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Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Jimmy Webb to Play Carnegie Hall in Celebration of “The Cake and the Rain” – All Star Line-Up Announced

Ashley Campbell, Toby Keith and Dwight Yoakam will represent country in an all-star tribute to Grammy-winning hit-maker Jimmy Webb on May 3 at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A Celebration of the Music of Jimmy Webb will feature additional performances by Amy Grant, Art Garfunkel, Billy Davis, Jr., Johnny Rivers, Judy Collins, Marilyn McCoo of Fifth Dimension and Webb himself.

Proceeds from the night will support the Alzheimer’s Foundation in honor of his friend, Glen Campbell. Webb is behind some of Campbell’s biggest hits including “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” among others. He also composed “Highwayman,” the 1985 Grammy-winner for Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

Considered one of America’s greatest songwriters, Webb’s impact on music is immeasurable. Elvis Presley, The Surpremes, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer, Joe Cocker, Frank Sinatra, Isaac Hayes, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon and Barbra Streisand have all recorded his music.

Webb is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was a recipient of the ACM’s Poet’s Award in August 2016. Webb is also a member of ASCAP’s board of directors and more than 50 years into his career, he still performs regularly.

A Celebration of the Music of Jimmy Webb follows the April 18 release of his new memoir The Cake and The Rain and coincides with upcoming the 50th anniversary of “Wichita Lineman.”

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Larry Kosson to Speak at SXSW 2017

Larry Kosson will be traveling to the SXSW Festival in March to participate in a music industry panel discussion. The session, “Programming Intimate Spaces” will take place on March 16, 2017 from 12:30pm-1:30pm at the Austin Convention Center in Room C .Joining Larry will be Patrick Brogan from Arts Quest, Anya Siglin from The Ark and Laura Kendall from Omaha PAC.

Small venues provide audiences with unrivaled intimate experiences. These venues are a critical part of the touring ecosystem. Programming venues with less than 500 seats also creates unique challenges. Thin profit margins and competition for discretionary income makes programming a small venue a very risky business. This panel will focus on the decision making process, maximizing the audience experience, and managing the risks of programming small venues.More info can be found here: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP60047

 

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on APAP 2017 Showcases Announced!

new-york-showcase-ad-2nd-version-comp-01Kosson Talent is excited to announce some wonderful showcase performances that will be happening during the APAP 2017 conference. Reservations are required so please make sure you RSVP if you would like to attend one of these outstanding shows! CLICK ON IMAGE to see the full line up and RSVP information!

 

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Black Violin Scores the Music For The New FOX TV Show, “PITCH”

The premiere of Pitch on FOX aired on 9/8.  We are thrilled for Black Violin–their music is a part of this series. Here is a scene depicting the character,  Ginny – Kylie Bunbury getting ready for her major league debut to the soundtrack of Black Violin’s  “A Flat”. ABOUT THE SHOW:

From executive producers Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”) and Rick Singer (“Younger”), PITCH is the dramatic and inspirational story of a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball.

A beautiful, tough and gifted athlete, GINNY BAKER (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut.

Like any rookie, Ginny must prove herself to her teammates. Foremost among them is MIKE LAWSON (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”), the team’s ruggedly handsome star catcher. There’s instant chemistry between them, although neither dares admit it. After all, Mike is captain of the team and a few of his players don’t even want Ginny on the field. One of the players watching Ginny’s back is center fielder BLIP SANDERS (Mo McRae, “Sons of Anarchy”), an old friend from the minor leagues and his wife EVELYN (Meagan Holder, “You Again,” “Bring it On: Fight to the Finish”).

Guiding her is her agent/confidante, AMELIA SLATER (Ali Larter, “Legends,” “Heroes”). Amelia saw Ginny’s star potential early on and left her previous job as a Hollywood publicist to concentrate on the young phenom, bringing along her young assistant ELIOT (Tim Jo, “The Neighbors”).

Although groomed for this moment by her demanding father, BILL BAKER (guest star Michael Beach, “Sons of Anarchy”), the end of Ginny’s improbable journey is the beginning of an almost impossible one: representing her gender as she embarks on a successful baseball career under the glare of the white-hot media spotlight.

The team’s manager, AL LUONGO (Dan Lauria, “The Wonder Years,” “Sullivan and Sons”), and general manager, OSCAR ARGUELLA (Mark Consuelos, “All My Children”), bicker over whether Ginny’s presence on the field is in the team’s best interests.

Playing in the major leagues is a goal hard enough for anyone to achieve – except this player is also a woman, who happens to be the most important historical figure in sports since Jackie Robinson. This season, Ginny Baker will be the other woman trying to break into one of the oldest, most exclusive men’s clubs in the country.

