Erin Workman

With over 15 years of experience in the music industry, Erin Workman brings a combined expertise in areas of Music Publishing, A&R, Artist Development, Vocal Coaching, Entertainment Education, Industry Relations and more. A degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance prepared her to enter into the industry as a signed staff songwriter and recording artist for Gaylord Entertainment (including Acuff Rose and Warner Chappell) in Nashville, TN, which led to entry into writing for Film/TV projects and various publishing/licensing ventures. While working with artists and songwriters, there was a natural ease into the field of Artist Development which brought Workman to Los Angeles to write for Disney (Suite Life of Zack & Cody) and work with such artists as DJ Ashba (Sixx:AM), Drake Bell (Nickelodeon/Sony), Miley Cyrus (Disney), Zac Efron (Disney), Selena Gomez (Disney), Ashley Tisdayle (Disney), Emma Roberts (Sony/Columbia) and many more. As a session singer/pianist and songwriter, Erin can be found on projects as varied as Rufus Wainwright, Russell Crowe – TOFOG, Disney’s “Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, Nickelodeon’s “Unfabulous” – Emma Roberts, and various Film and TV projects and Erin’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance from CSU, Chico and her primary instruments are voice, piano/keyboards and guitar. In her previous executive position as Senior Director of A&R at TAXI Music, Erin utilized her passion for helping artists to achieve great success and continues currently as an A&R consultant for several major music companies. In this capacity, she also forged a number of important relationships with publishers, A&R representatives, music supervisors and managers for the purpose of promoting the talent of the TAXI members to the industry at large. As a result, the members secured many Film/TV placements and a prominent artist/writer signings. Erin is also the Department Chair for Songwriting and Music Business and Vice President of Career Services and Industry Relations at LACM.

Kasia Livingston

Kasia “KC” Livingston is a singer/songwriter who broke into the scene with her Grammy-nominated, worldwide #1 single “StickWitU” by the Pussycat Dolls. She is a frequent Britney Spears collaborator with multiple songs on Britney’s #1 albums Circus and Femme Fatale. She has continued to have releases with Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Jessie J, Cheryl Cole, and Gloria Trevi.

Writer and producer collaborations include: Flo Rida, Jessie J, David Guetta, Alex Da Kid, Britney Spears, Will.I.Am, Scott Cutler, Tokio Hotel, Fraser T. Smith, Victoria Justice, Kevin Griffin, Lindy Robbins, Ashley Gorley, Josh Abraham, Ari Levine, Luke Boyd, Brandy, Esmee Denters, Jordyn Taylor, Pixie Lott, Rock City, Frankie Storm, Bloodyshy & Avant, Danja, Fernando Garibay, Mike Elizondo, Rodney Jerkins, Brian Kennedy, JR Rotem, The Stereotypes, Andre Merritt, Rob Fusari, Dan & Leah, Cathy Dennis, The Writing Camp, Madd Scientist, The Jam, James Fauntleroy, Underdogs, Makeba, Greg Wells, Evan Bogart, Kara DioGuardi, Fredwreck, Stacy Barthe, Oak, Harvey Mason, and Greg Kurstin.


Howie Shear

After receiving a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, Howie moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a musician/composer/arranger. He soon took a slight detour to go on the road where he played lead trumpet with the Woody Herman Orchestra. After two years, he moved back to LA, and has since performed on countless TV and movie soundtracks, commercials, Broadway shows and recordings. Howie has performed with Tony Bennett, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, and Mel Torme, to name a few. In addition to performing, Howie has been an active composer/arranger/orchestrator getting his first big break as the musical arranger for the Joan Rivers late night talk show, where he composed for a 16-piece big band 5 nights a week. Howie has also scored several movies. He received his doctorate in music from the University of Southern California in 2002.

Marko Desantis

Marko DeSantis is a music professional best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of modern rock & roll band Sugarcult, with whom he has toured worldwide and sold over a million records since launching out of Santa Barbara, CA in 2001.

Sugarcult released three studio records which spawned hit singles such as; “Bouncing Off the Walls”, “Pretty Girl (The Way)”, “Do It Alone” and “Memory”.   They’ve also released a documentary DVD, a live album, a “best of”/concert DVD.

Sugarcult has headlined their own national and international tours; performed on the main stages of festivals around the world (Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Summersonic, Warped Tour, Soundwaves, etc); were the main support act on Green Day’s “American Idiot” USA/Japan tours, and Blink 182’s farewell European tour and countless other tours.

