2016 CONFIRMED GUESTS: (updated as confirmed)
San Francisco Bay Area based Michael A. Aczon has practiced entertainment law and personally managed select clients since 1983. As a lawyer, he has represented a variety of clients in virtually every musical genre from unsigned local artists to multi-platinum artists and writers to L.A. and Nashville-based companies. Says San Francisco Examiner’s Edie Sellers, Aczon is “bright, funny and supremely knowledgeable. He possesses that too rare ability to distill complicated issues of entertainment law and convey them in a clear, storyteller language we all can understand.” Michael’s book “The Professional Musician’s Legal Companion” published by Thomson/Hal Leonard is quickly becoming a “must-have” for musicians of all levels of experience and success in the Industry. He has been a columnist for Guitar Player Magazine and Electronic Musician Magazine and is a contributing writer to the book “The Independent Working Musician” by Mary Cosola. Michael is a member of the Music and Recording Industry faculties at San Francisco State University and Diablo Valley College. He has served on the National Entertainment Law Initiative Committee for the Recording Academy and is a member of the San Francisco Chapter’s Urban Outreach Committee.
Executive in charge of music; Music Supervisor for Motion Pictures; Music Producer; Studio Musician; songwriter; composer.
Director of Music and Supervisor for MPCA / Columbia-Tristar (1992-99) ; and Executive In Charge of Music for Orion Pictures (1999-2001), working on over 75 commercially released films as Beverly Hills Ninja, Dumb and Dumber, Behind Enemy Lines, Gang Related, and the Oliver Stone / Michael Camino film “Year of The Dragon”.
Today his Film Music Group in Los Angeles, has clients such as Sony Pictures, Universal, Warner Brothers VOD, NBC, A&E, The Comedy Channel, and ABC Networks .
In conjunction with film companies, Marcus has built a successful select client family of songwriters and Songwriter Musician Workshops for only very talented writers to compose songs for film music catalog building and for specific films in production that he is supervising.
Marcus, as a music producer for hire, builds the client film music catalog as well as assigning the songwriters to work along with a film’s director/ producers, to hone songwriting skills for film and present them as a license to the producers. It’s a very successful program for songwriters who want to work in film.
Thirty of his past and present clients are West Coast Songwriters' members. Since 2014, Seventeen have placed tracks into such films including: “Three Days In August” (2016), "Occupy Texas" (2016), Willie Nelson’s "Junction" (2015), "Killing Hasselhoff" (2016) and "Decoding Annie Parker" (2013).
He also travels the world producing 100k seat shows for international star THE HOFF
as well as being a special advisor to Ron Aniello producer of Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain DJ Tiesto and Bare Naked Ladies.
Marcus is a BMI writer published by SONY ATV, as wells as Famous- Paramount Pictures Music, and MGM Pictures Music Publishing.
WCS Board Member
Producer, vocalist, songwriter, publisher, instrumentalist, arranger, and educator. He is the musical director for the Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast, and the TEC Awards. Larry has written and published over 250 songs for artist such as Keysha Cole, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Shanice, Lisa Fischer, the Yellowjackets, the Dramatics, Lenny Williams, and Young Jeezy. His songs have appeared in over 25 television shows and films. He’s worked with Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Koko Taylor, Tony Bennett, and Neil Young. He is a current Trustee of The Recording Academy and has received numerous accolades and city proclamations for his volunteer work as a youth mentor, community leader, and music rights advocate.
Howard Benson is an American music producer and multi-instrumentalist. Benson has produced such artists as My Chemical Romance, The All-American Rejects, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Gavin DeGraw, Rascal Flatts, P.O.D., Theory of a Deadman,Motörhead, Bon Jovi, Santana, Halestorm, Orianthi, Flyleaf, Skillet, Three Days Grace, Adam Lambert, Hoobastank, Creed, Chris Cornell, Blindside and Papa Roach
Howard Benson has been Grammy nominated twice for Producer of the Year:
2007 for producing Hoobastank (Every Man for Himself), Flyleaf (Flyleaf), Less Than Jake (In With the Out Crowd), Three Days Grace (One-X), Relient K (Five Score and Seven Years Ago), Papa Roach (The Paramour Sessions), Head Automatica (Popaganda) and Saosin (Saosin)
2008 for producing Daughtry (Daughtry), Mêlée (Devils & Angels), The Starting Line (Direction), and Sound the Alarm (Stay Inside)He also received a Dove Award, 2009, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, Revelation by Third Day
Monica Benson owner of BOK Music, an independent music publishing company with all styles of music made available for licensing to film, television, commercials, trailers, video games, etc. as well as artist placement. With over 20 years in the business, they have had songs in numerous TV shows, movies and recording artists.
