Special Guests

  • Rob Mathes — Emmy-Winning, Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominated Arranger/Composer, Music Producer/Director and Singer/Songwriter
    (We tried to make Rob’s bio shorter but the guy was an expert witness for the Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial - COME ON!)
    Rob has produced recordings by Sting (his last 3 records), Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Beth Hart, Vanessa Williams, Bettye LaVette, Matthew Morrison and the band Panic at The Disco. He is an Emmy winner for his yearly music direction of the Kennedy Center Honors for CBS and he arranged and was music director on Sting’s world tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He musically directed HBO’s We Are One - Obama Inauguration Concert at the Lincoln Memorial featuring Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, John Legend, U2, Beyonce and others and has been the musical director for the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame Awards for the past 15 years. He has performed on the Grammys with Bruce Springsteen in 2012 and done the orchestral arrangements for his last two records (Wrecking Ball and High Hopes). Bruce personally requested MusicCares to hire Rob as Music Director of his Grammy week Person Of The Year tribute in 2013 featuring, among others, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello and Ben Harper. This year Rob musically directed two evenings for the David Lynch Foundation including a Spring concert in LA featuring Moby, The Flaming Lips, Lykke Li and Angelo Badalamenti and another concert at Carnegie Hall in November featuring Katy Perry, Angelique Kidjo, Jim James and Sting. Rob musically directed the concert for Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden in September featuring Jennifer Hudson, Tony winner Kelli O’Hara, Gloria Estefan and others and has been the musical director of the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame show in NYC for 14 years.

    As an arranger Rob has written orchestrations and conducted for a number of stars all over the stylistic spectrum from Elton John, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, and Tim McGraw to Lou Reed, Mavis Staples, Jay Z, Lenny Kravitz, Sade, Eric Clapton, Avril Lavigne, Beck, Aretha Franklin, Hall and Oates, Harry Connick Jr., Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly, Christina Perri, Butch Walker, and Mariah Carey, also working with Classical artists such as Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt and Yo Yo Ma. His arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner for the 2013 Super Bowl for Renée Fleming was universally praised and will be published by Hal Leonard this year. His arrangement of Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin for Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson), performed at the Kennedy Center Honors has been watched over 17 million times on YouTube. He arranged “You’ll Never Walk Alone” for The Three Tenors-Live In Paris CD and was the arranger and guitarist on the last six Pavarotti and Friends concerts held each year in Modena, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti’s hometown. Many of these collaborations came from Rob’s longtime relationship with his mentor, legendary producer Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra among many, many others). Rob arranged Crazy Love for Van Morrison and Ray Charles on Ray’s Genius Loves Company, the Grammy winning Album Of The Year of 2004, produced by Phil.

    As a composer, Grammy-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin commissioned Rob to write a score based on Gershwin themes called “Gershwiniana” for The Los Angeles Philharmonic. His “A Standing Ground: Concertino For Orchestra” was premiered by The Nashville Symphony conducted by Slatkin in 2009. He was nominated for a Best Original Score Emmy twice, for the HBO movie Thurgood, starring Lawrence Fishburne, and the HBO documentary Herblock. His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Oleta Adams, Aaron Neville, The Rascal Flatts, David Sanborn, Wynonna Judd and Vanessa Williams among others. He co-wrote a number of songs with Sting for his most recent album The Last Ship (featuring songs written for Sting’s first musical).

    Rob was the guest artist for The 2000 Boston Pops National Christmas Tour and, at the same time, PBS televised Rob’s Christmas special featuring Michael McDonald, Vanessa Williams, David Sanborn, and the late great Ossie Davis. His Pop record "Evening Train" came out in 2003. He then released a double CD “Orchestral Songs” in 2008 featuring settings of Poetry by William Carlos Williams, Yeats and others recorded at Abbey Road with members of the London Symphony. He just released a new record called “Flesh and Spirit” (2014) and musically supervised and orchestrated Sting’s Broadway show The Last Ship, for which he was nominated for both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award.

    Rob is an alumnus of Berklee College Of Music and studied counterpoint, harmony and orchestration for many years with Composer Myron Fink (SUNY-Purchase, Hunter College). His parents were both graduates of Yale School Of Music. (Show off!)

  • Dr. Jeffrey Long — Author Of God And The Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience
    Based on the largest scientific near-death experience (NDE) study in history, involving 4,000 people from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions, including non-believers, God and the Afterlife (co-written with Paul Perry) presents startling evidence that a Supreme Being exists—and there is amazing consistency about what God is like. In his New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife, Dr. Jeffrey Long showed us that there is a strong scientific case for life after death. In his new book he goes further, revealing evidence that indeed God is real. At the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Dr. Long studied the stories of thousands of people who have journeyed to the afterlife. Many near-death experiences describe an encounter with God during a close brush with death. Those having these NDEs come from all walks of life, including physicians, scientists, and people all around the world. Remarkably, regardless of their prior cultural or religious beliefs, there was exceptional consistency in their descriptions of God. The evidence from near-death experiences is that God loves us all. NDE accounts repeatedly share that God loves everyone for who they are and what they are regardless of their religious belief, lack of religious belief, age, gender, sexual preference, social status, education, or wherever in the world they live. Expanding on his analysis begun in Evidence of the Afterlife, God and the Afterlife is the first intensive exploration of the people who have reported going to the frontier of heaven, met God, and have returned to share their journey. What is described about God in NDEs is so consistent that it fulfills a basic scientific principle: What is real is consistently observed. Groundbreaking and profound, it offers a profound message of reassurance, hope, and comfort with the evidence-based conclusion that God is, in a word, real.
    *Jeffrey Long, M.D., is a nationally recognized expert on near-death experiences and a radiation oncologist. He has served on the board of directors of The International Association for Near- Death Studies and has been actively researching near-death experiences (NDEs) for over a decade. He established the nonprofit Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) and a website to collect NDE stories and scientifically study them, and is the author of Evidence of the Afterlife. Dr. Long has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, and The Learning Channel. A medical doctor, Long is a skeptic-turned-believer thanks to the overwhelming scientific evidence he has discovered.

