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Love is Contagious with Taja Sevelle airs on the 1st Saturday of each month at 2:00 PM EDT on R&B Flavors 

Love is Contagious with Taja Sevelle is an uplifting hour of introspective conversations with celebrities and remarkable personalities, as well as music, and more.   

Love is Contagious, with Taja Sevelle
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27 September, 2022

Segment: Words of Wisdom 

Denise Rich:  Grammy nominated songwriter, Denise Rich, has written with icons Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Tremaine Hawkins, Jessica Simpson, Sister Sledge, Miley Cyrus, and Natalie Cole, among numerous others. Denise Rich is also internationally known as an ardent philanthropist and entrepreneur. She founded Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for cancer research, after the heartbreaking loss of her beautiful daughter, Gabrielle, to AML leukemia. Gabrielle’s angel Foundation has awarded over $35 million in Medical Research Awards, making it one of the largest non-governmental sources of grant support to blood cancer research. Some of the innovative therapeutic approaches funded include alternative or complementary medicine.  

Segment: Healing Our World From the Root  

Pamela Wirth: Pamela Wirth is an author and the Founder of Hello-Health. When Pamela Wirth’s six-year-old son Ryan began to developmentally regress, several doctors could not explain or treat his tics, anxiety, lethargy, or unusual vocalizations. Refusing to accept that her son was forever altered, Pamela went on a search for answers and she found a different approach to determining and addressing the roots of her son’s health problems. Ryan now lives a happy and healthy life. This courageous mother has written a book that details her journey and includes key contributions from pediatric neurologist Melanie Alarcio, M.D., Immunologist Ryan Casper, M.D., and Jeremy Appleton, N.D. Pamela also founded Hello Health to positively affect the lives of those needing brain, gut, and immune support.  

And…Taja’s “Pop-Up Interviews:  Shining a bright light on rising talent, Taja’s “Pop-Up Interviews” feature short, comprehensive interviews with intriguing talented individuals who are making a meaningful mark in the world, writing their own legacies as they live their passion! 

Today’s Pop-Up Interviews feature:

Sebastian “Bash” Johnson: Bash Johnson is a rapidly becoming known as the dancing Chef! Sebastian “Bash” Johnson is a globally-known choreographer, dancer, and chef. He has worked with Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Daddy Yankee, Mariah Carey, and Lil Kim, among others. He danced on the Ellen Degeneres Show in 2022, and has produced over 40 shows in the US, China, and the Bahamas. He has worked with several international brands including L’Oréal Paris, Aston Martin, and Lee Jeans, and regularly appears in Superbowl commercials! He is also a personal chef, curating menus for restaurants in Chicago and LA, and cooking for select private celebrity clients. Standing ovation to Bash Johnson in this informative Pop-Up Interview 

October 1, 2022:

Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado was chosen by Harvard Law School as an honoree for International Women’s Day. Judge Maldonado’s Wellness Court uses an approach of tribal healing that has had profound and lasting success, and there are now efforts to make it the Gold Standard within courtrooms. This legal forum focuses on strengthening tribal child and family systems and services in order to nurture the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families. She is currently the Chief Judge of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and a tribe member. Our conversation is riveting and eye-opening.

Corey Tyler has practiced Nonviolent Communication for the last 10 years. He has taught highly successful workshops on Healthy Communication and Healthy Finances at Urban Farming events in Los Angeles.  Corey Tyler is also the Founder of Champion Finances, a financial empowerment and education platform that teaches people how to raise both their credit scores and money skills to become home buyers, business owners and investors.  We learn more tools for healthy communication in this episode!  www.ChampionFinances.com 

25 October, 2022  Show Guests:

Segment: Words of Wisdom

Max Tucci:  Max Tucci is a multi-award winning Producer and Radio show Host of Max and Friends on LA Talk Radio. He is also a motivational speaker and an author. Max’s epicurean family saved, reopened, and operated the famous Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York from the 1920s-1980s, hosting iconic celebrities, Lana Turner, Lena Horne, Rock Hudson, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Max has now written a book to celebrate that legacy, titled, The Delmonico Way; Sublime Entertaining and Legendary Recipes from the Restaurant that Made New York, -Rizzoli. A true renaissance man, Max Tucci has studied and found success in photography and fashion, he has curated for film festivals, studied cooking and art history throughout Italy, restored an Italian Villa, is a television personality, has contributed pieces to several books, and is a born philanthropist. And… he recently purchased an antique dairy farm! 

