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Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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THE Awakening Imagi-NATION
A 501c-3 non-profit Foundation
Music and Motivation to help prevent truth decay!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE _______, 2010
CONTACT: National Program Director
828-919-6040
Awakening1@bellsouth.net

GENE WALL COLE, AUTHOR OF 2 NEW BOOKS, JESUS’ DIET FOR ALL THE WORLD AND ALWAYS DRINK UPSTREAM FROM THE HERD, BRINGS HIS U.S. "BRIDGING TWO WORLDS TOUR"

TO: _______, _____, 2010

Gene Wall Cole, whose music the Dalai' Lama predicted would “heal many people”, brings his one of a kind instrument, his unique blend of insight on thought provoking subjects, and his two new books – ALWAYS’S DRINK UPSTREAM FROM THE HERD and JESUS’S DIET FOR ALL THE WORLD on the east coast swing of his “Bridging Two Worlds” tour. THE Awakening Imagi-NATION is now planning Gene’s fall and winter tours at conferences, churches, expos, corporate keynotes, colleges, cruises and every venue imaginable.

Creator of the first-ever multi-media musical memoir, THE CHAMELEON----A Spiritual Adventure Through Wine, Women and Song, Gene began his enormously successful speaking/concert tour after a 2 year sabbatical in which he finished both his new books while developing his One-Of-A-Kind Evening (A concert/slide show/storytelling experience that has to be seen to be believed.) After 3 decades in the music industry he calls his current musical set-up his first Ferrari.

Gene’s latest tour dates, which include workshops and talks based on his research and the amazing discoveries he has just published, are taking him to an international audience as he pointedly but humorously speaks “truth to power”. It doesn’t hurt that His Holiness, the Dalai' Lama wrote the foreword for ALWAYS’S DRINK UPSTREAM FROM THE HERD and that JESUS’S DIET FOR ALL THE WORLD is not only a guide to the quickest weight loss program available but a roadmap to solving one of the greatest ‘whodunits’ in history. For those of you who were fascinated with the historical implications brought up in The Da Vinci Code, Gene’s new book is a must read.

On his current tour, fans will be treated to stories and music from his multimedia performance, which includes the beautiful sound of the Dulsitar - a one-of-a-kind instrument which is an amalgam of a harp, dulcimer and sitar. Prior to this tour, the Dulsitar hadn't been seen in public since it was stolen in Nashville 29 years ago. Its mysterious return brought Gene national attention as it was headlined on the front page of the Nashville Tennessean, and sent out AP/UPI across the country.

Using music and humor to open hearts, Gene then plants seeds of wisdom on subjects ranging from the art of happiness to the power of feelings to the fact we’re now living in a “democracy in reverse”. Drawing upon his many life experiences that include overcoming both drug addiction and ADHD, his motivational programs are guaranteed to bring audiences to both tears and laughter, and make them think long after the program is over.

Many of his adventures are punctuated by an eclectic mix of celebrities, from The Dalai' Lama and Paul McCartney, to the Saudi Arabian Royal family, Waylon Jennings and Robin Williams to name but a few. Attracting more and more international attention as he delivers his message of hope and inspiration, his dynamic motivational talks inspire people to tackle everyday challenges. He draws upon his many life experiences which led to his becoming the true Renaissance man he is today. As he puts it, “I have been so blessed following my dream, I feel it is now my responsibility to share my experience, strength and hope with others.”

Book and music reviewers, talk show hosts, as well as corporate and spiritual leaders are describing Gene as a bit of Robin Williams/Will Rogers meets Charles Kuralt/Victor Borge, with a touch of Deepak Chopra thrown in for good measure. An accomplished musician whose roots began in the metaphysical world and then crossed over into pop culture; Gene has learned from, played with and had adventures with some of the most thought provoking people of our times. In the mid 90’s, curious to try out his motivational techniques in a corporate environment, he quickly became the golden haired boy at the financial newspaper, Investors Business Daily, almost doubling their existing sales record.

Lately Gene has become a powerful speaker and motivational coach in the human potential movement, and was honored as the keynote speaker at the United Nation's International Symposium on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

On his innovative website, www.genewallcole.com viewers are able to try out samples by style of music in an incredibly wide spectrum of audio clips from his CD’s. Also on the website, they can check out his performing and speaking schedule.

