Former Head of International at Warner Chappell, France; Creative Director at Hit & Run Music Publishing, U.S.; and Vice President of Writer Development of BMG Music, U.S. Suzan has worked with countless hit songwriters over the last two decades, has incredible ears, and has what Michael Laskow calls “The most phenomenal ability to hear what works, what doesn’t, and how to fix the problem I may have ever seen. Our members are very, very fortunate to get feedback from Suzan. She’s exceptional.” Suzan’s long- standing relationship with hit songwriter Shelly Peiken has yielded many cuts and chart-topping hit songs.
As Creative Manager at Black Toast Music, a premiere boutique music library and publishing company, Brooke pitched and licensed songs to many of today’s hit TV shows. While there, she also oversaw the launch of Black Toast Records, signing indie artists whose music went on to appear in countless films, TV series, and commercials.
Best known as the bass player for The Knack, Prescott has worked with George Harrison, Mick Jones, Holly Knight, and many more incredible artists and bands. Performed with Josie Cotton on albums and in the movie Valley Girl. Currently, still performing with The Knack and writing his book, 4 Strings and the Truth.
Aram's music has been heard in many of today's top films, TV series, and reality shows. Some of the most notable are; an arrangement in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, main title theme for off-beat sports talk show Numbers Never Lie on ESPN, and the main title for Known Universe on Nat Geo. Aram has written original scores for independent films such as horror/thriller The Last Resort from Lions Gate, Maro (for which he won a Silver Medal Award for Artistic Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival), and a score for the award winning human rights documentary 22 Years from Home. He has also composed music for a variety of shows including Emmy-winning Sports Science, Police POV, Millionaire Matchmaker, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Crime360, and Jesse James is a Dead Man.
Recently Vice President of Creative/A&R at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Carol Spencer has 18 years of experience in the music business having worked at A&M, Rondor Music Publishing and Famous Music Publishing. She signed P.O.D, Jet, Modest Mouse, Ozomatli, Daniel Powter, The Wizards of Oz, and Flight of the Conchords.
A-List Music Supervisor, Dondi first cut his teeth on Barry Sonnenfeld’s hit film Get Shorty nearly 20 years ago, and has since supervised music for more than 50 film and television projects, including hit films like, Election, Sideways, and The Descendants. He’s shared a Grammy nomination as Soundtrack Producer for that film. Has also worked with Ed Harris on Pollock, Emilio Estevez on The Way, and Chad Lowe’s Beautiful Ohio, not to mention supervising the music for countless episodes of late night TV shows for HBO.
This Music Row publishing veteran began his career at Tom Collins Music, and later churned out hits at MCA Music Publishing and Zomba Enterprises. Gann was Vice President/Partner of Full Circle Music Publishing, LLC from 2003 through 2011. Best known Full Circle #1 hits include “When I Get Where I’m Going”, “Anything Like Me’ & “Old Alabama” (Brad Paisley), “Homewrecker” Gretchen Wilson, “Boys Of Fall” Kenny Chesney., as well as the new Jason Aldean single “Fly Over States.” Lynn has also guided the careers of many of Music Row’s elite songwriters, including Gary Burr (1995 ASCAP Writer of the Year), Roger Murrah, Dave Turnbull, Kerry Kurt Phillips & George Teren.
Songwriter Jon Asher has written hit Pop singles for established and breaking artists around the world. His recent single "Loud," for Australian Idol Winner Stan Walker, is certified Platinum. He co-wrote the Smash Hit Single, American Girl with Bonnie McKee, and collaborated with EDM Supergroup, Dada, just to name a few.
While Director of A&R/Creative Music for Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds at Edmonds Music Publishing and Director of A&R for David Foster’s 143 Records, Ty worked with the likes of Toni Braxton, Josh Groban, Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) and Mariah Carey, among many others. Ty currently manages singer-songwriter Samantha Jade, who was signed via Ty’s production company to a worldwide recording deal with Jive Records.
