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Josie Stevens EYEful

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Josie Stevens is my guest today. Josie is the wife, manager and traveling partner of her GRAMMY award winning husband guitarist Steve Stevens. After having Steve on the podcast I thought it would be great to speak with the other half of the team.

“I just love people in general. I love just chatting and hearing what people have to say. I feel that’s my favorite thing about travel”

I hadn’t spoken with the spouse of a business traveler yet and Josie was great. We spoke about her love of travel, her favorite places and why and other random topics including the newly in place shelter at home order we are all dealing with now. Make sure to listen about “squeaky” boobs when she travels to higher altitudes.

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ABOUT

Josie Stevens is a model, stylist, reality TV personality, host & fashion designer married to rock guitarist Steve Stevens. She starred in the 2010 reality TV show Married to Rock alongside her husband and others.

Chicago-born Josie has been on numerous magazine covers, and has posed for Playboy, sat for a variety of “stylist-up” artists and modeled for video game characters.

She has a successful career as a celebrity fashion stylist and hair and make-up artist, working on Cinemax film projects, commercials, TV shows & album covers. Some of her current & previous clients include:

  • Steve Stevens
  • Deadland Ritual
  • Duff Mckagen’s Loaded
  • In this Moment
  • Opiate for the Masses
  • Blessed by a Broken Heart
  • photographer Hristo Shindov
  • Playboy Playmates
  • Showtime/Cinemax.

Josie married famed guitarist Steve Stevens in December 2008, after six years of dating, and manages Steve’s career, as well as doing hair, make-up & wardrobe for all of his tours and appearances. She also designs his line of merchandise.

Josie has a popular line of clothing, costumes, lingerie & rave wear, “Josie Loves J Valentine”. The line has proved to be a celeb favorite worn by stars like Nicki Minaj, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Paris Hilton, Bella Thorn, Alessandra Ambrosia, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Raja Gemini, Laura Croft, Jenna Jameson & Bridget Marquardt.

Her line called Josie Loves J Valentine was released in 2011. A launch party was held on September 7 where an all-star band performed (including her husband Steve Stevens & Billy Idol). A variety of Reality Stars, Musicians & Playmates walked in her fashion show.

In 2012, she expanded her brand with a line of sleepwear with the world’s most popular footed pajama company, Jumpin Jammerz.

In 2016, Josie expanded her design portfolio to include interior design. Most notably, she designed the West Hollywood offices of celebrity plastic surgeon Dr Dean Manus. LA Weekly Magazine declared the interior design to be “the hippest doctors office” in their “Best of LA Culture: Services with Something Special” Top 10 list on March 26th, 2019.

Jamey Whetstone – Fresh Vine

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Jamey Whetstone is my guest today. Fresh Vine Wines is his latest venture making wine a little healthier while maintaining the great taste. As the wine maker for Whetstone Winery, Jamey is always looking for new ways to create great tasting wine while maintaining his active lifestyle.

We chat about the many hours and days required to produce, sell and distribute a great wine from the Napa Valley region in California. We spent some time talking about the balancing act of being a husband and father to his children and a running a successful business.

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Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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MEET THE WINEMAKER
Jamey Whetstone

Jamey moved out to California from his home in South Carolina to manage Mustards Grill in 1996. Simply captivated by the community, lifestyle, and culture of wine country, he found himself quickly growing roots. By 1998, he had begun his winemaking education at Turley Wine Cellars where he would remain in his apprenticeship until 2005. During that time, he spent a summer sabbatical working for the Seysses family at Domaine Dujac in Morey-Saint-Denis and laid the groundwork for Whetstone Wine Cellars, which he founded in 2002.

BETTER WINES FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE

Jamey shares in our vision to create better wines that compliment his active lifestyle. Jamey is an avid surfer, skier, and all-around outdoorsman. His passion for winemaking is mirrored by his passion for adventure, and he wanted to create a health-conscious wine alternative that he can be proud to bring to the table. Our Fresh Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is the first release of those wines.

Anthony Watson – Caribbean Slider

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Anthony Watson is my guest today. Anthony is an American-born skeleton racer who competed on behalf of Jamaica in the 2018 Winter Olympics, becoming the first athlete to represent the Caribbean nation in the winter sport.

We talked about the effort and money that is required to make his dream come true. I always thought countries paid for their athletes, but it’s not like that in the smaller countries and less known sports for that country. It can be a struggle just getting enough food to eat while training to be the best in the world. I will definitely watch the Olympics differently after my talk with Anthony.

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Biography

Born and raised in Vineland, New Jersey, he is the son of Basil and Gloria Watson. Walker attended Cumberland Christian School, from which he graduated in 2008. He attended Roberts Wesleyan College before transferring to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and had competed in track in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay at the junior level until an injury prevented him from advancing to the top levels of competition in track and field.

Watson found the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation after checking out the tryout pages for every sport in which the United States was represented in international competition and chose skeleton after seeing a series of videos. An aspiring Olympian from the time he was a child, Walker participated for three years in the American training program for bobsled and skeleton, but “left on peaceful terms”. Given that his father had been born in Jamaica, Walker was eligible to compete on behalf of his father’s native country. Ranked 79th in the world based on his competition results, his qualification standards with the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation were not sufficient for him to be eligible to receive one of the 30 guaranteed berths granted for male competitors to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Walker was given the final slot to represent Jamaica after nations with individuals who had better times turned down spots, making him the first athlete from Jamaica to compete in skeleton.

