Music On Your Own Terms Episode 35 – Chris Birkett & Shari Tallon/The Free Spirits

Joining me this episode is award winning producer, guitarist and fellow Brit, Chris Birkett whose album credits have collectively sold over 100 million copies, including Sinead O’Conner’s “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” featuring the massive Prince cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Chris is joined by Shari Tallon, a pianist, flutist, composer, and music educator, who together with Chris form The Free Spirits.

We have a fantastic conversation that covers both Chris and Shari’s individual histories, how they met and formed the band and the creation and meaning of their new album 11:11. We also discuss Chris’s thoughts on what it means to be a musician and the state of the corporate music industry today, as well as Shari’s incredible work with disadvantaged and disabled children that brings the joy of music into their lives, to help tackle some of their day to day challenges.

Most importantly though, we hear about the theremin incident during the recording of John Otway’s latest album on the island of Montserrat, and discover the composition of the mysterious “Green Yum”

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 23 – Latoya Cooper, The Songstress!

After meeting at the CD Baby DIY musician conference in Austin recently and hearing how great her voice is, I just had to get Latoya on the podcast. Not only is her music eclectic stylistically which is right up my alley, but she just happens to run Music Meets the Boardroom, an organization that provides training for musicians and other creatives, helping them gain skills to manage the business side of their music career. As well as sitting down together to talk about music and business, Latoya graciously shares her struggles with depression, her journey from singing as a child, gaining four (yes 4) degrees including an MBA, feeling unfulfilled in her otherwise successful data analysis career, to now gearing up to pursue music full time and become an advocate for legislation for musicians’ rights in association with the Recording Academy/Grammys. Phew! This one’s a doozie!

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