Nashville Dreams Become Reality for Selkirk College Alumnus

tom2Growing up in tiny Fruitvale, Tom Samulak first picked up a guitar and not long after had dreams of playing on country music’s biggest stages. The Selkirk College alumnus realized one of those dreams last year and is poised for more great achievements as his career continues to blossom.

GuitarPlayingSmileyAniWhat path takes you from a small town in the Kootenays to performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville? For one professional musician, the first steps on that journey led through the doors of tom3Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music & Technology Program. Guitarist Tom Samulak was a student of the program from 2007 to 2009, majoring in music performance on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. In the last few years, he has quickly established himself as a gifted live performer and recording session-man in the U.S., working with some of country music’s biggest established and rising stars.

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program alumnus Tom Samulak realized one of his dreams this past October when he performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

It’s all pretty heady stuff for a kid from Fruitvale, a small town outside of Trail. His first connection to Selkirk was taking after-school guitar 5727d9935fdfadfb7e5cbc15cb6bc9e0lessons from college instructors who helped him become familiar with the Nelson campus and prepare for his audition for the school. Attending the College made a lot of sense for a local youth, who was able to learn and practice close to home.

“I gained necessary expertise in my field through top-notch training and experience,” he recalls. “Meeting like-minded musicians and getting the chance to play with them in a wide variety of venues and musical situations gave me a boost.”

Lessons Delivered by Music Masters

The Selkirk College music program has been preparing students for commercial success in the industry for a quarter-century. Students study rock, jazz, classical, world music and other genres—including Samulak’s beloved country music. The small class sizes and individual attention a student gets at Selkirk made a real difference.

14361780301“Each instructor and course gave me a boost in their own ways,” he says. “That’s what meant the most to me, getting first-hand expertise from each instructor, who are all masters of their respective talents.”

Samulak was an “absolute pleasure” to have in the program says Darren Mahe, who taught him music theory and guitar.

“Besides being quite talented as a guitar player, he was a really great student, driven to succeed, a hard worker, with an open mind about everything he was learning. He always wanted to learn something new,” Mahe recalls. “He had a really great personality, positive, and always had a vision in mind and very clear goals of what he wanted to attain.”

In the subsequent years, Mahe says his former student has become a colleague and good friend. They keep in touch to this day.

After his time at Selkirk College—where he graduated with distinction—Samulak went to the University of Calgary for a year, then traveled to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Selkirk’s transfer agreement and related curriculum made the transition much easier, he says.

Samulak graduated Cum Laude from the prestigious international school in 2012 with a degree in Music Performance, and headed for Nashville to start work. But even there, he says, lessons learned at the intimate campus in Nelson stay with him and have helped advance his career.

“Besides the fundamentals of music, more rhetorically, I learned the importance of making friends of lifetime quality,” he says. “I’m still personal friends with many of my Selkirk colleagues.”

Among those friends is international recording star and fellow Selkirk College alum from 2009 Kiesza. She also attended Berklee and graduated a year before Samulak. They are still close friends, having kept in touch and even performed together on occasion.

Making it Happen in Music City

guitar-cartoon-24930539Since moving to Nashville, Samulak has found himself in ever greater demand. He’s been picked up by bands such as Derryl Perry and Haley & Michaels, performing 200 or more times a year.  He’s played before millions of people on television and live satellite radio concerts, recorded in studios across the U.S., created theme music for TV series, and won awards for his performance skills.

The highlight of his still-emerging career? Playing the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, on October 24 last year. It’s the dream gig for any aspiring country star.

Samulak’s guitar style is based on some of country music’s greats both past and present.

“You could put it on my gravestone and I’d be happy,” he says. “It was a defining moment for me and I’m very thankful.”

