Rickie Byars Beckwith focuses her song writing on the message of unconditional love and spiritual transformation. Her music has been the highlight of consciousness raising events throughout the world. She has performed in five sessions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at Green Festivals across North America, and at countless Peace Concerts that promote unity and the principles of non-violence. Based in Culver City, California, Rickie is the Music and Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center where she directs the 200-member Agape International Choir. Together with her husband, Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, their powerful partnership has resulted in a dynamic catalogue of songs that enable transformational healing through the power of music. The Agape International Choir is heard daily throughout North America, Europe, Ghana, South Africa, Egypt, India – and all places in between. Featured guest artists who regularly perform with the Choir include John Legend, Will.I.Am, Stevie Wonder, Niki Haris and Brenda Marie Eager.
Thomas Bergersen, best-selling composer, was born and raised in Trondheim, Norway. Thomas’s compositions have been featured in some of the biggest motion picture campaigns in the world such as: Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, Narnia, Harry Potter, Da Vinci Code, The Mummy, The Dark Knight and 100s more. His second album “Sun”, was #1 in Amazon and iTunes classical charts as well. Thomas has sold over a million CDs and has over 2 billion combined YouTube views on his music. Thomas’ extensive and highly specialized knowledge of digital orchestration and sample libraries, combined with his musicality puts him at the top of the world in his craft. In 2011, Thomas released his first public album titled “Illusions”, which has been a huge hit, reaching number one in the iTunes world music charts both internationally and in the United States. I’m a kid! I don’t like being told what to do, and music is the only place I know where I can roam free and do what I want.
Beth Nielsen Chapman. She has had several popular songs on the Adult Contemporary charts in the 1990s, such as “I Keep Coming Back to You”, “Walk My Way”, “The Moment You Were Mine” and “All I Have”. In 1993, she sang a popular duet with Paul Carrack, “In the Time it Takes”.
Co-songwriter of Faith Hill‘s hit song “This Kiss“, Chapman has written songs performed by numerous artists: Trisha Yearwood (“Down On My Knees”, “You Say You Will“, “Trying to Love You”), Martina McBride(“Happy Girl“), Willie Nelson (“Nothing I Can Do About It Now”, “Ain’t Necessarily So”, “If My World Didn’t Have You”), Tanya Tucker (“Strong Enough to Bend”), Lorrie Morgan (“Five Minutes“), Mary Chapin Carpenter(“Almost Home”), Jim Brickman & Rebecca Lynn Howard (“Simple Things”), Alabama (“Here We Are”), Suzy Bogguss (“Save Yourself”), Claudia Church (“What’s the Matter With You Baby”), Holly Dunn (“You Say You Will”), Crystal Gayle (“When Love is New”), Highway 101 (“All the Reasons Why“, “Long Way Down”), Terri Clark (“Sometimes Goodbye”), Mindy McCready (“One in a Million”), Waylon Jennings (“Shine On Me”, “Old Church Hymns and Nursery Rhymes”), and Bette Midler (“The Color of Roses”), among others. Several artists have performed with Beth on her albums: Bonnie Raitt on “Heads Up for the Wrecking Ball” and “Shake My Soul”; Vince Gill on “Deeper Still”; John Prine on “Every December Sky”; Michael McDonald on “Right Back Into the Feeling” & “Will and Liz”; Emmylou Harris & Kimmie Rhodes on “There’s a Light”;
Ernest Chapman comes to World Music Nashville with many years of experience in musical performance, composition and instruction, having shared the stage and/or performed in the studio with many notable artists and musicians, including Michael McDonald, James Taylor, Vince Gill, Bob Geldof, Olivia Newton-John, Rodney Crowell, David Foster, Bonnie Raitt, Beth Nielsen Chapman (mother and mentor), Craig King (Organ/Keys for Ray Charles), Leland Sklar (Bass – Phil Collins, Leonard Cohen, etc…), Roscoe Beck (Bass – Eric Johnson) Rusty Anderson (Guitarist – Paul McCartney), Maart Allcock (Keys – Jethro Tull; Lead Guitar – Fairport Convention), Kevin Bacon, Richard Marx, Matt Rollings (Keyboardist for Mark Knopfller), Jim Brickman, Mike Reid, Gregg Collins (Engineer- No Doubt, KISS), Charlie Morgan (Drums – Elton John, Bjork), the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Idaho Falls Symphony, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, John Michael Talbot, DC Talk, Brenda Lee, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, and JD Souther (Legendary songwriter for The Eagles).
