At the opening Breakfast of Champions session of The 2020 NAMM Show, singer-songwriter, two-time GRAMMY Award winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame honoree Jason Mraz was presented with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) “Music for Life” award. NAMM’s highest industry honor was given in recognition of Mraz’s musical accomplishments and his lifelong commitment to inspiring music makers through a number of national arts organizations, including his own, the Jason Mraz Foundation.
The award was presented by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, who introduced Mraz with acknowledgment of his pioneering and philanthropic spirit. Of the award, Lamond shared: “Music brings everyone together and mentorship is the train that keeps music expanding, impacting and inspiring us all,” said Lamond. “Jason Mraz has exemplified this vision for a very long time, and there’s no stronger impact in a community than someone who lives among you choosing to rise up to give of time and resources to make these positive changes. We honor Jason’s commitment and craft here today.”
In the morning session, Mraz spoke of his early access to making music, with his mother having sat him at the piano and shaped his fingers to play chords, and later in school, how music teachers helped him develop his music making abilities. “I was fortunate to have music education in my public school and that’s why I advocate so hard for it,” Mraz said. “Knowing how much shaped my life and gave me so many opportunities, I knew my career would include giving back.”
To shine a light on arts education and inclusion, which is the mission of his Foundation, Mraz will bring seven San Diego-based arts education non-profit groups together next month for SHINE, a musical adventure based on the singer-songwriter’s catalog that will feature performances by local organizations, including music-based special needs organization Banding Together; Malashock Dance, whose education program is designed to bring access to dance for under-served students, low-income families, and individuals with disabilities; and transcenDANCE, an organization that works to transcend barriers, expand ambitions, and create positive changes to families and the community through dance and performance.
Last year, the two-time Grammy winner accepted the honor of becoming the Recording Academy’s first-ever Ambassador for its annual District Advocate Day, giving the artist a more public platform to emphasize the importance of creators’ protections and rights to federal representatives who make and affect policy changes.
Mraz’s body of work contains six original studio albums, which include a multitude of Gold and Platinum certifications, from his 2002 debut Waiting For My Rocket To Come, which broke through with songs like “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” and “You and I Both,” to 2008’s We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., which included “Lucky,” fan favorite “A Beautiful Mess,” and the RIAA-Diamond certified “I’m Yours,” to the inspiring anthem “I Won’t Give Up,” from 2012’s Love Is a Four Letter Word, and most recently “Have It All” from 2018’s Know. His Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications extend to more than 20 countries around the world.
Mraz has performed on all seven continents, including sell-outs at iconic venues like The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and London’s O2 Arena. When not touring, he resides in the San Diego area where he farms avocados and coffee beans.
The “Music for Life” award is NAMM’s highest honor and recognizes individuals or organizations that exemplify NAMM’s vision of music making as a precious element of daily living for everyone. Past recipients have included business leaders, public officials and musicians, including Graham Nash, Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono, Henry Mancini, Bob Weir, Nancy Wilson, among others. The award is given each January during the global music, pro audio and entertainment technology gathering, The NAMM Show, held in Anaheim, California.
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Carlos Santana Partners Up To Launch CBD Products
Posted on January 16, 2020, 10:00 am
Carlos Santana, the ten-time GRAMMY ®-winning and three-time Latin Grammy ®-winning guitarist and longtime cannabis advocate, announced today his partnership with Left Coast Ventures to develop premium cannabis and hemp CBD brands. Influenced by his Latin heritage, these lines will provide consumers with high-quality products designed to leverage the power of historical remedies and allow consumers to discover and follow their light.
Since the late 1960s, Santana has become synonymous with his signature sound, a fusion of world music, rock, blues and jazz that combines the timeless quality of rhythm, melody, and inspiration that celebrate and define Latin music. Similarly, these brands will honor Santana’s heritage while incorporating his divine philosophies by identifying strains and products that promote the spiritual consciousness and wellness effects of cannabis.
