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Jack Johnson and Into The Sea

If you haven’t heard of Jack Johnson yet, you may soon as his sound and name are becoming more mainstream with the release of his new single “To The Sea.”

Johnson, born Jack Hody Johnson, is not only a singer and songwriter, but a filmmaker as well as a surfer. Growing up with a father who was a well-known surfer, Jeff Johnson, young Jack took an interest in the sport and began surfing at the age of 5. By the time he was 17, he became the youngest invitee to make the surfing finals at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s north shore. After an accident at the Pipeline that left him with 150 stitches in his forehead, not to mention knocking out a few of his teeth, he ended his surfing.

Jack also learned to play the guitar at a young age. During family gatherings, Jack said his dad’s friends came over and had singalongs. He felt it natural to write songs that anybody could listen to and this is the route he took as an adult.

Jack also attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a film degree. Now with music and film under his belt, it was just a matter of choosing what route he wanted to take. Johnson said during his college years, songwriting influences included Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead Otis Redding, G. Love and Special Sauce, Nick Drake, Ben Harper, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Young and A Tribe Called Quest.

Jack’s professional career began after G.Love befriended him and would later record his song “Rodeo Clowns” The song would appear on his 1999 album Philadelphonic. In regards to his film career, soon after, Jack co-directed Thicker Than Water, a documentary surf film. He also composed the accompanying soundtrack. The film was released in 2000.

Jack Johnson’s music soon caught musician Ben Harper’s ear. Harper was especially interested in Jack’s debut album Brushfire Fairytales. The album was released in 2001 with Harper making a special appearance with his lap steel guitar.

In 2002, Jack and his wife Kim, created Brushfire Records, a company designed to release soundtracks for surf films.

Jack went on to direct and star in another surf film The September Sessions. The film was released in December of 2002. The soundtrack also featured Jack.

In 2003, Jack Johnson released his second full-length album On and On. It would be the first album to be recorded at Johnson’s Mango Tree Studio in North Shore, Oahu. Johnson said he credits most of the inspiration for the album to a childhood friend, Andrew Brown.

By 2004, Jack was performing at the Austin City Limits Festival and starred in the 2004 surf film A Brokedown Melody. In October of 2004, Jack returned to the Mango Tree Studio along with Zach Gill who played accordion, melodica and piano, to follow-up on his 2003′s On and On with the release of In Between Dreams, which was on the market March 1, 2005.

In 2006, the soundtrack Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George, was released by Jack Johnson. The album also featured Adam Topol, Ben Harper, G. Love, Kawika Kahiapo, Matt Costa, Merlo Podlewski and Zach Gill. The soundtrack was the first to make No. 1 since the Bad Boys II soundtrack in 2003, and it was the first soundtrack for an animated film to top the Billboard 200 since the Pocahontas soundtrack in 1995.

In February of 2008, Jack Johnson enlisted J.P. Plunier to produce his fourth full-length studio album Sleep Through The Static. The album was made using 100% solar energy at the Solar-Powered Plastic Plant studio in Los Angeles. The album was followed by a live album DVD of Johnson’s 2008 world tour entitled En Concert.

Then in February 2010, Johnson produced Animal Liberation Orchestra’s fifth studio album Man of the World. But it wasn’t until his release of To the Sea followed by a tour that brought him to the forefront. Johnson, not a mainstream performer, achieved No. 15 on USA Today’s alternative airplay chart for his single “You and Your Heart”.

Johnson’s album To the Sea was inspired by his newly founded appreciation for his life on the ocean and everything that entailed. Johnson’s father, who had died of cancer, sent Jack into a writing hiatus and on an introspective roll. The album celebrates his father, his father’s wisdom and passion for the ocean along with his love for his own wife and children.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Country Music Awards

Tonight, the annual country music awards are being held for the 45th year. The music awards are hosted by the music television channel CMT, and are commonly known as the Academy of Country Music Awards and not to be confused with the Country Music Association Awards (CMAs). This year, country legend Reba McEntire is hosting the awards ceremony. The best of the best in country music will be filling the room and awards will be given out to amazingly talented country music singers.

The Academy of Country Music was founded in Los Angeles, California forty six years ago. The academy was founded to promote country music in the western United States, because it was mostly popular in the Midwest. The host, Reba McEntire, has hosted the awards ceremony more times than anyone else has. This will be her twelfth time hosting the star studded night. If you love country music, then you know Reba. She is a legend in the industry and has been recording and producing music since 1975. She has also won the most Academy of Country Music Awards for best female vocalist topping the charts with 7 awards.

