Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! in NYC Presents Falling in Love For 160 Years, Herbert’s Most Romantic Songs

8PM Feb. 26 & 27, 8PM, at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St. NYC

Celebrate love on February 26th & 27th, with VHRP Live!’s Victor Herbert Birthday Operetta Soirée, with his most romantic compositions

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2019 / — Romance! Royals! Rivals! Celebrate love on February 26th & 27th, with VHRP Live!’s Victor Herbert Birthday Operetta Soirée, Falling in Love for 160 Years. Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live! continues its Fifth Season of dedication to offering the composer’s works to American audiences. The next event presents eight fine voices, 24 lush Herbert romantic melodies and one great reason to celebrate—February 1, 1859—Herbert’s birthday. Take a memorable moonlit walk down Lover’s Lane. Swoon and croon to tunes such as “Thine Alone,” “Sweethearts,” and “Gypsy Love Song” featuring the vocal talents of Joanie Brittingham, Sarah Caldwell-Smith, Jovani Demetrie, Alexa Devlin, Andrew Klima, Claire Leyden, David Seatter and Matthew Wages.

The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! Presents
Falling in Love For 160 Years, A Victor Herbert Birthday Soirée
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 8PM
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019, 8PM
Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
120 West 69th Street, between Broadway and Columbus Ave.
Subway: 1, 2, 3, B, C to 72nd St.
Bus: M5, M7, M104, M111

Advance tickets for each performance: $10-$35 tickets are available at and until noon on performance days. After 12 noon performance days, full price $10 to $40 tickets are for sale at the door at 7:30pm. For more information (917) 815-8899. Please do not call the church.

The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! is the world’s only company exclusively devoted to Victor Herbert, the Irish-American conductor and musician who composed innovative scores for early Broadway, as well as classical and popular music. Herbert contributed powerfully to the emergence of an authentically 20th century American sound; and did so lavishly, producing 43 operettas, 2 operas, and innumerable compositions for orchestra, band, cello, violin and piano.

VHRP LIVE! is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2014 by the company’s Artistic Director Alyce Mott, a leading Herbert historian and librettist, and Music Director Michael Thomas. In addition, VHRP LIVE! comprises a core group of classically trained singers who perform regularly in well regarded classical music venues in New York City, nationally and internationally.

VHRP LIVE! is supported by generous funding from The Victor Herbert Foundation.
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Veteran Actor Hawthorne James Leads Ensemble Cast in Feature Film KEYS to Premiere in New York on January 25

“KEYS” stars Hawthorne James an American actor and director, known for his role as Big Red Davis in the 1991 film, “The Five Heartbeats” and the role of Sam in “Speed.” “KEYS” opens in New York on Jan. 25, 2019 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

“KEYS” premieres on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, New York 11432. WBLS 107.5FM Radio Personality Shaila Scott is the red carpet host.

Former NYPD Detective turned Film Director Anngeannette Pinkston is from Staten Island, NY. Her first feature film “KEYS” opens in New York on January 25 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

Belgian Actor Anthony Ferro is Detective Mike De Capos in “KEYS,” which premieres on January 25, 2019 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

The title song, “KEYS,” was composed by Actor Shawn McDonald who hails from Queens, NY. McDonald plays Detective Desmond Wright in “KEYS.”

Former New York City Detective Anngeannette Pinkston Premieres Her First Feature Film at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center

KEYS is a dramatic story inspired by criminal cases and my experiences while serving on the New York City Police Department.”

— Anngeannette Pinkston, writer and director of "KEYS."

STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, USA, January 19, 2019 / — First-time screenwriter and director Anngeannette Pinkston, a native New Yorker, premieres her feature film, "KEYS," on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, New York 11432. WBLS 107.5FM Radio Personality Shaila Scott is the red carpet host. Media check in 5:30 p.m. Red Carpet at 6 p.m. Screening at 8:30 p.m. Q&A and after party to follow on-site. For Talent/Media submissions, contact: Marie Lemelle, Platinum Star PR at 213-276-7827 or

The crime drama set in Staten Island, New York features an ensemble cast led by acclaimed actor Hawthorne James as Chief Charlie Miller (Flint Tales, A Day of Trouble, Five Heartbeats, Speed). Joining James is Anthony Ferro as Detective Mike De Capos; Shawn McDonald as Detective Desmond Wright; Nyasia Mitchell as Carla Smyth and introducing Anngeannette Pinkston as Anngela Keys.

