Vicky Hamilton

Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive and personal manager, featured in VH-1s “Behind the Music”, “Driven” and the “Biography Channel” on Guns N’ Roses, Brett Michaels, and Mötley Crüe and the BBC series “Born To Be Wild”, “The Golden Age Of American Rock”. Considered one of the most successful music executives in the industry, Vicky has discovered, developed or managed the careers of Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Faster Pussycat and many others.

Vicky Hamilton

Kevin Jonas

Kevin Jonas Sr., veteran music manager, came from humble beginnings, growing up in North Carolina and pursuing a career in music. As an Artist Manager, Kevin has worked with some of the most successful artists in recent history, including his sons the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Rachel Lindsay (Bachelorette), and many others.

Kevin Jonas, Sr.

Scott Velasquez

Scott Velasquez has an extensive background in music, starting in A&R at 18 years old, at a brand-new label founded by Steve Rifkind, via Universal-Motown. He was a member of the team that helped produce Grammy award winning albums “Tha Carter III” (Lil’ Wayne”), “Tha Carter IV” (Lil’ Wayne), and Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’” He signed and co-wrote SoMo’s “Ride”. Scott owns his own Artist Development/Management company, Rukus Management, dedicated to developing indie and breaking artists. With a background in Music Supervision as well, he has worked on James Franco’s movie, “Actor’s Anonymous”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “How To Get Away With Murder”, “Scandal”, The Hunger Games franchise and others. He is classically trained as a vocalist and graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance: Jazz Studies and Media Marketing from the University of North Texas. He, then did his Graduate work at Berklee College of Music, specializing in Music Business and Music Supervision.

Scott Velasquez

Peggy Iafrate

Strega Group is a talent development, marketing, and events group founded in 2008 by Peggy Iafrate. Prior to 2008, Peggy gained entertainment and consumer packaged goods experience in companies like ABC/The Walt Disney Company and Kaplan, and has been honored to work with such industry giants as The Jonas Group and Kimberly-Clark Corporation as clients. Years of standing at the sound board and in the board room provided her with the unique ability to marry artists with consumer brands to create a story that produces an emotional connection and loyalty to the brand. At Strega, we build programs that enable the story to continue through digital, live event, and merchandise avenues.
Strega Group helps emerging artists learn what they need develop their brands. When an artist is “performance-ready” we secure gigs and tour opportunities empowering the artist to perfect their craft and build their brand AND audience. Next, we find the right fit brand. Together artist and consumer brands grow as one creating a bond with their target audience.

Peggy Iafrate

Chris Kurtz

Chris Kurtz, The Mediatwist Group Five Finger Death Punch – Mercedes-Benz – Rock Lititz The Mediatwist Group – Inside Social Media Marketing Marketing The Biggest Brands in the World. A worldwide talent scout, producer, and industry whiz. Chris created and sold a communications technology for use in the entertainment industry and went on to start The Mediatwist Group, where he developed digital marketing and new media strategies for some of the biggest artists and brands in the world. The Mediatwist Group’s past and present projects include Five Finger Death Punch, Aerosmith, Shinedown, Patti Stanger, Nonpoint, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The RockBand Network, The Eagles, Jon Wilkes, REO Speedwagon, Coolio, Krewella and many more. Chris also toured as Executive Producer for Feld Entertainment, the company behind Barnum & Bailey Circus, Monster Jam, Nuclear Cowboys, Disney On Ice, AMA Monster Energy Supercross, ArenaCross, and Marvel Universe Live. While still scouting for new entertainment enhancements for these properties, Chris has a hand in placing artists in arenas and stadiums across the globe. Mediatwist’s most recent projects include, social media marketing and digital advertising for Mercedes-Benz and Rock Lititz, the backstage of the world. TMG recently created a geofence technology for the touring & out-of-home industries that is currently being used to marry traditional media with social media for the top grossing shows in all of music and entertainment.

