The Career Musician

The Career Musician

Learn the secrets of the music industry and how to navigate your career! Listen as host, NOMAD, interviews the most seasoned cats in the business about touring, session work, producing, self-management, and everything in between. The Career Musician (TCM) is a social network of pro musicians sharing knowledge and personal experiences in entertainment. Created by musicians, for musicians, and empowering musicians with strategies for a sustainable career. TCM is a proud member of Pantheon Podcasts, the first of it's kind, all music-based podcast network.

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December 30, 2021 48 min

Leslie Odom Jr. is a singer, songwriter, broadway star, actor, and author. He best known for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the musical Hamilton, which earned him a 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in the same year. Odom Jr.’s self-titled debut album charted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and #147 on the Billboard 200. In 2017, he re-released Simply C...

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Ric Mightybone Feliciano is a Puerto Rican 35 year music industry veteran. Ric is a trombonist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and lead singer from Brooklyn, N.Y. who has performed with the likes of Billy Joel, Paul Simon, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Pete Escovedo, Willy Torres, Phil Driscoll, Zucchero, Toto, Foreigner, Jimmy Bosch, and many others. Ric, also known as Mightybone, is also a voting member of the Grammys and the Latin Gr...

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Ralph played the Hammond organ/keyboards for Bobby Jones Gospel on Black Entertainment Television for twelve years and toured with Bebe and Cece Winans. With over 300 project appearances to his credit, Ralph’s career has taken him all over the world and has afforded him the opportunity to accompany numerous artists including the late Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, the late Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, and the late Walter Hawk...

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December 20, 2021 76 min

Since starting the violin at the age of 4, Bill Oakley has been tirelessly involved in music and various parts of the music business his whole life: Soloing with local symphonies, starting a mobile Dj business, studying classical music in the Alps, performing around country as a house/techno DJ, or running an underground rave production company and Dj artist mgmt/booking company. Bill hung up his various instruments, musician hat, ...

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Michael “BIG MIKE” Hart Jr. is a talented guitarist, producer, session player, bassist and vocal arranger. His distinctive, classic and retro sound is one of the most sought after sounds in the country. The Sacramento native developed his love for guitar at a young age, and referred to it as the “Holy Ghost!” With a drive like no other, “BIG MIKE” has been harvesting his gift for the last 20 years. His guitar heroes include Rob ”Fo...

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December 13, 2021 55 min

Tod Weidner has been a foot soldier in the trenches of the Music Wars for decades. He’s played festivals, porches, and everywhere in between, earning his place in the fray and a seat in the van with cerebral, lyric-driven songs that come from the heart of a storyteller beating in the bones of a rock and roller. After putting in his 10,000 hours (and then some) as a fixture in the Midwestern Music Scene, Tod has recently relocated t...

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Erin Alden is an LA singer-songwriter, host of The Real Me podcast, for Teen Cancer America which is supported by The Who! Erin was the Former manager for one of LA’s premiere recording studios AfterMaster. Her songs have played their own prominent roles in films and television programs. Most recently: E Network - Keeping up with the Kardasians and MTV's - The Real World. Erin is a producer and a songwriter for other artists. S...

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Richie Pena is a consummate professional in the music industry with a list of credits and accomplishments that span decades. Best known as a drummer/programmer who has played with or worked on projects for a seemingly endless list of the most respected names in the music world. Richie has always been driven to exceed the boundaries of a traditional musician’s career by proactively seeking and securing opportunities to excel in othe...

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Jerry Navarro is an in-demand bassist, music producer, and composer. In 2002, Jerry became a core member and bassist for “Pit Boss” of MuzikMafia, an informal collection of artists, united in response to what they viewed as an alarming over-commercialization of the music industry. Founded by Big Kenny and John Rich (Big & Rich), MuzikMafia began weekly jam sessions for like-minded individuals, playing a variety of styles and ge...

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Chris Thigpen is a bassist, drummer, producer, and musical director. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, he has worked professionally for over 10 years with various artists, Broadway productions, Disneyland, and cruise ships. His work ethic and wide range of musical experience make him an uncommonly versatile leader in today’s performing and recording industry. Credits include: Meghan Trainor, The Isley Brothers, RZA, Kat Graha...

