Creative American Music

  1. Tony Arata

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    Singer/songwriter Tony Arata has worked with the top stars in country music today, including Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris and more.  Arata’s “The Dance” won Song of the Year at The Academy of Country Music, receiving a Country Music Association and a Grammy nomination, plus a most performed song in Radio and Records magazine.

    Born in Savannah, Georgia, Arata began performing his songs…

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  2. Dave Berg

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    Singer-songwriter Dave Berg has composed some of the biggest country hits of the past five years, including the No. 1 hits “Somebody” by Reba McEntire, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins, and “Moments” by Emerson Drive. In 2007, his co-written song “Stupid Boy,” recorded by Keith Urban, earned a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance.  Berg…

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  3. Black Violin

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    Classically trained, genre busting act Black Violin, featuring “Wil B” (Wilner Baptiste) and “Kev Marcus” (Kevin Sylvester), meld highbrow and pop culture, Brandenburg and breakdown.  After playing South Florida hip-hop studios, the duo returned to their roots, fusing the two traditions in their groundbreaking collaboration. 

    Named after an album by African-American jazz violinist Stuff Smith, Black Violin plays…

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  4. Jackson Browne

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    Multi-Grammy nominee Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Jackson Browne, his debut album, came out on David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972. Rolling…

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  5. Craig Campbell

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    Singer-songwriter Craig Campbell became one of the most successful new artists of 2011 when his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album was released. His first single, “Family Man,” was a Top 15 hit and was featured on HBO’s True Blood. In 2012, Campbell received a plaque commemorating four consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Campbell also won…

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  6. Craig Carothers

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    Singer/songwriter Craig Carothers has released 15 albums as a recording artist, and numerous other artists have recorded his songs, including Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Performing Songwriter Magazine has hailed his music as, “the right mix of weary-eyed cynicism and helpless hearted romanticism.”

    Originally from Portland, OR, and now making his home in Nashville, TN, Carothers is on the road…

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  7. Lamont Dozier

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    Lamont Dozier as a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland, is responsible for writing and producing over 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and a host of others, giving them credit for being the architects of the Motown sound. As a result, he has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, from which he recently received the 2009 Johnny Mercer Award, the highest praise a songwriter can…

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  8. Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir

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    The internationally award-winning Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir was founded in Fort Lauderdale in 1975. The choir consists of boys, ages eight through fourteen, selected from the South Florida community by audition.  Those selected are then rigorously prepared through a multi-level music education program for participation in one of the three choirs, the Training Choir, the Residence Choir, and the Concert Choir.
    The Boychoir…

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  9. Ben Folds

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    Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds first found success as the leader of Ben Folds Five. His successful solo career includes multiple studio albums, music for film and TV, and numerous collaborations with artists from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.  In 2012, Folds reunited with the Ben Folds Five, released a new album and toured the world. In early 2013, they released their first live album.
    Folds’…

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  10. Gemini

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    Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1949, twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits emigrated with their parents after the 1956 Revolution and lived in Israel for three years before moving to the United States. At age seven, Laz began studying violin and San piano, but by then they’d already been singing in public for almost three years. However, it wasn’t until after they graduated from The University of Rochester (San with a BA in…

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  11. In The Nick of Time

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    Award winning husband and wife team Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag have been delighting children and families as the musical group In The Nick of Time for over a decade. Blending various styles and genres of music, In The Nick of Time has something for everyone to enjoy.

    Deysher began writing children’s music as a teacher in Massachusetts. The children in his class enjoyed his songs so much that their parents began asking where…

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  12. Jorma Kaukonen

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    Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is a highly respected interpreter of American roots music, blues, Americana, and popular rock-and-roll. A founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Kaukonen is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

    Born in Washington, D.C., Kaukonen was a devotee of rock-and-roll, blues and bluegrass. At Antioch College, Kaukonen learned the fingerstyle fretwork of the Reverend Gary Davis.  After moving to…

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  13. Michael Maguire

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    Michael Maguire’s portrayal of Enjolras in the original Broadway company of Les Miserables garnered a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Theater World Award and a feature on the cover of Newsweek.  He was a member of the “Dream Cast” celebrating the 10th anniversary of Les Miz at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast on PBS and around the world.  Maguire starred as Count Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music at the New…

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  14. The Mills Brothers

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    For nearly a century, The Mills Brothers’ distinctive sound and parade of hits has captivated audiences worldwide.  Led by John Mills, this newest generation of The Mills Brothers has toured the world with charismatic vocalist Elmer Hopper, a 21-year veteran with The Platters.