PITCH is a production of 20th Century Fox Television. Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer are co-creators and executive producers of the series. Emmy Award winner Kevin Falls (“Journeyman,” “Franklin & Bash,” “The West Wing”), Academy Award winner Tony Bill (“The Sting,” “Taxi Driver”), Helen Bartlett (“Untamed Heart,” “A Home of Our Own,” “North Country”) and Jess Rosenthal are also executive producers. Emmy Award winner Paris Barclay (EMPIRE, “Sons of Anarchy”) serves as director and executive producer. “Like” PITCH on Facebook at facebook.com/PitchonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter@PitchonFOX and join the discussion at #Pitch. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @PitchonFOX.

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Jimmy Webb Honored at the American County Music Awards

The most anticipated moment of the 10th annual ACM Honors actually passed without controversy, as Miranda Lambert accepted the inaugural ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award. Just before the event – held August 30th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium – alt-country favorite Sturgill Simpson stoked fires with an uncompromising denouncement of the Academy of Country Music on Facebook, citing that the award merely exploited the legacy of Haggard, who died earlier this year. Simpson later clarified that his remarks were not aimed at Lambert.

Following an emotional rendition of “Misery and Gin,” Lambert gave a speech that evoked Haggard’s memory without making any direct references to the Simpson situation. “Merle was one of my heroes,” said Lambert. “He’s the reason I write songs, he changed my life so much.” Emmylou Harris, who introduced Lambert, deftly reminded the packed Ryman house that Haggard won 20 ACM Awards and was the organization’s first Entertainer of the Year winner.

The closest thing to controversy arrived with Jimmy Webb’s acceptance speech on the heels of The Band Perry’s performance of Webb’s lost-love opus, “MacArthur Park.” Addressing the issue of digital songwriter royalties, Webb declaring that songwriters “are not being fairly compensated for their work. I strongly urge people to stand up for our songwriters.” As if on cue, the audience rose to its collective feet.

The event also gave commendable up-front recognition of country trailblazers, too often overlooked in an era caught up in the present. Glen Campbell, currently battling Alzheimer’s, was honored with the Career Achievement Award while three distinct stylists, Tanya Tucker, The Statler Brothers and Crystal Gayle, received the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. For their songwriting prowess, both Eddie Rabbitt and Jimmy Webb were chosen for the Poet’s Award.” more:http://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/miranda-lambert-salutes-merle-haggard-at-acm-honors-w437348

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Peter Gros & His Furry Friend Help Ease a Little Tension on the Kelly & Michael Show…

Did a screaming, hairy armadillo just amble into the middle of reported tensions between Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan?

Toward the end of Thursday’s Live With Kelly and Michael, Mutual of Omaha’s Peter Gros brought out the mammal as part of an animal segment, noting its size and lack of teeth forces it to scare off predators by shrieking. “He’s about to scare me away!” chimed in Strahan, as the creature continued its noisy protests.

RELATEDKelly Ripa Returns to Live, Addresses Strahan Exit Dustup: ‘Our National Nightmare Is Over’ — Watch Video

Seconds later, Ripa declared that “something just flew off of [the armadillo] and into my mouth.” When Gros asked if she’d like a napkin, Ripa exclaimed, “I want to take him into contract negotiations with me!” before breaking up with laughter.

“He always gets his way with a predator!” joked Gros, in response.

Strahan, for his part, didn’t even crack a smile, then scrunched up his nose as he and Ripa caught a whiff of the pungent beast. “He’s got a nice smell to him,” Strahan observed sarcastically.

Also smelling peculiar? Over the past two days, neither Strahan nor Ripa ….https://www.yahoo.com/tv/kelly-ripa-drops-contract-negotiations-144332720.html

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Velvet Caravan Signs with KOSSON TALENT!

We are excited to announce that Velvet Caravan has signed on with Kosson Talent.

Rooted in the Gypsy Jazz/Gypsy Swing and Latin Swing styles, this  high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. This band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and relentless sense of humor.  Bringing together the eclectic sounds are a motley crew of super talented musicians from Venezuela, Serbia, Austin TX, Iowa, Boston MA, and Southern Georgia.  

Ferocious technique!” – Austin City Chronicle

Tight and vibrantly free, Velvet Caravan pours violin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, accordion, keyboard…The ensuing worldly sound is sophisticated, yet fun and organic.”-Beaufort Gazette

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Jimmy Webb to Receive the Poet’s Award from the Academy of Country Music

We congratulate Jimmy Webb on the honor of the Poet’s Award, from The Academy of Country Music. They just announced yesterday this Special Award for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. Glen Campbell will receive the Career Achievement Award. Past honorees for the Poet’s Award include Hank Williams, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, and Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.

Fellow Oklahoman Carrie Underwood will receive an award as well. Her performance of Jimmy’s “MacArthur Park” was part of her meteoric rise on Idol.

