behind the mic

Jill Jack

Jill Jack Talks Annual Birthday Bash and New Music on Behind the Mic 100th Episode

Behind the Mic celebrated its 100th episode this week with Detroit's own, Jill Jack ! The singer/songwriter, who has opened for everyone from Loretta Lynn to Bob Seger , stopped by the MusicTown Detroit studios to perform three songs, and to talk about her upcoming birthday bash at The Ark in Ann...
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Tom Butwin

Tom Butwin Talks Bringing his Show 'Brushes with Broadway' to Life at the Baldwin Theatre

Tom Butwin is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor, in that order. That's according to the artist himself, who recently appeared on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi to discuss how he's bringing all of those talents to the stage with a new show in partnership with Stagecrafters next month...
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Nadir Omowale

Nadir Omowale Brings the Funk and the Fun to Behind the Mic

Nadir Omowale and his band bring the funk and the fun wherever they go. That much was clear when they performed in the MusicTown Detroit studios earlier this month on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi . Originally from east Tennessee, Omowale moved to Detroit in 1999 and has been making music in the...
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Tom Cridland Aims to Be the Biggest Pop Star in the World

Tom Cridland is on a mission to become the biggest pop star in the world. It's a lofty goal, no doubt, but the British singer/songwriter is certainly putting forth the appropriate effort, releasing one single or podcast a week, indefinitely. He and his band are also currently in the midst of a U.S...
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Detroit's Pat Smillie Talks First New Album in a Decade on Behind the Mic

It's been ten years since Pat Smillie has released an album, but in that time, he has never vacated the music scene. The Detroit rocker has spent decades performing, both here in the Motor City and in Chicago, and often collaborates locally with the likes of Jim McCarty and Dennis Coffey. Through...
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Aspen Jacobsen Talks New Album 'Love Each Other Right' on Behind the Mic

Aspen Jacobsen is a young musician who already knows what she wants. The 15-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is making all the right moves towards a career in music, and has been doing so for the past decade. After getting her start in theater and as a member of the Michigan...
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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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