2016 CONFIRMED GUESTS: (updated as confirmed)


 
Brent Bourgeois began performing on piano in Dallas clubs when he was only 13. He moved to California five years later with friend Larry Tagg and in 1984 formed the pop band Bourgeois Tagg with drummer Rick Walker and guitarist Lyle Workman. The group released a self-titled album in 1986 and Yoyo in 1987 (produced by Todd Rundgren). The single "Mutual Surrender (What a Wonderful World)" reached thecharts in 1986, and the following year "I Don't Mind at All" hit the Top 40.

Bourgeois Tagg's future looked bright, but Brent Bourgeois became addicted to drugs and alcohol. When drinking buddy Charlie Peacock began going to church, he followed and became a Christian soon after. Problems in the band were then magnified by Bourgeois' lyrical tendencies toward Christianity, and the band broke up. Brent Bourgeois recorded an eponymous album for Charisma in 1990, and hit number 32 in the pop charts with "Dare to Fall in Love." An album for Capitol followed, but he decided to join a Christian Contemporary label, Reunion Records. His first religious album, Come Join the Living World, was released in 1995 and produced by Bourgeois with Charlie Peacock. ~ John Bush, Rovi
 
Gary Burr
From his first pop hit, Loves Been a Little Bit Hard On Me by Juice Newton (1982) to his induction into the Country Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 Gary Burr has been one of the most successful and honored songwriters in history.
 
32 top forty hits, 24 top tens, 14 number ones, Garys career has spanned pop, country even Latin hits such as Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera’s smash duet Nobody Wants To Be Lonely.

Gary has been honored with Songwriter of the Year awards by Billboard Magazine, ASCAP, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
 
One of the rare breed who writes hits alone as well as co-writing, Gary is a favorite collaborator of a collection of writing icons such as Carole King, Richard Marx, Don Schlitz, Victoria Shaw, Kenny Loggings... even Ringo Starr!
 
Over the years Gary has kept his joy of music alive by keeping his hand in as many musical adventures as he can lead singer in the seminal country-rock group Pure Prairie League, guitarist/bassist for Carole King on her widely-acclaimed Living Room Tour, guitarist/vocalist in Ringo Starr’s band, The Roundheads and thousands of other projects.
 
For me the next song is never far from my mind. Every day I believe that THIS could be the day I hear or say the phrase or hum the melody that will be the best song I’ve ever written!
 
Gary has topped the charts in three decades and his melodic command and lyrical mastery continue to amaze and touch the hearts of fans all over the world.
 

Cliff Goldmacher
Songwriter/Music Producer, Educator

In the music business for over twenty-five years, Cliff Goldmacher is a songwriter, producer, engineer, author and owner of recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee and Sonoma, California. A multi-instrumentalist and session musician, Cliff has recorded, played on and produced thousands of recordings for major and independent publishers, record labels, up and coming songwriters and Grammy winners.

Cliff has worked as a staff songwriter for a major Nashville publisher and his songwriting collaborators include multi-platinum selling and Grammy winning artists Ke$ha, Keb’ Mo’, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), Mindy Smith & Lisa Loeb. Cliff’s songs have been cut by major label artists in genres ranging from country, pop and jazz to classical crossover. His music has also been used on NPR’s “This American Life” and in national advertising campaigns. Cliff’s song, "Till You Come To Me,” went to #1 on the jazz charts.

As an educator, Cliff teaches workshops for BMI, ASCAP, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, NARAS, The Songwriter’s Guild of America and the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Taxi and The Durango Songwriter’s Expo. Cliff is also a member of the NARAS (GRAMMY Organization) Board of Governors for the San Francisco chapter.

As an author and journalist, Cliff has written articles for EQ, Recording and ProSound News magazines along with numerous music websites and blogs. Cliff’s first eBook “The Songwriter’s Guide To Recording Professional Demos,” has sold over 6,000 copies.
 

Richard Harris
British-born artist, songwriter and producer Richard Harris aka KiDD R!CH grew up watching his father and grandfather play, compose, and conduct their way around the world, and considers himself lucky to be walking in their footsteps.  When he quit the trumpet in favor of the piano as a lad in England, his early passion for writing was apparent and unstoppable. When not emulating his father, other major influences took hold, from The Beatles to ABBA and The Clash.  Later on, Massive Attack, Coldplay, Portishead and Radiohead sealed his passion and molded his senses as a producer. 

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 ten single for Universal New Zealand artist Boh Runga, top ten single with EMI Holland Artist Sabrina Starke and Atlantic band Camera Can’t Lie. 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, an iTunes top ten single “Young Love” with Felix Cartal, a top 40 iTunes dance hit with Greg Cerrone on Ultra Records and a top 20 single in the UK with DJ Stonebridge. Co-write credits include Grammy award winning and multi million selling writers including Lazonate Franklin, Justin Gray, Erika Nuri, Mark Hudson, Pam Sheyne, Victoria Shaw, Gary Burr, Keith Follese, Jeff Franzel and Boots Ottestad.

