Vocal Spotlight on the Dave Koz Radio Show

Vocal Spotlight
This Week On the Dave Koz Radio Show

September 1st and 2nd

Special Guests:

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RON ISLEY

"I think this record's gonna make some history," Ronald Isley says of This Song Is for You, his first new album in three years and his eOne Music debut. "I wanted every song on it to sound like it could be a single. That's what we set out to do, and I think we did it. " Indeed, This Song Is for You finds the veteran artist turning his iconic, instantly identifiable voice—one of the most distinctive and soulful in contemporary music—towards 13 sleek, sexy slices of state-of-the-art R&B that address matters of love, romance and passion with the same effortless eloquence that's won Isley his reputation as one of the most skillful singers of our time.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST

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MELISSA MANCHESTER

Grammy Award-winning artist Melissa Manchester was born in New York where her father was a bassoonist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and her mother was one of the first women to design and found her own clothing firm, Ruth Manchester Ltd. They introduced her to all the classics, and by the age of 15, Melissa was already a published poet. After graduating from the High School of the Performing Arts (where she studied acting), Melissa entered New York University and enrolled in a songwriting class taught by Paul Simon. She landed a staff writing job at Chappell Music and performed as a solo singer/pianist in the clubs of Greenwich Village, where she met Bette Midler and Barry Manilow.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST

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MICHAEL MCDONALD

With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late '70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. He initially essayed his signature style with the Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group's most popular period with hits like "What a Fool Believes" and "Taking It to the Streets.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST

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MARIAH CAREY

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and eighteen Billboard #1 singles (seventeen self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST

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DIANA KRALL

With her pre-bop piano style and cool but sensual singing, Diana Krall took the jazz world by storm in the late '90s. By the turn of the century she was firmly established as one of the biggest sellers in jazz. Her 1996 album, All for You, was a Nat King Cole tribute that showed the singer/pianist's roots, and she had great success in that traditional-minded mode before branching out into other styles in the 2010s. Krall got her musical education when she was growing up in Nanaimo, British Columbia, from the classical piano lessons she began at age four and in her high school jazz band, but mostly from her father, a stride piano player with an extensive record collection.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST

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