Tony Award nominated songwriter whose credits include...
About Danny Arena
Danny Arena is a Tony Award nominated composer who has worked as a staff songwriter for Warner/Chappell Music and Curb Magnatone Music Publishing. He holds degrees from Rutgers University in both computer science and music composition. He is currently an Associate Professor at Volunteer State Community College in Nashville and has been a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University as well as a guest lecturer at the Berklee School of Music and Belmont University. Together Danny and Sara collaborated on composing songs for the Broadway show "Urban Cowboy: The Musical" which was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Throughout his career, he has continued to combine his teaching background with his love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S and Canada. He is also the co-founders of the online educational website www.SongU.com which provides multi-level songwriting courses developed and taught by award-winning songwriters, song feedback and mentoring, one-on-one song coaching, co-writing, unscreened pitching opportunities and more.
Hit songwriter and the recipient of nine ASCAP Popular...
About Craig Bickhardt
In a career that spans three decades, Craig has written songs that have been recorded by more than 100 artists worldwide. He is the recipient of 9 ASCAP Popular Song Awards for his hits, which include the number one records "In Between Dances" (recorded by Pam Tillis), "It Must Be Love" (Ty Herndon), "Turn It Loose" and "I Know Where I'm Going" (The Judds).
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Craig first came to Nashville in 1982 to record his song "You Are What Love Means To Me", which was featured as the closing theme in the Academy Award winning motion picture "Tender Mercies".
As a recording artist with the band SKB (Schuyler, Knobloch and Bickhardt) Craig helped put the trio on the Billboard Country Charts twice in 1988 with his songs "Givers and Takers" and "This Old House" (co-written with Thom Schuyler). Craig and Thom teamed up again in 1993 to write and produce the Warner-Alliance CD, "Precious Child: The Story of Christmas", a musical that featured performances by Vince Gill, Janis Ian, Guy Clark and others. Craig's hits also include; "I Can't Turn The Tide", "That's How You Know When Love's Right" (which was nominated for a CMA Award), and "You're The Power".
Ray Charles, B. B. King, Art Garfunkel, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Anne Murray, Allison Krauss, and Poco have all recorded his songs. His work is also featured in the film "At Close Range" and his song "Where I Used To Have A Heart" was used as the closing theme for the movie "Switchback". Craig has recently returned to recording his own music. In November 2001 he released his debut solo CD, EASY FIRES. Craig is a Lyric instructor, Music Business instructor and Song Feedback and Mentoring instructor at SongU.com. You can visit Craig at his website, www.CraigBickhardt.com.
Grammy nominated songwriter and former major label...
About Helen Darling
Helen Darling is a Grammy-award nominated songwriter and former major label recording artist whose credits include the #1 crossover hit song “Bring On The Rain” recorded by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. This #1 song was nominated for a Grammy, an ACM and a CMA award. Darling started her career as a Chicago jingle singer on television and radio commercials for such clients as McDonald’s and 7-up. Her voice sang the familiar query, "Have you driven a Ford lately?" After moving to Nashville in 1993, Darling began singing song demos as well as back-up for artists such as Garth Brooks. She later signed a recording contract with MCA/Decca Records and her debut album featured appearances by Garth Brooks who sang back-up on her track of “Even God Must Get The Blues” in addition to Delbert McClinton and Lee Roy Parnell. Extreme Writers Group signed Darling in 1999 as a staff writer, and she has since had cuts with Mindy McCready, Niki Horner, Bering Strait, and Amanda Wilkinson. She currently divides her time between Montana and Texas. Helen teaches Song Feedback and Mentoring at SongU.com. For more information on Helen, visit www.helendarlingmusic.com.
Degree in Music Education with over twenty years teaching...
About Bob Dellaposta
Bob Dellaposta holds a B.S. in Music Education and has 17 years teaching experience in public and private schools where he has served as Band Director, Voice Coach, and Choral Director. He is currently teaching a music publishing class at Nashville State Technical Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the swing band "Bada Bing Bada Boom" which toured nationally as well as a songwriter himself with over 1200 songs recorded. Bob is an instructor of Publisher Feedback and Mentoring at SongU.com.
Record Producer, owner of Azlea Studios and former...
Fett is an independent producer and engineer with more than 40 albums to his credit, owner of Azalea Studios in Nashville, former Technology Editor for "Performing Songwriter Magazine", and contributing technology author for the Country Music Association's CMA Close Up magazine and Drum! magazine. He has worked in the music industry for nearly 30 years, as a touring musician, session player, manager, booking agent, songwriter and music photographer. His clients include Davy Jones of the Monkees, Grammy-winning songwriter Don Henry, and international guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. Fett is co-author of the Songwriter's Survival Kit audio education series, and a featured speaker at numerous national music industry events each year. He holds a degree in International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC.
Dallas Gregory is an accomplished music industry veteran...
About Dallas Gregory
Dallas Gregory is an accomplished music industry veteran with over 25 years of professional experience in the Nashville music arena. He is respected among his peers for his expertise in music publishing, recording, studio production, artist development/management and writer representation. One of Dallas's most notable career achievements includes helping secure over 130 song cuts, many by some of the biggest names in the country, pop and Christian market. His expertise has enabled him to have songs placed in movies, on Broadway, television and success with song cuts in the overseas market.
Dallas began his distinguished music career as an artist and background singer with the Grand Ole Opry road show, sharing the stage with many country music legends such as Dolly Parton, Alabama and Loretta Lynn, among others. After a six year run performing with some of country music's most celebrated musicians and artists, Dallas decided to shift directions professionally and lend his talent and love for music to the studio and recording sector of the music industry by joining Masterfonics, one of the premier recording and mastering facilities in the country.
While at Masterfonics, Dallas worked with many of today’s top stars, producers and session players in country, rock and gospel music. In 1995, Dallas accepted the position of Creative Director at High Seas Music Publishing, a Fitzgerald Hartley/Warner Chapel Music joint venture company, concentrating on writer and catalog development and representing songs written by some of Nashville’s most successful hit songwriters. During this time, Dallas helped build an extensive catalog of songs through the signing of talented songwriters and acquisition of catalogs.
In 2002, Dallas launched, Song Rocket Music, an active music publishing company located in Nashville, Tennessee. Since the launch of Song rocket Music, Dallas has been affiliated with hit songwriters who have enjoyed successes with cuts by artists such as Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Sarah Darling, Thompson Square, Canadian artist Shane Yellowbird, Eric Clapton, Carole King, Lady A, Kenny Rogers and A&R for specialty Christian projects with Influence Music. Dallas teaches Christian Song Feedback and Mentoring at SongU.com.
Emmy-Award winning songwriter, record producer and...
About Randy Klein
Randy Klein's work spans jazz writing, performing and improvising, and composing for film and theater. This multifaceted New Yorker has released several albums of his own original music; the 1993 debut Jazzheads generated wide acclaim for its lyrics and innovative melodies. A gifted songwriter with two gold records to his credit (for songs recorded by soul/R&B diva Millie Jackson), Klein has received numerous awards for his film and drama soundtracks. Klein was honored by the 1995 Southern Regional Emmy Awards (The National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences (NATAS)) for his work with PBS children's educational projects. But his jazz roots lie deep, and they're powerfully expressed in the music he's written for this album. Randy teaches Song Feedback and Mentoring at SongU.com.
Award winning songwriter whose songs have been on...
About Sara Light
Sara Light has been writing professionally in Nashville since 1996 and had served as a staff songwriter for Zamalama Music and Curb Magnatone Music Publishing. Her credits include the John Michael Montgomery title track and the hit single "Home To You" which received an ASCAP airplay award in addition to being named SESAC song of the year for having garnered 2 million spins on radio. She also composed songs for the musical "Urban Cowboy" which opened on Broadway in March 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score." Crossing genres from Country to Broadway to Hip-Hop, she co-authored a handbook geared toward urban youth, "The Art of Writing a Hit Song: The Urban Experience" with hit songwriter Jack Knight (Bad Boy Records) that has been endorsed by Lil' Kim, Mario Winans and Diddy among others. Sara has always combined her teaching background with her love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 years ago she co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website www.SongU.com which offers over 70 online courses, coaching, co-writing and industry connections to a wonderful community of songwriters from around the world. A "Power Quotes" interview with Sara was highlighted in the 2009 Entertainment Power Players Directory: Edition 4. Sara teaches Feedback and Mentoring and Lyric Writing at SongU.com.
