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Rising Star - Music That Matters

Rising Star - Music That Matters

By Kelly Hughes
Today's most intriguing singers and songwriters talk about their new releases.
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Wheeler del Torro - The Sun Will Shine Again Producer/musician Wheeler del Torro talks about his latest single The Sun Will Shine Again and his international pop-up events that feature thought-provoking music and great food.
September 14, 2021
Sa'ra Charismata  Singer-songwriter Sa'ra Charismata talks about her new single "Life Is Not About Control".
August 31, 2021
Faith Richards - Same Language  Singer-songwriter Faith Richards talks about her latest single "Same Language" and much more.
July 30, 2021
The Mood Kings - Dust and Bone North Carolina natives Mark Schwarze and Joey Townsend of The Mood Kings discuss their band's latest single "Dust and Bone" and much more.
July 29, 2021
Aaron Kellim - Be Kind  Singer-songwriter Aaron Kellim talks about his latest single "State Lines" and much more.
July 22, 2021
Viviane Bonfim Viviane Bonfim talks about teaching in New York.
July 20, 2021
Stringz EMB - Lights On Singer-songwriter Stringz EMB talks about his latest single Lights Out.
July 15, 2021
Jay Denton - The Reckoning
Singer/songwriter Jay Denton talks about his record label Endure Studios, his new single The Reckoning, recording music in Beirut, and much more.
July 8, 2021
Kjersti Long - Eleanor Rigby  Singer/songwriter Kjersti Long talks about her latest single, a passionate remake of Eleanor Rigby, and much more.
July 7, 2021
Greye - So Far, So Good  Jett Wolfe and Hannah Summer from the band Greye talk about their new album So Far, So Good and their latest single "Over My Head".
July 6, 2021
T.A. Parker - Way Back Home  Singer-songwriter T.A. Parker talks about his upcoming EP Way Back Home, and much more.
July 2, 2021
Greg Hoy - Cacophony  Singer/songwriter Greg Hoy talks about his recent album Cacophony and much more.
July 1, 2021
Last Giant - Let The End Begin  Ryan Heise of Portland, OR band Last Giant talks about their album Let The End Begin.
June 30, 2021
Eddie Cohn - Dystopian Days  L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddie Cohn talks about Animals, the new single from his upcoming album Dystopian Days, and much more.
June 29, 2021
Sharon Hendrix - Fortitude Sharon Hendrix talks about her new EP titled Fortitude, and shares stories from five decades in the entertainment industry working with musical legends such as Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dusty Springfield, Bob Dylan, and George Duke.
June 25, 2021
Rob Murat - "Love Me Love"  Singer and actor Rob Murat talks about his latest single "Love Me Love".
June 7, 2021
Eveline - Waiting For The Summer Singer/songwriter Eveline talks about her feel-good summer hit "Waiting For The Summer".
June 3, 2021
GTB Nova - Pandemic Rap artist GTB Nova talks about his latest ep Pandemic.
May 18, 2021
Sam Green and the Time Machine  Melbourne musician Sam Green talks about his life and career.
May 13, 2021
Dynamyte - "I Don't Like You" Singer-songwriter Dynamyte talks about her new single "I Don't Like You".
April 28, 2021
Kayo Hustle - "No Kap" Rap artist Kayo Hustle talks about his new single "No Kap".
April 28, 2021
Melanie Rogers - Fever Indie pop singer/songwriter Melanie Rogers talks about her new single Fever.
April 8, 2021
Leni Black - How I Feel  Singer/songwriter Leni Black talks about her latest single How I Feel.
March 4, 2021
Jake Allen - Affirmation Day  Singer/guitarist Jake Allen talks about his career, his influences, and his latest album Affirmation Day.
March 2, 2021
Leo Sawikin - Row Me Away  Singer/songwriter Leo Sawikin talks about his upcoming album Row Me Away.
February 25, 2021
Bruce Burgess - Drum Dynasty Seven Against Thebes drummer Bruce Burgess talks about his new Drum Dynasty album Time Machine.
February 21, 2021
DICI - Miami Tokyo Milan Italian-born and Miami-based rapper DICI talks about his new EP.
February 8, 2021
King Swigg - "New Dance" Rapper King Swigg talks about the funky new direction of his new single New Dance.
December 7, 2020
HEwas - "WHOLEthing" Singer/songwriter HEwas talks about his upcoming single, a collaboration with Afroman called WHOLEthing, plus his adventures singing and dancing in the ultimate boy band tribute group Overnight.
November 19, 2020
B Fhukken Have - "Warriors & Revolutionist"  Hip-hop artist B Fhukken Have talks about his latest track Warriors & Revolutionist and shares the inspiration for his upcoming album.
October 9, 2020
Barbara Jo Kammer - "Big Blue Sky in the Morning"  Barbara Jo Kammer talks about her new album Big Blue Sky in the Morning and shares her inspiring personal message.
September 11, 2020
Louis Miller - "Drop On The Leaf" Singer/songwriter/rapper Louis Miller talks about his new single Drop On The Leaf.
