Songwriters & Singers
Songs of Love is extremely grateful and proud of all of our very talented Songwriters and Singers who have opted to give back with the amazing talents they have been given. We screen all of our musical artists very carefully to make sure that their standards are up the quality that a child battling a serious illness deserves. We consider our entire musical family to be world-class ditty doctors! We invite all of you to visit their sites and listen to their own amazing songs!
- Adriana LycetteAdriana Lycette
Adriana Lycette is a multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her first self-titled independent album was released in 2003 and she has continued writing from and performing in various states including Southern California, Illinois, Wyoming and Montana.
Over the past ten years she has gained experience working with musicians and engaging audiences as a music leader of various church congregations, both small and large, and in both English and Spanish.
Adriana is currently writing for film and TV, actively collaborating with other artists/producers on various projects including instrumental, singer-songwriter songs and artist cuts
- Alex ForbesAlex Forbes
With numerous Billboard-charting singles, over 150 releases, and millions of album sales under her belt, Alex Forbes exudes a contagious passion on the subject of songwriting. Her material has found a home on major and indie labels, feature films and TV in the U.S., Europe and Asia. As an active member of New York’s music community, Alex serves as a vital source of referrals for artists, producers, and other writers.
Alex is the founder of the top coaching site CreativeSongwriter.com, which features free resources for up-and-coming writers who are ready to take their creativity and skills to the next level. Also the author of the inspirational guide Write Songs Right Now, Alex is committed to nurturing the next generation of great songwriters. She leads courses and workshops for NYU Steinhardt, the ASCAP Foundation, Gotham Writers Workshop, and many other organizations.
Alex’s numerous TV and film placements include Dance Moms, Nurse Jackie, and the Denzel Washington film Déjà Vu. Earlier hits include Don't Rush Me (#2 Pop, #6 Dance, #3 AC, ASCAP Pop Award), Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix (#19 Pop), Too Turned On (#6 Dance), and In A Dream (#6 Dance, #72 Pop). New Zealand superstar Hayley Westenra's recording of You Are Water appeared on her Classical/Pop album which spent over a year on the Billboard charts. Her song, Brothers was on the #1 album in South Africa by Elvis Blue.
High points also include collaborating with Cyndi Lauper on a film soundtrack song, and co-producing Martha Wash, whose powerhouse voice was featured in the Weather Girls and C+C Music Factory, and who recorded Alex’s Leave a Light On.
Several of Alex's most recent songs are "on hold" or recorded and awaiting release dates with established artists and producers in a wide variety of styles.
For more info and free resources for songwriters, contact Alex:
- Alex Von ZAlex Von Z
Blending rock music styles with incredible creativity and positive life messages, Alex offers a unique style with common and enjoyable threads. Integrating influences from the 1960′s to current day and layering accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Alex Von Z pleases a broad array of musical tastes. Possessing a commanding, yet touching voice, Alex connects with listeners while weaving meaningful lyrics and topics into fascinating stories with compelling emotion.
Full Bio available at: http://www.alexvonz.com/about-me/
http://www.AlexVonZ.com – Official Website
http://www.facebook.com/AlexVonZmusic – Facebook
http://www.youtube.com/user/AlexVonZmusic – YouTube
http://www.reverbnation.com/AlexVonZ – ReverbNation
http://www.twitter.com/AlexVonZmusic – Twitter
http://www.myspace.com/AlexVonZmusic – MySpace
http://www.last.fm/music/Alex+Von+Z – Last FM
- Alwis DemoyaAlwis Demoya
Alwis is a composer, arranger, songwriter, producer who plays many instruments,(he records the old fashion way one live instrument at a time). He’s done merengue, salsa, cumbia, R&B, Hip-Hop and Funk amongst his credits and wishes he could better understand quantum paradox and mathematical functions.
- Amy RachmanAmy Rachman
Amy Rachman (fittingly, pronounced ROCKmin) is a New York-based artist who has been a musician since the age of 4 and has been writing songs since she was 14. Her debut song, Look Up At Me, was featured on the radio when she was still a teenager, during which she performed in various coffee house showcases in her school, Marlboro High School, located in Central New Jersey. She attended Indiana University, where some of her performances included the musical Hair, appearing as a guest vocalist with cover bands at parties, cantoring on-campus High Holiday services, and performing her original music at local shows. She has recently released her debut album, Do You Imagine, and has been featured through airplay and several interviews on international internet radio stations. Amy has performed at many venues in the New York City area, and her site www.amyrachman.com has been accessed by over 60 countries worldwide. She has a Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology and practices speech-language therapy as an independent contractor in the Queens/Long Island area, servicing a wide range of children with communicative difficulties.
- Andromeda ProjectAndromeda Project
The Andromeda Project is an all original band base out of Northern California. With one album to their credit and another one being recorded The Andromeda Project’s music crosses many boundaries of music style. The band consists of Michael Tiffany – Guitars ,Composition , Russ Torres – Vocals , Keyboards and composition and Pasquale Salerno – Drums. Formed in 2010 the band moved straight to the studio to start the first album since then they have played an array of different venues and shows including opening for Grammy Award Winning Artist Jimmie Vaughn. As 2014 approaches the best is yet to come for The Andromeda Project.
You can visit their web sites at:
- Angela WorkmanAngela Workman
Angela Workman is delighted to be in the family of Songs of Love. It brings her immense joy to use her talents to uplift the spirits of such wonderful children. Angela has encompassed stages throughout the world, touring and recording with artists such as Ray Charles, Prince, Eminem, George Clinton, Kelly Clarkson and Stevie Wonder to name a few. Her debut CD entitled “Angela Workman Moonflower” was produced by Spyro Gyra famed keyboardist Tom Shuman.
- Anthony StellatoAnthony Stellato
Anthony Stellato has been lead singer and songwriter for NYC’s Hell or High Water Band, a lively classic rock band. Since 1989, Hell or High Water has been entertaining New York’s favorite bars and clubs, and currently plays at Manhattan’s Rodeo Bar on the East Side every month. Anthony has been writing and performing songs for decades and has recently signed on with Songs of Love in order to help “spread some cheer to these special children.”
His band’s website is :
- Ayla BrownAyla Brown
After covering a story on Songs of Love for the CBS Early Show as their part-time correspondent, Ayla Brown agreed to be a spokesperson for the Songs of Love Foundation to help bring more awareness and funding. During the segment, Ayla also recorded a “song of love” for 6-year-old Hannah Lowe. She recently recorded another “song of love” for Collin Lecey.
Ayla Brown at a glance may seem to be an average young adult. Hold that glance for more than a moment, and meet a young, diligent, and aspiring woman. Her achievements in the short span of the last six years include; Being an American Idol Semifinalist, recording artist of three albums, national and local performances, and involvement in numerous charitable causes. All while being a NCAA Division 1 Student-Athlete and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Boston College.
Ayla currently lives in Nashville, TN. The atmosphere has turned her affinity for country music into a love for the area, music and culture. The Great American Country (GAC) channel hired Ayla to cover the Country Music Award’s, conduct interviews with fans and country music artists for the 2010 country-fest in Nashville.
The pinnacle of her experience in Nashville was the opportunity to perform the National Anthem on July 4, 2010, with the Grammy Award winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra. This June, Ayla had the opportunity to perform three shows during CMA fest. On July 4th, Ayla opened up for Darius Rucker, performing a forty minute set in front of thousands of fans and spectators.
In November 2010, Ayla partnered with Outback Steakhouse on their “Feeding Freedom” tour and performed a two-week tour in Afghanistan, singing for America’s finest troops.
- Bayo OloruntoBayo Olorunto
Bayo is an Author, independent Hip Hop artist, & Entrepreneur living in Miami, FL. His independent label is OLORUN Entertainment. He is a New Era Emcee bringing timeless rhymes back in Hip Hop through his skills as a “renaissance man” including, multi-media, writing, martial arts, fashion, travel, technology, & tropical fitness lifestyle. He began writing songs as youngster growing up between, AL, TN, & VA. Highly influenced by the Golden Era of Hip Hop, with his cousin, he went on to pen The Hiphop Driven Life: A Genius Liberation Handbook, which teaches independent artists how to pursue their purpose and unleash their creative gifts. He won the 2009 Sean Jean I Am King Award for his commitment to community and empowerment. He was inspired to begin writing Songs Of Love, after living in New York City for several years, when a close cousin of his was battling cancer and he saw the music therapists sings songs in his room. Later after his cousin had passed, he met John Beltzer in a chance encounter, & he realized he could use his gift of writing, poetry, and rap to offer inspiration and hope to children with Songs of Love.
- Nathan & Rebecca BlissNathan & Rebecca Bliss
Imagine if Karen Carpenter was paired not with her wholesome brother Richard, but John Lennon. This magical pairing of sounds is beautifully captured by Nathan and Rebecca Bliss. After receiving a double Bachelors in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, Nathan realized his true passion was writing simple, acoustic, heartfelt songs. Similarly Rebecca, who received a degree from the University of Kansas in Vocal Performance with an emphasis on Opera, discovered her gift of folk singing and songwriting. This talented duo met a little over three years ago in Kansas City and began performing all over the Midwest, gaining notoriety and playing to packed clubs. It soon became clear that their connection was more than just musical. Nathan and Rebecca moved to New York City in 2007 where they were married and began a new musical journey.
The Blisses currently live in Brooklyn where they continue to write, record and perform throughout the NY area at some of the city’s most notable clubs and concert halls with their band Barnaby Bright. Their song, ‘If I Came Back as a Song’ is currently a finalist in the International Song Competition and was chosen out of over 15,000 entrants.
- Billy AyresBilly Ayres
- Brian JonesBrian Jones
Brian Jones brings a wealth of musical experience to Songs of Love. A native of Paramus, New Jersey, Brian’s international recording career began in Canada under contract to Rush’s SRO & Anthem Records. He later went on to Germany where a collaborative songwriting project produced an EP with an Independent Music Producer. In the US, Brian’s unique and diverse talents as a producer, published and recorded singer-songwriter and performer, have led him to numerous collaborations from Clyde Otis, Vanessa Publishing, to Ricky Blakemore, of Fandango RCA and Richie Ranno, of Starz Capital EMI to name a few. He is currently Owner/Operator of Good Vibrations Music Studio in Packanack Lake, New Jersey, which is not only a project-recording studio, but also an educational facility for youthful and mature musicians. Noteworthy projects range from working with Real Life Choices and Easter Seals teaching music to special needs students, to an off Broadway remake of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, directed and produced by Anthony Marinelli, which will showcase two of Brian’s compositions “The Old Brass Bed” and “Separate Lives.” Brian collaborated with Dave Gellis of Blood Sweat and Tears to complete their first song for the Songs of Love Foundation, and looks forward to many more.
- Bruce WangsanutrBruce Wangsanutr
Bruce Wangsanutr is a singer/songwriter and composer from Henderson, Nevada. He has had his music placed in various cable and network television shows. While he is still currently developing his songwriting and productions skills, he has written and produced music for artists such as Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, and the MTV Chi choice award winner Frequency 5. You can hear some of his current works at www.reverbnation.com/sathistheband.
- Bryan TilfordBryan Tilford
Bryan Tilford has been writing songs most of his life, and has written and performed in almost every style of music. From ragtime to rock, country to powerpop, or worldbeat to electronica – just a few of the different genres manifested in the music of his evolving band Ghostbeat. Whether acoustic or electric, it’s quirky, positive, energetic.
- Andrew & Christi BissellAndrew & Christi Bissell
Andrew and Christi Bissell met while playing in Nashville-based rock band, “Popular Genius”. Christi was hired on in 2005 to play horns and sing background vocals, but soon thereafter the two began dating and a year later were married. Christi graduated with a degree in music from Belmont University and has played with many musical greats, including Chester Thompson (Drummer: Genesis, Phil Collins, Frank Zappa). Andrew studied music at Middle Tennessee State University and has since had several of his songs recorded by major-label artists, written and produced national jingles, and of course, combining both of their various musical talents, they create Songs of Love.
- Carl AlloccoCarl Allocco
Musical audiences immediately respond to native New Yorker Carl Allocco’s style which has been described as a hybrid of early 60’s pop and 70’s acoustic, with the lyrical intensity of Dylan. Evocative of the Beatles (with a voice reminiscent of John Lennon), Carl’s musical career was launched in the mid-80’s with original eclectic rock, recorded for RCA with the band Dreamer, and then with MCA in the late 80’s with the band Carl and the Passion.
Managed in the 80’s first by Tommy Mottola (Sony Records), then by Camille Barbone (Madonna) during the 90’s, Carl has played and recorded with such musical legends as The Ramones, Rich Hilton (Nile Rodgers), Rick Danko (The Band), Russell Javors and Richie Cannata (Billy Joel), Scott Baggett (Jeffrey Steele, Al Anderson), Reeves Gabrel (David Bowie, Tin Machine) and Tom Dube (Aimee Mann).
Carl recorded his first solo CD, Gray, independently in Nashville under the pseudonym “Charlie Dog.” With his unique, emotionally-fluent voice, Carl delivers his trademark insightful lyrical observations in the song “Somebody Like You”, off Gray, which finished at the top of the 1999 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Carl brought his music and raw, honest stage presence to live venues throughout the north and southeast.
Carl’s second independent release, Goodbye Charlie Dog includes the inspirational track “Living”, a celebration of life and its many changes. After the release of Goodbye Charlie Dog, Carl travelled to Holland, reflecting and writing under the Van Gogh sky until his move to Nashville in 2003. The CD Odds and Endings represents a collection of lost gems written and recorded over the last ten years, while Pure and Simple offers a collection of songs written in Nashville.
While Carl continues to write, record and perform his own music, since 1996 he has been a prolific songwriter with the Songs of Love Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to using music to lift the spirits of children with life-threatening diseases. Carl has written over 5000 songs for children through Songs of Love.
Carl Allocco’s music can be downloaded at iTunes.
- Carrie HooperCarrie Hooper
I was born and raised in Elmira, New York and have been blind since birth. I received my Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance from Mansfield University in May of 1997. In May of 1999, I received my master’s in German from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In May of 2001, I received my master’s degree in vocal performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo. From August of 2001 to June of 2002, I studied at the Royal University College of Stockholm, Sweden as a Fulbright scholar.
I currently teach German and Italian at Elmira College. I also sing in the Big Flats Presbyterian Church Choir and Common Time Choral Group. In addition, I teach voice and piano in my home. I also give vocal recitals for groups, churches, and nursing homes in my area and other areas as well. Furthermore, I enjoy learning languages and speak German, Italian, Albanian, Swedish, and Spanish.
- Clay StevensonClay Stevenson
Clay Stevenson is a songwriter, composer, audio engineer, and producer specializing in pop, pop/rock, and electronic music. His music has gained notoriety in feature films including Escapee (Voltage Pictures) and Standing Ovation (Kenilworth Film Productions). Additionally, Stevenson worked for a number of years in the commercial music scene in Los Angeles, extensively with Vision Film and Television Productions composing and designing sound for commercials and corporate videos. Under the producer name daade, he has collaborated with such artists as DACAV5, El Prezidino, TRev, M:O.R., NPA, and T3. As daade, Stevenson also presented music in the iStandard Producers Showcase at the ASCAP Expo. You can also find his music in production libraries such as K.A.P. Music and NOMA Music. He currently resides in Burlington, NC where he teaches music production and recording arts at Elon University.
