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Guest Name, Xander Demos

Xander Demos
Occupation: 
Musician
Biography: 

Xander Demos is one of today’s premier shred metal guitarists. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, he currently fronts his own band, XDB and national tribute act, James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath, as well as playing in Rivera’s solo band. Xander performs in excess of 100 times a year, and he is active in recording collaborations with artists all over the world. Xander plays guitars from Suhr, McNaught and Conklin, with whom he has endorsement deals. His endorsement from these guitar companies is a testament to his impressive skills and his deep commitment to playing the best guitars in the world. Xander's style ranges from the beautifully melodic to the jaw-droppingly insane. His playing encompasses much of what he has learned and absorbed from other players over the years; artists like Shawn Lane, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Neal Schon, Michael Romeo and John Sykes. One constant in his music is a focus on strong guitar melodies. On February 29, 2012, Xander released his full-length follow-up to his EP "Road To Guitarcadia.” The new album was mixed by CJ Snare of Firehouse. The album is simply titled, “Guitarcadia,” and it contains 10 incredible tracks of pure guitar heaven. This release will be followed by an instructional DVD, while performing with his two live bands every week and passing on his passion for guitar by giving in person and online instructions to eager students. Recently, Xander has been making quite the name for himself and his solo band by appearing as support for acts like Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob, Buckethead, UFO, Lizzy Borden, Kip Winger, Neil Zaza and Dio Disciples. He has had two #1 Metal and Progressive music videos on Myspace, with his videos “Right Angles” and “Chase The Sun.” His last single, “White Knuckle Driving” received airplay in Brazil, Russia, Denmark, the UK and all over the world! The video received in excess of 120,000 Youtube views. Xander has recently been featured on The Real Radio Show with AJ Pero of Twisted Sister, Steve Vai’s GuitarTV.com, GuitarWorld.com, Hair Metal Mansion, Iron City Rocks, Metal Temple, Bravewords and many other top rock and metal shows and websites. In August 2012, Xander was named Guitar Shop TV’s New Artist Showcase Winner. Nominated for Best Guitarist, in the 2011 and 2012 Iron City Rocks Music Awards and 2013 Southern Star Network Independent Artist of the Year, Xander’s playing appears on several releases from other artists: Ged Rylands (Ten, Tygers of Pan Tang,) Derek Buddemeyer (Down Boys Records) and Liberty ‘N’ Justice’s long awaited “Cigar Chronicles,” also featuring George Lynch (Dokken) Jeff Labar (Cinderella) and Jerry Dixon (Warrant.) He will also be included on two upcoming guitar compilations, “Guitar Feast” and “Guitar Wizards,” that will also include Lynch and Jake E Lee, among others. In addition to these accomplishments, Xander is an avid animal lover. Always looking for projects that will aid these beautiful creatures, Xander is donating a portion of his album sales to the ASPCA. Xander plays: V-Picks, the Fractal Audio Axe-FX Ultra as well as Hughes and Kettner amps, Matrix Amplification, Mission pedals, ISP Guitar Systems and Suhr Guitars, Amps & Effects, McNaught Guitars, who recently completed production of the first Xander Demos Signature Guitar, Conklin Guitars and John Dixon Cases. Many of Xander's guitars are outfitted with EMG pickups and accessories. He exclusively uses the FloydUpgrades tremolos or the GraphTech LB-63 piezo-equipped Floyd tremolo. He also is endorsed with Rock-N-Roll GangStar Apparel, Lampifier Microphones, JH Audio In-ear monitors, and INTEX Cables. Xander is signed exclusively to Rock ‘N’ Growl Records for worldwide digital distribution and Dynasty Records for physical distribution.

Guest Name, Josey Milner

Josey Milner
Josey Milner
Occupation: 
Musician
Biography: 