Stewart Copeland is a five Grammy winner and inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has spent three decades in the forefront of contemporary music as a rock star, acclaimed film score writer, and composer in the disparate worlds of opera, ballet, world music and chamber music. Recruiting Sting and Andy Summers in 1977, Stewart formed The Police, a rock band that became a defining force in rock music and reunited 23 years later for a 14 month world tour whose success was a testament to the enduring popularity of the band and its music. Stewart spent twenty years as a successful film and TV composer, working for the likes of Francis Ford Coppola on Rumblefish and Oliver Stone on Wall Street. He returned to his drum kit to form Animal Logic with Stanley Clarke and Oysterhead with Trey Anastasio and Les Claypool, meanwhile finding time to win the Archie David Cup with his polo team (on a horse). Stewart was commissioned to write a ballet for the San Francisco Ballet and his first opera, “Holy Blood and the Crescent Moon” for the Cleveland Opera
in 1989. In April 2011 he wrote a short opera based on the Edgar Allen Poe story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” which premiered at the Royal Opera House in London. Recent commissions include his score for MGM’s silent film classic, “Ben-Hur” which premiered at the Virginia Arts Festival and which will be performed in 2014 with The Chicago Symphony. His new percussion concerto, “Poltroons in Paradise” was recently performed by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In 2015 his new opera, “The Invention of Morel” will premiere at The Long Beach Opera.
Stewart’s awards also include the keys to the city of Milan and The Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters (France). Through it all, a sense of humor and appreciation for his utterly unique career has shone through as he has enjoyed working in a remarkable array of genres.
Marcello De Francisci is a composer who provides music to the Feature Film, Theatrical movie trailer, commercial and interactive game industry. His music has been used in major theatrical movie trailers such as “Avatar” (20th Century Fox), “Prince of Persia” (Walt Disney Bruckheimer Films), “Night At the Museum” (20th Century Fox), “Mission Impossible III” (Paramount Pictures), “National Treasure” (Touchstone Pictures – Bruckheimer Films). His recent collaboration with Lisa Gerrard from “Dead Can Dance” (Academy Award nominee & Golden Globe Winner) singer/composer (Gladiator/The Insider /Ali / Whale Rider) has awarded him credits on soundtracks for films such as “Tears of Gaza” and “Samsara”, the much anticipated Baraka film sequel.
The Durgas, lead by brothers Benjii Simmersbach (vocals, guitar) and Christopher Simmersbach (lead guitar) draw much of their musical influence from their childhood. Both were born in Bavaria/Germany but raised in various parts of Thailand, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal, Italy, and the U.S. The Durgas‘ music weaves the sounds and cultures of their upbringing into their music without losing touch with their roots in punk rock.
Besides continuing their extensive, international tours, The Durgas are committed to bringing a unifying musical experience to challenged communities around the world. In 2003 they were the first band to play in Mitrovica, Kosovo since the Balkan wars, as part of the ongoing United Nations peace and reunification initiative. In 2004 they took part in the XV International AIDS/HIV Conference in Bangkok, Thailand and performed in AIDS hospitals and orphanages. In 2007 they toured throughout Asia, playing to children of migrant workers in Mumbai, India, in Sri Lanka to families displaced by the Tsunami, in Thailand at the Saphan Jai festival, and for Burmese refugees in camps along the Thai border. They have witnessed firsthand the profound effects that live music can bring about in people, across barriers of land and language.
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Alex Ebert, Musical Ambassador for Project-Peace on Earth (PPOE), founder and lead singer of the famed rock group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros discusses the the mystical nature of music and the importance of the Project-Peace on Earth worldwide musical prayer for peace.
Alise Ketnere (Fox Lima) – She answered the call to one of the largest talent hunts in the world by one of the most famous rock groups in history called “Enigma” famed for its Gregorian-lke musical projects. She answered the call to Enigmas song writing contest. The rest is history.
Sussan Deyhim – famed Iranian Sufi singer internationally known for creating a unique sonic and vocal language. She has collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Bobby Mc Ferren, Micky Hart and other noted musicians. Her composition Windfall/Beshno Az Nev was used by U2 throughout their 360 tours in the US and Europe.