Prior to Sugarcult, Marko wrote, recorded & performed live with national indie/power-pop/punk bands such as The AtarisSwingin Utters and Nerf Herder.

Marko also produces/writes for other artists and composes for film and television.

As an educator, DeSantis has appeared as a guest lecturer/adjunct professor and panelist at several music conferences and academia programs: SXSW, MI (Musicians Institute), LACM (LA College of Music), Citrus College, Kenshu (Japanese exchange), Taxi Road Rally, New Noise, Camp Jam and Power Chord Academy. Specializing in Artist Development and career opportunities in the future of the music industry.

Marko DeSantis is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Lisa Harriton

Lisa Harriton graduated with distinction from the Royal School of Music, London with a degree in classical piano. Thereafter, Lisa received a degree in Jazz Piano from University of Southern California. For several years, Harriton played the Los Angeles jazz club scene, drawing a growing following with eclectic sets interspersing jazz with her own original songs and performing or recording with veteran jazz musicians such as Ernie Watts, Joe LaBarbara, Darek Oles, Ingrid Jensen and Larry Koonse. In 2007, Lisa became the touring keyboardist and backing vocalist for modern rock superstars The Smashing Pumpkins. Harriton appears in the videos for “Tarantula” and “That’s the Way (My Love Is).” Since her work with the Pumpkins, Lisa has toured/performed with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) Adam Lambert, Ke$ha and Natalia Kills, opening for the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. She can also be seen in Adam Lambert’s videos “Whataya Want from Me?” and “For Your Entertainment.” Lisa has also been working with Matt Sorum (from Guns N’ Roses) as keyboardist/background vocalist in his new band Diamond Baby, and can be seen in their debut video, “Last Rockstar.” As a singer/songwriter, Lisa serves up a soulful blend of alternative rock infused with layered jazz vocals on her debut solo record on Broad stroke Records. Lisa was nominated for a Critics Choice Award and a Grammy Award in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media for the tune she co-wrote, “Everything Is Awesome!!!” which was the theme song to 2014′s animated hit The Lego Movie.

Phil Swann

Phil Swann’s career in the entertainment industry has spanned over 30-years as a performer, songwriter, producer, teacher & author. His songs have been heard in television, film and have been recorded by numerous recording artists including: Clay Aiken, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Strickland, Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy, Rodney Atkins, Eamonn McCrystal and Lee Greenwood.

For the theatrical stage, Swann is the composer of the hit Off-Broadway musical, Play It Cool – 2012 Outer Critics Circle nominee for best new off-Broadway musical; The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet – nominated for three Jeffrey Joseph Awards including Best New Musical (recently published by Samuel French, inc); and, DeLEARious – Garland Award winner for Best New Score.  Other musicals include, In A Booth at Chasen’s, Trombone, Neil Simon’s Fools the Musical, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits and It Had To Be You – a musical based on the life and songs of the famed lyricist, Gus Kahn.

A former staff songwriter and producer for DreamWorks, Swann’s production credits include: Helen Slater, The Good Mad, Laura Hall, Kelly McCleod, Danielle Kuri, Roberta Duchak, Dave Aguallo, Dan Nahmod, Adrina Thorpe, and Greg Rowles.

Swann is a favorite speaker at various organizations throughout the United States and Canada. His creative workshops have been embraced by The Songwriters Guild of America, the Nashville Songwriters Association, BMI, ASCAP and UCLA, where Swann currently teaches on the art and craft of songwriting, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the school’s Music Production Program.

In November 2012, Phil released his second studio album, “Age of Opportunity.”  Other solo recordings by Swann include his 2011 critically acclaimed CD, Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars.

Also, Phillip Swann is the author of the mystery-suspense thriller, The Mozart Conspiracy, his first novel. The book is now published in Italy under the title, Il Codice Amadeus.

Originally from Milton, West Virginia, Swann is a graduate of the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City and now makes his home in Los Angeles, CA.

Pablo Mathiason

Pablo Mathiason began his career in the music industry in 1990 at Columbia Records in his hometown of New York City. Starting right out of college in an entry level position that included answering phones, distributing reports and getting lunch, he worked his way to the A&R department. With 7 years of success in the glory days of the 1990’s, having worked Alternative hit bands like Sponge, Alice In Chains, Our Lady Peace, Neds Atomic Dustbin to mention a few, he left to move to Los Angeles. In LA, Pablo took a career turn to publishing, working at Chrysalis Music which lead him to the new millennium. In the 2000’s were spent as a manager working with bands like Rancid and Hepcat, Further Seems Forever and The Beautiful Mistake. Returning to the label world as Director of A&R at Jive Records/Zomba Music Publishing from 2002-2008 working with 311, The Bronx, Bowling For Soup and Wakefield among others. Pablo closed out 2000’s at Starbucks Entertainment. Over the last couple years, Pablo has returned to his management and consulting business, Civilized Artist Management and has been managing The Matches, Singer/Songwriter Eli Lieb and video game/tv/film composers Brain and Melissa where he has been involved in recording, touring, social media, syncs, placements and specializing in how to work in today’s industry without a label.