Country Music Starlet, Josey Milner burst onto the international radio airwaves with her first release in September 2012, a cover version of Miranda Lambert’s “Dead Flowers.” The debut single from this Kansas City, MO native received airplay overseas in Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, UK, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Poland and Japan, while placing in the Top 10 of an internationally-recognized country music chart. Meanwhile, her Youtube video for another classic cover, Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” has received more than 60,000 views. With recent performances at fairs and festivals in Kansas and Missouri, including a spot on the Missouri State Fair and an opener for country star Chris Cagle, this former teen rodeo and pageant princess is poised for stardom on the international country music stage. Growing up on a small farm in Missouri, one might say that country is Josey’s pedigree. At age 7, she began barrel racing at local rodeos, making the rodeo arena her first stage. She started singing the National Anthem at her youth rodeos, eventually graduating to performances at PRCA rodeos across Missouri and Kansas, including the American Royal in Kansas City. These anthem performances led to the decision for her to hang up her spurs and follow her dreams of country music fame. Josey’s country music career kicked off with her singing at country music shows, local fairs, and to pretty much anyone who would listen. In 2010, she was invited to sing on the main stage at the International Steel Guitar Show in St Louis. It was at this event that she received some sage-like advice from the veteran musicians: Get a band together, and get out there and start playing. After returning home from St. Louis, that’s exactly what she did. The Josey Milner Band has become one of the most sought-after live acts in the Kansas City area. Performing an ever-evolving and versatile mix of new country, classic country, country rock, and a little bit of Rock & Roll, Josey has led the band through raucous sets at Buffalo Bill Days, Slater Fall Festival, Holden Street Fair, Timbercreek, The Landing, and numerous others, performing for sold-out crowds and claiming the title of “Kansas City’s Princess of Country Music.” It was these live performances that attracted the interest of a national management company. In September, Josey signed an exclusive artist management deal with MTS Management Group. Soon after, her single, “Dead Flowers” debuted on the Independent Music Network’s country chart at #10, receiving tons of fan requests and international airplay. The song was also among the most downloaded on digital music delivery site, Airplay Direct. By November, Josey was ranked among the Top 200 International Artists by CMG Radio Network. Oh yeah…in the meantime, Josey earned recognition as a National Honor Society student! In December 2012, Josey released her new single, “Not Pretty Enough,” with veteran engineers Matthew Russo (Hall and Oates) and Larry Gann (Elton John) and producer, Micah Burdick. The single kicked off an anti-bullying campaign, with Josey as national spokesperson for Angels and Doves. The single was the second most-added at country radio (New Music Weekly) in its first week of release, and it reached #23 NMW and #105 Music Row. It is currently #6 Indie World. Josey is continuing with an extensive series of radio, print and online interviews, as well as taking her live shows to audiences across the Midwest and beyond. She recently performed at the Nascar Kobalt 400, for the Welcome Home Troops Benefit, the Teddy Bear Festival to benefit children’s charities, and at a CMA Fest showcase in Nashville, this June. Josey recently opened to a sold out crowd of 1500 for American Idol winner Scotty McCreery in late June and CMT star, Jon Wolfe in July. In January 2013, Josey embarked on her very first radio promotion tour, visiting stations in Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Oklahoma. Also that month, she was named as one of the Top 10 “Hottest New Stars” in a book from PDS Entertainment. In April, Josey was nominated for Most Promising Youth Artist at the 2013 Independent Country Music Association awards. One thing is for certain, wherever her music may take her, she will always remain the small-town girl with the rodeo spurs still hanging on her wall. 

Guest Name, Jiggley Jones

Jiggley Jones
Occupation: 
Musician
Biography: 

“His sound is so huge, it seems like it is everywhere and is as much coming to him as from him. He appears to be drawing in the sound while drawing in the listener.” A quote from former manager George Grauer, and a great description of the musical attitude that encompasses the debut release from singer/songwriter Jiggley Jones. Now under the professional direction of MTS Management Group and Michael Stover, who says “ Jiggley has that one-of-a-kind sound that I look for in an artist. His songs will touch you and move you with their beautiful lyrics and melodic strength.” Now let’s not let the word “debut” fool you though. Just like the title of this 4 song EP, “No Spring Chicken”, Jiggley himself has lived. “Lets face it, I’m not 18 anymore and thank God for that”, says Jones. “I’m no longer coming from a place that I have to in order to fit in, I’m coming from a place that is different because that is what I’ve become. No tattoos, no piercings, just music, strong and true, music that paints a picture.” However you want to look at this picture, whether it’s Americana, Wide Open Country, or acoustic whatever, this artist represents life, hope, and human nature as only a seasoned person can see it. The record, starting with the overwhelming strength of “Baby Blue”, a deep celebration of a new born life, to “Welcome Home” with it’s ability to remind you how comforting the idea of home can be, to track three, a fun hillbilly party called “Ain’t That Alright”, “No Spring Chicken” covers enough variety (the spice of life) to remind you of bands like The Beatles. The final track really takes variety to the next level, being an early Christmas release called “Christmas 365”. This song is full of holiday reminders and touches on the idea that if Christmas was all year round then would it lose it’s special place in one’s heart. On the other hand, if we treated everyday like Christmas would life be a better experience all around. Jiggley Jones, the project, came about in late 2007. Jiggley, whether alone or a member of various bands in the past has written or co-written well over 100 songs. His experience has taken him through various phases and musical endeavors including a stint during his younger years working in entertainment public relations in Los Angeles. With some success on college radio, Jones was also, as a member of a band called “Q”, involved with soundtrack projects on select MTV shows such as The Dennis Rodman Show, Cindy Crawford’s “House of Style”, and the reality show Road Rules. His band was also used in the AON Films movie “Tainted Love”, directed by Mathew Ross. All these successes were accomplished while under the professional direction of industry representatives like N.O. Management based in London, England as well as Magic Music Management and Peter Baron Productions in New York. More currently he has worked with Nashville producer Terry Wendt, a former bandleader for Shania Twain. For this new release though, he has teamed up with LA based producer Chris Tristram. His live shows have taken him to Nashville and this year’s CMA Festival where he performed at BB King’s Blues Club, as well as other top notch venues such as The Hard Rock Café in Philly and The World Café in Wilmington, Delaware.

