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You're listening to Beyond The Melody. A podcast that dives into the midst of musicians, artists, comedians, writers and pretty much anyone who craves to be creative! My name is Brian Melo and I'm a singer/songwriter from Hamilton, ON, Canada. I know how unforgiving an artist journey can be, but I also know that inspiration can come from just about anywhere. I'm sitting down with people that know how to dream big. Let's explore their impact and how it's even bigger.
 
Bill Simmons’s new podcast breaks down the NBA's most important games, players, and teams, extending and reinventing his New York Times no. 1 bestselling book from 2009. Playing off the NBA’s dramatic changes during the past decade, Bill uses new commentary and fresh interviews with players and top media members to determine how the league has evolved and where it’s headed.Produced by Bill Simmons and Kyle Crichton Music by Jackson Lowe Lyrics and vocals by Tic Tac and Melatonin
 
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Steven Ryan is a Singer/Songwriter from southern Ontario. His honest lyrical style and emotionally charged vocal performance has garnered him many accolades locally and abroad. His sophomore release “Light Of Day” is out now. Featuring the uplifting cinematic pop ballad “I Would Be Me” and the equally uplifting “Confidence”. Whether you’re in love …
 
It takes a unique talent to create a sound that is timely yet comfortably familiar. Toronto’s Jesse Gold manages to seamlessly blend pop music with R&B sensibilities, resulting in a sound that pays homage to an eclectic mix of long-time inspirations (Craig David, Lauryn Hill, John Mayer) and progressive contemporaries (Lucky Daye, Tom Misch, H.E.R.…
 
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed Songwriter of the Year by iTunes Canada, Royal Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound. Royal Wood has three albu…
 
Desmond Clark played with the Chicago Bears for eight of his 12 years as an NFL Tight End. When he retired, he trailed only Hall Of Famer Mike Ditka in most team statistical categories for that position. Since leaving football, Desmond has been a successful financial advisor, motivational speaker and author of his book "Principles Of Winning" 5 Key…
 
Keys N Krates Turntablist JR Flo, keyboardist David Matisse, and drummer Adam Tune formed the electronic band Keys N Krates in Toronto, Ontario. The trio took shape in 2008 and sought to combine their wide range of inspirations, from early house music to a strain of Southern U.S. rap production that got them tagged as a trap act. Putting their own …
 
Alan Cross is a Canadian radio broadcaster and a writer on music. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he is best known nationally and internationally as host of the syndicated radio series The Ongoing History of New Music, The Secret History of Rock, and ExploreMusic. In 2013, he started the Geeks & Beats podcast with BNN's Michael Hainsworth.…
 
David Boyd Janes // Drove Me Country Sometimes, clichés prove weirdly true. Take that one about dark clouds having silver linings. Turns out, that stuff can happen for real. Just ask David Boyd Janes. Were it not for a brutal breakup in 2017, which tore up the floorboards of his life, the fast-rising country music singer/songwriter might still be l…
 
The Redhill Valleys is a four-piece Americana & Roots Rock group originally based out of Hamilton, Canada, where their grit and determination developed early on as an independent band. Somewhere between the rugged Northern landscapes and a resilient blue-collar steel town, band members Chelsea McWilliams (Bass/Vocals), Tim Allard (Lead Guitar/Vocal…
 
This week on Beyond the Melody Podcast Brian speaks with lead guitarist of rock band THE TREWS!! The Trews are a Canadian rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, consisting of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Chris Gormley. The Trews were among the top 150 best-selling Canadian artists in C…
 
The music of Forest Blakk comes from an unshakable sense of purpose, a belief in building beauty from life's most painful moments. Growing up in Montreal, with time spent in Florida and Jamaica, the singer/songwriter first took up guitar as a refuge from his chaotic home life, then spent years learning to channel his most complex emotions into song…
 
Alan Frew is an author, speaker and lead-singer of legendary rock group Glass Tiger! Glass Tiger is a Grammy Award-nominated Canadian rock band from Newmarket, Ontario that formed in 1983. The band has released five studio albums. Its 1986 debut album, The Thin Red Line, went quadruple platinum in Canada and gold in the United States. Two singles f…
 
Delivering track after track with unparalleled quality and consistency, Tim Hicks’ ascent as an elite chart-topping act since making his country label debut in 2013 is undeniable. His vast catalogue of highly praised releases including Throw Down, 5:01, 5:01+, Shake These Walls, New Tattoo, Wreck This and his latest EP Campfire Troubadour, have ear…
 
