When we think about our favorite songs, we tend to think of the artist who sings them. What we don’t think about, however, is the amount of work and people that went into bringing it to life. The way artists have hundreds of people working to create tomorrow’s top hits, it takes just as many to put together a show to honor music and its makers. Today, Branden Chapman, Executive In Charge Of Production and Chief Business Development Officer, shares how he followed his passion for music and how it led to becoming a major executive and producer for the Recording Academy and Grammys.
The 2 things Branden always starts his projects with
The importance of process management and creating a budget timeline
What all goes into making the Grammys a success
The impact gratitude has when working with a team
The Academy and its work in promoting fair wages for those working behind the scenes
How Branden manages his many responsibilities and holds onto his sanity
The most important part that goes into making the Grammys happen
Branden shares his experience of the night Whitney Houston died
Branden’s opinion about the future of the music business
On today’s episode, Andy shares with us the honor of sitting down with renowned Chef Roy Yamaguchi, as he shares his story. Chef Roy shares his experiences from coming to the United States for the first time to attend culinary school, starting his first restaurant in Los Angeles, and finally creating Roy’s in Hawaii.
Listen in as Roy shares with Andy, as well as the rest of us, his passion, his mission, and his hopes for the future.
How HomeEc sparked Roy’s culinary path
The moment he decided to commit to cooking and pursue Culinary school in America
Roy shares his first experience of New York compared to living in Japan
The reason Roy went with his gut on opening his restaurant in Hawaii, when everyone told him not to
What Roy took away from Cheersand the influence that played in creating his restaurant
Roy shares the value of having a team and the importance of everyone having a voice
Why sometimes you’ve got to let ideas marinate
The difference in what makes a great Chef versus what makes a great Cook
How social media has helped Roy personalize his guests’ dining experience
How Roy manages to balance his work and personal life
Simon T. Bailey is no stranger to success, even though he’s quite familiar with failure.
At a young age, Simon was turned down for multiple sports teams-but he didn’t let that stop him.
He left his first college after just one year and moved into a low-income neighborhood. His path took him to a high-level role, which he transitioned away from when it became clear his days as an employee there were numbered.
But in every situation, Simon was constantly searching for a way to use what he was truly passionate about– helping others to discover their inner brilliance.
Simon is unafraid to transform himself, to recognize the need to evolve. He understands this means putting yourself out there and potentially failing.
He spends this episode sharing his experiences and dropping life-changing perspectives on how you can help yourself grow, forgive others, and take responsibility for pursuing your dreams and find success.
About Simon T. Bailey:
Simon T. Bailey helps people discover their inner brilliance. A best-selling author, Success Magazine’s 2018 Top 25, and renowned teacher, Simon has shaped the lives of more than 2 million people in 45 different countries. Simon is one of America’s Top 10 Most-Booked Corporate and Association Speakers and recently was inducted into the National Speaker’s Association Hall of Fame. Whether advising CEOs or speaking at a conference, Simon knows that everyone has the potential to be brilliant. Simon T. Bailey grew up in Buffalo, New York.
What Simon was doing at 8 years old that forecasted his successful career today
Simon’s experience trying out for sports and the impact failure had on him
The surprising and memorable first public speech Simon gave
Simon shares his experience moving by himself into a low-income neighborhood at 19
The 3 questions Simon asked himself that were the catalyst for him to move into his business
How Simon transitioned from a high-level leadership role at Disney to follow his dreams
Why it’s important to have a mentor and how they make a difference
How you can make a tangible impact in your life starting with 15 minutes each day
The benefits of really engaging in therapy, especially for men
Andy met Sifu Matthew in Maui and personally witnessed at least three people being healed. He heals people and helps them heal themselves using principles of science. Sifu has worked with well-known athletes, as can be seen in the video testimonials on his website, and helped them find restorative healing and optimal health.
“I’m not performing miracles. I’m using science.” ~ Sifu Matthew
About Sifu Matthew:
Sifu is a Kung Fu Master, world-renowned healer, athletic performance expert, and founder of The Martial Arts of Wellness. He is a master of understanding the electromagnetic forces of the body in relation to strength, wellness, and performance. He is known for his ability to regenerate body tissues, ligaments, and bones rapidly to activate the healing process. He is called “The Injury Whisperer.”
Sifu currently runs wellness clinics in Los Angeles and provides specialized team programs and individual athlete mentorships worldwide. He lectures and educates athletes, doctors, and executives on understanding the human potential for rapid healing. He runs advanced corporate wellness platforms as well as intensive Executive Warrior Training Camps across the country.
There are fundamental laws and principles that heal our bodies, but we have come to rely on outside sources to try to heal
The example of the stress of birth and the healing process that’s initiated in each newborn baby
The principles are in us and are very scientific; if we allow them, they will work for us
How Sifu began martial arts at age 3, growing up between Brooklyn and Boston as a very high-energy and hyperactive child
The awareness of healing came from these martial arts
Becoming aware of the electromagnetism in another’s body
The definition of electromagnetic field: electricity in motion that every “body” has
The science of the earth, particles, energy, and electromagnetism
A look at the body as a microcosm of the universe
Why the ocean has a calming and healing effect
How we give off minerals when we communicate with each other
Why some people have a greater capacity to “hold a field” and project magnetism
How Sifu affects magnetic fields to facilitate healing
“We always feel things, but we don’t always pay attention to it.”
