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EPISODE 22 – HARVEY MASON JR.
Harvey Mason Jr. has not only penned and produced songs for industry legends like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Elton John, but also for modern superstars including Justin Bieber and Britney Spears. Simultaneously, He has been instrumental in producing memorable music for many of the biggest musical films from the past decade: Dreamgirls, Pitch Perfect, Sing and Straight Outta Compton. In this episode, Harvey reveals untold stories behind his best-known projects.
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EPISODE 21 – BILLY CHILDS
A prodigiously talented composer, pianist and arranger, in 2018 Los Angeles native Billy Childs was honored at the 60thAnnual Grammy awards for Best Jazz Instrumental album for his solo project Rebirth. Billy works in diverse musical mediums, spanning classical music and jazz, and his ever-expanding spectrum of projects includes classical commissions, spoken word and music fusions, and worldwide tours as a headliner at concerts and festivals. We visit Billy in his writing room as he reveals the roots of his musical diversity on Storyophonic.
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EPISODE 20 – MELISSA MANCHESTER
Known for hit songs like “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Midnight Blue,” decades into a storied career, Grammy winning singer-songwriter and actress Melissa Manchester continues to enthrall audiences with sterling song-craft and impassioned performances. Join a legendary artist always moving in new creative dimensions.
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EPISODE 19 – ENRIQUE BUNBURY
From his emergence with the rock en espanol legends Heros del Silencio through his celebrated career as a solo artist, Enrique Bunbury is recognized as an ever changing and enigmatic rock legend, whose distinctive baritone voice is instantly recognizable by his legions of fans worldwide. He talks about life, creativity and the inspiration that drives him.
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EPISODE 18 – AL SCHMITT
With 22 Grammy awards, 160 Gold and Platinum albums and a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, the term “legendary” doesn’t begin to describe the career of Al Schmitt. He has recorded, mixed and produced the most notable artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries – from Sinatra to Neil Young to Michael Buble and beyond. Join Al as he tells the tales of the hit-makers and their times.
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EPISODE 17 – LURSSEN MASTERING
Meet the experts who breathes life into recorded sound: Gavin Lurssen has won four Grammys including two for Album Of The Year for Raising Sand, performed by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and produced by T Bone Burnett, and another for the soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou? His counterpart, Reuben Cohen, is a Latin Grammy winner and the winner of a TEC award for his work on “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
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EPISODE 16 – MINDI ABAIR
Two time Grammy nominated Mindi Abair has toured with Aerosmith, played with Springsteen, sat in on The Late Show and the Tonight Show and appeared for two Seasons on American Idol all while recording a string of top charting Billboard solo albums. Mindi goes for the high notes as she recounts her journey on this episode.
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EPISODE 15 – CHRISTOPER TIN
California-born, British-educated Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy-winning composer whose music has been performed and premiered in many of the world’s most prestigious venues. From feature films to concerts to video games – Christopher introduces new perspectives in the creation of compelling music across an eclectic spectrum of visual mediums.
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EPISODE 14 – MICHELLE LEWIS
From pop star Katharine McPhee to pop band R5, and from singer/songwriter, Shawn Colvin to the classical trio Il Volo — a short list of artists who have breathed life into the words and melodies of songwriter Michelle Lewis. A founding member of SONA, Songwriters or North America, and a board member of ASCAP, Michelle is a powerful advocate for an ever -increasing community of musical creators worldwide.
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EPISODE 13 – CLAUDIA BRANT
Inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, Claudia is one of the most prolific songwriters in modern music, writing for artists including like Ednita Nazario, Gloria Trevi, Luis Fonsi, crossover artists Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin and Il Volo and pop hit makers Fifth Harmony, John Legend, Michael Bublé and Barbra Streisand. Meet a creator whose words and melodies cross all borders as they resonate worldwide.
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EPISODE 12 – BLAKE NEELY
Three-time Emmy nominee Blake Neely been described as a “super hero composer” for creating the sound of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, but his sonic palette is diverse as he composes for the CW’s Riverdale and NBC’s thriller Blindspot. From Paris, Texas to Hollywood California – hear the stories behind the music.
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EPISODE 11 – LARRY KLEIN
Larry Klein might be best known as the go-to producer for strong, individualistic women including Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, Madeline Peroux and Luciana Souza. But his work with artists like Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and most recently with modern jazz greats on the Passion of Charlie Parker reveals Klein’s incredible musical dimensions. In this episode he reveals his path from bassist to Grammy-winning producer.
