Please Join Me: Attend This Concert

 

 

See and hear all of these amazing Edmonton Singer Songwriters in one concert.

Anna Beaumont | Brian McLeod | Brooke Trelenberg | Carling Hack |

Christin McCauley | Erin Mulcair | Jay Willis | Jordan Kaminski |

Martin Kerr | Rob Hewes | Roland Majeau | Susan jane Hodge

Under the direction of veteran music producer, Rob Hewes and featuring the Celebrate Band.

 

At the Spring “Off Broadway” Concert the response was overwhelmingly positive.

 

“It blew me away! A real nice variety. I loved the whole mix.”

Annemarie Petrov, Executive Director, ESO

 

“One of the best concerts I’ve seen in years!”

Tami Dowler-Coltman, Principal, Victoria School of the Arts

 

“Each artist impressed us with the quality of their music and writing. It’s uplifting.”

Neil Wilkinson, Ethics Commissioner, Alberta

 

See the concert trailer.

For more information visit the concert website.

 

This concert is 100% sponsored so that all the ticket revenue can empower youth.

100% of Ticket Revenue Donated to charities that support youth.

Youth Empowering Self Talk Initiative in Edmonton High Schools – students helping students improve their self talk supported by funding from this concert!

Youth Empowerment and Support Services – YESS, formerly Youth Emergency Shelter – awakens and empowers at risk youth by first providing safety and then fostering the healing from homelessness, abuse and addiction and by supporting job preparation and education in partnership with other agencies.

Junior Achievement – awakens and empowers youth through in-class discussion, materials and exercises about financial literacy and the economics of staying in school and through the life-changing experience of starting and running a real business in the JA Company Program.

Free the Children – Free The Children domestic programs educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of youth in North America and the UK to realize their full potential as agents of change. Their international projects, led by their holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, has brought over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.

Literacy and Learning Day – Literacy and Learning Day helps parents support the education of their children by providing the insights of world renown keynote speakers (examples: Barbara Coloroso, David Bouchard) the advice of experts on a host of parenting and education challenges through workshops and other resources all for free. This enables the parents to help awaken and empower their children.

Please join me and attend. Bring some friends.

 

Celebrate! Songs of the Human Condition

Sunday, September 16, 2012 7 PM

Jubilee Auditorium

11455-87 Ave.

Tickets $20 plus service fees

Tickets available At

Ticketmaster

By phone: 1-855-985-5000

Thank you, I hope to see you there.

 

 

A Songwriting Wunderkind

Diane Warren

A prolific songwriter with six Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe, and Songwriter of the Year awards, Diane Warren has created a foundation that supports music programs in financially challenged schools.

Many young people feel the same way that Diane Warren did as a girl—misunderstood and somehow different from everyone around her. Growing up in California, she wanted to rebel against her parents and everything else in her world. She ran away from home as a teenager, and only came back because she missed her cat!

The truth was that Diane was different. She had a strong creative spark, and a great way with words. And she found comfort in writing songs that expressed her feelings.

While her mother thought Diane was a dreamer who should focus on getting a job as a secretary, her father encouraged her hopes of becoming a songwriter. With that encouragement and a strong will to follow her own direction in life, Diane began the tough task of trying to sell her songs.

Her determination and talent paid off with her first hit song in the 1980s—“Solitaire,” performed by Laura Branigan. Other hits quickly followed—pop hits, rock hits, country hits—performed by some of the biggest names in music, including Celine Dion, Trisha Yearwood, Toni Braxton, and LeAnn Rimes.

Warren’s career soared to new heights when her songs began to appear in hit films, resulting in six Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe award for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” performed by Cher in the movie Burlesque. She now has a star on the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been named Songwriter of the Year six times, among a host of other honors and awards.

But Diane Warren did not forget what it felt like to be that lonely girl with a love for music. She has used her fame and fortune to start a foundation that supports music programs in financially challenged schools, and she helps sponsor contests for emerging songwriters.

Recalling how her father was the one person to encourage her love of music, she wrote the hit song “Because You Loved Me” as a tribute to his support.

In 1993, the struggling Montreal Canadiens adopted one of Diane Warren’s songs, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” as their unofficial anthem, and went on to win the Stanley Cup that year. Just like Warren herself, they demonstrated the power of determination and self-belief.

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This is an excerpt from the book Inspiration to Live Your MAGIC!™, 75 Inspiring Biographies by Larry Anderson. It is available as a print book from Amazon.com and as a Kindle e-book.

He Has Sold 100 Million Books


Paulo Coelho

The most widely published Brazilian author of all time, Paulo Coelho has sold close to 100 million copies of his books and has also been a theater director, an actor, a songwriter, and a journalist. 

When Paulo Coelho told his parents he wanted to be a writer, they thought he was crazy—literally. The Brazilian teenager’s parents had him committed to an insane asylum!

Paulo escaped three times before he was finally released and ready to follow a more normal path through life. He then enrolled in law school, as his parents desired.