Pat and Pete Luboff
Songwriters and authors whose songs have been recorded...
About Pat and Pete Luboff
Pat and Pete Luboff are songwriters/publishers with recordings by Snoop Dogg ("Trust Me," the first single from the platinum-selling album "Top Dogg") Patti LaBelle (gold album), Bobby Womack (No. 2 on Billboard's Black Music chart), a featured song in the John Travolta movie "The Experts," and more. They have traveled throughout the United States teaching songwriting workshops since 1979. Pete taught a songwriting workshop every Monday night for 20 years through the National Academy of Songwriters and an advanced songwriting course through UCLA Extension. They currently reside in Nashville. They also travel to other towns to conduct workshops and are available for songwriting and music business consultation and individual instruction for songwriters in person and on the phone. They are the authors of the Writer's Digest book 101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them and 12 Steps to Building Better Songs, which they self-publish.
The Luboffs created the Grammy Pulse magazine for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS, the Grammy organization), the L.A. Record for NARAS' Los Angeles Chapter and the California Copyright newsletter. They were Research Editors of Songwriter Magazine. Both have served on the board of the National Academy of Songwriters; Pete as Vice Chairman and Pat as President. Pete also served as a governor and 1st Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS. For more information, visit their web site: www.writesongs.com. Pat and Pete teach Song Feedback and Mentoring at SongU.com.
A multi-genre songwriter, producer, and artist, staff...
About Justin Morgan:
Justin Morgan is a multi-genre songwriter, producer, and artist. As a songwriter, Justin has penned songs for Aaron Shust, Audio Adrenaline, Hannah Kerr, American Idol’s Jeremy Rosado, Veritas, and many others. He has had songs placed in major release movies, primetime television, and advertisements, and has had charting singles in 4 different formats of radio. As a producer, he has worked with many of today’s most relevant labels including Big Machine, Capitol, Warner, Word, Kurb, Provident, Sony, Centricity, Fair Trade, and many chart topping artists and writers. As an Artist, he has had a charting single, songs used in TV shows and advertising, and one of Songfreedom.com’s most licensed songs for video production. Justin lives in Nashville with his wife and their rescue dog. He is currently a staff writer with Centricity Music publishing and owner of Pearl Snap studios.
Currently, the Creative Director for Washington Street...
About Queenie Mullinix
Currently, the Creative Director for Washington Street Publishing which focuses on securing placements in Film, TV, and Media. She is a singer/songwriter gained valuable experience in performance, promotion and booking as a member of several notable Atlanta bands before going solo. She also learned the basics of recording and production working with award winning producer Billy Hume (Ying Yang Twins, Lil John, Black Crows) at his Zone Studio.
In Nashville she has worked as a songplugger/creative director of Wolf Music & Sound Design and publicity director of Slugfest Records. Queenie and her husband bassist Dave Webb are on the music team at their church. She also volunteers with the Animal Ministry, Gilda's Club, The Vanderbilt Hope Connection, and regularly plays shows to benefit cancer research.
Author and Grammy-Award nominated songwriter with...
About Pam Oland
Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Selena, Frank Sinatra, the Jacksons, Gladys Knight, Nikka Costa, and Reba McIntyre, are among artists who’ve recorded over 450 Pamela Phillips Oland songs. Anne Murray’s “Duets,” nominated for 2008 Best Album and Best Pop Album Juno Awards, features Anne’s re-recording of Oland & James Dunne’s Grammy-Nominated #1 song "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do." Claire Dela Fuente’s current #1 record, "Something In Your Eyes," co-written with Richard Carpenter, is the most requested song in the Philippines. A forthcoming duet with Philippine Idol winner Sarah Geronimo and Back Street Boys’ Howie Dorough is one of 3 songs recorded for Sarah’s forthcoming album. Also current: "Bird’s Eye View" appears on alternative artist Simon Lynge’s debut album. "Mad About You" is on Danish TV star Sascha Dupont’s album, and "Daydream Nightmare" is a single by Eurovision winner DQ .
Oland’s Awards include a Best Song In a Motion Picture Genie Award-nominated title song co-written with LeVar Burton for "Blizzard," a Best Kids Album Grammy nomination for "Be Bop Your Best"-an album co-written with artist Red Grammer, a CMA Best Country Duet award, an Accolade Award, and a New York Festivals Silver medal for the song score of "Legend of the Three Trees".
Her extensive movie work includes the end-title to "Puerto Vallarta Squeeze," the "Digga Digga Dog" opening and end-title song to 102 Dalmatians, and main themes to "Coming To America," "Gideon," "Burglar," and "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka." Her t.v. work includes "Reaper," "Bad Girls Guide," "Little Miss," "J*A*G," "The Sopranos, themes to "Thunder In Paradise," and "Dexter’s Lab," "Xena: Warrior Princess (3 songs for the cult favorite "Bitter Suite" episode) and all songs (music & lyrics) for the award-winning Kids Ten Commandments.
The career lyricist defies categorization, working in all styles and genres. She’s currently co-writing with Tom Harriman a major musical based on the Oscar-nominated film "Soldier of Orange," for a projected 2009 opening in the Netherlands; and has finished the novel, "The Downfall of Oliver Hepz," just optioned by Deep Muddy Productions for a feature film. She also has two television shows optioned and currently being shopped. Oland and Harriman, her partner in TOPA Music, wrote and produced the CD-art package "Van Gogh by Van Eck" featuring Diederick vanEck for Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. It became a part of the Van Gogh & His Fellow Expressionists Exhibition. She is also the author of the popular music industry books, "The Art Of Writing Great Lyrics," and "The Art of Writing Love Songs," (Allworth:NY), Oland participates in songwriting and music seminars around the country and abroad, as well as offering lyric evaluations and career consultations. She frequently co-hosts "Samm Brown’s For The Record," a Sunday music industry interview show live at 2:00 pm PST on KPFK 90.7.
Her website is at www.PamOland.com.
An award-winning songwriter with several number one...
About Lisa Palas
is an award-winning songwriter with several number one hits to her credit including Alabama's "You've Got the Touch" and "There's No Way". Her songs have been recorded by the renowned country stars Alabama, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Kris Kristofferson, Chris LeDoux, Conway Twitty and The Oak Ridge Boys as well as included in the soundtracks of feature films. She has also scored musicals on the stage, most recently "Jack" for Louisville's Walden Theater. A featured soloist at Unity churches, Lisa recently recorded a CD of original songs included in her performances. She began her acting career as a dancer in the Sissy Spacek film "Marie", also notable for being the film debut of ex-Senator Fred Thompson. Some twenty years later, Lisa resumed acting on a regular basis and has appeared in numerous short films, industrials, tv commercials and episodic television such as the Pax Network's "It's a Miracle", hosted by Richard Thomas. She is currently seen in commercials for Physicians Mutual Insurance, the Connecticut Lottery and Tri-Star Health Systems. She has also performed in various productions on the Nashville stage including the world premiere of "A Stoop on Orchard Street." Lisa teaches Feedback and Mentoring and Songwriters Support at SongU.com
CEO and Owner of Washington Street Publishing which...
About Nancy Peacock
Nancy is CEO and Owner of Washington Street Publishing which focuses on securing placements in Film, TV, and Media. She is a frequent panelist and song evaluator for various organizations and conferences. A graduate of Sweet Briar College and Vanderbilt University, Nancy is a big fan of the men’s Commodores basketball team. She is actively involved in the local community with the Junior League of Nashville and internationally with St. George’s Episcopal Church’s missionary work in Honduras. She’s also a member of WIM, CMA, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, AIMP, The Recording Academy and SOLID.
