- Thomas McDonoughOwner, Host of the Dcap & Welcome to the D shows.
- Arnel PinedaMusic Consultant
- Nick LippmanMusic Consultant
- Glen KolotkinProducer & Music Consultant
- Marv Wood (aka Woody)A&R and Social Media
- Mark HubbardMusic Consulant
- Amanda BrooksWelcome to the D TV Show Cohost
- John HillProducer, songwriter, & A&R
- 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
- Joanna GerberdingIntern RL Recordings & Music Player Magazine
- Kennedy ErhartIntern RL Recordings
- Tyler BrannonIntern A&R, Social Media & Production
- Olivia LopezIntern A&R, Social Media & Production
- Peter HamerProducer
- Rafael AtkinsA&R & Table Top Records
- Marcellus AtkinsA&R & Head of White Lion Audio
- Dawn AustinIntern A&R, Social Media & Production
- Madelyn BlumIntern A&R, Social Media & Production
- Gabriel E. CameroAssistant Lead Editor
- Katherine BollerIntern for RL Recordings & Music Player Magazine
- Anna GiffelsIntern A&R & Production
- Abby BrownIntern A&R, Social Media & Production
- Zac LavenderSong Writer
- Nate GunterIntern for RL Recordings
- Paul MorrisProducer
- Kathy RuzanPhotographer
- Sam FriskeIntern A&R, Marketing & Production
- David EmmettA&R & Social Media
- Konrad WallerAssistant A&R & Social Media
- Amanda SchaalIntern A&R & Production
- Sophia AslanidesSocial Media Marketing
- Omar BinnoProducer
- Rae AttanasioArtist Relations Manager
- Robert EibachProducer
Mr 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. Thomas McDonough’s novel approach to radio, complimenting celebrity interviews with independent music of all genres, is an 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.
Thomas McDonough officially started building the WROM Radio Detroit network from the ground up in late 2010. As a native of the Detroit area, Thomas 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 1990’s is what opened Thomas’ eyes to the vast possibilities of radio, ultimately leading him to explore and thrive in the internet radio market. It is Thomas’ 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 2 years co-hosting the show This Moment in Time, he now started a new show called The Dcap show here in Detroit and opened the record label RL Recordings here in Detroit. He has also started to host a new TV Show called Welcome to the D on My Jam Music TV Network. He also has opened Music Player Magazine which launches Jan 2019. He is also a panelist on the music showcase NEXTSHOWCASE
Arnel Campaner Pineda is a popular 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 6 days a week for 3-5 hour shows. He 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, Arnel Pinada’s luck really 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, ‘Dont 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. Pineda was included in the band and since then the popularity of the group has skyrocketed.
It turned out that what was slow to come will be expedited by the magic of the internet. A fan uploaded his live video performances on YouTube and the posting came at a right time. A legendary rock band is in search for a singer and in their own words, they were desperate. Arnel Pineda is 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 Arnel boarded a plane en route to San Francisco. And he got the plum gig. Moreover, 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 is also the same guy he wowed on a previous gig. Like a smooth movie plot, everything fitted into their proper places and his amazing journey has just begun.
For Arnel, 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 physically to different countries, theatres and arenas. The task ahead can both 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 Arnel. 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 ground breaking cross-promotion between the artist, Facebook, and Spotify, he launched a campaign incorporating the concept of “Timeline” and listeners’ own memories of the group as set 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 10 months. The digital rollout included of 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 “black out”, 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 andwill be 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 life time experience.This went off extremely well garnering huge press from tier one outlets as well as fan satisfaction.
As well in the summer of 2016 Nick and his business partner and 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 financialsalmost 10x in less than 2 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 reminder 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, whom 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 drives 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. Glen 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, just 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”.
Marv Wood (aka Woody)
Marv Wood (aka Woody)
Woody 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. He 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. 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 Mark set the local Gospel Music scene a blaze through-out Chicago, and World Wide. In 2017 Mark was elected and currently serves as President of The Chicago Chapter for The Recording Academy “GRAMMYS”.
Amanda brings her high energy and music knowledge to the team and 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, make sure to check her out on each 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.
