Scott Stapp's artistic and personal journey have encompassed all the talent and torment imaginable in scaling to musical success. The founding member of Creed chronicled his questions, his quest for answers, and his dreams from faith to fatherhood in chart topping hits, "My Own Prison," "Higher," and "With Arms Wide Open," which dominated the sonic landscape of the 90s-2000s. His soul-piercing lyrics backed by thundering rock riffs garnered a Grammy award, and countless other accolades of creativity and chart domination, not to mention legions of fans, who felt a kindred spirit in his honesty. Creed has sold over 53 million albums worldwide.
Creed toured extensively through its reign atop rock music, but for Scott, the musical machinery to keep the show going meant some terrible personal cost, as he sunk into depths of depression, and periods of erratic behavior that was later to be revealed as undiagnosed bipolar disorder, prompting self-medication that turned to addictive behaviors. His creativity, passion, and desire to be transparent in his struggle never waned, and were evident on his debut solo album, The Great Divide (2005), the Full Circle album from a "rebirthed" Creed in 2009, several tours, his starkly revealing memoir, Sinner's Creed (2012), and his highly-acclaimed second solo album, Proof of Life, in 2013, which brought Scott's first number one song on the Christian charts.
Dr. Ed Calle Florida Music Awards Hall of Fame Inductee2019 - Performing with Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Peter Graves Orchestra and the Florida Music Awards All Star Jam Band 18. 2015 Latin Grammy Winner for Best Instrumental Album Five-time Grammy Nominee.
Dr. Ed Calle can be heard on more than 1,200 albums, almost 9,000 singles, and countless movie and television soundtracks both as a soloist, sideman, composer, arranger, conductor, and producer. He appears on Grammy-award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Juan Luis Guerra, Arturo Sandoval, Juanes, Vicky Carr, Gloria Estefan, and Jon Secada. Calle has also recorded and performed around the world with music royalty including Phil Ramone, Tom Dowd, Carlos Santana, Eddie Money, Greg Allman, Emilio Estefan, Chick Corea, Michael and Randy Brecker, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Poncho Sanchez, Willy Chirino, John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Shakira, The Temptations,The Four Tops, The Spinners, Barry Gibb, Oscar D'Leon, Lenny Kravitz, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Gloria Estefan, Diego Torres, Julio Iglesias, David Bisbal, Michael Bolton, Will to Power, Luis Enrique, Bob James, Bobby Caldwell, Frankie Valli, Extreme, the Pet Shop Boys, George Clinton, Albita, Placido Domingo, Roberto Carlos, Ricky Martin, Busta Rhyme, JLo, Chayanne, and Vanessa Williams just to name a few.
Calle's television work includes an almost decade-long stint as saxophonist in the Sabado Gigante orchestra and appearances as a soloist with various artists on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, the Grammy® Awards, and a host of international, national, and regional television programs and specials. Dr. Ed Calle is a Latin Grammy Award winner for Best Instrumental Album (2015) with Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue and a five-time Grammy nominee. In addition to earning the 2015 Best Instrumental Album Latin Grammy® for Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue, Calle also garnered a 2014 Latin Grammy nomination and 2015 Grammy nomination as a member of the Afro-Cuban Funk Super group PALO for their album PALO! Live. Among his many solo recordings, Ed Calle Plays Santana earned a Latin Grammy® nomination in 2005. In the Zone features original jazz compositions and jazz standards and earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2007. His 2015 Latin Grammy winning solo release Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue, is an Afro-Cuban jazz orchestral spectacular featuring more than 115 of the most influential jazz and studio musicians in the history of South Florida. The first studio record by the World Music 5, America, features chamber jazz orchestrations of original and classic music from the Americas with an allstar quintet that includes Negroni's Trio and violinist Federico Britos. Exploring the duo realm with his longtime friend and colleague Jose Negroni, Calle is also featured on the Latin Grammy Award nominated 2015 Sony Records release Negroni +9. 2015 Latin Grammy Winner for Best Instrumental Album Five-time Grammy Nominee 2015 - Best Professor MDC overall - faculty awards.org 2014 - United Teachers of Dade Champion of Education Entertainment and the Arts 2013 - King of Carnival Miami website: edcalle.com Miami Herald article on Ed Calle
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There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument, and even fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both. In 1976, Jaco’s melodic “singing” bass style redefined the role of the bass in modern music. Almost overnight, critics hailed Jaco Pastorius as “the future of modern music,” alongside popular visionaries like David Bowie, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, and Herbie Hancock. Driven only by his own desire to create the music he wanted to hear, Jaco transformed himself from a poor and unknown, scrappy Florida boy, into an international sensation — all without any formal musical training. Instead of chasing popular music, Jaco led his fans towards the music inside him. Defiantly jumping off amplifiers, heaving his bass through the air, and refusing to be just a “sideman,” Jaco broke down the barriers between audiences and genres. Unfortunately, for many of our most sensitive artists, great genius comes at great cost… and Jaco Pastorius was no exception. Now over 25plus years since his violent and untimely death, his story will teach the world about true musicianship, family, and the indestructible power of the human spirit.
