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Live2cre8 is An exploration, deconstruction and celebration of the creative process by industry leaders, pioneers and innovators in the creative arts with your host, Shane Almgren. Some of the most creative minds on the planet - celebrity artists, musicians, inventors, painters, sculptors, artisans, magicians, chefs, choreographers, comedians, directors, producers and entertainers - discuss the process of creativity, and what inspires, motivates and drives them to creative excellence. Hear their firsthand stories behind some of the most iconic artistry in our culture. Find out what lessons they've learned along the way, and what advice they have to share with others looking to follow in their footsteps. Discover the daily habits of those who've taken their creative passions to a professional level, and follow along as we discuss and dissect the right brain/left brain relationship.

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#019 Nicole C. Mullen: Dove Award Winning Gospel Recording Artist

Nicole C. Mullen is an award winning Gospel Recording Artist, songwriter, and dancer/choreographer. She's won 7 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards including 2 Female Vocalist of the Year honors, and received 2 Grammy nominations as well. Mullen is the only African American artist to win the Dove Award for Song of the Year ("Redeemer"), and in 2011 was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.  In addition to her her solo career, Nicole has also toured as a backup singer for Christian artists like Michael W. Smith, the Newsboys, CeCe Winans, and Amy Grant.  Nicole established an international mentor group for girls called "The Baby Girls Club," where she mentors girls worldwide through the arts.  We cover a lot of cool topics in this episode including:   • Singing back up for Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, The Newsboys, and many more, and doing dance choreography for Amy Grant • Learning the daily habits it takes to be a professional singer • The role her personal faith plays in the creative process • The importance of learning the basics before improvising in the studio or on stage • The ultimate advice for aspiring singers and songwriters  • The importance of taking your time in the songwriting process - don't be afraid to spend a year if that's what it takes! • And much more!


21 Dec 2016

Rank #1

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#018 Kyle Saylors: Award-Winning Filmmaker

"I think if you're nice to people, willing to do anything and work around the clock, you can get through doors that most people can't." - Kyle Saylors    Kyle Saylors is an award-wining and critically-acclaimed filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer. He has directed and produced projects as wide-ranging and diverse as FOX NFL promos, numerous MTV and BET chart-topping music videos with the likes of Master P and Snoop Dogg, and thought-provoking documentaries with global impact such as "Veil of Tears." He and his brother Kenny are the founders of Sailors Brothers Productions, and their work has been featured on, and in, Fox News, Newsweek, BBC, Time Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Huffington Post, Indie Wire, Charisma, and Christianity Today, among others.   This interview was a little different than previous ones because I tried to just let Kyle talk instead of peppering him a with a thousand questions. Filmmaking is all about storytelling, and Kyle has lots of them to tell. And even if I had questions written down, I forgot to ask a lot of them because I was so engrossed in the stories!    We cover all kinds of ground in this episode including:   • Learning film editing by bleeping movies from the video store because he wasn't allowed to watch films with swearing as a kid • The non-traditional path of going from ditch-digging at TBN studios to lead camera operator for a national show • How he once "accidentally" ended up as head of security for the World Cup  • Covering football for NBC Sports from the Dallas Cowboys sideline • Using a late night chance encounter at Denny's to launch into shooting rap music videos for Snoop Dogg, Master P, SIlkk the Shocker and C-Murder • The challenges of getting a feature film made relying on funding from Middle Eastern terrorist organizations • Learning to accept that failure is just part of the creative process  • How "awful" it is filming Ferrari and Maserati commercials in Italy (poor guy!) • How brothers who never went to film school and didn't know anything about lighting could create a cutting-edge style by just figuring out what "looked cool." • The value of breaking rules in the creative process • The power of storytelling to change policy at the government level • And so much more!

