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Pianist and composer Chad Lawson hopes his music can heal people struggling with mental health challenges.
Can music improve mental health? Pianist and composer Chad Lawson thinks so.
His new double album, breathe, released Friday to coincide with National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Recorded at the legendary Beatles studio Abbey Road, it features members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Esther Yoo and cellist-composer Peter Gregson. These collaborative pieces form the first part of the album, with the rest comprised of solo piano versions of the same works, as well as additional ones.
“Irreplaceable,” which came out as an EP earlier this year, opens the Decca Records U.S. release. “It’s not a void that you’re trying to fill. It’s something that you’re trying to cherish,” Lawson told Morning Edition host Rachel Martin after playing the piece in NPR’s performance studio. “The idea of remembering what’s irreplaceable in your life to get us through those hard seasons.”
It’s an invitation to hit pause on the hustle and bustle of life, to reflect. “It’s amazing that it took a pandemic for us to actually stop and realize what life am I living right now,” Lawson said. “It’s all about being able to be present in that moment.”
Chad Lawson premieres the single “with you” from his new album, breathe.
Lawson, who aims to make his music accessible, said his biggest audience sits in the 18 to 28 age group, and his work has already been streamed some 500 million times worldwide. Amateur pianists can even download the sheet music for some of his pieces to try to give it a go at their keyboard or piano at home.
Lawson described his composition process as centered around a given melody per piece, stepping away for about a month, then listening to the music again while reading, which gives him fresh inspiration. “So usually the song will tell me what the story is afterwards,” he said.
In the case of “fields of forever,” the throughline came to him during the recording session with Gregson and Yoo. Lawson recalled: “The red light is on. We’re recording this song. And then all of a sudden, I started getting memories, these images of my mom and dad… just everyday moments, be it a picnic or maybe just driving on the parkway.”
When Lawson’s performances got cancelled during the pandemic, he turned to his work as a yoga instructor and breathing coach, launching the meditation podcast Calm It Down after fans said his music helped them cope with their anxiety and struggles. “Music is meant to heal,” he explained. “The music that I do is something that’s going to be able to calm someone with whatever they’re going through.”
Lawson has no training as a therapist, but his listeners reach out with stories of major mental health struggles, from sexual abuse to suicide.
“Even though I’m not licensed, I’m not a doctor by any stretch, I am conversational,” Lawson said. “And I think that’s what people are looking for right now. I think they’re looking for something that isn’t too too heavy, that isn’t a burden to listen to, that offers a little bit of hope.”
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Submitted Photo Originally from the Minot area, Sheridan Zuther, debuts her solo album, “Songs from the Silo.”
MINNEAPOLIS –Sheridan Zuther is releasing her first solo album titled “Songs from the Silo.” She is loving her compilation of Jazz/Cabaret/R&B/Gospel/Pop, and wants fans to know “she loves doing all kinds of music.”
Zuther has teamed up with some exceptional talent in the Minneapolis area, where she now lives and currently teaches voice. She worked with Adi Yeshaya, who produced and wrote songs for Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Whitney Houston and Prince, and with Ann Hampton Callaway, who wrote songs for Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli. Luther will perform along with Yeshaya and special guest Robert Robinson at her album’s release on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at The Dakota, in Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
She has released two videos, “Childhood Memories” and “Leave Too Soon.” Zuther said her release of the videos was in anticipation of getting people excited for her coming album release.
She was raised in Martin and spent her childhood singing in her family farm’s silo. Zuther spent two years at Minot State University before she spent the remainder of college in Kansas City, learning opera and stage performance.
She joined a touring variety show company called Five by Design that played Carnegie Hall and released an album as well. Five by Design gave her the production background that challenged her creativity and enabled her to produce Minneapolis productions of “Rent” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Zuther said.
In 2016, Zuther created a cabaret show about her time and experiences growing up on the farm and what her family means to her. The show blossomed into the solo album project, said Zuther.
“I got so much good feedback from that, and a cabaret show is just piano and a voice, telling my story through song, and in between the songs I would tell stories about growing up on the farm,” she said.
Zuther said she is such a lucky person to be building her success on all of her family’s hard work in farming the land for many generations past, and she gives a nod to the generations the land belonged to before her.
