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 Vanderbilt University and has previously been a member of the faculty at Rutgers University in addition to 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 received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and was nominated for 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 one of 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.
Songwriter and Sync Production Mentor: Benn...
About Benn Cutarelli
As songwriter and composer, Benn's melodies and harmonic treatment are crossed between country, alternative country and pop. He 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.
Hit Songwriter Mentor: Grammy nominated songwriter...
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.
Music Publisher and Songwriter Mentor: Owner...
About Bob Dellaposta
Ower and Creative Director of My3Kids Music Publishing. Bob has secured multiple cuts and placements for SongU members on indie artists, international artists, commercials, movies, and television. He holds a B.S. in Music Education and has over 20 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.
Producer, Indie Artist, and Sync Licensing Mentor:...
About Diona Devincenzi
Diona Devincenzi is a songwriter/artist/producer, born in San Francisco, and splits her time writing and recording in her Nashville and California based studios.
Focusing the last 10 years on writing music for film, t.v. and advertising, she has garnered multiple placements including Seal Team, Mistresses, Chicago P.D., Pretty Little Liars, Lethal Weapon 3, just to name a few.
Her musical influences comes from old, new far and wide, but she resonates the most with songs that have soul and substance. Artists on her permanent playlist are The Beatles, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Adele. John Mayer and Aretha.
Her current artist projects include a retro soul collaboration with Brit. Paul Cufflin called Brit Frisco as well as her newest solo endeavor, a nu-modern blend of soul, R&B and rock she calls by her middle name and mom’s surname FELICE .
She cares about honesty, integrity, kindness and is inspired by strong, courageous people who overcome odds and speak out against injustices. And most of her friends possess an irreverent sense of humor.
You can find out more about her at her website www.dionadevincenzi.com
Music Publisher Mentor: Dallas Gregory is the...
About Dallas Gregory
Dallas Gregory is the owner and Creative Director of Song Rocket Music Publishing. He has secured cuts on indie artists and major label Christian artists. He 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.
Soundtrack, Instrumental, and Songwriting Mentor:...
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.
Hit Songwriter Mentor: One of the SongU Co-Founders,...
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. She has performed her original songs regularly over the years at The Bluebird Café and other Nashville venues. 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 P. Diddy among others. A "Power Quotes" interview with Sara was highlighted in the 2009 Entertainment Power Players Directory: Edition 4. 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 2003, she developed and co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website www.SongU.com which offers online songwriting courses, coaching, co-writing, industry connections and pitching opportunities to an international community of songwriters. She continues to be the main administrator, as well as one of the Lyric Writing and Song Feedback instructors 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 Runaway June, Lauren Duski, Home Free, Aaron Shust, Audio Adrenaline and many others. He has had songs placed in major release movies, prime-time 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, Curb, 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 been featured by MTV as the artist of the day. Justin lives in Nashville with his wife and their son and their rescue dog. He is currently a staff writer with Centricity Music publishing and owner of Pearl Snap studios.
Creative Director and Sync Agent Mentor: Creative...
About Queenie Mullinix
Queenie Mullinex is the Creative Director for Washington Street Publishing (Nancy Peacock, owner), 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.
Hit Songwriter Mentor: Writer of #1 Country...
About Lisa Palas
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.
Indie Artist, Pro Songwriter and Musician Mentor:...
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
International Songwriter Mentor: Songwriter...
About Alan Roy Scott
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.
Producer and Hit Songwriter Mentor: Emmy Award...
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.
Song Publisher and Artist Management Mentor:...
About Debbie Zavitson
Debbie Zavitson is a music industry veteran who owns and operates 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 and 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 Shelton's '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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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.
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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.
DIY Webcast Instructor
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.
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.
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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.
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.