A professional singer/songwriter who has had four...
About Marcia Ramirez
Marcia Ramirez is a professional singer/songwriter who has had four independent solo albums released and performs all over the country. As a former staff songwriter for publishing companies including Curb Music, she has numerous songs placed in film and TV shows as well as major label artists covering her songs including a 2017 Grammy-award winning album by Reba McEntire. She has been in the studio and/or toured live playing keyboards, guitar, mandolin and singing background vocals with artists including Rodney Crowell, Lee Ann Womack, Pam Tillis, Hank Williams Jr., Billy Dean, Linda Davis, Tanya Tucker, and Patty Loveless. She's also one of the most in-demand demo singers in Nashville. Marcia teaches Song Feedback and Mentoring at SongU.com.
Alan Roy Scott
Songwriter and music producer with cuts by Celine...
About Alan Roy Scott is a top Hollywood
songwriter and music producer, who brings a 20-year career in the music business
to enrich Greenstar's digital culture project. His career began with Screen
Gems-EMI Music and with a division of Motown, where he was involved with Smokey
Robinson, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder.
Among the many artists who have recorded his songs are Celine Dion, Luther
Vandross, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Roberta Flack, The Allman Brothers,
Sheena Easton, The Neville Brothers, Pat Benatar, Patti LaBelle, The Pointer
Sisters, Rick Springfield and Johnny Mathis.
His TV/Film credits include songs used in First Wives Club, Top Gun, Coming To
America, Karate Kid II, Fame (TV show), Rags To Riches, Santa Barbara, As The
World Turns and Beverly Hills 90210, among others. Alan is a Song Feedback and Mentoring Course instructor at SongU.com.
Emmy Award Winner, hit songwriter, producer and arranger...
About Michele Vice-Maslin:
Michele is a 3-time Emmy Award nominee and 2-time Emmy Award winning songwriter who has written and produced hit songs for major artists all over the world including #1 singles. She has over 4000 film and TV placements, including theme, title and end title songs from her catalog Sweetersongs. Originally from Queens, NY, she currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where, as an independent music publisher, she has been publishing her own catalog for most of her career while producing, pitching and placing most all of her song successes.
You can view Michele's
(almost) full list of credits at her website:
http://www.sweetersongs.com/. Michele teaches Feedback and Mentoring at SongU.com.
Industry vet, Debbie Zavitson, runs Debbie Z Entertainment,...
About Debbie Zavitson
Music industry vet Debbie Zavitson owns and operates her new venture Debbie Z Entertainment, a full service publishing, management, artist development and independent song plugging company. The writer roster includes
award-winning songwriter Vip Vipperman (Reba, Trace Adkins), Phillip Lammonds (Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Hootie & the Blowfish), Curb Music Publishing, Jay Lazaroff (written music for over 100 film and TV shows including Survivor and The Apprentice), award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Jess Moskaluke and emerging group Rocket Club.
Debbie began her career in the entertainment business as a singer performing throughout the country. She moved to Music City and landed a job with then independent producer Doug Johnson running his publishing company. Zavitson has discovered No. 1 hits including ACM Song of the Year I Love the Way You Love Me, and Blake Sheltons Austin. She has worked in A&R at Sony and Giant Records, and in artist management with Shelton as her first artist. Debbie teaches Publisher Song Feedback and Mentoring at SongU.com.
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Victoria was named CCMA's 2010 Female Artist of the...
About Victoria Banks
Originally hailing from Muskoka, Canada, VICTORIA BANKS is a staff songwriter at Nashville's RareSpark Music Group. She was named the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) 2010 Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, and she has been nominated for 11 CCMA awards on the strength of her two self-penned albums released on Canada's EMI/OnRamp label, sharing the stage on tours with Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Wynonna Judd, and Lonestar. She has been labeled “one of the best songwriters in the business” by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine, penning Sara Evans’ ASCAP and SOCAN-award winning “Saints & Angels,” Jessica Simpson’s Billboard record-breaking country debut “Come On Over,” as well as Jessica's "Remember That" which was the most downloaded song on iTunes at its release. Victoria also penned Johnny Reid’s CCMA Song of the Year “Dance With Me,” One More Girl’s BCCMA Song of the Year “When It Ain’t Raining,” and X Factor winner Tate Stevens' "Ordinary Angels" which has also recently climbed the Christian radio charts as a recording by Karyn Williams. Victoria has had cuts by Isaac Slade (of the British band "The Fray"), Terri Clark, Julie Roberts, American Idol's Kristy Lee Cook and many more.
Late author of the best-selling songwriter's book,...
About John Braheny (Faculty Emeritus):
Before passing away in 2013, John Braheny was a top consultant for songwriters, performers and industry entrepreneurs. He was a consultant and
screener for Taxi.com, and one of the most respected people in the music industry, and, more specifically, in the songwriting community. He was referred
to as “the songwriter’s best friend” for his tireless efforts to create
education and discovery opportunities for songwriters, to help bring public
attention to songwriting as an art form and to champion songwriters’ rights. His
activities in these areas include:
- Co-founded and directed (with Len
Chandler) the legendary Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS).
This national non-profit service organization for songwriters (1971-’96),
which BMI sponsored for 18 years, was the first on-going, organized weekly
showcase exclusively for contemporary songwriter/performers in the Los Angeles
area. During the early years of the organization they provided exposure and
encouragement to an impressive list of later-to-be-successful new writers and
writer/artists in all genres including Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham,
Janis Ian, Warren Zevon, Karla Bonoff, Stephen Bishop, Jules Shear, Wendy
Waldman, Steve Seskin and the world’s most successful contemporary songwriter,
Diane Warren, for whom Braheny and Chandler critiqued over 150 songs when she
was only 15. The live showcases evolved into an international membership
organization whose members could submit songs on tape to industry
professionals by mailing them in from anywhere in the world for the weekly
Cassette Roulette and Pitch-A-Thon sessions.
Braheny and Chandler were responsible for innovating songwriter events and
activities that serve as models for organizations all over the world. Among
◦The Songwriters Expo, which for 20 years, starting in 1977, was the largest
and most comprehensive annual education and discovery event for songwriters in
◦The first weekly series of live interview sessions with more than 600
industry professionals and hit songwriters.
◦Created Cassette Roulette and Pitch-A-Thon, the first weekly, open-to-anyone
opportunities to get songs critiqued by publishers and heard by producers and
record company reps.
◦The first Professional Membership category to provide private, in-house
opportunities and personal referrals for exceptional songwriters. Among the
successes of this program were hits by Tiffany and Starship.
- Author and Journalist
Braheny wrote the best-selling and highly acclaimed Writer’s Digest book, The
Craft and Business of Songwriting (Writer’s Digest Books 1988, 1995, 2002.
2007), now in its 3rd Edition. The National Academy of Songwriters called the
book “A veritable songwriters bible. This is the definitive work on the
subject of songwriting.” He had previously written the Songwriters Handbook
for the American Song Festival, a bi-weekly “Songmine” column for Music
Connection Magazine, and has contributed to Songwriters Market, Songwriter
Magazine, Keyboard Magazine, Musician Magazine, The Musician’s Business and
Legal Guide, American Songwriter, and Music Biz Magazine among others.
Along with more than 600 interviews with music industry professionals and hit
songwriters at the weekly Songwriters Showcase sessions and Songwriters Expo
panels, Braheny conducted and edited more than 150 interviews for the
Songwriters Musepaper, the monthly magazine of the Los Angeles Songwriters
Showcase. For several years he co-hosted Samm Brown’s For The Record, a weekly
music industry interview and call-in show on KPFK (90.7 FM) in Los Angeles.
