LAST YEAR'S GUESTS
Allan Rich is a two time Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee, whose songs have sold over 65 Million copies. He's penned or co-penned hits for some of the biggest pop stars of the past two decades. “Run To You,” which he wrote with his longtime partner Jud Friedman, was recorded by Whitney Houston and was part of The Bodyguard film soundtrack which sold over 30 million copies; it earned Rich his first Oscar and Grammy nomination.
Rich’s hits include Natalie Cole’s “I Live For Your Love,” James Ingram’s #1 “I Don’t Have The Heart,” Kenny Loggins’ “For The First Time” from the Michelle Pfeiffer/George Clooney film “One Fine Day” (which earned the songwriter an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nomination) and *NSYNC’s “I Drive Myself Crazy” (from their 10 million selling debut CD). His and Friedman’s most recent placements have been on new recordings by Toni Braxton, Keb’ Mo’ and David Foster protégée Charice
JEN ADAN: WCS Member who had the #1 Hit – “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”with Blake Shelton. My journey began in San Mateo, CA, when I was about 10 years old. I wrote my first song in history class and back then, I never knew that someone could make a career out of songwriting; I thought it was just a hobby. I never told anyone I wrote songs. I finally told my parents on their 25th wedding anniversary, when I was about 15 years old. I wrote a song for them and played it at their party. I told them that I had about 100 more songs that I had written. I entered contests and continuously won. I found out about the West Coast Song- writers Association (WCS), and I joined. WCS has given me tons of contacts and taught me so much about songwriting and the music business.
RINAT ARINOS: Rinat been doing everything from writing, recording, singing, and playing bass, to touring with her bands, while producing and placing music in over 400 TV shows, films, ads & with other artists. Rinat founded Pink Shark Music to helps composers & artists place their music in TV/Film & Ads. In 3 years, Pink Shark Music became music supervisors’ and editors’ go to catalog for shows like: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Dude Perfect, Americas Funniest Home Videos, Ball in The Family, Total Belles/Divas, Basketball Wives, and many more (over 200 in 3 years!) PSM is an approved direct music provider for all major networks (ABC/Disney, CBS, NBC/Universal). Rinat is teaching an online class (www.music4TVclass.com) to helps artists understand and hone in on the process of writing music for TV, Film, & Ads.
LARRY BATISTE: Producer, vocalist, songwriter, publisher, instrumentalist, arranger, and educator. He is the musical director for the Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast, and the TEC Awards. Larry has written and published over 250 songs for artist such as Keysha Cole, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Shanice, Lisa Fischer, the Yellowjackets, the Dramatics, Lenny Williams, and Young Jeezy. His songs have appeared in over 25 television shows and films. He’s worked with Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Koko Taylor, Tony Bennett, and Neil Young. He is a current Trustee of The Recording Academy and has received numerous accolades and city proclamations for his volunteer work as a youth mentor, community leader, and music rights advocate.
JON BENDICH: Jon Bendich is currently a teacher at both Diablo Valley College, San Ramon College and at SF State. Jon has also worked for the past thirty years as a percussionist, producer and songwriter in the SF Bay Area. Jon has performed with Tito Puente, George Duke and Stanley Clarke, Robin Ford, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo, Andy Narrell, The Last Poets, Frank McComb, Lisa Stansfield, MC Hammer, Lenny Williams and Ray Obiedo, and performed as a member of The Pete Escovedo Orchestra.
He was signed as a songwriter and co-publisher with Famous Music. Jon's catalog contains over 280 songs with more than eighty songs in commercial release. Jon's songs have been recorded by an assortment of R and B and Pop acts including Peabo Bryson (BMG), Larry Graham (Capitol), Walter Beasley (Polygram), Will Clayton (Polygram), Joe Public (Sony), Starpoint (Elektra), Z' Looke (Orpheus/Capitol), Omar Chandler (MCA), Shades of Lace (Wing/Polygram), Street Fare (Atlantic), and Lenny Williams (Fantasy).
In 1997 Jon began teaching “Songwriting” at DVC where he has continued to teach the class up to the present time.
