My musical inspiration was my father Tony Pacheco, who just passed on
into another realm on Jan. 6, 2005. He was a great Jazz guitarist and though
I don't play Jazz at all, his teachings about rhythm and chord progressions
have always stayed with me and guided my melody writing.

   As a child I loved Chuck Berry and Little Richard and the Everly
Brothers. Later on I heard Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs,
Joni Mitchell and Hank Williams and was knocked out by their work.

   There are so many CDs and records I have adored through the years. If I
had to pick one record that really inspired and changed my life it would
have to be Bob Dylan's "Times They Are A Changin' " album. I heard it
when I was about 15 years old and it changed my political conscientiousness
with its power and simple honesty.

   Music has always inspired me through good and bad times. What a sad
world this would be without music. It is a soundtrack to each of our
individual lives. It has a strange quality of recording our own experiences
as we listen to it and then playing back those memories each time we hear
those songs years later.

   When I hear a great song it inspires me to write a song. I don't think I
would have written the song "There Was A Time" if I hadn't heard Steve
Earl's song "Christmas in Washington".

   A good song connects you from the heart of the singer and writer
straight into your heart. There have been many times when I would hear a
song that would remind me that I am not alone in this terrifying world.

       Tom Pacheco

His songs have been covered by Jefferson Starship, the Band, Rick Danko, Ritchie Havens, Scott Petito and Leslie Ruler, John Hall and dozens of European artists, many becoming number one hits in England and Norway. His albums have sold well in Europe. One became platinum in the mid 90’s. He played folk rock in Greenwich Village, NY in the late 60’s and alternative country in Austin Texas in the early 80’s. He walked out on the Nashville songwriting factories and spent 10 years in Dublin Ireland recording and touring extensively in Europe. He now lives in Woodstock, NY and tours both America and Europe. He is admired by critics, fellow performers and perceptive music lovers who have bought the imported copies of many of his albums. Andy Hardin, Tom Russell’s long time guitarist, called him ‘the best solo performer he’s ever seen.” As of this writing, April 20th 2005, he is about to release his 19th album Rebel Spring”

2005 - Rebel Spring, This is an album that speaks for our times and I believe it's the most focused album I've ever made. Many Woodstock musicians contributed to the project including the fabled and mysterious vocal group, "The Resistance", who appear on the last track, "Not In My Name". "Rebel Spring" was recorded at Jim Weider's studio in Woodstock, New York. It was mixed and mastered at Rob Frazza's studio in Bearsville, New York. Jim Weider produced it (Jim formerly played lead guitar for "The Band", replacing Robbie Robertson in 1984). Rob Frazza is Tod Rundgren's sound and video engineer.

2004 - The Long Walk, Tom's Norwegian band consisting of Tom, Lars Ivar Borg, Freddy Holm, Glenn-Vidar Solheim, and Fredrik Viklund, released their debut album on Playground Music Scandinavia, all songs written by Tom.

Jim Weider produced and performed instrumental tracks on Tom's newest album Year of the Big Wind (Bare Bones III), recorded at Moonhaw Studios in Woodstock and released by Frog's Claw Recordings.

2002 - Tom recorded the album There Was a Time for Appleseed Recordings. Produced by Scott Petito in Catskill, NY, the album includes a brand-new version of "The Indian Prayer" and banjo tracks by Pete Seeger.

2000 - Norwegian label Norske Gram released the album Nobodies, the latest collaboration between Tom and Steinar Albrigtsen.. It was co-produced by Tom, Steinar, and engineer Scott Petito in Levon Helm’s Woodstock studio.

Rick Danko’s posthumously released album Times Like These featured two songs by Tom, “People of Conscience” and “You Can Go Home”.

1999 - Road Goes On Forever Records released Tom’s album The Lost American Songwriter (Bare Bones II), which Tom recorded in Woodstock with producer Jim Weider, lead guitarist for The Band. This album included the song “If I Should Fail”, co-written with Rick Danko.

1998 - UK-based Road Goes On Forever Records released Tom’s album Bare Bones and Barbed Wire, a collection of 34 songs recorded “unplugged” in a Dublin studio between 11:00 p.m. and dawn one night in August 1997 by Tom and producer Pete Holidai (of the legendary Irish ‘70s punk group Radiators from Space).