To learn more about Clay Stevenson visit his website – www.claystevenson.com
- David G Purpose MusicDavid G Purpose Music
David G Purpose Music Runs the most real Label on the rise to success! Here is the story for The Number 1 Independent Artist in the world that is quickly ranking his way to the Top of the Charts!
David G is the Executive Producer / Manger and Lead Artist in Purpose Music Label
Launched in September 2010.
He Started His First Instrument (drums) at the age of 7 years old. His dad wasn’t able to provide drums, So David G learned on buckets and pans. His passion and love for music only Grew more each year.
He Learned more and more Instruments – Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Electronic keys, Writing structure of songs and more! Not knowing the talent he was Growing. All he knew was his love for music. Going Through Struggle Day After Day, after having to move out of his parents home at the age of 16 Being Homeless Awhile And Hungry, coming up from the bottom, Making Impossible – Possible! OverComing every obstacle. All the struggle Never made him want to give up his dream of being a musician, It only made him strive for success! Also through all he went through it inspired him to write inspirational lyrics through his songs with purpose and passion. He Got so good with music he decided to go to college. Through hard work he was accepted into
Musicians Institute In Hollywood CA.
It was there he found what he was meant to do in his lifetime. Purpose Music was launched right after he finished college in 2010. He recorded His first Album at the college, and got it Mastered by Universal! This was Purpose Music’s First release. He continued to get inspired by releasing new music so he released “Voices Of A New Age” in 2012, Then he wen’t through hard struggles in his life with divorce and fights with family over financial and insecurity’s from all the pain and struggle. He then recorded “Pain Release Of The Raging Sea” E.P. Released April 2013. It was about his journey through the rough seas in the eye of the storm, but also continueing his inspirational Purpose writing songs that not only released pain but also songs of hope that the storm will soon pass like his song “Storm to pass”. After this real album full of pain and realness through his journey he began to gain more and more fans worldwide! He Then started to reach out to other Artist’s and labels to make collaborations for his new CD being released 2014 “Collabs”. He has now made collaborations with Ralph Nirvus, Ballistic, Remixes and and more with Tech N9ne, B.O.B, & Dexter Holland from The Offspring. New Music Videos have been released, & New Merchandise as well. This Label Purpose Music is only at the beining of it’s Successful Journey! And now DGPM is Writing songs for sick children through the songs of love foundation. Be sure to watch the newest music video for Depths Of Reality. Stay Tuned as big things are on the way! DGPM would like to thank you for your support and for listening to Purpose Music!!!
Web link: Wix.com/MusicianDavidG/2k11
- Daniel LandiniDaniel Landini
An unassuming family man, whose true passion is hip hop and lyricism. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Pharoahe Monch, Blackstar and The Roots. MCRE, an emcee’s emcee, aims to redefine what a hip hop artist should be and break dowwn barriers while proving that his lyrics aren’t to be taken for granted. A sound that draws and keeps the interest of fans of all genres.
- Darcy JeavonsDarcy Jeavons
Darcy Jeavons is and award-winning songwriter from Southern California, and has been making music her whole life. At a very young age, she picked up a guitar — and knew right away that it would be a perfect way to create the songs she wanted to share. Darcy wrote her first song at age 8, and there was never a doubt in her mind that music was more than just a melody to sing: It is a conduit to people’s hearts.
Darcy is a producer and audio engineer, and is the founder of Female Mixing Engineers Website and Podcast. Her numerous original songs have received many accolades in the music industry, with her song, “Love Her More Than I Do” winning a Finalist position in the Great American Song Competition. Darcy has performed over time in a variety of venues throughout Southern California, but her fondest memories performing are the numerous occasions she sang the National Anthem in California — for professional games including the L.A. Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, San Diego Chargers and Padres, L.A. Kings, L.A. Galaxy — to name only a very few. Darcy felt honored and privileged to be given this opportunity, and her two children (who were pre-schoolers at the time) still sometimes refer to the Star Spangled Banner as “The Mommy Song.”
Darcy is a sought after audio engineer and composer, and is currently working on projects with numerous artists. She enjoys collaborations with many musicians from around the world, and also leads worship at local churches. Darcy believe music has the ability to change lives. “Each day brings another opportunity for a great song to be created,” says Darcy. “After all, life is a song waiting to be written….”
- Dave FarverDave Farver
Dave is a musician, vocalist, and songwriter from St. Louis. Recording and performing as Mr. Saxophone, he has airplay on Sirius/XM’s Kid’s Place Live and kids radio around the world, including his album “Songs from the Treehouse”. He is also involved in many bands in the area as lead vocalist and saxophonist, and does some studio work.
- Dave KinnoinDave Kinnoin
Dave Kinnoin has written and produced hundreds of songs for us as a volunteer, and he has written and produced hundreds more for DreamWorks, the Muppets, Disney, Sesame Workshop, and many others. He’s written many songs for movies and other media for adults and written and produced theme songs for numerous charities. He has released nine CDs of original songs for kids on his independent label, Song Wizard Records (songwizard.com), and has won dozens of national awards, including Parents’ Choice Gold. He represents the CHARACTER COUNTS! (charactercounts.org) framework of ethics education nationwide in school assemblies, concerts, character development seminars, and other events. He travels the world with One Small House (onesmallhouse.org) building structures for struggling families and communities. Being a spear fisherman all his life has led to his being good at sharpening knives, which he does for Union Station Homeless Services (unionstationhs.org) in Pasadena, CA. Dave makes scrumptious chocolate chip cookies. He lives with his wife, two sons, three cats, and two dogs in South Pasadena, CA. He’s especially proud that his sons, Oliver Kinnoin and Grady Kinnoin, are kind and generous world citizens and songwriters/music producers/performers (both are Songs of Love Foundation volunteers). To learn more about Dave Kinnoin, go to songwizard.com.
- David DonatiDavid Donati
David is a native Californian, living most of his life on the beautiful Central Coast. Growing up, he studied voice, clarinet, and guitar, writing his first song at age 13. He holds a degree in Music Composition from the University of Southern California, having studied with James Hopkins and Halsey Stevens.
His thirty-seven years of work in music have included church music director, dance class accompanist, private music instructor and public school music teacher.
- David RothDavid Roth
Cape Cod resident David Roth has been writing Songs of Love since the late 1990s. He’s a singer, songwriter, recording artist, speaker, workshop leader and community-builder who has taken his music, experience, and expertise a wide and eclectic variety of music (and non-music) venues throughout North America over the last two decades. Known for his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, and powerful singing and subject matter, David’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, NASA’s Goddard Space Center, crossword puzzles, and 10 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. In addition to winning two of the country’s premier songwriting competitions (the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals), he’s celebrating 21 years of full-time music making in 2008 even though his father had always hoped he’d become a doctor or a lawyer. His mom wanted him to become President. He’s thinking about it
“David and his music will touch you to the very depths of your soul. He’ll make you laugh and cry, inspire you to rise and fly…”
– Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul
- David ToughDavid Tough
Dr. David Tough is a Dove Award Nominated Nashville-based producer/engineer/songwriter and Associate Professor of Audio Engineering at Belmont University.
Dave has over 100 film and television placements with his music for songs he has written and produced. He won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize in both 2013 and 2009 for his songwriting efforts. He is a voting Grammy member.
Dr. Tough has produced and engineered demos and master recordings for hundreds of artists worldwide over the internet from his website www.davetough.com. He has worked and learned under notable engineering names such as Bruce Swedien, Alan Sides and Neil Citron.
Tough has also worked on business side of the music industry for companies such as Warner Chappell Music, BMG Music Publishing and Capitol/EMI.
He has his doctorate in Education from TN State, MBA from Pepperdine University and BA in Music (jazz drums) from University of North Texas.
- Dean MadoniaDean MadoniaDean is a songwriter, performer, producer and visual artist born and raised Kalamazoo Michigan He has been playing piano professionally since age 8 when he began to perform between his father's sets at the local hotel piano bar. Learning guitar at age 13, he performed his originals in various coffeehouses and bars throughout high-school and while attending Central Michigan University, majoring in art, minoring in music. There he appeared for two seasons in a Public Television children's television show, "Acorns and Oak-trees," where he wrote and performed a song live each week dealing with that week's topic. He moved to Florida in the 80s and performed and recorded with over 40 original and cover bands. He has opened for such diverse acts as: New Grass Revival, Steve Vai, Dee Dee Ramone, Company B, Dottie West, The Romantics, and Ygnwie Malmsteen . In the 90's, Dean's original progressive rock band, Third Wish/Wyscan released a three song self- titled EP and a full length compact disc also titled Third Wish which was distributed through jazz/fusion/prog guitarist, Bon Lozago's label, Lo Lo Records . Dean left Wyscan in 1995 to record and his first solo effort, Deep Sky, released in 1998 to excellent reviews. He spent two years at Jon Secada's production studio Heaven Studios working with ProTools guru and producer Charles Dye and "Dove" award-winning songwriter Tom McWilliams. There he writing, recording and producing for different music projects. In 2002, Dean relocated to Nashville to focus more on writing where he makes a living writing, performing as a solo act, playing dueling pianos, or with his band. His song "(I Called Her) Tennessee" was recorded and released as a single by Tim Dugger on Curb Records in the fall of 2012 and peaked at #40 after 17 weeks on the Music Row chart. He has had many songs in movies and commercials including, "Honor Is Ours," in the Threshold Entertainment animated film "Foodfight!" in 2013 and "Just Like Love," from the album "Evergreen" (by his other band, "Pretty Little Horses"), in the 2013 movie "The Stream." In 2014 he released a 29 song, progressive rock influenced, concept work based on Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," called, "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein," to favorable reviews.In 2015, Dean and his family moved back to Kalamazoo, MI where he continues to write, record and produce.
- Demi DavisDemi Davis
At age thirteen I discovered my love for music and wrote my first two songs, “Hair” and “Beauty Queen.” Being a girly-girl, I wrote happy pop songs about pretty things but eventually dove into exploring different styles of music. I even got a karaoke machine to practice singing. Later I discovered one of my all time favorite bands, Garbage. Shirley Manson was a voice and force to be reckoned with and I wanted to be like her. I was sixteen with a dream of music and fame.
It wasn’t until 2007 that I got into a studio to learn about recording and production. I worked with a guy named Milton in the Bronx, NY. He taught me almost everything I know. At our first session he had me write and arrange a song in 30 minutes. We recorded it the same night. He couldn’t believe I had never recorded before. Since then I have worked with many different producers, which was a great way to get different input to shape my unique style.
My drive to make music, led to the completion of my first EP, Genesis, which debuted in September ‘08. I wrote and co-produced all of the songs and even featured my Japanese language skills in a track called “Ride it (Sore ni Notte).” Genesis spawned four singles and three music videos. My music and videos have been featured on various Radio, internet and television outlets including: Blogtalk Radio, UCLA Radio, KTU.com, Z100.com, McDonalds Time Sq, Toronto TV and WPIX morning news.
Besides Garbage, I am heavily influenced by: Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Pink, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, The Sounds, and Surferosa. My style of music is very unique due to my multi-faceted taste. I infuse Pop/Rock with Electronica. I’m a genre bender and that is what sets me apart from other artists. Demi is not a cookie cutter pop singer, rather, an ingenuitive artist that sees the need for something new and interesting.
I released my second EP, “Femme Fatale,” in late 2010. My video for my second single, “Shadow Dancer,” is one of the 1st 3D Music Videos. I have performed at venues such as: NJ Bears Stadium, Trash Bar, Don Hills, Poisson Rouge and the NYC Marathon. Besides my music, I keep busy by writing for other artists, licensing, dancing, acting and modeling. I am constantly evolving and discovering the world through music and want to share the experience.
- Denise RosierDenise Rosier
- Dominick BaroneDominick Barone
Dominick is a guitarist, writer, engineer, and producer. He is a New York native and had the honor of studying guitar with Ted Makler. Dom is a veteran of New York’s Rock scene writing for and playing in (among others) Paradigm, Stain, and his current project KAJE.
As a producer, writer, and engineer, Dom has worked with Michael Hill, Blue Oyster Cult writer, Justin Scanlon; John Margolis (TSO, Wynton Marsalis among others), jazz legend, Charli Persip; and Ethnic Music Legend, Eli Mellul. His “Ballad of the Seeing Eye Dog”, co-written with Justin Scanlon, reached #4 out of more than 2100 songs on Neil Young’s “Living With War” website. In 2003, Dominick wrote the music for the credits of public service video for persons with disabilities. It has been Dom’s great privilege to have have written and produced over 20 songs for the Songs Of Love Foundation.
Dominick started Omega Sound Studio in 1998 as a result of his dissatisfaction with the milieu and results of he was getting with recording studios at the time. Dom takes great pride in establishing a comfortable, creative environment for his clients and takes pride in drawing out their best in a wide variety of musical situations. Omega Sound was founded in 1998 because Dom thought there had to be a better way. Based on their feedback, it would seem that the artists he has worked with agree!
- Don LawsonDon Lawson
As a musician since the age of 12 and a professional musician for years, I write country, rock and pop music: ballads and up-tempo. “Most of my songs focus on interpersonal relationships and world causes = peace, the environment and acceptance of differences. If I can cause the listener to think, ‘That’s what I wanted to say but couldn’t’ – then I’ve done my job. I also hope to make the listener laugh a bit.” A Californian, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I play guitar, drums, keyboards, bass and sing. I am honored to be part of Songs Of Love, an amazing cause!
- Donna BrittonDonna Britton
Oscar contending vocalist with 25 Years (plus) in the music business gives Donna a wide-range of expertise in the entertainment industry, both on the business and artist side of things. She was signed to an indie record label at the age of 19 and toured the West Coast playing venues like the Roxy, Troubedour, Improv, The Palomino-opening up for acts like The Bangles, Al Jarreau and yeah, Billy Idol too. Donna was also an on-air personality for 89.9 WPER Christian Radio for 3 years. Donna has spent the last 12 years working in Nashville as a singer-songwriter and publisher and has placed over 95 songs in TV & Film, one of which was an “Oscar-contender”, ranking #17 on the list with against Adelle’s Skyfall.
In 2012, Donna took a change of course and started a youth organization working with underserved children in her community. Donna is President and Artistic Director of the Youth Mentor Program of a company she co-founded with Ross Orenstein, an ADDY-award winning songwriter and original creator of the songs for “McGruff the Crime Dog”. Team Green World’s mission is to teach kids to “think ecologically” using music & the arts as the messenger. They also write about important issues in their “music that matters” program (like bullying, peer pressure and self-esteem). She frequently tours with children from her charity and has performed at Green Festivals, Washington Convention Center with over 20,000 in attendance.
She is proud to be on the Advisory Board for Songs of Love Foundation. In this capacity she vigilantly acts as a music messenger for Songs of Love, spreading the seeds of their work to her industry contacts. In 2010, she hosted a charity and fundraiser at the World Famous Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. The Songs of Love Hall of Tree was beautifully decorated with items donated by songwriters she worked with in the industry and their friends who believe in the mission of Songs of love as a result of Donna’s “messenger” efforts. 2010’s fundraiser at the Hall of Trees included donations from Great American Country (GAC), like Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.