Roberto Montero


Brazilian born Roberto Montero has performed with Grammy Award winner Sergio Mendes at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, in Morocco and across the United States, with Grammy nominated brazilian singer Baby Consuelo, with four-time Grammy nominated Tiziano Ferro, NBC’s Rickey Minor & The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno, among others.

Has extensively written music for TV and Radio during 5 years in Brazil.

Music Director for the Dorian Holley Band for over 10 years now.

Recent recording credits include work as guitarist and singer on part of the soundtrack for the movie “Rio 2” – sequel to the Oscar nominated “Rio” – for Sergio Mendes and film composer John Powell.

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Adam Levy

Levy has created a remarkable body of music over the past 30 years, and his talents continue to evolve today. He was recruited for Norah Jones’ recording of “Come Away with Me,” her multi-platinum, multi-Grammy debut on Blue Note Records. He remained in Jones’ orbit for several years to come, recording two additional albums and three DVDs, and touring the world as a member of her Handsome Band. He also played on Tracy Chapman’s mid-90s masterpiece New Beginning. Levy’s guitar earns the limelight in the bluesy “Give Me One Reason,” which won Best Rock Song at the 1997 Grammy Awards.

Levy is also a respected writer and educator, with the instructional courses Play the Right Stuff (book/DVD), 50 Low-Down Rhythms (DVD/online course), and Rhythm Makeover (DVD/online course) to his credit, as well as numerous articles for Guitar PlayerFretboard Journal, and other top guitar magazines.

Bill Fowler

Bill Fowler was part of a world tour backing Raquel Welch, and subsequently toured for 3 years with the Pointer Sisters, performing at venues such as The Universal Amphitheater, The Greek Theatre, LA Sports Arena, on television appearances including The Tonight Show, The Midnight Special, The Tomorrow Show, and a tour of New Zealand and Australia. He later spent 10 years as part of Ben Vereen’s touring band, performing in both self-contained, 5-piece band contexts as well as Pops concert configurations with symphony orchestras. A highlight of this association was an appearance with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Other credits include television appearances with Jermaine Jackson and concert appearances with Lou Rawls, Marilyn McCoo, Lainie Kazan, Willie Bobo, Marvin Hamlisch, Anthony Newley, Nell Carter and Suzanne Somers. His work has been heard on TV and feature film soundtracks composed by Gil Melle as well as on albums by Ray Charles and Johnny Halliday (the French Elvis!) respectively. He has appeared with the Jazz Tap Ensemble the last 3 years as part of their Christmas performance broadcast live on KCET. He began teaching guitar both one-on-one and in classes over 20 years ago and has been associated with LACM since 1996.

Jae Deal

Deal is an accomplished Los Angeles-based composer, arranger, producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, hip hop, R&B and gospel. He has worked behind the scenes as well as on stage with artists including Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Faith Evans, TPain, Jessica Simpson and Wynton Marsalis. In addition, Deal has contributed to the works of Elton John and songwriter Diane Warren. His diverse talents and ability to create fresh sounds for any modern track have kept him busy on the road and in the studio.

Mark Cross

Mark Cross is an award winning Producer, Composer, Mixer, Educator and Author with an extensive discography in both film and television that spans over 2 decades.

As a Engineer / Mixer Mark has worked on numerous albums, film scores, and television episodes, including the Grammy-winning “I Am Shelby Lynne”, Randy Newman’s Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning “CARS” and “Meet the Parents” score and soundtracks, along with mixing hundreds of episodes of the NBC prime time series: ER. Additional film credits include: Alien Resurrection, Seabisquit and Beavis and Butthead Do America.

