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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Will Ready

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2010
Will Ready: Gets Ready for Fame
By Kristi Kates
A “small twist of fate,” singer Will Ready’s press kit explains, is
what pulled the former 200 pound, 6-foot-4-inch basketball player from
the sports world and into the music world.
Now a dedicated musician, Ready is already on his fifth album - which
he’ll be celebrating at a release party at Traverse City’s Loading
Dock this Saturday -
and he has barely looked back at a basketball since.
“I was playing for Dyersburg State near Memphis, Tennessee, when I
suffered a knee injury during a game,” Ready explains. “While
recovering, I had a lot of time to think, and reality set in. As a kid
growing up playing basketball, my dreams were to make it to the NBA.
But while I was in college, I got into a dance group - break dancing,
pop locking, all the old dances - and I was pretty good. I loved the
attention, the excitement that was generated from performing.”
While convalescing, Ready decided that instead of pushing his knee any
further, he wanted to take his musical talents to another level.
“I was always told I had a nice speaking voice, so I said ‘hey, why
not try singing?’” he says, “I never took a lesson, I was just very
determined. I started listening to my favorite singers, the hit songs
playing on the radio, the format they used to write them, and I began
writing songs.”
But the first song Ready ever wrote - dubbed “Elysa” after his
girlfriend at the time - would have a rough time getting attention. No
one would give Ready a shot at performing live, because, he says, he
was a complete music biz newbie.
“I had a lot to learn, and some lessons were more costly than others,” he says.

ICONS AND TEAMWORK
Before too long, though, Ready’s persistence paid off. His dues, so to
speak, began to get paid, and he soon started recording his own tunes
and got opportunities to open for such acclaimed performers as The
Temptations and Chaka Khan.
“Working with the legends is a blessing and an honor,” Ready says.
“The knowledge, the stories, their professionalism, the way they treat
people, and the love they truly have for their craft. When I listened
to some of the things that they had to go through, I knew I would
never complain or make excuses again.”
Two musicians in particular inspire Ready most as songwriters - one a
Motown legend, the other a Midwestern New Jack Swing/R&B/pop producer.
“There are two individuals that inspire me the most,” Ready says,
“Smokey Robinson, for all the hits he had at Motown, and Babyface. I
love their writing subjects, structure, and the class of performers
that they are.”
Ready, who relies on his faith to help him through the tough times,
also says that in climbing his own musical ladder, he’s “learned the
importance of teamwork.”
“No one becomes a success on any level by oneself,” he says.
“Understanding that it is a business is something to take seriously
above all else. I learned that people will knock you when they think
you’re down, and love you if you have any kind of success.”

ROMANCE AND LOCALS
Ready’s current success includes that aforementioned fifth CD, which
he’s titled Seduction and which carries a theme of romance (“and that
chivalry is alive and well,” Ready says.)
The music video for the album’s title track was actually shot in
Traverse City, and included a plethora of local talent and support.
“Locations for the video included a schooner on West Bay, the
bayfront, the Boardman River downtown, and the airport,” Ready
explains.
Produced and directed by J. Mark Eiden and Megan Curtis of 45th
Parallel Productions of Traverse City, Traverse City/Los Angeles
cinematographer Duke Knight was also involved, along with local
business assistance.
“We were supported by local businesses,” Ready continues, “including
Air Services, Inc., T.C. Carriage, and the Maritime Heritage Alliance.
And we used all locals in the video starting with the leading lady,
Meg Howard, plus extras including Brooke Bambusch and Justine Hock. We
had great support from a lot of people, so thanks to everyone who was
supportive and showed us love.”
Ready is actually a big supporter of Michigan performers, and utilizes
his own Ready Music Group to offer music and video production,
marketing, and distribution in addition to publicizing his own musical
works.
“We feel that there’s a lot of talent in the state of Michigan yet to
be discovered,” he says, “we know the climb won’t be easy and it will
not happen overnight, but we’re determined to showcase the talent that
Michigan has to offer.”
Including his own.

Will Ready’s new CD, Seduction, will be released in 2011, but can be
advance-purchased via download for $9.99 at
www.willready.com. Ready’s CD release event will take place on
Saturday, September 25 at 10 p.m. at The Loading Dock in Traverse
City, $5 cover, 21 and over only.

 
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