Jonathan Elias – Founder and CEO of Elias Arts. Musician and Composer of the album “The Prayer Cycle.” Jonathan Elias began his career by scoring the trailer for Ridley Scott’s film Alien while still a college student. His contribution brought him instant industry attention leading to additional scoring work for Blade Runner, Gandhi, Back to the Future, Fight Club, and Random Hearts. He has also written for soundtracks such as Chaplin, Jagged Edge, Parents, 9 1/2 Weeks and the recent The Singing Detective starring Robert Downey, Jr. In addition to composing many award-winning commercials such as Nike’s Move, which earned him an Emmy. Jonathan is looked upon as one of the world’s most successful composers in this field. He was responsible for creating the famous “Moon Landing” score in 1983 for the launch of MTV, the first sound mark for Apple Computers in 1994, the Columbia Pictures sound logo, and the world famous Yahoo! yodel sound mark. His company, Elias Arts, has won countless other awards including dozens of Clios (ten this year alone), multiple Cannes prizes, several London International Advertising Awards and others too numerous to note. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Elias has become the premiere agency for commercial branding, providing music for clients such as Ford, GM, Nissan, Audi, Infiniti, Mercedes, AT&T, NASDAQ, IBM, Apple, Sony, Levi’s, Adidas and Nike.
As a record producer, Jonathan has produced David Bowie, Duran Duran, Grace Jones, BB King, Alanis Morissette, James Taylor and Yes among others. In 1989, he produced his first solo album, Requiem for the Americas, a tribute to the spirit and vision of Native American culture. Ten years later, the inspiration from the birth of his first child led to a multi-language, nine-movement choral symphony centered on a message of hope, The Prayer Cycle. This Sony Classical release topped the charts globally and was also named one of Billboard’s international Best Selling Classical Crossover albums.
Tina Guo is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso acoustic/electric cellist, recording artist, and composer known for her distinctive sound, mastery in a wide range of genres in film, television, and game scores. She has shared the stagewith Alicia Keys, The Tenors, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, John Legend, LeAnn Rhimes, Chris Isaak and more.
She is a classical cello soloist, Tina Guo has appeared as guest artist with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Petrobras Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia.
Tina is featured on screen in commercials for Mazda and United Airlines, and was also a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour from 2011-2013 performing in sold out arenas around the world. The tour performed to over 3.7 million people and is one of the highest grossing tours of all time. Tina will tour with Hans Zimmer in 2016 throughout Europe in the Hans Zimmer Live Arena Tour.
Lili Haydn – Rolling Stone magazine has called her music “fiery and virtuosic…” Lili Haydn has released four critically acclaimed major label recordings as a solo artist. Lili (1997 Atlantic Records), Light Blue Sun (2003 BMG Music), Goodbye Stranger Ep (2007 Nettwerk Music Group), and Place Between Places (2008 Nettwerk Music Group). She has played with, sung with, and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Josh Groban, Seal, Matchbox 20, Cyndi Lauper, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and George Clinton’s P-Funk All Stars to name a few. Both as a solo artist and as support, Lili has performed in premiere concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl.
In addition to Lili’s extensive recording and touring career, Lili is the featured voice and violin on several films with Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and 4 (2007, 2011), The Burning Plain (2009), Casi Divas (2009), The Boat that Rocked (2009)), as well as with composers Harry Gregson Williams (The Town), Ramin Djwadi (The Unborn (2009), Fright Night (2011), Henry Jackman (Henry IV, Gulliver’s Travels), Cliff Eidelman, Paul Cantelon, Tom Petty (Open Window (2006), She’s the One (1996), among others.
Richard Horowitz – composer, best know for his work on The Sheltering Sky, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich, which was awarded the 1990 Golden Globe award. Founder and Artistic director for Gnaoua Festival in Mogador Morocco (500,000 people annually).
