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Video Vault with D'Mar

Online

D'Mar

Derrick “D’MAR” Martin’s is standing between two worlds where the gap grows by the day and D’MAR is the epicenter .He is simply a force of nature. D'MAR is a musician, producer, songwriter, singer, educator, entertainer and motivational speaker. He has been traveling the world and spent 17 years as the lead drummer for the legendary Little Richard. D'MAR has also worked with a number of other artists such as: Dorothy Moore, Bobby Rush, Vastie Jackson, Ali Woodson (The Temptations), Big Jack Johnson, Billy Preston, Roy Gaines, Mitch Woods, Mark Hummel, Jackie Payne, Kid Andersen, Syl Johnson, Bob Margolin, Carla Thomas, Wendy Moten and Tutu Jones just to name a few.

His career started when most of us were still playing with skateboards and riding Big Wheels. From the moment he beat on his mother’s couch at the age of five to the present, D’MAR has done what he loves to do: perform and play the drums. It was natural for him to be “All-City Band”, first chair in the percussion section and section leader before he was an upper classman in high school. What is more amazing is after working at a local record store for a couple of months while in college, he decided to fulfill a childhood dream and goal: he would play drums for a living and work for himself. As it would happen, D’MAR had an opportunity to audition for the living legend, Little Richard in which he got the drummer spot in the band!

Within three years, he was the lead drummer and the youngest member of the Little Richard band. Even though he was young and surrounded by fame and fortune, the lifestyle he lived was not one of great jet setting. He took the time to learn the craft from one of the founding fathers of Rock and Roll. He began to develop his Berry Gordy business acumen and learned to identify business opportunities, which led him to open several businesses, which are still active today.

17 years later, D’MAR has traveled globally, entertained amongst the hottest stars, and served as co-owner of Airtight Productions for twenty years and put together one of the most innovative music education programs ever seen. Not only is D’MAR in the business of producing, being an artist, teacher and musician, in 2009, he landed a role in the movie Chess: Who do You Love in which he plays Muddy Waters’ drummer, “Elgin Evans”. He is currently a member of the award winning band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and continues to release his own solo records. Despite his full schedule and full life, D’MAR gives back to his community through volunteering with the youth arts programs. He has also created music education program called Drums & More, which he performs for schools throughout the world. D'MAR is currently a member of the prestigious arts organization, Young Audiences of Northern California, based in San Francisco, CA.

Drums & More is a clinic and lecture series of unique caliber. Whereas some people speak from either an educational or a practical perspective, D'MAR's program offers the best of both worlds. Drums & More is an informative and energetic program that is covers the history of the drum set and helps inspire students to embrace arts & education.

This program goes hand in and with a new venture called Building A Better You that focuses on arts, education and health.

D'MAR is continuing to grow and refine his craft. As he does so, he is always finding ways to share his lessons whether it is from the stage, in the studio or in the classroom.

About Host Mike Annuzzi Mike Annuzzi is a WCS member, TV host at the WCS Palo Alto chapter at Mid-Pen Media Center and is introducing The WCS Video Vault series. Mike's experience ranges from songwriter to performer, talent buyer to music promoter, producer to studio musician and the list goes on. Mike has performed on stages with artists ranging from Luis Fonsi, Los Lonely Boys, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Edwin McCain, Love and Theft and many more. Mike brings a dynamic background and a variety of special topics and guests to our new online chapter.

http://mikeannuzzi.com

Recorded Video will be published publicly

Members Only may attend live session

10 spots available

Join or Renew Here: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Sign Up - email poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org

Anyone under the age of 18 must sign a PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE FORM scan and email to poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org

Video Vault with Ryann Barnes

Online

Ryann Barnes

Ryann Barnes is a 15-year old singer/songwriter from Northern California who has been writing lyrics since the age of eight. She categorizes her music as mainstream pop with country and pop rock influences. Some of her inspirations are Kelsea Ballerini, Norah Jones, Kelly Clarkson, Alec Benjamin, and Taylor Swift's older albums. Her career so far has included becoming one of the first AcaPop! Kids, an acapella group comprised entirely of youth voices, and performing locally in any way she can. Ryann has sung the national anthem for Bay Area sports teams including the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, San Jose Barracudas, San Jose Earthquakes and Stanford Athletics. Ryann plans to release her first single on June 17th 2020 and is looking forward to sharing her music with everyone. About Host Mike Annuzzi Mike Annuzzi is a WCS member, TV host at the WCS Palo Alto chapter at Mid-Pen Media Center and is introducing The WCS Video Vault series. Mike's experience ranges from songwriter to performer, talent buyer to music promoter, producer to studio musician and the list goes on. Mike has performed on stages with artists ranging from Luis Fonsi, Los Lonely Boys, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Edwin McCain, Love and Theft and many more. Mike brings a dynamic background and a variety of special topics and guests to our new online chapter.

