Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 14! (Episode 4 | Series 2)

I want to first apologize for the delay with this episode. I have been working on my debut album, RISE IN LOVE, and it has taken up quite a bit of my time, which is, of course, very cool. ALMOST DONE.

ON WITH THE EPISODE!

This guest has been brought up to me many times before. I have had so many people say, “You should get her on your show!” — So, thanks to the wonderful world of technology and social media, I reached out to my guest and she said YES! Woo!

Erika Luckett

As I was preparing for the interview, a friend said to me, “Prepare for your mind to be blown”…and it was.

So, without further adieu, my guest for this episode is the incredible and mind-blowing, Erika Luckett.

I really had a wonderful time with this interview. She had so many great things to say about her journey in music. Growing up in music. Pretty much all facets of her life are pretty darn interesting. She even tells a great story about the healing power of music in her own life.

My own take-away? TRUST YOURSELF!

I think there is a misunderstanding that is going on in the world when it comes to artists. Our art is often so much an audience oriented thing and we can get caught up in what other’s think. It’s when we trust ourselves that magic truly happens. The best songs that I have ever written came about just not caring what others thought and just letting the song come out. There is something unique within each of us. In this particular situation, it is the inner-songwriter…The inner voice. We know what’s right – we just follow that wisdom within. RIGHT?!

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Erika’s website – www.erikaluckett.com

Like her on FACEBOOK

Also, all of Erika’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “Dust” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase Erika’s album, UNEXPECTED  here on iTunes.

 Also, be sure to check Erika’s other projects. As I mentioned in the episode she is known also for a duo project with Lisa Ferraro. HERE is their Facebook page.

These two ladies just ran and successfully funded a Kickstarter project for their upcoming album. They raised a whopping $36,864. GO THEM!  Check out the details HERE.

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Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 13! (Episode 3 | Series 2)

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

Okay, not really…maybe a little.  I met this guest a little over a year ago when we both participated in a artists retreat and concert with Faith Rivera (Episode 6). I remember hearing her songs and thinking, “Wow, this is cool!”

She is incredibly sweet and incredibly talented AND she has a featured vocalist spot on my upcoming debut album -pretty cool.

She is Johana.

She does something a little different and that is what is called “Top-lining”, which means she writes lyrics to already established tracks. It’s actually a little more difficult than most might think. You don’t have the flexibility when you are writing a song in the “regular” way because you can’t just use a different chord or structure or whatever – you have to work with what you are given and just go with it.

I got the opportunity to talk live with Johana in NTNS Studios and we talk about it all. We talk about how she discovered Soulful House Music and what it’s like to write a song to a track and what are some of the challenges.

My own take-away? Don’t think too hard – just go with it.

As artist, we tend to think so much about everything, which is a little counter-productive as we want to let ourselves be free to express what we want to express in song. Get out of the way and just go with it!

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Johana’s website – www.johanaismusic.com

Like her on FACEBOOK

Follow her on twitter @JohanaIsMusic

Also, all of Johana’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “You” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase Johana’s album, FREE TO BE  here on iTunes.

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Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 12! (Episode 2 | Series 2)

In the last episode’s post, I mentioned that it has almost been a year since the first episode was posted. Well…it’s been a year! Boom! How cool is that?!

On with the episode!

This guest has been in the grapevine of my life for the past year or so – heard about him here and there – almost met him when I was visiting the Center for Spiritual Living, Dallas but he was out of town that weekend. BUT recently, he moved to Los Angeles – so, now I get to see him all the time at The Global Truth Center as he is involved with the music team there.

He has been nominated for 3 Out Music Awards and won the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media award for Best Adult Contemporary Song for his song “Unbound,” which we talk about in the episode.

Not only is he an award winning artist but he is also an award winning actor. He has been in plays and on TV all over the place, including CW’s television series, TroubadourTX. An all around talented guy!