JIMMY BORJA: Jimmy Borja has written numerous hits in the Philippines with over 200 cuts for artists of Sony-BMG, EMI, Warner, Universal and other domestic labels in that country. His songs have also been recorded by a winner and finalists of Star Search, Britain's Got Talent, Canadian Idol and ABC's Duets as well as several upcoming pop and country artists. Renowned producer David Foster with singing sensation Charice and world class DJ Armin Van Buuren have performed his songs at their shows. Borja writes on keys and guitar and has been a full-time songwriter for over 20 years, the first non-artist homegrown Filipino songwriter to land an exclusive publishing deal in the U.S.
TODD BRABEC: is co-author of MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The In- sider’s Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry (Schirmer Trade Books/ Music Sales) and is an adjunct associate professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches a course on music publishing, licensing of music and film, television and videogame song contracts. Formerly executive vice president for the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) where he was in charge of all of the Society’s membership operations throughout the world, Brabec is the current budget chair, as well as former divi- sion chair for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. A graduate of New York University School of Law, he lectures extensively on all aspects of the business, legal and financial sides of music.
JEFF BRABEC: An entertainment law attorney and former recording artist, Bra- bec is vice president of business affairs for the Chrysalis Music Group. He has negotiated over 1,000 movie, television, video and commercial agreements and hundreds of publishing agreements for chart writers and writer/recording artists. Brabec is the co-author with his brother Todd of the book MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider’s Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry (Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales) and has been awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism. Brabec is an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music/Business Division and contributing editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine.
ED CLARE: aka “SpookyRockstar” can create almost any style from any era, but he believes he is at his best when using these skills to help an artist realize their own unique style, and when bringing their style to its best potential.
Obsessively studying trends in songwriting/mixing, and using his expertise in both conventional and unconventional sound design within music has had even established producers around the San Francisco / Bay Area consulting with him on “how to get that latest sound”. Multiple companies and corporations have utilized him on recreating sounds of current and previous eras and bands.
His skill-set is currently utilized by both artists signed to Sony Music (Europe) and by Sony Music (Europe) itself. His past clients also include Conde’ Nast, PG Music Inc., and dozens of artists over the lifespan of his career.
In September, he’s opening a production house called Nova Noir Productions in the East Bay and also works as a producer for Focal Productions in San Mateo.
Much of his musical education came from his mother, a Juilliard alumni. Much of his technical education came from being obsessed with drum machines, samplers, and synthesizers in the early 90s. He continues this obsession with musical technology to this day, trying his best not to buy every single new piece of software ever.
DARIAN COWGILL: Current WCS Board Member - Darian’s client list is vast and is available upon request. From current major and independent label works, to major media networks and national and international radio, Darian brings his over 25 years of industry experience to the WCS conference. He is co-owner of The Den Recorders, an independent producer and mix engineer, and is based in Pasadena California. Darian is a commercial Voice Artist for radio imaging, commercial, and media content worldwide. He is a digital arts professor at the University and College level. He is a current AVID Certified Pro Tools instructor and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California in Communications Management. Darian and business partner Josh Young (Current WCS Board Member) not only operate The Den Recorders but also operate Atrium Music. Atrium is a music licensing and publishing firm that focuses its continually growing music library of artists and independent composers for placement in television, film, and other/all broadcast and licensing opportunities. Atrium’s media assets currently air worldwide daily.
JOANIE CROMBIE: Joanie Crombie has spent the last 31 years helping Ian create and present this amazing conference, helping musicians, songwriters & artists through the labyrinth of the music industry. “Every day that we are creating the conference, I am absolutely stoked! It is my privilege and pleasure to help artists connect with each other, with professional opportunities and be a part of this community and to be surrounded by inspiring & talented people. Nothing is more satisfying than to witness people collaborating, learning, improving their craft and crushing it from experiences after a West Coast Songwriter event. This is more than a job, we’re on a mission to create opportunities for songwriters and artists to produce their own personal expression through their music and to be heard!” Joanie is a 10th Generation Bay Area Native, playing music since her teens, hosting house concerts at Crombie Cabin for the past decade.