Why it doesn’t take much bacteria to turn a person’s system inside out
In healing, go back to basics, which is that the body wants to heal itself, but can’t, because the healing code has been overridden by a bad code
Sifu’s host of injuries from martial arts and sports and how he healed himself
The example of a young man’s quick healing and how nerves can regrow
How Sifu heals from a distance
Sifu’s services: working with professional athletes and CEO’s and various programs for everyday people—all geared toward helping people heal themselves and finding their optimal health.
It was a tough show for Rayshun last week, however the good news is that he was able to turn things around big time! And his story behind it is deeply inspirational. Tune in to this special bonus episode where Andy catches up with Rayshun about the last two week’s performances and we also get a little peek into what he’s singing next.
If you haven’t listed to Rayshun’s first interview, make sure you go back and listen – you won’t be disappointed.
Rayshun Lamarr has officially put his voice in the arena– it’s where he’s always known he wants it to be. As a singer since childhood, it would be easy to stay on a relatively safe course as an entertainer and rely on the talent he’s been recognized for since an early age. Instead, Rayshun creates opportunity after opportunity for himself to hone his craft and put himself up against the best.
His first steady gig as a professional singer was with host Andy Kushner with a 10-piece party band called SoundConnection. Weddings were a huge entry point into Rayshun’s experience entertaining crowds on a stage and forging emotional connection live.
His hearty experience on the stage prepared him for successfully auditioning for The Voice, where he is currently competing for the ultimate grand prize. Rayshun’s passion, tenacity, and joy are infectious and will make you want to cheer him on long after his time on The Voice ends.
About Rayshun Lamarr:
Rayshun Lamarr hails from North Carolina and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Influenced by artists like Ella Fitzgerald and John Legend, he attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and grew his musical talent over the years, taking on every opportunity available to sing and perform professionally for the past 13 years. Rayshun is currently competing on Season 14 of The Voice.
Rayshun’s earliest memories of music and singing
The dramatic story of Rayshun singing his very first solo
The moment Rayshun knew he wanted to be a professional singer
What Broadway dream Rayshun held close as an adolescent
How Rayshun’s high school completely ignited his passion for the arts
Rayshun shares his experience auditioning for Andy’s band, SoundConnection
How singing for SoundConnection transformed his music career
Stories of what it’s like to receive criticism in the entertainment industry
Rayshun shares influential advice from his early mentors about staying humble
Rayshun’s traumatic experiences from the day that led to his cancer diagnosis
What motivates Rayshun to keep up his incredible energy on stage
How Rayshun felt as he got ready to sing for his blind audition of The Voice
Rayshun shares what made it difficult to choose between Adam Levine and Alicia Keys as his coach on The Voice
Special insights from Rayshun’s time on The Voice so far, including hints at what’s to come
Ashley Keegan is an extraordinarily intuitive healer. From a young age, she started learning how to view the human body and use natural elements to help others release trauma. She has a lot to say when it comes to fear, our inner physiology and learning to appreciate that less is more.
Ashley also looks closely at what’s around her. After seeing signs in her life that they were destined for the special place Ashley calls “Mother Maui”, she moved out to Maui with her family when her children were babies– a place which has now captivated her and allowed her to grow her practice.
From our cellular memories to listening to the Hawaiian jungle, this episode is full of heart, depth, and– of course– healing.
Ashley grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and began her training at 13 years old with a Cherokee medicine man named Chief Two Trees. Her father is an environmentalist and is passionate about alternative healing. She currently lives on the island of Maui in Hawaii and co-owns a therapeutic business with her husband, John, called Hana Healing Arts.
How Ashley began training with Chief Two Trees, a Cherokee medicine man
Ashley explains what the day-to- day job of a medicine man looks like
An overview of what craniosacral therapy is and how it helps patients
How trauma impacts our physical body at a cellular level
The one fear reflex we all have as humans, and where it originates from
How to empower ourselves to let go of fears through bodywork
Ashley explains what fascia is and its importance in our body
Why less can be more when it comes to therapeutic massage
What a crystal tuning fork is and how it works
How Ashley found herself in Hana, a rainforest region in Maui
The process of getting her business started in Hawaii
Chuck Johnson knew since he was a child that he wanted to be a musician. After persistently nagging his father (who played music in a band during rowdy parties) to teach him how to play, he learned his first 3 chords at 6 years old.
Chuck Johnson probably never imagined his early childhood fascination would turn into a successful career as a prominent member of 3 bands and internationally touring with a jazz legend.
From the ins and outs of forming bands over his career to the way he balanced a job with his musical commitments, Chuck spends this episode sharing stories and providing insight into his wide-ranging career– including playing some live music from his most recent album.
