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MasterClass Monday: Carrie Underwood’s Emotional And Moving Musical Tribute To Late Country Music Stars And The Victims In The Las Vegas Tragedy


There are not too many performances capable of stopping everyone in their tracks and giving one pause. However, at the 51st Country Music Association Awards which aired on Wednesday, November 8th, the talented and charismatic Carrie Underwood did just that when she memorialized not only deceased Country Music Stars Troy Gentry, Glen Campbell and Don […]

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MasterClass Monday: Kelly Clarkson Dazzles With Whole Lotta Woman From Her New CD – Meaning Of Life 


There is no one quite like Kelly Clarkson, is there?  The Original American Idol rose to stardom and never ceased control of her own special. brand of music. She is not only a brilliant vocalist but also, she is a passionate and charismatic singer with an engaging personality.  So relatable to so many.   She […]

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MasterClass Monday: Barry Manilow’s Heartfelt Recording Of The Mercer/Manilow Classic “When October Goes”


Thank Heavens for the musical gift known as Barry Manilow.  He is a legend, a unique and sensitive performer who has always valued the importance of the creative process when writing or performing his music.  He is and will always remain a class act in every sense of the word.  Additionally, he is a consummate […]

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MasterClass Monday: Billy Joel Performs An Early Live Version Of Scenes From An Italian Restaurant


Can you beat this? Seriously – does anyone perform like this anymore. Live. Multitasking voice and piano skills with aplomb and professionalism?   Yes, I know what my regular readers are thinking. Another article about Billy Joel?  Think outside the Billy Joel box MCL!  Ha! But this performance was too good to pass up and […]

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MasterClass Thanksgiving Monday: Count Your Blessings From The Film White Christmas Performed by Bing Crosby And Rosemary Clooney


A Very Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers!  There is nothing better than this holiday. Not only does it kickstart the Fall/Winter Holiday season, but also, gives us an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the blessings we have in our collective lives.  And blessings come in all shapes and sizes: the strength and support […]

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MasterClass Monday: Canadian Icon Burton Cummings’ Impeccable Version Of Dream Of A Child


                                      On this October Monday morning, I have re-discovered a real gem of a singer and his song. Burton Cummings is a Canadian Icon –  a singer – songwriter who enjoyed enviable fame in the 60s and […]

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MasterClass 9/11 Monday: An Inspiring Performance of Somewhere By Barbra Streisand


On this the day, the 16th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States, I found a song that truly speaks to where we are as a global entity and what we are striving to achieve in the years ahead. Let’s cut to the chase here – we want peace. Plain and […]

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MasterClass Monday:  One Voice Performed By 15 Years Of Americans Idols.


I was mindlessly browsing Facebook today and came across this gem. Performed as the opening number during the Finale of the American Idol Farewell Season, it brought an immediate smile to my face and a glorious warmth to my heart.  Gracing the stage with their infectious personalities and gorgeous voices, these singers gave new purpose […]

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MasterClass Monday: Getting To Know The Vocal Phenomenon Known As The Tenors


Picture Credit: The Tenors I think it is about time I give these incredibly talented guys some more MCL love.  It is bordering on embarrassment that I have not covered their journey to international stardom on a more frequent basis. I apologize.  Originally known as The Canadian Tenors, The Tenors, comprised of Fraser Walters, Remigio […]

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An In Memoriam MasterClass Monday: A Plea For Peace


Picture Credit: BuzzFeed.Com In the wake of the Orlando tragedies over the weekend, I honestly could not bring myself to publish my regular MasterClass Monday article.  I am just too sad and heartbroken and need to somehow address the turmoil that currently exists in our world  and, more recently , in Orlando, Florida. While browsing […]

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MasterClass Memorial Day Monday: Katharine McPhee And Trent Harmon’s 2016 Performance At The National Memorial Day Concert 


As I write this article about Katharine McPhee’s and Trent Harmon’s beautiful performances at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC which  aired on PBS on May 29th, I am also watching the CNN coverage of President Obama’s visit to Arlington National Cemetery. These tributes deserve your time – today and always.   I […]

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MasterClass Monday: Steven Spielberg Inspires Us To Listen To The Whisper. 


Happy Monday to all of you! And to my Canadian readers, Happy Victoria Day! Below, you will find a 2.11 minute video chock full of inspiration, delivered by the incomparable filmmaker and visionary, Steven Spielberg.  You can access the entire speech HERE and it is worthy of your time to listen and be inspired.  However, the […]

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MasterClass Monday: American Idol Season 11 Finalist DeAndre Brackensick’s Incredible Performance Of Pretty Wings


I don’t know how DeAndre Brackensick lost the American Idol Season 11 win.  Don’t. Know. How!  Seriously – listen to his relaxed, spontaneous, meticulous vocal of Pretty Wings (featured below this article)  and then you decide if American Idol dropped the ball with this unbelievably gifted and charismatic young artist.  Not only does he have […]

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MasterClass Monday: Adam Lambert’s Extraordinary Version Of Come To Me From The Musical Brigadoon 


Picture Credit: AdamOfficial.Com Oh! My! Goodness!  If this isn ‘t the best thing I have heard in a long time, then I don’t know what is! Immortal Aria, a mother – son musical team on  Facebook- shared this gem of a number  performed by the talented Adam Lambert when he was 22-years-old.  Listen – I […]

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MasterClass Monday: Andrea Bocelli Sings A Gorgeous Version Of La Vie On Rose With Edith Piaf. 


   Now this is really something. I know I just featured Andrea Bocelli in a MasterClass Monday article a couple of weeks ago, but this video performance moved me to tears. Well, smiling through tears, actually. It was just one of those special performances that made me happy inside and out while evoking some special […]

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MasterClass Monday: Mandy Patinkin’s Glorious Performance Of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”


How often will you hear a male singer performing “Somewhere Ofer The Rainbow”? Not too often. Originally performed by Judy Garland in “The Wizard Of Oz”, we normally associate this song with a female vocalist. However, this performance by Mandy Patinkin erased any doubt that a male singer, with the right voice and artistic sensibility, […]

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MasterClass Monday: Michael Buble’s Amazing Acoustic Cover Of “Home”


There is a reason why I love Michael Buble so much. It is his heart. Pure and simple – his heart. His vocal delivery is always pure and authentic and this acoustic performance of “Home”really accentuates this very fact. Michael tries to incorporate an acoustic set into the majority -if not all -of his concerts. […]

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MasterClass Monday: Cabaret Star Patricia O’Callaghan’s Mesmerizing Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Alexandra Leaving


I am naturally drawn to singers who deliver their songs via an expressively committed narrative. Singers who dig deep, wear their emotions on their sleeve and can expose their soul while flawlessly singing a beautiful melody and lyric. Patricia O’Callaghan is a gem of a singer. And I had the immense pleasure of teaching her […]

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MasterClass Monday: Two Legends – Barbra And Billy – Inspire With A New York State Of Mind


Barbra Streisand released a record-breaking CD in 2014 – Partners – pairing her with arguably some of the best male artists in the music business. The CD is on my iPad and I never tire of listening to the collaborative work between Barbra and her Guest Artists. The creativity and vocal power exuded by the […]

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MasterClass Monday: This Officer Knows How To Shake Off A Boring Patrol Day


Welcome to the return of MasterClass Monday. I know this video can hardly be perceived as a MasterClass Vocal Masterpiece but, as far as comedy goes, with the aim to induce belly laughs, Officer Jeff Davis packs a musical comedic punch. The video was produced by The Dover Police Department in Delaware in an effort […]

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