Poet’s Award – Eddie Rabbitt (awarded posthumously) and Jimmy Webb

The late Eddie Rabbitt and Elk City native  Jimmy Webb have been chosen to receive the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music.

Rabbitt scored country/pop crossover success starting in 1979 with hits “I Love a Rainy Night,” “Drivin’ My Life Away,” “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Suspicions.” His career began in the late 1960s as a professional songwriter who penned Elvis Presley’s “Kentucky Rain” and Ronnie Milsap’s “Pure Love.” While working to build his career as an artist, Rabbitt opened for Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Rabbitt also recorded duets with Juice Newton (“Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)”) and fellow 2016 ACM honoree Crystal Gayle (“You and I”). Rabbitt is an ACM Award winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. He died May 7, 1998 at age 56.

Webb’s remarkable career began in 1965, crossing numerous genres and sales milestones. He is the pen behind platinum-selling classics recorded by multiple artists. “Up, Up and Away” was recorded by The 5th Dimension, Nancy Sinatra and Diana Ross & The Supremes. “MacArthur Park” was recorded by Waylon Jennings, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer and Glen Campbell.

Webb and fellow 2016 ACM Special Award honoree Campbell had a particularly fruitful professional relationship, resulting in the hits “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and others. Among the stellar artists who have recorded or performed Webb’s compositions are Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt and Carly Simon. Webb is a member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. More than 50 years into his career, Webb still performs regularly.

Previous recipients of the Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Guy Clark, Jack Clement, Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker and Hank Williams.

http://newsok.com/article/5488236

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Black Violin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

On Grammy night, Black Violin appeard on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and the LEGENDARY The Roots crew!

Watch the full performance here: http://bit.ly/1LrSeUZ

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Kosson Talent Signs “THIS WONDERFUL LIFE” starring Jeremy Kendall

This Wonderful Life is a one-man play beautifully acted by Jeremy Kendall. Based on the iconic 1946 holiday favorite film, It’s a Wonderful Life, the production brings to life over 32 familiar people in an amazing display of physical and verbal virtuosity. Kendall portrays the Jimmy Stewart-inspired George Bailey, and the whole cast of lovable characters from Bedford Falls including Clarence the Angel, Mary, Zuzu and all the townsfolk who rely on him to save them from the greedy Mr. Potter. 

THIS WONDERFUL LIFE   Preview the PDSC00294-e1451443557419lay here: VIDEO

Jeremy’s  75-minute tour-de-force is at once inspiring, funny, poignant and most of all, uplifting.

 

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Kosson Talent Sponsors Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference 2016 – Pushcart Players Showcasing New Production at the Conference

Kosson Talent is a proud sponsor of the APAP 2016 conference, to be held this January at the New York Hilton in New York City. You can find Kosson Talent reps Larry Kosson, Meghan Barry and Robin Spielberg in Booth #1029, Americas Hall I during the conference. Appointments are recommended (larry@kossontalent.com). In addition, Pushcart Players will be showcasing their brand new and very timely theater-for-young-audiences show, “Ellis Island: Gateway to America.”  The showcase is part of the “APAP FAMILY SHOWCASE” series and will be held

Date:  January 16, 2016
Time:  9:00am
Location:  Theater Center; 210 West 50th Street (at Broadway)

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Black Violin on the Ellen DeGeneres Show!

BV Ellen2Black Violin recently met 19-year old phenom Alessia Cara in Los Angeles, and when she heard Kev and Wil performing she was blown away—so much so, that she invited them to back her up the next day at her Ellen DeGeneres show taping. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the segment. (click Ellen photo) Enjoy!

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Valerie Vigoda’s New Musical Makes Its Boston Premiere

Valerie Vigoda has co-written a new musical with her husband/collaborator Brendan Millburn, “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.” The musical opened in Seattle to rave reviews and is now playing in Boston at Emerson College.

“Ernest Shackleton Loves Me” is a quirky, fresh and completely original new musical and one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in musical theater in years. It’s the whole package! Don’t miss this one!” -Broadwayworld.com

BOSTON GLOBE REVIEW

Kosson Talent is now booking Valerie’s newest creation, “JUST GETTING GOOD.” PREVEW HERE

 

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Black Violin – new CD on Universal Classics

bv-506The opening and title track to Stereotypes, the major-label debut by Black Violin, serves as a mission statement for an ambitious and groundbreaking group. Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) are a string duo from Florida with equal footing in the worlds of classical music and hip-hop. Though they have been playing together since high school, with Stereotypes, they take a great leap forward, from admirable rarities to significant innovators. “Our mantra has always been to engage the audience to look at things from a different perspective,” says Kev.

