NAMM 2017 - My first experience

So I went to NAMM in January of this year.  My friend Jon Whitledge and his awesome wife Jeanethe have been such great support to my music. He plays my music in the Sony sponsored Magic Bus, for high res music.  My albums Trillium and Fire in the Rainstorm sound esquisite!  Jon invited me to NAMM in Anaheim two days before my concert in January! Which was a total blast! 

I spent all day hanging out with him at NAMM and we went to several concerts, as well as checking out the Pianos! OH wow.. the PIANOS! They were awesome! 

Thanks to Jon Whitledge for the fun day! 

Of course this was amazing Yamaha Piano. I have played this at a friends house up in San Francisco.  Really an amazing grand. Photo by Jon Whitledge.

Of course this was amazing Yamaha Piano. I have played this at a friends house up in San Francisco.  Really an amazing grand. Photo by Jon Whitledge.

Kawai's CS11 - I think I liked this electronic piano the best.  A girl cannot have too many pianos around her! :D 

Kawai's CS11 - I think I liked this electronic piano the best.  A girl cannot have too many pianos around her! :D 

At Larry Mitchell's concert and hanging out with Monette Marino - photo by Jon Whitledge

At Larry Mitchell's concert and hanging out with Monette Marino - photo by Jon Whitledge

Playing a Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand.  Man this thing has such beautiful tone and I loved the action.  Photo by Jon Whitledge

Playing a Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand.  Man this thing has such beautiful tone and I loved the action.  Photo by Jon Whitledge

Larry Mitchell and his band. 

Larry Mitchell and his band. 

Sony sponsored Magic Bus by Jon Whitledge! 

Sony sponsored Magic Bus by Jon Whitledge! 

Kori Carothers

Kori Linae Carothers, 27758 Santa Margarita Parkway #407 , Mission Viejo, CA 92691

A musician's path to her/his muse is sometimes an easy one. Other times, it is filled with potential pitfalls or unexpected obstacles. Kori Linae Carothers faced just that when, during a kindergarten health screening at the age of 5, it was discovered she was deaf in her left ear. Her young peers found out and the teasing began. In addition, throughout elementary and high school, Kori was constantly told she would never become a musician. Undeterred, she kept learning and practicing, never surrendering her dream. Despite these discouragements, Carothers was passionate about her calling and now, years later, she is an acclaimed pianist and keyboard player with four albums to her credit. Clearly, she is an example of a person following her muse with courage, humor, and determination. - Bill Binkelman