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  • Commissioned by Submission with Jaron M. LeGrair: A Voice for God

    in Christianity

    Jaron’s unique voice has influenced his artistry as well as his teaching. As a budding pedagogue specializing in contemporary music styles, his research on The Comparison of Vibrato Between Classical Tenors and Gospel Tenors has been presented in various seminars and classes, including the 2014 Voice Forum at The Ohio State University.

    His quest for further knowledge of the pedagogy of modern singing styles is a result of his upbringing. As a child, he sang soprano in his church’s children’s choir. Even while training in these other styles, Jaron never stopped singing Gospel.

    Currently, he is the only male alto in Ricky Dillard & New Generation Chorale, a Grammy nominated gospel choir based out of Chicago. He has also sung on operatic stages and performed main stage roles like “Mingo" in Porgy & Bess. In addition to his operatic experiences, he has performed in many recitals, concerts, and oratorios including Magnificat in D major by J. S. Bach and Mozart’s Requiem. Jaron has also been a finalist in several national competitions including the Orpheus Vocal Competition and Kentucky Bach Choir’s Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition.

    Unknown to most is Jaron's history of speech and communication difficulties as a child that influenced his development of the speaking voice and care for the professional voice user. His speech was mostly incomprehensible which made it nearly impossible for him to communicate with anyone besides immediate family.

    In addition to his private studio, Jaron serves on the Voice Faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Point Park University and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Akron and a Master of Arts in Voice Pedagogy from The Ohio State University.

  • 00:31

    How to "Lean-In" to Your Fach and Love it !

    in Music

    Most people are unaware that classical singers face many of the same roadeblocks that actors face when it comes to typecasting and stereotypes. Today we take an interesting look at "Fach-isms", vocal stereotypes and you can learn to love it, accept it, work with it, but most importantly "lean in" to it. 

    My guest for today is international operatic sensation, Phillip K. Bullock. Phillip is a native of Washington D. C., has been featured in recitals, concerts, and operas both nationally and internationally. Recently, Mr. Bullock performed the role of Jake in Porgy and Bess at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico. Mr. Bullock has also been seen in performances of Porgy and Bess in Copenhagen, Denmark with the Royal Danish Opera. Other notable operatic performances include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in the Magic Flute, John Brook in Mark Adamo's Little Women, the Marquis D'Obgny in La Traviata, and Jake Wallace in last season's production of La Fanciulla del West with Kentucky Opera. In summer of 2015, in addition to making his debut with Maryland Lyric Opera, Mr. Bullock was the baritone soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with the National Music Festival Orchestra. This upcoming season, as a Young Artist with Kentucky Opera, he can be seen in performances of Verdi’s Macbeth, and various concerts and recitals.

    Would you like to learn more about Phillip? Visit his website!  Visit http://www.phillipbullock.com/


  • 02:00


    in Music

    It would seem that Johnny King came out of nowhere but, in fact, he comes from music royalty. Born in the Bronx, his multi-talented family has given the entertainment world his big sister R&B/Disco Diva Evelyn "Champagne" King. His great Uncle Avon Long is credited with truly discovering Lena Horne and bringing to life the character "Sportin' Life" in Porgy and Bess. His mother and father successfully developed and co-managed musicians and groups. It wasn't unusual for Johnny to come home from school and see famous musicians at his kitchen table. Growing up surrounded by music, he taught himself to play several instruments at a young age. It seems natural that, as his mother said; Johnny would "make his mark on the music world one day".

    With the release of his debut album "All About Me", writer /singer/producer/musician Johnny King intends to carve out his own niche in a market inundated with scores of cookie cutter songs driven by computerized, techno-driven sampled grooves. This album is reminiscent of a time when music was actually made, not programmed. All tracks are written, composed, produced and performed by Johnny King. All of the instruments are recorded live and are all played by Johnny--guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. The lush background harmonies are all Johnny. In fact, there is not another human being on this album. Johnny wanted his debut effort to truly represent who he is--thus the album title and theme "All About Me" was formed. The entire album was recorded by Johnny in his home studio and released under his own record label, Like A Duck Music, LLC.