There are a lot of awards to be given out at this ceremony. Country music fans are also part of the process because they can vote for their favorite music videos. The genre of music has become very popular over the years because of new influences like country pop stars, online music channels, and Internet radio channels that play top country hits. A lot of country music is also played on pop stations. Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum are two examples of cross over country acts. Country music did not used to get the same hype as pop music, but times have certainly changed and country awards shows and music is listened to by millions across the world.

There are many different awards given out throughout the night. The two most coveted and prestigious awards are the artist of the decade and entertainer of the year awards. George Strait won the artist of the decade award for the 2000s. Last year, Carrie Underwood was awarded entertainer of the year. Other awards that are handed out are: top male and female vocalist, song of the year, album of the year, top vocal group and duo, top new artist and group, vocal event of the year, video of the year, and the triple crown award.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Movie Awards Recap

Last night the 2010 MTV movie awards took place in Hollywood and were hosted by Aziz Ansari. He’s not only a comedian, but also stars in the television show on NBC called Parks and Recreation. He also writes and produces for films. Last year the awards show was hosted by Andy Samberg. He is also a comedian and actor who appears on Saturday Night Live or SNL. Hosting the movie awards takes a lot of work and preparation along with a fun, outgoing, and comedic sense of humor. MTV does not always have a comedian host the awards show, but in the past music starts such as Lindsay Lohan have been the host.

What makes the MTV movie awards so unique is that there is a lot of audience participation online for the awards being handed out. Fans can vote for their favorite actors and actresses as well as movies they loved. It is a star studded night that brings together musicians and actors. You may think that because MTV is a music station that they should not host movie awards. However, the channel has become known for hot television shows and movies as well. A lot of singers are also actors and appear in big box office hits. Beyonce and Eminem are just two examples of music performers that have appeared in starring roles in movies.

The movie awards incorporate singers, bands, actors, and comedians in to the performances to make the awards great! There are live performances by singers and bands who are music video and traditional and Internet radio stars. The night would not be complete without outstanding musical performances. Some singers also appear in spoofs of other movies during the awards. The night would not be complete without outstanding performances by actors and musicians.

Every year there are ten awards that are given out at every movie awards show. The ten awards are: best movie, best WTF moment, best performance by a male and female, best fight, best breakthrough performance by a male and female, best kiss, best villain, and best comedic performance. They also nominate someone for the lifetime achievement award also known as the MTV generation award. In the past, other awards have been handed out for best action sequence or best virtual performance for example.

The 2010 winners for the MTV movie awards took home a gold plated bowl of popcorn. The winners for the awards are (from the MTV official website):

Best Movie – The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Best Comedic Performance – Zack Galifianakis

Global Superstar Winner – Robert Pattinson

Best Male Performance – Robert Pattinson

Biggest Badass Star Winner – Rain

Best Villain – Tom Felton

Best WTF Moment – Ken Jeong

MTV Generation Award – Sandra Bullock

Best Kiss – Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson

Best Scared Performance – Amanda Seyfried

Best Breakout Star – Anna Kendrick

Best Female Performance – Kristin Stewart

Best Fight – Beyonce Knowles vs. Ali Larter

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Despite Family Tragedies, Dave Matthews Still Going Strong

Having faced more than one family tragedy in his life, Dave Matthews has continued to find success and compassion in all he does.

Matthews family sorrows possibly began in 1977 when his father died of lung cancer. The devastation inspired him to write the lyrics for “carpe diem”. In 1994, Matthews’ older sister was murdered by her husband, who then subsequently committed suicide. That year, Matthews performed with Tim Reynolds at The Wetlands where he dedicated that performance to her memory. He also released the album Under The Table and Dreaming to her.

Then, in August of 2008, the band suffered the loss of founding band member LeRoi Moore who died from complications stemming from an ATV accident.

Dave Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His family immigrated to New York when Matthews was two. The family then moved to Cambridge, England in 1974, then back to South Africa in 1977. Matthews moved back to New York in 1986 where he worked for IBM for a short time before then moving to Charlottesville, Virginia. It was in Charlottesville that he became a part of the local music community. By 1991, he started The Dave Matthews Band. Joining him was Boyd Tinsley, LeRoi Moore, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard and Peter Griesar. The band’s first show was on April 20, 1991 at the Earth Day Festival in Charlottesville.

In 1993, The Dave Matthews Band released their first album Remember Two Things. The album went on to be certified gold by the RIAA as an independent album. The band’s fan base grew quickly as the band allowed fans to tape shows for their personal use. In 1994, the band recorded Under The Table and Dreaming and the group went on its first official national tour. The album became certified four times platinum. Despite the awards, it wasn’t until 1996 that the group became more mainstream with the release of Crash. The album quickly jumped to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Now having a name and a large following, by the time the group released Live At Red Rocks in 1997, the album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts without any marketing or promotion. The grassroots band quickly jumped to becoming one of the hottest bands in America.

