Thomas McDonoughOwner, Host of the Dcap & Welcome to the D shows
Jay StuartMusic Consultant
Jack EndinoMusic Consultant & Producer
Maurice “Pirahnahead” HerdMusic Consultant & Producer
Bruce W. JacksonVP of RL Recordings
Ben “Cozmo D” CenacMusic Consultant & Producer
Mark CalderonMusic Consultant
Jennifer PaigeMusic Consultant
Stacey BladesMusic Consultant
Anita WilsonMusic Consultant
Chris HanzsekMusic Producer
Tony ScalzoMusic Consultant
Arnel PinedaMusic Consultant
Nick LippmanMusic Consultant
Glen KolotkinProducer & Music Consultant
Marv “Woody” WoodA&R and Social Media
Konrad WallerAssistant A&R & Social Media
Mark HubbardMusic Consulant
Amanda BrooksWelcome to the D TV Show Cohost
John HillHead of Urban Development
Dani FeltA&R & Social Media
Robert WaxSongwriter, Magazine Writer, Editor
Craig MacintyreMusic Consultant
Pete ThompsonProducer & Music Consultant
Steve LynchMusic Consultant
Teri CooperA&R Coordinator & Administrator, Magazine Staff Writer
Orion JamesSongwriter & Producer, Head of A&R
Michael FlorealeMusic Consultant
Tony “T.Money” GreenMusic Consultant & A&R
Mark KassaVP of Operations
Tara MadejA&R & Social Media, Producer & Host on Welcome to the D TV Show
Charlene OliverA&R & Music Consultant
Scott PageMusic Consultant
Ted MasonMusic Consultant & Producer
Janet Gardner & Justin JamesMusic Consultants
Keith MackMusic Consultant
Sandy GennaroA&R & Music Consultant
Ronneca SanchezA&R Social Media and Marketing
Alex RamirezRL Recordings Intern
Melanie De VincentiisIntern A&R, Production, & Marketing
Edward LantagneRL Recordings Intern A&R & Artist Management
Tashaira RankinRL Recordings Intern A&R & Production
Jillian StecIntern RL Recordings
Ashlee RobinsonIntern A&R, Marketing & Social Media
Meghan WardIntern RL Recordings
Natasha GoreyMagazine Staff Writer
Joanna GerberdingIntern RL Recordings & Music Player Magazine
Kennedy ErhartIntern RL Recordings
Olivia LopezIntern A&R, Social Media & Production
Rafael AtkinsA&R & Table Top Records
Marcellus AtkinsA&R & Head of White Lion Audio
Dawn AustinIntern A&R, Social Media & Production
Gabriel E. CameroAssistant Lead Editor
Zac LavenderSong Writer
Nate GunterIntern for RL Recordings
Sam FriskeIntern A&R, Marketing & Production
David EmmettA&R & Social Media
Sophia AslanidesSocial Media Marketing
Thomas McDonough has been involved in the music industry since 1995 and Owned WROM Radio Detroit and WROM Records that was partnered with MI-5 Records/Universal Music Group. WROM Radio originated in Detroit, MI, as a passion project in 2010. McDonough’s novel approach to radio, complimenting celebrity interviews with independent music of all genres, was uncharted territory. This approach has allowed independent artists to receive the exposure and resources necessary to ensure the greatest amount of success as possible while providing established celebrities with a unique platform to express ideas.
McDonough officially started building the WROM Radio Detroit network from the ground up in late 2010. As a native of the Detroit area, McDonough has always held music hailing for the motor city in high regard. Although, a sudden and steep introduction to the music world during the late 1990s is what opened McDonough’s eyes to the vast possibilities of radio, ultimately leading him to explore and thrive in the internet radio market. It is McDonough’s well sought after discernment along with his unique insight that has helped him craft WROM into a media powerhouse. After closing the doors on WROM Radio & Records, he spent the next two years co-hosting the show, This Moment in Time. McDonough has now started a new show, called The Dcap show, here in Detroit and opened the record label RL Recordings here in Detroit. He also hosts a TV Show, called Welcome to the D, on My Jam Music TV Network. He has also opened Music Player Magazine, which launches Jan. 2019. He is also a panelist on the music showcase, NEXT SHOWCASE.
Currently head of Marketing and Promotion for The Wu-Tang Clan’s label “Protect ya Neck Digital” Jay Stuart aka “The A&R of the Underground & The Sponsor of the Streets” was born September 12th 1978 in the Sedgwick and Cedar area of the Bronx on w176th Street. He was around during DJ Kool Hercs starting of Hip Hop. Living in the mecca of Hip Hop for over 30 years Jay has music in his blood and feels a sense of responsibility towards keeping it pure. After working 10 years in music as a Project and Event Promoter, as well as Radio Executive Producer Jay saw the good, bad and ugly the music business had to offer and decided to start Jay Stuart Productions. This company’s main objective is to provide funding and support to unsigned artists looking to get into the music business by providing them with such things as venues where artists can perform and make money, global promotion to over 10 million people worldwide via Jay Stuarts global blast list, opening performances for some of today’s top artists, Their music sold in stores worldwide, Sponsorship for their projects and events from companies like Clique Vodka, Monster Energy Drink, Cuba Libre Rum & Cola, Ravykel Fashion, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and many other services that helps artists build their budgets and promote themselves on a large scale.
Jay Stuart currently works with over 200 artists, several Indie record labels, corporations that look for new projects to sponsor worldwide, and over 100 media outlets (TV,Online,Print,Radio). Jay Also was a writer for DipStick Magazine. Jay’s main goal is to help bridge the gap between the unsigned and the majors. Being A distant cousin of legendary rapper LL Cool J and Gospel Group Mary Mary Jay works with labels and artists from all genres of music from rap to reggae, from pop to alternative and with each project will bring you only the best music in the world. Jay’s artist ACStyle who he manages has been on the Billboard Charts for 20 weeks and counting thanks to Jay’s promotional and marketing skills.
I’m a record producer, recording engineer, mixer, and musician from Seattle. Since 1986 I’ve worked on over 500 records for bands from 14 countries on 4 continents. You have probably heard one or two of these records.
I graduated from Seattle’s U of W in 1980 with a BSEE, worked for the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA for a few years, then moved back to Seattle in 1984 and started recording bands, and refuse to stop.
I was “the guy in the engine room” during the early voyages of the battleship “Grunge” in the late 80s. Many of the early releases that put Seattle label Sub Pop on the map have my name on them; Mudhoney, Nirvana, TAD, Soundgarden, L7, Mark Lanegan, Hot Hot Heat, etc. Somehow I also found time to play guitar in a band called Skin Yard; we made 5 albums between 1985 and 1992, some on a subsidiary (Cruz Records) of the legendary SST label.
Just as Skin Yard ended in 1992, Seattle music exploded worldwide, and I began producing records full time, which I am still doing, although I never entirely stopped playing in bands, as a drummer, or a bassist, or (mostly) a guitarist/vocalist. Most of my Seattle work currently takes place at a studio called Soundhouse. As of 2018 I am also doing more mixing and especially mastering.
My most recent work can always be found at the top of my chronological Production Discography. Since nowadays no one gets producer credits with digital downloads, you may see quite a few records that you didn’t know I worked on.
My third solo album “Permanent Fatal Error” was released in early 2006. My fourth album “Set Myself On Fire,” will hopefully be released someday.
I continue doing 24/7 what I love most: “making” music, both other people’s, and my own.
Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd
Maurice ‘Pirahnahead’ Herd is one of Detroit’s true ambassadors of music; No matter what genre, he is interwoven into the very fabric of Detroit’s musical and historical tapestry. From the age of two, music became his life’s mission. At that young age he learned piano (from his mother), then guitar and bass, thus becoming a session musician, which formed a young producer from his observations in those sessions. Though he is a multi-faceted instrumentalist, he is the current guitarist and musical director for Les Nubians, yet has toured with various acts, including factions of the P-Funk All-Stars, such as Enemy Squad, which toured with Bernie Worrell, and Bad Brains, opened for Morris Day and The Time, Fishbone, Buddy Miles, Isaac Hayes. He has performed at Woodstock, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival (with Diviniti), and has had the honor to share the stage with high caliber musicians; Don Was, Amp Fiddler, Allee Willis, and Kern Brantley.
Maurice ‘Pirahnahead’ Herd is a String Arranger who employs real orchestral musicians who read sheet music – not keyboards or virtual instruments. Although formally educated in Wayne State University’s Music Department by Matt Michaels and Norah Duncan IV, he is the music copyist for the legendary MOTOWN™ arranger Paul Riser (arranger on more hits than The Beatles); which gives him the ‘old school’ edge he offers the current music industry. He also hails McKinley Jackson (The Temptations Musical Director), Dr. Augustus Hill (Director of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale), the late Johnny Allen (Stax Records; ‘Shaft’), and the late Bernie Worrell (P-Funk) for his education.
In 2016, Pirahnahead arranged and conducted strings for Hip-Hop royalty De La Soul’s album ‘And The Anonymous Nobody,’ which earned a GRAMMYTM Nomination in 2017, Here, he accompanies Jill Scott on the intro and outro of the album, and other cuts with Snoop Dagg, Estelle, and Pete Rock. Also, he arranged strings for Mali Music’s ‘Loved by You (ft. Jazmine Sullivan)’ and ‘Still’ which earned a GRAMMYTM Nomination in 2018. He has done arrangements for many notable R&B acts, The Foreign Exchange, Brandon Williams, Shaun Martin (of snarky puppy), Hip Hop Producer Nick Speed and Carmen Rodgers, and EDM acts Tom Glide, Shuya Okino, Quentin Harris, DJ Spinna, and Clara Hill.
