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Kristopher Rowberry

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Note: Comments made on today’s episode are for entertainment purposes only. Any opinions given do not reflect opinions of anyone’s place of employment or industry.

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • How his fascination with rollercoasters began out of terror
  • Why he thinks he is still single
  • Tricks rides do to make you feel like you’re going faster than you are
  • His documentary
  • The Phoenix
  • What made Gary yell, “You psychotic bastards!”
  • The tallest roller coaster
  • How he got into selling roller coasters
  • The longest portable ride

Quotations:

“I help sell roller coasters for a living.” ~Kristopher Rowberry

“We have forgotten to have fun.” ~Kristopher Rowberry

“The more rides you go on, the happier you’ll be.” ~Kristopher Rowberry

Guest’s Bio:

He’s a self-described roller coaster nerd following his passion as his career.

Guest’s Contact Info:

  • Twitter & Instagram Usernames
    @krowberry

Manny Blu

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Manny Talks About Being Bilingual
  • What Gary’s French Teacher Told Him After He Bombed a French Oral Assignment
  • How Manny Got Into MMA and Overcoming The Fear of Fighting
  • Why People Who Write Three Songs a Day Are Fascinating
  • Manny Talks Music Videos and His 30lbs Jacket
  • The Backlash Manny Has Gotten For His Country Punk Sound
  • Being Authentic and Having More Fun

Quotations:

“…And the more I started doing it, the more people liked it and the more people liked it, the more enjoyable I felt not getting punched in the face twice.” – Manny Blu

“You know, I was told I’m too loud for Country, I’m Country for Rock, where do I fit in in all this bullshit?” – Manny Blu

“It’s about being unapologetically yourself, right, that’s what punk is.” – Manny Blue

“Everybody kinda lost their shit a little bit.” – Manny Blu

“There was one karaoke party and I just go, ‘Ah, fuck it.” – Manny Blu

“When we played it live for the first time, my girlfriend was there.” – Manny Blu

Guest’s Bio:

BEFORE MANNY BLU WAS KNOWN AS A NASHVILLE ARTIST WITH HIS OWN GENRE, THREE EPS, AND 1M+ STREAMS, HE WAS PLAYING TOURS THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA AND CANADA AS AN ACCLAIMED M.M.A. FIGHTER TURNED COUNTRY SINGER AND A TRUE ROAD WARRIOR. BLU STARTED HIS MUSIC CAREER PLAYING NIGHTLY SHOWS SUPPORTING HIS 2019 DEBUT ALBUM LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS WHILE ALSO SHARPENING THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE SOUND THAT WOULD LATER FILL HIS 2020 EP NEW INK AND HIS MOST RECENT 2021 EP, DEVIL. 

HOWEVER, BEFORE BLU TOOK THE STAGE, HE SPENT HIS DAYS IN THE GYM, TRAINING FOR A CAREER AS AN M.M.A. FIGHTER. WHEN A LEG INJURY LEFT HIM UNABLE TO COMPETE IN PROFESSIONAL MATCHES, BLU FOUND HIMSELF AT HOME IN MONTREAL, RECOVERING FROM A TORN QUADRICEP AND LOOKING FOR A NEW PASSION FOR PASSING THE TIME. WHAT HE FOUND WAS A RENEWED APPRECIATION FOR MUSIC. FIRST, HE WAS DRAWN TO THE GUITAR-DRIVEN BLUES OF B.B. KING, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, AND JOHN MAYER. SECONDLY, HE DISCOVERED A CONNECTION WITH THE EASYGOING SWAGGER AND RELATABLE STORYTELLING OF MODERN COUNTRY.

ACCOMPANYING HIMSELF ON THE GUITAR AND SINGING IN AN EXPRESSIVE VOICE, BLU BEGAN TAKING REQUESTS FROM THE FRIENDS WHO’D COME OVER TO THE HOUSE TO VISIT. THOSE CASUAL PERFORMANCES MARKED HIS FIRST-TIME PLAYING MUSIC FOR ANYONE, AND THE EXPERIENCE LEFT A PERMANENT MARK. 

“THAT WAS HOW IT ALL STARTED,” BLU REMEMBERS. “ALL OF MY FRIENDS WERE LIVING IN OTHER TOWNS, PLAYING HOCKEY. THEY’D COME BACK TO MONTREAL DURING THE SUMMER, ONCE HOCKEY SEASON WAS OVER, AND THEY’D ASK ME TO PLAY THE COUNTRY SONGS THEY’D BEEN LISTENING TO. I LEARNED ALL THE HITS… AND I LEARNED THERE’S A CULTURE AND A VIBE TO COUNTRY MUSIC THAT’S LIKE NOTHING ELSE.” 