In 1998, DMB released their third studio album Before These Crowded Streets. The recording debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band was at its highest, selling out stadiums and arenas across the country.

Changing it up a bit in 1999, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds began performing as a duo acoustically. Live at Luther College debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA .

During the new millennium, the band spent much of its time on tour and becoming the top-grossing touring band in the U.S. That same year Matthews joined producer Glen Ballard in Los Angeles to fine-tune song arrangements for a new album. The pair wound up co-writing 12 new songs in a matter of days. In 2001, a fourth studio album was released – Everyday. The album went triple platinum.

The Dave Matthews Band continued to release successful albums, including Live in Chicago 12.19.98, Live At Folsom Field, Boulder CO, The Central Park Concert, The Gorge, Weekend on the Rocks, Live At Radio City, Live At Piedmont Park, Live At Mile High Music Festival, Europe 2009, and Live in Las Vegas.

In addition to the band’s success, Matthews released his first solo album Some Devil in 2003. The single “Gravedigger” went platinum and Matthews won a Grammy Award in 2004. At the same time, Matthews was performing with other musicians and appearing as a guest vocalist on various albums as well as in concert. He sang on the Blue Man’s Group’s second album The Complex as well as with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Matthews has also performed with Emmylou Harris where the two performed a duet on “My Antonia” for her 2000 album Red Dirt Girl.

Despite Matthew’s personal tragedies, he has continued on a successful musician, and philanthropist.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Jobs in the Music Industry

Having a career in the music industry does not mean you have to have a great voice or musical talent. There are a lot of careers within the industry that require other skills such as marketing, promotions, and design. Your dream to be a part of the music industry does not have to be crushed just because you cannot sing or a play the guitar or drums. The industry has a lot of opportunities to be involved with music, fame, and stardom. Here are some jobs to consider if you want to be a part of it.

If you are really passionate about some of your favorite bands or artists, being a promoter may be the job for you. Promoting bands can be a lot of fun and is a great job for someone with a lot of passion, an outgoing personality, and who loves live music. Promoting bands can be as simple as handing out flyers for their next concert, or as complicated as maintaining a website for the band. Music promoters’ jobs are to promote concerts.

If you like to be in control or naturally take on the role as a leader, you may want to consider being a music agent or artist manager. These jobs require a lot of organization, keeping up with schedules, and making things happen for the band or artist you are managing. You have to keep an artist’s best interest in mind to ensure a promising and successful career. A manager takes on a lot of responsibility, especially business opportunities, so that musicians can focus on creating and recording music. An agent works with promoters and managers to plan and implement concerts and live music shows.

Another great job in the industry, especially if you are creative, is to be a cover design illustrator. This person designs the covers of albums for an artist or band. You do not have to be musically creative in to be in the music industry, you can be artistically creative. Designing the cover of an album is very important and can also brand an image for the musician you are working with. Album covers are iconic and sometimes remembered forever.

One of the best ways to help a band strive in the industry is to be in radio. Traditional and Internet Radio stations also have a lot of jobs in this industry alone. You can be a producer, a DJ, or be in production and voice overs. Working on a radio program allows you the space and ability to introduce new talent and promote the talent and play music from your favorite artists.

If you like to teach or work with aspiring artists, you can work in the industry as a music educator. You do not need to work at a school as a music teacher, but you can have music studios and teach voice or instrument lessons. A lot of record labels have music educators that work with bands on technique, tone, tempo, and rhythm among other things.

The music industry is not narrowed down to just singers and musicians. There are a lot of opportunities to be a part of the industry for music lovers and creative souls.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

James Taylor and Carole King Perform Together

James Taylor and Carole King have linked up to start their “Live at the Troubadour” tour. Taylor and King originally performed at Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California November of 1970. At the time, Taylor had just released his debut album and King was getting her feet off the ground as a songwriter. The time was pivotal for both performers’ careers, which stemmed the idea of having a reunion, now thirty years later.


James Taylor has had a successful career that started in 1968. Selling over 40 million albums and earning 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards has made him a household name. Popular singles from Taylor’s career include: “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Something in The Way She Moves,” “Mexico,” “Shower The People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “You Can Close Your Eyes,” “Walking Man,” “Never Die Young,” “Shed A Little Light,” “Copperline” and many more.

