Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Winston Fraser – aka JJ Appleby – moved to England. There he was part of the successful band, The Equators, who toured the UK, Spain, and even went to New Zealand.
He’s got a folksy, gospel sound, a unique Reggae twist, love songs, and a positive message.
Please check out JJ’s YouTube channel and wonderful sunny mix of great original music.
Roger Moisan is famous for having turned down a Pink Floyd gig. He’s the founder of Freedom for Musicians, an online platform for musicians and artists to maximize the potential to monetize their musical skills.
THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS
The perils of “youthful arrogance.”
There’s nothing more important to your performing career than your integrity.
For every failure, there’s a moment of redemption.
ROGER’S WORST MOMENT AS A PERFORMER
“It was wrapped up in youthful arrogance. I had an audition in front of the brass musicians of the London Symphony for a scholarship sponsored by the LSO. I knew I had practiced it enough, although my teacher said differently. I had never rehearsed it with a pianist. AS it went from bad to worse, I was clamming up, my palms were becoming sweaty and I was looking right into the eyes of Maurice Murphy, one of my heroes on the trumpet.
“As we got to the slow section, Maurice walked up to me and said, ‘I think we’ll stop here.’ I had serious issues with performance anxiety after that for several months.”
“I’ve had more fun sharing the story as to why I didn’t play with Pink Floyd than the gig would have been.”
“Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. The moment you think you’re prepared, start preparing.”
THE HOT SEAT
Q: It’s 5 minutes before you go on stage for an important performance… What are you doing?
A: Checking, checking, checking. My music, my trumpet, my valves, myself. I also visualize the performance beginning to end, and it’s perfect.
Q: What’s the best performance-related advice you’ve ever received?
A:Concentrate on the sound. If the sound is horrible, no one wants to hear you. Make it look easy.
Q: Can you share one tip for our listeners to help deal with stage fright? (Physical, mental, etc.)
A: Prepare, prepare, prepare. And when you think you’ve prepared, start preparing. The moment you think you’ve got it put together is when you’re most prone to make mistakes.
Q: What’s a non-musical activity that contributes to your success as a musician?
A: Sport. Playing and watching. The discipline required to play sports can teach a lot to musicians.
Q: Imagine you’re on stage. It’s the end of the performance and the audience is on its feet, applauding. They don’t want any more and they don’t want any less. Everything is perfect. What have you just done?
A: I’m at Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms. I’m playing the Arutunian trumpet concerto in front of 3,000 people. It’s gone stunningly well. All those people that were in that terrible audition years ago are looking at me, saying, “Well done, Roger.”
Every so often, a photo symbolic of the times surfaces, a freeze frame that captures how large swaths of people feel. On Monday, during a rally of extreme right groups in Brno, Czech Republic, a young girl scout was pictured facing off a visibly exasperated neo-nazi.
Arms defiantly by her side, the scout, Lucie, remained calm, cool, and collected.
She was reportedly part of the counter-protest that was being held to challenge the far-right march against the European Union and immigration. The photo, which was originally taken by Vladimir Cicmanec, joins the ranks of other evocative images that show women calmly resisting hate and intolerance.
By Tuesday, the image had been shared on the Scout’s Movement Facebook Page, which celebrated the scout’s diversity and steady resilience in the face of hatred.
“People from all walks of life, and #Scouts among them,” the post read. “Came to the streets during an extreme right march yesterday to express their support for values of diversity, peace and understanding. Creating a better world!”
Unlike the United States, the Czech Republic has a co-ed Scouts program. Alongside boys and girls her own age, Lucie held a sign that read “We will raise your children” — a Scout motto.
It is with great honour that we announce the appointment of Dr William Nassar as Freedom for Musicians Ambassador for Canada and Lebanese musicians worldwide. William has devoted his life to promoting peace through his music and we look forward to regular updates on his work and support of musicians in Canada and particular those involved in the Arab-Israeli peace movement.
William Nassar is a Canadian – Lebanese most outstanding and successful protest singer and composer. He has achieved a worldwide reputation as a protest singer and peace activist.William Nassar descends from al Batroun, a very beautiful Christian city North of Beirut. He was born on December 25th, 1966 in the Northern Lebanese village Batroumeen (The house of god), of a Lebanese father and a Palestinian mother.
For he was born in Batroumeen, his close friends call him al Batroumeeni (The Batroumeenist).
He started his career at the age of 11, when he sought refuge into music to run away from the sounds of civil war, and took a stand against the sectarian killing at a very young age throughout his music and songs.
On the year 1987, he was subject to an assassination attempt in Beirut by Islamist fundamentalists after his song ( Beirut) Thus, he left Lebanon on February 13th, 1993.
William Nassar possesses a P.h.D. degree in Ethno-musicology and taught Arabic composition and orchestration at various musical institutions and conservatoires, besides his work as a songwriter and singer.
He is a member of several musical organizations and considered one of today’s leading political “protest” composers and singers who promote peace and non-violence in the middle east.
On the year 2014, he was diagnosed with Leukemia and Liver Cancer. He undergone a tough treatment and survived.
Being a Cancer Survivor, William Nassar dedicates half of his musical works income to the Canadian Cancer Society, which helps Kids living with Cancer, and he is an active volunteer with them.
William Nassar albums have been runaway hits in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and other Arab states, as well as Canada, the United States and Europe, especially after his hit song On the Road to Aytat, (Al Tareeq Aytat) which was released on the year 1986 and re-recorded on 2015 under the title (A Red Hymn) track 2 of the CD album You look like Pomegranate.
William Nassar compositional skills have been honored with distinguished awards by several International and local music festivals and civil societies.
Medal of honor on the year 2010 from the Palestinian National Authority, for supporting the Palestinian cause via his songs and music, especially the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
Freedom for Musicians are seeking to appoint volunteers as International Ambassadors to promote the work of FFM in their home countries. As an international cooperative, we want to bring musicians together from all corners of the world to share and promote each other’s work. Creating opportunities and enabling musicians to develop their careers without cost or fear of exploitation is what we are all about. Ambassadors will:
Have their own country’s page on the website
They will have their profile, bio and work clearly displayed for the world to see
They will actively promote and recruit members in their home country
They will regularly report on the music scene at home, raising awareness of new artists
Share with the world new ideas and opportunities that may help our members in their work.
To become an ambassador for your country, email Roger Moisan directly at email@example.com introducing yourself, outlining your musical story and what you can offer to this role.
Freedom for musicians is the worlds first true cooperative for musicians at any stage in their musical life. Whether you are a serious professional or just an enthusiast, we are here for you. To find out what we are all about and what we can do for you, visit the about us page.
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