The History of CosmoPop®

  • 1958

    TaliasVan started singing as a youth with street corner harmony groups.

  • 1960

    Started first professional harmony group; performed at teenage dances.

  • 1962 1970

    Sang in nightclubs with local popular bands.

  • 1964

    Took first place at the Connelley Vocational High's music contest and awarded second place at all-city talent contest.

  • 1964

    Recorded eighteen songs on 45-rpm vinyls with Snyder Recording Company in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • 1966

    First white singer to work with Joni Wilson and The Debonairs, a 14-piece black rock band in Pittsburgh.

  • 1967

    Recorded two songs on 45-rpm vinyl at Gateway Studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • 1970

    Had a spiritual awakening; quit nightclub performing and began to write spiritual songs and only perform at spiritual events.

  • 1977 1982

    In Tucson, Arizona, at the main auditorium of the University of Arizona, was an opening artist for famous Christian contemporary rock bands such as Petra, Resurrection Band, and Servant.
    Photo taken in Tucson, Arizona, 1979. TaliasVan, age 33.

  • February 13, 1977

    Opened for Christian rock band Petra at U of A Liberal Arts Auditorium in Tucson, AZ.

  • 1983

    As his music did not follow the contemporary Christian sound, he then invented the term and genre, "New Age Vocal." Then took his New Age Vocal demo cassettes to Hollywood and introduced the music to many recording labels as well as the Songwriters' Association of Hollywood.

  • 1985

    Recorded his first vinyl 33-rpm album of ten songs, first released as Unicorn Love, at Aircraft Studios in Pittsburgh, PA ("Flowers," "Thinking How I Love You," "How Can We Judge Other People," "Listen To The Calling," "Wake Up America," "Escape," "Unicorn Love" (Title of Album), "But You're Not With Me," "The Great American Dream," "Good-bye Little Bird").

  • 1985

    Sang as the only caucasian lead singer with the Afro-American Catholic St. Benedict Gospel Choir in Pittsburgh. Was chosen for an international broadcast of KDKA Radio (the first radio station in the U.S.) to sing his original composition "Blessed Mother" on Christmas Eve, opposite the Pope and Midnight Mass on television.

  • December 17, 1985

    TaliasVan featured in the South Pittsburgh Reporter; recognized for bringing higher-consciousness music to the American public.

  • December 27, 1985

    TaliasVan brings all-original New Age Vocal album Unicorn Love to Hollywood, California.

    TaliasVan travels to Hollywood, California to promote his Unicorn Love album, the first ever New Age Vocal album. He brought it also to Windham Hill Records and they rejected it, because they said that, "New Age music is not vocal music, and can't have lyrics." But they later recorded many New Age vocalists based on his idea. He dubbed his New Age vocals, "Luminar", and later, "EGA-WEN", which is New Age backwards. Windham Hill later used the very term "luminar".

  • 1986

    Al Kasha, 2-time Academy-Award winning Songwriter for Best Song of the Year for a Motion Picture, called Unicorn Love a "wonderful album."

  • 1986

    Sang with the 100-voice Afro-American Catholic St. Brigid Gospel Choir in Los Angeles; was the lead singer in the song "Waymaker." Performed this song at an all-city black Catholic gospel concert, which included gospel choirs from other black Catholic churches.

  • 1987

    Recognized as the pioneer of "New Age Vocal" by Globe Reporter Newspaper.

  • 1988

    Performs at the Globe Center for the Arts in Globe, Arizona. Also had his own 1-hour radio show called "The Hour of Enlightenment" on KIKO radio in Globe, Arizona.

  • 1989

    Unicorn Love vinyl album re-released as Escape, a CosmoJazz™ cut from the album.

  • 1989 1997

    Formation of the Bright & Morning Star Band

    The Bright & Morning Star Band is forming, practicing, and recording. The Band members are all on a path of wanting to change the world. The patience and pain of waiting for the right musicians is a constant trial. Many musicians fail to meet the mark of humility, sacrifice, and service to humanity. However, the band is finally established and professionally efficient after years of practice.

