Artist of the Month, November 1995
"Once you've achieved a level of success, you want to do everything
you can to protect it. My success is in music, so I'm going to protect
The first H.E.A.R. featured Artist of the Month had to be someone special.
The lead off hitter so to speak. So we looked around...and we picked OZZIE
AHLERS! A player, songwriter, and producer, Music Magazine called Ozzie
a "keyboardist extraordinaire". Ozzie's musical career got a
start with Van Morrison's band. Later he played in and toured with The
Jerry Garcia Band. Always looking to grow, Ozzie added film scores and
compositions to his bag of tricks and won the Cannes Film Festival Award
for his work on the film Northern Lights.
The last two years have seen Ozzie continue his run of success. He played
on and co-produced Jefferson Starship guitarist's Craig Chaquico's new
age albums Acoustic Highway and Acoustic Planet. Acoustic Highway was
Billboard Magazine's 1993 winner as Independent Album of the Year. The
next year Acoustic Planet received a grammy nomination. Both albums also
won Bay Area Music Awards as Independent Albums of the Year for 1993 and
1994. If you haven't heard these two, check 'em out. You can find them
on Higher Octave Music.
Ozzie is in the thick of the Bay Area music scene and is also a good
friend to H.E.A.R. Ozzie supports our goals to educate music lovers about
the relationship between excessive volume and hearing impairment. We're
proud to have Ozzie as our featured Artist of the Month.