1997 - Tom’s album Woodstock Winter was released in the U.S. by Mercury and in Norway by PolyGram. This album, recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, featured performances by members of The Band, including Levon Helm and Rick Danko. It was produced by guitarist Jim Weider.

After ten years in Ireland, Tom returned to the U.S. to settle again in Woodstock.

1995 - Steinar Albrigtsen and Sverre E. Henriksen produced Tom’s Bluefields album, released on Norway’s Fjording label.

1994 - Tom signed a recording contract with Sonet, the Scandinavian branch of PolyGram Records, which released his album Luck of Angels. All the songs on this album were co-produced by Tom and Jay Vern in Nashville except for “Robert and Ramona”, which Tom recorded in Oslo with producer Svein Gunderson. Steinar Albrigtsen contributed background vocals and acoustic guitar.

1993 - Tom and Steinar Albrigtsen recorded their first duet album, Big Storm Comin’, in Oslo, Norway, with producer Sverre Erik Henriksen for Round Tower Records and Norsk Plateproduksjon.

1992 - Tom recorded his third Round Tower Records album, Tales from the Red Lake, in Nashville with co-producer Paul Speer. In addition to numerous top Nashville studio musicians, this album featured harmony vocals, harmonica, and Norwegian mouth harp tracks by Norwegian country star Steinar Albrigtsen.

Steinar’s 1992 album, Bound to Wander, featured four songs by Tom.

1991 - Round Tower Records released Tom’s album Sunflowers and Scarecrows, produced by Kenny Denton at Sonet Studio in London. The album also features accordion tracks by Cajun star Flaco Jimenez recorded in Austin, Texas.

1989 - Dublin-based Ringsend Road Music Group (Round Tower Records) released Tom’s first European album, Eagle in the Rain, produced by Irish folk legend Arty McGlynn.

1987 - At the invitation of a friend, Tom left Nashville for what was originally intended to be a six-week tour in Ireland but ended up stretching out to a ten-year stay. Settling in Dublin, Tom used Ireland as a base while touring all over Europe.

1986 - Tom moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he recorded more than 100 song demos. He continued to write prolifically, averaging more than 50 new songs per year.

1985 - The Hellhounds recorded an album, 85 Tides, which was never released.

1983 - Tom returned to Woodstock and reunited The Hellhounds there.

1981 - Tom moved to Austin, Texas, where he formed a new band, also called The Hellhounds, which was enthusiastically received by local audiences.

1978 - Tom moved to Woodstock, New York, where he continued to write songs and also earned extra money by selling original paintings. He formed the band The Hellhounds, which performed in clubs throughout the area.

1976 - RCA Records released two Tom Pacheco albums: Swallowed Up in the Great American Heartland and The Outsider, both produced by George “Shadow” Morton. A re-release of Swallowed Up in the Great American Heartland is currently available in Japan from BMG Music (

1974 - Jefferson Starship recorded Tom’s song “All Fly Away” on their Dragonfly album.

Richie Havens recorded the song “Indian Prayer”, co-written by Tom and Roland Vargas Mousaa, for Richie’s Mixed Bag II album.

1971 - Tom and former Euphoria member Sharon Alexander released the album Pacheco and Alexander on CBS Records. This album was produced by John Hall and featured backing from the Full Tilt Boogie Band.

1969 - Euphoria, a band consisting of Tom and three other folk singers, released the album Euphoria on Heritage Records.

1965 - At age 19, Tom released his first solo album: Turn Away From The Storm, a collection of all-original folk songs.

He left Massachusetts to study at Hofstra University in New York City, where he formed the band The Ragamuffins, which supported Jimi Hendrix on a number of occasions and also released two singles on Seville and London Records.

1956 - Tom began playing guitar at age 10, studying both Flamenco and classical styles.

1946 - Tom was born November 4 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Tom’s father, Tony Pacheco, was a jazz guitarist who played with Django Reinhardt as well as solo in the clubs of Europe before returning to the U.S. to raise a family and open a music store, where he also taught guitar.

Tom has performed with the following artists over the years:

The Band
The Full Tilt Boggie Band
John Simon
Doug Kershaw
Juice Newton
Flaco Jimenez
Steve Bruton
Pete Seeger
Thomas Jefferson Kaye
John Hartford
John Sebastian
Chris Ethridge
James Burton
Red Phodes
Jim Keltner
Byron Berline
Gail Davies
Kenny Edwards
Andrew Gold
Jay Unger
Happy Traum
Bill Payne
John Hall


* Your musical inspirations? 