Guest Name, Doug Briney

Doug Briney
Doug Briney
Occupation: 
Musician
Biography: 

When you think of cowboys and country music, the cold climate and frozen tundra of Alaska might just be the last place on earth that you would think of. But, the northern-most state in America is right where up-and-coming country artist, Doug Briney’s career began. With two nominations in the 2013 Independent Country Music Association Awards, eight months on the Roots Music Report charts, as well as appearances at Rodeo Alaska, The Iditarod, and the Alaska State Fair, this God-fearing road warrior with the warm baritone voice and love for all things southern is now bringing his Alaskan persuasion to Music City, USA – Nashville, Tennessee. With the March 2012 release of his debut CD, “It’s All Country,” Doug Briney showcased his signature sound, which he cultivated from years of touring camps, churches and conferences across the US. “We even played in an airport once, to impress a pretty girl for one of the band members,” he says with a laugh. Blending traditional influences from country music’s past, like Lee Greenwood, Gatlin Brothers and Kenny Rogers, with modern contemporaries like Toby Keith and Trace Adkins, Doug created an original, honest and authentic sound all his own. “It’s All Country” is a timeless collection of well-known country classics from recent memory (“Bleed Red”, “Voices”, ”Ol’ Red”) alongside heart-warming and inspiring new tracks, such as the singles, “More Than Just a Farm,” “It’s All Country” and “Déjà vu All Over Again,” all of which gained international airplay, chart success and video recognition. All of them topped the Only Lyric’s chart and CMG Radio chart, as well as receiving more than 300,000 total Youtube video views. The album reached #6 on the Roots Music Report True Country chart, and remained in the Top 40 for 8 consecutive months! In October 2012, Doug signed a digital distribution deal with CBM Records, who re-released Doug’s album in January 2013. It reached #11 on the itunes Country New Release chart. Doug’s third single, “Déjà vu All Over Again” is currently #21 IMN. In February 2013, Doug signed a recording contract with Tate Music Group, home to country legends like Lee Greenwood and Neal McCoy. Doug recorded vocals for his sophomore album, “Super Country Cowboy” in May 2013. A late summer release is expected. While recording in the studio is a labor of love for Doug, performing live on stage is his true passion. He has been a finalist for two year running in the KBear Radio “Country Idol” in Anchorage, Alaska. Through his associations, he also met and performed live with Kelly Clarkson, before her big American Idol win. In March 2013, Doug sang the National Anthem for the start of Alaska’s biggest event, The Iditarod. Next stop for Doug: Nashville. “I like to tell people that I’ve sung at the Grand Ol’ Opry. Of course, it was in the parking lot..but some day!” It’s this sunny disposition and witty sense of humor that is making country music fans sit up and take notice of this cowboy as one of the “good guys in white.” Living up to that reputation can be a difficult task for any artist, but for Doug, it is second nature. Grateful for being able to live his dream of performing and recording music, he has gladly given back to his community in a big way. He is involved with charities like the Wounded Warrior Project, Support Our Troops, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, as well as being a pastor at the Cowboy Church of Anchorage, up until his family’s move to Nashville. In fact, it’s his unwavering faith that keeps him grounded along his musical journey. Still think a country singer can’t come from Alaska? Just ask this Alaskan Cowboy: “I have come to know and love the Cowboy Lifestyle through country music…And, it is who I am now, who I have been, and who I will always be.”

