Reinvention and constantly shifting one's perspective to stay inspired is at the heart of Willis' philosophy of creativity. This philosophy has served her as a successful music maker, and she notes, "reinvention is as vital for places as it is for people."
The legendary, yet humble, recording genius Phil Ramone, 72, whose influence across a stunning spectrum of popular music for decades has passed away in New York. CNN stated, "His collaboration credits are a Who's Who of the music industry."
I was with my musician pal Solomon King at Arcadia Blues Club recently chatting about Train his excellent upcoming record of "new school blues," which includes some modern riffs on traditional Blues...and beyond.
I have to tell you what the Reporter advises this year for the Oscar red carpet. It hasn't been always warm in L.A. of late. You may be surprised. Here goes
Now it was Frank Ocean's turn to shine. His segment was coming up and I was genuinely looking forward to watching him sing live. Frank had already received a couple of Grammy Awardss earlier that night, so I was preparing myself to be wowed ... and then he was introduced.
In this edition of Weeklings! I tell you what to expect from the Grammys -- and what you should fear most. I don't mean to scare you too much right off the bat, but -- spoiler alert! -- Lady Antebellum comes up twice.
"Hey sweetie, wanna help mommy with an article," I asked my 7-year-old daughter when I picked her up from school on Thursday. "Maybe, what is it about?" she coyly replied not unlike a seasoned freelancer.
This year, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, fun., Jay Z, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Mumford & Sons lead the pack with six nominations apiece going into Sunday night's ceremony. But who will everyone be talking about come Monday morning?
All of these songs have proved popular over the past year with YouTube musicians, and have inspired dozens of amazing, creative and expert covers.
As someone who's had the pleasure of working on the show for more than a decade now, I know a very important part of that story came down on the big shoulders of GRAMMY telecast host LL Cool J.
While an official confirmation of the category's retirement was never announced by NARAS, we pray for its return as rock women have NEVER gone away nor are they vanishing anytime soon.
When she picked up the phone and heard these words.... "we want you to paint a portrait of Bruce Springsteen for the upcoming MusiCares gala" she knew this would be one of the greatest challenges of her artistic career.
1983 was a rare year where many of the finest singles actually ended up at #1 -- tuneful, innovative productions that still sound fresher than most of 2013's pop playlists. Here are 20 noteworthy acts (in no order) that made their first stateside mark in 1983...
A quick perusal of both the Grammy nominations and the charts leads to only one conclusion: The music business is in one of its periodic re-imagining phases.
Instead of simplistic, romantic notions of war draped in patriotic glory, the listener encounters a more difficult and nuanced 20th-century musical landscape of existential questions, gruesome descriptions, defiant submissions and cold dissonance.
This week, in an event guaranteed to lighten the burden of Portland's early winter drizzle, the Oregon Symphony releases their second album with music director Carlos Kalmar at the helm.