On January 26 the Recording Academy will present the 2014 - 56th annual - Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
On December 6 the Recording Academy released the nominees for all 82 of the music categories.
And the nomninees are… Record of the Year: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons “Royals” by Lorde “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell
Album of the Year: “The Blessed Unrest” by Sara Bareilles “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” by Kendrick Lamar “The Heist” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Red” by Taylor Swift
The annual Grammy Awards celebration will not take place until \late January, but on December 6 the stars gathered to entertain fans and announce the nominees for just a few of the 80 Grammy Award categories.
Hip-Hop stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis opened the show with their hit “Thrift Shop”.
Actor and Grammy Award winning musician LL Cool J hosted this year’s nominations concert. He also announced the first nominees of the night.
Never focusing on just a solo career, Mills has shared the stage with a variety of performers including The Black Angels, The Kills, Cowboy and Indian, Leopold and His Fiction, Gemini Dreams, and Indie Annas.
For nearly 80 years Americans with visual and physical disabilities have been “reading” books via the recorded device - record, cassette, and digital. Some 40 years ago the format became popular in mainstream America, especially with travelers as the country “discovered” the audio book. Unlike the original Talking Book that featured only a “reader” the books on tape or audio book purchased in bookstores or online feature animated renditions with sound effects and music.
One of the latest of these books is the “Wolves of Midwinter” by Anne Rice. What sets Rice’s book apart is the theme song for the book. “Evils (The Wolves of Midwinter)” was composed and performed by singer songwriter Mary Fahl.
The three time Grammy Award winning trio The Pointer Sisters set the Events Center at the Sence Niagara Casino and Hotel on “Fire” November 30 when they brought their family show to Niagara Falls. While there were no young ones in the crowd, the Sisters pointed out that they put on a show that parents could easily bring their children to without any fear of inappropriate behaviour.
For this show original group member Anita and Ruth Pointer were joined by Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako for a high energy show in front of a full house for the Saturday night show.
A song is like a house…first you build it then you invite people over says Paul Weinfield - songwriter and lead singer for Tam Lin. Like building a home, Weinfield first builds the scaffolding - the chords - and then strips them down to form the perfect song.
Weinfield was only nine years old and listening to Bob Dylan [Unlink] when he realized that songs were not just a tune but something that can be inhabited.
As the product of a Poet father and a Composer mother, Weinfield learned early the art of melding words and music together.
Following in the footsteps of artists like Bono [Unlink] of U2, Julie Mar practices what her spiritual beliefs teach and works as hard to aid others as she does making her music. She routinely lends her talents to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. And saying that she isn’t the needlepoint type, Julie spent three weeks with a group from Toronto in Kenya helping to build homes and offer assistance to the local villagers. Julie said that she didn’t take her guitar on the trip but did find a little time for writing.
Julie Mar released her debut album “Theorem” last April shortly before her trip to Kenya. Calling it a diary in sound, Julie pours out her feelings and personal experiences. The original songs on the album include being bullied at school over her weight.
While some western New Yorkers were enjoyed turkey and footbal; East met West when Chan Ho Tuk and his friends put on a Chinese show at the Events Center in the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara Falls on November 28.
For nearly two hours the gathered crowd heard the music and sounds of their native China. The quartet of musicians provided the band music throughout the show.
Jimmy Buffet has his Parotheads and the Grateful Dead have their Deadheads; but there is one group that goes beyond just having a loyal following. The boys of Tru Fam embrace the entire Hip-Hop culture in what they call Ultraculture.
Identical twins Shareef and Tyreef Nealy - better known as Sha and Just-I of Tru Fam describe Ultraculture as embracing all that Hip-Hop has to offer all while working hard to be and produce your very best on the way to fulfilling your dreams.
The house “Ranted and Roared” when St. John’s Great Big Sea [Unlink] played to a sold out crowd in the Bear’s Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York on November 26.
Fans traveled from miles around, with some even planning to attend the show again on Wednesday, as the Celtic band brought the fun of a good old fashioned kitchen party to the Bear’s Den. It may not have been the largest kitchen party on record, but they boys had far more than the 30 people in their song.
Celebrating 20 years of traditional Newfoundland songs, sea shanties, Celtic tunes, and original songs, the boys of Great Big Sea