Extraordinary Ordinary People



Everybodys got an extraordinary story


  • Brett Culp: Obstacle Or Opportunity

    19/07/2019 Duração: 45min

    What does leadership mean to you? Leadership has many meanings, and everyone may have their own perspective on it. Today’s guest, Brett Culp,  has a wonderful point of view on leadership and has built an amazing foundation for his life. He also discusses his philosophy on dealing with obstacles, disappointment, fear, and why and how he maintains such a positive attitude in the face of life's struggles.  Brett had a very successful career as a videographer in the lux wedding market, for ten years,  until the recession of 2008 forced him to pivot. Now a filmmaker and keynote speaker, Brett Culp films is based out of Tampa FL.  He also is an author, and produces short films such as “How to stay positive when the world feels negative.” Brett has 3 main key elements he has come up with to live by, do great work, show it to lots of people, and be really nice. Join us today as we learn that people love to work with people they like. Show Highlights: How Brett built his foundation When Brett became passionate abou

  • Dave Russell: Grammy Award-Winning Recording Engineer

    02/01/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    When we’re working towards a new goal, one question we hear is “how bad do you want it?” What are you willing to do to succeed? How hard are you willing to work.    Sometimes, our goals and dreams are just fun words that sound nice rolling off the tongue, yet have nothing to back them up. This is not the case with Dave Russell. Dave went from sweeping floors at a music studio to becoming a multi-Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer. Join us today as Dave shares his experience of working in the music industry and advice he has to offer.    Show Highlights How Dave literally worked from the bottom up What artists look for when creating new records Working on Steely Dan’s record, “Two Against Nature," winning Dave multiple Grammys. The reason Dave quit playing guitar  Working with Walter Becker, Willie Nelson, George Benson, Michael McDonald, Dan Folgelberg and more. The relationship between Recording Engineer and Producer The most memorable albums Dave’s worked on over the years The problem he has with mixi

  • Branden Chapman: Behind-The-Scenes of the Recording Academy and The Grammys

    12/09/2018 Duração: 52min

    When we think about our favorite songs, we tend to think of the artist who sings them. What we don’t think about, however, is the amount of work and people that went into bringing it to life. The way artists have hundreds of people working to create tomorrow’s top hits, it takes just as many to put together a show to honor music and its makers. Today, Branden Chapman, Executive In Charge Of Production and Chief Business Development Officer, shares how he followed his passion for music and how it led to becoming a major executive and producer for the Recording Academy and Grammys.   Show Highlights The 2 things Branden always starts his projects with The importance of process management and creating a budget timeline What all goes into making the Grammys a success The impact gratitude has when working with a team The Academy and its work in promoting fair wages for those working behind the scenes How Branden manages his many responsibilities and holds onto his sanity The most important part that goes into mak

  • Chef Roy Yamaguchi: Creating Exquisite Cuisine, Culture & Community

    25/07/2018 Duração: 56min

    On today’s episode, Andy shares with us the honor of sitting down with renowned Chef Roy Yamaguchi, as he shares his story. Chef Roy shares his experiences from coming to the United States for the first time to attend culinary school, starting his first restaurant in Los Angeles, and finally creating Roy’s in Hawaii.  Listen in as Roy shares with Andy, as well as the rest of us, his passion, his mission, and his hopes for the future.  Show Highlights: How HomeEc sparked Roy’s culinary path The moment he decided to commit to cooking and pursue Culinary school in America Roy shares his first experience of New York compared to living in Japan The reason Roy went with his gut on opening his restaurant in Hawaii, when everyone told him not to What Roy took away from Cheers and the influence that played in creating his restaurant  Roy shares the value of having a team and the importance of everyone having a voice Why sometimes you’ve got to let ideas marinate The difference in what makes a great Chef versus what m

  • Simon T. Bailey: How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business

    20/06/2018 Duração: 46min

    Simon T. Bailey is no stranger to success, even though he’s quite familiar with failure.    At a young age, Simon was turned down for multiple sports teams-but he didn’t let that stop him.    He left his first college after just one year and moved into a low-income neighborhood. His path took him to a high-level role, which he transitioned away from when it became clear his days as an employee there were numbered.    But in every situation, Simon was constantly searching for a way to use what he was truly passionate about-- helping others to discover their inner brilliance.   Simon is unafraid to transform himself, to recognize the need to evolve. He understands this means putting yourself out there and potentially failing.    He spends this episode sharing his experiences and dropping life-changing perspectives on how you can help yourself grow, forgive others, and take responsibility for pursuing your dreams and find success. About Simon T. Bailey: Simon T. Bailey helps people discover their inner brillianc