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Gary Malkin – Seven time Emmy and six ASCAP awards winner in music in film, television & commercials. Founder and CEO of Wisdom of the World, (a life-enhancing media production company), and co-founder of Companion Arts, (a nonprofit educational resource provider), Malkin is an inspiring speaker and performer, offering his presentations and workshops at conferences internationally. In partnership with Companion Arts, he has recently released the new care for the caregiver audio resource, Care for the Journey: Messages and Music for the Sustaining the Heart of Healthcare. Through his performances and speaking engagements, he serves healthcare and faith communities addressing themes such as acceptance, the arts in healing, and the integration of spirituality and health. He has offered trainings, presentations, and concerts for Harvard Medical School’s Conference on Spirituality and Health, The National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, The British Columbia Hospice and Palliative Care Association, The Institute for Noetic Sciences, The Center for Integrated Medicine, (in Vancouver, Canada,) as well as the Sunstone Cancer Center, in Tucson, Arizona, among many others.
Hani Naser – a virtuoso percussionist and Oud player. Considered a master in his field. Hani has performed and recorded with many of the most influential artists of this era including: Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Nickey Hopkins (Rolling Stones), Jackson Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner (John Lennon’s drummer), Steve Miller, Don Henley (Eagles), Hamza El Din, Kazu Matsui, David Broza, Lou Reed, David Lindley and many other great musicians.
Omar Akram – 2012 Grammy winner best New Age song “Echoes of Love”. “His first album was Opal Fire on Real Music, which went Top 15 on Billboard magazine’s national New Age sales chart, and featured Akram’s piano backed by additional keyboards played by Omar and David Dial. On his second CD, Free as a Bird, Omar again composed all the music, but this time produced half the album and utilized top keyboardist Gregg Karukas to produce the other half. Omar also expanded his sound by bringing in guest musicians including saxophonist Eric Marienthal (The Rippingtons). The recording was ranked the #2 contemporary instrumental album of the year by the prestigious Wind & Wire publication.
David Arkenstone – is a 3-time Grammy nominee with over 40 albums to his credit, numerous works in Television, Films and Video Games, with his records appearing continuously on the Billboard Charts. David Arkenstone’s music was named in the Top 30 albums of the decade and his work has appeared repeatedly in the list of the top new age artists in the Billboard Magazine’s Year in Review issues along side Enya, George Winston, 2002, Kitaro and Jim Brickman. David is currently signed to Domo Records (also home to New Age Artist, Kitaro)
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Christoph Bull is one of the world’s most unique organ artists, equally versed in classical and popular music, he has performed in Europe, the United States, El Salvador, Russia, Taiwan and India, at venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center in New York, the Catholic Cathedrals of Moscow, and Salzburg and Saint-Denis.
He has collaborated with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music and contributed to projects by Steven Spielberg, Harry Connick Jr., George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Cindy Lauper, Lili Haydn, Jack Dempsey and Nishat Khan. He’s also been in demand as speaker and presenter, including at events sponsored by Goethe-Institute, Los Angeles Philharmonic and TEDx. His music has been broadcast on TV and radio, including on NPR’s flagship station for Southern California, KCRW, and the Minnesota Public Radio program “Pipedreams”. Christoph Bull holds degrees from Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California and American Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Sasha Cooke – 2011 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for her performance as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’ “Doctor Atomic.” The 54th Grammy AwardsMezzo-soprano of the NY Metropolitan Opera.
Pamela and Randy Copus – the duo known as 2002, have charted 9 albums on the Billboard Charts. 2002made the list of top new age artists in the Billboard Magazine. Also on the list; Yanni, Manhneim Steamroller, Jim Brickman, George Winston and Enya.
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Fritz Heede is a California based music composer/producer and multi-instrumentalist who weaves eastern and western influences into dramatic and evocative works. Equally at home with styles ranging from electronica grooves to symphonic epics to folkloric aboriginal drones, Fritz’s work is progressive yet heartfelt. Starting out as a student of flamenco guitar, Fritz soon expanded his musical palette to other exotic stringed instruments and percussion. Fritz scored and helped produce projects for the U.N., Whaleman Foundation, Julian Lennon, the Grammies, and the Academy for Future Science. Fritz has co-written and produced a lush innovative album with Jon Anderson of YES. It is currently being reworked to be a sequel to Jon’s master peice “Olias of Sunhillow”. Additionally, he has scored the soundtrack to the film “Belonging” narrated by Dustin Hoffman. It is a scientific and spiritual journey into humanity’s footprint on the Earth.
Iasos (pronounce ya’sos) is a Music Creator, specializing in celestial, heavenly, inner-dimenional music. He is also one of the original founders of “New Age” music. More recently, he has been focusing on creating celestial visuals.