AL EVERS: Al Evers is the founder and owner of A Train Entertainment, started in 1985 as an option for independent artists to receive professional assistance in developing and managing their musical careers. Over the years A Train has expanded its services to include publishing administration, artist management, worldwide physical and digital distribution, neighboring rights administration and more. A Train administers over 200,000 song titles, all while keeping ownership in the hands of the artists who created them. Our catalog of digitally distributed titles doubled in the last year and we anticipate similar growth in 2016 with an average of 50 new albums released every month.
RODNEY GORDY: Rodney Gordy is the Director of Licensing at Spirit Production Music in Studio City, CA. With over 150,000 tracks of music, Spirit Production Music and its sister company, The Music Collective, have placed music in and/or music supervised hundreds of hours of feature films, commercials and scripted and unscripted programming. Notable feature films include Spiderman: Homecoming , Girls Trip, Despicable Me 2, Wolverine and The Dark Knight and popular TV shows include Wahlbergers, Brooklyn 99, The Big Bang Theory and Scandal in addition to numerous national commercials and web program.
Rodney is a graduate of the University of Michigan and started his career at the legendary, and family owned, Motown Records Corp.
BRANDON "BLUE" HAMILTON: Blue is a seasoned industry professional with more than 10million records sold worldwide as a music producer, vocal producer, and songwriter for artists such as Ciara, Justin Bieber, and August Alsina. Having contracts with the government of Costa Rica, the Philippine Olympic Committee, Coca-Cola, Walmart, New Balance and Adidas, This Grammy Nominee is now focusing on brand management and brokering deals for established and emerging artists with brands around the world. He has worked with Jan on the production of the Grammy-nominated Diane Warren song written for Justin Bieber entitled Born To Be Somebody. This also earned Blue production credits on the film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and was the only new release from the movie’s soundtrack CD. Blue also co-wrote a song with Justin Bieber entitled All I Want is You for the 2011 Christmas album, Under The Mistletoe.
RICHARD HARRIS: Now in his sixth year as a published writer/producer with Peer Music LA, Richard has had cuts with Katharine McPhee (Billboard Top 40), two #1 single’s with South Africa’s Idol winner Elvis Blue off his double platinum selling and SAMA (South Africa’s Grammys) award winning record, a Billboard Top 10 with EMI Latin multi-million selling artist Anahi, A top 20 single with EMI artist Shawn Hook and Sony artist Tyler Shaw in Canada and a top ten record in Japan with boy band Lead. In the EDM world Richard has been killing it with a #1 Billboard hit “Lie To Me” with Cole Plante on Hollywood Records, If you turn on the TV anywhere in the world, you’ll hear Richard’s music on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, The BBC, History Channel, Lifetime, MTV, Discovery Channel, TNT, and many others.
WCS Board Member/Attorney/Author/ President Emeritus of WCS. Edward (Ned) R. Hearn: Intellectual property business law practice concentrating on the enter- tainment, Internet, and computer software businesses. Clients include record labels, music publishers, recording artists, writers, authors, producers, produc- tion companies, managers, software designers, multimedia product and website developers, and music and content digital delivery companies. Co-author of Musician’s Guide To Copyright and The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide.
SCOTT MATHEWS: Scott is a Multi-Platinum selling Music Producer, Composer, Vocalist, Multi–instrumentalist and Entrepreneur whose work has sold in excess of 40 million units. Now in his fifth decade of Billboard #1s and GRAMMY Award winning credits, he shows no signs of slowing down his creative output while ramping up his entrepreneurial and nonprofit work.
Beginning in his teens, Scott has worked on recordings and/or performed with such musical icons as: Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young, David Bowie, Zac Brown, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, B. B. King, John Lee Hooker, Kid Rock, Huey Lewis and the News, Steve Miller, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Eric Church, Etta James…as well as more than 80 other Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.
A devoted champion of the potential of new music and it’s ecosystem, today he is primarily focused on emerging artists who show extraordinary talent. When not working in the studio, Scott works with new media companies to help monetize artists’ careers in fair and transparent ways.
COOKIE MARENCO: With more than 25 years in the music industry, Cookie Marenco’s creative and technical skills have touched almost every aspect of the music and audio business. She is widely known for the quality of her audio engineering work and for drawing out passionate performances from the artists she produces. Marenco has been a pioneer indelivering DSD and HiRes Audio to consumers worldwide through her company, Blue Coast Music.