The Beatles would be the biggest over all. But I'm constantly inspired by music old and new.

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Way way way too many to mention. Most of my favorite musicians are people I'm privileged to work with.

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Always has and I hope always will. More so when I was younger. It was a means of survival for me then.

* Your thoughts on the connection between music and healing--

I guess it depends what you're trying to heal. If you need to heal a flesh wound, music might not do the trick.  However music can certainly soothe the soul.

One of the most gratifying experiences any music lover can have is stumbling across an artist who has it all: brains, heart, chops, indelible melodies, songs that actually say something and an album that hangs together as a complete thought. Which brings us writer/artist/multi-instrumentalist Saul Zonana and his new album, 42 Days (to be released April 19 on the independent label, 20/20 Music with distribution through Redeye). The album, Zonana's fourth solo CD, was co-produced by someone whose name will ring a bell: the brilliant guitarist Adrian Belew of King Crimson fame, a musicians' musician who has worked with such pantheon figures as Frank Zappa, David Bowie and Paul Simon. “Working with Adrian was an amazing experience,” Zonana says. But how did this talented artist get a living legend to produce? Simple: Zonana got a package containing Waves ( his last cd ) and some rough demos of the new material to Belew, who was so taken with Saul's music that he immediately signed on.

Along with sharing production duties, Belew added his distinctive lead guitar work to three songs, including the album's dramatic centerpiece, the unforgettable “Hey Now.” On this track, Zonana's spoken vignettes – about a 12-year-old he spotted in a Manhattan McDonalds sporting camouflage and a shaved head, another kid who dreams of being a fighter pilot and a woman whose endless prayerful mantra is “Please come home” – alternate with shuddering rock choruses, and in the bridge the song's narrator laments, “It's a shame how I'm moving sideways down.” Like Neil Young's “Rockin' in the Free World,” this song tells it like it is while it rocks like crazy.

Although their Beatlesque settings are delectably tuneful and intricate a number of these songs reference the pervasive unease of contemporary existence. There's a reason for this, as he explains. “I was writing these songs during the war in Iraq during the height of the presidential election, and you couldn't avoid hearing about it, so it was really on my brain. I have songs about inflatable dolls, so not everything I write is based in truth. I was in a McDonald's on West Third St., and I saw a kid in a camouflage uniform, and I thought, ‘Wow, that's pretty deep.' It led me to think about the troops. So, for the most part, there's truth in these tunes, but I'll take it to some other place. ‘Silver Jacket,' for example, is about this guy who's in the military, and he keeps getting called to go on dangerous missions, so he wears this jacket to remind him of her. But the idea came from thinking about this jacket in my closet that someone who'd passed away had given to me.

The closing “Heavy Metal Son,” Zonana says, “is about a recovering-drug-addict musician who's realizing that it's time to start taking care of himself because he's all his son has in this world. So for his son's sake, he's getting his act together.”
“Run for It,” a dreamy song about escaping reality, was recorded in the Upstate New York studio of Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Chris Whitley). The rest of 42 Days was cut in Belew's studio outside Nashville and Zonana's own tricked-out home studio in Westchester, New York. Among the contributors are drummer Aaron Comess, (Spin Doctors), guitarist Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright, Joan Osborne) and bassist Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz). But Zonana himself played the bulk of the parts – electric and acoustic guitar, bass, organ, piano, Moog and, on one track, drums. He also compiled and edited the sound bites – phone messages left on his machine, impromptu interviews with passersby on the streets of New York, a sales pitch from an Asian guy hawking cheesy keyboards – that pop up between the tracks; it's a practice he's continued since the first album.
 “My first two records,” Zonana says, “were stepping stones for me to try to find my way to the third one, Waves, which was where I truly felt like I was discovering who I am as an artist. I took it from there, and had to make sure I did something more interesting on my next record. So I made sure I worked with great people, I made sure that I was able to not get too close and lose sight of what I was doing. We recorded it in various places and various ways so that every song got its due. It took 42 days – scattered over half a year – hence the title.”

Half Spanish and half Jewish, Zonana was born and raised in Bayside, Queens. He grew up listening to the record collection of his brother, who was eight years older, exposing him to the Beatles, his primary influence. His father, an old-school guy who believed in tough love, was 50 when Saul was born, and the two continually locked horns over the years about the kid's commitment to music – Saul's shoulder-length hair didn't help, either. “My father didn't understand how serious music was to me until later on in life, and when I stopped asking him for money – then he knew I was doing all right.” 