"Hawthorne, Anthony, Shawn and the entire cast and crew brought their A game to a story that is based on some criminal cases, as well as my own personal experiences, with added fiction," said Pinkston who worn many hats on the set of KEYS. "I was inspired to write a screenplay from a New Yorker's perspective and from the right side of the law."

KEYS explores the psyche of an unassuming group of four blue collar employees who can't seem to get their heads above financial waters. Carla Smyth, an active NYPD police officer; Jason Bloom, a postal worker; Jason's girlfriend and postal co-worker Christine; and Shae Blake, a twenty-year NYPD officer retiree, are tired of being broke. The group's first plan of action would involve Anngela Keys, a newly retired NYPD sergeant and successful entrepreneur, to get her opinion about pulling off robberies because they are in possession of actual keys to the city. Keys refuses to get involved. Ignoring the warnings of Keys, the foursome embark on a string of neighbor robberies but get a taste for something bigger.

The entire KEYS cast is confirmed to attend the premiere. Celebrities invited are the Original DJ Spindarella (Salt N Pepa); Grammy-winning Rapper Terrance Kelly known professionally as Mr. Cheeks (The Lost Boys); Bass Guitarist Corey Boyd, touring performer for Konvict Muzic, a record label founded by R&B singer Akon; Actor John Canada Terrell (She's Gotta Have It; Boomerang); and New Day Associates CEO and President John Blassingame (publisher of Black Men Magazine, Today’s Black Woman, and Hype Hair Magazine); Film Director Marc Cayce (Flint Tales, A Day of Trouble, Sasha Lanes); Corey and Tamara Galloway, owners of the New York Streets, the National Arena League's newest franchise; and more.

KEYS' film producer is Pinkston. James Brickhouse is the associate producer. KEYS film crew include Director of Photography and editor Douglas Ferguson. The title song, "KEYS," was composed by Shawn McDonald, one of the co-stars.

Prior to taking on the entertainment industry, Pinkston grew up surrounded by the typical temptations that plague big cities. She chose to follow the footsteps of her older brother Andrew who was in law enforcement. She graduated from the New York Police Academy and eventually became a detective and ultimately served 12 years in the Manhattan North Narcotics Division that caused her stress. “During my 8th year on the police force, I witnessed the worst tragedy in modern history – the 9/11 attacks,” said Pinkston. “I was in my early 30s and preparing to testify for a court case that morning. I arrived too early and decided to do some banking about 5 blocks from the World Trade Center.” At that moment from a clear vantage point, Pinkston witnessed in horror as the plane crashed into the tower as people fell or jumped to their death.

Pinkston was devastated but committed to serving the people of New York. “The following day, I was assigned to Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, the site where debris and the remains from the World Trade Center were separated into evidence,” said Pinkston. Some victims, not having been recovered from the debris on site, were transported to the landfill. “We had to sort through the personal effects of people who had perished or was missing from the 9/11 incident.”

As a result, some of Pinkston's life experiences are expressed through her songwriting and storytelling on the stage, TV and film.

For interviews with the director and cast or talent and media submission, please contact Marie Lemelle of Platinum Star PR at 213-276-7827 or

About Anngeannette Pinkston:
Anngeannette Pinkston is a powerhouse from Staten Island, NY. She is a former NYPD Detective and author of short stories and a book currently on Amazon and Barnes & Noble called “The Navigator.” She is the creator of a television show, "SKII-TV," and CEO/President of SKII-Magazine.

Pinkston is also a songwriter. She wrote a musical arrangement entitled, "When Someone Young Dies," which was dedicated to the New Town, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that killed 26 children and adults. As an activist and a community leader, the song was dedicated and sung by Pinkston and her daughter Nyasia Mitchell for Eric Garner, Sean Bell and other victims of tragic shootings throughout the country. Pinkston is leaving her mark in American and Haitian History.