With finishing times of 53.13, 54.04 and 53.35 seconds in the Olympic skeleton competition, Watson finished in 29th place in each of the three first heats. His top speed was 75.4 miles per hour (121.3 km/h), reached during the first heat. His total time in the three heats of 2:40.52 meant that he did not qualify for the final race; he placed him almost 10 seconds behind Yun Sung-bin of South Korea, who went on to win the gold medal

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Mariya Koroleva – Synch Swim

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Mariya Koroleva is my guest today. She is a Russian-born American synchronized swimmer. After immigrating to the United States, Koroleva began participating in synchronized swimming, and competed at Stanford University. She was a member of the teams that won silver medals in the duet and team competitions at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. She competed at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, London and Rio.

We spoke about her travels for the Olympics and the amount of preparation and training needed to be a Olympic level synch swimmer.

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ABOUT

Koroleva was born in Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union to Svetlana and Nikolay Korolev, and later immigrated with her family to the United States, settling in Concord, California. There, she began to compete in national youth competitions in synchronized swimming.

After being accepted to Stanford University, she experienced considerable success in collegiate and national competitions. In the 2009 collegiate championships, she finished second in team and figures, third in trio, and fifth in duet. That same year at the national championships she came in third in team and fourth in duet. During the following year’s collegiate championships, she finished second place in the trio competition and third in the duet.

Shortly before the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, she was partnered with Mary Killman to compete as a duet. At those games, Killman and Koroleva won a silver medal in the duet competition, and were members of the United States team that won a silver in the team competition as well. The pair qualified for the women’s duet at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and due to the failure of the United States to qualify for the team event, they were the only American women to compete in synchronized swimming at those games.

Koroleva was one of three University of San Francisco students to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, joined by Israeli long-distance runner Maor Tiyouri and Venezuelan basketball player John Cox. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she teamed with Anita Alvarez in the women’s duet, finishing in 9th place.

Taya Rose Mindset Influencer

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Taya Rose is my guest today. She is a mom, model, mindset coach, influencer, entrepreneur and newly formed podcast host. I call her the mindset influencer. She has accomplished quite a bit at a young age and I’m excited to see her future progress. We talk about the difficulties of being a single mom while starting, running and traveling for her businesses.

Make sure to follow her and use her coaching services if you get the chance.

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A little about me…

Seattle is my home.

I’m the mother of one beautiful little girl named Kalina.

(Don’t let the photos deceive you; I’ve done my fair share of carrying my child surfboard style out of the store while sporting a messy bun and bags under my eyes from sleepless nights.) 

I love hiking, anything Disney, and traveling. 

 

Now, let’s get personal

My name is Taya Rose. I’m an entrepreneur, philanthropist and Mindset Coach.

Coming from a rough childhood, I carried an unhealthy relationship with myself, my body and my life in to my early adulthood, where I unconsciously repeated much of my past. It wasn’t until one day; I made the decision to change my life forever. 

I began to passionately study habit change, self-improvement, neuroscience, psychology, nutrition, fitness and much more. This turned in to years of auditing college courses, taking online classes, gaining certifications and reading countless books.

After achieving AMAZING results in my own life and physical, mental and emotional health, I became obsessed with the question, “What is the key difference between those who spin in endless circles living unfulfilling lives, verses those ACTUALLY change their lives for the better- permanently?

My key takeaway-

MINDSET.

IS.

EVERYTHING.

It became my mission to show others what was possible for them and use this knowledge for something outside of myself. That’s when I decided on becoming a dually certified Life & Health Coach. Or as I call it, a Mindset Coach

My message to you is that you are truly more powerful, wonderful and capable than you give yourself credit for. You don’t have to repeat the past. You don’t have to half-ass live your life. You don’t have to stuff down your talents and gifts, or settle for not feeling your best.

My mission is to light the way for others to bridge the gap between whom they are now and who they want to be.

You got this, keep going and believe in yourself! I believe in you.

Rafi Anteby – CONSCIOUS TRAVELER

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Rafi Anteby is my guest today. Rafi is known as the “conscious traveler” and that has never been more so than right now. He set up the REloading Life Gala to benefit Australia’s wildlife. The gala will be hosted by Jamie Foxx and Renee Bargh on March 16 in Los Angeles at the Vibrato Grill. The proceeds from the event are to benefit an emergency triage for wounded animals on Kangaroo Island. This triage center will become a protected wildlife sanctuary that will help heal the animals of Australia.

In addition to Rafi’s help with the Australia wildfire damage, he is also known for his jewelry design companies, Bullets 4 Peace and The Domino Effect.

He is proof positive that if you put out good vibes you will receive good vibes back. We talk about his travels and how he combats jet lag and the importance of giving back to the communities we visit while on our own work/business trips.

Rafi has a passion for animals and nature and focuses much of his philanthropic efforts on animal rescue and nature preservation. Through his worldwide travels, he has visited some of the most beautiful unknown places and met incredibly special people. However, traveling to these underserved communities also opened his eyes to the overwhelming needs of the people, animals and our sacred habitats around the world. 

His goal in founding Reloading Life is to bring awareness and to help those in need by uniting passionate people with a common cause of making the world a better place for all.  In Hollywood, he is known for his charitable jewelry lines Bullets4Peace and Domino Effect as well as his award show official gift lounges where he curates luxury lifestyle goods and exotic travel experiences for the entertainment industry’s elite. He uses his influence in Hollywood to rally entertainment’s most influential people to raise awareness and funds for various important causes around the world.