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Mark Isham – Grammy, Emmy, and Clio award winning composer. Mark composed the soundtrack for the Oscar award winning film “Crash“. His musical collaborations include work with: Sting, Bruce Springsteen & Will.I.Am.
David Joyce is a studio singer/keyboard player based in Los Angeles, and a Grammy winner (1986 Best Jazz Vocal Group). He’s toured with the world and played with the likes of Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, and many others, and sung in the studio and/or “live” with Frank Sinatra, U2, Michael Jackson, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Chris Isaak, Neil Young, Harry Belafonte, Oasis. The list goes on.
David has sung for many movies (including Jurassic World, Oz-the Great and Powerful, Real Steel, X-Men2, Spiderman3, King Kong, Matrix 2&3, Big, Contact, the Simpsons Movie, etc) and TV shows (including Family Guy, the Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall, and many others.) David greatly enjoys teaching, at local colleges and universities, and in Europe (Italy and Spain), and is a songwriter, with several CD’s out (Dharma Buds, Gopher Gods, and others).
Peter Kater is a 9 time Grammy nominee/multi-platinum selling Pianist/Composer Peter Kater has been leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music for over 3 decades. His music has been heard all over the world from Healing Centers to the Olympics and Carnegie Hall. He’s performed for presidents and dignitaries; scored the music for over 100 TV & Film productions including 11 On & Off-Broadway dramatic plays and is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations.
Ricky Kej 2015 GRAMMY WINNER best New Age Album “Winds of Samsara”. The song “Mahatma” from the album is featured on the 2 Unite All benefit album which Ricky produced along with PPOE Founder, Steve Robertson. Ricky is the internationally acclaimed Composer of Kamasutra Lounge 1&2 (USA), Fiery Drums (Virgin EMI), Mesmerizing Flute (Virgin EMI) and Featured in over 100 compilations across the globe. He has scored and composed for 5 Indian feature movies and over 3000 advertising jingles for Nike, Levi’s, IBM, Fosters, Toyota, Air India, Arrow, etc.
Ricky won a ‘One Show’ award for Advertising Excellence and a finalist for the Cannes Advertising Award for his Nike Jingle. Hailed as a ‘World Famous Star in Fusion Music’ by Virgin-EMI and as a ‘National Youth Icon’ in India by the Rotary Club. Composed the score for 2011 Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony. This was the highest rated sporting opening ceremony event in world. Ricky also owns and controls a music library for sync- www.bestsyncmusic.com. Over 200 musical clips from this library have been placed with commercials and brands.
Wouter Kellerman 2015 GRAMMY WINNER for best New Age album “Winds of Samsara”. Wouter is a Globe-trotting flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman’s album Two Voices won the 2011 South African Music Award (the nation’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards) for Best Instrumental Album, reinforcing Kellerman’s standing as one of his home country’s most innovative musicians. Whether writing intricate instrumental compositions or delighting audiences with a magnetic alchemy of warmth and technical mastery, Kellerman finds his inspiration in the spaces between cultures and countries, genres and disciplines. Kellerman has spent the past few years cooking up several potent compositions with Indian producer Ricky Kej, resulting in the Billboard Nr 1 album Winds Of Samsara. Wouter has performed around the globe in places like Berlin, Shanghai, New York, Sydney and Johannesburg at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony to a global television audience of 700-million people. U.S. tours included appearances at the prestigious Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. He performed his composition ‘The Long Road’ – a flute solo for Nelson Mandela, – on Nelson Mandela Day in South Africa for a stadium of 80,000 people. For his continued efforts in helping give children a better life, Kellerman was nominated for the Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy.
GuruGanesha Singh Khalsa is pioneer of World Devotional Music. He is the founder of Spirit Voyage Records and a distinctive guitar stylist, songwriter, singer, producer, entrepreneur, accomplished yogi and lifelong spiritual practitioner. His most recent project is the GuruGanesha Band, an adventurous ensemble of mantra music all-stars born of GuruGanesha’s longstanding wish to combine the profound spirituality of mantra music with the visceral excitement of a great guitar-driven band. The GuruGanesha Band’s debut album A Thousand Suns takes world devotional music to visionary new realms of musical innovation with an inspiring fusion of kirtan, rock, raga, folk, blues and Latin sounds that has left audiences from coast to coast dripping with bliss and ecstatic joy.