Generational conflict wasn't the only problem Zonana struggled with in the early stages of his career. “I was very musically active very early on,” he says, “but I was never fully focused – because the other half of me was worried about my brother, who was clinically depressed, and I wound up taking care of him later on because my parents were getting too old.” It wasn't until 1999, when his brother passed away, that Zonana was able to devote himself totally to making music.

Zonana co-formed 20/20 Music (“I named it in honor of my father, who was an eye doctor,” he explains) with several partners in 1999. Along with Zonana's albums, the label has put out three by the artist Nicole McKenna, with Saul co-writing and producing. In recent months he's produced an album by the Day Traders, while landing songs in the forthcoming independent films Will Unplugged and Committed and the Party of Five DVD.

“It's been extremely rewarding to build things at our own pace and on our own terms,” Zonana says with obvious pride. “We're getting the hang of this now, and it's becoming a lot of fun. I can't believe how far we've come. We just keep doing good things, and good things happen.”

As Lindsey Buckingham sings in the classic Fleetwood Mac song, “You can go your own way…”  That path of least resistance has proven to be true and more meaningful for New York-based singer/songwriter Saul Zonana.  Previously signed to Epic Records, TVT Records and as a songwriter with MCA Publishing, Saul experienced first hand the challenges of the corporate system and the downfalls of recording a record, only to see it never promoted by the major labels that signed him.

Determined to experience the joy of releasing music and increasing his audience, Saul co-formed 20/20 Music in 2000.  With an independent spirit, determination, and good old fashioned catchy songwriting, songs from his first two CD's received airplay on over 70 radio stations, critical acclaim from key media outlets and the opportunity to tour live shows with acts such as Dan Bern, Crash Test Dummies, Joan Osborne and King's X.  “Rather than going through the experience of signing with another record label, we decided to control our own success and failures,” says Saul.  “It's been extremely rewarding to build things at our own pace and on our own terms.  We're getting the hang of this now and it's becoming a lot of fun.”

Focused on reaching an even wider audience, Saul began to write the songs for his new CD, 42 Days (his 4th solo CD) shortly after releasing his third CD, Waves, which saw much success and sold more copies than anything he had done previously.  42 Days offers a diverse collection of raw rock and indie pop songs with instantly catchy melodies and hooky choruses.  The addition of talent such as co-producer/ guitarist Adrian Belew and co-producer Malcolm Burn took things to a higher level.  “Working with Adrian was an amazing experience,” says Saul of the legendary guitar player and Producer, who has recorded and toured with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, Jars of Clay and countless others.  “I admire his work with King Crimson and grew up very influenced by him.  It was thrilling to have him be a part of the new CD.” 

Additionally, other renowned studio musicians contributed to 42 Days, including Aaron Comess, (drummer, Spin Doctors), Jack Petruzzelli (guitar, Rufus Wainright, Joan Osborne), and Jack Daley (bassist, Lenny Kravitz).  But it's the songs that remain a constant focus on 42 Days and it's impossible to get ones like “Silver Jacket” or “Hey Now” out of your head after the first listen.  “Making this CD was the most important creative process I've ever been through,” stated Saul.  “I had so many ideas about who to work with and how to record each song.  I also kept writing through it all and ended up adding a few new songs at the very last minute.  Almost every song was recorded a different way, in a different place, with different people.  Yet when you put all the tunes together it works beautifully as an album.  I'm proud of it.”

While reaching people with his music is the creative and long term focus, Saul also displays his diverse talents either as a touring guitar player (for popular groups such as Crash Test Dummies) or a Producer/mixer for people as diverse as Blue Oyster Cult, Nicole McKenna, The Day Traders (other artist signed to 20/20 Music), or even Ace Frehley.  As a session guitarist, he recently performed on a pop stars new CD, Dan Balan who presently has the number one single in six countries across Europe.  Saul has many credits as a touring bassist as well for artists such as Ace Frehely, Nicole McKenna and Dana Fuchs.

