Retreat Music Team
Gary Lynn Floyd
Music Team Director
Gary Lynn Floyd is an American singer-songwriter who connects straight to the heart and lifts up a room with his inspirational lyrics and soulful style.
A native of Houston, Gary began picking out melodies on a piano at four years old, and he’s been making music ever since. Today he writes and records deep and meaningful music, and shares these songs like a gift to audiences across the country. His style is a mix of pop, rhythm, and blues, combining silky vocals with powerful lyrics.
It is Gary’s openness to divine inspiration that fuels his endless supply of musical ideas, creates his heart-opening lyrics, and is the light that shines through his performances. With his piano and microphone, Gary is a catalyst for positive change and raises the collective vibration not only through his music but also through his welcoming presence on stage.
Gary brings to his musical performances the culmination of a life’s work. From early roots in gospel and jazz to stage and screen acting to his recent one-man show “When Gary Met Harry: The Music of Harry Warren,” Gary draws from a deep and eclectic well of talent and experience.
Critics and fans alike respond to Gary with open arms. The Global Women’s Empowerment Network selected Gary’s “Unbound” as its theme song; the CW Network Television Series, TroubadorTX, featured Gary among celebrated Texan singer-songwriters; and Gary’s critically acclaimed EP, The Gospel of Zen, was nominated for three 2010 OutMusic Awards, including Album of the Year.
With a unique ability to tune into truth and translate it into music, Gary also has written and recorded various film scores including “Music in the Meaning” for the Noetic Films’ documentary, Viktor & I.
In his newest album My88keys Vol. 1, Gary goes unplugged and invites fans to lean in close for an intimate session with simply the artist and his piano. The first single, “Love Cover Me,” sets the tone with its inspirational and poetic message of love and light. “Kindness wash over me / Make me a symphony / Play every note you can find.”
To learn more, go to www.garylynnfloyd.com or www.vibedeck.com/garylynnfloyd
Singer/songwriter Laura Berman originally hails from the NYC music scene and has reached acclaim for her soul-touching vocal power and honest, accessible lyric styling. With four CD's to date, she has performed alongside best-selling authors Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, at Mile-Hi Church in Denver, and with Rev. Michael Beckwith at the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. While in NYC, Laura was also a session singer, sang back up for Grammy Award Winner, Enya on the David Letterman show, and was a featured vocalist in the children's feature film release, "Clifford's Really Big Movie" and accompanying Soundtrack. Laura is currently recording her fifth studio album with producer/instrumentalist Roman Morykit, one half of the popular indie duo, Gypsy Soul. Follow Laura on Twitter @laurabsings and subscribe to her Email newsletter on the home page of LauraBermanMusic.com ! #singersongwriter #indiemusic #teamberman
Lisa Ferraro & Erika Luckett
Listen to Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett and experience the sound of the Global Heart.Fire and honey. lightning and gold. Fusing earthiness with the transcendent, their combined voices blend so seamlessly we forget there are two of them and the multi-faceted guitar playing is so versatile that one instrument becomes a funk band or a trio of flamenco playing gypsies. Whether singing in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French, these extraordinarily talented artists are far more than the sum of their parts. The music they create offers a feast of Sonic Nourishment. Dubbed "Shamans of Song," "Goddesses on the run," and "Ambassadors of kindness," these two internationally acclaimed songwriters tour the world, now featuring their latest album, Leaning Toward The Good.
Before joining efforts, each musician spent years polishing her craft, gaining accolades and awards in her wake. As a child, Lisa heard vibrations emanating from flowers and trees, symphonies ringing from the garden. She sang what she heard and developed a dynamic range that allowed her to interpret the music of the world. Whether inspiring congregations, leading sizzling dance bands or melting audiences with stirring interpretations of jazz standards, every note and breath is infused with her soulful awareness. Ferraro’s voice and presence command attention and exude the sublime.
Erika was steeped in the pulse of the planet with her transcontinental upbringing. Born in Mexico and raised in Venezuela and Brazil, she listened to the dance of her surroundings: the sambas and rancheras swaying through the streets, the songs of frogs in the trees. Each element found expression through her instrument and voice. Her innovative guitar playing emerged from the desire to create an orchestra of sound from only six strings.
