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Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

1 East Wacker Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60601

United States

Company Description

Dystonia is a neurological disorder characterized by persistent or intermittent muscle contractions causing abnormal, often repetitive, movements, postures, or both. The movements are usually patterned and twisting, and may resemble a tremor. Symptoms ori ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Best Buy

Guest Clinicians

Billy McLaughlin

Founder, Independent Music Professional

McLaughlin Music Group International Inc

Affiliations

Board Member
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Education

University of Southern California

Washburn High School

Practice Management Sessions

guitar performance

University of Southern California

musician/songwriter D.C. Hathaway

Web References (196 Total References)


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"Many people fail because they quit too soon."
reads the fortune cookie saying that McLaughlin taped to his dashboard in 2001 - it remains there to this day.
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Billy McLaughlin is a Billboard Top-Ten best-selling international guitar virtuoso whose real-life drama propelled him through the devastation of an incurable disorder to one of the most remarkable comebacks in musical history. Companies around the world are asking Billy to speak for one simple reason impactful inspiration!
Billy's honest and deeply personal account of battling and ultimately conquering insurmountable odds inspires everyone to acknowledge their unlimited potential for success.
Billy is an engaging speaker committed to delivering the highest musical aesthetic while warmly acquainting himself with every audience through stories and humor. He captivates audiences with live musical illustrations while telling his true story with disarming honesty and engaging emotion. Billy shares memorable and practical lessons from his journey of transforming "incurable" into "unstoppable"!
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Having endured a condition that took away his health and career, Billy McLaughlin understands the importance of celebrating this gift. He demonstrates the marvel of discovering what you CAN do with the resources you HAVE when you stop focusing on those you've lost. It might require you to think upside-down or "left-handed". It might require that you stop focusing on what is broken or how you can't do something "the way you used to". Billy shows you how you can make meaningful change for yourself and your community when you move out of the mindset that everything is broken.
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A master of reinvention, McLaughlin takes his audience on a journey from skyrocketing success to total failure and back again; a road that he now helps others to navigate in their business endeavors. He combines solid, actionable advice with exceptional music and an entertaining style for an unforgettable experience that will change your perspective on the challenges you and your organization face.
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When diagnosed with focal dystonia, Billy McLaughlin was actually relieved to know what was wrong with him, despite the fact that the prognosis for his musical career was grim. He put into action the words of Norman Cousins…."Accept the diagnosis, reject the verdict!"
Billy has created this program especially for business, foundations, healthcare professionals, Insurance professionals and individuals who have been affected by sudden, future-changing events. He takes them along with him on a personal journey from diagnosis to self-discovery, which led him to a new and more exciting phase of his business development and career building future.
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Simple, frank and funny, Billy McLaughlin shines a mirror on all the unseen artists in the room, especially you. From the day you were born, a new signature was imprinted onto the world. Life experienced through the eyes, mind and touch of every new generation has its own expression and communicates its own meaning. Artists embrace this notion. Finding "New Ways to do even the most ordinary things is the challenge we are all given. All that has been created so far cannot compare to what is yet to be introduced by people with unique perspectives and capabilities-people such as you. If it feels like the world is changing fast these days, it's because of all the new creative inventions happening around us. Billy encourages you to step out of your spectator's seat and recognize your ability to take an active role in designing the future that you have imagined.
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If Billy McLaughlin had listened to experts, the music you are about to hear would never have been created - it is precisely this music that went on to earn Billy his first Emmy Award in July of 2013. His message of succeeding under continuing challenges is filled with emotion, humor and valuable takeaways.
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Emmy Award winning Billy McLaughlin has been changing people's idea of what an acoustic guitar can sound like since the 1980's.
"…you may swear Billy McLaughlin is two of the greatest acoustic guitarists you've ever heard. - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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McLaughlin has had to re-learn the guitar left-handed and is in the early stages of what might be described as "one of the great musical-comeback stories of all time."
His story is the subject of an award-winning documentary film called Changing Keys - Billy McLaughlin and the Mysteries of Dystonia.
In addition to regular concert dates, Billy McLaughlin has performed/presented recently for:
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"Billy was the highlight of our Annual Meeting making it one of the best we've ever had!"
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"Billy was absolutely amazing. The feedback has been off the charts!
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"Billy did a magnificent job and we've received so many positive comments about his presentation. A lot of our customers were quite awestruck and inspired with how passionate he is! I know they'll enjoy the CD (thanks for that recommendation!). Rod, our company president, commented to me that we need to end all of our conferences with someone like Billy so I'm sure we'll be working together again in the future!"
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"Billy has a unique ability to weave levity and music into the serious subject of epilepsy. He created the perfect platform to make an impact. Billy helped to rally our people behind our goal; he let them know that everything they do helps to fuel our success. The results were better than I had anticipated. Billy aligned our organization.
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"People did not expect to be as captivated as they were by Billy.
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"Billy provided a wonderful experience for our convention attendees.
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Employing what would become his signature style of placing both hands on the fretboard, McLaughlin began composing for his first release using a technique of "hammer-ons" and "pull-offs" that create a harp-like effect on the acoustic guitar. This unusual approach led Billy to extensive national touring earning multiple NACA Campus Entertainer awards. In 1995 McLaughlin signed a multi-album international contract with Virgin Records label Narada whose first release, Fingerdance, peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts. Hundreds of shows a year and another release deep into the contract with Narada, he began struggling with his hands - something felt "off" and it was getting worse.
For two years he struggled with a mysterious and unrelenting condition of unexplainable muscle spasms and contractions. Shockingly as symptoms grew worse he could no longer perform most of his own repertoire. In 2001, Billy was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder called focal dystonia. The diagnosis was confirmed at the Mayo Clinic. Going against doctors' recommendations to quit music and look for other work, McLaughlin focused on his songwriting and returned to his rock band which was less demanding for his hands. Despite releasing his ensemble's best recording, finally - Live! (2002) it was clear that focal dystonia had ended McLaughlin's career as a virtuoso guitarist.
The Challenge
Feeling utterly lost without his music and not willing to give up, McLaughlin began the unlikely journey of teaching himself to play in his signature style, left-handed! Late in 2004 a documentary film crew began following McLaughlin's desperate attempt to regain his career. Warned by doctors of a higher likelihood for developing focal dystonia in his remaining good hand, McLaughlin chose to press on towards an ambitious goal he had yet to achieve - to perform and record a new project with a string orchestra.
In January 2007, McLaughlin published a limited release of Into the Light, a concert recording of compositions for acoustic guitar with string orchestra. This collaboration with Grammy nominated arranger, Eugenio Toussaint, is McLaughlin's first recording as a left-handed guitarist.
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The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (Chicago, IL) has named Billy their first Ambassador for Public Awareness and for his efforts McLaughlin has just been awarded the international 2010 Leadership in Public Neurology Award at the American Academy of Neurology conference held in Toronto.
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McLaughlin is a featured speaker at the TED conference in Atlanta (May 2010) and is touring internationally including China, the Philippines, India, Europe and extensively throughout the US.


