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Recording Academy’s new Chief DEI Officer wants to amplify underserved communities in the music industry

Nzinga “Zing” Shaw says that her new position is not just a job but a way of life. By Allison Joyner The organization that brings you the Grammys has hired Nzinga “Zing” Shaw as their new Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer.  The Recording Academy, which recognizes achievements in the music industry worldwide, began […]

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Music Heals: A Celebration of Grady with big-name Georgia artists

By Hannah E. Jones The Grady Health Foundation, in partnership with Georgia Music Accord and WSB-TV, is bringing its leaders and some of the state’s most recognized musicians right to your living room.  Music Heals: A Celebration of Grady will feature presentations about Grady and its mission, along with performances from CeeLo Green, the Indigo […]

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Atlanta Music Project kicks off 12th year of fostering next generation of musicians

When walking into a packed stadium, you’re usually making your way through the throngs of people to find your seat. But for the choir students at the Atlanta Music Project (AMP), the folks in the crowd aren’t your fellow attendees but your audience. The young singers are prepped for the biggest concert of their blossoming […]

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‘Hearts Beat Loud’ – a minor miracle of a movie about a father-daughter musical duo

Heartfelt and, yes, heartwarming (aaarrgh, what a buzzkill word!!), “Hearts Beat Loud” reminds us there is life at the movies beyond dinosaurs and third-rate “Star Wars” one-offs.

It’s a small, smart picture about a father and daughter beautifully played by Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) and KIersey Clemons (“Flatliners,” “Transparent”).

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25th reunion show of Morning X reminds Atlanta of what we’ve lost

Oh the memories.

Cumulus Radio and 99X decided to tease us last week by reuniting Barnes, Leslie and Jimmy for a one-time-only Morning X show on Oct. 26 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the show began.

Listening to Steve Barnes, Leslie Fram and Jimmy Baron for the better part of the commercial-free six hour show (extended two hours for the reunion) was like encountering friends you had not heard from in over a decade, and yet it felt as though no time had passed.

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At Beatles v. Stones, the anchoring power of music and memory

Living in uncertain times, we’re all looking for anchors. Nostalgia is a powerful one, as is music and lending a helping hand.

Friday night, more than 800 people showed up in Midtown to hear 13 bands who tried to recreate the time of peace, love and understanding known as the 1960s through the songs of two iconic bands: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The music of these bands is now timeless, but in its day it was revolutionary, and the gray heads in the audience may have flashbacked like I did to a time when rock first moved us and when some of us sought to move others.

Beatles vs. Stones reminded me of my own altruistic early rocker roots in Staunton, Va. I played with a hastily assembled band called Ravenscroft in my first gig in a church basement.

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Rolling Stones’ Chuck Leavell’s Moment happened 40 years ago … Could it have been Ladies’ Night?

By Chris Schroder

Chuck Leavell leads a musical life that most guys would trade everything to have – playing keyboards for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton the Allman Brothers and later next month with John Mayer – but his Moment was one all the ladies will love.

Now at age 59, looking back on all that rock ‘n’ roll, Chuck really wants to talk about his true loves: his wife, family and his deep abiding care for the environment, support for which he is spending an increasing amount of his time and treasure.