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In this edition of Chatter That Matters, Tony chats with Bob Ezrin, who Alice Cooper called 'his George Martin,' referencing the legendary Beatles producer. Bob Ezrin takes us on a personal tour of his life where he produced, wrote and arranged for some of the top recording artists in the world.

Bob Ezrin is as passionate today as he was when he first started in the business 50 years ago. He proves that age doesn’t factor, it’s passion that matters. Here he provides so many lessons in life, leadership and creativity. — Tony Chapman

Bob Ezrin’s love of music began at home when he would sit under the piano listening to his mother play some of the world’s most complex concertos. For many years, he and his siblings sang, danced and performed together on stages, in studios and their family living room for visiting friends and family. Music was always around and nurtured a lifelong passion for Ezrin.

In this edition of Chatter That Matters, Ezrin speaks with Tony about his early days in music, his first job in a Toronto studio and how he got his big break to produce Alice Cooper — a break that launched his career and a 50-year brotherhood with one of the industry’s most influential artists.

Having arranged and produced some of the most epic tracks in history with artists such as Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and Andrea Bocelli, Ezrin chats with Chapman about his take on leadership, the making of a masterpiece and the essential energy of performing.

Ezrin discusses how curiosity has fueled new projects. He is the executive producer of World New Day, which this year highlighted the role of journalism in providing truthful information about the climate crisis. Passionate about nurturing the unique creativity and collaboration that develops through music, he also mentors young students and is the co-creator of Ukulele U, a musical children’s show that encourages viewers to make music.

Grateful for having been “born in the right place, at the right time and given the right opportunities,” Ezrin shares how he seized the moments in front of him and how listeners can do the same.

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