As a composer he has created original music for the NBC Prime Time Series: Last Comic Standing as well as contributing additional music for: American Idol, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The CBS Evening News (and most recently for HBO’s: Getting On and Comedy Central’s: Key and Peele). Mark has created musical themes for Nickelodeon’s Wow Wow Wubbzy, the Seinfeld Season 8 DVD, as well as producing and performing with Grammy winner John Legend on HBO’s: Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Additionally, Mark authored the renowned book, “Audio Post Production for Film and Television”. This introduction to audio post production is based on his vast and diverse background along with the input and experience of numerous A-list professionals and addresses all aspects of working with dialogue, music and sound effects for film and television. Many of these professionals and institutions recognize this textbook as the “ De Facto / Go To” book for anyone interested in studying audio post production.

Eleni Mandell

Eleni Mandell was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has made 10 critically acclaimed solo records as well as many with The Living Sisters (a harmony group with Inara George of Bird and the Bee; Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond; and Alex Lilly), and The Grabs, a post punk pop group with Nigel Harrison from Blondie. The New Yorker once called her “…the best unsigned artist in the business” but now she is on the independent record label, Yep Roc Records. She has toured North America and Europe extensively. An album of other artists covering her songs, including the likes of Jackson Browne and Van Dyke Parks, is slated for release in 2017

Debra Davis

Debra Davis is a singer/songwriter/producer and music educator from Los Angeles. She has released 3 albums of original material, and has a catalog of songs written for other artists and projects, as well. Debra’s songs have been featured in numerous TV series and films, and can be heard on such Internet music outlets as Spotify, Itunes, IHeartRadio, Soundcloud and Pandora (Debra Davis Radio), as well as on retail and in-flight music programming.

The title track to her debut album, “Uninvited Guests,” cracked the Top 20 on the Americana Radio chart, and her latest, “Complete,” features a duet with 5-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross. Debra has written songs for, vocal coached and produced artists including Disney actress Peyton List (for Universal Music Group), Twist of Fate (Sony Wonder), and for “Avalon: Web of Magic” (Scholastic).

Debra and her music were also featured on the “Real Artists Working” documentary (PBS), “Innervieworld” webcast, and on “Angel Encounters” special (TNN), which explored the stories behind her songs.

Debra has been a featured performer/songwriter on ASCAP’s Quiet on the Set, NSAI (Nashville Songwriter’s Assn.), and Billy Block’s Western Beat, and has toured nationwide with her Band of Gold playing festivals and venues like The Bluebird in Nashville, Summerfest, PRIDE, Eat’m Las Vegas, LA Marathon, Billboard Live, House of Blues, the Troubadour and the Coach House, as well as numerous radio on-airs and morning TV appearances. She’s opened for such artists as Christopher Cross, Edwin McCain, Venice and Collective Soul.

Her songs are on several compilation CDs for good causes, including

“Artists Against Cancer,“ “It’s About Eve” for breast cancer research,

and “Home” for Children International.

Debra’s husband, drummer/producer Dave Beyer, is also an instructor at LACM, and works on many projects with her.

Debra has been a vocal coach and piano, guitar and songwriting teacher for more than 20 years. Debra studied music at Fullerton College, Golden West College, UCLA and Dick Grove School of Music in Hollywood. She also has a B.A. degree in Journalism, and was a features writer for the L.A. Times for 8 years (interviewing the likes of Gladys Knight, Chris Brown, Sammy Hagar and Wynonna Judd), and wrote the music columns for Pasadena Weekly and Gig Magazine.

Kevin Day

Kevin Day began his career as a musician but formed the core of his experience as a Sales and Marketing executive with MCA Records and later, Geffen Records at the Universal Music Group.

After a 12-year tenure Kevin was downsized in 20004 in an early round of major label downsizing.

Almost immediately Kevin developed Rocket Science, a early music 2.0 label services company whose business model was based on an accelerating trend of well-known or “branded” artists leaving the major label system. In stark contrast to most labels at the time, Rocket Science took no ownership in client’s music and instead earned a fee for providing needed services.

Rocket Science and its roster of well-known and established artists expanded rapidly. With an elegant solution of accountable and quality services under one roof, the basic appeal expanded as a turnkey solution for labels, managers and artists to release their own content into the domestic, and eventually into a global music marketplace.

The Rocket Science model evolved into Skyrocket Entertainment. With an expanded business model, Kevin and staff moved from its primary focus of artists and managers and expanded to provide business development services for company’s and organizations working in the “music and entertainment space”.

Skyrocket works with app developers, music websites, publishers and other music entities providing sales and marketing services and maximizing revenue in an evolving industry.

Rocket Science Credits (partial list): Jackson Browne, Hall & Oats, Josh Kelley, Motley Crue, Maroon 5, Awolnation, Downtown Records, Red Bull Records, Collective Soul, John 5 (Rob Zombie), Don Felder (Eagles), Dolly Parton. Various American Idol releases, Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Angels & Airwaves and many more great releases.