“Cannabis is a window or a door to different awareness of consciousness,” said Carlos Santana. “It gives you the choice to perceive through a different filter of awakening and healing, the misperception of distance as an illusion, which keeps you from being centered in your essence-core. It helps you arrive at knowing, accepting and owning a quality of life that is being with joy!”
The cannabis brand is expected to launch the summer of 2020 and will be available in select dispensaries across California. Upon release, the line will include flower and pre-rolls. The hemp CBD brand will launch the fall of 2020 and will include topicals with traditional formulations inspired by Santana’s own family.
Santana has partnered with Left Coast Ventures, a company that has launched cannabis brands with other iconic musicians, including Mind Your Head with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and Marley Natural, a collaboration with the Bob Marley estate.
“We are excited to launch cannabis and hemp CBD brands that deeply respect Latin heritage and celebrate the unique light of every individual,” said Left Coast Ventures CEO Brett Cummings. “It’s a true honor to work with a dynamic legendary musician like Santana who has influenced millions through his music and shares our values and passion to legitimize the future of cannabis.”
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This Recent Kellyoke cover is Drippin’ in ‘Finesse’
Posted on January 16, 2020, 10:00 am
On Monday, January 13th, Kelly Clarkson opened a new episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show with a cover of Bruno Mars’ “Finesse.”
The original American Idol’s take on Mars’ 2016 hit with Cardi B was far from the first time she’s made a song by the R&B crooner her own. Back in November, Clarkson opened another episode of her talk show with a high energy rendition of the smash hit from the 2014 Mark Ronson collab “Uptown Funk.”
Kelly was joined for the performance by a number of back-up dancers planted throughout the audience.
Dressed in flowing leopard-print, Clarkson belted “Oooh, don’t we look good together?/ There’s a reason why they watch all night long/ Yeah, know we’ll turn heads forever/ So tonight I’m gonna show you off”. Throughout the number, a middle-aged dancer emerged from the crowd and proceeded to launch into an impressive series of moves.
Selena Gomez’s Album Release Party Delivers A Million Livestreams In One Night
Posted on January 15, 2020, 10:00 am
LiveXLive Media, Inc. has announced that it delivered more than a million livestreams of the album release party for Selena Gomez’s new album, “Rare,” on January 9, 2020. LiveXLive brought the intimate event to music fans worldwide as part of its exclusive multi-year partnership with iHeartMedia.
“Selena is an extraordinary artist, and she took fantastic advantage of the opportunity to connect directly with her audience, frame her album and increase the awareness of its release,” said Dermot McCormack, President of LiveXLive. “She is an international superstar, and she understands the global reach and essential inclusivity of livestreaming.”
Selena invited her fans to participate in the event via Twitter, tweeting “I can’t wait to share this special moment with you only on @livexlive!” The countless fans who chatted via LiveXLive’s live social music network were equally excited, sharing exuberant comments during the livestream.
The livestream was accessible across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Selena’s Facebook page and LiveXLive’s Facebook page. In partnership with LiveXLive, America Movil/Claro Musica brought the livestream to music fans throughout Latin America.
A next generation live social music network unifying people worldwide through the universal language of music, LiveXLive connects fans, bands, and brands. The company holds live streaming rights for more than 1500 music festivals and events through exclusive, multi-year partnerships, and has produced nearly 300 hours of live content featuring more than 300 artists since April 2019. In addition, LiveXLive has developed and produced hundreds of hours of short-form content comprised of live performances, podcasts, artist interviews, lifestyle segments, and show pilots.
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Billy Idol Shares Classic Photo With Miley Cyrus in the Studio
Posted on January 14, 2020, 10:00 am
On Friday, January 10th, Miley Cyrus took to social media to share a classic raised-fist moment alongside the original rebel, Billy Idol. Cyrus shared a photo to Instagram of herself with Idol and musician/producer Andrew Watt.
Miley’s caption read: “Billy F—ing Idol. Miley F—ing Cyrus. Andrew F—ing Watt. #NameAMoreIconicTrio #IWillWait @billyidol @thisiswatt”.
The trio is seen in what appears to be Watt’s recording studio, surrounded by neon pink lights, guitars and other music memorabilia.