Black Violin’s new CD on Universal Classics, “Stereotypes” will be released 9/18 and has already climbed the iTunes charts and has been featured on NPR Morning Edition, The Wendy Williams show, on ESPN’s “His and Hers” and Essence Magazine.

Learn more on our Black Violin feature page here

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Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Kosson Talent Featured in Fall Issue of Inside Arts

“The husband-and-wife team of LARRY KOSSON and ROBIN SPIELBERG have launched KOSSON TALENT, with a roster that includes Black Violin, Jimmy Webb, Dala, Trout Fishing in America, Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Pushcart Players, Robin Spielberg, American Tapestry and Valerie Vigoda. Kosson Won the NAPAMA Agent of the Year award during the 2013 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference. He currently serves as membership co-chair on the PA Presenters board of directors and the South Arts Performing Arts exchange Advisory Committee. READ MORE

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on CNN will air “I’ll Be Me”, a Documentary on Glen Campbell featuring the songs of JIMMY WEBB

By David Wild : “Like a lot of people around the world, I have been listening to and loving the extraordinary music of Glen Campbell all of my life. Yet it was only this week that I could emotionally bring myself to see “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” the very beautiful, very musical and even more moving documentary directed by James Keach that quite rightly received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song….

Like the vast majority of us, Glen Campbell has not lived a perfect life, but through it all, this extraordinary musical talent has brought great beauty and soul to our lives thanks to his singular skills as a guitarist, singer, actor and entertainer. To this day, I regularly listen to Glen Campbell’s early work with Jimmy Webb, as well as his recent recordings with producer and songwriter Julian Raymond.

Yet this is not a “Behind The Music” look at any of that, but instead, a look at how one man has said goodbye to public life with great love, strength and redemption with the help of those who love him the most — his family.”

http://www.kesq.com/news/the-unforgettable-glen-campbell/33750924

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Welcome! Larry Kosson & Robin Spielberg Launch Kosson Talent!

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Larry Kosson and Robin Spielberg are proud to announce their new agency, Kosson Talent.

The married couple, who formed SMG Artists in 2000 and then joined forces with The Roots Agency, formed this new enterprise to handle a select number of clients.

The initial roster includes Black Violin, Jimmy Webb, Dala, Wild Kingdom’s Peter Gros, Pushcart Players, Robin Spielberg, American Tapestry, Trout Fishing in America and Valerie Vigoda.

Larry Kosson won The NAPAMA “Agent of the Year” award during the 2013 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference. He has served as a panel speaker at SXSW, PA Presenters and chaired the membership committee of APAP where he also served on the board of directors. Robin Spielberg is a composer & pianist on the Steinway Artist Roster. She serves as National Artist Spokesperson for The American Music Therapy Association and works diligently to create arts and education programs for touring artists.

Kosson Talent can be found on the web at KossonTalent.com

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Larry Kosson to Serve on SXSW Panel

Larry Kosson will serve on the SXSW panel, “In the Wings: Programming Performing Arts Centers.” 

In the changing landscape of touring, performing arts centers (PACs) are critical in bringing musicians and audiences together. The process of programming at performing arts centers is shifting with new economic realities and audience expectations. This panel will discuss the different influencers on programming at performing arts centers, and how the decision making process works.

Questions Answered

  1. What are the distinctions between promoters, presenters, curators and producers?
  2. What is the decision making process for programming at a performing arts center?
  3. How do performing arts centers in different communities collaborate to develop tours?
  4. How are performing arts centers serving as incubators for new and developing music performance?
  5. What factors impact performance fees at performing arts centers?

Speakers

Organizer

Larry Kosson

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Kosson Talent Supports the Colleen Porter Fund

IPAY’s Artistic Development Award celebrates the life, work, and ideals of Colleen Toohey Porter.Colleen, who passed away last year,was a tireless advocate for artists and for the transformative power of the performing arts. A creative and visionary leader, she inspired all of us to dream big, and generously shared her practical knowledge to help us turn our dreams into reality. Larry Kosson is a Campaign Director.

With the same intentional focus that Colleen brought to every project, we continue to advocate to ensure ongoing resources and funding for this fitting tribute to her legacy.

Through this juried award and distinguished honor, Colleen’s innovative, generous, and nurturing spirit will live on in the artists of the future. To learn more about this award and how you can contribute to Colleen’s legacy, please click here

 

 

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on American Tapestry Showcasing at Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Conference 11/10

Robin Spielberg’s American Tapestry was selected to showcase at the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Conference to be held in Lancaster, PA this month. The trio of fiddle/vocals/guitar/piano/cello delights audiences with fresh and innovative arrangements of precious American gems from yesteryear. These songs are interwoven with new music and the stories that inspired them.  The group is embarking on a ten-city tour following the conference to MN, IA, IL and ND. A new study guide is now available that helps guide teachers with curriculum covering Civil War history and Gold Rush through American song. More here

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Jimmy Webb on The Late Show with David Letterman Performing “MacArthur Park”

Jimmy Webb, Paul Shaffer, Wil Lee and the 23-piece CBS Orchestra blew the “roof” off with an epic performance of the iconic “MacArthur Park” (composed by Jimmy Webb).