Segment: Healing Our World From the Root  

John Ubaldo: John Ubaldo lives on the forefront of regenerative and small farming—the way of the future! Our enlightening conversation covers critical topics for the future of farming. John Ubaldo’s award winning documentary, “The Bullish Farmer” has won several notable awards, including Best Documentary at The Golden Door Film Festival and awards at The IndieFest World Film Festival, and over 15 other awards and official selections. John Ubaldo was a successful Wall Street investor. After 911, John left the city and bought a farm. He works passionately to teach farmers about regenerative, sustainable farming. John Ubaldo also founded the August West Foundation, helping farmers transition to regenerative farming for higher yields and cleaner food.  www.augustwestfoundation.org

November 5, 2022: 

Craig Kallman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Records. This is an interview you don’t want to miss!   

In addition to Craig’s thoughts about wisdom in the music business, we learn about his fascinating career path—including how he first met the Notorious B.I.G. and then signed Junior M.A.F.I.A., Aaliyah, and Lil’ Kim! He went on of course to sign other iconic artists including Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Zak Brown Band, and he was the visionary behind  the Atlantic Record’s extension into musical theater with the groundbreaking musical, Hamilton! Craig Kallman and Atlantic Records have also been tremendous supporters of Urban Farming, connecting rapper, TI to the mission as well as several other artists. The support from Atlantic Records and Craig continues to this day, demonstrating their commitment to helping our world!   

John Ubaldo lives on the forefront of regenerative and small farming—the way of the future! Our enlightening conversation covers critical topics for the future of farming. John Ubaldo’s award winning documentary, “The Bullish Farmer” has won several notable awards, including Best Documentary at The Golden Door Film Festival and awards at The IndieFest World Film Festival, and over 15 other awards and official selections. John Ubaldo was a successful Wall Street investor who spent 12 years on Wall Street, until 911 hit. After 911, John left the city and bought a farm. He works passionately to teach farmers about regenerative, sustainable farming. John Ubaldo founded the August West Foundation, and he demonstrates that regenerative farming creates higher yields and cleaner food!  www.augustwestfoundation.org  

December 3, 2022: 

Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Reverend Nicholas Hood III, and Dr. Khalid el Hakim:  How can faith-based organizations join hands to bring more wisdom and healing into our world?  

Rabbi Simon Jacobson is known for reaching across borders and generations to bring wisdom into our world. He is an internationally-known, bestselling author and the founder of the Meaningful Life Center, which has been hailed by the New York Times as a “Spiritual Starbucks,” a spiritual health center that empowers people to discover their personal mission in life and find meaning in everything they do.  

www.meaningfullife.com   

Reverend Nicholas Hood III graduated from Yale and is also an author and is known for reaching across faith-based lines to join people together. He seeks to make the world a better place and he generates good will and hope. His style of preaching is inspirational and real, with an artistic flavor of music—he plays the harmonica and at times, utilizes it in his sermons, bringing an extra layer of spiritual depth. www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org   

 Dr. Khalid el Hakim, We continue our discussion about how faith-based organizations can bring more wisdom and healing into our world, with Dr. Khalid el Hakim! An insightful scholar who is devoted to the Islamic Faith, Khalid is also the Founder and Professional Curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 10,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. He managed famed rapper, Proof, of D12 who worked closely with rapper, Eminem, and Khalid manages Proof’s record label, Iron Fist.   

Dr. Khalid el Hakim was named one of the Change Makers for NBC Universal’s “Erase the Hate” campaign and one of the “100 Men of Distinction” for 2017 in Black Enterprise Magazine.  

www.blackhistorymobilemuseum.com    

January 7, 2023 (Taja’s Birthday!):

Dennis Matkosky is a Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter responsible for many of the hit songs we have enjoyed over the past three decades in practically every genre of music and film including pop, R&B, country and Christian. His production and songwriting credits are included in over 50 million records sold, and have been a part of our lives for many years. Songs like Michael Sembello’s ‘Maniac’, Diana Ross’ ‘Mirror Mirror,’ LeAnn Rimes’s ‘I Need You,’ are just a few. A happy and informative interview you will not want to miss!  