- Donna FrostDonna Frost
Donna Frost is a native Nashvillian dedicated to her creative spirit. Donna has a distinct style, blending folk, blues & pop. Her current CD, “Feels Like Home” has garnered much airplay since its release overseas as well as on indie radio in the US. Three songs from the CD have charted in the top 25 or better (the title track “Feels Like Home” spent 38 weeks in the top 10 in Australia, including several weeks at #1). Her latest single, “Defying Gravity” logged in at #1 for several weeks in world indie charts in Australia. Donna tours year round in major cities across the US and has also performed in the Caribbean and UK. Donna has received ASCAP Plus awards in 2005, 2006 & 2007 for her work as a performing singer/songwriter. She was a 2004 Kerrville New Folk Finalist and performed at the 2004 New Folk Concert, Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, TX. When not on the road, Donna performs in Nashville clubs and is a very accomplished singer/guitarist & songwriter. She also works as a demo and background singer in Nashville studios as well as in film & video. Donna is an actress in local theatre and stars as Janis Joplin in the musical “Kozmic Blue-An Interview with Janis Joplin”. She has been on Nashville TV and radio programs including WSM’s Opry Star Spotlight, Mornings on Fox, and Music City Showcase. Donna performed with longtime friend and idol, the late Skeeter Davis on tour and at the Grand Ole Opry from 1996-2002. In 2005, Donna debuted her tribute show to Skeeter, “Since Forever” with sold out performances in Nashville. Donna also appears in a new book by Marley Brant, “Tales from the Rock and Roll Highway”, which has been published by Billboard Books. She also will be one of the artists appearing in an upcoming documentary about the rock & roll scene in Nashville called “The Other Side of Nashville” (www.thatdevilmusic.com). In September 2006, Donna received an endorsement from Peavey.
- Doug DavisDoug Davis
Doug Davis has been a fixture on the regional scene for many years, as a producer, sideman, a leader of the Triad community project, the Vagabond Saints’ Society, and as an all-around musical instigator. But his heart lies in his original music, which he performs solo, in small combos (often with violist and accomplice, Susan Terry), and with his own crack band, the Solid Citizens. The Citizens feature husband-and-wife team, Lee and Susan Terry, on various stringed instruments; Ken Mohan on bass guitar; and Dan DesNoyers on drums. Over the course of the last six years, the band has been honing its sound together, releasing its debut, Penny Brown Penny, in 2008. Since then, they’ve set out to release a series of four six-song EP’s. The first two, 2012’s A Pageant of Gold and 2014’s The River Running Slowly, have been released, and the band is currently working on the third in the series.
Doug also performs and writes with Mt. Airy, NC, based roots-rock band, Mediocre Bad Guys, as well as with the rock-soul combo, Doug Davis & the Mystery Dates. Doug has also performed with Chris Stamey, Sally Spring, Mark Kano, Artie Lamonica (the Shirts), Jerry Chapman, and many others. His music has been featured in dozens of television shows and films, including “Saturday Night Live,” “Dateline,” “The Voice,” and “Last Call With Carson Daly”.
- E. RedmondE. Redmond
E. Redmond is a talented singer, songwriter, and producer. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, his love of music developed at an early age while singing in church. Raised by a single mother and grandmother from Honduras in a multicultural working-class community, E. Redmond learned about the sounds, rhythm, and culture of his parents’ home country, which broadened his love for music. His passion to experience music from diverse cultures prompted him to travel and live in various places across the globe including locations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. He currently resides and works in Shanghai, China.
In addition to his music, E. Redmond has acquired a wealth of knowledge through his academic studies at the University of Washington where he played Division I sports and obtained his Bachelors and Juris Doctorate degrees. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree in Chinese law from Tsinghua University and and an MBA from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin, and enjoys traveling the world to further enrich his cultural understanding.
E. Redmond’s music is an amalgamation of his diverse experiences and his desire to revive the rich, soulful stadium sounds of the yesteryears while bringing social awareness and love to the hearts and minds of individuals all over the world today. “We all need more love and compassion in this world so why not sing them into existence?”
- Eddie KilgallonEddie Kilgallon
Eddie Kilgallon is a keyboardist/producer and award-winning singer/songwriter. In the mid 1990’s, he was a founding member of the SONY/Columbia act “Ricochet” and is now keyboardist for platinum selling artist “Montgomery Gentry”. As a songwriter, Eddie has had major label cuts and numerous independent cuts as well. He co-wrote “One Night At A Time,” which was recorded by George Strait. The song was number one for five straight weeks and ASCAP’s “Song of the Year” in 1997.
- Elise WienerElise WienerElise Wiener has made a career out of channeling her creative force for good. Elise's unforgettable melodies and story telling in her songs speak to her commitment to use her talents to shape the world we live in; ultimately making it a better place. In a recent interview Elise stated that..."everyone is creative and they live at the center of their own creative universes but not everyone gives themselves permission to tap into what they can create.” Elise's creative vision is behind every Songs of Love, uniquely inspired for each song. Elise's debut album release reflects the creative impact she has on everyone who listens to her message. You can learn more about Elise by visiting http://www.
- Emily AngellEmily Angell
- Emma SchaeferEmma Schaefer
Emma Schaefer is a high school singer-songwriter with a passion for music. Writing lyrics and composing melodies, whether it’s a pop ballad or bluegrass ditty, never cease to bring her joy. Music has always been a part of her, and over the past years she’s written many songs and has had the honor to perform at multiple local venues and concerts. She is excited to see where her love of music will lead.
She is so grateful to be a songwriter for Songs of Love. It is such a wonderful way to share the healing gift of music with children who need it the most.
- Eugene RuffoloEugene Ruffolo
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Eugene Ruffolo wears many hats. He has toured the world in support of his four Cds of original music, which have been critically hailed both in the U.S and abroad. Rolling Stone Magazine called his unique voice “utterly intruiging”. In his home town of New York City, he is a sought after studio vocalist, lending his signature sound to projects in records, television, and film. His voice can be heard on numerous Hollywood Film soundtracks. He has worked with legendary film producer and composers George Lucas, Brian DePalma, and Ennio Morricone. His singing has been featured on The Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live, and he has been the voice behind countless national advertising campaigns. In live and recorded performances he has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Livingston Taylor, Spyro Gyra and Run DMC to name a few. His songwriting has earned him first prize in both The Merlefest and prestigious Telluride Troubador Song competitions. In the world of advertising Ruffolo’s compositions have been nominated for Clio awards, and for his work on several children’s recordings, he has won the coveted Parents Choice Award. Eugene is grateful to have the opportunity to share his talents with children and those who love them through his work with The Songs of Love Foundation.
- Frances DrostFrances Drost
Frances Drost is a concert artist and inspirational speaker who began her own company, “Musical Creations” as a way to encourage people on their journey through life. Take years of life experiences distilled into “three-minute messages” of lyric and melody, interwoven with story-telling in between and you get the unique ministry of singer/songwriter Frances Drost.
As both a singer and songwriter, Frances has a unique way of presenting real-life experiences and meaningful messages that are subtly woven throughout her music. In fact, it has been said, “Be careful about inviting Frances to your home; she may write a song about you.”
Since we don’t really seem to go to each other’s homes these days, you could now say, “Be careful about commenting on Frances’ Facebook page – she may write a song using your comment.” Either way, she finds a way to write music to encourage her audiences using real-life experiences.
Having served for a total of over 16 years on staff as the Director of Worship at various churches, Frances brings that experience into her worship leading at conferences and churches. As a worship leader, she has shared many platforms with well-known author and Women of Faith speaker, Carol Kent. She has also shared the stage with Kay Arthur, Dee Brestin, Ruth Graham, Margaret Feinberg, Bonnie Keen and Ellie Lofaro. Frances has also been featured as a guest on the Chris Fabry Live Radio Show.
Frances is also a songwriter for Songs Of Love – a nonprofit organization that connects songwriters with terminally ill children. She has composed and recorded hundreds of songs for the families with their child as the star of the song.
“I understand that music is a powerful, God-given tool which touches people and I greatly enjoy using my gifts to minister to listening hearts.”
Frances has 8 CD projects and several singles available for purchase both on this website and many other sites such as iTunes, CD Baby, etc.
“Portraits Of White” is her most recent Christmas/Winter release. A beautiful wintery mix of familiar carols and new tunes, instrumentals and vocals, you’ll enjoy the sounds of Christmas on this project.
“Portraits of White” has turned into more than just a CD project; it is now a beautiful piano/orchestral winter concert featuring a 27 piece live orchestra, with a guest conductor from Nashville, TN and talented local musicians. People are calling it “the highlight of their holiday”.
Frances finished a new project in December 2016, titled “Brand New Me”. It’s an audio-journal of the work God has been doing in her life in the past decade and challenges audiences to believe that God can still change a heart and make you into a new creation - and sometimes He uses figure skating. Yep - you heard right!
Frances was the also the winner of the 2009 Momentum Award for “Female Artist Of The Year” and was also nominated for “Inspirational Artist Of The Year” at the 2009 Momentum Awards ceremony in Nashville, TN.
- The Flora'sThe Flora's
The Floras are a husband & wife singing duo with decades of performing experience.
Mark and Lisa Flora met in Clark, SD in 1989 and Mark knew this certain farmer's daughter was meant to be his beloved. They've partnered in life and music, marrying in 1996 and having two daughters.
The constant call of Gospel and Americana music has brought them into a rewarding life of singing for a living.
The Floras have performed at many state fairs, county fairs, theaters, churches, city events, private parties and assisted/senior living centers. They enjoy it all.
In fact, their motto is: "We sing for people." www.theflorasmusic.com
- Freddie LongFreddie Long
Hailing from the small town of Ijamsville, MD, Freddie Long has been songwriting and performing since middle school. It was during the last month of his senior year in high school when Freddie and his music were embraced by his community and he earned some regular radio play on a local station. Freddie then left for Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, where he majored in Music Recording Technology and minored in Physics, performing and writing throughout his tenure
Fresh out of college and looking to continue his music career with a larger live arrangement, The Freddie Long Band was formed in late August of 2005. Described as a ‘t-shirt and jeans blend of pop, rock, soul, and honesty, the group has toured extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, has received numerous honors, and has shared stages with several national acts, including Jo Dee Messina, Blue Oyster Cult, and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack.
Freddie continues to write and perform both solo and with The Freddie Long Band.
- Gene PompilioGene Pompilio
Singer/songwriter/gee-tarist/drummer gene pompilio specializes in uber-catchy 2 1/2 minute, 3 1/2 chord acoustic ditties about the oft-tragicomic banalities of his life.
Please have a listen when you feel like rolling down the car windows, chugging a yoo-hoo, and singing along to songs about unrequited love, mid-life crises, and not being a productive member of society.
He likes cats, the internet, internet cats, and long walks on the beach.
- Geoff SmithGeoff Smith
Aside from being the country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee is home to many great Songwriters of Love. Geoff Smith is one of them. Since 2006, Geoff has been a regular songwriter for Songs of Love, and a dedicated supporter. When he’s not writing for us, Geoff can be found heavily immersed in one of many projects. He is a musician writing his own songs and jingles, plays keyboards in the Nashville-based band Codaphonic, and plays bass and sings for the Chicago based Police Tribute Band, One World. He is also an actor, producer, entrepreneur and owner of the iPhone Ringtone company, Ringtonefeeder.com. He is a founding member of the Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar management team, with locations in Tempe, AZ; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; and Columbus, OH. This past month, Geoff organized a fundraiser and get-together at the Nashville Big Bang, where he gathered local Songwriters of Love together to help support the Songs of Love Foundation. Other songwriters of love present at the get together included Donna Frost, Eddie Kilgallon, Nathan Brumley, and Steve Schuffert.
- Glen RoethelGlen Roethel
omewhere between Folk and Rock, classic and modern, pop and abstract there walks a very fine award-winning singer-songwriter named Glen Roethel. His powerful baritone-tenor voice recalls the more playful melodies of his favorite, Cat Stevens. His “full-band” style of rhythmic and percussive playing – with classic folk-guitar moments for good measure – commands the listener’s attention and often invites participation. *This is not a Brunch performer*, but *do* expect upbeat messages seasoned with storytelling. Described as spontaneous and exciting “like 1000 tiny fun bombs going off all at once,” Glen is full of surprises and always ready to delight his audience!
His songs and music have been heard on nationally syndicated commercial radio, college and international radio, as well as on TV. To his credit are six self-produced, independent CDs (From Beginning to End, Smaller Things, Unfolding [solo, Inspireline Records]; Red Apples And Gold, Songs of Hope and Freedom [Gathering Time, Inspireline Records], ambition [gush, Indigo Records]), as well as performances and cowrites on gorgeous and award-winning recordings by Penny Nichols, Sloan Wainwright, Sue Riley, Joe Iadanza, Paul Helou, Mara Levine, Josh Joffen, Kayli Joseph, Phil Teumim, Mitch Katz, Amy Soucy & Sharon Goldman, DejaVoodoo, Grimm Jack, Pat Nichols Band and more. In addition, Glen is founder of the recently popular (now reformed) folk-rock harmony trio Gathering Time, co-creator of AcousticMusicScene.com (a website which presents news and commentary for the Folk, Roots & Singer-Songwriter communities), a guitar and songwriting coach at Summersongs East (and now West, Summersongs.com) and at the SoundConnections Conference in Missouri. He was a songwriter contest finalist for the Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival, saw his song “Namaste'” featured in a multi-media exhibit at the Presidential Museum in Texas for three months, and his song, “People of the Earth” published in a New Thought songbook for Unity Worldwide Ministries (then again in the Hal Leonard Corp songbook, 101 Inspiring Songs: The Ultimate New Thought Fakebook). As a corporate and private entertainer his performances and 5-star reviews garned him the “Best of 2012,” “Best of 2013,” and “Best of 2015” awards at Gigmasters, a premiere online booking agency.
Glen recently was nominated for three coveted “Posi Awards” (for positive, New Thought music). His guitar skills have enhanced the Posi Awards house band annually since 2008, and he has served as their Band Director since 2016; he has performed at faith- and peace-oriented events across the U.S., and folks here, in Europe, China and Japan have all enjoyed his songs and engaging performances on the radio or at retreats, benefits, concerts and conferences. http://www.glenroethel.com
*** “A great voice!” – John Platt, WFUV-NY
*** “Glen has that gift which brings out a spark in people.” – Amy Tuttle, Long Island Music Hall of Fame
*** “Glen’s music put me in the mood – in a space – before he even started singing.” – Jeffrey Gaines
— Billy Joel crashed Glen’s solo gig once and sang with him for about 40 minutes:
*** “Sounds great!” – Billy Joel
*** “Monster musician!” – Kenny Edwards (Stone Poneys, Linda Ronstadt)
— Glen leads Beatles-themed events and sing alongs all the time – even fundraisers, jams and weddings:
*** “Glen, how do you know so many Beatles songs, and play them so well?!” – John Redgate (Paul McCartney in Beatlemania, on Broadway and in Japan)
*** “I LOVE his voice!” – Penny Nichols (Jimmy Buffet Band)
- Greg MildenbergerGreg Mildenberger
Fronting his current band Call Me Mildy, Canadian singer/songwriter Greg Mildenberger transitions through each performance with a variety of cool original tunes that feature jumping harp blues, skillful slide guitar tunes, to tex-mex, southern rock, and reggae pop. Garnering local and international indie radio play, Mildenberger writes songs that are reminiscent of a variety of his influences, including Big Sugar, Ben Harper, and The Black Keys.