After a 20-year career as a recording engineer/producer, the devolution of audio toward the convenient but low-resolution mp3 format concerned her. In response, Marenco returned to her roots in analog recording and developed a recording technique called Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.) with audiophile champion, Jean Claude Reynaud. They began producing exceptional acoustic performances in E.S.E. that became the foundation of Blue Coast Records.
While this was contrary to what mainstream music fans wanted, she knew an audience existed for better sound and performances. Marenco launched Blue Coast Records in 2007. Blue Coast Collection was heralded as one of the finest acoustic recordings by many critics and has become a reference standard for manufacturers to test the accuracy of their systems.
IRISH GREG McQUAID: Radio & podcast personality
IARI MELCHOR: As an instructor, Iari inspires his students to reach new heights in their own vocal performances. By teaching sound vocal-technique that allows students to transition from low to high without cracking or flipping and without vocal strain, and by helping them discover their own personal vocal style, Iari is quickly becoming known as one of the Bay Area's elite vocal instructors.
As a vocal instructor, Iari has taught workshops internationally, including at the Green Voices Institute in Munich, Germany; Iari is an associate of the International Voice Teachers of Mix (IVTOM), and is a former affiliate of Vocology in Practice (VIP) and Speech Level Singing (SLS). Some of Iari's past clients include James Melo of Young Science; Tiffany Joy and Maqui Reyes of the hit Latin Pop duo from Colombia, Individuo; Patrick McCloskey, lead singer of the band, First In Flight (Alt 105.3 FM sponsored band), and Kristen Faith Oei (NY on-Broadway Productions of The King and I, M. Butterfly, and Soft Power).
GEORGE MERRILL: George Merrill is a local musician and songwriters residing in Petaluma, CA. Originally from the Seattle area, he spent over 30 years in Los Angeles, professionally singing and writing for national and local advertising and developing his own band, Boy Meets Girl, with co-writer Shannon Rubicam. They recorded four albums and had three songs in the Billboard Top 40. "Waiting For A Star To Fall" has had over 2 million airplays. Boy Meets Girl continues to write and record. Together, they penned songs for Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Deniece Williams, Bette Midler, Philly Hyman, Kermit the Frog and many others.
Two of George and Shannon's most memorable chart-topping songs for Whitney are "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and "How Will I Know" (co-wrtten with NM Walden), both recorded and produced here in the Bay Area by Grammy award winning producer, Narada Michale Walden. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" was the first single on Whitney's second record, and helped her become the first recording artist since Elvis to debut at #1 on the Billboard Album charts.
George has a writing studio in Petaluma. He's passionate about supporting the songwriter community, and participates in West Coast Songwriters events and Grammy panels up and down the west coast. Unions and Industry Affiliations: Grammy - National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), American Federation of Musicians (AFofM), Screen Actors Guild Federation of Television and Radio Arts (SAGAFTRA) and West Coast Songwriters.
TAMI MULCAHY: Tami Mulcahy is a Northern California singer-songwriter focused in the TV/film market. She is currently co-writing and recording with Emmy Award winning composer Ron Alan Cohen of RA Music. She worked with Richard Harris in Los Angeles to complete her EP titled California Weather. This EP offers a fresh, indie-folk, West Coast sound, adding to her usual brand of positive, uplifting music.
Tami carefully honed her song writing craft with deep involvement in the West Coast Songwriters. She served as president of the WCS Board of Directors and has spent countless volunteer hours mentoring musicians in their music pursuits. Her current volunteer efforts focus on building a house concert network, South Bay House Concerts, and a unified fan base (currently over 1150 fans) to help artists make a sustainable living.
ANTOINETTE OLESEN: Antoinette Olesen has toured internationally and performed with numerous world class artists. As an independent song representative she has overseen or represented the catalogs hit songwriters and successful publishers including Rand Bishop (My List), Monty Holmes (Troubadour), Jon Robbin (I Breathe In I Breathe Out) Danny Wells (These Days), and many more. Currently, Artist Development and Songwriter Development as well as songwriting is Olesen’s main focus at her Music Row office as well as internationally online. Genres include Pop, Rock, Country, Alternative and Americana.
