Now Hear This Entertainment features interviews with guests who have achieved success in the music business, with the content presented in a way that not only entertains fans of that guest and fans of good music interviews in general, but in a manner that educates musicians, singers, songwriters – entertainers who want to learn from those who are being interviewed each week by Bruce Wawrzyniak, president of Now Hear This, Inc. The guests come from a wide array of genres and locales.
NHTE 444 Brandon Bing
Nashville-based singer, songwriter, guitar player who just won the 2022 International Singer Songwriters Association’s Music Video of the Year. He had also been a finalist for three other ISSA awards. He has performed at CMA Fest as well as the Key West Songwriters Festival and will even be playing next month in Denmark. He has released three songs so far this year and has a new album coming next month and country music fans are listening to his music to the tune of more than 17 thousand monthly listeners on Spotify, where one of his songs alone has been streamed over a hundred thousand times. He is the owner and founder of Bangtail Whiskey and, music-wise, has a NASCAR connection that he talks about here, and is even a member of the Texas Country Music Association.
NHTE 443 BLKBOK and Rob Olsen
A special two-guest, on-location episode, leading off with a musician who has been the lead pianist or musical director with artists including Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, and John Mayer. Endorsed by Yamaha, he is known for his explosive and immersive live music performances. By the time he was eight years old, he was an acclaimed piano prodigy, winning statewide accolades and college-level competitions. His debut album was just released in mid-June. The second guest is the Sales Director for Adam Hall North America, working closely in artist relations. He has played in bands as a guitarist for decades. He has even designed custom guitars for musicians, including Paul McCartney. His background extends to retail, wholesale, marketing, new product development and more. Since 2012 he has been with the Adam Hall Group, which is a more than 45-year old leading German manufacturer and distribution company that provides event technology solutions to business customers worldwide, including retailers, dealers, live event and retail companies, broadcast studios, and AV system integrators.
NHTE 442 Carl Verheyen
He has been called “one of the Top 10 Guitar Players in the World” by Guitar Magazine. In his 50-plus years of playing the instrument, he has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 16 albums and two live DVDs released worldwide. He is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of L.A.’s elite “first call” session players for the past 38 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks, and television shows. He became a member of the British rock group Supertramp in 1985 and he has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. He plays live regularly, including shows he’ll be doing in Europe in October and November, as discussed in this interview.
NHTE 441 The Christopher Brothers
Members of an alternative pop-rock band from Los Angeles, their music videos have combined for over 6.7 million views on YouTube. They have played at well-known venues in southern California including the Whisky-a-Go-Go, The Roxy, and still play regularly at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. They have opened for the Plain White Ts and Drake Bell. They had a single debut at Number 7 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales Chart and were in the Top 20 of the group category on “The X Factor,” winning praise from Simon Cowell. Listen too for their song-a-month approach to releasing new music.
NHTE 440 Julian Kerins
He is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who is originally from New York. He has overcome two near-death experiences to become an award-winning front man who has an eight-octave range with the ability to hold notes for over a minute. His YouTube videos have amassed over five-and-a-half million views and he has had a song chart on the Top 20 in the Rock category (number 14, specifically) and he has charted on the Global Hot 100 (number 78). He has been seen on FOX, NBC, ABC, and the CW. He has performed at festivals that have included Machine Gun Kelly, Fall Out Boy, and Greta Van Vleet. He recently signed a licensing and publishing deal that will put his songs on television and in movies.
NHTE 439 Ada Pasternak
A singer, songwriter multi-instrumentalist who has a new EP coming out next week and appeared on Hit Parader’s unsigned band competition show, "No Cover." She won Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards earlier this year. She has performed at venues ranging from the Hotel Café in Los Angeles to Rockwood Music Hall and the Bitter End in New York. She also sang on a song that was used in a Netflix movie. Her YouTube channel has over 14,000 subscribers and she was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music as a violin virtuoso.
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Fantastic podcast! A really great listen!
Bruce hosts such a great diversity of guests on his show that make it not only entertaining to listen to, but insightful for those in the industry to help grow and advance their careers!!