BIO by Jason Ankeny - ALL MUSIC Hailing from Coral Springs, Florida, punk-pop band New Found Glory were formed in mid-1997 by vocalist Jordan Pundik, bassist Ian Grushka, drummer Joe Moreno (replaced by longtime drummer Cyrus Bolooki after the band's first release), and guitarists Chad Gilbert (previously the vocalist for Shai Hulud) and Steve Klein. Having recently graduated from high school, the bandmates wasted little time amassing a cult following, eventually rising to the upper tier of punk-pop music alongside Good Charlotte, Saves the Day, and other Warped Tour-affiliated bands.
Renowned for their energetic live shows, A New Found Glory toured up and down the East Coast in the late '90s, selling out the entire pressing of their 1997 debut EP, It's All About the Girls, along the way. (The EP was released by Fiddler Records, which later reissued Girls with new cover art in 2003.) The full-length debut effort Nothing Gold Can Stay followed in 1999 on Drive -Thru Records, and the album was reissued later that year when A New Found Glory signed a major-label contract with MCA. Another EP, 2000's From the Screen to Your Stereo, found the boys tackling a number of cover songs; the disc also paved the way for the release of the band's first gold-selling album, the self-titled New Found Glory, which appeared later that year. The latter album marked the official debut of the band's new moniker, which dropped the indefinite article A from their original name.
A high-profile tour with blink-182, an opening slot on the Warped Tour, and an appearance in the teen flick American Pie 2 helped increase New Found Glory's exposure, and they stepped back into the studio at the end of 2001 to work on a follow-up record.
The results of those recording sessions were released in the summer of 2002 as Sticks and Stones. Propelled by the hit single "My Friends Over You," New Found Glory snagged a headlining spot for the 2002 Warped Tour and watched their album climb to gold certification. After the tour and its resulting hype, the band then reentered the studio with a newfound restlessness. The result, issued in May 2004, was Catalyst, which found their sugary punk-pop steeped in new influences ranging from hardcore to thrash to new wave. The concert DVD This Disaster: Live in London appeared later that year, documenting the band's strength as a live act.
Catalyst peaked at number three on Billboard's Top 200 and eventually went gold, propelled in part by the success of "All Downhill from Here." Hooking up with producer Thom Panunzio (Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty), New Found Glory released their mature fifth full-length, Coming Home, in September 2006. As before, they immediately hit the road in support of the album, adhering to a lengthy schedule of headlining dates throughout the U.S. and U.K. with the Early November and Cartel in tow. The second edition of From the Screen to Your Stereo arrived in 2007, featuring pop-punk covers of songs like Lisa Loeb's "Stay" and Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me." The group then joined the roster at Epitaph Records and set to work on a new album, Not Without a Fight, with blink-182's Mark Hoppus in the producer's seat. Two years later, New Found Glory went back to working with producer Neal Avron, who had worked with them on Sticks and Stones and Catalyst, for their seventh album, Radiosurgery.