Their trajectories first intersected in 2006 while performing at a festival in the American heartland. Hearing their remarkable vocal blend, Lisa and Erika began to explore a musical collaboration. Within months, they teamed up with Sufi scholar and author, Kabir Helminski, to create a collection of songs inspired by the 13thcentury mystic poet, Rumi. A short time later, they arrived in the captivating richness of Istanbul collaborating and recording with Turkish musicians for their album entitled On The Way of Love: Songs Inspired by Rumi. Their music ignited a surge of invitations across the globe from Melbourne, Australia, across the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
They have recorded five albums together, with their latest, Leaning Toward The Good, offering a rich harvest of songs rooted in deep grooves and powerful vocals. Not ones to remain constrained by stylistic labels, these two artists deliver a broad feast of delectable music – from intelligent pop to world fusion. Produced by multi-instrumentalist, Julie Wolf (Maceo Parker, Indigo Girls, Carly Simon,) this CD features a powerhouse band including Curt Bisquera (Johnny Cash, Elton John, Tom Petty, Bonny Raitt) on drums, Paul Olguin (Maria Muldaur, Shanna Morrison) on bass, Bay Area percussion luminary, Michaelle Goerlitz, Venezuelan Cuatro virtuoso, Jackeline Rago, and Donna Viscuso on flute.
Together, these two artists ignite and uplift audiences around the globe. Those who have had the opportunity to hear them in concert comment on the effect: “I was so inspired and moved by the ‘experience’ of the music – the way they are so in it, feeling each and every note, so much passion expressed, so satisfying to witness how they tap into the source of creation and channel it through with such power and grace. Their voices and energies combine to create a force field of angelic light.”
Whether “angelic light” or simply a powerful bolt of goodness, their level of artistry, passion and intelligence come together to create a transformational musical experience. It’s more than entertainment. Call it “Sonic Nourishment” or “Music for a New Millennium, “ it’s simply extraordinary music for extraordinary times.
"Playing music is the time when I feel whole, at peace, and where I'm supposed to be."
Dan’s musical universe is large; having played percussion in many genres of music including American rock, folk and jazz, African pop, Celtic folk and rock, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Klezmer, Latin American, Italian, Eastern and Western European folk. Sacred music and pagan music. Dan specializes in fusing ethnic hand percussion with the drum set. He is self-taught. Dan has also recently taken to singing lead and backing vocals.
To date, Dan has recorded on fourteen CDs, and has co-produced three CDs. He has also composed and performed music for modern dance, theatre, television and video. House band drummer for VISION Center for Spiritual Living in San Diego for over 10 years now. Drums, percussion and vocals for world music trio Mystic Groove.
John Stringer is a life teacher, speaker, billboard charting singer- songwriter, healer, and author with a passion for music, community, expansion and limitless love and light. He currently serves as Founder of PolyPlat Records; Co-Founder of MasterMomentMakers.com (an intuitive training membership site); Partner at Healing Arts Management and The Flight Foundation, Inc; and a True Collaboration leader at www.BandingPeopleTogether.com (clients include leaders at Netflix, Focus Brands, Microsoft, NASA, ESPN, SunTrust and many more).
He began channeling with his wife, Kathy Stringer, in 2008, using the practice daily for their own personal guidance and eventually sharing guidance anonymously for a few years on a now non-existent website. When Kathy and John first asked the name of the collective consciousness (or guides) he initially channeled, the simple reply was: “I am Reality and I am Love. Yes. My name is less important than your focus on what I bring.”
John has written and recorded several albums (including a co-written top 10 best selling Billboard chart hit single with his former rock band, State of Man) and has performed throughout the world (including tours for U.S. Armed Forces). His music has been featured on major network television and he has also appeared in national print ads (Rolling Stone, VIBE, SPIN, Vanity Fair, etc.).
He now travels extensively, speaking and playing at concerts, colleges/universities, workshops, spiritual centers, churches, conferences, retreats and festivals while sharing his uplifting and healing music and message through songs from both his debut solo album, “Limitless Love & Light,” which features the 2017 Posi Award- nominated song, “That’s Love;” and his follow up album, “Moment to Moment;” along with channeled teachings found in his new book, The Abundance Vibration: A Guide to Alignment. His song “You Are Welcome Here” is currently the theme song for Life University, City of Hapeville & Orlando Pranic Healing Centers.
Between enjoying his wonderful wife and children in Atlanta, GA, John continues sharing his life and following where Source leads. Life’s Goal: To be Limitless Love & Light from Moment to Moment.