Sounds Of Good News
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Greetings to all who have space in their hearts for another True Music Man with a Real Music Plan. I give you "Sounds Of Good News" (SOGN), from Rockford, IL. We are an Inspirational Music Company with several Artists and Groups. We are proud to have "Gospel Roots" as well as versatility in other generes like Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, Soul Ballads and Patriotic. Our arrangements and compositions are original and fresh. We strive to give excellence in recording productions. Our Mission is Global to All Cultures and Ages. Our Message is one of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope for a Better World through "Sounds Of Good News". For more "Good News" about SOGN, click:
Why this name?
Our Company name was inspired by the "Gospel" of the Kingdom of God. "Gospel" = "Good News". We strive to share Positive Messages and Powerful Medium through our God-Given Music Compositions & Arrangements.
Do you play live?
SOGN specializes in Music Performance & Production. We are very proud to be active as a "Live" Band and Recording Studio in our Region, including Chicago and Southern Wisconsin. We love it!!!...ALL THE TIME!!!
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
SOGN is grateful to God for the blessing of the internet. MP3 sharing capabilities makes it possible for the Music Industry to maximize both signed and unsigned Artists. This brings Freedom and Power to both the listener and the Musician; thus the Power to improve and excel with more speed and dynamics.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
SOGN has weathered the stormy dealings of the major label syndrome. We have found it better to be an Independent Label. However, we believe that there are "Real Deal", "Good Feel" Major Labels out there. If we should encounter one, we might consider a sub-contracted deal, retaining our copyrights...with God's wisdom and help.
Band History:
SOGN Founder & CEO, Carl A. Cole (Mr. C), the last of seven Multi-talented Children, was inducted into Music Ministry & Business at the age of three. He exceled in Fine Arts throughout school. When he began college in 1979, he pursued a more professional Career in Music. He created the Company name by inspiration of God. With the help of his Lovely, Talented wife, Dianna (SOGN General Manager)...Multi-faceted son, Andrew (Drummer & Studio Engineer/Soundclick Member) singing Buddy, Frank Robinson (SOGN Vice President)...and a host of extraordinary singesr & musicians, SOGN will Celebrate its 25th Anniversary on September 25th (Mr. C's 43rd Birthday).
Your influences?
Starting as a Church Music Minister, Singer & organist, like many Historic Giants in the Industry, Mr. C admired regional accomplished Sacred pianists. After further personal studies of Ragtime, Swing, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Pop & Hip Hop...through names like: Scott Joplin, Thomas "Fats" Waller, "Duke" Ellington, W. C Handy, Nat "King" Cole,Art Tatum, Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey, Donny Hathaway & Stevie Wonder...Mr. C became a "Musician for All Occasions"...with "fat" sounds and rich instrumentation.
Favorite spot?
SOGN is based in Rockford, IL...only 20 miles east of his Hometown of Freeport...definitely the "Top Spot". It's our #1 City.
Equipment used:
SOGN uses Yahama & Kurzweil Keyboards, Drums, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Bass & Guitar. We are very blessed to have experienced, polished Musicians & Singers.
Anything else...?
SOGN also has a Youth Choral Group called: the FREEDOM SINGERS. We strongly believe in giving Kids "Inspiration in Education". We also have a Gospel Trio, "Jazz Express" Combo and Living Legends in the SOGN Family.
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