Kill It Live, a live album that also featured a trio of new studio tracks, arrived in 2013. Also in 2013, the band parted ways with guitarist Klein after he was charged with several counts of lewd acts with underage girls. However, rather than replace Klein, the remaining bandmembers decided to continue on as a four-piece with Gilbert handling all the guitar duties. In 2014, the four-member New Found Glory delivered Resurrection, which found them diving into their punk roots with a renewed sense of purpose. The album was re-released in 2015 as Resurrection: Ascension, featuring two new studio tracks and a reworked version of "Vicious" with Paramore's Hayley Williams. In 2017, New Found Glory celebrated their 20th anniversary with the release of their ninth album, Makes Me Sick, and a tour during which they would play several of their best-loved albums in their entireties. Makes Me Sick featured the singles "Happy Being Miserable" and "Party on Apocalypse."
Blues Image, Iron Butterfly, Cactus, Guitarist for Alice Cooper and more.
Mike Pinera founded Blues Image in Tampa in 1966 Blues Image moved to Miami in 1968, where they were instrumental in helping promoters form the most innovative music venue in South Florida, 'Thee Image'. The rich in talent Blues Image became the house band at the club, which featured bands like Cream, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Paige, Blood, Sweat and Tears… In the summer of 1970, Pinera wrote, sang, and recorded for the world the classic rock hit “Ride Captain Ride”, after being highly pressured to write a hit song or the band faced dire circumstances. The song rode to the top of the charts and has remained popular since. However, shortly after their commercial success the band drifted apart and went on to new projects. The highly talented members of Blues Image went on to become parts of other major rock bands. Manuel "Manny" Bertematti later played and recorded with New Cactus Band and toured with Iron Butterfly, Chi Coltrane, and Bobby Womack. Konte joined Three Dog Night, and Joe Lala played with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Lala's percussion work also figures prominently on the Stephen Stills/Chris Hillman led group, Manassas. Kent Henry played lead guitar with Steppenwolf prior to their break-up in 1972. Pinera left Blues Image to become lead singer of the psychedelic rock group Iron Butterfly, along with his prominent guitar he had instant fame riding this time with a global hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” More hits would follow for Pinera and company as the stage became larger. Artist’s such as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin catapulted their fame as opening acts for Iron Butterfly. Pinera was at the epicenter and pinnacle of the music world--sharing in the association royalty of rock artists during this dynamic era of pop culture. Other notable Pinera feats include being lead guitarist for Alice Cooper from 1980 to 1982, and the famed Guitar Duel Of the Century with Ted Nugent--who remains one of his best friends. He also recorded multiple solo albums and charted with the single “Goodnight My Love.” Most recently he founded the Classic Rock All-Stars, a nostalgia-driven live attraction of notable musicians that are playing their history of classic rock staples to large appreciative audiences throughout America these days. Mike Pinera Website
David Frangioni is a renowned audiophile consultant, recording engineer, studio installer, drummer, producer and technologist. His love of music started at two-years-old and he began performing gigs as a drummer with rock bands at the age of 12 around Boston, his hometown. At that time, David was solely focused on playing but he followed the trends in drumming to stay cutting-edge. Since the future of drumming was in technology, in essence, he ended up discovering an incredible passion by accident... He was bitten by the technology bug! Word of mouth spread about David’s electronic endeavors and this talented kid of 16 started his own MIDI consulting business. He even got himself an 800 number to consult and design MIDI systems in New England. As referrals grew, so did his depth of knowledge for other types of technology with the instruments and equipment necessary for making music. A big break in his career happened when the band Aerosmith brought him into their camp as their in-house engineer/technologist starting in 1989, continuing through 2002. He never looked back and subsequently worked on dozens of projects with the band including multiple albums, technology for their tours, videos and arcade games, the theme song for the Spider-Man animated television series with Joe Perry and much more.
Working in Florida began in 1994 and he moved here permanently in 1996, residing in South Florida ever since. During his entire 33-plus year career, David focused on honing his skills to stay ahead of technology. Over the past several years he started the Frangioni Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to engage, teach, inspire, heal, and enrich lives through the power of music, technology, faith, and drumming. One of David’s many passion projects is HIT THE DEC - Drum Experience Center featuring original stage-played drum sets from famous drummers. Youth will be able to learn, play and be inspired on actual celebrity-owned, iconic equipment with famous drummers performing clinics and presentations, along with private events on behalf of Frangioni Foundation.
