The Creative Muse Hour

Toni Koch

Bio: 

Toni Koch, TK Promo, Producer/Promoter
Toni is a native of Phoenix, AZ, with a lifelong passion for music, the songwriter/artist and a strong advocate for the arts. As a pioneer in the 1980′s for the indie music guerrilla marketing techniques as well as street team coordination, Toni worked as an independent contractor with companies in various markets: NYC’s Market Development Company, Zia Records, Tower Records Phoenix, Danny Zelisko’s Evening Star Productions as Street Team Coordinator, author/speaker Dr. Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D, and KABC/KLOS Radio Exec Admin for President John H. Davidson.
An active indie music promoter for nearly 30 years, Toni has worked hard to bring awareness to the creative artist whether in music, writing, film, design and more. She has won a few awards over the years (Optimist Club Award for the Arts 1971, Indie Promoter of the Year 1986 (Phoenix, AZ), Platinum Record for Club Promotion Columbia Records 1988 and Indie Artist Manager of the Year 2003 – Indie Music Conference (Philadelphia, PA),
Toni is known for bringing groups of people together as well as the lone artist in search of collaboration. A hard working activist for the arts (artivist), Toni works with authors, poets, writers, songwriters and businesses as a consultant or producer including Pitch-A-Song (2008-present), L.A. Women’s Music Festival(2007), Your Music Out Loud (2016) and now on L.A. Talk Radio with “The Creative Muse Hour.”
You can contact Toni at 602-300-9626

Carl Percival

Bio: 

Important to note,” Carl Percival says, “I am not a musician and never claimed to be, but I am an entertainer and enjoy being just that”
Carl Percival was born in London, England and the first instrument he learned was piano at age 7. He studied his music and played at a concert at age 9 but afterward stopped performing to enjoy having fun with his older and younger brothers.
At age 13 Carl started on banjo and played in a Skiffle Group who were invited to perform on the Welsh Miners Eisteddfods, that is all colliery brass bands only. Carl’s band caused quite a sensation with the youngsters and the group ended up being featured on Welsh TV.
During his teens, Carl won many dance competitions and was filmed by BBC TV. By 21 he was receiving Banjo lesson from George Edward Morris who played in the Original Dixie Land Jazz Band in 1922. Carl still has a Banjo George gave him for being a good student as well as very talented young man. Carl sang and played at British Folk Clubs, Bars, “Working Men’s Clubs”, “Miners Clubs” & others like Teachers Training Collages.
For a year or so Carl also ran a Traditional Jazz club in a London Bar.
Carl’s entertainment talents expanded and he performed three years as a comedy act once a week in my local Pub England, using music as a main stay & funny songs. Also was asked to head an English, French Folk Festival, so wasn’t too shabby. He says “I worked in theater costume departments, National Theater, The Old Vic, Royal Opera House and the last 7 years in England with Thames TV, leaving as their Chief Costume Supervisor on management.
Visiting the USA, (after much traveling) he became a citizen. He also has decorated and painted Art all his life & has always played a little on Guitar and Harmonica. In addition, ten years as decorator for Thai Cultural Day here in LA & for 5 years as General Manager at an Art Store in the San Fernando Valley.
Around 2004 Carl purchased a Bar on Hollywood Boulevard that featured Blues, Folk Rock and other musical nights there. Yes, it got Carl inspired and “going again.”
Currently, Carl joins Toni Koch on “The Creative Muse Hour” as co-host. His wide range of knowledge in the arts, music and entertainment fields adding a British flavor to the mix. Carl has always played at home for his own enjoyment for “without music in my life it would be so dull if not over.”
Carl Percival has played and sung with Banjo and Guitar throughout his exciting life in such places as North Thailand, Bangkok, Greek Islands, Sir Lanka, and Czechoslovakia and in Germany as well as 35,000 feet on a 707 jet and all over the British Isle.
To live a life of adventure, Carl Percival is still going strong. He will share some good stories and might even a variety of his catalogue of songs with us on The Creative Muse Hour.

