Fiona Joy

Australian Pianist and Composer Fiona Joy Hawkins Explores the ‘Now’ Through Her music

—“Each day is a blessing, the future is not a given, so you have to enjoy the NOW”   Fiona Joy Hawkins is a mainstream composer/pianist/vocalist with an international following, whom she greets weekly with pandemic-inspired, livestreamed concerts. The event’s growing success might be attributable to a combination of her musical talent, a love for […]

Pianist Rhys Brigida Lets the Music Tell the Story

Learning/playing music has been the biggest challenge of my life, but also the most joyful. I get a lot of satisfaction unraveling tunes that appeal to me. I feel compelled to discover why a song resonates, or how it invokes certain feelings of joy, melancholy, and longing. This doesn’t come easy to me, but if I can grab at least a basic understanding of what an artist is “saying”…

People’s Choice Winner Rich Carroll — A Country Boy with a Classic Voice

Country artist Rich Carroll was the winner of Making Music’s most recent Community Video people’s choice competition. His video for the song “Lifetime” received more than twice as many votes as the runner-up. That song — Carroll’s first professional recording and release, which he also co-wrote — is about “the rise from a hard fall and […]

Victor Wooten’s Music and Nature Camps

In addition to being one of the premier bass players of his time, most widely known as a member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Grammy winning bassist Victor Wooten also runs a successful music camp in Only, Tennessee. Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature at Wooten Woods Retreat originally focused on teaching music to bass players. Now in its 15th year, it has accommodated all instruments—voice, horns, keyboards, and more—for at least the last six years or so.