Watching Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson perform "The Highwayman" during the Grammys last week, signature song of their country supergroup, The Highwaymen, conjured up the one lone memory I have of the band when I met fellow Highwayman, Johnny Cash, and sold him a Nirvana record.
Our days on tour are long and can be gruelling, but we are fuelled by the mutual satisfaction that we are engaged in extremely important work and that our message is being heard. Personally, I feel excited and energized and have just come off of what I would describe as one of the best summers of my life.
I've been singing professionally now for 32 years. Which might help to explain how we manage to move from a fully blown stadium rock show at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with an audience of around 110,000, to an upcoming acoustic set at the Eidelweiss Tavern in Kitchener... this without blinking.
While it may seem strange for an adult to like a sci-fi program aimed at kids (nary a curse word is said nor a gross amount of violence depicted -- and no adult sexuality is demonstrated in any of the revived series), it's the combination of good writing that overly plays with aspects of time travel and well-chosen lead actors hat makes this current iteration of the series a good one.
Since they're both savouring all attention and controversy at the moment, I suspect that a sex tape will emerge. Unlike many other celebrities, it won't be an accident. They will intentionally put it out there just to get people talking. And we would be looking at a celebrity couple with a net worth of over a quarter-billion dollars. Not even kidding. They're each worth about $125 mill.
It's a beautiful day in Saskatoon. After an appearance on Global TV this morning, I'm spending the afternoon on a sunny patio reflecting on what has b...
Over the course of a few hours at OVO Fest, Drake slowly brought out one of the greatest line-ups in hip-hop history. Kanye West. Lil Wayne. Diddy and Ma$e. J Cole. A$AP Rocky. Big Sean. Wale. French Montana. Miguel and The Weeknd. Oh, and TLC's first reunion appearance. Drake knows you don't have to be the brightest star to become a sun, you just have to get the rest of the stars to revolve around you.
Don't call Victoria Duffield a triple threat; she's closer to quintuple or septuple in her numbered talents. The recording artist from Abbotsford, B.C., recently joined forces with Aussie teen heartthrob Cody Simpson for the single "They Don't Know About Us". Duffield co-writes most of her tracks, some in collaboration with songwriters from Justin Bieber's camp.
A couple months ago after a Classified show in Edmonton, I ran into a fan. He looked at me, amazed, and said: "Hey, aren't you the guy who plays the nerd in the video?" I sure am. I don't play the nerd, I AM the nerd. I'm now living a bit of a double life.
If I was handed a magic wand, I would erase all of the unsaid fear that a lot of the executives at radio stations, record companies, corporate brands, television and print media outlets have in promoting and celebrating our domestic R&B soul singers. I would urge them to passionately and freely support the artists of this genre in ways that are equal to the artists of other genres.
My second album Escapology is rooted in soul music. When the time came to record, I approached the songs with an objective mind and that gave the songs a sense of resolution. The distance was healthy. Working on this album took a lot of focus and a lot of letting go, equally.
And so when I travel, and people compliment what I do, I always want to introduce them to my friends. This is why I began my duets project, a series of singles, songs written collaboratively with these songwriters that I love. Songs that make these introductions.
Hello. I am writing to you live from my songwriting cave where I have made myself a hermit. Garageband, notepads and instruments -- this is how I write songs. I lock myself away and spew out everything in my brain and just try to make it sound nice/make some sense.
The MMVAs has showcased some of the biggest names in music performing on our very own street (Queen St. West that is) From Kanye West and his daunting 'Jesus Walks' to Arcade Fire bringing a marching band into the storied studio, to Drake and Bieber walking the red carpet together, it's a night that never ceases to impress. This year promises to be no different, and I'm a part of it!
I've often been asked about what it was like growing up around music, both by strangers and friends. I am still trying to figure it out myself, both its impact on me as a musician and its impact on me as a person. I think there are two points of influence, music at home and music as my father's job.
Original, talented, independent and self-reliant, women are in the forefront of music today. I may be biased, but I truly believe that women can be THE FUTURE OF MUSIC AND THE WORLD. Now we can really say, we've "come a long way baby".