Monday, October 18

Pop & Singer Songwriter

Artists that are popular in the pop world or emerging in pop, singer/songwriter or folk.

(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 305):  Founding CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL/COSMO’S VAULT member DOUG CLIFFORD
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 305): Founding CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL/COSMO’S VAULT member DOUG CLIFFORD

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6PpD6NchbUQmIkpXAmjpT9?si=-hpEUAe_RO227uU3essqfQ&dl_branch=1 Contributor's Note:  Founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival/Cosmo's Vault frontman Doug Clifford joined The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 305th episode via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, they discussed the goosebump moments in his career as well as the special project he did with the late great Steve Wright of The Greg Kihn Band. We discussed how CCR got together and what led to the future collaboration with Steven Wright of The Greg Kihn Band. This project of Clifford/Wright includes Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band), Jimmy Lyon (Eddie Money) and Joe Satriani, plus keyboard players Tim Gorman (The Who) and Pat Mosca (Greg Kihn Band). After holding auditio...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 293):  MJ SONGSTRESS
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 293): MJ SONGSTRESS

Contributor's Note:  MJ Songstress appeared on The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 293rd episode via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, they talk about the goosebump moments in her music, including in her song "Carousel."  MJ Songstress was also on Team Usher and a top 20 finisher on the sixth season of "The Voice" was also a finalist on Televisa's "La Voz Mexico."  She's also worked with Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean and A.B. Quintanilla and Los Kumbia All-Starz.  They also talk about music growing up and how Michael Jackson influenced her music.  Fans can find MJ Songstress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can find The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their official website. Fans ...
(The Don’s Hit with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 287):  TARRALYN RAMSEY
Pop & Singer Songwriter, The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz

(The Don’s Hit with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 287): TARRALYN RAMSEY

Contributor's Note:  Pop/gospel/r&b/singer-songwriter Tarralyn Ramsey joined The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 287th episode via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, they all pour through the goosebump moments in her singing and in her music.  They talk about her blind audition on the first season of The Voice and her audition on X Factor.  Tarralyn has songs that speak of a higher love and a greater purpose in Jesus Christ such as "I'm Okay", "I'll Take Your Trouble" and her latest single "Jesus We Need You", which is definitely appropriate given the times of social and civil unrest in America and the uncertainty that we all faced during the Covid pandemic.  Her music is soul-stirring, emotional and offers encouragement and peace to the listener.  Fans ...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 285):  WILLA AMAI
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 285): WILLA AMAI

Contributor's Note:  Singer-songwriter sensation Willa Amai appeared on the 285th episode of The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, Willa Amai discusses her debut album "I Can Go To Bed Whenever" and how it's a poignant album title that doesn't reflect on her teenage rebellion but she overcame a mental health concern in regards to her childhood anxiety over falling asleep.  Willa is such a coveted guest and a perfect fit on the Madness To Creation website as she is an active participant on the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  For example, her single "Too Close" deals with claustrophobia, which you can check out below.  Fans can find Willa Amai on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Fans can find The Don's Hit List with The Don ...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 272):  MAIA SHARP
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 272): MAIA SHARP

Contributor's Note:  Nashville-based singer/songwriter Maia Sharp joins The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 272nd episode via FAB Radio International.  On May 7th, Maia Sharp released her album entitled "Mercy Rising", which includes the track "You'll Know Who Knows You."  The aforementioned track premiered on American Songwriter.  Maia has written songs for Cher, Bonnie Raitt, Edwin McCain, The Chicks, Lisa Loeb and Trisha Yearwood.  Fans can find Maia Sharp on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and her official website.  Here is what they discussed: 8:35- "When The World Doesn't End"- They go through the song and worst-case scenarios in the event if the world does come to an end. 14:58- "Backburner"- detailed breakdown reminiscent of Squeeze 20:40- "You'll Know...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 269):  JOHN MCEUEN(NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND)
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 269): JOHN MCEUEN(NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND)

Contributor's Note:  John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame joined The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 269th episode via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, John discussed the story behind how "The Dogs Are In The Woods" came about.  It turns out John Carter Cash called up John McEuen to discuss some of the unfinished poems written by Johnny Cash and John Carter Cash wanted to see if he could turn them into songs.  John McEuen said, "I just became a cowriter with Johnny Cash." They also discuss the relationship he has with comedian Steve Martin.  They worked together at the Magic Shop in Disneyland for three years.  They would both play the banjo together and Steve would write his famous song "King Tut" and had John and the band perform it with him. ...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 268):  BRIGITTE DEMEYER
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 268): BRIGITTE DEMEYER

Contributor's Note:  Folk/singer-songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer joins The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 268th episode via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, Brigitte discusses her latest album "Seeker", which is available now on all digital streaming platforms. We start the show with Track 3: “Salt of the Earth” from her album “Seeker”.      3:54 -  Track 1:  “All the Blue”. Inspired by needing to uplift a very hardworking cowboy friend. “High cotton” refers to the wealthy and privileged, and is a Southernism, used here for those who don’t necessarily know what it’s like to struggle.  The moment from 2:36 - 2:59 has a bass note hit here that is incredible  Victor Krause is the bass player. We also discuss the intro bass parts that begin the s...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 267):  NATALIE D NAPOLEON
Pop & Singer Songwriter, The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz

(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 267): NATALIE D NAPOLEON

Contributor's Note:  Australian folk/singer-songwriter Natalie D Napoleon joins The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 267th episode via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, Natalie discusses the songs from her album "You Wanted To Be The Shore But Instead You Were The Sea." We start the show with the track “Thunder Rumor”.   Natalie talks about having writers block but when she sat on the front porch of an one hundred year old California college and the songs started pouring out.   Natalie talks about being an Australian who was heavily influenced by Americana folk.  She also talks about growing up on a farm    5:42 - We talk about her song “Wildflowers” and go to the 2:09 - 3:09 mark of the track.  We talk about the Freya Phillps (Daughter of ...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 254):  SABRINA FALLAH
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 254): SABRINA FALLAH

Contributor's Note:  Sabrina Fallah joins The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 254th episode via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, Sabrina talks about mental health awareness, her music and how she's influenced by Joan Jett and Hole.  Here is the breakdown of the episode: 0:00 - We introduce Sabrina to the show where she is from Ottawa, ON and we discuss the song we played in the intro called “The Frontline”.   This song has a Joan Jett vibe to it.   “In life, when you try to succeed in something, your friends may not be very supportive...I wrote the song going for your dream even if it means losing your old friends as may meet new friends along the way but never stop doing what you love.  Just keep climbing. If you want to achieve something in life yo...