  • December 27, 1994

    The Bright & Morning Star Band records Holy City

    The Bright & Morning Star Band goes into Vintage Studios in Phoenix, Arizona to begin recording the professional quality CD, Holy City, TaliasVan's CosmoPop® music debut. TaliasVan refuses to compromise by not performing in venues that serve alcohol and where drugs are prominent and begins to manifest the drug- and alcohol-free Future Studios.

  • 1997

    Holy City is released

    Holy City album, the new fourth-dimensional sounds of CosmoPop released. Songs: "Wake Up America," "Morning Song," "Wish Angel Sandman," "Arizona's Calling Me," "Oh My Niánn," "The Great American Dream," "The Freedom Song," "Holy City."

  • 1997

    CosmoWorship I is released

    CosmoWorship I, an album of cosmic worship songs by TaliasVan and performed by his Bright & Morning Star choir, released. Songs: "Cosmic Family," "Particle Harmonies," "Let Love Shine," "Tree of Life," "Walk Across the Universe," "Love's Gonna Do It," "Exultet," "Jesus Lullaby," "Be So Kind," "Michael."

  • 1997

    Global Change Music Non-Profit Record Label records TaliasVan's 40-voice Bright & Morning Star Choir, and other in-house bands such as Van'sGuard, the Starseed Acoustic Ensemble, Planetary Folk Group, and The Change Agents Band begin recording Global Change Music. TaliasVan puts out a challenge to all musicians world-wide to write higher lyrical content and higher consciousness music. Many new artists are invited to audition for the label.

  • 1998

    Corporate-owned media programs NBC Dateline and Entertainment Tonight in tabloid journalism style attempt to discredit TaliasVan's Global Change Music.

  • August 1998

    TaliasVan's song, "The Morning Song," chosen by the magazine and network, New Age Voice to be included on their International Promo CD.

  • January 19, 1999

    KKUP in Cupertino, California, 91.5 FM, interviewed TaliasVan on its "Changes Radio" program. DJ Elizabeth Gips discussed with TaliasVan the fourth-dimensional aspects of his CosmoPop® music and the need for individual and global change.

  • February 7, 1999

    KDHX 88.1 FM radio in St. Louis, Missouri, featured TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band's Holy City CD in a broadcast on DJ Gabriel's Tin Pan Alley program. TaliasVan discussed with DJ Gabriel the universally popular sounds of CosmoPop® music —TaliasVan's style of Global Change Music.

  • 1999

    TaliasVan's song, "The Freedom Song" (written for Nigerian freedom fighter Ken Saro-Wiwa) listed in the March 1999 Top 20 of the country of Romania.

  • 1999

    VH1 veers away from its quality programming reputation and instead airs Rock Candy, a distasteful program that cynically attacks alternative artists. TaliasVan was told that VH1 wanted to spotlight him as an innovator of a new form of alternative conscious music. VH1's Rock Candy instead attempted to discredit TaliasVan's work and music.

  • August 25, 2000

    The Global Change Music web site introduced on the Internet.

  • August 2000

    CosmoPop Millennium CD released. Songs: "Cosmic Brides," "Mr. Image Man," "Little Boy Blue," "Forever Friend," "Sedona Sunrise," "As I Love You," "Fused."

  • 2001 2003

    TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band perform in concerts at Future Studios with native band Clandestine and Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited from Zimbabwe.

  • February 3, 2001

    Grand opening of Future Studios, the gathering place for Global Change Music/CosmoPop® music/Performing Arts/Poetry.

  • 2001

    Beginning of CosmoPop® music Benefit Concerts at Future Studios on a weekly and monthly basis.

  • September 18, 2001

    "Wake Up America" from the Holy City CD featured on KFLX (Flagstaff, Arizona) during an interview with TaliasVan.