http://mikeannuzzi.com

Recorded Video will be published publicly

Members Only may attend live session

10 spots available

Join or Renew Here: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Sign Up - email poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org

Jun3

San Jose Online

Online

San Jose Online

This is an opportunity for songwriters to get feedback on a song in progress in a non-competitive environment. Songwriters will identify some aspect of their songs:- verses, chorus, bridge, title, chord progressions - that they would like feedback on. Each participant will fill out a Google Doc in advance and the others would offer suggestions.

Number of Participants: 10

When: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm-7 and 7:30pm-8

Who Can Participate: First ten WCS members in good standing who sign-up

Length of Event: 2 sessions, 30 mins each, 5 members per session

Platform: Zoom

Regularity: Bi-Monthly

Members only, join HERE: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Email John Ribovich to sign up: jribovich16@gmail.com

Jane Bach Workshop

Online

May 28th, 5pm

Pay What You Can, Purchase Your Spot HERE

10 spots available, email poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org Members only, non members if space is available

Join HERE

Jane shares her process and experiences throughout her career. Jane will engage attendees in a Q & A  so you have the opportunity to get your burning questions answered by this successful songwriter. 

Jane Bach

Born and raised in NYC, Jane is a thirty- eight year, veteran Nashville musician, producer and hit songwriter. This grammy nominated, multiple award-winning  songwriter has had her songs recorded  by the likes of Reba McEntire,  JoDee Messina, Collin Raye, Tammy Wynette, The Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard and Opry legend Jack Greene, Lindsay Price, Charles (Chip) Esten, as well as numerous other artists, and has had hit records in the U.S., Canada, France and Holland,  among other releases worldwide. She has also written songs that were placed in radio and TV, and TV commercials.  (She wrote the theme song for the MTV show “Parental Control” that was used for 8 seasons.) And had the theme song for the major ad campaign of American Family Insurance.

Some of her hits include the Billboard  #1 song,  ”The Last One to Know," recorded  by Reba McEntire,  Her song“Just Enough Love," was the last Billboard number one record for country music legend Ray Price.   She has had  top 10, 20 and 40 Billboard singles and has had number one songs on the New Music Weekly chart….”I Cross that Bridge”, and “Days Like These”.

"Dare to Dream," recorded by JoDee Messina, earned her yet another ASCAP award for having written "one of the most performed songs of the year."  Songs recorded by American Idol’s Laney Meredith.  ”Mercy," co-written with Lindsay Price (starring on NBC's Lipstick Jungle, and ABC's Eastwick and Beverly Hills 90210) was  featured on the ABC Family Channel show Wildfire;  "Another Chance,", was also recorded by Lindsay Price,  and was featured on  ABC Family’s Wildfire”, as well as USA’s “Dead Zone”.  Along with  a song placement on the ABC-TV show “Nashville”,  she had three singles released on Charles (Chip) Esten, star of the hit TV Show “Nashville”, (Deacon Clayborne) that she wrote with Esten.

Jane is the author of the workbook "Songwriting and the Music Business," as well as the popular teacher of her songwriting workshop. Having taught in Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, and New York City,  as well as having taught a Master Class in songwriting at Vanderbilt University.

In 2015, Jane produced the album, “Ajaye Jardine”  that was considered for British Columbia Country Music Association, Album/EP of the Year…..as well a producing 11 EP’s/Albums on Sandra Piller, Cabaret/American Hit Parade.

In 2019, she produced the live show “Two Divas and a Primadonna” at the famed supper club, Feinstein’s 54 Below, in NYC.

Most recently, Jane has been spending her time between Nashville and Los Angeles, writing with and developing young singer/songwriters, performing in writers rounds,  and writing for TV.

Jane makes her home in Nashville with her husband, former NFL player with the Washington Redskins, Gary Bach.

View her cuts HERE

Menlo Park Chapter Online

Online

Greetings,

WCS members are invited to our Zoom event for West Coast Songwriters Menlo Park Chapter.

