Now Hear This Entertainment
Summary: Now Hear This Entertainment features interviews with guests who are having success in the entertainment business, with the content presented in a way that not only entertains fans of that guest and fans of good music interviews in general, but in a manner that educates musicians, singers, songwriters – entertainers who want to learn from those who are being interviewed each week by Bruce Wawrzyniak, president of Now Hear This, Inc. The guests come from a wide array of genres and locales.
A recording artist and entrepreneur known for his platinum hit single, “Jordan Belfort” and accompanying tour where he performed 50-plus shows across the U.S. and Europe. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard charts and the official music video for it has more than 36.5 million views. As of 2020 the rapper/hip-hop artist has more than one million monthly listeners and over 200 million streams worldwide. Based in Philadelphia, he just released a brand new official music video for the song “Bad Hair," and has a new song coming out nine days after the release of this episode. He also has an independent boutique label that he's developing independent artist services for, including distribution.
Miami-based singer, songwriter, speaker, and the founder of the #REBIRTH Movement. She has been singing professionally for 20 years and was a contestant on NBC Telemundo’s American Spanish-language singing competition, “La Voz.” She has also shared the stage with some Latin music legends, two of which have called her “the voice of Mexico.” She has created concerts that she calls “FOSTER Nights.” She is originally from Mexico and her music has been sung on the show “Latin American Idol” and her songs have been featured in Latin American soap operas. She has 16 thousand subscribers to her YouTube channel, where she has gotten more than 6.2 million views for her videos, and last year she had one million streams on Spotify alone. She is getting set to release another Spanish language album but is planning to record another English language album this year too!
Garth Brooks had said about him, “This kid, as soon as he opens his mouth — you believe him.” A Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and guitar player originally from Pennsylvania, he walked away from a college baseball scholarship to pursue music and ended up in the top four on Season 11 of "The Voice." He has over a million streams on Spotify and the video for his song “Boots Like Mine” spent four weeks at Number 1 on the CMT Music 12 pack.
Singer songwriter duo who relocated from Louisiana to Los Angeles. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their second album which is due out later this year. Separately, they have played with Kelly Osbourne and Pat Benatar and this summer they are scheduled to tour with Rick Springfield and Chicago. They also got music into the “SAW” horror film series. There is also talk here of the serious health scare that Heather had to endure and its impact on their duo project.
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists. Her new project is an international cookbook with a CD containing a tune for each recipe. She has released more than a dozen instrumental CDs and eight instructional DVDs and has also published articles in numerous guitar magazines. Her YouTube channel has gotten approximately 1.2 million views. She is also the founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity.
They have two singles on Spotify that have amassed more than a million listens and their YouTube videos have over a million views. A reggae band out of Orlando, Florida, that got signed by LAW Records and reached Number 2 on the Billboard and iTunes reggae charts, they released their second album last August and followed this interview with a cross-country tour covering approximately a dozen states in America, and dates still upcoming at events from Florida to California. They have also gotten airplay on SiriusXM.
A multiple Grammy-winning keyboardist from Texas, he works in a variety of styles from instrumental jazz to gospel to hip-hop and R&B. He emerged in the 1990s by building his reputation as a session player and his willingness and ability to be a subtle part of each band. He performs with the jazz fusion phenomenon, Snarky Puppy, as well as a new trio project he has put together called Three-O. He has also worked with Erykah Badu, Timbaland, Kirk Franklin, and Chaka Khan.
The winner of Season 10 of "The Voice," last year she released her third album. She is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress originally from Massachusetts, now living in Los Angeles. As a child, she was the title character in the movie, “Curly Sue,” and has also been in other movies including “Parenthood” and “Meet Dave.” She has also had television roles on "Pee Wee’s Playhouse" and "Family Ties."
A musician, rapper, and entrepreneur who hails from Baltimore, Maryland. He makes clean, purposeful, hip-hop music with a strong motivational message and also has his own independent label. He is a voting member of the Grammys and has partnerships with Netflix, ESPN, NFL Network, and WWE, his songs having appeared in TV and movies. He is also planning a foundation to work with the homeless in Baltimore.
An indie rock band that hails from Black Hills, South Dakota, they played 120 dates last year, including headlining at Sturgis. They’ve opened for the likes of Third Eye Blind, Uncle Cracker, and Puddle of Mud. They have amassed more than half a million streams on Spotify alone and had their album chart on the iTunes rock charts. They have 13 new songs ready to record.
Singer and songwriter of emotive dream pop who is originally from New York but now lives in Los Angeles. She was named one of the top 100 unsigned artists by Music Connection Magazine. A clip from one of her videos has been heavily featured at Hard Rock Cafes all over the world. Her first album resulted in her voice being in the same conversation as artists like Annie Lennox and Sarah McLachlan and her second studio album is just months from being released.
Singer, songwriter, guitar player originally from Illinois, now living in Virginia. He is a Navy Veteran and Boot Campaign Veteran Ambassador who has written a song for the TV show, "Sons of Anarchy." He has opened for notable artists including Cheap Trick, 38 Special, and Florida Georgia Line. His most recent album has made a handful of Billboard charts, including No. 11 in country album sales and he talks here about his next album, which he is working on. He blends traditional country and Americana music with southern rock and rock 'n' roll to bring you a new but familiar sound.
A singer, dancer, and actress who last year released two singles, one of which was released on All Star Music/Sony/Red and produced by PJ Bianco, who discovered and developed the Jonas Brothers. She is currently working on new music. And, she was also in the Disney movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. She was also in a short film last year that starred Eric Roberts.
An award-winning guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, and sound engineer who has been blind since a brain tumor as an infant. He also runs a studio and is a voting member of the GRAMMYs. He is very active as a touring musician, having started off 2020 with a show at the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood. In the last quarter of 2019 alone he performed in Washington DC, Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and California. He has opened for or worked with numerous major musical acts. Last October he released a five-song holiday EP called, “A Santa That Plays Guitar.”
He gained national recognition in 2014 when he was in the top five on Season 13 of “American Idol.” That same year he released his debut EP, working with a Grammy Award winning producer. He has also worked with a Grammy nominated engineer and he has co-headlined an event with the Doobie Brothers, War, and Jefferson Starship. A singer, songwriter, guitar player who just relocated to Los Angeles, he also had one of his original songs debut at the Sundance Film Festival. He's performing next week at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim and hopes to release a new song each month this year.