Here you will find up to date information about what's going on in the WCS San Rafael Chapter. Competitions run the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Fenix. It's easy to find who to contact, where to go and when it's all happening! If you need to reach us, please email the San Rafael Manager.
Check out the Aug 13th 2013 live stream WCS Competition Playoffs
Judges for December 10th:
George Merrill is a highly recognized local musician and songwriter residing in Petaluma, CA. He is originally from the Seattle area, although 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 had three songs in the Billboard Top 40, and Waiting For A Star To Fall has had over 2 million airplays. Together they penned hit songs for Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Deniece Williams, Bette Midler, Phyllis Hyman, Kermit The Frog and many more.
Two of George and Shannon’s most memorable chart topping songs for Whitney were, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “How Will I Know” (co-written with Narada Michael Walden), both recorded and produced here in the Bay Area by Grammy award winning Producer, Narada Michael Walden. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” 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 songwriting studio in Petaluma and is always looking for great, unusual songs and co-writers. He is passionate about supporting his artistic community and participates in West Coast Songwriters events and Grammy songwriter panels, up and down the West Coast.
Unions and Industry Affiliations: Grammy - National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), American Federation of Musicians (AFof M), Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAGAFTRA).
Joel Jaffe is a Bay Area award winning engineer, producer, musician, composer, and recording studio owner for over 30 years. He is the President/Co-Owner, Studio D Recording Inc. in Sausalito, CA.
Joel has lent his highly regarded talents in engineering, producing, mixing and mastering on Grammy, Platinum and Gold Albums and #1 Billboard Chart topping releases including:
Flaming Groovies, Kirk Franklin and the Family, Lenny Williams, Manzarek Rogers, Maria Muldaur, Earth Wind and Fire and The Stylistics. Additional highlights: Huey Lewis & The News Engineer, Summit (George Brooks, Zakir Hussain), Bonnie Raitt (iTunes releases), Magic Christian (Picked in the top 100 Albums of 2010 by the London Times) and Ringo Starr All Starr Band DVD.
Joel has been an audio post producer and mixer for surround DVD’s for award winning artist’s: Night Ranger, Ringo Starr, "The Best of The All Starr Band", Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter, “Live at Montreux” and Henry Rollins Shock and Awe Tour, The Comedy series released by Image Entertainment, Smashmouth Live and last, but not least, Maria Muldaur Live DVD
His surround mixing/editing and music performance credits for film and television include: Wave Twister by DJ Qbert, “Light Sleeper” by Paul Schrader, Bay Area Music Awards for 3 years on Warner Broadcasting. His compositions have appeared on major network television and in film: "One Life to Live" and "The Young and The Restless" as well as WDR Network in Europe.
Music Preservation and Archiving
Joel has overseen digital restoration, remastering and releases for: Quicksilver Jazz Label.
30 Classic analog recordingsrestored and remastered including these releases: 1950’s Duke Ellington recording from the Blue Note Live “Ellingtonia”, Pepper Adams “Urban Dreams”, Anita O’Day, Les Demerle, Mal Waldron, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones.
His industry affiliations and services include 15 years with the San Francisco Grammy Recording Academy, as an Officer and on the Board of Governors and member of the prestigious Audio Engineering Society. He has received numerous awards including: Western Broadcast Award- Golden State Warriors NBA arena Intro sound design recipient, Grammy Achievement Award - Audio Engineer for Kirk Franklin’s Best Contemporary Gospel Album and multiple AMPEX Golden Reel Awards.
Educator and Guest Lecturer
Guest lecturer and instructor: S.F. State, Sonoma State and Pyramid Recording Arts College.
Shiloh Hobel is a recording and live performance vocalist, composer, musician, and gold and multi-platinum plaque award recipient. She has lent her voice on numerous background recordings including: Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Howard Hewett, Puff Johnson and Ted Nugent to name a few. Shiloh is known for her powerfully soulful, sultry, bluesy, yet rock-edged vocals. Her unique arrangements share a mix of airy and gospel-inspired backgrounds and harmonies. As a singer and songwriter, Shiloh has a way of captivating her audiences with a unique style of conviction and delivery.
As a Bay Area, California native, R&B and rock music exposure was constant and clearly resonated with Shiloh. Later these influences played a key role in her musical development and style. Inspiration and support from her jazz musician parents was a spark that ignited Shiloh’s passion and drive to develop her craft.
Shiloh's exposure to and appreciation of music inspired her to pursue a career in both the business management and artistic sides of the industry and later she became dedicated to arts and education. For over two decades she has earned a reputation as a respected music industry studio and production manager with world-class recording studios and Grammy award winning record producer and clientele including: Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Lisa Fischer, Patti LaBelle, Barbra Streisand, Howard Hewett, Journey, Heart, Starship, Rick James, Santana and Huey Lewis and the News and many others.
Shiloh takes great pride in serving the music, audio and visual communities in elected leadership positions including: West Coast Songwriters – Vice President; SF Grammy Chapter - Vice President, Governor, Education and Membership Committee Co-chair; Vallejo Community Arts Foundation – Trustee; Advisory Board - Game Audio Network Guild, in addition to various other active industry memberships.
SONGWRITER COMPETITIONS HELD 2nd TUESDAY EVERY MONTH AT:
The Fenix ,
919 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Toll Free: 855.336.4999
Catering & take out orders: 415.813.5461
Sign up at 6::30pm. Event begins at . Digital piano available. Incredible Sound System.
Please make sure that your membership is current. Non-members are ineligible to win. RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP
Competitions run from October - August
The PLAYOFFS are held in late August
Playoff Winner has the opportunity to perform at the WCS Grand Finals held in late August
Grand Final Winner has the opportunity to perform at the WCS Annual Music Conference (2nd weekend of September) in front of a house full of industry leaders, friends and family.
$10.00 door fee
Non-Members may only sign up if there is room after all members have signed up (Please note: Non Members are inelligible to win prizes)
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