The Stay Amazing Show
Episode 77: Happiness with Kimi Donahue

Episode 77: Happiness with Kimi Donahue

June 23, 2022

Kimi Donahue is multi talented and knows no limits. Besides being a very successful businesswoman, she also is an abstract artist, singer in various bands and does it all with a "All In" attitude. Being busy with all her various interests and careers gives her happiness and purpose in her life.

We discuss where Kimi finds the energy to do all the things he is involved with. We also discuss having the right environment and people around you, the importance of having coaches for all aspects of your life, how art and especially music are her passions, inner strength, perspective, building your network, her Tourette's syndrome story, discipline and much more.

Kimi is energetic, positive and inspiring.

Visit Kimi's art website here: https://www.artsykimiko.com/

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Episode 76: Jobs to Be Done Strategies with Ruth Hartt

Episode 76: Jobs to Be Done Strategies with Ruth Hartt

May 5, 2022

With a distinguished career in classical music and Opera as a singer and vocal coach, Ruth Hartt has witnessed the struggles those organizations face to retain and grow their audiences. Ruth is also the the Chief of Staff for the Christensen Institute, a non profit, non partisan think tank. Ruth has used this knowledge to help classical music businesses grow through the Jobs To Be Done methodology.

"People don't buy because of who they are. People buy because of who they want to become."

In classical music especially, much of the marketing data doesn't address what causes people to purchase tickets to an event. The data can be confusing. Jobs to Be Done focuses on their motivation, the experience, clients want to have. 

It's a fascinating universal theory that any organization, non profit, small business can utilize. Ruth calls it "Space To Breathe" marketing. Find out more about Ruth on her blog: https://www.cultureforhire.com/ . A huge resource for all arts administrators, artists and all businesses.

 

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Episode 75: Symphony Conductor Sarah Hicks

Episode 75: Symphony Conductor Sarah Hicks

April 27, 2022

Sarah Hicks is a multi faceted, influential and versatile conductor who is always exploring new ways to bring a unique concert experience to both the musicians and the audience. She not only has lead orchestras all over the world but has also crossed classical music with different music genres to create a third art form.

Sarah also enjoys conducting the 'Live to Film' concert events. These are challenging major production events where an orchestra plays live to a film. Some past events include performing live to films such as Harry Potter, Return Of The Jedi, Toy Story, Coco and more. Sarah was also chosen to conduct the orchestra for Sting's "Symphonicities" tour and has worked with a variety of other non classical musicians.

She also gives back to the music community by helping young musicians expand their musical knowledge and for all lovers of music through 'Edutainment'. Above all Sarah is committed to bringing joy and inspiration by connecting humanity though her music.

Sarah Hicks is truly one of the most "Amazing Women In Music"!

Learn more about Sarah on her site: https://www.sarahhicksconductor.com/ and her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SarahHicksConductor/videos

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Episode 74: So What’s Your Story? with Ricardo

Episode 74: So What’s Your Story? with Ricardo

April 7, 2022

In this mini-episode, Ricardo gives his thoughts on the importance of sharing your life story with the world. There is much to be learned by everyone once you realize that your life experiences and knowledge can impact someone you've never met or dreamed of knowing.

The Stay Amazing Show is about giving great storytellers the platform to share those stories and for the listener to be inspired by them. Words are powerful and storytelling has a purpose. We need more human connection now more than ever. And the value in one's story can create change and  grow self confidence. We all have the ability and the responsibility to inspire others with our words.

Your voice, your story are your weapons of choice. Use them wisely and never ever let them be taken away.

So...What's your story??

 

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Episode 73: Musicians For The World

Episode 73: Musicians For The World

April 1, 2022

Musicians for The World is a non-profit organization that provides music lessons to music students in vulnerable communities around the world. The organization was founded by classical musicians Jesus Saenz and Kelly McGarry in May 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic!

Through their connections with other musicians, many of whom were out of work during that time, they were able to begin virtual classes in Africa, South and Central America, Asia and the Caribbean. Now they have partnered with teachers throughout those areas for live interactive classes. They provide weekly classes on performing, composition and a bi-weekly masterclass series.

The results have been nothing short of Amazing, with over 300 students and teachers taking part in the program. And the program is expanding due to it's success. Musicians For The World just started a GoFundMe program to send 24 music teachers to Peru for live classes. They will also perform in communities where there is no access to music learning resources. To contribute to this cause visit their GoFundMe page: https://bit.ly/3tZvHPl

Music is the universal language and with the vision of Musicians For The World, they are creating the next generation of musicians. Learn more about their mission on their site: https://www.musiciansfortheworld.org/

 

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Episode 72: Master Keyboardist and Composer Joey Navarro

Episode 72: Master Keyboardist and Composer Joey Navarro

March 24, 2022

Keyboardist and composer Joey Navarro has been a musical force not only in Arizona but in Los Angeles as well. He stated getting into music art age six when he received his first toy organ. Joey grew up with music all around him and soon was learning how to play organ by listening to his families records.

One of his early influences was the group El Chicano. He was drawn to the way organist Bobby Espinoza played. He continued his studies and soon started playing in various bands around the Phoenix area. By his early 20's, he secured a record deal and released his first album, "On The Rocks". Later, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue better opportunities and immediately stared working with some of the best musical talent around. Including El Chicano! The band that first started his interest in music back home in Tolleson.