Chris Kurtz

Big Swift

Multi-platinum music producer Jon “Big Swift” Catalon has made an indelible imprint on the music scene throughout the “Dirty South” for the last twenty years. Big Swift’s production work has helped to create career-defining moments for Southern hip hop legends such as Scarface, The Geto Boys, DJ Screw, The Screwed Up Click, ESG, Poison Clan, 3-2, and Fat Pat, to name a few.
Big Swift’s self-taught talent, originality, experimentation, and manipulation of live instrumentation coupled with attractively aggressive bass lines has helped many southern artist, most of which now considered “founding fathers of Southern hip hop” carve out their vocal styling’s; and has aided in distinguishing them from other commercially known hip hop artist. In other words, Big Swift belongs to an elite class of southern producers that have given southern artists a voice and sounding board to be individuals, and to positively contribute to the musical landscape in a way that only southern artistry can.
One of Big Swift’s most notable unions was when he teamed up with Miami producer Clay D as a member of the Get Funky Crew acting as the groups DJ. Big Swift became essential in establishing the sound now classified as “Miami Bass Records”.
During the mid to late 90’s , and in true Big Swift fashion, Jon Catalon began to successfully operate beyond the genre of urban hip hop, and achieved production success when he crossed over into R&B, providing production support to Southern balladeers, H-Town, working on their multi-platinum freshman project, “Fever for Da Flavor”.
Filled with confidence and charisma, one of Big Swift’s personal goals is and always has been to blow the minds of artist, listeners, and critics alike, and to achieve a level of audible satisfaction that will not only ensure an artist’s commercial viability, but also serves to sustain and foster musical growth, development and evolution for himself as well. This type of commitment will certainly lend to the production success of every artist whose music he touches.
Big Swift is not only known for challenging musical boundaries. On a personal note, he is an exercise enthusiast, and avid chef who enjoys the challenges of sculpting his body as well as the musical careers of artists. When able to experience down time, you can find Big Swift, revisiting his Louisiana roots in the kitchen cooking up hometown and improved upon recipes that foster the kinship between mind, body, spirit, and soul. Otherwise known as, “Good healthy Louisiana eating”!! If there is such a thing!

Big Swift

Dale Penner

Dale’s first hit, while an engineer at the infamous Mushroom Studios, was a track on the Top Gun Soundtrack with Loverboy. Since then countless projects have benefited from Penner’s production/mixing, including; Nickelback’s The State (Roadrunner) certified platinum in America and Canada scoring Two Billboard Top Ten Singles (“Leader of Men” and “Breathe”). Dale received the “Producer of the Year” award at the WCMA’s for his work on Holly McNarland’s (Universal) platinum selling “Stuff”. Other Penner production credits include: The Matthew Good Band, Econoline Crush and Montreal’s Jonas (Certified Gold nominated for “Rock Album of the Year” at 2006 Juno Awards). In 2010 Dale was once again nominated “Producer of the Year” for Western Canada.
Other artists Dale’s been fortunate enough to record are: Shawn Hook, David GoGo, Grimskunk, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Jamie Walters, KD Lang, Jimmy Barr (Portishead), Helix, Barney Bentall, Valdy.
2016 projects include Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival’s Global Music Awards Medal winning CD “Plum Coulee My Home” and emerging Houston artist Sami Murphy.
“I feel very fortunate to have made a living doing what I love for more then 25 years. I continue to meet and work with some of the most talented artists”

Dale Penner

Randy Jones

Randy Miller (born Dec. 19th, 1954) is an record producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter and musician. Randy’s work has earned 4 Grammys and multiple nominations. He is a founding member of the band Zen Archer and with friend Gary Keller helped started ALL ATX, a charity for Austin musicians to get healthcare.

Artists that he has worked with include Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, La Mafia, Eric Johnson, Kings X, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Anthony, Johnny Nash and many others.

Randy Miller

Michele Vice-Maslin

Michèle Vice-Maslin is an Emmy Winning, #1 hit music producer/Music Arranger/ Songwriter, Music Publisher who composes (both music & lyrics) and produces- arrangers for artists/ films/television / ads/ promos/ games, etc. She has had numerous hit songs and cuts all over the world as well as over 5000 music placements. Her music can be heard on radio & television every day – 7 days a week/365 days a year.

Michele Vice-Maslin

Billy Smiley

5 Grammy Award Nominees
27 Dove Award Nominees
GMA Song Writer of the Year 1988
Co-written 27 #1 Songs
White Heart was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame 2010

Beginning his career as a performer and producer for the Bill Gaither Trio, he produced the 1st 4 Gaither Vocal band albums selling more than 1 million units. Out of his relationships there he formed the Grammy nominated Rock Group White Heart with producer/guitar player Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Keith Urban). White Heart went on to tour worldwide through 1998, selling over 3 million records, with 17 #1 Singles, 2 Grammy nominations, and 23 Dove nominations.

