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Charlotte is known for banking and football. But what can be said of the Charlotte music scene? Join award-winning host Joni Deutsch for Amplifier, the new music podcast from WFAE, where we shine a light on the artists who call Charlotte home. You just might find a new favorite song along the way.

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Lonnie Davis on Planting the Seeds for ‘America’s Classical Music… Jazz’

December 6th, 2018


Some may recognize jazz as being the lifeblood of New Orleans, but what of Charlotte? President and CEO of the Jazz Arts Initiative Lonnie Davis …

Neo-Soul Artist Cyanca on Finding Her Way: ‘Your Pain is Equal to Your Breakthrough’

November 21st, 2018


In a World of Music Streaming, Charlotte’s Lunchbox Records Keeps on Spinning

November 8th, 2018


Melinda Whittington On ‘Amplifying the Human Experience’ Through Opera

October 25th, 2018


Opera singer Melinda Whittington's career combines costumes and characterization with a love of history, languages, cultures and singing. Here career …

QUISOL Wants to Restore Power to the (Music) People

October 11th, 2018


Queer and Trans People of Color often face issues of equity in their communities, and the music industry isn’t any different. QTPOC artist QUISOL is …

Jamie Hoover Soaks Up Nearly 40 Rock’n Years with The Spongetones

September 28th, 2018


If the opportunity doesn’t exist, create it. In the case of one Charlotte resident, if you can’t join The Beatles after being inspired by their …

The Soaring Cinematic Jazz of Emily Sage

September 27th, 2018


When was the last time a voice stopped you in your tracks, a voice so pure that it simultaneously paints a lush soundscape and transports you to a …

The Mixtape Magic of Yung Citizen

September 26th, 2018


Imagine assembling a crew of local rappers, singers and songwriters to pull together one of the best mixtapes in Charlotte. It’s anything but simple, …

CHÓCALA Will Make You Put Your Hands Together

September 25th, 2018


Named after the camaraderie-filled “high five,” up-and-coming band Chócala brings friendship to the forefront through a mix of Latin rhythms and powerhouse pop-rock. Liza Ortiz: Part of — I’ll call it the “magic” of …

A Sign of the Times, Unearthing History One Song At a Time

September 24th, 2018


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” said civil rights leader Marcus Mosiah …

Steps to Indie Music Success From Artist Arsena Schroeder

September 21st, 2018


Whether you’re an independent musician or a DIY business owner, here are a few Charlotte tips to keep in mind: 1. Keep pounding (the pavement for opportunities) 2. Don’t sell out (but make it sell). 3. Listen to the …

Trash Room on Fighting Frustration Through Punk Rock

September 20th, 2018


Call them rebels with a cause. Call them ear-splitting anarchists. Call them Trash Room, the Charlotte punk band transforming rage into mosh-pit-happy ragers. Mike Beeson: “That’s the first thing you have to do — have …

Sampling the Sixties with Mash-Up Artist Dirty Art Club

September 19th, 2018


"You'd be really hard-pressed to listen to something today and not be able to at least find four bars of it that's completely derivative of something else." So says super music producer Mark Ronson, and so agrees …

Gypsy Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov Brings a Different Kind of ‘Western and Country’ to Charlotte

September 18th, 2018


A seven-string guitar is more than meets the eye. In the hands of Vadim Kolpakov, it can be used to entertain with a mix of Spanish flamenco, …

Country Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A Piece Of Charlotte Music’s Heart

September 17th, 2018


The hills are alive with the sound of music: not just from Perry Fowler’s mountain music band Sinners & Saints, but also from Fowler’s locally-owned and operated venue Petra’s. “I understood completely what this …

Tosco Music Parties Celebrates 30 Years of ‘Bringing People Together’

September 14th, 2018


It may take a village to raise a child, but in the case of John Tosco, it took a living room to raise a vibrant music community that's included The Avett Brothers, Rachel Platten and thousands of regional artists.

The …

Noel Freidline & Maria Howell are Bringing Back that Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

September 13th, 2018


The reports of jazz music's death have been greatly exaggerated, and world-travelling band leader Noel Freidline and acclaimed actress/vocalist Maria …

Remixing Retro with Soulganic

September 12th, 2018


Listen to a playlist of classic soul songs (perhaps featuring legends like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin or Otis Redding), and you’ll hear some …

Dane Page Wears His Heart on His Folk Music Sleeve

September 11th, 2018


In the words of author Beau Taplin, "Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong." For folk artist Dane Page, Charlotte is always and …

The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll is in Bruce Hazel

September 10th, 2018


How do you capture the thrill of first discovering your favorite song or the adrenaline rush of your first concert? For singer-songwriter Bruce …

In the Charlotte Music Mix with Producer Chris Garges

September 7th, 2018


Editing. Mixing. Engineering. While they might not be the most glamorous part of the music industry, they’re just as essential to crafting your favorite song as singing and songwriting. Audio production requires a mix …

Neo-R&B Artist Jason Jet is Taking Off

September 6th, 2018


It’s no small thing for a musician to be called the “next best thing to come out of Charlotte,” especially when such praise comes from Grammy Award winner (and Queen City native) Anthony Hamilton. Without a doubt, those …

Musician-Turned-Chef-Turned-Musician Brit Drozda

September 5th, 2018


A cup of Norah Jones-inspired piano pop. A few sprigs of ’70s folk-rock creativity. And a good dollop of entrepreneurial spirit. Mix it all together, …

Piano Phenom Chad Lawson

September 4th, 2018


Credit: Noah Turley Steinway artist. Chart-topping pianist. Podcast composer. It’s no wonder Chad Lawson is considered the “Chopin for the Spotify generation” with his innovative work in classical music. “Regardless of …

‘Godmother of Charlotte Rock’ Hope Nicholls

September 3rd, 2018


Hope Nicholls singing with her band Fetchin’ Bones in 1989. Photo courtesy of Hope Nicholls Charlotte has changed a great deal in the past 30 years, …

Introducing Amplifier: WFAE’s New Podcast On The Charlotte Music Scene

August 31st, 2018


Charlotte is known for banking and football. But what can be said of the Charlotte music scene? Launching September 3, Amplifier, the new music podcast from WFAE, where we shine a light on the artists who call Charlotte …

What To Expect On WFAE’s ‘Amplifier’ Podcast

August 31st, 2018


WFAE’s Joni Deutsch and Marshall Terry discuss Amplifier, WFAE’s new music podcast about the people, places and things that make up the Charlotte music scene. MARSHALL TERRY: Starting on Monday, WFAE is launching a new …

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