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Title song for “KEYS” the movie composed by Shawn McDonald

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Lord of the Chords Has Classical Music World Reveling in Punny Music Card Game

Igudesman & Joo Reacts To Lord of the Chords: The Punniest Music Theory Card Game

Igudesman & Joo Reacts To Lord of the Chords

Lord of the Chords Name Cards Created for Pro Musicians

Lord of the Chords Name Cards Created for Pro Musicians

Lord of the Chords' Beautiful Piano Box Product Shot

Lord of the Chords’ Beautiful Piano Box Product Shot

Music Card Game Start Up WOWs Top Musicians Worldwide with Their First Product

The whole thing is beautiful! So fantastic. Unbelievable. Wonderful! We will support it, we will support it, we will support it! We will support your Kickstarter!”

— Hyungki Joo

SINGAPORE, SG, SINGAPORE, January 19, 2019 / — Today, Lord of the Chords: The Punniest Music Theory Card Game, is announcing their Kickstarter launch date: 12th February 2019.
Over the months of November and December 2018, the team of 3 Engineering Majors garnered rave reactions to their product from top musicians around the world, including Grammy-award winning artist and Final Fantasy Distant Worlds Conductor Arnie Roth, “Best Keyboardist of All Time” Jordan Rudess, and world famous classical comedy musician duo Igudesman & Joo, among others.

Hyungki Joo, of classical comedy musician duo Igudesman & Joo, gushed, “The whole thing is beautiful! So fantastic. Unbelievable. Wonderful! We will support it, we will support it, we will support it! We will support your Kickstarter!” upon being shown an early prototype of Lord of the Chords, backstage after his concert in Singapore, at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

To get the chance to show these musicians their product, Lord of the Chords CEO and co- founder Jonathan Ng planned and executed the following tactics:
• Designed colorful and funny personalized name cards in the style of Lord of the Chords’ playing cards as gifts for these musicians
• Signed up for the meet n’ greet sessions at their concerts
• Snuck backstage if there were no meet n’ greet events organized

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Igudesman & Joo REACTS to: Lord of the Chords: The Punniest Music Theory Card Game

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Guitarist & singer-songwriter, Nick Marechal’s imprint on music is "calculated". His PhD in math enhances the structures of Blues, Americana & original songs.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, January 18, 2019 / — Guitarist and singer-songwriter, Nick Marechal’s unique imprint on music is calculated, you might say. His unique background in mathematics and engineering only enhances his stronghold and understanding of the structures of the classics of blues, Americana and even jazz-influenced original songs. To see him live, to experience the tight artistry and soulful lyrics of his original compositions is to feel alive! He leaves just the right amount space to feel as though the songs are being improvised live and yet still are faithful renditions pulled from his recorded tracks.

Marechal is a product of his time – a Californian Renaissance artist tracking his fans one show at a time. He’s on the right track and firmly has his eyes set on his musical path. His set includes a mix of originals in the rock, blues and jazz genres, to covers such as The Mamas and The Papas’ “California Dreamin”, Wesley Tuttle’s “Detour”, the classic social commentary of “16 Tons” and even The Beatles’ “Things We Said Today”.

Marechal’s Detour 2019 will be live at the following venues: January 25 | The Canyon | Agoura Hills, Calif. (Support to Rita Coolidge)
January 27 | The Rose | Pasadena, Calif. (Support to Rita Coolidge)
February 2 | The Rose | Pasadena, Calif. (Support to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
February 7 | The Canyon | Agoura Hills, Calif. (support to The Smithereens)
February 21 | The Rose | Pasadena, Calif. (support to Orleans)
March 25 | The Canyon | Agoura Hills, Calif. (support to Mark Farner)

In 1968, Marechal was just another kid in the San Fernando Valley learning to play guitar. Elvis was a hero making a comeback. Garage bands were in every neighborhood. FM radio ruled. That period provided inspiration for writing the song “Son of the Blues.” In the early 1970s, Marechal received lessons from the late, great jazz and multi-genre impresario, Ted Greene. Marechal’s picking style, knowledge of chords and an appreciation for the American songbook are derived from Greene’s influence. Marechal became interested in mathematics and engineering, eventually earning a PhD in mathematics from University of California Los Angeles in 1986. Just a few years later, he became a member of the technical staff at The Aerospace Corporation and retired in 2013 at the rank of distinguished engineer. During that period he authored journal and conference papers in the fields of imaging radar and lasers. Marechal’s logo is based on a waveform found in sound and radio which forms his initials “NM.” In the 1990s he performed in a three-piece blues rock band, Power Spectrum.

