Drew will share his TOP 10 moments of hosting Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show.
Moment # 4: “Tim The Tool and I were walking to our cars in the underground parking lot, when suddenly a man came out of nowhere and angrily confronted me. Apparently, his wife had called into the show and shared that her husband was physically abusive and wanted to know if God would be upset with her if she left him. I encouraged her to LEAVE. She did. He was furious with me. So I let him empty out all his rage on me. (verbally) When it was all said and done, we hugged. Yup - that happened.”
A Folk Singer, An Ex-Jihadist, An Imam, A Rabbi &
An Ex-Pastor Walk Into A Radio Show
Todays’ show has a theme. American singer/songwriter David Wilcox has written many soul penetrating songs. One of them is the opening for our 9 week series - REBUILDING LOVE. (“Start with The Ending”) But one of his songs is the premise for today’s theme. “Three Brothers” is the story of three brothers who each feel that they are the brother that deserves to inherit all of their Father’s estate. As the will is read, they discover that each of their wishes came true. Each brother DID inherit all of their father’s estate. Now, although that math doesn’t make sense, the song is an illustration of the world’s largest monotheistic religions - Islam, Judaism & Christianity - that happened to all come from the same piece of land that has been fought over for centuries... Jerusalem. But the most powerful narrative in the song is the impact all of this fighting between the brothers has on their sister - Faith.
David Wilcox — Recording ArtistCleveland-born David Wilcox is now 20 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth. His latest record The View From the Edge (2018) is a collection of powerful new songs, many of which he has been performing at live shows for the past several years. It’s an album that reflects four years of thinking, writing, crafting, playing and life. In recognition of this new release, David Wilcox was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 USA Songwriting Contest. Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit. In live performance, David loves making up a spontaneous song for an audience member in need. Anyone who has seen Wilcox perform more than once or twice has seen him concoct one of his “Musical Medicine” songs on the spot, full of lyrical artistry and musical inventiveness, like some kind of uncanny parlor trick. David Wilcox finds inspiration wherever he looks. The songs, in turn, provide inspiration to longtime listeners as well as those finding him for the first time. It’s in the song and the craftsmanship; it’s medicine for the soul; it’s story; it’s a restless spirituality.
“David Wilcox’s ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen.” -Rolling Stone
Mubin Shaikh — Ex-Muslim Extremist / Turned Undercover Intelligence Operative, Author of UNDERCOVER JIHADIMubin Shaikh was born and raised in Canada but at age 19, became a supporter of the militant jihadi culture. The 9/11 attacks prompted him to travel to Syria and study Arabic and Islamic Studies deepening his knowledge of Islam. Mubin eventually relinquished his violent interpretations of Islam and volunteered with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to fight international and domestic terrorism. Working for CSIS he infiltrated several radical groups and conducted surveillance on suspects as an undercover operative on cases which remain CLASSIFIED, eventually traversing to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET). He went undercover with and was instrumental in prosecuting Canada’s largest domestic terrorism investigation known as the “Toronto 18” case. He spent four years testifying in five legal hearings as a Fact Witness resulting in eleven admitting their guilt or being found guilty and seven members released due to Mubin’s testimony. Mubin then completed a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (MPICT) and is currently doing his Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences, Tactical Decision Making Research Group at the University of Liverpool. He is one of the very few people in the world to have actually been undercover in a homegrown terror cell. Because of this experience, Mubin is considered a primary source for the study of Islamist radicalization and terrorism by academics worldwide and remains an active trainer of military, police and government intelligence on violent Islamist extremists.