Last Tuesday of the Month: 7PM – 9PM.

ZOOM meeting will start at 6:30pm to check in, mingle (virtually of course) and be ready to start at 7:00PM, so please be onZoomline and ready.

This is a non-judges event, 2 sets and will limit it to two songs each for the first TEN members who register. This will be a Songwriter “Nashville” Round Style round robin with one song each per set.

To attend you must register for the ZOOM meeting even if you don’t want to perform. To register please email or Facebook message KJ Smith kerren@sbcglobal.net

Thank You!

KJ, Pete Chapter Managers

Video Vault with Payton Boner

Online

Payton Boner - Thursday, May 21st @3PM

Payton Ali is a 25 year-old singer/songwriter born and raised in North Texas. She made the move from Texas to Nashville in August of 2019 to fully pursue her career in the music industry. Her first single "Baby" was released in February of 2020 with two more following in March and April of 2020. Payton has her own soulful yet modern sound within the Pop genre. Some of her creative influences include; Amy Winehouse, Hayley Williams, Taylor Swift, Halsey, Julia Michaels, Due Lipa, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Adele, and many others from different genres. About Host Mike Annuzzi Mike Annuzzi is a WCS member, TV host at the WCS Palo Alto chapter at Mid-Pen Media Center and is introducing The WCS Video Vault series. Mike's experience ranges from songwriter to performer, talent buyer to music promoter, producer to studio musician and the list goes on. Mike has performed on stages with artists ranging from Luis Fonsi, Los Lonely Boys, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Edwin McCain, Love and Theft and many more. Mike brings a dynamic background and a variety of special topics and guests to our new online chapter.

http://mikeannuzzi.com

You can check out our first Vault video HERE
Recorded Video will be published publicly

Members Only may attend live session

10 spots available

Join or Renew Here: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Sign Up - email poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org

Anyone under the age of 18 must sign a PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE FORM scan and email to poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org

Video Vault with Dakota Green

Online

Dakota Green - Thursday, May 21st @1PM

Dakota Green is a Country Music Recording Artist and Songwriter from the Gulf Coast of Alabama. He got his start in music at an early age by doing national competitions and before long he was playing concerts all over the United States. He was the first artist to ever play at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL which is now home to one of the biggest music festivals in the country. He hosted open mic nights there every week while also playing at other popular coastal venues including the legendary Flora- Bama and the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, AL. He’s appeared alongside some of today’s hottest acts at music festivals such as Hills Alive (20,000+ in attendance) in South Dakota, Ichthus Festival (20,000+ in attendance) in Kentucky and has opened for artists like Elley Duhe, Anthem Lights and many others. In 2018, Green packed his bags and left his hometown area with his eyes set on Nashville. Listen to his song Moving On and you’ll hear his story of growing up, letting go of what you can’t change and of course, moving on. He began working on his debut EP Hold on to This Moment with Josh Bright (Producer for Uncle Kracker, T-Pain and others) and he slowly but surely started to find himself as an artist for the first time. The new music quickly got attention before it was even released. Green got a call from Myriad Productions in Nashville, TN and began working with their publishing division in late 2019. With a catalog of over 100 original songs and an impressive vocal range, Dakota Green is determined to show the world what he’s made of with his full album set to release later this year as the debut launch from Myriad Records. Moving On and Hold on to This Moment are both available on all streaming platforms

About Host Mike Annuzzi Mike Annuzzi is a WCS member, TV host at the WCS Palo Alto chapter at Mid-Pen Media Center and is introducing The WCS Video Vault series. Mike's experience ranges from songwriter to performer, talent buyer to music promoter, producer to studio musician and the list goes on. Mike has performed on stages with artists ranging from Luis Fonsi, Los Lonely Boys, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Edwin McCain, Love and Theft and many more. Mike brings a dynamic background and a variety of special topics and guests to our new online chapter.

http://mikeannuzzi.com

You can check out our first Vault video HERE
Recorded Video will be published publicly

Members Only may attend live session

10 spots available

Join or Renew Here: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Sign Up - email poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org

Anyone under the age of 18 must sign a PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE FORM scan and email to poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org

Redwood City Works in Progress

Mo Music, 1514 Stafford St., Redwood City

Songwriters!   Time to dust off those old tunes and/or get feedback on new ones. Play your song (live or recorded) in a casual supportive environment. Please join us and receive honest thoughtful feedback from our talented local songwriting community.  If you’d like participants to have access to your lyrics, please email Mona (mona@momusic.org) by 2:00pm day of WIP and she will make them available to the group. Street parking available Contact Moderator Mona Dena at mona@momusic.org 650-483-1347