Since the early 1980’s, Maurice ‘Pirahnahead’ Herd has worked toward being the musically driven individual he is today. A record producer/engineer with 30 years experience, he still uses the various techniques and knowledge he gained from many greats. He’s a ‘purist’ having learned the old-school way; threading tape machines, setting up microphones, and making coffee, Learning at the Recording Institute of Detroit in 1990 prepared him to become chief engineer at Studio 707 in Lansing, Ml – which led the charge in Analog/Digital hybrid recording rooms in 1992. Since he has engineered at the infamous United Sound Systems and is currently at Al Sutton’s Rustbelt Studios (which just rebirthed Rock & Roll with the band Greta Van Fleet [Lava-Republic / Universal)
Produced by Pirahnahead, Diviniti’s ‘Find A Way’ became a dancefloor anthem in 2004 and is still a staple. It was even sampled by The Foreign Exchange in ‘Asking For a Friend’ (Tales from the Land Of Milk & Honey, 2015). Since then, Pirahnahead has remixed for top-notch artists: Kem, Avery Sunshine, Marva King, and Lex Empress. Hailed by many DJ’s and tastemakers, he launched the label Whasdat Music in 2006 and released dancefloor gems by Diviniti, Arnold Jarvis, Carolyn Victorian, Carmen Rodgers, and Carolyn Harding. In 2014, he co-wrote the release “Everlasting Love” with Diviniti and Louie Vega which is featured on Louie Vega’s GRAMMY™ nominated album Louie Vega Starring XXXIV. Pirahnahead (also being a Funk & R&B/Soul producer) received a Detroit Music Award in 2017 for ‘outstanding EDM producer.’ Pirahnahead is now producing Les Nubians upcoming album, set to drop in 2018.
Bruce W. Jackson
Ben “Cozmo D” Cenac
Ben Cozmo D Cenac is a Brooklyn-born DJ & producer Ben Cenac’s career has spanned over 30 years, embracing a variety of genres, from Hip Hop and R&B to Electro and House, leaving several landmarks in each. Highly regarded for his role in pioneering electro group Newcleus with the huge 80’s hit “Jam on It”, Ben ‘Cozmo D’ Cenac later enjoyed international success with his jazzy, garage-inclined Sha-lor project.
You know the name from the chart-topping 90’s group Color Me Badd, but Mark Calderon has made a name for himself and is gearing toward a new generation.
Formed in 1985, Mark Calderon, Bryan Abrams, Sam Watters, and Kevin Thornton of Color Me Badd catapulted onto the Contemporary R&B scene with chart-topping hits such as “I Wanna Sex You Up”, “I Adore Mi Amor”, and “All 4 Love”. The group saw valued success with “I Wanna Sex You Up” on the Billboard Top 100 hitting #2, remaining there for 4 weeks, and on the Billboard Dance Charts at #1. Their next album, C.M.B., avoided the sophomore slump in 1991 by selling 6 million albums worldwide with both “I Adore Mi Amor” and “All 4 Love” hitting #1 on the Billboard Top 100. They saw themselves sitting among the greats on the charts, such as Paula Abdul, performing on some of the biggest stages, and even appearing on the hit TV show Beverly Hills 90210.
In 1998 the group made the decision to part ways, but their music and their commitment to the industry continued on throughout the years. After 12 years out of the spotlight, the group reemerged in 2010. In 2016, Mark Calderon and Bryan Abrams appeared alongside 90’s artist such as Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, TLC and Tone Loc for the I Love The 90’s Tour, as well as having the opportunity to perform on the first ever Ship Hop cruise, traveling to some of the most beautiful places in the world.
It was during these experiences, it became apparent to Mark that it was time to take a leap of faith, follow his passions, and step out as a solo artist. He knew he needed to “give it a chance and see what comes back.”
In August of 2018 Mark solidified the decision and began working on his first solo single, “It’s Like Good Sex” with co-writers Todd William Nystrom and Isaiah Pittman.
While Mark has loved performing and being with the rest of CMB, he loves the creative freedom that this solo venture is bringing. “It’s my time to explore on my own time and terms. It’s the freedom as an artist, a songwriter, an entertainer, and now it’s my time. I’m so excited about this new journey.” Along with this new solo opportunity, Mark will continue to pursue Color Me Badd featuring Mark Calderon.
Although an EP is not out of the question, Mark knows what he wants out of this endeavor. “I wanted to come out with a great song and put time into it, you know? Put that effort into one song and make it great.” Mark will go with the flow of releasing a new single every 2-3 months with a possible dip into other genres of music. His next single “Summer Life” will be ready to drop in July of 2019.
“It’s Like Good Sex” drops on May 16, 2019, and for Mark, this is just the beginning of a long-awaited journey that he is finally ready to share with the world.
Jennifer Paige originally rose to pop stardom in the late 90s, catapulted by a deal at Hollywood Records and the inescapable, guilty-pleasure hit “Crush,” which sold 11 million copies and went #1 in 16 countries. Paige toured the world in support of her self-titled debut album and its follow up, Positively Somewhere. Her third solo album, Best Kept Secret, featuring the hit “Beautiful Lie,” written and recorded with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, came out in spring 2008, but it was what happened at the very beginning of that year that was profoundly life-changing for Paige.
In January 2008, shortly after Paige had relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville, where her parents also lived, her mother passed away. Two weeks later, her father had a heart attack and died unexpectedly. “They were my biggest supporters, always cheering me on”, says Paige, “and it just took the wind out of my sails.” At the same time, she was diagnosed with Melanoma Cancer, and spent the year in and out of doctors’ offices, working for a full recovery, which eventually came.
For the first time in her life, Paige lost the desire to sing. “Music had always been such an anchor for me,” she says, “but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue putting myself through the challenges of an artist’s life while feeling so raw.”
She turned to behind the scenes work, digging deeper into her songwriting skills, creating music for commercials and diving into music-driven projects for major brands, such as Betty Crocker, Nissan, Bank of America, Overstock.com, and more.
Over time, Paige felt the heartache subside. She had always wanted to make a Christmas album, and Holiday – her first independent album – was released in late 2012. She gathered friends to play instruments and sing backgrounds, re-imagined classic carols, and a few new originals. In dipping her toe back into creativity, Paige reconnected with her passion for music, and how great it felt to simply sing. “When I say I believe in the healing power of music,” she says, “I know firsthand it’s true.”
Paige reinvented herself with Starflower, the deeply emotional, critically acclaimed album of synth-pop, and was noticed by Billboard.com, and others, as one of the Best Albums of 2017: Critics’ Picks.
Starflower was named for her daughter, Stella Rose, who was born in 2014. The creative process coincided with new motherhood for Paige, and she feels that the desire to find the balance of strong family life, while pursuing big dreams, is also represented in the songs.
Among the things that have brought Jennifer Paige to this moment is a lifetime of loving and making music. She cites the legendary Etta James as her all-time favorite singer and admires the greats, including George Michael and Annie Lennox (echoes of these artists can be heard running through Paige’s vocal style, though her sound is wholly her own).
With her own music, she started piano at age eight, and by age 10 she was playing in coffeehouses with her brother Chance in and around their hometown of Marietta, Georgia. In high school, she studied Voice, Dance, and Theater at the prestigious Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. By 18, she was touring the United States as lead singer with a professional Top 40 cover band.
It was an intensive and invaluable training ground for what would come next – a move to Los Angeles, a short stint as a working musician and singer, and then major music industry and global stage success.
“One thing leads to another,” says Paige. “I’m continuing my story with new music and new collaborations. I feel like that’s what creating is about – always looking to go deeper, and becoming more aware of life all around us.”
Paige celebrates 20 years in the music industry with a brand new remix of “Crush”, releasing on Quattro Music and Warner Records, May 31, 2019.
To learn more about her latest project, The Breakthrough Artist with Jennifer Paige, visit https://www.jenniferpaige.com/waitlist
With L.A. Guns, Stacey Blades has shared the bill with Alice Cooper, Whitesnake, The Scorpions, Dokken, Skid Row, Warrant, and more. He’s been around the world, created four albums with the legendary late producer Andy Johns and was on the bill of many prestigious music festivals including M3 (of which a live DVD of the show was released in January 2013). Blades has appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, Metal Edge, and Premier Guitar Magazine, to name a few. He is proudly endorsed by ESP Guitars, Crafter Guitars, and Crate Amplification.
In April of 2009, Blades wrote and published a revealing, and often-humorous, autobiography, “Snake Eyes–Confessions of a Replacement Rock Star.” The book received high marks from fans all over the world. In 2010, Blades also released his first ever solo instrumental album, “Symphonic Slam.” It is a remarkable collection of rocked-out classical numbers by Strauss, Bach, Handel, Beethoven and more.
Blades has a vast Music Production Library with Jason Donnelly for Music by Design. Their music can be heard on such TV hit shows like Duck Dynasty, Shark Week, The Wahlburgers, Pit Bulls and Parolees, to name a few. In the summer of 2016, Stacey performed a very successful tour with Bobby Blotzer’s, “Ratt,” playing arenas, amphitheaters, a sold-out London show, and headlined the “Hard Rock Hell” Festival in North Wales.
Blades’ new active rock band, Electric Radio Kings, is taking the nation by storm with the release of their new album, “Purrr,” produced by Metallica longtime engineer Mike Gillies.
Their upcoming single, Back to Black, hits airwaves nationally March 6th, 2019.
Chris Hanzsek is well known as the producer of the iconic “Deep Six” album that featured bands like Soundgarden, Skin Yard, the Melvins, and others. His mastering is second to none as he has an excellent ear for music, the latest gear and software, and is a great person to work with. His work is top notch, and we are happy to have his mastering services here at RL Recordings.