Mildenberger’s performing background includes Western Canada’s 2012 Break out West, and several Blues Festival performances including opening for blues performers such as Sonny Landreth and Tommy Castro.
Greg/Mildy joined Songs Of Love in 2015 and is honored to participate.
- Greg NicholsonGreg Nicholson
Singer songwriter Greg Nicholson’s music has been described as “John Mayer meets The Foo Fighters”. Check out his music at iTunes and www.cdbaby.com.
- Gregory B. Ellis Jr.Gregory B. Ellis Jr.
Gregory B. Ellis Jr., nickname “SPIKE” artist name “GodsondaChief,” started playing drums at the age of 3, his father Greg Ellis Sr. got “SPIKE” started and there after Greg Ellis Jr. begin to develop and mature in his gift, playing in his home church (St. George Bethel C.O.G.I.C.) in Flint, Michigan. By the age of 12 he was head drummer at his home church, his church district and he went from following his fellow musicians and peers to becoming a leader at a young age. Greg has played for several churches, groups and artists throughout his hometown and state, his passion and interest in the drums brought out other passions. Those passions are music production, songwriting, and teaching drums
Formed in Merrick, Port Washington and Bayville, Long Island, NY in 1993 – Their music can be heard on Nickelodeon in the shows Zoey 101(featuring Jaime Lynn Spears and Victoria Justice) and Drake & Josh. They’ve also been featured on MTV shows such as Pimp My Ride, Room Raiders, NEXT and on an episode of the show “Boiling Points”.
Iridesense was a semi finalist in the Q104.3 Mojito Band Search, in the Shift 2 Nissan Battle of the Bands, and were also semi finalists (top 20 out of 1000’s of entries nationwide) in the National “Be A Radio Star” Competition where they received airplay in rotation at Z100 radio in NY in addition to a nationally broadcast radio interview with Elvis Duran from the Z Morning Zoo and Actress Amanda Bynes.
They’ve played several cross country tours and big gigs at Irving Plaza in NYC, as between period entertainment at a New York Islanders NHL game, sold out engagements with Spin Doctors, Something Corporate and Gin Blossoms to name a few, and their performance for the nationwide Verizon FiOs Festival had a corresponding web video contest online for their song Gasoline.
They released an EP in the summer of 2015 called Thought Parade, and an EP in 2013, called Secret Constellation. Their previous cds include a 1997 release “Cool Dream Tomorrow” on Rock Diva records, a 2001 release”Iridesense” on LLJ Records, the 2002 self released “Gasoline” and the 2008 A Trip Called Life CD on Paradiddle Records. You can purchase tracks or full CD’s of this music on http://www.cdbaby.com/iridesense and http://www.cdbaby.com/iridesense1 or by searching iTunes for Iridesense.
- Irving Louis LattinIrving Louis Lattin
- Isaiah GrassIsaiah Grass
Isaiah Grass is an American Pop Singer & Song Writer whom is quickly gaining recognition in the music industry as “the one to watch”. At the early age of seven, Isaiah moved to Aiken, South Carolina due to his father’s employment in the United States Marine Corps. Isaiah began singing at a very early age, participating in the church choir and progressed through his adolescent years to singing at school assemblies, pep rallies, and every opportunity a crowd was assembled.
In 2009 Isaiah graduated from a Performing Arts Academy. Following his graduation, he was scouted by modeling agencies in New York. Possessing charm, poise, and “good looks” has given him the photogenic edge that resulted in encouragement to pursue a career in modeling. Isaiah has been fortunate to have worked with fashion designers, shoot with amazing photographers, and featured in advertisements while pursuing a career in modeling. It was the modeling industry which eventually lead Isaiah to the next chapter of his life.
Summer of 2010 Isaiah was discovered by LEDOM Management Group which happened to come across Isaiah’s photos on Facebook. By late 2010, Isaiah moved to Chicago where LEDOM Group became his managing company as a model and during late 2011 LEDOM Enterprises signed him as a singer which started the beginning of his career.
Writing his first song at age seventeen brought a resounding response from new fans which has only inspired him to entertain even more. Isaiah’s music speaks out in many ways, with his personal experiences throughout his life, and of the people he knows. His inspiration is colorfully diverse, which accentuates the melodies of his songs. He carries a deep respect for pop, country, R&B, as well as rock and classical music.
His debut single, “I’m a Freak”, was released worldwide on 01/11/11, becoming an internet hit with nearly 100,000 views in less than a month through his website. His second and third singles were acoustic songs with somewhat comparable results. Due to the phenomenal acceptance to his music, Isaiah released his Debut Album “Expect the Unexpected” on 12/12/12 available on CD and iTunes. This album contains 13 songs personally written by Isaiah with an array of pop, dance, and acoustic songs influenced by his unique style, music, lyrics and trend.
Throughout his development as a singer he has created a large number of followers in the on-line community and in the local entertainment scenes in Florida, the Midwest and Chicago which has opened doors for him to perform at venues such as: Hard Rock Café, Six Flags, House of Blues, and has also sang the “National Anthem” in a stadium of 20,000 people on National Television for the opening of the Chicago Fire Soccer Game at Toyota Park. Recently Isaiah won the award for “Male Pop Vocalist of the Year” and is ranked in the TOP 3 in the Chicago Reverbnation Pop Charts, where he held the number one spot for 8 weeks straight.
With over 3 million views on Youtube, featured on MTV, global internet radio, and a growing fan base Isaiah has captivated new listeners from all around the world, and is clearly helping him make a mark in the music industry in the near future
To learn more about Isaiah Grass visit his website – www.IsaiahGrass.com
Youtube – smarturl.it/Youtubesubs Twitter – twitter.com/IsaiahGmusic
Instagram – instagram.com/isaiahgmusic Facebook – www.facebook.com/IsaiahGrass
- The JaJa’sThe JaJa’s
Jeanne MacLaughlin and Barb Horton, met in Arizona in the summer of 1998, when they discovered some uncanny commonalities! Just to name a few – they are both professional singers, their moms were born a day apart in 1936, and both grew up on a street named “Dewey” but Jeanne grew up in Wisconsin, and Barb in New Jersey! No coincidences there!
With a strong belief in the power of positive music, The JaJa’s have a passion for quickly writing music for a cause. Most of their music is sparked by inspiring organizations and individuals that make a positive difference in the world – teachers, writers, inspirational speakers, nurses, pastors, spiritual communities and other organizations. Visit our website at www.TheJaJas.com for more info.
The JaJa’s are now official songwriters for The Songs of Love Foundation, FOREVER committed to writing personal hit songs for amazing children facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. A shout out of thanks to David Roth for introducing The JaJa’s to this beautiful organization.
The JaJa’s are blessed to have found Jim Linton of Soundwaves Recording Studios who mixes, produces and masters The JaJa’s monthly Songs of Love with absolute dedication and skill. Thank you Jim!!!
The JaJa’s have released three inspirational CDs – and are currently working on their fourth CD, “On the Edge” at Soundwaves Recording Studios. CDs and singles are available through their website at www.TheJaJas.com, iTunes, and other online music stores
- Jordon & Bruce RothsteinJordon & Bruce Rothstein
Jordon’s underground hit song ‘Hey Girl’ performed by John legend has recently received over 3/4 of a million hits and a phenomenal response fans around the world.
Collectively Jordon and Bruce have worked with Bed Bath and Beyond, Hugh Jackman, Coca Cola, Kodak Film, Taye Diggs, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Stephen Schwartz (writer of Wicked, Pippin and God Spell), Chuck Berry, Brittany Murphy and Steely Dan, as well as many other notable organizations and public personalities. They have performed throughout the tri-state area at many clubs, banquet halls, hotels, soup kitchens, assisted living facilities and restaurants including The Living Room, Mozart Café, NYU Medical Center, Rivington House, The Roosevelt Hotel, Atria at Roslyn Harbor, The Cutting Room and New York City Department of Homeless, as well as many others.
Between Bruce and Jordon they play 7 instruments including keyboards, melodica, guitar, harmonica, alto and tenor saxophone and a variety of percussive instruments.
Jordon Rothstein (www.Jordonrothstein.com) is a studio musician, teacher, producer, film composer and singer-songwriter who has a BA in music from Syracuse and a Masters Degree in Music Education from Columbia University- Jordon is a jazz pianist (www.Jordonmusic.com), singer and saxophonist who’s sound has been described as reminiscent of Marc Cohen, Joe Jackson, Amos Lee, Cat Stevens and Lovin’ Spoonful.
Bruce Rothstein is a studio musician, teacher and singer songwriter who was taught to play the guitar at a young age by one of the most famous blues guitar players in the world, the Reverend Gary Davis. As part of The Albert Grossman Organization Bruce worked with Gordon Lightfoot, The Band, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren, as well working with Chuck Berry and Steely Dan. Bruce is a virtuoso guitarist, singer and harmonica player who’s sound has been described as similar to James Taylor and John Denver.
- Jackie DeSouzaJackie DeSouza
Jackie has shown that it is possible to create edgy, inspirational music that can move people without compromising your values or the beliefs. Her mission is to inspire, uplift and motivate listeners in their everyday lives. She has a fresh New approach combining elements of traditional gospel,r&b and hip hop music and the final result is a sound unlike any other. Her music has been regularly used in reality shows,major televised sporting events such as PGA Tour,television dramas and global charity campaigns.
She is the eldest of five siblings and was raised by her grandmother. She got an early start singing in her church choir in rural west Tennessee. Shortly thereafter she began performing and writing for school programs and plays in her area. With the encouragement of her grandmother , she began to develop her gifts and decided that she would pursue a career in music. She initially came to the decision to relocate after a songwriter flew her to New York because she needed a female vocalist to reference her songs for her. Once the task was complete, she realized to achieve her goals, she would have to move to a place where there was more opportunity.
Shortly after moving to the east coast, she had a chance encounter with a successful dance music writer and producer by the name of Alexander Perls. So as a means to support her goals and dreams she signed her first recording agreement and recorded an album of dance and electronic music that he wrote and produced. Although this was a temporary venture, the music was instantaneously a hit! Even today it’s still very successful. If by chance you google “featuring Jackie Desouza” you will discover hundred of mixes of the songs from from DJ’s around the world , U.S., UK, Italy and Germany.
But ultimately her goal was to reach the youth by bringing them a more inspiring message but with a new style and image they can relate to. Although she could appreciate the various styles of music, Inspirational music was where shee desired to be. It was then that she focused on her own writing and producing talents and created music that would open doors she never imagined. The majority of her music is performed over hard hitting hitting R&b, hip hop , , pop and sometimes rock tracks. But if you listen closely to the lyrics you will always find a message that can be applied to your everyday life and that message is that God is real and he understands our day to day struggles.
Currently Jackie resides in New Jersey where she is actively involved in the music as her profession and her her personal life. She currently a part of various music and Charity based organizations. Being that her second love is songwriting , she is in the studio regularly recording music that is placed in television and film via the licensing agreements she has in place. Working with new writers , singers, and producers is always a priority. For the last few years she has also had the pleasure of working artists that are looking to take their own career to the next level. With the help of the Lord, raw talent and all the opportunities she has been blessed with recently, there is no doubt that she will accomplish all that she sets out to do.
- Jacobs & SebastianJacobs & Sebastian
Jacobs and Sebastian are a dynamic production team based in Los Angeles,CA. Cori Jacobs produces, records, mixes and masters each “Songs of Love” track. He is a Grammy nominated musician who has worked on stage and in the studio with some of the worlds most influential artists including Sly Stone, The Pussy Cat Dolls, Beyonce and Lauryn Hill. “High School Musical 2” vocalist Rachel Lynn Sebastian writes the lyrics, melodies and vocal arrangements as well as sings on each “Songs of Love” composition. In 2013 she was awarded a spot to play on the VANS WARPED TOUR and was the overall winner of Jacob’s Eye Entertainment’s talent competition, “Up & Comin.” Sebastian was most recently the featured artist at MGM Grand in Macau, China with Soul Republic Band. Together Cori “Master Fader” Jacobs & Rachel Lynn Sebastian are excited to make children smile with their music by being a part of “Songs of Love” Foundation.
Jeremy Gentile, known under his artist name Jaiz, has had music in his blood since a very young age. His idol and inspiration growing up was his late brother Douglas who was a poet, artist, and a singer/songwriter. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Jeremy began his artistic journey with writing poetry. Poetry naturally manifested into writing song lyrics. With years of writing and recording songs in any way he possibly could, the artist Jaiz was born. Jaiz is a mixture of many elements of artistry. His artistic focus is on depth, meaning, versatility, creativity, raw passion and emotion, personal life experiences, story writing, and conscious efforts of addressing real life issues affecting people every day. He also likes to mix it up with comedy, sarcasm, wittiness, and songs representing his aura along with different parts of his personality. The goal of his music is to invoke emotion from his listeners. Emotions such as laughter, joy, sadness, or whatever the mind and heart chooses to feel. His music is organic and real rather than manufactured. Jeremy is always looking for new ways to expand his creativity and versatility. This has led him to vocal production, designing his own album covers, artist photos and merchandise, video editing and music videos, acting, directing, online marketing, and website creation. Jaiz brings you into Jeremy’s world with his music.
– A combined 4,000,000+ views and growing on Reverbnation and YouTube.
– For Hip Hop: #1 ranked hip hop artist in the world.
– For all genres: #1 ranked artist for Philadelphia, PA, a top 5 artist nationally, and a top 10 artist globally.
– A featured artist on Reverbnation.
– #1 songs for the genres of hip hop, comedy, and pop rock.
– #1 song on the hip hop charts, and a Top 5 artist of all genres.
– On the stable of writers of The Songs Of Love Foundation which is such an honor and privilege.
– Featured on mixtapes, podcasts, magazines, compilation albums throughout amazon.com, and numerous websites.
– Has been featured on online and national radio along with doing interviews for the corresponding radio shows.
Connect With Jaiz
Website – http://jaizmusic.com
Music Streaming – http://reverbnation.com/jaiz
Music Videos – http://youtube.com/jaizmusic
Facebook – http://facebook.com/jaizmusic
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Myspace – http://Myspace.com/jaiznet
Google+ – http://plus.google.com/+JaizMusic
- Jeanie BratschieJeanie Bratschie
Jeanie Bratschie AKA Jeanie B! is a well known children’s musician living in Chicago. Her musical career started when she herself was a child and starting wriitng and performing original songs at age 15. After a 20 year career in the film business directly out of college she once again returned to her first love of music and has made a living writing and performing songs for younger audiences for the past 16 years. Jeanie’s songwriting spans many genres including rock, folk, country, blues and Americana. Best described as a Kindie artist she still pens many songs for her grown up fans as well. One of a handful of teaching artists for the prestigious Ravinia Festival in Highland Park Il, Jeanie brings music to the classrooms of underserved children in the Chicago Public Schools as well as a handful of preschools where she is the beloved music teacher to some 400 kids a week. She performs 100 or more concerts per year around the midwest and is a songwriter for hire with many fans as well as schools and corporate clients. She plays solo or with her Jelly Beans Band who often cosists of her two sons playing bass and drums alongside. She has been called “Velcro for kids” and surely her songs stick to your heart. Please visit her website for more information.
