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In Memoriam: Legendary Singer Kenny Rogers Dead at 81
1 week ago

In Memoriam: Legendary Singer Kenny Rogers Dead at 81

Legendary singer Kenny Rogers is dead at 81 of natural causes. RIP.
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Rocker Chants Billy Never Idles in NYC Environmental Campaign
1 month ago

Rocker Chants Billy Never Idles in NYC Environmental Campaign

“Billy never idles, Billy never idles” chants legendary Rocker Billy Idol, who lends his name to NYC in a new campaign to prevent air pollution. NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Idol announced the “The War on Idling” campaign at a rally in front of City Hall this week. The environmental initiative will run throughout the [...]
L’aissez Les Bons Temps Rouler: Quote of the Week
1 month ago

L’aissez Les Bons Temps Rouler: Quote of the Week

L'aissez les bon temps roulez is the Socially Sparked® quote of the week. Mardi Gras 2020 is in high gear through this coming Tuesday, February 25th. Known as Fat Tuesday -- this fitting expression truly captures the essence of one that is Socially Sparked! Through my travels to New Orleans over the last few weeks, I [...]
This Land is Your Land at 80 Still Made for You and Me
1 month ago

This Land is Your Land at 80 Still Made for You and Me

Folk singer songwriter Woody Guthrie’s legendary song ‘This Land Is Your Land’ is still made for you and me as the anthem turns 80 on February 23rd. The folk hero and his timeless song have Socially Sparked® our lives since 1940. There have been many renditions over the decades of Woody’s unofficial classic anthem since [...]
GUN VIOLENCE TRAGEDY SPARKS MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE
1 month ago

GUN VIOLENCE TRAGEDY SPARKS MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE

It took just six minutes two years ago for 17 students and staff to be murdered at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The impact of this senseless gun violence tragedy reverberated across the Nation and sparked a movement to end gun violence. The country and the world will never forget what [...]
The Ultimate Music Love-In Full of Roots
2 months ago

The Ultimate Music Love-In Full of Roots

The ultimate music love-in fest is full of roots and called Folk Alliance International. This year in New Orleans, the music conference opened with a clear theme defining what Folk Music is all about and why it’s Socially Sparked® our lives. It’s all about the roots of people and place as the 32nd annual Folk [...]
Remembering Legendary Bassist Jim Rodford (1941-2018)
2 months ago

Remembering Legendary Bassist Jim Rodford (1941-2018)

EPILOGUE Remembering the legendary bassist Jim Rodford today. Jim Rodford died on January 20, 2018, months after our Socially Sparked® Spotlight Interview was first published for Father's Day 2017. His death was sudden due to a fall down the stairs; days after a performance. Socially Sparked News spotlight feature with the legendary bassist for The Zombies, [...]
The Power of Music Sees the Light of Day
2 months ago

The Power of Music Sees the Light of Day

The Light of Day Foundation and its quest to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease and the Parkinsonisms (ALS and PSP) begins with the power of music. The power of music to heal is a given. The power of music to raise awareness and funds for a cause -- in this case, for debilitating neuro-degenerative [...]
Next Generation Leader Maiah Wynne
3 months ago

Next Generation Leader Maiah Wynne

Next generation leader Maiah Wynne is a Gen Xer to watch as she adds her spark to the world. At the youthful age of 19, this young woman Gen Xer is an accomplished singer, songwriter, activist and mentor that has already Socially Sparked® our lives. Socially Sparked News first featured Maiah in 2017 and identified [...]
Gangstagrass Front Man Rench Top Socially Sparked Moments
3 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 [...]
December 10th Shines Blue for Human Rights Day
4 months ago

December 10th Shines Blue for Human Rights Day

December 10th shines blue for International Human Rights Day. The observance is held annually across the globe to mark the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year’s theme is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights” -- chosen by the United Nations High Commissioner for [...]
Remembering John Lennon 1940-1980
4 months ago

Remembering John Lennon 1940-1980

Rembering John Lennon today 1940 - 1980. Thirty nine years ago on that fateful day of December 8th, we lost music legend John Lennon to senseless gun violence when he was brutally shot and killed in front of his residence at The Dakota in New York City. John Lennon, 1940 - 1980. Photo taken off [...]
Recording Academy Reveals Grammy® Nominees
4 months ago

Recording Academy Reveals Grammy® Nominees

The Recording Academy® reveals Grammy nominees for the 62nd Grammy® Awards live on CBS This Morning. This year's nominees reflect a melting pot of artistic innovation that defined the year in music and have Socially Sparked® our lives. The big reveal starts the countdown to music's biggest night®.  Recording Academy President/CEO, Deborah Dugan, Academy Chair [...]
Grammy Nominees Announcement Sparks Countdown
4 months ago

Grammy Nominees Announcement Sparks Countdown

GRAMMY® nominees announcement sparks the countdown to music's biggest night -- The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. It all starts tomorrow when the Recording Academy® joined by CBS host Gayle King and returning Awards host, 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer and global superstar Alicia Keys, reveal this year's nominees live on CBS This Morning at 8:20am, [...]
Back to the Harlem Future thru the Lens
5 months ago

Back to the Harlem Future thru the Lens

Back to the Harlem Future thru the lens. Actually, thru the double lens. You read it right. The First Annual Double Lens: Harlem Doc Fest kicks-off tonight at legendary uptown venue Harlem Stage. The free weekend-long festival runs thru Sunday, November 17th. It's presented in association with The Documentary Forum at The City College of [...]
Music Salutes Military & Veterans Trending Big
5 months ago

Music Salutes Military & Veterans Trending Big

Music salutes military and veterans is trending big now as 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. We take a look back to our feature from 2017 in [...]
Let There Be Music Sweet Emerging Music Says Mondo NYC
5 months ago

Let There Be Music Sweet Emerging Music Says Mondo NYC

Let there be music, sweet emerging music says Mondo NYC at its fourth annual music and tech conference. This year’s outing took place by day in Brooklyn at The Williamsburg Hotel featuring inspiring speakers, panels and breakout sessions; by night, in music venues throughout lower Manhattan and Brooklyn showcasing emerging artists. EMERGING ARTISTS FROM AROUND [...]
Music’s Political and Social Impact
5 months ago

Music’s Political and Social Impact

Music’s political and social impact penetrates loudly today as it has in years past. Recent conversations coming out of this month's Mondo.NYC music and tech conference echo this philosophy at heightened decimal levels. "Music has the ability to shape perceptions among what is visible, thinkable and understandable," -- Rev. Al Sharpton MUSIC & POLITICS: A [...]
Mondo NYC Ignites Sparks in Hip Williamsburg
6 months ago

Mondo NYC Ignites Sparks in Hip Williamsburg

Mondo NYC ignites sparks in hip Williamsburg this week from October 15 thru 18.  The Brooklyn conference brings emerging music and frontier technology center stage mixed in with fireside chats, over 100 panels, workshops and, of course, music showcases laced throughout the big Apple and Brooklyn. Mondo NYC will be held daytime at the Williamsburg [...]