Tony Scalzo is an American rock musician, vocalist, and songwriter best known as a founding member of the band Fastball.
In 1994, Scalzo left his punk/pop group The Goods and decided to relocate to Austin, Texas to join the Beaver Nelson Band. However, he ended up leaving the group and helped form the band Fastball. The new group was composed of Scalzo and two of his former bandmates, Joey Shuffield and Miles Zuniga. Fastball signed onto Hollywood Records and began touring the country. Their second album had Top Ten hits in six different countries in the summer of 1998, and the album soon went platinum. Scalzo describes his success as being “a big homegrown thing.” Scalzo also wrote their hit song, “The Way.”
In 2013, Scalzo released his first studio album, My Favorite Year. It was engineered by Joe Blaney, who helped to engineer The Clash’s fifth album Combat Rock. Work on the album started in 2011. Some of the songs were co-written with his Fastball colleague Miles Zuniga and were intended to be Fastball tracks, but were not included in any of the band’s records. Scalzo is still in Fastball and plans to release a new record in 2019. He has four children Scarlett, Claudia, Gabriel, and Henry Scalzo.
Arnel Campaner Pineda is a famous Filipino singer and songwriter. He has recorded two albums on major labels, won a best vocalist award and played with multiple bands, as frequently as six days a week for 3-5 hour shows. Pineda achieved fame in his country during the 1980s and became an international singing sensation in 2007 when he joined the American rock band ‘Journey’ as its lead singer. Pineda’s childhood was unfortunate; he earned a living by taking on odd jobs like collecting and cleaning scrap metals, gathering waste glass bottles, newspapers, and selling them to recyclers. Even though he played in small bands for a while, Pineda’s luck changed when he was selected as the front man for the group ‘The Zoo.’ A series of YouTube videos including Pineda singing the famous American song, ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ brought him into the notice of Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who found his voice to be like that of the former Journey lead singer, Steve Perry’s. The band included Pineda, and since then the popularity of the group has skyrocketed.
It turned out that what was slow to come would be expedited by the magic of the internet. A fan uploaded his live video performances on YouTube, and the posting came at the right time. A legendary rock band was in search of a singer and, in their own words, they were desperate. Pineda was on YouTube singing their songs, and Journey stumbled upon an uncanny cover and more. As guitarist Neal Schon had mused, “he had to step away from the computer and let what he heard sink in his mind.” Few email exchanges and some phone calls ensued, and Pineda boarded a plane en route to San Francisco. Fate seems to have played a crucial role, as securing a visa entry to the United States is next to impossible in the Philippines, but the man who issued Arnel’s visa was the same guy he wowed on a previous gig. Like a smooth movie plot, everything fitted into their proper places, and his incredible journey has just begun.
For Pineda, his whole life has just been given a reboot. Everything reloads into a new start. He now embarks on a journey that will take him to different countries, theatres, and arenas. The task ahead can be mentally taxing and physically exhausting, yet there lies the challenge and excitement. As he has intimated before, he is out there to enjoy the fellowship, the celebration, and the legacy of a life he has embraced and has embraced him in return. His uphill climb was a tough one, but it had proved to be a worthy one. Twenty-five years of performing and this single year could well be the defining moment for Pineda. His brother supports Pineda, saying, “I have seen my brother pull through really tough times. While there may be hordes of unforeseen revelations, I can sense that he is up to the call of showcasing his talent and proving his worth. I believe 25 years are sufficient enough badge of achievements and proof, and the next 25 to come may just well be moments of validation.”
Nick Lippman is a Partner at Lippman Entertainment. He’s focused on guiding the company’s impressive artist and producer roster in today’s multi-faceted music business. His industry experience started with an internship at EMI Records at age 15. After, he enjoyed a successful stint at Interscope, before joining Lippman Entertainment in 2004. He was named a partner at Lippman Entertainment in 2014. Combining innate “record biz” acumen, a trailblazing spirit, and an informed understanding of digital trends, he set a new paradigm for multi-platinum pop-rock icons Matchbox Twenty in 2007. At Nick’s urging, the band became the first in history to sell a full-length album, Exile on Mainstream, on a USB wristband in the mass market. The record debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was quickly certified Gold. The group continues to sell wristbands at all live shows, allowing fans to purchase the audio of performance they just attended—a model soon adopted by Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, and others. Also, for that tour cycle, Nick also orchestrated a tie-in with Facebook and eHarmony where online daters went on their very first date at a show on the Exile tour. He continued pushing the envelope with Matchbox Twenty in 2012. Initiating a groundbreaking cross-promotion between the artist, Facebook, and Spotify, he launched a campaign incorporating the concept of “Timeline” and listeners’ memories of the group as setting up for the release of their latest record North.
The record would debut #1 on the Billboard Top 200—their first to do so in their 15-year career. Eventually, he helped grow the band’s social following to over 1.8 million fans in less than ten months. The digital rollout included a trend-setting artist app. This was the first time a band included both augmented reality and geo-fencing on tour to communicate directly with fans, an innovation lauded by Billboard in 2013. In setting up George Michael’s 2014 album Symphonica (a #1 debut in the UK and four other countries), Nick engineered a slick roll out. The artist’s web site underwent a “blackout,” inciting the fans to question his next move. Then, he launched an interactive app and unique events throughout the two weeks leading up to the album’s release. He also developed a groundbreaking “Digital Tour Book” that reinvigorates the classic tour program and pushes it online with modern technology. It started with Matchbox Twenty and was mass released in 2017.
Nick reintroduced Ryan Cabrera into the marketplace with a highly successful 2013 tour that showcased the artist to a new, younger audience. He created an online monthly charity event called “Live from Ryan’s Living Room,” which raised over $150,000 for various charities. In 2011, 360 Magazine included him among its “Top 100 Innovators, Intellectuals, Peacemakers, and Trendsetters” list with Bono, Jay-Z, Michelle Obama, and more. He received a 2012 nomination for Billboard Magazine’s “40 under 40′′. He built strategic partnerships with top startups like Co-Promote, one of Billboard’s “Top 10 Startups of 2011”, Daqri, one of Billboard’s “Top 10 Startups of 2013”, and 2014’s SXSW top 10 accelerators Fliptu. He also teamed with both G-TV and YouTube to create the MCN, G-TV Music.
In 2015 Nick started the technology Incubator Ava Jade, LLC. Ava Jade specializes in connecting amazing technology with the entertainment world emphasizing on the music industry. Nick sits on the Board of Advisors for fast-growing technology startups; Co-Promote, Crowdzilla, Ampsy, Top-Fan, Fan Flex, Gigmor, Rage-Onand Dreamchain. Dreamchain was Ava Jade’s first company working on the blockchain and in cryptocurrency. To date, each one of these companies has grown exponentially since Nick joined the respective teams.
In the summer of 2016, Nick introduced the world to the First Ever Hologram Selfie Experience, where fans who purchased VIP packages will have the opportunity to sing in real time next to Rob Thomas, both in Hologram form. Within minutes, the footage is emailed to the fan to share with friends, family, and on social media. This is truly a unique and once in a lifetime experience. This went off exceptionally well garnering enormous press from tier one outlets as well as fan satisfaction.
As well in the summer of 2016, Nick and his business partner/father, Michael, was featured in Billboard Magazine’s “From the Desk Of.” In the summer of 2017, Nick led the incredibly successful Matchbox Twenty “A Brief History of Everything Tour” with smart marketing and the ability to maximize playing off the band’s nostalgia. The band played to over 850,000 people during this run.
In 2017 and 2018 Nick grew the career of rapper Chris Webby from what was a decline to a height greater than his initial prime. With Nick at the helm, Webby got more than 70 million streams, did a partnership with Live Nation, doubled his touring guarantee and grew the financials almost 10x in less than two years. 2018 was also a big year. His client, 16-year-old Noah Urrea, is the star of the Simon Fuller created, Now United, who have toured the world and will continue to do so through the remainder of 2018. Juan Pablodi Pace got rave reviews singing the music of the late George Michael with an incredible symphony and was a finalist on the hit tv series Dancing with the Stars. You can also see Juan Pablo as “Fernando” on Netflix’s biggest show, Fuller House as well as on the Dancing with the Stars tour. In 2018 Nick also expanded Ava Jade, creating the Ava Jade Producer Incubator as well as the Ava Jade Artist Incubator. Nick partnered with acclaimed neuroscientist Dak Brandon and brought in multi-talented producers and writers to create a hit-making machine. Look for multiple drops in 2019 from the production side. Ava Jade also started a publishing entity and has partnered with RipTide and Urban & Lazar.
So far in January of 2019, Nick was able to secure both a record deal and publishing deal for Christian artist Jack Cassidy, who was on team Alicia on season 15 of The Voice. Rob Thomas is also releasing his 4th solo album and going on a World tour in support of it. Nick’s passion and acumen drive results and breeds loyalty. “It’s about understanding the transformation in the business and being proactive without being too eager,” he said. “Risk taking is inherent in show business, but as managers, we need to focus on taking calculated risks, that protect and impact artists, enhance the fan experience, and move the industry forward.”
Glen Kolotkin was awarded a Grammy for Santana’s “Supernatural” and has over 20 gold and platinum albums to his credit. Kolotkin has spent the last thirty-five years recording a myriad of artists who have helped to change the course of music. In addition to recording nine albums with Carlos Santana, he hit records such as “I LOVE ROCK & ROLL” By Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “ELECTRIC LADYLAND” by Jimi Hendrix and “Pearl” by Janis Joplin, to name a few.