GuruGanesha’s shimmering, incandescent guitar work and creative vision were instrumental in launching the career of Snatam Kaur, with whom he has recorded and performed extensively. His rich career path has also embraced collaborations with Guru Singh, Seal, Tina Malia, Nirinjan Kaur, Thomas Barquee and Jai-Jagdeesh. The deep catalog of GuruGanesha’s solo recordings includes Grateful Ganesh, Pure Ganesh, Joy is Now, and Kundalini Surjhee.
Philip Lawrence is a Grammy Award winning producer who Billboard Magazine called one of the top songwriters for 2013. He was born in a small city in Indiana to a deejay father and a gospel singing music director mother. He rose to musical fame with his collaborations with long time partner, Bruno Mars. This team has produced hits such as “Just the Way You Are”, “Grenade”, “When I Was Your Man”, “Treasure”, Locked Out of Heaven”, “Florida’s Right Around”, “B.O.B.’s Nothing On You”, and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire to name a few.
Philip and Bruno Mars have become the most successful writing teams in the past five years selling more than 100 million copies and having multiple sold out worldwide tours.
Philip received 11 Grammy Nominations in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he won the Grammy for “Best Pop Vocal Album” for Unorthodox Jukebox. In 2014, Philip was a part of history for his participation in the second largest viewed Super Bowl halftime performance, 115.3 million viewers.
In 2014, Philip appeared as the voice of “Felipe” in the Blue Sky Studios animated film “Rio 2”. He also wrote, performed and produced the song “It’s A Jungle Out There” and co-wrote “Welcome Back” for the film’s soundtrack.
Ray Lynch is a multi-platinum selling composer and producer who is also considered one of the early iconic pioneers of inspirational instrumental music. Ray is a classically trained composer and producer who began as a classical guitarist and lutenist. He has won 3 Billboard Awards, written five albums (which included the renown “The Sky of Mind”, “No Blue Thing”, Nothing Above My Shoulders but the Evening” and “Deep Breakfast”), and sold over 2 million albums without the benefit of live performances or videos. His second album Deep Breakfast became a classic and the first independently released album to be certified Gold and then later Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.).
For more than a decade Ray has been fully engrossed in the passion of writing a book which explored the relationship of mathematics, music and Pythagorean tuning theory. The book also explores ancient cosmology and mythology, the nature of number, metrology, geodesy, the mathematical constants of physics, human spirituality, the precession of the equinoxes, human prehistory, and the meaning of what we call “history.”
MAETAR; Itai Disraeli (bass) and Hagai Or (horns) of the group MAETAR. Their music itself is a declaration of peace, calling on Hebrew and Arabic melodies, filtering it through a rigorous jazz perspective, and the exuberance of funk, soul, and rock. Born in war torn Israel on a kibbutz, the Maetar brothers started making music at the age of six and four. The whole family used to gather around their grandfather’s table every Saturday and jam. Hagai became an award-winning soloist and performed with Israeli orchestras and Itai became a celebrated and sought after bassist, winning “Bass Player of the year.” Itai and Hagai had a vision: to create original soulful and substantive music that reaches across cultural boundaries as an instrument of peace. Their love of soul, jazz, classical lyricism, and sacred tribal music from around the world led them to create MAETAR, a setting in which they could create this fusion of sound and cross cultural collaboration. Their concerts for human rights and peace have brought Arab and Israeli, Muslim, Christian, and Buddhist musicians and communities together alike.
Kellee Maize is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Her first album, Age of Feminine, was released in 2007. Since then, she has released three more albums: Aligned Archetype (2010), Integration (2011) and Owl Time (2012). Maize has been involved in the music business just over a decade and has recorded and released three full albums leading to a handful of singles. As of 2011, her YouTube videos have combined for over 4 million views, and she has over 180,000 Twitter and Facebook fans. Her albums have been downloaded over 400,000 times, and she has been mentioned in various media outlets over 200 times. e In Kellee’s words; ”We have the power to help positively affect the world by “being the change we wish to see”, as Ghandi puts it. While this can be incredibly challenging given our human tendencies and emotions, I believe we are entering a new stage of evolution in human consciousness and hope that in the same way I am affected daily by artists and musicians that my music inspires change and awareness in the listener.”
Cofield Mundi – Her distinctive voice and prolific songwriting ability are a powerful combination. Cofield recently released her seventh radio single, called “Look at the Sun”. Six of her singles have charted in the top ten. In 2011, Cofield charted on both South African and US radio. “I’m gonna fly” climbed to number 1 on the Ryan Seacrest Top 8 at 8 show on KFM 94.5 and Highveld 94.7 FM, as well as charting on other major AC stations across South Africa. In the first few weeks of release, “Count me out remix” made the US Mediabase most added AC single chart alongside Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Train. “Days”, similarly made the Mediabase most added single chart for Smooth Jazz alongside Sade and Dave Koz. Cofield’s two albums, Ceremony (2004) and The Big Question (2009), licensed to Universal Music Group, were nominated for Best Pop Album and Best Adult Contemporary Album (2009) respectively. As a result of both her radio and media success, Cofield was asked to appear as a guest judge on South African Idols Season VII. Idols Season VI winner Elvis Blue on his album “Lightly Tread” covered her track “Only wanna be with you”. This album is nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album for the 2012 South African Music Awards to be held in May this year. Mark Haze (Idols VII runner-up) covers a track on his upcoming release that Cofield cowrote in Nashville with Russell Dickerson (Combustion) called “Make Time Stand Still”. An ambassador for both the Nelson Mandela 46664 Foundation and The Sunflower Leukemia Fund, she enjoys contributing to her community.
Gary Nicholson – Grammy winning Texas Song Writer Hall of Fame inductee. He has written songs for Robert Plant, Jeff Bridges, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, The Judds, Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt to name a few.
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Finbar O’Hanlon, a digital media technologist, futurist and inventor. Finbar has over 20 years experience in developing IT, IP, video and media technologies. Finbar served as CTO of Guvera, is the former CTO of Lightspeed and creative director of Fuel advertising agency. Finbar is a globally accomplished musician, clinician and music educator. As the man who’s being called “the Rockstar of Technology” by the media, Finbar orchestrated his remarkably varied experiences in advanced technology and entertainment to provide the game-changing digital content delivery enabling technology called Linius. The combination of his adventurous, engaging personality together with his vast experiences as an artist in spotlight and technologist behind the scenes has tuned and driven Finbar to introduce products to the world that bring about connection between people and the ever expanding world of creative content… thus opening new pathways for business and global monetization. Finbar’s Music.
Onyay Pheori is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter, producer, recording & performing artist and actress based out of Los Angeles, CA. She writes and produces music for film, TV, trailers and commercials. Her music has been featured on Bravo, the USA Network, MTV, HDNET Movies, E!, CBS, ESPN, promos for Grey’s Anatomy (in Africa), international ad campaigns in South Korea & Germany and trailers, to name a few. She performed in the finals of America’s Got Talent and has toured domestically & internationally in hundreds of festivals, performing art centers and corporate events including The Great Hall in Shanghai, La Calaca Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Wanderlust, Serenity, TedX and many more.
Onyay’s concerts are mystical, musical journeys that have brought her to 33 countries …from the Amazonian Rainforests and the Andes of Peru and Ecuador to the Mayan Ruins of Mexico, to the Temples and Pyramids of Egypt, to the Caves and Ruins of Crete and Greece. She has spiritually & sonically explored the castles and mountains of Southern France, ruins of Ireland, the temples and jungles of Bali and Java and sacred sites around the world.
Slim Jim Phantom (James McDonnell) is the drummer for Stray Cats. Alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, he spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 1980s. Phantom currently plays in the band Kat Men with Imelda May guitarist Darrel Higham.
PPOE MUSIC PRODUCER
Peter Rafelson established himself early on as a writer and musician, working with such music greats as Jackson Browne and Elton John. Peter has written and produced many successful songs, appearing on over 300 million records sold, including the # 1 hit “Open Your Heart” for Madonna (29 million), as well as top ten singles for Stevie Nicks, Jane Wiedlin of The GoGo’s and Britney Spears. In addition to scoring and composing for numerous films and TV shows, Peter has acted in over ten feature films, including Alan Parker’s “FAME” and films by director Henry Jaglom. His consulting company, Rafelson Media Company, has clients, which include such industry giants as Microsoft, Apple, Toshiba and Compaq. Most recently, Lady GaGa, Pink, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Daughtry, Beyoncé and Will.I.Am have all finished mixing their albums at RMC Studios.