  • 2002

    Video shoot of the song "Wake Up, America" with TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band.

  • 2002

    TaliasVan begins taping interviews with those artists whom he considers to be other global change artists from around the world with plans to air on satellite.

  • September 2004

    First live taping in Sedona, Arizona featuring TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band in a 2-hour CosmoPop® concert for Internet and TV. Later featured on Oasis TV. Also available on DVD. Call 1-866-282-2205 to order.

  • 2005

    TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band win Aurora Award for Best Live Music Concert of 2005.

  • July 2005

    TaliasVan founds the Musicians-That-Need-To-Be-Heard Network, an extension of Global Change Music Nonprofit Record Label which started in 1993.

  • July 31, 2005

    Outdoor major CosmoPop® Benefit Concert at Wheeler Park, Flagstaff, Arizona.

  • August 21, 2005

    Outdoor major CosmoPop® Benefit Concert at City Park, Mount Shasta, California.

  • November 20, 2005

    Outdoor major CosmoPop® Benefit Concert at Reid Park Bandshell, Tucson, Arizona.

  • December 2005

    TaliasVan releases his CosmoChristmas CD, The God Child Came.

  • 2006

    TaliasVan releases his 3-Song CosmoPop CD / DVD, Sedona Sunrise.

  • April 30, 2006

    Outdoor major CosmoPop® Benefit Concert at Watson Lake Park, Prescott, Arizona.

  • September 11, 2006

    First Worldwide Webcast of TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band and the 9-11 Wake-Up America, Wake-Up World Radical Unity Concert.

  • November 11, 2006

    Second World-Wide Webcast of TaliasVan & the Bright & Morning Star Band— 11-11 What Does It Really Mean?

  • 2008

    TaliasVan releases another CosmoPop® CD, CosmoPop® Variety.

  • January 2009

    Energy Master, TaliasVan's long awaited 6th album released. Songs "Energy Master", "Edge City", "The Father of Your Moment", "I Know You In Light", "The Seasons of Your Soul", "Tenache", "The Light Has Come Into The World", "I'm Wondering If It's All Real"

  • May 29, 2009

    TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band interviewed by Carl Fiske on Access Tucson's Exist Kind television show.

  • June 2009

    First Tubac/Tumacácori Global CosmoPop® Concert and Eco-Fest.

  • October 2009

    Second Tubac/Tumacácori Global CosmoPop® Concert and Eco-Fest.

  • May 2010

    Be Aware Festival held at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage in Tumacácori, Arizona.

  • September 2010

    The CosmoPop Hour on Jolt-AM 1330 features an introduction to CosmoPop® music with DJ Shakta.

  • May 22, 2011

    Played at the 2nd Be Aware Festival in Tumacácori, Arizona

  • July 6, 2011

    TaliasVan interviewed on Four Corners talk radio show "The Painful Truth" with Sean Osborn and Mike Logue in Durango, Colorado.

  • July 8, 2011

    Played at Community Concert Hall, Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

  • July 9, 2011

    Played a concert at Rotary Park, Durango, Colorado.

  • July 12, 2011

    TaliasVan interviewed on KTAO, Taos New Mexico radio station.

  • June 24, 2011

    Played at the Berger Performing Arts Center in Tucson, Arizona.

  • October 5-6, 2012

    Performed at the Earth Harmony Festival in Tumacácori, Arizona.

  • October 5-6, 2013

    Performed at the second annual Earth Harmony Festival at Avalon Organic Gardens and EcoVillage in Tumacácori, Arizona.

  • February 14, 2014

    Performed special Valentines Day show at The Sea of Glass in Tucson, Arizona.

  • July 15, 2015

    Performed outdoor Spiritualution concert at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage.

  • October 3, 2015

    Performed at the Earth Harmony Festival in Tumacácori, Arizona.

  • October 1, 2016

    Performed at the Earth Harmony Festival in Tumacácori, Arizona.