Three Times the Charm

What happens when a sultry jazz singer from Washington DC, a charismatic songwriter/singer from Australia and an award winning radio talk show host from Vero Beach unite? PURE MAGIC!

The three talented individuals met on Martin Lavander’s Yappy Hour talk show and the synergy flowed. “I’m always thrilled to promote local talent” explained Martin Lavander, Vero’s host. “I first met Rob Kenna, the songwriter from Australia, when he was a guest on my show. We clicked and now he is co-hosting on a regular basis. He brings his Australian charm and wit to the show along with live melodic intros and exits to the segments. Barbara Gracewood was introduced as a guest on my show as well and her songs moved me to tears. They are both incredible talents who somehow ended up in our beautiful Vero Beach. We all share the love of music and believe in cross promoting.”
 

“I am overwhelmed with the support from Martin and the entire community” said Gracewood. “The radio world has embraced me and now its expanded to the world of print. I am ever so grateful. Vero is filled with compassionate, caring people and the connections I’ve made are invaluable”.  

“I couldn’t agree more” interjected Kenna. “Vero is a full of surprises and it seems that the community loves and appreciates good music.  There is an unbelievable amount of talent in this town. It’s fun to listen to different styles and renditions and even more enjoyable to get to know the personalities.”

Look for amazing things to come from this dynamic threesome! Each as different and individual as humanly possible, yet with the same goal of success and inner peace through song and self expression.

Martin Lavender                                            

Martin Lavander wears so many different hats it’s hard to identify him with just one. Most know him as Vero’s favorite talk show host interviewing local talent and business owners on his popular Yappy Hour radio show. Other’s know him as the owner of Blue Ribbon Boarding and Grooming and entrust their pets to his care. But he’s most proud of his Blue Ribbon Charitable Foundation, which raises money to help defray medical costs for pets.  

 “About seven years ago when the economy took a downturn, I learned that the Humane Society was seeing an increase in people relinquishing their pets due to the cost of medical treatment. They simply couldn’t afford it” explained Martin. “I figured if I could raise money to help them with the costs, then the pets could stay with their owners. We’ve helped numerous families through our yearly fundraisers.”

If Martin is behind a fundraiser then one thing is for sure…it will be FUN!  He’s hosted the Cracker Christmas, A Night in Paris, Puppy Love on Parade and Mardi Growl!  Guests are always entertained and fed while raising money for a great cause.

Tune into Martin’s radio show Thursdays from 4-5:30pm on iHeart radio WAXE 107.9 or listen anytime at www.blueribboncharities.org

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Barbara Gracewood                                    

She sings like a mystical songbird seducing its mate with her own unique blend of modern day sensual jazz. Barbara Gracewood, a part time Vero Beach resident is a newcomer to the music scene who found her voice later in life. “I’ve been recording for just five years now”, she explained. “I discovered my voice quite by accident while singing with musician friends. Since then I’ve cut my first CD in a Washington studio with an ensemble of top musicians from New York and Nashville.”

Barbara sings from heart, driven by a strong inner passion and spirituality. Her first CD is a collection of familiar tracks from the 70’s and 80’s infused with her own interpretations. “I consume the songs I choose to record because they’ve touched my soul,” continued Barbara. “I gravitate toward music that motivates me and I sing in a way to motivate others”.

Barbara is currently working on a new CD featuring some of her original lyrics and her agent is working on new bookings.

You can listen to her songs on iTunes, Amazon or at
www.BarbaraGracewood.com

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Rob Kenna                                                    

He’s known to make women swoon when he sings his romantic love ballads, although his chiseled good looks may have something to do with that. But, quite frankly, it’s the whole package that draws you to Rob Kenna.
    

I came to this town quite by accident”, explained Rob. “Three years ago, I was driving up I95 after landing at the Miami airport. A sign said Vero Beach – 6 miles. Well, Vero Beach wasn’t even marked in my Lonely Planet guide so I decided to take a look. I fell in love at first sight and decided to stay.”
    

Since then Rob has entertained friends with his beautiful, sensitive music. Each of Rob’s original songs tells a story, mostly drawn from his own life experiences. His songs are a combination of love, life and everything in between. “Like anyone else, I’ve had ups and downs. The emotional times are great for creativity” explained Rob.  The multi talented musician plays a myriad of instruments and enjoys infusing the guitar, piano and harmonica with his vocals. The end result is mesmerizing.
    

Rob’s focus over the next twelve months is recording songs and producing videos for YouTube. Check out his music on YouTube or on his Robkmusic Facebook page.

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