Joyce Lapinsky is an Entrepreneur, a humanitarian, a former song publisher, and the wife of Comedian/Actor, Richard Lewis. This is a fun-filled interview that recounts Joyce’s extraordinary journey through the music business, beginning in the Disco days when she worked with Lipps, Inc, of the famed song, Funkytown which was a #1 charted single in 28 countries. She has held executive creative positions with music publishing companies Warner/Chappel, EMI, and Zomba/Jive Records, among others. Joyce also shares about her work with Urban Farming and her humanitarian activities that help to Heal Our World From The Root!

February 4, 2023 

Jimmy Locust: Jimmy Locust has worked with top entertainment industry stars such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones and Debbie Allen. He has been featured in iconic music videos and films including Rhythm Nation 1814 and the wedding dance sequence of Coming to America. He has performed at the Grammy Awards, Academy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. He is the founder and Artistic Director/Owner of Locust Performing Arts Center in Stamford, Connecticut and Locust Dance Academy in Miramar, Florida. Locust is also Founder The Locust Foundation to mitigate bullying and provide educational resources for students and families. Jimmy is an icon in the dance world, and this interview will inspire and entertain you!  

Maureen KaiserMaureen is a self-published singer and songwriter with 5 albums and several singles under her belt. She founded Mayham Lane and she co-wrote two songs Taja Sevelle’s upcoming CD.  A kind-hearted philanthropist, she has served on the board of Forgotten Harvest, which delivers 144,000 pounds of surplus food per day to families in need with fresh, nutritious food. A successful entrepreneur, Maureen also donates to several important causes, including Urban Farming! She is thoughtful and brilliant- this is a very special interview! 

Music

A Fine Place reached a quarter of a million “listens” in its first week! 

Taja’s latest release, A Fine Place, is touching hearts around the world.

Little Diva reached Top 30 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts in the U.S!

Belber, the iconic heritage handbag and luggage company, joined up with Taja Sevelle for the U.S. launch of Taja’s new song, Little Diva. In April, 2017. 

Belber designed an exclusive, Limited Edition, Little Diva Tribeca Tote, especially for the launch of Taja Sevelle’s, Little Diva.  This handmade, leather tote is numbered on the inside, with an exceptional artist’s rendering of Taja, in natural grained leather.  Certificate of authenticity included, benefits two charities, only 200 units available worldwide!  Purchase here.

Currently recording under her independent label, Matrix Music, Taja’s new music is available on AmazoniTunes and other online outlets.

The first song Taja wrote, Love is Contagious, became a charted Billboard hit in America and Europe, reaching Top7 in England. Taja has written songs with renowned writers around the world including, Burt Bacharach, Thom Bell, Prince and Nile Rodgers.  She has singing and songwriting credits on over 3.5 million CDs sold.  Subsequent to her deal with Prince, after a bidding war with 9 major record labels, Taja signed a deal with Sony 550, and released her third CD, Toys of Vanity. 

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Books

Taja Sevelle has written three books—a non-fiction titled From The Root, A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, and two unpublished novels, Rain on a River and 49 Days. She has co-written a script for 49 Days and is currently working on her new novel, The Joke.

From The Root is available on Amazon.  

REVIEWS:

From The Root, A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, By Taja Sevelle.

     “Taja’s experience and insights provide us with an important approach to bringing our world into balance.”

– Nile Rodgers, Music Producer, Author.

     “Taja shares her insight, experiences and research in a clear and concise way, leading the reader to the realization that a world of compassion and empathy is not only possible but probable and easily within our reach. At a time in history when these goals are essential, this book is a refreshing must read!”

-Shawn King, Actress/Singer and Larry King, TV/Radio Host formerly with CNN.

     “Taja Sevelle weaves a tapestry of her amazing life with a powerful plan for recovery and balance. The presence of practical and actionable steps to better our health, our communities and the planet make this required reading to reclaim the harmony in which we deserve to live and raise families.”

-Joel Kahn, M.D. Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Author of “The Whole Heart Solution.

     “Taja Sevelle’s vision of a world united by global farming provides a prime example of how small steps on a local level can translate to big gains in our global environment.”

– Professor David Lea, Department of Earth Science, University of California.

