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N'Kenge is a Grammy and Emmy-nominated Pop, Jazz, Soul and Opera singer. She has starred in the Broadway musical, MOTOWN, as well as in Sondheim on Sondheim as the standby for Vanessa Williams. She has performed on renowned stages around the world, including Opera Estate in Italy, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Madison Square Garden and performed for Presidents and Dignitaries, including President Clinton and President Obama. N'Kenge has also won nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her roles in the Elton John/Tim Rice musical, Aida, and in Marion Caffey's 3 Mo' Divas. Currently, N'Kenge is performing as The Moon in the award-winning Broadway musical, Caroline, or Change, which runs through January 9th, 2022 at the legendary Studio 54 in NYC. In addition, N'Kenge is developing a Broadway-bound musical celebrating Dorothy Dandridge's life and music and a new TV musical dramedy, Black Butterfly. nkengemusic.com
Moritz Seider has done it again - ANOTHER OT winner! Tune in as the Winged Wheel Podcast discusses the Detroit Red Wings win, including Seider's beautiful one-timer, Givani Smith, & the team being in a playoff spot (3:05)... We're also joined by Tony Ferrari of The Hockey News & Sports Illustrated (17:20), before discussing Carter Mazur & Red Savage (54:10), & the Vancouver mess (1:01:30). Head over to wingedwheelpodcast.com to find all the ways to listen, how to support the show, and so much more.
The R&B singer talks to Colin Murray about Stevie Wonder's origins, her work ethic and her sixty-year love affair with Motown. Midnight Meets is part of Colin Murray's BBC Radio 5 Live show which is on Monday to Wednesday 10.30pm to 1am - or available whenever you want via the free BBC Sounds app.
Welcome to our Local Highlights Mini Series. In this episode, we talk to Russell Joel Brown, a former Broadway actor and singer who is FROM Augusta and has returned after touring for years with The Lion King to help bring art to the city. We first talked to Russell Joel Brown back in 2019 in "Augusta: Better than New York???" - so if you want to hear more of his story, you can find it here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dropthedis-augusta/id1463070558?i=1000525345437 This time around, Russell is talking to us about a show that he has coming up in February: Motzart to Motown. It's a "One Man Show" that will feature about 100 local talent and will be a totally unique experience! We talk about how this idea came to be and also how he became involved in the charity that it is benefitting! Find Out More & Buy Tickets: RussellJoelBrown.com Presented By Nancy Powell Real Estate Broker @DowntownAugustaBroker (Nancy20201!) DropTheDis Question Presented by Tranter Grey Media (TranterGrey.com) Community Partnership: TheClubhou.se at the Cyber Center & Augusta Podcasts, LLC. Beer is Brought to You by Savannah River Brewery (Follow them on Facebook!) SavannahRiverBrew.Com Also Featuring: The Little Guide to Augusta, @AllEqualParts, 2nd City Distilling & Durty Gurl Cocktail Mixers. Want to Support the Show & Get Free Stuff & Cool, Unique Bonus Content? Check out our Patreon! Learn More and Shop Merch @ AugustaPodcasts.com Produced at Augusta Podcasts Studio
At last, we're back in the Motor City! Put your speakers in the window and go on the roof and listen to the Miracles, as well as us talking about the triumphant return of Diana Ross, the inauspicious debut of the Commodores, and the most-used Motown song in pop culture history. The Miracles - Love Machine (Pt. 1)Diana Ross - Love HangoverMarvin Gaye - I Want YouCommodores - Just to Be Close to YouThe Originals - Down to Love TownThelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This WayGet early access to bonus episodes on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/discordpodDiana Ross performs "Love Hangover" on Midnight Special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJTZrWv5Y9IBBC Radio 4's Soul Music episode on "Don't Leave Me This Way": https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0375qt8"Don't Date Robots" PSA from Futurama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ6knaienVECohosts: Rich Bunnell, Mike DeFabio, John McFerrinTheme music: "The Motown Song" by Rod Stewart feat. the TemptationsClosing credits music by Kenneth Kraylie, originally composed by Andy Partridge with new lyrics by Adam Smith of the Hector Collectorshttps://kennethkraylie.bandcamp.com/https://casinos.bandcamp.com/https://thehectorcollectors.bandcamp.com/
Jeff and Lester get to talk about the Bears breaking their losing streak on Thanksgiving in Motown, so what were some of the positives and negatives they saw from the Lions game? Also find out who/what they picked for their weekly categories of; Trench Tribute Sweet Tweets Caught up in a numbers game The 3 Bears: Hot, cold, just right! The Fields Report Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"It is one thing to change your name before you become famous. It is quite another to change your name after you become famous. We have a list that did. Plus, we will look into how to legally change your name and the laws of a stage name."
'''Trigger Run Production (TRP)''' is one of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany,_Georgia Albany's (GA)] greatest hidden treasures in the city's underground music and entertainment scene. The musical dance/rap group composed of students from Monroe and Westover High School started performing back in 1989 at a local high school talent show. However, it was not until the fall of 1993 that would send Trigger Run into the stratosphere as a local treasure, and entertainment ambassadors, of the city as they would perform center stage on the world renown and famed amateur night at the Apollo Theater in New York City, NY. This platform would serve as the catalyst that would set the city a blaze thus catapulting Trigger Run into the urban legend that it has become known today as one of the city's most versatile and influential [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_hop_music hip-hop] groups born and raised in the Good Life City. Trigger Run would find marginal success in 1992 teaming up with WJIZ (96.3), and the Pride of Albany, to perform their first professional concert at the Albany Amphitheater along the city's riverfront. Looking to expand their musical prowess, in the summer of ‘94, the group would venture down south to team up with Miami Bass artist Clay D and Total Kaos as the opening act to promote their indie single release “Pump Ya Fist”. In 1998, Trigger Run would travel north to the new Motown known as Atlanta to perform their second indie release single “Toss It Up”. Trigger Run's underground music revolution created a cosmetic shift that would resonate throughout the city and re-inspired a musical revolution not known since Albany's own Ray Charles. Trigger Run's influence would help unearth undiscovered talent thus inspiring a music revolution that would birth record labels such as Southern House, Platinum Sound Studios and arguably one of the most successful rap groups to call Albany home, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_Mob Field Mob] (Shawn Timothy Johnson and Darion Crawford). Facebook: http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063097833770 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/triggerrun/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCKk-s78RLblSsHPDu2EviDg Online Store: https://rb.gy/e9kr3f NOTES: Nathaniel Whitfield ‘89 Anthony Washington ‘91 Herbert Bowens ‘91 William “Billy” Dobbins ‘92 Douglas Rivers ‘92 George Moody ‘92 Eddie Nelson ‘92 II D Extreme @ FAMU info SnakeEyes info Magazine Pub References: The Albany (GA) Herald, May 26, 1992, Unsigned Hype segment Magazine Publication WJIZ (96.3) Albany (GA), Pride of Albany Concert @ Albany Amphitheatre Apollo Theatre, New York (NY), August 20, 1993 Southwest Georgian (GA), August 5-7, 1993 06/06/1992 Concert Amphitheatre, Pride Of Albany - WJIZ (Diane Gilletete/Brady Keys) $500 1994 Pump Ya Fist Single Release Sweet Auburn Festival, Hot 97.5, June 1996 1998 Toss It Up Single Release Magazine - SnakeEyes college Showtime At The Apollo ‘91 Herbert Bowens - Drumline,Stomp the Yard FAMU's Marching 100 II D Extreme - FAMU Albany Civic Center River Days $500 Touring - Clay D to promote indie Single - Pump Ya Fist About the show: ► Website: http://www.ashsaidit.com ► Got Goli Gummies? https://go.goli.com/1loveash5 ► For $5 in ride credit, download the Lyft app using my referral link: https://www.lyft.com/ici/ASH584216 ► Want the ‘coldest' water? https://thecoldestwater.com/?ref=ashleybrown12 ► Become A Podcast Legend: http://ashsaidit.podcastersmastery.zaxaa.com/s/6543767021305 ► Review Us: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ash-said-it/id1144197789 ► SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://www.youtube.com/c/AshSaidItSuwanee ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1loveash ► Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashsaidit ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/1loveAsh ► Blog: http://www.ashsaidit.com/blog ► Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/1LoveAsh/ #atlanta #ashsaidit #ashsaidthat #ashblogsit #ashsaidit® Ash Brown is a gifted American producer, blogger, speaker, media personality and event emcee. The blog on AshSaidit.com showcases exclusive event invites, product reviews and so much more. Her motivational podcast "Ash Said It Daily" is available on major media platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio & Google Podcasts. This program has over half a million streams worldwide. She uses these mediums to motivate & encourage her audience in the most powerful way. She keeps it real!