  • 00:25

    Whirl With Merle

    in Travel

    Just in time for the start of summer, we’re excited to share the return of the 2015 Metropolitan Summer Recital Series to all five boroughs bringing New Yorkers free outdoor concerts from June 15 through June 30. Starring leading Met artists and young rising stars of the Opera World, the series, now in its seventh season, features six free concerts presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation.

    Located at Socrates Sculpture Parks in Queens, soprano Kiri Deonarine, mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson, and baritone John Moore joined by pianist Dan Saunders will perform arias and duets from various operas including Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Samson et Dalila on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Deonarine, Costa-Jackson, Moore and Saunders will also perform three additional recitals in Jackie Robinson Park (Manhattan), Crotona Park (Bronx), and Clove Lakes Park (Staten Island). No tickets are required for this performances. 

    The first two recitals, on June 15 at 8 p.m. at Central Park SummerStage and June 17 at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park, will star soprano Janai Brugger, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and baritone Nathan Gunn, joined again by Saunders. These two recitals will feature arias and duets from a number of operas such as Faust, Carmen, La Bohème, and Porgy and Bess, along with selections from the American Songbook.

    My guests today are Ginger Costa-Jackson and John Moore

  • 01:49

    Evelyn "Champagne" King - Exclusive Interview - Tues, Mar 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm PST

    in Music

    Evelyn "Champagne" King (born July 1, 1960) is an American R&B/Soul, disco and post-disco singer. Some of her best-known songs are "Shame" (1978), "Love Come Down" (1982), and "I'm in Love" (1981).Evelyn King was born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her uncle Avon Long had played the part of Sportin' Life in the first Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess and worked with Lena Horne at the Cotton Club. Her father sang back-up for groups at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

    She was discovered as a young woman while working with her mother at Philadelphia International Records as an office cleaner. Producer Theodore T. Life overheard her singing in a washroom and began coaching her. She was eventually signed to a production deal with Life's Galaxy Productions and a recording contract with RCA Records

    King released her debut album, Smooth Talk, in 1977. It included the song "Shame", which is her only top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9; the song also reached #7 R&B and #8 on the dance chart. The record was eventually certified gold. Another single from that album, "I Don't Know If It's Right", peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 R&B; it would become her second certified gold single. In 1981, the single "I'm in Love" was released from the same-titled album; it reached #1 on the R&B singles chart and dance chart in August of that year; it also peaked at #40 on the pop chart.

  • 02:00

    NiACOM Music Mix Tues Dec 2 @ 8PM with Gospel Recording Artist James Murphy

    in Entertainment

    James Murphy is a young gospel artist whose approach to the gospel music world today is noted as unique and refreshing. His voice has a rich mixture of the urban contemporary gospel and R&B sound, which will delight a multitude of music lovers. His goal is to inspire and uplift those in need of a sincere message. 
    James was provided the opportunity to minister to national and international audiences as he shared the stage with or accompanied A-list gospel artist such as, Donald Lawrence, J. Moss, Jeff Majors, Byron Cage, Coko, DeWayne Woods, Brent Jones, BeBe & CeCe Winans, James Fortune & FIYA. Additionally, James has accompanied first class R&B artist such as, Ledisi, James Ingram, Eddie Levert, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Rowland, Kelly Price, Gerald Levert and many more.
    In 2001, James was awarded a full music scholarship where he attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. As a member and soloist with the celebrated Morgan State University Choir under the direction of the late Dr. Nathan Carter, James traveled the world to entertain enthusiastic supporters. Moreover, James was fortunate to travel to Russia, Prague, Chezk- Republic and Paris, France to perform in different Operas and famed Musicals like "Porgy & Bess" and "All Rise". Most recently he took the stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Academy of Music to perform in the Opera "Margaret Garner" along side Denyce Graves & Gregg Baker. 
    Join me, your Host Leslie Renee, as I interview this phenomenal singer! Call in to take part of our interactive audience....oh and tell a friend!! The Music Mix is where it's at on Tuesday nights!!