  • Sifu Matthew: Injury Whisperer and the Martial Arts of Wellness

    16/05/2018 Duração: 01h16min

     Andy met Sifu Matthew in Maui and personally witnessed at least three people being healed. He heals people and helps them heal themselves using principles of science. Sifu has worked with well-known athletes, as can be seen in the video testimonials in his website, and helped them find restorative healing and optimal health. He says I'm not performing miracles. I'm using science.  About Sifu Matthew: Sifu is a Kung Fu Master, world renowned healer, athletic performance expert, and founder of The Martial Arts of Wellness. He is a master of understanding the electromagnetic forces of the body in relation to strength, wellness, and performance. He is known for his ability to regenerate body tissues, ligaments, and bones rapidly to activate the healing process. He is called “The Injury Whisperer.”     Sifu currently runs wellness clinics in Los Angeles and provides specialized team programs and individual athlete mentorships worldwide. He lectures and educates athletes, doctors, and executives on understanding t

  • Catching Up with Rayshun Lamarr After a Close Call on The Voice

    30/04/2018 Duração: 28min

    It was a tough show for Rayshun last week, and he finished in the bottom 2. The good news is that he was able to perform a different song and seek redemption - and boy, did he get it. Tune in to this special bonus episode where Andy catches up with Rayshun about last week's performances and we also get a little peek into what he's singing next week. If you haven't listed to Rayshun's first interview, make sure you go back and listen - you won't be disappointed.

  • Rayshun Lamarr: The Voice Finalist Who Overcame Cancer to Achieve His Dreams

    25/04/2018 Duração: 01h21min

    Rayshun Lamarr has officially put his voice in the arena-- it’s where he’s always known he wants it to be. As a singer since childhood, it would be easy to stay on a relatively safe course as an entertainer and rely on the talent he’s been recognized for since an early age. Instead, Rayshun creates opportunity after opportunity for himself to hone his craft and put himself up against the best.  His first steady gig as a professional singer was with host Andy Kushner with a 10-piece party band called SoundConnection. Weddings were a huge entry point into Rayshun’s experience entertaining crowds on a stage and forging emotional connection live.  His hearty experience on the stage prepared him for successfully auditioning for The Voice, where he is currently competing for the ultimate grand prize. Rayshun’s passion, tenacity, and joy are infectious and will make you want to cheer him on long after his time on The Voice ends. About Rayshun: Rayshun Lamarr hails from North Carolina and currently resides in the Was

  • Ashley Keegan: Moving to Maui and Helping Others Through Bodywork Healing

    11/04/2018 Duração: 40min

    Ashley Keegan is an extraordinarily intuitive healer. From a young age, she started learning how to view the human body and use natural elements to help others release trauma. She has a lotto say when it comes to fear, our inner physiology and learning to appreciate that less is more. Ashley also looks closely at what’s around her. After seeing signs in her life that they were destined for the special place Ashley calls “Mother Maui”, she moved out to Maui with her family when her children were babies-- a place which has now captivated her and allowed her to grow her practice. From our cellular memories to listening to the Hawaiian jungle, this episode is full of heart, depth, and-- of course-- healing.   About Ashley: Ashley grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and began her training at 13 years old with a Cherokee medicine man named Chief Two Trees. Her father is an environmentalist and is passionate about alternative healing. She currently lives on the island of Maui in Hawaii and co-owns a therapeut

  • Chuck Johnson: The Intriguing Story of a Guitarist's Adventure to Success

    28/03/2018 Duração: 01h23min

    Chuck Johnson knew since he was a child that he wanted to be a musician. After persistently nagging his father (who played music in a band during rowdy parties) to teach him how to play, he learned his first 3 chords at 6 years old. Chuck Johnson probably never imagined his early childhood fascination would turn into a successful career as a prominent member of 3 bands and internationally touring with a jazz legend. From the ins and outs of forming bands over his career to the way he balanced a job with his musical commitments, Chuck spends this episode sharing stories and providing insight into his wide-ranging career-- including playing some live music from his most recent album. About Chuck Johnson: Originally from Ferrum, a small rural town in southwest Virgina, Charles “Chuck” Johnson is a guitarist and vocalist for the band TK-421 and Najee. He got his first big break in a variety band called Bananas At Large. In addition to his experience with Bananas At Large and TK-421, Chuck performs occasionally wi

