“Praise You Lord” Ep. 80 Interview with Season 3, “The Voice” Star, Rudy Parris

 

Bonafide country star, and contestant on season 3 of NBC’s The Voice, Rudy Parris interviews with Jeffrey Zagaria on the 80th episode of Praise You Lord, an underground independent Christian Radio program. Not only is Rudy is an extremely talented performer, but he also lives his life through Christ. Currently, Rudy lives in central California right in the San Joaquin valley, a sweet agricultural area.

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His music expresses the agricultural life style he grew up in. Besides praising the Lord through music, Rudy takes pride in keeping the Bakersfield sound alive. Rudy has not only been on Blake Shelton’s team of season 3 on The Voice, but he has also worked with major country stars like, Buck Owens for 15 years, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and James Brown, just to name a few.

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On this episode, Rudy talked about his experience on the voice, how the audition process was, some of his struggles along the way, and what it was like to actually be on the show! He also shared with us a song he wrote about how much his daughter blessed his life when he was in a time of trouble…. I don’t want to give too much away, so watch the full video interview at the top of this article.

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“Praise You Lord” Episode #64, Jeff Millar- Sax Shares His Touching Testimony

On episode #64 of “Praise You Lord,” Host, Jeffrey Zagaria had the honor of interviewing singer-songwriter, Jeff Millar-Sax. Seven years ago, Jeff’s wife Jeanene passed away from lung cancer. During her battle with cancer, Jeff and his wife experienced a struggle with the expenses of travel and hotel in order to get to the hospital which was over 100 miles away in heavy southern California traffic. These events inspired Jeff to write an album in which a portion of the proceeds go towards funding housing for cancer patients and their families to defray the expensive cost housing when traveling. He titled this album “Giving Shelter.” The story of the inspiration for the naming of his album is very exciting!

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“Giving Shelter” Album Cover

Jeff’s star-studded album includes musicians who have worked with famous artists like: Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana, Gloria Estefan, Boz Scaggs), Neil Stubenhaus (Barbara Streisand, Quincy Jones, Aerosmith, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Cher), Michael Landau (Seal, Michael Jackson, Boz Scaggs, Pink Floyd), Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Sheryl Crow, Frank Ocean, Jason Mraz), Deron Johnson (Miles Davis, Seal, Paula Abdul), and John Jorgenson (Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand), just to name a few. Jeff shared with us one of his songs which he wrote for his wife Jeanene who passed away from lung cancer called “Magic.”  He explained to us that when he writes music, he feels a divine spark inspired by the Lord, and that’s exactly how he felt with this song.

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At The Steakhouse Recording Studio
L-R: Ken Eisennagel, Lee Bench, Josh Eagan, Bernard Fowler
Seated: Jeff Millar-Sax

Watch the full video interview at the top of this article to hear the rest of Jeff’s inspiring story!

Below is a link to his website where you can purchase his album, as well as a link to his Facebook page. Support “Giving Shelter” and Jeff Millar-Sax’s charity.  If you do, we are sure you will be blessed!

Website: http://www.givingshelter.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GivingShelter/

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Eric Velez Hosts Two Master Classes at Zagaria Vocal Academy

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Eric Velez Playing With Marc Anthony On Tour

This past weekend on June 16th, 2018, Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC had the pleasure of welcoming percussion teaching maestro, Eric Velez to our studio for a very anticipated master class. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Eric, he has worked and toured with Latin superstar, Marc Anthony for 23 years as well as Jennifer Lopez for 6 years. Furthermore, he has recorded albums with Latin stars like Celia Cruz, Jose Alberto, Eddie Palmieri, Kid Panaram, and Jack Bruce just to name a few. Eric is a Toca signature artist and is also sponsored by Zildjian, Remo, and Vic Firth. His love for the art of Latin percussion was very apparent throughout the entire master class, as he explained the history, evolution, and different rhythms and techniques of each instrument.

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Eric Velez Playing With Jennifer Lopez On Tour

The classes took place in the privacy of ZVA’s very own multi million dollar studio in Boca Raton, FL. ZVA held two separate master classes, and each class had two sections, part a and part b. The second master class featured famous guitarist/producer Bruno Alvaranga of Sao Paolo, Brazil jamming several different stylistic improvisations on his acoustic and electric guitars while Eric Velez demonstrated an amazing percussion performance.

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Eric Velez With His Toca Signature Series Instruments

Zagaria Vocal Academy is also honored to announce that Eric Velez has agreed to teach exclusively for our academy in person as well as online.  Furthermore, Eric has agreed to record session work for hire in our state of the art recording studio.  We plan to have more master classes with Eric in the future.  If interested please contact our office.