So how do you keep your head level when your dreams have come true so quickly? Samulak has some advice for students hoping to follow his path. 

guitarSamulak’s style might remind an old-time country music fan of Roy Clark, the guitar and banjo player who became a television and recording star in the 1970s. Samulak’s YouTube videos show a performer much like Clark—relaxed, smiling, comfortable with his performance and astonishing with his command of his instrument.

Samulak says that happy look on his face when he’s playing is no accident: he’s learned to cope with all the performing pressure with a simple concept.

“Just do it, and always have fun playing music and studying it,” he says. “It is meant to be fun, so enjoy it.”

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Mika releases music video with anti-bullying message

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“Nothing’s only words, that’s how hearts get hurt,”  ~ Mika 

mikae861fb7b5d22fc4a6f97d642b05b8b72Mika dropped a new music video for “Hurts (Remix)” this week featuring an anti-bullying message.

In the video, the British singer helps three teenagers deal with verbal bulling. Together, they paint over a wall scribbled in insults written in Italian and English.

“Hurts (Remix)” is included on the Italian deluxe version of Mika’s latest album “No Place in Heaven.”

Mika, who is a member of the LGBT community, has spoken out about homophobia he has faced by posting rainbowpictures of posters with homophobic slurs on them on his social media accounts.

“I saw the photos and my instinct was not to do anything, because hatred, which I know very well, would be better off ignored,” Mika tweeted according to Pop Crush. But let’s break the silence! I have no fear of those who discriminate against me—no one should. Love does what it wants.”

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🇨🇦 How Jann Arden Became One Of Canada’s Most Beloved Singers (INTERVIEW)

JANN“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” — A. A. Milnerosejann_arden_2I spent most of the nineties strutting around in an indie snob haze, indiscriminately snubbing anything that might be considered lady-singer3even mildly popular or, God forbid, mainstream, but I have always had a soft spot for Jann Arden. No matter how massive “Insensitive,” her biggest hit, got in 1994 and 1995 (and it got huge, hitting number one in Canada and Australia, cracking the Adult Contemporary Top 10 in the U.S., and making an integral appearance in the romantic Christian Slater filmBed of Roses“) No matter how many times I heard “Good Mother,” good-mother on radio stations I’d otherwise refuse to listen to, no matter how many friends’ moms bought her albums, I refused to stop listening to her or even relegate her to a guilty pleasure.

Also was “I Would Die For You“on radio stations I’d otherwise refuse to listen to,  I even snuck an Arden song or two on the mixtapes that I made for my like-minded friends and  discovered that many of them adored the singer/songwriter with a penchant for heartbreak ballads as much as I did.

Something about the haunting edge to her saddest songs and about the plaintive and honest lyrics of hits like “Could I Be Your Girl” turned us into completely earnest Jann Arden fangirls.

Two decades later, that same something compelled me to temporarily abandon any sense of professionalism and tell her all of this in the middle of an interview about her brand new album, “Everything Almost.

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“This new album by Jann Arden is right in line with her style, one that’s all her own, an amazing voice like no other and rightly so she is not like no other, simply unique in her own fashion. My favourite tune from this new album was and still is, the Awesome track “Counting Mercies” when I listen to a song and it gives me goose bumps and chills, I know I like it, it’s the combination of the lyrics but most of all the voice.”

One minute we were talking about how working with legendary rock producer and visionary Bob Rock pushed her out of her comfort zone and forced her to look at her music in a whole new light, the next I was gushing about the Arden-laced cross-country mixtape ring of my youth. On the phone hello-hello-telephone-phone-smiley-emoticon-000317-facebookfrom a hotel room in Toronto, in the middle of a whirlwind media tour in support of the new disc, Arden sounds flattered – and patient – but she doesn’t seem particularly surprised by my confession. I get that sense that she’s heard all of this from similarly-minded fans before. And that the affinity is mutual.