He then began recording with the help of session players Mike Finnigan on the Hammond B3 organ, Leland Sklar on bass and John Robinson on drums. John Ferraro would later replace on drums. The current recording and touring band is comprised of Andrew Ford on Bass, Greg Mathieson on B3, Quinn Johnson on Piano, John Ferraro on drums, and Nick on guitars and vocals. Marechal jokingly refers to the band as an ‘all-star band’ if not for him! Grammy-winning engineer and producer Niko Bolas brought Marechal to Capitol Recording Studios and sent him to voice builder Gary Catona to help polish his musical contributions. Still to this day, Marechal and his band record at the famed Capitol Recording Studios, as well as East West in the heart of Hollywood. Not bad for a guy from the Valley who knows a few theorems and how to bend strings.

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Former White House Kids Entertainer, DJ Willy WOW, partners with Chuck “D” to create historic kids song “MLK That Way”

Teachers and students, across the nation, can now win a chance to be in DJ Willy WOW's next video by entering the #mlkthatway2019 dance challenge on IG.

ATLANTA, GA, USA , January 18, 2019 / — DJ Willy Wow deejay, song-writer, and performer partnered with the legendary Chuck “D” of Public Enemy to produce the first hip-hop song of this century, for kids, about Dr. Martin Luther King.

Currently going viral across the social media stratosphere in the US and beyond, this song shares the powerful story of Dr. Martin Luther King and the beloved freedom fighter, Rosa Parks through easy to understand and kid-friendly lyrics.


With the launch of this song DJ Willy Wow is issuing a challenge to teachers between January 18 and February 28. See contest rules and regulations below.

DJ Willy Wow is the owner of the largest Black-owned children's entertainment company — WOW! Kids Nation. He has been writing, producing and performing under his company for over 15+ years.

During this time, he has performed at the White House, The Atlanta Zoo, Fernbank Museum, Delta Airlines, High Museum, Woodruff Arts Center, Home Depot, Comic Con Africa, Target, The Girls Scouts of America and many of the schools in Atlanta, Georgia.

Additionally, he has hosted events for top artists like the Migos.

DJ Willy Wow is a proud graduate of Morehouse College ('98) and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated (Psi Chapter Spring '96).

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Teachers across the nation, join the #mlkthatway2019 dance challenge! Here is how:

The contest begins January 18th, 2019 at midnight. Entry deadline is February 28, 2019. Teachers must follow these instructions to be eligible for the contest:

1. DOWNLOAD the song and video here:
2. PLAY the song and video for your classroom. Visit:
3. TAPE your children doing the “MLK That Way” dance using your phone or another video recording device. We encourage you to have fun — and put your own positive spin on it! (See the dance here:
4. POST your recording to your INSTAGRAM account using the hashtag #mlkthatway2019 and “@” theofficialdjwillywow. (If you do not @theofficialdjwillywow, your entry will be considered disqualified)
5. The winning teacher and their class will be selected by an undisclosed, independent team of judges to be apart of DJ Willy Wow’s next music video!
6. All entries must be posted to a PUBLIC Instagram account by midnight February 28, 2019.

The winning video will be posted on DJ Willy WOW’s Instagram page (@theofficialdjwillywow) on March 3, 2019. The teacher will then be notified via social media. They will have 30 days to contact DJ Willy WOW and/or the WOW Kids Nation team ( and learn more about their classroom participating in his next music video.