With a recent deal for 20/20 Music signed with Redeye Distribution, Saul Zonana will be promoting the release of 42 Days with extensive touring, radio promotion, press interviews and live television appearances.  “I feed off of the reaction people have for these songs. It's a great feeling. It's why I'm here”. For Saul Zonana, it appears that going your own way is the right way indeed. 
Randy Spencer.
“Saul Zonana's music grabs you and demands you listen.  The exceptional sales story in this market just off of our airplay confirms everything I feel:  Saul is the real deal!”
Jimi Jamm
Director Of Cluster Programming
Clear Channel of the Hudson Valley
Facts About Saul Zonana
1. Saul's upcoming release “42 days” (street date April 5th 2005 – distributed by Red Eye) was produced by Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa) and Saul.  Malcolm Burn (Mark Cohn, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois) also contributes to the production.

2. This new release “42 days” and Saul's last CD WAVES are being nationally distributed and are released on the 20/20 Music label. His catalog of music also includes his self-titled debut CD (TVT Records 2000) as well as his second full-length release “Guinea Pigs” (2001).

3. A prolific writer, Saul's archive of recorded songs numbers by now in the hundreds. In 2000 he inked his first major publishing deal with MCA. In '04, he signed deals with Transition Music and Pitch Music who have been placing Saul's songs in film and television. Recent placements include-

“Painkiller” (track # 5 on “WAVES”) in the major motion picture Committed (Sundance 2005) starring     Reiko Aylesworth, Meatloaf, and Joe Beth Williams.  The song will be featured repeatedly throughout the film which is scheduled for release in 2005. "All Together Now" can be heard on the new WB Party of Five DVD to be released in early spring 2005

4. The CD WAVES' first single “Holiday” generated substantial airplay at both commercial and non-commercial radio (Hot AC & Triple A), including Clear Channel Hot AC commercial radio station STAR 93.3 in Poughkeepsie NY, commercial station WDST in Woodstock, and AAA stations nationally. As a result of this breakout market, WAVES has outsold major releases such as Michele Branch and Matchbox 20 in this region.

5. Saul has received prominent press in Mix magazine, Amplifier Magazine, Performing Song Writer Magazine and on numerous web sites including,, etc…

6. Saul and the band have shared the stage with major acts such as Dan Bern, Joan Osborne, the Crash Test Dummies, John Hammond, Matt Nathanson, Charlotte Martin, Kings X and others.

Saul's lengthy list of writing and production credits includes the upcoming Crash Test Dummies DVD, Blue Oyster Cult remix of “Don't Fear The Reaper”, Ace Frehley, tracks by Taylor Dayne, Paula Cole radio remixes, several albums by artist Nicole McKenna, and the new release by The Day Traders.

7. With a long list of production credits to his name, Saul is also working on other upcoming releases at for 20/20 Music due out in 2005 and has worked with producers/engineers Peter Moshay at A-Pawling Studio (Mariah Carey, Fishbone, Hall and Oats), Peter Denenberg at Acme studios (Spin Doctors, Martin Sexton, Deep Purple) and Danny Kortchmar (James Taylor, Don Henley) on his previous releases.

8. Saul's passion is purely reaching people with his music and will be performing extensively in support of the new release. The band features Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus wainwright, Joan Osborne, Fab Faux), Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), and sometimes a guest appearance by Adrian Belew. They're a group of accomplished musicians who record and perform with Saul Zonana all across this great country of ours.


 * Your musical inspirations?

Bjork, U2, film music, BT, ColdPlay

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

See above...

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Most definitely...

Even at an early age, David Helpling was exploring the unknown. He describes himself as a lonely kid who was always looking under stones for bugs and frogs and other slimy things. Now, it is this curiosity and inquisitive spirit that makes his music so unique and enjoyable.

A self-taught musician, David has been involved in music for over a decade, and although he never got the piano lessons he wanted, that never stopped him from playing. Additionally, he learned guitar and experimented with various effects and signal processors to create illusions with sound. Even though David plays by ear and doesn't read or write musical notation (he even abandoned a music theory class after losing interest), his ability to "feel" the music has resulted in two captivating albums that showcase David's atmospheric depth as well as his rhythmic sensibility.

David's debut release, Between Green And Blue, was a finalist for the 1997 INDIE Album-Of-The-Year award, and is already considered a favorite among listeners to this genre of music. On his second release, Sleeping On The Edge Of The World, David takes his unmistakable style and dense sound sculptures to a deeper level of introspection.