Released in May 2016, Anna Vogelzang’sHiker has won attention from the likes of Magnet Magazine, The Bluegrass Situation, and Relix who praised its “warm, engaging folk-pop.”  Produced by Todd Sickafoose (Anais MitchellAni DiFranco), the LP’s lush, sonic landscape explores the identity of being a human in nature, and the animal nature of being human. Vogelzang has been touring since 2007, gaining fans across the country and sparking publications like The Huffington Post to assert that “few craft a better folk song,” and sharing bills with some of her heroes, including Sara BareillesGillian Welch, Mirah, Anais Mitchell, Laura Gibson, Wye Oak, Mason Jennings, Amanda Palmer, and many more.

Adam Larue

Adam LaRue is an 18 year veteran of the music industry who has marketed the global album launches of Rancid, Mavis Staples, Glen Hansard, Dr. Dog, Plain White T’s, At The Drive-in, Sugarcult, and The Punk Goes… series among many others while at prominent labels Epitaph, Anti, and Fearless Records. As marketing at the Southern California indie labels, Adam was responsible for the publicity, digital, video, and radio campaigns for the aforementioned artists. Furthermore, he took the added responsibility of spearheading the advertising, tour marketing, and street level marketing efforts. As a result of his hard work Adam has been awarded platinum and gold records for Plain White T’s, and Tom Waits.

While at IndieClick Media Group/Demand Media, Adam has consulted major, and indie record labels with the development and online advertising strategy for artists such as Eminem, Blink 182, LMFAO, and Neon Trees, major music festivals The Vans Warped Tour, and Rockstar Mayhem Fest, book publishers such as Random House, and Harper Collins, and popular consumer brands Griffin Technology, SanDisk, and eMusic.

Additionally, Adam has been a featured speaker in the areas of artist development at distinguished artist level conferences such as CMJ, SXSW, Music Biz, Loren Israel’s Band Bootcamp/Music Mentor Program, and Seth Riggs Speech Level Singing Institute.

Garrett McElver

Garrett McElver is part of the music supervision team at SuperMusicVision. Garrett is currently music supervisor on ‘The Tick’ for Amazon and the CBS series ‘Seal Team’. As music coordinator, he has contributed to television shows such as AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’, Netflix originals ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘Love’; Amazon’s ‘Sneaky Pete’; the Hulu series ‘Shut Eye’; and TV Land’s ‘Nobodies’, among more. Outside of television, independent feature films that Garrett has music supervised include ‘Up There’, ‘Midnighters’, and ‘YINZ’; and short films ‘Wendy’s Shabbat’ and ‘A Date In 2025’.

Previously, Garrett was the Creative Department Director for the entertainment law firm Winogradsky/Sobel. There he managed and developed an independent one-stop catalog that specialized in music licensing for Film and TV, and worked with their administration, publishing, and consulting clients.

Garrett is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Guild of Music Supervisors, where he is also on the GMS Education Committee playing a large and active role in the development of the annual Guild of Music Supervisors ‘State of Music In Media’ Conference held in Los Angeles.

At LACM, Garrett teaches the Music Supervision and Music Licensing courses.

Brett Perry

Brett Perry is currently owner of Daddy Jack Music in Burbank; CA. Daddy Jack Music is full service music Production Company for Film and Television. To date over 400 episodes scored, including That 70s Show, It’s a Miracle and New Jim Henson property Sid the Science Kid. DJM also produces records in between film production. He has selected artists to be a part of DJM for the purpose of licensing content for media. All is housed in a 3500 sq. ft. facility with 4 studios and office space. Prior to going on his own Brett was a staff composer and editor at Jonathan Wolffs Music Consultants Group (Seinfeld, Will and Grace). Brett modeled his company after Jonathan’s successful game plan of streamlined content and communication in the post production process which allows for massive amounts of content to be provided in a short amount of time. Before MCG Brett had worked with who he considers to be his musical father and best musician he knows, Robbie Buchanan. Robbie is a monster musician with arrangement credits from Phil Collins against All Odds to Quincy Jones Just Once. Brett worked alongside Robbie as a keyboard tech, and studio manager. They often wrote together and at the time Brett had a music pub deal with BMG. Credits with Robbie include Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville, Peter Cetera, Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, and the Wilson Sisters. Brett’s musical career began in Nashville where after the usual internships he became a Synclavier programmer. Credits include the duet with Hank Jr. and Sr. Tear in My Beer, Amy Grant, Alabama, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Earnest Goes to Camp and Three Men and a Baby. Brett has penned two #1 songs with BeBe and CeCe, and Paul Smith.

