Strike a Chord - Ben Caron

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Ben Caron

Ben began his career as a recording artist shortly after college, releasing his self-titled debut album in 2013. In 2014, he formed the singer-songwriter’s collective “The Sovereign Sons & Daughters” with whom he toured for 3 months, and in the Summer of 2014, Ben embarked on a crowd-funded solo tour of the UK. His single "Go With the Groove" from his acoustic EP, "CLIMB" was featured on TBS's Cougar Town in 2015 and for the rest of 2015 Ben lead THE JOY MACHINE, a collective of local instrumentalists and vocalists whose mission was to spread joy, love and connection through the power of live music. In 2016, Ben recorded and released the community-funded "King Benjamin's Royal Heart," a New Age-Pop concept album whose positive messaging has inspired countless listeners. Ben currently performs both as a singer-songwriter and as a workshop leader, encouraging holistic wellness by combining music, meditation, yoga and movement.

Strike a Chord - Nicole Alexandra

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Nicole Alexandra

Nicole Alexandra aka the Singing Violinist infuses her love of R&B/hip-hop into jazz. Most Millennials see the violin as a decaying fossil—the Singing Violinist does not! Alexandra is an insanely talented singer/songwriter who self-produced her own full-length EP, Dark Moon, as well as hip-hop covers such as SUPER MODEL X THE WORST. Why did Alexandra choose the violin? What does she want her listeners to get out of her music? Tune in to find out!

Strike a Chord - Lili Joy

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LiLi Joy

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go thrift shopping with LiLi Joy or how theater played a major role in her musical career? LiLi Joy sits down in the studio to discuss her massive success from THE VOICE at just 15 years old! At such a young age, LiLi Joy speaks about her passion to advocate for mental health, depression, and to be the voice of Generation Z with her music. LiLi Joy talks us through her excitement of country artist Blake Shelton buzzing the pop sensation in to be a contestant on THE VOICE for #TeamBlake.

Strike a Chord - Miss Princess

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Miss Princess

Miss Princess is in the studio discussing her career as a solo artist while also being a member of The Era Queens. This pop diva and UCLA Grad isn’t like your average musician. Miss Princess is a singer/ songwriter, scientist, linguist, actress, model and philanthropist—and plays violin, flute, xylophone, classical piano—and the trombone!!! Did you know that playing classical music instead of rock n’ roll will show a higher growth rate in plants because the vibration of sounds affects the consciousness of all living things?! Check out Miss Princess’ new music below!

Strike a Chord - Authority Zero

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Authority Zero

Punk legend drummer Chris Dalley from Authority Zero (also known for his work in Pulley, Implants, and Death By Stereo) calls into 22West Radio on 88.1FM HD-3 to discuss the band’s first self-released studio album, Persona Non Grata. Is there a difference between North American fans vs European fans? Is rock n’ roll a dying artform? Check out drummer Chris Dalley’s new album below!

Strike a Chord - Maria Schafer

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Maria Schafer

Jazz Singer Maria Schafer known for her on-airtime with KJAZZ’s 88.1FM and winner of Outstanding Soloist at Reno Jazz Festival showcases her brand-new album, To Know Love... out on major digital outlets. Schafer sits down in the studio with sidekick Marissa Pitts and I to explore the upcoming Jazz musicians today that have made her what she has become today.

Strike a Chord - Soarin

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Soarin

My inaugural guest on the show is up-and-coming recording artist, Soarin aka Justin Delgado/MyCalvinMusic. He didn’t recognize his talent until his late teens, but since then this multi-faceted musician has grooved in every genre. Not like the normal Synth Lord you come across every day in the galaxy, young padawan, check in to hear his iconic song Addicted to You and you’ll get why he doesn’t plan on stopping until he reaches the top!

Episode 119 Pumpkin and Stations

Episode 119 – Pumpkin and Stations

Actors Samson Klink and Noah Toth are in the studio to discuss Host Chris Collins’ directorial debut of PUMPKIN, which is a film exploring the cultural divisions that exist within the LGBTQ community. Also, two-piece punk band Stations join us during Strike A Chord premiering brand new music for the FIRST TIME EVER on the Chris Collins Show!

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Episode 118 Samantha Mehlinger

Episode 118 – Samantha Mehlinger

Samantha Mehlinger writes the column MILLENNIAL PULSE for the Long Beach Business Journal. She also is a new contributor to the CHRIS COLLINS SHOW! Mehlinger sees MILLENNIAL PULSE as an alternative to the bombardment messaging of social media. Instead of relying on Twitter, Instagram, etc., to give readers an understanding of our generation, she puts current events in a broader context that speaks to our issues. She wants millennials to get involved beyond just reacting to social media posts—doing things that help craft our future!


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Episode 117 Dr. John B. Wallace

Episode 117- Dr. John B. Wallace

Author Dr. John Wallace (Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons) is back in the studio to discuss religion vs. spirituality. How do millennials interpret faith? Is spirituality the same as religion? Why does religion have such a negative connotation? Can the Bible or the Quran be a starting point for someone who doesn’t associate with a religion? Listen to 2 Ex-Mormons discuss religion and the power of faith.

Episode 116 Nicole Alexandra

Episode 116 - Nicole Alexandra

Nicole Alexandra aka the Singing Violinist infuses her love of R&B/hip-hop into jazz. Most Millennials see the violin as a decaying fossil—the Singing Violinist does not! Alexandra is an insanely talented singer/songwriter who self-produced her own full-length EP, Dark Moon, as well as hip-hop covers such as SUPER MODEL X THE WORST. Why did Alexandra choose the violin? What does she want her listeners to get out of her music? Tune in to find out!

Episode 115 Mayor Tara Campbell

Episode 115 - Mayor Tara Campbell

Did you know that the youngest female mayor in the United States is just 25?! And, it’s not her full-time job! Why does a millennial run for politics at such a young age if there are no benefits? Could it be that public service—which our government was founded on—is still the case today? Mayor Tara Campbell is a patriotic model for OUR generation. If you want to see change, you have to be a part of that change!

Episode 114 The Millennial Traveller

Episode 114 - The Millennial Traveller

Do you have fears of travelling solo and never knew how to begin? Are you like me when it comes to travelling and don’t know what to bring on your vacation? Amanda the Millennial Traveller a CHRIS COLLINS SHOW Contributor speaks to our generation about the importance of traveling outside your zip code—and it’s OK to travel SOLO!