TODAY, BLU HAS RELOCATED TO NASHVILLE FULL-TIME AND CREATED A GENRE, COUNTRY PUNK, WHICH COMBINES THE LYRICAL STYLE OF COUNTRY MUSIC WITH THE HEAVY INFUSED BEATS AND SOUNDS OF PUNK ROCK. COUNTRY PUNK BRINGS BLU’S OWN VIBE TO COUNTRY MUSIC, CREATING AN ORIGINAL SOUND THAT MAKES ROOM FOR HIS BLUES AND ROCK & ROLL INFLUENCES. HE INTRODUCED THAT SOUND IN 2019 WITH LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS, A DEBUT RECORD THAT EARNED HIM THOUSANDS OF NEW FANS AND PRESENTED HIM WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIT THE ROAD. 

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, HE HIT THE STAGE WITH A MISSION – AIMING TO WIN OVER THE CROWD WITH AN UNDENIABLE LIVE SHOW. THE GUITARS GOT LOUDER. THE DRUMS GREW EVEN MORE PUMMELING, AND THE SONGS BECAME EVEN MORE ANTHEMIC. OUT OF THAT ROAD EXPERIENCE, HE EMERGED WITH OMNISOUND STUDIOS EP NEW INK. THE EP WAS PRODUCED BY AARON ESHUIS AND HIT SONGWRITERS LIKE JOSH OSBORNE, RHETT ATKINS, AND ROSS COPPERMAN. FROM “BORN TO RIDE,” WHICH SURPASSED 1M STREAMS / 350K YT VIEWS IN 2020, TO “SINK,” THESE SONGS TOLD RELATABLE STORIES ABOUT LOVE, LOSS, BREAKUPS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, ROOTED IN AN AMPLIFIED MIX OF COUNTRY TWANG AND HEAVY ROCK & ROLL ATTITUDE.

BLU’S LATEST RELEASE, HIS THIRD EP, DEVIL, IS GAINING HIM EVEN MORE MOMENTUM IN HIS CAREER. A TRACKLIST THAT USES HIS COUNTRY-PUNK SOUND TO EXPRESS TESTAMENTS OF LOVE AND EXPLAIN WHERE HE IS AT IN HIS LIFE RIGHT NOW, THIS NEW EP TAKES BLU’S CREATED GENRE OF COUNTRY-PUNK TO THE NEXT LEVEL. THE EP FEATURES FIVE SONGS WRITTEN BY SEVERAL OF NASHVILLE’S MOST ESTEEMED WRITERS: MICHAEL HARDY, RYAN HURD, CRAIG WISEMAN, RYAN BEAVER, JESSI ALEXANDER, JT HARDING, AARON ESHUIS, AND MORE. THE EP ALSO FEATURES THE VOCALS OF BLAINE HOLCOMB ON “CIRCLE UP” AND BRITTANY KENNELL ON “VALET.”

BLU DESCRIBES HIS NEWEST EP AS “AN ENSEMBLE OF SONGS THAT HAVE A VARIETY OF SKILL SETS AND SIDES OF ME AS AN ARTIST THAT I HAVEN’T SHOWN BEFORE AND IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMPLETE PROJECT I’VE RELEASED TO DATE. I THINK DEVIL HAS ELEMENTS THAT CALL BACK TO WHAT I’VE RELEASED BEFORE AND WHAT I HAVE COMING NEXT.”

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://mannyblumusic.com/

Jason Damian Hill

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Jason’s Process For Writing Books
  • Why Jason Wrote, “What Do White Americans Owe Black Americans”
  • America Phobia
  • The Monopoly of Victimhood and Systemic Racism
  • Indoctrination and Criminalizing Different Viewpoints
  • A Need For a New Manifest Destiny

Quotations:

“In the University you will not find intellectual diversity, what you will find is a place where political correctness and radical Marxists communist socialists ideologies are rammed down the throats of our young people.” -Jason Damian Hill

“My grandfather was put in a detention center by the British because he helped to beat them out of Jamaica, he was part of the independent movement. So when my father was born, he was in a concentration camp.” -Jason Damian Hill

“It is utterly un-American, we are not a culture of aggrievement or entitlement and if we are, shame on us, because that is not the American way.”-Jason Damian Hill

“The 1964 civil rights act made it impossible for white people to be racist in the public sphere.”-Jason Damian Hill

“I just don’t have the courage to be a coward, because I see the consequences are too much.”-Jason Damian Hill

“Much of what passes as reality is really mass psychosis.”-Jason Damian Hill

Guest’s Bio:

Jason D. Hill is a professor of philosophy at DePaul University and the author of four previous books. These include We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People, Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What It Means to Be a Human Being in the New Millennium, Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity: When We Should Not Get Along, and Beyond Blood Identities: Posthumanity in the Twenty-First Century. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and has been a professional writer and book author for over thirty years. He is a specialist in ethics, moral psychology, and American politics, and has been published in major magazines including The Federalist, Commentary Magazine, Spiked Magazine, and Salon. He is also a contributor to The Hill.