Manolis Zontanos is a Canadian standup comedian from Hamilton, Ontario who has appeared on The Comedy Network, Just For Laughs, MTV Canada & more. Touring the world as a comedian, Manolis has worked with the likes of Russell Peters, Ari Shaffir and Rick Shapiro to name a few. His unique brand of humour allows audiences into the mind of a simple, ye…
 
Jon Harvey is the lead singer of rock group Monster Truck!! Monster Truck is a homegrown Canadian success story about a group of four guys that wanted to play real rock music, raw, uncut and in a pure form without anything fancy attached to it. Over the last ten years, they’ve gone from being a local favourite within the Hamilton bar band scene to …
 
Clint Younge is a pioneer in Canada’s cannabis industry. In recent years, he has traveled the world as a cannabis consultant, addressed Parliament on behalf of the industry, and made a small fortune in the process. Clint, has been on the cover of several pot-related publications and has won the Cannabis Crusader award multiple times. He is currentl…
 
Singer-songwriter Tomi Swick is a Hamilton native who was recognized for his debut album "Stalled out in the Doorway" in 2007 by winning the juno for best new artist and a nomination for pop record of the year as well as 2 Canadian radio music awards, the Socan A/C songwriting award and multiple Hamilton music awards. A Warner/Chappell Publishing r…
 
Dave Tabone is the founder and music director of the award winning 300 voice B.R. Xpression Vocal Ensemble, the 40-pieceB.R. Celtic Fusion Concert Band and also the B.R Celtic Groove Jazz band. He has successfully led these groups on numerous competitive trips representing his school, community and city throughout Nashville, Memphis, New York, Chic…
 
About Andrew Mactaggart, Founder, Burlingtone Music Academy Born and raised in Burlington Ontario, Andrew Mactaggart is an accomplished, versatile and sought-after musician. Andrew saved up his money for 15 years to buy his first guitar and he hasn’t put it down since. To this day Andrew walks around the house with his “axe” strapped to his back at…
 
Eric Ruscinski is a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist that has made the successful transition from the Hamilton, Ontario club scene to Los Angeles studio sideman, working for some of the top names in the business, including Celine Dion, Jason Mraz and Alessia Cara.By Brian Melo
 
Harry Hess is a songwriter/producer/engineer and mixer who's numerous recording credits span over the last twenty five years back to when he signed his first deal as a recording artist at the age of fifteen. The former Warner Music Canada artist has honed his production/engineering skills along side of his singing and songwriting duties as a record…
 
In the finale, we examine how the passing of time has changed the way we process the memory of Len Bias, what his death meant to the city of Boston and the Celtics franchise, and why his story lingers for sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Host: Jordan Ritter Conn Producers: Hannah Beal, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, and Bobby Wagner Production Assis…
 
On the this episode of Beyond the Melody, Brian sits down with celebrity photographer George Pimentel. For the past 25 years, George Pimentel has documented celebrities in every capacity and context, from TIFF and Cannes, to The Oscars, The Golden Globes and the Met Gala. His body of work started in 1993 when George landed his first career break. W…
 
By the summer of 1986, America’s relationship with drugs was already at the brink of combustion. And in the highly publicized death of Len Bias, policymakers found a spark to light the flame. The draconian legislation introduced on Capitol Hill thereafter, especially the ratification of mandatory minimum sentences, disproportionately targeted Black…
 
On this episode of Beyond The Melody, Brian speak with Canadian country star Jason Blaine! At the root of it all, Jason Blaine was born to sing, write and entertain. His love for country music has taken him to the forefront of the Canadian music scene where he has remained for over a decade. With over 12 Top 10 singles in Canada including hits such…
 
Despite the ongoing Brian Tribble investigation, there was still a question the press and public had no answer for: Who was to blame for the tragic cocaine intoxication of Maryland’s star basketball player? The spotlight shifted to Maryland University and the man who had built the basketball program up in his image: Lefty Driesell. Host: Jordan Rit…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody Brian speaks with D.O Gibson! D.O. Gibson has defied the odds as a rapper from Canada, becoming a certified international artist, a successful record label executive and a socially active community ambassador. He set a Guinness World Record when he freestyled for nearly nine hours in 2003, sold tens of thous…
 
Before the fallout from Len Bias’s death could ripple through society, the facts surrounding the night of his death had to be established. So why was that so difficult? In this episode, we examine Brian Tribble’s trial on charges of cocaine distribution, the public’s need to assign immediate blame for Bias’s death, and the ensuing chaos caused by t…
 
Tommy Jackson's dedication to and love for wealth management has been a calling from day one. The philosophy of “all things are possible” rings true as he has gone from humble beginnings to living his dream of becoming a top financial advisor. This status has been recognized for over a decade, with Tommy appearing yearly in Barron’s and Forbes’ Mag…
 