 

First recorded in 1968 by Richard Harris, the song has been a hit for several artists including Donna Summers, The Four Tops, Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed.

“We have the great Jimmy Webb, the composer of the tune, playing with us today, so he is going to make sure that we are letter perfect. He is just the greatest guy and wrote so many great hits and really had a lot to do with changing music,” Paul Shaffer said on WCBS Radio.

“As I analyze the harmonies and the chords I see, wow… Jimmy Webb broke a lot of ground with this thing.”

Here is video for the Late Show with David Letterman Performance: http://youtu.be/RUPSilcJFrQ

Posted by Kosson Talent - Comments Off on Robin Spielberg Gives a Powerful TEDx Talk

Robin Spielberg, a renowned contemporary pianist and composer, tells a very personal story about the healing power of music. Her experiences inspired her to share how music makes an impact on our well-being and helps us through difficulties In the spirit of ideas worth spreading,

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)  .  CLICK HERE to view the TALK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LTusPwrH9Er1CiNTwVd73zUlbpEc-ZcStBK54vNNEEGOJLwOPahXE An2wBqA1pnPVBjtsDUcMDqAX9BA3cl3F2eAl1wcxShQ

 

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The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice awarded the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize, its highest honor, to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Former Secretary of State received the award for her tireless efforts to promote human rights for women around the world and her groundbreaking work on promoting human rights through Internet freedom.  

Roots Agency Artist ROBIN SPIELBERG was congratulated by Hillary Clinton at the event for her composition, “Flying” which was used as the soundtrack to the video presentation portion of the ceremony. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/3cwnY-G4kecHillary2

Former recipients of the Lantos Prize include the Dalai Lama, Elie Wiesel, Paul Rusesabagina and Chen Guangcheng. The award ceremony took place in Washington, DC on December 6, 2013.

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Jimmy Webb has a new CD hitting the streets this month, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice”. He appeared this week on CBS This Morning backed by British vocalist sensation Rumer singing the title track.

The new Album again unites Jimmy Webb with some of today’s biggest selling and enduring artists for once-in-a-lifetime performances, including the iconic MacArthur Park. In celebration of its 45th Anniversary, Jimmy reached out to Brian Wilson for his inspirational vocal harmonies which take this American Classic soaring to new heights. The Album is full of inspirational vocal performances from the breathless seduction of Carly Simon on Easy For You To Say to the joyful contemporary styling of Keith Urban on Where’s The Playground, Susie. In celebration of Jimmy Webb’s Career as a singer, songwriter and performer it is easy to see why so many Artists have joined together for this amazing collection of duets from the Jimmy Webb Great American Songbook. Besides the Artists already mentioned other Special Guests featured include Lyle Lovett, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Marc Cohn, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Kris Kristofferson, Art Garfunkel and Rumer.  WATCH JIMMY ON CBS THIS MORNING HERE

Track List:

  • Sleeping in the Daytime (Lyle Lovett)
  • Easy for You to Say (Carly Simon)
  • Elvis and Me (The Jordanaires)
  • Where’s the Playground, Suzie (Keith Urban)
  • Still Within the Sound of My Voice (Rumer)
  • If These Walls Could Speak (David Crosby and Graham Nash)
  • The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress (Joe Cocker)
  • Another Lullaby (Marc Cohn)
  • You Can’t Treat the Wrong Man Right (Justin Currie)
  • Rider from Nowhere (America)
  • Honey Come Back (Kris Kristofferson)
  • Adios (Amy Grant)
  • MacArthur Park (Brian Wilson)
  • Shattered (Art Garfunkel)
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Four-time Grammy nominees Trout Fishing in America has released a brand new CD, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers. The recording features tongue twisters, mind-benders, spooky situations and instantly identifiable slices of a kid’s life.

From the creepy feeling of stepping in a gooey substance that is definitely “not mud,” to witnessing the disturbing sight of your sister kissing her boyfriend, to exploring a “Zoo Wacky Zoo” where tigers do the tango, the wildly imaginative songs and situations unfold with every track.

Listen here

The CD has just earned the duo a PARENT’S CHOICE AWARD 

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Larry Kosson  was recently interviewed by Marketcircle, the company that creates the software called “Daylite”. Daylite is instrumental in the day-to-day operation of the agency, and so Marketcircle sat down with Larry Kosson for this interview.

As a child, many of us dream of being a famous singer or song writer. For some of us this dream goes as far as singing in the shower, but to others this dream is made a reality with the help of people like Larry Kosson.

