Songs from the heart

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago — after singing backup for k.d. lang, the Gyspy Kings, Iggy Pop and others — Perla Batalla said she left the music industry because she was frustrated. The record companies were pushing her toward pop music and away from the part of her identity she wanted […]

Older, wiser, but still on fire

By Julia Keller: Chicago Tribune Female rockers blaze new trails on the route to creative freedom. It works like this: When you’re young, you dream big dreams. Wild dreams. Outrageous dreams. Then you grow up, get married, make a family. Along the way, you wad up the dream like a tie-dyed T-shirt – the kind […]

Down-home country jamboree comes to entertain young, old

Fred Chandler of Farwell, a veteran of the annual Floyd Country Jamboree, plays the violin Saturday, alongside other area musicians. Freedom Newspapers: Lisa Sonnenschein. By Michelle Seeber FLOYD — More than 500 people — a full house of young and old — heard some 40 soloists sing songs, play guitars and show off their talent […]

Music a part of the family

Weldon Killough A huge part of my life is and has been music. From a young age, my earliest memories are associated with music that revolved around southern gospel songs in church and family reunions, as well as traditional country music. Early on my dad was my major influence concerning music. We always went to […]

Singing songs for literacy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis will soon play host for the second straight year to the African Children’s Choir, a group of 26 children from various African countries and eight adult hosts who travel the United States and support a ministry that educates African orphans. This year’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. […]

If you see me singing, don’t be surprised

Judy Brandon: Local columnist I meditate at times on the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love. I stand amazed that he loves me. Before I doubt my faith, I realize that I am not alone; these thoughts have been the thoughts of many throughout the ages. One of Job’s friends reminded […]

Auditions for the Floyd Jamboree set

CNJ Staff Report The 54th Annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree will hold auditions at 1 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Floyd Community Building. These are auditions, not training sessions, Lions Club officials say. Each group or solo artist should have two traditional country/western or gospel songs to audition with. The Lions Club will also […]

Cash remembered

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants for memories of music legend Johnny Cash, who died Sept. 12. Some responses: “This has not been a good year for American heroes. In July we paid our final tributes to Bob Hope, without challenge, the most patriotic entertainer in our country’s long and distinguished history. “Now, […]

Jeremy Camp’s songs come to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With lyrics and music born out of the death of a loved one, up-and-coming Christian musical artist Jeremy Camp has been touching the hearts of music audiences around the nation. The 25-year-old singer/composer will perform in concert at 7:30 tonight at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., in Clovis. Admission to […]

Spotlight falls on Alborada

Gary Mitchell The traditional music of the Andes and Mexico, Peru and other Latin American countries will fill the Lyceum Theatre this weekend to entice music lovers of all ages. Alborada, the Batista family music group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as the inaugural event of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series for […]