Former NFL & UT Football Player, Founder, & Entrepreneur
Young played college football for the University of Texas. As a junior, he won the Davey O’Brien Award, awarded annually to the best college quarterback in the nation. He finished second behind Reggie Bush in Heisman Trophy voting. After the Heisman voting, Young led his team to a BCS National Championship against the defending BCS national champion USC Trojans and running back Reggie Bush in the 2006 Rose Bowl. It was one of the most-anticipated games in the history of college football. Young has been hired by University of Texas to work for its Division of Diversity and Community Engagement as a development officer for program alumni relations and raising money for programs that assist first-generation and low-income college students.
With his powerful, raspy voice and riveting stage presence, Austin-based singer Malford Milligan has drawn comparisons to such soul icons as Otis Redding and Al Green. Milligan was born on March 29, 1959, in Taylor, TX, to Frank and Mary Milligan, and as an albino black, he experienced a double dose of America’s pervasive racial confusions. After failing to make a go of it as a sociology student at Texas Tech University, Milligan moved to Austin in 1981 with the intent to start anew at the University of Texas. His life took a hard left turn toward a music career, however, when he began showing up and singing at the regular Monday night blues jams at Antoine’s. Milligan was clearly a special talent, and he soon found himself fronting a local alternative band called the Stick People.
Former UT and NFL Football Player
Derrick Johnson born in Waco,Tx. Ranked #2 linebacker in the nation coming out of high school. Recorded a career-high with 30 tackles in a single game. Parade all-American, and played in the first US army all-american all-star game. A 3 sport athlete. Football, Basketball, and track. Scholarship to the University of Texas from 2001-2004. Big 12 defensive freshman of the year. 2 time Consensus All-American, 3 time First-team All-Big 12. Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Bronko Nagurski Winner which is the best defense of player in college football award. Dick Butkus Award winner which is the best linebacker in college football award. Drafted in the 1st round 15th pick to the Kansas City Chiefs. Played 13 years in Kansas City. Was an all-pro 2 times and 4 time pro bowler. Single season record holder with 179 tackles in a season. Became the chiefs all-time leading tackler in chiefs history.
Former UT and NBA Player
TJ Ford was a two time state champion in high school, a college All American, won the prestigious Naismith College Player of the Year and John Wooden awards, and was named Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, ESPN.com and CBSSportsLine.
He was a top 10 pick in the 2003 NBA draft.
To honor Ford his #11 jersey was retired by The University of Texas, making him the fourth athlete in any sport (and the first basketball player) to have such an honor.
He was inducted into the University of Texas Men’s Athletics Hall of Honor on November 1, 2013.
A natural-born leader, TJ is now turning his attention to re-thinking youth basketball.
“I didn’t expect to be putting out a guitar record in 2020,” says Mobley of his latest work, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme. “It was coming home to the confines of the guitar that opened everything up for me.”
Perhaps it’s fitting that he had to go to the other side of the world to “come home.” The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist hangs his hat in Austin, TX, but after an itinerant childhood spent in more than a dozen cities across the globe, a guitar is as much a home as any spot on the map.
The shift came toward the end of 2018, when Mobley was finishing up a few shows in Australia. He was coming off a whirlwind stretch that included festival plays at Lollapalooza and ACL, plaudits from Billboard Noisey, and Consequence of Sound, placements on HBO and Fox, and opening slots for the likes of Cold War Kids, Phantogram, and Bishop Briggs.
On a whim, he booked a trip to Thailand with the express purpose of taking a long-overdue break (a challenging task when you produce your own records, create your own visuals, and spend months at a time on the road, building a reputation as a charismatic frontman with kinetic live shows). Indeed, Mobley’s “break” didn’t even last a day.
“I passed a music shop when I first got to Bangkok and there was this knockoff Telecaster in the window,” Mobley recalls. “It was like $100, and I’d never played a Tele before, so I thought, I’ll just grab it to play around with while I’m here.”
And thus, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme was born. Mobley recorded the majority of the guitar lines in an apartment on a remote island, then, in one last moment of inspiration, gifted the instrument to a local cab driver he’d befriended.
Back in the US, a whole arsenal of instruments awaited Mobley, so much that the credits for Young & Dying read like a cashier taking late-night inventory at a music store: piano, bass, drums, percussion, trumpet, violin, autoharp, mandolin, melodica, tin whistle, vibraphone, glockenspiel, the list goes on and on. By contrast, the more modern touches of field recordings, crystalline synths, and jagged edits accent instruments that have been around for centuries.
