December 21, 2014

My version of Ferlin Husky’s GONE

This EP is 3 songs. It’s my nod to Nashville because I live here in Nashville. Classic country songs meets my Classical roots with a whole lot of “SINATRA” style. ME!!! I also happen to love the songs and wanted to show what you could do with a country song like no one’s ever heard it before. Totally re-imagined and extremely unique.

Those involved in the making of this EP:

Fred Mollin – Producer (Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Any Grant, Sheryl Crow, Daryl Hall, Miley Cryus, Alison Krause, Chris Cornell, Carole King Jimmy Webb, Dan Hill, Susan Boyle etc.)

Brad Cole – Arranger, piano, conductor
Phil Collins-Genesis keyboardist for 25 years.

Gordon Goodwin – Orchestrator
Multiple grammy winner, The Incredibles, Armageddon, National Treasure, Remember the Titans, Star Trek Nemesis, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds etc…. Also his BIG PHAT BAND which just won a Grammy this past year and nominated in 5 categories this year.

There’s A LOT going on sonically here depicted within the orchestra. My idea was that I wanted the orchestra to enjoy playing it as much as I liked singing it and not just behind me playing 1,3′s & 5′s being bored. A partner if you will adding to the drama of the words much like that of a lieder recital with a singer and pianist.

Hope you enjoy!

Frank

August 20, 2013

Nashville News Channel 5 does a segment on Frank Hernandez on the 6pm Nightly News

Wow! Marcus Washington at Nashville News Channel 5….that was more than I expected! Truly grateful to you, WTVF and all of our friends and supporters out there! Fred Mollin and I really enjoyed our time with you guys yesterday. If it wasn’t for Linda Edell Howard, Melissa Preisler, Nicole Pope Gaia along with my Leadership Music family, I would have never known Kickstarter existed and that now I would be on my way to achieving my dreams! Bless you all!

Thanks again, Marcus!

Nashville News Channel 5 Segment

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May 14, 2013

IL DIVO rocked The Ryman!!

My buddy, David Miller of IL DIVO and me backstage.

Had an amazing time at the IL DIVO concert last week at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN!!! It was amazing to connect backstage with my buddy, David Miller, who continues the most amazing ride as the American tenor of the group for the past 9 years. He looks just as he did when we met at Oberlin and performed together years ago but his voice has grown in passion and power. The group delivered one power packed punch after another of their greatest hits. Most songs are timeless classics we know and love but sung in an operatic style….we now call “Popera”. From “Unchained Melody”, “I Will Always Love You”, “My Heart Will Go On” to “Can’t Stop Falling In Love”, the power and majesty of IL DIVO just about blew the roof of the Ryman. One of the highlights of the evening for me…was being in the “Mother Church of Country Music” packed with RABID fans of IL DIVO. Popera Fans!!

The standing ovations began the moment they stepped on stage and continued throughout the entire show for almost every song. What an AFFIRMATION for me in knowing that the music I love and intend to record and perform IS so valued by fans here in Nashville! It remains a challenge connecting to the right industry people in Nashville that understand the “Popera” genre and can partner with me in recording the next Popera hit album. But I’ve met and become friends with some of the best people I’ve ever known through Leadership Music so I remain hopeful and driven. Sadly it seemed that every country BUT the U.S. appreciated and loved Popera. The few Popera acts out there are GIANTS…..like Andrea Bocelli, IL Divo, The Tenors, Josh Groban and that master musician, David Foster. Today…there are only a few with the backing and talent to bring this gorgeous music to us. GOD WILLING….I will join their ranks soon! For now, I’m just truly feeling heartened and grateful there are people right here….in the heartland of Country Music….that understand, appreciate and love my kind of music. Many thanks to IL DIVO and my buddy, David Miller for not giving up on the USA and bringing the magic to Nashville!!! Cheers, Frank

December 3, 2012

Opus Row with Amy Grant after her “Lighting of the Green” concert at Lipscomb University November 27, 2012.

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September 18, 2012

Frank performs at the RNC with SEVEN

Frank had the honor and priviledge of singing with SEVEN at the recent Republican National Convention.  Although they were slated to close the convention after Romney spoke, he was proud to have the opportunity to sing the National Anthem in front of the world.  “It’s not about politics, but rather an opportunity to sing for the pride I feel for my country and the hope I have for all of us.” Frank said from the green room via text shortly after the performance.  Here is the clip from the convention….enjoy!

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August 25, 2012

Frank to perform with SEVEN at the Republican National Convention 2012

Frank is super excited to be singing with SEVEN on the biggest day of the Republican National Convention this year in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, August 30, 2012. This is an amazing opportunity to share the message of hope for all Americans through the patriotic and inspiring music of SEVEN. Be sure to tune into the RNC on Thursday night! Check out SEVEN’s website SEVEN

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June 24, 2012

It’s Official and Exciting! Leadership Music Class of 2012-2013

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Frank Hernandez was honored and humbled to be selected for the next class of Leadership Music 2012 – 2013. The press release has been sent out and you can read it below and read the article published in Music Row Magazine here.

LEADERSHIP MUSIC ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF CLASS OF 2013

NASHVILLE (6-18-12) – Forty-five new members have been selected to participate in the 24th class of Leadership Music. The annual program is designed to create a forum for established music community leaders to identify and explore issues currently affecting the music industry.