Taylor is also known for setting a precedent as a solo singer/songwriter who has inspired countless young musicians.

James Taylor found success quickly, by 1970 his release “Sweet Baby James” went triple-platinum and helped set off his first Top 10 hit “Fire and Rain.” By 1971 “Mud Slide Slim and The Blue Horizon” was another hit single. This was followed by his hit “You’ve Got A Friend”, a song written by Carole King. The song won a Grammy Award in 1971.

Carole King has also held her own when it comes to accolades. King wrote her first Number 1 song in 1959, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. In addition to writing hit songs for other performers, King has also made 25 solo albums. She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She holds the record for the longest time for an album by a female to remain on the charts and the longest time for an album by a female to hold the #1 position.

King’s most popular album Tapestry was released in 1971. The album ranked No. 1 for 15 consecutive weeks and remained on the charts for six years. Tapestry sold over 25 million copies worldwide and was certified diamond in the US by the RIAA. The album also won four Grammy Awards and Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, as well as Record of the Year.

The return to the Troubadour by Taylor and King hold’s many memories for the couple. The small venue also served as the home to musicians such as the Eagles, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell. Taylor and King say performing at the Troubadour was meant to rekindle a wonderful memory as well as celebrate a love of music and making music. Taylor states: “The Troubadour in 1971 wasn’t the beginning, but it was a big step into the light for both of us. When we reunited for the Troubadour’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2007, it felt like yesterday. It was, and still is, all about the music and the celebration of performing together.”  King adds, “What’s even more remarkable is that James’s and my musical connection and friendship continue to transcend time and place. Whenever we’re together, there we are. I feel a tremendous gratitude to be able to share this experience with James, with this fine band, and most of all, with the fans.”



The 60-concert “Troubadour Reunion” world tour kicked off in Melbourne, Australia on March 26th and will travel to New Zealand and Japan before coming to North America in May. For the Troubadour Reunion tour, King and Taylor will once again be joined on stage by Kortchmar, Sklar and Kunkel.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Usher – Still Standing

Releasing his sixth studio album on March 30, 2010, Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond, has already become his third consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Achieving success is nothing new to Usher, born Usher Raymond, October 14, 1978. Usher has achieved ten #1 singles worldwide, with nine on the Billboard Hot 100. He has achieved fifteen Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, thirteen as a lead artist, and two as a featured artist. In the UK he has proven himself quite successful as well with 11 Top 10 singles on the UK Singles Chart. Usher is also the first artist to have a number-one single on the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1990s, 2000s and the 2010s.

Usher Raymond was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1978 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was 12.  As with many rising stars, he started singing with his church choir. While he was still in school, L.A. Reid signed him to La Face records. His self-titled debut record was produced by P. Diddy and released in 1994. Although his first album didn’t come out with a bang, Usher made a big enough impact to get noticed by Coca-Cola who asked him to record jingles for the 1996 Summer Olympics. At that time, he joined with other vocalists and formed the group Black Men United, which recorded the song “U Will Know”. The song reached No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1994 and No. 5 on the Hot R&B Hip Hop Charts.

Still in High School, Usher pushed forward. He produced the album “My Way” after graduating from school, co-writing six of the nine tracks. The album was released in 1997 and served as a breakthrough album for him, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the R&B album charts.

Usher followed this successful album with a number of hit singles that include: “You Make Me Wanna”(1997), “My Way” (1998), and “Nice & Slow (1998). His albums My Way and 8701 were his most successful. Usher also tried his hand at acting, appearing in TV series such as The Bold and The Beautiful and Moesha, and movies such as The Faculty and She’s All That.

Usher received his first Grammy Award nomination as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “You Make Me Wanna”, which also won him for Best Male R&B/Soul.

On a personal level, Usher founded New Look, a non-profit charity organization which was created to provide young people with a new look on life through education and real-world experience. The charity was started to help rebuild and revitalize city blocks in New Orleans. Usher partnered with Armani Exchange in creating “Love 4 Life” dog tags to raise money for the project.

Usher’s latest album Raymond v. Raymond is expected to follow in the success of his album Confessions. The album was released only months after Usher’s divorce from Tameka Foster. The single “Papers” was released as the first promotional single for the album in October 2009 on iTunes. The single reached the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for two consecutive weeks, becoming his tenth number one single on that chart. The song also peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Raymond v Ramond album singles so far are seeing more success than those of Here I Stand.  On March 20, 2010, Usher released his first international single and third official single “OMG”. It reached number-one in Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.

Usher may have started his career in 1994, but he is still going strong now in 2010 and possibly into years to come.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and <a href=”http://www.977music.com”>online radio</a> station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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