Show Time: 
Sunday 2:00PM - 2:59PM
(PST)
Show Description: 

We invite our listeners to be entertained, encouraged, inspired and have a good time discovering The Creative Muse inside all of us. Top talent and people with stories to tell will be in studio to share music, books, film and more from the unlimited universal imaginations we can explore! Host Toni Koch and Carl Percival are focused on have fun with creativity!

Show Archives

November 2017

11/19/2017

From the best of "The Creative Muse Hour" : Bree Noble is a Music Business Coach, Speaker and Musician. She quit her corporate job as a Director of Finance to pursue music. After a successful run as a touring singer/songwriter, she founded Women of Substance Radio to promote quality female artists in all genres. The daily Podcast of the same name hit #1 in New & Noteworthy in all 3 of it's categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. On her 2nd Podcast, Female Entrepreneur Musician (also #1 in New & Noteworthy), she conducts interviews with successful Indie female artists and industry pros that are both inspirational and informational. Drawing on her extensive experience, Bree has created online courses to help musicians learn to make a living from their music. Her most popular offering is an online training and mentoring community exclusively for female musicians called the "Female Musician Academy".
BreeNoble.com

11/12/2017

Producer, Sideman, Recording Engineer & more, Jimi Yamagishi is not just another singer-songwriter. As the current director of the SongNet,

Jimi brings over four decades of life in this industry to the table, helping other songwriters make those crucial connections while actively playing the local andregional  circuit to keep current. 

A veteran session musician with a wide variety of genres in his pockets, his solo material features lyrics similar to Michael Franks, smooth James Taylor-eusqe guitar lines, with a little spiritual sauce dripping  over on the side.

Recently, Jimi has teamed with several Grammy winning industry friends to form an artist development company with in-house publishing & booking as well, rejuvenating the careers of veteran artists as well as establishing new artists.
More @jimiyamagishi.com

11/05/2017

​Amanda Abizaid is a singer, songwriter, multi- - instrumentalist, model and actress; these are just a few of Amanda’s many given talents.

As a model, the statuesque Abizaid has walked the runway for designers such as Jacques Fath, Nina Ricci, Zandra Rhodes, and Oscar De La Renta everywhere from Germany, Miami, New York and London.

And if you’ve never seen her modeling or acting, you’re sure to have heard her sing, even if her name does not immediately resonate with you.

As a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist – piano, guitar, and flute - Amanda is best known as the captivating vocalist on the theme song "A Place In Time" from Paramount's The 4400, the featured song "Dreams In Ashes" from Lifetime Television’s Odd Girl Out, as well as other lead vocal appearances in songs appearing in Smallville, Ed, One Tree Hill, Felicity, and Charmed. Amanda also composed and sang movie theme songs for 3 Below starring Ernest Borgnine and 13th Alley starring Robert Carradine, and the independent short film, Facing the Lion, by writer director, Joe Plonsky, and executive producer, Scott Spiegel, in where she also stars. Currently she has written the theme song with co-writer Lindsay Gillis for the feature film in pre- production called "Dark Ascension".
amandaabizaid.com

October 2017

10/29/2017

Sandra Macat grew up in Germany as an army brat with deep roots in a world that was ever changing. Home was always a different place with new names and faces. Comforted by my mothers lullabies,I learned how to survive loss and abandonment. I discovered my passion for singing in high school listening to Linda and Joni, Emmylou, Stevie and the rest of the 70's female icons. I dreamed of moving to Nashville at 18 but I lost my musical way as I was pulled into the next chapters of my life.
On the periphery of the movie business and medicine, I was "the wind beneath the wings" of my children as I raised them alone. My house was always filled with music as my kids learned piano first and then guitar. We'd have music evenings where my 3 sons would play and I would sing with them and my daughter. Voice lessons all around, kid bands and theater. During this time I was also fortunate to be establishing a career as a psychotherapist. My life focused on caring for others, very existentially fulfilled.
Now, though, I have finally returned to the place of my passion. Singing in a band has always been part of the dream. My first experience in 2013 was with Bleu Skyes where I met my friend, lead guitarist and song writing partner Doug Reichert. Writing and singing original music is an even bigger part of the dream. Doug and I developed The Sandra Macat Band in late 2015 where we wrote our first song "Ten Years TV."
"California" is the song that has gotten the most attention. I think because it speaks of love, dreams and disappointment. "Fly Away", "Miles Away",and "Bring Me Down" all share similar themes about the difficulty of balancing dreams, hope and life's realities. "Eternity Line" is a bit haunting as it really hones in on life and a fate we all share. We are in the process of recording our first CD which we will be releasing in early 2018.
The Sandra Macat Band songs are penned by Doug Reichert and myself, but the band brings them to life with a sound that is all our own. Andy Batwinas is on rhythm guitar, Ed Esposito drums, and Gene Williams on bass.
I'm so happy to finally be on this musical path, finally home. Singing.