Producing over 150 albums, and 30 No. 1 songs, Smiley has 5 Grammy Nominations, one producing the 1989 Grammy nominated song “Silent Night”, recorded by BeBe & CeCe Winans.

As a songwriter he has co-written 27 no. 1 songs, over 50 top 10 songs, all the while writing for Brentwood/Benson Publishing, Word Publishing, Curb Records, Sony/BMG publishing, and his own company Meet You Halfway music.

He helped discover, develop, produce, and write for such artists as: The Newsboys, The Normals, Johnny Cash, Susan Ashton, Petra, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Insyderz, Clay Aikens, , Justifide, and Charity Von.

2004 saw Smiley formed his new company Northern Shore Productions, a studio based Production Company out at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin, TN and Scottsdale, AZ with a creative independent mindset, and he established major distribution partners – both digitally and physically with Naxos Of America. Currently 5 of his latest artists will be distributed through a label partnership with Naxos in 2016 and 2017.

Billy Smiley

Michael Garvin

Michael Garvin is a guitarist and trumpeter on a mission to bring back the instrumental hit to the forefront of popular music . What makes Michael unique among other instrumental artists even more than his signature playing style, are skills as a composer . As a songwriter he’s written 33 top ten hits 23 of which were Number One, including the global chart topper ‘Waiting for Tonight” for Jennifer Lopez, and the worldwide multiplatinum “Never Give Up On A Good Thing” for George Benson.

Michael Garvin

Barry Coffing

Barry Coffing has amassed a great deal of credits and awards with over two hundred tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI songwriting awards, multiple #1 hits and an Emmy nomination. He continues to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like “Moulin Rouge”, the Brady Bunch movie, and Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure. He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid starring Donny Osmond and The Heights. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a #1 hit and selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. Currently he is a music business entrepreneur who represents over 12,000 record labels amd publishers for film and TV licensing. His company places hundreds of songs each year

Barry Coffing

Eric L. Cager

Eric L. Cager is the Founder and Director of the 26 years old Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events (formerly Cutting Edge Music Business Conference). Based in New Orleans, Cutting Edge produces a multi-level series of professional seminars, festivals, artists showcases and special events that focus on the history of music in America. Highlighted events include the Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar, CE Music Business Sessions, and the NewWorks Artists Showcase.
An adjunct instructor and consultant, teaching in the Music Industry Program, he co-produced the Delgado Music Festival and the Delgado Songwriting Contest raising awareness and scholarship funds for the college’s music department. A significant consultant on the re-development of the 1950 era Historic Carver Theater re-opened in 2015. He works to redevelop/recognize Chitlin’ Circuit venues for both their historical significance but also as entrepreneur opportunities in minority communities.

Eric L. Cager

Robert S. Besser, Esq

Robert S. Besser, Esq. has spent forty years in Civil Trial and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts; extensive transactional work in Intellectual Property, Music Publishing, Entertainment and Oil and Gas law. The primary focus within the last 18 years has been Entertainment, Copyright, Trademark and Business Litigation, including general Civil Litigation, Copyright Infringement and audit claims.
Representative Clients have included: Eric Clapton, Waylon Jennings, Robin Williams, George Clinton, Chubby Checker, Art Linkletter, Music & Media International, Inc., Hal Leonard Music, Gusto Records Inc., Verse Music, LLC, Concord Records Group, Union Oil Company of California and Mobil Oil Corporation.

Robert S. Besser, Esq

Ricky Anderson

Attorney Ricky Anderson represents A List Talents and Recipients of the following Awards: Academy Award Winners, Golden Globe Winners, Screen Actors Guild Award Winners, British Academy of Film and Television Art Award Winners, Critics Choice Award Winners, Grammy Award Winners, BET Award Winners, NAACP Image Award Winners, American Music Award Winners, Stellar Award Winners, Gospel Music Association Dove Award Winners, and Soul Train Award Winners. Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey & Yolanda Adams are just a few of the A list talents.

Ricky Anderson

Eric Zukoski

Eric Zukoski is a shareholder with the law firm of Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser. Eric represents and advises businesses of all sizes involved in all facets of the music industry, including music publishers, concert promoters, venues, record labels, and managers. Eric represents and advises clients with respect to contract negotiations, copyright licensing, music publishing, royalty collection, and trademark issues. Eric also administers several music publishing catalogues containing frequently-licensed material with numerous placements in TV, film, and other media.