She had a #1 song on radio Selena Gomez's GOOD FOR YOU. Other cuts are Rita Ora single in the UK POISON, Selena Gomez's single SLOW DOWN, Cash Cash single SURRENDER, cuts on Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Halestorm single I GET OFF, Little Mix, Hunter Hunted single LUCKY DAY
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
Grammy nominated recording artist, song writer, producer and performing musician.
From his breakthrough work with Bay Area stalwarts, Hush, to his dramatic leap to international renowned with ´3´ featuring Keith Emerson & Carl Palmer, to his performances with the legendary Ambrosia, combined with his long running project - Alliance, with members of Boston, Sammy Hagar and Night Ranger, to the December People, along with his consistent rise as a much in demand record producer and most recently, as purveyor of the low end with Greg Kihn. Proving that there is never a dull moment in Robert´s world.
Jason is an independent record producer based in Southern California who has helped artists and songwriters sign with major labels, publishers, management companies, booking agents and television networks. Most notable contributions have been to Beyonce, Hilary Duff, Carrie Underwood, Thompson Square, and Guitar Hero. Jason's songs have been featured on every major television and cable network. From 2003-2007 Jason wrote and produced for select contestants of American Idol. He has toured with Tom Petty, Steely Dan, Sade, Bon Jovi, The Eagles and others.
"The Self Made Star", a compilation Jason prepared as a fundraiser for the Girls Against Abuse, is the ultimate how-to-manual/checklist for successfully self- releasing music
Jim Bruno is a San Francisco Bay Area based singer songwriter. His songs have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Mary Lou Lord, Cliff Eberhardt, Maurice Tani and Laurie MacAllister. Songs he's co-written have been recorded by Chuck Prophet and Thad Cockrell. He has toured in the United States and Europe. Jim is a voting member of the Recording Academy.He currently teaches Songwriting at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA and at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.
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.
Over the past twenty-three years, Elliot has served as attorney for Primus, Papa Roach, Rancid, Exodus, The Offspring, Luce, Charlie Hunter, Ocean Park Music Group, and producers Mark Needham, Jim Scott, and Bryan Todd, as well as a number of independent record labels, publishing companies, merchandise companies, and film producers. He has managed the careers of Green Day (through the Dookie album which sold fifteen million albums worldwide and won a Grammy for best rock album), Testament, Fisher, guitarist Justin King and R&B songstress Goapele.
Elliot was the CEO of a joint venture label with MCA Records and has music supervised two major studio films: Kevin Smiths’ Mall Rats and Angus.
Grammy Winning Producer, Ken Caillat, Producer of one of the best selling records of all time, “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac, he’s also produced Colbie Caillat, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Warren Zevon, The Rambles, Herbie Hancock, Pink Floyd, and Michael Jackson.
He has his own label, Sleeping Giant Music Group to give new and upcoming art ists worldwide a better alternative. One recent focus has been artist placement in TV & Film. He placed Nicole Maguire's song in Robert Duvall's "Wild Horses" movie, as well as Karmina/Nicole Maguire's song of the same title in the soundtrack. He currently is aiding up and coming artists with Artistmax, a program that propels artists by offering them the tools they need to succeed
Jeff Campbell’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and found him sharing stages with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, The Grateful Dead, and opening for Train. After being crowned winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter Competi- tion out of over 13,000 entrants, his 2013 EP Release, “In Spite of Everything”, produced by 6x Grammy Winner John Shanks, premiered at #1 on the iTunes rock EPs and singles charts, following a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. jeffcampbellmusic.com/
Kevin Casey is a Digital Media Producer, Recording Engineer & Producer, and a Songwriter and Vocalist with a publishing deal and over a dozen TV/Film credits. His band RubberSideDown recorded 5 albums and played over 800 shows, large and small...booking, promoting and playing small-to-medium venues as well as supporting well known rock acts at large venues and festivals. He also spent much of 2011 as lead singer in the Ronnie Montrose Band, a "legacy" classic rock act. As an artist in a self-managed rock band he had to learn how to book shows as a "local" artist and think about the venue's point of view.
