Meet The SongU.com Team

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is on the Faculty at SongU.com?

Who are the SongU.com Coaches?

Who started SongU.com?

Why was SongU.com started?

Who endorses SongU.com?

 

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The SongU.com Faculty

The SongU.com faculty boasts dozens of #1 hit singles and millions of records sold. They have been nominated for, or won, CMA, Dove, Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Academy Awards not to mention authoring some of the best known books on the craft of songwriting.

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Danny Arena
Tony Award nominated songwriter whose credits include original songs for Urban Cowboy: The Musical...
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Victoria Banks
Special Event Guest
Victoria was named CCMA's 2010 Female Artist of the Year...
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Ray Barnette
Music and Vocals
Credits include producing five albums with Billy Dean...
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Craig Bickhardt
Song Feedback & Mentoring
Hit songwriter and the recipient of nine ASCAP Popular Song Awards, including three #1 songs...
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Gina Boe
Song Feedback and Mentoring
Dove-Award winning songwriter and staffwriter for Brentwood-Benson Music, whose credits include "Once Upon a Cross"...
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Galen Breen
Producer and owner of Gator Hole Studios whose demos have been used in Films and on TV...
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Cat Cohen
Special Guest
A prolific author, educator, and songwriter...
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Kim Copeland
Record producer and staff songwriter, her songs have been recorded by many artists...
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Helen Darling
Song Feedback and Mentoring
Grammy nominated songwriter and former major label recording artist whose credits include "Bring On The Rain"...
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Sheila Davis
Faculty Emeritus Songwriter, gold-record lyricist and author of "The Craft Of Lyric Writing"...
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Bob Dellaposta
Publisher Mentor
B.S. in Music Education with over twenty years teaching experience and numerous songs recorded...
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Andre Deyo
Song Feedback and Mentoring
Hit Urban Songwriter and Producer whose credits include "Jenny From The Block" by Jennifer Lopez...
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Penny Dionne

Guest Speaker
With over 35 years of combined music business experience, this dynamic duo has had its share of success...


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Producer Fett
Demo Feedback & Mentoring
Record Producer, owner of Azlea Studios and former Technology Editor for Performing Songwriter Magazine...
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Gracie Hollombe
Founder of Sunlight of the Spirit Music and co-author of the music business book "Your First Cut"...
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Irene Jackson
Canadian performing songwriter and guitar instructor who has written music for television...
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Kristy Jackson
Mentoring
Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician with credits on Grammy winning artists....
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Kacey Jones

Guest Speaker
One of the brightest musical humorists to break through in years, Kacey Jones is used to breaking the mold...


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Jai Josefs
Song Feedback & Mentoring
Successful songwriter and author whose songs have been used in TV shows on every major network...
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Dan Kimpel
Guest Speaker
Author of "Networking Strategies For The New Music Business"...
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Randy Klein
Song Feedback and Mentoring
Emmy-Award winning songwriter, record producer and President of the Grammy winning Jazzheads Record Label...
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Jack Knight
Hit Urban songwriter and producer whose credits include #1 hits for Matisyahu, P. Didddy, Carl Thomas, Usher and others...
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Kat Korac
Christian songwriter whose Inspirational and Southern Gospel songs have been recorded by many artists...
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Jodi Krangle
Performing songwriter, singer and proprietress of the Muses Muse website...
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Sara Light
Song Feedback & Mentoring
Award winning songwriter whose songs have been on the top of the charts as well as on Broadway...
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Brice Long
Special Event Guest
Brice has had cuts and chart toppers with John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire and more...
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Pat and Pete Luboff
Song Feedback and Mentoring
Songwriters and authors whose songs have been recorded by Patti Labelle and Snoop Dogg among others...
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Clay Mills

Guest Speaker
Grammy nominated songwriter whose credits include the #1 hits "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio and "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" by Darius Rucker...


