As many of you know, I also host and produce a weekly show called Get the FUNK Out! Wanted to share my latest show promo that will begin airing on KUCI 88.9fm during our new fall quarter starting soon! Get the FUNK Out features stories of inspiration and change while riding this crazy roller coaster ride called life!
On Thursday, June 14, I had a very special guest on the MOMz Rock the House Show -- Nita Whitaker LaFontaine! Nita is a renowned Singer and Wife of Voiceover King Don LaFontaine. We chatted about her new book, Finding My Voice: My Journey through Grief to Grace—Living with the Loss of Don LaFontaine. The book offers a never-before-seen look at what life with Don was really like, and what she endured following his death. Hers is a tale that is as universal as it is personal as she exposes the raw pain that follows any kind of loss.
For more information about Nita, please visit http://www.nitawhitaker.com/
You can listen to the entire interview below:
About Arlene Kole
Arlene and her husband Bill Kole have been together for over 30 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1992, Arlene worked 3 jobs and sang sessions, nightclubs and weddings while Bill got their music business up and running. They truly embody the American dream as their hard work has manifested as a successful production business and commercial studio.
Arlene Kole graduated the vocal program at the prestigious Grant McEwan College jazz school in Edmonton, Canada. She has sung hundreds of sessions for television, records, and commercials. In the late 80’s she had the honor of seeing a composition penned by herself and husband Bill performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (of Procal Harem fame). Arlene embarked on her solo career in 2006 and her 2008 debut CD has been met with critical acclaim as has her live show.
In her relatively short singer songwriter career, Arlene Kole has made a tremendous impact on the singer songwriter scene. In fact, the December 2009 issue of Music Connection Magazine named Arlene in their HOT 100 list of the top live acts in the nation. Art of the Song, the nationally syndicated radio program featured Arlene and her debut album in a one hour show that they say is their most responded to and successful show to date. Viv Nesbitt, co-host says:
“We simply weren’t prepared for what we received in the mail. Arlene Kole’s debut CD “One Day” stopped us in our tracks. The lyrics, the arrangements and instrumentation are amazing, but it is the voice that grabs your heart with the gentle firmness of an artist, mother, bombshell blonde and says “Listen, I have something to say. Brilliantly produced by her husband, Bill Kole supports with elegant production and astounding lyrics. This team is non-stop musicality and heart.
"One Day" chronicles the life of a wife, parent, and the eventual plight of us all: growing older in a society that prizes youth. Most importantly, as the title implies, Arlene sends an inspiring message of hope to those who have given up on their dreams, whatever the reason. The dedication on her record says it all:
"This music is dedicated to women everywhere. To wives, mothers and girls like me…those seeking to redefine themselves while being told that their best years are behind them. To all who have dreamed of “one day…” This is that day. This is one day."
Arlene’s second release features her family and the strong musical support of Jim Rolfe & Wyatt Stone. As stated on the CD liner “The funny thing about this record...it was originally a collection of songs that we performed life. However, with the addition of Wyatt it started taking on an interesting life of its own. With now four lead vocalists, a beautiful instrumental song from Jimmy and a couple of cover tunes, this album has truly earned the moniker “Odds & Ends.”
Arlene & The Koles believe that the heart of a society is reflected in the value they place on art. Your support is what allows them and other artists to continue creating and bringing a quality experience to the venues they play and the music they create.
Please support your local arts programs and LAWIM for there “Young Talent Night Program” so that children and teens have the opportunity of discovering the joy of creating and expressing themselves through the arts. Art nourishes the soul while inspiring us all to see the good in the world and in ourselves.
Encourage art. Buy art. Support your local artists and arts programs.
Arlene Kole & The Koles music is available on itunes, CD Baby, Reverbnation, and the website at www.arlenekolemusic.com
My featured guest on tomorrow's MOMz Rock the House Show, airing at 12noon on OC Talk Radio, is "Green Queen" Michelle Carroll EcoTent Coordinator of WorldFest Events coming up this weekend!
Worldfest is a project of Towards Freedom, a 501c3 organization
On my show today at 12noon on OC Talk Radio, an event recap of Guard A Heart's South Central Gardening project - interviews with Guard A Heart and Aviir staff, Red Eye, Inc. and some great conversations with the kids! Such an amazing day! I thought I would share : ) 12noon on OC Talk Radio - streaming live on www.octalkradio.net
When the world told them they couldn’t play, they did it anyway! Just interviewed Director Judy Chaikin who directed THE GIRLS in the BAND, a Feature Documentary showing at the Newport Beach Film Festival! Can't wait to see this film! An Artist Tribe/One Step Production Producer/Director - Judy Chaikin Executive Producer - Michael Greene Co-Producer - Hugh Hefner SYNOPSIS They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kow-towed to the club owners and smiled at the customers…and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 20's to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continue today to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.
Great show today on OC Talk Radio today at noon! I featured my red carpet coverage of the Ms. America Gala Dinner at the prestigious Anaheim White House Dinner in Anaheim, California with the Guard A Heart Foundation, charity of choice. Plus keynote speeches by Dr. Douglas Harrington CEO of Aviir Heart Laboratories and Dr Bahar Sedarti, plus interviews with Lora Thomas of Kyani, Gina Waggener of Guard A Heart, and Executive Director of Guard A Heart Estrella Harrington. All today at 12noon pst on OC TALK RADIO - streaming live on www.octalkradio.net.
Aviir participated in the "Go for Red Women Fashion Show " event in downtown LA as part of LA Style fashion week. This week's show highlights some of the red carpet interviews, plus time talking with Estrella Harrington of Guard A Heart Foundation, Doug Harrington of Aviir, and Dina Scaglione, Marketing Communications Manager of Aviir.
If you missed this week's episode of MOMz Rock the House with special guest Laura Roppe, you can listen on the player below.
On this week's MOMz Rock the House Show airing on OC Talk Radio (Thursday at 12noon pst and on 90.1f. KBPK (Saturday at 10pm pst), special guest Laura Roppe, author of ROCKING the PINK, joins me! Laura is a singer/songwriter, mother/wife, and former attorney from San Diego, California, who only recently decided to follow her dreams in earnest. She is a true testament to the power of purs...uing your dreams even when faced with the unimaginable. She switched careers after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer in 2008-2009 and since then, she's been unstoppable. Roppé emerged from her breast cancer treatments just in time to walk the red carpet at the 2009 Los Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood, where she won the award for “Song of the Year.” In 2011, following the release of Roppé’s second album, I’m Still Here, which she wrote during her cancer treatments, Billboard Magazine ranked her #5 on their “Best of 2011” year-end chart of the top fifty emerging artists in the world. One of her music videos also surpassed 1,000,000 hits on Youtube.
Rocking the Pink: Finding Myself on the Other Side of Cancer (March 2012/ Seal Press/ $17.00) has been endorsed by Robin Roberts, Jack Black, and many others.
Be sure to check out the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5zDQeDS3kE
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