“One of the main things we need as leaders is the ability to learn and grow.” – Dermot Buffini There are many elements to really effective leadership. In this episode, a live recording from Peak Experience, Buffini & Company CEO Dermot Buffini shares what he's learned about being a leader throughout his career. Reflecting on Barry Gordy's Motown model for success, he teaches how you can lead yourself, your family, your team and your customers to phenomenal success. YOU WILL LEARN: How to do a leadership self-assessment. How to develop and lead your team. How to create a winning system. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Episode 281, Making Your Business and Life a Hit https://www.thebrianbuffinishow.com/making-your-business-and-life-a-hit-281/ INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE: “You've got to be a great me before we can be a great we.” – Dermot Buffini “You've got to identify who the others are in your life that you're going to pour your time into.” – Dermot Buffini “Do not leave any talent on the table. You need to develop it for yourself because you're being an example.” – Dermot Buffini “I'm responsible for all things. That's my mindset.” – Dermot Buffini “You have to define what winning looks like for you.” – Dermot Buffini https://www.TheBrianBuffiniShow.com http://www.brianbuffini.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brian_buffini Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brianbuffini Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianbuffini Theme Music: “The Cliffs of Moher” by Brogue Wave
Skylar Rogers was born and raised in some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods. She learned at an early age that music brought people together and grew up listening to music her mother (a singer herself) was listening or singing to. This upbringing laid the groundwork, giving Skylar the drive and passion to explore a career in music. Skylar's "Soul Rockin' Blues" sound has been influenced by Tina Turner, Etta James, Billy Joel, and Koko Taylor. Throw in a bit of AC/DC and multiple Motown artists and you have the unique, strong, passionate and energetic Skylar Rogers. Music and faith were primary sources of strength and inspiration for Skylar through not only the bad times (abusive relationships, the stillbirth of her child, and a brief period of homelessness following a divorce), but also the best of times (meeting, dating and marrying her second husband, and sharing precious time with her family and friends.) "I have learned that during these times, there was a song for every emotion. Music survives the worst, and celebrates the best."Skylar successfully launched her debut EP, "Insecurities” and began touring nationally in 2019, including performances at St Louis' National Blues Museum and Beale Street in Memphis. She was personally invited by Kevin Burt to perform in the All Star Blues Jam at Las Vegas' Big Blues Bender in 2019. At the same venue, blues artist Erica Brown (Cast Iron Queens) was floored by Skylar's rendition of Koko Taylor's 'I'm A Woman,' telling her, "You're one of the few people I've heard to do that song justice!" She has also shared a stage with Ms. Zeno "The Mojo Queen," Tab Benoit, Terrie Odabi, and Ben Rice. Quoting Annika Chambers, 2019 Blues Music Award winner, Vizztone recording artist, "Skylar Rogers has a lot of energy and pizzazz, and brings a raw honesty to every performance. The blues world betta look out!"Skylar's first single, “Like Father Like Daughter” was released internationally by Blind Racoon in September 2020, attaining worldwide airplay, charting on the Roots Music Top 50 Contemporary Blues Songs, and continually charting on the Illinois Roots Music Report. Her full length CD, “Firebreather,” released internationally to high acclaim in January, 2021 reaching #2 on the Roots Music Report for Contemporary Blues Album and seeing airplay of all songs throughout the US, Europe and online.
Singer/Actor/Tennis Player Mark Arthur Miller was the only white boy growing up in his south side Chicago neighborhood, only to discover that his estranged father, Ron Miller was the only white songwriter at Motown. The two reconnected when Mark was 16 and were able to share 20 years of connection, forgiveness and love. Mark has fashioned his story into a musical stage show that audiences are finding as unique as it is universal. Mark is in-studio to talk all about it. Plus Fritz and Weezy are recommending the film Spencer, the book into limited series, One of Us is Lying and with an assist from engineer, Mason Brown, the Japanese film, Shoplifters.Path Points of Interest:Mark Arthur MillerMark Arthur Miller InterviewSoul Searching TrailerMark Arthur Miller - Soul Searching AlbumMark Arthur Miller on SpotifyMark Arthur Miller on YoutubeRon Miller Hits Include: His hits for the label include “A Place in the Sun,” “For Once in My Life,” “Yester-me, Yester-you, Yester-day,” “Heaven Help Us All,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Someday at Christmas” and “Don't Burn Down the BridgeRon Miller PublishingSpencer - Movie in Theatershttps://www.amctheatres.com/movies/spencer-67242tt12536294https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spencer_2021https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/spencer-movie-review-2021https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/12/movies/kristen-stewart-princess-diana-spencer.htmlhttps://deadline.com/2021/11/spencer-kristen-stewart-pablo-larrain-contenders-los-angeles-1234871069/One of Us is Lying by Karen McManusKaren McManusOne of Us is Lying on PeacockShoplifters Fritz Coleman - Race and Old White Guys
Jamie Michelson is President and CEO of SMZ Advertising, a Detroit-based agency that started in 1929, producing and distributing jeweler artwork ad kits. These ad packages, delivered as a monthly subscription service, provided graphics to promote and showcase jewelry and were used in catalogs and newspaper advertisements. Early advertising, Jamie says, “was much more informational” than today. As advertising evolved, information had to be packaged with some entertainment and hooks to get people's attention. The agency adapted and grew through that transitional period. Today, at 92 years old, the still independent, family-owned full-service agency focuses on communications, planning and strategy, research, design, advertising heavily, retail, events, mobile, social, and “moving our clients' businesses forward.” Jamie says, “All that history doesn't mean we know everything. It teaches you to question everything.” He then describes his agency as “a team of around 40 people” . . . with “new ideas, new media, new ways of communicating” – “quietly making noise with purpose” – to keep the focus on the client. Initially, Jamie wanted no part of his family's business. A few internships changed his mind. Today two of his sisters run groups of accounts in the agency. Jamie's third sister, the fourth sibling, went to law school and serves as a federal judge. In this interview, Jamie discusses in depth the mindsets, tools, attitudes, and strategies SMZ has used to survive so many years and how an agency changes as it is passed down through the generations. Jamie says the first generation, the founders, the creators, tend to stay involved. The second generation had to wrest control from the founders. The transition from second to third generation has been much smoother. The long-term plan is to keep the agency going as a legacy business. Jamie says the agency business can be all-consuming. He has found it important to take time from day-to-day client servicing “to think about the future, the visioning, the structure, the governance, all that.” A second tip he offers is that companies need to codify and write down their values. Driving out to his employees' homes to deliver packages of information made Jamie aware of some of his employees' beastly commutes. He says his intention going forward is to be flexible . . . in a number of ways. That flexibility has probably contributed greatly to his agency's “long life.” Jamie can be reached on his agency's website at: smz.com, where visitors can find the agency's blog, and Jamie's Generation Excellence podcast, which explores generational family businesses. SMZ Advertising is also on all of the social platforms. Transcript Follows: ROB: Welcome to the Marketing Agency Leadership Podcast. I'm your host, Rob Kischuk, and I am joined today by Jamie Michelson. He is the President and CEO of SMZ Advertising based in Troy, Michigan. Welcome to the podcast, Jamie. JAMIE: Thank you for having me, Rob. I'm really looking forward to our conversation. ROB: It's exciting to have you here. Why don't you start us off with an introduction to SMZ? Tell us about the firm and any key metrics, any key focuses, key verticals. Go for it. JAMIE: People like to talk about the elevator pitch; our agency is located on the first floor of the building, so it's more of a “walk in the door” pitch. I guess I would start with very few things survive 92 years, let alone biologically or in business. It's something to remember, something to know. At SMZ Advertising, we're proud of that length of time of operation. I'm proud of our long-term and enduring relationships with our clients. But it's kind of like all that history doesn't mean we know everything. It teaches you to question everything. We say we remain an independent, family-owned, creatively driven, full-service – and we like to go, “accent on the full” – agency doing work in communications, planning and strategy, research, design, advertising (heavily), retail, events, mobile, social, and more. We're a team of around 40 people, moving our clients' businesses and then ours forward. New ideas, new media, new ways of communicating. Our theme for our agency, if you will, our own headline, is what we call “quietly making noise with purpose.” There's a tension between quiet and noise. Really, it's about the spotlight shining on our clients and being humble about ourselves and very focused on them. ROB: How does that propagate out to a client campaign? Does that echo into their campaigns, where there's a “speak softly and carry a big stick” mentality in that as well? Or do they get to be a little bit more boisterous? JAMIE: There's all these books out there about filtering through the noise, avoid the noise, ignore the noise. Yet we are trying to make appropriate levels of noise, and strategic noise. I feel that our approach to it – and this goes back to roots – I'm part of a third generation of a family business where there's a strong belief in likeability. You do business with brands you like and people you like. And it's not namby-pamby likeability; it's not love or “lovemarks,” but it's just that someone likes you and they might buy what you're selling. So, we want people to really like the work we're doing and the brand and the business. Especially with so much choice and so much competition. ROB: We don't normally jump so quicky to the origin story here, but 92 years is a little bit of something. We are talking about quite a long time ago. We are talking about a Great Depression era business. What is the background here? Was it always something we would call an ad agency, or was it even something different in that regard? JAMIE: It's a great question. It's a pretty neat story. Clearly, the world doesn't look like it did in 1929. We're faster and global and colorful and we know a lot more. But the origin was a gentleman who was my grandfather and a partner. When you talk to newer agencies, oftentimes it's a partnership. A couple people have a dream, a vision. One's a business guy, one's an artist or creative. Their early work was what we would today call ad kits. It was the artwork for jewelers. Jewelry stores, jewelry retailers around North America. There was no digital way to distribute that. There wasn't even FedEx to deliver it. It wasn't even Slicks, for those who go back to those in the early print/design ways. It was packages that were sent with art that became print, catalogue, even newspaper, and that got them into some