John 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. John was also a writer, producer, and actor for the TV show The Model Idea along with being an actor on Vulture City 2. He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and coordinated background vocals at the BET 25th anniversary show. He has 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 cofounder 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.
(2. http://www.examiner.com/article/call-grammy-nominated-singer- songwriter-producer-john-hill-unstoppable
The Examiner called John Hill “unstoppable” because he has had a successful career in the entertainment industry since he was 7 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 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 changing lives in a positive way.
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 producer, but stretches his talents to 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 –now 30 –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 cofounder of J&M Company, CEO of Team John Hill and cofounder 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 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 Winetka 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”
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 was 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, ( www.danifelt.com) a one stop shop for music. She connects artists to photographers, music producers, web designers and more. Just this summer 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. ( www.artistpluginprogram.com) She also is currently working on launching her own music career path as a singer/songwriter. She will have new songs out by 2019. You can hear her older stuff here: www.danifeltmusic.com.
Dani Felt always had an ear for talent and is super excited to be joining the RL Recordings Team as an official A&R. She looks forward to bringing them lots of amazing talented songwriters, bands and producers.
Pete Thompson has 45+ years 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 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 own 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/or 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, 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. Known by many for his work as lead guitarist with the popular 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 guitar on September 18, 1970, the day Jimi Hendrix passed away. In 1973 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 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 in 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 lick 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.
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, She is working on her Entertainment Law Degree. She sings, play the piano, avid writer (poems, etc). She 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. She personally believe a 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, also known by his colleagues as J.R., is a Singer-songwriter and actor. Born in Chicago, IL, James has always been attached to music, sighting Michael Jackson as his main influence. Having released a multiple albums digitally and also writing more 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, Michael began his career as co-founder of Manchester band, When In Rome. He co-wrote and arranged all the songs on the bands 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, Michael moved to Dallas, Texas and also 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, Michael 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,
Pyschedelic Furs to name a few.
Michael and Johnny then spent over three years writing and producing a new album “When In Rome11”. It was mixed in LA with producer, Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith). Today, Michael continues with his passion for music, writing and working with emerging bands and singers, composing music and touring with When In Rome 11.
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 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 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.
Edward Tony 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 step father 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- Guitar/Vocals– Voting Member of the Grammy Awards (The Recording Academy), Graduated from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Has written/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).
Guitar/Vocals/Writer/Producer/Manager of Slight Return (slightreturn.com) 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”. Produced albums/ 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-San Diego, CA (Elton John and The Rolling Stones), Frank Jamal (Aretha Franklin).
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 proude 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) to record 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 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) Here is a video from a recent cruise the organization took the clients on https://youtu.be/E_ggFtZ4mjs
-Sole sponsor and donor to the United Youth 2000 program run by coach Robert Brown in Detroit. We had a free basketball camp in Detroit where we also taught about values, respect, etc and fed over 150-200 kids free per week, culminating the final week of awards to build self esteem.
Volunteer at St Dominic’s Soup Kitchen in Detroit where we feed 200-300 people every Sunday morning before Church.
Sponsor a family for the Adopt a Refugee program where we 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 the of Michigan Congress on the proper distribution of public benefits to help the poor get fresher product 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
Tara is one of the A&R and Social Media members on the Label. She is the Producer and a host on the TV Show Welcome to the D. She grew up around music all her life with her Fathers influence.
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Charlene is an artist who has touched the world with her haunting vocal style and quality. Charlene 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.
Charlene 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. Charlene’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.”
Known for a diverse career within the music entertainment industry as well as 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.
Co-Founder of publicly traded 7th Level Inc, an interactive game and educational company with more than 100 cross-industry awards. Co-Founded New Media Broadcasting Company, a communications enterprise that focused on social media and collaborative technologies. Clients included, Will Smith, Monty Python, TOTO, Institute of Systems Biology. Co Founded Direct2care, Online presence management company focused on healthcare.
Recognized as: “The Top 100 Multimedia Producers” by Multimedia Magazine; “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” by Buzz Magazine; and considered one of “50 New Media Innovators” as profiled in Pioneer Electronics’ Multimedia Frontier, Serves as an invited guest lecturer and panelist at numerous new media conferences and university symposium.