  • 01:01

    Music Monday: Annie Lennox - Nostalgia

    in Pop Culture

    Tonight at 8pm ET on Ernest Radio Network, it's Music Monday.

    Who:  Annie Lennox

    What:  Nostalgia

    When:  21.Oct.2014

    Where:  Island

    Memphis In June
    Georgia On My Mind
    I Put A Spell On You
    Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
    I Cover The Waterfront
    Strange Fruit
    God Bless The Child
    You Belong To Me
    September In The Rain
    I Can Dream, Can't I?
    The Nearness Of You
    Mood Indigo

  • 01:30

    Artful Couple Mezzo Soprano Alicia Hall Moran & Jazz Pianist Jason Moran

    in Art

    2010 MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taking pianist and innovator of new directions for jazz.  His awards include Jazz Artist, Jazz Album & Pianist of the Year in the 59th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll; Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Pianist, Rising Star Composer in the 2003-04 Downbeat Critics Polls; and the first Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year award.

    Mr. Moran is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

    Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano, brings diverse influences and passions together in a rich artistic brew.  Ms. Moran played nightly in the stellar ensemble of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, Broadway's 2012 Tony-winner for "Best Musical Revival" and is now playing 'Bess' on the national tour of that musical.

    Ms. Moran was an artist in the genre-busting 2012 Whitney Biennial along with husband, Jason. For the Biennial, Ms. Moran curated the celebrated 26-performance event, BLEED.  This mega-offering juxtaposed new collaborations and inspirational works with a survey of the Morans' past collaborations in the musical and visual arts.  Films incorporating music by the Morans' (films by Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Simone Leigh/Liz Magic Laser) were also featured.  

    Together, the Morans are an artistic force to behold.

  • 00:17

    Rhapsody In Blue: Life of Opera Pioneer Anne Brown

    in Classical Music

    This month is not only the month of love, but we also celebrate the life of African Americans who have made significant contributions to the world. I am very excited that I have been invited by Baltimore National Heritage Area Association  to kick off their Black History Speakers Series at City Hall with The Honorable Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake this Friday. This Episode will give insight to who Anne Wiggins Brown was and how she impacted classical music forever. 

    Listen to Ms. Brown sing  SUMMERTIME

    I also have a few extra goodies to share with you but you have to listen to get the scoop!

    Listen, Learn and Earn a $10.00 Lush Cosmetics E-Gift Card! 
    1. Listen to the Operaluscious Radio show about opera legend Anne Wiggins Brown                               #RhapsodyInBlue

    2. Tweet @BridgettCooper w/ hashtags #MezzoMaven #LushGiftCardGiveAway

    3. Bri will pick a lucky winner on Friday 2/7/14 


    Feel free to tweet of FB me for more details if you have any questions.. 

    Twitter: @bridgettcooper

    Facebook: Bridgette Cooper, Mezzo Soprano


  • 00:31

    Bri talks to Opera Sensation Duane Moody of Three Mo' Tenors about Ego

    in Classical Music

    Join Opera-Luscious Radio as Bri talks to one of the stars of Three Mo' Tenors, Duane Moody. Learn about how performing artists deal with EGO's .....our own and others :) PART 1

    Tenor, Duane A. Moody, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music (Voice) and an instructor and coach with The Levine School of Music has expounded on a career of international proportions for over two decades.  From his international tours as Sportin’ Life in The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess (1999-2005), his off-Broadway engagement with Three Mo’ Tenors (2007), Mr. Moody has always kept vocal beauty talent, through artistry first.   

    DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the guests and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Bri "The Mezzo Maven" Cooper, Operaluscious staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

    Twitter: Duane Moody

  • 02:03

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show: World AIDS Day

    in Art

    This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!

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