For more information, visit www.SherSings.com
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Drake surprised the entire music world yesterday when he announced that his seventh studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, would drop at midnight. What was even more surprising were the production credits. In addition to his go-to producer, Noah “40” Shebib, the album was executively produced by GRAMMY award-winning melodic house buff Black Coffee (along with Oliver El-Khatib and Noel Cadastre). This new project has turned out to be Drake’s most dance music-inspired album to date.
Black Coffee’s influence on the album is heard immediately. And it gets even more interesting when you check out the individual production credits for each track, which include other house producers. Carnage, who’s recently rebranded himself into the tech house producer using the moniker GORDO, is credited on five separate tracks.
&ME and Rampa, who make two parts of the Berlin production/DJ trio Keinemusik—a group that’s not only heralded for their DJ sets but also their own music—are credited on “Falling Back” and “A Keeper.” GOVI, a Toronto producer who dabbles in both hip-hop and dance music, is credited on “Flight’s Booked.”
The result of this direction is an album that’s built almost entirely on a foundation of house music. Honestly, Nevermind has ended up sounding like a dance music record. While we typically try to stay away from covering releases this mainstream, the sound here cannot be ignored.
You can give Drake’s seventh studio album a listen for yourself below. Enjoy!
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Anne Wilson is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Lexington, Kentucky. Not too long ago, she was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 65th annual GRAMMY Awards for her debut album, “My Jesus.”
The GRAMMY Awards will air on Sunday, February 5th, 2023, from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The event will be broadcasted live on the CBS Television Network and streamed live and on-demand on Paramount +. The nomination marks Wilson’s first recognition by the Recording Academy, after a monumental year for the new artist.
“I’m truly blown away that I’ve been nominated for a GRAMMY. Words fail to describe my gratitude for all God has done and is doing throughout my life. I can’t help but wonder if my brother in Heaven is getting to see all of this. This is surreal and I’m beyond thankful. All glory and honor to the name above ALL names, Jesus.” – Anne Wilson stated
After first discovering her voice while singing at her brother’s funeral in 2017, Wilson’s debut chart breaker, “My Jesus,” served as her warm introduction to fans in early 2021. Co-written by Wilson alongside Jeff Pardo and Matthew West, the song catapulted Wilson to mainstream success – making her the first female soloist to top Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart with a debut single since the chart’s launch in 2003.
The RIAA Gold Certified single helped Wilson secure a nomination for Favorite Inspirational Artist at the upcoming American Music Awards – airing live from Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20th, at 8 p.m. EST/PST on ABC. The follow-up to Wilson’s introductory track was her “My Jesus” album, which amassed over 400M streams.
As the biggest debut album by a CCMG artist in over 15 years, the project reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel Albums and the Top 200 Christian and Gospel charts. A few of the album highlights include “Sunday Sermons,” “Something About That Name,” and “Mamas” with Hillary Scott.
Wilson’s first GRAMMY nomination comes on the heels of the 53rd annual GMA Dove Awards, where she took home two awards for New Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for her breakthrough single, “My Jesus.” 2022 also saw wins for Wilson at the K-LOVE Fan Awards for Female Artist of the Year and Breakout Single, once again for “My Jesus.” Earlier this month, Wilson surprised fans with her six-track Christmas project, featuring the title track, “The Manger,” with Josh Turner.
You can catch Wilson live on tour opening as direct support for Casting Crowns this fall, and Phil Wickam later this year. For dates and more information, visit annewilsonofficial.com.
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Puerto Rican rapper and singer, Bad Bunny collects the award for Apple Music’s Artist of the Year 2022. This record comes after his record-breaking fifth album, Un Verano Sin Ti was released in May earlier this year. Apple Music have crowned the album the most streamed on Apple Music in 2022, as well as the biggest Latin album of all time on the music streaming service.
As with all streaming statistics on the platform, Apple aren’t giving any exact numbers away or giving a time period for when these records were claimed.
We’re thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Bad Bunny, whose influence on every corner of culture could not be ignored in 2022. Watching Bad Bunny ascend from an Apple Music Up Next artist in 2018 to our Artist of the Year this year has been nothing short of extraordinary. We congratulate him on his record-breaking year and for continuing to bring Latin music to a massive global audience.