“The Leadership Music Class of 2013 is an impressive group of industry professionals with a wealth of experience and expertise from a diverse field of music businesses,” said Jamie Cheek, managing partner at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, who, as immediate past president of the board of directors, chaired the committee. “Once again, the selection committee has done an outstanding job in selecting members for a great Leadership Music class, and I am certain all will find the eight month experience enlightening and rewarding.”

Members of the Class of 2013 are: Rachel Barnhard, digital marketing, Borman Entertainment; Anthony Barton, senior vice president, CMT; Holly Bell, senior vice president, City National Bank; Teddi Bonadies, general manager, Rodeowave Entertainment; David Boyer, associate business manager, Flood, Bumstead, McCready, & McCarthy; Craig Campbell, president, Campbell Entertainment Group; Sarah Cates, senior director, Curb College Initiatives, Belmont University; Misty Cochran, director of advertising and promotions, Nashville Symphony; George Couri, president/owner, Triple 8 Management (Austin, TX); Tiffany Dunn, senior counsel, Loeb & Loeb; Marghie Evans, managing partner, Do Write Music; Nicole Gaia, president/owner, NPG PR; Mary Forest Findley, vice president, sales and marketing, Country Aircheck; Blair Garner, host, After MidNite, Premiere Radio Networks; Jim Griffin, managing director, OneHouse (The Plains, VA); Chris Harris, artist manager, Rainmaker Management; Aaron Hartley, senior manager of administration, CMA;

Frank Hernandez, opera singer; Jeremy Holley, vice president, consumer and interactive marketing, Warner Music Group; Honey Hopkins, director, Music City Music Council; Tim Hunze, owner/partner, Parallel Music Publishing; Jennifer Jacobsen, vice president, industry and government relations, Sony Music Entertainment, (Washington, DC); Brian Jones, vice president, Bobby Roberts Company; Thomm Jutz, owner, TJ Tunes; Kelly King, owner, King Pen Music/Rascal Flatts Entertainment; Will Korioth, owner, WhiteWater Amphitheatre (New Braunfels, TX); Justin Levenson, manager, licensing operations, SESAC; Jim McCormick, staff songwriter, BMG Chrysalis; Marc Meisel, executive producer, Prime Ventures (Gainesville, FL); Aaron Mercer, senior director, commercial music group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Ellen Meyer, president, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film; Cassie Petrey, owner, Crowd Surf;

Stacey Portnoy, marketing manager, Samsung (Bellevue, WA); Laurie Pozmantier, agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA); Jeff Price, CEO/founder, TuneCore (Brooklyn, NY); Brooke Primero, senior vice president, PR and marketing, ACM (Los Angeles, CA); Scott Register, head of A&R, Think Indie Distribution/Birmingham Mountain Radio (Birmingham, AL); Paula Roberts, executive director, National Museum of African American Music; Paul Roper, president, Dualtone Records; John Shackleford, managing partner, Shackleford, Melton & McKinley (Dallas, TX); Lesly Tyson, vice president, promotion, Sony Music Nashville; Don VanCleave, general manager, The Artists Organization; Jeff Van Driel, director, business and legal affairs, Naxos of America; Brian Wagner, marketing manager, Ryman Auditorium; Colin Willis, senior vice president, sales and business development, Next Big Sound.

Leadership Music is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization whose mission is to nurture a knowledgeable, issue-oriented of music industry professionals. The Program, which begins with an orientation and alumni reception in September, totals 10 days in eight sessions over eight months. It launches with a two-day opening retreat weekend in October; then presents six monthly themed days targeting the latest issues regarding songwriting, publishing, artists, studios and production, record companies, distribution, media, and touring; and concludes with a two-day closing retreat in May. The Program is produced by alumni volunteers and features worldwide experts as speakers and participants, to provide relevance to the future with context from the past. More than 900 alumni have graduated from the annual Program since its founding in 1989 in Nashville.

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March 27, 2012

“All I Ask Of You” duet with Crystal

I had a great time performing at the Bridgestone Arena for the annual Kiwanis luncheon with Crystal and the incredible Mr. John Coates. This is from The Phantom of The Opera and we pulled this off after only two rehearsals!

March 12, 2012

Daily Thoughts 3/12/2012

Really getting excited!! The vision is getting sharper and my passion for getting started on this new path is boundless. Can’t wait to get busy in the studio and hopefully bring a new voice and style to music we all love. Let’s roll!!!!

February 20, 2012

SEVEN performed at NRB Conference in Nashville

It was such a good feeling to see my brothers of SEVEN again….especially my brother from another mother, Phil Armstrong….aka “Dr. Smoooooooth”. Had a great time performing at the event which was held at the Opryland Hotel. Met Ricky Skaggs……NICEST man!!!!! Hated to say goodbye to my friends. Until we meet again!! Thank you to the government of Israel and their Ministry of Tourism for the opportunity to perform at the NRB and for having us. Kudos big time to Amick Byram!!

Photos of Me and Ricky Skaggs were provided by:
Bryan D. Seltzer,
Sr. Editor/Director/Photojournalists
International Press Association

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