  • Wombi Rose of LovePop: Using Shark Tank to Make a Larger Impact

    14/03/2018 Duração: 01h02min

    Wombi Rose learns by doing. After recognizing his love for art and engineering, he took on a college experience in a literal shipyard, learning how to engineer large vessels. When he graduated college, he created his own experiences as a consultant in the energy and ship industries worldwide. So naturally, when Wombi got a call from his friend John Wise encouraging him to apply for Harvard and go into business together, Wombi was in. An accepted Harvard application and a trip to Vietnam brought Wombi and John to the inspiration that would eventually become Lovepop-- a business that would elevate the pop-up greeting card. Fast forward to December 2015, and with Wombi and John took Lovepop to Shark Tank, beating out nearly 40,000 other applicants. With around $300k in sales in the first 18 months of their business, some wondered why the two entrepreneurs would consider sharing a piece of their business with an outside investor. But as Wombi explains in this episode, Lovepop isn’t just about intricate greeting c

  • Colin Cowie: Creating Luxury Experiences for A-List Celebrities

    28/02/2018 Duração: 53min

    Colin Cowie is a top designer for all things weddings, as well as galas, charitable events, corporate and destination celebrations. He's beloved by the likes of Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, Elton John, Michael Jordan, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Aniston, and countless other A-list celebrities. Since Colin arrived in Los Angeles from Kitzwe, Zambia at the height of apartheid in 1985, his professional life has soared. Colin grew up in a household that constantly entertained friends and family, so when he came to the US, he just started doing the same thing he had always been doing at home in Zambia. While teaching cooking lessons at age 23, he met a woman whose chance encounter soon led to his first wedding assignment for a local bachelor: Hugh Hefner. Thirty-one years of parties, weddings, and multi-day events later, he’s never created the same event twice. The degree to which Colin cares for and personalizes his work is not just unmatched, it's nearly indescribable, and precisely why he’s consistently relied upon by the

  • Jerry Moss: Legendary A&M Records Co-Founder

    14/02/2018 Duração: 01h13min

    Today, we present the story of a legend who facilitated incredible change in the music business. I’m sitting down with the one-of-a-kind Jerry Moss, Co-founder of A&M Records. If you’ve heard of artists like The Police and Sting, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Peter Frampton, Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, Chet Baker, Bryan Adams, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, and Cheech and Chong, then you’ve listened to some of  the products of Jerry’s keen ear for good sound. Founded together with iconic trumpet playing recording artist, Herb Alpert, A&M records has signed artists with astounding careers and lasting legacies. You will get to hear all the history of the world’s largest independent record label, as well as some of the coolest stories of Jerry’s personal journey. His story is truly remarkable. He’s worked with some of the best artists in the world, been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and even won the Kentucky Derby! Jerry Moss has led an extraordinary life and humbly tells us how lucky he fee

  • Dennis Chambers: Modern Drummer Hall of Fame Award Recipient

    24/01/2018 Duração: 01h39min

    The story of how I met Dennis Chambers started with a  music performance I will never forget. However, that’s not why I’m here. Today, we learn how Dennis Chambers became the legendary drummer he is today. From his earliest memories of copying records on a toy drum kit, to slinging tracks with the likes of John Scofield and Miles Davis, Dennis has a story to tell about everything. Like the music he plays, Dennis shares stories with a rhythm and flow that is music to my ears. You definitely do not want to miss out! Though Dennis is a self-taught musician, he claims he learned from the best. He was so good, that his drumming appeared on a gospel record when he was just 7. At 13 or 14, James Brown was asking him to play in his band. The names just keep coming! Dennis has jammed with the likes of P Funk, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Stanley Clark, and Carlos Santana. Across the decades, across jazz, funk, soul, and rock and roll, Dennis has become a master chameleon of rhythm and style. I had the opportunity to hea

  • Ashfer Biju: Crafter of Perishable Art

    03/01/2018 Duração: 01h01min

    In today’s conversation, Andy talks with Ashfer Biju, the executive chef and food and beverage director at the iconic The Pierre, A Taj Hotel in New York City, responsible for all things culinary. To Ashfer, however, he's more than his official job title; he’s a self-proclaimed “crafter of perishable art.” After growing up in a small fishing town in India, Ashfer discovered his passion for food as a child and was driven to share his love with others ever since. With his entire family working in the restaurant industry in some fashion, Ashfer quickly dove into the hospitality industry and helped launch a vegetarian restaurant in India when he was only 18. He studied hospitality and pursued a degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California. Soon after, Ashfer traveled to open restaurants around the world, from Berkeley to Mauritius and the Maldives. By 2009, when he had already opened numerous hotels and restaurants, the time for Ashfer to move to New York City had come. Not surprisingly,