Eric currently represents the plaintiffs in a class action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York involving the little-known but increasingly important “digital session royalty” owed to session musicians and vocalists for spins in the digital realm of cable TV, satellite, and the web.

As a session and performing double bassist, Eric has backed or recorded with numerous artists ranging from Maren Morris (two albums, Walk On and All That It Takes), Three Dog Night, the Drifters, Anson Funderburgh, and others, and also produced what is now the best-selling compilation of Texas music in history (Don’t Mess With Texas Music Volumes 1-3).

Council Member, Dallas Bar Association Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Council.

Former President and Director of The Texas Music Project (501c3).

Juris Doctor, Boston University School of Law. Edward F. Hennessy Scholar. Editor, Boston University International Law Journal.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting, University of Washington.

Eric Zukoski

Cruze

As one of the nation’s most respected music programming authorities, Cruze has decades of success programming top-rated radio stations in major markets across America. Cruze has become known as one of the foremost music programming experts in the industry. His interpretive skill with music research is second only to his programming instincts as a tastemaker. Agnostic to format, Cruze has standing as a music programming luminary and award-winning radio host personality.

Cruze

Ernest Walker

A graduate of nearby Jack Yates High School School of Communications, an alumnus of the School of Music in Washington DC, and President of Walker Entertainment Group Inc., Ernest Walker has joined Texas Southern University as the new general manager of its radio station at KTSU-FM (90.9). Walker brings more than 20 years of experience in business, production, entertainment, fundraising and professionalism to the Texas Southern University radio station. Walker has served as a producer and music director in all aspects of the entertainment industry, including new mediums, for many years.

He has been the producer and director for national and international recording artists Chante Moore, Kirk Whalum, Al Jarreau, Regina Belle, the late Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones and countless other artists.

Ernest Walker

Pat Fant

As architect and captain of some of the most influential major-market radio stations of our time, Pat Fant has become recognized as an influential figure in the business of high-profile radio. For over three decades, Fant has designed and built the enduring powerhouse brands that have dominated the major media markets of Dallas and Houston. Fant is a 2011 Inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and his station, KLOL was Billboard’s Rock Station of the Year. American Women in Radio & Television named Pat Fant Radio GM of the Year. Fant is a Beaty Award winner for broadcasting and holds both the New York Festival Award and Pro Max award for broadcast marketing. Education: University of Houston and Rice University’s Management Program.

Pat Fant

Michael Eastwood

Michael Eastwood founded Mastermind Promotion (est. 2006), a UK & U.S music-focused 360 PR, Marketing, and modern Label Services platform, based in London. His company Mastermind has developed an innovative Go-To-Market strategy for artists and brands in the music industry leading to awards, major record deals, large festival bookings, international tours and top 20 chart success.
Michael Eastwood project manages and consults artists in all areas that are proven to have a direct impact on their success. He specialises in Publicity, Radio, Branding, Social Media and Artist Development, to help musicians achieve their vision.
As a publicist, he is known for his ability to obtain press in major publications, radio stations and TV. The BBC Network, Rolling Stone, NME, and MOJO, are examples of publicity Michael Eastwood has achieved for his artists. Working campaigns for musicians, music brands and festivals such as Van Morrison, Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs), Secret Garden Party Festival and Busta Rhymes.
Throughout Michael Eastwood’s seventeen years in the music industry, he has helped launch many artists careers, organized hundreds of successful concerts, stages at festivals and complete organization & implementation of key promotional events with major players such as Warner Brothers and Mama Group. Michael Eastwood’s ability to accelerate fame for his artists has gained him recognition throughout the music industry.
“Mastermind Promotion is here to empower talented artists and help drive their success. We believe that every musician should be in charge of their own careers, that’s why Mastermind Promotion is here to help artists rise above; providing artists with full control of their futures.” – Michael Eastwood – Founder & CEO – Mastermind Group Ltd

Michael Eastwood

Cindi Avnet

As a music supervisor and film/TV placement professional, Cindi Avnet’s passion is discovering new musical talent.