jewelers as retailers and the roots of a retail agency. This is a Detroit-based company. It was actually, weirdly, software as a service. It was subscription as a service. These people were buying this package each month so they could promote and showcase jewelry. And along came layaway and credit and these innovations in retail and business that they were a part of, and then moving that into outdoor and radio and the whole explosion of media. ROB: Wow. Thinking about that, how are you distributing what goes into outdoor advertising on potentially a distributed basis? It's more about a package and a solution than it is about hours and the hour trap. JAMIE: They talked about getting that package out, because it was very calendar-driven, time-driven. Sleeping around the agency on cots and stuff to make the deadlines. Again, what's old is new. But the idea that in the earlier roots of advertising, stuff was much more informational, and then you started to get into the beginning of having to package that information with some entertainment, some other hooks to get people to pay attention to it. It was really an agency that followed that journey. I think what it says is – as you talk about COVID years and difficult times the agency's gone through, there's certainly some level of resilience in the company that starts in 1929, hits the Great Depression, the stock market crash, world wars, other follow-on wars – there were pandemics, even, in that 90-some years. You don't assume, “We're going to make it because we've been there,” but there's something woven into – with brands, we talk about DNA a lot. I think because we're from Detroit and it's Motown and whatever, we talk about soul. There's something in the soul of this agency and its people. It's hard to describe and find, but it makes us proud of what we did and charging forward. ROB: When in your upbringing did you become distinctly aware of the business and what it was? I don't know if you knew it as something your grandfather was involved in, or your dad. When did you start to figure out what it was? JAMIE: Agency people, we have this role of you do business with who you do business with. If you have a product, you have a service, you support that. Whether they did some work for Pepsi-Cola bottlers or a potato chip company or a restaurant brand, you're using those clients' products. One of the cornerstone accounts of the agency in my childhood years was Big Boy Restaurants in what would've been their heyday. There were a lot of Sunday night family dinners at the Big Boy, even to the point of my father and his partner, who are the second generation, owning a Big Boy restaurant. I'd get to be back in the kitchen as a high schooler and experience it close-hand. But with that, I was not running into this business. I grew up around it at the kitchen table and that dinner table at restaurants. “Okay, my grandfather did it, my father did it.” When you're a teenager, typical is rebellion. You're going to do the other thing. I wasn't disinterested, because I understood – I went and studied finance; I was going to be an investment banker, the whole Wall Street thing. I'm still passionate about business. But I didn't really want things to do with this business until I experienced it firsthand with some internships and through college years and different parts of the business. Back to that soul thing. It's definitely in my blood. It's just absorption. [laughs] So I worked since college at basically three different agencies, independent agencies for the most part. Never client side. A little bit, one weird little thing. But my whole career. That's what I know, and I'm still fired up about it. ROB: Did you have siblings that also looked to get involved, did get involved, chose to actually rebel? What is that dynamic? JAMIE: I have three sisters, so we have four children in the third generation. Two of my sisters are involved in the business, run groups of accounts, and have been very involved with the agency and each had their own path or track into it. And then my third sister, the fourth sibling, went to law school and to a law firm and is a federal judge. That's what's fun. We refer to her as the black sheep. ROB: [laughs] The woman who is a federal judge. JAMIE: [laughs] Exactly. ROB: That sketchy business, right? JAMIE: Yeah. She's good counsel to the agency because she's sure learned to ask probing and challenging questions. ROB: I think there's probably an interesting season here. It's interesting that you chose to spend some time getting experience in other businesses. Clearly, the agency had to change. The whole firm went in and out of the golden age of advertising, the kind of Mad Men. How has the firm navigated these shifts of adding services, keeping a sense of identity – that balance of not getting overwhelmed with the shiny and becoming a social media influencer agency exclusively, but also not being mired in – you're not just broadcasting car dealerships, either. JAMIE: I think about that all the time, the path. They talk about sins of omission/commission, those things you didn't do or you passed on those things you did do. We talk a lot about those decisions we made or moves we made where you do them and then you go, “We should've done this sooner” versus “Why did we do this at all?” The things that we've done were good moves for the most part. Not a lot of giant blowout mistakes, disasters. I remember stringing phone line to plug into a computer to go through modem sounds, to be on AOL, to have earliest of site stuff. Our URL is SMZ.com, so to have a three-letter URL says you were in it early. But not necessarily going on all things digital. A lot of it has been your clients take you, smoothly or kicking and screaming, into some of these new spaces and areas, or you do it the same way with them. I think we've been open-minded all the time to experiment and try. It's always changing, like you said, and there's going to be that next new thing. Don't get so enamored with the shiny, but don't get to the “This is how we do it” or “It was better then” or “God, I wish it would slow down and not change.” I refer to myself – you gave my formal title, CEO/President or whatever. I talk about being Chief Agitator. I've got to keep the place and myself shaken up a little bit so that we don't rest and settle. ROB: Was SMZ a longer name at one point? JAMIE: The original company was Simons Michelson Company, SM Co. Simons Michelson Zieve for the gentleman, son-in-law of one of the founders, my father's partner, second gen. And then that got shortened to SMZ, I think for the poor person who had to answer the phone at the front desk all the time, saying that over and over and over again. [laughs] ROB: What did that transition of you coming into the business – you had some experience from other places; I guess your dad was in charge. What did that transition of generations look like? JAMIE: The transition from the first generation – and I'm a big student and have a podcast I do called Generation Excellence where I'm focused on other generational businesses and the follow-ons, G2, G3, G4. Not just because HBO does Succession and it's super dramatic, but it's a fertile area. The first generation, they're the founders, the creators. Those two guys worked, and that's what they did. They didn't really retire. They kept involved. The second gen had to wrest control from them a little bit. You're talking about guys now in their seventies, eighties, whatever it was. The transition from second gen to this third generation was much smoother. I give my father, Jim Michelson, incredible credit because it is a very hard thing to be in that command chair, be the president, running an agency, and then give away both authority and responsibility and not backtrack. Not jump back in, try to fix stuff if you don't like how it is. You're giving up control and letting others go make those mistakes you talked about, make those new moves. He did that and really set a model for me that I have memorized. As we figure out whatever's next after me – because that's the plan, the infinite game, keep this going as a legacy business – to be able to do that that same way. ROB: I interned once upon a time at Chick-fil-A corporate. I was there under the Truett Cathy regime. Truett was there for forever, and then his son Dan comes in, and the window for Dan was much shorter. They've transitioned off to the third generation now. It seemed much faster. He seemed very happy to transition it sooner than maybe he did. I don't know if you've looked at what they did and what they're thinking. JAMIE: It's a multiparty thing. And then you've got the people who work for the agency, and they're watching how this goes. You have the clients. It adds a layer on top of any other business when you add this family dynamic to it. We do have now as a company a formal written policy that next generation family members need to have some successful work experience outside the business, because it is really nice to be able to do what you do not just as a son/daughter of someone who created a business, but on your own merits. Make your own way. ROB: It's funny you bring up Succession. I didn't think about it as you talked about having these four siblings – JAMIE: It is much less dramatic within our walls and halls. ROB: But also interesting because you have three siblings. Presumably at least some of you have kids. We're on video; I can see a picture behind you of a couple of fresh faces. JAMIE: Yeah, a couple of young adult daughters working out there in the business world in both geography of where they want to be, areas they want to be in – my one daughter works out in Portland, Oregon. She's been five years at Nike. She's an engineer. She's very much involved in sourcing, manufacturing product at scale. So different than what a more boutique agency does where everything is bespoke and one-offs and ideas that you can't touch. For a lot of businesses, a lot of our clients are marketing the invisible. My other daughter is a business consultant, so more in our space at one of the consulting firms as she finishes business school this year. They're making their way. Again, grew up around it at the dinner table, and they know some things. It's really helpful to have that perspective of what they're going through. Use of social media, use of digital tools, how they communicate, remote work – every bit of those things as a mini focus group, really. ROB: Do you even have maybe some nieces or nephews that are also in that leadership pool for the next generation? JAMIE: Yeah, what they call the “cousins' consortium” in family business land. The next oldest would be my nephew, who's 20. He's in film school. Very talented creative. I think looking to go more out West and be involved in the movie business. It's still a bit of a journey for him to even join us. So, we have some things to figure out in our transitioning future, which is one of the things that excites me about the coming years of the business part of the business. ROB: Yeah, absolutely. You've done some transition, you'll see some transition. When you think about your history with SMZ, what are some things you think about as lessons you might tell on to the next generation about maybe what you'd do differently or what they should think about? JAMIE: We meet probably not regularly – you know that old expression, work on the business/in the business. The agency business can be all-consuming. Your list of things to do can be so filled with serving your clients, and you have to work to take that time to think about the future, the visioning, the structure, the governance, all that. We try to take some time to do that. In a recent meeting, I had a quote up on the screen from Tallulah Bankhead, an old Hollywood actress. She said, “If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.” The definite advice I'd give or the thing I've learned is, businesses that are longstanding like ours and legacy, when they started out, there wasn't all this content and advice for startups and podcasts and videos. They were just running a business through the