Glen’s contributions began while working with artists such as Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Bob Segar, Rick Derringer, Pete Segar, Boz Skaggs, Al Kooper, The Talking Heads, The Paul Winter Consort, Les Dudek, The Guess Who, Pacific Gas & Electric, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Patti Labelle, Illionois Speed Press, Tito Puente, Eddie & Charlie Palmeri, Miriam Makeba, Chicago, Sly Stone, Neil Young, Robin Gibb, Arthur Fiedler, Sonny Rolens, John Mclaughlin, Lenny White, Kenny Garrett, Mongo Santamaria, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Tony Bennet, Buddy Miles, Moby Grape,Dave Mason, The Byrds, Gary Puckett, Tim Harden, Electric Flag, The Flying Burito Brothers, Jimmy Ruffin, Captain Beefheart, The Four Tops, The Ramones, Vernon Reid, Robert Palmer, Chuck Berry, Roberto Carlos, The Chambers Brothers, The Staple Singers, The Harlem Boys Choir, Miles Davis, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Mathis, Melanie, Tower Of Power, Malo, Azteca, Dr.Hook, Journey and others who comprise a virtual “Who’s Who” of Rock, Pop, Latin and Jazz genres.
Currently, Glen is in a documentary called “Rock And a Hard Place” Broadway shows “1776”, “Cabaret” “George M” “Dear World,” Illia Darling” Films “The Fillmore The Last Days” and a book titled “If These Halls Could Talk.”
Kathy Ruzan is the proprietor of Katzeyezz Photography, LLC. She is a photographer located in the Metro-Detroit area, specializing in Live Music Events. She has been drawn to live music and the entire music scene since she was a young teen. Ruzan’s father was her first influence, as she would watch him play the piano. Her siblings would eventually take up various instruments, but Ruzan’s talent was not to play, but to capture the music and all the energy that engulfs it.
As time passed, Ruzan would go to the local festivals with her camera in hand. Shooting the talented performers was just part of her experience. She began to notice the hidden stage performance between the bandmates: Their eye contact, the hidden subtleties, and their groove. According to her, “One of my best attributes is that I am patient. Like music, photography is all about the timing.”
“Don’t be fooled. Everyone thinks they are a photographer. What sets me apart is I hold myself to a high standard, and I am respected among my clients and peers. I am a licensed LLC business and a member of Professional Photographers of America.”
Ruzan’s promo video can be found below.
Marv “Woody” Wood
Marv “Woody” Wood has been involved in the Indie music scene for almost 20 years. He started out by helping his daughter with her music career. Afterwards, he turned his attention to helping out other music artists. He has worked with labels, entertainment companies, and music managers to get more exposure for hundreds of artists and bands. Wood has created radio stations and used them as a vehicle along with social media to help out. He has owned his own record label, was a member of the Canadian Independent Music Association, and is a SOCAN and Connect music licensing member. He is currently helping Canadian artists with his radio stations, a free service to gain international exposure. As he says, “It’s all about helping the artist achieve success!” In his spare time, he loves fishing, boating and cruising around town in his muscle car.
Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning Mark Hubbard has been sharing his love for gospel music for the majority of his life. From having an interest in directing at the age of 8 to forming The United Voices for Christ, now affectionately known as “The Voices,” at the age of 19. Staying true to his love for Gospel music, Hubbard set the local Gospel Music scene a blaze through-out Chicago and worldwide. In 2017, Hubbard was elected and currently serves as President of The Chicago Chapter for The Recording Academy “GRAMMYS.”
Amanda Brooks brings her high energy and music knowledge to the team. She Cohost’s with Mark, Tom, and Tara on the TV Show, “Welcome to the D.” Born and Raised in Detroit, she certainly brings the Detroit Spirit and her vast musical taste and knowledge to the show.
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John Hill is a singer/songwriter and entrepreneur who has worked with many clients in music production, TV production, and brand management.
Hill is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, celebrity producer, actor and entrepreneur from Chicago who has written and produced for artists such as R. Kelly, Juelz Santana, 50 Cent, and Jason Derulo. He has composed music for TV shows such as “Austin & Ally” and “The Game.” Hill was also a writer, producer, and actor for the TV show “The Model Idea,” along with being an actor on “Vulture City 2.” He performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and coordinated background vocals at the BET 25th anniversary show. He also attended the Billboard Music Awards where he connected with music moguls, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Hill has his own song and music video titled, “Cinema,” which has had insurmountable success in Eastern Europe. His current career status is a co-founder of DOZHE Records, along with CEO of his brand, “Team John Hill.”
● TP3 Reloaded, R.Kelly –Writer
● R. Kelly Album: “Untitled,” song “Pregnant” –Writer
● R.Kelly Live: The Light It Up Tour –Producer/Writer/Singer
● “Chose Me” Music Video by Corey Mo ft. Snoop Dogg -Producer
● Collaborations with Mr. Saxobeat and Romanian singer/songwriter Inna – Writer/Producer
● 50 Cent Album: “Before I Self-Destruct” -Producer
● Diddy Dirty Money Album: “Last Train to Paris” -Producer
● “The Model Idea” TV show –Writer/Producer/Actor
● “Austin & Ally” TV show (Season 1, Episode 3) –Music composer
● “The Game” TV show (Season 4, Episode 2) –Music composer, one episode
● MTV’s The Real World –TV personality
● Jimmy Kimmel Live! (episodes from 2003-2007) –Singer/Himself
● “Wrong Package” unreleased film short –Actor
● “Vulture City 2” film –Marquee Star
● Speaks fluent Polish, Spanish and Romanian
● Plays four instruments: guitar, piano, drums, and bass
● Grammy-nominated producer
MTV.com provides a biography of John Hill and his achievements as well as documenting his successful music video “Cinema,” and his appearance on MTV’s The Real World.
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The Examiner called John Hill “unstoppable” because he has had a successful career in the entertainment industry since he was seven years old, performing for Illinois governors and American Presidents. Since his childhood achievements, Hill has only continued building his career touring with artists such as R. Kelly and collaborating with 50 Cent, while also using his talents and reputation to give back to the community through charities. Reporter Annesa Lacey questions Hill about his “presence, influence, and brand,” to learns that music and producing means nothing to Hill if he is not positively changing lives.
IMDB.com provides an extensive list of the credits and achievements of John Hill in writing, producing, composing, and acting in movies such as Vulture City 2, R. Kelly Live: The Light It Up Tour (2007), and TV Shows such as The Model Idea. (4.
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Scene Chicago names John Hill the “P. Diddy of Chi-city” because of his impressive track record in producing and how he will not be limited to being a producer, but stretches his talents to being a singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.
JOHN HILL, MUSIC PRODUCER AND KING OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
CHICAGO, Ill., June 2016—John Hill, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and entrepreneur is not new to the entertainment industry. By the age of 7, Hill was already singing and performing for presidents and other political officers as well as competing in opera competitions. Born and raised in Chicago, he has built his empire in the Chicago area and is currently working to extend his expertise in the entertainment industry signing and promoting musical talent. Hill, already the co-founder of J&M Company, CEO of Team John Hill and co-founder of Star Born Records, only wants to expand.
One of Hill’s memories of meeting a music mogul in the industry was meeting artist R. Kelly in the Water Tower in Downtown Chicago when they complimented each other’s singing in the elevator they rode together. This sparked a relationship between the two artists and led to Hill writing, producing and performing with R. Kelly on his R. Kelly Live: The Light It Up Tour in 2007. Getting nominated for his work with R. Kelly led to even more opportunities for writing and producing for artists such as Juelz Santana, Jason Derulo, Young Berg, Ray J, 50 Cent and Omarion. Hill then attended the Billboard Music Awards where he met other artists such as Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams whom he has collaborated with to produce projects with as well. Hill’s own song and music video titled “Cinema” has had success in most of Eastern Europe where he has also established a producing career with Romanian singer/songwriter Inna.
Hill’s skills in producing and songwriting have not gone unrecognized since he has won awards such as the “Icon Award” for Bucharest Fashion Week, “Producer of the Year” by The Media Awards, “Entertainment’s Man of the Year” on the front cover of M&M Modeling Magazine International Fashion Magazine, “Platinum Award Winner” for 50 cent’s “Before I Self-Destruct”, the “Gold Award” for Jason Derulo’s self titled album and he is credited for Ray J’s “Sexy Can I” hit song. “Life inspired me to do music,” says Hill. “In high school, I received an abundance of offers from colleges for music, and all of the opportunities I have had up to this point in my life have been amazing.” Just after attending the Music Institute of Winnetka for one year, Hill was already lead of background vocals at the BET 25th Anniversary Show. After building a strong foundation in the industry at such a young age, Hill now works to produce and promote new up-and-coming artists in the music industry.
- ● Grammy Nominated for TP3 Reloaded, R.Kelly –Writer
- ● “Icon Award” Bucharest Fashion Week
- ● “Producer of the Year” –The Media Awards
- ● “Platinum Award Winner” –50 Cent, “Before I Self-Destruct” Album
- ● “Gold Award” –Jason Derulo, Self-Titled Album
- ● “Platinum Award” –Ray J, “Sexy can I” single
- ● “Platinum Award” -”R. Kelly: The Light it Up Tour.”
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Dani Felt got her start in music by being a recording artist and songwriter since 14 years old. She later wrote a music blog under her company, Creative Spotlights, which gained over 300 interviews which were published into a book with her cowriter titled “In The Spotlight: Over 100 Voices in Music.” This featured advice from over 100 music industry executives, artists, producers, and more. This included Founder of ReverbNation Lou Plaia, Justin Bieber`s Producer Boo Pear, Founder of PledgeMusic Benji Rogers, Ex-VP of SESAC Trevor Gale, Celebrity vocal coach Steven Memel (Halsey), and more. She also organized music showcases and networking events. She has always had a passion for connecting people.
A few years later, she launched Dani Felt Consultants, LLC, a one-stop shop for music. She connects artists to photographers, music producers, web designers, and more. She also launched her own Artist Academy, called The Artist Plugin Program, which helps artists with building their brand, mindset, and network in the music industry. She also is currently working on launching her own music career path as a singer/songwriter. She will have new songs out by 2019.
Dani Felt always had an ear for talent and is excited to be joining the RL Recordings Team as an official A&R. She looks forward to bringing them amazing, talented songwriters, bands, and producers.
Dani Felt Consultants Website: www.danifelt.com
Artist Plugin Program Website: www.artistpluginprogram.com
Dani Felt’s Released Music: www.danifeltmusic.com
Pete Thompson has over 45 years of experience as an international touring and session drummer. In 1972, Pete joined the U.K. band Silverhead, which toured Europe, the U.S, and Japan with Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Nazareth, and Kiss. He has worked with Robin Trower, Robert Plant, Pete Haycock, Melanie, Eric Bibb, David Byron, Ken Hensley, The Detroit Emeralds, Musique, and many others over his career. He was awarded Silver, Gold, and Platinum albums for his work on Robert Plant’s 1982 release “Fate of Nations.” In 1987, NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) voted Thompson “Best Rock Drummer” for his performance on Robin Trower’s “Passion.” He has appeared on numerous albums, TV and radio shows.
Originally from South-End-On-Sea, England, Pete moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 2007 where he established his studio, Texas Central Productions. There he records and produces his own music and that of many local artists in and around North Texas. He has recorded, produced, and performed on 30+ releases that were made at his studio. TCP offers recording, production, mixing, mastering, session tracks, drum lessons, CD, and website design services.
Pete is well known for his skill as a drummer, but he also plays bass, guitar, sings, and composes. He released his first solo album “Open Window” in 2012 and collaborated with two of Ft. Worth’s legendary guitarists, Rusty Burns and Buddy Whittington, on the project. “Too Close to the Sun” followed in 2016 and showcases his ability to write and produce in a wide variety of genres. Never short of ideas, a third album is in the works.
Steve Lynch is known by many for his work as lead guitarist with the famous 1980’s band, Autograph. Steve is known in guitar circles as “the two-handed guitarist,” an innovator of the hammer-on method, as well as many other advanced guitar techniques.
Beginning as a bass player in 1967, Lynch was inspired to transition to the guitar on September 18, 1970, the day Jimi Hendrix passed away. In 1973, he began studying music theory and jazz technique with Don Mock, who was then an instructor at West Seattle Music. In 1977, Mock moved to Los Angeles to become one of the founding instructors of the Guitar Institute of Technology. Mock invited Steve to become one of GIT’s first students that same year, and in March 1979, Steve also became one of GIT’s first graduates and was voted “Student of the Year” and “Most Likely to Succeed.” Steve’s technique was born in April 1978 from a clinic at GIT where Emmett Chapman was demonstrating a two-handed fretboard tapping technique with his instrument invention, the Chapman Stick.
Steve won the “Guitarist of the Year” award at the 1983 New York Guitar Expo and published a sequel to his groundbreaking guitar manual, The Right Touch, Book II (CPP/Belwin). In 1984, Steve had been jamming in his spare time with a group of LA studio musicians when one of his friends brought along a tape of their work while jogging with David Lee Roth, who began raving about their material and insisted that the group open for Van Halen on their 1984 tour. Although the group was unofficial, had no album, had no recording contract, and did not even have a name, they obliged and on the fly came up with the moniker “Autograph.”
The tour was a success for the newly formed band, gaining them sensational exposure and landing them a record deal with RCA. It was during the Van Halen tour that much of the material for their first album, Sign In Please, was written and it was during a rehearsal after the tour, only two days before going into the studio, that they wrote their biggest hit “Turn Up The Radio.” In 1985, Sign In Please went platinum and Steve won the “Guitar Solo of the Year” award from Guitar Player magazine for his wizardry on “Turn Up The Radio.”
Autograph recorded two more albums for RCA, appeared in several movie soundtracks and television shows, got heavy rotation on radio and MTV, and toured with the likes of Motley Crue, Heart, Aerosmith, Ronnie James Dio, Bryan Adams, and Whitesnake before disbanding in 1989. In the meantime, Steve was writing magazine columns for Guitar Player, Guitar World, and Guitar for the Practicing Musician and in 1987 had published his third book, The Right Touch, Book III. Also in 1987, Steve released an instructional video through REH Publications titled The Two-Handed Guitarist. In 1990, Steve formed Network 23 and in 1994, finished their first album. Steve later opened the Federal Way School of Music and has taught thousands aspiring guitar students in the Seattle area on everything from Guitar 101 to his world-renowned two-handed technique.
In 2010, Steve launched www.lynchlicks.com, which showcases an online library of over 100 unique guitar licks and full-length solos produced into slowed-down video training segments with related instruction tab. The licks are designed to challenge students in both picking and two-handed hammer-on techniques in an environment that allows the student to learn at their own pace and commitment level. Steve also recently re-mastered his entire Autograph Catalog using some of today’s best studio compression and mastering techniques.
Teri Cooper is a native Texan. She aspires to learn at least 15 different languages, including sign language. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from West Texas A&M University. Cooper is working on her Entertainment Law Degree. She sings, plays the piano, and is an avid writer. Cooper has a desire to help people promote themselves and the qualities they bring to the world. She has learned to live with the motto, “Practice Deliberate Positivity,” because blindly living in a negative vibration hinders our accomplishments. Cooper personally believes music is the magnetic driving force of the heart and soul. It uplifts, it promotes change. It is a catalyst to make the world recognize the greatness within us all.
Orion James, known by his colleagues as J.R., is a Singer-songwriter and actor. Born in Chicago, IL, James has always been attached to music, citing Michael Jackson as his main influence. Having released multiple albums digitally and writing for other artists, James looks to further his career with RL Recordings.
Composer and songwriter, Michael Floreale, has enjoyed a professional music career spanning over three decades. A native of the UK, Floreale began his career as co-founder of the Manchester band, When In Rome. He co-wrote and arranged all the songs on the band’s first album. It went on to sell over a million copies and the hit song from the album, “The Promise,” went to Number One on the Billboard Dance Chart, peaking at Number 10 on the Main Chart. The interest and popularity of the song “The Promise” has grown over the years and has been featured in movies and mainstream TV, most notably, Napoleon Dynamite, Grandfathered, and The Goldbergs. Grammy award-winning country artist, Sturgill Simpson, recently covered the song and it is featured on his hit album, “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.”
In 1992, Floreale moved to Dallas, Texas and began composing music for TV and film. His work in commercial music earned him many awards including Gold and Silver Telly Awards and an Emmy for five songs he composed for ABC affiliate, WFAA. His music can be heard today all over the world, having written for Netflix, Showtime, HBO, CNN, Exxon, and many others. In 2006, Floreale had an opportunity to reform When In Rome, recruiting a new singer, Johnny Ceravolo. The band went on to tour successfully throughout the US with Devo, A Flock Of Seagulls, Information Society, and Psychedelic Furs, to name a few.
Floreale and Ceravolo then spent over three years writing and producing a new album “When In Rome II.” It was mixed in L.A. with producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith). Today, Floreale continues with his passion for music, writing and working with emerging bands and singers, composing music and touring with When In Rome II.
Tony “T.Money” Green
Edward Tony Green, a.k.a. T. Money Green, is a bass player best known for his work with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Warren G, and The Dramatics. His playing can be heard on almost every song that was released by Death Row records during the early to mid-1990s. After 20 years as the bass player and band director for The Dramatics, Green landed the job of bass player and band director for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. He is also well-known for his writing, recording, producing, mixing, and mastering of songs. He also produced one of the singles on the soundtrack for the 1994 film Above the Rim, which won Soundtrack of the Year at the 1995 Source Awards. T. Money continues to work with Warren G, Nate Dogg, and other hip-hop artists.
Green was born September 22, 1956, in Mt. Clements, Michigan at Selfridge Air Force Base. He attended pasture Elementary School, Hampton Jr. High School, and Mumford High School. He is right-handed but plays bass upside down. T. Money has been involved in over 100 hit songs to date. His first gold album credit was by The Dramatics in 1977.
He is the son of Rene Shaw and Roy Edward Green. His father, Roy Edward Green, was a decorated soldier in the US Air Force who served during the Vietnam War from start to finish. Roy passed at the age of 41. T. Money’s stepfather is William Austin, a bassist best known for his work with Ester Philips, Glory Lynn, Sonny Stit, Spanky Wilson, and many others on the jazz scene.
T. Money started playing the bass when he was 14 years old. His skills have made him one of the most sought-after and respected bass guitarists in the industry. Forming his first real band in 1971, the original ‘Roadwork’ band, T. Money quickly moved on to work with The Dramatics (1974–1992). His involvement with the group ranged from sideman to co-writing and arranging songs to touring the world. T. Money then went on to produce David Ruffin Jr., son of the late David Ruffin, traveling the world as a bass player and producer for Death Row Records (1992–1995). He assisted in the creation of the ‘Gangsta Rap’ sound that can be heard in hit tracks like Gin & Juice, Doggy Dogg World, California Love, and You Can’t See Me.
T. Money currently works with his new ‘Roadwork‘ band while continuing to mentor and work closely with some of Detroit’s finest musicians and performers including, Shadow, Misfit, Maverick, David Ruffin Jr., David Shelton, Skenz, Miss Lulu, and Andy Miles.