- Jenny CaseJenny Case
Jenny Case is a Minneapolis-based artist who’s been playing and writing music since the age of 5. A multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger, session musician, producer and engineer, Jenny has a distinct musical style, blending rock, prog & pop into her songwriting, combining thoughful lyrics with catchy melodies. A graduate of the Bass Guitar program at McNally Smith College of Music, she has performed professionally around the Twin Cities and across the country since 1991 in many rock/alternative/experimental/variety bands, shows and productions. Noteworthy projects range from working with the Prince tribute band Controversy and ABBA tribute band ABBA-Salutely to a stint in a Minneapolis production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, among countless other creative endeavours.
Jenny has been a music teacher for the past 17 years, instructing lessons and classes in guitar, bass, piano, vocals, songwriting & Pro-Tools. She currently teaches privately at her home studio and at the Paul Green School of Rock Music. In 2006, Jenny founded Minnesota’s first rock camp for girls, Girls Rock n Roll Retreat; a summer camp aimed at teaching girls that they are so much more than their bodies & looks, and that they can rock!
Working with Songs of Love since 2003, it has been Jenny’s great honor to have written and recorded over 200 songs for the organization. She continues to write as many songs as she can possibly fit into her busy schedule!
- Jim GavenJim Gaven
Armed with the goal of helping others, Jim Gaven’s mission is to write songs that make you think of a good time in your life, make you feel good about yourself, and most of all, put a smile on your face. The upbeat singer/songwriter from Hamilton, NJ wants to make a positive difference in the world and truly believes that music has the ability to do that. Quoted as saying, ‘I want to inspire you to do great things as I have been inspired. The fact that you can create something out of nothing and have it last forever is amazing to me.’ This is a true testament to the everlasting impact we can all have on each other, and Jim hopes to bring that kind of attitude to the forefront through song.
- Jim ThorneJim Thorne
Jim was raised in a small college town in Western Pennsylvania. As a lifelong hobby, he took an early interest in music and learned to play piano, guitar, banjo, trombone, and later studied jazz flute and mandolin. As a young boy, he was inspired by the Apollo program as well as Star Trek, and dreamed of building rockets and spaceships someday. Jim learned everything he could about math, science and space engineering, and graduated from high school in three years to start college early. After earning a degree in space engineering from Purdue, Jim served 21 years in the US Air Force working with space systems, and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Astronautical Engineering. As a grad student, he solved a 300 year-old problem in celestial mechanics that was described as “difficult” by Isaac Newton, and he derived an equation known as “Thorne’s Solution of the Lambert Problem” in the scientific literature. Jim was interviewed on NBC for a show called “The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special,” where he was introduced by Leonard Nimoy and had the chance to meet his childhood hero, Jimmy Doohan who played “Scotty” in the original series. Here’s a link to an interview about Jim’s space career on a public access TV show in Fairfax, Virginia called “Around Space TV” where he performed a few of his space songs in the studio:
In 2014, Jim was contacted by a talent agent from New York who liked his family-friendly comedy songs, and suggested that he might try writing for children. After writing several folk-style story songs for kids, Jim noticed that a song he wrote about space travel called “The Stars Go By” really captured the imaginations of the children, and so he started playing it in elementary schools as part of space science presentations. The response was so positive, he decided to inspire children with a full album called “To Follow Apollo” about two characters, a young boy and girl named Tommy and Laura, who go on scientifically accurate adventures in the solar system and beyond. The CD has been featured on educational websites and was ranked #1 in the category of “Editor’s Picks for Kids” on the CD Baby website for eight months after the initial release. In the title track, “To Follow Apollo,” the characters Tommy and Laura return to the moon to find the original Apollo landing sites and they go on to visit three more places where the Apollo program would have landed if it had not been canceled early. The title song has been played on FM radio in northern Virginia, where Jim resides. Over the past 3 years, Jim has given musical presentations about space science at 18 schools in New York, Virginia and Washington, DC for more than 3600 students. He’s currently a member of The Recording Academy and serves on the Grammys Committee for Children’s Music in the DC Chapter. Jim started volunteering as a songwriter for the Songs of Love Foundation in 2016.
- John BeltzerJohn Beltzer
At the age of 16, John started to write songs with his fraternal twin brother Julio and then went on to start a cover band playing as a drummer/singer with Julio on lead vocals. For 4 years, John, Julio and 2 other members of the band called Cameon played the NY tri-state area. The band had a minor local hit called “Picture Perfect Girl” written by John and Julio. After Julio’s death in 1984, John decided to keep the music alive in Julio’s memory and went on to form another band called Cinema, which he fronted as lead singer. Cinema went on to appear on Ed McMahon’s Star Search in 1987. In the following years John kept writing original songs for his band and to hopefully place with other artists. A song John wrote called “Holding On To Promises” went on to win 3rd place in the Billboard Magazine Pop category. In 1995 he signed a development record deal with Elektra Records. A few months after the deal failed to progress, John had an epiphany walking down the street in his Forest Hills, Queens neighborhood. The time was January of 1996. The idea was to start a nonprofit creating personalized songs for children and teens facing tough medical, physical and emotional challenges. John named it the Songs of Love Foundation, after a song called “Songs of Love” that Julio wrote just 2 months before he died. As a result of his work with Songs of Love, John has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, Dateline, 60 Minutes, ABC World News and NBC Nightly News. He also has appeared in magazines such as People, Parade, Biography, American Profile and the New York times. To hear some of John’s original songs they can be found on iTunes. All proceeds from the sale of his songs on iTunes will go to the Songs of Love Foundation.
- John SnowJohn Snow
A singer/songwriter from Long Island, N.Y….born September 15, Queens, N.Y….. has been in bands since the age of 12 (didn’t actually get paid until at least 15). Co-wrote “Let’s Give Them Life,” (with songwriting partner Freddy Monday of Sorethumb) for the L.I.F.E project (Long Island For Ethiopia in 1985 which sent relief to Ethiopia … John’s worked with Gary Lyons (Aerosmith, Foreigner and Grateful Dead) and Steve Rinkoff (Celine Dion, Paul McCartney) … John’s written songs for Little Buster, Frankie Laine and producer Tom Dowd.
- Johnny AppleJohnny Apple
Johnny Apple has accomplished many things in his career. From winning national songwritting competitions to opening for nationally known recording artists. Also recording several records, featuring on several television programs, and having his music featured in a motion picture in 2013! So who is Johnny Apple exactly?
Johnny Apple, born William Thompson, is an inspirational Pop artist from Akron, OH. His music is original and always delivers a positive message. Compared often to greats such as R. Kelly, John Legend, and Canton Jones. He has performed in cities all across the country. He has performed in front of numerous celebrities and maintains an outstanding performance every time.
He began writing music at the age of 7. Johnny Apple had his first performance at an amateur Apollo event and received a standing ovation. Since, he has carried the determination to give a great performance no matter the circumstance.
He won the Nationwide Hottest New Artist competion as Word Man and is now headed to become the next sensation in the music industry. Several songs on the CD titled My Life In HD were the songs used to gain victory in the competition over all the other competitors. Songs such as ”Fly Str8” and Next To Me” rattled the industry and got the attention of A&R representatives throughout the business. ”My Life In HD” was his first release as Word Man in 2010. 2010 continued to be a great year for Johnny Apple as he was featured on television programming and radio interviews which highlighted his 2010 release, “My Life In HD.”
In 2011, Johnny Apple was featured on the One Love Cruise in April where he opened for Canton Jones and joined a host of other well known Gospel recording artists. He has since began working with organizations such as Empty Vessel Ministry where he serves as an advocate for at-risk youth. Songs of Love Foundation in which he writes and records personalized songs children with physical and mental ailments. He was also featured on TBN’s Praise the Lord Program in September of 2011.
When out of the studio, Johnny Apple can be found serving at the Mountain of the Lord Fellowship in Akron, OH. He spends time working with the youth through music and ministering in spoken word in local area churches. He also ministers in music nationwide on a normal basis.
- Joy Rainey KingJoy Rainey King
Joy Rainey King was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was awarded the International Peace Prize in 2002 from the United Cultural Convention. Recipients names were presented to the United Nations and letters sent to foreign embassies around the world. Article Relating to the prize in USA Today newspaper. Her biography is in “Outstanding People of the 20th Century” as well as twenty other “Who’s Who Books”. Her biography is in “International Dictionary of Authors” and was translated into Russian, French, Spanish and German. Her poetry was published in “Best Poems and Poets of the 20th Century” from the International Library of Poetry. She received “International Woman of the Year-1998” from the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England. She won “Author of the Year-1999” from the international Board of Examiners in Italy. She has had six song lyrics recorded by Hilltop and Majestic Records.
Music bridges people around the world. No matter one’s place of birth, economic class or skin color, it all evokes a human feeling and K’Coneil’s is no different. Born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, K’Coneil was raised in the village of Granville in Montego Bay. It was there amid family and friends that at an early age he was indoctrinated in music by singing in the church at the urging of his beloved grandmother.
Coming from a musical family, music was embedded in his DNA, but not to be stereotyped, education played a major importance in the young artist life. At the age of 16 he migrated to the United States on a full soccer scholarship where he attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. But there was no denying his musical calling, and while in college, K’Coneil joined up with a group which went on to win a singing contest at the prestigious Madison Square Garden.
After the group was dissolved, K’Coneil continued to hone his musical craft by writing and voicing for notable producers. His early singles, “GYAL A YOU” and “ME ONE,” have received heavy rotation on various worldwide airwaves, while has allowed him to grace stages alongside some of the biggest names in music.
A vocalist influenced by his reggae roots and the musical melting pot of his urban surroundings in New York City, K’Coneil sounds admittedly, doesn’t classify by the industry standards. Rather than to be boxed, K’Coneil created his own lane of sonic perfection, which can only be classified as being “genre fluid,” by comfortably fusing rhythms, genres and sounds from Reggae, Dancehall, R&B and Pop.
. “As a blend of Sean Paul and Usher, I see K’Coneil as the promissory voice of the future. His dancehall flavor mixed with the pop yet edgy appeal is one that makes you want to dig a little deep and hear more” says billboard recording producer Seanizzle.
The Seanizzle produced lead single, “HOT LIKE YOU” and its accompanying video from K’Coneil’s soon to be released debut EP is out now
- Karl MoraskiKarl Moraski
Karl Moraski (Pianist/Composer) Began piano lessons at age 3 and had his first solo recital at Wannamaker’s Auditorium in Philadelphia at age 5. Since then he has been involved in almost every imaginable style of music from Classical to Rock.
He has been a pianist for several major ballet companies, including Miami City Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet and has performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the 1984 Summer Olympic Arts Celebration in Los Angeles, and others. While in Los Angeles he wrote music for and appeared in an episode of the ABC series Hart to Hart. For several summers he teamed up with Willie Gault of the L.A. Raiders to do a program for inner city youth called Say Yes to Dance. While living in Vancouver B.C, Canada, he was a member of the band Montana whose single “Just a Minute” rose to number 22 in the charts; co-wrote their 2nd single “Lorelei”.
He resides in Cary, NC with his wife, Siobhan and their five children where he is currently Music Director at the growing Hope Community Church in Raleigh where he continues to write and sing and has also been involved in several international community development/mission trips to places such as Kyrgyzstan, The Central African Republic and Venezuela. He recently returned to Los Angeles to assist Warner Brothers in arranging and recording the full soundtrack for their newest theatrical venture, Casablanca: the Dance which premiered in Beijing, China. Recently, he released his 3rd contemporary Christian CD, What Is Christmas? He has written three commissioned scores for Carolina Ballet including a Two Act Cinderella last April and a fourth is in the works for the 2008-2009 season. To date he’s written over 50 songs for Songs of Love…
- Kate GallaherKate Gallaher
Kate Gallaher is a storyteller to her core. When she straps on her guitar and takes the stage, her music reflects her maturity and the deep connection she has with the world around her. Notably wise beyond her years, she strives to impact the lives of others through her poignant lyrics and her clear, expressive voice. She is currently studying music and songwriting at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She is honored to be a songwriter for the Songs of Love Foundation and experiences great joy and fulfillment crafting personalized songs for these beautiful children who need the healing medicine of music.
- Katie Jane GoudieKatie Jane Goudie
Katie Jane Goudie is a songwriter with a sound that transcends genres, and lyrics that translate life with heartfelt intimate thoughts and feelings. With haunting melody and soft voice, Katie Jane’s music is unpredictable and changes key often.
Katie Jane’s musical adventure began with classical flute and continued with guitar, piano, drums and any other instrument she could get her hands on.
In addition to creating and performing Katie Jane shares the joy of music with children, teaching music and movement to preschool age students and vocals at a youth theatre company.
She also uses music to help others, Katie is a volunteer producer/songwriter for the organization songs of love, creating music for children who are seriously ill, and is currently studying to become a Certified Music Practitioner to bring live therapeutic music to the bedside in a hospital/hospice setting.
Samples of Katie Jane’s music can be found online: https://katiejane.bandpage.com
- Kenny FameKenny Fameis a wonderful singer and songwriter with a signature 70’s soul sound that leaves audiences in bliss. The New York-based artist is often noted for his creativity and strong work ethic. Fame has received numerous awards for his skills as a songwriter and poet, including the Akademia Music Awards for Best Song (Hail Mary); among others. You can follow can at digital retail outlets everywhere.website: https://kennyfame.bandcamp.com/
- Kerry ClarkKerry Clark
Kerry Clark’s music is like a Norman Rockwell painting. Familiar. Simple. Touching. Smile-provoking. His lyrics are a tender depiction of the human experience, and his melodies encapsulate a world of emotion in a snapshot moment. He sings his tribute to innocence and also provides a timely reminder of the way back
From ballads to anthems to clarion calls, his songs tell tales from the every day human experience. Sometimes ordinary. Sometimes extraordinary. Always uplifting. They are a slice of life, so full of life. If his songs were Rockwell paintings, they would show a porch light left on in the dark. A finger pointing up. A view of the chaos in our world, and a vision of what’s behind the veil.
For those who appreciate the willingness to risk having a voice, Kerry’s comes like the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Comforting and calming. A celebration of hope, of light, of family, of community, of a place called home.
Kerry Clark’s musical journey began in Fifth grade when his mother bought his father a guitar as an anniversary gift. “My dad taught me the 5 chords he knew”, Clark says smiling with fond memories. “I learned the songs of the singer songwriters that moved me – John Denver, Harry Chapin, James Taylor.” Kerry learned and sang those songs until the song in his head sang louder than those on the radio.
Kerry released his first project- a record! – in 1985. He sold all 1,000 copies that year. One of those records made it’s way to the offices of The New Christy Minstrels. Clark toured with the Christy’s in 1985. He followed that project with A Simple Man, 1994; Build A Bridge, 1996; Choose Love, 2000; 911…Songs To Heal A Nation, 2001.
- Kimberly McManusKimberly McManus
When Kimberly began sharing her songs with Songs of Love a few years ago, it seemed like a perfect fit because of her love for both songwriting and kids. Kim is the supervisor of a large preschool and after-school program in Eugene, Oregon where she enjoys her daily interactions with over 200 kids and 40+ staff members. A unique annual highlight for the kids in her program brings smiles as the children enjoy participating in a recording studio “session” of singing over Kim’s original tracks, engineered and produced by Kim’s husband Edward. At the end of Kim’s “Kid Sessions” each child receives a CD of their own.
- Kristin HoffmannKristin Hoffmann
- LaJuan DiggsLaJuan Diggs
- Lanny SherwinLanny Sherwin
Lanny Sherwin is President of the children’s record label, Sandman Records. He has released 5 kids’ CDs, each of which follows his motto: “DON’T DRIVE PARENTS CRAZY!”