He has lectured and taught extensively on the subject in the United States, Europe, and Asia. From 2010-2012, a consortium of four universities in England held a series of conferences devoted to Dr. Hill’s post-human cosmopolitanism and adopted the moral vision contained therein as part of their mission statements. His scholarly articles have been published in anthologies and journals in Germany, the Czech Republic, and The Netherlands. In addition, he has written for various magazines and newspapers in which he has brought the tenets of cosmopolitanism to a wide audience. He is also a well-respected motivational speaker. He has been interviewed regularly in various media outlets, including NBC’s Today show, The Daily Caller Show, Fox News, Fox Business, Billy O’Reilly’s ‘NO Spin News,’ NPR, NRATV, and several other mainstream media. He is deeply committed to Moral Foundationalism, Moral Universalism, and the absolutism of reason.

Jason came to this country at the age of twenty from Jamaica and has thrived beyond his wildest dreams. He remains incredibly grateful to this country for its bountiful opportunities.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.jasondamianhill.com/

Roy Worley

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • How Roy Got Into Voiceover Work
  • People Forget Jesus Was Human and Had His Own Facial Expressions and Vocal Inflections
  • Roy Talks About Work He’s Done, What Work He Won’t Do, and What Things He Won’t Say
  • Roy Talks About How He Handles Maintaining His Boundaries With The Content He’ll Take Part In 
  • What Audiobook Reading Auditions Are Like
  • Roy Had To Pretend To Be a Beagle With an Anxiety Disorder

Quotations:

“He’s lightning fast with a gun and he never misses what he shoots at.” – Roy Worley

“I invited him into the studio to give me direction. Oh my goodness, it was not a good idea.” – Roy Worley

“When I got done the engineer in that place said, ‘Man, he really worked you over.’ I said, ‘Dude, they paid me; I’m fine.’” – Roy Worley

“I had to be the voice of a beagle that had an anxiety disorder.” – Roy Worley

“People came and literally tore his business apart to get souvenirs from the place where Lincoln died.” – Roy Worley

Guest’s Bio:

Growing up on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee in a large extended family, Roy Worley learned the art of storytelling from his grandpa, Paw Neely who instilled a strong sense of family, hard work, and a love for Christ.  As an extrovert, Roy loves being around people, talking, and laughing over a strong cup of coffee.  These days Roy and his wife Rebecca call the Chicago area home.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Roy felt God’s calling upon him to commit full time to preach and teach the Word of God and entered Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary in his hometown of Memphis where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.  Over the years he has served as both a pastor and foreign missionary.  He and his wife were privileged to live in Chile for six years where they shared the Lord’s message in Spanish (yep, he’s fluent), helping Chilean Christians learn how to study the Bible for themselves and how to share their faith with whoever was interested.

Now, when not working as a full-time voice actor, Roy is the Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church where he has the privilege of teaching the Bible, supporting his fellowship with love and kindness, and ministering to those who are hurting.

His warm, clear, baritone voice can be heard narrating videos, directing people in phone messages, and narrating audiobooks (non-fiction, fiction, western novels, and kids books). 

Roy is honored to call companies and organizations like Tiffany & Co, Firestone, Pizza Hut, and Wounded Warriors his voice-over clients and publishers like HarperCollins and Macmillan have tapped into his deep baritone well for audiobook narration as well!

When not recording, Roy enjoys lifting weights, expanding his creativity by spending time outside in his large backyard planning his spring vegetable garden, and creating beautiful landscapes of vibrant flowers, shrubs, and trees. He also loves to imagine he’s on his own DIY home improvement show, refinishing and repurposing old furniture and remodeling his own home, embarking on what he calls his “fifty-year remodeling plan,” which his wife promptly gifts him with a loving roll of her eyes.

While Roy has traveled widely and lived in several different countries, his warm southern charm and ubiquitous sense of humor are still his faithful companions.  

Guest’s Contact Info:

www.royworley.com