Amplifier 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. WFAE.org/Amplifier
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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. WFAE.org/Amplifier

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ENCORE: Lonnie Davis On Planting The Seeds For 'America's Classical Music ... Jazz'

Some may recognize jazz as being the lifeblood of New Orleans, but what of Charlotte? President and CEO of JazzArts Charlotte Lonnie Davis shares what it takes to sustain (and evolve) "America's Classical Music" in the Queen City. Celebrate the joyful noise of Jazz Appreciation Month with this 2018 encore edition of Amplifier.

ENCORE: Lonnie Davis On Planting The Seeds For 'America's Classical Music ... Jazz'

Rising Hip-Hop Star ReeCee Has Charlotte 'Rapped' Around Her Finger

This has been a historic year for women in rap and hip-hop, all the way to the 2021 Grammy Awards when Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé broke records as the first pair of women to win in the best rap performance category. As NPR Music put it, "To know what tomorrow sounds like, one need only listen to the women in rap today." And to know what the future of Charlotte hip-hop is, one need only turn to rhythmic lyricist ReeCee Raps.

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Grammy Award-winning Charlottean Anthony Hamilton shares new music and what we can all learn from being raised in the South and pivoting through the pandemic.

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'Music Shouldn't Be An Afterthought': Tim Scott Jr. On Prioritizing Creative Product Over Profit

In a recent report, Charlotte ranked 111th out of 200 top cities for music fans. But if you ask Charlotte creative leader Tim Scott Jr., who's been the artist-in-residence at Charlotte Center City Partners and toured the world with Grammy Award-winning North Carolina group The Foreign Exchange, you'll hear how the Queen City deserves to sit higher up on the list of music cities. He talks about it in the latest Amplifier.

'Music Shouldn't Be An Afterthought': Tim Scott Jr. On Prioritizing Creative Product Over Profit

The Musical Road Is Lovely, Dark And Deep For Charlotte Band Moa

How Charlotte-based band Moa crafted dark, dreamy music for Netflix documentary series "Night Stalker."

The Musical Road Is Lovely, Dark And Deep For Charlotte Band Moa

ENCORE: May The Road Rise Up To Meet You: The Journey Of Irish Singer-Songwriter Jim Sharkey

For the past five years, singer-songwriter Jim Sharkey has taken the 200-year-old lilt of traditional Irish folk music and placed it in a 21st-century context (with contemporary references to Facebook, Whitney Houston and even the 2019 Women's World Cup). On his 2019 full-length release "A Lovely Day," Sharkey sings to the theme of home: of finding home, of feeling at home with loved ones, of the nostalgia of remembering his home in Ireland and of making a new one here in North Carolina.

ENCORE: May The Road Rise Up To Meet You: The Journey Of Irish Singer-Songwriter Jim Sharkey

Grammy Nominees The HamilTones On Finding (Musical) Joy And Creating (Soulful) Harmony

As NPR Music shared, "2020 was a year defined by the sounds of rage, resolve, mourning and solidarity." That includes the sound of Grammy-nominated North Carolina trio The HamilTones (Tony Lelo, J. Vito and 2E), who released the incredibly profound record "1964" and shared joyful splendor through "A HamilTones Christmas." After gracing the world's stages (both physical and virtual), the acoustic R&B group sits down to share some harmonious memories and hopes for Charlotte in the new year.

Grammy Nominees The HamilTones On Finding (Musical) Joy And Creating (Soulful) Harmony

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For the past 20 years, Boris "Bluz" Rogers has expanded the boundaries of poetry, spoken word and musical storytelling. As an Emmy Award-winning performer, he has shared the stage with legends like Outkast, Pink Floyd and Gil Scott-Heron. As a poetry slam master and coach, he's risen through the ranks of spoken word and inspired the next generation to use their voice. And with his recent collaborative album "The Duologue Part 1: Conversations in a Vibe Room" and his organizing of the We Are Hip Hop festival, Rogers is the Shakespeare of Charlotte music and spoken word.

Measure For Measure, Boris 'Bluz' Rogers Is The Bard Of Charlotte Hip-Hop And Spoken Word

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