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Emily Mueller
Owner of Listen and Connect Creative offering writer, producer, musician, management, A&R, and consulting services to songwriters...
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Ralph Murphy
Faculty Emeritus
Award winning hit songwriter and Assistant Vice President for ASCAP...
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Darcie Nicole
Darcie Nicole is a seasoned music professional whose dynamic career has put her at all corners of the industry...
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Pamela Oland
Author and Grammy-Award nominated songwriter with credits in Country, R&B, Pop, TV & Film...
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Lisa Palas
Mentoring and Songwriters Support
An award-winning songwriter with several number one hits to her credit...
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Marcia Ramirez
Song Feedback and Mentoring
A professional singer/songwriter who has had four independent solo albums and placements for film, TV and major artists.
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Alan Roy Scott
Song Feedback and Mentoring
Songwriter and music producer with cuts by Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and others in addition to numerous TV/Film credits...
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Sue Smith
Song Feedback & Mentoring
Five-time Dove Award winning songwriter with eight #1 songs and cuts by Avalon, The Crabb Family and many others...
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Jack Sundrud
Award winning songwriter and former Columbia recording artist who currently writes and performs with Poco...
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Susan Tucker
Professional songwriter, music publisher, and author of "The Soul of A Writer," "The Secrets of Songwriting," and more...
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Jerry Vandiver
Hit songwriter and author with over 12 million records sold, including Tim McGraw's "For A Little While"...
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Michele Vice-Maslin
Feedback and Mentoring
Emmy Award Winner, #1 Hit Songwriter, Producer, Arranger...
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Vip Vipperman
Special Guest and Private Sessions
Award-winning songwriter, publisher, recording musician and producer in Nashville since 1977...
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Mike Waldron
Song Feedback and Mentoring
Professional musician who has played on thousands of demos, albums, television shows and has toured the world with some of the biggest names in Country music.
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Cole Wright
Song Feedback & Mentoring
One of the top songpluggers in Nashville, has worked in A&R and served as Creative Director at major publishing companies...
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Debbie Zavitson
Publisher Mentor
Industry vet, Debbie Zavitson, runs Debbie Z Entertainment, a full service publishing, management...
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Stuart Ziff

Guest Speaker
Hit songwriter and lead guitarist for the legendary Funk-R&B-Latin group War...


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The SongU.com Coaches

The SongU.com coaches have experience and credits in every genre making it easy for you to find the right coach to make your songs the best they can be before investing money in a custom project or demo for pitching.

Coach #168
Hit songwriter whose songs have been recorded by numerous major label artists in several genres, Specializes in evaluating Country, Pop and Independent Singer Songwriters...
 
Coach #506
Creative Director with over 15 years experience in the music industry including publishing, promotion, publishing and A&R. Specializes in evaluating Country and CCM...
 
Coach #814
Songwriter with credits on several major label artists, including Aaron Neville, Restless Heart and Kenny Rogers. Specializes in evaluating Country and Adult Contemporary songs...
 
Coach #1230
Two-time Grammy winning songwriter of children's music with credits in the Country and Christian markets. Specializes in Country, Christian and Children's genres...
 
Coach #1318
Winner of 4 Emmy Awards for Children's songs and Film scores as well as two Gold Records for songs written for R&B legend, Millie Jackson. Comfortable evaluating in all musical genres...
 
Coach #1663
Award-winning songwriter and producer with over a hundred cuts to their credit in Country, Rock and CCM. Specializes in evaluating Country, CCM, and Adult Comtemporary songs...
 
Coach #1666
Former head of A&R and current Creative Director at a publishing company, this coach has been responsible for finding many hit country songs. Specializes in commercial Country, Pop or CCM...
 
Coach #1667
Grammy-nominated producer who continues to produce several major label acts that have garnered multi-platinum status as well as several hit songs. Specializes in Country, Pop and Rock...
 
Coach #1683
Multiple hit songwriter with credits in country, R&B, Rock, Inspirational and musical theatre. Specializes in Country, Inspirational and Career Guidance...
 
Coach #2245
Award-winning songwriter and producer with thousands of major film/TV placements. Specializes in Pop, Hot AC; Top 40...
 
Coach #2537
Hit songwriter and Song of The Year recipient whose credits include Alan Jackson, George Strait, Dierks Bentley and more. Specializes in Traditional and Contemporary Country and Bluegrass...
 
Coach #3002
Hit songwriter with songs recorded by major pop, country, R&B and folk music acts. Specializes in Country, Pop, Rock and Independent Singer Songwriters...
 