“I fell like I’ve always kind of had this appreciation of the indie community,” she says. “I think the only thing I really kind of hit with in a commercial mainstream way was ‘Insensitive.’ I mean, that was twenty years ago”

33344084-viendo-el-tiempo-tv-familiaMy records were far different. I think they appealed to a far different demographic. I’m very grateful that I had that opportunity because it opened doors for me that were unimaginable, and to still have that kind of support from people that can sometimes shy away from things that are massively appealing.chuckie-king

“But honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever appealed to the mainstream on that kind of scale. I think I’ve just been on the edge of that my whole career and I think there’s something really great about it because it’s given me longevity.”

Being different or not easily categorised bothered Arden in the early days of her career. “I never really got told that I was like anybody and I remember being really concerned about that,” she admits. “Like ‘Wow. I’m not like anybody. This could be really bad.’ But I have people say ‘You don’t sound like anyone’ and now I really appreciate that.

”The intimacy of her lyrics – one of her most powerful and popular attributes now – was also an kiss-gesture-smiley-emoticonissue for her in the early days. “I was told that my songs were too personal and that they would never work. I was turned down by everybody. I was turned down by my own label. I got the greatest rejection letters,” she recalls. “It was like, ‘I think you should be more generic and not so emotive when you’re singing.’ You wouldn’t believe the shit they told me.” continue reading & watch more videos »»»»»»

A JANN ARDEN CHRISTMAS

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The ‘counting mercies’ necklace

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World unites in heartfelt music video mashup to help end bullying

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WillUstand believes bystanders can make a difference and that when someone stands for another, they give hope. Our mission is to spread this message of unity through music.

Stand the Anthem was inspired and is sung by Vermont thirteen-year-old, Charleigh Gere. After experiencing bullying in sixth grade, she and her family wanted to find a way to encourage youth to be the “one voice unafraid” to stand for others. The ideas for Stand were brought to life by her talented aunt, singer/songwriter Lahni Schultz of Bonita Springs, Florida. The song’s message to youth is simple…

STAND because all people are worth standing for.

pillowCharleigh wanted victims to see lots of people taking a stand against bullying, not just one, so she invited the world to participate in her music video. She kicked off the project with a promotional video and then released a daily video clip throughout October (National Bullying Prevention Month) to inspire creativity and participation. Her older brother, Justin Gere, joins her in a duet rendition of Stand in the music video.

charle2tStand united kids and adults across 17 states and 6 countries with contributions from groups as far-flung as Australia, California, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The mashup is creative and heartfelt, featuring dance, sign language and unique expressions throughout. Click here to see whose in the video and behind the scenes.
Since its launch, the message of Stand has been shared at schools, rallies, and festivals all over the US and around the world. Charleigh’s local community used Stand the Anthem in a PSA to help combat bullying and promote the idea of being an Upstander. In August, Stand was screened on an outdoor theater in Brisbane, Australia. The exhibit, by Parer Place Urban Screens, titled “Moving with Music” showcased projects from the music industry that used crowd sourcing to create choreographed music videos.

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pinksmileyThe Anthem has also been shared throughout South Africa with the help of Liesl Schoonraad, an anti-bullying advocate who also holds a title for being one of the world’s strongest women. She travels throughout South Africa sharing a message of hope and closes each of her talks with Charleigh’s anthem. Plexus Films recently produced a documentary about Liesl’s work and captured a recent screening of Stand in Cape Town, You can  watch the documentary here.

Imagine what would happen if bystanders, who are the majority, stood together to end bullying. Will you stand?