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EPISODE 10 – GREG WELLS
Producing and mixing The Greatest Showman Soundtrack – the first No. 1 selling album of 2018 – is a platinum pinnacle for Greg Wells who collaborates with a diverse slate of artists including Adele, Pink, Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkston, Dua Lipa and 21 Pilots. The song “This Is Me” (written by Benj Paske and Justin Paul), honored with the Golden Globe, is now nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. In this episode, we visit Greg in his studio as he reveals the sources of the sonic alchemy that he brilliantly distills into pop hits and soundtrack smashes.
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EPISODE 9 – DIANE WARREN
Diane Warren is a music industry icon; one of the most prolific and successful songwriters of our time who has written for a huge range of artists from Barbra Streisand to Snoop Dogg. With songs in close to 100 films, she is now an Academy Award nominee for “Stand Up for Something” from the film Marshall as performed by Andra Day,featuring Common. Diane’s phenomenal success is matched only by her incredible work ethic and uncompromising standards.
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EPISODE 8 – TAURA STINSON
As the co-writer of “Mighty River,” the 2018 Academy Award nominated song as performed by Mary J. Blige in the acclaimed film Mudbound, songwriter Taura Stinson has diverse skills: as an in-demand vocalist, producer and A&R executive. With the publication of her book 100 Things Every Black Girl Should Know, she can add author to this burgeoning list of credits. Join us as she reveals how her life experiences inspire her to breathe authenticity and power into songs.
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EPISODE 7 – CARMEN LUNDY
Jazz, blues, Brazilian samba, and African rhythms are all present in the soulful artistry of vocalist, songwriter and musician Carmen Lundy. With 15 albums as a leader, Carmen Lundy continues to fortify her ever-expanding magnitude as a visionary jazz artist and creative innovator. Find out about the making of Carmen’s latest album, “Code Noir” in this exclusive Storyophonic conversation.
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EPISODE 6 – ED CHERNEY
With credits that include the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, Grammy and TEC Award winning producer/Engineer Ed Cherney is one of the great board masters of all time. He joins us in conversation about his astonishing musical legacy in working with an astonishing roster of legendary artists.
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EPISODE 5 – CHERYL PAWELSKI
Omnivore recordings, co-founder Cheryl Pawelski oversees the release of a staggering amount of recordings that fill in the blanks, and tell untold stories that introduce, and reintroduce a roster of significant artists. Winning a Grammy in 2015 for Hank Williams The Garden Spot Sessions, Cheryl is committed to curating and releasing essential pieces of the musical puzzle that defines American music. She joins us in studio as we discuss and listen to some of Omnivores amazing releases.
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EPISODE 4 – PETER ASHER
Peter Asher has been privy to the most profound musical trends of the past five decades. From the British Invasion as one half of Peter & Gordon, as an executive at the Beatles’ Apple Records, where he signed, produced and eventually managed James Taylor, to his Grammy Winning productions with Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond and others. He continues his storied career with a full state of creative endeavors as he shares with us in this exclusive conversation.
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EPISODE 3 – CHRIS WALDEN
Seven-time Grammy nominee Chris Walden has scored over more than 40 feature and TV films, written arrangements and orchestrated for artists including Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand and Josh Groban, and composed for orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. Now Grammy-nominated for his orchestral arrangement of “White Christmas” for Herb Alpert’s The Christmas Wish, which he also produced, Walden’s latest big band album soared on the jazz airplay charts. Meet Chris in this exclusive Grammy season Storyophonic interview.
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EPISODE 2 – CHECHE ALARA
A 2017 Latin Grammy winner who co-produced Natlalia Lafourcade’s album “Musas” which is nominated for Best Latin Pop album in this year’s 60th Grammy Awards. Argentina born Ezequiel “Cheche” Alara has roots in the Latin World as a producer and musical director with Natalie Lafourcade, Chayanne, and Alejandra Sanz, alongside massive pop achievements with Barbra Streisand, Colbie Calliat and David Foster. Hear Cheche’s thoughts on how he parlayed his musical chops and a winning “can do” creed to become one of modern music’s most valuable resources.
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EPISODE 1 – SHELLY PEIKEN
A multi-platinum Grammy-nominated platinum songwriter and now a Grammy-nominated author in the “Best Spoken Word” category in this year’s 60th Grammy Awards for her audio book Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter: Whether crafting a three- minute song or penning the many pages of her best-selling memoir, Shelly Peiken reveals a fascinating perspective on life, love and lyrics. We introduce the creator of #1 hits, “What A Girl Wants,” “Come On Over Baby” and “Bitch” in the Storyophonic debut episode.
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