Singer/Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Ned Gray is perhaps the luckiest person alive. He has traveled the world several times over, from Alaska to Hawaii, from Tahiti to Indonesia and all points in-between. And, to top it all off, he gets paid to do it! Ned travels the world as a cruise ship entertainer, bringing his original music along with his favorite covers to travelers spanning the globe.
Ned is no stranger to traveling! He got his start in music as a drummer, playing on the road for Blackhawk. He eventually settled into the Marin County area near San Francisco where he performed with the likes of Joan Baez, Commander Cody, and Doug Adamz (another KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist). Today, in addition to his gigs out on the open seas, Ned has recorded three albums, Looking for the Groundswell, Choreograph and Texas Chrome, the latter of which was recorded in Willie Nelson’s recording studio.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste caught up with Ned via Skype between cruise ship voyages, at a restaurant in the Tampa Bay Florida area. They talked at length about Ned’s musical travels, and what it’s like performing on a cruise ship, and he explains how his travels inspires and influences his performances and songs.
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Anyone who has heard singer/songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist John Mollenhauer (otherwise known to his fans as “John M“) will tell you that his songs are clearly from the heart. Born in New York City, raised in Connecticut and now living in California, John has been involved in almost all aspects of music. He has performed all across the United States, and even made a documentary DVD of the experience titled House Concerts, The Home invasion Tour. He has dabbled in some acting, and owns his own recording studio, from which he has produced 6 albums.
John’s most recent album is aptly titled M-VI, and is woven from his 40 years of experience in the business. From songs such as “I Believe in America,” which was a last-minute composition he put together for a show, to a new version of fan favorite “My Mother in Me,” a song he wrote for his mother, John brings his experiences front-and-center for all of us to experience and enjoy.
Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with John via Skype. In their conversation, John explains why he named the album M-VI, and shares some of the stores behind his songs. They also talk about producing the Home Invasion Tour documentary, and his experiences performing at House Concerts. He also talks about transitioning from the East Coast through Nashville, Tennessee and eventually on to Los Angeles, and shares his insight on the differences in songwriting styles in each region.
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It’s a summertime festival of music this month, as we bring you 12 new albums, and 3 new Performing Artists. This month, enjoy new music from Monet9, Larry Garrett, Forrest Whitlow and The Crash, Marc Platt, and Roger Street Friedman, and we welcome The Engineers, Knobtown Skiffle Band, and Bob Sima to the KC Cafe Radio family. Follow the link and request their music today!
If you ask Judy Nazemetz what her greatest musical influences are, she quickly tells you she has none. Rather, Judy has immersed herself in all sorts of endeavors involving arts and entertainment. And that’s what makes her music so eclectic.
Judy grew up in “Central Jersey” gaining an appreciation for musical theatre, which she took with her when she moved to Los Angeles and became involved in several plays and musical theatre productions. She would go on to write her own one-woman show.
Along the way, Judy appeared more than 100 times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, with Ellen DeGeneres on her sitcom, and in numerous television commercials. With the 2014 release of her debut album, Variety Pak, Judy culminates all of her writing, comedy, performance, musical theater, and life experience into a single package. Her music invites us to smile and laugh along with her, while at the same time affording us the opportunity to look at our own lives from a different perspective.
Recently, KC Cafe radio Music Director Kathy Forste talked with Judy via Skype. Judy describes her journey from Jersey to L.A, and her experiences along the way, and how those experiences influence the songs on Variety Pak. She also tells the stories behind the various characters she has developed, and what it was like to appear alongside people like Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres.
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