Nikola Bedingfield
Emmy nominated Nikola Bedingfield has lectured at numerous universities of music, been an A&R for Taxi Music, and written singles with and for top artists such as: CeeLo Green, Jesse McCartney, Cheryl Cole, Grizfolk and Jojo. Bedingfield has also worked alongside top producers like Redone, Toby Gad, Walter Afanasieff, and Rodney Jerkins. She has also composed for commercials (e.g., Coca-Cola, Djarum, etc.), films (e.g., Being Charlie), and television (e.g.,  General Hospital, Tough Love, etc.) She’ll be with us to pass on her professional songwriting experience and top secrets navigating the industry.
Michael Carey

Michael Carey is a Los Angeles-based producer, songwriter, mixer, session musician and composer whose work ranges from gold and platinum rock, pop, neo-soul, and Latin recording artists to commercials, film and TV.

Album credits (various roles—writer/producer/mixer/guitarist/engineer/programmer) include Escape The Fate, Gavin James, Idina Menzel, Gwen Stefani, Michael Bublé, Mary Lambert, Santana singer Andy Vargas, Jacquie Lee (The Voice), BNTLY, Tony Lucca (The Voice), Otep, Jason Castro (American Idol), Brit-pop icon Robbie Williams, J.R. Richards (Dishwalla), Diamante, and actor/rapper Will Smith as well as top selling international artists Pablo Alborán, Vanesa Martín (Spain), Louna, Nogu Svelo! (Russia), and Agnes Chan and Kenichi Kurosawa (Japan).

Composer credits include worldwide commercial campaigns for Coca Cola, Ford, Toyota, Honda, NASCAR, Lincoln Mercury, Outback Steakhouse, Mattel, Bayer, Sonic, Sega, Asahi, Anheuser Busch, Korean Airlines, General Mills and Kawasaki as well as themes and underscore for shows on CBS, ABC, and TBS, trailers for Disney, Miramax, and Buena Vista, award-winning indie features and documentaries. Awards include Cannes Silver Lion, Addys and Mobius.

Underlying Michael’s work is a focus on lean, honest writing, capturing undeniable performances, and utilizing focused production and mix techniques to deliver compelling, emotionally engaging results.  While no stranger to working in solitude, his greatest joy is working with other artists, writers, musicians and producers, a firm believer in the spontaneous inspiration that comes from collaboration.

Jud Friedman

My family still claims I sang and played music before I talked.  Well, who knows…but it’s a great story for holiday dinners. But for sure the music has always been in me.  I grew up in New York and Connecticut and went to Yale and Harvard Law School (long story…), all the while playing in various bands, performing in musical theater and writing songs.  After headlining a show in New York City I had an epiphany – I loved performing, but I didn’t crave it or the limelight the way I think you need to if you want to be a star.  What I really craved was….to make music.  And I realized I could do it for other people.

So I moved to Los Angeles and started honing my writing and producing craft.  After several years, I had my first Number One hit as a writer and arranger:  “I Don’t Have The Heart” by James Ingram.  And the ball was rolling.  Next, Whitney Houston recorded “Run To You” for her film “The Bodyguard”.  I made the record with David Foster, worked on producing Whitney’s vocals and even sang backgrounds with her.  “Run To You”  was nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy.  Then I wrote “For The First Time” for the film “One Fine Day” with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney.  Kenny Loggins performed it and the song garnered another Oscar and Grammy and also a Golden Globe nomination.

Along the way, there were lots more hits and nominations, with amazing artists such as Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Leann Rimes, Chaka Khan, Kristine W., Oleta Adams, Gladys Knight and Dave Koz.  And recently, big records with Charice (“The Truth Is”), Toni Braxton (“If I Have To Wait”) and Kimberley Locke of American Idol fame, number one singles on the number one CDs of Italian divas Giorgia and Elisa, and songs recorded by massive pop/classical group The Tenors on their Juno-winning CD, Right Said Fred and many more.  Also a couple of things for television:  the theme song from the Michael Jackson show “Man In The Mirror” (“Believe In Me”) and the score for the t.v. film “The Prince and The Pizza Boy”, starring Joey Lawrence.  (One of my biggest t.v. successes;  I still get mobbed by little kids on the street.  Haha.