10/22/2017
10/15/2017

​Upon hearing Before Lights Fade, a friend said this is a “record of American music. It doesn’t want to be put in a corner; it wants to breathe the open-air and wander in the open space. It is music made by Tom Alfera who is much like the record: out of the cave and into the light, for better AND for worse.”
I was born into a Tylenol-tampered-with-world to people who were broken by too much use and disappointment. So I became a refugee, taken in by a radio at night. Early FM, Cat Stevens, The Beach Boys, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Springsteen, CSN, Paul Simon among so many others took me places, safer places, scary places, better places. And they put pictures in my head. Songwriters were my peculiar people.
My virtual world in the radio was better than the real world of people. Then I discovered nature and those who commune with it. I found my other peculiar people, the people of the woods. Emerson, Dickinson, Thoreau, and my dear friend Walt Whitman. How I adored these writers, these free spirits who rejected this so-called civilization, that conspiracy of society designed to take away the manhood of its members. Emerson said, “In the woods we return to reason and faith…nothing can befall me which nature cannot repair.” Word!
And so Before Lights Fade is Walt Whitman and weathered dreams; it is an Appalachian living in the Bear Republic; it is a wearied wanderlust and innocent wonder; it is a collection of experiences that are heartbroken, yet hopeful. Both me and this record are radio refugees in our own way; and it (my life and this record) is a celebration of the poor results of all.

10/08/2017

Rick Dougherty, lifelong performer and former songwriter-guitarist with the new Kingston Trio, is now going solo and will be sharing the news first worldwide as our guest.

10/01/2017

From the best of "The Creative Muse hour" : Shannon Hurley topped the trance charts earlier this year with “Stay (Here With Me)”, her collaboration with The Thrillseekers, and the Myde Remix of “An Open Heart” with Hazem Beltagui, and coming a year after the critically acclaimed second Lovers & Poets album with husband/collaborator Ben Eisen, LA singer-songwriter Shannon Hurley has returned with a new solo effort, New Day, which is an upbeat assortment of pop and pop-rock.
This newest record will be her 5th solo, and 7th overall (including her output with Lovers & Poets).
She released her debut album "Ready to Wake Up" in 2007, featuring a pure voice paired with simple heartfelt lyrics. When Shannon put out a call for remixes, the Creative Commons community responded with over 500 versions of her songs. She drew from the best of the tracks and compiled an album called "Second Light: The Ready to Wake Up Remixes".
In 2009 Shannon and husband Ben Eisen (also her long-standing bass player) moved to Nashville, TN. It was there they started a new band called Lovers & Poets, an electronic chill-pop project that garnered airplay on KCRW and Adam Carolla's ACE Broadcasting Network.
Shannon and Ben returned to L.A. in 2010 but not before Shannon was off to Vietnam to perform at the Hyatt Hotel in Saigon for three months. She performed as a pop lounge singer and came away with experience and a love for Vietnamese culture. While in Vietnam the devastating earthquake in Haiti happened and Shannon called several artist friends into action and the resulting "Songs for Haiti" was born, with all proceeds from this digital compilation going to Oxfam America. Sadly, the day she returned to L.A. her mother passed away suddenly. She was the one who introduced Shannon to pop music, having sung in rock bands while Shannon was growing up in South Bend, IN.
Determined to make the most personal album yet, she is following up with "California" (which started with a single self-titled track in January 2009). "Beg Steal Borrow", which will also be on the new album, appeared on the Emmy nominated web-based series "Venice". Many fans helped fund the recording through Kickstarter and with their help, the album was released in July 2011.
In January 2014, Shannon released her album "The Light" and contains the song "Shape of Things To Come", in which the accompanying music video finds Shannon traversing all over LA with a toy piano, highlighting several famous landmarks.
Shannon's newest solo album "Switch It On" offers anthemic pop ("Only Love"), soul-folk ("Sweet Lovin' Ways"), to all-out country ("Behind The Clouds"), and light pop ("Heartbeat On The Radio"- which is accompanied by a fantastical ski-fi video that captures the spirit of Flash Gordon and Barbarella)).
Lovers & Poets, who just released their 2nd album, Lovers & Poets II, which is enjoying critical success for their cover of David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes".
Shannon's music can be heard on "Young & The Restless", "Scorpion, "90210", "American Idol", "So You Think You Can Dance", "Charmed", "Home And Away", "Life Unexpected", and "Giuliana & Bill".
She has also collaborated with trance legends Alex MORPH, Protoculture, and The Thrillseekers, and has songs supported by Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, & Paul Oakenfold.
FUN FACTS!
She studied songwriting with Pat Leonard (hit writer for Madonna). 
She played in a band with actress/musician Brie Larson (United States of Tara, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World).