    Honored with a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, The Mills Brothers have sold tens of millions of recordings.  From certifiable hits each year between…

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  15. Barry Mitterhoff

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    Barry Mitterhoff performs a dazzling array of styles that include bluegrass, classical, swing, and jazz, and a variety of ethnic styles such as Brazilian, Neapolitan songs, Klezmer, and more. The Dallas Morning News recently said “this version of Tuna boasted mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, who brokered a perfect marriage of bluegrass and blues.” 

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  16. Keb’ Mo’

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    Three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ is a master of roots-music. Buddy Guy, B.B. King, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, and Robert Palmer have recorded his music, and his playing inspired Gibson’s Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster guitar. Collaborations with other artists include Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Cassandra Wilson, and Amy Grant. 

    A blues gig with saxophonist Monk Higgins and guitarist Charles “Charlie Tuna”…

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  17. Annie Mosher

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    Singer/songwriter Annie Mosher is an artist like no other. Wild and witty, provocative and poignant, she has been recognized as winner of the Kerrville New Folk award.  She was selected as the 2013 guest singer/songwriter for the ACLU Lifetime Achievement Awards and Bill of Rights Ceremony.  Her song “Goldfish” was recently produced and recorded by British pop icon and Beatles producer Alan Parsons.

    Mosher grew…

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  18. The Okee Dokee Brothers

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    As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek, taking long bike rides into the country or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers.

    Now, as The Grammy Award Winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart…

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  19. Joan Osborne

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    Multi-platinum selling artist Joan Osborne weaves together strands of American roots music, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocals to connect with a large and appreciative audience. The seven-time Grammy nominated singer got her start singing Billie Holiday’s classic “God Bless the Child” at a New York City bar’s open-mike night.  Since then, she has shared the stage with notables including Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti,…

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  20. Valerie Perri

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    Valerie Perri is best known for her Award-winning performance in the role of Eva Peron in the National Touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical Evita, directed by the legendary Harold Prince....

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  21. Ana Popovic

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    Ana Popovic’s career has been meteoric, and shows no signs of slowing down!

    The 4x Blues Music Awards nominee blends smoking electric funk slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and tight blues groove with soulful feminine vocals. Her incredible stage presence makes her an irresistible force in the music world.

    Popovic was born in the war torn town of Belgrade, formerly Yugoslavia. Popovic grew up in a warm and loving family where…

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  22. Stephen Rucker

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    Stephen Rucker (drumset, jazz percussion) is a lecturer and instructor in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He directs the Funk/Fusion Ensemble, which has won six Downbeat Student Awards; his Drumset Improvisation class is one of the most unique programs in the country. Stephen Rucker has twice been voted “Best Jazz Performer” and “Most Versatile Artist” in South Florida polls.…

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  23. Rey Sanchez

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    Rey Sanchez is associate dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he is an associate professor of music and also serves as the program director for the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. He is the immediate past chair of the Department of Music Media & Industry at Frost.  Rey Sanchez holds degrees in Composition and Studio Writing/Production from the University…

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  24. Soulive

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    Neal Evans, organ; Alan Evans, drums; Eric Krasno, guitar

    Soulive is the ultimate feel good groove band!  Steeped in soul, jazz, electro-funk, this jam trio is widely popular at jam fests and jazz festivals.

    When brothers Neal and Alan Evans first invited guitarist Eric Krasno to get down at their Woodstock, NY studio (a session that led to the trio’s break-out record Get Down! in 1999), it was out of mutual love…

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  25. Daniel Strange

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    Daniel Strange is a lecturer in jazz piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he teaches Jazz Ear Training and all four levels of Jazz Piano class. Additionally, Daniel maintains his own piano studio in Miami, is the director of the Young Musicians All-Star Jazz Ensemble, and performs frequently with his wife, violinist, Ashley Liberty. He is also a faculty member of an outreach conservatory program through the Coral…

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  26. Livingston Taylor

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    Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen, beginning a forty-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him…

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  27. Trout Fishing in America

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    Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The name taken from a Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruent and intriguing as a picture of this musical duo - Ezra Idlet (guitar) stands six feet nine inches and Keith Grimwood (bass), five feet five and one half inches. What is more intriguing is the musical career these two have carved out in three decades of writing, recording…

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  28. United States Marine Band

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    For more than two centuries, the United States Marine Band has been part of events that have shaped the nation. Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is America’s oldest professional musical organization. The Marine Band made its White House debut on New Year’s Day, 1801, in a performance for President John Adams. In March of that year, the band performed for the inaugural of Thomas Jefferson, and has performed for…

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