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.  His songs have been heard in commercials, and TV shows including "One Tree Hill", "Cold Case", "Third Watch", "The Closer", “The Hills”,  "Joan Of Arcadia", and even awards shows like Critic’s Choice and Cinematheque. Most recently Richard had a songs placed in the Reese Witherspoon box office hit movie “This Means War” and CW’s hit TV show “Beauty & The Beast”, “Vanderpump Rules” and an end title song placement in the Tyler Perry movie “Single Moms Club”.

With great respect to the masters of all genres and eyes fixed firmly on the future of the art form, Richard Harris continues to create groundbreaking music in his studio in Los Angeles. 

Dan Hodges
Dan has successfully placed songs on albums generating over 10 million units in sales throughout his career. Among those songs are the hits “Where Would You Be” by Martina McBride and “I’m A Survivor” by Reba McEntire, which became the theme song for her hit television show, Reba. He was also responsible for pairing artist Rachel Proctor with songwriter Chris Tompkins for cowriting, resulting in Rachel’s hit single and video “Me and Emily.” Dan’s Large Opportunity Music also enjoyed success with Billy Currington’s ASCAP 2008 Country Song of the Year and 3 week #1 “Good Directions” and songs recorded by Lila McCann, Blaine Larsen, Kenny Rogers, The Isaacs, Carmen Rasmusen, Andy Griggs, Buddy Jewell, Jill King, Little Texas, Dianna Corcoran (Sony, Australia), Jill Johnson (Lionheart Records, Sweden), Swedish Pop artist "The Gentlemen", Katharine McPhee(American Idol finalist), Pinmonkey and Marie Osmond, as well as two songs on Martina McBride’s “Waking Up Laughing” album which is certified Gold.   As a result of Dan’s efforts, other songs have been recorded by George Jones, Randy Houser, Buddy Jewell, Clay Walker, Colin Raye, Jeff Bates, Dean Brody, Blake Wise, Lauren Lucas, Tracy Lawrence, Ricky Van Shelton, Doug Stone, John Anderson, South 65, Keith Harling, Chad Brock, Shannon Brown, and Mark Chesnutt.

In addition to his success at placing songs in his career, Dan has proven that he has an exceptional skill in discovering talented songwriters before they happen. Among those Dan has discovered and signed to their first publishing deals are Grammy winners Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins (cowriters who penned ASCAP 2007 Song of the Year “Before He Cheats” for Carrie Underwood), Victoria Banks (sole writer of the Sara Evans smash “Saints and Angels”), Rachel Thibodeau (the writer of the 3 week #1, ASCAP 2008 Song of the Year “Good Directions” for Billy Currington as well as 2 songs for Martina McBride) and most recently Ryan Griffin(Sony Music Artist), and Jason Duke "That Could Still Be Us" for Keith Urban and "Dibs" for Kelsea.


Steven Memel 
Steven Memel is an internationally acclaimed voice & performance coach, based in Los Angeles, CA.
He is the creator of and the energy behind “The Science Of Switching On”, a unique and impactful system that enables him to achieve rapid and dramatic results with all performers.
He is an internationally recognized voice technique and performance coach as well as an award-winning actor and director. He has aided in building the careers of some of the most talented and successful people in the world of entertainment.
His clients have recorded on Sony, Jive, DreamWorks, BMG and others.
Among those who have worked with Steven are recording artists Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, Jesse McCartney, actors Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Isabella Rossellini and many more. He has taught at Musicians Institute, UCLA, USC and is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences and universities around the world.



Georgia Middleman
Georgia Middleman’s love affair with music is evident in every song she sings. Her songs blend passion and insight into the human condition with powerful melodies in a combination that hearkens to the timelessness of classic American popular music.

One of Nashville’s most accomplished singer/songwriters, Georgia has had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Joe Nichols, Maia Sharp and Sheila E., among many others. In 2010,  Keith Urban took “I’m In,” which she co-wrote with Radney Foster, to the top of the country charts. Those who have seen her live, though, can attest that there is real magic in her own renditions of her songs as, she wraps one of music’s most expressive voices around lovingly crafted glimpses into life and love at their most compelling.

Born and raised in Texas, Georgia earned a degree in acting from NYU and played the city’s clubs until a visit to Nashville. “That’s when everything changed,” she says. “I fell in love with this town because it was a community of writers.”

She earned a publishing deal with Polygram and then a record deal with Giant Records. Her solo records include“Endless Possibilities” on Giant Records and the independent “Unchanged” and “Things I Didn’t Know I Knew.” Georgia is currently in the studio working on her fourth solo record.

When not performing solo, Georgia is one third of the trio, Blue Sky Riders, along with Gary Burr and Kenny Loggins.  Blue Sky Riders released their debut CD, “Finally Home,” in January of 2013 and are currently working on their follow-up CD, due for release in 2017.

Georgia is also one half of the husband & wife duo, Middleman Burr.


