Guy
Melody Guy is a gifted songwriter from Nashville.  Her writing has an emotional depth and honesty that strikes you deep down in your soul.  In Episode 1, Melody sings her newest song, Human Connection, written about the isolation of the current home isolation/quarentine during the Covid-19 crisis.  This is an honest look at her feelings and her background.  Later episodes will go into her hobbies - she has discovered painting, and other life work.  Thanks for listening.  
45:32
May 13, 2020
1 - Marc Cartwright, photographer and renaissance man
Marc Cartwright grew up in New York, on Long Island's East End.  Partially raised by his grandparents who were avid fans of Hollywood classics, Marc developed a passion for the entertainment industry. A graduate of NYU, Marc runs a successful photography business in Los Angeles, where he photographs established as well as up and coming talents in Film and Television. With his experience behind the camera producing photoshoots, Marc followed his passion for film directing and producing.  he co-founded the production company Glass Cabin Films to create short and feature length content. His websites is: marccartwright.com
19:12
May 11, 2020