  • Dr. Alexandros D. Powers: Master Neurosurgeon

    12/12/2017 Duração: 01h03min

    To operate, or not to operate. This is the question that Dr. Alexandros Powers has continuously asked himself since the beginning of his career as a highly respected Neurosurgeon. Gaining influence from his older sister, as well as his love for continual research, Dr. Alexandros Powers entered the world of medicine. Today, Dr. Alexandros Powers sits down with Andy to discuss his early life and career ambitions. Their exchange is filled with inspiring stories, stimulating accounts, and influential testimony that will leave you wanting to hear more. Anyone in need for enlightenment about the complexities of the nervous system, topics related to spinal surgery, cranial procedures and his philosophy about recapturing a patients quality of life - prepared to become inspired.  Check out the full story on Extraordinary Ordinary People. Links MedStar Montgomery  

  • Grainger Brothers: Masters of Bass and Drums

    29/11/2017 Duração: 01h06min

    The Grainger Brothers’ talent and prowess in the world of music and rhythm is unparalleled.  Between the two of them, Gary Grainger on bass and Greg on drums have recorded or performed with the likes of Whitney Houston and John Scofield, and together opened up for Earth Wind And Fire while on tour with their band, Pockets, all while keeping their musical roots and strong brotherhood bond at the forefront of their work. The brothers took many separate paths in their musical careers, as well as some similar ones too, that led them both to finding musical success from the late 70s to present day. Today Andy, Gary, and Greg explore the brothers’ fascinating and ever-changing journey to becoming recognized as one of the best rhythm section duos in today’s music. They also share stories on the dynamics of what it’s like to perform and create together as brothers and as colleagues, how they keep their skills so versatile, and what it’s like to perform in venues as small as a one room club to as large as Madison Squa

  • Robert Kraft: Former President of Music, 20th Century Fox Film

    15/11/2017 Duração: 01h12s

    Robert Kraft’s list of accomplishments is nothing short of incredible. He was the President of 20th Century Fox Music for 18 years, supervising the music and film scores for blockbusters like Titanic, Avatar, and Slumdog Millionaire as well as for hit television shows like The X-Files and The Simpsons. Under his leadership, Fox Music garnered numerous Academy Award nominations and awards, Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys. He is also an award-winning songwriter, film composer, recording artist, and record producer. His talent is multifaceted and far-reaching, as is evident in today’s interview. Andy and Robert delve into the journey he went on to achieve these great moments in his career, starting with his love of all things musical as a young child. Robert’s story is all about jumping at the chance to try something you’ve never done before, and knowing that your own passion and determination will inform the task ahead of you. The pair also discuss how his role at 20th Century Fox fit him like a glove, what t

  • Paul Cloutier: Master of Collography

    01/11/2017 Duração: 35min

    Paul Cloutier is considered to be one of the great masters of callography, an art form that involves materials being placed onto a printing plate, then varnished so it can be painted with acrylics, and then later pressed onto paper to produce a print. His technique and skill is both as intricate and detailed as it is fascinating to see the final product. Paul grew up in Quebec City with a particular inclination for the arts. His great love of classical music and painting were on display from a young age, and helped define his techniques in collography later in life. Today, he works and lives in his Montreal studio doing what he loves six days a week. Paul’s story of taking his passion to amazing heights is one full of inspiration and wisdom. In this week’s Extraordinary Ordinary People episode, Paul and Andy discuss the technical and creative process of his callography work, and the challenges he faces working within such a niche medium. The two also delve into what a typical day for Paul looks like, the stru

  • Brie Salzman: Cheesemonger Extraordinaire

    18/10/2017 Duração: 01h08min

    When you hear the name Brie, do you conjure up images of delicious cheeses spread over a board, paired with meats and wine? That’s exactly what Brie is all about. Now a Certified Cheese Professional recognized by the American Cheese Society, Brie had humble beginnings the same as all of us. His upbringing in New York City was a tumultuous one, filled with fond memories as well as some bitter ones with his parents. He decided to get away and move to Barcelona after he finished college, where his love for all things related to food and cheese were realized. In this week’s interview, Andy and Brie share an all-encompassing chat about his passion and devotion to the art of cheese. The two also discuss how family has played a role in shaping Brie’s profession, the various kinds of cheeses he might recommend depending on the situation, and how Brie enjoys some of the greatest pleasures in life. Listen to the full interview right here. Links Brie Salzman [Facebook] M. Fromage Article

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