The Twin Cities is a literal melting pot of amazing musicians and singers. I consider myself blessed to be among them. Here are some friends, as well as, artists that I am a fan of.

First, a song that's always stuck with me. With an updated production and the right vocalist, this song could be...well, a Big hit! Huge hook and timeless lyrics. Co-written by my long-time friend Pat DeRemer and his songwriting business partner in the 80's, Roy Freland. The killer demo vocal is Nashville veteran and first tenor phenom, Gene Miller who plays and sings w/Amy Grant and Vince Gill.

'Language of love'  External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://soundcloud.com/upfront-musicforthesoul/language-of-love


Margaret Cox: External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJKn85Fd1p8

The late Steve Raitt (Bonnie's brother) External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSZ0icz-TGw

The late Doug Maynard with Geoff Bouchier, (guitar) Bobby Vandell, (drums) Dik Hedlund, (bass) John Della Selva,  (guitar) Melanie Rosales and Margaret Cox (BV) FUNKY!

External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkheKvGGXMY

St. Paul Peterson w/fdeluxe  "Sanctified"  FUNKY!

External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBUGV8fYR5s

Serenity prayer project with Billy McLaughin, Nate Sabin and host of others:

External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKhAg2dMKbo

Kenny Holmen, Dave Barry and Donnie Lamarca, Shaun Labelle, Stokley Williams, Daryl Boudreau with Jeff Lorber External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ab0VEc2qok

Hitchville: Heidi Owens, Matt Keefe & crew:
External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzPdox5wZTw

Rocket Club: External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Wk91Om3hs  North Country, killer tune

Stevie Greenberg and Lipps Inc (Funkytown)  External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.funkytown.com/

Rick Barron and The Living Daylights: External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXkYE92zR_Q

"Don't turn away"  Easily one of the best vocals recorded. Jesus song....

External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJmlksPuHGc

Patty Peterson:
External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nLlSOWk62k

Renee Austin: External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw7gsR-OJcA 

Mark Lickteig: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QD8M3eCKjU

Mick Sterling: External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix3vm6WXYow


Cate Fierro:
External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj1nstp1J3E

Wayne Culinan: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZhzs1IMbKA

Andy Kotz, killer guitarist: External link opens in new tab or windowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chPvsgWGov0&feature=related

Lisa Keith: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M31S4o6LRvA

Craig T. Olson: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJKMNWsRHvw   "The" velvet voice.

On this one, grab a glass of red wine. Recorded live with Jeff Carver. Mint!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cBbSok1m9c


Finally, a word of thanks: Everyone needs inspiration. My older brother had a party in the late 60's at our parents basement In Minnetonka with a band made up of some friends of his called "Killing Floor." (A great band) The members were Bruce Miller on lead vocals, Scott Bolin on keyboards, Tom Wolfe on guitar, Mike Roberts on bass, and Dinky Roberts on drums. (Sadly, Dinky died in his sleep before graduating from Minnetonka High School) 

                               
Learning tunes off albums note for note, riff for riff is a real gift, and they had it in a big way. Watching them perform Blue-eyed soul tunes really jacked me up to play professionally. External link opens in new tab or window