Marketcircle: What is your job?
Larry Kosson: I work at a national talent booking agency. We are dedicated to developing the touring careers of exceptional artists who connect, inside, and transform their audiences.

MC: How did you get started in this business?
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Congratulations to Jimmy Webb on receiving this prestigious international music award!

Jimmy Webb to be recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award.”

Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb will be the recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award,” which he will be presented with in London on May 17th.

The Ivor Novello ‘Special International Award’ recognizes non-British writers and composers who have made an extraordinary contribution to the musical landscape globally. Previous recipients have included SHOF inductees Brian Wilson, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Hal David, Smokey Robinson, Diane Warren and Stephen Sondheim. This year, PRS and the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors will to pay tribute to Jimmy Webb for his incalculable impact on music throughout the world at their 57th annual event.
The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the Cardiff born entertainer Ivor Novello, are solely dedicated to recognizing the work of British and International composers and songwriters. They are presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), and were first introduced in 1955.

Fellows of the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors include SHOF inductees Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, John Barry and Sir Tim Rice.

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Dala’s highly-anticipated album, “BEST DAY” will drop June 5th in the US. The single for the title track is available now. Watch the video trailer here

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Jimmy Webb at the 2011 Country Music Awards

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As part of a tribute to country great Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb accompanied Vince Gill,Brad Paisley & Keith Urban on the Jimmy Webb-penned Glen Campbell classics. The ailing Campbell was then welcomed to the stage–a very moving moment in music history.


New Signings


Posted by Kosson Talent - On June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Kosson Talent Signs ZOE SPEAKS!

Accompanying themselves on guitar, claw hammer banjo, upright bass, and sometimes dulcimers and clogging feet,this trio’s music is centered on Kentucky Appalachian Folk and bluegrass.We fell in love with their music at first spin and you will too. Zoe Speaks has incredible residency/outreach programs.The trio Zoe Speaks consists of Kentuckians Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover, and Owen Reynolds, who draw on their deep roots in the region to put their own spin on everything from traditional ballads to finely-crafted, award-winning originals. A smooth, mellow instrumental mix lays the background for the close vocal harmonies that are a defining feature of their sound. Read More/WATCH-LISTEN

Posted by Kosson Talent - On February 3, 2016 Comments Off on Kosson Talent Signs “THIS WONDERFUL LIFE” starring Jeremy Kendall

This Wonderful Life is a one-man play beautifully acted by Jeremy Kendall. Based on the iconic 1946 holiday favorite film, It’s a Wonderful Life, the production brings to life over 32 familiar people in an amazing display of physical and verbal virtuosity. Kendall portrays the Jimmy Stewart-inspired George Bailey, and the whole cast of lovable characters from Bedford Falls including Clarence the Angel, Mary, Zuzu and all the townsfolk who rely on him to save them from the greedy Mr. Potter. 

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Jeremy’s  75-minute tour-de-force is at once inspiring, funny, poignant and most of all, uplifting.

 

Posted by Kosson Talent - On September 9, 2015 Comments Off on Tiempo Libre Signs with Kosson Talent!

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The members of three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native Cuba. The Miami-based group is celebrated for its sophisticated performances of timba music, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban son. 

Tiempo Libre has introduced Cuban music to new audiences through appearances on shows such as the Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center and Dancing With the Stars and concerts worldwide including performances at Tanglewood, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing Theatre and Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.

Tiempo Libre collaborated on “Para Ti” with violinist Joshua Bell for his At Home with Friends album and frequently plays with leading orchestras, including concerts this season with the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco and Houston Symphonies.  Check out their VIDEOS, BIO, PHOTOS, TECH RIDER & More here:

Posted by Kosson Talent - On June 17, 2015 Comments Off on Kosson Talent Announces NEW SIGNINGS

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Kosson Talent is pleased to announce two new signings, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds.

Hypnotic Brass is a 10-piece band anchored by 7 brothers from Chicago. Together they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def , Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall.

Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds brings folk music from northwest Arkansas. Joined by the Glorious Birds — Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), and Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass) — Dana brings her vibrant, melodic vocals and finger picking to a body of complex songs. Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection. READ MORE HERE

 


Upcoming Releases


Posted by Kosson Talent - On April 3, 2017 Comments Off on New CD from Trout Fishing in America!

Trout Fishing in America is proud to announce the release of their latest CD, “The Strangest Times”. This new collection of songs is the 24th album to be released in their 40-plus years of making music. There are 11 new, original tunes and one cover (BW Stevenson’s On My Own). The songs explore a wide range of feelings and musical styles that blend seamlessly into an inspired and cohesive work.