About Chuck Johnson:
Originally from Ferrum, a small rural town in southwest Virgina, Charles “Chuck” Johnson is a guitarist and vocalist for the band TK-421 and Najee. He got his first big break in a variety band called Bananas At Large. In addition to his experience with Bananas At Large and TK-421, Chuck performs occasionally with jazz artists Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber, Will Downing, Maysa, and others.
Chuck’s early musical influences, from family jam sessions to big-time artists
What motivated Chuck’s father to give him a banjo at 12 years old
Who influenced Chuck to veer away from his musical roots of country and bluegrass
When and how Chuck decided to improve his vocal cord care
How Chuck was recruited to join Bananas At Large
What goes through Chuck’s mind during a performance
Chuck hypothesizes on why Bananas At Large became such a huge success
The events that led to Chuck leaving Bananas At Large and forming TK-421
What it was like to perform in music while he was balancing a full-time job
Andy and Chuck reminisce about the cross-over in their musical backgrounds
How Chuck bypassed auditioning and began playing with Najee
Chuck’s tips for learning on the job in brand new situations
What it was like for Chuck to play in front of Stevie Wonder
Chuck shares his love of music by singing and playing a song from TK-421’s latest album
Wombi Rose learns by doing. After recognizing his love for art and engineering, he took on a college experience in a literal shipyard, learning how to engineer large vessels. When he graduated college, he created his own experiences as a consultant in the energy and ship industries worldwide. So naturally, when Wombi got a call from his friend John Wise encouraging him to apply for Harvard and go into business together, Wombi was in. An accepted Harvard application and a trip to Vietnam brought Wombi and John to the inspiration that would eventually become Lovepop– a business that would elevate the pop-up greeting card.
Fast forward to December 2015, when Wombi and John took Lovepop to Shark Tank, beating out nearly 40,000 other applicants. With around $300k in sales in the first 18 months of their business, some wondered why the two entrepreneurs would consider sharing a piece of their business with an outside investor. But as Wombi explains in this episode, Lovepop isn’t just about intricate greeting cards– it’s about making a larger impact. And after successfully securing an investment on Shark Tank, they way their business has quickly transformed is proving him correct.
About Wombi Rose:
Born in Berlin and raised in Pittsburg, Wombi Rose started LovePop with his business partner John Wise in 2014. Wombi attended the Webb Institute for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering before eventually applying for Harvard University and earning his MBA in 2015.
Hear how Wombi turned his love for art and engineering into a lucrative business
Learn where Wombi and John found the inspiration behind Lovepop
Insights from Wombi’s experience building an international production team
The motivation behind putting an already successful business on Shark Tank
How to prepare for pitching on Shark Tank
What not to do as a Shark Tank participant
The biggest tips for Shark Tank participants to be successful
Find out which shark invested in LovePop – (hint: it’s a WONDERFUL match)
Wombi gives advice on choosing the right investor for your business
The importance of customer “happiness” over customer “service”
Colin Cowie is a top designer for all things weddings, as well as galas, charitable events, corporate and destination celebrations. He’s beloved by the likes of Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, Elton John, Michael Jordan, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Aniston, and countless other A-list celebrities.
Since Colin arrived in Los Angeles from Kitzwe, Zambia at the height of apartheid in 1985, his professional life has soared. Colin grew up in a household that constantly entertained friends and family, so when he came to the US, he just started doing the same thing he had always been doing at home in Zambia. While teaching cooking lessons at age 23, he met a woman whose chance encounter soon led to his first wedding assignment for a local bachelor: Hugh Hefner.
Thirty-one years of parties, weddings, and multi-day events later, he’s never created the same event twice.
The degree to which Colin Cowie cares for and personalizes his work is not just unmatched, it’s nearly indescribable, and precisely why he’s consistently relied upon by the most discerning of clientele. He learns everything there is to know about his clients, over hors-d’oeuvres and champagne, until the event he crafts (and the journey on which he takes his clients to get there) is not just perfectly tailored, but permanently unique. When he isn’t designing weddings and Fortune 500 parties, Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball or Guinness Book of World Records-breaking pyrotechnic shows abroad, Colin works as “creator-director” for elite brands like NetJets, Dom Perignon, and Bergdorf Goodman; even private islands.
Idyllic as Colin’s life may sound, and so often is, he and Andy extend their conversation today beyond the exclusive glamour of the luxury events industry to the unseen challenges once faced in the midst of the great recession, Colin’s daily routines (from meditation and “I am” statements to nightcaps), professional strategies, and the critical value of humility and gratitude.
Beef jerky and Jaegermeister aren’t things you normally associate with Colin – hear his story about both.
Delivering babies? Yep, Colin’s done that too.
Even at the top of his game, Colin Cowie wasn’t immune from a crisis – hear how he lost 80% of his income almost overnight.
Learn how Colin feels about his employees leaving to start their own business.
Colin’s philosophy behind what he charges for his services.
Learn about Colin’s multiple streams of income and his recommendations for you to create them too.