WIP for the South Bay

Online

Works in Progress sharing while Sheltering in Place. The South Bay WCS chapters sponsor WIP Zoom sessions on Thursday May 15th. Sessions will run 7 pm to 9:30 pm. Each session will accommodate up to 8 participants. To reserve a spot, send your name, email, WCS membership status, and a copy of your song lyrics to:

mssbwip@gmail.com

That is for Mike Simpson South Bay Works In Progress! It is sharing and comments for all by all. Looking forward to doing this.

Lafayette Works in Progress

Co-Work Lomarinda, 935 Moraga Rd., Lafayette

Come Join Us! Members and Non-Members welcome Play your song (live or recorded) in a casual supportive environment. Please join us and receive honest thoughtful feedback from our talented local songwriting community.

Please bring your own lyric sheets and kindly email Laurazucker212@gmail.com to let her know you will be attending!

West Coast Songwriters, Palo Alto Chapter Online WORKSHOP for FILM and TV

Online

Monday May 11. Login 7:15 Workshop starts at 7:30

MEMBERS ONLY, join or renew https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/become-a-member PAY WHAT YOU CAN https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/store

Very excited to offer this WORKSHOP for FILM and TV presented by Marcus Barone - President, Executive in Charge of Music, Supervisor with Film Music Group, Los Angeles CA.

Marcus has generously offers to critique 5 WCS Member Songwriters. Others are welcome to view the Workshop.

For more info https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/classes-workshops

Video Vault Interview with Jon Berger

Online

Members Only, join or renew HERE: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/become-a-member 8 spots available email poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org to participate in the live interview

About Jon

Drummer and percussionist Gloria Gaynor , Petula Clark , Aretha Franklin The Ocean City Pops orchestra , The Washington Ballet . 23 Broadway shows in cluding My Fair lady , Summer , Hello Dolly , Jersey Boys , Addams Family , In the heights , Next to Normal , Les mis , Cats , Saturday night fever , Gypsy . Until covid-19 hit with the new up and coming show Romeo and Bernadette .we were Just nominated for 2 Drama desk awards for Best book and lyrics And Best Musical nomination from Off Broadway Theater alliance

Kids outreach artist since 2001 for Urban stages throughout the NYC 5 boroughs public libraries- Theatrical / percussive sound effects workshop Private lessons , Master classes and workshops . My new business ZahbahD studios just started up recording Remote drum tracks remotely from my home

BFA classical percussion from S.U.N.Y. Purchase studied Timpani at the Metropolitan opera
Paiste cymbals , DW drums , Remo drum heads , vater drum stick endorsing artists

www.jonbergerdrums.com

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West Coast Songwriters

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Song Submissions for Wendy Hope

Deadline to submit is May 14th

Submit your song for this special opportunity! 15 songs will be accepted for consideration to participate in a live feedback session. Wendy will review the 15 submissions selecting 5 for a more personal and in depth online screening. The live screening for the selected songs will take place on May 22nd at 3pm.

About Wendy

As A & R director of Myriad Productions, I have a thorough understanding of music and the contemporary music scene. At the age of 10 I was singing the National Anthem at NBA and NFL games and by 18 I was on the road with my own band traveling throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia. I have opened for Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Mindy McCready, Chris Ledoux and the Charlie Daniels band to name a few. I have also headlined at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas earning a "Best of Las Vegas" rating by the Las Vegas Review Journal. My love for music and my personal accomplishments now reach out beyond my own passion for the stage in search of up and coming artists and the repertoire needed for commercial success. I am blessed to now be able to bring my experience and ear for hearing hit songs together with my dedication and team spirit to further others careers in the exciting and rapidly evolving music industry. https://www.myriad-pro.com

Pitch: Country, Pop, R&B, Rap, Soft rock, Blues NO heavy metal, hard rock or jazz please

SUBMIT YOUR SONG to poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org Only 15 Spots Available for review Wendy will select 5 songs for an in person feedback session

WCS Members only, one song only, attach your MP3/song file and paste your lyric into the body of your email. In subject line put: Wendy Hope Screening Please do not send links as we have to upload the songs. Deadline to submit is no later than TBD RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR JOIN HERE: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Deadline to submit is May 14th

West Coast Songwriters

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Online

Song Submissions for Wendy Hope

Deadline to submit is May 14th

Submit your song for this special opportunity! 15 songs will be accepted for consideration to participate in a live feedback session. Wendy will review the 15 submissions selecting 5 for a more personal and in depth online screening. The live screening for the selected songs will take place on May 22nd at 3pm.

