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Todd Barrow ~ Sharing Music One Note At A Time

Todd Barrow ~ Sharing Music One Note At A Time

Todd Barrow’s passion is music and he wants to share it one note at a time.  He enjoys writing, producing, recording and releasing music for airplay. 

Barrow’s Music Background

Barrow began his music interest at a young age. The interest in music started with his mother encouraging and influencing him. The first instrument is learning the piano. His mother’s encouragement is important today. Encouragement leads him to love all aspects of music.

Born and raised in Texas the country music seems to be a natural. Barrow took an adventure around music genre before becoming a country music performer. He states, “I began in my younger years doing gospel then it was pop. I landed on country music because it paints the best picture I feel in music.” When listening to Barrow’s music you hear a blend of different genres with a center country music.

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Todd Barrow Music
Barrow’s Influences

Favorite musicians, who are true writers and performers. Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, and Ronnie Milsap. These musicians have a level of commitment to their craft are not afraid to be the change in country music!

The opportunity to work under the collaboration with close friends of Charlie Pride results in Live The Dream with TMG label in 2014. Many performers influence his goals and music.

Charlie Pride, he states,  “is a great man. He has stuck to his roots and this inspired me to get involved with country music. Mutual close friend Sonny Burgess has been tremendous influencing my career as well. He is about giving back to charities with our talents.”

Barrow’s Charity Work

The value of being involved with community and giving back is a strong belief for Barrow. He works with Cook Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House (RMHFW) in Fort Worth. 

These remarkable organization helps families in need while children are healing. RMHFW offers a supportive home for families dealing with seriously ill children. He collaborates to write and produce a song for RMHFW. The song, “The House That Love Built” helps raise awareness and funds for the organization.

Barrow’s Music

“Persistence is the keyword. I would also add an attitude of never giving up, he advises.” The music industry is many long hours on the road and sacrifices. 

Combining genres often heard in his music. He decides what
combinations will work with the story he is telling, from a quote by Willie Nelson, “it best all you need is three chords and the truth now you have a country song.”

Keeping this schedule up is motivated by the thrill of entertaining an audience keeps him going. A strong commitment to the vision of great music in today’s society.

Barrow’s Songs

The approach to his music is storytelling. The song is not just words but a story. Portraying every line, the stories, and the people with a sincerity that comes from the heart is in the music.  

A favorite song with 4Chion Lifestyle conveys being in the Bayou, Love in The Big Bayou,. Listening to the song you gain a visual of the Bayou and life. He says, “This was a great song for me to record. A visit to the Florida Keys and deep Louisiana sparked the interest to covey this story.”

The one song that the story just seems to connect to life not just for you but your listeners as well is he states, “I would say the one song is, Guadalupe River. A true story on a quick weekend trip to the crazy river in Texas. Everyone loves this tune!”

Barrow’s Family

His family is a blessing and he cherishes his three children, Joshua, Hannah, and Noah. He met his wife at a Christmas holiday event with Charlie Pride performing at Cook Children’s Hospital. 

Barrow’s Events 
  • Events- 9/22 Hulen Mall Ft. Worth, TX
  • 9/29 Ramseys Roadhouse Wills Point, TX
  • 10/13 Yucatan Taco Stand Ft. Worth, TX
  • 10/25 Love and War in Texas Lindale,TX 

Barrow is up and coming sharing one note at a time. 

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Time Behind The Scenes ~ Gary Kordan

Time Behind The Scenes ~ Gary Kordan

Gary Kordan and his wife, Justine Ungaro, join us on the red carpet at the Emmy® Creative Arts Awards. Kordan provides production design on Key & Peele on Comedy Central.

Kordan and his wife wear matching colors (black) and leather for their red carpet looks. They are a successful busy creative couple. They manage their busy lives very well. Ungaro is a professional photographer just returning from Lake Tahoe to attend The Emmy Creative Arts. She states, “It is easy for us to match our entire closet is black including the closet itself.” She is excited about the evening events and thrilled for her husband’s nomination.

Kordan started his career working at CBS. He got the positions while attending college for visual arts in New York City. He saw a flyer on a bulletin board at school. It stated that CBS was looking for an intern. He took the flyer because he wanted to be the only one applying. He interviewed and is hired for the Joan Rivers’ Show.

The show needed visuals about two weeks into the internship, Joan Rivers said, “Make the art student intern do that.” That was his first credit in production on television. Kordan states, “Joan Rivers was so supportive. She was someone to look up to and admire. She was there for you. If an up and coming artist needed food, cab fare, or scarf she was right there.” Kordan learned a lot from the experience.

This was 25 years ago. He uses those lessons to help many shows with his creativity. He enjoys the intensity on Key & Peele. Kordan breaks down the set requests, design, get approvals, find locations, and research for each set. There are two sets designed each day totaling 10 designs a week. The team travels all over the LA area to set up the designs and film the series.

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Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet Gary Kordan and his wife.

His success for every day is wearing black, #wewearblack. He must dress the part for ruffling feathers, being demanding, and self-confident. Kordan states, “I wear black like my role model, Johnny Cash. This is Kordan’s first Emmy nomination.

Key & Peele nominated for 7 Emmys this year. They include: Outstanding Art Direction For Variety or Music Program, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, Outstanding hairstylist For Multi-Camera Series or Special, Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Editing For Variety Programming, Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series, and Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

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