Cindi has also been the producer for BalconyTV.com LA since 2011 – a leading daily online viral music show that features bands, musicians, and a variety of artists on balconies in 63 countries around the world. Her notable recent acts include Vance Joy, Atlas Genius, The Wombats, and Temper Trap. In the last five years, Cindi has booked and produced over 500 episodes for BalconyTV LA and coordinates on a daily basis with managers, publicists, and record label representatives.

As Director of Music Placement for MusicSupervisor.com, Cindi seeks out new talent for pitching to film/tv placement. Cindi liaisons with the top music executives at all the major studios including Disney/Touchstone/ABC, Sony, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and others. She also works closely with some of the best-known independent and staff music supervisors working on major films/TV to determine specific song needs and to promote music from the MusicSupervisor.com catalog.

Cindi has placed many songs in TV shows and films including Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, Hart of Dixie and films such as Scary Movie 5, Blades of Glory, The Blind Side and many more. Cindi was the Music Supervisor for films such as Bitter/Sweet starring Kip Pardue and James Brolin, and Below the Beltway starring Tate Donovan.

Cindi Avnet

Amy Wolter

As a trained Live Music Producer for Tom Jackson Productions, Amy Wolter offers her years of personal experience onstage, along with a multi-layered musical background, to help artists engage their audiences by creating compelling, memorable live shows.
She was the female lead singer in the Midwest-based rock band Fighter, and has sung in front of thousands over the years. The band was signed to Word label Wonderland, and her songwriting skills earning the band some top 10 CCM hits. This was followed by the release of her solo project ‘Hit Me in the Heart’.
In addition to being an artist, Amy has earned the titles of Producer, Arranger, Keyboardist, Competition Judge, Session singer and Jingle Composer. All of this experience culminates in her position as a Live Music Producer and enables her to help artists in a big way.
Amy works with artists at all levels, empowering them to have confidence and authority onstage. “I’ve learned by a lot from being onstage myself, and know the importance of connecting with an audience. If a crowd doesn’t enjoy watching you, or have an ‘experience’ at your show, then what’s the point of them seeing you live?” says Amy. “The ideas and tools in Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method are absolutely career-changing when an artist understands the power of a great live performance!”
She has helped hundreds of artists of all genres, prep for major headline and opening act tour slots, and showcases for labels. Some of her clients include Grammy award winners The Band Perry & Lacrae, CMA and ACM –winning country acts, Gloriana & Thompson Square, alt-pop up & comers Nikki’s Wives, contestants for The Voice & American Idol, Dove award winners Francesca Battistelli & Sidewalk Prophets, as well as top Canadian artists/CCMA winners High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & Chad Brownlee.

Amy Wolter

Julius Robinson

Julius Robinson, Chief Operation Officer for MusicSupervisor.com, has a background as a Music Exec, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Publicist and Music Journalist. He oversees all creative operations, including track uploads, approvals, pitches and licenses for nearly 200,000 pieces of high-quality music and sound effects. He oversees the placement of cues in hundreds of major and indie films, TV shows, internet and advertising. He interfaces with the sister site WegetMusic.com that services personal videos, student shorts films, and in-house corporate use. Julius has placed his own songs in many films including Friday Night Lights, The Game and Van Wilder, and recently on TV shows such as Vegas (CBS), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family). He wrote the screenplay for the film Tortilla Heaven (2007), starring George Lopez. Julius began his entertainment career West Coast Editor Pop for Cashbox Magazine.

Julius Robinson

Dominique Preyer

Dominique Preyer, owner of Hear It – Clear It Music Supervision, and a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors, is an experienced music supervisor with a background in music publishing and songwriting. He has music supervised over 50 films and served as executive producer and producer on two short films. Dominique has an in-depth knowledge of music clearance & licensing, copyright law, licensing agreements and many other administrative responsibilities. Soon after moving to Nashville, TN in 1993, Dominique began working at Mercury Records. Learning how a record label works from the inside would later come into play in his career. After a short stay at Mercury, he began working at Acuff-Rose Publishing (now owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing) where he worked as a copyright assistant. This is where his knowledge of licensing music for films and television grew. This experience has become an essential asset to his role as a music supervisor