Throughout his career, David has written for and been featured in dozens of magazines, consulted with industry icons such as Head Monster Noel Lee (Monster Products) and worked with hundreds of artists (in addition to Aerosmith) including the Stones, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Sting, Bryan Adams, Journey, Styx, Shakira, Rascal Flatts, Ozzy Osbourne, and Chick Corea. He is a recipient of many gold and platinum albums as technical consultant, engineer, and/or programmer.
As published author of 3 books in 4 countries, contributor and/or Board Member to charities such as Irie Foundation & Musicians On Call, CEO & co-founder of Artist Development firm All Access IDA, CEO and founder of ground-breaking technology company Audio One (his company has built hundreds of home & pro technology/sound installations), Co-Founder of ProToolsTraining.com, Co-Creator of 5 Best-Selling Drum Loop/Sample libraries, David Frangioni is a modern day “Renaissance Man.”
David will be inducted into the Florida Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2019 for his vast accomplishments and contribution to the state of Florida entertainment industry.
Samuel David Moore is an American Southern soul and rhythm & blues (R&B) singer, who was the tenor vocalist for the soul vocal duo Sam & Dave from 1961 to 1981. Sam Moore is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame (for "Soul Man"), the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Award and a multi-Gold Record award-winning recording artist. Sam & Dave were the most successful and critically acclaimed duo in soul music history. Moore has also achieved a distinguished 25-year career as a solo performing and recording artist. In 2008, based on a poll of other musicians, Rolling Stone named Sam Moore one of the 100 greatest singers of the rock era (1950s-2008)
PETER GRAVES - The Peter Graves Orchestra Florida Music Awards Hall of Fame Inductee2019 – 6 Super Bowl Appearences – Orchestra leader/Conductor behind the Gibb Brothers Peter Graves is considered by many as one of the best and most nationally known bandleaders in Florida. Having started his professional career playing on the Jackie Gleason television series, then moving on to lead his own orchestras beginning in 1969 performing at the Newport Beach Resort and continuing as a mainstay in the South Florida entertainment circles for over 30 years.
The year 1971 brought Graves and the band to Joe Namath's Bachelor's III in Fort Lauderdale for a five year engagement that featured performances with Mel Torme, the Temptations, Lou Rawls, the Four Tops and countless other nationally known artists.
In 1976, the Peter Graves Orchestra opened the inaugural season at the Sunrise Musical Theatre with such notable performers as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Shirley Bassey, Henry Mancini, Dionne Warwick, and George Benson. Frank Sinatra enjoyed working with the orchestra so much that he used the orchestra for his engagements in the southeast U.S. for 20 years. From 1977 to 1996, the Peter Graves Orchestra performed with Sinatra from Florida to Texas, New Orleans and Atlanta, including three Super Bowl concert performances.
Mr. Graves and members of the orchestra toured and recorded with the Bee Gees since 1976 and have received 6 platinum albums and numerous platinum and gold singles for their work with the Brothers Gibb over the years. Other artists the orchestra has toured with include Julio Iglesias, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lou Rawls and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
In addition, Mr. Graves has received a platinum album for his arranging and performing on the Barbra Streisand album "Guilty". Other award winning albums include "Monkey Grip Glue" by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, "Firefall" by Firefall, "Heartbreaker" by Dionne Warwick, "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb, "Right Place, Wrong Time" by Dr. John, "Islands In The Stream" by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton and many others.
In 2005, Peter Graves was the lead arranger and conductor on the Barbra Streisand / Barry Gibb collaboration "Guilty Pleasures", which was released in August 2005. In September it debuted at #5 on the charts, and by October had been certified a Gold Album with sales of over 500,000 records.
Currently, Peter Graves is Darius Rucker's conductor and musical director on his solo dates with the Darius Rucker Big Band when Darius is not performing as a solo country artist or as the lead singer with the ever popular Hootie & The Blowfish.
Graves and his orchestra have also performed for the NFL at six SuperBowls with headline acts such as Frank Sinatra, Kool & The Gang and the Four Tops, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. During the first nationwide tour of "Phantom Of The Opera", the Peter Graves Orchestra was chosen as the pit orchestra.