Quotes:
"To put it simply, Gene's appearance was our BEST show this year! Our listeners called during the show, and for hours after we went off the air wanting to know how to get his book and CDs. We've never had such a response to a live performer. I would love to have Gene back on our program, as our listeners are demanding an encore. He is an inspiration to us all."
Bobbie Thomas - WELE Radio, Florida

"What a joy to have Gene Wall Cole on the show. He's the authentic article. Spontaneous, funny, humble, highly entertaining, thought provoking and disarming. It was the best show we've done, bar none!"
Lights on with Nancy Lee....KCOL/1410 AM, Fort Collins, CO

"Gene's music is the first meeting between East and West in a musical vibration. It will heal many people"
The Dalai' Lama

"Gene is an extraordinary man. Knowing him as an artist with astonishing skills, I anticipated enjoying the music, but was overwhelmed by the level of sheer invention in both the production of the music and the writing of The Chameleon. His story is compelling reading, filled with imagination and humor. His life is inspiring and he has a gift for sharing a sense of hope. Can't wait to see it on the silver screen."
Shadoe Stevens...Actor/Radio and TV Personality


For information on Cole's tour, to schedule interviews and get free passes to events, contact: Public Relations Dept: awakening1@bellsouth.net



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Quotes:
"Gene's music is the first meeting between East and West in a musical vibration, it will heal many people."
The Dalai Lama

"To put it simply, Gene's appearance was our BEST show this year! Our listeners called during the show, and for hours after we went off the air wanting to know how to get his book and CDs. We've never had such a response to a live performer. I would love to have Gene back on our program, as our listeners are demanding an encore. He is an inspiration to us all."
Bobbie Thomas - WELE Radio, Florida

“I’ve known Gene for over 20 years and in that time he has amazed me over and over again with his stories, his quest and his music. I have spent the last 40 years in the music industry working with many of the greats and I’ve rarely met an artist that could cross all genres of music with such finess. Reading The Chameleon and experiencing the emotions his music brought to the printed page was pure pleasure. I love the man and I love that he is my friend.”
Charles B. Springer WARNER BROS.

"What a joy to have Gene Wall Cole on the show. He's the authentic article. Spontaneous, funny, humble, highly entertaining, thought provoking and disarming. It was the best show we've done, bar none!"
Lights on with Nancy Lee KCOL/1410 AM, Fort Collins, CO

"One of the defining moments of Grace at the HOPE conference was Gene's personal testimonial and the philosophy of life that he shared with us that day. It touched many of the delegates and made it evident to all that the higher power for all of us worked in many strange and beautiful ways. May you continue to dazzle all and touch many more with your
loving spirit and concern."
Dr. Anand B. Chaudhuri MD United Nations Drug Control Program

"If you're into listening to a guy who is tuned in and turned on to a higher level wisdom, then you'll enjoy the man, his music and reading
his book."
Mark Victor Hansen---#1 Best Selling Chicken Soup Series

"I found Gene's rigorous honesty both courageous and disarming and his humor most refreshing. I give both his book, The Chameleon, and his ministry 'Awakening Imaginations' a hearty two thumbs up!"
John Bradshaw -#1 New York Times Best Selling Author and lecturer



"Gene is an extraordinary man. Knowing him as an artist with astonishing skills I anticipated enjoying the music but was overwhelmed with the level of sheer invention in both the production of the music and the writing of The
Chameleon. His story is compelling reading filled with imagination and humor. His life is inspiring and he has a gift for sharing a sense of hope. Can't wait to see it on the silver screen."
Shadoe Stevens Actor/Radio and TV personality

"I have known Gene for a long time and I know him to be a man in search of wisdom and truth. He was one of my 'Guardian Angels'. His creative muse will inspire and delight you as it has me."
Barbara DeAngelis #1 New York Times Best Selling Author and Teacher

"Gene is an old friend and a new brother. He was already on the path when we first met nearly 20 years ago. You're in for a treat!"
Marianne Williamson, Best Selling Author and Teacher

"Gene Wall Cole is one of the most motivated individuals I have ever met. He set a new performance standard at my company. in less than a year he almost doubled the existing sales record at Investors Business Daily! His drive and determination are a thing of legend."
Investors Business Daily, William O'Neil, Owner and CEO

" I really enjoyed Gene Wall Cole’s testimony. He was able to catch the
Juvenile in-mates attention, {which isn't an easy thing to do} He was able to show them that there is still hope."
Bernard Fleeks, JR.
Chaplain, Orange County Jail, Orlando

“Gene Wall Cole was a delightful guest who will definitely be returning. He is open hearted and honest with a gift of being in the present moment. In his first of its kind multi-media book The Chameleon you can join him on his extraordinary journey of spontaneity and aliveness.”
Carolyn Craft - WISDOM NETWORK

“The Chameleon is an extraordinary adventure using music as a bridge to personal transforma- tion. . . Gene is a remarkably diverse talent!”
Mathew Gilbert, Editor - NAPRA REVIEW

“What a joy to have Gene Wall Cole on the show. He’s the authentic article. Spontaneous, funny, humble highly entertaining, thought provoking and disarming. It was the best show we’ve done, bar none!” Lights On With Nancy Lee - KCOL/1410 AM, Fort Collins, CO.

“I established a great rapport with Gene during my one hour talk show. I applaud him for taking The Chameleon and its inspirational message across the land and have already booked him to do a repeat performance. His guest shot on my show ranks at the top of my ‘all time favorites’ list.”
Ted Patterson - LIBERTY WORKS RADIO NETWORK

"Gene Wall Cole and his Follow Your Dreams workshop is a don't want to miss adventure in personal empowerment designed for folks seeking practical answers to everyday challenges. His teachings is clear and
precise an experience designed by an insightful, light-hearted teacher for folks committed to authentic change. I encourage you to give your congregation the opportunity to experience the transformative presence of a delightful man with a lot to say. Our folks loved him and want him back soon!"
Rev. Chad O'Shea, Arden, N.C.