Dominique Preyer

Spenser Liszt

For over 12 years, Spenser Liszt has served as a freelance saxophonist, performer, composer, woodwind specialist, marketing coordinator, contractor, curator and educator based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. His work ethic and passion for collaboration has led him to perform and record with many groundbreaking artists, including Aretha Franklin, Father John Misty, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Temptations, Deon Estus (George Michael,) BNQT (Midlake/Franz Ferdinand,) Prophets and Outlaws, Larry Joe Taylor, Miles Okazaki, John Clayton, Terrell Stafford, Erin Dickins, Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Frank Wess, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio, Shelley Carrol, Roger Boykin, Lars Jansson, Stefan Karlsson, Steve Wiest, Frank Mantooth and renowned nu metal band Korn. He toured as the baritone saxophonist with UNT’s Grammy-nominated world-renowned One O’clock Lab Band and was featured on their releases ​Lab 2013​ and ​Lab 2012​. Liszt is credited on more than 30 albums to date. Liszt studied classical saxophone with Don Fabian at Southern Methodist University and holds a Bachelor and Master of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas under the apprenticeship of Brad Leali. He has taught privately and/or provided clinics and masterclasses at The University of North Texas, Eastfield Community College, Booker T Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Wichita State University, Southlake Carroll High School, Sherman High School and more. Certified in various marketing techniques, Liszt serves as the marketing and social media coordinator for Lone Star Wind Orchestra and as project director and website developer for AMP Trio. As the founder of Thriving Musician, his mission is to drastically improve the lives of musicians by teaching financial awareness, mindset, and music business through clinics, courses and coaching.

Spenser Liszt

Jon Thomas

The practice of J. ARTHUR THOMAS, CPA consists of representing clients who are in the entertainment industry such as actors, actresses, musicians, composers, directors, producers (music and film), managers, executives of entertainment companies, film and television production companies as well as professionals, small businesses and non-profit organizations. We have been servicing the needs of the entertainment community on many levels ranging from hourly consultation to full service business management for over 40 years. We strive to provide our clients with personalized service that only a small firm can offer complete with the expertise, experience and resources of a larger firm.

Jon Thomas

Brianna Ruelas

Brianna Ruelas is a Dallas Based Performing Artist Consultant, Singer-Songwriter and Author to Performing Artist Pathway: Navigate the Highs and Lows On Your Music Journey. As a singer and performer for twenty- five years, Brianna has studied internationally and performed all genres, from jazz to rock to pop, received a BA in Theatre Arts from Pepperdine University, and spent years honing her musical theatre chops. After graduating college, Brianna departed from the theatre to pursue music as a solo artist and also worked as a commercial voiceover actor. Brianna has fronted her own rock band and experienced the reality television craze in its early days, as a Top 100 finalist on American Idol, Season 4. Her experience as a singer and performer, in addition to the work she has done with her clients, inspired her to write her book, Performing Artist Pathway.

Brianna Ruelas

Paul K. Saunders

Paul has been involved in the business of music marketing for more than 30 years. I having worked at a Label, been an Artist Manager, Tour Manager, Event Producer and even spent time as a Roadie.

Always constantly on the look out for new products and services that will benefit musicians – Paul, has recently become the US Marketing Rep for MikMe a unique wireless recording microphone that enables you to shoot video from with your iPhone and record studio quality sound in perfect sync. Now every show you play can be recorded and become new contact for you as an artist.

Paul spent many years working on radio starting on a pirate station on a real ship off the UK coast, then the BBC in London and several commercial stations around the UK. Since moving to the US 16 years ago, he first spent on the air on KQMT Classic Rock station in Denver and for a while part of a nationally syndicated show broadcasting live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. After terrestrial radio, his focus has been creating, programming and managing online radio stations and he believes that internet radio comes of age when it’s truly local as it enables the effective promotion of indie music.

In the last couple of years, Paul has returned to working directly with singer-songwriters who he thinks need the most help in the new music business. He teaches them how to develop their own tours from a resource that they already have and he has recently expanded this into a complete package called New Music Lives. Find out how you can create your own tours and stay in complete control of your own music career.