Former NFL & UT Football Player, Founder, & Entrepreneur
“I am involved with this event to celebrate our differences and to highlight our commonalities. I do this for my sons to have a positive impact on their lives for good. Sports and music have been vehicles for social change for many years. Both have similar power to entertain and educate.”
A millennial Entrepreneur, Entertainer and Philanthropist William “Will” Matthews has adopted the motto of “living life at the cross-section of profit and purpose”. With roots in Austin Texas, this former pro-athlete (Detroit Lion) and Texas Longhorn focuses on commercial real estate, giving back, writing music, and being a family man. As a values-based business leader Will believes his life goal is to leave the world a little better than he found it.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willmatthewsnow/
The Peterson Brothers combine infectious energy and modern grooves with jazz, funk, blues & soul to a create their own unique sound.
For a decade, the Texas natives have been building a fan base across America, playing both classic funk and soul, and their original music that includes jam-band style improvisation by Glenn Jr. on vocals and guitar, and Alex on bass, vocals and violin.
The brothers’ love for classic Funk, Soul, and Blues music was born when their mother and grandmother brought home a crate of assorted albums and turntable from a garage sale. The Peterson Brothers learned to play by listening to artists like The Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Brothers Johnson, and B.B King; from then, they created their own stage show. Some of their first consistent gigs included regular performances at Antone’s, The Saxon Pub and other renowned venues in Austin.
The duo have since traveled the U.S. performing in front of crowds at Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Texas State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival and many others. They’ve also opened for legendary artists including Gary Clark Jr., Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jesse Johnson (The Time), Willie Nelson, B.B. King, New Power Generation (Prince’s longtime band), Buddy Guy and more.
“It’s important to point out the ages of these young cats, as they’ve become one of the most popular festival fixtures in the US, in just 10 years,” writes American Blues Scene. Minneapolis Star Tribune named them the band likely to earn the biggest fest buzz after performing at the Roots, Rock and Deep Blues Festival.
In 2018, they performed with the University of Texas Longhorn Pep Band for a special halftime show during the UT vs Baylor game. They’ve also held a packed weekly residency at Austin’s Continental Club for seven years.
In 2019, Gary Clark, Jr. told PBS News Hour that The Peterson Brothers are “some of the baddest cats in the world.” He included them in his finale super-jams at both weekends of Austin City Limits Festival, and they’ve opened for him across the country.
In November of 2019, they followed it with a single from their upcoming EP, and Buddy Magazine (Texas’ original music monthly) writes: ““Give Me Your Love” delivers the sound, feel, warmth, immediacy and fun of their stage show.”
The Peterson Brothers ushered in 2020 performing at The City of Austin’s official New Year’s Eve countdown. Their EP “The Intro” has been released with parties across Texas and beyond in early 2020.
They are featured on the cover Buddy Magazine’s January 2020 issue. In the feature story, Chuck Flores writes, “To witness the Peterson Brothers’ live show is to witness sheer joy. There’s the constant eye contact and electric smiles that pass between them, the undeniable ebullience. And then there’s the way they move together on stage, stepping and twisting, swaying together, then suddenly freezing (but only for a beat or so, but then again you never know — they never play anything the same way twice), then it’s right back into the groove.”
KALU AND THE ELECTRIC JOINT
Music has always been a form of activism for me and collectively, we all are starting necessary overdue conversations, asking the hard questions, listening and demanding change.
Kalu and the Electric Joint blend the powers of psychedelic soul music with the driving beat of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa. Born in Nigeria, Kalu relocated to Austin, Texas, where he put together a stellar ensemble of players who graciously fuel and follow his deep well of eclectic influences. The group’s new record, Time Undone is a sonic masterpiece of original tunes with a positive message and soul-stirring beats. The arrangements are masterfully crafted allowing the songs to breathe and flow. From the first note, these musicians show that they’re prepared to carry modern music forward while still paying tribute to the inspirations of their past. Their music invokes a wide range of emotions while influencing with an uplifting message through masterful playing. Opening for acts like George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic, Vieux Farka Toure, Allen Stone, Keller Williams amongst many others, this band comes to play and when they do, the dance floor never stays empty.
Grandma Mousey was born in a wild cactus patch of Austin, TX. Her family is rooted in rock, while new additions have brought funky dispositions, Latin grooves, psychedelic visions, and surf trips.
PIKE & SUTTON
We have as artists and as individuals been writing music about social justice, civil rights and the harm of racism in society with call to eradicate racism since we were teenagers and into current times. The Heard Event is a beautiful virtual gathering effort we are happy to be a part of.
