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Brad Mersereau Scores a Perfect 10

Brad Mersereau
Brad Mersereau
After signing to a successful Music Placement company through a direct result of a TAXI forward, Brad Mersereau's (Portland, OR) song placements over the last several years have begun to earn him regular BMI royalty checks! His compositions have been heard in such television programs as New Amsterdam, In Plain Sight and Royal Pains on the USA Network, as well as Heroes on NBC and Ten Things I Hate About You on ABC Family.

Brad says “TAXI facilitated my process for securing 10 song placements in TV and movies, and I will remain eternally grateful. Over 40 million folks have heard my compositions. Dreams do come true!”

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Barry FrenchBarry French (Spring Hill, TN) recently had a couple of Pop-Punk tracks licensed to the second season of TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras. These placements came from a deal that Barry signed with a very well established Music Library where he has subsequently been able to submit over 30 additional tracks since joining TAXI last year. He has also had several placements on a very popular Daytime Medical Talk Show recently, after signing on as a composer to a highly successful Music Production company.


"Thanks to some connections I've made through TAXI from forwards to music libraries, as well as networking at the Rally and the wonderful community at the TAXI forums, I've reached a point where my supply of music can't keep up with the demand. Thank you Michael and the rest of the TAXI staff for all that you do."



Peter KoellererA Music Placement Company that has licensed many tracks from TAXI members for Film and TV, also just placed Peter Koellerer's (Marchtrenk, Austria) track "Above the City" in the ABC Family show 10 Things I Hate About You.

"We are really happy with the placement in 10 Things I Hate About You. It's the second placement on this network, so we're hoping that folks over there start remembering our name!"


Erich GruberErich Gruber (Everett, WA) has signed over 60 songs with a Commercial and Production Music Company through a forward he received from a TAXI listing. Lately Erich's songs have been heard in the MTV show, The Dudesons in America.


Erich says... "The TAXI business model works perfectly for me. I get to write music in the comfort of my home near the things I love (my family and black lab Maggie). TAXI does the legwork finding first-class folks that need great music. As a result of that, I get recognition and financial rewards. I can't think of a business or service that I've been more pleased with than TAXI."



Jeff GreenleafJeff Greenleaf (Malibu, CA) has had the good fortune of having quite a few television placements after being forwarded to a Music Production Company from a TAXI listing that was originally asking for '80s Instrumental Tracks. His songs have been heard in Bravo's Bethenny Getting Married?, E! Network's Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Style Network's Guiliana and Bill, and two MTV shows, Parental Control and Nitro Circus.

"Imagine how it feels to be emotionally involved in a television program and, out of nowhere, your song plays. It plays with purpose, to make the scene better...and it always does. There really is nothing quite like this. Thank you TAXI for taking me this far."


AMBIENT NEW AGE INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSERS a la Brian Eno, Patrick O'Hearn, Steve Roach's "Structures from Silence" album, etc., needed by a Music Producer who has a new music library with Major distribution and already has several TAXI composers under his roof. He is currently the provider of music for a huge daytime television talk show but wants to make clear that the songs he signs to the library will focus on the other projects he is involved in and will not compete with the Composers working on the talk show. He is open to both domestic and international writers. This is an exclusive deal and you keep 100% of the writer's share. All submissions need to be Broadcast Quality. We recently ran this as Dispatch listing #D100616NA, so if you submitted to that listing, please send in new instrumentals this time around. Please submit two to three instrumentals online or per CD. All submissions will be screened on a YES/NO BASIS - NO CRITIQUES FROM TAXI - and must be received no later than Tuesday, August 3, 2010. See Instrumental section for full details.
TAXI #Y100803NA


CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY "RADIO HIT" SONGS a la Travis Tritt "but with a younger lyric" needed by the Director of A&R at a Major Nashville Label for a new Male Country artist. Songs that mix Country lifestyle lyrics with really cool Southern Rock are necessary. This young artist is very talented and described as a "true entertainer" with a"holler and swaller cheer", so uptempos are preferred - but all tempos are welcome. Vocal and instrumental demo presentation must be top-notch! Please submit one to three songs online or per CD, include lyrics. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received no later than Monday, August 16, 2010. See Country section for full details.
TAXI #S100816CO


RELAXING AND MELODIC NEW AGE INSTRUMENTALS a la Vangelis, Andreas Vollenweider, Yanni, etc., needed by an Austrian Production Company with Major Distribution, for a comp CD that will be marketed and distributed to European Wellness Hotels. They are looking for very relaxing pieces that still have interesting melodic elements and sonic richness in the mix and arrangement. Compositions should have a full arrangement. They definitely do not want solo pieces. They do not want any heavy drums or loud, disturbing effects. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine). Their deal is a non-exclusive license along with mechanical royalties paid per unit sold. Please submit one to three instrumentals online or per CD. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received by Friday, August 20, 2010. See Instrumental for full details.
TAXI #S100820NA


ALT ROCK BANDS a la the variety of The Verve, Killers, Kings of Leon, Silversun Pickups, Kaiser Chiefs, Hole, etc., needed by the Co-President of a very successful Independent label distributed by a Major. Great Alt Rock songs with serious crossover, mainstream radio potential is very important - they're looking for more than college radio appeal. Having your own self-released CD and being out there promoting it is a huge plus! Vocal and instrumental demo presentation must be top-notch! Please submit two to three songs online or per CD, include lyrics/photo/bio. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received no later than Thursday, August 19, 2010. See Adult Album Alternative section for full details.
TAXI #S100819AR


CONTEMPORARY SINGER-SONGWRITERS a la Colbie Caillat, John Mayer, Sara Bareilles, etc. needed by the Director of A&R at a Major label. He is looking for artists that have a unique and credible sound and show obvious commercial potential. A great image, solid songwriting capabilities and a strong history of having an established fanbase and selling your own CDs are all essential to capture this Exec's interest. Instrumental and vocal demo performances must be top-notch! Please submit two to three songs online or per CD, include lyrics/photo and bio. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received no later than Friday, August 27, 2010. See Singer / Songwriter for full details.
TAXI #S100827SS


HOT A/C CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SONGS a la Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Rob Thomas, Train, etc., needed by an Independent Management Company to pitch to CCM artists. All tempos welcome. Cross-over potential is a must! Ideally, themes should appeal to a wide audience and songs need to include those strong hooks and memorable melodies that spell out "radio hit". Vocal and instrumental demo presentation must be top-notch! Please submit one to three songs online or per CD, include lyrics. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received by Friday, September 3, 2010. See Contemporary Christian section for full details.
TAXI #S100903CC


 
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