John’s expertise in interviewing songwriters is so well known and respected
that in 1997 he was commissioned by Disc Marketing Inc.’s In-flight division
to conduct an ongoing series of 55 interviews with both legendary and
contemporary hit songwriters for United Airlines’ in-flight audio Salute to
Songwriters Channel. The channel was a favorite on Air Force One. In November
2000, John was presented with an award by United Airlines in recognition of
his contribution to their winning the international WAEA Avion Award in 2000
for “Best Overall Inflight Entertainment.”
Conducted songwriting/music business
seminars for colleges, universities and organizations throughout the U.S. and
Canada. He taught songwriting and music industry classes at UCLA, Grove
School of Music and the Trebas Institute. He created the “Anatomy of a Hit”
class at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles to teach new songwriters the
elements of hit songs and records as well as marketing and sociological
factors that influence the success or failure of records. He used contemporary
hits in all styles as well as classic examples through the past 70 years. He
also taught a Music Business Overview class at the Los Angeles Recording
School for three years and currently teaches at The Songwriting School of Los
Braheny maintained a high profile in music industry. He served three terms
on the board of Governors of the L.A. Chapter of the Recording Academy (who
present the Grammys) and edited their newsletter, The L.A. Record. He served as President of California Copyright Conference, an organization of
entertainment attorneys, music publishers and record company executives. He
has served on the board of directors of the National Academy of Songwriters
(NAS), the Songwriters Guild of America, and on the boards of advisors for
many songwriters organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada including
JPFolks.com, the largest network of independent artists.
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Producer and owner of Gator Hole Studios whose demos...
About Galen Breen
Galen Breen is a musician and songwriter with 30 years of experience behind him. He spent most of the 70's and 80's playing in more than 10 different bands in the Central Pennsylvania region before moving to Nashville in 1989. While learning how to write a "Nashville" quality song he began to do a few demos for friends which turned into referrals to other writers. It wasn't long before the demo business began to overtake the songwriting business and in 1992 he began a full-time studio catering specifically to Nashville-based writers. During the 90's more and more members of songwriting organizations such as NSAI found out about The Gator Hole recording studio and work began coming in from all parts of the USA. In 1999 thegatorhole.com went online and Galen has since done work for writers in Guam, Great Britain and Australia... just to name a few of the more exotic locales. Just in the past year alone Gator Hole demos have been used on the TV shows "The West Wing" and "Third Watch." Galen resides in the Nashville suburb of Antioch with his wife and two young sons who will no doubt become assistant recording engineers as soon as they learn to read and take orders. Galen is staying busy doing songwriter demos for songwriters all across the country. You can learn more about his demo services by visiting his site www.gatorhole.com.
Songwriter of the #1 hit song "I Guess You Had to...
About Barbara Cloyd
Barbara Cloyd's first performance was at the age of three singing "Frosty the Snowman" with the Sunday school choir and she's been hooked ever since. The daughter of a drama teacher and a politician, she is at home both performing on the stage and working with people behind the scenes. After getting a degree in Theater from the University of Iowa she abandoned her plans to be an actress for the lifestyle of a singer/songwriter. With her four channel Peavy PA she spent a few years playing clubs in St. Louis but found that writing songs was becoming more important to her than performing the cover tunes she needed to play in order to work.
In 1983 she made the move to Nashville, a town she had never been to before and where she didn't know anyone. Within a few days of arriving she knew she was home. Three years later she was hired to organize and run the Open Mic at the Bluebird Cafe, which was well on it's way to becoming the world-renowned songwriter's venue it is today. Her struggle to perfect her craft as a writer paid off in 1993 when she had the hit single "I Guess You Had to Be There" recorded by Lorrie Morgan.
Over years of performing at and hosting writers nights in Nashville, Barbara's energetic personality and genuine love for songwriters has endeared her to the community. She has served as a workshop moderator for the Nashville Songwriters Association and was the creator and host of the long-running Country Song Contest at Gibson Cafe which helped many writers make connections in the music industry. She has hosted popular writers nights at local venues such as Radio Cafe, The French Quarter and The Broken Spoke. Currently she books all the early shows at the Bluebird Cafe, writes a question/answer column for thestagehand.com, is a board member for the Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival and a mentor for Just Plain Folks.
In 2001, in response to continual requests for help from developing writers, she founded a consultation service which she named "Ready for the Row." Through workshops, classes, recorded critiques and individual sessions she is helping new writers to develop their writing skills and navigate their way through the maze of the music business.
Because of her growing reputation for being able to spot talent there are many Nashville publishers eager to listen to writers she recommends. She secured initial appointments at Almo Irving Music for Bret Jones ("Better Man, Better Off," "Little Past Little Rock") and Anthony Smith (Mercury Recording Artist and writer of "Run," "I'm Trying" & "Didn't I") where both have both enjoyed significant success. The introductions she made for singer/songwriter Marcel after his performance on the Bluebird Cafe Open Mic opened Music Row doors for him the led to his artist deal on Mercury Records.
Amid all her efforts on behalf of other writers, Barbara has never abandoned her own creative talents and in 2002 she completed her first CD, "Possibilities." Visit the "CD" page of this site to hear samples and order the CD. Check the "Performances" page to find out where she will be playing live.
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Record producer and staff songwriter, her songs have...
About Kim Copeland
Kim Copeland's songs have been recorded by numerous artists in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She is a performing songwriter, producer, publisher, teacher and author of The Writer's Goal Book, The Songwriter's Little Book of Big Thoughts, and The Personal Songwriting Workshop Series. She also co-authored a songwriting lesson plan for NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Assoc. Intl.) which is currently in use by over 100 regional chapters. When Kim is not writing or performing great songs, she enjoys sharing the benefit of her experience with up and coming songwriters. She runs a private song evaluation service and a consultation/mentoring service. She also teaches songwriting through the Country Music Foundation's "Words and Music" program, as a counselor at "Camp Summersong" and “NashCamp”, and as a participant and/or host of songwriting workshops all over the country. Kim is one of thirty writers featured in Susan Tucker's book, The Soul Of A Writer-Intimate Interviews With Successful Songwriters. She is co-owner of Sage House Music, and Journey Publishing Company and is is an active member of ASCAP, NSAI, NARAS, and WEM (Women in Entertainment and Music). These days, Kim spends much of her time in the studio producing two new country acts, as well as many custom and demo projects. She is the manager of Keith Norris, a traditional country artist, and Flybilly, a hip new country duo.
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Placements in major network TV shows and movies.
About Benn Cutarelli
As songwriter and composer, his melodies and harmonic treatment are crossed between country, alternative country and pop. Benn believes that songwriting and composition are continuous improvement processes. He started out as a drummer in a four-piece band from his home town of Marion, Ohio. He enlisted in the military, and while at the U.S. Air Force Academy, he was assigned to the music department where he wrote percussion ensemble compositions. He attended and graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Education. Benn’s most recent success was his song Small Stuff featured in the Twentieth Century Fox major motion picture "The Longest Ride". Benn also had a song placed in the network TV show ‘Nashville’, while another song was placed on the TV show ‘The Mentalist’. He has had several cuts by indie artists as well as songs placed on many cable network channels. Benn believes in challenging himself everyday with new melodies and grooves. Benn joined SongU.com in 2002. He is both a member and Instructor-Led Course Coordinator.
Brian Desveaux is a member of the band Nine Days whose...