“I hope my song Stand will touch lots of hearts and save the ones that need it.” Charleigh Gere
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The Wonderful Grand Band

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A  Ron Hynes and Tommy Sexton TributeroseWGB – A Walk Down Memory Lane

wgb_3red roseThe Wonderful Grand Band is a Canadian music and comedy group formed in 1977 in St. John’s Newfoundland & Labrador, when I was living and working in St. John’s back in Ancient Times during 1980 & 1981, I frequented “The Strand Lounge“, I believe that’s what it was called at time, anyway which lead to an encounter I won’t soon forget, while taking in a number of WGB’s shows in St John’s at the Avalon Mall (Babylon Mall). I met Tommy through another friend, Richard who was a native of St John’s (whom have since pass on from AIDS). That weekend Richard took me to a party is the time and place I met CBC’s LGBT personality Tommy Sexton, whom I will never forget, he has since passed away, 1993 at the young age of 35. The latest news about Ron Hynes shocked me and open memories I totally forgot about, good memories of a kinder period in time, so I dedicate this post to them both with Honor, Love and Respect. So now I would like to introduce you to some friends of mine, the fabulous “WGB” as I feature some of their amazing work, a few of my favorites, starting with Tommy Sexton doing lead vocals on Babylon Mall, even though I didn’t s.An.Gr.Smiley.005know him long but during that short time that I did, I attended a few parties with a group of friends and Tommy was one of them, he was the essence of his television charter this guy always made everybody laugh no matter where he was or time of day, an Awesome person to be around. I’ve heard many times, we learn something from everyone we meet through life, true dat. The truth is he was a role model for me and he was solely responsible for me finally accepting my sexuality and who I was at age 20, even though he was just 23, I was amazed to see how much he was loved, admired and appreciated by 1000’s of people, they loved him and I was no exception. After my encounter with him I was no longer afraid to say I was Gay and never questioned my sexuality again.

Music video Babylon Mall by WGB featuring Tommy Sexton

tommyzeneszekThe Wonderful Grand Band, Newfoundland’s tremendously popular trad-rock band from the 1980s was conceived in 1977 for The Root Seller, a six-part mini-series produced by CBC St John’s. The show was written by Codco alumni Greg Malone, Mary Walsh and White and hosted by Greg Malone and Mary Walsh as Mr and Mrs Budgell, characters from the CODCO stage shows. The Root Seller had special weekly guests including Emile Benoit, Rufus Guinchard, Minnie White, Cathy Jones, and Jimmy Oulton. It was an instant local favourite but only two of these shows, with special guests Minnie White and Emile Benoit, survived at the CBC. The musicians on The Root Seller were – Kelly Russell, Sandy Morris, Ron Hynes, Glenn Simmons, Rocky Wiseman, Bryan Hennessey and Bawnie Oulton.

fish-water-smiley-emoticonAfter The Root Seller the Band continued to play live dates but in 1978, Hennessey and Oulton left to pursue other interests, Kelly Russell was replaced by Jamie Snider, Paul Boomer Stamp took over on drums and Ian Perry became the bass player.

Greg Malone re-joined the Band, this time for a live stage show which ripdebuted at Toronto Caravan. This incarnation proved to be wildly successful and in 1979 Tommy Sexton joined Malone to complete the team that fronted the show until the WGB finally split in 1983.

Remembering Ron Hynes

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ripBorn in St. John’s in December 1950, and raised in Ferryland. He was a founding member of The Wonderful Grand Band, one of Newfoundland‘s most popular performing groups, and has released seven solo albums. His debut album Discovery, released in 1972, was the first album composed of totally original content by a Newfoundland artist. He is best known for his composition “Sonny’s Dream,” recorded worldwide by many artists and was named the 41st greatest Canadian song of all time on the 2005 CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.

smiley_countryHynes is a seven-time East Coast Music Awards winner, and past Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards nominee. He was named Artist of the Year (’92) and was presented with the prestigious Arts Achievement Award (2004) by the Newfoundland/Labrador Arts Council. In 2002, Hynes received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University in St. John’s in recognition of his original songwriting and contribution to the cultural heritage of Newfoundland. In 2006, Hynes was honored as the recipient of the St. John’s Folk Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hynes currently records on Canadian folk label Borealis Records, and despite continuing to tour regularly, plays numerous concerts in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

e675ce7a59019d38159539eb08934af7Widely regarded as one of Canada’s premiere singer-songwriters having a career spanning over 30 years, Hynes‘ songs have become part of the fabric of Newfoundland culture. His latest, self-titled album was released in early 2006 to critical acclaim. His work is also known outside the province; Hynes‘ songs have been covered worldwide by over 100 artists, including Emmylou Harris, Valdy and Christy Moore.