He is the incredibly wonderful, inspiring, loving and authentic, Gary Lynn Floyd (AKA The Other  Gary Floyd)

I got the opportunity to talk with Gary in NTNS Studios and we talk about it all. Growing up in gospel music – his process of songwriting – the other other Gary Floyd – his journey through music and the importance of being present for the songs.

My own take-away? State planted in the present moment. Life is a series of events moment by moment – sometimes the past weighs on us and sometimes the hopes or worries of the future weigh on us more. It’s time to be present in the NOW. That is where the power lies. We change anything.

Our songs are a something that connect us to the current moment. When we are writing them, it often based on where we are in that moment. When we listen  (or others listen to them) they will have a different impact in those moments. Being present for everything in the current moment allows us to be truly satiated by life. Let it flow through you as it unfolds.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Gary’s website – www.garylynnfloyd.com

Like him on FACEBOOK

Follow him on twitter @GaryLynnFloyd

Also, all of Gary’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “Unbound” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase the song “Crystal” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Purchase Gary’s album, THEN + NOW here on iTunes. What?! It’s less than $9.99 – GET IT! 🙂

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Also, so you can get a chance to see him perform a little – here is a video of him singing the song “Unbound” –

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Hey Guys!

Welcome to the next level for NTNS. I have been thinking for a while that more content needs to go up and I had an idea. I thought I would either post articles that I found from others about the power of music and songwriting, maybe write some articles myself and invite listeners and other songwriters or really anyone to contribute. This may be a place for quotes. It is ever expanding we shall see where it goes. Here we grow again!

So, the first contribution is perfectly timed because it is from Series 2: Episode 1 guest, KELLY CORSINO. (Listen to Kelly’s episode here) She actually brought this article to me when we sat down to record the episode.

It is from the Spring 2013 issue of LAW OF ATTRACTION MAGAZINE. If you haven’t read this magazine, go out and get a copy. It really is great reading! It’s great publication to lift yourself to the next level and say yes to Life.

Check out the Law of Attraction website HERE

Stop by their Facebook Page and give it a LIKE too

The article is called “The Power of Music”

VIEW & DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE HERE (.pdf)

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Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 11!  AKA Episode 1 of Series 2. Can you believe it? NTNS has been going for a year. Well, almost a year. August 29th will be the official year anniversary. Thank you so much for listening and being here on the journey. On with the episode!

A couple years ago, I got the opportunity to see this guest perform at The NoHo Arts Center for New Thought. After that, I started to hear about her all over the place. Eventually, through lots of emails, I got to know her. She has been a huge support of my career, including making taking a long drive to see my very first live performance. WHAT?! Yeah, she is that awesome!

So, not only is she an amazing person but an incredible artist and songwriter.

She is a winner of two LA Music Awards; Best New Artist and Best Vocalist, and  has three Posi Award Nominations.

Right from the first note, her voice crawls into the depths of your soul and tears it open. Wow, kind of dramatic BUT it’s true. She has one of the most stunning voices.

She is the uh-mazing Kelly Corsino.

I got talk with Kelly in NTNS Studios and we talk about it all. Growing up in Music – Her process of songwriting – Her new album (“Let Love In”) and so much more.

My own take-away? Tell yourself “Good Job” – give yourself a pat on the back – see your value. YOU ARE AWESOME!

We all need a moment where we give ourselves a pat on the back and allow ourselves to love ourselves and support ourselves fully and deeply. Especially as artist, when sometimes you can easily fall into the “Your Own Worst Critic” slump.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Kelly’s website –  www.kellycorsino.com

Like her on FACEBOOK

Follow her on twitter @KellyCorsino

Also, all of Kelly’s music is available HERE on iTUNES.

Purchase the song “Within” that was featured on the episode HERE.

Also, Kelly’s Music Video for the Song “Within” was nominated for a Posi Award – please click HERE and follow the directions to vote for her.

Purchase Kelly’s album, WITHIN here on iTunes. What?! It’s less than $9 – GET IT! 🙂

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Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 10! The final episode of Series One. Woo!