About Brian Desveraux is no stranger to the music industry. There was never any shortages of bands to join with friends and other talented musicians out in the suburbs of Long Island, N.Y. Growing up there, he was surrounded by local artists and the best and the biggest inspirations coming through town for one night only. He immersed himself into the scene, and eventually found himself in a band with 4 of his best friends and formed Nine Days. Nine Days took them out of Long Island and into the rest of the country, with nothing stopping them till they hit Number One on the Top 40 charts in the summer of 2001 with the gold selling single “ABSOLUTELY-STORY OF A GIRL”, following a Now Platinum album. 3 years non-stop Touring, events and 3 years of traveling eventually gave way to a dissolving industry, and lack luster sales in general for all labels. 2003 saw the dissolution of partnerships between Nine Days and Sony Epic Records. With new songs written in his bedroom in the middle of upper Manhattan, Brian looked for a new beginning. After a few years of countless licensing solo songs for T.V. and movies,and some successful jingle writing, it was time to move on. Now residing in Nashville/Franklin Tennessee Brian is following his roots of his Fathers country records and maybe the only country radio station on L.I. N.Y. that would be dialed in on his dads pick-up radio ringing through his ears all those years.Listening to early Ninedays records you can hear the country influence in alot of Brians songs from those early Ninedays recordings. BRIAN has the devotion and the willingness to get back to where it started. THE SONG! Settling down in a house on a hill somewhere in Franklin Tennesse writing everyday, alone, or with co-writers,while still having a love for the Road, He's always availible to make some noise! On or off the road. Pop,Country,Alternative,Rock. While still touring with and making music with Ninedays, or touring playing guitar for various acts as, Album of the year country artist, Miranda Lambert (that's Mr Brian to you) and or other Country/Rock/Pop acts (gotta bang out that rent)....... Music is Life, Life is Music, Life is Good!
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20 times platinum Billboard Award winning and Grammy...
About Eddie Galan
Eddie is a Los Angeles born singer/musician, songwriter, record producer and acting manager. He has achieved 20x Multi-Platinum status and worked on albums that have gone #1 on the charts 6 times around the world, while winning a Billboard Award and being nominated for American Music Awards and Grammy Awards. He studied film production at Occidental College in Los Angeles and began a successful career in music songwriting and production right out of college. Production credits include songs on High School Musical and Hannah Montana soundtracks, as well as other Disney artists, and numerous artists on major labels such as Universal, Def Jam, Epic, and Sony. He manages actors, musicians, bands and brands, including TV star Kiersey Clemons ("Transparent," "Austin & Ally," "Cloud 9"), XFactor Season 2 standout star Paige Thomas, teenage heartthrob Nick Tangorra and Awesomness "Side Effects" TV star Meg DeLacy. Galan is founder and President of Los Angeles based Mach 1 Music.
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Byron Hill has written songs generating more than...
About Byron Hill
Byron Hill is a professional songwriter with songs generating more than 700 recordings, seventy-seven RIAA certified Gold and Platinum awards, ten ASCAP awards, and thirty-two U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits. Hits Byron has written for major artists include: “Pickin’ Up Strangers” by Johnny Lee
“Fool Hearted Memory” by George Strait,“The Pages Of My Mind” by Ray Charles,
“Born Country” by Alabama,
“Alright Already” by Larry Stewart,
“High-Tech Redneck” by George Jones,
“Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous” by Tracy Byrd,
“Over You” by Anne Murray,
“If I Was A Drinkin’ Man” by Neal McCoy,
“Politics, Religion And Her” by Sammy Kershaw,
“Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan, and
“Size Matters” by Joe Nichols.
Byron’s songs have been recorded throughout the world, and released by artists in England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Holland, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Canadian fans will recognize many songs written by Byron recorded by award winning artists such as Anne Murray, Gil Grand, Gord Bamford, Hey Romeo, Marie Bottrell, and many others. In addition, many of Byron’s songs have been used in feature films, major television network shows and syndicated television and radio programming. Byron performs often in Nashville and on the road.
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Founder of Sunlight of the Spirit Music and co-author...
About Gracie Hollombe
Vandiver is the founder of Sunlight of the Spirit Music* and producer
and host of the popular Sober Cafe Podcast.** She is the proud recipient of two
PRISM Awards presented by the Entertainment Industries Council.
She is also co-author of the music business book, Your First Cut, a Step-by-Step
Guide to Getting There, co-written with hit songwriter Jerry Vandiver, released
in the spring of 2002. Known as "the left-brain book for write-brain people,"
Your First Cut is a 224-page workbook designed to guide and inspire songwriters
while keeping them organized and focused on the path to realizing their
songwriting dreams. Since the book's release, Gracie and Jerry have presented
over fifty workshops throughout the United States sponsored by ASCAP, SGA, NSAI,
TAXI, and other songwriting organizations, and colleges such as Berklee College
of Music, MusicTech, Belmont University, MTSU, and Vanderbilt's Blair School of
Her songs have been recorded by award-winning writers, including Jerry Vandiver
(yes, he’s her husband, but he wasn’t when he recorded his CD!) and Jon Vezner
(often recognized for writing the Grammy-winning song "Where've You Been"
recorded by Kathy Mattea). Her songs can also be heard on both Sounds of
Serenity CDs, on 12StepRadio.com, and on many other independent recordings.
Gracie performs music for your recovery toolkit at conferences and treatment
centers around the country. Her "Treatment Center Tour" offers men and women in
early recovery the unique opportunity to hear an acoustic music performance of
recovery songs along with the sharing of her personal story about getting and
staying clean and sober, and some of the spiritual truths she has learned during
her sixteen years of sobriety. The power of music allows the message of recovery
to be absorbed on many levels. Gracie’s experience, strength, hope, and music
remind us that we are not alone on our journey, and it’s easier to stay clean
and sober when we are willing to ask for help. Her music speaks to the deepest
corners of our hearts by holding up the mirror or experience and gently
whispering, I've been there, and I'm not there anymore.
She can also be heard playing locally at the Bluebird Cafe and other clubs in
Trail of Light, by Gracie Vandiver & Friends (Note to Self Recordings 2007),
contains fifteen songs reflecting the journey from alcoholism and addiction to a
new life in recovery. Trail of Light was recently honored with an Entertainment
Industries Council PRISM Award! Trail of Light is being used by the Betty Ford
Center and Hanley Center, as well as other treatment centers and sober-living
homes for breaking through invisible barriers and paving the way for listeners
to talk about things that most people only think about. The first twelve songs
lyrically address the emotional twists and turns on the path, capturing "What it
was like," "What happened," and "What it's like now." The fifteen-song journey
concludes with "A vision for you," offering songs of hope and inspiration to
maintain solid footing in day-to-day recovery.
As a faculty member at SongU.com, Gracie facilitates an online “Artist’s Way”
course (based on the best selling book by Julia Cameron), gently leading
participants through a comprehensive program to recovery creativity and learn
how to limit fears, self-sabotage, guilt and other inhibiting forces - resulting
in increased artistic confidence and productivity.
* Using the power of music to support recovery from alcoholism and addiction in
all its forms, Sunlight of the Spirit Music (www.SunlightOfTheSpirit.com)
provides treatment centers, counselors, and members of the recovery community
with the best recovery music CDs available. Sunlight of the Spirit Music
exclusively sells CDs by artists in recovery and has the largest selection of
12-Step and recovery music in one place on the planet.
** As producer and host of the Sober Cafe Podcast (www.SoberCafePodcast.com),
she serves up interviews and music from artists in recovery, because music is
food for the soul! The Sober Cafe Podcast received an Entertainment Industries
Council PRISM Award for Interactive Media.
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Canadian performing songwriter and guitar instructor...
About Irene Jackson
Irene Jackson has been a performing songwriter for more than 30 years, having 4 CD releases to her credit as well as numerous live performances. Her songs have recently surpassed the 250,000 play mark on mp3.com and she continues to write and record in her studio, Moonstone Productions. Irene’s compositional skills have resulted in theme music for a number of television series’, including the internationally syndicated home repair show Home Check With Shell Busey, the SpeedVision series Canadian Biker Television, and the WTN series At Home With Herbs. More recently, she composed the news music package for CH News Victoria, and theme and background music for the canine series Doggin' It. Teaching is another of Irene’s talents and she is well established as a guitar teacher on Vancouver Island, having taught players of all ages since 1989. To satisfy her mad passion for songwriting, Irene occasionally holds songwriting workshops and classes, as well as maintaining a large collection of tips and articles for songwriters on her website. She actively participates in the online songwriting community by writing a monthly column for the Muse’s Muse newsletter, and reviewing songs for Gods Of Music. Irene is affiliated with SOCAN and BMI and she is a member of the Songwriters Association of Canada and the Pacific Music Industry Association. She is currently working on a new CD as well as a songwriting for guitar instruction video. You can learn more by visiting her website at www.irenejackson.com.
Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician with...
About Kristy Jackson
Kristy Jackson is an award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, with songwriting credits and singles with artists on MCA, Giant, Curb, and Universal Records including two Grammy winning singers. As an independent recording artist, she has released 5 CDs most notably the single, “Little Did She Know (She’d Kissed A Hero)” which became the #1 most requested song on the largest radio stations in New York and other major markets after 9/11. She alone raised over $30,000 for 9/11 charities. She is a member of the prestigious BMI millionaire club both as a songwriter and a music publisher. In 2010, she founded the 501c3 non-profit organization, Triad Musicians Matter, to financially assist struggling musicians in the triad area of North Carolina. In 2012, she organized a North Carolina Co-Operative record label, Fever Pitch Music. She continues to write and perform.
One of the brightest musical humorists to break through...
About Kacey Jones
Audiences have been laughing with Kacey Jones for decades. She’s been
laughed at outside the Nashville city limits by the likes of People Magazine,
USA Today, GAC & CMT Television, and on National Public Radio as Garrison
Keillor's guest on "A Prairie Home Companion." With KACEY JONES there's a lot to
Her new CD, "Donald Trump’s Hair," is the hilarious follow-up to her previous
comedy album, "Nipples to the Wind." Scheduled for national release in May,
2009, "Donald Trump’s Hair" contains fifteen tracks, including thirteen new
songs written or co-written by Jones. The debut single, "I Wanna Be Up Front
Like Dolly" will be featured in the April 2009 edition of Country Weekly
Magazine. Her newest creation is ‘stacked’ with clever appeal, establishing the
vocal talent and comedy genius caught in the grooves.
In the hard work-a-day world of carving a national name as one of the brightest
musical humorists to break through in years, Kacey Jones is used to breaking the
mold. Singer, songwriter, musician, producer, publisher…all distinct
descriptions that fit a unique piece of this puzzle. When completely assembled,
the one that emerges is of a delightful, born and bred in the San Francisco Bay
Area, madcap redhead who sees the world at large with laser perception and a
"I'm a singer-songwriter-musician first," says Jones, "I enjoy making people
laugh in the tradition of musical humorists such as Tom Lehrer, Mae West, Roger
Miller, Dan Hicks, Jerry Reed, and Sophie Tucker." I also enjoy a good
ballad…that's why I recorded my tribute to Mickey Newbury." (Kacey Jones Sings
Mickey Newbury - IGO Records, 2006). Jones’ interpretation of Newbury’s
beautiful, melancholy songs achieved critical worldwide acclaim. She even
enlisted Newbury’s close friend, Kris Kristofferson, to play a cameo role in her
music video, SanFrancisco Mabel Joy. "I love when people laugh so hard at my
funny songs that tears roll down their cheeks," says Kacey, "I also love to see
their eyes well up when I sing a ballad that reminds them of someone or
something they've loved or lost. Tears of laughter, tears of sorrow...they're
all good. They let us know we're alive."
If it all seems off the wall, it's totally sane in the world of Kacey Jones.
Hers was, after all, the brilliant mind that conceived one of Nashville's most
unique and revered cult acts, the all-girl group, "Ethel and The Shameless
Hussies," who broke above the waves in the late 80's to mainstream nominations
as "Comedy Act of the Year" on MCA Records. As lead singer and lead comedy
writer, Kacey put the Shameless Hussies on America's national radar.
In 1997 Kacey signed with Curb Records and recorded one of the few original
music-with-comedy-albums ever released by a female artist in Nashville. "Men Are
Some of My Favorite People," considered a classic by collectors, yielded two
music videos, "1-900-Bubba" and "I Hate Your Lousy, Rotten, Stinkin' Guts But,
I'm Not Bitter."
Further proving that her talents could produce more than just a few good laughs,
Kacey entered the studio with legendary cult artist, Kinky Friedman, only to
emerge as the producer of his critically acclaimed project, "Pearls in the
Snow." Featuring Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Delbert
McClinton and others, the album reached the # 1 spot on the Americana radio
chart in 1999. In 2000 Kacey and Delbert McClinton recorded the duet, "You're
The Reason Our Kids are Ugly." The single and video stayed at the top of the
European country chart (#1) for nine weeks.
Movies were next to fall under her spell. Kacey contributed three original songs
to the soundtrack of the multi-award-winning cult film and TV series, "Sordid
Lives" starring Beau Bridges, Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, and Leslie
Jordan. Could Broadway be next? "Nipples To The Wind" has what it takes to get
to Broadway - I look forward to that!" says Kacey.
Kacey is the "Official Songstress of The Sweet Potato Queens" an organization
with 75,000 members worldwide, born out of six best-selling Sweet Potato Queen
books (Simon & Schuster). She’s also a favorite of the "Red Hats" and has been a
featured performer at their regional and state conferences. What’s next on her
agenda? Heads-up, Donald Trump, you’re at the top of Kacey’s list!
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Successful songwriter and author whose songs have...
About Jai Josefs
Jai Josefs has taught classes at UCLA, NSAI, and the Songwriters Guild and over the last 15 years has pioneered a system of songwriting education that has enabled many of his students to launch successful careers in the music industry. In addition to teaching, he has been a successful songwriter, arranger and producer, Jai's credits include songs recorded by artists such as Jose Feliciano to Little Richard, as well as for companies like RCA, MCA, Motown and Disney. His songs have been used in TV shows on every major network, including such shows as CSI, Spin City, Smallville, Nash Bridges, and Malcolm in the Middle. Recent film credits include Random Hearts (w/ Harrison Ford), Waking Up in Reno (w/ Billy Bob Thornton), and Roosters (with Edward James Olmos). For more information on Jai, visit www.jaijomusic.com.
Author of "Networking Strategies For The New Music...
About Dan Kimpel
Dan Kimpel is one of the American media's foremost authorities on popular music and songwriters. He contributes to a dizzying variety of print and electronic mediums: books, interactive CD's, magazines, web sites, videos and new media. For the past six years, Dan has conducted audio interviews and voiced programs heard by 19 million monthly passengers on United Airlines flights worldwide. In addition to United, he has written, interviewed, produced and voiced segments for TED, Regal Cinemas, and the presidential and vice presidential planes, Air Force One and Two.
Dan’s latest book, Networking Strategies For The New Music Business (ArtistPro / Thomson Course Technology), the follow-up to best selling debut, Networking in the Music Business, takes a revealing look at the personal relationships in the industry as it guides readers to connect with others who share their aspirations, energies and enthusiasm. You can read more about Dan Kimpel at his website www.dankimpel.com.
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Performing songwriter, singer and proprietress of...
About Jodi Krangle
Jodi Krangle created The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource in 1995. She has an extensive background in website promotions - both as it pertains to musicians and as it relates to business in general. Putting that background to good use, she has been working in the field of search engine placement strategies, online media buying, community creating and linking strategies for over six years. Jodi is also an active Canadian musician and voiceover professional. In her spare time, she can often be found doing studio vocals, writing songs (though not as often as she'd like), performing with her folk group, Urban Tapestry, and working on her web site until the wee hours of the morning. For more information and ideas on how musicians and songwriters can promote themselves, see her column section on The Muse's Muse. She also offers very reasonably priced Internet marketing services.
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Brice has had cuts and chart toppers with John Michael...
About Brice Long
Brice Long is a native of Hopkinsville, KY. As an artist he’s had charted singles with "It’s Only Monday" and "Anywhere But Here". His self titled album is available on Itunes or wherever digital music is sold.