Mark Kassa plays guitar and is the lead vocals of Slight Return. He is a voting member of the Grammy Awards (The Recording Academy). He graduated from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Kassa has written and recorded with George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member), Andy Vargas (lead vocalist for the legendary Santana Band), Billy Cox (bassist for Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys), Dennis Coffey (guitarist from the Motown Funk Brothers), Tony “T. Money” Green (bassist for Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, The Dramatics, and Death Row Records), Davey Pattison (vocalist for Robin Trower, Montrose, and Gamma), Pat Lewis (vocalist with Aretha Franklin and P-Funk), and legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana, Steely Dan, P-Funk, Jackson 5).
Kassa is a writer, producer, and manager of Slight Return and owner of federally registered trademarks for “Slight Return”, “Welcome To The D”, “The D”, “It’s a Detroit Thing”, “It’s a D Thing”, “So Detroit”, “Hail the Heroes” and “Shake Your Detroit Right.” He has produced albums and recorded with Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek in Seattle, WA (Nirvana, The Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and the famed “Sub Pop” label out of Seattle), Jim Diamond in Detroit, MI (Jack White and The White Stripes), Alan Sanderson in San Diego, CA (Elton John and The Rolling Stones), and Frank Jamal (Aretha Franklin).
He is endorsed by the Shin-Ei “Vibe Bro” Univibe company, alongside guitar greats Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Doyle Bramhall, Oz Noy, and Michael Landau.
“Another one of my passions is charity work. I’m thankful for all the great opportunities in life, and I want to always give back. I’m proud to be an executive board member and volunteer of the DMAN Foundation (Danny’s Miracle Angel Network). They have a specialized studio with equipment that allows them to assist people with severe disabilities (quadriplegic, MS, closed head injuries, etc.) in recording tracks, singles, and full albums. Other events put on by the DMAN Foundation include the Dream Cruise (since we are the Motor City!) in Detroit, MI. Volunteers bring their convertible sports cars, and the foundation provides hoists to pick the patients up out of their wheelchairs and put them into the sports car where the drivers tear off and cruise with them in the vehicle. The organization has taken clients on Cruises, Vacations, Helicopter rides, and even the TV Show “Shark Tank” where one of the hosts invested in one of the patients clothing line (mydman.org)!”
-Sole sponsor and donor to the United Youth 2000 program run by coach Robert Brown in Detroit. They had a free basketball camp in Detroit where they also taught about values, respect, etc. and fed over 150-200 kids free per week, culminating in the final week of awards to build self-esteem.
Volunteers at St Dominic’s Soup Kitchen in Detroit where they feed 200-300 people every Sunday morning before Church.
Sponsor a family for the Adopt a Refugee program where they provide funding for food, clothing, and shelter for the abandoned, impoverished families in Iraq and Syria.
Donated multiple music performances for various causes and fundraisers and persons in need, including the Walk for the Cure Cancer Walk and the DMAN annual gala.
Testified in front of the Michigan Congress on the proper distribution of public benefits to help the poor get fresher products in supermarkets in urban areas considered “food deserts.”
Full line of apparel for the trademark brands at welcometothed.com
Former Board Member for the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce (2-year term)
Co-founder of Axis Music Academy
Co-Chair of the Chaldean Festival (4 years)
Music/Band director for the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers of MI (5 years)
Music Master Class at DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) College
Slight Return Website: slightreturn.com
Dream Cruise Video: https://youtu.be/E_ggFtZ4mjs
Robert Eibach began his music career studying communications and audio/video production at Temple University in Philadelphia. It was there he developed the skills to Produce and Engineer professional music. Eibach began working at Third Story Recording Studio in Philadelphia, where he engineered Rock, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop and other musical styles, and worked with top recording artists including Swizz Beatz and Korn.
After graduating from Temple University, Eibach moved to Los Angeles in February 2004 to work with more world-class artists and producers. He was hired by Del Oro Music, in Studio City, CA where he worked his way up the ranks from Assistant Engineer to Engineer, head Engineer and eventually to Producer. He has enjoyed working on top recordings by many artists including David Longoria, Ottmar Liebert, Poncho Sanchez, Cece Peniston, Chico DeBarge, members of The Mars Volta, Baby Bash, Karine Hannah, Marc Antoine, Chris Standring, Mindi Abair, Michael J. Downey, Wouter Kellerman, Cash Money Records, Republic Records and many more.
As a producer, he has created TV Specials for PBS and several TV episodes and interviews in music and film for the 24k Music Network, where he serves as VP of Production. His recording artists have also enjoyed much success. Eibach worked with Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej on their album “Winds of Samsara,” which reached #1 on the Billboard New Age chart August 2nd, 2014, as well as won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. Kellerman’s latest album, “Love Language,” which Eibach worked on, also reached #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart and achieved a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2015. The album “Adelante” by Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band, which Eibach worked on, received a Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Children’s Album in 2015.
Singer Lakotah earned her first Billboard Chart hit with Eibach’s production of her single “Falling” which climbed into the Top 40s of the US Billboard Dance Chart. Eibach’s engineering and production work on Michael J. Downey’s album, “Bridge Of No Return,” contributed to its international success, including topping the aforementioned single reaching #4 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. Eibach’s EDM Remix of the Billboard #14 Dance hit, “Deeper Love,” is featured on David Longoria’s album, “Baila!” Eibach and David Longoria have teamed up to produce Longoria’s new album, “The Journey,” which is a ground-breaking instrumental album, combining David’s trumpet with EDM. As a remixer, Eibach reached #14 on the Billboard Dance Chart in September of 2016 with Karine Hannah’s single ‘Victory,” which was released by Cash Money/Republic Records. His remix for Lisa Cole’s “Lost Love” peaked at #11 on the Billboard Dance Chart in May of 2o17.
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Tara Madej is an A&R and Social Media member on the Label. She is the producer and a host on the TV show, “Welcome to the D.” She grew up around music her entire life, with her father’s influence.
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Charlene Oliver is an artist who has touched the world with her haunting vocal style and quality. Oliver got her big break when she recorded a song called “Sweet Sad Clown.” It was presented to Motown Records’ founder, Berry Gordy, who signed her within a month. It was then that she worked with many of the people she only dreamed of when she was a young girl, people such as Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder, with whom she would later record her second hit single, “Used To Be.”
“I’ve Never Been To Me,” the classic track, has featured in many movies and television shows, including “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and “Shrek the Third.” Now the gay anthem and karaoke favorite is being released as a dance remix.
Oliver writes about her experiences of being signed to Motown and her relationship with ‘that’ song, which, more than 30 years after its first recording, keeps coming back. Oliver’s life is featured in her book “I’ve Never Been to Me,” and she has also written a children’s book, “The Life and Tails of Herman the Worm.” She is in the process of finishing her suspense novel, titled “Oliver’s Army: The Book and the Quill.”
Scott Page is known for a diverse career within the music entertainment industry, as well as for being an early pioneer and innovator in new media. As a musician and performer, he is recognized by worldwide audiences as saxophone/guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and others.
Page is the co-founder of publicly traded 7th Level Inc, an interactive game and educational company with more than 100 cross-industry awards. He also co-founded New Media Broadcasting Company, a communications enterprise that focused on social media and collaborative technologies. NMBC’s clients included Will Smith, Monty Python, TOTO, Institute of Systems Biology. Page also co-founded Direct2care, an online-presence management company focused on healthcare.
Page was recognized as “The Top 100 Multimedia Producers” by Multimedia Magazine, “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” by Buzz Magazine, and is considered one of “50 New Media Innovators” as profiled in Pioneer Electronics’ Multimedia Frontier. He serves as a guest lecturer and panelist at numerous new media conferences and university symposiums.
Ted Mason is a British guitarist/singer/producer and is President of Mi5 Recordings, a record label distributed by the EMI group. Mason played a long-time role as guitarist/songwriter/co-singer/producer and manager for the British band Modern English, a pop-rock group that sold 4 million records in the US. Additionally, Mr. Mason has produced, worked with, and played as a session musician for a diverse group of artists, including Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Toots and the Maytals, Trevor Horn, Betty Carter, Kid Creole, Santana, Jeff Beck, Robert Palmer,UB 40, Ali Campbell, Hugh Masekela, Lagbaja, Diblo Dibala, the Verve, Chrissie Hynde, Jesus Jones, the Wallflowers, Julian Lennon, Ringo Starr, Papa Wenba, Jon Anderson, Khaled, 10,000 Maniacs, Afrika Bambatta and Queen Latifa.
Mason studied classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of music before joining the band, Modern English. He is also a consummate bebop musician. Mason also understands film production and design, ensuring optimum visual packaging and artistic growth for the Mi5 artists. His work in the film world has brought him working relationships with Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal (Tribeca Films), Harvey Weinstein, Sandra Bernhard, The Tribeca Film Festival, as well as political figures such as President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Bill Clinton. He brings to Mi5 Recordings the sensitivity of a trained musician, the eye and skill of production/design, and his management skills provide direction in artist development securing the Mi5 artist program for a long successful career. Mi5 Recordings is dedicated to world music with a concentration of African music. The label is distributed and financed by EMI in the United States and Universal in the UK.
The album “The Road to Mecca” released June 2014, mixes the influences of world music, combining traditional Indian instruments (sitar, soourangi, tablas) with Classical strings and harps, as well as western rock guitars/drums and sampling. This is something Mason had been working on since the late 80s, early 90s, originally to reinvent the sound of Modern English, a band that lived in a multicultural city: London. “How can you be a part of London, if one is not influenced by the multicultural experience? London is a diversity of people from all over the world that have helped to build the British Empire.”
Janet Gardner & Justin James
Janet Gardner was born in Juneau, Alaska on March 17, 1962. Her father, Rulon B. Gardner, was a civil engineer who worked for the United States Forest Service in Utah, Alaska, and Michigan before taking a job in Bozeman, Montana at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory at Montana State University in 1964, where Gardner grew up. Her mother, Margaret, was a piano player and church organist. Her parents were of the Mormon faith. Gardner was the only girl in a family with four brothers. She sang in school choirs and learned to play piano and guitar.
