Make plans to be part of the energy and fun of the 9th Annual emPower Posi Festival!
Jan 17-20, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.
Pre-event - Totally Cool Song School is
Jan 16-17, 2014
It's the greatest gift you can give yourself, the gift of creativity and song.
In addition to 2 concerts, song circles, jams, mentoring, the Posi awards, a great silent auction, Open Mics, Posi yoga, and our signature "Pajama Jams", take an advance look at some of workshops we have planned so far! The Saturday workshops include:
Daniel Nahmod - Be Like Water: Finding peace of mind in turbulent times.
In this two-part workshop centered around the award-winning songs of his CD "Water," Daniel Nahmod presents music and discussion, readings and provocative questions, originating from his 3-month sabbatical in the Red Rock country of southeastern Utah. We'll consider our dreams and desires, our
David Roth - Let Your Star Shine: A performance workshop
In this safe, fun, playful, and powerful session join David on a journey into the "express business" as we embrace our excitement and share our joy
Robert Finnigan CFP - Financial Literacy for the Successful Business Owner:
Musicians frequently believe they have to give up financial security to have a creative life. This is simply not true! Come explore these simple tips from long time financial planner Robert Finnigan to discover that you can be financially secure AND be a full-time professional musician. Robert is a dedicated truth student and uses those principles in his everyday life.
Jami Lula - There's a Song in Your Soul: A Vocal Workshop
Armand and Angelina - Native American Flute Playshop
Faith Rivera - Ideas for Successful Marketing for Posi Artists
Posi Coffee House (open mic) hosted by Jana Stanfield and others
Sunday morning “Faith Lift”with Dyann and Michael Woody
The Woody's are the founding spiritual directors of the Music City Center For Spiritual Living, a thriving community in Nashville, TN.
"Heart Sing" with Nathen Aswell Let’s celebrate the weekend that we’ve spent together by singing simple, inspirational, heart opening music, and go back to our communities feeling grounded, centered and re-energized!
Pre-Event ~ 3rd Annual "Totally Cool Song School!"
Our "Totally Cool Song School" is in it's 3rd year. Included in the price of $249 are 4 meals with teachers, 4 classes, a 20 minute mentoring session, and a critique song circle. Classes are limited in size and fill up early. The first session class is two parts (Thursday and Friday morning...giving you a chance to delve deeper into the process)
Sloan Wainwright: SINGING WITH YOUR HEART, SOUL, AND BODY (2 days)
David Roth: WRITING A CHORUS THAT SOARS (Part 1 & Part 2)
Day 2: Setting Up Your Ear Worm Chorus with 2 Very Good Verses and a High Dive Bridge
Tom Kimmel: Songs in the Key of life (Part 1 & 2)
Mentoring Sessions are randomly drawn...Mentors include: Jana Stanfield, David Roth, JD Martin, Harold Payne, Tom Kimmel, Faith Rivera, Cosy Sheridan, Karen Drucker, Freebo, Robert Anderson
Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.” She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically-acclaimed debut CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records.
She has released nine CDs, her music is featured in the Robert Fulghum multi-media novel The Third Wish and she tours consistently throughout the US. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology (meet Hades the Biker), love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women. Throughout this journey, her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive, percussive bluesy-gospel guitar style. A guitar student of instrumental luminaries such as Guy Van Duser and Eric Schoenberg and a voice student at The Berklee School of Music,
David Roth has been leading workshops on songwriting, singing, and performance for more that two decades and is honored to join us once more. Now in his 27th year of full-time music-making, David's songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis (his song, "Rocket Science" circled the earth in 2009), the "Rise Up Singing" Songbook, more than 300 New Thought Centers throughout North America, countless coffeehouses, conferences, concert halls, festivals, and 13 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. The former artist-in-residence at New York's Omega Institute won his 4th consecutive Posi Award last year (among 10 nominations since we began) and joyfully returns to our gathering from his home on Cape Cod where for the past 8 years he's hosted the Full Moon Open Mic, providing a forum for local musicians to connect and be heard while at the same time collecting donations for local non-profit organizations. www.davidrothmusic.com
Sloan Wainwright is a singer and a songwriter of rare power and subtlety, serving up doses of the real and the mysterious in a soaring, soulful contralto that sends critics scrambling for metaphors equal to the thrill: “the aural equivalent of smoky, tantalizing aromas emanating from a soul kitchen;” “[her] thick as molasses voice gets under your skin in all the right ways;” a powerful, earth-mother voice that she pours into unexpectedly sensitive blends of folk, jazz, blues and funk.” Singing with the extended McGarrigle-Wainwright family, Sloan has rocked the house at Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and has released seven memorable records since her self-titled debut in 1994. She brings the same energy to her work as a solo artist, melding the best of pop, folk, jazz, and blues to create a unique, soulful hybrid. Sloan has been playing clubs, concerts and festivals coast to coast for two decades, triggering tears, hoots and hollers with deeply personal lyrics that connect life’s mysterious dots. A born storyteller and poet, Sloan started writing songs when she was 10. “Sitting at the piano and making up songs was my playground— a very safe place, magical and mystical. I surprised myself with what was in my head and how it all fit together.” For the last 16 years, she has been sharing that process with students, spreading the gospel of personal expression and lyrical reinvention. Sloan’s open-hearted approach to singing, songwriting and letting loose has made her a treasured presence at a host of prestigious workshops, including The Swannanoa Gathering, Summersongs, Wintersongs, Moab Folk Camp and Richard Thompson’s Frets and Refrains. www.sloanwainwright.com
Jana Stanfield’s compositions have sold over 5 million CDs worldwide, earning her gold and platinum albums. You’ve heard her music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, and the movie 8 Seconds, recorded by Reba McEntire and others.