The fine print
Eligibility: This contest is open to legal residents of the United States residing in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Employees of WOW Kids Nation, sponsors, their families, subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible to participate in this contest. This contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. By participating, entrants agree to these official rules and agree to accept all decisions with respect to this contest as final.

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The Music & Movie Collector’s Convention

Collector’s Convention

The Music & Movie Collector’s Convention, the biggest gathering of music and movie collectors across
India in Mumbai on 19th & 20th January.

MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, January 17, 2019 / — Over years there has been various platforms that have successfully brought collectors under one umbrella to spark interactions on pursuing passion for collectibles, collaborate, knowledge sharing and for exposing individual collection.

There are discussion forums and Whats-App groups created by collectors to stay connected. Whats-App groups are prominent among vinyl collectors.

According to Jojie Mammen, Director and Business Head India, Sony DADC, there is a large community of Music and movie collectors in India who are looking for collectibles. Physical format is still relevant to a passionate group of music lovers, who are well updated on new releases and special editions.

Recent initiatives by ‘The Paper Palette’ were a delight for collectors. Over the last 6 months they have organized events where they’ve showcased a massive selection of international and Indian Vinyls, Blu-rays, CDs, DVDs and steel books. Collectors loved the crate digging experience at ease of weekends.

Mihir Joshi, well known talk show host (The MJ Show), singer and television commentator for WWE on Sony Ten 3 and a passionate collector of music, movies and comics says “Apart from what I do professionally, I'm a collector myself and I know how much my collection means to me. We want to bring out more such stories and unite the music & movies collector base.”

Isaac Francis a Vinyl collector from Mumbai says, “Last event had one of the most extensive collections of brand new Vinyls ever in the country in recent past. Gone are the days where one has to hunt for used / second sale Vinyl”

This initiative by Paper Palette has been a talk among collectors across India, encouraged by the success of past events and requests from collectors, The Paper Palette is organizing the master of all Music & Movies showcasing event on 19th & 20th January 2019, both days from 11 AM Onwards at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi, Mumbai.

According to Paper Palette this showcasing will have fresh arrivals especially on Vinyls and international music, a range of 12000 unique titles in Music & Movies; collectors will also be exposed to limited edition box sets, Superhero movies in Steel books. The event is supported by Sony DADC to bring in fresh arrivals of Vinyl and Music. And it will have a special vinyl listening session hosted by talk show host and former RJ Mihir Joshi, supported by Harman Professional India and a music album launch event as well.

Door No.1 – The Retro Bar, which has been doing interesting initiatives to support music at their cafe is also partnered with the event.

Ulhas Vipradas, Co-Founder & Business Head, The Paper Palette said,” Music & Movie lovers can expect a wide range of music & movies from International , Hindi and Regional selections. The last two events were encouraging and we have been receiving a lot of requests from collectors for a grand event”

Such events are going to help Music and movie industry and will help collectors to engage and collaborate.

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A Shift is Happening

Headshot by Michael Justice

Artwork by Miguel Tully

From “Musical Salvation” by Cameron James Khan

How Taylor Rusch is Making International Waves as He Spreads a Hopeful & Powerful Message of Personal and Planetary Transformation through his Acting and Music

ATLANTA, GA, USA, January 17, 2019 / — Taylor Rusch is an Award Nominated Television and Film Actor and Up and Coming Recording Artist. He is best known for his role of Jake in the short film "Musical Salvation", his guest star appearances on ID Discovery Channel and for his recent EP release of original music entitled "A Shift is Happening". His venture into the world of entertainment is largely influenced by a shift that happened in Taylor’s personal life over the past decade, nothing less than a Spiritual Awakening and recognition that he and his vision are only a tiny raindrop in a vast ocean of Divine Potential of which the entire human race partakes of and is connected to.

The Shift was initially set in motion during Taylor’s college years where, though he grew up fundamentally Christian, he began to question so much of what he was taught as he looked more deeply into the life and teachings of Jesus and what it means to be a Christ follower. He could feel the rift between what the church and his peers expected him to believe and the destiny Jesus was calling him to, a lifestyle saturated with the Presence of God and centered around spreading Forgiveness, Unconditional Love and Reconciliation throughout the world, to all people, regardless of race, religion, education, vocation, ethnicity, social background, criminal background, financial status, gender or sexual orientation, proclaiming Heaven on Earth.

