My Music Matters is a weekly intimate chat with an artist, academic, music industry insider, and/or influencer that explores their career, personal perspective of the industry, and why the music that’s important to them matters to us all.
For our first My Music Matters Artist Chat of 2021, NMAAM welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame VP of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator, Nwaka Onwusa. The Southern California native who began her curatorial career at the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live is also one of the newest members of the National Museum of African American Music’s MIRC (Music Industry Relations Committee).
GRAMMY Award-nominated singer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer Eric Roberson is one of the most widely acclaimed independent artists of our era. Heralded as the “King of Independent Soul/R&B,” this multi-faceted music creator was our guest for one of our My Music Matters Artist Chats.
Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter and Tony Award-winning stage actress Dee Dee Bridgewater is our guest for this week’s My Music Matters Artist Chat. Join us Weds., Nov. 18 at 5PM CST/6PM EST on Facebook Live for our one-on-one conversation with this legendary jazz icon!
Meshell Ndegeocello is one of the most innovative and influential artists of our time, and NMAAM was honored to welcome her as a guest for our My Music Matters Artist Chat. Here is our conversation with this critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Brooklyn-born multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins joined us for a My Music Matters Artist Chat. Jenkins’ mastery of country blues, fiddle, banjo, ragtime, and traditional jazz made him an integral part of the GRAMMY Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, and he continues to tour with former CCD bandmate, Rhiannon Giddens.
Shreveport, LA-born Willie Jones knew a life in country music was his destiny at the age of 14. Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “the future of country music,” Jones’ innovative blend of hip hop and country has scored him millions of streams and a growing fan base. We were pleased to have welcomed Willie Jones as one of our My Music Matters Artist Chat’s.
Platinum-selling Stoney Creek Records recording artist Jimmie Allen made history when he became the first Black artist to score two consecutive #1 hits on country radio, “Best Shot” followed by “Make Me Want To.” Now, he’s up for New Artist of the Year at the 54th Annual CMA Awards. In celebration of Country Music Month, NMAAM was excited to welcome this groundbreaking singer and songwriter as our guest on our My Music Matters Artist Chat.
Singer, songwriter, and recording artist Avery*Sunshine and her husband/manager, musician and producer Dana Johnson, sat down with NMAAM president and CEO Henry Beecher Hicks for the second installment of NMAAM’s My Music Matters Artist Chat series which aired on Friday, April 17 on Facebook Live.
Hip-hop icon YoYo Fearless was our guest on Friday, April 24 for NMAAM’s My Music Matters Artist Chat on Facebook Live for a one-on-one conversation with this legendary GRAMMY-nominated emcee, actor, and entrepreneur.
We were thrilled to welcome chart-topping artist Lin Rountree, aka the “Soul Trumpeter,” as our guest for a My Music Matters Artist Chat! With his Billboard #1 hit “Pass the Groove,” Rountree has established himself as one of the most sought-after songwriters and musicians of his generation.
It’s not every day that you get to sit down with one of the most influential people in music and entertainment and hear their story, and NMAAM is thrilled to have welcomed music executive, best-selling author, and CEO of Music World Entertainment, Mathew Knowles as our guest in our My Music Matters Artist Chat series! On July 8th.
She’s released a string of solo albums, co-wrote H.E.R.’s hit “Hard Place,” and her songs have appeared on TV shows such as ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ and ‘Nashville.’ GRAMMY, Soul Train, and BET Award-nominated singer/songwriter Ruby Amanfu joined us for a My Music Matters Artist Chat.
Capitol Records recording artist Devon Gilfillian joined NMAAM’s My Music Matters Artist Chat on Wednesday, July 29. During this chat, we had the opportunity to go deep with this Philadelphia-born, Nashville-based artist raised on a steady diet of R&B, soul, hip-hop, rock, and blues, whose debut album, ‘Black Hole Rainbow,’ has garnered critical acclaim.
Naima Cochrane is a 20-year music industry veteran whose experience runs the gamut from marketing, to artist management, to music journalism. As the creator of the massively popular #MusicSermon Twitter series, her deep knowledge of music and pop culture makes her one of the most trusted voices in entertainment and media. We were excited to have her as our guest for our weekly My Music Matters Artist Chat.
NMAAM welcomed gospel recording artist Brian Courtney Wilson as our guest for a My Music Matters Artist Chat. September is Gospel Music Heritage Month, and we’re excited to chat with this singer, songwriter, and host of the Breathe Again with Brian Courtney Wilson radio broadcaster about the power and importance of music, especially in this moment.