Music Supervisor for more than 65 major motion pictures, including The Godfather: Part III, A River Runs Through It, Mercury Rising, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, and A Walk on the Moon. Music supervision and licensing for Video Games such as Brutal Legend, DJ Hero, World of Warcraft, and more. Steve's music production credits include Laurie Anderson, The Crusaders, Gerry Mulligan, Van Dyke Parks, and Diana Krall, to name just a few. He has multiple Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, and has worked with a who's who of artists and bands, overseeing the creation of songs for films, albums, and games, including Dr. Dre, David Bowie, Limp Bizkit, The Gorillaz, Korn, Queens of The Stone Age, 50 Cent, David Guetta, and many more.
Lead singer of the all-female Rock band, The Donnas. Brett has written, recorded, and performed internationally with the band. Their songs have appeared in movies such as Dodgeball and The Hangover, as well as video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero. After releasing two albums with Atlantic Records, the band now releases on their own successful indie label. As a songwriter, Brett has collaborated with Holly Knight, Dave Stewart, and Andreas Carlsson, among others.
As A&R Manager for famed producer and MCA president Tony Brown; Shane signed two acts to the label before leaving to start his own company in 2002. Working as an independent songplugger and music consultant, Shane's company secured a hit single on Faith Hill's Fireflies album, "Sunshine and Summertime," as well as "I Can't Unlove You" for Kenny Rogers. He followed this with a stint as Creative Director for publishing company, ole Songs, Inc., where he placed songs with Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Billy Currington, Crossin' Dixon, JaneDear Girls, Eli Young Band, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Doc Walker, and many others. Shane placed the #1 hit single single “Crazy Girl” with the Eli Young Band which went on to become Billboard’s #1 Hot Country Song of 2011. He currently runs his own music consultation company.
Ryan has worked in Music Supervision on over 30 films, ranging from Major Motion Picture releases to independent art-house films and documentaries. He has worked in the Film & Television division of legendary record label, Island Def Jam, and in the music department at Walt Disney Studios (Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, and formerly Miramax Films) where he worked with such iconic artists as Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Daft Punk, in addition to new and upcoming talent. He was also part of the creative team that earned a 2012 Academy Award for Best Original Song from the blockbuster film The Muppets.
Ric is the owner of indie record labels that release both current bands and musical rarities. He is a core member (drummer and songwriter) of the Power Pop band, Velvet Crush. As a musician, Rick has worked with Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs, Liz Phair, Marianne Faithfull, Aimee Man, the Pernice Brothers among many others. He is the author of the acclaimed book Notorious Byrd Brothers.
As a songwriter for United Artists Music, Marcia has had covers by Bonnie Raitt and Patty Loveless. She segued into TV and Film production and became Director of Development for Steve Martin's production company, 40 Share Productions. Marcia also served as Vice President of Current Programming at Lorimar Studios. While in Austin, Texas, she was the Mayor's appointee to the Austin Music Commission. Currently, Marcia works directly with music supervisors and television producers screening music for specific film and television projects.
Greg Lawson is a Grammy Award Winning Producer, and BMI Songwriter Award Winner with credits in music, television and film. While too many to list, some of those credits include the theme to Dr. Keith Ablow Show, the Grammy Award Winning Productions of "He Had It Comin'" and "Love Is A Crime" from the Chicago Movie Soundtrack. Greg also enjoyed success with the international #1 smash hit for Jennifer Lopez, "Love Don't Cost A Thing," and another #1 international smash hit with, "Paid My Dues" for Anastacia.
Michelle is a singer, hit songwriter, and producer. Her song collaborations have contributed to the sale of over 40 million albums worldwide. She has written songs for Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Paulina Rubio, Nas, Kelis, Jennifer Lopez, Girls Aloud, Sugababes, and many more. Her co-write, "Morning After Dark," was the first single from Timbaland's Shock Value II album and featured Soshy and Nelly Furtado. In 2011, Michelle's song collaboration with Britney Spears, "I've Just Begun,” was featured in the Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award nominated film Bridesmaids and was also included on the film’s soundtrack.
Robin is the author of the best-selling songwriting books Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting and Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV. She’s a former Director of A&R for Rhino Records and executive producer of over 60 albums. She has written and produced more than 500 songs for television, records, theater, and audio products.
