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UCity artist licenses viral video tune to major music group

UCity artist licenses viral video tune to major music group

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish LightPublished April 4, 2022

In September, Zachary Wexelman was strumming a guitar in his music studio when he received an email from Universal Music Group. The company’s A&R (artist & repertoire) team wanted to license a song Wexelman wrote. That’s the same Universal...

Does ‘Hallelujah’ explain Leonard Cohen? A new movie thinks so.

Does ‘Hallelujah’ explain Leonard Cohen? A new movie thinks so.

PJ Grisar, FowardPublished September 12, 2021

To mark his transition from poet to musician, Leonard Cohen once thought he might change his name to “September.” “I always have this feeling that new things are beginning and I thought that I would change my name and get a tattoo,” Cohen told...

Ezra Furman has released five well-received solo albums. (Robin Little/Redferns via Getty)

Jewish rocker Ezra Furman announces she’s a woman — and a mom

Lisa Keys, KvellerPublished April 22, 2021

This article first appeared on Kveller. Jewish indie rocker Ezra Furman is a trans woman — and has been a mom for years — she revealed on Wednesday. In a moving Instagram post, the 34-year-old musician briefly explains her journey, her experience...

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Jewish actor Jack Black is trending and for all the right reasons

Jordan Palmer, Director of Digital CommunicationsPublished April 20, 2021

Jack Black has always been that one actor you hoped was Jewish, wished he was Jewish, and then when you learned that he really was, you couldn't believe he was Jewish. This week, the 51-year-old actor and musician began trending on Twitter, and we...

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St. Louis financial planner works to ‘Change the World’ with Jewish music

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished March 18, 2021

Music is an integral part of Judaism and dates back to the first temple in Jerusalem, when Levites sang and played the harp, lyre and shofar during religious services. Centuries later, communal singing remains a constant in Jewish worship and celebrations,...

At left, Yaakov Shwekey performs in Jerusalem in 2015. The well-known Orthodox Jewish singer will make his St. Louis debut at the St. Louis Kollel’s upcoming Jewish Unity Live event on March 15 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL. PHOTO: YAAKOVSHWEKEY.COM 

Jewish Unity Live will feature St. Louis debut of Orthodox singer

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished March 5, 2020

Orthodox Jewish singer Yaakov Shwekey noticed in recent years that his six children didn’t even know the name Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach or his beloved compositions. “The only time machine we have today is music — you cannot go back in time no matter...

Billy Jonas will serve as artist-in-residence at United Hebrew Congregation Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. 

United Hebrew welcomes Mikey Pauker and Billy Jonas for artists-in-residence weekend

Published February 13, 2020

United Hebrew Congregation will welcome musicians Mikey Pauker and Billy Jonas as artists-in-residence from Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. Pauker and Jonas will take part in a Friday night Shabbat service, lead a Q&A Lunch ‘N’ Learn...

Sheldon Low in the studio in 2016. Photo: Zach Dalin Photography

Couple work to repair the world with music

By Kayla Steinberg, Staff WriterPublished July 25, 2019

In Sheldon Low’s family, music has been something of an heirloom, passed l’dor v’dor. The St. Louis native, 36, is a third generation songleader. His grandmother sang with singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, and his father sang at Camp Ben Frankel...

Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas will open for Sheryl Crow and Heart when their tour comes to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Tuesday, July 9. Photo: Sonya Jasinski

Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas brings ‘magic moments’ to St. Louis stage

By Kayla Steinberg, Staff WriterPublished July 5, 2019

Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas pours her heart into her songs, and it’s paid off. Silvas, 41, will open for nine-time Grammy award-winning singer and Missouri native Sheryl Crow and rock band Heart when they come to St. Louis on July 9. Silvas has...

Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism

Gabe FriedmanPublished February 27, 2015

Guitar legend Jorma Kaukonen, 74, recently released his first solo album since 2009. (Scotty Hall) Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released his first solo album since 2009. While Kaukonen’s...

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