1hr 9mins

14 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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#017 Larry Lashbrook: Master Luthier, Inventor, Maker of the "Greatest Sounding Guitars in the World"

Larry Lashbrook is a world renown luthier ("a high-falutin' word for 'guitar maker'"), and the founder of Lashbrook Guitars. Larry's been building guitars since 1964, is the inventor of the Naturacoustic piezo bridge, and he is widely regarded in the industry as the maker of the finest sounding guitars in the world! He is is a passionate inventor and true revolutionary at heart with over 50 years experience performing set-ups and repairs and making high-end, hand built, custom guitars. He has worked with hundreds of professional musicians, most notably, Yngwie Malmsteen, with whom Larry has a strong working relationship spanning nearly two decades.   Lashbrook's proprietary electronic components are the heart and soul of his instruments, offering tonal versatility like no other. Perhaps Lashbrook greatest achievement is the invention of his Naturacoustic™ piezo bridge, a Tune-O-Matic style bridge which utilizes tone wood construction and a patent-pending design that maximizes resonance transfer and creates truly authentic acoustic tones regardless of body type. Larry also developed proprietary humbucking pickups, and custom circuitry for his guitars which further expand the range of available tones. The Lashbrook LTH-1 boasts an unbelievable range of electric tones as well as authentic flat-top acoustic and big jazz guitar sounds, courtesy of the new piezo technology. The LTH-1 produces only natural sounds, there are no synths or chips, and there is no need for a battery or a preamp. The quality and range of natural tone can be attributed only to Larry’s keen understanding of electronics, principles of sound, superior engineering and hand made craftsmanship. The LTH-1, Lashbrook’s first production model is the culmination of his thorough knowledge of the instrument, countless years of R&D and his tenacious, inventor’s spirit. It may well be the perfect guitar! We cover a lot of interesting topics in this episode including:   • How his world-class guitar-making business came about as basically the result of trying to impress a girl (of course!) • How and why you have to build the machines you use to build the guitars • Creating ultra-precise machines with parts scrounged up from the junkyard • The entire guitar making process from start to finish • The world-class musicians who swear by Larry's guitar • Combining "Old World craftsmanship" with contemporary technology  • How he's able to make a concrete block sound like a pristine acoustic guitar through his patent-pending Piezo bridges • Forging a lifelong working relationship with prolific guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, for who he's built or modified over 100 guitars • How ADD/ADHD people make brilliant inventors, and getting lost finding your way home (just like Einstein) • An so much more!


6 Dec 2016

Rank #3

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#015 Jamie Wigginton: Vocal Coach, Creator of The Vocal Edge

is a performance and vocal coach who works with some of the biggest voices in the music industry. He is well-known both across the US and internationally for his exceptional ability to quickly assess and aid vocalists in all aspects of vocal performance and extending vocal range. He has done over 50 international tours in 11 countries - appearing in concert and presenting Master Classes on performance and vocal technique. Jamie authored “The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Greatness,” “The Pro Singer’s Warm-up,” and co-authored "Singing Success" – which was the biggest-selling self-improvement program of any kind on the entire internet for many years. He is the creator of , and his Vocal Edge Studio is located here in Nashville on historic Music Row. He also serves as full-time Instructor of Commercial Voice Performance at Belmont University. His prestigious elite singing group Phoenix - Belmont's best of the best - performs annually with at The Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphony.    Jamie is the only student in Belmont's history to graduate with a double major in both Vocal and Piano Performance. He has been a background singer for music superstars such as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ray Stevens, Vince Gill, Donna Summer, and many more. He is also an ASCAP songwriter and composer/arranger whose orchestrations have been feature in over 500 broadcast;, and is the Musical Director for Musico A Musico, an international music education organization geared towards artists who use their gifts in the church.   In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:   • His upbringing in a “hillbilly Partridge family” • How his personal physical vocal problems led to becoming a great coach • The reality of tone deafness, and how it could be corrected    • Becoming the first and only person to graduate from Belmont University with a double major in Piano and Vocal Performance • Working with John Michael Montgomery, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Luke Bryan, and others • What it takes for a singer to make a great bandmate • The challenges of voice coaching in other countries and languages • Creating a successful business, and the best advice he ever received • And SO much more!