Rabbi Steve Leder — “One Of The Ten Most Influential Rabbis In America” - Newsweek MagazineTwice-named by, Steve Leder is the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, serving over 2,400 families at three campuses. He is the author of such critically acclaimed books as, The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things, an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul. Described as “a gift” by Forbes, Rabbi Leder’s newest book More Beautiful Than Before; How Suffering Transforms Us, became the #6 Best Seller on Amazon in its first week and has received critical acclaim and remarkable media attention. Leder has been a guest on CBS This Morning, ABC, NPR, PBS, and FOX as well as two appearances on ABC’s Politically Incorrect, NPR, The CBS Early Show, Dennis Miller, The Tavis Smiley Show, Cavuto and Friends, Scarborough Country, Fox Family and Friends, and ABC Overnight. Rick Warren, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of The Purpose Driven Life describes Leder’s new book as, “A treasure box of time-tested wisdom; It is clear, compassionate, and compelling.” Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Wendy Wasserstein said, “Rabbi Leder is a modern wise man; learned, kind, funny and non-judgmental; he finds the true fabric of our spiritual lives.” Rabbi Leder has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Beliefnet, TIME Magazine, Town and Country and his commentaries in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal were read weekly by over 50,000 people.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf — “The West’s Most Influential Islamic Scholar” - The Muslim 500Hamza Yusuf is president and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, America’s first accredited Muslim liberal arts college. He is an advisor to the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. Yusuf also serves as vice president for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies (Abu Dhabi), which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, a world-renowned Muslim scholar and jurist. In addition, Yusuf has joined the Emirates Fatwa Council under the leadership of Shaykh Abdallah. He is the author of several books and scholarly articles, while also translating major creedal Islamic texts into English. Books he has authored or translated include Purification of the Heart, The Content of Character, The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi, Caesarean Moon Births, Prayer of the Oppressed, and Agenda to Change our Condition. Recently, Hamza Yusuf was ranked as “the Western world’s most influential Islamic scholar” by The Muslim 500, edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. Along with his extensive training in the Western liberal arts, Yusuf has studied Arabic and the Islamic sciences for over 40 years with leading scholars of the Muslim world.
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Avery RaquelIn April 2018, teenager Avery Raquel released her 3rd full-length solo project, ‘My Heart Away’, comprised of all original music. The first single from that album, ‘Come Right Back To You’ debuted on the iTunes Canada Top 200 RnB/Soul song chart at #23, while the album itself debuted at #11 on the Canadian iTunes Top 200 RnB/Soul chart. Stylistically, that album incorporated some fresh new elements, as Avery explains, “Being influenced by such Jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, and Carmen McRae, my second CD tried to highlight my jazz vocal style, while creating a contemporary Soul sound, reminiscent of artists such as Norah Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae and even Amy Winehouse. I think of it as a really nice blend of soul, jazz, and blues”. As a performer, Avery has taken the stage across North America, including at some famed New York City clubs like Birdland Jazz club, Metropolitan Room and Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret, as well as top Canadian venues like Koerner Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, The Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge, Hugh’s Room, and many more. Avery Raquel has also garnered numerous vocal awards over the years, and has excelled on the festival circuit too, delivering winning performances across North America, including with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute on the Newport Jazz Festival stage in Rhode Island USA, as well as at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Burlington Sound of Music Festival, Oakville Jazz Festival, Brantford International Jazz Festival, Riverfest, TD Niagara Jazz Festival, and South Coast Jazz Festival, as well as other prominent music festivals in Ontario including Beatlesfest in London. She has also been fortunate to share the stage and studio with the likes of Juno and Grammy award-winning artist David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Matt Dusk, Holly Cole, June Garber, Molly Johnson, and other prominent International artists. She’s taken masterclasses with legends like Marilyn Maye, Danilo Pérez, and June Garber, as well as having worked closely with other Canadian jazz vocalists.
CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT: Avery Raquel - 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival
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A 9 Week Series With Canadian Talk Show Host Drew Marshall (& his wife) AND Relationship Guru & Psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson — HOLD ME TIGHT Conversation #7 “Keeping Your Love Alive”They tried 28 years of doing marriage their way, but eventually, it ended. However, after a long separation, Canadian talk show host Drew Marshall and his wife Bev recently renewed their vows on a small deserted island off the coast of Mexico. Now, to make sure he doesn’t screw it up again, Drew has asked renowned psychologist and relationship guru Dr. Sue Johnson to help he and his wife rebuild their love - but this time with new foundational building blocks, using tools they’ve never had before. Dr. Johnson has agreed to personally take Bev and Drew through her Hold Me Tight Program.
THIS WEEK: HOLD ME TIGHT Conversation #7 “Keeping Your Love Alive”
*If you've been following these incredibly vulnerable conversations with Bev, Drew & Dr. Sue and are interested in registering for the Hold Me Tight Program - CLICK HERE to begin rebuilding your love.