In the mid-2000s, when the band Vixen was disbanded, Gardner attended college at the University of Bridgeport and became a dental hygienist in 2005. As of 2015 she maintains an active license and works as a hygienist when not working on musical projects with Vixen.
Gardner is married to guitarist Justin James since 2016.
Gardner became the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the all-woman hard rock band Vixen. She joined the band’s early lineup in 1982. In 1984, the band appeared in the movie Hardbodies before moving to Los Angeles to further their career.
After some initial changes, the primary lineup of Vixen consisted of Gardner, Jan Kuehnemund, Roxy Petrucci, and Share Pedersen. Vixen signed with EMI and recorded their self-titled debut album which was released in September 1988. Gardner described the pressure of recording as, “We were just girls from Minnesota and Montana who loved playing live, so it was a bit of a rude awakening.”
Their lead single, “Edge of a Broken Heart,” became their signature hit song. It was co-written, arranged, and produced by Richard Marx. Vixen would go on worldwide tours in support of Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi, along with their own headline shows. Vixen recorded and released their second album, “Rev It Up,” in July 1990. They toured for another year alongside KISS and Deep Purple before the band split up in the middle of 1991, citing musical differences.
In 1997, Gardner and Petrucci reformed Vixen with Rana Ross and Gina Stile for a US tour. In 1998, Gardner, Petrucci, and Stile recorded a third Vixen album, titled “Tangerine.” Tangerine would be a shift in styles, going to a later 90s grunge sound rather than the 80s hair metal sound of the previous two albums. Roxy Petrucci’s sister, Maxine, joined the group for a tour until original member Jan Kuehnemund sued them over copyright infringement involving the use of the Vixen name.
In 2001, Kuehnemund decided to reform the band this time with Gardner and Roxy Petrucci, adding Pat Holloway on bass. The newly reformed Vixen toured the United States as part of the Voices of Metal tour until disagreements once again caused the band to split in the middle of the tour. Kuehnemund quickly replaced the band with three new members to finish the tour, and they continued under the Vixen name.
VH1 reached out to the original Vixen lineup in 2004 and got them to appear on the show Bands Reunited. The show featured a one-time reunion of the original group that aired in November 2004 coinciding with the re-release of the first two Vixen albums.
Gardner mostly stayed out of the spotlight, until making a few special appearances singing with the band Scrap Metal in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Share Pedersen and Roxy Petrucci, along with Gardner, reached out to Jan Kuehnemund about reuniting the original Vixen. However, Kuehnemund declined, stating that she was happy with her new band. Soon after, it was announced that Gardner, Share Pederson, and Roxy Petrucci would form their own band, along with Gina Stile. They originally named the band “VXN,” but decided to change it to avoid any possible lawsuits. Thus they became known as simply JanetShareRoxyGina (or JSRG for short).
JSRG began playing shows at the end of 2012, followed by touring on the Monsters of Rock cruise in March 2013. After a long battle with cancer, Jan Kuehnemund died October 10, 2013.
Gardner released her first solo album, produced by her husband, on Pavement Entertainment in August 2017. Gardner married Justin James, a musician who most recently played bass for Tyketto on the Monsters Of Rock cruise.
Keith Mack is a celebrated guitarist who has backed many of rock’s iconic voices for the last thirty years. Having toured and recorded with legends like Paul Young, Joe Cocker, and most recently, Cyndi Lauper on her world tour, Mack has built one of the most impressive rock ‘n’ roll resumes around. In the 1980s, Mack teamed with one of rock’s greatest voices, Patty Smyth, and joined the band Scandal. The group went on to produce hits like “Goodbye to You,” “Love’s Got a Line on You,” and the chart-topping single and album, “The Warrior.” Mack and Smyth have been working together on new material for an upcoming release. This is coming off Smyth’s 2015 Holiday CD that Mack co-produced and co-wrote three of the original songs on the disc. Mack’s solo career saw the release of THE MOMENT in 2014, with nine original tracks. The CD brings Mack’s voice to the forefront of every song. From the opening mandolin and hard-driving Hammond Organ on “The Secret of Fire,” to the ever hopeful power ballad, “Kind Word,” and the bluesy soul-searching track, “When Right is Wrong,” Mack brings an honest and emotionally charged soulful sound to his debut CD. Mack followed up THE MOMENT with new music released throughout 2017, with the first single, “If It’s Really True,” having been released. He is currently a music consultant for RL Recordings.
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Sandy Gennaro was born and raised in NYC and currently resides in Nashville, TN. Gennaro has toured and/or recorded with Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, The Monkees, Joe Lynn Turner, Michael Bolton, Benny Mardones, Craaft, The Mamas and Papas, and Jon Paris. He has recorded several Top 10 singles and has performed for over a billion fans spanning his 50-year career.
Gennaro has also made numerous TV appearances, including The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The MTV New Years Ball, and The Late Show with David Letterman, among others. He is also a favored counselor at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps. He is currently recording and gigging with various artists in Nashville, as well as interacting with RL Recordings as a Music Consultant and A&R member.
Before his move to Nashville in early ‘14, Gennaro gave lessons, master classes, and inaugurated the Music Business program at the Drummers Collective in NYC since 1987.
Gennaro is also a corporate/academic inspirational speaker. He has brought his “B.E.A.T.S.” presentation to FedEx, Belmont University, Pacific Hotel Management LLC, Sam Ash Corp. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, The Collective NYC, and The School of Rock with extraordinary results. Participants in his “B.E.A.T.S.” program return to work or school with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm, increased passion, tenacity, and a renewed engagement in their work. They will be inspired by new behaviors that increase productivity and drive business, sales, and leadership performance. “B.E.A.T.S.” is an acronym for Belief, Enthusiasm, Attitude, Tenacity, and Service.
Gennaro proudly endorses DW drums, pedals and hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Hot Sticks, Remo drumheads, and Rhythm Tech percussion.
>As a Recording Artist, Singer/Songwriter, Manager, A&R Rep, and Business Owner, she was born in Lancaster, Ohio and moved to Kansas to pursue her dreams and career with a rock band called Ridiculas Trixx. She also helped build a current online radio station from the ground up and was a DJ for a couple of years until she pursued her career in music.
Playing the violin all through school, Ronneca learned to teach herself to play many instruments by ear. Her vocals are powerful and her operatic pitch is remarkable to say the least. She works very hard in educating herself on all current music industry changes, and utilizes all her knowledge to assist others in areas she feels will most benefit them to help their careers in music. Ronneca truly cares about the music industry and the amazing talent and is looking forward in utilizing her skills for all her future endeavors.
My name is Alex Ramirez, I was born and raised in Southwest Detroit. I recently graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Communications. I love films and music. I am very easy to talk to and can talk about anything. I am a documentary filmmaker and I write raps and songs. My favorite sports are Soccer and Mixed Martial Arts but I love to watch and play every sport. True food fanatic and cologne collector
Melanie De Vincentiis
Melanie is a student at Northwestern University. Officially a Communication Studies major with a focus in Media & Creative Markets, she is double minoring in Music Technology and Sound Design and working towards a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. She has interned at Audio Recording Unlimited in Chicago and is currently the Technical Director at The Blackout, a College Emmy-winning late night comedy/talk show. She loves everything audio, but she especially enjoys exploring different parts of the music and entertainment industry, from producing to A&R to music journalism. At the end of the day, she likes to spend her time songwriting or singing… Or both at the same time.
Edward Lantagne was raised in Escanaba, MI and is currently attending Amherst College for Mathematics. He has always been passionate about music, numbers, and helping others, so the music industry is a natural home for him. Torn between working in the music industry and conducting research, he hopes this experience will help him decide. When not looking at equations, Lantagne is playing guitar, singing, playing the cello, or acting on stage.
My name is Tashaira Rankin. I am a public relations major at the University of Southern Mississippi and currently reside in Collins, MS. For the future, I envision myself as a producer.
Jillian Stec is from Washington, Michigan. She has been singing and playing music ever since she can remember and is currently the lead singer/rhythm guitarist for the alternative-rock band “Dark Eyed Dreamers,” which she founded alongside the other three members. Music has always been a passion for her. She loves writing music and experimenting with different sounds and genres. Stec’s main goal is to have her songs and art heard around the world so that other people can experience it the same way that she experiences music from her favorite bands/artists.
Ashlee Britton Robinson is a senior Marketing major and Music History minor at Miami University. From a young age, Robinson has maintained a natural passion for music. With being involved in multiple musical groups and performances growing up and keeping a songbook since age 10, she has developed an appreciation for music that knows no limits in regards to genre or style.
Through taking on her Music History minor at Miami, she has studied the history of genres such as Jazz, Hip Hop, and Rock and Roll, learning their historical significance and how they developed into the endless variations of music we have today. Ultimately, through both studying and loving music, Robinson found her voice within Pop music.
Adopting her middle name as her stage name, ‘Britton’ has been diving further into her passion by writing and recording original music in professional studio settings and collaborating with many creatives. She currently has two singles on a wide variety of music platforms, garnering over a million total streams on Spotify alone. Ultimately, Robinson’s goal with working at RL Recordings is to take her next step on the pathway to pursue a career in the music industry.
Meghan Ward is a current junior at Northwestern University. She is majoring in vocal performance with a minor in human communication sciences. Performing and writing have always been an essential part of her life. She is excited to be part of the RL Recordings team and to learn and contribute in any way possible.
Natasha Gorey is an intern at RPMpromotion, a Toronto, Ontario based Radio Promotion Company that services all of Canada. What started as a social media internship with the company quickly turned into a role with a few hats. Gorey coordinates the company’s social media, assists with A&R, and is looking to get into running her own national campus radio campaigns. She also works part-time at Live Nation’s legendary Budweiser Stage in Toronto.
