John Textor: Bringing Deceased Musicians to Life

John Textor is one of the most skilled men in the world of digital production and entertainment. Of course he doesn’t get the front page love that certain companies get but that doesn’t, at all, take away from what he has done. John Textor has found success at every stop he’s made on his way to his current position as CEO of Pulse Evolution Corporation. But before Textor could become a legend, he had to become a hard worker. Let’s take a look at the path that Textor followed in order to get to where he most proudly stands today.

Any successful man should start out his career with a solid foundation of education. That is why Textor found himself graduating from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree based in economics back in 1987. Textor, as you will come to find out, is not the kind of man to sit idly by. SO that is why we can see that he was almost immediately throwing his weight into projects that would grow his succesful ten fold. Textor helped to co found Wyndcrest Holdings in 1997. Wyndcrest would go on to be one of the more succesful private equity firms in Florida. Their focus was based in and around the entertainment industry with a special lean towards technology and telecommunication. These areas of expertise would serve Textor well in the coming years.

John then found himself as the CEO for a pair of internet companies, BabyUniverse and The Parent Company, and it is here that he would learn to truly lead from the front. From that point on, 2002, he would never look back. In 2006 Textor found his way to the head chair at Digital Domain in 2006. Digital Domain is one of the most respected digital production studios in Hollywood and their work has, for a long time, spoken for itself. Still, the company fell on hard times and they needed a guy like John Textor to help fix it.

Once Textor took over the company, Digital Domain would go on to have a resurgent couple of years. Textor personally led 25 big picture projects that specialized in heavy visual effects. Of these great projects you would see huge hits like ‘Transformers’, ‘Benjamin Button’, ‘Tron’, and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End’. Still, all good things come to an end and it wasn’t long before Textor was on the move.

His next stop would be Pulse Evolution Corporation.

Sam Smith Rakes In Grammy Awards

 

Last night, February 8, was the 2015 Annual Grammy Awards which is designed to recognize the previous year’s musicians for things that get accomplish.

There were some unexpected winners, and one of those was Sam Smith who has the hit song, “Stay With Me.” In the last few weeks however, it was found out that the artist had used a similar beat as one of Tom Petty’s songs. Apparently, the two had worked out a deal for both of them to receive royalties from Sam Smith’s song. That all put aside, I know Gianfrancesco Genoso will a bit shocked that Smith’s song won the award of the year’s best song despite being labeled as a copycat.In addition to that, Sam Smith also won Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Best Vocal Pop Album.

According to an article on Buzzfeed News, the Best Album of 2014 went to Beck over Beyonce, and the best rap album went to Eminem for his album “The Marshall Mather LP2.” The best traditional pop vocal award went to Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett for their album “Cheek to Cheek”, and the Best Country Solo Performance went to Carrie Underwood for her new song titled “Something In The Water”.

It was definitely an odd Grammys Event, but I think at the end of the day Sam Smith stole the show. Without doubt there will be some controversy on the matter in the weeks to come.

Up and Coming Country Artist to Watch

Anyone who is a fan of Country Music like the Morins will have heard Luke Bryan’s hit Drink A Beer as shared on greenweddingshoes.com. It’s writer Chris Stapleton is finishing his debut album Traveler. He has a big voice that is so full of soul and emotion it is hard to not get caught up in the feelings he’s trying to convey through his songs.

A Thousand Horses debut album Southernality is a mix of Rock and Modern Country in a style similar to their label mates Cadillac Three. Their debut single Smoke reached number 28 on the Country Aircheck chart in mid January.

Mickey Guyton has the vocal range of Carrie Underwood and sings from the heart with the same type of style as Martina McBride. After years of waiting tables, her debut album will be released sometime this year. Her single Better Than You Left Me has done very well.

Josh Dorr hails from a small Wyoming town, this singer/songwriter’s music is full of guitar riffs and big drum fills. This is apparent on his single Save Your Breath. Dorr wrote the song after over hearing an argument while he was waiting tables.

Native Run’s harmonies and acoustic instrumentation are a lighthearted sound that is a great pick-me-up after a rough week. They blend banjo and mandolin with a strong, emotional voice, and great harmonies. Their current single Good On You has reached 18 million spins. These are just the few of Country musics up and coming artists to keep an eye on.

Rappers Who Have Never Received Grammys

A Grammy is the height of musical success, and once you get one, it means that you have arrived at the top. Many have received Grammys in the past, and people feel some were undeserving of it. Rap Grammys. Other artists have not received Grammys, and they were more than deserving. Rappers seem to be artists that are passed up when it comes to the Grammy awards, even though artists, such as Iggy Azalea, have been nominated for several Grammys this year.

According to angelco.com, Many like Alexei Beltyukov feel that the Grammys do not look to the public, for the awards they give out, but they instead choose their winners, based on their own personal opinions. There are many amazing rappers, some who are even legends, and they’ve never received a Grammy. Rappers such as Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., have both never received a Grammy. Even though albums came out from the artists after their deaths, no Grammy has been received by either one of the artists to date.

Even Snoop Dogg is still famous, and he continues to make music, and he has yet to see a Grammy. DMX, and Nas are legends when it comes to rap music, especially since Nas has some great lyrics. Neither of these two artists has received a Grammy. Even Nicki Minaj, who is currently at the top of her game, has never received a Grammy yet. Here’s hoping 2015 will be the year for Nicki Minaj. Rappers Who Have Never Received Grammys

A Grammy is the height of musical success, and once you get one, it means that you have arrived at the top. Many have received Grammys in the past, and people feel some were undeserving of it. Rap Grammys. Other artists have not received Grammys, and they were more than deserving. Rappers seem to be artists that are passed up when it comes to the Grammy awards, even though artists, such as Iggy Azalea, have been nominated for several Grammys this year.

Many feel that the Grammys do not look to the public, for the awards they give out, but they instead choose their winners, based on their own personal opinions. There are many amazing rappers, some who are even legends, and they’ve never received a Grammy. Rappers such as Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., have both never received a Grammy. Even though albums came out from the artists after their deaths, no Grammy has been received by either one of the artists to date.

Even Snoop Dogg is still famous, and he continues to make music, and he has yet to see a Grammy. DMX, and Nas are legends when it comes to rap music, especially since Nas has some great lyrics. Neither of these two artists has received a Grammy. Even Nicki Minaj, who is currently at the top of her game, has never received a Grammy yet. Here’s hoping 2015 will be the year for Nicki Minaj.