Adam recently signed buzzing KPOP girl group SPICA, and has done A&R, produced, or written for companies such as Interscope Records, Warner Chappell, Ole’ Music Publishing, Korean record labels SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment, and various indie music publishers. Securing 80 album cuts, and multiple TV placements including a 2014 Superbowl XLVIII promo, he is currently retained by Warner Chappell Music Publishing as an independent Producer/A&R to develop projects and secure album cuts on an ongoing basis. As a Co-founder and President of the US division of indie label ASA Music LLC, he has developed an outlet for KPOP artists and their parent Korean labels to release music into the US. Adam has also co-produced and co-written 7 compilation albums over the last few years for large music libraries such as Warner/615, Ole’/Music Box, APM, West One Music, Sonoton, Megatrax and MPM/Chesky Records. He was also a touring member of Indie Psych legends, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and was also a signed band member with Clive Davis’ label, J Records.
Former A&R person for Limp Bizkit at Flip Records, Manager at Warren Entner Management. (the Deftones, Faith No More, Rage Against The Machine), writer/marketing for leading trade publication HITS magazine, and creator/writer of the A&R column for industry trade magazine The Album Network. Karl has shopped many label, publishing and management deals for artists, including Matchbox Twenty, E40, Creed, the Ataris, Bubba Sparxxx, 6pence None the Richer, Hoobastank, Sevendust, Collective Soul, Jack off Jill, Weezer, etc. He currently operates his own production and development consulting business.
Russ Howard III
Russ has composed music for big budget and indie films, network television, commercials, and video games in styles ranging from epic Orchestral to contemporary Rock. His scores for commercials include campaigns for Hulu and Best Buy, among others. He has created music catalogues that are regularly used in top TV series and Videogames. As a composer for feature films, his credits include Hobo With a Shotgun and Body Language.
At Island Def Jam Records, Will was instrumental in the discovery, signing, and album creation of such artists as Hoobastank, the Rocket Summer, American Hi-Fi, CKY, Letter Kills, Under The Influence Of Giants, and Ludo. He's currently the Creative Director for an LA-based management company focusing on the discovery and signing of new talent.
Founding member of acoustic rock duo, The Brothers Figaro (Geffen Records). Phil also spent nine years as musical director for folk legend John Prine. His credits include the Grammy award-winning releases, "The Missing Years," "Fair and Square" and co-write "Leave the Lights On" for the CD Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings. Phil continues to work in the studio as a first call accordionist/keyboardist with the likes of The Dixie Chicks, Rod Stewart, Jon Bon Jovi, Lowen and Navarro, Iris Dement, and Carlene Carter, as well as composing music for TV shows: "Dirty, Sexy Money" and "Alias," among others.
Chris "Hot Rod" Long
Manager of platinum-selling band Crossfade (Columbia) and Jonah, among others. Was Director of Creative Development for fuzz.com and an A&R person at Chameleon Records where he was responsible for signing Kyuss. Worked with such bands as Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, and Ice T’s Body Count.
Nikola has had numerous Film & TV placements, including the theme song for Tough Love, and a featured placement in The Hub's Majors & Minors. Her Coca Cola commercial (vocalist and writer) enjoyed worldwide release. As a songwriter, she has had cuts and singles by a wide range of established artists including Cheryl Cole’s recent Double Platinum album, and a single with Germany’s top selling artist Johanna Zimmer. Manager, producer, and artist in her own right, Nikola has released songs with numerous projects and her own solo album.
Jessie Faye Kalikow
Jessie is a highly respected music blogger whose reviews have been influential in getting attention and placements for today's independent and undiscovered artists. She also served as Music Coordinator for a Prime Time Network TV series, and continues to work on several more TV shows and independent films, both in music coordination and supervision.
As a professional musician and songwriter, Dicki was signed to five major label and publishing companies. His experience has taken him from playing drums with Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) to becoming a founding member of legendary British rockers Skin, who had many hits and a #1 Rock Album in the UK. Currently, he is songwriting and recording a new album with Skin.
Contemporary Christian and Country Music expert. Director of Copyright Development for Light/Lexicon Music, Starsong, and consultant for Word Records. Lynn has a best selling book with Simon and Schuster and has taught hundreds of seminars on songwriting for Christian Artists in the Rockies, GMA, churches and conventions. She lives in the Nashville area and has long-term relationships with many top Country music publishers, producers, and artists.