September 3, 2020
T. Sydir - "Freedom!"  Rapper/songwriter T. Sydir talks about his new single "Freedom!"
September 2, 2020
Adam Byrd - "Knock Knockin"  Singer/songwriter Adam Byrd talks about his new single "Knock Knockin" as well as his careers in professional football, acting, and modeling.
September 1, 2020
Giadora - "One Last Thing"  Singer/songwriter Giadora talks about her latest single "One Last Thing".
August 28, 2020
OG Cuicide - "Keep It G" Compton-based rapper OG Cuicide talks about his latest single "Keep It G" as well as the career and life experiences that inspired his upcoming documentary.
August 27, 2020
Casey Ahern - "Didn't Even Get A Goodbye" Singer/songwriter Casey Ahern talks about her new single "Didn't Even Get A Goodbye" and her upcoming EP Where I Run.
August 19, 2020
Lavendine - "Rapture"  Singer/songwriters Jacy and Jana Ayers of Lavendine talk about their single "Rapture" from the album Feel My Way. 
August 12, 2020
Sane - "Average" Rockstar trapper Sane talks about his new single "Average" and shares his personal story.
August 6, 2020
Manny Cabo - "All Night Again" Singer/songwriter Manny Cabo wow'd audiences as part of Adam Levine's team on The Voice, then made a big impression on Telemundo's La Voz. Today, he is responding to the pandemic with a special song he wrote and recorded. It's called "All Night Again" and Manny dedicates it to the frontliners and essential workers who are helping us all during these challenging times.
July 7, 2020
Kendre Streeter - "A Change"  Singer/songwriter Kendre Streeter talks about his new single "A Change" plus his experience opening for Morris Day and The Time, the enduring inspiration of classic R&B music, and much more. You can watch his videos on YouTube at:
June 24, 2020
8rooklyn 8atman - "Corona Killa"  Hip Hop artist 8rooklyn 8atman talks about his single and music video "Corona Killa" off his ep Dark Avenger. He also shares his contribution to the current Covid-19 health crisis: tea tree-infused face masks that he makes and distributes, offering a natural alternative for virus prevention. 8rooklyn 8atman also talks about his book Seeds in the Concrete (written as L. Joevon), available now at Amazon:
June 18, 2020
Valerian Ruminski - "Songs From Inside" Opera singer Valerian Ruminski talks about Songs From Inside, a pop-oriented album he wrote and recorded at home during the quarantine. In addition to singing on stages around the world, Valerian is also the founder and general director of New York's Nickel City Opera, and will be using his experiences from a career in opera in his upcoming musical podcast drama The Strange Case of Igor Lukovsky.
June 2, 2020
Randall Wheatley - "Marry Me Margaret" Randall Wheatley talks about his upcoming podcast "Marry Me Margaret" and the experiences that inspired it, including an immersion in the New York theatre scene as an actor, playwright, director, and theatre company creator. Wheatley's recent credits include the album "Everything Matters" and a series of YouTube performance art/music videos. He is a modern-day Renaissance man, and, with the debut of "Marry Me Margaret", he is ready to add a fresh and meaningful spin to the spoken word/radio theatre podcast revolution.
May 19, 2020
Ilyah - "Boy Band & Beyond" Singer ILYAH talks about his new single and video Habibi, and he shares tales of performing in the boy band tribute group Overnight.
May 8, 2020
David Ruffin Jr. - "Running Out of Time" Singer/songwriter David Ruffin Jr. (son of legendary Temptations singer David Ruffin) talks about his single Running Out of Time, and reminisces about the classic Motown sound with host Kelly Hughes.
April 27, 2020
Lori Myren-Manbeck, CEO & Founder of Inclusivi-Tee    Lori Myren-Manbeck's company Inclusivi-Tee is changing the world one t-shirt at a time. In this inspiring interview, Lori shares her journey from clinical psychologist to humanitarian entrepreneur. In these stay-at-home times, she also gives us a timely reminder to be kind to one another and to help the people around you. 
April 18, 2020
Ben Kopec and OnChain Music - The Future of Digital Streaming is Now Prolific musician and serial entrepreneur Ben Kopec talks about his new business OnChain Music, and how artists can get their songs on the latest blockchain music platforms.
February 19, 2020
Mike Donello & The New Essentials - The Austin, TX Report   Singer and songcrafter Mike Donello talks about his upcoming EP with The New Essentials, his podcast Chilling on the Southside, and about the lively independent music scene in Austin, TX.
February 1, 2020
Ronnue - "Introduction 2 Retro-Funk" Singer/songwriter Ronnue talks about his latest album Introduction 2 Retro-Funk (winner of Indieshark’s Album of the Year Award) and his singles 17 Days and Be Your Freak.
January 17, 2020
Joseph Seif - "Works for Solo Piano" Composer and pianist Joseph Seif talks about his new Works for Solo Piano, and how his other creative disciplines inform his creative projects.
December 16, 2019
David Leask - "Six in 6/8"
Rising Star host Kelly Hughes talks to Scottish-Canadian singer-songwriter David Leask about his new album Six in 6/8.
December 6, 2019