Podcast: “Make your brain your bitch!” Jen Sincero tells a classical violinist Gregory Harrington

NEW YORK, USA — What happens when an Irish virtuoso violinist gets career advice from an American #1 New York Times bestselling author and speaker? The answer is fireworks and a new song. Gregory Harrington is a huge name in classical music—he has played Carnegie Hall and for Presidents of the United States—but Jen Sincero is a motivational cattle prod who doesn’t care who she zaps. Her signature sass, down-to-earth humor and blunt practicality has made her ‘You Are a Badass’ series of books best sellers.

Listen to the song Gregory created inspired by their conversation https://ffm.to/livetogive


Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, speaker and motivational cattle prod who’s helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars and books. Her #1 New York Times bestseller, You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (2013), has been on the NY Times bestseller list for over four and a half years, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, is available in over 40 languages, and continues to grow in popularity around the globe. Her follow-ups, You Are a Badass® at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (2017), also a NY Times bestseller, You Are a Badass® Every Day (2018), and Badass Habits (2020) are written with the same signature sass, down-to-earth humor and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass® a beloved bestseller and Jen a celebrated voice in the world of self-development.

Based on her own transformation, from a frustrated forty-year-old living in a converted garage watching tumbleweeds blow through her empty bank account, to a successful business owner traveling the world in style, You Are a Badass® at Making Money is a testament to the fact that, in Jen’s words: “If my broke ass can get rich, you can too.” As a highly sought-after speaker, Jen has shared her signature brand of motivational comedy with everyone from women entrepreneurs to multinational corporations to non-profits to educational institutions to her mom’s book group. In 2011 she sold most of her possessions and spent the next three years running her business from all corners of the globe, writing, speaking, coaching, and encouraging people to live lives of unbridled awesomeness.

Jen and her work have appeared in a variety of media outlets including the New York Times, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah Magazine, Success Magazine/Radio, Money Magazine, Comedy Central, Forbes, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Interview, Cosmo, and The Howard Stern Show. Her other books include the semi-autobiographical novel, Don’t Sleep With Your Drummer (2002) and The Straight Girl’s Guide to Sleeping With Chicks (2005).

Gregory Harrington, critically acclaimed violinist
Born in Dublin and based in New York City, violinist Gregory Harrington is redefining the classical virtuoso for the 21st century. As a classical artist, he is admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, beauty of tone, and impeccable musicianship. His unique ability to transform movie and film scores, popular jazz, rock, and pop music into brand new violin concert pieces has enthralled audiences around the world. As noted by critics, Harrington juxtaposes Bach and Bob Dylan, Beethoven and Leonard Cohen, Radiohead and Johnny Cash to staggering effect.

As a performer/arranger with orchestra or his performing groups, Harrington’s cross-cultural and wide-reaching appeal has brought him to perform for Presidents and Vice Presidents, celebrities, heads of state, the United Nations, and millions of music fans around the globe. In 2006 he founded a record label, Estile Records, and has released 4 critically acclaimed albums to date. On stage, his transcriptions of iconic songwriters, classical masterworks, and film score greats have all received acclaim in performance and on recordings. His fourth album Without You, was released in June 2019 to critical reviews (“Spellbinding, world-class” ~ JazzCorner) and comprised 11 emotionally charged tracks of reimagined pop and jazz love songs for jazz quartet. In November 2020, he releases a recording of Philip Glass’ music with the Janacek Philharmonic and conductor Mark Shapiro. This CD will include his own arrangement of the “Hours Suite” (based on the Oscar-nominated score) and the Violin Concerto No. 2 “American Four Seasons”.

Today, Harrington is one of Ireland’s most recognized artists, having performed all over the world as soloist. He is also a top communication keynote speaker, and speaks and consults nationally on the art of presenting to audiences large and small from unlocking the internal belief with those that know what to say but don’t know how to talk about it to correlating the core attributes of leadership used when preparing for a performance that requires cohesive creativity together as a team to executing a world-class performance every time they step on stage. His formative violin teachers were Kevin Kiely & Marat Bisengaliev in Ireland and the UK and he continued his studies in the US with Sally Thomas and the late Erick Friedman. He has presented masterclasses in conservatories and universities from the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico, Shanghai University, China to Universidade del Norte in Colombia.

His collaborations have seen him perform with orchestras such as the San Diego Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, RTE Concert Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Janacek Philharmonic with conductors Thomas Wilkins, Robert Houlihan, Mariusz Smolij, and Mark Shapiro amongst others and extend to members of the Emerson String Quartet and iconic singer-songwriters such as Glen Hansard. A regular on TV and radio, ha was invited by NBC LIVE to open the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue in New York and has performed anthems for iconic sports teams including the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field to the Irish Rugby team at Soldier Field.

Podsongs is a unique podcast format created and hosted by Jack Stafford, a British musician living in Italy. Musicians interview inspiring people and produce a song inspired by the conversation. It launched in November 2020 after COVID lockdowns forced Jack to look for other outlets for his music. He reached out to celebrity actors and authors, professors and professionals around the world, and gained interviews with the likes of Alan Dershowitz, Lawrence Krauss, Kate Hudson, Janet Varney, Kyle Cease, Rick Beato, and Eddie Glaude. In the beginning, Stafford interviewed all the guests and wrote the songs himself, producing them with his backing band. Together they produced 8 albums in a single year, in a complete range of genres including pop, rock, reggae, folk, jazz, and classical. Now it has evolved into a collaborative project with guest musicians on each episode.

Podsongs was recorded at Goldmine Records in Vallo della Lucania, Italy. Musicians Maurizio Sarnicola played bass and Massimino Voza played drums on the track. And it was produced by Maurizio Sarnicola.

Listen to this episode

Gregory Harrington – https://gregoryharrington.com/
Jen Sincero – https://jensincero.com/
Podsongs – https://podsongs.com/
Recorded at @Goldmine.Records

Photos: https://gregoryharrington.com/gallery/

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