A frequent Nashville host to WCS writers, she has introduced numerous writers and artists to Music City living and included them in Writers Nights, Industry Events and Showcases. She/s working with artist’s songs and offering her popular song evaluations. She is always keeping an eye out for exceptional artists to work with.
ANDRE PESSIS: Andre has had 16 hit songs and been on 7 number one albums including the Bonnie Raitt “Luck Of The Draw” multi platinum CD that won 3 Grammys, and a song on the HBO Movie “Grey Gardens” that won 6 Emmies and 2 Golden Globes. He has 13 Platinum records and one Diamond album (ten platinum) and won 4 ASCAP awards.He has been recorded by: Huey Lewis and The News, MR Big, Tim McGraw, Waylon Jennings, Journey, The Dead, Ratdog, Southern Pacific, Glenn Medeiros, Ann Wilson of Heart, Gregg Rolie, Paul Carrack, Ben E King, The Stylis- tics and Laura Branigan and Bigbird.He and Eric Martin wrote a song recorded by MR Big and all the royalties were donated to the Tsunami victims in Japan. The song raised over 300 thousand dollars in a few months and was voted “Song Of The Year” in 2011.He has10 songs on the latest 2 Mickey Hart Albums co-written with Mickey and Robert Hunter and 10 songs on the MR Big CD released October of 2014 and entered the Japanese charts at number 6.
ALLAN RICH: Allan Rich is a two time Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee, whose songs have sold over 65 Million copies. He's penned or co-penned hits for some of the biggest pop stars of the past two decades. “Run To You,” which he wrote with his longtime partner Jud Friedman, was recorded by Whitney Houston and was part of The Bodyguard film soundtrack which sold over 30 million copies; it earned Rich his first Oscar and Grammy nomination. Rich’s hits include Natalie Cole’s “I Live For Your Love,” James Ingram’s #1 “I Don’t Have The Heart,” Kenny Loggins’ “For The First Time” from the Michelle Pfeiffer/George Clooney film “One Fine Day” (which earned the songwriter an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nomination) and *NSYNC’s “I Drive Myself Crazy” (from their 10 million selling debut CD). His and Friedman’s most recent placements have been on new recordings by Toni Braxton, Keb’ Mo’ and David Foster protégée Charice.
CLAYTOVEN RICHARDSON: Claytoven always makes time for educating others. “I was blessed as a kid,” Claytoven says. “Because of the many teachers who came into my life while still in high school, I got to talk with Duke Ellington and ask questions about his music. I got to perform with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln. I feel it is my responsibility to pass on my knowledge to young musicians just as it was passed on to me.” And with that as his mission, Claytoven has stepped into the role of an author by taking his years of experience and sharing them in a new book entitled, “The Professional Studio Vocalist”. The goal of the book is to bridge the gap between the academic and professional music worlds by providing aspiring singers with the knowledge necessary to pursue a career as a professional recording vocalist. Currently, Claytoven also teaches this subject and other professional music courses at San Francisco State University, in their Music Recording Industry Department. He also teaches and is the Co-Director of an incredible new facility-program, The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy in Oakland, California. “With music education in public schools dwindling, it becomes that much more important for professional musicians to educate the young music community.”
ALAN ROSEN: President & CEO, Bananas At Large Inc. President, Marinwood Manufacturing LLC. Alan Rosen is considered one of the foremost leading authorities in the Professional Audio & Musical Instrument Retail Industry. For over 34 years Alan has been working in and around the music equipment industry. His current clientele base includes Joe Satriani, Metallica , Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, Journey, Nine In Nails, Slash, Doobie Brothers, Booker T, Seal, Buckethead, Les Claypool, Huey Lewis and the News, John Doe (X) and many more.
Alan has designed backline, front of house, studios and more for everyone from the absolute beginner to the touring pro. He has also designed and licensed products with many major manufacturers including Fender, Gibson, Martin, Ibanez, Heritage, Shure, X-wire, Furman Sound, Korg, Roland, Vestex, Numark, Summit, Toadworks, TEN, RC Davis, Keeley, Eventide, Blackstar, Vox, CAD, Apex, Audio Technica, Proformance and more.