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ABOUT

Growing up in Israel, a country accustomed to conflict and war, Rafael became familiar with the devastating effects of gun violence at an early age. As a young adult Rafael found refuge in the arts by expressing his talents through painting, sculpture, music and the realm of Martial arts. After achieving 3 world titles Rafael, a Kung Fu master, became motivated to make a greater impact on society and began teaching martial arts in Israel, South Africa and the United States. Armed with his superior martial arts abilities and knowledge of Chinese healing and meditation, he embarked on a journey to promote peace and unity where Bullets 4 Peace subsequently emerged. More recently Rafael has expressed a passion for preserving and protecting nature, animals and wildlife through his photography from his travels around the world and at home in Los Angeles.

COMPANIES

BULLETS 4 PEACE

Bullets 4 Peace, founded by LA fashion designer Rafael Anteby, is a unique jewelry collection with a focus on promoting global peace and helping humankind by giving back to communities through partnerships with charitable organizations. Used bullet casings are collected from around the world giving them a new purpose, a handcrafted jewelry line symbolic of peace and unity.

THE DOMINO EFFECT 

Rafi Anteby is known as “The Conscious Traveler” and for his creation Bullets 4 Peace.

“I wanted to create a new, elegant collection that could help the many causes I see during my travels around our beautiful planet and to help those without a voice.

I feel strongly that one small step of kindness from all of our supporters will create a huge domino effect of love and abundance”. 

RELAODING LIFE FOUNDATION

Reloading Life Foundation is a charity organization with a purposeful mission.  Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain life in all forms.  Our three areas of focus are abused and endangered animals; under-served remote communities; and natural indigenous habitats. Our goal is to create initiatives and partnerships with existing programs that help preserve the natural way of life for animals, living habitats, and people around the world. 

Nova Lorraine – RAINE

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Nova Lorraine is my guest on this week’s podcast. Nova is the founder and editor in chief for Raine Magazine. Our chat included the how and why she started a magazine all while being a wife and mother.

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ABOUT

Editor in Chief, Raine Magazine

Twelve-year fashion industry veteran and designer, Nova Lorraine, founded Raine Magazine after noticing the necessity for many young brands and entrepreneurs in the fashion and creative industries to have an expressive outlet. The lack of promotion, access to other successful entrepreneurs, funding and basic business acumen was the main drivers behind launching the world’s most fashionable business magazine.

Before she established Raine, Nova has received many accolades including Haute Couture Designer of the Year and Rising Star Nominations by Fashion Group International. In addition to this esteemed notoriety her designs have graced the big screen, made television appearances on The View and Oprah, and have been modeled in world-renown fashion publications, Italian Vogue and Essence Magazines.

With a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a degree from NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Nova is a strong supporter of continuing education and enjoys speaking at conferences and universities worldwide.

About Raine: Raine is the world’s most fashionable business magazine! We are the “go to resource” for Creative Entrepreneurs, Influencers and Executives! Our mission is to inspire through fashion and empower through business by introducing the must-know entrepreneurs in fashion, culture, travel and technology while encouraging readers to follow their dreams and pursue their passions. Through Raine you will be able to enter the world of affluent and aspiring entrepreneurs and the fashionable lifestyle they live, network, partner or invest with some of the most talented individuals in the world, and meet rising dot.comer’s, designers, photographers, film producers, actors, artists, musicians, inventors and more! As the Creator and Editor in Chief, Nova’s ultimate mission is to help brands get further faster while inspiring millions along the way.

Doug Brown – WIN WIN

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Doug Brown is my guest today. Doug is a husband, father, author and business owner, Business Success Factors, with a diverse work background. I related closely to Doug’s work history and we connected on many issues. He is experiencing having to travel for his work while being a father and husband. You can check out his book “Win-Win Selling: Unlocking Your Power for Profitability by Resolving Objections” on Amazon or other online book outlets. See the link below to access his book directly.

Doug shared a lot about what makes him tick and how he handles family responsibilities while being the driving force of his business.

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Intro Song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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ABOUT

Doug Brown has led client award-winning and high performance teams, as well as pioneered profitable development programs for companies.

He has advised companies such as Intuit, CBS Television, Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Nationwide, Embassy Suites, Inc. 500 to 5000 companies, and thousands of other businesses and entrepreneurs. …

Doug started working for his family business at the age of three and has gone on to found or build 34 businesses. Through his personal experiences and studies he has developed a unique methodology to increasing revenues which is transferable to any company.

Doug also was employed for multi-billion dollar companies and earned Top Sales Professional Awards for his sales performances.

Doug would go on to create and build his own businesses, including a telecommunications consulting company, real estate investment firm, an SEO venture, an entertainment business, an auto body business, a landscaping business, Christmas tree retailing, a fishing and lobster wholesale business, a multilevel marketing business, a telecom agency, and a business coaching company, just to name a few.

As an independent division head creating, training, and presenting high-impact, results-oriented web seminars for prospects of Tony Robbins and Chet Holmes, Doug increased division sales by 864% and close rate by 62% in just six months.

He has also worked with Russ Whitney and trained clients of Jay Levinson, David Wood, and Terri Levine.

For four decades, Doug has studied business principles and self-development, passing on his knowledge and experience in order to serve others by helping their businesses to grow.