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2016 Guest Clinicians: John Knowles and Billy McLaughlin The Interlochen Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, led by guitarist and instructor, Matthew Schroeder, features[...]
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Billy McLaughlin & The Band - Or Did I Love Ya
Billy McLaughlin & The Band - Crazy Love
Billy McLaughlin & The Band - The Bow & The Arrow
Billy McLaughlin - Into The Light with Orchestra
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Billy McLaughlin receives Emmy Award for "Starry Night" Emmy Award Emmy Award
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Music composer, guitarist and speaker Billy McLaughlin was awarded a regional Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter (NATAS PSW) in the category Musical Composition/Arrangement for his performance of "Billy McLaughlin: Starry Night with Orchestra Nova.
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Upon hearing about the award, McLaughlin commented, "So many people have helped to make it happen, especially Maura Daly Phinney, executive producer and Andy Trimlett, producer/editor, as well as the entire crew at KPBS. He praised Jung-Ho Pak, conductor and "all the great players in Orchestra Nova. He also paid special tribute to Eugene Toussaint, arranger, who had passed away last year. In addition, he acknowledged a long list of individuals who took part in creating and promoting "Starry Night" including Rick Gord, Nancy Dennison, Tim Snow, Marc Anderson, Jimi Englund, Nathan Wilson, Jacob Tews, TJ Jensen, Mike Forbess, Vicki Serreno, Hannah Dimond Day, and mentor and real estate mogul Gary Keller.
Of the many Facebook messages pouring into Billy, one person had said, "Congrats to Billy McLaughlin! He received his first Emmy this past weekend. Where was Billy? Mixing sound for his son's first gig. Hats off to a great dad! Unable to attend the ceremony in Las Vegas, McLaughlin had a prior commitment on the technical crew for his son's first public guitar performance.
McLaughlin is recognized internationally for his award-winning music and inspirational message. In 1999, after having been named to Billboards Top Ten Chart, McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuromuscular disorder, focal dystonia, which destroyed the use of his fret-playing hand. After suffering several years without a cure, he embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career and succeeded in relearning his instrument, one note at a time, with the opposite hand. Since his comeback, organizations from around the world have asked McLaughlin to share his story. He inspires audiences to action as he demonstrates that it is possible to move forward, even when dealing with unexpected and extraordinary challenges. His soon-to-be-published book, "Road to Reinvention," will be available fall 2013.
Additionally, McLaughlin brings awareness to the work performed by the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation where he serves as public ambassador. He is also the recipient of the American Academy of Neurology's Public Leadership Award, whose previous winners included Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer, Michael J. Fox and Cuba Gooding Jr.
For more information regarding Billy McLaughlin, his concert series including "Starry Night," as well as keynote speaking and booking opportunities, visit McLaughlin's website: www.billymclaughlin.com or email office manager Hannah Day at Hannah@billymclaughlin.com.
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2016 Guest Clinicians: John Knowles and Billy McLaughlin The Interlochen Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, led by guitarist and instructor, Matthew Schroeder, features[...]
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Billy McLaughlin & The Band - Or Did I Love Ya
Billy McLaughlin & The Band - Crazy Love
Billy McLaughlin & The Band - The Bow & The Arrow
Billy McLaughlin - Into The Light with Orchestra
Facebook
© Copyright 2015 Billy McLaughlin


STIGMA - focaldystonia

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Musician Billy McLaughlin has done much to try and reverse this trend by becoming an advocate for the DMRF, and performs at seminars for FD, as well as talking openly about the condition at his own concerts.


Billy Mc Laughlin - focaldystonia

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Billy McLaughlin

Virtuosic acousitc guitarist Billy McLaughlin announced to the world he had FD in 2002, ending a critically acclaimed career. But after six years he returned with a new technique, switching over to his left hand and re-ignited his career.
He has become an awerness ambassador for the Dystonia Medical Reasearch Foundation , and talks openly about the condition at his gigs.
On his website he outlines his journey with FD, and there is another video on the DMRF website talking about the condition.

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