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All things Music that Socially Spark our lives. Rock ‘n Roll, Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop, Rap, Reggae, Pop, Country, Blue Grass, Indie Rock, Punk, EDM and Classical.

Third Time’s a Charm for France Rocks NYC
3 months ago

Third Time’s a Charm for France Rocks NYC

The third time’s a charm for France Rocks NYC, a summer music festival that brings the best of French produced music to NYC. The third annual France Rocks Summerfest kicks-off this weekend in New York City and runs through July 5. France Rocks founder Michele Amar tells us what to expect and how the music [...]
Music Takes Over NYC in June – New York Music Month
3 months ago

Music Takes Over NYC in June – New York Music Month

By  •  Music, New York
Music takes over NYC in June with the return of New York Music Month (NYMM). New Yorkers and tourists alike are sure to find an event to whet their musical tastes with a slew of events, concerts and festivals from indie rock and pop; classic rock, blues and jazz, to rap and hip hop – [...]
Power of Music to Melt Hostilities: Quote of the Week
3 months ago

Power of Music to Melt Hostilities: Quote of the Week

The power of music to melt hostilities is the message of The Socially Sparked Quote of the Week by internationally renowned American pianist Byron Janis. “Music has the power to make allies out of enemies” -- Byron Janis, world renowned American Pianist These words stem from Janis' first-hand experience performing in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) [...]
Voicing What Comes Naturally: Spotlight Artist Roger Thomas
3 months ago

Voicing What Comes Naturally: Spotlight Artist Roger Thomas

Roger Thomas sets it straight – when you break down his Vocal Play Group -– Naturally 7 -- it’s simply voicing what comes naturally. The Musical Director and MC recently took five from his American Tour to share his thoughts on all things Roger Thomas, family, Naturally 7, music and social change. Roger Thomas, musical [...]
Jazz Day Closes April Sparks Worldwide
4 months ago

Jazz Day Closes April Sparks Worldwide

International Jazz Day closes April Sparks with celebrations in over 190 countries from around the world. This year's global host city is St. Petersberg, Russia, which will lead the festivities with a series of educational and outreach programs that culminate in an all-star global concert at the historic Mariinsky Theatre. The concert will be streamed [...]
Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff Heats Up New York
4 months ago

Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff Heats Up New York

Jazz Songstress Spider Saloff heats up New York City and environs this weekend with two sizzling hot cabaret shows. The Socially Sparked spotlight artist and award-winning sultry jazz and cabaret talent brings her trademark Spider's spin on the music of Irving Berlin and Peggy Lee to Long Island's Tilles Center on Saturday and New York [...]
On Harmony by Norman Granz: Quote of the Week
5 months ago

On Harmony by Norman Granz: Quote of the Week

On Harmony by jazz impresario Norman Granz (1918 - 2001) is this week's Socially Sparked Quote of the Week. Known as one of the most influential producers of the 20th century jazz scene, Granz is equally recognized for his activism for civil rights and equality within the industry and beyond. "Jazz is America's own. It [...]
Scott Sharrard & Friends Live from NYC’s Irving Plaza
5 months ago

Scott Sharrard & Friends Live from NYC’s Irving Plaza

Scott Sharrard & Friends live from NYC's Irving Plaza brought down the house last night. Dubbed the 'secret show' orchestrated by Grammy-nominee Sharrard, (former musical director/guitarist/vocalist of The Gregg Allman Band) the concert was part tribute to the late Gregg Allman and his final Grammy-nominated album Southern Blood and part celebration of the 47th anniversary [...]
Vocal Group Raise Their Voices for Social Change
6 months ago

Vocal Group Raise Their Voices for Social Change

Vocal group Naturally 7 raise their voices for social change simultaneously creating beautiful harmonies and messages. The New York City-based group offers artistically innovative and feel-good sounds to convey emotion and stir action in what they coin ‘vocal play’. “In vocal play, you have to truly believe that that instrument is right in front of [...]
Full Live Stream Ahead for 60th Annual Grammy Awards
7 months ago

Full Live Stream Ahead for 60th Annual Grammy Awards

Full live stream ahead for The 60th annual GRAMMY Awards® and all the action leading up to tonight's live broadcast from New York's Madison Square Garden. James Cordon hosts the live telecast on the CBS Television Network tonight at 7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT) and Paul Shaffer hosts the Premiere Ceremony. Both ceremonies can be [...]
NYC Red Carpet Ready for Grammys® Return
7 months ago