Though his acting, singing, songwriting and instrument playing began at a young age, it was not until his mid 20’s when his life was uprooted by undealt with Hurts, Habits and Hangups from his youth that he began to truly see himself as a channel that the Universe desired to use as a vessel of God’s Forgiveness, Mercy, Love and Grace. His Hurts, Habits and Hangups landed him in two inpatient treatment facilities where he began to face his innermost demons and relinquish the mask he was using to hide from God, others and himself.

One evening, while crying out to God in his bedroom at an addiction treatment center, he heard a still, small, soothing and comforting voice speak within his heart, saying “Just wait till you see, you’re gonna be free, chainless forever. Just take up your wings and soar to the sky, light as a feather. Child you belong to me, so be free.” This experience of hearing the still, small, voice of Spirit, though not his first, profoundly impacted and reoriented his life. Wiping tears from his eyes, he picked up the guitar he had brought with him and began writing and composing his first ever single release Chainless Forever, which is now part of his six track EP, A Shift is Happening, available on YouTube, Itunes, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, and through many other distributors.

Over the past five years, the following music tracks came together to form A "Shift is Happening" which when listened to in order are a formula for Personal and Planetary Transformation and “Shift”. They are as follows:

Prelude to Change
Lay Your Weapons Down
Take a Deep Breath
A Shift is Happening
Chainless Forever
A New Age is Dawning

Over the past five years Taylor channeled the messages of these songs for his own personal Healing and Transformation and in the summer of 2017 he recorded them at HomeGrown Studios in Atlanta, GA with professional recording artists, producers and sound engineers Alexander Downtain and Benjamin Humkey. What became of those sacred hours in the studio is nothing less than a Musical Masterpiece of Healing and Hope that is sure to draw multitudes into an encounter with the Lover of All Souls as they experience a Shift Happening in their own lives.

It is with deep gratitude and humility that Taylor Rusch presents this Labor of Love to the world.

Peace and Love be with you always,

Taylor Rusch

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Matt Mattero Ministries and Impressions to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

CARBONDALE, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, January 16, 2019 / — Music is the universal language. It transcends all people, generations, cultures and religions. Music is the perfect vehicle to connect with our spirituality. When a song reaches you when you need it most, it’s like going to heaven.

Musician and impressionist Matt Mattero can impersonate over 100 actors and singers, recontextualizing contemporary rock, pop, reggae, country and folk songs for Christian and secular audiences. Some have even likened Mattero to a “Gospel Weird Al.” He also can impersonate cartoons, do sound effects, use different dialects, emulate various instruments as well such as drums, bass, guitars, strings, trumpets and horn sections, vocoder, wah-wah pedal, lead guitars, flute, recorder, organ, and synthesizers. He also writes commercials, jingles, movie soundtracks, he does voice overs, and also is a keynote motivational speaker, webmaster, graphic artist, audio and video producer, director and paralegal.

“I love to wow people with my impressions and my music,” says Mattero. “I reel them in through my impressionsm, then I hit them with the Gospel and they get saved by the Holy Spirit.”

Mattero says God called him to his ministry from his previous career in law of 23 years. Today, Mattero’s ministry boasts quite a following; more than 400,000 people have come to know Christ through Mattero’s 28 albums and his raucous performances.

“I wanted to be an attorney, but God called me into ministry instead and that's what I've been doing ever since and loving it!” says Mattero.

A classically-trained concert pianist from age seven, he can play not only classical music but also jazz, pop, rock, reggae, country and folk music styles. Today Mattero can play 14 different instruments some well or others not too well. These instruments include chromatic harmonica, regular harmonica, jaw harp, bass, timpani, saxophone, clarinet, drums, recorder, oboe, piano, organ, synthesizers and 2 more. Blessed with absolute perfect pitch. Mattero can listen to any song on the radio, walk over to his piano and play it or sing it. He has a seven-octave range and can sing like many famous gospel and secular artists both women and men vocalists. Ever prolific, Mattero says it's not unusual for him to write 10 songs in one day.