He owns a telecommunications auditing company as well as a business training company where he helps clients in marketing, sales, and business growth. He specializes in helping companies to acquire, convert, and lock in clients for life.

Doug Brown lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

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Raquel McNabb – CARIS Sports

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Raquel McNabb is my guest today. She founded the Caris Sports Foundation to give kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford to join a team, the chance to play. An accomplished athlete and mother of four, Raquel has personally supported athletes from low-income families over the years.

Being a busy mom of four athletic, school aged children, she started the foundation because of the importance of helping others achieve their goals. She has a lot of balls up in the air at all times with the foundation getting started last year, four children and their always changing schedules and a husband that is always on the move as well.

Caris Sports Foundation

The foundation was founded in 2019 to help kids and their families meet the costs associated with recreational and competitive sports. 

They are well aware of the fees involved in team sports. Team fees, equipment, uniforms, travel expenses, and other related costs all add up. Some families can afford it; others can’t. But access to sports shouldn’t be limited to those who have the financial resources to play. Income affects sports participation. Children who play more, come from families that can afford more. Only 34% of kids ages 6 to 12 from homes with incomes of $25,000 or less played team sports compared to 69% of kids from home with incomes of $100,000 or more.

Organized sports shouldn’t price out kids who can benefit from the camaraderie, competition, challenges, personal growth, and accomplishments that sports offer. Caris Sports Foundation and its supporters provide scholarships to cover those expenses. By taking the money problem out of the equation, they help young athletes, from kindergarten through high school, get out on the playing field. 

Caris Sports Foundation’s current activities are limited to Arizona; however, they will soon be expanding to other regions.

Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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RAQUEL McNABB – ABOUT

Her birth name is Raquel-Ann Sarah “Roxie” Nurse. She is the daughter of Canadato Arlie and Marjorie Nurse.

Raquel attended Syracuse University, where she was the point guard on the women’s basketball team. She was named MVP twice, Athlete of the Year in 1997, and made the Big Eаѕt academic all-star team thrее times. Raquel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. She then earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School and a Master of Educational Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Raquel Nurse is married to her husband Dоnоvаn МсNаbb. After dating for several years the couple decided to tie the knot. The duo married in 2003.

The marriage ceremony took place in Valley College Ministries International, Oak Valley, Illinois, with her family and college teammates who joined the bridal couple at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago. They spent their honeymoon in the beautiful Dominican Republic.

They have four children: daughter Alexis, who was born in September 23, 2004, now playing club basketball and making a name for herself, twins Sariah and Donovan Jr., who were born in 2008, and Devin James, who was born in 2009. The family splits its time between homes in Moorestown, New Jersey and Chandler, Arizona.

McNabb’s nephew, Darnell Nurse, was the seventh overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

McNabb’s niece, Kia Nurse, is a college basketball player for the Connecticut Huskies and the Canada women’s national basketball team. As well, her other niece Sarah Nurse competed on Team Canada’s national women’s hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Her Husband Career Summary

On the other hand, her husband is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to his NFL career, he played football and basketball for Syracuse University.

The Eagles selected him with the second overall NFL Draft win in 1999, and McNabb played eleven seasons with the team, followed by one year each with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings. Raquel Nurse and her husband are involved in many charities.

Steve Stevens – Rebel Guitarist

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Steve Stevens is my guest today. He shared a lot of stories from the road and some of his guitar playing background starting at the age of 7. Spending nearly 40 years, off and on, with Billy Idol has given him some rare insight to the music industry. Steve worked on albums with Michael Jackson, Ric Ocasek, Vince Neil, soundtracks for the movies “Top Gun” and “Speed”, and more recently supergroup Deathland Ritual. He won his Grammy for the “Top Gun Anthem” and we talked about the possibility of the song making a comeback for this summer blockbuster follow up “Top Gun: Maverick”. He sees a need for the continuation of rock music and live performances but he also spoke about the growth of electronic music and the recent boom of Billie Eilish.

I was completely blown away getting to spend so much time talking with Steve and thankful for his wife, Josie, for setting up our time to chat. They work well together and we spoke about the positives of having your spouse with you while traveling for work.

Steve will be playing with Billy at their new residency at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas over the month of March. Make sure to follow him on social media to see where and with whom he will be playing with for the rest of the year.

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ABOUT

Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known as Billy Idol’s guitarist and songwriting collaborator and for his lead guitar work on the theme to Top Gun – “Top Gun Anthem” – for which he won a Grammy in 1987: Best Pop Instrumental Performance. A session guitarist, he has played for Michael Jackson, Ric Ocasek, Robert Palmer and many others. Stevens was in Vince Neil’s band in 1993, touring and recording on Neil’s album Exposed. In 1995, Stevens and Idol were briefly members of the group Neurotic Outsiders. Stevens was a founding member of the supergroup Bozzio Levin Stevens, which released Black Light Syndrome in 1997 and Situation Dangerous in 2000. He brought Spanish flamenco guitar stylings to the song “Pistolero” (1999) for the trance group Juno Reactor. During 2012–2016, Stevens appeared with Kings of Chaos. His “Steve Stevens” group headlined the closing performance at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, in April 2016. He is also a television personality on the E! Show Married to Rock, alongside his wife, Josie Stevens.

