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Episode 95 Nicki Denner, musician, composer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Release Date: 12/09/2019

Episode 111 Dr. Deborah Adamy, Cultivating An Inner Refuge show art Episode 111 Dr. Deborah Adamy, Cultivating An Inner Refuge

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Instead of a guest today, I would like to share some of my own reflections in the midst of this pandemic and only hope that it may resonate and provide a heart connection for you. I don’t have any profound answers to all the questions that are swirling in our midst, it truly is uncertain isn’t it? I do have a desire though to hold all my podcast guests and listeners in loving-kindness.

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Episode 110 The Reverend Mother Suzanne Toro, Episcopal Priest show art Episode 110 The Reverend Mother Suzanne Toro, Episcopal Priest

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Mother Suzanne Toro, one who embodies a compassionate and peaceful heart. In keeping with the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we recorded my conversation with Suzanne via Zoom. Suzanne is an Episcopal Priest, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cornwall, NY and although life has slowed down for many people, Suzanne admits that she has never worked harder since the outbreak of the coronavirus here in NY.

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Episode 109 Spiritual Wisdom For These Difficult Times show art Episode 109 Spiritual Wisdom For These Difficult Times

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Instead of a guest today, I would like to share some spiritual wisdom for these difficult times. Addressing and responding to COVID-19 marks an unprecedented moment in our history. Not just for some of us, but for all of us. Because this virus does not discriminate based on geography, culture, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic level, we are all impacted! Again not just in our neighborhood, our town, our city, our community, our county, our country, but all across the globe.

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Episode 108 Maria Lugo, life coach, educator show art Episode 108 Maria Lugo, life coach, educator

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

I know that we are living in an uncertain and scary time with COVID-19. Businesses and schools have closed, many are struggling to make ends meet and I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my podcast. We will eventually return to a sense of normalcy. In the meantime, I hope these conversations serve to connect us and uplift us. My guest today is Maria Lugo. Maria is an executive life coach, home school educator, justice consultant and host of a local public access television show.

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Episode 107 Lisa Green, writer, innovative realtor show art Episode 107 Lisa Green, writer, innovative realtor

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Lisa Green. Lisa shifted from being a professional singer, actor, and producer, to being a writer, and innovative realtor with a flare for interior design. Lisa is from Australia and moved to the states over 30 years ago. She also happens to be one of the most courageous spiritual warriors I know.

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Episode 106 Rick Velleu, scenic artist, filmmaker, design creator show art Episode 106 Rick Velleu, scenic artist, filmmaker, design creator

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Rick Velleu. Rick is a scenic artist, filmmaker, design creator, and consummate storyteller!  Rick’s innovative career reflects his many creative talents including: making stage props, a scenic artist for theatrical backdrops, a draftsman for an Egyptologist, using his many gifts on Jim Henson’s creative team, the character designer of “Dora the Explorer”, and co-creating his own documentary film production company.

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Episode 105 Gail Blache-Gill, singer, conductor, pianist show art Episode 105 Gail Blache-Gill, singer, conductor, pianist

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Gail Blache-Gill. Gail is a professional choral singer, conductor, pianist, educator, and minister of music. Born and raised in Trinidad, Gail moved to NYC when she was 17 years old. She first attended Lehman College in the Bronx majoring in math, then joined the choir at Brooklyn College, before moving to Princeton, NJ to complete her studies at Westminster Choir College.

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Episode 104 Everett Bradley, musician, vocalist, actor show art Episode 104 Everett Bradley, musician, vocalist, actor

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Everett Bradley. Everett is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and actor, who honors his mother’s courage and tenacity to have advocated for her son’s musical passion. He describes the turning point in his career from performing in the production STOMP!, to the Broadway show “Swing”, to singing and playing percussion with Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi.

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Episode 103 Vaneese Thomas, singer, songwriter, producer show art Episode 103 Vaneese Thomas, singer, songwriter, producer

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

My guest today is Vaneese Thomas. Born in Memphis, TN and immersed into the music royalty family of Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas and Marvell Thomas, Vaneese is an incredible soul/blues/R&B singer/songwriter and producer. She has produced recordings and written songs for Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, Bob James, Larry Coryell, Melba Moore and Diana Ross.

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Episode 102 Dr. Deborah Adamy, A Story For Black History Month show art Episode 102 Dr. Deborah Adamy, A Story For Black History Month

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

In honor of Black History Month, I am excited to announce our 3 fabulous guests starting next week: Vaneese Thomas, Everett Bradley and Gail Blache-Gill. But for today, I want to start off Black History Month by reading a children’s story. This story resonates with my longing to do what I can to dismantle white supremacy. The book is called “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness”, written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham.

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My guest today is Nicki Denner. Nicki is a passionate pianist, composer, educator and musical director, oh and lest I forget, a tap dancer! Raised in Wisconsin, without examples of what a professional musician looked like, Nicki attended college at University of Minnesota, negating her passion for music and initially majoring in French and Political Science; majors she thought would lead to practical careers. However, the universe conspired to support her to reconnect with her love of music, through the underground tunnels connecting the music building to her dorm.

Switching her major to music education, Nicki appreciates the unique skills she learned from conducting and the sensitivity she has for all instruments, both have served her well as a composer and musical director. Nicki tells synchronistic stories of musical doors that opened for her; her determination to nurture her skills and gifts at piano, dedication to learn jazz and eagerness to say yes to all sorts of music experiences. Nicki marvels at how naturally Latin music resonates for her and the awesome opportunity to co-create Cocomama, the vibrant, all-female band that plays their own version of World Latin Music.

Check out the show notes to find Nicki’s website, Cocomama’s website and the current Kickstarter campaign Cocomama is launching.  Enjoy the podcast!

Links:

www.nickidenner.com
www.cocomamamusic.com
Cocomamma Kickstarter Campaign