As Director of A&R at Island Def Jam, Daniel worked with several artists including R&B/Pop singer Christina Milian. He has worked as a producer, songwriter, and musician with multi-platinum artists such as Warren G, RUN DMC, and Garbage, for whom he played bass. His film and television composing credits include successful shows like "Desperate Housewives." He is currently a member of the Dan Band.
Songwriter, producer, and performer, Erin Workman was a staff writer for Gaylord Entertainment Nashville; Head of Artist Development at Music School on Music Row, and has worked with artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Emma Roberts, and Zac Efron. She’s developed artists for Disney’s High School Musical, as well as other Disney projects. Former Director of A&R at TAXI. Composer for the Disney series "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" and Musicians Institute instructor.
Andy has had decades of experience recording, editing, mixing, and mastering music, as well as doing sound-design for major film and TV companies in London, New York and Los Angeles, including Disney, Sony, Fox, Warner Bros., USA Networks, National Geographic, Showtime, SyFy, MTV, and CBS. He also found time to create and teach "Aural Storytelling" and "Use of Music" courses for the Los Angeles Film School. As a musician, he is involved in teaching, arranging and performing with top talent in the Jazz genre.
Composer whose credits include the film Mostly Ghostly (Universal Studios); video game Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly (co-composed with Stewart Copeland); promos for over 100 television shows, including CSI, Survivor, Big Brother, and 60 Minutes; commercials for Miller Lite, Pfizer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks; over 30 music library CDs; and music placed in such television shows as Parks and Recreation, The Sopranos, Saturday Night Live, America's Got Talent, Dirty Sexy Money, Hannah Montana, and The Amazing Race. Peter is also a professor at UCLA, currently teaching classes in film/television scoring and music business.
As Creative Director at EMI Music, Warner Bros. Music, and Director of A&R at W Recordings, Don signed and worked with Rock acts White Zombie, Pantera, Biohazard, The Smithereens, Ace Frehely, Europe, Megadeth and Dream Theatre. He has also worked with songwriters Carole King, Richie Supa, Sammy Cahn, Doc Pomus, Jack Ponti, Glenn Burtnik and Kip Winger. Currently Don is a Music Supervisor working on both web-based and broadcast reality TV shows.
While Professional Manager at Paragon/Benson Publishing in Nashville, Marlice worked with top songwriters Michael W. Smith, Gary Chapman, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Dony McGuire and John Rosasco. She also worked extensively as a professional vocalist with Emmy Lou Harris, Gary Morris, Brenda Lee, Vince Gill, Pat Boone, Cynthia Clawson, Boxcar Willie and Little Jimmy Dickens.
Composer of many commissioned works and a world-class musicologist in diverse genres including Western Art music, Jazz, Latin American, Afro-Caribbean, Arabic Folk Music, and several experimental genres as well. Highly experienced in stage and film work. As a keyboardist, he’s recorded and performed with a diverse array of artists, including Michelle Shocked, Syd Straw, Jim Lauderdale, and many others.
Former major label, independent, and DIY recording/touring artist and Berklee College of Music graduate. Bobby is the author of Billboard Books best-seller, The Musician’s Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business, seven other instructional music books and he is a regular contributor to international music business publications. He is a music business consultant to managers, labels, and music supervisors, as well as a music industry professor at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood and UCLA.
A founding member of Wanderlust (RCA Records), Bachelor Number One (American Pie Soundtrack), and FEEL (Curb Records). Mark is also a long time member of singer-songwriter AM’s band whose music has been featured in numerous films and TV shows (Big Love, Men in Trees, Brothers and Sisters, etc.). Recently, Mark has been working with CBS recording artist Sharon Little.
Musician/Writer/Producer − Co-founded (and still plays with) seminal NYC Punk band the Dictators. Also fronted the Del-Lords in the 1980s, playing “American Guitar Music” (they recorded four albums for EMI). Currently, is on the eve of his second solo release, called Saving Grace, and is the subject of a documentary by director Bill Teck; both set for release in the new year.
Composer/Artist/Songwriter/Producer, Warren has been signed to ATO Records, and his music has also appeared in numerous Film/TV projects like The CW's 90201, Fox/Atomic’s The Rocker, NBC's Harry’s Law, FX's The League, and New Regency’s Firehouse Dog, just to name a few. As a composer, he co-wrote the opening logo music for Miramax Films, and recently completed original score for the film Angels Sing starring Harry Connick Jr. and Willie Nelson.