Pike & Sutton is a partnership, a creative evolution and a promise fulfilled. Equally anchored by the powerhouse vocals of Patrice Pike and the electrifying guitars of Wayne Sutton – best known as co-founders of ‘90s seminal jam band/modern rock favorites Sister Seven – their debut album Heart Is A Compass is both a transformative celebration of the pair’s R&B, soul and roots influences and an exhilarating call-to-arms for the faithful. “Patrice and I started making music together in 1990,” Wayne says. “Our first handful of shows was as an acoustic duo. When we formed Little Sister/Sister Seven, we wrote as a band. But Patrice and I haven’t written and recorded an entire album together until now. Neither of us had a grand vision; we just assumed it would be eclectic and that it would happen organically, because that’s who we are.” Co-produced by Pike, Sutton and Grammy-winner Jim Watts – known for his work with Emmylou Harris, Ben Harper, Jenny Lewis and Kelly Clarkson – the album crackles with passion, vision and undeniable hip-shaking rhythms. “There’s something that happens when you make music together for a long time,” Patrice says. “This album is exciting because it sustains the connection we’ve had since we were teenagers and proves that the music we make remains meaningful not only to us, but for our audience too.”
Gina Chavez is a wife, philanthropist and an award-winning independent musician. She is a 2020 Latin Grammy nominee, 12-time Austin Music Award winner, including 2019 Best Female Vocals and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year. Her NPR Tiny Desk concert has more than 1.2 million views and her hour-long PBS special is available nationwide.
Gina’s music is deeply personal. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs takes audiences on a journey to discover her Latin roots through music as she shares her story of life in Texas as a married, queer Catholic.
Gina tours internationally as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department and runs Niñas Arriba, a college fund she co-founded with her wife for young women in gang-dominated El Salvador. She is featured alongside Oprah, Beyonce, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton and many more in Southern Living’s new book celebrating “100 extraordinary women who have left their indelible mark on the South and beyond.”
Her first all-Spanish language album, La Que Manda, was just nominated for a Latin Grammy. Now available everywhere.
“I am humbled and honored to take part in this event. My story is not unique, but I hope to continue to learn and grow through taking part and, hopefully, help others do the same.”
Hardee competed for the University of Texas 2004-2007. Trey is a family man and blessed beyond his wildest dreams. A decorated Olympian and two-time World Champion in the Decathlon, he is passionate about helping others live a life of meaning and achieve their dreams.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trey-hardee-745448125/
Former UT Longhorn Legend & NFL Player
A former professional NFL athlete, MJ McFarland brings his team-oriented attitude from the football field to the world of residential real estate. Born in Watertown, New York, he’s no stranger to relocating. He spent his childhood moving from city to city due to his father serving in the U.S. Military, with the majority of his upbringing in Texas. He credits his appreciation for the real estate industry to his first-hand understanding of the moving process. His high-level athletic skills earned him a full scholarship to play football for The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated three years later with a Bachelor of Science. His eligibility concluded as a DI football player and MJ considers himself blessed to have had the opportunity to take his talents to the NFL where he played for The Philadelphia Eagles, The New York Jets, and The Dallas Cowboys from 2016 to 2018. This is when his passion to understand finances really started to grow. MJ wanted to learn and understand how money works; not only how to make it, but more importantly, how to save it! Throughout MJ’s career, he experienced injuries and many other factors that come along with professional sports, leading him to explore new opportunities outside of football for his post-athletic career. With his entrepreneurial mindset and vast network, MJ was driven to create and be a part of multiple companies. MJ has been a licensed realtor since his time in the NFL and previously worked for his company, “The MJ Group, LLC” in the Austin, Texas area. His dedication in helping individuals buy, rent, sell, and invest in properties is one he is excited to pursue at Moreland Properties. When he’s not out in the field showing houses or writing up contracts, he’s following his passion of helping friends and clients become more educated about their finances. In 2019, MJ proceeded to partner with Strategic Capital to offer education that serves his clients, helping them take control of their personal finances. MJ McFarland understands what it means to make a move – Both on and off the field. His unparalleled understanding of the relocation process and team player attitude will help you navigate the emotional process of buying and selling real estate.
The Late Arrivals
Artists Volney Campell, Katie Marie, Ross Brown & Brady Allen
The Late Arrivals are a collaborative group of long time Austin musicians, who have shared stages with, and played with many of the biggest names in Austin Music. They came together (mostly) virtually to make music come alive during a time when that is difficult in many ways to do. The result is a five song EP called the Quarantine Project inspired by the travails and the occasional joys found in our pandemic world. Comprised of Katie Marie, a brilliant multi instrumental studio and performance musician, Soulful singer and guitarist Brady Allen, uber talented guitarist, and fiddle player Ross O. Brown and longtime Driver ATX guitarist Volney Campbell.