JoAnneh Nagler
JoAnneh Nagler is an author, freelance writer, painter and singer-songwriter living in the Bay Area. She is the author of the Amazon Top-100 book, The Debt-Free Spending Plan, as well as the new book, How to be an Artist without Losing your Mind, Your Shirt or Your Creative Compass. She writes travel articles, books, plays, essays, scripts, and music, and has written and worked for ABC and Fox Television, the periodical Real Talk L.A., The Jewish Journal and more. She writes travel and culture articles for The Culture Trip, JetSet Extra, Destinations Magazine, Tango Diva, and Himalayan High Treks. Her music CDs 'Enraptured' and 'I Burn' are on-line at iTunes and Amazon. 
 
Nancy Peacock
Washington Street is an entertainment company with a focus on song placement for artists, film, TV, trailers and commercials. MUSIC is our passion and finding the perfect home for each song is our goal. Our offices are located in Nashville, so of course we have great country music, but our multi-genre catalog also includes pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, electronic, jazz and more.  We also rep indie artists and bands like Stokeswood, Andrew Adkins, Boy Named Banjo, The Saturns, Zach Broocke, Millennial, Switchmen and Radio Birds for film and TV licensing.

We specialize in indie music for movies, television, commercials, movie trailers and games. We work closely with music supervisors, networks and advertising agencies from coast to coast. Though local opportunities have been increasing as more film production moves south - think "Hunger Games" and "Walking Dead" filmed in Georgia and our hometown show "Nashville" right here in music city.  Our film and TV credits include movie trailers for the Ethan Hawke movie "Anarchy" and The Colin Hanks Tower Records documentary "All Things Must Pass", and the pivotal montage music in the Rene Zellweger film "New In Town".   We currently have a new concept business reality show in production in Los Angeles and we'll be working on the music for a new movie based on the screenplay "Belle Breezing" by Margaret C. Price

 
Patti Silverman
Patti Silverman has spent the last 9+ years in the space where music and technology converge. While at Columbia Records in NYC, she developed a reputation as an early proponent of music tech. To run marketing campaigns for artists including Adele, Band of Horses, and Passion Pit, Patti scouted innovative products and breakthrough technologies.
 
This interest in the “future of music” brought Patti to SF, where she joined the SF MusicTech Summit as Communications Director. In her role, Patti became a master connector, supporting innovation in the music industry by bridging relationships between tech, artists and labels. She continues to work with the community as an Advisor.


Jerome Spence
For the last 16 years, Spence has licensed music to every major television network and film studio. His music career began in 1998 with an internship at RCA Records in the Urban A&R department music industry under veteran, Kevin Evans, whose roster included artists such as Tyrese, SWV, and Kevon Edmunds. Early on, he realized his natural acuity and passion for bringing together divergent creative elements through music placements for film and television.
 
Shortly after completing his internship at RCA, he accepted an offer from Arista Records to serve as a coordinator in the Soundtracks department. During his tenure at Arista, Mr. Spence quickly exceeded all expectations and developed a reputation as being the “go-to guy” who found the right music for any given project that afforded the successful acquisition of music licensing placements for artists: Sarah McLaughlin, TLC, Usher, Toni Braxton, Notorious BIG, Run DMC, Pink and Outkast.
 
In 2010, Spence launched Grace Soul Music, an aggressive music-licensing firm that successfully represented award winning, artists, producers, and songwriters for Film & TV placements across multi-media platforms. Under his direction, he also executive produced music for libraries and oversaw the score of several film trailers.
 
In 2011, he joined the peermusic family as their Creative Director of Film & TV where he now pitches the music catalogs of immortal songwriters such as Buddy Holly, Hoagy Carmichael, Donovan, David Foster, Tricky Stewart, Esther Dean, Tyrese Dead Sara and more recently Prince.
 
Spence states that “he derives great satisfaction in seeing projects to fruition where varied artistic elements come together to seamlessly tell a story, complement a narrative, and/or deliver a powerful punch whether it is for a 30 second commercial, television show, or the next blockbuster film.”

Todd Tate
Todd focuses on building great music tech products and mentors, advises and assesses music startup products and entrepreneurs. Since 2012 Todd has served as an Accelerator Advisory Board Member and a Music Panel Producer for South by Southwest. Todd’s panel “The 7 Hottest Topics of Web MusicTech” attracts full capacity audiences every year. As the Community Architect for the SF MusicTech Summit, Todd has cultivated sponsors, attendees and panelists since the inaugural Summit.
Studying jazz composition and audio engineering, Todd logged many hours as a studio owner + hands on engineer, earning credit for a Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz recording and helping record TRAIN’s first triple platinum release. His current singing/songwriting project Sayla Dobro, is described as “Beck, meets Skeleton Key, with a sprinkle of Calexico.”
In earlier times, Todd was COO and co-founder of Angry Coffee, maker of the first web-based interface to Napster.  Todd’s work did not land any lawsuits, but instead a rare collaboration between EMI/Capitol and the band Radiohead.