After growing up in a small village on Canada’s East Coast, Natasha completed her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications at Carleton University. While in school she worked for Carleton University’s Athletics Department as part of the marketing team. As a fan of music, in her free-time Natasha would design and print posters for her favorite bands and plaster them around downtown Ottawa. She also organized contests and promotional campaigns with promoters across Canada and built Canadian street teams for bands. Later, after discovering music was her one true passion, she moved to Toronto to pursue a post-graduate in Music Business from Humber College.
If Natasha is not working or attending a show, you can find her listening to music, drinking coffee while looking for the next show to attend.
Joanna Gerberding is a Spring Intern at RL Recordings and a University of Michigan student from Wyandotte, Michigan. She is double-majoring in Spanish and Creative Writing and hopes to translate children’s books someday so that more children can grow up bilingual. As she grew up a dancer, music has always been an essential part of her life.
Kennedy Erhart is currently a second-year student at the University of Colorado Denver. She is pursuing a degree in Recording Arts and Music Business. Erhart has played the clarinet since fifth grade and has played the piano for the last four years. She grew up in a musical household. With her parents regularly playing music, it has been a strong influence in her life. She has worked as stagehands for her hometown’s live concert series and has volunteered at Denver’s newest music festival, Grandoozy. She looks forward to learning and contributing all she can during her time at RL Recordings.
Olivia Lopez is a sophomore at Wesleyan University with a potential double major in Film and English. First and foremost, she is a songwriter; she’s been writing and producing her songs since she was twelve. In high school, Lopez started a band, Lopii, with her twin sister, and it has completely changed her life. It has enabled her to grow as a musician and continue to do what she loves with the people she loves. Most recently, Lopez wrote songs for an original musical, bloom, with the book by her sister. She is excited to learn more about the music industry and bring her passion for music to RL Recordings!
Peter Hamer is an Italian soundtrack composer, guitar player, and multi-instrumentalist. He creates soundtracks for TV, documentaries, trailers, games, and ads. A polished artist, he also produces and composes music, and performs with “Victim of Illusion,” a progressive rock band playing hybrid songs with orchestral elements. With influences from Brian Eno and the Alan Parson Project, Hamer also writes music in exciting experimental fields.
Rafael Atkins is a part of several successful business ventures and powerful network alliances. He has been on the board of directors of real estate companies, consulting firms, recording studios, and production companies. An independent artist born in Vero Beach, Fl, Atkins has over twenty years experience in the music industry and brings an innovative approach to artist development and promotion that has helped to launch several musical careers.
“In the caverns of life, there are diamonds to be found, polished, and shown to the world!” – Rafael
Marcellus Atkins is the CEO of several indie record labels and multimedia companies. Born in Vero Beach, FL, Marcellus is a multi-talented arranger/songwriter with over 25 years of experience as an independent artist and music mentor. His decades of experience in computer design and project management coupled with his ability to network and team build make him a powerful asset for those seeking success in the music industry.
“The only person who can ensure your success or failure is you.” – Marcellus
Dawn Austin is a hardworking, self-motivated, inspiring philanthropist, with a passion for Business Management & Entrepreneurship. She has a background in customer service, brand strategy, PR, A&R, event coordinating, marketing, social media, and Talent Management. She considers herself both an independent thinker and a team player within her work environment. Austin enjoys opportunities for networking and meeting new people. Her objective is to sharpen her skills by gaining direct, hands-on internship experience, through networking, and active involvement in her fields of interest, including music, fashion, arts, and entertainment.
Gabriel E. Camero
Gabriel E. Camero is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a double major in Journalism and Film Production. He wrote numerous articles for The South End and several independent film festivals featured his short film “Depression” in 2016.
Camero’s family influenced his wide appreciation for music. His father’s Colombian family played music, from cumbia to boleros to American folk and rock. Being from Cleveland, Ohio his mother introduced Camero to the sounds of ’60s and ’70s rock, watching the Woodstock documentary with him from the age of 11 and regularly jamming to her collection of LPs and 45s. His older sisters, ranging from 6 – 15 years older, also provided a wide array of musical experiences over the years from the 80s through 2000s.
Gabriel further developed his musical appreciation through the Grosse Pointe South High School show choir and college courses in jazz and rock and roll history. A lover of many musical styles, his favorites include Gogol Bordello, The Grateful Dead, Duke Ellington, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Daniel Johnston, Leadbelly, George Clinton and many more. Above all, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen struck the core of his musical soul.
Camero is always open to new and original music, turning mostly to Detroit’s WDET and MoPop Music Festival to avoid over-commercialization. He hopes his background and open-mindedness can serve Music Player Magazine and its readers well as we unravel musical art, business, and culture together.
Zac Lavender is an American composer based in Atlanta. He holds a Masters degree in Film Scoring from New York University where he received the Billy Joel Scholarship as well as a Bachelors in composition from the University of Michigan. At NYU, he studied with acclaimed comedy film composer Ira Newborn, and at Michigan studied with Grammy-winning composer Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, Erik Santos, and Paul Schoenfield. His works have been played at the Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, Provincetown Playhouse, and Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.
In 2016 he was awarded the Abundant Silence publishing prize for his work “Cello Sonata I. the sun cleans everything,” and the ASTA Merle J. Isaac prize before that. His film scores have been shown at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, and the New York News Doc Festival. Zac has also created original music for International Hotels Group, PBS, and Atlanta Decking and Fence Co. Currently, Lavender teaches Cello, Guitar, Voice, Piano, Drums, and Composition at Music by Tritone in Roswell and is Cellist and Composer-in-Residence at Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Buckhead.
Nate Gunter is an aspiring producer from the Burlington area. He’s a Music Business major at the University of Vermont. Music has been a part of Gunter’s life since he began playing trombone at age 9.
Paul Morris is best known as an Engineer and Producer in the Detroit Music Community. He is also a Mentor for the Recording Connection based out of Los Angeles helping many get their degree in Audio Engineering. Morris was turning the knobs on his parents’ stereos before he could walk. Growing up in church, he learned to sing. A poet at heart, he was always writing when not playing sports. Picking up any instrument he could get his hands on, Morris began putting his poetry to music. Having taught himself the basics of many D.A.W.’s in High School, he learned Pro Tools in College and began working at studios across Detroit. Having found a home behind the scenes, he opened up his private studio and production company, helping others find their sound. He has worked with many Motown greats such as The Vandellas, The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Contours, The Dramatics and more. Having been fortunate enough to work on many projects throughout the years, he feels the best is still yet to come. Still learning he will always be a student of music and is expanding his versatility by getting into Video Production as well.
Sam Friske is a senior studying Communications and Marketing at Northwestern University, and she has been working in the music industry since her freshman year. Her passion for music began with her dad taking her to local Chicago concerts, passing on his love of music. Friske’s career goal has always been to work in the music industry. Internships at an indie record label in Paris, a concert venue, and a video production company helped her familiarize herself with different aspects of the music industry, particularly music marketing and promotion. This past summer, she worked as a creative intern at Riptide Music Group, a fast-growing music publishing company based in Los Angeles. This experience ignited her passion for music synch and reaffirmed her love of music marketing. She is hardworking, adaptable, dedicated, caring, observant, energetic, and thrilled to bring her skills to the RL Recordings team.
David Emmett comes to the RL Team after working with Mr. McDonough on all his prior projects. Emmett’s music knowledge shows in his dedication to music.
Sophia Aslanides is a social media marketer, career musician, and aspiring actor. She has been working with record labels in Japan, Europe, and the U.S., as a marketer, artist developer, agent, and A&R since 2006. With an educational background in law, translation, foreign languages, and business management, she has a passion for lifelong education and self-improvement. She is the singer and creative force behind the cinematic electro-metal band, Season of Ghosts and has a special affection for Japanese culture and cats.
Born blind, Omar Binno is a multi-talented poet, musician, song composer, producer, and writer. Binno was born with perfect pitch and began playing the piano at age 5, where he learned to play songs simply by listening to them. By age 9, he began taking formal piano lessons, and by the time he completed Middle School, he won several piano recitals.
Since then, music became Binno’s greatest passion. He got involved in music production and recording in 2006 and has since produced and recorded for locally recognized artists like Steve Acho, and rock band “Slight Return.” He owns his own studio, called ‘Art Of Audio,’ and composes cover and original music in genres ranging from Hip Hop, dance/techno, pop, alternative, and movie soundtrack material. He provides diverse forms of instrumentation for his clients, including orchestral, hip hop, rock, and middle eastern instruments. He also provides complete production work through ‘Art Of Audio,’ including composing, recording, mixing, mastering, and engineering.
Binno has had several cover remixes aired on Channel 955. He has had his own 80s pop cover band, “D’Town Rewind,” and has also played in middle eastern bands native to his Chaldean heritage.
Throughout his life, Binno has faced and overcame many obstacles and personal adversities which have molded him into the person he is today. He gained recognition for accomplishments in several diverse areas at various points in his life, such as powerlifting in high school, where he held several records; and martial arts in his early college years. He began playing the piano at age 5 and won several recitals during middle school. Since then, music has remained his greatest love. His style of music was inspired by artists like Elton John, Phil Collins, Chicago, and Journey. His love of music and writing has pervaded his life’s works.
In December 1990, Fox 2 profiled Binno as one of the few blind martial artists in the country. In December 1995, while attending the University of Detroit Mercy, (UDM,) Omar’s poem, “An Eternal Farewell,” was published in UDM’s magazine “Mcnickles Road.” In 1997, he received a double major with his Bachelor of Arts degree in English writing and literature and Communications. In 1999, he completed his Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Marketing.
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