Depression and then going on. The agency definitely had values, and they are woven into the place. It took us a long time. It was really only recently that we codified those values in writing, where they're on the wall, where they're on a sheet, where you share them with everybody at the agency and use that more as how we operate, how we hire, how we put that in front of our clients. That's not a new idea, that businesses are based on their values, and that as good marketers, you don't just pick the same six buzzword values that every business has. But to do that work, to have them be really true to who you are – you mentioned Chick-fil-A. They're a business that I think their values and their approach – and somewhat controversial sometimes – are so much a part of how they operate and who they are. ROB: Is there anything in particular that's happened – you could argue that for some portion of the firm, the values were intrinsic. A lot of firms starting from scratch, the values may be absent. You've seen this need to move the values from intrinsic to explicit. What do you think may have changed in your time there and your time in business – is that a necessity now? Has something changed? Or is it just a better way that we understand now to make them more explicit? JAMIE: Many of us in business have had the good fortune to go to seminars, webinars, conferences. You go to those and there's a moment, something hot for a moment, you come back, you bring it up all charged up, and then it fades off. But I did, a few years ago, attend – Family Business has a conference called Transitions. They do it once or twice a year. You're immersed for a few days with other – these are not all marketing firms. These are just businesses that have that test of time thing to them. The title of their thing was “Values-Based Businesses Are Valuable Businesses.” Example after example was brought up of how these different businesses had used what was true to the values that they were all about to help them not just operate, but grow – whether it was Bigelow Tea, down to the detail of the person whose name is on the teabag inside the box that packaged your product. Kind of like some of the car manufacturers where there's someone who signs the engine, or one of the parts inside, or the steelworkers sign the last beam highest up. Just to be much more explicit about it. ROB: Sure. JAMIE: You see people react well to it and be involved in that process. ROB: Yeah, that involvement in the process is so key for ownership, for carrying forward. Earlier, you talked about remote distributed work. How has that played into SMZ at this point? How do you think it plays into SMZ moving forward? October 2021, some folks are never going back to the office. Some people are already back in the office full-time. How are you thinking about that dynamic right now? JAMIE: It's certainly front, middle, back of mind a lot of the time. I'll start with our feeling that our physical office we've always felt is a competitive advantage. It's a great box. It's colorful, it's alive, it's well-designed, it's functional. We like being there. We like working with clients being there. Great. At the same time, we've had some creative people who have worked remotely for 15, 20, 30 years and interacting with people at the agency. We've had others who have had all kinds of different flexible schedules and been accommodating that and learning from that. So at least for us, it wasn't a full 180 or whatever, like maybe for many other businesses. We're so open right now to the idea of how this is going to work, listening to our people, and using it to hire and fill new positions – which we're able to do. It's hard, but hybrid – my next car will probably be a hybrid. We talk about hybrid a lot in other categories and stuff that mashes together. One of the things that was eye-opening to me was one day I took some packages and delivered them, driveway deliveries, to almost the entire employee list. My wife helped map it out on a map thing. A few of the people I got to, that commute for them, the most outlying spots, the time that they get back if they can have a few of those days where they're not having to come into the office and can work from home – that's life-changing. So, we're going to embrace it. We went back mid-July to three days in, two days remote, everybody in on Wednesdays, and we had to revert back a little bit to an all-optional in the office mode. So, there's always somebody in each day, but it's small groups. ROB: It seems like the most important thing is to have an intentionality about it. Some of that's going to be aligned to the culture and the place where you are. It seems to me that somebody around Detroit can work virtual for anyone, but they've chosen to be there. I think there's an extent to which if you're in digital marketing, if you're in Detroit, you've chosen to be there. JAMIE: Correct. ROB: So, giving people more reasons to be there and to enjoy why they're there is meaningful and life-giving. JAMIE: I'm glad you brought up Detroit. We're a proud Detroit-based business. That's our roots, physically in the city for 50-some years in operation. A bunch of clients that are Detroit downtown-based, or the whole city. We love our region. Nationally or internationally, it gets some press reviews that aren't fair and accurate. It's a great place to live and work. So, there's that spirit that people have here about our hometown, and we want to have people from here work here and be connected to here. At the same time, this place is still a community that makes a lot of stuff. Manufactures and builds. Those operations, you can't do that from your kitchen table. You've got to go to those buildings and warehouses. It's still 30% of people that have this luxury of remote or this tech work, and everybody else has to go to the hospital, go to the school, go to the manufacturing facility, go to the supermarket, do those jobs. That's going on around us. We're part of that. We'll figure it out. The biggest part for me is – we're having this meeting right now. It's virtual. If it were physically in the conference room with a couple clients and you were in there with them, Rob, I might just walk by – our place is a lot of an aquarium. It's got a lot of glass boxes. [laughs] You can see in most everywhere. Pretty transparent. You see these meetings going on and you can stick your head in and say hi, and you can see clients and you can see people. That's the biggest miss for me, those little, quick – you just don't know those things are going on. Not to disrupt them or interrupt them, but just to wave. Just to see that that meeting's going on. It's actually uplifting. You see those meetings going on and go, “They don't need me in there. They're doing great in there.” [laughs] ROB: It's meaningful for you, it's meaningful for them. It's meaningful for the client. I don't know if there's going to be a client situation – JAMIE: Clients love getting away and going to the agency. We've got a dog running around or somebody's dog running around. It's just a different environment. ROB: It's going to be hard for them to get on a plane to go to an agency. At some scale, yes, but mostly no. JAMIE: It's taking a while. It's really productions or major things that our people are getting on a plane or those people where, again, you have to be somewhere, versus it would be nice to be there. ROB: Jamie, when you think about what's coming up next for SMZ and for the marketing landscape that you're in the middle of, what are you excited about? What's next? JAMIE: We talk about that history and we use that number 92. What got us driven a little bit more a year and a half ago was we embraced a program called EOS, if you're familiar with it. Entrepreneurial Operating System. We used that. That 100-year milestone is a pretty neat concept/sound. What are we going to smell like, look like, feel like when we get there? I'm really excited about being this smart, steady, scrappy, creative – still creative; I think ideas still matter – growing agency, celebrating that in the right way. Not just “We made it” and it's a moment, but that whole year should be something, and that should be a stepping stone to what's next. So that excites me. I mentioned before, mapping out, going to visit people who work for the agency. That's what we do for clients. We ask them that question all the time. “Where are you trying to go? What are you trying to be? How do we get there?” We don't always do it as well for ourselves as marketing firms. So doing that work and doing that visioning. And when you do that and you have goals and you write it down and say how you're going to get there, you tend to not only get there, you tend to get there faster and even a little better. The other thing that excites me is I was really caught up or hung up with the trend – and it was real, and we faced it. Clients were in-housing a lot of stuff. This whole great reshuffle of everything that's going on from where ships are to where chips are to where people are is upsetting that, too, for in-house operations. I think it's going to yield opportunity for, as your podcast is for, marketing leadership and marketing firms of all shapes and sizes. They're like, “I can't get the people to do this,” so now they've got to go back to outsourcing and finding folks to help. We'll certainly going to be there and do that. I hope I'm right on that. ROB: That's definitely a tricky wave. Sometimes it's even very client-specific. I'm usually in Atlanta, and to an extent, the fabled Coca-Cola company is perpetually on one end of the pendulum or the other on in-house, out-of-house. Certainly, macro trends also impact that. JAMIE: Yeah, there's that whole thing of get closer to the data. I get that. But when you said growing up around agencies, or my sense of it, that concept of being – we talk about being partnerships or even beyond a partnership with clients, stakeholders and very involved, but still objective outsiders at the same time. That combination can be powerful for client operations. We think we age well with the client relationships. We learn more and we get better. ROB: Jamie, you mentioned a little bit earlier on the digital real estate, but when people want to find you and find SMZ, where should they go to find you? JAMIE: It starts with smz.com, which is our website. That also houses our blog and the podcast I do called Generation Excellence, which is for those who are really interested in that very niche-y space of generational family businesses. And then SMZ Advertising is on all of the social platforms, sharing stories of our people, our clients, our work, a little thought leadership, little bit of our fun and things that we do to stay connected, which is a big effort right now inside of work and outside of work. I guess that would probably be about it. I welcome anyone who wants to reach out to me via the email address on the site, or call me. I'm open to talk about this business. I'm very fortunate to steward a unique and special place, and I want to put my energies against it being successful, but I love helping others. ROB: Definitely. Congratulations on being 92 going on 100 as a firm. That is exciting. JAMIE: For those who can't see me, the firm's 92. I'm a little bit younger than that. ROB: [laughs] Yeah. We'll see what a 100-year-old SMZ looks like. We'll look forward to that. Jamie, I wish you and the team the best. Thank you for coming on the podcast. JAMIE: I thank you for having me on this. I like that you blend the individual story and the business story, because they are intertwined and interconnected. ROB: In this kind of firm, absolutely. They're inseparable. JAMIE: Yep. Thanks, Rob. ROB: Thanks, Jamie. Be well. Thank you for listening. The Marketing Agency Leadership Podcast is presented by Converge. Converge helps digital marketing agencies and brands automate their reporting so they can be more profitable, accurate, and responsive. To learn more about how Converge can automate your marketing reporting, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on the web at convergehq.com.
