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From the Top of the Fret
in-depth interviews with guitarists that
know the business,
hosted by Little River Band’s
Stephen Housden

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Brent Mason
Jack Pearson
Phil Keaggy
Steve Cropper
James Burton
Fred Newell
Muriel Anderson
Thom Bresh

 

From a Struggle Singer/Songwriter to International Hitmaker – Bebe Rexha

Before “The Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna was a #1 Billboard charting hit in a dozen countries and #1 on UK R&B, US Billboard Hot 100, US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard), US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) and US Rhythmic (Billboard), a struggling songwriter in NY was writing a song called “Monster Under My Bed” in her parent’s dining room. Little did Bebe Rexha know that the song would change her life and in a year, Eminem and Rihanna would take the song and make it an international #1 smash hit. This performance from Jimmy Kimmel Live showcases Bebe Rexha’s original version of the song she wrote before she was an international hitmaker.

Remembering Prince

Prince Vision4Music V4M RKVCThe enigmatic legend of pop, RnB, rock, funk and virtually any genre known to the western world, Prince, passed away at his home in Paisley Park. At 59 years old, the purple one embodied what it truly meant to be an artist among musicians – he was an icon, a virtuosic guitarist, singer, songwriter and a mysterious entity that seemed to hover amongst the likes of ancient gods. His music inspired generations of not only musicians and songwriters, but anyone that dared to be the most radical version of themselves.

In his career, Prince recorded 39 studio albums, 4 live albums, 13 EPs and released 104 singles. In addition, he starred in numerous motion pictures and contributed to dozens of compilation and album projects. Though he was taken from us far too soon, his legacy is a gift that we are blessed beyond measure to have.

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Relive Prince’s epic performance of “Purple Rain” at the Superbowl halftime show in the pouring rain:

My First Grammy Win – Paul Avgerinos

“My First Grammy Win” is a new series by Vision4Music spotlighting musicians’ experiences winning the coveted award from The Recording Academy.

Vision4Music would like to congratulate the talented Paul Avgerinos – a spiritual (and hard working) Artist, Composer and Producer from Redding, CT who won his first Grammy in the recent 58th Grammy Awards. His album “Grace” won Best New Age Album and we caught up with Paul to interview him about winning his first Grammy Award.

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Paul Avgerinos

Vision4Music: Tell us about the journey to winning a Grammy, how long have you been going for that golden gramophone and have you ever come close before this year’s win?

Paul Avgerinos: As I said in my acceptance speech, I’ve been dreaming of winning a Grammy since it was first awarded in [the] New Age [category] to Andreas Vollenweider in 1987, almost 30 years ago. I was nominated the year before with my album called BHAKTI and have been part of several other nominated albums but this is my first win and very special to me.

V4M: How prepared were you when your name was called at the awards ceremony?

PA: I woke up that day with a very strong premonition of victory and started the day by crying for about 20 minutes, releasing a lot of strong pent up emotions so I would not cry during my speech. I had four general areas planned for coverage in my speech later on and I was very grateful to remember them all.

V4M: Your win was in the “New Age” category, how would you describe your music?

PA: For me, New Age is any music that has a Spiritual quality – healing, calming, uplifting, inspiring in a Dharmic way.

Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVC Best New Age AlbumV4M: What was the inspiration/intention/motive behind “Grace”?

PA: This album is an honoring and an offering to my Sat Guru AMMA and the Divine presence of Grace that has the power to transform and heal. This Grace is active within and around us if we are open to perceiving it. Grace can be invited into your life and always responds when the time and circumstances are right.

V4M: What is your songwriting process like? (That’s a loaded question, but is there a common starting place for you and things that help you along the way in crafting what you’re trying to express?)

PA: I always start with the larger archetypal message and purpose – “Who will listen to this album?
What will they be doing while listening? How will this album serve them?” Once I have a clear idea of purpose and direction, I do channelling invocations and meditations to become an instrument of the Divine. As I go deeper and deeper into the forest of musical details, I always keep referring back to the archetypal guidelines established at the outset. This keeps me on mission and on target.

V4M: A Grammy Award is regarded as one of highest (if not the highest) accolades a musician in the United States can receive, what does winning a Grammy Award mean to you?

PA: It is truly gratifying and humbling to receive this accolade and approval from the academy members, who are the very best of the best in the music field. The Grammy Award is a confirmation that all my 30 years of hard work were worthwhile and that I am doing the work I was meant to do in this world.

V4M: What’s next for you?

Paul Averginos Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVC Juliana JoyPA: I am 11 tracks into my AMMA album of gratitude and devotion to our amazing Sat Guru Amma. Jen and I got Amma’s blessing to have a baby last Feb 20 in India and Jen’s due date WAS Feb 20 of this year ! 12 days after the Grammys, on Feb 27, our precious daughter Juliana Joy was born and the AMMA album is in gratitude for this miracle and for all the other tremendous blessings that Amma is bringing into our lives.

V4M:. What advice would you have for any songwriter and musician trying to get their songs heard and potentially win a Grammy Award someday?

PA: Hold fast to your dreams and inspirations but remember – it is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.
Take rejection in stride and keep working hard with 5 and 10 year career plans. It is always darkest right before the dawn and I’ve experienced this MANY times in my own career. Believe in yourself and work REALLY REALLY hard !

Grace Grammy Win Vision4Music RKVCV4M: Thank you so much for your time and all the best in your future endeavors, anything else you would like to share with our readers?

PA: My pleasure! this is a great time for young people coming up in the business. Streaming and social media make reaching your fans easier than ever especially with niche genres like New Age. Enjoy the ride !!!

 

Watch Paul’s emotional Grammy Award acceptance speech here:

 

 

 

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Your song… your sound!

Vision 4 Music, Inc. was formed in 2005 to present musical artists and songwriters to the public through a music community website. Vision 4 Music’s website and DVD’s feature artists’ and songwriters’ interviews and performances. We also provide member services including song contests and an online store of music gear and accessories.

ORIGINAL DVDS…

There has never been a collection of musicians, songwriters, recording executives or performers that explores a real life behind-the-scene look at modern music. Our interactive DVD’s cover subjects from who invented the guitar to how to write and record a hit record. The shows explore the early guitar players up to current players and how those guitar players influenced the featured series guitar player. Each DVD features different genres of music from Classical to Rock and Roll to Rhythm and Blues.

aimee_mayoThe first DVD produced by Vision 4 Music is The Songwriter’s Series featuring songwriter Aimee Mayo and other songwriting guests. Aimee wrote the Martina McBride hit “This One’s for the Girls” and Lonestar’s mega hit “Amazed”. Sony / BMG worked with Vision 4 Music in supplying artists and record executives who are featured in this show.

Our second DVD is Vision 4 Music’s “Life on the Road” The Touring Performer which is a production based on the Little River Band. This show won a TELLY Award for best music video in 2005.

Our most recent DVD production is a series titled “From the Top of the Fret”.

These shows are hosted by Stephen Housden who has played guitar for over 30 years and has toured and recorded with many successful rock and roll platinum selling recording artists. Stephen has toured with Little River Band for the past 25 years.

All of these DVD titles are both educational and informative. Each DVD is filled with never before documented information about the shows’ featured performers and / or artists. Rather than just grazing the surface, they dig deep into their knowledge and experiences to give you an in depth look into what it takes to create the great instrumentation and lyrics behind the songs.

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