A multiple Posi Award Winning Artist, and winner of the Grace Note Award for ?? (how do you define that, Sue?), Jana has shared stages with performers ranging from musicians like Kenny Loggins and The Dixie Chicks, to speakers like Deepak Chopra and Lily Tomlin.
Through her Keynote Concerts, Inc., Jana performs at events like TEDx India, TEDxNASA, and she leads volun-tour trips around the world.
Tom Kimmel is one of those unique singer-songwriters whose heartfelt artistry with words and music is both genre-crossing and timeless. Since 1980, when his songs were recorded by Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman (of Byrds fame) and Levon Helm (of The Band), dozens of his compositions have been covered by a host of major artists including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Shawn Colvin, Waylon Jennings, the Stray Cats, Randy Travis and the Spinners. Tom’s unique ability to write songs that connect stems from his lifelong career as a touring performer
Harold Payne Performing songwriter Harold Payne has over100 recordings by acts as diverse as Patti LaBelle, Rod Stewart & long time collaborator, Bobby Womack, and literally from Peter Paul & Mary to Snoop Dogg. He has played just about every imaginable venue - -from amphitheaters to community theaters, festivals to churches; from the Houses of Blues to house concerts, from corporate events to private parties. Along the way, he has developed his own style of audience interaction, which usually includes his notorious song improvisations. He has also opened for the likes of Van Morrison, Kenny Loggins, Collin Raye, Pam Tillis & Hawaiian legend "Iz" (Israel Kamakawiwo`ole).
He is a soulful and charismatic performer who also uses his songwriting superpowers for good~ writing songs of peace, unity, and spiritual social action.
Harold is a 4-time Posi Award Nominee and won his first Posi in 2009 with the powerful song “Stand Together” co-written with Faith Rivera
JD has been a professional songwriter for over 20 years, writing for artists such as Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Jennifer Paige, Peter Cetera and B.J. Thomas. JD Martin is an award winning songwriter of 5 Number One and 10 Top Ten hit singles, along with multiple empower Posi Awards.
Karen Drucker has recorded 11 CDs of her original inspirational music and has won numerous awards for her volunteer work for performing and producing shows for organizations in need. Karen has been called a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music. She has been a professional comedienne, led her own band for corporate events, and has been the spokesperson for “Bread and Roses” (performing in
convalescent hospitals, prisons, children’s hospitals, etc.). She started her own organization, “Artists ForA Cause,” to raise awareness and funds for organizations in need by producing concerts featuring local entertainers.
She sings, speaks and leads workshops at women's retreats, mind-body & health conferences and various churches around the country. She also performs music for ministers, workshop facilitators, and authors including Joan Borysenko, SARK,Alan Cohen, Mary Manin Morrissey and many others.
She loves making music, making a difference, and touching hearts.
FREEBO is an award-winning singer/songwriter (2008 Posi Award for “Best Song” in The Most Uniting Category, The '07 Los Angeles Music Awards “Best Folk Artist”, Winner '07 South Florida Songwriting Contest, finalist in 2009 The Great American Songwriting Contest, Finalist in 5 different categories of JPF Awards), but he is probably best known as a Folk-Rock-Blues Icon. For 30 years, Freebo played bass on recordings and toured with some of the great artists of our time--people like Bonnie Raitt (10 years), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. John, and many others. He has also appeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. It was his yearning for more creative expression, however, that drove Freebo to begin a process of deep inner discovery, and this has led to his successful transition as a singer/songwriter.
Michael and Dyan WOODY
#1 Americana Album on Rounder Records
#1 International Music Award TOP Country Vocal Duo
#1 ASCAP Songwriter (Michael Woody)
On March 3rd, 2013, the Woody's became Ordained Ministers and on July 19th will celebrate 5 years as the founding spiritual directors of the Music City Center For Spiritual Living, a thriving community in Nashville Tennessee.
Last year's emPower Posi Music Festival, was a jam packed weekend of music, workshops, and fun. Here's what some of the attendees are saying about the experience.
"Just want to send you a big hug of appreciation for the Posi gathering. It was really amazing. What a thrill to see so many remarkable artists working together to make such meaningful music. We loved it." (Flossie Ernzen, Licensed Unity Teacher)