An adoptee who grew up in a family of eleven in Florida, this singer/songwriter was a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter pilot in Iraq and has gone on to a career in country music in Nashville highlighted by playing at the recent CMA Fest and opening for the likes of George Jones, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, and Trace Adkins.
Having gotten listeners from over 125 countries around the world and extensive media coverage ranging from iHeartRadio to the CBS-TV affiliate in Tampa, major daily newspapers, and more, "Now Hear This Entertainment" features interviews with guests who are having success in the entertainment business, with the content presented in a way that not only entertains fans of that guest and fans of good music interviews in general, but in a manner that educates musicians, singers, songwriters – entertainers who want to learn from those who are being interviewed each week by Bruce Wawrzyniak, president of Now Hear This, Inc. The guests come from a wide array of genres and locales.
There is also a segment called "Bruce's Bonus" in the middle of each episode, where Wawrzyniak "takes off (his) hat as podcast host and puts on (his) hat as president of Now Hear This, Inc., giving a helpful tip for the listeners that are musicians, singers, songwriters - entertainers who are out there, trying hard to make a go of it."
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Texas-based singer/songwriter who has overcome drug and alcohol addictions and quintuple bypass surgery to release 10 CDs, a book, and get song placement on an ABC Family show and SiriusXM, and now he’s developing a reality TV show. He talks about all this plus playing at the House of Blues in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and more.
Blues Hall of Famer, drummer, and radio show host who has played behind artists ranging from Bryan Adams to members of The Who, Kiss, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more, and recorded with members of The Cult and Heart, among others.
With 30 years in the radio business, this episode’s guest provides do’s & don’ts for up-and-coming artists (and even shares a marketing highlight), all while telling first-hand dealings with the likes of Rush, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Kiss, Garth Brooks, and even MLB and NHL players.
He has performed in 32 countries, gets radio airplay, has released 16 albums, and is a veteran blues man who sings, songwrites, and plays guitar and harmonica. The conversation brings out some of his highlights as well as some lessons learned from being in the business and on the road so long.
What qualifies this guy to host this podcast every week and speak to the music business? What are his credentials and who are all these guests that he has been talking to over the first 14 episodes? The Now Hear This president creates a teaching opportunity from this episode’s scheduled guest canceling at the last minute and also answers the questions posed in this paragraph and uses his insights and experience to give out several tips along the way. (NOTE: opening song is by Shawna P, closing song is by Lindsay McCaul)
Her music has been heard on two ABC-TV shows and another on the CW, as well as on SiriusXM. John Mayer called her music, “Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.” She has shared the stage with Paula Cole and Shawn Colvin, to name just two. She talks about all that, plus attending Berklee College of Music, moving to Nashville, the dramatic shift in her songwriting craft over the last month, and much more.
A singer/songwriter who has just signed a publishing deal and is about to release her newest album as well as go on a long tour in Alaska. Among her countless live shows, she has played at CMA Fest.
A writer of almost 3,000 songs, he is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and, as a performer, opened for the likes of the Charlie Daniels Band, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, and Restless Heart. A longtime Nashville resident, he has worked with Frankie Ballard – who just had a song go to #1 – as well as Steel Magnolia and The Kinleys. Great lessons for up-and-comers on this episode!
Currently on tour with Brandon Heath and Mandisa, she has previously toured with Casting Crowns and Matthew West. Her song “Take My Hand” was featured in an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC. Her new album is close to being released. She talks about all this as well as how she was led to it from what line of work she thought she was supposed to go into.