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Motown legend Smokey Robinson, who performs live at MGM National Harbor near Washington D.C. on Saturday night. Smokey discusses growing up in Detroit and forming The Miracles to become Motown's first successful act with hits like "Shop Around," "You Really Got a Hold on Me," "Ooo Baby Baby," "Tracks of My Tears" and "The Tears of a Clown."
Hello Somebody! Thank you for tuning in to my podcast. Check out a clip of my recent show where I had the pleasure of speaking with the one and only Erika Alexander - We had some testifying going on! For the full episode please go to the Hello Somebody podcast. Sit back, listen and enjoy this conversation about activism, finding strength to keep fighting and putting on your armor! LINKS: Erika Alexander https://www.colorfarmmedia.com/- a 21st century entertainment, innovation, and social impact company. “We are the “Motown of film, TV, and tech.” Concrete Park – graphic novel http://www.concretepark.com/ Concrete Park Bangers – NFT https://curionft.com/ Queen Mother Audley Moore https://www.aaihs.org/audley-moore-black-womens-activism-and-nationalist-politics/ https://reparationscomm.org/people-you-should-know/who-is-queen-mother-moore/ Callie House & The Ex-Slave Pension Movement https://www.jstor.org/stable/20064095 https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/first-national-convention-ex-slave-mutual-relief-bounty-and-pension-association/ Black Girls Code & Founder, Kimberly Bryant https://www.blackgirlscode.com/about-us/ USA Today: Reparations is not about cutting a check. It's about repairing a community. – Erika Alexander and Nina Turner https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/opinion/2021/04/15/reparations-not-cutting-check-its-repairing-community/7189526002/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
In Episode 86, Aaron and Brent look at music from an English singer, songwriter, and record producer and a Michigan born artist who signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11. Developing a love for music early in life by learning to play instruments in the church pastored by his father, Aaron highlights three songs by London-based artist Samm Henshaw. Serving as an influence to generations of musicians despite being blind since shortly after his birth, Brent spotlights three songs from the career of Steve Wonder. Visit www.crossingthestreamspodcast.com for extended show notes.
Mike Skill(Bassist/Guitarist) of the legendary Detroit New Wave band The Romantics joins the show to talk about his new solo record and growing up in the "Motor City" a town that has produced some of the biggest bands in the world and of course Motown! Plus two brand new songs from Mike, including his collaboration with MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer! Music The Charms "So Pretty"(theme song) Mike Skill "My Bad Pretty" Mike Skill "67 Riot"(featuring Wayne Kramer) Recorded by Mike Nash at Voice Motel, Somerville MA on November 5, 2021 Please support the podcast: patreon.com/twistedrico --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/blowingsmoketr/support
A jam packed Episode 90 is coming your way this week. The boys kick off the show with their weekly intros and then fly into the Lions weird game against the Steelers. The Lions did not lose for the second consecutive week in row. The Red Wings continue to be the most impressive team in Motown. They capped off another solid week by getting 4 of the possible 6 points available. The Pistons had their best week of the season thus far and it comes in the same week Cade Cunningham squared off against Jalen Green. Michigan and Michigan State basketball are underway and it lets just say it's still very early in the season. Both MSU and U of M football programs walked away victorious as they head into the most important two weeks of the season. Lastly, the show wraps up with the 'Random Question of the Week'.
Hey! so I know It's been a while since I last uploaded an episode, but my birthday was on the 2nd of this month, so as per usual with every year of me doing this podcast, I always take the week of my bday off. so I"m back one year older, and I have some VERY exciting news for you. so I finally have another interview episode that's probably gonna happen next week, so what's gonna happen is that I"ll put out part two of this week's podcast next weekend, and then thanksgiving weekend, I'll release the next interview episode of this podcast, which is going to be with an ORIGINAL Motown session musician from the 60's, and this is a girl and THEE ONLY girl who was apart of the Funk Brothers, but she played some VERY recognizable parts on HUGE Motown hits in the 60's. I'm VERY excited to talk to her because I have LOTS of things to ask her and I hope this interview will go WAY better then the last Motown person I talked to on my podcast, but anyways, so that will be for the week after next week, it will be kind of a special "Thanksgiving" weekend episode of my podcast. so for now, enjoy my analysis on this VERY relevant song to what I was experiencing recently, so this week I"m gonna talk about what makes this song so great musically and lyrically, and next week, I'll dive into the history behind this week's group, so here's the link to this week's song just in case you wanted to listen to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B32fMlmffdoYou can also follow me on Instagram and reach out to me on there as well:https://www.instagram.com/iheartoldies/Please do also follow me on Tik Tok as well, there I do more promotion for my podcast plus my own music as well. you can reach out to me on there as well:https://www.tiktok.com/@iheartoldies?fromUrl=%2Fiheartoldies&lang=enwould love it if you could also check out the official EP that I put out this year, this was my first official music release in 4 years and I would love it if you could let me know whatcha think of it, you can do that by emailing me at email@example.com, or you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/samlwilliams/turquoise-apricotWould love it if you guys could also check out the two interviews I did this year with Honk Magazine and ShoutoutLA. would love it if you guys could read those and you could let me know whatcha think of them, or after reading these, if your inspired to meet me in person after reading these interviews, please email me so we can arrange that soon. you can do that by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://honkmagazine.com/sam-l-williams-talks-about-his-career-path-influence-and-new-music/https://shoutoutla.com/meet-sam-l-williams-musician-songwriter-podcast-host/You can also find more of my original music right here:https://www.samwilliamsmusic.netPlease do also check out the official Spotify and Youtube playlists for this podcast. here you'll be able to find all of the songs that I have talked about on my podcast so far including some of the ones that I have mentioned in interview episodes of my podcast, if you liked the songs on these playlists and it gives you some ideas for songs I should cover next on my podcast, please email me at email@example.com or you can also reach out to me on instagram @iheartoldies:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/21f3uBS6kU4hUF6QAC5JMjhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS1sYR7xky8&list=PL66sgq_GAmRcXy8yKZJfVmAD14HUYj7Nfalso do check out the official Music video I put out this year for one of the songs I put out for my EP this year, would love it if you could let me know whatcha think of this video as well. you can do that by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTbmSoW6RyYDon't forge to also check out the official Redbubble Merch store for this podcast. here you'll be able to find all of the merchandise that is specific to this podcast, plus one new addition to my brand, the new Sam L. Williams Turqouise Apricot merch, please do let me know whatcha think of this logo plus the prices of each item in the store, your feedback will be much appreciated. you can do that by emailing me at email@example.com, you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://www.redbubble.com/people/60ssam95/works/36806158-keep-things-groovy?asc=u&ref=recent-ownerhttps://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/88967481If you REALLY enjoyed my analysis on this week's song and you fell in love with this song and you have never heard it before and your a millennial and your looking forward to learning more about the history behind this week's song and artist, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies.