Hynes was the winner of Male Solo Recording of the Year at the 2007 East Coast Music Awards, and picked up three awards at the 2006 MusicNL awards show in November 2006. The awards included Entertainer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Folk/Roots Artist of the Year

The Album “Wonderful Grand Band” recorded in Stephenville, NL in 1978

smilie_tv_18.gifThe series WGB with Malone and Sexton which followed in 1980 was the most popular show in Newfoundland television history, beating all the competing American shows and even the News in the ratings. The Wonderful Grand Band toured Newfoundland and Canada extensively from 1978 to 1984 and built up an enormous fan base that has been loyal and appreciative all these years.

During the television years the WGB had several cast changes including Steve Annan on guitar, Howie Warden on bass, Kevin McNeil on drums and Cathy Jones and Mary Walsh in the comedy act for the final performance year.
music-recordsThe Wonderful Grand Band recorded two music albums, the Wonderful Grand Band recorded at Clode Sound in Stephenville in 1978 and Living In A Fog recorded in Toronto in 1981. Living In A Fog was released on CD in 2007 and is still selling strong, and the Band’s first album will be released on CD in 2010.

The Album “Living in A Fog” recorded in Toronto in 1981

The inimitable style of the late, great, and ever-missed Tommy Sexton.

theband.jpgThe WGB’s release of two volumes of the original TV Series on DVD came after years of consultation and planning with CBC where the shows were originally produced in the 1980’s. The DVDs, The Best of WGB Volume 1 and 2, released in November of 2009 were a sensational success bringing to life once again some all-time favourite characters like Mr. Budgell, Nanny Hynes, Dickie, Mavis and Carmel Ann, and included many of the classic hit songs like Sonny’s Dream rainbow007and Living In A Fog, Go For Love, UIC and the sensational Babylon Mall which features the inimitable style of the late, great, and ever-missed Tommy Sexton. The release and tour were undertaken in part as a tribute to Tommy.
The sold-out reunion tour in 2009 featured Greg Malone, Ron Hynes, Sandy Morris Glenn Simmons Jamie Snider, Ian Perry Paul “Boomer” Stamp.

The WGB plans to release two more Volumes of the TV series, The Best of WGB Volume 3 (from the first year’s TV show which features Rocky Wiseman) and Volume 4 (which also stars Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh, Steve Annan and Howie Warden).The WGB is managed by White. you can visit their official site here.

fransmanI want to leave you with a example of who they were with a closer look at an episode of CODCO, but you may have to fast forward as the space is included for commercials, worth the watch though and you are sure to get a laugh. cheers 🙂

The First Episode of “CODCO”

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When the World Stopped Turning: A 9/11 Tribute

Sending a heart filled with “LOVE” in remembrance of those lives lost, the “HEROES” who died needlessly on that Heartless September Day.

September 11, 2001 Terrorists Attacks

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The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th, or 9/11 were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C.,but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.

Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. Although the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Having evaded capture for years, bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. forces in May 2011. World tradeThe destruction of the Twin Towers and other properties caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. After a lengthy delay, the 1,776-foot-tall (541 m) One World Trade Center was completed at the World Trade Center site in New York City in 2013.

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Korn Stands up to “Bullying” in New ‘Hater’ Video


Warning: The video below may be considered too graphic for some audiences, viewer discretion advised.



korn-239 In Korn‘s new video for “Hater”, the band seeks to project a positive message, one of empowerment and strength, to those who have been scarred by bullies.

Over the past two decades, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has been vocal about having been bullied as a youth.