In the past, David has produced and recorded several artists (including his own Progressive Rock project Clip ), and has also provided several themes, ambient beds, and scores for numerous television and film projects. In addition, he has worked as a keyboard, MIDI and digital recording specialist designing and supporting systems for production companies, which has allowed him to keep current on the latest equipment and musical technology. David has put all of this background and experience to good use in the creation of his own music, and the result is a beautiful album of intricately crafted pieces.

Among other musical influences such as U2, Enya, Bjork, and Patrick O'Hearn, one of David's main inspirations is film music, lately the dark and moving scores of Elliott Goldenthal, Marco Beltrami and Mark Isham.  The musical moods he creates definitely have a soundtrack feel to them. Using words like "unearthly", "colorful," "dark," and "futuristic" to describe his vision, David explains, "Music is always in my head. That's how I write. I'm always dreaming."

And he has always been dreaming; even as that small child turning over stones in hopes of finding something new and exciting. Now, David roams a musical landscape, exploring different textures and unearthing various moods. The inspiration and motivation are the same the exploration of the unknown. However, the result is the realization of a musical vision which explores places not found under a stone or in a hollow log, but rather in the unexplored areas of the mind. It is this spirit that makes David Helpling's music a natural addition to the Spotted Peccary catalog; his musical explorations and discoveries sure to play a key role in the development of the New American Sound.
Music & Sound for Film, Video & Interactive Media
Music for People


* Your musical inspirations?

Sting, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, ELO to name a few!

Classically trained, and with a reputation as one of the world’s best selling flutists, Nicholas Gunn is in the upper echelon of contemporary instrumentalists. Having sold nearly two million albums, making him a double Platinum artist, he also heads his own label, Gemini Sun Records, based in Westlake Village, CA, which is distributed by Sony/Red through MRI Distributed Labels.

On his recordings, Gunn, who handles the arrangements and production, performs primarily on the concert classical C flute, but also plays bamboo flutes, wooden and tin whistles, synthesizers and a wide variety of drums and percussion instruments (and he occasionally adds background singing and chanting). But he also brings in special guest musicians which have included Yanni violinist Karen Briggs, cellist Sachi McHenry Patitucci, acoustic guitarists Zavier and John Bishoff, and various vocalists including Holland Zander (Daughter of Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander), Casandra Sheard, Robert Miano, and Navajo Razor Saltboy.Having been born in England, Nicholas studied at Great Britain’s prestigious Royal School of Music. In the early Nineties, Gunn’s debut recording Afternoon in Sedona, was released and was a best-seller at national retail chains such as Natural Wonders and the Nature Company. Nicholas’ 9 subsequent albums each became a bestseller and went straight to the Billboard New Age charts, where they maintained success. The Music of the Grand Canyon was on the Billboard New Age charts for 32 weeks. In addition, Nicholas’ music has been featured on more than 20 compilation albums and has served as high-fidelity demo music for the speaker company Bose Audio, with whom he has licensed many of his titles. Nicholas’ music has also been used by the Mercedes Benz and Chrysler Corporations, and has been featured in several independent films and documentaries, most recently “Easy Six” featuring Katharine Towne and Jim Belushi. Nicholas has also been featured on Good Morning Phoenix and on the NPR syndicated show “Echoes” where he did an interview and on-air concert. He has performed at venues across the United States.Nicholas Gunn’s love for music has had a strong presence in his life since he was a child growing up in Rochester, England. His grandfather was a professional pedal steel guitarist, and Nicholas was fascinated by this. When Nicholas was young he saw classical flautist James Galway perform on television and he told his parent’s he wanted to study flute. His music teacher was Mick Judson, a member of the Royal Marines Band and an instructor at the Royal School of Music, where Nicholas was soon enrolled. As a teenager, Nicholas’ family moved to Southern California and in school there he played flute in concert bands and wind ensembles, but also learned to play drums and percussion in the marching bands. “It’s interesting now to look back at that early musical training and see how it came to serve me well in my recording career. By learning two of music’s basic elements, --- rhythm through percussion and melody through flute-- it gave me a solid foundation for creating the sounds on my albums,” Gunn explains. It was also here that Nicholas began to build his own recording studio and learn production. The National Park series, in which Nicholas celebrates our nation’s protected nature reserves, has also enabled Nicholas to engage in another project, to assist in the preservation of the natural wilderness that has always served to inspire him. For this series, Nicholas donates ten percent of the proceeds from each album back to organizations that are working to protect and preserve these National treasures. To date, Nicholas has donated over $130,000. The album “Breathe”, is in cooperation with the American Lung Association in celebration of their 100th Year Anniversary, and in support of this, 10% of proceeds from the sales of “Breathe” will be donated back toward the efforts of the ALA.