Joey continues to front his own group, Navarro, still performs live and in recording sessions, composes, arranges and teaches at Los Angeles College of Music. In 2021 he released a film about his life, "iRide - A Musical Journey". And on March 10th of this year, Joey received a Legislative Proclamation from the State of Arizona for his contribution to music!

In this episode, Joey shares stories of the people in his life who recognized his talent and have helped him throughout his career. He also shares his knowledge  for younger musicians to learn from. Learn more about Joey on his website: https://joeynavarromusic.com/

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Episode 71: Drummer Extraordinare Gina Osmar

Episode 71: Drummer Extraordinare Gina Osmar

March 17, 2022

At just 22 years of age, drummer Gina Osmar has become a much sought after artist for recordings and live performances. Her parents discovered her talents at age three as Gina banged away on coffee cans in a make believe drum set. They noticed her ability to create rhythms and not just noise. By age seven, she was performing with her church band and by age eleven she was in Nashville recording drum tracks for a country artist.

It was then that Gina realized that being a musician was what she wanted to do as a career. She recorded videos of her playing that went viral on YouTube and soon she received endorsement deals from various musical instrument companies as well as being featured in drum magazines. She has also performed on the main stage at the annual NAMM show in front of thousands of music industry professionals and recently at the SXSW convention.

Gina is self taught and has an outstanding ear for creating the perfect drum pattern for whatever song she is asked to perform. Gina also plays bass, guitar and piano which help her expand her creativity as a musician. She also teaches drums and is the music director for her church worship services. Throughout this conversation you'll hear her passion and enthusiasm for playing music and the devotion to her faith as she continues her musical journey.

Yes, she's still young, but first impressions can be deceiving. This young lady is talented, experienced and rocks with the best of them. Find out more on her site: https://ginagdrums.com/

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Episode 70: J.V. Collier and Rene Camacho -  Life Of A Working Musician

Episode 70: J.V. Collier and Rene Camacho - Life Of A Working Musician

March 10, 2022

JV Collier and Rene Camacho are two of the most respected, in demand bassists on the music scene today. While JV was already established in Los Angeles, he met Rene more than 25 years ago in Tucson, Arizona and soon after moving to Los Angeles began working non-stop.

They have performed and recorded with a who's who of musical talent. Everyone from Bruce Hornsby, Gladys Knight, Celia Cruz, WAR, The Funk Brothers, Kevin Eubanks, the Pointer Sisters, Draco Rosa, Herbie Hancock, Juan Gabriel, Oscar Hernandez as well as various television shows and soundtrack recordings.

This conversation is like a master class to what the present day musician needs to know to survive the industry. If you're just starting your music career you'll find the insights that JV and Rene offer to be extremely valuable. They share details on how to work with producers, different bands, constantly improving as a musician, networking and some amazing road stories.

We had a blast recording this episode. It's a rather long episode, but stick with us. It's well worth the knowledge and the laughs from two of the best.

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Episode 69: Felicia Farerre - Vocalist, Composer and The ”Epic Women” Project

Episode 69: Felicia Farerre - Vocalist, Composer and The ”Epic Women” Project

February 17, 2022

Felicia Farerre's talent for singing was first noticed by her father at a very young age. With his encouragement, she began to study voice, She discovered her talent for writing lyrics, poetry at a young age also. Her growth as a musician continued by working in bands like the Taliesin Orchestra, learning to 'copy' the style of other vocalists that lead to her finding her own voice.

Felicia's journey to "finding her voice" lead to her writing the book, "Real Singers Don't Sing"; a no-nonsense approach to effectively improve the sound and performance of your voice. Felicia is passionate about teaching singers how to discover their true voice and master it.

She has received awards for best female vocalist, written lyrics and melodies for a multitude of projects, collaborated with incredible composers and producers and has released her own music. Her last solo project was 2020's "In The Company Of Angels". An album based on the book, "The Female Archangels"

Her newest project is an ambitious album, "Epic Women - A Sheros Journey." A sonic journey based on the twelve steps of 'The Hero's Journey" by Joseph Campbell. Felicia brought together many of epic music's best female composers and performers to bring awareness to female musicians and to appreciate their contribution to music. It will also help the Children of Ethiopia Education Fund, COEEF, as some of the proceeds from the album will go toward that cause.

Felicia is passionate about music and how it affects the human heart and spirit.

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Episode 68: Coach and Catalyst Selena Reames

Episode 68: Coach and Catalyst Selena Reames

February 10, 2022

We always like to feature guests with expertise that focuses on mindset, clarity, energy, purpose, human connection and bringing our the Amazingness in us all.

Selena Reames speaks and coaches at the intersection of human potential, consciousness, mindset,neuroscience, creativity and leadership. She is dedicated to supporting emerging leaders, change makers and innovators into their fullest expression of human potential and expression. Selena uses her own life experiences to help her clients achieve their fullest potential.

In this episode Selena shares how we as humans can have a deeper more impactful human connection with ourselves and the world we live in. We discuss the power of gratitude, how to shift your mindset, "Unlearning", the future of the workplace, how life's disruptions bring clarity to our lives, healing through sound frequency and her goal of transforming the lives of ten million people.

It's a conversation we can all learn from to continue to Stay Amazing!

Learn more about Selena's work and her free mini training on "3 Keys To Master Your Mindset" here: https://linktr.ee/selenareames

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