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Kayle’ Brecher’s “Kayleidoscope” is full of surprises

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"Kayleidoscope" is vocalist, arranger, and composer Kayle' Brecher's eighth recording. She has created new arrangements for classic songs. The arrangements illustrate her approach to re-visioning songs. With a hearty ensemble of more than a dozen musicians, Brecher brings a fresh style to beloved tunes. Among them, "My Favorite Things." A bit about Brecher

Jake Hoot wins “The Voice” season 17

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And, seemingly just like that, it's over. After weeks of speculation, commenting and reading comments online, judging performances as they aired, it is over. A new winner of "The Voice" has been crowned. Jake Hoot, a six-foot-six country crooner with a humble persona and radio-friendly voice has won. Did anyone see this coming? Odds...

Radio station bans Kanye West after slavery remarks

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A radio station in Detroit has placed a ban on all things Kanye West. According to the Detroit Free Press, msn.com and others, 105.1, a hip-hop station, has begun using the hashtag "mute Kanye" because of his recent comments about slavery, in which he claimed that black Americans chose to be enslaved. West has stated that because slavery had...

A conversation about music with blues musician, John Minton

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John Minton is a legend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he would never describe himself that way.  Music- and culture-minded students at Indiana University-Purdue University, now Purdue University, Fort Wayne have flocked to his graduate and undergraduate classes on folklore, rock ‘n’ roll history and master classes on popular culture, music and society. The popularity of those classes coupled...

Michael Sweet of Stryper talks God, music, and Wal-Mart

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Michael Sweet is the lead singer of Christian metal band, Stryper. Recently I had the opportunity to interview the singer via email just as the band was embarking on a tour that will take them around the world. I first learned of Stryper upon the release of “In God We Trust.” I was a child, and naively thought that it...

Influential gospel singer and arranger, Edwin Hawkins dies

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, and arranger died Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hawkins is best-known for his contemporary arrangement of "Oh, Happy Day." Hawkins' version of the song influenced performers across racial and genre boundaries. The beauty of "Oh, Happy Day" For decades, I thought that the late Andrae Crouch was the originator of "Oh, Happy Day." The gospel singer's version was popular...

Gambino is a mastermind: Donald Glover

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Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) is a marvelous example of what can be accomplished when you buck the trend and defy the odds. As a black citizen of America, the deck continues to stack against him but he takes matters into his own hands and controls his own destiny. Hilarity ensues: Gambino on...

Retro spin: “And We Danced” and “Johnny B” by The Hooters

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The Hooters are a rock band from Philadelphia, whose eclectic songs have made them popular. The songs from the mid-late 1980s sound made for US college rock stations. With elements of ska, reggae and folk, rock songs by The Hooters tend to sound unlike other bands then or now. And, it is not just the instrumental elements...

Lizzo poised to perform at Grammys; battles criticism and keeps moving

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Depending on a person's perspective, Lizzo is everything, or at least an interesting performer. The 31-year-old Detroit native has stirred controversy with her looks, her outfits and her music. Still, the rapper, flautist and songwriter continues her stride toward doing things her way. Even though she announced she was leaving Twitter in January because of hateful comments...

Legendary folk rocker Neil Young celebrates U.S. citizenship

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When it comes to Neil Young and politics, there may be few surprises left. Except, earlier this week the 74-year-old musician took to social media and declared "I'm in!" Referring to his acceptance as an American citizen. Young posed with both American and Canadian flags. He saluted the American flag. American citizen: Neil...

Top 20 Punjabi Songs – January 24, 2020

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Today’s post is Top 20 Punjabi Songs – January 24, 2020. The top song this week is Zamana by Afsana Khan and Happy Raikoti. The hero kills a few goons. His girlfriend has been following him and returns via his auto rickshaw. He tells her to go back home because the situation in the town is unstable....

Warren rolls out council of interfaith advisers

NEW YORK (AP) - Elizabeth Warren on Friday tapped religious leaders from a variety of backgrounds to serve as an interfaith council for her presidential campaign, making her one of several Democratic contenders to invest in outreach to voters of faith.Warren's new slate of 16 interfaith advisers includes several from the senator's home state of Massachusetts, including a pastor...

NFL player Antonio Brown granted bail by Florida judge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - NFL free agent Antonio Brown was granted bail on Friday after turning himself in at a Florida jail on charges that he and his trainer attacked the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. Broward County Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon set a $110,000 bond and imposed conditions including...

Fire kills 11 youths hunting animals in field in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Eleven young people, mostly teenagers, who were hunting small animals died in a fire that swept through a sugarcane field in Venezuela, authorities said Friday. Investigators said those who died were trying to catch rabbits and iguanas fleeing a controlled burn Thursday afternoon before strong winds drove the flames in their direction, trapping them. Attorney...

London police to use face scan tech, stoking privacy fears

LONDON (AP) - London police will start using facial recognition cameras to pick out suspects from street crowds in real time, in a major advance for the controversial technology that raises worries about automated surveillance and erosion of privacy rights. The Metropolitan Police Service said Friday that after a series of trials, the cameras will be put to...

California threatened with funds loss over abortion coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration on Friday threatened California with a potential loss of federal health care funds over the state's requirement that insurance plans cover abortions.The announcement, timed to coincide with the anti-abortion March for Life in the nation's capital, came hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to address the marchers in person, becoming the first...