Lyrics aren’t the only way Davis shows his distaste for bullies. Several of the the singer’s prominent tattoos serve as symbols of his struggles against those that beat him down, mentally and physically. On Davis’ left shoulder is a large HIV.


“He got this tattoo as a way to get back at all of the teens in high school who used to bully him and make fun of him,” notes fan site Korn Row. “Now that he has grown and moved past all the taunting, he views the tattoo as a symbol of the fact that he has been strong enough to overcome that adversity and become a successful musician.”


Director David Yarovesky assembled shots of people covered in white paint being drenched in blood, scarring themselves, slitting wrists and worse, as their innocence is stripped and suicide becomes an avenue of relief. Interspersed with the bloody images are stories from real people about surviving bullies’ attacks.

“In the end, I guess I want to say thank you to the boys because you made me who I am today,” says one of the girls in the video. “I’m one badass chick. So, thank you for being a dick.”


The video accompanies the band’s latest single from The Paradigm Shift, Korn’s current album.


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Culture Club “Pride by Numbers”

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In 1981, Blitz Club regular Boy George occasionally sang with the group Bow Wow Wow under the stage name Lieutenant Lush. clapper-clapper-film-movie-smiley-emoticon-000232-largeAfter his tenure with the group ended, George decided to start his own band and enlisted bassist Mikey Craig, drummer Jon Moss, and finally guitarist Roy Hay.

Realising they had an Irish transvestite as the lead singer, a black Briton on bass, an Anglo-Saxon on guitar and keyboards, and a Jewish drummer, they eventually decided to call themselves Culture Club. The group recorded demos, which were paid for by EMI Records, but the label was unimpressed and decided not to sign the group. Virgin Records heard the demos and signed the group in the UK, releasing their albums in Europe, while Epic Records released their albums in the United States and much of the rest of the world since Virgin did not have a US presence at the time.

Rocker-Emoticon-With-GuitarThe band released two singles in May and June 1982, White Boy” and “I’m Afraid of Me, though both failed to chart. But in September of that year, the group released their third single, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, a reggae-influenced number, which became one of their biggest hits. The song went to No. 1 in the UK in late 1982 and became an international smash, peaking at No. 1 in over a dozen countries (No. 2 in the US).

boy-culture-club-22879836-409-500Their second album, Colour by Numbers, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and they had several international hits with songs such asDo You Really Want to Hurt Me“, “Time (Clock of the Heart)“, “Church of the Poison Mind” and “Karma Chameleon. Boy George‘s androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of the public and the media. Culture Club’s music combines British new wave and American soul with Jamaican reggae and also other styles such as calypso, salsa or country.

In 1984, Culture Club won the Brit Award for Best British Group, and the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In the UK they amassed twelve Top drumming-smile-drum-kit40 hit singles between 1982-1999, including the number ones Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon, the latter being the biggest selling single of 1983, and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. Ten of their singles reached the US Top 40, where they are associated with the Second British Invasion of British new wave groups that became popular in the United States due to the cable music channel MTV.

boygeorgepa200111An openly gay recording star, George first came out to his family, and then ultimately to the public. Joining “Piers Morgan Live” for a face to face conversation, rainbow007the former lead singer of Culture Club touched upon the complexity of this issue:

“One of the funny things about coming out public is that people always encourage you to do it, and then when you do it, they say ‘all you do is talk about being gay.’ So you can’t win,” said the man behind such hits as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” and “Karma Chameleon“.  I think, when I was younger, I was a little bit more kind of gung-ho and that everyone should come out. Now I think, if it makes you happy, come out. If it’s going to make you miserable, don’t come out … As long as somebody isn’t attacking gay people, I don’t care if they’re in the closet.”