Rapco’s #1 selling cable line Road Hog was deigned by Alan specifically for the endurance needs and challenges of a specific Nine Inch Nails tour. Additionally, he helped launch and designed products for Phi Electronics, Marinwood Guitars. Marinwood Professional Audio, Proformance Audio Products and more.
Alan works hand in hand with manufacturers to give inside perspective, communicate players needs and market conditions to help bring quality products to market. Alan designed and facilitates the Friends of Fender artist relations program. Alan currently assists in artist relations for Fender, Gibson, Martin, Roland, Korg, Yamaha, Porter & Davies, Heritage, Ibanez, Ampeg, Hartke and many more.
Alan Rosen is on the board of NAMM (Former Chairman and current primary advisor of the Grants and Scholarship Committee), Little Kids Rock, Music In Schools Today Alan is a Member of NAMM, Alliance of Independent Music Merchants (AIMM), AES, and Synergetic Audio Concepts.
As a Producer and/or Engineer, Alan has been involved in over 20 major label recordings and several film and film soundtracks. He has produced such artists as Neal Schon, Marco Mendoza, Brain, Lisa Fisher and more. He is also an accomplished Voice Over talent appearing on several major commercials and 2 animated Films.
Alan will be on hand assisting in showcasing all Artists Endorsement brands and products. He will be available to answer questions about products, set up, current, old and upcoming products. As a registered attendee you have access to the very person the pros trust.
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JONATHAN ROSNER: Having spent twenty plus years as a music publisher, Jonathan Rosner is president of Waterslide Music www.waterslidemusic.net and president of http://www.fundamentalmusic.
Formerly, Jon was a partner/co-President at The Bicycle Music Company, where he worked for two decades and was responsible for signing writers, catalog acquisition and catalog exploitation. Among Jon’s signings are The Dickies, Kool Keith, The High & Mighty, Marshall Goodman, The Smut Peddlers, Wesley Willis, Linus Of Hollywood, producer Don “One Eye” Saunders, the Oglio Records publishing catalogs, Ozomatli, Jorge Santana and Money Mark. He also worked with the Neil Diamond catalogs. Jon is a past president of the California Copyright Conference.
DAVID SCHEIBNER Songwriter and guitarist, David Scheibner has been a working composer in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Moving to LA in the mid-80's he soon began writing for and with such diverse artists as the Little River Band, Juice Newton, and the Walt Disney Co. Additionally, there was TV theme writing ( "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli and "Glory Days" starring Brad Pitt).
David moved on to artist productions garnering a "Pop Critics Choice" in Billboard Magazine for the release "Heart Of Us All" by Karen Lehner.
Most recently he has been writing for Paramount (Entertainment Tonight, The Insider) and various music production companies, licensing music to shows such as A&E Biographies and channels that include MTV, VH1, Lifetime, E! Entertainment and the Discovery Channel. His current work is with the Atrium Music Group, which has licensed his compositions to Extreme Makeover Home Edition, TLC, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and ABC's Disney Christmas Day Parade, starring Neil Patrick Harris
MICHAEL & PATTY SILVERSHER: Three-times nominated for the prime-time EMMY Awards, GRAMMY-winning songwriters, Michael & Patty Silversher are in their 40th year in music, theatre, films and television. They have composed the score for four seasons (so far) of the hit TV series, "DINOSAUR TRAIN", a collaboration between Jim Henson Productions and PBS. They composed songs as well as the score for the new Henson/Netflix show, “WORD PARTY” which premiered in July 2016, as well as another Henson/PBS Sprout series, "PAJANIMALS," writing the theme song as well. They served as co-composers, arrangers and musical directors/supervisors of the Jim Henson Company/TLC television series, "ANIMAL JAM", 2001-02.
As songwriters, Michael & Patty Silversher’s latest recording is a January 2016 release by Social Thinking SUPERFLEX; A HERO INSIDE. The project involves songs written for a curriculum program for people on the Autism spectrum.
