Artists In Residency

2017's artists are; Chris Burke, Darren Cinque, Matthew Huff, Antonio Rullez, Max Merseny, Steven Feifke, and Yeho!

Exclusive Interviews!

"The Beat!" has the very best artists speaking to us exclusively like; Eric Alán, Cristobal, Ryan Adames, Deirdre, Guy Scheiman, Richie Arci, Eddy Barrena, Darren Cinque, Jesse Johnson, Max Merseny, Breaux Gargano, Sean O’Reilly, Luca Savazzi, Alex Serra, and MORE!

Rick Astley is on fire with "50!"

"Rick Astley is selling out tour dates globally with his timeless classics and new hits!

The Song: "Don't Cry For Me Argentina!"

"The Beat!" has a brand new series entitled; "The Song." This series features the best of songs/the singers/stories and how they became to be.

Barry Conrad is "Dancing On My Own!"

"The Beat! is featuring the hot Aussie dancer, actor and dancer in an exclusive interview!

Keith Harkin's Holiday Album: Nollaig!

Keith Harkin - the well known Irish singer has released his first solo Christmas album entitled; Nollaig (nollaig is Gaelic for Christmas). Keith decided to take a different road with his holiday album then the typical tunes, he has done many original songs and then decided upon different arrangements for the songs well know and love.

This album was released by Blue Elan records whom also earlier this year produced Keith's album; "On Mercy Street." Keith is going on the road in the USA to do intimate performances. I have to say Keith's Christmas album is superb and plays to the world we live in and enjoy, a perfect album for any fan or someone whom loves great music!

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Marie Osmond says "Music Is Medicine!"

Marie Osmond - releases her first country album this year titled; "Music Is Medicine." The last time Marie released a country album was her "Steppin'  Stones" in 1989. It has been twenty-six years since her last country album to her current and it is about time!

A lot in Marie's life has changed since her last album, dealing with depression, suicide of her son, divorce and re-marriage to her first husband. That is a lot for anyone person to deal with and Marie comes out of it stronger and her music being released and being #10 it's first week, now that is great! That tells me there are plenty of HUGE fans of Marie Osmond whom were also waiting for what seemed forever new material.

"Music Is Medicine" lent Marie to collaborate with very noteworthy singers such as Olivia Newton-John, Sisqo, John Rich and others. The album is not a compilation of re-imagined songs of either her old material or others, it is actually the opposite. "Music Is Medicine" allowed Marie to experiment with a new producer and have a fresh sound. I highly suggest to buy this album for you and a loved one whom will love it. Welcome back Marie Osmond to your hot country music career!

To top it all off, Marie during this holiday season is touring with her brother Donny Osmond to do a very outstanding holiday tour, that is a not miss!

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Marie with singer Sisqo whom collaborated together on a duet for "Music Is Medicine!"

Celebrate Xmas with Darlene Love!

Darlene Love - this is one singer that is a permanent fixture to the best Christmas music! When you are looking for inspirational songs to get your feet tapping and to sing out loud no matter where you are is Darlene Love! For a quick education on Darlene Love, this is one singer that has no simply appeared on the scene recently. It is rather the opposite where Darlene has been in the recording industry since the 1960s to current. She has at her beginning worked with someone whom provided a terrific medium for her music though took advantage of the situation. Utilizing Darlene's vocals for not her own material but for other girl groups with no acknowledgement which lent itself to missed opportunities financially and more. Darlene was kept from soaring and finally we have the singer at her best today!

Today, Darlene has won an Academy Award in 2014 for her major appearance in the critically acclaimed documentary; 20 Feet From Stardom. From there Darlene has received an award from the "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" in 2011 and has toured constantly with new material and performed for years on David Letterman singing her huge Christmas hit; "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."

Great news, that during this holiday season she is coming out to a city near you bringing her seasonal charm and tunes!

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Robby Johnson says "Don't Look Back" with his new album!

Robby Johnson - this hot country singer whom hails from Canada is taking over the airwaves and everyone's attention. Robby has toured in Canada as one of the opening acts for Keith Urban and even has Vince Gill lending his vocals to his new album.

The album entitled; Don't Look Back is out now and has received great reception from radio and fans all over. Robby Johnson is a star on the rise whom took truly wanted his first full length album to be filled with hits rather than many fillers.

Robby's current smash single and music video is; Together. Together is a very emotionally charged song with it's lyrics and visual within the music video. It truly talks about no matter the heartbreaks a couple is going through they truly want to be together forever. That by being together both can get through the hardest times such as addictions and being in another country fighting in war but have support always. Robby is someone that here at The Beat! we will be following and know that you as the readers will feel and do the same.

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The Best of Holiday Music 2016!