Ted Mason is a British guitarist/singer/producer and President of Mi5 Recodings, a record label distributed by the EMI group. Ted 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, among whom Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Toots and the Maytals, Trevor Horn, Betty Carter, Kid Creole, Santana, Jeff Beck, Robert Palmer, UB 40 and Ali Campbell, Hugh Maskela, 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.
Ted studied classical guitar at the San Francisco conservatory of music before joining Modern English and is also consummate bebop musician. Mr. Mason also understands film production and design insuring optimum visual packaging and artistic growth for the Mi5 artist. His work in the film world has brought him working relationships with Robert Diniro, Jane Rosenthal (Tribeca Films), Harvey Weinstein, Sandra Bernhard, The Tribeca Film Festival as well as political figures such as President Paul Kigami 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 concentration of African music. The label is distributed and financed by EMI in the United States and Universal in the UK.
Ted Mason: The new album, “The Road to Mecca” released June 2014, mixes the influences of world music, combining traditional Indian instruments (sitar, soourangi, tablas) with Classical strings, harps as well as western rock guitars/drums and sampling. Something Ted Mason had been working on since the late 80s, early 90s to reinvent the sound originally of Modern English, a band that lived in a multicultural city; London. “How can you be apart 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
Gardner was born in Juneau Alaska and lists her birthday as 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. Janet 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. Janet 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 Janet, 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, Janet and Roxy reformed Vixen with Rana Ross and Gina Stile for a US tour. In 1998, Janet, Roxy, and Gina recorded a third Vixen album titled “Tangerine”. Tangerine would be a shift in styles going to a more late 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 they were sued by original member Jan Kuehnemund over copyright infringement involving the use of the Vixen name.
In 2001, Kuehnemund decided to reform the band this time with Janet and Roxy, 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 on 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.
Janet 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 Janet 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 Janet, Share, and Roxy 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 will release her first solo album, produced by her husband, on Pavement Entertainment in August 2017, Janet Married Justin James, a musician who most recently played bass for TYKETTO on the Monsters Of Rock cruise
Vixen was founded in St Paul, MN by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. Driven by rock star dreams, like so many before her, Kuehnemund packed up her group and headed for Hollywood. Kuehnemund soon re-tooled the lineup to include vocalist Janet Gardner, drummer, Roxy Petrucci, and bassist Share Pedersen (Ross).
Vixen quickly built their reputation playing the infamous Sunset Strip and signed a major label deal with EMI. Vixen’sfirst hit single, “Edge of a Broken Heart” penned by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill (The Tubes) blasted onto the Billboard charts fueled by heavy video rotation on MTV. Their self-titled freshmen LP garnered two more knee droppers with “Cryin’” and “Love made Me” both charting on the Billboard hot 100 top 40. It was the group’s live performances opening for the Scorpions, Ozzy and Bon Jovi that established Vixen as a premiere rock act to be taken seriously.
In 1990, “Rev it Up”, Vixen’s second LP produced the monster rocker “How Much Love”, scorching ballad, “Love is a Killer”‘ and the upbeat “Not a Minute Too Soon” cementing their reputation not only as formidable performers, but as hit songwriters. The group Vixen-izedtheir fans on worldwide tours with heavyweights Deep Purple and KISS, which fueled the international frenzy.
The undercurrents coming from the Seattle grunge scene helped strengthen the winds of change and underscored the decision to disband Vixen in late 1991. Each band member independently dabbled in various projects until 1997 Gardner and Petrucci releasing “Tangerine” under the Vixen moniker. In 2002 Kuehnemund once again regrouped Vixen with Jenna Sanz-Agero (vocals), Lynn Louise Lowrey (bass) and Kat Kraft (drums). This line-up then went on to tour and release “Live and Learn” and “Extended Versions” from a live performance in Sweden.
It was 2012 when Kuehnemund reached out to Gardner, Petrucci & Ross for their long awaited reunion. Sadly, only days before officially announcing the news, Kuehnemund was diagnosed with cancer and the reunion was put on hold. Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitar player for Vixen tragically lost her battle with cancer and passed away October 10th of 2013. Jan touched many souls and will live on through her music.
Realizing that a band belongs to its fans, Gardner, Petrucci and Ross have reunited in continuing the Vixen tradition and honoring the fans.
