Who's on the Board
Bruce Ede Treasurer
Box Office Mgr. at Cow Palace
Elizabeth Edwards is an Award winning singer/songwriter, Elizabeth Edwards is known for her graceful melodic style, her rich lyrics and beautiful vocals. Edwards’s smooth, earthy voice and heartfelt lyrics take listeners on a journey to the soul. Her lyrics have been called, “empowering, and refreshing” and her voice “touches your soul”. Edwards opened for the late Dan Fogelberg on multiple occasions; she has opened for songwriting legend Jesse Colin Young and twelve-step comedian Mark Lundholm. She has performed at the world famous Bluebird Café in Nashville and many other coffeehouses and songwriter haunts such as, Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia and Camel Barn Museum Coffeehouse Concert Series and the at Musicians Coffeehouse.
Elizabeth is the author of “Create A List Of Raving Fans” giving specific informa- tion about building a fan list and using it to its best advantage.
Ali Williams Publicity/Promotions
Owner, Ladyalibug Events
Director of Sponsorship & Events: United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
Kaitlin McGaw is an established songwriter, performer, writer and producer who is an integral part of the San Francisco music industry. For six years, she produced programming and music events for The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter (the GRAMMY's), and is now a freelance writer and performer. Kaitlin writes career articles for Electronic Musician, and is currently co-writing a book on the music business. She is the founder of Alphabet Rockers, an educational hip hop group that performs original music for kids age 3-7 years old. Alphabet Rockers has received awards from: Parents' Choice, National Parenting Publications, Education.com, and Red Tricycle. Additionally, Kaitlin writes and produces for artists, and performs with the bluesy pop outfit, Kaitlin McGaw & The Mr. Right Nows.
Larry Batiste is a producer, vocalist, songwriter, publisher, instrumentalist, and arranger. He is co-owner of Pure Delite Music and has written and published over 250 songs for artists such as Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston, and the Spinners. He has contributed to soundtracks such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stuart Little, and Snow Dogs for Disney. His television show credits include Jag, Nash Bridges, Passions, and All My Children. Larry is also a former Chapter President, Trustee and current governor of the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy, producers of the Grammy Awards. We are pleased to welcome Larry to our MRI faculty roster.
Musical Director, Grammy Pre-Telecast at the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards)
After 20 years as the lead vocalist for Santana, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 Grammy awards, traveled on several world tours and recorded on seven CDs: Milagro (1992), Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), Ceremony (2003) and Food for Thought (2004), Ultimate Santana (2007) and Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2008). Their current tour involves Santana's First Rock Residency: an exclusive two-year deal for 36 shows with AEG at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's concert hall "The Joint," which began May 27, 2009. When not on tour with Santana, Lindsay performs at various local venues and festivals. Also, in between tours he is currently recording the Fourth Solo CD.
Tony Lindsay also has quite an impressive curriculum vitae as songwriter: "Don't Be Late For Love" (The Whispers), "Look What We'd Have If You Were Mine" (Tevin Campbell), "Can't Get Over Your Love" (Howard Hewitt), "Just Because" (Nikita Germain) and various tracks for Johnny Gill, Howard Hewitt, Mica Paris, Shanice, Diatra Hicks, Jay Spencer and Diana Ross; background vocalist: "Everyday People" (Aretha Franklin), "Emotionally Yours" (O'Jays), "Glad To Be Alive" (Teddy Pendegrass), "Heaven and Earth" (Al Jarreau), "Passion," "Tango In Paris" (Regina Bell), "It's Supposed To Be Fun" (Lou Rawls), "People Make The World Go Round" (Marc Dorsey from the Spike Lee movie soundtrack Crooklyn), "Many Rivers To Cross" (Oletta Adams from the movie soundtrack Jason's Lyric), "Voyages" (Elliot Lewis), "Junction Seven" (Steve Winwood), "New World Order" (Curtis Mayfield), VH1 1997 Video Honors Award (Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, The Williams Brothers and George Michael) and Patti Austin & James Ingram under the direction of Quincy Jones and 18-piece orchestra, along with Jerry Hey for the Dick Clark Productions and the Lexus Corporation; jingle writer: various Taco Bell commercials, Gain, Northern California Chevrolet Dealers, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, El Pollo Loco, Hot Wheels, Long John Silvers, Pine-Sol, Jelly Belly, Wendy's, Mazda (national) Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Old Milwaukee Beer (national), Armor All, Dreyers Grand Ice Cream, Matchbox and St Joseph Aspirin; and solo recording artist: Different Moods (1995), The Message is Love (1997) and his current self-titled project Tony Lindsay (2005).
In 1980, Lindsay arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area from Kingston, New York, and continues to perform with the first band he formed Spangalang, who have opened for Curtis Mayfield, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Jr. Walker and the Average White Band. He is one of four singers who travels with "Dancing with the Stars," the road tour version of the popular TV Dance show, which began in 2005. Lindsay has joined three of the four seasons (he was on tour with Santana during 2007).
