Music plays a big factor in every movie. Whether it’s popular music or specifically composed, it plays a more important role than one may think. I spoke with Mark Leggett and Velton Ray Bunch, composers for last year’s Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors, airing tonight (Nov 30th) on NBC. We chatted for a bit about how they got involved with Parton and the process of scoring music.
Kenneth Womack, PhD, is a world renowned Beatles speaker, writer, and scholar who also serves as Dean and Professor of English at Monmouth University. In 2014, he published The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the group’s legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The revised, abridged version of the book is being published November 30th and will be available on Kindle for the first time. Womack took some time to speak with us about the updated book as well as forthcoming projects.
The Music Universe recently interviewed Vivek J. Tiwary, author of the New York Times best selling graphic novel and soon to be TV series The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story. It is the story of Brian Epstein, the man responsible for discovering the British supergroup and who had such a profound impact on the band. Discovering the band when they were disorganized teenagers playing pubs in Liverpool, he masterminded their transformation into a revolutionary, trailblazing, pioneering band that would have more impact not just in music but also in the arts and society than any other rock band in history. It’s fair to say without Brian Epstein, the world would not have The Beatles we know today, if at all.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are two of the biggest superstars in music! Brooks has sold more albums than anyone and he just surpassed his tie with The Beatles for six Diamond Awards. He now has seven as of last night’s (Sept 23rd) opening night show in Fresno, CA when Yearwood made the announcement. Yearwood has one of the greatest voices in any genre. Both were kind enough to speak with The Music Universe before the opening of four shows in Fresno on Friday (Sept 23rd) as they near the start of year three on their world tour. We discussed upcoming projects, social media and more.
Fans of Seventies rock are sure to remember Grand Funk Railroad. The group, who has been together since 1969, is still touring and selling out shows across the world reaching both new and long-time fans for 47 years. They will be making a Southern California appearance later this month when they perform at the Kern County Fair in Bakersfield. The show is September 28th at 8 pm and is free with fair admission.
Composer and sound designer Daniel Lee has recorded some strange sounds in his career. He has recorded bats on a roof, screwdrivers run across a vacuum hose, and ambient sounds from the classic game show Wheel of Fortune.
Fifteen year old Emily Cole isn’t your typical teenager growing up in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour north of Houston. The pop singer/songwriter, who has made quite a name for herself touring the Texas club and fair circuit, is preparing to host her first ever CD release party on Saturday, October 17th in nearby Montgomery, Texas. It’s then when she plans to reveal the entire album to family, friends and fans in attendance.
Arguably the world’s most sought after Stevie Nicks tribute artist, Julie C Myers has traveled the globe riveting audiences with her performances as Nearly Nicks for over eight years. Besides being a Stevie Nicks doppleganger, Myers is also a vocal powerhouse, trained gymnast, former Playboy “Girl of Rock ‘n Roll,” and professional dancer. Now, after years of performing as the premiere Stevie Nicks tribute artist, Myers has released her debut album, Rock On/Fearless Journey, which blends her contagious energy, raspy rock vocals and southern charm together.
Billboard number one dance and pop artist Neon Hitch has teamed up with The Paradise Collective, Hollywood’s newest premiere multi-faceted production company, for her latest video “Sparks.” The track is the first single from Hitch’s highly anticipated album Eleutheromaniac due out later this year.