It seems that I have to say this for every episode and perhaps I should stop repeating myself but for now I will do it anyway – I am very excited about the guest for this episode.

He is incredibly authentic. I say it in the episode but if you ever get a chance to see him play, TAKE IT! He is incredible! I feel truly blessed to have in my life and as a mentor, so-to-speak. He is also a fellow newly minted licensed practitioner with the Centers for Spiritual Living.

His Awards include—

A Tony Award (2010 Best Featured Actor In A Musical for Million Dollar Quartet), Outer Critics Circle Award, OUTMusic Award…

His songs have been featured on The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, The Apprentice, Days of Our Lives, and many more…

He has appeared on The View, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.

He also is on the list of one of the most funded campaigns in history on Kickstarter

I have the amazing and oh so talented – Levi Kreis

He is constantly an inspiration to me for his authenticity. Not to mention, his music is incredible.

I got talk with Levi over Skype and we talk about it all. His start – the ups and downs of his career – addiction – love. EVERYTHING!

My favorite piece of advice? Love yourself and stop trying to impress people.

I am sure I am not alone in this but I have fallen victim to this a couple of times when my artistry suffers from an ego reaction to my thoughts that people need to be impressed by my songs or etc. etc. etc… Stop it! Just write! We are unique and we must express our gifts. Do it!

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Levi’s website –  www.levikreis.com

Like him on FACEBOOK

Follow him on twitter @LeviKreis

Check out his YouTube channel.

Also, all of Levi’s music is available HERE on iTUNES

Of course be sure to check out his BRAND NEW album, IMAGINE PARADISE on iTunes.


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Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 9!

I have to admit that I have been putting off this episode a bit. I have wanted to get this particular songwriter on the show since I started the show almost a year ago. I respect him immensely not only as a singer/songwriter and musician but as a person. He is one of the most wonderful people that I have ever met and I truly feel blessed to call him a friend.

I can safely say that he is the one that truly inspired me to do this thing we call songwriting – specifically Positive Music. I saw him perform three years ago and I instantly was drawn to his music, his vocals, and his authenticity.

Really – you ask anyone that knows of him or knows him and you will hear the same thing – Amazing person. AMAZING MUSIC.

He is non-other than the amazing Jami Lula.

I have to add a bit of a disclaimer here and tell you that this is the longest episode to date. Clocking in at almost two hours. It really is worth it! I had Jami over to my home and we chatted about everything – maybe not everything but it really felt like it. From Songwriting to God to Praying and how they are all related. We got a chance to talk about a couple of his songs too! Be prepared to hear some really great stuff.

I even got to ask a listener question—

QUESTION FROM KELLY CORSINO:

Where were you at physically and emotionally when you wrote “Something’s Calling Me” ? Was it a, “hey I’m gonna sit down and write moment? Or was it a holy moly grab a pen quick here it comes moment?”

My favorite piece of advice? It’s more of a question that I would think he charges us to ask ourselves as songwriters—how open am I? Am I open to letting this song to come through. We are on call. Our job is a 24/7 – 365 kind of job. Our shift never ends.

Puts a lot of things into perspective. In fact, if you really think about it and get down to it – it takes a little bit of the weight off the entire creative process. Get out of the way and let it sing through you.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Jami’s website –  www.jamilula.com

Like him on FACEBOOK.

Also, all of Jami’s music is available HERE on iTUNES

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Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 8!

Another great episode with another great songwriter. This is a man that I truly respect and admire because he makes his living as a songwriter. He is extremely busy with family (including a 16 month old baby, Jude), producing albums for not only himself but for other artists (like Karen Mitchell from Episode 4) and continuing to go out and play all over the place.

His music has appeared all over the place (MTV, NBC, CNN, History Channel, Lifetime…just to name a few) and he is multi-award winning. There is so much to say about this man’s accomplishments as a songwriter and so much to say about his ability to write music that matters.