"I entrusted both my flock and my pulpit into Gene's very capable hands, and give my highest recommendation to any church. I predict he'll become famous for taking his message to the world and if you have the
opportunity to have Gene share his gifts at your church, don't miss it---he is truly an inspiration."
Rev.Sherry Lady, Ashland, OR

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Discography

Chameleon
The Rainbow Album
Awakening Imaginations
Is That The Kind Of Country You Want
Stairway To Heaven
Go To www.genewallcole.com to hear dozens of songs and see interviews etc etc

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Bio

Gene Wall Cole is a most amazing and eclectic fellow. Known as a visionary thinker, an author, a composer, performer and musician extraordinaire who has always followed the beat of his own drum. In short, he is a true 21st Century Renaissance man and has been aptly described as an alchemist of sound.
He has traveled extensively on an unbelievable journey to fulfill his destiny--
Born into a family where everyone played numerous instruments, Gene's life began to widen when a friend built and gave him a one-of-a kind 14 stringed instrument. The instrument, which sounds like the cross between a dulcimer, sitar, and harp, accompanied Gene as he began a performing career at fiddle festivals and fairs. By the late 70s, his music and reputation had carried him to Nashville where he recorded or performed with the likes of B.B. King, Neil Young, John McLaughlin, Papa John Creach and Freddie Hubbard , to name but a few.
Gene's first real break came by accident (if you believe in such things), when he was at the right place at the right time and played harmonica on a session for Elvis Presley's bass player, Norbert Putnam. “I just happened to have the right harmonica in my pocket.” Later that night, it was Norbert who nicknamed his one-of-a-kind instrument a “Dulsitar, ” while Gene jammed with Dan Fogleburg and Cat Stevens, who had just happened by the studio that night. Months later after recording “The Dulsitar’ on a Jessie Colter album, husband Waylon Jenning's invited Gene to join The Waylors, and he got his first taste of the limousine/ lear jet circuit. “I vividly remember my first ride in a lear as it was the same day I met Waylon. He had sent his jet from Texas to Nashville to pick me up, and when I got on board, there was Hank Williams Jr. who just happened to be hitching a ride down to celebrate Waylon's 40th birthday that was planned for that same evening.”
The next leg of Gene's journey carried him a thousand miles with his duo, The Gypsies to give a command performance for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, during his first trip to the western world. This performance inspired the Dalai Lama to not only bestow the rare silk scarf blessing, but to exclaim afterwards that the music from the Dulsitar was “the first meeting between East and West “ and predicted “it will heal many people.”
Gene's life continued to whirl in a virtual tornado of events--the theft and subsequent mysterious return of his beloved Dulsitar (which resulted in an amazing Nashville Tennessean front page news story and subsequent Rainbow CD (seven styles of Gene’s original music backed by a literal “who's-who” of some of the best players in Nashville); employment by a Kuwaiti Prince; forming his own reggae/calypso band in the Virgin Islands; and eventually striking up a friendship with Stevie Wonder, who convinced him to move to Los Angeles where Gene got to spend over a year in the studio learning from the master blaster himself.
Eventually Gene was able to fulfill a life long dream to own his own recording studio, and opened the cutting edge 12 Step Music Production facilities in Studio City, California. There he worked with many of the elite in both the music and TV industries. He also formed a new band and produced one of his favorite CD's ‘Cowboys and Indians'… a must have CD for any serious country music collector, as band members were from John Lennon's, Paul McCartney's, and Merle Haggard's bands respectively
One of the first indications that Gene would become “The Renaissance Man” he is known as today, was the writing and subsequent publication of his first book, The Chameleon----a ‘first of its kind’ multi-media musical memoir which recounts his own vivid rite of passage from a boy into a man. It comes complete with 3 Cd’s of every style of music imaginable from Dixieland to jazz to rock and roll as well as seventy-five original poems with footnotes to guide you when to play or read which song or poem. As he puts it “It’s perfect for the schizophrenic.”
Today Gene has a 501c3 foundation and is everywhere; in concert halls, corporations, inter-faith churches, and meeting halls filled with at-risk kids; international conferences, on radio and TV, and in the recording studio working on what he says is “the best music I ever wrote”. Much of his time is spent on the road traveling into the hearts of thousands of people each year.
“I’ve been so blessed in this life to follow my dreams and now feel it is my responsibility to share my experience, strength and hope with others… I'm a reporter bringing back tales from the hinterlands; a storyteller and troubadour who still loves to play for his supper”. Experiencing Gene Wall Cole through his writings, concerts and live performances is a treat not to be missed.

Matthew Connerton is from Asheville and is a young Mozart genius type with keyboard chops from Leon Russell to Billy Preston to Keith Emerson.