65 million records sold worldwide.   At last count.  Nominations for 2 Academy Awards, 2 Grammys, 2 Golden Globes and, for artists singing my songs, nominations for two more Grammys and a Soul Train Award.

In March 2016 The Grammy Museum did a special night celebrating the more than 25 year career of my long term songwriting partner Allan Rich and me.  Check out the opening video:

Recently I have been focusing a lot of energy on qWaqq, an innovative new music streaming service of which I am CEO and Founder, where users can discover and songwriters can post and monetize the unknown “hidden gems” in their catalogues:

And of course I continue to write songs and instrumental music for both established and new, aspiring artists and for film, television, commercial and corporate usages, in all genres.  I play, arrange, engineer and produce in my professional recording studio.  I make records and demos for myself and others, from minimalist to maxed out.  I help young, aspiring writers and artists with their writing, producing, performing and understanding of “how to make it in the music business.”  I also teach, consult and speak on songwriting and the music business and the life lessons I have learned over 30 years of working with some of the greatest recording artists in the world.

Joe Ryan III

Phenomenon: one word describes this multitalented musician, rapper, vocalist, producer, composer, DJ, mix engineer and visionary, but curiosity demands more. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, while developing a love for music in his parents’ church, Joe Ryan III is a husband, father and faith-filled visionary who is undoubtedly bringing a fresh and authentic perspective of what the modern christian walk is all about; Purpose Over Perfection. Living by the statements “100% Faith. 0% Doubt” and “My backup plan is to never backdown”, his journey began after making the pivotal decision to leave a college basketball scholarship of which he earned after being a member of the Junior National Olympic All-State/All- American team representing Michigan as a high school junior. He initially gained recognition as a Recording Artist by winning Milwaukee’s 103.7FM 3 month “Kiss Icon Contest” of over 600 Artists while homeless, earning him daily rotation and a performance at SummerFest, which has been certified since 1999 by the Guinness World Records as “The World’s Largest Music Festival”. A neighboring City Official noticed the absence of vulgar language, degradation of women, or the praise of drugs after reading a front page article which described Joe’s victory, as well as his compelling story of living out of his Ford Mustang and salvation army while fighting to be present in his twin sons’ lives and contacted him to present an opportunity to work with at-risk youth. Joe accepted the offer and developed a Music Mentoring curriculum and program under his company BedRoc Productions, which offered kids an outlet of expression through learning therapeutic songwriting, production, engineering and performance. The program became so impactful throughout the city that two high schools gave Joe his own class. Noticing a tweet by Hip Hop Legend MC Lyte expressing the search for new producers, he submitted music and earned a composer contract with DuBose Entertainment, where MC Lyte was lead music supervisor. The signing and hard work landed music placements on B.E.T.’ Network docu-series “Trey Songz: My Moment” and shortly after he flew to Hollywood, CA for the first time to showcase his ability to score and compose original music rapidly on the spot. CEO James DuBose was so impressed that he gave his newest show “Toya; A Family Affair” entirely to Joe, which included 16 episodes and theme song, denying the other 30 composers on staff the opportunity to submit music. Joe went on to compose music for ESPN, Telepicture’s, FOX, ABC, VH1 and even became Music Supervisor/Composer for B.E.T.’s “Hip Hop Sisters”. After a successful composing run, he began building his resume as an artist again, landing opportunities of rapping on The Discovery Channel and TechCrunch via online platform “YouNow” after winning thousands of dollars in contest earnings. Shortly after, he made the decision to drive 1,879 miles to Hollywood, CA and yet again live out of his Mustang. The leap of faith earned Joe songwriting/production/engineering work with Heavy D, The Ying Yang Twins, MC Lyte, Ledisi, KEM, Teyana Taylor, Fabolous and Leela James, of which her hit single “Fall For You” earned him a publishing deal with Sony BMG, after then Vice-President heard the song sang on the finale of “Dancing With The Stars” and “Love & HipHop”. While acquiring placements, Joe produced, wrote, recorded & mixed his independent release “1-8-7-9”, which was coined an adjective that is symbolic of the distance traveled in miles to Hollywood, CA to reach destiny, while living out of his Mustang for 7 months. The album went #28 on the US iTunes R&B Charts and earned an exclusive licensing deal with Japan record label “Manhattan Recordings”. The single “Ride Or Die” featuring Recording Artist/Actress Lil Mama jumped to #5 on Japan music charts over John Legend’s “All Of Me” and Robin Thicke/Pharrell/T.I.’s “Blurred Lines”. Japan music stores would then introduce “Joe Ryan 1879 Listen First Kiosks” that would not only showcase his album but also the releases of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, August Alsina, Eric Bellinger, Eric Benet & more. The Japan-charting record “All I Want Is You” from the album is also currently being used on Cartoon Network’s “Teen Titans Go!