“I want my music to accomplish several things,” Gunn explains. “I want the music to stand on it’s own as an enjoyable experience with good melodies and arrangements. I believe that it captures the feeling and spirit that inspired it. I am happy to donate part of the proceeds from some of my albums toward worthy causes, but really it is the fans that are buying my albums that are personally contributing. Most of all, I hope my music helps people to concentrate on the positive effects of nature and our wilderness areas in order to help counterbalance all the negative things going on in our world.”


* Your musical inspirations? 

I'm sorry, but I just can't answer this in a simple manner. 
Sometimes, I'm inspired by something someone said or did.. it could
be a lifetime of work, or it could be just one simple note.  There
have been times that I've heard traffic on a busy street and I'm
able to translate that into a melody.  Musical inspiration is all
around me.. I just have to open my eyes (and ears) to see and hear

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

The Doors  (great band).. Jimi Hendrix (great guitar player),
Jonatha Brooks (great lyricist), Sting (great storyteller)

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

I think we can all remember that one song we used to play over and
over through tough times.. now, I write those songs and play it on
the guitar/piano until I'm sick of hearing it... But someone
recently told me that one of my songs hallmarked a bad time in her
life.. and she played it till the grooves wore down on the CD.. She
closed her eyes and sang every word when I played it.  I have never
been so complimented by a fan.

* Your thoughts on the connection between music and healing--

Music is an advocate for the can evoke thoughts and
feelings we could never express ourselves out of fear, hurt,
anxiety, anger, love.. you name it.  I think when we connect with
these things, it's easier to open up and heal. (great.. now I sound
like a big hippie...;-)

 "Singing is not just a passion. To me it is like my soul breathing; it’s not only something I like to do, but something I have to do in order to feel alive,” says Jo Potter, who has been involved in music since the age of three. Potter is a gifted singer, songwriter, award-winning flautist as well as a hack guitar and piano player.
Potter’s passion is reflected in her recently released CD, “8 CIRCLES.” From deciding what material should go on to having it in hand, the CD has been a welcomed struggle. She also produced the songs and it’s here, Potter says, “where I can see how much I’ve grown as a musician.”

Potter’s music is captivating, memorable, and moving. Her drive to create raw, yet soulful music was apparent after the release of her first song when she received success by being named AOL's Musician of the Week and the Winner of the Nirut Songwriting Competition. She has been a featured artist on and interviewed by

With clever, yet universal lyrics, strong hooks, and an infectious radio-friendly sound, it is no wonder why all her songs have hit the Artist Launch top 40 play list and broadcast on college radio such as WVUM, 90.5FM. Potter’s lyrics can also be described as emotive, reflective, and introspective. Shaping her songs are insights from experiencing upsetting or loving relationships. Letting herself become vulnerable and expressing those thoughts and feelings is not something Potter shies away from.

Nor is Potter shy when it comes to performing. Electrifying, emotional, and charismatic, Potter’s performances demonstrate her ability as a musician, a songwriter, and singer. She is regularly featured in the hottest venues for live music in South Florida, including Downtown Live in Fort Lauderdale. Her fans are only increasing at each performance. Jo has been a showcased artist at The French Quarter and Boardwalk Café in Nashville and at The Knitting Factory and The Cat Club in Los Angeles. She’s also performed for the students of MTSU at The Boro and the Summer Solstice Festival at Faces. She’s headlined the International Beer Festival in Miami Beach and has made appearances on TV shows such as The Rick Sanchez Show (NBC) and The Roof (Telelmundo). Jo has also been scheduled to participate in the USO Tour to entertain the troops abroad.

Potter’s dynamic, captivating essence can be found in her music and lyrics performed on her CD, “8 CIRCLES.” Experience Potter’s soul breathing through her many electrifying yet emotional tracks.

“The distinguished tones of Jo’s voice have a unique quality that draws listeners in instantly. She has a powerful range with a gritty under-bite that is both sincere and raw. When combined withher stage presence, playfully mischievous at times and incredibly moving at others, audiences are left intrigued and yearning for more.”
--Cyndi Brown, Liberty Music Journal

So stop and take a listen. Experience the dynamic, captivating essence of Jo Potter.


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