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November 15, 2021 107 min

Scott Frankfurt Studio is a state-of-the-art recording studio with an innovative workflow and instantly welcoming atmosphere. Located in the Los Angeles community of Woodland Hills, SFS has provided world-class, full-service recording, mixing, mastering and sound design services to top-notch artists for over 25 years.


Owner and founder Scott Frankfurt has enjoyed a diversified career as drummer, songwriter, synthesist, producer and ...

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November 8, 2021 52 min

Ivana Cespedes, professionally known as “Vi”, is a studio vocalist with expertise performing as a soloist and group singer in jazz, classical and gospel genres. She is also an accomplished session pianist, teacher and accompanist. She performed the Saint Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Santa Clarita Philharmonic as the featured soloist at just nineteen years old. She has appeared on Disney Channel (Bizzardvark), The Goldbergs A...

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Over the course of seventeen years Joel has helped make CD Baby the largest music-employer in Oregon and one of the leading on-line distributors of independent music. The company hosts more than 650,000 artists, is available to over 100 digital platforms around the world, and represents 1/5th of the music at Spotify.


Joel was a working musician when he began opening mail on weekends for CD Baby. He has since become a spokesman for t...

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Nathan Furst is a television and film composer. Furst's first major film was the 1998 movie A Moment of Confusion. He then went on to compose music for other films such as the Bionicle trilogy (Bionicle: Mask of Light, Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui and Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows), Dust to Glory, Lake Placid 2, Lake Placid 3 and Act of Valor. Some of the television shows for which he has composed are The Real World and Max St...

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Tony Morra, drummer extraordinaire, has worked with the likes of Phil Ramone, Diane Warren, Amy Grant, Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Paul Taylor, Discrete Drums Loop Series, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Toby Mac, Keith Thomas, Kip Winger, Bruce Springsteen, Fabrizio Grossi, Many Albums for “Frontier Records”, Cindy Bradley, Jay Soto, Stephanie Smith, Ayeisha Woods, Rebecca Saint James, Britt Nicole, Mich...

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Eclectic composer bassist Viktor Krauss has been a presence in Nashville Tennessee since 1992 with nearly 500 album credits as either a bassist, composer/songwriter or producer. On tour, Viktor has been Lyle Lovett’s primary bassist since 1994. Other artists have included jazz great Bill Frisell, James Taylor. Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller. Tom Jones, Shawn Colvin, Carly Simon and Jerry Douglas. Chet Atkins...

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Eric's recording credits read like a “who’s who” including Taylor Swift, BonJovi, Jewel, James Bay, Maren Morris, Bob Seger, Carrie Underwood, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and new artists Carly Pearce and Moon Taxi. He has traveled around the world with artists such as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Take 6 and Bob Seger. He currently tours with Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band and frequently performs live with Mac M...

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Scott is a composer, guitarist and music editor for film and television. He has worked closely with many composers including Christophe Beck, Patrice Rushen, Joseph LoDuca, Michael Penn, Matthew Margeson, and Charles Sydnor. His compositions have appeared in numerous short films, advertisements, music libraries, and network television shows including Wrecked, Girls, The Librarians, Malcolm In The Middle, Help Me Help You, and Lever...

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Ashley Jarmack is a New York born, Los Angeles based woodwind specialist with a passion for ethnic winds. In the summer of 2006, Ashley was hired to perform with Disney’s All American College Band. After completing her studies at University of Arizona with Kelland Thomas and Grammy winner, Timothy McAllister, she moved to Pasadena with little more than her instruments and a dream: to be an LA musician. Not one to stick to one genre...

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Whether scoring projects for film and television or performing and improvising before rapt audiences on stages around the world, Jordan Seigel approaches every pursuit with the same mission in mind: to create music that truly moves people. He has worked on Ant-Man and the Wasp, The LEGO Movie 2, Trolls, and Empire. He has also crafted arrangements for the National Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at the Kennedy Center with superstars ...

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