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How Apropos Crossed Genres to Create a 'Modern Motown' Sound

Apropos doesn't subscribe to just one musical genre, and that decision has paid off. Born in Baltimore and raised in Detroit, the singer has been influenced by everything from alternative, to soul, to gospel, to hip-hop, and he has incorporated all of those sounds into his debut album, Verse(...
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Dennis Coffey Recalls Introducing the Wah-Wah Pedal to Motown

Dennis Coffey is a Detroit legend, and it's safe to say that without him, the sound of Motown wouldn't be the same. Coffey's career began when he was just a teenager in the mid-1950s, after he first learned to play guitar with his cousins in Michigan's upper peninsula. Soon afterwards, he hit the...
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Jesse Palter Reveals What her Detroit Roots Taught her About Performing

Jesse Palter is working hard on her music career in Los Angeles, but she certainly has not left her Detroit roots behind. The singer, who is deeply influenced by jazz and has been writing songs since she was 13, recently returned to the Motor City to promote her latest album, Paper Trail , which is...
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Billy Brandt Talks the Fall of Record Labels and the Rise of Streaming on Behind the Mic

In the years that Billy Brandt has been making music, he's seen the industry go through a lot of changes. Specifically, in the way that music makes its way from the studio to the ears of fans. During a recent interview on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi , the singer/songwriter opened up about the...
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How Spending Three Months in a Secluded Cabin Led to Ryan Neal's New Record

Everyone sometimes dreams of going off the grid to unplug and reset, but Ryan Neal really made it happen, and it led to his new record. The Detroit-based musician had been living in Nashville and working on his music career when he decided to return home to do some songwriting. Initially, Neal...
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Act Casual Breaks Down the Anatomy of a Jam Band on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi

Jam bands might be experts in improvisation, but that doesn't mean that they're without structure. During a recent appearance on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi , local Detroit group Act Casual broke down how they manage to keep things loose when they're making music, while still being productive and...
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Strictly Fine Combines Funk and Fun on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi

Don't let their name fool you: Strictly Fine is so much more. The 8-piece band, which has roots in funk, jazz and even soul, has played around the midwest under a few different incarnations for the past several years before settling on their current lineup, which includes: Dave Vessella on trumpet/...
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Olivia Millerschin on How Her Songwriting has Led to Incredible Experiences

Olivia Millerschin is still at the start of her career, but if you looked at her long list of credits and accomplishments, you'd think she'd already been at it for decades. The 23-year-old singer/songwriter, who hails from metro Detroit, is a two-time John Lennon Songwriting Award winner, which...
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Detroit's Beth Griffith-Manley Talks Competing on 'The Voice'

Detroit has some seriously great representation on this season of The Voice ! Local artist Beth Griffith-Manley , who is competing as a member of #TeamLegend , has made it to the Battle Rounds, and will sing her heart out in order to make it to the next level of the show. Griffith-Manley, who grew...
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How Acoustic Ash Uses her Music to Make the World a Better Place

If you're ever feeling down, do yourself a favor, and give Acoustic Ash a listen. Originally hailing from Warrington, England, which is located between Manchester and Liverpool (or "something between Oasis and the Beatles ," as Ash says), the singer/songwriter made the move to metro Detroit three...
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