He believes in “actions speaking louder than words”, so when you work with him you can be sure you’ll get things done. To start the conversation set up a free call with me to discuss your music career and how I can help, http://www.paulksaunders.com

Paul K. Saunders

Ron Fontenot

A professional music industry photographer based in Houston, Texas.
Specializing in photographing artists live on stage capturing all their energy, personality, and passion.
Photographed the 2016 Houston SpringBoard South events (many of those images can be seen on his Facebook & website gallery pages).
Has conducted several photographic mini-seminars in studio lighting, concert photography and composition techniques.
His photography has taken him to many places across the country; Memphis to Vegas, Maui to Vancouver, and on to New Orleans photographing artists like:

• Blues Music Awards in Memphis
• International Blues Challenge Week in Memphis
• Buddy Guy
• Devon Allman
• Roger Fisher (Founding member/composer of HEART)
• Robben Ford
• James “Boogaloo” Bolden (music director for BB King)
• Shelley Carol (Duke Ellington Band)
• Vinnie Colaiuta
• Kenny Aronoff
• Robert ‘Sput’ Searight
• Jimmi Mayes (drummer for Jimmy Hendrix)
• Ray Wylie Hubbard

Was recently asked to join the BB King’s Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson as their official photographer, and too many others to list here.
Current Board Member & Photographer of the Houston Blues Society
Is a member of, and photographic contributor for:
The Blues Foundation, Memphis
The Houston Blues Museum
Gulf Coast Blues Association & Jazz Society
The Professional Photographers of America
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY’S)

Ron Fontenot

Chris Mollere

Music Supervisor Chris Mollere’s diverse interest in the world began quite early in life. Growing up in a military family, he traveled extensively while living in Europe and various stateside locations. Chris has had numerous credits as a music supervisor, including working on the ABC Family Television series KYLE XY and 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, as well as on the feature films THE BOX, I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL and THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY. Chris is currently the music supervisor for the CW television series THE VAMPIRE DIAIRES as well as for the ABC Family series GREEK and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.

Chris Mollere

Steve Belkin

Steve Belkin’s career in the music business has spanned nearly forty years in various capacities within the industry including retail, tour management, road management, stage management, artist management, tour production, marketing, consulting, songwriting and performing. He’s worked with, toured with, managed and consulted artists such as The Tubes, The (flying) Burrito Brothers, Narada Michael Walden, Neil Sedaka, Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship), Tangerine Dream, Gaelic Storm, Ray Parker Jr. and many more. His company Open All Nite Entertainment consults for various independent artists in management, marketing, licensing, development, distribution and branding.

Steve Belkin

Ami Blackwell

Ami Blackwell has spent the last decade working as part of the entertainment industry. During her tenure in the Big Apple, she worked for Planned Television Arts in the Faith-based publishing division and was instrumental in booking Oliver North on a satellite radio tour. Other projects included publicity for Ghent magazine, a brief stint at Island Def Jam and writing trivia questions for RewardTV.com. She relocated to Nashville in and in 2005, Ami was hired by Kathi Atwood of Music City News Media. She worked promoting the tours and music of such noted artists as Aaron Tippin, Chely Wright, Chris Cagle, Eddie Money, Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence.

Ami Blackwell

Stacia Pratt

Stacia Pratt has almost 20 years of experience in the areas of marketing and public relations, handling daily press for corporate brands and celebrity clients, producing red carpet events, product launches, crisis communications, and product rollouts. She also served as the point of contact and spokesperson on behalf of her clients for media, fan clubs and sponsors. Her entertainment work includes clients past and present: three time Oscar winner Dallas Buyers club, Candy Clothing, Grammy winner Gary Morris, rockyourspeech.com (Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterson and Allison Peterson), DeAndre Brackensick (American Idol Season 11 Top 10 finalist), Tony Vincent (EMI Star Song), Rare Blend (Curb-Coyote Ugly soundtrack), Snowy White (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters Band), Ten Years After), Leo Lyons (bassist 10 Years After), Peter Way (UFO, Waysted, Fastway)

Stacia Pratt

Ruben Dominguez

Writing your own bio is not an easy thing to do, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. I handle the lifestyle and entertainment side of things for our morning newscast and it’s a great gig. We have an amazing group of people here both on the air and behind the scenes and they make FOX 26 a great place to work.

During the fall and spring, prime time season I spend a big portion of my time covering FOX network shows. I did ten years on the American Idol beat (yes, I’ve met Jennifer Lopez, she’s wonderful) until it finally went off the air in April of 2016.

Empire is currently our biggest show and I do recaps twice a week while new episodes are running. Social media is just as important as anything we do on the air so I spend some of my evenings doing a live tweet during Gotham, Rosewood, Lucifer and other hot shows. That basically means that some of my work days begin at 6am and end at 9pm.

Ruben Dominguez

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