Coach #3012
Hit songwriter and music publisher, artist and producer. As a songwriter, this coach has garnered close to 2 million airplays on radio, Specializes in Country, Singer Songwriters and Pop songs...
 
Coach #3321
Dove-Award winning songwriter and a successful independent artist. Specializes in evaluating Southern Gospel, Christian, Children's Music and Musicals...
 
Coach #3762
Hit writer with songs recorded by artists such as Celine Dion, Notorious B.I.G, Gloria Estefan, Luther Vandross as well as Film/TV. Specializes in Film/TV, Pop/Hot AC, R&B, Urban, World Music, Singer/Songwriters and Rock...
 
Coach #4644
Songplugger and former A&R who has placed numerous songs with major artists in addition to helping to discover several platinum and gold selling artists. Specializes in evaluating Pop and Rock, Alternative, Christian and Country....
 
Coach #6732
Hit songwriter, veteran publisher, recording and touring musician, producer. Specializes in evaluating Country, Pop, Rock, Singer-Songwriter...
 
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The Founders of SongU.com 

Meet the three people who back in 2001 had a crazy idea to build a website to help educate songwriters and connect them to the music industry...in other words...the Programming Team, Graphic Design Team, Website Design Team, Editorial and Proofreading Team, Management Team, Faculty Coordination Team and Anything-else-you-can-think-of Team...must get sleep.

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CSP
Chief Smiley Person
Education
M.Ed. Language Education, Rutgers University, BA Communication...
Teaching
Visiting Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN...
Bio
Song Feedback & Mentoring
Award winning songwriter whose songs have been on the top of the charts as well as on Broadway...
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CCG
Chief Creative Guy
Education
MS Computer Science, Rutgers University, BA Music Composition...
Teaching
Associate Professor, Volunteer State Community College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN...
Technical
Trailblazer Award from State of TN for exemplary distance education course development ...
Bio
Tony Award nominated songwriter whose credits include original songs for Urban Cowboy: The Musical...
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CTW
Chief Tech Warrior

 
Education
MS Computer Information Systems, Mississippi State University, BS Music Education...
Teaching
Assistant Professor, Volunteer State Community College, Nashville TN...
Technical
Trailblazer Award from State of TN for exemplary distance education course development...
Bio
Songwriter, singer and recording engineer who has worked with the top CCM band, Petra...
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Music Industry Endorsements

SongU.com is proudly endorsed by numerous professional songwriting groups and organizations around the world.

Image of ASCAP Logo (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers)  "SongU.com is by far the most detailed, user friendly, online songwriting curriculum available that will undoubtedly help prepare songwriters for any market no matter their place of residence." - Chad Green, Membership Representative, ASCAPImage of Songwriters Association of Canada "SongU.com provides a unique on-line learning environment where songwriters can develop their craft at their own pace. It is great place for any writer to further explore the art of songwriting." - Don Quarles, Executive Director, Songwriters Association of Canada
Image of Songwriters Guild Of America  "SongU.com is simply the best organized and most informative songwriting education site around... and also the most fun!" - Rick Carnes, President, Songwriters Guild Of America (SGA)
Image of Making Music Magazine "I am truly impressed by the variety and depth of your course catalog." -  Ryan Raymond, Advertising Manager, Making Music Magazine
 
Image of Nashville Muse "SongU.com is an incredible site. It has been great watching you and your site grow to be such a great resource for songwriters all over the world!" - Doak Turner, Songwriter and Owner of Nashville MuseImage of MusesMuse "Technology is a wonderful thing - and it's especially wonderful when it can help educate, motivate and bring a community closer together, all at the same time. Keep up the fantastic work!" - Jodi Krangle, Proprietress, MusesMuse.com
Image of Nashville Songwriters Association International  "SongU.com is the next important evolution for serious aspiring songwriters to grow in their craft." - Bart Herbison, Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)Image of Irish Music Rights Organization  "Enda has been singing your praises over this side of the Atlantic for months now and justifiably so from what I can see from your website." - Keith Johnson, Marketing Manager,
Irish Music Rights Organisation


 
Image of SESAC logo  "I love it! You have done such an outstanding job!" - Pat Rogers, Senior Vice President, SESAC
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