Brice is signed to Bigger Picture Entertainment. He’s had cuts with John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Gary Allan, Darryl Worley, Randy Houser, James Otto, Laura Bell Bundy, Tracy Byrd, Chris Young, Steve Holy, Randy Travis, Craig Campbell, Gretchen Wilson, Casey James, Kevin Fowler, Carter’s Chord, Rose Falcon, The Grascals and Porter Wagoner. Including the #1 single "Nothing on but the Radio" for Gary Allan. And recent chart toppers with Randy Houser’s, "Anything Goes.", "Today" from Gary Allan and Casey James’ "Let’s Don’t Call It A Night". For more info – www.facebook.com/bricelongmusic
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Successful independent recording artist, Kerrville...
About Nancy Moran
Nancy Moran is a professional singer, songwriter and recording artist. She has released three albums on Azalea Records and from 1993 - 1998 toured nationally playing festivals, clubs and coffeehouses. Her records have received national and international airplay and she was recently nominated for Best Female Vocalist and won Best Songwriter in the 2001 Virginia Sound Achievement (VSA) Awards on WXGI in Richmond, VA (her hometown). Her popular song "Classified" was also nominated for Song of the Year. While taking a break from the road in 1999 and 2000, Nancy served as Artist Services Representative and Educational Director of Songs.com, a select internet community for hundreds of professional independent recording artists. She also co-authored the audio songwriters reference series entitled, "The Songwriter's Survival Kit." She has been a guest speaker at the Nashville NSAI Workshop and she currently teaches workshops on "Making and Releasing Your Own Record," "Booking Yourself," "Releasing Your Natural Creativity" and other topics at The Music School on Music Row in Nashville and across the country for songwriting and music organizations. Nancy is currently writing new material for her next album, rehearsing with her band, completing her new book, "Making and Releasing Your Own Record," and contributing to American Songwriter Magazine. You can check out more on Nancy's career, listen to sound clips, and order her CD's by visiting her website at www.nancymoran.com.
Award winning hit songwriter and Assistant Vice President...
About Ralph Murphy
Ralph Murphy's songwriting credits include Ronnie Milsap's "He Got You," Crystal Gayle's "Half The Way" and Kathy Mattea's "Seeds." Ralph is a veteran songwriter/publisher/producer, is an instructor for NSAI's Song Camps, and is currently Assistant Vice President for ASCAP Nashville. His columns Murphy's Laws also appear on the ASCAP website and in the Nashville Songwriters Association Newswire publication.
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Darcie Nicole is a seasoned music professional whose...
About Darcie Nicole
Darcie Nicole is a seasoned music professional whose dynamic career has put her at all corners of the industry. Darcie’s expertise Vocal Performance, Songwriting, and Music Business Consulting is deeply focused in the R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel platforms. Darcie was inspired early on to enter music. Her grandfather was a first-call upright bass player at the height of the Big-Band era and performed at The Grand Ole Opry, and several members of her extended family were high-profile Jazz, orchestral, and opera professionals.
A trained Coloratura soprano who studied voice with faculty and graduates from Hartt School of Music, Darcie moved into contemporary music studies during high school, with a particular focus on R&B, Soul, and Contemporary Gospel. Then, she studied with Big-Band era Jazz composer and musical director Red Richman as well as David Stoltz (bassist for Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe and guitarist Dickey Betts). During college, she studied privately under Gabrielle Goodman (Peabody Conservatory, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack), Donna McElroy (Fisk University Singers, Amy Grant, Vanessa Williams), and Jazz artist Jan Shapiro.
She has earned copious professional credits and accolades for her work on projects, performances, and events with top-tier entertainment professionals including Jojo Brim (Kevin Liles, Trey Songz) Master P, Clayton Savage of The Furious Five, DJ Nomadik, Donald Harrison, Charles Neville, DMX, Jeremih, Bishop Leonard Scott, MC Spice, (producer for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch), Chip Fu, Tony Crush of Cold Crush Brothers, Digable Planets, and many more.
As a recording songwriter, Darcie has long-standing collaborative relationships with triple Platinum producer/engineer Jesse Jaeo Tolbert (Ms. Lauryn Hill, Bun B, The Ying Yang Twins), Gold-earning engineer John Maragos (Sir Paul McCartney, Dawson’s Creek on WB, Toby Lightman), and Luis “Chase” Boria (Epic Records, ESPN). She has performed with Gabrielle Goodman (JMT/Verve), Milton Wright, and Nnenna Freelon (as a selected member of the award-winning Berklee Reverence Gospel Choir), and had the rare opportunity to be selected as a vocalist for an educational clinic with Patti Austin.
Her award-winning production and project band Velvet Stylus has backed major artists Medusa, Dre Robinson (Universal), and Choklate and performed in the Jam Master Jay (of RUN-DMC) Foundation for Youth benefit whose bill included GRAMMY® winning composer and DJ, GrandMixer DXT (Herbie Hancock) and opened for national acts Devin the Dude, Royce da 5'9, Joe Budden.
Velvet Stylus has performed as the House Band for the New England Urban Music Awards in tribute to New Kids on the Block. They were also the house band for the official J Dilla Foundation Boston fundraiser, produced by Soulkore Productions, Ma Dukes Yancey (J Dilla’s mother), and the J Dilla Foundation.
During her years as a publicist, Darcie's press releases have been printed by HipHopDX, XXL, Okayplayer, Billboard, Vibe, URB, VH1 online, MTV Online, and Music Connection, and she's been quoted in several major media and academic outlets. She has interviewed Josh Turner (MCA), Pastor Shirley Caesar, Ricky Fante, and The Crystal Method. She wrote several features for internationally-read MusicBizAdvice.com and taught a music business course for CDIA at Boston University. She wrote an online course for Nashville-based company SongU.com where she sits among faculty and coaches including Jack Knight (Diddy, Matisyahu, Usher), Andre Deyo (Jennifer Lopez), Sheila Davis, Emmy and GRAMMY® winner Randy Klein, and more.
As Executive Director of The Boston Hip-Hop Alliance, Darcie provided adjunct publicity to the National Hip-Hop Political Convention's Sudanese Relief concert in Las Vegas featuring dead prez, Immortal Technique, Goapele, Wordsworth, Oddisee and Asheru, Deux Process, One Be Lo, The Chapter, and others. She provided targeted publicity for Numark/Alesis/Akai Milestones 2006, with Fab Five Freddy, DJ Premier, DMC (RUN-DMC), Grand Wizzard Theodore, Grandmixer DXT, Jazzy Joyce, DJ Marley Marl, Bruce Swedien, Al Kooper, and Michael Brecker. The BHHA works extensively in the Boston community and has members from all over the world, at the student to celebrity level.
Darcie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music, and volunteered as a Boston Alumni Chapter Representative. She serves as Co-Creator and Co-Producer for The Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium, which has featured senior executives and academic guests. These included mogul Kevin Liles as well as Jojo Brim (KWL Enterprises), Nina Packer (manager for Nicki Minaj), Leonard “LB”
Brooks and Sharon Heyward (emeriti EMI Music), Morace Landy and Joi Pitts (Atlantic Records), Francesca Spero (emerita Bad Boy Entertainment), Shanti Das and Tone Capone (emeriti Universal/ Motown), Lynn Scott (Universal/Republic), Cliff C1 Braithwaite (emeritus Epic Records), Cindy Diggs (Peace Boston and UMMF), Andreas Hale (emeritus HipHopDX.com), Thembisa Mshaka (BET), LaTrice Burnette (GAMEmedia and emerita Atlantic Records), and celebrity producers/songwriters/engineers Noah “40 “ Shebib (Drake), Rob Lewis (Christina Aguilera, NKOTB), Miss Courtney Harrell (Chris Brown), Prince Charles Alexander (Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys) Ryan Leslie, Dawaun Parker (Dr. Dre, Eminem), Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Nas) and many more.