NYC Red Carpet Ready for Grammys® Return

NYC is red carpet ready for the GRAMMYS® return this week. It's been 15 years since the Recording Academy™ last brought the Grammy Awards® to New York and the Big Apple is ready to be Socially Sparked® once again. A fitting finale to JanArtsNYC, GRAMMY Week brings thousands of industry professionals, artists, producers, creatives and [...]
Legendary Zombies Bassist Jim Rodford is Dead
7 months ago

Legendary Zombies Bassist Jim Rodford is Dead

Legendary Zombies bassist Jim Rodford (Kinks, Argent) is dead (July 1941 - January 20, 2018). Rodford, a featured Socially Sparked News Spotlight story -- was an incredible musician, loving husband and father and stand-up all-around guy. We at Socially Sparked News are truly saddened by this sudden news. Rodford had a steller 2017 -- a [...]
Spotlight Artist Katie Down Shares Top Socially Sparked Moments 2017
8 months ago

Spotlight Artist Katie Down Shares Top Socially Sparked Moments 2017

Spotlight Artist Katie Down shares her top Socially Sparked Moments of 2017. Throughout December, we revisit our Spotlight Artists and ask them to share what Socially Sparked® their lives this year. Katie Down Multi-instrumentalist, creative arts therapist/educator and music education advocate Katie Down is today’s modern woman Trailblazer. Amongst her many trails, she is The [...]
SPIDER SALOFF’S TOP SOCIALLY SPARKED MOMENTS 2017
8 months ago

SPIDER SALOFF’S TOP SOCIALLY SPARKED MOMENTS 2017

Spider Saloff reveals her top three Socially Sparked moments of 2017. Throughout December, we revisit our Spotlight Artists and ask them to share what Socially Sparked® their lives this year. 2017 Bistro Award-Winner Spider Saloff. (c) Socially Sparked News, LLC Modern jazz songstress, multiple award-winner and 2017 Bistro Award-winner Spider Saloff has been entertaining audiences [...]
Music Salutes to Military & Veterans Trending Big
8 months ago

Music Salutes to Military & Veterans Trending Big

By  •  Music, Advocacy
Music salutes honoring military and veterans is trending big in 2017, especially before the end of the year. The common thread -- to raise awareness and funds for our veterans -- while each musical effort is for varying charitable factions of the whole. There are a flurry of benefit concerts and albums devoted to our [...]
SPOTLIGHT ARTIST ELIOT LEWIS’ TOP SOCIALLY SPARKED® MOMENTS 2017
8 months ago

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST ELIOT LEWIS’ TOP SOCIALLY SPARKED® MOMENTS 2017

Spotlight Artist Eliot Lewis shares his top Socially Sparked® moments of 2017. Throughout December, we revisit our Spotlight Artists and ask them to share what Socially Sparked® their lives this year. Eliot Live Shows. Rockwood Music Hall. Photo: Socially Sparked News, LLC Multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis was Born to Rock. A member of Rock and Roll [...]
Gangstagrass Front Man Rench’ Top Socially Sparked Moments
8 months ago

Gangstagrass Front Man Rench’ Top Socially Sparked Moments

Gangstagrass front man Rench reveals his top three Socially Sparked® moments of 2017. Throughout December, we revisit our Spotlight Artists and ask them to share what Socially Sparked® their lives this year. Emmy-nominated, Billboard Charting, singer/songwriter and activist, Rench -- also known as the producer and front man for bluegrass/hiphop ensemble Gangstagrass - has had [...]
Spotlight Artist Tinsley Ellis’ Top Socially Sparked® Moments
8 months ago

Spotlight Artist Tinsley Ellis’ Top Socially Sparked® Moments

Socially Sparked News’ Spotlight Artist Tinsley Ellis reveals his top three Socially Sparked® moments of 2017. Throughout December, we revisit our Spotlight Artists and ask them to share what Socially Sparked® their lives this year. The self-proclaimed Southern Blues-Rocker with Georgia Roots is one of the busiest musicians around, on the road an average of [...]
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals 2018 Inductees
8 months ago

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals 2018 Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reveals the 2018 inductees today. Congratulations go to fan vote faves Bon Jovi and The Cars, and Dire Straits, Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be inducted as part of the Hall’s Early Influences Wing. The official inductee ceremony will take place in Cleveland [...]
Gangstagrass Reveals Pocket Full of Fire Tour & New Live Album
8 months ago

Gangstagrass Reveals Pocket Full of Fire Tour & New Live Album

Gangstagrass reveals its 2018 'Pocket Full of Fire’ Tour and planned live album today to Socially Sparked News. The Bluegrass/HipHop Ensemble will be recording a brand new live album from the tour in 2018 (working title Pocket Full of Fire). Expect the live album to be released late 2018 or early 2019. The critically-acclaimed Gangstagrass [...]
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