His CDs have won over 50 music awards, and his songs have been licensed by Continental Airlines, Fisher-Price, Triple Scoop Music, etc. He spent 11 years as a songwriter in Nashville, then, when his son was born, he started Sandman Records and never looked back!
Lanny recently initiated the first-ever “Pickleberry Pie Very Special Concert Series” for children at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA, and continues to perform at schools, hospitals, and children’s fund-raising events. He is married, has a 15 year old son, a 6 year old yellow lab, and lives in Santa Barbara. Life is good!
Lanny’s website: www.sandmanrecords.com
- Lei RowLei Row
Known for her unique melodic vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and chic vintage style: Lei Row brings an urban yet retro flavor and soulful sound to music! As a songwriter, Lei has written in different genres from r&b/soul, to pop, to electro, to hip-hop, and her resume includes work with various artists and producers from New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, France, and Washington-DC just to name a few. As an artist, Lei has received national and international acclaim with her 2010 EP release “Lei Row presents Euphoria,” which is available on CD-Baby.com, Amazon mp3, and iTunes. Since her EP release, Lei has performed in different cities on the east coast including performances at renowned New York City nightclub “The Sugar Bar” owned by legendary Motown songwriting duo “Ashford & Simpson,” the Ebony Magazine & Pine Sol’s “Sisterspeak Luncheon” in Philadelphia, in stage play “Law & Disorder” in Harrisburg, and “Miami Music Festival.” Lei has also been featured on several radio shows, websites, and mixtapes across the U.S. and internationally.
“She has a close-knit team of producers she works with: Burnie Stevenson, Kevin “Gripp” Gripper, and Dennis “Aganee” Jenkins. Lei Row is also a DJ in which she goes under the name “DJ Woriel”
Lei is looking forward to her new relationship with “Songs of Love Foundation.” It’s an honor to be a part of an inspiring and fulfilling movement; not to mention, Lei Loves The Kids (L.L.T.K.)!
For more info go to: http://www.wix.com/leirow/leirowurbanretrosongstress
- Len MizzoniLen Mizzoni
Len Mizzoni is a singer / songwriter and musician from Toronto, Canada. Over his career he has performed in many bands including a Juno Award winning band in the mid eighties. He has toured North America extensively performing in major venues. He has three sons one of which is a child cancer survivor. These days Len runs four family quick service restaurants with his wife and sons, he is an Elvis tribute artist and is honoured to be a member of the Songs of Love team.
- Lindsey JonesLindsey Jones
Lindsey Jones is the fresh new face to the timeless nature of Folk Rock music. Born and raised in Overland Park, KS, this youthful beauty will hold you with honest performances, heartbreaking passion, and moving lyrics. She grew up performing in Kansas City, opening for artists such as Jars of Clay, Delirious and Jennifer Knapp. In the fall of 2002, Lindsey moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University. There she began writing her own music and performing around town. Her first cd, Broken Windows, was released in late fall of 2003. While at Belmont, Lindsey was chosen to perform in several showcases including the 2006 Commercial Music Showcase. She released Bullet E.P. in the spring of 2006 and set out to pursue her dream. Currently, she writes for the Songs of Love Foundation, writing and recording songs for chronically and terminally ill children across the country. Lindsey Jones has the unique ability to sing in a way that will make you believe that that song, in that moment, is the story of her life. She will pull you in and lead you through the emotions, thoughts, experiences, and lessons from her 23-year-old perspective. Her honesty and passion will make you feel like you’ve known her forever.
- Lisa BellLisa Bell
For more than a decade, Lisa has shared a personal connection with her fans. From her evolution as a songwriter to her performances with legendary artists to her work with the healing benefits of music & sound, Lisa has invited us in to relate our own life experiences and journey we are all on together. For the past 12 years, she has been writing and performing songs that make a difference through positive, empowering lyrics at venues throughout Colorado and most recently, across the country and internationally. Lisa strives to create music that is uplifting, transformational and empowering. Songs on Lisa’s latest CD, The Italian Project embody love, hope, and the overriding positive message that we can truly achieve anything we set our minds to. Some of the songs are uplifting. Others share important stories such as the challenges of homelessness, racism and our societal fears. All are designed to make the listener take heart and take action. The music is fun, fresh, upbeat and thought provoking. www.lisabellmusic.com
- Lisa SericeLisa Serice
Girl Friday is Houston based singer/songwriter Lisa Serice. Combining both traditional and contemporary acoustic sounds, her music is lyric driven, harmony infused, and designed to draw the listener into the story. In true singer/songwriter fashion, all songs are crafted to be performed either solo-acoustically or with a full band, making them versatile enough for a relaxing coffee house vibe or an energy-filled festival stage.
“With a degree in education and a volunteer’s heart, I’ve always been drawn to the service of children; especially those in need. Of all the things I do with my music, writing for the Songs of Love Foundation is the most gratifying and rewarding experience of them all. To know that my music has brought a little happiness to the life of a child and his or her family brings me immeasurable joy. I like to imagine their little faces when the song comes in . . . hearing their names, their favorite toys, movies, catch phrases, and family and friends’ names. I have this little party in my head just thinking about it! I’m honored to be able to use my music this way, and I give major kudos to the amazing people who organize all of this and make it happen.” Lisa Serice (Girl Friday)
My music arrangement ability began at about 6, when I rearranged a gospel song, “Thank Lord” and performed it with my cousins for our grandfather’s appreciation… Through music research, I learned that my voice is an instrument. So I have been a vocalist for about 33 years. I became an official songwriter in 1993.
The First Concert I ever went to was a Gospel Concert in 1979 at the age of 6. The Gospel Concert was in Garysburg, North Carolina. This was the first time, I grow in love to wear suits during performances. It was a memorable concert for me to see and hear my father sing with his brother and cousins, as the “Gospel Travelers of Garysburg, North Carolina”, for the first time after hearing their music as a child.
The biggest musical influences growing up started with the Gospel Travelers of Graysburg, North Carolina and all the Gospel Music Legends of this era. As I reflect, this was the beginning of musical sounds the shaped my understanding of singer(s), songwriter(s), and music industry artistry. I mainly listened to gospel music and soul genre music as a youth. So you can imagine… Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye were the top artist(s) in rotation in my surrounding. There were alot of bands, as well, like the Commodores, Slave, Stylistics, Temptations, Delfonics, Isley Brothers, The Jacksons, The Supremes. In 1989, as a member of 3 men music group, Male Image, MW was greatly influenced by each member, as well as, all the local music talent during this era. The 80’s was an era, when soul music was becoming more universal. As a result, I had a wide range of musical influences. From the R&B/Soul Genre: Glenn Jones, Howard Hewitt, Freddie Jackson, Miles Jaye, James Ingram and Luther Vandross. From the Soft Pop Genre: Michael McDonald, Phil Collins, Hall & Oates, Bee Gees, Tears for Fears and Human League. From the Jazz Genre: Grover Washington, Jr. George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Kenny G, Gerald Albright, Najee, and Kirk Whalum. These genres of music help me artistically to shape the nuances of my sound as a group member and solo artist.
MW is an internationally known artist and vocalist. MW has been honored and had opportunities to meet and greet legendary singers/vocalists from across the world. Recently, MW decided to be more proactive musically, while learning more about the music industry, as a component of the greater economic engine. MW believes there is a need for some good ole’ school vocalization aligned with 70’s, 80’s, 90’s music/compositional trend and a firm R&B genre structure to produce a “Cool Soul” genre … “Its a New Day!”
- Marcella TaylorMarcella Taylor
Marcella Taylor has been writing songs since she was about 4 years old. She is a published songwriter, poet, and journalist and recently completed her first novel. She loves children, dogs, horses, cooking, and camping. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her daughter, Alicia, her rescue dog, Jessie, and their rescue cat, Mandu.
- Maria LinaresMaria Linares
A native of Colombia, the multi-talented Maria Linares has composed music for a vast array of projects, including for film, documentaries, theatre, and television, where her songs have been featured on television shows and web series.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, as well as a master’s degree from New York University’s prestigious Scoring for Film and Multimedia program.
Currently back in Bogotá, Maria has since founded Fiona Records, an active music production company, and is working with directors on various projects from all around the world.
- Marla LewisMarla Lewis
For Marla Lewis, music is a way of life. She began singing as soon as she learned to talk! At the age of 3, she sang on a national radio talent show called, “Live Like a Millionaire”. She started piano lessons at the age of 5 and guitar a few years later.
As a child, Marla loved to sing songs in many languages from around the world. Her mother, also a singer, introduced her to jazz, Dixieland, and opera. Marla also fell in love with folk and pop music. She wrote her first song at the age of 12, entitled, “Hopeless Love.” It still makes her friends chuckle.
For several decades, Marla sang and played guitar on the college and coffee house circuit. Twenty years ago, Marla began teaching Music and English as a Second Language to elementary school children in the Bronx. She also began writing songs for children and performing her lively family concerts in libraries and festivals throughout the New York City area.
In 2005, Marla completed her first children’s CD titled We All Laugh in the Same Language, an upbeat CD that celebrates positive values, love of learning, and cultural diversity. True to her childhood tradition, her songs embrace a great variety of styles, from Dixieland to Chinese to Hawaiian, and more. In addition, We All Laugh has won numerous national and international awards, including Parents’ Choice ® and NAPPA Gold.
Marla’s latest CD, I Love to Talk to PlantsI, (2008), features Brazilian, African, Big Band, Country rap, pop, and more! This CD has just won Parents’ Choice ® GOLD, and The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval. In addition, her song “Mighty Jackie, the Strikeout Queen” was awarded GRAND PRIZE in the Great American Song Contest.
Marla also loves to write children’s musicals and children’s books. She feels very privileged to be able to educate children through her songs and says that teaching inspires her music, as music inspires her teaching.
- Matt GlicksteinMatt Glickstein
Matt Glickstein is a 31-year-old songwriter and musician born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii. His commitment to helping the environment, his community, and those in need has led him to writing Songs for a Better World.
Songs For a Better World was inspired by the tragic events that took place in Japan’s earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Glickstein was moved to create a music video tribute to bring comfort to all those affected, and composed Steppingstone: A Benefit Ballad for Japan.
In January 2012, Glickstein collaborated with students from Lanai High and Elementary School to write and record several songs and music videos. Working together with their classroom teacher, Sandy Patterson, Glickstein and Lanai’s fourth grade class (Class of 2020) wrote songs about peace (Singing to the World), the environment (Every Day is Earth Day and Being Green), and more. The children’s passion inspired ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro (pictured left) to accompany them in their first music video.
The work of Glickstein and his students has generated local, national, and international recognition. The Singing to the World music video was shown worldwide during two Dalai Lama events in Honolulu in April 2012, and the song was also selected as a finalist in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. The Every Day is Earth Day music video won the Debris From the Sea Contest, as well as the Project Earth 2012 Earth Day Contest (national). Dream What Could Be Done, a song and music video about Hawaii’s homeless, was featured in the Huffington Post, and Glickstein was selected to be the opening speaker at the Statewide Homeless Awareness Conference. In honor of their accomplishments, Glickstein and his students were formally recognized by the Maui County Council, and received a Proclamation from Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa.
In November, 2012, One World, a music video about the past, present, and future of Lana’i, and the hopeful realization of Larry Ellison’s vision, was selected as the winner of the Eia’o Lana’i Film and Video Contest, sponsored by the Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i and the High Maka Maka Film Society.
A lover of musical theatre and the performing arts, Glickstein co-founded the Lanai Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA) in February of 2013. He co-wrote the music for Island Below the Star, an original children’s musical, with senior Grant Choo (Lanai High and Elementary Class of 2013). LAPA produced and performed five sold out shows in the Lanai Playhouse in May of 2013. In 2014, LAPA performed successful runs of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS (June) and Annie Jr (December). In the summer of 2015, LAPA performed Getting to Know…The Sound of Music. In September 2015, LAPA began a new after-school program called Broadway Junior. Activities include singing, dancing, acting, theatre and drama games, and school and community performances.
Glickstein is currently serving as the music director of LAPA, and is also enjoying his new role as a stay-at-home dad for his son, Noah, who was born in June of 2015.
- Matthew EdewaardMatthew Edewaard
Matthew William Edewaard is a touring artist & published singer-songwriter from Springfield, OR. In the last decade Matthew has developed his skills as a self-taught guitar player, singer, drummer, pianist, bassist, lyricist & producer. In just the past few years Matthew has produced several records of different genres, both for his own projects, & for many other artists. Though music will always remain Matthew’s primary focus, he is also a painter, graphic artist, & licensed body art practitioner in Oregon. You can see some of Matthew’s artwork here: (www.edewaard.com). Matthew is also the founder & namesake of the band ‘Edewaard’ (music available on Pandora & iTunes).http://www.reverbnation.com/edewaard
- Melanie AnneMelanie Anne
Melanie Anne is a solo singer/songwriter based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She
has a heart for people and is passionate about helping others become the best they can be.
You can listen to Melanie’s music at: http://www.melanieannemusic.com/
- Mike BalujaMike Baluja
Born and raised in Tampa, FL. Graduated from Jesuit High School in 1975, then went on to earn a degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. Began writing songs in 1979. Married, w/three children, and 1 grandson. Independently released 5 CD’s: Modern Man (2000), a beautiful dream (2003), Troubled Times (2004), and Open Mic (2005), and Poetry Sings (2006). Started writing for Songs of Love a few years ago. Absolutely the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. I’m blessed to have been able to be a part of the children’s lives.
- Mitch SiegalMitch Siegal
Mitch Siegal is an extremely versatile musician residing in Palm Beach Gardens Florida. The Type of music is rich orchestrated rock roots combined with organically driven lyrics which is solely created by him. He has been compared to bands such as Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day and the Killers. Mitch Has 2 CD’s out The Beautiful End and The Art of Men CD, which can be seen on itunes.
Credits include: The New Skindred CD (Roots Rock Riot) , Semi Finalist UK Songwriting Competition 07, Winner Broadjam Challenge 30 sec. Commercial 06, Honorable Mention Dallas Songwriting Competition 06, Yamaha International Music Production Contest 4th place 05, Recording Contract with Songs of Love Foundation 06, Placed #1 in multiple Top Ten categories at Broadjam.com/mitch as well as Broadjams Earth category earning him most downloaded song, (Cherry Sno-Cone).
Newspapers & Magazines:
Recording Magazine Listings for songs “The Beautiful End” and “Cherry Sno-Cone”
Palm Beach Post Newspaper 06 write up for Sounds Of Summer
Venues Played: Sunfest in South Florida , Spotos Oyster bar, Tiki Bar & grill, Wine Styles, Sabor Habana, The Mint in LA
- Mike StrengMike Streng
Mike is the singer songwriter and guitarist for VoxMirage. Mike is a Seattle and Los Angeles based musician, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, lyricist, composer and songwriter. Mike grew up singing and performing gospel music throughout the Pacific Northwest, studied jazz guitar in his college years and was awarded a music scholarship at Seattle Pacific University. Mike is a classically trained vocalist who early on sang tenor in a jazz octet and has even performed Italian opera. Mike began playing guitar at age 8 and at age 16 performed with the legendary B.B. King. In his college years, Mike worked as the Seattle/Portland A&R representative for Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI). As a Seattle native, Mike spent the better part of his life immersed in Seattle’s rich music scene performing at The Crocodile Cafe, The Sit & Spin, The Colourbox, The Romper Room, Irish Immigrant, The EMP, The O Lounge, The Brick Street, Mt Taber Theater, Neumos, The OK Hotel just to name a few. In spite of the fact that Mike has spent many years in and out of Seattle recording studios including the infamous Heart studio, ‘Bad Animals’ and has recorded 6 albums, VoxMirage is Mike’s debut release. Mike recently collaborated with Ken Stringfellow of The Posies and R.E.M. where Ken Mixed and Produced the VoxMirage debut album.
