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Paul Williams: The Man with the Rainbow Connection

Today, singer, songwriter, and composer Paul Williams is a different man than he was at the height of his music career. Now President of ASCAP, Williams says that his two biggest passions are recovery and artists’ rights.

Patrice Rushen: Keyboardist Inspired by Teaching

Among her achievements, she was the first female music director for the Grammy Awards (2004-2006), first woman to serve as head composer/musical director of the Emmy Awards, as well as the first female music director of the NAACP Image Awards, PEople’s Choice Awards, and HBO’s Comic Relief.

Lou Marini: The Joy of Providing Blueness to Fellow Musicians

Currently, Marini is working on a CD of originals inspired by his frequent trips to his wife’s native Spain.

Bonnie Raitt: Slide Guitar Legend Digs in Deep and Speaks Out About Fair Pay

Blues legend, accomplished guitarist, and Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Bonnie Raitt was fortunate to have early opportunities to play with legends of the genre.

Bob Thompson

Bob Thompson — Since the 1970s, Thompson has led a series of bands, releasing a steady stream of jazz CDs and performing around the world. He’s also held a 23-year position as house pianist for National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage.

RUSH Looks Back on 40 Years of Epic Songs

As Rush rounded out its three-month, 34-city R40 tour last year it felt like, and was, the end of an era. Band members Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart  weren’t shy about admitting that this was most likely the last large-scale tour for the Canadian trio, if not their last tour altogether. The whole […]

José Feliciano

José Feliciano – As the first and foremost Latin to English crossover artist of all time, Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member José Feliciano is recognized for lending his unique style and natural talent to Latin music, pop, and beyond.

Susan Draus: On the Road with Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Susan Draus: On the Road with Beautiful The Carole King Musical — Susan Draus of Local 802 (New York City) feels a bit like her career has come full circle.

Ann and Nancy Wilson Four Decades of Heartfelt Music

If you want to know what it was like for the first female rockers, talk to Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. The multi-instrumentalists and members of Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA) were pioneers, but when they began making music, gender didn’t enter into the equation; they just knew they wanted to rock.

Kristian Bush: Rediscovers His Voice Through Southern Gravity

Kristian Bush has been a successful professional union musician since the 1990s, but it’s only recently that the Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member launched his first solo album, Southern Gravity.