She co-founded Don't Call Us Tori! (dontcallustori.com), a showcase for female singer-songwriters in L.A.

 

September 2017

09/24/2017

From the best of "The Creative Muse hour" : Richard Marchetta is a singer-songwriter born & raised in Los Angeles ,CA..In high school he didn’t like the idea of 90 mile per hour fastballs flying by his head..so he decided to pick up the guitar instead.
You can find out more about Rich and his artist life at RichardMarchetta.com and also on Facebook.

09/17/2017

Bree Noble is a Music Business Coach, Speaker and Musician. She quit her corporate job as a Director of Finance to pursue music. After a successful run as a touring singer/songwriter, she founded Women of Substance Radio to promote quality female artists in all genres. The daily Podcast of the same name hit #1 in New & Noteworthy in all 3 of it's categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. On her 2nd Podcast, Female Entrepreneur Musician (also #1 in New & Noteworthy), she conducts interviews with successful Indie female artists and industry pros that are both inspirational and informational. Drawing on her extensive experience, Bree has created online courses to help musicians learn to make a living from their music. Her most popular offering is an online training and mentoring community exclusively for female musicians called the "Female Musician Academy".
BreeNoble.com

09/10/2017

Canadian musician, Vanessa Cardui has been visible in the Calgary music scene for essentially the last decade. Her stylings and command of a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, mandolin, and other specialized instruments such as the Lute have never been in question. Her command and extensive musical knowledge are shown in pure evidence with the release of her new CD simply titled ‘Patience’ launching on Sept 7 th . Patience is a new direction for Cardui and is a fresh new sound that builds off of the success of her prior release, Thought Experiment which quickly became a
local favorite with its intimate undertones and the building of emotional connections the album made with its listeners.

Already, Vanessa has made an influential mark with this new release as positive feedback has been given by an early performance at Edmonton’s Pure Speculation Festival. That performance allowed Vanessa to enhance her public image and demonstrate her worth as a musician, her performance resulted in a number of important interviews including special coverage by Vue Weekly and an in-depth interview by On Spec Magazine, one of the leading magazines in Alberta that focuses normally on Science Fiction and the arts but felt that Vanessa’s performance at the festival directly led to the success of it.

09/03/2017

August 2017

08/27/2017

Author Gina Venturini grew up in Nebraska, where she studied opera. After college Gina moved to Minneapolis and ended up singing backup vocals for an Elvis / Neil Diamond Impersonator. Wanting more she left with a suit case and took a train to Memphis, where she connected with a Marriott circuit band that toured all over the east coast and Wisconsin. Then, she was drawn to California for personal reasons and continued to pursue music and created original projects with Genius Girl and Valet. In addition to music, Gina's creative talents branched out into fashion and she started her own jewelry line, GINA VENTURNI DESIGNS. A job and personal reasons transitioned Gina from Los Angeles to Austin Texas in 2013 where Gina's creative talents evolved into writing and she wrote her first poetry book, "Calling Love Home" A journey of the heart. After a brief stay in Austin Texas, Gina headed back to Los Angeles to start the next chapter in her life and released her second book, "The Color of My Heart is You."