When I started, I didn’t have a global fan base. I’m grateful for everything I’ve accomplished and everything I’ve experienced. The Latin music movement has grown so much. I would never take full credit or say, ‘It’s because of me.’ No, it’s every one of us. A whole generation. Our energy and presence is always felt. Thank you to Apple Music and to all the people who listen to my music every day. I’m super happy!
The announcement comes alongside an exclusive Apple Music film, detailing the meteoric rise, as well as the artist’s influence on Latin music as a whole. Find the film, plus a hub of information, music and interviews from Bad Bunny here.
Bad Bunny has taken over the La Fórmula playlist on Apple Music, with some of his favourite tracks from the likes of Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Mora, Jhayco and others. Over on Apple Music 1, it’s all Bad Bunny, all day, with new specials, achived programming, early career interviews and playlists. Stream on apple.co/am-1.
Finally, Apple Music highlight some of Bad Bunny’s biggest moments on Apple Music over the years:
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Located at 3037 Indianola Ave., Elizabeth’s Records sells a collection of records and many other items. Credit: Juliana Hilton
Vinyls aren’t going out of style, as the increase in sales leaves local Columbus record stores working to accommodate the needs of their wide range of customers.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s mid-year report, vinyl sales “continued to rise in the first half of 2022,” with revenues increasing by 22 percent. As sales continue to rise, local Columbus record stores are working right alongside this growth.
Dennis McAfee, a fourth-year in music and head of social media and partnerships for local record store Magnolia Thunderpussy, said Magnolia has been around since the ’70s and sells a large collection of vinyl records and other items.
“Obviously we have, you know, the records and the CDs and the cassettes and stuff like that, but we also have, like, T-shirts and little knick-knacks and tchotchkes, you know, pins, patches, stickers,” McAfee said. “Basically, just anything you can find that’s related to music in some way, we probably sell.”
Along with the items Magnolia sells, McAfee said the store also has a diverse array of music.
“We have some records that, you know, came out in 1970 when we opened and we, you know, have stuff that came out yesterday,” McAfee said. “It’s a mix of everything you know, we sell new and used vinyl and CDs and cassettes and everything.”
David Lewis, owner of Elizabeth’s Records, said while other record stores focus on carrying newer things, his store focuses on bringing underrated music into the light.
“We have, what most people say, is the largest jazz selection in Columbus,” Lewis said. “We have a large international selection, a very deep classic country section, which people are always marveled by. So, it’s not just a matter of having, you know, the same records that people would buy all the time like Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumors’ or ‘Led Zeppelin IV.’ It goes deeper than that.”
Lewis said he feels the pandemic largely contributed to the increase in record sales.
“Well, I hate saying this because we lost people that we knew and loved, but the pandemic was a really good time for us financially,” Lewis said. “We have a robust inventory of stuff on Discogs, and people being stuck at home during the pandemic was just a boom for us.”
Lewis said although he wasn’t selling records face to face with people during the pandemic, he was still actively organizing online orders. He said selling online is a big reason for the current rise in sales.
“I would come in here, and I would work six days a week just getting orders out to people even though the store wasn’t open,” Lewis said. “I mean, we were not open for most of that year, so I think that the results you’re talking about in early 2022 are reflective of that because after we were able to open and some people were coming in droves just to experience being in a record store again.”
Lewis said along with selling records online, it is important to his store to be active on social media — specifically Instagram and Facebook — so people stay up to date on the store’s activities.
“Those two being the most communicative social media platforms is probably best for the store,” Lewis said. “Especially Instagram because it’s so visually oriented, that you can just flip through some records and the next thing you know, you have people calling or texting you saying ‘Can you hold that for me?’ So, it’s vital.”
McAfee said Magnolia also focuses on having an active social media presence to reach a large audience.
“We’ve been here since the ’70s,” McAfee said. “As vinyl sales keep going up, you know, everything, we see a lot of younger people coming in, a lot of college kids, myself included, start collecting or just buying records because, you know, it’s cool.”
McAfee said as the social media person for Magnolia, he constantly talks with people on different platforms about the store’s inventory and what it sells.
“We had two girls come here the other day, and they were like ‘Oh, we saw you guys on TikTok, so we wanted to drive down and visit,’ which made me feel good because yeah, I’m doing my job right, and we’re actually getting those customers based off social media,” McAfee said.
McAfee said Magnolia also sells some of its inventory on Discogs and directly on its website to appeal to a wider range of people.
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