ETAN G - FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (and curator of the best musicians and music you’re about to hear)
Hi! My name is Etan G and I am, and always have been, The Jewish Rapper! I've had an illustrious career as a performer. I've rocked stages all over the world for over 20 years! Most notably I've appeared on the Howard Stern Show and I've gotten kicked off the Chabad Telethon. I've also had the privilege to do sound and PA systems, tech, merch and video for many bands and have helped produce many festivals and concerts. Needless to say, I've acquired many talents and skills in the entertainment business over the years.
Most importantly, for the purposes of this bio, I've amassed, cultivated and maintained so many amazing relationships, and lifelong friendships, with so many super talented musicians. Many of whom have played(ing) with, and for, some of the greatest artists and bands in music!
Now it's time for me to take all those skills that I've learned, and lived, over all these years of performing and working behind the scenes, along with all those relationships with musicians and other talented people that I've been blessed with, and do something great!
I've started a non profit called "Rock4Israel" which raises money to bring notable musicians to Israel, to see and experience Israel, to give them a firsthand perspective of Israel and to rock the hell out of Israel! It is not about politics. It's about the music! This will also benefit the people of Israel because they don’t get to rock as much as they need to!
Modeled after the very successful Comedy for Koby, where comedians do shows and get to see Israel, the Rock4Israel musicians will do concerts, meet the people and experience the land! Much the same way people need to laugh I believe even more need to rock!
I remain a hard core Howard Stern fan! A die hard Rush fan! I love South Park. I dig old school super heroes and sci-fi. I love comedy. I spend too much time deciding which lotions, oils and exfoliants to use. More than anything, I love music! I prefer the kind a human being makes - not a computer. It is the humans I will be bringing to Israel. It is the humans that will come together to Rock4Israel!
JAY GORE - MUSIC DIRECTOR
I chose Jay to be on the Board of Directors and Music Director because of his work ethic and he is a badass guitar player who can play anything! He’s been immersed in the LA rock scene since boyhood and spread his demonic wings into all genres of music. His greatest influence is Eddie Van Halen and that’s good enough for me! (ask him to play any Van Halen song, see what happens!) Just for fun he plays in the the best Journey tribute band in the country! And ladies, he is a Jewish, single and a professional musician. If you think you can handle that then go for it! You can read his more polished and professional bio below, but I think I’ve said it all!
Jay Gore first picked up the guitar at the age of 8. Today he is a leading guitarist and in-demand session player in Los Angeles. For over nine years you've seen, Jay, performing next to saxophone great, Mindi Abair. Jay has toured the world, sharing the stage, with artists as diverse as Hilary Duff, Lauryn Hill, Michael McDonald, Michael Bolton, Don Felder (The Eagles), Ray Parker Jr., The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Caldwell, David Pack (Ambrosia), Keb ’Mo, Marcus Miller, Christopher Cross, Bill Champlin, Debby Ryan (Disney), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Chris Botti, Sheila E, , Lalah Hathaway, Dave Koz, Warren Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Keiko Matsui, Jake Shimabukuro, Eddie Money, Seal, Rick James, Glenn Hughes, Boz Scaggs, Edgar Winter, Tia Carrere, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds. You can also hear some of the music, Jay, has written and produced for hit TV shows, such as: 90210, Miami Ink, American Dad, E.R., Party of Five and others.
Jay has recorded with the likes of Michael McDonald, Dave Koz, Sly Stone, Anna Vissi (Greek Superstar), Kimberly Caldwell, Constantine Maroulis (American Idol, Rock of Ages), Stephen Bishop, The Veronicas, Jordis Unga (Rock Star INXS), Siedah Garrett, Tyler Hilton, Scott Grimes, Paul Brown, Evan Frankfort, Mark Needham, Tom Fletcher, Greg Ladanyi, Ross Hogarth, Noah Shain, The Matrix, Edgar Winter, Byron Gallimore, Kristine W, Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Paich and Robin DiMaggio. Warren Hill’s 2015 release, Under the Influence, features Jay’s guitar prowess on the entire recording. Also, Jay, is Paul Brown’s go to guitarist when Paul’s too busy producing Grammy winning CDs to play guitar himself.
In September of 2012, Jay released his first CD entitled, Identity. He released two singles to Smooth Jazz radio, the duet with Peter White called, BFF, and his cover of the 70s hit song, Fallin’ In Love. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Fanattac, and Spotify.
CHAD FREEMAN - CFO
G: Chad and I actually met in Israel right before we started college. Not only did we share many of the same interests but we always wanted to work together at some point in life. I always admired his tenacity, attitude and his love for rock 'n roll. But, alas, life took over and his career path become one that I would describe as, well, sterile and stoic, yet respectable. Even his bio below made me chafe. But when I told him what I was doing with Rock4Israel his eyes lit up with the glow of a demon hell bent on riding the lightning. And so I present you with his boring bio, and a profile pic that just had to be given some thunder.
Chad: As a sales professional for over 15 years, I have expertise in interpersonal communication, relationship building, sales, situational awareness, marketing, and organizational skills. 5 years of previous business ownership and over 14 years of mortgage experience in both senior employee and managerial positions.
A native of New York, Freeman has been a resident of Maryland for 12 years. Locally, he is involved with faith-based organizations which focus on helping children with special needs. He recently facilitated the opening of a local chapter for Yachad / The National Jewish Council on Disabilities in the Potomac, Maryland area.
Named one of the Top 1 percent of Originators in America by Mortgage Executive Magazine, Chad has served in the mortgage industry for over 14 years and has worked on both the settlement side of the industry and the production side. Chad also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic and was in active practice from 1999 through 2004.
Freeman also plays guitar and states, "I'm a real metal-head at heart. We all wonder what we would or could do if the responsibilities and obligations of life didn't hold us back... My dream always was and always will be to rock that guitar on stage for a bunch of like-minded, raging music lovers! Chances are I won't be 'that rockstar' but because of my powerful love of music, and the barriers that it breaks through, my involvement with Rock4Israel allows me to get as close as possible and leave a legacy in this world."