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Berry Gordy - Founder of Motown Records

Is there one person who you can say truly paved the path ahead for you in your own life and career?

In 1959, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in Detroit using a small loan from his family. Over the years, the label grew from a family operation with a garage studio into a groundbreaking, barrier shattering, multi-platinum selling community of songwriters, artists, musicians, engineers, and businesspeople including the Funk Brothers, Four Tops, Temptations, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Smokey…Read more
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Reginald Torian (Lead Singer of The Impressions)

When I met Reginald Torian, Sr., I was in a difficult place. I had grown up idolizing and internalizing the music of the Four Tops, and had entered my sixth year of working with them, starting as their archivist and eventually touring full time as their drummer and musical director. However, the sparkle-eyed blind love of the music had started to be replaced with a wariness of the future. How would I make a living in my post-Four Tops career? Could I continue solely making music full time, professionally…

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Earth Wind and Fire - Sitting In at Sound Check

I was in high school - there was a drummer / percussionist living in my hometown right outside of Cleveland who is a legend. Jamie Haddad, who had toured playing with artists including Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding, Carly Simon, as well as countless legends in the realms of Jazz and World Music, was taking new students. Since I was considering pursuing a degree in music at either Berklee or NYU (I ended up at NYU), I was taking time during my junior year of high school to prepare for an audition. Jamie was…

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