Known for both his music and his elaborate glam appearance, George insisted that the decision to discuss one’s sexuality publicly is specific to the individual:

smilie02“You come out because it’s going to make you happy, it’s going to make your life better. But I don’t think you have an obligation. I used to think that,” he told Morgan, his fellow countryman. “We have this great guy in England called Ben Cohen, who is straight, who’s championing homophobia, and all that sort of stuff. I admire people like him, I think we need more people like that. No one is going to listen to us queens, screaming for equality. Good on him. I think it’s a very brave thing to do.”

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The Corrs – (All the love in the world)

foster-coors-630-80 I thought I would take time out and introduce you to one of my favorite Bands, after this post you will see why, so go ahead discover Ireland. The Corrs are an Irish band that combines pop rock with traditional Celtic folk music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle); Sharon (violin, vocals); Caroline (drums, percussion, piano, bodhrán, vocals); and Jim (guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals). They are from Dundalk, Co. Louth, in Ireland.

the_corrs3The Corrs have released five studio albums and numerous singles, which have reached platinum in many countries. Talk on Corners, their most successful album to date, reached multi-platinum status in Australia, and in the UK it was the highest selling album of 1998. The band is only the second act in history to hold the top two positions simultaneously in the UK album charts, with Talk on Corners at number one and Forgiven, Not Forgotten at number two. The first group to achieve this was The Beatles. Forgiven, Not Forgotten was the second highest selling album in Australia in 1996, behind Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. The Corrs’ third studio album, In Blue, went to number one in seventeen countries.

images (4)The Corrs have been actively involved in philanthropic activities. They have performed in numerous charity concerts such as the Prince’s Trust event in 2004 and Live 8 alongside Bono in 2005. The same year, they were awarded honorary MBEs for their contributions to music and charity. The band is currently inactive because Jim and Caroline are raising families, while Andrea and Sharon are pursuing solo careers. Sharon doesn’t know if The Corrs will get back together, a sad reality, Breathless is the first single by The Corrs from their third studio album, In Blue.

After the band recorded a version of Dreams for a Fleetwood Mac tribute album, they re-released Talk on Corners, with new remixes of “What Can I Do?”, “So Young” and “Runaway”. The special edition topped the charts worldwide, and again reached multi-platinum status in the UK and Australia. In June 1998, The Corrs participated in the Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Liberia charity concert. The concert was held in Modena, Italy and was hosted by Luciano Pavarotti. Other performers included Jon Bon Jovi, Céline Dion, Spice Girls and Stevie Wonder. the_corrs_wallpaper_2-normalThe concert aimed to raise money to build the Pavarotti and Friends Liberian Children’s Village, to provide refuge for children in Liberia.
The Corrs Unplugged album, released in 1999, is part of MTV’s Unplugged series. It was released internationally but for a short time was not available in the United States until later. The song “No Frontiers” was sung by Sharon and Caroline, with Jim playing the piano. It is a cover of the Mary Black song, written by Jimmy MacCarthy.

safe_imageThis session was recorded live on October 5, 1999 in front of an audience at Ardmore Studios, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, and was released on CD, DVD, VCD and VHS. The CD release features the songs in a somewhat different order to in which they were actually performed as two songs were omitted from the track list and are only featured as bonus tracks on some releases. The DVD and VHS retains the original song order and are also mostly unedited, while the CD
edits out almost all of the talking between songs, so I know it’s over an hour in lenght but well worth the listen, have a awesome weekend….cheers 🙂
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Feliz Navidad

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Dedicated to Rene Angelil 

santa-smiley-face-emoticonhollyDirectly from Quebec, Canada, I want to Wish The World A Merry Christmas joyeux Noël~ Feliz Navidad ~ Feliz Natal ~ god Jul ~ καλά Χριστούγεννα  ~ .счастливого Рождества ~ bonum diem natalis Jesu ~ buon Natale ~ 메리 크리스마스, and where ever in the world you are, may love find you. ~ Terry.K

CELINE DION LYRICS
“Feliz Navidad”

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Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.

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Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart.

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We wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
We wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of our heart

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Posted Dec 23, 2013 ~ Last updated: Dec 23, 2015


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