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Lawrence Grey – The Joker

Photo credit: Felix Groteloh

Born and raised a classical pianist Lawrence Grey is finding his niche amongst our finest crooners with his debut offering. A multi talented musician who’s unbridled enthusiasm for life is written all over everything he touches. His handsome looks and debonair style will have him collecting hearts one beat at a time with his new EP – The Joker.

It has been an amazing collaboration with British lyricist Mick Evans and together they are only getting started.

“With my first language being German, I needed someone to help me better express lyrics in english. I’ve practiced for a long time but it is still hard for me to write songs in english. On ‘The Joker’ I colour Mick’s words with music. It’s all I need to do.”

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“I had coached Mick Evans, a very talented UK based lyricist for a couple of years and had always been looking to connect him to a kindred spirit. When I first heard what Lawrence was writing I had a feeling it could be one of those amazing partnerships – sort of as if Bernie Taupin had met Chet Baker. And here it is, one unique mix of what they both do best.”  Mark Cawley Nashville Tennessee

 

 

 

GET YOUR COPY OF THE JOKER HERE

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Eva Cassidy – Up Above

If you are one to believe that gifts come from above then you might think of the late Eva Cassidy. Whenever I hear her, she makes my heart stop in reflection of all that is meant to be.
She was painfully shy, not at all glamorous and much to the frustration of record company executives, impossible to pigeon hole. Pop tunes, blues, jazz, gospel – she sang whatever moved her. In an era of brightly packaged stars, think Britney Spears – Eva Cassidy was the polar opposite. Indeed she never knew fame, that is coming only now years after she died in the prime of her life, and her version of ‘Over the Rainbow’ see if it doesn’t give you goose bumps.
Nightline corespondent and jazz and blues enthusiast Dave Marash said that putting together the Eva Cassidy story was definitely a ‘labour of love.’

A beautiful story.

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Nicholas & The Pessimistics – Cincinnati, OH

It’s a beautiful thing when new music finds you. Believing that all things come together as they are intended to be, this runs true for these good ole’ boys from Cincinnati. Take away the quest for simply being cool and just cut to the good stuff – and there you will find ‘Nicholas & the Pessimistics calling you too. Frontman Nicholas Baker has a voice that will imprint on your heart and keep you coming back for more. Their self titled debut album is available now.

NICHOLAS & THE PESSIMISTICS

Name: Nicholas Baker
Age: 33
Where you are writing this: Standing in front of the computer at the Flower shop my wife and I own.

Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours…

I grew up in a 3 bedroom 1 bath ranch house in a small historic town in Southwestern Ohio. I have a brother who’s 8 years my elder and two parents that shouldn’t have been together but still managed to keep it together for about 20 years. Dad played in bar bands and mom sang in the choir at the local non-denominational church. I like to say that I figuratively grew up somewhere between George Jones and Jesus. Learned a lot about what music is for people during that time. Especially the healing aspects.

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Introduce your band mates…

Shawn Steele (lead guitar) is a true student of his instrument . He takes pride in his job and is very careful to add to the song without trying to be too flashy or over the top even though he’s more than capable of being both.
Alex Fraser (Bass) has a knack for streamlining songs and an excellent ear for audio. With a dense engineering background he brings so much to the table both in the studio and during writing sessions.
BJ Schweinlin (drums) is a true optimist and has enough motivation too for all of us. To say he’s an asset is an understatement.

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The Reality of Amy

This week in 2007 Amy Winehouse was No. 1 with her enormous album ‘Back to Black’ which brings such bittersweet memories of this girl who was stolen from the world. Reflecting back on her documentary it makes you want to kick that shit in the head.

Took in the Amy Winehouse documentary this weekend and was blown away by the depth of her voice and it rattles you to your bones to know that it comes from somewhere ultimately divine. So many beautiful pictures of her in living colour adorning the costume she wore but yet unsettling to see the physical contradiction as she changed from a healthy full of life teenager, to a scrawny bulimic body with breasts paid for with her Hidden Treasures from Back to Black.

It saddens the soul to watch a life crumble at the hands of instant gratification and a circle of people who did not care enough to say ‘No, I will not sit and watch you kill yourself.’  

Amy was born full of life and ready to challenge the world. She possessed a vibrant personality that drew the people around her in and made them feel special in her presence, herself becoming as a sacrificial lamb when her addictive personality began to swim in a sea of money. There also lurked those feeding off of her and unfortunately in those shallow murky waters one is not able to see clearly. She loved Blake Fielder and he loved her money and it’s a disturbing piece of the puzzle in Amy’s life.

Usually the right thing and the hardest thing are the same thing and Amy’s father had the capability to shut this business down and protect his daughter allowing her a safe harbour to get clean, healthy and strong. In the end she may have still chosen her outcome, but at least she would of had a fighting chance to win this battle.

A pivotal moment for thought occurred during a clear spell, when Amy won her grammy and confided to her friend ‘this is just no fun without the drugs.’ How sad to be experiencing the biggest moments of your life thus far, yet unable to feel anything. What does this do to a body and soul and why does anyone ever choose to go down that road when it steals so much from you rendering you null and void of all the beautiful things going on around you.

At times it makes you frustrated to think that while everyone else is checking out the rest of us are left to see, feel and live the realities of life. We are not any different than any one else, except for the fact that we deal with it. 

 Life can punch you pretty damn hard and it has the ability to bend us but we must not give it the power to break us. The truth is you can not get around what you’ve got to go through. No one said life was easy but anything worth keeping is worth working for. Keep your eyes clear and let the body be filled with light and keep going until you find your way home.

 

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