Recording Artist, Taja Sevelle, who signed her first record deal with the legendary artist, Prince, outlines a courageous plan for bringing the world into balance, and shares the reasons she put her music career on the “back burner” to start the nonprofit organization Urban Farming®. Her blueprint for balance includes recapturing trillions of dollars of wasted capital, and reallocating it into areas that will better serve both our economically challenged communities, as well as our economically vibrant communities. With chronicles of risk-taking vision, extensive research, and rare personal experiences, Taja offers a formula for integrity in business, personal, social, and political relationships, as well as world affairs. She shares how fundamental “root” principles are essential for the restoration and balance of mental, physical, and spiritual health within our global family. 

While recording her third CD for Sony Records in Detroit, Taja saw widespread poverty and vast stretches of unused land—a memory she would not forget. With three community gardens and a global vision to “Create an Abundance of Food for All in Our Generation,” Taja started Urban Farming, which went on to ignite a global gardening movement. Within six years, there were over 56,000 gardens within the Urban Farming Global Food Chain® Urban Farming has been featured in over 30,000 media stories including The Ellen Show, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, the BBC, CNN, FOX, NPR, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

From The Root vibrates with the inspiration, innovation, and perseverance of a brilliant and passionate artist who put her first love—music—on hold to address some tough global issues. 


Book Cover of One Last Lunch

One Last Lunch

Author and recording artist, Taja Sevelle has contributed a moving piece about a lunch with the iconic music artist, Prince, in Erica Heller’s One Last Lunch.

 “One Last Lunch is a powerful, surprise-filled read that is as charming and funny as it is moving.”

—Helen Mirren

Taja Sevelle’s lunch with Prince takes place in the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, and gives the reader a window into a heartwarming relationship between the two close friends.

Charming and uplifting, the fabled lunch is peppered with Taja’s selections of real-life shared moments with Prince, revealing humor, social awareness, and of course, menu proclivities.

One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us (Abrams Press; May 12, 2020; U.S $25.00; Hardcover.) Available also on Amazon

Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to sit down, break bread, and just talk? Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to ask those unasked questions, or share those unvoiced feelings? In One Last Lunch, Heller, an acclaimed memoirist herself, has asked friends and family of authors, artists, musicians, comedians, actors, and others, to recount one such fantastic repast. Kirk Douglas asks his father what he thought of him becoming an actor. Taja Sevelle asks Prince piercing questions. Sara Moulton dines with her friend Julia Child. Richard Lewis has lunch with Jonathan Winters. These richly imagined stories are endlessly revealing, about the subject, the writer, the passage of time, regret, gratitude, and the power of enduring love.

Conversations in the book include:

·         Daniel Bellow (son) and Saul Bellow

·         Carinthia West (friend, collaborator) and David Bowie

·         Lee Clow (collaborator, friend) and Steve Jobs

·         Elizabeth Mailer (daughter) and Norman Mailer

·         Taja Sevelle (protégé, close friend) and Prince

·         Rain Pryor (daughter) and Richard Pryor

·         Cameron West (acquaintance) and Robin Williams

·         Richard Lewis (close comedy pal) and Jonathan Winters

·         Erica Heller (daughter) and Joseph Heller (Author of Catch 22.)

About the Author

Erica Heller is the author of the memoir Yossarian Slept Here; a novel, Splinters; and 300 Ways to Say No to a Man, a humor book illustrated by Seymour Chwast. She has contributed to the New York Observer, Huffington Post, and other publications.


 

Rain on a River

Set in present day, this mystery and romance centers around the lives of Lastlia Priscilla States and Alden Bain Thearou. They realize a foe is in their midst, and as they begin to unravel the mystery of their past lives, they are gripped with finding out who their enemy is in the present.  It soon becomes a matter of life and death. Lastlia and Alden are torn apart and highly misunderstood as the mystery takes unexpected twists of fate.

Rain On A River 1 ART367104 FRONT COVER USE Cot, Pierre-August (1837-1883), The Storm, 1880, Oil on canvas, 92 ¼ x 61 ¾ In. (234.3 x 156.8 cm). Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887 (87.15.134). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A. Image copyright© The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Image source: Art Resource, NY

 

Schedule

New Release 2021: Taja Sevelle’s new song, I’m Still Here, is the first single from her forthcoming full-length CD.

Link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QZB2I8Zyw4

Available on Online Stores including

Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Im-Still-Here/dp/B08T65GHKB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=taja+sevelle+I%27m+still+Here&qid=1612298080&s=music&sr=1-1

iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/im-still-here-single/1549166850

New song release on December 1, 2020.  Stay tuned!