Darcie also served as a publicity liaison for the Berklee Business of Gospel Music featuring Gospel executives Mathew Knowles (former manager for Destiny’s Child), Dr. Teresa Hairston (Founder of Gospel Today Magazine), Monica Coates, and Byron Scott.
Darcie counsels countless people about music business and has worked with students at Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, Fisher College, Drexel University, Northeastern University, Simmons College, and Boston University. She served as a panelist at Bentley College alongside JAMN 94.5, Brandeis University, and Vibe Magazine's Cheo Coker.
Darcie led a workshop at the Mayor Thomas Menino's Hip-Hop Reconstruction.Featured on the event were Davey D, Rakim, CL Smooth, Medusa, and Nice and Smooth. She has twice been a panelist for Berklee's Hip-Hop Summit, TasteMakers Hartford, and major-label affiliated Boston Music Conference, plus a moderator for NEMO 2005, and a featured guest on National Public Radio alongside Essence Magazine.
Darcie was a Rounds Judge for the Berklee/Essence Songwriting Competition 2006. Darcie is an Education Committee member of CitiCenter for the Performing Arts, and has participated in programming work around Ain't Misbehavin' (Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis) and The Color Purple (presented by Oprah Winfrey and starring Kenita Miller, Adam Wade, Latoya London). She serves on The Recording Academy® New York Chapter's Boston Outreach Committee alongside Jonathan Wyner (M-Works Mastering), Scott Billington (Rounder Records), Malik Williams (score writer for numerous top-rated programs on CBS, E!, VH1, MTV, SpikeTV, and others), GRAMMY®-winner Richie Pena, and more. She works extensively with Peace Boston. Darcie is active as a performing songwriter and performance coach.
She guest co-hosted on WMBR's Time Travelin'; with DJ Nomadik for two years. Darcie is a three-time ASCAPlus awardee in Jazz/Contemporary Music and recently released a book Where the Huskies Go available on Amazon Kindle and at Harvard Bookstore.
Darcie’s music and business interns, clients, and advisees have gone on to careers and opportunities at DefJam Recordings, Columbia Records, ESPN Espy Awards, ASCAP, NAMM, Sony Music, Disney Corporate, and Apple Corporate, as well as to music placement opportunities on VH1 and other major
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Award winning songwriter and former Columbia recording...
About Jack Sundrud
Jack Sundrud came to Nashville, TN in 1981 and spent several years as a touring bassist/vocalist with Vince Gill, Poco, Gail Davies, Michael Johnson, Nicolette Larson, Gary Morris, Kathy Mattea, Dickey Betts, The O’Kanes and others. In 1991, Jack - as a member of Great Plains - wrote or co-wrote all ten tracks on the band’s Columbia debut, including the hit single "Faster Gun" (with Gary Burr). In 1996, Great Plains released the album Homeland on Magnatone Records, also featuring ten Sundrud compositions, including the title track (co-written with Keith Miles) which was named Farm Song of the Year in 1996 by The Farm Journal (the award was shared with Billy Montana's "Clean Mind and Dirty Hands"). Also in 1996, along with Michael Johnson, Jack penned "Cain’s Blood," the debut hit for 4Runner. In 1998, "It Must Be Love," co-written with Craig Bickhardt and recorded by Ty Herndon, became a number one country radio hit.
Jack continues to perform with Poco (check out their new release at www.poconut.com) and write songs for Curb/Magnatone Music Publishing in Nashville. He and his sweetheart Sue live in East Nashville with a pack of stray dogs.
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Professional songwriter, music publisher, and author...
About Susan Tucker
Susan Tucker is a songwriter, music publisher, teacher and author of The Soul Of A Writer, and The Writer’s Goal Book. She has made a career out of studying successful songwriters and hit songs, and of sharing what she learns with up and coming songwriters. Her books and workshops have helped thousands of songwriters to further their dreams of success while saving them valuable time, energy and money. She is the co-author of a lesson plan that is currently in use by over 100 regional workshops of The Nashville Songwriters Association International. She is also the creator and editor of, and a contributing writer to, the Songwriters Connection Monthly Web E-Zine. She has been a guest lecturer at Berklee School of Music, and conducts teaching workshops for NSAI, NCSA (Northern California Songwriters Assoc.), and other songwriting organizations all over the country. She also presents Spring and Fall seminars in Nashville each year titled, “The Soul Of A Writer – LIVE!” where she brings together hit songwriters, top industry insiders and up and coming songwriters. Susan is currently managing and co-producing two country artists, Keith Norris and Flybilly. She is co-owner of Sage House Music Publishing and an active member of ASCAP, NARAS and NSAI.
About Donna Valentine
Donna is a professional songwriter with numerous Indie cuts in the Jazz, Pop and Country genres. She also has had film and TV placements. She ran a monthly workshop for NSAI for over 15 years. Prior to that, she ran the Boulder Area Songwriter's Alliance and the Colorado Christian Songwriter's group for five years.
Donna has been a active member of SongU.com since 2005 and many here have benefited from her SongU.com PEER FDBK class since March of 2007.
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Hit songwriter and author with over 12 million records...
About Jerry Vandiver
Jerry Vandiver is originally from Kansas City and made the move to Nashville in 1984. Since then, he has been a staff writer for Dick James Music, Little Big Town Music, and Malaco Music while owning and managing a mail order demo studio on Music Row. He is currently an exclusive staff writer for Talbot Music. Jerry's first major label cut was "Don't Waste It On The Blues" by Gene Watson which reached #5 on the country charts. Since then, he has had songs recorded by Wild Rose, Lee Greenwood, Barbara Mandrell, Phil Vassar and two by Tim McGraw including "For A Little While" which reached #2 on the country charts and was performed by McGraw on the David Letterman Show. The song is also featured on McGraw's Greatest Hits CD. Thanks to Tim, Jerry now has songs on over 12 million records! Jerry latest cut entitled "Athens Grease" is on Phil Vassar's latest album. He is the co-author of Your First Cut: A Step-by-Step Guide To Getting There, available at www.yourfirstcut.com.
For more information on Jerry, or to purchase his CD Don’t Try This At Home, visit www.jerryvandiver.com.
Award-winning songwriter, publisher, recording musician...
About Vip Vipperman
Vip Vipperman has been an award-winning songwriter, publisher, recording musician and producer in Nashville since 1977. As a songwriter, Vip has had #1 songs on the Country Music Chart, the Texas Music Chart, The Gospel Music Chart, and on the CMT Video Chart. He wrote the first hit songs for both Randy Travis and Trace Adkins - who has recorded 5 of Vip's songs. George Jones, Reba McEntire, Charley Pride, Connie Smith, Emmylou Harris and LeAnn Rimes are among the many other artists who have recorded Vip's songs. Garth Brooks included video of himself performing Vip's song '1982' in his 2014 release "Blame It All on My Roots - 5 Decades of Influences" box set. Garth Brooks also recorded the song for his 2016 release "The Ultimate Collection" box set.
Vip has been finalist for the CMA's Song of The Year Award. He has received ASCAP Awards both as writer and publisher. He has also been a recipient of The NSAI Award. Vip's songs have sold more than 28 million copies. He has placed songs in several movies as well as many television series - including GCB's, Weeds, Days of Our Lives and The World's Dumbest Criminals, Made, Hee Haw, The Texaco Country Showdown and others.
As a guitarist, Vip has recorded in the studio or on television with a host of country, pop and rock artists - including 25 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has been staff guitarist on The NBC Series 'The Nashville Palace', 'The Hee Haw Show', 'The Texaco Country Showdown', 'Country Gold', The American Arthritis Foundation Telethon' as well as many others. Vip also co-wrote the themes for 'The Hee Haw Show', 'The Colgate Country Showdown', and 'The Texaco Country Showdown' with the shows' music director Charlie McCoy. Currently, tours globally with Don McLean. Find out more at his website: VipVippermanMusic.com.