The Legacy lives on…
Music Consultant and A & R Musician, Bassist and Singer. Email Keith@rlrecordings.com
Keith Mack is a celebrated guitar player 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, Keith has built one of the most impressive rock ‘n’ roll resumes around. In the 1980’s Keith 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”. Keith and Patty have been working together on new material for an upcoming release. This is coming off Patty’s 2015 Holiday CD that Keith co-produced and co-wrote three of the original songs on the disc. Keith’s solo career saw the release of THE MOMENT in 2014 with nine original tracks. The CD brings Keith’s voice to the forefront on 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”, Keith brings an honest and emotionally charged soulful sound to his debut CD. Keith will be following up THE MOMENT with new music released throughout 2017, with the first single, IF ITS REALLY TRUE, having been released this summer
Music Consultant and A & R.
Sandy Gennaro was born and raised in NYC and currently resides in Nashville TN. Sandy 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 for over a billion fans spanning his 50 year career.
Sandy 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 councelor at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps.
He is currently recording and gigging with various artists in Nashville.
Before his move to Nashville in early ‘14, Sandy 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.” in an acronym for Belief, Enthusiasm, Attitude, Tenacity and Service.
Sandy proudly endorses DW drums, pedals and hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Hot Sticks, Remo drumheads and Rhythm Tech percussion.
Joanna Gerberding is a Spring Intern at RL Recording and a University of Michigan student from Wyandotte, Michigan. She is double-majoring in Spanish and Creative Writing, and someday hopes to translate children’s books so that more children can grow up bilingual. As she grew up a dancer, music has always been an essential part of her life.
Hi there! My name is Kennedy Erhart and I’m currently a second-year student at the University of Colorado Denver. I am pursuing a degree in Recording Arts and Music Business. I’ve played the clarinet since fifth grade and have played the piano for the last four years, I grew up in a very musical household with my parents constantly playing music so it’s always been a very strong influence in my life. I’ve worked as stagehands for my hometown’s live concert series and have also volunteered at Denver’s newest music festival, Grandoozy. I look forward to learning and contributing all I can during my time at RL Recordings.
Hello, my name is Tyler! I am from Dayton, OH and I am currently a second-year finance student at the University of Toledo. I have always had a passion for music, and have always wanted to get into the music industry. I have previous work experience in student affairs at UT as a resident advisor and as an instructor for the American Red Cross. I am always eager to chase new opportunities
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 own songs since she was twelve. In high school, she started a band, Lopii (insta: @lopiimusic) with her twin sister, and it has completely changed her life, enabling her to grow as a musician and continue to do what she loves with the people she loves. Most recently, she 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!
Italian soundtrack composer, guitar player, and multi-instrumentalist.
Peter Hamer creates soundtracks for TV, documentaries, trailers, games, and ads. A polished artist, he also produces, 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, Peter 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, production companies. An independent artist born in Vero Beach, Fl, Rafael has over 20 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
I am a hardworking self-motivated inspiring philanthropist, with a passion for Business Management & Entrepreneurship. I have a background in customer service, brand strategy, PR, A&R, event coordinating, marketing, social media,and Talent Management. I consider myself both an independent thinker and team player within my work environment. I enjoy opportunities for networking and meeting new people. My objective is to sharpen my skills by gaining direct, real-life, hands-on internship experience & through networking and active involvement in my field of interest (Music, fashion, arts, and entertainment) in any way possible.
Hi! My name is Madelyn Blum and I am a freshman at the University of Michigan pursuing an Organizational Studies major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I have always been passionate about music and recently I have begun writing my own songs. From this, I have come to appreciate the hard work that goes into the production of a song and I’m very excited to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in the music and entertainment industries. This past summer, I worked as a marketing intern at HEX Performance, a startup company based in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, I learned valuable business and communication skills through my work to spread brand awareness and build partnerships with other companies. I am a motivated and driven self-starter and I look forward to bringing my strong work ethic to RL Recordings.
Gabriel E. Camero
Gabriel E. Camero
Assistant Lead Editor
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.