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Jeffrey Zagaria With Eric Velez

 

Not only does ZVA hold awesome master classes with Eric Velez, we offer music, voice, song writing, recording classes, management consults, and a full recording studio filled with the some of the areas best teachers and producers.  Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC is the worlds first online music and voice academy.  Three years ago, Jeffrey Zagaria opened the new studio location in the beautiful office park at the current 301 Yamato Road location. ZVA is available now both online and in studio at our new Boca location.  Zagaria Vocal Academy LLC has been a member of NAMM since 2014, and has been granted the “Best Of 2014, and 2015 awards”.

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Wonderful Shot Of Eric During A Live Performance

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“Praise You Lord” Episode 79- Bruno Alvaranga and Octavio Vieria

On episode #79 Bruno Alvaranga and Octavio Vieira were studio guests of host Jeffrey Zagaria.  Bruno Alvaranga is a famous guitarist/music producer from Sao Paolo State in Brazil who has produced over one hundred professional CD recordings.  Many of his recordings are of famous Brazilian Christian/catholic praise and worship bands.  Alvaranga also produces for three major TV broadcasts in Brazil.  Furthermore, his production skills have been responsible for the creation of over one hundred professional Brazilian movie trailers. Octavio Vieira is a charismatic prayer group leader at Saint Vincent Catholic Church of Margate Florida.  Currently Alvaranga and Vieira team up together with a host of other prayer group members on Monday evenings at their church for praise, worship, word, and prayer.  Listen in to this episode to hear testimony of these two Christian men who are prominent in the Brazilian and world community.  Bruno brought his guitar along and played live praise while Octavio praised along with his singing.  A very special episode from two special people who currently serve the Lord in South Florida.

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Praise You Lord is a weekly radio broadcast that can be heard on WPBV 98.3 FM in the Palm Beaches of South Florida.  Visit http://www.wpbvradio.com to tune in to the live programs on Saturday’s 6:00 – 7:00 PM, or Sunday’s from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Watch the full video interview at the top of this article!

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ZVA’s Mary Koenig of Boca Raton, FL Releases Her Second Original Song, “June”

Zagaria Vocal Academy client, Mary Koenig officially released her second original song called “June” on February 28th, 2018.

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Singer-Songwriter Mary Koenig pauses for a recent photo opportunity in Milan, Italy

This beautiful summer melody features warm vocal tones and a gorgeous piano  accompaniment provided by song producer and vocal mentor, Jeffrey Zagaria.

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Mary Koenig sings, “June”, with Jeffrey Zagaria accompanying her on the piano in the studio.

Mary is currently an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Boca Raton, Florida. She plans to attend Florida Atlantic University this coming Fall.  Koenig will continue her pursuit of a singer/songwriting career studying music and voice at ZVA and a business degree at FAU.

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Mary Koenig performs, “June” at The Sketch Restaurant in London, England on a funky piano.

Koenig receives full credit for the song lyric and shares credit with Zagaria on the original music.

Mary enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and writing poetry on her free time.

Consider listening, liking, commenting, and sharing Mary’s new song “June” on Youtube and Soundcloud.   Click below, you won’t be disappointed!

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Michael Maroney is ZVA’s Student Of The Month, April 2018

Congratulations to Michael Maroney of Reading, Massachusetts for winning Zagaria Vocal Academy Student Of The Month for April, 2018.

Michael has been an online piano student with Jeffrey Zagaria every week for over five years. Maroney has mastered many piano pieces from different genres over that five year span including “The Entertainer”, the full version of “Fur Elise”, “Clocks” by Cold Play, “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey and many others. Michael has also excelled in his high school and is planning to attend college this fall 2018.

Maroney has been a part of his high school tennis team for the past four years, playing varsity doubles the past three years and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. Michael also volunteers teaching tennis to young kids in the summer. Michael Maroney at his keyboard where he took online lessons for 5 years with Jeffrey Zagaria.

Right now he plans to go to either UMass Amherst or UConn, and plan to major in the public health field. He is part of the Jimmy Fund Smiles club at my school, which volunteers at various Jimmy Fund events, as well as the Samantha’s Harvest Club, which provides funding to programs that enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome.

We are really exited about Michael’s overall achievements and are proud to award him the ZVA Student of The Month Award for April 2018.

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ZVA’s Marco Griesi Signs with Debbie Gibson Collaborates and Releases “Back”.

img_3409Zagaria Vocal Academy client, Marco Griesi officially released his first single called “Back” late this week on his birthday, March 15, 2018.

Marco’s first release was produced by internationally acclaimed and multi platinum award winner, Debbie Gibson. Griesi and Gibson collaborated and agreed to a one song publishing contract for Marco’s original song “Back”.img_3407

Marco Griesi is currently an eighteen year old singer-songwriter guitarist from Boca Raton, FL.img_3410

Marco enjoys playing, writing and singing music and is also a competitive surfer.

Click on the link to his new video below to listen to Marco’s new song entitled, “Back”.

Congratulations to Marco Griesi from Zagaria Vocal Academy!  We suggest you click on the link above, like and follow Marco’s Youtube page.  We look forward to hearing and seeing more from this outstanding new talent!

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