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An ‘American Idol’: Songwriting is the heart and soul of Amelia Joyce

By Jacqueline Robledo Amelia Joyce moved to the Valley five years ago in hopes of turning her musical passion into a career. Twenty-four years ago, Joyce was born in Jackson, Michigan, with five siblings, all of...

Amplified Success: Drew Foppe’s work ethic is an 11, musicians say

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski As a child in Scottsdale, Drew Foppe was constantly dismantling toys and rebuilding them. It didn’t matter if it was a Nintendo or Lego, Foppe simply wanted to know how they worked. “I remember...

VIP Access: Scottsdale producer Otto D’Agnolo shares the recording experience

By Kristine Cannon Music venues may be closed, but one Scottsdale engineer and producer is providing a new, virtual outlet for local musicians and fans to, in a way, get their live music fix. It’s called...

Let It Rock: Gilbert guitarist Matt Lloyd releases music book

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Matt Lloyd was never one for guitar instruction books. He’d rather teach himself or fiddle around until he got it. He considered writing a book but found it hard to balance it with...

Live from Home: Chris Daughtry combats boredom with Marquee benefit

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Chris Daughtry is sitting in a purple-lit room in his home with a wide smile on his face. A character, however, is towering over his shoulder. “That’s Deadpool,” he says with a laugh....

A Hat Trick: Phoenix’s Sugar Thieves drop three albums mid-pandemic

By Kristine Cannon Four years and four studios later, Phoenix’s Sugar Thieves have released three new albums—and in the midst of a pandemic, no less. Since 2006, the Sugar Thieves have injected Arizona’s music scene with...

Monster of Rock: Guitarist Tommy Gibbons is all about the WWE and Godzilla

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Tommy Gibbons has wanted to be a musician since his father took him, as an elementary school student, to see the G3 tour, featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Steve Vai, at...

Straight Shooter: SiriusXM’s Shannon Gunz recalls her Arizona roots

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Shannon Gunz was preparing to enter ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2006 when she told her father, “I want to be famous.” To achieve that, she needed to...

Stumbling Onto Creativity: Jared & The Mill release playful single ‘Eliza’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Jared Kolesar has found songs in the best and worst of times. For Jared & The Mill’s new single, “Eliza,” it was definitely the worst of times. He wrote the song in Nashville...

Bringing Music Back: WestWorld concerts could juice up economy

By Kristine Cannon A drive-in concert series is coming to WestWorld of Scottsdale. R Entertainment and M Culinary, producers of the Scottsdale Fourth of July fireworks show, are working with the city to produce the Scottsdale...

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