21 Nov 2016

Rank #4

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#012 Bernie Mitchell: Dry Wall Artist

has been dubbed "The Bob Ross of Drywall" and "The Mud Michelangelo," and is a man with an incredibly unique skill set: he sculpts elaborate and detailed landscapes in bas relief in drywall (using nothing more than kitchen utensils!), redefining the boundaries of interior design and home decor. As a drywall contractor, he puts his creativity to work designing, constructing, sculpting and finishing specialty features in shoreline homes and cottages. He prefers to use birds as his main subjects – blue heron, osprey and loons – but he also enjoys sculpting horses, wolves and dogs. In addition to the high end homes and business he decorates, Bernie has toured both the US and Canada doing demonstrations, teaching workshops and putting his incredibly unique talents on display. Bernie lived in Alberta for 23 years, and spent lots of quality time travelling with his family throughout British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska. These beautiful surroundings are evident in all of the scenes and subjects he’s chosen for his sculptures. Bernie and his family live on Pigeon Lake, in Ontario, Canada. He takes his family on canoe trips every summer, and his pride and joy is a cedar strip canoe he built himself. We cover all kinds of ground in this episode including:   • Sculpting with nothing more than common kitchen utensils • How lighting is WAY more important than sculpting for this type of art, and how light moving throughout the day changes the look and feel of a sculpture  • Finding creative inspiration in nature, and the joys and freedom of being outdoors • The importance of money versus creativity • The surprise factor of being an overnight, viral sensation • The challenges involved with human portraits  • Why this is such an easy and cheap artistic medium for people to get started in and experiment with • The challenge of managing a business with all your thoughts and efforts on concentrated on the artistic endeavor


3 Nov 2016

Rank #5

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#010 Alex Boyé: Singer, Artist, Youtube Celebrity

Alex Boyé is a powerhouse vocalist, artist, and actor. He started his musical career in London as the lead singer for the European boyband, Awesome. Awesome signed to Universal Records Europe and released three singles from their debut album Rumors, which made the Top Ten on various pop charts throughout Europe. Selling over half a million CDs, they performed shows alongside numerous superstars, including Bryan Adams, The Backstreet Boys, George Michael, Simon and Garfunkel and MC Hammer.   Since moving to the States, he has been a soloist with the prestigious Mormon Tabernacle Choir and appeared on America's Got Talent to rave reviews. Alex is perhaps best known for his Africanized covers of modern pop songs - first appearing with The Piano Guys' in their rendition of Coldplay's "Paradise" ("Peponi") -  and his massively popular music videos have garnered over 300 MILLION views on youtube! In 2015 he won Youtube's "Cover Song of the Year" award for his rendition of Frozen's "Let it Go." Alex recently made his debut at the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall, opening for Olivia Newton John, and realizing a childhood dream.   In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:   • How being a backup dancer for George Michael at the MTV European Awards influenced the decision to become a singer • What it was like being in a boy band, and the challenges of practicing your faith as a pop star • The value of professional songwriters, and the importance of having that Hit Song • The America’s Got Talent experience, and winging it through the auditions • How an opportunity with The Piano Guys kickstarted the Africanized pop songs style • The importance of perseverance and attitude  • The Magic Formula for a successful Youtube channel • Collaborations with Marie Osmond, and future plans to break into Nashville's Country music scene  • And SO much more!


31 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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#007 Andy "The Magic Man" Segal: Reigning Pool Trick Shot World Champion

Andy "The Magic Man" Segal is a 4-time Artistic Pool World Champion, a 7-time ESPN Trick Shot Magic Champion, a 6-time Masters Champion, and a 2-time - and currently reigning - US Open Champion. He's also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, appearing in films such as Spider Man 2 and The Dictator, and tv shows such as Person of Interest and Boardwalk Empire.    In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:   • The importance of a supportive family when quitting a Wall Street career to pursue a passion • Performing, Showmanship and his background in magic • How trick shots help in standard pool competition  • Parlaying billiard success into Hollywood success • What makes a great trick shot, and how Andy comes up with new ideas • Using trick shot pool for corporate conventions and sales  • Using billiards as a fun way to teach math • The ethics of hustling other players • The evolution of trick shots over the years, and where it’s headed • And SO much more!