  • Gayle Scott — Senior Faculty of The Enneagram Institute
    *Over the last 6 months, Gayle has taught us all about the 9 Enneagram personality types. If you missed any of her previous interviews and would like to hear a summary of all the types - TODAY’S YOUR LUCKY DAY!

    For thousands of years, spiritual teachers from many different traditions have reminded us of the richness of the human spirit and its potentials. But without real self-knowledge, it is not possible to awaken to the deeper truths of the soul or to sustain whatever degree of realization we have attained. One of the most powerful tools for understanding ourselves and others is the Enneagram, an ancient symbol of unity and diversity, change and transformation. *Gayle Scott has been teaching Authorized Riso-Hudson Enneagram Workshops, Riso-Hudson Trainings, and Teacher Certification courses in the US and internationally since 2005. She leads the Enneagram Institute’s Teacher Certification Program, supervising and certifying students to teach Authorized Workshops, and facilitating the required Master Class: Practicum on Workshop Teaching. Scott Is a Certified Integral Life Coach with New Ventures West in San Francisco. She maintains an Enneagram teaching and consulting practice as well as her Integral Coaching practice in Boulder, Colorado. She facilitates various Enneagram and film-related workshops and seminars across the US and Canada. Gayle is a veteran of the Hollywood and Canadian film and television industries with over 20 years’ experience in production. In the mid ’90’s, her work with actors inspired her to combine her professional expertise with her passion for the Enneagram. She began employing the Enneagram as a tool for psychological character development in scriptwriting and film acting, leading to her pioneering specialty of Enneagram Consultant to Actors and Screenwriters. Her clientele has included many well-known actors, opera singers, writers, and directors.

  • Jay Tropianskaia (Eagle Sky Rider) — Gestalt Shamanism Instructor
    To help us understand Shamanism - Jay Tropianskaia has studied the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path since 1992. Jay was one of the founding members of the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies. A Gestalt therapist, Senior Faculty and Trainer at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto since 1985, Jay is a respected teacher and trainer of human potential and holistic therapy in Canada and the United States. The driving force in her life has been bridging spirit to substance in people’s everyday lives, and she facilitates people’s ability to make conscious life choices that will support not only their own dreams, but the dreams of others. For the past twenty years Jay has lead shamanic medicine journeys along with Barbara Butterfly Dreamer to power spots in Central and South America, Scotland and France. She has studied shamanism with shamans in Arizona and South and Central America since 1992 and received traditional teachings in ceremony, rites of passage, and healing work. She has taught intensive programs in the shamanic approach to addictions as well as in shamanic psychotherapy.

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: CJ Cooper — (Last Performances of 2016 - “The Rookies” Part 1)
    CJ Cooper is a young singer/songwriter based in Guelph, Ontario. She's played with the likes of Ambre McLean, D'Eve Archer and Danielle Todd and plays various instruments including guitar and piano. CJ has been a part of KW Glee for 3 terms and has won "Show Choir Canada" with them, as well as taken part in various charity activities such as the "Sleep Tight Campaign" and "Courage for Carly". "Voices from the Vault" in May featured CJ and several other artists as part of Canadian Music Week in Toronto. 2015 saw CJ playing at Hillside Inside-Girls and Guitars and Edgewood Festival. CJ is also a promoter for the TC Helicon Voice Cross Trainer app. "Art on the Street", various dance and musical theatre experience and National Anthem singing for CFL games and mayoral events accompany CJ as well. CJ has a music video for her debut single "Look Ahead" produced by Matt Connell and is hoping to release her debut EP this fall. CJ is also set to perform on "The Drew Marshall Show" June 25th. (Wait a second… THAT’S US!!)


  • This Week's Recording Artist: Avery Raquel — (Last Performances of 2016 - “The Rookies” Part 2)
    Avery Raquel has developed her love for music and performing since the age of 4 becoming an aspiring triple threat performer. Though Avery has acted in various films, television, animation and professional stage musicals across Canada, her greatest passion is singing. Now at 14 years old, Avery Raquel is already a veteran of the performing arts. She has a resume, the envy of many artists twice her age. From the Birdland Jazz Club and Metropolitan Room in New York City to The Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Avery has wowed audiences with her solo vocal performances. Avery has performed in provincial jazz festivals such as; The Oakville Jazz Festival, Brantford International Jazz Festival, and the South Coast Jazz Festival, sharing the stage with the likes of June Garber, Lou Pomanti, Rob Reed, and the Dave Restivo Trio, to name a few. Avery has also garnered many awards including the London Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, and as the runner-up in the 2015 Hamilton Music Awards Rising Star Competition. Recently released to the public, Avery’s debut album, “Life Lessons” is receiving critical acclaim and airplay on CBC Radio One, JazzFM and other stations across the country. The album was also recently nominated for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards. Avery is currently working on her next album project, writing originals and working with Juno winning producer, Greg Kavanagh. She has also been working with veteran publicist Jane Harbury for the last nine months, benefitting from Jane’s knowledge, her years and many connections across this country in music and media. From the City of London 2015 Canada Day Celebrations, to the World Aids Day Concert in Toronto, and numerous Government of Ontario events, Avery has enjoyed sharing her talents. She has even sung for the 2015 AL East Champion Toronto Blue Jays in front of 43,000 people.

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