Darian is an independent mix engineer and co-owner of The Den Recorders, a recording studio located in Pasadena with Josh Young, his Emmy Award-nominated business partner. The Den Recorders has been operational since its inception in late 1999. The duo of Darian and Josh also operates Atrium Music, a music licensing an publishing firm that focuses its continually growing music library of composers and independent artists for placement in television, film and other broadcast media opportunities.
He served as an independent record producer and engineer for American rock band, Oedipus. He has also worked with a number of other bands including Producing, Editing, Mixing, or Mastering for such bands as Middle Class Rut, Beware of Darkness, Flagship, Zen Robbi, Katastro, The Graves, Kevin Sandbloom, Jonny Santos, Rafael Moreira, When in Rome, Jimmy Gnecco and Sleeping Giant.
Al Evers is the founder and owner of A Train Entertainment, started in 1985 as an option for independent artists to receive professional assistance in developing and managing their musical careers. Over the years A Train has expanded its services to include publishing administration, artist management, worldwide physical and digital distribution, neighboring rights administration and more. A Train administers over 200,000 song titles, all while keeping ownership in the hands of the artists who created them. Our catalog of digitally distributed titles doubled in the last year and we anticipate similar growth in 2016 with an average of 50 new albums released every month.
Steffen Franz – President/Founder Independent Distribution Collective, Independent Producer, Owner Positive Sound Massive Recordings, President, Tarpan Records
Steffen has been in the music business for almost 30 years and brings his many years of experience to his current positions. For the past 18 years, Steffen has run his own independent record label, Positive Sound Massive Recordings, releasing over 20 different albums and singles over the past decade and a half. He has also produced dozens of albums for other people and has deep knowledge in both the production and label management aspects of the music business.
In addition to running PSM for the past 18 years, Steffen founded a physical and digital distribution and marketing company called Independent Distribution Collective in 2004 that currently manages a catalog of over 600 titles in almost 400 independent stores (and a few major chains) across the US. Steffen also developed “InstantDistro” a turnkey marketing and promotion system that now includes Print, Radio, Retail and Web promotions as well as music licensing, artist management and booking as well.
Steffen loves all aspects of the music business and teaches Music Business 101, 110, and 301 at Pyramind, an audio production school in San Francisco.
In 2013, Steffen was named President of Tarpan Records, an independent record label founded by multi-platinum, Grammy winner, Narada Michael Walden, based in San Rafael, CA.
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.
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.
WCS Board Member/Past President/President Ameritus
Attorney/Author/ President Emeritus of WCS. Edward (Ned) R. Hearn: Intellectual property business law practice concentrating on the enter- tainment, Internet, and computer software businesses. Clients include record labels, music publishers, recording artists, writers, authors, producers, produc- tion companies, managers, software designers, multimedia product and website developers, and music and content digital delivery companies.
Co-author of Musician’s Guide To Copyright and The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide.
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.
Executive Director of San Francisco's Entertainment Com- mission, which is charged with ensuring the health and vitality of indoor and outdoor entertainment venues in the City.
Jocelyn is also the founder of Motogirl Productions, an SF-based artist develop- ment company. Motogirl Productions works with large and small artists in vari- ous genres, to help them understand the "business" of music and how to reach individual goals effectively in one of the toughest industries around.
Jocelyn currently serves on the Non Profit boards of Bread and Roses, Site and Sound, and The Root. She co-produces the San Francisco Nitey Awards, which celebrates creative excellence and positive patron experience in the form of an annual awards show.
With more than 25 years in the music industry, Cookie Marenco’s creative and technical skills have touched almost every aspect of the music and audio business. She is widely known for the quality of her audio engineering work and for drawing out passionate performances from the artists she produces. Marenco has been a pioneer indelivering DSD and HiRes Audio to consumers worldwide through her company, Blue Coast Music.
After a 20-year career as a recording engineer/producer, the devolution of audio toward the convenient but low-resolution mp3 format concerned her. In response, Marenco returned to her roots in analog recording and developed a recording technique called Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.) with audiophile champion, Jean Claude Reynaud. They began producing exceptional acoustic performances in E.S.E. that became the foundation of Blue Coast Records.
While this was contrary to what mainstream music fans wanted, she knew an audience existed for better sound and performances. Combining the richness of analog tape with the latest innovations in digital audio, called Direct Stream Digital (DSD), Marenco launched Blue Coast Records in 2007. Blue Coast Collection was heralded as one of the finest acoustic recordings by many critics and has become a reference standard for manufacturers to test the accuracy of their systems. Two years ago Cookie met Meghan Andrews and Marco Ferrero during an evaluation at the Conference. She was so impressedand that they have become Blue Coast artists.
Scott Mathews is an American music producer,composer, performer and entrepreneur. With sales of more than 40 million units and downloads sold as a music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and music publisher, he has earned over 20 gold and multi-platinum RIAA Certification awards and has contributed to five decades of GRAMMY and Oscar Award-winning projects.
He has produced Elvis Costello, Roy Orbison, Jerry Garcia, Huey Lewis, Johnny Cash, John Hiatt,Nick Lowe, Dick Dale, Sammy Hagar, Booker T. Jones, Van Dyke Parks, Bob Weir and many others. He has written songs or recorded with major artists from Barbra Streisand to John Lee Hooker, including Keith Richards, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, David Bowie, Steve Perry, Todd Rundgren, Robert Cray, Ry Cooder,The Tubes, Bobby Womack, Sammy Hagar, Steven Stills, Patti LaBelle, Dr. John and Raphael Saadiq. He has performed on various musical instruments and vocals with Neil Young, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, John Fogerty,Kid Rock, Brian Wilson, Zac Brown, Steve Miller, Carlos Santana, James Hetfield of Metallica, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Waits, Etta James, Chris Isaak, Pat Monahan of Train, Joe Walsh, Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black, Boz Scaggs, Joe Satriani and many more.
His musical contributions appear on several Grammy and Oscar-winning releasesAs a recording artist, he recorded for Capitol Records and established the video department at Capitol just prior to MTV. He has made the Billboard MagazineTop 40 list in multiple genres most every year since he began in 1976. The recording artists he has worked with include more than 90 inductees of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He owns and operates a private studio, TikiTown, along with founding and co-founding four production and publishing companies. He is the Chief Creative Officer of proTunes, an online business-to-business music search and licensing solution based in Beverly Hills and Dublin. He also serves as Chairman of the San Francisco Bay Area Council of Little Kids Rock, named the 2014 top-rated nonprofit, which provides a nationwide program of free musical education and instruments to impoverished public schools, worked as an expert consultant to theLibrarian of Congress at the The United States Library of Congress in the Performing Arts Department and developed the SFSU Performing Arts Certificate Program at San Francisco State University.
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’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 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.
Creative Director - Songwriter – Artist and Writer development Parthenon Music Group, Inc. An award winning songwriter, Olesen has worked independently writing, and in the Creative Direction department of several Music Row publishing companies including Writer Zone and Ash Street Music. Monty Holmes, Josh Thompson, Jon Robbin and Billy Lee are among numerous #1 hit-writers and their catalogs she has worked with. Her varied music background includes touring internationally and sharing the bill with many including Sheryl Crow, Paula Abdul, Gloria Estefan and on occasion has lent backing vocals to numerous artists including Martha Reeves, Ronnie Spector, The Doobie Brothers and Bonnie Raitt. Antoinette is a former Grammy nominated Recording studio owner and owes her love of country music to her rodeo and horse showing days, which garnered her State and National Championships. Antoinette is currently co-writing with and developing artists and songwriters which entails everything from tailoring songs to fit the current commercial market, introduction to Nashville and music industry, creating performing opportunities in town and shopping artists and songs to labels. She also has become a favorite of writers and major industry professionals to assist in their relocation to Nashville. A frequent host to West Coast songwriters, she has provided opportunities for WCS writers and artists to play Nashville from the Bluebird to the Listening Room. She has produced projects, provided industry introductions and evaluated and shopped songs for them. Antoinette works with Pop, Country, Americana and Alternative genres and is always on the lookout for great artists, writers and songs, especially if unique and out of the box. Olesen Music is a division of Parthenon Music Group, Inc.and is located in the heart of Music Row.
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
WCS Board Member
Andre has had 16 hit songs and been on 7 number one al- bums including the Bonnie Raitt “Luck Of The Draw” multi platinum CD that won 3 Grammys, and a song on the HBO Movie “Grey Gardens” that won 6 Emmies and 2 Golden Globes. He has 13 Platinum records and one Diamond album (ten platinum) and won 4 ASCAP awards.
He has been recorded by: Huey Lewis and The News, MR Big, Tim McGraw, Waylon Jennings, Journey, The Dead, Ratdog, Southern Pacific, Glenn Me- deiros, Ann Wilson of Heart, Gregg Rolie, Paul Carrack, Ben E King, The Stylis- tics and Laura Branigan and Bigbird.
He had songs on major Motion pictures including the theme song from “Pink Cadillac” (Clint Eastwood), a song on “I Love you Phillip Morris (Jim Carrey) as well as numerous TV shows including: Sesame Street”, the theme song for the CBS Prime time reality show “There Goes The Neighborhood” as well as the Theme song for “Pride Fighting”
He and Eric Martin wrote a song recorded by MR Big and all the royalties were donated to the Tsunami victims in Japan. The song raised over 300 thousand dollars in a few months and was voted “Song Of The Year” in 2011.
He has10 songs on the latest 2 Mickey Hart Albums co-written with Mickey and Robert Hunter and 10 songs on the MR Big CD released October of 2014 and entered the Japanese charts at number 6.
Renee Richardson is best known for her on-air work at KFOG radio in SF, her 17 year career was spent helping to cultivate the "Foghead" community and help grow the Bay Area's music scene. She created the KFOG Local Scene series and is an avid fan of live music. Today, after an unexpected showing of the door by Cumulus Media, Renee has landed as Director of Development for Blue Bear School of Music.
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.
Michael & Patty Silversher WCS CO-FOUNDERS
Three-times nominated for the prime-time EMMY Awards, this is GRAMMY-winning songwriters, Michael & Patty Silversher 40th year in music, theatre, films and television.
In television, Michael & Patty Silversher have composed the score for four seasons (so far) of the hit TV series, "DINOSAUR TRAIN", a collaboration between Jim Henson Productions and PBS. They composed songs as well as the score for the new Henson/Netflix show, “WORD PARTY” which premiered in July 2016, as well as another Henson/PBS Sprout series, "PAJANIMALS," writing the theme song as well. They served as co-composers, arrangers and musical directors/supervisors of the Jim Henson Company/TLC television series, "ANIMAL JAM", 2001-02.
As songwriters, Michael & Patty Silversher’s latest recording is a January 2016 release by Social Thinking SUPERFLEX; A HERO INSIDE. The project involves songs written for a curriculum program for people on the Autism spectrum.
They have written well over a hundred songs for the Disney song catalog including Donald Duck's 50th Birthday song, and Mickey Mouse's 60th Anniversary Song. They have also written the theme songs for two of Disney’s most popular series of the 80s and 90s; “GUMMI BEARS” and “TALE SPIN.” As well as the Warner Bros/ABC series "Eye to Eye" (Michael was the singer on the main title sequence).
In 1997 and 1999 Michael and Patty were honored with Emmy nominations for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics for their work in two Disney specials, BOO TO YOU, TOO, WINNIE-THE-POOH, and WINNIE-THE-POOH: A VALENTINE FOR YOU. They were similarly honored in 1996 for Jim Henson Production's 1995 Christmas special, MR. WILLOWBY'S CHRISTMAS TREE (with songs by Michael and Patty and score by Michael).
The soundtrack of "ELMO IN GROUCHLAND" won the Grammy Award for Best Children's Recording with Music in 2000.
Megan has sold over 35,000 copies of her four previous independently released CDs, and she is currently touring across the US to support her band's brand new fifth album, "Running on Machinery", which was recorded with the help of Nashville producer, Alex Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae).
Her preceding album, A Token Of The Wreckage was recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Train). Her songs have also won several awards: in 2013 alone, she was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC), and a finalist in the Show Me the Music Contest. She was also a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA).
Touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe, Megan's adventures include opening for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Fillmore, playing electric guitar on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live as part of the Jeff Campbell Band, singing the National Anthem to a crowd of 45,000 Giants baseball fans, performing duets with Pat Monahan of Train, and touring with Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler throughout Europe.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.
Brian ZiskSF MusicTech Summit, Executive ProducerBrian Zisk produces the SF MusicTech Summit which takes place on October 17th at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki. Brian is also a Co-Founder and Board member Emiritus of the Future of Music Coalition.