In this episode, we examine the life and career of Spencer Haywood, a basketball Hall of Famer and one of the sport’s biggest stars of the 1970s. Haywood spent the latter half of his career battling a cocaine addiction at a time when the league lacked both an understanding and a policy for how to deal with a growing drug problem. We explore the cli…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody Brian speaks with.. professional keyboardist, singer, musical director, vocal producer, music producer, commercial studio owner, and acoustic treatment designer…Kibwe Thomas! The ‘producer’ side of Kibwe’s career began around his Canadian Idol days in 2008, when he built a 1300 ft2 professional recording stu…
 
On June 17, 1986, Len Bias was picked second overall in the NBA draft. He was the next chapter in the book that was the 1980s Boston Celtics dynasty. Then, just two days later on June 19, 1986, he was dead of cocaine intoxication. In this episode, we talk about the 48 hours leading up to one of the sports world’s most crushing losses. Host: Jordan …
 
By his senior year at the University of Maryland, Len Bias was thriving. He was perhaps the best college basketball player in the country, earning burgeoning Michael Jordan comparisons, and going second overall to the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft. In this episode, we set the stage for how Len Bias, the Maryland kid, became Len Bias, the bas…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody, Brian speaks with Owner/CEO of Canada's premiere boutique entertainment and production company.... Sole Power Productions! The company has a roster of over 250 performers, producers, technical staff, and managers that produce over 2500 events each year. Their main focus is entertainment, production and arti…
 
From The Ringer and Spotify, this is the story of Len Bias: University of Maryland phenom, second pick of the 1986 draft to the Celtics, and just two days later, one of the most tragic and shocking deaths in sports history. Over the next seven episodes, we’ll investigate how Bias’s death changed the trajectory of NBA history, sparked America’s coca…
 
On today's podcast we have Nashville Rising Star : Jenny Tolman! Irreverent, quirky and wildly entertaining, country newcomer Jenny Tolman is poised to take over Music City. With a razor-sharp wit and throwback sound, Tolman is on deck to become her generation’s Roger Miller—a comedic troubadour with a decidedly feminine perspective, offering savvy…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody, Brian speaks with Grammy-nominated Nashville producer Dave Brainard. Dave has worked with such artists as Jerrod Niemann, Brandy Clark, Jenny Tolman, Jamey Johnson, Drake White and Ray Scott, to name a few. Brainard’s never afraid to push the boundaries with his production and colour outside the lines. He p…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody Podcast, Brian speaks with Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist Theo Tams! Theo is rediscovering his identity as an artist. With his upcoming EP, the Canadian singer/songwriter demonstrates a remarkable command of R&B-laced pop music, his silky tenor voice, being the unwavering guiding light. Growing up in a f…
 
On the next episode of Beyond the Melody Podcast, Brian speaks with Zubin Thakkar. A Canadian music producer who is best known for having joined Shawn Mendes as his musical director and guitarist. He is also known for co-producing Tyler Shaw’s hit single “Kiss Goodnight”. Zubin has worked with some of the industries most talented artist such as, Jo…
 
Episode #2 Suzie McNeil On this episode, Brian speaks with vocal powerhouse and music artist Suzie McNeil. The long list of achievements Suzie has garnered is astonishing. From being the last woman standing on CBS television reality series Rockstar: INXS, to piling up hit singles on the Canadian charts, she’s a musical Jack-of-all-trades! She’s sha…
 
Episode #1 Carm Milioto & Adrian Fidanza On the first ever BTM Podcast, Brian sits with co-owners of Studio410 Sound Productions, Carm Milioto & Adrian Fidanza. These two best friends had a dream to create a thriving business with their true passion, music! 20 years later they successfully built one of the best state of the art studios in Southern …
 
In the sixth episode of Season 3, Bill Simmons and Joe House explain why Chris Webber should have been one of the best power forwards of all time had bad luck, bad timing, and bad decisions not conspired against him. He may have one of the ultimate “What If?” careers of all time, yet wasn’t he memorable and talented enough to make the basketball Ha…
 
In the fifth episode of Season 3, Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell, and Tony Kornheiser explain why Rick Barry was one of the 35 greatest players ever, as well as one of the most influential stars of the league’s first 40 years. However, his prickly personality and a few unfortunate mistakes somehow overshadowed much of his basketball legacy. Learn m…
 
In the fourth episode of Season 3, Bill Simmons and Ryen Russillo explain why future Hall of Famer Chris Paul is so hard to evaluate historically. They compare him to Isiah Thomas and other smaller stars, break down his biggest playoff moments (and stumbles) and decide where Paul ranks in Bill’s Hall of Fame Pyramid. Learn more about your ad choice…
 
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