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The Weather Channel released its own smooth jazz CD in 2007, The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz, based on collections of popular music played on the “Local On the 8s” segments. It peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz charts in the same year.The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz. Artists included on this CD are Joyce Cooling, Dave Koz, Paprika Soul, Four 80 East, Jeff Lorber, Pieces of a Dream, Chick Corea, Jeanne Ricks, Ryan Farish, Mark Krurnowski, Najee, 3rd Force. In 2008, their second compilation CD containing their most requested music was released, titled The Weather Channel Presents:Smooth Jazz II. Artists on this CD include Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons, Jeff Lorber, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Bradley Joseph, Bernie Williams, David Benoit, Spyro Gyra, Norman Brown, Chris Geith, Joe Sample, Charlie Parker Quartet, and Eric Marienthal.

Other artists that can be heard during this segment include the Network Music stock music service, Trammell Starks (who composed 40 tracks specifically for The Weather Channel), The Rippingtons, Moby, EKO, Shadowfax, Chris Camozzi, Scott Ward, Miles Davis, David Becker, Kent Marcum, and many others.




TAXI member Kent Marcum received a 20-song deal with Harpo Productions. “I was happy about [the deal] and knew that a Harpo placement was another vehicle to get my music into other places. I was actually more excited when a fellow musician called me and told me that she had heard one of my songs on a Harpo television show,” he said. “Without TAXI I would not be able to say that my music has been heard on one of the most highly rated shows on network television.”



Paul Anderjack has written and worked with grammy-award winners such as Mark Mangold (Cher, Jordan Sparks) as well as Mark Gatz (The Cosby Show) and The Alessi Brothers (Paul McCartney, John Lennon). He has also written music for the Food Network and produced many independent artists while working very closely with some of New York’s top engineers. Paul has been a music consultant for such artists as Bakithi Kumalo (bassist for Paul Simon, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan) and Kent Marcum (composer for Harpo Productions) to name a few.


Sidewalk Singer

When faith takes roots, life blossoms.

From the writer of two nationally published novels, A Choice to Cherish and Written on Her Heart, comes an inspirational, church-produced drama about Kris Kivi, an everyday man who has lost his family to a tragic accident and his job to the recession. Forced to play his guitar on the streets for donations, Kris must overcome harassment from a small town gang as well as prejudice from members of a local church. Written by novelist and pastor Alan Maki and directed by New York International Film Festival winner Jeff Thomas, Sidewalk Singer is an uplifting slice-of-life film about overcoming hardship through the strength of faith. Featuring performances by Jason Carter (Babylon 5) and Joshua Haze (Days of Our Lives) and original songs by Maki and Kent Marcum.

“Inspiring…remarkable…This movie is a triumph! Five Doves all the way! It is that good.” ~ The Dove Foundation

Bonus: Soundtracks of 14 original songs


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Alan Maki is the author of four books for Random House Publishing and B&H Publishing, including A Choice to Cherish, the screenplay of which is in pre-production with Destiny Worldwide Entertainment.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University with graduate work at West Chester University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Alan currently resides in Tecumseh, Michigan, where he serves his third career church as an ordained Senior Pastor.  He has received the prestigious Jefferson Award for outstanding community service, sponsored by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and has been elected to his high school’s Distinguished Graduate Hall of Fame.

Besides his novels, Alan has written articles for Group Books, Group Magazine, Campus Life, FreeWay, Soldier of Fortune, International Bowhunter and other magazines.  He is featured and quoted numerous times as a successful author in The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing.

JEFF THOMAS is an award-winning filmmaker and writer.  As the writer and director of successful feature films, including FALLEN ANGELS and 13 SECONDS, Jeff’s work has been lauded by many critics and colleagues.  His latest film was picked up by Warner Bros. Pictures for a limited theatrical run and domestic DVD release.  In 2009 the film was released again as a Special Edition Director’s Cut from Vivendi/Universal and also on iTunes.  Jeff is also a Telly Award winning writer and director of television commercials, having several hundred television commercial productions to his credit.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking degree from the University of Toledo, and with his experience and expertise in making movies, marketing and distribution, SIDEWALK SINGER is in great hands!

KENT MARCUM is our music supervisor who has placed his own compositions with Harpo Productions (Oprah Winfrey), the Weather Channel and CBS.  Trained at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Musicians Institute of Hollywood, North Texas University, Eastern Michigan University and Sienna Heights University, Kent has performed at the Pisana Palace in Rome, Italy, the Chattanooga Choo Choo in Tennessee, the Christian Family Centre in Adrian, Michigan, and The Mitch Albom Show in Detroit.  Because of Kent’s genius, the musical score for the SIDEWALK SINGER will be exceptional!


The Michigan premiere of a faith-based, family-friendly movie
titled “Mr. What” is showing at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 1, 2014

The inspirational movie was filmed in Tecumseh, Michigan, directed by
Shaun Maki of Tecumseh. Kent Marcum of Manitou Beach and Jeremy
Blaska of Tecumseh wrote the music. Pastor Alan Maki wrote the
screenplay and stars in the film with child actor Mikah Scott Carter.
Pastor Bob Riddle of Clinton stars in a compelling, supporting role.

The Dove Foundation awarded the movie 5 Doves, their highest
rating, calling the film “terrific” and “a film that will make you feel
great and make you glad you watched it!”

Bridgestone Multimedia Group has signed on as the
worldwide distributor! The film is an Official Selection at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood and the
Churches Making Movies Christian Film Festival in New Jersey!


New movie (Feb.2015) Mr. What: