WINNER !!! BEST GOSPEL SONG for "JESUS IS MORE THAN A NAME"
Precisely at the moment when
America has chosen to embrace the cleansing path of honesty, faith, compassion,
peace and hope, Eddie Cunningham's
heart-blasting power gospel hit "Jesus Is More Than A Name" offers up a moving
reminder of the role
faith can play in our personal
transformation. Anyone who has felt broken and at the end of his
or her capacity to cope can relate
to an anguished cry
help in the dark.
When all things human fail us, we call out
to the Divine, hoping that our prayers will be answered. This multiple award
winning song, sure to become a contemporary
us that prayers are
not just words, they are an invitation to the
to enter our lives and to change them. Through
surrender, we may receive comfort, grace and guidance. Eddie
Cunningham is a power
gospel singer for the
new heart of America.
Christians and non-Christians alike will be moved by this song and its message
of hope and encouragement.
Cunningham's voice is as awesomely beautiful as his message is profound and
universal. He sings from the heart and you know he
has been there. As certain songs become identified with one particular artist,
Jesus Is More Than A
Name is Eddie Cunningham's. He owns it with this very personal, passionate and
soulful recording of the song he co-wrote with Mike Ward, Ed Berghoff and, from
the grave, Gram Parsons. Jesus Is More Than A Name is a beautiful and hope
filled gift that one can benefit from receiving again and again in the darkness
or in the clear light of day. ~Carole Roth
Eddie Cunningham living the
An innately talented young L.A. boy growing up from Downey to Norwalk to La
Puente one day picked up a guitar and was on his way to living the vision.
Elvis & the Beatles began to stir in him a natural song writing & guitar playing
gift and the boy Eddie started playing the broom only he played it upside down.
Not knowing there was a wrong way to play it, this right handed boy played
his chords left handed. One by one these came to him along with learning how to
sing other people’s songs.
The blessing gave him not only the ability to write and to play but a natural
voice as melodiously beautiful as Kenny Loggins and as deeply and stirringly
soulful as Ray Charles.
Eddie Cunningham comes from tough stuff, A Texas truck driving grandpa with
Dakota Cunningham Indian blood running through his veins. Eddie’s grandmother
drove a Hollywood taxi, hanging out at the Palomino, selling poppies for the
American legion, while raising Eddie’s step brother Butchie who died from MD at
Daddy worked 3 jobs to support the family, the primary one as a foreman in a
steel mill while Mama stayed home to bring the family up right.
Up right was work hard, care for each other, love each other and always do not
the easy thing but the right thing.
Eddie holds a Joseph Campbell philosophy although he never knew that’s what it
was but again Eddie is a natural. That philosophy is for some of us, the chosen
ones, the destination is the journey.. Be grateful for what you have, not only
know who you are but as importantly know who you are not. “I think the
main thing is keep your heart on track don’t stray and don’t give into
temptations that result into negative Karma….stay true to your path and work
hard and play safe.” ~Eddie Cunningham. Good lord willin' and the creeks don’t rise,
Eddie is the vision. ~Dolly Miller Brennan
a right handed acoustic-electric flipped over to lefty adds subtle nuances to
his chords, but it’s the sharpness of his observation and heartfelt melodies
that make his songs so monumental." Rock City News - THE G-MAN (L.
A. Music Awards Outstanding Music Journalist)
one I have EVER met has such an open heart for his musical muse than Eddie
Cunningham. Eddie is empathetic in a way that few humans ever achieve. He
does not judge anyone, yet, to the best of his abilities, he instinctively knows
whether there is harmony or discord for him in the personal energies he
encounters. Still, since no one is perfect, Eddie experiences the full spectrum
of human emotions and THIS is what helps make his wide spectrum of musical
compositions, audio recordings, personal performances and gallery art so diverse
yet so connected with each other. His body of work can be viewed in total as a
fractal of sorts. One may not easily see the connection up close and personal
in the moment by moment thread of Eddie's life expression, but take a step back
and view the total art of the total man and one begins to see the transcendent
tapestry which he is weaving. There is an undeniable spiritual connection
between all that Eddie creates and expresses. The Tony Arata song "The Dance"
(made famous by Garth Brooks) tells a story of someone who would rather engage
love and fail than hide from love and the possibility of failure. This is a
beautiful metaphor for Eddie's life. He is always willing to dance, just as he
is always willing to breath. So Eddie gives his love to life, even though he
knows from experience just how much pain this can bring. For in spite of the
possibility of pain, he refuses to stay off of the dance floor of life. Eddie
Cunningham does not write for the sake of adding one more song to his catalog.
Eddie writes because he is compelled to express an often brutal honesty in his
music. Perhaps most important, Eddie writes because his muse will not allow him
to ignore her, and because his amazing vocal talent allows him to share
beautiful and sincere expressions of his heart with those who are fortunate
enough to witness him loving everyone and respect everything. For Eddie is not
simply a performer; Eddie is a Lover in the best sense of the word. He doesn't
know how to "not love" all of creation. This love is waiting to be discovered
in his music and art by those who have "ears to hear" and "eyes to see".
(The writer has known Eddie Cunningham forever, though they first met in the
early 1980's--no one bothered to write down the exact date. The two men share
the experience of writing songs together in the course of the adventures they
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Golden voice BEN E. KING sings Eddie's song "IF
YOU NEED A MIRACLE" for President OBAMA party.
Finishing up the mixes on the Nashville Record
with Mike Ward (Dierks Bentley), will be out in 2009,
and I'm back at work hosting the Nashville Songwriters Association International NSAI showcase in North Hollywood with good friend CARY PARK as the featured
writer. In Nashville, I wrote some new tunes, recorded a new CD and the
songs are sounding great! the mixes are coming alive... Its a very
stripped down record, just me playing the acoustic guitar with some hot pickers sittin' in. Produced by Mike Alan
Ward and Me... its good clean American music and Mike's
harmonies on the hauntingly beautiful "Room number eight" are
very cosmic. The song is a tribute to Gram Parsons written about
the room he died in and so far it's the title track.
Grammy award winner Carl Jackson's (Glen Campbell) voice is brilliant on
harmonies, My Nashville star song "Big dang star" is a true crowd
pleaser. "Hell house" sounds like a
southern rock classic hit! worthy of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Al Perkins (The Stones)
plays some scary shit on it!
and there's a couple of Jeffrey Steele co-writes and Hall of fame legend
A. L. "Doodle" Owens "Where the wind begins". My favorite is
the touching "I'm on your side" it soars with cello. The
record will be available soon at Walmart.com or you can get a signed copy by
"I reviewed Eddie's music in 1997 with a rave review it was his first
independent release on his own record label Nufire records and today after
listening to the new recordings, Eddie Cunningham's voice
is as seasoned as my great grand mothers skillet frying
pan and as penetrating as a lonesome train".
~New Music West -
ATLANTIC RECORDS RECORDING
ARTISTS "COWBOYS & INDIANS" release "SONGS FROM THE BIG TENT" on
lead singer/songwriter and founder of Atlantic Records alternative Rock/Country
group "Cowboys & Indians" 1987-90. A&R
Rep Keith Cowan got an unsolicited tape in the mail from Eddie, a 4 song home
studio recording of the band. Keith wanted to see them "live" so he set up a
showcase at S. I. R. in Hollywood and they recorded 2 albums worth
of American Indian Tribal rock songs and Country rock/ballads. They Played gigs
around town with "The Unforgivin'" (the pioneers of the spaghetti western craze
in Hollywood). While honing his writing skills playing the Los Angeles
songwriters circuit, and visiting the famous Palomino club in North Hollywood he
ran into many songwriters including Jim Lauderdale, Jeffrey Steele (Boy Howdy),
Monty Byrom (Big House), Dale Watson, James Inveld, Rosie Flores, Los Lobos, The
Blasters, Dwight Yoakam and others. One of Eddie's favorite groups was a band
from San Diego The Beat Farmers with Country Dick. Eddie has worked with
Legendary names in the music and entertainment industry including, Desmond
Child, Mickey Newbury, Michael Douglas, Danny Federichi, Berry Gordy, Carl
Jackson and many others.
I will appear in
another Kim Fowley film singing a song I wrote with Kim called "Redneck Nation"
at a punk club in hollyweird dressed like Rob
"I was taken" and "
Child of the honky-tonk race" will be heard in a new movie called "Jesus &
Elvis" and I also get to appear in the film.
"Love" , "Hola mi
amore" and "Puente" will be in another film called "Surviving in L. A."
I wrote and sang this song
you're listening for a HBO mini series, this song is called "Down a dead
I helped with the new APPLE /
MAC vs PC song called, "Sad Song" "Vista Blues" .