Jodell Seagrave (Secretary)
Jodell Seagrave is President/COO and a co-founder of Rocket21, a youth social media company that facilitates connections and interaction between kids and professionals who do the things kids dream of doing. The company’s first social network offerings are now in public beta. At Rocket21, Seagrave oversees the company’s early-stage operations and is focused on the development of strategic alliances and corporate partnerships, and equity investment in the platform.
Prior to forming Rocket21, Seagrave served as Managing Director of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, leading the creation, marketing, and distribution of education-oriented consumer brands for kids, parents, and teachers. Under Seagrave’s direction, Schwab Learning garnered scores of national and international digital media and consumer marketing awards, while reorienting ways in which teachers, parents, and students view and address differences in how kids learn.
Earlier, as COO for Communities.com, Seagrave managed the enterprise release of the company’s pioneering virtual worlds software and established key development and distribution agreements with entertainment and media partners. In 1990, Seagrave co-founded KidStar Interactive, developing private equity and venture investments, strategic partnerships, and corporate sponsorship for one of the country’s first convergent media platforms for kids.
Seagrave began her career in broadcast advertising and media, representing the nation’s most prominent radio broadcast companies, and spent over a decade in broadcast management, working with leading record labels, advertising agencies and sponsors.
Seagrave has been a frequent speaker at national and international youth media and marketing conferences, and serves as an advisor to several early stage education ventures and foundations. Seagrave is a graduate of the University of Illinois and attended the MBA program at DePaul University, Chicago.
Shiloh Hobel (Vice President)
Shiloh's appreciation of music inspired her to pursue a career in both the artistic and business sides of the industry. As a professional vocalist, keyboardist and composer, she performed on releases including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Howard Hewett, Ted Nugent, and received hundreds of album/CD mentions. Performing original music over the years was paramount to Shiloh's career and was enjoyed by a dedicated fan base.
For over 5 years Shiloh found a home in management at the Record Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito, California. There she had the pleasure of working with recognized recording engineers Tom Dowd, Tom Flye, Jim Gaines, Dave Frazer and music legends Journey, Starship, Rick James, Santana, Huey Lewis and the News and many others.
Shiloh was later recruited as Production Manager by the multiple Grammy award winning record producer and musician Narada Michael Walden (voted one of Billboard's "Top 10 Producers of All Time"). Supporting Walden's rise to the top for over thirteen years, she worked with artists including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Tevin Campbell, Shanice Wilson, top record companies and industry executives. Her dedication to Walden's creative spirit and musical genius earned her over 40 gold and multi-platinum awards and a respected place in the industry.
Manuel Romero was an American teenager who appeared as one of the top 20 contestants on the second season of the NBC reality television series America’s Got Talent. He was an 18-year-old singer hailing from Milpitas, CA, during the L.A. auditions he sang “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder. In the semifinal round he sang “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” by Bryan Adams.
Dubbed one of "Silicon Valley's Most Influential Latinos," in the Northern California's "People's Choice Awards," Manuel Romero is well on his way to being one of the most compelling and significant musical forces in the new millennium. The people got it right again when People en Español wrote, "Manuel is good news for the music industry." Accustomed to performing live, Manuel often sings for sold-out crowds and venues. Having honed his musical talents in a vast array of musical styles, Manuel continually enthralls audiences with current top forty hits, melodic mariachi music, ballads in both English and Spanish, classical hymns, contemporary Christian songs, and self composed refrains that express his intrinsic talent and exceptional musical passion.Manuel has been an integral part of some of the most musically acclaimed venues todate. In January 2009, Manuel shared the stage with Jon & Madison Cain, Tony Orlando, Air Supply and Billy Bob Thornton at Tony La Russa's ARF concert.
Manuel was also featured in the Off-Broadway musical, "Altar Boyz," where he garnered rave reviews for playing the part of sultry Latino swooner, Juan. Continuing with that same vein of musical production, Manuel also gained high acclaim as Richie Valens in the musical, "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," where he was described by StageSceneLA, as a "recording artist, heartthrob…with mucho sex appeal."
Steve Horowitz is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Steve's music integrates his experiences as a bad ass bass player and band leader with his explorations as a multi faceted composer. In addition to his original group and concert music, Horowitz also writes for film, television, cartoons, dance, and interactive media (video games). Steve penned the score to the award winning film Super Size Me and was lead composer for the television show I Bet You Will (MTV). Drawing on a finely honed sense of humor, Horowitz regularly gazes deeply into the sociological filter and as a result was honored with a Grammy in 1996, and a webby in 2003.Steve has been featured in Bass Player magazine (May, 2007) and books The Art of Digital Music and The Guerilla Guide to the Music Business.He can be found working and touring with his various projects, and has released 16 compact discs of mind bending original sounds to date. For more info & clips visit http://www.thecodeinternational.com/