A Journey of Healing / Authored by Gina Venturini

When I started writing this book, it began as poems of heartbreak. However, while writing the words you see on these pages, my heart started to heal and I was able to let go of the wanting and need for my muse that inspired the first two books.
This book is about love, and in having to let go of the love that was not meant for me, became the catalyst for my growth.

Publication Date:
Aug 03 2017

08/20/2017

When Sally Champlin arrives onstage, you immediately know you’re in the hands of a masterful pro.  Her very first song talk/raps you into a state of finger-snapping fun and her second song reveals one of those beautiful voices that are so rare in this world.  And she’s always full of fabulous Hollywood stories.  Come hear this extraordinary entertainer LIVE!

Kyle Leone was born and raised in Irvine, CA with an immediate love of music. Singing right out of the womb, Kyle knew music would forever be a part of his life. Aftering traveling and performing with the All-American Boys’ Chorus throughout elementary school, Kyle joined every choir he was allowed to (and an improv team) during his time at Irvine High School. While studying music composition at University of California, Santa Barbara, Kyle discovered and joined the UCSB Chamber Choir as well as the all-male a cappella group, Brothas from Otha Mothas (BFOM), of which he was president / music director for two years.

08/13/2017

Richard Marchetta is a singer-songwriter born & raised in Los Angeles ,CA..In high school he didn’t like the idea of 90 mile per hour fastballs flying by his head..so he decided to pick up the guitar instead.
You can find out more about Rich and his artist life at RichardMarchetta.com and also on Facebook.

July 2017

07/30/2017

Shannon Hurley topped the trance charts earlier this year with “Stay (Here With Me)”, her collaboration with The Thrillseekers, and the Myde Remix of “An Open Heart” with Hazem Beltagui, and coming a year after the critically acclaimed second Lovers & Poets album with husband/collaborator Ben Eisen, LA singer-songwriter Shannon Hurley has returned with a new solo effort, New Day, which is an upbeat assortment of pop and pop-rock.
This newest record will be her 5th solo, and 7th overall (including her output with Lovers & Poets).
She released her debut album "Ready to Wake Up" in 2007, featuring a pure voice paired with simple heartfelt lyrics. When Shannon put out a call for remixes, the Creative Commons community responded with over 500 versions of her songs. She drew from the best of the tracks and compiled an album called "Second Light: The Ready to Wake Up Remixes".
In 2009 Shannon and husband Ben Eisen (also her long-standing bass player) moved to Nashville, TN. It was there they started a new band called Lovers & Poets, an electronic chill-pop project that garnered airplay on KCRW and Adam Carolla's ACE Broadcasting Network.
Shannon and Ben returned to L.A. in 2010 but not before Shannon was off to Vietnam to perform at the Hyatt Hotel in Saigon for three months. She performed as a pop lounge singer and came away with experience and a love for Vietnamese culture. While in Vietnam the devastating earthquake in Haiti happened and Shannon called several artist friends into action and the resulting "Songs for Haiti" was born, with all proceeds from this digital compilation going to Oxfam America. Sadly, the day she returned to L.A. her mother passed away suddenly. She was the one who introduced Shannon to pop music, having sung in rock bands while Shannon was growing up in South Bend, IN.
Determined to make the most personal album yet, she is following up with "California" (which started with a single self-titled track in January 2009). "Beg Steal Borrow", which will also be on the new album, appeared on the Emmy nominated web-based series "Venice". Many fans helped fund the recording through Kickstarter and with their help, the album was released in July 2011.
In January 2014, Shannon released her album "The Light" and contains the song "Shape of Things To Come", in which the accompanying music video finds Shannon traversing all over LA with a toy piano, highlighting several famous landmarks.
Shannon's newest solo album "Switch It On" offers anthemic pop ("Only Love"), soul-folk ("Sweet Lovin' Ways"), to all-out country ("Behind The Clouds"), and light pop ("Heartbeat On The Radio"- which is accompanied by a fantastical ski-fi video that captures the spirit of Flash Gordon and Barbarella)).
Lovers & Poets, who just released their 2nd album, Lovers & Poets II, which is enjoying critical success for their cover of David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes".
Shannon's music can be heard on "Young & The Restless", "Scorpion, "90210", "American Idol", "So You Think You Can Dance", "Charmed", "Home And Away", "Life Unexpected", and "Giuliana & Bill".
She has also collaborated with trance legends Alex MORPH, Protoculture, and The Thrillseekers, and has songs supported by Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, & Paul Oakenfold.
FUN FACTS!
She studied songwriting with Pat Leonard (hit writer for Madonna). 
She played in a band with actress/musician Brie Larson (United States of Tara, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World).