Welcome to the Steelers Power 1⁄2 Hour. Join BTSC's Chris Pugh, Joe Frost and Paul Yanchek for weekly power rankings as it pertains to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This time it's a look at the Steelers opponents, the Detroit Lions and reasons to loathe the city they hail from. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell made Ain't No Mountain High Enough a hit for Motown in 1967. Diana Ross followed suit in 1970 as a solo artist with her version of the song. It has a place in people's hearts with its anthemic themes of love, loyalty, triumph and perseverance. Cynthia Dagnal-Miron is a former rock critic. As an African American growing up in the 1960s she says the song gave black people a sense of comfort and of being loved. Kevin Patterson recalls meeting an elderly lady in a store in Philadelphia. When the song came on over the speaker both independently started singing along. They got talking and he learned she had been part of a movement to desegregate a local school in the 1960s and she had sung it then at a talent show. Kevin says it was a brush with history that gives him a new connection to the song. John Harris also grew up hearing Ain't No Mountain High Enough . He says music and being part of a choir were what saved him when he sank into drug addiction and crime and ended up in front of Judge Elizabeth Martin who was presiding over 'Drug Court' an experimental programme to help offenders beat their habit and avoid going to jail. When he got clean Judge Martin invited him to sing at the Court's 25th anniversary celebration and the song he chose to sing with some of his choir was Ain't No Mountain High Enough. John feels a sense of gratitude towards it. "No wind no rain no winters cold can stop me from getting to you" were the words Lesley Pearl sang to her birth mother as she lay gravely ill in hospital. Lesley had braved the incoming Hurricane Sandy to fly to Charleston to be with her. She and her mother shared a love of Motown and it brought them closer towards the end of her life. The song still inspires hope and positivity. At the height of the pandemic in 2020 when New York was suffering huge numbers of Covid deaths and hospitalisations, nurse Kym Villamer sang it to staff and patients at the hospital where she works to remind them of the perseverance of the human spirit and the goodness of humanity. The drama and anticipation the song evokes are described by Lauren Eldridge Stewart who is Assistant Professor of Music at Washington University in St Louis. She breaks down the various musical elements that make Ain't No Mountain High Enough such an enduring powerful uplifting anthem.
Not many people leave behind the fame of Radio Disney from CCM - but emerging worship artist Anna Golden is forging a new path in Christian music. Moving effortlessly through the pop, Motown, gospel and worship genres, it's no wonder Tasha Cobbs Leonard signed this woman - and just wait till you hear her story. Connect @AnnaGoldenMusic and https://annagoldenofficial.com Buy/stream the album PEACE (Deluxe) here: https://annagolden.lnk.to/peacedeluxe MUSIC YOU by Anna Golden Peace (Live)by Anna Golden Still God (Live) by Anna Golden SAFEby Anna Golden LISTEN, BREATHEby Anna Golden Christmas Lights byLove & The Outcome GET PODCAST MERCH HERE: tee.pub/lic/YOUMEPOD SPONSORS JesusWired is your #1 source for Christian music news, reviews and interviews. Visit them now at JesusWired.com. Are you a creator? Soundstripe gives you unlimited access to royalty free music from some of the world's best composers. Go to https://SOUNDSTRIPE.COM and enter YOUMEPOD to get 10% off at checkout. SUBSCRIBE/CONNECT/LET'S BE FRIENDS: linktr.ee/betweenyoumepod Produced by Josh Norman Media
Stuart and Eamonn are joined by mezzo-soprano, Andrea Baker. This week - Obama arrives at COP26, Boris Johnson's poll ratings slump , and Travis Scott - the festival tragedy. At the end of the show, Stuart, Eamonn and Andrea share their media recommendations. Listen and subscribe to COP26 Daily: www.thebiglight.com/cop26 RECOMMENDATIONS: Stuart: Esquire magazine article by Mick Brown, 'Teenage Dreams: My Life as a Soul Boy' ("Writer Mick Brown reflects on his enduring fixation with Motown, soul and R&B, and encounters with greats such as James Brown and Aretha Franklin"). https://www.esquire.com/uk/culture/a38185595/soul-history-motown-singers/ Eamonn: Book, 'Affluenza' ("Psychologist, Oliver James' 2007 book - still relevant today. There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author, Oliver James, travelled around the world to try and find out why.") https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/102/1021521/affluenza/9780091900113.html Andrea: Netflix 6 part series - 'Colin in Black & White' - Netflix Series: 'COLIN IN BLACK & WHITE' (An exploration of former NFL player, Colin Kaepernick's, high school years and experiences that led him to become an activist. American six-episode fictionalized drama series, narrated by Colin Kaepernick.) www.netflix.com/title/80244479 For more information about Talk Media, go to: www.thebiglight.com/talkmedia
What Can We Do?? Talking Hot Topics with Vegas Legend Finis Henderson Finis Hendrson isn't just a Vegas Legend he is an entertainment legend! I was honored to sit down with him and chat about the biz Check out his webpage here. https://finis.com/about-finis-henderson/ Finis Henderson was born in Chicago to a family of entertainers. His father was a song and dance man and Vice-President of Sammy Davis Jr. Enterprises and Sammy Davis was Finis' Godfather. Finis' uncle Bill Henderson is a Grammy nominated jazz singer and character actor in dozens of movies and television shows. In the 1980's Finis moved to Los Angeles to embark on a solo career and was guided by his cousin Al McKay the rhythm guitarist from one of the hottest bands at the time, Earth, Wind and Fire. Finis was signed to Motown by Suzanne de Passé who signed The Jackson 5 and The Commodores. Al McKay produced Finis' self-titled album and Stevie Wonder wrote one of the songs on that album. “Skip to My Lou” one of the songs on that album became a R&B/funk hit, is still played on radio stations today worldwide particularly in Japan where it has a cult following. In 2013 Universal Music which bought Motown released a digitally remastered CD version of “Finis”. While working to develop a music career, Finis earned a living performing his impressions in comedy clubs across the country including The Laugh Factory, Improvs and Stardome. The legendary Mitzi Shore who founded the famous Comedy Store gave Finis a platform to perform on and where he made lasting relationships in the comedy world. Richard Pryor and Robin Williams performed improvisations with Finis there. Pryor was so enamored with Finis that Richard invited him to be the opening act for his movie “Live on the Sunset Strip”. Subsequently Finis opened for many of the top names in comedy including Rodney Dangerfield, Alan King and Robert Klein. Finis currently opens for Jay Leno at the Mirage in Las Vegas when their schedules permit. In 2013, after performing a musical concert at the $1 billion Red Rock casino in Las Vegas' toniest community of Summerlin, Finis headlined for a week at the Laugh Factory in the Tropicana on the Las Vegas Strip. Today Finis concentrates his work in three markets (1) cruise lines, (2) casinos and (3) corporate. Finis is one of the most prolific headliners on Royal Caribbean and has also worked for other cruise lines including Holland America and Princess. After making many appearances in Atlantic City, Finis was the recurring headliner at Gold Strike in Tunica before it was sold. Finis also performs at private high roller parties at casinos in Las Vegas and throughout the country, which are really more akin to corporate events. “There is a real overlap now between casinos and corporate particularly as Las Vegas has become more dependent on conventions and trade shows and less on gambling. In the past few years, aside from my public work with Jay Leno at the Mirage, all of my performances in Las Vegas have been either private high roller or corporate events; actually that has been true of Reno too where my last two Reno shows were for a health care company and a building supplies trade group”, Finis concluded. Finis Henderson has been the leading choice of the world's largest companies including many in the Fortune 500 to entertain their clients and employees. “I told Finis he has tremendous Wall Street appeal as his corporate client list includes every industry sector in the S&P 500”, said Ken Frankel a former hedge fund manager whose firm is Finis' current manager. Enjoy!! Hope you love it! listen and give us a good review on iTunes... that sure does help us! Thanks for listening!! We do appreciate you! Share us with your friends. Let's make this podcast grow!! Please go to iTunes, Stitchers, Spreaker and rate and review our show! Give us a 10 and moves us up the ratings!! If you LOVE the podcast feel free to DONATE. Hit the donate button on this page and give whatever you can. Help keep this podcast on the internet. Leave a VOICE MAIL on Google voice (516) 468-3626 Leave us a comment or a question and maybe we will play it on the air!! Also hit us up on Twitter @remasculate or You can email me at McGrew@msn.com
Tommie Runz is a 2:48 marathoner and hosts his own weekly podcast - The Run, Eat, Sleep Show. Tommie also started a clothing company, Chip Time Running. It was great to get to know Tommie and he graciously shares his personal story with alcoholism and celebrating nearly five years of sobriety. Tommie then chats with us about his hometown of Detroit and gives us great recommendations on the best places to RUN, fun places to dine out, great races in Detroit and more. Motor City and the home of Motown is indeed cool - let's check it out!Don't miss this great conversation!Click HERE for the complete show notes.This episode is sponsored by:InsideTrackerInsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness platform like no other.What's their secret? First, InsideTracker uses its patented algorithm to analyze your body's data and offer you a clearer picture than you've ever had before of what's going on inside you. Then, InsideTracker provides you with a concrete, science-backed, trackable action plan for reaching your performance goals and being your healthy best. InsideTracker is offering 25% off its store for our listeners and let us recommend the Essentials Package for just $189! It's perfect for runners to elevate their training. Just visit insidetracker dot com slash SUITE RUN.Where to find Tommie Runz:Tommie on InstagramThe Run Eat Sleep ShowChip Time RunningWhere to find Natalie and Jerold:Natalie's InstagramSuite Run InstagramNatalie's TwitterSuite Run TwitterNatalie's FacebookSuite Run WebsiteSuite Run Facebook
Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Episode 442: STEPHEN MCWHIRTER Acclaimed singer/songwriter and worship leader Stephen McWhirter and GRAMMY® and Stellar-nominated recording artist Jason Clayborn have joined forces for Highest Praise, a rousing celebration of soul-drenched worship bowing October 8 from Lula Street Records (Integrity Music). The nine-track live studio set pairs the duo's impassioned lead vocals with classic rock, Motown, Gospel, and contemporary worship moments. Produced and co-written by McWhirter, Highest Praise also features eight selections co-penned by Clayborn. The title cut—a Stevie Wonder-meets-Humble Pie groove—is a joyful anthem crossing cultural and musical divides in unified worship. Additional highlights of Highest Praise include the Motown slow-burner “God Be Yourself,” a prayer which clings to His character even in the most difficult circumstances; the modern worship declaration of “Let There Be Love”; and “The Yes Song,” a resounding testament to the promises of God. Highest Praise follows the duo's debut collaboration, McWhirter's 2020 Choir Sessions (feat. Jason Clayborn & The Atmosphere Changers). McWhirter and Clayborn also wrote and recorded the Christmas anthem “Born A King,” which was featured in last year's Christmas special for the blockbuster television series The Chosen. Stephen McWhirter is a touring worship leader, producer, speaker and author whose powerful testimony of divine deliverance from addiction is the cornerstone of his ministry platform. A founding member of the former worship collective Iron Bell Music, he is also a songwriter with Essential Music Publishing/Sony PLG and a Lula Street (Integrity Music) recording artist. Tyscot recording artist Jason Clayborn is a GRAMMY® and Stellar Award nominee and former member of the renowned hip-hop/gospel group The Righteous Riders. He has also toured around the world with numerous artists, including Dr. Ron Kenoly. Most recently, Clayborn and his choir, The Atmosphere Changers, performed at the 2021 Stellar Awards alongside the legendary Bishop Hezekiah Walker. Rick Lee James is now also recording live podcasts via the Wisdom App - join me there and be a part live podcast conversations like this one as they happen. https://join.wisdom.audio/8Nnc Rick Lee James Web Site: http://www.RickLeeJames.com Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness
This journey, The Bandwagon Duo discuss the Eagles trouncing the Lions. THANK GOD. This doesn't convince us that they are good, but it does say that they aren't the worst. The run game was unstoppable and it just kept working. Jordan Howard and Boston Scott each had 2 touchdowns. Will they keep this up? We just can't seem to get into the Sixers just yet... We want to, but what is holding us up? While we are struggling with our feelings toward them, they have played pretty well for the most part other than the game against the Knicks and almost blowing a lead against Detroit. They did win a revenge game against the Hawks, but will Ben Simmons return and bring them back to the top? Hop on board and enjoy the ride! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-bandwagon/support
Headlining this Friday night, it's the town's hottest local MoTown act, Mando and her Little Ozlets! This episode, Alex is joined as always by Adam, Emily, and Scott as they rewatch, recap, and react to the second episode of Survivor: Micronesia titled The Sounds of Jungle Love. Please consider supporting Outwatch financially! https://anchor.fm/outwatch/support We want to hear your answers to our opening questions! Tweet your response on Twitter (@OutwatchPodcast) Or email outwatchpodcast (at) gmail (dot) com! Shouts to Swell Design (https://www.swelldesign.me) for the artwork! Follow us on Twitter - @OutwatchPodcast. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/outwatch/support
In this session, the legendary Motown drummer talks about his start in Kansas City to how he became one of the most recorded drummers of al time. James has appeared ... more The post 637 – James Gadson: Developing your own sound appeared first on Drummer's Resource: Conversations with the world's greatest drummers and music industry pros..
Our Very Special Guest Today is Composer William Goldstein. His NEW album is “Collaborative Composition: Created in the Moment” By William Goldstein BMI Writer Abby White Says of William Goldstein: "Imagine discovering, as a young child, that you have the ability to sit down at the piano and instantly play anything you hear. This skill is so natural to you — that you don't ever recall not being able to do it—that it feels entirely normal. You don't realize it's unique until adults start marveling at the extraordinary talent they're witnessing, and urge your parents to have you evaluated at Columbia University at the age of nine. This is one of the many remarkable circumstances in composer William Goldstein's life." The former child prodigy eventually learned to read music, writing his first orchestral work at age 18 and formally studying music composition in college. He credits multiple life-changing experiences — Serving as a composer in residence for the U.S. Army Band during the Vietnam War, signing with hit factory Columbia Picture Screen Gems, and, later, with Berry Gordy on Motown Records - As miracles. William Goldstein is an artist with unique bragging rights - He has both Motown and CBS Masterworks. He has over 60 albums currently available, average a whopping six million monthly streams. His album "The Bach Effect," which reached over 400,000 downloads in just four months, is among the top picks alongside such superstars as Lang Lang and Vladimir Horowitz on the Amazon solo classical piano playlist, curated by music experts. He has scored over 50 Movie and Television projects, including Fame & The Miracle Worker. He has written on the Arts for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. He has been a pioneer in both the use of computers and electronic instruments in music. In fact, you can most likely thank him for being able to compose on your laptop. His latest recording is "Collaborative Composition: Created in the Moment.” Each of the eleven tracks showcases spontaneous dialogue with a second musician, the two trading ideas to produce structurally and emotionally compelling works of art. “Collaborative Composition: Created in the Moment” By William Goldstein Distributed by Orchard Available Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and Amazon https://williamgoldstein.com
Over the next month, we're going to be discussing and analyzing the housing market and housing concerns in Montrose and the Western Slope. It's a lot to fit in one episode though, so we're breaking up the topic into three distinct parts. This first part is a basic breakdown of the current Montrose real estate market through the eyes of local realtor Jeff Keehfuss, hosted by reporter Josue Perez. The second part will focus explicitly on housing insecurity and the broader housing crisis. This is a topic that has been covered extensively in Colorado, but it's usually focused on the Front Range rather than the Western Slope, and very rarely with an eye directly toward Montrose.The third part will discuss Montrose's housing future and the developers with their hat in the ring. We hope you follow along as we have these discussions, and that you won't hesitate to ask any questions or share your opinion. We want these conversations to be guided by community input -- Do you have any questions about the housing market, or concerns about affordable housing and development? Share on our local social media site, NABUR, at nabur.montrosepress.com. Mo-Town Knows was created by Justin Tubbs and Josue Perez, and edited by Sean Flannelly and Sean Fitzpatrick. Additional support from Staff Writers Anna Lynn Winfrey and Cassie Knust. Support the show: https://www.montrosepress.com/site/forms/subscription_services/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Inside The Birds: Desperate Times For Reeling Birds Vs. Lions ► BetQL • Use the following link: https://try.betql.co/itb/ and enter the discount code ITB for 25% off any subscription offering at BetQL. ► DraftKings • Use promo code ITB to get a special NEW USER promotion and to check out all of the other great odds and promotions DraftKings Sportsbook offers! www.draftkings.com ► Sky Motor Cars • Visit www.skymotorcars.com and tell them Adam and Geoff sent you! ITB hosts Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan preview the Week 8 matchup in Motown between the Eagles and Detroit Lions, who are winless in their last 11 games going back to last year. Mosher and Caplan detail the key matchups, injuries, standout players, X-factors, and advantages. They also predict the winner and score. ► Follow our Podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/InsideBirds ► Follow Geoff Mosher on Twitter: https://twitter.com/geoffmoshernfl ► Follow Adam Caplan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/caplannfl How to access our FULL Podcast: APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... STITCHER: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anch... SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/6OiCYiv... NFL insider veterans take an in-depth look that no other show can offer! Be sure to subscribe to stay up to date with the latest news, rumors, and discussions. For more, be sure to check out our official website: https://www.insidethebirds.com
"Once a musician has a massive hit album, they are expected to follow it up. But the rules change. What would easily be considered a hit for other artists is seen as a failure for the artist with the big album. If you sell 20 million albums but the follow up only sells two million, is that a failure?"
WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with The Temptations as the iconic Motown group performs at MGM National Harbor this Friday night. You'll first hear from the late lead singer Dennis Edwards in 2016, followed by a pair of conversations with founding member Otis Williams from 2018 and 2020.
This episode's conversation was with the iconic Tommy Chong: entertainer, entrepreneur, storyteller. From his early days as a musician to meeting his iconic comedy partner, Tommy has lived a life full of entertainment. We spoke about music, comedy, movies, and his advocacy. He reminisced about being a part of Motown and befriending other icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Willie Nelson. For more about what he is up to these days visit his website, TommyChong.com.
Sometimes a guest comes along who just sorta stops you in your tracks. Today's listening journey does exactly that. SNT spends quality time with actress, filmmaker and soul whisperer, Erika Alexander “The Great.” Grab a cup of tea and hanky and be prepared to aurally witness these two superheroes slay. Hello Somebody. LINKS: Erika Alexander https://www.colorfarmmedia.com/- a 21st century entertainment, innovation, and social impact company. “We are the “Motown of film, TV, and tech.” Concrete Park – graphic novel http://www.concretepark.com/ Concrete Park Bangers – NFT https://curionft.com/ Queen Mother Audley Moore https://www.aaihs.org/audley-moore-black-womens-activism-and-nationalist-politics/ https://reparationscomm.org/people-you-should-know/who-is-queen-mother-moore/ Callie House & The Ex-Slave Pension Movement https://www.jstor.org/stable/20064095 https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/first-national-convention-ex-slave-mutual-relief-bounty-and-pension-association/ Black Girls Code & Founder, Kimberly Bryant https://www.blackgirlscode.com/about-us/ USA Today: Reparations is not about cutting a check. It's about repairing a community. – Erika Alexander and Nina Turner https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/opinion/2021/04/15/reparations-not-cutting-check-its-repairing-community/7189526002/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Born into a musical family, Brown found her calling as a little kid watching Sammy Davis Jr. and all the Motown greats at the world-famous Apollo Theater, in New York. With strong will and determination, she went on to become a prolific songwriter for CBS Records, penning lyrics for Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Ronnie Dyson. Brown also had a way of crafting funky tunes for her own with the highly influential “Family Tree,” a massive hit in England's Northern Soul scene.Her true shining moment, however, came unexpectedly in the form of a newspaper ad, looking for a “tall, black, willowy-voiced female” to cut a track in the recording studio. That track became “I Specialize In Love,” a slice of early 80s post-disco that perfectly blended R&B, electronics and the emerging sounds of Hip-Hop.“Specialize” traveled far and wide throughout the European continent before it found its way back to the States, where it became a sizable hit in the dance charts and clubs. Yet, with all the glamour of sudden fame, she faced challenging and devastating situations that managed to virtually kill what was left of her music career.More on Sharon BrownInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharonbrownispecializeinlove8/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHARONADABROWNShow TracklistingI Wish You Love (Gloria Lynne)Mr. Bojangles (Live Version - Sammy Davis Jr.)Love Looks Good On You (Blood, Sweat and Tears)Family Tree (Family Tree - Sharon Brown 1975 Recording)I Specialize In Love (Sharon Brown)Host and Producer: Diego MartinezExecutive Producer: Nicholas "NickFresh" PuzoAudio Engineer: Adam Fogel Follow us on social media: @choonspod
All It Took Was A Little Encouragement To Promote This Young Superstar. Welcome to October 20, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate delicious mashups and building up our youth. One of the South's most famous food creations is chicken and waffles. But this delicious combination of flavors was actually born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. During the 1940s, the Wells Supper Club was a popular late-night spot and attracted Jazz musicians after their gigs. They'd come in hungry, but found that they'd arrived too late for dinner, but too early for breakfast. In order to accommodate the musicians, the restaurant came up with the genius idea of serving a bit of both meals. Hence, fried chicken for dinner and waffles for breakfast. On National Chicken and Waffles Day, we celebrate this delicious combo and thank the cook who came up with the crazy idea in the first place. Stevland Morris was born prematurely on May 13, 1950, and went blind shortly after. Despite his disability, he had a passion for music. By the age of 10, Stevland had taught himself how to play piano, harmonica, drums and organ. He played during church services and his talent so impressed a fellow parishioner that the man introduced Stevland to a friend named Berry Gordy—the president of Motown records. Gordy took the boy under his wing and helped turn him into the star we know today as… Stevie Wonder. Not every kid will grow up to be famous, but they've got a better chance at success if you inspire them to be themselves. On National Youth Confidence Day, celebrate the kid in all of us that just needs a little encouragement. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.
Welcome to October 20, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate delicious mashups and building up our youth. One of the South's most famous food creations is chicken and waffles. But this delicious combination of flavors was actually born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. During the 1940s, the Wells Supper Club was a popular late-night spot and attracted Jazz musicians after their gigs. They'd come in hungry, but found that they'd arrived too late for dinner, but too early for breakfast. In order to accommodate the musicians, the restaurant came up with the genius idea of serving a bit of both meals. Hence, fried chicken for dinner and waffles for breakfast. On National Chicken and Waffles Day, we celebrate this delicious combo and thank the cook who came up with the crazy idea in the first place. Stevland Morris was born prematurely on May 13, 1950, and went blind shortly after. Despite his disability, he had a passion for music. By the age of 10, Stevland had taught himself how to play piano, harmonica, drums and organ. He played during church services and his talent so impressed a fellow parishioner that the man introduced Stevland to a friend named Berry Gordy—the president of Motown records. Gordy took the boy under his wing and helped turn him into the star we know today as… Stevie Wonder. Not every kid will grow up to be famous, but they've got a better chance at success if you inspire them to be themselves. On National Youth Confidence Day, celebrate the kid in all of us that just needs a little encouragement. I'm Anna Devere and I'm Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Matt Walker is the founder and artistic director of the Troubador Theatre Company, the LA-based ensemble that combines classic texts with classic Top-40 songs to create such astonishing mashups as Much A-Doobie Brothers About Nothing, The Comedy of Aerosmith, Fleetwood MacBeth, Santa Claus is Coming to Motown, The Little Drummer Bowie, Julius Weezer, Abbamemnon, As U2 Like It, A Christmas Carole King, Hamlet – the Artist Formerly Known as Prince of Denmark, A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream, and It's a Stevie Wonderful Life. The Troubies' most recent magnum opus, which just closed its sold-out run at LA's Getty Villa, was Lizastrata, which combined Aristophanes bawdy political comedy with music associated with Liza Minnelli. Matt explains how "The Troubies", after more than 18 months, finally made the show go on; hired a COVID Compliance Officer; got advice from classical scholars; received letters anyway from "concerned" patrons; held a funhouse mirror up to nature…and hung it over the bed; and were visited by royalty: the Divine Miss Liza with a Z herself. BONUS! Austin reveals how Kander & Ebb's “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City. (Length 25:29) The post Troubador Theater's ‘Lizastrata' appeared first on Reduced Shakespeare Company.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Skill over Zoom video! Detroit native and celebrated rock guitarist Mike Skill has been a working musician for more than four decades. Skill's roots lay in 60's Motown, Traditional-Garage Blues and New Wave Punk movement, spending his early days in New York City with one of his first bands, Motor City Rockers, playing clubs including historic CBGB with the New York Dolls, Syl Sylvain and friends in attendance. Best known as a founding member, guitarist and principal songwriter for The Romantics, Skill co-wrote the band's ever-popular song, “What I Like About You”. He also created the heart-thumping bass groove and co-wrote the global #1 hit “Talking in Your Sleep.” The Romantics were part of the early days of MTV with energetic videos featuring their infectious new wave pop hooks. In 2011, The Romantics were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. Today, Skill continues to write and record in Detroit at Pearl Sound Studios with Producer Chuck Alkazian and from his current home in Portland, OR, in addition to performing around the world. We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com. www.BringinitBackwards.com #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #MikeSkill #TheRomantics #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter!