DERRICK Interview with Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop Chart Singer Ed Roman

October 27, 2019

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with  Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop chart singer, Ed Roman who is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres,
Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. Visit http://www.edroman.net for more information.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

The Dream? Aboriginal communities consider the waking state actually a dream and when you are asleep… this is where we chase reality. Some believe that inside of our existence there is a theoretical construct or omnipotent program which predetermines despite the adage of yesteryear was “I think therefore I am” With that said I will ask you again…what is the dream?

The dream has always been to create something out of nothing that is bigger than myself. Other than moments that I have witnessed that are the exquisite manifestations of nature, I am continually humbled by my experience as a writer. The connections that I have made with people all over the world are the exact amplitude that I was hoping for as a human being. I find much of my existence extremely pedestrian and this allows my soul to cosmically connect to subtle energy that exists and flows through everything. It’s an eternal spring kind of thing.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I struggled immensely academically as a result of dyslexia. I was told at a very young age that I had a problem but I actually have come to understand and believe that it is actually a gift despite it creates social hindrances for me.

I receive the Music scholarship and award of achievement in high school and went on to college to study jazz performance and composition at Humber College. I spent a lot of time on the road which is a whole other kind of education. Things you don’t learn in school.

I also taught music for 25 years and was also head of music therapy at the Pine River Institute here in Canada for over four years. I know the things I was given as tools were nothing more than that. As a teacher I always considered myself a toolbox for my students. What was most important for me as a teacher was listening to what my students wanted to learn as far as mechanics were concerned. I would never tell them how to build their house but I would definitely show them the right tools. Those very same tools I use every day as far as construction is concerned when it comes to composition, lyric writing or just about anything that the musical moment dictates.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?

The relinquishment of the self. The abandoning of schedule and listening to what the music requires from me. This resource was not easy to come by as it is a result of many years of tenure and the ability to let go of my ego inside of the writing experience. When I was a young player so much of what I was concerned with was prowess. Being able to live up to the expectations of my idols. Those very same expectations also promoted the loss of self and the need to break away from what I love so much to find myself. When I am myself, it is when I pay attention to what’s happening in front of me in the very moment that it’s happening. It’s almost like captured improv that later is then fortified with conscious amendments. Being myself is the most difficult Hendrix said in an interview once.. ?? It’s hard enough just being myself every day.. This is what creates uniqueness. Usually it’s heavily criticized at first before it is excepted. It’s completely natural..

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Fantastic question!! What’s absolutely amazing about this whole experience is that I’ve never been ready. The experience is what has been ready for me. It is in fact the experience that calls on me without my participation the experience is nothing and I am nothing. I do get ready for gigs. I get ready to practice. I get ready to perform.
I get ready to record and just about everything that I need to as far as the mechanics of things. But what I’m never ready for is how the experience is going to affect me or when it’s going to happen. For me, it is a profound and as I mentioned humbling experience which in many cases I still have trouble grasping and understanding its true gravity.
I know it’s there, I know it affects me and when I perform…people listen.. This all circumnavigates the same circular feature of the unprepared preparedness of this whole beautiful experience. Ready… steady… go!

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Ed Roman. You didn’t say if it had to be musical so I’m gonna go with Animator Nelson Diaz. I worked with Nelson and his company based out of New York City There Be Dragons Creative Media on my latest project and video release “RED OMEN”. Nelson is a fantastic animator that borders lines on the fantasy of old World animation ideas and illustration that we fell in love with his children with a 21st century modern concept and flavour. If you’ve seen SpongeBob SquarePants, kung fu panda two, TED, things on Sesame Street and Teletoon that would be Nelson’s work. And absolutely fantastically creative mind.. it was a complete pleasure to be able to work with him and I will do so in the future.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Ed Roman. As I mentioned above I was labelled a dyslexic at a very young age. This was one of the worst things that could’ve happened to me. Not struggling with dyslexia but being labelled as such.. I had to work three and four  times harder than most kids in grade school and high school in order to achieve a C average. I was still told by my teachers that I was lazy. At a very young age when I was diagnosed they wanted to put me on Ridellan. Thanks to my mother who said no to that…she spent countless hours with me working on word power pronunciation reading and most of all put a guitar in my hand at a very young age. That was the most powerful weapon I had at my disposal to overcome my hurdles.. Music..

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Ed Roman. Listen to what the moment dictates. Force not your opinion but listen to those around you and things will grow stronger than you had predicted.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

I’d like to say thank you so kindly for having me today and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be able to speak with you.

Right now my main goal is to raise a great deal of money for facilitating programs for Dyslexia tutoring. Many of the tutoring programs that were developed in the United States have to be paid for out-of-pocket and are not endorsed by federal systems or integrated into early education. 56 nations around the world, other than Canada and the
United States, have adapted it into their programs with little to no effort. I’m hoping RED OMEN can open up a dialogue between ministries of education in order to foresee this simple step through.

When I reached out with my problem I found the very thing that I was labelled with, which was dyslexia, was my biggest gift of all. Sometimes we don’t realize that our greatest hindrances are our greatest strengths. The connection that I have made through the dyslexia society here in Canada “Whole Dyslexia” and the Davis dyslexia society in the United States are always looking for public support for these kinds of programs. I asked the public to follow along with the process over the next year as I will begin a public and corporate fundraising campaign. Along with the RED OMEN Video, Whole Dyslexia and the public’s help, I know we can bring about a positive change.

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DERRICK Interview with Canadian Singer-Songwriter Cory M. Coons

October 3, 2019

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Cory M. Coons who released the melodic/roots-rock album “The Long Road Home” in 2018, produced by multi-platinum veteran music producer Ron Nevison, (Heart, Bad Company, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger), along with additional stellar guitar work by musical cohort and engineer Marc D. Muir. The album is currently nominated for “Male Album Of The Year” at one of the biggest Independent Award Shows in North America, the 2019 “Josie Music Awards.”

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is pretty simple… To maintain a solid balance between my life with my loving family and my music, with an abundance of true happiness surrounded by good friends and great people. Hopefully I can continue to reach as many people as possible with my songs and music that will sustain the changing landscape, and resonate in a positive way with those who listen or become fans.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have my High School Diploma, and I have attended Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. I feel I have gained a lot of experience in my musical career and personally, mostly through life experiences, and getting out there and doing it. Being hands on with getting in front of people and being as honest as I can with what I do.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?

I think you have to be up on as many aspects of what you do as possible… So being an Artist and Musician isn’t always just about the music. You need to learn the tools of many different areas, not just the creative aspects. Sometimes the business element of things needs to be attended to as well. I think I have gained a better perspective and balance, and have responded pretty well to the different facets of life in music. 🙂

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I think most of us are born ready to do what we want to follow in life… Then once we learn how to utilize the tools we are given, we can make the most of our God given talents.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Michael Stover of MTS Management Group, with all the great work he does for Independent Artists.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

The loss of both of my parents in my life has been a challenge for me. But thankfully the love and support of my wife and daughter, and my music over the the past few years has helped me immensely.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Surround yourself with the right people, a great team of individuals and true friends!

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Stay true to yourself and in what you do in whatever course you follow, and things will work out for the better. 🙂

For more information on Cory M. Coons please go to the following:

Website: www.corymcoons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmc.music/
www.twitter.com/corymcoons1

YoutTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D91v5RmGZ0U

(Derrick Hayes is known to the world as the “enTIEtainer” and you can book or Interview the “enTIEtainer” now by visiting https://youtu.be/RjV78v6TVOE , emailing info@derrickhayes.com  or calling (706) 615-1662)


DERRICK Interview with Keith L. Brown at the National Youth At Risk Conference

April 16, 2019

Keith L. Brown Interview took place at the 30th Annual National Youth At Risk Conference in Savannah, GA.


Mechelle Tucker Interview

February 24, 2019
When it it comes to big time networking and building relationships where everyone creates a win, win, win situation then look no further than Mechelle Tucker.  Mechelle Tucker Interview took place inside the Omni Hotel during Super Bowl 53 weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Michelle Tucker is the Founder of 1st Class Consultant in Phoenix, Arizona.  Mechelle Tucker, wife, mother, entrepreneur, trendsetter and the hardest working woman in which ever city she steps foot in. Born in Inglewood, California but started her entrepreneurial journey in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ. She is the Founder of 1st Class Consultant.

Walking The Walk Podcast

February 18, 2019
Please listen to my interview with Jim Bouchard on his podcast Walking The Walk as we discuss …Most people say recognition is important to them––but our own SL 15 survey indicates that lots of leaders are still a bit miserly when it comes to giving it. Let’s see if we can improve our recognition factor with Derrick Hayes on this episode of Walking the Walk…

DERRICK Interview with Inspirational Jewel Dr. Virginia LeBlanc

October 15, 2018

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Dr. Virginia LeBlanc who is a Speaker, singer, coach, consultant, educator and is the bestselling author of Love the Skin YOU’RE In: How to Conquer Life through Divergent Thinking. A highly sought-after expert with a breadth of experience across industries, she employs knowledge and know-how through her company Defining Paths to transform client circumstances from the inside out.

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dreams are ever changing as I check off the list and have a revelation in my purpose. Perhaps the biggest “dreams” I have achieved to date are:

1) living and loving from the inside out;

2) becoming a published author; and

3) becoming a leader, influencer, and transformer of lives and entities for the better.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My faith, the abundant availability of grace, and the power of love encourage me. Also, knowing that I can and do make a difference on a daily basis gives me encouragement.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out? 

I am a multi-disciplined subject matter expert who has mastered the art of convergence in know-how transference across diverse industries through divergent thinking.

R is for Ready? When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Are we ever truly ready? As we move in our purpose, we become ready and equipped every day. You will not know until you test the waters. I made the decision to step out in faith when a host of circumstances converged pointing me in that direction, and I could no longer ignore that calling.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

This answer will always be Jesus. Walking after his example and teachings keep, correct, ground, and sustain me in love, empowerment, and peace that transcends my own understanding. When you understand how to love unconditionally, sacrifice for a greater good, and reach others through servant leadership, your perspective changes, and all of a sudden, life makes sense and is worth living.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Most importantly, I never fail, only gain lessons learned; it’s a mindset. My faith and the spirit within me mute fear of failure and activates/emboldens the fight in me.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders? 

Keys to success for aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders: Tune into YOUR channel; manage YOUR reality; and think divergently. Follow YOUR path to purpose, do what you were meant to do, and always be you. It may take time to figure it out, but you will figure it out, if you keep trying. Stay in the ring and ALWAYS get up from the mat!

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

A holistic approach to life is a must including the exercising of faith. Let go of fear and jump. You will find the net. It may be a little or a lot lower than you thought but you will find it. If nothing else, and faith scares you, it is the law of attraction.

Visit Dr. Virginia LeBlanc online at http://definingpaths.info for more information.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/definingpaths/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drleblanc

Instagram: @authordrleblanc

Twitter: @drleblanconline

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Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 80

October 2, 2018

Today’s AUTISM Interview in Autism Parenting Magazine is with Teresa Dannaway who has an 8 year old son (Tyler) with autism and apraxia. Our AUTISM Interview is on page 69-70 and sadly after this AUTISM Interview was conducted her son Tyler passed away and here is a link to his obituary http://m.arkansasonline.com/obituaries/2018/jan/18/tyler-dannaway-2018-01-18/

Around 15 months, he started having seizures and GI issues. This is when he lost his speech (he had about 10 words before the seizures). My sister in law who has a Master’s Degree in Special Education suggested we start him on a gluten free dairy free diet. We started that right away and it was not very difficult to transition him since he had not been on solid foods that long. He has been on the gluten free dairy free diet ever since. We saw a huge difference when we took him off it for a week in preschool. In fact, the teachers begged us to put him back on the diet. He had become aggressive and extremely hyper when off the diet. Tyler was diagnosed with autism at 2 and a half years old. We were not shocked with the diagnosis because we had already suspicioned it. The hardest part we had was finding all the resources available to us (financial as well as therapeutic). This is primarily why I started a local support group. We meet once a month in person and I have a private Facebook group as well. Whenever I come across an autism event, I post it in my Facebook group. That is one way I try to share information. I also host guest speaker events. In fact, we just had one last week about flying with a child with autism. Another way I share information is through my job as Family Care Navigator. I speak to families who are just diagnosed and feel lost. Once you receive the diagnosis, you go through a grieving process because the life you had dreamed of after having a child is different now. There is a poem I like to share called “Welcome to Holland.” It helps explain the new world these recently diagnosed parents enter.

Visit  www.AutismParentingMagazine.com for more information or use the link to the blog that explains what Issue 80 entails, so you can tweet it, share it, Google + it, etc. https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/issue-80-conquering-challenges-with-asd/