About Wendy

As A & R director of Myriad Productions, I have a thorough understanding of music and the contemporary music scene. At the age of 10 I was singing the National Anthem at NBA and NFL games and by 18 I was on the road with my own band traveling throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia. I have opened for Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Mindy McCready, Chris Ledoux and the Charlie Daniels band to name a few. I have also headlined at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas earning a "Best of Las Vegas" rating by the Las Vegas Review Journal. My love for music and my personal accomplishments now reach out beyond my own passion for the stage in search of up and coming artists and the repertoire needed for commercial success. I am blessed to now be able to bring my experience and ear for hearing hit songs together with my dedication and team spirit to further others careers in the exciting and rapidly evolving music industry. https://www.myriad-pro.com

Pitch: Country, Pop, R&B, Rap, Soft rock, Blues NO heavy metal, hard rock or jazz please

SUBMIT YOUR SONG to poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org Only 15 Spots Available for review Wendy will select 5 songs for an in person feedback session

WCS Members only, one song only, attach your MP3/song file and paste your lyric into the body of your email. In subject line put: Wendy Hope Screening Please do not send links as we have to upload the songs. Deadline to submit is no later than TBD RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR JOIN HERE: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Deadline to submit is May 14th

May6

San Jose Online

Online

San Jose Online

This is an opportunity for songwriters to get feedback on a song in progress in a non-competitive environment. Songwriters will identify some aspect of their songs:- verses, chorus, bridge, title, chord progressions - that they would like feedback on. Each participant will fill out a Google Doc in advance and the others would offer suggestions.

Number of Participants: 10

When: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm-7 and 7:30pm-8

Who Can Participate: First ten WCS members in good standing who sign-up

Length of Event: 2 sessions, 30 mins each, 5 members per session

Platform: Zoom

Regularity: Bi-Monthly

Members only, join HERE: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Email John Ribovich to sign up: jribovich16@gmail.com

Online Screening with Mark Cawley

Online

Mark Cawley is a hit songwriter who coaches other writers around the globe through his one-on-one, online service iDocoach.com. His songs have been on more than 16 million records with cuts ranging from Tina Turner to Wynonna Judd to The Spice Girls. His book, Song Journey, was released in April 2019 and went to #1 in 6 categories on Amazon.Mark is a judge for the UK Songwriting Contest, Nashville Rising Star, Belmont University’s Commercial Music program, and West Coast Songwriter events. He’s also a contributing author to USA Songwriting and Songwriter Magazine, a sponsor for the Australian Songwriting Association, and a mentor for The Songwriting Academy UK. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Mark now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pitch: Country, Americana

SUBMIT YOUR SONG to poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org Only 15 Spots Available WCS Members only, one song only, attach your MP3/song file and paste your lyric into the body of your email. In subject line put: Mark Cawley Screening Please do not send links as we have to upload the songs. Deadline to submit is no later than April 24th. RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR JOIN HERE: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Menlo Park Chapter Online

Online

Greetings,

WCS members are invited to our Zoom event for West Coast Songwriters Menlo Park Chapter.

Last Tuesday of the Month: 7PM – 9PM.

ZOOM meeting will start at 6:30pm to check in, mingle (virtually of course) and be ready to start at 7:00PM, so please be onZoomline and ready.

This is a non-judges event, 2 sets and will limit it to two songs each for the first TEN members who register. This will be a Songwriter “Nashville” Round Style round robin with one song each per set.

To attend you must register for the ZOOM meeting even if you don’t want to perform. To register please email or Facebook message KJ Smith kerren@sbcglobal.net

Thank You!

KJ, Pete Chapter Managers

7 Ways Self Employed Artists Can Apply For The Money Available from the COVID #19 Programs

Online

Long time San Rafael Chapter Manger Bob Crane has offered to help our members with this free webinar. Learn to navigate the complexities of the COVID #19 Programs and receive the monies you are entitled to.

April 25th, 12PM

Members Only

Join or Renew Here: https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/membership

Email poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org to sign up