Bryan Wayne Galentine
Nashville-based Hit Songwriter, Bryan penned What If She’s An Angel (charted #2 and attained BMI’s MILLION AIR status). Had a Top 25 single with Chris Cagle’s Country By The Grace of God, landed Kick My Ass on Big and Rich’s Triple Platinum debut, and co-wrote Simplify with Rich and Big Kenny, for JR's For The Kids cd. He’s also had cuts with Clay Walker, Emerson Drive, Rodney Carrington, Jason Blaine, Pear, and One More Girl, among others.
Staff writer at Peer Music and 2412 Publishing (Red Zone Entertainment). Todd has collaborated with many successful contemporary songwriters including: Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (Rhianna), The Dream, Kuk Harrell, Penelope Magnet, Thabiso "Tab" Nkereanye, and Paulina Rubio. Todd's 2412 collaboration "Let's Get Excited," the third single from Alesha Dixon's Atlantic U.K. album propelled it to certified platinum status. His solo compositions have landed in several motion pictures and countless TV shows, as well as on national networks and cable, including: ABC, E!, MTV, Lifetime, HBO, and Cinemax.
Songwriter/Artist who’s been signed by publisher Barbara Orbison, managed by top tier manager David Sonenberg, had a record deal with Interscope, toured with the Backstreet Boys, and co-wrote her first album with legendary A-List producer Toby Gad. Kaci’s also had two charted singles on the U.S. Dance/Club Play Songs chart. Pixie Lott cut Brown’s co-written Nothing Compares, which was released on Lott’s double Platinum Turn It Up album.
Paul is a musician and songwriter whose songs have been covered by Patty Loveless, Juice Newton, Highway 101, Jill Sobule and others. As a bass player / guitar player, he has worked with the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Highway 101, and Country legends Hank Thompson and Johnny Tillotson. His songs have appeared in numerous movies and television shows. He is currently a member of the band I See Hawks In L.A. and a bass-playing mainstay of the L.A. music scene.
As the past Creative Director for Word Music Publishing, Chad Green oversaw the day-to-day management of their staff of award-winning writers and producers, as well as past catalogs, serving multiple genres including Christian and Country. Green served on ASCAP’s executive staff, where he was responsible for signing numerous hit songwriters and publishers. Prior to joining ASCAP, Green held positions at BMI, Mike O’Rear Music Publishing, and Crossfire Entertainment.
Michael is a hit songwriter, artist, producer, and author who has written songs for John Fogerty, Juice Newton, Pam Tillis, Phil Seymour, Rebecca St. James, and others in Rock, Pop, Country, and CCM. His songs have been featured in films and television, including the most recent season finale of “American Idol.” He has been a staff writer for EMI and BMG Music Publishing in Nashville, as well as MCA /Universal and Criterion Music in Los Angeles. He wrote the #1 smash hit Country single, Maybe It Was Memphis, several #1 CCM singles, and won a Dove Award for “Hard Rock Song of the Year.” As a solo artist he has released six albums, including two on A&M Records, two on EMI / Forefront, and two independent releases.
As an in-demand Nashville touring and session musician, Jay's credits include a "who's who" of the next generation of legends, in both Country music and the Contemporary Christian genre. This list includes Alan Jackson, Steven Curtis Chapman and extensive touring with Trisha Yearwood. Jay relocated to Los Angeles where he used his experience to start a production company, resulting in several charting singles.
Has been on the creative A&R teams at both Zomba Music Publishing/BMG and Jive Records. She’s also a recording artist/songwriter currently signed to a large independent music publisher and well known as "the go-to vocalist" to major record labels, publishing houses, and top songwriter/producer/composers. Her voice and compositions can be heard in feature films, TV shows/theme songs, records, commercials, and video games crossing all musical genres.
Was signed to the Virgin/AstralWerks while in the band "West Indian Girl,” as well as "Stargunn" with Shooter Jennings. Has also written songs with Nashville luminaries like Big & Rich, Vince Gill, and Sherrie Austin, among many others. Angela was personally referred to TAXI for our A&R team by former TAXI screener Katy Perry!