It is our 3rd Annual; "Best of Holiday Music!" The Beat! goes over countless brand new released Christmas material to choose the Top 7 that are a "must have" for this time of year. I think for our 3rd annual we yet again did not disappoint with delivering a lovely array of musicians, enjoy!

Matt Dusk: Old School Yule!

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood: Christmas Together

Loretta Lynn: White Christmas Blue

Brett Eldridge: Glow

Jordan Smith: 'Tis The Season

Damian McGinty: This Christmas Time

Kacey Musgraves: A Very Kacey Christmas

*All albums are available now at the artist's website along with Amazon, iTunes and more!!*

Fiery Soul Singer Sharon Jones: In Memorium

Sharon Jones - the fiery soul singer passed away at the age of 60 on Friday, November 18th. This dynamic performer past away with a very public battle of pancreatic cancer which was first diagnosed in 2013. Sharon had her gallbladder, the head of her pancreas and 18 inches of her small intestine removed due to the cancer which within nine months went into remission. Sadly, the cancer came back as stage four which she imparted to the media during her documentary red carpet premiere entitled; "Miss Sharon Jones!"

The documentary chronicles Sharon's life from her early career to recent health battles and still always rising to the top with her powerhouse vocals and emotionally charged songs. This lady of song introduced us to not only her wonderfully musical sty-lings but to her band, the Dap-Kings. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings released six albums and always were at their best on stage live. No one ever left one of their concerts feeling cheated, it was always an invigorating musical journey that Sharon took everyone on. I personally adore how Sharon Jones made you feel into your own bones her stories of pain, tragedy and joy at the same core as herself. That in itself was a truly unique gift that not many musicians can ever deliver even once.

Please do yourself a favor and see the documentary and listen to her music which for all of us Sharon Jones will ALWAYS be "STILL HERE!"

Barry Conrad "Dancing On My Own!" (exclusive interview)

Barry Conrad is a powerhouse to be reckoned with.  

From his stage-stealing moments as a finalist in The X-Factor Australia, to starring in the award-winning and critically-acclaimed theatrical production of 'VIOLET'.  Barry is now touring Australia in his second consecutive musical, 'Hairspray: The Big Fat Arena Spectacular' - the largest production of 'Hairspray' ever staged in the world.

An accomplished singer and songwriter, Barry's single, 'Anywhere We Go', is out digitally everywhere.  The bold, moody track has an equally fitting music video.  This multifaceted talent is also an ambassador for 180 Nutrition, R U OK?, Cancer Council and Compassion Australia.

Needless to say, I found Conrad while looking at others to take note of globally, and he caught my attention right away.  From his stage presence, charisma and voice, to how his personality shines through, it's easy to see that Barry Conrad possesses star quality in spades.

Barry, first I want to say how greatly appreciated I am for you to take time out of your busy schedule to do this exclusive interview with me for 'Let The Beat Hit You!'.  It's also fantastic to note that you are officially part of our 'Artist in Residence' for 2016. 

Tell me how life has been for you since being part of the whirlwind that was The X Factor, being such a fan favorite and making it to the Top 12.  What was the experience like? 

-  My pleasure, thanks for having me!  X-Factor, wow.  I always say it was one of the best and hardest things to ever happen to me.  Being thrown into the deep end on live TV like that, it's really a sink or swim type of situation.  You're kind of forced to survive.  I definitely learned a lot, about the show element, and even more about myself. 

Do you have a favorite memory from your time on the show, such as collaborating with a specific artist?

-  We had guests like Katy Perry, 1 Direction, Miguel and a bunch of others, which was ace.  I have a lot of amazing memories, but one of the best would have to be when we got to go to New York for Home Visits.  NYC is my favorite city.  And getting the good news that I'd made live shows there was a moment for sure.

Since appearing on The X-Factor, your career has truly gone into overdrive, from touring, a fantastic single, and now two successful theatrical productions.  It truly is a great time to be where you are.  What was one milestone that you now can look back and say, “Wow, that was the defining moment” (thus far)?

-  You know what, they're all milestones and all special.  It's important to me to not get swept up in everything where I forget to be present.  To realize I'm actually living in the middle of a milestone right now.  I'm very thankful.

The single we touched on, 'Anywhere We Go', really catches you instantly.  What inspired you to write it? 

-  Art imitates life, life imitates art.  That's what they say, right?  I wanted to write a love song with a bit of danger to it.  A bit darker.  That was direct lyrically and bold vocally.  I'm really happy with it.

You're also an accomplished songwriter, what is your process for writing?

-  It depends.  Sometimes I'll block out time to sit down and write, even if I have zero ideas.  Other times I could be out and about, working out or even doing laundry, and get hit with a ton of inspiration.  My phone's full of sung voice memos.  A lot of which aren't necessarily crash-hot (haha).  But some eventuate into songs.