Joanna Wallfisch

London born multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist Joanna Wallfisch has been making waves in the jazz, folk and songwriting world since 2011, combining “the intimate purview of a singer-songwriter with the technical liberties of a jazz improviser” (The Boston Globe). Born into a family of renowned classical musicians her music is a unique combination of post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism The New York Times described as “sensitive and deep”. Joanna accompanies herself on baritone ukulele, piano, Indian shruti box, kalimba and is a master in the art of live vocal looping creating beguiling soundscapes to accompany her songs.

Her most recent  appearances as a solo artist include: The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Jazz Club Unterfahrt, Munich, Woodford Folk Festival, Australia, Boston Court Performing Arts Centre, LA, The Blue Whale, LA, Pizza Express, London, Canmore Arts Place, Canada, Mezzrow Jazz Club, NYC, National Sawdust, NYC, Salisbury International Festival, UK.

Since 2011 Joanna has released four critically acclaimed albums. Her 2018 release “Blood and Bone” is up for Grammy consideration for Best Folk Album. Featuring fourteen of Joanna’s songs and arrangements it displays her multiinstrumental abilities as she performs vocals, flute, keyboard, and baritone ukulele. Joining her are Jesse Elder (p), Pablo Menares (b), Kenneth Salters (d), Elias Meister (g), Jared Engel (banjo), plus The Solar String Quartet. The World Music Report said, “this is quintessential heart-music by a vocalist who seems to have connected with the deepest recesses of her being emerging into brightness again with songs of haunting beauty.” Her 2016 release “Gardens In My Mind”(Sunnyside Records) features pianist Dan Tepfer and the award-winning Sacconi Quartet, showcasing Joanna’s lush string quartet writing. Downbeat gave this album four stars calling it an “exquisite singer-songwriter album”, while PopMatters called it “a truly beautiful listen from start to finish”. It was also in the Grammy Ballot for Best Folk Album 2016.

In 2015 Joanna released her first recording on Sunnyside Records entitled “The Origin of Adjustable Things”. In a 4.5 star review Jon Garelick wrote in Downbeat: “Her focused, crystalline delivery will melt any purist’s heart.” It was voted best vocal album and best jazz album of 2015 in multiple critics polls, and was in the Grammy Ballot for best vocal jazz album.

Her debut “Wild Swan” (2011) featured saxophonist Sam Newsome, and bassist Joe Martin. All About Jazz described Joanna as, “a vocalist taking risks and crossing musical chasms without a net.”

An adventurer at heart in August 2016 Joanna embarked on a solo concert tour of West Coast of the USA… by bicycle. She performed 16 shows between Portland and Los Angeles carrying her musical instruments and camping gear upon her bike. She called this 1200 mile musical adventure “The Great Song Cycle”. In her inimitable fashion Joanna went on to compose a 50-minute musical memoir entitled “The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle”, which she debuted at New York’s prestigious venue National Sawdust in July 2017, then at Boston Court, Pasadena in February 2018, and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018. She is now in the process of recording this as her fifth album release.

In 2013 Joanna had the opportunity to  tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra as part of a 70 piece choir directed by Grammy-nominated Damien Sneed, singing “The Abyssinian Mass”. She has also appeared with other such jazz luminaries as Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, and Billy Childs.

Alongside Joanna’s performance and compositional work she is a passionate educator and works with young people from early childhood to university level. In February of 2016 she ventured to Mumbai, India to direct a choir of 200 children with Songbound, a charity bringing music to some of India’s poorest, most marginalised children. She has recently transferred these skills to Los Angeles where she is now piloting a program called “Family Sing”, bringing music to mothers and children who live in Skid Row or who are otherwise disenfranchised by homelessness, substance abuse and poverty. This is in conjunction with Urban Voices Project. She also currently teaches with a number of early childhood music education groups and works as a freelance educator in colleges and universities, leading songwriting and vocal workshops.

In addition to her work as a performer, she has worked on multiple film soundtracks—her song “Satellite” is featured in the movie Pressure, starring Danny Huston, while other credits include All the Beautiful Things (Sundance), Desert Dancer, Dear Wendy and Summer in February. She is also the featured voice in the national ad campaign of Hillshire Farms.

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