Guest Name, Amy Rose

Amy Rose
Amy Rose
Occupation: 
Musician
Biography: 

“A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet…” said Juliet, in Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet. The question is, would they sound as sweet as THIS Rose? Part down-home country girl, part sophisticated musical veteran, Amy Rose has already earned a reputation for being one of Ontario, Canada’s best-known secrets. From her early years on small-town fair and festival stages, to her brand-new, Nashville-recorded single, this Rose with the soaring vocal range and pop country sensibilities is on a journey to the world stage and beyond…THIS is the beginning! Recorded at Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, “I Just Want You To Know” was the first single from Amy’s forthcoming third album, The Beginning. The track, a pop-country cover of a song originally recorded by the Backstreet Boys, was produced by Glenn Coulson and Marty Beecroft of After Tuesday Productions. It was the Most Added Single at country radio, weekending October 26, 2012, according to New Music Weekly magazine, and it reached #9 on the NMW Country chart and #85 on the Music Row chart. The song also helped Amy receive the “Rising Star” nomination in the 2013 Ontario Country Music Association awards and three nominations in the 2013 Independent Country Music Association Awards; Amy won the ICoMA award for Emerging Artist. It also helped her earn a Barrie Cultural Grant award, voted on by a jury of professionals from across Canada. The song was released to the European market in April 2013, and has been aired on more than 200 stations for 5 consecutive weeks. Next up: The US release of “(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck,” a song that was co-written by Amy and her producers. It features some heavy-hitters on the Nashville studio scene: Mark Prentice, bass (Vince Gill, Keith Urban;) Glen Duncan, fiddle (Reba, Shania;) and Mike Rojas, keys (Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan,) among others. A funny, tongue-in-cheek music video has already secured a spot in the rotation on CMT Canada, and it was recently the #1 music video on OnlyLyrics.com. The video for “Redneck Reunion” also debuted in the Top 25 Most Watched Music Videos on Y’allwire.com (#21) and it has more than 100,000 views on Youtube. The track reached #7 on the Independent Music Network country chart, and it has received airplay in Netherlands, UK, Germany, Australia, Japan, Denmark, and of course, Canada. It was the 3rd most added track at country radio for the week of April 23, 2013. Currently, the single is #22 NMW and #116 Music Row. Amy Rose grew up in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, where she began her singing career at the age of 5. Her first public performance was in a singing contest at the Barrie Promenade Days, a local fair. A series of singing competitions followed, including her most memorable early moment: “It was at the Kinmount Fair,” Amy recalls. “I had been the winner for the previous three years, when I was lucky enough to meet one of my local heroes, Jason McCoy (2001 CCMA Best Male Artist.)” It was also during this period that Amy was trained in, and mastered the art of yodeling, earning her the respect of Ontario’s country music community. Amy’s first album, One Special Girl, was released independently, when she was 13. On the strength of this album, she landed a spot on Dorian Baxter’s Gospelenium Tour, opening for Joni and Cathy Twitty, the daughters of her then-idol, Conway Twitty. Other openers for The Wilkinsons, Emerson Drive and High Valley followed. Her 2nd album, The Last of the True Believers, was released in 2001, receiving airplay, and earning her the reputation as one of Canada’s best young female artists. A brief hiatus from recording gave Amy the opportunity to raise a family with her husband; passing along the strong values that have always been an important part of her life. During this period, she continued to inspire live audiences by performing for fundraisers and promotional events, including those for Opry Orillia, Opry North, Penetangueshene Centennial Museum, and other Midland events. But, Nashville began to whisper in this northern girl’s ear… In the Summer of 2010, Amy began working with After Tuesday Productions, best known for their recent #1 iTunes album by Derek James Tilley. Earning Amy comparisons to contemporaries like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, “I Just Want You To Know” and “(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck” are just a preview of what lies ahead for this burgeoning vocal superstar. Remember, this is only the beginning…

Guest, Richard Shulman

Guest Occupation: 
Music for meditation, inspiration, healing, and enlightenment, spiritual artist

MUSIC MEDICINE THERAPY, October 26, 2012

This week Christine Stevens will be with us to awaken your Music MEdicine - for mind, body, heart, and soul. She holds a Masters Degree in both Social Work, and Music Therapy, and authored a book called "Music Medicine" linking healing of emotions and mental and physical illnesses with sound and rhythm.

QUAN YIN AND CHAKRAS, April 5, 2013

RENATA & STEVEN ASH in England will rejoin us to continue the conversation we started on March 15 about the 13 Chakras, the meanings of the ones above the head, and how they have developed flower and crystal essences to work directly with the chakras. Renata will share how she has felt called to channel the energy of Quan Yin, and to perform the wonderful Sabai Ceremony.

Guest, Patrick Pinson

Guest Occupation: 
Cedar Mountain Drums Founder, Gestalt Therapist, Stockbroker, Fund-Raiser, Consultant, Therapist, Drum Circle Leader, Drum Maker, Workshop Facilitator

Guest, Denean

Guest Occupation: 
Singer, Music Producer, Pianist, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Sound Healer, Entreprenuer, Spiritualist

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