Do you have any projects in the making that we can look forward to in the music arena? 

-  I'm possibly the worst multitasker around, but I am writing and recording new music in between touring at the moment.  Music is definitely coming.

Another huge area for you as of late are your show-stopping performances in theatrical delights such as your roles in 'VIOLET' and now 'Hairspray'.  What drew you to these particular projects?

-  I was pretty hesitant at first about musical theater.  I've always had a bunch of friends who did it and they'd be away on these long contracts.  Call it fear of commitment, but that scared me.  These two shows were too special to pass up though.  Even though in Violet I played a soldier in his late twenties and in Hairspray I play a teenager, both shows are actually set in the 60's and deal with real human issues like racism and equality.  And they both leave the audience walking away with hope.  

Walk us through how you prepare for getting into character.  What is your method of becoming each character?

-  I do my research on where they're from, what they're about and all that.  But then I also try and find qualities in them that I have within me.  Because that helps me to flesh out and humanize a character.  It's about doing the prep, but then letting it go and just being present.

Let’s go to opening night.  Where are you mentally the day-of and prior to something like that?  All actors have his or her method and it's fascinating to learn their process before the curtain raises.

-  Lots of good sleep, ideally 8 hours.  Then I'll set my mind for the day and steam my voice before warming up.  Will usually work out, have a relaxing brunch, then make my way to the theater.  I like to not feel rushed on show days.  Plan out my days, but execute them at a relaxed pace.

Is there talk of either production being available for purchase and/or to view on television?  I would think that both performances would be perfection to see for fans.

-  I don't think so, but that would be rad!

Once, you make your final bows in both productions after their performance, what is one thing you mentally take a picture of (or even actually do take one of) that will be the long lasting memory of that evening and experience?

-  It's simple, but just the realization that I'm actually living out my dreams.  It's cool.

I am getting tired just thinking of the whirlwind of a year you have had!  What are some other projects musically, theatrically, acting in either TV and or film that are on your horizon? 

-  There are a couple things, but you'll have to wait and see :p.

Now, I am a huge fan though live a bit far in the United States, are there any plans in the near future to come up and do perhaps some touring?  I among-st many other fans would love to have you up here very soon to bring your talent in perhaps both a theatrical production and a nice cabaret show.  I can see you perhaps also performing in the hit production 'Hamilton'.

Are there any current productions that you would love to have the opportunity to star in? I am sure there are a ton that have peaked your interests from Broadway, London, and all over the globe. 

-  It's interesting you mentioned Hamilton, because that's a show I'd definitely love to be part of.  Who knows what could happen?

Is there something that you have as of yet conquered in your career that you still have as a “must"?

-  A superhero movie is on the bucket list, for sure!

Walk us through a typical day in the life of Barry Conrad, what are some things you do to stay tip top shape both physically, mentally, and vocally for your work?

-  Everyday is different.  I'm a big believer in living in preparation, so I have a few things I try and do that are non-negotiables.  Everyday I'll start with setting my mind so that I'm as focused, centered and intentional about my day as possible.  Work on my craft: vocal, accent, dance training, writing.  And then working out, usually calisthenics.  

I am sure you have people you admire, whom are a couple and why?

-  Too many to really mention here.  I really admire anyone who makes the most of what they have.  That are excellent and successful at what they do, but stay humble and treat people well.  Good character is pretty attractive to me.

I know that you're also very passionate about the brands and organizations you're an ambassador for.  Tell us what in particular about them resonated with you?  It is great to see that you are such a compassionate person both in your personal and professional life.  

-  I don't think I deserve a medal or anything for being an ambassador for a brand or organization.  I just think, if you have any kind of platform, it's a shame to not use it for something greater than yourself.  If you're able to give voice to something you believe in, that impacts society in a positive way, I'm all for that.

How would you describe Barry Conrad music?

-  Creative, honest, soulful, universal.

Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with musically?  I can think of some great singers that would be vocally perfection with you and I am sure you do.

-  Man, that list would go forever!  Both old-school cats and current artists.  I love so many artists from different genres.

 Music and acting are both powerful tools.  What do they mean to you as an artist?

-  They're such incredible creative and emotional outlets.  There's really nothing like it.

What was your first gig?

-  Outside of school, a museum actually!

Are there any cover tracks that you would love to sing and why?

-  I'm such a music junkie and love covering songs.  My latest cover is a collaboration with a talented friend of mine, Marley Sola, on the song 'Dancing On My Own' (People can find it at

When people listen to and/or watch Barry Conrad, what do you want them to remember about you as a singer/actor?

-  That I moved them.

Is there a dream venue that you would truly love to perform at and why?

-  Madison Square Garden comes to mind.  It's so iconic and a lot of my favorite artists have performed there.

Finally, what is one word that would be best to describe you?

-  Foodie (haha)