“I never attended Juilliard or any of the schools as i absolutely despised and hated college, except for getting my paralegal diploma. I learned everything with hands on technology as he stated, if you do not use it you will lose it and that is why I remember everything I know each and every day” says Mattero, “but my piano teacher told me I was going to make it as a concert pianist like Oscar Levant. She put me right up there with him and Liberace.”

Mattero can preach with fire and brimstone one moment then launch into a singular rendition of “Come on Jesus, Light My Fire,” a parody of the Doors hit or sing like gospel artists the late Keith Green, Steve green, or Carman Licciardello.

“We're going to set the world on fire for Jesus. I preach from His word. God just leads me to work,” says Mattero. “When I think about all the talents that He has manifested in me, it blows my mind. I give God all the glory because it's all about Him and not about me. He alone is worthy. and He has me exactly where He wants me to be, proclaiming His name to millions of people worldwide.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Matt Mattero in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on January 18th at 4pm EST.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Matt Mattero Ministries and Impressions, visit

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New Orleans Drummer Seeking Crowdfunding Support in Puerto Rico

The result was the development of the GI S14-10L, a superior drum hoop that enhances the sound of the shell & rim shots, will never rust and looks amazing.

As a mechanical engineer I have dedicated my life to designing the highest quality mechanical components and that is what I decided to do with the drum hoop and the drum tuning key”

— Gabriel Martinez

Today, PERCUSSION ORDNANCE, launched a Kickstarter campaign for a military-grade drum hoop,
the GI-14S-10L featuring proprietary features that make it a superior product.
The drum hoops are now available for the early bird price of $279 (retail price $349).
The GI-14S-10L has been designed with premium quality in mind.
Thanks to the 6061 T6 Aluminum and precise tolerances, the GI-14S-10L sounds, tunes, and looks great.
“As a mechanical engineer I have dedicated my life to designing the highest quality mechanical components and that is what I decided to do with the drum hoop and the drum tuning key,” said founder Gabriel Martinez.
The result was the development of the GI S14-10L, a superior drum hoop that enhances the sound of the shell & rim shots, will never rust and looks amazing. Additionally the DTK SS drum tuning key utilizes 17-4 stainless and an ergonomic design that will last forever.
Lifetime Warranty on all components.
I look forward to your support on Kickstarter.
Thank you,
Gabriel Martinez
Owner, Mechanical Engineer
For more information and interviews please call Gabriel direct at: 504-905-2849

About Percussion Ordnance:
Founded in 2018 by Gabriel Martinez, a mechanical engineer with a degree from LSU. In his senior year of college he had to sell his entire drum set in order to pay for college. Recently while living in Puerto Rico, Martinez decided to start Percussion Ordnance and design drum hardware for the entire industry.

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Musician Stephen Watts, Founding Member of Contemporary Jazz Band Dotsero Releases First Contemporary Christian CD

Watts plans to go on tour sharing his music and his testimony. "Through All Generations" is designed for both Christians and struggling addicts.

By taking me, a modern-day prodigal, and letting people see the error of my ways, maybe I can inspire young people, Christians, believers and non-believers to take an honest look”

— Stephen Ray Watts

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2019 / — Jazz musician Stephen Ray Watts, founding member and saxophonist in the Denver-based Contemporary Jazz band Dotsero, is playing a different tune. Watts transitioning from contemporary jazz to the world of Contemporary Christian Music after a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ that helped him find recovery from alcoholism almost ten years ago.

His first contemporary Christian album, entitled, “Through All Generations”, a 2 and 1/2 year project recorded in Colorado, has stretched both his musical prowess and his faith. Uncharacteristically Watts wrote lyrics, sang on selected melodies and harmonies, played instruments other than his saxophone, and partnered with vocalists to create an album that explores the darkness of human struggle and a return to the light of God.

Watts admittedly a “seasoned alcoholic” in his early teens, was fortunate enough to have been raised in a Christian home by, unknowing, yet loving parents who encouraged him to pursue his love for music, follow his passion and keep Jesus close.