But his creative instinct was too strong to be locked away, either behind bars or inside his own life. He had to break free. So Paulo dropped out of school, became a hippie, and traveled around Brazil looking for his inspiration. He found it through music and started writing amazing, strange, and wonderful songs. Soon, Paulo Coelho’s work was being recorded by some of the biggest singing stars in Brazil.

Unfortunately, the oppressive military government at that time thought his songs were too subversive because they talked about freedom and defying authority. Coelho was arrested and tortured for his beliefs.

However, nothing would stop him from using his creative powers. Years after his release, Coelho went for a walk— a 500-mile walk along a road in northern Spain. He used the time to reflect on his life, and he came to the realization that he still wanted to be a writer.

So even though he was now middle-aged, Paulo Coelho started on a new career as a novelist. His first two books went nowhere, but his third book, The Alchemist, made world history. It has sold more than sixty million copies (one of the bestselling books ever written), and holds the world record for being translated into more languages—seventy-one—than any other book by a living author.

Since then, Coelho has written more than two dozen books, sharing his unique world view with readers everywhere. He has also been a pioneer of sharing his work for free—his publisher once caught him pirating his own books online. His greatest life lesson, he says, has been to never surrender your dreams or give up on making them come true. “The secret to life,” according to Coelho, “is to fall down seven times, but to get back up eight times.”

Paulo Coelho is also an outspoken activist for peace and social justice. He is a Messenger of Peace for the UN, an Ambassador to the European Union for Intercultural Dialogue, and a member of many other organizations that advocate for peace.

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This is an excerpt from the book Inspiration to Live Your MAGIC!™, 75 Inspiring Biographies by Larry Anderson. It is available as a print book from Amazon.com and as a Kindle e-book.

The Proud Canadian Soldier Project

On this Remembrance Day I recall, with gratitude and pride, a special project I was involved with in 2005, Canada’s Year of the Veteran. The Proud Canadian Soldier Project.

My friend Jay Anthony Willis, who served in the Canadian Navy, is a gifted songwriter and singer. In 1999 he wrote an amazing song, Proud Canadian Soldier, after watching the Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Ottawa and reflecting on his fathers service in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War.

Jill Younghusband, a mutual friend, and an amazing vocalist and a former member of the Canadian Air Force, performed Proud Canadian Soldier at the 2004 Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Edmonton at the Butterdome. Jill’s performance evoked strong emotions and accolades from the thousands in the audience.

After hearing Jill perform the song, Captain Brian Greenwood, conductor and arranger for The Royal Canadian Artillery Band asked if he could do an arrangement of the song for the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. Jay agreed.

I will never forget the night I sat with Jay in the Myer Horowitz Theatre at the U of A as we heard Jill perform Proud Canadian Soldier with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band for the first time. Wow! The mostly veteran and military audience rose in unison with a heartfelt and enthusiastic ovation, many with tears running down their cheeks. It was one of those amazing moments when the talents of many artists come together to create something truly special.

Jay was choked up and said to me, “Jill has taken my ballerina in dance classes and turned her into a prima ballerina.”

I said, “Jay, Proud Canadian Soldier, is something really special. Would you be willing to give it away as a musical poppy in celebration of The Year of the Veteran (2005). Can you imagine school children performing Proud Canadian Soldier at Remembrance Day services across the country and radio stations playing it coast to coast on Remembrance Day.”

“Yes, Larry I would. What do you need me to do?”

“Introduce me to Captain Brian Greenwood.”

Everyone was very supportive. Jay and Captain Brian Greenwood, transferred their copyrights to my company, LIAP Media Corp. on the condition that the song and the music would be given away for non-commercial use. Jill and Captain Brian Greenwood and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band received approval and recorded the song and LIAP Media Corp. funded a few costs and owned the master recording.

Meanwhile my nephew Wesley Gunderson and I developed a website, www.ProudCanadianSoldier.com to explain the program, to facilitate downloads of the song and to provide PDF copies of the sheet music. You can still go to the site.

I developed a public relations program, which included a national media release and a personal letter to every Member of Parliament and the Governor General. We launched the program in the fall of 2005, with enough time to learn the song for Remembrance Day 2005, The Year of the Veteran.

 

A Google search of “Proud Canadian Soldier” today will show a host of performances and links. My favorite is the performance by MCpl Tammy Shaw with the Governor General’s Foot Guards Regimental Band. It may be the best response I’ve ever received to a letter I’ve written.

The point of the Proud Canadian Soldier Project and Remembrance Day is to remember with gratitude and to honor the sacrifices made by Canadian service men and women past and present. I do.

One of my father’s last requests when he was dying was that I never to forget Remembrance Day, the veterans and the price paid for the freedom’s we all enjoy. “Please make sure you teach my grandchildren (my children) about Remembrance Day too and what it means.” He said.

I’m doing my best dad.

Thank you Jay, Jill, Brian and members of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Wesley Gunderson and the others who supported this project. Finally, thank you everyone who embraced this project and made and gave CD copies of the song to veterans in your community and said thank you to them in person. This is still a good idea.

 

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