The Real Me

Pantheon Media

The Real Me follows the stories of young songwriters and performers with cancer who found hope, healing and connection through music. Presented by Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, “The Real Me” highlights the moving experiences of cancer patients in TCA’s Play It Back program, which matches them with music professionals to write, perform and record fully produced studio versions of their original songs. A Pantheon Podcast original. read less

The Real Me: Nathan Hooper
Oct 19 2021
The Real Me: Nathan Hooper
The Real Me follows the stories of young songwriters and performers with cancer who found hope, healing and connection through music.Presented by Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, “The Real Me” highlights the moving experiences of cancer patients in TCA’s Play It Back program, which matches them with music professionals to write, perform and record fully produced studio versions of their original songs.Now up...Nathan Hooper!Nathan Hooper is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in Nashville, TN and loves all kinds of music. He has played drums since he was four and has played the guitar and bass since the fifth grade. Before Cancer, Nathan played in percussion ensemble, the jazz band at his school and a rock band with some of his friends. Some of his favorite bands/artists include Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Los Lobos, and Ween. Nathan enjoys seeing live music concerts. While in Nashville, he saw Peter Frampton at the Nashville Symphony and The Who in their 2015 North American Tour. One artist that he would love to sit in with is Beck. Nathan is a one-man band for sure. A creative force, Nathan is a prolific creator whose vision is as strong as his ability. As they say, “if you can learn an instrument, you can learn anything.” Nathan will likely add to the list of instruments he already mastered, he’s that kind of dedicated artist. Play It Back has helped Nathan by giving him opportunities to write songs with a producer and learn the music production process.Part of Pantheon Podcasts
The Real Me: Sage Escalante
Oct 12 2021
The Real Me: Sage Escalante
The Real Me follows the stories of young songwriters and performers with cancer who found hope, healing and connection through music.Presented by Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, “The Real Me” highlights the moving experiences of cancer patients in TCA’s Play It Back program, which matches them with music professionals to write, perform and record fully produced studio versions of their original songs.On this episode...Sage Escalante!Sage Escalante is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has been taking piano lessons since she was 5 and voice lessons for many years as well. She’s also an excellent guitar player. She’s another musical monster. Sage started writing her own songs after she was diagnosed. Her influences include Sara Bareilles, Boston, Queen, Kehlani and Charlie Puth. Cancer caused Sage to write songs about not giving up and persevering through difficult circumstances and her writing is growing by leaps and bounds. Cancer stopped her from performing and doing lessons, but she took her Ukulele to all of her appointments and treatment. It kept her occupied and allowed her to learn new songs. Play It Back afforded Sage the opportunity to work with a professional producer which has allowed her to dive deep into songwriting and production. It also introduced her to others who have similar life experiences and share the common interest in creating music. Her favorite memory is when Benny Blanco came onto one of the weekly Zoom calls. She was truly inspired by him and feels lucky to have had that experience.Part of Pantheon Podcasts
The Real Me: Sara Carreras
Oct 5 2021
The Real Me: Sara Carreras
The Real Me follows the stories of young songwriters and performers with cancer who found hope, healing and connection through music.Presented by Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, “The Real Me” highlights the moving experiences of cancer patients in TCA’s Play It Back program, which matches them with music professionals to write, perform and record fully produced studio versions of their original songs.This episode is about Sara!Sara Carreras is a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist. She grew up in a family of music and has been singing in church since she was 12. Her voice is as clear as a bell...and as Belle’s. Sara plays the guitar, but recently got into keys, bass, and drums. Her favorite genres are Gospel, R & B, and 90s/2000s Pop (she loves N’SYNC). And she will school you on the K-Pop group Red Velvet. Sara is hilarious and loves to entertain. Although cancer took away her energy to practice instruments and listen to music, she grew to love gospel music (Kirk Franklin & Fred Hammond) while in the hospital. Her church recently reopened and she’s back to singing on stage. Sara loves working with the other artists in Play It Back. Play It Back gives her hope that she can live a normal life after cancer and continue to pursue her dream of being a songwriter. Her favorite Play It Back memory was learning about Kenli’s obsession with bananas from a call with Benny Blanco.Part of Pantheon Podcasts
The Real Me: Juan Carlos “JC” Razuri
Oct 5 2021
The Real Me: Juan Carlos “JC” Razuri
The Real Me follows the stories of young songwriters and performers with cancer who found hope, healing and connection through music.Presented by Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, “The Real Me” highlights the moving experiences of cancer patients in TCA’s Play It Back program, which matches them with music professionals to write, perform and record fully produced studio versions of their original songs.The first episode is with JC!Juan Carlos “JC” Razuri is a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist. In high school, he performed with the orchestra, marching band, and jazz ensemble. Before cancer, he played violin, marching bass drum, keyboard, percussion, and the drum set. JC had also just started fiddling with music production before his diagnosis. His favorite genres are Classic Rock, Indie Rock, R & B, and Pop. JC’s musical influences include Queen, Abba, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Boy Pablo, Khalid, and Lord Huron. Cancer temporarily stopped him from creating and performing music, but it did cause him to listen to music more often. Play It Back has allowed JC to get a look into the modern-day music producing process, to be more creative, and to connect with people in similar circumstances. His favorite memory in Play It Back is when he had an “aha!” moment on the first song he worked on with Kenli. It came from a melody he was improvising on violin.Part of Pantheon Podcasts