His career exploded as his disease progressed. A failed marriage with his son’s mother, followed by many other broken relationships. For years he tried to manage his addiction, coordinating his life, relationships, parenting and work around which days he would allow himself to drink.

Like many addicts, he started reasoning and bargaining with his demons, making promises he could not keep causing inner anguish, guilt, and shame. “It’s never a good situation where you’re physically trying to plan your life around an addiction,” Watts said.

In 2008 Watts was in his darkest hours, witnessed by people closest to him, hallucinating and calling out to Jesus for help and forgiveness. His rabbit hole of emptiness became overwhelming, and it became apparent that “(alcoholism) was killing me and I needed to get help.”

He spent four days in a detox center and immediately got involved in Alcoholics Anonymous.

It was his love of Jesus Christ that helped him acknowledge, admit, and somewhat manage the addiction.

In Watts’s opinion, alcoholism is a progressive disease that never ends. “Addiction is a very selfish and self-centered physical and mental obsession and problem,” Watts said of the emotional hurts his addiction caused his loved ones.

A core principle of the AA “Big Book” is to acknowledge a higher power. “I think it’s divinely put together because one of the biggest assets of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is this idea of being able to surrender and turn one’s life over to a higher power of one’s own understanding.”

Watts wants to use his experience with a successful recovery, his faith in his higher power; Jesus Christ, and his life-long love of music to bring peace to those who are struggling and help them see that there is hope for recovery.

His freedom has given him a new outlook and new purpose in life. The new album, though inspired by his personal struggles with alcoholism and recovery, is not overtly about addiction, but rather about the human struggle to wade through life’s darker times to find the light of the world, Jesus Christ. Watts kept his lyrics more faith based and Biblically inspired so he could reach a larger audience in the hopes that his personal message could reach people who don’t even know they need help.

“By taking me, a modern-day prodigal, and letting people see the error of my ways, maybe I can inspire young people, Christians, believers and non-believers to take an honest look at the secrets that they have in their life that are hurting them,” Watts said. “If I can bring out the idea that I was in the throes of alcoholism and addiction and say, I went into these dark places, but Jesus brought me out, and I’m not ashamed to tell you that now I am “all in” to be a witness for what Jesus Christ has done for me.”

In the Bible, there is a story about the son of a wealthy man who demanded his father give him his inheritance. Upon receiving his inheritance, the son went into the world and squandered his money with drinking, gambling, and riotous living. The son eventually ran out of money and returned to his Father’s home to ask for a job as a servant. The father welcomed him home with love and forgave all his poor choices. The story of the prodigal son represents Christ’s love for the church. Watts considers himself a “modern-day prodigal son,” and wants to use his story of recovery to help others return to a place of peace and acceptance.

After releasing his album, Watts plans to go on tour sharing his music and his testimony. Since his music is designed for both Christians and struggling addicts, he will continue to tour at churches, addiction recovery meetings, Bible Colleges, and at recovery centers in Colorado, around the country, and around the world. Watts plans to visit Voice of Life Radio in Dominica this Spring 2019.

“I will break the ice with a small performance where I just play music,” Watts said of his experience with a recent tour. “I’m sharing much more than a message of recovery, but a reality based on truth. My higher power is Jesus Christ. This is what I believe took my obsession (with alcohol) away, but I had to do the work to be able to show my sincerity and that I was true to this ultimate surrender.”

After nine years and six months of consecutive sobriety, Watts acknowledges that his disease is still alive. He continues to attend AA meetings and he relies heavily on the strength he finds in his faith. He hopes his testimony and his success in battling and arresting the addiction, “One day at a time” will help others find hope.

Watts will release his album and begin touring in early 2019. Watts has also been reaching out to God’s children via his internet radio / live stream broadcast entitled DOTSERO PRAISE FELLOWSHIP, on and, and Dotsero Praise Fellowship Youtube Channel, with a New Podcast scheduled to begin also in 2019.

The CD will be distributed online and in hard copy at religious music / book stores, and at live performances everywhere Dotsero and Stephen Ray Watts perform worldwide.

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Source: EIN Presswire