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Musicians


Amazing Musicians  

 

Monday, June 8, 2015, 7:30pm

Megan McDonough has been recording since she was 17 years old. After making four folk albums in the 1970s, she moved to New York and worked as a vocalist for TV and commercials before returning to recording in the early 90s, having changed the spelling of her name to "Megon." She was one of the inaugural members of Christine Lavin's the Four Bitchin' Babes with whom she still tours.

Born in Illinois, McDonough was one of nine children born to a strict Irish-Catholic couple. Having taken up the piano and the guitar as a child, she began performing at high schools before moving to Los Angeles in the early '70s and signing with the RCA subsidiary Wooden Nickel label. She made four albums for Wooden Nickel, which were generally received warmly by critics, but never charted. She toured extensively, opening for John Denver at Carngie Hall and also supporting Harry Chapin.

During the '80s, McDonough lived in New York and sung for television productions, work that led to an ACE Cable TV award in 1984. She also began to branch out into acting before recording her self-published American Girl album in 1990. The change in spelling from "Megan" to "Megon" was advised by a fortune teller who told McDonough that the letter "o" would positively affect her career. Shortly, she joined the Four Bitchin' Babes -- the female cabaret/folk quartet helmed by Christine Lavin -- and has since contributed to all of their albums as a songwriter and performer. She appeared as Patsy Cline in the well-received Always Patsy Cline at Chicago's Barber Theater between 1997 and 1998. Her 1998 Shanachie album, My One and Only Love, was a delightful collection of standards and pre-rock pop.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:30pm

Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA holds masters degrees in both social work and music therapy. She is author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles. The founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, she has appeared on NBC, PBS, KTLA, and is a featured speaker in the DVD Discover the Gift. She has trained facilitators from more than twenty-five countries in the evidence-based REMO group drumming HealthRHYTHMS program. Christine has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, survivors of Katrina, students at Ground Zero and most recently, led the first drum circle training in a war-zone in northern Iraq. Website - www.ubdrumcircles.com

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 7:30pm

Todd Lowry and Friends


Todd Lowry is a songwriter, singer, pianist, author, educator, music director and attorney who lives in Albuquerque, NM. He’s been the pianist and Music Director at the Unity Spiritual Center in Albuquerque, NM, since 1999. He’s served on the Association of Unity Churches Music  Ministry Team for close to a decade and has been instrumental in presenting the annual Sound Connections music conferences and creating the songbooks published by Unity.
Todd is an award-winning songwriter best known for the Unity standard “Original Blessing.” He’s recorded four CDs under his own name and six CDs with singer Kari Simmons.

A tireless creator, Todd has written 17 keyboard instructional books published by Hal Leonard Corporation. He’s also the Music Director for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico’s Albuquerque program, an organist for the Albuquerque Isotopes AA A  baseball club and a former music business attorney  who frequently presents free workshops on copyright law and other legal issues for musicians and/or churches.

Todd is currently concentrating on recording and publishing his extensive catalog of original songs and is launching a new website for that purpose.

Performing with Todd will be Kari Simmons, Claudio Tolousse and John Bartlitt.

 

Thursday, June 10, 2015, 9:00am and 7:30pm

StoweGood
A Unique Blend of Powerful, Life-Affirming Presentations Mixing Heart, Humor & Hutzpah!

As professional speakers, these two award-winning singer/songwriters enhance their keynote presentations, concerts, and workshops with a unique speaking style and powerful songs, which never fail to inspire, motivate and uplift their audiences.

Stowe Dailey & Karen Taylor Good. Together, they are StoweGood!

Stowe Dailey is a singer- songwriter, best-selling author and recent cancer survivor. She co-wrote the hit song, Long Time Comin’ for the group, Shenandoah. Her album, Angel Chants, was the sound track of Angel Stories, featured on T.L.C. She has co-authored five books, including Flying High, her newest book, which was featured at the “I Can Do It!” conference in Toronto.

Karen Taylor Good is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-author with numerous radio hits by Patty Loveless, Al Jarreau, & Melissa Manchester, to name a few. She has recorded albums and movie soundtracks with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & Al Green. Many of her songs are used as flagship songs for organizations including ChildHelp USA and the National Hospice Foundation. Individually, they are powerful singer/songwriter/authors, together they are "just like buttah!"

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