She co-founded Don't Call Us Tori! (dontcallustori.com), a showcase for female singer-songwriters in L.A.

 

07/23/2017

Music from our guest, David Vito Gregoli.

07/16/2017

Sophie Serafino, international violinist and amazing talent

07/09/2017

Today we have Fernando Perdomo, producer and songwriter, promoting his new album release.

07/02/2017

Our musical guest today is Penelope Torribio - she is a world renowned puppeteer, educator and songwriter... author, teacher, writer and you get my drift.

 

This is an all ages show as she does a lot to travel the world helping less fortunate kids...

June 2017

06/25/2017

Today's in studio guests, Diego Garcia and Dustin Arth from Stage 11 Band, sharing their new E.P. with us.

06/18/2017

Today we have Shelley Segal and Maya, guests from Australia.

06/11/2017

Music by Debbie Hennessey & Jeffrey Marshall

06/04/2017

Music by Echo Greywolf.

May 2017

05/28/2017
05/21/2017

Fom the best of "The Creative Muse Hour" : Music by Larry Schallert from Sierra Highway and Col. Darryl Harrelson

05/14/2017
05/07/2017

April 2017

04/30/2017
04/23/2017
04/16/2017
04/09/2017
04/02/2017

Music by Larry Schallert from Sierra Highway and Col. Darryl Harrelson

March 2017

03/26/2017

Marina V is an award-winning Russian-American recording pop artist, singer and songwriter with a "hauntingly beautiful" voice (LA TIMES) and "melodic and passionate" music (The Washington Post). A self-described "musical lovechild of The Beatles, Tori Amos and Tchaikovsky", Marina grew up in Moscow and has been singing and writing songs since a very young age. 
Raised by a communist nuclear physicist father & a psychologist mother during the difficult times just after the Soviet Union collapse, Marina attended a school of music every evening after regular school. 
After being rewarded a prestigious scholarship, Marina came to America at the age of 15, by herself. It wasn’t easy, and somewhere between visa issues, crazy odd jobs, missing her family, playing ice hockey and attending a university in Illinois, she worked hard and has quickly blossomed into an international voice. She self-released several albums and, together with her husband/co-writer, Nick Baker, has played over 850 shows worldwide. 
Marina has worked with Grammy & Emmy winners, platinum-selling artists and legends like Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith), received many awards (such as The Los Angeles Music Critic Award, a Hollywood International Entertainment Award and one from Sir Bob Geldof) and has been praised for her work as a cultural ambassador by Senator Bill Bradley. 
She has written multiple songs for films, video games, ads such as PEPSI, has had her songs on NBC, CBS, SONY, Oprah Winfrey Network, Lifetime and The National Geographic, among many others. She's also written several songs for NBC's Days of Our Lives and even appeared singing on screen. 
Marina's songs have timeless quality that transcends boundaries and touches fans from all walks of life. So much in fact that her fans have played an instrumental part in her success, sponsoring the creation of all of her albums, including her newest, INNER SUPERHERO. 
Marina is getting more and more recognition each day. The environmentally- conscious artist loves touring, connecting with her fans and inspiring people with her amazing music, her story & beautiful spirit.

Based in Los Angeles, Marina is always creating: whether recording for her 2 SONGS A MONTH CLUB, writing or painting. 
Please visit MarinaV.com for latest news!

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