Discography

Solo albums

The Guitar World According To Steve Stevens (1986 cassette from the music magazine Guitar World)

Atomic Playboys (1989)

Akai Guitar Sample Collection (1994)

Flamenco a Go-Go (1999)

Memory Crash on Magna Carta Records (2008)

Movie soundtracks

“Top Gun Anthem”, Top Gun (1986)

“Speed”, Speed (1994)

Albums with Billy Idol

Billy Idol (1982)

Rebel Yell (1983)

Whiplash Smile (1986)

Devil’s Playground (2005)

Kings & Queens of the Underground (2014)

Albums with Michael Jackson

Bad (1987)

Albums with Robert Palmer

Don’t Explain (1990)

Albums with Jerusalem Slim

Jerusalem Slim (1992) – only released in Europe and Japan

Albums with Vince Neil

Exposed (1993)

Albums as a member of Bozzio Levin Stevens

Black Light Syndrome (1997)

Situation Dangerous (2000)

Albums with Kyosuke Himuro

I·De·A (1997)

Collective Souls (1998)

The One Night Stands (1998)

Mellow (2000)

Beat Haze Odyssey (2000)

Follow the Wind (2003)

Albums with Gregg Bissonette

Submarine (Stevens played on “Train to Willoughby”) (2000)

Albums with Adam Bomb

New York Times (Stevens played on “NY Child” “Cheyenne” “Saluda a Lola” & “Anxiety”) produced by Jack Douglas (2001)

Albums with Sebastian Bach

Give ‘Em Hell (2014)

Other performances

Merry Axemas Vol. 2 ; track 3 “Do You Hear What I Hear” (1998)

The Fallout | Neodymium Project (2012)

Desire | Meg Myers – Sorry (2014)

I Will Always Be Yours | Ben Rector (2018)

Down in Flames | Deadland Ritual (2018)

Danielle Lewis – Pilot

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Danielle Lewis is my guest today. Danielle is an airline pilot for a major commercial airline. After years serving in the Air Force as a C130 pilot, Danielle was part of the 6% of female aviators in the US military. She was the first female hired to fly a civilian version of the C130 in Africa into the Congo. She has some great stories of zebras and life in Africa.

We chat about her struggles being recognized as a pilot and the fact that women only make up 3%-4% of commercial pilots. Amazingly to me she still has to convince some male passengers that they will be okay with a female flying their plane.

I asked her what was the biggest change was for her going from military flights to commercial flights. Her response:

“It’s boring and I love it. Boring is relative, right. No one is shooting at you. At all of the other jobs, even in Africa people were shooting at you.”

Danielle talks about her favorite places to fly to and visit. She also shares some great tips for flying into and out of various US airports. I am so thankful for her going out of her comfort zone and being gracious to share her time and stories. She is an inspiration to the girls she mentors and hopefully she gets the chance to reach more girls. They can see a great example of being focused and determined to succeed in a field that is male centered.

Danielle is the first guest on my show that initially said “No” to being a guest and then decided she would like to be on the show. She reached out to me several months after my initial request to explain that the girls she mentors asked her what she has done to be out of her own comfort zone. She remembered being asked by me to be a guest on the podcast and turning it down. It was a reminder to her that even as we get older we need to push our own comfort zones.

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Danielle relaxes while she is taking a break from flying. 

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About

Experienced Pilot with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry. Skilled in Analytical Skills, Aircraft Maintenance, Airports, Airworthiness, and Commercial Aviation. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) focused in Computer Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Experience

Pilot, Commercial Airlines, May 2010 – Present

Retired, US Air Force Reserve, Nov 1996 – Dec 2016

Pilot, SAFAir – United Nations, 2008 – Apr 2009

Jeff Jones – Smooth Bass

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Jeff Jones is my guest on today’s podcast. As an accomplished bassists and singer, Jeff is currently touring with Tom Cochrane and Burton Cummings. Playing music since the late 60’s, Jeff has experienced a lot and toured the world seeing it all.

We talk about life on the road with band mates of 20+ years and some of his hobbies while he is touring.

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Taking a break from music, Jeff enjoys listening to talk radio when he has time. 

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ABOUT

Jones performed with Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey in the first incarnation of Rush, serving as the primary singer and bassist in the summer of 1968. He was replaced by Geddy Lee in September 1968 before their second performance, after wanting to go to a party. He first gained fame as a member of the gospel rock band Ocean, which had a million-selling 1971 single “Put Your Hand in the Hand”. The group disbanded in 1975. Jones later joined Red Rider (he performed bass on the song “Lunatic Fringe”) and still performs with leader Tom Cochrane. He also works on videos showing Eastwood basses.

In the late 1970s, Jones played bass and sang in Stingaree, a Toronto-based band featuring Brian MacLeod and Bernie LaBarge on guitars and vocals, Doug (Skip) Layton on drums, and Larry Hamel (replaced by Don Harriss) on vocals and piano. The band had a large following in Ontario. Brian MacLeod was spotted by promoter Martin Onrot while Stingaree was playing in Toronto and left the band to join Chilliwack. The remaining members of Stingaree played for another six months before disbanding in 1978. Jones also played bass on the 1981 hit “Dream Away” by LaBarge.

Jones is a regular member of the Toronto band, The Carpet Frogs, who also serve as The Burton Cummings band. He also continues to tour with Tom Cochrane.

Cheryl Rogers-Barnett – Princess

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Cheryl Rogers-Barnett is my guest on today’s podcast. As someone that works in the western industry, it was an honor to speak with the oldest daughter of cowboy legend Roy Rogers. I was excited to speak with Cheryl about her travels with Roy and his wife Dale Evans while having his horse, Trigger, as a pet.

After closing their museum in California, Cheryl authored her first book, Cowboy Princess: Life with My Parents, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. The book shares her story of a life lived in the spotlight, covering details of their life behind the scenes of famous films and TV appearances, while publishing a plethora of photographs from the public and private lives of this beloved family. She then authored her follow up book, Cowboy Princess Rides Again. Cheryl and her husband decided to tour in their RV while visiting movie and music festivals on their book tour.

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Cheryl enjoys listening to music while on her RV and raveling around the states. 

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ABOUT

Cheryl Rogers was born on June 6, 1940 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Cheryl Darlene Rogers. She is an actress and producer, known for The Roy Rogers Show (1951), Cagney & Lacey(1981) and Cheryl Rogers Barnett’s Western Stars Theater (2017). She has been married to Larry Barnett since December 27, 1981. They have seven children.

Adopted daughter of Roy Rogers and his second/third wife, Arline.

Cheryl is on the Executive Committee of the Golden Boot Awards. She had an active business career and worked with many charity groups.

She married her best friend from high school, Larry Barnett. They spend a good part of their time traveling in their motor home to Western festivals across the country.

She and her husband, Larry, are the parents of seven children. They currently live in Washington, Utah.

In July 2006 she was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, NC, along with Marjorie Lord, Russ Tamblyn, Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Coleen Gray, Steve Kanaly, Tom Reese, Mark Goddard, and Ronnie Schell.

Sister of Roy Rogers Jr., Linda Rogers and Little Doe Rogers.

Stepdaughter of Dale Evans.

PaDre Holmes – Music Time

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Padre Holmes is my guest on today’s podcast. As an accomplished musician, Padre is playing music with terrific singers like Morris Day and Macy Gray. It was great catching up with an old neighbor and to see he is doing so well. I never thought I would to talk to Padre about his life and times touring when I met him 10+ years ago. PaDre’s career as a musician has produced a wide range of music and his time playing with Morris Day and The Time, Macy Gray and Fishbone have led him around the world touring.

We chat about the changes in touring over the years (think TSA) and the communal living on the tour bus.

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Taking a break from music, PaDre enjoys listening to talk radio when he has time. 

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ABOUT

For more than 25 years Andre “PaDre” Holmes has carved out a successful career in the music industry in a variety of areas…

Be it performing on national & international tours with some of the music industry’s most sought after artists – or writing & producing music for national TV and commercial radio spots, and online media campaigns PLUS live events – or collaborating with numerous acclaimed actors, directors, songwriters and producers;  PaDre has always worked hard, and enjoyed the ride. 

Today PaDre continues to grow as a musician, producer, actor, and most importantly as a person!

Sucheta Rawal – Go Eat Give

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Sucheta Rawal is my guest on today’s podcast. She is an award-winning food and travel writer, author, cooking instructor and philanthropist. As the founder and executive director of Go Eat Give, Sucheta’s personal mission is to raise awareness of global cultures through meaningful travel, good eating, and community interaction. Make sure to follow and reach out to Sucheta on her various social media platforms.

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She likes to get a little bit of everything done when on long flights. Her trips to Asia are described like this “You watch a couple of movies, you sleep a little, you listen to some music, get some work done and you still have hours to go.”

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ABOUT

She founded Go Eat Give as a blog in 2011, through which she wanted to educate readers about sustainable and volunteer traveling, authentic cuisines, and engagement with locals. Go Eat Give is now a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit serving audiences across 120 countries.

Originally from India, Sucheta started discovering the world when she moved to United States at the age of seventeen. By 23, she was teaching international cooking classes and writing restaurant reviews.

She graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Finance and worked in investment banking, market research and human capital consulting. Her vacations to Russia and Morocco, where she volunteered at an orphanage and women’s empowerment center, inspired her to get out of the cubicle, and uncover facts of life by encountering everyday people around the world. Since then, she transitioned from being a tourist to a meaningful traveler. Her favorite things to do while traveling are – exploring neighborhoods, meeting locals, eating at local eateries, and visiting markets.

Sucheta has traveled to 90 countries (and counting) bringing back exclusive experiences, which she shares through writing, speaking engagements and cooking classes. She has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle, CheapOAir, Chowhound, CNN, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Cuisine Noir,  Do It While You’re Young, Fodors, Flavors, Examiner, The Huffington Post, Patch, MixTup, Khabar, Travel+Leisure and Travel+Escape.

Sucheta has presented at The New York Times Travel Show, Travel and Adventure Shows, Taste of Atlanta, Global Humanitarian Summit, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, and James Madison University, among others.  She also teaches cooking classes around the US.

Sucheta served on the board of Refugee Family Services, a non-profit that supports refugee women and children achieve self-sufficiency.

Sucheta authored a series of children’s illustrative books on travel – Beato Goes To. The stories, based on her real cat, Beato and her actual travels, are meant to inspire young readers to learn about different countries and cultures, as well as develop their own wanderlust. Sucheta loves to do author visits at schools, reading her books – Beato Goes To Greenland, Beato Goes To Israel, Beato Goes To Indonesia and Beato Goes To Japan – and inspiring young global citizen. Her fifth book – Beato Goes To Brazil – releases in October 2019.

Sucheta was named “one of top 30 travel bloggers in the world” at Travel Blogger Conference Asia in 2018, “Georgia State University’s 40 Under 40 alumna” in 2018, “40 Under 40 best and the brightest” by Georgia Trend magazine in 2016, one of the “five most influential bloggers on culture in the world” by the Foundation of Florence, Italy in 2012. She was a finalist for the Atlanta Press Club 2012 Award of Excellence, and nominated for Caribbean Journalism Award 2015, and Georgia’s Author of the Year 2018.

Sucheta is a member of Impact Travel Alliance, Travel Bloggers Association, International Women Associates, Georgia Council for International Visitors, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The International Travel Writers Alliance, and the Atlanta Press Club. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and cat, Beato.

Jenny Keller – Jenny Cookies

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Jenny Keller is my guest on today’s podcast. She has a great story about how to be a female entrepreneur while raising a family, being a wife and traveling for her steadily growing business. Her story about being a cookie flight attendant for the day by handing out freshly baked cookies would make most travelers happy.

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She likes to make use of her travel time by catching up on emails or use it for business planning. If there is a longer travel time involved she’ll watch a movie to relax.

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ABOUT

Jenny was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Psychology.  Inspired by the PNW’s love of coffee, started her own espresso business in 2003 which would be the beginning of her entrepreneurial adventure. After her daughter Ally was born, she sold the successful business to settle in as a stay-at-home mom.  Not long thereafter Jenny began hobby baking from home with the main focus being buttercream decorated sugar cookies. Creative baking quickly became a passion and her signature cookies were given a name: Jenny Cookies.  The cookies were soon joined by cakes, cupcakes and a variety of desserts and a growing blog and social media following. 

Jenny’s ideas are simple, timeless and creative.  From desserts to everyday entertaining, Jenny lends inspiration and encouragement to others for their own events and everyday celebrations.  Her style, designs and expertise have been seen in Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens, People, Us Weekly, Brides and More.   When she’s not creating for JennyCookies.com, Jenny styles and creates content for brands such as Wilton, Pottery Barn Kids, Warner Bros, Fresh, Bath & Body Works, McCormick, JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and more to connect consumers with their product. She is also known for her work with numerous celebrities such as Tori Spelling, Tiffani Thiessen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lisa Rinna and many of ABC’s The Bachelor & Bachelorettes.

In between parties, home projects and running Jenny Cookies Bake Shop, Jenny enjoys life in Seattle, WA, near the beach.  She enjoys weekend walks into town for coffee, local antiquing and spending time with her family. 

plae Shoes – GOPLAE

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plae Shoe founders, Ryan Ringholz and Jonathan Spier, are my guest on today’s podcast. I was particularly excited to speak with them about their Packables line of footwear that is geared towards travelers in design and function.  “Packables are shoes uniquely designed and packaged to compress flat, taking up a lot less space in your bag and giving you the freedom to add more play to your day.”

They both travel overseas to Vietnam and Taiwan for samples and factories all while balancing their family duties was inspiring. They have incorporated kids, family, and business all in one business model that is growing and successful.

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ABOUT

DO YOU STILL PLAY?

Play is fundamental, a hard-wired universal concept. We come into the world knowing how to eat, breathe, sleep… and play. These human essentials cut across cultures, politics, ethnicities and gender.

Play is a constant that still remains ever-changing, reinvented daily by kids and limited only by their boundless imaginations. But there is an artificial line between kids and adults when it comes to play.

Our goal is to erase that line and harness the power of play for everyone—starting with shredding the notion of age limits, of growing up, of losing that spirit of joy. On our journey, we start by asking ourselves, and the world, “Do you still PLAE?”

CRAFT OF PLAE

There’s a reason why people have an obsession with shoes. It’s always held a coveted place in the world of fashion. That’s because the process of making shoes is an age old craft. And like any craft, it takes a lot of skill. We’d like to take you behind the scenes through the making of PLAE, from Ryan’s inspirations to the final touches.

Every pair of PLAE shoes has been hand-crafted by a team of workers, with many pairs of hands adding their special touch to each pair that arrives at your door. We’re saluting the craft that goes into shoemaking and hope you enjoy learning more about us!

Fun facts:

The process takes more than 300 steps from beginning to end

It takes 18 months to make a shoe, from concept to finished product

Every logo embossed on a tab is done by hand

INTRODUCING THE PLAE-IT-FORWARD PROGRAM

With much excitement, we’re announcing the launch of the PLAE-it-forward Community program! Giving back is a company value for PLAE, and we have been actively involved with many great organizations, including Make-A-Wish, the San Francisco Firefighter Toy Program, and Baby2Baby.

While we are able to support these wonderful organizations, we get many more requests for support that goes unfulfilled. We want to partner with you to do more, so we created the PLAE-it-forward Community program. PLAE-it-forward is an opportunity for you to help a local organization/charity of your choice earn a yearly cash donation from PLAE.

Kiki Wong – Intense

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Kiki Wong is my guest on today’s podcast. Kiki is intense with everything she attempts including being a musician, fighter, author, traveler and newly formed podcaster. She was the guitarist and then lead singer for Nylon Pink, which started out as a musical band but now has converted into a growing business brand. It’s not often, or ever, you get to meet a person that graduated from a college in Pre-Med but then decides to pursue a career as a full time musician and singer in a band touring the world. A fantastic chat with a person wiser than her age and ready for what life brings her next.