   The project is a return to the roots of the band. Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet played their first gigs as Trout Fishing in America back in 1977.  The two of them grew up in Houston, TX in the 60’s, where the music playing on the radio and in the clubs was potent and diverse. Country, blues, rock and roll, soul music, Tejano, and Cajun music were all easily found and enjoyed by both Grimwood and Idlet as they grew up. Listening to this spicy gumbo of music shaped the way this duo has approached their original songs, a style that expanded further on relocating to northwest Arkansas in 1992. Keith (on bass) and Ezra (on guitar) are percussive instrumentalists which gives them their unique and driving sound.

   While The Strangest Times is a duo album, Keith and Ezra have added new sounds to their palette. Ezra plays bouzouki on the title cut as well as on “Where Did Everybody Go?” The bouzouki is an eight-string instrument that’s kind of a cross between mandolin and guitar. Keith sets the bass aside and plays fiddle on “Quiet Alleys”. Writing songs and playing music has been a lifetime pursuit that shows no sign of ending for the Trout guys. 

The official release date for “The Strangest Times”, on the exclusive Trout label, is set for April 4th 2017.

Posted by Kosson Talent - On March 21, 2017 Comments Off on Jimmy Webb to Play Carnegie Hall in Celebration of “The Cake and the Rain” – All Star Line-Up Announced

Ashley Campbell, Toby Keith and Dwight Yoakam will represent country in an all-star tribute to Grammy-winning hit-maker Jimmy Webb on May 3 at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A Celebration of the Music of Jimmy Webb will feature additional performances by Amy Grant, Art Garfunkel, Billy Davis, Jr., Johnny Rivers, Judy Collins, Marilyn McCoo of Fifth Dimension and Webb himself.

Proceeds from the night will support the Alzheimer’s Foundation in honor of his friend, Glen Campbell. Webb is behind some of Campbell’s biggest hits including “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” among others. He also composed “Highwayman,” the 1985 Grammy-winner for Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

Considered one of America’s greatest songwriters, Webb’s impact on music is immeasurable. Elvis Presley, The Surpremes, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer, Joe Cocker, Frank Sinatra, Isaac Hayes, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon and Barbra Streisand have all recorded his music.

Webb is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was a recipient of the ACM’s Poet’s Award in August 2016. Webb is also a member of ASCAP’s board of directors and more than 50 years into his career, he still performs regularly.

A Celebration of the Music of Jimmy Webb follows the April 18 release of his new memoir The Cake and The Rain and coincides with upcoming the 50th anniversary of “Wichita Lineman.”

Posted by Kosson Talent - On May 25, 2012 0 Comment

“Dala’s vocals are crystalline and infectious” -Inside World Music

 

 

” it’s refreshing to come across a duo like Dala whose warm, emotive harmonies can take you to the same place as those much bigger bands…There’s an enveloping spirit to these songs, which feel like home.” – Folk Alley


Recent Releases


Posted by Kosson Talent - On April 3, 2017 Comments Off on New CD from Trout Fishing in America!

Trout Fishing in America is proud to announce the release of their latest CD, “The Strangest Times”. This new collection of songs is the 24th album to be released in their 40-plus years of making music. There are 11 new, original tunes and one cover (BW Stevenson’s On My Own). The songs explore a wide range of feelings and musical styles that blend seamlessly into an inspired and cohesive work.

   The project is a return to the roots of the band. Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet played their first gigs as Trout Fishing in America back in 1977.  The two of them grew up in Houston, TX in the 60’s, where the music playing on the radio and in the clubs was potent and diverse. Country, blues, rock and roll, soul music, Tejano, and Cajun music were all easily found and enjoyed by both Grimwood and Idlet as they grew up. Listening to this spicy gumbo of music shaped the way this duo has approached their original songs, a style that expanded further on relocating to northwest Arkansas in 1992. Keith (on bass) and Ezra (on guitar) are percussive instrumentalists which gives them their unique and driving sound.

   While The Strangest Times is a duo album, Keith and Ezra have added new sounds to their palette. Ezra plays bouzouki on the title cut as well as on “Where Did Everybody Go?” The bouzouki is an eight-string instrument that’s kind of a cross between mandolin and guitar. Keith sets the bass aside and plays fiddle on “Quiet Alleys”. Writing songs and playing music has been a lifetime pursuit that shows no sign of ending for the Trout guys. 

The official release date for “The Strangest Times”, on the exclusive Trout label, is set for April 4th 2017.

Posted by Kosson Talent - On September 17, 2015 Comments Off on Black Violin – new CD on Universal Classics

bv-506The opening and title track to Stereotypes, the major-label debut by Black Violin, serves as a mission statement for an ambitious and groundbreaking group. Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) are a string duo from Florida with equal footing in the worlds of classical music and hip-hop. Though they have been playing together since high school, with Stereotypes, they take a great leap forward, from admirable rarities to significant innovators. “Our mantra has always been to engage the audience to look at things from a different perspective,” says Kev.

