James Brown (1933-2006), often referred to as either Mr. Dynamite or Godfather of Soul, influenced the development of several genres of music during his 50+ year career. With solid musical roots in gospel and rhythm and blues, he was a major influence in the development of funk music and well known for his songs containing social commentary. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page referred to him as “a musical genre in his own right.”

Jane Ellen passionately shares her eclectic interests via the marvels of the internet from her home in Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in all aspects of music and entertainment history, she strives to bring her subjects to life while seeking to make a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as a scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.