Elijah- (aka “Elijah Ray”) is the founder and co-creator of the Band of Light, and has over a decade of experience as a performer, healer, teacher, and recording artist. He has shared his inspiring and transformational music from up and down the West Coast to Hawaii, New York, Amsterdam, and Australia, New Zealand and Peru. Currently based on the Island of Kauai, +Elijah- hosts ongoing, community empowering concert experiences called the “Band of Light +E-xperience”, which serves as a vehicle for consciousness co-creation, in the realms of Music, Dance, Art, and as an open forum for sustainable solutions and community empowerment.www.elijahandthebandoflight.bandcamp.com.
Ash Ruiz – former famed singer of the band Menudo, the most popular Latin American teen musical group of the 1980’s. The famed Puerto Rican boy band that was formed in the 1970s by producer Edgardo Díaz, releasing their first album in 1977. The band achieved much success, especially during the 1980s, becoming the most popular Latin American teen musical group of the era.
Seay: LifeStyle Music award nominated singer, songwriter and humanitarian, internationally known for her celestial voice and world inspired music. Her album “A Winter Blessing” was named one of the Top 30 albums of the decade in New Age and World Music.
Joanne Shenandoah – Grammy winning singer. Iroquois Indian, she has been compared to Irish chanteuse Enya. She has performed at the Olympics, Woodstockand President Clinton’s and President George W. Bush’s inaugural events. She performs on the new Jonathan Elias “Prayer Cycle” album called “Path to Zero”.
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Pearl (Porl) Thompson, legendary lead guitarist for “The Cure” has joined as a new Musical Ambassador member for Project Peace on Earth. Thompson left the Cure in 1994 to play with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin during the Page and Plant tour of 1995.
Kenji Williams – an award winning filmmaker, music producer, and classically-trained violinist. A world bridger of music, visual arts, science and philosophy, Williams has collaborated with Trance group Medicine Drum, world famous DJ John Digweed, visionary painter Alex Grey, evolutionary philosopher Ken Wilber, the Gates Planetarium Dome Theater (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), exposing his solo work from big music festivals around the world, to mainstream television, to exotic fashion shows at Japanese Temples. In addition to public and critical acclaim, Pioneer, Panasonic, and Sony corporations have sponsored Williams with technology to support his artistic vision. Combining unique skills in film and music, Williams has earned international film awards from the CSC to Sundance, exhibited work at the Smithsonian Institute.
Monica Yunus – Soprano with NY Metropolitan Opera. Co-Founder of Sing For Hope. Monica Yunus is quickly establishing herself as one of America’s most promising young sopranos. She has been called “especially winning” by The New York Times, and commended for her “rich and sensuous voice [that] was utterly captivating,” by the Charleston City Paper. Her performance as Gilda in Rigoletto was applauded by Opera Online as “a performance that was quintessentially, Gilda. During the 2010 – 11 season she once again joins The Metropolitan Opera, singing Alice in Le comte Ory and covering the role of Despina in Così fan tutte, makes her Washington National Opera debut as Oscar in Ballo in Maschera, and performs in concerts with the Syracuse Symphony, among others. Daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
Bill Whelan – Renowned composer, producer and arranger Bill Whelan has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. His grammy winning album of music for RIVERDANCE. The Show is certified Platinum in the US, Ireland and Australia. His orchestral work, The Seville Suite was specially commissioned for Expo ’92. As a producer he has worked with U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris, The Dubliners, Planxty, Andy Irvine, Patrick Street, Stockton’s Wing, Davy Spillane and Bulgarian/Irish band, East Wind.
GLOBAL DANCE AMBASSADORS
RIVERDANCE – world famed Irish Dance group. Riverdance has delivered over 10,000 performances throughout 40 countries to live audiences of 22 Million people
Amber Hartnell is a gifted and inspired Dance Alchemist, she elegantly weaves filaments of light into patterns of Love that elicits deep joy in the hearts of those who bear witness. Over the past 15 years she has collaborated with many esteemed musicians and artists in a variety of multimedia projects, live performances and workshops. It is her great delight to currently be contributing her gifts of embodiment in dance as a core co-creator in the Band of Light.