Eddie's music downloads are for sale in
many places, but all the sales from Wal-Mart go to a friend in need.
thanks for your support. (so please lend your
support to help me help a dear
friend musician in need.) *already 117 down loads...thank you
Singers last performance
year on the lawn on
December 24th at The SRF in Hollywood. (10am) THAT WAS AWESOME! Thank you to the
SRF & the folks in the choir who are so very
Bill Simpson our fearless leader.
December 17th, The Hollywood Temple
at 2 convalescent homes in Hollywood spreading Christmas spirit, joy and
cookies. Eddie records a Christmas CD with The Hollywood
Temple Singers in India Hall at SRF on Sunset, Thursday December 14th, conducted
by Bill Simpson. Eddie sings with the Hollywood Temple singers at The
Mother Center ( Paramahansa Yoganandas's home base) in Mt. Washington for The Self Realization Fellowship 3 day
Christmas, prayer, meditation extravaganza. (December
Born at "The Queen Of Angels"
Los Angeles, Eddie is the son of a Hillbilly Trucker, Veteran, steel worker, gambling,
teamster man & a Marilyn Monroe
with red hair. Eddie began his singing, songwriting
journey as a child some thirty years
ago cause it just came naturally. Today Eddie has shared the stage with many
Top named recording artists including
Jeffrey Steele, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks and Dunn, Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bryan White, Joe Diffee, Aaron Tippin, Gary Morris, Keith Anderson, Jesse Colin Young, and the list goes
on. Eddie has won
several contests including
"Country Music Showdown" at the Country
Star in Hollywood at Universal Studios.
Appears in yet another Fowley film
California" an arts
& crafts musical collage
starring Mr. Fowley
filmed by Roy Swedeen in the beautiful landscapes
of Southern California’s Inland
Empire. Also, showcasing his singing and songwriting as himself and as
"Big Orange & The Backyard Ramblers"
Eddie's art is displayed in the film and even has a cooking segment but, mostly he
shows off his comedic personality. Eddie likes being a funny guy; in fact you
may have caught him getting his chest waxed on an episode of “Jay walking” with
Jay Leno on NBC one night. They played it four times, once in slow motion.
Jay couldn't believe it didn’t seem to bother Eddie, as he replied after the
rip, “Will this get me on Survivor?” . Eddie has a very
serious side to him too; you may have seen him on the NBC morning show Good Day
L.A., promoting a peace concert dedicated
to the 9/11 victims singing a song called "WHY", which he originally wrote after
the Columbine incident with Grammy winner Wendy Waldman.
(This show made the 11:00 o'clock news on
NBC, where Eddie was featured singing.)
Brain child with Mike
Ward they spearheaded the
The Gram Parsons Notebook,"The Last Whippoorwill", for six years they ran around getting
people involved like Jim Lauderdale, Dale Watson, Big House, Boy Howdy, Roger
Alan Wade, The Woody's, Lona Hines and then we
in the big guns Carl Jackson, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs, The Elvis Band with
James Burton and many many more awesome pickers and singers.
Gram would have been
proud just to hear Carl sing: "Hickory Wind" . The album top the Americana
charts next to Willie Nelson, for several weeks and was even nominated for 3
Grammies. In that same week...Eddie was the winner of the
Beam Country Band Search"
national talent contest and earned
the title: "The Best Unsigned Artist in
America". Two years in a row
Eddie was named Songwriter of the Year & Male Vocalist of the Year by the
California Country Music Association. Eddie's song "Where the wind begins"
is a top song in the IAMA and it appears on the complilation for best acoustic.
Songs to mention:
“If You Need a Miracle” (Ben
E. King) /
"I Was Taken" (Moe Bandy) / "Stage By Stage" (Chris
Darrow) / "High But I Ain't Holdin" (Dale Watson) / "Memory Do Your Thing" (Todd
Fritsch) / "A Little Hurt Goes A Long Way" (Pete Martinez) /
“Lay Your Burden Down To Die”
(Mark Insley) . Eddie’s songs and or vocals appears on NBC's
Award Winning reality TV show "Starting
Over", The E! True Hollywood Story “The Judd’s”, CMT’s "Greatest Tour Buses", Style Network, Black Starz, Encore,
CBS & Hallmark's
"Touched By An Angel", Gundam
Cartoon and more...In other news... Eddie is also a in demand demo singer in Los Angeles and Nashville and has
worked with the likes of Bob Doyle (Garth Brooks),
Berry Gordy, Desmond Child, Diane Warren, Mountain Dew, Florida Marlins, Ford, Chevy,
Nissan, Dodge, Los Angeles Boat Show,
and many others.