- Nico PaddenNico Padden
Born and raised in a musician family (her parents play in an Irish folk band) on Long Island, NY, singer-songwriter Nico Padden has built up a supportive local following in NYC. She’s about to embark on an East Coast tour, in support of her forthcoming full-length LP, A Light in the Dark. Powerfully raw yet hopeful, Padden’s sophomore effort follows her 2013 debut acoustic EP Waterbird (find it on iTunes & CDBaby.) Nico has performed everywhere from concert halls to farmers markets, living rooms to dive bars, backyards to street corners, coffeehouses to fancy restaurants, and everywhere in between. She’s a regular street performer in her current home of Queens, NYC and has won over many crowds of strangers with her impish grin; frank, entertaining banter; and cathartic sound. Her music and voice have been compared to the likes of Alanis Morisette, Brandi Carlile, and Carole King. She adores kids; her side jobs include teaching private music lessons and touring as “Miss Nico” in her magical preschool show, “Miss Nico’s Music Makers.”
- Olivia SebeskyOlivia Sebesky
Olivia Sebesky is a singer-songwriter with a unique style unlike any other artist out there. She combines thoughtful lyrics with catchy melodies to create songs that everyone can enjoy.
- ONeill & WheelerONeill & Wheeler
Shannon ONeill & Michael Wheeler. Bio pending.
OneSixTwo is a 28 year old artist/producer/songwriter, recording for others and creating his own music, from Mendocino County, Ca. He features and works with a wide variety of artists from all over the globe including From My Bedroom Project, a female artist from Australia whom he contacted via internet and now has been collaborating with for the Songs of Love! Onesixtwo has won over 5 awards for best HipHop song in this past year. He has numerous radio hits in constant rotation on top internet radio stations around the world and has won an award for being #1 on the chart! Onesixtwo’s music has been requested to be featured on multiple mix tape albums. He is now performing in local areas and is soon to establish his own commercial studio!
- Patrick CookePatrick Cooke
Patrick Cooke is an award-winning composer/songwriter/producer and owner of Sham Rock Music. His work has appeared in commercials, films, television series, web and video games all over the world and, as a self-taught, multi-instrumentalist, Patrick has gained a reputation for having a remarkable range of styles and outstanding professionalism.
Recent success in advertising has included national commercials in the US, Canada and Europe for major brands such as Coke, McDonald’s, Walmart and Toyota among many others. He has written theme and score for number of TV series including “Sir Winston Steinberger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong” (ABC/Teletoon), “Lowcountry Raiders” (Discovery Channel), “Stock & Awe” (CTV,BNN), “Enraged” (Discovery US/TV Tropolis), and “Bat Guys” (HGTV). Patrick has also written songs for Nelvana/CORUS that have appeared in shows such as “The Adventures of Chuck and Friends”.
In addition, Patrick has enjoyed success as a songwriter and pop/rock producer. In 2009 he co-wrote and produced “Nothing To Prove” by Tigerbomb. The song won the Virgin 99.9 National RadioStar songwriting competition ahead of thousands of other entries. From there, with the help of seasoned radio tracker Linda Dawe, the song went on to chart Top 20 in numerous markets across Canada including 15 weeks in the Top 20 on Virgin 99.9 Toronto peaking at #13. In total “Nothing To Prove” had over 1200 spins and over 7 million audience impressions during it’s run.
- Pete MullerPete Muller
Pete Muller’s latest album, Two Truths and A Lie, reflects his unusual journey. While he was achieving success as a pioneer in quant investing, he was also singing his songs to tough-hearted New York City subway audiences. In beautifully composed and rendered material, Muller’s warm vocals and heartfelt songs inform Two Truths and a Lie.
The album opens with “Kindred Soul,” its unfurling piano informing a mystical song about longing. Written before Muller met his wife (he is now happily married with two kids), the song contains the line “I don’t know why I cannot find someone to ride with me through this crazy life.” The music video, featuring a girl in a hot dog costume roaming the streets of New York and California, highlights both the uniqueness and universality of our search for love…along with Pete’s quirky and infectious sense of humor!
Produced by Rick DePofi (whose credits include Rosanne Cash’s Grammy-winning The River & The Thread), Two Truths and a Lie is filled with intimate songs that capture audiences on first listen. Muller is joined on the recording by his long-standing trio members Skip Ward on bass and Kyle Rowland on drums. A number of other well-known players, including trombonist Walter Hawkes, make cameo appearances.
In all areas of his life, Muller is driven by two overarching themes: Connection and personal growth. He gets happiness from learning to get better at a craft. “The first crossword puzzle I submitted to the NY Times was rejected,” Muller recalls, “but with an encouraging note that made me want to do better. I kept going.” Muller has since published numerous crosswords in the Times, and now runs a challenging music-themed crossword contest at pmxwords.com.
Muller also loves creating lyrics that evoke emotions with honesty and simplicity – some of his favorite songwriters are Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Elvis Costello. Muller’s piano chops come from his training in jazz improvisation as a teenager – his songwriting skills from hosting a weekly songwriting circle in New York City for five years.
“There are times in your life when you’re in flow,” Muller says, “when there is nothing but joy and love in your heart, and everything feels like it is meant to be. You’re completely relaxed, but energized and aware at the same time. To me, success in life is about being in that state as often as possible.”
- Pirate AssociationPirate AssociationColleen Murphy is a songwriter, performer and visual artist from Denver Colorado. She & her “Pirate Associate” Joe Swatzki Are thrilled to be writing and recording songs for Sove of Love. “I feel service is important, but wanted to do something meaningful, this makes me feel happy and creative too!”With their 5 piece band Bottlerocket Hurricane, Colleen & Joe are often playing around the front range and mountains.Colleen is a muralist/artist around Denver and her art is currently featured at Kind Mtn Collective in Idaho Springs & Westside 40 in the newly developing Grand County arts district. She has written 2 books on self actualization, “Fairytale Endings” for tweens and “Soul Songs” for adults.When not playing music or doing art you can find them with their spotted dog friend Rawlee D Spotzki, playing in the mountains of Hot Sulphur Springs.Please check out our Instagram pages @colleensbanjo @bottlerockethurricaneAnd fb pages
- Philip ClaymanPhilip Clayman
Philip Clayman has been a songwriter for Songs of Love since early 2007. After graduating from high-school in his home state of Maine, Philip moved to the Washington DC area. Shortly thereafter, Phil formed the rock band Sev, in which he was the lead singer and songwriter. Sev’s popularity quickly rose both locally and nationally, with Sev winning several awards and contests, signing a deal with Geffen Records and shooting a commercial for Pepsi. Philip spent many years on the road playing concerts and creating music. Deciding to take a break from it all and complete his undergraduate degree, Philip moved to Williamsburg, VA where he is now a junior at The College of William and Mary. Philip is studying Music, Business, and Finance. Along with being a songwriter for Songs of Love, Philip is involved in many charity and community organizations. Philip is the proud parent of two wonderful pugs, Boz and Annabel Lee.
- Ralph Kotkov crewRalph Kotkov crew
Ralph Kotkov has written songs which have been featured on The Captain Kangaroo Show. He also collaborated on songs which have been recorded by such artists as, Odyssey, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and Frances Black. He was keyboard player for the band Chrysalis in the late 1960’s; he performed and recorded with them on their album “Definition”which was reissued on CD. He has performed in and around NYC and continues to do so.
Ralph and Fran Kotkov began writing for Songs of Love in 1996. Fran brought home the Village Voice one day and an ad, asking if songwriters wanted to make a difference in the lives of chronically and terminally ill children, intrigued Ralph. When Ralph and Fran, explained to their 8 year old daughter, Gabrielle, that the song was for a 5 month old baby girl with cancer, Gabrielle asked “Daddy, can I sing the song?”. She sang the song over the phone to John Beltzer, president of Songs of Love, who enthusiastically approved her requested performance on the recording, exclaiming: “Have you ever made a grown man cry?” Eighteen years and over 200 songs later, Gabrielle continues to sing songs monthly for Songs of Love children and their families. With her friend Lael Van Kueren ( who performed in Sister Act on Broadway as well as having a featured role when the show toured the U.S.) Gabrielle and Lael enthusiastically and lovingly contribute to the arrangements and create their vocal performances and harmonies on each song they do. Fran continues to write lyrics with Ralph for many of the songs. Ralph is currently producing an album of children’songs which will feature Gabrielle and Lael.
- Raye Cole
- Robert PorembskiRobert Porembski
Legendary songwriter and producer Van Dyke Parks has said:
“Bob’s ecumenical approach to music – his understanding of popular idioms, how they are developed and exploited – and his fundamental discipline in literary musical works give him an informed enthusiasm in the focus of songwriting. Bob Porembski… is contributing to our American musical heritage”.
Universal Music songwriter/recording artist, TV composer, performer, music producer and music educator, Bob has taught music business, independent record production and music publishing for over twenty years at Mercy College, New York University and Queensborough College.
He was commissioned by Universal Music to write and record a series of children’s songs.
His song, “Feelin’ More Like Christmas” is an international seasonal TV hit, performed worldwide, that has been featured on the CBS daytime drama, “The Young and the Restless”, USA Networks’ “Twelve Days of Christmas Eve”, BRAVO and the TRIO Networks.
Bob has written TV music for the CBS drama, “The Young and the Restless”, “Pawn Stars”, “Duck Dynasty”, “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative”, “American River Renegades”, as well as Special Olympics (official theme song, “Take A Hand, Make A Friend”), HBO, Rocher Candy, The Oxygen Network (his song, “Good Morning, I Love You” was featured on the cutting edge comedy, “Good Girls Don’t”) and the SPIKE TV mini-series “Invasion Iowa”. His “Jungle Friends”, was featured on The Learning Channel’s award-winning documentary, “A Face for Yulce”.
Because Bob believes strongly in the healing power of music, he performs regularly at hospitals, nursing homes and schools with his group, “The Bobby Guitar Rock & Roll Review”, bringing rock and roll music to those who would otherwise not be able to experience it. His experience with the elderly and the infirm has proven to him that rock & roll is the strongest medicine against the assault of age and illness.
As the supervising faculty member of the internship program at Mercy College he regularly acts as mentor to students aspiring to be in the music business. He believes that “the music business is not learned from a book but from other people in the business.”
Bob is the owner of Robert Porembski Music, a full service music production house in NYC.
He is also the musical director for “Larger Than Life” – the ultimate boy band experience. Their last performance was in front of 20,000 people for The City of White Plains New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.
His current “World Tour” included performances at the famed Cavern Club (birthplace of The Beatles) in Liverpool, England and The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.
Bob has a Master’s degree in Music Technology from New York University. He is an ordained minister of music and a Doctor of Divinity. He is also a member of The Cathedral Prep High School Sports Hall of Fame.
- Roger TomhaveRoger Tomhave
Dr. Roger D. Tomhave is an Associate Professor in Studio Art, Design, and Art History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. In his other life as a singer/songwriter, Dr. Tomhave is a 2016 Finalist in the Americana/Country category of the International Indie Awards for his co-write song with Jan Garrett and Carole Tomhave, Homemade and Handed Down. He is a previous finalist for the 2011 and 2012 Posi-Awards, 2010 WAMMIES, and 2010 and 2011 International Indie Award Honorable Mentions in the Contemporary Folk category. Dr. Tomhave has been a singer/songwriter for many years. Along with numerous co-writing partners including Melinda Wood Allen, Robert Anderson, Claudia Carawan, Jazz Christianson, Jan Garrett, Dan Johnson, Anji Kat, Tom Kimmel, J.D. Martin, Richard, Mekdeci, Sky Nelson, Harold Payne, Sue K. Riley, Glen Roethel, and wife and songwriting partner, Carole Tomhave, and a host of other friends including the band New Day, he has published Let There Be Light, a songbook of 20 original songs, as well as two previous CDs, Now I Begin and Let There Be Light. His latest CD, Homemade and Handed Down, produced by J.D. Martin, highlights the best of Roger’s storytelling, co-writing collaborations, rich melodic lines, and J.D. Martin’s beautiful arrangements. Homemade and Handed Down is a must have for your Posi-music library!
- Ross OrensteinRoss OrensteinAn award winning children's songwriter, Ross started his children’s songwriting career licensed by National Crime Prevention Council to write music for McGruff the Crime Dog. He followed that up by creating his own character, the Safety Ape. The Safety Ape was licensed by Liberty Mutual Insurance for a Radio Disney Tour to teach children important injury prevention messages using music as the messenger. Ross produced a puppet production on reading and literacy for Coca-Cola and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) for their Story Traveler Tour featuring his original music. His current project is producing a children’s show with Eco the Butterfly and The Eco Team puppets as a partner in Music as Message. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival.
- Ryan FineRyan Fine
Ryan Fine is 20 years old singer-songwriter from Cincinnati, OH. Ryan is getting his degree in Commercial Music Production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He loves performing, recording, and even playing soccer with his friends!
- Sam HensleySam Hensley
Sam currently travels full-time, playing, teaching, and leading music for teenagers in the Episcopal Church.
- Sarah GoddenSarah Godden
Sarah Godden is a pop songwriter and producer from Melbourne Australia. Her background as a performer and all round musician enables her to be a one woman team and when she composes a track for Songs of Love she can call on herself to play all the instruments, do all the singing and record and mix the final product!
In addition to her work within the local and international pop music industry, she is very honored to be also able to work for the Songs of Love team, finding it both creatively and personally fulfilling to be able to create these little gifts of music for brave and special children who need it the most.
- Savannah LynneSavannah Lynne
Savannah Lynne grew up on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands of Maui and Kauai. Her love of country music brought her from Hawaii to Los Angeles and onward to Nashville, TN. She started writing songs at the age of 10 and by the age of 14, Savannah Lynne has played or is booked at such iconic venues as Bluebird Cafe, Whiskey A-Go-Go, The House of Blues, and Dodger Stadium, Topanga Days, OC Fair and many more. Savannah Lynne has received the “2013 Best Country Teen Artist Award” presented by the Indie Music Channel. She also won multiple contests including a Nationwide contest against 1,300 bands on ReverbNation in 2013. In 2013 she has devoted herself to various charities around the US and sang at over 40 large charities, including Susan G Komen, Walk MS, Reaching for the Cure, and many more amazing Charities. She is honored to be a writer with “Songs of Love” Foundation, writing and recording songs for chronically and terminally ill children across the country
- Mike & Netha SchrimpfMike & Netha Schrimpf
Mike Schrimpf has been a professional musician (keyboards & harmonica), producer, arranger, songwriter, engineer and owner of SMS Productions and Recording Studio for over 30 years. He has written and recorded many songs for major artists, TV and radio commercials as well as soundtracks for films. Mike has a special love for arranging, producing and playing music. Mike recorded and performed with Conway Twitty for 13 years and also performed with Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Janie Fricke, Steve Wariner and Joe Diffie, just to name a few!