Black Violin’s new CD on Universal Classics, “Stereotypes” will be released 9/18 and has already climbed the iTunes charts and has been featured on NPR Morning Edition, The Wendy Williams show, on ESPN’s “His and Hers” and Essence Magazine.

Learn more on our Black Violin feature page here

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Posted by Kosson Talent - On September 9, 2013 0 Comment

Jimmy Webb has a new CD hitting the streets this month, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice”. He appeared this week on CBS This Morning backed by British vocalist sensation Rumer singing the title track.

The new Album again unites Jimmy Webb with some of today’s biggest selling and enduring artists for once-in-a-lifetime performances, including the iconic MacArthur Park. In celebration of its 45th Anniversary, Jimmy reached out to Brian Wilson for his inspirational vocal harmonies which take this American Classic soaring to new heights. The Album is full of inspirational vocal performances from the breathless seduction of Carly Simon on Easy For You To Say to the joyful contemporary styling of Keith Urban on Where’s The Playground, Susie. In celebration of Jimmy Webb’s Career as a singer, songwriter and performer it is easy to see why so many Artists have joined together for this amazing collection of duets from the Jimmy Webb Great American Songbook. Besides the Artists already mentioned other Special Guests featured include Lyle Lovett, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Marc Cohn, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Kris Kristofferson, Art Garfunkel and Rumer.  WATCH JIMMY ON CBS THIS MORNING HERE

Track List:

  • Sleeping in the Daytime (Lyle Lovett)
  • Easy for You to Say (Carly Simon)
  • Elvis and Me (The Jordanaires)
  • Where’s the Playground, Suzie (Keith Urban)
  • Still Within the Sound of My Voice (Rumer)
  • If These Walls Could Speak (David Crosby and Graham Nash)
  • The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress (Joe Cocker)
  • Another Lullaby (Marc Cohn)
  • You Can’t Treat the Wrong Man Right (Justin Currie)
  • Rider from Nowhere (America)
  • Honey Come Back (Kris Kristofferson)
  • Adios (Amy Grant)
  • MacArthur Park (Brian Wilson)
  • Shattered (Art Garfunkel)
Posted by Kosson Talent - On September 3, 2013 0 Comment

Four-time Grammy nominees Trout Fishing in America has released a brand new CD, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers. The recording features tongue twisters, mind-benders, spooky situations and instantly identifiable slices of a kid’s life.

From the creepy feeling of stepping in a gooey substance that is definitely “not mud,” to witnessing the disturbing sight of your sister kissing her boyfriend, to exploring a “Zoo Wacky Zoo” where tigers do the tango, the wildly imaginative songs and situations unfold with every track.

Listen here

The CD has just earned the duo a PARENT’S CHOICE AWARD 

Posted by Kosson Talent - On March 30, 2012 0 Comment

Dala’s highly-anticipated album, “BEST DAY” will drop June 5th in the US. The single for the title track is available now. Watch the video trailer here


Other News From The Roots Agency


Posted by Kosson Talent - On September 29, 2016 Comments Off on Black Violin Scores the Music For The New FOX TV Show, “PITCH”

The premiere of Pitch on FOX aired on 9/8.  We are thrilled for Black Violin–their music is a part of this series. Here is a scene depicting the character,  Ginny – Kylie Bunbury getting ready for her major league debut to the soundtrack of Black Violin’s  “A Flat”. ABOUT THE SHOW: From executive producers Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”) and Rick Singer (“Younger”), PITCH is the dramatic and inspirational story of a young pitcher who…
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Posted by Kosson Talent - On January 31, 2015 Comments Off on Kosson Talent Supports the Colleen Porter Fund

IPAY’s Artistic Development Award celebrates the life, work, and ideals of Colleen Toohey Porter.Colleen, who passed away last year,was a tireless advocate for artists and for the transformative power of the performing arts. A creative and visionary leader, she inspired all of us to dream big, and generously shared her practical knowledge to help us turn our dreams into reality. Larry Kosson is a Campaign Director. With the same intentional…
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Posted by Kosson Talent - On June 10, 2014 Comments Off on Robin Spielberg Gives a Powerful TEDx Talk

Robin Spielberg, a renowned contemporary pianist and composer, tells a very personal story about the healing power of music. Her experiences inspired her to share how music makes an impact on our well-being and helps us through difficulties In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live…
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Posted by Kosson Talent - On May 29, 2012 0 Comment

Congratulations to Jimmy Webb on receiving this prestigious international music award! Jimmy Webb to be recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award.” Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb will be the recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award,” which he will be presented with in London on May 17th. The Ivor Novello ‘Special International Award’ recognizes non-British writers and composers who have made…
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