They have written well over a hundred songs for the Disney song catalog including Donald Duck's 50th Birthday song, and Mickey Mouse's 60th Anniversary Song. They have also written the theme songs for two of Disney’s most popular series of the 80s and 90s; “GUMMI BEARS” and “TALE SPIN.” As well as the Warner Bros/ABC series "Eye to Eye" (Michael was the singer on the main title sequence).
KC TURNER: Keeps himself busy by running KC Turner Presents, through which he offers and promotes live music throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He produces his own house concert series, presents/promotes shows at various highly-esteemed venues, and helps build a vital connection between live music fans and the independent music scene. In addition to all of that, he manages singer/songwriter Megan Slankard and also writes and performs his own songs.
When producing his events, KC has one main goal in mind: To showcase great live music. He believes in the music he presents. Because he showcases only artists for whom he has the highest esteem, fans can trust that any "KC Turner Presents" show will be high in quality and well worth the ticket price. Concerts produced by KC Turner consistently sell out at respected San Francisco venues and living rooms...yes, living rooms!
UNWOMAN: (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter. Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and beats, her music is a darkly futuristic homage to her classical training. Her song "The Heroine" was the weather in Welcome to Night Vale's "Triptych" episode. Vintage Tomorrows, a feature documentary about steampunk, includes that song and other footage of Unwoman. Unwoman has performed solo at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over the United States. Most live solo shows use electric cello played standing up, and live-looping accompaniment. She has also collaborated with Amanda Palmer, Abney Park, Stripmall Architecture, Voltaire, Rasputina, Jill Tracy, Vernian Process, Caustic, Anthony Jones, Nathaniel Johnstone Band, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and Attrition.
JANIE WEST: Has worked on Nashville’s Music Row since 1987. Her career began at MCA Records where she became assistant to the legendary record producer and executive, Jimmy Bowen. Janie followed Bowen to Capitol Records where she was an A&R representative for 5 years. Janie’s next move was in Music Publishing where she was employed for 10 years. In 2005, Janie opened “Janie West Music,” where she works independently with songwriters and music publishing companies.
Songwriters Janie has worked with include Tommy Sims, Randy Goodrum, Monty Holmes, Rob Mathes, Allen Shamblin, Lisa Drew, Jim Weatherly, Steve Seskin, Rob Crosby, Jim Lauderdale, Judson Spence and many others. Janie has had songs cut with Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, Reba, Ronnie Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna, Alabama, Randy Travis, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Wills, Keb Mo, Bryan White, John Waite, Love and Theft, Michael English, etc.
Janie West is one of the founding members of the Chicks With Hits – an all-female songplugging group that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Music.
DEBBIE ZAVITSON: is a respected veteran in the music industry. With the experience she brings from performing with her own band internationally, to an A&R executive at Sony Music and then Giant Records. She has now created her own publishing and management company DEBBIEZ ENTERTAINMENT. As of 2018, in addition to her songwriter Helene Cronin, Debbie is representing Curb Publishing, Doug Johnson (Three Wooden Crosses, Love Like Crazy) and Canadian artist Hayley McLean (Fender Guitar's "Guitar Goddess") and alternative/ pop producer, artist and songwriter. Debbie has also recently launched a new company with well known Canadian entrepreneur and independent music artist Tara Shannon. Debbie and Tara have started The Syndicut. A development group for creators looking to build their career and establish themselves in the music business. While connecting talent between Canada and Nashville.
Debbie has always been one to strive for excellence in the pursuit of talent, and was integral in signing multi-platinum recording artist Blake Shelton to Giant Records. She was his A&R representative for his first two albums and went on to be his manager during the first critical years of his explosive career.
In the publishing realm, Debbie has worked with an array of hit songwriters, and has secured song placements on major recording artists such as Reba McEntire, Rodney Atkins, Chris Young, Brooks & Dunn, to name a few.
In Debbie’s own words, “Songwriters are the lifeblood of the music industry. They’re precious in a world that needs so much love and connection right now. A song is one of the ONLY things that can connect people from all walks of life. We need to take care of our songwriters. In a world of sharing music, and having to fight to be paid a fair price for their work, they could become a dying breed.” That’s what Debbie does every day, takes special care of, and encourages songwriters.