Really – He is all that but I have to say that he is an all around great dude and I truly enjoyed talking with him for this episode. Shootin’ the breeze about something we both enjoy doing so much.

He is non-other than the amazing Daniel Nahmod.

I got the opportunity to sit down with Daniel (via Skype) and talk about his process of songwriting. We talk about his career thus far. We talked about the importance of music itself to people and the world.We even talk about the importance for a songwriter to learn production and recording your stuff.

One of my favorite facts about him is that he took a sabbatical and all he did was write write and write some more. There are truly so many gold nuggets of songwriter truth in this one.

My favorite piece of advice? Don’t force it. Allow yourself to write crap. Walk away if you need to. Take a break! It’s okay.

Honestly, I haven’t met many songwriters who have not expressed this to me at least once. I know that is something that I get caught in sometimes. This silly loop of “it’s gotta be perfect” blah blah blah.

As always, I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you.

Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Daniel’s website –  www.danielnahmod.com

ALL of Daniel’s lyrics – www.danielnahmodlyrics.com

Like him on Facebook – www.facebook.com/daniel.nahmod.1

Also, all of Daniel’s music is available HERE on iTUNES

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Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 7! This has to be one of my favorite episodes!

I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the guest of this month’s episode. A few years back, I was wandering about the internet,  listening to music on Pandora and this man’s song, “Whisper” came on my speakers. I remember thinking, “Holy crap! This is a great song!” as I listened to more and more of his music, I found myself having the same reaction to every single song. If you know me at all, you may know that if I ever have to fill out an “Influences” section about my music, his name always goes on the list. He is not only incredibly successful – he is incredibly busy – AND he has a family, which does include 2 year old twins, who are awesomely referred to as “The Twinjas”.

He is non-other than the amazing Ernie Halter.

I got the opportunity to sit down with Ernie (via Skype) and talk about his process of songwriting. We got to talk about what he does about writers block and how he deals with it. He even tells probably one of the coolest stories about a song that I have ever heard.

My favorite piece of advice? Release perfectionism! Just finish the song. Be accountable and set deadlines.

I felt so inspired after recording this episode because I know that is something that I get caught in sometimes. This silly loop of “it’s gotta be perfect” blah blah blah. Just finish! Do what you can with where you are at in this current moment.

I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you. Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Ernie’s website –  www.erniehalter.com

Like him on Facebook www.facebook.com/ErnieHalterMusic

Follow him on Twitter @ErnieHalter

You can see some of his videos on YouTube –  www.youtube.com/user/ernell42

Also, all of Ernie’s music is available HERE on iTUNES

Make sure you check out Ernie’s “52 Song Club”

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PS: Here is that quote that Ernie was quoting–

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

-Ira Glass

 

Hey Guys!

Welcome to Episode 6! The very first episode of 2013. What?!

Sorry for the delay of getting this episode out there. Like I said in my last episode – it has been a busy month. I got married and went on my glorious honeymoon in Ireland. I almost didn’t come back.

I am super excited for the guest of this episode. I am honored to call her a friend and a mentor. She is and Emmy-Winning Singer/Songwriter (along with a ton of other awards for her songwriting) and an all around AMAZING person, Faith Rivera.

I got the opportunity to sit down with Faith and talk about her process of songwriting. We even got to talk a little about the dreaded self-comparison and how it happens to all of us. AND – it’s okay to put something in the “Later File”

My favorite piece of advice? Be Open! Be open to the song. Be open to the process. Just Be Open to the bigger picture and allow the song to sing through you!

I forget that more often than not there is a bigger picture to a song and that the song really does want to be written – I just have to get out of the way and let it!

I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It more for me than it is for you. Ha! Sorry!

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You can check out Faith’s website @ www.faithrivera.com

Like her on Facebook www.facebook.com/faithriveramusic

You can see some of her videos on YouTube www.youtube.com/faithrivera

Here is her blog faithgroove.blogspot.com/

Also, all of Faith’s music is available HERE on iTUNES

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