1hr 11mins

23 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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#006 Alonzo Bodden: Comedian, Actor, Last Comic Standing Season 3 Winner

Alonzo Bodden is a comedian and actor, and the winner of Season 3 of Last Comic Standing. He is a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” and “Comedy Congress,” as well as being a panelist on the Game Show Network’s “Mind of a Man.” In 2011, he starred in the comedy special “Who’s Paying Attention” on Showtime, released a DVD, and hosts a podcast of the same name.That same year, he was a panelist on the syndicated show “Inside the Vault,” and voiced the character of Thunderon in the Power Rangers movie. Bodden has also hosted Speed Channel’s “101 Cars You Must Drive,” and “America’s Worst Driver” on the Travel Channel.   Alonzo has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “The Keenen Ivory Wayans” show, "Comedy Central Presents," and "It's Showtime at the Apollo". His film credits include “Scary Movie 4,” “The Girl Next Door,” and “Bringing Down the House” starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.   Alonzo has traveled around the world entertaining USO troops from Iraq to Greenland.   In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:   • How a career training airplane mechanics led to comedy • What Last Comic Standing meant to his career, and the behind-the scene “reality" of reality shows • The influence of Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, Bill Cosby, Damon Wayans, George Wallace, George Carlin, Steven Wright, Robin Williams and more • Why he focuses on topical humor, and where he gets his material from • The difference between joke-stealing and parallel thought • How stand-up comedy leads to film and television roles, and the competition between comedians for network sitcoms • How long it takes to hone material to get it ready for a stand-up TV special • What he thinks about the current election cycle and other current events in terms of comedy • And SO much more!

1hr 1min

19 Oct 2016

Rank #8

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#004 Martin Molin: The Guy Who Created the Wintergatan Marble Machine

Martin Molin is a Grammis (Swedish Grammy)-nominated composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, inventor and engineer. He is a founding member of the band Wintergatan ("The Milky Way"), and the inventor/creator of the Wintegatan Marble Machine. The unveiling of the Marble Machine video quickly went viral, and has amassed more than 23 million views on youtube.   In this episode, we cover a lot of ground including:   • Sweden’s incredible extracurricular music programs • “Mistreating” regular instruments to create new sounds • The marriage of inventor, engineer, carpenter, mad scientist and musician • The importance of redundancy and stress testing in the building process • The challenge of transporting the Marble Machine and using it in live shows • The historical origins of programmable/mechanical instruments from the 19th century • The logistics of creating the Marble Machine music video • And SO much more!


14 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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#024 Fred Satterfied: Grammy Winning Drummer of the Oak Ridge Boys

Fred Satterfield is a Grammy & Dove Award-winning drummer, and graphic Illustrator. Fred was the Oak Ridge Boys' drummer for 20 years, winning 2 Grammy's, 2 Music City News Awards for Band of the Year, 1 CMA Award (along with 7 other nominations), and contributing to 35 Top 40 Hits including 25 #1's. He's made 4 appearances at the White House for 3 sitting Presidents, and 25 appearances on the Tonight Show. In additional to his musical acumen, Fred is also an accomplished illustrator, having produced more than 4 dozen coloring books for Dalmation Press, and numerous album covers for Benson Publishing. He is currently illustrating the graphic novel versions of C.G. Cooper's popular Corps Justice Series.   We cover a ton of fascinating topics in this episode including:   • Starting as a professional touring drummer at the age of 15 • Causing a Secret Service incident at the White House while testing out the bass drum • Entertaining Ringo Starr on the Tonight Show • Having Jay Leno open for the Oak Ridge boys while he was an up-and-coming comic • How the Oak Ridge Boys helped pioneer HBO's concert series • Getting sponsored by Pearl Drums after having his own drums stolen  • Playing jingles in New York City for a series of commercials with Larry Bird • Recording the theme songs for the '84 Olympics • The mechanics, logistics, and creative requirements of playing on a studio recording sessions • The pros and cons of using click tracks in the studio • How being in the right place at the right time led to a career transition as an illustrator • Breaking into the graphic design business by designing Jimmy Buffett's first tour t-shirt • Learning the proper mindset to be a successful creative professional by studying Kenpo Karate with Elvis Presley's head of security • And so much more!


24 Feb 2017

Rank #10