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She would like to get some work done or listen to music but she sleeps when ever she flies. An envious trait.

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Bio

Ever since Kiki was a wee little girl, she had a passion for animals and music. Like many little girls, she dreamt of being a veterinarian, playing doctor on her stuffed animals.

At the age of 6, she also discovered her passion for music and started classical piano lessons. When she was 13, her family gifted her father the first family acoustic guitar, a Yamaha Eterna to be exact. Her father taught the first influential three chords G, C, and D. After that, she sought out the rest of her guitar education through the internet (yes, pre-YouTube days). She played in countless garage bands throughout high school with all types of music varying from indie to, more importantly, death metal. She also learned how to play the drums at the age of 16 followed by a bit of undeniable bass slapping.

After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelors in Biological Science/Pre-Medicine, she decided to take a break from the books and become a full-time shredder with the all Asian-American girl band, Nylon Pink, as the lead guitarist and, later, lead vocalist.

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he then had experience playing on stage with Taylor Swift at the 2014 VMA’s and Usher at CBS’s Fashion Rocks Fall 2014. Kiki was also the lead guitarist of Bret Michael’s in a commercial for Nissan. She then joined the band She Demons run by the Misfits’ Jerry Only, touring internationally and nationwide in the fall of 2015. As direct support for the Misfits. The band name was later changed to Hellfire Heart.

After music took a halt, her and former singer of Nylon Pink, Kaila Yu, decided to pivot their brand into a travel, beauty, and lifestyle blog, which generated over 100,000 views per month in the first 6 months of release. They later wrote the best-selling book “30-Day Travel Challenge: How to Make Your Travel Dreams a Reality. They also speak as travel experts on multiple news networks such as KTLA, CBS, NBC, and Fox News.

She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her two beloved furry feline masters (that’s right, they reign the house), Meowlius Caesar and Nyx, and her tattooist boyfriend, Martin.

Bree Schaaf – Slider

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Bree Schaaf is my guest on today’s podcast. Bree is a winter Olympian in bobsled, coach of sliding sports, Olympic commentator and a member of the athletes’ advisory council. I always enjoy speaking with world class athletes about their travel experiences and Bree was no exception. She discussed diet and fitness tips while being an athlete and even as a coach and commentator. She is a wealth of knowledge and I was happy she was willing to share it with my listeners.

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ABOUT

Bree is an American skeleton racer who competed from 2002 to 2007, then switched over to bobsled as a pilot from 2007-2014. Her best Skeleton World Cup finish was sixth at Calgary in November 2006.

Early years

In high school, she competed in track, volleyball, and basketball before playing volleyball exclusively.  She earned a scholarship for volleyball and played collegiality at Portland State University in Oregon.  Schaaf graduated with high honors and a BA in Anthropology.

Sledding

Schaaf’s best finish in skeleton at the FIBT World Championships was 11th in the women’s event at St. Moritz in 2007.

Bree switched to bobsled for 2007-8, starting on lower racing circuits before qualifying to race World Cup in 2009 after winning the 2009 US National Championship in bobsled. Bree also finished 4th at the Bobsled World Cup in Park City, Utah in November 2009. She also took 6th at the 2009 World Cup Whistler track debut, and 5th at the February 2009 World Cup race in Park City, with 9 top-ten world cup finishes in total.

It was announced on January 16, 2010 that she made the US bobsled team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She finished fifth in the two-woman event.

Broadcasting

In 2009 Schaaf started work as a sliding commentator for Universal Sports Network. She joined NBC’s team at Sliding Center Sanki for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Courtney Rich – Cake Mom

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Courtney Rich is my guest on today’s podcast. It was great hearing from Courtney how she has built up her cake business while raising her children and being a wife to her husband. I enjoyed hearing some stories of travel and how she and her husband are able juggle their work schedules, kid’s school and activities schedule and date night schedules. I never would have thought, prior to my podcast, about needing to travel for work because of a bustling cake business. Her cool designs and cake tool kits are very practical and make cake design much easier. She also works at a culinary art center in her hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah so if you are ever in the area look her up and see if you can take one of her classes.

Courtney has a great social media presence for her fans and friends so make sure to follow her and see when she is visiting your neighborhood. See the links below for all of her social media contacts.

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Courtney enjoys a little bit of everything when she travels. She says it’s hard shut down completely from work so she’ll get some work projects and watch movies. When she’s driving around town or in the kitchen she’ll listen to various podcasts.

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ABOUT

HI, I’M COURTNEY, A SELF-TAUGHT BAKER, OBSESSED WITH CAKE.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

I didn’t bake my first cake from scratch until I was 26, when my son turned one. It looked like a big brown mound with sprinkles and a candle – honestly, a train-wreck, but it tasted delicious and I was hooked! Over the last nine years, I’ve taught myself the dos and don’ts of baking cakes through a lot of trial and error. Now, I want to share the simple basics that look impressive, but are easy to master. My goal is to inspire you to give baking from scratch a try. I’m all about, if I can do it, you can too! 

I hold a bachelor of arts degree from Brigham Young University in broadcast journalism, not food science. The broadcasting degree has come in handy, however.  After 13 years as a focus group moderator for a major television consulting firm, I’m able to bring my experiences full circle as I share my baking passion on local television and in food conferences all over the country.

I’m also the mother of two amazing kids, am married to my best friend, and teach cake classes at Orson Gygi Culinary Arts Center, in Salt Lake City.