Hey, my name is Katherine! I’m pursuing an English major with a biology minor at Virginia Commonwealth University. I have a love for writing, and enjoy going out to research and talk to people about the topics I work on. I put a lot of work into whatever I am doing, and that passion reflects in my writing. I absolutely love music and its ability to bring people together; It’s something that everyone can relate to and enjoy
“I’m a senior at Grand Valley State University with a fiery passion for writing and music. Combining both of these interests has given me new experiences that I previously never thought possible! As a writing major, I know that my skills in journalistic and creative nonfiction writing will take me far, and I know that this is the industry I’m meant to be in.”
I’m a vocal performance student at Columbia College Chicago. I’ve performed with the Chicago Blues All Stars and around Columbia at events and in ensembles. I’m always looking for opportunities to perform, and I hope to perform professionally someday soon!
Zac Lavender (1992- ) 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. For more music and info check out www.zaclavender.com.
My name is Nate Gunter, I’m an aspiring producer from the Burlington area. I’m a Music Business major at the University of Vermont. Music has been a part of my life since I began playing trombone when I was 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. He was turning the knobs on his parents stereos before he could walk. Growing up in church he learned to sing and a poet at heart was always writing when not playing sports. Picking up any instrument he could get his hands on he 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 own 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. You can learn more by visiting his page at facebook.com/studio247D
Katzeyezz Photography LLC
Kathy Ruzan, Proprietor
Specializing in Live Music Events
I have been drawn to live music and the entire music scene since I was a young teen. My father was my first influence as I would watch him play the piano. Siblings would eventually take up various instruments, but my talent was not to play, but to capture the music and all the energy that engulfs it!
As time passed I would go to the local festivals with my camera in hand. Shooting the talented performers was just part of my experience. I began to notice the hidden stage performance between the band mates. Their eye contact – the hidden subtleties and their groove. I’ve discovered MY timing to get the shot. 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 am respected among my clients and peers. I am a licensed LLC business and a member of Professional Photographers of America.
There is no surprise that photography is the love of my life, but shooting the musicians is the blood in my veins. Feel free to check out my promo video. Do yourself a favor and TURN IT UP!
Sam’s passion for music began with her dad taking her to local Chicago concerts, passing on his love of music. Now a senior studying Communications and Marketing at Northwestern University, she’s been working in the music industry since her freshman year. Her 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 comes to the RL Team working with Mr McDonough on all his prior projects. Dave music knowledge shows in his dedication in music.
My name is Amanda Schaal. During the day you will find me managing an office but by night I am living in a concert venue. I have currently been working in the Music Industry for the last four years. I have experience in production, premium ticket sales, security, event managing, marketing, etc. I have worked on festivals, world tours, and DIY shows. I became passionate about the industry when I worked my first tour for Kenny Chesney. Since then I have been attending school at Northwood University for Sports & Entertainment Management as well as Business Management. When I am not working a show, I am attending one, and if I am not doing that then you can find me outdoors doing something adventurous; camping, kayaking, or hiking. I am also a cat lover and constantly waiting for Halloween season.
Sophia 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 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 cinematic electro metal band, Season of Ghosts and has a special affection for Japanese culture and cats.
Born blind, Omar is a multi-talented poet, musician, song composer, producer, and writer. Omar 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 Omar’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 which is 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.
Omar 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, Omar has faced and overcome 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 Omar 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 Masters Degree in Public Relations and Marketing.
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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. Robert 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 Temple University, Robert 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 a number of TV episodes and interviews in music and film for the 24k Music Network, where he serves and VP of Production. His recording artists have also enjoyed much success. Robert 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”, that Robert worked on also reached #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart and achieve a GRAMMY NOMINATION for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2015. The album “Adelante” by Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band, that Robert worked on, received a LATIN GRAMMY NOMINATION for Best Children’s Album in 2015.
Singer Lakotah earned her first Billboard Chart hit with Robert’s production of her single “Falling” which climbed into the Top 40s of the US Billboard Dance Chart. Robert’s engineering and production work on Michael J. Downey’s album “Bridge Of No Return” contributed to it’s International success including topping the for-mentioned single reaching #4 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. Robert’s EDM Remix of Billboard #14 Dance hit “Deeper Love” is featured on David Longoria’s album “Baila!”. Robert 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, Robert 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.