Mike’s wife Netha has been a session singer in Nashville for over 20 years singing on many demo’s, master recordings and radio and TV jingles. She has opened for Reba McIntire, Vern Gosdin, John Conlee and sang backgrounds for Christy Lane. Their 15-year-old son Jordan, also adds his special touch in the studio playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin and piano. Jordan participated in the Berklee College of Music 5 week Summer Performance Program where he received a scholarship to study jazz. And of course we cannot forget the greatest studio dog in the world, their beloved dog, Allegro!
- Scott AaronsonScott Aaronson
Scott Aaronson is a Los Angeles based self-taught guitarist and musician, as well as a singer, songwriter, lyricist, arranger, producer, actor, photographer, and even a professional chef! This well-rounded artist’s CD “Show Me” was originally released in 2006, and the title track is a wonderful, multi-layered, soaring love song with a deep, rich melody. With a style described as indie, acoustic, folk rock, and folk pop, Scott’s sound is warm, personal, and inviting. The song “I’m Leaving,” which was featured on the FX Network’s award-winning show, Rescue Me, is an atmospheric, mood-setting piece, that mid-way through, turns into a powerful and perfectly performed duet heard at soul-level.
The samples of new music can be found at http://www.scottaaronson.net featuring several instrumental tracks, scores and commercially driven music as well as his previously released album “Show Me”. There is also the lighthearted “Billy Black Corn Nut,” a combination folk/country tale about a Delta boy with a mixed up family. Scott Aaronson is a very talented artist whose name will surely become familiar to us all.
- Sheira BrayerSheira Brayer
Sheira Brayer, whose name means ‘song’ (thanks Mom and Dad!) is a professional songwriter with a special talent for children’s music, theme songs, jingles and a category she likes to call “Inspirational Pop”. She heads up Cree8 Music (a division of The Cree8 Group) where she oversees a variety of musical projects.
Sheira got to live her dream job as the lead composer and singing voice for the character “Sheira” in ‘Sheira and Loli’s Dittydoodle Works’, a highly acclaimed Emmy-nominated live action children’s series for Public Television that teaches life skills to children. Sheira has written and/or co-written (with her identical twin) over 180 original songs for the show’s 40-episode library and has had the honor of working with some of the music industry’s most accomplished artists including co-writing several songs with Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Emmy winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, as well as multi-Grammy winner Chaka Khan, a recurring character in the show who recorded one of Sheira’s songs.
Besides “Dittydoodle Works” Sheira’s been involved with several other music-based projects that she’s very proud of, including having her song “We’re All The Same” performed at the Vets Rock Concert(featuring the Broadway Youth Ensemble) as well as writing “Lift You Up”, the theme song for The Gift Of Laughter Program, a joint venture between The Friar’s Foundation and The Wounded Warriors, to lift the spirits of and give hope to wounded soldiers who have sacrificed so much for our country.
To hear more go to: www.reverbnation.com/sheirabrayer
- Sonshine & BroccoliSonshine & Broccoli
Lisa Sonshine and Brock (Broccoli) Burford have been entertaining parents and their children for over a decade. Graduates of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Program, Lisa and Brock have combined their musical talent, infectious enthusiasm and love of children to form one of Toronto’s most popular children’s musical acts. Sonshine and Broccoli have entertained kids of all ages across the Country!
- Rick & Stacy DeLimaRick & Stacy DeLima
Rick and Stacy DeLima live in Nashville, TN. Rick has owned and operated the Headroom Studio since 1994. Together, Stacy and Rick work with many artists and songwriters. Stacy lost a brother to Leukemia when she was a child, so writing for Songs of Love is very near and dear to her heart. The DeLimas find it truly rewarding to be able to offer the gift of music and to be involved in such a wonderful cause.
- Stan StewartStan StewartStan Stewart is also known as Muz4Now - with good reason. This multi-talented musician is a sort of "Jack of All Trades" when it comes to providing music for his clients. He can craft one of a kind piano pieces customized for any occasion or provide a musical interlude for guests during an event. While spontaneity is his strong suit, Stan's catalog of covers will please crowds from small coffee houses to pubs to weddings.
- Stan SwiniarskiStan Swiniarski
Stan has been writing for Songs of Love for many years. He is an award-winning songwriter, instrumentalist and producer. Stan’s debut CD “Mexico” (2004) charted on the Americana Music and the Roots Music Report radio airplay charts. He has been a finalist in a number of songwriting competitions, including The Grassy Hill Kerville New Folk and the Mountain Stage. He is also a former Assistant Professor at Berklee college of music in Boston, MA as well as composing for film and TV, having placements on many of the cable networks. In addition to his musical life, Stan has had an exciting professional career in software, and is currently the CEO of iPayMyWay, Inc, who have created a mobile application called $hare which facilitates mobile giving of charitable donations and gratuities.
- Steffani BennettSteffani Bennett
- Steve GarskofSteve Garskof
A lifelong musician, Steve has been telling musical stories for as long as he can remember. He is honored and humbled to join the Songs of Love family… sharing his experience, talents, and love of music to bring comfort and joy to children and teens in need. According to Steve – “Virtually anything can be conveyed through lyrics and music”. He has been a professional songwriter for 20 years, and, on the local scene plays in several bands in the Tampa Bay, Florida area – covering virtually all genres from Pop to Bluegrass!
- Steve Mark/TFJSteve Mark/TFJ
’ve been writing for Songs of Love for ten years now. Over the past three years, I’ve teamed up with members of my old college band TFJ. Each June we converge from all over the country to record songs for two kids.
- Steve SchuffertSteve Schuffert
Steve Schuffert is a songwriter from Nashville who’s songs have been recorded by ‘the living legend’ George Jones, Kenny Rogers, T. Graham Brown, Tommy Castro and others. He has also released seven CD’s with his own band “The Steve Schuffert Band” in Europe and has toured extensively there.
- The SunflowersThe Sunflowers
The Sunflowers are Terri Taylor and Michael Taylor Fontaine, two seasoned performers whose credits range from appearing on Broadway, network TV series, variety shows, and movies for television, to performing on theatre and variety stages all over the United States and in six foreign countries. After the release of their CD/board book, "C'mon an' Swing in My Tree!," illustrated by Giselle Potter, in 2005, they quickly became one of Southern California's top live kids and family music acts. They have since released a second CD, "Porcupine Parade," and are currently working on a third album. The Sunflowers are now very happy to reside in Portland, Oregon, where Michael also teaches at Oregon Children's Theatre
- Tamika & Jonathan DunningTamika & Jonathan Dunning
Award winning, producing, songwriting and singing team Tamika and Jonathan Dunning. The duo’s highly acclaimed debut album “All I Am” won R&B/Soul Album of the Year 2014 and the hit single “Why” was nominated for R&B Song of the Year. The couple launched an independent record label, MGE Records, in 2013 and will release their sophomore album in early 2015.
- Tanya the WriterTanya the Writer
Tanya the Writer is a singer, songwriter and Blogger with a heart for the community. She also founded the Write Life campaign to educate the public on the value of music education and positive music. The campaign for youth encourages positive thinking and empowerment, while raising moral and building life skills.
- Thomas JonesThomas Jones
Thomas Jones has been writing music since he was eight years old. A graduate of Ithaca College, Thomas has attended graduate music school at the University of Southern California and Rutgers University. He currently is studying composition with composer Tim Broege.
Thomas has played keyboard for the Party Dolls (partydolls.com) for the past 14 years, They are one of the premier girl groups playing throughout the country, doing music from Motown to Madonna. He has recorded and performed extensively with many well known artists. He produces other artist’s projects as well and has recorded many radio and TV commercials.
He also has a web site called kiddytunes.com, where you can draw pictures, and listen to music samples from his Colors for Kidz CD. There are more CD’s finished and on the way. Thomas loves to write personalized songs. Can he write one for you?
- Timmer BlakelyTimmer Blakely
As a song writer, I write and record songs for Songs of Love. I am also a staff song writer for Columbia River Records. And one of my side projects is that I write and record custom songs for individuals and special occasions. I am currently in the middle of production on my first solo c.d. which is expected to be released by the end 2007.
As a performer, I am the bassist and one of the vocalists for the Jim Mesi Band, staff session bassist for Viking studios, and owner of Oasis Studios. Some other notable artists that I have performed with are Ry Cooder, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Mark Lindsey (Paul Revere and the Raiders), Jeff Healey, Jimmy Thackery, Geoff Achison’s Souldigger Band, Collin James, Robbie Laws, the late Paul DeLay, Terry Evans, and D.K. Stewart. In addition to performing with the Jim Mesi band, I also perform with local area worship teams, work as a session bassist in local area studios, and fill in for a number of local and regional bands.
I teach bass and music theory at Ape Over Music and my home, both located in Vancouver, Washington. My lessons cover all aspects of bass playing from music theory, basses role in music, technique, equipment, and just about anything else bass related. I maintain a roster of approximately 30 weekly students year round.
When I’m not working, I spend my time with my son Timothy, my girlfriend Paula, her children Blaine, Jordan, and Randi, and my parents Tim and Linda. In the summer I enjoy riding my Honda Spirit motorcycle with Paula, and fishing and camping with my family. I am an insatiable reader and some of my favorite authors include Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Michael Crichton. My primary life goal is to leave this world a better place because of my being here and to have a positive effect and influence on as many lives as possible before my time is through.
- Travis TroutTravis Trout
I am 27 years old, born in Bristow, Oklahoma and currently live in Nashville, Tennessee. Music plays a very big role in my life. It’s my passion, obsession, job, and therapy. I write and produce personalized songs for a wonderful organization, The Songs Of Love Foundation, and I run a home based recording studio. I am currently pursuing a music career in writing, performing and producing my own personal visions. I love playing the guitar – I have been playing for about 12 years and, believe it or not, I learned to play on an all original 1962 white Fender Stratocaster. I have not had lessons but music seemed to always just come to me very naturally. There’s a lot of great musicians in my family.
I have a new three piece band called PERCEPTION, I am the lead singer and guitar player and I also write and arrange the songs for the band. We are currently playing around locally. We recently played Octoberfest and opened up for Mark Wills at a block Party in Franklin, TN. I also record and produce album projects with my brother Chad Trout. I am a songwriter and guitar player who loves producing music. My take on my original songs comes from my soul, I try not to put limits on the style and genre it falls into. I think that good music is good music no matter what you call it.
- Wendy LevineWendy Levine
Wendy Levine is a lyricist in New York City. She has written the book and lyrics to several children’s shows, which have been performed Off-Broadway. As a playwright her work has been produced in regional theaters. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in several magazines. She collaborates frequently with Alex Forbes on Songs of Love.
- River Hill HighschoolRiver Hill Highschool
The Songs of Love Club at River Hill Highschool
Being a club new to our school, we are still working on enlisting other talented individuals. Most of our club members are enrolled in River Hill’s Guitar class and Music Technology class but we are actively recruiting more students from other disciplines. We are grateful to have a well-developed music technology facility taught by our award-winning teacher, Mr. Richard McCready. Our ultimate goal is to continue making meaningful songs for the children and possibly spread the idea among other high schools with blossoming Music Technology programs. We founded this club at our school because we wanted to musically connect with children our age or children the age of our siblings. We hope that other programs in the future may appreciate this unique connection.
- Wes PickeringWes Pickering
Wes Pickering is a songwriter, recording artist, and speaker from Baton Rouge who has been sharing music with those around him since he was just a little kid. Wes spent most of his childhood years with his parents doing full-time missions work in the Netherlands where he learned how to play piano and drums, speak Dutch, and play soccer. In the late 90’s he moved to North Carolina and began playing guitar and writing songs. Since then, Wes has been writing nonstop. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville TN, he decided to stay and make music his full-time profession and has been playing concerts, leading worship, and speaking across the US with audiences and congregations both young and old. When he’s not playing music, Wes can be found hanging out with his dog Esther and cheering on the LSU Tigers.
For more info, visit http://wespickering.com
- Will WilliamsWill Williams
Just want to keep the peace of the earth with the magic of integration that music brings. It’s the only language I feel I can pour my whole heart out with. I appreciate all genres of music and consider that to be an essential recipe for depth in any one genre. With this concept, I share my life’s interpretation of all good things in the form of music for my heart that translates into my gift for others.
- William SherryWilliam Sherry
William Sherry, Jr. has been a resident of Nashville, Tennessee for 17 years and during his time there has written and produced hundreds of songs. In addition to songwriting he has composed many jingles, scored several movies and short films and has written music for television. His compositions have been heard on the Big D and Bubba show, CNN, FOX, G4, The Fizz, Salon, and Comedy Central. William also has a national CD release with RSU on Dualtone Records which he produced and on which he performs. He has also worked with Gretchen Wilson, Jeff Bates and Taylor Made. In addition, he owns and runs his own studio and production company.
William feels blessed and honored to be involved with Songs of Love for over 5 years now and has written and produced over 700 Songs of Love for the organization. He is also a Music Messenger at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
William lives with his wife and daughter in the heart of Nashville.
Wordsmith is an independent HipHop Artist hailing from Baltimore, MD. His style can be defined as a mix of the Golden Era of HipHop with the commercial appeal of today. Opening his independent label, NU Revolution Entertainment LLC along with his 24/7 website, Revolt Radio, in 2009 he originally caught the attention of critics within Hip Hop circles by teaming with the legendary Chubb Rock for the release of their “Bridging the Gap” album during the same year. Wordsmith took the buzz from Bridging the Gap and released his solo debut “Vintage Experience” in 2009 and followed that in 2012 with his life lesson album titled “King Noah”. 8 of the songs (Never be the Same, Eye for the Spotlight, Essence of Life, Voice of the World, We Do It Better, Music for the Masses, Grudges & Growing Pains & On My Job) off the project were licensed to several major companies like ESPN, NFL Network, MLB Network, PGA Tour, CiCi’s Pizza, 2012 Wake Games & more.
- Zawezo Del’PatioZawezo Del’Patio
With the power of one – himself – Zawezo is establishing a new Latino wave. His solo debut album, El Circo takes you through almost every human emotion both in English and Spanish interchanging the two cultures musically to the point where they become one unique sound: Zawezo Del’Patio. Born in the Dominican Republic, Alex Garcia, p.k.a. Zawezo Del’Patio, found himself passionate about music at an early age. As a child, Zawezo enjoyed listening to American hip hop, such as Naughty by Nature, Wu Tang Clan, and MC Hammer. Acts like Michael Jackson inspired him to discover and explore all music. Although he did not speak English, he soon learned how to sing every word and dance every step he saw in American videos. Zawezo realized that he was born to pursue a career in music. At 19, Zawezo came to the United State to live. Now living in the Bronx, NY Zawezo became acquainted with local musicians and rapidly learned to speak English. It was in the Bronx streets, the birthplace of Hip Hop ,that Zawezo met his recording partner of 6 years, Sensato, and together they created the group Del’Patio. Quickly they became recognized as a major player in the underground urban hip-hop movement of New York. They broke ground in the industry as one of the only groups at that time singing and rapping in Spanish. Their hit single, “Watagatapitusberry,”, which was later remixed by Pitbull and Lil Jon, taught Zawezo lessons about the business of music that made him decide to become the power of one and launch his solo career.