Election Day Messages – World affairs filming and election messaging on Twitter on November 3, 2020.

Taja Sevelle on Montel Williams’ FREE THINKING podcast on October 29, 2020

Taja Sevelle is featured in Authority Magazine on October 20, 2020! She talks about her new book in the Female Disruptors article.

Taja Sevelle interviewed by Chris Cuomo on Sirius XM’s “Let’s Get After It” on November 19, 2019.

Taja will be interviewed on Monday, December 23rd, 2019 at 9:15amEST on WKNY Radio’s “Warren in the Morning”. 

Taja Sevelle Interviewed on November 26, 2019 by Cyrus Webb on his podcast “Let’s Have a Conversation”

Taja Sevelle Interviewed on November 7, 2019 on KMOJ 89.9 Minneapolis, MN Radio Station where she formally DJ’d.

Tune in to hear about Taja’s book and Healing Our World From The Root with Hank Garner on the Author Stories Podcast!

Sunday, December 1st, 8:30am ET- Taja will be interviewed on The Steve Hood Show, Detroit Wants 2 Know, which airs on WKBD TV 50 at 8:30 AM in the Detroit Media Market and on HULU.

Tuesday, November 26th, 10:30am EST- Taja will be interviewed live by Cyrus Webb at Conversations Radio.

Wednesday, November 20th, 1pm CT (2pm ET, 11am PT)- Taja will be interviewed live by Hank Garner with Author Stories Podcasts. 

Thursday, November 7th, 2019- Taja will be interviewed by Q Bear at KMOJ Radio 3-4pm. She will be promoting her new book, new music, and the good old times at KMOJ!

September 22nd, 2019- Taja will be interviewed by Max Tucci, of La Talk Radio’s “Max & Friends”. Part 2 will air 8pm PT (11pm ET), Sunday September 22nd. Listen Live at http://www.latalkradio.com (channel one!) Thanks to @maxtucci @latalkradio #MAXandFriends

September 19th, 2019- Taja will be interviewed by Chris Cuomo at 1pm.

September 15th, 2019- Taja will be interviewed by Max Tucci, of La Talk Radio’s “Max & Friends”. Part 1 will air 8pm PT (11pm ET), Sunday September 15th. Listen Live at http://www.latalkradio.com (channel one!) Thanks to @maxtucci @latalkradio #MAXandFriends

September 14, 2019- Taja will attend the Opening Reception of “A Fine Line”, an art exhibit at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY. The exhibit will feature, among others, South Korean artist CHO Yea Jae, who will also be attending the Opening Reception, 6-8pm.

 

August 22, 2019- The Purple Current will interview Taja Sevelle at 12:00 noon (CST), on Minnesota Public Radio. Catch the interview here!

 

July 23, 2019- Next Level Leader will interview Taja Sevelle on Tuesday, July 23 at 2:15pm (CST).

 

June 8, 2019Book Launch: VIP Event 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: The official international  book launch of Taja Sevelle’s new book, From The Root, A Memoir and A Philosophy for Balance in Our World, At the PRN (Prince) Alumni Foundation Global Gala, mix and mingle with Prince Alumni– Taja will speak and sign books. Deluxx Fluxx Club, 1274 Library Street, Detroit, Michigan. Catch Taja’s Speech here!

9:00 PM: Dance and celebrate Prince’s music with special guest DJ’s, Prince Alumni and surprise guests! 

 

June 2, 2019- Live Interview with Chuck Stokes on WXYZ Detroit

 

May 28, 2019- Live Interview with Greg Dunmore at Pulsebeat TV

 

May 11, 2019– Urban Farming Mother’s Day Free Plant Giveaway, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, A Place Called Home, 2830 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Catch the recap slideshow here!

 

May 4, 2019– Urban Farming Pre-Mother’s Day Free Plant Giveaway, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235

 

May 3, 2019Live Interview, Fox 2 News, Detroit, Michigan

Speaking

Taja Sevelle speaks all over the world and has been a keynote speaker in more than 85 public engagements, including: the Yale Sustainable Agriculture Panel; The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Songwriters Panel in New York; the National Black Caucus Panel on Food Deserts in Washington, D.C. and The Farm Credit Council Convention in Washington, D.C. She has received several notable awards for her philanthropic work.

Please refer to the Schedule for current speaking engagements.

 

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